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This Week in History: Friendly snake causes consternation at depot

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This Week in History

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of May 7 through May 13.

Railroad men are presumed to possess great dignity, calmness, suavity and aplomb, whatever that is. True to the habitual demeanor of their craft, Speed Fry and Martin Waltz usually perform their routine duties coolly and undisturbed amid the jeers of the populace, and even when bombarded with succulent bonmots by local wits, manage to retain a firm hold on their poise. But when conductor Ward of the local freight walked into their office Friday morning accompanied by a large and enthusiastic snake, Messrs. Fry and Waltz chucked dignity, deportment and business cares to the wind and grabbing their courage in one hand and their hats in the other, scampered for places of safety. Although Mr. Ward explained that the snake was of the harmless bull variety, Mr. Fry has a vague belief that there is some sort of connection between the snake and the 99 gallons of booze that arrived at this station last month.

A necklace of 77 Breckenridge nuggets on display

There has been on exhibition at the Smith Jewelry Store this week, a necklace made up of gold nuggets. It is the property of Miss Mamie Kingsbury, daughter of Col. and Mrs. Kingsbury of this place. She sent the necklace from New York City to afford Breckenridge people an opportunity of viewing it. There are 77 nuggets in the handsome design, all of which are products of Breckenridge placers and washed out by Col. Kingsbury.

Miss Kingsbury is a member of a grand opera company and has attained much success as a singer. She has traveled extensively over Europe and the string of nuggets has accompanied her. Everywhere the golden ornaments have been greatly admired, and many notable personages, among them members of the royal family, have examined them with the utmost interest.

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Electrical equipment to be installed at Jessie

George Roth of the Jessie Mine, who has been in Breckenridge for the past two weeks, giving his personal attention to work under way at the property, states that extensive improvements are to be made at the mine, the most important of which will be the installation of electrical equipment for all power purposes.

Negotiations are now in progress relative to running a power line to the mine and electrical machinery companies are estimating on the necessary machinery. It is proposed to dispense entirely with steam power and to run mine and mill by modern electrical equipment, with a view to reducing cost and increasing efficiency of operation.

Great quantities of low-grade ore are available in Jessie ground and with the proper machinery, enabling economical and extensive operation, it is believed that one of the biggest mining enterprises in the West will ultimately result.

Last month, nearly a thousand tons of ore were mined and milled, all of this being done under various difficulties, delay in receiving coal being one of the principal drawbacks and causing suspension of mill work at times.

Uncle Sam stores $465,000,000 in gold in Denver

Denver — The stock of gold now stored in the Denver mint by the United States government is the largest on deposit in any government mint or subtreasury in the country.

This condition has been brought about by the European war. Until recently, the subtreasury in New York and the mint in San Francisco had the largest amount of gold. This was due to foreign exchange and the receipt of gold from Europe and Asia at these ports.

Little gold has come from foreign countries since the war began and as a result the stock in the Denver mint is now larger than either the New York subtreasury or the San Francisco mint.

The gold on hand at the Denver mint is $465,000,000. It comprises about one-third of the government’s entire gold reserve. Deposits of bullion at the local mint have been increasing lately.

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is a nonprofit founded to promote and protect Breckenridge’s unique heritage. The organization offers year-round guided tours and hikes. Go to or call 970-453-9767.

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