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This week in Summit County history: Frisco town board members to eliminate their own salaries

Compiled by Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
This Week in Summit County History
The Barney Ford Victorian House honors Barney L. Ford, an escaped slave who prospered and became a prominent entrepreneur and black civil right leader in Colorado. From April 18 through June 10, the museum is open Friday through Sunday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of April 25–29.

The town board of Frisco, composed entirely of women, is not of a mercenary inclination. The first important legislation the trustees propose to write upon their record books will be ordinances providing that board members shall serve without pay. When these ordinances are effective they will take up other measures of government and retrenchment. Upon his promise to perform his duties without expectation of receiving a salary — that he will be content with the glory, Louis Wildhack has been appointed town clerk.

Sprained ankles only result of 35-foot fall down shaft

R.C. Duncan, in charge of the day shift at the Puzzle mine had a narrow escape Monday morning from what might have been a terrible injury or even death, when he fell a distance of 35 feet down the shaft. He lost his hold while descending the slippery ladder and plunged to the bottom, striking squarely in an ore bucket. Both ankles were badly sprained and he will be disabled for several weeks.

A pair of long-standing blacksmithing tongs standing upright in a small bucket, pierced the thick sole of one of his heavy boots but did not injure the foot. Though the handle was blunt, it imbedded itself so firmly in the boot that the latter had to be cut away. His fall into the bucket is considered a remarkable incident; had he struck in any other manner, the result could be hardly other than fatal.

Insurance rates are reduced here

Insurance rates on Breckenridge dwelling houses have been reduced, the new and lower rates being effective now. The revision of rates by the association of Colorado underwriters was due to Breckenridge’s splendid record of small fire loss. The cost of premiums has been reduced 20 percent. Only dwellings outside the business of down-town section are subject to the new rate.

Fire damages fall residence Saturday

The residence owned by Judge D.W. Fall and occupied by John Goldie and family suffered a fire damage Saturday night to the extent of $200, covered by insurance. For a time it looked as though the building was doomed to destruction. The flames broke from the roof threateningly but the quick arrival of the fire companies ended progress of the fire in a few moments. It is believed to have been caused by an electric wire. The flames were confined to the upper story, the principal damage being in the roof.

Clean-up campaign

Breckenridge presents an opportunity for an energetic clean-up campaign. It is probable that we shall have many visitors this summer and neglected yards and streets do not make favorable impressions.


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