This week in Summit County history: Mrs. Julia Breckenridge dies in Michigan Sunday |

This week in Summit County history: Mrs. Julia Breckenridge dies in Michigan Sunday

Compiled by Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
This Week in History
The Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad depot sometime between 1880 and 1900. The depot originally stood at the base of Mount Royal, where the paved bike path is now.
Courtesy Frisco Historic Park & Museum |

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of May 23-27, 1916.

Mrs. Julia Breckenridge, wife of Judge Maurice Breckenridge of Tulsa, Oklahoma, died last Sunday morning at the Battle Creek, Mich., sanitarium, where she has been for a short time in an effort to regain her health. News of her death was wired Mrs. Robert Gere Sunday, but the cause and other details were not given.

Mrs. Breckenridge, her husband and children were well known in this community. For several years past they have been summer visitors here and had grown to look upon Breckenridge as almost their home town. They are highly esteemed by Breckenridge citizens who deeply regret her death.

The Breckenridges became identified with the town by a chance meeting with Miss Zoe Gore a half dozen years ago, who told them they should make the acquaintance of the town which bore their name. They did so and the acquaintance proved a happy one for the Oklahoma people and Breckenridge people. The husband, son and a daughter Billie and Anne, survive Mrs. Breckenridge.

Memorial Day services

Impressive memorial services are to be held here. The Ladies of the G.A.R. are working energetically in arranging the program of the day. One of the features will be a parade of which the fraternal orders of the town will participate. Several floats and carriages will be in tow and one float in particular will be of interest, the companies of which will be daughters and grand-daughters of Civil War veterans.

In the evening at G.A.R. ball, a patriotic program consisting of singing, speaking and other numbers will be presented in which the children of Breckenridge will take prominent part.

Two men killed in runaway

Trinidad — Two are dead as the result of a runaway of a team of horses attached to a heavy moving equipment wagon on the Hoehne road, four miles east of this city. Peter A. Shipley, 79, a contractor, for thirty-five years a resident of this city, was instantly killed when the wagon loaded with dirt and timber rolled down a six-foot embankment upon him. John Moran, 31, the driver, died at the hospital here. Moran suffered a fracture of the spine and internal injuries.

Bisland killed

While he was at the top of a pole at Dry Lake near Boulder, adjusting a transformer, John Bisland, a graduate of the School of Mines at Golden, was instantly killed when 15,000 volts passed through his body.

Injured at Wellington

When attempting to sing a sharp pick into a timber, Fred Mull, employed at the Wellington mine, missed the timber and drove the pick into his foot, easing a very painful wound. He was hurried to a physician’s office, where it was found that while no serious injury will result, the wound will incapacitate him for several days.

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