State so dry, buttermilk loses its charm |

State so dry, buttermilk loses its charm

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Special to the Daily
An office worker in the early 1900s.
Summit Historical Society Photograph Collection / Courtesy of the Dr. Sandra F. Pritchard Mather Archive |

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of Jan. 25-29, 1915.


Breckenridge people have gone dry with a determination that outdoes all provisions of the prohibition amendment. Not only are they obediently and cheerfully refraining from the nectar that cheers and exhilarates, but they are abstaining from noticeable indulgence in harmless soft drinks.

And at such unexpected teetotalism, Ed Brewer, of the Denver House, is mystified. In support of the contention that you can never tell what a human man will do, he cites the fact that buttermilk, the old-reliable standby, which, in days gone by, was in constant demand, now has few devotees. When bourbon and rye and Budweiser flowed plentifully, it was shunned by those who now profess to pine for it, and buttermilk was called for in loud and persistent voice so frequently that Mr. Brewer could not obtain enough to meet the demands of his patrons. But now, despite the inviting sign “Fresh Buttermilk,” ingeniously displayed by Mr. Brewer, it has no allurements. It certainly looks as though prohibition in Colorado had become eminently successful.


At the store of the Finding Hardware company is a miniature kitchen range — itself enough to delight the housewife, but should she lower the oven door, a magic thing would happen. From out the oven, noiselessly and without the use of handles, buttons, knobs, hooks or cloths, the roasting-pan will slide gracefully into view.

Its purpose is at once evident. It prevents burns or other injuries which frequently result when the housewife withdraws baking-pans from the oven. It is a newly patented device that is certain to gain immediate popularity among those who use ovens and is sure to prove one of the most important inventions of recent years. The magical apparatus which tends to lessen the burden of baking and roasting is not the product of an Edison or some other specialist in novl and revolutionary mechanical contrivances. Neither is any big stove-manufacturing concern responsible for it. The inventor is no other than Theodore Knorr, of Breckenridge, who says that he conceived the idea many years ago and has since dreamed constantly of perfecting it. Recently he interested Henry A. Recen, a former Breckenridge young man and an inventor of considerable note among manufacturers of mining machinery. Together they worked out minor details, constructed several models, obtained their patent and introduced the result to the world.


Investigations of the intricacies of a loaded toy cannon may cost George Thompson, six years old, of Denver the sight of his right eye.


Mrs. Jank Mauer of Gunnison was in Denver resting up from the exertion she says she underwent when she horsewhipped her former brother-in-law, Herman Mauer.


Using a saw made from a knife stolen from the dining room and cutting through boards eight inches thick, twent-four white convicts whose terms range from one year to life sentence, escaped from the state convict farm at Cummins, Ark.

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