This week in history April 1, 1922: Magician entertains community, mining activity renewed

The tree that Daniel Webster, a famous American statesman, had at his home is now growing healthfully in another part of town. The tree has been moved over to the Lincoln Memorial Grounds for preservation and given prominent place.
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This week in history as reported by The Summit County Journal the week of April 1, 1922.

Montezuma mines are to resume shipment soon

The Liberty Mining and Reduction Co., operating the Pennsylvania mine and mill that closed a successful season last November, is planning to resume operations early in May. During last season, the company milled an average of 50 tons daily, and 47 cars of concentrates were shipped to the smelter.

The new St. John Mining Co. of Montezuma, of which Al Boyd is manager, has opened up a fine ore body in virgin ground. The pay streak is from 10 to 20 winches wide with 750 feet of stoping ground and should produce steadily with development. Shipments will commence when hauling is possible.

The St. Elmo Mining Co. has been reorganized by Charles Buckland and Philadelphia associates, and the company will start operating the Mark Twain property as soon as the weather conditions permit the hauling in of supplies and equipment with E. W. Fairchild in charge.

The Silver Tip Mining Co., holding a bond and lease on the Hunkidori, has already resumed work and shipments are expected to resume in the early spring.

Reno the magician is able entertainer

The last event of this season’s lyceum course was filled by famous magician Edward Reno Thursday evening. Reno proved to be a very popular number, and according to all comments after his performance, it is said that he was the best of this season’s course — and probably not surpassed by any that came in former years.

The program lasted about an hour and a half and there was never a dull moment. No one in the audience seemed displeased, and when the entertainment ended it was like no time had passed at all. He performed all of his tricks and experiments that spoke well for his 35 years’ experience, and proved himself a magician beyond the ability of many traveling around the same line of work.

Several of his stunts required some outside assistance, and people like King Stuard and Eleanor Roberts willingly volunteered. Present conditions as regards to finances and employment tend to small audiences in the large auditorium, but those present were more than repaid for their time spent for the entertainment.

Much road work for Summit this summer

The regular meeting of the Summit Board of County Commissioners will be held this coming week, and the meeting plans to discuss the large amount of road work that will be carried out this summer. More money will be made available from the state funds than in the past, and all the county funds will be used.

Plans have been made for completing the new highway over Hoosier Pass, cutting out the grades at the Carr Placer and also along Ford Hill and other steep pitches after leaving the Blue River valley.

Efforts are still being made to start the work on the Holy Cross Trail this year, and should they materialize, it will mean additional employment for 100 or more men. Most of the road to be built on this Holy Cross project will be in Summit County.

Local news notes from all around Summit County

  • Dr. E. W. Shrock spent several days in town this week, coming from Alma on Tuesday.
  • James M. Hall, prominent Park County rancher, spent last Friday evening in Breckenridge on business.
  • F.A. Sparks, of the Dillon power stations, spent Friday and Saturday of last week in Breckenridge on his regular monthly inspection of the company meters.
  • Ralph David left on the westbound train Thursday for Leadville, from which point he will decide his further destination.
  • J.A. Traylor of the Royal Tiger Mines Co. arrived in Tiger Thursday. Mr. Traylor came directly from New York to his Summit County holdings.

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