This week in history, April 17, 1920: Fire in Breckenridge home does considerable damage |

This week in history, April 17, 1920: Fire in Breckenridge home does considerable damage

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
A cartoon published in the April 17, 1920 edition of the Summit County Journal.
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This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal the week of April 17, 1920.


A Breckenridge fire starting from a defective flu in the home of E.D. Keller at about 10 p.m. Friday morning did considerable to the building.

The fire was discovered shortly after it started, and the fire department was on the ground in a few moments but before the water could be brought into play the entire upstairs was blazing. Citizens worked unceasingly to remove the furniture from the burning building, the work being made very difficult by the dense smoke clouds which filled the rooms.

Although slight damage was done to the lower floor, Mr. Keller says he does not think he will attempt to repair the building. He wishes to thank the fire department and citizens who aided in putting out the fire.


Dr. Randolph and Ellett left Boulder Friday afternoon for the North Arapahoe peak and the western slope of the continental range.

They desired to get some pictures of winter scenes and to duplicate the feat of a group of students who made the ascent about three weeks ago. They were warned against the trip because of storm conditions. They spent Friday night at the Adair cabin two miles west of Eldora.

From the information that Mr. Adams, a local trapper, could gain from Ellett the two men were caught in the Arapahoe pass and spent Saturday night in a “pup” tent. In returning Sunday they lost their way and wandered over the mountains until dark, when they again pitched tent. Dr. Randolph was nearly exhausted and died some time in the night.

Ellett started down the canyon and met Adams about halfway between the Fourth of July mine and the Adams cabin. The trapped game Ellett the keys to his cabin and went to locate the body of Dr. Randolph. He found the body around 9:45 a.m. Adams estimated the man had been dead for hours.


On Thursday evening of this week the Women of Woodcraft celebrated their twenty-second anniversary of their organization, when they entertained a number of friends at Bradley hall.

One of the largest gathers ever assembled under that roof was reported to have been in attendance.

The hall presented a most pleasing appearance being decorated with festoons of the Circle colors.

Following the program delicious refreshments were served to the members and guests, and everyone expressed themselves as having had a most delightful evening.


Friday evening on April 9, Vance Graham gave a party to a few of his friends, for he could not accommodate all of them, celebrating his fourteenth birthday.

A fine musical program was given by Mr. Irwin, Agnes McKenna, Grace Wade, Mrs. Wade, Vance Graham. Dr. McKenna gave us some good Irish jokes and Vance Graham showed his ability as a human phonograph.

After the program cherry sherbet and birthday cake was served, but before cutting the cake everyone had a chance to find out when they were going to be married by trying luck in blowing out the 14 candles on the cake. However no one seemed to be very anxious to get married, for each one made it a point to blow out all the candles.


The Ladies Aid Society met with Mrs. Blake Thursday afternoon, with 15 being present. A very interesting literary program was given, after which dainty refreshments were served by the hostess, those being present to enjoy them were: the Mesdames Engle, Westerman, Bowman, Ohler, Shatz, Hopkins, Daub, Howard, Galloway, Wade, McAdoo, Miss Lottie Porter, Rev. Bowman and Betty Hopkins.

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