This week in history, May 1, 1920: Dredges running, wage increase |

This week in history, May 1, 1920: Dredges running, wage increase

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
A photo printed in the May 1, 1920 edition of The Summit County Journal shows E. Grandjean, forest supervisor of the Boise forest in Idaho, looking over the proposed Sawtooth National Park in the Sawtooth mountains. He was accompanied on this tour by Otto M. Jones, state game warden of Idaho, and Mrs. Jones who is shown in this photo.
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This week in history as reported by The Summit County Journal the week of May 1, 1920.


Four of the five gold dredging boats in the Breckenridge district are running full time on the rich gold-bearing placer deposits in the stream-beds of the district. The No. 2 dredge of the Tonopah Placer Company, near the head of Swan River is in winter quarters — it’s still winter over there.


About two weeks ago the manager of the Wellington Mines Company, Mr. R.M. Henderson, posted notices on the work advising all employees of an increase in wages effective from April 15. The increase applies to all branches of labor and was 50 cents per day to all employees in the service of the company at least 30 days, and 20 cents per day to all who left the employ of the Company before the 3-day period.

This now makes a minimum of $4.75 to all steady employees and the top-notch wage being $5.25 for timbermen and machine men. This stand was taken voluntarily.


Industrial plants are now using the Ambrine (a paraffin wax mixture) treatment for burns, scalds, and all surface wounds which proved very successful for casualties incurred in the world war.

The dressing is a compound of wax and resins, and is solid when cold. It is heated to about 150 degrees Fahrenheit and applied by means of a special atomizer, or can be gently daubed on with a soft brush. A plastic dressing, impervious to air, is thus formed, which does not adhere to the wound and promotes the healing process.


The post-war divorce crush in England is steadily increasing and it was declared in London that no diminution is in sight. There were 1,325 undefended cases in the January list of the divorce court and a new list is being prepared to take care of the surplus cases. The big increase is attributed to the upheaval in social conditions caused by the war.


A new flying machine, called a helicopter, has been invented, quite different from anything that mankind has yet stared up at in that its propellers have a diameter of 51 feet, revolve much more slowly than the more-and-more familiar airplane, are located above the car and take the place of the wings of the customary airplane.

The propellors, in fact, are practically moving wings. The machine, as described by Robert G. Skerrett in the New York Sun, presents quite a list of advantages over anything that has preceded it for air navigation. It can, it is declared, descend slowly, rise and come down without difficulty anywhere, carry a considerable load and is inherently stable.


Carl Fulton returned Sunday.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. M.R. Osbourne this morning.

O.E. Williams was over from Kokomo last Tuesday on a business trip and to say hello to friends.

The Passengers on Friday afternoon’s train for Leadville over the South Park line had a rather unusual experience in the Ten Mile canyon. The train encountered a snowslide some distance past Curtin, and backing away was in time to afford passengers a thrill of having escaped another slide, which occurred where they had a good view. It may be Monday before we will have a train from Leadville.

A photo printed in the May 1, 1920 edition of The Summit County Journal shows the famous church on wheels which followed the Romanian army during the invasion of Hungary. It was used as a dressing station on many occasions by American Red Cross doctors caring for wounded in the Romanian ranks. It is built on a standard passenger coach frame and was still being used in 1920.
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