This week in history, May 15, 1920: Man dies on dredge, Mother’s Day celebrated |

This week in history, May 15, 1920: Man dies on dredge, Mother’s Day celebrated

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
In order to cut down the running time between Pittsburgh's outlying districts and the city, an engineering project to blast through a mountain chain encircling the city has begun. When this tunnel has been bored it will cut cut travel time from one hour to 15 minutes. This photograph shows the first blasting for the tunnel — the rock within the white semicircle is honeycombed with dynamite. As seen in the May 15, 1920 edition of The Summit County Journal.
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On Monday before noon Samuel H. Rogers was drowned in the dredging pit of the Blue River Dredging company, about 2 miles north of Breckenridge. It appears that Rogers was employed on the Tonopah Placers company’s Number 3 boat and, being recently changed to the night shift, found he couldn’t sleep and decided to visit some of his acquaintances on the Blue River dredge.

After being on the boat for an hour he passed over the gang plank to the bank of the pit, stepping off the side before reaching its end just as a slice of bank caved in. A loose rock is believed to have hit him on the right temple, stunning him so that he did not come to the surface of the water.


The program for Mother’s Day, as arranged, was carried out to perfection at the Methodist church last Sunday night.

Each number was delightfully rendered, and reflected great credit on the little ones. The church edifice was packed to the doors by a large and interested congregation.


Spreckles, the Hawaiian-California sugar king, recently stated in New York that there was “Nothing to justify the present high price of sugar.” He is certain in a position to know the facts.

A representative of the Cuban republic recently stated that the Cuban government had recently offered to sell the 1919 Cuban sugar crop to the United States government at $8 per 100-pound sack. Did our tax-eating and time-wasting Washington statesmen accept the offer? Not so that you would notice it: the want to hold the beet-sugar vote!


George Brass returned to Kremmling last Saturday.

School closes in the Smith District this Friday, and a dance will be given by the pupils this Saturday night, May 8th. All are invited.

Arthur Dodge returned from Detroit Thursday after several weeks in that bustling city.

Capt. Eugene A. Bond, district attorney, was over from Leadville on Tuesday to be present at the coroner’s inquest over the remains of Samuel H. Rogers.

County Commissioner Andrew Lindstrom, Thomas Marshall and John Laskey went over to the South Park on Friday’s morning train to look after their cattle. Lindstrom four branding irons with him.

Owing to the bad roads, mail came into Montezuma on horseback last night.

Mrs. Lampton recently bought the Montezuma cottage owned by Amos Morris. Mrs. Lampton is a graduate pianist from Lancashire, England.

As a part of the general convention of the Sons of the Revolution, the group took a patriotic pilgrimage to Mt. Vernon. As seen in the May 15, 1920 edition of The Summit County Journal.
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