This week in history, May 22, 1920: Decoration Day coming, Tiger school gets motion-picture machine

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
A poem and image from the May 22, 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 May 22, 1920.


The annual Decoration Day (the predecessor to Memorial Day) services will be held in Grand Army hall on Sunday, May 30 by the Blue Valley Post No. 17 of the American Legion, assisting the remaining few Civil War veterans of the Joseph A. Mower post of the Grand Army of the Republic.

All ex-servicemen are requested to assist in the observance of the day. The ladies and children are requested to help secure enough flowers for the suitable decoration of the graves. The program of the day’s exercises will be given later.

The Tiger school in 1920.
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The schoolhouse at Tiger was built by the Royal Tiger Mines company, and during the day it is used exclusively for classrooms. It’s divided by a canvas partition running down the center of the room.

The board of education for District No. 1, to which Tiger is attached, make an allowance of $40 per month to the mining company for fuel and janitor service and the building is also used as a community center for the camp. It is here that the Tiger and Tigress clubs hold their sessions, and where enjoyable dancing parties are given every Friday evening.

A moving-picture machine is now being installed, and picture-plays will soon be added as a regular attraction for the people of this growing community.

Children at the Tiger school, May 10, 1920.
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Lessees of mining properties in the Breckenridge district continue prosperous though the falling prices of silver and of lead are cutting into their profits.

The lower price of silver is apparently due to “bearing the market” by speculators and others having contracts they hope to cover at a low price. There is no over-production of metals and prices will go up in the near future.


The Dunkin lessees made a promising new strike of gold ore early this week, picked specimens from which are said to be fully 10% gold. As the strike was made in the stoping on the same vein from which the former Gaymon-Knorr lease made the thirty thousand dollar clean-up, but is fully 1,000 feet nearer the portal of the main tunnel, the leases feel very much elated over the strike — it practically gives them a lot of virgin ground to work.


On Thursday of this week Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Westerman celebrated their forty-fifth wedding anniversary at their home on French Street. Mr. Westerman received the congratulations of his many friends all day. He wore the same coat that formed part of his wardrobe on the happy day forty-five years ago, and in his vest-pocket carried a small locket that contained a likeness of the young girl who then became his bride.


Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Marcott and their family have moved from the lower Blue River area up to the Royal Tiger mine. They expect to be gone all summer.

Carl A. Kaiser returned from Denver on Wednesday. He states there is nothing doing yet before the state supreme court regarding the boundary matter between Summit and Lake counties. Rumors to the contrary are not founded on fact.

Ed Riley, the Montezuma contractor for the mail route from Dillon to Montezuma, has sure had his hands full this winter and deserves credit for his efforts to carry mail during the bad storms. He bought a snowplow for $25, paid out over $100 for labor and hired an extra team and man to take mail at Black’s ranch on to Montezuma. It was necessary to use six horses a portion of the time, with the new plow it is easier to keep the road passable.

Montezuma school closes on May 28th. Mrs. Hayden, superintendent of schools, will be in attendance to give out diplomas.

The American Legion Post No. 17 of Summit County will sport a new flag on Decoration Day (now known as Memorial Day) — it’s a secret at present.

With pies retailing at 40 cents apiece, few will feel pie-ously inclined. Cut the price or make ’em twice as large.

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