This week in history, May 8, 1920: Berthoud Pass open, hunter fined, wife deserter tries out for Olympic team |

This week in history, May 8, 1920: Berthoud Pass open, hunter fined, wife deserter tries out for Olympic team

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
As seen in the May 8, 1920 edition of The Summit County Journal: the first pupils in the Washington City Post Office's Training School for Postal Employees. The classes will cover all kinds of postal work.
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This week in history as reported by The Summit County Journal the week of May 8, 1920.


Carl Clinton Guthner, one of the greatest athletic and track men the Rocky Mountain region has ever produced, is one of the navy’s entrants for the Olympic Team. Guthner is one of the marvels of the American athletic world. Without coaching of any kind he has climbed to the top place where he holds the one world’s record and two records for the Rocky Mountain region, besides numerous amateur championships. He served in the navy during the war and liked it so well he determined to make it his life’s work.

Guthner was for a short time a resident of Breckenridge, where he deserted his wife and two lovely small children to re-enlist in the navy.


Last week we remarked that “deer meat is dear at this season of the year,” when Charles A. Westlake was fined $100 and costs before county Judge D.W. Fall for having venison in his possession out of season.

On Wednesday of this week he was hailed again before the judge, charged with killing elk out of season. It is claimed that he had “an elk with five feet” stored that he had unlawfully killed. He did not try to prove it was a five-legged elk that he had unlawfully killed, but admitted that the legs belonged to two animals and plead guilty. He was fined $200 and costs. Evidently he will conclude that beef is a cheaper food, even at the present price asked for beef by the butchers.


Fighting from both ends for about a week, show shovelers reached the top of Berthoud Pass Tuesday morning and it is now possible to drive over the hill with supplies for Middle Park country.

A prize of a 5 gallon keg of whiskey was set on the top for the team winning, but it is said to have been divided. We don’t know where it came from, but wish that someone would offer a like prize for the opening up of Hoosier Pass. We are certain that no time would be lost reaching the top.


Lessee Nels Ostrum now has good shipping-grade lead carbonate ore opened in two places in his lease in the main tunnel of the Iron Mask mine on Shock hill. The company’s drift on the vein is now in about 175 feet from the bottom of the 100-foot level.

It is understood that the Tonopah Placers will do some more prospecting with a churn drill ahead of the No. 2 dredge boat. Both the other boats of the company are working steadily.


Joseph Bernatchie left Tuesday for Montezuma after being away from there for a couple of months.

J.A. Prescott of Steele, N.D. came to Breckenridge to see the strike of his half-brother, Ed Frost, who has opened some good ore on his claim on Prospect hill.

J.L. Wood left for Phoenix, Ariz. on Monday, where he will have a hot job —any old job is a hot in Phoenix.

Former district attorney Barney L. Wheatley came up from Denver recently going to Tiger via Braddock. He then came to Breckenridge, where his friends congratulated him on his improved personal appearance. The climate of Denver appeared to agree with him.

The old Fletcher building on Lincoln Avenue was gutted by fire Thursday. Prompt action of the fire department prevented the fire from burning the adjoining building, occupied by Theobold’s market.

As seen in the May 8, 1920 edition of The Summit County Journal: a panoramic view of the historic pyramids of the sun and moon at San Juan Teothuacan, 30 miles outside of Mexico City. A newly-discovered pyramid in the same area is now being opened.
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