This week in history Nov. 5, 1921: Armistice Day celebrations, gold to be mined |

This week in history Nov. 5, 1921: Armistice Day celebrations, gold to be mined

World war heroes from all nations have commenced to arrive in the U.S. for the Disarmament Conference called by President Hardin.
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This week in history as reported by The Summit County Journal the week of Nov. 5, 1921:

Famous Farncomb Hill may again come to rescue

Farncomb Hill, home of the Tom’s Baby gold nugget, is again coming into favor with lessees. There are now five or six leases in operation in the mines which, from 1885 to 1905, produced probably $1 million worth of coarse gold. Most of the gold was prepared for shipment to the United States Mint by hand, using a mortar to pulverize the rock adhering to the gold, then washing it in a pan, amalgamating it with mercury and retorting it into ingots that sold for over $17 per ounce in Denver.

There are good chances for finding new gold-bearing veins in unprospected blocks of ground on several of the properties. Of the present leases, there are said to be five that are working in virgin ground.

The lease which County Judge D.W. Fall is backing is reported as looking very favorable, as the vein is showing the characteristic copper ore as an indicator.

American Legion plans Armistice Day observance

Plans have been completed for a grand celebration to be held in Breckenridge next Friday, Nov. 11, for Armistice Day. The American Legion’s Blue Valley post will be in charge of the celebration, and the program will consist of speakers at noon in front of the firemen’s hall if the weather permits.

Reverend Mr. Large will be the principal speaker for the occasion. The fire bell will be tolled at noon and a firing squad from the Legion’s members will fire a salute in honor of the unknown hero who will be buried at that hour in the Arlington Heights Cemetery at Washington.

At the request of the president of the United States, all citizens are asked to stop from their duties for three minutes at noon and bow their heads in prayer of thanksgiving that we are at peace and for the successful outcome of the Great War.

Leadville quits opposing Red Cliff-Wheeler cutoff

As the result of a special camber of commerce meeting, A. B. Crosswhite wrote to the state highway engineer in Denver that the Leadville has withdrawn its opposition to the proposed Red Cliff-Wheeler cutoff over Shrine Pass. Representatives from Red Cliff convinced local Leadville members that the proposal would be a great advantage to Lake County.

Crosswhite also requested the necessary funds from the state highway commission to complete the portion of the Leadville-Dillon highway that is in Summit County. The Leadville-Dillon highway will make Leadville only 106 miles from Denver, the shortest route now being through South Park and Colorado Springs, a distance of 210 miles.

The road, in general, will be easy to travel and the possibilities of going to Denver and returning by car in one day is an assured fact. The proposed Shrine Pass on the Wheeler cut-off and the 3-mile tunnel on the Midland highway will make Leadville the center of attractions that will be easily accessible to tourists from all parts of the country.

Roberts family hosts delightful Halloween party

The Roberts home on Main Street in Breckenridge was the setting for one of the most delightful affairs of the season last Monday night when Miss Phoebe entertained at a “Hallowe’en“ party. The entire house was decorated in Halloween colors, pumpkins, black cats, bats, witches, etc. Spooky and mysterious corners were to be found everywhere. Upstairs one was even ushered into a veritable ”cave of the winds,“ and in another room a forest with the witches’ brew of fortunes in a cauldron and the fire all ready to light.

All of the young people came as ghosts or witches and the many games indulged in suitable to the occasion were highly enjoyed. Delicious refreshments of orange jello in orange cases, cut to resemble pumpkin faces, cake and cider were served.

Local news notes from all around Summit County

  • Mrs. Laura Winslow and children were Denver passengers Wednesday morning.
  • Several Lower Blue ranchmen were in town this week with loads of potatoes and other farm produce. They are taking advantage of the fine weather to get their crops moved to town.
  • Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Henderson are spending a few days in Denver on a business trip.
  • Henry Recen of Kokomo spent Monday in town doing some work for his Kokomo company at the Tonopah machine shops.

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