This week in history Oct. 16, 1920: Wellington Mine closes, businessman dies |

This week in history Oct. 16, 1920: Wellington Mine closes, businessman dies

As reported in the Oct. 16, 1920 edition of The Summit County Journal: A general view of the enormous crowd at a Sinn Fein (Irish political party) demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London. Many fiery orators addressed the multitude.
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This week in history as reported by The Summit County Journal the week of Oct. 16, 1920.

Increased freight rates close Wellington Mine

Both mills of the Wellington Mines company and practically the entire mine force will be curtailed sometime within the next 30 days, owing to the increase of the freight rates.

It was a known fact that the increase, which amounted to $3.50 to $3.75 per ton, would cause a great loss in the Wellington grade of ore, but manager R. M. Henderson used every effort to gain a concession of a reduced rate from the railroads. These efforts have all failed in spite of the fact that similar concessions have been granted by the Rio Grande from Eagle County points.

The Wellington is one of the largest producers of zinc ore in Colorado and one of a very few that were able to operate during the period following the war when the bottom fell out of the price of zinc.

It has been the largest employer in Breckenridge and its closing down will probably work a hardship on the community. Manager Henderson states that the pumps will be kept in operation and some men will be put to work developing the mine. Nothing will be done at either mill and no attempt will be made to ship any ore. The shutdown will be indefinite.

Charles A. Sanders laid to rest in Dillon Cemetery today

Charles Albert Sanders, one of Dillon’s leading businessmen and one of the town’s most public-spirited citizens died suddenly at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday of heart failure. He had just gotten out of bed when he was seized with a spell of heart trouble of which he had experienced during the last three years. Fifteen minuted later he was dead.

Sanders was 54 years of age. He had been a resident of Dillon for about a dozen years, and was the owner and manager of the Antlers club rooms and cafe.

Gus Bergman the haberdasher sells store

Gus Bergman recently disposed of his gents furnishing store to S. N. Huhn of Larkspur, Colorado. Huhn was a former merchant at Como and is already known to many Breckenridge residents. He comes to Breckenridge highly recommended as a good businessman and aims to give Summit County a store that will be unsurpassed in this part of the state.

Bergman has been one of Summit County’s leading businessmen for the past 20 years. He is compelled to retire on account of poor health.

Local news notes from all around Summit County

  • Judge Francis E. Bouck arrived in Breckenridge Monday morning to open the October term of the district court.
  • The hearing of the appeal of the Tiger school district division, which was set before the state board of education in Denver last Monday, was postponed until next month’s board session.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Kaiser as their children drove in from their ranch on Price Creek last Saturday evening. This is his first visit at his home in two years. Now he states he is a full-fledged ranchman, and willing to graduate into a full -fledged cattleman.
  • Mrs. M. H. Hayden, county superintendent of schools, returned from Denver Tuesday. They made the trip in the Morris “limousine” from Tiger.
  • A spelling match will be given at the M. E. church next Thursday evening, Oct. 21. Everybody get busy and come. Refreshments, cafeteria style, at reasonable prices.

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