This week in history Sept. 11, 1920: Labor Day celebrations a success, Tiger school district organized

Compiled by Summit Daily Staff
As reported in the Sept. 11, 1920 edition of The Summit County Journal: A scene for a moving picture, made under the water by the use of a photographic diving bell.
Image from Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

This week in history as reported by The Summit County Journal the week of Sept. 11, 1920.


The celebration given by the Red, White and Blue Fire Department on Monday was a grand success, when the opposition of the weather man is taken into consideration. On Sunday the sun failed to make any appearance; the day was wet and cold, and most out-of-town visitors gave up all thought of coming to Breckenridge. Early on Monday morning however, it looked as though a nice day would be in order, and the crowd soon started to gather.

The drilling match was the first event in the day’s program of sports and it created an unusual amount of excitement. When the scores were given, first place for both the single hand and double hand contest was given to entrants from Tiger.

The first event after the drilling contest was originally the firemen’s tug of war, but it was postponed to start the baseball game, where Breckenridge drubbed the Leadville team. The final score was made conspicuous by its absence from the Leadville Herald’s account of the game, which Breckenridge won 23-1.

As reported in the Sept. 11, 1920 edition of The Summit County Journal: the results from the 1920 Breckenridge Labor Day competitions.
Image from Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

The tug of war started afterwards and the Blue River Hose Company won their first match over the Independent Hose Company. While Blue River was given time to rest between matches, a rain shower started and nothing more was done toward the tug of war. Since Labor Day, the event has been the topic of much discussion as to who is the prize winner. The Blues claim the honors for being the winning team, while the Hook and Ladder Company refuse to give in, stating that they are ready at any time for the match.


The organization of the Tiger school district was completed last Saturday, when an election was held to decide the question of a new district, and also to place the directors of the district in office. The election proved to be rather exciting and 46 votes were cast in favor of the creation of the new district.

The Tiger school term commenced on Tuesday and an enrollment of 51 pupils was reported yesterday. The new district has been designated as District No. 4 by County Superintendent of Schools Mrs. M. H. Hayden.


The Breckenridge City schools opened on schedule Tuesday morning, and on Thursday morning the enrollment was reported as being 122, which is less than the enrollment for last year. Not all the eligible pupils around town have yet entered the school, and it is expected that the enrollment figures will be somewhat increased this coming week.


  • Prof. H. M. Barret of Boulder University made an official inspection of the Breckenridge High School the week. Barret seemed well-pleased with the local institution and stated that it upheld all former records.
  • Welden C. Torkington arrived from Denver yesterday and is visiting with his father a couple of days. Welden is now employed in the offices of the Union Pacific railroad, and found it impossible to get a leave of absence for more than a couple of days.
  • A. W. Phillips of Twin Falls, Idaho is spending a few days renewing acquaintances in Breckenridge. Phillips has the honor of being one of Summit County’s commissioners at the time the court house was constructed and was visiting his daughter in Leadville. He could not resist a few days in Summit County before returning to his Idaho home.
  • David P. Howard, of Hot Sulphur Springs, the Republican candidate for representative in the state legislature in from this district, spent Labor Day in Breckenridge, willing to get acquainted. He made the trip as a passenger and companion of editor George Swan of the Kremmling News, who motored to our festivities with his family. Howard proved an affable gentleman, and the forming of acquaintances in his case was a matter that proved mutually pleasurable.

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