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This week in history Sept. 4, 1920: Gold streak hit, Labor Day celebration planned

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As reported in the Sept. 4, 1920 edition of The Summit County Journal" Have you ever wished to fly like a bird? Well, your chance has come. H. S. Dixon is shown in this photograph with his ornithopter, or wing-flapping machine, which is propelled by the action of the man himself and not by an engine. The action is similar to that of a bird. The measurements of the plane from tip to tip are 23 feet, 6 inches, and it is 14 feet nose to tail. The machine weighs 47 pounds and a speed between 15 to 20 mph can be maintained.
Image from Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

This week in history as reported by The Summit County Journal the week of Sept. 4, 1920.

GOLD STREAK IN BLUE FLAG MINE LEADS TO 5 FEET OF GOOD PAYING ORE

The underground development of the Blue Flag Mining company’s property at the head of Illinois Gulch in the Breckenridge district has put the mine in shape to supply the mill with over 50 tons of ore per day.

Several years ago a streak of gold-bearing quartz was opened in a cross-cut from the old tunnel. A picked sample of this is said to have assayed at the rate of $11,000 per ton. Recent development has cut the same quartz 20 feet deeper and 1,500 feet from the portals of the tunnel, where the entire body of quartz is 5 feet wide. Three samples from across the breast of this quartz gave assays of $14, $18 and $39 per ton.

WELLINGTON MINES DIVIDENDS EXCEED $2 MILLION

The Wellington Mines Co. of Breckenridge disbursed $100,000 in dividends to its stockholders on Sept. 1. The dividend checks were all sent out with a notice stating that it was the 19th dividend paid by the company.

The company is the largest operator in Summit County and to date has paid $2,050,000 in dividends to its stockholders.

SUMMIT COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT ORDERS SCHOOL DISTRICT DIVISION

The controversy over the creation of a new school district to the Tiger camp ended for the time being, when on Wednesday of this week, County Superintendent of Schools Mrs. M. H. Hayden granted the district as petitioned for by residents of Tiger. It is understood that an appeal of the decision will be made to the state board of education, and efforts will be made to prevent the organization of the board of the Tiger district.

PLANS ARE COMPLETED FOR LABOR DAY CELEBRATION IN BRECKENRIDGE

What proposes to be the greatest Labor Day celebration in the history of Breckenridge will be staged on Monday. The plans have all been completed and, from advance information, all contests will be patronized by more teams than ever before.

Great interest is being displayed in the morning rock drilling contests, and several teams have been practicing for the past month. The record of the event will go towards a world record for drilling, and it has been said that there is little doubt that all former records will be broken.

Contests will also include a pony race and tug of war for the town’s three fire companies. The tug of war includes a prize of $50 to the members of the winning team and a loving cup to the company which the team represents.

BEARS GETTING NUMEROUS AROUND SLATE CREEK

During the last few months several bears have been reported in the Slate Creek vicinity, and one report has it that some calves were killed by a bear in the area about a month ago, although we have been unable to verify this report in its entirety.

It is a fact however, that the bear are wending their way down near the ranches. Last Saturday, Emil C. Wahlstrom encountered a large black bear when he was returning from a fishing trip on Slate Creek. He encountered the bear on Slate Creek Road where is passes the upper Cole ranch. Had he had a gun, he could have easily killed the bear as it stood in the middle of the road about 150 feet away. We expect to see several killed during the hunting season.

LOCAL NEWS NOTES FROM ALL AROUND SUMMIT COUNTY

  • On Aug. 18 David H. Gallagher passed away in Fort Collins. Mr. Gallagher settled in the Ten Mile district in 1877, where he resided until recently/ He was an honest and upright man and lived a life that warrants reward above; hence his friends were legions.
  • Maj. Reginald Yates of the Canadian Army, and a nephew of Mesdames Briggle and Moon is here on a visit with his relatives. Yates will be remembered as having formerly addressed a Breckenridge audience discussing how he was gassed during the world war.
  • With excellent weather, haying is progressing rapidly on the Blue River at present. The only handicap which the ranchers are encountering is the apparent shortage of men for work in the fields.
  • A few days ago Jack Frost made his appearance here in the valley, and has been very busy painting the flowers and trees a golden yellow. Tuesday night, the valley received a killing frost, which made potato vines look rather black Wednesday morning.
  • Harold Potter returned to Denver yesterday to get his assignment in the U.S. Navy. Harold spent the past 10 days on a furlough at home.


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