This Week In History: Weather threatens railroad travel
December 16, 2017
This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago.
Railroad Blockade Only Threatened
The first "worst storm of the season" visited this section of the country during the early part of the week. Some of the old timers were heard saying that more snow fell in a short while on Tuesday night, than at any like period of time during their memory of the winters in Breckenridge. The storm was also severe and kept up for several days. The east bound passenger train from Leadville Monday morning was a couple hours late in arriving, and left to make up the trip over Boreas at one-thirty in the afternoon. It had only gone as far as Bakers, when a snow slide was encountered, and it had to return to Breckenridge.
Mrs. James E. Hanley Dies at Cripple Creek
Mrs. James E Hanley, of Cripple Creek, a sister of Mrs. L. I. King, of this place died at the hospital in Cripple Creek at 2:00 last Saturday. Mrs. Hanley had been operated on for appendicitis about six weeks ago, and was apparently on the road to recovery. She had been home from the hospital about two weeks when she was taken ill last Thursday and had to be again taken to the hospital. She gradually grew worse, and on Saturday afternoon passed away.
Explosive Licensing Agents Appointed for Kokomo and Dillon Districts
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According to advices received this week, the Bureau of Mines, of the Department of Interior has appointed A.B. Tubbs of Dillon, and J.M. Armstrong of Kokomo as agents to issue local licenses to all users of explosives of any kind. A recent order of the War Department made these announcements necessary, as it is now unlawful for anyone to have explosives of any kind in their possession unless they have first procured a license. No one will be excepted from this ruling and all users of dynamite or other explosives should call on the agent for their district at once for the proper order.
Keno Game Next Saturday Night
Rumors are now afloat that the annual keno game given by the Summit County Elks, for charitable purposes during the year, will be given next Saturday night. Many inquiries regarding this affair have made the rounds of late, and it seems that people are already looking forward to the good time that is always evidenced at the keno game.
No More Volunteers For The Army
After December 15th there will be no more volunteer enlistment in the U.S. Army, according to the orders from the recruiting officers. This is due to the fact that all men subject to army duty will soon be classified and subject to call for duty to which they are most fitted. A second draft is being planned for early in the year, and it is the intention of the government to know what each man is suited to do. This does not apply to the Navy and anyone desiring may still enlist in this branch of service, provided he has not been ordered to report by draft. He can enlist through his local post office, or by making application direct to the Navy Recruiting Office in Denver. There are many opportunities in the Navy, and all Summit County boys who have already chosen this branch of service are more than pleased with their calling.
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