This week in Summit County history: Beloved Dillon pioneer at rest |

This week in Summit County history: Beloved Dillon pioneer at rest

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
This Week in History
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This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of July 11-15, 1916.

The saying that trouble never comes singly was again made evident on Monday when the Grim Reaper for the second time in a little over three months entered the home of Mrs. Nellie L. Geisel and took from it the mother Mrs. Mary Mahan, who for thirty three years had been one of the most beloved residents of Dillon.

Mrs. Mahan was taken ill on Wednesday of last week and grew steadily worse until Sunday when pneumonia set in and all hope of her recovery was then lost. The end came Monday at 12 o’clock noon. At her bedside were her daughter, Mrs. Geisel, a granddaughter Mrs. Sears and a grandson James Logadon besides many friends who did everything that could be done to make the end easy.

In the death of Mrs. Mahan not only Dillon but the entire community loses one who helped very materially to make the world a better place to live.

Toledo tunnel equipped with large air compressor

The Philadelphia Mines company has lately equipped the Toledo tunnel with a large air compressor, the most efficient piece of machinery ever brought to this country. They are hauling ore from the Jumbo tunnel to the Philadelphia mill with an auto truck, which seems to easily handle fifty tons per day.

For sale

For sale — Motorcycle or will trade on horse. Inquire Journal.


After shooting and killing Abner Lowell, 48 years old, and his son, Hughh, 18, and seriously wounding another son, Fran, 16, in a quarrel over irrigation ditches, Henry Ludwig was surrounded near Durango by a sheriff’s posse in a cabin, where he killed himself with his rifle.

Colorado’s Gold and Silver Production

Colorado was the greatest producer of the precious metals in the entire United States in 1915. This state mined $2,732,200 more gold and silver combined than its nearest competitor, California. Colorado’s total precious metal production amounted to $26,122,700. California’s was $23,390,500. California was the greatest gold producer, turning out $22,547,400 worth of metal. Colorado, which was second on the gold list, fell only $16,600 behind California. But Colorado produced $3,591,900 worth of silver — being fifth among the country’s silver producers — while California yielded only $843,100 worth of the white metal.

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