This Week in Summit County History: Booze, beef, brains and bootlegging |

This Week in Summit County History: Booze, beef, brains and bootlegging

Compiled by Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
This Week in Summit County History
Dredge on Swan River, Breckenridge, 1895-1899.
From the Summit Historical Society, Courtesy of the Dr. Sandra F. Pritchard Mather Archive |

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of April 18-22, 1916.


Colorado’s prohibition law is a most remarkable creation. It is convenient, accommodating and considerate. While it denies in theory, the right of anyone living within the state to sell liquor, it doesn’t prevent the sale of liquor, having considerately conferred the right of purchase upon all. It permits those who have the price to stock their cellars and cupboards with knock-out potions, but insists that they spend their money outside the state for such purposes. While it is generally presumed that it is drinking of liquor that endangers mankind, a glance at this wonderful Colorado document reveals the fallacy of this theory — it is dangerous and harmful only when purchased legitimately within the state.

As a result of the kindly elasticity of our prohibition law, railroads and express companies are wondering which is proving the most profitable — the transportation of beef or booze. Another convenience enabled by the law is the increased room in cellars and other storage places, because $10 worth of booze does not require as much space as $10 worth of beef. …

Every time the boot-legger thinks of Colorado’s prohibition law he thrills with joy. It affords him many advantages. It has extended his field of operation and eliminated competition. …

There is no question but that the people of Colorado desire to eliminate the undesirable conditions which booze produces and that they believed enactment of the prohibition amendment upon which they voted would prove an efficient means, but do the people believe that such regulations as now exist is prohibition — that because it is slapped into the home from another state, it will be stripped of its baneful effects?


Summit County needs more live boosters for its mines, roads and scenic attractions

Boosters make a community. Real, live, sincere boosters are an asset of incalculable value. We don’t mean the loud and blustering kind, but those who are insistent and consistent in emphatically pointing out the advantages for successful human activities in their town. One don’t need to be noisy or blusterous in boosting Summit County effectively — simply tell the truth; tell it quietly, earnestly and often. It will mean real dollars and cents to you, the county and those whom you tell about the county.


Dressed wife as widow

Realizing that he was dying, Karl Kellams, three days before his death, asked his wife to buy a black mourning dress and veil so that he could see her as she would appear at the funeral. To satisfy him, Mrs. Kellams dressed in mourning and stood at his bedside. Kellams had been sick of tuberculosis for some months. He recently returned from Phoenix, Ariz., where he had gone in the hopes that the change in climate would benefit him.


Making a happy home

“One hundred men can make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home.” There is a vast difference between house and home. Both have a roof, rooms, doors and furnishing; in both one finds shelter; but in the true home there is an atmosphere, a sense of comfort and security, a feeling of being in a safe harbor, a restfulness and freedom, a knowledge of peace and quiet enjoyment that one finds in no other place.

In an ideal home there should be first of all harmony. Harmony is one of the sweetest words in the English language. Its meaning of agreement and musical concord sooths and delights. ….

In such a home subjects on which there is a difference of opinion are avoided. Charity stands at the gate of the lips and prevents personalities, bitter remarks and unjust criticism. In a real home all rough edges are smoothed down. The inmates, men, women and children, are frank, fearless, loving, loyal — each doing his or her part willingly and joyously, without complaint and whining. In the home, as on the stage, each one has a different part to play — the whole makes a finished production that delights the eye and charms the ear. —Farm Life.


Set fire to own bandage

R.B. Dutton, Wabaash baggageman at Litchfield, is in a hospital here suffering from a burned right arm, the outcome of a sprained wrist. When Dutton sprained his wrist he applied a bandage and treated it with turpentine. Dutton lighted a cigar when on his way to see a doctor the other day and a spark fell on the turpentine soaked bandage. In an instant his coat sleeve was burned, as well as the skin of his right arm and hand.

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