This week in Summit County history: Democrats nominate mayor and trustees |

This week in Summit County history: Democrats nominate mayor and trustees

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
This Week in History
Masons in front of Masonic Hall (now BreckCreate) c.1910-1920.
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 March 21-25, 1916.


It was a quiet, harmonious and altogether successful caucus which the Democrats held last Saturday evening. There was marked sincerity and enthusiasm. The result was the selection of candidates each of whom will receive, it is believed, the approval of Breckenridge citizens.


Firemen hustle to aid of little boy

About bedtime last Sunday evening, Little Freddie Weaver who lives on South Main street, was very cold — so cold that he decided to get warm some way. He hit on a plan that was very successful. In fact, he overdid it and is was necessary for the fire department to hurry to his side and reduce the heat.

Freddie conceived the idea of taking an electric light to bed with him. It glowed brilliantly and heatedly. It promised to provide the necessary warmth and fulfilled its promise. Freddie had just gotten comfortably arranged for a comfortable snooze when a strange smell began to manifest itself and then there was some smoke; it became uncomfortably warm — warmer than Freddie had anticipated and the next thing Freddie knew, his bed was on fire. In spite of its warmth Freddie didn’t stay in bed. He jumped right out just as though he had a date to go to a Fourth of July celebration or picnic. A fire alarm was turned in and when the heat discouragers arrived, Freddie’s bed had been thrown right out in the yard where heartless firemen soaked it with water.

Freddie had to find a new bed. He had gotten all the warmth necessary for one time. Fortunately no other damage was done in the Weaver home, though it might have been much worse.


Local loses $500 to Denver crooks

When Alfred Johnson, section boss on the C&S between Dickey and Breckenridge left for his old home in Sweden last week, friends warned him to keep out of the way of submarines when he crossed the Atlantic but they neglected to warn him of the subtle dangers that lurk in Denver and as a result his cash account is $500 short.

Accounts of Al’s adventure in the capital city as printed in the Denver papers conflict, but from a general summary, it appears that he met a fellow countryman or two who invited him to try his luck at cards. One account says that he was unlucky, but another says he declined to play, where upon force was applied and his roll was extracted while he indulged in a dream occasioned by a tap on the head.

He did not suffer the loss of his ticket, however, and it is presumed that he continued on his way with a newfound experience.


Aged hunter bags mountain lion

Palmer Lake — One of the largest mountain lions ever killed in this section was slain by former Mayor Robert Owens of Palmer Lake. Mr. Owens, who is 70 years old while on a snowshoe trip five miles back in the mountains to his summer cabin, encountered the big cat, and two shots from the former mayor’s rifle finished the animal. It is supposed that the heavy snows had driven the lion down from the higher mountains to the foothills in search of food. The lion was in excellent condition. He weighed 245 pounds and measured 7 feet and 5 inches from nose tip to tail tip. His height from shoulder to the ground was 35 inches, and the forearm measured 16 inches around.


Governor pardons Frank Shercliffe

Sherman W. Morris, alias Frank Shercliffe, was granted an unconditional pardon by Governor Carlson upon unanimous recommendation of the State Board of Pardons. He thus was in effect declared an innocent man after he had served almost eight years in state penitentiary as the result, he declares, of a “frameup” by “Boss” Tom Dennison of Omaha, whom he accused of complicity in a diamond robbery in 1892 in Iowa. In 1908 he was convicted at Leadville of the murder of John W. Walks, a saloonkeeper, fifteen years previously.

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