This week in Summit County history: Long-distance call made |

This week in Summit County history: Long-distance call made

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Special to the Daily
Denver Hotel on Main Street, Breckenridge, during the "Big Snow" of 1898-1899.
From the Summit Historical Society, Courtesy of the Dr. Sandra F. Pritchard Mather Archive |


Samuel Klouse, manager of the Rilla mine here, is in a Boston hospital, where on Wednesday he underwent the ordeal of a surgical operation that resulted in the amputation of a foot, a recourse necessary to arrest the progress of blood poisoning resulting it is understood, from an injury to a bone which had once been broken.

On Tuesday last, Guy Currier, a stepson of Mr. Klouse, held a telephone conversation with Mrs. Klouse in Boston in an effort to ascertain news concerning Mr. Klouse’s condition. The long distance conversation lasted seven minutes and Mr. Currier says the voice of his mother was distinctly heard. It required only a half hour to make the necessary wire connections between this point and Boston. The conversation was one of very few that have taken place over such a distance, the voices having been transmitted over nearly 3,000 miles of wire.


Metal miners to get busy

Merchants, farmers and all others who are conducting business enterprises in Summit County, whether they are investing money or labor and whether engaged directly in mining or not, depend on the success of the mining industry for their own success and it devolves upon them to exercise some effort toward maintaining mining on a basis that will ensure its profitable conduct, and these business men are invited and urged to become members of the association and active in its conduct.


Redmen promise good time at mask ball

Several excellent prizes are to be given by the Redmen at their thirty-first annual mask ball next Friday evening. The prizes are to be awarded for the most attractive, most comical and most unique costumes. The ball is looked forward to with keen anticipation by the Breckenridge people and the event next Friday we are assured will be quite up to the standard, marked by the usual merriment and enjoyable time attending these occasions.


Held for embezzling estate

Roy Ballard, former well-known resident of this city, was arrested in Palisade on a charge of embezzlement of a Delta county estate for which he was administrator. Ballard was sought by the police for nearly two years.


Man blows off top of his head

C.T. Benjamin, well-known ranchman, living in the mountains near Jasper, blew the top of his head off with a rifle.

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