This week in Summit County history: Metal miners to meet, citizens should attend |

This week in Summit County history: Metal miners to meet, citizens should attend

Compiled by Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Special to the Daily
The Breckenridge High School on Harris Street.
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 Feb. 29 to March 4, 1916.


The Summit County Metal Miners’ association will meet next Monday evening and it is hoped that it will be one of the most enthusiastic events of recent years in Breckenridge.

Every miner, prospector, mine operator or mine superintendent, every merchant, professional man or wage earner of Summit County who can, should attend this meeting, for it will consider matters in which every one is or should be deeply interested. In Summit County, mining is the essential industry. On it, with few exceptions, every citizen depends for his income and livelihood, and it is his duty as a citizen and to his interest as an individual, to do all he reasonable can to advance the success of this industry.


Much machinery for mine and mill

Within the past two weeks, about ten cars of machinery and new equipment have reached Breckenridge for adjacent mining enterprises. Of this number, four cars have been distributed among the dredges, two have gone to the Old Union mill, one to the Jessie mill and the remainder to other active properties.

An electric separator, with generators and accompanying equipment arrived Tuesday and was immediately loaded for the Old Union. On the following day, a car for the Jessie was unloaded. Large pieces of machinery and other equipment for the dredges were delivered last week and smaller shipments have gone to the Wellington, Puzzle and other properties. All this indicated a lively period — unusually lively when taken into consideration that road conditions and general winter drawbacks are not calculated to encourage new undertakings.


Two miners die in explosion at Birdseye

The premature explosion of nearly 70 pounds of powder at the Anderson tunnel two and a half miles above Birdseye on the C.&S., eight miles this side of Leadville, instantly killed John. F. O’Mera and resulted in death of James O’Niell several hours later on the train as he was being taken to Leadville.

The accident took place about 7:30 o’clock Thursday morning. Details are unknown, but it is believed that a full round of shots exploded before the men could escape. Dr. A.J. McDonald and Deputy Coroner Walsh were summoned to the scene where an inquest was held over O’Mera and O’Neill received every possible attention.


A small price to pay for affections

The demand of $10,000 for the alienation of her husband’s affections, made in a complaint filed in the Denver District Court by Mrs. Julia E. Snow against Mrs. Grace Elwell, was settled for $250.


Cannot prosecute for bigamy

Boulder — The charge of bigamy brought against Nathan A. Floyd, 77 years old, by his first wife, who was Mrs. Anna Tenhaeff of Denver, was dismissed on technical grounds. The motion to dismiss was on the claim that a wife cannot, under the Colorado law, testify against a husband unless the crime is alleged to have been against her personally, was upheld.

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