This week in Summit County history: Put your sick baby in a cow’s stomach |

This week in Summit County history: Put your sick baby in a cow’s stomach

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
This Week in History
“Windows on the Past” by Rick Hague and Sandie Mather was published July 14. The book is available at the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, the Frisco Historic Park, and the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District in Silverthorne. The book is published by the Summit Historical Society (SHS) and is also available from the SHS in Dillon andat the Dillon Farmer's Market. The cost is $25 and it is a fundraiser for SHS in addition to commemorating the SHS's 50th anniversary.
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This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of Aug. 8-12, 1916.

Denver—Declaring that she was following recommendations made to her by a Denver physician, an unidentified young mother took a sickly, 4-weeks-old boy to the Denver stockyards and caused it to be encased for five minutes within the stomach of a cow which had just been killed. She called the treatment “external nourishment” and said she had been advised it would cure her baby.

Inspectors attached to the federal bureau of animal industry and stockyards packing house employees who witnessed the “treatment” suspect she was either laboring under some delusion or superstition, or had been hoodwinked by a quack doctor.

Gypsies travel in autos

Quite in contrast to their former transportation methods, a number of Gypsies went through Breckenridge Wednesday in automobiles. They camped a short distance above town for the night and Thursday morning went on their way, crossing Hoosier pass. Though they drove three first-class automobiles equipped for carrying camping paraphernalia, the band bore no other evidence of changed costumes or manners and the feminine members were as eager as ever to reveal the future at so much per reveal.

Town talk

Towns, like people, have their opportunities. It is for the people of the towns to take advantage of opportunities that are presented for town good and sometimes the citizens fail because of personal and individual selfishness. For that reason, a great many individuals fail to make the successes they should make, for when public welfare is neglected because of personal considerations, personal advancement will cease. Individual good depends on community good and community good depends on what its citizens willingly do for that good.

Killed on Pike’s Peak summit

Colorado Springs—Charles Linville, subcontractor on the Pike’s Peak automobile highway, was struck by lightning on the summit of the peak and instantly killed.

Gold worth $5,000

Gold brick No. 7, representing a large part of the recent cleanup of the United States Gold Corporation mine and mill at Sugar Loaf was sent to the Denver mint and was worth over $5,000. Leases in likely ground are much desired in the Cripple Creek district. Many such leases, let early in the year, are now on the shipping list and swell materially the output of the camp.

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is a nonprofit organization founded to promote and protect Breckenridge’s unique heritage. The organization offers year-round guided tours and hikes. Go to or call (970) 453-9767 for more information.

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