This Week in Summit County history: Slayer puts lien on mining property |

This Week in Summit County history: Slayer puts lien on mining property

Compiled by Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Special to the Daily
A group of miners sit on logs. They are posed in front of a wood and log frame structure. Handwritten on the reverse: "Ouray Mine, Breckenridge."
Summit Historical Society Photograph Collection / 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. 22-26, 1916.


Another development in the E.A. Sackett murder case came up at Leadville when attorneys for the Telluride contractor, charged with the killing of G.P. Rider at Twin Lakes on February 9, filed a lien on the Gordon-Bengal Tiger lode and the Little Joe mill site to the sum of $3,183.85, this it is claimed being the amount due for labor and material expended in constructing the tram at the Gordon-Tiger mine. The shooting affray arose out of a dispute as to the payment for the tram, Rider being one of the members of the company for which the work was done.

That trial of Sackett in the district court, will be a hard fought case is the belief of the district attorney’s office. At the last emeting of the county commissioners, District Attorney Whatley advised the commissioners that if the plea of the defendant was insanity, as is the belief of his office, alienists would be required by the prosecution to corroborate any statements of alienists for the defense. Temporary insanity, it is expected by the district attorney, will be the defense of the accused mining man, but attorneys for the defense gave no inkling of their plans.

L.W. Allen of Telluride has been retained to defend Sackett when the case is brought to trial.


Free show for kids at the Eclipse

There’s a big time in store for the Kids of Breckenridge — that is for those under 14 years of age, for they are going to be guests of honor at the Eclipse theater management Sunday afternoon, March 6. It’s going to be kids’ afternoon for sure, though if you don’t happen to meet the age requirements, you’ll not be barred from enjoying the show if you have the price. However, if you can submit satisfactory evidence to the Hon. Jake who passes out the paste-boards, that you are under 14, it won’t cost you a red cent. Pretty soft, isn’t it?


Breckenridge ladies host eception in honor of Mrs. Earl Kaiser

A reception characterized by many pleasant events took place at the Chris Kaiser home Saturday afternoon, when Mrs. Kaiser entertained a large number of Breckenridge ladies in honor of Mrs. Earl Kaiser, bride of the elder son of the Kaiser household. The home was tastefully decorated for the occasion and a delightful luncheon was served. The event was declared a most enjoyable one by those present, who were as follows; Mesdames Henry Robertson, VanVactor, John Custer, George Robinson, A.D. Hartock, J. Leuthold, Gus Bergman, George Moore, G. Hauser, M. Walker, Wm. Keogh, R. Detwiler, T. McDougal, A. Francis, W.H. Briggle, Chris Kaiser, Earl Kaiser and Misses Forence Detwiler, Rose Francis and Genevieve Francis.


Old-time boom days on at Leadville

With the pumping propositions on the hills moving along in fine shape and mining men and leasers preparing to being summer operations, indications are that Leadville is to enjoy a prosperous summer if not an old time “boom.” The latest move on the part of the mining men was made yesterday by Manager Robert F. Lafferty of the Derry Ranch Gold Dredging company, who sent a party of men to the dredge to put things in order so that operations can be resumed as soon as the ice opens in the dredge lake. The dredge was shut down late last fall when it was no longer possible to keep the pond free from ice, but it is thought by officers of the company that the dredge may be started again within a short time.


Woman smashes

hand defending ring

Mrs. Jennie G. Lloyd broke a small bone in her right hand this afternoon upon the face of a stranger who accused her late husband of stealing a diamond ring. Mrs. Lloyd was alone in her home when the man appeared at the door.

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