This week in Summit County history: Tender romance begins in Montana, ends in Summit County camp |

This week in Summit County history: Tender romance begins in Montana, ends in Summit County camp

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This Week in History
This is a photo of Chipeta (right) and her nephew. Chipeta was the wife of Chief Ouray, a Taos-born Ute. Although the western idea of a "chief" does not accurately reflect leadership roles in the Ute Nation, Ouray acted as a diplomat between the Utes and the settlers. Chipeta, alongside Ouray, led peace talks in Washington, D.C. Because of their negotiations, the Utes were able to inhabit their ancestral homelands longer than most other Native American tribes.
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This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of Aug. 22-26 , 1916.

Robinson, common, every-day Robinson in Summit County, a mining camp that makes no pretensions to be anything but just a promising producer of mineral wealth, contentedly waiting for its faithful prospectors to strike it rich, has become involved in a romance in which a man and a girl are concerned.

In fact, Robinson is the center of a regular love story almost as thrilling as the moving picture variety. The man and the girl and the romance were discovered by a Denver newspaper reporter, and this is the way he tells the story in his paper:

“When Lawrence H. Carr, mining operator, Butte, Mont., two months ago saw a young and beautiful girl standing on the station platform of that city, talking to a woman he knew, Carr realized that the one girl in the world for him was standing before him.

The girl, unaware of the commotion she had caused in the heart of young Carr, got on a train, waved goodbye and was gone.

“‘Who is that young lady you were talking to …?’” Carr asked his woman friend. She told him it was Miss Lora Lucille Malde of Ritzville, Wash.; that she was a schoolteacher on her vacation and that she was bound for Robinson, Colorado, to visit her sister.

He found her, was introduced to her and pressed his suit, with such ardor that she consented to marry him. The couple came to Denver and on Wednesday night were married at the home of Robert E. Young.

Million dollars ready for road building may help Summit County

The cherished plans of Summit and Lake counties to interest the forestry department in the building of a road across the forest reserve between Leadville and Breckenridge may be realized sooner than expected and it may be that the desired road work will be undertaken with more willingness by the federal government than was at first thought probable.

Secretary Houston has just announced the plan to be pursued in spending the ten million dollars appropriated by Federal Aid Road Act for the construction and maintenance of roads and trails within or partly within the nationals forests, and has tentatively allotted among various national forest states the million dollars which is expendable this fiscal year.

The tentative allotment to Colorado is $62,335. “In general,” said Secretary Houston, “the states and counties will be required to furnish cooperation in an amount at least equal to 50 percent of the estimated cost of the surveys and construction. However, upon a satisfactory showing by the applicant, state or county that such proportion of cooperation is inequitable, it may be altered and the ratio of cooperation fixed upon a basis equitable to both the state and county and the United States.”

New mine almost in readiness at St. John Mine

The St. Johns Mines Company, operating at Montezuma, is doing some important development work and is exposing tremendous quantity of ore to be milled and shipped later, though the mine already has a production and shipping record to no small importance.

The mill is being remodeled and enlarged. New equipment is being installed and the capacity increased.

Breaks leg in serving summons

Grand Junction—O.B. Trumbo, a constable, while attempting to serve a summons on an unwilling witness, fell sixty feet from the union station, breaking both legs and suffering internal injuries. Trumbo had climbed to the roof of the station to serve papers on a painter.

Police trap Englewood bank robber

Denver—Norval S. King, fugitive trusty from the county jail, who held up the First National Bank of Englewood and escaped with $200, was captured in a rooming house hero. He at first denied his identity but later confessed.

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