This week in Summit County history: Woman leaps to death in bridal gown after hearing voice of dead husband |

This week in Summit County history: Woman leaps to death in bridal gown after hearing voice of dead husband

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This Week in History
The inscription of this photo reads, "School at Frisco, 1910. Miss Lynch, teacher." The schoolhouse is the only building in the Frisco Historic Park & Museum that sits where it was originally built in 1899 on Second and Main. The school taught grades third through eighth and teachers would often have older students aid in teaching younger students.
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This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of Sept. 12-16, 1916.

Denver—Mrs. Magdelena Miller, 83, a resident of the Old Ladies’ Home, believed she heard the voice of her dead husband calling to her and leaped from a second-story window to the lawn beneath. Turning back the years more than half a century and living over again the happy scenes of her wedding day, Mrs. Miller dressed herself in her bridal gown, arranged her hair in the fashion of sixty years ago, and responded to the call from the beyond that seemed to come from her husband. She wanted to go to him in the gown he had loved so, and while he beckoned her she climbed into the window of her room and jumped out. When she was found shortly after, she insisted that her wedding dress be left on; she was going to die, she said, and was “going to him” dressed as she had been when they stood before the altar years before. Four days later she passed away, probably from shock, as no bones were broken by her fall.

Falls 50 feet down shaft broken heel is result

Frank Maxwell of Georgetown, a well known surveyor, and a candidate at the primary election for county commissioner in Clear Creek County, was taken to a Denver hospital from here Tuesday, suffering with a broken heel of the left foot, a sprained ankle and several other injuries, as a result of a fall of 50 feet down a shaft.

The accident occurred at noon at the Shoe Basin property in Peru gulch, Friday of last week. Maxwell was engaged in survey work and undertook to descend a shaft on a ladder, and had gone but a few feet when a rung of the ladder gave away and he was precipitated to the bottom of the shaft.

Strike assays $23,800

Georgetown, Colo.—Ore which assays 1,190.40 in gold per ton, estimated value $28,800, has been opened in the Hanson and Walthers lease at raise No. 15, west, in the Capital mine. The quartz was found on the hanging wall of the lode and is two feet in width, the quartz being heavily impregnated with visible, finely decimated wire and flake gold. Some has been panned and properly weighed, giving 250 ounces per ton. An assay of the second class resulted in 88.50 ounces per ton.


The buffalo herd at City park in Denver attained its “majority” with the birth of a fine girl baby that raised the number to twenty-one.

Summit News

Summit County mining enterprises have figured conspicuously in the news columns in the past week or two. Several state papers and even New England papers have given considerable space to the progress mining is assuming here, quoting the Journal as their authority in most instances.

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