This week in Summit County history: Year of great prosperity promised in Summit County

Compiled by Breckenridge
Heritage Alliance
Special to the Daily
Snow blockade on railroad, Tenmile Canyon near Frisco. Men manually clear the railroad tracks of snow to allow the train to pass during the Big Snow of 1898-1899.
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 Jan. 18-22, 1915.


By those who have taken occasion to make a careful observation of conditions, it is enthusiastically declared that next summer is going to be a prosperous, important and busy one for Summit County. These assertions are made because of the gratifying conditions at present prevailing and the evident fact that new enterprises in mine development are numerous.

The splendid increase in ore shipments from this camp last month, due largely to the production of some new-old properties, is one of the vital factors’ the building of a cyanide mill at the Jessie mine is another; production from the Puzzle, Dunkin, Germania, Country Boy, and Wellington is most pleasing; huge gold production from the dredges, is assured, and there are numerous other undertakings the purport of which is prosperity.


Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Briggle, entertained at a large dinner party January 14th, the occasion being their twentieth wedding anniversary. This has been an annual event at the Briggle home. The house was beautifully decorated with potted plants and cut flowers. Mendelsshon’s Wedding March was played as the guests entered the artisticly decorated dining room, where the color scheme was lavender and pink, carried out in sweet peas and violets. A delicious dinner was served, an interesting feature of which was part of the wedding cake made in Caledonia, Canada twenty years ago. The host and hostess were showered with congratulations and good wishes for the future by their guests after a most enjoyable evening.


The stock show at Denver, together with 17 other conventions, was responsible for a large number of Breckenridge citizens spending the past few days in Denver. Colorado & Southern accommodations were rather limited Monday morning when the crowd departed and standing room was at a premium. Some of the more fearless ones admitted that they were going for no other reason than to have a good time. Others were going purely on dignified business missions, and might just possibly take a hasty view of the show, if they had time.


A snowslide, the accumulation of heavy storms Monday and Tuesday, and one of the nine which crashed down the mountains in the same district, hurtled through the surface buildings of the Gordon-Tiger mine near Twin Lakes Wednesday and demolished all before it, killing Fredrick Stittler of Leadville and John R. Remine of Twin Lakes, a nephew of Mrs. Minnie Roby of Breckenridge. While other men employed by the company were engaged inside the tunnel, the avalanche swept down the mountain, ripped through the shop in which Remine and Stittler were employed and carried them to the bottom of an incline, smothering them to death under a mass of snow and timber.


John W. Robinson, a dapper young man who was sentenced to Buena Vista in October by Judge Wright for robbing the home of Wellington Gates, has applied to the board of pardons for a parole before Feb. 1, so that he may fulfill his engagement to marry an Eastern girl, who has remained faithful to him in his time of trouble. Robinson also wishes to see his mother, from whom he has kept the story of his downfall, before she becomes suspicious that all is not well with him, he says.

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