This week in history Nov. 20, 1920: Summit Journal is county’s only paper, car passes through Hoosier Pass snow |

This week in history Nov. 20, 1920: Summit Journal is county’s only paper, car passes through Hoosier Pass snow

This week in history Nov. 20, 1920: Summit Journal is county’s only paper, car passes through Hoosier Pass snow

Compiled by Summit Daily Staff
As reported in the Nov. 20, 1920 edition of The Summit County Journal: Mrs. Mary Nunes, 80 years old, grandmother of six and great-grandmother of three, is actively operating her mining claims near Tonopah, Nevada. Nunes has sunk about 20 shafts, doing all the drilling, blasting and hoisting herself.
Image from Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

This week in history as reported by The Summit County Journal the week of Nov. 20, 1920.

With the close of the Summit County Star, The Summit Journal is the county’s only newspaper

With the last issue, The Summit County Journal again made its appearance as the only newspaper in the county. This was an inevitable result, not because of any superiority it possessed over its competitor, but because of existing conditions beyond anyone’s control. The local field is naturally limited and the constant increase in the cost of producing a newspaper makes it almost impossible for even one newspaper to exist.

A local paper fills a need that can be filled in no other way. It writes the story of the joys and sorrows of those nearest us and soon becomes the history of the community. For over 40 years, the Journal has acted in this historian role and its files today stand as a monument of what it has achieved.

The existence of two newspapers in a small field generally results in party lines being drawn by those papers. Such has been the case in the Summit County field, and the Journal has gone forth as a Democratic newspaper.

With the discontinuance of the Summit County Star, the Journal will henceforth be impartial in politics and will run as strictly independent. It will aim to cover the local and county news field as it has never been covered before. We will strive to make it one of the best weekly newspapers in the West. It will be a booster for all that contributes to a bigger and better Summit County and against anything and everything that would work injustice against our community or any of its people.

Cadillac crosses over Hoosier Pass through 5 foot snow drifts

A. H. McDougal drove into town Tuesday evening with the Royal Tiger Mines company Cadillac, having crossed the range that day.

Last week, Mr. J. A.Traylor left Denver in the car to come to Breckenridge, but before reaching Jefferson, the radiator sprung a leak and it was necessary to abandon the car and complete the journey on the Colorado and Southern Railway. Sunday, McDougal went to Jefferson to get the car after it had been repaired by a mechanic sent from Denver.

He got to within a mile of the top of the pass Sunday night, but could go no further. McDougal spent the night out and from all accounts it was “a mighty fresh one.” On Monday he returned to Alma and on Tuesday he procured a team to assist the car over the hill.

The arrived in Breckenridge about 7 p.m. Tuesday. The team pulled the car out of drifts on the Park County side and assisted them to the Bemrose Placer mining operation on this side of the range. From that point down, the car was able to proceed on its own power.

This car, crossing the range on Nov. 16, probably establishes a record for late travel over the Hoosier Pass. About 10 days ago, J. D. LeClere of the Heinz Pickle Company, crossed to Alma from Breckenridge in a Ford runabout, but required assistance most of the way.

McDougal reports some of the drifts near the top of the pass were 5 feet deep and man exceeded 3 feet in depth.

Germania tunnel house and blacksmith shop burn down

Last Thursday evening the tunnel house and blacksmith shop at the Germania Mine about a mile and a half above town burned. The origin of the fire is unknown, but it is thought that someone built a fire in the building late in the afternoon to warm up and forgot to extinguish the flame, which later count on the building and destroyed it.

The property was not being worked at this time, but during the summer leasers worked it. The loss will probably be about $300. The fire was discovered by John Sandeen, who was on his way to Daub Tie Camp on the upper Blue. He returned to town and reported the fire to Sheriff Detwiler.

Local news notes from all around Summit County

  • The American Legion dance given on Armistice night at the G.A.R. hall was a huge success as declared by the large crowd present at the event.
  • One of the biggest events of the season will be the Blue River Hose Company’s annual ball to be given Thanksgiving at the G.A.R. hall. The Top of the World Orchestra has been engaged to come from Leadville at an expense never before paid to any music in Breckenridge.
  • Mrs. Lillie McKenna was appointed clerk of the district court by Judge Francis E. Bouck to take the place of Mrs. M. H. Hayden. Hayden has acted as clerk over the past nine years.
  • Starting on Jan. 1, 1921, the price of The Summit County Journal will be increased to $4 per year and 10 cents per single issue. Since it was established as a weekly in the early 80s, the Journal has gone forth at a rate of $2.50 a year, rising costs of labor and paper have necessitated a raise in rates.

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