Former Breckenridge man jailed for stealing liberty bonds |

Former Breckenridge man jailed for stealing liberty bonds

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago — Jan. 11, 1919

Last Monday, according to the Leadville Herald-Democrat, Louis A. Jessen, formerly of Breckenridge, was placed under arrest for stealing two liberty bonds valued at $50 each from Gus Larson.

According to the announcement, Jessen was recently engaged at mining in Leadville. He was placed under arrest by undersheriff John M. Murray and was taken to charge at Aspen Monday afternoon.

Captured German Gun May Grace Courthouse Lawn

The prospect of having a German cannon as a part of the decorations of the Summit County Courthouse lawn is reaching a point where it may be said this trophy has been assured, and is evidenced in a letter from Captain Joseph McGee of the Breckenridge company in which he states that he has placed an application on this gun from France.

Attempts to obtain a cannon for the courthouse lawn here were initiated by local boosters who wrote to Denver in an effort to secure some of the brass cannon which had been on exhibition there for some time.

A reply came to Col. Westerman advising that the matter be taken up later in order that the captured German cannon be secured instead.

High School Gains in Enrollment

New pupils are coming in every day. The high school is not at this time able to find seats for any other enrollment of students. The assembly hall is full. The enrollment now stands at 153. This is very gratifying as it was thought there would be many vacant seats after the long vacation.

Breckenridge Users of Electricity are Gouged by Company

The people of Breckenridge and the city of Breckenridge, consumers of electricity furnished by the Tonopah Placer company, are being duped into paying excessively high rates for unusually poor service.

For instance: the Leadville Herald-Democrat has been running an advertisement for the company operating in Leadville in which those local dispensers of electricity agree to thaw out frozen pipes for $2.50 per thaw, and everyone guaranteed for 24 hours. Together with this agreement comes the promise to render quick service.

Now what are you paying Mr. Breckenridge man, for having your pipes thawed out by the Placers company? It is costing you $7.50 per thaw, and no guarantee goes with it.

Aren’t you being gigged?

Camp No. 2 Tonopah Placers Company Now Under Strict Quarantine for Influenza

The following has been submitted for J.F. Hopkins, superintendent of the Tonopah Placers company for publication:

The management of the Tonopah Placer Co. announced that as several cases of the Spanish influenza probably have appeared at their No. 2 Camp a strict quarantine has been established and no one will be permitted to enter or leave the camp without first obtaining permission from the office. Everybody is urgently requested to cooperate and prevent a serious outbreak of the disease.

Dr. Graham will be in attendance at the camp at all times.

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is a nonprofit founded to promote and protect Breckenridge’s unique heritage. They offer year-round tours and hikes. Go to or call 970-453-9767.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.