This week in history: A Merry Christmas in Summit |

This week in history: A Merry Christmas in Summit

Compiled by Breckenridge
Heritage Alliance
Special to the Daily
In the 1870s a toll road was established going from Chihuahua to Montezuma. Anyone attempting to dodge the toll was charged $10.
Courtesy Summit Historical Society |


Of Christmas, there is little that can be said or written that is new. Of all the days of the year, there is none other about which clings such hallowed memories, none other serves to impress more vividly the minds of men with the story of the Lowly Christ; there is none other when child life is awakened to such ecstacy of joy. On no other day do men turn from the sterner things of life with such complete accord and contemplate with more sincerity, higher and nobler sentiments.

It is a day when the world grows richer by kindly deeds, human emotion is stirred by a desire to cheer, to please and create happiness. It is a day of exuberant spirits, of feasting, merry-making and festivity in home and community.

And no region in the wide world can breathe forth the spirit of peace and good will with more sincerity than Summit County. For those of this county it should indeed be a merry Christmas and they should extend to the world a merry, merry Christmas greeting.

In the past years, Summit County and its people have prospered. Mine and range have produced abundantly. Store houses are full and Christmas, 1915 is marked by bounteous gifts. There are lean and scant years, troubled and uncertain years behind us, but out of these, we are emerging into the glory of better things. We have achieved the first measures of success and look ahead to the years to come, inspired by the promise that richer periods shall fall upon us.


An interesting and well prepared Christmas program was rendered by the teachers and pupils of the high school yesterday afternoon. Several visitors were present and all greatly enjoyed the several numbers. The program was as follows:

1. Music by the school, “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.”

2. Reading, “Christ’s Nativity,” Bonnie Carroll.

3. Piano solo, Wilda Dyer

4. Reading; “The Birth of Christ,” Helen Griffith

5. Reading; “The Other Wise Men,” Juliet Brown

6. Music; “Stille Nacht,” First and second German class

7. Talks, Marie Brown


A turkey shoot will be held this afternoon under the auspices of the Summit County Rifle association at the indoor range on Main street. Everyone is invited to participate. Some new rules are announced, among which is one requiring everyone who desires to win a turkey, to do their own shooting and another prohibits a participant from winning more than one turkey.


According to the estimates prepared by the United States census bureau, Colorado has a population of more than 1,000,000 inhabitants. This shows a gain of more than 300,000 in the past five years. These figures are of course not officially sanctioned as a census. They are, however, based upon figures sent in from all sections of the state by agents of the census bureau, and they are believed to be substantially correct. That there has been a steady gain in the population of the state during the past five years, is freely admitted and it is quite probably that an official count would prove that Colorado has more than 1,000,000 souls to its credit. Thousands of new residents have come to the state since 1910, when the last census was taken and moderate increase in each of the 65 counties of the state would be sufficient to make up the gain of 300,000 indicated. The resources of Colorado, when fully and properly developed, are sufficient to maintain and support a population of 2,500,000 and there are many in the state today who will live to see it reach that figure.


The submission of a new liquor amendment at the general election next fall has already been tentatively agreed upon by anti prohibition forces according to information from Denver sources. If the plan as proposed is carried out the question submitted for consideration by the voters will provide for the return of local option in place of absolute prohibition, supplemented by a high license system and other restrictions designed to eliminate the evils which now attach to the liquor traffic.

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