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This Week in History: Breckenridge mayor heads raid on soft-drink parlor

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This week in history

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of April 30 through May 5.

Breckenridge has not seen as many arrests for bootlegging as the amount of inebriety witnessed since the state went dry seemed to demand. It is this fact, no doubt, that has made the illegal traffic recklessly bold — so bold that officers would have required perfect blindfolds in order to not see the offense which Tuesday noon of this week resulted in the arrest for bootlegging of Arthur Bradley, one of the operators of Bradley’s bowling alley and soft-drink establishment.

The arrest was made after the mayor of the town, the town marshal and the district attorney had, from a vantage point across the street, watched for some time an impromptu moving picture show enacted on the floor above the bowling alley. Through the small window of a closet up there, could plainly be seen two quart bottles on a shelf, and every few seconds, a hand could be seen to reach out for one or the other of them, and sometimes both bottles would be requisitioned at the same time. To whom those hands belonged could be guessed from the make-up of the string of “customers” that passed in and out through the main door of the thirst-parlor below.

The officers determined to join the procession and observe the performance at close range. Taking with them a civilian to act as an additional witness, they entered the bowling alley, followed the beaten trail around the “bar,” passed through a door facing a stairway to the upper story (not heeding instructions to the effect that they could not go upstairs), went upstairs and soon found themselves in the “lookery” that had furnished the free kaleidoscopic entertainment. Such had been the demand for the contents of the decanters that, had the officers appeared a few minutes later, they would have found them empty and the sufficiency of the evidence jeopardized.

The necessary warrant was at once obtained from the county court, and the marshal arrested Arthur Bradley, who was presiding over the establishment at the time. Mr. Bradley was wroth and demanded an immediate trial, electing to be his own attorney. The district attorney and the court proved accommodating, and the case was tried instantly. Besides the story of the officers, one of the “customers” testified to the fact that he had patronized the “lookery.”

Bradley was fined $300 and costs, and placed under bonds until the payment of the amount, which he tendered the court Friday.

An injunction was filed in the county court Friday, citing the proprietors of the bowling alley to appear in court and show cause as to why the establishment should not be closed.

Postal service urged to watch for disloyal conduct

Postmaster Theobald is in receipt of the following letter from the first assistant postmaster general, which is self-explanatory. A similar letter has been addressed to all postmasters in the United States and to all mail messengers, clerks and others connected with the postal service.

“Postmaster: The Department of Justice is desirous of being informed as to suspicious characters, disloyal and treasonable acts and utterances, and anything which might be important during the present state of war, and to assist it in doing so has asked that postmasters and all persons connected with the postal service keep on the lookout for individuals and the acts referred to above, which you are requested to do.

“Any information which you believe should be forwarded in accordance with this request should be sent to the inspector in charge of the division in which your office is located.

“J.W. Koons, First Assistant.”

State women to form infantry regiment

Women of Colorado are to organize a regiment of infantry officered and commanded by women, which they will offer to the nation in any capacity desired, even going into the field and fighting.

Former Breckenridge man weds Leadville girl

When Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hartwell, who were married in Boise, Idaho, April 22, arrived home yesterday morning, says the Herald Democrat of Tuesday, May 1, there was a lively reception awaiting them at the D. & R. G. Depot as they came in on passenger No. 15 from Denver. The brass band of the Yak Mining Milling and Tunnel Company, of which Mr. Hartwell is assistant superintendent, struck up a wedding march as the train pulled into the station, and dozens of friends and relatives shouted greetings.

The blushing bride, formerly Miss Lillian Raabe, sister of Dr. Max Raabe and Dr. C. S. Raabe, and her husband started for their waiting carriage. The band marched to Poplar Street and formed in line to lead the precession of the way. They gave a number at Eighth Street and Harrison Avenue, some more at Seventh Street, and still more at Fifth Street in front of the old post-office building where Dr. Max Raabe maintains his dental office and living apartments.

A few minutes later, Dr. Raabe was host upstairs to the bandmen and other friends of Mr. and Mrs. Hartwell while an impromptu wedding breakfast was served.

Iron Mask Mine busy scene

Two shifts continue to operate on the Iron Mask property just below town. The work of opening up the old workings is progressing very rapidly. A bad cave was encountered in the old tunnel, and it was decided that it would be cheaper to drive a new tunnel around it than to try to clean it up.

This property is now equipped to do good work, and the Midwest Mutual Mining company intends to push the work with all possible haste.

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is a nonprofit founded to promote and protect Breckenridge’s unique heritage. The organization offers year-round guided tours and hikes. Go to or call 970-453-9767. Join the fun as a guide or docent by contacting info@breckheritage.

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