This Week in History: ‘Gold brick’ week in this district — $40,000 shipped out |

This Week in History: ‘Gold brick’ week in this district — $40,000 shipped out

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
This Week in History

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago.

This was “Gold Brick Week” in Breckenridge with all the dredges in the district making their regular clean-ups sometime during the week. It is estimated that the product of these diggers during the past week will reach $40,000 (equivalent to $666,000 in 2018) being in excess of the product ton during the period of the last of May. All the dredges are now working in good pay gravel, and some of them are working some of the richest gravel in the country.


Charles H. Brown, 69, a farmer of Vandalia, is recovering in this city from an operation that has restored his sight after three years of blindness. The first sight to greet his returned vision was a parade of troops from Camp Funston, Kansas, which passed his window.


Charles M. Barber, trolley car conductor here, left his car, obtained a marriage license from the city clerk, hurried to a justice of the peace and was married while his motorman stood as best man. Then he returned to the car, helped his bride aboard, signaled his motorman and the interrupted journey was resumed with Mr. and Mrs. Barber as trolley honeymooners.


LOS ANGELES — An army of 1,935 high-school girls of this city have volunteered to harvest crops and will be ready for call by the Woman’s Land Army of America after June 21, when the local schools close. By that time, the high-school farmettes expect to have at least 3,000 in their ranks.


“Almost all the great wars in history have started in April,” says a Harvard historian. Which goes to prove that mere men would rather fight than go through the ordeal of spring housecleaning.

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is a nonprofit organization founded to promote and protect Breckenridge’s unique heritage. The organization offers year-round guided tours and hikes in town and on the trails. Go to or call 970-453-9767 for more information.

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