This week in Summit County history: Breckenridge fans storm Leadville |

This week in Summit County history: Breckenridge fans storm Leadville

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Special to the Daily
“Windows on the Past” by Rick Hague and Sandie Mather was published July 14. The book is available at the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, the Frisco Historic Park, and the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District in Silverthorne. The book is published by the Summit Historical Society (SHS) and is also available from the SHS in Dillon andat the Dillon Farmer's Market. The cost is $25 and it is a fundraiser for SHS in addition to commemorating the SHS's 50th anniversary.
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This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of July 25-29, 1916.

One hundred fifty enthusiastic Breckenridge boosters went to Leadville by special train Sunday, according to Agent Martin Waltz who sold the tickets. It require four coaches to accommodate the happy throng, which included the baseball team and the band. What the ball team did is subject for special comment.

When Breckenridge aggregation poured into Leadville it was evident to Leadville people that Breckenridge’s population is composed of some live ones. They not only had a good time themselves but helped Leadville people have a good time.

The ball game in the afternoon was the principal attraction and was attended, so Leadville people said, by the largest crowd witnessing a game in the cloud city in the last ten years. Other entertainment though was evidently within reach, for many Breckenridge people failed to see the game.

Cogle Dies suddenly on Collier Mountain

James Cogle, aged 62, died suddenly about 8:30 o’clock Saturday evening in a cabin on top of Mount Collier, three and a half miles above Montezuma. While he had complained at times of pains in his chest, neither he nor his associates were alarmed at his condition. He had been apparently in good health and had worked without indications of illness during the day.

His home was in Denver. He had been in the Montezuma district only 10 days, having come with the Hunter Brothers to help them with work at their mining property where his death occurred. Two others were at the cabin besides himself. They had finished the evening meal and Cogle had sat down on one of the bunks. One of his companions called to him and receiving no response, went to the bunk, finding him dead, death having come quietly.

Mine chiefs house dynamited

Trinidad—An Attempt to destroy the residence of Charles O’Neil, mine superintendent at Starkville coal camp, was made. It is estimated that twenty pounds of dynamite was exploded under a window. No one was seriously hurt. The injured persons were Mrs. William Stevenson, who was badly bruised and cut about the limb and ankle by falling glass and wreckage, and Mrs. Isabelle Stevenson, mother of Mrs. O’Neil, who was cut and bruised about the arms.

Harvey Dies after strange stupor

Denver—Mrs. Fay Harvey, youthful wife of an employee of the Union Pacific shops, is dead; dead after lying since the 18th of June in a strange stupor, diagnosis of which baffled the best medical skill in Denver—a stupor wherein the young woman lay for weeks, apparently in a deep sleep, insensible to the efforts of physicians to awaken her and unable to accept nourishment of any kind.

Suicide for insurance

Friends of Howard J. Gilmour of Boulder and Sioux City, Iowa, bride-groom of a day, who committed suicide in Denver, say the young man had the romantic notion that he should prove his love for his bride by killing himself in order that she might benefit from his insurance policy.

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. Go to or call (970) 453-9767 for more information.

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