This week in Summit County history: Splendid outlook for 1916
January 18, 2016
The arrival of nineteen hundred and sixteen is fraught with great promise for Summit county. There is an awakening in the mining industry that is sure to have its good effects within our boundaries. There is a demand for metals unequaled for years. Prices have reached unprecedented points, with prospects of going yet higher, and because many of these metals must come from this county, huge benefits are certain. Mining has attained a basis that is more solid, more secure and more profitable than ever in its history, and, in short, more tons of ore will go out from this camp this year than for many years past, and before many months are heralded, a greater number of miners will be employed, new capital will come to our aid, and a prosperity will ensure that will justly reward those whose faith and energy have been expended in the development of our resources.
During December, the volume of business transacted at the post office was the heaviest in years — in fact the heaviest in the history of the town, so far as available records show. An increase averaging 20 percent is the record of December, 1915, over that of previous Decembers, while an increase of 50 percent is apparent in actual figures over December, 1914. During Christmas week, an average of thirty sacks of main left the post office each day, and twenty-eight sacks were received. But one conclusion can be drawn here: Breckenridge people are prosperous — so prosperous that they were lavish in their Christmas tokens to those who live elsewhere.
County Assessor Keogh, one of the leasers of the Puzzle mine is suffering from a seriously burned hand, occasioned when he pulled an electric switch at the mine early Monday morning. With others, he was engaged in installing an electric pump, and stepping to the switch, grasped it in the usual manner. A defect in the wiring caused the current to leap to his hand, inflicting burns that were very painful, necessitating much surgical attention.
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Breckenridge's four saloons very quietly discontinued business last night at midnight. There was no usual demonstration on the part of those assisting in the final rites. For many, many years, they have been interesting elements in the community and the new order of things will necessitate many changes.
District Attorney Whatley returned from Leadville Saturday, where he had been engaged in the prosecution of gambling cases in the county court, and on Monday went to Denver where he attended a two-day meeting of district attorneys, game wardens, inspectors and other state, city, and county officials for the purpose of agreeing upon a uniform interpretation of the Colorado prohibition amendment effective today, to be used as a basis for enforcement of law.
The amendment was considered section by section, and words and phrases thought ambiguous were discussed and a uniform construction agreed upon, subject to any future court interpretation. The meeting is said to be the first gathering of peace officers held prior to prohibition enactment to determine its exact meeting.