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THE ELK MOUNTAIN PILOT
VOLUME 43. Local and Personal O. F. Thomas came over from Gothic Tuesday. Frank Bulkley was an arrival from Denver Tuesday. Phil Handy came down from the sawmill Saturday. John Haeck was an arrival from Kansas on Friday’s train. James Blakemore made a trip to Gunnison Monday evening. Dr. E. M. Russell made a busi ness trip to Gunnison, Friday. Lang Spann was a business visit or from 1 Jack’s Cabin, Thursday. iFrank Rockefeller was an arrival from Gunnison on Monday's train. John Startka returned home from Salida Hospital, Saturday evening. Philip Manley went to Canon City Monday for a two weeks’ vacation. Beldon Bush made a trip to Crys tal Tuesday, taking over a party of men. F. J. Snider went to Denver Sun day, going as far as Gunnison in an auto. E. C. Midlebrook returned home Tuesday after several months ab sence. A large crowd enjoyed the dance given at the City Hall, Friday night. Mrs. Beldon Bush went up to help Mrs. Jaynes in the boarding house. Anton Gurgurich left Monday for an extended visit at Glenwood Springs. Vera, Freddie and Miss Violet Wise motored up from the ranch Tueedey. Miss Florence Schov and sister of Floresta spent several days in town thlj* week. Kittle Miss Elizabeth Frew went to Florence Monday to visit Mr. Frew’s sitter. Mrs. Tom Miller and Mrs. laynes of Smith Hill were In town Wednes day for the day. The Bass teams took a large load of supplies to Irwin for Millard Pen nington Tuesday. Alex and Andrew Campbell went to Gunnison Saturday evening, retralng the same evening. S. Doneleon and J. Goodwin went over to Treasury Mountain on Sat urday returning Tuesday. Miss Stephens Kuretich arrived from Denver last Wednesday even ing for a visit with relatives here. Ted Holdridge and Floyd Decker came over from Grand Junction Sun day to work in the hay fields here. Lewis McGruder, Mrs. I. Hunter and daughter. Maxime, and Mrs. E. M. "uss were visitors from Irwin Saturday. Tony Dannl and sister, Mrs. Geo. Andraeta came up from the ranch at Jack’s Cabin for supplies last Mr. Lawrence took his gang of machinists to Florence, Wednesday, where they will remove some of the machinery in the breaker. Mr. and Mrs. William Nash and children left Monday for a two weeks’ visit with friends and rela tives at Rockdale, Colorado. Mrs. Margaret K. Oram left Mon day for her new home at Boulder, Colorado. The Harry Ruff family who purchased Mrs. Oram’s home here have moved in. George (Curley) Fennel returned home from the southern part of the state Friday. He reports there are two men for every job in the coal camps around Trinidad. filter a pleasant visit with her daughter, Mrs. Phil Handy of Den ver, Mrs. John Buchanan returned home Saturday. She spent one day In iGunnlson visiting her daughters there. Joe Williams and family came in last Wednesday evening and expect to remain in Crested Bpgts- Mr. Wil liams being employed at the C. F. A I. mine. He Is a nephew of Joe Faussone. A Weekly Newspaper of Interest to the Elk Mountain Region Dr. O. A. Oram and son* Orlando went over to Treasury Mountain on last Sunday morning returning Mon day evening. Far Sale.— Several second hand mattresses in good condition. Inquire of Mrs. Hattie Schneider. Farewell Banquet An enjoyable affair was given Dy the E. F. U. at the Elk Mountain Hotel, Friday, evening, July 31 It was a farewell reception and ban quet in honor of Mrs. Margaret K. Oram who leaves this week for Boul der, Colorado to make her home. A bounteous supper was served at eight o’clock after which the guests spent a social hour in the parlor. Those present were: Dr. and Mrs. Augus Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Faye Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. C. Bergman, Mrs. F. E. Songer, Mrs Wm. Shaw, Mrs. Harry McCormick, Mrs. Mar garet K. Oram and son, Orlando, and Miss Josie Adams. Communication By the Denver Post we are advised that Denver business leaders have planned an eleven day trade excursion on the Western Slope in August. The proposed itinerary takes in all of the most important points on this side except Crested Butte. A special train of Pullmans, with a dining car will acomodate the ex cursionists. Realizing who will have to foot the bill, we contemplate with apprehen sion, our ability to meet the boost that will necessarily be given to the already prohibitive prices* on the ne cessities of life, which have soared above the average wage of the toiler IN MEMORIAM In loving memory of my dear hus band, James M. Jamison, who depart ed this life two years ago today, August 12, 1917, at Starkville, Colo. Time iriay heal the broken heart, Time may make the wound less sore But time can never stop the longing For the loved ones gone before. Inserted by his wife, sons and daughters. Mrs. Margaret Jamieson. COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS August 4, 1919 At a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the town of Crested Butte held on the above date, there were present Mayor Arnott and Trustees Songer, Hudson, Verzuh, Yoklavich and Gulliford. Absent Boyle. The minutes of the last reg ular meeting were read and approv ed. The following bills were read: Klein Bazz, labor on creek... .$ 4.00 Jim Bazz, labor on creek 4.00 John Plutt, 6% dys.lbr on crk..26.00 Geo. Sallinger, 7 dy. lbr on crk 28.00 Tom Stagahar, 6 dy lbr on crk 24.00 Tony Stinoe, 6 dy lbr on crk..24.00 Crested Butte Light and Water Co. light and lamps 42.45 Elk Mt. Pilot, pub July min.. 6.00 G. V. Benson, quar sal Trees.. .12.50 F. E. Songer com on dog tax.. 4.25 John Miminich, rebate poll tax. 2.50 John Arnot, July salary 6.00 F. E Songer, July salary 5.00 C. L. Hudson, July salary 5.00 Martin Verzuh, July salary 5.00 Fred Gulliford, July salary 5.00 L. G. Epsey, July salary 7.50 The following receipts were report ed. Faker, 4 nights license 10.00 Faker, 2 nights license 6.00 Merry Go Round, 6 nights 16.00 Dog Tax 9 00 Hall Rent 500 Moved by Gulliford, seconded by Hudson the bills be allowed and war ants issued for their payment. Roll call ayes all. F. E. Songer reported additional dog tax collected as follows: Rudolph Sporcich, Wm. Merritt and Frank Short each paid two dollars. O. J. Burns, three dollars. The Treasurer’s report was re ceived and given to the Finance Com mittee. On motion of Hudson, seconded by Songer, the Board adjaumed. L. G. ESPEY, Clerk. Slats’ Diary—Friday—Went to a party for the yunger Set of boys ft Girls tonite ft we had a dance. I was a danceing with J. E. ft Acksi dently stept on her foot. I ast her to please exkuse me A she sed 1 dont mind it wen you step on my foot but it kinda hurts the way you slide off. The way she sed it 2 me is wot hurts ft I wood rether play ball ft go swimmin than 2 a dance or be with a lottagirla. All packages, of fish must be le gally tagged. You can buy the tags at this office. CRESTED BUTTE, COLORADO. THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 1919. EARLY GUNNISON POLITICAL DOINGS The Founding of a Commonwealth Graphically Described Mr. Editor: When the boomers arrived in Gun nison County in 1880 they found the offices filled with the sturdy set tlers who had arrived possibly os early as ’76 as I believe the town of Gunnison was first started in 1877. Jacob Hinkle was County Clerk, Geo. Yule Sheriff, Jim Kelley Treasurer, David Smith County Judge, Dr. N. Jennings County Physician, Charley Biebel one of the commissioners and I do not recall the other two unless John Parlin was one. In the fall of ’BO Jake Hinkle was elected clerk Jack Bowman was elected sheriff and a man by the name of Joseph Cotter, of Tin Cup, treasurer. He did not last long as he soon became a defaulter and skipped out and is going yet, I suppose, for I have never heard what become of him, and so far as I know he was never apprehended. That left the county without a treasurer, and it was said his predecessor had his books all in & muddle, having his store accounts mixed with the county funds as Mr. Kelley kept the store in town. It resulted in him having to give his check to the county to make his ac counts good. After J. K. Robinson had attempted to straighten out hi* books, the election in ’BO proved a victory for the Republican party and it looked as though they might get a firm grip on the county, but het break that Joe Cotter made was a loop-hole for the Democrats. A Democratic governor appointed Tom Maloney, county treasurer. He liked the job so well that he stood for election in ’BO and was elected. A forwarding firm by the name of Mclntyre A Beam came over from Canon City and was forwarders of freight from Alamosa before the railroad arrived. Mr. J. A Mclntyre was elected to the legislature as a Republican in ’BO and Capt. A. J. Beam was elected county clerk on the Democratic ticket in ’B2 so the for warding firm went out of the for warding business and into politics. Capt. Beam proved to be a leader and a master politician. A most peculiar situation in Gunnison County was that it was always claimed to be a Republican County with the majority of the voters Republican, yet the of fices were most always filled by Democrats. The condition prevailed in no other county in any state in the United States, and Capt. Beam got the credit of being the astute politician that brought about this state of affairs. It was in the days of big fees by all county and state officers before the Legislature had regulated the commissions on tax collection and fees in other* offices, so that the county treasurer’s was a particularly fat ope. It behooved the county treasurer to collect all of the tax possible before retiring as the more he collected the more commission he made. In the fall of ’B4, Tom Maloney knowing that he was to re tire at the end of the year undertook to issue distraint papers against de linquent tax payers. After his time was out along with Marion S. another Democratic leader, he werjt to Kansas City in 1885, made and lost a fortiAe in the real estate business in that city In the late eighties, re turi.lng to Cripple Creek in the boom of ’94 he recouped his fortune and retired to Denver where he became a Democratic political leader, and died about 15 years ago. Gunnison County was new, without roads, court house, ’ail or other im provements, and very little taxable property up to 1880. The great rush of people demanded all these thinga and the County Commissioners start ed in with a rush to satisfy these demands. Each Commissioner tried to see how much road could be built in his district which would create senti ment in his favor for re-election. Bonds and more bonds were issued and had to be sold to get money to carry on this work. I once heard Charley Biebel say. “Veil, we build the roads and the people in Con necticut pay for them.” That meant the New England people were buy ing the bonds. It was soon discover ed that the County had issued more bonds than the statutes permitted it to, according to the tax valuation 'hence there was a big issue of bonds out, that according to the Colorado statutes were illegal and in the eyes of the law the county need not pay for them. This placed the County credit' in bad repute, and for a while no money could be raised on Gunni son County securities. While there was much talk of repudiation, noth ing of the kind ever occurred. The matter was in the courts for several years, and finally the over-issue was scaled down or refunded into a lower rate of interest and settled to the satisfaction of the bond holders. After that the county grew richer in assets and taxable property and busi ness like methods prevailed in the ex penditure of its funds, so that the credit of the County has been the very best ever since. The Commissioners built two roads One up the Maroon Pass to connect toward Aspen from Crested Butte, with the one built by Pitkin County and one over Pearl ffiiss, reaching nearly to Ashcroft. There was so much criticism over the Pearl Pass road that the Commissioners invited a delegation of representative citi zens to go along with them when they went to view and accept the road from the contractors. From the amount of wet goods taken along it is needless to say that a favorable report was made, but it proved to be a waste of money as the road was never used but one or two seasons. It was worth a man’s life to attempt to go over there in the winter. In the summer of 1880 James B. Grant, a mining engineer just out of allegation. Mr. Grant was afterwards Freiburg, Germany, came over from Leadville to report on the Irwin mines. He was of the firm of Eddy. James & Grant afterwards a famous ore smelting company with works in Denver and Omaha. After he return ed to Leadville it was reported that he called the veins “knife blade seams.” Dick Irwin addressed a com munication to the Pilot denying the allegation. Mr. Grant was afterwards elected governor on the Democratic ticket and took for his private sec retary N. P. Babcock, who was editor of the Gunnison News-Democrat at" that time a daily paper. Mr. Bab cock, if living, is a writer on the New York daily papers to this day. Gov ernor G-ant died a few years ago. Irwin had a vigilance committee, more politely called “a law and order society.’' We just had to do some thing, as we were on the Indian reservation and really outside of the jurisdiction of Gunnison County with all kinds of people to deal with. As no one was ever hung fortunately, it is no harm to speak of it at this time as some very amusing incidents occur red. We had to deal with claim jump ers and lot jumpers. While the or ganization never numbered over 90 men it had its effect on het masses surging up and down the streets, for those who were not members did not know who were members, and was always discreet about making re marks for fear he would be talking to a member, for it was generally known that there was an organiza tion and the outsider did not know of its strenght and determination. On one occasion a man accused of claim jumping, was brough before.a com mittee for Investigation in Ira Brown’s cabin. A bible was procured and the accused made to kiss it in taking an oath to tell the truth so help him. He did so and trembled like a leaf and after the investip tion the accused made for the hills and took his stake off from the dis puted ground, not knowing what would be coming next. On another occasion a fellow was marched out of town at night for selling the same lot more than once. We had no way of recording lots, hence it made confusion if the man sold the one lot two or wore times. The Pilot made a big display head about the vigUants putting a rope around the man’s neck as a warning for him never to return again, all of this was not true but we thought that it would have a good effect on others who might at tempt the same trick. The man did leave camp and stayed away 3 or 4 days, long enough to get sober, and then returned to lick the editor for slandering his good (?) name. Very truly, J. E PHILLIPS. It Pays To Advertise ?The Gunnison Empire. At a meeting of the directors of the Building and Loan Assn, of Gunnison last Wednesday night, the report was given out that the asso ciation had loaned all of its money and has had to borrow in order to fulfill its agreements. This certain ly speaks well for the confidence of people building in Gunnison. All packages of fish must be le gally tagged. You can buy the tags at this office. 33 YEARS AGO Copied from, the Files ef the Elk ML Pilot, Thee Printed ie Irwin From Jan. 7, IMS to Foh. 4, ISIS Dr. E. P. Rose visited Gunnison last Tuesday. BORN.—On Friday, Jan. 8, 1886, to Mrs. S. D. Carrol, a daughter. J. K. Robinson of the Colorado Coal and Iron Co. is in town this week. Capt. Tetard took in Gunnison this week for want of anything else to do. Sheriff Shores has appointed Tom Harper, of Gunnison, his under-sher iff. John Ehrhart and Miss Mary Block of Crested Butte, were in Gothic Sunday. The White Breast Coal Co., paid out over six thousand dollars here last Monday. Amos K. Stevens, the newly elected county commissioner, was in town last week. Mr. Metzler will start his mill on Monday and run a 100 ton lot of Queen ore. Twenty-five freight teams in town today from Aspen. How vos dot mit der vay ooup? A. K. Anderson, the carpenter cap italist of C. B., is building a resi dence on West Sopris avenue. George Sorrel, who was injured In the snow-slide at Sylvanite, is able to walk out now with the aid of a crutch. G. A. Jones spent the holidays in Denver and Colorado Spring, but is now at his desk in the Record of fice, (Gothic) I A fire broke out last Sunday morn j ing in the Belmont Hotel, in the ; room occupied by A. M. Donelson, the cause being a defective flue. Frank E. Dean, the photographer, has rented the building formerly oc cupied by The Pilot office and will open a gallery about February 1. Frank Songer now carries the mail to Irwin and will run a sleigh for the accommodation of passengers and express. Messrs. Pollard & Chapin will deliver the Gothic mail. Cal Chappel’s residence now in course of construction on Maroon Ave is beginning to loom up. We are anxiously awaiting the day- when it shall be completed. Rumor says it isn’t for rent. Sabe? The Crested Butte Water Works Co. have filed articles of incorporation wjth the Secretary of State. Thomas Hookey, R. Mi Short, James K. Robin son and Samuel Brust are the incor porators and the capital stock is $3,600. Mr. J. M. Sturgeon was in Crested Butte last Saturday. He reports the I. O. G. T. lodge there in a flourish ing condition. The lodge here is hav ing a hard struggle, but there are a few who seem determined to make it win. (Irwin note.) We always thought Tom Swan was a young man who would make his mark in this country, and a recent occurrence verifies our belief. While shoveling snow the other day he fell off the roof of John Ross’ house and he made a very creditable mark. Hon. Samuel P. Spencer, ex-mayor of our town, Irwin, seems to be once more a permanent fixture. Notwith standing he made a desperate effort last summer to shake the dust of the camp from his feet, he is still here and says he is happy and con tented to remain here. Sam. P. why this sudden change of mind. Prof. S. D. Carrol, principal of our public schools returned from Denver the first of the week. The professor’s paper on the “Practical Teacher,” which he read before the State Teach er’s Association, was published in full in The Rocky Mountain News. It was an excellent article of which the Professor may well be proud. Henry L. Carr, Dexter T. Sapp and J. M. McDougal, three legal lumina tions of the county seat, were in the city yesterday’. Immediatly on their arrival there was a grand rush for the bank by our citizens to deposit their loose change, each one appearing to realize that a tough gang had struck town. A little later confidence was re stored in financial circles by the an nouncement that the gentlemen were here on professional business. Snow Slide Victims Three Men Killed at the Excelsior Mine—Many Horses Lost in Snow Slides —The Worst Storm Ever Known In the Mountains. The first victims of the furious snow were A1 Stauffer, Isaac Hall, NUMBER 34. Clarence Hungerford and Pattenande, who were killed one week ago. The fearful catastrophe occurred while a party of 8 men and 18 horses were attempting to reach Aspen from L. D. Ferris’ place. Three men killed at Garnett’s place were Jap Ferris, Martin Riley and Augustus Goodwin. Last Saturday night news was brot to town that a snowslide had come down over the cabin at the Excelsior mine entombing four men, one of whom managed to dig out, the other three dying a horrible death. They were William Alexander, John St. Joha and Joseph Gorgas. The fourth party Jack Grimes, making his escape. SLATS' DAIRY Friday—l opened pa’s chest of tules tonite and tuk out his brace Sc bit ft was going out of the house ft pe seen me ft he sed Hay Slats what are you do ing with that brace ft bit ft I replied I have organized a band of camp fire boys ft we hafts drill tonite. Ha sed Slats if yure branes waa grass you cud sell yure lawn more. Saturday.—l tuk a walk over PMt Jane’s house today. Just happened to acksidently go that way & was studying how cud I make 17 cents so as 2 get 2 see Wm. S. Har & Jane sed Wot are you thinking about A I answered and sed Nothing. Sc she sed You all ways have yure mind on your own self it sems. Threw with women. That’s what I am. Sunday—l got 2 tawking 2 Jake Sc ast him wot he thought about me A Jane Sl he sed he thot I showed a lots be ter sense than she does. So we are not good friends eny more. Monday.—Ma A pa including me went 2 the Confeckshunary A had ice Cream A then pa got sum cigarets A went 2 lite 1. The owner sed Mister no smokeing in here A pa sed Thats funny you sell them dont you not. The man sed Yes A they sell union Underware up 2 the dry goods store but they dont let you put them on in the store room. Tuesday.—l was telling pa A ma A sum other ladies about a girl wich hurt her leg in swimming A ma sed You must say lims not legs. So later in the evening I told them of a man arrested for boot liming A ma never under Stood me a tall. Shes not so awful wise. At times. Wednesday. Walked down the street with my skool teecher today A we saw a house wich was being bilt A she sed Slats do you know when A where shingles was Ist used I sed I dont know when but I got a good idea where they was Ist used. But I didnt care to diskuss it with her. Nor nobuddy else. Thursday. ln swimming today. Lots of people was in. Blisters was there and he can dive A turn summer sets and flot dedman A all the girls are after him to learn them to swim Even Jane is. She wanetd me 2 jump off of the bridge like Blisters but l sed 2 her that they was lots of little boys in hevin wich had tried that A I wod rather not try it. She called ms a big frade calf. But I shud worry. I dont care. Home Again After Successful Season The Gunnison Empire. Chester Pittser. son of Jap Pittser, and one of the best all around ath letes in Colorado, returned home Thursday from Castle Gate, Utah, where he has been this season pitch ing bail for the ball team. Thn Castle Gate team is considered thn fastest team in the mountain league in Utah standing at the head of thn list for the championship. A Week ago Sunday Chet pitched a one hit, no run game against thn fast Hiawatha team, which won thn championship last year, allowing but 29 men to face him. One got to third, two to second and only five to first, being credited with 10 strike outs and no one walked. So far this season Pitser has pitched 16 games and lost only three, which speaks for itself, considering the fast teams which he has played against/ He leaves Saturday for Denver to spend the winter. You can get tags for shipping fish at the Pilot Office. If in want of anythin* try ap adM In the Empire. It will bring ratal*.