THE ELK MOUNTAIN PILOT
Local and Personal
O. F. Thomas came over from
Frank Bulkley was an arrival from
Phil Handy came down from the
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
F. J. Snider went to Denver Sun
day, going as far as Gunnison in an
E. C. Midlebrook returned home
Tuesday after several months ab
A large crowd enjoyed the dance
given at the City Hall, Friday
Mrs. Beldon Bush went up to
help Mrs. Jaynes in the boarding
Anton Gurgurich left Monday for
an extended visit at Glenwood
Vera, Freddie and Miss Violet
Wise motored up from the ranch
Miss Florence Schov and sister of
Floresta spent several days in town
Kittle Miss Elizabeth Frew went
to Florence Monday to visit Mr.
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
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
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
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
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
Far Sale.— Several second hand
mattresses in good condition. Inquire
of Mrs. Hattie Schneider.
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.
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
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 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
Mrs. Margaret Jamieson.
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
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
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.
The Founding of a Commonwealth
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.
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
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
John Ehrhart and Miss Mary Block
of Crested Butte, were in Gothic
The White Breast Coal Co., paid out
over six thousand dollars here last
Amos K. Stevens, the newly elected
county commissioner, was in town
Mr. Metzler will start his mill on
Monday and run a 100 ton lot of
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
G. A. Jones spent the holidays in
Denver and Colorado Spring, but is
now at his desk in the Record of
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
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,
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.
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
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*.
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