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The Herald Democrat

100 years ago

September 1, 1922


HARRISON AVENUE BEING PAVED WITH SILVER — Silver-iron ore from the ore bins of the Hibschle shaft, containing between four and five ounces of silver to the ton and 40 per cent excess iron, is being used to fill in depressions in Harrison Avenue, Marshal Dan McEachern announced last night. Twenty tons of the reddish-brown material were laid yesterday and more will be put down today.

The ore, which hardly meets smelter charges under present conditions but which in recent years would have been considered a paying grade, was given to the city by Otto Thurn. It is heavy and comparatively fine, and Marshal McEachern predicts that it will prove good paving material.

The sight of workmen laying ore on the main street yesterday recalled to old-timers the fact that almost the first paving in Leadville was of slag from an old smelter dump, from which the remaining slag was later taken and run thru at the Arkansas Valley plant and proved comparatively high grade.

It was pointed out at a recent council meeting that when the time came to re-pave Harrison avenue, the pulverized zinc slag from the Western Zinc Oxide company plant was available without cost to the city.

September 7, 1922


MAY ORGANIZE LIONS CLUB — Roar, dern ye, roar!

Fred H. Bolles, field director of the International Association of Lion clubs, left yesterday for Buena Vista after spending a day in Leadville prodding Cloud City’s embryo cubs into activity. Mr. Bolles believes that a Lions club the equal of any similar booster organization in the Rocky Mountains can be formed in Leadville, and he succeeded in impressing his convictions on several Leadville boosters before leaving for the lettuce suburb, where he was called to organize a club.

At a meeting of the directors of the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday night, Mr. Bolles presented his views, in which the ten board members present enthusiastically concurred. As a result, an effort is being made today to line up twenty-five leading business men to sign a written call for Bolles’ aid in forming a club, as the organization’s regulations stipulate that such a request come from the community.

A week will be required to complete the organization of the Buena Vista club. At present the nearest clubs to Leadville are those at Salida and Glenwood Springs. There are thirty-six Lions clubs in Colorado — more than the total of other booster clubs, such as the Rotary, Kiwanis and Optimist.

The plan of the organization, as explained by the field director, is virtually the same as in the other well-known booster clubs, the principal difference being that membership restrictions are left to the local club. The Rotary club takes only one man from each calling in a community, the Kiwanis but two, but the Lions club may accept as many as are put up.

If organized, the Leadville Lions club will have meetings in the form of weekly “service luncheons,” at which civic and industrial improvement plans may be informally discussed.

NEARLY A THOUSAND ENROLLED IN SCHOOLS — Nine hundred and sixty-five pupils had enrolled in the public schools up to the close of school last evening, City Superintendent Joseph H. Walton announced. He said that this was a slightly larger registration than last year’s, but that the full list of pupils would not be in until October 1, as many would sign during September.

“About 300” students have enrolled at the high school; 314 at Central grade school; 261 at the Ninth street school; and the remaining number at the Carbonate hill, Finntown and Stringtown schools.

St. Mary’s parochial school also has a large enrollment.

September 15, 1922


HIGH SCHOOL HAS PROSPECTING COURSE — A course in prospecting, calculated to fit graduates for practical mining and to teach the fundamental of geology to those veteran miners who have been “going it blind” for many years, is being taught for the first time this year at Leadville High school. Principal Guy Fox last night announced that the course would be open to all who were interested.

Dr. Victor C. Alderson, president of the Colorado School of Mines, has been consulted in regard to the course and has enthusiastically approved it, offering the assistance of his school in the way of equipment and material that will make the work effective to the greatest possible extent.

The University of Colorado has already promised aid in sending an expert to Leadville to place the classes upon an efficient basis.

“This course is another effort on the part of the school board to make the high school function in the life of the community without in the least lowering its standards of academic work,” said Mr. Fox. “Anyone who is interested is invited to join the class, whether he has much or little schooling, near or far removed.”

The course is intended to be interesting, instructive and practical, says Mr. Fox.

SKIERS TO BEGIN WORK ON COURSE IMMEDIATELY — Work on clearing the site on Prospect mountain chosen as the ski-jump course of the Timberline Ski club will begin immediately, it was announced after a special meeting last night of members of that organization. The meeting followed a hike to the proposed course by several members of the club earlier in the day.

The initial tournament can be held on the Prospect mountain course this winter, it was stated.

When completed, the course will be one of the best and most accessible in the state, it was said. Many accommodations are being planned for spectators.

The course is a 10-minute walk from the C. & S. tracks.

September 18, 1922


INSTALL WIRELESS TELEGRAPH SETS — Wireless telegraph sets are being installed at their respective homes by four Leadville boys, who last night announced that additional receiving stations would be welcome to the little circuit. Receiving and transmitting telegraph sets — largely home-made — are being put in at the homes of Marx Heller, 126 West Eighth street; John Bowler, 141 East Eighth street; Harry Green, 204 West Fourth street; and Charles Green, 208 East Seventh street.

Others desiring to listen in on their telegraphic conversations are advised by the boys to erect aerials from 25 to 35 feet high and from 75 to 150 feet long equipped with either insulated or non-insulated wires, and receiving sets should not exceed $10, it was said. Single head phones may be used, as the apparatus will have a working scope of but five miles.

September 21, 1922


LIBRARY NEEDS IMMEDIATE RELIEF — If the city council does not vote to pay a rental for the council chambers located in the public library building, the library will hardly survive the winter. Figures presented at the meeting of the city council Tuesday night showed that the library fund for the next six months is but $749.48 in addition to the meager returns from judgment bond dividends and book fines and the little tax money that will come drifting in each month.

A monthly rental of $50 has been asked for the council chambers of the library committee. Until 1915, the council paid a rental of $40 a month. That was the year in which the library levy was raised from half a mill to 1 mill, and thru some agreement the rental has since then been understood to be included in the levy. A member of the library committee expressed the opinion last night that the rental now asked could not be construed as exorbitant as it included the use of the chambers, an office for the city clerk, heating and a vault purchased at a large cost by the library. The room is admirably adapted to the use of the council.

It was also pointed out that the law provides a mill levy specifically for library purposes.

“Not only have decreasing valuations proved our one-mill levy insufficient,” said Mrs. B. F. Stickley, chairman of the library committee, yesterday, “but less than 80 per cent of the tax is being collected. At the same time our disbursements are increasing — coal is higher, books cost more and book-binding is almost double what it was before the war. Our salaries are low and there are always emergencies to look out for. If anything were to happen to the boiler it would cost a great deal to repair it; the woodwork needs refinishing and the roof should be repaired. I don’t see how we will get thru until March without aid.”

“Every possible cut has been made in maintenance expenses,” said Mrs. Stickley. “Only $111 — excluding a few dollars from fine collection — was used in purchasing books last year.”

Nevertheless, the library continues to do a big work in the community, it was pointed out, 21,166 books being loaned during the fiscal year 1922 to 818 different card-holders.

September 22, 1922


ONE HUNDRED COUPLES AT SHACK ANNUAL — Lovers of dance who have been dating forward to the terpsichorean classic of the year will now begin to date back. A New Year’s Day has passed in Leadville’s little world of dancers.

One hundred couples attended the seventeenth annual dance of the Shack club held from 9 until 1 last night at Armory hall. Bowers of fall leaves half concealed the ceiling of the large hall, and the same scheme of decoration was followed out in lining the walls and the orchestra platform with arboreal yellow. Supported in triangular screens of leaf-laden boughs and hidden in hanging baskets themselves covered with yellow foliage, powerful electric bulbs illuminated the ceiling and cast a diffused light upon the dancers. These globes were suspended in the four corners. A larger light was hung above the center of the floor and was surrounded by a row of bulbs covered with red paper.

The music of the Top o’ the World orchestra reflected the weeks of practices on the program by that popular local organization. There were several special numbers and the orchestra was generous in responding to the frequent encores.

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