Concerning the Sutey-Wexner land swap: I would like to provide information regarding the Frank Sutey Sr. as his voice and moral character will soon be lost forever in the Roaring Fork valley and today’s America.
My parents were more than exceptionally strong friends of the Sutey family. When I attended high school in Glenwood, we would often visit the Sutey family on their ranch. They were kind, warm, honest and very hardworking people. The very best!
Frank Sutey Sr. and my grandfather, Steve Krizmanich Sr., were from the same small village in northern Croatia, then Austria-Hungary. Both men left their homeland before World War I, because they could not make a living getting around the big guys who owned and controlled everything. They became miners in Crested Butte.
An unusual number of geographical and socioeconomic world conditions, which existed before the Great War, have resurfaced and are expanding in today’s world. World War II is considered an extension of World War I. The resurgence of the wealthy oligarchy class is one of these increasing phenomenon.
Frank Sutey and his family left Crested Butte sometime in the 1930s because he was blackballed from working in the mines. Unemployment was his reward for trying to improve working conditions for the working man and the little guy! He and his family settled the lonely, barren land on Cattle Creek which became the Sutey ranch.
I believe if Frank Sutey were alive he would be very pleased his ranch is scheduled for recreational purposes. However, I am also 99 percent certain he would be absolutely opposed to the original genesis of the deal, which directly contradicts his primary reason for leaving…
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