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30 years ago – December 27, 1985

Friday started out as a nice day for Tim Scrivner, but around 2:00 p.m. Scrivner’s day took a dramatic turn for the worst. The Gilpin County road grader he was in slid off a private driveway, turned over, and landed on its top next to South Beaver Creek. Just before the machine toppled, Scrivner was able to jump free. He was not injured and immediately ran down the bank and shut off the grader’s motor. Although there has been no written county policy about using county equipment on private property there has been an unwritten one, and Scrivner should not have been there, according to the County Commissioners and the Road & Bridge supervisor. So, Scrivner has been reprimanded and suspended for a week without pay. “I’m totally wrong. I shouldn’t have been down in there,” Scrivner said Monday. “I’m thankful to have my job; I thank the commissioners for that,” he added, saying he realized he could have been fired. Scrivner said he was “just trying to be a nice guy” by doing a good deed. After all, “It’s Christmas.” The accident turned out not to be as serious and expensive as it could have been. Scrivner was not hurt and the grader sustained minimal damage. One pane of glass fell out of the cab, the turn signals were damaged, and a line to the muffler was split. The grader is a 1974 Pacer 301. It is the newest grader the county owns aside from the two new Galions. Monday morning, two wreckers arrived at the site. First, the grader was slowly pulled upright. It was not in a positon to be easily pulled out of the hole it was in and up the road. So, the road crew decided to see if it would start. It did and it ran fine. Tim Logan, Assistant Road & Bridge Supervisor, maneuvered it around so that the wreckers could winch it up to the road. No damage was caused by the operation. “It’s going to make me more careful,” Scrivner said, and it will remind everyone on the road crew that accidents can happen quickly.

Amy Prescott, Jonlee Anderle, and Sara Smith have been named Elks Students of the Month. Prescott has been chosen as the September Student of the Month. She is a junior at Gilpin County School and maintains a 3.5 grade point average. She is involved in Academic Decathlon and is manager of the girls’ basketball team. Her hobbies are skiing and computer work. She is the daughter of Donald and Gwen Prescott. Anderle was named the Student of the Month for October. A junior at Gilpin County School, he has a 4.0 grade point average. He is involved in the National Honor Society, Student Council, and Academic Decathlon. He is manager of the basketball team and a member of the Union Pacific League Honor Band. His hobbies are models and computers. He is the son of Joe and Ruthann Anderle. Smith, the Student of the Month for November, is also a junior at Gilpin County School. She has a 3.5 grade point average and is involved with the basketball team at the school. She is the daughter of Sara Smith and Chuck Greer.

Happy New Year to one and all!

60 years ago – December 30, 1955

By A.F. Mayham: Now that Christmas is over and the commercial side of the event is being reduced to dollars and cents, New Year’s looms on the horizon, but only for half of the universe; the other half is a day ahead. Halves seem to dominate nature: there’s the better half of the family, a half dollar, half portions, half a year of summer in one end and half a year of winter on the other end; then when congress convenes half the time only half of them show at sessions that are half business and half politics, to see if one half can block a motion put by the other half. So about the only half that isn’t in circulation anymore is the old half-cent piece. Half pints are handy to carry in the pocket when they are elegantly different and delightfully dry.

Oscar Williams returned Tuesday morning from Denver where he had spent Christmas with his daughter and family. Oscar says that he prefers Central City to Denver, on account of all his friends are here and further, the climate is much more desirable.

Mr. and Mrs. Vern Hayne attended the wedding of Vern’s cousin, James Posic, in Denver on Monday.

The weather here has been most ideal, Christmas Day being like the Fourth of July. The past Wednesday was ideal also, and visitors from the valley and local people who were returning home, reported they had left Denver in a damp atmosphere, but just below Black Hawk, they emerged into sunny weather, and the temperature here was at least ten degrees above that of Denver, so it is not only a privilege to live in Colorado, but rather a double privilege to live in Central City.

Through the courtesy of Mr. Riley, many of the songs given at the Grade School program last week were taken on records, and later reproduced through loud speakers over the weekend. It was decidedly unique, yet intriguing and our thanks are extended him for his interest.

Mr. William Russell, Jr., spent Thursday in Denver attending to various business matters.

Mr. Otto Ruttkamp observed his 91st birthday on December 24th, by resting and reading at his home on Swede Hill. The following day he enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner.

Private Joe Svaldi of the U.S. Army, stationed in Georgia, was home for the holidays.

Miss Carol Kent is spending her vacation from school with her grandmother, Luella Fritz.

We extend to everyone the very best wishes for a Happy New Year!

90 years ago – January 1, 1926

What is cold boiled ham? Oh, that’s ham boiled in cold water, isn’t it?

“The Last Man on Earth,” a comedy picture, and a Fox News reel will be the picture show program at the Opera House Saturday evening, January 2nd.

How to Thaw a Water Pipe Properly: The middle of a frozen pipe should never be thawed first, says the United States Department of Agriculture, because expansion of the water confined by ice on both sides may burst the pipe. When thawing a water pipe, work toward the supply, opening a faucet to show when the flow starts. When thawing a waste or sewer pipe, work upward from the lower end to permit the water to drain away. Applying boiling water or hot cloths to a frozen pipe is simple and effective. Where there is no danger of fire, a torch or burning newspaper run back and forth along the frozen pipe gives quick results. Underground or otherwise inaccessible pipes may be thawed by opening the frozen pipe on the house end, inserting a small pipe or tube, and with the aid of a funnel at the other end of this small pipe, pouring boiling water into it, pushing it forward as the ice melts. More thaw pipe should be added at the outer end until a passage is made through the ice, when the thaw pipe should be quickly withdrawn.

Peter McFarlane came up from Denver last Saturday, where he had been enjoying the Christmas holidays with relatives.

Evan Morgan went to Denver Tuesday to meet his wife who was returning from a visit with her daughter at Lewiston, Idaho, both returning home on the evening train.

Mrs. Amos B. Clark, who had been the guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.M. Laird, during the holidays, returned to her home in Denver Thursday morning. Mr. Clark left for the capital Monday morning to look after the furnace and see that the cold snap did not tie up the water pipes and cause damage to the system.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Stagg, Jr., of Chicago visited here on Saturday on their yearly visit to hike among the mountains.

Miss Johnson, the cook at the Billy Jack Boarding House left Wednesday for California to spend the winter.

Last Friday evening, Shad Reid, at his home in Arvada, received a telegram from Edw. F. Krewinghaus, of St. Louis, Mo., stating that his wife had died that day from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The lady is well remembered by Apex people, having visited here several times, when Mr. Krewinghaus came on business in connection with the Evergreen Company, being one of the directors.

120 years ago – December 27, 1895

  Your Attention, for a Moment—Wishing you, Reader, a Happy New Year!

Nineteen years ago Christmas night, a fire broke out on the east side of Packard Gulch about 12 o’clock, in the residence of the late Thos. Terrill, through which three lives were lost, Mrs. Terrill and two sons. It was a bitter cold night. Water was taken from the hydrant at the Buell Mill, which was a limited supply taxing the pressure of the hydrant to its utmost capacity. Both fire companies at that time organized, Rough & Ready Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 and Rescue Fire and Hose Company No. 1, did gallant and efficient work, assisted by volunteers, in preventing the flames from spreading to adjoining buildings, thus preventing a general conflagration in that portion of the city. This disaster led to the organization of Rescue Fire and Hose Company No. 2, of the present fire department of Central City, who have proven an efficient company since that time. If as an efficient fire department could have been brought to bear in the great fire of 1874, with as good a system of water works as are now available, much property could have been saved. In a retrospective manner the fire of 1874 was a blessing, although entailing great loss to many people of limited means.

Mr. Charles Hoiner, who was severely injured in the Phoenix-Burroughs Mine on Quartz Hill, is up and around, although not entirely recovered from the scalp wound he received. He will soon resume his accustomed duties at that mine.

Mr. H.P. Lowe has resigned as superintendent of the Mammoth group of mines on Mammoth Mountain, and left for Denver. He will soon make a trip to a lower altitude for the benefit of his health. He is succeeded as superintendent by Mr. Blake, a well-known mining man from the west.

George Fiedler is unusually happy these days. It is a boy, of standard weight and fineness. The little fellow made his maiden speech on last Friday, and all are well, and the only regret George expressed was that the date wasn’t Christmas Eve.

Married: At the residence of the bride, Casey Avenue, December 23rd, 1895, John Tonking of Black Hawk officiating, Wm. S. Bennetts to Mrs. Eliza J. Boase, both of Central City.

Married: At the residence of the bride on Lawrence Street, December 18th, 1895, Rev. J.W. Linn officiating, Mr. John Harvey and Miss Nellie Ede.

Married: At the Methodist Church parsonage, December 25, 2895, Rev. J. W. Linn officiating, Mr. John Stratton and Miss Ida M. Ballard.

Died: On Dory Hill, Mountain House District, December 24th, 1895, William, eldest son of Mrs. Durham Ivey, aged 14 years. The funeral occurred today. The bereaved mother, whose husband met death at the Perigo Mine about a year ago, has the sincere condolence of many friends in her affliction.

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