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pano_EurekaStreet-CentralCity_191530 years ago – January 31, 1986

Sunday and Monday, firefighters were busy putting out two fires that occurred in Gilpin County. On Sunday, the Central City Volunteer Fire Department responded to a grass fire between Gregory Street and the Casey. According to Fire Chief John Reedy, the fire was started by young children that were playing with matches. The fire was contained to a one acre grassy area. Reedy said it “could have developed into a potentially dangerous situation.” There is at least one house that is located close to where the fire occurred. High winds and the lack of moisture, particularly in the southern portion of Gilpin County, are making fires likelier than usual, Reedy said. The Colorado Sierra Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire on Monday at the Harvey Ranch in the Braecher Meadow, east of Highway 119 in mid-county. According to Fire Chief Doug Miller, a resident in the area reported that a cabin was on fire at 9:47 a.m. Miller said the one room cabin was totally engulfed in flames when the fire department arrived a short time later. The caretakers of the property were not at home when the blaze occurred, Miller said. He said the fire was apparently caused by wind that blew into the pipe on a wood stove with a “faulty connection,” thus causing the ashes to blow out of the stove into the cabin. Miller said lack of moisture in the mid-county area right now is not a problem, but it could be as the year progresses.

Letter to the Editor: Along with the rest of the nation, Gilpin County people were shocked and saddened this week at the sudden disaster with the space shuttle Challenger. Tuesday, people were stunned. Most were speechless. For many, the devastating news evoked memories and feelings of other national disasters—John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Robert Kennedy’s death, and the death of Martin Luther King Jr. The shuttle accident has evinced more emotion than many other tragedies of our time that have cost the lives of many more people. Certainly, we have all been saddened by plane crashes and acts of terrorism, but the shuttle is different. It’s something we expect to be grand and glorious. As it blew apart and crashed into the sea, our expectations crashed with it. We must remember that space exploration is a frontier of mammoth proportions and mammoth potential. Think of the spectacular pictures of Uranus that Voyager has just sent to us. What knowledge they contain and where that knowledge will lead us, no one yet knows, but it can only be forward. The space shuttle is on the verge of showing us the beginnings of the universe. It won’t be too long before a permanent space station obits the earth. These projects must continue as soon as feasible. Tuesday’s tragedy has hurt our national pride, taken away our complacency. But, it should not discourage our determination to be the best we can be, to go where no one has ever been. The seven men and women in the shuttle lost their lives showing us how to do that. Our sympathy today is extended to their families, the nation’s children, and even to ourselves. But the seven who died should be remembered as joyful pioneers—pioneers leading the rest of us to our destiny. Signed, Janet Davis.

60 years ago – February 3, 1956

At the sowbelly dinner this Saturday night it may be revealed who emptied the bacon grease in the kitchen sink. The inconsistency of sincerity remains a mystery until gold hits the $70 mark.

William F. McGlone, of Denver, who spends each summer here, has been named to the American Heart Association’s assembly planning committee where he will serve for three years. The committee is responsible for planning annual meetings of the association and recommending policies to the board of directors.

George McLaughlin, who has spent several weeks in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, has returned home, and comes down from his apartment each day to greet his friends, and occasionally finds time to play a game of cards. We welcome him back.

Frank Potter, who has been in Colorado General Hospital for the past several months recovering from a broken hip, is home again, and challenges any person of his age to run a foot race along Main Street. Glad you’re back, Frank.

The High School Pep Club girls will have a food sale Saturday at the Grubstake. Help this good cause along.

Miss Laurie Lee has come to live with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Newell, Jr., of Lafayette, Indiana. Mrs. Newell is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Webber. Congratulations to the parents, grandparents and great grandmother, Mrs. Hughes, and wishes for a long, happy life for the little lady.

There is a foot of new snow, making transportation difficult, but the Stinson’s have been having a grand time with their Christmas toboggan.

Mr. and Mrs. James Chase drove to Mayo’s Hospital in Minnesota last week to obtain a medical check-up for Mrs. Chase, who has been suffering pain in her knee.

Charles Anderson was taken to a Denver hospital on Friday due to pneumonia.

No news, no visitors, no visiting—too much weather.

90 years ago – February 5, 1926

Everything comes to him who waits, including the pedestrians who hold a conversation in the middle of the streets.

Morris and Horatio Hazard were passengers to Denver Thursday morning, on a short visit and vacation with friends.

Mr. N. Gordon, of Quincy, Illinois, is here looking after property of the Melrose Mining Company, in which he is interested, and which he intends operating. The mines are located in Eureka Gulch and were formerly owned by the late Thomas Cudahy.

Mr. C.A. McNeil, who has been suffering from a severe cold and la grippe at his home in Elk Park for the past ten days is reported as convalescing.

Mr. Frank Backus drove the mail car up on Tuesday, Mr. Robins being confined to his home with a bad cold.

Mr. Robins could not come through with the mail on Saturday on account of the blizzard.

Otto Blake brought up a load of rails for the Evergreen Mine on Tuesday.

Thomas McKnight came up from Black Hawk on Sunday to work on the Evergreen Mine.

Mr. Copeland came up from Cripple Creek on Friday and will work at the Evergreen Mine.

Jud Kriley and wife left for Cheyenne last Friday to attend the funeral of her brother, Thomas Taylor, who died from the result of an operation for appendicitis.

Mr. Ed. Lundquist, the caretaker of the engine at this point left Tuesday morning on his vacation trip to be gone for a couple of months. He contemplates visiting Wilcox, Arizona, and California.

A Valentine’s Masquerade Ball is contemplated by Neighbors of Woodcraft at Fritz Hall on Saturday evening, February 13, when prizes will be given for the best costumes. Good music and a good time for everyone.

120 years ago – January 31, 1896

AD: Oranges are scarce this year and, as we have just received a large shipment of the best grades in the market, now is your chance to buy. Apples are going up, but we have some still at the old price. Sauer-McShane Co.

On Monday afternoon in the Mammoth Mine, while John Signs, a timberman, was at work in the shaft, in consequence of one of the rolls having been loosened, it fell down the shaft and he received an ugly cut at the top of his head. The cut was about three inches long and reached the bone, requiring several stitches to patch it up.

George Boughton, formerly of Central City, who left for Victor two weeks ago, says in a letter to a friend that he started in to work the following day after he arrived there. George says that any Gilpin County miner can get work in that district at $3 a day for eight hours work. He says he is delighted with the camp and that it is the boss camp of all.

Born: At Black Hawk, January 28th, 1896, to the wife of Henry Jacobson, a son.

Born: In Central City, January 30th, 1896, to the wife of John Hastie, a 10-pound boy.

Died: In Nevadaville, January 25th, 1896, of heart disease, Chas. Steele, aged 64 years. Deceased came to Gilpin County in ’59, and formerly followed the occupation of a miner, but of late years had been attending to his ranch on Bald Mountain. Friday evening he was around Nevadaville as was his usual custom, and seemed to be in his usual health. During the night he was seized by an attack of heart disease and died suddenly early on Saturday morning. He leaves a wife and six children. Funeral took place on Monday afternoon. Interment being made in the Bald Mountain Cemetery.

Died: In Nevadaville, January 28th, 1896, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Quintrell. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, interment being made in the Russell Gulch Cemetery.

146 years ago – February 1, 1869

Everything points to a season of unusual animation among the mines when spring opens. It may be well to state in this connection, that the new hotel we spoke of some time ago, isn’t commenced yet, though things are boiling just a little in that direction. A prominent gentleman of this city has been whittling and thinking over the matter and there is just a faint hope that something will come of it. He has the money, influence and vim to complete the project, and sagacity enough to see that it would pay. Will he stop or go on? Now is the winter of our discontent. Let us have a glorious summer by the addition of a large, nice brand new hotel to our taxable property that shall be a credit to the town.

Black Hawk is still busy. Rhoads of the Boston Bakery is running a force of three stout men, with all the latest improvements in machinery, and yet all are as busy as can be, baking bread, crackers, and cakes. Petersen has a store full of goods and customers to buy them. Cowenhoven has a smaller one, but it is apparently doing well. Mr. Havens has enlarged his premises, and has a fine stock of goods, amply sufficient for the retail trade. Well of the O.K. is clothing the naked and is ready to supply all wants in his line, being equally willing to sell a miner’s suit or a wedding one. Orahood is putting up drugs for the whole community. Ed. Hughes has an elegant meat market, where he serves up eatables in the best possible shape and of superior quality, to the hungry. Deacon Wells, who has been absent for long years in Arizona, is back at his old stand dealing out steak and sausage. Baker & Co., are supplying feed to everybody’s horses and miles, and are doing a big business in that line. Sands is driving trade in dry goods and clothing, and is a favorite among the ladies. Hermann Helser’s sign has become one of the landmarks of the place. He is driving business with whip and spur, and makes harness that will neither rip nor break. Charley Leitzman is one of the best smiths in Colorado, and always has enough to do. The fires are always bright and he strikes while the iron is hot. Schlesinger deals out liquid heat and comfort in quantities to suit purchasers, besides dealing in some of the solids. Holstein must not be forgotten. He has a fine stock of clothing, of good quality and well made, which he is selling at rates such as shall induce everybody to buy from him. Desmoincaux has groceries and provisions and baker’s bread in his neat fireproof store, and always looks good natured as if he’s doing a good business. Everybody claims that times are a little dull but this was expected in January and February. The scarcity of water has greatly decreased the amount of mining being done and hence less money is coming out of the ground. There are a lot of other places of business there which shall be remembered in future.

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