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30 years ago – February 28, 1986

A visit to the Golden Gate Youth Camp on February 21 by state officials that was not announced to local officials or citizens has alarmed many mid-county residents and irritated at least one of the Gilpin County Commissioners. Before the weekend was over, a number of residents of mid-Gilpin County, where the camp is located, were aware of the visit. Residents had heard that an adult prison was definitely going to be located at the site, replacing the juvenile detention center. A number of people were upset that they had not been told about the plans. Several people from mid-county were alarmed that adult offenders would be living near their homes. They were particularly concerned because of the number of juveniles that have escaped from the camp in the past. County Commissioner Leslie Williams said Monday that she had received a call from a resident of Gilpin County about the state’s intentions. She was not aware of the state’s plans or aware that officials from the state had been in the county to look at the site. She was irritated and alarmed that “they never bother to tell us.” Commissioners Don Diltz and Alan Baird were also not aware of the state’s intentions. Sheriff Rosetta Anderle was equally surprised about the state’s plans. She said, “Felonies are serious,” a concern since the jail would house felons. Anderle had been told that the youth camp facility would possibly be used as a “workout” place for law enforcement officers. She objected to the possibility of an adult facility and said that county residents would not be in favor of it. Tom Powell, administrative assistant to the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, said Monday that officials from the state, including himself, were at the youth camp on February 21. He said it was a “site expedition” and that “it was just looked at” as a possible site to house adult offenders. According to Powell, several sites in Colorado are being looked at to house “non-violent” class four and class five felony offenders. He did not state what crimes are included in those classes. There have been offers to place the adult facility in other locations, Powell said. Plans to implement the “boot camp concept” in 1987 and the closing of the youth camp at the same time are coincidence, he said. Powell reiterated that the meeting on February 21 was an informal meeting for the weighing of pros and cons, but no definite decisions were made.

The sixth Gilpin County RE-1 School Science Fair on February 19 was dedicated to the crew of the Challenger space shuttle. There were 135 displays packed into the gym. The number of local residents that visited the fair could be judged by the parking lot outside that was filled beyond capacity. One of the winners at the fair was third grader Jed Shields. His project was entitled “Mold—Our Tiny Neighbors.” Shields had various samples of mold in the stages of life from day one up to 21 days. The Isaac Newton Award, donated by Bob and Thonda Rivers, was awarded to Jonlee Anderle and Shane Shields as being the best scientists over the entire year.

Amelia K. Roehling of Castle Rock died February 22, 1896, at Humana Hospital in Aurora. She was 92. She was born in 1893 in Michigan. When she was a child, her family moved to Colorado. She grew up in Black Hawk. She graduated from high school in Boulder. She was a public school teacher and then worked for the U.S. government. After she retired in the 1960s, she moved from Denver to Douglas County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Roehling. Survivors include a son, Herbert Toehling of Noxon, Montana; a daughter, Doris Weimer of Castle Rock; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Castle Rock. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Jefferson County.

60 years ago – March 2, 1956

Wide interest is focusing on the world premiere this summer in Central City of “The Ballad of Baby Doe,” spokesmen for the Central City Opera House association said Saturday. “From the large number of mail inquiries already received about the new American opera, it is evident the 1956 Festival attraction will attain nationwide prominence,” Frank H. Ricketson Jr., association president, said. “The Ballad of Baby Doe” will have its initial presentation in Central City at the historic Opera House, Saturday, July 7. The new work was written by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Dr. Douglas Moore in association with nationally recognized librettist John Latouche.

Andrew Erickson, Donald Miller, and Clyde Davenport spent the weekend at their respective homes, on passes from Camp Carson. The boys are becoming adjusted to Army life.

Mrs. Amelia Taylor fell and broke her hip Tuesday at her home in Boulder and is now in Colorado General Hospital. She is an aunt of Earl Quiller and Mabel Hunt and is close to 90 years of age.

Mrs. Minnie McCoy and brother Jack Welch and sons, Kur and Karl Isberg were up from Denver Sunday to spend the day in the Apex vicinity to ski and sleigh ride.

Miss Jerry Knoll was up from Denver last Saturday to spend the weekend with her father and many friends. Miss Knoll is a student nurse at General Rose Hospital and is one of the youngest ever to enroll for this course. She formerly attended the local high school but graduated from the Grand Junction High School. We wish her the greatest of success in her vocation.

Square dancing will be enjoyed every other Saturday evening at the Elks Hall, and if you enjoy this cavorting in graceful ways, better plan to attend.

High winds have been prevalent during the past week, and last Friday the worst blizzard experienced here for many years piled the snow in deep drifts, caused icy roads, ruined the tempers of car drivers, and generally raised havoc in this area. Tuesday and Wednesday of this week were quite warm and the snow was melting rapidly. Well, it’s only a few months until summer.

90 years ago – March 5, 1926

“Haven,” a ten reel all-star production will be the picture at the opera house Saturday evening, March 6th, 1926. Because of the number of reels the Fox News reel will not be shown in the same program on that date.

A Card By Mrs. Lillian M. Miller: It was with deep regret that the parishioners of St. Mary’s Church listened to the farewell address of their temporary pastor, the Rev. Jos Augustine Kern, last Sunday. During his brief sojourn in Central City, Father Kern has made many friends and won the esteem and appreciation of his parishioners. Father Kern, who is a recognized authority on liturgical music, was organist and choirmaster at the Holy Trinity Church in New Ulm, Minnesota, when he suffered the severe attack of laryngitis which forced him to seek a complete rest from his strenuous duties, and he came to Colorado in December in an endeavor to regain his health in our wonderful climate. During his absence from his own diocese, Father Kern has been the constant recipient of letters from his people in New Ulm, expressing their deep interest in his welfare, and their hopes that he would speedily recover his health and return to resume his work in their midst. They will greatly rejoice, therefore, to learn that he has been summoned to return and fill the position as chaplain at Loretto Hospital in New Ulm. “Our loss will be their gain,” is the general sentiment of St. Mary’s parish. Father Kern’s farewell words were very affecting and the best wishes of his friends here will follow him to New Ulm.

Mr. O. Barlow Willmarth, one of the largest mine operators in the Georgetown district, motored over to Central on Monday, on business matters. Mr. Willmarth was the manager of the Prize Mine in Nevadaville district for the New York owners, when connection was made with the Newhouse tunnel several years ago.

Dr. Wm. Shultz was a passenger to Denver on Monday morning, on professional business, returning on the evening train.

Mrs. C.O. Richards left last Thursday morning for Norwood, Colorado, on an extended visit with her daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. Thurston Dull.

James Williams, who is working for the Moffat Road and has been stationed at Tabernash for some time past, arrived in Central Wednesday evening on a visit with his mother and brother, and the county judge.

Arthur N. Mitchell, the undertaker at Georgetown, came over to Central on Monday to take charge of the remains of Mrs. Mary Jane Fowler, who died in this city that morning.

120 years ago – February 28, 1896

Mrs. Thomas Collins celebrated her 28th birthday on Friday evening last, with a number of invited guests, at her residence on Bobtail Street, Black Hawk. All had a delightful time, and did full justice to the fine spread prepared by that lady.

La grippe, that dreaded visitor, has been finding its way into many of our households during the past week, in consequence of which there is quite an amount of sickness in the county.

Last Saturday was the anniversary of the birthday of our first president George Washington, but no special observance of the day was noticed here. The banks remained closed all day with it being a legal holiday, but all other business was transacted as usual. A Martha Washington social was held in the evening at the Methodist Church. There was a good attendance and the affair was a success. A social dance was given in the Turner Hall, music being furnished by the Rocky Mountain Turnverein Orchestra. The dance was well patronized and dancing was kept up to a late hour. A good many of the young folks patronized the skating rink, as it was their last chance for the present winter. It is rather unfortunate for Mr. Sears and son that the winter has been such an open one, and as the rink was not a success they wisely closed it down.

Born: On February 27th, 1896, to the wife of Charles Rice, of Russell Gulch, a son.

Died: In Black Hawk, February 22nd, 1896, James L. Chapline, aged 75 years. The deceased was born in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, Virginia, and in 1855 moved to Dubuque, Iowa. In 1864 he left Dubuque for Colorado, and came direct to Black Hawk, and has since resided in this County. Up to the year 1875 he followed milling as a pursuit, and was then appointed City Marshal of Black Hawk. This position he filled until the spring of 1882, a period extending over seven years. Since then he has held the office of City Assessor of Black Hawk, which position he held up to the time of his death. The deceased gentleman, or “Uncle Jim” as he was familiarly known in this county, had enjoyed good health until up to about two weeks ago, when he contracted a slight cold, which, however, proved serious. He leaves two daughters – one single, and one the wife of Marshal W.R. Backus, and a son, who resides in Durango. The funeral took place on Sunday, February 23rd, leaving the residence at 1 o’clock. Interment was made in the Dory Hill Cemetery, and a large number of friends followed the remains to their last resting place.

146 years ago – March 3, 1869

The census of persons between the ages of five and twenty one years within the city limits shows the presence of two hundred and sixty six. Of these there are attending the public schools with such a degree of regularity as to cause them to be regarded as pupils, one hundred and twenty, the average daily attendance being one hundred and four. In private schools there are about forty four, all told, making a total of one hundred and sixty four. This shows that there are one hundred and two persons between the ages of five and twenty one years who do not attend school. Of this latter number it is probably nearly one half are of that age that they are engaged in labor and cannot attend school, or for other good reasons are kept away, but there remains at least fifty loafers who roam about the streets and make night hideous. They are in the broadest sort of a road to ruin. Because they are not within the walls of a school it is not to be supposed that they are not at school. They are in one which will in a very few years graduate, many of them at the end of a rope, the other end of which is attached to a limb. Only a few nights ago several of this class of boys, armed with revolvers, laid in wait for a citizen of the town in order to make an assault on him under cover of darkness. This same class may be found at charivaris and wherever an uproar exists or is expected. Many of them have already arrived at that period in their existence where they fail to be of any use to themselves or to others. Some of them doubtless will in spite of the negligence of parents, reform and become respectable citizens, but most of them will remain worthless throughout their lives, or what is worse become criminals and in the end inmates of state prisons. There is quite a large number of these vagrants who ought to be arrested and thrust in jail. In real justice, however, it is the parents who should be so arrested. If there is a law providing for their cases, it should be enforced; if there is none, then let our City Council make one, but by all means let the nuisance be abated.

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