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GeorgetownLoopRailway30 years ago – September 12, 1986

A fire in the Gilpin Gardens Subdivision totally destroyed the second floor of a home last Friday. The home, which is owned by Charles H. Morgan, also sustained heavy smoke and water damage to the first floor. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Morgan’s son, Rick Morgan, 21, was awakened by popping sounds and upon investigation, he noticed flames on the north side of the house. Rick Morgan went to wake up his mother, Julia, and his two sisters, Cindy and Melody. They were able to escape the fire by climbing through a window above the garage on the south side of the house. Charles Morgan was at work. The High Country Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call with eight fire trucks and 16 firefighters. Fire Chief Dave Thomas said Monday that they spent six hours on the call. The Gilpin County ambulance also responded to the call, but was not needed. The ladies of the HCVFD auxiliary were able to deliver a meal to the Morgans who are now staying with another son on South Beaver Creek Road.

In less than two weeks, the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department has confiscated its second marijuana garden, but this time one of the people arrested was found to be wanted for the last two and a half years on three federal warrants. Last Saturday, responding to a tip the department received, a warrant was issued to search the residence of South Beaver Creek Road of John Harry and Sharon Ann Edwards, who were suspected of growing marijuana. Undersheriff David Martinez, Investigator Bruce Hartman, Deputy Jon Bayne (all of the Gilpin Sheriff’s Department), District Attorney’s Investigator Phil Anderson, and Idaho Springs Policeman Chris Wills made the bust involving $50,000 to $70,000 worth of marijuana. According to Bayne, 37 plants, eight converters to convert from 110 voltage to 220, eight 1,000 watt light bulbs, and fertilizer were seized from the garage of the residence. Wayne said the Edwards had only lived at the house a couple of weeks and alleged the plants must have been brought by the Edwards since they were already so big. Both of the Edwards were arrested on a felony charge of cultivating marijuana and conspiracy to cultivate marijuana. A $5,000 bond was set on each of the Edwards. By Monday, Sharon Edwards had been released on bond. John Edwards, alias John Grajek, is being held in federal custody in Denver, awaiting extradition to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is wanted by the FBI, the IRS, and the Drug Enforcement Agency on warrants “in connection with major distribution and trafficking of marijuana and cocaine,” according to Hartman. Harman explained that if Edwards is convicted on all the charges, he could receive up to a 100 year prison sentence. Bayne said Monday that the sheriff’s department plans to ask the DEA for reimbursement for the costs of making the bust.

View from the Casey by Esther Campbell: Wispy mists have been obstructing views of the gold and green hills around the county. A friend and I hiked along the tramway bed and onto an old wagon road toward Queen’s Chair this morning. The mists hung so low we couldn’t see the chair from the road at the base. The rain felt good on our faces, because like the dry earth, our skin needs water. Also, the visual joys of watching rain drip from golden aspen leaves contributed to our pleasure. Water affects most of our decisions these days. It is not always in unlimited supply. I remember when I first moved here 11 years ago, Colorado was in a drought year. I washed clothes in bath water to save turning on the tap. Now, with water coming down in buckets from the sky, such small economics do not seem necessary, but I don’t want to forget! Central City’s park near the pond by the Boodle Mill is a delight. My grandchildren and I spent a happy afternoon there during the summer. The pond gave them the most pleasure. Fish were jumping in the middle so we constructed homemade fishing poles. No fish were caught, but I was pleased to hear my grandson say, “Grandmother, here comes the rain. This is good fishing weather.” He is eight years old.

60 years ago – September 14, 1956

Central City News:

Jack Frost has been most lavish with his paint brush for the past ten days, and the hills now are a heterogeneous collection of myriads of beautiful colors blending from the gold and red of the quaking aspens to the deep green of the pines. The spectacle is awe inspiring and beautiful in every extreme. The changing of the leaves is just a little early this year, but the beauty has never been surpassed. It will be well worth time to come up from the valley and view God’s handiwork. It is a sight that one will never forget.

Someone apparently seems to be flirting with the jailhouse in playing fast and loose with the election laws. During the election of Tuesday a small slip of paper was found in one of the booths, saying “Vote for Bracker for County Judge and Stone for County Commissioner.” One of these slips may have been a coincidence, but when two were found by persons in two different booths, then it becomes serious. The handwriting in ink can easily be determined and someone perhaps will have to do a lot of explaining if it is brought before law enforcement officials governing conduct at elections.

Mr. Berne Sorenson went to Loveland, Monday, returning Wednesday accompanied by Mrs. Sorenson and Rocky who have been spending several days in that city visiting relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Lawry returned to Victor Monday after spending the summer here with his brother, High. They expect to return later and will spend the winter here.

Central City continues to be a great attraction for visitors, and each day brings many sight seers, to view the beautiful foliage of the mountains, browse through the stores, and spend several happy hours.

Mrs. Wm. Russell, Sr., of Denver, has purchased the brick house on Eureka Street from Mrs. Marie McFarlane, and is considering making permanent residence here. This is one of the nicest, old homes in Central City, and was built by John Best, who owned the pharmacy. Later, it was purchased by Wm. Lewis, one of the most efficient mill men in the county, and later was occupied by Roy Thomas and family, who sold it to Mrs. McFarland. We will be glad to have Mrs. Russell as one of our citizens.

Black Hawk News:

Mr. Otto O. Blake has a brand new Chevrolet station wagon which he bought last week in Golden.

Mr. and Mrs. Bruno (Irene Machande) of Englewood were in the Skyline vicinity Monday looking for the Thorne Lake school house, where Mrs. Bruno had taught school some thirty years ago.

Miss Mary Lynch spent several days in the city last week.

Mrs. Betty Thompson and Mr. Jack Bonkowski were quietly married in Golden last Saturday and will make their home in that city.

Jack Bonkowski Jr. had a brief leave of absence from the Navy to attend his father’s wedding and also visited with his uncle, Harry Snyder and family.

James Chase brought his wife Marguerite up from Golden Wednesday for an outing and a visit with her mother Mrs. Zancanella. Marguerite will leave soon for the Mayo Clinic for a medical checkup and the removal of her cast.

90 years ago – September 17, 1926

Tom Mix in “Tony Runs Wild” in six reels and a Fox News reel will be the moving picture program at the opera house Saturday evening, September 18th.

The Central City schools opened September 7th, and to date the enrollment is forty three in the high school and thirty nine in the grades. A few late enrollments are expected, however. The faculty is as follows: First four grades, Miss Loraine N. Williams; upper grades, Mrs. Theodosia L. McMinn. In the high school Mrs. Elizabeth H. hall has large of the Physics, Mathematics and Commercial departments. Miss Genevieve Funk heads the Foreign Language, Freshman English, Science, and Psychology departments. The Music and Physical Education and Commercial law is under the direction of Miss Wilma A. Wissman. Superintendent Gulick has the courses in History (Ancient and American), and the advanced English classes. Basketball practice will begin September 20th. Considerable interest has been manifested in the Boy’s Physical Education class. The new books are already arriving and better progress can be looked for the classes affected thereby.

What is probably the world’s deepest telephone was recently installed at the bottom of a shaft over one mile in depth. The shaft is the property of the Calumet and Hecia Consolidated copper mines, and the telephone, one of many others in the mine system, is used by a pump man at the bottom of the shaft to report water levels to the engineers at the surface. The connecting cable, which runs down the vertical shaft, is 5,300 feet long and weighs four tons. It is anchored to shaft timbers at regular intervals with special clamps that support the weight and prevent the line from sagging.

Lost: On Sunday evening between the Black Hawk Methodist Church and the top of Spring Street, a black traveling bag containing children’s clothes. Finder will please leave at Register-Call office. Signed, Rev. Howard C. Benton.

Born: In Central, September 13, to the wife of Silvio Colosocco, a daughter.

120 years ago – September 11, 1896

William Short Jr. was injured in the Bobtail Tunnel at half past 1 on Monday afternoon. He was working for some leasers, Truscott & Bunney, who had gone out in the country, and Short was left alone. After eating dinner he went back to his work in the stope at the back of the tunnel level. In climbing up the ladders he says he remembers counting 75 staves or rungs, and while he was attempting to get on the top ladder one of the rungs broke, precipitating him to the bottom, a distance of about 75 feet. Some nearby leasers heard him groaning as he lay bruised in the ore chute, went to his aid, and as quickly as possible carried him out to the mouth of the tunnel, from where he was conveyed to his home in Mountain City. Doctors Richmond and Allison were called in to do what was in their power for the young man, who suffered much pain. It was found that the left lung had been severely bruised, with the probability of a rib having been crushed in, and he had also received several bad cuts on the head and shoulders. It appears that young Short had been afraid of the top ladder giving way, and one of the leasers had also expressed the opinion that it was unsafe. It does seem as if more care should be exercised to provide good ladders, etc., in order to take every precaution against accident. Some leasers are altogether too careless about making improvements at the right time, owing to the extra outlay, and keep putting it off until an accident happens, and then it is too late. The work of a miner is at the best a dangerous avocation, and every precaution ought to be taken to make it as safe as possible. Just before going to press we learn that the young man is doing nicely, and Doctor Richmond reports favorably on his condition.

Mr. Jenkins, who has taken charge of the electric light plant at Black Hawk, informs us that the whole cause of the trouble for the past month, in defective lighting, was the new or last machine placed in the plant, which was not only found defective, but overrated, and not competent to carry the number of lights expected of it. He says the company have ordered a new 56-ampere machine, competent to carry all the lights now in use, which will be in position by the first of the month, and the service from that date will be better than at any time since the plant was erected, and no expense will be spared in making the plant one of the most perfect in the state.

Born: In Central City, September 7th, 1896, to the wife of Samuel Doran, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, September 6th, 1896, to the wife of John Champion, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, September 9th, 1896, to the wife of Emil Lindfprom, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, September 2nd, 1896, to the wife of Martin Williams, a son.

Born: In Central City, September 9th, 1896, to the wife of Harry Rowe, a daughter.

Died: In Central City, September 8th, 1896, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. Lewis, aged 3 months.

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