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30 years ago – January 8, 1988

Cold, cold, temperatures. Dreary gray skies. The days seem to drag on and on. Despite the weather this week, Gilpin County is beautiful, but spirits seem down when the weather is bleak. It was refreshing to finally see the sun on Thursday.

Operating under a new set of directives, the United States Bureau of Mines is beginning a research and development project that could have major economic impact on small mining in the historic mining districts of Colorado. While the bureau will continue to review accident records and fund safety programs, it is now also charged with helping to reestablish a competitive mining industry in the U.S. on a worldwide scale. Although the U.S. once dominated the globe in the mining industry, times have changed and America is no longer competitive. Plans are to return the competitive edge through new technologies. A number of innovative processes and methods for the industry are being studied, incorporating a broad diversity of technologies, from satellites that can discover underground problem areas to computer designed mines to a stope leaching process that is well suited to small gold and silver operations.

Letter to the Editor: Science predicts the AIDS plague in the 1990s shall kill most earthlings. This is the periodic testing for survival of the fittest, so as to eliminate dinosaurs. Those who do survive will be the ones who learn—quickly and easily—how to self-circuit out of the 90 percent dormant human brain into 100 percent brain powered personal intelligence. In such a transcended individual, genetic intelligence automatically orders the immune system to kill the AIDS virus. According to the Los Alamos Laboratory, AIDS virus has mutated over 1,000 times so that it now can be transmitted via saliva like flu virus, kissing, coughing, and sneezing. Unlike slow mutating influenza virus, AIDS virus is fast mutating. Slow mutating flu allows researchers to catch up in time by inventing a new vaccine each year which fits that year’s mutation. The speed of change in AIDS/HIV virus is too fast for scientists. Only your brain can keep up with this game of self-testing. Like a 10 percent powered automobile, the 10 percent brain functioning individual coughs and sneezes inefficiently. Virus does the testing and eliminates him or her from the future gene pool. But anyone who learns how the human brain works and how to do the ridiculously easy exercise of brain self-control, immediately can self-circuit into releasing his/her genetically innate, reserve, super immune system. Transcend above AIDS – grow or die (G.O.D.). Does Gilpin County want to be the first pilot demonstration wherein all citizens grow up into 100 percent brain powered perfection? Signed, T.D.A. Lingo, director. Dormant Brain Research and Development Laboratory, Smith Hill, Robinson Hill Road.

After years of waiting patiently for an operator to assist in making a long distance phone call, callers on the 582 exchange will now be able to call direct. According to a notice from Mountain Bell, effective March 26, equal access 1+ long distance dialing will be available due to new computer capabilities. Other long distance companies will now also be available to callers on the 582 exchanges. If you have not already received a “Customer Selection Form,” from Mountain Bell, be expecting one in the near future. There will now be 11 long distance companies to choose from instead of one, but customers need to select the company, sign the form, and return it by the deadline date. A brochure with complete information about the new service is being sent to telephone customers with the reply form. The reply form must be returned or a long distance company will be selected for you, which can make a difference in rates, as well as service.

60 years ago – January 10, 1958

Central City Nuggets

A meeting of all those interested in the welfare of St. James Methodist Church is scheduled for Sunday, January 12th at 2:30 o’clock in the Sunday School room. Dr. T. Bruce McDivitt, Superintended of Denver, will preside. It is hoped that all parishioners and others who have the welfare of the church at heart will attend as many important matters are on the agenda, and will be fully discussed.

Vernon McCallister, of Del Norte, Saturday was elected president of the Colorado State Association of County Commissioners, as the organization closed its 50th anniversary convention. The new president was born in Central City, graduated from the high school here, and was a crack basketball player, both on the high school team, and later on the town team. He has been in the garage business in Del Norte for over thirty years, and has served three terms as Commissioner. We predict a very successful year for this strong organization under Vern’s capable leadership.

Mr. and Mrs. Verner Sorenson and son, Rocky, left Tuesday for a vacation in California and to attend the gift shows there.

Miss Marie Garwood entertained friends at tea on Monday.

Mrs. Maxine Gray and Mrs. Phyllis Powers shopped in Denver on Saturday.

Funeral services were held in Aurora last week for Maj. John Wayne Hanlen, 36, who was killed in England, Dec. 30 in an airplane crash. During his youth he was a resident of Central City and Black Hawk, graduated from the local high school, and later entered the Army Air Force where he attained the rank of Major. Sympathies are extended to his bereaved relatives.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Matson and children, now of Chicago, visited the Lionel Beggs family over the holidays.

A business visitor at the Otto Ruttkamp home last Friday was Mr. Clyde Dean of Salt Lake City.

Mr. and Mrs. George Vanderveer, Jr., and son Timmy of Denver were Saturday night dinner guests of Mrs. Betty Hamlin at the Chas. Robbins home.

Due to illness, Miss Kathryn Eccker was confined to her home for two days. She is a teacher in the Littleton High School.

A six and a half pound baby boy was born Sunday night at St. Anthony’s Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Dowell Blake. He has been named John Edward.

Barbara Heppberger was here last week calling on former friends. She is working in New Mexico.

Mr and Mrs. Thruman Leach were called to Iowa by the serious illness of her sister Jerry.

Funeral services were held in Boulder last Monday for Gladys Nelson Arbes, who died at a hospital in Casper, Wyoming, after a short illness. She was a member of the Golden Queen Chapter Order of Eastern Star. She formerly lived in Black Hawk.

90 years ago – January 13, 1928

Mr. and Mrs. William Kriley, of the Guy Hill section of the county, were hosting visitors from Central on Monday last.

Reuben McKay and wife and her brother, accompanied by Victor Lampshire, came up from Denver, Sunday, returning during the afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Ziege left for Denver last week, and on Saturday Mrs. Ziege underwent an operation at St. Luke’s Hospital. Latest reports are that she is getting along nicely.

Mrs. Frank Schmidt arrived Sunday evening from Evanston, Wyoming, on a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Richards. She is on her way to Hot Springs, South Dakota, where Mr. Schmidt is affiliated with a large dry goods concern, and where they will make their home for the future.

Mrs. Walter Lampshire, of this city, who has been seriously ill for several days pat, is reported much better and gradually recovering from her illness.

From the Idaho Springs Journal-Gazette: The good natured and efficient sheriff of Gilpin County, Oscar Williams, had business in Denver this week. Oscar makes so many trips to Idaho Springs carrying mail and passengers that he is almost as familiar on our streets as any of our citizens.

Hints and Things by Nellie Maxwell: So many times the things we should eat we do not like. The person who has a normal appetite is to be congratulated. This may be natural or with the right kind of early training, may be acquired. If children early in their training could be taught to form the right kind of food habits, what a world of trouble, illness, and suffering they would escape. We all desire to be normal. It is normal to like or be able to eat with comfort all eatable foods. A child may not like spinach particularly, but if the older members of the family eat it without protest, or pretend, if necessary, to enjoy it for the sake of the youngsters, they will usually learn to eat it without grumbling. One of the first things then, is to train the parents to feel the importance of the right kind of food. Children who are allowed to eat just what they especially like, regardless of the child’s needs, will have dentists’ bills to pay when the boy is very young beside the prospect of losing his teeth before middle age. The candy habit is one of the most pernicious. It dulls the appetite for wholesome food, destroys the teeth, and stunts the growth and mentality of any child. A bit of candy after a meal is not injurious, but in many homes it is eaten before meals or at any time when the child begs for it. Greens of all kinds, fresh vegetables, and fruits supply the vitamins so necessary for growth in the young. Foods which are not attractive to children should be carefully cooked, seasoned and served. The appearance and taste are very important. Not the least in importance in right food training is the matter of being unembarrassed at any table, able to eat and enjoy anything placed before us, and thus we are more agreeable guests.

120 years ago – January 14, 1898

Charles Schaffner, the popular barber at Dick Lichtenheld’s shop on Main Street, suffering from a siege of rheumatism left for his home in Humbolt, Kansas last Thursday where he will recuperate and rest up for a couple of months.

William Roach, of the Golden Wedge Mine in Lake District, was a passenger to Denver on Friday, on a visit of several days with friends.

Mr. George McFarlane returned Saturday from a business trip to Denver.

Mrs. Emma Marlow was a passenger to Denver on Saturday, on a visit with friends.

The Gregory Incline Property has been in a pinch during the past month, but the crevice is opening in the eastern workings and the values are increasing as development work is carried on. Two shifts are working continuously with air drills in the cross-cut to the Bobtail vein, and good headway is being made.

On account of the recent accidents which have happened to the tramway engines, that company has been unable to handle the regular tonnage from the properties of the Gold Coin Mines Company of Nevadaville, and in consequence, the production from those properties for the month of January will be curtailed. The mines and bins are full of ore and teams may be added for a few weeks to get the output to the mills to equal former shipments.

Born: In Lake Gulch, January 9th, 1898, to the wife of Mr. Crozier, a daughter.

Died: In Golden, January 10th, 1898, Mrs. Jane Goldsworthy, a former resident of Gilpin County.

Died: In Central City, January 11th, 1898, of miner’s consumption, Emanuel Ebli, aged 40 years.

Died: James Doyle, Andy Westland, and Joseph Perk were killed and Daniel Mindy was injured on Wednesday noon by the giving away of a still in the Hidden Treasure Mine on Quartz Hill. These men were contractors, and were working in a stope between the 900 and 1,000 foot levels, when without any warning, the timbers game way and the men were dropped over 40 feet to the next level. All covered up under rock and timbers, except Mr. Mundy, who landed in a winze, through which he was taken out and hoisted to the surface, where an examination was made by Doctors A. Ashbaugh and Asquith who had been summoned, and who found that one of his ribs had been broken, and an ankle and hip injured. Joe Perk was taken out alive, but expired as he was being taken to his home. When the bodies of Westland and Doyle were reached, both were dead. Perk was 46 years of age, of German descent, a married man, and left a widow, and was a member of the Sons of Herman Lodge No. 10, of this city. Doyle was 38 years of age, had lived in Gilpin County for eight years, was a single man, and was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians of this city. Westland was 45 years of age, and leaves a wife and three children, who have been living at Rocky Mountain Lake, near Denver. Coroner T.L. Ashbaugh summoned a jury on Thursday mornings and with the jury visited the scene of the accident, and made careful investigation of conditions, and determined what was the probable cause for the still giving away. After examining witnesses, they brought in a verdict that there was not sufficient evidence to justify holding the company criminally negligent with regard to the timbering done at the point of the accident.

146 years ago – January 1873

The only excitement in town yesterday broke out in a broad brim hat and a suit of calico clothes, and peddled corn medicine in front of Concert Hall. It managed to draw well, and to dispose of half a gallon or so at half a dollar a bottle. He slides out of town this morning, and if his medicine should happen to fail, why, it will make no difference—to him.

The list of distinguished dead for the present year already presents formidable proportions. The spirit of Barnum’s Gorilla ascended amid the whirlwind of fire and smoke that marked the destruction of the great showman’s museum, and later, old Sharon blistered his hands pulling the ethereal form of the Welsh giantess over the Styx. Shack nasty John, the Modoc, next left his early shell and engaged in the pleasant pursuit of pushing clouds and exploring space, and ere his collection of spring scalps have become sufficiently dry for parlor ornaments, there comes the announcement of the death of “The Man with the Iron Jaw,” who traveled with Barnum. Of the cause of his decease we know nothing, but his iron constitutions showed signs of giving way several months since, and the high price of pig iron, combined with his small salary, added to his troubles and destroyed his mettle. He was the son of an iron miner and an ironical woman of noble birth, and inherited the strong qualities of both. He cut his teeth on a cast iron monkey wrench, and at the age of four years began to manifest those traits that made his jaw a thing of beauty and profit after. He was matched by his parents against some of the most rapid jawed females in his native village, and always beat them in a talking contest. It was this superiority of the chin that led him to remain single, as he often remarked, “he would never marry a woman who was not his equal in jaw bone contest.” His diet, drink his younger years, was simple and nutritious, and consisted chiefly of sheet iron griddle cakes, garnished with carpet tacks; cast iron nuts, which he bolted without chewing; malleable biscuit; fish hooks, parboiled and served with quinine sauce, while for dessert he never ate more than two ten-penny nails tarts. He was also passionately fond of crowbars and old lightning rod cut up in five foot lengths, which he ate as a school boy would licorice.

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