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30 years ago – April 15, 1988

An explosion at the Gilpin County RE-1 School on April 9, shortly after 8:00 a.m. prompted all emergency personnel in the county to respond to the disaster in which 31 people were treated for injuries. The explosion did not actually occur, but was a mock disaster training program testing county agencies’ response and handling of a disaster, in the event one should occur. The mock disaster began when a propane tank erupted, sounding the fire and smoke alarms at the school. A few seconds later, a second explosion disconnected the telephone lines, ending communication with school employees. The hillside behind the bus barn caught on fire as a result of the explosion and a nearby truck was ablaze. Although none of the problems were real, emergency services responding to the scene treated the fallacies as an actual scene. Within minutes, a multitude of people from agencies throughout the county responded, including members of the law enforcement agencies, ambulance personnel, social services, the county commissioners, and park service employees, as well as four fire departments. In less than one hour, the fictitious fires were brought under control and 31 people were rescued and treated for their injuries. Girl and Boy Scouts, seniors and others volunteered to have fake blood burns, and lacerations placed all over their bodies. The injuries, applied by various makeup techniques, looked real, as the injured were carried to safety by members of the fire departments. In the school’s multipurpose room, medical technicians jumped from patient to patient treating the wounded. The multi-purpose room was one shelter and a second one was set up in Central City. “As far as a mock disaster,” said Fran Etzkorn, Gilpin County emergency services coordinator, “it ran real well. It brought a lot of things to our attention,” identified problem areas and allowed us to know of resources that are available in the event of an actual disaster.

The Gap Trading Post has been given a reprieve to continue operating through this summer, although without a resolution passed by the commissioners on April 4, the business would have been forced to close. Josey Wales and Jim Ericsson, who opened the Gap Trading Post in 1987, appeared before the commissioners earlier this month to obtain the board’s approval to continue operating the enterprise. The Gap Trading Post is located off Highway 119 and Gap Road. It serves as a tourist information center and retail outlet. In 1987, Wales and Ericsson were given provisional consent to operate the business from May through October. They were instructed at this time to either tear down or fill in the outdoor privy at the site and apply for a Special Use Permit. The owner of the property, Ron Niebur, allowed the outhouse be filled in and a san-o-let was installed at the location for employees’ use only. In 1987, the commissioners agreed to waive the application for a Special Use Permit. Wales was informed during the commissioners meeting in June of 1987 that the property would be zoned commercial in the future, according to the newly adopted Gilpin County Master Plan. Previously, the site was used as a residence, and from July 1978 until February 1986 the Gilpin County Library occupied the building as a non-conforming use. Niebur has owned the property for 15 years and did not need to apply for rezoning or a Special Use Permit when the library rented the building, said Wales on Tuesday. At the March 1988 meeting, J.J. Petrock, county attorney, said Niebur would have to apply for rezoning. A Special Use Permit, said Petrock, was not applicable. Ken Eye, county planner, informed the commissioners and Wales that presently the site will remain in residential zoning. Eye did not foresee the 1.76 acres at the location being zoned commercial because it does not meet criteria in the Gilpin County Master Plan. However, if the Gap Trading Post is the “highest and best use” of the area, said Eye, it could operate under a non-conforming situation.

The Social Register

Happy birthday wishes to Winnie Anderle on her 79th birthday, April 17.

Born: Patrick and Deidre Carr are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Joseph Patrick. Born Thursday, April 7, 1988, at 3:02 a.m., he weighed seven pounds four and a half ounces and measured 20.5 inches. He was born at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver. Joseph Patrick is the Carr’s first child. The family resides in the Forest Hills Division. Marge Scanlon is the maternal grandmother. She resides in Idaho Springs and operates the Gypsum Rose in Central City. Paternal grandparents are Fran and Jean Carr of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. In addition to his grandparents, Joseph has a great grandmother on his mom’s side: Louise Parr of Boulder.

Born: Ryan Latham Southworth was born March 31, 1988, at 1:35 p.m., to Robert and Tracy Southworth. He was born at Lutheran Medical Center in Denver, and weighed seven pounds 15 ounces. He was 21 inches long. Ryan is the first child of the Gilpin Gardens couple. Ryan’s paternal grandmother is Artie Mae Clemens of Denver. Maternal grandparents are John Magoun of Maine, and Pamela Magoun of Boston. Great grandparents are Chester Latham of Denver, and Mr. and Mrs. Southworth of Colorado Springs on his dad’s side. Elizabeth Magoun, of Connecticut, is Ryan’s great grandmother.

Married: Kathleen Elizabeth Earley and Matthew Glen Cary will be married in May at the United Methodist Church in Parker, Colorado. Earley is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William C. Earley of Parker, and Cary is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Cary of Colorado Sierra in Gilpin County, and Prescott, Arizona. The bride is a 1983 graduate of Douglas County High School, Castle Rock, and a 1987 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, in Lincoln. She is attending graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The groom is a 1981 graduate of Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, and a 1985 graduate of Pomona College, Claremont, California. He is a medical student at Washington University in St. Louis.

Died: Elva M. Allen did April 9, 1988 at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, at the age of 82. Born Elva M. Thomas in Nevadaville, December 27, 1905, she married Earl Allen and lived in Central City for many years. He preceded her in death in 1958. Mrs. Allen moved to Golden, where she lived until January of this year, and later moved to the Cambridge Nursing Home in Lakewood. She is survived by two brothers, Fred and Charles Thomas, both of Boulder; four children, Robert Allen of Central City, Bill Allen of Arvada, Elvena Johnson of Menden, Louisiana, and Donna McBride of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and eight grandchildren. Services were held at St. James United Methodist Church in Central City at 1:00 p.m. on April 14. Interment followed the service at Bald Mountain Cemetery.

60 years ago – April 18, 1958

Central City Nuggets

Funeral services were held from Wood’s Mortuary, in Golden, Wednesday morning, for Edward Thieve, who died on the previous Wednesday at his home in Golden. He was 81 years of age. He was born in Georgetown and worked in many of the mines in Clear Creek and Gilpin counties. He was a former resident of Central City, but for the past twenty years has been a resident of Golden. He is survived by one son, George, of Denver; and three daughters, Maude L. Thiede, Edith T. Brenton, and Ruby M. Binder, all of Golden. Interment was in Bald Mountain Cemetery.

Mr. Paul E. Marin has been appointed Central City representative for the Colorado Right to Work Committee, Inc., by J. Frank Dawson, of Denver, Executive Director. Any persons interested in circulating petitions in Gilpin County or furthering the campaign, should contact Mr. Marin at Phone 3721.

Mr. and Mrs. Verner Hayne returned last week from a month’s visit taking in the sights of California and Old Mexico. They report a most pleasant motor trip, but are glad to be back in the land of sunshine.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mr. and Mrs. John Turner entertained Mr. and Mrs. Albert Malmgren and Richard Farrell at dinner at Proctor’s in Idaho Springs Saturday evening.

Mr. Jim Collins, who is attending Western State College at Gunnison, attended the funeral of Otto Ruttkamp. Other attending were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Maugham, Gus Grutzmacher and wife, Milton Fick, William Fick, Jack Beardeau and wife.

Word was received of the death of Harry Landis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dude Landis former residents of Black Hawk. The community extends its deepest sympathy to the family.

Master Christopher George Martin, son of Mary Pat and Wendell Martin, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. George Springer was baptized Sunday. The God-parents were Melvin and Donna Blake. The Springers were hosts to twelve guests at a turkey dinner after church.

90 years ago – April 20, 1928

Mr. Amos B. Clark, accompanied by his mother, and Mrs. Clarence Carey, motored up from Denver, Sunday morning and were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. G.M. Laird, returning home during the afternoon, accompanied by Mrs. Amos Clark and Amos, Jr., who had been visiting her parents for the past week.

Day and night shifts are hoisting water from the Lillian Mine in Russell District.

Mr. Jenkin Davis was up from Denver during the week, visiting with old friends.

Frank Sparks, who has been very sick the past two weeks, is now reported on the mend. He is not able to be on his job as chief engineer of the Argo Tunnel and Mill, but he hopes to get to work in a few days.

Messrs. Thomas Mitchell, J. Stanley, and W.E. Griffith were the delegates from Gilpin County who attended the state convention at Colorado Springs the first of the week.

Mrs. John Lehmkuhl was a passenger to Denver on Tuesday last, on a visit with relatives and friends.

Miss Evelyn Flynn, a nurse in the Children’s Hospital in Denver, came up on Saturday, on a visit with her parents, returning Monday.

A suit was filed in the District Court this week against the Colorado & Southern Railroad, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, the Bus Co., and others by a committee representing the towns of Silver Plume, Georgetown, Empire, Lawson, Alice, Dumont, and Idaho Springs, and the county commissioners of Gilpin County and others. The suit is brought to restore the passenger service and to retain the freight service on the Clear Creek branch of the Colorado & Southern Railroad. About a year ago a temporary permit was granted the railroad company to discontinue passenger service for one year, and it is feared that with the expiration of that time the railroad company will ask for a permanent permit to abandon the service as well as the freight service, w which will leave this section with no means of transportation to the markets of the world but by auto transportation. As a result of the granting of a permanent permit to abandon the road, the mining section west of Denver would be ruined and eventually abandoned with the exception of a few summer tourists who make this place their home during the hot summer months.

A Joke: Marjorie, the youngest, always had an objection ready either about going to bed at night or getting up in the morning. One night, when her mother reminded her that it was becoming bedtime, she said: “It isn’t fair. At night you tell me I’m too little to stay up, and in the morning you say that I’m too big to stay in bed,”

Why Altitude Affects Water’s Boiling Point: The so-called normal boiling point of water is 212 degrees Fahrenheit. That is the boiling point at sea level. But the boiling point of water is lowered about 1 degree Fahrenheit for every 550 feet of ascent above the sea level. Thus, in elevated positions, where the atmosphere is rare and the barometric pressure comparatively low, the boiling point may be much lower than at sea level. At the City of Mexico, 7,000 feet above the sea, water boils at 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and in certain places in the Himalayas at 180. Since the cooking of certain foods, as eggs, by boiling, requires a higher temperature, they cannot be boiled under such conditions. The summit of Pike’s Peak, more than 14,000 feet above the sea, is one such place where eggs can be fried or scrambled, but not boiled.

120 years ago – April 22, 1898

Miss Mary Reedy, of this city, has been engaged to teach in the public schools at Hughesville.

Mr. & Mrs. George R. Tonn celebrated their silver wedding anniversary at their residence in this city on Tuesday evening, April 19.

During her stay in Denver last week, Madame Melba presented her autograph to sixteen young ladies, introduced to her by Miss Mathilda Johnson, who knew the diva in the east. The young ladies presented Mme. Melba with a basket of American Beau roses and Easter lilies.

Charles H. Earns was slightly injured while at work in a shaft in Prosper Gulch on Tuesday morning. He was in the bottom of the shaft and a timber was being lowered, which slipped and fell a distance of ten feet, striking him on the right arm and head. Dr. Allison attended to his injuries which consisted of a gash on the head a couple of inches in length.

Steve Hoskins, with a home mining pool, is working the Pierce Lode on Nevada Street, opposite the baseball park, and has opened up a fine body of mineral in the east drift, showing copper iron, an assay of which gave 14.20 ounces gold and 27 ounces silver, a total valuation of $220.70 per ton. Some fine copper iron streaks are scattered through the crevice, making a good combination of minerals that carry good values throughout the county.

  1. Best, who is operating the Gaston Mine in Russell Gulch, sent a wagon load of ore to the sampling works in Black Hawk, as a test lot, which returned a check for $522.30 over and above freight, sampling and smelting charges. The ore assayed 7.30 ounces gold and 3.36 ounces silver to the ton, and came from the 200 foot level. Work on the 100 foot level has cut the same body of mineral, and Mr. Best contemplates driving the 300 foot level undertake ore body, and expects to cut the same at that depth.

Born: In Black Hawk, April 5th, 1898, to the wife of John Lightner, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, April 15th, 1898, to the wife of John Carolini, a daughter.

Married: In Black Hawk, April 20th, 1898, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Charles E. Stout to Miss Helen A. Mehrlich.

146 years ago – April, 1873

Prof. Reynold’s parlor entertainment at the Old Montana Theatre last night drew a full house. The frequent and hearty applause attested to the delight and appreciation of all present. The Professor and his assistants fully sustained the reputation for talent and genius which places them in the front rank of their class. Miss Minnie Well’s “Highland Fling” was capitally done, and her “Champion Jig” inimitable; while the violin solos – especially the “Cuckoo Solo”- were among the finest productions that we have ever heard from that instrument, and Prof. Perez proved himself a master violinist. Many of Prof. Reynold’s feats of legerdemain – more particularly that of La Cena del Diablo, wherein a burning flame appears to issue from his mouth – were truly wonderful. The variety of the performance and the aptness of the actors in their various parts, combine to render this entertainment a very attractive one. The troupe will give a performance in Georgetown tomorrow evening, and returning to Central City about the last of week, will probably favor us with another performance.

All day yesterday surveyors were at work along the hills on the south side of Gregory Gulch, marking the final location of the Colorado Central Railroad route. In a few short weeks we shall have the iron-colt wheezing and snorting up to our very doors.

We are informed that a crushing and sampling works are to be built and operated at Idaho Springs this summer, by Theo. H. Lowe. Idaho Springs is a capital point for works of this character and should draw large quantities of ore from the Virginia and Fall River Districts.

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