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30 years ago – December 30, 1988

On the Environment, by Charles P. Slater: Now that the most noxious substances in the air we breathe have been identified, the major sources of these substances can be located. Hopefully, these sources can change their approach so that they generate less poisonous waste. Imagine having a neighbor who lives upwind. Suddenly, one fine spring day,he covers his lawn with sheep manure hoping to make the bluegrass in his environment a little greener. In a case like this, according to the law, the neighbor has every right to do the manure, and you have no right to complain. We are basically spectators to what is being done in the environment and people who are doing things like releasing noxious waste into our surroundings may have their reasons for doing so. We have little right to complain or demand any change. All we can do is try to communicate with these sources and advocate the value and necessity of changing the taste so that it is less noxious. If money is the problem, money can be made available to accomplish this, and the greatest amounts distributed to the greatest offenders. I will gladly donate five dollars of my tax money to any company which releases a significantly smaller amount of poison into the air. If enough people were authorized to give a portion of their existing taxes (with no increase in taxes) a large sum could be generated and awarded to the company making the greatest progress (in terms of mass) in purifying the air and water.

The Social Register:

Representative Sam Williams was voted unanimously by Democratic members of the Legislature to serve as Minority Whip for the 1989 session.

Born: Steve and Jeri Zimmerman of Gilpin County are elated to announce the birth of their first child, a son, Arthur Steven Zimmerman. Born December 12, 1988, at Lutheran Hospital Center in Wheat Ridge, he weighed seven pounds 13 ounces and measure 20 inches in length. Paternal grandparents are Chas and Joann Zimmerman of Littleton, Colorado. Maternal grandparents are Wilbur and Sandra Wojahn of Fort Collins, Colorado. Arthur’s paternal great-grandmother is Edna Zimmerman of Greeley, Colorado.

Born: Ralph and Sharon Johnson are proud to announce the birth of their own Christmas baby, Nathan Joel Cupps, both to Sharon’s son, Randy, and his wife, Irene. Nathan made his entrance on December 18, and his uncle Rusty was among the first to welcome him to the family. Mother and baby are doing wonderfully. Father and uncle are basket cases.

Married: Lisa Marie Lorenz was united in marriage to Constant Joan Artz at St. James United Methodist Church in Central City on December 18, 1988. Dr. Frank Court officiated the 1:00 p.m. service, which in addition to the wedding flowers, was beautifully decorated with the congregation’s many poinsettias. Music was provided by Kathryn Eccker on the organ and Will Talbot on the guitar. Liza wore her mother’s wedding gown of satin with lace roses. She carried a cascade of lilies and roses. Her maid of honor was Rosana Romero, a sorority sister from the University of Colorado. Heidi Bowell of California and Stephanie Lorenz, sisters of the bride, were honor attendants. She was preceded down the aisle by her nephew, Michael Boswell, the ring-bearer, and Elena Arias, the flower girl. Konstant’s best man was Dan Miller from Grand Junction and his groomsmen were Bill Waldron of Hotchkiss and Bill McNamara of Dener. Tony and Jeff Lorenz, brothers of the bride, served as ushers. A reception followed the ceremony at the Black Forest Inn. Liza and her husband, nicknamed “Smokey” will make their home in Valencia, California. He is employed with Flight International based in Burbank and the new Mrs. Artz will begin work at the Federal Building in Van Nays as an auditor. Liza is the daughter of Bill and Kay Lorenz of Black Hawk. Her grandmothers are Florence Dyer of Gilpin County and Anna Lorenz of Central City.

Died: Thomas Walter Hagen, 74, died at his home on Apex Road near Back Hawk on December 20, 1988, following a lengthy illness. Born November 2, 1914 in Oak Creek, Colorado, he graduated from South High School in Denver in 1932. On June 30, 1978, he married Claire E. Coltrin. The couple moved to Gilpin County at that time. During his career as a building contractor, Tom built a number of churches, including Applewood Baptist, South Sheridan Baptist Church and School, Ward Road Baptist, First Nazarene Church of Lakewood, and Broadway Baptist. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters Shirley Wells of West Palm Beach, Florida; Susan Hagen of Billings, Montana; a stepdaughter, Kathleen McCartney of Denver; two sisters, Beatrice Sherbondy of Cory, Colorado, and Bernice Smith of Delta, Colorado; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held December 23, at Evergreen Memorial Park Chapel. Interment followed in the Garden of the Cross at Evergreen Memorial Park.

60 years ago – January 9, 1959

Central City Nuggets:

Weather conditions in this vicinity during the last weekend were of the kind that I cannot consistently express my thoughts, on account of because I do not use that kind of language, and Uncle Sam’s Post Office Department would refuse to send this periodical through the mail. In other words, however, however, it was a helluva week. Temperatures ranged from five below to twenty five below zero, and those of both sexes who were not clothed in red woolens were decidedly uncomfortable and chilly. Mentioned frequently in this paper, however, is the expression, “this is God’s country,” and which was proved last Sunday night when the temperature in Denver was minus 3 degrees, and here, it was 25 degrees above zero. This is a fact, as Arthur (our thermometer) testified. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week have been warm and pleasant, and while the western part of Colorado is experiencing severe cold and snow storms, we in Central City have taken off the red woolens, and replaced them with sheer and dainty underclothing, thus proving that it is indeed God’s country.

The Christmas tree at the intersection of Main, Lawrence, and Eureka streets, which has been plain and unadorned during the Yuletide season, has been taken away and allowed to rot and decay to enrich our Mother Earth. The tree, which has been erected each year for the past thirty years, is sponsored by the local Order of Elks.

Mrs. Don Mattivi has been on the sick list for the past week. It is hoped her convalescence is rapid.

Mrs. Rose Daly, the gal who operates the beauty shop in this city, received a broken arm last week in Denver when she was struck by a car, and apparently it will be several weeks before the ladies of Central City can have their hair dressed, curled, or adorned by permanents. We’re all sorry, Rose, and extend our sympathies.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Sunday dinner guests at the Edward Mueller home were Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Allison and son Ray.

Mr. and Mrs. Will Grenfell are spending this week in Denver and Arvada.

Bob Green is making numerous improvements in his Black Hawk store, such as new counters and extra supplies of men and women’s clothing and staple groceries.

A New Year’s Eve party was given at Jennie’s Inn in which over 200 people attended and had a wonderful time. The new owners, Ed Sandidge and Jim Scott, gave the gala party in honor of Mrs. Jennie Zancanella, who had operated the place since 1934. Jennie was decked out in a white evening gown and was the belle of the ball.

While skiing with friends near the Boodle Mill above Central City, Johnnie Mueller had the misfortune to fall and injure his leg. He was taken to the doctor and had seven stitches in his knee.

Mrs. Jean Jacobson was in Morrison Wednesday, where she visited her mother, Mrs. Helen Robins.

Mrs. Hallie Nicholls is in Laurel, Montana, visiting her daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. Noel Warren.

Mr. Henry C. Traen was up from Denver Sunday, visiting his many friends.

90 years ago – January 4, 1929

Mrs. Everett McCoy, daughter Louie, and brother Jack motored up from Denver on Thursday of last week, to spend a portion of the holiday week with her mother, Mrs. Louie Welch. They returned to Denver early Wednesday morning when the former resumes her duties as one of the teachers in the public schools.

Mr. E.N. Kelley, proprietor of the Lawrence Street Garage, and representative and dealer for the Graham-Paige automobile company, left Monday for Detroit, to attend a meeting of the dealers of that state for that company.

Peter McFarlane, who had been enjoying the holiday season with relatives in Denver, returned home Tuesday.

“Nick” Johns came up from Denver Monday evening to spend New Year’s at home, returning Wednesday morning to get the benefit of more treatments.

Died: Mrs. Alice A. Teats, 72 years old, wife of Eugene H. Teats, Denver pioneer, died at her home early Sunday morning. Mrs. Teats was born at Batavia, New York, and came to Colorado when a young girl, settling at Leadville. She was married to Mr. Teats at Georgetown and they settled in Denver. Mr. Teats has been in poor health since last April and was ill at home at the time of the death of his wife. He has made many trips to Dutch Guiana in South America, where he has been interested in gold mining. Besides her husband, Mrs. Teats is survived by her two daughters, Miss Helen Teats, and Mrs. G.H. Farrell, of Denver; and two grandchildren, Mrs. Robert Wynkoop, of Denver, and Mrs. Richard Upton, of New York City.

Died: Nelson Z. Cozens, 90 years old, the oldest Mason in the state and a picturesque figure in the days of the early west, died Monday evening at his home. He had been ill less than three weeks. Mr. Cozens was a native of New York state. He served through the Civil War. In 1864, Mr. Cozens came to Colorado traveling across the plains on horseback. He went to Central City to join his brother, William Zane Cozens, famous western sheriff. Mr. Cozens became undersheriff in Central City and served in that capacity until 1867, when he and his brother moved to the region of Hot Sulphur Springs. There he met Mary E. Dickson, and they were married. He had lived in Denver fifteen years. He is survived by his widow and two children, Henry H. Cozens of Denver, and Marietta M. Cozens of Calhan, Colorado.

120 years ago – January 6, 1899

Mrs. J. Bradley of Loveland, after a week’s visit with her sister, Mrs. Nate Sears and family of this city, returned home Friday.

Mr. Stephen Humphries, who is missing in Old Mexico, after a pleasant visit with his brother Lew in this city, left for his home on Tuesday.

Judge H.A. Hicks did not file any complaint in the district court in regard to his contest of election, and as the time for filing expired on Saturday, there will be no election contest, and Judge-Elect, Flor Ashbaugh will take his seat on Tuesday next.

Senator Samuel V. Newell left on Monday morning for Denver to take his seat in the Senate. That morning a telegram was received by him, calling him to Cambridge Springs, Pa., on account of the serious illness of his brother, L.S. Newell, Jr.

Edgar Withrow and Edwin Mitchell left on Tuesday for Boulder to resume their studies at the State University.

Matt W. Jelinek, the underground foreman at the Cook Mine, resigned his position last week, and on Saturday evening he was presented with a handsome gold watch, set with diamonds, with $150 dollars, by the men working with him at the mine.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bate, of Casey Avenue, had a watch party at their residence on Saturday evening, with a goodly number of relatives and friends in attendance.

Miss Lizzie Perren, a pupil of the East Denver High School, is visiting Miss Edith Bostwick of Black Hawk.

John Rohling of Black Hawk, was injured the first of the week by his horse running away and throwing him out of the rig.

A depth of 700 feet was reached in the main shaft of the Cook Mine on New Year’s Day, and a station is being cut at that point. Manager Colvin expects to continue sinking next week, with the purpose of getting down to a depth of 1,000 feet as quickly as possible.

Cindy & Company are working three drifts in the west side of the East Nottaway Mine in Lake District, and running three stopes at depths of 125, 170, and 250 feet, in all of which good bodies of mineral have been uncovered. Several loads of ore were shipped during the week, the first class running $203 per ton, and the second class, $60 per ton. The ore carries a large percentage of gray copper.

Born: In Black Hawk, January 1st, 1899, to the wife of Tony Konantz, a son.

Born: In Central City, December 29th, 1898, to the wife of W.E. Stephens, a son.

Born: In Central City, January 5th, 1899, to the wife of John Cody, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, January 5th, 1899, to the wife of George Oldweiller, a son.

Born: In Central City, January 1st, 1899, to the wife of M.A. Maymon, a son.

Born: In Central City, January 2nd, 1899, to the wife of John Tierney, a son.

Born: In Central City, January 3rd, 1899, to the wife of Henry Couch, a son.

Died: At Los Angeles, California, January 4th, 1899, Sheldon Weir, aged 52 years.

151 years ago – January 8, 1868

Many of the mine owners cut down the wages for the miners on New Year’s Day 50 cents per day, and no resistance as made. The wages for common labor was $3 per day.

Mr. L.W. Chase of this city, has been appointed U.S. Inspector of weights and measures for Gilpin County.

At a regular meeting of the Black Hawk Fire Department, William O. Logue was elected president; T. R. Sanders, vice president; Thomas Kelley, secretary; F. W. Peterson, treasurer; R.A. Clark, foreman; Jesse Scobey, second foreman; and Ed. C. Hughes, third foreman.

Fresh oysters were advertised at $1.75 a can at Charpiot’s Restaurant.

Died: Jacob Weldman, an esteemed citizen and member of the Masonic Order of this city, died in this city January 8.

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