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30 years ago – August 4, 1989
A birthday celebration honoring Martha Logan, Gilpin County’s oldest citizen, is being held on Sunday, August 6, just a few months before Grandma Logan, as she is affectionately known, passes the century mark. Born 100 years ago in czarist Russia, Grandma Logan’s birthdate is November 16, but “with relatives coming from near and far,” explained daughter Margaret Logan, “we didn’t want to take any chances on the weather.” An open house will be held on Sunday, August 6, in the hayloft of the Stage Stop Inn in Rollinsville, the community that has been Grandma Logan’s home since 1933, although she did spend a few years in between staying with various relatives who live elsewhere. All of Gilpin County is invited to join family and friends to celebrate a century of living by a very special neighbor. The party is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Effective August 1, Colorado’s gasoline tax increased from 18 cents to 20 cents per gallon. The special fuel tax was also increased two cents per gallon, which applies to diesel and fuels other than gasoline used to power motor vehicles on state highways. The August 1 increases are mandated by House Bill 1012, which as signed into law by Governor Roy Romer on July 11. The bill contains measures to fund Colorado highway system improvements. One provision of the bill is that the gasoline tax will increase from 20 cents to 22 cents on January 1, 1991. The bill further provides that on January 1, 1990, special fuel tax will decrease from 20.5 cents per gallon to 18 cents per gallon. Increases in heavy vehicle registration fees will go into effect on that date to offset revenue lost by the special fuel tax rate decrease. On January 1, 1992, the special fuel tax will increase to 20.5 cents per gallon. House Bill 1012 was passed by the General Assembly on July 1, the final day of the special session. House Bill 1006, which was passed earlier in the session, held the gasoline tax at 18 cents per gallon and dropped special fuel tax from 20.5 cents to 18 cents per gallon on July 1.
The Social Register:

Lauren Cooper is recuperating after a flight to St. Anthony’s Hospital in the wee hours of July 21. He suffered an attack of insulin shock, but is now home and doing well, reports his wife. The emergency personnel, all the way from the Sheriff’s dispatcher to the paramedics, handled the crisis very professionally, said Mrs. Cooper, and she can’t thank them enough. The Coopers spend their summers in Central City and the winters in Sarasota, Florida.
Also on the get well list are Muriel Paul, who’s could be home by now after a short stay in the hospital; Suzy Travis, who is hobbling around in a bright pink leg cast; and Moose Moore, back on his feet (sorry for the pun) following leg problems.
Kay Lorenz was guest of honor at a Fantastic 50s party earlier this week. It wasn’t a dress up in poodle skirts and white buck shoes nostalgia party, but a surprise birthday party for Kay. Husband Bill hired a dance band, the staff of the Black Forest Inn prepared a lovely feast, and everyone had a wonderful time. And, yes, Kay really was surprised!
Kathy Schrader was surprised with an early evening birthday celebration last Friday at the Glory Hole Saloon. Suzanne Stark and Char Kidd arranged a theme party during which Kathy received everything a single gal about town could need. We know you’ll put those gifts to good use, Kathy!
Glory Hole doorman Greg Coates is on the mend after receiving a gash on his arm while aiding a friend who took a tumble on the Fourth of July. Luckily, the cut on his arm hasn’t prevented Greg from waving visitors to lower Main Street in the Glory Hole!
60 years ago – August 14, 1956
Central City Nuggets:
Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: In the underground channel there lurks a warm rumor regarding when and whom the governor will appoint to the position of supervisor of natural resources, a plum which will probably carry a salary of $20,000. Mentioned in mining and political circles are Jack East, who will be retiring from federal service before long, Bob Palmer, and former Sen. J. Price Briscoe. Of course, politics will undoubtedly be a factor. May the best man win. We could mention the name of the best equipped man for the job, but Steven wouldn’t pay any attention anyway and to fool those in the race might appoint Uncle Ed, a dark horse.
Rocky Sorenson is recuperating at his home here from a tonsillectomy operation performed last week in Fort Collins. He is resting comfortably, but is disappointed that he cannot eat pretzels and salted peanuts.
Miss Marjorie Quiller returned Monday from a two week vacation with her aunt, Miss Lenora Davey of Merced, California.
Died: Gerald Ott, 26, son of Edd Ott, of Denver, who has been working at the Teller House Bar for the past two months, was instantly killed early Monday morning when his car, headed for Denver, missed a turn on Highway 6, and plowed into the bank, turning over several times and pinning him underneath. Patrolmen who investigated the accident said that he apparently fell asleep at the wheel. He is survived by his parents, his wife and daughter.
Black Hawk Gold Dust:
Mr. and Mrs. Judd Krill spent Monday and Tuesday at the home of Daisie and Otto Blake. The Krileys have just returned from California, and will visit in Denver before going to their home in Canyon City.
Sunday Mrs. Harriet Hays and son Billie and Mrs. Helen Robins drove up from the valley. They picked up Olive Robins on the way out to Helen’s place where they had lunch and visited with the neighbor.
Mrs. Martha Kennish is having a log cabin built on her property in the South Beaver area. Mr. Inman from Idaho Springs is in charge of the work.
Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Bottger of Oklahoma City, arrived here Saturday and will spend the balance of August at their cottage on Backus Street.
Otto O. Blake has his foot in a cast as a result of a broken bone which occurred while at work at Coors, Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Mariacher and son George of Denver were in town Monday. Ambrose was born in Black Hawk 70 years ago, in a house on Richmond Street. The Mariachers are spending some time at their summer cabin near Pine Cliff.
90 years ago – August 9, 1929
Miss Mamie Cody, accompanied by Master Tom Hudson Kerrigan, arrived in Central last week to spend the balance of the month at the old home and with friends. Mr. and Mrs. Kerrigan had been attending a banker’s convention in Laramie, Wyoming, and Mrs. Kerrigan arrived Tuesday evening to join the party.
Thomas Mitchell attended the firemen’s annual tournament at Greeley last week, returning home Sunday evening, glad to get away from the many millions of mosquitos that had congregated there especially for the occasion.
James Cody left for Denver Tuesday of last week to attend the funeral of Mrs. King, returning home Wednesday evening.
Fred McFarlane came up from Denver Sunday, on business matters, returning home during the afternoon.
Judge J. McD. Livesay of Lakeside celebrated his eighty second birthday anniversary last Monday evening by visiting the Mr. Morrison dance pavilion and made all the young folks sit up and take notice by the grace and artistry of his dancing. He danced a dozen or more quadrilles, Virginia reels, et cetra, et cetrum, with a careless grace and reckless abandon beyond all compare. The judge says that he does not indulge in the jazz or round dances, and believes in resisting temptation. One of his spectacular friends declared that the judge will live to be as old as Noah and that he has not been half as bad as that famous navigator.
Born: In Black Hawk, August 4th, 1929, to the wife of Antone Matson, a son.
Died: George R. Raynolds. Some kind friend in Arizona sent us a copy of the Arizona Republican of the date of July 22, giving the following account of the death of Mr. Raynolds, who was born in this city in 1869: Miami, Arizona, July 22—George R. Raynolds, who was born in Central City, Colorado and spent time here as a judge of Miami, died suddenly this afternoon when stricken with an attack of acute indigestion, expiring before medical aid could be summoned. Judge Raynolds had not been in ill health. A few minutes before his death, he complained of feeling badly. A friend went to a nearby drug store to secure medicine, but the stricken man expired before help could be rendered. The deceased had been a resident of this district for 20 years, coming from Denver, Colorado, where he is survived by two brothers, J.F. Raynolds, a bond broker, and R.P. Raynolds, a prominent official connected with the western department of the Guggenheim mining interests. Judge Reynolds was a member of a prominent Colorado pioneer family. He was born at Central City, Colorado in 1869. During his early life he was engaged in mining at Creed and Cripple Creek. At one time he served as cashier for the Denver Cable Company and was city clerk at Empire, Colorado. From 1907 to 1909 Judge Raynolds was superintendent of the Ia Barrack Mining Company in Mexico. During his earlier residence at Miami he was employed by the Miami and Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company, later entering the service of the Vandyke Utility Company. Prior to assuming the positions held at the time of his death, Judge Raynolds served several terms on the local town council.
120 years ago- August 11, 1899
Mrs. Annetta Hamilton of Mountain City, was on Wednesday adjudged insane in county court, and was taken to Pueblo by Sheriff Mitchell on the afternoon train. She has been a sufferer from spinal trouble, and she will have better care and attention there than she could get here.
The heavy rains of the present months have made the nights cool and blankets are a very comfortable necessity.
Miss Lulu Batchelder of this city is visiting her mother in Golden.
Professor Clark, the new principal of the public schools of this city, accompanied by his wife and three children, have arrived here and will occupy the Hyndman residence on Spruce Street.
At the Cook Mine on Gregory Hill, the 800 foot east level is being extended for the purpose of holing into the Fisk Mine, and when this is accomplished, sinking the mains haft on the Cook will be resumed. A working force of 110 men are employed on the three shifts, and ore is being opened in all parts of the property. Three large and eight small Sullivan drills are used in breaking ore.
At the Gunnell Mine, the Cornish pump is moving day and night, and if nothing interferes to stop work, the mine will be darned to the bottom by the first of October, and after repairs are made, regular shipments will be made to the mills in Black Hawk.
Mr. John Slattery was accidentally shot on Winnebago Hill Wednesday by Will Davey, who was shooting at chipmunks with a .22 calibre rifle. Mr. Slattery was taken to his home by Mr. Curtis, who was passing at the time, and Drs. Abe Ashbaugh and Asquith were summoned, who found on examination that the bullet had entered the right side below the third rib and passed through to the left side, evidently cutting both lungs. His condition is thought to be critical.
On account of injuries received some time ago, Miss Alma Parsons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Parsons, of Mountain City, is suffering from paralysis.
William Clodworthy, a miner working in the Clarisa Extension Mine at the head of Virginia Canyon, was badly injured Tuesday morning by being struck on the head and shoulders by a falling bucket.
Born: In Russell Gulch, August 10th, 1899, to the wife of Frank Stansfield, a daughter.
Born: In Central City, August 11th, 1899, to the wife of Joseph Hammell, a daughter.
Married: In Central City, August 9th, 1899, Rev. J.F. Coffman officiating, Robert E. Herrick of Denver and Miss Elizabeth A. Magor of this city.
Died: In Black Hawk, August 7th, 1899, Mrs. Helen McGinnis, aged 47 years.
Died: In Nevadaville, August 9th, 1899, James, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clair, aged 7 months.
Died: In Russell Gulch, August 10th, 1899, Emma Rose, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cattani, aged 18 months.
Died: IN Black Hawk, August 4th, 1899, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Henry Stevens.
151 years ago – August 13, 1869
Mayor William Roworth returned Saturday from a trip to the Snake River country.
George H. Barrett was showing a fine silver button, weighing 13 and one half ounces, taken from 11 pounds of ore from the Federal Mine, on Saxon Mountain, above Georgetown.
Staker & Standley deposited in the bank over 200 ounces gold, as the result of a week’s run on ore from the California Mine on Quartz Hill.
Mr. A.N. Rogers of the Bobtail Company left for the East the first of the week for the purpose of bringing back his family and expected to be absent for at least a month.
The partnership existing between T. B. McCormick and John Best was dissolved by mutual consent on August 13, John Best continuing in the drug business at the old stand.
Married: In Central City, August 8th, 1869, by Rev. Courtland Whitehead, Jules L. Strehlke and Ida A. Pischel.

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