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30 years ago – September 1, 1989
Public Service will be digging two trenches for gas lines to Central City homes in September, work which could affect traffic on two residential streets. Beginning September 4, the company will work for two to three days laying a line to prove new service to a house being built at 320 East High Street. The road beyond the trench will beclosed. Then on September 15, Public Service will be digging at 325 Casey Street, a job that should only last half a day, requiring closure of only one side of the street.
The Social Register:
The early day Central City memoirs of Judge Louis J. Carter have been published by the Ladies Auxiliary of St. James Methodist Church, and are available from the church for just $3.50. All proceeds benefit the Ladies Auxiliary.
Rumors of Sid Gent’s rather spectacular demise are greatly exaggerated, says his sister, Donna Sloneker. No, she reports, Sid wasn’t machine-gunned down on the streets of Miami as some locals have heard. He’s alive and well in South Pekin, Illinois. He had cancer removed from his nose a couple of months ago, Donna told Susie Lala, and it’s healed up nicely. Later this month, Sid is scheduled to visit his doctor to learn if he’ll have to undergo heart surgery, but—other than that—he’s doing just fine. Could this rumor be the result of what’s known around town as a “gotcha,” we wonder? It seems that last year Sid phoned the Gold Coin to ask if it was true that Jack Brown had died. Jack personally assured Sid that he was still alive and kicking, and that his friendly non-smile still graced the bar at the Coin.
Born: Jennifer Marie Harris was born August 14th, 1989, to former Gilpin County residents Katie and David Harris. Jennifer Marie weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and measured 20 and one half inches when she arrived at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. Jennifer joins her parents at their home in Golden. Paternal grandmother Judy Gallian is a former resident of the county who now resides in Florida.
Born: County Commissioner Ann Leffingwell reports the stork made a pass over Taos, New Mexico, where he delivered her new 8 pound grandson. Actually, the baby was delivered by his dad when the doctor arrived after the fact, Ann reports. When she stopped by the office on Monday to announce the birth, which had taken place the day before, Grandma Ann was so excited she forgot to tell us the baby’s name! He joins two brothers at home with parents Jonathan and Jill Leffingwell.
Married: Mother of the bride Dee Jones popped into the office on Tuesday to share photos of her daughter Marie’s wedding to Cam Cullar, which took place last Saturday in Central City. The wedding was formal, followed by an informal barbecue reception at the home of the groom’s parents, Kay and Van Cullar. The bride doffed her formal wedding gown for something more barbecue-y reappearing in crisp white shorts, t-shirt, and tennis shoes. Her afternoon ensemble was completed by the white lace-trimmed veil she wore during the wedding ceremony, a most Gilpin-like touch.
Died: Lon Grant Poulson died at his home in Idaho Springs on Thursday, August 17th, 1989. He was 51 years old. Born September 21, 1937, in Sequim, Washington, he was the son of Raymond Poulson and Wave Yost Poulson. The family moved to Idaho Springs when Lon was 14 years old, and he graduated from Clear Creek High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960, and in the Navy Reserve from 1960 to 1962. He was an employee of Public Service for 29 years. Poulson married his wife Becky in Idaho Springs on December 15th, 1978. The couple made their home in Idaho Springs, where he was an active member of the Elks Lodge. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Brad, of Golden, and Derek of Idaho Springs; daughter Christie Bloomer of Georgetown; mother-in-law Mable Hosner of Idaho Springs; and four grandchildren. Services were held Monday, August 21st, 1989, at 11 p.m., at the BPOE Lodge No. 607 in Idaho Springs, with arrangements by Tomford Funeral Home of Idaho Springs.
60 years ago – September 11, 1959
Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: It seems that the office girls across the nation have won a point or two. And when the women gang up, you may as well give in, for to oppose them is comparable to an irresistible body meeting an immovable object. Men have many faults, while poor women have but two: there’s nothing good they say, and nothing right they do. Don’t put too much stock in that quotation, because the fellow who wrote it isn’t here anymore. Nobody knows what happened, he just isn’t here. The point the gals seem to have won is in the office furniture line. Instead of the drab gray or dull tones with which they battle every day, they want bright colors in their desks, chairs, and office file cabinets, and they insist that the bottom drawer of the file be done away with or the whole file raised on legs. As long as the male contingent likes to look at a pretty lady’s leg, so the lady would like to look at a pretty file leg. Stooping over to acquire something in the bottom drawer has a tendency to put a strain on a girl or “sumpthin.” Anyway, whatever it is, the girls are winning and some of them think that the furniture builders are in the category of a camel. When asked what is a camel, a little boy answered: “It’s a horse put together by a committee.”
Mr. Herbert Brock has proven to be one of the most outstanding citizens of Central City. He has recently completed the electric wiring of the old locomotive and passenger car which is on the tracks near the old C & S depot. He has placed running lights, green and red on the rear of the coach, installed light brackets in the interior, remodeled the headlight and installed a large globe. The work is almost an exact replica of the train when it came up from Black Hawk along the high line, and is most attractive. Mr. Brock also reports that, next summer, the locomotive, flat car and coach will be painted by a crew from the Rio Grande shops. The expense for use of the electricity will be borne by the Central City Opera House Association, and will be illuminated each evening from 10 o’clock to midnight. Our thanks are extended Mr. Brock for his interest in this historical antique.
Died: Funeral services were held Wednesday from the Catholic Church of this city for Mrs. Paula Kennish Stinson, formerly of Russell Gulch, with interment in Russell Gulch Cemetery. She was the wife of Sgt. James Stinson, mother of Robert, Donald, Mona, Christina, William, and Tony Stinson, all of Russell Gulch. Daughter of Martha and William Kennish, Black Hawk. Sister of Laura Mall, Walsenburg, Colorado; William Kennish, Cougar, Washington; Eugene Kennish, Ft. Morgan, Colorado.
Black Hawk Gold Dust:
Miss Frances Olsen has again taken up her duties as a teacher of cosmetology at the Opportunity School in Denver.
Frank Bennett of San Francisco and Paul Bennett of Denver spent the Labor Day weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Gus Rudolph at their ranch north of town.
Milo Fisher, who is working in Wyoming, was home with his family over the weekend.
On Thursday, three nurses, who were co-workers with Mrs. Rudolph, visited at the Rudolph ranch.
Frank Gates is working at the Coliseum in Denver this week, assisting with the stage lights for the Ringling Bros. Circus.
George Nelson and his cousin, Mrs. Amanda Gumeson of Longmont were here Sunday. Mrs. Gumeson is the daughter of the John Nelsons, old time residents of Black Hawk. Mrs. Gumeson was born on Ralston Creek and left here over 70 years ago and this is her first trip back. Also in the party were Mrs. Lila Johnson and Harold Dawson.
Died: Mrs. Paula Stinson died at a Texas hospital last Thursday, following an operation on a brain tumor the previous week, and never regained consciousness. Sympathy is extended the Mother, Mrs. Kennish, and other relatives.
90 years ago – September 6, 1929
Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Spaulding of Shawnee, Oklahoma, accompanied by Miss Patricia Spaulding and John Spaulding of Houston, Texas, made this office a pleasant call on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Spaulding has been publishing a daily newspaper in Shawnee, and having disposed of his business, came out to Colorado on a summer vacation.
Charles Patterson left the first of the week for Emporia, Kansas, to attend college, and Carroll Patterson to Deer Trail, Colorado, where he will teach mathematics and history in the public schools in that place. Both boys are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Patterson, principal of the High School in this city, and have been working for the Chain O’ Mines Company ever since they arrived here.
Fred W. Ballard came up from Denver Sunday evening, to take in the celebration and visit with old friends. It was just thirty years ago that Lamont & Ballard were building the courthouse in this city.
Albert Auger, wife and two sons of Denver, and Mr. and Mrs. George Keemich and Mr. and Mrs. McNiff of Loveland, Colorado, were visitors here during the celebration, and were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Richards.
120 years ago – September 8, 1899
Mrs. Harper M. Orahood and children returned last Friday from Lake Washington, where they have spent the summer, to their home in Denver. Miss Orahood will soon leave for Boston, where she will finish her course the Emerson College of Oratory.
Miss Rosanna Thomas, who will have charge of the primary department of the public schools, arrived from the East last week, and is now domiciled at the Frank Mayhew residence.
A new flat steel cable was received at the California Mine on Quartz Hill, on Tuesday, which will be kept for emergency purposes. The cable was 2,200 feet in length.
Fred Blackner had a narrow escape from what might have been a serious accident at the U.P. R. Mine, in this city, on Saturday morning. He was attending the air fan when a large rock fell out of the side of the shaft, crushing him against the wall. His right ankle was bruised and his shoulder was thrown out of place.
Peter Sonne had a narrow escape from what might have been a serious accident Thursday morning at the Black Hawk depot. He was crossing the track in front of the engine with a load of coal, and while watching the engine to see that it did not start up before he crossed the track, he did not see a runaway car coming down the main track from the Gilpin Mill, which jammed his wagon against the engine, and reduced it to splinters. Sonne was thrown up in the air and landed outside of the track, and was rendered unconscious, and was bleeding from the right ear and a cut on the left side of the face. He soon came to, and was taken into the waiting room of the depot, and was found to be all right, with the exception of feeling a little lame. While the wagon was reduced to kindling wood, the horses escaped injury.
Born: In Central City, September 3rd, 1899, to the wife of R. Schulman, a daughter.
Born: In Russell Gulch, September 4th, 1899, to the wife of Dominick Zancanella, a daughter.
Born: In Central City, September 1st, 1899, to the wife of Tony Dallapicola, a son.
Born: In Central City, September 3rd, 1899, to the wife of William Watkins, a daughter.
Born: In Black Hawk, September 6th, 1899, to the wife of A. Odgers, a son.
Born: In Central City, September 6th, 1899, to the wife of J. Doragotti, a son.
Born: In Black Hawk, September 1st, 1899, to the wife of A. Liss, a son.
Married: In Central City, September 2nd, 1899, Justice Thomas Hooper officiating, Mr. Clarence E. Richards of Apex, and Miss Anna Mae Knight of Central City.
Died: In Central City, September 1st, 1899, son of Mr. and Mrs.A. Helstrom, aged 5 months.
Died: In Russell Gulch, September 1st, 1899, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Riddle, aged 5 months.
Died: In Central City, September 6th, 1899, Blanche, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Decker, aged 6 years.
Died: Mrs. Charlotte Lake died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.A. Casto, at Portland, Oregon. She was the widow of the late Seth Lake, who came to Denver in 1860, and located in Gregory Gulch. Mr. Lake will be remembered as a pioneer hotel keeper in Apex and then in Golden. Sheriff Lake of Jefferson County, and Conductor Lake of the Colorado & Southern Railway, are sons of the deceased.
151 years ago – September 10, 1869
Postmaster Harper M. Orahood of Black Hawk advertised a long list of letters remaining in the office for the month ending August 31.
Samuel Orr of Nevadaville, while endeavoring to shoot a car, accidentally shot a horse belonging to M. Shanstrom.
The Miners & Mechanics Ball given on Thursday evening at Turner Hall was largely attended, and a financial success. The various committees were E.S. Sailsbury, G.W. Barrett, Thomas J. Campbell, T.H. Potter, Frank C. Young, W.A. Arnold, Frank Messinger, S.S. Davidson, J.H. Goodspeed, M.B. Hays, A. Von Schulz, W.H. Tappan, E.E. Burlingame, and H.H. Atkins.
A cord and a half of ore from the Story Mine, owned by Sam Story and P. Layden, treated in the stamp mill, returned 19 ounces gold.
Professor Hill, of the smelter at Black Hawk, bought 101 tons of ore from Standley & Stalker of the California Mine, paying $6,460 for the lot.
Married: In Black Hawk, at the residence of Captain C.M. Tyler, September 9th, 1869, Rev. G.H. Adams officiating, Edwin J. Temple of Willow Creek, New Mexico, and Miss Nina Smith of Black Hawk.
Died: In Black Hawk, September 4th, 1869, Harry, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Kimber, aged 20 months.

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