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30 years ago – March 23, 1990

Superintendent Paul Coleman and Principal John Weishaar will be at Gilpin County School for at least another year. Both were given pay increases at recent school board meetings. Coleman will receive $46,450 this year, a 5.3 percent increase over his previous salary of $44,110. Weishaar’s salary was raised 5.4 percent, from $40,100 to $42,250. The average salary for a school superintendent in 1988 was $50,099. The average in schools of 300-600 students was $45,299. Principals across the state received an average salary of $46,140. Schools of 300-600 students paid principals an average of $35,248.

The Social Register:

After the snowstorm March 6, PAC members were glad to get out and meet at the home of Babs Campbell and Dennis Jensen on Thursday, March 8. Everyone had tales to tell of surviving “The Big One of 1990.” A short business meeting was held before the potluck luncheon. Pail and Eleanor Lundgren hosted the PAC luncheon, which was held at the Blue Danube March 15. Once again, a good group of 30 Gilpin County Seniors was glad to get out and about after another Tuesday snowstorm. Visiting took place before the delicious luncheon was served at noon. Thanks, Miro! The April PAC luncheon will be held at Aunt Trudy’s Restaurant on April 19 in Coal Creek Canyon.

Congratulations to the Academic Decathlon team for a fine effort! Paul Steffy won a gold medal in mathematics, with Kelly Cook winning bronze. In interview competition, Laura Sill and Kelly Cook came home with bronze medals. Kelly Cook won yet another medal—this one a gold—in fine arts.

Search & Rescue gained three new members at its March 19 meeting. Voted into the volunteer organization were Marie Cullar, Tim Doughty, and John Weishaar.

60 years ago – April 1, 1960

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: Some kind of species of flu has been making life miserable for those susceptible, and it’s not kind at all. Cramps, tummy aches, squeaking joints, and a “don’t give a rap” feeling steals over the system, sometimes affecting the aorta and cardiac apparatuses. “Shots” seem to have little effect unless it’s the samples served in a glass with Seven-Up or Ginger Ale. Charcoal tablets, in grandma’s time, were quite a panacea. She figured most pains in the abdominal tract are caused by gas and grandma was always right, the charcoal has the effect of absorbing or dissipating the gas. Some sufferers take tea and toast. The charcoal on the toast does the trick and one belly ache is gone. Simple as falling from grace, or falling off a log.

Two automobiles collided head-on Sunday afternoon on the road in front of the Bobtail Tunnel between this city and Black Hawk. The car coming up the road and being driven by Merril DeWester of Denver, hit a raised place in the road, throwing the car into the path of the one coming down, resulting in severe injuries to the driver and a passenger. The injured were taken to Idaho Springs where Dr. Fowler administered aid, and later the patients were moved to Mercy Hospital in Denver.

Born: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen are the parents of a son, their first child, born March 24th.

Died: Miss Grace Tonkin died in Denver the first of the week after an illness of several years. She was about 83 years of age. She was born in Central City and graduated from the local high school, later moving to Denver. Services will be held from the Morris Mortuary in Denver, Saturday morning, with interment here in Bald Mountain Cemetery.

90 years ago – March 28, 1930

Samples of a new beverage which has caused epidemics of paralysis in various parts of the country will be received by the prohibition bureau within a few days, as part of an investigation to determine the source, Commissioner James M. Doran said. Analyses of the beverage will be made by Dr. W.V. Linder, chief chemist of the bureau, and will be aimed principally at determining whether the liquor contains isopropyl, a synthetic alcohol produced from gases arising in the manufacture of gasoline by the cracking process. This alcohol as a beverage causes a sagging of the legs, paralysis, and then a feeling of intense doom. Doran described the effect as like being struck a blow on the head with a club. It has none of the exhilarating effects of ordinary intoxicants. Field analysis of the beverage which has been causing temporary paralysis showed that some of it was ginger root soaked in alcohol, and some contained resin which was in sufficient quantity to clog up drainpipes.

Died: At St. Luke’s Hospital, Denver, March 22nd, 1930, Harry C. Willis, of Central City, aged 60 years. Deceased had been suffering for some time from several complications and was taken to Denver for an operation, through which he passed with every prospect of speedy recovery, but his system was unable to stand the shock and he passed on, with his family at his bedside. Mr. Willis was born in Central City and had resided here all his years. He was manager of mining properties in late years, in different sections of the county, and always provided reliable and trustworthy. He served several terms as alderman of the city, nine years as treasurer of school district No. 1, comprising Central City, was a member of Woodmen of the World Lodge No. 505, the Central City Fire Department, and the Methodist Episcopal Church, and took great interest in all organizations. Always a pleasant, sociable gentleman, a good and worthy citizen, whom it was a pleasure to meet on any occasion, his passing will be sadly missed by those who knew him during his many years of residence in Central City. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Mrs. E.W. Shaffer and Mrs. August Grutzmacher; and a son, George, all residents of this city, to whom the sympathy of the whole community is extended in their hour of sorrow and sadness. The remains were brought up from Denver on Wednesday morning, end services were held at the M.E. Church that afternoon, Rev. Franklyn Edwards officiating, followed by interment in the Central City Cemetery.

120 years ago – March 30, 1900

  Daniel Fuelscher has disposed of his business in this city to Mr. Fisher, of Nebraska, who will take possession the first of the month. Mr. Fuelscher, accompanied by his wife and son, will leave about the 10th of April for a year’s visit in Europe, and will take in the Paris Exposition.

Thomas Chapple of Nevadaville was deemed insane last Friday in the County Court by Judge Ashbaugh and jury, and was recommended that he be placed in the asylum in Pueblo. He has been acting strangely for several months, his insanity taking the form of dementia or softening of the brain, and it was thought best that he be placed in the asylum. He was taken to the Pueblo on Friday.

Mrs. Allen, of Black Hawk, who was shot by her husband some time ago, and who is being cared for by friends there, is reported as failing. The paralysis of her lower limbs still exists, and little hope is entertained for her recovery. Mr. Allen, who is still in Denver, is reported out of danger, but it will be necessary to cut out one of his ribs to make room for a tube that has to be placed in his body.

At the Concrete Mine, drifting east and west of the shaft is being carried on at the 1,300 foot level, as well as stoping and raising of the ore bodies. The shipments this month will reach about 50 tram carloads, or 400 tons, and manager S.V. Newell hopes to increase the tonnage in the near future. The foundation has been completed for the new four-drill air compressor, and when placed and put in operation, the working force will be materially increased.

Born: In Nevadaville, March 17th, 1900, to the wife of John Harvey, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, March 26th, 1900, to the wife of Edward Griffin, a son.

Born: In Central City, March 22nd, 1900, to the wife of George Cowling, a daughter.

Born: In Black Hawk, March 26th, 1900, to the wife of Lorenzo Dickeson, a son.

Born: In Central City, March 23rd, 1900, to the wife of A.H. Thomas, a son.

Died: Thomas Hamilton, aged 74 years, who has resided on Dory Hill for the past 20 years, was found dead in his cabin on the Charley Artz Ranch by John Driscoll on Thursday afternoon. Hamilton was seen alive on Tuesday, when Charley Artz called there, and finding him sick, made a fire and cooked some coffee for him, the sick man complaining that he could not eat. His brother, Samuel, of New Brighton, Pa. was notified of his death.

151 years ago – April 1, 1870

Rev. J.M. Turner was expected here soon to take charge of St. Paul’s Church, in this city.

Charles Warga has resumed business at his old stand in Black Hawk, and associated with him was John Hamilik.

The consolidated Gregory Company had shut down their mill and did not intend to start again until there was a reduction in the price of labor.

Louis Arright had his 10-stamp mill, on Clear Creek, above Black Hawk, about ready to run on custom ores of the county.

Thursday’s issue contained an account of a dog being taken alive out of an idle shaft on the Bobtail Lode, after a fall of 70 feet, where it had been for 43 days. No bones were found to be broken, but the poor dog had wasted away to skin and bones.

Mr. B.B. Stiles, of Denver, had been re-nominated as mayor of that city for a second term.

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