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30 years ago – September 23, 1983

  Clark School will be listed with a realtor and placed on the market immediately. After receiving no response from the Gilpin County commissioners who had asked for more time to try and get a grant to purchase the old school and playground in Central City, the school board made its decision to sell at a special workshop meeting on September 15.

  In last week’s article on Bill Vance’s accident, it was incorrectly reported that Vance’s pickup truck hit the Bull Durham building in Black Hawk after crashing through a wall of the Stroehle Building. (see letter)

  Dear Editor, imagine how surprised I was to learn that Bill Vance’s truck had crashed into my building [Bull Durham Building, Black Hawk]. It must have been traveling on the astral plane instead of the material plane as there certainly is no trace of damage from anything, much less a truck, crashing through my building. In fact, if he had crashed through my building the insurance money could have helped finish some construction. As it is however, the only damage Bill did to my property was to completely reorganize my landscaping – a la Beirut and demolish a flower and herb garden. And for those members of the evil glee society, you’ll just have to find something else to gloat about – no damage done. Signed, Lisa Montrose, Black Hawk.

  Estes Park Chamber of Commerce manager Larry Stumpp will speak at the monthly Gilpin County Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday, September 28. A projection presentation is planned by Stumpp, along with the ideas Estes Park is using to continue its growth. He also plans to speak on how the two chambers can complement and benefit each other.

  Columbine Family Health center celebrates its projected expansion to Nederland with a benefit dinner to be held at Wildflower Restaurant on Sunday, October 9, 1983. The dinner will feature barbeque beef on a bun, salad and beverage, with dessert available (extra).

  The fourth annual Colorado State Mining Championships will be held Saturday and Sunday in downtown Grand Junction. There will be 32 state champion miners who will compete for over $6,000 in cash and trophies in the biggest event of its kind in the United States. Events include: jackleg machine drilling, hand mucking, single-hand steeling, and double-hand steeling.

  Dan and Mary Mason of Central City are the parents of a new baby boy. Tyler Paul Mason was born at 9:00 p.m. on September 20, 1983. He weighed seven pounds, three ounces and measured 19 ½ inches.

60 years ago – September 18, 1953

  The U.S. Treasury has a “conscience fund” into which is placed money sent the government by conscience stricken citizens. It receives everything from 1-cent stamps to large sums. The biggest ever received was a certified check for $30,000. The sender confessed that across the years he had fudged on his income taxes and wanted to ease his mind by paying up. A middle-aged woman wrote that as a ‘teener she had steamed stamps off letters and sent them back through the mails. She enclosed a dollar and promised it would “never happen again.”

  According to the United States Department of Agriculture, frozen orange juice is becoming the nation’s favorite drink. Americans are drinking it faster than it can be processed. The department estimates the total output of frozen orange juice concentrate this year at about 50,500,000 gallons.

  In August the population of the United States passed the 160,000,000 mark. The figure was registered on an automatic census calculator in the Commerce Department with a clang of bells and flash of lights. It records a new resident every twelve seconds: a birth every eight seconds, an immigrant every two minutes and an exit by someone leaving the country every 17 minutes. The nation’s population has been growing at a rate of more than 2,500,000 a year since 1927.

  Chief Petty Officer Robert Wigmore, a Navy diver, recently found a friendly octopus, but Wigmore did not return the friendship. He was working near pilings 30 feet below the surface in Esquimalt Harbor when he felt a gentle tapping on his shoulder. Clinging to the piling with the force of eight tentacles was an octopus. Its three other tentacles were groping through the murky water in the Chief’s direction. Back aboard the tender, the chief was assured that the octopus would not have harmed him. Perhaps a great friendship has been ruined, the Chief said, but he isn’t interested enough to find out.

  Traffic officials in many parts of the country have approved a new stop sign that “glows” at night as a replacement for the familiar yellow and black one. The new signs are made of a reflective sheeting that contains 30,000 glass beads to the square inch. The signs have an over-all red background with white lettering.

  Ohio is finally a full-fledged member of the Union. President Eisenhower recently signed a bill confirming that: The State of Ohio is hereby declared to be one of the United States of America and is admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original states. The bill became necessary after historians turned up the somewhat startling fact that Congress never had formally admitted Ohio, although it had approved the state’s boundaries and constitution.

  Dead squid tied to a pole so frightens lobsters on the shores of New Caledonia that they can be caught by divers wearing goggles and gloves.

90 years ago – September 21, 1923

  The practice of consistent thrift does not mean the elimination of all pleasure. This would indeed be a dreary world if were necessary to forgo all pleasure in order to get ahead.

  More encouraging news than ever comes this week from the oil well near Hamilton in Moffat County, where petroleum of a high grade was struck nearly four weeks ago. While the drill has not yet penetrated the oil sands, where it was expected a great reservoir would be tapped, the quantity of oil now coming into the hole is so great that it has become extremely difficult to sink to a further depth and it is reported today that the well will be capped.

  Take care that the face which looks out from your mirror in the morning is a pleasant face. You may not see it again all day, but others will.

  In accordance with the policy set forth in the recent announcement of the United States Senate Commission of Gold and Silver Inquiry, hearings will be conducted in the western gold and silver producing states for the purpose of developing firsthand information upon the condition of the gold and silver industry. Fletcher Hamilton, formerly State Mineralogist of California for ten years, will hold hearings in the state of Colorado to address the causes of the continuing decrease in gold and silver production and the depressed condition of the industry in the United States.

  Renewal of its annual safety contests in which $6,500 will be given away in prizes was announced to today by the Highway Education Board, which exists to train children in habits of highway safety. It is hoped that the principles of traffic regulation and safety education will be impressed upon adults, both pedestrians and drivers alike.

  The safety committee has sent out a warning to all ladies visiting the country in short skirts to keep out of the cow pastures. The reason for said warning is that strange calves often excite a cow’s anger, and there are sure some strange ones.

  This year of 1923 is the centennial of the Monroe Doctrine. And Carlotta of Mexico is reported dying in her old chateau of Bouchout in Brabant, Belgium, at the age of eighty-four, after fifty-seven years of madness.

  A record for locomotive production was established at the Eddystone plant of the Baldwin Locomotive works near Philadelphia when thirty-one locomotives were turned out in 30 hours and 15 minutes.

120 years ago – September 22, 1893

  The Denver News now uses typesetting machines, and for the past couple of days the difference between hand and machine work was easily discernable.

  The Leadville parties who took a lease of the easterly portion of the American Flag Mine, Nevada District, have their shaft which is a new one, down to a depth of 65 feet. They are troubled considerably with the water, and if compelled to do so they will put in a steam pump. No mineral ore has yet been treated since they commenced work some weeks ago.

  Flynn & Co., owners of the Gladstone Lode situated in Illinois Central Mining District, just west of Excelsior Gulch, recently sent one-third of a cord of stamp mill ore to Black Hawk to be crushed, the yield being $90. The last smelting ore sold went at the rate of $900 per ton. A very promising prospect is the Gladstone.

  Mr. Cottrell has commenced taking the water out of the Mint Lode in Quartz Valley district preparatory to a resumption of work on that silver producing property.

  Merrick & Co,. who are working the Dougherty Lode in Lake District, under lease and bond, are down with the main shaft 105 feet. They will sink still deeper before driving levels. The smelting ore assays $60 per ton. The mill dirt so far taken out has been of low grade.

  Mr. Eben Rich, manager of the Climax Lode, which now is one of the best developed gold mines in the county, is keeping one battery of five stamps employed at the Polar Star Mill in Black Hawk. The mill ore from the 480 foot level is yielding an average of 5 ounces gold per cord, while the same class of ore yields 2 ½ tons of concentrate to the cord, which nets the owners of the mine $25 per ton.

  The Rocky Mountain Bank and First National Bank of this city, shipped gold retorts to the mint at Denver during the month of August aggregating $37,500 and for the month of September to the 21st, $25,000.

  Died in Black Hawk, Colorado, Wednesday morning September 1893, Angeline, wife of Patrick R. Wright, aged 65 years.

  Died in Idaho Springs, on September 19, 1893, Mrs. Thomas Bond.

  Died. In Black Hawk, September 21st, 1893, Theodore Leonardelli, aged 13 years.

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