Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – September 30, 1983

The Central City-Black Hawk Cable Committee met with representative of Custom Cable Systems Inc. and Clear Creek Television on Tuesday. Both companies made proposals to install a cable system in the Central City-Black Hawk area. Both offered a 54-channel two-way capability system. The committee hopes to hear at least one other proposal before making a decision.

The stop signs at the Central City intersection of Gregory and Spring streets are about to be reversed. The stop sign on east bound Gregory Street is to be removed and new stop signs will be placed on both north and southbound Spring Street. The purpose of the new plan is to slow down traffic coming from south Spring Street. Many vehicles go too fast around the corner on Gregory, creating problems for pedestrians near the post office. When the changeover takes place it is going to cause confusion, so motorists who go through the intersection are urged to use extreme caution.

Hole-in-the-Ground Reservoir was covered Tuesday morning by Hypalon liner. The 32-mil thick liner, temporarily held down by sand-bags, is guaranteed for 20 years. The contractor is expected to begin filling the reservoir next week, which at capacity should hold 28 acre feet of water.

Jeannetta Broadfoot, 2, has a new brother, Christopher Lee Broadfoot. He was born Tuesday, September 20, 1983. He weighed seven pounds, nine-and-a-half ounces and measure 20 ¼ inches.

The Flight-for-Life helicopter was called to a Central City residence Sunday afternoon to ferry a man who was ill from a black widow spider bite. There was no one home except for a man lying unconscious on the floor. According to the ambulance report, the man was believed to have consumed four bottles of vodka in the last two days. He was taken to Denver General Hospital, where he had been treated for a black widow spider bite and bad burns on his ankle two weeks prior.

A small, but apparently highly motivated, contingent of Gilpin County young people accounted for over $1,600 in sponsor pledges at last month’s Super Swim Classic. The Leukemia fund-raiser was held through-out the state.

60 years ago – September 25, 1953

Traffic was surely heavy through here last Sunday. The aspens are such a riot of color, and are worth coming many miles to see.

Seeking solutions to motoring problems that are “depriving automobile owners of the usefulness and pleasures they formerly got from their cars,” Colorado’s two top officials of the Rocky Mountain AAA club are meeting this week in Los Angeles with 800 other auto club leaders at the national convention of the American Automobile Association.

If enemy bombers ever penetrate as far as Ohio’s Franklin County, they will find the sheriff’s office one jump ahead of them. One touch of a push button will sound the alert on 56 sirens throughout the county, including the state’s capital, Columbus. The new air raid warning was made possible by special electronic tone and radio equipment.

As its share of a wheat crop, Denver recently received $5,600. The 285-acre crop was harvested from the municipal airport. The unlikely merger of commercial aviation and wheat farming in Denver dates back to six years ago when the city leased 1,100 acres between runways of Stapleton Airfield to a grain company. This season, 815 of the acres lay fallow.

People all over the world are finding that fish once thought useless are important food items. For instance, until 1934 commercial fishermen thought of rosefish as marine trash and threw them back. Now they are being marketed in many sections of the county. Similarly, swordfish was all but unknown outside of New England until after World War I. Fishermen cursed it as a smasher of nets and a destroyer of marketable varieties of fish. In the absence of prejudice, most things from the water are delicious.

Prospects for the hunting of both game animals and birds in Colorado this fall appear very good at this time. The game manager of the Colorado Game and Fish Department attributes the good hunting prospects to the relatively mild weather last winter, which resulted in very little loss of wildlife.

90 years ago – September 28, 1923

Contract for the construction of the Moffat Tunnel was let out to the firm of Hitchock & Tinkler of New York and San Francisco by the Moffat Tunnel Commission, and under the terms of the agreement work began Thursday, Sept. 20, and must be completed within forty-six months. The cost of construction of the tunnel was placed at $5, 250,000 with a fixed fee for the contracting firm of $140,000 dollars.

Labor disturbances are the most serious obstacles to super-abundant production of coal in the United States, the coal commission declared in a report to President Coolidge on the subject of “irregular operation and over-development of the bituminous industry.” While ineffective transportation machinery was said to lead its effect to fuel shortages the commission concludes that “the strike of the mine workers is the only bar to continuous production considerably in excess of any present possibility of consumption.”

Plans to encourage restoration of the mining industry in Colorado are to be worked out by a special committee of five of the Mining Bureau, Denver Civic and Commercial Association. Determined to work out a plan for the purpose was reached at a at a dinner meeting of the Mining Bureau at the Albany Hotel on Tuesday evening. Summarizing the thought of the meeting, the men present were agreed: That there are more mining possibilities in Colorado than have ever been developed in the past.

The future market for silver is dependent on just two things – the same two things that all markets are depending upon supply and demand. As the market is lower today than it has been since 1918, it is apparent that the supply exceeds the demand.

Testimony showing that the depression in the gold and silver mining industry of the state was due to increased labor costs, higher prices for materials, combined with increased freight rates which forced many smaller producers to discontinue production, was introduced at the hearing before the senate commission of gold and silver inquiry held at the statehouse Wednesday.

Messrs. Cavnah and Eccker, operation the Silver King Mine at Hughesville shipped five tons of smelting ore to Idaho Springs this week, which is expected to give good returns. Returns from a shipment of thirteen tons made to the smelter at Leadville returned values of a high grade of silver.

120 years ago – September29, 1893

This is to notify all parties that the co-partnership heretofore existing between P.A. Larson and Peter C. Johnson, under the firm name of Larson and Johnson, bakers, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent, Mr. Larson’s interest having been purchased by Peter C. Johnson. All bills against the old firm will be settled by Peter C. Johnson, who is also authorized to receipt for all accounts due the late firm.

There are a number of cases of diphtheria in Nevadaville, and the health authorities are using every means possible to prevent its spreading. Parents cannot be too careful about allowing their children to visit neighbors where the disease is known to exist, and if they do their share, and work with the health officers it can soon be stamped out; but if by carelessness and neglect the disease should obtain a foothold, many homes will be made desolate, and funerals would occur all hours of the day. Therefore, prepare yourselves, use disinfectants in your homes, and don’t expose your children in any way to its ravages.

Married: At the home of the bride, in Black Hawk, on Wednesday evening, Mr. Arthur J.  Gray and Miss Charlotte Eatwell.

Married: At the residence of Peter Nelson, on Capitol Hill, Black Hawk, Mr. Albert Rogers to Miss Anna Gustalfson, both of Black Hawk.

The Unexpected: this is the name of the new discovery made in the bed of Eureka Gulch by Frank and Dick Magor, opposite R.B. William’s residence. The shaft has now attained a depth of 26 feet from the collar, but is only about ten feet below the bed of the creek. The shaft is being sunk by Ed Tippett and Mr. Magor, under contract. The ore raised looks promising and pans well in gold.

Wood Mining & Milling Company: this is the name of a corporation organized in Denver the 15th of the present month, to work the Wood Lode, the property of John C. McShane of this city, located in Prosser Gulch near its junction with Eureka. The shaft is 200 feet in depth with a main drift west 350 feet, the face of which shows a six foot crevice, assays from which give a value of $24 per ton.

The Buckley Lode: this property is the easterly extension of the Wood Lode, is owned by H. J. Hawley and others of this city, and from the amount of development done on the several surface shafts, shows up finely.

In the Coeur d’Alene Mine country it is expected that all the mines which run well in lead will be working to their full capacity in the next two weeks, with a payroll of over $300,000 per month. Four dollar lead is expected in that camp in the near future.

On Jerry Coulehan’s farm, which has a half mile of front on Clear Creek, east of Golden, three men have been at work placer mining since May 1. They are making big money for their time and divide with the owner of the land. He says it pays better than the farm. It is a paying enterprise and promises good future results.

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