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30 years ago – January 4, 1991

Richard Glenn Tolbert and Charles “Chuck” Morgan were sentenced to prison for their roles in the 1981 murders of Luke Clyburn and John McDaniel. Tolbert’s sentence handed down December 14 in the District Court in Central City, is 10 years in the penitentiary for second-degree murder, and five years to be served concurrently, for conspiracy. He was given credit for 198 days already served, and ordered to pay restitution of $3,132.54 and court costs of $230. Morgan was ordered to serve eight years in prison for manslaughter. He was given credit for 204 days already served, and ordered to pay the same restitution and court costs as Tolbert. Originally charged with first-degree murder, the pair were allowed to plead guilty to lesser charges in exchange for testimony about the double murder.

Died: Herbert Henry Hahn, a resident of mid-Gilpin County, died Thursday, December 27, at a Denver hospital. He was 65. Born March 6, 1925, at Fort Crook, NB, he was the son of Theodore and Dorthea (Staben) Hahn. He attended the University of North Dakota and Omaha University, where he studied business administration. On April 7, 1946, Hahn married Darlis Chambers in Omaha. The couple moved to Colorado 30 years ago. After working in the insurance and real estate industries, Hahn became a computer clerk with U.S. West Communications, where he was employed for the past 12 years. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army from 1943-1945, when he earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals. He was discharged after being wounded in Germany. Hahn was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Elks Lodge No. 553. He also held membership in the Communication Workers of America union, and was active in Alcoholics Anonymous for the last 15 years. He was preceded in death by his daughter Christina Hahn in 1976, and his son Craig “Dusty” Hahn in 1989. In addition to his wife, Darlis, he is survived by son Eric Hahn, of California, daughter Mary Sando, of Connecticut, and two sisters, Alice Lewis and Mary Martin, both of Nebraska. Grandchildren Amy and Kasey Hahn live in California. At Hahn’s request, there will be no memorial service. He was cremated. Arrangements were handled by Hennigan Funeral Services in Idaho Springs.

60 years ago – January 13, 1961

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: In grandma’s day it was said that if you keep your old clothes long enough, they are bound to come back into style. Sure enough tuxedos are again to be in vogue. Uncle Ed seeing the notice immediately dug out his tux and tails which had been in storage for 40 years and without a moth hole, fitted him to perfection. He also found an Ascot, young folks don’t know what that is, and a couple of bow ties along with butterfly wing collars. A stiff front shirt had begun to turn yellow and the cuffs had lost their shine, but the patent leather pumps were okay. He is looking forward now to go to some function and literally “cut the mustard.”

During the absence of our assistant Editor and master of all printing trades, being called to Texas to attend the funeral of his father, it was necessary for Ye Editor to call for some assistance in removing the printing forms from the press to the imposing stones. Knowing that Melvin Blake, of Black Hawk, was experienced in wrapping his arms around forms, I asked for his help, which was readily granted and, as he encircled his arms ‘round the forms, he explained they were as hard as Ye Editor’s heart, and that he was derelict to such procedure, as his experience had been in lifting and embracing soft and glamorous forms, but anyway he made the attempt in lifting the hard forms from the press, and laying them on the stones. Ye Editor, suffering from broken ribs, and still trying to be helpful, although the forms weighed close to 200 pounds, suggested as to where they should be placed, and Melvin, still thinking of voluptuous forms, dropped one of them on the floor, and Ye Editor, trying to eliminate a lot of “pi,” grabbed frantically and received a severe cut on his thumb. For a few minutes the air in this 99-year-old office was blue with expressions of “darn,” “goodness gracious,” “sugar plum,” “ouch” and other blasphemous expressions, which apparently went unheeded, as Melvin was on the point of swooning and Ye Editor, looking at the gore and blood, and with much bravo, said it was one of the daily injuries sustained by all members of the printing fraternity. Hereafter, we’ll let Melvin embrace softer forms rather than newspaper forms.

Sympathy is extended to Mayor George Ramstetter in the death of his younger brother Ernest, who died Sunday in Golden, Colorado. Funeral services were held from the Woods Memorial Chapel yesterday, Thursday, with interment in Golden cemetery. Ernest is survived by his wife, Gladys, two brothers, Henry of Golden, and George, of this city.

90 years ago – January 9, 1931

Denver, January 6—John M. Keating, chief counsel for Mrs. Pearl O’Loughlin, announced tonight that Wednesday she will file in district court an appeal asking for a new trial. Mrs. O’Loughlin was convicted of killing her stepdaughter, Leona. Keating said that one of her principal grounds for asking a new trial will be based on the fact that her husband testified against her. This act, her attorneys are expected to contend, was prejudicial against the defendant and was contrary to law.

If there be any of those ordinary mortals whose very fiber revolts at the thought of a cold plunge in the morning, and whose soul sickens at the thought of an alarm clock, here is hopeful news. A New York professor of physical education has just given expression to a thought that we have secretly entertained for years. “We should follow the cat and dog method of arising,” he explains, “stretching first a leg, then an arm and gradually coming into consciousness. Dogs and cats have a knack of dropping off to sleep with surprising celerity, but they usually take their time to wake up. Physicians for years have preached this principle for children, urging mothers never to waken a baby suddenly. The sudden transition from sleep to waking is violent and hard on the nerves. Many of us grownups feel that we cannot stand it, either. Probably it isn’t good for anybody. In starting a cold motor, you generally prime it first, then slip gradually from low speed to high. Why not be as considerate with the human machine?

120 years ago – January 11, 1901

Dr. Abe Ashbaugh returned Monday evening from a visit with the family in Denver.

Steve Gilbert gave a party at the residence of Mrs. William Prouse, in Nevadaville, Saturday evening, when games of all kinds were indulged in, music of an excellent order was furnished, and a fine supper served. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. William Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. J. Hoskin, Misses Maud Prouse, Grace Waters, Katie Kramer, and Edith Noble, and Messrs. James Nicholas, James Warren, John Prouse, John Trezise, and Herbert Hoskin.

Mr. H.J. Teller arrived from Grand Junction, Colorado, on Friday morning’s train to look after his father’s interests here.

Mr. Otto Sauer came up from Denver Tuesday morning, to attend a meeting of the directors of the First National Bank.

The two 500 gallon water buckets built by Stroehle & Sons, in Black Hawk, have been doing good service in lowering the water in the California Mine, on Quartz Hill, and the water is now down to the 1,700 foot level, and the retimbering of the shaft down to that point is progressing in good shape.

McFarlane & Company have a force of men at work remodeling the west section of the Gilpin Mill in Black Hawk, and it is expected that the 25 slow drop stamps will again be in operation by the first of the coming week.

Born: In Central City, January 4th, 1901, to the wife of John Pigetti, a daughter.

Died: In Nevadaville, January 11th, 1901, Albert A., son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Gundy, aged 2 years.

151 years ago – January 12, 1871

The Langrishe & Waldron troupe opened for the first night of the season at the Montana Theatre in a five-act drama, entitle “Master of St. Tropez,” followed by a ballad of Josephine, and concluding with a roaring farce, “The Spectre Bridegroom.” The members of the cast were G.B. Waldron, J.H. Hardie, H.P. Wilson, T.J. Langdon, T.S. Holland, J. Rickaby, J. Johnson, T. Lee, Mrs. G.B. Waldron, Mrs. T.J. Langdon, and Miss L. Hayman.

An assay taken of ore from the Wabash Mine, owned by Dr. Mann, and situated near the famous Caribou Mine, showed values of $4,422.60 per ton, nearly all in silver.

The Barton House at Georgetown was destroyed by fire on Saturday, January 7, with a loss of $30,000, with insurance amounting in $20,000.

Stamp mills operating in Nevada Gulch included Potter & Holly, 15 stamps; Clayton, 12; Beverly & Kountz, 12; Waterman, 32; Philadelphia, 25; Whitcomb, 12; and Hardesty, 15.

Died: In Central City, January 10th, 1871, Mrs. Lucy Hicks, aged 27 years.

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