Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – October 21, 1983

  The proposed increase in the mill levy for students of the Boulder Valley School District passed by an overwhelming margin in the election Tuesday, but the voter turnout was poor. District-wide, 11, 736 voters said “yes” to an increase of 5.5 mills in their tax bills. “No” votes were cast by 4, 564 voters. Sybil Downing, a spokesman for Boulder Valley School District, said only 24.2 percent of the registered voters participated in the election. In Nederland, only 20 percent of the registered voters turned out to cast their votes: 204 residents voted in favor of the tax increase, 133 were against it.

  The windswept peak of Dakota Hill, above Apex, is the ideal location to put a repeater for Gilpin County’s radio channels, but it wasn’t until transistors replaced tubes that the project became feasible. Gilpin now has two repeaters placed securely on the mountaintop. Originally, John Starkey, who has been in charge of the operations and designed the new repeater system, had planned to have UREA (Union Rural Electric Association) string power lines to the site. After giving some thought to problems with high winds and ice loading, he decided to have the 3,200 feet of power line buried. If UREA should fail, there is a complete battery backup for the system which will supply power for about two days.

  When Gilpin County earned the distinction of having the third highest death-due-to-alcohol rate in the nation, it earned itself a lot of attention. Now, state officials are trying to remove the blight of having a Colorado county singled out by such statistics. Education, communication and citizen cooperation are the ways to reduce alcohol-related deaths, according to Daniel Sinawski, an investigator with the Department of Revenue Liquor Enforcement Division. He spent three days in Central this week giving seminars co-sponsored by his division, the Colorado Department of Health, the Mile High Council on Alcoholism and local law enforcement agencies.

  There are 197 new books in the library this fall. New color video equipment consists of a portable camera, a portable cassette recorder and a new color TV. Mr. Curtis has already made use of them, filming the girls’ volleyball team in action and showed the tapes to the girls the day after the game.

  The fifth grade is studying about folklore in reading and hopes to write its own folklore at the end of the unit. In language, the class is learning how to use the dictionary, such as dividing words into syllables, finding the correct spelling of a work, using the pronunciation key, and finding the correct meaning of unknown words.

  Central City has recently changed the traffic flow pattern at the corner of Gregory and Spring streets. The new stop signs went up on Columbus Day. Downhill travelers on the one-way street no longer have to stop at the intersection, but have a straight shot down Gregory Street from the Toll Gate Saloon to Black Hawk. Travelers coming down Spring Street, both north and southbound, now have to stop at the intersections. Utmost caution is advised.

  Former Gilpin County Reserve Deputy Sheriff Bruce Hartman was hired as a full-time deputy last week, following the resignation of Deputy Steve Foellmer. As a reserve deputy, Hartman had logged in over 1,000 hours and was one of the few reserve deputies allowed to patrol alone. He said he has always been interested in law enforcement and has taken several courses of study on his own time. He expects to attend the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy early next year – a requirement of all full-time law enforcement personnel.

60 years ago – October 16, 1953

  If you drive at night, chances are you commit one of the deadliest of all highway errors. You overdrive your headlights, which, according to State Patrolman Newland, means you drive too fast for the distance you can see with car lights. The Patrol Officer based his wanting of night driving hazards on records compiled by the state’s Highway Safety Council.

  Colorado highways were ranked high by visitors this summer and fall. This is one of the conclusions drawn from a travel survey taken this year at the six state offices of the Rocky Mountain AAA Club. Eighty-one percent of the travelers questioned consider Colorado roads the equal of highways elsewhere on their summer travels. Ten percent termed Colorado Highways superior, and nine percent said they were inferior to roads in other states.

  The following properties, located in Gilpin County, Colorado, will be offered for sale to the highest cash bidder on the 18th day of November, 1953, at 10:00 o’clock A. M., in the County Commissioner’s Office, Court House, in Central City, Colorado:

  Foot and Simmons Lode Mining Claim, U.S. Survey No. 299, situate in Gregory Mining District.

  West St. Louis Lode Mining Claim, U.S. Survey No. 7304, situate in Central City.

  Water Rights on Mill site, U.S. Survey No. 8607, both situate in Enterprise Mining District.

  Walter Lode Mining Claims, 1-8, all U.S. Survey No. 17957, all situate in Vermillion Mining District.

  Donald Silvey, 12, broke his arm last April when he tried to leap to the branch of a tree from a truck. Recently Don gave a demonstration, upon request, of how he snapped the bone. He leaped from the same truck to the same tree and broke the same arm. His only comment: “Next time I’ll make it.”

  Researchers at Michigan State College report that milk can be kept in the average home freezer for as long as six weeks. Two M.S.C. scientists, G.M. Trout and J.C. Boyd stored milk in paper containers in deep freezers for extended periods, varying the temperatures, times and types of milk.

  University of Chicago psychologists report the kind of subject a child excels in at school seems to give some tip-off about his personality and home life. Good spellers tend to be passive, conforming and lacking in spontaneity. Youngsters good in arithmetic tend to be aggressive, spontaneous, and pretty confident in getting along with other people. Good in reading, they tend to be restrictive and compulsive in the way they behave, but free and expansive in imagination or fantasy. Good in all subjects, youngsters often seem to be reflecting their parents’ greatest desire for them to be good or best in school. These children prefer academic-type subjects offered by the school, learn efficient work habits, and tend to obey the teachers’ wishes.

90 years ago – October 19, 1923

  A “nipper” is the most cussed and discussed individual in a road gang. Only those who have been engaged in building roads in out-of-the-way places can appreciate the work of a “nipper” and his trusty burro. They bring gladness to the hearts of the workers on each trip – cool fresh water and sharp tools for drilling the holes in the rock that must be blasted away  to make roadbed. In this case, the “nipper” was 14-years old and was engaged in hauling water from Idaho Springs to State Road Project No. 776 located two miles up Virginia Canon on the route to Central City. Two miles of new road was under construction, making a six per cent grade and eliminating the old 15 per cent grade, which has been the jinx of flivverites for years. The new work connects with the road constructed over the mountain between Idaho Springs and Central City last year. The distance between these two points is now eleven miles.

  Seven inches of snow on Friday; thermometers stood only two above zero on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

  Colorado’s convention of the great outdoors during 1923 brought total registration in all scenic centers and resort hotels of 4,500, 000 tourists who spent $45,500,000 while in the state, according to reports issued on the basis of estimates received by the Denver Tourist Bureau.
Eliminating duplications of registration, in auto and rail travel, the expenditures are computed on a basis of 650,000 visitors who remained an average of seven days and spend $10 a day, making $45,500,000.

  Street Commissioner Charley Klais is busy laying the sidewalk over the flume from the post office down the street to a point near the bridge, and when finished will be a big improvement over anything ever erected in the city.

  Responsibility for the death of six men in an explosion at the Midwest coal mines at Palisades was fixed by a coroner’s jury upon R. T. Scott, superintendent of the mine, and one of the six men killed. The verdict of the jury declared that the six men came to their death by an explosion of gas in the mine, and that their death was further caused by the carelessness of Scott in permitting mine workers to remain inside the shafts while explosive gas was prevalent.

  Joseph Keyes and D.D. Green of Denver are experts from the camp west of Briggsvale, where prairie dog extermination experiments are being made. The two men are making extensive experiments with a new formula to be used in the extermination of the rodents.

  The week of Oc. 21-27 has been designated as All-Colorado week by officials of the Colorado-Made Goods Club, the organization which sponsors this event each year. During this week, Colorado merchants are asked to arrange window displays of Colorado-made goods, hotels, and restaurants are asked to serve menus of home products and ministers are requested to touch upon the blessings which are the heritage of those who live in Colorado.

  The largest output of precious and base metals ever recorded in the state of Colorado will be mined during the present year, according to M.B. Tomblin, secretary of the state metal mining fund. Actual figures by carload shipments of ores and concentrate compiled by the Colorado & Southern and Denver & Rio Grande Western railroads prove clearly the truth of this statement, Mr. Tomblin said here.

  The old-fashioned boy who wishes his father had a candy store now has a son who wishes his father had a filling station.

120 years ago – October 20, 1893

  Mr. James A. Gilmour, underground superintendent of the vast Gregory-Bobtail mining property, informs us that the company is extending the cross-cut for the Mammoth Lode from the breast of the 900 foot level, and when that vein is reached drifting will be continued east to the Bobtail vein. It has been estimated that the cross-cut will have to be extended between 150 and 200 feet, 41 feet of which had been driven up to the first of the present month.

  James A. Gilmour, one of the owners of the Manhattan Mine property, informs us that the new boiler has been placed in position over the main shaft, and work in sinking the same will be continued all winter. The last shipment from this property was a three cord lot of mill dirt which returned over 12 ounces of gold, the gold being above the average in value, the mint paying $18.03 per ounce, over the cost of refining and shipping.

  The U.S.M. Mining Company on Saturday last struck a fine crevice of mill dirt in the west drift, over two feet in width that shows better than any yet raised from the property. They are hoisting from the drift in the mornings and are sinking the shaft with two shifts during the afternoon and night. The dirt shows considerable mineral, and a run of several cords will be made this week to test its value.

  The lessees on the Buell Mine property are raising some fine smelting ore and mill dirt from their various drifts, and have piled up ready from shipment nearly a car load of smelting iron, among which is considerable peacock copper ore. The production of this property is in the neighborhood of fifty cords of mill dirt and twenty tons of smelting iron each month.

  Corn? Well we should say, what do you think of corn stalks fourteen feet high on an average with ears on, four inches in diameter and 15 inches long? The Golden Transcript tells us that Jerry Coulehan raised just such corn this year on his ranch between here and Denver.

  Received daily by A.C. Recklin, Central, Hard and Soft Coal. Send him your orders.

  Born: In Central City, on Monday October 16th, to the wife of Rev. Charles W. Harned, a daughter.

  Married: Richard H. Davies to Miss Kate Roberts, both of Gilpin County.

  Died: In Nevadaville, October 11, Armond, son of Mrs. Thomas Roberts, aged 12 years.

  Died: In Nevadaville, October 11, infant child of Mrs. George Ellis, aged 8 months.

  Died: In Nevadaville, October 15, Etta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Oates, aged 14 years.

  Died: In Nevadaville, October 17, Ada, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Taylor, aged 2 years and 6 months.

  Died: In Central City, October 18, of pneumonia, Mrs. Richard Jeffrey, aged 61 years.

  Died: In Black Hawk, October 13, of typhoid pneumonia, Fred C. Rudolph, aged 27 years.

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