Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – October 28, 1983

County road employee Scott Cline was injured Wednesday morning when he was forced to put a county dump truck in the ditch on Smith Hill Road. The truck went off the left side of the road, through the underbrush, flipping over at least once, and ending up upside down. The front axle was ripped completely off and the right side rear axle broke at the housing. Cline, apparently thrown from the truck, was found conscious about 40 feet past the main body of the wreckage. He suffered a broken right forearm and possible internal injuries. Commissioner Jerry Ward believes the truck to be a total loss, and is waiting to hear from the county’s insurance company about compensation.

Two 60 foot beams were removed from the back wall of the Opera House early this month in preparation for a more permanent stabilization of the rock wall which had shown some cracking and movement in the late 1970s. Gilpin County Construction has the contract and will erect five concrete pilasters the height of the wall. Steel rods anchored by steel plates on the inside will cinch up the wall to the pilasters. The cost of the project has been estimated at $23,000, with some of the work being donated by Gilpin County Construction. The project is expected to be completed within a few weeks.

Once again, Don and Debbie Olhausen are supplying an alternative to the traditional form of Trick-or-Treating. Halloween evening, from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., big, free bags of candy will be given to children 12 years of age or younger who are in costume. The goodies will be handed out on Main Street in Central City, at The Candy Man O’s. Additionally, Gilpin County Bank is donating prizes for costumes. A $10 savings account will be given for best costume, and a $5 savings account for second place.

Two city boys stole a Jeep in Black Hawk Sunday, but they didn’t keep it long. They were stopped midway to Denver by the twin brother of the man they had stolen the Jeep from. Gilpin County Undersheriff Eric Klemp said Keith Livo, 30, of Lakewood had borrowed his mother’s Jeep to go hunting with Graham Curtis, who has mining interests in Gilpin County. While visiting a couple of friends in Black Hawk, a 12-year old from Adams County and a 15-year old from Thornton hopped in the Jeep, turned the key which was still in the ignition, and took off. Livo notified the Gilpin County Sheriff’s office and then called his twin brother, Kim. Kim started up the canyon from the valley and spotted the dark brown Jeep CJ-7 coming down. He pulled alongside the Jeep to get the boys’ attention and try to make them pull over. They wouldn’t stop, so he attempted to force them off the road, which attracted the attention of Colorado State Troopers who stopped both vehicles and apprehended the Jeep thieves. The boys were released to the custody of their mothers.

Excavating was completed last week for a new addition to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on East First High Street in Central City. The new 20 by 30 foot building will be called the Winter Chapel and is being constructed primarily to minimize heating expenses during the winter months. The members of the congregation hope to do most of the interior finish work themselves, according to member Mona Dawkins. The construction is being financed by a grant from the Diocese of Colorado and a trust fund of the church. Dawkins said the chapel is expected to be serviceable by the first of the year.

Saturday, November 5, the Gilpin County Marching Band will be performing in the 14th annual Englewood Holiday Parade. With sufficient support from the Band Parents, we would like to take this opportunity to hold a “Band Family Picnic,” following the parade appearance. As the band program continues to grow, we look forward to your increased support and participation.

60 years ago – October 23, 1953

During the first half of the year in Colorado, 477 pedestrians were injured and 15 others were killed. Nearly 60 percent of these deaths and injuries resulted from pedestrian violations. Attempting to cross between intersection and coming from behind parked cars were the most prevalent violation. These two pedestrian “errors” accounted for 187 injuries and 8 deaths. Attempting to cross at an intersection against the signal brought injury to 36 pedestrians and death to one.

Dr. Sidney H. Dressier and Dr. Gardner Middlebrook of the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, which gives free medical care to T.B. patients of all faiths, reported recently on a new treatment of the disease. The new treatment is designed to send the patient safely back to full-time work, “a whole man instead of only half a man.” It would call for fewer months of lying in bed. But it would double the average time spent in a hospital. One drug to be used in the new treatment is isoniazid. The good effects of it aren’t increased by prolonged bed rest. Patients with no fever or other symptoms can get out of bed after eight to ten weeks. The doctors reported that two women who were up and active while taking isoniazid had gained strength and learned shorthand and typing so “they are now out of the hospital, their disease is inactivated, and are earning their own livelihoods as stenographers.”

What they’ll think of next is anyone’s guess. The newest wrinkle for home comfort is a stuffed living room chair that adds to your comfort by giving you a rubdown while you are taking it easy in your living room. Inside the chair are special motors and floating panels encased in foam rubber. The owner just snaps on a switch and adjusts the speed to suit his taste. The chair goes into action, and the sides and back give you a massage. The chair, it is reported, may be adjusted to three positions – sitting, half-reclining, and horizontal. A connecting cord from the chair plugs into a wall outlet.

In Providence, R.I., Judge Charles A. Walsh awarded Mrs. Beatrice M. Lussier exclusive use of the family cottage in Woonsocket, R.I., until her countersuit for divorce could be heard, provided only that the husband “may return to the above-stated residence one day each week for the purpose of taking a bath.”

The American Medical Association Journal is urging parents to teach children bicycling safety. In a recent article the Journal reported bicycle accidents take about 600 lives every year. Two-thirds of the fatal injuries occur from May to October, when the weather is most favorable for outdoor recreational activities. Nine out of 10 deaths occur among males, with boys 5 to 19 years of age constituting 70 percent of all the victims of both sexes. “Collision with a motor vehicle is by far the greatest hazard in bicycling, being responsible for at least four-fifths of fatalities” reports the Journal. “Other hazardous practices of bicyclists include ‘cutting in’ in front of a motor vehicle; carrying an extra passenger on a bicycle; crossing from one lane to another without signaling; failure to exercise caution at street intersections, curves, or when coming out of a driveway or alley; riding on the wrong side of the street or too far from the curb; riding around or behind automobiles; and riding bicycles in poor mechanical condition.”

90 years ago – October 26, 1923

A pure white crow or magpie, believes to be the only specimen ever captured alive, was found Sunday by Joseph Cummings, a student at the Manual Training High school. The lad displayed his remarkable find to Charles Bowman Hutchins, naturalist of Mill Valley, California, when Mr. Hutchins delivered a lecture yesterday before the students of the high school. “I believe this is the only pure white magpie in existence, so far as scientists have ever been able to discover,” Mr. Hutchins said last night. “It has been known that such a bird existed, because a few have been found dead and now are in museums in the East. The bird is pure white and in perfect health. It has not a colored or black feather on it. It even has albino eyes.” – from the Denver News.

Up to September 30, the mines of Routt County had this year produced 552, 103 tons of coal this being more than twice the total for the first nine months of 1922, which amounted to 416, 909 tons made in output by the entire state, 308, 993 tons is credited to Routt County. For September the production for the county was 66, 361 tons. Of this amount, 33, 744 tons came from the upper, or Oak Creek district where 458 men were employed in the mines last month.

A gentleman who looked as though he was just off the streets of Billings, Montana, was prominent in the downtown district one night last week. He was tall and thin and looked as though the ways of the city were strange to him. He lounged from one corner to the next, watching the crowds curiously. His hat was huge, with a brim at least six inches broad and a crown tall and narrow and pointed. His tweed suit was made in the old-fashioned Prince Albert style, and was big enough for two his size. He seemed to be either a semi-modernized Westerner of the “good old days,” or a Hollywood gentleman come in costume.

Our universities and colleges are going mad on the subject of athletics. With many students education is rapidly becoming almost a secondary consideration. The young man who devotes his time to his studies is termed a bookworm or a grub, and is often shunned or ignored by his fellow students. If his is a highbrow in athletics he is regarded as a little tine god, worshipped by students and faculty alike. So-called “higher education” will have much to answer for in future generations. The answer may be difficult to find.

A newly invented process, whereby certain kinds of fleeces not well adapted to spinning can be manufactured into a rich, fur-like material, which is supposed to present valuable hygienic advantage over skin furs for clothing because the material is mounted on a wool foundation, is reported by Consul General T.W. Sammons, from Australia. The inventor claims that this material has an excellent appearance that it is suitable for all purposes for which fur is utilized, and for clothing where the utmost warmth, the least weight, and the maximum of protection are demanded.

To universities the Latin language is a suggestion seriously made by Cardinal Bourns. He reviews the difficulties to be surmounted by the variety of tongues and as a means of overcoming the difficulty, purposes that Latin contains all the elements for world use. He believes many world misunderstandings will vanish if the ancient tongue is brought back into use.

Born: In Black Hawk, October 23, to the wife of Anton Matson, a son.

Died: Sam C. Dorsey, Monday, of a heart ailment after an illness of about a month. He was 79 years old and a police officer at time of death.

Died: George Nankervis, Friday, after an illness of a few days, of pneumonia.

120 years ago – October 27, 1893

The Great Northern has inaugurated a daily passenger train service on its new branch between Sioux Falls and Yankton, a distance of 75 miles. Rumors as to the Great Northern’s ultimate aim in this direction are plentiful, but the most general and feasible is that the line will eventually be projected to Denver. Should this branch receive this possible extension, it would make an airline to Denver. One would be to give the corn traffic a more direct route to the seaboard via the great lakes.

Have you been to see how the boys and girls are getting along in their studies? Don’t you think you would like to see how busy they are? Just step in occasionally and find out whether they are busy, and whether they enjoy their work or not. Of course you will not forget to say a word or two to the teacher to encourage her, if you find all things well. Morning exercises now take the place of the usual Friday afternoon recitations. Sickness has caused many absences in some departments during the past month. But we are glad to see that in most cases it was of only short duration.

Joseph Jackson, now serving a six-year sentence for kicking his wife, has filed an application for a pardon. Jackson was sent up from Gilpin County, and his application is signed by about twenty county officials and others. Judge Bentley, who imposed the sentence upon Jackson, writes a long letter supporting the petition, and in it he says that while he was convinced at the time of the trial that Jackson had acted the brute, and kicked his wife with his shod feet while she was in a delicate condition, still, he had every reason to believe the offense was due to drink and momentary anger and, the judge continues, his reason for imposing so heavy a sentence was that it might serve as a warning to other husbands similarly inclined. Jackson has already served one year, his wife is an object of charity, and in view of his former and subsequent good behavior, a pardon is asked.

Vote for a man for County Treasurer who is competent, and fitted by experience to take charge of the business of the office. Such a man is Fred French, a gentleman who has resided in Gilpin County for years, is known by nearly everyone, and acknowledged by all to be the proper person for the position.

Vote for A. H. Jones, for Justice of the Peace, for the second Commissioner’s district. His opponent, Elisha Stevens, does not want the office, has not the ability, experience, or knowledge of law, that Mr. Jones is possess of, and the people of the county will make a great mistake, if they cast their ballot against Mr. Jones.

Thomas Hooper is the nominee for Sheriff of Gilpin County on the Free Coinage and Republican tickets. He has made an excellent officer, is thoroughly conversant with the duties of the office, and is one who will never swerve from the path of duty.

Voters in Gilpin County should remember that a vote against the Republican or Free Coinage tickets, is a blow at Teller and Wolcott.

Be sure and cast your ballot for Dr. John Davison, for County Coroner. His services are not required very often by the county as such an officer, but there is a great deal of satisfaction to know, that when needed, they can be relied upon.

William Williams and John Kruse are the Republican and Free Coinage nominees for Constables in the Second District. They are good men for the positions, and should receive your support.

Married: In Central City, on Thursday, Mr. Peter Sonne to Miss Jenni Spargo.

Died: Monday, George W. Briggs of Denver.

Died: J. H. Packard, yesterday, of pneumonia. The deceased was working a gold mine near Prescott in partnership with Judge. Ed. W. Wells and was doing well. On Wednesday, Judge Wells wired Mrs. Packard that her husband was ill and following this with a preemptory summons to the wife to come to the sick bed.

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