Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – November 4, 1983

Two Gap Road residents were arraigned in County Court Tuesday on charges of theft. The two were apprehended by Rollinsville resident and Gilpin County Commissioner Jerry Ward at the scene of the alleged burglary on October 8. According to the report of Undersheriff Eric Klemp, Ward was driving away from Rollinsville, south on Highway 119, when he looked back to his left and saw a pickup parked in front of a building he owns on Main Street. He saw two people carrying items from the building to a truck. He turned around and went back to Rollinsville and parked his truck by the pickup, blocking it from going onto Main Street. The two allegedly got into their pickup and drove away from Ward down a dead-end. They then backed their truck towards Ward. Ward told them he was detaining them until the sheriff could arrive. Undersheriff Klemp arrived about a half-hour later. One of the burglars had allegedly left on foot by the time Klemp came on the scene.

Although he is expected to be off the job for about six weeks, Scott Cline is out of the hospital. He was the unfortunate driver of the 1971 county dump truck that crashed last week. Cline suffered a broken arm, but no internal injuries. The truck, however, was not so lucky and was deemed “a total loss” by Commissioner Jerry Ward. County Commissioner Van Cullar said this week that the County will replace the wrecked truck with a brand new one. Not only will it have “maxi-brakes” which is a requirement on all new trucks that would have probably avoided last week’s accident, it will be cheaper to maintain and parts will be easier to find. Cullar said that the truck will probably cost about $40,000 and estimates the County will pick up about half of that and the insurance company will pick up the other half.

Reserve Central City Police Officer Mike Brewer received a phone call reporting the theft of five trucks and one trailer from the National Mine, located southwest of Central City. The theft of the equipment, reported to be owned by Central Gold Corporation, was reported by a woman claiming to be Ann Sheldon, an assistant of Arvey Drown, head of Central Gold. Last winter, Drown was convicted of mail fraud which involved the National Mine and the Glory Hole. He is currently serving time in a federal prison in Arizona. According to Brewer, the case of the missing equipment was turned over to the County Sheriff’s office because of questionable jurisdiction. Undersheriff Eric Klemp said the equipment is not officially stolen until the reporting party signs the theft reports. That has not yet been done.

In school news, the mill levy, which must be certified by November 4, was set at 53.89 mills, plus four mills for capital reserve, and four mills for the bond redemption fund. The 53.89 is a reduction of 1.25 mills from last year.

Written by Bonnie Lind. Beginning November 26, something special will happen in the Little Kingdom of Gilpin. Although we who are closely involved consider it a step in the fulfillment of a personal dream, we also feel that the whole community stands to benefit from our venture. Dinner theater in Central City at the Teller House! What question do we hear time and time again in Gilpin County from locals and tourists alike? “What is there to do here?” Some of those answers are great and attractive to a large number of us and our visitors, but what about the winter months? It’s obvious we’re all thinking about it. The first production will be open November 26. Cocktails will be served 7:00 p.m. in the Eureka Ballroom. It will be an evening delightful in one-act comedies: Come Into the Garden, and Maude and The Brute.

Died: James Demetri Lazar, October 26, aged 79 years.

60 years ago – October 30, 1953

Appointment of Mrs. Orah Evans, as chairman of the 1953 Christmas Seal for Black Hawk, was announced this week by Mark Harrington, Denver’s president of the Colorado Tuberculosis Association. The Seal Sale, which will be conducted by mail throughout the county from November 16 through December, is the only source of funds for the tuberculosis prevention and control activities of the association. Mrs. Evans said. The local campaign will be part of the 47th annual Christmas Seal Sale to be held throughout the country by the 3,000 voluntary associations affiliated with the National Tuberculosis Association.

The last Giant Panda held captive in the United States died at the Chicago zoo at the age of 15. Life expectancy of the panda is about eighteen. Giant pandas were first introduced into this country in 1936 by Mrs. William Hale Harkness Jr., who turned a specimen over to the Chicago zoo. It died two years later after having inspired other zoos to obtain some of the animals.

To 3-year-old Jimmy Jolly, of South Royalston, Mass., his three days spent in the woods was a great adventure. When he recently wandered away, police, volunteers, and a National Guard company scoured the woods in an effort to find him. Then after three days the boy stepped to the side of a road and was picked up. “I want my Mommy and my Daddy.” He said. Jimmy explained that he had heard the searchers, including the Coast Guard helicopter which aided the hunt, but that he hid “because I was afraid – I didn’t know whether they were good men or bad men.” Jimmy lived on blueberries and blackberries and said that he lay “on my tummy to drink from the river.” When he got tired, he said he “just slept.”

Dickie Cooper of San Diego, a schoolboy studying the trumpet, has very good neighbors. Over a period of several weeks he would step out on the porch of his home and play the military bugle call “Taps” each night at 9 o’clock. The neighbors never complained. Then Dickie went away for a week end and the Cooper telephone began to ring constantly. Neighbors wanted to know if Dickie was sick. They missed the Taps they said. Some said they’d lost sleep lying awake waiting for the bugle.

Postmen in Salt Lake City are having more than the usual trouble with dogs. It has gotten so bad the postmaster says he is tired of sending out the men and getting them back in pieces. So the postmaster sent the following notice to patrons: “Some of the bites were relatively innocuous teething exercises by promising young things which hadn’t yet learned how to act in polite society. Others were vigorous partakings of the victims’ breeches by confirmed misanthropes who don’t give a darn for public servants and want the neighborhood to know it. We want to deliver everybody’s mail, for delivering mail is our business. But we don’t care to send out a whole man and get back only part of one. So if your dog is of the breed which longs to accomplish mayhem, or even dabble in mischief, we ask that you please keep him under restraint until the postman has left your dog’s immediate vicinity.”

Nearly all of the increase in automobile deaths in the United States since 1949 is due to accidents involving drivers and passengers, insurance statisticians report. The death rate from accidents in which motor vehicles overturned on the road, ran off the highway, or hit a curb, pole, or other fixed object increased by more than 40 per cent from 1949 to 1952. Similarly, the death rate from accidents involving a collision of two or more vehicles was up 26 percent. Although every age group under 65 years contributed to the overall rise in the motor vehicle death rate, the largest increases occurred in the age rank from 15 to 29 years, where more than 90 per cent of those deaths occur among drivers and passengers.

90 years ago – November 2, 1923

Despite the loss of eight hours or work daily due to the lack of a ventilation system, three shifts are at work on both ends of the Moffat Tunnel pioneer bore and are making steady progress thru the granite of James Peak. Because it will be sixty days before the permanent ventilation system can be installed, including air compressors and transformers, a temporary blower system is being installed at the west portal. The temporary plant should be in operation in a few days. The west portal Wednesday was 279 feet underground.

The body of Gottleh Kaiser, the latest victim in a family in which stark tragedy seems to lurk, was taken to Hugo from Canon City for burial. Kaiser, an ex-service man, who was living on a homestead twelve miles north of Canon City, was killed when a team of horses which he was driving hitched to a load of hay ran away and threw him on the ground, killing him instantly. Twelve years ago this month Kaiser’s father, Gottleh Kaiser Sr., was killed in the same manner when he was thrown from a hay wagon on his farm near Hugo. Last December, Kaiser’s stepsister, Mrs. Minnie Patterson Talladay, her 5-year-old daughter and her infant son were burned to death in a fire which destroyed their home, four miles east of Aroya, Colo.

A 12 percent increase in salaries all around for employees of the Minnequa Steel plant  of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company is announced by officials of the company. This affects men working on daily and hourly wages and on tonnage and piece work. The wage increase was accepted by employees’ representatives and is effective Oct. 1.

A hockey team has been organized by the instructors of the physical training department of the University of Colorado and by other women members of the faculty.

The bulk of the sugar beet crop grown for the Greeley factory district will be harvested and delivered to the company either at the factory or at the outside receiving stations by Nov. 1, according to figures of the field men compiled here.

“Ninety-nine percent of the liquor sold in Colorado is rank poison,” R.A. Kohloss of Denver, general prohibition agent, declared in an address at the W.C.T.U. convention here, in a plea for the co-operation of the public in the enforcement of the prohibition laws. Mr. Kohloss branded the attitude of “good” citizens who condone liquor law violations as criminal. “The main problem now is public sentiment,” he said.

A 100-mile thrilling chase of alleged rum runners by state prohibition officers, over snow drifted roads ended at Fountain, sixteen miles south of Colorado Springs, when Bert Tullis and his wife were captured and a cargo of liquor valued at $10,000 was confiscated. The liquor, which officers believe was intended for select Capitol Hill trade in Denver, consisted of the finest of prewar whisky, five gallons of champagne and six one gallon containers of wine.

Zanesville, O. – Mrs. Robert Farmer’s infant son saved its life by crying during a severe storm. The mother went to the cradle and lifted the baby out to quiet it. An instant later lightning struck the chimney of the home, which fell through the roof and wrecked the cradle.

120 years ago – November 3, 1893

Charlie Dittmer, the contractor on the ditch of the Water Supply & Storage Co., who is constructing a canal from the headwaters of the Laramie River to Chambers’ Lake, and who has been in Denver for a few days, returned again to the scene of the work this morning. Mr. Dittmer says that the contract will be completed next week and that water will be turned into the ditch soon. This enterprise is one of the most important features in connection with irrigation that has ever been performed in Colorado. This enterprise takes water from the head of the Laramie River, carries it through the Medicine Bow Range of the mountains and deposits it in the Cache-le-Poudre River.

Reed & Co., have commenced a suit in equity against the Fiske Gold Mining Company, to compel that company to pay its proper share, and proportion of the cost of draining the Fiske, Bobtail and Gregory mines, the expense of which has been borne entirely by the Gregory people, since the present company has been operating the Fiske Mine. Previous owners of the Fiske Mine have voluntarily paid something to the Gregory Company for drainage. The fact is conceded by everyone that the Fiske could not be worked with the use of the Gregory pumping plant, except they put in an extensive plant of pumping machinery.

The October report of the Denver Mint places the bullion purchases for this month at $210,419, all of which was gold with the exception of $2,209 in silver, the latter being purchased in connection with gold bullion. The mint officials state that no large deposits were made during the month of October, but that a large number of miners working placers and mining on a small scale brought in the result of their labors.

Mr. L.S. Newell, Jr., of Denver, has taken a lease and bond of the Cashier Mill property in Black Hawk and will replace the 35 stamps taken out of the same by the parties who rearranged the building for a concentration mill. Ten stamps of the 35 taken out are new, never having been used. Work of replacing the stamps will be commenced at once.

The new staff building over the main shaft on the Hidden Treasure Mine to replace the one destroyed by an incendiary fire on the night of September 16th, is rapidly being completed. Mr. Rickard, general manager of the property, reports that the California Mine – property of the same company – is looking well in the workings above the 1,000 foot level.

This week Mr. Peter C. Hansen took a lease and bond of the North Star Mine, property of Mr. C.C. Johnson, in Vermillion District. The North Star is the northeasterly extension of the Mann Lode, which was a large producer in early days of gold bullion.

Married: October 26, Mr. Harry J. Peers of Central City and Miss Ella M. Hughes of  Denver.

Married: Ovrober 29, Mr. Thomas Stoneman to Mrs. Minnie Kendall, both of Black Hawk.

Married: November 1, Mr. J. Henry Weldman and Miss Jennie A Reedy.

Died: October 22, Jogn Wearne, aged 49 years.

Died: October 18, Joseph Hafer, aged 78 years.

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