Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – March 2, 1984

  “Frustrating” was the word used to describe the manhunt conducted by Gilpin County Search and Rescue Sunday. Commander Joan Taylor said the call which sent searchers out in the midst of a snowstorm might have been a prank. A man in Rocky Flats picked up a transmission on his CB from a man who said his friend had fallen while they were ice climbing. The man said they had left their vehicle, a blue four-wheel-drive pick-up parked near the Golden Slipper Mine about five miles west of Rollinsville. Then they had hiked on foot for about an hour and a half. The man who heard the radio message drove over to Gilpin County to alert authorities. He was unsuccessful in making further contact with the caller and no one else was able to reach him either. Taylor said about 10 people were called out for the search. They did not find the truck at the given location. Another blue pick-up was found by the Mammoth Road, and contact was made with the owners. They were not connected with the missing parties. The search began around 2 p.m. and was called off that evening around 7:30. Hospital emergency rooms were checked to see if the men showed up for treatment anywhere, and law enforcement agencies were checked for reports of missing persons, but not further information surfaced. The man might not have been hurt as badly as his friend thought and the pair could have left the area on their own, or the caller might just have been “way off” on the location. Or it just might have been a hoax to begin with, Taylor said.

  Central City summer traffic could be more complicated than usual this year if Henry Schoo receives final approval for his mining operation. Schoo, president of Grasslakes Mineral and Mining, Inc., plans to take material from Gilpin County mine dumps and truck it to a Clear Creek County site for a cyanide heap-leach process. He has applied for special use permits from Gilpin County for six sites in the Nevadaville and Russell Gulch areas. The dump material would be hauled through Central City and Black Hawk. Commission member Lee John Droege expressed concern about the traffic, saying that statistically it would be very possible to have an accident during the busy tourist season. He does not want to see a truck get loose on the Nevadaville road and then hit the Central City area. He asked if Schoo could do the hauling in off-hours. Schoo does not want to work at night. He must monitor the grade of ore he is taking and that cannot be done in the dark. 

  By Esther Campbell: One of the bird calls that intrigued me when I first moved here was the lonely call of the Townsend’s solitaire. This rather non-festive bird usually sits in the top of a lodgepole pine or a Douglas fir sending forth a lonely single call. Several of the field guides list the bird as uncommon, but they are surely at home in Chase Gulch. I heard the call this past week while hiking near Castle Rock. The Townsend’s solitaire resembles the robin in size, and also belongs to the thrush family. When disturbed it will fly silently, showing buff wing patches and white edges on the tail feathers. Several springs ago while on an Audubon hike along the narrow gauge railroad bed above Chase Gulch, we heard the most melodious bird song in the trees above us. It sounded like a flute trilling up and down the scale. I was astonished to have it identified by the leader as the mating song of the Townsend’s solitaire. What a difference love makes!

  The brand new Central City truck and snowplow arrived Friday, February 17, and were immediately put to work sanding slick streets during a brief snowstorm. The truck received more of a test last weekend during a larger snowstorm, and Public Works Director Eric Klemp is quite pleased with the way it handled the snowplowing. He found that he can make one pass with the plow over all the city streets in 6 1/2 hours, when there is a moderate amount of snow. The 1984 Chevrolet one-ton truck has four-wheel-drive and a 350 engine, a midsize engine that is expected to produce fuel economy. It has a dump truck bed, a hydraulic sander and a snowplow. Klemp said a two-way radio will be installed soon. Klemp said that the old blue dump truck that the city has been using as a snowplow will be converted to use as strictly a dump truck. The sander will be removed, and the truck will only be used as a snowplow in case of emergency.

60 years ago – February 26, 1954

  The world gold price is knocking around the U.S. Treasury price of $35 an ounce. There is no free gold market in the U.S. except to the jewelry trade and dentists. The only market for gold produced in this country is the U.S. Treasury. An individual cannot own gold, except what is in his teeth, or around his wife’s neck or arms. He can have as a collector’s item a few gold coins. Gold restrictions have been unfair to the gold mining companies in this country. They have been restricted as to their market, while foreign competitors could do as they wished in the outside markets. A free gold market would permit them to sell at the going world price for their production. During the 1930s the $35 an ounce price was a subsidy and some speculators made fortunes at the expense of other tax payers. The U.S. government holds about $22 billion in gold. This represents a loss of around $1,200,000,000 since mid-1952. In 1929, these holding were only $4 billion, but not in the present 5-cent dollars.

  Colorado motorists could use a few driving lessons in what to do when an emergency is bearing down on them with sirens wailing and red lights blinking. The latest available Colorado statistics show 51 emergency vehicles, ambulances, police cars and fire trucks, involved in accidents during a single year. In many of those accidents some motorist failed to yield the right of way to the emergency vehicle. In a few situations the motorists failed to hear the siren, possibly because all car windows were rolled up and the car radio was blaring. Some of the accidents were caused because a reckless driver deliberately ignored the emergency vehicles. But most of the collisions involving such vehicles occurred because drivers of other cars became confused and did the wrong thing.

90 years ago – February 29, 1924

  Barber shops which for many years were exclusively for men and boys, have undergone a transformation and are now just as popular with the woman and girls. This is brought about by the adoption of the “bobbed” style of hair which has taken the nation by storm and appears to be growing in popularity day by day. It is not uncommon in any of the tonsorial parlors to see the chairs occupied by members of the fair sex who have come to feel just as much at ease as they would in any other place of business.

  The opponents of the Mellon tax program won a victory in the House of Representatives this week when the recommended income tax rates were stricken from the revenue bills by a vote of 222 to 196. 203 Democrats, assisted by a few Republican insurgents voted to substitute the so-called Garner plan, which Treasury Department officials insist will not bring the desired relief to industry and agriculture. Congressmen Vaile, Hardy and Timberlake supported the Administration plan, while Representative Taylor opposed it. Later on a vigorous attempt will be made to reverse the action of the House on this issue.

  Commissioner of Public Safety Thomas U. Underhill and his detectives, who have been trying to close up “speakeasy” and gambling resorts, received a setback in a decision by City Judge Stephen Holden. The judge dismissed the case of four men charged with playing craps, and in doing so upheld the contention of former Judge Mortimer C. O’Brien, who contended at the trial that unless there is a “kitty” or someone is getting a “cut” out of the game, playing is not against the law unless it be in a public street or public place within the meaning of the law. According to Attorney O’Brien, card playing in which in which no one profits but the winning player is legal, but anyone other than a player receiving financial gain from the game becomes a common gambler.

120 years ago – March 2, 1894

  The cranks of Georgetown circulated a petition in that village the first of the week, wherein they express their intention of withdrawing from the Union and annexing to Mexico. The petition has been numerously signed while a large number of her citizens view the proposition with disproval. The last paragraph of the petition is as follows: “We respectfully request the federal government to permit us to peaceably withdraw from the union of the states, and to strengthen our hands, we respectfully ask the government of Mexico to favorably consider proposals we shall hereafter make to enter into an alliance with that republic.” The Populist government in Colorado has made more cranks in the state that was ever before heard of.

  Mr. Drew some time ago removed from Golden back to Central, and commenced cleaning out a shaft that had been filled up with manure and debris on what was known as the Huddleston Lode. It is situated on the southerly slope of Winnebago Mountain in back of the residence of Mr. W. C. Fullerton. A recent stamp mill run made from the crevice matter taken out after cleaning up the shaft yielded a gold retort weighing 4 1/4 ounces, the concentrates from the mill ore netting $16.10 at the rate of 51/3 ounces per cord.

  “Schnedelite” is the name of a new explosive that is attracting considerable attention in France. It is not only a most powerful agent, but can be handled with perfect safety, the only means by which it can be exploded being a temperature of 540 degrees Fahrenheit. It is especially adapted to mining because the impact of the drill will not set off an unexploded charge remaining in the drill hole. The chief ingredient in the explosive is chlorate of potash. For more than 100 years chemists have been trying to overcome the dangerous properties of chlorate of potash and bring it into practical use as a safe explosive. This has at last been accomplished by the two Alsatian brothers by the name of Schnedeline, one a priest and the other a lieutenant of French artillery. Recent experiments go to prove all that is claimed for the new explosive.

  Born: In Russell Gulch, February 19, to the wife of Samuel Cummings, a daughter. The pleasing news was telegraphed to the father of the young miss who resides in Montana. Abs Mellow says it is not every old bachelor that becomes an uncle twice in the same week.

  Born: In Central City, February 26, 1894, to the wife of John Rickard, a son. Weight, 11 pounds, avoirdupois. Cigars were plentiful to the friends of the delighted father when the announcement was made by the attendants that it was a son.

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