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30 years ago- August 10, 1984

  Highway 46 will not be paved this year, it was announced this week by three very disappointed county commissioners. Gilpin County has a 1.1 mile section of the road that was to be paved this summer in conjunction with a paving project in Golden Gate State Park. County Engineer Hal Donnelly told the commissioners at their Tuesday meeting that the bid opening on the combined project was held August 2. Only one bid was submitted and it was nearly 50 percent more than the engineering estimate. The state highway department estimated the cost at $608,114, Asphalt Paving bid $890,688. The county has been trying to convince the state to pave the road for over eight years.

  Black Hawk Police Commissioner Jim Werschky asked the commissioners about the possibility of contracting with the county sheriff’s department to provide law enforcement in the city. Black Hawk currently has no marshal, so the sheriff’s office is covering the town until something is done. Werschky said that he only wants the same services now being extended to Rollinsville and Black Hawk. (Rollinsville is not an incorporated town, and is thus automatically covered by the sheriff.) Werschky said Black Hawk would be willing to pay for a part time deputy, but could not afford a full-time one. The city does not want patrols; the sheriff’s office would be on an on-call basis and take care of violations of state statutes. City ordinances would be handled by the city councilmen. The city has a police car, Werschky added. Werschky said he would like to see something worked out by the end of the month, if possible.

  Richard Emmert was not present at the City Council meeting, but had informed Hidahl of his resignation as the city’s building inspector. According to Hidahl, Emmert resigned because he had moved and would not be able to attend meetings in the future. Council members agreed to accept the resignation, and to send Emmert a letter of appreciation for his work. The council also agreed to hire a new building inspector to replace Emmert.

  Today, August 10, is the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the September primary election. To vote in the primary election, party affiliation must be declared. Votes may go from unaffiliated to Democrat or Republican at the polls, but anyone wishing to change from one party to another must do so by today. Gilpin County residents may register to vote or change names, addresses or party affiliations today at the clerk and recorder’s office in the courthouse in Central City. Additionally, people may do any of those things at the Gilpin County Bank in Black Hawk from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. today.

  The eighth annual Central City Jazz Festival will be held August 16, 17, 18 and 19, featuring Dixieland jazz events. This year’s festival includes over 225 hours of music with more than 100 musicians in bands from all over the United States. Entertainment will commence on Thursday, August 16, at 8:00 p.m. with a preview party. Friday starts the opening on the festival at 1:00 p.m. with the parade of the bands, and opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in the Glory Hole Gardens. On Saturday and Sunday, the parades will begin at 11:45 a.m. A special complimentary children’s concert will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The festival will last until 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and until midnight on Sunday.

60 years ago- August 13, 1954

  The emergency March of Dimes drive to be held August 16-31, is one that affects us all, as polio is no respecter of age or financial status. It strikes without warning, sometimes more than one in a family. The January drive was the largest in history but it still did not meet the tightly budgeted 1954 polio need for $75,000,000 by $20,000,000. The cost of the vaccine trials involving the inoculation of 650,000 children is only the initial cost. They now have the expense of evaluating the millions of records against the background of the epidemic season. The results will be known early in 1955. Colorado has only two paid men who travel from county to county advising, and sending the necessary information and material. There are a record number (67,000) of polio victims from previous epidemics who will need the assistance of the March of Dimes for hospital care and rehabilitation. Almost two-thirds of the March of Dimes funds are used to help those stricken. It is a startling fact that there is an increasing number of long-time respirator patients, and these are young mothers and fathers. We, here in Gilpin County, have known the wonderful help of the March of Dimes provided in rehabilitating three of our own local children. Our County was able to provide only a small part of the cost for their care. Let Gilpin County do its part in backing this great national need, for our own protection!

  Mrs. Marie Plank and daughter have gone to California on a short vacation trip.

  Mrs. Stinson and six children have been visiting her mother, Mrs. Martha Kennish. The family will soon join Mr. Stinson in Japan.

  The Dory Hill Telephone Company held a business and social meeting at the home of Arthur Nicholls in Idaho Springs, Saturday night. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Gus Rudolph, Mrs. Lillian Grenfell, Mr. and Mrs. James Robins and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mitchell.

  Mrs. Margaret and Avis Conroy of Denver were guests of Gus and Mary Riedl for a few days. It was their first visit here and a very enjoyable one.

  Mrs. Libby Latzer and Llewellyn James of Denver spent several days in Russell. They were joined Saturday by Mrs. Latzer’s sons and a daughter and their families. The men are working on the James plot in Bald Mt. Cemetery. The ladies are having a vacation.

  The importance to every motor vehicle operator of thinking and driving “defensively” was discussed today by State Patrolman Newland who defined “defensive driving” as positive action based upon the driver’s respect for his own life and lives of those riding with him. “In other words,” said Newland, “the defensive driver protects himself and his passengers by thinking not only for himself but for the other fellow too. It’s more than mere compliance with the law, it’s watching for those who don’t comply. Even normally good drivers are guilty once and a while of an error in judgment or a thoughtless act. For instance I doubt very much if there are many drivers who can honestly say they have never inadvertently run a stop sign. The defensive driver is prepared to cope with the fellow who fails to see the stop sign.” The Officer concluded by pointing out that defensive driving is more than just good motoring manners. It’s a life-saving attitude.

  Information prepared by the National Safety Council indicates that nearly one-half of the people who died in home accidents last year died because of falls. Carelessness on the part of the homemaker to properly take care of her floors no doubt contributed to the high number of such accidents. A few simple precautions can be applied to various rooms to make the home a better place in which to live. In the bedroom, there should be a clear, well-lighted path from the bed to the door. Kitchen linoleum should be tacked or cemented flat. Grease, spilled water, fruit peelings and such should be removed promptly. Everyone in the family should be warned when floors are scrubbed or waxed. Since the living room is the hub of much family activity, furniture should be arranged according to the travel areas of the room, to allow family members maximum clear space. A non-skid mat should always be kept in the bathroom, a real danger spot. Also dangerous are halls and stairways. Unless a non-skid material is used, stair covering should be tacked down securely and stairs should always be well-lighted. These precautions will cut down on home accidents. They’ll be eliminated completely only if everyone follows the simple rule: Be Careful.

90 years ago- August 8, 1924

  Because of the attitude of Governor Sweet, Colorado and Nebraska may be the only states in the Union which will not recognize National Defense Day, proclaimed by the President in accordance with an act of Congress. The purpose of National Defense Day is not to instill a spirit of militarism in the American people; on the contrary, it is proclaimed in the hope of avoiding war. No mobilization of troops is called for, nor is a ceremony made necessary which will result in the expenditure of any public money. National Defense Day, as provided under the act of Congress and the President’s proclamation, is merely set aside as a special day for honoring the flag and uniform and for calling attention to the fact that American youths should not and must not be sent into war unprepared. From the earliest days the National Guard has been the backbone of the national defense. Even those who hate war realize the necessity of an adequate national guard. To ignore this necessity would simply work towards a possible repetition of the conditions which cost hundreds of lives of National Guardsmen during the Spanish-American war. President Coolidge, in his message proclaiming National Defense Day, showed that he believed it proper that the American people should, at least once a year, honor the men who would protect the country in case of necessity, and that the uniform and the flag are equally worthy of respect. Governor Sweet, in refusing to obey the President’s proclamation, evidently takes another view.

  A party numbering close to fifty invaded the home of Arthur Nicholls, in the Smith Hill district, on Saturday evening last, the occasion being his birthday, and made themselves at home where the evening was spent in dancing, games and social enjoyment until  a late hour. Besides neighbors, a number were present from Golden and Rollinsville, which ended in a fine spread prepared by Mrs. Nicholls, assisted by ladies of the party.

  After a thrilling 300-mile chase, Wayman Welk, 19 years old, of Pueblo, held up the parents of his sweetheart, Gladys Swearinger, in a lonely canyon on the Blue River, near Montrose, and carried off the girl at the point of a gun, according to Sheriff Samuel Phillips of Montrose, who arrested Welk and his companion, Raymond Watkins, 17, and the girl a few hours after they had escaped from the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Swearinger, also of Pueblo.

  Mrs. Charlotte Goodwyn, patient at the Glockner sanatorium, has filed suit in District Court for $25,000 damages for alienation of affectations against Mrs. Bernice Buchholtz of Oklahoma City, described by the plaintiff as “possessed of great wealth.” The complaint charges that Mrs. Buchholtz wooed E. Finley Goodwyn away from his wife and that “by the display of great wealth, gifts of money and property, entertainment and association” caused him to neglect and desert Mrs. Goodwyn.

  Sensational advances which brought the price of hogs to the highest point in Denver since October, 1920, set a high price for the country. A price of $11.15 was set on the local market for choice 180-pound averages, 10 cents higher than the top reported from the Chicago market. This figure is the highest on the Denver market since 1920, when a top of $12 to $13.50 was reached.

  The State Board of Education, in a meeting in Denver, decided that nothing of sufficient gravity had been proved against J.T. Tippit, superintendent of schools of Chivington, to warrant revocation of his certificate. A petition submitted some time ago to the state board by a number of Chivington residents alleged he had set a bad example to a number of school children under his direction.

120 years ago- August 10, 1894

  Ad: Just received two car loads of Carpets, Linoleum, Oil Cloths, Dress Goods, Ladies’ Cloth, Cashmeres, Blankets and Quilts, Table Cloths, Linens, Cotton Flannel, Cretonne, Ladies’ and Children’s Underwear, Corsets and Notions. Come and be convinced that SALY is always the lowest, at the Granite House.

  Jones, Menhenet & Co., lessees of the Kreichbaum lode, north of the Golden Treasure Mine, Nevada District, have their west 125 foot level in 50 feet, pretty well up to the easterly portion of the Golden Treasure. Going east the opposite level is in 12 feet. Both levels give a very fair showing, the mill dirt from which, crushed at the Gilpin stamp mill in Black Hawk, yielded 4 ounces and 16 pennyweights of gold per cord. As yet they have not received returns from their stamp mill concentrates.

  Messrs. James Luke and John Lee were in Saturday from their group of mines on Silver Creek. They brought in two gold retorts which gave an aggregate weight of 5 ounces and 11 pennyweights cleaned up from a week’s run on ore from one of their group of mines. The retorts were left at the Rocky Mountain National Bank for shipment to the Denver Mint, the bank advancing $75 upon them. The mill is doing good work for five stamps, the latter weighing 600 pounds each, having a drop of fourteen inches. Luke, Lee, & Co., are entitled to a great deal of credit in opening up these claims under adverse circumstances and will no doubt be well rewarded for their persistency in establishing the fact that the gold ores of the Yankee Hill belt can be made profitable, when worked in a systematic manner.

  Last week the Fisk Mining Company sent from Black Hawk to the Denver Mint through the Denver & Rio Grande Express Company 222.23 ounces of gold and the Sleepy Hollow Mining Company 62.69 ounces. Both companies ship direct from Black Hawk to the mint every week.

  This week Mr. Perkins of the San Juan Mining Company, Quartz Hill, commenced cleaning out the debris from the bottom of the engine or main shaft, preparatory to letting a contract for sinking it an additional 100 feet. The Philadelphia Gardner on the west will be thoroughly prospected as well as other portions of the San Juan vein developed.

  The shipments of ore and tailings from the Black Hawk station for the month of July aggregated 179 carloads, of an average of fifteen tons to the car, or a total of 2,685 tons. The shipments for the same month in ’93 were 123 carloads, showing an increase of 56 carloads over the shipments in July of ’93.

  Born: In Lake Gulch, August 6, to the wife of George Channing, a daughter.

  Died: At Littleton, July 31, Mrs. Deborah Lee, in her 73rd year. Mrs. Lee was resident of this city in the early days.

  Died: At Leedsville, Henry Co., Mo., July 19, Mrs. Jane Foster, aged 85 years. The above named lady was the mother of John Foster, of this county. She had lived in Leedsville for 65 years, and was universally esteemed and honored by all who knew her.

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