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30 years ago- July 27, 1984
Pat Dunn and several other residents of Gilpin County recently attended an all-day symposium in Denver on child abuse and prevention of it. Representing both the Accountability Committee and the group of residents, Dunn asked the board members to attend a child abuse in-service being conducted for teachers on August 31. The agenda will include district liability, who must report suspicious bruises, why, when, how, etc. The number of school board members who will attend the meeting was not made definite.
There was one minor casualty during Sunday night’s spectacular and violent thunderstorm in Gilpin County. One of the innumerable lightning strikes hit a three foot diameter tree and set it on fire, possibly endangering a forest. High Country Fire Department was called out in the driving rain around 10:00p.m. to the fire in southeast Gilpin County. It was near Robinson Hill Road, between Black Hawk Mountain and Ely Hill. Dave Thomas, fire prevention chief, said that even though the tree was burning, it was difficult to find in the heavily forested and steep area. It was also raining very hard, and was consequently very dark. The lightning created a one foot wide path down the length of the tree. The fire was at the bottom. Around a dozen firefighters responded with three fire trucks. Also helping were five people who live in the area, Thomas said. Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to other trees and dug down into the tree’s roots where a fire of that type can settle. The next morning one fireman went back to the site to check for any flare-ups. There were none.
Again this year, the U.S. Forest Service is providing the opportunity to the public to cut personal use firewood from National Forest lands. This year’s designated cutting area is three miles northwest of Central City near the Columbine Campground. A Forest Service representative will be at the Gilpin County Courthouse in Central City, Friday, July 27, from 1:00p.m.-6:00p.m., selling firewood-cutting permits and answering questions about firewood gathering on National Forest lands. Permit cost is $15 and entitles the purchaser to cut up to one cord of fuel over a two week period of time. Live lodgepole pine and some aspen have been designated for cutting.
Central City Arts Annual is an all-Colorado artist show, featuring pottery, woven baskets, jewelry, fine blown glass, paintings, sculpture and photography. A juried show, this represents the 37th season for showcasing Colorado artists. Located in the historic Washington Hall, across from the Opera House, the show will be open through Labor Day. Seniors and groups are welcome. The admission is free. It is open daily from 11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.
Between January 1 and June 30 of this year, Gilpin County Court collected a total of $3,996 in revenue for cases involving driving under the influence of alcohol charges. According to Judge Andrew J. Krodshen, there were a total of 56 cases during that time period. Of the total revenue received, disbursements will be made to the county, Black Hawk and Central City. Gilpin County will receive $2,045, Black Hawk will receive $1,140, and Central City will receive $811.
David Grogan has resigned his position as Gilpin County building and zoning inspector, effective August 2. He said he really enjoyed the job and hated to give it up, but there are increasing demands on his time in his church work, which is his primary occupation. He is the minister at the Seventh Avenue Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Denver. Verl Jones, who has been Grogan’s assistant, will take over the building and zoning job.
60 years ago- July 30, 1954
“Mining Camps Reborn” will be the topic which Miss Caroline Bancroft, Colorado historian, will discuss over at the KOA at 9p.m., Sunday night, August 8. This program is one of the Fireside Talks, and Miss Bancroft is the first woman ever to be asked to speak on this program. Other guests have been such people as Governor Thornton, Mayor Quigg Newton, etc. Among the mining camps discussed will be Central City, Black Hawk, Georgetown, Aspen, Leadville and Cripple Creek. Especially featured in the Central City-Black Hawk section will be the Jeep Tours, the Bobtail Tunnel Train Ride, and the Mine Shaft Bar of the renovated Gilpin Hotel.
Speed Kills! This is the word from local State Patrol Officer Newland. He offers the following facts in proof: Newland points out that if an injury accident occurs at 60 miles per hour or more, the injured person is eight times more likely to die of his injuries than if he had been injured in an accident at 20 miles per hour or less. Statistics on accidents reported in Colorado last year show nearly thirteen thousand accidents at speed from 11 to 20 miles per hour. Of these, only 25 were fatal. On the other hand, although there were only 204 accidents resulting from speeds of 70 miles per hour or higher, 36 were fatal. “The few minutes you save by driving at speeds greater than safety demands can never compensate for the added risk,” says Newland. “Whenever your foot gets throttle-heavy remember that energy and destructive power increase as speed increases. This means that a car striking an unyielding obstruction at a speed of 20 miles an hour will suffer the same degree of damage as if it were dropped from a height of 13 feet onto a concrete road surface, whereas at 60 miles an hour, the force of impact is the same as dropping from a roof of a ten-story building. Slow down-and grow old.”
Having been designated as a candidate for County Commissioner for the Third District on the Democratic Ticket, I would appreciate your support in the Primary Election. Signed, Andy Eccker.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert R. Livinston of Glenwood Springs, have been here for several days visiting his sister, Mrs. Nora Scott and Walter.
The upper floor of the William Stable was visited by close to fifty square dancers who have been in camp on Lookout Mountain for the past week. The camp is operated by Paul Kermit, and the dancers make the trip to Promenade under the resonant voice of Ray Smith, the caller for the eight graceful dancers who dance before and after each performance at the theatre, but Tuesday evening was much enjoyed.
Mrs. B. Dalsant, daughter and son, were up from Denver on Tuesday, visiting old scenes and friends. They have been residents of the Queen City for the past twenty five years, but when residents here, occupied the Granite House.
James E. Lugg, of Denver, was here last Saturday visiting scenes of early days. He was born in Nevadaville, and left there forty years ago for Denver where he has made his home since that time. He is 78 years of age, but young enough to walk from Central City up through Nevadaville and to Bald Mountain Cemetery. He paid this office a pleasant call afterwards, and said that he wasn’t at all fatigued. In this altitude and considering the rugged terrain in taking this trek, my hat is off to him.
90 years ago- July 25, 1924
At the Colorado Farmer’s Congress in Fort Collins last week, Receiver T. H. Beacon of the Denver & Rio Grande Western related the following incident to show that freight rates are not a material factor in the high cost of food. “Out of curiosity I made a little investigation some time ago, with reference to the cost of transporting a cantaloupe from California to New York, in a carload lot, and found that the different railroads handling this carload, four carloads in all, received 2 1/2 cents per cantaloupe, to be divided among them for a haul of three thousand miles. While in New York a short time ago, I ordered for my breakfast a half of cantaloupe, for which I paid 75 cents. With the rate of 2 1/2 cents deducted, I wondered who got the other 72 1/2 cents for the half and who got the $1.47 1/2 for the whole, and what the producer of the cantaloupe received. However, I think you will agree with me that 2 1/2 cents is a pretty small charge to transport one cantaloupe, 3,000 miles, and should not in any way interfere with the prosperity of those producing that article.”
Sentenced to read every newspaper in this city for the next six months, and rewrite them in his own handwriting, was the punishment meted out in Denver to W.G. Lovell, 18, who was charged with speeding. A sentence of five days in the city jail was suspended by the court, providing Lovell would attend his reportorial duties diligently. The boy eagerly accepted the judge’s proposal.
Loveland will spend in the neighborhood of $300,000 for the construction of a new pipeline from the source of the water supply in the mountains to Loveland.
In ground heretofore unexplored, L.C. Hayes, a pioneer prospector and miner of the Idaho Springs District, has located an ore vein from which several samples tested at the Ermlich Laboratory in Denver return fourteen ounces in gold and nine ounces in silver to the ton, equal to $205.41 at the sampler, where the ore will be sold. Hayes is gradually developing his gold-silver find, which seems to grow wider and more valuable as distance is gained from the point of discovery.
Announcement of a readjustment at Cheyenne of air mail schedules to go into effect Aug. 1, whereby Denver mail will be enabled to reach Chicago in twelve hours and New York in twenty-four, was made by Luther K. Bell, special assistant to the postmaster general in charge of the traffic division of the air mail service, who arrived in Denver to confer with Postmaster Frank L. Dodge and local businessmen on the new schedules.
Still another mountain highway is planned for the Pike’s Peak region. Spencer Penrose and his associates announced that, within a few days, work will begin on a graveled toll road, nine-tenths of it blasted out of solid rock, to the summit of Cheyenne Mountain. The road, eight miles long, will be completed by June 1, 1925. The cost will be $350,000.
The declaration of a pest district near Weldona is being asked of the Morgan County Commissioners at Fort Morgan by farmers in that section, who are waging a war to protect their crops from a grasshopper invasion. The boundary of the proposed district includes townships 5-60, 4-60, 5-59, 5-59, and also four sections each of townships 5-58 and 4-68.
Craig is filling with oil operators and scouts for the big men of the oil industry who are here waiting and watching for the expected “break” on one or more of the seven oil structures now drilling in northwestern Colorado. With three wells at the interesting depth, where the pay sands may be uncovered any moment, the eyes of the oil fraternity are focused on Craig. High officials of the Texas, Midwest, Transcontinental, Carter, Consolidated Royalties, and other companies interested in this section are either in Craig or on their way there, with their ears wide for the expected rumble of a gusher on the Beaver Creek Iles or Moffat structures.
120 years ago- July 27, 1894
The Jack Hills of Denver will come up tomorrow, Saturday, and play a game of baseball with the Gilpins in the afternoon at City Park. The Hills comprise the best players to be had and are coming up here with the intention of winning. The Gilpins will have the best nine to be secured in the county, and being reinforced by Britton, an ex-league player, intend to make the Hills play ball to win. Knight and Maloney will be the battery for the Gilpins and Stetzer and Lincoln for the Hills. These clubs play a second game Saturday afternoon.
The water in the workings of the main shaft of the Buell Mine has been lowered to a point above the 600 foot workings. Smelting and stamp mill ore have been raised from the 500 foot workings of the property this week.
Mr. John Lee, who is working a group of mines on Silver Creek in the Yankee Hill section, just over the Gilpin county line in Clear Creek County, brought in a nice gold retort weighing over 2 ounces last Saturday. John and his partners, Messrs. James Lake and Jere Le, last fast fall erected a five stamp prospecting mill near to their mines. Last week they started up the stamps, which are run by water, and after less than a four day’s run they cleaned up the above mentioned retort. A practical mill man’s services will be secured when the mill will be kept running until the cold weather sets in. The gold was of very good quality, worth over $16 per ounce.
Born: In Central City, July 23, to the wife of Louis Zengi, a son. One Switzer friend now boasts of three pairs, three sons and three daughters. He believes in following the injunction laid down in Holy Writ.
Born: In Central City, July 24, to the wife of Nipper Wills, a son.
Born: In Denver, July 25, to the wife of G.A. Rice, a daughter.
Married: At the residence of the bride’s parents, Central City, July 25, Mr. Joseph Hicks to Miss Emma E. Chapman. The wedding ceremonies were witnessed by friends of the contracting parties, who extended hearty congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy life.
Died: In San Salvador, Mexico, July 10, of pneumonia, Annie, wife of Fred Gentry, aged about 30 years. Mrs. Gentry left Central about a year ago for Mexico, where her husband has a good position in one of the mines of that section, and as she has always enjoyed good heath, the announcement of her death was a great surprise to many of her friends in this county. Besides a sorrowing husband, she leaves three children, and a sister, Mrs. John Keyes of Black Hawk.
Died: In Central City, July 26, Thomas Leggo, aged 44 years. Mr. Leggo was born in St. Just, England, and came to Colorado twenty years ago, during which time he has been working in the mines of this and adjoining counties. Of late years he has suffered from miner’s disease, which was the main cause of his death. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. The funeral will take place tomorrow, Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, from the M.E. church of this city. Friends invited.
Died: In Central City, July 26, Florence, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Teague, aged 3 months and 6 days.
Died: In Central City, July 21, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Hassell, aged 18 months.