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30 years ago – August 17, 1984

Mary Klemp, a Black Hawk resident, was present at the Tuesday City Council meeting because she has not had water several times during August. She said that if the problem is not corrected, there are going to be problems with freezing during the winter. Paul Felton, street and water commissioner, stated that the problem has been a “real high turbidity level” in the raw water. He added that when there is a high turbidity level, he needs to turn down the plant and the city runs out of water. Approximately “a ton of DE (diatomaceous earth) in a month” has been used to try and correct the problem, Felton said. Unseld asked if the water plant is prepared for winter conditions. Felton responded, “If I can re-valve the plant and bury the pump line I should be pretty much ready.” Martin said the state engineer is expected at the end of this week to inspect the water plant proposals which would, if approved, grant Black Hawk emergency funding. The estimated cost for re-valving the plant, according to Felton, is $1,000-$1,200. To bury the pipeline up to the reservoir would cost approximately $800. The city is asking residents to voluntarily conserve water.

Police Chief Pat Warkentin had his hands full Tuesday as limousine after limousine arrived in Central City to attend a fashion show. The show was sponsored by the Colorado Opera House Association Guild. The designer featured for this year’s show was Anne Klein. Warkentin tried desperately to keep traffic moving on Eureka Street as chauffeurs came to a complete stop in the street to open car doors for their passengers. Traffic attempting to proceed either way on Eureka came to a stop, frustrating both locals and tourists.

Colorado’s forests are showing the effect of this year’s onslaught of the spruce budworm. Cooperative surveys conducted by the Colorado State Forest Service and the USDA Forest Service indicate the current insect outbreak is the largest in the state’s history. Last year the spruce budworm affected about 2.4 million acres in Colorado. Although called spruce budworm, this insect prefers Douglas fir and true firs before it feeds on spruce. Defoliation by the budworm is most severe along the Front Range and the damage is quite visible on forested land along the Poudre Canyon and near Estes Park. Hissides that are normally covered with green Douglas fir have taken on a reddish tinge as new needles have been destroyed by the inch-long caterpillars. After making an assessment of the budworm outbreak in the Rocky Mountain Region, the USDA Forest Service has adopted a no-spray policy on undeveloped National Forest lands. The decision to adopt this policy was based on the extensive area infested by the budworm, the high cost of spraying, and the expected low impact of the outbreak on those undeveloped lands. For further information about the budworm, contact your local USDA Forest Service or Colorado State Forest Service office.

Dave Dunnell, manager of administrative services for the Union Rural Electric Association, stated Monday that a decision on the proposed cable television service for UREA customers has been postponed for at least another 30 days. Dunnell said that at the August 8 board meeting, any action regarding the proposed cable service was tabled pending correction of some of the cost projections. He added that the feasibility study recently completed will need to be corrected before the board will give further consideration to the proposal. The intensive marketing enrollment campaign will, therefore, not begin until the cost projections are corrected, which according to Dunnell, should be in October if the board approves the project.

60 years ago – August 20, 1954

Gold receipts at the Denver Mint were higher in July compared with July, 1953, receipts but silver intake was lower, mint officials report. Receipts of gold came to 105,806 ounces worth $3,703,225 last month compared with 95,123 ounces worth $3,329,312 in July, 1953. Silver receipts were down to 248,317 ounces worth $284,608 from 312,165 ounces worth $282,422.

A straight migratory waterfowl season of 60 days, from Nov. 1 through Dec. 30, with a daily bag limit of five ducks or ten in possession and five geese, announced for Colorado by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, is being protested by the Commission. The commission tentatively approved the season, but instructed Thomas L. Kimball, director of the department, to protest it. Kimball said chief reason for the protest was that California, in the Pacific flyway, was allowed an 80-day straight season with a daily bag limit of 9 ducks with 15 in possession when the Central flyway, which includes Colorado, has had a 22 percent increase of ducks over a 5-year period as compared to an increase of only 12 percent in the Pacific flyway. In a letter to John L. Farley, director of the Wildlife service, Kimball urged the federal agency to reconsider for Colorado a season of 75 days with a bag and possession limit of four and eight ducks, which was recommended for states in the Central flyway. The department is holding up any advertisement on the 1954 waterfowl seasons for the present.

The only time pedestrians have the right of way is when the ambulance is taking them to the hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. George Works and children, of Dallas, Texas, are spending several weeks at cottage here on Swede Hill.

The dance at Jennie’s Hall last Saturday was well attended, and everyone had a good time.

Mr. and Mrs. Axel Nelson have moved into Mrs. Winifred Gordon’s house on Merchant Street since Mrs. Nelson’s home on Main Street has been rented to Wyona Hebert and Marilyn Pfleeger, owners of the Bum Steer in Central City.

90 years ago – August 15, 1924

“Anne What’s Her Name?” is the name of the play to be presented by the Gilpin County Dramatic Society at the opera house within the next two weeks, the exact date not having been decided upon as yet. This play has been presented all over the country by professionals, and necessitated a payment of a royalty for the privilege of producing it here. It is brimful of comedy and perplexing situations and all those who attended the former play, “Deacon Dubbs,” given by the local dramatic society, may feel assured of as good and clean a presentation when this three act comedy is given. The same prices will prevail as before, 35 cents for adults and 25 cents for children.

The Whitaker well of the Union Oil Company of California came in to Fort Collins last Thursday night with a flow of oil which may run between 3,000 and 5,000 barrels of oil a day, according to Charles S. Sherman, general manager of the company. Precautions to bring the well in under control proved their value when the well was shut down immediately by the closing of the control heads. It was impossible to estimate the production the well will be capable of making, but Mr. Sherman said that the reports he had received from the field indicated a big gusher. Oil has been standing 1,500 feet deep in the casing in the well for several days and when it became known that the drills were resting on the caprock of the Dakota sands, orders were issued that every possible precaution be taken to prevent a repetition of the bringing in of the discovery gas well which roared uncontrolled for weeks, and the Mitchell gasser which is now on fire.

Otto L. Altvater is the Poo Bah of Milliken. Finding time hanging on his hands, though he had four positions that were more than enough to keep an average man busy, Mr. Altvater has purchased the town’s drug store and will serve the nostrums and refreshments necessary to the good health of the community. He is editor and manager of the Millien Mail, is a rural carrier, is manager of a moving picture house, and when not otherwise busy, a “notary public.”

Felix Otero, is in the diplomatic service of the Mexican government, and was in Loveland recently making some investigations relative to several families of Mexicans now in Colorado, who are wanted by the Mexican government. He is the authority for the statement that bobbed hair is so popular in Mexico that girls in the suburb of Tacubaya at Mexico City are arming themselves with small bore pistols to defend their right to wear their hair bobbed.

Both of the remaining entries in the Colorado endurance ride in Colorado Springs had to drop out after having covered half of the day’s sixty-mile grind. Aline and Wine Glass were top tired and were walked home to the stables without riders or saddles. No prize money will be paid to any riders. Local officials claim that the failure of the army horses to be prepared was due to action of Washington authorities.

Craig is a seething pit of oil activity following the proving of what is probably the largest oil structure of Colorado. The Hogan well on the Des structure, twenty five miles south of Craig, came in a few days ago. When the bit drove six inches into the Dakota sand, oil rose ninety feet in the casing, thereby proving practically beyond question approximately 18,000 acres of Colorado oil land.

120 years ago – August 17, 1894

Last Saturday quite a commotion was created by a squad of young lads coming down Main Street from City Park on a double quick. Business men and others on the street at the time were at a loss to conjecture what was the cause of the sudden commotion with the lads. After turning the First National Bank corner they kept up their pace until their reached Mayor Campbell’s office on Eureka Street, where they presented their two hours time check for services rendered in cleaning the park grounds of rocks washed down from Spring Gulch by the rain storm of Friday afternoon. The lads were paid, the smaller ones making a bee line for Couch’s confectionery store for candy and soda. They received at the rate of 10 cents an hour for their labor, the older ones averaging 25 cents each.

Last week a test lot of ore from the Gettysburg Mine, Russell District, which was crushed at the Climax Stamp Mill, above Black Hawk, yielded 4 ounces gold per cord, the concentrates netting $32 per ton. The ore came from a depth of 68 feet. The shaft is being sunk and at a depth of 100 feet levels will be extended each way. The Gettysburg gives the promise of proving one of the best paying ventures in that portion of Gilpin County.

Born: In Central City, August 13, to the wife of W.O. Jenkins, a son. The father has received many congratulations over having gained that distinction. He bears the same with a fortitude worthy of a true Christian gentleman.

Born: In Central City, August 11, to the wife of Harry Peers, a daughter. The delighted father celebrated the event by setting up the cigars to his numerous friends. Mother and child are doing nicely.

Married: In Georgetown, August 14, Mr. R.R. Rodda and Miss Ella M. Morgan, both of Central City.

Married: In Nevadaville, Mr. James Grenfell and Mrs. Celia Ellis, both of Nevadaville.

Married: In Golden, August 16, Judge H.A. Hicks of Central City and Miss Bertha Presnell of Golden.

Died: In Central City, August 14, Ida Hoskin, aged 6 months.

Died: In Central City, August 16, after a long illness of dropsy, Charles Williams, aged 39 years. Deceased leaves a wife and one child.

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