Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – August 24, 1984

There were 13 bands and five performers that participated in the eighth annual Central City Jazz Society in co-operation with the Central City Business Association and the Denver Jazz Club. Coors was not a sponsor as it had been in the past. The festivities began each day with a parade, starting at the Opera House and proceeding through Central City streets. The Platte River Jazz Band provided entertainment in Williams Stables Saturday which enticed two individuals to dance. One of the larger bands that performed was the Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra. One of the members, Ron Cope, entertained the audience at the Gilded Garter on Saturday. The trumpet played by Steve Bauman of the Queen City Jazz Band could be heard throughout the streets as out-of-doors entertainment was provided in the Glory Hole Garden.

At the school board meeting on Tuesday, superintendent Meyers informed the school board that he had requested a proposal from Gilpin County Construction to build a bus barn. The proposal included two bays, insulation and a cement floor, but did not include electricity or heating. He added that the proposal is good for 60 days. Board members asked why Meyers had requested the proposal. Meyers responded that it was requested “in reference to the board’s goals.” No action was taken by board members in regard to the proposal and it was agreed that they would not seek any other bids at this time.

The board unanimously agreed to accept the resignation of Christine Williamson as math teacher for the 1984-85 school year. Meyers recommended that Ron Hinton be hired as the math instructor for grades seven through 12. The board approved Meyers recommendation. The board also agreed to hire Leone Nelson as library aide, Marilyn Peterson as head cook, Cheryl Wilson as assistant cook, and Debra Holly as part-time cook. George Armbright was hired as bus driver/ custodian.

A Poem by Catfish: The old road grows muddy/ with each wet raining hour/ while silvered jewels drip slowly/ from the petals of a flower./ No small hummingbirds are/ trilling quickly around,/ and the chipmunks and squirrels/ have all gone to ground./ A lone raven calls out/ his lament to the canyon,/ as the rain falling down/ washes the slates of the season.

Rollinsville Amalgam by David S. Grogan: “Never name the meat.” So, the pig that went to the Hog Roast, the Democratic fund-raiser didn’t have a name. However, the Jordans, that is Ben and Margaret, contributed half the Hog Roast pig. And I had sort of picked out which hog was going to go to the Jordans. So it was sort of named the Jordan hog. Obviously you can’t butcher half a hog. So, the hog that was butchered loaned half of himself to the Hog Roast and half of the Jordan Hog remained intact. I don’t suppose it makes much sense, except perhaps to the hog who gave himself up for the cause. So, the hog with a name, the only one with a name, the Jordan Hog, lives on.

Ron Cole has once again won the All Around Miner contest at the annual Mining & Drilling Contests that were held last weekend at the Argo Gold Mill in Idaho Springs. Cole also won the overall title last year. The contests were sponsored by the Clear Creek County metal Mining Association. The Idaho Springs contest is one of several elimination rounds held throughout the state leading to the state finals. One of the highlights of this year’s contest was the entry of two Australian championship teams in the team drilling competition. In the single jack leg drilling contest, Cole won first place, Mike Egbert second, and Stan Rowe third. Steve MacDonald took first place in the hand mucking, Cole took second, and Don Welch was third. Cole was first in the hand steel drilling, Rowe was second and Frank Cochran took third.

60 years ago – August 27, 1954

Persons injured in traffic accidents present a greater economic and social problem than those who are killed outright, according to Chief Gilbert R. Carrel of the State Patrol. “We put most of our emphasis on the number of people killed and tend to overlook the number injured,” he said. “Several times as many persons are seriously and permanently disabled than are killed. Too many of these persons become a burden to their families both economically and socially. Many of them must spend the rest of their lives in public institutions thus becoming a liability to the community.” Traffic accident injuries cover the field ranging from the loss of limbs to mental disabilities. While those who are killed cause untold grief and misery, those who are permanently disabled often present a much more traffic problem. “While we must continue to think in terms of the number of people killed on our streets and highways, we should begin to place more emphasis on the even greater number of serious injuries,” Chief Carrel said. “Let’s begin to think about this injury problem not only in terms of our own individual safety but also in terms of the misery, the economic and social burden we may become to our families and communities through an avoidable traffic accident.”

Prospects for the hunting of game birds, including wild turkeys, pheasants, grouse and quail in Colorado this fall appear generally good despite the drought in many sections of the state. This was announced by Gilbert N. Hunter, game manager for the Colorado Game and Fish Department, after a conference with department field men in Denver this week in regard to recommendations for the 1954 game bird season. Wayne Sanford wildlife technician in charge of game bird surveys, said pheasants suffered some from drought in non-irrigated areas, but that the spring hatch as only slightly below normal and food and cover are generally. He said the pheasant population is above last year in southwestern Colorado, about the same in the San Luis and Arkansas valleys and north central and northeastern Colorado and slightly under last year in west central Colorado. Hunting should be best on the tableland of northeastern Colorado where birds are most numerous but hunting hard. He said longer seasons last year did not harvest a sufficient number of cocks.

90 years ago – August 22, 1924

Sheriff Oscar Williams was out to Tolland Tuesday afternoon, where a forest fire had broken out between the tracks of the Moffat road, on the Giant’s Ladder, caused by sparks from a passing train. A force of men from Tolland and vicinity with a couple of engines and a supply of water was rushed to the spot and the men soon had the flames under control. Owing to the dry season the United States Forest Service on Tuesday closed to the public sections of the Colorado and Arapahoe national forest in the vicinity of the Moffat tunnel workings. At the east portal, 6,000 acres of the Colorado national forest, whose timber and brush are extremely dry and susceptible to fire, has been closed off and all roads are guarded by armed forest service men. Homesteaders in that tract, which takes in several settled sections, will be allowed free and unmolested entry, as will those connected with the operation of the tunnel. Fishermen and tourists, however, will be completely barred.

The several committees appointed to handle the events on Labor Day are working to the end of making the same a complete success. They have provided a program of sports that cannot help but please all have appropriated prizes for each event, and the complete program will be published in these columns next week.

The local dramatic society announces that on Tuesday evening, August 26th, they will present the three-act comedy mystery “Anne What’s Her Name.” at the opera house, this city. It is a play well written, full of comedy, and we feel sure in saying that it will be well staged here by the dramatic society. While the payment of royalty for this play is quite large, prices will remain the same as for other plays recently given, being 35 cents for adults and 25 cents for children, and it is hoped a full house will greet the players.

A notoriously absent-minded man was observed walking down the street with one foot continually in the gutter, the other on the pavement. A friend meeting him said, “Good evening. How are you?” “Well,” replied the absent-minded man. “I thought I was very well when I left home, but now I don’t know what’s the matter with me. I’ve been limping for the past half hour.”

President Coolidge’s appeal to the common sense of the nation finds a ready response in Colorado. Colorado has had its own experience, and no pleasant one, in following the vagaries of certain types of politicians. The forcefulness, directness, simplicity and good judgment of President Coolidge as exemplified in his acceptance speech make it certain that with him as the standard bearer Colorado will remain safely in the Republican column. The President’s statements in regard to the agricultural situation are of special importance in this state. Colorado farmers are gradually realizing that their continued existence depends on the carrying out of the Republic policies, particularly the protective tariff program, which has been made possible the present return of agricultural prosperity.

The Loveland Civic Association, as a member of the Northern Colorado Traffic Association, comprising Fort Collins, Greeley, Boulder, Longmont and Loveland organizations, has joined in a campaign demanding of the Interstate Commerce Commission, that all railroads entering Colorado from the east make a reduction in passenger and freight rates to Northern Colorado. At present differential is charged to northern Colorado points on passenger and freight rates, while Pueblo, Colorado Springs and other southern Colorado cities are given the advantage of the same rates from the east as charged to Denver.

Two hundred cases of sore mouth amongst horses and cattle in and near Loveland were reported by Dr. John F. Erdley, government veterinarian. The mysterious ailment first made its appearance several days ago, according to Dr. Erdley. No cause of the disease is known. It is described as running sores on the mouth and tongue.

The Newhouse tunnel and mill, Idaho Springs, has been leased by a syndicate of St. Louis capitalists and plans are under way to start operations in the near future.

120 years ago – August 24, 1894

Ad: The providential person makes it a rule to secure the largest amount of groceries for the least amount of money, and the provident person leaves his or her order with the Sauer-McShane Mercantile Company, whose prices are always popular with and satisfactory to purchasers.

The Yosemite Hydraulic Mining Company, who own a large placer property on the South Boulder Creek are again in running operation after sustaining a loss of some 1,400 feet of sluice boxes through the flood of two months ago. Two giants are now used, having a 250 head pressure, the company keeping thirty miners employed. Should no accident happen in the way of floods, this company will have a splendid clean-up at the close of the mining season of 1894.

The following in relation to the composition of some of the modern high explosives is published in these columns by request of many who daily handle them: Dynamite: Seventy-five parts of nitro-glycerin and 25 of infusorial earth. Dualine: Eighty parts nitro-glycerin, 20 of nitro cellulose (gun cotton). Rendrock: Forty parts nitro-glycerin, 40 of nitrate of potash or soda, 13 of cellulose and 7 of paraffin. Giant powder: Thirty-six parts of nitro-glycerin, 48 of nitrate of potash or soda, 9 of sulphur and 8 of resin or charcoal. Mica powder: Fifty-two parts of nitro glycerin and 48 of pulverized mica. Blasting gelatin: Ninety-two parts of nitro-glycerin and 8 of gun cotton. Tonite: Fifty-two and one half of gun cotton and 48 parts of nitrate of baryta. Atlas powder: Seventy-five parts of nitro-glycerin, 21 of wood fiber, 2 of carbonate of magnesia, and 2 of nitrate of soda. Rackarock: Seventy-seven and seven-tenths parts of chlorate of potash and 22.3 of nitro benzol.

Mr. A. Abbott, manager of the Alice Mine at Silver City, west of this city, dropped in on his Central City friends last Monday on his return from Denver. Development work in the property of the Alice Mining Company at that place is going forward steadily. The concentration mill is being run, the results so far obtained being very satisfactory.

Work has been resumed in the Denmark-Bobtail Lode on the easterly slope of Bobtail Mountain. The development work is being done through an adit on the vein.

An exchange says: “Soft hands indicate a character lacking in energy and force.” To overcome this tendency get hold of a mine and grow a few warts on your knuckles.

Born: In Gilson Gulch, Gilpin County, August 19, to the wife of Bartolo Albisini, a daughter.

Born: In Black Hawk, August 22, to the wife of Joseph Webster, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, August 23, to the wife John Semmens, a daughter.

Died: In Nevadaville, August 23, William Nichols, aged 44 years and 5 months. Mr. Nichols has been a sufferer for some time with consumption, and his death was not unexpected. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

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