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30 years ago – September 7, 1984

Building Inspector Verl Jones asked the commissioners how to handle solar panels that are added to roofs. He said several homes in the county are installing them for hot water heat. The panels weigh around 200 pounds each and other counties require a stress test on the roof. Jones does issue building permits for them and then gives Certificates of Occupancy. Petrock said to the commissioners, “If you’re issuing a C.O., you’re going out on a limb.” The County might incur some liability. It was decided to require an engineer’s certification if solar panels are to be placed on a roof.

Ron White of Trinity Mountain Ranch, formerly Tremont Bible Camp, wants to expand the facilities. The County Planning Commission recommended approval, but expressed concerns about access to the property and trespass problems. The access problem has not been worked out by White. The road to the ranch goes through the property of John Works, who was at Tuesday’s meeting. He said he has never given formal access to the road and does not plan to do so. Several property owners in the area said hikers and horseback riders from the ranch have been and still are trespassing. White first brought his proposal to the planning commission in January. Last year, a different owner of the land also proposed changes, and had the same problems, Cullar said. The Commissioners said they could not give approval until the problems are resolved.

By Esther Campbell: Aha, there is an aspen tree turning yellow across Gregory Gulch. The swallows are gone! Edwin Way Teale in Autumn Across America” reports that the tree swallows are among the first birds to gather for migration and one of the last to go, on the East Coast. I haven’t seen one for a while on the Casey. He calls them “wire birds” because they festoon the telegraph wires, sitting side by side for miles. They also, like other birds, eat a large amount to build up the fat for the long flights of autumn. We have witnessed this phenomenon with our hummingbirds. They must go all the way to Mexico, so they are busy at the feeders.

Jasper Smith, Gilpin County Veterans Service Officer, has announced that there has been a court settlement for Vietnam veterans affected by agent orange. If you believe you currently have adverse health effects related to agent orange exposure, you should fill out and return a form to Smith by October 26. Failure to return the form by that date will prevent you from getting money from the settlement fund.

Billy and Kit Parker of Central City are happy to announce the birth of their second son, Jacob Gregory Parker. He was born September 1, at 8:56a.m., in St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver. He weighed seven pounds 11 ounces. His maternal grandfather is Kent Taylor of Denver. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William C. Parker Jr. of San Clemente, Calif. His older brother is Justin Parker of Central City.

60 years ago – September 10, 1954

Bids for lunch room and entry alteration at Clark Grade School. A copy of plans and general specifications may be obtained from the President of the School Board. Sealed bids shall be submitted to the office of the County Superintendent of Schools, not later than 10 a.m., September 10, at which time bids will be opened in the order received. No bids accepted after above date and hour.

Ad: “By the Beautiful Sea” is not only an all-time song favorite and a bright new Broadway show, but it’s a good place to spend as many leisure hours as possible during the warm days to come. Beach apparel is especially dramatic this year, says Florence Freeman, star of NBC’s popular daytime radio program, “Wendy Warren and the News.” Whether you’re a “sunner” or a “swimmer,” you’ll find the selection of a bathing suit a very pleasant task indeed for the styles are many and varied. You can name your color in rapid-drying nylon, satiny latex, swishing taffeta, or the brand new version of the good old fashioned knitted suit. Knitted suits of wool and latex are this season’s newest. They are available in specially designed ribbed wool, just the thing for glamour. Some have tiny capped sleeves and a charming V-neck, or if you prefer to do some serious swimming, the classic tank-style’s version might be best for you.

After a recess of two months, Cody-Thomas Unit No. 166 will again resume sessions beginning Sept. 28th. Flora Rudolph will be happy to collect the 1955 membership dues. President Gertrude Gray has announced the annual District Five Conference to be held at the Arvada Legion Home Sept. 20th at 8p.m. All Unit members are urged to attend, and guests are welcome.

Marriage rites performed in the Episcopal Church in Central City, on Sept. 3, Miss Jo Ann Turner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Turner, of Black Hawk, became the bride of Arthur Boeckmann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Boeckmann, Sr., of Denver. The bride wore a white dress with numerous tiers of Chantilly lace long sleeves, and a fingertip veil. She carried a bouquet of white flowers with a butterfly orchid. The bride’s sister, Mrs. James Wildman, of Golden, was matron of honor. The best man was Robert Cooper of Denver, and the ushers were Lennart Olsen and John Kasiman. Immediately following the solemn candlelight ceremony, a reception was held at the Gilpin Hotel in Black Hawk.

90 years ago – September 5, 1924

To Judges of Election: The following is the law passed by the last legislature, making it mandatory that election officials count all the ballots and make a return for public information, and it would be well for some of the judges to study the law thoroughly, as in many instances in the past, no record was kept of the vote polled for the various candidates and the result was not known until the official count was made. The law, as passed, is as follows: “In addition to all certificates otherwise required to be made of the count of votes polled at any election, the judges of election are hereby required to make out an abstract of the said count of votes which abstract shall contain the names of the offices, names of the candidates, ballot titles and submission clauses of all initiated, referred or other measures voted upon, and the number of votes counted for or against each candidate or measure. Said abstract shall be posted in a conspicuous place upon the outside of the polling place immediately upon completion of the count. Suitable blanks for the abstract, required above shall be prepared, printed and furnished to all judges of election at the same time and in the same manner as other election supplies are furnished.

While we are indebted to France for the modern suits and colors of our playing cards, the designs of the face cards are English. The French changed the portraits in their decks from time to time to honor first one, then another royal family, and always printed the name of the honored one beside his portrait. The English also made changes, but eventually settled on King Henry VIII, and Elizabeth of York, his mother and the wife of Henry VII. It is interesting to note that the queen, whose marriage terminated the War of the Roses, still holds the rose of York in her hand. The knave, or fool, now called the Jack, was the court jester, whose chief duty it was to amuse the king. He still wears the jester’s costume, thought the modern custom of cutting the bodies of the court figures in half has eliminated the most distinguishing characteristics of his dress. The word “ace” probably is Latin, meaning origin, course, beginning, or first. Deuce and trey are doubtless derived from the Spanish dos and tres, meaning second and third.

The corner druggist was an easygoing chap and some of his friends used to criticize the way the store looked. One day he arranged a display of fibrous products in his front window, the exhibit comprising cinchona, cinnamon elm, sassafras, wild cherry and so on. Then a dog climbed into the window and went to sleep. “Doc,” declared a friend, “A dog is very much out of place in the window.” “Oh, I don’t know,” responded the druggist, easily. “It’s an assortment of barks.”

A great commercial magnate was driven into a small candy store for shelter during a storm, and spent half an hour watching the ancient proprietor attend upon the vagaries of a child who was thinking of spending a cent. The infinitive patience of the old man impressed him. Finally the cent was spent and the youngster went. “Pop, you’re wasting time here,” said the magnate. “Come with me and I’ll make you head floorwalker of my department store.”

Several labor organizations have publicly announced their endorsement of President Coolidge. Among them is the International Longshoremen’s Associations, many of them in the West. It is apparent that the attempt of certain labor leaders to throw the vote of their members to candidates who the leaders prefer will not amount to much. A man intelligent enough to earn a fair day’s wage is able to read the record of what is transpiring at Washington and draw his own conclusions thereon. If the total labor vote could be compiled after it is cast in November, it would be found that there was a division substantially like that among the rest of our citizens.

120 years ago – September 7, 1894

The Queen City Cricket Club of Denver and the Mountain Daisies of Nevadaville have arranged for two games of cricket to be played on King Flat, west of Nevadaville, tomorrow and Sunday afternoons. The former club will arrive from Denver tomorrow morning and will be met at the Central City depot and escorted to Nevadaville by a committee from the Mountain Daisies, who will entertain the visiting club while in the Town of Mines. The services of the Nevadaville Brass Band have been secured for both games, which will add to the interest of the occasion. As the Queen City Club members are considered crack players, it behooves the Mountain Daisies to look well to their scores.

One third of a cord of ore treated this week from the Summit Lode, a new discovery near the head of Virginia Canyon, made at the Meade Mill in Black Hawk, yielded at the rate of 21 ounces per cord.

Mr. M. Flynn, superintendent of the Brooklyn Lode, Lake District, has completed driving the lower levels in the main shaft. Last Monday sinking was again commenced and will be continued an additional 200 feet, which will give a total shaft size of 365 feet. Good ore was encountered in the 165 foot levels. The shaft is also being sunk with a fair crevice of pay matter.

Born: In Central City August 26, to the wife of R.B. Williams, a daughter. We may be a little late in making this announcement, but not too late to offer congratulations over the pleasing event.

Born: In Russell Gulch, September 2, to the wife of Samuel Roberts, a daughter.

Married: In Russell Gulch, Mr. Richard I. Hughes to Miss Carrie Joyce, and Mr. Edward Taylor to Miss Jenny Joyce.

Married: In Central City, September 5, Mr. Edward O’Neil and Miss Mary E. Dewhurt, both of Black Hawk.

Died: In Central City, September 7, after a short illness, Warren S. Paynter, aged 66 years.

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