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30 years ago – September 14, 1984

Black Hawk will be receiving $4,500 in emergency funding from the state for the water system, circuit riding City Manager Linda Martin announced at the Black Hawk City Council meeting September 10. Marin said that a letter was sent to the state on August 30 to apply for emergency funding. Word was received the same day of the council meeting that funding would be granted. She explained that the state was very specific in how the funds were to be distributed. Of the $4,500, the state suggested hiring Health Consultants to test all of the water lines for leaks. That will cost approximately $500. The remaining $4,000 is to be used to repair leaking valves and pipes.

Gene Anderle, a Black Hawk resident, was present to address the City Council about his rock wall which he says was knocked down during the construction of a fire hydrant. Anderle said that two letters have been written to City Council about the wall, but he has not received an answer. He said that only the bottom two to three layers of the wall were cemented and the wall will not last. A motion was made to hire Lorenz’s workers who are experienced in competing rock walls to do the work. The motion passed.

Jim Lewis, a representative of Stagecoach Cable TV, was present at the meeting to give council members a four month update as required by the franchise ordinance. His main emphasis at the meeting was to provide a progress report and receive feedback about requirements thus far having been met. He stated that a permit agreement was submitted to Public Service Company of Colorado for use of its poles which at present is the only permit needed. A map designating where cables will be placed was given to council members for their reference. Lewis added that administrative processing fees have also been paid to Public Service. Lorenz questioned why there have been delays in proceeding with cable installation. Lewis stated that the original site selected for the antenna was rejected. The company is looking at other possible locations.

The Bronco ticket raffle, sponsored by the RE-1 Booster Club, is in the process of being distributed to those businesses that have offered to sell tickets. This time we will be selling two games at once. The Kansas City and Raider games will be raffled off during the same period. This will mean that the drawing for the KC will be right before the game and will be announced in the Register-Call the Friday before that game. This should be the only game that is done this way and we hope that you will support this project by buying several chances on the games. Don’t forget, chances can be purchased at the Gilpin County Bank, the Prospector, Crook’s Palace, the Golden Rose Hotel, Madam Gail’s, The Gilded Garter, and The Glory Hole.

By Jeanne Nicholson, Gilpin County Nurse: A train wreck near Rollinsville involving 30 victims will be the scenario for a field exercise Saturday, Sept. 22. According to Fran Etzkorn, director of emergency and disaster preparedness for Gilpin County, the field exercise will give Gilpin County citizens who would be providing services in a real disaster in the county a chance to “play out” their roles. The volunteer fire departments, ham-radio operators, sheriff’s department, Central City Police Department, Red Cross, county nursing service, county sanitarian, highway department, coroner, Columbine Family Health Center, social services, Jefferson County Mental Health Center, Volunteers of America, and Gilpin County commissioners have been involved in the planning process and will participate in the field exercise. There are 30 citizens who have volunteered to “play” the victims. “Our goal is to be as well prepared as possible to meet the demands of a disaster should one occur in Gilpin County,” said Etzkorn.

60 years ago – September 17, 1954

Little interest was shown in the Primary Election of Tuesday, as few contests on either ticket made the election an interesting one. The Democratic voters exceeded the Republican by over two to one, the aggregate sum being 237 votes, of which the Republican Party cast over 82, and the Democratic Party, 155. The three precincts, Central City, Black Hawk and Rollinsville voted as follows: No.1, Republican, 39; Democratic, 65; No. 2, Republican, 21; Democratic, 64; No. 3, Republican, 22; and Democratic, 26. In the race for U.S. Senator, Gilpin County gave Carroll 76 votes, and Newton, 74. For Representative, Wilkinson, 74, and Williams, 57. For County Commissioner, Andy Eccker received from Precinct No. 1, 35 votes, and Gates, 25; No. 2, Eccker, 38, Gates, 26, and No. 3, Eccker 16, and Gates 8. A number of names were written in, but would have no bearing on a designation of either party. Thomas Jacobson, for Justice of the Peace for Precinct No. 1, received several, and will be one of the Justices to be elected at the General Election on the Democratic ticket. For Representative from this District, on the Democratic ticket, Oscar L. Clarke, of Idaho Springs, received the majority of votes in each of the three precincts.

William Farrow, State Patrol Officer, today urged that the effort to reduce child traffic deaths and injuries be increased. Parents, educators, motorists, traffic officers and the children themselves all share the responsibility of keeping the youngsters out of traffic trouble. The role of parents in this effort is very important, the officer pointed out, for parents can regulate to a large extent the activities of their children. Youngsters of preschool aged depend wholly on their parents for safety lessons, and don’t forget, he said, that children learn by imitation. Parents who disregard traffic safety rules must expect their children to reflect this difference.

Get out early this fall to see the aspens in their full splendor was the advice given this week by the Rocky Mountain AAA Club. The aspen season, which generally begins in mid-September, is already well under way. Patches of brilliant yellow and orange can be seen in the higher altitudes. The color change begins in the higher country and spreads downward until even the lowest valleys have changed into flaming yellow, orange, and occasionally, red by October. But due to the drought experienced throughout most of the country this year the leaves are crisp and will blow away at the first wisp of wind, warned an AAA official, urging aspen hunters to make their annual journey as soon as possible. Those who have seen the “quakies” in full color know what a magnificent sight awaits them, the official emphasized, while those who have never seen this spectacle have never experienced the true beauty and grandeur of the mountains. But, the auto club official warned, the season will be shortened considerably because of lack of rain this summer. He urged all who want to see aspens at their best to make the trip in the next couple of weeks.

Colorado waterfowl hunters will be allowed a daily bag and possession limit of only two geese this year. It was first believed that the waterfowl season allowed this state by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service would permit hunters in Colorado to take five geese, as had been requested by the Colorado Game and Fish commission, but final interpretation of the official seasons, as received later from the federal agency, discloses that hunters in Colorado are limited to two geese in possession.

90 years ago – September 12, 1924

What might have been a most serious accident, resulting in the death and serious injury of all who were in it, happened last Sunday afternoon about three miles west of Tabernas. Ed Balback, wife and son, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Will Ziege and daughter, were returning home from a trip to Grand Lake, in their car, and coming up a rather steep and long hill at a moderate speed, were run into by a car driven by a Denver party. The accident happened on a sharp turn, and could have easily been avoided, had the driver of the other car realized that he was not driving on level roads. According to information, this Denver driver came around the turn in his Nash car at a speed of about 40 miles per hour, and when he saw Balbach car, it was too late to stop. However, he applied the brakes, but at the speed he was traveling it was impossible to stop and the car sideswiped the Balbach car on the front left side of the car. The force of the impact threw Mrs. Ziege, who was seated in the back seat, out of the car and over a wire fence into a field, tearing her clothes but bruising her but little. The others in the car were thrown against each other, Mr. Balbach being cut on the head by a piece of flying wood, and Mrs. Balbach receiving injuries to her head. No one in either car was seriously injured, although it was a pretty close call, and they may well feel happy that it was no worse.

The city council of Colorado Springs, in special session, by a six to three vote, decided to accept the offer of the bondholders’ protective committee of the light company and purchase the plant and distribution system outside the city limits with three major modification. Instead of $850,000 the council will only pay $800,000, a $50,000 reduction in price; instead of a 6 percent income warrants the council provides for 5 percent bonds and the date of delivery is advanced from July to April 1, 1925, giving the city the benefit of that much additional revenue.

Gov. William E. Sweet and Harry Casaday, state budget and efficiency commissioner, are defendants in a suit for $796 brought in the District Court by Homer W. Bingham, Arthur Poltz and Curtis Pultz. The plaintiffs are farmers who agreed to sell to the Colorado Alfalfa Milling Company, of which Sweet and Casaday are directors, 200 tons of alfalfa for $12 a ton. The alfalfa was delivered, the plaintiffs allege, but the defendants have refused to pay for part of it.

Denver will handle its own flood problems arising from the Platte River, the city council decided at a recent meeting, when, on final reading, Councilman George Steele’s bill creating a Platte River commission was passed unanimously.

The Midwest well on the Iles dome, in Craig, developed into a 3,000 to 10,000 barrel gusher, according to word reaching here. The big flow of oil was struck in the Dakota sands, according to the reports, at a depth of about 2,600 feet.

Forest rangers are patrolling the country in the vicinity of Monarch seven miles southeast of Grand Lake, in the fear that a fire, which broke out in the forest of that vicinity, will be renewed. The fire which threatened the village of Monarch and the MacDonald ranch nearby, was believed to have been caused by careless hikers or campers. The fire broke out at noon and it was several hours before it could be put under control.

120 years ago – September 14, 1894

The Champion Lode in Nevada District, a patented property west of the Cncrete and Hidden Treasure mines, has been started up, it having been leased and bonded to responsible parties by the owner, Mr. Joseph Standley. Mr. John Nichols is in charge of the work. He is cleaning out a shaft said to be 110 feet in depth. No work has been done on the Champion since patent was obtained for the same.

Mr. Chris Hesselbine, superintendent of the East Centennial Mine, Russell District, last Friday received returns from the smelters of a trifle less than four tons of smelting ore from that property, which netted the owners $190.90 per ton. This is what might be termed first-class smelting ore.

This week the mining reporter was shown a fine piece of smelting ore taken from the Hughes Lode, near the Champion on Bellevue Mountain. It contains galena, yellow and gray copper and came from a depth of 100 feet, where has been uncovered from 8 to 10 inches of clear mineral. It is owned by Owen Hughes, Ed Jones, Hugh Hughes, and E.W. Williams.

It is always pleasant to speak of those things in which the general public is interested, and it is gratifying to be able to state that this city spares no means in promoting the education of its youth. This is verified by the many new improvements it is continually making to facilitate the work of both teacher and pupil, and to make pleasant and home-like the different rooms occupied, then recognizing the fact that the surroundings of the child contribute most to the making up of its character. It also recognizes that a higher education is necessary for the well-being mankind, and has therefore paved the way by which the student, having completed the High School course is able to enter the scientific course of the State University. To do this it has been necessary to add another year’s work to the High School, making in all a twelve years course of study. We have endeavored to incorporate such work as will give the student a far knowledge of language, science, mathematics, history and literature, enabling him to enter the business world with at least a good germ for the development of power and skill if he be diligent in fostering its growth. Every parent and guardian should carefully weigh their positions as such before presuming to take the young men and women from school until they have finished the entire course. Since the people of the district see fit to maintain such a school, it is the duty of every young man and woman to complete this course. As a citizen he or she owes it to the state to accept what is given. Signed, W.F. Keim, Superintendent.

Born: In Russell Gulch, September 7, to the wife of Samuel Stone, a daughter.

Married: In Grand Junction, September 5, Miss Jennie E. Strock and Mr. Marion O. Deleplain.

Married: In Central City, September 12, Mr. Joseph Manley and Mrs. Rosie A. Oates, both of Central City.

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