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30 years ago – September 21, 1984

Despite the chilly weather, 82 people attended the open house at the Gilpin County Library last Sunday afternoon. Pat Dunn, who helped set up the event, said she and the library board were “very pleased” with the turnout for the open house that marked the library’s sixth anniversary. People were able to enjoy lots of good food under an outdoor canopy and to content themselves with looking through the books inside the building. The library has recently purchased 125 new books. Sunday, 53 books were checked out and 22 new cards were issued. The library board is asking voters to approve a mill levy on property taxes, not to exceed 1-1/2 mills. The issue will be on the November ballot.

Tim Logan, 27, is one of the few people who can actually call himself a Rollinsville native. Having lived there all his life, he undoubtedly knows about Gilpin County roads and he is the county’s new assistant supervisor for the road and bridge department. He has worked on the road crew since 1976, with a one year break in 1981-82. As assistant supervisor, he still works out in the field. He supervises field projects when Supervisor Bob Dornbrock cannot be there, and if Dornbrock is absent from work for any reason, Logan takes charge. Logan believes the rapport between the department and the public is now better than it used to be. The department will respond if people have complaints. Problems cannot always be corrected, but Logan is willing to at least talk and try to work with the people. Logan lives in Rollinsville with his wife Shirley, who drives a bus for the Nederland schools. They have two children, a 4-month old son and a 3-year old daughter.

By Esther Campbell: Group by group, individual by individual, they gathered around the pond at the Dorothy Lee Placer Park last Saturday. The Central City Parks and Recreation Committee’s “end of the summer get-together” was happening. There was a beautiful architectural drawing of the park done years ago and here it was “a-happening.” The children that could were trying to see how far away their rocks would land in the pond, not quite the ocean, but no matter. Mothers and fathers were exchanging reports on the progress of their broods, and the world. Some of the fellows pitched horseshoes while the volleyball net waved enticingly in the breeze. Then, joy on joy, there was a nature trail to explore with butter and egg plants, gum weed, gaillardia, and sticky asters so pleasing to the eye. There were very few birds, but when I returned home, my neighbor reported seeing pine siskins at her feeder.

On September 8, the Colorado Sierra, Central City, High Country and Black Hawk volunteer fire departments took part in the annual firemen’s competitions. There were five timed events. Colorado Sierra won the trophy for the highest overall score. Doug Miller is the chief of the department. High Country placed second.

As an information item for the school board at their meeting on September 13, Superintendent Meyers state that he had again contacted the school attorney about reimbursement of 40 cents a mile to parents for transportation of students attending Warren Tech, a vocational school. The attorney again said the reimbursement would place the school in a liability position. Additionally the school’s insurance premiums would “roughly double,” Meyers added. Initially, seven students were enrolled at Warren Tech. Three students have dropped out of Warren Tech since the beginning of the year and will be attending all their classes at RE-1.

Meyers informed board members about the purpose of the “Child Find Program.” The program is designed to screen children between the ages of birth and 5 years old. Through the screening process, special needs are identified that can be associated with physical or mental handicaps. The program can also identify children with visual problems or hearing loss.

60 years ago – September 24, 1954

We all like to talk about the “good old days,” but how many of us would turn the clock back if we could? Perhaps no better illustration of the “good old days” could be cited than the country grocery store. One could patronize such a store year after year and find the cracker barrel, the pickles, and the wheel of cheese in the same place. The old store exuded an aroma of salt meat, bananas, apples and other delicacies that one never forgot. The lack of change gave it an air of permanence and made it seem like an old friend. But today no one would buy crackers that had to be handled by a clerk. You wouldn’t buy cheese where flies were walking over the cloth that covered it, neither would you accept wormy apples. You want to pick your vegetables from under a spray of water or out of a frozen food chest. Instead of buying fruit in season, you want almost every kind of fruit or fruit juice at all seasons. You wouldn’t think of getting your milk or meat except from refrigerated counters. That is one reason why your cost of living has gone up, the spread in price between the farmer and the consumer is in large measure the result of the demand of the consumer for expensively processed products. So when you talk about prices today, and compare the cost of living with that of a generation ago, just remember what you’re getting. The “good old days” are nice to talk about, especially when you want to complain, but you would let a “good old store” starve to death for lack of patronage.

The 1954 Colorado Bighorn mountain sheep hunting season, which opened last Saturday, September 11, promises to be as good or better than last year, when 769 hunters bagged 58 rams according to Gilbert N. Hunter, game manager for the Colorado Game and Fish department. Hunter said 19 sheep were reported killed opening day, with hunting best in the Buffalo Peaks area near Buena Vista, the only area in the state where hunters were allowed to take rams, ewes and lambs. One group of hunters counted 150 sheep in one herd in this area.

Ad: By Edna M. Muller: All families, I think, look forward to and enjoy weekends, and my family is no exception! Car washing or grass cutting is the usual Saturday morning chore for the men while the girls do marketing, laundering or maybe a shampoo in preparation for a Saturday night dance or get together. Often we each go off to separate affairs, but come Sunday, that’s family day and we want to and do spend it together. Friends often join us if they wish. I think we’ve found one of the nicest ways to top off a pleasant weekend, we all gather to listen to “The Greatest Story Ever Told” on the ABC network from 5:30 to 6:00. This most honored program presents the teachings of Christ applied to our present conditions. It’s been on the air for eight years, and although sponsored by one of the country’s largest corporations, has never once given a commercial or institutional message. And that’s pleasant too!

The Rocky Mountain AAA Club today charged that present bicycle licensing regulations in most Colorado cities were “practically worthless.” The statewide motoring organization advocated requiring successful completion of a bicycle safety test by each youngster before any license or permit is issued. Under present regulations, commented the AAA Club, a license is issued for a bicycle even through the cyclist knows nothing about traffic laws or how to maneuver a bicycle. Present bicycle licensing practices have a limited value, the AAA admitted, pointing out that usually the vehicle is required to have a suitable reflector, lights and possibly other equipment. And local police in some cases have found the tags helpful to returning stolen bicycles to their rightful owners. Bicycle riders have a bad reputation, pointed out the AAA, because so many of them seem to have no regard for others, whether motorists or pedestrians, and because of the dangerously unpredictable riding of daredevil cyclists.

90 years ago – September 19, 1924

The Columbine herd of registered Hereford cattle from Paul Hahnewald’s ranch at Eagle, which has been carrying off numerous prizes at various state and sectional fairs in the middle West, scored heavily again at the Kentucky State Fair at Louisville, which just closed, according to word received in Denver by Mr. Hahnewald. The Columbine, the Ken-Caryl, and the George W. Baker strings of registered Herefords, (the latter two herds from Littleton), have been showing against the country’s main eastern, middle, and western herds and have won a lion’s share of the prizes.

There are 300 more Pueblo homes in stages of construction this year than 1923 at this time, building inspector R. J. Roberts stated a few days ago.

In Colorado, the dry weather of the past three months has been disastrous to the dry land crop, which looked fairly promising a month ago, while sugar beets, fruit and hay have generally held about steady, according to the report of the federal-state co-operative crop reporting service issued a few days ago. The report also indicates a great lack of moisture in the soil preventing plowing and other fall farm operations.

Colorado is the leading iceberg lettuce shipping state now, and the demand for this product in eastern markets is holding the market strong. Carrots sold Sept. 9 at $4.25 a crate and some sales were made at $4.50. The quality is only fair, but is improving and the lack of competition enables the price to maintain its steady high level. One year ago the market was weak and $1.75 per crate the prevailing price. Shipments from Colorado total about 509 cars to Sept. 9 and are running about 100 cars behind last year’s movement. Shippers report that the quality is improving as the weather grows cooler. Shipments from California will soon increase and give Colorado more competition.

Gravel surfacing of thirteen miles of the Santa Fe Trail in the Eastern part of Pueblo County has been started by Schields & Kyle, Pagosa Springs contractors, who were awarded the $104,000 project by the State Highway Department. About fifty men are employed in the work, which will require several months.

Confinement in Leavenworth Penitentiary, located in Denver, for the next two years faces the Rev. Father Walter A. Grace, former pastor of the Shrine of St. Anne at Arvada, following the dismissal in United States Circuit Court of Appeals of his appeal from a conviction last year on charges for forging whiskey prescriptions. Grace did not appear nor was he represented in the brief hearing.

Seven hundred executives representing three-fourths of a million Boy Scouts of America and nearly every community of the United States, gathering at Estes Park, heard Dr. Jeremiah H. Jenks of New York University, tell how a committee of prominent Americans a few years ago spent more than four months in writing the Boy Scout oath and law, which now guides the acts of thousands of scouts throughout the country.

120 years ago – September 21, 1894

Died: In Central City, September 17, after a short illness of pneumonia, Thomas Peters, aged 34 years, native of England.

Died: In Central City, September 20, Janie, wife of Peter Sonne, in the 22nd year of her age. Deceased a few days ago was compelled to submit to a delicate surgical operation, from the effects of which she never recovered. She had been married but eleven months. The sorrowing husband, father and mother of the deceased have many friends in their sad bereavement.

There is nothing to compare with a tincture or strong infusion of capsicum annum, mixed with an equal bulk of mucilage or gum arabic and with the addition of a few drops of glycerin to prevent a black eye. This should be painted all over the bruised surface with a camel’s hair pencil and allowed to dry on, a second or third coating being applied as soon as the first is dry. If done as soon as the injury is inflicted, the treatment will invariably prevent the blackening of the abused tissue. The same remedy has no equal in rheumatic, sore, or stiff neck.

The men who have mines to sell, the people who are trying to colonize the unoccupied agricultural lands in Colorado, and all those who have the best interests of the state at heart are anxiously watching the trend of political sentiment. They know that a continuation of Populist misrule means fewer investments in mines and lands, higher taxes and a general feeling of unrest. The election of a Republican ticket, on the other hand, would at once restore confidence and give to Colorado the prosperity to which she is legitimately entitled.

Mr. Alfred Rickard who represents the company recently purchasing the Indiana group of mines west of the Hidden Treasure, Nevada district, has opened up a fine body of ore in the Indiana through workings of the 700 foot level, west in the Hidden Treasure main shaft. The ore is being crushed at the Waterman-Kansas Mill, Nevadaville, and is yielding well. The smelting ore taken from the same point of the Indiana is of very high grade.

Denver parties are negotiating for the purchase of the Old Age Lode, situated between South Moon Gulch and Pine Creek, north of this city. The prospect is in what is known as Silver Creek District.

Mr. C.D. Richards, manager of the Argyle Company’s property on the Topeka Lode made quite an important strike in the 8th west level, a few days ago. An assay of the ore made at the Cyclops Assay Office gave the following: Gold, 31.52 ounces and 13 ounces silver per ton, a total value of $638.60 per ton.

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