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30 years ago – November 9, 1984

Sodium cyanide, a highly poisonous substance, was discovered this week in six leaking barrels near the Pittsburgh Mine south of Central City and Black Hawk. Near the barrels were six dead cows, one of them a calf. Where the barrels came from, when they were put there and by who is unknown. Willie Lee Phillips of Gilpin County discovered the barrels and cows last weekend. Once notified, numerous state and local agencies responded. Tuesday afternoon, security was tight at the scene since the barrels were unmarked and no one knew what sort of hazardous material was involved. Late Tuesday afternoon, it was decided to put the barrels in containment drums and cover the site with heavy plastic until the substance in the barrels could be identified, which they were on Wednesday. The State Board of Health analyzed the contents and found them to be sodium cyanide, a highly corrosive substance used in the mining industry for leaching.

By Esther Campbell: So this is Indian summer. In my column on October 12, I was heralding the fact that we were having Indian summer. Can we have two Indian summers? Not so says the Farmer’s Almanac, 1985. Indian summer is that time of weather condition in November which follows a good hard spell of cold weather. Almost all the vegetation around here has been frost killed, and that hike up Chase Gulch yesterday to Queen’s Chair through areas of hard snow reinforced the fact that we have had a taste of the cold. But why is Indian summer so named? Several reasons were given in the almanac. One reason is it is usually the time of the year that the deciduous trees are dressed as colorfully as the Indians. Then in the early days of our nation, the settles would welcome the cold wintery days of October because the Indian attacks would halt. The Indians didn’t like fighting in cold weather. Suddenly the weather would turn warm, and the Indians would attack again although it was not their normal raiding season. The settlers called it Indian summer. So in whatever time and place we live, the weather is vitally important.

There are not many people who would have gotten up at 5:15 in the morning for the past two years to check the weather temperature and report it to KCNC-TV. But Billie DeMars of Lakeview Subdivision does. She is one of the weather watchers recording temperatures at the 9,000 foot elevation. It is her name that many have heard announced on Channel 4. KCNC-TV refers to her as reporting the weather for Black Hawk. Weather watchers report into the various stations using toll free numbers. A separate line is set up for emergency calls such as sightings of tornadoes. At the end of each month, they provide the stations with an information log recording the temperatures for the month. News releases from KCNC state that “viewer response has been overwhelmingly positive and Colorado will continue to benefit from this type of weather reporting.”

Come hear the sounds of the season as you have never heard them so beautifully done before! The Gilpin County Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the Evergreen Chorale performing in the St. James Methodist Church on Sunday night, November 25, at 4:00 p.m. in Central City. The Christmas spirit will come alive in the 125- year old church.

60 years ago – November 12, 1954

It is encouraging to note that this year; at long last, there will not be an Armistice Day. By act of Congress of June 1, 1954, November 11 this year and in the future will be observed as Veterans Day, honoring veterans of all U.S. wars instead of only those of World War I. It is high time that the narrow, obsolete practice of commemorating what became, far more literally than its signers ever dreamed, actually a mere “armistice” between two terrible wars, was abandoned. It is fitting that we pay homage to those who fought, and those who died, no matter where or when the battle may have been joined. It would be far more fitting, however, if some time before the millions of Americans now in the armed forced become war veterans, the name could be changed again, to World Peace Day.

Bae Laird, the editor and big boss of this great family journal left Sunday for an extended business trip to Oklahoma and expects to be gone two or three weeks. During his absence the destinies of the paper will be under the direction of L.C. Young of Denver, who will attempt, though his efforts be feeble in comparison, to fill the shoes of the big boss, in getting out the paper and fulfilling the needs of the needs of various merchants for their printed letter heads, statements, envelopes, circulars, show cards, etc., etc. So that the readers may be kept informed regarding the goings on in the community, it will be greatly appreciated if a liberal use of telephone No. 2531 be made in tipping us off to any happenings that might be of interest to other readers. If the item has any news value, we will print it, so please give us a little help, so that we may avert the displeasure and wrath of the boss upon his return.

Mr. and Mrs. Gus Rudolph returned home Sunday. While on their vacation they visited Gus’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Rudolph and sister, Irene, at Bellevue, Wash.

Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Latham spent the weekend in Denver. Mr. Latham attended the home coming events at Denver University, his Alma Mater.

The Ladies Guild of the Episcopal Church will meet with Mrs. Earl Quiller on Thursday evening, Nov. 18. The ladies are studying church history under the able guidance of Father Robert Serna.

Mr. and Mrs. Morgan gray hunted pheasants near Forth Morgan on last Sunday. Any luck?

The Bingo party given by the Legion Auxiliary Saturday night was well attended and everyone seemed to have a good time.

Andrew Erickson came over from Boulder where he attends the University to spend the weekend with his mother, Mrs. Gladys Erickso.

Mr. Hugh Lawry was a Denver visitor on Tuesday.

Mrs. Clover Coenish returned from Denver on the Tuesday evening bus.

90 years ago – November 14, 1924

A long-distance skate that surpasses anything recorded since the days of Andy Volstead was indulged in last Sunday by three Greeley boys who made the distance from Greeley to Denver on roller skates in five hours and a half of actual skating time. The demonstration of the possibilities of cement highways was carried out under the direction of Leonard Jones proprietor of the Greeley Amusement park who traveled along with the boys and timed them. All three of the starters, Thurman Fanning, Harold Harris and Ray Riggs, the last named being skating instructor at the park, finished strong at the end but Harris arrived at the south end f the pavement at the city limits of Denver a full half hour ahead of the other contestants. The boys started from the north end of the pavement at Greeley’s city limit, at 8 o’clock in the morning on Sunday, and were in Denver by 2:30, having traveled the entire distance by skate and under their own power with the exception of the unpaved stretch through Platteville, which they took by automobile.

Mr. Robert Hopkins, who had been working with Mrs. Crook in the operation of the Crook Ranch in the Smith Hill section of the county, suddenly disappeared on the 14th of October, and has not been heard of since. There were several hunters in the vicinity of the ranch on that date, and it is supposed that he went with them in an auto to the valley. Mrs. Crook said that no trouble had existed between her and Mr. Hopkins that would have induced him to leave, and she is at a loss to know the reason why he took his sudden departure. The attention of Sheriff Williams has been called to his disappearance and he has made several trips through the mountains in that section, looking for any clue that might lead to his whereabouts, but had failed to find any trace of Mr. Hopkins.

Misses Fitzmorris and Berry, of the high school faculty left Thursday morning last for Denver to attend the teacher’s convention being held there, returning Sunday evening.

Miss Mildred Fraser returned Sunday evening from a visit of several days in Denver, while attending the teacher’s convention.

Messrs. L.G. Cavnah and Frank Eccker were visitors to Idaho Springs on Monday to look after a shipment of ore, recently sent there from their Bonanza in Quartz Valley District.

Thomas Dunstone has been elected to the presidency of the Pewable Gold Company and has been engaged as general manager of the field operations, which indicates that extensive work will soon commence on that well known mining property in Russell Gulch.

George McFarlane was up from Denver Saturday evening to preside at the Opera House.

120 years ago – November 9, 1894

The Manhattan Mining Company has ceased sinking in the Manhattan Mine, Hawkeye District, and are driving a level west at a depth of 580 feet. The result has been the opening up of 4 foot of crevice matter, 10 inches of which is smelting iron of good grade. This will be pleasing news to the Council Bluffs parties who are stockholders in the company. Test runs will be made from both the smelting iron and stamp mill ore. The latter will be run at the Daisy Stamp Mill in Gamble Gulch, which is accessible at a comparative short haul over a good mountain wagon road.

Last week McFarlane & Co., overhauled the plant on the Free America Mine, Hawkeye District. Steam was raised Saturday. After relieving the main shaft of accumulated water, the shaft is to be sunk and levels driven. This property has been idle for several years. Denver parties have taken hold of it and intend to work it during the winter months.

AD: The Sauer-McShane Mercantile Company this week received four carloads of winter supplies, among which was a carload of canned goods, all this year’s packing, as also a carload of cabbage, a carload of onions and a carload of valley potatoes. Other shipments are to follow. They are determined to supply their customers with the choicest of goods in their particular line.

AD: For a pain in the side or chest there is nothing so good as a piece of flannel dampened with Chamberlain’s Pain Balm and bound on over the seat of pain. It affords prompt and permanent relief and if used in time will prevent a cold from resulting in pneumonia. This same treatment is a sure cure for lame back. For sale by Dr. A.H. Day and Black Hawk Pharmacy.

Mr. C.H. Smith, former agent of the Union Pacific, Denver & Gulf Railway Company, has returned from Arkansas, and has again resumed his former position with that company in this city. Charley is accommodating and understands his business thoroughly.

Miss Edith Weymouth, student at the Boulder State University, arrived last Friday on a visit to her parents Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Sherick. The young lady remained here until after the election, casting her first vote last Tuesday.

Mrs. J.R. Conway left Central last week for Montana, where she will visit friends and relatives for several weeks. While she is away “Hubby” will keep bachelor’s hall.

Died: In Central City, November 9, of lung disease, John Gumma, aged 51 years, native of England.

Died: In Dodgeville, Iowa County, Wisconsin, November 4, of consumption, Mrs. Lavina Edwards, wife of High Edwards, in the 29th year of her age.

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