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30 years ago – December 7, 1984

A fatal car accident on November 30 claimed the life of a Boulder man. The accident occurred on a curve on Highway 119 at mile post 17, approximately 10 miles north of Black Hawk. According to the report prepared by Technician Lyle Wohler of the Colorado State Patrol, the man was traveling south on Highway 119 in a 1983 Mazda. He was driving an estimated 45 mph in a 40 mph zone. The Mazda went off the right side of the road, striking the guardrail. The car traveled a distance of 91 feet into the opposite lane of traffic and collided with a 1980 Eagle. The man was not wearing a seatbelt at the time. All of the passengers in the Eagle were wearing their seatbelts. No one in the Eagle was seriously injured. Undersheriff David Martinez stated that upon arrival at the scene of the accident, he attempted to find the Boulder man’s pulse, but was unable to.

Paul Felton, Street & Water Commissioner, enthusiastically commented on Monday that “the water plant is doing wonderful.” As of November 29, the water plant in Black Hawk started operating on a sufficient basis. Water for Black Hawk residents is now supplied only through the plant in Black Hawk and water from Central City is no longer necessary.

After many months of deliberation, the Union Rural Electric Association, Inc. has received approval from board members to begin a subscriber enrollment program to provide cable television for UREA customers. According to Dave Dunnell, manager of administrative services for UREA, a programming package and an enrollment card will be mailed to consumers in January.

From Columbine Family Health Center: Beware of accidental hypothermia! Winter is the time of many illnesses and injuries. Cold, icy weather can bring about heart attacks, frostbite, and asthma, as well as broken bones due to falls. Staying a long time in a cold place can harm anyone but is especially risky for senior citizens. Even mildly cold temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees can trigger accidental hypothermia. Hypothermia is a drop in deep body temperature that can be deadly if not detected promptly and treated properly. The elderly, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, probably account for nearly half of all victims of accidental hypothermia. Infants are also at risk. Immature temperature control due to lack of development is thought to be the reason that infants are at risk. A few warning signs are: 1. An elderly person may often seem to be unaware of the cold. 2. Family and friends may notice that a person is not thinking clearly or is not acting as usual. 3. Certain medical conditions may dull the body’s response to cold; e.g. a stroke, severe arthritis, any condition that impairs the normal constriction of blood vessels, and alcoholism. A victim of hypothermia must be rewarmed or else he or she will stay chilled. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that the victim be seen by a physician and preferably in a hospital setting.

Work on the recreation center at the Clark Gym in Central City is nearly complete. Compared to some other centers that have taken up to a year to organize and open, we are moving quite fast. We have had numerous donations of labor, materials, and money and we are most appreciative. The center can still use some lamps, end tables, and a bookcase. Any money donated would be most appreciated. Jeanne Nicholson, Gilpin County nurse completed surveys of seventh through 12th graders from the north county area who attend Nederland Jr.-Sr. High School. The surveys indicate strong interest in basketball, volleyball, video movies, a pool table, video games, weight equipment and dances, all of which the center will provide. The survey also shows interest in such outdoor activities such as swimming and skiing. A survey is being mailed at random to senior citizens in our county to develop programs geared to the senior needs and desires.

60 years ago – December 10, 1954

The Christmas tree, always emblematical of the festive season, again graces the intersection of Main, Lawrence and Eureka streets. It was placed during last weekend by willing volunteers of the Elks Lodge and other organizations and will remain at that place during the holidays. The coming week will see the tree enshrouded with trimmings and electric lights which will add much to the grandeur of Central City.

The pupils of Clark Grade School are preparing an operetta to be given Tuesday evening, December 21st at 8:00p.m. Parents and friends are cordially invited. A Christmas party will be held at the Grade School for the children on Wednesday afternoon, December 22nd at 1:00p.m. School will close for the holidays on December 22nd and will reopen January 3rd, 1955.

Here’s a list of philosophy written by a small town editor after what must have been a trying day: “If an editor makes a mistake, folks say he ought to be hung; if a lawyer makes a mistake, he appeals the case; when a doctor makes a mistake they say nothing, because they don’t know Latin and they couldn’t read his writing if they did. A doctor can use a word a mile long and it won’t make any difference if he knows what it means, for folks think he’s educated, while an editor has to be able to spell any word he uses. If the doctor goes to see another man’s wife, he charges for the visit, while if the editor goes he gets shot. People that call the doctor and get well think he’s a great man. If they don’t get well they’re dead and can’t say anything. Two-thirds of the folks in town are sore at the editor either because the newspaper said something they didn’t like about them, or the newspaper said something nice about somebody else.”

Mrs. Emma Eccker entertained the Susannah Wesley Circle last Monday afternoon. Fifteen persons were present.

Robert Lepper and Roy Bennett, both one-legged patients of the Veteran’s Hospital were calling on friends here last Saturday.

Mrs. Maxine Kiest has moved to Denver where she had employment.

The Navy Mothers Club, Echo No. 267 of Idaho Springs met in regular session Monday night at the home of Mrs. Mary Blake.

Mrs. Jack Lawrence and her mother, Mrs. August Hoins, were callers at the James Robins last Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kansom have rented the Robinson home on Swede Hill.

A fourteen-year-old girl, hitchhiking from Nederland to Rollinsville, Monday was given a lift by Mr. Worthington of Eldora, who brought her to the Charles Robins home in Black Hawk. She said she was looking for an uncle living near Rollinsville and had become lost. Marshal Robins and Sheriff McKenzie got in touch with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell of Arvada, who came up the following day and took her home.

Mrs. Otto M. Blake has been quite ill and under a doctor’s care for the past week. Here’s wishing her a speedy recovery.

Mr. Travis, field man for the American Smelting & Refining Co., came to the Calhoun Mine this week.

Henry Ress and Mr. Stapp represented this district at the Sow Belly Dinner in Idaho Springs Saturday. The ladies enjoyed dinner and TV at the Stapp home.

Alice Ress went with the Pep Club to root for the Gilpin Eagles at Strasberg and Woodland Park.

Margaret Ress and Phil Cripped made a short visit at the Ress home Sunday.

90 years ago – December 12, 1924

Although the snowstorm has held up work on the Guy Hill Road for the past two days, there is no lessening of effort to have the state highway commission appropriate some money for its completion. Today or tomorrow one of the state engineers will be in Golden to examine the project and to hear of the county’s plans for the future. Few people realize the importance of this work, and probably fewer are aware of the progress that has been made on the job by the county commissioners. The road, which will be built in Golden Gate Canyon, will be widened and made passable to the Gilpin County line. From Gilpin County to Rollinsville, the highway department has promised to construct a road to the Moffat Tunnel. The first mile of road at the foot of the canyon has been constructed and $10,000 has been expended there. The road begins at the foot of the Golden Fire Brick Company on the same side of Tucker Gulch. It is planned to keep the road on this side of the gulch its entire distance to eliminate washouts.

Isabelle Bryans, 19 years old, a pretty little Irish girl, will be a member of the University of Denver debating team which will debate the representatives of Oxford University in Denver on December 19. Miss Bryans is the daughter of the pastor of the Sargent Community Church of Monte Vista. Two years ago, she was a member of the Torrington, Wyoming high school debating team which won the state championship. The question to be debated by the Denver University and the British team is “Resolving the extension of state interference with the individual is a chief evil of the times.” The Oxford team is composed of M.C. Hollis, J.D. Woodruff, and Malcolm MacDonald, son of the former British premier, Ramsay MacDonald. Miss Bryans is the only girl to be a member of any team meeting the British delegates in this country.

C.A. Agner was a visitor to Denver last week to replenish his stock of goods for the holiday trade.

J.L. Davis of Idaho Springs, and F. Ferganchich, of Telluride visited here for several hours on Monday last.

Eight degrees below zero in this vicinity on Tuesday morning.

Game Warden S.T. Harris returned Sunday from a week’s visit spent in the southern part of the state.

Remember the masquerade dance to be given by the I.O.O.F. at their hall tomorrow (Saturday) evening. Costumes can be had from the dance committee.

Arthur Geeson and Joe Kimball, Jr. left Tuesday for their homes in Central to remain.

Mr. J. Shaw of Denver arrived on Tuesday to take charge of the Evergreen Mill.

Walter McLod, the bookkeeper at the First National Bank is in Denver as a juryman in the state federal court.

Steve Hoskin came up from Denver Tuesday evening to look after his mining interests, returning home this Friday morning.

George McFarlane arrived in Central Saturday evening to preside at the picture show at the Opera House.

Mrs. Robert C. O. Richards and daughter, Miss Helen left Monday for Denver, where the latter had her tonsils removed by a specialist.

County Judge W.C. Matthews took the flyer for Denver Tuesday morning on a visit with Mrs. W.C. Matthews and daughter, Mrs. Manning, to attend business matters.

Attorney Leroy J. Williams came up from Denver Wednesday evening to attend the election of officers of Central Lodge No. 6, A.F. & A.M., and to attend to business matters.

120 years ago – December 7, 1894

Eastern parties were here this week looking over the ground for the erection of concentration works to handle the low grade ores of Gilpin County. They have not yet decided where they will locate them, but have in view a point below the forks of North and South Clear Creeks.

As the holidays approach, those observed by all Christian people, the influx of mill ore to the custom stamp mills of the county correspondingly increases. This week, while in Black Hawk and elsewhere in the county, the mining reporter observed the fact. In Black Hawk it was more observable than elsewhere, that point taking rank in the Kingdom of Gilpin as the Quartz mill city. The result to the miner saving up for Christmas and New Year’s will be an increased production of the precious metal, gold. The Register-Call extends its best wishes to every miner, hoping that by thrift of the industry he will be enabled to bestow an appreciable gift to those he loves.

Last Tuesday being Saint Barbara Day, the Austrian and Italian miners of Gilpin County celebrated the event in a very becoming manner by attending the Church of the Assumption, this city, where appropriate religious services were held, the Rev. G. Raver officiating. The two societies formed in line on Gregory Street, Black Hawk, and headed by the Knights of the Golden Eagle Band came to Central. After the services at the church they reformed the line, marched to Turner Hall and disbanded. In the evening they gave a ball at Turner Hall which was largely attended, and a good time had by those present.

Mr. W. H. Worthington, a former Centralite dating back to 1860, after having visited Australia, Alaska and other “foreign and domestic countries” showed up last Monday with a smiling countenance. Billy has had his ups and downs, but is still on deck.

Mr. Duncan A.Holiday of Brown Bros., Denver, paid his Gilpin County constituency a visit this week. He is nursing a crippled left leg, the effects of too hastily alighting from an electric car in Denver on Thanksgiving Day.

Col. J. M. Thexton, of Idaho Springs, drove over from the spa last Monday. After a short visit with Central friends he returned in the evening.

Miss M. J. McDougal of Council Bluffs, Iowa, who has been visiting her sister in South Boulder District, returned yesterday afternoon to her home in the Hawkeye state.

Born: In Central City, November 27, to the wife of W.S. DuPee, a daughter.

Married: In Central City, December 1, Mr. Robert Wilkinson to Mrs. Fannie Mills. Another bachelor has joined the Benedicts and there is mourning among the remaining members of that order. The happy couple were the recipients of many costly and handsome presents, have taken up their residence in this city, and their many friends throughout the county extend congratulations and good wishes for their future years.

Married: In Central City, December 3, Mr. William Juels and Miss Emily Highland, both of Idaho Springs.

Died: In Nevadaville, December 1, Mrs. Patrick Doyle, aged 62 years. Deceased had long been a resident of the Town of Mines. She leaves several grown children to mourn her loss. Interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery alongside her husband, who preceded her to the grave three years ago.

Died: In Central City, November 30, Zella Ross, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Griffith, aged 1 year.

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