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oldcarsinsnow_0130 years ago – March 8, 1985

“I have been literally swamped,” commented Bill Glasser, the recently assigned Gilpin County sanitarian. He officially assumed the position on January 1. Glasser has spent the better part of the last 13 years being involved in the environmental health profession. Therefore, his responsibilities as sanitarian are not unfamiliar. As sanitarian for Gilpin County, Glasser has numerous responsibilities. He functions as a “one man health department.” Approximately 60 to 70 percent of his job is to manage septic systems. He oversees all systems and insures that installation is in accordance to regulations. Additionally, he monitors water quality for Central City, Black Hawk, and the County at large. He also monitors air pollution problems, trash collection, noise complaints, and odor complaints. He is involved in the emergency preparedness program to check for any hazardous materials that might endanger the water supply. Glasser is a graduate of the University of Texas. He has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a master’s degree in public health.

Last month, Charles Unseld resigned from the Black Hawk City Council. He had accepted a job in Denver that he felt would eventually produce a conflict of interest with his position with the city. It is expected that the City Council will appoint someone to fill the vacancy at its meeting next Tuesday evening. Applications from qualified residents are being accepted at City Hall through Tuesday. So far, three people have applied for the job. They are Eric Klemp, Heino Sunter, and Michael Wilkinson.

“She is an excellent leader and a strong supporter of human services for Gilpin County. Everything Bonnie does is a 10!” After reading the nomination form there is little wonder why Bonnie Merchant was one of the recipients of the 1984 Community Service Award. The award was presented by the Gilpin County Chamber of Commerce at its annual potluck dinner, held February 27. This year the nomination form requested that each category on the form also be rated on a scale of one to 10, 10 being the highest or the best. The nomination form categories were involvement in organizations, donation of time, general community improvements and tasks that have been accomplished to deserve an award. The Merchants, both Bonnie and George, were rated a “10” in every category.

Amber Hardee, the daughter of Patrick and Judy Hardee of Apex Valley, is one of 18 women nominated for the Ricks College Woman of the Year award. To be nominated a student must have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average and be involved in service to the college. Hardee is a sophomore at Ricks College in Idaho, majoring in general education. She is vice president of the Student Development Counsel and the student representative on the housing adjustment committee. She is planning a career in fashion design.

Downriver, a poem by Catfish:

The river flows wide, quiet and deep

evenly flowing each night and day.

The catfish know the secrets it keeps

hiding the as it hides the years away.

I walk the banks, stumbling downstream

wading about in clear cattail shallows

skipping stones in sunlight dreams

and wonder of the deep center channel.

Unanswered questions go by with each day.

Silent waters tell me so little, I know,

flowing patiently by, waiting to take me

on their way down into the mystery below.

Jim and Kathy Graham of Gilpin County are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Adam Clay Graham. He was born at 1:19 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver. He weighed five pounds 5.5 ounces, and measured 19 inches in length.

60 years ago – March 11, 1955

A small town is a place where everyone knows what everyone else is doing, but they have to read the local paper to see if they have been caught at it.

At the basketball tournament held last weekend here at the Gymnasium, the local high school was accorded third place. The team from Nederland was accorded first place after defeating Breckenridge by two points. Five teams entered: Central City, Breckenridge, Nederland, Georgetown and Fairplay. In a game Sunday between the Central City Nuggets and the Denver Wood, one of the crack teams of the Queen City, the locals were defeated by the score of 67 to 53.

The H.G. Worsham Contracting Company, of Denver, who have the contract for improvements on the stage at the Opera House, wherein the “roof garden” is to be raised to a height of 62 feet, making it possible for all and sundry kinds of scenery to be handled. The one now being dismantled was erected in about 1900 and was ample enough to handle all scenery at that time when the Kempton Komedy Kompany and the Harrington players, both stock companies, made yearly visits here. Eight men, three of them local, are doing the work. Several steel beams will be used to attain this height, extending upward from the back part of the stage to the top. The Worsham Company, with Mr. Ralph Marshall as supervisor of the work, have  erected and improve several projects  for the Association, including the changing of the balcony in the Opera House, and the complete restoration of Williams Stables, and their work has been most efficient and complete. The cost will be about $40,000 and work is expected to be completed before the first of June.

We are extremely sorry to learn that Harold Marks, the proprietor of the Central Bar & Cafe, was taken to the Presbyterian Hospital in Denver on Monday and will be there for several days. He has been suffering from a severe cold, and Dr. Fowler of Idaho Springs deemed it necessary he receive medical attention. He will receive many shots in that posterior region he seldom uses, as he stands up most of the time, but we hope he returns within a few days and again hear him say, “Hurry back.”

90 years ago – March 13, 1925

  Robert Sayre, accompanied by three others, came up Saturday evening last by auto, and started cleaning up the old Lake property, which is operated through the Big Five tunnel in Idaho Springs, and on Sunday a second shift was added. What is said to be the Lake vein is cut by the Big Five tunnel about 8,345 feet from the portal at a vertical depth of 1150. Drifting on the vein extend 420 east from the tunnel and 250 feet west. It is the property from which Mosher and associates got some $280,000 in a year, principally from stoping. Mr. Sayre intends when the old place is cleaned up to start stoping above the tunnel level and also to clean out a winze which has been sunk 110 feet below the tunnel level, but possibly will sink the winze another lift when they get it cleaned up. He possibly will place another shift on the property shortly.

Four inches of snow on Sunday; two inches more on Tuesday morning and six above Wednesday morning.

Dave Nelson returned Friday from Denver where he spent ten days with relatives and friends.

Frank Eccker of Black Hawk has taken a job on the Evergreen Mine, running a machine.

John L. Robins came up with the mail on Monday to see what pure white snow looks like. At Black Hawk the dust is so deep that snow mixing with it never looks pure white.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Maxson, accompanied by Mrs. G. Cochrane and Mr. Benett motored up from Golden on Saturday on a short visit with friends, returning Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stahl and son, Miss Edna Lewis and Jack Welch, all of Central, spent Sunday afternoon here visiting with Mr. and Mrs. J. Katta.

Alfred Vincent spent the Sabbath in the wicked city giving things the once over.

Frank Hepbourn arrived Saturday evening from Oak Creek, on a few hours visit at the old home and with friends. He was in Denver and could not resist the opportunity to come up, if only for a few hours.

Dr. and Mrs. E.F. Warren and son George, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Leroy J. Williams, motored up from Denver Sunday morning for an outing. All returned during the afternoon, except Mr. Williams who remained until Wednesday morning while attending to professional business.

120 years ago – March 8, 1895

  AD: To every couple married in ‘94 or ‘95 I will make a discount of $10 from Denver prices on a new Piano, Organ, or Sewing Machine. Terms $5 or $10 a month. W.S. DePee, At Barker’s, Central City.

Mr. A Josephi has organized a company to work the Belman Mine in Virginia Canyon, which adjoins the Newfoundland Mine. Among other improvements to be added to the surface is that of a shaft house and steam plant of machinery, which are to be erected at once. This property, with the Bartola, Crown Point, and Virginia will form a group that will make mining put on an unusual degree of activity at the head of the canyon.

While in Black Hawk Tuesday afternoon, the mining reporter dropped into the Bobtail stamp mill. He found 100 stamps dropping, the full capacity at the mill. He was shown a gold retort weighing 28 ounces, the yield of 3 and one half cords from the Centennial Mine, Chase Gulch. The average of the ore being crushed at this mill is 4 ounces gold per cord, showing that the mill is doing satisfactory work to its customers.

This week Mr. Alfred Rickard deposited at the First National Bank a gold retort weighing 75 ounces, the result of a week’s clean-up from the Indiana Lode, 25 stamps being employed. The property of this company never looked better than at present. As development progresses pay is encountered throughout the mine.

Mrs. Stephen Hoskin left Sunday afternoon for Golden, where she will visit friends. Meantime the head of the family will keep bachelor’s hall while enjoying his lonely widowerhood.

Mrs. Charles J. Kelly, who has been taking in the gold belt of veins in Lake County, returned to Central City on Sunday. As soon as the weather moderates he will resume development work on his group of mines in Independent District, north of this city.

Mr. E.M. Parrish, who has an option and lease on the Hillhouse Mine, Russell District, has returned from a visit to Kansas City. Since leaving here some months ago the mine has been closed down but work will be resumed at an early date.

Born: At Antlers, Garfield County, Colorado, February 28, to the wife of Charles D. Eddie, a son. At last accounts mother and son were getting along nicely, while “Scotty” the father is the proudest man in the Grass Valley section.

Born: In Leavenworth Gulch, Russell District, March 3, to the wife of Lewis Barnby, a son.

Born: In Russell Gulch, March 6, to the wife of W.C. Leprouse, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, March 6, to the wife of Charles Truscott, a daughter.

Died: In Central City, March 3, Mrs. Mary Williams, aged 76 years, native of England.

Died: In Black Hawk, March 4, Harold, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Rohling, aged 8 and one half months. The bereaved parents have the sincere condolence of many friends in their afflictions.

Died: At his residence in Ladoga, Montgomery County, Indiana, February 27, Preston Hicks, aged 65 years and 7 months. Deceased was the father of Judge H.A. Hicks of this city, who was with him when dissolution of life occurred. He leaves wife and six sons to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate husband and father.

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