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30 years ago – May 17, 1985

The discussion about the Apex Road bridge and the peat trucks that use it has expanded this week to include school buses. Tuesday, Gilpin County posted 5-ton load limit signs on the bridge. It is not yet known whether or not the limit will halt the use of the bridge by RE-1 school buses. Bob Dornbrock, County Road & Bridge supervisor, said the load limit should not pose a problem for school buses, county dump trucks, or trucks used by local contractors. He spoke to RE-1 Superintendent Fred Meyers at the beginning of the week and assured him there would not be a problem with school buses. The 5-ton limit protects the county, Dornbrock said. There is no way to enforce the limit, but if a large truck or even a trailer hauling heavy equipment were to fall through the bridge, the county would not be liable to fix it. That obligation would fall onto whoever was responsible for the vehicle that did the damage. Dornbrock thinks peat trucks may exceed the five-ton load limit. Dornbrock does not know how old the concrete bridge is, but it has been there for many years. There are five county bridges in Gilpin. Three are on the road between Rollinsville and East Portal, one on South Beaver Creek Road, and the Apex bridge.

A 30-year old Russell Gulch woman died Monday evening after suffering a seizure in Idaho Springs. Jan Duda was found in a shower in the Indian Springs Resort where she worked. According to Idaho Springs Police Chief Bob Nowak, she was seen going to the showers area at 6:50 p.m. When she was found, the ambulance and police were called. Investigator Dave Ochs and Officer Schaudt arrived at 7:10 p.m. A woman was attempting to administer CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation). Ochs called the fire department. Ambulance and fire personnel maintained CPR at the scene. Duda was transported to Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. She was pronounced dead at the hospital and taken to the Jefferson County coroner’s office for an autopsy.

Anthony Nathan arrived in time for Mother’s Day. He was born on May 8, 1985, at 2:43 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He weighed six pounds four ounces and was 19 ¾ inches long. Maternal grandparents are Doug and Sandy Bahr of Aurora. Maternal great grandparents are Beverly and Fred Bahr of Saint Joseph, Missouri. The baby’s great aunt is Muriel Bahr, also of Saint Joseph.

Chris Zacher and Bob Powe of Gilpin County are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a son. Jesse Richard Zacher was born May 9, 1985, at Boulder Community Hospital. He weighed eight pounds and measured 21 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Claude and Florence Powe of Central City. The adopted grandparents are Harvey and Jean Palmer of Gilpin County.

60 years ago – May 20, 1955

By the Editor: The time is rapidly approaching when thousands of visitors will be in Central City for the Festival and to visit various places of interest, take pictures, and wander up and down the streets to view scenes of houses of old architecture and to perhaps allow their minds to wander back to the early days when this historical town had a unique and valuable reputation as being one of the cleanest and neatest cities in the Rocky Mountain area. It is surely not true today. Old cars are lying alongside the streets, the motors taken from them and everything that could be used has been taken, leaving a wreck that does not enhance the beauty of the city. Streets are full of trash; tin cans and debris decorate what could a most attractive scene; a house on High Street which was destroyed by fire several years ago still is an eyesore with its charred pillars and wooden uprights and while the owner has been notified to clean the lot, she apparently thumbs her nose at the City Council and nothing is done. Why? Additional parking facilities are needed and the crusade now being made regarding such places is most commendable, met and proper, but a proper cleanup of the city is equally important. The Chamber of Commerce can cooperate with the City of Central and set aside a day to announce to the citizens that a Cleanup Day is in the offing and state what particular day or days trucks will be available for hauling away such debris and wrecks as mentioned heretofore. It would be far better for the Chamber of Commerce to use money in the treasury for something like this important issue rather than trying to promote the glamour of Central City, with streets and alleys reeking with smell from discarded filth, and thus endeavor to make this city at least clean and sanitary.

Quite a corps of workers is busily cleaning the rooms at the Teller House and Chain Hotel. Mr. A. Campioni is here and will conduct the management of these two hostelries in the same efficient manner that he has done for the past several years. It is expected that the 1955 season will be a gala one, not only at the Opera House, but the hotels and taverns as well.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis B. Dukes, of Denver, and Miss Emma Cheatley spent Tuesday and Wednesday at the Duke’s summer home here. Miss Cheatley will be remembered as never having missed a day of school during the four year high school course, even though she walked from Leavenworth Gulch each morning and walked back after school closed, no matter how inclement the weather. What a difference between then and now. Now if a student lives more than one block from high school he has to drive his car.

Mrs. Frank Fleiss has been in Denver the past week visiting her daughter, Mrs. Elsie Cowan and husband.

Luncheon guests with Mrs. Emma Eccker last Friday were, Mrs. Clara Cobb, Mrs. Lou Davidson and Mrs. Yetta Demeter.

Mrs. Ethel States has been enjoying a vacation from her work at Jennie’s Inn, while taking in the big city attractions of Denver.

Mrs. Florence Fairchild Williams and Mrs. Alberta Malgrum drove over from Nederland Tuesday evening to attend the Eastern Star meeting in Central City.

Madelyn MacFarlane spent the weekend here.

90 years ago – May 22, 1925

Berthoud Pass will be open Sunday owing to the liberal donators of West Portal, Fraser, Tabernash, Granby, Grand Lake, and Sulphur. A purse of around $200 was taken from the above mentioned towns and a large crew of men were placed on the “hill” to open the Victory Highway there. The men started work Wednesday morning and it is supposed that they will finish tomorrow night. Enough money has been collected to pay a man to stay on top with a team. Should some car get stuck, the team could pull them over and in that way the road should be in good shape by Sunday. The above towns are to be commended on their liberal donations, for in older years the State put up the money to open this stretch of road and action was always delayed. The Pass was not open last year until the middle of June, but owing to an early spring and the donated work, the Pass will be open one month earlier this year.

By Frances Wayne, Denver Post: In the midst of large preparations being made by high school alumni to celebrate the day they stepped from school into the wide, wide world, determined to give it a healthy jolt, there comes to the writer a letter from a lady in Greeley, asking that the arrangers be reminded that Schuyler Ladd graduated from Manual Training High School and is now “putting it over big” on no less a rialto than Broadway, New York. At this moment three points loom in the career of Schuyler Ladd. He was born at Central City when that celebrated gold camp was supplying Denver with social top-notchers. He graduated from a Denver high school, and he has in the role of Apollodorous, Sicilian art connoisseur, made a great hit in the most amusing of Shaw’s plays, “Caesar and Cleopatra,” presented by the very, very nifty Theatre guild at the opening of its new theater, for which President Coolidge pressed the electric button lifting the first night curtain.

From the Editor: Schuyler Ladd, the young man mentioned above, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ladd, who, with Mr. Schuyler, conducted the hardware business in this district for years, until it was purchased by the Jenkins-McKay Company.

Oscar Williams and wife left for Denver Tuesday morning by auto so that the latter could interview a dentist and have some necessary work done.

Wm. Auger, superintendent and manager of the Pittsburg Consolidated Mining Company, left for Denver to spend Sunday with his family, returning Monday.

George McFarlane came up from Denver Wednesday morning to help out at the Black Hawk Foundry during a rush spell.

Mrs. W.J. Williams was called to Silver Plume on Tuesday on business.

A good job is being done on the main highway in front of the schoolhouse in widening the road and building a retaining wall. The road also needs grading and surfacing in many places.

Mr. Glummer: If I should die before you, you shouldn’t wear mourning garb.

His Wife: I won’t. I tried on some last winter when you were ill and it made me look ten years older.

120 years ago – May 17, 1895

Master Albert Scheffler entertained a large party of his schoolmates on Tuesday afternoon and evening at the home of his mother in this city, the occasion being his 10th birthday. The little ones, numbering over forty, received a jolly welcome from Master Albert, who used every endeavor to make the occasion a joyous one, and succeeded in the highest degree. Happy games were indulged in and a splendid repast furnished, after which the little ones continued festivities until 8:30 o’clock. Master Albert was the recipient of many presents from his little friends, who departed wishing him all possible happiness and brightest returns of the day, all pronouncing the day one of the happiest ever spent by them.

Several boys were arrested last week by the marshal of Silver Plume for creating a disturbance on the streets at night. They were taken before the police magistrate and fined. The same thing is likely to happen here unless the boys take warning and the good advice of those who have the best interests at heart. Only last week there was serious talk of bringing the law to bear upon those boys who are in the habit of disturbing public meetings. Their names are withheld through the kindness of those they have been in the habit of annoying in this way.

Francis McLeod of this city will for a few weeks carry his foot in a sling, not as a “fad” or for amusement, but as a necessity. A few days ago he was using an adze to dress up a timber at the mine, and in some manner his foot got in front of the weapon, resulting in his toes being “scattered all abroad.” While his shoe was ruined he can rejoice over the fact that he will not have any nails on that foot to trim in the future. He is resting easily, but it will be some time before he will be around again.

Dr. L.C. Tolles retuned last Saturday evening, having recovered his reason. He claims that the statements made in the Denver dailies are perverted and place him in a false light before the public. It is his intention to remain in the city and open an office.

Mr. Joseph Stahl, who some ago removed his family to Denver, has returned and will again engage in mining. His family will remain in Denver, having relocated there permanently.

Born: In Central City, May 1, to the wife of David Simpson, a son. The father wears a bright smile these days, justly too. Mother and child getting along nicely.

Born: In Black Hawk, May 10, to the wife of C.F. Thompson, a son. The young son will no doubt follow the footsteps of the delighted father and become proficient in telegraphy, as well as handling railway matters.

Died: In East Liverpool, Ohio, May 14, John McGrew, 74 years. Deceased was the father of Mr. James McGrew, intelligence of his death having been received by telegram last Tuesday afternoon. The obsequies occurred yesterday. His son has the condolences of his many friends in Gilpin County.

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