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30 years ago – October 5, 1984

Fun and entertainment was unfortunately brought to an end at the Colorado Sierra Fire Department’s Aspen Fest held Saturday. Shortly after 1:00p.m., a team of three skydivers, performing for the festival, jumped from a Cessna 205. Starting at 13,500 feet, only two of the skydivers made the jump successfully. One of the divers did not, and was injured. According to Gilpin County Undersheriff David Martinez, the injured skydiver hit high turbulent winds at approximately 500 feet above the ground. His parachute was open. Martinez was about 300 feet away from the diver. Reports of what actually happened are conflicting from those who were closer to the scene. Martinez said that the other two skydivers stated that the injured man’s parachute caught in a tree. Due to the high winds, the skydiver forcibly hit the ground. Reportedly, the injuries were fractures of a leg and an arm, a bruised heart, and a concussion. According to Doug Miller, chief of the Colorado Sierra Fire Department, the skydivers have been jumping for several years for the fire department’s annual event. The fire department will not be held liable for the accident, he said. Miller said it is doubtful the skydiving event will be held again, due to the accident.

The county is still looking for a permanent site for a compactor in the south end of the county. County Commissioner Jerry Ward said the commissioners have talked to the city councils in Black Hawk and Central City to see if they have any suggestions. Until the situation is resolved, Clear Creek Disposal, which runs the three county compactor sites, has agreed to place a bin unit just north of the state garage on Highway 119 in Black Hawk. The state is planning to fence the area where the old compactor was located. The state has offered an area just north of that as a temporary location. The new bin is not a compactor so the commissioners are asking the public to cooperate by taking any large items, such as mattresses, to the Colorado Sierra compactor. The bin in Black Hawk will be locked during the hours the site is closed.

Zoning violations in the county can result in criminal charges, Gilpin County’s attorney, J.J. Petrock explained Monday at the county commissioner’s meeting. A zoning violation is first posted with a 30-day correction notice. If the problem is not fixed within those 30 days, the county can issue a criminal complaint. The violation is a misdemeanor and each day the problem remains constitutes a separate offense, so it can become expensive, Petrock said. Penalties include fines and there is a possible jail sentence. Petrock’s explanation of zoning violations came as a result of a dog situation in Golden Gate Canyon. John and Susie Everett have 20 dogs, and the county has received complaints from neighbors. Under zoning regulations, people are only allowed three dogs. Building and Zoning Inspector Verl Jones posted the property with a 30-day notice on September 19. At Monday’s meeting, Jones was instructed to post a final notice on the property showing the criminal penalties. Jones said he would do so, but requested that a sheriff’s deputy accompany him. Calling the matter a “clear zoning violation” Petrock said the county does not have to wait until the 30 days are up to take action. The county can take a civil action to District Court and ask for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. If granted, the Everett’s would have to remove the dogs immediately.

The Colorado State Patrol has added a second Accident Prevention Team in order to reduce the accidents on nine of Colorado’s roads with the highest accident rates. Sergeant O.R. Wright, a 16-year veteran of the State Patrol, will be in charge of the new team. Both teams are funded through a grant by the Division of Highway Safety, and will rotate on the targeted roads until the grant expires in May, 1985. The first assignment for the second team will be Highways 6 and 119 from Golden to Black Hawk. The assignment will run through Oct. 6.

60 years ago – October 8, 1954

This is National Newspaper Week, and if we tend to boast a little just now, perhaps you may be indulgent. For this newspaper, which regularly devotes itself to bring news and the interpretation of news to your homes, has a message of its own. We believe that message worthy of some attention. The American newspaper occupies a unique place in the world. Its freedom to print is guaranteed by the Constitution. It has been considered from the beginnings of the Republic and from even before that, an essential instrument in the lives of the American people. You may, and undoubtedly do, on occasion become discouraged with this newspaper or even become angry with it. Yet it is an indispensable item for intelligent living, and in more cases than is generally realized, it is the most constructive and most educational item in a family’s existence. National Newspaper Week, therefore, is not an occasion for self-praise by newspapers nearly so much as it is an occasion for self-appraisement. It is a time for newspapers over the land to rededicate themselves to the trust placed in them by the cast, intelligent, progressive and enlightened American public. Central City Lodge No. 557, B.P.O. Elks will salute the press as part of the observance of National Newspaper Week, Melvin Blake, Exalted Ruler of Central City Lodge announced recently. National Newspaper Week is sponsored by Newspaper Association Managers, Inc. In a statement endorsing the event, William J. Jernick, Grand Exalted Ruler, asked the Order’s 1,700 lodges to join a nationwide tribute, “Because of the vital importance of our free press to our country’s welfare as summed up in this year’s National Newspaper Week slogan: “Your Newspaper-Freedom’s Forum.”

Voting should be regarded as a privilege rather than a task. The duty of every citizen is plain – he should give expression to his mature judgment at the polls. The way the popular vote has declined in numbers during the last decade indicates that far too many people have given in to the temptation to believe that a few votes more or less will not change the result. They fail to recognize that the grand total is made up of single votes. One voter can speak as decisively and emphatically as another. A full and free expression of the popular will cannot be expressed with half of the voters staying at home. The tendency to remain away from the polls is dangerous and its growth is a peril that is besetting our representative form of government. Remember the first requisite for the voter is to register. If you have been in the state one year; the county ninety days, and the precinct 15 days, you are entitled to vote after you register. In the city election, it is necessary to register at the City Hall. The City Election has two tickets in the field, register and vote for the party that you deem the best for the interest of Central City. We noticed a remark in the Tommyknocker last week, under a “Paid Advertisement,” relating to the Republican-Democratic ticket of which will be ignored with the dignified silence it deserves.

Mr. Joe Fleiss came up from Denver, Monday, for several days’ visit with his brother Frank Fleiss and wife.

Mr. and Mrs. Andy Eccker left Wednesday on a well-earned vacation trip to the Dakotas and other states.

It is reported that Mrs. Margaret Amick of the Gilpin Hotel, has purchased the two buildings adjacent to the hotel, formerly owned by Mr. R.E. Dahlstrom.

While gathering autumn leaves from the hillsides, Mrs. Gorden Hollis had the misfortune to fall and break her heel. Here’s hoping she has a speedy recovery.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Clemens, of Denver, are the proud parents of a baby boy. Richard is a former Black Hawk boy, and is well known here.

Lars Nelson of the U.S. Navy is on furlough, and is visiting his father.

90 years ago – October 3, 1924

REWARD: I will pay $25 reward for information leading to conviction of any person willfully cutting, destroying or removing trees, bushes, shrubbery, or otherwise despoiling the natural growth on Nugget Placers on Clear Creek. Alders and trees recently destroyed by trespassers on Clear Creek near Nagle Hill, have taken more than thirty years to grow and action brought for damages after date of this published notice will be based on replacement of property destroyed and not on firewood value. Associates and I intend to protect this property from vandalism under the same restrictions that the law provides for preservation of any home property or of adjoining government forest reserve. Signed, Fred N. Rogers.

The baseball season has ended throughout the country, and great interest is being taken in the world’s series. In the Western League the pennant goes to Omaha, with Denver and close second. In the National League games New York captures the pennant while the Washington club is given the same honors in the American league and the game for the world’s championship will commence on Saturday between these two teams in Washington. The prices for box seats are $19.50 a set; grandstand seats, $16.50; bleachers $9.90.

A bath house belonging to Nero, six stories high, has been discovered near Naples, and chances are that he took a bath only on Saturday nights.

Fires exacted a heavy toll in the Pike’s Peak region and twenty eight separate conflagrations started along the Midland Terminal right of way between Manitou and Green Mountain Falls. Cottages at Green Mountain Falls and Woodland Park, including the summer homes of Secretary of Agriculture Henry C. Wallace and C.W. Griffith were endangered. Considerable loss of timber was reported, but no buildings were destroyed due to the efforts of several hundred firefighters who battled the blaze. The last fire, threatening Green Mountain Falls, was reported under control.

A stroke of apoplexy resulted fatally for William H. Briggle, bank cashier and county commissioner of Breckenridge, who died in his home a few days ago. Briggle had been on an automobile tour with his wife and was within six miles of Breckenridge when he was stricken. He served one term as mayor of Breckenridge and was cashier of the Eagle Brother’s Bank and a county commissioner of Summit County.

The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad was fined a total of $1,400 in United States District Court by Judge J. Foster Symes for violation of the safety appliance act. According to R.H. Blackman, assistant federal district attorney, the railroad failed to comply with certain regulations embodied in this act. Attorneys for the railroad presented a plea of guilty on fourteen of the nineteen counts in the complaint.

Turning oil into gold became a reality when the first royalty checks ever issued at Fort Collins were sent to holders of royalties in the Whitaker well by the Union Oil Company of California. The company recently had sold seventy eight barrels of oil from the well to a local concern, for which the sum of $117 had been received. Checks to several holders of parts of a one eighth interest in the well accordingly were sent.

Exhibiting paper assets in excess of $4,000,000, although he had but $3 in his pocket, R.C. Tuttle, 62 years old, who was arrested in Colorado Springs at the request of Sheriff John F. Bennett of Littleton, was taken to Littleton, where he is being held pending an investigation of his stock selling activities. Among Tuttle’s assets, according to Inspector I.B. Bruce of the Colorado Springs police department, who arrested Tuttle, was an abstract for an old abandoned paper mill in South Denver. Tuttle’s balance sheet showed the plant valued at $250,000, according to Chief of Police H.D. Harper of Colorado Springs.

120 years ago – October 5, 1894

The New Gregory Company this week raised the steam pump which has been in use in No. 5 shaft on the Bobtail Lode. Further development work will be confined to the upper workings in that shaft. The company has a large block of ground to stope out. This company is running 50 stamps on ore from the Bobtail Lode and on custom ore.

In reply to many inquiries as to whether or not assessment work is required on mining camps this year, the Register-Call will briefly give again the congressional act, the passage of which and full text has heretofore been given in these columns. The section requiring work to be done is suspended for 1894, so that no mining claim which has been regularly located shall be subject to forfeiture for non-performance of annual assessment, provided that the claimant shall have recorded in the office where the location is filed, before December 31, 1894, a notice that he or they in good faith intend to hold and work the claim. This does not apply to South Dakota.

A party of tributers working in the Monmouth-Kansas Mine this week received returns from a five ton lot of smelting ore sold to the smelters, which gave them 6 ounces gold and 20.83 ounces silver per ton. There are other tributers working in adjoining properties who are doing equally as well.

Parties from Idaho Springs are erecting a building on the west side of Clear Creek Street in Black Hawk, which will enclose a plant of machinery that will be used in concentrating and treatment of ores. It is expected that the plant will be in readiness for work by the latter part of the coming week.

Ad: The Gold Coin Mines Company, Nevada District, offer ground in the Kansas Mine to parties who are desirous of finding permanent employment. Terms, 25 percent royalty on smelting ore; 15 percent, on milling ore. Milling ore to be milled at the company’s mill. Charges for milling and hoisting, $18 per cord. Length of lease from three to six months according to location in mine. Apply at the office of the company in Nevadaville, first building below the Waterman-Kansas stamp mill.

The heavy wind storm on Tuesday evening blew down the smokestack on the Cahoun Mine in Russell District. It gave the shaft house on U.P.R. Lode on German Mountain, this city, a shaking up, and destroyed the smokestack at the Cyclops Assay office. It was a regular blizzard as far as wind in concerned.

Mr. Harmon Pederson, who has had the supervision of constructing a new lake in Mammoth Gulch, returned last Sunday evening, having finished the work. This lake forms one of a series known as the Teller Lakes, which have been restocked recently with brook trout. With the advent of a railroad that portion of the Little Kingdom will make a favorite mountain resort.

Born: In Central City, October 4, to the wife of Bart Ebly, a son. Bart set the cigars up to the boys in a lively manner over the advent of the little stranger.

Died: In Russell gulch, October 4, Florence M. Bray, aged 4 months and 6 days. The funeral occurred today from the family residence. Interment was made in the Russell Gulch Cemetery.

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