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THE OBSERVER EXTENDS THE SEASON’S GREETINGS, WITH THE WISH THAT YOU MAY ENJOY HEALTH. HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY IN THE COMING YEAR.
THIRTY FOURTH YEAR.
IN RUSSELL GULCH
Miss Laura Hurford left Friday
for Pueblo to spend the holidays
with her parents.
Pete Zancanella and wife re
turned Monday from Denver.
All of the mines operating in
the Russell section shut down two
or three days on account of
Christmas.
The community Christmas tree
was a delightful event. Candy,
oranges and ice cream were serv
ed to all.
Mike Reidl returned from Den
ver Monday, where he spent
Christmas with his family.
Jack Hancock ran across a bob
cat Monday while on his way to
work. The beast showed fight,
and Jack not having his trusty
flint-lock along, gave it a wide
berth.
Chris Plint returned from Den
ver Monday evening.
Henry Ress returned from Colo
rado Springs Monday evening,
where he spent Christmas with his
brother.
Thos. Ellis and wife returned
Tuesday evening from Denver,
where they spent Christmas with
relatives.
Chas. Ellis and James Grenfell,
Jr., returned Tuesday from Gold
en and Denver.
W. McCampbell left this after
noon for Denver to see about the
shipment of pitchblende ore to the
Colorado Radium company from
the Gold Rock mine.
Edward Hughes, who attended
grade school in Russell, was elect
ed president of the Junior class
at the West Denver High school
last week.
J. L. Davis arrived hcVme the
latter part of the week from
Steamboat Springs. On his way
back he went to Leadville and
saw a number of old Gilpin coun
tyites. He says Leadville is in
bad shape like the rest of the min
ing camps.
A Mr. Prouse, recently of Eng
land, was in town this week to
locate the grave of his father who
was a victim of the Sleepy Hollow
disaster twenty-five years ago. B.
E. Seymour looked up the records
of the Episcopal church and found
that the elder Prouse was buried
in the old Forester’s cemetery.
Mrs. Melita Seymour and daugh
ter returned to Denver this after
noon.
SHOES!
For the Entire
Family
Less Than
Denver Prices
For Same Grade
and Quality
THE
C. 0. Richards
Company
THE GILPIN OBSERVER.
WOULD BUILD HIGHWAY
IN CLEAR CREEK CANON
Wm. G. Evans Says Such a Route
Would Be Ideal For Scenic
and Commercial Road.
(Golden Transcript.)
That Clear Creek canon is the
logical place for a highway which
would have wonderful scenic at
tractions, and at the same time be
a road that could be traveled at
all times of the year, is the opin
ion of W. G. Evans. His idea 3of
a road that would form a conncc*’
ing link between the great high
ways of the state, are set forth in
the following letter, read hei'ore
the Golden Chamber of Commerce
held recently.
“The question of planning a
system of highways to be ultimate
ly built will be a live one for long;
time, I think. It occurs to me that
those particularly interested
should develop plans at this time.
"If there were built up Clear
Creek canon, near the level of the
stream, a highway such as that
fine one along Bear Creek, it
would be a pretty good thing for
Golden, and, connecting with the
cement driveway from Golden to
Denver, it would be a fine thing
for us here, also.
“The road over Lookout moun
tain is fine for scenery, but not
the best to encourage every day
travel.
“If that highway were gradual
ly built up the canon from Golden
to the Forks of the Creek, and one
branch of it go up to Black Hawk
and Central and over toward Tol
land, it would ultimately get thru
the range, and be a highway that
would extend all the way down
the Grand to Grand Junction, with
a branch- from near Kremmling
over into the North Park, and with
another branch into the Bear Riv
er country and Steamboat Springs
and with another branch to Breck
enridge, so ultimately, it would
prove to be a very useful and a
very important highway.
“At the Forks of the Creek, one
branch of the road would follow
up paflt Idaho Springs, to Empire,
and the Berthoud Pass, and to
Georgetown and the Argentine
Pass.
“It seems to me that it might
be worth while for the Golden
people to study this question up,
and to talk it up if they approve
it. What do you think of it?”
Change To Be Made In
Jefferson County Republican
The Jefferson County Republi
can announces that with the first
issue of the new year the manage
ment of the paper will pass into
new hands, the present editor and
manager, R. B. McDermott, hav
ing disposed of his interest in the
concern, the stock he held to be
taken by persons who are now
stockholders in the paper. Until
tha annual meeting of the stock
holders of the company which will
be held next Tuesday it is not pos
sible to state who will succeed
Mr. McDermott. However, the
paper states, it is betraying no
confidence to say that the owners
will at once take steps to greatly
improve the paper in all respects
and that it will be handled by peo
ple fully qualified to give Jeffer
son county a newspaper that will
be second to none for a county the
size and importance of Jefferson.
Since the paper was established
a little more than a year ago, it
has been developed from nothing
to its present standing, which is
a good one. It has overcome a
multitude of obstacles and is now
on a firm business basis, has made
friends and enjoys a class of bus
iness that any newspaper could
feel proud of. Its future is as
sured by its receiving good man
agement.
Mr. McDermott has made no
plans for tjie future but expects
to be back in the newspaper game
in Colorado shortly.
Anita Stewart in "Human De
sire,” a six-reel feature, will be
the picture program at the opera
house Saturday, January Ist.
CENTRAL CITY, GILPIN COUNTY, COLORADO, THURSDAY. DECEMBER 30th, 1920.
FUTURE FOR MINING IS VERY BRIGHT
It is customary at the close of
the year for a newspaper to re'
view the industrial activity of the
section which it serves. Gilpin
county being a mineral countv
has felt the decline in metals and
has suffered with the other min
ing districts from the conditions
brought on by the war. Conse
quently a resume of the work done
or production made would not
measure up in point of interest
with what has often been told in
years past when mining was the
principal industry of the state
and Gilpin county shared in the
prosperity that pervaded the metal
producing sections.
When there is nothing cheering
to look back upon the past twelve
months, we naturally turn to the
future for a ray of hope and it is
pleasing to contemplate that the
year 1921 holds far more of en
couragement than could be an
ticipated at the beginning of 1920.
That the mines and the miner-
PERSONAL MENTION
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Johnson
spent Christmas with their daugh
ter in Denver.
Mr. and Mrs. John Krill, of
Otis, Colo., are spending the holi
days with the J. R. Rule family.
Delmar Vance, of Akron, Colo.,
is visiting the J. R. Rule family.
Mrs. Fred Kruse and Mrs. Fred
Rogers left for Denver this after
noon to remain for the winter.
Sam Thomas was in Denver on
Tuesday to sign papers for a lease
on the War Dance mine, which he
and his associates will work after
the first of the year.
Miss Lorraine Williams went to
Denver Tuesday.
James Williams came over from
Tabernash to spend Christmas
with his mother.
Mrs. H. P. Lowe left Monday af
ternoon for Denver.
Mrs. M. Heuer and Mrs. M.
Sterling came up from Denver on
Sunday evening’s train to visit
the Slattery family.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Moyle and
children returned to their home in
Denver Sunday afternoon, after
spending Christmas with the An
derson family.
Everett McCoy returned Sunday
to Denver. Mrs. McCoy will visit
the remainder of the week.
Will Hoskin was over from
Steamboat Springs to spend
Christmas with the Light and
Teats families.
Mrs. Walter McLeod and daugh
ter arrived from Denver the fore
part of the week.
Mrs. W. O. Jenkins left Wednes
day afternoon for Denver to see
her mother.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hardy and
Hobart Williamson came up from
Denver to enjoy a real Christmas
dipner with the young folks.
Neil McKay was in Denver
Wednesday on mining business.
George L. llamllik left on Tues
day for Denver.
Wil' Zeigc and mother return
ed Wednesday evening from a vis
it to Denver.
Harry Eilmann and H. J. Stahl
hobnobbed with the elite in Idaho
Springs Sunday.
LI. P. Davies is confined to his
room with rheumatism. O. J.
Dufficld is looking after the drug
store.
H. A. Hicks came up from Den
ver this morning to attend a stock
holders’ meeting of the Gold Cup
company.
LI. P. Davies went to Denver
Saturday to spend Christmas with
his wife and daughters. Mrs.
Davies was taken very ill with
bronchial pneumonia, which mar
red the pleasure of the day. She
is much better now and is consid
ered out of danger.
I als are here is an admitted fact,
; and the tendency toward a return
j to normal conditions thruout the
country presages a like return of
capital to our minra. Gold, our
chief metal, in times of high pric
es, remained at a fixed value, and
it shall continue at that value re
gardless of the slump in agricul
tural products or manufactured
goods. The more the prices of
other things go down, the higher
shall rise the purchasing power
of gold, so that the shrewd and
thoughtful investors will gradual
ly turn their attention to the gold
camps.
The tendency toward mining is
already too apparent for anyone
to doubt. Those who have tried
( oil, farming, manufactory, etc.,
may have made money when con
ditions were right in these invest
-1 ments, but these have had their
I run. Mining is the next best bet
! and Gilpin county offers abundant
| opportunity to prove this asser
tion.
MINERAL OUTPUT
OF ALASKA INCREASES
That of 1290 Worth Over Twenty-
Two Million Dollars—Larger
Production Next Year.
The value of the total mineral
production of Alaska increased
from $19,620,000 in 1919 to $22,-
070,000 in 1920, according to es
timates by Alfred H. Brooks, Un
it id Stfctes Geological Survey, De
partment of the Interior, just
made public. This brings the val
ue of the total mineral production
of the Territory up to $460,000,-
000, over half of which is to be
credited to the last decade. The
apparent prosperity of the Alaska
mining industry during the year
is due solely to the increase in the
output of copper from 47,220,000
pounds, valued at $8,783,000, in
1919, to about 71,000,000 pounds,
valued at $12,400,000, in 1920. Al
aska has now produced 616,200,-
000 pounds of copper, worth $127,-
000,000.
Alaska has been seriously af
fected by the world-wide depres
sion of the gold-mining industry
of the last four years, during
which the output of her gold
mines has been steadily declining.
The output of gold in Alaska fell
from $9,426,000 in 1919 to about
$8,000,000 in 1920, bringing the
total gold output up to a value of
$320,000,000. This decline is,
however, not due to any marked
depletion of the gold deposits, for
Alaska contains enormous poten
tial resex-ves of gold and other val
uable minerals, but since the pur
chasing power of gold has de
creased it has been impossible to
exploit profitably many of the
gold deposits, so that the miner
and prospector has been forced to
leave. This condition is most
serious, for about 60 per cent of
Alaska’s population has been sup
ported, directly or indirectly, by
gold mining.
The depression of the mining
industry in Alaska is only tempor
ary; a change for the better will
come when economic conditions
become more normal and land
transportation has been made
cheuper and better. What is
chiefly needed is the completion of
the government railroad, now as
sured, the lowering of freight
rateß, and the building of wagon
roads.
Reported That National
Mine Will Work
It is authentically reported that
E. S. Moulton and associates will
start work on the National mine
the first of the year. The ore will
be treated at the Rocky Mountnin
concentrator in Black Hawk. The
gold, silver and copper values will
be separated and certain of the
other content will be used in the
manufacture of paints.
FULLER ARRESTED
IN CALIFORNIA
Sheriff Bass Will Bring Him Here
To Stand Trial For Defraud
ing Men of Wages.
Sheriff R. A. Bass went to Den
ver Wednesday afternoon to pro
cure requisition papers for Ed
mund Fuller, who was arrested in
Oakland, Calif., where has been
living, and is now being held in
the San Francisco jail. He has
been going under the name of
Eugene Foster.
Fuller is wanted here for de
frauding workmen out of their
wages and procuring supplies
without paying for them when he
with Thomas Mac Culloch operat
ed the Becky Sharp and Old Town
mines in the spring of 1919. He
was arrested shortly afterward
and his bond was placed at $3500
by Judge S. W. Johnson of the dis
trict court. He forfeited his bond
and the sheriff’s office has been
unable to locate him until yester
day, when notified by the Muller’s
Detective Service that they had
him and that he admitted his
identity. A reward of SSOO was
offered by the board of county
commissioners for the arrest of
Fuller and a like amount for Mac
Culloch. Mac Culloch has never
been apprehended. He is suppos
ed to be in Old Mexico.
Sheriff Bass will leave this
weelc for San Francisco to bring
Fuller here for trial.
Recreation On
the National Forests
Recreational use of the twenty
seven national forests in the
Rocky Mountain district increased
very materially in 1920. These
great national playgrounds in
cluding over twenty million acres
in Colorado, Wyoming, South Da
kota, Minnesota, Michigan and
Nebraska were visited by over 1,-
408,000 people during the year.
Some visitors spent several weeks,
others spent only an hour or so.
but the average time was a little
over three days.
Over 1,135,000 of the recrea
tionists came by automobile and
many of the cars were laden with
tents, stoves, bedding and other
camp equipment. The people
camped as they went along, cov
ered several national forests and
lingered only at some of the un
usually good trout streams.
Fifteen of the twenty-seven nat
ional forests in the Rocky Moun
tain district are in Colorado;
there are five in Wyoming; two
each in Minnesota and South Da
kota, and one each in Michigan
and Nebraska. Some of the most
popular forests were the Pike,
Colorado and San Isabel in Colo
rado; the Shoshone and Bighorn
in Wyoming; the Black Hills in
South Dakota; and the Michigan
and Minnesota in their respective
states.
Colorado with her large acreage
of easily accessible national for
est land had over 1,190,000 visi
tors, and the Wyoming forests in
this district had more than 74,000
visitors. Nearly 41,000 people
visited the Minnesota forests
which gave them an increase of
39 per cent.
An average of 95 tons of soil,
pebbles, and loose rock is car
ried by the rivers into the ocean
every year from every square
mile of the United States, accord
ing to the United Stutes Geologi
cal Survey. The immensity of this
contribution may be better com
prehended when it is realized that
the surface of the United States
covers 3,088,500 square miles.
Central City lodge of Elks will
hold their annual banquet and
dance at their hall Saturday even
ing. Between 130 and 150 per
sons are expected to attend, in
cluding a large number from
Denver and other points.
R. G. Griffith will move his gro
cery and notion stock into the
Elks’ building the middlo of Jan
uary.
NUMBER 39.
SUCK Oil HEWS
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Kriley went
to Denver Friday afternoon to
spend Christmas with their two
daughters.
Miss Esther Nordlien came
home Friday evening and returned
to Denver Sunday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. McCarthy and
Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Wolfe came
np from Denver Saturday morn
ing and "spent Christmas with the
Niceum family.
Miss Helen Crook came up from
Denver Saturday morning to en
joy Christmas with her parents.
Harold Crook was up from Den
ver Saturday for Christmas din
ner.
Mr. and Mrs. Amos Kearns and
children came up from Denver
Friday night and spent Christmas
with Mrs. Kate Meyer.
Miss Nayda Roberts came up
from Denver Friday morning and
is spending a week with the Geo.
Hewes family.
Wm. Wicker came up from Den
ver Saturday morning and spent
Christmas with the Fairchild
family, returning Sunday, accom
panied by Miss Mildred Fairchild.
Albert Oates went to Denver
Friday morning, returning Sun
day evening.
Thomas McGrath spent Christ
mas with his family in Boulder.
A. J. Gray returned Monday
from Raton, N. M. He was ac
companied up from Golden by his
son, Arthur, who had been visit
ing there.
Victor Anderson returned Wed
nesday from Chicago, where he
had been visiting friends.
Frank Backus arrived Thurs
day evening from Detroit, Mich.
He says the manufacturing plants
are laying off great numbers of
men in that city.
Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Brown re
turned Thursday evening from
Pueblo, where they had been vis
iting relatives.
Lincoln Allebaugh is visiting
relatives in Denver this week.
Stewart Brown; spent Christmas
with his family in Denver.
Albert Schoenherr returned to
Denver Sunday afternoon, after a
few days’ visit with relatives.
Nels. Olson returned from Den
ver Wednesday evening, where he
spent Christmas with his family.
It is reported here that August
Grutzmacher, until recently of
Black Hawk, was married in Den
ver the fore part of this month to
Miss Della Willis, of Central.
Coeur d' Alene Now
Ready For Work
The work under way at the
Coeur d’ Alene mines has now
been completed, the machinery ov
erhauled, the necessary repairs
made to the shaft house, etc.;also
the annual assessment work done
on the unpatented claims adjoin
ing the Coeur d’ Alene and Isabel
patents.
It is certainly pleasing to see a
good company like the National
Finance & Holding company mak
ing such a move at this time, and
it is also a display of good judg
ment on the part of the company
in not letting expensive machinery
and material go to-ruin, pending
the resumption of operations.
T. H. Jenks, manager and con
sulting engineer of the company,
has been here a second time, but
has gone to New Mexico and other
points to attend to other mining
interests for his company.
The president of the company,
a successful business man and oil
operator of Toledo, 0., with other
prominent stockholders, will make
a visit to the mines around the
first of the year, when it is ex
pected the date for the reopening
of the mines will be set. G. E.
Bolander, of Black Hawk, is look
ing after the company’s interests
in this section.
Miss Margaret Auger is spend
ing the holidays with her parents.

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