The Danger of Small Pox and the Importance of Buying Local

November 27, 2020

Golden Eye Candy – Nancy Torpey – Photographer on the Creek – click to enlarge

Coronavirus/COVID-19


Jefferson County is at Level Red, “Severe Risk.” Learn more….

Public Health References
CDC * Colorado * Jefferson County * City of Golden

These are Wednesday’s numbers. They are cumulative since the start of the pandemic. Jeffco Public Health reports that they will not update their statistics again until Monday.

Cases in Jeffco – Weds: 19,107
Deaths in Jeffco –
Weds: 435
Ever Hospitalized in Jeffco –
Weds: 1,172 (currently 185)
Recovered –
Weds: 14,281
Known Cases in Golden –
Weds: 674

Mines COVID Testing | Jeffco Fairgrounds COVID Testing | School of Mines COVID-19 case page. | Masks are required | City and County fire restrictions | Sign up for exposure notifications.


Real World Golden

10AM-5PM Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center – reserve a time
1-2PM Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum


Golden History Moment


Christmas Ad from Tierney Jewelers on Washington Avenue
Colorado Transcript, December 22, 1921

Dr. Perry Kelly has two or three cases of small pox in the country east of us, all of which come into the county from Denver, where the loathsome disease is quite prevalent…. Our county commissioners should institute a quarantine against them at once.
Colorado Transcript
, March 13, 1889

As that passage demonstrates, the Transcript tended to regard Denver with suspicion when it came to infectious diseases.

The small pox epidemic in Denver has caused considerable worry in Golden, and hundreds of people in this community have taken the precaution of being vaccinated. City Health Officer Kemble reports that there are no cases of the disease here.
Colorado Transcript, December 8, 1921

An outbreak in 1921 was cause for concern in Golden. In fact, it impinged on our holiday social season:

Firemen’s Dance
Once of the most enjoyable events of the season will be the annual Firemen’s masquerade dance which will be held at the Golden opera house on Friday evening, December 30th…. On account of the prevalence of small pox in Denver the committee has decided not to have a costumer come from Denver, but urges that dancers furnish their own outfits.

Colorado Transcript, December 22, 1921

The fear of small pox fit right in with the Transcript’s long-running campaign to encourage people to Buy Local:

Golden merchants have an excellent line of Christmas goods and there is no use in journeying to Denvre to buy your Christmas goods. Besides, look at the danger of getting murdered, held up, run over or contracting small pox. Buy at home, help your home town and be safe.
Colorado Transcript, December 22, 1921

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2020

Golden Eye Candy – Chris Davell – Brilliant Winter Day – click to enlarge

Coronavirus/COVID-19


Jefferson County is at Level Red, “Severe Risk.” Learn more….

Public Health References
CDC * Colorado * Jefferson County * City of Golden

Here’s the most recent Coronavirus report from Jeffco Public Health’s Case Summary Page:

Cases in Jeffco – Tues: 18,563 | Weds: 19,107 (+544)
Deaths in Jeffco –
Tues: 428 | Weds: 435 (+7)
Ever Hospitalized in Jeffco –
Tues: 1,163 | Weds: 1,172 (currently 185) (+9)
Recovered –
Tues: 13,803 | Weds: 14,281 (+478)
Known Cases in Golden –
Tues: 644 | Weds: 674 (+30)

Mines COVID Testing | Jeffco Fairgrounds COVID Testing | School of Mines COVID-19 case page. | Masks are required | City and County fire restrictions | Sign up for exposure notifications.


Who’s Open Today?


Bonus Eye Candy – Gaye Crossen

Safeway | 1701 Jackson Street | 303-278-1861 | Map | 6AM-6PM
King Soopers | 17171 S. Golden Road | 303-279-5458 | Map | 5AM-4PM
Natural Grocers | 2401 East St. | 303-279-2500 | map | CLOSED
Walgreens | 17222 S. Golden Rd. | 303-457-5823 | Map | 7AM-10PM


Golden History Moment


Golden Fire Department, circa 1885 – Golden History Museum Collection – click to enlarge

For many years–starting in the early 1870s and running until about 1940–the Golden Fire Department gave a Thanksgiving Dance. It was not only a social event, but a fund-raiser for the department.

On Thursday evening, November 30, the fifth annual ball of the Excelsior Fire and Hose Company will be given in Standley Hall…. All friends of the company, and every good citizen of Jefferson county, will be cordially welcomed. It is not to be presumed, however, that unpleasant or improper people will be admitted to the hall…. One of the best bands in the state will be in attendance.
Colorado Transcript, November 15, 1876

The venues changed over the years, the Golden Opera House being the most popular. Music and dance styles evolved too.


George Morrison Band (public domain photo)

The regular Thanksgiving dance of the Golden fire department was held at the opera house last night and was danced until a late hour this morning. George Morrison and his famous orchestra furnished the music.
Colorado Transcript
, November 25, 1926


From the June 26, 1958 Colorado Transcript

George Morrison played for many Golden events over many years, and was a regular at the Rock Rest Lodge.

George is a talented violinist and the members of his group are equally fine, as well as being extremely versatile. Their toe-tapping tunes range from bop to Strauss waltzes, with polkas and you-name-it on request. Everyone from teens to grandma and grandpa who enjoy good music plan to come!
Colorado Transcript
, January 24, 1963


Many thanks to the Golden History Museum for providing the online cache of historic Transcripts and to the Golden Transcript for documenting our history since 1866!

Melting Snow, Growing Pandemic, and Clothing from the ’70s to the ’60s

November 25, 2020

Golden Eye Candy – Robert Saieg – Snow Capped Clear Creek – Late Afternoon – click to enlarge

Coronavirus/COVID-19


Jefferson County is at Level Red, “Severe Risk.” Learn more….

Public Health References
CDC * Colorado * Jefferson County * City of Golden

Here’s the most recent Coronavirus report from Jeffco Public Health’s Case Summary Page:

Cases in Jeffco – Mon: 18,197 | Tues: 18,563 (+366)
Deaths in Jeffco –
Mon: 425 | Tues: 428 (+3)
Ever Hospitalized in Jeffco –
Mon: 1,126 | Tues: 1,163 (currently 179) (+37)
Recovered –
Mon: 13,173 | Tues: 13,803 (+630)
Known Cases in Golden –
Mon: 644 | not updated

Mines COVID Testing | Jeffco Fairgrounds COVID Testing | School of Mines COVID-19 case page. | Masks are required | City and County fire restrictions | Sign up for exposure notifications.


Virtual Golden

8:30-9:30AM Virtual Power Training
10:15AM Baby Time with the Library
10-11:30AM Everything Dinosaur Talk – Pachycephalosaurs


Real World Golden

9AM Golden Walks
10AM-5PM Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center – reserve a time
3:30-4:30PM Vaccine, License & Microship Clinic @ Foothills Animal Shelter


Golden History Moment


McKeehen’s (1943-1964) and Hertel’s (1906-1943) advertisements from the Colorado Transcript – click to enlarge

McKeehen’s (1943-1964) – 21 Years
Yesterday, I got sucked into a vortex of tracing the genealogy of a business. McKeehen’s Clothing Company operated at 1222 Washington Avenue (map) for 21 years. That’s a long run for a store, but McKeehen’s predecessor, Hertel’s Clothing Store, beat that record with a 37 year run.

Hertel Clothing (1906-1943)
Luther Hertel purchased the Wade Clothing Store in 1906. The business was at that time operating in the Opera House Block (map). Mr. Hertel was a gifted merchandiser, and by 1917, he needed a bigger space. Nick Koenig, who ran the grocery store in the Loveland Block (map) built a new building, specifically designed to rent to Hertel Clothing, at 1222 Washington–immediately south of the Opera House Block.


Advertisement from the Colorado Transcript, May 5, 1904

Wade Clothing (1882-1906) – 24 Years
Hertel’s predecessor, Wade Clothing, opened in 1882 and ran until Hertel purchased the business in 1906 (24 years). Wade had purchased the store from Thomas Ward.

Ward Clothing, in the 1400 block of Washington Avenue – click to enlarge

Thomas Ward Clothing (1872-1882) – 10 Years
Ward Clothing was a pioneer-era store. Thomas Ward was working for the “Jefferson Coal & Mining Company” store in 1872 when he decided the buy the business.


The Jefferson Coal and Mining Company, shown in this photo belonging to the Golden Landmarks Association, and in the advertisement from the February 28, 1872 Colorado Transcript – click to enlarge

Jefferson Coal and Mining Company (1872) – 1 Year
The Jefferson Coal and Mining Company store carried a wide variety of merchandise–from groceries, to clothing, to housewares–as was typical of a frontier store. Ward must have decided that the real money was in the clothing part of the business, because he soon focused the store on clothing.