Current Events and Follow-Up on the Past

March 29, 2020

Golden Eye Candy: Summer Sunset in Golden by Jesse CrockClick to enlarge

Coronavirus Update

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

The State-Wide Stay-at-Home Order is in effect through April 11, 2020.

Jefferson County’s case count page says that as of 4:30PM yesterday, there were 213 “confirmed, probable, suspected, or under investigation” cases in Jefferson County. There have been 5 deaths and 34 are hospitalized. There are 17 known cases in Golden.

Local News

Don’t forget the Bear Hunts going on in Golden! If you have a teddy bear around the house, put it in the window–give the neighborhood kids something to hunt for on their walks!

Golden Business News

Tributary Food Hall is serving their customers during the current distress by offering a Farmers Market. You can visit the Food Hall to make your selection or order online for curbside pickup. Here’s what they have planned for this morning:

  • We have toilet paper!
  • We have a fresh bread order coming in at 10am
  • We have deli meats and a fresh order of steaks and bacon from Riverbear Meats
  • We now have cupcakes from Goldmine Cupcakes!!
  • We restocked the homemade granola, pico de gallo and guacamole!
  • We have pasta and homemade marinara and bolognese sauce.
  • We received a fresh order of chicken breast from Colorado Native Foods.
  • At our liquor store we have $20 on all bottles of wine, $30 bottles of vodka and bourbon. 32oz cocktails to-go, 6 packs of beer and canned cocktails.
  • We have bags of fresh vegetables & fruit from Growers Organic
  • Coffee and lattes from Generous Coffee
  • Pizza and fresh bolognese sauce from Fringe Pizza
  • Sandwiches from Mr.Miner
  • Fresh juice, smoothies and salads from Kona Bowls
  • Thai food from Thai Kuhn.

Cafe 13 has set up a Little Market inside the Cafe. Pick up some staples–milk, bread, eggs, sliced turkey, cheese–and get some great take-out food at the same time. You can go inside to shop and order, or call in ahead of time for curbside pickup. The market items and the restaurant menu are both listed on the website.

Spinster Sisters (based right here in Golden!) has what everyone wants–hand sanitizer! Their FDA-registered sanitizer is made with 62% ethyl alcohol, aloe vera, and essential oils comes in Lavender Lime and Peppermint Tea Tree. What’s more–they are on SALE, today only, for only $5.98. Their retail store is closed right now, but they are making hundreds of shipments every day, so turnaround time for mail order is quick. Order on the website.

A Golden History Moment

I got a lot of response from yesterday’s column about the Golden Illuminating Company, so I thought I’d add a few more things. First, M.T. Morrill, the president of the company, lived in this house at the corner of 12th and Arapahoe for 26 years. His predecessor in that house was Joseph Standley, a businessman who made a fortune in mining, then moved to Golden to pursue other investments. Standley Lake in Arvada is named after him.

Second, two years after he sold the company, Mr. Morrill was traveling home to Golden after visiting California. He became ill while driving through the desert. His traveling companion, his brother, apparently didn’t drive, because the two of them had to camp for four days before Mr. Morrill felt well enough to drive on. He made it as far as Las Vegas, New Mexico but died a day later of typhoid fever. That is something we rarely see these days (at least not in this country) because it’s acquired from drinking contaminated water. If we do get it, we can cure it with antibiotics.

Third, the July 10, 1930 Colorado Transcript included the following article:

In this day when even a slight flicker of the electric lights is the signal for a rush of “trouble shooters” a few Golden people remember the old Golden Illuminating Company and its brand of juice.

Power was generated here in Golden, with steam. In the evening the engineer in charge would fire up and then adjourn to the Opera House Cigar store for a game of cards. There he would stay until the lights began to grown dim, when he would rush back to the power house, fire up again an hasten back to the game. Some evenings when the hand was particularly interesting and the game hard fought, the lights in Golden would be almost indistinguishable before the engineer could get back and get sufficient steam in his boiler.

Another thing old timers like to remember is that electric light globes were free. The customers merely turned in their burned out globes and received new ones in exchange.

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