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pano_CaseyAve-CentralCity_1915_lowres30 years ago – September 6, 1985

About 140 marijuana plants were confiscated Saturday morning and one man was arrested for their cultivation by the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department. Later that morning, the plants, chicken wire fencing that had surrounded them, and irrigation equipment were on display on the courthouse lawn as the evidence was being tagged. Thursday, Sheriff Rosetta Anderle had received a tip that the plants were growing in Golden Gate Ranchettes, a subdivision south of Highway 46 and east of the state park. She gave the case to Deputy Bruce Hartman and Undersheriff David Martinez. At 2:00 a.m. Saturday, Hartman got Gilpin County Judge Andrew J. Krodshen to sign a search warrant to the field. There was no warrant for the closest residence which was about 100 yards away from the marijuana. At 6:30 that morning, Hartman was again back at the scene. He had his camera and was wearing his surveillance outfit. He and Martinez were hoping someone would come along to water the plants. No one did, so about 8:30 a.m. they confiscated the plants. There were 58 plants in soft plastic pots, and about 83 in the ground. They were two to three feet tall and many had buds on them. The street value of the drug was estimated at over $1,000 by the officers. Martinez said there was a “well-worn path” between the field and the nearest house. At the house, Michael Kieran Reid, 26, was arrested and read his Miranda rights, Martinez said. Reid is new to Gilpin County, having come here from California, the undersheriff said. Cultivation of any amount of marijuana, even one plant, is a class four felony, Martinez and Hartman said. Martinez expects to make two more arrests in the case.

Deputy Dan Bartkowiak resigned from the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department on August 27. The reason for his sudden resignation was not disclosed. Sheriff Rosetta Anderle told County Commissioners, Don Diltz and Leslie Williams, that he had resigned because of “personal problems.” Bartkowiak began working as a reserve officer for the sheriff’s department in 1980. His full time position as deputy began on March 1, 1984. Martinez did verify that Central City Police Officer Jon Bayne has been hired to replace Bartkowiak. The last day Bayne will work for the Central City Police Department will be September 15. He is scheduled to start working for the sheriff’s department the following day, September 16. Central City Police Chief Mike Brewer said that Bayne accepted the position with the sheriff’s department to gain more experience and to advance in the law enforcement field. Bayne began working for the Central City Police Department on April 25. Replacements for Bayne and for Mike McClernan are expected to be announced next week. McClernan resigned his position from the Central City Police Department on August 13.

Died: Lloyd Miller, 64, of Arvada, suffered a heart attack at the Glory Hole Tavern in Central City on August 25. Several emergency medical technicians from the Gilpin County ambulance service responded to the scene immediately and began administering CPR. Miller was transported by Flight for Life to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver. He was pronounced dead on his arrival at the hospital.

60 years ago – September 9, 1955

I received a letter last week from Mrs. Clarence A. Phillips, of National City, California, wherein she stated that her father, Charles W. Ladd, who was a partner in the hardware business under the firm name of Ladd & Schuyler, later the Jenkins-McKay Co., and when the Teller House was completed he was authorized to hang the iron shutters on each window and door. She further said, “In 1912 when he was telling me about the building, said he had personally inspected the hinges as they were set in the bricks. He also said that when he was in Central the last time in 1910 he had tried some of the shutters and found, though the hinges were roughened by the weather, they still swung freely.” It is most obvious that her father swung the iron shutters that still adorn the windows of the Register-Call, but not at the Teller House. The files of the Daily Register, at that time, have never mentioned that the shutters were installed, although the iron nubs protruding from the brick at each window are still visible. Undoubtedly they had been ordered, but were never put in place.

As has been our custom for many years, we will not print names of our citizens as being in a personal brawl, or an auto accident that has slightly injured the driver. Maybe we are soft-hearted, but later, pictures will be portrayed of what has happened, but we remain adamant in our belief that nothing is gained in giving publicity to any unfortunate incident, especially in relation to our citizens. Sure, it is a matter of news, but we are not broadcasting it to the world. And for these considerations, thanks are conspicuous by its absence. A newspaper is really supposed to print the news, but whenever a brawl or a minor accident occurs, and publicity is given to the same, it becomes a matter of record and remains so in the files of the paper, even until time everlasting. This little article has two morals: first, the participants of a quarrel do not, in any way, appreciate the elimination of their names, and second, the critics, not subscribers, take me to task for not publishing particulars and names of a quarrel or brawl. So be it; but this is my philosophy to which I shall carry on.

Mrs. Hilda Cooper and 8 year old Holly Boggess, who has been staying with her, left Wednesday for their home in Dallas, Texas.

Miss Kathryn Eccker is again teaching in the Littleton High School. Mrs. Emma Eccker is babysitting with her grandson Gary, while the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eccker are both engaged in school teaching in the Denver area.

Bob and Billie Manuel were last Sunday callers at the home of Mrs. Daisie Blake.

Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Howard and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Smith enjoyed a picnic last Sunday near the Jim Robins meadow. On their return to Denver, they stopped with Mrs. Luella Fritz to pick up little David Kent who has been visiting here.

Funeral services were held Wednesday in Denver for Mrs. Hazel Manuel, who died last week at Pueblo. She was a resident of Central City for many years until she left for Pueblo about five years ago. She is survived by Robert F. Manuel, of San Francisco, California, Wm. L. Manuel, USN; Doris Dewy, Liberia, Africa, and Hazel Vencato, Hubbell, Mich., and a sister of Florence Webster and George Meyer, of Denver. Interment was in Fairmount.

Masonic services of Black Hawk Lodge were held Wednesday afternoon at the Olinger Mortuary in Denver for Arthur J.C. Gray, who died last Sunday at the Veteran’s Hospital. Arthur was 58 years of age, was born in Black Hawk, and spent most of his life there and with his father did much prospecting and mining. He served in World War I, and was a member of the American Legion Post of this city. He was also a member of Black Hawk Lodge No. 11, of which he was a Past Master. He is survived by his wife, Lettie, and two sisters, Mrs. Lottie King of Bellflower, Calif., and Mrs. Dorothy Rule of Compton, Calif. He was buried in Fairmont cemetery.

90 years ago – September 11, 1925

Because the advertising paper usually seen in the show windows failed to reach here up to the time the Register-Call goes to press (as it had to be sent from Salt Lake City, Utah), “Gold Heels,” the picture to be shown on Saturday, September 12th may have no further advertising than this notice. The Fox News reel will also be shown the same evening.

Since the recent rains there is more water coming down Nevada and Spring gulches than at any time since the first of the year.

The development work being done on the German-Belcher group of claims on Quartz Hill by Mr. Healey the manager, has opened up a streak of uranium ore in the west 129 foot level, which he had tested in Denver, showed 48.52 percent uranium oxide, the New York price of which at the present time is about $17 a pound, in the crude. The ore comes in the drift in kidney shape, ranging from six inches to a foot in width, and when the main body is encountered it is expected to be permanent and of good size. Some 500 pounds of ore has been taken out and stored in this city to be held until enough for a shipment has accumulated, when it will be sent east.

Francis Niccum, while attempting to crank a flivver here on Friday last, had his right arm broken by the “kick back” of the crank.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Channing and the daughters of Mr. Channing left for Denver on Tuesday last where the young ladies will attend school during the fall and winter term. Mrs. Channing will remain with them and look after their welfare.

George Knifton came up from Denver Saturday morning on a visit at the old hometown and to note the many changes that had taken place since he left here. He visited the old baseball grounds on Bobtail Hill, where he took part in many exciting games back in the early ‘70’s, went down to the old home and lived over again the many happy hours spent there when a boy. He also attended the celebration in Central on Monday, met many old friends and neighbors, and enjoyed every minute of his stay here.

Will McCallister received a telegram Friday that his son, Jack, was in a hospital at Rawlins, Wyo., with a broken leg. No particulars were given and Mr. and Mrs. McCallister left immediately by auto for Rawlins.

The funeral of Mrs. Catherin Ann Cochran who died last Friday, was held Sunday afternoon from her late home northwest of Steamboat Springs, the service being conducted by Rev. Dr. R.M. Stevenson. Burial was in the Steamboat Springs cemetery. Mrs. Cochran had been a resident of Colorado for over 60 years. She was married in Central City in October 1864 to John Wesley Cochran who died at the ranch on Elk River in 1898, a year after they moved to Routt County. Eight children were born to them, five being buried at Central City. The surviving children, Mrs. Ida Miller, John Cochran, and James Cochran, all reside at the family home near Steamboat Springs.

120 years ago – September 6, 1895

DISASTER AT THE SLEEPY HOLLOW AND AMERICUS MINES.

Pt. 1.Drowned in the Americus Mine: Olivio Patoniosi, Achile Avancini. Drowned in the Sleepy Hollow Mine: N. Negas, B. Brockenbrouck, Henry Prinsk, Jr., William Thomas, O. Prouse, T. Williams, M. Plevini, Thomas Carbis, J. Harris, Stephen Vallero, John Perzen, Nazarano Morieto. Following closely upon the terrible accident at the Gumry Hotel in Denver, in which two of our prominent citizens met with death, we are this week called upon to record one of the saddest mining accidents that has ever occurred in Gilpin County, one in which 14 miners at work in the Americus and Sleepy Hollow mines at Black Hawk, met death by drowning. Never has an accident occurred in this section of the state which has resulted in the death of so many men at one time, and taking into consideration the condition of the several properties since the accident, it may be months before a majority of the bodies are recovered. The Sleepy Hollow, Americus, and Fiske mines are all on the same vein, the former property being on the east, the Americus adjoining on the west and the Fiske west of the Americus. The main shaft on the former is 700 feet, the Americus 500 feet, and the shaft on the Fiske nearly 1,800 feet. Since the closing down of the pumping plant on the Gregory-Bobtail, the water has raised in the Fiske property, drowning out the entire lower workings, and what work was being done on that property was above the water level. The first intimation that the water in the Fiske Mine had broken through into some other properties, was made apparent to John Carry, the mine foreman, who happened to be in the shaft at the water level, by the water level dropping in the shaft by about 10 feet in that many seconds. He gave the signal to hoist, and when landed on the surface, rushed over to the Americus Mine and asked the brakeman how long since he had hoisted his bucket. When told “only ten minutes before,” he informed him that the water in the Fiske Mine had broken into some openings,

 

and suggested that he hoist his bucket, which was done, and when landed on the surface was full of water. Realizing the situation, Mr. Curry hurried over to the Sleepy Hollow Mine and explained the situation, and to send down warning to the miners below of their danger. The bucket was immediately hoisted and it was full of water when landed.

Pt. 2. The first men to make their appearances from below were those who had been working in the stope on the 400-foot level on the Americus Mine. Among them was the trammer who, while at the end of the level, was raised from his feet by a body of water which seemed to come through the bottom of the level, and he was carried up to the timbers. Realizing his danger, he commenced climbing the winze, and yelling at the top of his voice to the men below that water was coming. The men were several hundred feet from the shaft, and their only way of escape was to reach the 300 foot level by climbing up the walls. They gathered all the pieces of timber in reach, and used them as spreaders, up which the men climbed to the 300 foot level and then made their way to the shaft, and were soon on the surface. A short time ago connection was made between the Americus and Sleepy Hollow at the 400 foot level, and the water rushed through that level into the latter and down the shaft 300 feet below that point, cutting off all chance of escape of the men below that level, and of the men working there it is known that twelve of them were drowned. In the Americus property, two Italian miners, Olivio Patonosi and Achile Avancini, married men, were working in the 509 foot level, and the water caught them before they had a chance to realize their danger and were drowned. The rest of the men in this property escaped. A rescuing party was immediately formed at the Sleepy Hollow Mine, to help those who might be in the mine above the water level who would surely perish from the gasses and foul air that the water brought with it unless help reached them at once. The bucket was lowered several times containing two men, who were unable to see anything with the aid of their candles, and later a large sized coal oil reflector lamp was lowered to a point 330 feet, two men riding on the rim of the bucket. At that point the almost lifeless body of Henry Prisk was found, who was above the water, but suffering from foul air and gas. He was hauled to the surface and was soon revived and taken to his residence on the corner of Packard and Gregory streets. His son, a mere lad, who was following him in an attempt to reach surface was means of the ladder way, became exhausted and fell back into the rising water, and his body will be found with the rest of the unfortunate men in the bottom of the shaft. No doubt the men on the 400 foot level made a similar effort to get above the water and gas, but were overcome and fell back to meet their death.

Pt. 3. Of the gentlemen above mentioned so far as we could learn, N. Vegas leaves a wife and two children; Nazarano Morieto, a daughter 12 years of age; William Thomas, a wife and one son; O. Prouse, a young wife, and Thomas Carbis, two children. Olivio Paternoster and Achile Avansini, in the Americus, both leave families. As soon as the shafts at both properties could be put in shape, water was hoisted with large sized buckets, and kept up all night, and at the time of writing this, but no bodies have as yet been recovered, nor has the water been lowered to any extent. A meeting of the owners and managers of the three properties was held at Black Hawk this morning, to arrive as some definite plan to get the water out of the mines, and the prospects are that the pumps at the incline shaft on the Gregory-Bobtail Lode will be used for the purpose, as no one pump or several which could be placed in the shafts on any of the properties would handle the water. Not until the water is lowered will the cause be made apparent. As to the liability of the owners of the property for damages, we are not prepared to state, but we have heard of miners who would not go to work on the Sleepy Hollow on account of the large bodies of water which were known to be above the lower workings in the Fiske, to the west. Mine Inspector Morrison is on the ground, lending his aid and assistance in recovering the bodies, and no doubt will investigate the whole matter.

Born: In Nevadaville, August 31, 1895, to the wife of Rev. Gage, Pastor of Centennial M. E. Church, a son, an eleven pounder. So reports Dr. Bonesteel.

Married: IN Ware village, Massachusetts, Sept. 2, 1895, Miss Lettie McGrew of Ware Village, and Mr. D.A. Jenkins of Gilpin County. The newly wedded couple will arrive in this city on or about September 20th, where they will take up a residence.

Died: At her residence in Denver, Sept. 2, 1895, Mrs. E. Harris, aged 64 years. Deceased had been a sufferer for several years from cancer. She had received the most skillful medical attendance that could be secured, but of no avail. She leaves a son residing in New Zealand, two sons, Edward L. and Robert, and a daughter, Miss Emma, the two latter residence of Denver, Ed. L. being a resident of this city. Mrs. Harris resided in this city and Black Hawk for a number of years. She was an active member of Trinity M.E. Church in Denver. The funeral occurred Wednesday afternoon. Interment was made at Riverside Cemetery alongside her husband who proceeded her to the grave several years ago. “Blessed are those who die in the Lord.”

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