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Milda_Anwar330 years ago – October 11, 1985

Jerry Stringfellow was shot twice by an unknown assailant Thursday afternoon. He was near his home in the Pisgah Lake area of Gilpin County. Undersheriff David Martinez said shortly after the incident that all of the information about it had not been obtained. What he was informed of was that Stringfellow confronted an unknown man that was allegedly trespassing on private property. The man supposedly intended to cut trees on the property and Stringfellow informed him that he could not. The man allegedly said that he would see about that, pulled a gun, and shot Stringfellow once in the face and once in the shoulder. Members of the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department along with several other law enforcement officials went in search of the man who was still believed to be in the area. According to Martinez, Stringfellow shot two of the tires on the man’s vehicle before he drove himself to Central City to get medical attention. It was not long before the unknown man was apprehended. Stringfellow was transported to the hospital. Martinez said he thought Stringfellow would be all right. At press time yesterday, further details were not available.

To the astonishment of Black Hawk City Council members, several other local officials and some residents of Gilpin County attended the City Council meeting Tuesday to express their opposition to the watershed ordinance, which would make it mandatory for anyone within the city’s watershed protection district to obtain a city permit for “sanitary sewage facilities and systems.” The County opposes the ordinance because it would encompass a great deal of land not within the city limits of Black Hawk and, in a letter to the board, Bill Glasser, County Sanitarian argued that “We disagree that the City of Black Hawk should be involved in the business of passing judgment on septic permit applications in the unincorporated areas of the county… we do not issue septic permits in areas where water quality would be compromised.” The audience had been told the ordinance would be acted upon at the council meeting. That information came from Linda Martin, circuit-riding City Manager. Council members were annoyed that they were not told the watershed ordinance was to be discussed. The ordinance was not listed as one of the topics on the agenda. Alderman Jim Wershky pointed out that the Council had just received a draft of the ordinance, but no one had read it. The Council was unaware of why the local officials and others were attending the meeting until “audience business” was addressed and the topic was brought up then. The Gilpin County Sanitarian received a letter from Martin, dated September 23, regarding a proposed watershed ordinance. Enclosed with the letter was a copy of an ordinance and a map showing the area impacted by the ordinance. The letter said copies were sent to the County Commissioners and the County Building Inspector, but Commissioner Leslie Williams said only the Sanitarian received it. Martin was not present at the meeting. Williams told the Council that she was pointing out to them that the meeting “was to be held tonight.” Wershky apologized to people in the audience who were told the meeting about the ordinance would be held and reiterated that the Council was not aware of that decision.

Caroline Bancroft—1900-1985: Caroline Bancroft, a noted Colorado historian and author, died at her Denver home Tuesday. She was 85. She was author of two books and about two dozen booklets about Colorado history. She wrote “Gulch of Gold,” a hardback book about Central City history. Other historical writing includes “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “Silver Queen, the Fabulous Story of Baby Doe Tabor,” “Six Racy Madams,” and “Colorful Colorado.” She was involved with Central City for years. She helped the Central City Opera House Association get started in 1932. She was a charter life member of the Gilpin County Historical Society, and an honorary board member and historian of the society. She has contributed much to the society over the years. She was also a charter member of the Gilpin County Arts Association. In the late 1940s and early 1950s she often stayed in Central City at a house on East 3rd High Street. Bancroft was born at the family home in Denver on September 11, 1900. She was at third generation Coloradoan. Her grandfather, Frederick J. Bancroft, was a physician. He came to Colorado after the Civil War and helped found the Denver Medical Society and the Colorado Historical Society. Mount Bancroft was named for him and Lake Carline at the base of Mount Bancroft was named after his granddaughter. Caroline Bancroft attended Corona Elementary School in Denver and graduated from North High School in 1918. In 1923 she received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Denver in 1943. She was the first book editor of The Denver Post. Among the people she interviewed during her career were George Bernard Shaw, John Galsworthy, H.G. Wells, W. Somerset Maugham, Andre Malraux, G. K. Chesterton, and Rebecca West. She belonged to the Colorado Historical Society, Friends of the Denver Public Library, and Historic Denver. She was a patron of the Denver Art Museum. She is survived by a sister, Peggy LeBaron of Washington, D.C.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Western History Department of the Denver Public Library, or the Colorado Historical Society.

60 years ago – October 14, 1955

A father and his young son, who was carefully holding in his lap a shoebox punctured with air holes, were seated in a bus. When the bus stopped for a red light, the lad was heard to ask: “Daddy, is my kitten a man kitten or a lady kitten?” “A man kitten.” The father replied promptly. “How do you know?” Continued the boy. Every passenger within earshot waited expectantly for the reply. “Well he’s got whiskers, hasn’t he?” explained the father.

Mrs. Don Mattivi was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver last Thursday, and is recuperating nicely, which is most pleasing news. In the meantime, the small fry, Donnie and Mike are both on the sick list at their home here.

Mrs. Minnie McCoy entertained her bridge foursome from Denver at her home here Saturday afternoon.

Mrs. Gladys Erickson returned Saturday from Greeley, where she attended the funeral of her father. She was accompanied home by her uncle, Mr. Henry Schrader and wife, of Spokane, Wash., who visited here for several days.

Word has been received here of the death on October 2nd, 1955, of Mrs. H.G. (Daisy Best) Robinson, elder daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Best, prominent residents of Central City seventy or eighty years ago. John Best was the second owner of the Pharmacy on Eureka Street, the first drug store in Colorado.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lawson, and daughters, Shalon Elaine and Cathy Lynn, of California are visiting at the home of their aunt Betty Anderle. They are enjoying the mountains and plan on staying through the big game hunting season.

Mrs. Luella Fritz was in Denver Sunday to see her daughter, Helen Howard, who will probably be released from the hospital this week. It was also the 8th birthday of grandson David.

Mrs. Lettie Gray has recently purchased a new Chevrolet car from the Craig Frederick Company of Golden.

90 years ago – October 16, 1925

Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Hamilton of Denver, and former residents of Black Hawk, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Thursday, October 15th, at the Argonaut Hotel in Denver. Invitations had been sent to many old friends in this city and Black Hawk, a number of whom attended and took part in the festivities. Congratulations and good wishes are extended the couple by their Gilpin County friends, who also cherish the hope that they may live many more years to enjoy life’s pleasure and happiness.

Banana Lemon Whip by Nellie Maxwell: Boil together two cups of sugar, two cups of water and the grated yellow rind of a lemon; when it hairs add one half package of gelatin which has been softened in cold water. Stir until dissolved, then add the sifted pulp of four ripe bananas mixed with the juice of two lemons. Pour all into a large bowl to cool, and when the edges begin to harden beat the mixture with a large-sized egg beater, continuing to beat until the whole is creamy, then it may be poured into a mold and chilled.

Died: Samuel Belford. While on a trip through California, accompanied by his wife and son, who was also his law partner, Mr. Belford was stricken with heart failure while in Sacramento, Calif., on Tuesday last, and died suddenly at his hotel, aged 52 years. He was born in this city on Feb. 13, 1873, but the greater portion of his school days were spent in Denver, where the family resided after his father, Judge James B. Belford was elected a member of the House of Representatives at Washington. Of late years he has been residing at Reno, Nevada, where he enjoyed a good practice at his profession as a lawyer. Besides his wife and son, he is survived by his sister, Mrs. Francis Wayne, of Denver, and two brothers, Herbert B. Belford, of Denver, and James Francis Belford, of New York City.

Died: Mrs. Oetta Harsh Clark. Mrs. Oetta Harsh Clark passed away Monday at her home, 1106 Downing Ave., Denver, after an illness of four months, following a stomach operation. Services were held Wednesday at the Olinger Chapel, with cremation at Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Clark was born in Central City, in 1865, but moved to Golden with her parents, the late Dr. and Mrs. Harsh, when just a small girl. She attended the Golden schools and finished at the Young Ladies Seminary in Pittsburg, Penn. She was married in 1884 to Harry L. Clark, who passed away several years ago. One daughter, Veda Clark Petsch was born to them and resides at 1160 Downing. One brother Elmer L. Harsh, now lives at Hot Sulphur Springs. Mrs. Clark was a woman of wonderful character greatly loved and appreciated by her hosts of friends here and in Denver, where she has lived the past thirty years.

Died: Richard (“Papp”) O’Donnell. 79 years old, died of paralysis last Sunday at Pleasant View. Mr. O’Donnell was born in Ireland, but came to this country when he was very young. He had lived in Jefferson County for many years, having worked as section foreman on the C. & S. railroad around Central City, Black Hawk, and Golden. He had been ill for almost a year. He is survived by a son, James O’Donnell, of Pleasant View, and two grandchildren, who live in Denver. The funeral was conducted by the McGovern Mortuary from St. Joseph’s Church in Golden on Wednesday morning.

Died: In Boulder, Colorado, October 10, Mrs. T. H. Belcher, Sr., aged 78 years. The Belcher family came to Gilpin County in 1871 and for many years resided in Gregory Gulch, where Mr. Belcher was employed on the Gregory and Bobtail mining properties. For the past five years deceased had been living in Boulder. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Harry Hamor and Mrs. James Robins and three sons, T.H., Alfred and John. The funeral took place in Boulder on Tuesday afternoon last.

120 years ago – October 11, 1895

The work of recovering the bodies of the miners in the Sleepy Hollow Mine and Americus Mine is drawing to a close, and probably before this is circulated all of the bodies will have been taken from the former property, and in another week’s time those in the Americus will have been reached and deposited in the tomb. This week has been a week of funerals, and as each body is recovered and taken to the cemetery, the fact is vividly brought to mind of one of the greatest disasters that has ever occurred in this section of Colorado. At 10 o’clock on Monday morning last, the body of William H. Prisk was found in the Sleepy Hollow Mine, between the 500 and 600 foot levels, about 100 feet from the shaft. It will be remembered that he and his father, Henry Prisk, at the time the water was roaring down the shaft, made an effort to escape by the shaft; that the father succeeded in getting above the water and gas, while the son, overcome by the latter, fell through a winze a distance of nearly 50 feet, and must have been instantly killed, if not by the fall, by the deadly gas that the water brought with it. When found the body was badly bruised, and mortification had set in. The remains, after being viewed and identified by the coroner and jury, were taken to his home, the funeral occurring in the afternoon from the M.E. church, which was very largely attended. On Wednesday about noon the body of Thomas Carbis, brother of James Carbis, foreman of the mine, was found in the 600 foot level, close to the shaft. He and the other men were working in the 700 foot level and it is presumed that as soon as he heard the water coming down the shaft he jumped for the ladders and climbed up to the 600 foot level, and that the balance of the crew, when they reached the shaft from the level in which they were working, found their means of escape cut off by a heavy door that closed over the shaft by the weight of water that filled the mine, and they were drowned like rats in a hole. His body was taken to his residence and identified, after which the funeral was held from the Methodist Church. He leaves a wife and several children. Early Thursday morning the bodies of J. Harris, M. Brokelbank and Nazarano Marreato were found in the ladderway and level, and about 2 o’ clock the bodies of N. Vegas and John Pergher were hoisted to the surface. The funeral of the two former was held from the Methodist Church in the morning, under the auspices of the Order of Foresters and Sons of St. George, and that of Marreato and Pergher in the afternoon from the Church of the Assumption, under the auspices of the Italian societies, whose members turned out in large numbers to escort the remains to their last resting place. Later in the afternoon the body of N. Vegas was hoisted to the surface and taken direct to the ceremony. The bodies of William Thomas and O. Prouse, the only ones remaining in the Sleepy Hollow property, will probably be found in a couple of hours, which when recovered will complete a long and tedious job of continuous hoisting of water for forty days.

A monument, Colorado, special to the Denver dailies under date of the 7th says: “Mrs. D. McShane, one of the brave pioneer women of Colorado, was stricken with paralysis this morning at the home ranch near town. She appeared to be in her usual health, having attended to her accustomed household duties and was talking to her husband when she became speechless. Drs. Ballon of Monument and Hart of Colorado Springs are in attendance and pronounce the stroke a slight one. Hopes are entertained for her speedy recovery.” The afflicted lady is a sister in law of Hon. John. C. McShane of this city.

Born: In Central City, October 7th, 1895, to the wife of Robert Barbee, a son.

Born: In Central City, October 9th, 1895, to the wife of Fortunato Dalsasso, a son – weight 10 pounds. Another Republican voter added to the second ward poll list. His father, “Dal,” is the proudest resident of that ward. Mother and child are getting along nicely.

Married: In Salt Lake City, Utah, October 4th, 1895, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Miss Lottie J. Wilmer of that city, and Mr. Charles F. Weatherbee, formerly of Gilpin County, Colorado. No cards.

Died: At Apex, Pine Creek District, October 6th, 1895, Mrs. Cora Corsby, aged 20 years. Deceased leaves a son two years of age, and a father and mother, who were with their daughter at the time of her death. The funeral occurred on Monday at 2 o’clock. This is the first death occurring in that place for years, and the first one since the organization of the new town.

Died: In Los Angeles, California, October 2nd, 1895, of miners’ disease, George L. Mann, a former resident of Nevada District, in the 38th year of his age. Deceased left here some seven years ago, and for a time his health improved. In September he contracted a cold, which hastened his death. He leaves a wife and three children. His remains were embalmed and shipped to his old home in Aurora, Ill., for interment.

Died: In Louisville, Kentucky, October 3rd, 1895, William R. Chadbourne, formerly of South Boulder, Colorado. Deceased had been a sufferer from consumption for several years before returning last fall to his native state. He will be pleasantly remembered by many friends and acquaintances in the northern part of Gilpin County.

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