Snow started falling in Gilpin County Friday night and by the time it was over the county had experienced its first major snowstorm of the season. City, county and state road crews worked day and night to clear the roads. About two feet of snow were reported at the top of Wedgwood Subdivision. Bob Dornbrock, County Road Supervisor, said 14 ½ inches fell at the county shop. His assistant, Tim Logan, said the Rollinsville area had 14 to 16 inches. Dave Woodring, head of the state crew, said Lakeview Subdivision had 15 inches. Central City and Black Hawk had over 14 inches. Right at the beginning of the storm, about 8:30 Friday night, one of the state trucks hit a sewer manhole cover on Highway 279, the road through Black Hawk to Central. That put the fan through the radiator, so Woodring borrowed a standby truck from the state people in Golden. Tuesday evening, snow began falling again, but the monster storm that was predicted did not materialize. Only an inch or two fell before the storm fizzled. By 10:00 p.m., the stars were out in Central. The brief storm took its toll, though on one of Woodring’s trucks. It had engine trouble, and was still stuck on Highway 119 Wednesday. So, he was temporarily using two borrowed trucks. Yesterday morning, it was dreary and snowing again.
Mike Kervitsky, former supervisor of transportation at the Gilpin County RE-1 School, and the school board have reached a settlement on Kervitsky’s contract which totals approximately $7,500. According to School Superintendent Fred Meyers, the agreement states that Kervitsky will receive $6,000, less all applicable state and federal taxes, plus $1,500 for his attorney fees. The school, thus the taxpayers, will pay for all of that. Additionally, Meyers said Kervitsky’s effective date to resign was November 1, 1985. Kervitsky will not seek re-employment at the school. He has agreed to release the school from all obligations in his contract. The agreement also states that answers made to any employment inquiries made to the school will be limited to his name, address, length of employment at the school, and a statement that his employment at the school was satisfactory. Kervitsky was suspended from his position at the school in October. A fact-finding hearing was held by the board to decide if he should resign or if he would be retained at the school. Kervitsky was suspended after all seven school buses were red tagged by the state because they had not been properly inspected. Board President Kay Lorenz said last week that evidence or testimony at the hearing will not be released without Kervitsky’s consent to a release. Why the settlement offer was made to Kervitsky will not be disclosed.
Heather and Pat Ortega of Denver are the proud parents of a baby boy, their first child. Patrick Edward Ortega Jr., was born at 5:47 a.m. on November 12, 1985, at Denver General Hospital. He weighed six pounds 15 ½ ounces and measured 19 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are John and Cathy Ficke of Apex Valley, and Jan Ficke of Northglenn. Paternal grandparents are Betty Valdez and Reuben Valdez of Northglenn. Maternal great-grandparents are George and Jacqueline Ficke of Colorado Springs.
Linda Martin, circuit riding City Manager of Black Hawk, and her husband, Bill Jorgenson, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Rebecca. She was born November 12, 1985, at approximately 6:00 a.m. She weighed eight pounds 14 ounces.
60 years ago – November 18, 1955
The Register-Call is devoid of news this week, the columns being taken up with legal publications. Maybe it is hell for the readers, but it is heaven for the editor.
Old Boreas unleashed his full fury upon this vicinity during the first part of the week, driving temperatures down to zero and below, and with high winds drifting the snow in frozen piles that will take many warm days to melt. Thermometers registered from zero to ten below in Central, and twelve to fifteen below in the Rollinsville district. All roads are icy and slippery, but no accidents have been reported. We hope with great anticipation for more sunny and warmer weather during the coming week as we’re tired of overshoes and heavy clothing, particularly our red woolens, which have been in moth balls for the past year.
Mayor George Ramstetter and wife left last week for a vacation under the sunny skies of Old Mexico. We envy them while they are basking in the rays of Old Sol, while here in the Arctic Circle our igloos are hard to heat.
Mrs. Nora Scott, who has been in Denver for the past week, returned home Monday. She had the misfortune of twisting her ankle on an icy sidewalk and for several days kept to her hotel room.
The annual Thanksgiving card party for all members of the Elks Lodge, and their wives or girlfriends will be given Saturday evening, November 19th, at the Club Rooms. Turkey prizes for the various card games and a door prize, will be given to the best players and the one holding the lucky number. Refreshments will be served during the evening. You are assured a most pleasant evening.
The old wooden bell tower which graced the front of the Alert Fire house at Mountain City, was blown down by the high winds of last week, and another monument of the old days has now passed into oblivion.
Sheriff Kenneth McKenzie was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital last Friday for a blood transfusion, but is better now and expects to be home in a few days.
Mr. Gus Bakes is in Denver visiting friends and relatives.
Funeral services were held from the Olinger Mortuary in Denver on Wednesday for LeRoy A. Eicher, who died suddenly several days previous. Mr. Eicher was the County Auditor of Gilpin County, which position he has held for the past twenty-five years, and his sudden demise was quite a shock to his many friends here. He is survived by one son, his wife having passed away about six months ago. Interment was in Fairmont Cemetery.
90 years ago – November 20, 1925
A letter received last week from Nelson Z. Cozens of Englewood, Colorado, in renewing his subscription to the Register-Call, also brings the information that “Will and Mary Cozens, children of the late W. Cozens, have deeded the Cozens ranch of over 300 acres to the Jesuit College, for the glory of God and Catholic Education, and all they ask for the donation is that the Roman Catholic Church will look after them as long as they live.
John Daley, of the Incidental Mine, returned Monday from a trip to Denver.
Joe Ress returned Tuesday from a two weeks visit in Denver.
Mrs. P. Zancanella expects to leave this week for Wyoming to join her husband who is working in coal mines at Lyonkol.
Mr. E.C. Leibner, city mail carrier at Denver, wife and children and Miss Francis Echternach of New Richard Minn., visited with the Wagner family over Sunday.
- Hancocl and Frank Cician had taken a lease on the Iron mine and had a load of supplies there for work, which were lost in the fire.
The snow of Saturday and the wind of Monday made the roads impassable and it was necessary to use a scraper on them to open them for traffic.
Will Grenfell left for Arvada on Tuesday, having received word that his wife was on the sick list.
Miss Mary Pallaro has been on the sick list for the past two weeks.
Game Warden S.T. Harris returned Tuesday evening from a trip of several days spent in the vicinity of the Evans ranch on Bear Creek, where he killed one of the bull elk that have been doing considerable damage to the ranchmen in that vicinity. The animal was killed under orders from the Game and Fish Commissioner, R.G. Parvin, of Denver and the meat is to be sold and the proceeds turned over to the state.
Miss Kathryn Harrison, who has been visiting with Mrs. Reseigh, of this city, left for Denver yesterday morning, with the intention of remaining there for the rest of the winter.
Mr. H.H. Lake left for Denver Tuesday morning on business matters, as well as for a short visit with his son Willett and family.
George McFarlane, who came up on Saturday evening to preside at the Opera House and handle the movie picture machine, returned to the valley on Sunday.
Mrs. H.J. Teller was among the passengers to Denver Monday morning on a shopping and business trip.
Tom Mix in “Rainbow Trail” and a Fox News reel are the pictures to be shown at the Opera House, Saturday evening, November 21st.
120 years ago – November 15, 1895
The compound Cameron pump which will be used in the incline shaft on the Gregory Mine was started up this morning. As we go to press it is working smoothly. In placing it in position there were some detentions met with which were unavoidable.
The best and most profitable mine in Gilpin County at present writing is that of the Gold Coins Mining Company, operating the Indiana group of veins on Quartz Hill, west of the Hidden Treasure. The group consists of the Indiana, Sun and Moon, formerly owned by the late Judge Harley B. Morse. The property is worked through the main shaft of the Hidden Treasure, virtually the California vein. During the present month Mr. Dickey has met with detentions on account of foul air. This, however, he has remedied by creating an air circuit through placement of machinery, which is now working in a satisfactory manner.
Mr. Wagner, of Russell Gulch, arrayed in his best Sunday garments, left for Denver to spend a week at the state capital and renew acquaintanceship with his friends. It may happen that on his return home he will be accompanied by a “companion for life.” The writer, not knowing from experience what the term means, presumes that Mr. Wagner contemplates matrimony. Should the presumption prove a fact, Mr. and Mrs. Wagner will be accorded a hearty welcome by the entire community. Stranger things have happened.
Mr. Daniel Fuelscher, who spent several days at Cripple Creek last week, returned Saturday night. He has a good opinion of that camp, which is being boomed for all it is worth by the railroads and press of El Paso County.
Mr. William Euteneur, Senior, who has been confined to his room with an attack of typhoid fever, is out again but quite weak yet.
A marked improvement to Spring Street has been completed, that of filling it up with rock macadam from the Fuelscher building down to the confluence of Spring with Gregory Street. It is a good piece of street work and has a good foundation in the rock forming its basis.
For Rent: Desirable room in Mullen & Morris block, Main Street, Central. Apply to Ben. P. Thomas at the store of the Sauer-McShane Mercantile Company.
Born: In Fort Collins, November 9th, 1895, to the wife of Augustus Rohling, a son. Mayor Rohling, of Black Hawk, received the intelligence Saturday evening of the advent of his nephew. True to his spirit, the advent was duly celebrated on his part.
Born: In Central City, November 14th, 1895, to the wife of James Warren, a son.
Born: In Central City, November 13th, 1895, to the wife of Thomas Oxnam, a son. As this is the first heir born in that household father a mother are both delighted over the advent of the little stranger.