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pano_Nevadaville_191530 years ago – November 29, 1985

Warm temperatures and blue skies brought an abundance of construction workers outside at Gilpin County School Monday. Construction of the new elementary and secondary wings is proceeding steadily. Roofs are being installed, windows are in place, and the large amount of space that will be available is now apparent. Construction is expected to be completed after the first of the year.

An incident occurred in Black Hawk early in November involving 15 to 20 juveniles and adults. As a result of the disturbance that involved guns and knives, summonses were issued to three adults and another adult was taken into custody for a $30,000 warrant out of Texas. Ronald F. Walters of Gilpin County was arrested by Black Hawk Marshal George Armbright for allegedly stabbing a juvenile and assaulting another adult as a result of a fight that occurred on Main Street in Black Hawk. Walters failed to appear in Gilpin County Court on Tuesday, but has been charged with assault in the second degree, assault in the third degree, felony menacing, criminal mischief and carrying a concealed weapon. Due to his failure to appear in court, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Due to the number of people involved, law enforcement officials from the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department and the Central City Police Department served as backup and aided Armbright when the disturbance occurred. Bruce Hartman of the sheriff’s department suspected that the juveniles had been drinking. No written police reports on these incidents were available until this week, hence the delay in reporting them.

The inside of Black Hawk City Hall has a whole new look and it is nice. The stairs that were once worn down and creaky are now totally covered with plush beige carpeting. The floor inside, once drab and dull, now has been sanded down and covered in a urethane coating. The work was completed last week by Spencer’s Construction at a cost of $1,480. The bid for the project was accepted by the Black Hawk City Council at the November meeting.

Marvin Skagerberg, the son of Carl Skagerberg of Central City, is running a 48 hour race today and tomorrow in Dallas, Texas. The race will be around a track. His sister, Helen Cryan, is with him as his handler. Earlier this year, he won a coast-to-coast race.

Emily C. Svaldi of Denver died November 18, 1985, at Beth Israel Hospital. She was 79. She was born in 1905 in Central City. She was reared and educated in Denver. She was an assembly line worker for 38 years. Her husband, Matt Svaldi, died in 1963. She was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Altar and Rosary Society. Mass of Christian Burial was said on November 21 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church. Interment was at Mount Olivet. She is survived by two sons, Don Svaldi and Roy Rouse, both of Denver, eight grandchildren, and four greatgrandchildren.

60 years ago – December 2, 1955

Many a small boy is kept in after school because his father didn’t know how to work the problems the newfangled way.

Thanksgiving Day was a most pleasant one here in the mountains, with clear skies and mild weather. The clerk of the weather bureau promised snow and cold weather, which he had been doing for several days previous, but missed his guess. He prognosticated severe weather for the weekend, and that also failed to mature. However, in listening to the weather reports each evening at 10 o’clock, the temperatures here are from ten to twenty degrees higher in Central City than in Denver, which proves that if you want to enjoy balmy weather most of the winter, better come up to Central and reside.

LeRoy Flanders, a former resident of Black Hawk, was found guilty of simple robbery by a district court jury in Georgetown last Tuesday. He had been charged with aggravated robbery in the stickup of Ralph Green in Denver. Flanders was picked up as a hitchhiker by Green near Idaho Springs, Oct. 6. The jury was out for about four hours, and his counsel intimated that no appeal will be made.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Livingston, of Colorado Springs, are the proud parents of a baby boy born Wednesday the 23rd in that city. Our congratulations to them.

Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Gray, Mrs. Annie Quiller, Miss Marjorie Quiller, and Mrs. Phyllis Powers spent Friday in Denver on a shopping tout.

Mr. and Mrs. John Turner and Mr. and Mrs. Art Boeckmann spent Thanksgiving in Golden with the James Wildman family.

Miss Mary Lynch has moved to Denver for the winter. She will stay at the Drake Hotel.

Among the guests at the Norman Blake home for Thanksgiving dinner, were the families of Melvin Jacobs and George Snyder of Ft. Collins. Also Martha and Morris Steen, Mrs. Phillips and others.

Mr. and Mrs. John Anderle left Wednesday morning for Hobbs, New Mexico, where they will visit her brother, who is seriously ill.

Carol Kent spent the holiday weekend here with her grandmother, Mrs. Luella Fritz.

Mr. and Mrs. John Potter made a brief visit at the Ress home. Their car was covered with “Just Married” signs. They are making their home in Pueblo.

Mrs. Stinson drove a car to carry some of the GCHS pupils who took part in the Fred Taylor show on TV Friday. We saw all four of our members.

Mr. O.B. Flynn had the misfortune of breaking his hand Saturday while installing machinery at the Consolidated Uranium Corporation.

90 years ago – December 4, 1925

Miss Florence Mills came up from Denver Thursday to spend several days with her parents, returning Sunday.

Peter McFarlane left Thursday morning for Denver to spend Thanksgiving with relatives.

Mr. Thompson, of the Thompson-Zumsteg dry goods company at Idaho Springs, came over the hill Tuesday to distribute bills among Gilpin County residents announcing a big sale during the month of December of all kinds of articles which would make suitable Christmas gifts for the old and young. Attention is called to their ad in this issues of the many bargains offered.

Mr. and Mrs. John McNeil returned Sunday from a week’s visit at Colorado Springs.

Mrs. Nora Driscoll and son William returned Sunday evening from a visit with a relative in Denver.

Henry Eatwell and wife left Monday for Longmont, summoned by the serious illness of his father.

The Misses Helen and Mildred Fairchild left Sunday morning for the valley, the former going to New Ramor, and the latter to Greeley, after spending Thanksgiving vacation with their parents.

Mrs. James McGrew was a passenger on Wednesday morning’s train for Chicago, where she will make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Cynthia A.H. Smith.

The following pupils were neither absent nor tardy for the month of November: Vernon Hancock, Earl Hancock, Sydney Jones, Josephine Pallaro, and Virginia Zancanella.

RECIPE By Nellie Maxwell: How to Make Drop Nut Cakes: Take a cupful each of sugar and shortening, four tablespoonfuls of sour milk, two teaspoonfuls of baking powder, two eggs, cinnamon and cloves to taste; add one cupful each of nuts and raisins and flour to make a drop batter. Drop on baking sheets and bake in a moderate oven.

RECIPE By Nellie Maxwell: How to Make Strawberry Gateau: Bake a round of sponge cake; when cold cut off the top and scoop out the center, leaving a two-inch shell. Heap with strawberries which have been well sweetened, cover with whipped cream and serve at once.

120 years ago – November 29, 1895

A festival will be given in this city by the Swedish Society on Saturday evening, November 30, next door above city hall, for the benefit of Gus Gustafson, to which everybody is invited.

A regular old fashioned November windstorm set in Tuesday morning at an early hour, which caused considerable destruction to buildings on mines which had temporary shaft buildings over them. Several of these temporary structures in Russell District were either partially or entirely blown away. The windstorm in Central City cause considerable damage, the worst of which was the destruction of the canvas covering the new ice skating rink at City Park, which was in course of erection by Mr. Harry Sears. With true grit, nothing daunted by the action of the elements, he will repair the damaged it sustained. He is determined in that respect, and avers that he will yet have a skating rink.

Mr. Louis Tiger left Saturday afternoon for Cripple Creek to take in the business situation of that greatly advertised portion of El Paso County. During his absence, Mr. Harry Richards looked after his business interests in this city.

Mr. John Best, manager of the Saratoga Mine, Russell District, returned Monday morning from a trip to the cattle range of the Sanford Stock Company, in Weld County. While at headquarters he attended the annual meeting of the company, at which officers were elected for the ensuing year.

The Belvidere Mining Company is a recent incorporation to work mines in Gilpin County, with a capital of $100,000. The incorporators are Edwin W. Brown, Edmund Lunken, Granville Malcolm, and Millard F. Cottrell. They have acquired by purchase a group of mines in the Quartz Valley mining district.

The Valentine Mining Company is another organization which filed with the County Clerk & Recorder articles of incorporation, with a capitalization of $100,000. The company is organized for a period of twenty years. The main office is in Denver.

Reports from the Perigo Mine, north of Central City, are flattering. Parties who are leasing in the upper workings, southwest of the lower cross cut tunnel, are taking out ore which is yielding well in the Rollins Stamp Mill in Gamble Gulch. Headway in driving the lower cross cut tunnel has been retarded on account of the large amount of water encountered in the breast.

Married: At the residence of John Burrow, Packard Gulch, Central, November 16th, 1895, Mr. Joseph Sabey to Miss Clara Burrows.

Married: At the residence of the bride’s uncle, George T. Macon, in Birmington, Alabama, November 17th, 1895, Mr. Theodore F. Wade of Gilpin County and Miss Theresa Wilder of Birmington, Alabama. No Cards.

Married: At the Church of the Assumption, Central City, November 26th, 1895, Mr. Wingerter and Miss Nora Galligan.

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