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ArrowCO_RollinsPass_191030 years ago – February 21, 1986

Gilpin County Sheriff Rosetta Anderle will be seeking reelection to that office in this year’s election. She filed a candidate affidavit in the county clerk and recorder’s office Wednesday. She will formally announce her candidacy on February 28 at the Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner. Anderle is a Republican, as is Howard Raduechel, the only other announced candidate as of Wednesday, for sheriff. The term of office is four years. Anderle became sheriff in 1981 when she was appointed to the job after Sheriff Dave Benson resigned. In 1982, she won election to the post.

Don Diltz likes his job as Gilpin County Commissioner and wants to keep it for another four years. “I’m sold on it,” he says of the community. It is where his memories are, his assets, and his future. He has no plans to leave. At one time, he says candidly, he thought about running and hiding. That was after his wife, Dorothy, died in December 1984. Diltz had taken care of her during her long illness, and after her death he seriously considered leaving the area. As time has healed his wounds, he has realized Gilpin County is his home. He is finishing his first four year term as County Commissioner. He is in his second year as chairman of the board of commissioners. In running for reelection, he is offering the voters a chance to take advantage of his experience in the office. He says a person does not just step into the job; it takes time to learn the many responsibilities.

Warren Snyder says he possesses “common sense” along with the “ability to work with other people” and “an open mind.” Since he makes his home in Gilpin County, he wants to work toward being proud of the county. And, Snyder, a Democrat, is running for County Commissioner. The current commissioners are working on trying to get a bigger tax base for the county, Snyder says, and he is for zoning changes that would help. However, the “first thing that has to be done” is to “show a better image of Gilpin County.” The county is not attractive, not aesthetically pleasing. Business people from outside the county do visit Central City in the summer and they may be looking for a site for a business or office. If there is junk all over the county, those people are not likely to consider it as a place to locate. One ramification of the lack of a tax base is that property taxes are high in Gilpin County. Total mill levies are the third highest in Colorado’s 63 counties, according to Snyder, and Gilpin County is 52nd out of 63 counties in per capita income. “Gilpin County has some serious financial problems.” Snyder would “like to enlist all the citizens of Gilpin County for their input,” on the financial and other problems.

Gilpin County now has liability insurance, but “the cost is phenomenal,” according to County Commissioner Leslie Williams. The insurance coverage will cost $61,098 a year. In 1985, the county spent about $32,000 for liability insurance.

Herma S. Pallaro of Denver died February 11, 1986, at the Hospice of St. John. He was 83. He was born on May 20, 1902. He was raised in and went to school in Russell Gulch and Idaho Springs. Pallaro worked in Gilpin County and Clear Creek County gold mines before moving to Denver in 1927. On April 23, 1927, he married Adele Hancock in Denver. In 1964, he retired after 37 years as a baker for the Campbell Sell Bakery. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Evelyn M. Richie of Denver; a brother, Albert Pallaro of Lakewood; three sisters, Josephine Lowell of Deer Trail, Ann Shull of Trinidad, and Mary Eddy of Denver. Services were held February 14, 1986 at Olinger Chapel. Burial was on Crown Hill.

60 years ago – February 24, 1956

Mr. Sterling Gilbert, Deputy D.A. of this district is in quite a quandary, and is intending putting ten or more investigators from his office, and an equal number of detectives, and possibly call in help from the FBI, in order to unravel a mystery that has happened to him. It is not a gory kind of mystery, nor a sour one, but rather one of the sweet kind, in which he will spend from his personal resources a sum that is on a par from a gift that was hung on his door as a greeting on Valentine’s Day. The gift was a large piece of fudge, contained no arsenic or strychnine as he avidly devoured this sweet morsel with great gusto and enjoyed it. So now the investigation is being carried on as to the donor. Further affiant sayeth not.

James Ramstetter of Golden, a nephew of Mayor George Ramstetter, was here Tuesday on a visit. His uncle, however, was in one of the hospitals in Denver recuperating from a spell of sickness, and was not home to greet his nephew, but will be home here sometime this week.

Mr. Robert Brown, Business Manager of the Opera House Association, was in Central City Wednesday on business in connection with the Association. He stated that Worsham and company, of Denver, will do many improvements here as soon as weather conditions permit, particularly in the gardens between the Teller House and Opera House. He further said that the opera “Costa,” to be given as the main attraction here the coming summer, will be composed of Metropolitan stars in its entirety, and the light opera about “Baby Doe,” will have as the Cast many noted and famous singers. The play, which usually follows the operas, has not been selected as yet.

Mrs. Mary Ann Eccker died Friday morning apparently from a heart attack at the home of Andy Eccker, where she had been making her home for many years past. She was a lifelong resident of Gilpin County, being born in Russell Gulch June 20, 1879. She was married to James A. Retallack in 1898, who passed away in 1918. Later she was married to Albert Eccker, who passed away in the late 40’s. She was a most philanthropic woman and was generally admired and beloved by all who knew her. Her deeds of kindness and mercy will ever be remembered, and she will be sadly missed. She is survived by two daughters, Gertrude Woods, of California, and Mary Buck of Oregon; a sister, Anna Powers, of Oregon; two stepsons, E.J. and Andy Eccker, of Black Hawk. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Methodist Church in this city, with interment in Fairmont Cemetery in Denver.

90 years ago – February 26, 1926

Buck Jones in “The Timber Wolf,” in five reels, and a Fox News reel will be the picture program at the Opera House Saturday evening, February 27th.

Mrs. H. Lawry and daughter Mrs. Wm. Mitchell left Sunday for Denver on a visit with relatives and friends for a few days.

Wm. Brenton was up from Denver the first of the week looking after business matters.

Dr. Wm. Schutz left Monday on a business visit to Denver.

Miss Loraine Williams came up Saturday evening from Denver on a visit over the weekend with relatives.

Mr. H.J. Teller returned Monday from a short business visit to the big city.

Weather conditions during the week were most favorable up to Wednesday morning, when a high wind scattered the snow all over the foothills. A snow fall of several inches on Monday covered the hill sides, which had about disappeared by Wednesday.

Funeral services for Mrs. Ann Hancock, who died at her Denver home Thursday, will be held Sunday afternoon at the Temple Mortuary. Burial will take place at the Riverside Cemetery.

Mrs. Hancock was born in England, in 1842. She was a pioneer of Colorado, coming to Central City in the early seventies, and moving to Denver in 1882. She is survived by a son, E.J. Belbridge of Washington state, and three daughters living in Denver; Miss Florence Hancock, Lillie Hancock and Mrs. Paul Benchetler.

Mrs. Pearl Carbis, formerly of this city, died in Denver Thursday, February 18th. She was the wife of William T. Carbis, and besides her husband, leaves three children; her mother Mrs. E.A. Nichols; and three sisters, Mrs. R. Trevithivk, of Denver, Mrs. Nicholas Thomas of Wardner, Idaho, and Mrs. George Weisbeck of Craig, Colorado; and one brother, Guy Nichols of Denver.

120 years ago – February 21, 1896

  Last Monday evening Mr. and Mrs. Dan Lynch entertained a number of their many friends at their residence on Eureka Street. During the evening cards and other games, recitation and singing were participated in by those present. The party broke up near the hour of midnight, after all had spent an enjoyable evening. The following ladies and gentlemen were among the jolly crowd: Mr. and Mrs. M. Harrington, Mr. and Mrs. M. Lewis, Misses Mamie Loughran, Mamie Drennan, Mary and Kate Leahy, Lissie Galligan, Rose Floyd, Mary Leidinger, Lucy Kelly, Addie Santry, Fitzgibbons, Aggie Flynn, Jennie Cody; Messrs. John and Cody, Mark and Will Leahy, Will Davidson, Chas. Hale, Matt Klein, Harry Norwood, Mike Flynn, Fritz Altvater, Frank McGinnis, Charles Richards, and Ed. Kelly.

Born: In Nevadaville, February 16th, 1896, to the wife of Wm. Doyle, a daughter.

Born: In Denver, February 12th, 1896, to the wife of Forbes Rickard, a son.

Born: In Russell Gulch, February 19th, 1896, to the wife of Louis Ferenchich, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, February 17th, 1896, to the wife of W. Watkins, a son.

Born: In Mountain City, February 18th, 1896, to the wife of J. Bornison, a son.

Died: In Central City, February 18th, 1896, F. Fina, aged 55 years. Funeral services were held at the Church of the Assumption on Thursday at 9:30a.m., interment being made in the Catholic burying ground.

Died: In Central City, February 15th, 1896, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Richards, aged 7 months. Interment was made in the Masonic Cemetery on February 18th.

Died: In Black Hawk, February 15th, 1896, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Paternoster, aged 5 years.

Died: In Nevadaville, February 15th, 1896, Miss Mary Hickey, aged 88 years. The deceased lady came from the east about two weeks ago to visit her niece, Mrs. P. Murphy, of Nevadaville. Funeral services were held in the Church of the Assumption on Monday at 9:30. Interment being made in the Catholic Cemetery.

Died: IN Central City, February 19th, 1896, D.H. McWithey, aged 77 years.

Died: In Central City, February 18th, 1896, of pneumonia, Leonard Wortham, aged 23 years.

Died: At the Hill Ranch, February 20th, 1896, the son of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Hill, aged 23 years. Funeral will take place on Sunday, February 23rd, at 12 o’clock, and interment will be made in Fairmont Cemetery, Denver.

146 years ago- February 25, 1869

From the Central City Weekly Register: The Quartz Hill Gold Mining Company has wheeled into line again as one of the most valuable and productive mines in Nevada District. Since 1865, until the first of November 1868, it had been idle. Mr. A. Mansur, its first superintendent, found himself compelled to suspend work upon it owning to the irresistible pressure occasioned by the excessive advance in wages and miner’s supplies during the Indian wars of 1865, a time that tried the staunchest of our mining and mercantile establishments. Mr. Mansur, having relinquished his control of the property, Mr. D. Sullivan was sent out to start it up again. On the first of last November he began clearing away the rubbish, putting in new timbers and placing the mine in working order. At that time the main shaft was about two hundred and fifty feet deep, the crevice closed tight, showing no pay rock whatever. On the first of January 1869, Mr. Sullivan says he commenced mining and since then has carried the shaft down eighty three feet. Fourteen feet above the water sink he has commenced a running level west which is now fifteen feet in length and has about seventy feet of pay ground above, carrying and average vein of eighteen inches to be stoped out. He estimates the yield at one cord or 8 tons per fathom of ground. The work is all under contract at favorable rates. He pays nineteen dollars per foot for sinking, and $18 per fathom for stoping, has a good engine with all requisite hoisting machinery, little or no trouble from water, and a twelve stamp mill within easy distance from the mine which he keeps constantly suppled with ore that yields an average of seven ounces of gold per cord.

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