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 30 years ago – March 7, 1986

The race has officially begun for those seeking office to represent the city of Black Hawk. The petition deadline was February 28. Two people are running for mayor and nine people are running for the six City Council seats. Randy Lara and Bill Lorenz are seeking the position of mayor of the city. Both of them presently serve on the City Council. The incumbents running for City Council are Joanne Lah, Velma Starbranch, Heino Sunter, and Jim Werschky. The other candidates running for City Council are Paul Felton, Mary Klemp, David Spellman, Morris Steen, and Michael Wilkinson. Residents within the city limits of Black Hawk that have not already registered to vote may do so at the Gilpin County Courthouse or at Black Hawk City Hall. The deadline to register to vote is today, March 7. To register, a person must be 18 years of age, a United States citizen, and must have lived in Black Hawk for 25 days immediately prior to the election. The election for Black Hawk city officials will be on April 1.

Two Republicans—Dick Allen and John Starkey—are running for Gilpin County Coroner. They announced their candidacies at last Friday night’s Lincoln Day Dinner. In brief remarks Allen said, “I hope I never meet any of you professionally.” Starkey pledged to work with the sheriff’s department and the district attorney’s office. Dennis White, who is coroner now, will not be running for election this year. He said Monday that next year he will need to devote more time to his job with Jefferson County and to his family. White was appointed coroner in January 1985. He took over for Leslie Williams who resigned as Coroner when she became County Commissioner.

Citizen of the Year: Muriel Paul wants to continue to work toward the development of Central City “because I love it,” she says. Paul enjoys seeing people work together as a community and things that Gilpinites are returning to the “way it used to be.” She was named the Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Gilpin County Chamber of Commerce on February 26, 1986. Speaking of the award, she said, “I’m shocked.” She added that she could not have attained the award without the help she receives from many people, particularly those involved in the Local Events Committee. Among the many reasons she was selected are her involvement in many activities, and her devotion and generous nature toward other Gilpinites.

60 years ago – March 9, 1956

By A.F. Mayham: Uncle Ed took in the geologists exhibition and “say so” in the auditorium last week, got a real penny on a key ring, walked around, and discovered that he wasn’t as young as he used to be, so he says, says he: “how do I know that my youth has been spent? Well, my get up and go has got up and went, but still I can grin when I think where it’s been, and the glorious fun and excitement it meant.” They had everything from youth to old age, uranium to oil wells, and some wells without any oil, J-sand, eosine and nicotine, shinarump and some shins without much rump. A geologist is supposed to know everything that other people want to know, and sometimes they don’t.

We heard of a rather amusing incident this week wherein some tourists at the drug store purchased several post cards of various scenes of Central City, and being in a hurry to depart, asked a resident of the city to kindly mail them. Curiosity always is predominant in the human mind, and while taking the cards to the Post Office for mailing, glanced at the message, which said: “We are in a small town in the mountains where only one mail arrives and departs only on Saturdays.” Filled with a little touch of the devil the accommodating citizen could not resist writing on the post card in parenthesis: “T’ain’t so; we have mail twice each day in this part of God’s country.” Apparently the tourists took the wrong interpretation from the sign at the P.O., which announces that the office would only be open on Saturdays until noon.

Mrs. Gladys Daugherty, who has been in charge of the pharmacy during the absence of Mr. and Mrs. George Springer, left Tuesday morning for Denver to spend a few days later going to Greeley on a visit with relatives and then to Roswell, New Mexico, to be with her husband Frank who is in charge of two drug stores in that city.

The bones of the unknown woman which were found below Black Hawk about a year ago in a small depression in one of the gulches leading up from Highway No. 119, were shipped here last week for burial, with the exception of the skull, which was kept in Denver for further study and as evidence perhaps, should the mysterious murderer ever be found. Sheriff McKenzie said as soon as the frost is out of the ground, he will bury the bones in Dory Hill Cemetery. The murder is one of the most baffling and mysterious of any in the state and appears that it will never be solved.

Harry S. Blake died last Friday at his home in Black Hawk, after an illness of over a year. He was 74 years of age. Harry was born in Black Hawk, and spent his entire life there, where he attended the public school and was in the livery business with his brother Otto. He also was a most capable mill man and worked in many of the stamp mills in that city. He was well-known and liked by everyone who knew him. He is survived by his wife, one brother, Otto, of Black Hawk, and five sons, Edward, of Las Vegas, Nevada; Otto, Melvin, Norman, and Dowell, all of Black Hawk and with the addition of Dave Blake, son of Edward, and grandson of the deceased, acted as pallbearers which was unique and also a decided tribute and farewell to their father and grandfather. His familiar presence about town and his friendly “Howdy Pard” will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the Catholic Church in this city, with interment in the Catholic Cemetery.

90 years ago – March 12, 1926

Tom Mix in “Riders of the Purple Sage,” in six reels and a Fox News reel are the pictures that will be shown at the Opera House Saturday evening, March 13th, 1926.

AD: To the Ladies: Mrs. Lottie Katta has now a new line of ready to wear dresses, and another supply of new hats, and the ladies of the county are requested to call and see them.

Two inches of snow on Friday followed by high winds on Saturday and Sunday, drifting the road badly. The auto carrying the mail did not get into town until Monday morning. Thermometers, 3 above on Saturday, 7 on Sunday, 19 on Monday, and 11 above on Tuesday. The snow scale showed 42 inches of snow on February 28th.

Mrs. Schwartz and Dewey Anderson were here Saturday evening from the Evans Ranch at the head of Bear Creek to attend the dance.

Charles Hawn and George Mosch arrived from Rollinsville last week and have rented the Thos. Hughes house. They are working at the Pewabic Mine.

The death of Albert Heppberger, of Black Hawk, last Saturday was received in Apex with profound sorrow. He has done considerable teaming during the past year years around Apex and was well thought of for his industry and his honest dealings. His parents and sisters and brothers have the sympathy from his many friends in Apex.

Mr. John A. Bostock, who died in Denver last week conducted a mercantile business here in 1897-98. When the Moffat Road was being built he clerked in a grocery store at Rollinsville and also at Tolland. For the past six years he was night clerk at the New Western Hotel in Denver. He had spent his summer vacation here for many years.

120 years ago – March 6, 1896

When Boston’s frigid daughters

A-merry making go,

They haunt New England waters

Like ghostly drifts of snow.

And winter, the old wizard,

Yields to their moods as law;

Their frowns provoke the blizzard,

Their smiles bring on the thaw. –By Truth.

Harvey Day made a visit to Leadville last Friday, returning on Tuesday. Harvey says the ice palace is a grand sight and that the toboggan slide is worth the trip.

 Richard Jenkins, of Pine Creek, is in this week, and has been staying with his brother. Dick has great faith in that part of the section of the county and says it will soon come to the front.

Phil Tabb, of Black Hawk, has been very sick during the past week.

James Morrison’s little boy, who was very ill last week, is considered out of danger.

L.C. Snyder returned from Denver on Monday, and reports that his son Harry is rapidly recovering from the accident which befell him at Cripple Creek a few weeks ago. He is able to move around, but there is a stiffness still remaining in his arm and back from the effects of the fall.

Born: In Lake Gulch, on Saturday, February 29th, 1896, to the wife of G. Zebra, a son.

Born: In Central City, on Monday, March 2nd, 1896, to the wife of Gaven Mallett, a son.

Died: In Central City, February 28, 1896, Wm. Thomas Johns, aged 22 years. The deceased was injured in the Phoenix-Burroughs Mine, in Nevadaville, on Wednesday, February 26, by falling a distance of 42 feet, and died as a result of his injuries on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The funeral took place from the family residence on Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock, interment being made in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery. Notwithstanding the inclement weather, a large number of friends followed the remains to their last resting place.

Died: In Mountain House District, February 29th, 1896, Elizabeth Lena Martin, wife of John Martin, aged 92 years. Funeral occurred last Sunday at 1 o’clock from late residence. Interment was made on Dory Hill.

Died: In Nevadaville, March 5, 1896, of pneumonia, Sam Waters, aged 21 years.

Died: In Black Hawk, March 2, 1896, of diphtheria, aged 4 years, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Feider.

Died: In Central City, March 6, 1896, aged 9 months, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Gibson.

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