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CC_EurekaSt_1930s_Sanborn30 years ago – April 4, 1986

Bill Lorenz was elected mayor or the city of Black Hawk in the municipal election on April 1. He defeated Randy Lara 52 votes to 31 votes, or 59.6 percent to 40.4 percent. Of the 161 registered voters in Black Hawk, 84 voters, or 52.1 percent cast votes. According to the results, one voter abstained from casting a vote for mayor. However, if all 84 had voted for six aldermen, the total votes cast would have been 504, but only 442 votes were cast for those positions. The incumbents elected to serve on the city council are Joanne Lah, Velma Starbranch, and Jim Wershky. Newly elected city council members are Mary Klemp, David Spellman, and Morris Steen.

Ten students from the Gilpin County School left for Los Angeles Wednesday morning to represent the State of Colorado in the national United States Academic Decathlon competition. The USAD program is a competition for high school students that prepare and compete at the local, state, and finally the national level. All of the team members must compete in all 10 events at the national competition. They are English and grammar, social science, science, mathematics, economics, essay writing, a planned and an impromptu speech, fine arts, and an interview situation to test communication skills. Each of the students have been studying and preparing for the event since November. In addition to their school homework and activities, these students have voluntarily spent many extra hours studying. Many of the participants gave up a portion of the Christmas break and the Easter vacation to prepare for the competition in California. The members going are: Elizabeth Fonseca (teacher and chaperone), Shane Shields, Michelle Ward, Ashling Larsen, Cindy Jordan, Amy Prescott, and Ron Hinton (teacher and chaperone), Eric Murphy, Steve Duval, Jonlee Anderle, and Shannon Blood. Jay Joslin will also be competing in the event. This year, 42 states will be participating at the national event. Over 4,000 high schools in the United States and Canada are competing. It is considered an honor for a high school to participate. Funds are not budgeted for the program, so the students held fund raisers to earn money to cover the expenses. Several sponsors in the community also donated funds. The team will be returning from the event on Sunday, April 6.

60 years ago – April 6, 1956

This flu or virus by whatever name one wishes to designate it, got hold of Uncle Ed last week and while he is always fighting the battle of the bulge, he relaxed on that score and lost about 10 pounds, Troy weight. He has ever been allergic to bourbon, women, candy, and pack rats but fond of Limburger. Said an aristocratic rodent wouldn’t even smell of Limburger, but Ed smelled to high Heaven every time he ate it. The flu bug laid Uncle Ed low for a few days. He had all kinds of advice on what to take and took most of it. He started with aspirin, anahist, sodium salicional, orange juice, quarts of water, and finally took 2 teaspoons full of Lydia Pinkham, slept 2 hours, got up and devoured a steak; that did it and he opines it was Lydia. Anyway he is now raring to take off but no place to go. Says it’s too early for the Truman wedding and too far to the Grace Kell nuptials and besides his vaccination is wearing off, so they told him at the mobile unit. He thought it rather queer when he discovered that they rarely vaccinate policemen, but was told that they never catch anything anyway unless it’s an over-parked car.

Sir Knights Clifford Parsons and Peter Strohm went to Georgetown Sunday morning where they met several other members of the local Commandery and attended Easter services at the Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Claud Travis and wife, of Sterling, enjoyed dinner at the attractive Canyon Cafe last Sunday afternoon. Mr. Travis will be remembered as one of the faculty of the high school in 1926.

The building on the intersection of Main, Lawrence, and Eureka Streets, formerly owned by the Rachofsky heirs but now under the ownership of Vern Sorenson, has recently been treated to a complete new coat of silver and green paint and is one of the most attractive buildings in the City. The lower floors are occupied by the Chandelier House of Gifts, owned by Mr. Sorenson, and many improvements are being made preparatory to the coming Summer Festival. He is one of our most enterprising business men and we predict that his large display of gifts will be visited by many thousands of visitors this summer.

George Ramstetter has leased his restaurant to Angelo DiBenedetto, who will take charge after the 15th of this month. It is Mr. DiBenedetto’s intention to make several improvements on the interior of the cage, and will supplement the regular cuisine with several delectable Italian dishes. Mr. Ramstetter has also rented the store where his grocery and meat department now is and will move his stock to the other side of the cafe. The room will be occupied by the Anglo-British Import Agency, who intend putting in a nice stock of Scottish fabrics. The Central Garage and parking lot opposite has been leased to George Howland, who will open sometime this month. He is a first class mechanic and will service any and all types of automobiles.

At the close of his days’ work on the State Highway last Thursday, Wm. Floyd was dismayed to find his car missing from its usual parking place near the old Rock Mill. He notified the Sheriff immediately and in a short time, the car was found abandoned in a sand bank a few miles below Black Hawk.

Died: Howard Wherry, one of the pioneers of Gilpin County, died last Friday evening at his home here in this city, at the age of 78 years. He was born in Marietta County, Ohio, in 1878, and came to Colorado and Central City with his parents in 1893, and has made his home here since that time. He was a skilled mill man and also spent much time placer mining in Clear Creek and other streams throughout the county, and was extremely well liked by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, one sister, Mrs. Rose Giston, of Venice California; one son, Howard, of Los Angeles; and two daughters, Mrs. Robert Patterson, of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Genewythe Vrobel, of Denver. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Methodist Church, in Black Hawk, under the auspices of Tomford Mortuary, of Idaho Springs, with interment in Dory Hill Cemetery.

90 years ago – April 9, 1926

“Thank You,” a special seven reel picture, with an all-star cast, and a Fox News reel will be the program at the Opera House Saturday evening, April 10th.

Mrs. Everett McCoy and little daughter, Louie, came up on Sunday evening from Denver to spend the week with her mother, Mrs. Louie Welch and brother, Jack.

Leroy J. Williams was up from Denver Monday evening to be present at the opening of the April term of the district court on Tuesday morning, returning to Denver Wednesday.

Mrs. G. M. Laird returned Monday evening from a three weeks visit with her daughter, Mrs. Leah Clark, and husband, and was greatly improved in health by the trip.

It is not generally known that flour, sugar, starch, or grain dusts are capable of working greater havoc than a high explosive, such as dynamite. In a barrel or sack, flour is harmless. But if you were to take handfuls of it and throw it about until the air in the room was full of it and then light a match the house might be blown to pieces. Flour is a combustible substance. When a cloud of it floats in the air of a room every particle is in immediate contact with oxygen, and a flame or even a spark will cause it to burn. Instantaneously the whole of it is converted into gas, which, expanding in a closed area, blows out the walls. Powdered sugar is also extremely dangerous, while powdered spices, oatmeal, and even soap will explode. Some months ago a workman lifted the lid of a bin containing flour, and held a lighted match to see how full it was. An explosion took place immediately and the unfortunate man was badly injured. Yet it was not the mass of flour that went off, but only what was afloat in the air of the bin.

Lu Saunders, well known in Boulder, died at the county hospital at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning of heart trouble. Mr. Saunders had been residing on 3rd Ave. He was removed to the hospital about two weeks before his death. He is survived by a brother, William Saunders, of Black Hawk.

Died: Mrs. Rebecca Larimore Price died at her home up Chicago creek at one o’clock yesterday morning, following the stroke of paralysis which she suffered a few weeks ago. She was born near Quincy, Illinois, June 9th, 1848, and had lived in Idaho Springs forty years, going there from Black Hawk. Mrs. Price was a member of the Eastern Star, and in earlier years had been quite active in the work of the Woman’s Relief Corps of the G.A. R. She was a good neighbor, friend, and especially characterized by her kindness toward all with whom she came in contact. She will be greatly missed by her large circle of friends. Mrs. Price is survived by her son, Will Price, who lives in California, and two brothers, who live in Illinois. The funeral will be held at the Pearce Mortuary tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock, the Rev. J.D. Leach preaching the service. Interment will be made in the local cemetery.

120 years ago – April 3, 1896

Oscar Williams, son of Mayor Williams, went to Denver last Saturday to receive treatment for a fracture of the thighs, the result of timber falling on him four years ago last January. The operation was performed on Sunday at St. Luke’s Hospital, there being in attendance Dr. Park hill of Denver and Drs. A. Ashbaugh and Ll. P. Davies of Central. The operation was successful in every way. Oscar will remain in Denver for about two weeks and his many friends will hope to see him return strong of limb and entirely cured.

Miss Leona Eilmann spent last Saturday in Denver.

E.B. Thomas, who is interested in the Gettysburg Mine on Bates Hill, returned to Denver on Saturday, and will probably take a trip to Cripple Creek before returning, where he is also interested in mining.

J.F. Hopkins, of the Sleepy Hollow Mine, came up on Monday, in company with D.C. Came, of Haverhill, Mass., the latter gentleman being president of the Fisk Mine. Mr. Hopkins inspected the new rapid drop stamps in the Eagle Mill and found everything working in perfect condition.

  1. Jenkins received a letter from his brother, W.O. Jenkins at Pueblo, in which the latter said the change was proving very satisfactory to his health, and that of the baby too.

Mrs. Ida Lyons and Mrs. C.E. Hudson, of Colorado Springs, registered at the Teller House last Saturday and were the guests of H. Paul. After dinner a visit to the Mammoth Mine was made. Madams Lyons and Hudson leaving on the afternoon train for Denver.

Wm. LeFrance of Greeley came up on Tuesday with a fine drove of cattle, having come over by way of Boulder. Will said there was a good deal of snow on Magnolia Hill, but the cattle arrived here in good shape, looking none the worse for their hard trip.

Born: In Russell Gulch, March 30th, 1896, to the wife of S. Roberts, a son.

Born: In Russell Gulch, March 29th, 1896, to the wife of J. Rafferty, a son.

Born: In Russell Gulch, April 2, 1896, to the wife of W. La Prouse, a daughter.

Married: At the residence of Mr. And Mrs. R. Hazelwood, on March 27th, 1896, Rev. Cage of Nevadaville officiating, Mr. Elbert Loe of Quartz Valley to Miss May Hazelwood.

Married: At the residence of M.M. Kriley, Clear Creek Street, Black Hawk, March 28th, 1896, by John Tonking, J.P., Mr. James W. Jesters on to Mrs. Nettie King, both of Black Hawk.

Died: In Central City, April 2nd, 1896, Mrs. Francis Launder, aged 45 years. The funeral will take place on Sunday, services being held in the Methodist Church at 1 p.m.

146 years ago – April 1, 1869

On Wednesday morning last, at roll call, Fort Laramie was not a little surprised to find Chief Red Cloud and five hundred of his merry men with bows strung and mounted on ponies, in occupation of the parade ground. There they stood, the five hundred, in close order and motionless. On the surrounding hills, overlooking the Fort, were thousands of Red Cloud’s faithful followers, while the plains were black with droves of ponies quietly grazing. Fort Laramie was not only surprised, but astounded. The commanding officer, having been speedily appraised of the situation, at once ordered light pieces of artillery to be charged and ranged to cover the impressive five hundred, that during the darkness had rode unsuspected into the parade ground. An interpreter was then dispatched to learn the object of these mysterious maneuvers. Red Cloud sent answer back, “We want to eat.” A parley ensued, when the great Sioux chief stated that his people were suffering for food and must have it. He had no desire to fight, as might be seen. He could have easily captured the whole garrison, but that was not his object. After some further talk, Red Cloud was induced to order his warriors to camp and send his squaws in for provisions. When asked why he didn’t go to the Missouri River to trade, Red Cloud answered he “didn’t belong on the Missouri. He was born here and had always traded here, and always would trade here.” So it was settled that Red Cloud would set a guard about his camp to prevent his warriors going into the fort, and the squaws should exchange their surplus ponies, of which they had an abundance, and their robes and skins, of which they had but a few, for such goods as they must require. The total number now at Fort Laramie, under Red Cloud, is said to be not less than six thousand. There is no apprehension of trouble with them at present.

We learn that it is the intention of Wells, Fargo & Co., to stock up the road between Denver and Santa Fe with fine horses, coaches and other appointments of a first class stage line, just as soon as the Denver Pacific is opened. This will prove very convenient and doubtless will prove very advantageous to all sections through which it will extend. From appearances, we judge that W.F. & Co. are intending to spread out their lines considerably this spring and summer. The line hence to Georgetown will be opened about the last of this month.

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