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BlackHawk_1880s_westernmininghistory30 years ago – July 4, 1986

The Fifth Annual Gilpin County Mining and Milling Festival was held in Black Hawk last Saturday and Sunday. The activities began on Saturday with a parade and the customary dynamite blast. A number of locals participated in the parade as well as several candidates campaigning for various political offices. Chocolate Dan Monroe, local historian, told the audience about the history of mining and milling in Gilpin including the first discovery of gold in the 1800s. Pat Wendleton, a resident of Gilpin County, introduced a number of candidates. Each of the candidates who attended the festival gave a brief speech to those in attendance. The activities continued throughout the day Saturday and all day on Sunday. This year’s festival included gold panning demonstrations, hard rock drilling, live entertainment, and arts and crafts booths. Food and beverages were available for everyone’s enjoyment.

If anyone wanted gas or to stop for groceries at the Kwik Mart Convenience Store in Black Hawk on Sunday, he would have seen that the parking lot was packed with motorcyclists. The large group stopped in town for gas, supplies, and food before continuing on a journey to Longmont. In all, over 1,000 motorcyclists participated in the Third Annual Freedom Run from Denver to Longmont to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. The ride was sponsored by Freed Harley-Davidson, Inc., of Denver. It was one of the largest single fund raising events in the country for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, other than the annual Jerry Lewis Telethon. The event raised over $150,000 during the three hour excursion.

Cindy and Mike Ohlmann of Dory Lakes are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, a girl. Callie Lynn was born at 9:40 a.m. on July 1, 1986. She weighed five pounds five ounces and measured 18 1/2 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Martin Braun of Sunrise, Florida. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Ohlmann of Miami, Florida.

60 years ago – July 6, 1956

“It’s a boy.” The nurse reported to the expectant father in the waiting room. “Thanks for telling me,” said the man, unmoved, as he returned to his reading. The nurse had witnessed all kinds of paternal reactions, but none like this. “You don’t seem very happy about it,” she retorted sharply. “Aren’t you going to ask how your wife is?” “No,” said the father. “Matter of fact, we haven’t spoken to each other in almost three years.” “Three years! But, I mean, what about the baby?” “Oh,” he reassured her. “We never got that mad.”

Central City News:

Lorenze Bingham and wife, of Topeka, Kansas, were in Central City yesterday and paid this office a pleasant call. Lorenzo is a graduate of the local high school, and left here some twenty years ago.

Malicious mischief is rampant in Central. One of the large windows in the District Court room was broken last Monday evening when the Republican Assembly was in meeting. The rock was hurled by a slingshot and it was fortunate no one was injured. The plaque telling about the Masonic Hall, in front of the building, was torn from its supports and carried away. It is far better to put on several night watchmen in order to apprehend these culprits than trying to improve the traffic problem.

Mrs. Karen Nelson, Andy Erickson’s grandmother, is spending a week here with Andy and his mother.

It seems most imperative that something be done in regards to the large sign erected by the highway department across the street from the post office, as about one in every ten cars neglect to turn right on Main Street and it necessitates an officer on the corner almost twenty four hours a day to correct this fault. The sign is too high and cannot be seen when coming down Eureka Street so this mistake inadvertently happens. It surely seems that a correction can be made by the highway department, and it would save many cuss words by the officers and many embarrassing moments for the motorists.

The success of the Opera Opening Day festivities was due particularly to the efforts of Mrs. Bonnie McKay, who arranged almost every part of the program, and she is deserving of a great amount of thanks.

Black Hawk News:

Mr. Chester Masden of Kansas City was visiting his sister and brother in law, Grace and Andy Eccker last Sunday evening.

A baby boy was born to Mr. And Mrs. Paul Eccker on Friday, June 29th. The baby has been named Randy Frank.

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Ludwig and daughter, Carol, of Denver, were luncheon guests of Mrs. Luella Fritz last Saturday, later attending the opening day ceremonies in Central City. Mr. Ludwig is a cousin of Mrs. Fritz.

Mr. and Mrs. George Anderle attended the funeral of Ray Thomas one day last week in Idaho Springs. Ray formerly lived in Black Hawk and was well-known in the community.

90 years ago – July 9, 1926

Sheriff Oscar Williams left for East Portal Tuesday evening and brought back William Wright, a deserter from the U.S. Army located at Fort Bliss, Texas, and landed him in the county jail. He and two others escaped from the barracks there about a month ago, and a reward of $50 was offered by the government for their arrest. The other two are supposed to be in the vicinity of the West Portal of the Moffat Tunnel.

The three days celebration of the 4th in Gilpin County by our citizens was anything but a success, owing to continuous rains and cool weather, which was but a repetition of many others in years gone by. Saturday morning was an ideal day, but before noon heavy clouds covered the sky and a drizzling rain commenced, which had not entirely subsided up to Wednesday. The only attraction in this immediate vicinity to which our people could attend, was the picnic given by the Black Hawk foremen on Sunday at the Quartz Valley picnic grounds on Clear Creek, where a large crowd had congregated to enjoy a basket picnic and the sports which had been provided for the day, among which was the ball game between Black Hawk and Georgetown, the latter winning by a score of 28 to 7. On Saturday, the Black Hawk team went to Georgetown and took the little end of the game, the score being 13 to 6.

Harry Thaw is going to write a book, probably believing that he hasn’t had enough publicity in the last twenty years.

Died: Word was received here today from Salt Lake City of the death on July 4th of Gordon Kimball, 85 years old, a well-known Colorado pioneer. Death was caused by pneumonia. Mr. Kimball lived in Colorado for sixty years, coming here in the early sixties in an ox cart. He settled at Central City and operated a hardware store there for many years. For the past forty years he had made his home in Ouray, Colorado. He acquired many of the effects of Chief Ouray and presented the valuable relics to the Colorado State Museum some years ago. Funeral services will be held from the home of a nephew, Claude Mineer, of Golden.

Died: In Central City, July 6th, 1926, Lizzie Warwick, aged about 70 years. The remains will be taken to Fairmont cemetery for burial.

120 years ago – July 3, 1896

The foot race between Dick Davis of Mountain City and Tom Newlin of Nevadaville took place at 5 o’clock last Saturday evening on Main Street. The streets were crowded, as great interest was taken in the race, and as it was expected to be very close. The distance was 150 yards and the race was for $200 a side. James Dorris acted as starter, and where he fired the pistol both men got a very fine start. Newlin began to pull away from Davis as soon as they had gone a few yards and came in winner by about 15 feet. Several watches caught the time from 15 to 16 seconds, which is phenomenal time for the mountains, but it is hardly likely that it was done in even 16 seconds. The Nevadaville crowd went wild when Newlin came in winner, and carried him around on their shoulders for quite a while. Davis claims to have been suffering with a swollen knee, caused by a fall while practicing late on Friday night. There is some talk of another race between these men at an early date.

Mark B. Hyndman of this city received a telegram on Saturday evening from Allentown, Pa., with the sad news that his mother was dangerously ill and not expected to live. Mr. Hand man left for this former home on Sunday afternoon.

Louis Tiger rode his wheel down to Forks Creek Sunday afternoon, returning on the train to Central. Louis had a bad fall near Smith Hill, but says that if the track from that on had been in decent shape, he would have been the limited express on the way down.

“Press” Waterman surprised some of the Gilpinites on Wednesday evening by his walking in line through the whole procession. He says he is feeling well, and his looks don’t belie his words.

Born: In Nevadaville, July 1st, 1896, to the wife of Will Stevens, a son.

Born: In Nevadaville, July 1st, 1896, to the wife of Samual Hambley, a son.

Married: At the residence of the bride’s parents in Black Hawk, July 1st, 1896, Rev. F.T. Krueger officiating, Mr. George Rogers, of Pine Creek, to Miss Susie Curry, of Black Hawk. The newly married couple left on the afternoon train for Denver, where they will spend their honeymoon. The Register-Call extends congratulations, and wishes them a life of happiness.

Died: In Crawford Gulch, Jefferson County, June 27th, 1896, of heart disease, Mrs. T. Shepard, aged 42 years. The deceased lady was well-known in Gilpin County. She leaves a husband and eight children to mourn her loss. Interment was made on Sunday in the Golden Cemetery.

Died: In Central City, July 1st, 1896, of dysentery, Adolph, infant son of Dominick Stanchina, aged 15 months.

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