Turning Back the Pages

30 Years Ago – April 22, 1983

  At the continuation of the liquor license hearing for Marko Lah, the application was unanimously approved by the Black Hawk City Council.

The Register-Call’s third annual short story contest was entered by 65 students. This year’s theme was “Magic.” For the First and Second Grade entries, Daniel Bartelll won First Place; in Third and Fourth Grades, Cory Lockhart won First Place; in the Fifth and Sixth Grade category, the First Place winner was Donda Olhausen; and Marie Jones won First Place in the Seventh through Tenth Grade category.

Big Indian Uranium Corporation has decided not to mine the Glory Hole. The company is diversifying its business and wants to get into placer properties rather than hard rock mining.

Approximately 120 county residents took advantage of the ten health screenings available at Gilpin County’s Channel 9 Health Fair held April 16th at the RE-1 school.

The candidates for the three seats on the Gilpin County RE-1 School Board are Michael Murphy, Leone Nelson, John Rittenhouse, Kay Lorenz, Jon Jordan, and Jim Peyrouse.

Carl Stanley Rollins, Jr., of Apex Valley, died last Saturday morning, April 16, at his home from a heart attack. He was 60 years old.

Although no official action has been taken or motions made, the Gilpin County RE-1 School Board has tentatively agreed to offer a contract to MCB Architects of Denver to compose a master plan for the school district. The plan would show the needs of the district in five and ten years.

Undersheriff Eric Klemp responded to a report of a high-powered rifle being fired near Nevadaville. A male subject was contacted and agreed not to continue shooting.

Deputy Steve Foellmer, responding to a report of a suspicious person on Smith Hill Road, made contact with a youth who was AWOL from the Golden Gate Youth Camp. The subject was booked and transported back to the camp.

Don’t forget the Glory Hole Garden Short Parade on Gregory Day, May 7.

60 Years Ago – April 17, 1953

  Fifty-six seats will be added in the balcony of the Opera House for greater safety and assurance that the stage can be seen from any seat in the house. The balcony is being raised to a sharper angle to permit patrons in the rear rows to have a perfect view of the stage. The stairs leading off the foyer to the balcony have been extended six steps so that entrance can be made at the back of the balcony. Additional seating is being provided by straightening the two curves on both sides. Two center rows are being added, as well as one row on each side section. Two chimneys, which cut into each side of the balcony, have been removed, permitting four additional seats.

The Senior Class play, “Come Out of Your Coma,” given by the Class of ’53 at the Clark School auditorium, Wednesday night, was well presented and well received.

On May 1st, the Gilpin County High School district will present a $45,000 bond election to the qualified taxpaying electors of Gilpin County. The purpose of the bond issue is to build a gymnasium and auditorium for the use of the school children and the residents of the area.

A man with a wonderful vocabulary is one who can describe a shapely girl without using his hands.

The Glory Hole Tavern at the head of Main Street, opened for the summer season last Friday evening, and much merriment and jubilation resulted.

A rummage sale has been in progress for the past several days in the room adjacent to Mona Robb’s Antique Shop, all proceeds to be given to the Cancer Fund.

The parents and two small children of a family of Pinecliffe were rushed to the Colorado General Hospital in Denver early Monday morning after they had become ill from eating egg salad, apparently compounded of left-over Easter eggs.

Who said spring is here? Snow, cold and wind are more like winter, so news is scarce.

90 Years Ago – April 20, 1923

  Mr. Kavos, who owns a mine in Willis Gulch, was injured Tuesday, when a cap exploded, blowing off the thumb and two fingers from his left hand, injuring his right hand and also cutting up his face.

Only a brave woman cries when it makes her nose red.

Deb Stanley, of Rollinsville, has been appointed Deputy Sheriff for that section of Gilpin County, by Sheriff Oscar Williams.

Doctors say that Tut-Ank-Amen’s discoverer died of insect bite, but ancient curse and tales of poison are recalled.

Some people are always complaining because they didn’t get what they deserve – and they would yelp mightily if they did.

Messrs. Tony Dalla and John Moser, who have been leasing in the Columbia Tunnel, made a shipment of 4 2-3 cords of mill ore to the Polar Star Mill in Black Hawk, which returned a gold retort weighing 18 ounces, and worth in the neighborhood of $300.

A gasoline operated compressor was received at the depot in this city Monday afternoon for the Gold Ledge Mining Company, who are operating to the west of this city, where they are doing considerable work in developing a number of claims which they own.

The Polar Star Mill is running two shifts and are keeping 10 stamps constantly employed on custom ore. There is plenty of water in the creek to furnish power for the water wheel and the outlook for a continuous run for the rest of the summer is most promising.

Coroner Hamllik, accompanied by William Sibley, left here Wednesday noon by auto, to bring in the remains of Mr. T. Thompson, who died in his cabin near Antelope, above Tolland. He had been engaged in cutting timber and getting out ties for the Moffat Road, and for several months past has been a county charge.

The Rollinsville and Tolland Road is now open for autos and is in good condition for this time of the year.

In Apex the thermometers, on Sunday, recorded 8 above; Monday, 12 above and Tuesday, 20 above.

Mr. L. G. Cavnah, superintendent of the Denver Pool Mining company, shipped on Wednesday last, 38 tons of second class and 8 ½ tons of first class ore from the Atlantic mine at Hughesville direct to the Leadville smelter, so that there would be no chance taken by the company in not getting the Pittman price of $1.00 per ounce for the silver in the ore.

Black Hawk City Marshal Charley Klais has commenced laying the covering over the flume with two-inch plank, and when completed will be the best sidewalk in the city.

Speak kindly of the weather man. If you survive the effort you can stand most anything.

120 Years Ago – April 21, 1893

In a demure little place, not a thousand miles from Central, the society women are imbued with the conviction that they live to save drunkards from a dreadful end.

Fortunate are the people of Arizona. If that newly discovered natural bridge of petrified wood had been stumbled on a few months earlier, it would, ere this, have been dug out by the managers of the World’s Columbian Exposition and made a special attention of Midway Plaisance at Chicago.

Governor Waite is vetoing more bills than he is signing.

The round trip rate of $49 from Colorado common points to Chicago and return during the continuance of the World’s Fair is not what the public expected. The reduction is about 20 per cent from the present rate. The public had expected a reduction of at least 40 per cent.

The legal equality of American women with men is virtually complete, with the exception of the ballot.

A married lady at Creede advertises for a “girl to do general housework – one that can sleep at home.” Why not apply for a divorce?

Mr. J. S. Beaman this week received a car-load of pressed brick from Golden, which are to be used in the new addition to his building at the head of Main Street.

Wednesday afternoon William Harvey received 16 Holstein corn-fed beef cattle from Nebraska, whose average weight was over 1,200 pounds each. They are all young cattle.

Born: In Russell, April 15, 1893, to the wife of J. H. Martin, a daughter.

Died: in Russell Gulch, April 16, 1893, O. F. Tuell, aged 36 years.

Died: In Central City, April 19, 1893, of pneumonia, Mrs. J. P., wife of John P. Smith, aged 60 years.

Died: In Central City, April 20, 1893, of miners’ disease, William T. Warren, aged 60 years, native of England.

Mr. Lyng, who is working in the California, reports the opening up of a new vein. No work has been done below the 1,200 foot level, as the water is up to that point. Work is being prosecuted in the 800, 400, and 300 foot levels.

Mr. G. W. Mabee left this week at the Rocky Mountain National Bank, a gold retort, result of a clean-up at the Randolph Mill in Black Hawk on ore crushed from the National Mine on Quartz Hill, that was of a fineness of 887 ½. The retort was worth $19 per ounce, being nearly coin pure.

A miner named Celeste Centlivre, claims that last Saturday night between eleven and twelve o’clock he stepped out of the Teller House and started up Eureka Street on his way home. Some unknown person stepped up to him and dealt him a blow which knocked him senseless. While in that condition his pockets were rifled and a trifle over eleven dollars, all the money he had on his person, taken from him. He lay in a dazed condition until found by night policeman Samuel Ede, who assisted him to his feet and sent him home. It was a barefaced piece of business. Celeste has an idea who the person was that shadowed him and knocked him down.

Through a failure of the manager of the Spur-Daisy Mining Company to pay off the miners in the company’s employ last Monday, those at work on the Two Sisters Mine all quit on Wednesday last. The doors were all locked, windows fastened down and work suspended. It appears that the company is behind with their employees pay from six weeks to two months, and failing to get any satisfaction from the manager they all quit.

Mr. Peter C. Hansen reports that the quartz and dirt sent to the custom stamp mill in Black Hawk, struck in the north wall of the deep shaft on the Franklyn Lode, yielded at the rate of 3 ½ ounces gold per cord.

An opal weighing five hundred karats has been found in Idaho. According to the prevailing idea, there is enough bad luck in such a stone to counteract all the rabbit’s feet in Idaho.

Look out for Bock Beer Day, Saturday, April 29. William Lehmkuhl has the best quality ever turned out at his brewery in this city. King Gambrinus has the goat in training for that event. He will supply private families and saloons with that favorite beverage.

A Black Hawk saloon is known among the neighbors as “the bar of soap,” on account of the excess of soda in the beer.

The recent cold nights have caused the waters in North Clear Creek above the mouth of Silver Creek and other tributaries of the former creek to freeze, interfering with the supply of water to the custom mills, some of them not having a sufficient amount to run with until nearly noon the next day.

Under the new game law passed by the Ninth General Assembly, booking agents may be killed from May 1st to October 1st; spring poets from March 1st to July 1st; scandal mongers from January 1st to December 31st inclusive; umbrella borrowers from March 1st to August 1st, and it’s open season all the year on life insurance agents.

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