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WRC_25thAnnualOperaFest_06295630 years ago – August 15, 1986

Larry Stanley of Black Hawk will be operating a shuttle service through the streets of Central City. At a meeting of the Central City Council on August 6, Stanley was granted a non-exclusive franchise, according to Jack Hidahl, city clerk and administrator. Stanley said this week that he plans to run the shuttle from the free parking lot through town, up to the Lost Gold Mine, then back down through town and up to the free parking lots. The cost will be 50 cents per person. Stanley said that he applied to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for an emergency temporary license so that he could run the shuttle service during the Jazz Festival. It is scheduled for this weekend. The PUC granted the license Wednesday. It will be valid for 15 days. Stanley said that by the time the 15 days expire he should have his regular license to operate the shuttle service.

Joe and Karen Meeds of Central City are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a girl. Nicole Ashley was born at St. Joseph Hospital on July 27, 1986, at 3:45 p.m. She weighed six and a half pounds and was 18 and a half inches in length. Her maternal grandparents are Carol and Jim Rezny of Arvada and her paternal grandparents are Everett and Patty Meeds of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Maternal great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rezny of St. Louis, Missouri and her paternal great grandparent is France Jeans of Stillwater, Minnesota. Nicole also has a great-great grandparent, Mary Karr, of Somerset, Wisconsin.

Gilpin County School is the proud owner of an almost new school bus that was donated by an anonymous person, according to Larry Turner, transportation supervisor. Turner said the bus is a Bluebird demo. It only has 4,500 miles on it and was supplied by Elder, Quinn, and McGill Inc. It is “fully safety equipped,” according to Turner. It has almost all of the possible options such as disc brakes, tinted windows, an inside-outside PA system, an AM-FM cassette stereo that is piped throughout the bus and two-tone seats. The new bus will hold up to 77 passengers, therefore three of the bus routes can be combined, Turner said. It is not known which routes will be assigned to the bus.

The vehicle maintenance facility at the Gilpin County School is expected to be completed within the next couple of weeks, according to Larry Turner. Turner explained that the facility will have two bays for repair of the buses, and office, and two storage rooms; one for equipment and the other room for parts. He said this week that there is a waste oil vault on one side of the building and there will be two 2,000 gallon tanks for gasoline and diesel in front of the building. Turner explained that this will help save gasoline since the bus drivers will not have to go out of their way to refuel. The building will be painted beige with red trim, which will be the same as the school. According to Turner, a security fence will be built around the building and the buses will be locked inside the fence.

60 years ago – August 17, 1956

Found: 1854 Gold Piece. After the rain had subsided Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Ann Eustice stepped outside the front entrance of the Central Gold Mine Museum, and lying in the dirt that had been washed down from Nevada and Spring streets, picked up a $2.50 gold coin, dated 1854. It was a little bent along the edge, but the date and the other symbols of the United States were plainly discernible. Maybe it was a keepsake of the early ‘70s; maybe it was held as a collector’s item; maybe it was lost by some prospector, but your conjecture or theory may be consistent. It obviously was minted in Philadelphia, as the Denver Mint, under private ownership, existed only in the ‘60s. However, it will be interesting to know how many coin collectors will be interested.

Two men, Charles Williams and Edward Crihfield, both of Denver, are in the County jail, charged with the theft of about 1,200 pounds of heavy copper wire from the poles between the Meeker Mine and the Justice mine, and form the Gold Ridge Mill and other lines on Quartz Hill leading to the smelter at the head of Spring Street. The thefts have been carried on at various times during the month of July, both in Gilpin and Clear Creek counties, but the big steal was on the night of July 28th, when the wires were cut from the poles as stated above. The men were arrested in Logan, Iowa, and admitted the theft, stating that they had sold the wire to the National Iron Metals Co., of Denver, for $1,100. Sheriff Kenneth McKenzie stated that two other men have been arrested and will be placed in jail the latter part of this week. He, in company with Denver police officers, was instrumental in uncovering the theft and was work well done.

Central City News:

Mr. and Mrs. James Belford, of China Lake, Calif., have been here for the past week visiting relatives and friends, and enjoying the many attractions and sights incident to three years ago, when Jimmy was the Manager for this district for the Public Service Company of Colorado. It is always nice to visit with them as they are both real people.

Catherine Barrett, noted writer from Boulder, will be the speaker at the program meeting of the Gilpin County Arts Association, on Sunday, August 19, 1956, at 8:00 p.m., in the Art Gallery. Her talk on Headaches and Heartaches of the Writer will be both interesting and instructive to all those who wonder how writers work. Roger Abrasion will present a group of folk songs. The public is cordially invited to this meeting. Reservations for the subscription supper in the Teller House at 6:30 p.m. preceding the program should be made at the Teller House or with Mrs. Babasin.

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy J. Williams celebrated their fifty first wedding anniversary Thursday with dinner guests at the Denver Club.

Black Hawk News:

Mayor and Mrs. Frank Fleiss returned after spending two days in Denver.

After spending several months in California, Mrs. Chas. Nice has returned home. She was accompanied on the train by Mrs. Ethel Goldberg who will visit relatives here.

Mrs. Reba Stroehle and daughter, Billy Jean of Memphis, Texas, are spending some time at the Stroehle house in Chase Gulch.

Mr. Andrew Johnson, an old time resident of Chase Gulch, was in town Saturday looking up old acquaintances. He left Black Hawk in 1913 and has been living in Texas.

City Marshal Mike Gage has been busy repairing a bad break on the water main on Clear Creek Street.

90 years ago – August 20, 1926

“Siberia,” a special seven reel production and a Fox News reel will be the picture program at the Opera House, Saturday evening, August 21st.

We had a most pleasant call on Friday afternoon last from Mr. Walter Chapman, the noted pianist of New York, who makes records for the Edison Company, his sister, Miss Ada Chapman, of Clarksdale, Miss., and Mrs. R.W. Niedhauser, of Idaho Springs, who were chaperoned by Miss D.G. Holman, the local editor of the Mining Journal at Idaho Springs. The party was shown through the Masonic Lodge by Alderman Harry Armfield, and spent a pleasant hour here looking over old records, back as far as 1865, when this paper carried the news of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Mr. J.R. Buford, of Kiowa, Kansas, was in Central City on Tuesday last, in an effort to meet old timers and locate places he was familiar with in the early ‘80s. His father came to Colorado in 1862 and owned the Guy Hill ranch and toll road over Guy Hill to Golden. Mr. Buford worked for W.T. Newell in his saw mill, north and west of this city, and delivered lumber and timbres to the yard in this city, and remembers well the Newell families and the old timers who were here in those days.

Some Peas: A solid carload of mountain peas are being shipped this week from Guy Hill. They are consigned to St. Joseph, Mo. They were grown and loaded by Ramsetter Bros., Ballinger and Noak, with the assistance of Crowell, Nankervis, and William. All are good ranchers of the Guy Hill district. This is the first carload of mountain peas from this district and also the first from Denver. The shipment consisting of nine tons was thoroughly iced in a refrigerator before going east. Top prices were paid for the peas. It is predicted that peas will be grown in large quantities next year as there is a big demand for this mountain product.

The “wild man of Boulder,” who turned out to be Fred Detark, 36 years old, of the Markham Hotel, who was taken into custody by officers of Boulder County Sunday as he was roaming nude through the mountains in a demented condition, was brought to Denver by Deputy Sheriff Roy Reed of Boulder and lodged in the city jail for observation Thursday afternoon. Employees of the hotel state that Detark had left Denver July 8 to take a job on a ranch. While he was away he was robbed, and it was believed that his mental aberration was probably induced by worry over that misfortune. Marked improvement in his condition was noted at the Denver jail Thursday. If he recovers sufficiently he will be released, if not he probably will be sent to the insane asylum at Pueblo, police said.

Died: At St. Anthony’s Hospital, Denver, Friday, August 13th, Frank L. Branham, aged 63 years. Mr. Branham came to Gilpin County in 1879 and located at Silver Creek, west of this city, and in close proximity to Apex, were he engaged in prospecting and mining until his last sickness. He was engaged in proving up a promising prospect through a tunnel, and when stricken had every prospect of opening up a paying proposition. He was a native of Missouri, his parents moving from Kentucky to Missouri before the Civil War. On his mother’s side, he was a relative of Senator Poindexter. He was a patriotic and energetic citizen, and left many old friends throughout the county and state, who will be grieved to hear of his death. His remains were shipped to Atlanta, Missouri, for burial.

120 years ago – August 14, 1896

From the Denver Times, August 10th: In deposits of gold at the United States branch mint in Denver the record was made of the biggest individual day in the history of the institution, amounting to 8,008 ounces, with a valuation of about $140,000. Gilpin County shipments have been held back on account of the recent washout of the Colorado Central railway, and a big shipment arrived by wagon this morning, amounting to 542.25 ounces. Cripple Creek sent in 3,303.25, San Miguel County 372.36, Park County 122.62, Boulder County 42.38, Colorado smelters 3,763.61, Denver assay office 331.59, New Mexico 30.41.

Advertisement: The damage done by the flood is nearly all repaired and freight will come up in a few days as if nothing had happened. We have a large stock of goods on hand and can fill all your orders at reasonable prices. Send in your orders, and we will take care of them. Signed, the Hawley Merchandise Co.

The 15th annual basket picnic given undue the auspices of the Pioneers Association of Gilpin County was held at Missouri Lake on Wednesday. Soon after 8 o’clock in the morning stages, coaches, and other kinds of conveyances began to carry their loads of picnickers to the lake. All the rigs in Black Hawk and Central were engaged ahead, and those who expected to hire one on the day of the picnic got left. The day was an ideal one for an outing in the woods, and there were probably about 500 men, women and children who availed themselves of the opportunity for enjoyment. As in former years, the picnic was a successful one. Many tales of early life in Gilpin County were told by  the pioneers, and it is said that they had discovered another person who was at the picnic, and who was eligible to become a member of the association. The young folks took long rambles through the woods and to the falls, while the younger generation enjoyed themselves in various ways, a favorite pastime being the getting on the raft and going around the edges of the lake. Lunches were spread on the open ground about noon, and all did ample justice to this part of the program. In the afternoon calls for speeches were made, but no one responded. Soon after 4 o’clock, preparations were made by some for the return trip, and from this until dusk the roads were lined with a continuous string of conveyances. Some fun was created about this time by a series of foot races between prominent citizens, Messrs. Newell, Nicholls, Kimber, Hanson, Keyes, Hall, Thomas, and Davis being amongst the sprinters. The fat man’s race between P.C. Hanson and B.P. Thomas was hotly contested, the latter, however, winning the race. John Keyes, of the Gilpin Mill, showed the boys some tricks which caused much laughter.

P.C. Hanson transacted business in Golden on Monday and Tuesday.

S.V. Newell took the train to the Forks on Sunday last, and walked from there to Golden to view the canyon and obtain a little exercise. He returned on Tuesday by coach.

Word was received since our last issue by M.B. Hyndman of the death of his mother, at Allentown, PA, on August 6th. Mrs. Hyndman would have reached her 85th birthday if spared to live until the 11th instead. Miss Mary Hyndman, formerly assistant principal of Central City schools, was a daughter of the deceased lady.

Died: In Nevadaville, August 12th, 1896, of pneumonia, Mrs. Richards, aged 48 years. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church this afternoon at 2 o’clock, interment taking place in the Bald Mountain Cemetery.

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