30 years ago – September 5, 1986
After a month long investigation, the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department confiscated over $20,000 worth of marijuana on August 29. According to Undersheriff David Martinez, at the end of July he received reports of someone growing a large amount of marijuana. Although a specific location was not given by the information, the Russell Gulch area was named. Martinez said that he and other officers of the sheriff’s department spent a great deal of time walking around the mountains in Russell Gulch to locate the suspected marijuana. Shortly after the reports were received, three separate marijuana gardens were found in one area. It was placed under surveillance, although the sheriff’s department did not have the manpower to watch it over a 24-hour period. Martinez said that during the time of the surveillance someone had been to the area and removed some of the plants because footprints were found at the location. At 12:00 p.m. on Friday, Martinez, as well as Investigator Bruce Hartman, Deputy Jon Bayne, and Reserve Officer Bille Palmer, collected 77 marijuana plants at the site. The tallest plant was over six feet high. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency reports, the marijuana may be worth as much as $50,000. Street value is approximately $1,200 for a mature. Some of the leaves collected as evidence are as large as a person’s hand. Overtime, gas, equipment, etc. for the operation and surveillance is being paid for by the Drug Enforcement Agency, not the county. It is funded through the “marijuana eradication fund,” Martinez said. The fund was set up from money confiscated in previous drug arrests. Martinez said that there was a fear of a “cold snap” and the sheriff’s department did not want to lose the marijuana. Therefore, an arrest had not been made as of Tuesday, although at least one arrest appears to be imminent. If an arrest is not made the marijuana will be destroyed by court order.
The work on Highway 46 started Wednesday with blade patching and culverts, according to Dave Woodring, head of the state’s road crew in Gilpin County. Woodring expects paving to start Monday. The road will always be open, with flagmen assisting traffic through the work area, which extends 3.7 miles down Highway 46 from Highway 119 to the state park. Work will be done Monday through Friday. The contractor has 15 working days to complete the project. In case of foul weather, the contractor could take up to the end of September to finish. Monday, Woodring and his crew will being work on Highway 119 between Black Hawk and the junction of U.S. 6. The highway will be getting a “chip seal,” rather than the squeegee and sand seal originally planned. The state highway department decided the chip seal would last longer and work better, Woodring. To do a chip seal, oil is sprayed on the road first. Then granite chips are spread and rolled into the rod. Wording will use flagmen and a pilot car which will guide the traffic slowly around the fresh oil. The Highway 119 work should take three to four days to complete. Work will be done from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. so it should not be a major concern for commuters.
The Central City Opera House Association has announced its repertory plans for the 1987 summer festival. Board Chairman Bill Gossard announced the opening night production on July 11 will be Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly.” Donizetti’s comic opera “Don Pasquale” will follow on July 18. It has not been performed in Central City since 1978 and will be a revival of the production designed by Miguel Romero. Continuing its series of American operettas, the association has chosen Rudolf Friml’s greatest success, “The Vagabond King,” to open on July 25.
60 years ago – September 7, 1956
If Central City has parking problems, you should see the mess at the four corners in front of the Shirley-Savoy. Intentions were probably good, but conditions are “worser.” When winter sets in with gales, snow and sleet, it might require the whole police force. Just now three cops are directing traffic where one light sufficed before.
Central City News:
Will the writer who sent me a letter, unsigned, in which it implied, suggested, and admonished us to use as an editorial or otherwise, please send another letter, with the name affixed, (so that it may be kept in the files,) and the name need not be added in the publication. I will gladly accede to their request, and will publish it in its entirety, under the caption, “Pot Calls the Kettle Black.”
Mrs. John Adamson was up from Denver, Tuesday evening to attend the Eastern Star dinner and installation ceremonies.
Mrs. Susa Hollearin is reported as being seriously ill at the home of her son in Denver. Her many friends in Central City hope for an early convalescence.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Russell and Mr. and Mrs. Marshal Quiet, and Steve, journeyed to Bergman, Montana on business and visited Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dukes.
Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Gray and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Powers motored up to Estes Park last Sunday to spend the day.
Black Hawk News:
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kershaw of Pueblo spent the weekend with Mrs. Luella Fritz and also attended “The Lark” on Friday night.
Gene Kennedy, who has been in the Colorado General Hospital, was taken to a Utah hospital by Mr. John Jenkins.
The Black Hawk Liquor Store, operated by Tom Collins, was robbed last Saturday night. The thieves entered by breaking a plate glass window and took a large amount of choice liquor. They also attempted to rob the public telephone station nearby. There is no trace of the thieves at this time.
Mr. Gust Bakos, who escorts tourists into the old Bobtail Tunnel, recently bought the house formerly owned by Albert Lynch.
The Jenkins-McKay hardware Store has received a new coat of paint, put on by Gene Zancanella and Don Mattivi.
Warren Wildman, who has been helping his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Turner in their store, has returned to his home in Golden.
Mrs. Hanse Baker is in Utah visiting a niece whose husband was recently killed in a mine accident.
Mr. and Mrs. John Enderle returned Friday from a ten day trip that included California, Oregon, and Washington. They enjoyed the ocean views and giant redwoods, and a visit with relatives along the way.
90 years ago – September 10, 1926
“Shamrock Handicap,” in six reels and a Fox News reel will be the pictures shown at the Opera House Saturday evening, September 11th.
One of the worst wrecks occurring in Colorado in years happened on the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad a short distance from Granite on Sunday morning last when the big engine hauling a train of nine cars left the track at a short curve and landed in the Arkansas River, killing twenty eight passengers and injuring at least fifty more. And investigation resulted in a statement by the president of the railroad company that the engineer was to blame for the accident, running from thirty-five to forty miles per hour, when orders allowed only twenty-five miles. The loss of the railroad company will total over $200,000, and many passengers will be crippled for life, all due to the carelessness of the engineer.
Central City News:
Leroy J. Williams and family came up from Denver Friday evening, the former to attend to matters before the county court, while the latter listed with friends and enjoyed the Labor Day holiday.
Benjamin Thomas and wife, and Dr. Warren and family were up from Denver on Sunday on a vacation and to meet old friends.
Mr and Mrs. Dukes and family motored up from the state capital on Saturday evening to spend Labor Day with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Johnson.
Samuel Richards, wife and son Warrington, accompanied by Mrs. Fred Dawes, for Globe, Arizona, came up from Denver Sunday for a short visit at their old homes and to meet old friends. Mr. Richards was one of the employees of the Hawley Merchandise Company for a number of years and will be well remembered by present day residents.
Mrs. William Huhens and daughter were among the number coming up from Denver to enjoy Labor Day at the old home.
Arthur Teats and wife were up from Denver Sunday on a short vacation and to meet old friends, remaining the greater part of the week.
Black Hawk News:
Otto Blake, son of Harry Blake, had a narrow escape from serious injury on Thursday morning of last week when the team he was driving ran away and landed in the gulf near the Gilpin Mill. The lad was coming down the mountainside with a load of dirt for use on the streets, and in reaching for the brake lost his seat on the wagon and fell to the ground. Recovering himself, he caught up with the team which became frightened and bolted down the street. In the fall and being struck by the wagon he was considerably bruised up, but was able to attend school on Tuesday, the opening day. The horses after their experience, escaped injury, and are again doing their daily toll.
At the opening of school on Tuesday last, there were three sets of twins in the primary grades ready to enter school. They children were from the Barteli, Surber, and Osley families.
Mrs. Matt Cassagranda and family motored up from Denver on Wednesday of last week on a visit with relatives, returning home Friday evening.
120 years ago – September 4, 1896
Andrew Larson, a mill man of Black Hawk while returning home from this city on Wednesday evening about 8 o’clock, fell into an abandoned shaft which lies by the side of the old road from Bates Hill to Chase Gulch. The night was pitch dark, and this part of the road is very dangerous. Larson fell about 60 feet, it is reported, and it is supposed that he was rendered unconscious by the fall. He remained there all night, and as some of McFarlane’s employees were going by on their way to work yesterday morning at 7 o’clock they heard him shout for help, and quickly went to his aid and took him out of the place. He was taken to his home, where Dr. Richmond made an examination of his injuries. Larson was badly scratched and bruised about the head, face, and body, and had received a fracture of the left wrist, also a dislocation of the collar bone from the breast bone. Dr. Richmond thinks that he is also injured internally, as he has been vomiting and spitting up considerable blood.
Ed Griffith, of the Eclipse Stables, is walking around town with so many bandages on his face that even his friends don’t recognize him. The cause of this is that last Sunday afternoon, while he was out driving with a young lady, a piece of the harness broke and startled the horses into running away. Ed managed to lift the lady out of the buggy in time to prevent her from being injured, but was in the smash-up himself. His face was badly cut and bruised and his left eye was cut. However, we hope to see him on deck again in a few days if all goes well.
Born: In Black Hawk September 1st, 1896, to the wife of August Grutzmacher, a daughter.
Born: In Russell Gulch, August 24th, 1896, to the wife of Frank Eberhardt, a daughter.
Born: In Mountain City, August 24th, 1896, to the wife of James Carter, a daughter.
Born: In Russell Gulch, August 28th, 1896, to the wife of Thos. K. Hughes, a daughter.
Married: On August 31st, 1896, at the Church of the Assumption of this city, Rev. Father Raber officiating, Mr. J. L. Greville to Miss E. Coughlin, both of this city. The above wedding was a genuine surprise to a good many of the friends of the newlyweds, who were totally unaware of the affair. The wedding took place at 6:30 a.m. Monday morning, so that the couple could leave on the morning train for Denver, where they intend to spend their honeymoon. On their return to this city they will start housekeeping and will be at home to their numerous friends. The bridegroom is well known in this city, where he is engaged in the jewelry business, and is a popular young man, having a large circle of friends. The bride is a popular young lady, and for a year past has added to her popularity by singing at concerts and with the Young People’s Dramatic Association of this county. Both of the young people are well known in Clear Creek County, and they have a host of friends in both counties who wish them luck in their new venture. The Register-Call extends congratulations to the happy pair and trusts that their life may be a happy one and that the sea of matrimony upon which they have embarked may be always smooth sailing.
Died: In Apex, September 1st, 1896, of pneumonia, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. A. McDadd, aged 1 year.
Died: In Central City, September 2nd, 1896, of scarlet fever, infant daughter of Richard Drew, aged 9 months.
Died: In Central City, August 31st, 1896, of appendicitis, Thomas Batholomew, aged 54 years. Deceased came to Gilpin County from Iowa, previous to 1866 and was at first engaged in the lumber business, and was at one time reported to be fairly well off. He was in his usual health up to a little over a week ago, and was able to be out on the street as late as last Saturday. Interment was made in the Central City Cemetery on Thursday afternoon.