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RussellGulchSchool_1897-189830 years ago – September 19, 1986

Concentrated acids and caustic solutions capable of killing people and animals were discovered at a site in north Black Hawk on September 9. According to Floyd Nichols, the on-scene coordinator from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emergency response branch, some of the acids and liquid found at the site, if mixed, could make hydrogen cyanide gas. It is the same gas that is used in gas chambers. Nichols would not estimate the distance the gas might have traveled if it was mixed. He did say that in the right combination it could have leaked into North Clear Creek or spread into the air making it toxic and dangerous to humans and animals. The property where the accident occurred is along Highway 119. Several other dangerous chemicals were found in the three trailers and scattered throughout the property. Nichols said it was an unsecured area that had been vandalized.

Over 100 people felt strongly enough about the Gilpin Quarry proposal to miss the Monday night Broncos game and instead go to the county commissioners’ public hearing about the proposal. Gilpin County Commissioner Leslie Williams, who also chaired the meeting, opened it with an apology about scheduling the hearing during the nationally televised game. “I don’t do football,” she said, so she was unaware of the conflict. Then, Williams asked for a show of hands from those for and against the quarry proposal. She said she was asking because the county attorney had advised it. At the time, it was impossible for the Register-Call representative to get an accurate count of the hands. After the meeting, J.J. Petrock, county attorney, said there were 16 in favor of the quarry and 53 against, but he said his count was only approximate, especially on those against because there were “so many.” When Williams asked for the count, there was some confusion in the audience about what she was asking, and not everyone had arrived. Those are probably reasons not everyone raised a hand. It could also mean that some or all of the rest were undecided. Siegrist Construction Co. is proposing to put an 80-acre quarry near Highway 119, about a mile up from U.S. 6. It would last for 50 years—into the next century. County Engineer Hal Donnelly explained the permitting process for the quarry. The county does not issue a permit. The state Mined Land Reclamation Board issues the permit, but asks the county for a recommendation. If a proposal is in violation of a county’s zoning, land use regulations, or master plan, MLRB must deny it. Donnelly said Gilpin County allows for mining in forestry zoning. Siegrist’s land is zoned for forestry. If a proposal meets the county’s regulations, but the county recommends denial on traffic or aesthetic grounds, a permit is not automatically denied by MLRB, according to Donnelly.

The historic Lace House in Black Hawk was burglarized sometime between September 1 and 2. According to Black Hawk Marshal George Armbright, entry into the house was made by removing a window pane sometime between 6:00 p.m. September 1 and 11:00 a.m. September 2. Armbright said $1,200 worth of items and cash were taken from inside the house – many of the items were antiques. Approximately $200 in cash was stolen. As of this week, most of the stolen items had been recovered. Albright expected the remaining missing items to be found also. Armbright declined to comment further about the recovery of the items. He said the case is closed.

Births: Jan and Phil Headrick of Dory Lakes are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a boy. Scott Elton was born August 16, 1986, at 2:10 a.m. at Mercy Hospital in Denver. He weighed six pounds five ounces, and measure 18 1/2 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Erthal of Fort Collins, and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Headrick of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Great-grandparents are Mrs. Elsie Erthal of Pinellas, Florida, and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Forrester of Sturgis, South Dakota.

Died: Patrick Turenne Hope of Black Hawk died on September 13, 1986. He was 24 years old. Hope was a native of Colorado. He was born on July 3, 1962, at Mercy Hospital in Denver. He attended Alameda Junior High School and Alameda High School through his sophomore year. He was a 1980 graduate of Golden High School. Hope was employed as a cook at the Holland House in Golden for three years and also worked at the Holiday Inn West. He had resided in Gilpin County for approximately one year and worked at Mo’s Place in Black Hawk. Hope was a silversmith and made many pieces of jewelry, including some made with turquoise. He wrote poetry and enjoyed art work. Since he was 12 to 13 years of age, he had been a gem and mineral collector. He loved the outdoors and the mountains. He enjoyed skiing, camping, and almost any activity involving the outdoors. He is survived by his mother, Annette Wilson of Golden; his father, George Hope of Dacona; his brother, Michael Hope of Denver; his grandmother, Ruth Hope of Dacona; his stepfather, Gail Wilson of Golden; and several cousins, aunts, and uncles. Services were held yesterday, September 18, at Runyan-Stevenson Mortuary in Lakewood. He was cremated. Residents of Gilpin County who wish to make memorial contributions may send them to Gilpin County School in care of the Colorado Teen Institute Fund.

60 years ago – September 21, 1956

Central City News:

Ray E. Atkins, who has been in the County jail for the past six weeks awaiting trial for the theft of over $20,000 in copper wire from the poles of the Public Service Company, apparently grew tired of his inactivity and sawed through three bars of an inner cage, then walked through an outer steel cage for which had not been locked, to freedom. He has been accorded the utmost kindness from Mrs. O’Conner, who has been acting as the jailor, and while he apparently liked her cooking, he deemed it better to be out in the free ozone, and so he left in the early hours of Monday morning without even a goodbye to his benefactor. It is not known where he obtained the hack saw blades, but he made good use of them and was free from custody only a few hours until he was picked up in Denver late Tuesday evening. Sheriff McKenzie left Wednesday morning for Denver to return him to the bastille here, and as the bars have been welded, and the prisoner searched, and all privileges denied him, maybe he will be found in his cell the morning of his trial.

Clifford I. Parsons returned Wednesday from Denver where he had been for several days receiving a checkup at the Veteran’s Hospital. The Doctors told him to lead a moral and upright life like Ye Editor, and he would live several hundreds of years yet.

Mrs. Paul Helderman, wife of the manager of the “Glory Hole Tavern,” gave birth to a baby daughter at St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, Tuesday, September 18th.

The marriage of Dorothy Garrison of Uravan, Colorado, and David Blake of Black Hawk took place at the Catholic Church in Central City, September 15th, 1956 at 2:00 p.m, with Father Potempa officiating. The bride, dressed in white lace with fingertip veil, was given in marriage by her father. Her sister Linda Garrison was her attendant. The groom’s best man was his father, Edward Blake, of Las Vegas, Nevada. The reception was held from 4 to 5 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert McGrath of Idaho Springs. The newlyweds will make their home in Uravan, Colorado, where they are both employed.

Mr. George McLaughlin left Monday for Denver to consult with his Doctor, who informed him that perhaps living in a lower climate for a few months might prove beneficial to his asthmatic condition. We will miss George during the long winter evenings in Pinochle games, so several devotees of this game will have to console themselves in playing Solitaire.

Black Hawk News:

Mr. Woodrow Hinkins is in a Denver hospital due to an accident on Highway 40 when “Woody” blacked out while driving home from Idaho Springs.

Jimmie Collins has returned to Western State College at Gunnison, where he is a Junior, majoring in Law.

Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ecaker are enjoying a well-deserved vacation trip to Montana and other points of interest.

Mary Louise Plank has missed a week of school, on account of illness with measles.

The Forrest Goodwins are now driving a brand new black Mercury car.

About 24 relatives and friends of the Rudolph and Grenfell families enjoyed a picnic last Sunday at the Rudolph picnic grounds near Highway 119.

90 years ago – September 24, 1926

“Early to Wed,” in six reels and a Fox News reel will be the picture program at the Opera House Saturday evening, September 25th.

How to Make Rice with Pineapple: Cook rice slightly salted until tender and flaky, adding a little milk at a time after it has been cooking until nearly dry in water, season with butter, and sugar, a bit of grated nutmeg and the yolks of two eggs. Heat in a mound and serve garnished with rings of pineapple. If the crushed pineapple is used stir it into the rice and serve a spoonful or two on top.

It was the dear old lady’s first ride in a taxi, and she watched with growing alarm as the driver continually put his arm outside the car as a signal to the following traffic. At last she became exasperated. “Young man,” she said, “you look after that car of yours and watch where you’re driving. I’ll tell you when it starts raining.”

One of the Ford trucks engaged in hauling ore from the Banta Hill mine camp, in Lower Lake District, while returning from the mill Tuesday afternoon, went off the road into the gulch some forty feet below, badly wrecking the machine. The driver escaped injury by jumping.

Commencing Friday, October 1, 1926, there will only be outgoing, and one incoming mail per day. Outgoing mail closes at 7:10 a.m. and incoming mail arrives at 6 p.m. Signed, Henry J. Stahl, P.M.

Died: The sad news was heard here Friday that John J. Sherwin had passed away at his home in Denver. Prior to 1916, when he moved to Denver, Mr. Sherwin had been a resident here for some 30 years. He was born at Belle Plain, Scott County, Minnesota, August 30, 1858, but had lived in Colorado about 40 years. He was in the drug business here for 30 years, president of the United-Hydro Company, and also president of the Chamber of Commerce and took a lively interest in community affairs. He was a member of the local Masonic body.

Died: In Denver, September 21st, Mrs. Sarah E. Harvey, wife of William Harvey, aged 58 years. The family resided in Central many years before going to Denver to make their home, where Mr. Harvey was in business, and deceased is well-remembered by many present residents of this city. She had been bedridden for many years, and although everything had been done to bring her back to health, they were all unavailing. She is survived by her husband, and two sons, Clarence and Earl, all of Denver. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon. Interment was in the Fairmount Cemetery.

120 years ago – September 18, 1896

The Gilpins journeyed over to Silver Plume last Sunday to play a return baseball game with that club, and succeeded in wrestling a 24-19 victory from that team on their own grounds, though not without a hard struggle. The fielding of the Gilpins was at times very ragged, and their errors were responsible for the other side piling up a great number of runs.

We had a very pleasant call on Saturday last from Mrs. H.L. Grenfell, of Black Hawk, and Mrs. Dr. Rose Kidd Beers of North Denver, the latter lady having visited Gilpin County in the interests of the State Home for neglected and dependent children of the state, four children from Gilpin County having found homes at the institution.

Sheriff Nicholls returned on Monday morning from Denver and Golden, to the latter place of which he had taken John O’Brien to be placed in the reform school, where his education will be well looked after.

Miss Annie Vivian of Idaho Springs has been visiting her friend Miss Emma Clair for het past two weeks.

Wm. Knowles, who has been interested in the iron mines in Minnesota and Wisconsin, is in the city looking for some good gold properties, in which he and his associates of Cleveland, Ohio, want to become interested. He visited the Robert Emmett Mine in Chase Gulch, and was very well pleased with the appearance and bodies of ore in that property. He and his wife are visiting with W.H. Nicholls of Denver.

Louis Weker, a music teacher of Denver, is in the city with the intention of locating here, and will give instructions in both vocal and instrumental music.

Born: In Central City, September 15th, 1896, to the wife of John Peterson, a son. Doctor Moore says that the baby is a ten pounder. Mother and son are both doing nicely.

Born: In Nevadaville, September 12th, 1896, to the wife of George Jenkins, a son.

Died: In Central City, September 18th, 1896, of typhoid fever, Mrs. John Terrell, aged 32 years.

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