Turning Back the Pages

rollinsville_station_191030 years ago – September 26, 1986

Howard Keehfuss, one of the Central City street and water workers, began the long process of painting the curbs on downtown city streets last Monday. He was working on Eureka Street today, having already finished Lawrence Street earlier. When asked if his back hurt from bending over all day, Keehfuss replied no, but his knees did.

There have been a “tremendous” number of broken windshields resulting from the gravel on Highway 119 between Black Hawk and U.S. 6, according to Marko Lah of the Black Hawk Conoco station. His station has fixed “about 20,” he said Monday, and there are many others he knows about. Not only are vehicles throwing gravel onto those behind them, but also onto those they pass going in the opposite direction, Lah said. The gravel, made up of granite chips, was put down with oil a couple of weeks ago to chip-seal the road’s surface. Last Friday, the local state highway crew began sweeping the road using a gas operated broom, according to Linold Begg who works on the crew. The center stripe was being painted this week, Begg said. Next week the shoulder stripes will be done. The striping project is for all of Highway 119 in Gilpin County, not just the part with the new chip seal.

The outside of Clark School in Central City is getting a face lift. It is not being painted – it is being power washed. The contrasting colors on the turn of the century structure are remarkable. Initially, the Gilpin County Commissioners’ plan is to move the county nurse’s office and social services from the courthouse to the first floor of Clark School. Other definite plans for the old school have not been made. In 1984, the county received a $100,000 grant to remodel Clark School. The funds will be easily spent, plus even more, by the time the building is totally remodeled. It will not all be done at one time.

A quarry, the Gilpin Quartz Quarry proposed by the Siegrist Construction Co., is being considered by the Gilpin County Commissioners. It would be on Highway 119 about a mile up from U.S. 6, but has generated stiff opposition. The Gilpin Quarry would be much larger than the one in Jefferson County. It would last for 50 years and remove between 200,000 and a million tons of rock per year. There could be as many as 167 round trips to Golden for trucks each day. The next hearing for the Gilpin Quarry will be October 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the courthouse in Central City. Don Diltz, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, said Wednesday, “I don’t see how we can” make a decision on October 6. There just is not enough information about the quarry yet. However, he does not want to put off a decision until after the November 4 election. He is the only commissioner up for re-election this year. He wants the voters to know where he stands before they go to the polls. Dietz said that from talking to people throughout the county, he thinks about 80 percent either don’t know about or care much about the quarry. But “it’s a big decision” and “it has to be carefully thought out.” The decision will be a tough one. The quarry would last 50 years, and it is hard to look that far into the future, Diltz said. Either way the decision goes will create bad feelings for some. The final outcome is “way up in the air” he said.

The first snowflakes of the season fell on Central City Wednesday, but didn’t stick to the ground.

60 years ago – September 28, 1956

Central City News:

An election results contest has been filed in the County Court by Victor Braecher, who lost the Primary Election for the office of County Judge on the Democratic ticket by 11 votes, and Frank L. Stone, the candidate for County Commissioner, who lost by 16 votes. Both are of the Democratic Party and residents of Rollinsville, and their successful opponents were Marshal Quist of Central City, and William White of East Portal. The contest seems to center on the counting of votes in Precinct 3, Rollinsville, and both men ask for a complete investigation of this particular Precinct as well as the other two Precincts in the County. Judge Wm. Garrick, of the County Court expects to set the case for hearing sometime next week. It would be most reasonable to claim a mistake if only two or three votes were the difference between defeat and success, but a majority of 11 and 16 votes rather dispels any mistake on the poll books.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Kruse, of Strasburg, Colorado, and Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Barker, of Escondito, California, were in Central City on Tuesday. Mr. Kruse was born here in 1897 and his father was Mayor here during the time of the fire in 1874. He also had a grocery business here until 1903. Mrs. Kruse will be remembered as Margaret Nason, who taught the 3rd and 4th grades in the public schools about 1895. Mr. Barker is the son of Charles Barker, and his father operated a jewelry store on Main Street for many years. They spent a pleasant day here viewing scenes of other days.

Died: Word was received here Monday morning of the death of Frank Carbis at El Cerrito, California, who died that morning of a heart attack. He was 66 years of age. Frank was born in Central City, and was a graduate of the high school in the class of 1911 with Earl Quiller of this city. For many years he worked at the Pittsburg Mine, and after marriage to Miss Stella Baleria, they resided in Denver for several years where he was employed by the tramway company. They later moved to California where he was one of the officials of The Del Norte Canning Plant at El Cerrito, and was to have been retired from this company in November. He was a man of high ideals and generous nature and will be sadly missed by numerous close friends, who will be saddened to hear of his death. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, two grandchildren, sister Mrs. Ed Waters of Denver, and brother Will of California, to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

Black Hawk News:

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Neal of Collinsville were here Thursday visiting friends and attending to business matters.

Among those attended the State Convention of the Order of Eastern Star Wednesday evening, were Mrs. Emma Eccker and Mrs. Lettie Gray, and Miss Kathryn Eccker.

Miss Marie Harwood is substitute teacher in this district while the regular teacher, Miss English, is recovering from a broken ankle which occurred last week.

Mr. Ernest Eccker has had a second operation, but is getting along nicely in the hospital, and expects to be home this Friday.

Mr. Thomas P. Atkinson, who was County Commissioner of Gilpin County years ago, but now retired, was in town Monday visiting old friends.

The news on Mrs. Marguerite Chase is very encouraging, since she has had her plaster cast removed at Mayo Hospital and is feeling fine.

Mr. Nig Train left Wednesday for Minnesota, where he will visit relatives for a few weeks.

Miss Mary Lynch will move to Denver the first of October and remain for the winter.

Sheriff Kenneth McKenzie was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital Wednesday morning for a routine checkup.

90 years ago – October 1, 1926

“Honesty the best Policy” in six reels, and a Fox News reel will be the picture shown at the Opera House Saturday evening, October 2nd.

Mr. George Green, living on his ranch five miles below the top of Dory Hill, while rounding up cattle Wednesday morning about 10 o’clock, came upon the body of a dead man, lying out in the open, on an old abandoned road which branched off from the old Guy Hill Road, about a mile below Dory Hill. He immediately notified Sheriff Oscar Williams, who left at once to investigate. Arriving on the grounds, Mr. Green showed Williams the body, and after making an investigation, the sheriff found the following as a means of identification. The man appeared to be between 30 and 35 years of age, with light hair, weighing about 160 pounds, and 5 feet 7 inches in height. He was dressed in a pair of light colored pants, the pockets of which were turned inside out, no coat, a light colored shirt and tie, and wore a grey Stetson hat in the band of which was the name of the dealer, “Warner Knight Clothing Company,” but no city where this firm was engaged in business. Inside the hat band was the man’s initials, “G.D. B.” His shoes were in excellent shape, showing little wear, and his hose were of silk texture. The hat was found some fifteen or twenty feet from the body covered with blood, and had a bullet hole through it. An examination of the body showed a bullet hole through both cheeks. On one of the fingers of the left hand was a gold ring. The body had been exposed to the elements for 10 days to two weeks. Sheriff Williams immediately notified Coroner George Hamllik, who was in Denver at the time, and who arrived here about the noon hour, and left immediately to bring in the body, but found it so badly decomposed that he was unable to handle it and decided that the only think that could be done was to roll it up in a sheet of oil cloth or a blanket and bury it. He returned to Central City, summoned a coroner’s jury, who went out to examine the remains, and on their report will decide on what will be done with the remains. The supposition first was that the dead man was Henry Baleros, who vanished from his mountain camp near Conifer, about five miles south of Evergreen, a week ago, but the description of the body, clothing, etc., did not correspond at all with Baleros. From the fact that the man’s pockets were turned inside out, it would appear that he had been robbed and murdered, and his shoes showing very little wear, and clothing of the finest texture, might mean that he was motoring in this section of the mountains and encountered a thug, who killed him and robbed him of his automobile. The man was a stranger and had never been seen in this section, and the only clue to his identification might come from the firm mentioned above, where he had bought his hat, which was almost new, and in which was pasted gilt letters, nearly an inch in length, “G.D.B.” At the close of the investigation the jury returned and brought in the following verdict: “We, the jurors in the inquest upon the body of an unknown man found one mile east, ad 60 yards south of the county highway from the top of Dory Hill, in Gilpin County, find death was caused by two gunshot wounds in the head, by party or parties unknown, and the evidence indicates murder.”

120 years ago – September 28, 1896

Festival Notes: The Mexican Band from Santa Fe will be at the festival. The weird music of this famous organization will be a most interesting feature of the “Mile High Round Up.” A contract has been closed for the attendance of the festival of a pack train of thirty jacks. They will come from Georgetown, and there will be Rocky Mountain canaries, burros, mules, jacks, jennies, and other long eared quadrupeds in the line of march. The maid of honor contest in the agricultural and horticultural districts is being conducted with much vigor. In Garfield County the Bryan and Swell Club will conduct it and decide who will be the guest of the festival committee and represent the district. The mining men are taking an active interest in preparing for floats which will display the resources of the various districts. The San Miguel country, which is as marvelously modest as it is marvelously rich, will be heard from. The pioneers are working hard on their division of the Pageant of Progress. Meetings are being held daily at pioneer headquarters in Denver. The attendance of the old timers will be far greater than from agents along their lines and they say the attendance at the Festival of Mountain and Plain will be enormous.

  1. J. Hawley visited his family in Denver on Sunday.
  2. Rapin, of the Mineral Palace, returned from Denver on Monday.

John Best worshipped in Denver last Sunday.

Dr. Ashbaugh, Wm. Quintrell,Wm. Askew, and Harry Keist returned on Sunday evening, having spent the past three weeks in Middle Park. The party went as far as Hayden and saw lots of game, especially deer, which are plentiful in and around the latter named place, and of which they were able to get a sufficiency for their own wants and enough to remember their friends on their return. The part had a nice trip, the weather being nice with the exception of the last few days. “Doc” says they only saw one bear and that was chained, so it didn’t cause any of the party much alarm.

Born: In Central City, September 21st, 1896, to the wife of John H. Nocholls, a daughter. Mother and child are both doing well, and since the arrival of the new daughter, Sheriff Nicholls in his hour of joy, has been setting up the cigars to his friends.

Born: In Black Hawk, September 11th, 1896, to the wife of John Webster, a son.

Born: In Central City, September 29th, 1896, to the wife of Thomas Parsons, a son.

Born: In Central City, September 20th, 1896, to the wife of W.S. DuPee, a daughter.

Married: At St. Paul’s Church, Central City, September 23rd, 1896, Rev. A.E. Clay officiating, Mr. Charles T. Kaneen to Miss Mary Walls, both of this city. The ceremony which made the handsome couple one in the sight of God and man was performed at noon time, after which they were driven up to Nevadaville, where a dinner was spread at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Warren. On their way to the Black Hawk depot in the afternoon, the happy couple were fairly showered with rice and old shoes, emblematic of the good wishes of their many friends. Upon their return they will occupy the rooms over the Express Office, where they will be at home to their friends. The Register-Call extends congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Kaneen, with the hope that their future life may be as happy as the past.

Died: In Nevadaville, September 20th, 1896, son of Mr. and Mrs. John James Penrose, aged 4-1/2 years.

Died: In Nevadaville, September 23rd, 1896, of typhoid fever, Ethel, daughter of Mrs. Mary Harle, aged 3 years.

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