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coeurdalenemine_cc-2_061630 years ago – November 21, 1986

On November 15, winds up to 60 mph caused the Coeur D’Alene Mine, above Central City, to collapse and perhaps face its final demise. Norman Blake, a longtime resident of Black Hawk, recalls the 1930s when Charlie Richards was the local boss of the mine, and T.H. Jenks was the owner and president of the Coeur D’Alene Co. Jenks came from the east coast one or two times a month to run the operation. Blake remembers the last years during which the mine was operating. “It was between 1935 and 1941. In 1941 when miners were drafted into the service and supplies were unavailable, the Coeur D’Alene was shut down.” he said. In those days, during the war, only mines that were producing defense minerals were allowed to continue to operate. Before the Coeur D’Alene shut down, Richards lost his life in an accident at the mine. Blake remembers the story saying, “Old Charlie was sharpening miner’s candle sticks up in the blacksmith’s shop. He was grinding when sparks flew into an open box of blasting caps.” Mayor William C. Russell, Jr., of Central City, also recalls the accident. Copper penetrated Richard’s body from the waist up and and he died shortly afterward of gangrene. Blake remembers that the mine never yielded much in those years. However, he believes that it was in operation in the years previous to 1934-1941 time span. “They were after gold ore,” Blake remarked. Russell reminisces about the mine and looks back upon the period of time when Effie F. Jenks gave the mine to the Denver University, Colorado Seminary. It was after about 1947 when she gave it away. It was to be maintained and be used as a museum, Russel asserts. The mine was later transferred to the opera association, and was indeed a museum for a short time in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The opera association hired an usher who wore a “livery suit” to provide tours for the public, Blake said. Russell said that the mine was entirely steam powered. It had a steam air compressor and a steam operated hoist. In the early 1950s, Blake asserts, that many of the materials were still intact. Concentrating tables, mining machines, drills, and a complete blacksmith shop were still in fairly good condition. Blake adds, that there was “mill flow sheet which had an electronic board. Using animation, the device showed the path of the crude ore going through the mill until it was concentrated. And then it showed the waste going through the tailings pond.” Blake and Van Cullar, a resident of Central City and geologist, said that in the past attempts were made to work with the opera association on the restoration of the mine. They said that nothing ever materialized. On Wednesday, Christopher Haworth, superintendent of properties for the Central City Opera Association said, “The opera association is exploring the possibility of applying for a grant to restore the Coeur D’Alene.” Meanwhile, warning signs will be posted to alert overzealous photographers and sightseers, that it is dangerous to go near the mine. Haworth said that it is very fragile and no one should approach it too closely. Many Gilpinites are feeling the loss as wind and snow continue to erode the Coeur D’Alene.

Publisher’s Corner: Thanks Janet. My profuse thanks for your dedicated service to, and love for the Register-Call as managing editor, reporter, photographer, computer operator, etc., etc., etc. Yours is going to be a hard act to follow. All my best wishes to you in your future endeavors. Please don’t forget us at the R.C. Signed, William C. Russell Jr., Publisher.

Died: Helen Fairchild King. Word has been received of the death of Helen Fairchild King in Santa Barbara, California, on November 12, 1986. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Fairchild who were longtime residents of Black Hawk. Helen attended school in Black Hawk and Central City and also the University of Northern Colorado (formerly Colorado State Teachers College) in Greeley, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry King, her mother and father, a son, and a sister, Audrey Ingram. She is survived by her daughter, Bernice Linnard of Davis, California, and three grandchildren, also, her sisters Mildred Dewees, Jewel Kelter, and Florence William, all of Longmont, Colorado. Memorial services will be held in Santa Barbara, California. King was an accomplished pianist and one of the leading piano teachers in Santa Barbara. She taught piano for 64 years and was a leader in the musical activities in Santa Barbara for many years.

Died: Inez Della Rinnander. Inez Della Rinnander passed away at her home in Lakewood on November 4, 1986. She was 82 years old. She was born December 30, 1903, in Central City and attended high school in Arvada.  On August 11, 1928, she married Albert E. Rinnander in Arvada. he passed away on December 7, 1977. Inez was a member of Grandview Congressional Church, the Wheat Ridge Women’s Club, and the Peace Chapter of Eastern Star. She is survived by two daughters, Erlene Huley of Lakewood and Alicia Meerdink of Arvada; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services were held November 8, at Crown Hill Mortuary. Interment was in Crown Hill Mortuary.

60 years ago – November 23, 1956

Central City News:

Lou Cohen, the general manager and owner of the Central Bar and Cafe, who has been renovating and improving this popular place, is in a quandary as to the name to be given to what was formerly called the “Round Up Room.” He is offering a cash prize to anyone whose ingenuity is such that the name selected will be known to the far corners of the earth.

Mrs. Anna May Hackett, an old resident of Central City, who has been at the Pleasant View Convalescent Home, in Denver, died Monday, at the age of 87 years. She was a sister of Ed. Thied, formerly of this city, and Henry Thied, both of Golden, and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Rose Dally’s Beauty Shop will not be open Friday this week as she wants to eat turkey with her relatives.

Water Commissioner Joe Menegatti reports the main reservoir at the head of Eureka Street, and the small reservoir on Academy Hill, has been thoroughly cleaned and the water is now as clean as his life. The chlorinator is efficiently purifying the H2O, and is now as pure as Ye Editor’s thoughts. It was a job well done and he and his helpers are extended the appreciation of all the residents of this city and Black Hawk.

Verner Haynes, who has been in one of the hospitals in Denver for an operation of a double hernia, has so far recovered that he expects to return home on Sunday, which is most pleasing news to his many friends.

Another snow storm descended on Gilpin County Monday, leaving almost 8 inches of the “beautiful.” Denver, however, seems to have suffered more of abundance of snow than here, but to offset this, thermometers registered close to 5 degrees below zero Monday night, while Denver only registered a mild 10 degrees.

Mrs. Mertrand Mattivi and Howard Knoll, both of Central City, were united in marriage at St. James Methodist Church, Saturday morning, November 17th. Rev. Larry Hawks officiating. The bride was accompanied by Shirley Barker, and the groom by his son, Howard Jr. Only members of the immediate family were present, and after the ceremony a reception was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Mattivi on Spring Street, after which the newly married couple left on a honeymoon trip throughout the Southern part of the state. Both the bride and groom are well known in Central City, the bide having operated the Olde Fashioned Eating House for the past several years, and which was acknowledged as the best for its cuisine and service in Colorado. The groom is a skilled electrician, decidedly well liked, ad at present living in Fort Collins where the couple expect to make their home. The Register Call joins with hundreds of friends in wishing them the best of luck, success, and happiness in their voyage over the matrimonial seas.

Black Hawk News:

After spending two months with the H.L. Klein family, Mrs. Velma Barba left on Tuesday for her home in Los Angeles.

Mrs. Perl Neff and Mrs. Hansine Baker are spending several days in Denver with Mrs. Neff’s relatives.

Eleven year old Joan Allendar has been under the Doctor’s care for a peculiar growth on her feet, and may now need to wear special shoes from now on. We hope it corrects her ailment.

Annie Market was up from Golden, Sunday to inspect her mother’s house on lower Main Street.

Best wishes are extended to Mertrand Mattivi and Howard Knoll, who were married last Saturday at the Methodist Church in Central City. They will live in Fort Collins for the present.

Mr. Jack Turner, who has been in St. Anthony’s Hospital suffering from a  blood clot, had to have his leg amputated last week. He is slowly recovering from the effects of the operation.

Among those who won turkeys as prizes at the Elks card party last Saturday evening in Central City were, Mrs. Paul Eccker, Mrs. Joe Thomas, and Mrs. Melvin Blake.

90 years ago – November 26, 1926

Buck Jones in “The Gentle Cyclone” in five reels and a Fox News reel will be the picture program at the Opera House Saturday evening November 27th.

From the Golden Transcript: Henry Ramstetter, well known ranch man on the Guy Hill district, is in serious condition as a result of a heart attack and exposure. On Tuesday Mr. Ramstetter went to work in his fluorspar mine, an open pit. After working for some time he was seized with severe pains in the region of his heart. He attempted to climb out of the pit but just as he got to the top he collapsed and fell to the bottom. He was forced to lay in the snow for some time before one of his sons found him, and his fingertips were frozen. He has been suffering greatly since. Mr. Ramstetter is 68 years of age and is one of the pioneer ranchmen of the mountain district.

Reports are in circulation here that Mr. Ramstetter died at his home last week and that the funeral was held in Golden on Friday last.

Thanksgiving will mean more than the observance of a national holiday to Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Rachofsky of St. Paul Street. Thursday evening, between the hours of 8 o’clock and 10 o’clock, the pioneer couple will celebrate with close friends their golden wedding anniversary. The period of time they have lived in Colorado nearly approximates the golden fife years of their married life, Mr. Rachofsky states. The couple came to Gilpin County in 1882, where for twenty five years Mr. Rachofsky was engaged in the dry goods business. For more than seventeen years they have lived in Denver. They are active members of the B.M. H. synagog. “What’s so unusually about our anniversary?” Mr. Rachofsky wants to know. “Wait until we celebrate out seventy-fifth year, then come around.”

Bride: (sobbing) “Look how it’s raining on my wedding day!” Bridesmaid: “Don’t cry, dear—next time it will probably be bright and clear!”

How to Make Lemon Sherbet: By Nellie Maxwell: Soak two teaspoonfuls of gelatin in cold water for five minutes, boil two cupfuls of sugar and four cupfuls of water and the grated rind of a lemon for five minutes, add the softened gelatin, remove from the heat and stir until it dissolves. Chill, add one half cupful of lemon juice, strain and freeze.

120 years ago – November 20, 1896

Joseph Gray, superintendent of the Clear Creek Placer Company, and Anon Company of Idaho Springs, was injured last Saturday in Black Hawk by a runaway horse. While riding horseback through Main Street on his way to the sampling works, his horse became frightened at a passing locomotive and began to run away. In trying to pass between two quartz wagons the horse was knocked against one of the wagons, thereby causing an injury to the left leg of Mr. Gray. He was immediately taken to the Pacific house where his injuries, consisting of the bones in the left leg being broken above the ankle, were attended to by Doctors Moore and Lundvick.

The concert given by the Black Hawk Band at the Opera House in this city on Tuesday evening last was one of the most enjoyable musical entertainments given in this city for years, and it was a shame that the boys were not greeted with a full house. The music was far above the average and of the finest order and rendered in a manner that was fully appreciated by the audience, judging from the hearty applause given, which was acknowledged by the band, who responded with several encores. The saxophone duet by George Stroehle and E.W. Ballard was alone worth the price of admission and was well received. Although the audience was small in number, that fact did not deter the band from giving the best music in their repertoire.

Sheriff Nichols and Undertaker Harris were out around Dory Hill this week with their ferrets and guns looking for rabbits. Sheriff Nichols says he shot one as big as a sheep.

Jake Crowell, the Cottonwood pioneer, was up on Tuesday to get supplies. He says that Cottonwood is almost deserted, there being only one or two parties left who are still doing some work, the majority having one to Pine Creek and the new camps which have sprung up in that section of the county.

Mrs. A. Mazzini and children left on Sunday bound for New York, were they will visit relatives for the next two or three months. Mr. Mazzini accompanied his family as far as Denver.

Born: On Wednesday, November 18th, 1896, to the wife of Dave Reed, a daughter.

Died: In Central City, November 16th, 1896, of consumption, Mrs. W.H. Nelson, aged 54 years. Funeral services were held at the late home of the deceased n Wednesday afternoon, Rev. A.E. Clay officiating. A large number of friends were present to pay their last respects to the departed. After the services the remains were prepared for shipment and taken to the Black Hawk depot. They were shipped from the former home of the deceased lady in New Bedford, Mass., where interment will take place.

Died: In Denver, November 15th, 1896, William Wynne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. W. Williams, of Russell Gulch, aged 14 years. The funeral occurred from the residence of Ll. P. Davies, Denver, On Tuesday, Nov. 17th, interment being made in Fairmount Cemetery.

Died: In Black hawk, November 18th, 1896, aged 8 months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Juneman, of pneumonia.

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