Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – February 6, 1987

Newly appointed Gilpin County Court Judge Frederic B. Rodgers, was sworn into office on January 29. He replies Judge Andrew J. Krodshen who returned effective February 4. The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice Daniel Shannon, of the First Judicial District. The ceremony took place at the Gilpin County Courthouse. The courtroom was filled to capacity. A reception, held in Rodgers’ honor, followed the ceremony.

Gilpin County Court Judge Andrew J. Krodshen, also known to many as Judge K., and to close friends as “Andy,” was honored by many dignitaries and county residents at his retirement party January 30. Krodshen is retiring after being the Gilpin County Court Judge for 18 years. He celebrated his birthday on Wednesday by working. It was his last day on the bench. He says that it was appropriate since he became the county judge on his wife’s birthday in December 1968. Krodshen shares his birthday on February 4 with American Aviator Charles A. Lindbergh. In referring to Lindbergh Krodshen says, “He married a wealthy woman. I married a lovely woman.” He and his wife, Breta, celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary last fall in Cologne, Germany. In the 15 day tour the couple toured Holland, Switzerland, France, and England. Krdoshen’s first tour to Europe was compliments of the U.S. Army, over 40 years ago. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Engineer Corps. His military service started in Africa. While stationed in France he was transferred to the infantry. “This was the best,” said Krodshen. A native of Colorado, he returned after World War II. He attended the University of Colorado and the Westminster College of Law. Krodshen received his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver. The Krodshens’ first visited Gilpin County in 1935. In the late 1940s they purchased their cabin on South Beaver Creek Road. He says that as a longtime resident of the county, people will see him again and again. Kristen is proud of the fact that he has the longest record of a county judge retained in office by the voters. He has won four terms, each term being for a four year period. Over 100 people attended the farewell dinner held at the Black Forest Inn. Krodshen was honored by many speeches of times past, but not forgotten. Krodshen says that the next European vacation will be spent visiting the south of France and Spain. Krodshen will be missed by many Gilpin County residents.

Letters to the Editor: The time has arrived for me to step down and turn the County over to my successor. I wish to take this opportunity to first express my sincere appreciation to the Weekly Register-Call; the owner; editors—past and present; reporters—past and present; for the manner and way in which the court proceedings were reported, always factual, direct, and with sensational embellishment. It has been an honor and pleasure to have been associated with such a first class newspaper. The County Commissioners, past and present, as well as the various department heads for their cooperation and help in maintaining and having a court that has grown and is held in high esteem by all who are affected by and practice in this court. Last, but not least, to the staff—past and present, who have worked many hours through lunch or dinner in order to get the job done. All the sacrifices, time, suggestions and cooperation making this the best staff of any court in the state. My lasting thanks to each and every one for your help, dedication, and doing more than required to make this court one to be admired. It would be an oversight not to express my thanks to the many electors in the county who retained me in office for four terms. Thus I leave with a sadness and an empty feeling, but knowing I leave the court in good hands, saying not goodbye, but “au revoir” until we meet again. Signed, Retiring Judge Andrew J. Krodshen, Gilpin County Court.

Born: Scott and Kathy Manweiler of Arvada are proud to announce the birth of their son. Scott Paul was born January 28, 1987, at Lutheran Hospital in Denver. He weighed eight pounds, 15 ounces, and measured 21 1/2 inches in length. Scott has one older sister, Kristin. Gene and Ruthann Hofferber of Dory Lakes are paternal grandparents. Mary Moon of Ohio is the maternal grandmother.

Died: Joseph “Joe” Wheeler, longtime resident, local historian, and friend to many, passed away at his home in Central City on February 4, 1987. He was 75 years old. Joe was not a native of Central City, but he made it his home for well over 30 years. He became a part of the community and a figure in the local legends. Joe was born in New York State on November 1, 1911. He worked for many local newspapers in the east as well as three metro newspapers in New York City; Cleveland, Ohio; and Syracuse, New York. He worked as a rose journalist and once covered horse shows. He was in World War II, stationed in Versailles, France, as a sergeant major. After the war, Joe returned to New York where he became interested in two dimensional design—wallpaper, fabric, giftwrap, and packaging. He did a lot of research in color. The Brooklyn Museum of Fine Art adopted his color technique and used it to repair old masterpieces. For health reasons, Joe left New York, and first moved to Arizona before coming to Colorado. In 1952, Joe and his partner, Vera Thompson, opened a coffee house in Central City called “The Purple Cow.” It opened in what is now the Chandelier House of Gifts. Two years later it was relocated to what is now the Gilded Garter. Joe served as the director of the Gilpin County Arts Association in Central City. At one time he managed the Mines Hotel as well as being the tour director for the Teller House. He did a lot of research into local properties. The digging out of old facts and separating them from fiction fascinated him. In 1983 he was working on a book which was to be where Caroline Bancroft, author, left off. Joe is survived by his sister, Ruth Twamley and his brother Paul Wheeler, both of New York as well as several nieces and nephews. By request of the family he was cremated. A memorial service was pending as of Thursday.

60 years ago – February 8, 1957

Central City Nuggets

I was particularly amused when reading an article last week from a newspaper that vehemently declares that it stands for the welfare of Central City. The article was captioned—“We’re against bus service stoppage—but after all—.” The headline and article proves conclusively that the writer is neutral, is straddling the fence, and hasn’t the guts to set forth his firm declaration in combating the petition now before the State Utilities Commission relative to the abandonment of the bus line between Central City and Denver. We’re not interested in the amount of dollars the bus company has lost; they realized, or should have, when they signed for services between Denver and Central City, that business would be slow during the winter months, and the Register-Call stands fast in objection that a request will not be granted and no conditions such as “but after all.”

By A.F. Mayham: Uncle Ed was in sort of a predicament the other day. In scanning the stock market he remarked that this investment in International Underwear wasn’t so good after all—said the bottom dropped out. Someone, he has an idea, sent him a valentine on which was written: “Roses are red, violets are blue, I was born beautiful—what happened to you?” Ed was having a little difficulty with his sight, took off his glasses for cleansing, when someone remarked that there’s nothing wrong with your glasses—it’s your head. Reminiscing is an attribute of old age and Ed can remember when zeal was the pride of fools, and his kisses were like a 3 alarm fire.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mrs. Lettie Gray returned home Monday after a month’s vacation in Arizona. She also visited Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Rule in Compton, California. Mrs. Gray said that Mr. Rule is seriously ill.

A business deal was completed last Thursday whereby Mr. Cole Neff becomes the owner of the Mary Robinson house on Swede Hill. The Cole Neff family is moving to Utah, but his mother will occupy the house.

Mrs. Frank Gates is able to be out again after a painful fall on the ice near her home about ten days ago.

We are glad to see Mrs. Orville Gardner out again driving her Cadillac after being confined to her home with a stage of rheumatism.

Monday evening guests at the James Robins’ were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rudolph of Denver and Bob Mavis of Rollinsville.

Rollinsville Amalgam

Funeral services for Dean Alan Davenport three month old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Davenport, were held in Greeley Friday, February 1. Burial was at Linn Grove in Greeley. Dean was born October 16, 1956, and died from an attack of virus pneumonia in the Greeley Osteopathic Hospital, January 30, 1957. The community extends sincere sympathy to the Davenports.

The Kenneth Calverts spent the weekend at their cabin near Nifty Nook.

90 years ago – February 11, 1927

Attorney Leroy J. Williams came up from Denver Saturday afternoon to attend to legal matters before the county court.

Mrs. Everett McCoy and little daughter, accompanied by Mrs. Frank Pool, came up from Denver Saturday afternoon on a short visit with Mrs. Louie Welch, returning Sunday morning, accompanied by Mrs. Welch and son Jack who attended the funeral of Ray Rogers, a former resident of Smith Hill, that afternoon, the two later returning home Monday evening.

Verner Haine and Miss Judith Parteli motored to Genessee Mountain on Sunday afternoon and took in the ski tournament.

Mrs. Robert C. Johnson, who had been in Denver on matters in connection with the Pythian Sisters, and visiting with her daughter and family returned home on Monday.

Mr C.P. Griffith has not been making his weekly visits lately, being kept in by a bad case of flu.

How to Make Blackstone Dressing by Nellie Maxwell: Mix four tablespoonful’s each of mayonnaise dressing and whipped cream, two tablespoonful’s of chili sauce, two of tomato catsup, and two of vinegar. Roquefort cheese may be added if desired.

120 years ago – February 12, 1897

A force of between 90 and 100 men are working in the Disks Mine on Bobtail Hill, mostly on tribute, and regular daily shipments are being made to the mills and sampling works.

The January net output of the Hidden Treasure, Kansas, and Indiana mines, on Quartz Hill, operated by the Gold Coin Mines Company, reached the handsome sum of $30,000.

Sinking is being carried on with two shifts at the Wautauga Mine in Russell Gulch, the present depth of the shaft being 290 feet. At a depth of 350 feet, sinking will be stopped and drifts commenced to open up ground on both sides of the shaft. Manager Kimball expects to add an air compressor and air drills in the near future so that work can be carried on with more speed than by hand drilling. A force of 15 men are working and development work will soon place the mine on a shipping basis.

Born: In Black Hawk, February 4th, 1897, to the wife of Arcadia Delfra, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, February 6th, 1897, to the wife of Charles Niccum, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, February 8th, 1897, to the wife of Nelson Franklin, a son.

Died: In Pleasant Valley, February 7th, 1897, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Outis, aged 4 years.

Last Sunday afternoon, J. O’Meara of Black Hawk met with an accident in the incline shaft on the Gregory Lode, which resulted in having his right leg broken above the knee. Mr. O’Meara and his partner were going down the shaft when the car jumped the track, and while at work getting the car on the rails, it started suddenly and caught him under the wheels, with the above result.

Hugh O’Malley was killed and his partner, Ernest Pullen, of this city, was badly injured in the Phoenix-Burroughs Mine on Quartz Hill, Sunday night, by the explosion of a box of giant caps in the hand of O’Malley. The cause of the explosion is supposed to have resulted from dropping hot ashes from his pipe in the box while taking one out to be attached to the piece of fuse, which he was getting ready for blasting. O’Malley was terribly mitigated by the explosion and died a few hours afterwards. Pullen, who evidently was standing back of O’Malley, or by his side, had seventeen holes in his stomach and chest where the copper from the caps had entered. O’Malley was 33 years of age and lived with his widowed mother, a sister, and four brothers at the Iowa house in this city. Dr. Bonesteel reported that Pullen was getting along nicely, and at the time the paper went to press was considered out of danger.

146 years ago – February 11, 1872

From the Daily Central City Register

Many attempts have been made, with various successes, to preserve perishable fruits and vegetables so that their natural savor shall be retained. Various methods of desiccation have been in vogue for centuries by which fruits are deprived on moisture, preventing them from decay. Within the last twelve or fifteen years the process of canning has been in vogue, and an immense traffic in this line has been created. This process of fruit preserving, although it has been eminently successful, is attended with great expense. A new process, which promises to be equally successful, and which will be attended with far less expense, has recently come into use; that of dehydrating by pneumatic evaporation. By this process all the properties of the fruit are preserved, even to the color, except the water, which can be restored at will. Fruit thus prepared is easily packed, convenient for transportation, and so far as our observation has extended is equal to, if not superior to canned fruit.

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