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30 years ago – March 20, 1987

Gilpin County RE-1 School had 13 students selected to the Union Pacific League Honor Band. The 48 piece band selected from bands throughout the UPL will perform a concert at the school on April 25 at 6:00 p.m. The band will then be on tour April 27 and 28. Students in the honor band are Jonlee Anderle, Seth McGinnis, Shane Shields, Boe Nicholson, Lisa Kervitsky, Marie Jones, Ashland Larsen, Ben Weidner, Donna Olhausen, Richie Sanchez, Christine Crawley, Ron Havengar, and Rixa Dunn. In February, Anderle and Crawley, both seniors at RE-1 School, performed with the “Top of the Nation” Honor Band at Adams State College.

Monday’s snow storm accounted for four out of five Gilpin County School buses getting stuck, according to Larry Turner, transportation supervisor. The snowstorm was predicted to be unusually heavy as of Sunday, but it developed into a typical storm for Gilpin County. One of the school buses was a half hour late and the others were 10 to 15 minutes late, said Turner. The children remained on the buses until the problems were corrected. Turner attributed the school bus situation to the county road crew, stating that the roads were not plowed. The four routes that had problems were Golden Gate, Apex, Central City, and Aspen Springs. The worst situation was in Apex where one of the buses stopped on slick snow and then slid into mud. Turner and other people assisted in pulling the bus out. The RE-1 school bus drivers did not put chains on the tires prior to leaving the school which may have contributed to some of the problems. Gilpin Road Supervisor Bob Dornbrock said that the snow did not start until 6:00 a.m. and the county road crews were out at 8:00 a.m. The snow depth in the southern portions of the county was four to five inches, Dornbrock said. More snow was reported in the northern end of the county. Dornbrock said that the Boulder School districts did not report any problems due to snow conditions.

The Gilpin County RE-1 School Board has directed Superintendent Gene Labriola to put together a preliminary study on the site of Clark Gym. The gym is located on Lawrence Street in Central City. At the regular meeting of the board on March 12, the issue was discussed before an audience of about 10 people. Those in attendance included prospective school board candidates, concerned Gilpinites, and members of the High Country Promenaders (a square dance club who uses the gym). Board Member Jon Jordan began the discussion by saying he wanted to “understand the school’s role” in Clark Gym. He said there are problems such as the service for alcohol (for the Jazz Festival) and the expense of supporting it for use as the community center. According to Jordan, the gym should be owned by the county or some other entity. Board Member John Rittenhouse said he feels that it would be better if a community center group could afford to buy the gym. But, until such a time, it is serving the needs of the children in the district and is “dollars well spent.” He said, “Kids who have problems – drugs, alcohol, social problems, etc. – they have a place to go.” Jordan asked if those problems were not the responsibility of social services? “We are providing more services than I think the school is responsible for.” The board decided it is time to explore alternative ownership of the gym. Board Member Jeni Joslin concluded, “The day is coming when the dollars may not be there.” Labriola’s preliminary report is expected to be completed by the first part of May.

Born: Scott and Cheri Jensen of Colorado Sierra are proud to announce the birth of their second child, a girl. Holly was born march 2, 1987 at home. Her father, and grandmother Barbara Campbell, were present during her birth. She weighed seven pounds and six ounces, and measure 19.5 inches in length. Holly has one older sister, Heidi. Paternal grandparents are Denny Jensen and Barbara Campbell of Gilpin County. Maternal grandparents are David and Shirley Walden of Iowa Falls, Iowa. Her paternal great-grandmother is Alta Jensen of Boulder. Maternal great-grandparents are Richard and Nellie House of Iowa Falls, Iowa.

60 years ago – March 22, 1957

Central City Nuggets

Oscar Williams and brother, George, were up from Denver, Tuesday, to spend the day with friends. Oscar has been spending the winter in Denver, and expects to return here within a few weeks to remain for the summer. George, (Circe), who has been in charge of the Boy Scout Encampment at Ward for the past twenty years, and with his wife, has been sojourning in Denver during the winter, and intends on returning to Ward next month. It was a pleasure to meet them.

Miss Alice Todd, who left here some forty years ago, was a visitor to Central City, Tuesday. With her parents, sister, and brother, they established a home in Myton, Utah, where Alice has been the postmaster for thirty years. She found that her home on Sixth High Street had been torn down, and was decidedly surprised at the numerous improvements that had been made since her departure, particularly in the business district. She intends to visit here during the Festival this summer.

Major and Mrs. Charles E. Smith are the parents of a new member of their family, a boy, their second, born March 14th, in Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver. Some twenty years hence, perhaps this newspaper will announce that this arrival will have graduated from West Point and will be wearing four stars on his shoulders.

Schools will be closed next week for a spring vacation, opening again on April 1st.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Stanley Nelson Post No. 7563 VFW held their monthly meeting Tuesday evening, with Commander Tom Collins officiating, at the Peak to Peak Inn. The annual election of officers to be installed in May was held during the business meeting, after which refreshments were served.

Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Peterson are happy to announce the arrival of their first grandchild, Kim Lorraine, born to Mr. and Mrs. Gene Peterson on March 17th.

Last Friday evening Mrs. Louis Plank and daughter Mary Louise joined friends from Denver for a ten day bus trip to Carlsbad Caverns, Tucson, Arizona and points of interest in that southern area.

The Avery Rich house on High Street has recently been sold to Mr. Walter Lutz of Denver. The family, consisting of husband, wife, and one small child moved into their new home last week.

Mrs. Daisie Blake and Mrs. Dowell Blake were shopping in Golden last Monday.

The local teacher Miss Elsie English and pupils will enjoy a week of spring vacation next week.

A death notice in Denver papers last Tuesday was that of Joseph W. Smith, who owned a house here several years ago and had numerous friends here.

A warning to dog owners was given by Vernon Turner, wildlife conservation officer of this area, Wednesday. He asked the Courier to advise dog owners that he has had to stop several local dogs from chasing the mountain sheep. Wednesday morning he fired several shots in the air to scare off a group of dogs running the big horns on the hills above Georgetown. He said this time of year is especially bad for the sheep flock which the Wildlife Service is trying to re-establish in their natural habitat here. The ewes will be lambing for the next several weeks and last year’s lambs are weak now from wintering conditions. In other seasons the big horns can easily get away from the dogs, but now they are easily run to death or attacked. He asks dog owners to keep their pets tied up for the next few weeks. He warns that any dog caught chasing game is considered and predator by state law and can be shot by the game warden or any county or state officer in order to protect the game.

90 years ago – March 25, 1927

Not long ago a guard in the death house became suspicious because the man in the death cell was so quiet. He investigated. His prisoner, who was to die for murder within six hours, was busy lettering a cardboard sign with charred matches. He was marking out these letters: “Room to Let.” (A little death house joke.)

Personal Mention

Attorney Leroy J. Williams came up from Denver Friday evening to attend to matters before the county court, returning home Monday morning.

Mrs. George Rule and daughter Miss Gay June, arrived from Colorado Springs Saturday evening on a visit with her sister, Mrs. Oscar Williams, and mother, Mrs. Belle McKinnon.

Sheriff Oscar Williams left by auto for Denver Thursday morning to bring up Mr. Shannon B. Deepew, who was arrested in Denver Wednesday, charged with robbing the Moffat Spot in Rollinsville.

Nicholas Johns returned Saturday evening from a week’s visit spend in Denver visiting with friends and having a new set of “grinders” adjusted.

Black Hawk Jottings

Clarence and Will Stroehle came over from Boulder Friday evening to spend the spring vacation with their parents, and visit with school friends.

Walter Rule, who is attending the state university, came over from Boulder Friday evening to spend the spring vacation with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rundquist.

Wilson Graham, son of Frank Graham, former residents of this city, has his picture in one of the Denver dailies in connection with a violin that his grandfather, Peter Graham, owned when living here, that was made in 1697. Peter lived for many years at the junction of Dory Hill and Black Hawk, where he conducted a blacksmith shop, and his reputation as a “fiddler” was well known all over the county, and it is this violin that young Wilson Graham has in his possession, and which is supposed to be worth a fortune.

It’s not fair to ask a man to think for himself if he’s never done it before.

How to Make Mutton Stew by Nellie Maxwell: Take a piece of mutton from the neck, cut into serving sized portions, put to cook with a sprig of parsley, a bay leaf, two cloves, two peppercorns and cover with water. Let simmer for two hours, then add a carrot or two; add six potatoes cut into thick slices, one cupful of potato and simmer until the meat and vegetables are tender. Remove the bay leaf and the parsley and serve. Remove the skin from the mutton and it will also remove the woolly flavor which is so objectionable.

Born: In Black Hawk, March 19th, 1927, to the wife of Charles Robins, a daughter.

Died: In Denver, at the family residence, March 17th, 1927, Mrs. Jane S. Davis, aged 80 years. Deceased was born in Wales and came to America in the early ‘80s, finally locating in Russell Gulch, where they resided for 35 years, moving to Denver three years ago, where they established their new home. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Thomas R. Hughes, and Miss Bessie H. Davis, and two sons, David S. Davis, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Jenkin L. Davis, of Denver.

120 years ago – March 26, 1897

Good progress is being made in rebuilding the Chamberlain sampling works at Black Hawk, which were destroyed by fire a week ago, and a number of improvements will be added which were not included in the works destroyed.

At the U.S.M. Mine, on Lawrence Street, in this city, superintendent Knowles is running a drift west at a depth of 155 feet and expects to catch the ore body inside of another 30 feet, which has been worked in the upper levels. Upraising is being carried forward from the 250 foot level, where there is a crevice nearly three feet in width, carrying good value gold.

Parties are figuring on taking a lease on the Sub-Treasury and Cecil lodes in Russell District and working them on a large scale. These claims are owned by R.C. Benight and Company, of this city.

A force of 10 men are working in the Missouri Mine, in Russell district, and during the month of February they shipped 15 tons of first class ore, worth $65 per ton and 10 tons of second class ore, worth $23 per ton, bringing a check for both lots of $1,214.

Mrs. W.H. Richards, of Nevadaville, paid a visit to her sister, Mrs. R.B. Williams, of this city, last week, who has been suffering from a severe attack of la grippe.

The Georgetown Courier said that Arthur L. Collins, of Central City, manager of the Terrible Mining Company at that section, was visiting the property the first of the week.

The bill presented by Representative W.O. Jenkins, in the legislature, authorizing the City of Black Hawk to incur a bonded indebtedness of $20,000 for the purpose of acquiring an addition to the present water system, has passed both houses and now awaits only the governor’s signature to become law.

Born: In Nevadaville, March 22nd, 1897, to the wife of Manuel Andreatta, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, March 25th, 1897, to the wife of Wm. Bennetts, a son.

Married: In Black Hawk, March 22nd, 1897, Rev. A.E. Clay officiating, Mr. John H. Head to Miss E. Roy, both of Denver.

Married: In Black Hawk, March 24th, 1897, Rev. J.F. Jenness, pastor of the Methodist Church officiating, Frank R. Schellinger to Miss Fannie L. Marshal.

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