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30 years ago – March 27, 1987

American War Games Inc., will not be permitted in Gilpin County. In order to please residents of the county who were opposing the potential business proposed for mid-county, the name of the corporation was changed to Paint Ball Sam. The announcement was made at a public hearing before the Gilpin County Planning Board on Wednesday. Members of the board are also the county commissioners. Four residents of the county attended the meeting as well as Mel Hensley, secretary of the corporation, and Erwin Goetzfried, president. Dr. Warren Hern of Gilpin County said we are a society that glorifies war and violence. Based on general principles, he objected to the granting of a Special Use Permit. Hern said that Gilpin County is not a haven for war games. James Ratte agreed with Hern. He said that he is already hearing gun shots in his area and did not know if it was people target practicing or if the shots were coming from patrons of the business. Hensley replied that there was not any activity at the site presently because they were told to cease the operation. Gilpin County Sheriff Rosetta Anderle expressed concern about drug and alcohol use, if people were allowed to bring their dogs, traffic safety, among other things. Planning Board members present at the hearing procedure were Commissioners Leslie Williams, Alan Baird, and Carroll Beck, as well as J.J. Petrock, county attorney. Williams said that 11 adjacent property owners were notified of the proposed use of the property by certified mail. Responses were received from three people who were against the project. Petrock said that the special use was not a use by right and the planning commission could either accept or reject the proposal. The request was denied because it was not in harmony with the neighborhood and in the best interest regarding health and welfare of the county. Denial of the proposal will be presented to the Gilpin County Commissioners on April 6.

The Gilpin County Library was filled with a variety of bunnies on Wednesday. Thanks to the efforts of the library staff and volunteers, a weekly story hour is held for kids of all ages to participate in and enjoy. Amy Thomas, Gilpin County resident, is in charge of the children’s story hour. On Wednesday she managed to keep the bunnies hopping. The program started with a story entitled, “Who’s in Rabbit’s House,” an old African tale. With the help of several mothers and Thomas the children made bunny ears. The Nederland schools are on spring break this week and several children participated in the activity. It was an enjoyable hour for the children and their mothers was well as the reporter from the Weekly Register-Call. The story hour is held each Wednesday at the Gilpin County Library between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Letter to the Editor: I don’t know to whom this should be addressed, so I’m just hoping those concerned read this. I think that the road maintenance crew in Gilpin County should receive an accolade for their work on our roads this winter. I have been impressed by their persistence and good work in getting roads cleared and passable. One snowy morning on Robinson Hill Road our Gilpin plows were out long before Jefferson County was out with their snowplows. I have heard many others saying much the same thing. Thanks to all who are responsible of these tasks well done. Signed, Frances C. Beyer, Robinson Hill Road, Gilpin County.

60 years ago – April 5, 1957

Weather prognostications emanating from the Weather Bureau in Denver Sunday and Monday nights, stated “snow flurries and rain, could be expected in the mountain areas of Colorado,” on Tuesday evening. That appeared to be a fallacy, as Tuesday night and Wednesday, Old Boreas unleashed his powers and before Wednesday morning, had deposited between four and five feet of the “beautiful” in this particular part of what is termed “the easterly part of the Continental Divide.” This snow storm extended from Wyoming to Texas and particularly in the vicinity east, where Denver experienced a snow storm more severe than experienced since 1952.

Central City Nuggets

Oscar Williams, who spent the past winter in Denver, returned Saturday and expects to remain here for the summer. He says he feels right smart, and “r’aring to go” in the Rummey games.

Honored by the Advertising Club of Denver as advertising woman of the year, was a picture in the Denver Post of Miss Dorothy Jenkins, head of the art and production departments of Ball and Davidson, Inc. Miss Jenkins is a sister of John C., of this city, and has been with this company for the past forty years. We extend congratulations.

Lou Cohen of “The Drift” and Central Bar & Cafe, was the host at a dinner given at Taylor’s Cafe on West Colfax, in Denver, Monday evening, at which time several guests from Central City were his guests. Lou said the purpose of the evening’s entertainment was to cement relations between the businessmen of this city and that further meetings for this particular purpose would be held in the future. Many of the businessmen were unable to attend because of the adverse weather conditions.

Mrs. Beatrice Dunstone, a life-long resident of Black Hawk, died last Wednesday at the Boulder Sanitarium. She was the widow of Thomas Dunstone, one of the most capable superintendents of mining properties in this region. She was 89 years of age, and is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Marta Boyd, of Grand Junction; a son, Arnold, of Tennck, N.J.; a sister, Mrs. Amelia Taylor; a nephew, Earl Quiller, of this city; and several grandchildren. Graveside series were held Saturday in Fairmount Cemetery, in Boulder.

Arthur Petro suffered a heart attack at his residence on Spring Street, Tuesday noon, and expired within a few minutes after. He had attempted to shovel out his automobile from the deep snow, and feeling weary, passed through the house to the bathroom where he was found some minutes later, slumped over the bath tub. The fire department was called to administer oxygen, and also Dr. Fowler, of Idaho Springs. Death incurred shortly after he entered the house. He was about 60 years of age, and is survived by his wife, Sadie, of Central City and four daughters, all of Denver; a sister, of Seattle, Wash., and a son, Howard, of this city, and twelve grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the Howard Mortuary in Denver, but as to exact day, we have been unable to learn.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mrs. Arville Gardner, returned Friday after visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Speer of Canyon City.

Last Friday guests at the George Nelson home in Longmont were Mrs. Alice McKenzie, Mrs. Gladys Erickson, Mrs. Donna Blake, little Mary and Diane Blake.

Mrs. Clara Tomford is in the hospital with a broken neck, as a result of injuries received when the Jeep in which she was riding missed the high road and turned over several times on the mountain side back of the Black Hawk School. She and Dick Dowse, driver of the jeep, were both thrown out but Dick was not so seriously injured.

Warren Wildman was up from Golden over the weekend to help his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Turner, in their coffee shop.

90 years ago – April 1, 1927

Fayette Bishop, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Bishop, of Phippsburg, and one of the best known and most highly regarded young men in southern Routt County, was killed Wednesday afternoon when he was caught in a “premature” snow slide near Dixie Lake, a short distance from the main line of the Moffat Road on the east side of the Continental Divide. For three weeks Fayette had been with the Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer movie colony, which is filming a screen feature, “The Trail of ’98,” and it was while preparing for a snow slide which was to be caught by their camera that he met his death. With John Steckler of Denver, young Bishop had walked to the edge of an overhanging drift of snow, to place in position a charge of dynamite with which to dislodge it. When they were near the rim of the drift, it suddenly gave way and with hundreds of tons of snow broke off. Both Bishop and Steckler were buried under the great mass, and the former was dead when his body was reached. Steckler was dug out from under six feet of snow, but he escaped with minor injuries. Ralph McQueary, a Middle Park pioneer, and three laborers who were also employed at the scene, were caught by the slide, being more or less injured. It was many hours before McQueary became conscious. The body of Fayette Bishop was taken to Denver on the Thursday night train, which also bore his grief stricken parents, who had been summoned from Phippsburg. The funeral was held in Denver, where Fayette was born. Fayete Bishop was 19 years of age, and with his parents had lived at Phippsburg since he was a baby. He was graduated two years go from the high school at Fort Collins, where his only brother, Donald is now a student at the State Agricultural College. R.O. Bishop, the bereaved father, has been an engineer on the Moffat Road since it was first constructed, being one of the most widely known employees of the Third District of this railroad.

Sheriff Oscar Williams, on Monday last, brought in from Tolland Mr. Trower Jacobs, charged by the state humane officer as being insane, and a hearing will be held before the Judge of the County Court on Monday, April 4th. Mr. Jacobs had been working with the section gang on the Moffat Road at that point and his actions have been the cause of much complaint from the residents there, which were investigated by the state officer, and the charge made as stated above.

During the present month, the lessees of the Gilpin-Eureka Mine shipped to the Denver Mint, through the First National Bank, gold retorts wishing over 81 ounces, the product of mill ore treated from that property, and shipments of carats of smelting ore, sent to the Leadville smelter, returned $104 per ton. A fine body of mineral is showing in the lower levels, carrying considerable lead, and with it gold, silver, and copper, making a product that runs high in values. Owing to a shortage of water in the gulch the mill has not been running steadily, but with warmer weather and melting snow, the supply will be sufficient for all purposes, and the mill will be able to run three shifts.

120 years ago – April 2, 1897

The snow storm and blizzard of Sunday and Tuesday last, which visited this section, raged all over the state and the storm was one of the worst that has visited Colorado in years.

Mr. Edward Davis, of the Rocky Mountain National Bank, visited with friends and attended to business matters in Denver the first of the week.

Mr. Adolph Coors, of Golden, came up to Central on Wednesday in the interests of the Coors Brewery and business in connection therewith.

Mr. E. Craig, manager of the Rocky Mountain Terror and Niagara mines in Russell Gulch is presently in Idaho, where as consulting engineer he is looking after operations at the Black Jack Mine, on which nearly 100 men are constantly employed.

Mr. and Mrs. John Curry and little daughter Bertha, of Black Hawk, took a trip to Apex on Sunday to visit their daughter, Mrs. Rogers, who resides there.

Mrs. Wm. Quiller, of Black Hawk, returned from Denver on Saturday where she had been on a visit with her son and daughters.

A force of 11 men are employed on the Buell Mine in extending the east 350 and 500 foot levels, both of  which show a fine crevice of milling ore, and between 40 and 50 tons are taken out daily. The mine has been drained to the bottom, at a depth of 625 feet, and as soon as the sump is cleaned out a contract will be let to sink another 100 feet. The milling ore now being taken out is returning 4 ounces gold to the cord with the smelting ore averaging $60 per ton.

Three freight cars arrived at the Black Hawk Depot Monday, containing two pumps which Mr. Dickey purchased in Leadville for use on the Bobtail properties. One of them is the big pump that was taken out of the Maid of Erin property during the strike and is the largest pump every bout into the county, having a plunger 10.5 inches in diameter and a 36 inch stroke, capable of throwing 1,500 gallons per minute. It will be placed in the 900 foot level in the incline as soon as an excavation can be made for a station, as it will require a space about 35 feet in length. The present pumps are throwing 700 gallons per minute out of the incline and the water is within 10 feet of the bottom.

Born: In Russell Gulch, March 25th, 1897, to the wife of Fred Woods, a son.

Married: In Central City, at the residence of Wm. Couch, March 31st, 1897, Harry Couch to Miss Minnie Watkins.

Died: In Russell Gulch, April 1st, 1897, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Harris, aged 18 months.

146 years ago – April 6, 1872

From one of the engineering party who called on us last night, we learn that the Colorado Central managers have been locating their road below Idaho, and have a gang of thirty hands grading at the foot of Floyd’s Hill, or thereabout. On the face of it, this would look as though the company were proposing to push the construction of their road to Georgetown, but when it is coupled with the fact that there are but a hundred and fifty men all told employed on the entire work this side of Golden, less favorable conclusions seem likely to be arrived at, especially when it is remembered that another proposition is about to be voted on in Clear Creek County. The grade is almost completed to the mouth of Beaver Creek which is about eight miles above Golden. The principal part of the graders are working on the first mile above that point.

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