Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – April 3, 1987

Despite opposition by the land owner and the City Council of Black Hawk, the emergency cleanup of the Gregory Incline and Tailings site began this week. It is the first site targeted for cleanup by a large project proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The four other locations are in either Gilpin or Clear Creek counties. Two future sites to be addressed by the EPA are the National Tunnel below Black Hawk and the Quartz Tunnel above the free parking lot in Central City. The next projected cleanup will be at the Argo Tunnel in Idaho Springs. The Big Five Tunnel, west of Idaho Springs in Clear Creek, is also on the EPA’s emergency list. According to Sharon Kerchief of the emergency response brand for the EPA, the contract to cleanup and correct the Gregory Incline and Tailings site was awarded to Kemp & Hoffman, Inc., of Denver. The exact cost of the project remains unknown although it is estimated to cost between $150,000 and $220,000. The EPA has not announced who will be responsible for the costs. Tuesday, a long 36 inch drainpipe was installed in the bed of North Clear Creek to divert the water away from the crib wall. Workmen spent a considerable amount of time placing sand bags around the pipe to divert the water into it. The process of installing the pipe entailed lowering it by a crane. The pipe to divert the water will be in place throughout the project. It is necessary to keep the area dry for installation of the gabion baskets. The initial project is only a short term solution. The work is expected to take four to six weeks.

Walter Jankowski, petitioner for the recall of Commissioners Leslie Williams and Alan Baird, said last week he would be able to furnish a more complete update on the recall for publication this week. The reporter from the Weekly Register-Call was unable to reach Jankowski during the week.

By Roger Baker: With all the talk about children’s programming, historical research, copiers, and tax forms, I think I sometimes fail to emphasize enough that the Gilpin Library is still, first and foremost, a place for readers of all ages and interests to come and check out books. And the books still continue to come in by the boxful. We’ll never be rich enough that I can pass up opportunities for free books, so I was first in line a few weeks ago at Jefferson County Public Library’s “garage sale,” at which they dispose of some of their old and unwanted volumes by offering them to any library that wants to haul them away. I came up with several old volumes of Colorado interest that we didn’t have, as well as a good number of hardcover westerns by some of the old masters to supplement our collection. Our regular western readers will go through those in no time though, so at the same time I was down buying the children’s books, I picked up probably two dozen paperback westerns. One of these will go on the bookmobile, but I’ll keep some in here just to freshen up the collection a little. I got a few new paperback mysteries too, by current authors such as Elmore Leonard and Tony Hillerman. But most of the best stuff still comes through the U.S. Mail. Recent deliveries of books have included new fiction and new mysteries. New nonfiction includes Ann Wilson Schaef’s new book on addiction and co-dependency, and Gelsey Kirkland’s horrifying autobiography. Probably the book of widest interest in this area will be the one by Denver author Stephen Singular on the life and murder of controversial radio talks show host, Alan Berg. Besides providing a look at a very fascinating and complex man, the book purports to give an inside glimpse of the shadowy world of the Aryan Nation, the Idaho based white supremacist group that has been linked to Berg’s murder. Incidentally, several years ago Singular wrote a lovely piece about the little log cabin library in Gilpin County for one of the Denver papers’ Sunday magazines! We probably won’t get many articles like that written about us anymore; I guess we’re just not that “cute” these days. But of course, back then we wouldn’t have had room for all these new books either.

60 years ago – April 2, 1957

Central City Nuggets

Due to the condition of the weather, slippery streets, and no parking places, the meeting of the Susannah Wesley Circle was postponed until Monday, April 18th, at the home of Mrs. Olive Robins, in Black Hawk.

Another snow fall, of about eight inches, made its appearance here over the weekend, adding to the already four feet, or more, which spread its blanket several days previous, and made traveling dangerous, both by auto and individual locomotion. Since Monday, however, old Sol has been generous with warmth and sunshine, and the various drifts of snow are now succumbing to warm winds and sunlight, making the snow drifts melt rapidly and causing muddy and wet roads. During the severe storm of last week, the highway and county equipment did excellent work on the various roads, and but little hardship was experienced. Our thanks are extended to both the State and County for excellent work. In District No. 3, George Anderle and son, employees of the County, worked 12 hours for several days in clearing County roads, the case being the same in the other districts also, and their efforts should be much appreciated.

Little traveling is being done by residents of Central City during the past week, as shoveling snow has been a necessity, rather than a diversion, and in consequence, few visits are being made to the metropolis and elsewhere, and also, visitors here, have been conspicuous by their absence.

Services will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Rev. Robert Serna will be here from Denver, and Holy Communion will be celebrated.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Steers have gone to Denver to stay with a son until the heavy snow has melted around their house and their health has improved.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pipes and daughters were Saturday evening dinner guests of the Walter Hawks in Denver.

Word was received recently of the death of Will Rudolph of Bellevue, Washington. He was 94 years of age and had been a member of the Black Hawk Masonic Lodge for 72 years. Survivors are his wife, daughters Irene Rudolph, Johanna Anderson of Walden, Colorado, sons Gus Rudolph of Black Hawk, Forest Rudolph of Golden, Idaho, a sister Emma Louch of Wash., and a brother, George, of Denver.

Dr. Nassimbene has been in St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver for the past two weeks but is improving and expects to be released soon.

Mrs. Eiven Jacobson was over from Chicago Creek Monday visiting friends and relatives. She said Eiven had been working day and night with the Road Crew, trying to keep the roads open in that vicinity.

Mr. Dale Powers was quite ill Saturday from snow blindness, but is much improved now.

90 years ago – April 8, 1927

Sheriff Oscar Williams left for Canyon City Wednesday morning with Shannon DePree, who was sentenced by the district judge to three to five years in the penitentiary, on the charge of larceny and burglary of the depot at Rollinsville last month.

A hearing was held before a lunacy commission composed of Dr. Shultz, of this city and Dr. Fraser, of Idaho Springs, in the county court room on Tuesday last, wherein Trower Jacobs, of Rollinsville, was the defendant, and after a proper hearing was given him the commission declared him sane, and ordered him discharged by the court.

Born: In Central City, March 26th, 1927, to the wife of Eldred Shaffer, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, March 31st, 1927, to the wife of John Eddy, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, March 31st, 1927, to the wife of Fred Goebel, a son.

Born: In Littleton, April 7th, 1927, to the wife of Guy M. Laird, a daughter, who has been named Ilene Louis.

Married: In Central City, April 2nd, 1927, by County Judge Louis J. Carter, Merle Thompson and Isabelle Thomas, both of this city.

Died: In Golden, April 3rd, 1927, William Roberts, formerly of Nevadaville, aged about 50 years. Mr. Roberts was well known throughout the county and state as one of the best single-hand drillers in Colorado, and won many prizes in the contests held in the different mining camps. The family left Gilpin County some ten years ago for Golden, where Mr. Roberts was employed in the Color’s plant. He is survived by his wife and two sons and a daughter.

Died: In Golden, April 5th, 1927, Ed Griffin, formerly of Russell Gulch Mr. Griffin left Russel Gulch several years ago for Golden where he found employment in the clay mines. He is survived by his wife and several children.

Died: In Denver, March 5th, 1927, Lither Baxter Thomas, a brother of Benjamin P. Thomas. The family lived in Gilpin County for many years before going to Denver to make their home, and Mr. Thomas is well remembered by the old timers of the county and state. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Rogers Mortuary, interment in Riverside Cemetery.

120 years ago – April 9, 1897

Thomas Mullen, of Denver, a former well known citizen of this city, was shaking hands with his many old friends in this city on Saturday last.

At the town election in Nevadaville, Nicholas Semmens was elected mayor, and M. Brown, Sr., John Roberts, and T.R. Webb were elected trustees.

Mrs. W.O. Jenkins, who had been spending the past three weeks in Denver, returned to Central on Saturday evening last.

Miss Julia Mabee, of Denver, after a week’s visit with friends in this city, left for her home in Denver on Saturday last, accompanied by her father, George W. Mabee.

The Moose Mine in Elkhart Gulch, owned by Dr. Paul, of this city, is being worked under lease and bond by Wilkie and Christianson of Idaho Springs, who took hold of the property a few months ago. During the past week in driving the west 100-foot level an 18 inch streak of smelting ore was uncovered which carries pockets of tellurium ore, and an assay made during the week from this streak showed values of 125 ounces gold and 4,018 ounces silver to the ton. In the same level where the rich ore is being taken, the crevice has opened out to over 20 feet in width, and shipments are being made by the operators to their mill at Idaho Springs, which returns 2 ounces gold to the cord, with tailings of high value.

At the Nevada Mine on Bobtail Hill, foundations for machinery have been laid and the machinery will be in running shape during the coming week, at which time the shaft house will be completed. The present depth of the shaft is 285 feet, and when everything is in shape it will be sunk to a depth of 500 feet.

Sinking is being carried on in the main shaft of the Nottaway claim in Lake District, from a depth of 240 feet, with the intention of carrying the shaft down to the 400 foot point. In the bottom of the shaft there is a two foot crevice which carries considerable gray copper, indicating high values in gold.

Died: In Santa Barbara, California, April 6th, 1897, Job V. Kimber, aged 74 years.

146 years ago – April 13, 1872

The alarm whistle, which disturbed the rest of so many of our citizens on Wednesday night last, was sounded by the assistant engineer at Church’s Mine, on the Gunnel Lode, and was caused by the loss of a small bolt which he could not replace, and so he sounded the alarm for half an hour or so, to call the chief engineer to his assistance. The proper use and intention of such alarms it to call assistance in cases of distress from fires, cave-ins and other serious accidents, and ought not to be sounded for such trivial causes as this last, as few persons relish the joke of being waked up in the middle of the night, and caused to wallow through the snow and mud half a mile or more to aid those supposed to be in distress, and then find that the whole thing was caused by an accident, so trivial that any boy of fifteen ought to be able to make all right without any alarm. A case of real distress might occur and the alarm pass unheeded by those who could and would gladly render assistance were there not so many false alarms sounded. If those having charge of engines have not sense or discretion enough to make a proper use of the alarm signals, our City Council should take some action in the matter.

The Ophir Mine on the Kansas Lode, as worked by Roberts & Co., is yielding a handsome profit to the lessees. The shaft—350 feet deep—has been securely timbered from top to bottom. on each side at the bottom two drifts are being driven, both of which disclose a handsome vein that will average nearly three feet in width of solid ore. In the stopes of the second drift, about seven feet from the bottom of the shaft, the ore is about the same in width, quality, and quantity as that of the lower drift. The first class ore is worth from $85 to $100 per ton, and the second class yields under stamp eleven ounces per cord. We are indebted to Messrs. Roberts & Co. for kindness shown us, and to Mr. Lewis, the engineer on the mine, from whom we received several very fine specimens.

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