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30 years ago – April 17, 1987

Children on a Gilpin County School bus were not injured in an accident on Monday. The bus was hit head-on by a pickup truck on County Road #4 in the Apex Valley area. The location was estimated three miles west of Highway 119 above the bridge. Undersheriff David Martinez of the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department assisted Trooper Sam Mitchell of the Colorado State Patrol by controlling traffic at the accident site. According to the report filed by Martinez, the school bus was parked on the road unloading students when the accident occurred. The pickup truck was driven by Arnando Isael Ojeda, 32, of Denver. He reportedly slid head-on into the parked bus. Martinez said the road was icy and snow packed. A five year old male passenger in the pickup was not seriously injured. The boy received a laceration to the chin and was released at the scene of the accident. Ojeda was driving with a valid Colorado Driver’s License, but allegedly failed to produce proof of insurance for the truck. Further information regarding the accident or possible citations could not be obtained at press time. The report was not available and Trooper Mitchell was off-duty until Friday. School Superintendent Gene Labriola was present at the location when the bus was towed from the scene to the RE-1 school bus barn. In the process of the towing the school bus, Labriola’s car was hit by the bus. Damage to the car is unknown at this time.

“Gilpin County School District’s Appreciation Spotlight is enthusiastically awarded to Mr. Lon Huckaby! Lon has recently been nominated for Colorado’s Band Masters live president. This is a very prestigious award. Mr. Huckaby is the director of the entire K-12 music and band program. He is also responsible for the administration and direction of all school activities and athletic management. Huckaby presents over 12 musical programs throughout the school year, and he works for money for the band throughout the summer and is often seen selling hot dogs at the Bronco Stadium. Lon plays many musical instruments and loves driving around in his new blue Pontiac Firebird.” Huckaby was recognized for the reasons given in the quote prepared by the selection committee at the Gilpin County School. Congratulations Lon! The entire staff of the Gilpin County RE-1 School submits a nomination ballot for the purpose of nominating an employee or employees for special appreciation and recognition each month. An employee is recognized as a formal display of appreciation for work he or she does that is beyond the call of duty. It is meant to be an honor from fellow employees. Huckaby received the Staff Appreciation Spotlight Award for the month of March.

Kirk Hammond, a senior of Gilpin County School, is the recipient of the Colorado School of Mines Medal of Achievement in mathematics and science. The three year old program honors outstanding high school seniors’ achievements in math and science and is designed to encourage them to consider a technical education. The awardees, nominated by their high schools, receive a medal. Attendance at CSM is not necessary to receive the honor, but if any awardees elect to attend Mines, a $1,000 scholarship is included. Hammond is the son of Cecilia Kelsey of Gilpin County.

Doug and Sandi Mills of Central City are happy to announce the birth of their son. Michael Ryan was born April 9th, 1987, in Rose Medical Center in Denver at 3:49 a.m. He weighed six pounds five ounces and was 19 inches in length. Michael is welcomed by Bart, Gina, Stacey, and Jennifer to the family.

Steven and Ardetta Robertson of Missouri Lakes are proud to announce the birth of their third son. Craig Steven was born on April 6th, 1987, at 11:38 a.m. in Lutheran Hospital. He weighed six pounds eight and a half ounces and was 20.5 inches in length. His brothers are Brian, age 12, and Aaron, age 6. Maternal grandparents are Elwin and Frida Johnson of Plankinton, South Dakota. Lucille Robertson of Plankinton, South Dakota, is his paternal grandmother. Frances Johnson of Letcher, South Dakota, is his maternal great-grandmother.

60 years ago – April 26, 1957

Central City Nuggets

The newly organized Ladies Auxiliary of the Central City Fire Department, held their second meeting Tuesday evening at the City Hall at which time about twenty members were present, including two ladies from Black Hawk. The newly created bylaws were read, corrected and amended and set aside for action at the next regular meeting. Much interest is being manifested in this new organization, and it is hoped that within a few weeks each lady in the city will become a member.

William Russell Jr., in company with Mayor Price Briscoe of Idaho Springs, left Wednesday for Colorado Springs to meet with Mr. Merrill Shoup, president of several large mining properties at Cripple Creek, to formulate plans and suggestions to Congress for an increase in the price of gold. The program will be presented on radio at a later date.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Quiller, with daughter Marjorie and Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Gray, were in Denver Sunday to visit Mrs. Mabel Hunt at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Mrs. Frances Russell is ill in St. Luke’s Hospital.

College registrars from throughout the U.S. toured Central City via Boulder, on Tuesday. Eleven buses brought the visitors to Central City.

Died: Oscar Williams. One of the most beloved citizens of Gilpin County died sometime during the late hours of Thursday night and Friday morning of last week. For the past two weeks he had been complaining of a severe cold, and it was deemed necessary to remove him to Denver for treatment. Friday morning, Lee Little entered his apartment at the rear of the United Mining Co.’s offices and found him propped up by a pillow, apparently to breathe easier. Coroner Charles Robins, of Black Hawk, was called, and upon examination, decided that death had been caused by plural pneumonia, aided by a coronary condition of the heart. Oscar was born in Nevadaville, attended the grade schools there, and later, the high school of this city. With his father, the late R.B. Williams who was killed in 1896, he operated the Williams Stables, (now being used by the Opera House Association as the place for square dancing), until the turn of the century when Oscar transferred his horses and carriages to the old brick building, which has now been replaced by the gymnasium. He conducted business there until 1920, when he entered the race for Sheriff. He was elected, holding the office until 1948, when he resigned that position at 82 years of age. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Elk’s Hall, of which organization he had been a member for over fifty years, with interment in Bald Mountain Cemetery. Services were attended by many friends, who came to pay their last sad respects to a real and valued friend. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lillian Mathes; a brother, George; and three sisters, Mrs. Mabel Hambley, of Boise, Idaho; Mrs. Edna Williamson, of Denver; and Mrs. Ruth  Rader, of Las Vegas, Nevada. “Bye, Oscar—take keer of yerself.”

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Snodgrass were up from Denver Thursday to look after their house in Dory Gulch. Mr. Snodgrass is employed by Fitzsimmons Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. James Chase of Golden were Sunday visitors at the home of her mother, Mrs. Zancanella.

A group of stockholders in the Dory Hill Telephone Co., met at the house of James Robins Thursday evening. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Nicholls, and Gus Rudolph.

Mrs. Mary Hamilton was in the city late week, to see her doctor and also to visit relatives.

90 years ago – April 22, 1927

Undoubtedly personal liberty is a good thing, but we don’t like to ride with a driver who is full of it.

How to Make College Girls’ Sandwiches by Nellie Maxwell: Grate rich cheese or mash three Neufchatel cheeses with a wooden spoon and mix with enough creamed butter to make a paste. Add one dozen finely chopped olives, chop three pimentos and put through a sieve; add the pulp to the cheese mixture. Now add one half cupful of nutmeats, season with salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Spread on white bread, trim and cut in any desired shape.

Born: In Denver, at one of the hospitals, April 20th, 1927, to the wife of W.E. Griffith, of Russell Gulch, a son.

Died: George E. Philipps. A letter was received at this office on Tuesday from Mrs. Rose Schmitt, of Arvada, formerly Mrs. Rose Slattery, saying that her brother, George Edward Philipps, died on April 7th, at Myton, Utah, at the age of 41 years and nine months, leaving a widow, three daughter, Georgie, Bettie, and Barbara; four sisters, Mrs. Rose Schmitt, of Arvada; Mrs. Lavina Hawkins, and Mrs. Regina Hughes, of Denver; and Mrs. Mary Clemens, of San Bernadino, California; and a brother, Mr. Charles Philipps, of Denver. Mr. Philipps was born in this city, grew to manhood here, and moved to Myton, Utah some twenty years ago, where he conducted a grocery business. His remains were buried at Myton.

120 years ago – April 23, 1897

Anton Mehrlich, the well-known druggist of Black Hawk, has received word that his son Harry Charles Mehrlich, had graduated with high honors from the School of Pharmacy, in the University of Illinois.

A small fire was discovered Wednesday morning about 3 o’clock in the coal shed in the rear of W.O. Jenkins’ residence on High Street. The fire department was called and soon had the flames under control.

During the month of March, the output of the Hidden Treasure, Indiana, and Kansas mines in Nevadaville, operated by the Gold Coin Mints Company, reached the handsome total of $27,000. These properties continue to be the banner producers in the county.

Born: In Central City, April 17th, 1897, to the wife of Peter Sonne, a daughter.

Born: In Russell Gulch, April 18th, 1897, to the wife of W.C. LaProuse, a son.

Died: In Central City, April 20th, 1897, of typhoid fever, Mrs. Alice Fuhrman, aged 33 years.

Died: In Russell Gulch, April 18th, 1897, Michael Klein, aged 62 years.

Died: In Russel Gulch, April 18th, 1897, Roy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dunstone.

Died: In Russell Gulch, April 19th, 1897, Mrs. Frank Eberhart, aged 25 years.

Died: In Denver, April 19th, 1897, George Brown, fiercely of Nevadaville, aged 27 years.

146 years ago – April 27, 1872

Claim No. 3 East, on the Bates-Baxter gold mining property, has been regarded as worthless among miners for a year or more. Yet when the question was asked, “Have you been down the different shafts and examined the mine?” the answer in many instances was in the negative. But the Lindsey Brothers, the present lessees, had the curiosity to examine the mine and ascertain its present condition. This necessitated considerable expense and labor in cleaning out the old shaft. They found in the bottom fair paying ore in the first shaft. In the second or middle shaft they found both in sinking and drifting a parallel vein had been followed that varied in width from two to six inches. The next point to determine was the position of the main lode. The foot wall gave better evidence of vein material than the hanging wall. A cross cut was driven in the foot wall four or five feet, and the main crevice of the Bates was found for the first time, on claim No. 3. The crevice as struck measures four feet between walls, the ore of which yielded under stamps at the rate of twenty ounces per cord. The finding of this main vein, and that of the Alps noticed a few days since, should stimulate deep “prospecting” by the driving of cross cuts a few feet on either side of the vein that is being worked. These are practical propositions in mining that have long been accepted theories. Most, if not all, main veins have parallels ranging from an inch to several feet in width.

Two strangers in town last Sunday were conversing of hotels, comparing those in Colorado with eastern houses, rather to the disparagement of eastern houses. It was said that the Golden House, kept by Abbott & Hoadly, in Golden, was one of the best houses in every way that it had been their good fortune to stop at west of the Mississippi River. They had been led to suppose they would find no good hotel in Central City, although a fine hotel building was approaching completion. They were therefore much surprised at the character of the Connor House. They remarked especially the fine table furniture, and the attractive quality of the fare. They declared that the cuisine surpassed in many respects even the first class houses in eastern cities. They were quite right. We have heard not one adverse opinion expressed regarding the table which Charles Wentworth spreads for his guests at the Connor House.

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