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30 years ago – April 24, 1987

The Nederland Junior-Senior High School students from Gilpin County on the third quarter honor roll are: 12th grade – Carl Goal, Alissa Reardon, Sharon Cortez, Raymond Keegan, Eve Kwiatkowski, Jennifer Fey, Jeanna Edwards, Brian Gale, Brenda Barker, and Cindy Morgan. 11th grade – Rachelle Iantorno, David Bechtle, Stacy Pahl, Becky Farrell, Shauna Ford, Jeff Jonas, and Jeffrey Walvoord. 10th grade – Ryan Dillon and Stacy Taylor. 9th grade – B.J. Ball and Robin Floyd. 8th grade – Christa Robison, Melinda Ball, Heather Felix, Brandt Dillon, Jason Kaye, and Kyle Lattenhauer. 7th grade – Jesse Diamond, Willow King, Paul Gray, Britt Keegan, Melissa Muniz, John Pahl, April Block, and Skye Downing.

The bunny wearing the “big” sunglasses paid a special visit to the City of Central on April 18th. The annual event, sponsored by the Elks Ladies, was held in the Teller House Garden for children aged 12 and under. The egg hunt was divided into two age groups, children six and under, and kids seven through 12. Approximately 140 participated. Everyone received an Easer basket filled with goodies. A number of businesses and private individuals contributed gifts and cash as well as their time to make the Easter egg hunt a huge success. On Easter, Black Hawk held its first Easter Egg Hunt at the park. It included not only the egg hunt, but provided entertainment for children of all ages. The activities included a pony ride, a petting zoo, and a moon walk. The Easter bunny with the “big” feet visited the children. Charles Maddox, businessman in Black Hawk, organized the event and collected donations from local merchants. Prizes were awarded for a coloring contest. Everyone was a winner by receiving prizes, candy, and eggs.

Travelers throughout rural Colorado may soon be guided by new highway information signs that describe the types of service available at various highway exits. According to State Senator Sally Hopper, sponsor of a bill in the state legislature to make the change, the new signs would give motorists specific information about the services at each exit. The proposed signs would show motorists which businesses are located at each exit. Such sigs are already being used in several other states. Some have even been used at a limited number of exits in Colorado. If the bill becomes law, the state highway department will issue permits for specific information signs. The advertisements will be small. Six to eight business logos will fit on each sign, Hopper said. The only step left before the bill becomes law is the Governor’s signature.

60 years ago – May 3, 1957

Central City Nuggets:

Mrs. Bernard Karl and daughter, Miss Ann, arrived Sunday from Hartford, Conn., on a visit with her mother, Mrs. Nora Scott. Miss Ann will remain here several weeks with her grandmother.

Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Lawry were in Denver Sunday for a few hours visit with Mrs. Lawry’s sister, who is on the sick list.

The front of the buildings of the Toll Gate and the Central Cafe have been given a new coat of paint, the former building one of brown and cream, and the latter a gorgeous color of pink. However, Loy Cohen exhausted this pink paint, and is now awaiting a shipment of several hundred gallons to finish the job.

Married: We received a letter the first of the week from our glamorous Co. Clerk & Recorder, Miss Barbara Galbraith, stating officially the following: “Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Galbraith announce the wedding of their daughter, Barbara Ann to Mr. Harold Newland, son of Mrs. Mose Grimes, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, on June 12, 1957.” This particular date for the wedding will also celebrate the 30th wedding anniversary of her parents. So, congratulations are extended to all concerned.

Died: Funeral services were held last Saturday at Moore’s Mortuary, in Denver, for Cyprus L. Matthews, with interment in Fairmount Cemetery. “Cyp” died Thursday at his house in Denver, at the age of 72 ears. He was born in Nevadaville, February 27th, 1885, where he attended schools there and in Central City, later, he was fireman for the locomotives between here and Forks of Creek, and when the C&S Railroad was abandoned, obtained a position with the Denver and Intermountain Railroad, operating between Golden and Denver, and was train master for over thirty years. He was employed at the Pittsburg Mine, when it was operated by Wm. Auger, as pump man, and worked in several other mines in this vicinity. He was a life member of Central Lodge No. 6, A.F. & A.M. of this city, and also a member of Colorado Consistory and El Jebel Shrine. He is survived by his wife Elsie; a daughter, Mrs. Muriel Smith, of Grand Junction; and two sisters, Mesdames May and Mabel Herdie, of Denver.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Post Mistress Frances Goodwin has resigned as of May 17, and will soon move to California where her husband is now located. Mrs. Lettie Gray has received notice from Congressman Hill of her appointment as acting Post Mistress.

Last Friday luncheon guests of Mrs. Merle MacDermid, of Arvada, were Mrs. Harry Crowe, Mrs. Donna Blake and daughter Mary Leanna, Mrs. Alice McKenzie, Mrs. Daisie Blake and Mrs. Luella Fritz. Mrs. Crowe was the driver.

Mr. and Mrs. George Anderle attended the dance Saturday night at the Golden Gate Grange where George has charge of the orchestra.

A note addressed to Citizens of Black Hawk from the family of Oscar Williams extends gratitude for kind expressions of sympathy.

Mrs. George Anderle is in charge of the Black Hawk Grocery Store since the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Gibson, are employed in Golden.

Services of a wrecker were needed at Dry Lake Monday, when a horse belonging to Dale Powers and being rode by his son fell into an old well. The boy climbed out, but it was over two hours before the animal, bruised and wet, was hoisted to the surface by Andy Eccker’s wrecker.

On the sick list are Mrs. Frank Flies and Louis Klein who are in Denver for medical treatment.

90 years ago – April 29, 1927

Mrs. Waters and Mrs. A.N. Rugg, who have been visiting here with Mrs. Hattie Moody for the past two weeks, returned yesterday to their homes in Denver.

Attorney Leroy J. Williams and wife came up from Denver Saturday evening, the former to attend to legal business, while the latter visited with friends. They returned on Tuesday morning’s train.

Oscar Williams and wife motored to Denver Wednesday morning, the former on business matters, while the latter visited with relatives.

Mrs. J.B. Conger and baby came up from Denver on Monday on a visit with her father, Mr. C.I. Parsons, and family.

How to Make Indian Pudding by Nellie Maxwell: Add three-fourths of a cup of corn meal to a quart of boiling milk, cook for twenty minutes, stirring occasionally, add one-half cupful of molasses, a teaspoonful of salt, two eggs well beaten and one cupful of chopped suet. Put into a baking dish, add a quart of cold milk and one half cupful of raisins. Stir for the first half of the cooking, dredge with flour, which with the suet will make a rich brown crust over the pudding when done.

Died: Mrs. Richard Gilbert: April 21st, 1927, Mrs. Richard Gilbert, 83, died suddenly in Boulder on Thursday from a heart attack. Her husband, “Uncle Dick” Gilbert died from the same cause here January 17, 1926. Both came to Colorado in 1870, when Gilbert was discharged from the U.S. Army in which he served with distinction during the Civil War. Mrs. Gilbert at 6 a.m., realized she was dying, and she summoned her daughter, Mrs. .E. Kirkbride, wife of the deputy district attorney. Mr. and Mrs. Kirkbride went to the house. “I wanted you folks to be here,” she said and within a few minutes had died. Mrs. Gilbert is survived by the daughter, Mrs. Kirkbride, and a son, Edward, of Tacoma, Wash., and several grandchildren. The family resided in Black Hawk in the early ’70’s, where Mr. Gilbert conducted a blacksmith shop.

Died: Solomon Schey: April 25th, 1927, Longmont, Colorado: Four prominent residents of Longmont died in the past 24 hours. Solomon S. Schey, 74, wealthy Longmont pioneer, died suddenly Monday afternoon. Although he had been suffering from diabetes for more than a year, he was able to be at his business every day until his death. Born in Dresden, Germany, he came to the United States in 1866. In 1870 he moved to Central City, where he conducted a clothing store. He moved his business to Longmont in 1882. Surviving him are his widow, two sons, and a sister of Dresden.

Died: In Niwot, Colorado, April 23rd, 1927, from heart disease, Mrs. Fannie Null, aged 66 years. Mrs. Null was born in Shepherdstown, Virginia, in 1861, and came to Black Hawk in November 1870, where she resided for 51 years, moving to Boulder County some six years ago. She will be better remembered by old residents of the county as Fannie Chaplin, daughter of Jimmie Chaplin, who served many years as Marshal of Black Hawk. She is survived by a niece, Mrs. Nellie Robins, two nephews, Beryl and Frank Backus, of Black Hawk, and two nephews, Fred and Charles Chaplin, of Durango, Colorado. The funeral was held from the M.E. Church, Black Hawk, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Howard Benton, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Dory Hill Cemetery.

120 years ago – April 30, 1897

Mrs. Preston Holbrock, of Black Hawk, was under the care of Dr. Richmond during the week.

Mr. Ed. C. Hughes, of Black Hawk, has sold out his market business to his son, Fred, who will continue the same at the old stand.

Mrs. John Teague and daughter, Miss Katie, left for Denver on Monday to stay with relatives and in the hope that the lower altitude would be beneficial to Mrs. Teague, who has been on the sick list.

Sinking has been resumed at the U.S. Mine, on Lawrence Street in this city, the contract calling for 100 feet, which when completed will make the shaft 400 feet in depth. After the contract is finished, levels will be driven east and west from the bottom of the shaft and ground opened up for stoping.

The Iron City Mill, below Black Hawk, is running its 35 stamps on ore from the Concrete Mine, having started up during the week since the new boiler was installed.

Forbes Rickard and W.W. Williams have taken a lease on the Gomer Mine in the Russell District, and are now engaged in taking the water out of the property, for the purpose of making an examination of the lower workings where it is reported that a nice body of ore would be found in the bottom of the shaft.

Born: In Central City, April 24th, 1897, to the wife of William J. Holt, a daughter.

Married: In Denver, at the residence of the bride’s parents, April 28th, 1897, William W. Botanko and Miss Eva Clyde Smith.

Died: In Central City, April 28th, 1897, John, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Oatey, aged 11 years.

Died: In Russell Gulch, April 27th, 1897, son of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Williams, aged 6 months.

Died: In Russell Gulch, April 30th, 1897, of miner’s consumption, Sidney Joyce, aged 43 years.

146 years ago – May 4, 1872

On Sunday evening, about half past nine o’clock, as Mr. Eugene Teats, of this city was returning from Black Hawk, when a short distance above Gregory Point, he overtook a man who had been walking slowly ahead of him. The man asked if he was armed. Teats said no, laughingly, when the man struck him on the head and knocked him down. Scrambling to his feet, the man attacked him with a knife, cutting his clothing into shreds, but otherwise doing very little damage. Teats broke away as soon as he could free himself from the would-be murderer’s grasp and fled as rapidly as his nimble feet could carry him. This is the third time Mr. Teats has been assaulted on our highways at night; twice with knives and once with a revolver, escaping each time without material injury. How, in view of these facts, he can be so reckless as to travel about in the dark unarmed is beyond our comprehension. It seems to be his luck to get through, however, but as someone intends killing him some time or other, it would be safer to carry the needful weapons to meet all emergencies.

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