Turning Back the Pages

30 Years Ago – May 27, 1983

  The postage-paid return cards that were mailed to all registered voters along with a letter from the commissioners asking for input on the proposed one percent county sales tax and motor vehicle use tax asked people if they approved or disapproved and provided a space for comment. As of Wednesday, the cards were running in favor of the tax. The tally was 439 for the tax, 274 against it and 3 undecided-a total of 716. There were 1,600 plus letters sent to residents. Some of the comments under the “Approve” column: “Fine idea. I try not to buy anything in this county anyway.” “ Charge each dog owner $100 for each dog he has running loose, and you will be the richest county in state.” “Anything to prevent increase in property tax.” “I agree we need to tax some of the tourists. But the overstaffed courthouse needs to be reduced also.” “Would like to know what services you would decrease: We don’t get much for our taxes now.” “My only request is that the category of ‘new or expanded services’ be expanded to include a training program for the snowplow driver who frustrates my life throughout the winter.” Some of the comments in the “Disapprove” column: “Figure out some other way to rob us. You’re doing great so far.” “An efficient county government could save more $$ than sales tax can provide. Stop waste. Review expenses.” “The privilege of living in Gilpin County is beginning to cost more than it’s worth.” “Perhaps a tollgate would be appropriate.” “I have never paid so much and received so little.” “Show me services for what we pay and I’ll listen to your request.”

Though the brewery is only 20 miles away, Coors is not the number-one choice of beer drinkers in Central City. However, if a group of businessmen, the City of Central, and Coors get their way, that will soon change. Customers in local bars will no longer be hearing, “Would you like a beer?” but will instead be asked, “Would you like a Coors?” The push for Coors is for a good cause. The city may get a new $65,000 to $70,000 fire truck, or at least part of one, out of the deal. For every case of Coors sold in an establishment, the owner will donate 25 cents to the fire truck fund. For every case that is sold over and above what was sold last year in the same month, Coors Brewery and Wano Company, the beer distributor, will each chip in 50 cents.

The winning runners in the “Oh My God Run,” sponsored by the City of Central and the Rocky Mountain Road Runners, ran the nine miles from Idaho Springs to Central City in less than an hour.

Local lawmen are going to have a meeting to try and dissolve some of the friction between the Black Hawk Marshal’s office, the Gilpin County Sheriff’s office, and the Colorado State Patrol.

The assessed valuation of properties in Gilpin County has been changed and 4,658 increase notices were mailed to property owners Tuesday. The changes are due to a reappraisal of property done by the County Assessor’s office in accordance with state statutes. Property valuations were changed from 1973 to 1977 levels.

Undersheriff Eric Klemp received a report of a cabin burglarized in Apex. Various items, valued at $215 were reported missing and $180 worth of damage was reported.

The Gilpin RE-1 athletes, administrators, coaches and parents enjoyed an awards dinner at the Central City Elks Lodge sponsored by the Booster Club. Bill Giller donated his entire day to making his famous “firehouse spaghetti” for the group.

Visit the G. G. Zoo. We now have a bear, two moose, a rabbit and a large collection of exotic rodents.

Bald Mountain Cemetery is one cemetery that is not quite ready for its annual spring spruce-up. A visit early this week found the cemetery still snowbound and a lake had sprung up in the middle of the access road.

Reserve Deputy Lloyd W. Palmer and Deputy David Martinez assisted the Colorado State Patrol in diverting east bound traffic from Highway 6 to I-70 because of a large rock slide on Highway 6.

Dear G. There is a non-permit sign and painted window down the street around the corner and across the street from the window up the alley by the pole near the garage. GO GET IT.

60 Years Ago – May 22, 1953

  The weather? Sure; we need the moisture, but we do not need it all on week-ends.

Gold and silver receipts at the Denver Mint in April continued far above 1952 levels, mint officials reported. Receipts of gold for the month came to 83,700 ounces worth $2,929,530 compared with 59,160 ounces worth $2,070,615 in April 1952.

The lumps of coal per capita in the United States total about 17.

The old Eclipse Stables, opposite the Grade School, on Lawrence St. now resembles a scene of shamble and destruction. The older students of the high school have been busy with crow-bars and spades in tearing down this old edifice, which existed since the early ‘60’s, with some improvements, to make ready for the new gymnasium which will be erected on this spot, work to start within the next two weeks. The demolishing of the building has been under the capable supervision of Mr. Calabrese and Mattivi. The building was first used as a gambling hall in the early ‘60’s when it was advertised as the most luxurious place of its kind in the west. It had carpets, so rich and soft that one could lose his shoe when visiting the various games of chance that nightly enticed those who hoped to get rich on a single flip of a coin or dice. Plush bottomed chairs adorned all the rooms for those who had perhaps lost theirs’ (if you know what I mean) and many thousands of dollars were lost and won over the green cloth. As Central City succumbed to culture and freedom from sin, the building was converted into a livery stable. We do not believe the ghosts of the early-day gamblers, or the horses will cause any amount of trouble.

The recent heavy wet snows have made the road from Russell Gulch to Central almost impassible.

An attack of measles has spoiled the perfect attendance record of little Diane Blake. Other children afflicted with the disease are Billy and Henry Fisher and Billy Rich.

Promotion exercises for eighth grade pupils will be held at the Black Hawk School at 8 p.m., May 22. Those graduating are Betty Roof and Bobby Clay. The program is of a patriotic nature. It centers around the history of the development of our United States Flag. Guest Speaker will be Mrs. L. Allen Beck of Central City. She will tell of her experiences in a recent visit to Jamaica and adjacent West Indies islands.

The Pine Cliff Fire Dept. is giving a Bingo party and potluck dinner May 24th at 2 p.m. at Coal Creek Community Hall. Better attend.

90 Years Ago – May 25, 1923

  Mr. Scot is putting up poles and wires preparatory to wiring the S. T. Harris house at the head of Russell Gulch.

The Denver News of Tuesday morning said that four men were killed and two others severely injured when a gigantic snowslide hit the shed at the west end of Tunnel No. 32, between Corona and Dixie Lake, on the Moffat Road yesterday afternoon, and buried a working party under the wreckage of the shed.

George K. Kimball has been appointed superintendent of the work to be done on completing the new road between here and the top of Virginia Canyon, on which work is supposed to start next week.

From our special correspondent in Apex we hear there are now five men employed by the Evergreen Mines Company, and more will be added when lumber and other material is procured.

Don’t worry. It distresses other people and doesn’t do you any good.

Deputy game warden Sherman Harris planted some 36,000 eastern brook trout, from the state hatchery, in Ralston Creek last week, and a representative from the hatchery took 100,000 in South Boulder Creek week before last, and gave them their liberty in the stream above Tolland.

Mr. Robert Moore, formerly of Russell Gulch, dropped dead at Caribou on Monday.

Moving pictures will again be shown in the Opera House, and continued on Saturdays during the summer.

Wednesday evening’s train was delayed nearly three hours by a slide of rock falling from the open cut made by the railroad company years ago, at a point just above the mouth of Russell Gulch, where that stream enters into Clear Creek.

The fellow who doesn’t know his own mind hasn’t much of it to know.

Mr. James Perley shipped a six-ton lot of high grade ore from the Black Jack Mine to the sampling works at Idaho Springs, so as to get the benefits of the Pittman price for silver, which has but a short time to run.

The American Flag is too long in proportion to its width to be artistic and a reduction of 12.1 per cent in length of the present standard size has been decided by the Fine Arts Commission to be the most artistic proportion. The commission decided on a ratio of 1.67 to 1 instead of the present 1.90 to 1.

The Moffat Road this week fulfilled two promises made to its patrons – that the big slide which had blockaded the railroad at Tunnel 52 and buried the track in Egeria Canyon, would be cleared up as soon as possible, and that daily passenger train service would be resumed by May 15. The two events were simultaneous, as it was on Tuesday that through traffic became possible.

Now that the spasm over old King Tut’s remains has died down, we wonder what sort of a fuss they will make over ours’ three thousand years from now.

120 Years Ago – May 26, 1893

  Dr. Eisenhut of Russell District, has put the road in the lower portion of the gulch in A No. 1 order, for which those residing in that district should feel grateful.

John Jones, a Welshman, who passed through this city last Friday afternoon on his way to a stock range in Routt County, was robbed last Friday night, in the head of Virginia Canyon.

A new industry has been recently developed here, that of collecting old tin cans and scraps of iron by two Polish Jews, who are shipping them to Denver.

For the week ending May 23d there was received in Denver 27 cars of ore shipped from Black Hawk to the smelters in that city.

Mr. Marcus Damm, who drives the mail wagon between Black Hawk and Nederland, Boulder County, informs the Register-Call that Mr. T. H. Bernard, who has been teaching the public school in Caribou for the past three months, disappeared suddenly last Sunday afternoon, since which time no tidings have been received of his whereabouts. That morning he started out for a walk but did not return. On Monday parties went out in search of him, but their efforts proved futile. A strange fact in connection with his disappearance is that he had not drawn his salary for the month of April. He was in good health and spirits. It is thought by those best acquainted with him that some accident has befallen him.

Marries for money – the parson.

The Fiske Mine since receiving its new and improved Hendrie & Bolthoff flat friction hoister is having an increased output of stamp mill and smelting ore. It is now giving employment to 70 stamps as follows: Empire Mill 25, Polar Star 15, New York 15 and the Randolph 15. The lower east level at the depth of 900 feet has been driven 85 feet through a good body of ore.

Mr. W. H. Parenteau,of the Tascher-Kansas pool stated that 3 cords of mill dirt crushed at the custom stamp mill in Black Hawk yielded 9 ounces and 3 pennyweights of gold, at the rate of 3 ounces and 1 pennyweight of gold per cord.

Messrs. Alex Klein and William Griffith of Russell Gulch, pulled out on Monday last with pack animals for Fortification Creek, one of the tributaries of the Bear River, which empties into that river below Hahn’s Peak, Routt County. The boys will be gone all summer. Mr. Klein feels confident that he will succeed in opening placer mines in that section, before returning to Gilpin County.

Mr. Best, the general manager of the Saratoga, informs the mining reporter that the work of sinking a winze in the 700 foot level on the Saratoga vein has been abandoned, owing to the large amount of water to contend with. He also states that the east and west 700 foot levels have been extended 250 feet each way, both having passed through good bodies of ore, which is a very desirable smelting ore from its fluxing qualities, carrying as it does a high percentage of iron and comparatively low percentage of silica, besides its gold, silver and copper contents.

Our old friend Mr. William Irwin recently purchased the No Name silver mine at Caribou, Boulder County. Billy is to be congratulated. He should have owned it several years ago, but through the double dealing of a two-faced would-be mining expert was prevented from securing title to the property.

Mr. Fred Neumeyer has put in a string of sluices in Nevada Gulch almost opposite to the entrance of the Lacrosse Tunnel. A Mr. Regan is sluicing further up the gulch near the old Clayton stamp mill site.

Born: In Nevadaville, May 20, 1893, to the wife of Thomas Henry James, a daughter.

Died: At the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Teats, Black Hawk, May 20, 1893, Clyde J., son of John R. and Annie Mitchell, aged 5 years and 1 month.

Standing half way down the cellar steps with an empty revolver in one hand and a piece of burned newspaper in the other, while a couple of desperate burglars were supposed to be concealed in the darkness below, was the rather peculiar position of a well-known citizen of Central a few nights ago. His wife had heard someone down stairs and awakened him. “Burglars, eh,” exclaimed the man, who had been an army officer, and jumping from his bed and slipped on his clothes and, taking a revolver, from a bureau drawer, proceeded to investigate. In the kitchen he found the cellar door open, and as he could not find a candle he rolled up a Denver Sunday newspaper and lit that. Armed with his torch and the pistol, in where there were no cartridges, he began to descend the stairs. When half way down a sudden puff of air blew out the torch and left him in the darkness. As he thought of his equipment for burglar hunting, the humor of the thing struck him and he burst out laughing. He then proceeded in the dark and poked his half burned torch into every corner and behind the barrels, but could find no burglar. It was subsequently discovered that the burglars had been in the house next door and being discovered had escaped through the army officer’s cellar.

At a meeting of the board of education, Nevadaville, held last Tuesday evening, it was decided that the principal will receive a salary of $90 per month, while those in charge of the intermediate and primary departments will receive $60 per month each. It was also decided to employ a fourth teacher, who will be elected at a subsequent meeting of the board.

The Union Pacific pay car came in on Monday afternoon and made glad the hearts of the railway employees in Central and Black Hawk.

When it comes to playing whist, euchre, seven-up or cribbage, the Mountain City Club are “not in the swim” when playing with the Gregory Street Club. Quien sabe?

  In hunting around for items last Saturday we ran across William Kelley, who told us that on Friday a wheelbarrow containing an Irishman got scared at a passing locomotive and ran away, with Paddy holding on for dear life. William thinks that “bejabbers” was rescued at the Public Sampling works.

The spring rise in North Clear Creek is on, which causes millmen blessed with water wheels to wear smiling countenances.

The water furnished by the city system of water works is beginning to assume a sort of spring freshet tint, at times. It is not yet thick enough to cut with a cheese knife.

George Stroehle, at his boiler works in Black Hawk, is building two large ore buckets for the Fiske Mining Company. They are about five feet long and much narrower than the ordinary run of quartz buckets, made so on account of the size of the shaft.

Frits Boucher, a young man about 17 years old, and dish washer at the Larimer House, Boulder, was arrested Wednesday morning on a warrant sworn out by the Salvation Army, for disturbing the peace by laughing during service and other offences at Salvation Army Hall. He was taken before Judge Guy Duncan, pleaded guilty, and was fined $10 and costs. In default of which he was taken to the cooler for more serious reflection.

A long time ago some sage observed that trying to run a business without advertising was compared to winking at a widow in the dark. While you may know what you are doing, nobody else will. Advertising is the keystone to success.

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