Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – August 14, 1987

The 11th Annual Central City Jazz Festival opened last night with a preview party. The festival continues throughout the weekend, featuring over 100 musicians in bands from the United States and Europe. The logo for six of the festivals was designed by local artists Angelo DiBenedetto. The logo represents fireworks. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Rock Shop in Central City. It is a weekend of entertainment not to be missed.

Dr. Arthur Peterson of Greeley has every reason to be proud of his granddaughter. Peter resided and practiced in Black Hawk from 1964 until 1975. Amanda Peterson, 16, his granddaughter, is one of the main stars in the new Touchstone releases entitled “Can’t Buy Me Love.” A sneak preview of the film was recently held in seven Denver area theaters. Amanda is the daughter of Dr. James and Silvia Peterson of Greeley. Amanda will be a high school junior this year. According to her grandfather, Amanda and her mother are currently in California. Amanda is in the process of filming another movie and will not be returning to Greeley until November.

The Gilpin County Arts Association received a generous gift of two lion statues on Tuesday. The donation was made by John Brown Chesebrough, former resident of Gilpin County. Chesebrough served on the board for the arts association for two years prior to moving to New York. The statues were extremely heavy. It was necessary to lower each statue into the garden area by a ramp. It took five men to get the job done.

Burbank Brooks Buffum, 76, of Gilpin County was killed in a head-on car collision on Highway 46 at mile marker four Monday evening. The accident occurred at about 4:48 p.m. Trooper Doug Lemons of the Colorado State Patrol was the investigating officer. According to the report, Buffum’s 1986 Subaru was in the east bound lane. He was attempting to pass another vehicle, according to his wife, who was following him in a separate car. Buffum’s vehicle collided head on with a 1983 Chevrolet, driven by Bruce William, 28, of Arvada. The passengers in the car with Williams were Robert Powell, 14, and April Powell, 4, both of Arvada. Buffum, Williams and Robert Power were wearing seatbelts. April Powell was not restrained. None of the people in the vehicles were ejected. According to Gilpin County Coroner Dick Allen, Buffum suffered head and chest injuries. An autopsy will not be done. Williams and the Powell children were transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver via Flight for Life. A spokeswoman at the hospital said they were in satisfactory condition as of Tuesday.

Died: Burbank B. Buffum: Burbank Brook Buffum died in a car accident on Highway 46, August 10, 1987. He was 76 years old. Buffum was born in Denver on August 21, 1910, to Burt and Ludda Southworth Buffum. Memorial services were held at Crown Hill Chapel yesterday. His body was cremated. He is survived by his wife Anna Marie Buffum of Gilpin County.

60 years ago – August 16, 1957

Central City Nuggets

Across the Crossroads by A.F. Mayham: The hot weather seems to have stimulated business instead of putting a damper on. The tourist trade isn’t quite as profitable as usual, but lots of folks are going to Europe, Canada, and Mexico. People are trying to keep cool and business in fans, air conditioners, bathing suits, light weight clothing, ice cream, soft drinks, and beer is booming. While the northeast part of the country is experiencing a drought, worst in 27 years, other parts have too much water, but prospects this month are for more rain and cooler weather. It used to be that when weather conditions hurt farmers, it hurt everyone, but those days have passed as agriculture is a small percentage of the whole. Some growling is heard here and there and some are dog tired from having growled too much.

For the second time in two years, the Masonic plaque in front of the Masonic Temple has been stolen, and I will personally extend a reward of $25 for any information regarding the theft. It is not so necessary to recover the plaque, but rather the name or names of the rotten vandals who pried it off the wall. Such depredations are too numerous in Central City and a stiff fine and jail sentence might do much in stopping such thefts. The City marshal and assistants have done a most excellent job in curtailing thefts this summer, and undoubtedly taking this plaque off the wall happened at a time when they were busy at the other end of town, and in the early morning hours. Whether it was taken with malice, or as a souvenir to adorn some organization’s rooms in Timbuktu or China, makes little difference. It is a theft, a contemptible one, but the Postal Laws of the U.S. forbids me using the kind of descriptive adjectives I would like to call the one who was responsible. If he is my age and size, I would like to knock the hell out of him, and if he is younger and larger, I may need a little help.

Mrs. Paul Monelli, son Pail, Jr., and daughter, Dorothy, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, arrived in Central City Wednesday to spend a couple of weeks enjoying the cool weather. Papa Monelli is the good looking announcer of the tours at the Teller House, in which he is most efficient, having been here each summer for the past six years. Oh, yes—Papa is also quite proficient in the game of pinochle, of which Ye Editor can truthfully attest. Anyway, we hope his family enjoys their stay here.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mrs. Flora Rudolph and Mrs. Lillian Grenfell have been in Denver for the past week, called there by the serious illness of their father, Mr. R.I. Hughes.

Mr. Mike McNulty has been appointed City Marshal, due to the resignation of Edwin M. Gage.

Mrs. George Anderle, Mrs. Gene Anderle, Shirley and Christine, were shopping in Denver on Tuesday.

While walking home over the Casey Tuesday morning, Mrs. Belle Tobin heard the whine of a dog in a mine shaft nearby, and immediately notified Sheriff Campbell, who drove to the scene in his jeep. With the assistance of Chas. Robins and Fred Plank, the latter descended into the shaft on two ladders borrowed from the Black Hawk Fire Department, and retrieved the dog who belongs to Paul Allander. The pet had been gone about a week, Mr. Allander said, and wishes to thank those who rescued.

Argo, the German Police dog of Mrs. Emma Eccker, has been missing for more than a week, and it is feared he may have been killed or met with a fate similar to the above mentioned dog.

After hobbling around on crutches caused by a sprained ankle, Melvin Blake is able to walk and get around. he is now doing plumbing work at the Hamilton house.

Robert Nye and brother have returned from the east and are busy operating a mine above Apex.

90 years ago – August 19, 1927

Last Friday afternoon, Sheriff Oscar Williams received a telephone message from Russell Gulches saying that Antonio Dallapicolo was on his way to Central, flourishing a revolver, and that he had better look out for him. The sheriff and Constable Thos. Mirchell, boarded the sheriff’s auto and went up the hill to meet the gunman, and coming up with him as he was walking to this city, the auto was stopped suddenly and both men jumped out of the car and soon had the man handcuffed, and on their way back to the county jail. On searching Dallapicolo, a 32-calibre revolver was found in his pocket, fully loaded, and carried so that it could be quickly handled. The prisoner has been of an ugly mood lately, threatening many residents of the gulch, and sending threatening letters to Sheriff Williams, and others, of this city, to Charley Niccum of Black Hawk, in which were enclosed pictures cut from newspapers, on which were scrawled a skull and crossbones. Under the names written on the envelope were the words, “Killers of Brother Frank,” meaning his brother, who died in Russell Gulch something over a year ago. Sheriff Williams made a visit to his cabin in Russell Gulch, and found a regular arsenal, with a shotgun at the head of his bed, loaded, and a box of cartridges within close reach, and in the kitchen was another shotgun, with an open box of cartridges on the table. They took charge of the firearms and locked up the cabin. Dallapicolo was arrested over a year ago for shooting at parties in Russell Gulch, and at the hearing sufficient evidence was not produced to hold him, and he was discharged, but at this time we believe the evidence is strong enough to get action, and Mr. Williams has called up district attorney Joel E. Sone, to come up and take charge of the case, as the prisoner is an undesirable citizen and a menace to the people of Russell District, and the entire county. Since he has been confined in jail he has refused to eat the meals that are brought him, and is following the tactics of Nicola Sacco, in the Boston jail, in a starvation stunt. A hearing will occur on Monday evening and it is expected that Dallapicolo will be sent to one of the state institutions in the hope that his reasoning capacity may again be established.

How to Make Lady Cabbage by Nellie Maxwell: Shred tender, young cabbage and cook until done, seasoning with butter, cracker crumbs, and enough milk to make a sauce. Serve hot.

How to Make Cabbage with Cheese Sauce by Nellie Maxwell: Prepare and cook the cabbage. Place on a hot chop plate and cut into pie shaped pieces. Pour over a thick white sauce made by melting four tablespoonful’s each of butter and four and mixing well, then add a cupful and a half of good rich milk; season with salt and pepper and cook until smooth and thick, adding a half cupful or more of chopped rich cheese to the sauce while cooking.

120 years ago – August 20, 1897

The Misses Nellie Day and Hilda Peterson returned last Friday from their vacation trip to California.

Mrs. G.M. Laird, and children, who have been visiting relatives in Denver for several weeks, returned home on Thursday evening.

Mrs. John Q. Rollins, of Denver, accompanied by her children and Master Wells, spent a few days of the week here visiting with friends.

A son of Fred Gooch of Rollinsville was cut on the head by a falling rock while working in the mines at Perigee, and Dr. Moore was summoned to sew up the wound.

The parties from Russell Gulch, who were implicated in the fight there which resulted in the death of Alexander Goddard, last week, had a hearing before Justice of the Peace, Thomas Husband, were bound over to the district court, and were taken to Denver on the afternoon train, for safe keeping until their trial.

The output of the Hidden Treasure, Kansas and Indiana mines, in the Nevadaville section of the county, operated by the Gold Coin Mines Company for the month of July, amounted to $24,400.

A force of 30 men are employed at the Topeka Mine, in Russell District, in opening up the lower levels and getting the same in shape for production. Sinking the main shaft with three shifts of miners has commenced at a depth of 850 feet, on a contract for 100 feet and some fine ore is showing in the bottom of the shaft as progress is being made.

Born: In Black Hawk, August 13th, 1897, to the wife of Charles Forets, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, August 14th, 1897, to the wife of Mitch Griffith, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, August 17th, 1897, to the wife of Thomas Kofford, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, August 11th, 1897, to the wife of John Waughn, a daughter.

Married: In Nevadaville, August 18th, 1897, Mr. Matt Edwards and Miss Fannie Vaughn, both of Nevadaville.

Died: In Leadville, August 9th, 1897, Joseph Black, a half-brother of Frank Hepbourn of this city, aged 54 years.

Died: In Russell Gulch, August 18th, 1897, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Steneck, aged 6 years and 6 months.

Died: In Denver, August 17th, 1897, of consumption, M.J. Keleher, aged 38 years.

Died: In Black Hawk, August 16th, 1897, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Larson, aged 8 months.

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