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30 years ago – August 28, 1987

Eric Klemp told the Black Hawk City Council at the continuation of their regular meeting on August 18, “I am confused.” Klemp, resident of Horn Street in Black Hawk, said he does not know where to turn on Clear Creek Street. He asked where the proper entrance is located. Klemp’s confusion is apparently due to posts placed between Clear Creek Street and Highway 119. In July, Norman Blake, Black Hawk resident, installed the posts to mark the corners of his property. Blake has applied to the city for a permit to put cables through the posts. For years the wide area between Clear Creek Street and Highway 119 has been open for parking and traffic. In July, Jim Maloney, city attorney, stated that if the Blake’s wanted to assert right of way, they will need to prove public use and maintenance of the property for a period of 20 years. Councilman Steve Yanchunis is researching ownership of the property marked by the posts. Yanchunis said to date he has located the owner of the mill site 14 and part of mill site 15. The owner is Norman Blake. Yanchunis has not been able to locate the owner of the other portion of mill site 15, but he will continue searching. Mildred Blake, in attendance at the meeting, assured the council that taxes on mill sites 14 and 15 were paid by her and her husband, Norman. Mildred Blake asked Klemp if he had ever given thought to whose property he was crossing before the posts were placed on their property. Klemp replied, “I sure did.” Mildred informed Klemp to continue doing what he had done in the past until the problem is resolved.

Letter to the Editor: Dear County Commissioners, I have admired the results of Black Hawk’s new trash ordinance and the willingness of most parties to make their property more of a pleasure to be around or drive by. This must leave a better impression with seasonal visitors also. I believe that Leslie Williams stated several meetings ago that the county trash ordinance had many shortcomings. From looking about the county I would agree. It seems odd that most of us in this area must put up with “eyesores” and I know that is a relative term which lowers real estate values and generally makes this a less pleasant place to live in. Often it seems that trash accumulates in the name of and for the sake of “local commerce.” There are businesses in the county that I am sure come to mind in this context. In some ways conditions are better than when we moved here, but in most ways the junkiness of our area has increased. It does not need to look like Denver’s Cherry Hills Village, but I encourage you to do whatever is advisable to solve this problem. If necessary, I believe most residents would be willing to support a few lawsuits. Signed, Mark E. Dunn.

The Gravity Grand Prix took place on August 22, in spite of the cold, gloomy weather. Heavy rain caused three entries from Denver and one from Kansas to cancel. Four other entries from Lowry Air Force Base were forced to withdraw because their weekend passes were cancelled. Of the five remaining entries, Harold Snethen, of Goodland, Kansas, won the title for best engineering. His entry, entitled “Sling Shot,” was entered in the individual and business category. “Mousetrap,” was entered by the Naval Unit stationed at Lowry. They won the best sportsmanship award. Good Earth Construction of San Juan Capistrano, California, took first place in the business race. The prize was overnight lodging at the Golden Rose Hotel in Central City. Charles Olson won the prize in the individual contest. He won overnight lodging at the Holiday Inn in Boulder. All prizes were donated to the Central City Local Events Committee and KHOW, sponsor of the annual event.

60 years ago – August 30, 1957

Central City Nuggets

Across the Crossroads by A.F. Mayham: “Your Own Personality” was the subject of a talk given by Dr. Orlando Wanvig, Wednesday before the Mining Club. He drove home to his audience the necessity of appreciation in the other person, and soon you will feel the sunshine of happiness in your soul—you can’t keep it out. Shaking hands with the devil is all too prevalent and promiscuous these days—get away from it. That spirit hurts you and spreads and eventually you will become an introvert and wonder what ails you. Let the sunshine of happiness pervade your conscience and realize how much better off both you and your contacts will be. The speaker possesses personality plus and his talk went over big.

Times certainly do change. Central City is becoming one helluva town. Years ago, men were endowed with he-man blood and when called upon to defend his manhood or courage, would go the limit in defending himself. Now in Central City, a few so called men act like pantywaists and haven’t the guts to even make an attempt in retaliation when popped on the nose, slammed above the eye, or clobbered on the head. Rather, they meekly accept the limited punches and rush madly to sign a complaint for assault and battery, thus hiding their timidness under the cloak of the law. Maybe there is a bit of personal satisfaction in having a Judge assess a fine of $100, or even $30 against the one who marked their features, but it would seem that the humiliation could not offset the satisfaction.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mennegatti celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary on the 26th of August, and with their son, Everett, dined at one of the swanky cafes in Denver, and later, attended a picture show. Joe said that it didn’t seem 26 years, but Dorothy stated that it seemed triple those years. However, they all enjoyed the occasion.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Sunday last with a dinner at Heidi Chalet. Their guests were Mr. and Mrs. Verne Sorensen and Rocky. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Anderson and Randy, Mrs. Inez Schmidt, and Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Pipes, Barbara and Mary.

Mrs. Paul Beamer is ill in Colorado General Hospital. Her many friends hope her illness will be of short duration.

The preacher was admonishing his flock on the evils of avarice. “And remember, my friends,” he said, “There will be no buying and selling in heaven.” And to which a businessman on the back seat grumbled, “That’s not where my business has gone anyway.”

Black Hawk Gold Dust

City Marshal Mike McNulty reminds car drivers that the speed limit through Black Hawk is 25 miles per hour. Those violating this will be called up before Judge Turner.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto O. Blake and daughter Lynda left to North Dakota to be gone about a week.

The Henry Klein house on Marchant Street has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Wright of Georgetown. Mr. Wright is employed at the Register-Call.

Mrs. Witte, daughter of the Orlando Allisons, will soon leave for France with her four children, where she will join her husband, a Sergeant with the U.S. Army.

After several days spent in St. Anthony’s Hospital, where she received surgery, Mrs. Arthur Nicholas returned home on Tuesday. A daughter, Mrs. Lucille Ramstetter arrived Wednesday from San Francisco to spend a week with her parents.

90 years ago – September 2, 1927

Mr. James Borland, wife, and two children motored over from Steamboat Springs on Friday of last week on a visit with relatives and friends. Mrs. Borland is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Rule, of Steamboat Springs.

Attorney Leroy J. Williams came up from Denver Friday evening to attend to business matters before the county court, returning home Sunday.

Sheriff Oscar Williams and wife, accompanied by Deputy Sheriff Thomas Mitchell, left for Denver Monday morning with Antonio Dallpicolo and Carl Williams, who were taken to the insane asylum at Pueblo. Mrs. Williams will visit with her sister, Mrs. George Rule, at Colorado Springs, for a couple of weeks.

Mr. Joseph H. Goodspeed writes this office that he is in Denver and hopes to make a visit to Central City before leaving there. Mr. Goodspeed was cashier of the Rocky Mountain National Bank in this city in 1867, and was also treasurer of Gilpin County in 1868-1870, and resided here from 1867 to 1870. If he should visit here he will find the town altogether different from those days when he was a resident, due to its rebuilding after the fire of 1874, and we doubt very much of his meeting more than one or two persons who were here when he left the mountains in 1870.

How to Make Stewed Beef With Cucumbers by Nellie Maxwell: Take a round of beef weighing two or three pounds, brown it quickly in beef drippings. Remove to a deep kettle and brown two sliced onions and three peeled and quartered cucumbers in the fat. Add these to the meat and to the fat add sufficient flour to absorb it, stir until well browned, then add one half pint of boiling water and the same of strained tomato; season well, pour over the meat, cover and simmer two to three hours. Serve the meat with the vegetables and sauce around it. Garnish with triangles of friend bread.

How to Make Frozen Chocolate Pudding by Nellie Maxwell: Pour one cupful of boiling water over one cupful of sugar and six ounces and grated chocolate; stir until which and smooth, then let cook. Mix lightly three cupful’s of cream which has been whipped and flavored with vanilla. Turn into a fancy mold, cover and pack in ice and salt. Let stand for five hours. Serve with strawberry preserves.

120 years ago – September 3, 1897

The Misses Clara and Gertrude Ross and brother Master John, Jr., accompanied by their mother, Mrs. John Ross, of Leavenworth Gulch, left this week for Boulder, where the young folks will enter the state university, being graduates from the Central City High School, of the class of ‘97.

Frank Pichele, a miner working the Fisk Mine, fell down a stope from the fifth to the sixth level on Tuesday, a distance of 70 feet, and was badly cut and bruised from the fall. Dr. Richmond, of Black Hawk, attended him, and does not consider his case a serious one.

Mr. E.C. Niccum is laid up with a severe case of typhoid fever at the residence of his uncle on Bobtail St., Black Hawk. His condition was considered critical.

The ore shipments for the month of August from the Black Hawk station of the railroad to the smelters at Denver and Pueblo, totaled 336 carloads, or 5,376 tons. In comparison with the same month of last year, the shipments show an increase of 124 carloads, or 1,964 tons, an increase of over 50 percent.

Fred Frey is working his Hayseed claim in Quartz Valley District, and is opening up the lead streak in two different places, which shows a nice crevice of mineral and a shipment of several tons was made to the sampling works as a test lot, which is expected to give good returns.

Born: In Black Hawk, August 27th, 1897, to the wife of Lagero Meneghatti, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, August 30th, 1897, to the wife of Peter Rundquist, a son.

Born: In Central City, August 28th, 1897, to the wife of William T. Bennallack, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, August 29th, 1897, to the wife of Charles Truscott, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, September 1st, 1897, to the wife of Fred Linsenmaler, a son.

Married: In Denver, the first of the week, Mr. Oscar Williams and Miss Ross McGowan.

Died: In Russell Gulch, August 26th, 1897, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chenoweth, aged 2 months.

146 years ago – August 19, 1872

We understand that Judge Belford will accept the invitation tendered by the Board of Trade, to deliver a lecture upon the mining regions, but that owing to the intervention of official duties will not be able to meet the Board before the middle of December. Meanwhile, he will collate the needful material and prepare a strong practical address. The Secretary and Treasurer of the Board are industriously engaged in putting the working machinery in order, and by next Monday evening the new association organized under such glorious auspices will be ready for business.

The train from Golden met with an accident yesterday, which detained it until a late hour in the afternoon. The coaches arrived in Central, one at half past five and the other an hour later. As we have been informed, the coupling which connects the locomotive with its tender broke, and in parting, so deranged the water pipes of the engine that they could not be readjusted by those in charge. Great anxiety was felt here for the safety of the passengers, fears being entertained that the detention of the coaches was caused by a more serious matter. It is to be hoped that the new machines intended for this line will not be much longer delayed. The public demand, as well as the interests of the company, require a better class of engines, and the road cannot be well operated without them.

Wm. Dorrity is cleaning out the main shaft on the Santa Fe Lode, Grass Valley District, preparatory to working it energetically, selling the ore to the United States Smelting Co., at the Whale Mill. In the bottom he has a heavy vein of sulphates of iron carrying a fair percent of gold and silver.

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