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30 years ago – September 4, 1987

KIMN’s Chicken “loved Central City,” said Lyle Shifted, “he thought he was in chicken heaven.” KIMN’s Chicken toured Central City on August 27, as a part of the free promotion for the area, provided by the Denver based radio station. During August, approximately 200 one minute commercials were aired on KIMN, KYGO, and KOA radio stations. Starting next spring, said Sheftel, the Central City Economic Development Committee hopes to expand the promotion for Central City, including more radio and television commercials and billboard advertisements. Shifted is one of the committee members as well as a resident and business owner in Central City. The projected advertising budget is expected to be $30,000. Anyone with ideas to raise money for the advertising campaign may contact Shifted or any one of the committee members. In addition to Sheftel, members of the committee are J.D. Carelli, Allen Williams, Sylvia Hall, and Mike Leslie.

The Gilpin Hotel in Black Hawk will host the Clear Creek Metal Mining Association meeting on September 9, at 8:00 p.m. The featured speaker for the evening is Tom Hendricks, addressing “Economics on Small Mine Operations.” Hendricks is president of Hendricks Mining Company and head of the Small Miners Committee of the Colorado Mining Association. Priscilla McLair, Bureau of Land Management realty specialist, will discuss the future of unpainted mine claims within the BLM land disposal system. Newly elected officers for CCMMA for 1987-88 are: Jim Keller, president; Norman Blake, Doug Watrous, and Roy Rizzardi, vice president; Darlene Edgerton, secretary; and Don Mitchell, treasurer. The CCMMA meets the second Wednesday of each month. The meetings are open to the public.

Born: Tim and Melissa Hill of Gilpin County are happy to announce the birth of their first child, Timothy Martin. Timothy was born August 24, 1987, at Lutheran Hospital in Denver. He weighed four pounds six ounces and measured 17 and 1/4 inches. Paternal grandparents are George and June Hill of St. David, Arizona. Maternal grandparents are Ben and Doris Thomas of Tucson, Arizona.

60 years ago – September 6, 1957

The autumn is the most delightful season of the year. A spirit of romance parades it, nature puts on her coat of many colors and most of us ordinary mortals, if we will confess it, feel a quickening of the pulse when the leaves begin to fall and darkness comes before supper. One has but to recall the days of boyhood for an explanation of this fall romanticism. Ask any boy his views and his face will light up with pleasure as he dreams of the Saturday holidays when he can hunt and thrill at the sight of end runs and the smashing line plays on the football field. Fall is a time not alone for enjoyment of the outdoors; it is also a time for reflection and sober thought. It is a season for gathering about the fireplace as the shadows lengthen to renew family ties that are weakened by the summer vacation season. Autumn seems sad and melancholy as nature, like the hand of death, withers vegetation. But it is also a time for joy, because it ushers in a period when we have more time indoors for self-improvement and enjoyment of the substantial things of life.

Central City Nuggets

Certainly “the melancholy days are come; the saddest of the year.” Apropos of this, the Teller House and Opera House now stand in solitude splendor, the doors double padlocked, the windows covered with shades, the raucous voices of good looking young men calling attention to tours of both buildings, and jeep rides, the hand bell announcing the intermission over, the pretty girls and graceful young men in square dances, the tourists eating popcorn and asking silly questions, have all become a part of the past summer, and it is with a feeling of sadness we bid adieu to the activities of the Opera House Festival. To Bob Brown, who was always as busy as a bird-dog; to Angelo Campioni, the genial and efficient manager of the Teller House and Chain hotel, to Al Paul and all other members of the personnel, we await your return next summer and wish you Godspeed and happy landings in returning to your respective homes, and hope your activities and efforts during the winter will bear fruition in its fullest sense.

Everett Minegotti (Stinky) fell from a stone wall near the Catholic Church last Monday, incurring a fracture in two places on his right leg. He was taken to Dr. Fowler, at Idaho Springs, who placed the injured member in a cast, and he can now read all the comic magazines in bed, and let the world go by.

Schools opened Tuesday in Central City, Tuesday morning, with an enrollment of 102 registrations, divided as follows: Grades through 6, 29; 7 and 8 grades, 23; and high school, 40.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mr. Edwin M. Gage returned Friday from a month’s trip to Oregon. He found that someone had entered his apartment during his absence and stolen several guns.

The ground work for an amusement park, which James Prentice plans to build below town is taking shape by improved landscape, removal of trash, and a new bridge across the creek.

The home of George Anderle was the scene of a family reunion last Sunday. A son Joe recently discharged from the Navy arrived from Japan; also present were Mr. and Mrs. George Anderle Jr., of Bell, California; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Thrash and their sons of Denver and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Anderle of Chase Gulch.

John Lemmert has left town with his big steer and Maggie, the monkey. He will be in Denver for a while, then goes on to Arizona.

The Black Hawk School opened September 3rd with an enrollment of eight pupils. The teacher, Mr. William Stiles, is from Lookout Mountain, and commutes each day with another teacher in Central City.

90 years ago – September 9, 1927

Thinly sliced bacon is delicious when browned under the flame of the broiler in a gas stove. It is then free of excess fat, crisp, and appetizing. Good results can also be obtained by frying it in a heavy skillet, draining the slices and absorbing a large part of the fat with brown paper. Apples or tomatoes can then be fried in the fat and, according to the Bureau of Home Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture, make a particularly attractive breakfast dish. The following recipe is suggested for fried apples and bacon: Select good tart apples. Peel and cut them in 1-inch cubes. Fry the bacon in a heavy skillet. As soon as the slices of bacon are crisp, remove and drain them on clean brown paper. For frying the apples you will need about one fourth cup of the bacon fat. Put the apples in the hot bacon fat, piling them up rather high in the frying pan. Sugar to taste. Be sure you use enough sugar; apples fried this way require a little more sugar than apples fried in the ordinary way. Cover and cook slowly until tender. Then remove the cover, and turn the apples gently, so the pieces will keep their shape. Let them brown lightly; they are then almost transparent. Place them in a hot platter and surround them with the bacon.

Sheriff Oscar Williams was summoned out to Gilpin on Thursday evening of last week to bring in George Ashmore, who was charged with non-support of his wife and children and an attempt to “clean up” his family, and all those who interfere with his plans. Ashmore is alleged to have beaten is wife, who is a sister of Thomas Tregay, at Gilpin, and she took her children and went to live at her brother’s home. A few days later, Ashmore is alleged to have sent a message that he was coming home and “get” his wife and Tregay. He arrived Thursday evening, and Tregay heard Ashmore enter the house and hid behind the door, and as Ashmore entered the room, Tregay floored him with a blow to the jaw. Quickly recovering Ashmore and Tregay were soon grappling with each other, and the former, being larger and stronger than the latter, Tregay yelled for help which as heard by Robert Ingram, who was rooming in the house at the time, and who responded, and struck Ashmore over the head with a table leg, knocking him out. The two tied Ashmore with ropes and summoned Sheriff Williams, who brought his prisoner to the county jail. On Tuesday, the prisoner was brought before the county court, the people being represented by Mr. Earl Heuer, of Denver, sent up by district attorney Joel E. Sone, and when arraigned plead “not guilty” to the charge of non-support, but the evidence was sufficient to justify the court to put him under $250 bonds in his trial which will take place before the county court on Tuesday of next week.

Died: In Central City, September 5th, 1927, from an attack of acute indigestion, Mrs. Emma J. Lawry, aged 65 years, 7 months, and 20 days. Deceased was taken suddenly ill as she arose from the supper table around 7 o’clock, and complained to her son, High, that she felt such a queer sensation, and could scarcely get her breath. he opened the door to provide fresh air and she collapsed in his arms. He laid her on the lounge and went after Dr. Schultz, who gave her treatment, but to which she did not respond, and at 10 o’clock she had passed away. Mrs. Lawry came from England in 1871, and made her home in Nevadaville, where she married Mr. Lawry in 1880, and who in 1894 answered the summons. She and her children remained in Nevadaville up to 1911, when they moved to this city, which has been their home ever since. She was a member of the Methodist Church, a devout Christian, and left many old and dear friends who will be surprised and shocked to read of her sudden death. Surviving her are two sons, Hugh, of this city, Elbert of Victor, Colorado; and one daughter, Mrs. William Mitchell, of this city, to whom the sympathy of the whole community is extended in this, their hour of sorrow. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church on Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, interment in the Bald Mountain Cemetery, by the side of her husband.

Died: Mr. Thomas T. Williams, superintendent of the Moffat Tunnel, who was injured a couple of weeks ago when he was thrown from an electric car in which he was riding through the tunnel, died at West Portal on Saturday last. He was a graduate of the Golden School of Mines, and is survived by his widow and three children, all living in Denver.

120 years ago – September 10, 1897

A 100-yard race for $100 a side has been arranged between Moan, of Black Hawk, and Newlun, of Nevadaville, to be run Sunday afternoon, September 19, at Black Hawk.

Mrs. Helen L. Grenfell, of Black Hawk, County Superintendent of Schools, was thrown out of her buggy in front of the Central City schoolhouse on Thursday morning, and was injured by the horse stepping on one of her ankles. An examination proved that no bones were broken, but the injury will confine her to her home for several days.

Mr. Anton Mehrlich, of Black Hawk, left Sunday for Colorado Springs, as a delegate from Black Hawk Lodge No. 4, Knights of Pythias, to attend the annual session of the order to be held there. Mr. George Schneider, past chancellor of the lodge, will accompany him.

August Grutzmacher, John Stroehle, Joe Gredler, and Wm. Page, all of Black Hawk, who had been on a two weeks outing trip to the headwaters of the Troublesome stream in Middle Park, returned home Sunday.

Gold retorts weighing 565 ounces were shipped from this city to the Denver Mint on Thursday, which was followed on Saturday by 400 ounces.

The output of the Concrete Mine for the month of August was 120 cords of mill ore, or close to 1,000 tons, which was treated at the Iron City Mill in Black Hawk.

The four tons of uranium ore mentioned in the Denver News of Wednesday as coming from Gilpin County, and sold to Mr. Poulot, the French expert for $700 per ton, undoubtedly came from the Wood Mine in Leavenworth Gulch, a short distance from this city. The property was worked several years ago and the product run through the stamp mill for the purpose of saving any gold in the ore by amalgamation, and also to concentrate the heavy mineral. A number of tons of clean mineral was saved and sent to the smelters in Denver, but it seemed the leasers at the mine failed to realize enough to justify continuing, and the property was closed down.

Born: In Black Hawk, September 5th, 1897, to the wife of Louis Fick, a daughter.

Died: In Russell Gulch, September 7th, 1897, daughter of Mrs. Grace Joyce, aged 18 months.

Died: In Central City, September 7th, 1897, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Rice, aged 10 months.

Died: In Nevadaville, September 6th, 1897, Annie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Semmens, aged 7 years.

Died: In Central City, September 9th, 1897, Mrs. Nellie, wife of Patrick McCane, aged 41 years.

146 years ago – August 26, 1872

On the 27th instant, the furniture of the Connor House is to be sold. This house, under the management of Charles Wentworth has been made as pleasant a place for its guests as such a building could make possible. It has been decided to close it this week, and the sale of the furniture, as stated, will take place next Tuesday. In the dining room are four extension tables, oak, cane seat chairs, table covers, a large lot of napkins, crockery, and glassware, silver plated knives and forks, ewers and bowls. The bedroom, parlor, and kitchen furniture are all in good condition. Persons desiring anything in this line may get a bargain by attending this sale.

Mrs. Laura D. Fair seems to be more baneful than the deadly Upas tree. The breath of her nostrils and the flash of her eye, like the fabulous werewolf, blast whatever passes within their circle. Virtue and innocence shun her presence as a poisonous malaria. Her victims, prosecutors and defendants alike feel the withering touch of contact with her. Since her former trial, Elisha Cooke, her counsel, Sprague of the Supreme Court, who was instrumental in procuring a new trial, and a son of Crittenden, her victim, have all died. She is now to go through the farce of a new trial, and then go forth again, breathing blight and damnation in the social circle.

Henry Schultz, Esq., is driving an adit on the Gem Lode, west side of Gilson Gulch. It is in between two and three hundred feet, and in the head of the adit has a fine looking crevice of ore—some three feet wide, thickly veined with zinc blend, galena, and gray copper.

On the Season Lode, Captain Dean is working eight men, and raising good ore. Mr. Lewis is also working six men on the old Womack & Season claims, and breaking good ore near the surface. Two claims on the Queen Lode are being worked under lease, and both have a good show of ore on the dumps. The Victor Company is driving work on the flat vein about as usual. They are now working fourteen men, and raising a good grade of ore. They have also struck the vein in their tunnel below the Seaton, and are working it industriously. We understand, also, that parties are working William Hobbs claim on the Kangaroo Lode, with good results.

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