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30 years ago- November 20, 1987

By unanimous decision of the Central City aldermen, it was moved on Wednesday that the council or its representative “contact the District Attorney at the earliest possible time to effect dismissal of the civil suit pending against 425 Spring Street and Tom Sundermeyer.” A civil action suit was filed by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office at the request of Central City Police Chief Mike Brewer. The suit against the property, a “Public Nuisance Forfeiture,” was filed recently resulting from a charge that Sundermeyer allegedly cultivated marijuana on his property. A number of residents attended the meeting at Central City Hall to protest the action. Row P. Stayton, Sundermeyer’s attorney, referred to the civil suit as an “outrageous use of state statutes.” Burial Paul, resident and business owner in Central City, said the action was “ludicrous.” Charles Slater, resident of the city, referred to the suit as “immoral, unjust, and just plain wrong.” Janice Ward of Central City informed the council that she did not know Sundermeyer, nor is she familiar with his house, but the newspaper article scared her to death, “This could happen to any of us,” she said. A number of people, all opposed, spoke against the Central City Police Department’s actions and the pending civil suit. The council concurred with the audience by adding that Police Chief Mike Brewer acted without consulting the Police Commissioner, Mayor Bruce Schmalz, or any member of the council before he proceeded in filing the suit. Further discussion regarding the matter was handled in a closed door executive session meeting. Council made and passed the motion after the closed door meeting.

What’s the best way to thaw a turkey? Leave the turkey in its original wrap and place it on a tray in the refrigerator for about 24 hours for each five pounds of turkey. A faster method (takes about 30 minutes per pound) is to thaw the bird immersed in cold water, changing the water frequently. It’s unsafe to thaw a turkey either on a countertop or in a paper bag at room temperature.

Why can’t a turkey be stuffed the night before? If turkey is stuffed in advance, salmonella and other harmful bacteria, if present, can multiply in the stuffing and cause food poisoning. When time is a factor, prepare stuffing and refrigerate it separately from the turkey, then stuff the bird immediately before roasting. Never refrigerate a turkey after it has been roasted with the stuffing enclosed. Stuffing should be placed in a separate container.

Winter finally arrived in Colorado. It did not miss Gilpin County. After months of a delightful Indian summer, it came to an end. Tim Logan, county road and bridge supervisor, said the Rollinsville area received between 10 to 12 inches. Logan estimated that the Gap area and mid-county received approximately two feet of snow between 5:20 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. on November 15. Eric Klemp, Central City’s street, road and water commissioner, estimated that the southern end of the county had about 14 inches, with about 11 inches on the ground after melting. Hang in there mid-county!

Died: Henry Wendell Galbraith, formerly of Gilpin County, died of heart attack at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, November 11th, 1987. He was 82 years old. He was born in Sonora, Old Mexico, December 20th, 1904. His parents were Henry Flint Galbraith and Elizabeth Starr Sanders. In June of 1937, he moved to Gilpin County and worked for Manson’s Placer Mine until World War II, when the war stopped mining in the area. He resided in the county until about 1954. During the war he laid air fields. On June 12th, 1927, he married Billye Howard, his wife for almost 60 years. She preceded him in death, December 26th, 1986. Following the war, Galbraith worked for the C.L. Huber Construction Company and Flatirons Paving. He retired in 1976, at the age of 72. Galbraith had a great interest in nature, National Geographic, flying, and museums. Until his death, he was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Denver, where he resided. He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Newland, former Gilpin County Clerk & Recorder, of Lakewood; Myrna Jo Behrendsen and Joan Galbraith of Denver; Roberta Gallagher of Crofton, Maryland; his sister, Ann Jones of Sedona, Arizona; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Interment took pace at Chapel Hill Cemetery, November 16th, 1987. Services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

60 years ago – November 22, 1957

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Mrs. Edith Carter was on the sick list last week, but is able to be at her office again.

Miss Earlene Person spent last weekend with the Waters family at Camp Cody.

The Ken Thompson family has a new addition—a beagle hound puppy.

Barbara Powe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Lowe returned home Tuesday from a two week’s stay in Children’s Hospital.

The radio program sponsored by the Central City Business Men’s Association made its debut on the air last Saturday evening over station KLAK. We hope reception throughout the state was as favorable as it was in Central City. The band, with assistance of Okie Waters and family, will broadcast another program tomorrow evening, after which they will officiate at the Elk’s Hall for the Firemen’s Dance.

Died: News has been received here of the death of Thomas L. Williams, 53, of Seattle, Washington. Mr. Williams died of pneumonia. Mr. and Mrs. Williams left here about five years ago and made their home in Seattle where Mr. Williams was employed as a machinist for the Boeing Airplane Co. Mr. Williams was a member of the Central City Lodge No. 6 A.F. A.M. and Knight Templar. Funeral services were held November 16th, 1957, at Stokes Mortuary Chapel in Washington. Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, James T. both of Seattle; two sisters, Mrs. Jessie Landis of Black Diamond, and Mrs. Ruth Smith of Aguilar, Colorado; three brothers, Richard C. of Dacono, Colorado; Harry and James D. both of Black Diamond.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

After an extended visit in Denver, Dr. Nassimbene and family are again at their home on Du Bois Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Etter and daughter Pamela were up from the valley Saturday and Sunday visiting his mother, Mrs. Lettie Gray.

Mr. Arthur Nicholls has been looking after the Gus Rudolph ranch while Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph are in Denver.

The strong wind Monday night played havoc with the electric power north of town, causing some of the R.E.A. patrons to be without lights and heat for several hours.

Mrs. Lettie Gray was hostess at a party in her home on Swede Hill in which eleven guests enjoyed pinochle games and refreshments.

Mr. Ed Hermonson works faithfully, weather permitting, on the house he is building on School Street. So far it is about half finished.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Nicholas, who observe their forty-fourth wedding anniversary on November 18th.

The ghostly honky-tonk piano that a Colorado Department of Highways engineering inspection crew has been hearing up near Silver Plume turned out to be real this week. The music that resident engineer Merit B. Smith and his men have been hearing while getting gravel from the slides that buried rowdy Brownville, back in the state’s silver era, is the plunkety-plink of a player piano owned by Joe Herold, manager of Denver’s station KBTV. Harold has a lodge on the mountain east of Silver Plume, on which he can overlook that town and Georgetown. “We play that old-fashioned juke box quite a lot when we’re up there and don’t have to keep the volume down. The music bounces off the ridges,” he told the Department of Highways. Silver Plume folklore has it that the Brownville Saloon and a gay and goodly crowd were buried one night and that you can still hear the honky-tonk piano. The Department of Highways is overseeing use of gravel from the slide on a $417,598 shoulder shaping and asphalt paving of 10 miles of transcontinental US 6 between Silver Plume and Loveland Pass.

90 years ago – November 25, 1927

The state officers, who had been appointed by Governor Adams on duty at the Columbine Mine near Lafayette, were forced to protect their lives by firing on a mob of several hundred strikers last Monday, as they were forcing their way into the company’s grounds, which resulted in the death of half a dozen strikers, and wounding of some fifty others. Among the wounded was found a woman, who was dressed in man’s clothing, and another woman who was at the head of the striking column. Following the battle, Governor Adams ordered out the state troops, who are now in control of the situation in the northern fields and some of the troops may be sent into the southern sections. With the troops in control, miners who have been anxious to work will be given protection and those who are and have been defying the law will be arrested and given what is coming to them.

The holy anointing oil referred to in the Bible had a base of olive oil and was scented with flowery myrrh, sweet cinnamon, sweet calamus, and cassia. These ingredients were probably mixed with the oil in powder form, the mixture then heated until the oil absorbed the odors and allowed to stand until the insoluble matter settled and the oil could be decanted.

Died: J. Edward Jones, head of the city automobile tax department and a Colorado resident for more than forty-six years, died at the Colorado General Hospital Tuesday after a short illness. Mr. Jones was born in Flint County, Wales, February 29th, 1868. He came to Colorado when 12 years old, settling with his father at Central City. Later he was engaged in the brokerage business at Central City and at Cripple Creek, serving as a member of the Teller County school board in the latter city from 1907 to 1918. He came to Denver in 1920. Besides his widow, Mrs. Stella E. Jones, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Robert Harris and Mrs. Martin Leisher, both of Denver; and three sisters—Mrs. Susie Meets of Los Angeles, Mrs. Marguerite Brundage of Canada, and Miss Nellie Jones of Hollywood, California.

120 years ago – November 26, 1897

Mrs. Mattie Ballard of Denver visited her parents and friends in Black Hawk on Thanksgiving Day.

Peter Pressler, a lad living with his parents at Lake View, was injured on Tuesday morning while at work in the Missouri Mine in Russell district, by a cave-in of rock and dirt which came out of the wall while at work in the bottom of the shaft. Fellow miners rescued him and hoisted him to the surface and he was taken to his home, where an examination by Dr. T.L. Ashbaugh revealed a broken collar bone and many body injuries.

Dr. P.T. Tucker left for Denver on Saturday with Charles Unser, who was injured in the Pheonix-Burroughs Mine several weeks ago, and while confined at his home contracted a cold which developed into pneumonia, and it was thought best to take him to St. Luke’s Hospital. At the St. Louis-Gunnell Mine on Gunnels Hill, the mine has been drained to the bottom, and an examination made by manager Mackey showed fine ore bodies in sight in the shaft as well as drifts, and development work will commence by sinking the shaft another 100 feet and driving drifts on both sides of the shaft.

From fifty to sixty miners are at work in the Ophir-Burroughs Mine on Quartz Hill, the greater portion as tributers. The mine continues to keep up its record as a heavy producer of mill and smelting ore, of better than the average grade.

Born: In Russell Gulch, November 18th, 1897, to the wife of William Manhire, a daughter.

Born: In Black Hawk, November 21st, 1897, to the wife of August Cattani, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, November 26th, 1897, to the wife of Joseph Gredler, a daughter.

Married: In Central City, at St. Mary’s Church, Rev. Father Racer officiating, Mr. Louis Eccker to Miss May Houseberger, both of Black Hawk.

Died: At Apex, November 24th, 1897, Patrick Kehoe aged 25 years.

Died: In Denver, November 21st, 1897, William Ainsley, a former resident of Gilpin County, aged 63 years.

Died: In Russell Gulch, November 24th, 1897, of pneumonia, Mrs. Henry Heast, aged 19 years.

146 years ago – November, 1872

The valley of Clear Creek, below Smith Hill, along the line of the C.C. Railway, has put on its most beautiful robes this season. The road is in excellent condition all the way to “Big Hill,” where the upper grading camp is located. It seemed to us on looking over the situation that the bed could easily be prepared for the superstructure by the 15th of July. It was also apparent that the terminus must be made at “Big Hill,” or two miles this side of Junction, there being no intermediate point where sufficient room can be had for the transfer of goods and the operation of trains. In the event of the adoptions of the point first named, a mile and a quarter more of grading will complete the work. Personally we feel thoroughly gratified by the rapid progress made, and the prospect of an early material change for the better in our affairs. Tomorrow we shall publish further information on this subject, which will be vastly more convincing than anything heretofore made known.

The coaches come loaded to their utmost capacity these days. Sunday evening’s arrival had passengers all over it, hanging on to the outside guards like leeches. Just think of the rush when our railroad gets to running.

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