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30 years ago – January 22, 1988

The historic hose cart that was once the pride of Central City’s fire brigade in the late 1880s has been left outside to endure the elements for several months. The cart was moved outside the Central City shop sometime last spring. At that time, a tarp was used to protect it. Several months ago, however, the tarp was stolen and has never been replaced. The hose cart was recently moved behind the Gilpin County Historical Society Museum, where it now sits totally exposed to rain, sun and possible vandalism. Members of the Historical Society have been informed of the cart, as well as members of the Central City Volunteer Fire Department, owners of the cart, but attempts have not been made to insure the safety of the cart inside of the museum. The original paint is gradually showing signs of blistering and peeling.

Requirements necessary for a small mine to be considered as a site in a U.S. Bureau of Mines research project intended to develop a new, environmentally sound underground mining method were announced by Bureau spokesmen at last week’s meeting of the Clear Creek/ Gilpin Counties Metal Miners Association. Two mines located in Clear Creek County will be selected for the study, which will include the feasibility of underground leaching and the development of new leaching agents less hazardous than cyanide. The study is being conducted in Clear Creek County because the idea was conceived in Idaho Springs, and because the Clear Creek County Commissioners actively assisted in seeking grant funding for the project. Governor Roy Romero presented a check for $10,000 from the state to Commissioner Nelson Fugate during the Colorado Mining Summit, held recently in Leadville. This seed money was used to generate an additional $140,000 in federal funds through the U.S. Bureau of Mines. Owners of small mines located in Clear Creek County may obtain a list of requirements from the Clear Creek County Commissioner Office.

Nelle Anderle has completed her physical therapy program at Presbyterian Hospital. She is now at Columbia Manor where her therapy continues. Anderle, longtime resident of Black Hawk, has been gone from this community for two months and misses her home and friends in Gilpin County. She is working very hard at her exercises in order to get home soon.

Residents of Central City wrestled with the problem of how to show their enthusiasm after Denver’s win over the Cleveland Browns on January 17. Some citizens hit upon the idea of redecorating the Christmas tree in the middle of town in honor of their favorite team. On January 22, today, at 11:00 a.m., the townspeople in conjunction with the Public Service Company and the municipal public works department will “undecorate” the Christmas tree and “redecorate” it as a Bronco tree. The tree will be painted orange and hung with blue ornaments, all representing the Broncos. Everyone is invited to participate in this tribute to the Super Bowl bound Broncos.

60 years ago – January 24, 1958

Central City Nuggets

The weather during the past week has been as temperamental as Ye Editor. Zero weather jumping to summer temperatures have been in evidence since last Saturday. About six inches of snow fell on Saturday and Sunday, with temperatures registering from 10 above to three below zero. Tuesday and Wednesday, Old Sol shone forth in all his glory, and the snow is rapidly disappearing. The elements have been most kind to us, when we read of the havoc the storms have made in the eastern part of the U.S., and proves beyond a doubt that Central City is God’s country. Temperatures have shown that warm weather exists in this part of the states that is equal to that of Florida, so make your home in Central City and be happy and contented.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Allen announce the marriage of their daughter, Donna, to Lt. Avon MacBride, in Minton, LA, last week. They will make their home in Texas, where he is stationed.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Quiller and Miss Marjorie Quiller were dinner guests of Mrs. Ethel Bolitho in Denver last week. Mrs. Bolitho is Mrs. Quiller’s sister.

Mrs. Lucille Ramstetter is ill in a San Francisco hospital. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Nicholls.

In the basketball games played Friday at Lyons, the A team lost by the score of 73 to 43. The B team won by the score of 42 to 22, and the junior high team lost by the score of 29 to 24. The following evening, the A team bested the Denver Christian team in Denver by the score of 65 to 40.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mrs. Evelyn Hume of Greeley was in town last Wednesday to inspect her property, “The Lace House,” on Main Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Dickerson of Pagoda Springs were here for two days, visiting their daughter Mrs. Nancy Blake and the new baby.

Mrs. Gwen Thomas is in Golden with her mother, Mrs. Hilda Belcher, and assisting in the care of Frank Skankee who recently suffered a light stroke.

Russell Pannings

Margaret Rest and Glenn Wollam were united in marriage in St. James Methodist Church, in Central City,  on Sunday, Rev. Larry Hawks officiating. The bride wore a dress of white lace and a net with a fingertip veil. She carried a black orchid surrounded by white carnations. Margaret was given in marriage by her father, Henry Rest. The bride’s sisters, Mrs. Orland Johnson and Alice Rest adorned in blue and pink dresses covered with silver net acted as matron of honor and bride’s maid. The flower girls, Karen Johnson and Shirley William, were pink and blue dresses and carried bouquets of yellow and white carnations that matched the corsages worn by the bride’s attendants and the mothers. The ring bearer was Harvey Johnson, nephew of the bride. Charles Sutton Jr. and Russell Wollam, brother of the groom, acted as best man and usher. The beautiful music was supplied by Miss Marie Garwood, of this city. Margaret attended school in Central City and Park’s Business School in Denver prior to working for Denver Fire Clay and Braun Knecht and Heinman. Glenn is a graduate of East High School and now is employed by the D. & R.G. Railroad in Denver. After a brief honeymoon they will make their home in Denver.

90 years ago – January 27, 1928

The fire alarm for Monday morning brought the fire department to the Clark School building, where sparks from the chimney had set fire to the roof, which were soon extinguished by the aid of chemicals and a small supply of water. The fire was discovered by Mrs. Lottie Katta, who was hanging out clothes from her back pork, and in glancing toward the school house, saw the smoke and flames on the room and gave the alarm. Damages will amount to between fifty and one hundred dollars, which are being adjusted by the insurance agents. Fortunately there was no wind blowing at the time or the entire roof, if not the building, would have been destroyed. The damage has not interfered with the regular sessions of school, and all the different departments are going on the same as before the fire.

Mr. B. E. Seymour came up from Denver Tuesday morning to look over and adjust the damage at the school house from the fire, he having policies on the building for fire protection.

County Judge Louis Carter returned Saturday morning from Denver, where he attended the “sow-belly” dinner.

Attorney Leroy J. Williams arrived from Denver Friday evening to attend to legal matters before ether county court returning home Tuesday afternoon.

A slight improvement in the condition of Mrs. Timberlake, of Colorado, who has been ill at her home in Washington D.C., is reported in a press dispatch from that city Tuesday. Mrs. Timberlake is now conscious part of the time, though by no means out of danger.

Last Friday evening, at the Knights of Pythias Hall in this city, two games of basketball were played by the boys’ and girls’ teams of the local high school, having as opponents the corresponding teams of the Idaho Springs high school. The games resulted in a 50-50 break, the local girls’ team losing by a score of 34 to 10, and the local boys’ team winning by a score of 30 to 15. Both were good games and well played, the Central boys having the edge on the visitors in every part of the game. The Central girls were outweighed and the breaks were against them. This Saturday evening, at the Knights of Pythias Hall, the Boosters team will play the strong Kennedy Garage team of Denver, which team ranks as one of the best in the valley city. A guarantee, rather higher than the average, was made to this team to make the trip here, and it is hoped that a large crowd will be present in order to cover this pledge. They need your help and support and we are sure you will get value received for your money. Admission is placed at 25 cents and 15 cents.

How to Make Nottingham Pudding by Nellie Maxwell: Peel six good flavored apples, core and fill the cavities with sugar and pour over a light batter prepared as follows: Beat four eggs with four tablespoonful’s of flour, add gradually three fourths of a cupful of milk and a little salt. Bake one hour in a moderate oven.

How to Make Schnitz and Knep by Nellie Maxwell: Soak a pint of dried apples overnight – these are schnitz in the morning; place a ham bone one which there is some meat in cold water to cover and simmer for an hour, then add the soaked apples and cook until very tender. Sprinkle a little brown sugar over the meat and continue simmering for ten minutes more. Now the knep, with are nice dumplings, prepared thus: Beat two eggs, add one cupful of milk, a pinch of salt, a tablespoonful of melted butter, and a teaspoonful of baking powder sifted with enough flour to make a stiff batter. Drop by spoonful’s into the boiling schnitz; cover closely and cook ten minutes. Serve in a deep dish with the apples and sauce over the dumplings.

120 years ago – January 28, 1898

Ed. Feehan of Black Hawk had a narrow escape from freezing to death Wednesday last while on his way from Perigo where he had been working in the mines. While on his way to Black Hawk on horseback, the horse slipped on the ice and in falling, caught him underneath the animal. He succeeded in freeing himself, but was so badly injured he could not walk and could not drag his body over the ground. His cries for help were heard by some miners working in a tunnel, and he was taken to his home, where Dr. Richmond on his examination found his right leg broken in two places above the ankle. The weather was extremely cold, 10 degrees below zero, and but for the timely arrival of help, Mr. Feehan would have frozen to death.

Dan Mundy who was injured in the Hidden Treasure Mine accident on January 12th is reported as getting along nicely, by Dr. Abe Ashbaugh, his physician.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Becker at their residence in Chase Gulch, celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary Wednesday afternoon, and entertained a number of their friends in a most charming manner. Mrs. Becker was assisted by her charming daughters, and Miss Townsend, in entertaining her guests, who were Mrs. James E. Lightbourn, Mrs. L.S. Newell, Mrs. Walter B. Jenness, Mrs. L.E. Pennock, Mrs. Arthur Collins, Mrs. George Collins, Mrs. H.A. Hicks, Mrs. Allison, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. E.S. McWhorter, Miss Lena Owen and others.

At the Wautauga Mine in Russell Gulch, sinking the main shaft is being carried on and a depth of 450 feet has been reached. Another vein of mineral has been cut in the shaft, which is following down with the Wautauga vein and the shaft which is from six to eight feet wide, is all in mineral. Three machine drills are in use at the rift, and the present working force numbers 14 men. A shipment of mineral coming from the shaft will be made during the week to test the quality of the ore, and if satisfactory, regular shipments can be maintained.

Work is being pushed onto new shaft house on the Cook Mine on Bobtail Hill, which is expected to be completed by the end of next week. The shaft house is 48×85 feet in dimensions and will be one of the finest buildings in the county, and the plant of machinery which is to be installed will be one of the most complete to be found in any mining camp in the state.

Monday was payday at the Perigee Mine & Mill, and a force of 54 men were paid their monthly wages.

Born: In Russell Gulch, January 23rd, 1898, to the wife of J. Paul, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, January 26th, 1898, to the wife of Peter Dillon, this son and daughter.

Born: In Black Hawk, January 26th 1898, to the wife of E. Wolds, a daughter.

Married: In Denver, January 25th, 1898, Mr. W.E. Carter and Miss Bertha L. Baer, both of this city.

Married: In Central City, January 26th, 1898, Rev. A.E. Clay officiating, Mr. Edward W. Davis to Miss Lottie Lewis.

Died: In Nevadaville, January 21st, 1898, William Way, aged 40 years.

Died: In Denver, January 22nd, 1898, Mrs. Louise McCallister, aged 56 years.

146 years ago – January 1873

“It is wise to listen to the utterances of strong men Mistaken they may be prejudiced, one sided, sophistical; but they generally mean something and know how to express it.” Applying these words to the author – and that he is a strong man few will deny, we are forced to admit the truth of the second proposition, that a strong man may be, and often is mistaken, prejudiced, one sided, and sophistical. The writer reiterates the views, which he says he has unflinchingly held for years, regarding amnesty, and advocates in the strongest language the extension of all rights to those lately in rebellion. This amnesty without stint is urged with importunity, with all the eloquence of exhortation, but with none of the force of argument.

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