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30 years ago- January 29, 1988

Monday, Monday, it all began. The story of the neglected historic hose cart appearing in last week’s Weekly Register-Call caused some controversy and irritation. According to Muriel Paul, board member of the Gilpin County Historical Society, she was dissatisfied with the picture and the story, stating that this paper was wrong in bringing the issue to the public’s attention. Paul continued that the reporter, Bev Nelson, who is also a board member of the historical society, was just as much to blame about the condition of the hose cart as anyone else. Paul accused Nelson of not getting the “real story,” adding that it is hard to get people to cooperate in this community. In closing, Paul challenged that if Nelson could get the hose cart into the museum, she should do it. It seemed to be a reasonable request, especially since the main objective of the story was to draw the public’s attention to the problem and provide protection for a historic artifact inside the museum. The staff at the Register-Call got busy. After several phone calls and walking through the streets in search of a “few good men,” a team of volunteers was assembled. Marko Lah, owner of the Black Hawk Conoco station, not only arrived to help, but also brought his tow truck to hoist the hose cart from below the stone wall at the east end of the Gilpin County Historical Society Museum. In addition, Lah was accompanied by one of his employees, Roy Schubert, to assist in the task. Within 30 minutes the hose cart was raised from below street level, transported to the west side of the museum, and winched partially down the hillside to the volunteers below, who transported the cart the remaining distance by hand. The task force lowered the cart down the hillside, through the snow, lifting it up over a stone wall, and through the doors into the museum. This feat would not have been possible without the assistance of Lah, Schubert, Russ Wellner, Mark Nelson, Charles Slater, Chuck Wolfe, William C. Russell, Jr., and the staff at the Register-Call.

Angelo DiBenedetto, longtime resident of Central City, was taken to the emergency room at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver on January 23, suffering severe abdominal pain. He had surgery on Sunday, January 24, and as of Wednesday is in fair, table condition. Residents are asked to postpone phone calls and visits until he has time to recuperate from the surgery. Those who wish to extend their best wishes are asked to send letters or cards.

Died: Vera Steinle Wilson, a resident of Missouri Lakes for about three years, passed away on January 23, 1988, at the age of 62. She was born in Tampa, Kansas, on March 19, 1925. Wilson spent most of her life in Haysville, Kansas. She was a registered nurse for 40 years. She was the director of nurses at the Kansas Masonic Home for 10 years. She is survived by her husband Carl, of Gilpin County; her son, John, of Gilpin County; her mother, Rachel Steinle, of Clearwater, Kansas; her sister, Betty Bolton, of Wichita, Kansas; and four grandchildren, Sherry, Laura, and Melissa of Gilpin County, and Angela, of Parsons, Kansas. Funeral services were held at Webb Mortuary in Clearwater, Kansas, January 28. She was laid to rest in Clearwater Cemetery.

Died: Olga Edith Emilie Albrecht died January 22, 1988, at Bear Creek Nursing Home in Morrison, Colorado. She was 76 years old. Albrecht was born on October 1911, in Hamburg, Germany, to Christian and Hildegard (Saggau) Peterson. Albrecht left Germany and arrived in Los Angeles, California, in 1960. She was a real estate sales persona and studied to become a licensed practical nurse. In 1968, Albrecht moved to Central City. She worked at Beth Israel in Denver, until she retired in 1981. Her survivors include her son, Axel Koemer, of Central City, and her daughter, Sarah Petersen of Hamburg, Germany. Private graveside services were held on January 27, in Bald Mountain Cemetery, Pastor Norman Femrite of Zion Lutheran Church in Idaho Springs officiating.

60 years ago – January 31, 1958

Central City Nuggets

A dance will be given Saturday evening, February 1, at the Elk’s Hall in this city. All proceeds to be given to the March of Dimes fund. Minimum donation will be $1.50 per couple, and you are assured a most pleasant evening, dancing to the musical strains of a Denver orchestra. Plan to be present.

Mrs. Kenneth Thompson and children returned Saturday from Syracuse, New York, after a month’s visit with her parents.

Mrs. George Justice returned from Denver Monday, where she had been receiving treatment at Rose Memorial Hospital. She is feeling much better, which is pleasing news to her many friends.

We noticed Clyde Donahey on the streets yesterday. He has been spending the past three months in Florida, and apparently he would rather be in Central City throwing snowballs than in a state where rain, cold weather, hurricanes, and other stuff like that there are a common occurrence.

The sprinkling hydrant in the Frost yard, directly behind the Masonic building, broke from ice and frost Sunday night, and the Register-Call steps and Eureka Street were covered by a sheet of ice of over two inches.

Died: Mr. Wm. Mark Robson of Idaho Springs died last Monday in St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver. He entered the hospital on December 17th, spending a week there undergoing examination. He came home for a few days over the Christmas period, but reentered the hospital again on December 29. He was the owner of the Robson Lumber Company and was well and favorably known in this city.

Died: Mrs. Flora Rudolph, born Flora Hughes, wife of Gus Rudolph, died last Friday morning in Denver after an illness of several years. She was born in 1897, in Russell Gulch, where she attended school, later graduating from the high school in this city. She was universally loved and esteemed by all who knew her, and she will be sadly missed. She is survived by her husband, three sisters, Mrs. Wm. Grenfell, of Black Hawk; Mrs. Clarence Gardner, of Wheatridge; and Mrs. Payne West, of Arvada; and two brothers, Richard Hughes, of Arvada, and Hugh Hughes, of Chickasha, Oklahoma. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary of this city, and the Order of Eastern Star, under whose auspices funeral services were held Monday afternoon in Denver, with interment in Fairmount Cemetery, attended by many friends from here and the surrounding districts. The pallbearers, all members of the Eastern Star, were A. Sterling Gilbert, Clifford Parsons, Earl Quiller, Andy Eccker, Louis Carter, and Frank Daugherty.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

A Saturday visitor at the home of Mrs. Emma Ecker was Mrs. Margaret Rhoades of Denver. Mrs. Rhoades was a former employee at the Old Fashioned Cafe.

Mrs. Betty Hamlin and two boys left Saturday by plane for their home at Kingston, New York, after spending two months with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robins.

A large number from this vicinity drove to Denver Monday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Flora Rudolph.

The appointment of Postmaster for Black Hawk has been received by Mrs. Lettie Gray.

Miss Jere Collins is staying in Denver with her grandmother Mrs. Daisy Collins while attending business college in the city.

The ice on the Chase Gulch stream is causing considerable trouble by overflowing onto the road.

90 years ago – February 3, 1928

Mrs. Everett McCoy, daughter Louie and Messrs. Fran McCoy and Tom Stribley, moored up from Denver on Sunday morning, on a short visit with her mother, returning during the afternoon.

Arthur Frost came over from Boulder on Saturday to spend the Sabbath with his parents and “Static.”

In a lopsided game of basketball played last Saturday evening at the Knights of Pythias Hall, in this city, between the Kennedy Garage five of Denver and the local Boosters team, the latter smothered their opponents to the tune of 86 to 12. It was a game with no spectacular playing or thrills, but the good sportsmanship of the visitors did much to detract from the one sided score. The Kennedy Garage team was represented to be a strong aggregation of players, and after the game, they still insisted they could play basketball. This Saturday evening, February 4th, the Boosters will play the strong Golden Boosters, and we are confident that it will result in another victory for our Boosters team. The game will start promptly at 7:45 pm in order to be finished in time for the opening dance at the Armory Hall given by the Stockmen. Admission will be the same as for past games, and it is hoped that a large crowd will attend.

Wilfred Fritz returned from Denver Sunday evening, and reports his father as recovering from his recent illness.

Harry Newmeyer left for Denver on Saturday on a short visit with relatives and friends.

John Stoehle and wife, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Fairchild, left for Boulder, Sunday, for an outing and a short visit with Clarence and Wm. Storable, who are students at the state university.

How to Make Pecan Stuffing, by Nellie Maxwell: This is one too good to be left over for next year: Take a pound loaf of bread, crumb it, and add one cupful of pecan meats broken into coarse bits, one half cupful of butter, one tablespoonful of onion juice, one teaspoonful each of sweet marjoram and summer savory, salt, cemetery salt, and paprika to taste.

How to Make Banana Fluff, by Nellie Maxwell: Cut one half pound of fresh marshmallows into quarters, using scissors dipped in water to keep them from sticking; add one cupful of heavy cream, whipped, one half cupful of sugar, a teaspoonful of vanilla, a pint of salt, a cupful of broken nut meats, and one cupful of mashed banana. Serve with crushed strawberries on top, or with ice cream or lemon ice.

Died: In Central City, February 1st, 1928, Mrs. Elizabeth Chapple, aged 76 years and 6 months. Mrs. Chapple was born August 25th, 1851, and came to Gilpin County some 35 years ago, residing in Nevadaville until eight years ago when she came to Central to make her home. She was the widow of the late Thomas Chapple, who was in business in Nevadaville for many years. She is survived by a sister living in Black Buttes, Oregon, and grandchildren, living in that city.

120 years ago – February 4, 1898

It is wonderful how many of the best people in Denver used to know each other in Black Hawk or Central City in the early days, said the Denver News of Sunday. Every once in a while one of them will evolve from the depths of memory some reminiscences which sounds very funny to the ears of the newcomer, who knows the hero of the tale under far different circumstances. “Oh yes,” said one of the old timers the other day, “I used to know the Wolcotts in Black Hawk. Edward began his school career there by teaching school. I believe he used to enter more heartily into the sport of coasting downhill with his pupils than anything else connected with the school. He always hated mathematics, and could never solve problems, so when the scholars came to him with hard examples, he used to assume an air of grieved surprise and say, ‘Johnny, don’t you know it will do you no good whatever if I solve that for you? You must work it out yourself and then you will never forget it.’ Mrs. William Fullerton used to be one of his pupils. She was especially bright in mathematics, and used to use her capacity in that direction in the school to the very best advantage. I remember when Mrs. Toll and Mrs. Vaile came to Central City, too. When Professor N.P. Hill moved from Black Hawk to Denver, after establishing his smelter at Argo, Henry Walcott took his residence, and his sisters came out from the east to keep house for him. Their brothers, Henry and Ed. had told them it never rained in Colorado, and when they arrived in Black Hawk, without any rubbers or waterproof coats, it rained every day for a month.” and the reporter went away with a vivid picture of the Junior Senator of Colorado sliding downhill and waving his pupils in stately fashion to work out their own problems because it was good for them.

The engagement has been announced of Mr. W.F. Orahood of this city to Miss la Millett, of Denver. Miss Millet enjoys the distinction of being the youngest daughter of the Revolution in Colorado, and Mr. Orahood is the eldest son of Harper M. Orahood, of Denver, and is now practicing law in this city.

A force of from 20 to 30 men are employed on the Topeka Mine, in Russell District, and manager Henry P. Lowe says that he will make steady shipments again as soon as the tramway company can handle his ore product.

The production of the Concrete Mine in Prosper Gulch for the month of January was not up to the standard on account of the tramway company not being able to handle the daily output. Manager Newell says the property can output from 75 to 100 tons daily, and will do so with the commencement of the month. He reports the working force between 40 and 50 men, which number is to be increased as development work progresses. The Concrete Mine is one of the best in the county and is expected to show a big increase in shipments of metal during the present year over any former year.

Born: In Apex, February 2nd, 1898, to the wife of Clifford Gilbert, a daughter.

Married: In Central City, January 29th, 1898, by Justice of the Peace Thomas Husband: Mr. Gabriel G. Barnard to Miss Ada Randall, both of Idaho Springs.

Died: In Nevadaville, January 30th, 1898, of consumption, Matt Steadman, aged 44 years.

Died: In Russell Gulch, February 4th, 1898, Miss Elizabeth McAvoy, aged 52 years.

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