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30 years ago – February 19, 1988

Two of the four students from Gilpin County RE-1 School were awarded with superior ratings at the State Speech Festival, February 4, 5, and 6, at Smokey Hill High School in Aurora. The students that participated in the event were Rusty Stringfellow, Carrie Coleman, Ginger Cooke, and Cassandra Zamora. Judy Gallian, sponsor of the speech team, was also present. The four students were among approximately 300 students who entered. Cooke and Stringfellow each received three superior ratings.

Black Hawk’s board of aldermen met February 9, and decided to ban community meetings at City Hall unless an alderman was present. Although the board expressed some positive sentiments toward the citizens who are attempting to organize a Neighborhood Watch community crime prevention program, it was decided that the group will not be permitted to meet in the City Hall. The council expressed concern that city records or equipment might be removed from City Hall unless one of the council members were willing to volunteer to be present during public meetings held there. Although Marshal O.J. Knutson would be present during the meetings, this was not enough assurance for all members of the board that no vandalism would occur. The fact that Knutson had not asked prior permission to hold the meetings in City hall appeared to anger at least one alderman. Morris Steen said that the council could not allow the “hired help” to tell them how to operate the city. Knutson will schedule future Neighborhood Watch meetings in another location and notify citizens of the location in advance.

Four sixth grade students at Gilpin County RE-1 School received an Honorable Mention for their poster from “I Love to Read” week. The students are Jamie Joyce, Brenda Huck, Laura Wilson, and Sarah Kemp. The poster contest was sponsored by the Colorado chapter of the International Reading Association. Martha Regular, Chapter I reading teacher at the school, was in charge of the local contest. The students’ poster was on display at the Denver Tech Center in the Sheraton Hotel during the state convention.

Died: Charles Monroe Thibodeau died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver on January 21, 1988. He was 46 years old. Thibodeau was previously the city attorney for Black Hawk from 1972-1975. A Colorado native, Thibodeau was born in Denver on September 16, 1941. He attended East High School and graduated in 1959. He was named outstanding high school student by the Denver Navy League. He later attended the University of Denver and received a bachelor’s degree from Whittier College. He graduated from the Denver University of Law with a juris-doctorate degree in 1966. For 10 years he was a law partner with Stanford W. Gregory and general counsel to the Union Bank and Trust. He held a guardianship with the regional Veterans Administration from 1970 to 1988, and was with Farrah and Associates from 1985 to 1988. Thibodeau was active in several organizations, including the Denver Professional Men’s Club, the Mayflower Society, English Speaking Union, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, and the Denver and Colorado Bar Association, among others. Services will be held today at St. John Episcopal Cathedral in Denver at 3:00 p.m. His body was cremated. Survivors include his parents, Garland and Robert, and his sister, Marjorie Flokestad, all of Littleton.

60 years ago – February 21, 1958

Central City Nuggets

The Little Theatre of the Rockies at Colorado State College is presenting “The Solid Gold Cadillac” this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 20, 21, and 22, in Fraser Hall, at Greeley. Marjorie Skagerberg will be seen in the leading role of Laura Partridge, which was played on the stage by Josephine All and in the motion picture by Judy Holliday. In her zany and guileless way she takes “Big Business” for a ride. Miss Partridge is a small corporation stockholder who puts four corporation chiefs on the spot at a company meeting, upsets their plans, and catches the ex-president of the corporation in a solid gold Cadillac. In giving her a job to keep her quiet, the company plans all backfire. The play is a comedy and is well directed with Helen Langworthy as director, and Welty Wolfe as technical director. Margie studied at Vera Soloviova’s Studio of Acting in New York City. She played the leading role this fall in Tennessee William’s play, “Hatfull of Rain” at Actor’s Studio Twentynine in Denver. Marge would like to see as many of her friends who can drive over to Greeley and enjoy this comedy with the folks there.

The Organ committee of the Methodist Church spent Tuesday in Denver looking over organs, and will have a Wurlitzer sent up on trial. Pat Elby will play Sunday, the 23rd at 9:30 a.m. and on Sunday March 2nd, Mr. McMear will give a demonstration at 10 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Verne Sorenson and son, Rocky, returned Wednesday from a month’s vacation in California.

Mrs. Grace Lowry and children from Moline, Kansas, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Ludlow.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mrs. Alice McKenzie was a patient at St. Anthony’s Hospital for the past week, but expects to be home this Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Blake drove down to see her on Monday.

The local post office is now established in a new location, a front room in the Masonic building.

After staying at the Rudolph ranch for about three months while the owner was away, Mr. Arthur Nicholas is at his home in Idaho Springs. Gus Rudolph and his brother Forrest have returned to the ranch.

A wedding of interest on Sunday, February 16th, 1958 was that of Miss Gertrude Trujillo of Pinecliffe and Mr. Bob Mavis of Rollinsville. They left the next day for a honeymoon in New Mexico and will visit Jean and Elven Jacobsen at High Rolls.

John McClure and Joe Anderle have opened up the Phillips 66 Service station and are prepared to do all kinds of repair work besides the gas business.

Several congenial friends gather at the home of Mrs. Emma Eccker Sunday morning for coffee. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pipes and girls, Mrs. Lettie Gray, Mr. Sterling Galbert, and Miss Kathryn Eccker.

90 years ago – February 24, 1928

Mrs. C.R. DeSilver, after a visit with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Sherman T. Harris and family, returned last Thursday to her home in Fort Collins.

Mr. Johnson and family, of Littleton, were visitors here on Sunday.

Baxter and Ternary are unwatering a property at the head of the gulch.

Zancanella and Hughes are cleaning out a prospect near the Wautauga Mine.

Mr. Neil McKay returned Sunday evening from a visit with his son, Reuben and wife, in Denver, and attending to business matters.

The Pewabic Mine is reported as showing up in good shape, with a good bunch of ore in sight.

Mr. Joe Ress sold his partnership in the Barnaby & Ress business to Mr. Barnaby this week, and has retired.

Died: Miss Ella Morris, for the past three years matron of the Old Ladies Home, in Denver, died Sunday morning at the Emery Sweet Hospital, Denver, following a week’s illness from pneumonia, at the age of 53 years. The lady was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Morris, former residents of this city, was born here, attended the public schools, and grew up to womanhood in Gilpin County. She studied music at the University of Denver in 1803, was secretary to Charles B. Kountze and William R. Owen, of the Denver dry goods company in 1908, accepted the position of transcript clerk in the county court, and three years ago was made matron of the Old Ladies Home. She is survived by a brother, John Morris, residing in Texas, and two nephews, Henry and John McClellan, of Denver. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning from the Clinger Mortuary, interment in Fairmont Cemetery.

Died: Mrs. Marq E. Bray, a former resident of Central City, and the widow of the late Ambrose Bray, died at her home in Denver on Sunday, February 19th, and funeral services were held at the Rogers Mortuary on Tuesday afternoon, interment in Riverside Cemetery. She was the mother of Mrs. J.F. Daly, Mrs. G.R. Kailey, and Mabel and Sidney Bray. Mrs. Bray was born in England in 1850 and came to America when 18 years of age. With her husband she settled in Central City, where Mr. Bray was postmaster for eight years. She had been an invalid for 25 years and was a charter and life member of Golden Queen Chapter, Order Eastern Star of Central City.

120 years ago – February 18, 1898

Mr. Hal Sayre of Denver spent a portion of the week in Central looking after his mining interests.

Mr. Ezra T. Carr, one of the prominent and prosperous citizens of Boulder, came over to Gilpin County Friday last to look after mining property in which he is interested.

Sinking the main shaft on the Idaho Mine on Quartz Hill is being carried on with two shifts and latest reports are that the bottom of the shaft is showing a fine vein of mineral.

The Cook Mine on Bobtail Hill had 106 men on its payroll for the month of January, and daily shipments of mineral were made to the mills and sampling works in Black Hawk. Mr. Henry Baker, secretary of the company operating the property, came up from Denver Monday and paid out a large sum of money to the employees, as well as other bills contracted during the month.

The new plant of machinery at the Fourth of July Mine on Quartz Hill is in place and work of retimbering the main shaft is being attended to, and when completed sinking and drifting will be commenced.

Sinking has been stopped for the present at the Wautauga Mine, in Russell District, operated by Mr. Kimball at a depth of 450 feet, the work being carried on with machine drills. In the east drift the vein matter is 5 feet in width, showing black and yellow copper-iron, carrying assay values of 6. 45 ounces gold and 5 ounces silver to the ton, with the mill ore assaying $10 to the ton. The west drift looks fine and shows the same character of ore as that found in the east level. A working force of 13 men are employed and three machine drills are in use in mining and doing development work.

Born: In Central City, February 13th, 1898, to the wife of Richard Davis, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, February 15th, 1898, to the wife of Frank Lowry, a son.

Married: In Central City, February 16th, 1898, at St. Mary’s Church, Rev. Father Raber officiating, Mr. Wm. P. Flynn to Miss Mary O’Brien, both of Central City.

Died: In Black Hawk, February 14th, 1898, Mrs. F. Gramens, aged 32 years.

Died: In Nevadaville, at their residence on Quartz Hill, February 14th, 1898, Mrs. S., wife of James I. Perkins, aged 48 years.

Died: In Black Hawk, February 15th, 1898, Mark Jeffrey, aged 42 years.

146 years ago – February 1873

The miner has some very sensible things to say concerning the propriety of having our Territory represented and thereby thoroughly advertised at the coming Exposition in the Austrian capitol. “If,” says our contemporary, “They (the mine owners) hold the interests of the Territory at heart, and are anxious that the world may view the exponents of the richness of our mines and mountains, if our people have any pride in the land which they are striving to develop they will respond to this proposition which is now made to them.” This it seems to us is the correct estimate of the situation and our local pride the basis of it. The cost to ourselves is but trifling. A few hundred pounds of ore from the Leavitt, the Briggs, the Bobtail, Alps, Seudeborg, Gregory, Kansas, Winnebago, and other leading mines might be collected in a few days, shipped to Prof. Schirmer, and by him sent to the steamer at New York for transportation across the water. This prerequisite to a successful result of this proposition is the voluntary energy and enterprise of one or two active men. These found, the rest is easy of accomplishment. In our last issue, we nominated Messrs. Buell and Wisehart; one a successful miner, the other a successful merchant, both public spirited, and consequently anxious to join any movement calculated to advance home interests. Whether either of them is willing to accept the trust or unable to do so, we are not advised. The benefits to be derived from representation at Vienna are multiform. If , in our contest against the entire mineral world at Paris, proved so signally triumphant as to receive the award of the first gold medal, may be not contend hopefully for a like conquest at Vienna? Is it not a matter of profit as well as pride, therefore, to attempt a second effort, when it costs so little? If we can gather the materials during the next week for a creditable showing, we believe a commissioner can be found, who will gladly take charge of our affairs and represent our country to the best possible advantage. We inquire again, who among all our citizens will lend the aid required to secure this great object? A day or two of earnest week will make this result a certainty. Who will take it in hand?

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