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0830 years ago – March 11, 1988

Randy Lara of the Gilpin County road crew was proud to show off the “new” ’84 Gallon purchased by the county in January. The machine brings the road crew fleet up to three good machines used for snow plowing the numerous roads. Lara is presently responsible for care of the county roads in the southern end of Gilpin County, which includes Robinson Hill and Smith Hill roads. According to Gilpin County Commissioner Alan Baird, chairman of the board, purchase of the $39,500 Gallon was a good deal. He said that a new Gallon would cost over $100,000 which Gilpin County cannot afford. 08

Eric Klemp has been named as the new Gilpin County road and bridge crew supervisor. Gilpin County Commissioners Alan Baird, Carroll Beck and Leslie Williams made the decision on Thursday. Williams said that 13 potential candidates were personally interviewed, however, the commissioners did receive more applications for the job. Klemp, who is presently Central City’s street, road, and water commissioner, replaces former acting county road supervisor, Tim Logan, who announced his resignation in February.

The Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties Metal Miners Association will elect a new president next month, and until that time Norman Blake will continue in his capacity as acting president. Election of a corresponding secretary took place March 9. Patricia Bosch, a mining engineer from Idaho Springs, volunteered for the office, and was elected in short order. Bosch is a past president of the organization, and former winner of the Golden Burro Award for her work on behalf of the mining industry. Any member who is interested in serving as president is asked to contact Blake or Bosch. Blake announced that he will not act as president beyond next month’s meeting. “If I do,” he said, “Mildred will leave me. I can batch it for a couple of weeks at a time, but I sure don’t want to be doing it for the rest of my life.” The Blakes recently celebrated their 40th anniversary.

The Social Register

Christine Crawley, daughter of Jim and Lucia Crawley of Black Hawk, has just recently returned from a field photography trip to Yellowstone where she photographed animal life and scenery. Christine attends Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs where she is studying photography.

Dough Prince of Black Hawk is back on his feet again. He is recuperating from compound fractures of the tibia and fibula as a result of an accident in January.

Patricia Pendleton, Central City’s public relations coordinator, was recently appointed to the Tourism Advisory Committee of the Denver Metro Convention Bureau. The committee consists of spokesmen for areas outside the Denver metro area, and Pat will be promoting the interests of Central City. “I’m really honored to have been appointed to the committee,” Pat beamed last week.

Linda Jones of Gilpin County has been appointed to serve on the advisory committee for the Denver Metro Convention Bureau. Congratulations!

60 years ago – March 14, 1958

Central City Nuggets

Attention all Irishmen and Elks and anyone who happens to know anyone who is an Irishman or an Elk! The Saint Patrick’s Day Dance will take place in the Elk’s Hall in Central City on Saturday, March 15. The music will be furnished by a fine group of musicians known as the Saints who will begin playing at 9:00 p.m. and will only stop when everyone hollers “uncle.” Admission will be $1.50 per couple (ladies free) so adorn your Will O’ Wisp o’ green and celebrate the chasing o’ the snakes from ole Erin.

The weather has been most unpleasant the past week, thermometers hovering around the zero mark. However, it is only two weeks until spring will make its appearance.

Across the Crossroads by A.F. Mayham: Mining men seem to have an optimistic view of the metal situation and firmly believe that before long gold and the base metals will see a rise in the market price of the finished products. Gold shares on the Big Board seem to be climbing up and trade papers and magazines carry ads from clients who are in the market for mining properties. Some discounts must be made for these ads as curiosity seekers. A blind ad often turns out to be nil and unless the advertiser uses his name and address, and can furnish proof of financial ability to negotiate a deal, it seems a waste of time and postage to monkey with them. Furnishing an engineer’s report is another drop in the bucket. The report of your engineer isn’t taken seriously—they will send their own. And no matter if ten engineers sample the property, it is doubtful if any two agree. Some expect gold to be scraped off the hanging wall with a pen knife and others may expect to get a teaspoonful of refined gold from one slap of the prospector’s pick. They all seem to want to work on the other fellow’s money and experience. Leasers often do more damage to a property than a snow slide and unless a substantial down payment is received, the owner of the property often finds himself “holding the bag.” Being optimistic is one of the shortcomings of a miner, but the price of his wares may take a jump before long and justify his optimism.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mr. Harry Mack, a Denver photographer, was in town Saturday looking for historical data on Black Hawk.

Mr. Dean Richards, who owns a cottage on Swede Hill, was here Saturday to inspect his property.

Having completed his student teaching at Central City High, Jimmie Collins returned last week to Western State College at Gunnison.

90 years ago – March 16, 1928

In a clean, well-played, and exciting game of basketball played last Saturday evening at the Knights of Pythias Hall, the Regis Collegians of Denver went down to defeat under the superior playing of the Gilpin County Boosters, to the tune of 34 to 17. At no time during the game was the local team in danger, and baskets were made by them, apparently at will. It was thought that the game of last week would end the season here, but since that time several other games have been scheduled, both here and in Denver, and it is expected that two more games will be played in Central City. Owing to conditions being such that the Boulder team could not get here in time to play this Saturday evening, the game will be played Sunday evening and will commence promptly at 8 o’clock. This Boulder team took first place in the tournament of the northern counties and are rated as headliners.

How to Make Apples Royal, by Nellie Maxwell: Take winesap apples of uniform size, peel and steam until they can be pierced with a straw. Soak ten cents’ worth of cinnamon candies in cold water to cover until dissolved. Pour into the apple dish. Cool and put on ice until ready to serve. Mix mayonnaise with celery and pecans and pour over the apples.

How to Make Asparagus in Pepper Cases, by Nellie Maxwell: Cook small sweet green peppers in boiling salted water after removing the stems and seeds. Drain and fill with canned asparagus tips which have been mixed with a well-seasoned white sauce. Butter bread crumbs and sprinkle well over the top. Bake in a hot oven until brown.

120 years ago – March 18, 1898

Wm. Moore, who has been seriously ill in one of the hospitals in Denver, recovered sufficiently to allow her to visit her parents in Topeka, Kansas.

The Moreli Hardware Company of this city sold out of their business on Tuesday last to J.J. Bernard of Nebraska, who will take possession as soon as an invoice is taken.

The crosscut from the Gregory incline to the Bobtail property is now in 850 feet, and two shifts are at work with air drills and are making four feet a day. Manager Dickey expects to have the crosscut finished by the middle of May. Its total length will be between 1,100 and 1,200 feet, and the output through the crosscut is expected to be very large from that time on, as the ground has been thoroughly developed below the Bobtail tunnel, showing a continuous ore body several hundred feet in length. The working force in the incline is now 90 men and a steady production of mill and smelting ore is being maintained, of a good average grade. The Briggs shaft is now being sunk 185 feet below the incline level, and mill ore being taken out of the bottom of the shaft is running 6 ounces gold to the cord in the stamp mill.

The Gold Coin Mines Company is taking out over 100 tons of mineral daily from the Nevadaville properties and are giving employment to a large force of men. Manager Dickey said they had just got to the ore body in the Indiana 1,100 foot level, and expect to take out a much larger quantity than at present, as the 1,000 foot level finished ore for the past fifteen months, and the mineral showing in the 1,100 level is much greater than the level above.

Born: In Central City, March 11th, 1898, to the wife of Leopold Feistner, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, March 13th, 1898, to the wife of John Senga, a son.

Born: In Central City, March 11th, 1898, to the wife of J.L. Miller, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, March 17th, 1898, to the wife of Steven Harper, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, March 12th, 1898, to the wife of James McKibben, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, March 16th, 1898, to the wife of A. Bowden, a son.

Died: In Central City, March 17th, 1898, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Pagon, aged 9 years.

146 years ago – March, 1873

Mr. John Armor writes us that his son Willie was severely, but not dangerously, hurt by the disguised robbers at the coal mine a few nights ago. He thinks they would have killed him if they had failed to find the keys of the safe. Mr. Armor has offered a reward of three hundred dollars for the apprehension of the robbers. The brave lad rested stoutly, even after they had bound and gagged him, steadily refusing to give up the keys to the safe. Freeing himself soon after their departure, he seized a revolver and pursued, firing two or three shots after them in the darkness. At present writing no clue to the villains has been found, but the liberal reward for their apprehension will have a great influence with the numerous detectives who are working on the case.

We saw men at work in many other places in the district, all of whom we hope to be able to visit and get good reports from soon. Altogether, old Russell looks more lively than we have seen her in a long time.

The Wautoga mining property in Russell District has been leased by Henry Paul, Esq., who has taken the water out, and is now working it energetically. The main shaft is 147 feet deep, and there are five levels started from it at various depths, none of which have been driven any considerable distance as yet, but the indications for good pay in two of them are very encouraging. The 100 foot level—just started, is in west from the shaft about six feet, and shows in the back three to five inches of ore, but it is pinched up in the head to a mere seam. A few feet below this, another level has been driven east about ten feet, which shows in the head, a vein of first class ore fifteen to twenty four inches wide. The 144 foot levels been driven east about twenty feet, and carries a vein of first class ore fully two feet wide. Besides the Wautoga Mine, there are quite a large number of other mines being worked in Russell District, with varying success, but as we did not have time to visit them and interview the boys, we cannot now give any figures as to their yield. But we hope to be able in a few days to visit all of them and tell the outside world what they are doing and thus prove that old Gilpin County, the star mining district of the Rocky Mountains, is not dead, or even asleep.

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