Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – March 18, 1988

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Most people, agreed Jan and Ron McFarland, explaining that their fear comes from knowing nothing about wolves. The McFarlands are knowledgeable about wolves, and recently moved to Gilpin County from Durango, complete with their family of wolves, or better yet, the wolves moved here and brought along their family of people. “You don’t adopt wolves,” Jan said, “They are, by nature, shy and timid of people.” Once a human being is accepted into their family, Jan adds, it is a wonderful experience. Jan’s point is well proven. She invited us to join her, and her son Jeff, inside the wolf compound. Presently, an eight foot chain link fence with an outbuilding houses the sedate, serene animals. Fran Beyer, of the Register Call, accompanied me to the McFarland household. Inadvertently, Fran touched the electrified fence, and needless to say, Fran, along with the wolves, now shares a great deal of respect for the fence. Once inside, the wolves were instantly aware of strangers in their midst. Only “Wolf,” a nine year old Canadian gray wolf, came to Jan; the others hovered at a safe distance. It makes you wonder about the fairy tales “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “The Three Little Pigs.” Jan assured us that wolves are more afraid of people than people should be of wolves. “Wolf,” leader of the pack, has been with the McFarlands for the past four years. He was raised in captivity and abandoned at a wildlife reserve by his former owner. When contacted by the representatives at the reserve located south of San Francisco, “Wolf” became a focal point in their lives. The McFarlands moved to Durango two years ago, and became involved in the formation of the American Endangered Species Foundation. Presently, there are about 100 members in the nonprofit organization nationwide. The McFarlands decided to move to Gilpin County because of the centralized location within Colorado. It is within close proximity to many of the urban centers that the McFarlands have been visiting with their educational program. Many favorable comments have been received by the McFarlands about their presentation. The goal is to reeducate the public and to eventually reintroduce the wolf to its natural habitat, Jan explained. The foundation is working through the Endangered Species Act passed by the U.S. Congress. Yellowstone National Park comes the closest to providing a natural habitat for wolves in the Rocky Mountain region. The park, which is over 2.3 million acres, is the most logical location for monitoring the growing population of wolves, Ron said, and it serves as a protected environment for the animals. If a wolf did stray away from the pack, Ron said, the likelihood of it conflicting with people is slim. By their very nature, they are terrified of people. If a conflict did arise, Ron quickly pointed out, the animal would have to be destroyed, adding that this is a realistic approach. “We are not strict environmentalists,” Jan added, “We believe that animals and man can share the environment.”

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Jogging near the Casey last week, Stefan Beck trotted up to a car whose driver waved him over. “Oh, you’re not Willie Lee,” the driver is quoted as saying. Beck’s response? “Of course not, Willie Lee’s too lazy to run!”

Roger Reeves of the Gold Dust Restaurant underwent emergency gallbladder surgery two weeks ago. He’s back at work and doing his share at the restaurant.

Get well wishes to Jed Shields, who got a bump on the noggin Monday at school that required a few stitches. He’s all right, however, and returned to school the following day.

Happy birthday wishes this week go to John Rittenhouse, who celebrated his 43rd on March 11, at the Lincoln Day Dinner. Birthday wishes are also extended to Herb Bowles, whose birthday was March 11 too, and Florence Long, who will be celebrating her birthday on March 19.

Died: Joseph Carl Matson, formerly of Black Hawk, died March 4 in Roseburg, Oregon. He was 65 years old. Watson was born on April 22, 1922 in Black Hawk. He was a World War II veteran, serving as a Marine in the South Pacific. He was an Oregon resident since 1959, and lived in the Coos Bay area the past 11 years. Private family services for Watson will be held in Colorado, although a date has not been set. Watson was preceded in death by his father, Anton Watson in 1934; his step-father, L.J. Begg in 1967; his brother, Fred Matson in 1984, and his mother, Elizabeth Begg in 1986. Survivors include his brothers, Linold Begg of Central City, Phillip Matson of Chicago, Illinois, John Mason of Coos Bay, Oregon, and Dan Begg of Wichita, Kansas; his sister, Catherine Monahan, of Longmont; three sons, Anton, Randy, and Kenny; two aunts and his uncle, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

60 years ago – March 21, 1958

Central City Nuggets

Mr. Mason, while driving home last Sunday, neglected to make a turn on Casey Avenue, and the car went off the road, plowing through the snow a distance of some fifty feet. Neither the car nor the driver was damaged, and the only harm done was to the driver’s feelings.

A mountain lion apparently likes Central City so much that it has been making it its habitat. He was seen last Sunday evening in front of the Barker residence on 1st High Street, and was tracked across the gulch to Gregory Street and down to the old Buell Mill. Tuesday evening it was again seen near the end of the Casey Avenue, but no gun has been available at any particular time to end its nocturnal prowls; it apparently will be seen numerous times before Spring.

Tony’s Cafe is being remodeled and renovated preparatory to summer activities. The place has been repainted, booths installed, and the improvements made will make this cafe a most desirable place to partake of Italian and American cooking

William Barrick was taken to Colorado General Hospital in Denver last Sunday for treatment for arthritis and sundry ailments. However, after being in the hospital for two days, he is now in a convalescent home. We hope for a speedy recovery.

We received a letter from Lester Bennett last week, stating the Colorado Picnic was held March 10th at Sycamore Grove in Los Angeles, and those from Gilpin County registering were: Mrs. Walker, George B. Anderle, Louise A. Anderle, Angela Fontaine Brooks, Viola Fontaine Ingersoll, Lester Bennett, Mrs. Stella Parsons Walker, J. Miller, Jr., Mrs. Josephine Kimball Miller, Mrs. Jennie Wren Kimball Walter S. Elliot, Mabel Richards, Annie Glanville Mabee, William F. Mabee, John F. Anderson, Furnace Glanville Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Pederson, Ethel T. Stephens, and Mrs. Dorothy M. Arnold.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

After a week spent in Denver recuperating from the flue, Mr. Tom Collins returned home Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Johnson are the proud parents of a baby boy, born Sunday evening at Presbyterian Hospital. He weighed seven and one half pounds and has been named David. Grandparents Fred and LaVerna Mitchell are taking care of David’s sister Gayle.

Mrs. Emma Eccker was hostess at a dinner party Friday night. The guests were Mrs. Luella Fritz, Mrs. Lettie Gray, and Mr. and Mrs. Andy Eccker.

Mrs. Arthur Nicholls entered a Denver hospital Tuesday for a few days medical treatment. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Blake, who have been at Las Vegas, Nevada visiting Mr. Edward Blake, expect to return home on Monday.

A buffet supper of turkey and trimmings was served at the Peak to Peak Inn last Tuesday evening. The gala affair celebrated the end of a bowling tournament which included about forty persons.

90 years ago – March 23, 1928

The murderers of Fred N. Selak doomed to the noose: A year in the state penitentiary has left little mark on Arthur Osborne and Raymond Noakes, who wait to die on the gallows next week. The cousins—doomed to the noose for the murder of Fred N. Selak— are the same stoical mountain youths as on the day they arrived at the penitentiary, according to the picture brought to Denver yesterday by Warden Francis Crawford and Chaplain J. Wiles Hamblin. “I see them every day— pray with them and read the bible with them.” Dr. Hamblin, who is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Canyon City, said. “Both were baptized as Christians in the Protestant faith some years ago. They have asked forgiveness for their sins, and they feel that they are forgiven. I am doing everything possible to prepare them spiritually. We spend much time together.” As far as relatives are concerned, the youths seem alone, Dr. Hamblin said. Never, he said, has Osborne referred to the wife and daughter he told officers he had at the time they were arrested. No relatives have been to see either of the doomed slayers.

Arthur Frost came over from Boulder last week to spend his spring vacation with his parents here.

Mrs. Minnie MicCoy, accompanied by her daughter Miss Louis and Mrs. Ed John and daughter and Miss Ruth Joyce and Mrs. R.L. Laird and Mr. A. Anderson, motored up from Denver on Saturday, to spend the Sabbath here with relatives and friends.

Mrs. J.D. Richards returned last Friday evening from a visit of several days spent with her mother in Denver.

In one of the fastest and best played games of basketball played on the local court this year, the strong Boulder Cardinals went down to defeat at the hands of the local Boosters team to the score of 26 to 14. It was a close contest up until the last quarter, when the superior playing of the Boosters and their ability in basket shooting cinched the game for them. The visiting team was the leaders in the tournament in the northern district, and were a strong aggregation of players, but owing to the fact they are all working, it was necessary to play on a Sunday evening. A good sized crowd witnessed the game. In a practice game on Monday evening between the Boosters and a team of Boulder University students who are here for their spring vacation, the former team was victorious by the score of 48 to 33. It was a rather interesting game and the Boosters used their second team for the best part of the contest. This Friday, the Boosters play the strong Trinity Church team in Denver at the Trinity gymnasium.

How to Make Lemon Rice Jelly, by Nellie Maxwell: Mix two tablespoonful’s of rice flour with enough cold water to make a thin paste, then add one cupful of boiling water, salt, sugar to taste and boil to cook the rice flour. Add the juice of one lemon and pour into a mold wet with cold water. When cold, serve with cream and sugar.

Born: In Black Hawk, March 15th, 1928, to the wife of Harry Blake, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, March 17th, 1928, to the wife of Matt Cassagranda, a son.

120 years ago – March 25, 1898

Through the efforts of Dr. Ll. P. Davies, the Welsh Prize Singers, direct from Wales, were booked at the Opera House on Monday evening, April 4.

A letter was received from Martin Roberts, Jr., who left Nevadaville a short time ago for South America, saying the entire party was in good health, and expected to reach their destination by the end of the month.

The son of Edwin Rule, on Casey Avenue, was kicked on his head by a jack Wednesday evening, which fractured the malar bone. Dr. Asquith was called and attended to his injuries.

A new steel rope has been placed on the drum of the hoister on the Gold Rock property in Russell Gulch, and manager Kimball says that development work is being continued in all parts of the property, which is showing up most satisfactory. The new stake made in the cross-cut from the 400 foot level is looking better with development, and the chances are most favorable for regular shipments to the mills and sampling works.

The First Centennial Mine in Russell Gulch is shipping mill ore daily to the stamp mills at Black Hawk, which is giving most satisfactory returns. Another shipment of 22 tons of smelting ore was made during the week to the smelter, from which good returns are expected, as the last shipment of this class of mineral returned $263 per ton.

Born: In Russell Gulch, March 20th, 1898, to the wife of W.E. Williams, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, March 18th, 1898, to the wife of Wm. Bishop, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, March 21st, 1898, to the wife of E.E. Grubb, a son.

Born: In Central City, march 24th, 1898, to the wife of Jens Hansen, a daughter.

Died: In Central City, March 22nd, 1898, Joseph Trounce, aged 24 years.

Died: In Central City, march 23rd, 1898, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Davies, aged 5 weeks.

Died: In Black Haw, March 23rd, 1898, Andrew Keyes, aged 52 years.

146 years ago – March, 1873

March, nearing its end, still does not have enough snow for sleighing. Since last Autumn, less than twelve inches all told, have fallen, in and about Central City. With exceptional days when high winds prevailed, the winter has been exceedingly mild and pleasant, the mercury falling below zero but once or twice, and for the most part keeping a very considerable height above. Such is life in the Rocky Mountains, 8,500 feet above sea level, and twelve miles from perpetual snow.

The Wautoga Mine has opened out better than ever since our last notice of it a few days since. At that time the 100 foot level east was pinched up to a very narrow seam in the head, but has since opened out to a two foot vein of first class ore that assays well up in the hundreds. The 145 foot level still holds out the same, carrying fully two feet of ore that assays awards of $200 per ton. A prospecting level has been driven in a few feet, midway between these two, which shows a good vein of ore, indicating that there is a stope of ore at least 50 feet high, and of unknown length before them. We congratulate the former lessees on their good luck, and wish we were “in” with them.

Mr. Mills has been taking the water out of the War Eagle lode, on the east face of Quartz Hill, preparatory to working it. There is a good vein of fine looking ore in the bottom—iron and copper sulphurets—that assays well in gold and silver. The surface rock from this lode used to pay well under stamps, and we have seen very large pan prospects from the iron sulphurets when the main shaft was being sunk, but for some reason it did not “save” well in the old stamp mills. With a market at the smelting works for the heavy ore we hope the present owner will be successful in working it at a profit.

Owen and Walters are working the Oneida lode, a new discovery, on the same hill, and we are informed are raising six ounce dirt in considerable quantities. If Messrs. O. and W. are as successful comparatively in mining as they ever have been in shoving the jack plane, a fortune is in store for them in the future.

Parties have recently commenced work on No. 1 west, on the Columbia lode, and are raising some fine looking smelting ore.

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