Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – March 25, 1988

What is the common factor between the City of Central and Champagne-Vigny, France? The two cities are now officially sister cities, said Larry Granby, chairman of the local Central City Sister City Board, and he is very enthusiastic about the venture. The two cities were matched because of their similar population size, said Granby, and because both communities rely heavily on tourism. Champagne-Vigny has a population of 210 people, compared to the 325 residents in Central City. Champagne-Vigny is visited every year by thousands of tourists wanting to view the property of the great French Romantic Poet, Alfred de Vigny. Central City is also a tourist attraction, primarily due to its history, especially in mining. The cities were matched through the Sister City International of Virginia. The organization was incorporated in 1956 to foster awareness and appreciation for other cultures and people. Sister City International represents 801 cities in the United States and is affiliated with 1,205 cities in 87 countries. Champagne-Vigny and Central City are the two smallest cities in the organization. Adult participation between the two cities is very important, Granby explained. Central City will be sending an invitation to Champagne-Vigny Mayor Michel Belanger and the city’s delegates to visit this area. Central City will also promote visiting Champagne-Vigny. The main purpose of the Central City Sister City Board, said Granby, is to benefit youth in Gilpin County and its counterpart in France. The board hopes to have funding for a small group of student delegates by spring break in 1989, who will visit Champagne-Vigny, France. By the spring of 1990, at least one exchange student from Gilpin County will visit France and another student from France will attend Gilpin County Re-1 School. Mayor Belanger accepted the proposal between the two cities, on behalf of his town, in February. Central City Mayor Bruce Schmalz and the city’s aldermen gave their approval for the program on March 16.

The Social Register:

Jeanien Biles, daughter of Floyd and Thelma Biles of Forest Hills, has just been awarded a grant from Northwestern Community College, which will cover tuition and student fees for the 1988-89 school year. Jeanien will be studying oral hygiene at Northwestern after graduation from Gilpin County Re-1 on May 20.

Naomi Fellows returned to her home in Central City on March 18, after a three week stay in the hospital. She reports that she is doing fine and is glad to be home. Naomi is recuperating from surgery and we extend out best wishes for a speedy recovery.

On the Happy Birthday list this week are: March 26, Tina Fenimore; March 28, Louise Turner, Ann Snyder; March 29, Ken Eye, Joel Anderle; March 30, James Gunderson, Mark O’Keefe; March 31, Jimmy Collins, Tresa Kosner, Bee Saxton. Happy Birthday to one and all!

Nelle Anderle has just settled into Israel-St. Anthony. Her room number is 513. Belle will be undergoing a rigorous physical rehabilitation program after having hip replacement surgery. She would enjoy telephone calls, visits, and cards from all of her friends in Gilpin County. We expect her to be racing down the street soon.

60 years ago – March 28, 1958

Central City Nuggets:

In the contest sponsored by the American Legion, relative to the Americanism Essay Contest, “Why and How to Respect the American Flag,” the papers were adjudged last Tuesday evening by members of the Auxiliary, resulting in the following winner: Will Welch, first and Alice Ress, second, and honorable mention, Carol Smith and Sandy Thurston. In the Union Division, Alain Welch, first, and Jerry Powers, second, and honorable mentions, Larry Branning and Shirley Anderle.

The car owned by Junior Nelson was taken from the front of the ‘59ers Tavern last Friday evening and was later found alongside the Opera House, in a secluded place, with all the gasoline syphoned from the tank. Other’s cars met with the same fate—now who is responsible?

Donald and Mike Mattivi have a new sister at their home, born January 4th, 1958, in Denver, and adopted by their parents last week. The whole family is delighted by the addition of this newcomer into their family.

Mrs. Frank Gray entered St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver last Saturday for treatment of arthritis, from which she has been a sufferer for the past year. It is fervently hoped the treatments will be most successful.

Mrs. Helen Neno has been on the sick list for the past week, but is now slowly convalescing, which is pleasing news to her many friends.

Claude McKay was up from Denver the first of the week and made negotiations with Wm. Guthrie for the purchase of his six room brick residents on First High Street. The property was erected some forty years ago and was owned by John Belong for many years. After his departure from Central City, several different owners have occupied the residence, and the sale was consummated between McKay and Guthrie on Wednesday.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Mayor and Mrs. Frank Fleiss were in Denver for two days last week, where they visited Mrs. Fleiss’ daughter and Miss Mary Fleiss.

Mrs. Winifred Gordon was up from Denver Monday checking on her house on Swede Hill.

Mrs. Hallie Nichols entertained at a lovely turkey dinner Saturday evening honoring her son and daughter in law, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Nichols, and son Ricky, who were here from Casper, Wyoming. Other guests included Mrs. Lettie ray, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pipes, Barbara and Mary, and Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Peterson of Smith Hill.

90 years ago – March 30, 1928

William Mark Muchow, accompanied by stockholders in the “Chain O’ Mines” company from Evanston, Illinois, arrived here on Thursday of last week and spent a couple of days looking over the holdings of the company on the “Patch,” on Quartz Hill, one of the richest mining sections in Gilpin County.

Mr. B.E. Seymour, accompanied by Walter Lampshire, came up from Denver last Saturday, remaining here until Tuesday morning, when they returned to Denver.

Mrs. John Powers and Mrs. Elias Snyder left Friday for Denver and Littleton on a visit of several days with relatives and friends.

Mr. O.B. Wilmarth, mayor of Georgetown, and superintendent of the Kelso group of claims above Georgetown, and the Prize Mine in Nevada district, was a visitor to this city on Monday last, on business matters. He reports that he will start work on the Prize Mine in the near future and will for the property from the surface as well as through the Newhouse tunnel.

How to Make Veal Pie de Luxe, by Nellie Maxwell: Cut two pounds of cooked and seasoned veal into pieces. Have ready twenty plumped and pitted prunes, put them into a baking dish and add the veal, and a gravy made by blending two tablespoonful’s of butter, one cupful of hot water, and some onion juice, a teaspoonful of minced parsley, and the same of currant jelly, with three tablespoonful’s of chopped raw ham. Cover with a rich pastry and bake.

How to Make Cornish Pie, by Nellie Maxwell: Prepare a rich biscuit dough and line a deep pie plate of two with the mixture rolled out as thin as can be handled. Fill with inch cubes of fresh uncooked beef steak, cut into cubes, season will and add plenty of suet and butter for richness. Sprinkle over the meat a few tablespoonful’s of shredded onion, over that a layer of parboiled rutabaga thinly sliced and over that sliced and uncooked potato. Cover with the crust after adding plenty of salt and butter or suet and leave a good vent for the steam to escape. Add no water and bake about two hours. Take from the oven and wrap in a cloth for ten minutes to steam and season the crust, then serve.

Died: At Durango, at the house of her daughter in law, Mrs. Jesse Taylor, March 28th, 1928, Mrs. Casandria Newlun, aged about 89 years. The Newlun family members were residents of Nevadaville of many years and are well remembered by old time residents of that city and for a few years deceased resided in this city, before going to Durango to make her home. She is survived by three sons. The remains will be buried in the Bald Mountain Cemetery this Friday morning.

120 years ago – April 1, 1898

Mr. A.L. Collins returned on Sunday from Nacoochee, Georgia, where he went in the interest of English capitalists who are interested in mining in that state. He states that a stamp mill on the property is working steadily and making a good saving. This is the place where Mr. Galton is located, who is well pleased with conditions there, and contemplates sending for his family in the near future.

Alexander L. Knight, a piano player and recent visitor to Central, attempted to commit suicide Tuesday afternoon, jumping out of the window of the County Treasurer’s office, located over the First National Bank, landing on the sidewalk, where he was picked up and taken into Dr. Rucher’s office, and an examination showed his right shoulder blade was broken, two ribs on his left side crushed, and his right arm above the elbow broken. He had been on a spree and was suffering from delirium tremens when he jumped through the window.

From the Idaho Springs Register: Neil Gaynor, a miner working in the mines at Gilpin, was badly hurt on Friday last, when a box of 50 primers exploded. He was brought to this city and taken to the Eureka House, where he was given medical attention.

The lessees on the Lillian Mine, in Russell Gulch, have opened up a find body of mineral in the bottom of the shaft, at a depth of 100 feet, that assays 4 ounces of gold, and some silver and copper to the ton, and are very well pleased at the prospects of becoming millionaires.

A good force of miners are employed at the Peterson Mine on Bobtail Hill, and a large amount of good grades of smelting ore are being shipped daily. This property is being worked by Crabs & Company, and while they have been operating the mine for less than a year, they have made a good success in their efforts.

The Black Hawk pool, who are operating the Chemung-Belmont property in the Gregory mining district, have opened up a good body of ore in the 180 foot drift. The pay was cut about 100 feet from the shaft and shows fully 12 inches of fine smelting ore, which is being saved for an early shipment to the sampling works. The 620 east level is also being driven ahead on two crevices, which are expected to come together at an early date, and made a good pocket of ore.

Born: In Central City, March 29th, 1898, to the wife of Ben Williams, a daughter.

Born: In Gregory Gulch, March 29th, 1898, to the wife of Joseph Wennan, a son.

Born: In Central City, March 28th, 1898, to the wife of Wm. Johns, a daughter.

146 years ago – March 1873

E.A. Metcalf, Esq., has recently opened a very promising silver lode about a mile south westerly from the summit of Gold Hill. It carries a pay vein fully two feet in width that at a depth of less than ten feet below the surface, assays some $70 per ton. Mr. Metcalf also reports prospecting as being very lively in that region at present, also, that a party of Denver men propose working the placer diggings of Gold Run the coming season. They will adopt the “booming” system of working, by which very large quantities of dirt can be cheaply washed with a comparatively small head of water. They use large quantities of sluice headings and tailings that are thought to contain gold enough to pay well for washing by that system, besides many rich patches of unbroken ground.

We hear it rumored that Hi. Fallen has struck rich ore in his tunnel just south of the Red Cloud Lode, Gold Hill. We hope it is so, for there is no one in the country more deserving of success, and few that we should be more glad to see make a good raise. His faith in the richness of the mines of Gold Hill district has always been firm and unwavering, he has stood by her through good and evil report for some twelve years past, and it is his faith and hard work, together with that of Chris. Holk, Eric Bottolfson, and a few other old “standbys” of like faith and perseverance that has kept the district from sinking into total oblivion. They have constantly kept at work in the vicinity, sometimes achieving a little temporary success, and often being obliged to fight hard to keep the hungry wolf from their cabin doors. It’s been two years since Mr. Fallen discovered the White Cloud Lode, and took out a large quantity of rich ore. This set others to prospecting in the immediate vicinity, and very soon the Red Cloud lode was discovered, and is now one of the best paying mines in Colorado. Then the Cold Spring was opened, then the Phoenix, and several others, the names of which we cannot now recall, all valuable mines’ and profitably worked, and the indications now are that old Gold Hill will very soon resume the place she held in ’59, that of one of the first bullion producing districts in the Territory.

The number of voters registered in the several wards of the city up to the present time is in the First Ward, 147; in the Second, 175; in the Third, 272, making  a total of 594. Before election day there will probably be added to the present registry lists at least 40 more names, which will give us a voting population of about 635.

There were sixteen arrivals at the Teller House yesterday, fourteen the day before, and twenty four on Tuesday. Who will say that the tide of travel has not already begun to roll in upon our shores?

We regret to learn that Mr. M.H. Root met with quite a severe accident last Friday afternoon. We are not in possession of full particulars, but we understand he fell a distance of six feet, striking against a pile of boxes with the small of his back. The injuries sustained are internal, and may result fatally.

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