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30 years ago – April 8, 1988

Easter baskets, bonnets and bunnies abounded in Gilpin County on April 2 and April 3. Not one, but three Easter bunnies were spotted cavorting with local children in Central City and Black Hawk.Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rabbit hosted a bunny hop down Main Street in Central City on April 2, with Peter leading the line of hopping youngsters, and Mrs. R. bringing up the rear. Following the hop, the rabbits could be seen flopped down on a bench, catching their breath. According to Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit, there may be a little bunny in time for next year’s Easter celebration! We hope its triplets—Floppy, Moppsy and Cottontail. In addition to the bunny hop, Central City Elks Ladies held an egg hunt at the Belvidere Theatre. Originally planned for the Teller House gardens, the hunt had to be moved inside because of nippy weather. The activities included an egg hunt, a visit from the Easter bunny, pony rides, and even a petting zoo. There were lots of prizes, and lots of candy, too. The parents were no doubt delighted with the effect of all that sugar on the little people, who were chowing down. Black Hawk’s celebration was sponsored by local businesses.

Two juveniles were arrested on felony charge by Gilpin County Undersheriff David Martinez on April 3. The two male juveniles were charged with one count of felony theft and one count of criminal mischief, following a two day investigation by Martinez. On April 1, Central City Police Officer Elmo Gatling and Reserve Officer Jim Wright were on routine patrol when they noticed that one of the light bars was missing from one of the sheriff’s vehicles. The vandalized car was parked at 210 East First High Street in the City of Central. Gatling informed the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department of the incident at 11:15 p.m. Martinez reported that the Smith and Wesson light bar on top of the sheriff’s vehicle had been removed by force. The wires had been cut and the top of the vehicle had been damaged. Martinez found at the scene of the occurrence footprints in the snow, partial fingerprints, and chewing gum. Informal charges were filed on April 3 against a 15 year old Central City youth and a 17 year old Black Hawk juvenile. According to Martinez, formal charges will be filed through the court. The names of the two juveniles are being withheld due to the two youths being under the age of 18 years old. One other charge may be forthcoming in the case, said Martinez, involving a 17 year old female juvenile who allegedly helped transport the dismantled light bar to another location. Gilpin County Sheriff Rosetta Anderle said Monday that the department will seek restitution for the damages. The cost of a new Smith and Wesson light bar is approximately $500. It has not been determined if the dismantled light bar can be repaired. Damage to the roof of the vehicle has not been determined.

The Social Register

CinDee and Mark Spellman are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a daughter. Valerie Michelle Spellman was born on March 29, at 10:41 a.m., at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver. She weighed in at seven pounds, seven ounces, and measured 20.5 inches in length. Sandra and Bruce Schmalz, of Central City, the maternal grandparents, were seen in town this week beaming smiles from ear to ear. Paternal grandparents are Delores and William Spellman, of Black Hawk. Great-grandparents are Patricia Schmalz of Delta, Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. James Southern, of Benton, Illinois; and Mrs. Welcome Spellman, of Manhattan, Kansas. Reports are that mother and baby are doing well.

Kirk Hammond, 1987 graduate of Gilpin County RE-1 School, made the cut and was selected to play third base for the Drake University Bulldogs. Hammond, who is attending Drake on a presidential scholarship, is the son of Gilpinite Cecilia Kelsey.

Facing some stiff competition, including 16 world cup and Olympic class racers, Mark Wendleton fared pretty well in the recent U.S.S.A. Cross Country Ski Team national competition. Completing the 50 kilometer run in two hours and 43 minutes, Pendleton placed in the middle of the field of 65 contestants. The fact that he was selected to compete in the race places him in the top one percent of cross country skiers in the country, reports proud mom, Pat Wendleton. He hopes to qualify again next year for the competition to be held in Minnesota.

60 years ago – April 11, 1926

Central City Nuggets

Wedding invitations have been received here the past week announcing the marriage of America Marie Daugherty to the Rev. Robert C. Serna, both of Denver, Saturday morning, May 3rd, at St. Barnabas Church. Rev. Serna will be remembered as the vicar of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in this city for several years, and was transferred to St. Barnabas Church about a year ago. He is a graduate of Longmont High School, and received his bachelor of divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. The bride-elect was graduated from the Colorado Springs High School, and attended Colorado Women’s College. Congratulations and best wishes are extended.

We received a letter from County Clerk, Mrs. Barbara Newland, on Tuesday, stating that she had submitted her resignation to the Board of County Commissioners, at their meeting on Monday, to take effect July 1. Barbara has made a most efficient and conscientious clerk during her tenure in office, and her many friends regret to hear of her resignation. Best wishes, Barbara.

Mike Mattivi celebrated his sixth birthday on Tuesday with a party at “Ye Olde Fashioned Inn.” His many little friends enjoyed his party.

Robert Pipes is busily repairing the building south of Quiller’s Market, preparatory to opening a gift shop there.

We were extremely glad to meet Norman Blake on the streets, Wednesday morning. He has just returned from a month’s vacation in Arizona convalescing from the effects of inhaling poisonous gas in the Vasquez Tunnel when it was holed through. He reports that he is feeling much better.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mrs. Luella Fritz accompanied her granddaughter Carol Kent and friends back to Denver. The girls had been visiting during Easter vacation. Luella spent Easter Sunday with her daughter and family.

Mrs. Charles Robins departed from this fair city last Friday for parts of the country which has had its share of moisture. She went to Stockton, California, where she plans to get acquainted with her new grandson. Grandpa Robins is keeping the home fires burning. Her daughter will be remembered as Ida Mae Robins.

Mrs. Paul Eccker and sons visited with Grandma Eccker on Tuesday. Gary attended his cousin’s birthday party and spent the night with Grandma and Aunt Katie, returning home Wednesday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Olsen were surprised Easter Sunday with visitors from Denver bringing with them an entire dinner to celebrate the Olsen’s 25th wedding anniversary.

Mr. Melvin Blake chauffeured Mr. and Mrs. Otto M. Blake to the big city on Monday. While down there Otto visited his doctor.

Mr. Otto Ruttkamp, one of the oldest citizens in Black Hawk, passed away at his home Tuesday. Otto had been bedridden for three weeks. He was 95 years young. The community is saddened with his passing.

Mr. Mac Brown, formerly the railroad depot agent in Black Hawk, passed away March 27 in Louisiana. He had been quite ill for the past year and a half. The community extends its sympathy to the family.

90 years ago – April 13, 1928

Mr. and Mrs. Amos B. Clark and son, Amos Jr., motored up from Denver Saturday afternoon on a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.M. Laird. Mr. Clark returned Sunday afternoon and the rest of the family will remain a week.

Mrs. Everett McCoy and daughter, and Mrs. R.L. Laird came up from Denver Saturday evening and will remain here during the spring vacation of the Denver public schools.

Attorney James M. Seright was a visitor to Denver on Tuesday, on business matters, returning home that evening.

County Clerk, Clifford I. Parsons, who has been confined to his home, suffering from a severe attack of lumbago, is now able to be up and attending to the business of his office.

The old timer who used to go into the grocery store and stick his fingers into the kraut barrel, today has to go to a confectionery and pay a dime for a sup of the blamed juice.

A more intelligent set of humans – coming years after us – may invent a way of getting things “out of their system” without hurting others. Our method now is to explode when we get all we can stand of something. We give way to our tempers and say things that leave scars on somebody else. It is a human attribute. We all do it. The relief of explosion does not come silently. We are not yet civilized enough for that.

The daily torture of the toiler’s aural nerve by a strident alarm clock can be avoided in several ways. He may sleep all morning or he may buy a gentle awakener now on the market. This new alarm clock rings no bell at the rising hour; instead, it starts a phonograph! Think of the delight of being awakened by the strains of “I Don’t Care if You Never Come Back,” or “Everybody Wants the Key to my Cellar.”

RECIPE: French Fried potatoes are served more often in restaurants than at home, possibly because there is some idea that they are difficult to prepare. If you have a deep fat frying kettle they can be easily made in the home kitchen. The bureau of home economics gives these directions: Peel and cut potatoes lengthwise into strips about one half inch thick. Rinse the strips in cold running water and soak for two or three hours in cold water to remove as much starch as possible. Dip them from the water and pat them with a clean dry cloth to absorb as much moisture as possible. Heat a kettle of deep fat hot enough to brown a small piece of bread in 60 seconds. Fry about a cupful of potatoes at a time. Remove them from the fat when golden brown, drain in clean absorbent paper, and sprinkle with salt. Serve at once while hot and crisp.

120 years ago – April 15, 1898

Oscar Williams and Fred Nelson were passengers to Denver on Wednesday on business matters.

Miss Emma Teller, daughter of Senator Teller, and George E. Tyler, of Denver, were married on Tuesday at the residence of the bride’s parents, in Washington D.C. They will make their future home in Denver.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gooch, of Rollinsville, came over to Black Hawk Tuesday to take the train for Denver, and where Mr. Gooch intends buying furniture and fixtures for the hotel at Rollinsville, which is to be opened for business during the summer season.

At the Star of the West Mine, in Lake Gulch, sinking operations are in progress at a depth of 230 feet, and the company intend letting another contract for 75 feet. Some nice looking smelting ore is showing up in the shaft, carrying gray copper and peacock iron, and the operators believe they have cut the ore chute.

At the Concrete Mine, in Prosper Gulch, under the management of Mr. S.V. Newell, a force of between 50 and 60 men are employed on day and night shift and the average daily output is from eight to nine tram cars, or from 75 to 80 tons of ore mostly a milling product, which is treated at the Penn and Iron City mills in Black Hawk. The Concrete is one of the best mines in the county and is one of the largest shippers of good grades of mill and smelting ore.

Born: In Perigo, Colorado, April 9th, 1898, to the wife of Edward Gredley, a daughter.

Born: In Russell Gulch, April 12th, 1898, to the wife of Jacob Dreber, a son.

Born: In Nevadaville, April 14th, 1898, to the wife of Henry Luty, a son.

146 years ago – April 1873

We are requested to announce that Prof. Reynolds will give one of his Grand Parlor Entertainments at the Montana Theatre, this evening. The entertainment will consist of vocal and instrumental solos by highly talented artists, acrobat performances, dances, jigs, feats of legerdemain and many other interesting features, which will combine to render this one of the most attractive entertainments ever presented to the Central public. Prof. Reynolds and his corps of beautiful ladies and gentlemen, gave an entertainment in Black Hawk last night, which was highly commended. It is promised that this exhibition will be of a high order and that nothing will be presented that would offend the most fastidious beholder.

It has been found that the engine in the Bobtail Tunnel at its junction with the lode of that name, sets the timber in the shaft of the latter on fire, and that it is necessary to put in a smoke pipe which shall extend to the surface. Until this is done, the engine cannot be used.

A brighter, more delightful day, crowned with a more gorgeous night than we were favored with yesterday, never graced the fair shores of sunny Italy. We almost wish ourselves a brace of lovers that we might have appreciated its loveliness with a keener zest.

The Congregational Church, which approached so near to destruction on the night of our fire as to receive a bad scorching, is being repainted. White with drab trimming is to be the style of its new dress.

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