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30 years ago – April 22, 1988

A portion of Nevadaville Road collapsed into an underground mine on April 14, falling into a horizontal mine working that passes beneath the road. An 18 inch hole in the side of the road was noticed around noon, and when the county road crew probed it with the backhoe, the opening increased in size to approximately 15 feet by 20 feet, said County Road and Bridge Supervisor Eric Klemp. The large hole revealed an underground drift, about four to five feet in diameter that ran in a more or less northerly direction from the road, passing underneath a nearby house. The opening to the drift was closed off with timbers and rock, said Kemp this week. The hole was filled with heavy rock and dirt. In all, the road was closed for about 28 hours. Because the drift has spring water flowing through it and the surrounding rock is decayed, Kemp said, it is possible that future problems could arise at the location. There are several mines in the immediate area of the road collapse, and it has not yet been determined which one the drift is associated with.

Twenty Gilpin County RE-1 High School students were honored at the Central City Council meeting April 6, when Mayor Bruce Schmalz presented them with the Metropolitan Commissioners and Mayors Award. The award recognizes the students for their outstanding achievements to community, school and family, and for courage in overcoming personal difficulties. Of the 20 honorees, four students were selected to represent Gilpin County at a regional awards ceremony to be held in Denver. They are Cheryl Chestnut, Doriane Leonard, Denise Monte, and Steve Strohm. The other 16 honorees are Doug McAfee, Kandace Goins, Jeanien Biles, Justin Dominguez, Christopher Harris, Robert Guiney, Jerry Armbright, Nick Gravina, Danny Hansford, Paul Weyant, Jennifer Giroux, Cherylyn Underwood, Beth Ensign, Sherrie Tripp, Ian Blackburn, and Fred Weber.

Black Hawk Marshal O.J. Knutson was authorized to replace the light bar stolen from his patrol car on April 1 or April 2. He will purchase a used fixture from a county resident for $50, unless the missing light bar is located. The Black Hawk police car will be marked with large stars on the front doors. Knutson was also authorized to purchase two uniform shirts with shoulder patches. Council will hold a workshop meeting April 26 at 6:30 p.m. to begin revamping and organizing the city’s municipal ordinances. The recommendation was made by Knutson and Jim Maloney, city attorney. A letter of commendation was placed in Knutson’s file last month, citing his work above and beyond the call of duty in handling the city’s water system when Alan Genter, Black Hawk Street, road and water commissioner, suffered a broken ankle.

As part of a $1.9 million dollar federal grant program, 67 inactive mine shafts in Gilpin County will be covered with semi-permanent caps. Nearly 500 mine openings throughout the state will be sealed, said U.S. Senator Tim Wirth in a Wednesday press release. Funds for the project will be provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The release says that “the abandoned mine project is also part of a public service campaign by Colorado to make its scenic mountains and woods safer for outdoor recreation—skiing, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing.” It does not address the fact that hikers who fall into inactive mine shafts are almost always trespassing on private property when these mishaps occur. In addition to 67 inactive mine openings in the Gilpin County-Nevadaville project, 37 openings in neighboring Clear Creek County will be covered. Although Wirth’s news release refers repeatedly to “abandoned” mines, his office has been advised by the Register Call staff that these properties are more appropriately referred to as “inactive.”

The Social Register:

Central City Mayor Bruce Schmalz will be throwing out the first ball at the Denver Zephyrs baseball game against the Buffalo Bisons on Saturday, April 23, starting at 2:00 p.m. This is certainly an honor for Schmalz, and a great way to recognize Central City

We’re sorry to report that Gilpinite Lucy Crawley’s stay in the hospital is longer than originally anticipated. Our best wishes to her for a speedy recovery.

60 years ago – April 25, 1958

Central City Nuggets:

The children of the first four grades of Clark Grade school and their teachers, Mrs. Gladys Daugherty, and Mrs. Viola Laird, who’ll be hosts to parents at an achievement meeting on Tuesday evening. It is hoped that a number will avail themselves of the opportunity to see the work accomplished by these children during the school year. The time is set early, so that those who wish to attend the planning committee meeting at the High School may do so.

Father John Kuenneth has been on the sick list for the past week. All his friends hope for a speedy recovery.

Mrs. Wm E. Russell Jr, returned Saturday from a visit with her mother in Chicago. Mr. Russell met her at the airport in Denver.

Mr. and Mrs. George McLaughlin are spending several days in Denver this week while “Curley” is having a check up on his health. His doctors pronounce him as “okay.”

Old Boreas, who is no respected of persons, dropped over eight inches of snow on this vicinity Tuesday evening, but the following day, Old Sol, shone brightly, and what has been called the “beautiful” rapidly disappeared under his warm rays.

Died: Victor H. Maymon died in Denver last Saturday, at the age of 72 years. Old Vic was born in Central City, attended the schools here, and on his removal to Denver entered the employ of the Mountain States Telephone Company. He was a member of the Telephone Battalion in World War I, retiring with the rank of Captain. He was again called into service for World War II, retired with the rank of Colonel. He received the Medal of Merit for his services for both wars. After his retirement from the telephone company, he sponsored the idea with the opera house association relative to the museum and the collection made and displayed attest to his interest and work. He was a member of the local Post of the American Legion, and also a member of Columbine Lodge No. 147 A.F.A.M., under whose auspices services were held with cremation in Fairmont cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Maymon, of Colorado Springs.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Mr. and Mrs. Red Jackson of Idaho Springs were Sunday visitors at the home of her father, Mr. Sam Redman.

Among the large crowd attending the pot luck supper at the Central City Methodist Church Saturday evening, were Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Avery and family of Arvada.

Miss Mary Lynch was recently moved from Colorado General Hospital to the Pine Haven Nursing Home in Denver.

John McClure has brightened his Phillips “66” service station with a new coat of paint.

The Clarence and David Zancannella families were visiting their mother, Mrs. Jennie Zancannella last Sunday.

Water Commissioner Mike McNulty has been busy all week, trying to locate a break in the water lines, which has somewhat limited our water supply.

Mr. Otto M. Blake has been at the same location on Gregory Street for 60 years. In April 1898 he and his father bought the livery stable which later became a service station.

90 years ago – April 27, 1928

Personal Mention:

Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Jenkins left for Denver Thursday afternoon of last week, where the former attended the first reunion of members of the 1897 legislation. There were thirteen of the twenty six members present, and the affair proved such a success that plans were made for a permanent organization for the election of John W. Helbig, chairman, and Richard Weolfe, recorder. Others in attendance were the Rev. Walter Rudolph, former chaplain of the House, F.M Schooley, former assistant chief clerk; Patrick Crowe, James Crosby, H.L.L. Annear, P.M. Crook, T.J. Ehrhart, W.O. Jenkins of Central City, J.W. Orris, J M. McNeill, and Charles T. Phillip.

Wilfred Fullerton was up from Denver Thursday morning of last week, to attend a director’s meeting of the First National Bank, returning home during the afternoon.

How to Make Baked Chocolate Pudding: Beat four eggs slightly, add one half cupful of sugar, one fourth teaspoonful of salt, and pour over the mixture one quart of hot milk in which one square of chocolate has been melted; whisk with the egg whip to mix well and pour into a well-buttered baking dish; set into a pan of hot water and bake until well set.

Died: In Black Hawk, April 23rd, 1928, from heart disease, Matt Cassagranda, aged 44 years, 8 months, and 26 days. Mr. Cassagranda had been a resident of the county for over eighteen years, working in the mines the greater portion of that time, and was taken suddenly ill at his home Monday evening, passing away a few hours after being stricken with heart trouble. He is survived by his wife and six children here, and other relatives. He was a member of the Italian Society, formerly of Russell Gulch, and funeral services will be held at the Catholic Church in this city, Saturday morning at 9 o’clock, after which the remains will be taken to Mount Olivet for burial.

120 years ago – April 29, 1898

Reuben Morse, of Nevadaville, left for Denver Wednesday, determined to enlist if possible in the war with Spain.

Miss Mabel Williams, who has been laid up with an attack of la grippe, is reported to be getting along nicely.

Mr. T.A. Rickard, state geologist, who recently returned from a visit to Australia, was visiting mining property in this section of the county during the week.

Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Stout of Black Hawk are expected home from their wedding trip on Saturday evening, and are to be given a rousing reception.

Sinking the main shaft on the East Monroe Mine on Quartz Hill east of the Phoenix-Burroughs Mine, is being carried on with the day and night shifts, and a depth of 230 feet has been reached, and in the bottom some nice copper iron is showing assays of which show from $50 to $75 per ton. Some mill ore is being shipped to the mills which carries average values for that character of ore. The property is being worked by the Monroe Gold Mining Company in which Judge Hallett of Denver and H.S. Shaw, for the Mayham Investment Company, are interested.

At the San Juan Mine, on Quartz Hill miners are at work in the first, second and third levels and are taking out a good grade of smelting ore. The 900 foot east and west drifts are being extended, ands shipments to the mills are now being made of ore coming from those drifts.

At the Lillian Mine on Pewabic Mountain in Russell District, sinking the main shaft has been suspended for the present, at a depth of 110 feet and levels have been started on both sides of the shaft, at a depth of 100 feet. When these drifts are in out of the way, sinking will be resumed, as the operators are anxious to get a good depth before commencing to do much development work. During the week shipments of mill ore commenced to the mills at Black Hawk and of smelting ore to the sampling works, the latter giving average returns of between $50 and $70 per ton. The mine is being operated by Craig, Hughes, and McKay, and is being looked after by Mr. Craig, a gentleman with considerable experience as a mining man.

Born: In Central City, April 22nd, 1898, to the wife Gust. Hockinson, a daughter.

Born: In Gregory Gulch, April 22nd, 1898, to the wife of Emmanuel Andresta, a son.

Born: In Russell Gulch, April 28th, 1898, to the wife of Neill O’Donnell, a daughter.

Married: At Idaho Springs, April 20th, 1898, William A. Mitchell to Mrs. Mary A. Treblicock, both of Russell.

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