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30 years ago – May 13, 1988

It’s that time of the year to get rid of all those “things” that have accumulated in and around your house all winter and are not of use any longer. By participating in the free Gilpin County Trash Day this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. residents have the opportunity to get rid of all eyesores, clean up their property and say goodbye to all of those “things” that have been staring at you and your neighbors for the last several months.Gilpin County, Black Hawk, Central City, and the Gilpin County Chamber of Commerce have collectively donated funds to make it easy for residents to get rid of their unused, useless items—free of charge. However, there is a limit of four cubic yards, or one half ton truck load per person. Large appliances will be accepted within the four cubic yard limit, however, a charge will be assessed for anything over this limit. The compactor sites in Black Hawk and mid-Gilpin County will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until the sites are full, whichever comes first. The Rollinsville compactor site will not be open for the free trash collection day.

A musical spoof of the original “Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas, was presented by the Gilpin County RE-1 School students on May 6. Titled “The Three and 1/2 Musketeers,” the play was filled with action and laughs. Due to an apparent shortage of thespians of the male variety, several actresses sported mustaches (of the painted on variety), and took on male roles. The acting was excellent, with the students exhibiting poise and confidence. A number of performers exhibited definite talent in acting. The play was directed by teacher Kathi Eggers, assisted by Peggy Miller. The student director was Ginger Cooke. At intermission the Eagle Cheerleaders served dessert in the multi-purpose room, and the cast, crew, and audience mingled during the break. The play was well attended by parents, teachers, and people from the community.

Submitted by John Ficke: Listen up Gilpinites, before I say another word – Don’t forget Free Trash Day this Sunday. This is your chance to relieve yourself of up to four cubic yards of “stuff” for nothing,’ but you only have four hours to do it in, or until the bins are full. So get it together folks, freebies are hard to find these days. ‘Nuf said about that. June looks like a biggie this year. With everything else you may have on your calendar, save a place on June 18th for Madam Lou Bunch. Start breakin’ out all your appropriate duds, plus some extra for your friends and their friends, etc. Let’s make this Lou Bunch Day worthy of the name. The Gilpin County Chamber of Commerce will be looking for you! Another date to put on your calendar is June 25 and 26, which is the locally famous Gilpin County Mining and Milling Festival, this year to be held in the “getting more beautiful every day” Black Hawk City Park. This is the place to be for great food, great fun and great music, plus the place to find the craftwork you’ve been looking high and low for. Keep checking with me (John Ficke) for a summer of fun, plus more. I’ll report on more later…

The state Mined Land Reclamation Division (MLRD) has begun preliminary work in the hopes of sealing the portals of inactive mines along Virginia Canyon Road. Each mine opening has been tagged and assigned an inventory number, according to Loretta Pineda of the MLRD. The next step is for the division to determine ownership of the properties, then to contact the owners about participation in the voluntary safety covering program. Pineda stressed that the program is completely voluntary. Funding for the semi-permanent concrete caps is coming from a federal grant. Two legal notices, representing bids for similar project, appear in this week’s edition of the paper. For further information, or to have an inactive mine covered, contact the Inactive Mine Program at Denver.

60 years ago – May 16, 1958

Central City Nuggets

Miss Sandra Strauss, 22, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, a senior fine arts student at CU, was killed when the car in which she was riding slammed into bridge abutment at the south edge of Rollinsville on Colorado Highway 119 late Saturday afternoon. Miss Strauss was thrown into the swift waters of Boulder Creek. Her body was washed downstream half a mile before being recovered. The State Patrol said she was killed instantly. She suffered causing injuries about the shoulders and neck. Driver of the car, Gerald Stevens, 25, of Hudson, Colorado, also a CU student, was thrown from the car and hurled across Boulder Creek to the opposite bank. He suffered internal injuries, a possible brain concussion, and a fractured ankle. He was in serious condition at Colorado General Hospital in Denver. The State Patrol said the car in which the couple was riding was traveling north towards Rollinsville at a high rate of speed when it went out of control on a curve. The vehicle skidded 800 feet before striking a bridge abutment.

Bert Johnson, the genial proprietor of the “Smorgasboard,” returned Saturday to prepare for his summer business. He spent the winter in Glendale, California, with his sister.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Walters, former residents but now living in Denver, visited friends in Central City Sunday.

The Grade School picnic will be held at City Park in Denver Tuesday.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

The party Saturday night at the Black Hawk Masonic Hall for members and friends was a pleasant affair. Mr. Wildman showed pictures of the Holy Land where he had visited several years ago.

Among the victims of the hail storm that hit the Brighton area last week, were Carroll and Shirley Barker. Their new trailer house was damaged by hail stones, some of which were two inches in diameter.

Weekend guests of the George Springers were their daughter Kay, from Colorado Springs, and Mr. Springer’s mother, from Denver.

Mrs. Alice McKenzie and her brother George Nelson were up from the valley Saturday, but returned to Longmont on Sunday.

The Denver papers recently carried a notice of the death of Joseph Martello of Florence, Colorado. He attended school here in 1906 and was a cousin of Andy and Ernie Eccker.

Stinsons and Ress’ attended the very excellent tumbling exhibition put on by the Junior High in the gym on Friday.

90 years ago- May 18, 1928

George McFarlane came up from Denver on a visit with his father, and to attend to business matters, Saturday.

Attorney Leroy J. Williams came up from Denver, Friday, to attend to legal matters before the county court, and to visit a couple of days with friends, returning home Monday.

Ellis Williams and mother motored to Denver on Saturday, returning on Sunday.

Mrs. Louis Welch and son Jack left Friday evening for Denver, the latter returning home Sunday evening, and the former remaining in Denver for several days while having some dental work done.

From Tuesday’s Denver Post: The death blow to the famous Georgetown loop was delivered by the state public utilities commission, on Tuesday, when it made permanent a temporary order granted in May, 1927, allowing the Colorado & Southern Railroad to discontinue passenger service on its Clear Creek division. The public utilities commission, in handing down the order, held that passenger service to Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Central City, and other towns on the line could be cared for adequately by motor bus service. The Colorado & Southern will continue to run a twice-weekly freight train on the division and a passenger coach will be attached to this train. The order of the commission ended one the bitterest fights ever brought before that body. The move of the railroad to discontinue its passenger service on the Clear Creek division brought a storm of protest from the mining and civic associations, business houses and individuals in the territory served by the road. Because of the order allowing the road to discontinue its passenger service, residents of the section are now questioning in the courts the jurisdiction and authority of the public utilities commission to grant such permission to the railroad. The matter was reopened last Wednesday on motion of the commission. Representatives of the Colorado & Southern appeared and said $40,000 had been saved during the last year because it had been allowed to discontinue its passenger service. Records also were brought in to show that a satisfactory bus service was maintained to care for the passenger service in the territory. Because they have taken the question to court, no evidence was submitted by the parties protesting abandonment of the service. Coincident with the order, the commission made permanent the temporary permit granted Oscar Williams of the Williams Livery Company to conduct a bus line between Idaho Springs, Central City, and Black Hawk.

Died: Michael Kais, a former well known resident of Gilpin County, died in Denver last week, at the age of 73 years. His funeral occurred on Saturday afternoon, interment at Fairmont Cemetery.

Died: Mrs. Anna Meyers, widow of the late Ignatz Meyers, of this city, and mother of Mrs. S.W. Nathan, of Denver, and Leo Voll, of Long Beach California, died in Long Beach on Friday, May 11th, and funeral services were held in Denver on Tuesday, interment at Fairmont Cemetery.

Died: Mrs. Elizabeth A. Mack, widow of the late Jacob Mack, of Denver, died at her home in Denver, Tuesday, at the age of 80 years. She came to Colorado in 1872 and resided in this city up to the time the family left for Denver to make their home. She is survived by two sons, John J. and Charles L. Mack, of Denver. Funeral services were held Thursday morning, followed by cremation at Riverside Cemetery.

Died: In Denver, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Freda Mitchell, Wednesday morning, Mrs. Louie Ziege, aged 69 years. The family were residents of Gilpin County over half a century, the greater portion of those years residing in Eureka Gulch, the father, Louie, answering the summons in 1921, since which time the mother has made her home with her daughters in Denver. She was taken sick Tuesday, and died suddenly Wednesday morning. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. H. Wherry of this city, and Mrs. L.J. Mack and Mrs. Freda Mitchell, of Denver, and three sons, Louie, William O., of this city, and Walter, of Denver. Funeral services will be held from the M.E. Church in this city, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Died: On his ranch on Ralston Creek, May 16th, 1928, Rodney Davis. The funeral will be in charge of the Ollinger Mortuary, of Denver.

120 years ago – May 20, 1898

Miss Rachel McLeod left for Rollinsville, Saturday, to fill the position as teacher in the public schools for the summer and fall terms.

Wm. Hoefle left on Tuesday on a visit with his mother at Ashley Hill.

Mr. Hal Sayre was up from Denver the first of the week looking after his mining interests.

Mrs. Charles Trenoweth and children, and Mrs. David Simpson and children, of this city, left on Wednesday for Shellsburg, Wisconsin, to spend the summer months with relatives.

Miss Clara Doran, who has been in charge of the telephone exchange, at Idaho Springs, was over shaking hands with her many friends here, prior to going to Denver.

Gilpin County is well represented in the First Regiment, Colorado Nation Guards, which is now in San Francisco, CA, awaiting embarkation for Manilla. In the list is Colonel Irving Hale, assistant adjutant general, Sam Belford, harry Collins, James Ladd, John Coyle, and O.K. Hand.

Dan Morrison, who was seriously injured in the Cook Mine two weeks ago, is gradually recovering from his injuries.

At the Old Kentucky Mine in Pickle Gulch, in the Hawkeye and Silver Lake districts of the county, sinking operations have been stopped for the present, the contract for 50 feet having been finished, which makes the shaft 618 feet deep. In sinking the last lift, a vein 10 feet wide was passed through, which still shows in the bottom of the shaft, and it is the intention of the company to commence drifts on both sides of the shaft near the bottom and develop the big vein showing in the shaft, and when they have been driven a safe distance so as not to interfere with working, the shaft will be sunk to greater depths.

Died: In Denver, May 17th, 1898, Mrs. Forbes Rickard, wife of Forbes Rickard, of this city.

Died: In Black Hawk, May 16th, 1898, of old age, S.P. Kendal, aged 76 years.

Died: In Black Hawk, May 13th, 1898, of miner’s consumption, George Mathias, aged 63 years.

Died: In Central City, May 17th, 1898, of miner’s consumption, Walter G. Rucker, aged 54 years.

146 years ago – May 1873

When the proprietor of the Leavitt Mine opened his tunnel in the mountainside near the old Johnson House, and declared his intention of pushing it through to Idaho Springs if his money held out, people laughed. Now here comes a party of English capitalists with a bigger scheme, comprehending no less than a tunnel from a point one mile below Black Hawk through the intervening mountains all the way to Middle Park, and as an earnest of their sincerity, have executed and filed the necessary papers will the constituted authorities. It is to be a thundering big bore, large enough for railway purposes so that in case the Colorado Central should want to make a bold push for Salt Lake by and by, there will be nothing to hinder; provided the tunnel is done when they take a notion to go. We shall await with breathless anxiety the commencement of this wonderful enterprise. It will cut any number of rich gold veins, the projectors thing, and it is this inducement which persuades them to undertake it. Gentlemen, the Register Call wishes you the broadest possible success. When the dirt begins to fly, we shall be there to see.

When M.H. Root of this city announced his determination of taking his baggage to Golden and anchoring it there, we somehow felt a presentiment that he would get into trouble. Our apprehension found its fulfillment on Wednesday night last. At a late hour of the night, and when partly disrobed for bed, he happened to think that his horses in a stable some distance from the Golden House where he was stopping, ought to be looked after. Without waiting to put on his vest, which contained his watch and a considerable sum of money, he threw his coat over his shoulder and went to the stable. On returning, he was suddenly confronted by a man who demanded his money. Root said he had none—it was in his vest at the hotel. To assure the highwayman of its truth, he proceeded to unbutton his coat. The movement seemed to indicate that he was “going for” his revolver, and the would-be robber sprang upon him instantly to prevent it. Mr. Root soon satisfied him that he had neither cash nor weapon, and the rascal disappeared in the darkness without further argument. Mr. Root is now in Central and we advise him to stay here where none will molest or make him afraid.

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