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30 years ago – May 27, 1988

“Earthquake!” said Jeri Bowles, “that’s what I thought at first,” as the stone wall directly behind her house in Black Hawk came tumbling down on May 20. Fortunately, none of the residents on Gregory Street, below the wall, suffered any extensive damage. The wall supports High Street, which since the collapse, has been closed to automobile traffic. Bill Lovingier, councilman and supervisor of the road department, said on Tuesday that the street will be open as soon as possible. Bids are being accepted by the city for repairing approximately 75 feet of the rock wall. Although 25 feet of the wall collapsed, said Lovingier, preventative maintenance will be completed on the surrounding area.

Elmo Gatlin was promoted to the position of City Marshal of the City of Central on Monday. Officially, the City Council plans to ratify the decision at the next regular meeting on June 1. “In this case we decided to promote from within the department,” said Mayor Bruce Schmalz at the weekly work session on Wednesday. Schmalz added that “although different than the normal way of hiring, the decision was based on need.” The month of May, being the start of tourism and a busy time of year within Central City necessitated the council’s action in hiring a city marshal. Gatlin’s job title has also been changed to city marshal instead of the former title of chief of police. Alderman Dick Allen said the “connotation better fits a western town.” Alderman Rand Anderson said the new title is befitting of Central City. Regarding the decision to hire Gavin as city marshal, Alderman Claude Paul said “He fits the designation of marshal.” “I’m real happy that they’re giving me a chance,” commented Gatling, “I hope to have an open and helpful department.” Gatling does not anticipate any immediate changes, however, one possibility is setting up a “Howdy Partner” parking ticket warning system, he said. Gatling replaces Mike Brewer, former police chief, who resigned effective May 11.

The Social Register

Army Sgt. Edwin E. Saxton II, now stationed in Korea, recently completed an exercise involving personnel from all military services of the Republic of Korea and the United States. The exercise, titled “Team Spirit 88” was held in the Republic of Korea. The primary purpose was to increase the defensive posture of the Republic of Korea and United States support forces by training in combined operations. Sexton is the son of Edwin E. and Beverly Sexton of Gilpin County. The Army Sergeant is a 1983 graduate of Gilpin County Re-1 School.

Born: Kenneth and Karen Wahlmeier, Chalet Park, are proud to announce the birth of their third child, a boy. William Edward was born May 19, 1988 at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, weighing in at nine pounds 15 ounces. He was 21 and 1/4 inches in length. Williams’s older brother is Shawn. His older sister is Jamie. Edward and Diana Wahlmeier of Arvada are William’s paternal grandparents. Raymond Bremen of Florida is his maternal grandfather. Paternal great-grandparents are Fran and Vivian Bongiovanni of Arvada. Helen Rudvinski of Canada is William’s maternal great-grandmother. Congratulations!

60 years ago – May 30, 1958

Central City Nuggets

Mrs. Louis Dukes of Denver was readying her house for the summer on Sunday.

Mrs. Inez Schmidt spent Monday and Tuesday in Denver.

Hugh Larry was a Denver visitor on Monday.

George Thiede and wife were up from Golden on Wednesday, to spend the day with friends. They visited the cemeteries, strolled in and around town, and later, paid this office a pleasant call.

Yellow stripes are being painted from the curbs on both sides of Main Street, with a space of 22 feet between marks. The Street and Alley Committee of the City Council are trying this theme out, as cars being parked can only remain for two hours, and if being ticketed will have to shell out and into the city treasury for a violation. Signs will be erected or painted on the curbs, and citizens and visitors better make themselves cognizant of these new rules.

The State Highway Department has graders, loaders, sanding machines, oil spreaders, maintainers, and supervision on the highway from Black Hawk to Central City, and on Wednesday the work had extended to the Clark school building. We wait with rapid pulse and anxiety as to what the department will do on Main Street, which is a part of the highway system.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

The Louis Plank family is on a week’s vacation which will be a drive through Texas and Oklahoma. Mrs. Orville Gardner accompanied them as far as Montague, Texas, to visit her parents, the W.J. Speers.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Russ and son Tom, and Mr. and Mrs. Kristoph of Denver were Sunday visitors at the home of Miss Kathryn Eccker.

Mrs. Jim Robins had the misfortune to break her hip Monday when she fell on the porch at her home and is now in Colorado General Hospital. Her daughter Jean Jacobson arrived from New Mexico the following day.

90 years ago – June 1, 1928

Richard Manor and wife motored up from Denver Sunday, on a visit at the old homes and with friends. Mr. Magor is on the police force in Denver and was spending a portion of his vacation in the mountains.

Mr. Ed. Johns, wife and daughter and a niece, Miss Joyce, motored up from Denver Saturday evening, to attend the commencement exercises of the High School, held that evening, returning home after midnight.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dukes and children, accompanied by Mrs. Robert C. Johnson, who had been visiting them, came up from Denver Saturday afternoon, the former returning to Denver Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Gus Grutzmacher of Central City spent Sunday with relatives in Golden.

From the Golden Transcript: People going to the mountains from now on until August should take precaution to protect themselves from wood ticks. The speeches occurring commonly in the Colorado foothills has been proved to carry the Rocky Mountain spotted fever organism and cause the so called tick paralysis, which is usually fatal. Ordinarily, a person will not contract spotted fever from an infected tick if it is removed within two hours from the time it “digs in.” Personal protection can be secured by wearing tick proof clothing consisting of laced boots with bellows tongue or wrapped leggings that come well up on the trousers, so that the tick cannot find entrance below the waist line. Ticks have a tendency to crawl upwards until stopped by a tight fitting garment where they start to feed. Taking advantage of this fact, the belt can be clinched rather loose and the shirt collar left open. The tick will then crawl upward and out of the dirt cellar to the face or back of the neck where it is easily detected and picked off. After returning from tick infested places, a person should be carefully examined for ticks. If any are found they should be removed as soon as possible. In doing this they should be pulled gently lest the head be torn off and left in the skin. Another way to remove the tick is to cover it with turpentine or grease. This closes the breaking pores and causes it to lose its hold. After removal, the wound should be disinfected with a drop of lysol, alcohol, or weak carbolic acid. While the majority of wood ticks in the Colorado foothills do not carry the organism, people who go into the hills should be suspicious of all of them.

How to Make Fro mage a la Duchesse, by Nellie Maxwell: Put four tablespoonful’s each of apricot jam and orange marmalade through a sieve. Add one cupful each of fresh milk and thick sweet cream. Warm the mixture to a good heat and stir in a rennet tablet dissolved in a tablespoonful of water; when well blended pour into sherbet gasses and let stand without disturbing—in a warm place until he mixture is thick. Place on ice to chill before serving. Serve with crackers or sponge cake with coffee for dessert.

120 years ago – June 3, 1898

Mrs. John H. kemp and two sons, who have been visiting relatives in Kentucky, returned home the first of the week.

Mr. W.B. Askew, of Russell Gulch, who had been visiting friends and relatives in Iowa, returned home the first of the week, much improved by his vacation.

Mrs. Samuel Osborn and little daughter Myrtle, who had been visiting in Black Hawk, returned to her Denver home on Monday.

Mr. Ed. I. Grenfell, the agent at the depot in Black Hawk, left a few days ago for Seattle, Washington, on business matters and during his absence, Charles F. Stout will handle the business until his return.

Mr. W.O. Jenkins, of Central City, has made a proposition to the city of Black Hawk, to take $25,000 worth of city bonds which are to be issued on account of building water works for the city. His proposition was accepted.

Miss Else Mack, daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Mack, of this city, dislocated her left elbow while playing on Monday last. Doctors Davis and Allison attended to her injuries.

At the Topeka Mine, in Russell District, daily shipments now reach from thirty to forty tons, mostly milling ore, of a good grade, and manager Sterling is building new ore bins to store the product in case the tramway line should be out of commission from accident or any other cause.

Born: In Central City, June 1st, 1898, to the wife of George Harris, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, June 1st, 1898, to the wife of John Hocking, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, June 2nd, 1898, to the wife of George Jenkins, a daughter.

Born: In Black Hawk, June 2nd, 1898, to the wife of George Vogel, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, May 26th, 1898, to the wife of Charles Olsen, a son.

Born: In Central City, May 29th, 1898, to the wife of William R. Prinn, a daughter.

Born: In Denver, May 29th, 1898, to the wife of Charles Jenkins, a daughter.

Married: In Central City, May 26th, 1898, at the residence of Mr. W. Williams, Rev. John Tanking officiating, Mr. Richard Bennetts to Mrs. Margaret Ann Wills.

Married: In Central City, at St. Mary’s Church, May 31st, 1898, Rev. Father Raber officiating, Mr. Joseph Kerchmeyer to Miss Sabina Snowberger, of Black Hawk.

Died: At St. Anthony’s Hospital, Denver, May 30th, 1898, Mrs. Malinda Bray, formerly of Nevadaville, aged 25 years.

146 years ago- May, 1873

A rich strike has been made down bout forty feet from the surface in the Bobtail Mine. Messrs. Brian & Hinman are working on the property under lease from Mr. Rogers, took out one lot of ore and three quarters cords of ore which was worked in Lake’s Mill, Black Hawk, yielding over forty ounces to the cord. Another lot of four cords, furnished by the same parties, yielded in the Black Hawk mill a total of eighty and a half ounce, or twenty ounces per cord. The gold sold for twenty dollars per ounce to Thatcher, Stanley and Co. This makes, for five and three fourths cords, the nice little sum of $3,010. We congratulate the boys on their success, and the mine owners on the prosperity this indicates. The ore is from a spur formerly considered not worth working.

Yesterday we made a passing call at the Wautoga Mines and found Messrs. Paul and Sawyer hard at work raising and dressing splendid looking ore. They have on their dumps and in the ore house some fifty to sixty tons of ore, with as indicated by numerous assays, $150 to $200 per ton; and they are raising some four to five tons per day regularly, and have a large quantity of the same sort in sight in the mine. This mine has lain idle most of the time since 1865, until Messrs. Paula and Sawyer took hold of it some two months sincere and now it is one of the best paying lodes in the county; and there are dozens—probably hundreds— of them equally as good lying idle for the want of some energetic, practical miner, with a little capital, to open them up. The Missouri Lode, about half a mile east of the Wautoga, now paying largely, has also lain idle during the past seven years.

Dutch is dead—ruthlessly assassinated by a horse with shoes on. For nine years he has barked and growled, sneezed and snorted around the O.K. Store, and we shall miss his winning ways. He was a little dog, Dutch was, and numbered among his acquaintances all frequenters of his master’s elegant establishment “where may at all times be found,” etc. He ran out to speak with a horse yesterday, and by accident got stepped on and mashed. Poor Dutch. Rest in peace.

The public will please take notice that the Register is the only daily paper in the Territory which goes to its subscribers this morning. Ahead of all contemporaries, as usual. Having no soldiers to decorate, and nothing to do it with if we had, no one to love and none to caress, we shall do as the colored troops did during the war fight nobly, relying upon the justice of our cause, and that everlasting old maxim: “virtue is its own reward.”

Strolling down near our elegant public school building last evening, we heard issuing from it strains of delicious melody. The airs were old and plaintive, and recalled to even our practical mind dear scenes and incidents of our grandfather’s days. Mellowed by the lapse of a score and a half of years, the old tunes seemed as sweetly dear to us as might the recovery of a long lost, almost forgotten picture of our schoolboy sweetheart. It is hardly necessary to add that the conjurer of these delights was a rehearsal for the Old Folks Concert, which occurs next Tuesday evening.

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