Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – June 3, 1988

The resurgence of interest in gold mining is drawing international investment money into Gilpin County and a number of inactive mines are being brought back to life.

The Bates-Hunter Mine: The Bates-Hunter Mine, located in Central City at the junction of Lawrence and Gregory streets, has been turning out samples that are proving better than originally anticipated. Exploration and development continue, and Central City Consolidated, the firm operating the mine, expects to begin pulling ore soon.

The Bobtail Mine: In Black Hawk, just a few hundred yards from the Bates-Hunter, core drilling is underway. Although Russell Cutter of Black Hawk Gold, Inc., would not comment on the project, he said the firm is taking samples at “several other properties” in the county.

The La Crosse Tunnel: The historic La Crosse Tunnel in Nevadaville has been reopened for exploration. Although the initial work was performed by a local concern for the mine owners, no one is willing to say at this time who is operating the mine.

Virginia Canyon: At least two mines are working in or near Virginia Canyon. Although a large infusion of Canadian investment funds being negotiated for the Franklin Consolidated Mine in Gilson Gulch did not pan out, the mine is still operating. The Two Brothers Mine on Two Brothers Road in Virginia Canyon has already made its first ore shipment.

Other Activity: Preliminary exploration is underway at other sites in the county and at least two other mines will begin pulling samples in the next few weeks. Investors from as far away as New Zealand have been visiting and inquiring about properties in Gilpin County.

Gilpin County adults are welcome to partake in a screening clinic to identify speech and hearing problems, assist with expanded counseling and to make referrals to qualified professionals for any necessary follow up treatment. Arrangements for the service were made by the Coal Creek Canyon seniors. This is the second consecutive year for the service. The screening clinic is a part of Mountain Bell Foundation’s Speech Hearing Outreach Program. The clinic will be conducted by members of the Department of Communications Disorders and Speech Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Gilpinites are welcome to attend the screening clinic on Thursday, June 23, at the Coal Creek Canyon Improvement Association Hall. Screenings will be conducted by two certified speech and language pathologists who will bring a specially equipped truck to the site under the direction of Dr. Peter Ramig, founder and co-director of the program.

Died: Joel Thomas Lauda, formerly of Gilpin County, died May 30, 1988, at Aurora Presbyterian Hospital. He was 28 years old. The date of the graveside remembrance and interment at Loveland, Colorado, is pending. Lauder graduated June 1, 1980 from Gilpin County High School. As a naturally gifted artist he attended Arapahoe Community College. His career was cut short due to a prolonged illness of juvenile diabetes. He was preceded in death by his father, Caris H. Lauda, Jr., in 1964. Survivors include his mother, Sherill (Sherri) Swan Lauder of Denver; his sister, Carrie Lauda-Morena, of Redland, California; his uncle Steve Swan of Prairie City, Iowa; and his grandparents, Pastor and Mrs. Caris Lauda, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Swan of Laurel, Nebraska. Other beloved relatives and countless friends will always remember their dear loved one.

60 years ago – June 6, 1958

Central City Nuggets

From the Meeker Herald: Mr. Rae Martin from Central City, Sterling Gilbert from Lakewood, Mr. Smith from Nederland, and Gaylord Lippincott from Gilpin County, were Meeker visitors last weekend. The four men came over to help the new Northwest Colorado Council get underway at the Meeker Masonic Hall, Friday night, and while here spent a couple of days fishing.

Dr. and Mrs. Robert R. Livingston are moving to Central in the near future. Dr. Livingston is a brother of Mrs. Nora Scott and will be resident physician for the Veteran’s Administration in Denver and they will reside in the Scott house on 3rd High Street.

Master Randy Anderson looks like a little chipmunk hoarding for the winter – he has the mumps. Other members of our younger citizens also have them.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Justice will spend the summer in Sedalia, Colorado. It is hoped the lower elevation will be beneficial to both.

Edward Gebbart was in from Rollinsville Wednesday and reported that Mrs. Emma Parched had died at Falls City, Nebraska, at the age of 100 years and three months. She will be well remembered as a resident of Holland for several years, and operated the Ohio House.

Word has been received here that Mrs. Edith Carter, CO Supt. of Schools is in St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver for treatment. We hope her illness is of short duration.

Died: Funeral services were held Thursday, May 29th, 1958, in Tucson, Arizona, for Harry E. Lundquist, 76, a former resident of Central City. Mr. Lundquist had been ill for about four years. He passed away on May 27. Harry Lundquist was born in Illinois, and with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Lundquist, moved to Denver, then Morrison, and later to Central City. Ed Lundquist who passed away in 1952, will be remembered as the C&S Railroad engine watchman in Central City for many years. Harry left Central as a young man, moving to Arizona, where he became employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad. Both Harry and his father were railroaders for about 43 years. Surviving Mr. Lundquist are his wife, the former Alice Weisbeck of Nevadaville; four sons and four daughters; his sister, Mrs. Mabel Willis of Golden; a number of grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Milo Fisher last Wednesday at a Denver hospital. On that same date a boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Matson.

Mr. and Mrs. Art Boeckmann were up from Denver Tuesday evening calling on her parents, the Jack Turners.

Mrs. Luella Fritz spent the Memorial Holiday in Denver with Helen and Dallas Howard and children.

90 years ago – June 8, 1928

Mr. T.H. Jenks, who is operating the Coeur d’Alene Mine in this city, left Friday morning for Bland, New Mexico, where he is working a gold and silver property and a cyanide treating process for the extraction of the precious metals.

Attorney Leroy J. Williams came up from Denver Friday evening to attend to legal matters, returning home on Monday afternoon.

Reuben McKay and wife came up from Denver Saturday afternoon to spend Sunday with his father Neil McKay, returning home that afternoon.

Henry Altvater and wife motored up from Denver on Friday of last week on a visit at the old homes and with friends.

How to Make Chicken Aspic, by Nellie Maxwell: Wash, clean and cook a four pound chicken in a kettle with four pints of water. Add one onion sliced, one half cupful of diced celery or a bit of celery seed, a sprig or two of parsley, a bit of bay leaf and one small carrot diced. Season with two teaspoonful’s of salt and one fourth teaspoonful of pepper. Cook slowly until very tender. Set away to cool; remove the chicken and skim off the fat which may be on the top of the liquor. Heat the liquor and clarify. Add one eight teaspoonful of nutmeg and paprika, and another teaspoonful of salt with a bit of cayenne and the juice of half a lemon. Add three tablespoonful’s of gelatin soaked in three fourths of a cupful of water; stir until dissolved and strain through a double cheesecloth. Mold as for veal. Combine asparagus tips with the chicken, sliced hard cooked eggs, canned pimentos cut into trips or stuffed olives for color. Tomato juice, meat stock, using beef cubes, with the addition of gelatin will make good jelly to mold fish or other meats.

Died: James R. Hicks, 70 years old, died of acute nepditis early Friday. He was stricken while on a Decoration Day trip to Idaho Spring and was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital. He was employed in the Recorder’s office at the courthouse, and did title work for the Title Guaranty Company. He was born in Cornwall, England, and lived for part of his early life in Australia. Fifty years ago he settled in Central City, and represented that city in the Colorado state legislature for two terms. Mr. Hicks came to Denver thirty five years ago, and has worked in the Recorder’s office for twenty-seven years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Winifred Hicks, and five grown children. —Saturday’s Denver Post.

120 years ago – June 19, 1898

Charlie Steves, formerly of Nevadaville, has resigned his position as a manager for a mining property at Victor, and has accepted a similar position in Arizona. He paid his family in Nevadaville a visit before leaving for his new position.

County Commissioner Ed. C. Hughes and wife, of Black Hawk, were visiting Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Gooch at Rollinsville over Sunday.

James Rule of Nevadaville, a miner working in the Sleepy Hollow Mine at Black Hawk, was killed on Monday afternoon, in the 600 foot level in the mine, where he was working as a tributer. He was engaged in taking down some loose rock in the back of the drift, and was caught under many tons which followed. He was 22 years of age and came to Gilpin County a year ago from Iron Mountain, Michigan, where his remains were shipped by undertaker Ed. L. Harris.

The cage shaft on the Robert Emmett Mine in Chase Gulch is being sunk with two shifts of miners, and manager Nicholas expects to reach the bottom level from the lower shaft, at a depth of 360 feet, sometime this month. Some nice looking smelting ore is being hoisted, showing bright copper, iron and lead, indicating good values in gold and copper.

Lamont & Ballard have just finished and installed a 7,000 gallon water tank in the 350 foot level of the Central City Mine, where a Knowles pump will be installed so as to handle the water from that point.

During the past month, the Concrete Mine in Prosper Gulch shipped 197 cords, or about 1,675 tons of mill ore to the Penn and Iron City mills at Black Hawk for treatment, the ore being of the average grade from this property. At the mine the working force now numbers 60 men, and four levels are being driven and stoping work done in the ore bodies.

Born: In Central City, June 7th, 1898, to the wife of John Lampier, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, June 3rd, 1898, to the wife of Charles Pasquale, a daughter.

Born: In Black Hawk, June 8th, 1898, to the wife of Charley Dunn, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, June 6th, 1898, to the wife of William Roberts, a son.

Born: In Russell Gulch, June 8th, 1898, to the wife of Joseph Chenoweth, a son.

Married: near Denver, June 2nd, 1898, Rev. J.F. White, of Arvada officiating, Dr. Arthur Davis and Miss Eugenia Rogers.

Married: In Central City, June 4th, 1898, at the residence of Mr. Theodore Olsen, rev. J.F. Coffman officiating, Mr. Andrew Hedman and Miss Anna Olsen, both of Denver.

Died: In Denver, June 3rd, 1898, Joseph Cancaette, formerly of Russell Gulch, aged 21 years.

Died: In Russell Gulch, June 6th, 1898, of croup, Joseph Riedl, aged 6 years.

146 years ago – June 1873

Away back in the days of miners’ courts in this city and neighborhood, many queer and laughable scenes occurred. Here is one: A certain judge who is still a resident of the Territory, and with whom Dame Fortune has been extremely blank, was trying an interesting case, when the attorneys, warmed into excitement by the heat of debate, pulled off their coats and had a regular rough and tumble fight in the courtroom. When it was finished and the noise had somewhat subsided, the judge, who had watched the battle with intense interest, straightened himself up, and addressing himself to the combatants: “Gentlemen, if I see any more such proceedings as those, I shall have to fine you like the devil!”

Neighbor Bush’s new brass band and quadrille band is rather better than Barnum’s if anything, certainly good enough for the hill country, or any other place. As the summer advances, we are putting on lots of metropolitan scollops. The mines are all doing well, the banks are raking in piles of rich, yellow bullion, much building is contemplated, and the dogs are increasing with marvelous expedition. Just back of the Register office an evil minded citizen knocked one galley west with a brick bat for pawing up his greensward, which is another evidence of progress.

The number of buildings in Denver is now ascertained to be four thousand, from which the Times estimates the population at 20,000, counting five people to each house. One hundred and eighty new buildings have been erected within the past two or three months. The growth of Central, though not quite equal to that, is nevertheless very satisfactory.

We hear that two prominent mills of Black Hawk have, within the past two weeks, been obliged to reuse crushing accommodations to six or eight customers. Most of the stamp mils are crowded with ore, and the hillsides are alive with men extracting further supplies.

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