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30 years ago – June 10, 1988

Opening night at the 41st Gilpin County Arts Association’s exhibit was, according to Kay Russell, “A great success!” Over 170 people attended the dinner at the Teller House, which was followed by a reception at the Arts Association in Washington Hall, inwhich 337 art enthusiasts and supports of the organization attended. The show was “very well received,” commented Russell. “It’s a beautiful show this year.” The first week of the exhibit being open is proving to be quite busy for Jackie McFarland, gallery manager. On Wednesday, she was inundated with visitors at the gallery, and too busy to be interviewed about her impression of the grand opening held on June 4. The Gilpin County Arts Association allocates $2,000 for awards each year out of funds generated by the Association through membership contributions, commission sales of art work in the gallery and artists’ entry fees. The jurors for this year’s show were Mel Carter, coordinator of fine arts at the Community College of Denver, and Biz Littell, of Littleton. This year’s Juror’s Choice Award was presented to Joan Reep, who created a work of art in blown glass, and to Lisa Diane Homan, who completed a pencil drawing entitled “No Place to Go.” Marianne Billingsley, winner of the William E. Snyder Award, was honored or her work of art done in alkyd/oil entitled “Next President Mine.” Thirteen other artists were also prize winners in this year’s exhibit. In addition to these awards, Gilpin County merchants contributed funds to sponsor three Merchant’s Awards representing Gilpin County—past or present. The winners of this award are Jim Colbert, Noell Custer, and Harrison Shaffer. The gallery officially opened on Monday and is open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. throughout the summer, until September 11. Admission to the gallery is free. All works are for sale. A visitor to this area, after seeing the exhibit on Wednesday, said, “It was the highlight of my visit.”

A yoga and meditation retreat will be permitted to begin operations at Camp Shoshoni, north of Rollinsville, in Gilpin County. Following the recommendations made by the Gilpin County Planning Commission, the commissioners granted a Special Use Permit to SGRY Corporation. The permit is contingent upon certain stipulations originally proposed by the planning commission and approved by Commissioners Alan Baird, Carroll Beck, and Leslie Williams on Monday. The following stipulations are attached to the Special Use Permit and will be reviewed annually. The roads within the development are to be constructed according to county standards to allow for access of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. Ponds and swimming pools are to be available to the High Country Volunteer Fire Department in the event of a fire at the camp or in the area. Boundaries of the property are to be posted in order to prohibit trespassing from or to the Shoshone property. Although SGRY is a nonprofit organization, it will not request exemption from Gilpin County property and fire district taxes. However, if exemption is requested, SGRY will make annual payments (to be determined at a later date if necessary) in lieu of taxes. SGRY is required to maintain the private roads serving the retreat. Faith Stone and James Putorti, the new owners of the retreat, agreed to the stipulations.

The Social Register:

Viola Laird, formerly a resident of Central City, celebrated her 93rd birthday in grand style at the Black Forest Inn in Black Hawk on June 3. The occasion was well attended by many of her friends including Bev Saxton, Emma Pierce, Gwen Thomas, Velma Starbranch, Jean Jacobson, Marion Lewis, Peggy Moore, Loretta Mellor, Donna and Anthony Fontaine, Emma and Kathryn Eccker, Judge Tom Elliott, Michael Curran, William C. Russell, Jr., and Viola’s nurse, Rose M. Spitz. Sources report that the lunch and service were delightful and Viola had a wonderful time chatting with her many friends.

Born: Chuck and Darlene Ewing of Colorado Sierra are the proud parents of a new son, Devon William. Born May 19, 1988, at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Devon arrived at 4:00 p.m., weighing four pounds 13 ounces. He measured 20 inches at birth. Devon joins a five year old brother, Jimmy, at home. Paternal grandparents Bill and Wilma Ewing are residents of Gilpin County. Maternal grandmother Christa Simmer lives in Arizona.

Born: Orrin “Marshal O.J.” and Ruth Knutson of Black Hawk are thrilled to announce the birth of their second child, a girl. Nikita Lee was born at University Hospital in Denver May 27, 1988. She weighed six pounds four ounces and measured 20.5 inches in length. Nikita Lee’s older brother is Joshua. Paternal grandparents are Orrin Males Knutson of Brush, Colorado, and Carole Gladback of Rock Springs, Wyoming. Her maternal grandmother is Mamie Reed of Portland, Oregon. Congratulations on the newest addition to the Knutson family!

60 years ago – June 13, 1958

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: While the world was still revolving and changes were the order of the day, with failures to launch a man-made moon and one of the oldest republics losing its identity along with the mining industry, Uncle Ed thought maybe the next world would provide what we don’t get here. Of course, everything is here, but we don’t seem to acknowledge the fact or take advantage of our blessings, so one day as Ed sat musing sad and lonely and without a friend, a voice came to him out of the gloom saying “cheer up, things could be worse.” So he cheered up and sure enough—things got worse. Castles in the air are all right until we try to move into them. But Uncle Ed is glad he lives in American, the land of the free—with other people’s money while he fines life as an everlasting struggle to keep money coming in and teeth and hair from coming out. Down in Texas where money is plentiful, as are many other things, people don’t worry much about anything except oil, and if you don’t know how to find Texas, just go south until you smell it and west until you step in it.

The three children of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Mattivi were baptized Thursday morning at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church by Rev. John Kuenneth. They are Donald Vern Jr., Michael Steven and Rebecca Jo.

About twenty young men and women with their Rector, from Cortez, Colorado, attended services at St. Paul’s Church last Sunday. They were on their way to the Evergreen Conference and stopped to visit with Father Kuenneth, who formerly lived in Cortez.

Mrs. Edith Carter is reported as progressing nicely after surgery at Porter’s Hospital in Denver. This is pleasing news to her numerous friends.

Congratulations are extended Frank Potter, who celebrated his 89th birthday last week. He says he is feeling quite chipper, and expects to celebrate his century birthday.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Mrs. Ethel States enjoyed a visit Monday with her grandson David Anderson, who came up from Denver with his friend Sandy.

Mrs. Jennie Zancannella, the Chases, and Mrs. Johnson attended the Lilia Hughes funeral on Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. John Pearce of Denver, former residents in the Toll Gate area, spent the weekend at their cabin in Gilpin Gardens.

Mrs. Lettie Gray was in Ft. Collins last week to see her son Milton Enter graduate from the Agricultural College as a full-fledged veterinarian.

After being in the hospital for three weeks, the 3 lb. infant son of Pastor and Mrs. Bob Korthius passed away. Sympathy is extended to the parents.

90 years ago – June 15, 1928

Nicholas Johns returned last Saturday evening from a week’s visit spent in Golden while doing jury duty.

Mr. and Mrs. Ellery Bennett motored down from Cheyenne, Wyoming, last Saturday to spend the Sabbath here with relatives and friends. They were accompanied Miss Josephine Kimball, who had been spending the winter with them in Cheyenne. Mr. Bennett is one of the head mechanics at the flying field at Cheyenne.

Mrs. Ellen Reseigh, of this city, who had been spending a year with her daughter, Mrs. S. Stevens, in Golden, returned home last week, accompanied by Mrs. Kurley of Arvada.

In the first baseball game of the season, played on Sunday last on the grounds at Quartz Valley, the locals went down to an ignominious defeat at the hands of the Georgetown team, to the tune of 31 to 10. The game was played in a drizzly rain, and it was almost impossible to play a good brand of ball considering the weather conditions. Polly Mattivi did the twirling for the locals and pitched a very good game, considering this was his first time in the pitcher’s box. The hits were few and scattered, but his support was not of the best, and which resulted in the above score. This coming Sunday afternoon, the locals will go to Empire where they will play the team of that place.

Claude McKay of this city received a letter from his brother Gale of Reno, Nevada, during the week, in which he mentioned of attending a Gilpin County picnic held in that city, at which at least 50 old Gilpinites were in attendance.

Surveyors were running lines on the mill site above the depot, on Tuesday, on which is to be built the new stamp mill for the “Chain O’ Mines” Company, who are operating so extensively on the “patch,” on Quartz Hill, and who contemplate bringing the ore through the Quartz Hill tunnel for treatment in their mill at the portal.

Russell Gulch has been in the limelight for the past few days, due to the dirty work of E. Lukens, a member of the staff of John Vivian’s prohibition force, who struck Mr. G. G. Wilson over the sea with his revolver and rendered him unconscious for hours, without any provocation, and as a result, Mr. Wilson is in the General hospital in Denver, suffering from his wounds. He was visited by Mr. Vivian in the hospital Wednesday and an investigation is called by him to determine if Lukens was justified in striking Wilson with the butt of his revolver. The cause of the trouble was a visit to the pool hall in Russell Gulch on Monday, by Martin Brink and E. Lukens, federal agents, in a search for liquor. When the agents entered the room, Mr. Wilson was playing a game of cards with Mr. Ress and others. Lukens asked for the proprietor and Ress answered hm. He demanded to search the place, and Ress told him to go ahead. Wilson and the others present were searched, but no liquor was found on any of them. When Wilson demanded of the officer by what right he had to search him, he was felled by Lukens with a blow on the head with the butt of his revolver, rendering him unconscious. Wilson was taken to Idaho Springs for treatment by Dr. C.C. Crawford, and later transported to the General Hospital in Denver. From Wilson’s story told to Vivian in the hospital, and from those in the room at the time the affair happened, there was no occasion for the brutal attack made on him by Lukens and a thorough investigation is demanded by friends of Mr. Wilson, and the law abiding citizens of the community. The federal agents found seven quart ginger ale bottles containing liquor on the premises, and Mr. Ress was arrested and released under $1,500 bond.

120 years ago – June 17, 1898

Mrs. W.C. Fullerton, of this city, had a birthday party last week in honor of her daughter Eva’s sixteenth birthday. A very pleasant time was enjoyed by all in social games and other amusements, after which all partook of a handsome spread prepared by her mother. Among those present were Misses Maggie and Mamie Gilmour, Marion Withrow, Dorothy Atcheson, Mary McLeod, Maude Elliott, Carrie and Celia French, Lottie Hafter, Melita Lewis, Alice Williams, Viola Fontaine, Ada Bachelder, and Masters Horace Kruse, James Gilmour, Herman Hansen, and Brooks Fullerton.

The Golden baseball team played a game at the ball park in this city Sunday last, with the Gold Coin team of this city, the score being 17 Golden to 16 for the Gold Coin team.

Miss Margaret Davis, a sister of Edward W. Davis of this city, was married to Mr. Frank Stansfield, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Williams, in Denver, on Wednesday last.

Sidney Chappell, a young boy sixteen years of age of Nevadaville, received serious injuries in a runaway accident on Wednesday. He was driving one of Frank Mayhew’s teams, and was thrown out of the wagon and dragged a considerable distance. An examination by Drs. Robert and Davis showed a fracture of both bones of the forehead, cutting a hole in the membrane covering the brain. His case is considered serious.

William Goldworthy, while working in the Eagle Mill in Black Hawk, was struck on the head by a rock last Saturday, making a bad scalp wound.

The ’76 Gold Mining Company, operating the First Centennial property in Chase Gulch, during the month of May shipped 2,085 tons of mill ore, an average of nearly 70 tons daily to the mills of Black Hawk, all of which gave good returns, besides considerable smelting ore that went to the sampling works. Manager Forbes Rickard is ready to let another contract to sink the shaft 100 feet deeper, its present depth being 250 feet from the surface. Mr. Rickard figured up the actual cost of producing a ton of ore at the mine, as well as treatment charges, and found the total to be only $3.93 per ton. During the past week some smelting ore was taken out of the stopes that assayed from $100 to $200 per ton. A force of 55 men is working on the property, and good headway is being made in all portions of the mine.

Messrs. Collins Brothers are working from 15 to 20 men in the Keien German property on Mammoth Hill, the ore going out by way of the Bobtail tunnel, for treatment in the Rocky Mountain Concentrator at Black Hawk.

The shaft on the Bon Ton Mine in Russell District is now down to a depth of 265 feet, and drifts have been commenced both east and west from that point, both of which show up well, the latest assay of the mineral streak showing values of $87 per ton. The bottom of the shaft shows a crevice nearly three feet in width, and sinking another shaft of 100 feet will start in the near future.

Born: In Central City, June 8th, 1898, to the wife of William Rothouse, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, June 9th, 1898, to the wife of Peter F. Sonae, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, June 7th, 1898, to the wife of William B. Beall, a son.

Born: In Central City, June 13th, 1898, to the wife of Fred Stevens, a daughter.

Born: In Russell Gulch, June 11th, 1898, to the wife of John Hughes, a daughter.

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