30 years ago – June 17, 1988
“We expect to break through drifts over 30 feet in depth before we are done,” said Eric Kemp, Gilpin County Road & Bridge Supervisor, this week regarding the difficult task of clearing the Rollins Pass Road.Klemp, accompanied by Gilpin County Commissioner Carroll Beck, had just arrived at Yankee Doodle Lake, elevation 10,711 feet, on Tuesday. The previous day, snow removal equipment was moved into position to start opening the scenic road. The road winds its narrow way up to the summit, at about 11,700 feet. Klemp expects to have the road opened toward the end of next week. The Gilpin County road crew is in charge of the project and they are working in conjunction with the members of the Boulder County road crew. Boulder County has one snow removal machine at the site. The lengthy road winds in and out of both Gilpin and Boulder counties and eventually makes its way over the Continental Divide. The road was originally opened in the mid-1870s as a wagon trail to the West. In the early 1900s the trail was converted to rail and used until the 1930s. The present road was constructed in the mid-1950s. It was closed in 1979 when the Needle’s Eye Tunnel, above Yankee Doodle Lake, caved in. Last year, restoration work to make the road accessible to traffic, began on the tunnel. Klemp informed the Gilpin County Commissioners on June 6 that the deadline for opening the road was July 3.
The state flag of Colorado is proudly waving in the breeze high above the John Gregory memorial, located on Gregory Street in Black Hawk. Presented to the people of the community by the Continental Divide Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the flag was accepted and raised by Norman Blake on June 12, following a brief ceremony. The flag was given “in memory of the thousands of prospectors and pioneers who carved a city from this mountain vastness and mined earth’s most precious mineral in this area,” according to DAR Chapter Regent Tina Fenimore. The stone memorial, which honors Gregory’s discovery of gold, was built on a barren yellow patch of dirt. Lorraine Crowe, who lives next door to the memorial, has spent many hours landscaping the area, turning it into a small oasis of green grass and brightly colored flowers.
The Register-Call staff extends our condolences to Charlotte Keim and family regarding the recent passing of her mother, Regina Johnson.
Died: Regina Johnson, formerly of Dumont, passed away on June 10, 1988. She was 75 years old. Born Regina Sidon on December 8, 1912, she was the daughter of William Sidon and Anna Herschkovitz Sidon. Regina married her husband, George C. Johnson, on August 12, 1929. He preceded her in death in 1986. Regina Johnson retired from Honeywell, Inc. in 1969 where she was employed in the order entry area and as a sales analyst. Johnson was a member of the Colorado Garden Club of Idaho Springs, and the American Association of Retired Persons. She is survived by her daughter Charlotte Keim, postmaster and resident of Central City; her grandson, Ran Keim of Greeley; her granddaughter, Debora Rothrock of California; two brothers, Harry Sidon of Arizona and Nathan Sidon of California, and two great-great grandchildren. Services were held on June 14 at Chapel Hill Mortuary Chapel. Interment was at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Littleton.
Died: Hazel L. Davis, formerly of Gilpin County, passed away June 7, 1988 at Castle Gardens in Northglenn. She was 85 years of age and had been living with her granddaughter, Judy Price, in Norhglenn for the past two years. Davis was a resident of Nevadaville, Black Hawk, and Central City for most of the time from 1956 to 1979. At one time, she operated a laundry and later a restaurant. Among her many activities, she was associated with The Tommy Knocker and the Business Men’s Association, and was active in serving lunches to Gilpin County seniors. Davis was the Reigning Queen of the Wintershire Ball in 1978. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ellen Branning of Grand Junction, and Mrs. Charlyn Roberts of Olivehurst, California; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchilren; three brothers, Gene Crosswhite of Nevadaville, and Percy and Tom Crosswhite of California; and five sisters, Lucy Graves of New Mexico, Mae Lambert of Castle Rock, and Eleanor Warner, Esther Ellis and Doris Michael of the Denver area.
Died: Roy H. Addyman died June 8, 1988, in Oceanside, California, at the age of 90. Born December 11, 1897, Addyman was a former longtime resident of Black Hawk, where he served as City Marshal from the late 1950s to the mid-60s. He lived some 30 years in Black Hawk and also owned a cabin and mine below Missouri Lakes. Addyman is survived by his wife, Mildred, son Jerry, who lives in Buena Vista and serves as a mine inspector for this area, and five daughters. Funeral services were held June 13, in Oceanside, with burial at Glen Haven Memorial Park in San Francisco, California.
60 years ago – June 20, 1958
Central City Nuggets:
Across the Cross Roads, by A.F. Mayham: When the thought occurs to anyone, and it usually does to all of us, that all the world is queer but me and thee and sometimes I think even thee, see how queer it is to expect the government to foot the bill for slaying grasshoppers. We have surpluses of farm produce stored away so why not let the hoppers have a little—they have to eat the same as other forms of life. The restaurants could serve hopper sandwiches and as the old lady said, “it’s a matter of choice” when she kissed the cow. The queer part in this particular event is that every time someone wants the government to go 50-50 or 90-10 on a project, the mazooma comes out of the tax payers pocket with an administration fee added and the job could be done locally much cheaper—so don’t kick about taxes—you asked for them. Grasshoppers and mosquitos were slain, swatted and burned long before there was an income tax; just a poll tax and occasionally the poll was consumed. He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas and taxes. There was a time when freedom to think and act without withholding that right from others evolved humanity—to do otherwise was a sin against nature. We have had plenty of lessons from the teachings of Moses, Socrates, Solomon, Pythagoras, Loyola, Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed, but we are so queer in our quest to get nowhere that we pass up all the good ways and take the throne path and become like a pail of which the bottom is out. A poor example is the best sermon, illustrated by a fellow who was cutting down on his living expenses. He was teaching his mule not to eat and got the animal down to one straw a day—he died. So let the grasshoppers have a meal or two and turn in the turkeys to gobble them up and get fat for Thanksgiving and other festive occasions. Turkeys like hoppers, fish like worms, and we like both hoppers and worms converted into turkeys and fish, with taxes added. If there is still a surplus of hoppers, pack them up and send them over to Europe with other donations.
George Justice suffered a slight stroke last Wednesday and is at Rose Memorial Hospital. They are presently residing in Sedalia, Colorado.
Central City was well represented in the parade in Idaho Springs last Saturday in the celebration of the Gold Rush Days. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Person and daughter, Arline, and three other equestrians made a fine appearance on high-spirited and good looking horses, all the riders being dressed in Western garb. The Firemen’s Auxiliary riding on the old hose cart received much applause, as well as Bill Russell mounted on his high, two-wheeled velocipede.
Four persons from Nebraska were injured late Tuesday night, when the car in which they were riding smashed into a light pole on Gregory Street, breaking it into two and allowing the upper wires controlling the street lights here and in Black Hawk to fall to the ground, causing all lights on these circuits to be put out of commission for several hours. They were taken to Idaho Springs by Officer Ozzie Waters for treatment from Dr. Fowler and later, at a hearing before J.P. Turner of Black Hawk, were assessed a high fine for reckless driving, which they paid and were allowed to continue their journey.
90 years ago – June 22, 1928
Mr. and Mrs. Evan Morgan left for Denver last week, where the latter had her tonsils removed, in the hope that she would have better health.
Mrs. Everett McCoy and daughter, Louie, of Denver, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Willis Wolfe and Thomas Stribley of Great Falls, Montana, arrived in Central Saturday afternoon, all returning to Denver Monday morning, where Mrs. McCoy and Mrs. Wolfe will attend the summer school at the Denver University.
In a game of baseball, which was a veritable slug fest played last Sunday afternoon between the teams of Gilpin County and Empire, at the latter grounds, the home team was victorious by the score of 25 to 15. Ten innings were necessary as each team had 15 runs at the end of the ninth inning. The home team played far better baseball than the game here two weeks ago with the Georgetown team and with the practice should be able to play with many of the best teams of the state.
Died: William Gray, a former well-known resident of Gilpin County and a brother to Frank Gray of this city, was found unconscious by his wife at his home in Denver, Wednesday noon. He died in an ambulance en route to a hospital. When Mrs. Gray came home for lunch, she found all the doors locked, and gained entrance by taking off a screen from the bathroom window, and found her husband with his head leaning on the table, and all the gas jets turned on, and the room filled with gas. Mrs. Gray said when she and the children left home Wednesday morning, Mr. Gray was still in bed, not feeling well enough to get up and go to work. The open gas jets and the locked door indicates that Mr. Gray committed suicide, which could have been caused by despondency, ill health, and the loss of his savings in one the banks that closed there recently. When residing here, he and his brothers were engaged in quartz hauling, and did a prosperous business. He married a daughter of Mr. William Mitchell, of Mountain City, and for years past made Denver his home, where he was a shipping clerk for Swift & Company. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Olivine Clement and Wilma Gray, and a son, William James.
120 years ago – June 22, 1898
Five new cottages being built on Casey Avenue, by the Harley Brothers are all about completed, and all have been rented.
Master Robert and Richard Harris are up from Denver on a visit with their “dad,” Ed. L. Harris.
Mr. Fritz Altvater was in Denver on Monday and saw the soldier boys leave for California.
Miss Jennie Becker, daughter of Judge Clayton F. Becker, is up from Denver, on a visit with relatives.
Arrangements are being made for a glorious Fourth of July celebration in Nevadaville, and between $500 and $600 will be raised for prizes to be offered in the various sports and games during the day.
The graduation exercises of the Black Hawk public schools took place in the Presbyterian Church Thursday evening. The graduates were: Alice C. Barton, Daisy M. Tabb, Olive M. Barton, May S. Windle, Robert L. Cundy, Fred C. Fick, Ernest L. Clark, and Frank N. Jones.
Hugh Collick, a miner working in the Peterson Mine on Bobtail Hill, was badly injured Thursday afternoon after being struck on the head and shoulders by a bucket of rock that was being hoisted rom the shaft, falling a distance of 30 feet. Several of his ribs were torn from his backbones and his injuries were considered very serious by Dr. Richmond, of Black Hawk, who attended him.
Manager Craig, of the Lillian property on Pewabic Mountain in Russell Gulch District, report that another ore body has been struck in the 100 foot west level, which now gives them two ore bodies to work on. Sinking the main shaft from a depth of 115 feet is now being carried on with day and night shifts, for another 100 feet, and the bottom of the shaft shows a nice crevice of ore. Enough ore is being taken out to keep a battery of five stamps dropping in one of the mills at Black Hawk, which is returning from 2 to 3.5 ounces gold to the cord, with tailings worth $20 per ton. A test of ore will be sent to the concentrator for treatment, to determine which process is best adapted to saving the values.
Born: In Central City, June 20th, 1898, to the wife of Oscar Williams, a daughter.
Born: In Apex, June 20th, 1898, to the wife of Frank Lightfoot, a son.
Married: In Marquette, Michigan, June 16th, 1898, Mr. Richard Casey and Mrs. Grace Pascoe, both of Nevadaville.
Married: In Central City, June 22nd, 1898 Rev. A. MacKay officiating, Henry J. Ullmann and Miss Mary Heugel.
Married: In Denver, June 22nd, 1898, Harry J. Sears of Central and Miss Georgiana Ellingham, of Denver.
Died: In Black Hawk, June 20th, 1898, Mrs. Annie McDowell, aged 38 years.
Died: In Black Hawk, June 20th, 1898, Mrs. Mary Graham, aged 60 years.
Died: In Black hawk, June 24th, 1898, Rev. John Tonking, aged 55 years.
146 years ago – June, 1873
Allow us to suggest to the authorities of this city and Black Hawk that they would confer a lasting favor on a young man of this city by preventing him from obtaining intoxicating beverages, for when in that condition, he is liable to appropriate little articles which he has no earthly use for. He sails under the name of Sam Ryan. On Sunday last he entered this office during the absence of its proprietors and attaches, and varied off numerous articles of value, and of which we can get no trace. One more such performance will put him under lock and key.
A party of lessees, among them Eugene Teats, working on the Gregory crevice of the Briggs Mine, made a rich strike a few days since. They are drifting out a large block of ground east of the Briggs shaft, and about 250 feet from the surface. When we were in there week before last, the show was small, the crevice being narrow and carrying but little mineral. Within ten days it has opened out six or seven feet wide and the material is very rich. It seems to be one of the largest pockets, if it may be so termed, that has been opened in the Gregory vein of that mine for some years.
Some little stir was caused on the streets last evening, by the report that portions of a human skeleton were found in the University shaft on the Gunnels Lode. The report had its rise in the fact that two or three years ago a man disappeared very mysteriously from this city, and his hat was found in the shaft house of this mine The opening was filled up to a considerable depth with refuse rock from the upper levels, and it was supposed and repeatedly stated that the missing man’s remains would be found when the shaft came to be cleaned out. For some time past this work has been in progress, and yesterday some bones and pieces of flesh were found and brought down to Dr. Edmundson for examination. The Doctor is inclined to call the bones a part of the game work of a dog. If human remains are found at all, it will be at the bottom.
J.N. Nichols, a miner working on the Champion Lode in Trail Run District, was severely injured yesterday, under the following circumstances. The mine is about fifty feet deep and is operated with a windlass. Mr. Nichols had just put off a blast, and had gone down to send out the rock broken by it. Filling up the bucket, he hooked on the rope, but the powder smoke was very thick, and it must have been imperfectly done for, when the load had been raised about fifteen feet, the bucket became detached and fell back to the bottom, striking Mr. Nichols on the back of the head, knocking him down, and inflicting a number of severe cuts and bruises. His wounds were nicely dressed and he is getting along nicely.