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30 years ago – July 1, 1988

Three years ago Robert “Bob” Hoffman decided that he wanted to be in law enforcement. On Monday, his ambition was realized when he started working for the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department. In conjunction with starting a new job, he and his family are busy looking for a house in Gilpin County. Bob and his wife, Cheryl, are looking forward to making this county their home. “I love the mountains,” he said. Hoffman graduated from the police academy at Arapahoe Community College in May. He is proud of the fact that he was on the Dean’s list at the academy. Proper to assuming his duties with the sheriff’s department, Hoffman served as a reserve officer on the Englewood Police Department. Sheriff Rosetta Anderle said this week, “I feel Bob will be a good officer on the force. He was the most qualified,” she continued, “of the four applicants that were interviewed.” Hoffman fills the gap on the force since David Martinez, former Undersheriff, resigned in April.

No one knew there were so many bears living in Gilpin County. Well, there are, and of all colors, sizes, and shapes! What could be a better combination than to kids and teddy bears attending a tea party? The “Teddy Bear Tea Party” at the Gilpin County Library proved to be a success on Wednesday. One of the storytellers at the library, Amy Thomas, said, “We counted 40 kids, then we lost count.” Bears at the event certainly outnumbered the kids. One little girl brought six bears to the party, quickly adding that she had more bears at home. Preschoolers were entertained with the story of “Paddington Bear,” and sang along to “Teddy Bears’ Picnic.” Older kids were treated to the ever youthful “Winnie the Pooh.” After story time, both kids and bears enjoyed cookies and Kool-Aid, along with honey and marmalade sandwiches. The sandwiches, said Thomas, are the favorites of both Winnie and Paddington.

Andrew and Dawn Danville’s three year old son, while playing at home on Monday, cut his leg and received 17 stitches, reports his Mom. He was doing fine as of Monday night.

Boe Nicholson, son of Craig and Jeanne Nicholson of Gilpin County, will represent Colorado at the 25th National Youth Science Camp to be held in the eastern highlands of West Virginia. The National Youth Science Camp was designed to honor and encourage the nation’s most outstanding high school science students by inviting them to exchange ideas with leading scientists and other professionals from academic, corporate, and government worlds. Boe is a recent graduate of Gilpin County RE-1 School, and he plans to attend the University of Colorado in the fall, and will be majoring in pre-medical Biology.

Died: Edwin Bertram Adler, of Rollinsville, died at his home on June 24, 1988. He was 65 years old. He was the son of Max Adler and Sara Michaelson Adler, who both preceded him in death. Edwin was born on October 10, 1922, in Ohio, but his family moved to Florida, where he was raised. During World War II, he was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, and made his home in this state ever since. On December 21, 1944, he married Fern Marsh in Tampa, Florida. The couple recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. Edwin was a man who enjoyed people. He was devoted to his family and always had a joke to tell to anyone whom he could catch off guard. Edwin and his father started, owned, and operated the Owl Drug Stores in the Denver area. They grew from a single location to five locations at their peak. Edwin retired in 1973 for health reasons. Edwin was involved with the Boys Club of America because he wanted to help the youth in the Denver area. He put on many programs portraying the dangers involved with drugs. He was also a member of the Columbine Masonic Lodge, the Shriners Anezeh Temple in Mexico, and the Royal Order of Jesters. Edwin loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing. He and his family made the Rollinsville area their home for more than 30 years and it is a fitting tribute that he ended his life in the place he so dearly loved. At the request of his family his body was cremated and a private gathering of his family and friends will be scheduled at a later date. Survivors include his wife and three sons, Ken, Steve, and Dan Adler, all of Rollinsville.

60 years ago – July 4, 1958

Central City Nuggets:

The Central City Opera House Association launched the first rocket of the 1958 season last Saturday night. “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “I, Pagliacci” have zoomed into orbit and the sounds reverberating from the Opera House prove a resounding success.

A 22 year old Lakewood man was killed Sunday night when his car plunged 71 feet down a sheer embankment off the Virginia Canyon Road just north of Idaho Springs. The victim was identified as Dwaine F. Dempsey, 22. Police said Dempsey died instantly of a broken back and other injuries.

County Treasurer Hugh L. Larry returned last Friday from a vacation trip to Portland, Oregon. Hugh reported a most pleasant visit with relatives and in explaining just how much he enjoyed the plane ride, he broke away from the subject and said that Oregon had wonderful roads and pretty girls, particularly the hostesses on the plane. Hugh, we thought you made the trip to visit relatives, and not to view the roads and flirt with pretty girls!

Frank Daugherty was taken to Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver, Monday night by Morgan Gray, suffering from a relapse of his bronchial condition. He has been home only a few days, but it is hoped his return to the hospital will prove most beneficial.

Today, Friday, happens to be the Fourth of July. And while the fourth occurs every year it doesn’t always fall on a Friday. When it does, or for that matter when any holiday claims Friday as its host, it provides a three day vacation period. It will be a period also for reckless and greedy drivers and as hell isn’t half full yet, there will be plenty of room without touching elbows. The devil and the mortician are both waiting secure in their belief that business is bound to come their way.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

After spending the past season with relatives in Denver, Bud Klein is happy to be home again and get in some good fishing.

Mrs. Vernon Quinn and two sons of Denver were Monday callers at the James Robins home.

Mr. and Mrs. James Betts and daughters Patte and Virginia of Arvada were Sunday guests of the Chas. Robins. They enjoyed a picnic lunch at Cold Springs.

Mrs. Vernon Pepper and daughters of Longmont, and Mrs. Jerry Robinson of Denver were last Thursday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Blake.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Grose, who celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hansen are planning a large family picnic in the vicinity of the James Robins place on July 4th. The occasion is the 50th wedding anniversary of the Hansen’s who formerly lived here, but now reside in Golden.

Born: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eccker are the proud parents of a baby girl born July 1st at Rose Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces, and has been named Kathy Kay.

90 years ago – July 6, 1928

Mrs. C. Schroeder of Denver, accompanied by Miss Florence Scales, of Phoenix, Arizona, came up from Denver Saturday on a visit with her father, Mr. Peter McFarlane.

Mrs. Mae Bertegnolli, formerly of this city, underwent a serious operation at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver some time ago, and has returned home greatly improved as the result.

Attorney Leroy J. Williams came up from Denver Friday evening, to attend to business matters.

Dr. Warren and wife came up from Denver Tuesday evening, to spend the fourth, and were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy J. Williams during their stay.

How to Make Gonoquis, by Nellie Maxwell: (These are ethereal dumplings in America.) Bring to a boil one cupful of milk, add six tablespoonful’s of flour to a little cold milk and mix well, then add to the boiling milk; stir and cook until smooth and thick. Remove from the heat and add two egg yolks, beating well after each, add salt and pepper and a half cupful of grated cheese. Have ready a pan of boiling water and drop the dumplings, measured between two teaspoons, into the boiling salted water. When they rise to the top, skim them out, drain well, and put onto a large flat dish. Pour over, when all are done, one cupful of rich white sauce using one cupful of thin cream. Sprinkle with more cheese and brown in a hot oven or under the gas flame. These are nice for a dessert served with hot maple syrup poured around them.

The mining industry continues to become more stable and production and demand for such metals as copper, silver, and zinc is increasingly better balanced. A revived demand, in particular for copper, is making conditions satisfactory to both consumer and producer, and is doing away with unnecessary price fluctuations. Many states directly, and the whole country indirectly, are benefitting by the progress in mining. A fine record is being made in the difficult work of doing away with the chaotic confusion associated with its early days. Public understanding and trust in this essential industry are on the increase, assuring a bright future.

120 years ago – July 8, 1898

Mr. Arthur Potter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Potter of this city, who has been attending school at Ann Arbor, Michigan, is spending his vacation in Denver and Central City.

Ernest Rodda, George Ashbaugh, F. Simmons, Clarence Morgan and W. Richards, formed a party who camped out at Boulder Park from Saturday until Tuesday.

Emil Carlson, a miner working in the First Centennial Mine in Chase Gulch, was seriously injured by a blast in a stope in which he was working. He and his partner had drilled four holes, packed with powder, ignited, but only three were heard to explode. Carlson went up to see why the fourth had not responded and was leaning over the hole when the explosion followed, horribly mutilating his head and body. He was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver with but little hope for his recovery.

Pat Brown and Dan Hanifan, miners working in the Cook Mine, in Gregory Gulch, were seriously injured Thursday, by drilling into a missed hole packed with powder and not triggered in the shaft. The explosion tore away portions of Brown’s head and neck, and several pieces of rock cut into the stomach of Hanifan. The conditions of both men are considered serious by Drs. Ashbaugh and Allison, who were summoned to attend to them.

The foot race between T.J. Newlun of Nevadaville and Frank Render of Loveland, took place in Nevadaville, on Friday evening, and was won by the former by eighteen inches.

Mrs. W.W. Wiliams of Russell Gulch, while going down some steps on Sunday, slipped and fell, breaking one of her limbs in two places.

James Seccomb, superintendent of the Alger-Kansas Mine, on Quartz Hill, was thrown out of his buggy in a runaway in Russell Gulch Friday afternoon, and had his right leg above the knee broken. He was taken to Denver Saturday, where his family resides.

The ore body in the Lillian Mine in Russell Gulch, being developed under the management of Mr. Craig, improves with development work, and shipments are being maintained to the mills and sampling works. In the talc streak in the mine there is considerable smelting ore, which is being saved by washing the ore as it comes from the mine, and separating the mineral from the talc. This mineral is worth from $50 to $100 per ton.

The Pewabic Tunnel in Russell Gulch is being operated by Denver and Colorado Springs parties, under a lease of fifteen years. The main tunnel is in the mountain 843 feet and is being driven ahead to cut some veins which are owned by these parties. The work so far down has been more of a prospecting proposition, to open up ore bodies and several lots of ore are now being held for shipment to the concentration works at Black Hawk, as test lots, and if returns are satisfactory a big tonnage can be sent out daily.

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