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30 years ago – July 29, 1988

Local cemeteries open a window into the past. A walk through one of Gilpin County’s many old graveyards provides insight into the history of the area. The oldest cemetery in Gilpin County, the Dory Hill Cemetery, is, in fact, the first cemetery established in the State of Colorado. Located off Colorado Highway 119, north of Black Hawk, Dory Hill’s founding is clouded in the mists of history.There are at least two stories circulating about its establishment. While hunting on the Dory Ranch, goes the story told by Dan Monroe, president of the Gilpin County Historical Society, John Hull was accidentally shot and killed. He was buried at the scene and the cemetery came into being. The shirt Hull was wearing when he was shot, with the bullet hole, is on display at the Central City Einin Museum, located on Spring Street. Another version of the cemetery’s creation, reported in the Colorado Genealogy Magazine, holds that a family passing through the area experienced the death of a child. The bereaved mother said she could go no further, and the child was buried near the spot where he died. Other burials followed, and the cemetery was established.

On a hillside above Central City, on the road to Nevadaville, is the Masonic Cemetery, dating from the same period as the Dory Hill Cemetery. Its tombstones are visible, dotting the hillsides, from the scenic overlook above Spring Street. It is here that Gilpin County’s first sheriff, William Zane Cozens, and his wife, Mary, laid to rest a young son and daughter. The early history of the mountain communities can be discerned from a reading of the tombstones. People died at an early age, with outbreaks of disease sometimes sweeping through the mountains before the days of modern medicine. It is not uncommon to see one tombstone with the names of at least two family members engraved in the stone. Many tombstones identify both a mother and a child, giving insight into the complications suffered during childbirth. “Our Darling Baby,” and sentiments expressing the grief of parents are a testament to the difficult life that faced children in the early days. All by itself, on a windswept hilltop at Missouri Flats, is a small grave surrounded by a wrought iron fence. Although the original gravestone has been vandalized the plot holds the remains of Clara A. Dulaney, the daughter of D.F., and D. Dulaney. Clara died July 5, 1865, aged one year, five months, and 12 days. It was the little girl’s father who’s staked the Joe Reynolds Mine in Lawson, Colorado, just over the hill in Clear Creek County. Several others were buried near Clara in what was once the Missouri City Cemetery, but their graves are no longer discernible. The land has been reclaimed by the forces of nature. Tucked away deep in the woods, two of the prettiest and most serene graveyards in the county are the Russell Gulch and Glad Mountain cemeteries. Many of the stones tell of the origins of the person whose final resting place they mark, and provide a record of the region’s earliest settlers. “Native of Cornwall,” advises one. “Who came from Wales,” said another. Interest in local history is encouraged, and visitors to these historic cemeteries are welcome. Remember, though, these are not old, abandoned graveyards. The descendants of many of the people buried here still live in the area, and each and every one of these cemeteries is still in use today. Be aware that state law imposes an automatic fine of $500 against anyone who vandalizes a cemetery. Most importantly, please respect the feelings and memories of those whose loved ones are buried here.

The third annual Masonic Pilgrimage in Central City was held July 23, with a parade featuring 130 marchers, including the EJ Shriners Bagpipe Band, clowns, Eastern Star Ladies, Rainbow Girls, and Job’s Daughters. A hundred years ago, the pilgrimage was an annual event, but it was discontinued in the 1960s, although an observance continued to be held at the Masonic Memorial yearly. In 1986 the parade was again held, with 30 people participating. Last year attendance rose to 60. This year’s large turnout bodes well for the future of the event. The current Central City Masonic Lodge is located on Eureka Street. The building has housed the Register-Call ever since the paper began publishing, although the building is owned by the Masons. Jean Bernier of Black Hawk led the parade from Central City to Black Hawk.

60 years ago – August 1, 1958

Central City Nuggets:

Once again, several dirty, rotten thugs and scoundrels have invaded Central City, and created vandalism in throwing rocks through the plate glass windows of various business establishments. About two months ago, the large plate glass window at the Pharmacy was broken by a large rock, and Saturday night it was a repetition of that depredation, when three windows were broken, one at the Teller House, one at Vern Sorenson’s Chandelier store, and one at the Smorgasbord. It happened at about 2:30 o’clock Sunday morning, when the city officers were patrolling the several High Streets. Both County and City officers, as well as the State Patrol are investigating the few meager clues obtained, and it is hope their work will prove successful. And if the culprits are apprehended, no matter what age, they should be sentenced to an institution where they will be assigned to breaking large rocks into little ones, and not throwing them through windows.

The new ditch digger, purchased recently by the City of Central is undergoing initiation work this week in digging 12 to 15 feet of dirt, rotten timbers and refuse from the top of the flume alongside the East side of the Teller House, where the flume has caved in. Street Commissioner Joe Menegatti, with the help of Roy Mumford and “George” have been taking turns in learning the action of the various intricate levers, and have been doing a right smart job. It is the intention to recap the top of the flume with heavy timbers, the first of this type of work for the past fifty years.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Recent visitors to the homes of John and George Anderle, were Mrs. Mary Sears of Portland, Oregon, and daughters Evelyn and Sharen and Mrs. Barney Bryant and two children of Durango. Mrs. Sears is a sister of George and John Anderle.

Mrs. Maude Rule Ludwig, aunt of Luella Fritz, passed away at a Denver hospital on Tuesday of last week. She had been in poor health with arthritis for many years and recently developed a heart condition.

Mr. Wm. Vierling of St. Charles, Mo., had his first trip to the mountains, when he visited his son Ben and Mrs. Vierling last week. He returned home on Tuesday.

Mr. Wilbur Rule of Grand Junction spent last week with his niece, Mrs. Luella Fritz.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Cull and her father, Mr. Krewenhaus, arrived last Monday from St. Louis, Mo., and will spend some time at the Cull house in Chase Gulch.

Rev. and Mrs. Paul V. Neal and family, formerly of Aurora, Colorado, who are now serving the First Presbyterian Church of Whitefish, Montana, are at their summer cabin for a month in the Cold Spring area.

Rollinsville Amalgam:

Terry Bradford had the misfortune to be bitten by a dog last week. He was taken to a doctor who dressed the wound and gave him a shot.

Jim Davenport has finished the concrete foundation for the Davenport’s home.

Diners at the Stage Stop Wednesday evening were the Mike Neals, Mrs. Ann Mortenson, and the Edward Walkers.

Mrs. George Sersante, daughter of the A.E. Lawrences, returned to her home in Lakewood after being hospitalized. She is still very ill.

Mr. Ray LeZotte is doing improvement at the Rollinsville School while Jim Davenport, Jr., is cleaning.

We regret that Hank Place is ill at the Boulder Community Hospital.

It is good news to hear that Mrs. Jim Robins’ broken hip has improved enough so that she is able to be out on crutches.

Best wishes and congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Gush Rudolph, who remarried recently in Idaho Springs. They will live on the Rudolph Ranch.

Sergeant Walter Slykh and family and friends stopped at Cap’s Lodge enroute from Alabama to Salt Lake City, where he is stationed at the University of Utah. Interesting pictures of Japan taken during Sgt. Slykh’s three years in that country were shown to some of the Skyline people. Other visitors at the Lodge were the Ray Jean family of Littleton, the Dick Maycumbers of Englewood, Mr. and Mrs. Roy ad the Lloyd Smiths of St. Louis Michigan.

Mrs. Al Hansen reports that when she returned from Cheyenne and Denver last Friday, the trash barrel had again been upset. Could it have been the brown bear which caused so much furor last summer?

90 years ago – August 3, 1928

Mr. Horace Kruse came up from New Mexico on Tuesday morning, on a short visit with his mother, sister, and other relatives.

Mr. H.J. Teller left for Denver Monday morning, on a short visit at the state capital, and to look after business matters.

Dr. Muchow, president, and Miss E. A. Hart, secretary of the Chain O’ Mines Company, of Evanston, Ill., arrived in Central on Sunday, on a short visit and to see how work was progressing at the new mill being erected for the company.

Mrs. W.H. Starr, of Belmont, Kansas, her son and wife, John N. Starr, of Tonkawa, Oklahoma, and Mr. and Mrs. V.E. Starr, of Conrad, Montana, who are spending their vacation in the mountains in the vicinity of Nederland, motored over to Central on Thursday of last week, on a visit to the old home in Black Hawk, and with old timers of the early ‘70s who might still be found in the county. Mr. W. H. Starr and family were residents of Black Hawk in 1873, and Mr. Starr delivered water to the residents of our sister city, in barrels, from springs up Clear Creek, and John N. Starr, the son, was one of the carriers of the Daily Register to the subscribers in Black Hawk. The government has named a mountain to the north and east of Black hawk, the “Starr Mountain” in honor of Mr. Starr.

If you want to contemplate the mutations of time, just consider Clear Creek and Gilpin counties being linked with two others in a senatorial district—counties which once dominated the political life of the state. Clear Creek, among other notables, furnished Bill Hammill, long the “boss” of the Republican party of the state. The Kingdom of Gilpin furnished governors and United States Senators, Teller, Wolcott, Hill and a long line of distinguished men. In the “roaring sixties,” Gilpin was the center of the industrial and political life of the state, pouring out its golden wealth in generous measure, the lodestone that induced men in a moment to make the long and dangerous journey across the plans, beset by hostile Indians and presented with the terrors of sun-baked waste. Gilpin County served nobly in its destiny in the building of Colorado. Central City, Black Hawk, Nevadaville, Russell Gulch, one hears on every tongue. —From the Steamboat Pilot.

How to Make Ice Box Pudding, by Nellie Maxwell: Take one half cupful of minute tapioca and add to one pint of hot grape juice, place in a double boiler and let stand over hot water until cooked and clear. Add one cupful of sugar, remove from the heat, and add one fourth cupful of orange juice, one small bottle of maraschino cherries cut fine, using the juice. Cool and, before the tapioca is thick, pour into a greased mold lined with split lady fingers or strips of sponge cake. Chill twelve hours. Unmold and slice. Serve with whipped cream.

The Virginia Mining Company has recently made a record in sinking their main working shaft 100 feet in 30 working days. This was done with two shifts per day and a total of seven men. The work was commenced at a depth of 270 feet and finished at a depth of 370 feet. Near the bottom of the shaft, a junction of another vein with their main vein was encountered. It appears as though the main ore body on the east side and where they had to drift 140 feet to catch it on the 270 foot level has extended clear over to the shaft at the present depth, which seems to prove the prediction made that the ore would be even better and larger lower down. Owing to this junction of veins, it was figured by the management that another ore shoot would be encountered on the west side. As no work had been done on this side of the shaft, a drift was started here. A fine mineralized vein four and one half feet wide with two good hard walls seems to be fast making into a solid ore body with a good gold content. The miners believe they will have this all in place within the next 10 or 15 feet, and the situation is now very interesting. In the meantime, the company has assurance that the flotation machine for their mill is being made in Denver, and all be ready for them the later part of this week. Four cells were completed on Tuesday, and it is hoped that next week they can being installing this. —Idaho Springs Journal.

Died: In Black Hawk, July 28th, 1928, to the wife of George Plank, a daughter.

120 years ago – August 5, 1898

The Misses Zelia and Mollie Rank, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Rank, arrived from Denver on Wednesday evening on a visit with Miss Alice Williams.

Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Jenkins and son, who had been enjoying themselves in Middle Park for a couple of weeks, returned home on Friday.

The Misses Eugenia and Stella McFarlane, daughters of Mr and Mrs. W. O. McFarlane, of Denver, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Peter McFarlane, of this city.

Mrs. Helen L. Grenfell, of Black Hawk, superintended of schools, is spending a well-earned vacation at Glenwood Springs.

Anton Mehrlich, a former business man of Black Hawk, is now located in Leadville, where he has accepted a position with one of the firms in that city.

Information has been received that Richard Williams, a son-in-law of Mrs. James Crabs, of this city, was killed at Butte City, Montana, on Tuesday last.

The ore shipments for the month of July from the Black Hawk station of the Gulf road to the smelters at Denver and other points in the state, totaled 279 carloads, or 4,464 tons. The shipments for the same month last year was 280 carloads, showing that production and shipments are keeping up close to last year, which was one of the most prosperous in its history.

Another rich strike was made at the Topeka Mine, in Russell Gulch, the first of the week, in the west 8th level, and superintendent Sherman Harris reports the milling ore shows a crevice four feet in width, with a smelting streak a foot and more in width. The first shipment to the mills from this point, returned 10 ounces gold to the cord, and a cord was sent to the sampling works, of 8 and one half tons, which returned over $100 per ton. Besides the work being down in the 8th west level, four other levels are being extended and a wine is being sunk from the 8th to the 9th level. The daily shipments to the mills are from 30 to 40 tons, which is returning 4 ounces gold to the cord, and improving daily. A force of 35 men are working on the property, which ranks as one of the best in the county.

Born: In Central City, August 3rd, 1898, to the wife of Gus Hedstrom, a son.

Married: In Denver, July 30th, 1898, John W. Callinan and Miss Iona B. Knight, of Central City.

Died: In Central City, July 29th, 1898, daughter of Mr and Mrs. John Miller, aged 10 months.

Died: In Central City, August 3rd, 1898, Fred, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Cowling, aged 2 years and 2 months.

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