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30 years ago – August 19, 1988

High Country Cable Systems, Inc. was granted an easement by the Board of Gilpin County Commissioners which will enable several subdivisions to have access to cable television. Michael Kruger, representing High Country Cable Systems, Inc. (HCC), requested the commissioners’ approval of the easement in order to continue negotiations with Union Rural Electric Association (UREA).The proposed cable system installation will be run on UREA utility poles. The subdivisions scheduled to be services with cable are Wondervu, Coal Creek Canyon, Pinecliffe, Rollinsville, Beaver Creek, Colorado Sierra, Gilpin Gardens, Thorn Lake and Missouri Lakes #1 and #2. Commissioner Carroll Beck, a resident of the Lakeview Subdivision, asked if the subdivision he resides in would have access to the cable system. Lakeview Subdivision is northeast of Missouri Lakes off of Highway 119. Kruger responded that it is a possibility. The easement was required because UREA power lines are on the county’s right of way. A date for cable service in these areas, to date, has not been confirmed.

That woman driving the Black Hawk fire marshal’s car this week is Margaret Bralish, the town’s new marshal. Sworn into office Monday by Judge Frederick B. Rodgers, “Marshal Margaret” is an experienced law officer. With 10 years’ experience in law enforcement, Bralish has been employed as a private investigator and institutional security officer, including positions in field training and supervision. In addition, she has worked for the security department at Fort St. Brain nuclear plant and as a patrol officer for the Loveland Police Department. Bralish moved to Gilpin County two and a half years ago from Denver. She is a doctor in naturopathic medicine. In addition to her law enforcement duties, the marshal will assist with the operation of Black Hawk’s water treatment plant and will help the town’s road department. Asked if she’ll be out digging ditches, “Marshal Margaret” replied, “I hope not, but I did put in my garden with a pickaxe, so if it comes up, hey, I guess I’ll just do it!” Bralish, who has a supply of uniforms from previous jobs, is not yet certified by the Colorado Low Enforcement Training Academy.

The Social Register:

Bobby Clay, Jr., resident of Black Hawk, was forced off U.S. Highway 6 by an unidentified driver on August 11. Clay, who was on his way home from Golden, suffered a broken sternum and thumb, cuts and bruises, and received stitches. He was taken to Lutheran Medical Center the night of the accident and was released on August 13. He continues to be sore, but is recuperating.

Julianne Cullar Lambert received her Master of Arts degree in curriculum and instruction for the University of Colorado in Boulder last week. The 1978 graduate of Clear Creek High School is a home economics related occupations counselor at Thornton High School and a member of the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society. Julie surprised her proud parents, Kay and Van Cullar, by inviting them to Boulder without telling them they’d be attending her graduation ceremony. Mom was all smiles, from ear to ear, the next day.

Died: James Corelli died at his home in Central City, August 12, 1988, after suffering a heart attack. He was 68 years old. Born June 1, 1920, in Gunnison, Colorado, Corelli was the son of Mary and Gabriel Corelli. He grew up in Gunnison, and served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He spent the years from 1941 to 1945 in service to his country in the Philippines and on Midway Island. Returning to Gunnison after his discharge from the Marines, Corelli married Nadine Dotson, also of Gunnison on June 16, 1950. The couple resided there until they moved to Gilpin County in 1966 where Corelli became county road supervisor. He worked in that capacity until 1977, when the family moved to Idaho Springs, where he was road supervisor for Clear Creek County until 1982. The Corelli’s moved back to Central City in 1984, and resided at their home on Pine Street. Corelli was baptized in the Community Church of Gunnison. He was a 40 year member of the International Order of Oddfellows, Gunnison Lodge Number 39, and also a member of Idaho Springs Lodge Number 607 of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He is survived by his wife, Nadine; two daughters, Karla Page of Parker, and Rickee Ryplewski of Longmont; his son, J.D. Corelli of Central City; two brothers, Eugene Corelli of Louisville, and Frank Corelli of Englewood; six sisters, These Ventrello of Delta, Gilda Ryder of Boulder, Julia Centrello of Aurora, Millie Poona of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mary Lu Gutierrez of Canyon City, and Carrie Zimmer of Canyon City; and his stepmother, Susie DeBuano, of Canyon City. Corelli enjoyed the outdoors and his occupation, as well as his family. The body was cremated at his request and the ashes will be scattered. Arrangements were handled by Romford Mortuary in Idaho Springs. Friends gathered at the Chandelier House Cafe in Central City, August 15, in his remembrance.

60 years ago – August 22, 1958

Central City Nuggets:

Douglas Morrison and wife were up from Denver, Tuesday, to attend the matinee and visit with old friends. Doug has been an employee of the Rock Drill Company for the past forty or more years, and upon his retirement intends to purchase a house here in Central City, the place of his birth, and spend his declining years in this land of enchantment.

A flash flood descended upon Central City and vicinity last Saturday afternoon, filling all culverts with sand and rocks and raising the water in the flume passing under the Teller House and Opera House to the limit. The storm was a 20 minute duration, and had it continued for another half hour, Black Hawk would have experienced the same kind of damage that occurred in the early 20s. Business houses were flooded, particularly Ye Olde Fashioned Eating House, on the ground floor of the Masonic building, where water broke in from the back, flooding the floors to a depth of over four inches. The culverts could not take care of the deluge and spilled over into the streets piling up sand and rocks along the main streets of town. It was indeed a helluva storm, and one of the worst in the past thirty years. The State Highway Department had their heavy trucks, graders and maintainers at work the following day, and the trucks of the City of Central under the expert supervision of Water and Street Commissioner Joe Menegatti are still working in cleaning up the damage.

The north and west sides of the Quiller building are being given a coat of paint and now present a most attractive appearance.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Wednesday, Mrs. Ethel States has the misfortune to fall on the slippery floor in her apartment, and broke her arm. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Mrs. Warren Johnson (Donna Mitchell) and two children of Arvada spent last week with the Fred Mitchells on Ralston Creek. In honor of Mrs. Johnson’s birthday, August 13th, other guests were invited for dinner, including Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Thomas, Mrs. Martin Belcher, and Mr. Hinckley of Russell Gulch.

Mrs. Joseph Mats has gone to Chicago to visit her parents for several weeks.

Mr. Martin Krueger, candidate for State Representative, was in the vicinity last Friday getting acquainted with the voters.

Mrs. Jennie Zancanella has returned from the Mayo Hospital much improved in health, but will remain for a while in Golden with her daughter, Mrs. Marguerite Chase.

The flash flood last Saturday caused considerable damage to the mining operations of Ralph Barker, who with Leslie Barker are placer mining gold just below town in Clear Creek. Some of the machinery was buried under ten feet of debris.

The services of Andy Eccker’s wrecker were necessary Tuesday when a cow, belonging to Harry Snyder, was discovered stranded in a small lake in the Hughesville area.

90 years ago – August 24, 1928

Mr. T.H. Jenks, superintendent of the Coeur d’Alene Mine on Academy Hill, who had been looking after his mining interests in Bland, New Mexico, returned to Central Monday, accompanied by Mrs. Jenks, who is enjoying the scenery and climate of this section of the state, and making lasting friendships with those she meets.

Attorney L.J. Williams came up from Denver Saturday evening, to spend Sunday with his family. He had just returned from a fishing trip to North Park and brought with him a good supply of trout for the family.

We had a pleasant call from C.B., better known as “Carl” Hedman, on Wednesday last, who came to Black Hawk, in 1889, and was foreman under Mr. Jackson, at the Gregory Bobtail Mill, and left in 1910 when the mill was closed down. He is the brother of Mrs. Charles Rundquist, of Black Hawk, is now located at Turlock, California, and this was his first visit to his old home in many years. He is accompanied by his wife and three daughters.

There has never been a great country that did not have mineral wealth. It is a prerequisite of progress and financial and industrial greatness. We have always had tremendous mineral resources, but their story, up to the last few years, has been one of picturesque waste and generally irresponsible production and management. Recent years have seen a definite change. Such metals as copper and zinc, for example, are now produced with an accurate eye to supply and demand, but with scientific production methods, and at a stable price. Mining, in brief, is now on a firm industrial basis. This new mining epoch has meant a greater prosperity to many western states, and indirect prosperity to every state. It is, as well, insurance for the future. We could not progress without our mines.

Sauerkraut has become such popular article of diet in this country that we now produce about 18,000,000 gallons each year, the value of this amounting to over three million dollars. Sauerkraut has the same composition as cabbage, the principal differences being that the added salt and acid resulting from fermentation largely replace the sugar of the cabbage. These changes made Sauerkraut much more palatable than cabbage to many people and do not detract materially from its food value.

How to make Ham Mousse, by Nellie Maxwell: Dissolve one tablespoonful of gelatin in one half cupful of hot water and add two cupful’s of chipped cold boiled ham which has been pounded in a mortar. Season with one teaspoonful of mustard and a few grains of cayenne. Add one half cupful of heavy cream beaten until stiff and turn into a mold which has been dipped into cold water. Chill, remove from the mold and garnish with parsley.

Died: The ashes of Norman L. Patterson, who died on March 6, 1928, were brought to Georgetown and on August 5th were buried in the grave of his father, E.H. N. Patterson in Alvarado Cemetery. Mr. Patterson was born at Oquawka, Illinois, on October 9, 1858, and came to Georgetown December 22, 1874. Funeral services were held at Idaho Springs on March 8. – Georgetown Courier.

120 years ago – August 26, 1898

The Cornish wrestling match held at Mountain City, under the management of Rule and associates, on Saturday last, proved a most interesting evening to the sport fans who attended. There were 32 entries in the first round, the final winners being Sid Varney of Idaho Springs, first place; John Tomas Quick, of Nevadaville, second; John Richards of Mountain City, with third; and Thomas Toy, of Central City, fourth.

Mrs. J.C. Helmick, of Denver, arrived in Central on Tuesday, and is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Lewis.

William Botanko and wife of this city, and Miss Humor of Denver, left last Friday on a camping trip to Boulder Park.

G.M. Laird and children returned on Monday evening from a visit to Denver on the Monday evening train.

  1. Rachofsky, Will and Albert Champion, Frank Buoy and Dick James left on Wednesday for a six week trip through Middle and North Parks, on a fishing and hunting trip.

Mrs. M. Woodruff, a teacher in the blind school at Colorado Springs, who had been visiting Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Davis of this city, left for her home on Sunday.

Mrs. Charles Trenoweth and children returned Thursday evening from a visit with relatives in Wisconsin.

Miss Elsie Carsten and Miss Jessie Olden of Denver visited friends in Black Hawk on Tuesday. Miss Carsten is the daughter of the late Mr. Alexander Carsten, of Central, who was killed in a runaway accident in Virginia Canyon.

The leasers on the Carr Mine on Gregory Mountain made the following shipments during the month of July: nine tons of first class mineral, at $108 per ton, 10 tons of second class at $77.50 per ton, and 20 tons of concentrates, worth $36 per ton, a total of $24.67, from a small force of men working.

Manager Dickey, of the Gregory Consolidated Mines company, reports that on Tuesday last workmen in the cross cut from the incline shaft on the Gregory vein to the Bobtail Mine, had cut through three feet of fine ore in the cross cut, which is undoubtedly the Bobtail vein. The vein was cut 1,269 feet from the incline in and since the intersection was made the vein had increased in size to over seven feet in width.

Died: In Central City, August 25th, 1898, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ciriline, aged 4 months.

151 years ago – August 21, 1868

Tappen and company advertised that they would pay 50 cents per pound for solder melter from old tin cans.

Reports reached here that the Indians were murdering settlers in the wester portions of Kansas.

A certain salesman was proposing to his best girl. “And, sweetheart,” he finished, “I’ll lay my whole fortune at your feet.” “It isn’t a very big fortune,” she reminded him. “I know, dear,” he replied, “But it’ll look awfully big beside your little feet!” He got the job.

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