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30 years ago – September 2, 1988

The Bald Mountain Trading Post is a star this week, serving as the pivotal point for a 30 minute, made for television special, scheduled for release after January 1. “Legends and Lies,” the tentative title of the film, was created and is being produced by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in Denver. It will be released to the broadcasting stationsChannels 6 and 12. “Our basic research was conducted at the Western History Department of the public library,” explained Dirk Olson, director. The final production will include eight Rocky Mountain legends. There is a difference between myth, folklore, and legend, Olson stressed. A legend is based on some historical event, but changes with time and the storyteller. Olson said, “The best definition I picked up at the library for a legend is a lie that has reached a reasonable age.” Out of all the legends written about in the Rocky Mountain Region, the group selected legends that could be visually recreated on film, explained Olson. One of the legends to be filmed is based on William Z. Cozens, Gilpin County’s first sheriff. It is entitled, “The Bedpost Jail,” which will be filmed in Littleton where an authentic log cabin of the 1860 period is located. The Bald Mountain Trading Post, located in Nevadaville, serves as a modern day backdrop, which is the catalyst leading into the storytelling and recreating of the legends. “We looked at a number of mountain town stores,” said Olson, however, “nothing struck us as perfect until we found this place.” In the film, the Bald Mountain Trading Post is inhabited by Sara, proprietress, played by Actress Kay Doubleday. Sara introduces Sheldon, played by Actor Philip LeStrange, who is a television reporter from the east researching tall tales and legends. Sheldon, in turn, is entertained by two local Nevadaville characters, “The Judge,” and “Mal,” who are actors Archie Smith and Pic Jury. “It’s Mal, not Mel,” says Sara, which is short for malpractice, who is the local veterinarian. The spinning “tall tales” take place inside and outside of the historic trading post. Diane and Colin Peterson, owners of the Bald Mountain Trading Post, are delighted that their store was chosen for the project. The Petersons have operated the store in the summer months since 1983. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, a non-profit organization, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in October. The group is active in several areas of theater, including film production.

Ten pairs of bright eyes followed Alan Warshinksy’s every move on Monday. Ten heads swiveled when he pointed out the sink and the three boxes of Kleenex placed around the room. Ten pairs of hands dug busily in backpacks in search of crayons. It was the first day of school for the graduating class of the year 2001, and the 10 kindergartners in Warshinsky’s morning class at Gilpin RE-1 School appeared eager to get on with their educational trek toward the next century. Not a tear was shed all day however, Warshinsky said at the end of the day. This is the first time in a number of years that the first day of kindergarten has gone so smoothly, said the man who has been teaching Gilpin kindergarteners for the past seven years. The Class of 2001 includes a total of 20 kindergarten children, with half attending the morning session and the other half in the afternoon class.

The Social Register:

First time father, Josey Wales, was handing out cigars and smiling from ear to ear announcing the birth of his son, Cody James Wales, on Monday. Cody’s mother, Mindy Moskowitz-Wales, is equally as excited, a though she continues to be recuperating from the delivery and is not quite ready to run around Gilpin. Cody James was born August 26, 1988, weighing six pounds 12.5 ounces and measuring 20 inches in length. He was born at Boulder Community Hospital. Paternal grandparents are George and Estela Matranga of Racine, Wisconsin. Maternal grandparents are Abe and Helen Moskowitz of Coconut Grove, Florida. By the way, proud father Josey just happens to also have pictures! Congratulations to the entire family!

The second delivery of a child can sometimes be easier than the first, which is the case for Sergeant Edwin E. and Very Saxton, formerly of Gilpin County, now residing in Manhattan, Kansas. Alexandra Lynn Saxton was born August 28, 1988, at 8:45 p.m., at Irwin Hospital on Fort Riley Army Base. She weighed seven pounds two ounces and measured 19 and 1/4 inches at birth. Alexandra Lynn is the Saxtons’ third child. She joins her three year old twin sisters, Samantha and Tamara. The proud paternal grandparents are Edwin and Beverly Saxton of Forest Hills. Maternal grandparents are Tom and Paula Vukonich of Dory Lakes. Great grandparents are Elmer H. Sexton of Redondo Beach, California, and Ted and Nancy Fetch of Wildomar, California.

60 years ago – September 5, 1958

Central City Nuggets:

Approximately 85 percent of the forest fires on the Arapahoe National Forest have been man caused according to Forest Supervisor, Henry Tiedemann. The number of fires this year has exceeded that of any previous year. With only half of the fire season gone, a total of eighteen forest fires have been extinguished by Forest Service personnel. In a similar period last year only two occurred. Exceptionally dry weather in July and August created conditions favorable to easy burning. Failure to fully extinguish a camp fire resulted in five fires while six were started by smokers and fishermen who carelessly threw away a burning match or cigarette. Prompt action by fire crews and local people has prevented any of these from becoming large fires. Recent rains have reduced the fire danger temporarily. However, with continued dry weather the number of fires is expected to rise unless greater care is used by people who visit the forest.

John Steckdaub was slightly injured Monday morning while taking a truck load of rubbish from the Person Cafe to the dumping grounds on Winnebago Hill. The road is quite narrow between the Teller House and Cameron workings and the truck skidded into an old stope, some ten feet deep. The truck was badly damaged, but luckily, John escaped with only a few bruises.

While spending the weekend in Denver, the home on lower Lawrence Street occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Walter V. Peterson and family, was robbed of all the dresses, shoes, and female apparel belonging to Mrs. Peterson, as well as a radio, vacuum sweeper, and other articles. Police officers are making diligent efforts to apprehend the thieves and have uncovered several clues. Mr. Peterson is on the faculty of the high school.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Masonic Hall in this city for Frank M. Daugherty, who died last Thursday at Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver. In addition to being a member of all the Masonic orders in Central City, he was also a member of Rocky Mountain Consistory and the Shrine. He was also a member of the local Order of Elks of this city, Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, and Colorado Pharmaceutical Assn. He is survived by his wife Gladys; two sisters, Mrs. Sadie Himmelwright, of Denver, and Mrs. Mayme Cooley of Rochester, Michigan; and two brothers, W.C. of Syracuse, Kansas, and Fred, of Los Angeles, California. Interment was in Bald Mountain Cemetery, services being given by Central Lodge No. 6, A.F.&A.M., with a Knight Templar escort.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Among those enjoying a weekend at Glenwood Springs were Mrs. Emma Eccker, Mrs. Lettie Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Quiller, Marjorie Quiller, Barbara Pipes, and Kathryn Eccker.

A fresh coat of white paint has added to the appearance of the Otto M. Blake home. The work was done by Chas. Goodpasture and Mr. Sonnlichner.

Mr. and Mrs. George Anderle and daughter, Shirley, are in California for a two week vacation.

The local school opened Tuesday with an enrollment of nine pupils.

Tom Maul, with his wife and baby recently returned from the Army in Germany, and is staying with his grandmother, Mrs. Martha Kennish.

Harold Gathers left Sunday for the Hawaiian Islands, where he will be in charge of a public library in Honolulu.

Born: A baby girl, named Debra Lee, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Grose, September 2nd, 1958, at Presbyterian Hospital. This is the first grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Grose.

90 years ago – September 7, 1928

Wilbur Rule, wife and son, of Steamboat Springs, arrived here Thursday evening of last week, on a visit with relatives and friends. They had been on a couple of months trip through Kansas, Oklahoma, and other eastern states on a visit with relatives, and were on their way home.

Deputy Mine Inspector Thomas R. Hennahan was up from Denver Monday on matters connected with his office.

Albert Kruse and family, and Will Summa and family came up from Denver Saturday to take in the Labor Day celebration, and visit with old friends.

Mr. Benjamin Thomas and wife came u from Denver Saturday for a couple of days vacations and to take in the celebration.

Jim Dalley, of Denver, the first boy born in Gilpin County when the family lived in Nevadaville, was up Saturday and spent the three days of the celebration meeting old time friends of former days.

Monday evening Thomas Petire, Earl Pedro, and Edgar Lobb, accompanied by Miss Florence Mills, while on their way to Denver, were wrecked on Floyd Hill, near Hosea Lodge, by a party in a Ford Coupe, who struck their machine head on, and wrecked both machines, injuring Mr. Lobb quite badly, and shaking up the other members of the party, who suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Ford was on the wrong side of the road, was driving at excessive speed, and is being held responsible for all damage to the car he collided with, and other expenses that may result from injuries to Mr. Lobb. Traffic officers were on the ground where the accident happened and took charge of affairs.

Died: Thomas Shannon, a miner working for the Redick Einin Company in the German Mine, under the management of Ed. L. Balback, was found dead in the 300 foot level, close to the shaft on Friday last, about 1:30 o’clock p.m., and an examination made by Coroner William Schultz as to the cause of his death, he said, was due to heart failure, from over exertion in the mine. Mr. Shannon was a trimmer in the mine, and had come to the shaft with a bucket of ore, and signaled the engineer to lower the bucket so as to transfer the empty bucket to the full one for hoisting. The engineer lowers the bucket and while attaching it onto the cable, he must have dropped dead. His partner, W.W. Murphy, who was working in the back of the stope in that level, not hearing any signal for the engineer to hoist, and no sound from Shannon, went down to the level and found Shannon lying in the bottom of the level, dead. He signaled the engineer with three bells to hoist, which meant that a man was coming up and the body was taken to the surface and Coroner William Schultz summoned. The body was taken to the undertaking establishment, where an examination revealed no injuries, and the coroner decided his death was due to heart failure from over exertion while at work. Mr. Shannon came over from Idaho Springs to work in the mine, and had been at work only a short time, and undertaker Hamllik went over there to examine his trunk and effects to find out where he came from and try to located his relatives. However, no letter or even a scrap of paper was found that would lead to his identity, or where he came from. Shannon was about 55 years of age, and his remains will be buried in the Central City Cemetery today.

120 years ago – September 9, 1898

Sheriff William Mitchell left on Saturday for Pueblo and Colorado Springs on business matters.

Mrs. W.C. Fullerton and children, of this city, returned last week from a two months visit with relatives on the Pacific Coast.

Messrs. John C. McShane, Joseph Seaman, and Daniel Fuelscher left on Wednesday as delegates to the Democratic convention at Colorado Springs.

The Rough & Ready hook and ladder team of this city won the second prize in the straightaway hook and ladder race at the Firemen’s Tournament at Omaha on Tuesday, and the first prize in the novelty hook and ladder race on Thursday.

Edgar Withdrew and Ed. Mitchell returned to Boulder on Monday to resume their studies at the State University.

Rapin, Vallero and company have taken a lease on the Golden Wedge Mine, in Lake District and preparation for work was commenced last week. The present shaft, down 180 feet is to be sunk another 100 feet at once. The mine has a fine record for high grade ore, and the leasers expect to open up something fine in the near future.

Phillip Parenteau shipped 2,020 pounds of ore from the dump on the East Nottaway Mine in Lake Gulch last week, which gave returns of 10 ounces of gold per ton. The returns show pretty high grade ore to be thrown over the dump, and the operators have refused any more sorting of the dump. The recent strike of free gold ore in the mine is what enriched the ore on the dump and considerable of it was thrown over the dump before its true value was known.

The production of the First Centennial Mine in Chase Gulch was 35 tons daily, some of the milling ore returning as high as eight ounces of gold to the cord, while the smelting ore continues to carry high values in the yellow metal.

The Lillian Mine in Russell District, which is being operated by Mr. Craig, has the main shaft down to a depth of 175 feet, and sinking operations will soon commence to sink to the 300 point. Manager Craig reports that about five tons of talc ore is being taken out daily, which is washed and treated at the mine, producing a grade of mineral worth $45 per ton, besides a quantity of fine looking copper-iron that returned $215 per ton for the last shipment.

The Fisk Mine on Bobtail Hill is producing steadily, and the daily output is quite heavy. The shaft is now down 1,050 feet, and the 11th level was started this week.

Born: In Central City, September 4th, 1898, to the wife of Will Thompson, a son.

Born: In Central City, August 24th, 1898, to the wife of Sherman Pool, a daughter.

Married: In Denver at St. Marys Church, September 6th, 1898, William F. Orahood and Miss Elaine Evangeline Millett.

Died: In Russell Gulch, September 8th, 1898, Dora, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jethro Medlin, aged 11 months.

Died: In Nevadaville, September 7th, 1898, Matthew Eddy, aged 38 years.

Died: In Denver, September 3rd, 1898, Flora, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Manhire, aged 10 months.

Died: In Nevadaville, September 5th, 1898, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Jenkins, aged 3 months.

151 years ago – September 11, 1868

Quite a number of men were sluicing on the “Patch” on Quartz Hill, and were averaging $5 per day. Scarcity of water was a great drawback, or bigger returns would have resulted.

Mathew & Orahood advertised the arrival of a new lot of superb Cincinnati brandy, and it went like hotcakes.

Hon. Frank Blair, Democratic candidate for vice president, spoke to the crowds on Main Street, Tuesday evening. Senator Roscoe Conkling was also on the platform.

The total vote of Gilpin County at the recent election was 1,514, and that of Clear Creek County, 765.

Charplot’s Restaurant served mountain grouse, rabbit, trout, and other delicacies in the game line at $1 per meal.

According to the Georgetown Miner, several parties sluicing in Clear Creek near Idaho Springs were cleaning up from $5 to $12 per day to the man.

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