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30 years ago – October 7, 1988

“Tourists affect the county in a negative fashion,” replied Alan Baird, chairman of the Gilpin County Commissioners, explaining that this is the feedback he receives from county residents. Baird’s response was directed towardPatricia Wendleton, who attended the meeting on Monday as the tourism representative for Gilpin County in the North Central Region. The Colorado Tourism Board last spring divided the state into six tourist regions Wendleton explained, and Gilpin County was placed into the North Central Region. Also included in this area are Jefferson, Denver, Douglas, Clear Creek, Boulder, Adams, Larimer, and Arapahoe counties. The North Central region is applying for a $30,000 grant from the state for the purpose of promoting the nine counties in this region, said Wendleton. Gilpin County’s share of the matching fund portion of the grant is $3,300. If the funding is not provided, Wendleton explained to the commissioners, Gilpin County will not have a vote or a voice in advertising promotions for the North Central Region. “As you know,” said Wendleton, “tourism is the number one Colorado industry,” and Gilpin County is not an exception. A portion of Gilpin County’s share of the money was contributed by Black Hawk and Central City, raising $1,000 from the two cities. In order to meet the remaining amount of funding needed, Wendleton requested the commissioners pledge $2,300. She assured the board that other sources of revenue for the promotional fund are being pursued and any money that is collected will be deducted from the $2,300 Wendleton was requesting from the county. Baird did not see any benefits for residents of Gilpin County. He said that without a county sales tax, Gilpin could not benefit from tourism. Wendleton rebutted Baird’s comment, saying that residents that live and work in the county rely on tourism. “How many,” Baird questioned, “500? 600?” Many residents first came to Gilpin County as visitors, said Wendleton, and these people then moved to Gilpin County. Commissioner Leslie Williams said the commissioners could not make a commitment at this time. “When?” asked Wendleton. A commitment cannot be made before the first of November, said Baird, because the county is in the process of drafting the 1989 budget. No decisions were reached regarding a county contribution to the promotional fund. Wendleton has until January 1 to commit the $3,300.

In a rare display of accord spanning both Gilpin and Clear Creek counties, 14 public boards, seven individuals, and a state legislator have written to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protesting the agency’s stated preference for sealing the Argo Tunnel to reduce contamination into Clear Creek. State Senator Sally Hopper wrote a cover letter to EPA Regional Administrator Jim Schemer, explaining the opposition and offering suggestions on other ways the agency could proceed with resolving the water quality problem at the historic tunnel. An explanation of the opposition, along with suggested remedial actions was prepared by the Clear Creek/ Gilpin County Metal Mining Association and was included in the packet of information sent to the EPA. Those who wrote the EPA protesting closure of the tunnel would like to see the EPA to clean out the thousands of tons of iron oxide that cover the floor of the 15,000 foot-plus tunnel, and through which all drainage water flows before it pours into Clear Creek. By cleaning the floor and drainage ditch, say members of the Clear Creek/Gilpin County Metal Mining Association, this source of water degradation would be eliminated.

The Social Register:

Billie DeMars is an extremely proud (she has every right to be) first place winner in the Glenwood Springs Art Show, held annually each year. DeMars walked away with the first place ribbon for her oil painting entitled “James 5:18.” She entered in the still life advanced category. A very big congratulations to Gilpin resident DeMars!

Jerel B. Foster, son of Ronal Foster of Denver, and Suzie Travis of Gilpin County, has completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. During the training, students received instruction in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, first aid, and Army history and traditions. Foster is a 1988 graduate of East High School in Denver.

Died: The Register-Call was saddened to learn at press time on Thursday that Bob Logan, well known throughout Gilpin County, passed away on Wednesday, October 5. Further information could not be obtained prior to publication, however, residents are welcome to call this paper for funeral arrangements prior to next week’s paper. The newspaper staff extends its sympathy to the Logan family.

60 years ago – October 10, 1958

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: It’s all figured out: the reason a hen lays an egg is that, if she dropped it, it would break, and a magician is a fellow who can turn a mule into pasture and the water in the bathtub. A smart fellow is one who hates work like the Lord hates a liar and takes bankruptcy to cheat his creditors who misplaced their trust—failure goes to his head. And the modern schoolhouses, gymnasiums and swimming pools, coupled with major educational problems seem not to turn out the statesmen and scholars as did the little red school house where discipline was maintained and probably prevented dimorphism in later years. The fellow who has no credit is better off in the long run—he can’t get in debt. An egghead has been described as a semi-illiterate familiar with the nether end of a Missouri mule and very little learning, but full of ego. A sinner is designated as one who goes to church to hear the latest gossip.

Fred Dallapetra was painfully injured last Saturday evening when the truck he was driving down Dory Hill slipped out of gear and, the brakes being unable to hold the truck, it careened with rapid speed down the steep road. Being unable to stop the truck and there being no place to turn into the bank, Fred jumped from the car and landed in the gulch, sustaining a skull fracture and numerous scratches and bruises. Duane Atkinson was a passenger with him and also jumped, but fortunately escaped any serious bruises. At present reports, Fred is resting comfortably, but is still under the doctor’s care.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Will Welsh, who won a scholarship from Gilpin County High School last Spring, is now attending the University at Boulder.

Gus Rudolph is the proud owner of a new, cream-colored Chevrolet coup.

Mrs. Katherine Olsen entertained at a lovely dinner at Heidi Chalet Wednesday evening. The guests were Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Smith, Mrs. Lettie Gray, Mrs. Emma Eccker, Miss Katheryn Eccker, Miss Marjorie Quiller, and Mr. Sterling Gilbert.

Mrs. Arthur Nicholls is in San Francisco with her daughter Mrs. Lucille Ramstetter. She expects to be there about a month while receiving medical treatment.

After several months’ absence due to ill health, Mrs. Jennie Zancanella is back at her place of business. Her sister Mrs. Mary Johnson is with her at present.

Mr and Mrs. M.K. Peterson were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Peterson Friday evening in celebration of Edythe’s birthday.

A number of local women attended the Alter and Rosary Society Wednesday at the Cotter home in Rollinsville.

A family get together at the Alice McKenzie home Sunday included George Nelson, Martin Nelson, and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Blake.

Miss Mary Lynch died at a nursing home in Denver last Monday after a long illness. She was about 84 years of age and had lived in Black Hawk for a number of years.

90 years ago – October 12, 1928

Elks in the Guy Hill section this past summer have caused considerable worry to the farmers who have been raising head lettuce. The animals jump the fences and then eat the lettuce. In many instances they just nip the tops, which of course make it unfit for marketing. In an endeavor to stop the depredation of the elk, all sorts of things have been tried to frighten them, but most of them have not served their purpose. In an attempt to keep the animals out of the lettuce patch at night, one farmer placed lanterns to the field. One morning several were gone. His ire was aroused and he suspected his neighbor. He sat up one night and, towards morning, noticed one of the lamps being raised from the ground. He was sure he had caught the culprit, but on coming closer he saw that a big elk had jumped the fence and, in browsing, had picked up one of the lanterns on his horns. The other night a strange light was seen moving about in a heavily wooded section and the farmers have arrived at the conclusion that it was the elk that took the lantern.

How to Make Cornish Pasty, by Nellie Maxwell: Prepare a good baking powder biscuit dough, roll out and line a large pie tin. Put into the lined pie tin a layer of diced beef steak with plenty of the suet for fat; if that is lacking add butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover with a layer of thinly sliced potatoes and a thin layer of parboiled and sliced rutabagas, now a sliced onion or two and season well. Put on the cover of dough with a vent to allow the steam to escape. A teaspoonful or two of water may be added to aid in the first cooking. Bake for an hour, or until the vegetables are well done. Remove from the oven and wrap in a head cloth to steam the crust before serving. This makes a fine, one-dish meal.

120 years ago – October 14, 1898

Miss Workmeister of Nevadaville, while in a state of nervous illness, due to acting as a nurse for a sick child, and a constant attention to her patient, left her brother’s house Wednesday evening and fell into a mine shaft on Prize Street, falling a distance of 30 feet and landing on a stool in the level. Her absence becoming known, a search was instituted, and the young woman was found in the level in the mine. She was taken to her home and Dr. T.L. Ashbaugh was summoned, who found the lady was uninjured, except for a few cuts and bruises. The shaft contained 100 feet of water, and it was fortunate that she struck the stool timbers, which landed her in the drift, or she would have gone into the shaft and been drowned.

Mr. Charles Wagner, of Russell Gulch, who had been visiting a sick brother in Denver, returned home Tuesday evening, and left later for Minnesota, the scene of his boyhood days, where he will visit with relatives and friends, and have some good duck hunting.

Messrs. W.H. Quintal and C.C. Chance, of Russell Gulch, returned from their hunting trip in the vicinity of Steamboat Springs, on Saturday of last week. They had a good time and some experience while fighting forest fires.

The ladies of the Relief Corps of Gilpin County and packed 18 boxes and shipped them through the express company to the boys at Manilla, the boxes weighing 750 pounds, or an average of 40 pounds to the box. Each box contains a fruit cake, canned goods of all kinds, bottled jams and preserves, handkerchiefs, socks, smoking tobacco, cigars, etc. Mrs. D. McRae was responsible for the action taken by the ladies relief corps, and was assisted by Madams T. L. Ashbaugh, James Rule, R.B. Williams, H.A. Campbell, T. Launder, Lizzie Clark and Williams. The boxes are expected to arrive in Manilla about Thanksgiving Day and surely will prove a treat to the boys from the folks at home.

Andy Hertel was instantly killed and John Morgan seriously injured in the Cook Mine on Bobtail Hill, Wednesday morning. They were working on the night shift at a depth of 500 feet, in a drift. Morgan was loading the holes with giant powder, and Hertel was by his side handing him the sticks of powder, and while tamping the powder in the hole, an explosion followed, which also exploded the powder in the hands of Hertel, blowing him to pieces. Morgan was also badly injured by the explosion, but was conscious when men from other parts of the mine came to his relief, and he was hoisted to the surface and taken to his home, where doctors Ashbaugh and Asquith attend to his injuries. Hertel was a single man about 22 years of age and came from Watertown, Wisconsin, four months ago.

Born: In Central City, October 7th, 1898, to the wife of Angelo Leonardelli, a son.

Born: On the ranch on Dory Hill, October 12th, 1898, to the wife of Nels Nelson, a daughter.

Died: In Willis Gulch, October 10th, 1898, Mrs. Virginia Zancanella, aged 36 years.

Died: In Nevadaville, October 9th, 1898, James Richards, aged 58 years.

Died: In Boulder, October 12th, 1898, Rev. James Willis, father of H. Willis, of this city, aged 66 years.

Died: In Russell Gulch, October 14th, 1898, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Hughes, aged 4 months.

151 years ago – October 16, 1868

The Timber and Taster mills were the only ones running in Eureka Gulch, with 18 stamps dropping, and were crushing 15 cords per week.

About two miles below Black Hawk, on North Clear Creek, Alexander Cameron was working 10 men and taking out $8 in gold per day, per man. A nugget weighing 51 pennyweights of gold was found during the week.

A gold retort weighing 135 ounces, from 12 cords of ore from the U.P. R. mine in this city, was left at one of the banks here during the week.

The Rocky Mountain National Bank sent a notice to its stockholders that a dividend of $25,000 had been declared by the directors of the bank, payable Monday, November 2, and signed by J.H. Goodspeed, cashier.

Game, especially deer and grouse, were plentiful between North Boulder and Four Mile Creek, and fishing was good in all the streams.

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