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30 years ago – October 14, 1988

Eric Klemp is officially the road and bridge supervisor for Gilpin County. Klemp, who was not present at the time of the announcement made by the Gilpin County Commissioners on October 3, later said he was a little concerned that his official appointment was not on the agenda. However, when the confirmation was made, Klemp had already left the courthouse to resume his responsibilities. Klemp was appointed acting road and bridge supervisor for the county in April. The six month probationary period ended this month. The annual salary for the position is $23,000. Prior to Klemp’s appointment, his salary was $20,695. The appointment was unanimously approved by Commissioners Alan Baird, Carroll Beck, and Leslie Williams. Klemp has resided in Gilpin County for 16 years. Prior to working for the county road and bridge department, he was supervisor of the City of Central’s street, road, and water department. He worked in this position for over four years. Klemp was Gilpin County Undersheriff for four and a half years before working for Central City. He has also worked for the Black Hawk street, road, and water department, as well as the Black Hawk-Central City Sanitation District. Klemp says that he enjoys working for the county. The first six months, he commented, have shown him that there is a lot to learn, but he feels confident that he can do the job. Klemp resides in Black Hawk with his wife, Mary, and their three children.

Take one creative individual like Gilpinite Linda Jones, and add resident Lou Baylog, and virtually anything can happen. Jones, who works for Columbine Tours, came up with a wonderful surprise for a group from England touring Gilpin County on October 8. The group’s first stop in the county was at Vic’s Gold Panning, off of Highway 119, east of Black Hawk. As the group crowded around Jesse Peterson, owner of the property, intent upon learning how to pan for gold, a shot rang out. The startled visitors turned toward the noise to discover that an honest to goodness robbery was taking place right in front of their eyes. The menacing desperados, led by “Bad” Baylog, and including Ron Gilmore and Mike Reichenback, had come after the huge “gold nugget” Peterson was known to have. When the tourists began to realize it was only being staged for their entertainment, the fun really began. Another shot rang out. One of the robbers fell to the ground, and Buffalo Bill came riding to the rescue. Needless to say, gold panning took a back seat at this point and cameras started clicking. “Once I got over the gun shot,” said Deeby Brenda, “it was fantastic.” Liz Ballard of Photo Travelers enjoyed the added entertainment of the staged robbery. “The southwest is great. I always enjoy my visits here.” she said enthusiastically. “We come to America at least once a year,” Ballard continued, “the people in the west, along with the scenery, make it. Today is what I call a diamond day, it’s so beautiful.” Jones was very pleased the robbery act was so well received. Baylog really came through, she said, adding that he was the one who got Al Hoffman to act as Buffalo Bill. Hoffman has been entertaining people throughout the country for 20 years as Buffalo Bill. He is scheduled to perform in Wyoming next year, celebrating the state’s Centennial. One of the men in the visitor’s group told Hoffman that his father had been to one of the “real” Buffalo Bill Wild West shows in England.

Died: Longtime Rollinsville resident Robert Joseph Logan died October 5, 1988, at the age of 71. He succumbed to the effects of an extended illness at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver. Funeral services were held Monday, October 10, at the Berkeley Chapel. Interment followed the service at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge. Born February 18, 1917, to Arthur and Martha Detling Logan, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Robert moved to Rollinsville in 1935, a year after his parents moved there. On August 31, 1952, he married Margaret Cotter, also of Rollinsville. The couple had two sons and two daughters, and made their home in Rollinsville. Daughters Mary Irene and Melisa preceded their father in death. Employed by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad for 31 years, Logan retired about 10 years ago. Robert is survived by his wife Margaret, his mother, Martha; his sons, Tim and Jerry; their wives, Shirley and Carol; and grandchildren Jolene and Aden, all of Rollinsville; and his brother, Arthur, who resides in Nevada.

Died: Algie Steen, formerly of Gilpin County, passed away at the age of 90, October 8, 1988, at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. Born August 6, 1897, in Greenville, Texas, he and his wife, Leola, moved to Black Hawk in the early 1930s. For many years Steen worked for “Doc” Muchow during development of the Glory Hole Mine. It was at this time that the mill for the Chain of Mines Company was built. In the early 1940s, he moved to Empire to continue in the mining profession. Due to the demise of mining in Empire, he later returned to Gilpin County. As a heavy construction worker, primarily in welding and blacksmithing, Steen worked at various sites in Colorado during the construction of the Big Thompson. In the mid-50s until 1962, Steen and his wife operated the Jumbo Burger in Central City, now known as Terps. Services were held at the Highland Chapel in Thornton on October 11, 1988. Interment followed the service at Evergreen Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Leola, of Denver; two sons, Morris of Black Hawk and Horris of Las Vegas, Nevada; three daughters, Doris Hagemeir of Truth of Consequences, New Mexico; Duma Palermo of Denver, and Juannelle Peterson of Lakewood; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

60 years ago – October 17, 1958

Central City Nuggets:

After weeks of watchful waiting, faith and hope, both unabating, High Street residents are now relating that St. James Street is being fixed. Through the efforts of Joe Menegatti and his helpers, and with the cooperation of County Commissioner Martin Nelson, who has so generously given the county equipment and men, the road is being surfaced by dirt from the dump of the old Keystone Mine in the Old Gundy Ranch. The dump contains much lead, and it is thought will pack solidly. It will finally be graded and should make an excellent road through the winter. The High Street residents extend their sincere thanks to both Joe and Martin for their help, especially the latter, as Martin has always been willing to help out the City of Central when emergencies of this nature occur.

Mrs. Margaret Hanks and Mrs. Wm. Gobble of Denver were guests of Mrs. Gladys Daugherty on Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hanson of Lakewood visited her on Monday evening.

Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Isberg entertained guests over the weekend at their home here.

Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Messina returned last week from a month’s visit with relatives and friends in the east. They expect to open their cafe today, and will remain open for the winter.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Monday visitors in town were Mrs. Beulah Lawrence of Rollinsville and her mother and stepfather of Yuma.

Among the elk hunters who traveled to the western slope were Dick Branecki, Roy Ramsey, Harold McMillan, and Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Allison.

Mr. John Mackie, Republican candidate for Congressman in the 2nd Division, was in the vicinity Monday to meet the voters.

Business and social callers at the Rudolph Ranch Sunday were Mary, Marjorie, and Philip Heuer of Denver.

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Anderle and children, and Mr. and Mrs. George Anderle drove to Glenwood Springs Sunday where they visited Joe Oberosler and son.

90 years ago – October 19, 1928

How to Make Emergency Pudding, by Nellie Maxwell: This is one of the old recipes which may be stirred up and steamed while the dinner is being eaten. Take one cupful of flour sifted with one teaspoonful of baking powder and a half teaspoonful of salt, add enough rich milk to make a drop batter. Butter cups and drop in a spoonful of the dough, then add two to three tablespoonful’s of canned cherries or any juicy fruit—the more juice the better. Top with more dough, leaving space to rise and put to cook in a pan of boiling water, cover closely. If ordinary tea cups are used for molds, this recipe makes four large puddings. If smaller ones, care must be taken not to have the boiling water come up too high—set them on a trivet. Serve with cream and sugar. Cook fifteen minutes, then remove, cover, and serve.

How to Make Steamed Coffee Pudding, by Nellie Maxwell: Cream one fourth cupful of butter, add one cupful of sugar, and one egg lightly beaten. Add four tablespoonful’s of finely ground coffee to one cupful of milk and scald ten minutes. Strain through a cheesecloth; sift together two and one fourth cupful’s of pastry four, four teaspoonful’s of baking powder and one half teaspoonful of salt. Add this alternately with the milk to the first mixture. Turn into a large buttered mold and steam for two hours. If steamed in smaller molds, steam one half hour. Serve with the following sauce: Melt one half cupful of butter, add one cupful of powdered sugar and one egg slightly beaten. Add one cupful of milk which has been scalded with three tablespoonful’s of coffee and strain. The milk and coffee may all be prepared at one time and the milk for the sauce reheated.

Died: Boulder, Colorado: Fred Tyler, aged 61, pioneer stockman and brother of Frank Tyler, vice president of the National State Bank, died here Wednesday morning from pneumonia. His death occurred the day following the burial of his mother, Mrs. Sarah Tyler, aged 83, who was found dead in her chair Saturday night at the home on North Twentieth Street. Tyler was born in Black Hawk, and was the son of Capt. C.M. Tyler, who came to Colorado as a freighter before the railroads. Captain Tyler headed a troop of cavalry, furnishing the mounts from his owns tables which was called out at the time of the Sand Creek Massacre, but it did not reach the scene until after the battle. Captain Tyler gave $10,000 toward building the first wagon road up Boulder Canyon. Fred Tyler will be buried in Columbia Cemetery beside his mother and his father, who died here forty two years ago.

120 years ago – October 21, 1898

Mr. H.C. Kinney, who until last June resided in this city, when he went over to William Fork in Grand County, lost nearly everything on his ranch by the mountain fires that swept through that section of the state last month. Mr. Charles F. Barker and A. J. Smith also lost several buildings in the fires.

The snow storm on Wednesday came all the way from Dakota, and while it brought quite a cold snap with it, still we believe everybody appreciated it as it has been the means of settling the dust, and no doubt will knock out a lot of sickness which has prevailed here.

Sinking the main shaft at the First Centennial Mine in Chase Gulch, with three shifts, is progressing favorably and the shaft is now 395 feet below the tunnel level. Last month the shaft was sunk 43 feet, and this month equally good progress has been made. Regular shipments of mill and smelting ore are being made, with the regular force of men at work.

Plats are being built at the eleventh level in the Fisk Mine on Bobtail Hill, and sinking the main shaft is expected to commence again during the coming week. The shaft is now a little over 1,000 feet deep. The 10th and 11th east and west drifts are being extended and stopes are being started, and when they are opened up, the production of the mine will be greatly increased. A force of 60 men is employed and enough mill ore is being shipped to keep 50 stamps dropping at the Black Hawk Mill.

The main shaft on the Cook Mine is now over 500 feet in depth, and manager Colvin is expected to resume sinking further next week. The 500 foot level has been started on the Cook vein and a fine streak of mineral is showing. A force of 95 men is working on the property, and the daily shipments of mill ore are about 80 tons, with regular shipments of smelting ore each week.

Another gold strike has been made at the Topeka Mine, in Russell District, and indications point to its being equally as large a one as that made twelve months ago. The strike was made in the 800 foot level, but at a point nearer the shaft than the strike of last year. Mr. Lowe now has in his office a chunk of ore which shows a very large amount of free gold. The piece weighs 95 pounds, and it is estimated to carry at least $2,000 in gold.

Born: In Central City, October 16th, 1898, to the wife of Hugo Kruse, a son.

Born: In Central City, October 18th, 1898, to the wife of Albert Nancarrow, a daughter.

Born: In Black Hawk, October 19th, 1898, to the wife of E. Olsen, a daughter.

Born: In Black hawk, October 16th, 1898, to the wife of Herbert Smith, a son.

Born In Central City, October 19th, 1898, to the wife of A. Mazzini, a daughter.

Married: In Black Hawk, at the residence of the groom’s parents, October 17th, 1898, Herman Rudolph and Miss Annie Olson.

Died: In Nevadaville, October 16th, 1898, Miss Lena Workmeister, aged 24 years.

Died: In Central City, October 17th, 1898, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Maggeo, aged 14 months.

151 years ago – October 23, 1868

Monday’s coach came up from Denver with sixteen passengers, among the number being Mrs. M.H. Root, Willard Teller and wife, and Mr. Dexter and wife.

The Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows convened in this city on Tuesday. Two new lodges were chartered, being Georgetown No. 5 and Nevada No. 6. H.E. Hayatt, of Nevada Lodge was elected Grand Master; J.W. Ratliff, Nevada, grand secretary; Herman H. Heiser, of Colorado lodge No. 3, grand treasurer; W.T. Ellis, of Rocky Mountain lodge No. 2, grand chaplain; and J.W. Fowler, of Nevada lodge, district deputy grand master for the lodges in the mountains.

Mr. Elias Goldman, who had just arrived from New York, proposed to open a wholesale liquor and cigar store during December.

Among the arrivals from the east on Tuesday were A. Jacob and family and John Armor and family.

Married: Robert Farragher of Black Hawk and Miss Jane Farragher, of Central City, were married by Rev. Constant Whitehead, on Tuesday evening, October 13.

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