Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – October 21, 1988

Shelby Hayes and Darren Ward were named October’s Students of the Month by the Gilpin County School. The monthly honors are awarded to a boy and girl who exhibit good citizenship and leadership, participate in extracurricular activities, and maintain a highgrade point average. Both Hayes and Ward are active in athletics. Hayes is a cheerleader and Ward is the Gilpin Eagles football team quarterback. As of last week, Ward was the highest scoring football player in the state in Gilpin School’s division. The Teen of the Month is someone who goes the extra distance to help others or who devotes special effort on an important project. Tammy Foster was selected in part for her work on homecoming. She is also active in the Colorado Teen Institute, an organization that helps teens deal with the problems they face in today’s society and to share what they learn with their fellow students. The committee that selects the three students to be honored each month is made up of Superintended Paul Coleman, Principal John Weishaar, and a member of the Elks Lodge.

James Battaglino of Black Hawk was arrested and taken to Jefferson County following a surprise search of his residence on October 13. The unexpected search of Battaglino’s house, reported Gilpin County Undersheriff Bruce Hartman, was the result of an undercover operation. The search warrant was issued by the Arvada Police Department. Hartman noted in his report that a safe was located in the basement crawl space which allegedly contained cocaine. Assisting in the search, along with Hartman, were Mike Russell of the District Attorney’s office, and Mick Romer, special investigator with the Arvada Police Department, as well as several other Arvada officers. The charge of possession of a controlled substance, said Romer, is pending in the case, which is still under investigation.

Do you have your tickets? Your costume? Is Saturday, October 29, at 8:00 p.m. circled on your calendar? Plan now to join your friends and neighbors at the Halloween Hoedown, Columbine Family Health Center’s annual adult Halloween party at the Teller House, Eureka Room in Central City. Don’t miss the contests, snacks, costume judging, prizes, and dancing to live music by Steve Helprin Band. Cash bar and fun for all adults age 21 to 101. Tickets are $6.00 per person at the door, or purchase your ticket in advance from Gilpin County board members Ted Ellis, Billie DeMars, Karen Eye, Sue Henry, Paul Coleman, or Sylvia Hall. This year, join the Cemetery Crawl starting at 4:00 p.m. from the Teller House for a costumed and crazy tour of the graves and mines of Gilpin County. You will hear stories from below as told through the tombstones and tales of those who have gone before, dine on bogeyman beef, ghoulish greens, and vampire veggies at the Teller House, then kick up your heels at the Hoedown for only $20 per person. Advance registration is needed and space is limited. The Hoedown and Cemetery Crawl are an annual fundraiser for Columbine Family Health Centers, your nonprofit community medical centers in Black Hawk and Nederland.

60 years ago – October 24, 1958

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: As Uncle Ed stated a few weeks ago, the only thing people can agree on is the weather. The monkey wrench seems to be the most used tool in that category of disagreement. Take the lead zinc situation which the late Congress failed to recognize. Both metals edged up a little last week on news that a conference of nations was on the verge of a workable plan to implement the 20 percent cut in imports, but Canada threw in the monkey wrench to halt the machinery. Now negotiations will have to begin all over again, but as expected by most miners, the solution will land behind the eight ball. Rumors are still rife in some circles that gold will advance to a price just a little short of $100 an ounce at no distant date. With inaction on the increase, the dollar will now buy about 41 cents worth of goods and labor. Subtracting the ratio from the $35 an ounce for gold what the miner gets for his efforts is about $15 an ounce. As is usual, we can expect a gold plank in either or both platforms of the major political parties, but what the candidate orators say they stand for and what is accomplished in that line after election are two different factors. Ed says many a public speaker knows how to say nothing with such enthusiasm that it is often applauded, and then added that the self-made man relieved the God Almighty from a terrible responsibility. The domestic metal dilemma has continued for years with now and then, particularly around election time, a soothing syrup displayed with a rainbow label—the situation remains in status quo, and horse sense is what keeps horses from betting on people.

Our columns are filled with political advertisements, and as a consequence, many interesting articles are conspicuous by their absence. However, each advertisement will prove interesting reading, and if you do not intend to vote for any particular candidate or amendment, nevertheless you can learn the qualifications of each one and thus keep in touch with the affairs of the state, county, and city, and vote accordingly.

The Gilpin County Teachers are in attendance at the annual meetings of the Colorado Education Association in Denver this Thursday and Friday. Both teachers and pupils will be happy for these two day’s vacations.

Mrs. Leroy J. Williams and Mrs. John Hancock were up from Denver, Tuesday evening, to attend a meeting of the Eastern Star.

Work has started on a shaft up Virginia Canyon on the Hot Pot mining claim to connect with the Lucania Tunnel which traverses some rich veins, starting up Fall River and is part of the property belonging to the Fall River Power & Mining Co., who acquired all the property from J. Henry DeLinde. The values are said to run between three and four ounces in gold beside other metals, and will equal or better the Bald Eagle producer, a short distance to the northeast of the Hot Pot. The Lucania, a doubt track tunnel, in over 8,000 feet distance from the portal, cuts some of the best veins in the district. At present several men are employed.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

While in Denver on business, Wm. A. Landau of Des Moines, Iowa, came up to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Landau, Saturday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Therman Leach are vacationing in New Mexico and visiting relatives.

The Chas. Smiths, who spent the past five months in this vicinity, left recently for Indiana.

A Sunday overnight guest with Mrs. Perl Neff was her granddaughter Pearl Louise Neff, who is a stewardess with United Airlines.

About thirty young people attended a social at the Black Hawk Community Church Monday evening, later having refreshments at the home of Mrs. Hazel Davis in Central.

90 years ago – October 26, 1928

The moving picture show, as sponsored by the local Order of Elks, opened its doors last Saturday evening to the public, and the play was well attended, two shows being necessary to accommodate the patrons. This picture show has been made possible by the Community Welfare Committee of the Elks and fills a long-felt want to the public. The building has been decorated, a furnace installed, and everything possible done for the comfort of its patrons. It really was a community necessity, and gives life to our town and pleasure to its people. Those comprising the committee and the Elks Lodge, as a whole, deserve the thanks of the community for their action in making this picture palace a reality, and we feel sure that it will be well attended at each performance.

Died: Thomas R. Henahen, deputy mine inspector and a well-known citizen of the state, died at the Belvedere Hotel in Denver Monday last at the age of 72 years, following an illness of several months. He was in Central only a couple of weeks attending to business as mine inspector, and the announcement of his death will prove a shock to his many friends in the county. Mr. Henahen came to Colorado from his birthplace, Pittstown, PA, when he was a youth and immediately engaged in the mining industry. For years he was manager of some of the largest mines in San Juan County and was a recognized authority on metal mining. In 1909, Mr. Henahen entered politics and was elected to the House of Representatives of the seventeenth general assembly on the Democratic ticket. In 1911, he was appointed state commissioner of mines and served in that capacity until 1915. On August 25, 1917, he was appointed a state inspector of metal mines and held that position until the time of his death. He is survived by a son, John D. Henahen of Seattle, Washington, and two daughters, Mrs. Mark Johnson of Fresno California, and Mrs. O.E. Goodman of Memphis, Tennessee.

Died: In Denver, at the Colorado General Hospital, October 25, Ben Olson, of Black Hawk, aged 86 years. Mr. Olsen was taken down to the Denver hospital on Monday last, by relatives and friends in Black Hawk, as it was seen that he had but a short time to live, suffering as he has been for month from the pains of old age. Mr. Olsen had been a resident of Black Hawk and Gilpin County for over 50 years, and was well known and esteemed by all who knew him, and is survived by relatives in our sister city and Denver. He was a member of Skandia Lodge, of Black Hawk, under whose auspices the funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock, from the Methodist Church, Black Hawk, after which the remains will be laid at rest in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Central City.

120 years ago – October 28, 1898

The Misses Price, Neff, and Sternberg, teachers in our public schools, left for their several homes on Wednesday to spend the balance of the week.

John Stroehle and E. Van Horn, of Black Hawk, left on Monday for Grand Junction to overhaul and repair the boilers at the electric light plant at that place.

The Sisters of Aloysius Academy closed the school on Wednesday, on account of the prevalence of diphtheria in the city.

George Scheer, of the firm of Robins & Scheer, returned Saturday from Omaha, NE, where he took in the exposition held there and its many attractions.

At the Meeker-Pittsburg properties in Lake Gulch, Foreman Stephen Harper reports that drifting is being carried on in the east and west 285-foot levels, both of which are showing up nice crevices of mineral. Regular shipments of smelting ore are being made to the sampling works, the first class running from $90 to $100 to the ton, while the second class returns from $35 to $40 per ton. The shaft is down to a depth of 325 feet, and is to be sunk an additional depth of 200 feet. Besides the smelting ore shipped, the mine is producing from 8 to 10 cords of mill ore every month, of a fair grade.

A good strike of ore has been made in the Pierce Mine, on Nevada Street in this city in the 200 east level, and manager Steve Hoshin reports the ore body is from three to ten feet in width, carry streaks of smelting ore from one to three feet in width, the balance being mill ore. A control assay of a shipment of mineral shipped during the week to the sampling works showed 4.06 ounces gold and 7.96 ounces silver, a market value of $85.96 per ton. Shipments of mill ore are now averaging 15 tons daily, carrying average values.

Born: In Central City, October 24th, 1898, to the wife of Joseph Tippets, a son.

Born: In Central City, October 23rd, 1898, to the wife of Joseph Hanbrick, a son.

Married: At the residence of the bride’s mother, in Denver, October 20th, 1898, Rev. J.B. McFarland officiating, Charles H. Clark and Abbie R. Josselyn.

Died: In Nevadaville, October 23rd, 1898, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Rule, aged 8 months.

Died: In Central City, October 22nd, 1898, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Maggeo, aged 2 years and 3 months.

Died: In Black Hawk, October 23rd, 1898, daughter of Dan Williams, aged 8 weeks.

Died: In Russell Gulch, October 24th, 1898, Battista Stanchina, aged 56 years.

Died: In Central City, October 21st, 1898, Robert T. Barbee, aged 48 years.

Died: In Russell Gulch, October 27th, 1898, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Zancanella, aged 8 years and 10 months.

Died: In Central City, October 28th, 1898, Annie E., wife of John Nicholas, aged 29 years.

151 years ago – October 30, 1868

John James and James Pool were killed in the Sterling Mine on Bobtail Hill Thursday night. The men were being lowered in a bucket, when the chain broken and both men fell to their death to the bottom of the shaft.

Married: Robert A. Clark and Mrs. M. J. Dougherty were married in Black Hawk by Rev. C. Whitehead, on the 22nd.

Married: Melin A. Skinner, of Central, and Miss Mary Sturdevant, of Black Hawk, were married in the Carter House, in Jefferson County, by Rev. B.T. Vincent, on the 24th.

Married: James Guard, of Georgetown, and Miss Katie Selak, of Central, were married in Central by Rev. G.H. Adams, on the 29th.

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