Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – November 4, 1988

Halloween festivities were held last week all over Gilpin County, giving children and adults alike the opportunity to dress up in any type of costume for Halloween. While angels and clowns and crazy critters filled the halls of Gilpin County School, mice, pirates, and heads of lettuce overran the Teller House in Central City.The school carnival on October 28, provided the participants with games to play, a raffle, food for sale, and a preschool costume contest. Money raised during the event went to the classes at the school. The adult Halloween Hoedown attracted a large audience. Music was provided by the Steve Helping Band, a cash bar was available, and door prizes were given away. One of the many highlights of the evening for many people was meeting Denver Channel 4 television personality Ed Greene. The annual Hoedown is a fund-raising event for the Columbine Family Health Centers in Black Hawk and Nederland.

A new computer system, which could cost the county $28,636, is needed to replace the four year old system now in place at the Treasurer’s Office at the courthouse. It is not cost-effective to upgrade the computer that is now being used, said Jack Salewski, Gilpin County auditor, adding that a computer system will meet the requirements and programs initiated by the state. Although the county owes approximately $19,500 for the four year old computer, Salewski explained, this cost will be rolled into the purchase price of the new system, bringing the balance due to a total of $48,136. The county is considering a three year lease/ purchase plan for the new computer. If this plan is found to be acceptable, monthly payments will be approximately $1,458, or $17,500 a year. A supplemental appropriation resolution proposal for the $28,636 amount will be discussed at 9:00 a.m., Monday, November 7, at the regular meeting of the Gilpin County Commissioners. Legal notice of the proposal is in this week’s paper.

By Patricia Wendleton: Like so many of you, I am distressed over the abundance of “negative campaigning” which has marked Election ’88. I wonder what sort of messages we are sending to our children. Let us all remember that this process of which we are a part is special, and we must not allow anyone to manipulate our good sense. We are the people, we are the “boss,” and now is our time to send some clear messages to the people in government. We must never forget that we are, ultimately, in charge of our Country’s destiny. Don’t forget to attend the party for all four Gilpin County commissioner candidates at the bipartisan home of Jack and Pat Wendelton, November 5, at 7:00 p.m. Remember, November 8 is Election Day!

Thought for the week: “The most awesome moment in the life of any politician is when he or she realizes that the people will call their leaders, not the other way around.” -Ralph Marcus Watkins, 1960.

60 years ago – November 7, 1958

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: In the culinary arts there are many recipes, but Uncle Ed is convinced that the best way to boil an egg is to put it in boiling water. And others think one can have his cake and eat it too. Then some opine that a budget only works if kept within your yearnings. There are arguments on both sides, but fools make decisions against the pleas of wise men, and make a bawd of bounty, fouling the band that gave. A liar is like a rose—he withers where he grows, trying hard to think unsuccessfully, raving with lips all foam and poisoned blood coursing through his veins, his conscience uneasy even at home. Culinary art, which has a broad scope, when applied as such, reaches into many phases of a man’s existence, but it is sometimes displaced and spoiled by a rotten egg.

Henry Stahl was up from Denver Tuesday, to vote for every Republican candidate on the ballot. He has been voting this way for over 60 years.

Died: Word was received here last week of the death of Mrs. Laura L. Frost at White River Junction, VT, at the age of 84 years. She will be remembered as a resident of Central City some thirty or more years ago. She is survived by her son, Arthur, a sister, Mrs. Clarence Gosselin, of Boston, and one granddaughter. Interment was at North Berwick, ME.

Died: George Eustice died in Rose Memorial Hospital, Saturday morning, at the age of 63 years. George, who has been suffering from a heart condition for the past ten years, was taken to Denver Friday afternoon, and died the following morning at the Rose Memorial Hospital in Denver. He was born in Silver Plume on September 17, 1895, where he spent his boyhood years, coming to Central City in 1929 where he was employed by the Chain O’ Mines Company for several years, later working in various mines in the Quartz Hill district. He was a veteran of World War I, and assigned with the Rainbow Division in France and saw service in the Argonne and Chateau-Thiery engagements. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars of this county and his demise will be sadly missed by both organizations. He was admired for his courageous battle against his ailments, and his numerous friends wish for him a happy life in that Eternal County, of which still remains a mystery. He is survived by his wife; six sisters, Sallie Rickman, of Sedalia Colorado, Mrs. Abigail Thomas, of Richland, Washington, Mrs. Thomacine Vest, and Mrs. Adele Deen, of Provo, Utah, Mrs. Irene Pineutal, of San Diego, California, Mrs. Native Parker of Richland, Washington. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the city, under the auspices of Father Kuenneth, with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery in Denver.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

The new paint project has done much to brighten our town and we are grateful to the Restoration Society and to Mrs. Emily C. Wilson and her committee.

Mrs. Ethel States was taken to a Denver hospital last Wednesday suffering from pneumonia. We hope she will soon be up and around.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Knoll, who live at Sheridan Court in Denver, were calling on her sister Mrs. Emma Eccker Monday evening.

The mail schedule has been changed to a half hour later on arrival and the outgoing mail will be a half hour later.

The Ronald Bradford family has moved to the Robins farm. Mr. Bradford is the cook at the Rollinsville school lunch room, and he is an employee of the Rocky Mountain News.

Mrs. Marian Prentice returned home recently from Texas where she had been to see a new granddaughter born to Mr. and Mrs. James Palmer.

During the high wind Tuesday, a tree on the Court House lawn blew over, hitting a car parked below, which made a sizable dent in it. The car, a black Ford, belonged to Mrs. Emma Eccker and the accident happened while she was serving as a judge on the absentee election board.

90 years ago – November 9, 1928

The clerk of the weather surely favored the mountain people on Election Day, by giving up a perfect day, with a cloudless sky and warm summer breezes, which enabled the voters from every section of the county to get to the polls and cast their ballots.

Held up with a gun! About 10 o’clock Sunday evening, a stranger entered Mr. A. Pardi’s soft drink parlor and candy store in Russell Gulch on the main highway between this city and Idaho Springs, and asked for a package of cigarettes, going over by the stove with the intention of lighting one. A few minutes later, two men entered the store, one of whom had a mask over his face, and pointing a gun at Pardi, ordered him to hold up his hands, and point out where he kept his money, and while the gunman held him under control, the third man walked behind the counter and appropriated the money in the drawer. When the robbers backed out of the door, Pardi reached under the counter and brought out a bull dog revolver and started for the door, when the first stranger, who had been standing by the side of the stove, rushed over to Pardi and told him to give him the revolver, and he would shoot both of the men. Pardi gave him the gun and the first stranger stepped out and joined his companions, and the gang was soon on their way over Virginia Canyon. Pardi telephoned Sheriff Williams of this city of the hold up and that they had gone down Virginia Canyon. The latter telephoned Sheriff Harvey, of Clear Creek County who was in Idaho Springs, of the circumstances and to guard the canyon, as the men were on their way to Idaho Springs in a Ford coupe. Sheriff Williams and his deputy, Thomas Mitchell, were soon on their way to Idaho Springs, and when they reached the point where the highway joins the old Virginia Canyon road, they saw a car in the gulch below the road, and on examination of the ground, saw that the car was coming down the road at too great a speed to make the turn and had struck the side of the mountain, and the force of the compact hurled it into the gulch. Examining the wreck was Sheriff Harvey and Marshal There of Idaho Springs, and the latter reported they had seen no one walking down the canyon from the wreck. In the meantime, just about the time the wreck occurred, Mr. Ed. Balbach was coming up the canyon, saw the machine in the gulch, and a couple of men standing on the roadway, one of whom was limping badly, as if injured. He stopped his car, asked about the wreck, and offered to take them to Idaho Springs. They gladly accepted and, going down the road, passed the officials who were going up to block the highway and capture the robbers. Balbach said the men wanted to go to a rooming house, and he left them on the street, and returned to Central. The men, instead of going for a room, started to walk to Denver. The officials, having heard that the men wanted had been taken to Idaho Springs and were walking to Denver, were soon on their way, and when near the dairy ranch of Mr. Thompson, a car turned onto the main road from the ranch, going fast and hitting on all cylinders. It looked suspicious to Sheriff Williams, so he stepped on the gas on his machine and finally crowded the speeding car into the mountain side. With the aid of the Idaho Springs officers with drawn revolvers, they surrounded the car, and pulled from the back seat two of the robbers, who had hired rancher Thompson to take them to Denver. They were handcuffed together and brought to this city and landed in the county jail. In coming through Russell Gulch, a stop was made at Pardi’s place of business, and he identified both men as the ones who had held him up. There were three in the party when the hold-up was pulled off, but no trace has developed of the third one. In connection with this case, we wish to call attention to the narrow escape that came to Mr. Balbach, who in kindness in offering the men help, put himself in a position that could have meant death to him, and the theft of his car. Had the men been professionals in the business, they could have stuck a revolver into his ribs, as he was taking them to Idaho Springs, and ordered him to take them to Denver, could have killed him on the trip, hid his body in the timber, and stolen his car, and they would never have been apprehended. The names of the men in jail for the robbery are Jess R. Clements and John Smith, who claim their residence was Englewood, and the license number of their car was 167-618. Their hearing will probably take place on Saturday, when they will be bound over to the district court.

Died: John R. Cleveland, a pioneer of Gilpin County and Colorado, died in Pasadena, California at the home of his daughter on Sunday last, and his remains will be brought to Denver for burial on Friday. Mr. Cleveland was one of the first clerk and recorders of Gilpin County, coming here in 1863, where he resided until the early 70s when he moved to Denver rand formed partnership with George Collier, a former resident of this city, which developed into Collier & Cleveland Lithograph Company. The firm did a big business, and was one of the largest producers in that kind of work in the west. Mr. Cleveland was among the first of the Colorado pioneers to form a Masonic lodge, being a member of Union Lodge No. 7, Colorado Commander in which he held the thirty-three degree. He was also a member of Commander No. 1, Knights Templar, and El Jebel Shrine. He is survived by his widow, Ellen W. Cleveland; two daughters, Mrs. Colman and Mrs. Ben F. Bates, of Denver; a son, J. Fred Cleveland; and a sister, Mrs. A.C. Allen, of Omaha, Nebraska.

120 years ago – November 11, 1898

Senator and Mrs. Henry M. Teller cast their vest in the first precinct on Tuesday morning, in time to leave for Denver on the morning train.

Matt Ryan came over from Freeland, Colorado, last Saturday, to cast his ballot and visit with friends.

William Gilbert, who has been confined at his residence in this city suffering from an attack of fever, is able to be out again.

Engineer James Bristol returned Monday from a hunting trip to the Platte River and lakes in the valley, and was very successful in bagging a number of ducks and geese.

Mr. J.B. Phillips of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of the largest stockholders in the Watauga Mine in Russell District, arrived from the east Thursday, and reports are that he will start up the mine again. He intends to sink another lift in the main shaft and open up the major vein below the fifth level, where the crevice is four feet in width, with a value of $10 per ton, for the full width. When George Kimball operated the property he took out 535 tons of ore while doing 180 feet of drifting, which was shipped to the stamp mills in Black Hawk and the Silver Age Mill at Idaho Springs.

At the Pierce Mine on Nevada Street, preparations were being made to stope in the 200 east and west levels, where a fine crevice of mineral has been opened up, and daily shipments are made that keep ten stamps dropping at the mills in Black Hawk.

Born: In Black Hawk, November 4th, 1898, to the wife of Thomas Beattie, a son.

Born: In Russell Gulch, November 5th, 1898, to the wife of William Jones, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, November 9th, 1898, to the wife of Fred. Bolsinger, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, November 6th, 1898, to the wife of Charles Santner, a daughter.

Died: In Nevadaville, November 4th, 1898, of dropsy, John Williams, aged 61 years.

Died: In Nevadaville, November 6th, 1898, of miner’s consumption, John Nankervis, aged 51 years.

Died: In Central City, November 10th, 1898, Amelia, wife of Silas Teats, aged 52 years.

151 years ago – November 13, 1868

A co-partnership was formed between W. Richardson and A.G. Rhodes, of Black Hawk for the purpose of carrying on a general baking business.

The merchants of this city were registering a kick at the non-arrival of goods, which were lying at Omaha, on account of the Union Pacific railroad being unable to transport them.

During the month of October, the Rocky Mountain Bank shipped $80,000 in gold bullion and $3,000 in silver bullion.

Mr. Frank Hall, one of the proprietors of the Miner’s Register, and secretary of the Territory of Colorado, after an absence of four months in Denver, came up to Central Monday evening.

Waterman and Phillips, who are working the Flack Mine on Quarry Hill, were shipping smelting ore to the Hill Smelter in Black Hawk, for which they received $345 per ton.

Married: At Russell Gulch, on November 11, Rev. E.P. Teeny married John Cochran and Mary Rule, and John Deaver and Mary Campbell.

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