Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – January 20, 1989

Treasures from the past, many thought to be lost forever, have recently been found in the process of reorganizing the local museum operated by the Gilpin County Historical Society. Some of the treasures were shown off to the public at an open house on January 13 at the Golden Rose Hotel.The event attracted over 50 people, primarily residents of the county. Although the drawing is too recent to be a “historical” item, Artist Angelo diBenedetto, also on the board of the Historical Society, was elated to find a drawing that he had done of Billy Hamilton in 1947. Hamilton did a considerable amount of work for the Central City Opera Association. Gilpin County Historical Society President Bonnie Merchant proudly displayed the drawing to the attentive audience at the open house gathering. Many of the recently found treasures were too large to move to the Golden Rose, however, these mementos can be seen at the Historical Society Museum. Among the many discoveries, the Mack Brewery sign can now be seen in the entry hall. Board members of the Gilpin County Historical Society are working earnestly on weekends revamping many of the displays at the museum, painting, and cleaning in preparation for the upcoming tourist season. Locals and their guests, however, are welcome to visit the museum, but should make arrangements in advance to insure entry. The open house was a welcomed event by many, who, in addition to enjoying coffee, tea, and hors d’oeuvres, were treated to a slide show of items on display at the museum. The Historical Society welcomes new members, and volunteers to assist in the projects at the museum are always welcome.

The Social Register:

On Saturday, January 14, the temperature read 20 to 25 degrees in most places in Gilpin County, but that wind!

Nine Gilpin Gaiter hikers hiked three miles round trip from the junction of the Russell Gulch Road and the Lake Gulch Road to the Lake Gulch School and back. It was bitter cold, but one participant reported that the hike cured her flu symptoms.

Navy Fireman Recruit Michael E. Bechtle, son of Bill and Jean LaMorris of Rollinsville, has completed Recruit Training Command in San Diego. During Bechtle’s eight week training, he studied general military subjects designed to prepare him for further academic and on the job training in one of the Navy’s 85 basic fields. Bechtle’s studies included seamanship, close order drill, naval history, and first aid. Personnel who complete this course of instruction are eligible for three hours of college credit in physical education and hygiene. A 1988 graduate of Nederland High School, Bechtle joined the Navy in September of 1988.

Karen Szyszka is the new bank teller in Black Hawk. She started her duties on Tuesday.

Married: Yanula Larson is no longer working at the First Interstate Bank in Black Hawk. She and John Nusse tied the knot on January 14, and will be making their home in Lakewood. Yanula has transferred to the First Interstate Bank facility in Golden.

60 years ago – January 30, 1959

Across the Cross Roads, by A.F. Mayham: Most any gathering of a gregarious inclined segment of homo sapiens will furnish conversation about the stock market and the gold situation. Gold stocks on the big board have been climbing lately and a few NY brokers advise investing in gold both as a hedge against inflation and for dividends in the coin of the realm. One can hear arguments on both sides of the advance in price of gold. One of the strongest against is that the treasury doesn’t want a higher price, but that is only one and a government bureau at that. Hooking politics into the situation along with a managed currency, it seems readily apparent why the treasury should be all for leaving the price alone. Common sense will tell anyone, even the most stupid and biased, that a commodity cannot be produced at a 1935 selling price with 1959 cost of production. In the minds of sound thinking people, the situation on gold stinks, smells, and is odoriferous in the nostrils.

Central City Nuggets:

Mrs. Helen Patterson and Mrs. Helen Robbins entertained the ladies of the town at a coffee hour in the Blue Room of the Toll Gate on Tuesday afternoon. Proceeds will go to the March of Dimes.

The American Legion dinner held at the Methodist Church last Saturday evening was enjoyed by about sixty people. Illness prevented a greater number from attending.

A veterinarian from Denver will be made available for rabies inoculation before March 1, if twenty dog owners will use his service. The price will be $2.50 per canine. If interested, call 3261.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Olinger Mortuary in Denver for Samuel Glanville, who died the previous Saturday. He was about 83 years of age. Sam was a life-long resident of Central City, with the exception of about two years, when he was a carpenter on one of the large coal mines in Oak Creek. He was a skilled carpenter and built many of the shaft buildings in this vicinity. He served on the City Council as Alderman for several years before leaving for Denver some fifteen years ago to make his residence. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Barbara Oney and Norma Dowling, of Wheatridge; and a niece, Mrs. Annie Mabee, of Wilmington, California.

Died: Ernest Charles Henry Simmons was born of English parents who came from Cornwall, England. He was the youngest of 12 children and was born April 12, 1879 in Nevadaville and lived there and in Central City until 1904. In 1902 he married Marie Negri and to this union were born five children. His wife preceeded him in death in 1915. Twins, a boy and a girl, died soon after birth in 1906. He worked for a number of years in the Victor-Cripple Creek District until 1923, when he and his family moved to Denver. While living in Victor he was employed as a stationary engineer on a number of the famous mines, including the Independence, Ajax, and the Portland. He was also employed in the building of the famous Carlton Tunnel. In 1923 he was employed by the City of Denver in the Highway Department as a power shovel engineer and worked continuously on this job until November of 1958. In 1939 he and Wanda Olaf of Denver were married. “Ernie” as he was favorably known by his fellow associates, was a past president of the International Union of Operating Engineers of Denver. The City of Denver presented him with a 35 year service pin recently. He is a member of the Elks Lodge of Victor, Colorado. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Simmons of Denver; a daughter, Mrs. Vera E. Goodman of Fort Collins; and two sons, Jack E. Simmons of Denver, and Vernon C. Simmons of Penns Grove, N.J. There are seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Two sisters, Mrs. Chrissie Batman and Mrs. Mabel Snowden reside in Los Angeles, California.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Friday night dinner guests of the Jack Lawrence’s in Nederland were Mr. and Mrs. Eiven Jacobson.

Mrs. Marie Plank was in Denver Monday to celebrate her niece’s birthday.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Robins were in Arvada Sunday where they attended a family get together at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Betts.

An automobile accident occurred Monday afternoon on Highway 119, when a car driven by Mrs. Jean Jacobson skidded on the ice, swerved crosswise, and hit a car driven by Jerry Addyman, resulting in slight damage to the cars, but no injuries to the drivers.

Mrs. Emma Eccker entertained ten of her friends at a brunch on Sunday morning. Later in the day, Mrs. Eccker, Miss Kathryn, and Mrs. Lettie Gray drove to Boulder to visit the Milton Etter family.

Married: A wedding of interest was that of Miss Carol Pratt and Mr. Sammy Reman on January 24 at the Central Presbyterian Church in Denver. About 125 guests were present at the wedding and reception; including the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Pratt of Illinois, the groom’s father, Sam Reman Sr., of Black Hawk, and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Jackson of Idaho Springs. The newlyweds will be at home in Denver.

90 years ago – January 25, 1929

How to Make Fish Timbales, by Nellie Maxwell: Flake one cupful of fish as fine as possible. Add two well-beaten eggs, a cupful of milk, and salt and pepper to season. Fill small buttered tins of cups half full, set into a pan of water and bake twenty minutes. Turn out on a hot platter and pour over a cream sauce or a tomato sauce to which a bit of mustard has been added. Garnish with parsley.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gage left for Denver Tuesday morning on business matters.

Messrs. Clifford I. Parsons, William O. Ziege, and Louis J. Carter left for Boulder Wednesday morning to attend the funeral of Verger Nebeim of Gilpin, to be held there that afternoon.

Mr. Funk, interested in the company operating the Bullion Mine in this city, after a visit here to see how operations were being carried on at the property, left for his home in Quincy, Illinois, last week.

Attorney Leroy J. Williams came up from Denver Friday evening to attend to legal matters.

Died: In the Boulder Community Hospital, January 18th, 1929, Birger Nerheim, of Gilpin Colorado, aged 37 years. Mr. Nerheim was taken to the hospital several weeks ago, suffering from complications due to an attack of the flu, but careful nursing and attention failed to overcome the disease, and he was compelled to answer the summons. Deceased was born in Norway, March 27, 1892, and came to the United States seventeen years ago, the greater portion of those years being spent in Gilpin County. He is survived by his wife and two children, Helen, 8 years of age, and Betty, 6 years old; his father, several brothers and sisters in Norway, and three brothers and a sister in this county. He was a member of Black Hawk Lodge No. 11, A.F. & A.M., and Masonic services were held at the Tippett & Hall Mortuary, in Boulder Wednesday afternoon, with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery, Denver.

120 years ago – January 27, 1899

Mrs. Trvartha, of Denver, who had been here on a visit with her daughter, Mrs. John H. Nicholls, returned home Wednesday afternoon.

William Fick, of Black Hawk, left Thursday for St. Joseph, Missouri, where he was summoned by the serious illness of his father, who had reached the advanced age of 80 years.

Mr. Ed. L. Grenfell, the popular depot agent of the Colorado & Southern Railroad at Black Hawk, was created a Sir Knight by Central City Commanders No. 2, Knights Templar, on Tuesday evening.

Jackson Wheeler, an old time resident of Black Hawk, now mining at Yankee Hill, brought in a lot of ore from his property to the sampling works at Black Hawk on Tuesday last.

The Fisk Mine on Bobtail Hill, Black Hawk, is giving employment to a working force of 60 men, with a daily output of 50 tons of mill ore, which is returning from 3 to 5 ounces gold to the cord, with tailings worth from $15 to $20 per ton. Shipments of smelting ore average from 30 to 50 tons monthly, all of a good grade.

A shipment of 20 tons of ore was made Wednesday from the Topeka Mine in Russell District, to the State Ore Sampling works at Black Hawk, and as the ore shows considerable free gold, good returns from the lot are expected by Mr. Henry P. Lowe, the manager of the property.

Sinking operations were stopped Tuesday morning the shaft on the Notary Mine in Lake District on account of the miners tapping a body of water at a depth of 555 feet. Manager Perkins contemplates adding a pump to take care of the extra flow.

Born: In Russell Gulch, January 23rd, 1899, to the wife of Sherman Harris, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, January 22nd, 1899, to the wife of J.O. Sherwin, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, January 20th, 1899, to the wife of Harry Short, a daughter.

Born: In Black Hawk, January 21st, 1899, to the wife of Thomas Dunstone, a son.

Born: In Black hawk, January 25th, 1899, to the wife of William Hill, a son.

Married: In Central City, at the residence of the bride’s parents, January 24th, 1899, Rev. J.F. Coffman officiating, Richard James and Miss Elizabeth Retallack.

Married: In Central City January 26th, 1899, Rev. Father Desaulnier officiating, Charles Horning to Miss Rose R. Hawn, both of Gilpin County.

Died: In Central City, January 25th, 1899, Phillis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hill, aged 6 years.

Died: In Central City, January 26th, 1899, of consumption, John M. Miller, aged 44 years.

Died: In Nevadaville, January 25th, 1899, of pneumonia, Daniel Ernst, aged 62 years.

151 years ago – January 29, 1969

Work was suspended on the Bobtail Mine owing to insufficient means for handling the water, and a number of miners were thrown out of work on that account.

The Denver News reports that the Boulder Valley produced 45,212 bushels of wheat, 40,416 bushels of oats, 509 bushels of barley, and 424 bushels of rye during the past year. The average wheat crop of the whole Territory last year was 28 bushels to the acre.

The Register puts the production of the mines of Gilpin County for the past year at over $4,000,000, and advocates the consolidation of a number of claims on the Bobtail, Gregory, Gunnell, and other mines, to reduce expense of operating.

The messengers who were sent to the west to recover the remains of Frederick H. Beecher, have returned, their search proving in vain. The circumstances of the death of Lieutenant Beecher, who was a son of Rev. Charles Beecher, of Georgetown, Mass., in an Indian fight in September last, will be remembered. The grave in which the remains were deposited had been examined, but it had been desecrated by the Indians.

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