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30 years ago – February 10, 1989

Randy Lara of Gilpin County was appointed to fill the vacant seat on the Gilpin County RE-1 Board of Education. The appointment was made during the board’s February 7 policy meeting, and Lara was sworn in immediately.After taking his oath of office, Law joined the board at the table and participated in his first meeting right away. Two applications were submitted to the board for the position that became vacant when Ralph Johnson resigned due to a job conflict. The other candidate for the seat, Terry Houk, was thanked for his interest in the district and urged to continue his participation in school related matters. The motion to appoint Lara was made by Board Member Forrest Anderson. Board Member Patricia Dunn cast the single dissenting vote.

“It’s amazing how many residents in Gilpin County want ZK license plates,” remakes Gilpin County Clerk and Recorder Judy Dornbrock. “I want people to know that they are once again available, if only in a manner of speaking.” Although somewhat different than the original white on green license plates, the new designer plates have the imprint ZK prefix which is in demand by local residents. The new “chic” designer license plates are blue on white. The original Z prefix is now a three space combination of Z1K followed by three numbers. An added addition on the new plates is the name “Gilpin” which appears under the license number. The new item is already a fast selling item, said Dornbrock, and people who are interested in the new plates should hurry. The series available for purchase ranges from Z1K-001 through Z1K-999 for passenger vehicles. Although license plates continue to be available for trucks, they do not include the ZK prefix. The cost for the new series is $25.00 each year plus the standard license plate charge. Dornbrock explained, adding that credit will be given on the current license fee when a customer’s old plate is renewed. Designer plates are available for purchase in the Clerk & Recorder’s office at the Gilpin County Courthouse. The new plates can also be purchased for antique cars, National Guard members, and holders of the Purple Heart medal. For further information on any of the specialized license plates, call the Clerk & Recorder’s office.

For the first few days, the Arctic cold front that slammed into Colorado seemed to be passing Gilpin County by, to no one’s great disappointment. Denverites were reporting temperatures well below zero, while most of the high country basked in the relative warmth of above freezing weather. All the “banana belt” jokes ended abruptly on February 3, though, when the mercury plunged and the snow started falling, covering the high country in a blanket of crisp, white powder up to a foot and a half thick. With temperatures reported unofficially as low as 42 degrees below zero around the county, things ground to a halt. Traffic was extremely light, not only because of the snow and ice, but because an awful lot of folks couldn’t get their vehicles cranked up.

The Social Register:

Born: Larry Turner, who works at the Gilpin County School as transportation supervisor, was all smiles Tuesday when he stopped a Register-Call reporter in the hall to announce the birth of his first grandchild. Christie and Tony Busch are the parents of a baby girl, Nicole Renee, who made her entrance into the world February 3, 1989. Born at St. Anthony Hospital North at 2:23 p.m., Nicole weighed in at six pounds 12 ounces, and measured 19 and a half inches at birth. She is the Busch’s first child, and is now at home in Gilpin County, surrounded by doting relatives. Larry and Pam Turner are Nicole’s maternal grandparents. John and Jody Busch are her paternal grandparents. All four are Gilpinites. Nicole has no shortage of great-grandparents with her. On her mom’s side of the family, she can claim Ann and Ken Byers, along with Edna Smith, all of Denver, for great-grandparents. Ruth Russell, also of Denver, is her paternal great-grandmother. Lucky little Nicole has yet another generation of grannies to get to know. Vera Ratliff of Alton, Missouri, Minnie Turner of Orangevale, California, and Esther Erickson of Denver, are her great-great-grandmothers. If all the relatives are as excited about Nicole’s birth as Grandpa Larry, she’s got it made!

Died: John Harry Oscar Walter, known to his family and friends as Harry Walter, passed away on January 26, 1989, in Rancho Mirage, California. He was 71 years old. Harry was born on August 5, 1917, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Frank and Beda Walter of Sweden. He had only 11 years of schooling and later entered both the National Guard and the Minnesota State Guard. He served in the Army during World War II. On May 12, 1941, Harry married Lillian H. Holmes in St. Paul where they made their home and raised five children until 1961. At that time the family moved to Thermopolis, Wyoming, and later to Denver in 1965. Throughout Harry’s life, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and dancing. Some people would have called him a “Jack of All Trades” as he had earned a living doing all sorts of work including being a short-order cook, a construction worker, and a machinist. He retired from Rockwell International as a journeyman machinist in 1982. In 1984, he lived for a few months with one of his daughters in Gilpin County and worked for the Central City Development Company doing maintenance and repairs. After discovering his health was too bad at this high altitude, he moved back down to Denver. In 1986, he moved to the Palm Springs, California, area. There he finished living his life with his oldest son and his family. Harry is survived by his wife, Lillian of Denver, two sons, Gary of Palm Springs, California, and Brett of Denver; three daughters, Nanette Walter and Myra McCullin, both of Denver, and Darlene Rivers of Gilpin County; two sisters, Irene Villili of Fallbrook, California, and Elsie Enochson of St. Paul, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services were held at Horan and McConaty Mortuary in Denver on January 31, with the Rev. Robert C. Early of Holiday Hills Community Church officiating. Interment was at Fort Logan National Cemetery with full military honors by the United States Army.

60 years ago – February 20, 1959

Central City Nuggets:

The Denver Mining Club, and those interested in mining, have been invited by the Chamber of Commerce to the Friday noon luncheon to listen to the talk of Prof. Hugh McKinstry, geologist from Harvard University. His subject: “The Future of Mining in Colorado.” The professor states that the hills have hardly been scratched and untold wealth is buried deep in the mountains.

Mrs. John Adamson and Mrs. Leroy Williams of Denver attended Eastern Star meeting on Tuesday evening.

The County and State Highway crew joined together with their road equipment in removing the snow and ice drifts from each side of Main Street on Monday morning. The grader got too close to the sidewalk in front of the Glory Hole Tavern – breaking an iron post supporting a large sign, which fell over on the window, making little pieces of glass out of the plate glass window. However, the drifts were removed, as well as many of the signs.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Mr. Louis Klein has been in charge of the Hardware Store the past week, while Mrs. Eella Fritz was in Denver visiting the dentist.

Games, valentines, and refreshments were enjoyed at a party afternoon at the school house. About forty were present at the gathering, which was sponsored by Mr. Stiles, the teacher.

Mrs. Jena Jacobson drove to Morrison Saturday where she visited her mother, Mrs. Helen Robins in the Pine Haven Nursing Home.

The Raymond Roof family of Ralston Creek have moved into the Senachal house on Main Street and their children are attending the Black Hawk School.

Mr. Victor Braecher recently returned home after spending several months in Europe.

A recent arrival to this country from Greece is John Bakus, who is spending some time with his uncle, Mr. Gust Backus.

Mrs. Lillian Grenfell is staying in Denver while receiving medical treatment for her eyes.

90 years ago – February 15, 1929

Mr. George Becker, deputy state mine inspector for this district, made Gilpin County a visit on Monday, to look over mines that are in operation, and to see that they were complying with the law in every respect.

Mr. E.N. Kelley, of the Lawrence Street Garage, was down to Denver the first of the week, to take in the automobile show being held there.

Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Ziege were passengers to Denver Monday, where the former met with the state tax commission, returning home that evening.

Mr. Harry J. Teller came up from Denver Wednesday evening, on business matters, and to attend the regular monthly meeting of the City Council held Thursday evening.

Mrs. L. Canvas came up from Denver Monday evening, on a visit, and is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Laird.

  How to Make Apple Snow, by Nellie Maxwell: Beat three egg whites and add two tablespoonful’s of powdered sugar, three tablespoonful’s of thick apple sauce; if sweetened add less sugar. Heap in tall glasses and serve cold. For an occasional dessert make a jelly sandwich, cut into fancy shapes, and serve with a glass of rich milk. Most people are very fond of prunes and any dish which contains that fruit is welcomed.

  How to Make Prune Marvelle, by Nellie Maxwell: Cook one pound of prunes until very soft. Cool and remove the stones and drain the pulp, then rub through a sieve. Add orange juice to taste, beat the whites of four eggs until stiff, add five tablespoonful’s of sugar, fold into the prune pulp, mix and turn into a buttered baking dish, and bake twenty minutes in a moderate oven. Serve cold with whipped cream, or with hot boiled custard.

Died: Mrs. Robert C. Johnson, of this city, received word last week of the death of Thomas G. Taylor, at Portland, Oregon, on January 15. Mr. Taylor will be remembered as a music teacher here a number of years ago, who also was organist of the Methodist Church. Word of his death was sent by his daughter Dorothy.

Died: Josiah Winchester, a well-known mining man of Colorado, passed away a few weeks ago at his home in San Diego, California, according to a letter received by Mrs. W.A. Dier. Mr. Winchester was 72 years of age. He engaged in mining in Cripple Creek for a number of years. About 28 years ago, he made a rich strike in the Jack Pot Mine and then moved to Denver to educate his children. For the past few years the family has been living in California. He is survived by his wife who was, before her marriage, Emma Clayton of Black Hawk, an intimate friend of Mrs. Charles B. Timberlake; also one daughter, Mrs. Susan Richmond of Glendale, Arizona, and two sons, Josiah and Henry of California. The Winchester family was well-known in Golden where they visited often at the W.A. Dier and B.P. Quaintance homes.

Died: One of Boulder’s early pioneers, Edwin S. Temple, aged 70 years, who has spent the greater portion of his life in Boulder, passed away Sunday evening at his home. Death followed a long illness of six years. He suffered a stroke of apoplexy a number of years ago and never fully recovered. Mr. Temple was born in Ohio and came to Black Hawk and Central City when quite young. After a short time here he moved down to Boulder where he since made his home. Mr. Temple has been for years one of Boulder’s leading citizens. He was a scholarly man and one of the best versed men in the early history of Colorado. His widow, Mrs. Alice Smothers Temple, and two sons, Elmer and Paul, survive his death. Two brothers, and three grandchildren also survive. – Boulder Miner.

120 years ago – February 17, 1899

Mr. P.B. Hicks, of this city, left on Tuesday for San Marcial, New Mexico, where he is to take charge of the underground workings of one of the prominent mines of that place.

Mr. P.R. Alsdorf spent Sunday in Denver, visiting with friends and enjoying the many attractions which that city affords.

Miss Anna McKinley came over from Idaho Springs on Monday to attend the Batchelder-Seymour birthday party, and was the guest of Miss Lulu Batchelder.

Mr. E.W. Williams was up from Denver during the week, looking after his mining and business interests in the county.

Miss Lulu Batchelder and Harry Seymour, both of this city, celebrated their 21st birthdays on Monday, at Armory Hall, where their friends had been invited to spend the evening and enjoy cards, dancing, and other amusements to their heart’s content. An enjoyable evening followed.

Last Friday night was the coldest experienced in the county for the present winter, the temperature reaching from 20 to 30 degrees below zero, interfering with mine operations and ore hauling, but no fatalities occurred during the cold spell.

Thomas Baker, an old prospector and resident on the Hill Ranch in lower Lake District, was taken to Denver by William Lamont to the Arapahoe Hospital the first of the week, where he would receive care and attention. Mr. Baker was 70 years of age, came to Gilpin County in 1858, and had resided in Lake and Russell Districts during the greater portion of those years.

Born: In Nevadaville, February 10th, 1899, to the wife of I.D. W. Stevens, a daughter.

Born: Near Rollinsville, February 9th, 1899, to the wife of Henry LeFevre, twins, boy and girl.

Born: In Russell Gulch, February 9th, 1899, to the wife of William Prouse, a daughter.

Born: In Russell Gulch, February 11th, 1899, to the wife of Martin Davey, a son.

Married: In Central City, at St. Mary’s Church, Rev. Father Desaulnier officiating, Mr. James Betallack and Miss Mary Morgan, both of Perigo.

Died: In Central City, February 11th, 1899, Sister Genevieve Kelley, connected with St. Aloysius Academy, in this city, aged 25 years.

Died: In Central City, February 16th, 1899, of heart disease, Mr. A.G. M. Pugh, aged 58 years.

151 years ago – February 19, 1869

Mr. J.D. Wood and wife have returned from Chicago and have gone to housekeeping at their residence on Nevada Street.

The Gilpin & Coaley Mine, below Black Hawk, were turning out considerable ore daily, and the reductions plant was sending out 300 ounces silver daily, with good prospects of increasing the amount to 500 ounces daily.

Mr. Reed, representing the Chicago Post, arrived here the first of the week, to write up the mining industry of the county for his publication.

Married: On Quartz Hill, February 16, 1869, Rev. E.P. Tenny officiating, Mr. Stiles E. Mills and Mrs. Lucy A. Clark.

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