Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – March 3, 1989

The Gilpin Eagles Basketball Team grabbed the lead early in the first period of play against Nederland on February 25 and held onto it throughout the game. The final score of 74-60 was greeted by a burst of enthusiasm from the large cheering section that turns out to support the Eagles. Gilpin took the lead 16-7 in the first quarter and kept the pressure on through the rest of the game. At the end of the first half, the Eagles led 28-16. They widened the gap 47-31 during the third period and wound up with a 14 point victory and a final score of 74-60. Trent Cate controlled the boards and Travis Bishop book the push by Nederland. The Eagles played an intense game all the way. “They wanted to win,” said Coach Barry Wood. “The leadership of our seniors was evident.” The game began with each player presenting his mother with a yellow rose, and act that appeared to charm not only the moms in question, but the audience as well. Maybe that was a lucky charm that brought success to the team’s efforts. High scorer for the game was Trent Cate with 26 points. He was followed by Darren Ward with 24, Travis Bishop with 12, Chris Harris with eight, Justin Dominguez with three, and Jeff Lorenz with one. Lorenz and Ward both fouled out. Over the season, Cate has averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game. Ward’s average has been 15 points and seven rebounds. Winning the final game of the season left the Eagles with an eight win and 10 loss record as they entered district playoffs this week. They were to play Denver Academy Thursday night, with the winner going on to face the victor of the Maranatha versus Mountain States game. If they come out on top, the Eagles will play tonight at Niwot at 5:00 p.m.

A one car accident on Prosser Street in Central City caused approximately $1,500 worth of damage to the 1985 Bronco driven by members of the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department. The accident occurred at 2:00 a.m. on February 25, according to Sheriff Rosetta Anderle. The vehicle was driven by DUI officer Gary Ledstrom. Ledstrom was driving approximately 10 mph down Prosser Street, which is the one-way street west of the city leading into Central City, and traveled from dry pavement to a solid shot of ice, Anderle explained. The Bronco went into a slide and up an embankment, causing it to roll over on the left side. The vehicle was damaged on the right front side, the left side, and the rear window was shattered. “Fortunately,” stressed Sheriff Anderle, “Gary was not injured in the accident.” Trooper Mike Anselmo of the Colorado State Patrol handled the accident investigation. “The State Patrol is always called in for investigation,” explained Anderle, when a city or county law enforcement vehicle is involved in an accident, in the event of a fatality, or when damage exceeds $500.

Died: Dr. Arthur Edward Peterson, M.D., longtime Greeley physician, died at his home Monday morning, February 27, 1989. He was 85 years old. He was the son of Calls and Nellie (Nelson) Peterson. Born February 19, 1904 in Polk, Nebraska, Peterson married Tressa Hill on July 2, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His wife preceded him in death on May 28, 1963. Peterson attended the University of Nebraska Medical School, graduating in 1928, where he was a member of the medical honorary Fraternity AOA. He then interned at the University of Minnesota. Peterson practiced general medicine in Ovid, Colorado, from 1929 to 1937 when he moved to Greeley, where he practiced until he moved to Black Hawk in 1963. He continued his practice in Black Hawk from 1963 to 1978, then he retired and moved back to Greeley. While in practice in Black Hawk he also served as Gilpin County Coroner. He served as a major in the Army Medical Corps from 1942 to 1946, serving in the South Pacific on Tannin Island for two years. Peterson was a member of a number of organizations and groups including the First Congregational Church of Greeley, the American Gastroenterological Society, the American Medical Association, the Greeley Elks Lodge BPOE #809, and the American Legion. Formerly he was a member of the Greeley Rotary Club. Survivors include his children, Mrs. R. Lawrence (Phyllis) Eaton, and Dr. James H. Peterson, both of Greeley, Arthur E. Peterson, Jr. of Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Gus (Margaret Ann) Mancuso of Las Vegas, Nevada; a sister, Mrs. Esther Morgan of Greeley; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held March 2, 1989 at Macy Chapel in Greeley. The service was followed by interment at Linn Grove Cemetery in Greeley. If friends wish, memorial gifts may be made to the University of Nebraska, College of Medicine in care of the Macy Chapel.

60 years ago – March 13, 1959

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads by A.F. Mayham: The moon just makes moonlight and the breeze just makes in breezy; our politicians seem to have the knack of making “it” while the making is good. Hiring the family circle at government expense to manipulate office work at fancy salaries, then sponsoring legislation to reduce taxes appears to be the height of unprincipled nonsense. Probably enough water could be squeezed out of some bureaus to drown a bevy of taxpayers, and the expenses attributed to running the government are camouflaged under the cover of defense. Uncle Ed says the antics of some of our legislators provoke his strain of humor to an explosion. Moon or no moon, taxes or no taxes, peace of mind is something rarer than a white crow or a statesman. Talent and beauty are possessed by many, wealth is commonplace, fame not rare; but peace of mind is like a shadow; it flees and no man knows where. The almighty dollar is the golden calf of the age, a leprous scab on a contemporary soul. Much of our politics, religion and fraternizing are on a child basis – an indication of immaturity. The continued existence of the human species is in the balance while our senators dine on mince and slices of quince and eat from a runcible spoon, and hand in hand they dance by the light of a silvery moon.

Over 100 guests were present at the anniversary reception given in Denver last week to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. John Rohling. Among those from Gilpin County attending were: Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Carter, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Blake, Richard Osborn and daughter, Mrs. Susie McGrath, Harry Ellman and sister, Mrs. Lena Kuhns, Misses Minnie ad Eva Sorenson, Mrs. Florence Dukes, Gus Grutzmacher and sister, Mrs. Emma Maughan and husband, Otto Scheffler and daughter Etta and husband, Joe Marsaglia, Grace Vosper Tucker and family, Johanna Mertz, and Mr. and Mrs. Phil Rohling.

The Grade School basketball tournament will be held at the high school gymnasium, Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. Five teams are entered – Central City, Black Hawk, Georgetown, Rollinsville, and Nederland. Trophies furnished by School District No. 1 will be presented at the conclusion of the games.

Born: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Dunahay are the proud parents of a son born in Denver Saturday at Presbyterian Hospital.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

After an extended auto trip through the western states, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Rudolph returned home last Friday. Everything went very well except when Gus got lost in the Los Angeles traffic.

Mrs. Jennie Zancanella and daughter Marguerite Chase left last week for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where they will have a medical check-up.

The Robert Pipes have a brand new Chevrolet car, black with chrome trimming.

Mr. Tom Glenn of Denver has been a weekend guest of the Eiiven Jacobsons.

We are glad to hear that Mrs. Alfreda White is bee to leave the hospital and is now convalescing in the Pierce Hotel in Denver.

Little Kay Fisher fell over the wall in front of her home on Church Street Sunday and landed behind Blake’s barn. She was taken to the doctor who put clamps in the two gashes at the back of her head.

Mr. and Mrs. Allen Smith and Allen Jr., and Mrs. Earl Smith of Georgetown were dinner guests at the Ernest Wright home on Friday evening. The occasion was the first birthday of little Kevin Wright.

90 years ago – March 8, 1929

Attorney James M. Seright left for Denver on Friday last, on business matters, retuning Saturday.

Mr. Charles Pierce, superintended and manager of the Chain O’Mines properties in this city, left for Denver Tuesday evening, on matters of business.

Mrs. Williams, in the Hawley Block in this city, is reported as being seriously ill.

Arthur Frost and Ellis Williams, students at the State University at Boulder, motored over to Central Friday evening to spend a couple of days with the folks at home, returning Sunday afternoon.

Louis J. Carter left for Denver Monday morning to attend the funeral of William Saunders.

Mr. Jim Daley, who had been enjoying Denver weather for a couple of weeks, returned to Central the first of the week.

Peter McFarlane, while engaged in cleaning off the snow at his residence in the city, Saturday morning, had a fainting spell and dropped on the walk. He partly recovered and managed to crawl into the house, where he was found by a neighbor, who called the doctor, and notified his sons Fred and George, of Denver, who arrived early Sunday morning, and that afternoon they took him to Denver, and latest reports are that he is gradually improving.

Mr. W.O. Ziege left for Golden Wednesday morning to act as one of the pallbearers at the funeral of the late Charles G. Gray, held that afternoon.

Died: In Golden, March 3rd, 1929, Charles G. Gray, aged 83 years. Deceased was an early day resident of Gilpin County, coming from England in 1870, and locating in Black Hawk, where he resided until 1895, when he moved to Golden, where he passed on, as recorded above. He is survived by his widow, a son, Archie Gray, of Black Hawk, a daughter, Mrs. Florence Dailey, three grandsons and two granddaughters. He was a member of Black Hawk Lodge No. 11, A.F.&A.M., and Golden Lodge No. 1, of the same order. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, in Golden, with masonic services conducted by Golden Lodge.

Died: William Saunders. There were no new developments unearthed in the death of William Saunders, who was found frozen to death in a vacant building near his residence in Black Hawk on Wednesday of last week, and undertaker George Hamllik took the body to Denver Friday morning. The funeral was held Monday morning under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, interment in Fairmount Cemetery. His two sisters, Mrs. Rachel Maughan and Mrs. Bessie Hodges, of California, were in attendance at the funeral. Three members of the House, Representatives E.C. Johnson, of Craig, minority floor lead, W.H. Barrick, of Dumont, and W.E. Burchfield, of Denver, were appointed to represent the chamber at the funeral.

Died: Harry K. Dean. Mr. Joseph Kimball of this city received a letter the first of the week from Mrs. Dean, announcing the death of Mr. Dean at their home in Hartford, Connecticut, on Monday, February 18, after an illness since last August. Mr. Dean will be remembered as the representative of the company which operated the Gold Cup property, in Quartz Valley District a number of years ago, and made this city his headquarters.

Died: Sol. Bacharach. Mr. W.O. Jenkins received a telephone message Monday afternoon, announcing the death of Solomon Bacharach at the Beth Israel Hospital in Denver that afternoon, at the age of 84 years. Mr. Bacharach was taken to Denver several weeks ago, in a weak and serious condition, in the hope that with proper attention and care he would be able to recover from a complication of diseases incident to old age, but it was willed otherwise, and he passed away that afternoon, with his daughter, Mrs. Bernice Falkenburg, at his bedside. Deceased was a pioneer resident of Central City, coming here in the early ‘70s, and was the oldest businessman in Gilpin County. At the time of the fire in May, 1874, when the business section of this city was burned out completely, he was engaged in the wholesale liquor business, but succeeded in saving his stock by rolling the barrels down the street and storing them outside of the fire limits. The morning after the fire he secured a tent, brought in his stock, and was ready for business. His counter was a board nailed together, back of which were the barrels of “stock” all labeled, and as the miner came in for a “smile,” he indicated with his hand what kind he wanted, and a glass was held under the spigot, and he was serviced. After disposing of his stock, he established a clothing and gents’ furnishing establishment, which he conducted here for over 50 years, excepting a couple of years when he went to Colorado Springs and launched in the same line of business. But business there was not good enough, and he came back to Central, where he conducted his business until he was taken to Denver. He was a clothes buyer, a good business man, well educated, and will be well remembered by all the old timers who are still in the land of the living. He is survived by his widow, a son and a daughter, living in California. Orthodox Jewish funeral services were held for him Tuesday last.

120 years ago – March 10, 1899

Postmistress Mrs. Samuel Bostwick of Black Hawk has been notified by the post office department to move into the old post office building, known at the Hahn Building, on or before the first of April.

For the month of February, there were shipped from the Black Hawk Depot of the Colorado & Southern Railroad, 203 carloads of smelting or and concentration to the Denver and other smelters in the state. As compared with the corresponding month of last year, there was a falling off in last month’s shipment of 1,098 tons, which is accounted for by the snow blockade, which continued for nearly the entire month. If the weather continues pleasant during the present month, the chances are good for unusually heavy shipments, as the mines have thousands of tons broken, which could not be moved on account of weather conditions.

Last Tuesday several of the big mines on Quartz Hill, and on Gunnel Hill, put their regular force at work helping to clear the tracks for the Gilpin tramway so that cars could be placed at their properties and move vast quantities of ore in the bins and in stopes in the mines to the mills and sampling works in Black Hawk. Good headway was being made and it was hoped that by the end of the week the lines would be open again for continuous operation.

Twenty-one carloads of ore in one train were hauled over the tramway lines on Wednesday afternoon from the Phoenix-Burroughs properties on Quartz Hill to the mills at Black Hawk.

The working force at the Fisk Mine numbers 60 men, and daily shipments to the mills average 60 tons, besides considerable smelting ore, both grades of mineral carrying good values.

Born: In Black Hawk, March 4th, 1899, to the wife of James Rafferty, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, March 9th, 1899, to the wife of Joseph Henwood, a son.

Died: In Russell Gulch, March 4th, 1899, Teresa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Penasa, aged 19 months.

Died: In Black Hawk, March 8th, 1899, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Andreatta.

Died: In Central City, March 9th, 1899, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. Giovanini, aged 4 weeks.

151 years ago – March 12, 1869

The Coaley Mine in Silver Gulch below Black Hawk, was being operated by Mr. Teats, who was shipping ore to the Hill smelter that was returning 100 ounces to the ton, from a crevice 18 inches in width, in the lower level. Since November, 36,000 ounces of silver had been shipped to the smelter, and a profit of $12,000 over expenses of mining and smelting had resulted.

The city council of Black Hawk published an ordinance providing for the citizens voting at the spring election on the question of issuing $10,000 in bonds for the erection of a school building.

Twenty three cords of ore were crushed at the Smith & Parmlee Mill last week, which produced 130 ounces gold, worth $2,700. The week before the same mill turned out 180 ounces gold, worth $4,000, or over $22 per ounce.

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