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30 years ago – March 17, 1989

A man known only as “John” offered to exchange a marble headstone for a tattoo at a Denver business called “Tattooing by Mickie.” The owner of the business, Mickie Cott, reported the incident to the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department because the man told her he had taken the headstone from a cemetery above Central City. Cott, who had given “John” a tattoo last year, refused to take the headstone in exchange, but suggested that he leave it at the business, which “John” agreed to do. The headstone was retrieved from the store on Lowell Boulevard and returned home. Deputy Joe Meeds, assisted by Sid Squibb of Central City, located the grave in Red Man’s Lodge Cemetery, west of Central City. The three foot gray marble headstone bore the inscription: “Llewellyn Douglas, son of Albert and Elizabeth M. Nancarrow, north June 27, 1894, died December, 1895.” “John” was described by Cott as approximately five feet six inches in height, dark brown shoulder length hair, with a thin build. He was wearing a rock t-shirt with skulls on it, jeans, a flight jacket, and tennis shoes. He has an eight inch “Grim Reaper” tattoo on his right arm with flames under it. It is suggested that Gilpinites who wish to have a tattoo patronize “Tattooing by Mickie,” and while there, tell her thanks for retuning to Gilpin County some of its valuable history.

As the culmination of their study of the human body, students in Peggy Miller’s sixth grade class created life-sized replicas of the human body using various items they found around their houses. The winning body was a joint effort by Jed Shields and Whitney Blake. Shields and Blake managed to put together the best “body,” using such novel items as an eggplant for the liver, wine skin for the stomach, sponge for kidneys, styrofoam for lungs, pipe cleaners and packing bubbles for bronchioles and air, and yarn for the brain. The competition for “best body” was friendly and judging was done by six school employees. “It was a very enjoyable experience which required ingenuity to recreate the human body with everyday materials,” said Shields. Blake agreed, saying, “It was creative and good for the mind.” Unfortunately, the decaying process begins quickly, said Miller, and the bodies have been removed from the school. The project sparked great creativity and resourcefulness among her students, Miller said.

The Social Register:

Married: Dawne Maurer and Lon Huckaby, both of whom teach at Gilpin County School, will be tying the knot Saturday, March 25. A wedding reception will be held at the Teller House from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. The couple would like to extend an invitation to all their friends and students to share in the celebration. Music will be performed by the Father’s Mustache Band.

Married: Western garb will be the mode of the day, today, March 17, at the marriage of Joanne S. Bryant and Ronald Lee Gilmore, both of whom are gunfighters at the Toll Gate Saloon in Central City. A reception at the Toll Gate will follow the 4:00 p.m. wedding ceremony at the Golden Rose Hotel. Bryant, who owns Rocky Mountain Accounting Services in Central City, is a former resident of Miami, Florida. Gilmore is employed at Mountain Graphics in Idaho Springs, and hails originally from Jackson, Florida. Following a south Florida honeymoon, the couple plans to make their home in Central City.

60 years ago – March 27, 1959

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but the memory still lingers in the cranium of many whether they wore the orange or the green. Uncle Ed, not to be partial, attended the regular meeting of the Colorado Poetry Fellowship in the International House on Sunday, wearing a green tie and orange socks. St. Pat, he said, sometimes wore whiskers; he drove out the snakes from Erin except those in the whiskies. Some of the reptiles escaped to America and that is why we have “snakes in the grass.” There were a lot of poetry lovers at the meeting: some came from Ft. Collins in their car, others from near and far, and still others rode a trolley car. Prof. Homer Grout of D.U. and his accomplished wife, Helen, staged a discussion on “Traditional vs. Modern Poetry.” The missus seemed a little prejudiced toward the modern trend for the reasons that traditional verse means one has to dig down and get the attitude and feeling of the author, while the modern poetry comes out blunt and states the feeling right from the “horse’s mouth.” If anything, Uncle is of the opinion that the Lady had the best of the argument. Mrs. Winifred Gordon and Mrs. Veta Rule poured the tea—that’s as strong as some adherents of St. Pat could take—and the urns were watched closely lest some of the escaped snakes from the Emerald Isle accidentally had a Leprechaun lurking in the sugar bowl. Anyway poetry is the language of the soul—those without a soul, of course, don’t appreciate the conveyed ideas. Poetry portrays moods also, and here’s a verse that indicates indifference: “St. Pat stood out in the twilight’s glow while the western skies turned pink; the sun was sinking in the west; he just stood there and let it sink.” Didn’t care a hoot.

Hugh Lawry left Monday morning for Colorado Springs to visit Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Lawry. Both are hospitalized, Mrs. Lawry having recently undergone surgery.

Mrs. Inez Schmidt spent several days in Denver this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Auger and Mrs. Margaret Lindsey of Denver were visiting in Central on Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Skagerberg spent Tuesday in Denver on a shopping tour.

Marshall Dick Dowse respectfully asks that the telephone number of 3344 be used only in emergencies. Numerous times the red light has flashed on Main Street, and by the time he reaches the phone, the line is dead. Apparently, jokesters have dialed this number, to ascertain if he was on the job. That we can attest to, and he courteously requests that if his services are needed, to wait a minute or two so that he may answer your call.

Died: Mrs. Jennie Kimball died last week at one of the hospitals in San Bernardino, California, from a heart attack. She was 68 years of age. She was born in Russell Gulch, and spent most of her life in Central City, leaving here some three years ago for California. She was the widow of the late Joseph Kimball, and is survived by a brother, Rue Manhire, of California; a sister, Mrs. Molly Hancock of Washington; three daughters, Mrs. Josephine Miller, Mrs. Frankie Osman, and Mrs. Fern Olsen, all of California. She is also survived by two stepchildren, Mrs. Gus Rudolph, of Black Hawk, and Joe Kimball, of California. Her body will be cremated, and the ashes interred in the family plot in the Idaho Springs Cemetery.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lehrer and daughter Sandra were up from Denver Sunday visiting friends.

Twelve pinochle players enjoyed a pleasant party at the home of Mrs. Emma Eccker last Saturday night. Mrs. Lettie Gray had the highest score and Mr. Warren Smith the lowest.

During school vacation in Denver, Carol and David Kent are spending the week with their grandmother, Luella Fritz.

A new restaurant across from Blake’s Filling Station under the management of Bill Lorenz, will soon be ready for business.

Mrs. John Turner is in Golden staying with grandchildren while the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wildman spend the weekend in Colorado Springs.

After four months employment at Dillon, Colorado, Mr. Gary Danke has returned home.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto M. Blake were in Denver Wednesday where Mr. Blake kept an appointment with his doctor to have a small growth removed from his throat.

Sympathy is extended to Mr. Art Crow whose brother, Marshal Crow, was drowned Sunday while fishing in a lake near Longmont, Colorado.

Mrs. Mabel Steers died in Denver Wednesday morning. She was the wife of the late Roy Steers who lived here for several years. Four sons survive her.

90 years ago – March 22, 1929

The Gilpin County annual spelling contest, to select a candidate to represent this county at the state contest to be held in Denver Tuesday, March 26, was held at the school building in this city on March 16. The contestants from Central were: Edith Thiede, Kemron Hall, and Emily Rowe; from Black Hawk: Mildred Lais, Bernard Klais, Lucile Ziege, and Louis Ziege; from Russell Gulch: Vernon Hancock. As a result of the contest, Miss Edith Thiede, of the eighth grade grammar school, had the highest record, and will represent this county at the state contest. All the expenses of the young lady for her trip to Denver, and the entertainments which she will attend there, have been provided for, and she is assured a good time. The contest will take place in the office of the State Superintendent of Schools, Denver, on the date above mentioned.

Mr. H.J. Teller came up from Denver on Thursday of last week, to attend the regular monthly meeting of the city council, held that evening, and to attend to business matters.

William Lehmkuhl, a former well known resident of this city, came up from the valley Monday, on a visit at the old home and with friends of former years.

How to Make Burnt Sugar Cake, by Nellie Maxwell: Cream one half cupful of shortening, add one cupful of sugar, add two beaten eggs and one tablespoonful of caramel syrup, two and one half teaspoonful’s of baking powder, and two and one half cupful’s of flour. Sift the flour with the baking powder tree times. Add a teaspoonful of vanilla and when well mixed beat thoroughly. Bake in two layers in a hot oven.

Died: Mr. James Bible, who died at his home in Denver on Sunday, was 83 years of age, and had been a resident of Denver for forty seven years. He was born in Ireland, and came to America when 17 years of age, and arrived in Black Hawk by ox team, where he worked for years at the Langford and Bertenshaw Founderies, during the ‘80s, until he went to Denver, where he was employed many years at Colorado Iron Works until his retirement.

120 years ago – March 24, 1899

The Misses Thomas and Allbright, teachers in the public schools in Nevadaville, left for Denver Saturday to enjoy the spring vacation and visit the public schools in the metropolis.

Mrs. Frank Mayhew, of Nevadaville, left for Denver Sunday afternoon to visit with friends for a few days.

Miss Maud Seymour, of the Colorado House, Black Hawk, who has been with Mrs. Kelley for a number of years, has bought out Miss Ella Sherdig of the Palace Restaurant, and took possession the first of the week.

The Banta Hill Consolidated Company has a force of men busy this week putting up the framework for a shaft house on the Hill Mine, and the manager expects to have the building covered in another week.

Sinking was stopped Monday on the Pierce Mine in this city by mine superintendent Steve Hoskin, the shaft having reached a depth of 300 feet. The mine is looking fine and soon regular shipments will be made to the mills and sampling works.

Cindy and Company, leasing on the East Nottaway Claim in Lake Gulch, shipped ten tons of smelting ore to the sampling works on Saturday, which is expected to give good returns. They are working on the west side ground and Sheriff William Mitchell is working the east half of the property. In the ground worked by Mitchell, a nice streak of ore is showing in the 125 foot level, from 12 to 18 inches solid smelting ore, carrying gray copper, and carrying good values in the precious metals.

Born: In Black Hawk, March 20th, 1899, to the wife of Fred R. Hughes, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, March 22nd, 1899, to the wife of John Miller, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, March 20th, 1899, to the wife of W.H. Williams, a son.

Born: In Central City, March 20th, 1899, to the wife of William Stockman, a son.

Born: In Central City, March 23rd, 1899, to the wife of Charles Wiley, a daughter.

Died: In Nevadaville, March 18th, 1899, John P. Bartle, aged 77 years.

Died: In Central City, March 24th, 1899, of paralysis, Mrs. Peternell Moyle, aged 90 years, 5 months. She had been a resident of Central City since 1867.

151 years ago – March 26, 1869

Mayor Henry P. Cowenhoven and City Clerk S.H. Bradley of Black Hawk, issued a proclamation for a city election to be held on April 5th.

Hon. Hugh Butler returned Saturday from an extended visit with relatives in the states.

A local news note in Sunday’s issue said that, “Mr. Elias Goldman had gone East for his family.” He is doing a good business, and intends locating here permanently.

A large silver button from the Watson smelting works at Georgetown arrived by express on Tuesday evening, and was the attraction for many visitors at the latter office. Its troy weight was 532 pounds, or 5,384 ounces, worth $1.29 per ounce, a total value of $10,200 and was the gross yield from 29 tons of ore from the Coin and Brown lodes. The yield per ton was $286.18, coin value, and it was reported that this was the largest batch of bullion ever made at one test in America.

Mr. John H. Hense was a passenger on the stage Tuesday morning on a trip to the states.

Married: In Black Hawk, March 23rd, 1869, Rev. G.H. Adams officiating, Mr. Richard Newness and Mrs. Mary C. Stratton.

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