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30 years ago – March 24, 1989

Claiming to be 31 years old, Verl Jones, Gilpin County building inspector and sanitarian, was honored by fellow workers on Wednesday. The combined surprise celebration was to thank Jones for all of the work he has done above and beyond his duty,as well as a celebration for his birthday, which was March 19. Commissioner Leslie Williams quickly disputed Jones’ claim to being 31 years of age, saying that he was really 39! Williams read an appreciation poem to Jones and presented him with a new assistant, “Mr. Blue,” a blue teddy bear she had made. She pointed out that “Mr. Blue” was wearing a tie, which she jokingly said is also the appropriate attire for Jones. Following presentation of the cake to Jones by Nancy Robinson, the courthouse staffers enjoyed a superb potluck.

The City of Black Hawk has reassumed management and operation of the historic Lace House. Previously under responsibility of the Gilpin County Historical Society, the decorative building, including its charming, quaint interior comprised of antique furniture, will now be run by the city after the Historical Society announced it was operating at a deficit of approximately $1,500 annually. At Black Hawk’s council meeting on Tuesday, extended from the March 14 meeting, the city fathers decided to revive the Lace House Committee. It will be co-chaired by Aldermen Trish Harris and Joanne Lah. To initiate a fund for the historic structure, the council allocated $1,000. “It was the feeling of the City of Black Hawk that agreeing to a lease with the Historical Society for only one year would lead to the city having to take over management in 1990,” Harried explained on Wednesday. She added that the Historical Society has helped to make the transition very smooth. Those who wish to make donations to the Lace House to insure its continuation may send a check to the Lace House Committee.

Died: Gordon W. Starbuck, builder, operator of Edgemont Materials in Golden, and former resident and property owner in Gilpin County, passed away at 8:00 a.m. on March 11, 1989, at the Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge after several months illness. He was born in Denver, May 29, 1918, to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Starbuck. At one time the Starbuck family, through Mr. Starbuck’s grandparents, was connected with the community of Starbuck-Idledale in Bear Creek Canyon. The family also traced their ancestry to Martha’s Vineyard, an island in Massachusetts. Starbuck was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and owned motorcycles for over 50 years. As a contractor and builder, Starbuck erected many buildings in Colorado and other states, including telephone installations. The telephone building in Central City was one of his creations, as well as remodeling several houses in this area. Starbuck & Company built the telephone repeater tower on Mines Peak near Berthoud Pass. The tower was designed to withstand winds of 300 miles per hour. Starbuck is survived by his wife, Bettie; a son, James Starbuck of Arvada; daughters Helen Starbuck of Edgewater, Ashley Starbuck of Apple Valley, California, and Lorelei Sarnella of Lakewood; and grandchildren Lana and Claudine Starbuck of Arvada, and Seneca and Caesura Sarnella of Lakewood. He was the stepson of Helen Starbuck of Lakewood. Services were held March 16, 1989, at Mile-Hi Church of Religious Science, Dr. Fred Vogt officiating, with entombment at Crown Hill Tower of Memories.

Died: Dorothy McConnell Bingham passed away at Porter Memorial Hospital on March 17, 1989, at the age of 55. A resident of Englewood, Dorothy and her husband, Reverend Robert Bingham, pastored at the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Free Church in Black Hawk since 1982. She will be greatly missed by the congregation. Born in St. Charles, Iowa, December 13, 1933, Dorothy was raised in and around Prole, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a certificate in elementary education. She met her husband at Camp Id-Ra-Ha-Je in 1959. They were married the following year in 1960. The couple served with Overseas Christian Serviceman’s Center in the Philippines from 1962 until 1979 and in the home office in Denver from 1979 to 1983. Survivors include her husband, her father, Fay McConnell of Prole, Iowa; four children, Deanna and Deedra Bingham, Denise Rhodes, all of Englewood, and Cathy Hayes of Melbourne, Australia; her brother and sisters, Keith McConnell of Prole, Iowa, Helen Phillips of Ames, Iowa, and Wilma Seymour of Martensdale, Iowa; two grandchildren; and a host of friends. A memorial service in her memory was held March 19, 1989, at the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Free Church in Black Hawk, officiated by Reverend Art Everett of Gilpin County. Services were held March 21, 1989 at Bethel Baptist Church in Denver, followed by burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

60 years ago – April 3, 1959

Central City Nuggets

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: This is a woman’s world all right, and they are fast taking the place of the male contingent; they are even wearing britches on the street. Of course that means long pants, not the soft version worn around the house and which are frequently seen on the clothesline, providing there is a clothesline. Mrs. Priest who holds the job as Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, came to Colorado a few days ago to see Mrs. Schneider, who handles the gloves at the mint, and incidentally inspect the penny stamping machine turning out new Lincoln 1 cent pieces. The Hall of Progress had an idea, Ivy would bring the dies for the souvenir half dollar to be minted for the Rush to the Rocks (everybody has a feeling) toward nominating Clare Booth Luce for vice-president of the 50 states. Maybe Clare wears the pants also, as the ball and chain is the main stay and mitten mast of Time magazine. The Senate hasn’t as yet confirmed Clare’s (sometimes spelled Claire) nomination as ambassador to Brazil. Americans weren’t very popular down there a few weeks ago on account of an article in Time which proposed splitting a South American county into two or more countries. If Clare goes down there, she may lose her pants during a popular demonstration not long ago. Clare, of course, would be subject to a horse of another color, not popularity. If Mrs. Priest, dressed either in skirts or pants, could have been interviewed by the Denver Mining Club, we would have ascertained more about the souvenir half dollar and elicited her opinion whether ladies should wear long pants in seeking office, or be satisfied with the briefs. “There’s no help for the satisfied.” She donned her Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it and pushed sales for Easter Seals.

We received an invitation from Juanella and Lou Cohen, and Helen and Herb Ring, announcing the opening of the Golden Key on the evening of April 10th, when a buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., preceded by cocktails, punch and hors d’ oeuvres. It is the intent of the management to make the Golden Key one of the most attractive places in Colorado.

At a hearing held Tuesday morning, at the District Court room in Central City before representatives of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, wherein George Ramstetter asked that he be granted a permit to operate a passenger bus between Central City and Denver. He has been operating under a temporary permit, and giving most excellent service, but further requests that he be allowed to carry small packages to and from Denver for the convenience of the businessmen of the city. Numerous witnesses were interrogated by numerous attorneys relative to the pros and cons of his request, the PUC only trying to ascertain the need of a bus line during the winter months, which as being objected to by the Denver-Boulder bus line, which serves Central City during the summer. This bus line reaps the revenue of the summer tourist trade, and during the winter refuses to operate a bus, as they claim the operation of any vehicle cannot bring revenue. That may be true, but the revenue obtained during the summer could offset the loss during the winter. Let the owners of this bus line eat snowballs with all the businessmen here in the winter. It is a most commendable gesture by George Ramstetter, and we hope the PUC will give serious consideration to his request, and grant him a permanent license.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

It is nice to see the Harry Crowe’s trailer house back in town. The Crowes were greatly benefitted by weeks of rest and relaxation in sunny New Mexico.

Jimmy and Johnnie Quinn, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Quinn of Denver, spent several days last week with their cousins, Jean and Eiven Jacobson.

Sheriff Tom Collins and family spent Easter Sunday in Denver with his mother, Mrs. Daisy Collins.

Eiven Jacobson left Tuesday for Gullina, New Mexico, where he has employment with the Federal Bureau of Roads. His wife will join him in about a week and they expect to remain there for several months.

Married: A wedding of interest took place in the Episcopal Church of St. Mary in San Francisco, California, on March 30th, 1959, when Miss Abigail ver Hurst became the bride of Mr. Richard Rarsock. Abigail is the daughter of Mrs. Emma Eaton ver Hurst of Moss Beach, California, and Mr. George ver Hurst. Congratulations and best wishes to the young couple.

90 years ago – March 29, 1929

Dr. William Muckow, accompanied by Messrs. Williamson, Dr. John Crimson, and J.W. Schuetema, of Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, arrived here on Thursday of last week, and spent several days looking over the holdings of the Chain O’Mines Company, returning home Sunday afternoon.

Mr. F.W. Gunn, wife and daughter, are up from Cripple Creek, the former having a job at the Lacrosse Tunnel, with the Chain O’Mines Company. Mrs. Gunn is a sister of Mrs. Frank Teats, formerly of this city, but now of Elizabeth, Colorado.

How to Make Orange Dessert, by Nellie Maxwell: Peel two oranges, removing all the white membrane. Remove the pulp in sections. Seedless oranges are best. Arrange the sections in glass dessert dishes, three or four sections to a dish. Pour orange junket mixed with a pint of luke-warm milk, add sugar to taste and allow to stand in a warm place until set. Chill before serving.

How to Make Golden Glow, by Nellie Maxwell: Take a package of lemon junket and a pint of milk, pour into five glasses. Rub a cupful of dried and stewed apricots through a sieve, sweeten to taste. When the junket is firm, set away to chill. At time of serving top with apricot whipped with egg white and sugar, with two tablespoonful’s of apricot pulp.

Died: In Black Hawk, March 26th, 1929, Peter Rundquist, aged 69 years. Mr. Rundquist was born in Sweden in 1860, and had been a resident of Gilpin County for over 50 years, and was universally esteemed by all who knew him. For years he had charge of different stamp mills in Black Hawk, was one of the best mill men on the creek and gave the miner fair and square dealings when his ore was sent to him for treatment. He had been a member of the City Council a number of terms, and at the time of his death, was still a member, and took great interest in city affairs. A hard working and industrious citizen, a man well-liked by everyone, he has left a record that anyone could be proud to bear with honor. The accident he suffered several years ago while getting off an auto, which fractured his hip, left him a cripple, and he was unable to do manual labor since, and the severe injuries he suffered is believed to have been one of the causes for his early death. He is survived by his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Esther Brockman of Sugarite, New Mexico; a son, Curtis, in Colorado; and another son, Oscar, in Chili, South America. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning, with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery, Denver.

120 years ago – March 31, 1899

The frozen body of Charles Thomas Treloar was found Sunday morning in front of a cabin formerly occupied by Dave Martin, near the Nancy Lee Tunnel, below Apex. He had been in Apex Saturday evening and visited several saloons, and had imbibed considerable amounts of all kinds of drinks, and along about midnight, started down the road, bound for anywhere, and becoming tired, lay down in the snow to take a rest, and froze to death. He was about 30 years of age, was born in Cornwall, England, and had a wife living there. His remains were brought to this city by Undertaker Ed. L. Harris, and the funeral took place Thursday afternoon from the residence of William Johns, interment in the Sons of St. George Burying Ground.

Mr. Ed. I. Grenfell, who has so ably filled the position of agent of the Colorado & Southern Railroad at Black Hawk, has been summoned by the company to Denver, to receive promotion to the auditing department of the company. Mr. Grenfell has made an excellent official and his many friends in Gilpin County are pleased to hear of his promotion.

A prospector who has been working on Maryland Mountain, just above the track of the tramway lines, has opened up a fine streak of gold ore, and was showing pieces of quartz full of wire gold, some of the wires as thick as a lead pencil. The metal in which the gold was embedded was black jack and yellow copper iron, and as the shaft was down only 60 feet, the prospects of opening a good mine were very favorable.

A long and interesting letter, written to J. McD. Livesay of Denver, by Captain E. W. Hurlbut, stationed at Puerto Rico, was published this week, giving a glowing description of the islands, the natives, and manufacturing industries being carried on there. Mr. Hurlbut spoke of the arrival of Mrs. Hurlbut and son Henry from Denver, who were delighted with the tropical change from the mountain regions of Colorado.

Born: In Black Hawk, March 23rd, 1899, to the wife of G. Henderson, a son.

Born: In Central City, march 29th, 1899, to the wife of George E. Strayer, a son.

Married: In Central City, March 25th, 1899, Judge Flor Ashbaugh officiating, William W. Richards and Mrs. Sadie Merrick.

151 years ago – April 2, 1869

John Cree had been appointed Postmaster of Georgetown.

The first anniversary of St. Mark’s Church was held in the chapel on Sunday. Easter carols were sung and Easter prizes awarded to the children.

Frank Hall, the junior editor of the Miners Register, left for Denver, Monday, on a business trip.

Ore from the Unexpected Mine in Lake District, was yielding 11 ounces gold to the cord in the stamp mills at Black Hawk.

Schram & Company had sold their hardware store in Black Hawk to Charles W. Ladd and Isaac Schuyler, who continue the business under the name of Ladd & Schuyler.

A mass meeting was held in Black Hawk Monday afternoon to nominate city officers for the spring election, where the following nominations were made: Mayor, Benjamin Woodbury; Treasurer, Harper M. Orahood; Marshal, R.A. Clark; Assessor, N.K. Smith; Street Commissioner, L.C. Snyder; Alderman First Ward, William Germain; Second Ward, William Whittick; Third Ward, Jason E. Scabby.

The Pierce Mine on Nevada Street was being worked by its owners, Messrs. Renvine, Elliott, and Pierce. There were six shafts on the property, the deepest being No. 3 shaft, with a depth of 260 feet, the others being from 30 to 65 feet in depth. The discovery shaft, 65 feet deep, had a crevice 16 feet in width of mill ore, running 6 ounces gold to the cord, in the stamp mills. The east level from the 260 foot shaft had crevice 1 to 3 feet in width, which gave values of 8 ounces gold to the cord for the full width of the crevice, and selected ore ran over 15 ounces to the cord.

William Z. Cozens, the popular ex-Sheriff of this county, was an arrival from the East on Thursday’s coach. He had been visiting in the East for the past ten months, and a portion of his family returned with him.

Eighteen thousand dollars in gold bullion was taken in by the Hussey Bank on Thursday, $9,000 of which came from a month’s run at the Briggs Mine.

Married: In Black Hawk, April 1st, 1869, Reverend Courtland Whiteland officiating, Robert Bunney and Mrs. Mary Vivian, both of Black Hawk.

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