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30 years ago – April 7, 1989

Martin Rivers and Chris Thompson listened attentively as geologist Van Cullar explains the fine points of mineral identification. Science instructor Larry Beissel looked on. Anthony Fontaine concentrated on identifying a mineral sample.The students helped to identify the samples on display at the Gilpin County Courthouse as a part of a school project. Over the years, the identifying labels in the display have been lost. Cullar thought it might be interesting to invite local students to participate in the project. Once the minerals are again identified, the display will be set up in the courthouse entrance. The beautiful display cases were presented to the county following the 1914 World Exposition, during which Gilpin County as awarded first prize for the most outstanding mineral display, which consisted of gold ore from local mines. The cases have been spruced up by Commissioner Leslie Willams. Also participating in the hands-on learning experience were RE-1 students Dan Bartel, Jon Avram, Ed Dunn, and Jason Wheeler.

One in five American adults cannot read well enough to fill out a job application form, write a check, or read a   map. In an effort to improve the literacy rate among adults, state and federal governments are promoting literacy programs for adults. The service may be available in Gilpin County in the fall. If Paul Coleman, superintendent of Gilpin County School, is successful in his efforts to obtain grant funds for the program, reading classes along with study classes for people who want to take the GED (General Equivalency Diploma) test, will be offered free of charge to interested adults. If you are interested in either class, or know someone who is, please call Coleman. A meeting for anyone interested in learning more about the classes will be held Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the school library. Letters of support from local service organizations, churches, and government bodies will increase the chance for success in obtaining the grant. Letters may be sent to Colman at the school. Letters must be received by May 1.

The Social Register:

Dave Woodring is recuperating at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver from open heart surgery. The successful operation took place March 29. His wife, Jan says he’s doing fine and should be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed by now.

Margaret Logan of Rollinsville celebrated her April 3 birthday anniversary Sunday, April 2. Her son, Tim, and wife, Shirley, and their children entertained with a birthday cake in her honor. Tim and Shirley’s children, Jolene and Aden, celebrated their birthdays the previous week. They were eight and five years old respectively.

Bessie Steele of Rollinsville is home from the hospital after hip replacement surgery. She is recuperating and enjoying being home.

Happy Birthday wishes to these April celebrants: Kate Smith, April 4; Alverca Bowden and Florence Dyer, April 5; and Ada Milbourne (Billie DeMar’s mom) on April 7. We hope you all enjoy another year ahead.

Died: Clark George Robinson of Evergreen, born in Black Hawk on July 4, 1904, died in Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge on March 2, 1989. He was 84 years old. Robinson attended school in Central City until 1913 when his family moved to Denver. They later moved to Arvada. A member of St. James Methodist Church in Central City, he was active in the promotion and restoration of the church. During World War II, he served with the Navy on the USS Twining in the South Pacific. After returning to Denver, he began working for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1972. During his career with the postal service, he was president of the Special Delivery Union branch of the Letter Carriers. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge No. 141 AF&AM, the Knights of Templar at Georgetown, and the El Jebel Shrine. He is survived by his wife; a brother, Kenneth Robinson of Castle Rock; and a sister, Elizabeth Misner of Boulder. Services were held at St. James Methodist Church in Central City. Interment was in Golden Cemetery.

60 years ago – April 17, 1959

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: Spring is here one day and gone the next. One day the temperature reaches 78 and the next sun up sees the thermometer registering 40, but there is nothing we can do about it—something like the gold situation, but it makes good conversation. The meadow larks have been around for some time, but few robins have made their appearance. It seems that the mourning doves beat the robins to the draw this year. The cedar waxwings were around for a while getting a handout, but have migrated further north with most of the house finches. Once in a while a parakeet is seen but it is always somebody’s pet that thought he knew more about outdoors than his keeper, similar to some desk and swivel chair miners—they know more about mining, talkatively, than the fellows who have been at the job for years. Then lately, we have what is termed “land grabbers” seeking a cabin spot that can be picked up for taxes. More often than not they are unaware of a federal law that says such property can be condemned for mining purposes. That ruling doesn’t apply to the birds that build nests on public lands as they appropriate timber and water for their own use freely without any government restrictions, and it could be nice to be a feathered avis—how sweet the life of a bird must be, flitting about in each leafy tree, no taxes to pay, everything free.

The Gilpin County Teachers Association held its last meeting for this school year, Tuesday afternoon. Officers were elected for the school year 1959-1960 as follows—Mr. Donald Mattivi, president; Mrs. Viola Laird, vice president; Mrs. Gladys Daugherty, secretary, and Mr. Walter Peterson, treasurer.

The pot luck supper at St. James didn’t draw as big a crowd as usual, but those who came enjoyed the evening. There were many delicious dishes on the menu.

An attractive electric sign was installed on the front of the building now occupied by Antonio Messina, on Main Street. The name, “Central City Popular Restaurant,” is emblazoned with lights and is most attractive. Tony has great plans for the summer and the cuisine will consist of Italian and American foods served in most pleasant surroundings. As an added specialty, he is catering to banquets and small parties and close to 150 patrons can be accommodated.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Mr. Otto O. Blake is home from the hospital after having surgery on his hand and arm.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pipes entertained at a pinochle party at their home last Saturday night. Twelve guests were present.

Miss Elsie Hall has been in charge of the post office, since postmaster Lettie Gray is suffering from bursitis in her arm.

Her friends here were sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. John Anthony Crook in Denver last week. At one time Mrs. Crook owned a summer home at American City above Apex.

If anyone has old sheets or portions of old sheets, will you please give them to Mrs. Hazel Davis, who uses them for a project at the Black Hawk Sunday School. Leave your bundles at the hardware store.

The Ernest Wrights are sad over the loss of their dog. She was found dead by the highway and it is presumed she was hit by a car, sometime Friday night.

90 years ago – April 12, 1929

Clifford I. Parsons and Morris Hazard left for Denver Tuesday morning on business matters.

Amos B. Clark and wife and Amos Jr., came up from Denver Saturday evening, on a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Laird. Mr. Clark returned Sunday afternoon, but he rest of the family extended their visit for another week.

Attorney Leroy J. Williams was up from Denver last Saturday, attending to legal matters.

Police Judge Gustave Kruse left for Denver on Sunday last, for a brief vacation, and to receive medical treatment.

Miss Emzella Channing came up from Denver Saturday evening on a visit with Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Ziege over Sunday, returning that evening.

Henry Stahl, secretary of Central City Lodge, Order of Elks, received word that Sam Keenan, a member of the Order, died at the Masonic Home in Helena, Montana, April 2nd. When a resident of the county, years ago, Mr. Keenan worked at Apex, and will be remembered by former residents of that camp.

The Nederland dam with only about 30 feet of water has reached its low point of the year. It is thought that our spring freshets will start in about a week, then the reservoir will commence to fill rapidly. About 130 feet of water at the dam is the full measurement. The hydro-electric plant which is located in the canyon is not being run at full schedule by the Public Service Co., as it depends on water from the dam for its power.

How to Make Rice with Apples, by Nellie Maxwell: This is a dish which, if wild rice is used, will be much more tasty. Steam one half cupful of rice. Core, peel, and steam two large Jonathan apples until soft, mash through a sieve. To the rice add the yolks of three well beaten eggs, two thirds of a cupful of sugar and the apple pulp. Fold into the stiffly beaten whites of the eggs and flavor with the essence of nutmeg. Pour into a well buttered baking dish and bake one half hour. Serve with cream and sugar.

Died: Mrs. Lackland McLean, wife of Mr. L. McLean, died at the family home at Idaho Springs, on March 30th, 1929, at the age of 86 years. The family members were residents of this city many years ago, when Mr. McLean had a photography gallery in the building back of this office.

120 years ago – April 14, 1899

Large quantities of ore is now being moved from the mines by the Gilpin tramway and quartz haulers, and there are thousands of tons yet to be moved as soon as the roads are free from snow, and an active summer for mining is predicted.

Mr. A. L. Collins, manager of the Gregory-Bobtail properties at Black Hawk, informed the mining reporter that on Monday last this extensive property had passed from the owners in New York City to Irving Bush, of New York, president of the Gold Coin Mines Company, who have been operating extensively in Gilpin County, J.S. Bache, of New York, Henry Wolcott and B.B. Lawrence, of Denver, and A.L. Collins, of this city. The deal includes everything formerly owned by the Gregory-Bobtail Mining Company, and is undoubtedly the largest transfer of mining property ever made in the state. When the new company takes charge, there will be many changes made in operations, and the opinion is expressed that a Cornish pump will be placed in the shaft of the Briggs Mine, which will handle all the water from the several mines. The present lease does not expire until the 18th of this month, by which time all details will have been arranged and completed so that work will continue without any hindrance.

The production of the Carr Mine for the month of March, with a force of only 12 men, will compare most favorably with almost any mine in the county, as far as production and values of the ore produced, as will be shown by the following returns: Nine tons of first class ore, with $265 per ton; 10.5 tones second class, at $120 per ton; and 24 cords of mill ore and tailings, produced $1,174, the total production being $4,820.

The Cook Mine, on Bobtail Hill, is cutting out a heavy tonnage daily, and is giving employment to 125 men, which will be increased as soon as the shaft has reached the depth contemplated. Both mill and smelting ores are of good grade, and levels and stopes show large crevices of mineral.

Mr. Horace W. Tabor, postmaster of Denver, and one of the best known citizens of Colorado, died at his rooms in the Windsor Hotel, Denver, on Monday morning last after seven days of illness from an attack of appendicitis.

Born: In Russell Gulch, April 9th, 1899, to the wife of Alfred Uren, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, April 9th, 1899, to the wife of Clem Heuer, a son.

Born: In Nevadaville, April 10th, 1899, to the wife of John Gundy, a son.

Born: In Nevadaville, April 12th, 1899, to the wife of Robert Quick, a son.

Married: In Central City, April 12th, 1899, at the M.E. Parsonage, Rev. J.F. Coffman officiating, Mr. Charles Frey and Miss Myrtle Million, both of Gilpin County.

Died: On Dory Hill, Black Hawk, April 6th, 1899, of dropsy, Aaron T. Floyd, aged 34 years.

Died: In Black hawk, April 9th, 1899, son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Stanley, aged 14 months.

Died: In Black Hawk, April 11th, 1899, Mrs. Mary Francis Cox, aged 60 years.

151 years ago – April 16, 1869

Rev. B. T. Vincent delivered a lecture Monday evening at the Methodist Church for the benefit of the St. James Library Association.

Rev. Tenny preached his last sermon Sunday evening, having received a pastoral call from Massachusetts.

The festival given by the Congregational Church on Saturday night netted $300.

John Shaffer and his partner had opened up a new lode on the hill in back of Eben Smith’s residence, and at a depth of 23 feet, the crevice was three feet wide, and yielding over $400 per cord in the stamp mill.

The coaches were arriving daily, loaded to the guards with passengers from the East.

The ore from the Pewabic Mine, operated by Mr. Perrin, was yielding 7 ounces to the cord.

The Montana Theater was being overhauled and renovated for the coming of Langrishe’s company.

Married: In Nevadaville, April 14th, 1869, Rev. G. H. Adams officiating, Dr. T.H. Claven and Miss Millie McMinn.

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