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30 years ago – April 14, 1989

The City of Black Hawk is looking for a few good volunteers to conduct summer tours at the historic Lace House, located on Main Street. So far, they’ve filled the schedule for two and a half days. The city is looking for lively, reasonable volunteers willing to devote as little as half a day a week to conducting guided tours for the many visitors who drop by the Victorian house, which now serves as a museum. Furnished in authentic period antiques, the structure is a prime example of Carpenter Gothic architecture, popular during the late 19th century. Training is provided and being a tour guide is a great way to meet people, pointed out members of the Lace House Committee. It is also an interesting way to learn a little bit of the fascinating history of Gilpin County. Right now, brochures and posters are being designed for the upcoming summer season. A local artist is designing special Lace House souvenir greeting cards that will be sold exclusively at the Lace House. Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer tour guide is asked to contact Mona Dawkins at Black Hawk City Hall. Volunteers are asked to call before May 5, so the committee can arrange a schedule. It is anticipated that the Lace House will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, and then on weekends through October.

Jeanette Lamb and Melanie Prescott were two of many people to peruse the selection of books during a high school book fair held at the Gilpin County School in honor of National Library Week. Over 100 books were sold. In addition to encouraging students to read, the sale of the books raised funds for the library and media center materials, explained Re-1 Librarian Valerie Swanson.

The Board of Aldermen voted April 5 to increase water rates in Central City “in order to insure the proper operation and maintenance of the Central City water system.” Effective immediately, residential water users will be charged $20 per month for service. Commercial users will be charged $30 monthly. Businesses will also be charged an additional $2.00 per thousand gallons for use over 15,000 gallons of water. Plant investment fees, charged when service is provided to an address for the first time, will cost a total of $1,200. The total amount must be paid before service is installed. To have service turned on or off, a fee of $20 per hour, along with a charge for any special equipment which may be required, will be assessed. The minimum charge is $20. The City of Black Hawk, which occasionally augments its water supply with Central City water, will pay $1.50 per thousand gallons, plus a fee of $20 for each turn on and turn off.

The Social Register:

Billie and Vern DeMars had a hasty, unplanned trip back home from the tour of the Holy Land last week. Billie had the misfortune of breaking her leg. She was well cared for and they were back in the U.S. in less than 40 hours after her mishap. She said the airlines were tremendously considerate. Billie will be recuperating from surgery on her leg, but it will be a chance for her to paint some of those beautiful creations she turns out.

The month of April appears to be a time of birthday anniversaries in Gilpin County. Best wishes are extended this week to birthday celebrate Naomi Fellows, Esther Campbell, and Stephanie Lorenz, who will be celebrating their birthdays April 14, April 15, and April 19, respectively.

Van Cullar was one of only 70 Americans honored by President George Bush for community volunteer work. Cullar was recognized for his 18 years as a volunteer mine rescue worker. He will be receiving a Presidential citation for his efforts.

Died: Word of the recent death of Dan Hixon has reached Central City. Dan and his wife, Mary, operate the Glass Blower shop in Central City and were away for the winter. Friends report that Mary is taking the loss with difficulty and prefers not getting calls at this time.

Died: Robert P. Monroe, 82, died recently in Richland, Washington. The community extends their sympathy to his son, Dan Monroe, of Central City.

60 years ago – April 24, 1959

Sheriff Tom Collins was called to Rollinsville last Thursday morning to investigate a shooting, wherein Kenneth Brown, 61, was shot through the right shoulder by a 38-calibre revolver fired by Ralph Schofield, 56, the owner of the Stage Stop, where the shooting occurred. The bullet entered high on the right side, apparently hitting the collar bone, where it was deflected down to the ribs, where it was later removed after his arrival at the Boulder Hospital. For several days Brown was in critical condition, but later reports are that he is now out of danger and convalescing. According to the story told by Schofield to Sheriff Collins, Ralph came up from Lafayette where he had been recuperating from an operation, and entered the Stage Stop Tavern, which is owned jointly by him and his wife. He asked Brown to call his wife Opal as he wanted the keys in his pickup truck. Brown became belligerent and ordered him from the place, saying he had no right to be there. On the previous Saturday, Opal had been served with divorce summons from Schofield by the Sheriff, and even though Ralph was co-owner, he could not exercise any authority until the suit had been settled. In the meantime, Opal had come from her apartment, and was standing at one end of the bar and noticed that Ralph had a gun in his hand. She called out to Ken as he started for Ralph, when the shot was fired. According to Sheriff Collins, Ken did not get between Ralph and Opal, and reports that have been circulated as to the happenings are erroneous. Schofield was brought to Central City and lodged in jail, and the first of the week, District Attorney Barney O’Kane filed charges against Schofield, charging him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to do bodily harm. At a hearing before District Judge Stoner, a bond was set at $2,000, which has not been made up to this Wednesday.

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: A rolling stone gathers no moss, so it’s said, but that couldn’t possibly apply to our present state legislature, because they evidently followed the precepts of their boss, and Uncle Ed thinks that the conscience of some of the salons must burn. The public elects them, but after attaining that much sought after job “the public be damned” spirit seems to permeate the ozone. Uncle attended a meeting t’other noon and, while such a thing as proposed might be out, clear out, it could happen, more possible than probably. The idea promulgated was that all business shut down for thirty days; in other words, business would be on a sit-down strike. It seems to work fairly well when the unions get into an arbitrary position regarding whether the carpenter should use a hammer or a screwdriver in driving a finishing nail home. No generalization can cover all cases where there is a manifestation of a hardening to the intellectual arteries, but the public is short on memory and long on griping, probably realizing that vengeance takes the form of mental illness. Threats of ditching some candidates for reelection can be heard at most any gathering, and Ed is wondering if all the conversation pertaining to the double taxations theme could be corralled along with all the cuss words (unprintable) applied to the General Assembly, tape recorded, and used in the next election just as a reminder of days that have passed. But we like it, else we wouldn’t keep on voting for the same horse. The voter gets what he pays for, and sometimes the “cup runneth over.”

I read an article in an editorial column last week in a weekly periodical, copied from an exchange, in which it stated the various things to do to make a ghost town. The admonitions as given were stated in a fascinating vein, and I was particularly intrigued by the first one, in which it said, and I quote—“Tell everyone you meet that you never buy anything at home…” It was most incongruous, and a smile passed over my wrinkled, yet handsome, face when I realized how apropos it was to Central City.

I’m tired of writing about the weather. It does no good, but this past week, snow, rain, hail, drizzle, alone and in combinations, has been decidedly unpleasant. People who refrain from giving vent to their real feelings have deviated from the paths of using clean and pure adjectives, and have joined the ranks of us sinners and are saying “this has been a helluva winter.”

E.L. Barnes, of this city, was the fortunate winner of the giveaway prize issued each week by the business houses at Idaho Springs. The amount was $50, and he is in a quandary as where he will spend this fortune. May I offer a suggestion – if he does not spend it in riotous living, give it to charity of the churches, buy new clothing and other stuff like that there, then subscribe to the Register-Call for the next twenty years. Just a suggestion, however.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

A large crowd gathered at the Canyon Cafe last Saturday night to help celebrate the birthday of Mrs. Alberta Eccker.

Mrs. Lloyd Jackson was over from Idaho Springs visiting her father, Mr. Sam Redman.

Mr. Martin Nelson as honored at a birthday dinner last Sunday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Alice McKenzie. Eleven guests were present.

Mr. Bob Green has been confined to his home for the past week with an attack of flue.

Dinner guests at the Frank Gates last Sunday were his mother, Mrs. Sam Gates of Denver, and sister and brother in law, Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell. The occasion was in honor of Mrs. Mitchell’s birthday.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lehrer and daughter Sandra were up from Denver Sunday for a visit with Mrs. Bessie Margaram.

90 years ago – April 19, 1929

Wilfred Fullerton, vice president of the First National Bank of this city, came up from Denver Monday morning on matters of business with the bank, returning during the afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Clark, and son Amos Jr., returned to Denver on Sunday afternoon, after a week spent by Mrs. Clark and son visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.M. Laird, of this city.

Clifford I. Parsons and Morris Hazard left for Denver Tuesday morning on business matters, returning the same day.

Farmers in the Guy Hill District have sown 200 acres in peas so far this season, which with favorable weather should bring a yield of at least 400 tons. This district produces an excellent grade of peas, which find a ready sale on the Denver market. A high grade of Mountain Iceberg lettuce, equal in quality and demand to the faros Granby product, also is grown in Guy Hill. Most of the seed is purchased from the J.H. Linder Hardware Company of Golden. Although Guy Hill is a dairying district, the farmers in recent years have branched out into the growing of peas and lettuce with excellent success, each year increasing the acreage for these crops. Large crops of hay, oats, and barley are grown for the dairy stock. The milk is sold to the Coos’ Malted Milk plant.

Died: In Boston, April 12, Charles Goodale, mining engineer of Butte, Montana, died here Thursday night. After becoming connected with a smelting company on his graduation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1875, he worked in the mining industry in Colorado, Arizona, and Montana. He was made chairman of the Bureau of Safety of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company in 1918. Mr. Goodale was a resident of Gilpin County back in the early ‘70s, and at one time was employed in the Hill Smelting Works at Black Hawk.

Died: Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Emma Schaffnit Winters, former Denver resident, Sunday, at her home in Los Angeles. She had been ill for some time. Mrs. Winters was born in Denver, the daughter of a pioneer resident, Leonard Schaffnit. She attended Denver schools and lived the early part of her married life here. Her husband, Gustave Winters, was associated with his father in the Pioneer Iron Works. Nine years ago the family moved to Los Angeles, where Mr. Winters is in the foundry business. Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Frederick, and a brother, Fred Schaffnit of Los Angeles, and a sister, Mrs. Emily Weum of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held in Los Angeles. Many present residents of Gilpin County will remember her, when she resided here with her parents before moving to Denver. —Denver Post

Died: Mr. Anton Stenneck, a former well known resident of Gilpin County, died at Rock Springs, Wyoming, Sunday, April 14, and was buried at Mt. Olivet on Wednesday.

120 years ago – April 21, 1899

The mining reporter of the Register-Call had an extensive write up of the mills in Black Hawk in this edition, which showed that there were 390 slow-drop mills in Black Hawk, and 100 fast-drop stamps dropping continuously there. With the slow-drop stamps, there was a daily treatment of 390 tons, and 285 tons handled by the fast-drop stamps, making a total of 675 tons of mill ore treated daily. Add to this tonnage the ore handled by the Chamberlain and the State Ore Sampling Company of 150 tons, and 40 tons treated by the concentrator, it will be seen that over 900 tons of ore is required daily to keep the plants mentioned in operation. Add to this product the ore handled by the Elk Park, Golden Star, Wide Awake, and Gilpin Mills, over 1,000 tons of the ore is handled and treated daily in the mills of the county.

At the Rialto Mine in this city, which was transferred last week to new owners, the work of tearing down the old shaft building is well under way, and Messrs. Colvin and Dalton are going to replace it with a new shaft house and plant of machinery, and the shaft is to be sunk to a depth of 1,000 feet as quickly as possible.

Born: In Central City, April 14th, 1899, to the wife of W.W. Bosanko, a son.

Born: In Central City, April 20th, 1899, to the wife of S.D. Bean, a son.

Married: In Central City, April 15th, 1899, William Kuhn, of Central City, and Miss Mary E. Stowell of Chicago.

Died: In Russell Gulch, April 14th, 1899, of heart disease, Jabbed Rippin, aged 51 years.

Died: Mrs. A.J. Can Camp, wife of A.J. Van Camp, died in Leadville on Friday last, at the age of 65 years. The family resided for years at Mountain City where Mr. Van Camp conducted business before moving to Leadville.

Died: Charley Goodfellow, mention of whom was made in last week’s issue as being seriously ill, died in the hospital in Denver on Friday. The family came to Gilpin County in 1859. He left a wife and eight children, and a brother, who resides in Greeley.

151 years ago – April 23, 1869

General Ed. McCook had received the appointment as Governor of Colorado, according to dispatches received from Washington. He came to Colorado in 1860, and was a partner of Harley B. Morse, of this city.

Steve Duggan amused the crowds on Main Street this week by giving a public exhibition on his bicycle.

Langrishe’s troupe opened at the Montana Theatre on Monday evening in the “Pearl of Savoy.” His company contained such well-known names as Madame Schielier, Messrs. Waldron Martin, Nobles, Shields, Brown, and others. The plays presented for the balance of the week to crowded houses, was Mathilde, Lady of Lyons, Foster Sisters, Swiss Cottage, and Eaoch Arden.

The Rocky Mountain National Bank was receiving an average of $15,000 in gold retorts weekly.

Alfred Owens, manager of the Consolidated Ditch Company, said that water would be turned into the ditch in ten days, furnishing water for the mills in Nevada Gulch, and other portions of the county.

Mr. Elias Goldman and family arrived from the East on Thursday’s stage, to take up a permanent residence here.

Brastow’s Mill in Lake District, crushed five cords of ore for Mr. Perrin, from the Pewabic Mine in Russell District, which turned a gold retort of 160 ounces, and average of 32 ounces to the cord.

An assay made from ore from the Capital Lode in Clear Creek County, showed 10,770 ounces silver to the ton, having a value of $13,995.

Billy Cozens had been appointed by the City Council as Night Watch for the City of Central.

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