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30 years ago – April 21, 1989

Although he earned it himself, it was the efforts of friends that brought the volunteer work of Van Cullar to the attention of President George Bush. For his work, Van Cullar won a Presidential citation. Of the 2,000 names submitted for the awards, only 70 made the final cut and Cullar was among them. Citing the many years he has spent as a volunteer mine rescue worker, Herb and Jeri Bowles noted in their nominating letter that Cullar has also trained many members of the highly acclaimed Gilpin County Search and Rescue Team. A consulting geologist by trade, Cullar is all an emergency medical technician, trained at his own expense. His training in geology and emergency medicine have proven invaluable in mine rescue operations. Entering mine openings in a safety cage, sometimes in an open ore bucket, Cullar has helped rescue victims of accidents, as well as retrieving the bodies of murder victims whose bodies have been dumped in open shafts. Cullar was also praised by Boulder law enforcement and judicial officials for his assistance in solving crimes, locating bodies, and obtaining convictions in cases involving victims who ended up in area mines. While Cullar is delighted to have received the Presidential citation, he is quick to point out that his mine rescue work is part of a team effort. In a sense, he says, the honor is shared by the entire team, acknowledged to be the most capable in this part of the state. Cullar’s volunteer efforts go beyond the mine rescue work he performs. He has also served with the Gilpin County Ambulance Service, as a certified arson investigator with the Central City Volunteer Fire Department, and as a reserve officer on the Central City Police Department.

Dressed in appropriate apparel similar to the original Boston Tea Party, protesters in Gilpin County and neighboring counties made their way to the junction of U.S. Highway 6 and Highway 119 to protest “taxation without representation” and opposition to the proposed reservoir in Clear Creek Canyon. Citizens around Colorado also made their way to other reservoirs and waterways throughout the state protesting Colorado’s non-elected water conservancy district board of directors. Gilpin residents and those from nearby counties wore headbands with feathers for the occasion and tossed loose tea onto the banks of Clear Creek. Many people carried signs advertising their message, “Save Clear Creek Canyon,” to passerby on Highway 119.

Cookin’ With Kasey; Port Wine Jelly, by Kay Cullar: Melt in a little warm water an ounce of isinglass. Stir it into a pint of port wine, adding two ounces of sugar candy, an ounce of gum arabic and half a nutmeg, grated. Mix all well and boil it 10 minutes or until everything is thoroughly dissolved. Strain it through muslin and set it away to get cold.

It’s almost time to register for the fall kindergarten class at Gilpin County School, said Lucy Crawley, school secretary. In order to determine whether there will be both morning and afternoon sessions, the school must know approximately how many kindergarteners will attend school in the fall. That’s why the registration date is set so far in advance of the start of school. An advantage to registering now, Crawley explained, is that parents can state their preference for the sessions they prefer. Those who register in September, however, are not offered the choice, but must enroll their children in whichever session they are assigned. This year’s kindergarten round up is set for Friday, May 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. To enroll, a child must be five years old by October 1, 1989. Each child’s birth certificate, shot record, and social security number must be brought along to registration. It is not necessary to bring the child in order to register.

Died: Robert P. Monroe passed away just prior to attending a Masonic Lodge meeting at Pasco, Washington, March 30, 1989. He was a 45 year resident of Richland, Washington. Between 1934 and 1944 he lived in Central City. He was born in Denver, January 20, 1907. He attended Wyatt grade school and graduated from Manual Training School in Denver in 1923. He worked at several different jobs until he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1927. In 1934, due to the depression, he was laid off from his job as signalman for the railroad. In 1934 he arrived in Gilpin County. That same year he went to work for Humphrey’s Gold Corporation in its dry land wash plant, placering for gold. Two years later, when the company moved its equipment to Montana, he went to work at Manion’s placers in a similar capacity. In 1940, he went to work for Dupont at the Denver Ordinance Plant (now the Federal Center at 6th and Kipling). In 1944 he enlisted in the Navy. After being discharged from the Navy in 1945, he went to work for Dupont at Richland, Washington, retiring in 1969, having been a supervisor in the chemical processing department. He married Lorita B. Lowe in Denver on August 17, 1930. They were parents of two sons and two daughters. Monroe was very active in the Masonic Orders. He joined Central City Lodge No. 6 A.F. & A.M. in 1940, and was a past master of the lodge. He was a past patron and life member of Golden Queen Chapter No. 17 Eastern Star. When he moved to Richland, he transferred membership to lodges in Washington. Eventually he was the head officer at the state level of all three bodies, Commandery, Chapter, and Council. At the national level he was Grand Master General of the Knights of the York Cross of Honour. At his funeral, held April 3, the Masonic Orders were largely represented. Survivors include his wife; four children: Pat Filsinger of Richland, Bob Monroe of Kent, Washington, Dan Monroe of Central City, and Peggy Thyrian, also of Kent, Washington; two brothers, Glenn Monroe, of Denver, and Walter Monroe, of Greeley; and 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Richland, Washington.

60 years ago – May 1, 1959

Central City Nuggets:

Came down from home Monday morning on my way to a long day’s intelligent labor at the Register-Call office, fighting each inch against hail, sleet, wind and snow, and various rigors of the winter season, and at last reaching my Sanctus Santorum, picked up a copy of the Rocky Mountain News, of Denver, and was greeted with a large headline: “Warm Weather and Spring Greets Colorado.” T’ain’t so.

Mr. and Mrs. Vern Hayne entertained at a turkey dinner last Sunday evening with guests were present.

Born: A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Dick Moore, Saturday morning at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver. The little stranger has been named Karen. Mr. Moore is the representative of the Gilded Garter owners.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Mr. Speer of Pine, Colorado, has been visiting his daughter and son in law, the Orville Gardners.

Mrs. Howard Knoll spent Monday evening with her sister, Mrs. Emma Eccker, while her husband attended the Elks Lodge in Central City.

Mrs. Hilda Cooper arrived Monday from Texas and is busy making preparations for the opening of her gift shop.

Four year old Gayle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Johnson, had a painful accident recently when she wrenched her feet in in a bicycle and was unable to walk for two weeks. Gayle is a granddaughter of the Fred Mitchells.

Mrs. Mildred Addyman spent several days in Denver with her daughter who had an emergency operation but is now improving.

Wallace Nelson of the U.S. Navy was in town last week. On Thursday he and his wife Jere left for San Francisco, where he will be stationed for some time.

Mr. and Mrs. George Anderle were guests at a pot luck supper at the Golden Gate Grange Saturday night. The affair was in honor of Mr. Tom Pierce, who was supervisor of the Golden Gate Canyon road for 26 years.

Died: Mrs. Anna Brothers recently passed away in California. She and her husband formerly lived in the Mountain House District many years ago. She is survived by a daughter in Denver and a son in California.

90 years ago – April 26, 1929

Gustave Kruse, who had been in Denver several weeks, visiting relatives and friends, and taking a rest, returned home on Sunday evening.

Attorney Leroy J. Williams, and daughters, Virginia and Jane, came up from Denver Saturday, the former to attend to business matters, while the two latter visited with friends, all returning Sunday evening.

Dr. Mark Muchow, president of the Chain O’ Mines Company, Miss E.A. Hart, secretary, and four stockholders arrived on Thursday evening, and spent a couple of days visiting the mines on Quartz Hill, and the reduction works in this city, leaving for home Saturday evening.

Attorney Harry Robinson, of Denver, looking after matters of the Chain O’ Mines Company, for which he is one of the attorneys, spent a portion of the week here attending to his duties.

Clifford I. Parsons and wife are visiting relatives and friends at Canyon City.

James Cody, who had been visiting his nieces at Cheyenne, Wyoming, returned home Tuesday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Jenkins were in Denver several days the first of the week, on business matters, and visiting with relatives.

Colorado has produced many famous men, and it has remained for Colorado to produce a woman doctor called by Science Service “indisputably the foremost scientist on this side of the Atlantic.” She is Dr. Florence Rena Sabin, born and raised in Central City, the daughter of a Colorado mining engineer. She is now the only woman member of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been credited in a Washington dispatch of Science Service with discovery of a “medical research wonder” in the study of tuberculosis. Dr. Sabin, assisted by other doctors of the National Academy of Sciences, produced a hitherto unknown substance called “phospated,” an oil containing phosphorus. The substance was discovered through chemical study of billions of tuberculosis germs. Effects of tuberculosis were produced by repeated injection of the chemical, it was said. The discovery was heralded as a real step toward a better understanding of tuberculosis, and, perhaps, a step toward its cure. It provides the means for a promising method in the study of many other diseases also, the scientists said. Dr. Sabin’s discovery was credited as one of the most important presented at the annual session of the National Academy of Sciences. She did her work as a member of the staff of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. Dr. Sabin was born in Central City 58 years ago. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Kimball Sabin. She spent her youth in Colorado, was graduated from Smith College, and for three years taught mathematics before entering the medical school on John Hopkins University. She is a member of the staff of several Eastern clinics, and was the first woman ever elected president of the American Association of Anatomists. She has visited Denver several times in recent years.

120 years ago – April 28, 1899

A surprise party was given at the residence of Sid Hawley, on Quartz Hill, on Friday evening. A good number of friends were present to enjoy the occasion.

Sidney Joyce arrived in Russell Gulch from Cornwall, England, on Wednesday last. He is the brother of John Joyce of Nevadaville.

The town board of Nevadaville met on Monday evening and appointed Samuel Hambly as marshal; Charles Hansen as clerk, and John Nankervis as treasurer.

Mrs. Martin Lawlor and family, of Nevadaville, left Saturday for never, where they will make their future home.

Nicholas Oates, of Nevadaville, who was injured in the West Flack Mine two weeks ago, is reported as improving and doing as well as could be expected. The local Lodge of Red Men are caring for him.

A new one inch cable, 2,500 feet in length has been ordered by Manager Colvin for the Gregory Incline, and until it is put on the engine, but little work will be done there, as Mr. Colvin is unwilling to take any chances with the rope now in use. He is particularly anxious to put men at work in the Briggs workings from the Incline, where a set of leasers are taking out smelting ore that is netting $125 per ton.

Sheriff Mitchell on Monday last sold the Eureka mining claim, in Prosser Gulch, and a number of other claims which were owned by Alexander Taylor, which was bid in by the judgement creditor, Mrs. Ann Feehan, of Black hawk, for the sum of $2,469, and received a sheriff’s certificate of purchase.

Born: In Central City, April 27th, 1899, to the wife of Phil. Parenteau, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, April 24th, 1899, to the wife of Charles Hornback, a son.

Married: In Central City, April 24th, 1899, at St. Mary’s Church, Rev. Other Desaulnier officiating, Mr. William Thompson, of Central City, and Miss Edna Whitman, of Nevadaville.

Died: In Central City, April 24th, 1899, of miner’s consumption, John F. Williams, aged 49 years.

Died: George H. Jeffrey, aged 39 years, a former resident of Black Hawk and a brother of the late Mark Jeffrey, committed suicide in Denver on Saturday last, in a fit of despondency on account of being without work.

151 years ago – April 30, 1869

McCormick & Best had just received an elegant soda fountain from Boston, at a cost of $1,000.

Messrs. Stalker and Standley were cleaning up $1,000 net daily from their workings on the California Mine, and their net receipts for last month will be very little short of $30,000. Two years ago they were penniless, but by hard labor, and without any outside aid they have opened up their mine and made it a good producer.

Tom Barnes and Miles Patton had put some catfish and sunfish in a lake beyond Bobtail Hill, in the hopes of having a fish pond near this city.

The bullion shipments from Gilpin County for the month of March amounted to $100,000 in gold and $6,000 in silver.

Charles Aldrich had fitted up and was running the Gunnell-Central’s 24-stamp mill at the mouth of Prosser Gulch, and was crushing equal amount of ore from the Burroughs and Prize Mines, the ore from the former was returning from 10 to 12 ounces gold to the cord, and from the latter, from 6 to 7 ounces.

The Tascher Mill, in Eureka Gulch, was crushing ore from the Cone claim in the Burroughs Lode, which cleaned up to be 7 ounces gold to the cord.

Jack Langrishe’s troupe, which were playing at the Montana Theatre in this city, played “Under the Gaslights,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Enoch Arden,” to crowded houses during the week.

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