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30 years ago – April 28, 1989

Only two candidates have filed to run for two seats in the upcoming May 2 Gilpin County RE-1 school board election. Since there are no contested seats in the election, it has been cancelled by the RE-1 school board.Cancellation of the election will save the district $200. Janilee Joslin was elected to the board in 1985 and sought re-election. Of the accomplishments she is proud of, Joslin cited the balanced budget. She said she intends to continue working to see more equity between state funding and local funding for education in Gilpin County. “I would like to see us be the best we can be,” Joslin said, “and I think we’re getting there.” Randy Lara was appointed to fill a vacancy on the school board in February of this year. Although he is still learning the ins and outs of the job, Lara said he believes he can do the job justice. “I care very much for the community,” he said, “and I will always be available and open for suggestions from the citizens.”

It was hard to decide whether the music and dancing or the homemade sundaes were the real highlight of the annual ice cream social held April 20 at the Gilpin County School. Hosted by students in the Chapter I Reading Program, the event featured ice cream sundaes, poems in various languages read by students, and a song and dance number featuring children dressed as walking books, living words, and story book characters. In keeping with the theme “Books for the World,” Chapter I teacher Martha Regular composed poetry and lyrics to the tune of Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World.” Special awards for outstanding reading achievements went to Jacob Gould, Lindsey Brown, Jamie Scott, and Lindsey Jackson. Fourth grader Mark Crawford was named Reader of the Year. Chapter I is a federally funded reading program which provides extra assistance and instruction in reading. Administered and taught by Regula, the program includes students from first through 10th grade.

Work is expected to begin this summer on a project to divert water around rather than over the tailings located at the National Tunnel, direction across Main Street from Black Hawk City Park. The Bureau of Reclamation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to Max Haegele, bureau spokesman, to construct a ditch at the top of the National tailings to carry run-off water around the pile to a culvert and into the creek. It is said this will reduce the load of heavy metals carried to the creek when snow melt and rain flow over the tailings, picking up metals as they go. Although the drainage pipe initially was planned to cross Main Street and pass beneath the city’s park, the Board of Aldermen nixed the plan, explaining to Haegele that it would increase the risk of frozen water mains in that portion of town. The city’s water, gas, and sewer lines pass directly below the spot where the drain was to be installed. This has sent Bureau of Reclamation engineers back to the drawing boards to redesign the project. The bureau, Haegele explained, does not intend to create problems that will hamper operation of any municipal facilities.

60 years ago – May 8, 1959

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: There are two things which a great majority of people long for—peace of mind and a gold-backed dollar. A diversity of opinions is healthy for any subject, providing the right opinion prevails ultimately. Peace of mind is usually graduated to the capabilities of the individual while the gold-backed dollar seems to be tied to those who manipulate the national currency to the detriment of the county’s economy and at the same time effect a financial gain. It appears that proof of that fact lies all around us. Canada aids and abets mining and gold is a free commodity in every country but the United States. What’s the answer? Many say politics. What’s the answer for peace of mind? The greed and avarice of the individual. In mishandling the gold situation, the country is in a position similar to the young girl who was left a beautiful widow—she bumped off her husband. A few right-thinking people have endeavored via principle to correct the wrongs of the 40s perpetrated on gold, and were told it couldn’t be done, but they tackled it with a smile and even they couldn’t do it. The Order of the Golden Chain has too tight a grip on what inflation with paper dollars can accomplish, while the government with one hand decries inflation and with the other hand feeds it to satiation. Correcting government blunders is a long, tedious, arduous task, but when the eraser wears out before the pencil, that’s too many errors. As one Chaplain explained: he took a good look at Congress, then prayed for the country.

Central City Nuggets:

The palomino horse owned by Earl Person was found dead just outside of the corral on Gregory Street, Wednesday morning. The horse had been grazing near Central Mountain, and returning to the corral, apparently suffered a heart attack and fell against the bars of the corral, breaking its neck. He was about 14 years of age and had been the most photographed horse in the state when ridden by Earline, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Person. He had appeared on the stage of the opera house each evening last year in the play, “La Perichole,” and was considered an excellent trouper.

Died: Funeral services were held from the Clinger Mortuary in Denver for Mrs. Anna Segna Baribeau, yesterday at the age of 79 years. She had lived in Gilpin County for the better part of her life, where she first married John Segna, who passed in 1912. She later married Alfred Baribeau in Denver. She is survived by her husband; one son, Joe Segna, and a daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Bishop, all of Denver. Interment was in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Died: Funeral services were held last week in Denver for George W.O. Williams, who died at his home on Tuesday, at the age of 72 years. George was born August 21, 1886 in Dolgellau, North Wales, Great Britain, and graduated from the School of Pharmacy in London, and came to the United States in 1909. Being a nephew of the late Ll. P. Davies, he came to Central City where he was the prescription clerk at the Pharmacy until about 1915. He married Laura Avers in 1914, and two years later they moved to Denver where he was associated with the Jackson Pharmacy until his retirement last summer. George will be well remembered by all the old time residents of Central City for his ready smile and genial greetings. He fitted in perfectly with the tradition and work of the Pharmacy when all prescriptions had to be carefully compounded by weight and measure and was a Master at his profession. He was a member of the Ohio Ave. Congregational Church and Union Lodge No. 7 A.F. & A.M., of Denver. He is survived by his wife; a son, Rev. W.W. Williams, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; his mother; three brothers, and a sister, all of North Wales, and five grandchildren. And so, one by one, they leave us for entrance to that mysterious realm of silence and darkness, leaving here only memories of happy days spent with each other. He was a great friend of Ye Editor, who can only say: “Bye George; take keer of yerself.”

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

The Fireman’s Annual Dance at Crook’s Palace last Saturday night was well attended and all had a wonderful time.

Mr. and Mrs. George Smith returned home recently after spending several months in California.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Milford Peterson, who celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Mrs. Luella Fritz was in Denver over the weekend where she visited relatives and also consulted her doctor. Louis Klein had charge of the hardware store during her absence.

Preschool children who are eligible for school next fall will be accepted for preparatory training at the local school under the supervision of Mr. Stiles, during the week of May 18.

Mr. and Mrs. George Snyder and family of Ft. Collins were Sunday callers at the Norman Blakes and Morris Steens.

Mrs. Dowell Blake entertained at a “coffee” at her house Tuesday in honor of Mrs. David Blake and baby, who are here from Urvan, Colorado. About eight women were present.

Weekend guests at the Wm. E. Landau home were his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Rell F. Landau of Oberlin, Kansas.

90 years ago – May 3, 1929

Herbert Thompson, wife and children, came up from Littleton on Saturday, accompanied by Mrs. Thompson’s mother, Mrs. William Mitchell, who had been in Denver and Littleton for several weeks. Mr. Thompson is the manager of the telephone station at Littleton, and formerly held the same position in this city, prior to his promotion to other towns in the state.

George McFarlane came up from Denver Saturday evening, on business matters. He reports his father, Peter McFarlane, as being confined to his bed, and enjoying himself as much as possible under those conditions.

Fritz Altvater and wife, accompanied by Frank Owen, motored up from Denver Sunday morning, to spend the day in the mountains with former neighbors and friends in this city.

Arthur Frost, Ellis Williams and Frank Stahl came over from Boulder Saturday on a visit with relatives and to take in the dance held that evening.

Mr. and Mrs. James Rule came up from Denver on Monday, the former to attend to business matters, while the latter visited with relatives and friends.

Died: In Central City, April 28th, 1929, of bronchial pneumonia, George Eldred, infant son of Eldred and Viola Shaeffer, aged 9 months and two days. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon, interment in the city cemetery.

Died: In Denver, May 1st, 1929, Peter McFarlane, of this city, aged 80 years. Deceased was born in Beduque, Prince Edward Island, in 1849, and at the age of 16 he commenced to learn the carpenter trade, and at 20, started from home to seek his fortune in the Pike’s Peak region, and arrived in this city during the early ‘70s, and with his brother, W.O. McFarlane, a partnership was formed under the name McFarlane & Co., who carried on the business of contractors and builders. When this city was destroyed by fire in 1874, this firm helped in rebuilding the city, and years afterward contracted and built many of the shaft houses and stamp mills of the county. Mr. McFarlane was married in 1877 to Miss Marie Grey, who answered the summons a number of years ago. He was elected as alderman of the city several times’ and one time as mayor, and filled those positions with honor to himself and credit to this city. Several weeks ago, Mr. McFarlane had a fainting spell at his residence in this city and was found by a neighbor lying on the floor. He was revived and later taken to Denver by his sons, Fred and George, in the hope that the change would prove beneficial, with the result as above announced. Mr. McFarlane will be sadly missed from this community, where he had lived over half a century, and his hearty greeting of friends he met daily, with always a quotation from Shakespeare or Lyon for the occasion, he made friends with everyone, who will carry with them for all time memories of those days and the circumstance which inspired them. A first class citizen, public spirited to the fullest extent, and a man of his word, is a record that anyone could be proud of, and he will always be remembered as possessing all of those qualifications. Funeral arrangements had not been perfected as we go to press and we presume they will be held in Denver, with interment beside his wife, who is buried there.

120 years ago – May 5, 1899

Bart Hartman and Victor Cambrusi, of Nevadaville, had a narrow escape from which might have been a serious accident at the Phoenix-Burroughs Mine Thursday night. Both men were standing on a plank at the pump stations which broke under their weight and dropped them into the sump, which was partly filled with water, a distance of 25 feet. Both men were injured, but not seriously.

Mrs. Lillie Richards of Russell Gulch is visiting her sister, Mrs. James Rule Jr., in this city.

There was an interesting service at St. James Methodist Church on Sunday last, at which the organ committee reported to the congregation that, including amounts donated by the various societies of the county, the organ for the church was assured, and it was also shown that such an undertaking could not have been accomplished had it not been for the generous gift from the family of Robert and Mrs. Harris, and it was unanimously voted that the organ be a “Harris Memorial.” A large photograph of Mr. Harris was placed on the pulpit, and a wreath with the word “Harris,” was carried up the aisle by little children and placed in front of the pulpit, while a motto, “He Being Dead, Yet Speaketh,” was strung across the alcove in the rear of the pulpit.

Five horse teams brought down five big loads of rich ore from the Topeka Mine in Russell District, under the watchful care of Henry P. Lowe and his able assistant, Sherman Harris. This lot of ore, weighing in the neighborhood of 25 tons was loaded in a boxcar at the Black Hawk depot and consigned to the Globe Smelter, in Denver. Manager Lowe said there were about 15 tons of second class in the shipment, worth from $600 per ton and upward, and about 10 tons of third class which would run at least $200 per ton, and the total shipment is expected to return from $12,000 to $15,000, and was one of the richest carloads of ore shipped from the county for a long time.

Born: In Central City, May 4th, 1899, to the wife of John Warren, a son.

Born: In Central City, May 4th, 1899, to the wife of Matt Andres, a son.

Married: In Denver, May 1st, 1899, August L. Anderson of Central City and Miss Emma O. Hansen of Denver.

Married: In Central City, May 3rd, 1899, at the residence of the bride, Rev. J. F. Coffman officiating, Albert Stevens and Miss Ida M. Satterly, both of this city.

Died: On Ralston Creek, Jefferson County, April 28th, 1899, of miner’s consumption, John Rogers, aged 59 years.

151 years ago – May 7, 1869

Charley Briggs had returned from an extended visit in the states.

Colonel W. A. Arnold, receiver of public monies for the U.S. land office in this city, returned from the East on Friday.

A half-pound of ore from the Briggs Mine, pounded up in a mortar, returned $1.00 in gold. The sample was taken from a pile of 16 tons sent to the Hill Smelter in Black Hawk.

Tennis and Hammond were working the Unexpected Lode in Lake Gulch, and a shipment of five cords was sent to the Barstow Mill, which returned 54 ounces of gold. The highest lot ran 16 ounces per cord and lowest 6 ounces.

Mr. E.C. Beach, of Black Hawk, left at the Warren Hassey Bank in this city the first of the week, gold retorts weighting 464 ounces, and worth $10,500, the result of a month’s run on Briggs ore under stamps.

The shipment of gold retorts through the banks for the month of April, totaled $160,000.

The “Central” was the name of a new drug store opened in this city by Fonda & Furnald.

“Cinderella,” “Richlieu,” “The Child of the Regiment,” and “Rataplan,” were the attractions at the Montana Theatre during the week.

Married: On May 2nd, 1869, D.D. Baldwin and Mary J. Driscoll.

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