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30 years ago – May 19, 1989

Members of the Colorado Historical Preservation Office toured the site of the Coeur d’Alene Mine above Central City with Mined Land reclamation Division employees in an effort to determine the scope of work that may be done to restore the old structure. All were impressed with the equipment that remains at the mine, and if restored, it may become a museum.If the work is approved, volunteers will be needed to perform some of the construction work. Donations of old flat tin siding will also be welcome, said Jim Herron, reclamation specialist with the MLRD. A decision will be made after a state architect has the opportunity to review the plans.

By Bonnie Merchant: The Gilpin County Historical Society is pleased to announce that Mike and Darlene Leslie have offered the Thomas-Billings House for us to purchase. The asking price is $95,000, including the valuable antique contents. There is no doubt that the artifacts sold individually would bring a great deal more than the asking price, but because Mike and Darlene are interested in the community and in maintaining the integrity of this historic property, they are offering us a temporary option until September. By that date, the Historical Society must raise $20,000 to continue their option. The Gilpin County Historical Society Board of Directors holds to the premise that such community treasures need to be owned and operated by the community, if at all possible. First, because what is a good tourist business for some of us surely will increase the potential profits of everyone. Secondly, as Mike and Darlene have found, individually operating such a museum is a full-time, 365 day a year proposition. Without a board of directors and volunteers interested in the history of the community, such an endeavor becomes an all-consuming burden to individuals. Foundations are being solicited. Local contributions are eagerly being sought, and political entities are being requested to lend their sponsorship and approval. Many small money-making projects are being planned. The Gilpin County Historical Society hopes to take advantage of Mike and Darlene’s generosity. Won’t you help us? We need more volunteers and we need money – lots of it!

Baseball, basketball, volleyball, hiking, backpacking, fishing, and archery are among the many activities offered to children this summer at the Fellowship Camp in Gilpin County. Located in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, approximately eight miles from Black Hawk, the camp is in its seventh year of operation. It is open to boys and girls, ages 9 to 14, of all faiths and nationalities from low-income families. Gilpin County children are also welcome. The non-denominational camp not only offers a wide array of recreational activities, but it also promotes and stresses self-esteem, self-worth, youth leadership, character, principles, and a good sense of value. There is a nominal charge of $5.00 per child to attend any one of the five sessions being offered this summer. To qualify, federal guidelines for low-income families are followed. As an example, one child and mother means two in a family. Family income in this case must be at or below $14,301 annually. The income level for a family of four (three children and father) must be at or below $21,553 a year. These examples are only two of income guidelines listen on the list. In certain cases, foster children are eligible for the program regardless of household income. Dates for the Fellowship Camp sessions for boys are: June 12 to June 20, ages 12 to 14; June 24 to July 1, ages 9 to 11; and July 5 to July 13, ages 9 to 14. Camp for girls is offered not eh following dates: July 15, ages 12 to 14; July 24 to July 31, ages 9 to 12. For further information about the camp, which is operated by a highly qualified staff of mainly Catholic seminaries, or to receive an application, Brother John Thilmont, director of the Fellowship Camp, welcomes phone calls.

60 years ago – May 29, 1959

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: Debt repudiation, abolishment of the tax system, a new method of drying a widow’s tears, halting our principal export, money, a longer coffee and conversational period, more time for fishing and a control of rain drops have preempted much of Uncle Ed’s time lately. He is still worried about what to do regarding her pain when it falls just at lunch or going home time. The latter he thinks, may have something to do with the economy of the country and should be referred to a Congressional investigating committee. The widow’s tear problem was partially solved by Eddie Fisher when he married Liz, but must have brought down his own lachrymal flood as he lost out on the TV show programs. The fishing part can easily be taken care of. Nature made the earth about two thirds water and one third land, so man could spend two thirds of his time fishing and one third working the soil, and of course, the government would pay him for not working over the sod. Abolishment of taxes, seemed to be Ed’s least problem— everybody just quit paying and that’s that. Politicians would be paid $1 a year and compelled like army men to serve the country in the interests of freedom, their families being taken care of by a public “kitty,” contributions being optional by the donor who would allow his conscience to be his guide, and that would automatically take care of the national debt bugaboo and the money export phase. Ed thought the coffee breaks would take care of themselves as the girls might run out of conversation, but he had some opposition to that thought. His opponent avers that the gals will never run out of gab even if they have to, as some do, say the same thing over half a dozen times and all talk at once, tie up a phone line for an hour and let the potatoes and hamburgers burn. If it happens to be a party line, some fur is apt to fly and the Ten Commandments strained a bit. Ed is almost sold on the idea of a woman president regardless of what Jim Farley says against the idea. Aside from those few ideas, there’s no place like home, says Ed, where you can scratch where it itches.

It is most amusing that when we make a mistake, a typographical error, as it were, that it is called to our attention within five minutes after the Register-Call has reached its destination in Central City. We are not like the Perfect Man, the Christ of the Bible; we are only human, and if typographical mistakes occur, which may be many, we resent the implication that our spelling is erroneous. The writer, the Linotype operator, and the proof reader are all at fault, but when the form is placed on the press, it is possible that after several hundred copies have been printed, a particular letter may be broken off, thus causing a glaring mistake. However, it proves that the Register-Call is being read, which is most gratifying to Ye Editor.

Mrs. Walter Peterson and children left Saturday for Alabama on a visit with her father. Apropos of the above, Walter will also accept any invitations to meals.

Central City was well represented on a TV show from KOA, Saturday afternoon, when nine of the teenagers were guests of the program of “Deputy Dan.” However, we call attention to the Business Men’s Assn. to instruct all who are appearing on TV or radio programs, as when one of the group was asked by “Deputy Dan”—“What’s doing in Central City,” the answer was “nothin’ much,” but when reminded of the Festival, he waxed eloquently about the Opera House and Teller House. These young men live in an atmosphere of the Opera House Festival and figured that’s all that counts. It was rather clever. Those who wore the badges of “Deputy Dan” were: Robert Powe, Patrick Dunahay, Melvin Branning, Larry Ace, David Redman, Gregory Smith, Robbie Bartell, Randall Nelson, and Michael Mattivi.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

After several months spent in California, Mrs. Perl Neff has returned to her home on Swede Hill. Mrs. Nadine Snyder met her at the airport on Friday.

Saturday visitors at the home of Mrs. Harriet Folsom, were her nephew, John Foster of Durango, Colorado, and his brother in law, Mr. Johnson.

Congratulations to Mr. Sam Redman, who was 80 years old last Tuesday. He celebrated by visiting his daughter Mrs. Kathryn Jackson in Idaho Springs.

Mrs. Marie Rushworth of Denver was in town Saturday to arrange to have some work done at her mining property in Stuart Gulch.

The Dallas Howards of Denver and Mr. Thurston Dull of Meeker spent Sunday with Mrs. Luella Fritz. Thurston is in Denver for two weeks of special training at the Telephone Company’s school.

Mrs. Warren Johnson and two children spent last week with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mitchell.

There was near calamity at the Ben Purdy’s Tuesday. A pail of roof coating tar, placed next to the stove to heat, overflowed and caught fire. The blaze spread over the kitchen, but Ben was able to extinguish the fire without calling for help.

90 years ago – May 24, 1929

Mr. and Mrs. Dukes and children, of Denver, spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Johnson, of this city, returning home during this afternoon.

Cyp. Matthews, wife and daughter, Nellie Auger, and Mrs. Clarence Anger, motored up from Denver Sunday morning, for a few hours visit with old friends, returning during the afternoon.

Mrs. George Fuhman, of this city, was taken suddenly ill on Sunday last, and was taken over to Idaho Springs by Mr. W.O. Ziege to the doctor, who, after an examination, advised that she be taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, Denver, at once. When she arrived there, an operation was immediately made for acute appendicitis, and latest reports are that she is getting along nicely under the circumstances.

Fred and George McFarlane came up from Denver Sunday morning on matters of business in connection with the estate of their father, the late Peter McFarlane.

Attorney Leroy J. Williams was up from the capital Sunday morning to attend to legal matters here before the County Court, on Monday, returning home that afternoon.

If one can get fresh home churned buttermilk, they have indeed a treasure of good food. As long as cream has been churned and butter made, buttermilk has been enjoyed. It is delicious, refreshing, and is regarded by dietitians as one of the best health foods. The lactic acid which gives it its satisfying sharp taste is said to prolong life and make people physically stronger. It stimulates digestion, acts as a tonic, is good for the liver, corrects constipation and other disorders. The United States government bulletins tell us that buttermilk is excellent food for young and old, for health and pleasure.

120 years ago – May 26, 1899

Mr. Charles Richards has taken a position as clerk in Phillip Rohlings store in this city.

Mrs. Henry Dennis and daughter, Miss Lizzie, went to Boulder Saturday on a visit with relatives and friends.

Mr. Ed. L. Grenfell, auditor of the Colorado & Southern Railroad, came up from Denver Thursday on official business of the company.

Mrs. John Flynn and child, of Denver, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. M. Flynn, of Spring Street.

Leonard Schaffnit, of Denver, spent a portion of the week in Central, looking after his business interests.

Mr. “Cy” Taylor made his first visit to Black Hawk since leaving there fourteen years ago, and found some of the old timers left who were there when he worked in the foundry.

Twenty two thousand rainbow trout were received in Black Hawk on Friday last, and were deposited in North Clear Creek and South Boulder Creek by Fred Hughes of Black Hawk, and James Stevens, one of the fish commissioners.

Two 80 horse power boilers have been installed at the Rialto Mine, in this city, and work of rebuilding the shaft house is well underway. Messrs. Colvin and Datton, the owners of the property, are anxious to get everything finished on the surface so that work can commence in the mines and putting it in shape for a large production.

A test run was made at the Gilpin Mill in Black Hawk the first of the week on ore from the Gold Dirt Mine, near Perigo, to determine how close to the assay value the mill would save. There were 11 tons in the lot, which had been crushed and sampled at the Chamberlain sampling works, and the assay showed 0.72 ounces gold to the ton. When the ore was treated, the amalgam retorted 3 ounces and 11 pennyweights of gold, and made 9,720 pounds of tailings, which assayed $15.15 per ton, the total saving by the mill only lacking a trifle over $6 of returning as much as the assay value, the saving showing close to 95 percent of the total value in the ore.

Daily shipments of from 20 to 25 tons of ore are being sent from the Pierce Mine on Nevada Street to the Hidden Treasure Mill in Black Hawk, which is coming from the 200 east and west drifts, all carrying fair values in gold.

The water in the main shaft on the California Mine on Quartz Hill is down to a point close to the 1,500 foot level, and the work of re-timbering the damage to the shaft made by a falling bucket several weeks ago, is progressing favorably.

Born: In Nevadaville, May 22nd, 1899, to the wife of Dr. C.A. Bourk, a daughter.

Died: In Black Hawk, May 23rd, 1899, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Sorrenson, aged 4 years.

151 years ago – May 28, 1869

The mine reporter paid a visit to the stamp mills on North Clear Creek above Black Hawk last week, and found the following in operation: Black Hawk, 60 stamps; Eagle, 20; Fitzpatrick, 10; Holman, 12; Kimber, Buffington, and Carrott, 24; Hurd, 20; Chicago, 60; University, 15; Bobtail, 12; Nesmith and Mead,20; Holbrook, 13; Sensender, 20; Arrighi, 3; Wiley and Abbey, 10; a total of 259 stamps. Below Black Hawk the mills in operation were the Consolidated Gregory, 50 stamps; Woodbury and Norton, 24; New York, 45; and Charles Walker, 18; a grand total of 396 stamps in daily operation.

A prize fight took place between Rogers and Lewney near the lake on Saturday, with Rogers being knocked out in the 19th round.

Mullen & Joblin were awarded the contract for grading out the school lot and building the main wall in front.

A foot of snow covered the ground on Friday, May 29, but soon melted under the rays of the sun.

Langrishe’s troupe played “The Idiot of the Mill,” “Lorile of the Black Forest,” the “Life of an Actress,” and “Lottery of Life,” to well filled houses at the Montana Theatre during the week.

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