Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – June 2, 1989

The streets may not have been paved with silver bricks, but Central City rolled out the red carpet to welcome the mayor of Champagne-Vigny, France, Michel Belanger, earlier this week, starting with a welcoming cocktail party at the Golden Rose Hotel on Tuesday evening. Central City and Champagne-Vigny are international sister cities, the twosmallest communities participating in the nationwide program, and Mayor Belanger, in America on business, decided to include Central City in his itinerary. Michel, as he likes to be called, lives with his wife and three children in Bordeaux. In addition to his duties as Champagne-Vigny’s mayor, he is a professor of law. Earlier this year, Andre Rohrer, Beth Ensign, and Jeff Lorenz, seniors at Gilpin County School, along with science teacher Deb Benitez, paid a visit to Champagne-Vigny, stopping in Paris and Bordeaux on the way. They were treated to tours of the region’s historic and commercial centers, as well as spending time with French host families. A small, rural community in France’s grape-growing district, Champagne-Vigny produces not only wine, but also a special liqueur called Pineax, which, unfortunately, is not exported. Less than an hour’s drive away, the Hennessy cognac distillery turns the region’s fruit into a fine brandy. The visiting Americans were treated to a tour of the plant and have arranged a reciprocal tour for Mayor Belanger of the Coors Brewery in Golden, where this area’s spring water is turned into beer. Plans for the week include a walking tour of Central City, a banquet at the Teller House, a backcountry Jeep trip, and a visit to the Vail ski resort. Rohrer and Lorenz noted that one of the biggest differences they found in France was the food. Not only is it prepared differently, they commented, the manner in which it is served differs greatly from the American style. There are more courses in a typical family meal for example. Benitez noted that the bread is superior and appears in much greater abundance than on American tables. A western-style barbecue, to be held on the last day of Mayor Belanger’s stay, will no doubt provide a unique dining experience for the Frenchman.

The Social Register:

Stephanie Ann Lorenz, daughter of Bill and Kay Lorenz of Black Hawk, has received a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado, where she minored in human development. Stephanie has accepted a position in the Houston, Texas, area to teach social studies and language arts to fourth graders.

Esther Campbell of Central City, and Virginia Schueller of Pinecliffe, are home after an enjoyable trip to Alaska. Esther spent four years there while in high school, and 47 years have passed since she was last there. The pair flew to Seattle, then spent five days on a leisurely ferry trip to Sitka, Alaska. The weather cooperated, with warm temperatures and sunny skies. Three of Ester’s former school chums met them at the dock, and took the ladies to lunch where nine classmates reminisced and discussed the many changes that have taken place since they were last together.

Born: Charles E. and Julie Cullar Lambert are the proud parents of a daughter, Cara Cherise, born at 5:50 a.m., May 21, 1989, at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. Weighing in at eight pounds three ounces, Cara was 20.5 inches long at birth. Cara joins big sister Lindsay, who turned three the day after Cara’s arrival at the family home in Broomfield, Colorado. Cara’s grandparents are Kay and Van Cullar of Central City. Mrs. Frankie Cullar of Dennison, Texas, is Cara’s great-grandmother, and she celebrated her 81st birthday the day before Cara’s birth.

Died: Craig Dustin (“Dusty”) Hahn died May 28, 1989, in Denver. He was 39 years old. Dusty, as he was known, was the son of Herbert T. and Darlis Chambers Hahn of Black Hawk. Born August 15, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska, Dusty grew up in Denver, where he attended public schools, graduating from North High School. He studied accounting at Colorado University in Denver, and worked as an accountant for the Denver Post. Dusty enjoyed cooking and worked as a chef for many restaurants in Colorado. In 1982, he moved to Tuscon, Arizona, where he was employed as a restaurant manager. Following an automobile accident in 1985, Dusty returned to Colorado for rehabilitation. His family and life in Colorado were among the things he loved. He also enjoyed antiques and history, especially Colorado history. In addition to his parents, Herbert and Darlis Hahn, Dusty is survived by his grandfather, Arthur Chambers, of Omaha, Nebraska; his brother, Eric Hahn, of California, and two nieces, Amy Hahn and Kasey Hahn, both of Naugatuck, Connecticut. A private memorial service will be announced later, with arrangements by Tomford Mortuary of Idaho Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scalding Rehabilitation Hospital, or the Columbine Family Health Center.

60 years ago – June 12, 1959

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: The economy of the country has been banged around so much and provided an excuse for one thing or another so often that Uncle Ed wonders that we have any of it left. Commentators and political writers both have borne down on the poor thing until it seems our economy has more lives than a cat. But one can never determine exactly how far it has been—similar to the couple in a car. You can’t tell how far they have been by looking at the speedometer. Reports indicate that if the lady of the house cuts down on the family budget for eats and clothes, the economy of the country will be disturbed, and if gold again were accorded a free market, well, that would be the limit, they economy and the country would go to hell overnight. But it has gone there so many times. Every four years after election, it takes a trip to the nether regions, and has been performing those gyrations for years. Frosts, grasshoppers, droughts, floods, all send the country to the dogs, but somehow the economy keeps percolating. Big shots, sometimes spelled differently, with a church revival appeal seem to succeed in convincing a majority of the non-thinking class that what he says is Gospel truth, and if you don’t agree, the country will be ruined. And then when he “kicks the bucket,” as we all must do, the economy is shot full of holes; but as time heals all ills, the economy wakes up after a while, and finds itself resting on a false bottom. The darn thing is going to wear out someday and Ed is wondering what then will be the excuse. To date, it has served well as an instrument of perpetual motion and rotation.

Sheriff Tom Collins was called to Pinecliffe, Sunday afternoon, to aid in the search of a 2 year old girl who had fallen in the South Boulder Creek, which is running bank high, and she was washed down the stream. The father ran to nearby Highway 72 and asked a motorist to drive him down stream. Failing at one point about a mile from where the child fell in the water, the father finally recovered his daughter’s body some three miles from where she plunged in the stream. The little girl was on a picnic with her parents, a brother and sister, of Denver.

Mrs. Minnie McCoy entertained her bridge foursome from Denver on Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Verne Sorenson and son, Rocky and Randy Anderson, went to Fort Morgan over the weekend. The boys will stay for a visit with their grandparents.

The Keith Talley house on Third Street has been rented for the summer.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

After spending several weeks in Westcliffe, Colorado, Mike Gage has returned home.

Tomford’s Ambulance was called Tuesday to take Charles “Chat” Thomas to Colorado General Hospital. Chat had been staying at a cabin at the north edge of town and became very ill three days ago.

Miss Jennie Mechling was a weekend guest at the home of Mrs. Luella Fritz.

Bob Nye and Bob Oakie are back from Indiana to resume mining operations in the Apex District.

Harry Crowe has painted the building at Marguerite’s Antiques to match the Crowe’s trailer house and station wagon, which makes an attractive combination.

A brother of Mike McNulty and other relatives from Louisville were here visiting last Sunday.

Members of Black Hawk Masonic Lodge and families had a fund-raising party Saturday night at the home of Mrs. Lettie Gray. About 35 persons were preset to enjoy games and refreshments and were encouraged to see the “carpet fund” on the increase.

90 years ago – June 7, 1929

Mr. and Mrs. Fred McFarlane, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. W. H. James, of Denver, motored up from Denver, Sunday morning, on an outing in the mountains for the day. Mr. James is a grandson of William H. James, of the Eddy, Grant & James Smelter, which was established in the state in the early days. After a visit to Nevadaville, the party returned to Denver during the afternoon.

Stanley Harris, and wife, and son, William and wife, of Idaho Springs, were visitors in Central on Sunday last.

George McFarlane came up from Denver Saturday evening, on a visit with friends, and to attend to business matters.

Dick Champion and family left for Ogden, Utah, on Tuesday morning, on a visit with his brother, Thomas, and family.

Ex-Governor Shoup, of Colorado, Senator Gurnsey, of Wyoming, and other prominent gentlemen of Colorado and the West, arrived in Central yesterday on a tour of inspection of the big mill of the Chain O’ Mines company, and the Patch workings on Bobtail Hill.

How to Make Tomato Rarebit, by Nellie Maxwell: Take two cupfuls of tomato, one cupful of grated cheese, one green pepper and one slice of onion well chopped. Mix tomatoes, cheese, pepper. Add the onion to two tablespoonfuls of butter and cook five minutes, then add the vegetable and cheese mixture. When well heated add four eggs (yolks and whites beaten separately) lightly mix and turn into a saucepan, stirring constantly until the eggs are cooked. Serve hot on buttered toast.

Died: Mr. L. McLean, a former well known resident of this city, but of late years a resident of Idaho Springs, died at his home there on May 28th, 1929, at the age of 86 years. Deceased came to Colorado in 1873 and located in this city, where in connection with Mr. Joseph Collier, they conducted a photographic establishment in the building back of this office, and took many views of the city and surrounding country, some of which are yet to be seen in many residences and business houses in Central. Mrs. McLean passed away several months ago, and he is survived by his son, Norman, and a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Pipber. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Masonic Lodge rooms, in Idaho Springs, which was in charge of the Masonic order, and remains were interred in Crown Hill Cemetery, Denver.

Died: Mrs. A. R. Mellor, widow of the late Samuel Mellor, former residents of this city and Black Hawk, died at her home in Liberal, Missouri, on Monday, at the age of 83 years. As a girl of 14 she came to Colorado by ox team with her mother, Mrs. Rice, and settled in Central, where they conducted a boarding house, and on January 26, 1863, she was married to Mr. Mellor, who was one of their regular boarders. To this union twelve children were born, of whom ten grew to be men and women. One son, William Mellor, who resided in Russell Gulch for years, died in Idaho Springs two years ago.

120 years ago – June 9, 1899

Mrs. Anton Mehrlich, of Victor, Colorado, who had been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Charles Stout, of Black Hawk, returned home Monday afternoon.

George Godfrey, William Tamblyn, Ed. Taylor, Charley Bray, and Dick Broad, of Russell Gulch, left on Tuesday for Cripple Creek, where they expect to lay the foundation for a fortune.

S.S. Johnson, of the Lotus Mine, and C.A. Wagner, the grocer man of Russell Gulch, spent Sunday in Denver taking in the many attractions which a large village affords outside residents.

George Hamllik had the forefinger of his right hand badly mashed while screening ore at the Cook Mine, on Monday, compelling him to lay off work for a few days.

Frank Christofic, an Austrian miner, was seriously injured in the Pease-Kansas Mine, on Quartz Hill, Friday afternoon, by a rock which fell out of a stope above him, pinning him against the wall. He had three ribs broken on the right side, the third finger on his hand, nearly severed, and bodily injuries. He was taken to his home in Russell Gulch, and Dr. Asquith summoned.

The Rocky Mountain News, in an article on Gilpin County, said: “There is a great deal of old Gilpin that is worthy of comment. It has, in common with Mineral County, of which Creed is the center, the highest per capita earnings in the world—nearly $750 for every man, woman, and child within its limits. In no other mining district, old or new, are churches and schools more liberally supported. There is, as a matter of course, almost an absolute absence of pauperism and idleness, and a low percentage of crime. The present position of the county in the mining world is by no means an accident of fortune. It is the legitimate result of long recognized causes.”

During the month of May the Concrete Mine in Prosser Gulch produced 191 cords of mill ore, or 1,575 tons, which was shipped over the tramway lines to the Penn Mill in Black Hawk for treatment.

At the After Supper Tunnel on the vein, in Black Hawk, located just back of the foundry, a rich strike was made during the week, of tellurium ore, one assay showing 150 ounces gold and 76 ounces silver, and the other, 130 ounces gold, and 74 ounces silver to the ton, and a shipment to the sampling works was settled for at $190 per ton.

Born: In Black Hawk, June 3rd, 1899, to the wife of Michael Sullivan, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, June 4th, 1899, to the wife of John Mackey, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, June 2nd, 1899, to the wife of George W. Perry, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, June 8th, 1899, to the wife of John Whitegraves, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, June 5th, 1899, to the wife of Nicholas Semmons, a daughter.

Born: In Russell Gulch, May 26th, 1899, to the wife of John Clements, a daughter.

Died: In Nevadaville, June 6th, 1899, Elizabeth Jane, wife of James Richards, aged 30 years.

Died: In Black Hawk, June 6th, 1899, of miner’s consumption, Matthew Moyle, aged 55 years.

Died: In Russell Gulch, June 2nd, 1899, of miner’s consumption, Jethro Medlin, aged 40 years.

151 years ago – June 11, 1869

The carpenters and stone masons were busy on the outside of the Methodist Church so as to have the same completed before the sitting of the conference, two weeks hence.

Dan Costello’s Circus showed here on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 9, 10, and 11, two performances daily on Spring Street, above the Montana Mill, adjoining Hooper’s brick yard. Admission, adults, $1.50, children $1.00. They left for Georgetown Saturday, returning to Central for a second exhibition on Monday afternoon and evening, June 14.

Williams and Sullivan had four cords of ore from the Jones Mine in Nevadaville District crushed in the stamp mill there, which returned 90 ounces gold.

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