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30 years ago – July 21, 1989
Motorists will have a safer drive through Clear Creek Canyon this fall when lighting fixtures are installed in three of six tunnels along U.S. Highway 6. Three of the six tunnels had lights installed for motorists’ safety previously. The project also includes approach lights for three tunnels near the western end of the canyon and improved traffic signals at the Highway 119 junction.Construction will take approximately 50 days, and will take place this fall. U.S. 6 will be closed only at night, and the times of the closures will be published.
Although they looked like a wild bunch of desperados straight out of the Old West, the shady looking characters we saw around town are really members of a Canadian trade delegation who visited Central City last week. Central City is the only place outside Denver the group visited while in Colorado, and although officials from both towns were appalled that local PR Director Pat Wendleton took the group to local saloons and to Mr. Yellowbellows where photos were taken, Pat knew what she was doing. The Canadians were delighted with their afternoon! After all, it’s not every day that chief executive officers of major corporations get to dress up in silly clothes in the name of international trade! Wendleton has been selected as one of only nine Coloradans to visit Canada soon on a reciprocal visit to promote trade with that country. She is the only representative that will participate who is not from Denver. Because Canada is the biggest single source of visitors to Colorado, she hopes to snag a good share of their travel market for Central City.
Linold Begg’s stolen truck is no longer the shiny beauty as it was under Linold’s tender loving care. The stolen vehicle was recovered in Commerce City, and Marshal Elmo Gatlin of Central City reports that a man being held in the Arapahoe County jail on other charges is a suspect in the theft. Gatlin is seeking a warrant, and says additional information should be available by next week.
The Social Register:
Mark Nelson, well driller extraordinaire, is back at work in Milwaukee, and is now teaching new drillers the tricks of the trade. Well known for his gentle manner and patience, Mark is sure to make an excellent instructor and be extremely popular with the novices.
Ray Chavez, who recently won the Black Hawk Mining & Milling Festival drilling contest, took second place in singles jack leg drilling during Idaho Springs’ Gold Rush competition. His time of 2 minutes, 42.7 seconds was just 2.8 seconds faster than third place winner Bob Varela, who also competed in Black Hawk. Another Black Hawk contestant who fared well in Idaho Springs is Jim Whales, who placed third in single jack drilling. Black Hawk’s own Steve Yanchunis took third place in hand mucking. Competitors from as far away as Creed and Leadville entered the Idaho Springs events.
Engaged! Marie Jones and Cameron Cullar, both of Central City, have announced their engagement. They plan to wed at noon, Saturday, August 26, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Central City. Marie is the daughter of Dee Jones of Black Hawk, and Robert L. Jones of Springfield, Oregon. A 1988 graduate of Gilpin County High School, she works at the Gregory Street Cafe and Zeke’s Pizza in Black Hawk. She is a student at Red Rocks Community College, where she is studying sign language interpretation. Cameron is the son of Van and Kay Cullar of Central City, and is employed by the county. He graduated from Gilpin County School in 1986. The couple will reside in Central City following their marriage.
60 years ago – July 31, 1959
Central City Nuggets:
Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: Writers, of course, have to have something to fill up space. The fallout regarding strontium has had its run of comments all over the county, augmented by the atomic experimental explosions. Strontium 90 has been in the air since there were air and rocks—it’s exuded by igneous rocks, and somehow life seems to have survived and population increased. The fallout is supposed to affect vegetation and as long as one form of life on this sphere lives off another form of life, we are bound to have brittle teeth and bones, cancer, failing eyesight, bald heads and water on the knee, the latter being abetted by not kneeling in prayer often enough. Strontium gets in the milk, peas, meat, and apple juice, so do the worms. Most everybody has eaten a worm or two during their life span and probably swallowed some strontium. But don’t worry about it—a Japanese scientist has discovered a concoction brewed with tea which neutralizes the effects of strontium, the tannic acid contained in the leaf. Tannic acid also occurs in oak, gall nuts, and is used in tanning leather. Maybe that’s the reason we have strontium, so the sales of tea will boom and prevent one’s shoes from gathering the fallout past the danger point, causing calluses, corns, club feet, and gout.
A telephone call from Tolland Saturday afternoon was received here, stating that a grave had been found in one of the abandoned cabins in that vicinity, and it seemed apparent that a body had been buried beneath the soil. Sheriff Tom Collins, a Deputy Sheriff, the Coroner, County Commissioner Wm. White, and a member of the CO Highway Patrol quickly assembled at the scene, which was found in the dilapidated old cabin, one mile above East Portal and occupied by the Mosch family some fifty years ago. The so called grave was lined with rocks, with a crude cross at the head. It was quite an eerie sight, and digging was commenced to a depth of two feet. Nothing was uncovered, and a later investigation disclosed that several teenagers had placed the rocks around the so called grave, and then reported to their mother as to the find. Such a hoax is a serious matter and the youthful perpetrators should be dealt with in severe terms.
Mrs. Wm. Goebel is ill in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver. We hope her stay in the hospital will be of short duration.
Born: A son, Jeffrey, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Powers at St. Luke’s Hospital on Thursday, July 23rd.
Black Hawk Gold Dust:
Mrs. Betty Madsen of Phoenix, Arizona, spent the weekend with her friend Mrs. Lettie Gray, leaving on Tuesday for Jewell, Iowa.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eccker and children were up from Denver Sunday visiting Mrs. Emma Eccker and Kathryn.
The Harry Clarks at the Robins ranch are having two rooms built onto their trailer house for additional space.
A potluck supper was held recently at Cap’s Lodge north of town. About forty persons were present and took part in the fun and square dancing. According to Rev. Perrigo of The Chapel of the Hills, the organ fund in memory of Henry Placek has been very successful.
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Welsh drove to Greeley last Tuesday to attend the funeral of his uncle.
Married: Miss Darlene Moore of this city and Mr. Clyde Davenport of Rollinsville were married Monday by Judge Turner. They will make their home in Rollinsville.
90 years ago – July 26, 1929
Lysle Parenteau with wife and children, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Teats, motored up from Elizabeth, Colorado, on a visit with “Tug” Reynolds, a brother of Mrs. Teats, and old friends, returning home Tuesday afternoon.
John W. Richards and wife, daughter Mildred Erickson, and Mr. S.J. Walters of Detroit, Michigan, a brother of Mrs. Richards, motored up from Denver Tuesday morning, for a few hours’ visit in the mountain with friends.
“Tug” Reynolds, was brought in from Tolland last week, suffering from a hemorrhage of the nose, during which he lost considerable blood, which seems to have been beneficial to him in his present condition, suffering from a slight stroke of paralysis, and he is feeling better than formerly.
Miss Maybelle Lundquist and brother, Wallace, of Globe, Arizona, spent the past week with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Lundquist, and other relatives of this city.
The Misses Rachael and Argeniter Bouvier were up from Denver the first of the week, as guests of Mrs. Melita Seymour. Miss Rachael was a former resident of this city, and will be remembered by many as a teacher of music, and had as members of her class many young ladies who have grown to womanhood, and have pupils of their own, who are being taught music lessons.
How to Make Somerset Salad, by Nellie Maxwell: Take one cream cheese, moisten with cream and add one fourth cupful of pecan meats; shape into balls. Remove the skins from white grapes, take out seeds and insert a bit of red pepper into each where the cut is made. Arrange orange or grapefruit sections (with membrane removed) on lettuce, the grapes in the center and the cheese balls well placed. Serve with a fried dressing.
Died: George R. Reynolds, 60 years old, pioneer Colorado mining man, died Monday in Miami, Arizona, where he had been living during recent years, it was learned in Denver on Tuesday. Mr. Reynolds was born in Central City, Colorado, of pioneer parents, attended school in Denver and was engaged in the mining business until his death, which was sudden and resulted from heart trouble. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. He is survived by his widow in Miami, and two brothers, J.F. and R.P. Reynolds, both of Denver.
Died: Mrs. Louis Gray, a former resident of this city, died on July 17th, 1929, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fannie A. Woelbing, in Denver, at the age of 73 years. Her birthplace was England, and then she came to America, settled in this city, remaining here many years until she went to Denver to make her home. Besides her daughter, Mrs. Woelbing, she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Louise G. Ryan of Denver; two sons, James Gary of Denver, and Frank Fray of this city. Services were held Saturday morning at Emanuel Memorial Church, Denver, after which the remains were brought to this city for burial.
Died: Mrs. Eliza Slattery, 83 years of age, who came west in an oxcart in the 1860s, died Tuesday following several months of ill health, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Heuer. Born in Ireland, Mrs. Slattery came to the United States at an early age, living in New York and later in Iowa and Nebraska. She was married to John Slattery in Nebraska in 1864, and shortly thereafter the couple moved to Central City. Mr. Slattery died at Central City seven years ago and Mrs. Slattery continued living there until 1924 when she came to Denver. Surviving Mrs. Slattery besides Mrs. Heuer are two other daughters, Mrs. A.J. Lundy and Mrs. J.V. Cotter, both of Rollinsville; two sons, Thomas Slattery, Denver, and E.J. Slattery, Orchard Colorado; thirteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
120 years ago – July 28, 1899
Messrs. A. Rapin and V. Vallero of this city, and A.P. Boulter of Smith Hill left on Monday for Middle Park, on a fishing trip.
Miss Fannie Lake of Denver is visiting her brother, H.H. Lake and family in this city.
It is three years ago last Monday when the worst flood known in this section swept away miles of track on the railroad in Clear Creek Canyon, and was the cause of over twenty deaths in Morrison and Golden.
Mrs. Sadie Morse of Nevadaville received a letter from her son, Reuben J. Morse, saying that he had secured a responsible position with the bank at Florence, Colorado, and would commence work the first of the month.
Good progress is being made in the erection of the new courthouse and railroad depot, and another week will see the later building in shape for the roof. A good force of bricklayers is at work at the courthouse, and the building is assuming a fine appearance.
A bright flash of lightning that nearly blinded the people of this city on Wednesday evening about six o’clock struck the residence of Mr. Ralph Chase, back of the Opera House. The bolt came down the chimney, and outside of breaking one of the legs of the stove, did no further damage. Mrs. Chase had a narrow escape from at least a severe shock, as she had been sitting by the stove only a few moments before the shock came.
The water in the California Mine on Quartz Hill, was 23 feet above the 1,700 foot level on Monday, and is going down at the rate of one foot per day, being hoisted by two immense water buckets. The 1,700 foot levels are in 1,500 feet, and the unwatering of them will take longer than already figured on, but Mr. Collins expects to get that level drained by the 15th of August.
At the West Flack Mine on Quartz Hill, the men have finally succeeded in unwatering that property after six months of steady work, the main shaft being 875 feet. The 400 foot level is being extended, and shows a crevice 3 and one half feet wide, of good milling ore, and stoping is being carried on in the 700 foot level, and a force of 15 men are working on the day and night shifts.
Born: In Nevadaville, July 26th, 1899, to the wife of Sol James, a son.
Born: In Nevadaville, July 26th, 1899, to the wife of Jean Ceasario, a daughter.
Born: In Central City, July 24th, 1899, to the wife of William Champion, a daughter.
Born: In Central City, July 26th, 1899, to the wife of A. Ontis, a son.
151 years ago – July 30, 1869
Mr. D.C. Collier returned on Saturday from a trip to the Snake River section, where he is interested in some silver claims.
Mr. Thomas Mullen left on Monday for Canyon City to commence work on his contract for building the State Penitentiary.
At a special election held in Black Hawk on Saturday, William M. Quaintance was elected city marshal and G.R. Backus as street commissioner.
Hon. D.M. Richards returned the first of the week on the stage from a visit in the East.
Joe Bush, a rough customer, stepped up to a colored man in Georgetown and said: “I used to shoot folks like you down South just for the fun of seeing them kick,” and drawing his revolver, fired instantly. A crowd gathered and Bush fled up Clear Creek, but when he saw the crowd meant business, after an exchange of shots, he gave himself up. The colored man was severely wounded, and the affair caused considerable excitement in the silver camp, and the lynching of Bush for his vile actions was only stopped by the calm action of the authorities.
Professor Hayden arrived after a visit to Middle Park, and intended to visit the principal mines in the county, so as to make a report to the government.
Mr. R.O. Old bought 20 tons of ore from the Briggs and Gregory Mines to ship to England, on account of the Colorado and British Mining Bureau. The price paid was $100 per ton, which was below the actual value, but it was sold at that price on account of the advertising benefits that would accrue to the county.
Died: At Mountain House District, near Black Hawk, July 28th, 1869, Joseph Bellile, aged 29 years.

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