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30 years ago – August 11, 1989
The Clear Creek Project “makes no economic sense for our company,” said Public Service Company spokesman Mark Stutz on Wednesday. “We will remain in the Clear Creek Water Users Alliance,” he added, “but have withdrawn funding for the proposed dam.” The decision to withdraw financial support of the project, which proposes to dam Clear Creek Canyon, was announced on Tuesday, Stutz said. Public Service Company provides funds for numerous studies in looking ahead to future water needs, Stutz explained. However, Public Service Co. has determined that its future needs for water in the metro area are not expected to increase dramatically, he said, which makes participation in the water storage project unnecessary.
The banner is up over Main Street, and Central City is gearing up for the 13th Annual Jazz Festival as the third weekend in August approaches. A preview party Thursday, August 17, kicks off the festival at the Elks Lodge and the Gilded Garter. Four bands will be on hand from 8 p.m. – midnight at both places. Friday, August 18, starts with Randy Johnson at the Teller House Gilpin Lounge at noon. The music continues straight through at all locations except the Opera House until parade time at 7:30 p.m., when musicians from all the bands will march down Main Street. They will resume playing at six locations until 1:30 a.m. Saturday’s music goes non-stop from noon until 1:30 a.m., and on Sunday, there will be 12 hours of music from noon to midnight. Jazz bands from as far away as Argentina and the Netherlands will perform, along with familiar names like the High Sierra Jazz Band, Queen City Jazz Band, and Your Father’s Mustache Band. Tickets and information are available at the Rock Shop in Central City. Ticket prices are $10 for Thursday’s preview party, $15 for Friday or Sunday, and $20 for Saturday. A festival pass that will get you into everything from Thursday through Sunday costs $45.
The Social Register:
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Schmalz of Central City are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Christy to Mark Yacano on July 4, 1989. Christy is a 1984 graduate of Gilpin County High School and a 1988 graduate of the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She is now counseling emotionally disturbed adolescents while attending graduate school in education. Mark, son of Joseph Yacano, Jr., is originally from upstate New York, where he graduated from Moravia High School in 1978. He is currently a police officer with the city of Glendale. The wedding is planned for May of 1990.
Nan Works is arriving, probably Monday, with her lovely, well-mannered children Callie and Peter, and her sweet husband Steve. They will be staying their lovely house on Swede Hill in Black Hawk. Nan, Steve, Callie, and Peter will be joined next week by her famous author brother, John Works from Dallas, also their favored and good looking brother George, from Dallas, as they have had their usual family reunion on Swede Hill for the past 44 years. Nan and her family invite all friends and neighbors in the Black Hawk area over to say hello.
Martha Logan greeted over 268 friends and relatives at her early 100th birthday celebration held last Sunday. According to daughter in law Margaret Logan, the birthday girl was delighted and said she had a wonderful day.
Died: Darlene S. Edgerton died Wednesday, August 2, 1989, at Denver Presbyterian Hospital. She was 71 years old. A Denver resident, she owned a house in Central City which she visited frequently until she was stricken with cancer. She served as corresponding secretary for the Clear Creek and Gilpin Metal Mining Association. Her friendly smile and firm handshake will be missed there. Born in Chicago on October 13, 1917, Darlene was the daughter of Elof Swanson and Carrie Bengston. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Medrow, of Denver, and nephew, Bob Medrow of Rolla, Missouri. Her husband, Robert A. Edgerton, preceded her in death. Services were held at Fairmount’s Little Ivy Chapel in Denver on Wednesday, August 9.
Died: Beryl F. “Muff” Miller, a native of Black Hawk, died July 31, 1989, in Denver General Hospital. He was 73. A resident of Wheat Ridge, he was born October 12, 1915, in Black Hawk. He served in the Army during World War II. He married Eileen Eitemiller in Denver on August 2, 1954, and worked at Coors Brewery for over 49 years. Miller was a member of the Evangelical Baptist Church in Wheat Ridge. He is survived by his wife, a brother, John Henry of Lakewood, and two sisters, Margaret Tripp of Golden and Vicky Tripp of Clay Center, Kansas. Interment was in Golden Cemetery with graveside military rites given by Veterans of Foreign Wars, Golden, Post 4171.
60 years ago – August 21, 1959
Wreckage of an unidentified plane was found Sunday in Yankee Doodle Lake, near Corona Pass, 50 miles west of Denver, by three Lakewood, Colorado, skin-divers. Col. Charles Howard, wing commander of the Colorado Civil Air Patrol, said the sketchy description of the plane—blue wing and blue and white fuselage—did not match those of any of a half dozen missing planes in the CAP file dating back to 1946. Wendell Bryan Jr., 22, of 99 Allison Street, Lakewood, said he and two companions—Allen K. Brown, 22, and John Shrefler, 21, both of Lakewood—found the wreckage upside-down half-buried in mud, in about 10 feet of water approximately 50 to 75 feet from the shore. “We went up there to look for the wreckage of a train rumored to have fallen into the lake from a trestle many, many years ago,” Bryan said. He said they found no sign of the train in the lake, down about 40 feet in the deepest spot, but young Shrefler spotted the wreckage of the plane. “The engine and the landing gear were not visible,” Bryan said. “The cockpit was buried in the mud.” Bryan brought a piece of the wreckage—about 2 feet of aluminum tubing bearing the number 35-524106-2—home with him. Colonel Howard said it might be the wreckage of a plane which had crashed many years ago and not listed in the Colorado CAP files. (Editor’s Note: So far as my memory serves me, a train was never pushed into Yankee Doodle Lake, rather it was a snow plow, and happened over fifty years ago. Two snow plows were stationed at Tolland to help the long freight trains over Corona Pass, one named “Amos,” and the other “Maude.” During one winter, the snow shed high above the lake, and on a curve, was filled with ice and snow, necessitating two Mallet engines to push the plow in order to clear the right of way. The snow sheds due west from the lake and several hundred feet above, had a sharp turn, and the plow was pushed off the rails, plowing through the wooden sides of the shed, breaking the automatic couplings, and careened down the mountainside, and two or three thousand tons of steel plunged into the waters of the lake, and obviously has been sinking since that time, and now, perhaps, is resting on the equator. Tom Trevillion of “Pug” Ryan was one of the engineers on the leading Mallet.)
Central City Nuggets:
Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: During the festivities in Central City, a number of visitors, members of some fraternal organizations, have taken a side trip to the home of summer opera. Last week Denver was overflowing with delegates of the DOK, the playground of the Knights of Pythias. Men wore the black fez and the ladies looked supreme in their white fezes, pink veils and silk pants. The silk pants are not to be confused with panties, at least in this instance. Uncle Ed made the acquaintance of several of the fairer sex and was invited to join. He replied that he was a devil and probably wouldn’t be acceptable, but was told that was what is needed. Like any other organization, so he was told, they have their SOBs. Members from all over the country swamped the hotel accommodations and Uncle says he didn’t observe one bowlegged gal among them. Of course the ladies dress to be looked at and look at themselves—it follows that when a man is through looking, he’s through anyway, so Ed is still grateful that his eyesight isn’t failing as yet, but he has one regret and it’s an old one: he was born 30 years too soon—it was no fault of his, so he is obliged to accept that fate has in store. Anyway, this old world wouldn’t be worth the existence without the ladies. A fact most men accede to, sometimes too often. But don’t get into an argument with them—you’re licked before you start.
Fifteen lawmen shot the locks off two doors of a plush mountain lodge in Gilpin County Monday night in a gambling raid led by District Attorney Barney O’Kane. Eleven men were seized. Just before midnight, O’Kane and his investigators smashed their way into the Thorn Lake Club, nine and one half miles north of Black Hawk and a mile off Colorado Highway 119. O’Kane and his men rushed the front door of the building but were barred by a lock. As one officer shot away the lock, the other man smashed through five large plate glass windows. Wall to wall carpeting was ripped. Luxurious overstuffed furniture was torn open. O’Kane found a .38 caliber revolver hidden behind a door. A dice table was found in the kitchen, but no gambling games were in evidence.
Died: Services were held Monday at Howard Mortuary for Ralph B. Bedell, 71, of Pinecliffe, Colorado, who died Saturday at his home. Cremation followed. He was a former treasurer of the Coal Creek Improvement Association, a member of the board of directors of the Pinecliffe Fire Department, and served an active role in the building of the Coal Creek Community Center. He is survived by his wife, Mabel; two daughters, Mrs. Wallame Cleaveland of Albuquerque, NM, and Mrs. Orville Wyss of Austin, Texas; a sister, Bet C. Bedell, Denver; and five grandchildren.
90 years ago – August 16, 1929
The marshal was ordered to notify owners of trucks and autos not to obstruct the sidewalks leading up Nevada Street at the Chain O’ Mines garage, just above the post office.
Complaints were made that cows were allowed to run at large, wearing bells, which were a nuisance, in disturbing the early slumber hours of residents and Marshal Johnson was ordered to look after and abate the nuisance, and to look into the sanitary condition of the dairy of Mr. Goeble.
Bills to the amount of $422 were presented, on motion were ordered paid after which the Council adjourned until the next regular meeting to be held September 12.
Mute relics of a tragedy—suicide or murder, who can tell? A mystery wrapped in the impenetrable shroud of time—were found in a heap of human bones on the side of Mount Zion near the entrance to Clear Creek Canyon last Thursday by two miners who were prospecting there. Beside the bones lay a rusty revolver with a discharged cartridge in its chamber. The skull was missing. In the clothing, which was in an advanced stage of decay, nothing was found that could lead to the identification of the unfortunate man that would unravel the mystery. H. A. Harvey and T.F. Halldorsen, both of Denver, were the miners who made the gruesome discovery. They notified Sheriff Walter Johnson and Coroner William Woods. The bones were taken to the mortuary. The supposition is that whoever it might have been went out into the solitude of the hills to find peace, and found it in a bullet.—Golden Republican
Died: Mrs. Anna Lintz, widow of the late Albert Lintz, died at the home of her daughter in Denver on Thursday, August 8th, 1929, at the age of 78 years. The family resided in this city many years, where Mr. Lintz conducted the post office store and was the leader of the Lintz Orchestra. She is survived by Edward Lintz of Denver, Harry and Fred Lintz of Bennett, South Dakota; Mrs. Mary D. Bush of San Francisco; Mrs. Mary Woods of Glorieta, New Mexico; Mrs. Bella Potsander of Wyman, Iowa; and Mrs. Rose Richards of Morrill, Nebraska. Funeral services were held last Monday in Denver, interment in Fairmount Cemetery.
120 years ago – August 18, 1899
Miss Emma Harris came up from Denver Monday morning on business matters, and to visit with relatives and friends.
Mr. J.I. Perkins, manager of the San Juan Mine, on Quartz Hill, returned Monday from a trip to Leadville and other camps in that portion of the state.
George McLeod and Albert Sears returned Monday from a short visit to Denver.
Mrs. W.H. Nicholls, of Chicago, and Miss Adelaide Nicholls, of Denver, arrived in Central Monday evening, and are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Nicholls of this city.
County Commissioner Ed. C. Hughes of Black Hawk met the deputy state engineer at the depot upon the arrival of the train Monday evening, and on Tuesday accompanied that gentleman over the new state road recently being constructed near Apex.
During the month of July, the Cook Mine shipped 70 tons of smelting ore of good grade and 3,500 tons of milling ore, which produced 540 tons of tailings, besides the gold retorts.
At the Rialto Mine in this city, the water is being handled in good shape, and is now 500 feet below the surface and if nothing interferes, the mine will soon be drained to the bottom. When that work is completed, the shaft will be sunk to greater depths.
Born: In Central City, August 13th, 1899, to the wife of Ellsworth Magor, a daughter.
Married: In Central City, August 12th, 1899, Henry B. Skews and Miss Rose L. Gilchrist, both of this city.
Married: In Black Hawk, August 16th, 1899, Rev. Father Desaulnier officiating, Mr. George Hoyt of Los Angeles, California, and Miss Lena M. Klein of Black Hawk.
Married: In Nevadaville, August 8th, 1899, Rev. J. F. Long officiating, Mr. Thomas White and Miss Mabel Richards.
Married: In Idaho Springs, August 13th, 1899, Justice Morris officiating, Mr. Henry Richards and Miss Mary O’Harra, both of this city.
Married: In Black Hawk, August 17th, 1899, Rev. J.A. McKay officiating, William M. Crossley and Miss May Backus, both of Black Hawk.
Married: In Central City, August 17th, 1899, Justice Hooper officiating, Mr. Gottfried Merz and Miss Maria Martin.
Died: In Black Hawk, August 11th, 1899, of consumption, Lawrence Anderson, aged 72 years.
Died: In Russell Gulch, August 15th, 1899, of dropsy, Abs. Mellow, aged 38 years.
Died: In Central City, August 16th, 1899, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Oxnam.
Died: In Russell Gulch, August 12th, 1899, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Barnabee, aged 1 month.
Died: In Central City, August 17th, 1899, of miner’s consumption, Thomas Cowling, aged 36 years.
Died: In Nevadaville, August 17th, 1899, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mayhew, aged 2 years and 3 months.
Died: John, the two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mayhew of Nevadaville, was so badly scalded Wednesday when he fell into a bucket of hot water at home that he died from the effects of the burns the following morning.
Died: Clark P. Lewis, better known as “Tot” Lewis, lost his life Saturday evening above Eldora where he was employed by Quigley & Company at the saw mill which they operated. He was riding down on the tram line, on top of a car loaded with logs, when he lost his balance and fell under the cars, which cut off both legs, resulting in his death later that evening.
151 years ago – August 20, 1869
John Q. A. Rollins had 12 stamps dropping in his mill at South Boulder, crushing ore from the Gold Dirt and May Lodes.
Considerable activity was reported in prospecting in the Peck Gulch section of the county, since Dr. Mann discovered the Surprise Mine, which turned 53 ounces gold per cord from the surface workings.
The corps of teachers for the coming school year in Central City, were H.M. Hale, principal; Miss Lizzie Stuart, intermediate department; and Mrs. Roy, primary.
The donations for the new hotel were within one thousand dollars of the total amount required.
Snow fell to a depth of five inches in this immediate vicinity on Friday.
Benjamin Woodbury returned from the East the first of the week, where he had gone to purchase the iron works for the penitentiary.
The county commissioners levied the taxes for the coming year as follows: For county purposes, 10 mills; territorial, 5; school, 2; and roads, 2; making a total of 19 mills on the dollar. As the total assessed value of the taxable property of the county was $2,600,000, the total revenue to be obtained was $49,400.
Married: Peter C. Johnson of this city was married in Denver to Mary Seymour of Aitchison, Kansas, on August 15th, 1869, by Judge Taylor.

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