Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – September 15, 1989

Cold weather plagued this year’s annual Fire Fighters Muster, held last Sunday in Black Hawk, and participants and spectators alike made good use of the chili and hot chocolate served up by the “Wrec” Center volunteers. Grousing about the weather aside, everyone enjoyed the day. Even though the temperatures were low, spirits were high as last year’swinning department, Colorado Sierra, held onto its first place standing in a tie with High Country. Only one mishap marred the day. Black Hawk’s Ken Woodring and Jayo Genter got blasted in the face with a powerful surge of water while connecting hoses to the Black Hawk pumper. Woodring was knocked to the ground, Genter was lifted to continue the competition. Even with the loss of precious time, Black Hawk managed to come in ahead of Central City’s team. Although Idaho Springs and Coal Creek Canyon were expected to participate, neither department showed up. Next year’s competition, it is anticipated, will include additional departments.

Tom Wagner of Mountain Bell Telephone came to a sudden stop on Church Street. After reviewing the scene, it became apparent quickly as to the cause of the sudden ceasage of motion: unstable ground yielding to the weight of his truck. Fortunately, only one tire of his service truck embedded itself in the Black Hawk Street, which crosses the old tram tunnel used in the old days for ore haulage. The tunnel passes directly beneath the street and one wrong move could have resulted in Wagner and his truck at the bottom of the underground passageway. Marko Lah showed up with his Black Hawk Conoco tow truck and proved up to the touchy task at hand. The stuck truck was carefully and successfully extricated, to the great relief of Mountain Bell’s insurance carrier.

The Social Register:

A progressive farewell party will be held in honor of Janet Davis and Kenn Fader, who are departing Gilpin County “for someplace with rain,” says party organizer Lew Cady, who also extends an invitation to all of Kenn and Janet’s friends to attend Saturday’s festivities. The party will start at the Gold Coin Saloon in Central City at 6 p.m., Saturday, September 16, and will progress to “many of Kenn and Janet’s favorite bars,” Cady reports. Show up. Make Kenn and Janet feel bad about leaving this great place!

Died: Gustave Samuel “Gus” Rudolph, long time resident of Gilpin County and well known to many Gilpinites, died September 11th, 1989, at Clear Creek Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was 95 years old.  Born April 19, 1894, to William Frederick Rudolph and Jenny Lelia Singer in Black Hawk, he lived most of his life in Gilpin County and always referred to it as his home. He lived in Houston with his wife Pearl for the last few years, returning to Gilpin in the summer months. The Rudolph Ranch, founded in 1878 by his father, was owned and operated in later years by Rudolph. The ranch was honored at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo last year with a Centennial Farm and Historic Structures Award. Rudolph was present for the ceremony. Rudolph served in the U.S. Army during World War I, and he was later one of the original workers at the Moffat Tunnel. He was a 65 year member of the American Legion, Post 166 of Central City, and a 50 year member of the Black Hawk Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Pearl Rudolph of Houston; two nieces, Ruth McGrew of Fort Collins, and Gladys Pounds of Idaho; stepchildren Paul G. Bennet and Frank Bennett of Colorado, Ellery Bennett and Hazel Marie Gleason of California, and Evelyn Fonteno, Helen Corley and Buddy Butler, of Texas; and numerous grandchildren. Services will be held today, Friday, September 15, at 2 p.m., at Woods Mortuary in Golden. Members of the Black Hawk Masonic Lodge No. 11 AF&AM will conduct the service. Interment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery, with military rites performed by Central City’s Cody Thomas Post 166 of the American Legion.

60 years ago – September 25, 1959

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: After the turn of the year when “Good Will Toward Men” has sort of faded into oblivion, the two major political parties will begin gnawing at each other’s throats, the main objective of course being to land their respective candidate in the White House. The Democratic controlled congress seems determined in a spending spree to unbalance the presidential proposed budget and sensational newspapers pick on one of two congressmen who had the guts to vote for principle rather than politics. In overriding the veto on public spending it means an additional $800 million of taxpayers money, 67 of the projects having no appropriation provided for. Everybody wants taxes cut but “not in my territory.” When the campaign really gets underway the public will be treated, if precedents can be relied on, to a dog-eat-dog sample of demagogueism. Most every organization has its Judas Iscariot and one who bites the hand that feeds it. That’s the manner in which nature made the manner in which Nature made man and, if it were otherwise, life might become boresome. Just as Nature made water with its good and evil qualities—float ships and turn wheels, so it will also drown us. Nature, too, endowed man with good and evil. Man’s highest attributes are summoned into action by making moral choices and he shouldn’t rely on the statutes or coercion to make him good, but the 30 pieces of silver, in one form or another, often o’er shadows his better judgement. So-o, whoever votes to cut the taxes is in imminent danger of having his throat cut during the campaign.

Married: Miss Carol Ann Albers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Albers of Idaho Springs, was united in marriage on Sunday, September 20th, 1959, to Donald Miller, son of Mrs. Rose Miller of Central City. The double ring ceremony was performed at Mass services a St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Central City by Father Francis Potempa. The bride was married in a white lace and taffeta wedding gown with fingertip veil. She was given in marriage by her brother, James Albers. Her bridesmaid was Gladys Miller of Central City, sister of the groom. Best Man was Thomas Miller, brother of the groom. A reception followed the ceremony at the Elk’s Hall. The wedded couple left for a short honeymoon trip and will make their home in Idaho Springs. Miss Albers is a graduate of Idaho Springs High School with the class of 1959. Mr. Miller attended school in Gilpin County and completed service in the U.S. Army in 1957. He is now working as chef at the Hidden Valley Café.

90 years ago – September 20, 1929

Judging by his diplomatic rough work at The Hague, Mr. Snowden does not propose to be snowed in, or perhaps we should say, snowed under.

Mr. W.O. Jenkins and wife left Sunday for Alamosa, Colorado, on a visit with their son Walter and wife and to spend a couple of weeks in the southern portion of the state and New Mexico.

Gustave Kruse left for Denver Tuesday, to take in the annual session of the Masonic orders, which are in session there.

Joe Hesselbine, wife and son, accompanied by Mrs. John Loughran and daughters, Mrs. Peter Mackin and Loretta Loughran, came up from Denver Saturday morning, on a visit at the old home, returning during the afternoon.

Cream Cheese in Sandwiches, by Nellie Maxwell: Neufchatel or cream cheese is used in both the rolls and fancy sandwiches, among other tasty things. Rolled sandwiches are spread with cream cheese mixed with finely chopped watercress, generally speaking. Chow chow, chili sauce, or any other desired pickle mixture might have been used with the cheese in place of the watercress. Another good spread for these types of sandwiches, suggested by the bureau of home economics, United States Department of Agriculture, consists of equal parts of soft cheese, chopped olives, pimentos or green peppers, and nuts. Any two of these may be used with the cheese. Add salt and a little lemon juice if liked. The bread for rolled sandwiches should be fresh and elastic in texture, so that it will not crumble or break when rolled. Spread the sandwich mixture on the cut end of the loaf, and then with a very sharp knife, cut off the thinnest possible slice, roll it up, and trim the ends. Use cutters of fancy shapes such as hearts, clovers, stars, and others for any flat sandwiches. In spreading for flat sandwiches, do no put filling too near the crust or parts likely to be trimmed off. Any different chopped vegetables may be worked into cream cheese, seasoned, and used for sandwich spreads. Some of the best liked are parsley, watercress, lettuce, spring onions, chives, radishes, cucumbers, and celery. Onion or lemon juice may be included in the seasoning. These mixtures may also be used in the form of balls or stuffing for green peppers or celery to accompany salads.

120 years ago – September 22, 1899

The first snow storm of the season fell on the surrounding mountains on Friday night.

Mr. Robert C. Johnson returned from a business visit to Denver on Wednesday morning’s train.

Mrs. A. Ashbaugh and Mrs. W.J. Lewis, were passengers to Denver on Monday last.

Frank C. Young came up from Denver on Tuesday evening’s train to look after business affairs in connection with the Gunnell Mining Company.

Mr. W.W. Yeager, a member of the Pueblo Rifle Club, and one of the best rifle shots in the state, is in the city, with the intention of opening up a shooting gallery in one of the vacant rooms on Main Street.

A turnout something out of the ordinary passed through this city on Monday, bound for Denver, via Black Hawk. It was a small covered wagon, drawn by six large dogs, driven by Mr. E.C. Blandy, of Brainerd, Minnesota, who started from that place two years ago for the Pacific coast, and who is now on his way to New York. His wife drove a little burro, in a diminutive looking cart. The novel turnout attracted not a little attention, especially from the children of this locality.

Mitchell, Cundy, and Bell, operating the East Nottaway Mine in Lake District, are opening up the property in fine shape and will soon have it ready for a large production. In sinking a winze between the 170 and 250 foot levels, they passed through a nice body of ore, showing considerable free gold, and in sinking this winze a distance of 75 feet, two men took out enough ore to pay the expenses of the eight men employed in the mine, for the month. The east 250 foot level is in 110 feet, and shows a crevice five feet in width with a smelting streak 18 inches in width. Enough mill ore is taken out daily to keep a battery dropping in the New York Mill, which is returning 3 ounces gold to the cord, and the last smelting ore shipped was settled for at $147 per ton.

Born: In Black Hawk, September 18th, 1899, to the wife of Thomas Kofford, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, September 18th, 1899, to the wife of D.J. Smith, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, September 19th, 1899, to the wife of Fulgenz Panz, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, September 19th, 1899, to the wife of J. Battiste, a daughter.

Married: In Central City, September 21st, 1899, at the residence of the bride’s mother, Rev. J.F. Coffman officiating, William Mackenzie and Miss Isabelle Oates.

Died: In Black Hawk, September 18th, 1899, George A. James, aged 65 years.

Died: In Black Hawk, September 19th, 1899, O.S. Ellison, aged 39 years.

151 years ago – September 24, 1869

The California Mine on Quartz Hill was having 100 cords of ore crushed in the Black Hawk mills, which was returning 13 ounces gold to the cord.

The crevice in the bottom of the Pleasant Valley Mine was 8 feet in width and was averaging 7 ounces gold to the cord in the stamp mills.

The school board voted to employ Miss Randolph as a fourth teacher in the public schools.

Married: In Nevadaville, September 22nd, 1869, J.W. Ratliff, justice, officiating, Peter Holland and Mrs. Barbara Weisenberger.

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