Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – November 17, 1989
Rollinsville’s own Martha “Grandma” Logan marked the passing of a century on Thursday, November 16, and is just as sprightly as ever. Born in czarist Russia, she crossed land and sea with her parents, ending up in Rollinsville, the town she has called home ever since, in 1933.
Floyd Biles, a 1985 Gilpin County graduate, was seriously injured November 6, while driving an all-terrain vehicle near Loveland. A friend who was with Biles at the motocross track where the accident occurred did not witness the mishap, but discovered Biles after it happened. Biles was transferred out of intensive care at McKee Medical Center in Loveland on Sunday, said his sister, Jeanne Biles. Surgery was performed on his cheek. He sustained head injuries and a fractured rib. There has been some swelling of the brain, Jeanne said, resulting in damage to his right side. Doctors are not yet sure when Biles will be released from the hospital, but predict he will be unable to return to his job as a computer operator at IBM for at least a year. His parents, Thelma and Floyd Biles, Sr., are former Gilpin County residents now living in Texas. Floyd and his wife Mary live in Longmont, where she is expected to give birth to the couple’s first child sometime this week. A fund has been established to help defray the massive medical costs facing the young couple. Contributions may be sent to the account of Floyd and Mary Biles, Nederland National Bank. Checks should be marked as donations, said a spokesman of the bank.
The Social Register:
Many Gilpin County veterans of World War II attended the school’s Veterans’ Day celebration last week. Army veteran Eiven Jacobson fought in the European Theater, Herb Hahn was wounded in the south of France, and Charles Wings was in the South Pacific with the Army Air Corps. Navy men included Alan Baird, Norman Blake, Jasper Smith, and Warren Snyder. Serving in both the Navy and the Army, Herb Bowles was stationed in South Africa and the Caribbean. Howard Evans, Air Force, spent time as a prisoner of war, and served in the Pacific. Other WWII veterans include William Ewing, David Hollingshead, Raymond Sandau, Emile Smit, and Vern Terpening. Women of Gilpin County who served in World War II include Esther Campbell and Ruth Prudhomme, both of whom were Navy nurses. World War II veterans were singled out for special recognition at this year’s ceremony.
Last Saturday 130 railroad operators from all over the U.S. visited Central City, where they rode the Black Hawk-Central City Narrow Gauge Railroad. Attending a convention in Denver, the group also planned to ride the Georgetown Loop and the Silverton-Durango train.
Noted Israeli cellist and composer Elishka Spitzer will perform at the Golden Rose, weather permitting, Saturday, November 25. The Tea and Classics program includes several local musicians as well. The event is part of the Wintershire Festival.
Died: David Berkowitz, formerly a violist with the Central City Opera, died at Cornell-New York Hospital on September 28, at the age of 76. Berkowitz was recognized by the Metropolitan Opera Association for 50 years of service, the longest anyone has served with the association. He joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1936, retiring in 1986, at which time the association dedicated a performance of The Marriage of Figaro to his memory. He was a winner of the New York Philharmonic Scholarship prior to joining the Metropolitan Orchestra, and was a member of the Chiles (later called Oxford) String Quartet. Berkowitz was violist for the Central City Opera in the 1950s. He was an Honor Member of Local 802, and Lifetime Member of Local 20-623 in Denver. He is survived by his wife, Flores Soyer; three children, Lynn, Robert, and Phebe, who is executive stage director of the Metropolitan Opera Association; and a brother.
60 years ago – November 27, 1959
Central City Nuggets:
Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: Probably one of the most unique methods of selling a mining property will take place on Saturday, November 28th, at 2 p.m., room 510, Mining Exchange Building, Denver. At that time, the American Sisters, consisting of 19 patented claims, will be offered to the highest bidder, no strings attached. The property is located adjacent to the Joe Reynolds Mine, an old property, near Lawson, Clear Creek County. The upper workings are inaccessible at present, but a cross cut from the Reynolds is open. The Princess of India is on the other side of the hill, open, and a tunnel almost cuts the American Sisters. The property is owned by the United Utilities Co., an out-of-state concern. The veins, most of them two feet or more wide, run heavy in lead, silver, and with some gold.
Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Gray and Mrs. Frank Daugherty enjoyed the hockey game in Denver on Sunday.
Died: Mrs. Amelia Taylor, aged 95 years, died last week in Colorado General Hospital in Denver. She was born in England and came to American when a small child. Later, after her marriage to D.W. Taylor, they made their home in Black Hawk where Mr. Taylor was the depot agent for the C. & S. Railroad for many years, and later was transferred to Fort Russell, Wyoming. She was an aunt of Earl Quiller, of this city. Funeral services were held Tuesday in Denver, with interment in the Knights of Pythias Cemetery in this city. She is survived by Mrs. J. F. Kriley, Canyon City, Colorado; Mrs. Fred Anderson, Mrs. A. H. Shaw, Denver; Do. O. Taylor, Alameda, California; grandmother of Raymond F. Stevens, Denver. She is also survived by seven nieces and nephews. She was a member of Eastern Star Chapter at Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Black Hawk Gold Dust:
Mr. Edwin M. Gage, with his nephew and family from Pueblo, were in town Thursday and Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Beehler of Grand Junction, and their daughter, Mrs. Wm. Klum, and two children of Denver visited Mrs. Luella Fritz on Monday. In the afternoon they drove to Central City to look over the old home town. Mrs. Beehler was Myrna Davis before marriage.
Mr. George Anderle is in St. Anthony’s Hospital receiving treatment for a cardiac ailment. His many friends wish him a speedy recovery.
Fred Mattivi and Ed Hermanson, City work crew, are busy laying a new sidewalk on the corner above the hardware store and also building new steps from Church Street to High Street.
90 years ago – November 22, 1929
Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Ziege left for Denver on Thursday morning, where the former will visit a dentist and have some of his molars removed.
“Nick” Johns was taken to Denver Tuesday morning, to see his physician and get medical treatment.
Attorney Leroy J. Williams and wife came up from Denver on Saturday evening, while the former attended to business matters, returning home Sunday afternoon.
Mr. J. M. Tippett, superintendent of the mill of the Chain O’ Mines Company in this city, has been confined to his home by a severe cold and a slight attack of pneumonia.
120 years ago – November 24, 1899
The Register-Call reporter saw seven men leaving Nevadaville early Sunday morning for the Dory Hills action of the county in quest of rabbits.
N.L. Eby and wife, of Russell Gulch, left on Wednesday for Iowa, where they will visit with relatives.
Ed. W. Williams was up from Denver on Tuesday, looking after his various mining and business interests.
George Voll was judged insane on Wednesday afternoon by a jury before Judge Flor Ashbaugh of the County Court. Last August, he suffered a stroke of apoplexy, which left his right side partially paralyzed, and of late he has threatened to harm his family. Sheriff Mitchell left with the unfortunate man for Pueblo, on Wednesday afternoon.
Sheriff William Mitchell, of the East Nottaway Mine in Lake District, shipped 6 tons of smelting ore last week, which carried 48 percent copper per ton, besides the gold and silver values.
Manager William Nicholls, for the Robert Emmett Mine, received a gold retort during the week, weighing 60 ounces, the product of 15 cords of mill ore treated in the mills at Black Hawk. The last shipment of smelting ore from this property returned $197.50 per ton.
Three shifts are working in the Freedom Mine on Winnebago His, extending the East and West 500 foot levels. The level running towards the Rialto Mine is being actively pushed, as Manager Hoskin is desirous of making connections with that property for ventilation purposes. Some smelting and mill ore was shipped last week, as test lots.
Before leaving for Telluride, Colorado, on Monday last, Mr. A. L. Collins, the manager, gave orders to build at entirely new shaft house over the main shaft of the Hidden Treasure property, instead of waiting until spring, as had at first been decided upon. The main building will be 24.5×108 feet with an addition of 10×77 feet, for the boulder room, coal bins, and water tanks. The 1,400 foot level going west has opened up a big body of ore, and shipments are being maintained. The shaft on the Hidden Treasure is 1,600 feet deep, a lift of 98 feet having been sunk to make connections with the California 1,700 foot level. At the California Mine, work is being pushed in clearing up the debris caused by the late fire, and the new plant ordered for this property will soon be shipped and placed in position. Mr. R.M. Jessup has been appointed assistant superintendent, and with John Prouse, mine foreman, and John Hannigan, superintendent of construction, the operation of this group of mines is in good hands.
Born: In Central City, November 20th, 1899, to the wife of John O. Dobbin, a daughter.
Married: In Central City, November 16th, 1899, Rev. J. F. Coffman officiating, Mr. Still McQueary and Miss Maud Case, both of this city.
Married: In Nevadaville, at the residence of the bride’s mother, November 22nd, 1899, Rev. S.A. Webber officiating, Mr. Eugene Veldran, of Greeley, Colorado, and Miss M. R. Nankervis, of Nevadaville.
Died: In Black Hawk, November 20th, 1899, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Jones, aged 4 weeks.
Died: In Central City, November 22nd, 1899, of pneumonia, Mrs. Martha Bill, aged 52 years.
151 years ago – November 26, 1869
Snow was reported as being two and one half feet in depth in the Pine Creek section of the county.
Sheriff Rogue was over from Georgetown Saturday, and estimated the damage caused by the late tornado at $50,000, most of which would fall on poor people.
A wind storm in Denver Sunday forenoon did damage amounting to $25,000.
Mosley & Ballard had rented Germain’s large barn at Black Hawk, and were fitting it up for a carpenter shop.
Buddie and Sullivan were working the Margaret Glean Mine, on Clear Creek, and had received returns of 4 ounces gold per cord for a 15 cord lot.
A meeting was called for Monday evening for the purpose of organizing a fire department, and steps were taken to organize an incorporated fire company under the territorial statutes, which was to be named the Central City Fire Company No. 1. The capital stock was fixed at $5,000, with shares at $5 each.
Captain J. S. Cook, of Mill City, was seriously injured in an accident on the down coach from Georgetown on Wednesday, near Masonville. He was thrown from the driver’s seat, and is not expected to survive his injuries.
Died: In Central City, November 25th, 1869, Miss Kate Lorenzen, aged 27 years.

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