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30 years ago – November 24, 1989

In recommending approval for a special use request for a placer operation and removal of sand and gravel at the Blue Spruce Campground, the Gilpin County Planning Commission attached 13 stipulations to the request. The recommendation for approval was presentedto the county commissioners Tuesday by Margaret Jordan, chairman of the planning commission. The commissioners have not yet set a date for a public hearing on the special use request. The utmost consideration was given to residents who voiced concerns at an earlier public meeting, Jordan said. “A nine to 10-acre lake will be a tremendous boon to the county,” she said, praising the operation. The project is expected to last seven years, and will be operated by Bryan Adams, Jim Nobel, and Kurt Linn, none of whom are residents of the county. Operations will be conducted during the summer months. Gravel removed from the site will be used primarily for landscaping in Boulder and Thornton, said Jordan. “It is river run material,” she explained, with rounded edges, and unsuitable for road base. Lakes now on the site are the result of a 1930s placer operation, Jordan said, and once the new operation is completed, they will afford a prime location for recreation and leisure. A copy of the planning commission’s recommendations and stipulations for the special use permit is on file at the office of the county commissioners. It is identified as Blue Spruce (Sleeping Giant, Inc.).

The Social Register:

Soviet television journalist Svetlana Starodomskaya called the Russian Barbara Walters by the Rocky Mountain News, visited Central City on Monday. She wanted to experience the flavor of the old west and to see its heritage and traditions. Starodomskaya was given a tour of Central City, where she met gold miner Jesse Peterson, and Greg Moates, described by the News reporter as “a real-life replica of a cowboy.” Moates is a doorman at the Glory Hole Saloon, “a turn of the century style saloon,” The News writer bubbles. Starodomskaya reportedly called Peterson one of the most distinguished men she had met in the United States. Peterson appeared visibly pleased with the description, though he was shocked to read himself described as “a former Hell’s Angel,” a totally false claim, he says, and one he has never made.

Jan Jackson served a three course Greek dinner to Brownie Troop 448 and parents on Tuesday night. The dinner consisted of salad, spaghetti, garlic bread, water, grape Kool-Aid “wine,” strawberries, pound cake, knife, fork, spoon, toothpick and napkin. What’s Greek about that, you may ask. The menu listed each item—in Greek—and diners had to select four items for each course. Those who received silverware during the last course had an interesting dining experience, to say the least!

A microfilm copy of Tombstone Inscriptions of the cemeteries of Gilpin County through Oct. 31, 1977, compiled by Sidney T. Squibb, is available for research at the Genealogical Library of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon), in Salt Lake City, Utah. A second book covering burials by row, block, and lot should be available next summer. This second compilation contains a great number of additional unmarked burials, information of which was obtained from secondary sources.

Died: Emerson Buckley, former orchestra conductor for the Central City Opera, died November 17 in New York. Services were held Monday. An obituary will appear in next year’s paper.

60 years ago – December 4, 1959

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Cross Roads, by A.F. Mayham: What to give the wife for Christmas is a burning question with many and with others the wife relieves the situation. One wife came home the other day in a mink coat, and informed hubby that his troubles were settled and that she was winterized, thanks for the present. Then for him she had bought a nice moustache cup with large saucer as he still practiced “saucering” and blowing his coffee. The act of pouring coffee into a saucer is no mean feat, but there are those who are star performers at mealtime. Some, particularly Texans, leave the spoon in the cup all during mealtimes and it takes an artist from catching his sleeve on the protrusion and causing a mess. Some even remove their coat, roll up their sleeves, and go to work on a meal as though it was the hardest task in their daily round of petty annoyances. Knife in one hand and fork in the other, they shovel in the viands. A nice Christmas gift for those whose early training was neglected would be a book on etiquette, and then again “as the twig is bent so is the tree inclined.” It’s the little things in life that tell, said the gal as she dragged her kid brother out from under the sofa. Christmas and the holidays are each problems which have long since lost their import and become commercial enterprises. One of the most appropriate gifts that would be to have the president declare a year’s moratorium on taxes and a free market for gold.

Miss Marjorie Quiller and Miss Kathryn Eccker flew to Montrose Saturday to attend the Littleton-Montrose football game.

The grade school is planning a Christmas program for Tuesday evening, December 22nd.

Tommy Robb and Donald Mattivi are reporters for the high school Sluice Box and are busy acquiring news.

Mrs. Gladys Daugherty and Mrs. Maxine Gray are attending the Colorado Education Association Delegate Assembly meetings in Colorado Springs. They represent the local education group.

Born: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cryan are the proud parents of a daughter, born November 25th at St. Anthony’s Hospital, in Denver. She has been named Sandra Lynne. Grandparents Carl and Elva Skagerberg are quite jubilant over the arrival of their only granddaughter.

Married: Invitations to the wedding of Miss Barbara Bradshaw have been received. She will be married to Mr. John Rattunde on December 22nd in St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Paonia, Colorado. Miss Bradshaw taught music and art in the Central school last year.

90 years ago – November 29, 1929

Thomas Liddicoat and daughter, Mary, of Los Angeles, California, are on a trip around the world, and remembered the Register Call wile in Jerusalem with a postal card, on which was written: “We are in Jerusalem in the midst of all religious denominations and relics of former days. Many are yet living in the old style. We like Palestine immensely. We will arrive at the harbor of Los Angeles on January 7, on the steamer ‘Asomo Marie.’”

Dr. Muchow and a party of stockholders of the Chain O’Mines Company arrived from Evanston, Illinois, on Thursday of last week, and spent several days here looking over the mill and mines of the company, which are in steady operation with day and night shifts.

Died: Mrs. Rose McNicholas, a pioneer resident of Colorado, died in Denver on Thursday of last week, at the age of 73 years. She came to Colorado in 1870 and settled in this city, remaining here until 1914, when she left for Denver to make her home. She is survived by two sons, Richard McNicholas and Robert Fallon. Funeral services were held from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Denver, on Monday morning last.

120 years ago – December 1, 1899

William Woods, who was injured in the Puzzle Mine several weeks ago, came up from Denver the first of the week and is rapidly recovering from his injuries.

The second match between the Black Hawk and Central City riflemen for an oyster supper, took place at the Black Hawk rifle range last week, and was won by the latter team by a score of 511 to 503. The individual scores were as follows: Central City team—W.W. Yeager, 82; Charley Karns, 67; F.J. Altvater, 65; H.J. Sears, 61; A. Millett, 61; Dr. Asquith, 61; P. Alsdorf, 57; William Parenteau, 57. Black Hawk team—Henry Jacobson, 76; Peter Hansen, 72; G.M. Laird, 72; A. Grutzmacher, 64; Jerrt McCarthy, 61; W.H. Mallet, 61; Otto Hansen, 57; F. W. Ballard, 40.

James Eddy, who left Nevadaville a year ago and went to South Africa, is expected back about the first of the year.

The ore shipments from the Black Hawk Station off to the Colorado & Southern Railroad for the month of November, totaled 289 carloads, or 5,3477 tons, which is about an average of monthly shipments for some time past from this point.

Sinking operations will be commenced next week in the main shaft on the O’Neil Mine on Gregory Mountain, Black Hawk, from the 290 foot point, with the intention of sinking a lift of another 100 feet, and developments in the 200 and 280 foot levels will be contained at the same time. Daily shipments of three cords of milling ore are being maintained, and during the last month a shipment of 15 tons of smelting ore was sent to the sampling works. The property is being looked after by Mr. H.C. Eastman as superintendent, and Herbert Bowden as mine foreman.

Born: In Central City, November 24th, 1899, to the wife of Henry Peers, a son.

Born: In Central City, November 24th, 1899, to the wife Peter F. Sonne, a daughter.

Born: In Black Hawk, November 26th, 1899, to the wife of William Kirts, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, November 28th, 1899, to the wife of Charles Farrett, a daughter.

Born: In Denver, November 23rd, 1899, to the wife of William Jaynes, a daughter.

Born: In Apex, November 29th, 1899, to the wife of C.E. Fagen, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, November 30th, 1899, to the wife of Sam Hambly, a daughter.

Died: In Nevadaville, November 27th, 1899, of dropsy, Ozias T. Sparks, aged 63 years.

151 years ago – December 2, 1869

William J. Fuller, superintendent of the Bobtail Company, was severely scalded Saturday afternoon. While lifting a bucket of hot water from an exhaust pipe he slipped on some ice, throwing the hot water over his body.

As Charley Harker was cleaning out a battery at Bradley’s Mill in Russell Gulch, on Monday last, a stamp, which had been improperly fastened, fell and smashed three fingers so badly that Dr. Tolles found it necessary to amputate two of them.

Mrs. Tiffany and Miss Nichols left on the stage on Wednesday for the east.

Thirteen yoke of oxen, at the head of a couple of big wagons, arrived the first of the week with goods for Sessler & Sauer.

A gold retort weighing 500 ounces was left at Warren Hussy’s bank the first of the week, representing one month’s run on second class mill from the Briggs Mine.

Married: H.M. Howell, proprietor of the Guy House, had returned from the east with a bride, having been married to a Miss Lamb. The family editor of the Register said, in regard to the marriage: “Regarding him as a lion, we suppose the old prophecy must be fulfilled—the Lion and the Lamb shall lie down together, and a little child shall lead them.”

Died: William P. Leighton, of Black Hawk, died on Monday night from drinking a small quantity of a strong solution of cyanide of potassium. He was working in the Polar Star Mill, and went to the bench and took a cupful from the bucket, supposing it to be water. He had a wife and child living in Grant County, Wisconsin.

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