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30 years ago – August 10, 1990

The countdown for laying 60,000 square feet of sod at the Gilpin County School football field began last Saturday at 8 a.m. In order to obtain the best results and keep the sod fresh and green, the job had to be completed in 48 hours, said Outdoor Ed Director Larry Beissel. And, thanks to the many volunteers who showed up, the enormous job was completed on Sunday, right on schedule. Students, teachers, school employees, neighbors and members of the Army Reserve “Delta Dawgs” pitched in to complete the football field, a job started in June by the Dawgs, who spent two weeks here at that time. Although the Dawgs weren’t on duty last weekend, they showed up to see the job through to completion. The sod was delivered on six flatbed trucks, and cost the school $6,600. It was supplied by Emerald Sod Co., the Denver firm that takes care of the sod at Mile High Stadium. In fact, Gilpin County’s field is covered with the same blend of five varieties of bluegrass, along with fescue for drought and wear resistance. Only three home games are scheduled for the county his year, said school administrative assistant Gracie Mangrum, in order to give the turf time to become established. The Eagle varsity football team meets Westland her at 1:30 p.m., September 22; homecoming will be played against Faith Christian at 2 p.m., October 6; and the junior high team will face Strasburg on October 13, in a morning game at 9:30.

The picturesque cabins that lend their charm to the old gold camp of Apex will be allowed to remain, according to a recent decision by the U.S. Forest Service. Eight of the town’s early cabins are built on what is now Forest Service land, and the agency was considering the buildings torn down. Instead, however, the land—approximately 20 acres—will be sold to the cabin owners, allowing the structures to remain where they have been since the early mining days. Sale of the land falls under the Small Tracts Land Act, which allows the government to sell federal land in certain instances. In its decision to sell, the Forest Service noted that the cabins are part of the town’s history, and said that no higher or better use of the land has been identified. Sale of the land to private owners also puts that property on the tax rolls of Gilpin County. Ted Brott, living in a cabin built by his grandfather before the turn of the century, is delighted with the outcome. “It’s great! It’s wonderful!” he exclaimed last week in a phone conversation with the Register-Call. Transfer of the land culminates years of work on Brott’s part to obtain ownership of the house that is a part of his family heritage.

The Social Register:

Died: Joe Ann Turner Comer died July 22, 1990, at her home in Stoneville, NC, after a short illness. Born November 10, 1933, in Golden, she was the daughter of Jack and Flora Turner. The family moved to Black Hawk when Joe Ann was in first grade. She attended school in Black Hawk through the eighth grade and graduated from Gilpin Count High School in 1951. She attended the school’s reunion last year. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Black Hawk, and at one time attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Central City. Jack and Flora Turner, Joe Ann’s parents, started the Little Colonel Mine and Trading Post in Black Hawk. Surviving are husband Robert Comer, daughter Michelle Lester, sons Robert and Barry Comer, mother Mrs. Flora T. Bronson o fMorrison, and sister Mrs. Jane Wildman, also of Morrison.

Died: Libeus Barney, a resident of Robinson Hill Rd. in Gilpin County, died at his home July 30, at the age of 80. He was the son of Bishop and Virgie (Duncan) Barney. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. During World War II, he was employed by Pratt-Whitney and traveled worldwide repairing airplane engines. Following the war, he lived in Alaska and worked as a commercial fisherman and gold miner. He later was self-employed in the investment industry. He is survived by his sister, Lucile Barney of Denver, and many nieces and nephews. Services were held August 3 at Woods Chapel in Golden. Cremation followed the service.

Died: Charles Russell Scheufler, 66, died at Porter Memorial Hospital in Denver, July 31. Born January 2, 1924, in Great Bend, KS, he was the son of Ludwig and Lena Scheufler. He was a member of Calvary Temple Church in Denver. He was employed as a salesman in real estate. In June 1954, he married Lucille Hangee in Drayton Plains, MI. The couple resided on Highway 46 in Gilpin County. Funeral services were held August 4 at Woods Chapel in Golden. Burial was held at Dory Hill Cemetery. In addition to his wife Lucille, he is survived by his son, Jonathan Schefler of Aurora, his sister, Lillian Schroeder of Chancellor, SD, and two grandchildren, Kendall and Andrea.

Died: Born in Gilpin County on September 5, 1904, Milton Llewellyn James died July 28, at South Monaco Care Center in Denver. He was 85 years old. The son of Thomas Henry and Dora Ellen (Bray) James, he was senior claim adjuster for the Colorado State Compensation insurance department. He is survived by his wife, Verona (Allen) James of Denver, and his nephew, Omer Griffin on Denver. Services were held August 2 at Olinger Drawing Room on Magnolia Street in Denver. He was buried at Fairmount Cemetery.

60 years ago – August 19, 1960

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: Isolationism, as promulgated some years ago, might have turned out better for this county, than the system of butting into other countries’ business and trying to make “one world.” The African upset is only to be expected. Some men in this country want to start at the top instead of working up to as position where they will be ready to take command. Europe has been fighting ever since history began and is now spreading to Africa. Nobody can agree. The uneducated want to throw out the people who have sacrificed their own welfare and made the other fellows’ country profitable, a country which at the time was infested with head-hunters—the survival of the fittest was the law of their land. Preaching peace and brotherly love to people who are just a shave above cannibalism is akin to teaching trigonometry to kindergartners. Understanding is lacking. Probably the best plan for the world is to keep out of trouble of other people and let them fight and kill each other. Europe has had centuries of fighting in spite of pleas for peace by the Pope. Cuba is another example of divergence. A bad dream is often better than no dream, so keep dreaming. Bachelor’s wives and old maid’s children are always perfect, and they enjoy freedom, but freedom is something that requires protection and newly independent nations are prone to abuse the privilege.

The fire truck was called to the “Lost Gold Mine” on Eureka Street Tuesday morning, as a precaution for a leaky safety valve on the Butane tank. The valve was allowing the gas to run on the ground and it was necessary to obtain repairs from Evergreen. The gas was taken from the tank and repairs rapidly made.

90 years ago – August 15, 1930

Mrs. Arnold Meyer and daughter, from Cumberland, Iowa, is visiting her mother, Mrs. Sandell, of this city, and friends and enjoying the cool mountain breezes.

Mrs. Fred Pinkus was over from Rollinsville, the first of the week, on business matters, and to visit with friends.

Messrs. John R. Hoskin, James Hoskin, Jess Greer, William Richards, Chester Ogborn, James Hoskin, Jr., George S. McCreary, Thomas Shearer, and Charles Albernatha, all of Littleton, Colorado, motored up from the valley Saturday afternoon, to attend Masonic doings at Nevadaville that evening.

Dr. William Mark Muchow, accompanied by a number of stockholders in the Chain O’ Mines Company, arrived from Evanston, Illinois, on Sunday evening and spent the week looking over the property and enjoying cool mountain weather.

Mr. and Mrs. John Turner are in Central City this week, getting their house furnished preparatory to moving there for the winter, when John will supervise the building of a mill for the Ute Mining Company, which has recently taken over the Pittsburgh and Notaway Mines.

120 years ago – August 17, 1900

Mrs. William Mitchell left on Sunday for Ouray, Colorado, to visit there this week, during the session of the Knights of Pythias and Rathbone Sisters.

Miss Emma Harris came up from Denver Monday, to attend to business matters and visit with relatives and friends.

Miss Bernice Bacharach, after a visit with her father, Sol. Bacharach of this city, returned to Colorado Springs Saturday.

Billy Lamont and Fred Ballard went out to Dory Lake last Friday on a fishing trip. Their horse got away from them and they lost their can of worms, and they returned to Central disgusted at their bad luck.

A deed conveying the Carr Mine on Bobtail Hill to George Paget Walford, of London, England, for a cash consideration of $40,000, was filed in the clerk and recorder’s office on Monday, and the money was distributed to the seven owners: Joseph Gredler, Mary and John Heim, John Krell, John Leitner, John Egger, and Isaac Bacher, on Monday.

Born: In Central City, August 5th, 1900, to the wife of William T. Bennallack, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, August 13th, 1900, to the wife of R. Bowden, a son.

Born: In Nevadaville, August 5th, 1900, to the wife of W. Grenfell, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, August 11th, 1900, to the wife of J. McKibben, a son.

Born: In Nevadaville, August 12th, 1900, to the wife of W. Furze, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, August 14th, 1900, to the wife of G. Jenkins, a daughter.

Married: In Black Hawk, at the residence of the bride, August 15th, 1900, Rev. J.F. Coffman officiating, John Griffin, of Central City, and Miss Nellie Sweeney, of Black Hawk.

Died: In Nevadaville, August 14th, 1900, of miner’s consumption, William Oates, aged 61 years.

151 years ago – August 19, 1870

George F. Turner, the expressman, offered to sell a fine span of work horses.

Henry M. Teller returned from a three weeks visit in the East, and was given a cordial welcome home.

Alexander Cameron cleaned up 101 ounces of gulch gold as the result of six days work with 16 men in his gulch claim on Clear Creek below Black Hawk.

The firm of Herman H. Heiser & Co. with Herman H. Heiser and William McLaughlin as partners, was dissolved, the former continuing to carry on the business.

The Colorado Stage Company, composed of F.A. Clark, F. Newton Bogue and Robert Spottswood, had bought out the Mountain Stage Line, plying trade between there, Georgetown, and Denver.

The fall term of St. Paul’s parish school opened on Monday. Tuition was $10 per term. Joseph M. Turner was rector and Miss Mary King teacher.

Married: In Central City, August 16th, 1870, by Rev. T.F. Dickinson, at the residence of the bride’s brother, Mr. William Nicholson, Mr. Peter S. Gleig and Miss Jane Nicholson, both of Central City.

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