Turning back the pages  

30 years ago – August 24, 1990

Work is progressing at the Coeur d’Alene Mine under the direction of the Inactive Mine Program of the Mined Land Reclamation Division. The historic shaft house, which was felled by neglect and wind in November 1986 is receiving some long overdue care. On Tuesday afternoon, the bracing for the headframe was raised and bolted back in place over the main shaft. This shaft, from which ore was raised, lies adjacent to a second shaft which was used as a manway by the miners who descended into the mine’s workings. “Both shafts are completely capped now,” said MLRD Reclamation Specialist Jim Herron, who was instrumental in getting the Coeur d’Alene restored. The capping involved a lot of work and cement, Herron said, and the shafts no longer pose dangers for passerby. The shafts are now secured by cement and timber to a depth of 20 feet. Each shaft is approximately 350 feet deep. Tuesday’s project was completed by Ramstetter Excavating of Golden, hired by the MLRD to raise the headframe. The mine building is being reframed as well. The frame should be completed by Labor Day, Herron predicted. Once the framing is complete, Herron hopes to enlist local volunteers to help reconstruct the walls and roof of the building. A lot of tin siding and other material has been donated so the Coeur d’Alene can be restored to its former picturesque state. The property is owned by the Gilpin County Historical Society. It was donated to the society several years ago by the Central City Opera House Association, which had owned it since the late 1940s. The historical society has been pursuing grants for complete restoration of the Coeur d’Alene. Preservation of the mine building is one of the many projects underway in the county by the historical society. The future of the building is already looking brighter. The society is planning to turn the structure into a mining museum for the enjoyment of all.

60 years ago – September 2, 1960

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: The empty vessel makes the greatest sound, so says Uncle Ed in comparing some political speeches with others of the same tenor. And Filter Tip Drive used to be Tobacco Road so one can see how rapidly changes are performed in these atomic times. Ed used to take pleasure in discussing various problems with an old friend who took lodgings for rain or shine under green bedclothes in ’49. His friend went to business school, but it didn’t produce much of anything in a business way except once in a while “rustling.” He was caught one time red-handed and for punishment was asked if he had ever kissed the hind end of a mule. The rustler said no, but he had always wanted to. So it is with politics—after one has kissed the wrong mule.

Mrs. Louis Carter returned last Friday from a Hawaiian vacation and reports a very enjoyable trip.

Close to one hundred members of the American Legion and the Auxiliary were in attendance at the annual picnic held at the Rudolph Ranch last Sunday. The crowd was congenial, the beer and pop ice cold, the steaks were tender, the corn on the cob most mellow, and the pies delectable, making the afternoon one long to be remembered.

George McLaughlin and son were up from Denver last Saturday visiting with relatives and numerous friends.

90 years ago – August 29, 1930

Mr. S.E. Rodda, of Los Angeles, California, and his sister, Mrs. E.A. Nicholls, of Wideacres, near Golden, motored up from Denver Saturday, on a visit at the old home and with friends of early days, and made this office a pleasant call. Mr. Rodda is an engineer with the Pacific Telephone Company in Southern California located in Los Angeles, and this was his first visit to Central City in thirty-five years. He and his brother R.R. Rodda, had charge of the telephone exchange in this city for several years back in the 1890s, going from here to Aspen to take charge of the exchange in that city.

Mr. Albert Strehlke, of Meeker, Colorado, called at this office on Monday last, his first visit in thirty-five years. He was born in Mountain City, and his father was in the mercantile business in this city, in the early days While here, he went down to Mountain City and was successful in locating his old home, where he spent a portion of his boyhood days, and he noted the many changes which had taken place since he left here.

Attorney Leroy J. Williams and wife came up from Denver Friday evening, the former to attend to business matters before the county court, while the latter visited with friends, returning home Sunday afternoon.

Attorney James M. Seright left for Denver Tuesday morning on business matters, returning home late that night.

Married: In Georgetown, August 23rd, 1930, Father Walsh of the Catholic Church officiating, Edward H. Blake, of Black Hawk, and Miss Leah Flynn, of Central City. The young couple are very well known to the residents of Gilpin County, both having been born and raised here, and were accompanied to Georgetown by the bride’s mother, Mrs. L.J. Flynn, Miss Luella Flynn, Miss Ruth Miller and Otto O. Blake, the latter two from Black Hawk. The bride wore a stunning gown of white satin, delicate green satin slippers, with costume jewelry to match. The bridesmaid, Miss Luella Flynn, wore a lovely gown of orchid taffeta and tulle, with orchid slippers and jewelry to match. The party returned to Black Hawk at 4 o’clock and enjoyed a delicious dinner which had been prepared by the groom’s mother, Mrs. Harry Blake, and thirty guests were served. The wedding cake was lovely and very elaborate, and was decorated with a miniature bride and groom. The guests insisted on taking the newly wedded couple for a “buggy ride” through the streets of Black Hawk and Central City, much to their embarrassment. Immediately after the buggy ride, the couple left for Denver, where they were surprised by a party of friends at the entrance to the Denver Theatre. The couple will make their home in Central City. That the young couple may spend a long and happy future, is the wish of their many friends.

A Joke: Thieves, the other day in a nearby state, stole an entire bungalow, which might be one way of lifting a mortgage.

120 years ago – August 31, 1900

Mrs. Fred Neumeyer went to Denver Monday to make arrangements for moving her household goods to this city, where they will make their future home.

Mrs. Henry Becker, who had been visiting relatives and friends in Denver, returned home on Monday evening’s train.

The public schools in Russell Gulch open on Tuesday, with Mr. Price as principal, and Misses Jenkins and Richards as teachers.

Postmaster Charley Wagner, of Russell Gulch, accompanied by his niece, Miss Wagner, of New Richland, Minnesota, who had been visiting here, left Wednesday morning for the latter place, where Mr. Wagner will spend a week, afterwards going to Chicago, to purchase a stock of fall and winter goods.

A birthday party was given Saturday at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Flagier, in honor of their little daughter, Miss Della. Her guests were Miss Hanna Carlson, of Denver, Miss Florence Quintrall, of Russel Gulch, Misses Nellie Anderson, Florence and Gertrude Morgan, Emma and Janie Bray, Anna and Viola Warwick, Lucille Bloomer, Lillie Pressler, Nettie Nichols, Mannel French and Anna Thompson, and Masters George Thompson, Charley Pressler and Irvin Nichols.

Miss Carrie Morse, daughter of Postmistress Morse, of Nevadaville, was taken down on Friday with a mild case of smallpox. The Morse residence was quarantined at once and no mail was delivered. Saturday, Reuben Morse arrived from Florence, Colorado, and took charge of the post office for his mother and will remain in charge until his sister is out of danger.

Two shifts are employed at the Rialto Mine, on Lawrence Street, in this city, and the working force now numbers 20 men, who are working under the management of Mike Harrington. Work is confined entirely to the 600-foot east level, where there is a crevice four feet in width, all of which is sent to the stamp mills. Daily shipments now reach five chords, or between 40 and 45 tons, which is hauled by wagon to the mouth of the Bates Tunnel, where it is loaded into cars and afterwards hauled by the electric motor to the new mill of the Boston & Denver Company.

Born: In Black Hawk, August 8th, 1900, to the wife of L.E. Walden, a son.

Born: In Russell Gulch, August 28th, 1900, to the wife of Peter Grebb, a son.

Born: In Quartz Valley, Central City, August 30th, 1900, to the wife of George Mertz, a son.

151 years ago – September 2, 1870

  Parties who were working in Clear Creek near the toll gate at Black Hawk were taking out considerable coarse gold, 56 pennyweights was the weight of the largest nugget found.

There were by actual count 1,319 inhabitants in Grand Island District, Boulder County.

A petition was sent to the postmaster general at Washington asking that a mail route be established between Central City and Grand Island Districts, with a post office at Caribou and also one at South Boulder. The petition was signed by A.B. Clapline, P.J. Werley, W.A. Martin, R.S. Haight, S. Sanders, W.F. Sears, Leo Donnellyy, P.W. Pearce, Sam Conger, T.J. Oyler, W.B. Jenness, Thomas Mullen, H.M. Orahood and several hundred others.

Hal Sayre was surveying at Brown’s Ranch, the site of the new town in Grand Island District.

Hugh Butler and Thomas H. Potter were appointed to receive subscriptions toward the funds needed by the Central and Middle Park Wagon Road Company, for the completion of the road from the summit of James Peak to the foot of the western slope.

The census of the county, just compiled by Mr. Couldon, gave a total population of 5,484, divided as follows: Central City, 2,364; Black Hawk, 1,068; Nevada, 973; in the county, outside of towns, 1,079.

Married: In Central City, August 27th, 1870, Rev. Demster Chase officiating, Mr. Charles Clarkson and Miss Mary A. Bysong, both of Quartz Hill.

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