Turning back the pages

30 years ago – May 17, 1991

The old 1860 jail exhibit has been virtually gutted during the preparations to transform it into a casino named Annie Oakley’s, though at this point the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang might be more apt. Plans include adding a second story to what is presently the only one-story structure on Main Street in Central City. Though Central City’s building moratorium is no longer in effect, projects like this one must be approved by the city’s Planning and Historic Preservation Commissions, and the city building inspector.

The fire that started Monday night was still ablaze and growing in Golden Gate Canyon Tuesday. Winds gusting from 35 to 40 miles per hour on Tuesday caused a 10-acre controlled fire to blaze out of control. By Wednesday, the fire had scorched 100 or more acres. The first firefighters to arrive at the location had to hike three miles to get to the fire, located about two miles east of the Gilpin Countyline off Golden Gate Canyon Road. A caterpillar was brought in to make a more accessible route to the area. A very large herd of deer was seen north of the blaze. There were no houses close by. As of Wednesday morning the fire was still shifting, but did not pose a threat to Gilpin County. Late Tuesday afternoon, Jefferson County put in a call for help from High Country and Colorado Sierra fire departments. They were pulled out late Tuesday night. At 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning Colorado Sierra sent five firefighters and High Country sent in four, plus one truck. It was estimated at this time that more than one landowner’s property may have been in jeopardy. The exact cause of the fire is unknown, although it may have been caused by lightning. Mother Nature took over mid-morning on Wednesday with a combination of snow and rain; the fire was extinguished by Wednesday afternoon.

60 years ago – May 26, 1961

Central City Nuggets:

Three transformers owned by the Chain O’ Mines Company in Nevada Gulch were entirely destroyed by fire Monday afternoon, when lightning struck in that vicinity. The transformers were of a step-down type on the line carrying 12,000 volts for use in the various parts of the property. Black clouds of smoke billowed over the city, and the city’s fire truck was called to the scene. Due to the fact that no fire hydrants were in that vicinity, the location being above the level of the water reservoir, at the top of Eureka Street, it was necessary for the fire truck to make several trips to the head of Main Street to replenish the supply of water used, as the capacity of the truck is only 500 gallons. The transformers were set on a concrete foundation, and in order to smother the flames, it was necessary to tear them loose from their foundations and pull them into Nevada Gulch, where a bulldozer was employed in covering the burning oil, and within a short time the fire was under control. The transformers were owned by the Chain O’ Mines Company, and loss was estimated at close to $10,000.

Don Bowen, of Ely, Nevada, apparently having indulged in too many quaffs of “mountain dew,” missed the turn leading to the dump grounds, in front of the Daugherty residence, Sunday afternoon, and dropped into a ditch alongside the road, causing damage to the car of about $400, but he sustained no injuries. He was lodged in the county bastille, but was released to his sister after a couple hours meditation on the evils of John Barleycorn. He is cited to appear before Justice of the Peace Addyman on Saturday.

Born: A son, named Mark Thomas, was born to Mrs. Don Mattivi Monday, May 15th, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver. The Mattivi family now consists of three sons and a daughter. Congratulations.

90 years ago – May 22, 1931

George Morgan was over from Greeley on Friday last, on a visit with his brother, Evan and family, and also friends.

Mrs. Robert Wilkinson was in Denver during the week, visiting relatives and friends.

Frank Hepburn was over from Mount Harris, in Routt County, Sunday, on a short visit. He said all the coal mines at that camp had closed down and a big force of men was without work.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Williams were visitors to Denver Monday, the former to attend to business matters.

Mr. and Mrs. McFarlane chaperoned a party of some 25 Denver residents to this city on Sunday last, who spent the day taking in the sights, visiting the Opera House, and enjoying themselves in various ways. At the Opera House the lights were turned on, showing the stage just as it was when the last picture show, under the management of the late Peter McFarlane, was presented. The visit of this party was to inaugurate a plan to open the theatre and present a play festival, to last a week, and according to plans, would consist of performances of plays, which were presented in the first years after it was dedicated on March 5, 1878. The Opera House is now controlled by the heirs of the late Peter McFarlane. Those who were here Sunday were Miss Elizabeth Spaulding, Miss Marion Hendric, who was born in this city, when Mr. Hendric was at the head of the firm of Hendric & Bolthoff and operated the machine shop and foundry in this city; Mrs. Charles M. Kessler, Miss Anne Evans, daughter of the late Governor John Evans, the first Territorial Governor of Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hanington, Mrs. Roblin Davis, daughter and two sons; Miss Caroline Kruse, of New York City; Professor Lulbke, of the Denver University; Mrs. Oliver Toll, Miss Elizabeth Chase, Miss Olga Cosgriff, Mrs. Beals and son, Mr. and Mrs. Allen True, Mr.  and Mrs. Morrison Shafroth, Burnham Hoyt, Walter Sinclair, director of the University Civic Theatre, and Andrew Reiber.

By a certificate granted on Tuesday last, by the interstate commerce commission, of Colorado, the Colorado & Southern Railroad will be permitted to abandon the narrow gauge line between Black Hawk and this city, a distance of three and one-half miles, and we presume that the railroad officials will soon put on a force of men tearing up the tracks between this city and Black Hawk.

Died: Dr. William Shultz. Undertaker George Hamllik informed us Thursday morning that Dr. Shultz, who had been in a hospital in Boulder for some time, passed away Wednesday, over 80 years of age. The doctor was a resident of this city for a number of years, and was the only physician in the county, leaving here a couple of years ago for Nederland, where he resided until health conditions resulted in his removal to the hospital in Boulder. Deceased was a very pleasant and agreeable citizen, and his many friends in Gilpin County will be surprised to hear of his death.

120 years ago – May 24, 1901

Mrs. Emma Marlow returned Monday evening from a two days visit with Denver friends.

Patrick McCann’s horse, attached to a buggy, made a flying trip from Quartz Hill to the office of the company adjoining the Teller House, on Wednesday afternoon, and during the run missed every vehicle on the streets, and did not do a cent’s worth of damage, but several teams and numerous people had close calls in getting out of the way.

Mr. Samuel Walter is in Denver recuperating from the injury received at the Cook Mine several weeks ago.

Colonel Overmeyer of the Second Regiment, Colorado National Guards, and assistant J.E. Johnson, assistant adjutant general, came up from Denver on Monday, to visit Company F of the National Guard, and to adjust matters.

Work was temporarily suspended at the California Mine on Monday and Tuesday, during the overhauling of the big plant of machinery.

Sinking is progressing rapidly at the Old Town Mine, with three shifts at work, and the shaft has now reached a depth of 550 feet. In the bottom there is a crevice six feet in width, and a good-sized vein has been showing for some distance. Stoping is being carried on in the 400-west level, where the crevice is four feet wide, and regular shipments of between 25 and 30 tons are made daily over the tramway to the Black Hawk Depot, where the ore is loaded in cars for shipment to the mills in Idaho Springs for treatment. The property is owned and operated by Messrs. Kimball and Mufher.

Born: In Central City, May 14th, 1901, to the wife of John Cerolini, a daughter.

Born: In Black Hawk, May 21st, 1901, to the wife of Arthur Penna, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, May 21st, 1901, to the wife of William Kirts, a daughter.

Died: In Black Hawk, May 20th, 1901, Eugene, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Jones, aged 18 years.

Died: In Central City, May 19th, 1901, Adeline, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bart Ebil, aged 1 year.

Died: On Dory Hill, May 20th, 1901, of miner’s consumption, T.J. Menbennet, aged 51 years.

Died: In Central City, May 19th, 1901, Fanny, wife of James Bennetts, aged 42 years.

Died: In Black Hawk, May 22nd, 1901, Anna, wife of D. DiPozzi, aged 38 years.

Died: In Russell Gulch, May 22nd, 1901, Elsie, daughter of Mr. and W. Manhire, aged 1 year.

Died: John Porter died at his home in Morristown, New York, on Tuesday, aged 79 years. In the early 60’s he was interested in mining operations in the county and built the big stone building in lower Black Hawk, which was used at one time as the depot station for the Colorado & Southern Railroad, for a stamp mill, but the machinery brought out from the East was never installed.

151 years ago – May 26, 1871

The Reverend J.P. Machebeauf, of Denver, conducted services at the Catholic Church in this city on Sunday.

The social given by the Congregational Church was held at the residence of Mrs. Samuel Cushman.

Henry M. Teller had proposed to the people of the city, that on receipt of $10,000, one-fourth down and the balance in three monthly installments, he would build a hotel building to cost not less than $30,000. The proposition had been accepted and the money required had been raised.

Professor N.P. Hill, head of the Boston & Colorado Smelting Company in Black Hawk, and Mr. Bayer, started for Salt Lake City the first of the week to examine the mines and ores of Utah with a view to the erection of smelting works in that territory.

Married: At Fall River, May 14th, 1871, by John Weasely, Justice of the Peace, Michael O’Heard of Idaho and Mrs. Nelly Simpson, of Iowa.

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