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30 years ago – May 24, 1991

Saturday, May 18, was the kickoff day for a new Gilpin County Historical Society venture. Starting Saturday, May 25, and continuing through September 2, Coors is sponsoring the Central City Walking Tour, which will be held daily from noon until 5 p.m. The tour will begin at the Teller House Gardens, where tickets may be purchased for $3 for adults. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. The tour group will be escorted up Eureka St., wind around St. James Methodist Church, and continue east on High St. to Clark Annex. Descending the stairs to Lawrence St., the tour will go south on Spring St. to Nevada St. and continue on Burion to Pine St. The tour ends up at the Teller House Gardens. The tour includes history of public houses and businesses, which will be highlighted by the guides as well as the city’s history and well-known pioneers. Group rates and advance tickets will be available at the Gilpin History Museum, the Golden Rose Inn, and the Teller House tour desk. Coors Brewery of Golden, is sponsoring the tour in cooperation with the local historical society. Coors has had a longstanding connection with the Gilpin area. The very first distributor of Coors, back in the 1800s, was Black Hawk. In recent years, Coors has sponsored many local events, one of the most popular being the Central City Jazz Festival.

Mid-morning on Tuesday smoke from old Engine No. 71 was once again curling towards the sky, bringing curious passersby up the hill. Floyd Cothran was on hand, who was the mastermind behind the restoration of the old steam engine. His wife Marie was also there, complete with railroad cap and a big smile. The Cothrans love Central City, and the train. When asked to fire up the engine for the International Association of Museums they were more than happy to oblige. The Association made the request so they could see how the steam operates the locomotive. Also, the Travel Agents Pow-Wow in Denver wanted to see the train up and running. Of course, the train cannot be moved down the track until legalities are worked out. The old engine can still be fired up though, and Floyd says, “She’s running good.” Marie Cothran says it’s going to take a lot of help from people that care to get the train back on track. Floyd Cothran is 80 years old, and steam engines are the love of his life. Originally from Shawnee, OK, his family owned a coal mine there. In the winter of his ninth year his whole family came down with pneumonia. Floyd was the only one who didn’t get sick. There was a bad cold spell in Oklahoma that year, and Floyd stayed in the mine to keep the steam boilers going so they wouldn’t freeze. Neighbors brought him food so he didn’t have to leave the mine. One of his first jobs was working on steam thrashers in Kansas for the wheat harvests. One year he rode a thrasher from Enid, Oklahoma, to Canada, harvesting wheat the whole way! Floyd’s railroad career started with the Missouri-Pacific line in Van Buren, Arkansas. He then moved on to the Denver-Salt Lake Railroad, and used to run from Phippsburg to Craig, also known as the Moffat Line. After some time on the Denver-Rio Grande, Floyd moved on to the Burlington-Northern, where he worked until retiring in 1973. On Tuesday, and Wednesday, with some help from his friend Stan Maury, Floyd was doing what he does and loves the best. Under his skilled hands old Engine 71 was running like a champ.

60 years ago – June 2, 1961

Central City Nuggets:

Mr. and Mrs. Bud Edwards and children, from Manitou Springs were dinner guests of the Haynes on Sunday evening. Pastys were served. The meal was decidedly unusual, insofar as Gee did the cooking and a delectable dish of pastys was served which is decidedly a Cornish meal rather than one of an Italian origin. However, either a “Cousin Jack” pasty or Italian spaghetti prepared by Gee would be most delectable.

One of the lamp posts adorning the front door of the Teller House, was torn down Tuesday night, and left lying on the street. These posts are made of cast iron and are antiques and can only be replaced by the expenditure of much money. It was torn down shortly after ten o’clock and ripped from its foundation, and apparently was the work of two or more vandals. The law enforcement members of the City were busy at the upper end of Main Street and had no knowledge of this depredation. It is our hope and prayer that those responsible for this uncalled for “prank” be apprehended and convicted and made to suffer the maximum sentence that a Judge could give them.

The Ladies Auxiliary at St. Paul’s will meet Thursday evening, June 8th, at 8 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Earl Quiller.

Married: Mrs. Margaret Scott Karl and Mr. Joseph C. Marra were married Thursday, May 25th, 1961, in Denver by Judge Mitchell C. Johns. Mrs. Marra is the daughter of Mrs. John C. Jenkins Jr., and the late Mr. Walter E. Scott Jr. Mr. Marra is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Marra of New Haven, Conn., and is associated with the James Sudler firm of architects in Denver. They will make their home in Denver.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Mr. and Mrs. Gus Hoins and daughter, Stephanie Lawrence were in town last Wednesday. The Hoins’ are enroute home to Vancouver, Washington, after spending several months in Florida.

Mrs. Hilda Cooper, just home from Texas, had a painful accident last Monday, resulting in bruises and a broken leg just below the knee. She was working in a terraced flower garden when she stepped backward and fell some distance. A friend Ruby Morrison called the ambulance to take her to Idaho Springs for treatment.

Mrs. John Turner went to Lakewood Sunday to visit relatives and also see a doctor about a lame back and knee.

90 years ago – May 29, 1931

Dr. Slater took Peter Westman to a hospital in Denver Saturday where he could have care and attention while recovering from a serious illness.

Joe Kimball, Jr., and family left Wednesday morning for California, where they will make their future home.

William Woods, county coroner and Golden mortician, is recovering steadily from a slight stroke of paralysis, which he suffered about ten days ago. He is able to be out of bed and about his apartments.

Marshal Robert C. Johnson and his assistants have been busy during the week removing the rubbish which has accumulated during the winter, and been cleaned up by individuals on their premises, and the work done has aided greatly in the appearance of streets and alleys.

The Blazing Arrow Tribe of Redmen have absorbed their tribal lodge at Black Hawk, and on Wednesday, Great Sachem B.B. Wright and Jake Winkels went over to close the lodge and remove the equipment. Black Hawk Redmen have not held a meeting for two or three years. They had considerable equipment in the way of banquet dishes, etc.

Died: Peter Sweeney, one of the early characters of this county, passed to his reward at the home of a brother in Longmont, May 18th, and was buried there Wednesday. About 48 years ago, Mr. Sweeney located in the Alice mining camp, staking and filling on a number of mining claims, and has lived their continuously summer and winter until last fall, when he came to Idaho Springs on account of failing health. During the latter part of the winter, Mr. Sweeney’s brother from Longmont came up here and took him to Longmont. Long ago, when Alice camp was designated as Silver City, Mr. Sweeney was known as the mayor of Silver City, and when the name was changed to Alice the title changed, and in later years he has been called the mayor of Alice. He lived in his cabin there and became monarch of all he surveyed in a way, and visitors to that camp were sometimes made to feel that they were not so welcome, especially if Mr. Sweeney didn’t like the looks of them. The pioneers are passing, and in the death of Peter Sweeney, Clear Creek County loses another of the old timers who helped to make a colorful and lasting history. –Idaho Springs Journal

120 years ago – May 31, 1901

Mr. Reuben Morse spent a few hours in this city the first of the week visiting friends.

Mr. W.O. Jenkins and wife returned Wednesday evening, after an absence of several weeks spent at Victor, CO where he looked after his interest in the Eagle sampling works.

Forbes Rickard returned Wednesday after spending several months in Mexico, examining mining property for eastern capitalists.

Mrs. Mackay, wife of Rev. A. Mackay, of this city, who left here several weeks ago on a visit to Scotland, has arrived at her destination after a stormy passage across the ocean.

Master Rae Laird was taking lessons on ranching at Herbert H. Nichols’ ranch near Mr. Pizgah, this week. He was most successful in driving the geese to water and “shooing” the cows into the corral.

Bobtail Hill is quite an active mining center in the county, with such properties as the Cook, Fisk, O’Neil, Carr, Chicago-Carr, Puzzle, Nemaha, Dump, Americus, Peck & Thomas and others working full blast, employing a large number of miners, and all helping to make up the general heavy tonnage of the camp.

Sinking is being carried on at the Fisk Mine with three shifts of miners and about 55 feet of the 100-foot lift has been completed, which, when finished, will make the shaft 1,200 feet in depth. Manager Stockbridge says there is a nice crevice at the bottom of the shaft, and all indications are that the ore chute is coming into the shaft. In this big, consolidated group of the Fisk, Cook, Gregory and Bobtail properties, there are over 100 men employed, and the daily average is 60 tons.

Born: In Denver, May 28th, 1901, to the wife of H.A. Hicks, a son.

Born: In Central City, May 24th, 1901, to the wife of Ed. Jones, a son.

Born: In Central City, May 19th, 1901, to the wife of Sherman McCallister, a son.

Born: In Apex, May 29th, 1901, to the wife of Clarence P. Richards, a daughter.

Born: In Black Hawk, May 30th, 1901, to the wife of Otto Scheffler, a son.

Married: In Central City, May 30th, 1901, Rev. S.A. Webber of Nevadaville officiating, William James Richards, of Nevadaville, and Miss Edith Murley, of this city.

Died: In Central City, May 27th, 1901, Romadi, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Enami, aged 2 years.

Died: In Central City, May 24th, 1901, Florence, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Climo, aged 1 year.

Died: In Black Hawk, May 25th, 1901, of pleurisy, Rufus Batchelder, aged 80 years.

Died: Pifranio Pancheri, an Austrian miner, was killed at the Grand Army Mine this Friday morning. The fatal accident took place between 2 and 3 o’clock when he went back to his work in the 900-foot level to get some powder and caps. It is supposed that he let some hot grease drop into the box of caps which caused an explosion of some 10 to 15 pounds of giant powder. The unfortunate man was blown to pieces, only the trunk of the body being found, the rest of the body was scattered against the walls in every direction. He was 21 years of age, single, and had no known relatives in this country.

151 years ago – June 2, 1871

  The town of Idaho was to be known as Idaho Springs in the future.

Charley Welch, of Golden, was a visitor to Central on Tuesday. He has a six-mile contract to grade in the canyon end of the Colorado Central Railroad and expects to have it completed to bring it to Guy Gulch in November.

Some very fine specimens of crystallized gold from the French Lode in the Illinois Central District, were shown at Chaffee’s Bank.

Joe Harper, after sinking through 180 feet of cap rock in the California Mine, had opened up a fine body of ore in the shaft.

Messrs. Bennet, Gray and Root were reported to have struck it rich in the Kansas Mine, in Nevada District.

Married: At Minersville, Pa., May 9th, 1871, Mr. Alex Cree, of Georgetown, and Elaine Welser, of Minersville.

Married: At Central City, May 28th, 1871, Rev. B.T.  Vincent officiating, William Fuller and Miss Emma T. Stevens, both of Central City.

Died: In Central City, May 27th, 1871, William A Whiting, aged 62 years.

Died: At the Rollins House, Rollinsville, May 29th, 1871, of pneumonia, Miss Sarah Southworth, aged 29 years.

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