Turning back the pages

30 years ago – November 23, 1984

Gilpin County Treasurer Virginia Starkey collected $5,051 in bonus bids at the delinquent property tax sale held on Monday. The total amount of taxes collected at the sale was $51,107. Starkey stated that there were 43 registered bidders who signed up for the sale. Approximately 50 people altogether were in the audience. In two and a half hours, 154 parcels were sold to the highest bidders. There were a total of 29 people who bought property at the sale. Owners of land have up to three years to redeem the tax certificates and reclaim property. Purchasers of tax certificates that are redeemed receive the amount of tax paid for the property, including interest and fees, plus 18 percent per annum. Bonus bids are funds for the County, the amount over and above the amount of tax which is due.

On October 27, Deputy Dan Bartkowiak of the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department investigated a report of a mutilated cow located off of Highway 119. After investigating the incident he noted that the cow was mutilated, parts of the animal were removed, two legs were broken, and the animal may have been shot several times. A similar incident was also investigated by Bartkowiak on August 31. A resident reported that two cows were mutilated, two cows were injured, and 10 cows were missing. Undersheriff David Martinez began suspecting the existence of a cult due to the mutilations and parts of the animals being removed. Lack of information or knowledge about the subject of cults prompted Martinez and Deputy Bruce Hartman to attend a seminar sponsored by the Boulder Police Department on the subject of Rocky Mountain Cults and Sects. After attending the seminar, Martinez is excluding the possibility of a cult being involved in the most recent incident. The Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department is requesting information from anyone with information about either of the incidents.

By Janet Davis: Honest, the people at the Register-Call have not gone bonkers this week. Though we do wish you a happy Christmas season, it is not the reason for the green color of the newspaper. It’s like this. Labor unions in the Canadian paper mills were on strike for several months. The people are back to work now, and our local paper supplier was just sure that we would have our newsprint this week. That would have worked out rather well since we used the last of our supply last week. Unfortunately, the paper is somewhere between Canada and Denver. At one time several weeks ago, it looked like we might end up with orange paper this week, but someone else got that. So much for our special Bronco edition. The choice we did end up with was either green or pink. You can see what we chose, although it wasn’t much of a choice since John George, our pressman, mentioned something about refusing to print on (yech!) pink. The latest word from Denver is that our newsprint (regular old white) will absolutely, positively, no doubt about it, be on the delivery truck Monday. However, when you get next week’s issue, don’t be surprised at anything off-white.

Gina Stephens, a senior at Gilpin County high School, has been selected as the Elks Student of the Month for October, 1984. She is the daughter of Doug and Sandy Mills. In addition to maintaining a 3.0 grade point average at the high school, Stephens is a member of the Pep Club and is on the school newspaper staff. She also works part-time at the Golden Rose Hotel in Central City. The Student of the Month program is sponsored by the Elks Lodge No. 557 of Central City. Selection is based on academics and extracurricular activities, and is made by members of the school staff.

On Wednesday the 7th, Channel 4 TV showcased Central City on the Colorado Heritage series which airs with the 5 p.m. newscast. Even though Leo Maguire did the interviewing and video tape, Linda Farrel provided the narration.

60 years ago – November 26, 1954

By Fred Thomas: “Procrastination is the thief of time.” I remember that old proverb from my grammar school days, and it so often applies to my particular problem, the problem of filling this space with words, that it actually frightens me. It’s so easy to tell one’s self that he has had a hard day, or that there is nothing to write about, or the type-writer ribbon is beyond repair, or a dozen other equally week excuses. Offering one’s self such excuses is bad enough, but to accept them is even worse. Like tonight, for instance: there really isn’t anything to write about, but my conscience refuses to listen to apologies. What’s the expression? Something about the “Devil quoting Scripture?” I am reminded of the boy who cried “wolf” just to see the wood-cutters rush to his aid wielding their gleaming axes. Laughing gaily, he tried it again and yet again. Finally, the wolf actually came but the woodsmen, thinking another joke was in progress, remained on their jobs and the boy was devoured. So it is with Central City’s gleaming new fire truck: dashing about the town, with siren screaming, frightening people out of their wits, not knowing whether there actually is a fire, or another “dry run.” It’s unlawful to turn in a false alarm in the city, it should work both ways; it should be unlawful to falsely alarm the citizenry by “practicing” with an expensive piece of City equipment.

Notice: All motor vehicles must be weighed before the 1955 plates will be issued. Receipt bearing the number and the name of a certified weigher must be presented to this office. A list of the State Certified weighers will be available at this office upon request. Signed Barbara Galbraith, County Clerk & Recorder.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto M. Blake were in Denver Monday night to attend the Golden Wedding Party at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. They had a wonderful time and returned home on the Tuesday evening’s bus.

The benefit dinner at the Gilpin Hotel last Saturday was a huge success. The Catholic ladies of St. Mary’s Church are grateful to all who assisted at this affair. The cedar chest went to Mrs. Melvin Blake. Congratulations, Donna.

Mr. and Mrs. Eiven Jacobson arrived last Tuesday from Jackson, Wyoming, for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Robins.

Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Belcher recently sold their house on Gregory Street to Joe and Barbara Matson, who formerly lived near Chicago, but will now make Black Hawk their home.

Mrs. Alice McKenzie and Mrs. Donna Blake attended a wedding shower for Gladys Nelson, Tuesday, which was held at the home of Mrs. Snyder, in Nederland.

Mr. Tom Miller and Miss Beverly Pallaro were united in marriage last Sunday, November 21st at St. Mary’s church by Father Potempa. The bride was attended by Mrs. Elizabeth Branecki of Black Hawk. The groom’s man was Jimmie Collins, also of that city. The bride was dressed in floor length gown of satin and lace, and carried an orchid on her prayer book. Both are well and favorably known to the people of Gilpin County and the Register-Call joins with their numerous friends in wishing that their journey over the matrimonial seas will be free of shoals and breakers and a happy and pleasant voyage to the ends of time.

Mrs. Gertrude Gray attended the Grand Eastern Representative Club of the Eastern Star in Boulder last Tuesday and attended the luncheon at the Boulderado Hotel. Mrs. Gray is Secretary of the Colorado Club and also represented the Grand Jurisdiction of Ohio.

Your reputation is what people know about you, and your character is what they don’t know.

90 years ago – November 28, 1924

The pioneer bore being driven from the west portal in the Moffat Tunnel passed the one-mile mark Friday. The pioneer tunnel being driven from the east portal has reached 6,256 feet under James Peak, having passed the one-mile mark several weeks ago. That means that a total of 11,536 feet of the pioneer tunnel has been completed. This is 36 percent of the entire length of the smaller tunnel. Drilling on the east portal has progressed more speedily than at the west tunnel because much of the drilling on the eastern side has been through hard rock, which does not require timbering. The western section of the tunnel is being driven though streaks of alternate hard and soft rock, making timbering necessary. Work on the entire Moffat Tunnel project is slightly ahead of the time schedule originally set for driving the big bore.

We happened into a Julesburg house the other day and saw a motto that read: “What is Home Without a Mother.” And we wondered, what is the matter with dear old Dad? He gets up early, lights the fire, hurries to work and keeps working all week. Saturday comes and Dad settles with the butcher and the grocer and kicks the wolf from the door for another week. If there is a noise at night, it’s Dad who has to get up and hunt the burglar or chase the chicken thief. If there is company and a little extra to feed, Dad is the one who draws the neck for his part of the chicken and never grumbles or complains. And when skies get dark and rents and taxes fall due, the whole family turns to Dad, knowing he will find a way out. There are no mottos for Dad, Lord bless him, but he doesn’t need them. He knows that mottos won’t keep the family from getting hungry nor lift the mortgage from the room. He knows that he will get his reward in the future, and that’s why the world chisels his virtues on a tombstone instead of framing them and hanging them in the sitting room.

Mr. and Mrs Shad Reid returned on Thursday last from a trip to California, where they visited with his brother at Elciento, Calif. They also stopped off at Los Angeles where they met the Mabee family Mr. and Mrs. Barker. Miss Margaret Grutzmacher and brother found them all pleased with California. The rainy season was on while they were there, which was a great relief after the long dry spell. Both enjoyed the trip and Mr. Reid says if fortune favors him he intends to have a winter home in Pasadena, Calif.

Messrs. Geo. S. Hewes and Archie Gray left for Black Hawk on Saturday to spend the weekend.

W.J. Maxson came up from Golden on Saturday accompanied by Mr. S. Reid and Mr. Oinatles, a mining engineer from Denver. Mr. Maxson and friend returned the same day.

Mr. R. R. Demeter, of Denver, arrived in Central on Thursday evening of last week to look after property and mining interests.

Miss Minnie Frey, returned Thursday evening of last week from a visit to the state capital.

W.O. Jenkins and wife left last Friday morning for Boulder and took in the Boulder-Agricultural college football game.

Louis Carter and mother left for Denver Friday morning on a short visit with relatives, returning home Saturday evening.

Attorney James M. Seright was a passenger to Denver Friday morning of last week on legal and business matters.

Miss Florence Mills who is attending a business college in Denver came up last week to spend Thanksgiving with her parents and numerous friends.

Miss Margaret Light returned last Thursday from a visit of several days in Denver.

90 years ago – November 23, 1894

Colonel G. C. Bryan, of Hailey, Idaho, owner of the Red Elephant Mine, a prominent lead producing property of Idaho, asks interested mine owners to join in a suit against the associated smelters to recover the difference between the true price of lead day by day and the fictitious price fixed by brokers of the national lead trust. He is willing to make a test case on his Red Elephant sales and has figured that the amount he can justly sue for is nearly $20,000.

Through a hurried trip made last Saturday, north of the this city, the following items relating to the county’s chief industry were gathered: Developments of the Old Kentucky Mine in Hawkeye District is going on a the engine shaft, the machinery recently erected doing its work in an efficient manner. An adit on the vein to cut the same at a depth of 900 feet has been inaugurated which is being driven in a northeasterly course from Silver Creek. At the Manhattan, situated in Stewart Gulch, the recent strike made in the lower west level is giving a splendid showing. At Wide Awake, foot of Tip Top Mountain, Messrs. W. H. Cochran and Daniel Procunier are developing properties owned by them. The Douglass 20-stamp mill is not being run at present.

Frank C. Loring, of Spokane, Washington, was a caller at this office on Monday last. He was returning from a trip east, and accompanied by his daughter came up to Black Hawk on a short visit to his sister Mrs. H. L. Grenfell.

Hans Koffod, “The Prince of Denmark,” as he was familiarly known by the residents of Gilpin County, packed his trunk and left on Monday morning last for his old home in Denmark, where he expects to pass the balance of his days with relatives and friends.

Miss Edna May, eldest daughter of Lieutenant Governor-elect J.L. Brush, was married Thursday the 15th at the family residence in Greeley, to Mr. C.L. Lester, of Denver.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh A. Campbell, who spent last week with Denver friends, have returned. Our friend Hugh A. says that the Republican jubilee held there a week ago Monday night was a “big thing on wheels or on foot.”

Among others in the first of the week from Vermilion District was Mr. Alfred Wettstein, who is preparing to resume work on the Surprise Lode, one of the best developed and most promising veins in that district.

Miss Lettie T. Fowler and the Misses Lulu and May McCracken, of Greeley, are in the city visiting friends. They will remain here until after Thanksgiving.

Mr. J.D. Meredith, a prospector who is working a prospect in Little Hamlin Gulch, west of this city, this morning fell from a section of ladder in the Phoenix Lode and was badly bruised about the head and shoulders. He was taken to his residence on Fall River and a surgeon from Idaho Springs is in attendance. A defective rung in the ladder was the cause of his misfortune.

Died: In Russell Gulch, November 17, Henry Crowe, aged 25 years. Deceased was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, as also the American Order of Foresters. His remains were buried Sunday in the Russell Gulch cemetery.

Died: In Brighton, November 15, Frank J. Wood, aged 55. For many months past Mr. Wood had been slowly sinking and when he left here some weeks ago for a lower altitude, few expected to see him in life again. He was accompanied by Mrs. Wood who remained by his side until his death. The remains were brought to Georgetown for burial. Mr. Wood was one of the early pioneers of Colorado.

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