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30 years ago – November 30, 1984

A report was received by the Gilpin County Dispatchers office on November 21, regarding an accident on Rangeview Drive in Chalet Park Subdivision. The reporting party stated that the accident involved one of the Gilpin County RE-1 school buses and a Toyota pickup. The dispatcher was also informed that two people were injured. Upon arriving at the scene of the accident, Undersheriff David Martinez reported that “EMT’s were on scene.” After investigating, one injured party, the 17 year old driver of the pickup, received facial cuts and was “complaining of pain in her right leg.” According to the report, she was transported to Lutheran Medical Center in Denver by her mother. Neither the bus driver nor any of the approximately 28 children aboard the bus were injured. According to skid marks along the road (52 feet for the pickup, nine feet for the bus), it appeared that the driver of the pickup was driving on the wrong side of the road. School Superintendent Fred Meyers stated Monday that George Armbright, the driver of the bus, will continue to drive as he does not feel that Armbright was at fault.

The County of Gilpin met John Everett in court Wednesday, November 21, but the judge refused to make a ruling about Everett’s dogs. Neighbors have complained about the dogs barking. Estimates of how many dogs have been involved vary, but range between 18 and 37. The County is trying to get preliminary and permanent injunctions to have the animals removed from the Everett’s property at Golden Gate Canyon. Although District Court Judge Winston W. Wolvington did hear testimony from several witnesses, he postponed the remainder of the hearing until December 14. Wolvington told Everett to contact his lawyer, who was out of town on the court date, and explain the situation, because the court should not be delayed past December 14. County Attorney J.J. Petrock was against postponing the hearing, saying the situation needed “immediate” attention. Also, the County officials had six neighbors and two County officials on hand to testify. One couple had cancelled their vacation plans to be in curt. Wolvington agreed to hear the testimony of four of the witnesses. He will take their statements into consideration at the remainder of the hearing next month.

Three contestants participated in the 1984 Gilpin County Wintershire Teen Queen contest. The contestants were Cindi Jordan, Shannon Murphy, and the winner, Stephaine Lorenz. Merchants donated a total of $400 in prizes and contributions for the contest. Crowning the Teen Queen was held in the Golden Rose Hotel in Central City on November 24.

By Esther Campbell: You won’t believe what my dog Casey and I found on the top of Winnebago Hill the other day: a porcupine skin and part of the skeleton. Casey immediately started to sneeze. She is a smart dog because she remembers that painful episode several years ago when she tangled with a live porcupine in Chase Gulch. Poor dear, her little nose was covered with the sharp quills. According to the book called “North American Wildlife” by George Laycock, the porcupine belongs to the rodent family. The porcupine normally weighs 10-28 pounds. I wonder how the animal met its end because of all the sharp quills. If attacked it quickly turns its rump toward the attacker and flips the tail, leaving the quill embedded reminder of its defense. Some predators, including foxes, coyotes and bobcats have learned to flip the porcupine on its back and slash the unprotected belly, thereby killing it. Indians used the quills to decorate the skins, so I’ll save this one for my daughter to decorate her leather work. In the book “The Ways of My Grandmothers” by Beverly Hungry Wolf, she talks of the quill work done by the Blackfoot tribe. It is considered a sacred craft. They sometimes dye the quills for additional color. I think their shades of beige and black are sufficient for my taste.

60 years ago – December 3, 1954

William Zeckendorf, New York financier has made a gold strike under Courthouse Square, in Denver. He said “a strata of gold-bearing sand” was located beneath the square during soil tests for construction of a $35 million hotel there and that the salvage value was a final clincher in the decision to build. The gold revenue, he said, will make possible costly 44-cent per cubic foot excavation of the entire square, 65 feet to bedrock.

The Clear Creek County Metal Mining Association will celebrate the 95th anniversary of the discovery of gold in Colorado on Saturday evening, Dec. 5th at the Elks Lodge in Idaho Springs. John Hamilton Gregory was one of the party that made the discovery, May 6th, 1859. The discovery site is Gregory Gulch named in his honor. The coming event will be the 14th annual Jackson dinner of the Association and is also known at the Little Sowbelly dinner as a tribute to the Colorado Mining Association’s Sowbelly Dinner during the big mining convention in Denver early next year, Feb. 3, 4, and 5th. The dinner at Idaho Springs on Dec. 5th will be served at 6:30 p.m. and will be the usual gala affair with a real mining flavor.

The Avery Rick family drove to Yuma, Colo., to spend Thanksgiving with relatives.

Mr. John Anderle had his arm badly injured while working in the Black Eagle Mill, near Idaho Springs, last Saturday. He was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital, where he will be for some time.

Mr. Tom Collins and children ate turkey with his mother in Denver last Thursday.

Mr. Mike Cersick was here from California last Saturday and stopped for a brief visit with his old friend, Ray Klein.

Mrs. Lonella Fritz was in Denver with her daughter, Helen Howard and family for the Thanksgiving weekend.

The James Robins entertained at a family dinner last Thursday for Mr. and Mrs. Elven Jacobson and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robins.

The Auction Sale held at Jennie’s Hall Saturday night was fairly well attended in spite of the stormy weather and slippery roads.

The Otto O. Blake family invited for Thanksgiving dinner: Mr. and Mrs. Dick Branecki, Mr and Mrs. William Spellman, Mr. Ramon Smith, and Mr. Ed Miller.

The Rudolph and Grenfell families spent last Thursday in the City with relatives. Will and Linda Grenfell remained there until Sunday before returning home.

The Black Hawk School has been closed this past week due to the illness of the teachers. The Principal, Ramon Smith has been in bed with a severe cold and Miss English is in the hospital with pneumonia.

Visitors at the Calhoun Mine during the week were Steve Metzger, Karl Edwards, Bill Mergenhal, Dean Gregg, Kent Perry, Bob Barker and Wally Winters, all from the School of Mines.

Margaret Riss spent the Thanksgiving vacation at home.

Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Wagner and daughters, Chary Anne and Caroline, of Boulder, enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with Mrs. Wagner and Marion Heeren.

The weekend was marked with wind, snow and near zero temperatures.

Thanksgiving Day guests at the Riss home were Mr. and Mrs. Orland Johnson and children and Mr. and Mrs. Keith Talley and sons.

The Stapps ate turkey in Denver, returning home Friday.

90 years ago – December 5, 1924

The seventeenth annual Christmas seal sale, which finances the fight against tuberculosis in this country, begins officially December first. The Colorado Tuberculosis Association has again mustered its forces over the entire state for the biggest seal sale that has ever been known. In commenting upon the outlook for this year, Miss Ella Cyrene Bakke, Field Secretary for the Association said: “In the four years I have been associated with the seal sale campaign in this state, I have never met with such willingness to serve, such sincere cooperation and such optimism on the part of local communities. From the Moffat country to the southwest, from the Eastern Plains to the San Luis Valley, the whole state is ready for its annual fight for health.” A total of exactly ninety-nine chairmen have been secured in forty-six counties. In twenty-nine of these counties, the children will be permitted to assist and the Women’s clubs will help in thirty-one of them. In many of the rural communities a dollar’s worth of seals will be sent from the state office.

An appeal for everyone to do his share in mailing Christmas gifts and greetings early to permit the faithful letter carrier and the thousands of other postal employees, 360,000 in all, to go home to wife and children at 11:00 a.m. Christmas Day, was made by Postmaster General New, Monday night, in a radio address broadcast from station WCAP. The address inaugurates an active campaign for early mailing through twenty-three radio stations, where postmasters and other postal employees will talk through motion picture theaters where the screen will flash the appeal, through thousands of newspapers and by posters throughout the country.

Colorado’s goal line remains uncrossed for the 1924 football season, as the Aggies failed to give the Silver and Gold warriors much competition in the annual battler between the two teams in the new Boulder Bowl, and the final count was: C.U. 36; Aggies 0. C.U. is the only varsity team in the United States with a clean record. Colorado University, by its decisive win over Aggies, finishes the season with five victories and no defeats, capturing the Rocky Mountain championship for the second consecutive season. The only blot on the State’s record is the 0-0 tie game with Denver U.

  1. Shaffer, a former resident of Russell Gulch, was married in Denver last week.

H.H. Williams returned Sunday from a visit of several days in Denver with relatives and friends.

W.G. Evans returned Friday last from Lafayette, where he spent several days with relatives.

Wm. Kirk returned Friday from a business and pleasure visit to Denver.

R.I. Hughes left Tuesday for Denver, being summoned for grand jury duty.

Steve Nakervis and family were over from Idaho Springs on Sunday.

Trucks are hauling ore daily from the Becky Sharpe Mine to Idaho Springs.

Don’t forget the masquerade ball to be given here the evening of December 13. Appropriate prizes will be given and a good time assured.

W.J. Bladwin arrived in camp this week from the valley and is busy working his claims near Elkhorn Gulch.

Mrs. J.G. Hughes left Tuesday for Denver to spend a few days with relatives.

Joe Ress left Monday for Denver on a visit of several days.

George Wagner returned to Boulder on Sunday after having spent his vacation here with his parents.

120 years ago – November 30, 1894

Mr. Herbert Waterman, of the Hendrie & Bolthoff Manufacturing Company, was up the first of the week. Before leaving for Denver he made arrangements for the resumption of work on the Fourth of July Mine on Quartz Hill, which has been idle for some length of time. The property has a good record as a gold producer.

Ex-Postmaster Ambrose Bray and his associates, forming a pool operating the vein in the Elliot Lode, in their lower east level have cut into a vein of smelting ore which is netting them from $40 to $80 per ton. The stamp mill ore yields from 2 1/2 to 4 ounces gold per. The stamp mill concentrates net them from $12 to $20 per ton. The east level is being continued.

While at the stamp mill of the Gilpin Company in Black Hawk this week, the mining reporter was shown a fine specimen of peacock ore taken from the workings of the Burroughs Consolidated Company’s property on the Burroughs Lode, Nevada District. The ore came from a feeder to the main Burroughs vein. The ore assays well, while the stamp-mill dirt is giving satisfactory returns.

Mrs. S. L. Baker, mother of Mrs. Henry Becker, who has been visiting her daughter for some length of time, left Tuesday for California. While here she made many friends who wish her a safe trip and much enjoyment while in the Golden state.

This week among other former residents of this county whose genial countenances showed up in Central, was that of ex-chief of the fire department, Mr. Andy McFarlane, who put in an appearance Monday. It was his first visit here for six years. Father Time in his flight has dealt kindly with him, although at times he had to wrestle with the early residents of Pitkin County, where he located after leaving here. He met with a “hearty greeting” from his Central friends, and they are many.

Mr. J.F. Hopkins of the Sleepy Hollow Mining Company, who has been quite ill for several days in Denver, put in an appearance last Monday. He is slowly convalescing.

Mr. Joseph Sommers, of Denver, was up last Saturday re-forming the acquaintance of a number of friends in this city. Of late years he has been doing business on 17th Street, between Blake and Market, in that city.

C.M. Johnson arrived here this week from the Pine Creek camp and will remain perhaps during the winter. The snow and cold weather interfere with work in the mines, and Charlie has concluded to let his properties rest. He has one or two very promising claims and will hold on to them until development shows their value.

Will Green came over from the Perigo Mine last Sunday. He was rooming with Ole Omodt in the engine house that was destroyed by fire and lost everything except what he had on. He returned to the mine on Tuesday after getting a new supply of clothing.

Born: In Central City, November 26, to the wife of Ed. L. Harris, a daughter. Congratulations to the delighted father have been numerous. He swears by the “beard of the prophet” that the little stranger’s name shall be Emma.

Born: In Central City, November 28, to the wife of S.D. Bean, a son. Congratulations are in order.

Died: In Central City, November 27, Mrs. Jane Elliott, aged 48 years. Deceased leaves a sorrowing husband, four sons and three daughters to mourn the loss of a dutiful wife, kind and affection mother. Friends and acquaintances of the family are respectfully requested to attend the funeral without further notice.

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