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30 years ago – January 18, 1985

Gilpin County Sheriff Rosetta Anderle and Undersheriff David Martinez responded to a call in the vicinity of Travis Gulch on January 10. A woman reported to the dispatcher that she had been assaulted. After contacting the reporting party, the man who had allegedly assaulted her had left the house. He was later apprehended by the Nederland marshal in that city. Suspected narcotics found at the scene are being analyzed. This week, Anderle stated that the case is under investigation and charges are pending. Further information regarding the case is supposed to be released next week.

Dennis White, recently appointed Coroner for Gilpin County, was hesitant at first to discuss his new position. He modestly commented that the position is considered by many to be too “morbid” to discuss. Yet after talking to him, one quickly realizes that he cares about people, he wants to help people, and he values doing a good job. He does not anticipate any changes in the procedures as coroner. Autopsies will continue to be completed, when requested, by Ben Galloway of Denver General Hospital in Denver. White is paid $25 per case, per day. He is not paid by the number of individuals, but only for the number of cases. It is comforting to know that White can handle the job, that he knows what that job is and what it entails, and that he cares.

Letter to the Editor: An open letter to the Commissioners. I find it necessary to address this opinion in a public notice hoping that other residents of the south end of Gilpin County will voice their opinions also. It seems unacceptable that residents of Central City, Black Hawk, Russell Gulch, Apex or Missouri Lakes now have to drive to mid-county to dump their trash and refuse. It is an extreme inconvenience to homeowners, restaurant owners, businesses, or anyone such as myself in the contracting business to make the 30-minute round trip to the present location. I understand the County Commissioners office is not receiving much negative input about your decision to agree with the past Commissioners in shutting down the Black Hawk site. I am asking anyone who feels inconvenienced by this closure to make it known because we, the residents of the south end, are the only people really hurt by this move. Signed, Richard H. Westerlage, Central City resident

Dogs who are residents of Black Hawk are advised to send their owners to City Hall immediately to pick up their free 1985 dog tags. The tags will be given out free, during regular City Hall hours, through February 27. After that date, tags will cost $3 each for males or spayed females, or $5 for females who have not been spayed. Black Hawk requires every dog in the city to have a city tag! Don’t miss your opportunity to get one free! Remember to send your vaccination report.

60 years ago – January 21, 1955

Letter to the Editor: If every person in Gilpin County will get busy and use their influence with the Governor and Legislators to have the Rogers Pass Route considered as a site for an auto tunnel, we may get it if the route is found feasible by competent and prejudiced engineers. Many of you will remember that two years ago this route was not even considered. The government might participate in the construction, and it is far to presume that they will play no favorites, and require the tunnel be constructed where it is most feasible. By leaving Highway 119 at Missouri Lake and angling around the south side of the mountains, where there is no danger of snow slides, going above the head of Silver Creek to Elk Ridge, a half mile or so north of Apex, then following Elk Ridge to James Peak Flats, we are informed that a tunnel less than 3,000 long through solid rock would have its west portal only a couple of miles away from the right-of-way of the abandoned Moffat Railroad. However good the route may be, we may not get it if we don’t let them know that we are “live wires” up here, and have got what it takes. Therefore, get your pen and ink and your typewriters to work if you want Gilpin County to prosper, with profits from the business men and work for the industrious. Signed, Clarence Reckmeyer

Miss Mary Lynch spent several days in Denver this past week.

Mr. and Mrs. Dowell Blake are the proud parents of a baby girl, born last Sunday at St. Anthony’s hospital. She has been named Becky Lee.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gray and the Robert Pipes family drove to Otis, Colo., Sunday to see a newly arrived grand-daughter at the Marvin Etter home.

Mrs. Hansine Baker returned home Friday after a month’s visit with her two nieces at Salt Lake City.

Mrs. Kathryn Olsen, who has been doing clerical work for the Esquire Magazine at Boulder, spent the weekend at her home at Heidi Chalet.

Mr. and Mrs. George Anderle and daughter Shirley, were in Greeley on Monday, where Mr. Anderle had a physical check-up.

Mrs. Paul Eccker has accepted a teaching position in the South High School at Denver. It is reported that Paul, who teaches at Bear Creek, is confined to his home with the mumps.

90 years ago – January 23, 1925

A total 1,500 rabbits were killed Sunday at the Van Grundy Ranch near Sterling in an experimental hunt in which a rabbit trap was used. Bryson and Fred Van Grundy had erected, in a semi-circle, a 200-rod woven wire fence into which some fifty hunters drove rabbits after covering a full section of land. About 1,000 jacks and bunnies were shot before the rabbits were cornered in the wire netting in which the big massacre took place. At the finale when some 500 frightened rabbits had been driven against the wire, the hunters pulled the 200-rod fence together, enclosing the rabbits in a round corral. Each man then grabbed a club and clubbed the animals to death. At the end of the session, 484 dead rabbits were counted in the enclosure. The rabbits were thrown into a fire, singed to remove the hair, and then retrieved and fed to the hogs.

There are so many delicious drinks which one may make in the home, just from a few spoonful’s of canned fruit juice left-overs, often thrown out not knowing their value. With a half-cupful of peach juice, add the juice of a lemon and sugar if needed, ice, and just enough water to thin it to the right taste, and you will have a glass or two of refreshing nectar

Grape juice, with just a little ginger ale added to it to give a zest, makes a most delightful drink.

The feminine art of fainting depends for success upon selecting the proper occasion.

George McFarlane came up from Denver Saturday evening to handle the machine at the picture show, returning home on Sunday evening.

Attorney Leroy J. Williams was up from Denver the end of the week attending to professional matters, leaving for home Monday morning.

The Misses Fitzmorris and Berry returned Sunday from a short visit in Denver.

George Matthews, Thurston Matthews and their sister, Mrs. Gladys Manning, came up from Denver Monday evening, with the remains of their father, W.C. Matthews, for burial.

Thomas Mitchell left for Denver on Tuesday morning to take in the stock show and visit with friends.

120 years ago – January 18, 1895

The Randolph 50-stamp mill in Black Hawk from Dec. 31, 1893, up to Dec. 31, 1894, crushed 1,972 cords of custom mill ore which produced 5,356. 35 ounces of gold. The average per cord was 2.71 ounces, or $3.40 per ton.

The business pool operating the National Mine in this city during the preceding year extended levels about 700 feet. About 500 tons of ore were shipped to Idaho Springs for concentration, the returns from the same being satisfactory. This property is well developed, with large bodies of ore being opened up, but which is of too low-grade and refractory to be profitably treated under stamps.

Senator Henry C. Bolsinger came up from the state capital on Monday to attend to mining business. He returned the following day.

Mr. H. P. Lowe, who was injured in an accident on the Union Pacific, Denver & Gulf Railway some months ago this side of Golden, left last week for Florida. He was accompanied by Mr. C.D. Richards of the Argyle Mining Company. During the latter’s absence, the affairs of the company will be looked after by Mr. S. K. Howes, the secretary and treasurer.

Miss Bessie Perrin, of Georgetown, has taken a position with Mr. W. C. Fullerton as typewriter, succeeding Miss Young. The latter lady holds a lucrative position in Denver.

Mr. Fred Kruse returned from Telluride, San Miguel County, last Friday, where he was summoned as an expert witness in a milling case. He speaks highly of that mining section. While there, he met a number of former Gilpinites who are engaged in mining.

Married: In Black Hawk, January 13, Mr. J. W. Mann and Miss Annie C. Arkes. No cards.

Married: At the residence of the bride’s parents, 2160 Welton street, in Denver, at 2:30 p.m., Mr. Ben P. Thomas of Central City and Marcia Billings of Denver. The nuptial ceremony was witnessed by the relatives of the contracting parties and a few intimate friends. A splendid repast was served, the bride and groom taking the afternoon train to this city, where a residence has been fitted for them. The bride is a well-known society belle of the state capital. The groom is well known here where he was born and reared to manhood. They will reside on Eureka Street. The best of wishes go out to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas from their many friends in this city and Denver for a long and prosperous married life.

Married: In Central City, January 12, Mr. Enmeti Dalsoglio and Miss Pierina Leoni. No cards.

Married: At Guarda Raya, Sierra Mojada, Mexico, January 9, Fred Gentry, formerly of Central City, to Senorita Lydia Burnes, of Sierra Mojada, Mexico. Congratulations are now in order.

Died: In Denver, January 15, at the family residence, William Knifton, aged 62 years. The deceased was a pioneer in Black Hawk, his family being well known to all Gilpin County pioneers. He will be remembered by his associates while with the Gregory Mining Company as “Uncle Bill.” He leaves a widow and two married sons, George, the eldest, being a well-known resident of Denver. Frank, the younger, is at present in Old Mexico and unable to get home. The eldest daughter, Clara, was buried only three months since, and the youngest daughter, Sallie, was buried nine months ago, almost immediately after graduating from the Denver High School.

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