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30 years ago – February 8, 1985

After some minor trials and tribulations about how to work the machine, the Gilpin Commissioners tape recorded their meeting Monday. Last month, they decided to start taping so the tapes would be on hand for anyone wishing to listen to them. Clerk & Recorder Judy Smith, who keeps the records, asked how they were to be handled and what equipment would be needed. Commissioner Petrock explained the official minutes of the meetings are the written ones, not the tapes. However, since the tapes will be used as a backup, they should be able to be heard. Since they are not official, no special precautions have to be taken with them. How long to keep the tapes was another question. Suggestions ranged from six months to a year. Commissioner Baird said he or someone else could edit the tapes and save what is important or controversial.

Larry Lindner, District Ranger for the Clear Creek District of the Forest Service, said there is still some work to do on some Forest Service campgrounds in Gilpin County. The Pickle Gulch Campground, used for groups by reservation only, will probably be closed most of the summer. There is a small amount of work still to be done at Cold Springs in mid-county. Lindner hopes that all of Columbine Campground, west of Central City, will be open this year. He also hopes to contract with the Gilpin Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement on the campgrounds and on other Forest Service properties. He could go up to $1,000, he said.

William and Dixie Lovingier of mid-county are proud to announce the birth of their third child, Cassy Marie. She was born January 31, at 6:18a.m. in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver. She weighed seven pounds two ounces and is 19 inches long. Her maternal grandmother is Elizabeth Brenecki of Black Hawk. Paternal grandparents are Dixie Lovingier of Boulder and William R. Lovingier of Naperville, Illinois. The Lovingiers also have two sons, Brady and Cory.

Random Notes: The January-February 1985 issue of Colorado Municipalities magazine features on its cover a lovely photograph of a snow covered Central City. It was taken by local artist Todd Miske.

60 years ago – February 11, 1955

Ye Editor is going to Denver this weekend to attend the annual meetings of the Colorado Press Association. Many problems will be discussed relative to the betterment of all newspapers and it promises to be a most interesting convention. As usual, in company with Editors Bullard of Wray, Moffit of Fort Collins, Lyttle of Meeker, and others will imbibe in copious drinks of malted milks, as is usual at such a convention. At least that is my story at home.

Attending the Miner’s Convention in Denver during the last weekend and enjoying eating of beans and sowbelly, were Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scott, Wm. McDowell, Claude McKay and others from Central City. Can McKay had one of the most interesting displays at the convention, consisting of lead, uranium, carbonite and pitchblende, from the United Mining & Leasing Company, operating here, and was viewed by hundreds of people who attended the various meetings. This particular display was shown in Los Angeles, and was accorded a high recommendation. One piece of the display was a large piece of pitchblende taken from one of the properties of the company, and assayed 62% of radio-matric, and worth as a specimen $1,000.

Pasqual Quakenbush, who has been Fire Chief of the Central City Fire Department for the past several years, has tendered his resignation to the City Council, the same to take effect immediately. The Assistant Chief is Ralph Calabrese, who obviously will take over the duties of this office.

The Springers, both “Cupid” and “Kay,” are enjoying the warm sun and beautiful weather in Florida. During their vacation, Mrs. Gladys Daugherty, a Registered Pharmacist, will assist you with every drug, prescription, or anything in the drug line.

Mrs. Nora Scott, County Superintendent of Schools of Gilpin County, attended the meetings of the State Association of County Superintendents in Denver last week. She was elected President of the Association, which is not only an honor to her, but a tribute to Gilpin County. Congratulations Nora, you well deserve this honor as being the most competent, intelligent and capable Superintendent in the state. The next meeting of this organization will be held in Central City during the month of July.

John Anderle, who received an injury to his arm several months ago while working in Idaho Springs, and had spent several weeks in one of the hospitals in Denver, found it necessary to return to St. Anthony’s Hospital for further treatment. We hope this last visit will be beneficial.

Mrs. Mary Johnson was up from Denver on Sunday to visit with her sister, Mrs. Jennie Zancanella. She reports that Mrs. Margaret Chase, who is in the Mayo Clinic in Syracuse, is showing a decided improvement in her condition. That is most pleasing news to her many friends here.

90 years ago – February 13, 1925

Mr. O.L. Patterson, manager of the Gilpin-Eureka Mine, was handed a gold retort by Peter McFarlane, of the Buell Stamp Mill, the first of the week, which weighed 51 ounces, the product of 16 cords of mill ore treated at the mill during the month of January. Owing to the severe cold weather and lack of a sufficient quantity of water for the mill, the quantity of ore put through the mill was limited, but the grade shown by the returns is most encouraging. As soon as conditions change and a better supply of water is obtainable, the mill can be supplied with more ore than it can crush with its present capacity and by the addition of a large force of miners, more stamps will be needed to take care of the ore which the mine can produce.

Dr. Carl E. Burke, a dentist of Denver, will be in Central City Saturday evening, Feb. 14 at the Teller House to attend to the wants of all parties needing work in that line.

Mrs. Rose Hughes returned Tuesday from Denver and will make her home here with her sister, Mrs. Kirk.

John Grenfell left for Leyden Wednesday, where he has secured work. His family will remain here for the present.

Bennett Moyle visited here Saturday before leaving for Butte, Montana. His wife and daughter will remain in Central for the time being.

Mrs. Anna Pressler transacted business in the county court in Central on Saturday.

Mr. W. J. Maxson, accompanied by a friend came up from Golden on Saturday, returning Sunday.

Frank L. Branham of Silver Creek visited with Apex friends on Sunday. Frank Backus was at the wheel of the mail car on Tuesday as substitute mail carrier.

Seven inches of snow were received on Monday and Tuesday. The thermometer registered only 2 above zero.

Wm. Floyd Sr., who has been confined to his home for two weeks with la grippe, is able to be out again.

The Evergreen Mine has opened up a body of ore on the fifth level of the same character as last week.

The Katts Mercantile Company received a large shipment of fresh fruit this week.

Mr. Chas. Robins brought out the mail in his new Dodge car on Wednesday.

120 years ago – February 8, 1895

The Grand Peace Dance will be given by Rising Sun Tribe No. 2, assisted by Osceola Council No. 5, D. Cannon’s Hall, Nevadaville, when all the members will appear in Indian characters in a grand Indian march, the like of which has never been presented in this county. If you want to see something strange and startling, secure your tickets. Everybody come. Dancers $1.00 per couple, extra ladies 25 cents, male spectators 50 cents. Supper at Red Men’s Hall, by the members.

B.B. Lawrence & Co., lessees of the Perigo Mine and other veins belonging to the Rollins Gold and Silver Mining Company at Gold Dirt, Independent District, have cut the Perigo vein through the lower of No. 2, cross-cut. The crevice matter where it was intersected is 16 feet wide. The work of driving southwest on the lode has been commenced, and it is very likely that the Perigo will be a large producer of gold ore in the near future. This property is considered one of the best in the county when thoroughly opened up. The Rollins 25 stamp mill, which is leased to the company, will be started up this month on ore from the Perigo.

Mr. Richard Mackey, a former prominent mine operator in this county, was a guest at the Teller House the first of the week. He is still largely interested in mining property on Quartz Hill, Nevada District, and mines in Wisconsin District, as also to the northeast in the Pine Creek belt of gold veins.

“Uncle Jake Derr” showed up last Friday in due shape and form, having come over the Divide from Idaho Springs with Comrade Murtaugh, the hack driver. He is preparing to put in a larger crop than ever before at his ranch at Wheat Ridge. He says that if the coyotes and rattlesnakes from eastern Colorado do not put in too early an appearance next spring, his crops will be “some grand, you.”

Married: In Black Hawk, February 4, Mr. Walter W. Bebee and Flora M. Carnes, both of Gilpin County. No cards.

Died: At his residence in Central City, February 8, of kidney disease, Andrew Bitzenhofer, in the 60th year of his age.

Died: At his residence in Black Hawk, February 1, Eli Elihu Casler, aged 53 years, native of New York state.

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