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30 years ago – March 22, 1985

Black Hawk is not going to apply for grant funding from the state for water meters. A motion was passed at a special meeting of Black Hawk council members Wednesday to withdraw the grant application. It was based on public input received to date. The discussion about water meters was initiated by Linda Martin, City Manager. She said that the proposal for water meters was a “long term issue.” She used as examples the per capita usage of water being 350 gallons per day, that Black Hawk needs a different storage facility, and the city needs a new water filtration plant, as well as a better source of water. Councilman Velma Starbrach said the cost of the project would be more than the city can afford. Councilmen Bill Lorenz and Werschky agreed. The council asked Martin when Black Hawk was scheduled to meet with the state regarding the application. Martin responded, “next Friday.”

George Armbright was sworn in as Marshal for Black Hawk by Mayor Bobby Clay. Armbright will be answering all calls regarding city ordinances. He will also respond to Black Hawk calls received by the dispatchers. After responding to a call, Armbright is to review the situation and call the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office to handle any criminal offenses. Sheriff Rosetta Anderle and Marshal Armbright agreed that there would not be conflict between Black Hawk and the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department. Both agreed that they could work together.

Culverts under county roads have been freezing solid this year. Without snow cover to insulate them, water will flow through them during the daytime and then freeze at night. Then, since there is no place to go, the water is flowing over the roads and creating icy conditions or bogs, depending on the temperatures. Bob Dornbrock, Gilpin County’s Road & Bridge Supervisor, has found a unique solution to the problem. The department now has a brand new Hotsy, which is a high pressure hot water washer, and the road crew is using it all over the county to clean out the icy culverts. The Hotsy was purchased in mid-January when Dornbrock was able to show the County Commissioners that the expenditure of about $4,000 could be made within his budget. Usually a Hotsy is used for such things as washing machinery, which Gilpin’s will be used for, but one of the things Dornbrock had in mind for it was cleaning the culverts. The Hotsy salesman said he had never before seen that application of the machine.

By Esther Campbell: The gray-crowned rosy finches and evening grosbeaks are busy at the feeder outside the living room windows. A skiff of snow that fell during the night apparently caused these feathered friends to take advantage of the handout. There are not very many birds, so I am sure some flocks have started the migration north. Then another sighting alerted me to the fact that we are in a change of seasons for our birds. It was the different call from the low shrubs on the hillside below the Casey that caught my attention. The call was a long, drawn out, buzzy “chweeee.” Then I spotted him, about the size of a robin. He had a black head and back with dark red sides – a roufous sided towhee! That is where they set up housekeeping last year. It is always exciting to receive those signs that again our world of nature is getting ready for a rebirth.

60 years ago -March 25, 1955

The final game of the basketball season will bring down the curtain Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in the high school gym, between the Gilpin County Nuggets and the Military Police team of Denver, headed by Capt. Gallo. The military boys have had a very successful season, traveling over the state playing class AA and AAA teams and various college teams. The Nuggets although having scored 8 victories out of 15 games against the best of Denver and surrounding counties AA teams, will be hard pressed Saturday night against the M.P.’s. But the sponsors of the Nuggets will not concede anything to the fast Denver team, as our local team has made it rough on all visiting teams this season. The M.P. team is made up of a first class Military Police Detachment, several of which will be on duty here during our festival and busy tourist season to assist in handling a pleased and peaceful visit for all visitors.

Judges for the $10,000 contest to find an original play to be produced for the Central City Festival during Colorado’s Centennial year of 1958 were announced Tuesday by Frank H. Ricketson Jr., president of the Central City Opera House Association. The contest is jointly sponsored by The Denver Post and the Central City Opera House Assn. The prize will go to the best original romantic play based on the discovery of gold in Colorado in 1858. The judges for the contest are: Chester M. Arthur, chancellor of the University of Denver which had a large share in the development of the Central City Festivals; John Chapman, drama critic for the New York Daily News; Cheryl Crawford, New York theatrical producer; Ben Draper, historian, writer on Colorado subjects and currently a producer-writer for television on the west coast; Paul Gregory, stage and motion picture producer. Brochures and entry blanks have already been mailed to many writers throughout the United States who have shown interest in entering manuscripts in the contest, which offers one of the biggest literary prizes in America. Entries must be submitted by June 1, 1957 to Denver Post Play Contest, Central City Opera House Assn., to a PO Box in Denver that has been marked on the entry blanks.

Miss Ann Doeling, who is a niece of the Klein brothers, has recently begun her career as Stewardess for United Air Lines and is now stationed at Neward, New Jersey.

It is reported that Robert Lehrer has sold his motel for the sum of $18,000 with a substantial down payment, but as yet we have not learned the name of the new owner.

Mrs. Mary Robinson was up from Morrison, Thursday and while here was a guest of Mayor and Mrs. Frank Fleiss.

Mrs. Will Grenfell is expected home Friday after spending two weeks in Arvada recuperating from an extremely bad cold.

This community is fortunate in having a new Dry Goods Store, located in the Ben Olsen building. Miss Marilyn Pfleeger, the owner, has a nice line of merchandise.

Mr. Cecil Gherett, lease holder of the Peak to Peak Inn, was up from Denver Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pipes were dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Thompson in Arvada last Sunday.

Mrs. Shirley Barker and Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Barker drove the icy and snowy road to Fort Carson near Colorado Springs last Sunday for a visit with Carol Barker, who is stationed there.

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Johnson of Denver and baby daughter spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mitchell.

Mrs. Jack Turner was in Golden for the weekend staying with her grandchildren while the parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Wilden went to the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

90 years ago – March 27, 1925

Says He: “Jane says she has always moved in the best society.”

Says She: “Yes, as fast as she gets in they keep her moving.”

The County teachers’ examinations will be held at the Court House at Central City, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 9th, 10th and 11th. The sessions will begin promptly at 9 o’clock a.m.

Post cards or private cards mailing cards have been raised from one to two cents. The government postal cards, however, remain the same as usual: one cent.

Charles Light, who has been working alone in the tunnel on the Aetna Lode, in Chase Gulch, had a narrow escape from serious injury, if not suffocation, when he was caught by a cave-in last Thursday morning, which filled the drift to the top and cut off all means of escape, and he is thankful today for friends and family for their active efforts in digging him out from a living grave. Not returning home Thursday afternoon at the regular quitting time, or even six o’clock, Mrs. Light became alarmed and sent one of the children up town to see if he had returned from work, and if not to inform any of his friends on the street that she was afraid something had happened to him. When the word was passed that he had not returned from work, Mr. Frost got out his auto and accompanied by Nicholas Johns, Walter Lampshire, Ludwig Lieberman and others, left for the tunnel. They found the door of the tunnel open, which was mute evidence that Mr. Light was inside, and they made haste in getting through it, finally reaching and point about 125 feet from the portal, where they found the tunnel filled with dirt. They yelled and Mr. Light answered them, said he was all right, and told them to be careful in digging a hole through the dirt for fear of more dirt coming down from above. A hole was dug through the dirt and Mr. Light pulled through to safety. He was weak from bad air and the cold, but was able to walk home, and has felt very little effect from his enforced imprisonment.

The following students had perfect attendance for the month of March: Earl Hancock, Estelline Williams, Josephine Pallaro, and Virginia Zancanella.

Charles and George Wagner arrived from Boulder on Friday on a week’s vacation with their parents.

Mrs. Pallaro lost a valuable cow last week through sickness.

Bids are asked by the post office department for carrying the mail from Black Hawk to Russell Gulch and return.

Complaint has been made from owners of chickens, of dogs stealing into the chicken houses and robbing the nests, and those who have suffered loss say that sausage is going to be real cheap if the owners of these canines do not keep them at home.

Mr. Charles S. Robins and family came up on Sunday from Black Hawk for an outing accompanied by Mrs. Effie Tabb and daughter Miss Hazel and Mr. and Mrs. Otto Blake.

Hoisting water at the Becky Sharpe Mine is all that is being done at present until the water lets up.

County Commissioner Neil McKay was here in Tuesday to see the condition of the county roads in this vicinity, and what work was necessary to put them in shape for the summer.

120 years ago – March 22, 1895

AD: Since the return of Mr. A. Rachofsky from the eastern markets, the New York Store of this city is daily receiving new spring and summer goods purchased by him on a down market and at greatly reduced prices. The invoices consist of only the latest styles and patterns, as well as the most fashionable line of Millinery Goods every exhibited in Gilpin County. The low prices at which the goods were purchased enables him to give the ladies of Gilpin County the benefit of much lower prices than ever before. He invites the ladies to give him a call when selecting goods in this line.

St. Patrick’s Day this year occurring on Sunday, but little display was made of a public nature. Special services were held at the Church of the Assumption, Rev. O’Ryan, of Denver, and Rev. G. Raber, pastors officiating. In the evening the former clergyman delivered a lecture appropriate to the day which is held sacred by all Irishmen. At the morning service members of Central Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians turned out in full regalia and attended the same. Both services were largely attended. The festivities closed Monday evening by the order giving their sixteenth annual reception at Turner Hall, over 100 couples being present.

It is desirable, in fact indispensable, for good work that a farmer should know how many acres are in his field. Otherwise he cannot apportion seed or manure for it, nor can he tell how much time it should take to plow, harrow or cultivate it. A good cotton cord, the size of a plow line, should be kept for this purpose. To make one, buy 67 feet of cotton rope an inch round, fasten a ring at each end and make these rings precisely 66 feet apart. This is four rods. Tie a piece of red rag in the center. One acre of ground will be a piece four of these cords long and 2.5 wide, equal to 16 by 10 rods making 169 square rods an acre. The advantage of the rings is that one person can measure also by driving a stake in the ground to hold the rope while he stretches it out. The rope should be soaked in tar and then dried. This will prevent its shrinking.

WANTED: A young man of steady habits and fair education, must be a fine penman, to take a permanent position at a good salary, in an abstract company. Must have some capital to take a small interest in the business. Address E.W. Smith, Athens (P.O.), Colo.

Last Monday’s freight train into Black Hawk brought two cast iron driving wheels which will be used in the reduction works of the Robinson Company, who have their smelting stack about in readiness to start up as soon as their other machinery is ready.

The main shaft of the Carr Mine, Lake District, has attained a depth of 360 feet. The extent of ground worked along the line of the vein has been confined to 400 feet. The property has produced up to date $275,000. The average force of miners employed for the past three or four years has been ten.

Born: In Central City, March 18, to the wife of Daniel Fuelscher, a son. This event is accounting for the bright and smiling countenance of the delighted father. Mother and child are doing well.

Born: In Nevadaville, March 22, to the wife of W.T. Nichols, a daughter.

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