Searching for evidence in Gilpin County this year has been an unproductive pastime for law enforcement officials. In January, the Scandia Mine was searched for a gun believed to be the weapon used in the 1982 murder of David Hardin Dockery. The gun was not found. In an incident unrelated to the Dockery murder, Luke Clyburn and John McDaniel disappeared in August 1981, and so did the 1971 white Datsun pickup truck that belonged to Clyburn. They reportedly left the National Mine on their way to the Glory Hole Mill in search of a cutting torch. Neither of the two men has been seen again. Wednesday, a site near the Glory Hole Mill was dug up by Tim Serivner of the Gilpin County road crew, under the direction of Supervisor Bob Dornbrock. The pickup truck was believed to be buried in the area. The search was prompted by a tip received by the Jefferson County district attorney’s office. Gilpin County Sheriff Rosetta Anderle and Undersheriff David Martinez were on site. Serivner dug up approximately 10 to 15 feet of earth at the location. The search was given up since everyone agreed a car could not be buried there. They did not find the truck or anything else.
The 1931 Central City fire truck is gradually being completely refurbished. The truck, still in use by the Central City Volunteer Fire Department, has had new parts installed. Boards on the floor of the center and at the rear of the truck have had the linoleum removed and the wooden boards have been sanded. Fire Chief John Reedy said that the boards are the originals. Several people have been contacted for estimates on a new paint job, which will include the design of the original pin striping. The patterns will be difficult to duplicate. Reedy said the City of Central is planning on driving the classic on weekends this summer. He added that the truck still has the original tires which are in good shape.
By Esther Campbell: Doesn’t everything look brown? Even the evergreen trees on the north slope across Gregory Gulch are mostly brown due to the blight that has been infecting them for several years. The aspen and cottonwood trees haven’t yet developed their leaves. It would be easy to let one’s emotions go brown also. But there on the telephone wires are a pair of mountain bluebirds! The male is sky blue and the female has flashes of blue in her wings. Then down the road on the tiptop of a telephone pole, calling his flicker song intermittently while arranging his plumage, is a huge red-shafted flicker. Oh, he is handsome, nearly 12 inches in length. He has a red mustache and a black breast band. So, how can I be in a slump with these beautiful birds of our Rocky Mountain to cheer me up. In this column last year, I first noted the mountain bluebird on April 27, and they are truly a sign of spring.
The school board plans to build two additions to the existing school building if the bond issue is approved. One addition would be added to the elementary wing. Under the secondary wing would be a walk-out basement to be used for storage. Now, the school is roughly a 26,000 square foot building, not including the gym. The additions would add 21,000 square feet to the existing building, 6,000 square feet to the elementary wing, 8,000 square feet to the secondary wing, and the basement storage area would consist of 7,000 square feet. The elementary addition would add a kindergarten room as well as three general classrooms. The existing kindergarten room would become a library for elementary books. The secondary addition would have space for relocating industrial arts and music classes, a science lab, and a darkroom. The music area would include an auditorium. By moving classes to the addition, other classrooms in the older part of the school would be freed up for general classes. The basement area under the secondary wing would provide room for possible future expansion.
60 years ago – April 1, 1955
The weather last Friday and Saturday was most severe. Close to a foot of snow fell and the flakes driven by a strong west wind made a veritable blizzard and it was dangerous to be out. The grade school was closed Friday, as Wm. Grenfell could not get in from the Northern district with the pupils, and it was impossible for the two other cars from Nevadaville and Russell Gulch to make the trip. It was one of the worst storms ever experienced here in March but the warm rays of the sun on the Sabbath rapidly dissipated what snow was left after the winds had finished their antics, and so far this week, the weather has been more like it should be, for after all, this is supposed to be Spring, or is it?
The County-wide Spelling Contest was held Wednesday at the Clark School. In the finals Harold Marks Jr., of Central City won 1st place, receiving a $5 prize, and will represent the county in Denver at the Rocky Mountain News Spelling Contest. Mel Graham, of Central City, won second place with a prize of $2. Rosetta Thomas of Black Hawk won 3rd place with a prize of $1. The contest was conducted under the supervision of Mrs. Nora Scott, Superintendent of Schools of Gilpin County and president of the Colorado Association of County Superintendents, and the teachers of the county. The cash prizes were all donated by Stanley Nelson Post No. 7563, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
An incident of most humorous character occurred last Friday evening, when a man rushed into the pool room and requested the use of a broom to sweep off his truck parked in front. The request was willingly granted and the broom was used most vociferously and efficiently and the small truck swept bare of snow. The gentleman returned the broom to “Mac,” thanked him, said goodnight and braved the blizzard outside. Five minutes later he returned with a sheepish grin and again asked the use of the broom, explaining that he had cleaned off the snow and ice from another similar truck parked behind his truck and not his own. Well, that was a nice Boy Scout deed for the other owner.
Anyone who has any scraps of walnut just lying around can put them to good use by donating them to make some much needed spindles for the stairway in the Methodist church. It is hoped that renovating work will be underway very soon. Mr. Quackenbush will be in charge of the work.
Mr. Buck Kistner, who recently purchased the War Dance Mill in Mountain City, announces that he intends to open a stable in the mill Saturday, April 2nd. Good horses and saddles will be available for tourists and others who enjoy the sport of horseback riding.
Mrs. Yvonne Marshall has returned home after spending two months in Denver with her daughters.
Madelyn MacFarland spent the weekend with Marion Heeren.
The Ress family enjoyed seeing pictures of the Atka on the Camel news hour.
Mr. Paul Eiselstein of Golden and Mr. and Mrs. Gant of Loveland were business visitors here last Saturday.
Mrs. Emma Eccker, Mrs. Mertrand Mattivi, Miss Kathryn Eccker and Mrs. Carol Barker were last Sunday visitors at the Ed Avery home in Arvada.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Spellman were Sunday visitors at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Otto M. Blake.
Word was received recently that Mrs. Marguerite Chase, accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Jennie Zancanella, will leave the Mayo Clinic and return home the latter of this week.
90 years ago – April 3, 1925
The short skirt is no respecter of knock knees.
A meeting of all the boys between 12 and 18 years of age is called for Tuesday evening, April 7th, to take place in the Elk’s Hall at 7 o’clock. The purpose of the meeting is to organize a Glee Club, sponsored by the Elks Lodge No. 557. It is hoped that this will develop into something further. Do not forget the place, date and time. Signed, Cather Kerr.
Nels G. Olson, president and manager of the Perigo Mining and Milling Company, was down from the property near Rollinsville this week and is highly elated over the prospects. The Perigo properties comprise 26 claims and 2 mill sites in the Independence District in Gilpin County, 3.5 miles from Rollinsville. The Perigo is one of the historic mines of Colorado developed by two shafts and three tunnels to a depth of about 600 feet. The Perigo vein is from 7 to 12 feet wide and the raise is being run in ore all the way that averages from $15 to $32 to the ton. The company is now figuring on a cyanide mill and has just had a test made in Denver. The company contemplates the driving of a new tunnel a distance of about 3,000 feet to facilitate mining and drainage.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ress of Clarksdale, Arizona, sent word to friends here of the arrival of a baby daughter at their home last week.
Charles Wagner left for Boulder Monday morning to resume his studies at the university.
Mrs. W. Grenfell left Sunday for Arvada to visit with her mother, Mrs. R. I. Hughes.
George Kimball was up from Idaho Springs on Tuesday looking after mining interests.
L.C. Hays left Tuesday for Chicago Creek, where he will be for a couple of weeks on a prospecting trip.
The Jersey cow, belonging to Wm. Kirk, died of sickness this week.
Two moons made of iron have been found in the vicinity of Mars by astronomers. Are they, perchance, a couple of Mars’ loose cannon balls?
120 years ago – March 29, 1895
Some of the animals that are driven through the streets of this city and Black Hawk should be looked after by some member of the humane society. In some instances it is shameful to work them in their present condition.
The main shaft on the Cellar lode, Pine Creek District, has reached a depth of 60 feet. A level west is now being driven through a good body of ore, both milling and smelting.
Since the placing of a steam pump in the Eureka Mine on Prosser Mountain, the water has been lowered 100 feet. At this rate it will not be such a task to unwater the main shaft and other underground workings as was anticipated.
An 80-horse lightning hoister of the Hendrie & Bolthoff pattern has been received at the Kent County Mine, as also an 80-horse power boiler which is being placed by McFarlane & Co., of this city.
To Rent: To rent to a good tenant the agricultural part of the Hill ranch in Russell District, for one year. Good crops assured. House, pasturage, stable room furnished with wood and water. Contact Geo W. Hill.
A 4 o’clock Monday morning the shaft house on the Haseltine Mine, Russell District, was discovered to be on fire. Mr. Clark, who has a lease of the property in connection with others, is of the opinion that the fire was incendiary, the side of the building being thoroughly saturated with coal oil. In fifteen minutes after the fire was discovered the building was a total wreck, but the swiftness of the flames prevented the destruction of the machinery. There had been no fire in the building for two days previous. It is quite a loss to Mr. Clark and his associates as they were getting ready to start up the concentration works just below the Haseltine. The fire will not deter them from working the property, as they will erect a new shaft house.
An eastern paper after publishing an account of a western girl being hugged to death by a bear, adds that “the expression on her face was of perfect bliss.” Had it been a Boston girl instead of a girl of the west whom the bear tackled, there would have been no one hugged to death, but the bear would have frozen to death; leastwise that would be his fate if he didn’t happen to be a polar bear, and familiar with ice-bergs.
Married: In Oakland, California, March 24, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. W.H. Smith of Gilpin County, and Miss Grace J. Belmont of Oakland. Bride and groom will arrive here about the first of the coming month and will take up residence in Russell Gulch.
Died: In Lake Gulch, Gilpin County, March 27, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Drake, aged 5 months. The remains were shipped to Denver yesterday afternoon where they were interred in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery.
Died: In Denver, March 21, Hannah, wife of Rev. David Tatum, aged 72 years. Deceased was the mother of S. W. Tatum, formerly connected with the Spur-Daisy Mining Company, this county. The funeral occurred from the residence of her son, 845 Emerson Street, last Monday afternoon.
Died: In Central City, March 28, at the residence of Mr. Alfred Rickard, on County Road Street, of consumption, Mrs. Reuben Rickard, of Berkley, California, aged 55 years. Deceased in company with her husband came here a week ago, hoping that a change of climate would prove beneficial. The dread disease had too firm a hold on her system and she quietly passed away last evening. Besides a devoted and affectionate husband, she leaves two grown sons and a daughter to mourn the loss of an affectionate mother. Her remains will be embalmed and shipped tomorrow to the family home in Berkley, California, where interment will be made.
Died: In Central City, March 28, of abscess of the brain, William Launder, aged 50 years. Deceased has resided in this county for a number of years, conducting a blacksmith shop on Gregory Street. He was a genial and kind hearted man. He leaves a sorrowing wife and several children to mourn his loss.
Died: In Longmont, March 26, Charles Loring, aged 74 years. Deceased was the father of Mrs. H. L. Grenfell, of Black Hawk. His funeral occurred on Wednesday.