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GeorgeNelson_oldhouse30 years ago – April 26, 1985

Anyone who has driven south on Highway 119 lately has probably seen buffalo across from the Gold Dust. The 11 animals belong to Jesse Peterson and his wife Rochelle. The Petersons got eight of the buffalos, more properly called bison, from a man in Loveland. The other three came from the Genesee herd that belongs to the City of Denver. Three more are on the way. In fact, by the time the paper is out this week, three babies may have been born, adding to the Petersons’ herd. Jesse Peterson says the animals are not tame, domesticated, or even docile, but they are friendly. And, indeed they are, munching on high protein cattle pellets hand-fed to them. Peterson says they eat less than cattle, the entire herd going through only three bales of hay a day, plus some of those “yummy” pellets. The Petersons have fenced in about three acres for the herd, and plan to add more space for them. Some of the buffalos have names. Bill is the biggest one, weighing in at around 2,400 pounds, and is also the oldest at 9.

May 1 is still the target date for opening a trash compactor in Black Hawk, Gilpin County Commissioner Leslie Williams said this week. Although work on the site will not be completed until later, the compactor should be useable by the first of the month. Eventually, the site will have to be fenced, and Williams said the plan is to move the fence that is now around Clark School to the compactor. That would save the cost of purchasing a new fence.

A Recipe by Ginnie Breard: Chicken Agrodolce. Combine: 1 Cup dry white wine, 1 clove crushed garlic, 1 T. parsley, 1/2 t. salt, 1/4 t. thyme, 1 bay leaf, 1/4 Cup raisins. Bring to a boil, pour over 1 cut-up chicken and marinate for four hours in the refrigerator, turning the chicken after two hours. When chicken has marinated, fry 6 slices bacon. When bacon is crisp, set it aside to be crumbled, leaving drippings in large skillet. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel, salt lightly, dredge in flour and shake off the excess. Chop: 2 T. onion, place the chicken and onion in bacon drippings and brown quickly. When chicken is brown, add marinade to the skillet, cover and cook over low heat until tender (45-60 minutes). The marinade will begin to cook down. As it does, dissolve: 1 beef bouillon cube in 1 Cup hot water and add to skillet. When chicken is tender, stir: 1 T. honey in 1/4 Cup vinegar. When blended, add it to skillet along with: 1 Cup mushrooms, 1/4-1/2 Cup seedless grapes. Simmer five more minutes. Sprinkle crumbled bacon over chicken and serve.

Greening, a poem by Catfish: Springtime. Warm windy sunny days/ blown down from cool blue skies. Brazen flowers and humble grasses/ grab hungrily for the new sunlight. Creeks swell with winter’s wasted water/ flowing down the veins of the hills;/ Winter’s life bleeds slowly away. Springtime. The warming days/ suck the cold from the hills/ like hungry ticks taking blood/ from complacent sleeping dogs. A greening of the lands has started now. Springtime birds whistle cheerful dirges/ while signs of last year’s timely death/ are slowly buried by this year’s sun.

Word has been received of the death of Lloyd Williams’ father. Vernon Williams died on April 15, in Lubbock, Texas, after being in intensive care since March 1. He was 70 years old. The sympathy of the community is extended to Lloyd & Leslie Williams and their family.

Leona Person Brown, known to her friends as “Petey,” died in Denver on April 16. She was born on May 3, 1909. With her husband, Earl Person, she, at one time, had the Toll Gate Saloon in Central City and later managed the Central Bar. She moved to Denver in the mid-1960s. She is survived by two daughters, Donna Lee Pitoniak of Denver, and Earlene Cole of Macks Creek, Missouri.

60 years ago – April 29, 1955

Congress may have the chance to legislate a two weeks’ vacation for weekly newspaper editors, Senator Gordon Allott said yesterday. He stated that his support has been solicited for a bill to give weekly newspapers the right to suspend publication for two weeks a year without loss of second class mail privileges. The law presently requires that a publication must be regularly issued at stated intervals in order to retain second class mailing privileges. Allott received a letter from Al Raymond, Editor of the Montana Oil Journal, who contends that it would also result in a saving for the Post Office Department. “Maybe this sounds funny,” Raymond said, “but it wouldn’t if you had worked through 11 years without a vacation. This situation has made galley slaves of me and other weekly editors throughout the nation.”

About thirty children were present at the kite flying contest last Sunday. The contest was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, and was most commendable, but lack of enthusiasm on the part of the children did not coincide with the Chamber’s efforts. We are not going further into the whys or the reason, but we have never seen a flying kite here for the past twenty five years and it appears most obvious the present generation know but little as to winds, drafts and air that will take their kite to the highest spot in the heavens. However, those who flew kites seemed to be most happy. Trophies were awarded to Barbara Pipes, Joe Miller, and Walter Perkins.

Mrs. John Miller of Golden is recovering from a fractured leg and other serious injuries, received when a stove exploded in her home April 19th.

The bad break in the water main was discovered near the old Toll Gate Saloon and has been repaired. The next project will be to find and mend the broken pipes in Dory Gulch, so that the families consisting of Al Grose, Mike McNulty, Martha Kennish, and Earl Snodgrass will be supplied one again with water after doing without for the past four months.

Mrs. Speer, grandmother of Mrs. Elna Gardner, fell recently and broke her hip. It is feared her recovery will be slow since she is 85 years old.

Miss Kathryn Eccker is driving a brand new Bel-Air Chevrolet which she recently purchased.

The wind last Sunday was so strong that it tore off the roof of Norman Blake’s coal shed near the Gilpin Hotel.

Madelyn MacFarland drove up from Littleton Friday evening. She brought her friend Mrs. Howell and son Jay, who were visiting from Grand Junction.

Marion Heeren made a visit to the dentist in Boulder Saturday.

The salvation of most of us lies in the fact that we are not so good as we think we are and other folks are not so bad as we think they are.

90 years ago – May 1, 1925

The Gilpin County High School will present their play “The Dear Boy Graduate” at the Opera House on Saturday evening, May 9. All the characters are members of the school are being trained in their different parts by the teachers, and a fine entertainment is in store for all who attend.

County Commissioner John Hancock and Joe Ress of Russell Gulch, who are working the Wantauga mining claim in Russell Gulch under a lease, made a shipment of 9,475 pounds of ore to the sampler at Idaho Springs last week, which was settled for at 13.57 ounces gold, 14.30 ounces silver and 4.20 percent copper, netting $261.96 per ton and bringing a check for $1,124. These gentlemen, since commencing work on their lease on January 5th, have made three shipments to the sampler, all of which have carried good values of gold, but none of them have equaled the last shipment.

Announcements have been received here of the marriage of Rev. Harold Zink at Great Falls., NY.

W.J. Williams arrived from Silverton last week and expects to remain here for some time.

  1. Riedl while coming up from Denver last week in his car ran into a gentle zephyr, which lifted the top off his car.

The I.O.O. F. lodge celebrated their anniversary here Monday night with a party, to which all were invited.

Joe Ress had his fingers smashed while at work on Monday at his mining lease.

School election for secretary is to be held next Monday.

Messrs. Robert Wilkinson, Joe Williams and Hugo Nelson went to Central City on Saturday evening, returning Sunday.

Mr. A.C. Bright, who has been a machine man at the Evergreen Mine the past two months, left Friday for Kansas City, to remain.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gage came out from Central on Saturday and visited with Apex friends.

Mr. J.A. Boverie, who worked for six months at the Evergreen Mine here and for the past month has been in Silver Plume, has written to Apex friends that he was called to Texas on account of his father’s death.

The Browns are the latest arrivals in town. Mrs. Brown is a pretty woman, but we all think her dresses are too modern. However, Robinson dined there the other night and he says that, apart from her clothes, he likes her very much.

Thermometers showed only 12 above zero on Wednesday morning.

Those research folks might try to find a way to make baldness attack the chin instead of the head.

120 years ago – April 26, 1895

William Beckwith, a prospector who is driving an adit on a vein in York Gulch and working all alone, this morning while removing loose ground to put in a set of timbers, the ground gave way, imbedding him for the time being. Through dint of energy and with the assistance of a pick he managed to affect an escape, although receiving a general shaking up and a badly bruised right leg. After getting to the mouth of the adit, passers-by assisted him to his cabin and medical skill was sent for to Idaho Springs.

Mr. Christopher Semmens, engineer and brakeman on the Ophir shaft of the Burroughs Lode on Quartz Hill, had his left arm broken between the wrist and elbow and the elbow-joint thrown out of place last Monday. The steel wire rope got thrown off the sheave and Christopher attempted to get it in proper shape by means of a crowbar. The latter slipped and struck him across the arm with the above results. Dr. Ashbough was called and set the fractured limb. The patient’s injuries are very painful, but no serious results are apprehended.

Street Commissioner James R. Parsell last Monday put men at work in sluicing out accumulated debris in that portion of the Eureka Street flume where it empties into the Gregory Gulch flume. Men have been placed at work at various other points. At a special meeting of the Council held Saturday and Monday evenings, it was resolved to put the flume in proper shape to withstand floods which are liable to occur later on.

Mr. Oliver P. Russell, an old time resident of this city, now living in Denver, was a visitor here last Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Mr. Russell will be pleasantly remembered by the fire department and baseball players as well as the turners, having been quite an athlete in days gone by. He was accompanied by his friend Mr. Smith. They returned to the state capital Monday afternoon.

Mrs. J.W. Sedgwick and daughter, Miss Chloe, after a month’s visit with friends and relatives living in the northerly portion of the county, returned Monday to their home in Birmingham, Alabama. The ladies were highly pleased with their visit to these hilltops.

Mr. Henry Lehman a prominent stock raiser of Routt County, paid a visit to Central friends a few days ago. As soon as the spring snows are over he will drive another bunch of beef cattle to this market.

Miss Martha Hawley arrived last Friday afternoon. Saturday evening she attended the Merry Milk Maid entertainment at the Opera House and returned to Denver Sunday afternoon.

Mr. J.J. Clark of Golden was up hibernating around his Gilpin County friends on Monday.

Mrs. M. Holzeman and child, of Denver, are up from that wonderful city of the west. They will take up a residence here for the summer.

For Sale: Two houses on Nevada Street, The Maguire house on Spring Street, The Burrell House on Spruce Street, The Webster House on E. High Street, the red cabin on Nevada Street, The Dostal block and stable on Main and Spring streets. Apply to W.C. Fullerton, Welch block, Central City.

Born: In Central City, April 20, to the wife of William T. Bennallack, a daughter. The young miss was born with a tooth in her head, and should she live to womanhood, no doubt will be of a positive temperament.

Born: In Denver, April 12, to the wife of Elisha A. Nichols, a son.

Born: In Central City, April 25, to the wife of Charles H. Gibson, a daughter. Charley now has a pair of queens.

Married: In Central City, April 21, Mr. Frederick C. Annis, of Boulder County, and Miss Helena C. Knight, of Idaho Springs. The newly wedded couple left Sunday evening for Nederland, Boulder County, where they will reside, the groom being engaged in mining near that place.

Married: At St. John’s Cathedral, Denver, April 24, Mr. Forbes Rickard of Central City, and Miss Anna R. Mechling, of Denver.

Died: In Central City, April 20, Mary E., wife of Ed. W. Davis, aged 28 years. Deceased was the daughter of Judge Michael Klein, of Russell Gulch where she was born and raised to womanhood. She was of a lovable disposition, and for several years past has resided in this city. The bereaved husband and the father and mother and other relatives of the deceased have the sincere condolence of a large circle of friends and acquaintances in their hour of sorrow.

Died: At St. Luke Hospital, Denver, April 19, Johnathan Briggs, aged 58 years.

Died: In Nevadaville, April 22, William Rowling, of dropsy, aged 21 years. Deceased was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Rowling, old settlers of Nevadaville, and a young man well-liked by everybody with whom he was in contact.

Died: In Georgetown, April 17, of miners’ consumption, DeWitt C. Grant.

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