30 years ago – May 3, 1985
May 1st has come and gone and there is no trash compactor in Black Hawk and Gilpin County Commissioner Leslie Williams is “upset” about it. May 1st was the target date to have it open for business. Power has been brought to the site, but a concrete pad has not yet been poured and there must be one before a compactor can be brought in and placed. Clear Creek Disposal, Inc., which runs the county’s trash sites, will be pouring the pad, but Williams was quick to point out it is not the company’s fault it has not been done. The company could not do it until plans for the site were received. Williams said the county engineer had sent the plans, but had to send a second set since Clear Creek Disposal never received them. For now people will need to use the compactors in Colorado Sierra and Rollinsville.
Gilpin County Sheriff Rosetta Anderle, after investigating a suspicious incident in Dory Lakes Subdivision on April 13, requested the county road crew’s assistance in digging up an area. The incident was reported by a teenager in Dory Lakes who reported seeing two unknown men bury something on her parents’ property. The teenager told Anderle that the property did belong to her parents. After digging up approximately one and a half feet of earth, Anderle reported that a dog had been buried at the site. The sheriff observed a sore on the side of the dog which possibly was “cancer.” The teenager said “We don’t want it left on our property.” The dog was taken from the site and later cremated. An adjoining property owner in Dory Lakes later called the sheriff’s department and identified himself as Dennis Hopkins. He wanted to know where his dog was and what right the sheriff had to come onto his property and dig up the dog. Hopkins was allegedly screaming and hollering. Approximately a half hour later the father of the teenager called the sheriff’s office and alleged “that Dennis and Geraldine Hopkins were just in his house, pushing his kids around and yelling threats.” According to the report, he said he would shoot Dennis Hopkins if he came back.
Justin W. Brierly died April 22, 1985, at his home in Denver after a long illness. He was 79. He was the first executive manager of the Central City Opera Association, holding that position from 1937 to 1948, and helped establish the opera festival. He was born in Denver on September 3, 1905, and graduated from Manual High School. He attended Columbia University and was a practicing attorney. In 1971, Brierly retired from the Denver Public Schools. He spent 36 years with the district, 14 years as a teacher. Then he became supervisor of the college and scholarship guidance. After he retired, he became assistant to the president of Temple Buell College. He founded Martha Faure Carson Dance Library, which is now a part of the University of Denver. He was a member of Columbia University Club of Denver, the Denver Art Museum, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, and Phi Delta Phi Honorary Legal Society. He is survived by one brother, Keppel Brierly of Denver.
Linda and Michael Moore of Dory Lakes are the proud new parents of their first child, a baby girl. Valerie Renae was born at 1:48 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at Boulder Community Hospital. She weighed 5 pounds, 12 ½ ounces, and measured 20 inches in length. Her maternal grandparents are Lois and Burnell Wagner of the Nifty Nook. Her paternal grandparents are Peggy and Dick Moore of Colorado Sierra. Her maternal great-grandmother is Catherine Wagner of Pennsylvania, and her paternal great-grandparents are Nora Foutch of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Alvin and Opal Moore of Nebraska City, Nebraska.
Al and Debby Arias of Black Hawk are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Elena Jessica. She was born at Rose Memorial Hospital in Denver on April 23, at 7:40 p.m. She weighed four pounds 12 ounces.
60 years ago – May 6, 1955
Siobhan McKenna, the Irish actress whom critics have called “perhaps the greatest living artist,” will make her American debut for the 1955 Central City Festival. Impresario Sol Hurok and Frank H. Ricketson, Jr., president of the Central City Opera House Assn., disclosed Saturday that Miss McKenna will star in George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” in the historic Central City Opera House starting Aug. 6. Ricketson predicted that Miss McKenna’s debut would climax the long line of outstanding actresses “from Sarah Bernhardt to Katharine Cornell, Helen Hawes, Shirley Booth and others” who have trod the famous Central City stage. The entire “Saint Joan” production will be originated for the Central City Festival, Ricketson said Saturday. The cast, director and designer will be selected next week in New York City.
The Colorado State Medical Society warned today that the wood tick is abroad in the mountains and already has taken his toll in fever victims. The toll of Colorado Tick Fever already has grown to 14 persons, nine of them stricken last week, according to the State Health Department. Dr. Row L. Cleere, State Health Director, said three of the nine cases last week occurred in Clear Creek County, three in Boulder County, one each in Larimer and Garfield counties and one at Lowry Air Force Base. Last year there were 70 reported cases of Colorado Tick Fever reported in our state. Medical science has no really effective treatment for Colorado Tick Fever and prevention is the greatest hope. Victims of this fever are extremely ill for a week or longer, though the disease is seldom fatal under proper care.
Percy Tippett, of Denver, a former resident of Central City, was here Sunday afternoon visiting old landmarks and meeting friends of other days.
William Powers came up from Denver Friday evening on a visit with his brother, Jack, and family, and to recuperate from a recent illness.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Skagerberg had a surprise picnic at Cold Springs, Sunday afternoon for their daughter Helen’s birthday. The day was not quite ideal for such an outdoor occasion, but the high school group and friends did not particularly mind the chill winds and spent a most pleasant afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Slaughenboupt, of Rollinsville, have sold their grocery store to Mr. and Mrs. Ray LeZotte, who took over the business May 1st. The new owners expect to carry a supply of groceries; meats, drugs and notions which will be much needed in Rollinsville, and we bespeak for them a successful business venture.
Mr. Harold Marks left by plane Monday morning for Des Moines, Iowa, to visit his father who is in poor health. When last seen Mr. Marks was holding hands with a stewardess and it’s not unlikely he may fly to Des Moines by way of New York.
Mrs. Smith of Mountain City met with an accident Monday which resulted in a broken leg. She was rushed to the doctor in Idaho Springs by Mrs. Pear O’Conner.
While trying some fancy stunts with his bicycle last Saturday, little David Kent fell and fractured an ankle which required a visit to Dr. Sunderland.
Mr. Ed Rowe, longtime resident of this city, died in Golden the first part of the week. He was born in Nevadaville and resided in this city for many years before moving to Golden.
90 years ago – May 8, 1925
Ed. Chamberlain, the well-known practical miner and progressive mine manager, is preparing to open the Gold Cloud Mine, just over the line in Gilpin County at the head of Virginia Canyon. Mr. Chamberlain represents and is connected with the Elmwood Mining & Exploration Company of Nebraska, which is composed of strong business men and farmers of that state, and they, knowing Mr. Chamberlain’s abilities as a miner and manager are back of him in whatever he desires to undertake. The Gold Cloud has a good record backing it up and Mr. Chamberlain worked in the mine many years ago for wages. He knows the mine throughout, and knowing the conditions as we do, Mr. Chamberlain will bring into prominence another of the long forgotten gold mines.
Mr. O.L. Patterson, manager of the Gilpin-Eureka Mining Company of this city, brought up from the Buell Mill the first of the week a gold retort weighing 120 ounces, the clean-up from 21 2-3 cords of mill ore from that mine treated at the mill during the month of April. With the value of the tailings added to the gold, this will bring up the production to nearly, if not quite seven ounces gold to the cord. The mine is looking good, with a continuous ore body in drifts and stope, but operations have been handicapped by a lack of ventilation, and efforts are being made by Mr. Patterson to overcome this difficulty so that a greater production will be made possible.
All known records for tunneling in rock were shattered Friday when workmen on the east portal of the Moffat Tunnel progressed 65 feet in one day. Of the total distance 32 feet was in the water tunnel and 33 feet in the heading of the railroad tunnel. The same shift operates between the two headings, the drillers moving from one to the other while muck is being cleared away. The men had been endeavoring to break some records for months and accomplished it Friday. If any other tunnel project has registered a day’s progress so great, no record of it can be found. The formation is a hard, brittle rock which breaks clean with every shot. Some very soft rock has been encountered in the west portal in the heading of the water tunnel and progress has been greatly hampered.
Mr. Herdoffer, of the Snowdon Mining Company, from Quincy, IL, arrived here on Monday and made a visit to the property, returning to the valley Wednesday morning.
Miss Julia Stapleton was a passenger to Denver Saturday morning on a short visit, returning Sunday evening.
The Polar Star mill is now running three shifts, keeping 15 stamps steadily employed on custom ore.
120 years ago – May 3, 1895
A lady came in from Gilson Gulch a short time ago suffering from toothache. An amateur dentist of the city examined her and found that to relieve her of toothache and neuralgia, it was necessary to have twelve of them extracted. The lady quietly submitted, and seating herself in a chair they were soon drawn. The amateur dentist states that she was remarkably cool in undergoing the ordeal. The amateur dentist thinks of opening an office in this city, having been successful in his practice heretofore.
The baseball team of the Gilpin County Athletic association last Sunday opened the baseball season at City Park in a practice game with the Black Hawk Nine. The team is not yet up to championship form, but after a few games will be ready to hold its own with any others in the state. The old veteran Campbell played a few innings with the team and did some clever all-around work. The home team was much too strong for the Black Hawks, but we hope before the season is far advanced to see a formidable ball team in our sister city.
How Firing of Heavy Artillery Causes Rain to fall in the Vicinity: Whatever lowers the temperature of the air at any place below the dew point is a cause of rain. Various causes may conspire to affect this object, but it is chiefly brought about by the ascent of the air into the higher regions of the atmosphere, by which, being subjected to less pressure, it expands and in doing so lowers its temperature. These ascending currents are caused by the heating of the earth’s surface by the sun’s rays or, in fact, by anything which raises the temperature of the superincumbent air, and it is very obvious that the continued discharge of large pieces of ordinance will have a considerable effect in raising the temperature of the air lying on the earth’s surface, which will ascend, expand and discharge the aqueous particles in the form of rain, for the reasons given above.
How to Serve Steak a New Way: Take a porterhouse steak, which should be cut 2 inches thick and well-trimmed of bone and fat, and put it on the broiler. Broil quickly over a hot fire and place it on a hot platter, spreading both sides of it with the following mixture: A tablespoonful of melted butter, a half tablespoonful of salt and a half tablespoonful of white pepper. On top of the steak lay 3 plantains which have been fried in butter. The plantains are the red bananas. Over this pour a half pint of béchamel sauce, and over the whole sprinkle a tablespoonful of grated horse radish. This will be found a delicious dish for a luncheon party. It has the advantage of novelty.
Born: In Central City, May 1, to the wife of Bela I. Lorah, a son. The delighted father is very proud of is Mayflower, who in the future may assist him in the assaying business. Mother and child are doing well.
Married: In Winona, Minnesota, April 29, Mr. George Wymant, of Central City, and Miss Mae Pierepont, of Winona. The newly wedded couple will be at home to receive their friends in this city after June 1st.
Died: In Central City, April 26, of la grippe, Peter Rhu, aged 55 years. Deceased had lived in Colorado a number of years. Since arriving here he had been engaged in placer and lode mining, as also stamp milling. In 1857 he enlisted in the army and was through the Mormon War in Utah under General Sidney Johnson, afterward being employed by Turner & Hobbs, who then were merchants in Salt Lake City. He leaves a wife, but no children.