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Milda_Bar&steampunk30 years ago – May 10, 1985

Letter to the Editor: I was very interested and very concerned when reading your front page story “Sheriff’s excavation…” Hope you do a follow up story so Gilpin County residents can be aware if there is a chance our tax money will be used to foot the bill for a possible lawsuit that could have been avoided by the use of a little common sense. I have a question: Why didn’t the sheriff’s department contact the teenagers’ parents and deal with them instead of a couple of frightened children? It’s hard to believe that armed only with a child’s version of property lines, the sheriff’s department proceeded to dig up a dog’s grave. The lack of professionalism and the ludicrous manner in which this situation was reportedly handled by the sheriff’s department should have a lasting effect on the thinking of the residents of Gilpin County. From all the talk the story invoked, the humor in the story was not ignored. Some folks had “excavation” jokes laved in their comments! But then, sometimes from humor comes awareness! Sincerely, Clay Phillips, Apex Valley.

Brad and Becky Bellingham of Central City are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Bryan Spencer. He was born on May 6, 1985 at Lutheran Medical Center in Denver at 3:30 a.m. He weighed six pounds three ounces and is 19 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Marge Hargitt and Frank Barnhart of Grants Pass, Oregon. Paternal grandparents are Nancy Bellingham of Sea Side, Oregon, and George Bellingham of Vernonia, Oregon. Melissa is Bryan’s older sister.

Cathye and Robert Allen of Lakewood are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a son. Lucas Patrick was born on May 2, 1985 at 7:29 a.m. at Lutheran Medical Center. He weighed six pounds 15 ounces and measured 19.75 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Pat and Ernie Wright of Black Hawk, and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen of Lakewood.

By Esther Campbell: It is Gregory Day and I am hurrying to get my hummingbird feeders full and in position. I know it seems early, but the prospect of the sight and sound of those little beauties has me in “high gear.” Several folks have already reported a “hummer” or two. My eyes and ears are on alert, but so far I have not sighted one. Sylvia Brockner, in her book “Birds in Our Evergreen World,” gives four rules for filling the feeders; 1. Use sugar, 2. No stronger solution than one cup water to 1/4 cup sugar, 3. Wash and sterilize bottles daily, and 4. Fill bottles with fresh formula daily.

“Hawk” By Catfish: New sky above, warming morning/ Over the hills, cool breeze blowing./ Against the blue, a flash of brown;/ young hawk flying against the sun. Making love with the crystaline air;/ drinking spring’s wine of laughter./ With shame for none, her joy she cries/ away and up, and on she flies.

Charges against Marion E. Kornegay, 78, of Gilpin County were dismissed for allegedly placing a juvenile in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. The alleged incident occurred April 19, when Kornegay was accused by a juvenile of pointing a gun at the teenager.

In Gilpin County Court Tuesday, Lynn A. Volkens, 29, of Black Hawk entered a plea of guilty to not having a parks pass. Volkens was fined $25 for the offense, $9.25 victim compensation fee, and $8 in court costs.

The third grade class at Gilpin County RE-1, taught by Marge Quiller, presented two delightful plays for their parents on Tuesday. The plays included costumes and props. The children acted out “Alice in Wonderland” and “Rumpelstiltskin.” At the end of the play, the cast bowed to the audience. The third grade presented the same two plays on Monday for senior citizens and yesterday at a nursing home in Denver.

60 years ago – May 13, 1955

Recently a drunk entered a local saloon, stepped to the bar and ordered a glass of beer and some sardines. The bartender obliged, bringing the sardines he asked: “Would you like to eat ‘em in the can?” The drunk looked up very disturbed, muttered: “What’s the matter with me eating ‘em right here?”

About ten inches of wet snow fell here Monday night, the storm only extending east to the Forks. It was a regular spring storm and the moisture was badly needed. Tuesday, Old Sol made quick work of the beautiful snow and it rapidly disappeared.

The annual school picnic for pupils of the elementary school of Central City will be held Tuesday, May 24th at Fort Cody, near Rollinsville. Transportation will be provided by the parents. A day of fun and enjoyment has been planned.

The State Highway Department has been busy the past week putting up a guard-rail on the corner below the Casey road, where so many accidents have occurred, several being fatal. The Dept. has also put in poles with reflectors from Central City to Black Hawk which will make night driving much easier for visitors and local residents as well.

Two busloads of members of the band from Concordia College near Chicago were in Central City on Tuesday morning visiting the various places of business, taking photos, eating popcorn, looking at the face on the floor in the Teller House and generally having a good time. The band is one of the best in the county and had given a concert in Denver the previous evening. After several hours spent here they left for Sterling, Colo., where the band will again give a concert Tuesday evening, and the following evening will play in Pueblo.

Rev. Larry Hawks, Pastor of the Methodist Church of Central City, is in the Colorado General Hospital and will be there for another week. He is convalescing rapidly, which is pleasing news to his parishioners and many friends, both here and in Clear Creek County. Mr. Stapp will officiate at services at the church Sunday, May 15th.

Mrs. Wm. Grenfell, Mrs. Earl Quiller and Miss Marjorie Quiller were in Denver Saturday, attending initiation of the 40 and 8 Club.

Mr. and Mrs. Amos B. Clark, Jr. and children were Central visitors on Sunday.

Mr. Robert Reager, who works for the State Highway Dept. has leased the Lucille Smith home on Clear Creek Street and moved his family here.

Word was received Tuesday of the death of Mr. Arthur Brockman at a hospital in Raton, New Mexico, after a long illness. Mr. Brockman was a native of New Mexico but his wife, the former Esther Rundquist, resided in Black Hawk for many years, and has numerous friends here who extend sympathy.

Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Stapp spent Sunday in Denver with his mother.

Mr. and Mrs. Spomer were Saturday visitors.

Mr. and Mrs. Bolen spent some time at the Hinckley home. Mr. Bolen is writing about this country and is here to get some material. Their home is in California.

The Johnson family and Margaret Ress visited the Ress home on Sunday.

90 years ago – May 15, 1925

Notice: The Opera House will open for the season with moving pictures next Saturday night, May 16th, on which occasion Tom Mix in “Dick Turpin,” in seven reels will be shown. Doors will be open at 7:30. Mrs. Helen Dull will supply the music. Admission, 10 and 25 cents.

The Pioneer Livery Stable of this city, represented by Oscar Williams, was awarded the contract for the star route delivery of mail, commencing Saturday May 16 from the Black Hawk depot, to Black Hawk, Central City, and Russell Gulch. The mail from the latter office will be brought over in the morning to make connection with the train at Black Hawk and is to be delivered at that point after the arrival of the train in the evening.

Mr. Healey, the local manager of the German-Belcher property, on Quartz Hill, sent a force of men to the property on Tuesday morning to rebuild the road to the mine, overhaul the machinery and get everything in shape for the commencement of work that will result in the mine being drained to the bottom as soon possible. Owing to the fact that the mine has been idle for a number of years, it is a foregone conclusion that considerable work will have to be done in the shaft and levels before production can commence, and this work will be rushed as rapidly as conditions will allow.

The first electric storm of the season visited us on Thursday of last week followed by two inches snow, with two more inches on Sunday.

Mrs. J.C. Williams was a visitor from the valley.

Messrs. Fred and George McFarlane motored up from Denver Saturday evening on a visit with their father, Mr. Peter McFarlane, returning on Sunday.

Mrs. Henry Altvater left for Denver Tuesday morning to have her right eye treated due to some infection which caused it to swell and proved very painful. She returned Wednesday evening.

Everett McCoy, wife and daughter arrived from Denver Saturday afternoon, by auto, to spend Sunday with her mother and brother, returning home that afternoon.

Died: In Central City, May 14, Joseph Katta, aged 39 years. Mr. Katta has been suffering from a complication of ailments, including a weak heart, and some time ago went to Denver to test a lower altitude for that particular trouble and, not finding any relief, returned to Apex, where he remained until a week ago, when he was brought to this city and has been gradually failing until the end came yesterday morning. Deceased had spent the greater part of his years in Gilpin County, the family for some length of time living in Russell Gulch. For the past couple of years he has been the engineer at the Evergreen Mine at Apex, had established a store in the camp, and was doing nicely until disease interfered with his operation. “Joe,” as he was called by everyone, was an industrious and worthy young man, with a friendly and sociable nature that made friends with all who came in contact with him, an honorable and upright citizen; and the announcement of his death will prove a surprise to his many friends. He is survived by his widow, a sister and brother, to whom the sympathy of the whole community is extended in the bereavement which they have been called upon to bear. Up to the time of going to press, no arrangements had been made for the funeral services.

120 years ago – May 10, 1895

How to Make Toilet Water at Home: For violet water put a quarter of a pound of fresh picked sweet violets, together with their weight of pure alcohol, into a large bottle, cork and shake the bottle daily for one week; then add a quarter of a pound of water. Filter and bottle for use. Lavender water is made by slowly steeping for one hour in a covered farina boiler a pound of fresh lavender with a pint of water. On its removal from the fire add 2 quarts of alcohol, filter, and bottle for use. One of the most delightful homemade waters is cherry laurel water. Bruise an ounce of bay leaves and add to them a half pint of water. Steep for an hour in a farina boiler, take it from the fire and add a quart of lavender water. Filter and bottle for use.

Returns were received last Saturday from stamp mill dirt treated in Black Hawk from the Monitor Mine, Nevada District. It gave an average of 5.5 ounces gold per cord, not including the concentrates, the returns having not yet been received. The Monitor gives promise of proving very profitable. It is worked by a Denver pool.

The Pleasant View Mining Company, whose shaft building was destroyed by fire a number of years ago, intend rebuilding. The new one will be 36×56 feet in size, and a new and powerful plant of machinery will be secured. McFarlane & Co. are now preparing an estimate of the cost of the improvements. After the shaft house burned, parties who worked the property hoisted ore through the shaft on the St.Louis Gunnell. The Pleasant View owners hereafter will use the shaft on their own property for hoisting ore. Work will be resumed in a very short time, as soon as the building is completed and machinery placed.

Mr. Fritz Altvater, of the Denver Evening Post, the leading Democratic paper of the state, was up Sunday visiting his parents, relatives, and friends in this city. He took in the baseball game at City Park Sunday afternoon, returning to Denver Monday.

Mr. John Lutz, formerly residing on Eureka Street in this city was up the first of the week from Denver, where he has been located since leaving here. He is now conducting the blacksmithing business on his own hook, and meeting with good success at the state capital.

Mr. Charles M. Johnson, a disciple of Faust, and a former employee of the Register-Call, came up from the valley last Friday. He will spend the season developing mining property in the Pine Creek District. Charley thinks he has the world by the heels in that section. So mote it be.

Mr. H.J. Teller was called to Central from Denver last Tuesday.

Mr. Ignas Gundy, who was badly injured several weeks ago tomorrow by the overturning of a heavily ladened hay wagon is improving. While not attempting to do manual work, he is up ad around, thanks to skillful nursing and a vigorous constitution.

Born: In Central City, May 5, 1895, to the wife of E.F. Becker, a daughter, weight 11.5 pounds, avoirdupois. Friend Ed’s cup of bliss is now full and overflowing. Mother and daughter getting along nicely, and hopes are entertained of the recovery of the delighted father.

Died: In Mansfield, Ohio, May 1, 1895, W.J. Russell, aged 69 years. Deceased came to Colorado in 1859 and operated placer mines in Russell Gulch up to 1868, when he returned to the Buckeye state. He leaves a wife and four children. The latter are grown and married, two of whom are residents of this state.

Died: At her late residence, 1625 Franklin Street, Denver, May 4th, 1895, Mrs. S.W. Tyler, aged 46 years. Since leaving this city several years ago, Mrs. Tyler and family have lived in Denver and, undergoing a surgical operation in New York, her health was seemingly much improved, and the prospects were very favorable, but a change for the worse soon developed, resulting as above. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon last, and was attended by many Gilpin County people who were well acquainted with the lady when a resident of this city. Interment was made in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

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