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Publishing this week's edition from Abu Dhabi  -first time in 153 years of continuous publishing!
Publishing this week’s edition from Abu Dhabi -first time in 153 years of continuous publishing!

30 years ago – June 7, 1985

After waiving his right to a trial and a preliminary hearing, Ronnie Dean Browlee, 27, of Cleveland, Ohio, entered a plea of guilty to negligent homicide in Gilpin County Court Tuesday. Judge Andrew J. Krodshen said the offense is a class one misdemeanor, carrying a minimum of six months in prison to 24 months in prison, which does not include the fine imposed. Brownlee admitted to the shooting death of his nephew, William Auld, 16, also of Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26. Brownlee reportedly walked away from the campsite carrying a .22 rifle. Auld allegedly tried to sneak up on Brownlee and scare him by making sounds like a bear. Brownlee, hearing the noises, fired three shots in the direction of the noise, which was approximately 40 feet away from him. All three shots fired hit Auld, but the fatal shot was to the head. Brownlee’s sentence was that he was to be placed on 24 months supervised probation.

Central City Postmaster Charlotte Keim was proceeding north on Hwy. 119 in a 1980 Datsun on June 2 when she was struck by a car from Denver. The driver was identified as Teresa VanDoorn, 36, of Denver. VanDoorn was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Keim, proceeding north, attempted to pass VanDoorn in the southbound lane when the two vehicles collided. According to the report, Keim was forced off the road by VanDoorn. No one was injured in the accident and the cars were not totaled. Keim was not issued a citation by the state patrol. VanDoorn was issued a citation for driving under the influence of alcohol.

After waiting for over a year, the new Gilpin County ambulance finally arrived late Monday night. The ambulance was picked up in Elk Hart, Indiana, on June 1 by Bill Ward of Central City. Ward, after driving over 1,100 miles, arrived in Gilpin County to the delight of the people involved with the Gilpin County ambulance service. Cost of the ambulance totaled $36,800, and it is fully equipped. The “box” is narrower and shorter than the ones on the other ambulances that are used. By being designed in this manner the ambulance will be able to travel on almost any road in Gilpin County.

Eddie and Teri Saxton, of Fort Knox, Kentucky, previously of Gilpin County, are proud to announce the birth of twin daughters. Samantha Louise and Tamara Leigh were born on May 22, 1985, at 4:45 p.m. and 6:02 p.m., at Ireland Army Hospital. Samantha weighed five pounds two ounces and was 18 inches long. Tamara weighed four pounds 4 ½ ounces and was 17 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Tom and Paula Vukonich of Dory Lakes. Paternal grandparents are Ed and Beverly Saxton of Forest Hills.

The Rec Center in Central City has received a $48 donation from Cornerstone Partners and the Little Kingdom Players. Gilpin County Nurse Jeanne Nicholson said the center is “most grateful” for the donation that came from the opening night proceeds of “A Shot in the Dark.” The play is the newest offering of the Little Kingdom Players, who perform in the Teller House in Central City. The play runs through September 2.

60 years ago – June 10, 1955

Although the “Star Spangled Banner” won popular acceptance as our National Anthem soon after it was written by Francis Scott Key during the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, September 13-14 1814, more than a century passed before it was officially accepted. The “Star Spangled Banner” was designated as the national anthem by an Act of Congress on March 3, 1931.

The immediate predecessor of the Stars and Stripes was the Grand Union Flag. This flag consisted of 13 alternate red and white stripes and a blue field with the crosses of St. George and St. Andrew, salient features of the British flag. Designed by a Continental Congress Committee composed of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Harrison and Thomas Lynch in 1775, it indicated that the colonies had not yet broken with the mother country. The Stars and Stripes was adopted by Congress as the Flag of our country two years later when the final break came. Samuel Chester Reid, an American Naval officer, is credited with creating the design for the present American flag. According to historians it was Reid who suggested retention of the original 13 stripes and the addition of a star for each new state entering the Union. The first flag incorporating this design was flown in 1818. Previously, a stripe as well as a star was added with the entry of each new state.

Mrs. Wm. O. Ziege is visiting relatives in Boulder, and the smell of fried onions permeates the otherwise pure ozone of the air in the vicinity of Third High Street. It seems that “Bike” is most partial to the taste and aroma of this particular vegetable, and when he has to forage for himself, fried onions come first on the list, yes, even for dessert.

Mrs. Hannah Wick of Denver, who has been here for the past several years at Ye Olde Fashioned Eating House, is once again at her old post here. Hannah is one of the most noted chefs in Colorado, and her smiling countenance and tasty foods enhances the atmosphere of this dining room.

A real estate deal was completed last week wherein Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Campbell purchased the house and lots at Gregory Point from Mr. and Mrs. Leroy J. Williams. The house, a two-story structure, contains ten rooms and was built by Fred Kruse in the 80’s when he was the president and general manager of the Gilpin Tramway company, and was the birthplace of Ida Kruse McFarlane, whose name is a memorial for all that the Opera House represents. The property also consists of seven lots on the north side of the creek, extending west to the old Joe Ward home, and across the creek south to the buildings which was the Kruse Grocery Store, and the sign is still visible. The house is noted for its antique design, and particularly the windows above the porch of Gothic design, and was in years now passed into oblivion, the mecca of numerous events of society. Mr. and Mrs. L. J. expect to leave August 1st on a trip through the New England States and Canada, in commemoration of their 50th wedding anniversary and, on return, Mrs. L.J. will reopen their house in Denver, and the good looking barrister will commute from Denver to here.

90 years ago – June 12, 1925

An unavoidable accident was the verdict returned by the coroner’s jury at an inquest held yesterday afternoon at the West Portal of the Moffat Tunnel over the body of G.M. Biegle, 20, of Buchtel, Ohio, Colorado School of Mines student, who was killed at 2:50 o’clock yesterday morning in the water tunnel when a drill struck an unexploded charge of dynamite. Four other men were injured in the explosion, but are expected to recover.

Youth is the time for action, middle age for thought. In youth, red-handed, red-ankled, with songs and shoutings, we gather in the grapes; in middle age, under out own fig tree or in quiet gossip with a friend, we drink the wine free of all turbid lees. Youth is a lyrical poet, middle age is a quiet essayist, fond of recounting experiences, and of appending a moral to every incident. In youth the world is strange and unfamiliar, novel and exciting; everything wears the face and garb of a stranger; in middle age the world is covered over with reminiscences as with a garment, it is made homely with usage, it is made sacred with graves.

Edmund Lowe in “Honor Among Men,” will be the picture shown at the Opera House Saturday evening, June 12. A Fox News short is assured for exhibition on the same evening.

A nice streak of heavy lead ore has been uncovered by the Ruby Joe Company in their operations in the Bonanza Tunnel, in Chase Gulch. The ore was struck in the second level which is being driven towards the McCorkle vein, and is supposed to be a continuation of the ore body found in that mine when worked years ago.

Mr. O.L. Patterson, manager and operator of the Gilpin-Eureka Mine, in this city, had 18 cords of mill ore crushed at the Buell Mill last month which returned gold retorts weighing 48 ¾ ounces. The ore came from the east drift, and carried less values than that treated last month from the west drift and stope. Production at the mine was handicapped by lack of miners and other causes, but the production this month is expected to be materially increased.

Mrs. H.J. Goddard came over from Marshall, Colorado on Tuesday to visit for several days. They like the hills better than the plains though they are doing nicely where they are.

Joe Hesselbine and wife, accompanied by her mother, Mrs. John Loughran, motored up from Denver last Saturday, on a visit at the cemetery, returning during the afternoon.

John M. Mack came up from Denver Sunday to spend a few days at his old home and meet with former friends and associates. He is now located at Hermosa, California, living with his daughter, his wife dying a couple of years ago, and having business in Denver, he could not forgo a visit to Golden Gilpin. Mr. Mack will be remembered as the janitor at the court house for a number of years before going to California.

Mr. and Mrs. O.L. Patterson were passengers to Denver on Friday last.

120 years ago – June 7, 1895

A scientist says those who have heart disease should not marry. Go to! Isn’t love a heart disease?

Mr. Bean, of this city, while on his way to Black Hawk Monday, on reaching a point on Gregory

Street near where ex-Marshal Kelleher formerly resided, observed a lad of some seven summers fall in the gulch. Dropping the reins of his team he jumped from the wagon, went into the water and landed the lad in safely. Were it not that Mr. Bean had presence of mind, the lad would have been drowned, as there was a large amount of water flowing down the gulch at that time. When recovered he was in a semi-conscious state. The parents of the lad feel very grateful for the righteous act of the rescuer of their son.

How to remove candle grease: Candle grease is hard to remove, but the stains can be taken out by holding a red-hot poker over the mark, not close enough to scorch it, and placing a piece of blotting paper underneath to absorb the wax as it melts. When the material is not very delicate, put a piece of blotting paper over the spot and iron until all the grease is out. A few seconds will suffice. Then rub the spot with some tissue paper. Grease spots on velvet or cloth can be removed by dropping a little turpentine over the place and rubbing it dry with a piece of clean flannel. Continue this until the grease has vanished. If the nap of the velvet has become flattened, raise it by damping the wrong side, stretching it out and ironing it on the wrong side. This is best done by standing the iron on end and passing the velvet over it.

The new upright boiler on the property of the Central City Lode is in place, steam being raised for the first time last Friday evening. The mine is filled with water up to a point 200 feet from the surface. It will require several days’ hoisting to get the water out, when further developments will be made. In the west level at the time the property was closed down, the former pool operating it had struck a good body of ore.

Born: In Central City, June 3, 1895, to the wife of John Oliver, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, to the wife of W. D. Lean, a son.

Born: In Russell Gulch, June 4, 1895, to the wife of George Godfrey, a son, weight 9 ¼ pounds. The weight of the child is averred by the attending physician. Mother and child getting along nicely, and the father highly pleased.

Born: In Central City, May 30, 1895, to the wife of John Crowley, a son, weight 11 pounds. John is one of the most delighted fathers engaged on the Fiske mine, and contends that his little son will be educated for the ministry.

Married: At the residence of the bride’s parents in Hastings, Minn., May 20, 1895, Miss Minnie Waples of that city, and Mr. J. K. Marshall of Russell Gulch, Colorado. The bride and groom left the following day for Tacoma, Washington. After spending their honeymoon on the Pacific slope they return to Russell Gulch where they will reside, the groom having mining interests in that and Idaho District.

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