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30 years ago – August 2, 1985

Gilpin County School got its septic system permits Wednesday from the County Commissioners. The Commissioners’ vote was unanimous, although there were some concerns expressed at the special meeting. The school will build two additions onto the existing facility, and there will be two new leach fields. The field on the west end will have the capacity to handle up to 120 students. The field on the east end will handle up to 125 students, according to Gilpin Sanitarian Bill Glasser. The old leach field will still handle 350 students, the school’s current enrollment, Fred Meyers, school superintendent said.

Residents of Gilpin County are being advised by the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department that according Colorado statues, “any dog found running, worrying, or injuring sheep, cattle, or other livestock, may be killed, and the owner or harborer of such dog shall be liable for all damages by it.” Livestock, as defined by Colorado statutes, means all cattle, calves, horses, mules, burros, and sheep. Sheriff Rosetta Anderle said that this also applies to deer. The advice being given to residents of Gilpin County does not in any way imply that they can randomly shoot any dog that runs across or is on their property. The statute applies only to killing a dog that is “running, worrying, or injuring” an animal.

View from the Casey by Esther Campbell: A mound of earth tossed up on a patch of green meadow by the side of the trail caught my eye. Surely, it was the work of a member of our wildlife. There is no evidence of holes such as one can see near the Richardson’s ground squirrel habitat. This mound of earth belongs to a pocket gopher. According to the “Audubon Guide to the Mammals of North America,” the pocket gopher is a member of the squirrel family, a rodent. This animal lives almost totally underground. They have heavy bodies with enormous front teeth and claws. That makes their earth removal systems so effective. They have pockets on the outside of their cheeks that are lined with fur. The pockets hold the food they are transporting. I shall keep a lookout for such an interesting animal. There might be a taxidermist’s sample at the Museum of Natural History.

Scott Manweiler and Kathy Jenkins were married on July 26, 1985, at the Abundant Life Christian Center in Arvada. The groom is the son of Gene and Ruthann Hoefferber of Dory Lakes. The bride is the daughter of Mary Moon of Akron, Ohio. The couple will make their home in Arvada.

Word from Dallas has it that Nan Works and Steve Leary, along with their children, Kelly and Peter, and friends arrived at their Black Hawk home on Swede Hill yesterday. On the 9th, Jimmy and Rusty Boggess of Dallas and Hawkins, Texas, are also expected to arrive. Local friends are invited to visit.

60 years ago – August 5, 1955

During the rain storm Wednesday afternoon, when Jupiter unloosened his heavy artillery, emphasized by bolts and streaks of lightning, one of these so-called bolts struck the home of Harry Crow, on second High Street, causing a smoldering fire in the attic of the house. Smoke poured from the eaves and the fire department was immediately called, and was at the scene in a matter of minutes. Chemicals were first used to quench the flame, and later, it was necessary to use water. Damage was estimated at $2,000, which is most unfortunate as Mr. and Mrs. Crow have been giving most of their time and efforts in remodeling their home. Had the fire gained much headway, it would have spread to other frame houses on each side and a real conflagration would have been in evidence.

About one hundred members of the square dance school on Lookout Mountain were here Tuesday evening to indulge and enjoy the “do si do” and “Promenade” in the upper floor of the Williams Stables. This school is under the capable tutorship of Ray Smith, one of the most outstanding callers in the U.S. and his students (shall we say) make this visit each year. More than thirty states were represented, and all seemed to be having a helluva good time. Ray is the popular and versatile caller of the square dances which have been here during the Festival and will be seen each afternoon and night in the ground floor of the Williams Stable.

Mrs. Lillie Tamblin is in Mercy Hospital recovering from a fall in her home. Her hip was broken and she suffered from shock, but at the last word was doing well.

Mrs. B. Friedman and Mrs. S.S. Parfenoff of Gary, Indiana, arrived here last Saturday. Mrs. Friedman had to return home Tuesday, but Mrs. Parfenoff will remain here for a time to help care for Mrs. Michael Parfenoff who was brought home from the hospital on Sunday. The younger Mrs. Parfenoff is recuperating nicely from a recent major operation on her leg.

Little Miss Judy Allander entertained a number of her young friends at a wiener roast and party in celebration of her sixth birthday on Sunday last.

Good news on the Stork Line this week. Monday morning at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, a little daughter for Dr. and Mrs. Jack Nussimbene weighed in at 5 pounds 7 ounces. She has been named Louann. On Tuesday afternoon at the same hospital a little girl arrived for Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Spellman. She weighed 6 pounds and 15 ½ ounces and has been named Sandra Renne. Mothers and babies doing fine. Grandma Ruth Blake hurried down Thursday to have another peek at her new granddaughter.

Mr. Ben Purdy almost lost a finger Monday morning when he got it caught in a power saw. Mike Gage took him to Dr. Flower who sewed up the wound so well that Ben says he is having very little discomfort or pain.

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Ponti and little Dennis of Denver were here for the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Evans. On Sunday the men folks went to Grand Lake to fish.

Cards from Olive and Charles Robins this week say that they and the Hamlins are having a good look at Quebec, Canada.

90 years ago – August 7, 1925

Some people just naturally have the dough because that’s the way they’re bred.

Eccker brothers of Black Hawk, who are leasing on the Cornucopia Mine in the Silver Creek section of the county, are running their mill dirt at the Polar Star Mill, in Black Hawk, which is returning 13 ounces gold to the cord by amalgamation, the tailings also carrying good values.

A 3-ounce gold nugget was found in the sluice boxes last Wednesday, where gulch mining is being carried on between the New York and Randolph Mill on Clear Creek, below Black Hawk, which was worth in the neighborhood of $55. The parties working the claims have done considerable work in getting down to bedrock and are now reaping their reward as it is reported that considerable coarse gold is now being taken out with each cleanup.

At the German-Belcher Mine on Quartz Hill, preparations are being made for hoisting the water down to the next level, so that development work can be carried on at that point, in the neighborhood of 300 feet. In development work which has been done in the upper levels, no bodies of uranium ore have been uncovered, and the intention is to get deeper in the expectation that a chute of that character of ore will be encountered.

Mrs. Louie Welch, her daughter, Mrs. Everett McCoy and Mrs. Hazel Wolfe were hostesses at a bridge luncheon at the home of the former, Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock, when seven tables were necessary for the invited guests. A most pleasant afternoon resulted, the first prize being awarded to Mrs. L.G. Cavnah, the second to Mrs. Nordlien, of Black Hawk, and the consolation to Miss Irma Seymour.

Mr. Joseph Williams and family left for Denver on Friday in the hopes that a lower altitude will prove beneficial to Mrs. Williams.

Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Clark came up from Denver Saturday evening, accompanied by Mrs. G.M. Laird, who had been visiting them for the past month, the former returning home Sunday afternoon.

Died: In Denver, August 5, Mrs. Mary Cody, aged 48 years. Deceased was the wife of John Cody, the family living here for many years before moving to Denver to make their home. She is survived by three sons, Thomas, Michael and Raymond, and a daughter, Mrs. Mary Sullivan. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9 o’clock. Interment in Mount Oliver.

Died: In Denver, August 3, Mrs. Elizabeth Semmens, aged 52 years. Mrs. Semmens was the widow of Nicholas Semmens, former well known residents of Nevadaville, and was the sister of Mrs. R.W. Pierce, of this city, and Mrs. John Hughes, of Russell Gulch. The remains were brought up from Denver yesterday morning and buried in the Bald Mountain Cemetery.

120 years ago – August 2, 1895

Two floods occurred this week, the first on Monday and the last on Tuesday. The first cloud burst spent its force on Quartz Hill and followed an easterly direction, a large portion of the water going down Lake Gulch and across Bobtail Mountain. The rain belt did not exceed three miles in width from north to south, no rain falling to any extent at the head of Virginia Canyon to the south, or in Chase Gulch to the north. In Black Hawk the flume on the north side of Gregory Gulch was badly torn up from the mouth to the Bobtail tunnel and on down to where the water empties into North Clear Creek at the stamp mill of the Gilpin Company. Above this point along Gregory street on both sides many buildings were flooded from the rear as also in front. In the lower portion of Black Hawk the bridge below the Randolph Mill sustained considerable damage. The damage sustained by the two floods in Black Hawk is estimated to be fully $4,000. The damage sustained by private parties will foot up close to that amount. In Central the damage to the City Park and to business men on both sides of Main Street and down to Gregory Point, including the damage sustained by private individuals, will probably reach the neighborhood of $4,000.

Grading for the placement of a new 100-horse power Corliss engine on the Saratoga Mine in Russell District, was commenced this week. The manager of this property has ordered an 8-inch Cornish pump which will be placed in the main shaft as soon as it is received. The Corliss engine will be used in running the pump. The Saratoga Company for the past two years has had a large amount of water to contend with, and at times had to close down. The pump is of such capacity that the shaft can be sunk to a greater depth. When drowned out of the lower workings, the best ore ever taken out of the mine was in the lower workings. The new improvements will be such as to place the Saratoga in the front rank as an ore producer.

Mr. James Freeman, a former resident of Russell Gulch, but of late living at Aspen, Pitkin County, is paying a visit to his former friends and acquaintances. He was among the first to locate in Russell District, and for many years was actively engaged in mining in that portion of this county.

Mr. Harry Benight returned to Denver after a short but pleasant visit with his brothers in this city last Saturday afternoon. He continued his duties at Daniels & Fisher’s store Monday morning.

Mr. T.A. Richard, geologist for the State of Colorado, arrived from Denver on Wednesday evening and made this office a pleasant call. He left Thursday morning overland for Leadville, Aspen, and other mining towns in that section of Colorado.

Captain William Madeira, one of the comrades belonging to the gray bearded regiment of Iowa, who did good service in the War of the Rebellion, is the guest of his son, who resides on the South Boulder. Although 84 years of age he is still very active. He will take up a residence here.

Born: In Central City, July 30, 1895, to the wife of John Hooper, a daughter.

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