Turning back the pages

vintage_halloween_0130 years ago – November 7, 1986

It’s over—for now. The only digging done for the Gilpin Quarry was for its grave. After weeks of deliberation and hours of public hearings, it took only 10 minutes Monday for the county commissioners to deny, unanimously, the quarry application. The proposal had generated a huge public outcry at the previous four hearings. Opponents had force a group that lobbied against the quarry. Although there have been some locals in favor of the quarry, only a handful of those have attended the hearings. The opponents have been vociferous. At times the discussions were heated, and Gilpin County Commissioner Leslie Williams is not at all pleased with the way people have acted. “I have been accused of everything but incest,” William said in a statement to the more than 30 people at the hearing Monday. She went on to say that people who know her knew she would go with what the people want. Williams said she has had threatening phone calls and added, “I’m ashamed of the people.” She said, “I am not your damn whipping boy.” The county is “hurting for money” and it is up to the people if the county goes down, Williams said. Input on the budget is needed. She does not know where else to cut the budget except for employees. The county has good employees, she said, indicating that she does not want to do away with any of them. The Siegrist Construction Co. quarry would have brought tax revenue to the county. Part of the debate has been whether or not that money would be worth putting up with traffic and other negative aspects of the operation

Building & Zoning Inspector Verl Jones reported that he has received many complaints about American War Games, a company that has been holding mock wars in mid-county. The land is zoned for forestry, so the company needs a special use permit for its activities. Jones wrote to the company and the landowner to tell them that. The landowner told the company to vacate the land by October 31, according to Jones. Then, a spokesman for the company wrote to Jones and asked what could be done to allow the enterprise to continue. Jones wrote back and said the county commissioners would probably not grant a special use permit due to all the complaints. If the war games continue, the county will find out about it because the neighbors are watching what happen, Jones concluded.

Publisher’s Corner: by William C. Russell, Jr.: On Sunday, October 26, 1986, Jack “Mudsling” Kisling let fly again with another of his wretched, squalid pieces of trash directed at our community. He ranted on and on in this latest display of ridicule and nastiness, interspersed with pleas for donations, etc., for the “Old ’71” train, which could have been done without this insulting tirade berating Central City. If Jack is a “friend(?),” we need no enemies! Signed, William C. Russel, Jr.

Last Friday, two unrelated marijuana busts were made by the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Rosetta Anderle and her officers first went to a home in Travis Gulch with a search warrant. A number of suspected marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia were seized, Undersheriff David Martinez said this week. A resident of the home, Barbara Hilditch, was arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana. Later that day, another search warrant was executed at a home in Collinsville Heights. Again, plants and paraphernalia were confiscated. Richard Kim was arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana. Hilditch and Kim appeared in Gilpin County Court Tuesday for advisement. They will appear in District Court on November 14 for arraignment. Both have posted bond and are out of jail. The two cases are “not related at all” Martinez said.

60 years ago – November 9, 1956

Central City News

The P.T.A. of Gilpin County will meet Wednesday evening November 14th, at the Clark Grade School. Election of officers is on the program, with refreshments later, and anyone interested is cordially invited.

Dr. Ray Isberg, Jack Welch, and Lousi Carter were up from Denver on Tuesday to cast their vote for their respective favorites.

The Susannah Wesley Circle will meet with Mrs. Arthur Nichols and Mrs. Larry Hawks in Idaho Springs, November 14th, at 1:30 p.m.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church of this city, Monday afternoon for Mrs. Eva May Niceum, of Black Hawk, who passed away Saturday evening, with interment in Dory Hill Cemetery. She was 80 years of age and had lived in Black Hawk for 61 years, during which time she was a member of various organizations, and was greatly admired by her numerous friends for her philanthropic work and sweetness of character. She was an active worker in the Methodist Church, serving as organist and a member of the Ladies Aid Society. She is survived by five daughters, Eva Cairns, Oakland, California; Ethel Goldberg, Bell Gardens, California; Velma Barba, Los Angeles, and Geraldine Klein, of Black Hawk; and two sons, Horace, of Black Hawk, and Francis, of Oxford, Kansas; and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Barney E. Olsen died at the hospital in Boulder, last Saturday, after an abdominal operation, at the age of 56 years. He was born in Norway and came to the U.S. in 1900, and to Gilpin County in 1951, and with his wife, operated Heidi Chalet, about four miles north of Black Hawk. He was extremely well-liked and his many friends will be grieved to hear of his death. Masonic services were held Monday afternoon under the auspices of Black Hawk Lodge, of which he was a member. He also was a member of the Masonic Bodies of this city and El Jebel Shrine, of Denver. He is survived by his wife, and a half-brother, Walter Erickson.

Black Hawk News

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lehrer and daughter Sandra were up from Denver last Sunday visiting friends.

Mrs. Emma Eccker and Mrs. Letie Gray returned Sunday from a three weeks trip to Minnesota, where they had wonderful time until they ran into snow drifts in Western Kansas.

Mr. Ralph Swearing is on a business trip to the Western slope.

Mrs. Marguerite Chase is now at home in Golden and is walking with the aid of crutches.

The Catholic ladies wish to thank all those who helped to make their Bingo party a huge success at the Elks Hall last Saturday night.

Mrs. George Nelson, of Longmont, is recovering from a major operation performed about ten days ago.

Mr. Francis Niceum left Monday night for his home in Oxford, Kansas, after attending his mother’s funeral.

Mrs. Al Grose entertained at a party Friday afternoon in honor of her daughter Diane’s tenth birthday. Nine classmates were present besides grandma Grose of Denver.

90 years ago – November 12, 1926

A letter from Miss Margaret Grutzmacher, of Hollywood, California, in renewing the subscription for another year of the Register-Call says: “We are well, thank you, and at present, have “Bobby” with us, as he came down for the football game with University of Southern California, so we feel like a family party. We are always anxious to see the Register-Call and always enjoy it. I feel relieved about the trains, and hope it keeps up with the schedule, as I may want to ride on it someday myself. My town months of summer vacation seems far too short for a Colorado trip, and how could I see the people I want so much to see, take a bike to Apex and pick some berries, have a picnic trip, and even a sleigh-ride down one of the mountains, and all in two months? But I’ll get there someday. With good wishes to all my old friends in Gilpin County, and hope for them a beautiful Thanksgiving and a joyous Christmas.”

Black Hawk News

Mrs. Noah Mitchell left for Georgetown on Thursday afternoon of last week on a visit with her son Arthur, and family.

Messrs. Will and Arthur Gray left for Golden on Friday last, on a visit with relatives, and where the former hopes to be benefitted at a lower altitude.

The Rose City Mill is now running on a 100-ton lot of ore from the Atlantic Mine at Hughesville, and a good swing is expected to result from the selective flotation process in use there.

The Blake Brothers have been delivering considerable lumber to the Pewabic Company in Russell Gulch which is being used in repairing and erecting new buildings.

Died: At the home of his sister, Mrs. Lidia Burbank, of Longmont, Colorado, November 8th, Richard G. Griffith, of this city, aged about 78 years. Mr. Griffith left for Denver on Monday, November 1st, to purchase goods for his store, and was taken sick there and his sister notified, who went down on Thursday and took Mr. Griffith to her home. A postal card received from her by Morris Hazard, stated that he stood the trip well, and was resting comfortably. Monday morning Mr. Hazard received a telephone message that Mr. Griffith had died that morning. Deceased had been conducting a general store in this city for some ten years or more, and had established a good business. He was accommodating, social, and agreeable, and made friends with everyone who became his customers, and left many old friends who will be surprised to hear of his passing on. Mr. Griffith had been a resident of Gilpin County for over 30 years, and for several years was manager of the Little Kingdom Mining Company that operated below Black Hawk. Prior to that time he had been engaged in business in Georgetown and in several of the valley towns, and in the early days in Colorado, was a buyer for the Joslin dry goods company, of Denver. He was a member of St. Vrain Lodge of Masons, Longmont, and a member of Central City lodge No. 557, Order of Elks, this city. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Burbank, and funeral services were held from her home yesterday afternoon. Interment was in the cemetery at Longmont.

120 years ago – November 6, 1896

Last Saturday night was the occasion for much enjoyment in some homes in this city, old and young joining in the fun of the evening. Games were played until a late hour, and an agreeable time was spent. Halloween night was spent in a different manner on the streets by a gang of hopeful hoodlums who seems to have an idea that this night is set apart as an occasion when they are at liberty to be as destructive as possible. This gang was made up of half a dozen or more as lazy youngsters as you will find in any town—young fellows who would probably think it a crime to be known as working men. At any rate, nobody can accuse them of ever doing any hard work. These toughs deliberately went to work and tore down barber poles and other signs, cut the strings of awnings over several stores, and destroyed the property of honest people as best they knew how. It is a great pity that the whole gang were not caught and put in the jug overnight, and for the rest of the week had a ball and chain attached to them, while they broke stones on the streets, as they richly deserved.

Mrs. John Ede desires to publicly express her sincere thanks to the member of the Methodist Church, the choir, and the many friends who assisted in any way at the funeral of her husband on Tuesday.

Born: In Central City, October 30th, 1896, to the wife of William Spear, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, October 30th, to the wife of Angelo Leonadelli, a daughter.

Born: In Black Hawk, October 25th, 1896, to the wife of Henry Webster, a son.

Died: In Denver, October 31st, 1896, of miner’s consumption, John Ede, aged 35 years. Deceased has been a sufferer from miner’s consumption for quite a while, and on the advice of his physician, went to Denver to reside, hoping that the change in altitude would be of benefit to him. He, however, gradually grew worse and passed away last Saturday. The remains were brought up from Denver on Sunday, interment taking place in the Odd Fellows Cemetery on Tuesday, with a large number of friends following the remains to their last resting place. A widow and one child are left to mourn his loss.

Died: In Central City, November 1st, 1896, aged 6 years, William, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Barker. Interment was made in the city cemetery on Monday.