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cowboyfamily_MildaPfleghardt30 years ago – March 28, 1986

  Recently, 20 bighorn sheep were placed in Gilpin County. It is hoped they will reproduce and enlarge the sheep population. According to Steve Yamashita, the Colorado Division of Wildlife Manager in Idaho Springs, the 20 sheep that were placed in the “historic sheep range” in southern Gilpin County were from a herd near Georgetown. Most of the animals are females, he said, and it is hoped they will reproduce. Gilpin County was selected because the division of wildlife would like to utilize the area. Yamashita asked anyone who sees the sheep to contact the Division of Wildlife office. He said they have been marked with red, green, and blue markers. The division is interested in knowing where the sheep are for future information.

  An election for Black Hawk city officials will be held next Tuesday, April 1. All registered voters that reside within the city limits are encouraged to go to the polls and vote. The polling place is Black Hawk City Hall on Gregory Street. It will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Two candidates are running for mayor. They are Randy Lara and Bill Lorenz. The four incumbents running for the City Council are Joanne Lah, Velma Starbranch, Heino Sunter, and Jim Werschky. Five more candidates are seeking election to the City Council. They are Paul Felton, Mary Klemperer, David Spellman, Morris Steen, and Michael Wilkinson. Only one vote may be cast for the position of mayor. Voters may select six of the candidates to serve on the six member council. Their terms of office will be for four years.

  A private home located at the Blue Spruce Campground in Rollinsville was destroyed as a result of a fire on March 20. According to Roger Durham, Chief of the High Country Volunteer Fire Department, he was notified of the fire about 11:45 a.m. Upon his arrival at the location, the fire had burned through the roof of the house. Durham said Frank Zalesny, who with his wife Virginia lived in the house, was working at the store in the campground and was notified of the fire by a customer. The customer said smoke was coming out of the eaves of the house. Zalesny proceeded to the house and attempted to put out the fire, but was unable to extinguish it and notified the fire department. The fire was caused by some electrical wiring in a closet, Durham said. Six trucks from High Country responded to the scene and five were actually used to extinguish the fire. It took between an hour and a half to two hours for 12 volunteer firefighters from High Country and three from the Central City Volunteer Fire Department to put out the fire. The fare house with log siding was totally destroyed. According to Durham, the house was insured. Durham said that residents in Rollinsville should be alerted that there is a possibility in the near future that HCVFD will no longer be responding to fires in that area. Presently, Rollinsville is not in a fire district, but “needs to start getting into someone’s district,” Durham said. It is a possibility that HCVFD will not respond in the future primarily because insurance companies are refusing to pay the fire department for its services. Durham said, “We want them in our district,” referring to the people in the Rollinsville area. He added that if Rollinsville is not in a fire district, it will be difficult not to respond, but it is a possibility. HCVFD will continue to assist other fire departments whenever it is needed, Durham concluded.

60 years ago – March 30, 1956

  Mr. Charles Anderson has been appointed president of District No. 1 school board by Mrs. Edith Carter, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mrs. France’s Russell. Mr. Anderson is one of our young businessmen and should make an efficient president.

  Friday night, April 6th, at 8:00 p.m., the High School will present an operetta, “Lady Francis,” directed by Miss Marie Garwood. A concert of numbers learned by the band will also be presented under the direction of Mr. Ralph Calabrese. Parents and friends are invited to attend the program in the Clark School Auditorium and there will be no admission fee.

  Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Lathem were visiting friends on Monday. Mr. Lathem taught the 7th and 8th grades last year and is now teaching in Denver.

  Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Isberg and children are at their home in Central for a few weeks’ vacation. Dr. Isberg has bought the Coppen house adjoining his property and plans joining the two houses into one.

  Mrs. George McClure, Chairman of the March of Dimes crusade, reports that the total donations in Gilpin County amounted to $500 this year, with expenses of $22, which is a good deal more than was collected last year. Half of the amount was sent to The National Foundation and the other half remains here to be used in emergencies.

  While driving up Highway 119 Friday night, Mr. Reinhard Sandrock hit a donkey, killing it instantly and causing considerable damage to the front of his car. However, he and Mrs. Sandrock escaped injury. The unfortunate donkey belonged to the V.F.W.

  Mr. and Mrs. Roy Steers, who have both been ill are able to be out and about again.

  The local school, which will vacation for three days, gave an Easter party on Wednesday for the children and their parents.

90 years ago – April 1, 1926

  “Durand of the Bad Lands,” a Buck Jones picture in six reels, and a Fox News reel will be shown at the Opera House, Saturday evening, April 3rd.

  He: Will you marry me? She: No! And they lived happily ever after.

  Cars have not come through to Apex since March 24th, and prospects are good that it will be several days yet before they will be able to get into town. Robins had to turn back on Monday, and Tuesday he came as far as the Penn.-Colo. tunnel. Wednesday he came through to Apex with a team of horses and vehicle.

  Clarence and Will Stroehle, who had been spending their vacation with their parents, returned to Boulder on Monday morning, to resume their studies at the state university.

  William Saunders left for Boulder Wednesday morning, summoned by the serious illness of his brother, who was reported at the point of death.

  With nearly two feet of snow on the ground and an eastern fog covering the mountains, there is small chance for the ladies to display their Easter hats and dresses on Sunday. This is no “April fool” joke.

  The chronic loafer comes nearer to perpetual motion than anything the inventors have been able to devise.

  Born: At Norwood, Colorado, March 15th, 1926, to the wife of Thurston T. Dull, a daughter. Their many friends in Gilpin County extend congratulations over the new arrival.

  Died: From the Golden Republican: Mrs. Mary Walker, 88 years of age, died last Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Woods. Death was caused by heart trouble. Mrs. Walker has made her home in Golden for the past twelve years and for sixty years was a resident of Colorado. She was born in 1838 and came to this country when a young woman. She made her home in Central City for many years and lived with Mrs. Woods for twenty three years. She has been an invalid for some time but has won many friends during her stay in Golden because of her pleasant disposition. She is survived by one son: Prof. Fred Walker, principal of Willard High School; three daughter, Mrs. William Woods, of Golden, Mrs. Lillie Truman of Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Jennie Hesselbine of Los Angeles. She is also survived by four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

120 years ago – March 27, 1896

  To the Public: Our 1891 edition of Gilpin County maps having become practically exhausted, and the demand for such a map brought up to date being greater than ever before, we have decided to get out a new map of larger size, 3×4 feet, embracing in addition to the original map, the Pine Creek, Yankee Hill, Perigo, and Cottonwood districts, and a greater part of Seaton Mountain, in Clear Creek County. The map will show every patented mine in Gilpin and part of Clear Creek County, as well as those claims upon which order for patent survey has been issued, and as no other Gilpin County map will probably be published for many years, parties contemplating patenting their claims this year, who wish to have them appear on the map should take the initiatory steps at once. The copy will be delivered to the lithographer, if possible, April 15th, and any orders for patent survey left with us before that date will appear on the map. We shall spare no expense to make this a complete and accurate map and expect to have copies for sale May 1. Signed, Chase & Rank, U.S. Dep. Mineral Surveyor.

  Barney Hughes left on Tuesday for Vancouver’s Island to visit an uncle of his, who is in poor health at present. The change will, it is expected, prove beneficial to Barney also. At least, his doctor advised him to take the trip.

  Joe Preville of the Mineral Palace has been in and around Clear Creek all this week, transacting business for the Singer Sewing Machine Company.

  John Mills had his ankle dislocated on Thursday in the Sleepy Hollow Mine, but will be around again in a couple of weeks.

  Born: In Central City, March 23rd, 1896, to the wife of P. Krause, a daughter.

  Born: In Black Hawk, March 20th, 1896, to the wife of Chas. Shredding, a son. Mother and child are both doing nicely, and the happy father has been setting up the cigars to his friends this week.

  Born: In Nevadaville, March 23rd, 1896, to the wife of J. Mathews, a son.

  Born: In Russell Gulch, March 22nd, 1896, to the wife of S. Common, a son.

  Born: In Black Hawk, March 22nd, 1896, to the wife of P. Nelson, a son.

  Died: In Black Hawk, March 20th, 1896 Miss Caroline Oyler, aged 66 years. Very few of the friends of Miss Oyler, even in Black Hawk, were aware of her sickness and the announcement of her death was a great surprise to everyone. She had been ailing but a few days, suffering from a slight cold which developed into pneumonia. The doctor had prescribed for her on Wednesday, when he found her suffering from no pain whatever and no indication that the disease had such a firm hold on her system. Friday afternoon she was taken suddenly worse and the doctor and her brother were summoned, but before either arrived at her bedside, her soul had taken its flight and she was peaceful in the sleep of death. Miss Oyler came to Colorado from Freeport, Illinois, in 1867, with her brother, Thomas J. Oyler, of Black Hawk, with whom she has always made her home, and during her long residence here was known by nearly everyone, and was among the foremost in every act or deed in relieving the distress or sorrow of those who needed such assistance. Always of a sweet, pleasant disposition, she left as her friends everyone who knew or met her, and ever looking upon the bright side of life, with a cheering and pleasant word for all, she lived an exemplary life, and that of a true Christian. On Saturday afternoon, her home was crowded with friends, who had come to take a last look at her familiar features, and after prayer by Rev. Mr. Krueger, the casket was taken to the train for Denver, where services were held on Sunday afternoon at the residence of Mr. And Mrs. We. Fullerton. Rev. James McFarland, formerly pastor of the Presbyterian Church of this city and Black Hawk, officiating, the choir from the Christian Church participating. Here again were assembled the many friends who had known, esteemed, and loved her, and included those who had formerly lived in Black Hawk and Gilpin County, who had met to pay their last sad rites to her memory. Her casket was covered with beautiful wreaths of Easter, calla, and other lilies, clusters of white roses and other flowers, emblematic of her pure life, from loving friends. After the services the casket was borne to the hearse by Alvin Marsh, H.M. Ora Hood, Just.W. Nesbit, F.G. Nagle, Silas Bertenshaw, and W.J. Barker, and the funeral cortège wended its way to Riverside, where the remains were laid at rest in Mr. Oyler’s lot, beside the remains of her niece, Mrs. Katie Rhoads. Miss Oyler’s was a member of and earnest worker in the Presbyterian Church and Sunday school at Black Hawk, and took great interest in all matters connected there with. Besides her brother in Black Hawk, she leaves a sister, Mrs. A. Marquart, in Freeport, Illinois; a brother, William Oyler’s, in Kansas, and relatives in this city, Denver, Utah, California, Illinois, Missouri, and elsewhere, who will ever mourn her loss. Peace to her ashes, and may her sleep be as calm and sweet as her life has always been.

  Died: At Short’s Ranch, Dory Hill, March 24th, 1896, aged 2 years, the son of Mr. And Mrs. Fred Waddleton. Interment was held on Thursday afternoon, in the Dory Hill Cemetery.

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