30 years ago – August 8, 1986
One of the Environmental Protection Agency’s ideas on how to fix the Gregory Incline and Tailings is the installation of a culvert around the site so North Clear Creek would not erode the tailings pile. Some locals have said a flood would either wash out the culvert or block it with debris, thus creating damage throughout Black Hawk.
The Editor’s Opinion by Janet Davis: Whatever happened to government for the people and by the people? It’s oppressively on the people these days. Especially in Gilpin County. First, the feds, through the EPA, have decided to spend a half a million bucks to preserve a Black Hawk mine dump in all its historic “beauty,” when a bulldozer could easily, and cheaply, clean up the mess. Gilpin County people weren’t asked. Then, the state folks have decided Gilpin County will be a dandy place for a women’s prison. Gilpin County people weren’t asked. Now, it looks like the Jefferson County commissioners are leaning toward approving their own rock quarry in Clear Creek Canyon near the road most of us have to travel frequently. Again, Gilpin County people weren’t asked. Soon, the Gilpin County commissioners will have to decide if the Gilpin Quarry can be constructed next to Hwy 119 only about a mile up from U.S. 6. No doubt there are many good rock gathering places in Gilpin County, but the junction of Hwy 6 and Hwy 119 isn’t one of them. Despite what Commissioner Leslie Williams implied in her letter last week (“the tourist can see mining through a one hundred year span from yesterday’s shafts to today’s open pits; hurt tourism trade, I think not”), rock quarries are not tourist attractions. Nor do tourists come to Gilpin County to look at ugly old mine dumps, which are nothing but scars on what the tourists really come to see – the mountains. The beautiful mountains, our most precious and fragile asset. Quarry standards in Jefferson and Boulder counties are tough, so it is likely that quarry operators will continue to go for the next closest areas—Gilpin and Clear Creek— to feed the metro area’s hunger for rock and gravel products. That’s fine, and it could be lucrative, but not next to the highway everyone uses. The precedence Gilpin County commissioners set when they make a decision about the Gilpin Quarry will be with us forever. It is preposterous to think that reclamation will ever turn an open pit mine into what it once was. Enough is enough. More desecration of land we do not need. Let’s stand up and say no to poorly conceived ideas, no matter how much money they would generate, while we still have something left to protect. What will be Gilpin’s future? Do we want to start now to improve what we have, or do we want to be the gravel pit (arm pit) of Colorado?
Died: Williams Henry “Budd” Mellor Jr. died of cancer on July 29, 1986. He was 76. At the time of his death, he was at the American Cancer Research Center. He was born on April 24, 1910, to Ella and William Henry Mellor Sr. at the Banta Hill Ranch, which was between Idaho Springs and Central City. He attended Clark Grade School and graduated from the eighth grade in 1928. On May 30, 1935, he married Loretha Mills in Denver. He worked in Central City and Gilpin County mines until 1942 when the family moved to Arvada. Mellor became a stationary engineer for refrigeration. From 1942 to 1980 he worked on refrigeration for Litvak and United Packing. Until two years ago, the Mellors spent summers and weekends at their home in Central City, the old Frost home. Mellor was a 55 year member of Nevada #4 Lodge AF&AM. He was also a member of El Jebel Shrine, the Royal Arch Masons of Central City, and a life member of Central City Elks Lodge #557. He is survived by his wife, Loretha Mellor of Wheat Ridge; a son, Charles Mellor of Lakewood; a daughter, Marilyn Wessels of Wheat Ridge; and two grandsons. Services were held August 1 at Olingers. Interment was at the Tower of Memories.
In memory of “Budd” by Fred Thomas: I suppose my most memorable ride with “Budd” or anyone else was that long ago trip down Boulder Canyon in Budd’s Model T Ford pickup. Thoughts of short recesses and long school days come floating back. Budd and my brother Bill were always rival captains of our football team, ‘cause they were the toughest. Visiting Budd and his family in the ranch near Virginia Canyon was something we looked forward to. And so the lads we grew up with grew up too, grew older—and then old. And the young lads became old timers. It’s “so long” to another old timer and chin up to those of us who are left.
Died: Neville George Parsons of Stayton, Oregon, died July 11, 1986. He was 76. He was born and raised in Central City, as was his father. He was the son of Clifford I. Parsons who was once the Central City Postmaster, Gilpin County Clerk & Recorder, and a member of the Colorado Legislature. Parsons was in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He served as superintendent of the construction of General Douglas MacArthur’s air raid shelter. During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, he and his wife were imprisoned. For 25 years he worked for the U.S. government. He retired from the Forest Service in 1974. He moved to Stanton 19 years ago. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church there and sang with the church’s adult choir. Parsons was a life member and past master of the masonic lodge in Nevadaville, Nevada Lodge A.F.& A.M. No. 4, and a member of the Scottish Rite Freemasons of Manila. He belonged to the National Association of Federal Retired Employees. He is survived by his wife, Remy T. Parsons of Stanton; a son, John C. Parsosns of Arvada; a daughter, Jocelyn Gerig of Canby, Oregon; a sister, Virginia Dick of Simi Valley, California; his stepmother Lela Parsons of Colorado Springs; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
60 years ago – August 10, 1956
Central City News:
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ress, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ress, of Denver, and Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Kapinos of Central Falls, RI, were visitors to Central City last Saturday and enjoyed the day visiting friends, taking in the sights, and eating hamburgers and popcorn.
The Central City Planning Association met Monday evening at the City Hall to meet Mr. L. Smith, of the State Association, who discussed necessary improvements, relative to the water system, sanitation, streets, new buildings, new enterprises, and various other matters of an interesting nature. The local association pledged an endorsement of the various subjects and pledged full cooperation.
The streets of the city are being repaired from the damage incurred from the disastrous rain of last week, and the work being done is in a most excellent manner. The City of Central has no finances for the necessary improvements on these streets, and Gilpin County Commissioner Martin Nelson, of District No. 1, generously donated the County equipment for the work. A state law, enacted a few years ago, states that county help and equipment used in any roads that are not designated as county or state highways cannot be hired for pay, and the work now being done for Central City is being done for free. A number of times in the past, Mr. Nelson has generously and freely given of his time and of the county equipment, and he deserves much commendation from the citizens for his help.
John LaTouche, librettist for “The Ballad of Baby Doe,” who spent several weeks here during the time the play was being presented, died suddenly last week at Calais, Vermont, from a heart attack, at the age of 39 years. Death came to the noted playwright as he was adding finishing touches to the Baby Doe story for its Broadway presentation in September.
Black Hawk News:
Mrs. Hilda Cooper, back from a recent trip to Europe is now at her home on Marchant Street.
Mrs. Betty Robins Hamlin was in Golden Tuesday where she visited Mrs. James Chase who has been ill for some time.
At the Black Hawk Community Church last Sunday, the congregation was privileged to hear a duet entitled “The Lord is my Shepherd,” by Mrs. Maxine Hoot and Mrs. Al Lagerquist.
After several days’ illness with severe abdominal pain, Ernie Eccker was taken to the Colorado General Hospital Tuesday for an emergency operation. Latest reports are that his condition is satisfactory.
Mrs. August Hoins of Vancouver, Washington, was a caller at the home of Mrs. Ruth Blake on Tuesday. She later went to Nederland to visit her daughter, Mrs. Stephanie Lawrence.
Mr. George Works and family of Dallas, Texas, are spending some time at their cottage on Swede Hill.
90 years ago – August 13, 1926
On Sunday evening last, a tourist passing through Central from Pinecliffe, informed Sheriff Oscar Williams that he saw a man, entirely naked, wandering through the timber near that point. Mr. Williams went out in his auto and spent the greater portion of the night looking for him, but on account of the darkness, was unable to locate him, and returned home. On Monday morning, the man came down to the campgrounds looking for scraps of food to eat, and was captured by a man named Smith, and was brought to this city who turned him over to Sheriff Williams, and was lodged in jail, where he raved and yelled until he was completely exhausted. He is a Russian, about 40 years of age, and when asked from where he came he was able to say “Gary, Indiana.” He does not know his name, and was not able to give any information concerning himself, or how he came to be in the mountains of Colorado. He had been seen near the resort for the past ten days, but no one was able to capture him, and his clothes were torn from his body by running through the brush and trees. Tuesday afternoon, the sheriff of Boulder County came over and took the demented man to Boulder County where he was first seen and captured.
One of the heaviest rain storms of the season visited this section on Saturday evening about 5 o’clock, but quit before doing any great damage. Hail accompanied the rain, and for hours later the ground was covered with hailstones, resembling a touch of winter.
“White Mule” For Sale: The joke is on a couple of federal prohibition officers, who though they had wind of a still in the mountains of the Guy Hill country. A certain well known ranchman had a mule he wished to dispose of and he placed a small sign on his gate, reading “Mule for Sale.” Some jokester placed the word “White” in front of the word “Mule,” and several reports reached the officers to the effect that the rancher was brazenly advertising the sale of liquor. They searched the ranch house several times and finally the rancher told them to come with him and he would show them. He led them uphill and down dale for several miles and finally pointed out his old mule, peacefully grazing in a meadow. “That’s the old white mule I have, but I’d like to sell it,” he said.
120 years ago – August 7, 1896
How to Prevent Wrinkles: Wrinkles, of course, cannot be entirely prevented, but there is no use having as many as most people in middle life and old age are decorated with. One does not think any the better or clearer for wrinkling up the forehead and screwing up the eyes, and yet nine people out of ten contract this habit in early youth. This indulgence soon fixes the wrinkles, and they never go away. The habit, too, of making faces indicative of the various emotions contributes a great many of these spoilers of beauty. A placid expression is certainly very much more lovely either in man or woman than one disturbed by useless grimaces. An even temper and a patient mind will do wonders in the way of smoothing out the wrinkled brow.
Tom Triplett of the Teller House returned on Friday from a well-earned vacation, spent in various parts of the state. He says he had a pleasant holiday trip and that he feels competent to hold down his job until next vacation.
- Cornwell of Pine Creek was a visitor to Central City on Monday.
George K. Kimball, Jr., of the Wautauga Mine in Russell Gulch, rode into Central on Monday to attend to business matters.
Ed Davis, of the Rocky Mountain National Bank, returned from his holiday trip on Sunday, most of the time being spent in Middle Park chaperoning a party of ladies. Misses Nellie Charles and Maggie Davis had a narrow escape while on the trip. In crossing the inlet of Grand lake, they both fell into the water, and but for the assistance of the men, would probably have drowned. It was a narrow escape as it was, and one which they are not apt to repeat if possible.
Born: In Central City, August 2nd, 1896, to the wife of Edward L. Harris, a son. Mother and child are both doing nicely, and Ed has been setting up the cigars to his many friends since the aforesaid event took place.
Died: In Central City, August 3rd, 1896, Mrs. A. Westover, aged 75 years. Funeral services were held at the residence of Richard Harvey on Casey Avenue, Thursday morning at 10 o’clock, after which interment took place in the Masonic burying ground.
Died: In Central City, August 5th, 1896, of scarlet fever, Rosa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Pressler, aged 5 years.
Died: In Black Hawk, July 31st, 1896, of dysentery, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Loss, aged 6 months.
Died: In Black Hawk, August 1st, 1896, of dysentery, infant daughter of Henry Boelert, aged 3 months.
Died: In Perigo, Colorado, August 3rd, 1896, of dropsy, William Nelson, aged 50 years.
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