30 years ago – October 10, 1986
American War Games of Colorado Inc., a three man partnership, has opened for business in Gilpin County. According to Erwin Goetzfried, one of the partners, the company names means that males and females enter into “tactical pursuit games.” The games consist of two teams and one team tries to beat the other team. The game being played at this point is called “capture the flag,” Goetzfried said. To play the game, each participant is given a carbon dioxide powered paint ball pistol, two tubes of carbon dioxide, and 30 rounds of paintballs. The object is to hit members of the other team with a paint ball. When hit, the opponent is out of the game. Goetzfried said the paint ball “can sting,” but does not seriously hurt anyone. “Head shots” are to be avoided. Goggles and ear protection are provided. The games are “just another sport,” Goetzfried said. There are no hand to hand combat, real guns, or tanks. To enter as a participant, there is a $25 fee. That entitles a team player to six games per session. Apparently, several residents who live near the property, located near mile post 14 on Highway 119, became alarmed at the spray painted sign placed along the highway. Goetzfried has said that the sheriff has spoken to him. According to Goetzfriend, the business is still in the process of getting organized. He said that the plans are to “start full force in March.” Goetzfried avoided giving the names of his two partners in the business. He would only say there are “two other partners, also.” Apparently, there is a similar business located in Colorado Springs.
Judge Andrew J. Krodshen of the Gilpin County Court is being forced to retire. Krodshen has been the county judge for 18 years. He assumed the position two weeks before Christmas in 1968. He has served the county for four terms of office. According to Colorado statues, on February 4, 1987, Krodshen must retire from office. The statutes states that “on attaining the age of 72 a justice or judge of a court of record shall return and his judicial office shall be vacant… “ Krodshen says, “I have a feeling of sadness. I feel lost.” His plans are “questionable.” He is disappointed that he is being forced to retire by virtue of the constitutional provision. The many years he has spent as the county judge have “all been a good memory,” he comments. He attributes those pleasurable years to the cooperation he has received from county commissioners and county officials. Krodshen says that best of all has been his staff, the court clerks and bailiffs. Those people have been “the best and most efficient in the state.” The First Judicial District Nominating Commission will be meeting in Central City on October 16 to select nominees. The actual appointment to fill the judgeship will be made by the governor. The application deadline is today. Gail Murray, court clerk, said that as of Wednesday, nine people had picked up the application forms from her. Three other applications have been picked up from the office in Golden.
Born: Bill and Mary Ferguson are proud to announce the birth of their son. Daren Joseph Ferguson was born on September 24, 1986, at 5:30 p.m., at Humana Hospital in Thornton. He weighed eight pounds eight ounces, and measured 20 1/2 pounds. Daren has one older sister, Melissa, who is 2 years old. Paternal grandparents are Tercel and Shirley Ferguson, previously of Gilpin County. Maternal grandparents are Ken and Gladys Miller of Nebraska. His paternal great grandmother is Ruby Holckamper of Aurora.
60 years ago – October 12, 1956
Central City News:
Two men who pleaded guilty to stealing $7,000 worth of wire leading into Gilpin and Clear Creek mines received prison and reformatory sentences in district court at Golden, Monday. A third was put on probation. Judge Martin P. Miller sentenced Raymond E. Atkins, 30, to 1 to 3 years in the penitentiary; Charles L. Williams, 19, to an indeterminate term in the reformatory at Buena Vista and put Edward V. Cribfield, 21, of Denver, on probation with the requirement that he pay $500 restitution for the thefts. Atkins was the one who sawed his way out of the county jail here in Central City about two weeks ago, but was captured the following day. The first two mentioned above were taken to Canyon City and Buena Vista, Thursday, by Deputy Sheriffs Dick Dowse and Tom Collins.
Mt. and Mrs. Carl Skagerberg returned this week after an extended tip through the Midwest states. They were called to Wisconsin by the death of Mr. Skagerberg’s brother. No news as to when the Grubstake Inn will reopen.
Due to the death of Sheriff Kenneth McKenzie, the vacancy committee of both Republican and Democratic parties, under a ruling given by the Attorney General’s office, in which was stated that his interpretation relative to 35 days being the deadline before any candidate could file for the office, it appeared more directive than otherwise. His opinion thus clarifies the matter insofar as the Board of County Commissioners being called upon to make the appointment. The Republican Party endorsed Ray Colburn for the office, and the Democratic Party, Floyd Campbell, both of Central City, and both names will be put on the official ballot.
Miss Marie Harwood was painfully injured Tuesday evening near Golden when her car was struck by another, throwing her against the steering wheel with such force that many of her front teeth were knocked out, necessitating surgery. However, she was in Central City Wednesday morning, and her friends here were glad her injuries were not more serious.
Black Hawk News:
Sunday callers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Otto M. Blake, were Less Stauffer, of Denver, and Mrs. T.H. McCune and her son Vernon Kimber McCune of Orinda, California. Mrs. McCune was born in Black Hawk in 1870 and was thrilled to view again the scenes of her early childhood.
Mr. E.J. Ecaker is much improved after a serious illness, being able now to drive his car and be out among the people.
Mrs. Mary Plank was in Denver last Monday on a shopping expedition.
Mrs. Lettie Gray and Mrs. Emma Ecaker drove to Leadville Tuesday, where they attended an Eastern Star meeting that night, returning home the next day.
At the Black Hawk Church last Sunday, the congregation was privileged to hear an accordion and guitar duet, played by Mr. and Mrs. Ted Morse of Idaho Springs.
Miss Elsie Hall received word that her brother Seth had died on Wednesday at Boone, Iowa.
Miss Elsie English is back at her teaching job after being out for several weeks with an injured foot.
Mr. and Mrs. Orville Gardner, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Eccker, and Mrs. Luella Fritz attended the “Ice Follies” in Denver last Friday night.
Miss Evelyn Blake, who graduated from nursing school last June at the Colorado Medical Center, has now received an appointment as a visiting nurse in the Denver area. Congratulations Evelyn!
Guests of the Dick Good family for several days last week were Mr. and Mrs. George Kaiser of Akron, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Art Crow and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Grenfell were guests of the Jimmy McDonalds in Denver the evening of October 3. After a delicious dinner, the group attended the “Ice Follies.”
Diners at Stage Stop Saturday evening were Mr. and Mrs. Dusty Rhoades.
The two children of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ferguson underwent tonsillectomies in Denver last Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Neal and A.J. Crow attended the funeral of Gilpin County Sheriff Kenneth McKenzie in Central City last Friday. The community extends its most sincere sympathy to Mr. McKenzie’s family.
90 years ago – October 15, 1926
“Silver Treasure” in six reels and a Fox News reel will be the picture program at the Opera House Saturday evening, October 16th.
If you get a letter from a person residing in another state who possibly signs his name with “Rev.” in front of it, telling you that he has a clipping which will be of great interest to you, and also informing you that he will send the clipping if you will forward him a small sum of money, better throw the missive in the wastepaper basket, and ignore the writer. During the past year or so, newspapers in Colorado, and probably in other states as well, have been deluged with requests for sample copies from outside points. The reason for these requests soon became apparent when someone would tell the editor that he or she had received a notice similar to the beginning of this article, with the further statement that when a certain sum was sent a news item concerning the party, which had been printed in the local newspaper, would be sent back. As a case in point, The Pioneer a few weeks back printed a brief item concerning people who were visiting relatives in this city. The item was reprinted in a paper published in another city. About the time the guests returned to their home they received a communication stating that they would be sent a newspaper clipping of interest to them if they would forward 50 cents. The money was sent, and in returned they received the reprinted item of their having visited here.
How to Make a Cheese Custard Dish: By Nellie Maxwell: Spread slices of bread with butter and cover with a thick layer of grated or thinly sliced rich cheese which will melt easily. Add two eggs to a pint of milk with a bit of salt, pour over the bread in a deep casserole or baking dish and bake until the custard is set, in a moderate oven. Hot cheese sandwiches are especially good with a plain lettuce salad. Spread bread cut into rounds, with butter; add thinly sliced cheese and cover with another round of bread. Cook in a little butter in a hot frying pan until both sides of the bread are well browned. Serve hot.
Emotion balanced by motion eliminates dead tissue and preserves sanity. Impress and express; inhale and exhale; work and play; study and laugh; love and labor; exercise and rest.
A piano has now been installed in the gymnasium which will facilitate the teaching of marches, drills, and dances in the physical education classes. Orchestra practice is also being held in the gymnasium and better results are expected where plenty of freedom of movement may be had on the part of the players.
“Horseshoe” is the principal recreation of the high school students at the present writing. To date Richard Sobey and Willie Thomas from the Freshman class, and Harry Willis and Newton Moody from the Sophomore class have been selected to represent their classes in the tournament which is to be held soon.
120 years ago – October 9, 1896
The young ladies of the Catholic Church intend giving a festival in the Armory Hall for several days, commencing tomorrow night. It is expected that the attendance will be large so that a good sum of money may be realized. The young ladies of the church are working hard to make the festival a success, and their efforts will no doubt be appreciated.
Undertaker Ed. L. Harris received from Kansas City on Wednesday the embalmed remains of Richard Thomas. Deceased was a brother of Mrs. Walter Lampshire, of Mountain City. He came from England to Gilpin county about three months ago. he was in poor health after his arrival, and was in St. Luke’s Hospital part of the time, after which he returned here, but the altitude was too high for him, and he left for Kansas City, where he died last Saturday in his 30th year. The remains were prepared for burial at the undertaking establishment, after which they were taken to the home of his sister in Mountain City, from where the funeral will take place this afternoon.
B.B. Wheeler, who our readers will remember is operating at Pine Creek, is in the city. The latest strike in camp he states is that of the Plateau on Colorado Hill just west of the famous Perigo Mine. The property is owned by E.J. Adams and is sinking the shaft with two shifts, having gained a depth of fully 200 feet. At about 190 feet the vein widened to 18 inches and tests made show an average value of $70 per ton. When the 250 foot point has been reached, levels will be extended both east and west and stoping commence. The Mascot property also on Colorado Hill, is being equipped with a complete hoisting plant. Mr. Wheeler says that Pine Creek will surprise even the most sanguine. J.S. Chapman, a prominent mining operator, of California, visited the camp last week and was greatly impressed with its general appearance. He says that Pine Creek shows more signs of a coming great district, and believes that development holds out greater inducements to capital than in any new camp he ever visited.
Born: In Central City, October 2nd, 1896, to the wife of John Johns, a son.
Born: In Central City, October 4th, 1896, to the wife of E.S. McWhorter, a daughter.
Born: In Nevadaville, September 25th, 1896, to the wife of Jacob Bitzer, a daughter.
Born: In Black Hawk, September 25th, to the wife of John R. Hoskin, a son. Mother and child are both reported as doing nicely, and Papa Hoskins is happy.
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