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30 years ago – February 20, 1987

The Cozens House on East 1st High Street in Central City may be getting a face lift. The house is owned by the City of Central. The Board of Aldermen, Dick Allen, Angelo DiBenedetto, Frank Macri, and Claude Paul, have been considering a number of options to repair the old house. No definite decisions have been made, but the roof and foundation may be repaired in the near future. The Cozens House was completed in October of 1863. At that time it was a two story house. According to Sid Squibb, local historian, when East 1st High was built the street level was raised. The house is connected to the back of the Gilpin County Arts Association which is adjacent to City Hall. The main floor of the art gallery once housed the county’s jail. The second floor served as the county courthouse and became known as Washington Hall. William L. Cozens was a trained carpenter and also served as jailor and county deputy sheriff. He built the jail and the courthouse. It was leased to the county for $35 a month in 1862. Cozens resided in the house directly behind the art gallery and City Hall. It is what is known today as the Cozens House. He later became the sheriff of Gilpin County. He sold the property and his home to the county on April 8, 1868 and moved to County Road Street. It is the street between St. James Methodist Church and the courthouse. When the present courthouse was completed in February 1900, the City Council for Central City wanted to purchase the property. The City’s town hall consisted of rented space in various buildings throughout the city. On July 21, 190, the county quit-claimed the county buildings and lots to the City of Central for $2,500. By 1903 the area that was the jail, and is now the art gallery, was converted into the City hall Fire House until 1961. The present City hall, where the City Council regularly meets, as originally used as the Clerk & Recorder’s Office.

The possibility of alcohol poisoning caused a 15 year old student to be rushed to Lutheran Hospital in Denver. A dance was held in the Gilpin County School gymnasium on February 12. According to School Superintendent Gene Labriola, as of Wednesday, about eight to ten students have admitted to drinking before the dance, but not at the school event. Other students were apparently drinking during the dance. Apparently, alcohol was stashed in a culvert located in Pickle Gulch, said Labriola. There were no fewer than two chaperones present at the dance. Students are allowed to leave the gym and re-enter at their leisure. At approximately 10:30 p.m. it became apparent that one of the students needed assistance. Labrila remained with the student and the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department was notified. Two members of the Gilpin County Ambulance service arrived and the student was transported to the hospital for fear of alcohol poisoning. Labriola said that definite precautions will be taken in the future. For one, the numerous doors in the gym will be secured and students will be restricted from being able to leave the area. A support group of interested parents and school personnel is being formed. Parents will be asked to help chaperone school activities along with the teachers. Those who are interested may join the group or receive information by calling the school. The students involved in this incident will find there are “consequences for their actions,” Labriola said. His goal is to “teach the kids that they made some real bad choices that evening.” Not all of the students at or before the dance consumed alcohol. All of the students were screened before leaving the school and drivers were selected that had not consumed any alcohol. Personally, Labriola is concerned how students, under the age of 21, obtained alcohol. The student that was transported to the hospital was released.

Born: Terry and Mary Schuyler of Missouri Lakes are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a boy. Casey Cole was born February 2, 1987, at Boulder Community Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds three ounces, and measured 20 inches in length. His maternal grandparents are Robert and Julia Cole of Frederick, Maryland. His paternal grandfather is Peter Schuyler of Columbia, Maryland. Florence Siemer of Pompano Beach, Florida, is his paternal great-grandmother.

Born: Steve and Lorena Willis, previously of Gilpin County, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Steven Ronald Willis III. He was born January 7, 1987 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Guam. He weighed eight pounds and was 19 and one fourth inches in long. Paternal great grandparents are Sam and Maxine Willis of Texas. Steve was a 1981 graduate of Gilpin County High School.

Died: Patrick C. Hardee. Services for Patrick Clell Hardee of Aurora were held January 7 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. Interment was at Fairmount. Hardee, his wife Judy, and their children lived in Apex Valley from 1983 until 1985. They were involved in many community activities and have many friends in Gilpin County. He was born December 25, 1941 in Long Beach, California. He died January 3, 1987 in Aurora of Cancer. He was 45 years old. Hardee graduated from Aurora Central High School and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for his service in Vietnam. He obtained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and another master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Denver. In 1976 he received his doctorate from the University of Denver in electrical engineering. Survivors include his wife; eight children, Amber of Strasburg, France; Mary Jones of Denver; Eileen, Cheryl, Jennifer, David, Camille, and Gail, all of Aurora; his parents, Clell W. and Mary A. of Aurora; a sister, Catherine Pope of Woodland, California; a brother, James A. Douglas of Wyoming; and two grandchildren.

60 years ago – February 22, 1957

Across the Crossroads by A.F. Mayham: Mentioned at a recent convention composed of a composite, mercurial temperamental type of homo sapiens was the mistake committed a number of years ago by the Indians—their immigration laws were too lax. Since the influx of the white element man has lived on the theory that you are only young once and that’s enough; some have even tried to impugn the wisdom of the Creator and have arrived at the conclusion that the less government is worked the more it costs. This country was founded to avoid taxes but look at the record now—our bureaus and politicians are busy answering questions that haven’t been asked. Maybe what this country needs is a good licking to bring it to its senses. We find ourselves in the position of the fellow who divorced his 55 year old spouse and took up with a couple of 20 year old dames only to discover that he wasn’t wired for 220.

Central City Nuggets

Mrs. Helen Neno was called to Kansas City the first of the week, by the serious illness of her sister, who suffered a heart attack, and latest information is that she is in serious condition.

Mrs. Inez Schmidt returned Sunday from Denver where she has been convalescing from surgery after a stay at St. Luke’s Hospital of many days. She is feeling quite pert again, and thanks her many friends for their kind expressions of sympathy extended her by “get well” cards, flowers, and visits while she was on the sick list.

Misses Helen and Margery Skagerberg will leave Sunday evening by T.W. A. for New York City. Miss Margery has a scholarship for dramatic training.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mrs. Kathryn Jackson was over from Idaho Springs Thursday visiting her father, Sam Redman, who has been ill.

The children, parents and friends of the local school enjoyed a program and valentine party Friday afternoon, under the direction of the teacher Miss Elsie English.

Judy Allander had the misfortune of breaking her arm Sunday while playing in the yard near her home and she spent one day in the hospital. Judy who is sin the second grade, will have to miss about a week of school. This is the third time her left arm has been broken in the past several years.

Mrs. Paul Eccker underwent surgery Tuesday at St. Luke’s Hospital for a dislocated vertebra and is reported to be in satisfactory condition.

The George Anderles were among those attending the funeral of Bessie Ramstetter in Golden last Saturday.

90 years ago – February 25, 1927

A man will spend three times as much time shaving as he does eating his breakfast and then wonder what is the matter with his digestion.

Black Hawk Jottings

Mrs. John Robins left for Ni Wot, Boulder County, summoned by the serious illness of her aunt, Mrs. Fannie Sweeney Null.

Mrs. Wilfred Fritz gave a birthday party at her home on Friday evening last, in honor of Mrs. Elizabeth Klais, it being her 75th birthday. Those present on the occasion were Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eccker, Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Fritz, Mrs. Goerge Fritz, Mrs. Eugene Perley, and the Misses Julia Stapleton and Irene Gobbons, and Charles Klais.

Zack Mackey was over from Idaho Springs on Saturday last, on a short visit with Harley Shaffer, who is on the sick list, and other friends.

Central City Personal Mention

J.R. Rule left yesterday morning for Denver to visit several days with his wife and daughter, Mrs. Emma Vance and little son, Ralph Delmer, of Akron, Colorado.

W.O. Ziege and wife left for Denver Wednesday afternoon, the former to attend the annual session of the assessors of the state, while the latter will visit with relatives and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. P.R. Alsdorf motored up from Denver Tuesday on a business and social visit.

Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Jenkins returned Wednesday evening from a visit of several days spent with relatives and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Weaver returned Wednesday evening from an extended visit in Denver.

How to Make Beef Pie from Leftover (or fresh) Beef by Nellie Maxwell: Cut cold roast beef into inch squares, using two cupfuls. Put into a quart baking dish and season with half a teaspoonful of salt, a dash of red pepper, a tablespoonful of tomato catsup or one cupful of tomatoes strained and seasoned. Pour over the meat one cupful of broth, or gravy mixed with water. Cover with a crust made of baking powder biscuit dough; cut with a small cutter and place over the top. There is no more delicious way of serving cold roast beef than in thin, rosy slices on a well garnished platter. Serve with cucumber or horseradish sauce.

Even a small cupful of leftover beef, if added to a gravy and served on toast will make a fine luncheon dish.

Married: Word was received at this office last week of the marriage on January 18, 1927, of Mrs. Rose Slattery, of Denver, and John T. Schmitt, of Arvada. A little late in spreading the glad news, but not too late for the many old friends of the bride in Gilpin County, to extend congratulations and good wishes for a long and happy future.

Died: George Launder: George Launder, a long-time resident of Gilpin County, died in Denver Wednesday, February 16, following an operation for appendicitis, at the age of 48 years of age. He was born in this city, and served several terms as city Marshal, and since going to Denver has been employed in the city shops of that city. He is survived by his widow, and three brothers, Will, of Idaho Springs, John, of Kansas City, and Fred, of Denver. Funeral services were held in Denver Saturday morning, interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

120 years ago – February 26, 1897

Miss Emma Harris, who has been visiting her brother, Ed, and many old friends, left for her home in Denver on Saturday.

Deputy Sheriff Chas. Karns, of Apex, left Thursday for Canyon City, with Fred Smith, sentenced to three years in the pen for larceny.

August Rohling of Fort Collins was visiting his brother Phillip, of Black Hawk, during the week.

The water in the Topeka Mine in Russell Gulch is now down to the 10th level, a depth of nearly 900 feet from the vertical, and 9th and 10th levels are being cleaned up for active mining. After the sump below the 10th level is relieved of water and cleaned out, the company intends sinking another lift of 100 feet. About 20 men are working in the mine, mostly leasers, and from 30 to 35 tons of milling ore are being hoisted daily and sent to the stamp mills over the Gilpin tramway lines. Some of this ore is returned 4 ounces gold to the cord, and the smelting ore also carries good values.

The Never-Sweat Mine in Lake Gulch has been leased and bonded to Boston parties, who have commenced operations. This claim has a shaft 125 feet in depth and sinking and drifting will be carried on in order to fully develop the property. Former shipments of mill ore from this property, returned five ounces of gold to the cord.

At the Galena Mine, repairs have been made since the explosion of the steam chest on the boiler, and everything is running smoothly again. Miners are working in the 400 foot level and are stoping out good mill and smelting ore, shipments from which gave returns of $182 per ton for the first grade smelting ore and $146 per ton for the second class. The mill ore carries from 5 to 6 ounces gold to the cord, with tailings worth from $17 to $33 per ton. As soon as possible, another lift of 100 feet will be sunk.

Born: In Nevadaville, February 23rd, 1897, to the wife of Richard Eddy, a son.

Born: In Central City, February 24th, 1897, to the wife of James Bristol, a daughter.

Died: At St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, February 20th, 1897, Martin Doyle, aged 52 years.

Died: In Black Hawk, February 21st, 1897, of diphtheria, Mary A., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Roy, aged 4 years and on the same day, a two year old daughter of the same disease.

146 years ago – February 26, 1872

From the Daily Central Register:

The quantity of snow which has fallen lately, the warm days and cold nights, have each contributed their share in making icy roads. Hence, we congratulate Mr. Jack Curtis, driving for the Overland Stage Company, on the fact of his making a safe, if not quick trip, yesterday, when he brought sixteen preachers and five children safely from Golden to Central. We are prepared to wager a seventy five cent note that this was the heaviest load of Theological documents ever brought to the mountains.

For some time past in Black Hawk a thing answering to the name of J.W. Sullivan has boasted that while he was a hospital steward at the prison pen of Andersonville Prison, during the late war, he had administered doses of medicine to the “boys in blue” until they were almost able to walk, and then he gave them a dose that (his own words)—“By G—d they never would get over; one that the Yankee sons of b-s would carry into the next world.” This remark Sullivan (J.W.) has made several times, in the presence of one or two citizens of Black Hawk, until finally reached the ears of a soldier who had suffered fourteen months’ imprisonment in this slaughter pen of Andersonville. Our soldier was very particular in ascertaining the truth of this, going first to the one where the report originated, and finding it to be straight he called on Sullivan and asked him personally if he had made any such remark. Sullivan replied that he had, and if a second opportunity offered itself he would do it again, “by G—d.” We have but a word to say with regard to what followed this last remark of the lowest, most detestable mass of semi-human pollution that ever breathed, that instead of being let off with a simple, though severe thrashing, he ought to have been killed on the spot. And that would have been justifiable, and an act justified by the community at large, as one that was ridding society of a reptile whose very presence pollutes the social atmosphere.

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