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30 years ago – February 26, 1988

Gilpin County RE-1 student Ed Schrader, a senior this year, was the only wrestler from the school to enter the state tournament on February 18, in Denver. According to Wrestling Coach Jack Curtis, Schrader was in the eighth grade when he began wrestling five years ago. “He is a good example of what you can accomplish with hard work and dedication,” said Curtis. Schrader lost one wrestling match in the state tournament by points. His opponent, a student from Fowler, took second place in the state match. Curtis said that Schrader gave his opponent a good match. He was “only one or two moves away from beating” the state winner, Curtis added. In the second match, Schrader lost in overtime.

At the Silver State UPL Speech Meet, on February 11, the Gilpin County RE-1 Eagles took an overall second place in a field of seven schools. Eagles Ginger Cooke, Marie Jones, Rusty Stringfellow, Jennifer Blake, Paul Weyant, Carrie Coleman, and Shelby Hayes earned ribbons by their performances in the speech meet. Amy Giroux and Jason Sosebee, first time participants, also performed. The Eagles will be competing in the state tournament on March 18 and 19.

Gilpin County RE-1 School had nine band students selected to the Union Pacific League 1988 Honor Band. The 42 piece band will tour area schools on April 18 and 19, including a band concert at Gilpin County School on April 18. The nine students are Heather Rittenhouse, Ricci Knowl, Laura Beck, Carrie Coleman, Boy Nicholson, Paul Weyant, Rita Dunn, Marie Jones, and Jennifer Giroux.

Publisher’s Corner: The “Garter and the Crupper.” These two awards are entering their third year. The “Barbed Wire Garter” for stupidity goes jointly to the Congress of the United States for their so-called “Tax Simplification Act,” including the thick tax manual with the large amount of forms and the state and county for their aforementioned raise of certain property (ad valorem) taxes, based apparently on some wild confiscatory scheme, using inflated values during a depressed period. The mass news media photographers have again won the “Sandpaper Crupper” for outright meanness. Their invasion of the privacy of grief-stricken, anguished people at funerals, etc., gives emphasis to their cold blooded, hateful attitudes toward the public in general. By publishing tapes, photos, etc., the mass media may be expressing some legal right, but the moral issue is something else.

The Nederland National Bank opened its doors August 1, 1986, as an independent community bank. “We have a strong commitment to the Peak to Peak region,” said Chuck Webb, president of the bank, on Monday. “We get our deposits from this area and this is where we make loans, too.” The biggest plus for customers in using a community bank, said Webb, is personalized service. “We know and care about our customers,” he said. In fact, the bank has posted notices at each teller’s window advising customers that if the teller does not address them by name, they are invited to take a candy from a bowl on the counter. Friendliness and the personal touch are what makes the Nederland National Bank stand apart from its competitors, said Webb. The bank is located in the business center off of Highway 119, in Nederland, just south of the center of town.

60 years ago – February 28, 1958

Central City Nuggets

The high school, under the direction of Mr. Dickson, is preparing for a public speaking competition. They will go to Breckenridge in March to participate with that school.

The spelling contest sponsored by the Rocky Mountain News will be held in Denver on April 19th. The teachers of the County have set April 11 as a tentative date for the County contest; the winner will represent the County in Denver.

Through the courtesy of the Board of Directors of the Central City Opera House Association, dress rehearsal tickets for the double bill Cavaleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, and La Perichole starring Cyril Ritchard, will be available to the citizens of Central City and Gilpin County at the Teller House Assay office on Saturday, March 15th, at 9: 30 a.m. These tickets are priced at $1.50 each. 200 tickets are reserved for each of these performances and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis to those bonafide year-round residents whose name appears on the approved list.

Died: Mrs. Mary G. H. Green of Central City died Saturday night at the home of her son, Robert, after a long illness. She was 87 years of age, and had been a resident of Colorado for over 70 years. She was a teacher in the public schools in Denver until her retirement two years ago, since that time making her home with her son and family. Funeral services were held from the Moore Mortuary in Denver, Wednesday, with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery. She is survived by one son, Robert, of this city.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Congratulations to Etta Landau, whose birthday happens to be the same as George Washington’s. The Landaus were in Denver Sunday to have dinner with a daughter and family.

A pre-school for little tots, aged 3 to 5 has been organized, which meets at the various homes. So far about 10 mothers and 14 children have participated in the project. Mrs. Dick Branecki was hostess to the group on Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mitchell were in Denver Sunday visiting their daughter Donna Mae Johnson, who has had a bout with measles. Little Gayle had them first, but has now recovered.

Mrs. Alice McKenzie underwent surgery for gall stones at St. Anthony’s Hospital last Monday, but at latest report is much improved.

The Orville Gardners are living in Denver while he is attending a welding school.

Mr. Tom Collins celebrated his birthday last Thursday by taking his family to Denver, where they enjoyed a dinner at the home of Mrs. Daisy Collins.

Louis (Bud) Klien who has been spending several months in Denver was in town last Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Turner were in Golden and Denver last Monday where they visited relatives, interviewing a doctor, and other business.

90 years ago – March 2, 1927

Joe Ress has taken over the business of Barnaby & Ress, instead of Pete Barnaby, as stated last week, the latter removing to Denver.

Nevada Lodge No. 4, AF&AM entertained members from Black Hawk, Central City, Georgetown, and Idaho Springs on Saturday evening last, the occasion being degree work. Over fifty were present and the evening was brought to a close by a banquet.

Mr. and Mrs. Blackmer, of Bergen Park, visited with the S.T. Harris family on Wednesday.

Two carloads of smelting ore were shipped this week to the smelter at Colorado City from the Pewabic Mine, for treatment.

John Romoreni and associates have a 200 foot contract to drive the Harrison Tunnel on North Clear Creek. The group of claims cut by the Harrison Tunnel is owned by the R.C. Mining Company of Omaha, Nebraska.

Tuesday, thermometers register 7 degrees above zero; Wednesday, 10 degrees above, with six inches of snow.

A Leap Year dance and play will be given net Saturday evening, by the girls’ basketball team of the high school. The play will be given at the grade auditorium and the dance in the Knights of Pythias Hall. Admission to both is placed at one dollar, but you are assured one hundred cents of pleasure.

How to Make Maraschino Sandwiches, by Nellie Maxwell: Slice and butter Boston brown bread, spread with the following; cream two small cheeses with a tablespoonful or two of cream, mix with two tablespoonful’s of chopped maraschino cherries and chopped nuts. Add a bit of cherry cordial if the cheese seems too dry. Cut into any desired form.

New York, February 29th: Col. Charles A. Lindberg has received another honor as a result of his ability as an “ambassador without portfolio.” Lindbergh has been awarded the Woodrow Wilson award medal and $25,000, according to an announcement made today by the trustees of the Woodrow Wilson foundation. No announcement was made of the time of the awarding of the honor.

120 years ago – March 4, 1898

Hon. H.A.W. Tabor, of Denver, was shaking hands with many friends in this city on Sunday. He has mining interests in Gilpin County that required his attention.

Robert N. Lewis had three figures of one of his hands badly mashed while working around the engine in the Hidden Treasure Mill on Wednesday night, but went to work on Thursday night, determined to hold down his job.

Mrs. Mary Dunstone of Denver, after a pleasant visit with her son and family in Black Hawk, returned home on Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Van Valkenburg, of Erie, Colorado, who had been visiting their daughter, Mrs. Ed. C. Hughes and family in Black Hawk, returned home on Wednesday.

The shipments of smelting ore and tailings from the Black Hawk depot to the Denver and Pueblo smelters for the month of February, was 297 carloads, of 4, 752 tons. In comparison with the same month of last year, a gain is shown of 10 cars or 160 tons. On account of the late arrival of one of the tramway engines from Denver, where it had been repaired due to an accident, the full quota of shipments were curtailed, making the monthly quota considerably lower than they would have been but for that handicap.

At the Perigee Mine property employment is given to 40 men on the day and night shifts, who are taking out enough ore to keep the 30 rapid-drop tamp mill constantly employed. From January 15 to February 15 the average daily treatment of ore at the mill was 98 tons, but since January 16 the mill was speeded up and is now crushing 115 tons every twenty four hours with the ore returning better values than at any time since the company took hold of the property.

Born: In Black Hawk, March 1st, 1898, to the wife of William Waters, a daughter.

Born: In Black Hawk, February 27th, 1898, to the wife of Louis Cattani, a daughter.

Born: In Russell Gulch, March 2nd, 1898, to the wife of Thomas Turner, a daughter.

Married: In Nevadaville, March 2nd, 1898, Rev. J.A. Long officiating, Mr. James Hoshin to Miss Lulu Prouse, both of Nevadaville.

Died: In California, March 1st, 1898, Thomas J. Burke, formerly of Nevadaville, aged 48 years.

Died: At Wide Awake, Gilpin County, February 26th, 1898, a son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Polk, aged 3 years.

Died: In Russell Gulch, March 4th, 1898, Mrs. Minnie Turner, aged 20 years.

146 years ago – February 1873

The last week in January, the Breed and Cutter Mill in Caribou yielded silver bullion to the amount of $6,050.19; during one half each of the first and second weeks in February, the yield was $13,646.49, coin value, making the sum total for the two weeks, reduced to currency value, $22,454.21. The mill has but fifteen stamps. The average yield from these is $2,000 per day. As the Caribou Mine which supplies it is producing an average of twenty five tons per day, the mill has been found much too small to keep up with it, and Mr. Breed has therefore resolved to double its capacity, the necessary machinery having already been ordered. The value of the ore ranges between $160 to $200 per ton. The first quality is worth from $1,200 to $2,000 per ton. All the crevice material from five to seven feet wide, is taken to the mill without assorting, and all crushed together. There are sixty men employed in the mine, and twenty about the mill. The mining foreman says if it should be required, he could turn out $12,000 to $14,000 worth of ore every day. Hereafter all the bullion shipments will be made through the express office in this city. The Caribou Mine has long been regarded as one of the richest silver mines on the continent, having no superior, excepting the cerebrated Comstock of Nevadaville. When the new machinery for reduction shall be put in operation, the mill of 30 stamps will yield from $60,000 to $70,000 per month, or about $800,000 per annum.

The Amateur Concert to be given at the Presbyterian Church on Tuesday evening next, is creating an unusual flutter in the society of this and neighboring towns. A very large number have expressed their intention to enjoy the rich entertainment preparing for them. The groups held a rehearsal at the school building yesterday, which we were invited to attend. We declined on this ground—the rehearsal would only destroy the charm of the public performance, as rehearsals do. Another is to be held Monday evening. We shall not be there for the same reason. We are willing to take it for granted, upon our simple knowledge of the talent organized for the event, that the result will be all that anybody claims for it, and when it is over we shall say exactly what we think about it. In the fullest confidence that we shall have nothing but approval and commendation to express, we advise everyone who has seventy five cents to spare to be on hand early Tuesday evening.


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