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30 years ago – February 3, 1989

Cash and carry is a good economic principle in most instances, but appears to be working especially well for one industrious person in Gilpin County. Beginning in early January, and last reported January 21, a series of trespassing and burglary incidents were reported by Gilpin Garden residents. A total of six homes were entered during this time period, and all but one of the homes was entered by force.Entry had been made by either breaking a window or by prying locks on doorways. Reportedly, the discerning burglar has to date only been interested in cash. The first residence to be broken into was entered by breaking a window next to the door. A total of $50 was stolen out of a drawer. The second victim reported between $500 and $1,000 missing. The loose change, nickels, dimes, quarters, and half-dollars, were stored in containers. A lock was cut off the front door at the third residence burglarized, reported Deputy Joe Meeds. Although nothing was stolen from the house, the interior of the residence was destroyed. A fourth report showed no entry into the home, but damage was assessed at $100 for replacement of a broken window in the master bedroom. The fifth case reported in the Gilpin Gardens Subdivision is listed as a trespassing incident and nothing was removed from the house. A side door was inadvertently left unlocked at the last residence vandalized on January 21. The occupant, after noticing several desk drawers open, discovered two $20 bills missing. If anyone in the Gilpin Gardens Subdivision has seen anyone suspicious in this area or has any information regarding these cases, please call the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department.

Brad Shinners of Black Hawk submitted the winning design of Black Hawk’s recent search for a new town   emblem. The mysterious Mr. Shinners, who refused to be photographed, was awarded dinner for two at Crook’s Palace, followed by dessert at the Black Forest Inn, along with a bottle of champagne from Mountain Man Liquors for his design. It features a swooping black hawk (is anyone surprised?) and old west style lettering. The emblem will soon be seen on the patrol car and sleeve patches of Black Hawk Marshal Margaret Bralish. The Black Hawk City Council may also adopt it as the official design of the city.

By Bud Ihme: Sorry boys and girls and moms and dads, but due to the snow storm on January 28, the Elks Hoop Shoot had to be postponed until this Saturday, February 4. Regardless of the weather, the shoot must be held on February 4 because the district tournament will be held in Broomfield on February 11. All boys and girls, ages eight through 13 are welcome to participate in the shoot on February 4. The winners of each age group, both boys and girls, will advance to the district tournament. Remember, contestants must be registered before each age group starts shooting: ages eight and nine, 9 a.m.; ages 10 and 11, 9:45 a.m.; and ages 12 and 13, 10:45 a.m. A total of 18 trophies will be awarded for this free throw contest, one trophy each for the first three finishers in each age group, both boys and girls. See you at the Gilpin County RE-1 gym on February 4. If you have any questions, please call Bud Ihme.

The Social Register:

Esther Campbell reports that it was a beautiful, sunny day on January 21, when six Gilpin Gaiters took a two and a half mile hike along the old stage road from Bald Mountain Cemetery to the western edge of the Eureka Ranch to view some of the peaks of the Continental Divide. The temperature on January 21 was a high of 45 degrees, reported Billie DeMars, which sure beats the heavy snow the following Saturday, January 28, of over one and a half feet!

Congratulations to Carrie Coleman who has been selected to play in the Adams State College Top of the Nation Honor Band. Carrie is one of 120 student musicians who come from 53 schools in a three state area who will spend three days rehearsing in Alamosa before staging a concert in late February. The Top of the Nation Honor Band is selected each year by the music department at Adams State to honor outstanding high school and musicians from throughout the region. Carrie is a sophomore at Gilpin County School. She is the daughter of Pail and Judy Coleman.

60 years ago – February 13, 1959

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: The higher price for gold which has been advocated for years by economists, politicians, miners, and columnists, also monetary “so-called” experts, is nothing new to the miner or to the systematic peruser of current events as portrayed in magazine articles dealing with the economy of the country. News that Russia is a gold producer and may coin a gold rule to compete with the dollar and the pound in trade balances the world over isn’t news, or, if it is, it must have grown a wonderful hirsute adornment at the point of its lower maxillary facial protrusion. Uncle Ed says he is, but ashamed of it, responsible for the advance in the price of gold to $35—he should have insisted when riding herd with FDR that the price should have been raised to $75 to cope, as he prophesied, with the coming advance in the price of everything including funerals. It costs more now to go to Heaven, but he insists that all parrots are not covered with feathers. Ed is a little shy when it comes to shouldering the responsibility for the raise as he believes in chain reaction. If he owns up to the increase, then it would follow that he is also responsible for the high cost of living and dying, fishing, and having one’s Sunday shirt laundered. When gold was $20.67 an ounce, the miner was better off, worked more properties, made more money, lived and died happier. As evidence, take a look at the record of properties then operating, and one doesn’t need the Braille system. Garrish, bewildering, unbelievable.

Services were held last week from the Tomford Mortuary in Idaho Springs, for Jay C. Kirkpatrick, who died at his home in Georgetown the previous week. Mr. Kirkpatrick has been a resident of Georgetown for the past thirty years, following his profession as a miner and mill man. Previous to moving to Georgetown, he was a resident of Black Hawk for several years, was a mill man at the Iron City Mill, where he experimented in various treatments of complex ores, and was one of the first mill men who discovered the flotation method of separating zinc from copper, and making concentrate of both metals.

This is Friday, February 13th, which according to old superstitions, marks one day in the year in which you should not take chances, such as walking under a ladder, crossing a street other than at the intersection, walk or drive around the black cat that passes in front of you, and dozens more superstitions. So, watch your step.

90 years ago – February 8, 1929

Mr. T.H. Jenks returned Monday from his trip to Bland, New Mexico, where he went to look after his mining interests in that section. While there he suffered an attack of erysipelas, and the doctor advised him to take a rest. He closed his mine operations there and also closed his operations on the Coeur d’Alene Mine in this city, for the present, and left Tuesday afternoon for Paris, Illinois, where Mrs. Jenks is visiting her parents, expecting to return here in a month or two and resume operations again.

Curtis Schroeder and wife, accompanied by the Misses Jennie and Lulu Davidson, motored up from Denver, Sunday, on a visit with Peter McFarlane and friends, returning home during the afternoon.

With this steady cold weather, which has held for nearly two months, the water from the mill has about filled the gulch with ice and slimes and the bridge at the head of Main Street is about filled to the top, and will soon be overflowing on the street unless some work is done to open up the channel.

Died: Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie Morse Brereton, Colorado pioneer, who died yesterday at her home in Denver, will be held Thursday in her home. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Brereton was born July 27, 1857, at Chatfield, Minnesota, and came to Colorado overland in 1863. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harley B. Morse settled in Central City, where her father was elected County Judge, a position he held for many years. In 1884, with her husband, Stephen W. Brereton, she came to Denver. For many years she was prominent in the Woman’s Club and the Searchlight of the Episcopal Church. The Episcopal service will be held at the home. By request there will be no flowers. She is survived by her husband and a son, Page M. Brereton, local attorney.

Died: At his home in Boulder, January 20th, 1929, Thomas Tregay, a former resident of Gilpin aged 67 years. Mr. Tregay had been a resident of Gilpin County for the past 50 years, having resided at Gilpin in the northern portion of the county, on his ranch, which he sold three years ago to the Colorado Fur Farm Company. He had been ill for a number of weeks, and his death followed only four days after the burial of his son-in-law, Birger Nerheim. Surviving him is his widow, six children, and ten grandchildren. He was the father of Peter Tregay of Rollinsville, Mrs. Myrtle Nerheim of Boulder, Mrs. Frank Montgomery of Colemount, Colorado, Mrs. Nettie Ashmore of Rollinsville, Mrs. Edward Cuff of Long Beach, California, and William Tregay of Rollinsville. All the children, with the exception of Mrs. Cuff, were present at the funeral, which was held Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock, from the Tippett-Hall Mortuary. Rev. C.O. Beckman of the First Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in the Green Mountains Cemetery.

120 years ago – February 10, 1899

The working force at the Sleepy Hollow Mine numbers between 25 and 30 miners, most of whom are working under the tribute system, and a fair quality of mill and smelting ore is taken out daily, the latter returning from $50 to $100 per ton.

At the Wood Mine in Leavenworth Gulch, connections have been made with the set shaft, which will be timbered up and put in good working shape. The winze in the 135 foot drift has been sunk 22 feet, and shows a fine crevice of uranium ore, and as soon as 25 feet has been reached, drifts will be commenced both east and west from the bottom of the winze, and in a short time Manager Hanks says he will have out the largest shipment of uranium ore ever made from any mine in the county. Stoping is being carried on in the back of the 135 foot level, where the mineral is 16 inches in width. This property is being looked after by V.C. Hanks for Poulot & Voilleque.

A telephone message received here Sunday morning from Georgetown brought the news that a terrible snow slide occurred about 10 o’clock that morning above Silver Plume, and that from 12 to 15 miners and their families had been buried under tons of snow and rock. Great excitement was caused here from the fact that some of the men were supposed to be buried, had at some time lived or had relatives in this section. About 5 o’clock that evening, Mr. Vallero, of this city, received a dispatch from Silver Plume giving the following names of the unfortunates: Joseph Tondini, Peter Tondini, John Tondini, Dominick Stefano, Mrs. Dominick Stefano, Stefano boy of five years of age, Stefano girl aged two years, Battista Bietti, Enrico Novatia, Girolamo Guenzi. Those rescued alive were: Antonio Nigretto, Joseph Concono, and Tony Mallino. All the parties came from Piedmont, Italy, and were countrymen of Mr. Vallero, Mr. and Mrs. Stefano being intimate friends of that gentleman, and Joseph Tondini, one of the two brothers mentioned above, having worked in the Justice Mine, in Lake Gulch, for Byron Lake. The slide came down Cory Gulch, just above the tunnel house of the Dives-Pelican Mine, carrying away the buildings of the company, as well as $50,000 worth of ore stored in them; on down Cherokee Gulch, to within 50 yards of the school house. An alarm was soon given and 1,000 miners were soon on the ground working to dig out the unfortunate people. Before night all had been found that were known to have been buried up, except Dominick Stefano, and the probabilities were that his body would not be found until spring, when the snow melts. The territory covered by the slide was two miles in length and a mile in width. Timbers and trees of all kinds were broken off and carried down the mountain sides. Trees two feet in diameter were cut in two as if composed of straw, while the track of the slide was swept completely clean of rock and boulders. In all parts of the slide were found clothing and household utensils which had been swept down with the cabins which were destroyed. People living on the mountainsides and at the mouth of the various gulches, have abandoned their homes and taken up residence in Georgetown and Silver Plume, were there is no danger of a similar occurrence. The funeral of the victims occurred Tuesday, all of the bodies being buried in one grave in the Forester’s Cemetery.

Married: In Central City, February 4th, 1899, Rev. MacKay officiating, John Ellman, of this city, and Miss Christie Schultz, of Black Hawk.

Died: In Central City, February 5th, 1899, of heart trouble, Margaret, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Truscott, aged 17 months.

Died: In Black Hawk, February 6th, 1899, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Buney, aged 16 months.

Died: In Russell Gulch, February 6th, 1899, Mrs. Mariah Harris, mother of Sherman T. Harris, aged 73 years.

Died: A snow slide on Nevada Hill, at the far end of Apex, and south of the Booster Mill and property, took place on Sunday morning, engulfing and burying under tons of snow the cabin of William Rudolph, with his wife and three children. Mr. Rudolph was on the mountainside when the slide started and covered his cabin, and he soon spread the alarm, which brought every available man in camp. After working for hours, Mrs. Rudolph and the two younger children were found smothered to death, and when the eldest boy was reached he showed a spark of life, and he was rushed over to the cabin of Gray and DeCelle, where Mrs. A.P. Richards and assistants worked over him and soon had him in a normal condition. The family had risen at their usual hour Sunday morning, and were feeling unusually gay as Mr. Rudolph had secured employment at the Elk Park Mill. Breakfast over, Mr. Rudolph got ready to go up town to get some supplies and papers, the storm at that time being at its very worst, and had not gone more than a couple of hundred feet from the cabin when he heard the noise of the slide coming down the mountain and crushing the building as if made of paper, and covering his family under tons of snow and rock. James, the eldest boy, was 6 years of age; George, the youngest boy, 4 years old, and Stella, 18 months. The funeral took place in Black Hawk, at the Methodist Church, on Wednesday afternoon. The mother and her two children were all placed in the same casket, and the sight of the little ones lying in the arms of their mother in the casket was very touching.

151 years ago – February 12, 1869

Henry M. Teller started east on Monday, expecting to be present at the inauguration of President U.S. Grant.

Harley B. Morse and family started east on Monday, intending to visit there until spring.

Water was very scarce, as all the wells had gone dry, and the city was without water should a fire start. In back of Roworth’s Store on Main Street, there was a shaft in which there was 140 feet of water, and it was proposed to put in a pump, with sufficient hose attachment to reach the principal streets.

A write-up of the Minnesota Mine in Russell Gulch, operated by the Reliance Gold & Silver Mining Company, said the crevice measured over five feet in width, and assays gave an average of $97 per ton.


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