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pano_RussellGulch_191530 years ago – September 20, 1985

The City of Central has been selected as one of four places for the filming of “Dream West,” a CBS, seven hour mini-series, produced by Sun Classics. “Dream West” is based on the book by David Nevin. It is about the life of John Charles Freemont. The mini-series will cover 40 years of his life as an explorer and pioneer map maker. It is an adventure story. According to Greg Fonseca, art director for the series, Central City will be redesigned to appear to be St. Louis and San Francisco. One of the scenes in St. Louis will be staged as Christmas-time and reflect a festive appearance. The other time will be during the Civil War, reflecting an austere atmosphere. Fonseca said, “Central City has a lot of the elements we need to make it like a town in the 1800s.” Existing store fronts will need to be adapted, windows redressed, new signs installed, etc., to reflect an atmosphere of the mid-1800s. Shooting of the film is expected to start in October, although a definite schedule has not been set, Fonseca said. The series will star Richard Chamberlin and Rip Torn. Both will appear in Central City. A number of local residents have signed up to be in the cast. The exact number that will appear in the film has not been determined. Shooting of the film will also take place in Arizona, Wyoming, and Virginia.

Motorists would be wise to stay off Highway 46 next week when a 2.8 mile section through Golden Gate State Park and east of the park will be paved. There will be delays, according to Joe Cardenas of Flatiron Paving Company of Boulder. Paving work is scheduled to start Monday morning. Assuming the weather holds, the asphalt paving will be completed by Friday night, Cardenas said. About 20 red and white trucks will be on local highways throughout the week, hauling the asphalt up from Boulder. The trucks will be coming up through Nederland, south on Highway 119, and then down Highway 46. Cardenas explained that route is the easiest way to haul the material. After the pavement is done, there will still be some shoulder work and clean-up work to do. The project should be done by October 10 or 11, Cardenas said, though he added that the weather could be a factor.

Pamela S. Kempher and Robert A. Ridgway of Golden Gate Park Estates in Gilpin County are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a son, Benjamin Joseph Ridgway. He was born August 31, 1985, at 3:20 a.m. at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. He weighed six pounds and measured 19 ½ inches. Maternal grandparents are Tink and Carolyn Kempher of Blandinsville, Illinois. Maternal great grandparents are Bill and Fern Meriwether, also of Blandinsville. Paternal grandparents are Val and Jean Ridgway of Fort Collins, Colorado. Paternal great grandparents are Elmer and Marjorie VanHorn of Larned, Kansas. According to his dad, Benjamin is a “handsome baby boy that looks just like his father.”

Mary Kate and Bart Ewing, previously of Gilpin County, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a son, Barton John Ewing Jr. He will be called “BJ.” He was born at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver on September 6, 1985. He weighed six pounds eight ounces and was 20 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles A Mason Jr., of Golden. Paternal grandparents are Bill and Wilma Ewing of Gilpin County.

60 years ago – September 23, 1955

Two Kansas amateur prospectors, seeking for uranium, were found dead Sunday, after they had been missing since Thursday afternoon. Their bodies were found sitting against the walls of an abandoned tunnel, some 5,800 feet from the portal, and had been dead for over forty-eight hours. Their oxygen helmets had been removed from their faces and the nitrogen gas had penetrated their nostrils and death was inevitable within a few minutes. When brought out of the tunnel the skin and flesh of their bodies could easily be peeled from their bones, thus showing the havoc wrought by the putrid, insidious, deadly gas that surrounded them. The two prospectors, namely, Glenn Dew, president for western Kansas Mormon churches, and Melvin Leblow, operator of an alfalfa dehydrating plant, both of Ulysses, were prospecting in the vicinity of the old Empire depot of the C & S Railroad, and some 100 feet north of the depot. The tunnel was close to 6,000 feet in length and had not been worked since 1913, and had been sealed by the State Highway department when the road crossed over the portal. One hundred volunteers in relays valiantly used every effort to reach these doomed men, and to them we humbly acknowledge the thanks of every person in Colorado and the nation, but particularly we salute Norman Blake and his corps of workers for a commendable job. Norman was on duty for 84 hours, with only seven hours for sleep, and yet carried on. He particularly mentioned and gave tribute to the cooperation of Alec Baldo, Superintendent of Reynolds Uranium, Co. and Cliff Hayes, a step-son of Victor Tavonatti, of this city, who worked side by side with him.

Miss Jennie Mechling, Mrs. James Carter and daughter Jean of Denver, called on Mrs. Mabel Richards and Mrs. Luella Fritz last Thursday.

Mr. Charles (Chal) Thomas, who has been having nose and mouth hemorrhages, was taken to a hospital last Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Robins observed their 35th wedding anniversary on Thursday, September 15th. We extend most happy congratulations to them.

Peter Montgomery and friend from Boulder, who are attending the State University, were here Tuesday on a visit with Peter’s grand-daddy, L.J. Williams. They made the trip expressly to be informed as to the way of life, and the “Birds and Bees,” and nothing of a legal nature, and hoped “Gramp” could supply all the answers. L.J., in his usual retiring and gracious manner, informed them that when he was their age, he knew but little of the ways of life, and that the admonitions tendered him at that age, he has adhered to and followed. When leaving, I heard Peter say, “at least he could have told us about one escapade or incident that happened in his youthful years, so I guess Gramp needs more teaching from us than we do from him.”

Young folks leaving for schools of higher learning this week are: Andrew Erickson, who is a Sophomore at Fort Collins; George McClure, a Junior at Colorado University; Donna Vaughn, will enter Park’s Business School in Denver; Jerry Knoll will start Nurse’s training at Gen. Rose hospital; Roberta Galbraith is entering Colorado University at Boulder, and has spent the past week there during Freshmen activity enrollment.

90 years ago – September 25, 1925

The first heavy snow storm of the season arrived here on Tuesday evening, following a rain storm during the day, and Wednesday morning the ground was covered with several inches of the white mantel. The heavy snow broke down the branches of several trees at the court house, wrecked several poles of the power line between this city and Idaho Springs, and played havoc with the hundreds of flowering plants in the court house yard and at private residences. A warm and bright sunshine Wednesday afternoon changed conditions and by evening the main streets were dry.

To be Rid of Ants: Sprinkle whole cloves wherever ants are found and they will disappear as if by magic. The remedy, although highly objectionable to the ants, is not in any way objectionable to human beings. It is quick, clean and certain. Whole cloves will also expel all other creeping things when they come creeping out of bounds, says a contributor.

Mrs. George Russell, also known as Mrs. Peter Roy, of Black Hawk, had a hearing before County Judge Louis J. Carter Wednesday afternoon, at the close of which she was committed to the insane asylum at Pueblo.

John Andreatta also appeared before the county judge for a hearing as to his sanity, and was also committed to the insane asylum, but reserved his right to a jury trial, which will take place this Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the county court room.

Married: Miss Myrna Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Davis, was married in Denver Saturday, September 5th, to Howard G. Beehler of Oak Creek. The ceremony was performed in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church by Rev. Walter H. Stowe, who was at one time the assistant to the rector of St. Paul’s Church here. Guy Newkirk, formerly of Routt County, was best man, and the bride was attended by her aunt, Mrs. R.N. Lewis. Mrs. Beehler came back from Denver last Tuesday and will remain until her husband comes in a few days. They will then leave for Fort Collins to make their home. Mr. Beehler has a contract for the erection of a school house in Wellington.

Married: In Denver, September 19, Mr. Louis J. Carter and Mrs. Edith Williams, both of this city. Both Mr. and Mrs. Carter are well and popularly known throughout the county, Mr. Carter filling the office of County Judge, and Mrs. Carter being one of the teachers in the local grammar schools. Their many friends wish extend to them good wishes and congratulations. They returned to Central Sunday evening and were given a rousing chivaree greeting by the home folks.

Married: At the private room of Gustave Kruse, Justice of the Peace, in the county courthouse, in this city, September 19, Mr. John Stevens and Mrs. Mabel Cox. The couple will reside in Black Hawk, where Mr. Stevens has mining interests.

Some say we are returning to the dark ages in view of the popularity of the cellar.

120 years ago – September 20, 1895

Another week of dreadful suspense to relatives and friends has passed, and yet no bodies have been reached in either the Sleepy Hollow or Americus mines, and it may be several weeks yet before the bottom of the first named mine can be reached, where the men are entombed. During the week just passed, the Palmer pump at the incline shaft has been doing excellent work, lowering the water at that point 25 feet every twenty four hours and not running to near its full capacity, on account of the small size of the water column. The buckets at the Sleepy Hollow, Americus and Fiske mines, as well as in shaft No. 5 of the Bobtail, have been running continuously, and a large stream of water courses through the streets of our sister city from this source. Yesterday morning Foreman James Carbis, of the Sleepy Hollow Mine, accompanied by three miners, went down to the 400 foot level and explored it thoroughly, but could not find the bodies of either Tom Williams or Martin Raconi, who were supposed to have climbed up to this point, and he does not now expect to find their bodies until the bottom of the mine is reached. Coroner Parenteau has issued his venire for a jury, and as soon as the first body is brought to the surface the jury will be summoned for the purpose of positively identifying the dead, which process will be gone through with until all are recovered and identified, when an investigation will be made to determine where the water broke through, and the blame placed on where it belongs.

A few days ago a story was told of how a preacher rested the effect of the hard times upon his congregation. At the conclusion of one of his sermons, he said: “Let everybody in the house who pays their debts stand up.” Instantly every man, woman and child, with one exception, arose to their feet. He seated the crowd, and then said: “Let every man who is not paying his debts stand up.” The exception noted, a care-worn, hungry individual, clothed in his last summer suit, slowly assumed a perpendicular position and leaned upon the back of the seat in front of him. “How is it, my friend,” inquired the minister, “that you are the only man in this large congregation who is unable to meet his obligations?” “I publish a newspaper,” he meekly replied, “and my brethren here, who have just stood up, are all my subscribers, and—“ “Let us pray!” exclaimed the minister.

Mr. Philip Parenteau, who spent several days last week with friends in Boulder has returned. He is an ardent admirer of the national game. While in that place he did his level best to secure a crack team to cross bats with the Gilpins on the grounds at City Park in this city. It is quite likely a game will be arranged for.

Comrade Anton Sesall, who has been enjoying a vacation in Idaho Springs and taking innumerable baths at that sanitarium for his infirmity, rheumatism, returned Tuesday, much improved in health. Although his step is slow it is with martial tread, the same as when he served in line with others during the War of the Rebellion.

Miss Julia Sennett, after a two weeks’ visit with Denver friends, returned home Saturday evening, and is again at her post of duty as modiste at the New York store in this city. She arrived in time to take her place at the reduced sale being conducted at that popular business place.

Born: In Gamble Gulch, September 9th, 1895, to the wife of Henry Lefevre, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, September 19th, 1895, to the wife of Samuel Richards, a son. The happy father has received many congratulations over the event. Mother and child getting along splendidly.

Married: In Portland, Oregon, September 9th, 1895, at the parsonage of the M.E. Church, that city, Miss Nina Melrose of that city and Mr. C.D. Warren of Gilpin County, Colorado. No cards.

Married: In Utica, New York, September 8th, 1895, at the residence of the bride’s uncle, Miss Genevia Wormeldorf of that city and Mr. Wm. T. Devlon of Gilpin County, Colorado. The newly wedded couple will take up a residence in Russell Gulch after the first of the coming month.

Died: In Black Hawk, September 11th, 1895, of consumption, Thomas Wells, aged 14 months. The funeral occurred Thursday afternoon, September 12th, from the house of the child’s mother in Gregory Gulch. The Rebecca Lodge of Central attended in a body. Interment was made in the city cemetery, Central City.

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