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pano_CentralCity-ballpark-BigT_191530 years ago – October 18, 1985

William Boone, 67, of Nevadaville was transported from Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge to the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday. He is being held in connection with the October shooting of Jerry Stringfellow. Sheriff Rosetta Anderle said this week that no one at the sheriff’s department had talked with Boone about the incident since he requested that his attorney be present. Anderle and Undersheriff David Martinez apprehended Boone near the Bald Mountain Cemetery a short time after an incident occurred between Boone and Stringfellow. Martinez said last week that according to Stringfellow, who is a resident of the Pisgah Lake area, Boone was allegedly trespassing on his property. Stringfellow alleged that Boone intended to cut down some trees in the area. The property Boone was allegedly on did not belong to Stringfellow. After Stringfellow confronted Boone, Boone allegedly wounded Stringfellow, who was shot once in the face and once in the shoulder with a .22 caliber revolver. Stringfellow, in turn, allegedly shot Boone once in the foot with a .357 Smith and Wesson rifle. Before leaving the Pisgah Lake area and driving to Central City, Stringfellow shot out two tires on the vehicle Boone was driving. Stringfellow was transported from Central City to Lutheran Medical Center after the shooting. He was released from the hospital the same day. Both of the bullets that entered his face and shoulder exited near the point of entry. Anderle said Boone is being held at the Gilpin County jail for investigation. The district attorney has until today to file charges in the case. Possible felony charges of first degree assault and “criminal attempt” may be filed against him, Anderle said. In Gilpin County Court on Tuesday, Boone was advised of his rights and advised that he is being held for an investigation. He will be represented by a public defender. Charges are not pending against Stringfellow at this time, Anderle said.

“I think it is excellent.” “I think it is wonderful.” “I think it is great.” “I think it is nice.” “I think it is fantastic.” “I think it is great for the town.” These are a few of the sentiments expressed by the majority of merchants in Central City since a portion of the miniseries “Dream West” began to be filmed on October 12. The town does not have the same appearance it had a month ago. The pavement has been covered with dirt on Main Street and Eureka Street. Modern day street lights and signs have been removed. New signs that are reminiscent of the mid-1800s can be seen on the storefronts and the sidewalks. Concrete sidewalks have been covered with boardwalks. Storefronts have been changed, as well as the business names. The minority of people who are opposed to the filming in Central have been criticized by other merchants in favor of the filming. Those that are in favor of it fear that other movies will not be filmed in Central because of the opposition. Russell said that those that are opposed are “trying to deprive the majority of the community of something that is good for the community.” Bill Gossard, president of the Opera House Association, is one of the people that has upset many local residents. Gossard said he wanted a performance bond of $20,000 for the interior filming of Williams Stables, the Penrose complex, and the Teller Law Office, all owned by the Opera Association. He said Wednesday that he “personally made the proposal” to Sunn Classics Productions, the movie company. He added that it was an “opportunity” for the movie company, but the movie people refused his offer and withdrew their request. Sunn Classics Productions will instead be filming the exterior of the three buildings owned by the Opera Association. Gossard declined to comment about how much money the association would be paid for filming of the exteriors.  Gossard said Wednesday, “I am just pleased as punch that Central City is getting these movies. It is a real bonus in my view.” He added, “Believe it or not, we have fond feelings for Central City.” The last day for filming in Central City will probably be tomorrow, Saturday. The film company will be leaving town on Monday. The City of Central most likely will return to the modern day town of 1985 and residents here will return to their daily lives.

60 years ago – October 21, 1955

Jim Jones, who has been in one of the hospitals in Denver for the past two weeks, is receiving treatment for the muscles in his back which he strained while building a fence around his house. He feels fine, but Jim should remember that he is not 20 years of age, and strenuous work of this kind should be left to men of younger years, for instance, Ye Editor.

A terrific blast shortly after midnight, Sunday aroused the citizens of Central City and Black Hawk from their beds wondering if an atomic bomb had been dropped it this vicinity. The explosion was so terrific that it shook houses here and felt like a tremor from an earthquake. No explanation has been found as to the reason for such a tremendous explosion, nor has anyone been apprehended as having caused such a blast. If it was dynamite, several boxes were used and the only explanation that can be given, is that pranksters had set off the blast. We would like, however, to get an answer to the cause and reason.

The Chain O’ Mines Hotel is being repainted by a corps of workmen from Denver. The entire building will undergo a coat of paint, with different color on the window frames. The Teller House and Opera House will receive paint trimmings on each window frame, making a striking appearance. Business manager Brown says that the garden between the Teller House and Opera House will be landscaped in a most spectacular way, new lighting effects of various colored flood lamps to be installed. It is expected that most of these improvements will be done this winter, weather conditions permitting.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Pallaro and Mr. and Mrs. Richie have been working on the house next to the Hancock home. The new roof is a decided improvement.

Madelyn MacFarland enjoyed her vacation in Missouri, but was back up in Russell Gulch on Sunday.

Died: Joe Thouvenell: Joseph N. Thouvenell, a long-time resident of Gilpin County, died Saturday night at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver where he had been taken the previous day suffering from a heart attack. He was about 85 years of age. Joe came to Colorado in 1918 from Wisconsin, and in company with Mr. Webb and several others, purchased the Fairfield Mine in Russell Gulch, which he operated for several years. He later acquired a number of mining properties, some by purchase and others by Treasurer’s Deeds until he was one of the largest owners of mines in the county. He is survived by his wife and several other relatives. Interment will be in the cemetery at Portage, Wisconsin.

Died: Mrs. Nellie Forrester: Funeral services were held from the Olinger Mortuary in Denver for Mrs. Nellie Forrester, wife of Rev. Robert H. Forrester, on Monday, with entombment in Fairmount. She was about 83 years of age. She was born in Cornwall, England, and came to Central City when a small child, where she attended both grammar and high schools, and later was a dressmaker. She remained here until her marriage to the Rev. Forrester when they left for a pastorate in a Methodist church of Sioux City, Iowa, where they remained for fifteen years, returning to Denver a few years ago. She is survived by her husband and five step-children.

90 years ago – October 23, 1925

The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Hamilton, 636 Inca Street, was celebrated at the Argonaut Hotel Wednesday night. The Hamilton’s have lived in Colorado forty years and in Denver twenty years. They were married at Glasgow, Scotland, Oct. 15, 1875, coming to the United States about ten years later. They lived at Black Hawk, Colorado, twenty years, after which they came to Denver. Among the numerous friends and relatives who attended the anniversary celebration were Mr. and Mrs. John Stroehle of Black Hawk, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stroehle of Idaho Springs, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Louge of Alma, Mrs. E Tabb, of Black Hawk, E. Ballard of Littleton and Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Day, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Hamilton, Master Alva Hamilton and Mr. and Mrs. William Henchan, all of Denver.

Mrs. Robert Wilkinson left Sunday morning on her way to Canyon City, as a delegate from Fidelity Rebekah Lodge of this city, to the annual session of that order held there during the week.

Mr. H.J. Teller was a passenger to Denver Monday morning, on business matters, returning Thursday afternoon.

Walter Lampshire left for Denver on Wednesday morning to attend the funeral of his little grandson, held that afternoon.

Friday, 14 inches of snow, Saturday, 12 degrees above zero; Sunday, 12 inches of snow; Monday, 2 inches; high winds of Sunday night drifted the snow badly on the road, which had to be shoveled out before the mail could get through.

Grouse hunters failed to find many of the birds in this vicinity during the short time of the open season, and those who had been planning for a rare treat from the hunt had to fall back on round steak instead.

Recipe: How to make Chestnut Sauce: Fry one small onion and six slices of carrot, cut into small pieces, in two tablespoons of butter, five minutes. Add three tablespoons of flour and stir until well browned; then add one and a half cups of soup stock, a sprig of parsley, a bit of bay leaf, eight pepper corns and a teaspoonful of salt. Let simmer twenty minutes; strain, add a cupful of boiled chestnuts, a tablespoonful of butter and two tablespoons of orange juice. By Nellie Maxwell.

120 years ago – October 18, 1895

In the report of the of the finding of the bodies of the men who lately met death in the Sleepy Hollow Mine, the body of Vegas was stated as having been buried from the mine. The Register-Call was in error in its statement. He was taken to the residence of Mr. William Smitheram, and thence to the church, where short religious services were held. This correction is made in justice to Mr. Smitheram, who was an intimate friend of deceased.

Mr. Harry Rachofsky, a leading dry goods merchant of Durango, and a former prominent merchant of Nevadaville and this city, arrived Friday evening and spent several days here, the guest of his brother, Mr. Abe Rachofsky. Harry has been in ill health and has been taking a rest of three months from active business, a rest that was very much needed. Mr. Joseph David, a former resident of Central, is looking after his business at Durango.

Very Parsimonious: Intelligence has been received at this office, fully illustrating the parsimoniousness of the school directors of a district in this county. A young lady who was duly elected to the position of teacher for the present school term at a salary of $45 per month, after having served sixteen days, was presented with a bill for board at the rate of $1.25 a day. The teacher paid the bill and secured another place to board. What troubles the young lady is what profit she would realize at the close of the term of school after paying such an exorbitant rate for her board. Shame on the party who would extort such rates for board. It does not speak well for the board of school directors in that district.

Card of Thanks: Mrs. Emma Marlow and son Merle, Mrs. Putnam, Miss Laura Marlow and other relatives, desire to return their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ll. P. Davies of this city, Ed. D. Quigley and Thomas E. Jenkins, of Denver, as well as to all the many friends who gave assistance and words of comfort during the sickness, death and burial of Mr. Den Marlow.

Born: In Central City, October 12th, 1895, to the wife of Nicholas Ellis, a son. Another household made happy. The proud father of the little “son-beam” made it pleasant for his friends who congratulated him over the pleasing visit of the little stranger.

Born: In Central City, October 15th, 1895, to the wife of George Stegner, a son. The advent of the little stranger causes the delighted father much joy, it being the first heir. His arrival was duly celebrated, and many were the congratulations extended Mr. Stegner.

Born: In Central City, October 14th, 1895, to the wife of Fred Linsenmier, a daughter. This makes two of a kind in that happy household.

Born: In Central City, October 14th, 1895, to the wife of William Launder, a son.

Born: In Deadwood District, Gilpin County, October 12th, 1895, to the wife of N.J. Hobson, twins – daughter and son. From the number of births recently announced, Gilpin County married people are following the instructions of Holy Writ.

Married: At the Wester Hotel in Denver, October 15th, 1895, Mr. Jacob Bitzer and Miss Anna Grabmier, both of Central City. The newly married couple were called upon in the evening at the Western by a large number of their Denver friends, who extended them their hearty congratulations. They will return to Central in a few days and take up a residence. Both are well known in this county.

Married: At the Church of the Assumption, Central City, October 16th, 1895, Miss Margaret Leahey and Mr. Thomas Drennan, both of this city. The newly married couple are very happily mated. After the nuptial ceremony they received the congratulations of those present and a fervent wish and hope that their pathway through married life will be strewn with roses. After leaving the church Mr. and Mrs. Drennan partook of a wedding dinner at the residence of the bride’s mother, leaving for Denver on the afternoon train, where they will spend their honeymoon. On their return they will be at home to all their friends and acquaintances.

Died: In Nevadaville, October 15th, 1895, John Mats, in the 35th year of his age. The funeral occurs this afternoon from the Episcopal Church at 1:30. Interment will be made in Bald Mountain Cemetery.

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