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30 years ago – December 13, 1985

The brand new Gilpin County Library bookmobile was in Mountain City, in front of Van Cullar’s geologic office, on Friday. The bookmobile has begun making its rounds to four different locations for residents to have ready access to the mobile library. The route scheduled is printed on page two. Mark Wilch is the driver and librarian for the bookmobile and was busy putting numerous books on the shelves and took time out to pose for a picture. He said the bookmobile will be carrying a variety of brand new books that have not been available at the library.

The City of Central will be ordering the new fire truck sooner than expected. John Reidy, chief of the Central City Fire Department, explained at the December 4 City Council meeting that by ordering the truck now, the city can save approximately $1,700. He said that on January 1, 1986, General Motors will be imposing a five percent increase “across the board.” Alderman Rand Anderson said the Evergreen Fire Department had agreed that the truck was being purchased for a reasonable price and from a reputable company. That “gave me a great deal of confidence.” Evergreen was asked for advice since it is also a fire department in a mountain area. Alderman J.D. Carelli and Flo Farringer were both in favor of ordering the truck now and avoiding the $1,700 increase. Alderman Bruce Schmalz agreed with Anderson. He said the Evergreen Fire Department was very complimentary toward the CCVFD. He thanked the CCVFD members for the amount of work and time that they had spent toward finding a suitable truck at a reasonable price. Purchase price of the truck is approximately $84,870. The city is prepared to put down an estimated $10,000 and pay off the truck over a five year period. Financing of the truck has not been finalized. Payments on the truck will not start until it is delivered, which is approximately 220 to 240 days from the date it is ordered. By unanimous decision the council authorized Mayor William Russell, Jr. to sign the contract for the purchase of the truck.

The council briefly discussed a letter of complaint from a tour company regarding bus parking in Central City. According to the letter, on November 21, three tour buses were parked illegally on Eureka Street. The bus drivers were told by the Central City Police Department to move per instructions from the Mayor. The letter asked how to re-board guests in the “cold and snow if we cannot park the buses in front” of a business. The council agreed to contact the tour company about the bus regulations within the city. It was also agreed that the city should be notified of groups coming to Central City in buses so that special arrangements for parking can be made when necessary. Russell said after the meeting that his purpose was to protect the residents of Central City. He said the buses were parked to load passengers and had blocked street traffic. If emergency vehicles were needed they would not have been able to get around the buses. He added that the exhaust fumes from the buses that were left running were intolerable to residents and business people on Eureka Street.

Margaret Lillian Payne passed away at her home in Central City on December 1, 1985. She was 63 years old. Payne was born on October 12, 1922 in West Virginia. Memorial services were held December 4 at Tomford Mortuary in Idaho Springs. Her body was cremated. She is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Walsh of Central City and Martha of West Virginia.

60 years ago – December 16, 1955

School will be dismissed Wednesday afternoon, December 21st, for the Christmas vacation, and again convene Tuesday morning, January 3rd.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Skagerberg returned Tuesday from Tomahawk, Wisconsin, where they had been called by an accident to Mr. Skagerberg’s mother. She suffered a broken hip in a fall, but is recuperating nicely at the present time.

Mr. Kenneth Thompson left Thursday morning for Colorado Springs as a delegate of the Gilpin County Teachers’ Association, to attend the delegate assembly of the Colorado Educational Association. The local association has cancelled the meeting scheduled for next Monday evening until the third Monday in January.

Eugene Menegatti arrived yesterday on a furlough from Fort Knox, Kentucky, proudly wearing the uniform of the U.S. Army. We asked how come there were no chevrons on his sleeves and no bars on his shoulders, but he promised that, possibly, on his next visit, he might wear one or two stars. He will remain over the holidays with his parents and brother, and yes, also Gram and Gramm McLaughlin.

Clifford I. Parsons, the renowned player of “Rummey,” left yesterday for Denver to spend a few days at the Veteran’s Hospital on a periodic checkup.

Mr. and Mrs. Dearth visited the Hinckley home this week.

Madelyn McFarland drove up from Littleton for the weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Gray, he, of the debonair looks, and she as the gracious school marm of the high school, spent most of the Sabbath in a quest for a spruce or pine tree to decorate their domicile. Apparently they were successful as they were hosts at dinner that evening, guests being the Quillers and the Frank Grays.

90 years ago – December 18, 1925

The Christmas vacation for the Central City schools will be from December 23rd to January 4th.

The board is rushing to completion the new auditorium in the grade school building, which will fill a long felt need for school and community affairs.

Central City Lodge of Elks will have their annual Christmas tree on Thursday, December 24th, at 2:30 o’clock for the special benefit of all the children of the county, who are requested to be present, meet old Santa Clause and receive from his hands some good eats. The tree will be in the building next to the bank and will be handsomely decorated for the occasion.

Peter McFarlane was a passenger to Denver Tuesday morning to attend to business matters, returning home on the evening train.

Oscar Williams and wife motored to Denver Wednesday morning to interview Santa, buy a carload of Christmas presents for their many friends here, and enjoy a short outing, as well as to attend to business matters.

Mrs. Henry P. Altvater left for Denver Wednesday morning on a visit with the folks at home, and found her sister, Miss June, very sick from an attack of pneumonia.

August Morletti drilled into a missed hole full of black powder in the Two Brothers Mine this week, and as a result of this misfortune is likely to lose the sight of one of his eyes.

Coming home from Central a few days ago with freight, a coyote crossed the road in front of Wagner’s white steamer, and nearly killed the engine.

Married: At St. John’s Cathedral, Denver, December 12th, 1925, Edna Louis Short and Charles William Keller. Mrs. Keller is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Short formerly of this city, having attended the grammar school here until the family moved to Denver. She was graduated from Manual Training High School of Denver, after which she was graduated from the State University at Boulder, since which time she has been employed as a teacher in the Denver schools. Mr. Keller is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Keller of Utah. He was graduated as an electrical engineer from the State University at Boulder, and after spending two years in Schenectady, N.Y., with the General Electric Company, was transferred to Denver.

Died: In Denver, December 12th, 1925, Thomas Dunstone, aged 60 years. Mr. Dunstone dropped dead at the office of the Peck Coal Company, where he had been employed as a salesman, from an attack of heart disease. He had been attending to business matters during the day and had not complained of being sick or ailing, and was seen on the streets a short time before he was called to answer the summons, and his sudden death was a shock to his family and many friends in Denver and throughout the state. Mr. Dunstone was born in Hibernia, New Jersey, in 1865, and when a young man came to Colorado, settling in this county, where he worked in the mines, and as manager of many of them, one in particular, the Running Lode, in Black Hawk, which he developed into one of the best dividend paying mines in the county. In 1915 he filled the office of Deputy State Mine Inspector, which position he filled for three years, at the end of which time he was connected with the Hercules Powder Company, which took him to every part of the state, and of late years has been manager of a mining property near Lawson, in Clear Creek County. He was married to Beatrice Quiller in 1888, the couple making their home in Denver for a number of years past, and is survived by his widow, a daughter, Miss Martha, and a son, Arnold, who is working with the General Electric Company at Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a member of Black Hawk Lodge, A.F.& A.M., the Knight Templars, Shriners, and Woodmen of the World, and was a past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge in this city. He was a loyal and enterprising citizen, one who made friends with everyone he came in contact with, was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and the sudden summons which called him from his earthy labors, was a great shock to his many friends in Gilpin County. Interment was in Fairmont Cemetery.

Died: Mrs. Ellen Rule, a former well known resident of this city, died in Denver on December 12th, 1925, and funeral services were held at the Rogers Mortuary, Denver, on Monday afternoon last. She was the mother of Carrie Burch, Florence Liedike, Lucille Brooks and Wm. Roberts, a sister of Annie Ralph, and a daughter of Wm. Oliver.

120 years ago – December 13, 1895

AD: Can you guess the number of handkerchiefs in our window? To the first one guessing the nearest to the number of handkerchiefs in our window, will be presented with a handsome $25 doll. Every dollar purchase for cash entitles you to a guess in the contest, which commences December 7th and closes on January 1st, 1896. Everybody has an equal show to win this handsome doll, in even one single purchase. The handkerchiefs will be counted by J.P. Waterman of the Register-Call and I. Welsh, of the Observer. Signed, the New York Store.

Messrs. Kimball and Streeter, two prominent citizens of Golden, were up last Friday examining mines in Russell District. The former gentleman operated mines here away back in the sixties.

Eddie Lehman came down last Thursday and went on the Troublesome to meet his father and Mark Wright, who are returning from their hunting trip.

Mr. A.C. Reckling, who was summoned as a petit juryman before the U.S. District Court in Denver, left on Monday morning’s train to avoid reprimand for not appearing at the hour he was summoned.

Born: In Central City, December 8th, 1895, to the wife of William Miller, a daughter.

Married: In Central City, December 9th, 1895, Mr. M. F. Bishop of Central and Miss Effie Clymo of Black Hawk. The wedding was quite a society event and was largely attended by relatives and invited guests. After the nuptial knot was tied a fine spread was served. The newly married couple will take up a residence in this city.

Died: In Central City, December 8th, 1895, Mrs. Richard Drew, aged 28 years. Deceased leaves a husband and five children to mourn her loss. She was the adopted daughter of Mr. P.B. Wright of the Mountain House, Black Hawk, where she was born and raised. The funeral took place from St. James Methodist Church, this city. Interment was made in the Masonic Cemetery, this city.

Died: In Idaho Springs, December 3rd, 1895, Mrs. Mary L. Roberts, wife of Lewis L. Roberts, aged 42 years, 3 months, and 19 days. Mrs. Roberts was suffering from an attack of pneumonia, which caused her death, although she was thought to be improving. The hope raised in the breasts of loving ones by the seeming improvement was of short duration, however. She leaves a husband, daughter, and a sister, Mrs. S.H. Noyes, to mourn her death, who have the sympathy of their many friends in their deep affliction. The funeral services were held at the residence in Idaho Springs and was attended by a number of friends of the family in this place.

Died: At his residence in Gilpin County, December 10th, 1895, Robert Speers, aged 59 years. Deceased had been a resident of Gilpin County for a number of years. He leaves an aged wife, four daughters and four sons, all of age, to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. He was the father of Mrs. Charles Hickox, of this city. The funeral occurs this afternoon from St. James Methodist Church, Central. The family has the sincere condolence of a large circle of friends.

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