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CentralCityPlayFest_194130 years ago – January 3, 1986

Gilpin County, as of January 1, has no liability insurance on its vehicles, including Sheriff’s cars and snowplows. The sheriff’s department will still be working, and if it snows, the plows will go out too. The County Commissioners hope the situation will be remedied by Tuesday. Until then, the County is taking its chances, as Commissioner Don Diltz said. Diltz was out of town the month of December, so just found out about the problem when he returned. Knowing earlier would not have made a difference, he said. Back in October, the Commissioners knew Colonial Penn would not be renewing the County’s liability insurance in 1986. However, the agent from Reichart-Silversmith told them she would find something else. But she didn’t. Gilpin is not the only Colorado County to be suddenly uninsured. Commissioner Leslie Williams said the same thing happened to 15 others. All have been frantically trying to get insurance, but have failed. Colorado Counties Inc., the organization of the state’s counties, has been trying to put together an insurance pool for all the counties, excluding Denver. It will not be ready until March, but the man working on it thinks he can find some insurance for the counties by next Tuesday. If it comes through, it will be dated back to January 1, that is, if there are no huge claims before Tuesday. If something happens before Tuesday and the County is liable, it could mean a hike in the mill levy on property tax, Diltz said.

An interesting set of statistics from the “Colorado Republicans Chairman’s Memo:” Lord’s Prayer: 56 words; 23rd psalm: 118 words; Gettysburg Address: 226 words; Ten Commandments: 297 words; United States Department of Agriculture order on the price of cabbage: 15,629 words.

Lewis Edward Toney passed away at his home in Black Hawk on December 28, 1985. He was 80 years old. Toney was born on January 16, 1905, in Kellerton, Iowa. His parents were Lewis C. and Nancy Toney. Survivors include his wife Della of Black Hawk; his children, John Toney of Black Hawk, Carol Jennings of Broomfield, Helen Rau of Northglenn, Mary Ann Sorensen of Tampa, Florida, Eleanor Herron of Idaho Springs; his brother, Emeory Toney of Black Hawk; his sister Gladys Siefert of Westminster; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Graveside services and interment were held December 31, 1985, at the Highway Cemetery in Thornton.

Delores Menan Alexander, daughter of Warren Lewis Menan and Pearl Ella Oard, was born October 29, 1910, in Ashton, Idaho, and died December 24, 1985, in a nursing home at Rocky Ford, Colorado. She received her education in Longmont and Erie, Colorado, then went to Denver where she became a federal civil service employee. In World War II, she worked for the Air Force at Buckley Field, Denver, and later at Anchorage, Alaska. She served several years in occupied Japan and Korea, then went to Vietnam at the beginning of Americans entering the fighting there. She moved to 321 Eureka Street, Central City, in 1964, where she made a home with her brother, Ralph. In 1972, she suffered a stroke which eventually made it necessary for her to live in a nursing home. Loved ones left behind are brothers Cleve O. Menan of Lakeport, California; Ralph A. Menan, Central City; Jack Menan, Westminster, Colorado, and many relatives and friends.

60 years ago – January 6, 1956

The Rumor Groomer, By Fred Thomas: (Rae: If you have the space to spare, and think this worthy of printing, you are welcome to use it. I was practicing on my new Christmas typewriter, and this is the result. Signed, Fred). Boulder, Jan. 1, 1956. My plight is hardly comparable to that in which Rip Van Winkle found himself. Nevertheless, a year has run its course since I invaded this space, and already I feel a little out of touch with Central City. New names appear in the columns of the Register Call, new faces on the streets, and new hope for the inhabitants of a fine old village in the form of more employment and added payrolls. The New Year made a spectacular invasion some twenty hours ago and I chuckled as he crashed through the sound barrier upon a waiting world in an atom-powered rocket ship, no less. No diapers and cherubic grins for this kid, he’s dead serious and means business.

“Slips and Slippers” is the title of a book just off the press, written by Harry W. King, a former member of Nevada Lodge No. 4, and published by the Exposition Press, New York. Before King passed away he and the writer spent some pleasant hours in going over manuscripts.

George McClure, who has been spending the holidays here with his mother and brothers, returned to his studies at Boulder University, Tuesday morning. George is a Junior at the University, and is majoring in Civil Engineering.

Annie E. Meyer, a former resident of this city, passed away December 23rd, 1955, in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver. She attended the grammar and high school here and graduated from the latter in 1875. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, and several nieces and nephews. Interment was in the Arvada Cemetery.

Mr. And Mrs. George Springer, Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Gray, Jack Welch and Mrs. Grace Stansfield, and others, spent New Year’s Eve at Mount Vernon Club. They returned home in the wee early hours the following day, and were entertained at breakfast by the Springers at their home in Black Hawk.

Mrs. Tom Kemmerling had the misfortune to fall at her home and suffered a broken wrist the first of the week. It is quite painful, but no serious results are anticipated.

Henry J. Stahl was up from Denver last Saturday visiting friends and looking after his real estate holdings. He said that he was entering the hospital the latter part of this week for a major operation, and we feel sure his recovery will be rapid.

Miss Roberta Galbraith returned to Boulder the first of the week to continue her studies in the University where she is a freshman. She enjoyed a pleasant vacation with her relatives in this city.

After a tour of several months with a theatrical company, Frank Gates is home. But he only rested a few days, and then began working for the Denver Stock Show Association.

Members of the Dal Bo and Ress families had a grand get-together Sunday at the home of Esther and Alma Dal Bo in Denver. There were about 40 present with ages ranging from 4 months to 80 years.

Mrs. Frank Eccker and daughter, Miss Katherine entertained at a Pinochle party on New Year’s Eve.

90 years ago – January 8, 1926

Every old timer will tell you that we don’t have winters now like those in the old days. When the boys and girls thought a bobsled party was the last word in fun, and they were right, and when nobody thought a thing of having to go out on a below zero morning to thaw out the pump. Maybe they’re right, maybe wrong. And by the way, the old timers are often more nearly right than young folk give them credit for. However that may be, the truth is that this old earth is by no means stationary as regards climate, and there is no guarantee whatever that we and our grandchildren will experience the same kind of weather.

William Farnum in “The End of the Trail,” and a Fox News reel will be the picture program at the Opera House on Saturday evening, January 9th.

Mrs. Henry P. Altvater left for Denver Sunday morning on a visit with her mother, sister and brothers for a couple of weeks.

Mrs. J.D. Richards and daughter, Mrs. Inez Schmidt left for Denver on Tuesday morning for a short visit.

Mr. James W. Macon, of Denver, accompanied a party of gentlemen to this city on Wednesday last, who are interested in the Iron City mill property at Black Hawk.

Charles and George Wagner left on Monday for Boulder to resume their studies at the university.

Harry Stevens returned Monday from the valley where he had been visiting relatives.

S.T. Harris, Deputy Game Warden, spent the weekend in the South Platte country on business in connection with his office.

School started for the winter term on Monday morning, with a full attendance.

Mr. And Mrs. Humbly of Denver visited here with friends this week.

Mrs. James Dunstan has moved in from the ranch and will make her home in Central for the rest of the winter, so that her grandson can attend the public schools.

It’s too bad birth control methods were not in effect some years ago so that we would be spared the presence of our well known bootleggers.

120 years ago – January 3, 1896

The Central City Star Band will give their second annual masquerade ball on Wednesday evening, January 15th, at Turner Hall. The boys know how to conduct such affairs to perfection, and will leave nothing undone to make it pleasant and agreeable for all who attend. Tickets have been placed at $1.00 each, and everyone who attends can depend upon having an excellent time.

Mrs. John Trathen, of this city, gave a tea to all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who were in this vicinity on Thursday, December 26th, at her residence on Lawrence Street. Mrs. Trathen is the mother of five children, sixteen grandchildren, and thirty two great-grandchildren, and is in her 84th year. The evening was spent in social conversation interspersed with music and games and all had a delightful time.

Jacob Derr, the jolly and handsome ranch man from Arvada, arrived in Central yesterday and spent his time in calling on his many customers in this section of the state.

The month of December was about as disagreeable in this section as any in the recollection of the oldest inhabitant. The wind has been on a howl continuously, and although no snow covers the mountain sides, the air was keen and cutting, clouds of dust have been on the move every moment of the day and night, filling every nook and corner with its fine particles, causing the housewife more than her usual trouble and time in keeping the home in even reasonable condition. Although the wind has shown great velocity, no damage was done as far as heard from, and no fires have resulted from hot ashes or carelessness in that line, for which all should be more than thankful.

AD: Do you eat hay? If you don’t, probably your horses or mules do, and as they like the best, some grain with it! An order sent to the Sauer McShane Co., will receive prompt and careful attention.

There is no boom connected with mining in Gilpin County. The mines are here and their production can be depended upon for centuries to come. Deposits will, in the course of time, be exhausted, but not so with the true fissure veins that course through this county in every direction.

The right to mine can only be given on public lands. When that land becomes individual property the government loses control of it entirely. If patent issues for agricultural lands on which there is a known lode, title to the lode does not pass. The same rule applies to known placer ground. But if a patent is granted before the mineral character of the ground is established, it is not open to contest and the title passes from the government.

Married: At the residence of F. A. Rudolph, Dory Hill, Gilpin County, January 1st, 1896, by Rev. S.W. Richards, Mr. Charles H. Rudolph and Miss Margaret E. Olson, both of Gilpin County. Ames, Iowa, papers please copy.

Death: In Logan, Harrison County, Iowa, December 23, 1895, Mrs. Minnie Johnson, wife of Clayborne F. Johnson and sister of R.C. Johnson, this city, died. Mrs. Johnson was born in Central City, December 25th, 1863, and has many friends and acquaintances in Colorado who will be pained to learn of her sudden death. She was held in the highest esteem by the people in the community where she resided, her funeral being the largest ever held in Harrison County. The services at the grave were conducted by the Ladies Relief Corps, of which she was an honored member, and were both beautiful and impressive. Beautiful flowers were sent from different parts of the state by friends. She leaves no family.

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