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30 years ago – January 24, 1986

The Gilpin County School wrestling team has won three out of four dual meets, according to Coach Jack Curtis. The team has defeated Peyton, South Park and, Faith Baptist, but was defeated by the Lyons team. Curtis says that the team has “finished around the half way mark” in the number of team points in the tournament. At the Tuesday night practice of the 17 member team Curtis coached the team in a vigorous practice, including descriptions of various wrestling techniques. Two members of the team practiced one of these techniques under the direction of Curtis. A pancake breakfast was held by the Booster Club and wrestling team parents last Sunday to raise money to buy new mats. About $350 was raised and approximately 150 people attended. Dough Croce is one the seven on the team that has placed this year. He has one first and two second place wins. The team consists of Chad Lacey, Rusty Stringfellow, Ed Schrader, Chris Grau, Ron Stringfellow, Brook Anderson, John Rogers, Croce, Ray Nilsson, Steve Duval, Casey Blood, Shannon Blood, Kirk Hammond, Greg Petersen, Boe Nicholson, and John Roberts. Curtis says that “the team is growing and growing in experience and it is starting to pay off.” He would like to see more fans come to the competitions although fan turnout has been good. On February 4 the Eagles will be competing against Clear Creek. Prior to the meet, Curtis is holding a clinic about scoring, winning, and team points for people that would like to learn about wrestling.

There was a burglary at Ad Hoc Design last weekend, and the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help in solving the case. Undersheriff David Martinez said the burglary took place between 4:30 pm Sunday afternoon and 8:30 am Monday morning. Ad Hoc Design is on Highway 119 in mid-Gilpin County, across from Colorado Sierra. Entry was gained by forcing open a plywood door to the basement of the south side of the building. Another door was forced open inside to gain entry to the first floor. Many new tools were taken and so was some money, Martinez said. The stolen hardware has an estimated value of $1,000 and there was more than $200 in property damage. The “burglary is believed to have been committed by two to three juvenile males,” Martinez said. At this time, a small reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of the perpetrators. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department.

Word has been received that Annabelle Brock Nichols of Lakewood, the mother of Brock Nichols of Black Hawk, passed away January 19 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver. Although she did not live in Gilpin County, she was known by many locals. Her family lived in the county in the 1800s.

Last week on Wednesday afternoon, a tragic accident that was well publicized in the Denver media killed an Aurora city water department construction supervisor. The ditch he was working in caved in on him. It turns out that the man that died, William James Mosher, was the step father of Central City Police Chief Mike Brewer. This is the second tragedy for Brewer in the last six months. In September, his sister-in-law was killed in another state by a semi-truck. Mosher had worked for the city of Aurora for the past 16 years. Brewer said he had an excellent safety record. Mosher was 43. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 8, 1942. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having been with the USS Independence at Norfolk, Virginia. Mosher married Brewer’s mother in Colorado Springs on October 29, 1971. He is survived by his wife, Marjean Mosher of Aurora; their three children: Carrie Mosher, Carlia P. Brown, and Pete Mosher, all of Gary, Indiana; three step children: Michael Brewer of Central City, and Sharon Ellis and Vicki Brewer, both of Aurora; his parents, Robert and Vivian Mosher of Winter Park, Florida; his grandmother, Lenora Shelton of Solon, Ohio; his brother Robert Mosher Jr., of Winter Park, Florida; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Services were held Saturday at Aurora Chase Mortuary Chapel.

60 years ago – January 27, 1956

What might have been a serious calamity occurred last Saturday when Mrs. Edith Thompson and two children and Sisters Julian and Mary Jevita from the Sister Mother House, of Denver, drove up to obtain data regarding the St. Aloysius Academy as to its origin and when it was constructed and later torn down. They drove up to the Glory Hole on a sight-seeing trip, and encountered a most severe blizzard, and attempting to find the road back to Central, rain into a snow bank and, trying to back out, apparently stripped the reverse gear. The boy, aged 12, started for help, and came to the Chain Mill, where he telephoned George Magor of this city. George immediately called the Pharmacy in this city and talked with Mrs. Springer, who enlisted the aid of William Ziege, Emil Theil, and Marshal Dowse, who immediately drove to the scene and attempted to extricate the car and not being successful it was necessary to call on Andy Eccker, of Black Hawk, who arrived within a short time and soon had the car out, later taking it to his garage and repairing the damaged parts. The ladies were taken to the Magor home where they remained until the car was repaired and then returned to their homes in Denver. George says the Glory Hole is a Hell Hole in a snow storm.

Mrs. Quiller will be hostess to the Susannah Wesley Circle on Wednesday February 1, at 1:30 p.m.

George McLaughlin, who has been in St. Joseph’s Hospital for the past ten days, is rapidly recuperating from his ailments, and is now in a wheel chair. His daughter, Mrs. Beck said that apparently he is recovering as he is getting cranky, which is usually a good indication as to his health. However, we hope to see him home in the very near future.

Part of the town of Black Hawk was without water on Tuesday when a main line was accidently broken while excavating for the new culvert. However, City Marshal Mike Gage and Mr. Melvin Blake had the damage repaired the following day.

A surprise birthday party was held Sunday evening at the Robert Pipes residence, in honor of Mrs. Lettis Gray. Ten guests were present.

90 years ago – January 29, 1926

Three stills, with an aggregate capacity of 200 gallons, were seized and three men were held for investigation in connection with their operation, when Jefferson County authorities and State Prohibition Agents raided a farm half a mile south of Smith’s Crossing on the Golden road, Tuesday. The raid was staged by Sheriff Walter Johnson, Undersheriff O.L. Hall, Deputy George Kane of Jefferson County, and State Prohibition Agents Julius Weinberger and Sam Lee. The bootlegging establishment unearthed Thursday was one of the most efficient and complete that has come into the hands of the state agents in months, they said. Twenty seven mash barrels were found on an upper floor and a small quantity of the finished product was seized. A carefully laid pipeline carried overflow to a stream, while the apparatus used in making liquor was masked behind the exterior of a supposed cow barn. The house located on the property had not been regularly occupied for several months, it was said.

Reports are that James Atkinson is at the home of his son Thomas, in Denver, suffering from an attack of pneumonia.

A social evening was held by the Women’s Benefit Association of the Maccabees, at their hall on Tuesday evening last, which was greatly enjoyed by all present, as well as the refreshments which followed.

Miss Mary Anderle, who has been visiting relatives and friends in Denver, returned home Sunday evening.

George McFarlane came up Saturday evening to handle the machine at the picture show that evening, returning to his home in Denver on Sunday.

Henry P. Altvater and wife, who had been in Denver over a week, returned Sunday evening. Mr. Altvater had an attack of “flu” while at the state capitol, and was laid up for several days, which delayed his return home. He has so far recovered since his return that he is attending to the business of his office.

120 years ago – January 24, 1896

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A party of young folks very agreeably surprised Miss Lizzie Coughin at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. A. Rapin on Spruce Street last evening. The party met at the home of Miss Ella Leahy, and about 8:30 o’clock left for the Rapin residence, where they were met at the door by Miss Lizzie, who was most delightfully surprised. They young folks soon made themselves at home, and as soon as the hostess got over the surprise, all enjoyed themselves immensely. The evening was spent very pleasantly with music, vocal and instrumental, playing cards and other games. A splendid lunch was served during the evening. It was at an early hour this morning when the young people left for their homes, only too sorry there should be an end to such a jolly evening, as Miss Lizzie and Mr. and Mrs. Rapin are splendid entertainers. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Drennan, Mrs. Wingerter, the Misses Lizzie Galligan, Ella, Kate, and Mary Leahy, Mamie and Kate Leidinger, Mamie Loughran, Lena Altvater, Mamie Drennan, Aggie Flynn, Aggie McGinness, Laura Davidson, Jennie Cody, and Messrs. Mike Flynn, Mark and Will Leahy, Chas. Klais, Jos. Preville, Fritz Altvater, Will Davidson, John Leidinger, Ed. Griffin, Harry Norwood, John Cody, Mike Drennan, James McKibbin, Burt Teats and others.

Born: In Central City, January 22nd, 1896, to the wife of Joseph Miller, a daughter.

Born: On Dory Hill, Black Hawk, January 19th, 1896, to Mrs. O. Prouse, a daughter.

146 years ago – January 25, 1869

From the Weekly Central City Register: What is being done about the new hotel spoken of as in process of development a few weeks or months ago? – is asked by everybody, now that we are on the broad road that leads to spring and summer. All feel that the influx of visitors will be great this coming season, far greater than ever before. Even through the railroad that we have long looked upon as certain to come, should not be completed until late next fall, Eastern people will find another means of reaching us. The spirit is abroad, and is rapidly spreading all over the Union, that Colorado is the most delightful of summer resorts, her beautiful scenery, healthful climate, wealth of minerals and hospitable people, made famous through those who have been amongst them, will attract thousands each year, who have acquired a habit of traveling through the heated term, and can’t be contented at home. They reach Denver, find there very fair accommodations. Their first inquiry is for the route to the gold and silver mines. It is pointed out to them. “Well, how is it about hotels at Central? We hear that they have none and that we shall be unable to stop there.” This is everywhere known to be true, and the traveler is met with the humiliating confession, which tells him that he cannot stay overnight in Central City, the largest and most populous town in Colorado. Central City, which claims to be the head of the mineral and commercial wealth of the Territory. But the visitor is consoled by the remark that he will find at Georgetown one of the prettiest hotels in the Great West, where he can be furnished with ample, neatly provided and well ventilated apartments, together will all the requisite auxiliaries of such establishments, a home where he can be made comfortable. And Georgetown is scarcely three years old. The truth is, Central City ought to be ashamed of herself. Nine years old, the center of the most fruitful mineral region in the world, possessing aspirations for the future equaled by no city in the Union except Chicago, and wholly incapable of keeping overnight a single load of passengers. Every man who comes from abroad quits her with curses, and swears he will never stop here again. The two shells we call public houses are disgusting even to the men who keep them. They are charged enormous rents, and what for. For buildings not fit for cow stables. They are so old, rotten and rheumatic in every joint from roof to basement that the occupants shiver with fear every time the wind blows. One of them has perhaps a half a dozen cramped little rooms, the other perhaps twenty, black, dingy, unlighted and uncomfortable at all times. The keepers are not responsible for this condition of things, since there is no encouragement for the lavish money in repairs. They pay exorbitant rents and manage to eke out a scanty living from the proceeds of their stables. Give either of them a suitable building and either would keep it in a style equal to any in the country. There is no inducement for them to do so now. We tell the community that it is losing not only its prestige, but thousands of dollars every season by its stupidity on this hotel question. We are losing ground everywhere, because no stranger speaks well of us.

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