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CC_MainStreet_1922b30 years ago – March 21, 1986

By Sandra Williamson: Yes, it is time for the annual Easter Egg Hunt again. Easter is early this year, which means the hunt will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 29. It will be held in the Opera House Gardens and is open to all Gilpin County children through 10 years of age. The Elks Ladies #557 organize and sponsor the event, but it is financed by contributions from the businesses and residents of the area. If you would like to contribute but haven’t been contacted yet by a committee member, send your contribution to Elks Ladies #557. Every child attending the Easter Egg Hunt will receive eggs, a small basket of candy and a prize. We have increased the number of items to be given out so as not to be caught short this year. We look forward to seeing a lot of smiling faces and express our deepest gratitude to everyone that is making this event possible.

This Saturday and Sunday the interior painting of the rec-center will begin. “It will be a happy looking place when it is finished,” artist Angelo DiBenedetto said Wednesday. He is doing the design for the paint job. “The response has been excellent” from volunteers, he said. Last weekend, around 20 people helped clean the walls of the Clark Gym which houses the rec-center. The cleaning took less than a day, rather than the two days that were scheduled for it. The painting of the rec-center is being done as a ‘thank you’ from the Central City Jazz Society to the RE-1 School District which owns the gym. The gym is used as one of the locations for the annual jazz festival. The painting will take several weekends, according to DiBenedetto. Volunteers and donations of paint are still welcome. The painting will start each weekend day at 9:30 a.m., but latecomers are welcome too.

The annual spelling bee was held at Gilpin County School on March 13 for many students in the first through eighth grades. For the first through third grades, the first place winner was third grader Bess Thomas, second place was third grader Sean Casey, and the third place winner was first grader Tore Hidahl. The winners in the fourth and fifth grades were: first place: Tom Klopf; second place, Eric Milburn; third place, Chris Green; and fourth place, Brian Salerno. Winners in the sixth through eighth grades were: first place, Seth McGinnis; second place, Richelle Knoll; and third place, Ron Roach. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners. The VFW donated $100 for the event and First Interstate Bank-Gilpin County Facility donated $50. Judges for the elementary contest were Ruth Prudhomme, Katherine Eccker, and Eiven Jacobsen. Judges for the secondary contest were Hop Evans, Ruthann Anderle, and Anita Gifford.

60 years ago – March 23, 1956

She: Yes, I heard a noise, and got up and there, under the bed, I saw a man’s leg. Her friend: Good heavens! The burglar’s? She: No, my husband’s. He had heard the noise too.

George McLaughlin spent Saturday in Denver on a visit with his doctor on a regular checkup of his health. He reports the doctor informed him that will live at least another hundred years, more or less.

Mrs. Geo. Ramstetter was taken to Rose Memorial Hospital last Friday evening suffering from a slight heart attack. Latest reports are that she is improving.

Sunday was a most beautiful day in the mountains and the streets were crowded with visitors. All parking places were completely filled with the exception of the triangle park, and which was open for free, but very few motorists took advantage of this generosity.

Mrs. Gladys Erickson, who has been ill for the past week, is again back at her duties at teacher of the Clark School primary department.

Little Everett “Stinky” Menegatti had the misfortune of being bitten quite badly by a dog Wednesday morning while at school, necessitating a trip to the doctor in Idaho Springs. “Stinky” seems to have recovered in good shape, but the dog will be kept for two weeks and then be put away.

Mrs. Emma Eccker and Miss Kathryn Eccker attended dedication ceremonies at the Presbyterian Church at Bear Creek last Sunday.

90 years ago – March 26, 1926

“Lazybones,” a seven reel special production, and a Fox News reel will be the picture program at the Opera House Saturday evening, March 27th.

Henry P. Altvater and wife motored to Denver Friday morning, where the former held several interviews with the dentist, both returning Monday evening, accompanied by Vernon Altvater, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Altvater, who will spend a portion of his vacation here as their guest.

Wilbur Richards came over from Boulder the first of the week to spend the spring vacation with his dad.

The first electric storm of the season visited these parts on Saturday, accompanied by much lightning and thunder, as an introduction to the seven inches of snow which fell. Sunday, seven inches more of snow with a high wind drifting it in drifts so that automobiles could not get through until Wednesday Monday, thermometers registered 19 above zero; Tuesday, 26 above; and Wednesday, 25 above.

Clarence and Will Stroehle came over from Boulder the latter part of last week to spend their vacation with their parents and friends.

120 years ago – March 20, 1896

Miss Louise Dunne of Denver came up on Monday, and is the guest of her friend, Miss Loretta Doran, till Sunday.

M.P. Dalton of Denver, who has mining interests in this this county, was a visitor here on Monday and Tuesday.

Mrs. Henry Becker of Chase Gulch left on Wednesday for Pomona, California, to make a visit extending over several months. Mr. Becker accompanied her as far as Denver.

C.H. Taylor of Red Cliff registered at the Teller House on Tuesday.

Bart Knight arrived from Victor on Thursday last. He reports that all the Gilpin County boys are doing well in that district.

AD: During the Lenten Season we carry a large variety of fresh and salt water fish, such as herring, white fish, pike, halibut, cod fish, salmon, and trout. Kansas corn-fed beef is the best in the market, and you can also have some choice mutton and veal. We handle our own makes of sausages which are always fresh and carry choice vegetables of all kinds for this season of the year. A trial order is solicited. Signed, Joseph Dennis & Co.

Born: In Central City, March 15th, 1896, to the wife of W. Tippett, a boy.

Born: In Lake Gulch, March 13th, 1896, to the wife of James Robertson, a boy.

Born: In Central City, March 15th, 1896, to the wife of E. Regan, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, March 15th, 1896, to the wife of T. Martin, a son.

Born: In Nevadaville, March 17th, 1896, to the wife of L. Slater, a son.

Born: In Nevadaville, March 19th, 1896, to the wife of W.C. Oates, a daughter.

Born: In Russell Gulch, March 19th, 1896, to the wife of S. Joyce, a daughter.

Married: At the Methodist Church parsonage, Central City, March 14th, 1896, Rev. J. Linn officiating, Mr. R. B. Rutherford to Miss Mabel C. Parsons, both of Nevadaville. The Register-Call extends its congratulations to the newly married couple and trusts that their pathway through life may be strewn with roses.

146 years ago – March 24, 1869

From the Weekly Central City Register: Dr. Gregory has presented us some very fine specimens of ore from the Flora Temple Lode, situated near the head of Virginia Canyon. One of them shows a large amount of coarse, free gold. Two assays from the solid sulphuret ore made in the Register assay office, yesterday, yielded as follows: No. 1 gave 8 oz. gold and over 400 oz. silver per ton. No. 2 gave 5 oz. gold and about 60 oz. silver. The doctor assures us that he has a large crevice of this class of ore in the mine. If so, it is certainly very valuable.

The latest news from Gen. Custer is to the effect that he was surrounded by Satanti with his blood thirsty Kiowas, Little Raven and Lone Wolf, with their bands, between Forts Cobb and Hays, his command dismounted and in a very desperate situation. It was thought that he would be able to fight his way through, however—to which the Rocky Mountain News adds: “Other news brought by Mr. Crawford (the person who gave the information above noted) indicate the beginning of a more bloody Indian war that we have yet seen.” If these fears are well founded, the frontier people are to be pitied, for they are helpless. True, there are enough of us in Colorado to drive out any band of hostile Indians that may visit our border, but how we are situated. Every fifth man stands alone, isolated and defenseless. All might easily be captured and destroyed by five or six Indians before his nearest neighbors would learn of the presence of an enemy. Their tactics are well known; the country and almost every human face is familiar to the savages, so frequent have been their visits on both peaceful and warlike missions. They are thus enabled to strike the camps in detail, kill when they cannot avoid the white man, and carry off his hard earned property—which is mostly stock—at pleasure. But few of the settlers are armed, and are so few that efficient organization is almost impossible, for in so doing each man must abandon his family knowing that they may be butchered in his absence, he is discouraged from taking the risk. The Indian is constantly on the watch, night and day, and so crafty and swift is he, so skilled in all the trickery of savage warfare that he keeps the settler under ceaseless surveillance, himself being entirely concealed from view. He does not strike the large concentrated settlements. He is too cunning for that. He would have nothing to gain and everything to lose by such an operation. It is the defenseless home where he is in no danger, but where he can satiate his infernal thirst for blood and plunder that is the apple of his eyes. It is to be hoped that we will be spared another visitation from that quarter. We have suffered them for five years, and are heartily sick and tired of Indian warfare. Gen. Sheridan, however, is still in command and will have sufficient influence with the government to bring on active war measures should the Indians break the pledges they made to him at Wachita and resume hostilities.

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