30 years ago – June 27, 1986
Central City attracted a large crowd of people, both locals and tourists alike, for the 11th annual Madam Lou Bunch Day, held on June 21. The entertaining event started with Dixieland jazz music performed by the “Gold Nugget Brass Band.” It was followed by a parade, led by Central City Mayor William C. Russel, Jr., and Kathy Hemlock, public relations director for the city. The parade began on Eureka Street and then continued down Main Street. Other participants in it included the judges for the bed race as well as many Miners, Madams, and Sportin’ House Girls. The bed race consisted of nine local teams and two guest teams. Each team consisted of three people. They all were cheered by the excited spectators. The first place winner of the bed race was the Gold Coin Saloon; second place was the Glory Hole; and third place was the Teller House Face Bar. St. Joseph Hospital walked away with the prize for best costume. The day’s event concluded with the Miner and Madam’s Ball at the Teller House. Phyllis Bennett was judged the first place winner as the best madam; second place was Eileen Pfeifer; and third place was Sari Darner. First place for the best Sportin’ House Girl was Diane Long; second place was Nancy Turnabuel; and third place was Paula Goodro. The best Dandy Dan for the contest was Mike Murry; second place winner was Ray Lawrence; and third place was Dave Palmster.
Police Reports: May 29; The manager of the Teller House Restaurant informed Officer Mark Yacano of the Central City Police Department that the glasses in the dining room were removed from the tables and lined up on the floor. Yacano reportedly had taken four of the glasses to check for fingerprints, but was “unable to lift any significant prints.” The employees will be keeping an eye out for any more “possibly paranormal activity.”
Karen Anderson and Dwight Ross were united in marriage on June 14, at St. James Methodist Church in Central City, by Dr. Frank Court. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Ross of Dory Lakes in Gilpin County. He is an accountant for Goldstine & Co. of Evergreen. He is a 1979 graduate of Clear Creek High School and a 1984 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. The bride is the daughter of Mary and Allen Anderson of Denver. She is a graduate of Elizabeth High School and a 1985 graduate of UNC. She is a teacher in Denver. The couple will make their home in Golden.
Milo “Mike” Fisher, a former resident of Gilpin County, passed away in the Mansfield Texas Hospital on June 19, as a result of a stroke. He was 81 years old. He was born in Adair County, Texas, in 1905. He moved to Colorado in 1930. Fisher was a member of the Central City Elks Lodge #557 for 43 years. He was a boilermaker and worked on electrical power plants. He moved to Grapevine, Texas, in 1975, then to Marshall Creek, Texas, in 1978. He is survived by his wife Lillie, of Texas; two sons, Charles Fisher of Dacona, Colorado and Henry Fisher of San Diego, California; four daughters, Kay Phillips of Denver, Tami Grenfell of Idaho Springs, Jennie Wright of Mansfield, Texas, and Moneta Kent of The Colony, Texas; one brother, William Fisher of Hot Springs, Arkansas; two sisters, Marie Cooley of Wakyma, Washington, and Velda Dawson, of Corsicana, Texas. Fisher is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held June 22 at the Dory Hill Cemetery by Father John Murphy of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Central City.
60 years ago – June 29, 1956
After a 48-hour battle, Colorado’s most disastrous forest fire of the year, which has been burning since Sunday in the vicinity of Echo Lake, has been subdued after Herculean efforts on the part of the Forest Service and Volunteers, after destroying 640 acres of timber.
Black Hawk News:
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Etter and baby daughter of Denver, visited at the home of his sister, Mrs. Robert Pipes and family, last Wednesday.
A baby boy was born Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Do well Blake.
Sheriff Kenneth McKenzie is in St. Anthony’s Hospital this week for a check-up.
A death notice of Louis Coyle appeared in the Denver papers last week. Mr. Coyle owns a home on High Street and has spent many weekends here in past years.
Word received here from Vernon McCallister, of Del Norte, Colorado, stated his brother Russell McCallister passed away in Los Angeles last week at the age of about 62 years. He is survived by his brother, and a sister Mrs. Robert S. Brunette, of San Gabriel, California. Russell was born in Central City and resided here until he joined the Navy in 1917, and will be remembered by many of the present residents of this city.
Russell Gulch News:
Traffic to Belleview was heavy Sunday. People who wanted to see the forest fire drove there.
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Pallaro and Mrs. Mamie Hancock from Denver drove up from Denver, Sunday.
Mrs. Lena Williams and Brian enjoyed the weekend away from Denver’s heat.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schaffer were up from Denver over the weekend.
90 years ago – July 2, 1926
“The Cowboy and the Countess,” a Buck Jones production in six reels and a Fox News reel will be the picture program at the Opera House, Saturday evening, July 3.
The dead body of Benjamin Anderle was found in the Black Hawk Flume, directly opposite the Bobtail tunnel, Sunday morning by Conductor Charles Sandstrom, of Black Hawk, as he was on his way to the depot to take out his train. He immediately notified the city officials, who later notified Coroner George Hamllik, who took the body out of the flume and brought it to his undertaking rooms in this city. Mr. Anderle was in Black Hawk visiting friends Saturday evening, and was seen on his way to this city shortly before midnight, walking up Gregory Street by the side of the flume, and through a misstep or blinded by auto lights of a car going down the street, he stepped in the flume, fracturing his skull, and death must have been instantaneous. No one seems to have passed on the street at that point except Mr. Sandstrom, who lives on the street opposite the point where the accident happened. The flume is an open one, about 10 feet deep and 12 feet across the top, and was built of solid masonry by the State Highway Commission to protect the state road through Black Hawk from floods going down from this city, and had been covered from the Methodist Church to where it empties into Clear Creek. The balance of the flume, some 500 feet, to where the accident happened was uncovered and the city has lumber on the ground to cover the entire length, but on account of repairs being made to the flume and water pipes crossing it, that portion of the work has been delayed. Where the accident happened is at the identical sport where Michael Vaughn, while on his way home, was blinded by an auto light and stepped into the flume, landing on a pile of snow, which broke his fall, and he escaped serious injury. Mr. Anderle was born in Austria, was 47 years, 10 months and 25 days of age, came to this country 28 years ago and has been in Central 27 years, and has followed mining during all of that time. He was an industrious and hard working citizen, and well known through the county. He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters. His funeral took place from the Catholic Church Thursday morning, interment in the Catholic Cemetery.
From the Idaho Springs Gazette: There was quite a bunch came over Wednesday night, June 23, 1926, from Central City with William T. Guilliksen of Black Hawk and Miss Maud Thiede of Central City. The visitors went down to Judge John A. Wilkins’ home about 10:30 p.m., woke him up, and he got up and married the young couple. The witnesses were George E. Thiede of Central City and Mrs. Florence Kirts of Black Hawk. The license was issued in Central City and was numbered 1,825. The happy crowd returned to Central City early in the morning.
It was thoughtful of nature to endow some people with bad traits so as to give good people something interesting to talk about.
120 years ago – June 26, 1896
On Tuesday evening at the Opera House, the scholars of St. Aloysius Academy gave their closing exercises with a musical and literary program. The work of all the children was well rendered and appreciated by the large audience, and reflected great credit to the work of the Sisters in their untiring efforts to train the little ones. Appropriate music for the occasion was furnished by the Rocky Mountain Turn Verein Band.
The threatening weather of the past week made everyone feel anxious as a flood was expected. However, one came yesterday afternoon at 3:30 pm but we did not suffer from it, as the cloudburst did not occur but only on the other side of Smith Hill, resulting in the railroad tracks between Cottonwood and Forks Creek being covered in sand, which was washed down from the mountain sides, and at Roscoe the large boarding house received some damage and was flooded, and the railroad track was washed out for about 90 feet. The down train could not reach the Forks until the damage was repaired, and the up train was stopped near Golden in a similar predicament. The necessary repairs were finished about 2 o’clock this morning and the up train reached here soon after 6 o’clock.
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Born: In Central City, June 19th, 1896, to the wife of John C. Ivey, a son.
Born: In Central City, June 23rd, 1896, to the wife of Judge Henry A. Hicks, a daughter. The above arrival has caused the Judge to wear a bigger smile than ever, and since Tuesday he has been treating all his friends to cigars as a natural result. Mother and child are both doing nicely.
Born: In Central City, June 20th, 1896, twins, to the wife of Michael Flaherty. One of the boys died soon after his arrival and the mother and the other boy are both doing nicely.
Born: In Central City, June 24th, 1896, to the wife of John O’Neill, a son.
Born: In Central City, June 22nd, 1896, to the wife of J. McKibben, a daughter.
Born: In Central City, June 25th, 1896, to the wife of Will Evans, a son.
Married: At the residence of the bride’s parents in Central City, June 22nd, 1896, Rev. J.W. Lin officiating, Mr. Peter N. Sonnet to Miss Rosa C. Kruse. The newly married couple were the recipients of a large number of useful and handsome presents from their many friends in and around this county. The wedding was an informal one, only the most intimate of friends of the family being invited, and after the ceremony was over which made them one in the sight of God and man, the entire party sat down to a sumptuous supper. The happy pair left on Wednesday for California and the far West, where they will spend their honeymoon. Mr. and Mrs. Sonnet have a large circle of friends in this county. The Register-Call extends congratulations to both and wishes them long life and happiness.
Married: In Denver, June 21st, 1896, Mr. Neil O’Donnell of Central City to Miss Mary Ann Duffley of Denver. Mr. and Mrs. O’Donnell have gone to housekeeping in Mountain City, and the Register-Call extends congratulations.
Married: In Black Hawk, June 24th, 1896, Rev. A.E. Clay officiating, Mr. William Thompson, of Dumont to Miss Rachael Tonn of Black Hawk.
Married: At the residence of Nicholas Moyle, on Capital Hill, Black Hawk, June 24th, 1896, Rev. John Tonking officiating, Mr. Thorvald Kofford to Miss Mary Moyle, both of Black Hawk. After the nuptial knot was tied and congratulations extended, the guests were invited to partake of a rich repast, prepared by the bride’s mother, after which the wedded couple took the cars for the Queen City, to navigate on the matrimonial ocean, for which no genius has yet invented a suitable chart.
Died: At Perigo, June 21st, 1896, James H. Mahoney, aged 54 years, inflammation of the bowels. Funeral services were held in the Church of the Assumption by Rev. Father Raber on Tuesday, interment was made in the Catholic burying grounds.
Died: In Black Hawk, June 25th, 1896, of diphtheria, Katie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacobson, aged 6 years.