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StJamesMethodistChurch157yrs30 years ago – August 1, 1986

A women’s prison will be opened in Gilpin County next year in spite of the opposition expressed by many locals. For several months, many Gilpinites have speculated about the possibility of a prison being located here. The realization that it is true apparently took some time even after it was publicly announced by Youth Services Director Orlando Martinez in July. Many people, including the county commissioners, thought that the women’s prison was a rumor. Even after Tom Powell, administrative assistant to the executive department of the Colorado Department of Corrections, verified it to be fact last month. The prison became a reality to residents on Monday at a public meeting scheduled by four state officials and the county commissioners. Over 30 people attended the meeting. It was made clear despite opposition, that the prison will be opening here. In February, Powell had said that the state would not go into a community and tell the residents what it is going to do without the community’s input. Although the decision had been made, the state viewed the meeting on Monday as a public meeting, even though community input would not change the decision. County Commissioners Don Diltz, Alan Baird, and Leslie Williams explained that they did not like the way the information about the prison was received. When the announcement was confirmed in July, not one of the commissioners was informed. It came as a surprise and was resented. The state officials were more than apologetic and blamed the lack of communication on the state youth services division. The facility will open in February 1987. It will replace the Golden Gate Youth Camp, a juvenile detention center that is closing in January. The property where the prison will be located is owned by the state. It is located in mid-Gilpin County off Highway 46 in Golden Gate Canyon. It consists of approximately 20 acres of land.

Sam and Brenda Ireland of Dory Lakes are proud to announce the birth of a son. Michael Joseph was born at 12:12 a.m. on July 20, 1986, at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. He weighed five pounds nine ounces and measured 19 inches. The baby has two sisters, Nancy and Maria. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tompkins of Fairfield, Maine, and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ireland of Benton, Maine.

In Gilpin County, even four year olds review operas. Such was the case last week on Thursday when Karmadee Silva went to see “Naughty Marietta” at the Central City Opera House. Going to the performance was one of her birthday presents. She had turned four the day before. When the little girl returned to her home near the Nifty Nook, she told her mother, Georgeann Silva, that the opera was about “some guys and a girl in a pretty dress. I don’t know what the guy said to the girl, but it hurt her feelings and she started crying. She got mad and threw a rose down on the ground. Another woman was eating an apple. They sang real pretty!” Yes, opera buffs are grown young in the Little Kingdom of Gilpin. Karmadee can hardly wait for her next trip to the opera.

60 years ago – August 3, 1956

Central City News:

A terrific rain storm of flood proportions occurred Wednesday about noon, and continued for at least an hour. The storm seemed to center below Nevadaville and the rush of water down Nevada and Spring gulches, brought rocks, timbers, and debris through the Triangle Parking lot, cutting a huge gash of tailings from the Chain O’Mines dump, and depositing everything on Main Street between the Glory Hole Tavern and Quiller’s store. The water flowed into the basement of Val’s Kitchen to a depth of about four feet and ruined many refrigerators and water heaters. Sand, dirt, and rocks were piled along both sides of the street, and strenuous work was necessary to keep the waters from entering the front doors of the buildings. Both St. James and Co. Road Streets are completely washed out, clear to bedrock, and it is hazardous to take a car up these streets. The water poured through the Register-Call alley, clogging the small flume under the sidewalk in front of the Masonic Lodge building (where our offices are located), leaving about a foot of dirt along the sidewalk. It was the worst rain storm for several years, and will take much time and money to repair the damage. The highway department got busy with their road equipment Thursday morning and the dirt was rapidly cleared away.

Seven men were in the county jail over the weekend being charged with disturbance, quarreling, and knifing. All appeared before Police Magistrate Angelo DiBenedetto who assess fines ranging from twenty to fifty dollars. Richard Blodgett, of Golden, who was charged with cutting Fred Hood, of Wheat Ridge, with a hunting knife, was assessed a fine of $25 and costs amounting to $51, under a disturbance charge. This seems strange, when it is considered that only a few weeks past, one of the County residents was fined $300 for hitting another man over the eye, causing a small cut. It is most obvious that cold steel is more dangerous than a man’s fist, but apparently not in the eyes of the law, but as Shakespeare said: “Oh, Consistency, thou art a jewel.”

About twenty five County officers and friends attended a steak fry and picnic at the Rudolph Ranch, Wednesday afternoon. Several hours were spent in eating delicious steaks, succulent corn on the cob, tasty salads, and stuff like that there, and a most pleasant afternoon resulted, with King Boreas withholding moisture during the festivities.

Black Hawk News:

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Swearingen have returned from a vacation trip to Canada.

Mrs. Paul Eccker and children are spending several days with Mrs. Emma Eccker and Kathryn while Paul is on a fishing trip.

Mr. Harry Eilmann was in town Wednesday for a brief visit. Get well wishes are extended to Mrs. Eilmann who just returned home from St. Luke’s Hospital where she underwent major surgery.

Baby Anton Matson is recovering from a broken arm as a result of a fall from a couch last week.

Gene Kennedy, the all-around handy man and paper hanger, returned last week from Utah. He went first to the John Jenkins home in Denver, but was ill and had to be taken to Colorado General Hospital where he is at present.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Landau of Des Moines, Iowa, and guests, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ellsworth flew into Denver Saturday and came up to see the Baby Doe Opera. they also visited Mr. and Mrs. Wm. D. Landau.

Russell Gulch News:

Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson, Mrs. Noreen Du Vault, and Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Burch came up for a visit with the Ress family and to attend the Friday performance of “The Ballad of Baby Doe.”

Mrs. Mamie Hancock, Mrs. Earl Hancock and children spent several days at the Hancock home.

Mrs. Lena Williams came up from Denver for the weekend.

Gush and Mary Riedl enjoyed a couple of days in their Russell home.

Sunday guests at the Ress home were the Johnsons and Margaret.

90 years ago – August 6, 1926

All signs point to the hottest summer since the summer of 1925.

The 50th anniversary of the admission of Colorado into the union is being celebrated in Denver on a lavish scale this week, and nothing is being left undone to make the occasion a glorious success. Taking part in the festivities on Sunday evening at the auditorium was an address by vice president Chas. G. Dawes, who spoke on “The Spirit of the West,” and on Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock President Coolidge’s address on “Colorado and its Progress” was carried through the air from his camp in the Adirondack mountains to the KOA broadcasting station in Denver, and delivered in every hamlet of the state. It was heard here by parties having radio sets, and came through very clear and distinct. Wednesday night the “Battle of the Flames,” a spectacular addition to the program, will be carried out at the stadium at University Park, closing an even which will be referred to in after years as a fitting tribute to this great occasion.

Martin Lebrow’s truck got knocked silly last Sunday evening when returning home loaded with the ball team from Central City. Just above Lawson, a man named Boyd of Denver, drove his car into the front of the truck, telescoping the two cars and smashing the front of the truck. Ben Hildebrand was driving the truck and crowded over against the bank in an effort to keep the other from hitting him. The other car was taken to Stroehle’s to be repaired. Boyd agreed to stand all expense.

Healthy girls getting healthy and tanned at the summer resorts will find trouble looking thin and interesting next winter.

Died: In Denver, at St. Luke’s Hospital, August 1st, 1926, John S. Odgers, aged 69 years. The announcement of his death came as a great surprise to his many friends in Gilpin County, who were unaware of even his illness. He made a visit here a couple of weeks ago with his wife and daughter, and members of the Truan family, and seemingly was in good health, but if otherwise, made no complaint. Advices from Denver were that his death as due to an operation for gall stones. Mr. Odgers was born in Cornwall, England, and had lived in Colorado fifty-four years, the greater portion of those years in Gilpin County, where he was engaged in the blacksmith and wagon making businesses, leaving here in 1904 to make Denver his home. He was a good citizen, a first class business man, and beloved by all who knew him. He was a member of Central Lodge A.F. & A.M., of this city, and of the Masonic Consistory No. 1, of Denver, and is survived by his widow, Mrs. E. Jane Odgers, a daughter, Ethel T. Odgers, both of Denver, and a brother, James, of England. Masonic funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at the Rogers Mortuary in Denver, Central Lodge No. 6 being represented by L.J. Carter, Will Davey, Claude McKay, of this city, and James Rule and George E. Fritz of Denver. Interment was in Fairmount Cemetery.

120 years ago – July 31, 1896

For several weeks past, this county has been visited nearly every day by heavy showers, dark clouds hovering in the sky, with all the appearances of a flood, and everyone has looked forward to a deluge as a natural result. Last Friday afternoon one came, the rain commencing to fall soon after 3 o’clock, and while not as heavy a rain at first as generally precedes a flood, the water soon began to run down the streets in streams. Merchants here had timely warning from the ominous black clouds and had taken precautions to fasten boards across their store fronts and on the sidewalks in order to keep the water in the streets and channels. The rain came in two sections, here evidently being two cloud bursts, and the last one was by far the worst of the two. It simply came down in torrents for about ten minutes, and this together with the previous rain soon collected and rushing into the streets, present the appearance of an overflowing mountain stream. This lasted for about fifteen minutes, during which time no one could cross the streets. Had this last cloudburst continued a few minutes longer it would have undoubtedly produced a flood which would have done considerable damage, but as it was, Central City was fortunate, and no damage was done to the business houses or private residences.

The concert which was given in the Opera House by the Black Hawk Band last Saturday evening, assisted by local talent, was a complete success, both in the size of the audience and as a musical treat. The singing of the solos and quartettes by the Misses Lizzie Coughlin, Emma Schaffnit, Lizzie and Laura Magor, and Mr. Lew Humphrey, was well received and each one scored a hit with the audience. The selections by the band were admirably selected and appropriately rendered, and when the last piece of music was played it was with feelings of regret that the audience left the Opera House after such a feast of music as they had enjoyed.

Born: In Central City, July 24th, 1896, to the wife of J. Wahne, a son.

Born: In Nevadaville, July 20th, 1896, to the wife of Paul Kaltenbach, a son.

Born: In Central City, July 30th, 1896, to the wife of Daniel Munday, a son. When Monday comes on Thursday, the millennium is sure to come.

Married: In Denver, July 22nd, 1896, Mr. Joseph H. Steward to Miss Isabel Howard, both of this city.

Died: In Central City, July 24th, 1896, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Strathen, aged 8 months.

Died: In Nevadaville, July 27th, 1896, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lyng, aged 2 years.

Died: In Denver, July 29th, 1896, Mrs. M. W. Tiffany. Mrs. Tiffany was one of the pioneer ladies of Colorado, and resided in Central City any years, but of late years has been a resident of Denver. Mr. H.G. Shuck, of this city, was summoned on Wednesday morning and arrived at her bedside before her death. The funeral takes place from her residence this Friday morning at 10 o’clock.

Died: In Russell Gulch, July 29th, 1896, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bennetts, aged nine months.

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