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old7130 years ago – October 17, 1986

To the consternation of many locals, the Central City Opera House Association has sold the old train that has been in town since 1941 or 1942. Apparently no one in town knew of the sale until Tuesday. The train was to be moved to the Georgetown-Silver Plume area yesterday or today. During the week, the city fathers were busily trying to figure out a way to keep the historic train, which has been on display near the old depot in the city. At press time, it seemed their efforts had been fruitless. The train was the property of the opera association and last week the Colorado Historical Society purchased it for a reported $25,000 cash. The old engine, No. 71, was brought to Central City in the early 1940s. It was a gift to the opera association from the Colorado & Southern Railroad. In those days, the railroads were giving away the obsolete gauge trains, according to Bill Gossard, chairman of the opera association. He said Wednesday that the state historical society has wanted the train for a long time. “No one seems to be terribly interested” in it in Central City, Gossard claimed, and there appears to be only a few tourists who look at it in the summer. Only vandals have paid much attention to it. The train, which consists of an engine, a coal car, a passenger car, and a freight car, is in bad repair. The opera association “can’t afford to maintain it,” Gossard said. In fact it is all the association can do to maintain all of its houses in town, he said. The opera people decided they would be delighted to have the historical society take the train and rehabilitate it, and it will be “a great joy” for railroad buffs, Gossard said. The state historical society is taking the train to a railroad park at the Georgetown Loop. The society has only a few cars there now, Gossard said; the rest belong to Lindsey Ashby, the franchise who runs the loop railroad. The historical society has wanted “historic rolling stock” it can restore. “We’re very happy that we found a good home for it where it will be cared for,” Gossard said. But, it still leaves Central City without a train and locals are wondering why the historical society did not purchase it and leave it in the city.

In regards to the Opera House ceiling, Gossard said the opera association is planning to do the work on the ceiling next spring. The plaster ceiling was torn down last spring due to a perceived hazard. Last month Charles Edward Stanton who “has a soft spot in his heart” gave the association $60,000, Gossard said. That will cover the cost of the restoration project. “We all rejoiced” at Stanton’s gift, Gossard said.

The Register-Call is pleased to announce the addition of a new reporter and photographer to our staff. Gail Rutledge comes to us from Long Beach, California, and took some graduate courses at UCLA. She has been a high school English teacher and has taught some journalism and writing classes. Describing herself as a “literary worker,” Routledge explains that she has been a reading teacher, working mostly with adults. She spent last year in China, traveling and lecturing on literacy in universities. She was also a tour guide, and spent time doing such things as riding camels in Mongolia. Routledge says she is “loving it here” in Central City. After returning to Long Beach from China, she found that the big city atmosphere no longer suited her, so she wanted to relocate to a smaller area in the mountains. She had visited Central City some years ago and found it appealing, so here she is and the Register-Call is lucky to have her and her many talents.

60 years ago – October 19, 1955

Central City News:

The columns of the Register-Call are filled with political advertisements, and we regret the lack of local, state, and national news. However, it is only once in every four years that providence allows weekly newspapers to make a few dollars to tide them over until the next election. So, read the various advertisements, both political and in reference to the businessmen who have supported this newspaper each and every week during the year. Vote according to your own dictates, patronize the local merchants, continue your subscriptions, cuss the editor, but remember he is your friend in not publishing news items that are best left unsaid. In regards to the latter sentence, why is nothing publicized by another paper relative to unfortunate circumstances in which the U.S. Government demands an explanation, rather than a crucifixion of a county official?

Charles Moody, of this city, has applied for a patent for a self-loading ore bucket which can primarily be used in the sinking of a shaft. It is a split bucket working on the order of a clam, and will operate on 90 pounds of air furnished by the compressor on the surface. It is a most ingenious and efficient way wherein this particular device will scoop up and clean the bottom of the shaft after each round of holes have been fired, thus eliminating the back breaking job of mucking out each round. We predict a demand for this particular machine, and the inventor should feel proud for his ingenuity in perfecting such a labor saving device.

A costume Halloween party is scheduled for Saturday evening, October 27th at the Central Bar & Cafe. Prizes will be given by the genial host, Lou Cohen, for the best costume, and you are assured a most pleasant evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Livingston, of Colorado Springs, announce the birth of a baby boy to them in that city on October 12. Mrs. Livingston is the former Patricia Cryan, who attended school in this city, and is the sister of the assistant editor. Congratulations are heartily extended to the couple.

Black Hawk News:

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rudolph, with their aunt, Mrs. Susan O’Donnell, were up from Denver Sunday visiting and James and Charles Robins families and also Mr. and Mrs. Otto M. Blake. Mrs. O’Donnell, who has been with her sister Mrs. James Quinn this summer, will soon leave for her home in San Fernando, California.

Mrs. Lettie Gray was hostess at a turkey dinner last Saturday night at her home on Swede Hill. Sixteen relatives and friends from Ft. Collins, Denver, and Otis, Colorado, had the opportunity of celebrating October birthdays.

Mrs. Ruth Blake drove to the airport early Thursday morning to meet Mrs. Velma Barba who had been called here by the illness of her mother, Mrs. Charles Niccum.

Mrs. Helen Howard was up from Denver Tuesday to help celebrate the birthday of her mother, Mrs. Fritz. They attended the official visit of the Grand Officers of Eastern Star that evening.

Dowell Blake is working at a Tungsten Mill in Boulder County and expects to move his family to Nederland soon.

Mrs. Lettie Gray and Mrs. Emma Eccker left Wednesday by auto, for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they will visit Mrs. Gray’s brother and family. They will tour Chicago and other points of interest and return home in time to vote on November 6th.

90 years ago – October 22, 1926

Tom Mix in “Hard Boiled,” in six reels, and a Fox News reel, are the picture programs to be shown at the Opera House, Saturday evening, October 23rd.

Two thousand twelve-inch pine trees are now growing on the McDonough ranch fourteen miles west of Denver where last April three hundred Denver school boys set them out in a Denver Chamber of Commerce tree planting party. This is a little better than sixty percent survival and in the face of at least one unfavorable circumstance. The large part of the loss was occasioned by cattle having been let into the enclosure. The tract is a rocky slope on the eastern side of the foothills some distance from the main road. Last Spring, the Forestry Committee of the Denver Chamber, cooperating with the U.S. Forestry Department, initiated what is said to be the first wholesale tree planting party in this region, the object being to experiment with reforestation of slopes with an eye to conserving water supply for the plains. Sixty percent salvage in the first year is said by experts to be a very creditable showing.

Sheriff Oscar Williams and Constable R.A. Bass raided a house at Baltimore, CO on Sunday last, and arrested four men who were brought to this city and lodged in the county jail. They were drunk and creating a disturbance and were brought before Justice Kruse, who assessed a heavy fine for their misdemeanors.

How to Make Brown Sugar Pudding: By Nellie Maxwell: Beat two egg yolks with one scant cupful of brown sugar, two tablespoons of flour and one tablespoon of creamed butter. Mix smooth, then add one cupful of rich milk, gradually until smooth. Cool slightly and add the beaten whites of eggs. Mix lightly and serve garnished with cubes of grape jelly.

Tuesday saw the largest shipment of sheep from the Hayden yards that has ever gone over the Moffat road. The Utah-Colorado, (The Winders), along with Alva Jones and S.D. Lighthizer, who ran sheep in which the Winders were interested, shipped out 9,666 sheep on 40 cars. This made a big train load of sheep and figured conservatively were worth $85,000. The loading started early in the morning and both loading chutes were kept filled until afternoon. Lee Winder went to Denver with the sheep.

Died: Mrs. Frances A. Moffat, widow of David H. Moffat, builder of the Denver & Salt Lake Railroad (Moffat line), one of the west’s earliest scenic railways, died in Denver today following an operation in Mercy Hospital. Funeral arrangements await the arrival of relatives from the east. Mrs. Moffat was 86 years old. She had been ill for two weeks and underwent the operation last Monday. Surviving are a daughter: Mrs. Marcia A. McClurg; a granddaughter, Mrs. Walter McClure; and a nephew, Fred G. Moffat, all of New York City.

120 years ago – October 16, 1896

A joke: “Isn’t it a darling?” said all the ladies at once, as the little two year old baby was brought into the room. “Takes after its dear mother,” said all the ladies, when they looked at its little goggle eyes and its button of a nose. “What a dear little staggering walk it has,” said all of the ladies, as the little thing tried to toddle. “Takes after its father in that,” said the mother dryly.

H.A. Hoffman, of the Phoenix-Burroughs, came up from Denver Monday.

J.W. Koons of Perigo was in town on Monday making necessary purchases.

Mr. T.O. Brown, who has been visiting Mr. Cocks, of the Teller House, during the past summer, left Friday for Boston, from where he will leave for a trip to Florida or California. Mr. Brown’s health has been much improved by his stay in the mountains.

Mrs. Wm. Stribley and daughter returned yesterday from a ten day’s visit to relatives in Denver.

George Bought returned from Leadville on Monday afternoon last, where he attended the funeral of his mother, Mrs. M.J. Phillips, who died in that city on Monday, the 5th, and was buried on Friday, under the auspices of the Ladies’ Relief Corps of that city. Mrs. Phillips was also a sister of Thomas Hooper of this city, and at the time of her death was 56 years of age.

Miss Emma Harris came up from Denver on Monday.

William Hoefle and John McCallister went out to Boulder Park yesterday, and were fairly successful with the wily trout.

Died: In New Castle, Colorado, September 2nd, 1896, Michael Byare, aged 32 years. Deceased left a wife and two children and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Rhu, of this city.

Died: In Central City, October 15th, 1896, August Devickey, aged 64 years, of pneumonia. The deceased came here in 1864 from Illinois, and has been a resident of this county ever since. He leaves several relatives here, who are making arrangements to inter the remains of the deceased by the side of his wife in Riverside Cemetery, at Denver.

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