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wrcprintshop_garyjackson-masons_261530 years ago – October 31, 1986

Black Hawk Marshal George Armbright, as of Wednesday, remained in serious but stable condition at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. Armbright was involved in a head on collision with a tractor trailer on October 18 while in his patrol car. Presently, since the city has no marshal, violations to the city ordinances are being handled by the Black Hawk City Council, primarily Councilman David Spellman, who is the city police commissioner, Mona Dawkins, city clerk/ treasurer said Tuesday. All criminal offenses in the city are being handled by the Gilpin Count Sheriff’s Department at this time. The length of time that Armbright will be absent from his position as marshal is unknown, Dawkins said.

Random Notes: The first time Lary Brown, who owns the Victorian Nugget gift shop in Central City, was mistaken for the Larry Brown who is a consultant for Siegrist, he didn’t think much about it. Then, our Lary Brown got a few irate telephone calls about Siegrist’s quarry and decided he should set the record straight. Not only is he not a quarry consultant, he doesn’t even spell his name the same way.

For Your Information: By William C. Russell Jr.: From “Letters to the Editor, December 6, 1985, after Joe Rittenhouse parked illegally in the “bus lot” in Central City: I for one hope I have learned my lesson. It is obvious that the people and businesses of Central City do not want my patronage as is demonstrated by the support of the local law enforcement policies and the support of the governing bodies which condone them. Therefore, I will endeavor to spend as little time and money in Central City as possible. Seriously, it’s not our money supporting beneficial endeavors such as the rehabilitation of the Clark gym and school. It’s your money and vote supporting the incompetency that makes our investments less profitable for local business owners and less useful to local citizens. Some of that incompetence, both in local government and law enforcement, undermines your livelihood. Maybe someone should do something about it. U.S. Government can’t, state government can’t; that leaves its government, and that means city voters. If you don’t, people like me will continue to go elsewhere to spend our time and money. Very truly yours, Joe Rittenhouse, Black Hawk.”

(Russell’s Response) From “Letters to the Editor,” December 13, 1985: “… You say; ‘Therefore, I will endeavor to spend as little time and money in Central City as possible.’ That is good, real good! We don’t need non-Central City resident troublemakers hanging around. Stay in Black Hawk (poor Black Hawk) and spend your? money there. Next time, pay for your political advertisements. Signed, William C. Russell Jr., Mayor of the City of Central.”

60 years ago – November 2, 1956

Central City News

For the first time since the early 70’s, the columns of the Register-Call contain more political advertising than was confined in any issue since that time. This week has established a record for one page political advertisements, and if the sponsors are as happy as Ye Editor, then all is serene. This has been a most complex and peculiar campaign in that it has been almost impossible to determine just what way the voters will cast their votes. The voters are keeping their intensions carefully muted, and but few discussions or arguments have resulted. It hasn’t been a clean campaign in a few instances, as sly innuendos and reflections have been whispered, perhaps inspired by the unfair tactics as employed by Adlai in his denunciation of Ike and the Republican Party, but only a few days will elapse and the election of 1956 will remain only as a memory.

We received word this week from Germany that Bobby Allen, who is in the Army and stationed in that country, received severe and 2nd degree burns of his hands and face from a gasoline explosion. We are very sorry to hear this and wish him a speedy recovery.

The Clerk of the Weather, or Old Boreas, or the God of Snowstorms was a little premature in dropping about six inches of snow Thursday morning, as usually the snow hits Gilpin County on Election Day. But the moisture was needed and brought smiles to the ranchers and scowls and cuss words from the motorists as the streets were slippery and dangerous.

Word was received here the first of the week of the death of Mrs. Thomas Jacobsen, at Mobile, Alabama. She has been ill for the past two years, and her condition became very serious two weeks ago, and her husband left Central City to be with her. She is survived by her husband and one son, to who the sympathy of the community is extended. Interment was in Mobile.

Died: Bennett T. Moyle, an old resident of Central City, but for the past ten years living in Golden, passed away at a Denver hospital Friday morning, October 26, following a second operation, after which he developed pneumonia. Mr. Moyle will be remembered by the older citizens when he was an employee of the Pittsburg and other mines in the Gilpin County area. He was a member of Golden Lodge No. 13, I.O.O.F., which had charge of the funeral Monday afternoon, October 29. He also held membership in Jefferson No. 15, an associate member of Rocky Mountain No. 2 Central City and Golden Rebekah Lodge No. 8. Interment was made in the Golden Cemetery beside his first wife who died a few years ago. Survivors are his second wife, Anna Moyle, a daughter, Mrs. George Anderle, of Black Hawk; one sister, one brother, both living in England, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Moyle was born in England, June 8, 1878, and came to America when a young man. Only a few years ago he made a trip to the land of his birth. Mr. Moyle had been an Odd Fellow for over fifty years and during that time had occupied important chairs in all branches of the order. At one time he was District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 15, of which the local Odd Fellows Lodge is a member.

Black Hawk News

Mr. Leo Cull left last Wednesday for his home in St. Louis, MO, after spending the summer in this vicinity.

Mr. and Mrs. George Anderle, Jr., arrive here last week from California. They, with Mr. and Mrs. Anderle, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Anderle attended the funeral of Bennett Moyle in Golden last Monday.

Carol and David Kent were up from Denver during the two day school vacation visiting their grandmother Mrs. Fritz.

Mrs. John Turner returned home Thursday night after visiting her husband in St. Anthony’s Hospital. She says he is getting along as well as can be expected.

Several local citizens rushed to the Smith Hill area on Tuesday to help extinguish a brush fire, which might have been serious had the blaze reached the timber.

Barney Olsen will enter the Boulder Community Hospital this Friday for an operation for gall stones. We wish him a speedy recovery.

John McClure is erecting a large frame building across from the Gilpin Hotel which will be used for the storage of coal.

The school children had a party at the school house Wednesday afternoon, with parents as guests, to help celebrate birthdays and Hallowe’en.

90 years ago – November 5, 1926

“More Pay, Less Work,” and a Fox News reel will be the picture program at the Opera House Saturday evening, November 6th.

How to Make Beef Olives: By Nellie Maxwell: Cut thin slices from cold roast of beef, chop the trimmings and fat, allowing a tablespoonful of the mixture to each slice of the beef; season highly with salt and pepper, and pour over the roast, adding a sprinkling of herbs; mix with one fourth as much crumbs as meat.

There is some criticism of this age, but remember that these are the “good ol’ days” we will be longing for a few years from now.

Married: In Idaho Springs, October 30th, 1926, by Rev. Beavis, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Melvin F. Chiles and Miss Margaret V. Light, both of Central City. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Light, of this city. She was born and grew to womanhood in this city, and has many friends in the county, who extend congratulations for a long and happy future. The couple will make their home in this city for the present.

Died: At Pinecliffe, October 29th, 1926, William L. Kegley, aged 64 years. Deceased had been a resident of that portion of the state for over 15 years, following ranching, and is survived by his widow.

Died: James Adams Perley, 91 years old, a pioneer resident of Colorado, is dead at his home in Golden, following a brief illness. Born at Enosburg, VT, May 27, 1835 he crossed the plains on horseback from Council Bluffs to Pike’s Peak in 1860 over the Santa Fe trail. Jesse James, who later became the notorious robber, was the guide for the party of seven men, and led them safely through the hostile Kiowa Indian country. In 1864, Mr. Perley moved to Black Hawk and purchased the rich Black Jack Mine, which he operated until 1895, when he bought the Bradford Ranch near Morrison at that time a famous road stop for travelers. He and his three sons ran this ranch until six years ago, when the elder Perley retired and bought a home in Golden, where he died. His last public appearance was with his wife, Charlotte Verden Perley, whom he married at Black Hawk in 1863, in the semi-centennial Pioneer’s Parade in Denver last August. His widow and three sons, Warren, Eugene, and James Henry, and three daughters, Mrs. William Beall, Mrs. Charles Cox, and Mrs. Ernest Hill survive.

120 years ago – October 30, 1896

A young boy named Thomas Welch fell off a wall on Sunday and dislocate his elbow joint. Tommy’s arm is now in splints and he will be obliged to keep that arm quiet for one or more weeks.

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W.G. Galton, who has been working on the Packard Mammoth Tunnel in Packard Gulch for several months past, left on Sunday morning for Flagstaff, Arizona, where he has recently bought a small ranch. Mr. Galton has made a host of friends while in this county, who wish him good luck in his new venture.

J.F. Hopkins of the Sleepy Hollow Mining Company came up from Denver on Tuesday.

  1. Craig, manager of the Niagara and Rocky Mountain Terror properties, has returned from a two months’ visit to England.

L.H. Stockridge of the Fisk Mine, has been a sufferer from a severe attack of erysipelas during the past week.

Fred Bolsinger returned from Chicago on Monday evening. He is still suffering from an attack of malarial fever, which he caught in Chicago. He reports the condition of his brother Henry as being much improved.

Thomas Hooper is re-shingling the roof of his house on Spring Street.

Mrs. James Carbis left for Cripple Creek on Sunday, intending to remain away a couple of weeks. Jim, in the meantime, is feeling lonesome, and is averse to being a bachelor, so it is likely that her visit will be shortened.

J.D. Murphy and W. Weston of Cripple Creek, accompanied by A. Wood of Glasgow, Scotland, were visitors here during the early part of the week, being shown around the mines by Mr. A.L. Collins of the Rocky Mountain Concentrator.

Deputy Sheriff Karns of Apex was in town on Wednesday.

Born: In Central City, October 27th, 1896, to the wife of Bart Ebli, a son. Mother and son are both doing nicely and Bart is as happy as a king.

Died: In Nevadaville, October 18th, 1896, aged 3 years, 3 months, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Davey, of scarlet fever.

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