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30 years ago – November 14, 1986

The new mayor and aldermen of Central City will not be sworn into office until January, but already they have been handed one of the toughest tasks the city has to offer. Mayor William C. Russell, Jr. and the Central City Council decided unanimously at their meeting last week to form a committee to review the 1987 proposed city budget. The committee will be headed by Mayor-Elect Bruce Schmalz. Also on the committee will be the newly elected aldermen: Dick Allen, Angelo DiBenedetto, Frank Macri, and Claude Paul. The new aldermen were present in the audience. Copies of the water fund, budget summary (1985-1987) and the general fund schedule of revenues for 1985-1987 were available for everyone. Russell and Alderman J.D. Corelli voiced opposition to a proposed one mill increase for the city for property taxes. They were concerned that the Gilpin County Commissioners might increase the county mill levy since the Siegrist quarry proposal was rejected. The council voted against increasing the city’s mill levy, which is 17.3. After the meeting was adjourned, people in the audience were seen diligently reading the proposed 1987 budget.

In a stunning announcement on Tuesday night, Bill Sousa told the Black Hawk City Council he was resigning from his position as Street & Water Commissioner. Just before the announcement, Sousa gave a short report and then stated that he was “handing in his resignation,” effective November 30. The council seemed stunned. Just after Sousa’s statement, there was silence and no one asked him why he was resigning. In fact, there have been many problems in the past months between the Council and Commissioner Sousa. The problems, plus the fact that the Council voted against a five percent pay increase for city employees next year, may have prompted Sousa’s decision. Sousa was unavailable for comment. According to Mona Dawkins, city clerk/treasurer, the Council went into executive session Tuesday night and decided to advertise the now open position of Street & Water commissioner of Black Hawk in the Weekly Register-Call.

Money is needed to refurbish and restore Central City’s old train. According to Angelo DiBenedetto, “The train is our historic legacy and we need to show some responsibility in its restoration.” Donations are needed and DiBenedetto, spokesman for the “Save the Train Fund” and representative for the Gilpin County Historical Society, says that “the responsibility to save the train is communal.” So far, donations have come from all over the country. However, $4,330 is needed by November 30 to pay off a promissory note to the Colorado Historical Society. Approximately $4,500 is needed to haul the train engine from Silver Plume back to the Black Hawk/ Central City area. Future plans for the train may include running it on the old railroad bed between Black Hawk and Central City, according to DiBenedetto.

60 years ago – November 16, 1956

Central City News:

The Ladies Guild of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church met last Thursday evening at the home of Mrs. Earl Quiller. After the business meeting refreshments including a large birthday cake were served to honor Father Serna on his birthday.

Floyd Campbell, who was victorious in the race for Sheriff in the election this year, was sworn in as such officer on Monday, and immediately assumed his duties. From the fact that Joe Mengatti, the Undersheriff under the late Kenneth McKenzie, has been acting Sheriff, and has resigned, and also that Campbell was elected to fill a vacancy, is the reason Campbell has taken office at this time rather than waiting for the first of the coming year.

After several days of summer-like weather, snow commenced falling Wednesday morning, continuing throughout the day, and a white mantle is now spread over the countryside and will be the foundation of other snows to come until next Summer.

Mrs. C.A. Mason arrived this week from Missouri for a two weeks’ vacation in the mountains with her husband Arthur, the mayor of Casey Avenue. During her stay the mayor has forfeited some of his civic duties in order to entertain her.

We receive word from Gunnison that the Hon. James V. Collins, recently elected Justice of the Peace in Black Hawk has been dubbed the only Justice playing on the Western State Basketball team. He has been interviewed by the local paper of that school and has become a celebrity of sorts.

The local order of Elks announce they will hold their annual Thanksgiving party on Saturday the 17th, at which time card games, etc., will be held with turkeys as prizes. All Elks are invited to attend and the evening always proves a very enjoyable one.

Mrs. Wm. C. Russell and Miss Vera Thompson are spending several weeks in Las Vegas.

Black Hawk News:

Mr. and Mrs. Eiven Jacobson arrived with their trailer house from Hayden, Colorado, last Thursday. After a week’s visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Robins, they will move on to Idaho Springs where Eiven’s work with the Bureau of Roads will be in that vicinity.

Joe Anderle of the U.S. Navy at San Diego is home on a 30 day furlough. When he returned to duty he will be stationed at Alameda, California.

Mrs. Virginia Knowles recently sold her two homes in Chase Gulch to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Gardner. In former times these houses were owned by August Gruzmaher and Ben Kimber.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Snodgrass drove up from Denver Friday evening to look after their house in Dory Gulch and also to get a copy of the Register-Call.

Mrs. Lettie Gray, Mrs. Emma Eccker, and Miss Kathryn Eccker drove to Sedalia on Monday where they visited Mrs. Annie Axnam, who is an aunt of the late Arthur Gray.

Judy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Allendar, had the misfortune of breaking her arm when she fell near her home about 10 days ago and now has the arm in a cast.

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Anderle are moving back to town so that he will be nearer his work on the highway. They will live in the Nassimbene house in Chase Gulch.

Miss Gail Mueller, a WAVE in the U.S. Navy, celebrated her 19th birthday recently with a party at Great Lakes Training Station.

Mr. and Mrs. Speers of Canyon City are visiting their daughter and son in law, Tina and Orville Gardner.

Russell Pannings:

The youngest member of the Rest family has been named Laurence Elizabeth.

The election is over and no one came or went, so looks like winter is setting in.

No school on Monday so the ballpark was the scene of a driving lesson.

Saturday the Stinsons and Rest family enjoyed an evening of supper and television.

90 years ago – November 19, 1926

A blizzard made its appearance here Monday night, bringing a snow storm which covered the mountains to a depth of six inches or more.

Peter McFarlane has been confined to his room since Thursday of last week, on account of a sudden spell of sickness. Wednesday night, he had a fainting spell as he was going to the bathroom and did not recover for several hours after, when he managed to crawl downstairs to the telephone and called Henry Altvater, who summoned Dr. Shultz, and latest reports are that he is getting along all right.

The official report of the Moffat Tunnel Commission on November 1st shows the water tunnel headings completed 17,166 feet on the east side and 13, 195 feet on the west side, total 30, 361 feet, or 94 percent completed. Distance remaining between headings is 2, 022 feet.

How to Make Chestnut Pudding: By Nellie Maxwell. Blanch a pint of chestnuts, halve and cook them an hour in a cupful of milk, letting them simmer until soft. Press through a sieve, add a half cupful of sugar, a little salt, vanilla and a pinch of nutmeg. Beat three eggs, separating the yolks and the whites, add the yolks to the chestnut pile, stir well, then fold in the beaten whites. Pour into a buttered baking dish and bake fifteen minutes. Serve hot or cold, with cream or custard.

Mrs. Lida Burbank, a sister of the late Richard Griffith, her daughter, Mrs. Hamilton and husband, and another son-in-law, came up from Longmont on Saturday last, on business in connection with the store and business conducted by Mr. Griffith, returning home that afternoon. An attorney representing them is expected here this week, and later on an administrator will be appointed to take charge o the business.

The Misses Risman and Funk, teachers in the local high school, returned Sunday evening from Denver where they had been in attendance at the teacher’s convention.

Married: In Denver, at the residence of Mr. A.R. Wicker, Rev. Woods officiating, November 12, 1926, Mr. Claude Barker of Cripple Creek and Miss Helen Fairchild of Black Hawk. The wedding was a pleasant home affair, and attended only by members of the families represented and other relatives, and took place at the home of the bride’s uncle, Mr. A.R. Wicker. After the ceremony a wedding supper was served at the Albany Hotel. The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Fairchild, is a charming and accomplished young lady, and has a host of friends in Gilpin County who extend congratulations and wishes for a long and happy future. She is a graduate of the State Teacher’s College and for the past year has been filling the positions of conductor of music in the Public Schools at New Ramor, Colorado. The groom is principal of the high school at Cripple Creek, and was born and grew to manhood at Grand Junction, Colorado, and is spoken of most highly as a gentleman and an educator. The couple will be home to their friends in Cripple Creek after Saturday, November 20.

120 years ago – November 13, 1896

The Black Hawk Band, assisted by the best local talent of the county, will give another one of their favorite concerts at the Opera House on Tuesday evening next, when the choicest selections of both vocal and instrumental music will be presented. The first concert given by this organization was a complete success and those who attended were more than delighted, and will be found in attendance on Tuesday evening. Admission is 50 cents.

A petition has been taken around town during the past week, asking the Gulf Railroad to run its evening train up to Central City directly, instead of stopping at Black Hawk, as has been usual during past winters. There seems to be no logical reason why the trains are held and not come on up to Central in the evening all through the winter, the same as in summer, except it be the desire of the railroad officials to be unaccommodating. It cannot be on account of its being dark at night, because it is just as dark in the morning when it is brought up. Several reasons can be given why the trains should come the entire distance; for instance, business convenience, express matter, and for the benefit of those who live in Russell or Nevadaville, etc. But none can be given for its staying down at Black Hawk. The station agent may not desire it, but when we consider the long walk of the train crew at 5:30 o’clock in the morning in all kinds of weather, it hardly seems fair to them. By all means, let the train come up to Central every night for the convenience of the citizens.

Born: In Central City, November 6th, 1896, to the wife of R. Ungelona, a daughter.

Married: At the Church of the Assumption in Central City, November 11th, 1896, the Rev. Father Raber officiating, Mr. John Cody to Miss Mary Drennan, both of this city. The newly wedded couple have a host of friends in this county who, along with the Register-Call, wish them long life and happiness. Mr. and Mrs. Cody will go to housekeeping in the Edmondson block, where they will be at home to their friends.

Died: In Apex, November 10th, 1896, of pneumonia, Marshal Irvine, aged 22 years.

Died: In Nevadaville, November 12th, 1896, Michael Doran, aged 46 years.

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