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30 years ago – January 2, 1987

Warm weather, blue skies and many days have brought people outside in abundance during the last week. Main Street in Central City looked more like a day in the springtime than it did in the middle of winter. The streets and shops were crowded with people enjoying the weather and the holidays. As the week ended, and the holiday season concluded, things began to return to a slower pace that is more typical of the winter months. If the weather continues, January in 1987 might prove to be a repeat of the weather last January. The temperatures ranged between 50 and 65 degrees a year ago. It was not a disappointment to very many Gilpinites who are more used to shoveling snow time and time again in the winter. If the weather continues, it probably will not be a disappointment this coming January either.

Kathryn Lorenz of Black Hawk and Stephen Hickel of Shawnee recently were named to the Colorado Association of School Boards Honor Roll on the recommendation of their fellow board members. Lorenz is president of the Gilpin County RE-1 board of education. Hickel is secretary of the Platte Canyon board. Awards were presented at the association’s annual convention banquet in Colorado Springs on December 8. Individuals named to the Honor Roll are recognized for their interest in the education of the children of their communities and for their service on behalf of public education.

Correction: In the Weekly Register-Call issue of December 26th, it was incorrectly reported that Evelyn Jackie Smith previously worked as a cook and waitress for Eddie Morgan, who owned the Red Bandanna. In fact, it was not Eddie Morgan, but Eddie Moore.

Died: Billye Galbraith, formerly of Central City, passed away on December 27, 1986. She was the wife of H. Wendell Galbraith, the mother of Barbara Newland of Lakewood; Myrna Jo Behrendsen of Denver, Joan Galbraith and Roberta Gallagher of Crofton, Maryland; the sister of Maye Hancock of Bakersfield, California and Dame Even of Prescott, Arizona. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services were held on Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Interment was at the Chapel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

60 years ago – January 4, 1957

Central City Nuggets

The New Year was ushered in without fanfare or noise in Central City. No whistles on mines were blown, the bells on the churches were silent, and no dynamite was exploded on the hills adjacent to the town. What a difference of years ago, when whistles on each mine sent forth their musical notes, ranging from a deep bass to a high soprano, when the deep tone of the bell on the Catholic Church blended with the higher pitch of the school bell, the fire bell, and Methodist Church bell, all pealing forth a melody of sounds that ushered in the new year. At the stroke of midnight, dynamite shook the houses to their foundations, carol singers were in evidence, especially the members of the Odd Fellows Lodge, watch meetings and services were held in the churches, horns were tooted by the young ones, and New Year’s Eve was one of merriment, compatibility, and contentment. I cannot help but note the comparison. Perhaps, as I reminisce of other days in making a comparison of the old customs, it cannot entirely destroy the happiness enjoyed in those old days when but a kid I watched, sleepy and tired, the beginning of a new year; when my Dad said to me: “Son, you are entering upon a new year; it is up to you as to what you desire that the new year will bring. You hold within the hollow of your hand, a destiny that can be good or bad, successful or a failure,” and then he quoted from the Sanscript— “Look well to this day, for yesterday was only a dream, tomorrow only a vision; but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.” In viewing those scenes of yesterday, they remain as an indelible mark on my memory—sitting before the fireplace after coming home from the watch meeting at the Methodist Church, watching the flames from the pitch logs spiraling up the chimney, sleepy and tired, perhaps the admonition did not mean as much then as of now. However, that was many years ago, and I cannot help but compare those other days as of now, when over champagne or martinis the New Year is ushered in with, “Here’s How,” and perhaps dancing to the beautiful strains of “Auld Lang Syne,” but I am wondering now if the old days were not the best.

Surprise! Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Gray have a new addition to their family—a pure bred Siamese kitten.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

James V. Collins, who has been spending the holidays here with his father and sisters, will return Sunday to Western State College, in Gunnison, where he is a Junior.

Mr. Charles White, who has been working in Phoenix, Ariz., for several months, was in town Sunday and will remain for a few days.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Webber Jr., and their four small sons stopped last Wednesday for a brief visit with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robins.

Carol Kent was in Black Hawk last week with her grandmother Mrs. Fritz. They both went to Denver Monday for New Year’s dinner with the Dallas Howards.

A Joke: A husband and wife sat on the same jury in Tennessee. The murderer laughed. He knew he’d get a new trial, for the twelve must agree.

90 years ago – January 7, 1927

The Opera House is closed to the moving pictures, and will remain closed during the cold weather and until further notice.

The 14th annual meeting of the Colorado Mining Association will meet in joint session with the Colorado chapter of the American Mining Congress in Denver Colorado, Jan. 18 and 19, 1927, convening Tuesday morning, Jan. 18 at 10 o’clock in the morning in the Albany Hotel. Each mining county in the state will be entitled to send five or more delegates, but in no case shall any county cast more than five votes, if roll call is demanded.

How to Make Scallop of Bacon and Cheese: by Nellie Maxwell. Sprinkle the bottom of a baking dish with a thin layer of bread crumbs, put in a layer of thinly sliced bacon, cover with a layer of grated or thinly sliced cheese, add another layer of crumbs, bacon and cheese, then cover with a thick layer of buttered crumbs and bake until the crumbs are brown. Bacon fat poured over lettuce, sprinkled with seasoning, add a little vinegar after the fat has been poured out, and when hot, add to the lettuce. With minced onion or green peppers this makes a most tasty salad.

From The Georgetown Courier: A.N. Mitchell had the painful misfortune of breaking his left leg at the Capital Mine last Thursday. Mitchell and others were riding into the mine when the electric locomotive stopped, jamming the cars together and caught the unfortunate man’s leg between two cars. The leg was fractured in two places below the knee. He was taken home and Dr. H.W. Kirby set the fractures and on Friday he was taken to Denver for treatment. Mr. Mitchell had just started to work in the Capital Mine that morning.

120 years ago – January 9, 1897

The Collins brothers are working the Baltimore Mine in Russell District, and have a force of 30 men employed, and are shipping ten tons of ore per day to the Rocky Mountain concentrator in Black Hawk for concentration. Development works consists of drifting and stoping in the 110 foot level east and where there is two feet of concentrating ore, and in driving the 80 foot level east and west, which is being worked through a tunnel driven from the side of the mountain. Sinking the main shaft is to commence in a few days, the present depth being 160 feet.

The gross output of the Gold Coin mines of Nevadaville for the month of December reached the handsome total of $50,000, a considerable increase over former months.

New Year’s Day started in with a good fall of snow, and it would seem also that it was the commencement of cold weather. While the weather is not as pleasant as was experienced for the past month, it certainly will prove much healthier, and that is most important of all.

Born: In Russell Gulch, December 26th, 1897, to the wife of Michael Silo, a daughter.

Born: At Thorn Lake, Gilpin County, January 1st, 1897, to the wife of A.P. Larson, a daughter.

Married: At the residence of William Mellow, in Russell Gulch, December 31st, 1897, Mr. William Manhire to Miss Annie Mellow, both of Russell Gulch.

Died: In Russell Gulch, January 3rd, 1897, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Griffith Hughes, aged 4 months.

Died: In Black hawk, December 28th, 1897, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Murphy, aged 6 months.

Died: In Nevadaville, January 1st, 1897, son of Wm. Way, aged 5 weeks.

Died: In Nevadaville, January 6th, 1897, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Hill, aged 1 year.

Died: In Central City, January 5th, 1897, Richard Jordan, aged 7 years.

Died: In Black hawk, January 7th, 1897, Albert Isaacs, aged 29 years.

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