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30 years ago – June 5, 1987

The City of Central was honored to host the Leningrad Dixieland Jazz Band as guests on May 30 and May 31. It proved to be a delightful performance for many jazz buffs and tourists. The jazz band performed at the Gilded Garter Salon on Main Street. On Saturday they appeared with Joe’s Band – the Pole Cats. On Sunday the Queen City Jazz Band shared the stage. A jam session was held following the performances. Alan Granruth and the Central City Jazz Society organized the event. The band’s limited tour includes Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Central City, Milwaukee, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and concludes at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. The eight member band consists of Oleg, Alexander, Vladimir, Anatolly, Constantin, Boris, Alexander Ivanovich, and Yuri. They were delightful to listen to and to meet, although only two members of the group spoke fluent English. A dinner was hosted by the Central City Elks at the Elks Lodge following the performances Sunday.

Viola Lair celebrated her 92nd birthday in Central City on Wednesday at the Copper Broiler Restaurant. Viola was born in Central City on June 3, 1895. She was raised here and has always lived in Gilpin County until she became a resident of the Christopher House in Wheatridge. Many of her lifelong friends celebrated her birthday with her not to include the many locals who dropped by the restaurant to extend their birthday wishes. Ken Green is one of the students Viola taught in school, but he was also joined by Emma Pierce, Loretta Mellor, Maxine Gray, and Morgan Gray. Marge Quiller, who taught with Viola, was also present, as well as Viola’s closest friend of 15 years, Beverly Saxton. Viola is the wife of the former publisher of the Weekly Register-Call, Rae L. Laird. Viola was delighted by the number of people that came to visit with her and to extend the best of birthday wishes. Happy Birthday, Viola Laird and many more to come!

A number of “unregistered” voters turned out in Black Hawk on Monday and proceeded to City Hall to register. The people showed up bright and early at the Gilpin Hotel to not only register, but voice their objection to Black Hawk City Council’s consideration towards forcing the horse corral, located across Main Street, from being removed. The corral houses Carrie Ackley’s horse Captain. She is the daughter of Kathy and Bob Dunlap, owners of the Gilpin Hotel. Kathy has been circulating a petition to oppose the possible removal of the corral. It has been signed by 125 people. To date the City Council has not made any definite decisions about the corral. The Dunlaps have not had the opportunity to appear before the council. The matter has become a controversial issue in Black Hawk.

60 years ago – June 14, 1957

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George Pascoe, of Idaho Springs, who has a beautiful summer home in the Baltimore resort near Tolland, reports the stream which bends at the mouth of Black Canyon, has entirely washed out the road leading to the main highway from Rollinsville to East Portal. The high water destroyed the two bridges and five large beaver dams, which had been stocked last year with trout, and it was also the intention of the Game Department to put in several thousands more of the tiny beauties this year. It is impossible to take a car to the resort until the waters have receded, and it will take much money, time, and labor to repair the damage.

A drizzly rain continued all day Tuesday, bringing the waters of North Clear Creek to almost flood proportions. However, it did not deter the tourists from visiting Central City, clad in shorts and sun suits, even though Arthur, the thermometer, registered only a few points above freezing.

Louis J. Carter, who has been suffering with blood clots on one of his shapely limbs for the past month, necessitating hospitalization, is home again, and is feeling quite pert. This is pleasing news, and his many friends hope his complete convalescence is most rapid.

The memorial fund for Mrs. Gladys Erickson, who passed away a month ago, has reached the sum of $130.67. This fund was started in lieu of flowers, and will be given to her son, Andrew, on his return from services with the Army in Germany, to be used by him as he sees fit in the erection of a headstone, or a gift of books for the grammar school, or any kind of a memorial that will perpetuate the memory of his mother, and a glowing tribute by her friends, particularly the children who were under her supervision while she was their teacher and counselor. This is a beautiful thought to one most deserving.

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Dr. Kenneth Green was called to the James Robins farm last Saturday to remove a splinter from a horse’s foot.

Mrs. Alice McKenzie spent the past week in Longmont with her brother George Nelson and wife.

Mr. and Mrs. Eien Jacobson are spending this week with relatives here before moving their trailer house to Jackson, Wyoming, where he is employed with the Bureau of Roads.

Mrs. Daisie Blake and Mrs. Mildred Blake and children drove to Fairmount Cemetery in Denver last Wednesday where they placed flowers on graves of loved ones.

Mr. and Mrs. Orville Ingram and son were up from Golden last Wednesday visiting friends.

A correction: due to a printing mistake in last week’s paper, it read that Mr. Fleiss was ill instead of Mrs. Fleiss. The mayor wishes his friends to know that he is quite well.

Mrs. Grace Eccker was in Denver Monday to have a tooth extracted and is now much happier.

Married: A very pretty wedding was solemnized last Saturday morning at the University Park Methodist Church, in Denver, where Rev. Bryant joined in holy wedlock Mrs. Grace Stansfield and Jack F. Welch. Only the immediate family was present at the ceremony, after which the happy couple departed for Canada on a two week honeymoon trip, and on their return will make their home in Central City for the summer. Both Mr. and Mrs. Welch are well known here, it being the birthplace for Jack, who is a graduate of the local high school and Denver University, with a MA degree, since which time he has been in Government service in the Biological Department. His bride is one of the teachers in the Denver schools, is sweet and charming and their many friends extend congratulations and best wishes.

Married: In a beautiful candle-lit service at the Chapel of the Angels in Denver, Wednesday evening, Miss Barbara Galbraith of this city was married to Harold Newland, the Rev. Garrett of the Church of Latter Saints officiating. Miss Roberta Galbraith, a sister, was the bridesmaid, and Roy Buck, groomsman. The bride was resplendent in a beautiful gown of white lace and tulle over pale pink, and her sister was dressed in a pale pink satin with flowers. After the ceremony, a reception was given to almost two hundred relatives and friends, over twenty five from Gilpin County being in attendance. The groom’s mother from Belfountain, Ohio, surprised the happy couple by attending the ceremony, adding more pleasure to the occasion The destination of the newlyweds was kept a secret, but as Mr. Newland’s work as a Patrol Officer necessitates him being on duty this Friday morning, limited the honeymoon. He is being transferred to Leadville next week, but Barbara will remain here as the County Clerk & Recorder. The Register-Call joins with hundreds of their friends in extending them congratulations and felicitations for a long life of wedded bliss.

90 years ago – June 10, 1927

Messrs. Kerr, Mitchell, and Calloway, three Federal agents, came up from Denver Monday and arrested William Young, aged 19 years, and Victor Fitzner, aged 45, to Gilson Gulch, where they were setting up a 150-gallon still, and were taken to Denver, charged with violating the liquor laws. The federal officers destroyed the still and a number of barrels of mash.

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Mr. Ellery Bennet, wife and two children, motored down from Cheyenne last week on a visit here with relatives and friends. Mrs. J.D. Richards, who has been visiting in Cheyenne, returned with them.

Mrs. Harry J. Teller left for Denver Monday morning, after a short visit here on matters of business.

Dr. Shultz returned from a professional visit to Denver on the Sunday evening bus from Idaho Springs.

Jamie McFarlane, from Yampa, Colorado, was visiting old friends in this city on Tuesday last. He was a nephew of the late Mark Hyndman, and left here many years ago for Route County, where he took up a homestead and in years added many more acres to his holdings, so that now he has a large ranch, which is in the oil belt, and there is no telling how soon he may be numbered among the millionaires of the state. He motored over from his ranch to Idaho Springs, and concluded to come over to Central for a few hours, and boarded Oscar Williams’ bus, arriving here about noon, and leaving during the afternoon.

Born: In Denver, June 4th, 1927, to the wife of George McCallister, twin boys. The mother will be better remembered by Gilpin County people as Miss Daisy Carter, and records show that her mother, Mrs. Emily Carter of this city, was one of a pair of twins.

From The Denver Post: Died: Mrs. Mary Stevens, a member of one of Colorado’s pioneer families, and a resident of the state more than fifty two years, died Saturday in Denver after a short illness. She was 73 years old. She came to Denver from New Jersey in 1874 and continued to Central City. She was married there fifty years ago to James Stevens, well known mining man of that region. He died in 1906. Twenty nine years ago last July he excited the interest and sympathy of the whole country when he was trapped in a mine in Arizona 13 days and ten hours. He was finally rescued in a terribly weakened condition, but recovered and returned to his family. For ten years after his death, Mrs. Stevens remained in Central City, but came to Denver in 1916, and has lived with her daughter, Mrs. Harry Grenfell, since that time. Surviving her besides Mrs. Grenfell are five other daughters. Mrs. Mary D.E. Sherer, Mary E. Simmons, Katherine Ferganchich, Mrs. Victor Lampshire, and Myrtle Stevens, and one son, John J. Stevens, all of Denver.

From Idaho Springs: Died: Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Mrs. Elizabeth J. Gleason, who died yesterday afternoon after an illness of 10 days. Mrs. Gleason was born in England 50 years ago, but came to this country in early childhood, spending nearly all the years of her life here in Idaho Springs. She was superintendent of schools for 12 years, being elected for six successive terms. For the last two years she has been a primary teacher in the public schools. Mrs. Gleason is survived by her husband and a son, Halpin of Sundance, Wyoming, who will arrive here tomorrow for the funeral.

Died: In Denver, June 7th, 1927, George James Warner Mabee, aged 85 years. Mr. Mabee was a pioneer of Gilpin County and the state, coming to Colorado in 1866, and locating in Gilpin County where he following mining for many years, at which he was most successful, and accumulated several fortunes, one of which was made while operating the Fisk Mine under a lease, when that vein was cut in the Bobtail tunnel, from which he took out large quantities of mineral covered with free gold. His second success was in working the Clay County Mine, which he developed into a good producer which made himself and his partners a nice sum of money. He operated the National, New Foundland, Virginia, Eureka, and many other well-known Gilpin County mines, with local mining men, and for years was superintendent of the Randolph Stamp Mill in Black Hawk. He was also associated with the Hazard Powder Company, which supplied the miners with powder and fuse, until he moved to Denver in 1894. Of late years he had been confined to his house suffering from rheumatism. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on October 26, 1842, and left school at an early age to follow the sea, making several trips around Cape Horn to China in the famous clipper ships. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Navy and served under Commodore Livingstone and Berrian at the Portsmouth navy yards. His courageous nature led him to promotion, and he was made commander of the gunboat Snowdrop, and was sailing her when she sank the Brandywine. At the close of the war he came to Colorado by ox team, and located in Gilpin County. He was a Knight Templar, belonging to Central City Commanders No. 2, in which he served as eminent commander for ten years, and was vestryman in the Episcopal Church of this city for forty years. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Charles J. Rice, a son, Foster, all of Denver, and another son, Darrow, of Willmington, California. His funeral was held in Denver yesterday afternoon, at St. Thomas Church, the services being in charge of the local lodge of Masons, interment in Fairmount Cemetery.

Died: In Glen Carlyne, Virginia, June 1st, 1927, Mr. Eyre Damer. Deceased was born in Selma, Alabama, was educated in a southern university, and passed most of his years in the south land. He took up his residence and engaged in business in Washington D.C., several years ago, where he met and married Miss Grace Lightbourn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Lightbourn, of this city, in 1916. He is survived by his widow, two children, and a mother.

120 years ago – June 11, 1897

The Columbine Cafe has been opened in the Mangy block, under the management of Clement H. Here, who reports a good business since opening day.

Workmen are cutting down and enlarging the main shaft of the Robert Emmett Mine in Chase Gulch, which is to make a cage shaft, and up to present writing, over 100 feet has been finished. A new shaft house and plant of machinery will soon be installed, and the mine worked on a large scale.

A small force is working in the Climax Mine on Quartz Hill and in the Old Colony Mine at Nevadaville, both of which claims are being operated by Mayor Jenkins.

The Alps Mine, on Quartz Hill, is working 20 men besides leasers in different parts of the property, and a steady production is being maintained of good grades of mill and smelting ores.

About the first of April last, a number of Colorado miners left for the new gold fields at Bolivia, in South America, among the number being Walter Garrett, Thomas Quale, A.C. Most, and George Mitchell, of Georgetown, and other portions of Clear Creek County. Word was received at Georgetown the 7th of the present month, bringing the news that all of the above gentlemen had died from yellow fever in that country, Mr. Garrett was formerly Clerk & Recorder of Clear Creek County.

Born: In Denver, June 3rd, 1897, to the wife of Forbes Rickard, a son.

Born: In Nevadaville, June 7th, 1897, to the wife of Are Bolsinger, a daughter.

Died: In Nevadaville, June 7th, 1897, of pneumonia, James Blight, aged 65 years.

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