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30 years ago – July 10, 1987

The Central City Bluegrass Festival was held for the second time at the recreation center on July 4th. It was an entertaining event not to be missed. A third performance will be held on August 1st with members of the group “The Central City All Stars.” Tickets for the next show may be purchased at Crook’s Palace, the Gilpin Hotel, the Diggins Restaurant, Mr. Yellowbellows, and the Gap Trading Post. Tickets in advance are $6.00 per person, or $8.00 if purchased at the door on the day of the show.

The staff at the Weekly Register-Call would like to welcome Frances Beer as the new circulation manager. Beyer replaces Debi George who worked for the paper for five years. George will be greatly missed. She worked diligently for the paper and helped the staff overcome difficult obstacles. George tendered her resignation in order to spend more time with her family. Beyer will assume total responsibility for the paper’s books, including billing, subscription, address changes, etc., as well as be in charge of advertising. Beyer formerly resided in Denver and now lives in the Robinson Hill area. The job at the Weekly Register-Call is part time, which allows her to pursue her full time occupation as a real estate agent for Beyer & Co. The Register-Call is fortunate to have Beyer. We hope the community will extend to her a welcome greeting.

Gilpin County RE-1 School has a new superintendent. Although an official starting date has not been determined, Paul Coleman of Saguache, Colorado, has been hired. He is expected to officially start the job sometime next month. According to Gracie Foster, secretary, Coleman was initially recommended by Glenn Bittner, school principal. He was also recommended by the Colorado Department of Education. Foster said that Coleman has been in the education profession since 1958. He has experience as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. Foster said that she was pleased that Coleman was selected. Coleman replaces Gene Labriola, who left the school June 22. His official resignation date is effective July 31. For the duration of his employment, he is using accrued vacation time.

Brock and Jackie Nichols of Black Hawk are very happy to announce the birth of their son. John Alonzo was born July 7, 1987, at the St. Joseph Hospital at 2:48 p.m. in Denver. He weighed six pounds and six and a half ounces and was 18-1/4 inches in length. John is welcomed by a proud older brother, Jason. John’s maternal grandfather is Norman Mass of Graham, Washington.

60 years ago – July 19, 1957

Our sincere thanks is extended to The Reverend Robert I. Evans, members of the cast and chorus of the Entrap City Opera Association, and to the members of St. Paul’s Congregation who by their help in various capacities have done much to make this homecoming festival a success. St. Paul’s Church in Central City was organized in 1860, and three years later the first church, a wooden structure, was built on Lawrence Street. The organization took place under Joseph Cruikshank Talbot, Bishop of the Northwest from 1859 to 1865. On January 26, 1873, this church was burned to the ground and in the fire, which started in the church, sixteen buildings were destroyed. The loss to the organization was $3,000, while the total loss was estimated at $20,000. This fire occurred a little more than a year before the disastrous fire that destroyed most of the remaining business portion of Central City and a large part of the residential district. Plans for a new church were drawn up within a short time after the fire and on Monday, June 16, 1873, the contractors started grading the site for the new church, which was to be located on East High Street on the lots west of the new stone schoolhouse. N.D. Owen was given the contract for the building and M.H. Root was to do the excavating and lay the walls. The building was to cost $12,000. The late Joseph A. Thatcher lived in Central City at that time and was treasurer of the Episcopal Church. The cornerstone of St. Paul’s was laid on Monday, July 21, 1873, by the Route Reverend George M. Randall, Missionary Bishop of Colorado Territory from 1865 to 1873. It was under his leadership that the old frame church had been built. The street was lined with people and the service which began at 5:00 p.m. was simple, but very significant and impressive. A cavity had been made in the corner stone and in it was placed a small box, hermetically sealed, containing the following articles: copies of the Daily Register, Black Hawk Journal, Denver News and Tribune, Georgetown Miner, Hartford Churchman, and Church Appeal; the Holy Bible and Prayer Book, a silver dollar, quarter dollar, dime, and half dime pieces; a four dollar bill, Continental Issue, payable at the Treasury of Virginia; tree cents fractional currency of 1872, and a photographic view of Central City taken by Reed and McKinney. The Consecration of the church took place on Sunday, February 6, 1876. In the summer of 1926, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church came into possession of the bell formerly used at Christ Church in Nevadaville. Until this bell was installed the school bell had always been rung to call the people to the church services.

Central City Nuggets

The auditorium of St. James Methodist Church was filled to overflowing last Sunday morning at the annual homecoming services. Visitors from all parts of the state were in attendance and we noticed the following persons who were residents of Central City in earlier years: Mr. and Mrs. Wertz, Mr. and Mrs. George Williams, Mrs. Joe Merritt, Mrs. Mae Bertagnolli, Mrs. Amude Kruse and daughter, Mrs. Anna Gumma, Mrs. Elsie Mathews, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Walters, Mr. andMrs. Call, of Denver; also, Mr. and Mrs. Elejoe Stehnick, of Cheyenne, Wyo., Mr. and Mrs. J. Mathen, of Golden, and numerous others.

Miss Helen Kruse chaperoned some twenty of her sorority sisters, Lamda Tau Delta, who are having an annual convention in Denver, to Central City, Wednesday, where they spent many pleasant hours under her guidance, as she is a native of this historic town, it being her birthplace and where she attended school in her teens.

The funeral services for Mrs. Mabel Hunt were held from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Monday afternoon, with interment in Bald Mountain Cemetery.

Mrs. Jas. Gray and daughter, Miss Phyllis of Denver attended the funeral of Mrs. Hunt on Monday.

90 years ago – July 15, 1927

Rev. J.J. Christner, wife and three daughters, from Palisade, Nebraska, arrived in Central last week, to spend some time in the mountains on a vacation. The gentleman is the father of Rev. Benjamin H. Christner, pastor of the Methodist Church in this city and Black Hawk, is a member of the Nebraska Methodist conference, and will occupy the pulpit in the St. James Methodist Church, this city, on Sunday morning at 11 o’clock.

Mr. Otto A. Goetze and wife came over on the bus from Idaho Springs, Monday morning, and made this office a pleasant call in the short stay of a few hours. Mr. Goetze is the son of the late Henry Goetze, a former well-known businessman of this city in the early days, is the associate editor of the Golden Transcript, and with his better half are enjoying their vacation in Idaho Springs. While here they took “foot and walkers” line to Nevadaville and Black Hawk, and enjoyed every minute of their outing in this section, returning on the afternoon bus to Idaho Springs and thence to Golden.

Mrs. John Cheatley, daughters Emma and Viola, and Clifford Robins, husband of the latter, motored into Central from Arvada on Saturday last, on their way to Middle Park for an outing. The Cheatley family were former residents of Russell Gulch, and this was the first visit of Mrs. Cheatley to Gilpin County in 15 years.

Sheriff Oscar Williams brought in from Tolland on Friday evening a man, named Joe Morena, and placed him in the county jail, who in a fight with a fellow workman named Jose Trevina, stabbed the latter with a dirk knife, one just above the heart and the second time in the abdomen. The two men were working on the section for the Moffat Road, and at supper, the latter dropped a couple of beans in the coffee cup of the former which started a fight with the above results. The Moffat Road furnished a special train which took the wounded man to one of the hospitals in Denver.

Born: In Back Hawk, July 10, 1927, to the wife of Anton Matson, a son.

How to Make Green Pepper Butter by Nellie Maxwell: Cut a slice from the stem ends of three or four green peppers, remove the seeds and all the white portion. Cook in boiling water until soft. Drain and chop fine, rub through a sieve; there should be two tablespoonfuls of the pulp. Cream one half cupful of butter and add the pulp, stirring until evenly mixed. Spread over planked fish, steaks or chops—it will enhance the flavor.

120 years ago – July 16, 1897

The baseball game between the Gold Coin Club, this city, and the Louisville Club, played at the D.W. C. Park in Denver on Sunday last, for $100 a side, resulted in a victory of the Louisville Club in a score of 21 to 14. Considerable money changed hands, the Gilpin County boys backing the home team.

Mrs. William Hoefle and children, and Mrs. M. Thust, took advantage of the fine weather last Sunday and visited Denver.

Heroic efforts are being made by the miners at the Mammoth Mine, in the Superstition Mountains, fifty miles from Phoenix, Arizona, to save the life of James Stevens, formerly of Nevadaville, who was caught by a cave-in in that property twelve days ago. At the time of the accident, he had a gallon of water, and no provisions, and the prospects are not very favorable for finding him alive when the drift is reached. The property is owned by Sullivan and Hall, of Denver, and last December, Mr. Stevens, who was then boss of the Hubert Mine in Nevadaville, was induced to accept the position as boss on the property mentioned, and left for that section that month. His family, as well as many relatives, are residents of Nevadaville, and letters received from him the first of the month stated that he would leave for them after the July pay day. A special dispatch from Denver Friday morning said that Stevens continues to signal to the rescuing parties, and can be heard working towards them.

Lamont & Ballard, the contractors, have been given the contract to erect a new shaft house on the Robert Emmett Mine, in Chase Gulch. The building will be 30×60 feet, and will contain a new plant of machinery.

Born: In Black Hawk, July 15th, 1897, to the wife of Hans Peterson, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, July 16th, 1897, to the wife of M.J. Riley, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, July 9th, 1897, to the wife of A. Gray, a son.

Died: In Black Hawk, July 10th, 1897, Joseph Webster, aged 38.

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