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30 years ago – July 24, 1987

The second annual Children’s Fishing Derby, sponsored by the American Legion, provided a variety of entertainment for kids ages one through fifteen. The event was held July 19. It took place at the Central City Park next to the Boodle Mill. Prizes were awarded to the first place fishing winners in three age categories. Mary Keehfuss, Rachel Gesin, and Brian Dornbrock each walked away with a fishing rod and reel and tackle box for their catch of the day. It was the second year in a row Gesin has won. David Oberg and Alan Genter stocked the pond. Another member of the Legion, Chuck Wolfe, entertained kids by taking them fishing on a boat. Inexpensive hamburgers and hot dogs were sold. The day proved to be a fund day for kids, not to mention adults. What could be better than bringing a smile to a child’s face!

It has been nearly a year since Black Hawk Marshal George Armbright was put out of commission. Armbright was injured in a car accident last October. He is getting better, but does not know when he can return to work. At the regular meeting of the Black Hawk City Council on July 14, the council decided to advertise for a temporary marshal. They also plan to contact the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department to see what coverage can be provided, as well as the cost. The council will then determine the best deal. Since Armbright’s accident, the sheriff’s department has given Black Hawk some protection, but the coverage is not free and the council has grumbled over the cost. Jim Maloney, city attorney, told the council they are not obligated to keep the marshal’s position open. Mayor Bill Lorenz thought the council had an “ethical commitment to George.” Armbright is receiving compensation from the state. He is not receiving a salary from the City of Black Hawk.

Naomi Fellows is living the dream of many people. She says, “It’s been a delightful thing to do – make a living at something you love.” Fellows, resident of Central City, has played in the orchestra for the Central City Opera Association for about 25 years. She is one of the few, if not the only local resident, in the orchestra. Fellows has played at the Opera House since 1959. She has played for all three performances of “Madame Butterfly,” in 1964, 1981, and this year. She has been in the orchestra every year with the exception of three or four seasons. She began her career playing the violin. However, in 1961, her love of the viola led her to change the musical instrument she had played for years. Pursuing a career that she loves is what Fellows has done for years. Besides playing for the Central City Opera Association, she performed with the Houston Symphony for 12 years. For two years she played with the San Antonio Symphony. She was concert master and principal for five years with the North Carolina Symphony. Fellows retired from the Denver Symphony after 19 years in 1984. After retiring, she moved to Central City on a permanent basis. She says, “I’ve always considered Central City my home.” The talent that Fellows possesses, her love of music, and the delight she takes in playing is expressed. It is perfection. Fellows often plays the viola at St. James Methodist Church in Central City. Last year, she performed Brahms’s songs with Diana Calhoun and her daughter, Fran Cook, at the Christmases Remembered Festival. It is a privilege to have someone as talented as Fellows living in Gilpin County. Whenever the opportunity arises, Gilpinites should make every effort to hear Fellows perform. She is one person who truly loves her work!

60 years ago – July 26, 1957

Central City Nuggets

Mr. and Mrs. Royal Warren of Gilpin Gardens have opened the Lone Star Ranch and are offering riding trips to four different scenic points near the ranch. Short trips may be made to the beaver ponds or the big trees while a longer trip can be taken to the top of a ridge being the ranch where there is a spectacular view of the range. The longest trip – almost two hours – is to the Lost Mine, about which Mr. Warren tells a fascinating tale of the naming. The trips, depending on their length, range from $1.50 to $3. A good feature of the rides is that they are taken on good horses into country where there are no highways. Mr. Warren and his two guides prefer to take small parties of only five or six at a time. The ranch is open every day but Monday.

Last Saturday afternoon, when Rocco Froyl, and two companions, all of Denver, were playing and exploring the Glory Hole on Quartz Hill, he missed his footing and fell about ten feet, lodging on an outcropping in the crater and stopping him from falling several hundred feet to the level of the La Crosse tunnel. He received a broken right foot and a severe gash on his left arm. One of his companions crawled to the top and notified the City Marshal and Sheriff’s officer and with volunteers sped to the scene. Being impossible to raise the injured lad to the surface, Sheriff Campbell, Mining Inspector Norman Blake, and others reached him through the tunnel, where Dr. Fowler, of Idaho Springs, was waiting and immediately took him to the Presbyterian Hospital in Denver. The Glory Hole is owned by Dr. Muchow of Chicago, who has issued warnings of danger, and has ordered that “No Trespassing” signs be placed along the rim. Several such signs have been erected and have been torn down and thrown into the hole by visitors, not realizing the danger that could happen when these warning posters are ignored.

One of the horses from the riding stables, while being driven out to pasture for the night Monday evening, apparently growing disgusted in carrying tourists on his back each day, decided to learn one of the reasons why they visit Central City. Being inquisitive, he nonchalantly strolled into “Chuck” Anderson’s Gift Shop, perhaps to buy a gift for a lady friend, and as the array of handsome gifts displayed on glass therein, figured that possibly they might prove more palatable than grass, decided to investigate. He was most careful in wending his way down the aisle, scattering tourists right and left, and as the Anderson’s did not have a bracelet or necklace large enough for him, respectfully asked him to make himself conspicuous by his absence and exit through the same front door in which he entered. This he did, with the help of his owner, who backed him out without damaging too many glass standards. This incident merely shows that when you have an attractive store, even animals like to make a visit.

Russell Panning’s

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wagner drove up from Boulder with Mrs. Wagner’s sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Alfon Berg of Seattle, Washington. The Bergs stayed with Marion Hereen and Mrs. Wagner and the girls with Mr. and Mrs. Calhoun.

Russell Gulch residents enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Heeren home Friday.

Mrs. Essie Salmon and her friend from Houston, Texas, visited with the Calhoun’s and Rosalie Wager Saturday. They think our hills are too steep.

90 years ago – July 29, 1927

Another change has been made in the arrival and departure of mails from the post office which is anything but satisfactory to the businessmen and residents of the county, but another change may be made later on that will prove more satisfactory. Heretofore, the first class mails arrived by bus, through the courtesy of Oscar Williams, who brought them over from Idaho Springs with his passengers, but hereafter, they will not arrive until the truck gets here with the express and parcel post, somewhere near 1:30 p.m., and later. The mails and parcel post leave here at 10 o’clock in the morning and lay at Idaho Springs until afternoon, when they are taken to Denver on the regular bus line.

Great preparations are being made by the committee appointed for the purpose of the proper celebration of Gilpin County Day in Denver this year, at the same grounds where former events of this nature have been held. A general invitation is extended everyone who had ever lived in Gilpin County to attend, meet old neighbors and friends of bygone days, and enjoy the hospitality and good fellowship which will be prepared by the committee. The meeting last year was one of the largest attended since the organization, and the one this year is expected to “beat the other a mile.” Bring your lunch baskets, the committee will furnish coffee, sugar and cream, and enjoy the afternoon and evening under the spreading trees in a reunion that will be greatly enjoyed.

How to Make Eggs a la King by Nellie Maxwell: Take six hard-cooked eggs and one half cupful of finely minced chicken or ham, one and one half cupful’s of medium white sauce, two tablespoonful’s of shredded pimento. Prepare the white sauce; to this add one half of a green pepper chopped, and the shredded pimento. Cut eggs in halves lengthwise, remove the yolk, mash, season, and add the minced chicken; refill the egg white, piling the mixture high. It may be forced from a pastry bag. Place the stuffed eggs on a platter and pour the hot sauce over them. Serve at once.

120 years ago – July 30, 1897

James Blewit, a well-known Nevadaville miner, while at work as a timber man in the Ivanhoe Mine on Quartz Hill, met with an accident at the bottom of the shaft by slipping on a timber and falling on a scraper, which entered his left thigh and passed through the limb, coming out on the other side. The scraper was at once drawn out of the wound, and he was taken to his home where he received medical attention. Latest reports are that he is doing fine and no serious results are expected from his injuries.

John Morgan, a miner, working in the Wautauga Mine in Russell Gulch, met with a severe accident on Monday by falling from a bucket on with he was standing, while being hoisted to the surface, to the bottom of the shaft, a distance of over 100 feet. He was hoisted to the surface, and an examination was made by Dr. T.L. Ashbaugh showed that he was suffering from a badly dislocated knee and made him as comfortable as possible. He is a Canadian and was married a few weeks ago to a young lady from the east, and had rooms in the Floyd House, on Lawrence Street. Dr. Bonesteel reported that he would be out again within a couple of weeks.

Born: In Russell Gulch, July 26th, 1897, to the wife of Richard Hughes, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, July 30th, 1897, to the wife of  Mr. Lartigue, a daughter.

Born: In Black Hawk, July 27th, 1897, to the wife of Louis Haller, a son.

Died: In Central City, July 26th, 1897, of heart disease, Mr. G.H. Bull, aged 59 years.

Died: Concerning the death of Charley Sasson in Silver City, Utah, mention of which was made in last week’s issue, The Star, of Silver City, said: “Charles Sasson was found dead in his room at the Paxman House on Tuesday, about 12:30. He was missed from his duties in the morning, and when he did not appear at dinner time, the proprietor of the hotel, who had made several unsuccessful attempts to wake him, in company with other parties, entered his room, and found him dead. He had retired the night before apparently in good health, and his sudden and untimely death has cast a gloom over the town. He had been in the employ of L.E. Ritter & Co., for some time in the capacity of clerk and bookkeeper. He was formerly a railroad man in the employ of the Colorado Central Railroad Company at Central City, Colorado, in the capacity as ticket agent and later worked for the Rio Grande Western in the capacity of ticket agent at Salt Lake City, Utah. The doctor, after an examination, pronounced his death of heart failure, and no inquest was held. He was 33 years of age, and leaves a wife and daughter six years of age, at Black Hawk, Colorado.”

146 years ago – July 29, 1872

Ed Bliss slashes the correspondent of the Topeka Commonwealth without mercy for his misrepresentations of Colorado in letters to that paper. We have seen the correspondences and find it full of errors, and the most glaring exaggerations we have seen from any source. Mr. Baker, the writer, in his zeal to say a good word for the Territory, has gathered his information too hastily, and given birth to many things utterly unknown to the regions he describes. As an example of the peculiar liveliness of his imagination, we quote the following: “At Central is probably the largest and best arranged hotel in the Territory. It is entirely new, being but just opened, and is almost on a scale with the celebrated Congress Hall of Sarasota. Here hundreds can be accommodated on a scale only surpassed if anywhere in the mammoth hotels of the large cities and watering places of the Eastern and Central states of the Union. Here can be followed up the flirtations commenced at Long Branch. Here are the weekly hops so much patronized in other more noted resorts. A band of music has been brought from Boston, Mass., that is equal in proficiency to any in any place. A portion of it were last year engaged on Jim Fisk’s Sound steamers, and another portion at Long Branch. Outdoor concerts are held, the music echoing through the mountains’ and sounding as one never hears it in an open country.” It is very evident that Mr. Baker endeavored to make the best of every scene he visited. Like many others, he was completely captured, and wrote under the inspiration of his liveliest enthusiasm. With Mr. Bliss, we believe that the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth told about Colorado, is the best advertisement she can have.

Reference to the daily list of arrivals at the Teller House will satisfy the curious as to the effect produced upon travelers by a good public house. The grand opening has been noted far and near, and the result is a large influx of visitors. The few strays thus floating in the air indicate something of which way the same wind will blow when we are provided with railway facilities for bringing people to our wonderfully extensive and prolific resources.

Two immense schooner loads of furniture were unloaded at the Teller House yesterday. A large force is at work laying carpets and furnishing rooms, and the prospect is favorable for the grand opening on the 20th as heretofore announced.

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