Turning back the pages

30 years ago – October 16, 1987

The Central City Opera House Association has been busy all summer doing repairs on their many properties in Central City. The latest projects included shoring up the crumbling bricks on Williams Stable by Gilpinite Charles Slater. Locals Nelson Smith, David Spellman, and Tony Miller have been roofing two houses on Eureka Street. The use of local talent to complete the work is a welcomed contribution to the local economy.

Once work on the East First High Street water line is complete, the city crew will begin capping a line at the top of Register Alley, which will result in a shut-off of water in downtown Central City. The city crew will make every possible effort to return water service to the area as quickly as possible. The shut-off could last as much as a day and a half. The shut-off will affect Main Street, upper and lower Spring, Roworth, and Hooper Streets. Although it is not certain exactly when work will commence, it could be Monday, October 26. Central City Council members intend to personally notify every business and residence that will be affected by the shut-off of the exact day the work will begin. The project is being undertaken to alleviate recurring problems of the water line freezing during the winter.

Died: Sidney T. Joyce, formerly of Gilpin County, died September 25, 1987, at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver. He was 72 years old. Joyce was born November 10, 1914 in Russell Gulch. He was educated in Central City schools and later worked as a miner. He graduated from Barnes Business College in Denver. Joyce served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Prior to retiring, Joyce worked for the Adolph Coors Company for 30 years. He was a member of the Central City Elks and the Kiwanis Club of Lakewood. He was a resident of Lakewood at the time of his death. Survivors include Dorothy, his wife, two daughters, D’Ann Hart of Lakewood and Judy Loyd of Dallas, Texas, and five grandchildren. Services were held at Crown Hill Cemetery on September 29.

60 years ago – October 18, 1957

Central City Nuggets

We are a little short of reading material this week on account of so many individuals are advertising for Treasurer’s Deeds, and also on account of that Ye Editor needs the fifty lucre to carry on the tradition and acknowledgment that the Register-Call is the best weekly newspaper in the Western Hemisphere, and also on account of that those who have left this sphere to that unknown land, can still receive their paper each week, even though it is necessary to wrap it in asbestos.

Mrs. Victor Tavonatti, wife of the good-looking County Assessor, left Monday for Florence, Colorado, to help celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of her parents, and in the meantime, Vic is open to all invitations for lunches, dinners, and stuff like that there.

Word has been received here that George (Cap) Justice is seriously ill at Rose Hospital in Denver, suffering from a serious heart attack. We hope his convalescence will be rapid.

There’s a lot of malicious mischief in evidence in Central City, and the law enforcement officers should make every effort possible in apprehending those who are responsible and put a stop to such thefts or capers.

We received a letter last week from Evanston, Illinois, stating the death of David P. Brannin, aged 69. He will be well remembered by many of the old time residents of Black Hawk. He is survived by his wife, now Agnes Nordlien, one daughter, and one son.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

After spending several days in Denver, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Grenfell returned home Friday evening.

Mrs. Emma Eccker and daughter Miss Kathryn attended the Shrine Circus in Denver Monday evening.

Sheriff Floyd Campbell was called to the Gilpin Hotel, Tuesday night, about midnight, on complaint that a young man, filled with mountain dew and apparently under the influence of narcotics, was attempting to wreck the building. He was a regular walking arsenal, having three guns, two rifles, a 30-30 and 22 caliber, and a 44 revolver. He had already broken the glass on the front doors, tipped over tables and destroyed a large amount of glassware. He refused to be taken to jail, and it took the efforts of both the Sheriff and Wm. Floyd to subdue him. He suffered a deep gash on his left wrist, necessitating calling Dr. Fowler, of Idaho Springs to attend him and seven stitches were necessary to close the wound. Damage is estimated at $300 and a complaint has been signed before the District Attorney for further action. His name is John Kinne, 28, of Dillon, Colorado.

90 years ago – October 21, 1927

Frank Owen, wife, and his mother Mrs. N.D. Owen, were up from Denver Sunday morning on a short visit with old friends.

Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Seymour, accompanied by Mrs. Metz, of Colorado Springs, came up from Denver Monday evening for a few days visit with relatives and friends.

Miss Curtis, of Denver, and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Buchanan, of Greeley, arrived in Central City Monday evening, summoned by the death of Mr. Walter Boyd. The ladies are sisters of Mrs. Boyd.

Oscar Williams and wife, accompanied by Mrs. Walter Smith, left for Denver Tuesday morning, the latter continuing her trip to Cripple Creek.

Married: In Denver, at the home of the bride’s mother, on Wednesday, October 12th, 1927, Bishop Ingle officiating, Walter McBrayer and Miss Irma Louise Seymour. The home was beautifully decorated for the wedding, and was well filled with relatives and friends to witness the ceremony and extend congratulations and good wishes to the happy couple. The flower girls for the occasion were Louie Virginia McCoy, Florence Williams, and Patty Auger. The bride is the only daughter of Mrs. Melita Seymour, was born and spent the greater portion of her years in this city, and is a graduate of the Denver University. Mr. McBrayer is an electrical engineer from Alton, Illinois, and a graduate of the University of Colorado. They will make their home at Alton, Illinois.

Died: In Central City, October 16th, 1927, of miner’s consumption, Walter Knox Boyd, aged 56 years, 9 months and 20 days. Deceased was born in Illinois and came to Gilpin County some 25 years ago, working for many years in the mines, in which he contracted the disease that caused his death. He was a well informed and respected citizen, and left many old friends who will be grieved to hear of his death. He is survived by his widow and daughter, and other relatives. The remains were taken to Denver Wednesday morning by undertaker George Hamilik and services were held at the Fairmount Chapel that afternoon, interment following in Fairmount Cemetery.

120 years ago – October 22, 1897

Pittsburg capitalists are behind the operation of the Central City Mine in this city who intend to unwater the property at once, after which development work will commence in extending levels from the bottom of the shaft, at a depth of 400 feet. Sinking the shaft will commence later on and new ground opened up, which will be prospected by levels and stops.

The present developments in the Star of the West property in Lake Gulch consists in driving the west level at a depth of 165 feet, and stoping is being carried on in the 200 foot level. The last lot of smelting ore shipped to the sampling works carries good values, and the operators, the New Yok and Indian Mining Company contemplate erecting a new shaft house and installing a larger plant of machinery.

George M. Collier, of Denver, and Charles Pollard, of Georgetown, have taken a lease and bond on the Maud S. and Henrietta property in Russell Gulch, on which work has already commenced. The Maud S. has been developed by a shaft 184 feet deep, while the shaft on the Henrietta is but 60 feet in depth. A whim is now in use on the mine, which will be replaced by a plant of machinery as soon as the shaft house is completed, and the mine will be thoroughly developed.

Born: In Black Hawk, October 19th, 1897, to the wife of Richard Pomeroy, a son.

Born: In Central City, October 18th, 1897, to the wife of Charles F. Barker, a son.

Born: In Central City, October 19th, 1897, to the wife of Norman Gourlie, a daughter.

Born: In Russell Gulch, October 9th, 1897, to the wife of John Prouse, a daughter.

Born: In Russell Gulch, October 10th, 1897, to the wife of W.G. Williams, a son.

Married: In Central City at the residence of Wm. Launder, October 16th, 1897, Rev. John Tonking officiating, George Launder to Miss Mary Tebow, both of Gilpin County.

Married: In Black Hawk, October 20th, 1897, John Tonking officiating, Mr. Richard Beck to Miss Nellie Gullicksen, both of Gilpin County.

Died: Henry Frickey, aged about 38 years of age who had resided in Black Hawk for over a year, died on Tuesday morning from morphine poisoning. He took 16 grains of the poison on Sunday morning, and as soon as his condition was noticed, Dr. Richmond was summoned, but was unable to counteract the effects of the drug. Mr. Frickey had been a sufferer from rheumatism for years, and has been unable to work and whether the drug was taken to relive pain, for with suicidal intent, is not definitely known. He was a member of Black Hawk Lodge Knights of Pythias and is survived by his wife and three children.

146 years ago – October, 1872

The Mack Brothers are noted for the excellent quality of the beer brewed in their establishment, and are particularly deserving notice of the excellent quality of bock beer, of which they have a large stock on hand that, for quality and body exceeds that of any brewing of former years.

Our splendid weekly will be published tomorrow morning, and we invite the public to call and examine specimen copies. We don’t care to have anyone subscribe, as we are perfectly willing to have it understood that our lists are entirely full.

The butchers of Nevada, Black Hawk, and Central, are all weeping over the scarcity of cattle and sheep. The shops of the three towns contain less than five hundred pounds of this staple article of food. In brief, there is a general despondency among them, but one to two regard this state of affairs with an air of perfect resignation, while others restlessly twirl their thumbs, and at times one imagines he can hear expressions that savor just a trifle of profanity. Some, we are proud to say, regard the situation with a serenity of mind that is truly wonderful, knowing that Providence provides.

We saw last evening two assay certificates made April 29th, by Professor Bement, from ore taken from the Maine Lode in Griffith District, Clear Creek County, for the Hummer Company. One of these (ruby stain) gave 1,288 ounces of silver per ton, and the other (brittle silver) 9,850 ounces per ton. Pretty good for the Maine Lode.

They propose to have a new hotel in Denver—that is they are talking about it—have plans and specifications all drawn, the lot selected, and the only thing that remains to complete their happiness is the money to complete the building.

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