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30 years ago – November 27, 1987

Christmases remembered in November! The holiday season begins in grand style, starting today in Central City, and will continue throughout the weekend. One of the highlights of this year’s Christmases Remembered Festival is a “Holiday Home Tour.” Seven homes, dating in construction from mid 1860s to the early 1870s may be toured. Tickets and tour information can be obtained at Raynold’s Court on Lawrence Street in Central City. Tickets are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and students with identification, and children under 10 are admitted on the tour free of charge. One ticket covers all of the home tours. The tour consists of homes in the City of Central. They are Raynold’s Court, 200 East 4th High, the Shuck, 205 1st High, Johnson, 201 Eureka, and Penrose #1 featuring the Helen Hayes suite. The Lace House, in Black Hawk, is also on the tour. A Christmas bazaar will be held at Clark gym all three days of the festival. The bazaar opens at 10:00 a.m. daily. Santa Claus will be at Clark gym (he is arriving early just for the festival). Each day he will ride around Central City in the city’s antique fire truck at 12:30 p.m. All Gilpin County residents are invited to join in the festivities with their families and friends.

Viola Laird, former resident of Central City, returned to Black Hawk and Central on November 20, to visit her many friends. Laird spent about an hour visiting friends at the Copper Broiler Restaurant on Main Street in Central City. Following the visit, she dined and was entertained by her host Bill Lorenz at the Black Forest Inn in Black Hawk. Lorenz has known Lair for a number of years. Luncheon guests included her attorney, Tom Elliot, and his wife, and Michael Curran, as well as five other guests. Laird, a lifelong resident of Central City, now resides at the Christopher House in Wheat Ridge.

The City of Central will assess a mill levy of 10.69 for the 1988 tax year. The mill levy, which will generate a total of $49,905 for the city, was formally adopted on November 18. Council also adopted its proposed budget for 1988, with cost of living raises for city employees based on Department of Labor figures. According to Jack Hidahl, city clerk and administrator, employees will receive 1.5 percent pay raises, with the exception of Eric Klemp, city street, road and water commissioner, who is receiving a merit raise as well. No one from the public protested or commented on the proposed budget during the time it was under consideration, said Hidahl.

60 years ago – November 29, 1957

Central City Nuggets

Word received from Laguna Beach, California, stated that Mr. and Mrs. George Springer entertained Mrs. Agnes Nafziger and Dick and Betty Richards over the weekend, with dinners at Victor Hugo’s and a theatre party at Ye Olde Plays (where you throw peanuts at the villain instead of applause). Sunday was enjoyed on the beach with California supplying 72 degree temperatures and plenty of sunshine. The Springers returned home Monday evening after a six weeks’ vacation in the sunny climes of California.

George McLaughlin, while bending over his easy chair to purloin a copy of the Register-Call, from which he had been assimilating knowledge, reached too far over the arm of the chair, and broke two ribs, necessitating the aid of Dr. Fowler, of Idaho Springs, who taped the broken members, and he is now feeling quit pert again, but he should remember that when one gets to the century mark, his ribs are not as elastic as they were when he was a little boy.

The shaft house on the Eureka Mine at the head of Prosser Gulch was entirely destroyed by fire Monday morning. The mine has been idle for several years past, and the shaft house contained a compressor, hoist, motors and various other machines which are a complete loss. No insurance was carried on the property, owned by John Jenkins of this city, and the loss is estimated at about $10,000. No apparent reason is given for the fire, but it is understood that a couple of teenagers were playing around the building the previous evening. The fire alarm was sounded shortly after 6:00 a.m. in the morning by Frank Daugherty and Mrs. Betty Dallapetra, and on orders of the Fire Chief, the $14,000 fire truck attempted to negotiate the steep hill to the top of Prosser Gulch. This is one of the many asinine orders given by the chief, as no water hydrants were available near the fire and the possibility that the truck could slip off the road and damage it extensively showed rotten judgement. However, the building burned to the ground and all but the square sets at the collar of the shaft are still smoldering.

Married: Miss Helen Skagerbery and Tom Bryan were united in marriage at the Methodist Church, Sunday evening, Rev. Father Hawks officiating. They will live in New York City.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mrs. Hallie Nicholls left Sunday for Casper, Wyoming, where she will spend Thanksgiving with her son and family.

Funeral services were held Tuesday for Mrs. George Nelson, who died last Saturday at her home in Longmont after a long illness. Sympathy is extended the family.

Melvin Blake’s dog “Bimbo” was run over and killed by a large truck last week.

Word was received of the death of Mrs. Minniman, who had recently been living at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frances Goodwin, in California.

Mrs. Alice McKenzie, Mr. Martin Nelson, and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Blake drove to Longmont Tuesday for the funeral of Lillian Nelson.

Leonard Bracing drove to the Great Lakes last week to spend Thanksgiving with Miss Gail Mueller. He was accompanied by Gail’s mother Mrs. Helen Mueller and two children.

90 years ago – December 2, 1927

Mrs. Elizabeth Davies left for Denver Sunday afternoon, on her way to Oakland, California, to spend the winter with her daughter, Mrs. W.J. Hutchinson.

Attorney L.J. Williams, wife and two daughters, came up from Denver Friday morning, the former to attend to legal matters, while the latter visited with friends and attended the dance on Saturday evening.

Clifford I. Parsons, Louis J. Carter and Wm. Davey left for Denver Tuesday morning to attend the funeral of the late William J. Lewis, held that afternoon.

Mike Cody, wife and child, came up from Denver, Saturday, on a short visit with old friends, and to attend the dance held that evening.

Mrs. George Cochrane of Miami, Oklahoma, arrived here Tuesday en route to Central City to take her mother, Mrs. Pressler, back to Oklahoma will her. Mrs. Pressler was injured in an auto accident recently. —Golden Transcript

Dr. Henry Bonesteel, first graduate of the University of Colorado medical school to win a surgical fellowship at the Mayo Brothers Clinic, will leave for the clinic the day after Christmas where he will study surgery for three years. The fellowship was given for exceptional scholastic standing and general qualifications. Dr. Bonesteel was born in this city, and is the son of Dr. H.E. Bonesteel of Denver.

Born: In Denver, November 28th, 1927, to the wife of Henry Altvater, a daughter. Congratulations and good wishes for a long and happy future for the young lady are expressed by the many friends of the couple in Gilpin County.

Died: In Steamboat Springs, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edward W. Davis, November 25th, 1927, William J. Lewis, aged 84 years. Mr. Lewis was born at Brady’s Bend, Pennsylvania, and came to Colorado in 1865, and settled in Gilpin County, where he made his home until twelve years ago, when he went to Steamboat Springs, to make his home with his daughter. While here he devoted his time to mining and mill businesses and was known as one of the best mill men in the county, and for years was the superintendent of the Hidden Treasure Mill, on Clear Creek, above Black Hawk, where a majority of the ore from mines operated by the Gold Coin Mines Company, of Nevadaville, was treated, as well as custom ore from mines in all portions of the county. He was interested in many local pools of miners in operation of mines, in some of which he was well repaid for his outlay. He was also interested in a mercantile establishment which was started in Nevadaville by local men. In 1878 he was elected a member of the lower house of the Colorado legislature, from Gilpin County, on the Republican ticket. An enterprising, royal citizen, beloved by all who knew him, his passing ties one more of the pioneers of Gilpin County on the long journey to the eternal rest. Mr. Lewis was a member of Nevada Lodge, No. 4, A.F&A.M., and Central City Chapter No. 1, Royal Arch Masons; Central City Commanders No. 2; the Order Eastern Star, and the Ancient Order of the Mystic Shrine, El Jebel Temple, Denver. Funeral services were held at Steamboat Springs, Sunday, and the body was taken to Denver, where services were held on Tuesday afternoon, at the Roger Mortuary, followed by interment in Fairmount, by the side of his wife, who died in this sixty a number of years ago. He is survived by his daughter Mrs. E.W. Davis, of Steamboat Springs, and a son, Robert, of Denver.

Died: In Denver, at her residence, November 25th, 1927, Mrs. Alma Berryman, aged 48 years. Mrs. Berryman was born and raised in this city, and was well known by residents of the county of years ago. She had been an invalid for many years. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Parsons, a son, Frank, living in California, three brothers, Edgar, George and Ray Parsons, and two sisters, Mrs. Guy Walker and Mrs. Elizabeth Rowe, of Tacoma, Washington. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Rogers Mortuary, Denver, and interment in Fairmount Cemetery.

120 years ago – December 3, 1897

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Holman, of Denver, announced the engagement of their daughter, Bessie, to William A. Hyndman.

A marriage license was issued by county clerk Joseph Updegraff on Tuesday to Frank L. Branham and Eva M. Olin, both of Idaho Springs.

Joseph Katta, a miner, fell down a wine in the Phoenix-Burroughs Mine, on Quartz Hill, on Friday morning last, and escaped with a bad scalp wound and body bruises.

Fick & Holck, the wagon makers of Black Hawk, are working on an order from British Columbia for two quartz wagons, with each holding a cord, or eight tons of ore.

The usual workforce of 50 men is employed at the Fisk Mine, on Bobtail Hill, and shipments of mill and smelting ore are aggregating 50 tons daily. Some leasers are working in a block of ground above the 300 foot level, and are taking out good grades of mineral. During the coming month, the management intends to build an addition to the shaft house, and as soon as the foundations can be gotten ready, a new 80 horse power hoister will be installed when the Fisk Mine will have one of the best equipped plants in the county.

At the Topeka Mine in Russell Gulch, under the management of Mr. Henry P. Lowe, a force of 45 men are constantly employed doing development work and getting out ore and regular shipments are being made to the mills and sampling works. During the week, a rich strike of mineral was made in an upraise from the 800 west level, which opened up a body of white spar, which is literally covered with free gold, carrying values of thousands of dollars to the ton. The ore is being carefully taken down and sacked, and later on will be sent to an assay office for smelting, as it is too rich to be sent to the smelter. Several pieces were being shown by Mr. Lowe, which were glistening with free gold.

Born: In Russell Gulch, November 26th, 1897, to the wife of John Martin, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, November 25th, 1897, to the wife of Wm. Launder, a son.

Married: In Central City, November 25th, 1897, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Rev. A.E. Clay officiating, Wm. Rogers and Miss Celia Branch, both of this city.

Married: In Central City, December 1st, 1897, Mr. Charles McEllhaney and Mrs. Daisy Miller, both of Apex.

Died: In Central City, November 27th, 1897, Richards Harey, aged 71 years.

Died: In Central City, November 28th, 1897, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kaneen, aged 7 months.

Died: In Central City, December 1st, 1897, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Heim, aged 8 months.

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