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30 years ago – January 15, 1988

Volunteers of the Colorado Sierra Fire Department resounded within minutes to a fire at the home of Michael and Cathy Carrithers on Wednesday night. Approximately five members of the department quickly contained a chimney fire at the residence in Bun Gun Subdivision, located in mid-Gilpin County, off of Highway 119. Additionally, two Gilpin County ambulance service personnel responded, although no one was injured. Within one hour the fire was extinguished. The home did not suffer any structural damage. “Maybe some of the pipe was bad,” said Michael Carrithers on Thursday, referring to a possible cause of the fire in the chimney.

Barbara Doyle-Wilch is the new supervisor of library development programs and coordinator of Regional Library Service Systems (RLSS) at the Colorado State Library. Her appointment, effective January 1, was approved by the Colorado State Board of Education at its December meeting. Doyle-Wilch, a resident of Gilpin County, holds a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Denver. Prior to her state library appointment, she was the director of the Library/ Resource Center at Loretta Heights College in Denver. Previously, she was a resource development consultant at the Colorado Department of Education. As RLSS Coordinator and Library Development Supervisor, Doyle-Wilch will be responsible for the administration, coordination and development of continuing education endeavors, resource sharing and Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) services. She will also coordinate programs of Colorado’s seven regional library service systems. According to Nancy Bolt, assistant commissioner for libraries and adult services, “The opportunity to have someone of Doyle-Wilch’s caliber and experience will afford us the opportunity to accomplish great things for Colorado libraries. We are very eager to welcome her to the state library.”

Electric rates for consumers of Union Rural Electric Association will be reduced for the second time in seven months, effective February 1, UREA recently announced. In announcing the two percent rate reduction, Jim Boyd, president of Union’s board of directors, indicated still more rate cuts could be expected in the future. “This is the second in what we hope will be a long term series of rate reductions,” Boyd said, “Barring major, unforeseen interruptions in our operations, we should be able to announce another rate decrease next summer.” The two percent rate reduction, effective February 1, follows a 3.8 percent rate decrease which went into effect last July. Taken together, the two reductions represent a $3.98 a month savings for the average rural residential consumer. The yearly savings will be approximately $50. Boyd said some of the rate reduction was made possible because of wholesale power cost reductions granted by Union’s power supplier, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association, Inc. “However, a major reason for the decreases is because Union’s board and staff have been working diligently to trim administrative cost,” Boyd said.

60 years ago – January 17, 1958

Central City Nuggets

The large spruce Christmas tree, which has adorned the space at the intersection of Main, Lawrence, and Eureka streets, decorated with electric lights and ornaments during the Christmas Yuletide season, was taken down the first of the week by members of the local Order of Elks, who also erected it, and was being hauled away to the city dumps, an ignominious ending of one of the beauties of nature.

One way to assure fame and a place in history is to invent a Christmas tree which will evaporate on December 26th or 27th.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Knoll and Howard’s son are moving to Denver this week, and will remain until the first of June, when “Mert” expects to be home to open Ye Olde Fashioned Eating House for the summer.

Mrs. George Eustice was taken to Rose Hospital in Denver last Friday for treatment, and was in an oxygen tent for several days. However, she is much improved, and expects to be home next week. Relative to others from Central City, Mrs. Paul Beamer is still confined in Colorado General Hospital, and will remain there for the next month, although rapidly improving. George McLaughlin, after being treated by a phrenologist, expects to be home the latter part of this week. The patrons of his popular establishment will welcome him with open arms, as pinochle and rummy games have gone astray since his absence.

May I ensure in this column that a good thing to remember, and a better thing to do, is to work with the construction gang, and not with the wrecking crew.

Vernon Page and Helen McDonald, both of Idaho Springs, were united in marriage last Sunday afternoon by Justice of the Peace, Lee Lyttle. Miss McDonald’s parents were married in Central City 43 years ago.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mrs. Pearl Neff has had a bout with the flu, calling for a doctor’s services, but if she is sufficiently recovered by next week she and her daughter in law will go to California for the winter.

Eleven children and adults gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Blake Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the fourth birthday of little Mary Leanna Blake and a good time was had by all.

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Zancanella are the proud parents of a baby boy, born a few days ago.

Oscar Malo, prominent Denver businessman who maintains an active interest in Leadville history, echoed the words of H.A. W. Tabor Thursday night. He told members of the Leadville Assembly, meeting at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, to “hang onto the Matchless.” The assembly is composed of Leadville and Denver residents who are interested in preserving the old mining town and its points of historical interest. In referring to Tabor, Malo recalled that the advice to “hang onto the Matchless” was spoken by the bonanza king and U.S. Senator to his second wife, Baby Doe Tabor. The Matchless, the famous mine that made Tabor rich, is operated now as a museum and tourist attraction by the assembly. But, Malo said surveys have indicated that there are important deposits of manganese in the lower levels of the mine. He said he hoped that these deposits, as well as other deposits of lead, zinc and silver “will be developed.” Heirs of the late J.K. Mullen own the mine. Malo said the owners “still believe the Matchless will pay off again someday.”

90 years ago – January 20, 1928

From Montreal, Canada. To the Editor of the Weekly Register Call: As a reader of your paper, please allow me to tell you that you have a real, live paper; a paper that gives real news, and in an interesting way. I like your style, and your novels and I never forget the “Mickey” comic. The 30-year ago column (1898), the mines, the oil wells, in fact, we read everything there is in it as everything is so well written. The paper is small in size, but big in news. Believe me, we surely would miss it. Best regards to all friends in the county. Signed, Thomas Baines. P.S. Mrs. Baines will be well remembered by the residents of the Gilpin County as Mrs. Ed. O’Neil.

Mrs. Inez Schmidt, who has been visiting for the past ten days with her parents Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Richards, left Sunday afternoon for Hot Springs, South Dakota. Her mother accompanied her as far as Denver.

Sam Morris is over from Middle Park this week visiting with friends.

Thomas Hampton, a former resident of this city, died at the Mount Airy Sanitarium in Denver, on Tuesday, January 10th. He came to Gilpin County in 1875, residing here twelve years and then going to Golden to make his home. He is survived by two sons, John and James of Golden, and three daughters, Mrs. Abe Golightly of Denver, and Mrs. Rose Ritto of Guymon, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Wm. Richards of Golden.

Frequent strikes by school children indicate that there are many fertile prospects for communists in this country.

Died: In Central City January 17th, 1928, Mrs. Clara Jane Lampshire, aged 64 years, 8 months, and 27 days. Mrs. Lampshire was born in Cornwall, England, April 21, 1863 and 44 years ago with her husband, Walter Lampshire, came to Colorado, landing first at Leadville and later coming to Central City., where they have spent 40 years. Mrs. Lampshire was a devoted mother, a kind friend and neighbor, and her sweet and lovely disposition endeared herself to everyone who knew her. She was a member of the Episcopal Church and took a great interest in all church work, and the summons which came after weeks of suffering will be keenly felt by her may old friends in Gilpin County. She was a member of Little Olive Lodge, Degree of Honor, of this city. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Perley Cox, of Boulder, Mrs. James Walters of Nederland, and a son, Victor, of Denver. Funeral services will be held at the Episcopal Church, Friday morning, at 10:30 o’clock, conducted by lay reader, Bennet E. Seymour, after which the remains will be taken for burial in Fairmount Cemetery.

Died: Mrs. Francis Kirtley Thatcher, widow of Joseph A. Thatcher, died at her home in Denver on Sunday evening, and the funeral was held on Tuesday from St. John’s Cathedral. Mrs. Thatcher was born in St. Louis, and a visit she made to Central City in 1865 resulted in a meeting with Joseph A. Thatcher, which resulted in their marriage on December 8th, 1865. She is survived by two nieces, Miss Jean Anderson, who lives with her, and Mrs. P.M. Cook, also of Denver.

120 years ago – January 21, 1898

Robert Hazelwood and his son Robert H. had a narrow escape from serious injury while working in a drift on the Jones Mine in Nevadaville on Friday last. The boy was drilling a hole in the face of the drift while his father was gouging on the foot wall to make room, so that the shot would do good work He had nearly finished his work, when upon the impulse of the moment, or a premonition of some sort, he dropped his hammer and gouger and started towards the shaft to get some caps and had covered about 50 feet when a terrible explosion occurred, the force of which nearly knocked him down. He realized in a moment what had happened, and shouted to his boy, and asked him if he was hurt. The answer was “not very bad,” and he went back and found him suffering from a badly cut hand and arm scratched from flying rocks. An investigation showed that miners had worked in the drift and had drilled a hole and loaded it with powder, but which had not been exploded, and the boy drilled into the charge, which caused it to explode and in the position he was standing, the force of the charge passed in front of him, as well as down in the crevice, which had been gouged out spending its force. Had the father and son received the full force of the explosion, they would have been blown to pieces. The boy’s injuries are slight and he will soon be at work again.

The funerals of Doyle Westland and Perko, who were killed in the Hidden Treasure Mine last week, were held on Saturday morning last from St. Mary’s Church, Rev. Raber officiating.

The lessees on the Tucker Mine in Chase Gulch, are now working in the shaft about 90 feet below the surface, where they have a three foot body of mineral, with an average of 12 inches of solid lead ore. The lead ore is running a little higher in gold than previously, and nets the shippers $40 per ton, some of it carrying as high as 50 percent lead to the ton.

Collins Brothers of this city have taken a five year lease and bond on the Harsh Mine, in Leavenworth Gulch, and have given a contract to Frank Hannigan for the erection of a shaft building 25×45 feet in which will be placed a plant of machinery of sufficient capacity to operate to considerable depths. This property has not been worked for 20 years, when Mr Richard Pearce, now of the Boston & Colorado Smelting Company, who was located at Georgetown worked it for the copper and fix which the mine produced, which was shipped to his plant in Georgetown for treatment.

Born: In Central City, January 17th, 1898, to the wife of Richard Bawden, a son.

Married: In Central City, January 16th, 1898, Thomas Husband, Justice of the Peace officiating, Oscar D. Fogleman of Cripple Creek to Miss Lulu Opdyche, of Apex.

Died: In Black Hawk, January 20th, 1898, Denison J. Ely, aged 71 years.

146 years ago – January, 1872

The last of the winter series of balls was that of the I.O.O.F. last evening, the handsomest of the season, not only in point of numbers, but of costumes, and a general feeling that all present came there only for the purpose of “tripping the light fantastic,” totally oblivious of the little cliques and partyisms that in several instances have characterized the parties given in Central this past winter. In brief, it was an Odd Fellows Ball. To Mr. D.D. Lake great credit is due for services rendered in perfecting the arrangements of the ball, music, etc. The supper, as prepared by the round, elongated, jolly-faced landlord of the National Hotel, is a conquest in the cuisine of which he may well be proud. Without indulging in more than a thousand adjectives, of the complimentary to the cuisine of the National Hotel, we will say that it was the best supper ever given in Colorado.

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