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30 years ago – February 5, 1988

Central City Alderman Frank Macri submitted his letter of resignation the Mayor and Council this week. Macri’s letter of resignation was presented at the regular meeting on February 3. The letter, typed on official stationary, stated: “In order to proceed in a certain direction, it is often wise to take a step back in another direction. Such is my case now. Although the needs and interests of the citizens were always foremost in my presentations before council, I feel that my motives have been called into question. Certainly this limits my ability to participate as fully as before. In addition, certain developments have allowed me to accept responsibilities with a national advertising marketing firm and I look forward to devoting time to my career, personal concerns, and travel. Therefore, I regretfully resign as alderman of the City of Central effective upon your acceptance. I plan to maintain property in the city and will continue to be interested in city affairs. Naturally, my best wishes are extended to you all.” Macri owes the city $4,000 in past due sales tax revenue. No action has been taken by the council to collect the funds, which has been due for at least a year.

Richelle Knoll, daughter of Dale and Cheryl Knoll, residents of Central City, has been selected as an entrant in the 1988 Miss Colorado Teen U.S.A. Pageant to be presented in the Grand Ballroom of the Holiday Inn in Denver, on February 13 and 14. The state pageant will select Colorado’s representative to the 1988 Miss Teen U.S.A. Pageant, nationally televised on CBS television in July. Knoll, who was selected as an entrant at large, will be competing with young women from all over the Centennial State for the title of Miss Colorado Teen U.S.A. She attends Gilpin County RE-1 School, where she participates in basketball, cheerleading, and band. Knoll will be vying for the most coveted title in Colorado. Knoll’s sponsors to the Miss Colorado Teen U.S.A. Pageant are The Christmas Spirit in Central City, Dan and Lillian Ogilvie, and her parents.

Muriel Paul, resident of Central City, and owner of the Copper Broiler Restaurant, was taken to Rose Medical Center in Denver on January 28, suffering from a perforated ulcer. Paul, who was transported by Flight for Life, was in extreme pain prior to being airlifted to Denver. On Wednesday, she said she was feeling much better and hopes to be released from the hospital today. The community extends their best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Born: Andrew and Dawn Danville of Central City are proud to announce the birth of their fourth child, a girl. Jessica Dorothy was born January 17, 1988, at Lutheran Medical Center in Denver. She weighed five pounds, 14.5 ounces, and measured 19 inches. Jessica’s brothers and sisters are David, Danielle, and Adam. Paternal grandparents are Bela and Florence Danville of Haziet, New Jersey. Maternal grandparents are Nilda White and Bill Elberson of Rowland Heights, California. Jessica’s paternal great-grandmother is Katherine Miles of Connecticut.

Died: Lettie LeVeta Latham, 84, died January 10, at Autumn Heights Care Center in Denver. A resident of the Gilpin Gardens Subdivision for 20 years, she was married to Chester Latham. Born December 4, 1904, to James and Mellissa Emily Morrison, Latham is survived by her husband, Chester, three daughters, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Services were held at Olinger’s Chapel Hill in Littleton, January 13. Interment was at the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Died: Minnie Eplett Cody died January 11, 1988, at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver. She was 97 years old. Cody was born in Russell Gulch on April 15, 1890. She had been a resident of Aurora since 1972. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward. Cody was formerly employed as a clerical worker at the Federal Center. She does not have any immediate survivors. Graveside services were held January 15, at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

60 years ago – February 7, 1958

Central City Nuggets

A sale of real estate was completed this week, wherein Earl Person purchased about 15 lots from John C. Jenkins, Jr. The lots extend from the east side of Spring Street, between Gregory and Lawrence Streets, and extends almost to the Rialto Mine. It is Mr. Person’s intention to grade and level the lots for a parking place for about 240 cars on each side of Gregory Street, and it is his further intention to cooperate with the City Council and the High School Board in repairing the flume that runs through his property. The school gymnasium is in need of repairs on the pillars facing the flume, and which should be done immediately in order to keep the building from sliding into the creek. The high school fund is exhausted, the City is in poor financial condition, and a bond issue on either the school or the City is almost impossible. It is rather a complexing condition, but should be remedied as soon as possible.

Mr. and Mrs. George McLaughlin, who have been spending the past six weeks in Denver, where “Curly” has been receiving medical attention, returned Sunday afternoon. He reports his health much improved, but is still as cranky as when he first went to Denver. However, he is becoming the same old Mac, now that he is playing with the pasteboards with Cliff, Paul, Lee, and Ye Editor, and other intelligent gentlemen.

We would like information relative as to who is responsible for the condition of Main Street. Is it the highway department, or the City of Central? It rather appears that the highway department is responsible, as the Peak to Peak highway runs through Main Street. However, it doesn’t make too much difference, but something must be done in clearing the gutters through the city. The flume immediately in front of the Gold Mine Store is clogged with debris of every nature, and the water coming down from the Opera House buildings brings papers, beer cans, paper cartons and other trash, which lodge at the entrance of the flume, flooding the sidewalk and generally raising havoc. The businessmen of the city offer every inducement to visitors to come to our city, and after arriving, have to put on hip boots to cross the puddle. It is a sorry sight, and one not conducive to the pleasure of visitors. If it is the City’s fault, let’s do something about it, and if it is the highway’s fault, notify them immediately and do away with this unsightly mess.

Mrs. Leila Parsons, the assistant to the Postmaster, left Sunday for Phoenix, Arizona, on a month’s vacation. Her handsome spouse informed me that he “didn’t want any cracks being made about him while he is a bachelor,” and conforming to his request, learned that his knowledge of the culinary art is equal to that of the chefs in large hotels, both in the U.S. and France. So still not mentioning any names, he is most willing to be invited out for any meals, and further still holding him incognito, hopes his friends will take pity on him and offer the best in hospitality.

90 years ago – February 10, 1928

The Gilpin County Boosters basketball team suffered their second defeat of the season last Saturday evening at the Knights of Pythias Hall, when they were on the short end of the score in the game with the Golden Boosters team, of Golden, the score being 52 to 40. The game was the cleanest and fastest seen here in many years and up until the last quarter it was either team’s game. It is not known at the present time whether a game will be played this Saturday evening or not, but the Boosters schedule is filled up until the end of the season. The Boosters thank the public for their interest in the sport and for the patronage at their games, and trust they are giving all who attend their full money’s worth.

How to Make Pineapple Glace, by Nellie Maxwell: Cream one half cupful of butter, adding one and one half cupful’s of sugar. Add one well-beaten egg, two and one half cupful’s of flour, two teaspoonful’s of baking powder, one fourth teaspoonful of salt and one cupful of cold water. Melt two tablespoonful’s of butter in an iron frying pan, add one cupful of brown sugar, stirring until smooth; spread with a can of shredded or sliced pineapple and pour over the batter. Bake in a hot oven 45 minutes. Serve with whipped cream.

The body of Charles Grommett, who was drowned in the Nederland dam, August 21st, 1927 was recovered by his father, Phil A. Grommet Sr., on Sunday. The very way by which the father found his son’s body was most dramatic as the elder Grommet dreamed Friday night that he had found the body at a spot 200 feet from the west edge of the lake. Sunday, the father went to the lake and found the body under eighteen inches of ice. The younger Grommet was drowned five months ago when an automobile in which he was riding plunged into the lake from the highway above. Young Grommett’s father and mother, his wife and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.O. Morrell, who were with him in the car, took the plunge with him, but they were rescued by Larry Maroney, a Lafayette banker. All efforts to find the body of Charles Grommets whose home was in Detroit failed, but every Sunday the father – on his only free day of the week – visited the lake in the hope that he might come upon the body of his son. He braved every kind of weather, his efforts were untiring. And the dream of Friday night and the discovery of the body Sunday. The body was dug out by a group of workmen from Nederland. It was partially decomposed and encased in ice. The body was turned over to the coroner, but later he released it to the Clinger Mortuary of Denver. Leonard Grommett, a brother of the drowned man, accompanied his father to the lake Sunday.

Died: Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Hartman, resident of Colorado forty years who died Sunday afternoon at the Presbyterian Hospital, was held on Wednesday morning at Loyola Church with interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mrs. Hartman came to Colorado from Germany, where she was born in 1888, and lived in Central City where Mr. Hartman was engaged in the mining business. Later she came to Denver and ten years ago she moved to Lafayette, Colorado, where she made her home until her death. Mrs. Hartman had suffered from Bright’s disease for some time and three weeks ago suffered an acute attack. She is survived by two sons, Albert and Bart Hartman, of Lafayette, and five daughters, Mrs. Mary Bostwick and Mrs. Lillian Medan of Lafayette, and Mrs. Annie Fulcher, Mrs. Rose Campbell, and Miss Elizabeth Harman of Denver.

120 years ago – February 11, 1898

Miss Lucy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Helm, celebrated her seventh birthday last week, by giving a party for her young associates at her home on High Street.

Russ Russell, a miner, was injured in the Margaret Glenna Mine on Maryland Mountain last Saturday afternoon. While at work in the shaft below the adit level, a plank fell from about 60 feet above, striking him on the left side of his face and shoulder, cutting his ear and jaw.

Mr. Askew of Russell Gulch has placed a fine piano in his home and Mr. James Hampton, of the same place, has purchased an organ.

Miss Vera Sisson, of Black Hawk, who has been seriously ill with pneumonia, is on the road to recovery.

Nicholas Oates, Jr., a miner working in the Hidden Treasure Mine in Nevadaville, had a narrow escape on Monday last from serious injury if not death, while working in the shaft. He was pulling the bell line riding for tools, and in doing so he slipped on a stone and fell in the ladder way in the shaft, striking his side on the pump column, which he caught and saved himself from going down the shaft.

The State Ore Sampling Works in Black Hawk reports the biggest week’s business last week since its establishment. An average 100 tons of ore were treated each day and it was necessary to work two shifts in order to keep up with the demands of the miners in shipping their smelting ore to this firm.

At the Fisk Mine on Bobtail Hill, the new 80 horsepower hoister is now in place, and steam connections were completed on Tuesday last. A new one inch steel rope, 1,600 feet in length, has been placed on the drum of the engine and everything is in shape for handling a greater quantity of ore than ever before.

The new mill at Perigee is running day and night and the 30 fast-drop stamps are crushing in the neighborhood of 100 tons of ore every 24 hours.

On Friday last, in chambers in Golden, Judge DeFrance dissolved the injunction obtained against Henry P. Lowe by the Topeka Mining Company. The injunction was to restrain Mr. Lowe from obtaining a deed to the Topeka Mine, which had been placed in one of the banks of the city. Now that the trouble has been removed the property will be work on a more extensive scale than ever before.

Born: In Central City, February 6th, 1898, to the wife of Gavin Mallett, a son.

Born: In Black Hawk, February 6th, 1898, to the wife of P.J. Murphy, a son.

Born: In Central City, February 8th, 1898, to the wife of Henry Kruse, a son.

Died: At Twelve Mile, Gilpin County, February 9th, 1898, Charles Noble Demont, aged 3 years and 7 months.

146 years ago – February 1873

We make no apology for giving the most of our space to the results of the Senatorial canvass of Kansas. Being the most important and dramatic incident of the time, involving the weightiest consequences to men and States, we believe in treating it exhaustively in order that it may prove both a lesson and a warning to the people. We have reviewed the proceedings at Topeka from the date of their beginning through the series of incidents which culminated in the downfall of a great political, and influential and powerful man. The article giving a brief history of Ingalls the new senator, and York who was chiefly instrumental in electing him, is not the least interesting of this remarkable history, and will amply reward the reader for the time devoted to its perusal.

Shipped from Central yesterday as the net result of three and a half days run on Caribou ore, reduced in Breed and Cutter’s Mill at Middle Boulder, five bars silver bullion; weight 568 pounds, value, $8,054. Match it elsewhere in Colorado if you can.

If anyone knows positively that times are brightening hereabouts, and will tell us where and to what extent, we shall feel much obliged. As Glory McWhirk would say, “There’s plenty of good times in the world, only we ain’t in ‘em.”

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