Turning back the pages

30 years ago – February 12, 1988

Former Central City alderman Frank Macri will be charged with failure to pay $4,000 in sales tax to the City of Central. The announcement was made at the Wednesday work session of the board of aldermen by Jack Hidahl, city clerk and administrator. The municipal charge will be filed by the Central City Police, acting on the instruction of the aldermen. The maximum penalty for failure to pay tax is 90 days in jail and/or a $300 fine, in addition to full payment of the delinquent taxes. Liens will also be filed against Macri’s Spring Street house in Central City, and against any property he might own at the Gold Coin Saloon, said Hidahl. The aldermen asked Hidahl if there were any other delinquent tax sales in the city. Hidahl reported that the only ones at the present time are the Gilded Garter and Gold Coin, both of which are owned by Bob Willmann. Peggy Palmer, city clerk, advised the board that Willmann had come into City Hall recently to check on his sales tax, and said at that time that he will pay them soon. The vacancy created on the board of aldermen when Macri formally resigned last week has been filled by Rand Anderson, who was sworn into office at Wednesday’s meeting. Anderson owns the Holiday House and the Eureka Trading Post, both on Main Street in Central City. Anderson has previously served the city as alderman.

Response was quick on February 6 to a reported diesel spill at the county road crews Hughesville shop. County Commissioners Alan Baird and Carroll Beck were called immediately to insure that the spill was accidental, not a case of vandalism. Members of the Central City Volunteer Fire Department responded to the site as well as Fran Etzkorn, emergency response coordinator. Beck said that Marko Lah, Black Hawk resident and business owner, discovered the spill and notified the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department. Lah said this week that he saw the spill as he was returning to Highway 119. According to Lah, the pump was hanging on the overhead tank when he investigated the incident. Beck, on Monday, said the spill occurred on either Wednesday or Thursday. It was caused by a road crew worker, Beck added. “It created a problem,” he said, and corrective measures have been taken. The employee should have reported the incident when it happened, Beck continued. A report will be placed in the employee’s file, but he did not identify the employee. Apparently, the hose is to be locked on the overhead tank. Mike Moore, county road crew employee, was contacted and brought in a load of sand to mix with the diesel fuel. Beck said the sand will be mixed with other sand and used on the roads. It will not be wasted. According to Beck, there was not any danger of the mixture spilling over into North Clear Creek.

The 1987-1988 Gilpin County cheerleaders went to Boulder on February 6, to compete in the State Spirit Contest. The cheerleaders entered in the Pom-Pom Division. They were Dany Petras, Sherry Wilson, Kelly Shredder and Christy Turner, Jennifer Frantz, Laura Sill, Marie Jones, Rikei Knoll, and Shelby Hayes. These girls performed a pom-pom dance routine which they worked on very hard. They also choreographed the dance routine themselves. Their hard work and long hours paid off because they brought home a second place trophy. The cheerleaders want to thank all of the fans that showed up in Boulder to cheer them on. It was appreciated.

Died: Dorothy Mabel Menegatti, formerly of Entrap City, passed away February 3, 1988, at Luther Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. She was 74 years old. Menegatti was born on March 14, 1913, in Del Norte, Colorado, to George and Inez McLaughlin. She later married Joseph Menegatti. He preceded her in death on April 17, 1969. The Menegatti’s resided in Central City from 1931 until 1969. Joseph was the street, road and water commissioner for the City of Central during this time period. Dorothy worked at several businesses and was a homemaker during her residency in Central City. Following her husband’s death, Dorothy moved to Denver, where she resided until the time of her death. Dorothy will be greatly missed by members of her family and the many people in Gilpin County who knew her. Services were held February 9, at the Clinger Chapel. Interment was in Crown Hill Cemetery. Survivors include her children, Ilona Ellis of Missouri, Joseph Menegatti of Florida, and Everett Menegatti of Golden; her brothers, Delbert and Earl McLaughlin of Denver; her grandchildren Debra and Bob of Missouri, Michael of Florida, and Michelle of Golden; and mother in law of Helen, Carmen, and Robert.

60 years ago – February 14, 1958

Central City Nuggets

A leading association of retailers recently held a convention. And one of the highlights developed, according to an Editor and Publisher account, is that “Newspapers remain tops among retailers as the prime implement for moving goods.” That speaks well for the power, prestige, and durability of the press, in this era when all manner of media are scrapping for share in the advertising dollar. The printed word, in regularly issued periodicals, has not lost its magic.

Mrs. Edith Carter, county Superintended of Schools, was attending the meetings of the County Superintendent’s Association in Denver last week.

Apropos of the article in last week’s Register-Call relative to the condition of the gutters alongside Main Street, in which was asked as to who was responsible for the rotten condition of the gutters, we received the following memorandum from the Highway Department, explaining the reason the department has neglected this particular question: “Senate Bill No. 170, Section 35—the City, City and County, or Incorporated town, at its own expense shall provide street illumination, and shall clean all such streets, including storm sewers, inlets, and catch basins.” Under this stature, it appears that the City of Central must clean the sewers, and the highway will clean the streets. This seems an asinine edict, as when the department scrapes the snow along the street, the snow is pushed to the sides of the street and it then remains for the City to clear out the gutters. How silly and inconsistent.

Mrs. George Justice received word last Sunday morning that W.R. Edwards, a brother in law of Mrs. Eustice, had died the previous day in Fort Morgan and she and “Cap” left that day for Fort Collins.

One of the most vicious acts of vandalism occurred Saturday night, when three large rocks were hurled through the plate glass window in the front of Springer’s Pharmacy. One rock, about the size of one’s fist, was thrown with much force, and was found on the floor in the middle of the floor, after ricocheting from the popcorn machine and a show case. The other two stones, smashed the window in two places, but without enough force to break through the glass, and were found on the sidewalk outside. This act is one of the most contemptible, vicious and rotten of other depredations, as no apparent reason can be given. Any theory is reasonable, but it appears that it was done without malice, and the person or persons responsible, endeavored to follow the vandalism being practiced in Denver in ruining tires and breaking windows in automobiles. The Night Marshal was on duty at the time, which was about 10 o’clock, but heard no noise, and it was not discovered until the following morning. The previous evening during the basketball game, several windows in the Nederland bus were broken by rocks for no apparent reason. City and County officers are making valiant efforts to apprehend the culprits, and if arrested, no probation should be considered, even if they are under age.

Died: Edward Louis (Ned) Bolitho, of Golden, died the first of the week in Golden. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Bolitho, brother of Mrs. Gary K. Howe; grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bolitho, who formerly lived in Nevadaville; Mrs. S.N. Stevens, Rapid City, S.D. Funeral services were held yesterday from the Wood’s Chapel, in Golden, with interment in the Bald Mountain Cemetery.

90 years ago – February 17, 1928

W.G. Evans returned Friday from an extended visit of several months with relatives in Lafayette.

Eight inches of snow was on the ground here Monday morning.

John Grenfell has been reported on the sick list this week.

Mrs. Gus Grutzmacher of Central City returned home Saturday after spending the week in Golden with relatives.

Mrs. Kate. E. Leahy was up from Denver last Fridays attending to business matters.

Archie B. Johnson, wife and son, motored up from Denver Saturday on a visit with relatives. Mr. Johnson is a son of “Bird” Johnson, a printer who worked in this office during the 60’s and Mrs. Johnson will be better remembered as a Bonnie McKay, a sister of Claude McKay, of this city.

Died: Mrs. Marie Ress died in Denver last week and was buried Wednesday morning at Mount Olivet cemetery. She lived in Russell Gulch for a number of years and was a cousin of Joe Ress.

Sheriff Oscar Williams and wife have both been laid up during the week from an attack of the flu, from which they are slowly recovering.

Zero weather has held sway during the week in the mountains, with occasional snow storms, seemingly to inform us that summer has not yet shown itself above the horizon.

Died: In Central City, February 11th, 1928, Harry Clyde Willis, aged 17 years, 2 months, and 25 days. The above announcement will prove to be a distinct shock to his many friends throughout the county, as his death was so sudden as to be almost unbelievable. He was in attendance at the basketball game on Saturday evening, and apparently felt his usual self until about 10:30 o’clock, when he complained of not feeling well, and was taken home by his father. He grew considerably worse, complaining of not being able to breathe. Dr. Shultz was summoned and did everything possible, but his death occurred at 11:30 o’clock, the reason being given as a hemorrhage of the lungs caused by the action of the heart. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Willis of this city, and was a member of the Junior class of the Gilpin County high school. “Hank,” as he was more generally known, was one of those few young men that embodied all that was clean and good. Of a happy, carefree, and jovial disposition, he endeared himself to all who knew him, not only for his witty and original answers, but for his virtues, where there were many. He was one of the most popular young men of the county and his passing will be sadly felt in our little city, for it is with sorrow we part with our friends, but we bow in submission of one who “doeth all things well,” hoping for a meeting in the great beyond of a never ending eternity when with hands clasped in theirs we will take up the chain now severed. “Death is not oblivion or forgetting/ Of all that once was fair/ The sun that reddens to its setting/ Rises elsewhere.” He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Willis, one brother, George, and two sisters, Mrs. Della Grutzmacher of this city, and Mrs. Viola Shaffer of Pueblo, Colorado, to whom the sympathy of the entire community is freely extended in this, their hour of sorrow. Funeral services will be held from the Methodist Church, Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, interment in the City Cemetery.

120 years ago – February 25, 1898

Peter Greb, a miner employed at the Galena Mine in this city, drilled into a charge of powder in a missed hole Tuesday morning, which caused an explosion, and he was badly injured from the force of the blast. He was able to walk to the office of Dr. Moore, where his injuries were attended to and are not considered serious.

The cruiser Maine, lying in the harbor of Havana, was blown up by a torpedo on Thursday, destroying the vessel and killing nearly all its officers and crew. Great excitement prevails all over the country and justice demanded, which eventually will lead to war against Spain.

At the Gold Rock Mine in Russell Gulch, where a good strike was made last week in a cross cut from the 400 foot level, there is 10 inches of smelting ore besides a streak of mill ore, 18 inches in width, and a sack sample taken of the entire crevice showed values of $125 per ton. Messrs. Kimball and Renshaw are operating the property.

Sinking has been stopped at the For Far Mine on Pewablic Mountain at a depth of 300 feet, on account of a surplus of water and levels will be started at a depth of 280 feet to develop the ground on both sides of the shaft.

Born: In Central City, February 18th, 1898, to the wife of James Holck, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, February 18th, 1898, to the wife of James Rule, a son.

Born, in Central City, February 19th, 1898, to the wife of Howard E. Galton, a daughter.

Born: In Lake Gulch, February 20th, 1898, to the wife of Anton Bonetti, a son.

Married: In Central City, February 22nd, 1898, Rev. A.E. Clay officiating, Mr. B.E. Colman of Cripple Creek and Miss Nellie Day, of this city.

Married: In Black Hawk, February 19th, 1898, Rev. John Tanking officiating, Mr. Thomas Wennen and Miss Neva C. Lynn, both of Black Hawk.

Married: In Central City, February 21st, 1898, at St. Mary’s, Rev. Father Raber officiating, Mr. Joseph Winner of Black Hawk and Miss Mary Walters of Sandusky, Ohio.

Married: In Central City, February 22nd, 1898, at St. Mary’s, Rev. Father Raber officiating, Mr. Barthillomew Camilli and Miss Mary Gundy, both of Central City.

Married: In Russell Gulch, at the home of the bride, February 23rd, 1898, Mr. John Lowery and Miss Lizzie Berge.

Died: In Central City, February 23rd, 1898, of miner’s consumption, John H. Bishop, aged 49 years.

Died: In Central City, February 23rd, 1898, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Fulgenz Panz, aged 3 years.

146 years ago – February 1873

The Grand Masquerade Ball, which has so long been looked forward to, takes place this evening. The order for drawing the prizes will be as follows: Each lady and gentleman will have a ticket given them at the door. These tickets the ladies give to the gentleman they think is most deserving of the prize, and the gentlemen vice versa. The tickets are gathered just before supper, and the gentleman and lady having the largest number of tickets draw the prizes. Parties wishing hacks can leave orders at Hatenack’s Nevada; John H. Sense’s, and Shoencker & Mack’s in Central, and at Charles Steinle’s and Gus Kruse’s in Black Hawk. From what we have heard we think we can say, without fear of successful contradiction, that this will be the grandest occasion of the season.

A rail truck car, loaded with iron and having four men on it, broke loose at Dickerson’s Mill below Black Hawk yesterday morning, and started rolling down the grade, which at that point is very steep. The men tried to put on the handbrake, but the iron on the truck car in some way interfered and they did not succeed, while the rail car gaining in motion soon attained a fearful rate. When it reached the sharp curve near the Excelsior Mill, the iron and two of the men were thrown off, one of them having his arm broken and the other being badly bruised. The rail truck continued gaining in speed until it reached Smith Hill, where it jumped the track. The other two men escaped without injury.

Four monster silver bricks weighing one hundred and fifteen pounds each were landed at the Express office in this city, yesterday. The combined value is $5,592.44, and the whole taken from one week’s run by stamps on ore from the celebrated Caribou Mine. This vein is producing about $2,000 worth of ore per day, and is by all regarded as next in value to the famous Comstock ledge of Nevada.

On Saturday morning last, at the unseemly hour of 6 o’clock, Geo. W. Brown, late collector of Internal Revenue for Colorado, was married to Miss Bird E. Smith, of Denver. What funny folks to get up in the night to get married. The D.O. train, which left an hour later, carried away the happy pair eastward, where they will visit the principal cities and their attractions.

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