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30 years ago – December 16, 1988

Mike Kruger, president of Western Cable Systems, Inc., located in Englewood, is projecting August of 1989 for completion of cable television service in areas of Gilpin County. Western Cable Systems, Inc. is in the process of developing a joint Gilpin and Jefferson counties cable system. The office in Englewood is presently serving as the base for the operation, however, an office is expected to be established in the service areas sometime in the future. The new cable system will serve portions of Gilpin County, primarily those places located along Highway 119.These areas include Wondervu, Coal Creek Canyon, Pinecliffe, Rollinsville, Beaver Creek, Colorado Sierra, Gilpin Gardens, Thorn Lake, and Missouri Lakes. The name for the cable system serving the mountain areas is High County Cable Systems, Inc. (HCC). The antenna site, located in Gilpin County, will be completed at the end of this month, Kruger explained this week, and the first areas to receive the cable service will be the Coal Creek Canyon area up to Wondervu. In this area alone, Kruger anticipated, approximately 600 homes could be serviced. This portion of the project is expected to be completed in January. Depending on winter weather conditions, the company plans to extend the cable line northward in Gilpin County, proceeding along Highway 119, in either April or May. The next phase of the project will include Dory Lakes and Missouri Lakes. The 40 channel capacity cable television system will initially include 22 cable channels for area residents. The monthly charge for the service, which includes the 22 channels, will be $19.95. Additional channels, such as Disney, HBO, and the Movie Channel, will be available for an additional charge of $9.95 each per month. Depending on access to utility poles, residential cable installation will vary, Kruger said, stating the cost will be about $75.00. Special rates for the hookup will be offered during the year, he said, and the services areas will be notified by May when the specials are in effect. Kruger expressed his appreciation to Union Rural Electric Association and Gilpin County officials for working with HCC, adding that due to their cooperation, system installation has gone well.

Born: Elmo and Krista Gatlin are the proud first time parents of a son, Jesse Roy, who was born December 8, 1988, at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood. Little Jesse weighed in at seven pounds six ounces and measured 21 inches at birth. He made his arrival at the convenient time of 1:57 p.m. Jesse’s paternal grandparents are Elmo and Irene Gatlin, and his maternal grandparents are Otis and Barbara Eversole, all of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Santos and Victoria Cervantes are the paternal great-grandparents, also of Tulsa. Elmo and Krista reside in Central City, where Elmo serves as marshal.

Died: Judith “Judy” Lee Mohan died at her home in King Flats on December 7, 1988, at the age of 34. A native of Colorado, Judy was born in Denver on May 12, 1954, to Joseph and Rosemary Schell. She was a 1972 graduate of North High School in Denver. A resident of Gilpin County since 1979, Judy previously resided in Westminster. She married Richard Thomas in August of 1974. Their son, Russell, was born on May 26, 1976. Judy formerly worked for the state in the motor vehicle division. She began her employment at the Gilpin County Courthouse on April 13, 1981. At the time of her death, Judy was the deputy treasurer for Gilpin County in the treasurer’s office. One of Judy hobbies was doll collecting. She recently became interested in dollhouses. Among her other interests, she enjoyed cross stitching and pottery. One of her favorite pastimes was shopping. Judy is fondly remembered by her friends to have been good natured and kind hearted. She will be missed by many Gilpinites. Survivors include her husband, Gilbert Mohan of Gilpin County; her son, Russell Thomas of Denver; her father, Joseph Schell of Denver; her mother, Rosemary Dreher of Bailey; four brothers, Doug of Fort Lupton, Dale and Mark of Denver, and Larry; and numerous relatives and friends. Services were held on December 10, 1988 at Mount Olivet. Entombment followed the service in Mount Olivet Cemetery. In Judy’s memory contributions may be made to The Russell Thomas Educational Trust at First Interstate Bank, Gilpin County Facility.

Died: Phil E. Talcott was born February 8, 1923, in Newcastle, Wyoming. He died at his home in Gilpin County on December 1, 1988, of natural causes. He was the son of Susie Talcott. The family moved to Westminster, Colorado when he was one year old, and he lived in Colorado the rest of his life. Phil was a veteran of World War II. Following his graduation from Union High School in Westminster, he joined the Seabees, construction battalion of the U.S. Navy, and served until the end of the war. His battalion was stationed in England where they constructed and manned the barges used to transport the troops from the ships to the beach in the invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944. His battalion went in at Omaha Beach. He later served in the Philippines and was aboard the ship proceeding toward Japan when the second atomic bomb was dropped. After the war he worked for Stanley Structures for 39 years, using skills he learned in the Seabees. He retired in 1987. He was the owner of The Little Colonel Mine in Black Hawk for 12 and a half years. He is survived by his wife, Esther L. Talcott of Black Hawk; his children, Jill Talcott-Huddleston of Phoenix, Arizona, Pennie Jo Barnett of Westminster, Michael D Wiman of Calden, West Germany, and William C. Wiman of Denver; his brothers, Stephen O. Talcott, Glen C. Talcott, and Rex W. Talcott; his sister, Sue E. Roberts; and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services were held at Moore-Howard Mortuary in the Berkeley Park Chapel on December 5, 1988. Interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Died: David Earl Roberts, Jr. died December 12, 1988. He was well known throughout the mountain communities for his joyful spirit and outstanding musical abilities, and he has enriched many lives. He will be sorely missed by those who have come to know and love him in the years he lived in this area. David was born on July 1, 1942, in Mount Holly, New Jersey. He grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey, and graduated from high school there. His musical abilities manifested at a very early age, and he was already involved with music at the very early age of five. He was on the staff of Hampton University for some time and had his own music studio for five years in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. David is survived by his wife, Diane; his parents, David Earl Roberts, Sr. and Lucy Roberts of Moorestown; his sons, David Earl Roberts, III, of California, and Sebastian of Moorestown; and his grandson, David Earl Roberts, IV, of California. Funeral services were held December 15 at Faith Community Church. Interment was at the Littleton Cemetery.

60 years ago – December 26, 1958

Central City Nuggets:

To Caroline – The Weekly Register-Call, to which you name as “lousy” because it did not publish a “lousy” article written by you in the hope that the year 1959 will be one of tolerance and understanding. You have reached that stage where your egotism far exceeds your ability, and your “lousy” transcripts and books become a joke. Why not direct your criticism to this “lousy” newspaper rather than receiving it from other sources? May I call to your attention that this “lousy” newspaper is the Weekly Register-Call; the editor is R.L. Laird, and the phone number is 2531.

A Christmas card is what you’ll mail to that friend who won’t send you one this year because he didn’t get one from you last Christmas when he put you back on the list after receiving one from you the year before.

Letters received from Clifford Harvest and Ozzie Hawkins expressed the hopes they would be in Central City this coming Festival Season. Both Cliff and Ozzie are Metropolitan singers and have performed here several summers, and have a host of friends hoping they will be in Central City again this coming Festival.

Mrs. Pearl O’Connor, custodian of the Court House, reported that someone had taken a number of electric light globes from the trees in the yard soon after they were installed or adorned. Such pillage is rotten and dastardly, especially during the Christmas season, and Pearl hopes the globes will burn out immediately when attempt is being made to use them.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Skagerberg returned Monday from a month’s visit with relatives and friends in the New England states. They travelled by car and experienced snowstorms, bad roads, and generally rotten weather, and are glad to be home again in this land of sunshine.

Black Hawk Gold Dust:

Mrs. Kathryn Jackson was over from Idaho Springs on Monday to visit her father Mr. Sam Redman.

It is reported that the establishment of “Jennie’s Inn” has been sold; the new owners from Denver are to take over January 1st.

Mr. Roy Addyman and Jerry left Saturday or Louisville, Nebraska, called there by the death of his father. Mrs. Addyman is in California with a daughter who is awaiting the arrival of the stork.

Mrs. Alice McKenzie came up from Longmont Sunday and will entertain at a family dinner on Christmas Day, which will include Martin and George Nelson and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Blake and daughter.

A picture of Mayor James C. Prentice was displayed in the Denver Post, Monday evening, showing him presenting a bale of hay and a bushel of vegetables to the new hippo at the City Park Zoo. The Christmas present was donated by the citizens of Black Hawk and it is hoped Bertie the hippo, will enjoy the delicacies.

Died: Funeral services were held Monday at the Methodist Church for Earl Allen, who died last Thursday morning, at the age of 57 years. Interment was in Bald Mountain Cemetery. Earl was born in Kentucky, and came to Central City in the early 20’s where he was later employed by the Chain O’ Mines. He was a most efficient engineer or hoist man on several mines in this vicinity, and at the time of his death, was the engineer at the Moose Mine in the Banta Hill section. Previous to his demise, he had been under a doctor’s care for several weeks, and apparently his death was caused by a heart condition and silicosis. He is survived by his wife, Elva; two daughters, Mrs. Elvina Jonston, of Minder, La., and Mrs. Donna McBride, of Kilden, Texas; and two sons William, of Westminster, California, and Robert, of Central City.

90 years ago – December 21, 1928

From the Idaho Springs Journal: Last Friday, as Mrs. F.H. Leach was driving to Denver, accompanied by Mrs. Atcheson and Mrs. Coughlin, an accident befell them which could easily have been fatal to one or all of them. Mrs. Leach was doing the driving, and when in the neighborhood of Hosa Lodge, she applied the brakes in order to slow up in passing the westbound Denver bus. The road was covered with hard packed snow, and in a twinkling her car was performing the hesitation waltz and headed straight for the oncoming bus. The bus driver stopped his motor. Mrs. Leach attempted to straighten out her car, but it had the advantage of speed and dashed over the side of the road and down an incline into the trees. The party came to an end by the car turning over twice, pinning Mrs. Leach under the wreck. The snow was several inches deep, which probably prevented her being seriously injured. The car was lifted off of Mrs. Leach, the ladies boarded the bus and came back to Idaho Springs bearing only a few evidences of the accident. They are to be congratulated on their lucky escape.

Central City Lodge Order of Elks will have their regular Christmas tree for the children at the Elk’s Theatre, Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, and all the children of the county are invited to attend. A regular Santa Claus will be present, decorated with bells, who will personally give each child a Christmas present. A picture show has also been provided for the occasion, and the little ones are assured of a good time, all of which is free.

A cold wave, with thermometers indicating below zero weather, greeted the residents of the mountains Wednesday morning, the coldest of the season. By noon, the bright rays of the sun changed the air to one more comfortable for outside work, and very little suffering resulted.

Died: Frank F. Grutzmacher passed away early Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, at the home of his niece, Mrs. Frank Maughan. He had been ill for the past six months, being confined to his bed the greater part of the time, and on Friday, December 1, he fell, breaking his hip. He was born August 9, in Weingritz, Germany. he came to the United States with his parents when only four years of age, and lived in Wisconsin until 1874, when he came to Colorado and located in Leadville, later going to Red Cliff. For the past twelve years he has made his home with his niece. He was the last of a family of thirteen to pass away. He is survived by a number of nephews and nieces, three of whom live in Colorado: Gus Grutzmacher of Central City, Emil Dewey of Denver, and Mrs. Frank Maughan, of Golden.

Died: Suffering from a fractured rib sustained last Saturday and hiccoughs which followed, Peter Burger, 77 years of age, pioneer miner of Boulder County, died Friday. Funeral services will be held Sunday. Burger was born in Germany and brought to America when he was 1 year old by his parents, who located in Auraria, afterwards Denver. They moved to Central City and Black Hawk in Gilpin County, but came to Boulder to reside several years ago. He is survived by two children, Fred W. Burger, Denver; and Mrs. Lena M. Snively of Boulder; two nephews and five grandchildren. Mr. Bruger’s nephews are Fred W. Burger, Boulder County clerk, and Charles W. Burger, University of Colorado Registrar.

Died: Mrs. Ann Keast died in Denver the first of the week, aged 79 years. The family lived in Russell Gulch forty years ago, and for the past eighteen years have been living in Denver.

120 years ago – December 23, 1898

Miss Blanche Coyle, who had been visiting relatives in Pittsburg, Pa., arrived home Wednesday, summoned by the serious illness of her father, Mr. D.L. Chaddock, of Black Hawk.

The benefit dance given for Ray Knight at Turner Hall, Saturday night, was well attended, and resulted in $75 for his benefit, which will enable him to enter St. Luke’s Hospital, Denver, for treatment.

Mr. J.C. Martin, formerly of Littleton, had accepted a position at the drug store of Ll. P. Davies & Co., of this city.

A shipment of 50 sacks of uranium ore was made Thursday from the Wood Mine, in Leavenworth Gulch, to the public sampling works in Black Hawk, to determine its value in that metal. The property is being operated by Mr. Charles Poulet, and is making quite a record in shipping this character of ore, from which radium is made.

Mr. James V. Thompson foreman of the Gilpin Tramway Company, had tendered his resignation, which had been accepted by the company, and Mr. W.S. Wells has been appointed to fill the vacancy.

The Specie Payment Mine, on Bellevue Mountain, over the line in Clear Creek County, is being actively operated, and shipments of ore are being regularly made to both mill and smelter, the last lot of mill ore returning 3-ounces gold to the cord, with good values in the tailings and the smelting product shows the average grade.

The contractors at the Queen of the West Mine, in Chase Gulch, have not made much headway in sinking the shaft, due to excess quantities of water coming in from below, but since they installed a Knowles pump, better progress is looked for. The shaft is 570 feet in depth, and the present contact calls for 200 feet more of sinking.

Born: In Black hawk, December 16th, 1898, to the wife of George Schneider, a son.

Born: In Central City, December 17th, 1898, to the wife of Chris. Stevens, a son.

Born: In Nevadaville, December 17th, 1898, to the wife of John Riley, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, December 19th, 1898, to the wife of Matthew Edwards, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, December 20th, 1898, to the wife of William Harvey, a son.

Married: In Central City, December 22nd, 1898, Rev. A. McKay officiating, Mr. Edwin W. Griffith and Miss Lena Morgan, both of this city.

Died: In Central City, December 20th, 1898, of Bright’s disease, Thomas Rowe, aged 45 years.

151 years ago – December 25, 1868

The old Pat Casey Stamp Mill, in Chase Gulch, had been started up and was running steadily on ore from different properties.

Messrs. Joblin, Allen and Brewer, of this city, left Thursday morning for a visit to their eastern home.

Married: George K. Sabin of Central City and Miss Serina A. Miner, of Black Hawk, were married on the evening of December 20 by Rev. Albert F. Lyle.

Married: David C. Collier, senior editor of the Miner’s Register, and Miss Mattie M. Johnson, of Beloit, Wisconsin, were married at the Congregational Church, Central City, December 20, Rev. E.P. Tenny officiating.

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