Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – August 18, 1989
They’re on their way in from around the world to set the town a-swingin’ for the 13th Annual Central City Jazz Festival. Musicians from as far away as Argentina will perform, turning this into “A Great Little Town Filled With A Great Deal Of Jazz.” Among the bands to get your toes tapping is the Buck Creek Jazz Band, who first appeared here in 1980.The Springfield, Virginia, fellows have missed one or two years since then, one of these being last year when their travel plans went haywire and they landed in Essex, Connecticut instead of Central City. We can’t tell you how or why it happened, but instinct tells us Essex was a lot less fun than Central City. “We’re glad to have them back in Central City,” said a festival organizer, “where the sky is clear and the water is cold and free. They’re one of the two most popular bands to ever participate in this festival, and you’ve got to see them!” The festival began Thursday and will continue almost non-stop through Sunday.
No one knows how the rumor got started, but members of the Gilpin County Historical Society’s board of directors have been plagued with a whole slew of phone calls asking them when and why they decided to sell Old Engine No. 71 to train operator Court Hammond. Well, it’s just not so, reports the Historical Society board! Although Hammond, who leases the engine from the society and operates it as a tourist attraction, made an offer to buy No. 71 earlier this year, “a firm and unanimous vote to refuse any offer to purchase the engine” was made by the Historical Society board on April 10. In a letter to Hammond advising him of the board’s decision, the society explained that its decision was an indication that its members “believe that the best interest of the community would be served by protection [of No. 71] by the non-profit Historical Society,” which owns the engine. The board’s decision, according to members, was based on its belief that the engine should not pass into private ownership, but rather remain under the management of the Historical Society to insure its continued presence in the county. If sold, the train could be removed by its owner, and the Historical Society wants to see it preserved as a part of the history of the Gilpin area.
The Social Register:
When, if ever, do you remember representatives from the New York Times paying a visit to Gilpin County? Although it may not be a first, it’s certainly commendable that on August 5, the Gilpin County Historical Society Museum was paid a visit. In the near future, we can all look forward to a feature story. One of the reporters commented that the museum was one of the finest Victorian museums in the world. This is quite an honor and credit goes to the Historical Society Board of Directors for all of their volunteer efforts in making the museum a symbol of pride and joy for everyone.
Gilpin County has had its fair share of animals running loose, everything from dogs and cats to bears. Quite often these animals have proved to be more of an annoyance than anything. However, to anyone’s knowledge, never has there ever been a report of pigs roaming at large. That’s right, pigs! This was the case in Forest Hills Subdivision on Monday, when two pigs escaped from their pen and enjoyed rolling in the mud at one of the neighbor’s houses. It wasn’t an annoyance, but proved to be comical for all onlookers.
Happy birthday, Marko Lah, Tuesday, August 15.
Jack and Pat Wendleton celebrate their 25th anniversary, Monday, August 21.
Born: Tim and Melissa Hill are the proud parents of a daughter, Chantelle Starr, born Wednesday, August 2, at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. Chantelle made her debut at 4:50 a.m., and weighed in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces. She was 19 and three quarters long at birth. The Hills have a son, Timothy, who will be two years old this month. Chantelle shares her birthday with an aunt, Sandy Spellman Hill, who weighed and measured exactly the same when she was born as her new niece. Tim Hill operates the Central City Histogram and the old jail exhibit, both of which are owned by his family.
60 years ago – August 28, 1959
Wreckage of a light plane found in Yankee Doodle Lake by three Lakewood skin-divers was identified Friday as the remains of the plane that crashed in January, 1954, killing four persons. Col. Charles Howard, wing commander of the Colorado Civil Air Patrol, said the plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza, was identified through its number—N-792-D. The four bodies had been recovered after the crash. Killed when the plane crashed into the side of 11,000 Jenny Peak above the lake were: George A. Vest, 21, the pilot; Jack Hettinger Jr., 20; Robert Miller, 21; and Vernon A. Stolte, 22. Howard said the skin-divers, under the direction of Lt. Wayne Willard of the CAP, obtained the plane number from the wreckage Thursday at the lake. There was no explanation of how the wreckage got into the lake. Col. Howard said the wreckage would not be pulled from the water.
Central City Nuggets:
Mrs. Paul Miller, neice Gladys Daly, and Mrs. Helen Parsons were up from Denver on Tuesday to spend the day visiting old friends and landmarks, and enjoyed each minute of their stay.
Mr. Clyde Goodpasture of Mayville, MO, was here for several days last week visiting his brother Charles and wife. He was quite intrigued with all the activities in Central City and really enjoyed his visit.
Mayor George Ramstetter returned Tuesday evening from a siege of three weeks in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver recovering from injuries incurred when the bus he was driving collided with another car. He reports he is feeling quite pert, and is glad to be home again.
Married: A very pretty wedding was held at the Methodist Church last Sunday evening, when Miss Ruth Ann Barnes was united in marriage to Joseph Charles Anderle, Rev. Larry Hawks, officiating. Miss Judy Lee Barnes, a sister of the bride, was the Maid of Honor, and Miss Jeannie Collins the bride’s maid. The groom was accompanied by Gene Anderle, as Groom’s Man, Larry Warriner, Attendant and Jas. Powers and Robert Miller, Ushers. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Barnes of Genes, Kansas, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Anderle, of Black Hawk. Both young people are well-known and popular with the younger set of Gilpin County, who join with the Register-Call in the hope their voyage over the matrimonial seas will be one of happiness and prosperity. A reception was accorded the newlyweds at the Elk’s Hall, which was attended by scores of friends of the contracting couple.
Black Hawk Gold Dust:
After several days spent at Powers Lake No. Dakota, Mr. and Mrs. Otto O. Blake and daughter Linda and Mrs. Hilda Cooper returned home Tuesday. While there they visited Father Frederic Nelson, who’s sends greetings to his friend, the Editor of the Register-Call.
Miss Kathryn Eccker has again taken up her duties as teacher of Physical Education at Littleton High School.
A party Monday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Otto M. Blake included members of the Blake family, neighbors and friends, who came to express best wishes on the 55th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Blake. Refreshments were served and all had a pleasant time.
Saturday Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Howard and children and Mrs. Orpha Guy of Salem, Oregon, spent the day with Mrs. Luella Fritz. Mrs. Guy is an aunt of Dallas.
Mrs. Emma Eccker and Miss Kathryn Eccker entertained at two tables of bridge Thursday evening, with Mrs. Viola Laird winning high score. Other present were Mrs. Yetta Demeter, Mrs. Lula Davidson, Mrs. Lettie Gray, Miss Marjorie Quiller and Oliver Robins.
Ben Purdy took Mike Gage to Dr. Fowler Monday morning, and then on to the Veteran’s Hospital in Denver for further diagnosis of his illness.
90 years ago – August 23, 1929
How to Make Cucumber Circlets, by Nellie Maxwell: Select cucumbers one and one half inches in diameter, pare, cut into halves and remove the seed portion with an apple corer. Now slice into half inch thick pieces. Simmer for a couple of hours in half vinegar and water, to cover, salting to taste; drain. Make a syrup of one pound of brown sugar, three cupfuls of mild vinegar, and boil five minutes with a bag of mixed spices; skim and pour over the rings. Stand over night; repeat two days more. On the third day, pack in jars, cover with the boiling syrup, and seal. A few large, plump, raisins added to this pick improves the flavor and adds to the appearance.
Born: In Central City, August 18th, 1929, to the wife of Roy Thomas, a son. The father is stepping high over the event, and we may soon be able to see the new arrival at the barber shop, greeting the many customers, and announcing “next” at the proper time.
Married: Tuesday evening, Mr. E.R. Kepner and Miss Bernice Richards were happily married at Central City. They had thought of keeping the event secret for some time, but someone noted the happy and satisfied countenance of our local business man who is piloting the destinies of the Clearco store, and knew that he had taken the great leap. The bride was formerly of Idaho Springs and Central City, and has been living in Denver. The groom is most well and favorably known here as a rising young man of sterling character, and who is making a success of his enterprise here. Mr. and Mrs. Kepner will be absent from the city a few days, after which they will return and get to housekeeping.
Died: In apparent usual health Monday afternoon while in Denver, where he had gone to consult a physician, Harry Matthews, 58, returned home to Golden, was stricken violently ill early Tuesday morning, and died that afternoon at 2:40 o’clock. Death resulted from a complication of diseases. The funeral will be held next Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from Woods & Sanders Chapel. Interment will be at Crown Hill. Mr. Matthews was born in Cornwall, England, and came to the United States 38 years ago. He was married in 1891 to Miss Celia Ellis at Nevadaville. The family came to Golden 13 years ago, and for a number of years Mr. Matthews was interested in mining here. Mr. Matthews is survived by his widow, and three children, Mrs. Albert Williams, Richard and Charles Williams, all of Golden. He also leaves a brother, Thomas Matthews of Golden. Mr. Matthews was well-liked by all who knew him and his death has caused deep sorrow among his many friends.—Golden Republican
120 years ago – August 25, 1899
The Misses McKenzie, Catherine and Isabelle, of Boulder, are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Sears of this city.
George Ebert came up from Denver Monday morning, and took the hack from this city to Yankee Hill.
Mr. A.L. Collins returned Wednesday from a trip extending over several weeks in California and Nevada, where he had been in the interests of eastern capitalists.
A jolly party from Russell Gulch, consisting of Dave Davis, J. Peterson, Hans Neisson, Joe Williams, Nat Lewis, William and R. Manhire, Thomas Williams and Thomas Hughes left Saturday evening for James Peak to view the sunrise Sunday morning from that point.
James Chellew of Russell Gulch, who had been taking in the sights in Denver during the weeks, returned home Monday afternoon.
James Faulkner, Thomas Mitchell, and Will McGillis were initiated into the mysteries of the second rank of Pythanism by the Gilpin Lodge No. 5 on Tuesday evening.
The Cornish wrestling match under the management of Thomas Parsons and Frank Rule took place at Mountain City Saturday afternoon in the old wrestling ring, the winners being Thomas Stevens, Central City, first; James Williams of Nevadaville, second; J.T. Quick, Nevadaville, third; and Thomas Berryman, Nevadaville, fourth.
Undertaker Ed. L. Harris of this city took up the remains of B.C. Waterman, who was buried in the Masonic Cemetery in this city, and will ship them to Denver to be buried beside the remains of his wife.
Sinking is being carried on at the Americas Mines, Black Hawk, with three shifts and the shaft has reached a depth of 810 feet. The fourth and fifth levels are being worked and some smelting ore is being taken out that is returning $123 per ton, besides mill dirt that carries average values.
The usual force of miners is working in the Topeka Mine, and the daily shipments average about 30 tons of milling ore which is sent to the Randolph Mill in Black Hawk for treatment. The smelting ore is being piled up in the shaft house for regular monthly shipment, which carries good values.
Born: In Russell Gulch, August 13th, 1899, to the wife of Lawrence Lovatto, a daughter.
Born: In Black Hawk, August 14th, 1899, to the wife of D.P. Solan, a daughter.
Born: In Black Hawk, August 15th, 1899, to the wife of John Lightner, a daughter.
Born, In Black Hawk, August 17th, 1899, to the wife of Max DeCampi, a son.
Born: In Russell Gulch, August 19th, 1899, to the wife of George Dory, a daughter.
Born: In Black Hawk, August 21st, 1899, to the wife of Gus Hockinson, a son.
Born: In Central City, August 20th, 1899, to the wife of Thomas Drennan, a son.
Born: In Central City, August 19th, 1899, to the wife of Ben Treloar, a son.
Born: In Central City, August 24th, 1899, to the wife of John R. Hoskin, a daughter.
Born: In Nevadaville, August 24th, 1899, to the wife of Chad. Rutherford, a son.
Married: In Black Hawk, August 19th, 1899, Rev. J.F. Coffman officiating, Mr. John P. Berglund and Miss Barbara Schultter.
Died: In Nevadaville, August 21st, 1899, Richard Oates, aged 24 years.
Died: In Central City, August 23rd, 1899, Mrs. Nella, wife of Angus Morrison, aged 79 years.
151 years ago – August 27, 1869
The Republican county convention met on Saturday and was organized by electing Charles W. Mather Chairman and Fred H. Conan and Hal Sayre, secretaries; H. M. Teller, J.F. Phillips, and Benjamin Woodbury were appointed a committee on credentials. The following nominations were made: for clerk and recorder, John R. Cleveland; sheriff, William Z. Cozens; treasurer, J.H. Goodspeed; probate judge, G.B. Backus; school superintendent, S.P. Lathrop; assessor, F.H. Messinger; coroner, Dr. L.C. Tolles; surveyor, Hal Sayre; members of the House of Representatives F.H. Conant; J.F. Topping, Richard Harvey and David M. Richards; county committee, Horace H. Atkins, J.F. Phillips, W.J. Barker, D.M. Richards and B.W. Wisehart.
The Democrats elected the following gentlemen as delegates to their county convention: Silas B. Hahn, Benjamin Holstein, John L Schellinger, Thomas Pollock, Thomas J. Campbell, S.I. Lorah, Patrick Leyden, J.D. Hines, Robert Barnaby, Samuel Luckey, James Mills, David Resseigh, Ellsworth Wakely, Nat Edwards and George Stegner.
Married: In Central City, August 24th, 1869, by William R. Kennedy, justice of the peace, Mr. N.B. Simpson and Miss Jane Birchfield.
Died: John W. Remine, a well-known lawyer of this city, died on Tuesday evening, August 24.

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