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30 years ago – August 25, 1989
Seventy custom built race cars are expected to compete in Sunday’s Central City Grand Prix, an off-road style race set for Dry Lake this weekend. In addition to a six-lap and 10-lap race, other events will be scheduled, said event organizer John Bertram. The course is a technical slalom, with 10 curves, a series of step-jumps, two mogul fields consisting of a series of foot-deep washboard ruts, and three large jumps. The final jump may send carsas high as 20 feet into the air for a distance of 40 feet. Local youths participating in the race include Chad Bertram, who will be driving car number 1111, and Chuck Landers and Carrie Bertram, piloting car 1137. Mitch Mustard, who holds the number one total points in the Mickey Thompson Super 1600 series, will also race Sunday. Gates open Sunday at 8 a.m., with practice starting at 9 a.m. There will be a parade of race cars up Central City’s Main Street at noon, and races begin at 1 p.m., ending about 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $2 for children 6-12, and free admission to kids 5 and under. Seating will be on the side of the hill overlooking Dry Lake, so bring blankets and lawn chairs. Saturday’s practice from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. is open to the public at no charge, Bertram said, adding that the racers put on a good show. Reasonably priced food will be available from the “Wreck” Center concession, and will include burgers, hot dogs, barbecue, chili, nachos, and soda pop. The event has been advertised in Denver and, if it’s successful, Bertram anticipates staging two races next year, on July 7 and August 26. He anticipates that next year’s races will be even bigger because he’ll have more time and money to promote them more heavily.
Died: A 31 year old Denver man was found dead inside a black convertible that was reported as being in the creek along Colorado Highway 119 near its junction with U.S. 6, Tuesday afternoon, shortly before 2 p.m. The man reportedly died from a gunshot wound, which is thought to have been self-inflicted. The case is under further investigation, according to the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office. The victim has been identified as Rental P. Tucker. Further information is not yet available. The Colorado State Patrol also responded to the scene of the accident.
Died: John Patrick “Jack” Moran, Jr., passed away the evening of August 17, 1989, at his home in Black Hawk after an extended illness. He was 61 years old. Born February 17, 1928, in Syracuse, New York, to John Patrick Moran, Sr., and Rose Quigley, Jack was reared in Syracuse and graduated from high school at Onondaga Valley Academy. Following high school, Jack joined the United States Navy on March 6, 1945. He was honorably discharged July 25, 1946, having obtained the rank of Fireman, Second Class. He was honored with the Victory Medal, the American Theatre Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Medal. On July 26, 1946, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy Inactive Reserve until he was honorably discharged on July 25, 1950. After serving in the Navy, Jack managed several supermarkets in the Syracuse, New York, area. He later began working in the restaurant industry and was employed in Naples, Florida, and later at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. Jack worked in Glenwood Springs until he moved to Central City in 1953. He was employed at the Teller House from 1958 until 1976, later working for Mr. G’s and the Jefferson 440 in Denver. Jack was last employed at the Black Forest Inn in Black Hawk until he became ill. In 1962, Jack met and married Alice Studebaker. To this union, a son, John Patrick Moran, III, was born. John is presently in government services and is stationed in Tokyo, Japan. Jack, in his spare time, enjoyed woodworking, photography, and electronics. He was a great admirer of the art work of Mayfield Parrish. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. He is survived by his son, John P. Moran III; two brothers, Joe and Mike Moran of Syracuse, New York; and his sister, Patricia Gardner of Syracuse, New York. Jack will be greatly missed by his many friends, who fondly remember him as “The Silver Fox.” Services were held Wednesday, August 23, at Fort Logan National Cemetery, in Denver. Arrangements were handled by Comfort Mortuary in Idaho Springs.
Died: Ada Lucille Milbourne, a retired buyer of ladies fashion, died August 22, 1989, at Mountain Vista Nursing Home in Wheat Ridge, at the age of 85. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 29, at St. James Methodist Church in Central City where she was a member. She was born in Platte City, Missouri, April 7, 1904, and lived in Missouri until retirement. She then moved to Colorado and lived with her son in law Vern and daughter Wilda “Billie” DeMars until February 1989, when it became necessary for her to move to a lower altitude. At the time she moved to Mountain Vista Nursing Home.
60 years ago – September 4, 1959
Central City Nuggets:
Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: Peace and happiness are vital forces, dynamic in America and the world. Peace is that something intangible which no one as yet has been able to corral. Just about the time that state is about to be reached, some jackanapes tosses a monkey wrench in the machinery. As an example, there is a Denver man who carries a pocketful of nickels and when he comes to a meter with a red flag he drops in a nickel (that’s all a nickel is good for). Even if there is a ticket on the car, in goes the nickel. He has a kind heart in saving someone trouble, but along comes a Meter Maid, and she is mad. A ticket has been issued and the meter still has time to go, so the gal gets into trouble down at the police station—there goes peace and happiness all shot to—you know where. If one expects happiness from retiring from business he will find he is on the wrong road. Rest means rest. Nature takes us at our word—when we are too old to work she hands us over to the undertaker. Hunting happiness is useless; it is already in our hands, under our feet, and if you want to keep happiness, give it away. Uncle Ed says he picked a lemon in the garden of love but turned it into happiness when he presented the lemon with a beautiful bunch of roses still wet with the morning dew. He remarked that there was still plenty of dew on them, but the gal said all right, she would pay it off Saturday. So, sects and orthodoxies perish but indestructibly man’s journey to the peace of eternity goes irrevocably so. And, as long as we’re on the subject of monkey wrenches and happiness, Meter Maids and nickels, look who threw the monkey wrench in the Thorn Lake Club and busted the machinery? Nickels apparently didn’t count much there but Barney, being a new papa, smelled something that didn’t smell right and investigated the odor of something hot like the sand on the Florida beach in summer. Then there is the fellow who confessed that he shot the druggist last week and threw the monkey wrench in his own machine and the pistol in the lake. The only happiness in this instance is for the druggist, who is now at peace. As the Good Book says, “there’s nothing covered that shall not be uncovered,” and that applies to crime, meter maids, lying, oil wells, and gold mines, pump handles and falcons, also bottles shall be uncorked, but he careful, the bottle you uncork may be your downfall. True happiness, if understood, consists alone in doing good.
If the U.S. landed a man on Mars, it would not be given more publicity than what the Denver Post has given District Attorney Barney O’Kane for his raid on the Thorn Lake Lodge two weeks previous. Realizing that national and local news is scarce in the metropolitan area papers, dozens of columns have been given for publicity relative to the raid and the history of each individual who were supposed to have an interest in the operation of the same. The raid was made, illegal gambling equipment was found, the gamblers were jailed, and trial was set is all a matter of news, so why emblazon to the world that Gilpin County is the only seat of iniquity in the U.S.? It’s becoming tiresome reading.
Died: Funeral services were held in Denver, Tuesday, for Mrs. Susan Rottner, aged about 80. She was a former resident of Central City and will be well remembered by many of the old time residents. She is survived by two sons, John Terrell, of Denver, and Harry H. Terrell, of Grand Junction; one daughter, Violet Williams of Denver; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Black Hawk Gold Dust:
The local school opened Tuesday with an enrollment of eleven pupils. Miss Marie Garwood will be the temporary teacher until a permanent one can be found.
Mrs. Mary Blake is spending this week with Mrs. Stella Anfang at Baltimore City near Tolland. The ladies plan to spend the time gathering mushrooms and huckleberries.
Earl Smith of Georgetown, with the assistance of his son Allan from Climax, is operating a placer outfit in Missouri Gulch. The area is noted for its high grade of placer gold.
Married: An announcement was received of the marriage of Beverly Norman and Lawrence Webber on August 23, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lawrence is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas O. Webber, formerly of Central City, and a nephew of Mrs. Chas. Robins.
90 years ago – August 30, 1929
Dr. C.V. Shoot of Denver and a former dentist of this city, who had been out in the western portion of the state, motored over from Idaho Springs on Friday on his way home, to visit his old stomping grounds and friends, and spent a few hours here which he greatly enjoyed.
Mrs. Robert Barbee, Mrs. Reynolds and daughter Lucille of Kansas, Mrs. Cuthbert, one of the teachers in the high school, Chicago, Mrs. Henrietta Foster, Mrs. Nelsini Campbell, Water Barbee, Mrs. Davis, Rose Barbee Walter, and Mr. Gronberry of Denver, motored up from Denver last Friday on a visit to the old home, and with friends.
Mr. C.G. Young and family, and Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Young and grandson, Master Earl Miller left for Estes Park on Friday, on an outing, returning home Sunday evening.
Mr. Jack Cordell and family of Boulder are occupying the George Vowel residence on Gregory Street.
A good force of men are engaged in digging trenches for the new pipeline that is to be installed from the pumping plant in this city to the Chain O’ Mines Mill in Central.
A big, 20 ton crusher for the Chain O’ Mines Mill in Central is being loaded at the depot for transportation to the mill.
Born: In Black Hawk, August 28th, 1929, to the wife of E.L. Kerrigan, a son. All parties concerned are reported as getting along nicely, and the head of the family is stepping high over the new addition to the household.
120 years ago – September 1, 1899
A merry party consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Kruse and friend, Miss Bowen of Kewanee, Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Barker, and Messrs. J.W. Barker, Ed. Mitchell, Henry Ellman, and M. Miller, made a trip to James Peak on Sunday, and enjoyed a very pleasant outing.
Brigadier General Irving Hale and wife arrived in Denver Wednesday from San Francisco on their return from the Philippines.
While a teamster was driving for Ritchie Hughes of Russell Gulch, last Friday near the Calumet Mine, the four horses fell into a prospect hole, but they were taken out without injury.
Mr. and Mrs. S.G. Hughes, Misses Viola, Pauline and Emma Cheatley, accompanied by Captain S.B. Hawley of Russell Gulch, drove out to Peck Gulch Thursday on a berry picking trip.
“Tot” McCallister, who has been engaged as driver and collector for Wells Fargo & Company, has resigned his position and accepted one from the Sauer-McShane & Co. George McLeod hastened to fill Mr. McCallister’s position with Fargo & Co.
Frank Barbee, a little black boy, fell off the wall in front of his home in this city on Sunday morning, breaking his right wrist and cutting a gash three inches long in his head. Dr. T. L. Ashbaugh attended him and we all wish for his speedy recovery.
Sinking operations at the Cook Mine on Bobtail Hill have been in effect for the past ten days, and the shaft is now 830 feet in depth. The usual force of 100 men are at work and, during the month, the shipments of mill and smelting ore were the largest of any month in the history of the mine.
Mr. Henry P. Lowe, manager of the Topeka Mine, says that during the coming week the working force will be largely increased, and the monthly production of mill and smelting ore will be greater. A new and larger plant of machinery will be installed, consisting of a 120 horsepower gear hoister, two 80 horsepower high pressure boilers, and a six drill Norwalk compressor. The property is looking better than ever and the monthly production will be on a larger scale than ever before.
Born: In Central City, August 25th, 1899, to the wife of Bert Bartolli, a daughter.
Born: In Central City, August 29th, 1899, to the wife of A. Rapin, a son.
Born: In Black Hawk, August 27th, 1899, to the wife of Francis Dominick Katta, a daughter.
Born: In Central City, August 28th, 1899, to the wife of William P. Flynn, a son.
Born: In Central City, August 30th, 1899, to the wife of R. Vancino, a daughter.
Died: In Russell Gulch, August 30th, 1899, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Uren, aged 5 months.
Died: In Nevadaville, August 30th, 1899, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Jacka, aged 6 months.
Died: Charley Malstrom, formerly of Black Hawk, died in New Mexico last week. He came to Black Hawk in 1868. He left a wife and two children, and his funeral was held in Denver on Sunday.
151 years ago – September 3, 1869
Stevens Brothers had 64 ounces of gold, worth $1,280, the result of 3 cords of mill ore from the Sterling property, on Bobtail Hill, treated in the stamp mills in Black Hawk.
Fullerton & Conan were erecting a new 15 stamp mill on North Clear Creek, above the Sensenderfer Mill, which will be operated by a water wheel.
Wednesday’s issue of the Miner’s Register said that the bullion shipments that day amounted to $45,000.
There was on display at the Hussey & Company Bank in this city, the first of the week, gold bars valued at $11,000, from the California Mine, which was being operated by Standley & Stalker.
Frank Hall, secretary of state, came up from Denver Wednesday to help out on the paper, and was accompanied by his brother and nephew, from New York.
Married: At the residence of George Mellor, in Nevadaville, August 30th, 1869, J.W. Ratliff, J.P. officiating: James Newton and Miss Harriet Baldwin.
Married: In Nevadaville, September 1st, 1869, at the Episcopal Church, Rev. Frances Byrne officiating: Joseph W. Bostwick and Mrs. Helen Wells, both of Nevadaville.

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