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30 years ago – September 8, 1989
“Father” Gallagher (more commonly known as Senator Dennis Gallagher), David Cole, and the Widow Jones, along with Young Master Gallagher cut a somber pose upon their arrival at the Odd Fellows Cemetery above Central City for the annual Cemetosium, a tour of Gilpin County’s historic cemeteries, sponsored each year by Historic Denver. “Father” Gallagher was attired in a cassock (just short enough to expose his bare calves) and a yarmulke. At least 200 people turned out for the fascinating, if off-beat, afternoon of history. Chocolate Dan Monroe, dressed in suitable funeral garb, presented a walking tour of the area’s cemeteries and offered “one of eight stories” on how he came to be dubbed “Chocolate” around town. “I used to drink a lot of hot chocolate with a nothing in it at the Gold Coin,” he explained to the black veiled matron who inquired. Explanation number two may be expected next year. The annual event has grown to larger proportions than originally expected by Historic Denver, so in an attempt to reduce the size of the throng that always shows up for the tour, the preservation group decided to initiate a fee for the first time this year. Lo and behold—more people than ever before showed up, netting the group a tidy sum.
No, your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you last Saturday. If you thought you were seeing double, you were right. The International Group of Twins paid a visit to Central City during its annual convention, held this year in Denver over the weekend. Six buses arrived in Central at 10 a.m., and pairs of twins disembarked, creating something of a stir around town. It was quite a sight – seeing 135 pairs of duplicates strolling through the business district. There’s no age limit in the International Twins Group, which is made up of youngsters and oldsters alike. The youngest members are a mere three weeks old, the oldest in their 80s. Local twins Mary and Barbara Keehfuss missed “twins day,” but are joining soon, reports mom Charlotte Taylor.
The Social Register:
Happy Birthday to Dick Hicks, who is living at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle. Dick’s birthday was Wednesday, September 6, and his sister reports that he’s doing well, although he’s suffering from Alzheimer’s. He would really enjoy cards from friends, and he always enjoys visitors. Anyone in the Rifle area is encouraged to drop by for a visit. Even though he sometimes isn’t sure who callers are, his sister says that he thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to visit with old friends.
This Sunday is a special day set aside to pay tribute to grandparents all across America. It’s National Grandparent’s Day, a holiday designated in 1979, by President Jimmy Carter. And every year since then, the first Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparent’s Day. Marian McQuade had worked with the elderly for years in her native West Virginia, when she set out to establish a day to honor grandparents. She believed people needed to focus more on their grandparents, to think about them and to realize the value of families, and to visit them. Grandparents Day became an official West Virginia state holiday in February of 1973. McQuade called, wrote, and visited as many governors as she could, and later that year, her idea was introduced in Congress by a former senator from West Virginia. It took three more years until McQuade was successful in her efforts to get a day set aside nationwide to pay special tribute to grandparents. So, remember your grandparents this Sunday. Drop by for a visit if they live nearby. Pick up the phone if they don’t.
Don Kern, owner of the Homestead Restaurant in Central City, has added an Idaho Springs Homestead to his business lineup. It’s located on the east side of town, right on Colorado Boulevard.
60 years ago – September 18, 1959
Central City Nuggets:
Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: Truth cannot be changed by science or religion. It needs no sponsor, it proves itself. Some men are apt to deride what they do not understand, and the ignorant not being aware of their own weakness, condemn what they ought most to revere and venerate. All of which leads to the cost of training employees in business. Most corporations are against labor turnover—it’s expensive and what a job cost varies according to the industry, from $3,000 and up. This column is indebted for the following figures to the Manufacturers Association of Colorado. Consider what it costs the public for a job for one congressman. Take the national debt, add it to the federal budget for the current year, and tack on the estimated deficit—then divide this figure by 537, the number of senators and congressmen. We have a total of $363,000,000,000 divided by 537. This equals $675,977,653, the cost of providing one congressional job. On the surface it seems funny, but is it? Along about 1670, Pascal wrote the following, evidently imbued with man’s inhumanity to man: “What a camera is man! What a nonesuch, what a monster, what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy. Judge of all things and imbecile maggot; depository of truth, and sewer of uncertainty and error, the glory and rubbish of the universe.” Someone asked him: “You mean me?”
Mr. Hugh Lawry was in Denver on Tuesday.
Mrs. Leroy Williams was presented with a fifty year pin at the meeting of the Eastern Star on Tuesday evening.
Again, “the melancholy days have come, the saddest of the year.” Jack Frost has sneaked in with his winter paint brush and has started applying the gilt of gold and red to the aspen trees, and within a short time the leaves will be fluttering down to enrich our Mother Earth. The window shades at the Teller House have been pulled down to the sills leaving a bleak picture; the tourists are few; the popcorn sales at a minimum, the winds from the West have a cold feelings and soon the snowflakes will be covering Central City with a white mantle, and streets will become icy, and motorists will cuss, and chains will be needed, and added all together it means winter is not far away. Old James Peak has always been an accurate barometer, and Wednesday morning the top was all white with snow, so about ten days hence, we’ll experience the first snow fall of the year. Wanna bet?
Yes, I made a mistake, one of the six mistakes made in the Register-Call over the past 98 years. In order to pacify Melvin Blake and Charles Robins of Black Hawk, the story in last week’s issue, wherein was mentioned Nagel Hill, should have been Walling Hill. Now my conscience is clear.
Mrs. Geo. Eustice flew to Richland, Washington, Sunday, to attend the funeral of Mr. Roy Thomas. She will remain on the coast for the winter.
Died: Word was received here Sunday from Richland, Washington, of the death of Roy Thomas, a former resident of Central City. From the records of the local Lodge of Elks of which he was a Past Exalted Ruler, Roy was born in Fremont County, April 3, 1896, coming here with his parents shortly after the turn of the century. He will be well remembered when he operated a barber shop in the Elk’s building, and also in partnership with the late Eldred Schaffer, in sluicing the dump on the Chase Mine. He and his family left here shortly after World War II to take up residence in Washington. He is survived by his wife and one son.
Black Hawk Gold Dust:
Mr. and Mrs. Cole Neff spent the weekend with his mother, Mrs. Perl Neff, on Swede Hill.
Charles (Chuck) Dewey was in town Saturday. He and his wife Doris have been living in Africa for several years, and recently attended a Mining Convention in Denver. They now reside in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Canyon Cafe, owned by Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Eccker, has been sold, the new owners to take over October 1st.
Mrs. Robinson, who has operated an antique shop on Gregory Street for the past summer has returned to Denver. Other business places to close for the season are the Black Forest Inn, and the Bobtail Tunnel.
Newcomers in this vicinity are the L.E. Berklunds who bought Mrs. Howard Knoll’s large house. They raise thoroughbred dachshunds and Siberian Huskies.
90 years ago – September 13, 1929
The sugar situation in particular seems to be brightening, and if all those who now agree that the beet and cane sugar industries are entitled to increased protection can be held in line, there is an excellent chance that the 2.20 rate against Cuban sugar voted by the finance committee can be retained in the bill.
Increased duties on lead, zinc, and manganese ores will be fought to the last ditch by eastern senators susceptible to steel influence, but their refusal to support the higher mineral rates will probably result in sacrifice of the increase in the steel schedule granted by the finance committee.
Manganese ore, placed on the free list by the committee, is assured a restoration of an adequate duty by the refusal of every senator from west of the Mississippi river to accept the committee’s decision.
How to Make Emergency Cake, by Nellie Maxwell: Sift one and two thirds cupfuls of flour with two teaspoonfuls of baking powder, add one cupful of sugar, one half teaspoonful of salt and two teaspoonfuls of baking powder and sift together three times. To two unbeaten egg whites ad enough milk to fill the measuring cup. Turn into the flour mixture, add vanilla, and beat vigorously for seven minutes. This makes a loaf or eighteen cupcakes.
Died: Mrs. Kate Pugh, widow of the late Maltby Pugh, died at the home of her daughter in Denver on Wednesday, September 4th, 1929, at the age of 85 years. Funeral services were held Friday from Roger’s chapel, interment in Riverdale.
Died: Mr. Linsenmaier, a former resident of this city, died at his home in Denver on September 5th, 1929, at the age of 62. He came to Central City in 1890, and worked for C.C. Miller as a baker. In 1892, he married to Miss Marie Scheerly, of this city. Three years later he went into the bakery business with Otto Scheffler until he moved to Denver in 1899, and located on Larimer Street, retiring in 1918. Services were held Monday afternoon at the Fairmount Cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marie Linsenmaier; two daughters, Mrs. A. H. Orbach of Los Angeles, California, and Miss Rose Linsenmaier of Denver; two sons, Fred of Denver, and Will of Gary, Indiana.
120 years ago – September 15, 1899
Mrs. Robert C. Johnson, of this city, left on Monday for Florence, Colorado, as a delegate of Calanthe Temple No. 34, Rathbone Sisters, to the grand lodge which is in session in that city.
James Murphy, of Dubuque, Iowa, is visiting relatives in this city, the guests of Mrs. M. Rank and daughters. Mr. Murphy is the son of John Murphy, editor of the Telegraph, of Dubuque, who is a brother of Mrs. Rank.
Miss Nellie Vincent left for Denver Monday morning, on a visit with friends.
Fred Harris, a nephew of Sherman Harris, superintendent of the Topeka Mine, in Russell Gulch, arrived from Topeka, Kansas, on Sunday, and is the guest of his uncle. The young man is an experienced telegraph operator and has accepted a position with the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in this state.
During the month of August, the Con Mine on Bobtail Hill shipped 4,303 tons of mill ore and 95 tons of smelting ore. This production shows an increase over the same month of last year of 828 tons, a gain of nearly 25 percent. The Cook Company now holds the banner as the heaviest shipper in the county.
Born: In Nevadaville, September 12th, 1899, to the wife of Richard Mure, a daughter.
Born: In Central City, September 11th, 1899, to the wife of Charles Truscott, a daughter.
Born: In Black Hawk, September 9th, 1899, to the wife of Frank Moritz, a daughter.
Born: In Central City, September 8th, 1899, to the wife of Emil Elofson, a son.
Born: In Nevadaville, September 14th, 1899, to the wife of R. Madern, a daughter.
Died: In Central City, September 14th, 1899, of miner’s consumption, Thomas Husband, aged 51 years.
151 years ago – September 17, 1869
The passengers on the coach from Denver on Saturday had the pleasure of shooting at a wildcat near the Mountain House, but the animal escaped.
Mr. J.W. Nesmith, of Black Hawk, received a patent for a machine for manufacturing mill screens.
Mr. Eugene Teats, of the Coaley Mine, gave the mining reporter of the Register a tablespoonful of ore from that property, which after being melted, gave something over 2 ounces of silver, the assay by J. Alden Smith giving a value of $26,395 per ton in that metal.
A notice of dissolution of the partnership existing between John Henry Kruse and Frederick Kruse under the firm name of Kruse Brothers, has been published; the interest of the former having been purchased by H. Jacob Kruse.
At the election held on Tuesday, the Republicans elected the recorder, treasurer, surveyor, assessor, and commissioner, and the Democrats elected the sheriff, probate judge, superintendent of schools, and coroner. The Republicans elected two out of the five on the legislative ticket. The vote of the county was 2,064, against 1,567 for the year before, showing a gain of 33 percent.

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