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30 years ago – September 22, 1989
Several pounds of what is believed to be marijuana and approximately an ounce of suspected cocaine were confiscated from a Gilpin County address early last week, and a man was arrested. The case is still under investigation according to Undersheriff Bruce Hartman, and details are being withheld pending results of laboratory reports on the suspected contraband.The case must also be reviewed by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. Hartman obtained a search warrant for the illegal drugs while assisting federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, who were executing a search warrant for firearms. Guns were confiscated by the federal agents, Hartman said. Further details are being withheld at this time.
The Little Kingdom Annual Turkey Shoot is set for this weekend, September 23 and 24, at Dry Lake Gulch, just outside Central City. Before any animal rights activists get all riled up, no, they don’t shoot turkeys. The turkeys are of the human variety, and they shoot at targets, with prizes going to the best marksmen. Sponsored by the Gilpin County Chamber of Commerce, the event features modern firearms, black powder firearms, archery, and tomahawk events. It’s open to men, women, and children, and prizes are awarded in all categories and age groups. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the morning the day of the Turkey Shot, and costs $2 per person for each event entered. The contests begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with children’s events featuring modern firearms. The events are open to kids 15 years old and under, and they must bring a parent or guardian along. From noon to 2:30 p.m. modern rifle competitions for men and women will feature rimfire and centerfire targets at 50 yards, with and without scopes. It’s a freestyle competition, and no stands or prone positions are allowed. Modern pistol competition begins at 2:30 p.m., again for men and women. No bolt action pistols are permitted. Rimfire and centerfire categories will be held, all firing from 25 yards with no bench rests. Sunday’s events start with the black powder rifle competition from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Black powder pistol competition follows at 1:30 p.m., with tomahawk throwing for adults and children beginning at 2:35 p.m. Archery begins after the tomahawk events, and both children and adults may compete.
The Social Register:
Kai Fellows is recuperating at home after a week’s stay in the hospital with torn ligaments suffered when someone picked him up by the arms. The 5 year old Pekingese will be off his feet for another week or so, says “mom” Naomi Fellows.
Married: Dorothy Tapia and David Patterson are to be married at St. James United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 23, at 2 p.m. The bridal party will dress in the Victorian style, and a reception will follow at the Elks Lodge. Tami, Jason, and Seth are delighted with the plants, says Tami, who phoned the Register Call with the news. She sends the best wishes of all three to Dorothy and Dave.
60 years ago – October 2, 1959
Central City Nuggets:
Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: Most all of the men known in their time as “big shots” died in poverty or were dependent upon charity in their final days, existing in a foreign land. A dozen or more of them included Insull, Schwab, Cotton, Fall, Livermore, and Hopson. In 1923 at the Edgewater Hotel in Chicago, nine of the big wigs met for a pow-wow. Twenty five years later they were all on the rocks. One went insane, one was released from Sing Sing, two were suicides, one was pardoned from the “pen” so he could die at home, and two were insolvent. All of these fellows knew how to make money, but not one of them knew how to live. The moral, of course, is to live while the living in good, money is no good only to exchange for something that appeals to the good side of man; used as an instrument of influence or aggrandisement, the manipulator usually winds up being the eight ball. “The rich are always restless, ’tis only to poverty the Gods give content.” Uncle Ed attributes his contentment to the fact that he has no friends, no money, no home, nothing to eat; just subsists on contentment with the hope that gold, before long, will again become a possession and a public benefit.
The search for James Murray of Gilpin, was suspended Saturday evening by Sheriff Tom Collins, as the weather was so severe with rain and snow that it would be useless to continue. The search had been carried on since Murray was reported missing the previous Wednesday, and more than two hundred volunteers  had been combing the rugged area, assisted by men on horseback, and blood hounds from Longmont, Boulder, Golden, and Denver. The Firemen’s Auxiliary of the Central City Fire Department did wonderful work in providing sandwiches and coffee for the men engaged in the search. Murray’s absence from his 3 room cabin was discovered Wednesday by his sister in law, Mrs. Vera Neal of Rollinsville, who called at his cabin with groceries. A fire was burning in the stove and his false teeth were lying on the table, alongside a truss which he has worn for fifty years. Mrs. Neal also noticed that a saw which Murray was accustomed to use in collecting firewood, was missing, and she expected he would return within a short time. She waited until nightfall, and then notified Sheriff Tom Collins. Murray had been a resident of Gilpin County for over thirty years, living in the now abandoned town of Gilpin, which is about three miles from Rollinsville, and at one time had over one hundred residents. The terrain surrounding Gilpin and extending to Perigo, another similar settlement to the South, is honeycombed with prospect holes from 30 to 400 feet in depth, into anyone he may have fallen, but searches have diligently searched those accessible and met with no success. The searchers have covered a 3 mile radius from his cabin, and it now appears that he, or his body, cannot be found in the area. Mrs. Neal said he suffered from high blood pressure and an enlarged heart. He suffered a slight stroke two years ago, and it is most obvious he could not walk very far away from his cabin without his truss. He was 87 years of age, and may have met with foul play and his body disposed of in some distant place. The disappearance has an air of mystery. Surely, the many searchers who combed the forest land in every direction from his cabin would have uncovered some indication or evidence as to where he walked when he left his cabin, but the saw he apparently carried has never been found. However, Sheriff Tom Collins, who was on duty for three days and nights with but little sleep is continuing his search and investigation with bull dog tenacity and hopes to bring this mystery to a close within a short time.
Snow started falling in this vicinity Sunday night and the following morning, more than a foot of the “beautiful” had spread its blanket of white. Temperatures, however, were mild until Tuesday night when thermometers dropped to 12 degrees, causing considerable anxiety to owners of cars who had not filled their radiators with a non-freeze solution, one of the number being Ye Editor. Denver experienced a more severe time, with the heavy snow breaking branches from the trees, tearing down electric and telephone lines in all parts of the city and generally raising considerable havoc. This is the worst storm suffered since 1936, and apparently it will continue, as fog and cold weather prevailed Wednesday morning, with every indication of further snow flurries and colder weather. Maybe after this storm has subsided, we might have a few days of “Indian Summer,” but from the present indications, it appears that winter has set in, and will continue until June of next year. Again—wanna make a bet?
Died: Mrs. Mazie D. Ricketson, 63, died early Tuesday at her home in Denver after suffering a heart attack. Mrs. Ricketson was the wife of Frank H. Ricketson, Jr., president of the Central City Opera House Association, former general manager of National Theaters, Inc., of Los Angeles and former president of the Fox-Intermountain Theaters, Inc., of Denver. She had been in ill health for several years. Mrs. Ricketson was born October 24th, 1895, in New York City, and came to Denver in 1902. She attended Cathedra High School and the University of Denver. At the time of her marriage, February 8th, 1920, she was society editor of The Denver Post. Her maiden name was Mazie Donnegan. She was active in the opera house association and a member of St. Philomena’s Church. Survivors include her husband, a son, Frank Ricketson III of Denver; two sisters, Mrs. Clarence Brennan, of Denver, and Mrs. Ella Sheedy, of Billings, Montana; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held today with interment in Mt. Olivet cemetery.
90 years ago – September 27, 1929
Joe Minnegotti of Black Hawk was badly injured on Monday evening in the La Crosse Tunnel, by being thrown from the motor he was running onto a plank, from which protruded a spike six inches or more in length, which pierced his back and injured his spine. He was taken over to Idaho Springs for examination, and then rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital, Denver, where X-Ray examination showed no serious injury, and he is reported as getting along nicely. The accident happened when a rope to a hoist, which was being used to hoist supplies and timbers to a stope, became entangled in the motor car which Minnegotti was driving, which threw him off the motor to the ground, and onto the spike in the plank.
For the protection of certain domestic animals as the brief open season on elk in Colorado mountain regions approaches, it should be explained that, if it is black and white, has short horns or no horns at all, and has in the southwest quarter an article of dairy equipment with four handholds, it probably isn’t an elk.
How to Make Red Cherry Bounce, by Nellie Maxwell: Boil one half cupful each of sugar and water together for five minutes, cool, and add a can of grapefruit juice, one fourth of a cupful of lemon juice, one and one half cupfuls of sweetened cherry juice and chill thoroughly. Hang a bunch of cherries on each glass, or drop a whole cherry into the glass.
Died: Mrs. Louisa A. Thombs, 77 years old, a resident of Colorado for sixty-five years, died Tuesday of complications after a brief illness. Mrs. Thomas, daughter of a pioneer freight operator between St. Joseph, Mo., and Central City, Colorado, first came to this state when she was 12 years old and had resided in Colorado since that time. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Fred B. Abernathy; and two sisters, Mrs. Emma Reynolds, Collbran, Colorado, and Mrs. Minnie Bollinger, Cornell, California. —Denver Post.
120 years ago – September 29, 1899
Agent Wood, of this city, reports the sale of 185 tickets to Denver since Sunday morning to Thursday, afternoon, inclusive, which added to the sale at Black Hawk of 766 tickets, makes a total of 951 tickets, which shows quite an attendance to the Denver carnival from the little county of Gilpin.
The two Freds, Fred Frey and Fred McFarlane, left on Monday in a rig bound for week’s fishing in Ranch Creek and other streams in Middle Park.
Messrs. A. Rapin, of the Mineral Palace, and W.S. Green, of the drug store, in the same room, are putting in a new acetylene gas machine with 36 lights to light their establishment.
August Rabie, who drives a bakery wagon for Otto Scheffler, was kicked by a horse on the right side of the face, near the right eye, and Dr. Asquith considered the injury a serious one, and he was taken to Denver for an examination by Dr. Walker, the eye specialist.
For the past three months, miners have been engaged in repairing the several cave-ins and putting the main shaft in shape on the Whiting Mine, owned by the Gunnell Company, and it is expected that by the first of the month the bottom of the shaft, a depth of 610 feet, will be reached. The mine has been idle for the past ten years, and re-timbering is necessary before work can be started.
At the Tucker Mine in Chase Gulch, drifting is being carried on in the west 160-foot level, where there is about six inches of solid lead ore. In the east 100-foot level, the crevice is six feet in width and 75 tons of this ore were sent over to Idaho Springs for treatment in the concentrator, which gave satisfactory returns, and a shipment of 6 tons of lead to the sampling works returned $50 per ton.
Born: In Nevadaville, September 26th, 1899, to the wife of Richard Eddy, a daughter.
Born: In Central City, September 23rd, 1899, to the wife of William McKibben, a son.
Married: In Central City, September 23rd, 1899, Rev. J.F. Coffman officiating, Harry J. Schott and Miss May Barrick, both of Denver.
Married: In Central City, at the rectory of St. Mary’s Church, September 27th, 1899, Rev. Father Desaulnier officiating, Mr. Cary Alexander and Miss Sadie Costello, both of this city.
Died: In Central City, September 27th, 1899, Archibald, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dimler, aged 2 months and 16 days.
151 years ago – October 1, 1869
The parish school of St. Paul’s Church opened on Monday, under the direction of Miss Carrie Messinger.
The total vote at the recent election in the several counties was as follows: Gilpin, 2,064; Clear Creek, 1,017; Arapahoe, 1,380; and Jefferson, 479.
Joe Watson, of Clear Creek County, took a silver button to Denver last week, which he melted from ore from the mines, which weighed 580 pounds, which was said to be the largest mass of silver ever produced in the United States.
Thomas I. Richmond and his family, superintendent of the Consolidated Gregory Mining Company, left for the East on Saturday.
Several of the prominent Masons of the county went to Denver Tuesday to attend the Grand Lodge session.
Mr. W.R. Thomas, associate editor of the Rocky Mountain News, accompanied by his father, was doing the sights in Gilpin and Clear Creek Counties.
Messrs. Foster Nicholls, E.E. Burlingame, and other piscatorial associates, returned from a three weeks fishing excursion in the South Platte and Arkansas Valley section.
At the Grand Lodge session of the Masonic order held in Denver, Henry M. Teller, of Central City, was elected worshipped grand master, and Hal Sayre, right worshipful junior grand warden.
Henry Paul was opening up some promising claims in Willis, Elkhorn, and Gilson Gulches, for the Fry Mining Company.
Married: In Nevadaville, September 26th, 1869, at the residence of Gustave Guenther, J.W. Ratliff, justice, officiating, Henry Brockman and Miss Doris Foster, and Gustave Guenther and Miss Caroline Foster.

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