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30 years ago – October 27, 1989
Little ghosts, goblins, and wild things turned out for the Halloween party at the Gilpin County Library on Wednesday in preparation for the “big day” next week. Witch Amy Thomas read stories about Hester, the Alligator Witch, to the delight of all. Oh, by the way—if you spot a little lost puppy on Halloween, make sure it isn’t a costumed kiddo! He hasa home! Preschool story is a regular library event held Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Kida and parents are welcome to join in the fun. A variety of stories are featured, with appropriate selections for special holidays. The library is open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Stepping high in gold and black uniforms, white plums waving atop their hats, the Gilpin Eagles Marching Band march away with first place honors at Colorado State University’s annual Band Day last week. This is the first time the Eagles have competed in Class II competition, for high schools with up to 200 students. With an enrollment of 105, Gilpin was one of the smallest schools in the category. And even though it’s a young band with only a very few experienced members, they managed to rack up the second highest score in Classes I, II, and III. The band from Ogallala, Nebraska, from a school with 200-400 students, scored only eight points more than the Eagles. Marching, flag teams, music and general effect were among the categories in which bands were scored. The Eagles, under the direction of Lon Huckaby, played Manhattan Beach, a John Philip Sousa march, and Caribbean Cruise, a flute number. Huckaby, who has been the school’s music director for 11 years, reports the Eagles have won second and third place awards in Class I in the past, and he is proud of the this year’s first place win in competition with the larger Class II schools. The Eagles marched in the CSU homecoming parade, and the award was presented to Drum major Heather Rittenhouse during halftime ceremonies at the CSU-Hawaii football game. In addition to Rittenhouse, the band consists of 30 musicians and a five member flag team.
The Social Register:
Max Robb’s birthdate is October 31. To mark the occasion, a friend of Max’s will buy a case of Max’s favorite beer at Max’s favorite bar to honor his memory. Anyone who would like to drink a (free) Coors in Max’s memory is invited to the Coin at noon next Tuesday.
Died: David E. Reilly, Sr., succumbed to the effects of cancer on October 5, 1989, at Veterans’ Medical Center in Albany, New York. He was 68 years old. Born November 8, 1920, in Talaqua, Oklahoma, Reilly was the son of James and Elizabeth (Dennis) Reilly. The Reilly’s lived in Talaqua until Dave was eight years old, when the Dust Bowl era forced them to leave. They moved to upstate New York, where Reilly lived for 49 years in Esopus, New York. He served in the Army during World War II, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Disabled American Veterans, of which he was a lifetime member. After the war, Reilly moved to Denver, and shortly thereafter to Central City. He owned a cabin near Apex of which he was especially fond. After living at least 15 years there, he finally moved into town, but continued to visit the log cabin whenever possible. He hoped to move back to the rustic cabin one day. Reilly was well-known in and around Central City, where he managed parking lots for the Central City Development Corporation, as Indian Dave. He was proud of his Cherokee heritage, and said his Indian blood contributed to his success as an ironworker in New York City, where he worked as a welder on skyscrapers as a young man. He went on to become an expert welder, even taking up the specialized job of underwater welding. Reilly had visited 49 states and hoped someday to take a trip to Hawaii, the only state he had not visited. Funeral services were held at Keyser Funeral Home, Port Ewen, New York. Burial was at Wiltwick Cemetery, Kingston, New York. He is survived by three sons, David Reilly Jr., Dennis Reilly, and Michael Reilly; three daughters, Elizabeth “Dolly” Decker, Kathleen Steeger, and Sharon Boyd; two sisters, Alva Terwilliger, and Lillian Reilly; and eight grandchildren.
60 years ago – November 6, 1959
Central City Nuggets:
Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: There are at least two things which can be catalogued as coming under the classification of popular belief—true or otherwise. One, as very doubt, the source of the propaganda seems rocket sailing around the moon and taking pictures of the side which is aways turned away from earthly view. Of course anything can happen but the source of the propaganda seems questionable. Uncle Ed fell asleep in his chair the other day and compares his dream with the Russian dream. During his short siesta he says he talked with the Man in the Moon and the man said he hadn’t observed any whirling objects in his territory and, besides, that side of his habitat is dark. If there were any pictures taken without his consent, it might have required an enormous flashlight bulb to make a snap shot, an operation which would have caused a halo to appear on the periphery of his domicile, so Ed and the Man in the Moon are both dubious about the whole affair. The other of the two things is the little matter of the coffee bean. One man, about 96 summers of age, says he has been imbibing the juices of the brewed bean ever since he was 17 years old, and he allows that he knows a cup of coffee from a cup of colored water, the stuff served in most restaurants and joins, sans the taste. That’s another form of inflation: too much water and too little bean. He doubts very much if the Man in the Moon would allow such infringement on good taste to take place in any of his cafes. The safest action, in the light of what has been going on, is for our air force to send a coterie of G.I.s to the moon and sample the Mocha and Java. That would dispel any doubts about the Man’s hindered and poorly brewed beverage.
In observance of Veteran’s Day, November 11th, the Clark Grade School will dismiss at noon.
Mrs. Fred Thomas of Boulder visited with Mrs. May Cassidy over the weekend.
Mrs. George Magor was a Denver visitor on Monday.
90  years ago – November 1, 1929
How to Make Chicken a la Italy, by Nellie Maxwell: Simmer slowly one minced green pepper, half a cupful of mushrooms in three tablespoonfuls of butter, well covered, for five minutes. Add one and one fourth cupfuls of minced chicken, three fourths cupfuls of minced ham, one half teaspoonful of paprika; cook together three minutes. Add three fourths cupfuls of spaghetti, one half a pimento, two cupfuls of cream, and a teaspoonful of salt. Cook four minutes. Mix the yolks of three eggs with two tablespoonfuls of cream and stir into the mixture. Take off the fire and serve at once.
Howard B. Millard, of Boulder, has been named census supervisor for Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson, and Larimer counties, with headquarters in Boulder.
Attorney Leroy J. Williams and wife came up from Denver Sunday, the latter returning that afternoon, but the former remaining over until Monday while attending to legal matters before the county court.
Will Lugg and A.O. Jones, of Longmont, Colorado, made this office a pleasant call last week, while on a visit to this city. Mr. Lugg, when a lad, lived with his parents in Nevadaville, and attended the public schools in this city, and was one of the carriers of the Daily Register Call, not eh Nevadaville route. he visited the old hometown but found conditions far different from what they were in the early days.
Dr. C.W. Wolfenberger, of Denver, is now permanently located in Central City, and is prepared to do all kinds of dentistry in the latest and most approved manner. All work guaranteed, at reasonable prices. Office over the C.O. Richard’s store, Lawrence Street.
Married: In Denver, October 18th, 1929, Albert Hennings Kruse and Florence Rose Slattery.
Died: Funeral services for Alex B. Carstens, Colorado mining engineer who died in San Antonio, will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Clinger Mortuary. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, under direction El Jebel Shrine and the Aspen Masonic lodge. Mr. Carsten’s defat was the result of a broken back, suffered several months ago in a mine accident in Monterey, Mexico, where he was employed by the American Metals Co. Starting his career in the machine shops of Aspen, Colorado, Carstens later went through he Leadville and Cripple Creek mining booms. Almost 30 years ago he went to Mexico as an engineer for the Company Minora de Penoles. He was stationed at Mapimi. He later went to Monterey and had been with the American Metals Co. more than 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Alvah Carstens; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Sovereign and Mrs. Elsi Matthews; and two brothers, Fritz Carstens, Meeker, Colorado, and Otto Carstens, Ontario, Canada. Deceased was the son of Alex B. Carstens, an old time resident and businessman of this city, who was killed in Virginia Canyon on his way to Idaho Springs, some 40 years ago, by his team running away. The snow as in Central a couple of years ago, and looked over the files of the Register Call, to get the particulars of the accident and the account of his father’s death, and while here made arrangements to have his father’s remains taken up and shipped to Denver, for reburial in one of the cemeteries there.
120 years ago – November 3, 1899
The organ recital at the M.E. church held Thursday evening of this week was one of the most successful and enjoyable entertainments given in this city for years. The church was crowded and everyone enjoyed the fine program presented. On Sunday morning, Rev. B.T. Vincent, of Denver, will dedicate the organ to the use of the church.
The deep snow on Tuesday will furnish more water for the city reservoir and will add greatly to the supply of North Clear Creek, which is badly needed.
Mr. W.Woods, who was injured in the Puzzle Mine last week, is receiving the best of attention, and is getting along nicely, notwithstanding the serious nature of his injuries.
Dick Brown, of the Rocky Mountain Bank, who has been ill with typhoid fever for several weeks, was able to be up on Sunday last.
The tumor removed by Dr. Abe Ashbaugh from the late J.C. Meyers of Black Hawk, weighed 87 pounds, and it was so large and the case such a rare one, that the timer was photographed for the purpose of sending copies to several of the large medical schools.
A challenge was issued  by Dr. Asquith, A. Millett, W.W. Yeager, H.J. Sears, Fritz Altvater, W.Parenteau, Percy Alsdorf, and Charles Earns to the Black Hawk rifle club, to shoot a rifle match at W.W. Yeager’s indoor rifle range, for an oyster supper. The challenge was accepted by the Black Hawk rifle club, and the match was held on Friday evening.
Born: In Central City, October 24th, 1899, to the wife of W.T. Nicholas, a daughter.
Born: In Russell Gulch, October 28th, 1899, to the wife of George Bennetts, a son.
Born: In Central City, November 1st, 1899, to the wife of Anton Steneck, a son.
Born: In Russell Gulch, October 26th, 1899, to the wife of D. Mowbray, a son.
Died: In Black Hawk, October 28th, 1899, of a tumor, J.C. Meyers, aged 57 years.
Died: In Black Hawk, October 30th, 1899, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.P. McClaflin, aged 2 years.
Died: In Central City, October 30th, 1899, of consumption, J.C. Stewart, aged 35 years.
Died: Paul Paolazi, an Austrian miner working in the Saratoga Mine, in Russell District, was instantly killed Friday night, by being caught under a slide of rock in the 900 foot level. The piece of scale came out of the hanging wall was seven feet long, three feet wide, and one foot thick, and caught the victim about the waist, causing instant death. Deceased was 21 years of age, his nearest relatives being three cousins, the Zancanella brothers, and Jean Gillotti, of Russell Gulch. He was a member of the American Alpine Society, under whose auspices the funeral took place on Sunday morning, services being held at St. Mary’s church, in this city.
151 years ago – November 5, 1869
A letter from Washington announced that, at the request of Colorado’s representative in Congress, J.R. Chaffee, the name of the post office had been changed from Mountain City to Central City.
The first anniversary of the Rocky Mountain Turn Verin Society of this city was celebrated on Monday evening at Turner Hall, by a grand concert and ball. On the various committees were H. Jacob Kruse, J. Sands, F. Kruse, Giles H. Fonda, S. Hester, and R.P. Riegel. Tickets were $4.
Harley B. Morse’s block on Lawrence Street was rapidly nearing completion.
Mr. Milo Lee, a former resident of the county, had arrived from Rock Island, Illinois, on a visit.

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