Turning back the pages

30 years ago – September 7, 1990

Come and hear the spirits speak! This is your once a year chance to listen to the tales of men and women who made this area into the historical place it is today. The inhabitants of Bald Mountain Cemetery will tell you their stories as only members of the Gilpin County Historical Society could after months of research. To make the occasion even more appropriate, the spirits will be dressed in costumes worn while on earth. It’s the annual Cemetery Crawl, and an even to see! To set the mood, Cemetery Crawlers will purchase black armbands for $5 outside the Golden Rose Inn in Central City at 3p.m., Saturday, September 15. A hearse will lead a “funeral cortege” to Bald Mountain where the spirits will speak. All participants in the even are welcome to an open house at the Historical Society Museum on First High Street in Central City after the event. Those who participated in the Cemetery Crawl will be admitted free.

The Social Register:

Caroline Loughbridge of Black Hawk is graduating from the ConCorde Career Institute on September 21.

A photo crew from Town and Country magazine is in town to do a feature that is to appear in the January issue. It should be interesting—Town and Country is one of the tonier magazines on the rack.

Born: Dave and Krista Clifton, formerly of Central City, are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, a girl. Katrina Elizabeth Clifton was born on August 15, in Sacramento, California, weighing in at 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 19 ½ inches long. The family has already decided that her nickname will be Katie. Katie has an older brother, Ryan, who is eight. The family lives in Sacramento. Betty Mahaffey, of Central City is the proud grandmother.

60 years ago – September 16, 1960

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: Shedding light on the mysteries of life is to be credited to electronics. An electric tube is helping solve and conquer the ills of the human species. It is so sensitive that it can detect the first irregular rhythm of a failing heart and so fast that it responds instantly to the waves of a troubled brain. The medical profession in some instances is using it and it is working miracles in the field of medical research. It sounds the depth of the anesthesia, gauging the vital fluids of the human body, measuring growth of living cells and reacting to minute physiological changes. The tube is so small that it fits into a thimble and begins its work where other tubes leave off. Its efficiency is unsurpassed throughout the entire usable radio spectrum.

George Ramstetter informs us that, effective immediately, anyone wishing to ride the 1:30p.m. bus from Central City to Denver should notify him at the store the day before 8:30 a.m. of the day they wish to make the trip.

Miss Anita Davis, a granddaughter of Arthur Mason, the Mayor of Casey Avenue, who has been visiting her esteemed grandpoppa, left Monday for her home. She was accompanied by Mr. Mason, who intends spending the winter in Kansas.

A big manufacturer from the East was on vacation at a dude ranch near Las Vegas. He was going to the stable one morning to get a horse when a big rattlesnake slithered across his path, and came after him. “Hey,” yelled a ranch hand near the fence, “That’s a rattler. Get out of his way or he’ll strike.” “Good Lord,” yelled the manufacturer, “Do these things have unions too?”

90 years ago – September 12, 1930

Henry Ress and wife, of Clarksdale, Arizona, who were up to attend the funeral of his father, Joe Ress, of Russell Gulch, made this office a social call last Tuesday. He is in the employ of the big smelter at that place.

Mr. Page Brereton, wife and son, were up from Denver last Monday, on business with the county treasurer and to visit with friends.

Mrs. Lois Welch is spending a week’s vacation with her daughter, Mrs. Everett McCoy in Denver.

Died: Mr. William Hamilton, of Black Hawk, received a letter last week from Mr. T.H. Jenks, from London, England, bringing the sad news of Mrs. Jenks on Saturday, August 22, who passed away peacefully and without pain, but was unable to recognize him. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. W. Stuart Macgowan, rector of the Holy Family Church, and cremation of the body took place immediately after the services, and her ashes will be taken to Paris, Illinois, her home. Mr. Jenks will visit with relatives at Staffordshire and Yorkshire before returning home, and expects to sail about September 20.

120 years ago – September 14, 1900

Rev. J.F. Coffman, wife and daughter left for Idaho Springs on Thursday afternoon, where Mr. Coffman will assume his duties as pastor of the M.E. Church in that city.

Mr. Edward Mitchell has taken a position with the Hugo H. Kruse’s grocery store in this city.

James Noonan, of this city, has taken a position at the store of Robins & Scheer, in Black Hawk.

It was reported during the week that an offer of $125,000 for the Lotus Mine, in Russell Gulch, was refused by the Sternbergers, the owners of the mine.

A force of 29 men are now employed at the Freedom Mine, and the property is looking better every day with development work. A carload of milling ore is shipped daily, and a 10-ton lot of smelting ore shipped last week brought a check for $1,056.30, the ore averaging $100 per ton.

Born: In Central City, September 14th, 1900, to the wife of Dr. C.V. Shoop, twin boys.

Born: In Nevadaville, September 11th, 1900, to the wife of John Hawn, a daughter.

Married: In Black Hawk, at the residence of the groom’s brother, John Ballard, at Gregory Point, September 12th, 1900, Rev. J.F. Coffman officiating, Mr. Thomas Ballard and Miss Sophia Sanders.

Married: In Central City, at the residence of the bride’s parents, September 12th, 1900, Rev. A. Mackay officiating, Mr. Percy R. Alsdorf and Miss Hilda Pederson.

Died: In Black Hawk, September 11th, 1900, Charles Albert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hartman, aged 3 years.

Died: In Lake View, Gilpin County, September 7th, 1900, of apoplexy, Frank King, aged 73 years.

151 years ago – September 16, 1870

Henry M. Teller addressed a large crowd in this city on Monday evening on the issues of the day. Though suffering from a severe cold, he is reported as having made a fine speech.

The Peake Family Bell Ringers gave an entertainment at the Montana theatre on Tuesday night, for the benefit of the Miners’ and Mechanics’ Institute.

Two gentlemen who arrived from the east on Thursday evening on the stage reported that they came through from Kansas City in 33 hours.

Captain Frank Hall, one of the editors of the Miner’s Register, left on Thursday for a tour of the states, to be absent three or four months.

Ben Hinds, working the Trojan Mine in Grand Island District, sold two tons of ore to the Hill smelter in Black Hawk, for $126 per ton.

The public schools in Black Hawk had 142 scholars, distributed as follows: Grammar Department, S. P. Lathrop, Principal, 32; Intermediate Department, Miss Birdsall, 34; and Primary Department, Miss Snyder, 76.

Married: In Central City, September 12th, 1870, Rev. J.F. Turner officiating, Mr. George Briggs and Miss Mary Teats.

Died: In Black Hawk, September 10th, 1870, Harry A., son of J.R. and Allie B. Powell.

Died: Three men, Patrick Stanton, Martin Leyden, and Patrick Kelley were found dead in the Leyden Coal Mine, north of Golden, on Monday, death being caused by foul air.

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