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30 years ago – December 14, 1990

If the city of Denver fails in its drive to win a major league franchise, at least the masses in Gilpin County won’t be entirely let down. A group of students at Gilpin County School have been lobbying with the school board for the past eight months in an attempt to bring a high school baseball team to Gilpin High. The students, led by Jon Avram, Mike Bauer, Fred Weber, and Jason Wheeler believe that a baseball team would be very successful, and a winning tradition could be built through the program. When the school board approved a team for this year, it was a great group as well as personal victory for the students. A lot of work was put into presentations, potential, budgeting and impact problems. With the approval of the team, the school board also elected to budget $4,000 for the program to cover the cost of transportation and salaries for officials and coaches. The rest of the money for equipment and uniforms is yet to be raised and the community is urged to help. Contributions or advice can be sent to the school. Baseball is sure to be a hit at Gilpin and the community is invited to be a part of it.

The Social Register:

Central City Fire Chief Gary Allen was named Central City’s Volunteer Firefighter of the Year for 1990. The honor was awarded by unanimous voting at the department’s December meeting.

This year’s 24th annual edition of Who’s Who Among American High School Students includes the names of quite a few Gilpin County students. Who’s Who is the largest high school recognition publication in the country. Students are nominated by principals, counselors, youth groups and churches, based upon scholarship awards contests and extra-curricular activities. Only 5% of the nation’s high school students make it into the annual book. The students also compete for over $65,000 in scholarship awards and participate in an annual opinion poll of teen attitudes. Local students selected for this year’s volume are: Trista Alello, Dan Bartell, Leslie Bridges, Dion Champine, Jeff Ehmann, Kerstin Elmwiller, Sandra Long, Jason McAfee, Nick Tolwinski, Jason Wheeler, Cassandra Zamora, Jon Avram, Mike Bauer, Sam Olson, Jeremy Golden, Carrie Coleman, Kristin Inman, Jason Sosebee, Michelle Unitt, and Marcia Woodford.

Rumor Roundup:

Rumors are flying that the Opera Association is selling the Teller House. The latest round of speculation seems to have started when a surveying team was seen measuring the building. Opera Association spokesman Judy Jones tells the Register-Call that the Opera Association has no plans to sell any of their Central City properties. Robert Goozh, manager of the Teller House, said the surveyors are working as part of a structural analysis to determine the soundness of the building before renovation work begins.

60 years ago – December 23, 1960

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: A couple of days more and Santa will have made his rounds. We have two days of Christmas this year and two days of New Year. The parcel post mail doesn’t seem to be running as heavy this year as in former years, but still has stacks of letters and cards. Some attribute the high cost of parcel post to the late rush or no rush. The rates on some parcels almost equal the cost of the gift, and still the post office department runs heavy in the red every year as does most everything run by the government. So far, no one has been able to run a government business without being subsidized by the taxpayers. The taxpayers, many of them, are holding down two jobs to make ends meet. But, according to a story going around, Casey Stengle, formerly manager of the Yankees, is to be appointed by the pres-elect in charge of the Cardinals.

Symbolical of the Christmas Season, and conforming with a tradition established in 1862, the Register-Call again presents this Christmas edition. In the 60’s and 70’s when the Daily Miner’s Register was delivered by boy carriers to every subscriber in Central City, Bald Mountain, Russell Gulch, Black Hawk, and by horseback to Apex, it carried within its columns a Christmas greeting from each business house in this vicinity. The greetings were extended in sincerity, as that was long before the sending of Christmas cards. The wish extended at that time is no different than now, as the various greeting cards as found in this 1960 edition extends felicitations and good wishes to every patron and friend.

We salute Charles Murphy, the efficient and good-natured representative of the Public Service Co., for his efficiency and interest in the green and red electric lights which adorn the cross at the Ida Kruse Memorial site. He makes an inspection each day and lights that become useless are immediately replaced, a really kind Christmas gesture.

90 years ago – December 19, 1930

Frank Fleiss left for Denver Monday to meet Mrs. Fleiss and her mother, who are returning from Canton, Kansas, all returning home Monday evening.

Miss Irene Gibbons visited with friends in Denver over Saturday and Sunday.

The pupils of the upper school room in Black Hawk will hold an exhibition in the Jacobs building on Thursday and Friday evening of this week, of manual training work and sewing, to which the public is cordially invited.

John Stroehle was a passenger to Denver on Monday, on business matters.

The M.E. Sunday School will hold their Christmas tree exercises at the church on Wednesday evening, to which the public is invited.

120 years ago – December 21, 1900

Mr. John H. Kemp, of Boulder and Eldora, was attending to business matters in this city during the week and shaking hands with his many old friends here.

Mr. W.H. Paul came up from Denver the first of the week on mining business and to renew acquaintances with a number of his friends.

Mr. S.C. Mellor, a son of the late William Mellor, of Liberal Missouri, was transacting business in this city on Monday last and made this office a pleasant call.

Mr. John C. McShane came up from a ranch near Arvada, on Thursday morning’s train, to look after business interests.

The Chicago Carr Mining Company have placed orders for two gasoline plants, the one for hoisting to be 22 horsepower, and the other, a 12 horsepower, will furnish power for the electric drills and for the electrical lighting of the building. A contract has been given J.R. Quigley & Company for the erection of a new shaft building to be 30×50 feet in dimensions, and lumber for the new buildings is being delivered on the ground. Manager Bruce Meyers said that the last lot of smelting ore shipped to the Grant Smelter returned a check for $784, which shows a very fair grade of ore. Concentrating ore is still being shipped to the Newton Mill at Idaho Springs for treatment.

The re-timbering the main shaft on the California Mine on Quartz Hill, to the water level at 1,600 feet, has been finished and work of unwatering the mine to the bottom has already commenced. Manager Patrick McCann has ordered two water buckets of 500 gallons capacity, and with these buckets and hoisting water through the Hidden Treasure shaft, it is expected that good headway will be made in unwatering the entire property. Leasers on the Hidden Treasure property are taking out good ore from the 1100- and 1400-foot levels.

Born: In Russell Gulch, December 8th, 1900, to the wife of W.E. Williams, a son.

Married: In Central City, at the Church of the Assumption, Rev. Father Desaulniers officiating, December 13th, 1900, Mr. John Britt and Miss Mary Flynn, both of this city.

Died: In Central City, December 15th, 1900, N. Dalphra, aged 26 years.

151 years ago – December 23, 1870

Edward Orphen and D.C. Sprague, running the Congress Hall in Black Hawk, has sold out to Frank Kevern and James McKissick.

The Western Smelting Company, which commenced erecting a smelter in July last on the site of the Dubois Mill on Clear Creek, was ready for operation.

The fair and festival given by the Catholic ladies on Thursday evening was a grand success. The committee who had charge of the affair were P. McLaughlin and Eugene Teats, W.R. Kennedy and Thomas Mullen, of Central City, Thomas Burke, Phillip Gleason, J.W. Ganley and James Noonan, of Nevadaville, and M. Sullivan, I. Criegbaum, Thomas Kelley and William Burke, of Black Hawk.

Messrs. Bela S. Buell and G.W. Jacobs left for the east Friday, taking with them the remains of the late S. A. Buell.

The thermometer at Best’s Pharmacy on Thursday morning showed 10 degrees below zero.

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