Turning back the pages

30 years ago – February 15, 1991

Gilpin County School’s speech team placed third in overall competition at the Union Pacific League meet, and Speech Coach Betty Truitt is delighted with the results. The meet held Feb. 7, at Silver State Baptist School, saw eight schools competing for honors. Gilpin garnered first place in four of the six events for students in grades 9-12. Jason Wheeler won first place in impromptu speaking. Speech team captain Laura Sill placed second in original oratory with a speech on censorship. In the same event Amanda Norton spoke on ethics in photojournalism, winning fourth place. Horses, a speech written by Jeffery Lewis, won first place in dramatic interpretation for Alisa Sill. Gates Woodring also competed in this category. First place in poetry interpretation went to Angela Odom, who read the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Tracy Martin placed sixth with the poetry of Robert Service. Also representing Gilpin in poetry interpretation was Jamie Joyce. Roald Dahl’s humorous Fairy Tales won Melanie Prescott first place in humor interpretation, and Cassandra Zamora won sixth place reading a column on skiing by newspaper humorist Dave Barry. Nicole Quintana and Shannon Stanley won third place in duet acting with their portrayal of two women at a beauty salon, and Adam Peyrouse and Brenda Huck took fifth with a performance as babies.

Died: F. Morgan Gray, a lifelong resident of Central City, died Thursday, February 14th, at the Hospice of St. Johns in Lakewood. He was 80. Gray was the only child of Frank Joseph and Gertrude Morgan Gray, both natives of Gilpin County. He was born at their Spring St. home on August 20, 1910. His father ran a blacksmith shop in Central City. Gray’s grandfather, Evan David Morgan, came from Wales and was a Gilpin County pioneer. After graduating from Gilpin County High School in 1928, Gray worked for 24 years at Quiller’s Grocery in Central, and for four years at the Busley Red Owl Store in Denver. Gray married Maxine Quiller on June 28, 1936. “We had a good life together,” she said this week of their 54-year marriage. Gray served in the Pacific on the USS Brooks during World War II. From July 1961 to April 1980, he was Gilpin County Clerk and Recorder. During his tenure he was president of the Colorado Association of County Clerks and Recorders in 1971 and 1972. Nearly 200 friends and well-wishers attended his retirement party at the Central City Elks Lodge. He enjoyed the outdoors, and his favorite pastime was trout fishing. He and his wife also enjoyed trips to Las Vegas and traveling throughout Colorado. Gray was a longtime member of Central Lodge No. 6 A.F. & A.M.; Central Chapter No. 1, Royal Arch Masons; Knights Templar No. 2; and Tyrian Council No. 11. He was secretary of the Royal Arch Masons for more than 30 years. A memorial service will be held at the Masonic Lodge in Central City, the date to be set later. Cremation will be handled by Hennigan’s Mortuary in Idaho Springs. There will be no funeral.

60 years ago – February 24, 1961

Central City Nuggets:

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bennallack will celebrate their 50th anniversary February 26 with an afternoon reception at their home at 764 Clayton Street. The couple was married in Central City on February 22, 1911. They moved to Goldfield, Colorado, near Cripple Creek, and lived there until 1915 when they came to Denver. Bennallack retired in 1950 after 29 years on the Denver police force. He is employed now at the First National Bank. They have a son, Donald, and a daughter, Mrs. Clyde Hansen, both of Denver.

Mrs. Frank Daugherty had as home guests this past week Mrs. Arch Himmelwright of Denver and Mrs. Luther Cooley of Rochester, Michigan. They are sisters-in-law of Mrs. Daugherty.

Died: Funeral services were held Wednesday from the Olinger Mortuary in Denver for James Gray, who passed away the preceding Saturday. He was 78 years of age. He was born in Michigan, and came to Russell Gulch with his parents where he attended school, and later moved to Central City where he and his brothers were engaged in the hauling of ore from the various mines of this district. He was one of the oldest members of the Alert Fire Hose Company and was one of the members of the running team. He was married to Emily Rowe and after the marriage they left for Denver, where he was employed by the Hendrie & Bolthoff Company, for 26 years, retiring four years ago. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Phyllis, of Denver, and a brother, Frank, of this city; two sisters, Mrs. Fannie Woelbing and Mrs. Louise Ryan, both of Denver. Interment was in Fairmount Cemetery.

Died: Word was received here of the death of Lillian J. Mathes, who died in Denver the first of the week. She was about 63 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Oscar Williams, and was born in Central City where she attended both the grade school and high school. After her marriage to Joseph Mathes, they moved to Denver where they have since resided. She is survived by her husband, and two aunts, Mrs. Edna Willamson, of Denver, and Mrs. Ruth Rader, of Las Vegas. Services were held yesterday from the Olinger Mortuary, with Requiem High mass from the Holy Ghost Church. Interment was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

90 years ago – February 20, 1931

Mr. and Mrs. Joel H. Palmer visited Mr. and Mrs. Gus Grutzmacher at Central City over the weekend.

Mrs. Ella Richards of State Center, Iowa, who since last August has been visiting her son, Charles O. Richards and wife of Central City, and granddaughter Mrs. Luella Fritz and family of Black Hawk, left last week for Cheyenne, Wyoming. She will visit relatives there for a few days and then go to Whittier, California, to visit for a year or more at the house of her daughter, Mrs. Luella Murdock.

Miss Nellie Vincent and Mrs. W.O. Jenkins were passengers to Denver Wednesday morning, on a shopping and business trip, returning home Thursday.

A carload of concentrates was shipped from the mill of the Chain-O-Mines Company in Central, to the smelters in Leadville during the week.

Weather conditions during the week would indicate that spring was only a short distance away, regardless of what the groundhog saw when he came out of his hole. We have had a little flurry of snow, just enough to settle the dust, and we have sent out an SOS order for a large supply.

120 years ago – February 22, 1901

Mrs. J.C. Edwards and children of Helena, Montana, after a pleasant visit with her mother, Mrs. E. Semmons, in Nevadaville and relatives in Central for nearly two months, left for Victor, Colorado, on Wednesday.

Messrs. B.D. Mendenhall and W. Bennallack Jr., of Mountain City, were injured at the O’Neil Mine last Friday, by being caught in a run of ore from a chute to one of the bins. Both men suffered injuries, but none were of a serious nature.

It is reported that William Moore, formerly conductor on this branch of the Colorado & Southern Railroad, is lying very ill at his residence in Denver, with very little hope of his recovery.

The shaft on the Old Town Mine in Russell District, is now down to a depth of 370 feet, and Manager George Kimball reports that the ore body in the bottom is nearly 5 feet in width, carrying considerable gray and yellow copper and considerable iron, making an excellent combination for concentration. The prospects of the mine developing into a big producer are more encouraging every day.

Sinking is being carried on at the East Boston Mine by the East Boston Mining Company, with day and night shifts, and Manager Billy Stimson says the contractors are making three feet a day. The shaft was 300 feet in depth when the present contract started, and it is the intention of the company to sink at least 200 feet deeper before starting drifts. Work is being carried on in the 300-foot-level, where there is a nice crevice of ore showing, and when stoping commences the mine will be able to keep a couple of batteries dropping in the mills in Black Hawk.

Born: In Black Hawk, February 12th, 1901, to the wife of Leopold Klein, a son.

Born: In Central City, February 12th, 1901, to the wife of A. Cirolini, a daughter.

Married: In Central City, February 20th, 1901, Rev. S.J. Rogers officiating, Mr. Albert C. Kruse and Miss Maude Williams.

Married: In Denver, February 19th, 1901, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Wells, Rev. D.P. Scannell, of St. Leo’s Church officiating, Mr. W.H. Paul and Miss Loretto Doran.

Died: In Black Hawk, February 20th, 1901, of pneumonia, Swan Adams, aged 22 years.

Died: In Nevadaville, February 21st, 1901, Thomas Richards, aged 49 years.

151 years ago – February 24, 1871

A Mr. Bennetts, who is working in the Kansas Mine in the Nevadaville section, is shipping between 18 and 20 cords of ore weekly to the stamp mills, some of it running as high as 9 ounces gold to the cord. His smelting ore was returning from $93 to $104 per ton at the Hill smelter in Black Hawk.

Richard Grouse was seriously injured in the Bobtail Mine by a premature explosion of a shot, which he was tamping. His hands and face were badly cut by flying rock.

Mr. Nat Young, of the J.B. Chaffee & Company Bank, informed the newspaper reporter that a single cord of ore from the Scudenburg Mine, treated at the Kimber stamp mill, returned a gold retort weighing 26 ounces and 13 pennyweights, the currency value of which was $525.

A strike of rich silver ore had just been made in the Caribou Mine. The streak was 18 inches in width and assayed from $28,056.70 to $32,764.

Mr. W.A. Arnold, secretary of the board of managers of St. Luke’s Hospital, announced that the institution was badly in need of old sheets, and comfortable rubber blankets.

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