30 years ago – August 9, 1991
Denver police officers arrested one suspect on August 3 in the murder of Rex Miller. Joseph Nick “Joey” Aguayo, 21, was picked up at a friend’s northeast Denver home after following an anonymous tip. Aguayo is being held without bail at the Jefferson County jail. The Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for a second man, Marvin Dennis Jr., 30, who was still not caught Thursday morning. Dennis, whose last known address was in southeast Denver, is described as being six feet two inches tall, weighing around 205 pounds, with a skull tattoo on his left arm and a tattoo of the grim reaper on his right arm. Dennis is considered armed and dangerous. Both men are being charged with first degree murder in the death of the 40-year-old Rollinsville resident. Miller, a self-employed mechanic, had evidently been flagged down by two men who had run out of gas near Rollinsville on Old Stagecoach Road. Miller, who was returning home after dinner in Black Hawk with his girlfriend, took her home and came back to drive the men to Nederland for gas. Sometime after returning from the gas station, said District Attorney’s Investigator Phil Anderson, Miller was shot in the neck and robbed. The red 1969 Ford Cortina he was driving was taken. It was found burning in a parking lot at Kalamath and Bayaud Street in Denver. The fire appeared to be deliberately set, Anderson said, to destroy evidence. Both men who have been charged in the murder have criminal records. Aguayo is on probation for attempted theft in Denver and a traffic charge in Jefferson County. Dennis, who is also known as Byron Dennis, Chris Martin or William Dennis, was imprisoned for assault until January 1990. He also served time in jail for other crimes, including burglary and theft. A grand jury indicted both men on charges of first degree premeditated murder, first degree felony murder, aggravated robbery, and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. Aguaryo will appear before Judge Barnhill in Jefferson County District Court August 9.
While digging for antique bottles in an old outhouse site on July 30, Lary Brown came across a Mason jar with the inscription “pat. Nov. 30, 1858.” Because he had been told Mason jars bearing that date had been manufactured throughout the 1930s, he put the bottle aside for a closer look. When he took a break later in the day, Brown cleaned the dirt off to see what he found. “At first I thought there was a chicken or something inside the jar,” he said. Brown realized that the jar contained a male fetus and afterbirth. After trying unsuccessfully to locate County Coroner Dick Allen, Brown turned the jar and its contents over to Central City Marshal Elmo Gatlin. The jar appeared to contain, Gatlin said later, a well-preserved fetus that seemed to have been in its sixth month of development. The jar and its contents have been sent to Dr. Ben Galloway, forensic pathologist with the Jefferson County Coroner’s office for tests. The tests may not return conclusive results, said Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Trina Harper, Tuesday.
Last Friday a group numbering over 150 youths from the Church of Latter Day Saints spent the morning at the Central City Cemetery. Charlie Gagon and Brandon Knight, both of Arvada were two of many who participated in the many activities of the day, which included resetting fallen tombstones in mortar. Knight said that community projects such as these are very important for him and his peers. Not only are they providing a needed service, but there is also enjoyment and a sense of pride in the experience. Along with much needed repairs at the cemetery, such as securing tombstones, other members cleaned the area. The day’s activity also included historical research.
Died: Rollinsville resident Rex Hayden Miller died on July 31st, 1991, at the hands of two strangers he had tried to help. Miller died of a gunshot wound to the neck. Miller was born May 7, 1951 in Hemet, California, and graduated from high school in Carpinteria, California. He also served with the Coast Guard for nine years and was home several months before being discharged on 100 percent disability for arthritis he contracted while serving with the Coast Guard. A memorial service was held Monday night, August 5th, at High Country Fire Station #2. Over 200 people attended the service with standing room only after 125 chairs were filled. Reverend Lake from the Presbyterian Church in Nederland officiated the service, and eulogies were read. “The memorial service was beautiful,” said Donna Miller, Rex’s mother. “Some of those big strong men took me in their arms and they were just shaking. Everyone loved that boy so much.” Miller’s friends say only good things about him. “He would do anything for anyone,” said one friend. “He gave more to the community than he would ever get back.” “Rex helped everyone, anytime, anyplace, anything. He was the epitome of a good Samaritan. When I was sick a few years back during a bad snowstorm, I didn’t even call him, Rex was just there to help. He had rheumatoid arthritis and had a lot of pain to deal with, but it never stopped him from helping others,” said a friend and fellow firefighter. “He was a great help with the fire department.” Miller was a member of the High Country Volunteer Fire Department since 1983, and his father Virgil Miller also serves for the department. Miller is survived by his parents Donna and Virgil Miller, Boulder County; three nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his two older brothers Carl and Sandy Peterson, who died together in a California plane crash in 1975. Services were held at Louisville Cemetery August 8th. He was buried next to his grandfather.
60 years ago – August 18, 1961
Central City Nuggets:
The citizens of Central City and particularly those who live on the High Streets are deeply appreciative, and extend their thanks to County Commissioner Wm. O. Ziege for the use of the road machinery of District No. 1. Cooperating with Joe Menegatti, the City’s Street and Water Commissioner, the roads have been graded and surfaced with ore from the Gold Cup dumps in the old Gundy Ranch, and once again the havoc that had been wrought by rains on all the roads have been repaired. Thanks “Bike.”
The fire department was called out Wednesday night to extinguish a small fire in the brick building at the rear of Addyman’s Garage. An old mattress was on fire which burned through to the floor, and within the space of several minutes the fire was conspicuous by its absence.
Married: Received a wedding announcement from Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Kenworthy, of Tuscon, Arizona, announcing the marriage of their daughter, Rae Leslie to Mr. George Robert McMillan. Bob is the tall, good looking manager of the tours of the Teller House and has been here for several years. His voice is more melodic than the other Mac, as he is more or less bashful and retiring, but he states that after his marriage on the 6th of September, he will become more vociferous in saying “open wide” when he finishes his curriculum as a Doctor of Dentistry. Miss Kenworthy was one of the personnel of the Teller House last year. Congratulations.
Black Hawk Gold Dust:
Mrs. Sue Hinkins was called to Denver last Thursday due to the serious illness of her mother.
Miss Linda Clark is spending several days with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Clark in the Skyline area.
Congratulations to Gus Bakos on being a great-grandfather. His daughter, Mrs. Helen Smith, reports that her son Bobby Allen, who is still on the U.S.S. Midway in Japan, became a proud father June 16, 1961.
Mrs. Mabel Kile spent last week in Denver, shopping and visiting friends.
90 years ago – August 14, 1931
Clifford I. Parsons, L.J. Carter and H.J. Stahl left for Denver on Friday morning last to attend the funeral of James Daley, held there that afternoon.
Miss Louie Welch, daughter Mrs. Everett McCoy and daughter Louie, came up from Denver Monday evening, the latter to remain several weeks. They had just returned from a trip to Wyoming and the attractive points in the Black Hills, and were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Willis Wolfe and Thomas Stribley, and had an enjoyable outing.
Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Jenkins leave Saturday on a short vacation, and will visit with their son Walter and wife, at Alamosa, Colorado.
How to Make: Lemon Foam, from Mother’s Cookbook: Boil together one cupful of sugar and one and one-half cupfuls of water for five minutes. Stir in two tablespoonfuls of corn starch mixed with one-half cupful of cold water, and cook over boiling water fifteen minutes. Add three tablespoonfuls of lemon juice, one teaspoonful of salt and one stiffly beaten egg white. Chill and serve on sponge cake.
120 years ago – August 16, 1901
C.P. Davies and Albert Sears, who have been camping on the south fork of the Grand River for the past two weeks, returned home Wednesday and report a delightful outing, with good success in fishing.
Mr. A.J. Smith of Denver was attending to business matters in this city, on Thursday. One of the principal objects of his visit was to turn over $10,000 to the former owners of the Boodle Mine, in this city, that sum being the second payment on the property.
Mr. George Mabee came up from Denver on Wednesday to look after his mining interests here.
Miss Katherine Miller of Denver visited in Central last week and secured the appointment by the board of education as teacher in the public schools of this city, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Miss Margaret Rank.
Mr. H.H. Kruse, wife and son, left Sunday for an outing in Middle Park, and before they return expect to visit Mr. C.F. Barker and family on their ranch in that portion of the state.
Miss Emma J. Harris and niece, Miss Emma, of Denver, are spending the week in this city, with relatives and friends.
Camela Cessario, brother of Tony Cessario, of Nevadaville, came up from Denver a few days ago and reports that his brother is doing well since the amputation of his leg.
Born: In Denver, August 9th, 1901, to the wife of Harry Key, a daughter.
Married: In Central City, August 8th, 1901, at the residence of Mrs. Catherine Cameron, Justice Thomas Hooper officiating, J.H. Bennetts and Miss Beatrice Wessen, of Cripple Creek.
Died: In Central City, August 11th, 1901, of heart failure, Joseph Mills, aged 57 years.
Died: In Russell Gulch, August 13th, 1901, Catherine Griffith, aged 68 years.
Died: In Central City, August 13th, 1901, John Emmett, sone of Mr. and Mrs. Edward O’Brien, aged 12 years.
Died: In Central City, August 13th, 1901, Vargeleo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Zani, aged 7 months.
151 years ago – August 18, 1871
Mr. M.H. Root had commenced laying the foundation for the new hotel—“The Teller House.”
Myers and Hatch were averaging $4 per day to the man in washing “Patch” dirt on Quartz Hill.
Judge James B. Belford returned Tuesday evening from an eastern trip and left on Thursday on a fishing trip to South Park.
General Sickles, Captain Berthoud and Hal Sayre were surveying for the proposed railroad line between Black Hawk and this city.
A new brass band had been organized under the leadership of George W. Boyles, with tutelage by Mr. C. Patz.
Matt Boellert had started a blacksmith shop in Black Hawk, in the building formerly occupied by L.C. Snyder