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30 years ago – October 19, 1984

The special fund raising roast held at the Toll Gate Saloon in Central City on October 14, was one of the most hilarious and enjoyable evenings of entertainment this year. For a small donation at the door of the Toll Gate, many locals entered into an evening with comedy, films, hors d’oeuvres, dancing and unsurpassed “fun.” The “roastees,” Muriel Pail, Sandy Schmalz, and Kathy Williams were required to be seated in front of the audience for the evening. They all laughed so hard that on many occasions one would have thought they were crying. During the roast, the local events committee presented a bouquet of radishes to the “roastees,” yet they were thanked sincerely at the end of the roast by Larry Granby, Maureen and Rob, and CinDee Spellman, members of the local events committee. Each “roastee” was presented with one dozen roses and an engraved plaque honoring her efforts and contributions to the community.

Indian summer ended with a vengeance this week. The first significant snowfall of the season began in Gilpin County Monday and continued through Tuesday morning. Depths ranged from one foot to over two throughout the area. Temperatures dropped to well below freezing, hitting the teens in Black Hawk and Central City, and reaching even lower figures at higher elevations. The snow forced state, county, and city crews out in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The storm also forced a number of cancellations and closings.

Phil Headrick, representing the High Country Fire Department, informed school board members that the fire alarm system has been disconnected from the dispatchers’ office. He stated that the dispatchers were “getting alarms about every three minutes.” He added that the alarm can still be heard by those in and around the school. The alarm system will be reconnected with the dispatchers’ office as soon as the problems are identified and corrected, Headrick stated. Board member John Rittenhouse questioned if the school would be covered by the insurance company without an active alarm. Fred Meyers, school superintendent, responded yes, the school would be covered. On Monday, Gracie Foster, secretary for the school, stated that the problem with the fire alarm had been identified. She was informed that the problem appeared to be in the phone lines. The school is working toward correcting the problem.

The Gilpin County Eagles volleyball team won the game against the Nederland Panthers on Oct. 9. Final scores were: 15-10, 15-8, and 15-9. The Eagles football team was defeated by Nederland on October 6. The final score was 20-0.

Cindy Jordan, a junior at Gilpin County School, has been named the Elks Student of the month for September. She is the daughter of Jon and Margie Jordan of Aspen Springs. She is president of her class and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a flag girl and a member of the Student Council. An athlete, she participates in volleyball, track and basketball. Additionally, she has a 3.6 G.P.A. The Student of the Month program is sponsored by Central City Elks Lodge No. 557. Selection is made by members of the school staff and it is based on academics and extracurricular activities.

Again this year Don Olhausen is supplying an alternative to the traditional form of trick or treating. On Halloween evening, October 31, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., he will be handing out bags of goodies to kids 12 years of age and under who are in costume. Big bags will be handed out at the Candy Man O’s on Main Street in Central City. Bags of free treats will also be given out this year to kids by the Black Hawk Hardware Store on Gregory Street from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. With the help of these merchants, children can have a safe and happy Halloween!

60 years ago – October 22, 1954

By Fred Thomas: First, I was amusingly amazed. Then I was amazingly amused. The letter was postmarked “Hollywood,” and I asked myself if “Lassie” could possibly be writing to “Ricki,” our Cocker, for a few notes on Colorado vacations. After all, if it’s good enough for Ike, should Lassie be choosy? Besides, according to the latest dispatches from the film capital, all of the film isn’t in the cameras, a good part of it is clogging up the atmosphere. I heard one trained pooch growl on a television program, “This California smog ain’t fit for a dog to live in.” Apprehensively, I opened the envelope, and as is my custom when I am the recipient of an unexpected letter, I look first for the signature of the sender. There was none. Blackmail, I thought. Or perhaps a threatening letter written with atomic ink which would explode as soon as the missive had warmed up to room temperature. I perused the contents of the document and learned that the writer was a subscriber to the Register Call. He, she, or it, deluged me with a long list of names and asked me to pass the names along to my readers, if any. Here are the names: Mrs. Mae Ricards Bull, Mrs. Agnes Stull, Will Richards, Chas L. Smith, Ethel Stephens, Lester Bennett, Gran Lucka, Mrs. Stella B. Hughes, Mr. Wm. Fox, Mr and Mrs. Wm. Robberts, Mrs. Stella Burroughs Luke, Mrs. Edith Burroughs Auger, Walter Burrows, Mrs. Edna Driscoll Miller and daughter, Mrs. Nan Walker, Mrs. Elizabeth Delassasso and Mr. Dow Bristol. An explanation was written below: “The list of names,” it said, “Were Gilpin County people who were at the Colorado picnic, October 10, 1954.” And the card bore the printed legend, “Colorado Counties Society of Southern California.” Thank you very much for the information, Anonymous, but I should like very much to know more about the picnic: how many pasties were consumed; did they serve ‘eavy cake or seedy buns, or was saffron cake the order of the day?

Two friends went duck hunting one cold morning. One took along a thermos bottle full of coffee while the other had a bottle of Old Typesetter (one swig and you’re through for the day.) Both imbibed freely of their chosen beverages through the early hours and finally a lone duck appeared overhead. The coffee drinker raised his gun first, took aim, and fired. The duck kept right on going. His friend then pointed his gun at the duck and brought it down with the first shot. “That’s pretty good shooting,” said the first. “Nothin’ to it,” shrugged the other. “When a flock like that come over, you’re bound to hit one of them.”

Rae Laird, of the Central City Register-Call, was recently chosen by unanimous vote to be candidate for Mayor of that city. Rae is one of the real, dyed-in-the-wool editors, a man of courtly manners, a keen eye for the out of place line or letter in a type form, and a flair for the poetic turn of a phrase. Rae has seen a lot of good and a lot of bad in his years as an editor, and it has left him mellow – like an old, crystallized stick of dynamite. Anyway, the invitation to run for Mayor couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. From the Georgetown Courier.

Mrs. Kinish and Mrs. Stinson entertained at lunch in honor of their friend Mrs. Herrad on Tuesday. Mrs. Wagner, Marion Heeren and Mrs. Ress enjoyed their hospitality.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Higgs were visitors at the Hinckley home the first of the week.

Some interesting visitors came to the Calhoun this week. They were Alejandro Alejandro and Captain Corklero Mendoza. They are connected with the AEC of the Dominican Republic.

Henry Trezise and sister, Miss Lenora Trezise, of Nederland, were visiting in Central Thursday.

A Halloween party will be given for the grade school children next Wednesday afternoon at the Clark School.

90 years ago – October 17, 1924

The City Council met in regular monthly session, on Thursday evening, Oct. 9. Present, Mayor Lake, Aldermen Duffield, Teller and Armfield. Absent, Alderman Lawry. Minutes of last regular meeting read and approved as read. City Marshal and Water Commission made report of work done on water works and streets. The City Clerk made report of water collection for September and ledger balances as of October 1st. Same being approved by the Finance Committee were ordered filed. Fire Committee was instructed to look into the matter of the chemical engine, and decide upon the best method to be used to keep it from freezing. Report of the election of the Fire Department received, and the Council approved all others so elected. City and water bills amounting to $322.24 were allowed and ordered paid. Upon motion, Council adjourned.

Jacob C. Franks, a former well-known resident of this city, died at Golden on Saturday, Oct. 11, and his funeral occurred on Tuesday last, interment in the Golden Cemetery. He must have been in the neighborhood of 80 years of age, and had made Gilpin County his home the greater portion of the years spent in Colorado until he went to Golden to live. He was well known throughout the county and filled several positions in the city as marshal and street commissioner. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Ida Franks.

As far as we have been able to learn up to the hour of going to press, not a deer fell to the many hunters in this section during the four days of the open season. In the Yankee Hill section, Rev. Leech and Ed Gunstrom, of Idaho Springs, both bagged a buck. This year most of the deer were found above timberline, and reports say that the does predominated in numbers.

AD: Catholic Bazaar to be held at Armory Hall, Saturday afternoon and evening, Oct. 25th. At the booths many beautiful and useful Christmas presents may be obtained, which will be sold to the public at reasonable prices. A chicken supper will be served in the lower Knights of Pythias Hall from 5:30 to 8 o’clock that evening, price per plate, 60 cents. A 9-piece orchestra from the Cathedral High School, of Denver, will furnish the music for an enjoyable evening at the Armory Hall. Doors open at 3 o’clock p.m.

James R. Rule and wife motored up from Denver Sunday evening retuning Monday afternoon with a load of household goods, which had been stored here.

Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Clark, and his mother, Mrs. Mae Clark, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cariton, motored up from Denver Sunday morning and enjoyed a dinner with Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Laird, returning home during the afternoon.

Mr. Edwin A. Bemis, the field manager of the Colorado Editorial association, who met with the editors of this section of the state at Idaho Springs on Saturday last, motored over to Central Sunday morning, and made this office a pleasant call, leaving his card on the editor’s desk. Sorry we were out at the time and did not have a chance to meet the gentleman.

Everett McCow, wife and daughter, arrived from Denver Saturday evening, spending Sunday with her mother, Mrs. Louie Welch and son Jack, returning home Sunday afternoon.

Wilfred Fullerton and John Jenkins motored up from Denver Wednesday morning, in the former’s auto, to attend a directors meeting of the First National bank, held that afternoon.

120 years ago – October 19, 1894

Since the plant of machinery was placed on the Monitor Mine, east of the American Flan, on the Hager shaft, it has been relieved of water and sinking resumed. An upper level driven by Mr. Hager a distance of 50 feet is being re-timbered and a car track lain with a T-rail. This level is up to a point where there are two crevices which form a junction, the width of the vein matter being 12 feet. The parties now holding an option on the Monitor apparently know their business judging from the manner in which they have commenced work.

Tuesday morning the shaft house on the Kent County was destroyed by fire. The night force of miners had quit work at 4 o’clock that morning. The brakeman on the night shift had banked his fire in front of the boilers, and when leaving the building his attention was called a noise of a creaking nature in the supply room. Hurrying to that point, the door was broken open, and he found a bright blaze issuing from where the oil supply was stored. He at once removed the giant blasting powder in the room, but before a general alarm could be given for assistance, the building was in a sheet of flame. The origin of the fire is somewhat mysterious as no person had been in the room since the previous evening. The building and machinery are a total wreck. The loss entailed is placed at $3,000 upon which there was but little insurance. The property was being worked by Pittsburg, Pa., capitalists.

The Georgetown Courier is responsible for the following: The dishonest manner in which the smelting firms have been conducting the exercises should be thoroughly aired. Charging larcenous prices for the treatment of ores and sending out under valuations of lead are two evils that are robbing the producers of thousands of dollars every month.

In conversation with Mr. J.F. Hopkins of the Empire Mill Company, Black Hawk, this week the following facts in regard to the new Hendrie & Bolthoff 10 stamp mill recently erected in that place were elicited by a representative of the Register-Call. “The mill is a success not only in crushing ore, but in its gold saving. The concentrates so far obtained contain a larger percentage of value that by methods employed in the old mills.” Automatic feeders are to be put in at once. Other parties are negotiating for the erection of a similar mill on North Clear Creek, but of larger capacity.

Born: In Central City, October 16, to the wife of Clement H. Heuer, a son. Clem is now the delighted father of two sons and a daughter, who it is to be hoped will cheer father and mother in their declining years.

Born: In Russell Gulch, October 16, to the wife of John Uren, a son.

Married: In Central City, October 13, Miss Letta Richards and Mr. J.W. Oliver, both of Central City.

Married: In Central City, October 18, Mrs. Mary Tuck and Matthew Steadman, both of Nevadaville. Bride and groom are well and favorably known in the Town of Mines, and have the best wishes of their large circle of friends for plain sailing o’ver the matrimonial sea.

Died: At St. Joseph’s Hospital, Denver, October 12, from the effects of an operation, Miss Mabel Grace Case, aged 19 years.

Died: At his residence in Central City, October 18, of miners’ consumption, John Jordan, aged 45 years, native of England.

Died: At the residence of his parents in Denver, October 17, Victor C. Kruse, aged 25 years.

Died: In Central City, October 19, Richard Magor, aged 49 years.

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