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30 years ago – December 21, 1984

December 31 is the last day the Black Hawk trash compactor site will be open, the Gilpin County commissioners announced Monday. It will close at 11:00a.m. After that date, people from the south end of the county will have to take their trash to either the Colorado Sierra site or the one in Rollinsville.

Letter to the Editor: Upon hearing about the decision to close down the trash compactor collection site in the south end of the county, I feel it is necessary to comment on such an unjust act. Such an important decision should not have been made by the lame duck commissioners. Secondly, closing that site so near many businesses and a concentrated population makes no sense at all. Thirdly, I feel all the taxpayers in the county deserve fair treatment and equal services for their tax dollar. Therefore, I would hope the new board of commissioners will reverse that decision and show all county taxpayers that they will be treated equally. Sincerely, Bill Giller.

By Joanne Lah: As you are all probably aware, our Christmas bazaar and festival was a whopping success and a wonderful way to start the holiday season. We managed to pack Central City with visitors, which delighted 36 displayers who collectively sold more than $13,000 worth of goods over the weekend! The model railroad and miniature displays, readings and music, plus Santa’s parade each day really made this an event! Wrapping things up was a moving performance at the Methodist Church by the Evergreen Chorale. All in all, it was a wonderful three days for everyone. There will not be a business meeting for December; however the Chamber will be hosting a get-together December 30, 6-8 p.m., upstairs at the Black Hawk Conoco. This will afford us an opportunity to join together for good food, drink and cheer to welcome the New Year. Everyone is invited so feel free to join us. Happy holidays to everyone and on to a better 1985!

Operation REDDI (Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately) marks its fourth year in operation this month. Since the program began it has been responsible for the arrests of 3,147 intoxicated drivers. Over 26,800 concerned citizens have called the REDDI network reporting suspected intoxicated drivers. The Colorado State Patrol, along with other police agencies around the state have responded by contacting over 5,000 vehicles. Alcohol related accidents are on the decline and the REDDI program has had a significant effect on this problem.

60 years ago – December 24, 1954

This is our Christmas Edition. It portrays to you the greetings and good wishes of most of the enterprising businesses of this particular vicinity. It is most timely at this season of the year, wherein felicitations and good wishes are extended. It is a part of the Christmas spirit and embodies sincere and honest wishes for a happy Yuletide and a prosperous New Year. The Register-Call extends to each reader the same wish that has existed or close to two thousand years: Merry Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year.

The pupils of Clark Grammar school presented a two-part Operetta at the School Auditorium Tuesday evening. Every child from the First to the Eighth grade appeared, if not in speaking parts or garbed in costume, were members of the chorus. The Operetta, “Christmas for Others” was well portrayed and well received. The costumes of the various youthful thespians were works of art, and lent an enchanting glamour to the operetta. They were made by the mothers of the children and were complete in every detail, even to the tail of the bunny and the foliage of the chicken. To the teachers of the Grade School, we compliment you on a most delightful and enjoyable presentation.

To all Owners of Trucks: The Robson Lumber Company, of Idaho Springs, has accurate scales to weigh all trucks, which is adamant by the laws of the State, and assure you that all weights will be accurate, and you can be assured the best of service.

Mrs. Paula Stinson drove to Wiggins, Colo., Thursday, returning Friday.

Mr. Dearth and Mr. Sims made a call at the Hinckley home Friday.

Mr. Robert Grutzmacher, Gus Grutzmacher and Mrs. Maughin drove up from Golden Friday. A highlight of their trip was a visit to their old home up Chase Gulch. They then drove down to Black Hawk and visited friends there.

Dean Campbell and Gene Edwards of Stratton made a call at the Ress home Saturday. Dean and Joe Ress saw service in the Navy together.

The Johnson family made a short visit here Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Durst and Mr. and Mrs. McGruder and Cheryl of Denver were visitors at the Ress home Sunday.

Margaret Ress was home for the weekend.

Cornell and Dan Fagerty, who have been making their home here for the past several months, departed for Cleveland Thursday to spend the holidays.

Al Arabys and Gladys Nelson were married Dec. 18, at Casper, Wyo.

Otto O. Blake had the misfortune of falling while at work at Coors Brewery and fractured several ribs.

Tom Collins and daughter, jerry, was visiting Santa Clause in Denver yesterday.

Christmas wishes and greetings to all Register-Call readers.

90 years ago – December 26, 1924

Thursday was an ideal Christmas day. The cold wave had taken its departure, the sky was clear and bright and the sun shone with a brilliancy and warmth that made us forget conditions of the couple of days before, and everyone was out and enjoyed the holiday features to the fullest. The Elks Christmas tree on Tuesday afternoon, which had been prepared for the little ones was well attended, considering the weather, and Santa was there with a smile and a hearty greeting distributing candy, popcorn, apples and other articles that could not help but make the hearts of his guests tingle with appreciation.

Newspaper reports from all parts of eastern Colorado indicate that the supply of jackrabbits on the plains this year is tremendous. One farmer in the Seibert district reported that he walked out on his farm one evening last week and saw fully 500 rabbits running in every direction. Fortunately however, he had foreseen the coming of the furry pests and had gathered all of his corn under a rabbit fence. As usual, a large number of Christmas drives will be underway this week all over the plains for the two-fold purpose of ridding the farm lands of the rabbits and furnishing the poor of Colorado some fairly good meat. Thousands of rabbits will be shipped to Denver during the holiday season for distribution among the poor, and the troubles of the farmers on the plains will be lessened, though rabbits survive every variety of attempted eradication with remarkable success and because of their aversion to race suicide are able to replace any loss in their numbers within a brief time.

Mr. H. H. Lake left on Thursday morning of last week to spend some time with her daughter, Mrs. William H. Breed, in Boston.

Mrs. Joseph Espel boarded the train on Sunday last on a visit with relatives in Denver over the holidays. Mrs. H. P. Lowe, who had been attending to business matters in Denver, returned home Sunday evening.

Messrs. Louis J. Carter and Harry Armfield, who went to Denver Monday morning on business in connection with the State Metal Mining Association returned home Tuesday evening.

Mrs. Everett McCoy and daughter came up from Denver Monday evening to spend the holidays with her mother and brother, Jack. Mr. McCoy came up Tuesday evening.

Morris and Horatio Hazard were passengers to Denver Wednesday morning o spend Christmas and enjoy the balmy breezes of the plains.

Henry Altvater, accompanied by Miss Mildred Fraser, left for Denver Wednesday morning to spend the holidays with relatives and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Clark arrived from Denver Tuesday evening to enjoy Christmas holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.M. Laird and other relatives. Mr. Clark returned this morning but Mrs. Clark will extend her visit for a few days longer.

Richard Davey came up from Denver Wednesday evening to spend Christmas with his mother, brother and sisters.

Joseph Flynn and wife and James Flynn were passengers to Denver on Thursday morning’s train.

120 years ago – December 21, 1894

A bright blaze in the office of Dr. L. C. Tolles on Main Street was discovered Sunday evening between 6 and 7 o’clock, which caused an alarm of fire to be given, and created no little excitement. It appears that the doctor was in his nigh clothes and a small lamp exploded or was upset. This set fire to the bedding. His office door was locked from the inside. As soon as the blaze was discovered the door was forced open, the doctor taken from the room and the fire extinguished. It was fortunate that the fire did not occur at a late hour of the night when few persons were on the streets. The damage done was slight.

A letter received here the first of this week from Captain G. J. Fisher locates him at Silverton, Colorado, where he has become interested in mines. He will remain there, being fully confident that he has a bonanza in sight. The Register-Call wishes that his fondest hopes in this respect may be fully realized.

Mr. L. J. Sampson, of Indianapolis, Indiana, who has been visiting relatives in Grand and Routt counties for the past five months, was a visitor to Central last Saturday and Sunday. He gave a glowing description of the possible future of Routt County, which he states in the making of the banner county of the northerly tier of counties in the state. He returns next spring and will engage in agricultural and pastoral pursuits below Steamboat Springs.

Mr. Geo. D. Johnstone of Aspen, and Mr. Stephenson called at this office last Tuesday. The former gentleman is well known in Gilpin County, being a native of Black Hawk. George is now a bright and shining light in the legal fraternity. He says his sister Miss Matte, will sing in this city ere long. Come again, gentlemen.

Col. J. M. Thexton, of Idaho Springs, paid Central City friends a visit yesterday. The colonel is full of business now a days, making plans and estimates for mine and mill buildings, as well as machinery. he never allowed grass to grow under his No. 7 brogans.

Born: In Russell Gulch, December 15, to the wife of Evan Evans, a daughter.

Born: At Bellevieu Mountain, Idaho District, December 15, to the wife of J.H. Rickard, a daughter. Mother and child getting along nicely, and the father, well, he is the happiest man in that locality and has received hearty congratulations from numerous friends.

Married: In Lansing, Iowa, December 13, Miss Amelia Worthington of that place, and Mr. C. J. Simonton of Gilpin county. Bride and groom will take up a residence in this county after January 1, 1895 where the latter is engaged in mining.

Married: In Nevadaville, December 15, Wm. J. Richards to Miss Lizzie J. Murley, both of Nevadaville.

Died: In Central City, December 16, James Rosanko, aged 45 years, native of the county of Cornwall, England. Deceased leaves a sorrowing wife, son and two daughters to mourn his death.

Died: In Central City, December 15, of miner’s consumption, John O’Meala, aged 55 years.

Died: In Freeland, Clear Creek, December 13, Albert J. Johnson, aged 73 years, 9 months and 29 days. Deceased was Grand Chief of A.O. F. of A., having been elected to that position at the last session of the Grand Court of this state.

Died: In Central City, December 18, after a brief illness, Mrs. Joseph Tuckfield, aged 29 years.

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