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30 years ago – December 28, 1984

Highlights or Lowlights? It just depends on your point of view. 1984 ends with a number of each. In an effort to let our readers reminisce about what are about to become the good ol’ days, we hereby present a compilation of what has happened in Gilpin County in 1984:

A portion of the Opera House ceiling gave way into the audience during a performance of “Cinderella.” The good news was that no one was seriously hurt.

For those that travel Highway 46, another season will go by before it might be paved. The state decided not to pave the highway last summer because the bid was 50 percent higher than anticipated.

The USDA Forest Service reported the largest spruce budworm outbreak in Colorado history. Many portions of the mountains, once green, are now a dull brown. Just think; it might be this way for another 10 to 15 years.

Black Hawk decided to ask property owners along Main Street and Chase Gulch if they wanted the streets paved, as they would have had to foot the bill. The property owners declined.

The high temperature of the year, 85 degrees, was reached twice in Lakeview Subdivision, on July 19 and August 28. The low of minus 18 was recorded on January 17.

  1. Edgar Cramden, not just your ordinary bulldog, died a year ago in July. A wake was held by his friends and those who loved him, this summer in Central City. It should not be forgotten that Cramden received 10 votes for commissioner of Gilpin County in 1982.

Robert Holcomb and Arlon Sanders were elected to the board of the High Country Fire Department. Sanders did not have as much luck when he challenged Jerry Ward in the primary election for Gilpin County Commissioner. Ward, however, met his Waterloo in the general election, losing to Alan Baird.

A Great Dane slightly injured two children on the playground at Gilpin County School. The owner was fined by the court.

The RE-1 Gilpin Eagles were unsuccessful in winning even one football game for the season, but this was only their first year.

Gilpin County seized mining equipment from the National Mine. The plan was to sell it to recover personal property taxes that hadn’t been paid. Unfortunately for the county, as soon as the IRS heard about it, that agency got involved and took the money from the sale.

In December, a rec-center opened at Clark gym in Central City. It was primarily set up by County Nurse Jeanne Nicholson. Little has been heard this year from the Gilpin Community Center Group.

Sergeant Daniel Boone of the Central City Police Department was the recipient of the J. Edgar Hoover Award from the American Police Hall of Fame in Miami, Florida. If we visit Miami, Boone, we’ll be sure to look you up!

Someone announced plans to build a condo/resort named “Flumeside” in Central City. Since it was announced in the “unclassified” section of the Register-Call’s want ads, it is not surprising that the project never got off the ground or out of the flume.

From the staff of the Register Call, we wish you a new year filled with only good news.

60 years ago – December 31, 1954

By Fred Thomas, from Boulder: The Christmas snow which we all had hoped for arrived this morning, just one day late. All day long the flakes have sifted down upon the thirsty earth, and the orderly rows of new homes look “homier” as they try on their first snow caps “just for size.” The gleaming new windows are steamed over, and the beautiful lights adorning the Christmas trees are wearing the halos in technicolor as they are viewed from outside through the softly falling snow. Some home-spun sage once made the classic remark: “It takes a heap of livin’ to make a house a home.” As one gropes about among the unfamiliarity’s of a new house, the truth of that statement is brought home to him. Old familiar furnishings assume new and different aspects in strange surroundings. The favorite old easy-chair looking stiff and not quite as inviting as it stands in an unaccustomed spot facing a large window. Missing the secret little “concentration points” at which you often stared, and from which ideas seemed to come in the old home, you gaze about and the new walls glare back, offering no help at all. A million things I’d like to say and a mere handful of words with which to say them. “Thank you, Central City. It was a nice party. I’m glad I could come.”

Central Lodge No. 557, B.P.I. Elks invite you to be present to dance the Old Year out and the New Year in at their hall, Friday evening, December 31st, with Larry Wray and his orchestra. Dancing will start at 9:00 p.m. and will continue until the wee small hours of 1955, when the tune of Auld Lang Syne will bid departure to 1954 and usher in the new year of 1955. You are assured of a most pleasant evening. Better plan to attend.

Six inches of snow fell here Monday, and temperatures dropped to 10 degrees below zero the following morning. I can verify the depth of the snow, and George Springer of the Pharmacy, informed me what his thermometer said. But as Marc Anthony said about Caesar is apropos in this particular incident, as George is an honorable and truthful man, and thus we accept his word.

Mr. and Mrs. George McLaughlin spent Christmas in Denver with their son, Earl, and family, and other relatives. Like all hillbillies from the high mountains, he was enthralled with the splendor of the lights at the Civic Center, and was wondering if Central City could not duplicate this gorgeous spectacle.

Hugh L. Lawry, the popular County Treasurer, took several days off from his daily work and spent the Christmas holidays with his brother and family at Victor, Colorado.

Mrs. Leroy J. Williams is spending several days in Denver, and Roy is open for invitations to lunches, dinners and stuff like that there.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford I. Parsons entertained at a Christmas dinner Mr. and Mrs. Leroy J. Williams and Mr. and Mrs. Van McKay at their home, Friday evening. Immediately after the tasty and appetizing repast, Mr. and Mrs. McKay and daughters and Claude McKay left for California to spend the weekend with relatives.

Mr. William B. Hall received a telegram from Germany the first of the week telling him of the arrival of a grand-daughter the previous Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Neff were here over Christmas visiting his mother, Mrs. Pearl Neff.

Mrs. C. O. Richards, of Central, and Mrs. Luella Fritz, spent Christmas in Denver with Mrs. Fritz’s daughter, Mrs. Dallas Howard and family. Returning with them was Carol Kent, who will spend the Christmas vacation here with her grandmother.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Works and children, and friends, of Dallas, Texas, were here visiting during the Christmas holidays.

90 years ago – January 2, 1925

That the people of this vicinity are aroused and most vitally interested in the retention of the High Line of the Colorado & Southern Railway, it being the main line railway artery to our city, the county seat of Gilpin County and is indispensable service to Central City and the adjacent mining camps. From the standpoint of its past serviceableness and also a profit sharing unit for many years to the builders, and the nucleus to the present Colorado & Southern’s entire system, and even now an aid to the general system, its present need is most imperative as we discern its inherent worth, find its requirement is the fulcrum for the industrial rehabilitation of our district, and as its maintenance is a benefit of direct concern, we appeal that the High Line continue as a Public Utility, rendering all its service commensurable with our rights of common welfare, as our cherished rights are mutually linked with all our domestic affairs, and every property interest in our community, so much so, that an isolation will make us entirely dependent upon trucking a long distance with the uncertain mountain weather, and hampered by floods and snow blockades. With the spirit of loyalty to our city and the feelings of civic pride cherishing our inalienable rights we remonstrate the assumed action of the Colorado & Southern Railway to discontinue, remove and take from our community our only expedient source of transportation. As a helpful public utility the C. & S. should devise and formulate a plan and policy of service to meet the exigency, without sacrificing the present and future welfare of Central City. Signed, Max J. Gabardi, Chairman of the Elk’s Community Social and Welfare Committee of Central City, Lodge No. 557.

The fire bell woke up our citizens at four o’ clock Saturday morning, and a bright blaze in the vicinity of Joe Kimball’s residence, on Spruce Street, indicated by the location of the fire. A line of hose was laid from the hydrant in front of the M.E. church and the firemen soon had the flames smothered. The cause of the fire was given by Mr. Kimball, who stated he had put some hot ashes in a wooden box in the shed and chicken house, to keep the fowls warm for the night. He succeeded far beyond his expectations, as some twenty chickens, a couple of ducks and a half-dozen pigeons were roasted to the queen’s taste. There was not a particle of air stirring and the fire was confined to the hen house. Had a strong wind been blowing all the buildings on that street would have been burned.

Miss Winouna Dull, sister of T.T. Dull of the telephone exchange of this city, left for Fort Collins Sunday morning, summoned by the death of her niece, Rea Eileen Dull, who was shot and killed Saturday by the accidental discharge of a .22 caliber rifle in the hands of her six-year old brother. The mother had gone down the street and left the children in the home, when the boy found the rifle and snapped the hammer on the cartridge several times when the explosion occurred. The bullet entered the back of the child’s head and emerged through the forehead, the child dying a few minutes after being taken to a physician’s office. Miss Dull will continue her trip to Douglas, Wyo. on a visit with her parents, before returning to Central City.

Mrs. A.B. Clark, who had been visiting her parents and relatives in this city during the holiday season, left for her home in Denver Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Everett McCoy and daughter, Miss Louie, who enjoyed the holiday season with Mrs. Louie Welch and son Jack, left for their home in Denver Wednesday morning.

Stanley Harris was over from Idaho Springs Tuesday, to look after business and mining interests.

Mr. B.E. Seymour came up from Denver the first of the week, to attend to business matters and has been filling Mr. A. P. Boulter’s job while that gentleman was doing assessment work on some of his claims.

120 years ago – December 28, 1894

Christmas was well observed in Gilpin County. The several churches observed the event by giving entertainments, some of them with a plethoric treasury holding Christmas exercises, the trees being loaded with presents that made many little children happy by not being forgotten by Santa Claus. The Christmas tree festivities held at Turner Hall Tuesday evening was one of the most pleasing events ever occurring at that place. Nearly 200 presents had been placed under a well-ladened tree and were distributed to the children and their parents. Mr. John Kruse officiated as Santa Claus. After the distribution of the presents the tree was removed, the hall cleared, and the grand march announced, in which 50 couples engaged. Dancing was kept up until an early hour Wednesday morning. The attendance was unusually large, all present enjoying themselves to their heart’s content.

Among other persevering mining men of Gilpin County are Messrs. Frank Brooks and Charles Grimm, who took hold of the Buell Mine, which had lain in a dormant state for 16 years before they leased the same. This year they met with a reverse through a flood and closed down temporarily. Despite their misfortune, they have sunk the main shaft 60 feet and have driven 1,300 feet of levels. The ore crushed under stamps varies from 2 ounces to 4 ounces gold per cord, the smelting ore netting from $40 to $90 per ton. They will soon resume sinking. The present depth of the main shaft is 630 feet. The water in the mine is handled by means of an improved Cameron steam pump.

By notice published elsewhere it will be seen that Black Hawk Lodge No. 4, K. of P., will install their recently elected officers next Wednesday evening. All Sir Knights in good standing are fraternally invited. After the installation services are over a spread will be served.

The thermometer marked yesterday morning in this city 7 degrees below zero at the residence of Mr. Thomas J. Oyler on Chase street. Rather chilly weather.

Last Monday evening, Christmas Eve, the office of the Gilpin Mill Company was thrown open to the ladies attending the ball of the Silver Band as a reception room, which added to the pleasantness of the occasion.

Mr. L.C. Snyder yesterday received a suspicious looking express package, which he at first took to be dynamite. After paying express charges and examining the contents, it proved to be a 28 pound turkey sent him for a New Year’s greeting. Lewis has promised a representative of the Register-Call one of the drumsticks.

The ice skating rink, since the recent cold weather set in, is in fine condition and is liberally patronized.

Married: In Russell Gulch, December 25, Mr. Charles Quintrell and Miss Rosa M. Stearns, both of Russell Gulch. The newly wedded couple are happily mated. Their many friends extend to them their congratulations, trusting that their new relations in life will be blessed with much prosperity.

Married: In Black Hawk, December 24, Mr. John Gulliksen, of Jefferson County, to Miss Martha Peterson of Smith Hill.

Died: In Central City, December 27, of miner’s disease, John Leahey, aged 52 years, native of Ireland. Deceased came to Colorado in 1863 and had, up to a short time ago, been engaged in mining. He leaves a wife and two daughters, Misses Margaret and Ella, to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate father and husband.

Died: At the National Soldiers’ Home, Leavenworth, Kansas, December 22, Comrade William Lyon, of the Colorado Third Regiment volunteers, in the 80th year of his age.

Died: In Nevadaville, December 25, Thomas Davey, aged 45 years, native of England.

Died: In Cenrtal City, December 26, Daniel Hooper, aged 42 years.

Died: In Russell Gulch, December 21, after a brief illness of pneumonia, Thomas G. Harvey, aged 43 years. Deceased leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss. He was quite a prominent citizen and was an earnest worker in church affairs. At one time he was justice of the peace. He was a very conscientious man.

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