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30 years ago – January 4, 1985

Harry Black resigned as president of Gilpin County Bank, effective December 31. His successor is John Myers who was previously vice president/cashier. Black commented Thursday that the decision to resign was not something that “just popped out of the blue.” As to whether or not it was his decision or that of the board members, Black stated it was “primarily my decision.” Myers has been groomed and in the “limelight” to resume the bank president position for quite some time, he said. Black plans to spend more time in his “other business interest” which is buying and selling real estate for Century 21.

A disturbance Sunday night which started at a bar in Central City ended only after both side windows were kicked out of the Central City police car. According to the report filed by Officer Mike Brewer of the Central City Police Department, he responded to a call regarding a fight in progress at a bar. Upon his arrival, five people were on the floor of the bar “wrestling.” With the help of Deputy Dan Bartkowiak of the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department Brewer separated the five men. According to the information Brewer received, the altercation started between an employee of the bar and a patron from Louisiana. Brewer reported that both were “very intoxicated.” One man was arrested for disorderly conduct and he was the one who kicked out the police car’s windows. He was placed in leg restraints and was transported to the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department.

Word has been received that Frederick Smith, “Central City Smitty,” is in the intensive care unit at Veterans Administration Hospital in Denver. He has been in the hospital for approximately two weeks for a coronary bypass. According to his brother, Smith is not allowed visitors and was placed on a respirator Wednesday.

The Gilpin County Public Library is initiating a trial agreement with Gilpin County School to open the library at the school for all interested county residents, both students and non-students, on Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Any resident may use the books, records, tapes, research volumes and other media. Residents can check out books from the library, but will not be able to check out reference material such as encyclopedias. The Gilpin County Library will pay the salary of a library clerk to supervise and offer assistance each Wednesday evening. The library, in cooperation with the school, hopes students and residents from the entire county will take advantage of this opportunity.

60 years – January 7, 1955

On December 18, two local residents took the initiatory degree at the Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 2, being William C. Russell, Jr., of Central City and Marlin M. Belcher, of Black Hawk. They are the first local men in recent years to join the Order. Rocky Mountain Lodge is now one of the most progressive lodges in the state with a membership of nearly 200 which includes active and associate members. If you have not noticed a new front entrance has been installed lately, which still needs more done on it when warmer weather permits. All of the labor has been donated along with some of the material for the new stairway. The Central City Lodge has been getting considerable publicity because of the location of the shrine in the lower floor of the building.

Until a child is about two years old, washing the scalp should be a part of the daily bath routine. Daily lathering, followed by thorough rinsing, is the best way to keep the scalp free of scale, or “cradle cap.” If the scale does form, rub baby oil into the scalp at night and wash the head as usual the next morning. Between the ages of two and three, washing the head every few days should be sufficient to assure scalp health and cleanliness. After the child is three years old, shampooing can go on a once-a-week schedule, which should set the pattern for all the years ahead, with allowances for more or less frequent washing if the hair is especially oily or dry.

Volunteer workers in Central City pledged to help polio patients build new and useful lives with funds raised in the month long campaign of the March of Dimes. The national goal is $54,000,000. “The possibility of a Polio vaccine serves to intensify our concern for the thousands still suffering from the effects of the disease,” John E. Streltzer, State Campaign Chairman said. “We are determined to see that there are no ‘forgotten’ Polio victims in Colorado.” At present, some 1000 Colorado Polio patients, including 250 who contracted the disease in 1954, are receiving help from local offices of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis supported by the March of Dimes. More than $429,800 was spent in 1954 for patient care.

Mrs. Minnie McCoy and brother, Jack Welch, were visitors from Denver on Sunday. They brought the “small fry,” J. R. Welch, Karl and Burt Isberg up with them and spent the afternoon on the ski trail at Apex.

Mrs. Inez Schmidt retuned last Friday from a week’s visit in Denver.

Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Latham returned Sunday evening after spending the Christmas holidays with relatives in Denver.

Mrs. Dorothy Campbell was a visitor to Denver on Tuesday.

Oscar Williams, who spent the past two months in Denver, six weeks in St. Luke’s Hospital, is now home again, and is making it difficult for the boys at Mac’s in keeping up with him in his Rummy game. He said the game of dominoes was played in the hospital while he was convalescing, but he much preferred to come back to the city of his birth and show the local players he was still able and competent to spread a quick Rummy hand. He feels fine, looks good, and apparently he will be playing Rummy here for the next fifty years.

John E. McGrath, a former resident of Central City died in Denver last week, with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Susie (Vivian); two daughters, two sisters and a brother.

Last Friday night, a car driven by Walter D. Ball, of Denver, at a high rate of speed, skidded on the ice near the Bobtail Tunnel, crashing into a telephone pole, and then careening to the other side of the road. State Patrolman Duff of Golden was coming up from Black Hawk when the accident happened, and with Sheriff McKenzie, who was at the scene, arrested the driver, and at a hearing held before Judge Wm. Barrick, on Monday, fined him $20 and costs for careless driving.

90 years ago – January 9, 1925

The Gilpin County Dramatic Association presented a three act comedy at the Opera House on New Year’s Eve. The name of the play was: “When a Feller Needs a Friend,” and was a wise choice to round out the departing year with some good, wholesome fun, and the large house enjoyed its many clever skits and bright sayings. It is to be hoped this Association will continue on and give us more pleasurable evenings. It seems to be the impression among many people of this vicinity that the Association is making considerable money from their plays, so much so in fact, that they intend building a new Opera House, or paving Main Street, or something on that order. Yes, the Association made some money on this last play, so much, that they are anxious to know just what to do with it. The amount was 30 cents.

The time of the County Court was taken up on Monday last with the settlement of the Rudolph estate, of Black Hawk, which was completely closed up.

Seventeen persons have died in Los Angeles, California, from the effects of poison fumes generated from oil stoves, which were used to keep them warm during the winter. That’s just another reason why it is a pleasure to live in Colorado.

As bananas are always in the market, one may depend upon this fruit for any occasion. In order to make Banana Salad, take one cupful of thick cream, three tablespoons of lemon juice, and one half-teaspoon of powdered sugar. Whip the cream, and then add the lemon juice gradually with the other ingredients. Place the bananas on lettuce and serve the dressing poured over them.

Lightning is a perfect gentleman, according to scientists, and will never strike a man when he’s down. In a storm persons lying flat on the ground are reasonably certain to escape death. The possibilities are, experts estimate, that one standing directly under a storm cloud would be hit fifteen times in one hundred strokes, while one on the ground would be struck only once in a hundred strokes. Lightning may observe Marquis of Queensbury rules, but, as with matrimony, being struck once is sufficient for a lifetime providing that the victim is able to survive the first shock.

Mrs. John Moser and sons visited with Denver relatives over the weekend.

Robert Johnson returned Saturday from a short business and pleasure visit to Denver.

Thurston T. Dull, the genial and accommodating representative of the telephone company in this city left Sunday for Denver on a short visit with friends, returning Monday evening.

Miss Ermeda Parteli and friend motored up from Denver Sunday to spend the day with her mother, sisters and brother, returning that evening accompanied by her sister Miss Emma, who will visit for several days in the big city.

Judge W.C. Matthews returned Monday from a visit of several weeks in Denver with relatives and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Olsen, accompanied by Miss Florence Mills, motored up from Denver Saturday evening to spend the Sabbath here with relatives and friends.

John Grenfell, wife and children arrived Sunday from the valley and will again take up their residence here.

The prohibition squad made a raid on the pool room of Barnaby & Ress Saturday and took P. Barnaby to Denver where he had a hearing on Monday and plead guilty.

The wind storm of Sunday night was extremely severe, but no damage resulted.

120 years ago – January 4, 1895

Mr. William Fullerton, manager of the Gunnell group of mines, informs the Register-Call that the work of lowering the water in the pump-shaft and gunnesses extending east and west is being done steadily through the pumps in use. He also further stated that if nothing occurred the 900 foot level would be reached by the first of February next. That point reached there will not be as large an amount of water to contend with, and it will not then be long before this property will be as large a producer as in its palmiest days.

Situated on the east side of North Clear Creek, just below the stamp mill of the Gilpin Company, the Little Joker Lode is being worked through an adit on the vein by a home pool of practical miners. At a point 150 feet in from the adit entrance a fine appearing mineralized crevice matter has opened up. A test run will be made the coming week at the Gilpin Mill. The Little Joker is full of patented claim and is the property of Mr. J. B. Ballard of Black Hawk.

Mr. Farrish, the well-known mining expert, some days ago made an expert examination of the Hubernocker Mine, located at Pin Creek. It is understood that his report was favorable and that the property will soon change hands. The Hubernocker is the best developed lode in that locality, better ore being found in the lower workings than was passed through above. It seems from this that Pine Creek only needs a reasonable amount of development to become among the great gold camps of the state.

Notice to Parents: Students who have never been in attendance at the public schools of Central City, and are over 6 years of age, can enter January 14, and not after that during the present school year.

Born: In Denver, December 28, to the wife of Charles A. Wiley, a son, an 8-pounder. Grandpa H.J. Hawley, of this city, received the news with a very complacent if not a Christian-like manner.

Born: In Cenrtal City, January 3, to the wife of John Hamlik, a daughter, weight 9 pounds. Well, John, here’s looking at you. Mother and daughter getting along nicely.

Married: In Idaho Springs, December 23, Mrs. Sarah Johnson of Idaho Springs and Samuel Brooks of Central City. A large crowd of friends of the contracting parties witnessed the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Brooks will take up a residence in this city.

Died: In Central City, December 30, after a short illness, Miles Paton, aged 64 years.

Died: In Black Hawk, December 29, Louis Geisler, aged 42 years. Deceased was a miner by occupation. Some years ago he met with an accident from the effects of which he never recovered. He leaves a wife and several children.

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