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30 years ago – January 25, 1985

The Central City Opera House Association has announced that Sheryl Woods and Gran Wilson, stars of last summer’s festival, will be returning this year as the leading singers in Donizetti’s comedy “The Daughter of the Regiment.” Woods will sing the role of Marie, an orphan adopted and brought up by a regiment of soldiers, who falls in love with the peasant boy Tonio, played by Wilson. Of course, love triumphs in the end, and the final curtain falls with the young couple in each other’s arms. In addition to “The Daughter of the Regiment,” the Central City Opera Festival will present Bizet’s “Carmen” and Romberg’s “The Desert Song.” The season will run from early July through mid-August.

In Gilpin County January 21, Judge Andrew J. Krodsen found George Armbright of Black Hawk guilty of driving on the wrong side of the road. The case involved an accident on Rangeview Drive in Chalet Park Subdivision, November 21. Armbright, driving a Gilpin County School bus and Kimberly Boudreau, driving a pickup, collided. Both Armbright and Boudreau were cited by Technician Lyle Wohlers of the Colorado State Patrol for allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road. Krodshen said Tuesday that Armbright said he plans to appeal. Boudreau is scheduled to appear in County Court February 4.

An open letter to Mayor Russell and the Central City Council: Residents of the county are always quick to criticize any and all public officials when something goes wrong, including yours truly… However, on Super Bowl Sunday, when we found we had a flood coming through our garage and down the hill into the house due to a break in water lines of an absentee owner on West High Street, with one phone call to Florence Farringer, she was able to find a very busy Eric Klemp, John and Rudy (sorry, gentlemen, I do not know your last names) to come and solve a problem so we would not sustain further water damage. As the situation would have it, the water lines of the vacant house above us were pumping approximately nine gallons of water a minute into the house, with water going all over the floors, etc. They analyzed the problem and were able to stop the flow at the source. The water has stopped flowing into our garage, but as any long time resident of Central City knows, it may be two or three weeks before the underground flow of water into our property dries up. We extend our thanks and appreciation to Florence Farringer, Eric Klemp, John and Rudy. Signed, Patsy and Ted Ellis.

60 years ago – January 28, 1955

Shortly after midnight, Tuesday night, the large plate glass window of the Gold Mine Store was broken by a hammer or a large piece of wood, smashing the lower part and cracking the upper to the top. A large piece of glass fell inside the store, leaving a hole large enough for someone to reach in and grab a revolver lying alongside of three others. The gun was a .45 caliber, single action Colt, and was more or less of an antique, and worth about $50 to a collector. Lee Lyttle, the proprietor and owner of the business had just retired for the evening when he heard the crash. He immediately ran out to the front door in his night shirt, but saw no one nor did he hear any car pulling away. However, Mr. McDowell, who was coming home from Denver at that time, reported that a car being driven at a high rate of speed, sped past him on the way down the canyon. It is presumed that the thief was alone or two persons who desired the gun, not for an antique, but that it might later be used in a stickup or robbery. Sheriff McKenzie and Marshal Dowse are investigating the case.

The people of Central City were deeply grieved last Thursday when it was learned that Mrs. John C. Jenkins had passed away in Denver. She has been ill for the past several months, and had been spending the past month in Denver with relatives. She was born in Golden City, Mo., August 14, 1890, where she spent her girlhood days. She was married in 1915 to John C. Jenkins, and they came to Colorado to make their home that year. She is survived by her husband, of this city, a son, John W. of New York City, and two sisters, Mrs. H. G. Pope, of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. E. L. Pound, of Denver, and a brother, Elbert Jeyell, of Golden City, Mo. Charlotte was one of those rare individuals that was beloved by all who knew her. Possessing a charming and gracious manner, a sweet and generous nature, and a most pleasing personality she endeared herself to everyone, and will be sadly missed here in our little city.

I feel in a most generous and liberal mood this week, and so if the mythical “O’Smith” will come to the office and establish himself, I will put him on the list of subscribers with a paid up subscription for ten years.

The water situation in Central City is still critical, and in Black Hawk at its most serious. The pump installed in Clear Creek to pump water to the reservoir, was frozen almost its entire length, and no water was available for several days. However, the City of Central generously turned enough water into the Black Hawk mains to tide them over for a short time. Joe Menegatti, the Central City Water Commissioner, said the amount of water averaged 40 gallons a minute. Only 100 gallons a minute are coming into the city reservoir and it requires about 115 gallons to supply the city. He again stresses the fact that due to the cold weather for the past two weeks, and the dry summer, that it will be extremely necessary for every citizen to economize until warmer weather comes.

Mr. and Mrs. B. Purdy were among those attending the stock show last Monday evening in Denver.

Mr. Henry Wilson is in a Veteran’s hospital receiving treatment for a heart condition.

Mrs. Ed. Robinson and daughter, Mrs. Victoria Daughterty of Denver, were last Sunday callers at the Chas. Robins residence.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Nicholls were over from Idaho Springs Tuesday evening to attend the American Legion meeting.

90 years ago – January 30, 1925

Ten blind boys and girls from the Colorado School for Deaf and Blind, who were operated on in Denver last week, have an excellent chance of seeing, according to word last night from physicians who performed the delicate operation at the University of Colorado Hospital. While full sight may not be restored to all, surgeons and hospital attaches predicted that the operations could be classed as “successful” and that the majority will regain their normal eyesight. Two others, Russell Richards, 12, and his 15 year old sister, Elberta, are doomed to remain in darkness, it was said by the surgeons. No word had been received last night at the school and it is not known when the children will return home.

Mr. and Mrs. Leibuer of Denver, and brother, Mr. Harold Echternach, of New Richland, Minnesota visited several days at the C.A. Wagner home.

The following pupils were neither absent nor tardy for January: Donald Hancock, Vernon Hancock, and Eetelline Williams.

Joe Ress returned from Denver on Sunday and reports Mrs. Ress as improving from her recent illness.

Mrs. W. Grenfell returned from Arvada on Sunday after a visit with her mother for several weeks, who has been on the sick list.

L.C. Hayes is wrecking the Star of Gilpin shaft house to build his mill.

Mrs. Pallaro visited in Denver with relatives last week.

  1. Kirk is wrecking the Girardi house to rebuild it at the rifle range near Golden where he has purchased some real estate.

A blizzard raged in this section Wednesday morning, bringing in snow from the main range, which was anything but pleasant to parties who had to face the storm.

120 years ago – January 25, 1895

Messrs. Kriley, Hughes & Co. the past week in doing development work at Pine Creek have uncovered an 18 inch streak of copper iron in the Cellar lode, which when panned gives a good showing. The owners are carefully sorting it and next week will have returns from a sample lot sent to the Black Hawk Sampling works. The name of the mine is justly given, as it was accidentally discovered while grading out for a cellar to a building in the town of Pine Creek.

For some time past, the Argyle Mining Company, Russell District, have been opening up undeveloped ground. Last week they were rewarded by cutting a two foot body of smelting ore which, according to control assays, is worth $150 per ton. The Topeka group of mines are again coming to the front as producers.

Mr. A. W. Tucker last Saturday packed his grip and took the afternoon train for Denver. He returned yesterday.

Sheriff Hooper left last Friday afternoon with Dr. C. Tolles, whom he placed in the county hospital of Arapahoe County. It is hoped that the doctor will recover his mind and soon be all right again.

Prof. S. W. Tyler and William Hockett, both former residents of this city, visited Central friends this week. “Bill” Hockett was well known by the early settlers of Mountain City, when times were booming in that burg, and was a general favorite with all who knew him, being of a jovial, kind and generous disposition, which characteristics he still retains.

Ex-Mayor Patrick Murphy, who has been battling with an aggravated case of pneumonia, is reported out of danger and convalescing. It is to be hoped that he will not meet with a relapse.

Mrs. Dr. Moore, who for the past three weeks has been visiting relatives and friends in Denver, returned home on Tuesday evening last.

Mr. Alfred Rickard, of the Hidden Treasure and Gold Coins Mining Company, has returned from Denver where he secured a new steam boiler for the Kansas Mine, Nevada District.

Born: In Golden, January 18, to the wife of Henry Weldman, a son, weight 10 pounds avoirdupois. It is now grandpa John R. Reedy. Mother and child are getting along nicely.

Born: In Quartz Valley, Gilpin County, January 19, to the wife of Ed. Fisher, a daughter. Mother and child are getting along nicely, while the father is very much delighted over the advent of the little stranger who has a soprano voice.

Born: In Central City, January 21, to the wife of Joseph Holznecht, a son.

Married: In Central City, January 16, Mr. John Hastle and Miss Josie Riordan, both of Central City.

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