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30 years ago – March 1, 1985

  Congratulations to Bonnie and George Merchant, recipients of the Gilpin County Chamber of Commerce’s 1984 Outstanding Community Service Award. The Merchants, who have individually or collectively donated their time to the Gilpin County Search and Rescue, Columbine Family Health Center, Gilpin County Historical Society, the Lump Gulch area “Neighborhood Watch” program, Gilpin County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the volunteer fire department and more, were honored at the chamber’s second annual potluck dinner Wednesday evening. Jeanne Nicholson, Diana Calhoun, and Patti Hineline were also recognized as outstanding individuals who have devoted considerable time and energy to make this community a better place to live.

Central City, as of last night at 12:00 a.m., does not have a police chief. Pat Warkentin submitted his resignation as police chief on February 15. He offered to remain in the position until a replacement was hired. On Monday, he received a letter written at the direction of Mayor William C. Russell Jr., and Central City Council members J.D. Carelli, Rand Anderson, Flo Farringer, and Bruce Schmalz that effective February 25, his resignation was accepted and his employment with the City would end on February 28. Farringer said Wednesday, “No, we have not hired a new police chief.” She added that a decision has not been made by Council, but applications are being accepted. Until a replacement for Warkentin is selected, Russell, who is also the police commissioner for the city, will be overseeing the police department.

To the Editor: I’d just like to say your paper is tops, and thank God this ain’t Michigan. Many of us had comfortable boring homes, good boring jobs, in nice boring towns. But we escaped to the uninhibited freedoms of Gilpin County. The Register-Call captures this local color with a journalistic style befitting its proud heritage. I often send clippings to my friends back east because they appreciate knowing there is still a little frontier life hiding in these mountains. You publish a paper we can all be proud of. After all, if we just wanted to read about boring meetings, we need only move to Michigan. Signed, Mark Campbell, Russell Gulch.

Ron and Mary Carrera of Apex Valley are proud to announce the birth of their third child. Brianna Carrera was born at home on February 25, at 6:29 p.m. She weighed seven pounds 12 ounces and measured 18.5 inches in length. Brianna has two brothers, 3 year old Brandon and 2 year old Adam.

Gene Strandberg and Jeanne Sonnleitner are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Alexis Michelle. She was born February 11, at 1:14 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She weighed seven pounds nine ounces and was 20.5 inches long. The baby’s maternal grandmother is Mary Rose Sonnleitner of Aurora. Her paternal grandmother is Una TeBockhortst of Washington, Iowa.

Rusty Allan Cupps, known to his friends as “Rud,” has been named the Elks Student of the Month for January. He is the son of Ralph and Sharon Johnson. A senior at Gilpin County School, Cupps is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. He is an athlete who participates on the school’s football, wrestling, track, and basketball teams. In addition to his school activities, Cupps is involved with High Country Volunteer Fire Department and Search & Rescue. His hobbies include motorcycle racing, automobiles, snow and water skiing, and photography. The Student of the Month program is sponsored by the Central City Elks Lodge #557.

For a Valentine’s Day party, the third grade students decorated two cakes with marshmallows and ice cream cones to make the cakes in a castle with oats, stone walls, and towers. The cakes were donated by Donna Martin and Judy Huck.

60 years ago – March 4, 1955

The peace of the world will be assured when all the lawyers, editors, and preachers agree.

There seems to be a number of residents on the sick list, suffering from colds, virus, and other ailments. Such ailments are common during the winter season, and are usually attributed to the elements, being careless in diet, and not living a God-like life (such as Ye Editor.) But a cure is usually affected within a few days or weeks, but during that time one can be damn sick.

Wanted: 200,000,000 sponges. A short time ago, few women dreamed that the man-made cellulose sponge would enjoy a future as bright as its decorative colors, or that it would so quickly replace the dishrags, scrub cloths and other clumsy, dust-carrying equipment. American homemakers apparently are sponging off everything in sight, and leading this sponge parade into American’s homes is O-Cel-O, Division of General Mills, Inc., which this month celebrates production of its 200 millionth O-Cel-O sponges. Today, women have found the cellulose sponge to be one of their most helpful household assistants and their demands have built it into a 25 million dollar a year industry that is still growing.

Postmaster Clifford I. Parsons and wife returned Sunday evening from a month’s vacation spent in Arizona. They both look pert and smart after enjoying the sunny climes of this southern state and we welcome them back again in our midst. However, Uncle Sam’s office was capably handled by Mrs. Eldred Thomas and Mrs. Victor Tavonatti during their absence.

Mrs. Mabel Richards, who has been receiving treatment at St. Luke’s Hospital for the past several weeks, has improved greatly and is convalescing rapidly.

Attorney Leroy J. Williams was in Denver last Friday for a check-up on his physical condition, and when he returned he was taken ill, and has been confined to his home for the past several days. The wicked city of Denver has many temptations and why should he be ill? However, we miss him, as each day he would enter my Santus Santorum and ask advice from me relative to some matter of law, or did he? Anyway, we miss him.

Mr. Allen Cordell and family, of Golden, were dinner guests at the Milo Fisher home on Sunday. The occasion was Billy Fisher’s birthday.

Gene Kennedy, the elderly handy man who lived alone at the foot of Dory Gulch, has disappeared and no one seems to know where he has gone. He may be working in the valley or perhaps he has left the state.

Mrs. Luella Fritz was in Denver Saturday to attend the funeral of her uncle, Mr. James Rule, who died last week after a long illness. Mrs. Fritz reports that her mother, Mrs. Mabel Richards is improved and may soon be able to leave the hospital.

A smoking kitchen chimney at Stinsons’ caused some excitement early in the week. Mr. Garrick and Mr. Allison came down from the mill and everything was soon under control with very little damage.

Many, many, many years ago, a sweet young femme cooed in my ear: “I would love to share your troubles,” and when I replied that I had none, she said: “No, I mean after we are married.”

90 years ago – March 6, 1925

If the citizens of Gilpin County will patronize the only drug store in the county it will not be moved away. If you are buying your drugs and toilet articles in Denver, come in and tell me why. I am a registered pharmacist and can fill you prescriptions and you will find prices reasonable. Call and see me and talk to me about keeping the store in Central City. I may not serve you as well as Dr. Davies who was a faithful friend to all who patronized him, but I will do my best to please you. Signed, O.J. Duffield.

Two shifts are now being employed in unwatering the Delmonico Mine and in repairing the main shaft as the water is lowered.

Two shifts of miners are now at the work on the Becky Sharpe Mine and the production from the property will be greatly increased in the future. Reports are that the ore bodies are looking fine and the values up to their general average.

Mrs. Peck hiked to Central City Saturday morning, returning with the mail car.

Rev. Arthur Kerr accompanied by Malvin Blake called on friends and parishioners on Saturday.

Clarence and Will Stroehle came over from Boulder Saturday evening to attend the Masquerade Ball given by the firemen, returning Sunday afternoon.

Frank Conning and wife motored to Denver Sunday morning for an outing, returning during the evening hours.

Coroner Hamlik was summoned to the east portal of the Moffat Tunnel Monday night to investigate into the death of Mr. A.E. Adams, who died in the hospital there that evening. Mr. Adams was an engineer in the tunnel and in some manner had his arm caught in some of the machinery, and before the machine could be stopped, his arm was drawn into the cogs almost up to his shoulder. He was taken to the hospital and surgeon Ray Sunderland amputated the arm close to the shoulder. The terrible injuries he sustained and the shock to his system from the operation caused his death. He was a man about 60 years of age, a man of family and was a resident of Utah. His body was shipped to Denver over the Moffat Railroad on Wednesday morning.

Weaver W. Wilson, 31 years old, a shift boss at the west portal of the Moffat Tunnel, was killed at 10 o’clock Friday morning of last week when a rock fell on him in the railroad bore. This is the second fatality since the construction of the tunnel was begun. The other occurred some time ago at the east portal, when a worker was crushed between two cars. Workmen at the west end of the tunnel were engaged Friday morning in widening the wall plates of the railroad tunnel, just beyond crosscut No. 4. A shot had been put in to break down part of the wall at one side. After it had been fired and before the lights were turned on again, Mr. Wilson started in, according to the official report to the Tunnel Commission. A large piece of rock loosened by the shot fell and struck him on the head. There was no slide of rock. When the lights were turned on a few minutes later, he was found dead. Wilson formerly lived at Ouray. His nearest relative is a sister, Mrs. A.A. Halms, of Chancellor, Alabama.

Zack Mackey and family came over from Idaho Springs on Saturday evening to attend the Masquerade Ball and visit with old friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rundquist and Charley Rundquist went over to Idaho Springs Saturday morning, where Peter had an X-ray examination made of his hip, which he injured some three weeks ago while stepped from an automobile. The examination showed the hip was broken and he is now “enjoying” the sensation of lying on his back with a couple of stamp heads attacked to his limb to keep it in proper place. Prior to the examination he had been walking on the limb and was surprised at the result of the X-ray.

120 years ago – March 1, 1895

The peace dance given in Nevadaville last Friday evening by the tribe of improved Order of Red Men of that place was largely attended. One of the main attractions given by the Red Men was a street parade, when the members of the tribe turned out in the full costume of that order. It was in the wee small hours of the morning when the Red Men and their many friends returned to their homes. A fine spread was served which was keenly relished by the braves and their partners. Much credit is due the committee of arrangements for the success met with, socially and financially.

A very pleasant evening was spent by the members of the young people’s society of Christian Endeavor of the Presbyterian Church at the residence of Francis B. McLeod, on last Saturday evening. Historical games, charades, music and light refreshments served by Miss Edith Davies, chairman, and associates of the social committee, helped to make the event a decided success. The society is increasing in numbers and interest and invites all the young folks including strangers to join at their weekly meetings at 6 p.m., Sabbath evenings.

Card of Thanks: We desire through the columns of the Register-Call to publicly return heartfelt thanks to the many friends for kindnesses extended us during the sickness and death of husband and father, the late Andrew Bitzenhofer. Especially do we return thanks to the members of Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 2, I.O.O.F., and the Pioneers’ Association. Very respectfully, Mrs. A. Bitzenhofer, Mrs. Fortunado Dalsasso, Alex Zueger.

Last week Mr. Chris. Hesselbine of Russell District lost a valuable horse. After three days’ search for the animal he was given up as being stolen or strayed away. Last Sunday Mr. Will Richards in coming down the mountain back of Mr. Hesselbine’s residence found the animal in a prospect hole, within a stone’s throw of the dwelling. The animal in roaming around got too near the prospect hole, and the ground giving away it fell in. From the position the animal was in it must have struggled hard to escape, and through over-exertion death ensued. As a reward of $10 was offered for the recovery of the animal, Richards and his companion claim a “horse” on Chris.

The Twenty-Eighth Annual Masquerade Ball of the Rocky Mountain Turnverein was given at the hall of that society on Gregory Street last Tuesday evening and was attended by about fifty couples in masks. It was a fine affair, many of the characters being attractive and amusing and the best of good feeling and mirth prevailing. Lintz’s’s orchestra furnished the music. Supper was served in the hall by Mr. John Huegel. At 4 o’clock the following morning the merry gathering disappeared.

Mr. Sam Campbell, who has had a very severe spell of sickness, was over from Russell Gulch last Saturday, his first visit to Central in several weeks. He is convalescing slowly but surely. He had a close call for his life.

Dr. Ll. P. Davies of The Pharmacy, was summoned to Brigham Lake City last Sunday by the death of his brother’s wife. He left Central the afternoon of that day and was accompanied by Mr. Evan Hughes.

Mrs. E.W. Stevens and sister, Miss Stella Comer, returned Thursday evening of last week from Missouri, where they have been visiting relatives. They ladies had a very pleasant visit.

Mr. Came, of the Fiske Mining Company, and Mr. J.F. Hopkins, of the Sleepy Hollow Mining Company, were up from Denver the first of the week looking after their respective properties.

From the Editor: If the party who sent us a communication signed “One of Them,” will send us his name, not for publication though, we will publish his article. The rule of all well-regulated newspaper offices is not to publish any communication unless the author is known, and is one that we adhere to.

Married: In Central City, February 20, Mr. Nicholas W. Willis and Miss Margaret Lefevre, both of this city. The wedding was a quiet affair, a few of the intimate friends of the contracting parties being present. That they may have smooth sailing o’er matrimonial seas is the wish of all.

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