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30 years ago – May 24, 1985

The Columbine Family Health Center now has a full-time doctor that is excited about his assignment and has a commitment to “provide quality community medical care” to all Gilpinites. Dr. Jonathan Dietz, D.O., started his new position at the health center May 15. His professional title, D.O., doctor of osteopathic medicine, is not a title that is familiar to some people. The difference between a D.O. and an M.D. (medical doctor) is primarily that a D.O. recognizes the human body as a single organism composed of the musculo-skeletal system which makes of 60 percent of the human organism. A D.O., therefore, places more emphasis on consideration of the complete person in providing medical treatment. Dietz was born and raised in Philadelphia, although he has not lived there for the last 15 years. In the last 15 years, he has lived in New Mexico, California, and Colorado while completing his training. He comments that he is busier than he thought he would be at the Columbine Family Health Center. He will be working at the Black Hawk clinic with Kathy Graham, registered nurse; Diane Rittenhouse, administrative assistant; and John Nelson, executive director.

The tourist season is fast approaching. With the holiday weekend just ahead, people in Central City are getting ready for the hoped-for influx of out-of-towners. Contractors have been busy this week, ripping up some old sidewalks and pouring new ones at the Golden Rose Hotel, and in front of City Hall, the Central City Arts Association Gallery, and Williams Stables.

A short, furry, four footed animal is one of the new residents of Gilpin County. Born May 3, 1985, was a baby female buffalo. The proud owners are Jesse and Rochelle Peterson. Jesse Peterson said Tuesday that the new resident has not been named, but several people have suggested a “name the buffalo” contest. He said that he is open to suggestions about a name for her. Peterson said a buffalo is amazing at birth. It can immediately stand up, it has teeth, and it learns to run in less than three hours. Buffalos also continue to nurse until they are about a year old, but start eating hay about a week after they are born.

The Register-Call has seen the last of Catfish’s poems, at least for now. Tom Fritz, alias Catfish, is leaving Black Hawk for a two year stint in the Peace Corps. During the first week in July, he will be going to Belize, which was formerly known as British Honduras. It is on the Caribbean coast of Central America. While in Belize, Fritz will be teaching vocational skills, such as carpentry, masonry and electrical work, to junior high school age kids. Fritz says the prospect is both “exciting and scary.” Fritz took his nom de plume from his cat, Catfish. The feline will not be accompanying him to Belize. She will be staying with friends in Denver.

Personals: I will no longer be responsible for any debts incurred by my wife, Susanne M. Giuliano. Signed, Anthony Giuliano.

Card of Thanks: A big thank you to Bill Lorenz and staff of the Black Forest Inn for a delicious lunch, April 16. Signed, the Seniors.

60 years ago – May 27, 1955

To the 1955 Graduates, By the Editor: You have now received your diplomas after four years of study and appliance to your various studies. Most of you deserve them, and you now enter a world torn by torment of wars in the future. Some of the class will enter a higher learning, but others will drift along and accept any particular position wherein you may make a living. In either event, both will be successful. That is entirely up to you. As you have heard in other Baccalaureate sermons that you are now on the threshold of life, that the world is before you, and your destiny is commensurate with your efforts, you feel proud, conceited and arrogant and only the hard knocks of life will obliterate them from your mind. In entering the struggle for success in the coming years your vanity will be ignominiously crushed and you will be but another grain of sand; a little frog in a big pond, and your egotism will vanish and you will become human. Do not forget one cardinal virtue that tolerance is emblematical of your Creator and you rise or fall by those admonitions. Tolerance and honesty are the lodestones in your sky, and you can adhere to them as your conscience dictates. Forget that you are above us mortals, who may have perhaps failed in your idea of exalted glory, but rather, be a crusader in the feeling of kindness and tolerance to those less fortunate and steer your compass by that particular point that will bring you success and happiness, ever keeping in mind that destiny is only governed by the great Creator of the Universe. To the Class of 1955, I fervently extend my wishes for success and achievement for the coming year.

Jim Barela, Robert Allen, and Gene Menegati have enlisted in the Armed Forces, and will leave next week for training in various departments of the Army. They will have a choice of which particular part of the Army they prefer, and will be treated as per their desire. A recruiting officer was in the city this week and signed them for enlistment.

A small fire, resulting from a burned steak in an outdoor barbeque pit brought out the fire apparatus, and the flame was immediately quenched. Mrs. Emmy Wilson was frying these delectable morsels, when they were ignited in flame and the alarm was given. No damage resulted except the steaks were ruined.

The Clark Grady School picnic held at Fort Cody Tuesday was a great success with 115 children and parents being present, and everyone having a good time. The weather was perfect and the food good. Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Person for permitting the picnic to be held at Fort Cody; to the mothers who worked so hard preparing and serving lunch, and to the many others who provided transportation.

Mrs. Frank Gates returned home last Friday after spending several weeks with her husband in New York City, where he is working with the stage play, “Three for Tonight.”

Last Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gray were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pipes and girls. Also Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Graves and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Brewers of Denver.

90 years ago – May 29, 1925

The dog poisoning case brought against Charles Marshall, proprietor of the Marshall house in this city, was tried this week in Georgetown. The jury, after being out about nine hours, returned a verdict of acquittal. The attorneys had their cases well prepared and made a good fight with John J. White representing Marshall, and District Attorney Stone representing the state. The jury was out so long that everybody thought it would hang, but it finally reached a verdict that seems to please most people. The dog case against Marshall cost the county just about $1,000. Presumably it cost the defense about half that amount. Pretty costly proposition for a dog.

Sam Thomas, who is working the Gundy ranch, north of this city, is mourning the loss of his horse, which was killed by lightning on Friday last. He had just returned from his milk route through this city and turned the animal out to pasture, when a bolt of lightning from the storm cloud which had gathered struck the horse, killing it instantly. The horse was the property of Sheriff Oscar Williams of this city, which was being used by Mr. and Thomas and was one of the blues which Mr. Williams had owned for nearly 20 years.

Mr. and Mrs. P.R. Alsdorf motored up from Denver Saturday morning on business matters, returning during the afternoon. Mr. Alsdorf is now located at Breckenridge, Colorado, where he has charge of a large mining property for eastern capitalists.

Mr. Forest O. Myers, accompanied by Miss Helen Nichols, motored over from Idaho Springs on Saturday last and made this office a pleasant call. Mr. Myers is the Intertype operator on the Mining Journal at the Springs and this was his first visit to the Kingdom of Gilpin. Sorry we happened to be out at the time they called, but the latch string will always be found on the outside of the door.

Edward Wood and wife of Denver visited with friends here on Sunday.

School will close this week, with a picnic at Fall River Wednesday and an entertainment Thursday evening at the I.I.O.F. hall.

Query Column: Dear Light Editor: I am a young girl, sweet, winsome, and vivacious. The other night I was asked to go out with a young man in his car. As I did not know the man, I was rather reluctant, but he finally persuaded me to accompany him. We did not get back until late, real late, and I want you to tell me if I did wrong in going with him. Signed, Blue Eyes. Answer: Dear Blue Eyes, Yes, you probably did wrong, as you say you did not return until quite late.

Dear Light Editor: I was much embarrassed the other night, while dining with a most refined and cultured gentleman, to see him eating his potatoes with his knife held in his left hand. Knowing that he was learned in the art of etiquette I have been in a quandary ever since. Was that the correct way of eating potatoes? Signed, Miss Puzzled. Answer: No, Miss Puzzled, the gentleman made a very serious mistake and one that is contrary to all laws of etiquette. He should have held his knife in his right hand. Otherwise it was all right.

120 years ago – May24, 1895

All parties who have as yet failed to clean up and remove from their yards and premises the rubbish and filth which has accumulated during the winter months, will take warning herewith and attend to the same at once, or I will be compelled to enforce the ordinances of this city applying to such cases, and the parties will be brought before the Police Judge and made to suffer the penalty of the law. Manure piles in the rear of stables must be removed, and the grounds put in first class condition. Signed, James Parsell, Marshal.

Last Sunday a miner named George J. Holmes, while working the Navajo Mine on the southerly slope of Camp Clifford Mountain west of Nevadaville, fell from a ladder way a distance of forty feet. Fortunately the trap door in the shaft was down; otherwise he would have fallen a further distance of sixty feet. As a result he is nursing a broken left arm.

Dr. Ashbaugh last Saturday amputated the second finger of William Harvey’s right hand which was injured. Blood poison set in making amputation of the same necessary. It will be several weeks before Billy will be able to resume work as a miner.

A lemon cut in half, or better still, in quarters, so that the pulp can be easily applied to the roots of the hair, will stop any ordinary case of falling out. It is an agreeable remedy, besides being cool and pleasant to the skin. The scent, unlike that left by the petroleum cure, is distinctly refreshing. It also has the merit of cheapness.

Born: In Russell Gulch, May 16, 1895, to the wife of Richard Trebilcock, a son.

Born: In Central City, May 16, 1895, to the wife of Jacob Jurgens, a son, weight 12 pounds. Jacob now has the honor of being the proud father to four kings and one queen.

Born: In Central City, May 20, 1895, to the wife of Samuel Doran, a daughter, weight 9 pounds. Sam now handles the throttle of his locomotive with the agility of an artist. Congratulations have been extended him by his numerous friends, the little miss being his first heir.

Married: In Central City, May 21, 1895, Mr. Albert Willinsky to Miss Anna Obweger, both of Black Hawk.

Married: In Nevadaville, May 21, 1895, Charles Spicer to Miss Louisa Garvey, both of the Town of Mines. Mr. and Mrs. Spicer take up a residence in Nevadaville. No cards.

Married: In Central City, May 22, 1895, Mr. Williams Willey and Miss Lilly Richards, both of this city.

Died: At his residence in Denver, Colorado, May 20, of miner’s consumption, James Luke, native of England. Deceased leaves a disconsolate wife, but no children. Up to his leaving this city some months ago, he had resided in Gilpin County for a number of years, following mining as a livelihood. On the breaking out of the mining excitement on Silver Creek, a branch of the company with his father in law, “Uncle” JereLee, and son John, he located several lodes in that section, and was instrumental in erecting a 5-stamp Gilpin County mill.

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