Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – May 31, 1985

Members of the Screaming Arrow Patrol recently spent a fun-filled weekend at the Diamond Jubilee Camporee. The camporee, held at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood, was attended by over 5,000 Boy Scouts and leaders to celebrate the 75th anniversary of scouting. The scouts camped for two nights, participating in a wide range of activities. Governor Richard Lamm kicked off the program, leading scouts in a two mile run. The scouts saw trained dogs in action, toured helicopters, ran obstacle courses, learned about survival, and went swimming. Saturday ended with a fantastic campfire program. Each scout lit a candle as the campfire ended to bring the spirit of scouting home.

A victim of a gunshot wound to the head was reported to the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. The victim, William Auld, 16, of Cleveland, Ohio, was pronounced dead by Gilpin County Coroner Dennis White at 10:50 p.m. Ronnie Dean Brownlee, 27, of Cleveland, Ohio, Auld’s uncle, was apprehended at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge by the hospital security guards. He was detained at the Wheat Ridge Police Department and later transferred to Gilpin County. He is being held at the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department on $20,000 bond. Brownlee could either be charged with a lesser charge of reckless manslaughter or a more serious charge of reckless homicide. The shooting occurred in the Elk Park area west of the town of Apex. According to Undersheriff David Martinez, the shooting occurred when Brownlee had walked away from his campsite. Auld allegedly tried to sneak up on Brownlee and scare him by making noises like a bear. Brownlee, hearing the noises, allegedly fired three shots in the direction of the noise when Auld was shot. The case, as of Wednesday, was still under investigation by the district attorney’s office.

From the Publisher’s Corner: Re: Post, Sunday, May 26, 1985, p.3: “The Lively Arts” under “The Column” Answering (?) my article, Register-Call, May 17, 1985, “Mudsling Slings Mud Again.” The answer (?) or “comment,” if you will, confirms exactly what I said about the Denver Post lacking intestinal fortitude. It was a pompous, self-serving, wishy-washy piece of stuff, which could have been spewed forth by some copy boy’s helper. It rehashed, to some extent, Mudsling’s mutterings, implying that the drunk drivers are locals, instead of the plain truth: most DUI’s are from elsewhere. –William C. Russell Jr.

To the Editor: An open letter to Mayor Russell, Florence Farringer, and Eric Klemp: On the week of May 14, 1985, the Gilpin County Arts Association seemed to have a problem because our sidewalk in front of the city hall and the arts association was torn up. We had artists’ pick up on the following Friday and Saturday with no way for the artists to gain entrance to the gallery, and no one knew what happened or who was responsible. After checking with the mayor and Florence Farringer, we were assured we would have ramps with handrails for the needed days. I know how much extra work was performed by Eric Klemp and his crew which was much appreciated and overcame a mess no one knew about. Thank you very much for your help and attention. Signed, J. Theodore Ellis, President of the Gilpin County Arts Association, and The Board.

60 years ago – June 3, 1955

With 50 percent of the tickets sold for the annual Central City festival, Gilbert and Sullivan music fans swamped the traditional lace house box office when it opened Wednesday noon at the May Company. Association officials announce the advance sale of D’Oyly Carte opera tickets as “the greatest in 24 years of festival history.” Five Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas are offered during the 1955 season. “The Mikado” opens the festival July 2 and will be followed in the succeeding weeks by “Yeoman of the Guard,” a double bill “H.M.S. Pinafore” and “Trial by Jury” and the final selection of “Iolanthe.”

A search was on Wednesday to find a hit play to replace George Bernard Shaw’s “St. Joan,” canceled out of its Central City festival run because of the illness of its star, Slobhan McKenna. Word was received by Central City Opera Assn. officials late Tuesday afternoon that Miss McKenna had collapsed with a nervous breakdown during a performance in London. The young Irish actress and the supporting cast had been scheduled to start rehearsals about July 8 for the play’s Central City run.

Mr. M.E. Mulloy was up from Denver last Monday, inspecting his property, the Billings Mine in Chase Gulch.

Mrs. Hilda Belcher of Golden, is staying at the Marlin Belcher home, while Marlin and Dolly are on a trip to California.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto M. Blake drove to Fairmont Cemetery last Wednesday. Pinky Goodwin was the chauffer.

Russell Gulch had a good representation in the Clark School last-day exercises. Robert Stinson and Glenda Garick finished the 8th grade and Donald Stinson received one of the spelling awards.

Margaret Bess was a passenger on the bus Friday afternoon.

Madelyn MacFarland started to Grand Junction this weekend, but because of traffic conditions on Loveland Pass turned back and spent the weekend here.

Mr. R.R. Hinckley was a guest at a dinner honoring Mrs. Belcher at the Fred Mitchell home.

Gus and Mary Riedl spent Sunday and Monday in Russell. Sunday their friends Mr. and Mrs. Saunders, Mr. and Mrs. Frink and Mr. and Mrs. Ettlebaum drove up from Denver.

Misses Miller and Craig enjoyed a quiet weekend at their home here.

The Charles Wagner family came from Boulder to enjoy Sunday with Mrs. Wagner and Marion Heeren.

90 years ago – June 5, 1925

  A party of state prohibition officers headed by Louis Schreff, came up from Denver Tuesday and made a visit to Black Hawk, where they searched several residences looking for stills or caches of moonshine. They entered Mr. Plank’s residence where they found half a gallon of liquor of some kind which they were unable to recognize as to the “kick” contained, and sent the same to Denver for analysis. Mrs. Plank was brought to this city and was later released after an examination by the officers. Wednesday morning another party, consisting of Messrs. Calloway, Britanghan, Crook, Kerr, and Plecka, federal officers, showed up and made a visit to the Tip Top Mountain where they found an abandoned still, which had not been used for some time, and which was destroyed. Coming down to the residence of George Snyder, at Missouri Lakes, they found in the yard close to the house a wagon containing 22 five-gallon kegs of moonshine whiskey, which they destroyed and later arrested George Snyder, Ted Guillickson, William Kirts, and James Hazelwood, from Texas, and lodged them in the county jail. The wagon load of booze was valued at over $500 and no one seemed to know where it came from, having been left in the yard sometime during the night. The men above mentioned were taken to Denver Thursday morning for a hearing before Robert Foote, the U.S. District Attorney.

“The Painted Lady,” and a News Weekly will be the program of pictures at the opera house, Saturday evening, June 6th.

This issue of the Register-Call is Number 1, Volume LXIV, meaning to the uninitiated that the paper has been published in this city for sixty-four years, and in all that time never missed an issue, regardless of the many inconveniences which the paper had to contend with during the early days when the Indians murdered the drivers of the freight trains coming across the plains, and burned their wagons and contents, a portion of which was print paper for the office. By the use of manila paper secured from the business men in the city the paper was regularly issued, but in a condensed form, and the files of the paper in 1865 showed the paper printed on manila wrapping paper.

A heavy rain storm visited this section of the state on Sunday afternoon and evening giving the ground a good soaking. The air was chilly and cold and at a higher altitude the rain turned to snow and on the higher mountains and the main range the snow was from three to twelve inches deep.

Mr. C.A. McNell left Monday for Central where he met Messrs. Arthur Meyer, Charles Schifman and J. Clennon to meet with the board of county commissioners regarding having the state road opened for auto travel. The snow has been off the roads for the past two weeks, but the rock slide makes it impassable. The Apex and Tolland people are in hopes that it will be put in shape for travel so that some of the summer travelers can come through Apex and Central making a drive that for beauty and scenery is not equaled anywhere in the state.

120 years ago – May 31, 1895

The recent stormy weather has been playing Old Ned with the mines, many of them having closed down owing to extra seepage of water. This is especially the case with those not provided with proper machinery to handle water. Two weeks ago Denver parties examined a mine in Russell District with a view of resuming work in the main shaft 130 feet in depth. On coming here last Tuesday they found 30 feet of water in it. On first examination the shaft was as “dry as a powder house,” as they expressed it.

W.R. Jackson, while attempting to remove a scale of ground in a level in the Warrior Mine in Russell District yesterday morning, the scaffold on which he was standing gave away. He landed head foremost on a pile of rock and dirt. The injuries he received, which were scalp wounds, will lay him up for a short time. Dick is thankful that they were not more serious.

The opera of “H.M. S. Pinafore” will be presented at the Opera House in this city next month, the date of which has not yet been announced. Rehearsals for the same are now held at the Opera House. As it is an amateur entertainment, and the leading characters being taken by citizens of the county, it should be well attended.

How to Cure Hiccough (Hiccups): A perfect and well tested cure, simple as it sounds, is to lie down, stretch your head back as far as possible, open your mouth widely, then hold two fingers above your head, well back, so that the eyes must be strained to see them. Gaze intently upon them and take long, full breaths.

It is now proposed to moderate the extreme heat of eastern cities during the summer by piping cold weather direct from more favored localities and turning it loose in solid chunks. The plan is said to be practical and not too expensive, but Democrats won’t need it. They have only to think of Cleveland to have cold chills chasing and up and down their limp spines.

Mr. Emil Ackerman was calling on the druggists of the county last Monday for the Denver firm which he represents. Tuesday morning he left for the hamlets in the South Clear Creek valley.

Miss Lilly Lake and Mrs. R.B. Williams were passengers to Denver on Tuesday morning’s train. The former lady acted as bridesmaid at the wedding of her former schoolmate, Miss Margaret M. Becker, who was united in marriage on Wednesday last at St. Mark’s church in that city to Mr. A. L. Collins of this city.

Born: In Russell Gulch, May 24, 1895, to the wife of Robert Griffith, a son.

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