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1924_DodgeBrothersTruck_g30 years ago – June 14, 1985

Central City, like Black Hawk, has approved an election for cable television. The election, to be held July 9, was requested by Stagecoach Cable TV, the company that has been granted the franchises for the two cities. Residents will vote for or against cable television. Central City councilmen gave its approval for the election at their regular meeting held on June 5. The council also gave an extension to Stagecoach on the time limit for providing cable service. The company has until November 6, 1985 to be prepared to offer the service to households in Central City. Lines should be strung by then, and residents should be able to subscribe to the service.

Letter to the Editor: As most four-wheel-drive enthusiasts know, there is a popular four-wheeling area near Central City. It seems that recently a number of these people have decided “anything goes” is the rule when visiting that area. The area hosts a nice pond named Pigsah Lake, which was once a pretty place to picnic or just sit and enjoy the scenery. Now it is on its way to becoming a large mud hold. People just love to drive their vehicles in Pigsah. Below the lake there used to be a beautiful meadow filled with wildflowers. This meadow is now known as the “mud bogs.” It seems the muddier you can get your vehicle the better. Getting stuck there is a big event for these people. Private landowners in the area are extremely frustrated. The lake now has barrels with “private property” signs lining one of its banks. We personally put up a sign to help direct four-wheelers to St. Mary’s Glacier along a scenic trail they otherwise would have problems finding. We have already replaced that sign three times, guess they’re taking it as a souvenir? The National Forest Service patrols as much as manpower allows. Organized 4×4 clubs are pitching in to help curb the destruction in order to save their sport. For these efforts we commend you, we only hope they work. Much of the land in the area is privately owned, but when landowners request that the four-wheelers stay on the road, we are always told they didn’t know it was private property. Our question: Shouldn’t the same respect be shown for all land, be it private, National Forest Service, or BLM? This is a problem that affects every one of us. We hope it’s not too late for a solution. Signed, Jerry and Susan Stringfellow, Gilpin County.

Lou Bunch Day received national exposure on NBC’s Today television show Tuesday morning. Weatherman Willard Scott plugged the Central City event by showing a miniature brass bed with red satin sheets and pillow and talking about the bed race, which will be held tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. on Main Street. Scott called Central City one of the best little cities in the country. He was in town several years ago with Sam Allred. A renowned bon vivant, Scott told his television audience Tuesday that he had eaten $35 worth of great Mexican food at a restaurant in Central City. He said he believed the name of the place was “Pedro’s.” Presumably, he meant Poco’s.

Philip Andrew Schmalz, of Delta, Colorado, died June 11, 1985, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 81. Schmalz was born to Anton and Elizabeth Puhl Schmalz in Marinberg, Russia, on March 27, 1904. In 1906, the family moved to Delta, where he attended schools. On February 16, 1931, he married Patricia Ruth Rank in Delta. They moved to Pueblo, Colorado, in 1940, where he worked for a steel mill. He retired from the mill in 1957, and the family moved to Central City. At first he opened the Schmalz Gems & Minerals store located at the south end of Main Street in Central City. In 1961, the business was moved to its present location on Main Street further north. The Rock Shop is now run by his son and daughter in law, Bruce & Sandy Schmalz. In October 1980, Philip Schmalz and his wife moved back to Delta. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Delta, and a member of the Central City Elks Lodge #557. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Bruce Schmalz of Central City, and Ted Schmalz of Littleton, three sisters, Ann Scheetz, Barbara Housner, and Agnes Fedler, all of Delta, three brothers, Charls Schmalz of Montrose, Ed Schmalz and Robert Schmalz, both of Delta; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, one sister, and one son, Richard. A rosary was held last night at 7:00 p.m. and mass will be held this morning at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Burial will be at Grand View Cemetery in Montrose.

60 years ago – June 17, 1955

From the Editor: Tourists who come here from Texas and other southern states, dressed in abbreviated décolleté, hasten to their cars and flee elsewhere where they may find warmth. As has been my custom when viewing the fair sex, I always look at the color of their eyes, but George Springer of the Pharmacy, told me confidentially that may of the Southern beauties have come in and purchased a bag of popcorn and he noticed that “goose pimples” were in evidence along their shapely, bare legs, (no limbs), and so, he came up to the office of the Register-Call on the pretext of looking for something in the old files, and then left wearing dark glasses which he purloined from my desk. However, the weather has been most different than in former years, but it is hoped that Kink Pluvious will smile benignly on our community and give us a summer that is differed from the Arctic.

Here’s a note amusin’ but a bit confusin.’ A Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Gray are in the Operas; won’t Central City’s Morgan Grays be surprised when they return from their vacation? They should meet and have a jolly time.

Mrs. Perl Neff, who spent the winter in California, with relatives, has returned to her home on Swede Hill.

Funeral Services were held Wednesday for James Dobbins, who died last Friday at his home in Idaho Springs. He formerly lived in Central City where he worked in the mines until he lost a leg in a mine accident. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lou Armstrong and four step-children.

Mr. Louis Klein has been in Denver for the past week visiting his sister and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Bend Wolf, of Phoenix, Arizona, have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gray before continuing their journey to North Dakota. Other weekend callers at the Grays were Clifford Parsons, Henry Blake, Ray Klein, and Charles Robins.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Evans are prepared to greet friends at their home in Chase Gulch, Sunday, July 19th, from 3 to 5 p.m. The occasion is their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Hughes came up from Denver Saturday to inspect their house in the Twelve Mile District.

Due to a strike of the Denver Printing Industry, wherein no supplies of paper can be shipped from the various supply houses, and which has made a serious condition particularly to weekly papers, who rely each week or month by receiving print paper, it may be necessary the Register-Call will have to be printed on wrapping, wall paper, or even toilet paper, but according to tradition, this paper has never missed an issue since 1862, and it is hoped that tradition will continue on until the 100th birthday, which will be celebrated in seven years. (Publisher’s Note: this wish has been honored for 153 years now, with this week’s issue being published from Abu Dhabi via a laptop and the internet! Aaron Storms)

90 years ago – June 19, 1925

The need of a community playground has been constantly apparent since the severe floods of a few years ago wrecked out old baseball park. Such a playground is a real necessity in every community, if our boys are to develop along proper lines. Realizing that the city government is unable to prosecute the work, the local Elks’ Lodge, with is usual commendable generosity and public spirit has contributed $100 toward building such a ground just below the Homer Mine, on Central City Hill, and has appointed Mr. Max Gabardi to take active charge of the work. The boys are showing much enthusiasm in getting the surface of the ground in shape for ball playing, but there is grading and filling to be done which calls for the help of men and horses. The project is a most commendable one and is entitled to the support and cooperation of parents and citizens generally. Those who can do so are asked to contribute labor or teams to Mr. Gabardi, and others to respond as generously as possible in a financial way when called upon to do so. The plan has the full approval of the council.

On Monday evening, about seven o’ clock, a Dodge truck, partially loaded with vegetables, passed through Central on its way to Idaho Springs, manned by Reudy Sharp and Wm. Bromley, vegetable peddlers from Denver, and when a half mile down the new road Virginia Canyon, the truck turned over catching Mr. Sharp before he could get out the machine and killing him instantly. Bromley escaped injury. According to Bromley the accident occurred about 11 o’clock that night and when he realized what happened, he tried to raise the truck off his partner with a jack the machine carried, but could not make any headway, and left for Russell Gulch to get help. Failing to arouse anyone, he returned to the canyon. Sheriff Oscar Williams left for the scene of the accident Tuesday morning as soon as he heard of it, and in reporting the circumstances that led to it, said the road was almost level and straight where the machine turned over and it was carelessness or some other cause that was responsible for driving off the road. Mr. Sharp had been visiting this city every week for some time, furnishing our merchants with fresh vegetables, and was well acquainted with the road in the canyon. He was 42 years of age and left a family living in Denver.

Miss Bessie Davis is spending her vacation here, coming up from Denver the first of the week.

County Commissioner Hancock has a force of men at work surfacing the main highway. The upper road into Russell Gulch is far from being in the best of condition and should receive attention at once. A grader and resurfacing this highway would add considerable pleasure to the owners of automobiles who are getting tired of having to tie themselves in the car to keep from being thrown out by the many little holes in the road. The road has not been in the best condition for many years past and it is now getting to the point that something should be done.

Prohibition officers were here Tuesday giving the town a once-over, and found Russell as dry as the proverbial last year’s crow’s nest.

Herman Pallaro went to Idaho Springs this week to work in the Big Five Tunnel.

Mrs. W. Grenfell returned the first of the week from East Portal where she had been visiting several days with her sister.

Frederick Coughlin, Jack Hancock, Jr., and George Wagner left Monday for Mammoth Gulch on a camping and fishing trip.

120 years ago – June 14, 1895

  Mr. Pat McCann was the recipient this week of a present which he prizes highly, inasmuch as it is a relic of the Casey workings on the Burroughs Lode. The present was made to him by an old timer, Mr. Patrick Doyle, who for years has been developing mines, and occasionally sorting over the dumps of the Burroughs Mine. Last week Paddy, in sorting a dump on the Casey-Burroughs, found a vise which the irrepressible P.D. Casey used. The vise, like the Rock of Ages, after long usage, was still intact. Mr. McCall will send it to his former home in Dubuque, Iowa, and place it on exhibition as a relic of Colorado, thus advertising the resources of the Golden Queen of the Rockies. Mr. McCann will also ship a box of ore at the same time from the leading mines of the county.

How to make Ham Toast: Cut some thin slices from a stale loaf, toast and cut into square pieces. Put the yolks and whites of 2 beaten eggs into a stew pan with an ounce of butter. Stir two minutes over the fire. Spread them over the toast and lay over them a sufficient quantity of cold ham or tongue, grated or minced, to cover the eggs. Serve very hot.

Mr. E. A. Whitmore and others last week secured a bond and lease of the Aduddell and Good Luck Lodes, situated on the east side of South Willis Gulch, Russell District. Both veins are well developed. Work will be commenced at once. Both properties are owned by C. L. Harker of Denver. The latter is developing the Fairfield in the westerly portion of that district.

Born: In Central City, June 11, 1895, to the wife of Richard Rodds, a daughter, weight 10 pounds. Dick is proud of his daughter and swears by the beard of the prophet that she shall become proficient in telephoning. Mother and daughter getting along nicely.

Married: At the residence of the bride’s parents, this city, June 11, 1895, Mr. Rowe and Miss Emma J. Walters, both of this city.

Married: In Platteville, Wisconsin, at the Baptist church, June 5, 1895, Mr. J. G. Adams of Gilpin County and Miss Edna W. Jordan of Platteville.

Married: At the office of Justice L.P. Arright, in Central City, June 12, 1895, Mr. Amedo Lichetti to Miss Mary Luchesi. This is the second marriage knot tied by Justice Arright, who is still disposed to the knots that bind lovers together. He has the ceremony committed to memory.

Married: At the residence of Mr. J. Roseigh, at Bald Mountain, Colorado, June 11, 1895, Mr. Richard Grenfell, Esq., to Miss Sarah J. Walls, both of Bald Mountain.

Died: George Martin, who has resided in Russell District and mining in different portions of Gilpin County since August 1860, died at his residence in Leavenworth Gulch last Saturday morning. He was 62 years of age and leaves a wife and married daughter, Mrs. Pasco. The funeral occurred last Sunday afternoon from his late residence, interment being made in Russell Gulch Cemetery. Deceased was well known here and came to Colorado from Missouri. He was a brother of the late Robert H. Martin who died several years ago in Pueblo. He had been sick for some months, being attacked with la grippe, which prevented him from active work, although he was able to be up and around until a few days before his death. The obsequies were attended by a large number of fellow miners and pioneers of Gilpin County.


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