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30 years ago – June 21, 1985

A motorcycle accident occurred on Highway 119, June 16, which claimed the life of Dean Calvert, 23, of Black Hawk. According to the report prepared by Gilpin County Undersheriff David Martinez, Calvert was found by several passing motorists from Denver and Westminster. The motorists reportedly said they were traveling north on Highway 119 when they observed the wreckage of a motorcycle down the embankment. When the motorists stopped to investigate, Calvert’s body was found next to the motorcycle. They notified the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department of the accident and the location. Deputy Martinez was dispatched to mile post 8.3, a quarter of a mile north of Black Hawk, on Highway 119 at 9:00 a.m. Reportedly the motorcycle was speeding at around 60 m.p.h. when it skidded 119 feet on the right shoulder of the highway before going down the embankment. Calvert went 69 feet down the embankment, hit a tree, and was airborne for an additional 10 feet. He was not wearing a helmet at the time and did not have on any eye protection. Gilpin County Coroner Dennis White said that an autopsy was performed Tuesday. He said Calvert’s death was attributed to head and chest injuries. Calvert was unconscious upon impact with the tree and died within four to five minutes. The estimated time of death was 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Saturday, the floozies and their gents turned out to celebrate the annual Lou Bunch Day in Central City. This year’s Lou Bunch Day had an interesting twist. Several free concerts were given throughout the day by the United States Army Command Jazz Band. The band kept its audience enthralled with its snappy renditions of tunes both old and new. The festivities began with a parade led by Mayor Russell C. Russell Jr. and Phyllis Bennett. Muriel Paul was the guest of honor in the rolling brass bed during the parade. The Chicago Spaghetti and Pizza Co. team sped to the finish in the Main Street bed race, with Shirley Wolf and Brad Bellingham in the rickety contraption while Rob Hinton pushed. The restaurant team was the defending champ from last year. This year the team won for best costume. The winner of the bed race this year was the Gilpin Hotel, with a time of 1:01.01, just over a minute. The Glory Hole was second with a time of 1:05.04. Coming in third was the Gold Coin which posted a time of 1:07.05 At the Madams and Miners Ball held that evening at the Teller House, “Skeeter” Bennett was judged to be the best Sporting House Girl, Faye Keller the best Madam, and Shannon Fitzgerald as the best Dandy Dan of 1985.

Wednesday was artist Angelo di Benedetto’s birthday, and in honor of the occasion, Diana Calhoun played a 25 minute concert for him that morning on the carillon bells at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Central City. Included were some of his favorite Italian songs.

Word has been received of the death of Jean Gamble of Arvada. She was Van Cullar’s aunt. Locals will remember her from the times she worked with the Cullars at their Central City stores, the Tommyknocker and Miner’s Mercantile.

60 years ago – June 24, 1955

A major project by the local lodge which it hopes to complete in the near future is the fencing of the cemetery at the upper end of Eureka Street. Nothing has been done on the plot since 1924 and it is in a sad state of repair. The committee which is in charge of the rehabilitation consists of William C. Russell, A.C. Thomas, Marlin Belcher, and Hugh L. Lawry. Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 2 is the second oldest Odd Fellows lodge in the state, having been instituted in 1865, and is closely associated with the early history of Gilpin County. The lodge building was donated by the late Senator Henry M. Teller. The cemetery project for a new fence will be quite an expensive undertaking for a small lodge and donations from anyone interested in the perpetuation of this hallowed ground and historic landmark will be gratefully received and should be addressed to Hugh L. Lawry, treasurer of the lodge Central City, Colorado.

From the Editor: I am wondering if the loud speakers from one particular emporium on Main Street entices visitors inside their place of business. Maybe so, but to the residents of Main, Lawrence, and Eureka streets, it is most raucous, unpleasant, and decidedly hard on the nerve when listened to from morning to late at night. Dozens of complaints have come into the Register-Call regarding this noisy nuisance and we politely request that if it is necessary to blare forth in such a loud and blatant manner, why not tune down the speaker, which apparently is one that was used on a battery radio many years ago. We also respectfully ask the City Council to immediately abate this nuisance.

The Bobtail Tunnel at Gregory Point is again ready for tourists and visitors. This tunnel is one of the oldest in the county, having been driven into Bobtail Hill for transportation to the mill in Black Hawk from the Cook, Fiske and other mining lodes which constituted a part of the “Gregory Diggins.” The name “Bobtail” was given the tunnel and the hill from the fact that in 1862, three years after the discovery of gold within 200 yards of the tunnel by Gregory, a bobtailed mule was used in hauling out the cars of ore to the portal. It is decidedly apropos that close to one hundred years later, a mule is used to pull cars, now containing visitors, and not ore, some 700 feet into the bowels of the mountain, which has been electrified along the entire route. It is a trip well taken, and obviously, will be well enjoyed.

Miss Lila Snelling of Yuma, Colorado, who is a niece of Mrs. Avery Rich, is here for the summer and will assist at the Black Hawk Grocery Store.

Mrs. Emma Eccker and daughter, Miss Kathryn, drove to Hot Sulphur Springs Wednesday, where they enjoyed the steam baths and swimming pool of that city. They returned the following day.

Postmaster Francis Goodwin stated that the Black Hawk Post Office will close at 1:00 o’clock each Saturday afternoon staring on July 2nd.

Recent guests at the Ed Evans home were Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Ponti and baby, Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Janovick of Denver, and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Goble of Framingston, New Mexico. On Sunday about seventy persons called to offer congratulations to Orah and Ed Evans on their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Conley of Denver were up for the occasion,

90 years ago – June 26, 1925

The efforts of the people who are promoting and building the new baseball park on Central City hill are beginning to show results. A considerable amount of grading has been done and if this work is continued, the grounds will be completed and ready for games within another month. A large percentage of the work completed has been done by volunteers, with the aid of some money donated by the Elks Lodge. If the work is to continue, further donations of labor and money will be necessary. It is the intention of those who have the work in charge to set aside a certain day in July, when volunteer workers will ask to donate their labor. The public will have notice of this through these columns. In the meantime, if anyone wishes to contribute either labor or money to this work, they should see Mr. Max Galardi, as it is due to his untiring efforts and spirit that a ball ground is being made a possibility.

Central City will have no Fourth of July celebrations, and our citizens will have a chance to enjoy themselves on that day at East Portal and at Idaho Springs, where celebrations have been prepared for the proper celebration; sports and attractive features have been arranged for the proper celebration of the day.

Notice is hereby given that fireworks and firecrackers must not be exploded or used within the city limits before July 1, 1925, and persons violating this order will be subject to arrest.

Clifford I. Parsons, wife and son, George, left Sunday morning by auto for Portland, Oregon. Mr. Parsons is going as a representative from Central City Lodge No. 557, Order of Elks, to the annual session of that order to be held there. They will be gone about a month, and during his absence, Miss Edna Lewis, who has been appointed Deputy County Clerk will look after the business of the office.

Sheriff Kerr, of Golden, accompanied by a couple of state officers arrived in Central on Friday last, made a visit to Apex and arrested a man and his wife for having moonshine in their possession and took them to Denver.

Wilbur Richards is spending his summer vacation here and is being employed at the Eureka Mine.

Charles O. Richards left Wednesday morning for Golden to have a dozen or so of his wisdom teeth removed. Being of mature age he finds it unnecessary to retain the teeth that tradition tells us gives us wisdom.

Says She- “What’s this?” Says He- “A lecture on gravity.” Says She- “Seems to be plenty of it present.”

120 years ago – June 21, 1895

How to make croutons: To make croutons, butter a slice of evenly cut bread. Divide it into cubes that will be one-third of an inch on a side. This will necessitate cutting the slice of bread exactly a third of an inch thick. Place these little cubes on a tin plate or shallow dish and put the dish on the grate in a moderate oven for 15 minutes. When done, they should be light golden brown throughout, crisp, and brittle. Sometimes cubes of bread are fried in fat to resemble croutons, but unless done by a skillful hand they lack the delicate flavor of those which are battered and browned in the oven.

A letter received from Mr. R. Williams, mayor of Bald Mountain, who some weeks ago left that place for a visit to friends in England, announces his safe arrival across the Atlantic, and that he is feeling 100 percent better for his trip. He will return hereabout the middle of August.

Born: In Central City, June 8, 1895, to the wife of Mr. Al. Hortung, a son – weight 11 pounds. Although rather late, the Register-Call extends congratulations to the happy father whose cup of joy cannot be expressed. Mother and son are getting along nicely.

Born: In Black Hawk, June 17, 1895, to the wife of John B. Rudolph, a son, weight 11 ½ pounds.

Married: In Denver, at 1770 Lafayette Street, June 17, 1895, Mr. R. W. Lichtenheld of Central City, and Miss Dora M. Koch of Golden. The bride is a well-known society belle in Golden social circles and was born and raised in Jefferson County. The groom is a business man in this city. Mr. and Mrs. Lichtenheld arrived Wednesday from Denver and will take up residence here.

Married: At the office of Justice Louis P. Arright, in Central City, June 19, 1895, Mr. Paul Dalpey to Miss Guiseppa Zadia. This is the third wedding certificate granted during the official career as just by Mr. Arright. Being a good linguist he has somewhat the advantage of other justices. The wedded couple take up a residence in Gilpin County.

Married: At the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Klein, Russell Gulch, June 19, 1895, John R. Hughes to Miss Rosa Knoblock.

Died: At her residence on Quartz Hill, June 15, 1895, Mrs. Barbara Holland, aged 59 years. Deceased came to Colorado 26 years ago with her husband, who preceded her to the grace about three years ago. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Campbell, to mourn her loss. The funeral took place last Monday. Interment was made in the family plot in Bald Mountain Cemetery.

Died: At the American House in Central City, June 17, 1895, Mrs. Elizabeth Bloomer, aged 41 years. Deceased was a sister of Mr. Thomas Warwick, and had recently returned from Alabama where she had resided since leaving Gilpin County several years ago.

Died: In Hawkeye District, Gilpin County, June 15, 1895, Henry, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Miller, aged 1 year. The funeral occurred last Sunday. Interment was made in the family burial lot in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery west of Central City.

Died: In Central City, June 15, 1895, of paralysis of the brain, Charles Germain, aged 31 years. Deceased was born in Black Hawk and was the son of the late William Germain. His funeral occurred on Monday afternoon from the undertaking establishment of Ed. L. Harris. Interment was made in the Black Hawk Cemetery on Four-Mile Hill.

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