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30 years ago – June 28, 1985

  To the Editor: I for one appreciate having the tourists able to park on Lawrence St. in Central City. With the big parking problem we have in this town, it is also good for business, but the locals fill up the spaces all the time. If we can walk in order to accommodate the tourists I am sure all of the locals can. Let’s let the tourists come first. After all they are our livelihood. We would also like to thank Bob Dornbrock and his crews for the big improvement on the South Beaver Creek Road, especially the Mountain Meadow Hill we have to travel every day. Signed, Herb and Eileen Pfeifer. “The Madam’s Touch.”

The Gilpin County Public Library is now famous in Sydney, Australia. Travel writer Ron Knowles of Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph, wrote about Colorado in the May 19 issue of the paper. Knowles had a one day tour of the Front Range and it is interesting to read his impressions of the area. In part, the article says, “An hour’s drive west from Boulder takes travelers a century back in time, to the old gold mining centre of Central City, preserved as a relic of a raw, rough, brawling era spawned by the frantic scramble for gold. Central City is a ramshackle township clinging grittily to the mountainside and colorfully to a rumbustious past. Only the paintwork has changed over the years.” Knowles calls the library one of the “unexpected treasures that the visitor stumbles across.” He goes on to say, “The library is simply a shack among the mountain pines; a selection of its literary treasures, mostly paperbacks, are stacked in a bookcase outside, exposed to sub-zero temperatures, awaiting a borrower. It’s evidence of a trust that would hardly have paid off in gold-greedy Central City of yesteryear. And Gilpin County, in its innocent mountain splendor, is a far cry from the sophisticated ski playgrounds of Aspen, Breckenridge, and the intriguingly named Purgatory further west. But it’s a reminder that the eastern fringe of the Rockies holds many an inexpensive treat off the beaten tourist path.”

Esther Campbell’s bed and breakfast operation in Central City received a great write up in the Haxton Herald last week. Publisher and Editor, Jean Gray, along with her mother, spent a recent weekend at Campbell’s and found the accommodations and conversation delightful. Haxton, Colorado, is in Phillips County, in the northeastern part of the state, near Holyoke.

Dean Alan Calver, a resident of Black Hawk and lifelong resident of Gilpin County, died in a motorcycle accident on Highway 119, June 17. He was 23 years old. Calvert was born on February 11, 1962, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver. He attended grade school and high school in Gilpin County. At the time of his death he worked for the City of Central. Survivors include his mother, Carol Calvert of Black Hawk; his father, Dave Calvert of Lakewood; two brothers, Davy Calvert of Lakewood and Danny Calvert of Black Hawk; his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Calvert of Lakewood; his maternal grandmother, Lotus Braning of Pawhuska, Oklahoma; numerous aunts and uncles; and three nieces. He will be remembered with love and laughter, one hell of a friend.

60 years ago – July 1, 1955

  This issue of the Register-Call is dedicated to the Central City Opera House Association. It is different than other publications of like nature, due to the fact that the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, of London, England, more or less object to having their pictures portrayed in periodicals, consequently we have no pictures of the celebrities of this renowned company. The story of each opera is set forth in this issue, and is complete in every detail, and should be retained by every person who will attend any one of these operas, as it is much more interesting to read and explanation, and be cognizant of the happenings. Local news is conspicuous by its absence, due to the stories of the plays and the numerous legal publications, which, of necessity, must be published. So, read the story of each Opera, scan the various legals, cuss the Editor, but you will find both Operas and legals interesting reading.

Says One: “Sam, how long are you going to get in the jug for shooting your wife?” Says Sam: “Two weeks.” Says the other: “Only two weeks for killing your wife?” Says Sam: “Yeah. Then I get hung.”

Mrs. Thurman Leach entertained at a stork shower, Saturday, June 18, at her home in Chase Gulch, in honor of Mrs. David Zancanella. About twenty ladies from here and Denver enjoyed the party. Mr. and Mrs. David Zancanella are the proud parents of a baby girl, born Sunday, June 29, at a Denver hospital.

Miss Mary Lynch was in Denver Sunday and Monday, where she attended the funeral of a cousin.

Mr. Walter Henderson of Arvada was in the village last Saturday on a business mission.

Tom (Bud) Gillaspy, who works for a Transportation Co. of Chicago, was here last Sunday to visit the old family home on Du’Bois Street.

Mrs. Emma Eccker was hostess at two tables of bridge Saturday evening, at which Mrs. Yetta Demeter received the highest score.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Webber spent Sunday at the George Green ranch, where Charles tried his hand at branding calves, but found that he was not as nimble as of 30 years ago.

Mrs. Fannie Mellow is up from Arvada spending several weeks with her nieces, Flora Rudolph and Lillian Grenfell.

The Melodrama “Only an Orphan Girl,” now playing in the tent annex of the Gilpin Hotel, is drawing large crowds. The patrons seated at tables covered with checked clothes do not hesitate to boo the villain or cheer the hero.

Mrs. Arthur Gray entertained at dessert and two tables of bridge Wednesday afternoon at which Miss Kathryn Eccker won the high score.

90 years ago – July 3, 1925

Helen E. Fairchild, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Fairchild, and a recent graduate of Colorado State Teachers College at Greeley, has been appointed teacher of music in the public school at New Raymer, Colorado. Miss Fairchild is a graduate of the Gilpin County High School at Central City, Colorado. She attended Colorado State Teachers for two years receiving the Life Certificate in teaching in June 1925. Colorado State Teachers College makes every effort to obtain positions for all graduates of the institution and at the same time place the right man or woman in the right job. The college performs this service as a part of its mission to the state and in so doing saves the students commissioners and fees charged by private agencies. Signed, State Teachers College.

“The Cyclone Rider,” an all-star production and a Fox News will be the program of pictures at the Opera House Saturday evening, July 4th.

A large force of men connected with the Mountain States Telephone Company are up from Denver, putting in new poles and bracing others, fixing the line in good shape for the coming winter months.

Married: In Denver, June 23, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. Reuben McKay, of this city and Miss Mary Sherer, of Denver. The young man was born in this city and has many friends here who extend congratulations and good wishes for the future. The bride is also a native of Gilpin County, having been born and raised in Russell Gulch. They will be at home at 457 South Clarkson St., Denver.

Married: In Denver, June 24th, Walter W. Jenkins of this city and Helen G. Moody, of Denver. Another young man who first saw the light of day in this city, where he attended school and grew to manhood. Congratulations of friends are extended the couple for a bright and happy future.

Died: In Denver, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Nellie Tolman, June 19, Albert Harris Day, aged 84 years, 10 months and 13 days. Deceased had been failing in health for the past six months and three weeks ago was taken to the home of his daughter in the hope that the change in surroundings would prove beneficial, but the infirmities of old age could not be resisted, and he passed away in the early morning hours. The home was crowded with old and dear friends of the departed, who extend to the daughter and son remaining their sympathy in the sorrow they have been called upon to bear in the loss of a kind and loving father.

120 years ago – June 28, 1895

  Ad: New model of Featherbone Corsets gives correct form. 24 styles: medium, long, short lengths. Best materials. Merchants are authorized to refund the money after four weeks’ trial if not satisfactory. A. Rachofsky of the New York Store, Central City, Colorado.

Wednesday evening, during the wet test practice of the firemen on Main Street, due to not properly attaching the hose to the pipe, the lower portion of one of the large plate show windows in the front of Mr. Trenoweth’s clothing store was broken. A crowd of bystanders on the sidewalk, in getting out of the way of the water, someone evidently struck the plate glass with such force as to break it.

How to Make Tea Punch: Use heated metal bowl. Take one half pint of good brandy, one half pint of rum, one quarter pound of loaf sugar dissolved in water, an ounce of best green tea, a quart of boiling water and a large lemon. Infuse the tea in the water. Warm a silver or other metal bowl until quite hot, place in it the brandy, rum, sugar and the juice of the lemon. The oil of the lemon peel should be first obtained by rubbing with a few lumps of sugar. Set the contents of the bowl on fire, and while flaming pour in the tea gradually, stirring with a ladle. It will continue to burn for some time and should be ladled into glasses while in that condition. A heated metal bowl will cause the punch to burn longer than if a china bowl is used.

Born: In Central City, June 24, 2895, to the wife of Harry Richards, a daughter. Mother and daughter are getting along nicely. The happy father set up the cigars to his friends.

Married: In Black Hawk, June 26, 1895, at the residence of Mr. B.F. Lowell, Mr. Andrew Flackenstein and Miss Rosa Sebastian, both of Black Hawk. The bride is well known in that city, being born in Gilpin County. The groom is in the employ of Mr. W. F. Fick. The happily mated couple left on the afternoon train for Denver to spend their honeymoon. On their return they will take up a residence in the Quartz Mill city. Their many friends wish them a long and happy married life.

Married: In Russell Gulch, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Klein, June 26, 1895, Mr. John R. Hughes to Miss Rosa Knoblock, both of Russell Gulch. The wedding was a brilliant affair and was largely attended by relatives and friends of the contracting parties. A fine spread was served. Dancing was engaged in a kept up until an early hour yesterday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Hughes are well and favorably known and have a host of friends who will unite with the Register-Call in extending them the best of wishes in their new relations in life.

Died: In Central City, Sunday last, at his residence, Kinney McCoy, the victim of a premature explosion of a blast in the Arctic Mine some time ago. After the unfortunate accident which rendered him sightless, he had endeavored in various manners to obtain a livelihood for himself, wife and five children. Kinney McCoy was the son of the late Judge McCoy of Georgetown, Clear Creek County. He has a sister, Mrs. Mills, now residing in Georgetown, who was informed of his death by telegram. He was also a brother of Harley B. McCoy. Interment was made in the city cemetery.

Died: In Black Hawk, at the Sleepy Hollow Mine, last Friday at noon, Batista Gronatti. While working in the 500 foot level, he was hailed by two fellow workmen employed in the 600 foot level, who were in an ascending bucket, to warn that they had set fire to the fuse attached to dynamite shots below. The shots went off with such force as to cause Batista’s candle to go out. In reaching out in the darkness to get hold of the bell wire leading to surface, he stepped into the shaft and fell a distance of 80 feet. The injuries were of such a character that he died at 6 o’clock Saturday morning. No blame is attached to the company or employees, it being an unforeseen accident.

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