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 30 years ago – July 5, 1985

Ann Cornfield, social studies chairman for Nederland Junior-Senior High School, has been selected to represent one of two teachers to represent the Boulder Valley School District in a summer institute dealing with the improvement of instruction on the meaning of citizenship and basic political principles that underlie our constitutional democracy. Upon returning to Boulder Valley School District, the two teachers will be conducting in-service workshops for elementary and secondary school teachers of social studies. Cornfield will also be taking part in a summer institute at the University of Colorado dealing with the improvement of instruction in the area of geography. Cornfield has taught at Nederland Junior-Senior High School since 1976. Her major responsibility is with middle level social studies and she teaches one class at the high school level. Cornfield has established herself as a recognized professional in the area of social studies through her developmental work at Nederland Junior-Senior High School. Her selection as one of two teachers representing the Boulder Valley School District demonstrates the confidence and respect that other social studies leaders in Boulder Valley have for her abilities.

To the Editor: Little Gertie is coming home. Many Register-Call readers will remember the saga of Little Gertie’s tombstone. A preservationist friend in Denver had known about the tombstone for several years. It had occupied a prominent place in the living room by the fireplace in an avant-garde courtyard apartment complex. Unfortunately, it was used to strike matches to light the fireplace. One side is damaged from this. It was rumored to be from Central City, but no one would actually say. When the owner/neighbor moved to a more upwardly mobile lifestyle, Little Gertie’s tombstone was unceremoniously dumped beside a dumpster on Capitol Hill, along with the trash of moving. Our friend rescued it. She had always had a feeling of distaste for the way the stone was being used – not to mention that a small child’s stone had been taken away from her family’s loving tribute to her. She brought the stone in and rescued it from being taken again or just crushed by the trash truck. When we first wrote the Register-Call, we received many letters and telephone calls from caring Gilpin County citizens and former residents. Many hoped it was the stone of the little child in Lake Gulch which was vandalized some years ago. Unfortunately, the descriptions fit none of the suggested graves. A year or more passed before we received “the” telephone call. And, the call came from Gilpin County’s own fine historian, Sid Squibb. Sid had read the original letter in the Register-Call and had searched and searched his extensive records and found nothing. As things will happen, Sid came across the information as a footnote on other records. It was a footnote about a little girl who had no stone and her name was “Gertie.” Sid called to double check the date on the stone and they matched, September 19, 1882. Little Gertie was one year six months when she died. She was an adopted daughter of the Westman family. Her burial place is in the family plot in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. So, Little Gertie’s stone is coming home. Thanks to a Denver artist, Dom Bracken, who saved it from destruction and thanks to Sid Squibb who has a fantastic memory and never gives up on his research. We need to have some repairs done and a base prepared for the stone, but Sid Squibb will supervise the resetting and it will be about in time for the 103rd anniversary of Little Gertie’s death. Signed, Marilyn Massey and Patsy Ellis.

60 years ago – July 8, 1955

  By the Editor (“The” Rae): I again reiterate that raucous noise emanating from the loud speakers outside taverns is certainly not conductive to the atmosphere of Central City. This is a progressive city, and I fully believe that blatant music is not necessary to attract customers, visitors or tourists inside their places of business. What matters though, is the months we have waited; we’ve a right and demand this nuisance be abated.

By the Editor (“The” Rae): I have been reprimanded, cussed, and severely taken to task on account of because I did not mention the improvements made at the American Legion hall. “Skinny” Billy Grenfell, the general manager, informed me that the bar has been moved to a more accessible place, chairs and tables have been placed in more convenient locations, painting has been done, new tile has been placed on the floor, and altogether it presents a most attractive appearance. So Bill, here ‘tis.

Dr. and Mrs. Szekely, of Alberta, Canada, and daughter, Agnes, and son Blaise, formerly of Hungary, are house guests at the home of Mrs. R.R. Demeter.

Mrs. Inez Schmidt returned last Friday from a trip to California, and Ogden, Utah, and is glad to be home again where the thermometer registers for cool comfort.

Mrs. Minnie McCoy and brother, Jack Welch, are at their summer home here and will remain until September. Mrs. McCoy and Mrs. Hazel Wolf have just returned from a sightseeing trip in Old Mexico.

As much local news was deleted last week, we herewith mention that Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cosgrove, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, spent last weekend with the George Magors. He will be remembered as being the express agent for the Adams Express Co., and his wife will also be remembered as Ruth Flaherty. They visited scenes of early days and spent a most pleasant weekend.

The Gold Coin Bar, operated by two of the most genial people in Central City, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Haines, have erected a new sign over their establishment, which is a work of art and decidedly attractive. The Gold Coin Bar is the oldest of its kind in Gilpin County with the original swinging batwing doors that graces the entrance, and upon entering, you will find the same stove, the same pictures, and the same places, which are named “Water Closets” which were there before the turn of the century. Vern has also erected a new three-story building adjacent to his property, which is now being leased as a short-order emporium.

90 years ago – July 10, 1925

Great preparations are being made by the committee appointed for the purpose, for the proper celebration of Gilpin County Day in Denver this year at the same grounds where former events of this nature have been held, and a general invitation is extended everyone who had ever lived in Gilpin County to attend, meet old neighbors and friends of bygone days, and enjoy the hospitality and good fellowship which will be prepared by the committee. The meeting last year was one of the largest attended since the organization, and the one this year is expected to “beat the others a mile.” Bring your lunch baskets, the committee will furnish coffee, sugar and milk, and enjoy the afternoon and evening under the spreading trees in a reunion that will be greatly enjoyed.

A party of sixteen ladies and gents with Mrs. Harry Eilmann as chaperone arrived in Central Sunday morning shortly after midnight. They had made room reservations at Nederland, where they intended spending the 4th and when they arrived there, found no reservations, and as the hotel was crowded, they boarded their cars and drove to Central, securing accommodations at the Teller House. They spent the afternoon at a basket picnic on Peck Flats and left for Denver that evening. In the party were Mrs. Eilmann, Mrs. Eugene Martin, Mrs. Grace Stenhammer, the Misses Lena Martin, Georgia Goudie, Anette Artem, Zoa and Arline Eilmann, and Messrs. Karl Rothenback, Wm. Grenfell, Kenneth E. Rathburn, Frank Banks, Charles Nero Dudley and Eugene Martin.

Five young ladies of Denver, chaperoned by Mrs. Jane Grenfell Morrison, came up from Denver Friday evening and spent several days in the mountains, enjoying the scenery and the cool mountain breezes. Mrs. Morrison’s parents were former residents of Nevadaville. In the party were the Misses Neva Trixon, Elsie Dohlberg, Helen O’Conner, Bertha Schillinger, Helen Stenhammer, and Mrs. Morrison.

Mr. and Mrs. Everett McCoy and daughter, accompanied by Mrs. Louis Welch and son Jack, of this city, took an auto ride through the Leadville and Cripple Creek section of the state on the 4th and 5th, returning home on Monday noon. In the afternoon, Mrs. McCoy left for Denver, accompanied by Mrs. Frank Gray and son Morgan.

Mr. J. H. Healey, manager of the Germon-Belcher Mine on Quartz Hill is carrying his left arm in a sling, due to an accident a week ago Sunday, when his car failed to make a turn into the road three miles south of Brush, Colo. That morning, while on his way to Yuma, the car followed a shallow ditch about thirty feet when it turned over, catching Mr. Healey under the wreckage. He was taken to the hospital in Brush and the surgeon found it necessary to amputate the little finger and part of the third finger of the left hand. The other occupants of the car were badly shaken up, but escaped serious injuries.

James Daley came over from the East Portal Tuesday morning on a short business visit with his partner Antonio Cessario, and to enjoy a short vacation at his old home.

Mrs. R. L. Laird left yesterday afternoon for Evanston, Wyoming, on a visit of several weeks with relatives.

120 years ago – July 5, 1895

  The services of Deputy Sheriff W.W. Williams were brought in requisition last Monday evening to arrest two tramps who forced an entrance into one of the coaches at the depot of the Union Pacific, Denver & Gulf Railway of this city. Billy locked them up in the county jail after their arrest. The following morning, they were released and advised to leave town, which advice they took. The county and city officers are on the alert for a number of tramps still in hiding.

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How to Make Ice Cream Eggs: Take large eggs and empty the shells by making a hole at each end. Fill the shells with ice cream soft and just freshly frozen. Then procure some rubber bands from the stationer’s, about half an inch in breadth, and draw the bands over the eggs so as to close the holes. Brush over with melted butter besides to close all crevices against the salt, and then drop them in the freezing tub and cover with finely pounded ice and salt. When the cream is frozen, peel off the eggshells and serve.

How to Preserve Cut Flowers: Lovers of flowers not rich enough to buy often will find that the lives of their favorites can be prolonged by covering them overnight with glass. Violets will remain fresh if the water is renewed often and a tumbler placed over them at night.

Born: In Nevadaville, June 30, 1895, to the wife of John Penrose, twins, son and daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, July 3, 1895, to the wife of George Jenkins, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, July 3, 1895, to the wife of Ed. S. Trembath, a daughter.

Born: In Nevadaville, July 4, 1895, to the wife of Charles Haines, a son.

Married: In Eau Claire, Wisconsin, June 28, 1895, Mr. H. L. Wentworth of Russell Gulch, Colo., and Minnie T. Converse of Eau Claire. The recently wedded couple will arrive in Russell Gulch the 20th instant, where they will take up permanent residence. The groom is interested in mines on Russell Mountain, and has formed a company to develop them.

Died: At Ironwood, Mich., June 25, 1895, James Ritley, formerly of Central City, Colo., aged 54 years. Deceased was returning from work several years ago, when a friend to his rear accidentally let his shotgun fall, both charges of which struck Riley in the back. This was the cause of his death.

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