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30 years ago – August 23, 1985

Thirteen jazz groups and nine individual performers were in Central City last Friday to participate in the 9th Annual Central City Jazz Festival. The festival continued through Sunday, after providing 47 hours of entertainment. Each of the groups and performers provided entertainment throughout the three day event at five locations in the city. The Golden Eagle Jazz Band, composed of eight people from San Juan Capistrano, California, was seen performing on Sunday in the Eureka Ballroom in the Teller House. Later that evening, the group gave its last performance at Williams Stables. The High Sierra Jazz Band from Three Rivers, California, performed in the Clark Gym on Sunday. They provided musical entertainment and coaxed the audience to participate. There are six members in this group. The High Sierra Jazz Band participated in the church service at St. James Methodist Church in Central City on Sunday. According to Howard Knoll, a member of St. James, the church was filled to capacity. The Central City Volunteer Fire Department sold good old fashioned hot dogs at Williams Stables throughout the festival. Profits from the hot dog and pop sales went to the fire department for funds for a new fire truck. The Central City Jazz Society is a nonprofit organization. The jazz festival is presented in cooperation with the Denver Jazz Club and is sponsored by Coors. Many locals and visitors expressed their excitement and pleasure about this year’s festival by saying, “It was fun; I will be sure to come back next year.”

Postmaster Charlotte Keim and the Central City Post Office are featured in this month’s Postal Retailer, the newsletter for the western region of the Postal Service. There is a brief history of Central City, along with photos of Keim, the post office, and the town. The newsletter is distributed throughout the west. It is published in San Bruno, California.

Julie Cullar Lambert has been named the Colorado Vocational Rookie Teacher of the Year. She grew up in Central City, and now teaches at Thornton High School in Adams County, a 10th through 12th grade school with 2,300 students. She is a 1978 graduate of Clear Creek High School and a 1983 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Lambert received the award from the Colorado Vocational Association at a state conference held earlier this month. It came as a result of the HERO class she teaches. HERO stands for Home Economics Related Occupation. There are 57 students in Lambert’s class – 49 of them recruited by her. All are seniors, each with an independent course of study. Although about half of the students go on to college, Lambert’s HERO program makes sure they have the ability to get jobs as soon as they graduate from high school. There are statewide competitions for HERO students, with winners receiving gold, silver, and bronze medals. Lambert sent 13 students to the competitions this year. They won 15 medals. After the state contests, seven students were sent to the national competitions. Two of the seven were Lambert’s students. They came home with one gold and one silver medal. To qualify for the Colorado Vocational Rookie Teacher of the Year award, a teacher must have taught only one or two years. Lambert has just finished her second year of teaching. A candidate for the award must also be nominated by six people, including a parent and student. Lambert is the daughter of Van and Kay Cullar of Central City.

60 years ago – August 26, 1955

By Mary McGlone: The calendar is all mixed up now. The waitresses of the Teller House had a New Year’s Eve Party Wednesday night. They made the celebration so realistic with noisemakers, crazy hats and all the usual New Year’s Eve props that naturally I forgot this was the Eve the Register-Call was to go to press. The girls had a floor show, featuring Tommy Bodkin, manager of the Bus Stop, in the show routine he is famous for and which he leaned from George M. Cohan. The bartenders from the Teller House did a parody of the “Usher’s Son” which was priceless. I tell you they are real hip bartenders. Alberto Campione’s friends at the plush Huntington Hotel in Pasadena where he holds forth in the winter would never have recognized him in the funny hat he wore on New Year’s Eve in August in Central City.

A very pretty wedding took place last Sunday morning, August 20th, at St. James Methodist Church, when Carol Ann McCarthy, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Lawry, of Victor, Colorado, and great niece of Hugh L. Lawry of Central City, and David Lynn Hoover, of Memphis Tenn., were united in marriage by Rev. Larry Hawks. Miss Janice Carnes, of Denver, was the maid of honor, and Allan Hoover, brother of the groom, was the best man. Miss Marie Garwood presided at the pipe organ in her usual professional manner with a melody of appropriate music. After the ceremony a reception was held at the Hugh Lawry’s residence, where many friends attended to offer congratulations. The young couple will make their home in Grand Junction, where Mr. Hoover is a mineralogist for the Chesapeake Uranium Company.

I met a group dashing up the hill the other night looking for Cloud Street. I thought they were flying a little high, but it turns out that is the address of Van McKay’s house up the hill and a very proper address for the hills of Central City. Where else could you have your own private cloud?

“Stella,” the little boxer pooch owned by Mr. and Mrs. Frank St. Leger, who are spending several weeks here, is again at home, after going AWOL from the auto in Denver. Two days later she was picked up as a vagrant and spent time in the canine caboose until her owners paid for her release. The St. Leger’s were considerably perturbed about her absence, as a dog can become as much a part of a household as a human being. However, “Stella” is again at home, but does not seem too penitent in regards to her absence.

Invitations have been sent out for Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Stapps’ 50th wedding anniversary, August 30th.

Mr. Marvin Etter, who works for Continental Air Lines, was up Saturday with his family to spend the day with his mother, Mrs. Arthur Gray.

Mrs. Kenneth McKenzie entertained at dessert and bridge last Thursday, in honor of Mrs. Jane Montgomery, who has been here on a visit. The other guests were Ruth Blake and Olive Robins. The game was in full swing when a call came that the L.J. Williams’ house was on fire. That broke up the party, but everyone was glad that the chimney fire did no damage.

90 years ago – August 28, 1925

The heaviest rain storms of the season visited this section on Monday afternoon and Tuesday night, but fortunately little damage resulted. The bed of the creek is now open through the city, the flumes having been washed out and wrecked, and the water has full sweep, and unless clogged, does little damage.

Tom Mix in “Oh, You Tony,” and a Fox News reel will be the pictures shown at the Opera House Saturday evening, August 29th.

A sedan car from Denver went over the bank at the turn from Elk Park to Tolland on the state road on Monday. A car coming behind helped to get the sedan on the road by the aid of ropes and tackles borrowed from C. A. McNeil. No one was hurt. Mr. Gardner will soon have the corner widened out so that it will be safe to make the turn.

Mr. John Gardner, who is working on the Tolland road had his horses stray from him on Friday night and he found them several days later above timberline near James Peak.

Miss Persis Barrick celebrated her 12th birthday Thursday, with a party. Games and other amusements were indulged in and elegant refreshments were served. Those present besides the hostess were Florence and Myrtle Ferguson, Vivian Stephens, Edna Lewis, Georgia Hamlik, Mrs. Lehmkuhl, Mrs. Espel, Mr. and Mrs. Mannan, Lloyd Hutchinson, and W.S. Barrick.

The berry crop is a failure, the worst in 20 years. No black currants and but few raspberries.

Mr. I.E. Hartman, the optician, arrived in Central Wednesday morning on professional business.

Mr. James Cody, accompanied by Miss Mamie left for Denver last Saturday, where the former will take medical treatment, the latter retuning Monday evening.

Rickard McNicholls, formerly of Nevadaville, was up from Denver Tuesday on mining business in connection with the Last Chance Mine on Quartz Hill, owned by his mother, which has been taken over by Mr. Healey, of the German-Belcher Mining Company, under a bond and lease.

By Nellie Maxwell: The refreshing tomato is a most acceptable basis for many salads. Its color is not of the least of its attractions; being rich in vitamins, the tomato should be used freely. Peel and slice rather thick slices from very ripe but firm tomatoes. Arrange on head lettuce and cover each slice with chopped pineapple and celery, which has been marinated with a good French dressing. Just before serving heap a spoonful of thick mayonnaise on the lettuce.

120 years ago – August 23, 1895

The Cornish wrestling match which occurred last Friday and Saturday in the enclosure of Thomas Parsons’ on Packard Street, proved one of the best contests held here in years. There were 28 entries. The better portion of the wrestling took place Saturday afternoon, the judges being John Curnow, R.B. Williams, and George Cowley. The following sticklers acted: Messrs. James, Harris, Wm. Mitchell, and Wm. Stratton. The first prize of $75 was divided between Varney of Idaho Springs and Trevithick of Telluride; the second prize to Harry Peters; third prize, $30, to John Pengilly, and the fourth prize, $20, to Al. Champion, the three latter contestants all residing in this city. Since the last wrestling match was held here, three prominent contestants have met death by accidents in the mines, viz.: Durham Ivey, Jos. Richards, and “Nipper” Willis. The money was paid over to the lucky winners Saturday evening.

Jacob Jurgens has returned from Denver. While there he purchased a conveyance which he has placed on the streets of Central, Nevadaville, and Black Hawk. He will promptly attend to all orders for passengers and light express business. Connections will be made with incoming and outgoing passenger trains. Leave orders at Dr. A.H. Day’s Drug Store, Central City’ the Black Hawk Pharmacy, or with Richard Rowling, Nevadaville.

A gentleman who has recently spent some time in Gilpin and Boulder counties reports that a prospector who has been working in the Sugar Loaf District for about a year brought out 60 pounds of ore on his back recently for which he received about $3,000.

Mr. Eben Rich, superintendent of the Climax Mine on Quartz Hill, while going through the mine last Thursday, fell away quite a distance and struck backward on a stull. This prevented him going through a winze said to be 125 feet deeper. He was taken to his residence in Black Hawk and Dr. Bonesteel summoned. The principal injury sustained was on his right thigh, and a general shaking up of the nervous system. It will be some length of time before he will be able to attend to mining matters.

Born: In Lexington, Kentucky, August 10, 1895, to the wife of A.H. Judson, twins, son and daughter. Mr. Judson, the delighted father, received the intelligence last Sunday. The congratulations extended him have been numerous.

Born: In Central City, August 21, 1895, to the wife of A. Rapin, a son. Another member added to the Improved Order of Red Men. Dr. Thrailkill reports that he is a bouncing boy, image of his father, and pulls the beam at ten pounds. Mother and son getting along nicely.

Died: In Denver, August 18, 1895, John Pollard, formerly of this city. Being troubled with lung complaint, he removed to Denver some time ago, thinking that a lower altitude would prove beneficial to him. He has relatives residing here as well as in Denver. He left a wife and three children.

Died: In Nevadaville, August 20, 1895, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Penrose, aged 7 months. The funeral occurred on Wednesday last, interment being made in the Bald Mountain Cemetery.

Died: In Russell Gulch, August 20, 1895, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. George Turner. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon. Interment was made in the Russell Gulch Cemetery.

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