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Milda_Cody&Loral30 years ago – August 30, 1985

It’s becoming a tradition. For the fourth year in a row, the Rollinsville men’s team has won the Evergreen slow-pitch softball tournament. The team is sponsored by the Stage Stop Inn of Rollinsville. The tournament was the fifth annual Budweiser-Evergreen King of the Hill Tournament. The Stage Stop team came in second the first year. Since then the team has always come out on top. It’s never easy to win, though, according to team manager and outfielder Vince Suich. If a team loses two games in the King of the Hill tournament, it is out of the competition. The Stage Stop has always lost one game. This year was no exception. The Cliffdwellers, a team from an Evergreen league, beat the Stage Stop 14-9 in the first of two games between the teams. However, the Stage Stop came through in the second game against the Cliffdwellers, the final game of the tournament, and won the game, 7-6.

Central City’s Gravity Grand Prix was marred by an accident Saturday when a wrought-iron lamp was pulled off a building and hit a passerby on the head. Shortly before the parade of race vehicles was to begin, a 1970 Chevrolet pickup turned onto Main Street from Eureka Street. Because of pre-race congestion in the streets, Kemp Colt, a reserve police officer was directing traffic at the intersection. The pickup had a camper on it and on top of the camper was a metal rack. The vehicle hit the “start” banner for the race that was stretched above the street. The banner had been strung across the street with ropes by volunteers; the lower ropes had been tied to a lamp on the exterior of the Bonanza gift store. The pickup hit the banner and the lamp crashed to the sidewalk, striking Eva June Heinrich on the head as she was walking. According to the police reports, the banner was nine feet nine inches above the street. The highest point on the camper was 10 feet two inches from the ground. The light fixture fell approximately four feet and weighed about 20 pounds. Heinrich, 30, who is from Broomfield, received two lacerations, a 4 ½ inch one and a ½ inch one, to the top of her head. She did not lose consciousness. She was transported by the Search and Rescue ambulance to Lutheran Medical Center where she was treated and released. The driver of the pickup was not held.

Lynn Darrell and “Lil Red” Stertzbauch of both Central City and Denver died on August 14, 1985, as the result of a car accident in Jefferson County. Stertzbauch was born on October 5, 1948, in Canton, Ohio. His parents were Robert George and Samantha Jane Stertzbauch. He graduated from Austin Town Fitch High School in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1966. Stertzbauch went into the Army in 1967. He served in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Red Badge of Courage. He also served in the Navy, and the National Guard in Wyoming. After moving to Colorado, Stertzbauch started a life in music and began putting a band together. He was considered an excellent musician and performed at several local businesses in Gilpin County for seven to eight years. Sterzbauch also worked as a mechanic at the M&R Automotive machine shop in Denver. Survivors include his brother, Neil Sterzbauch of Ohio, his daughter Jennifer Boden of Rock Springs, Wyoming, his step-brother Eddie Leggett of Denver, his step-daughter Sheila Doran of New York; several other step-children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

60 years ago – September 2, 1955

By Mary McGlone: Fall is in the air in more ways than one. The air is nippy in the evenings, and the snow storm in “Bus Stop” seems more realistic every performance. Before long the bus driver won’t be the only one wearing galoshes. The summer contingent is packing up to return to their pursuits of the fall. Bill and Trudie Tanner, who are delightful additions to the summer return to their home in Boston on Monday. Ann (Mimi) Shaw, who with Ellen Terry, has survived running the box office and returns to Chicago and Northwestern University while Ellen enters her second year in the Yale Drama School. The bartenders from the Teller House seek warmer climes, and most of them return to winter resorts in Florida, Arizona, and California.

A very pretty wedding was solemnized last Sunday afternoon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Miss Lois Olsen and George Anderle, both of this city, were united in marriage. The groom’s man was Vern Branning and the Matron of Honor, Mrs. Vern Branning. They expect to make their home in Central City. We extend congratulations.

We understand that Mrs. Tom Kemerling, who is recovering from an operation in one of the Denver hospitals, has so far recovered that she is expected home in the next few days. This is most pleasing news to her many friends.

Mr. and Mrs. C.I. Parsons and George Parsons attended the reception in Denver last Sunday for Beverly Webber, who recently married. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Webber, formerly of Russell Gulch. Mrs. Webber will be remembered as Hughretta Hughes.

Last Saturday morning, a backyard breakfast was given at the Grace Stansfield home on Spring Street. We really do not know the exact time, but I’ve heard the delicious viands that are always characteristic of an early morning meal, were most delicious. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Verner Hayne and Mrs. Renaldi, of Denver, who has been the guest of the Haynes for several days, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Brough, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pierce, Jim Iberg, and Jerry Carlson.

Mr. Walter E. Scott entered St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver last Sunday for a complete rest and treatment. Walter is the Commissioner of Mines for Colorado, and we hope is recuperation is rapid.

Almost two-score friends of Mrs. Verner Haynes helped celebrate her ???? birthday last Thursday at the Gold Coin Tavern. She was the recipient of many gifts, including several canes and a wheel chair to be used fifty years hence. So now you guess her age.

Six guests were invited to the Louis Plank home last Saturday to celebrate the birthday of their daughter Mary Louise, who is nine years old. It was a lovely party.

Funeral services were held in Denver Wednesday for Joseph J. Fleiss, who died at his home the previous Saturday. He was born in 1882 in Black Hawk and followed the vocation of mining and milling until his health failed and he moved to Denver several years ago. He is survived by a brother, Frank J. Fleiss, of Black Hawk, two sisters, Katherine Goodwin and Mary Fleiss of Denver.

90 years ago – September 4, 1925

The fall and winter term of the public schools commenced on Monday last with a good attendance a week ahead of former years, with the following corps. of teachers: High School – Mr. R.C. Travis, Principal; Miss Helen Berry, teacher of language; Mrs. E. B. Blackburn, music and art; and Miss Viola Smith, mathematics and science. Grade School – Mr. E. B. Blackburn, Principal; Mrs. Viola Laird, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades; and Mrs. Edith Williams, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades.

Buck Jones in the “Desert Outlaw” and a Fox News reel will be the picture program at the Opera House, Saturday evening, September 5th.

A fire destroyed the shaft house on the Pittsburg Mine, Lake District sometime during Friday night, entailing a loss of at least $10,000, with no insurance on the property. The first intimation that there had been a fire was when Superintendent William Auger and several employees came over the mountain sides on Saturday morning in their auto, and saw smoke rising from the embers, which at that hour had burned to the ground. Arriving at the fire they did all that was possible to put out the flames and protect the mill building adjoining. The auto was sent to Black Hawk and Blake Brothers ordered to take over a tank of water. A thorough investigation suggested that the fire was of incendiary origin. It is a fact well known by the people of the community that the coal stored in the bins had been on fire several times from spontaneous combustion, and had to be shoveled out on the ground to put out the fire, and under these circumstances, the people of the community do not endorse the opinion expressed above that the fire was incendiary. The company commenced work on the property several months ago, getting it in shape for operation again after being idle for a number of years and were getting along nicely up to the time of the fire, which necessarily delay operations for a couple of months longer in unwatering the mine and putting it in shape for production.

Mr. Osgood Blake and daughter Miss Katherine, of Swink, Colo., accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. Phil Carhart of Denver, motored up Wednesday morning on a visit with his brothers, Otto and Harry and families.

Miss Amelia Nordlien left during the week for Bakersville, California, to resume her duties as one of the teachers in the public schools of that city.

Wilfred Fritz, wife and daughter, left for Denver Tuesday afternoon, returning Wednesday evening with a truck bed of supplies.

  1. Ide, wife and daughter gave the Gulch the once over on Sunday. Mr. Ide was formerly a barber here in the good old days.

120 years ago – August 30, 1895

On last Wednesday evening, August 28th, a social party was held at the residence of Mrs. M. Rank on Main Street, when the time was most delightfully passed in many popular games of amusement, dancing, etc. The following ladies and gentlemen were present: The Misses Clara Kruse, Lottie Lewis, Nellie Day, Fanny Lake, Mamie Mullen of Denver, Hattie McKinley of Idaho Springs, Selma Springer, Lena Pleak of Greeley, Ida Rank, Marguerite Rank, Dr. and Mrs. Moore, Judge and Mrs. Hicks, and Fred. Rogers, Theo. Becker, Chas. Becker, Chas. Miller, Will Lake, Louis Tiger, Dr. Bonestell, Dr. McWhorter, Will McWhorter, Robert Lewis, Mr. Whitmore. Refreshments were served by the hostess Mrs. M. Rank, and the merry-makers dispersed at 2 o’clock a.m. after an evening of pleasure and delight.

We wonder what would happen if the good old days were to come again, when the office should seek the man, instead of the overrating, wire-pulling, conferring and hobnobbing which is so prevalent nowadays?

Born: In Central City, August 28th, 1895, to the wife of Frank Lowry, a daughter.

Married: At the residence of the bride, on Casey Avenue, August 29th, 1895, Mr. William Job and Mrs. Catherine Fingler, both of Central City. The wedding was a quiet affair, relatives of the bride and few invited guests being present. After the wedding ceremonies were over the newly wedded couple were extended congratulations from all present for a long and blissful life. The bride received numerous handsome presents. The contracting parties are well and favorably known in Gilpin County. The Register-Call extends the kindest wishes to them in their new relations in life.

Died: In Butte City, August 27th, 1895, of pneumonia, John Job, aged 30 years. Deceased was the youngest brother of Mr. William Job of this city. He formerly was engaged in mining in connection with his brother. He remains were buried at Butte, Montana.

Died: In Central City, August 29th, 1895, of pneumonia, William McCosh, aged 21 years. The father and brother of deceased were with him at the time of his death. The remains were embalmed at the undertaking establishment of Ed. L. Harris and shipped to his former home in Kansas for interment. The father accompanied the remains.

Died: At the same time yesterday afternoon that the accident happened in the Sleepy Hollow and Americus Mines in Black Hawk, wherein 14 miners are suspected drowned, there came a telephone message to Mr. A. C. Reckling, of this city, that Peter Bruner had met death in the Missouri Mine in Russell District, which he and other parties are working under lease. Mr. Reckling left immediately for the property, and upon arriving there found the body of the unfortunate man lying in the shaft house. From him we learned that Mr. Bruner was working in the 200-foot level tramming ore, and that when the accident happened he was in the stope shoveling ore into the chute, and while so engaged a rock weighing at least two tons dropped from one of the walls, a distance of only three feet, catching and crushing the life out of him. Working in the same stope, and not more than six feet from him, were two miners breaking ore, and as soon as they realized what had happened they went to work to rescue him, but the poor fellow was dead long before the rock had been removed. Mr. Bruner was a man about 47 years of age, a miner of occupation, and has working in the various properties in this section for the past 14 years. He was a member of the Ancient Order United Workmen, as well as of the Tyrolese Society, and for years has taken an active part in the Rough & Ready H. & L. Co. of this city. He was a man of pleasant disposition, well-liked by his fellowmen, and has a host of friends who will regret to hear of his death. He leaves a wife but no children.

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