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30 years ago – January 10, 1986

Central City Police Chief Mike Brewer on Monday began the first of 10 classes to give his officers more training. Brewer was somewhat disappointed because eight people signed up for the nystagmus training, but only four attended. The class teaches roadside sobriety test techniques to be used by officers. Those that attended the class were Bill Clay, Joe Meeds, Mark Yacano, and Mike Cheney. Brewer said he was pleased with the high test scores received after completion of the class. Fulltime and reserve officers from the city will be required to attend at least eight of the 10 training sessions.

A 10-ton discrepancy has been noted on the load limit signs at the bridge at the junction of Apex Valley Road and Upper Apex Road. Motorists arriving at the bridge via Upper Apex Road are told the bridge’s load limit is 15 tons, which is believed to be correct. But, whoa, those driving east see a sign with a 5-ton limit notation. Several explanations come to mine: 1. The Gilpin County road crew thinks that anyone going east (that’s coming down from the old town of Apex) couldn’t get anything heavier than five tons on that part of the road anyway; 2. The “1” fell off or was stolen from one sign; 3. It’s a quiz, and drivers are being asked to take two out of three; 4. The direction from which a truck hits the bridge makes a difference in how much it will hold; 5. Or, someone on the road crew has a sense of humor. The Register-Call is hoping it’s #5.

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View from the Casey: By Esther Campbell: Is it my imagination and inner illusions that prompt me to feel a joy in the fact that the days are getting longer? It is a fact, of course, since December 22, but it is early for me to be anticipating the long warm days of summer. I will blame these feelings on the deep snowfall in October. There were two flocks at the sunflower seed feeders this morning; one of evening grosbeaks and the other of rosy finches. The two flocks fed side by side until the wind or some other distraction scattered them. Also, am I making too much of the behavior I have been observing lately between the adults of the same species? They grab one another’s beaks quickly and let go quickly. Looking through my text on social behavior in birds I try to find the answer. It could be part of the maintenance behavior, like preening. There may be a need to clear the beaks of unwanted tissue. Or, is it the beginning of the bonding? This behavior always occurs between adults of the same species. I watch the color of the male grosbeak for signs of that apple green color, an indication that the mating season is around the corner, but it is only January.

Word has been received of the December 26, 1985 death of Joan Dunahay of Northglenn. At one time, she was married to Clyde Dunahay who had the Grubstake Inn in Central City many years ago.

60 years ago – January 13, 1956

The Christmas tree, which adorned the intersection of Main, Lawrence, and Eureka Streets, erected for the Christmas season, is no more. It was taken down during the weekend and thrown carelessly away, to rot and enrich our Mother Earth. To those who erected the tree and were in attendance at its demise, we off our thanks and appreciation, for the many hours of splendor and beauty it portrayed.

Gilpin County Commissioner Wm. T. Grenfell attended the yearly County Commissioner’s convention in Denver over the weekend, and reports a most interesting and instructive time. I know he enjoyed himself, as I noticed him Saturday night watching the entertainment and floor show, and he seemed more interested in the glamorous Hindu dancer with a most abbreviated costume than he did in the sleight of hand performance. After much pushing and “pardon me’s,” elbowing my way through the bald headed row, I finally reached him in the front row, and he immediately called my attention to this supple and graceful young lady who was dancing, saying: “We never ‘ad anything like that in ‘Vada when I was young; so stick around and maybe she’ll shed a bit more.” I looked at him with askance and left in company with Vernon McCallister, the Commissioner from Del Norte, son of Sherman McCallister, of this city, and we wound our way for refreshments, such as tea for him and my customary glass of milk, leaving “little Willie” deeply absorbed in the dance.

George McLaughlin was taken seriously ill Monday evening, necessitating the administration of oxygen. He apparently was suffering from an attack of asthma, but today, according to his daughter Mrs. Beck, of Minturn, who is visiting here, said he is resting easily and expects to be at his place of business within a few days. Well, it takes a very serious illness to keep a good man down.

Two Former Residents Dead: Albert Klais died last week at Arvada, at the age of 69 years. He will be well remembered by many residents of Central City when he and his wife, nee Martha Hardy, operated a candy store in the rooms adjacent the pool rooms, on Main Street. Funeral services were held Monday for Louis J. Unteriser, who has been a resident of Denver for the past thirty years. He was 71. For many years he was the superintendent of the Druid Mine, in Russell District, when it was operated by the late George Collins. He was a member of the local Order of Elks, and is survived by his sister and a nephew.

Friends of the former Mae Nelson were shocked to learn of the death of her six months old baby girl, the result of pneumonia. The parents live in Golden where the funeral was held Monday. Mabel Lile and Edna Fisher were among those attending the funeral.

90 years ago – January 15, 1926

  The new selective flotation process which has been recently installed in the Midwest Mill in Black Hawk by Mr. J.C. Kirkpatrick, of Denver, is pronounced a complete success in handling lead and zinc mineral, and the same process is to be added to the Iron City Mill, which will handle all the mine product from the Bonanza Tunnel in Chase Gulch, which is operated by the Ruby Joe Mining Company. The cost of chemicals used in this process is only 23 cents per ton, and the savings of lead and zinc, as well as precious metals is greater than by any other known process.

Frank Branham, of Silver Creek, who has been convalescing from an attack of pneumonia in his rooms at the Teller House, has so far recovered as to be up and around again.

Reports published in the Denver papers of Sunday are that Deputy Mine Inspector Hennahan is in one of the hospitals there with a broken hip, due to a fall on the ice there on Saturday.

Monday, 3 inches of snow, followed by high winds, which drifted the road badly; Monday, thermometers showed 5 degrees above 0; Tuesday, 12 degrees above, and Wednesday 25 above.

  1. J. Lamont, who has been the head carpenter at Oak Hills since shortly after the Moffat Mine was first opened, is taking a layoff for the first time in all the 25 years that he has been with the Perry interests, and the company has given him a vacation of two months. Mr. Lamont went to Denver two weeks ago and his wife goes out in a few days to join him. Among other places they will visit at Central City, where they were pioneer residents.

An all-star cast in “As No Man Has Loved,” and a Fox News reel will be the picture program at the Opera House on Saturday evening, Jan. 16th.

120 years ago – January 10, 1896

  Louis Rachofsky, E. Kelly, F. Hephorn, A. Kelly, J. Lynn, and A. Gundy formed a party who left Central on Saturday last for Leadville to take in the sights connected with the ice palace. Louie says that Leadville is full of visitors, and that at the Vendome Hotel no rooms can be obtained, being all engaged ahead of time. Of course, Louie rode on the toboggan slide, as evinced by the fact of his having several pieces of court plaster on his face and hands.

Mr. E.D. Quigley, who met with an accident by the upsetting of the stage that runs to West Creek, and sustained slight injuries, arrived in this city on Saturday evening last, and is able to get around with the aid of a cane. He reports West Creek as booming, and while there have been no paying mines opened, every indication points to a booming camp. Town lots that were purchased a few days ago for $25 are selling for as high as $1,500. Many parties are going into the camp, which lies about twenty five miles this side of Cripple Creek, and houses are going up in every direction.

S.G. Humphrey, of the Cyclops assay office, leaves for the City of Mexico next Sunday morning, where he has accepted a position in charge of a sampling works. The Register-Call extends its best wishes to Mr. Humphrey in his new undertaking. L. Humphrey will take the position at the Cyclops office made vacant by his brother.

  1. Triplett, the popular clerk at the Teller House, returned last Monday after spending a few days in the Queen City.

Died: At the Mountain House, in Black Hawk, January 4th, 1896, John Frazer, aged 65 years, of pneumonia. Mr. Frazer came to Black Hawk in ’68 and had up to the time of his death lived with his brother on Dory Hill. Funeral services were held on Monday, Rev. John Tonking officiating. Interment was made in the Central City Cemetery.

Died: In Black Hawk, January 8th, 1896, Frank Grarnenz, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Grarnez, on Clear Creek Street.

146 years ago – January 11, 1869

Georgetown is looking up considerably. A friend well-versed in mining and a competent judge, who has just returned from there, reports that all the reduction works there are busily at work. J.W. Watson, superintendent of the Brown Mine, has the company’s furnaces and stamps at work on the ore of the mine, but with what results we have not learned. They ought to be good ones, for the ore is rich and abundant.

Two “jocular” servant girls in Black Hawk put croton oil on some tea cakes, and made the family dangerously ill. On recovering, the master having his suspicions aroused, took the plate of cake into the kitchen and invited the girls to partake liberally, which they did, with some reluctance. For an hour or two afterward they had a busy time.

An Eastern paper contains the following advertisement: “Wants a situation, a practical printer, who is competent to take charge of any department of a printing and publishing house. Would accept a professorship in any of the academies. Has no objection to teaching ornamental painting and penmanship, geometry, trigonometry, and many other sciences. Is particularly suited to act as a pastor to a small evangelical church, or as local preacher. He would have no objection to form a small but select class of young ladies, to instruct them in the highest branches. To a dentist or a chiropodist he would be invaluable, as he can do almost anything. Would cheerfully accept a position as bass or tenor singer in a choir. Would board with a family decidedly pious. For further particulars, inquire at Brown’s Saloon.”

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