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firstthanksgiving1621_jeanleongeromeferris_189930 years ago – November 28, 1986

Street caroling, dramatic readings of holiday stories, and the annual Festival of Lights are three of the featured events planned for this year’s Christmases Remembered festival. The yearly festival, sponsored by the Gilpin County Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 10:00 a.m. today, November 28th, opening with the Victorian shopping bazaar. It will be held in the Central City recreation center on Lawrence Street. Food and fine handmade crafts will be for sale at the bazaar. The Christmases Remembered festival is a three day event, continuing through Sunday, November 30. Other events included are: a Santa Claus house, a daily parade, exhibits of dollhouses and miniatures, and a used book sale as well as many other special events. The Festival of Lights—March of the Singing Children, will begin on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. It will begin at Raynold’s Court on Lawrence Street in Central City. Over 250 luminaries are expected to line the streets and create a path for the singing children. Sam Williams, newly elected State Representative in House District 53, will arrive in Central City at noon on the Central City fire truck, so be on the lookout for him on Friday. At 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, winners of the essay contest for the school children grades one through six will be announced at the recreation center. At 5:30 p.m. winners of the decorating contest will be announced. On Friday and Saturday a short play entitled “The Devil,” a farce, written by Guy Maussant, will be performed in the Eureka Ballroom at the Teller House. The play starts at 8:00 p.m. Following the play, a traditional Victorian holiday party will take place at 8:15 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday Brahms’s songs will be performed at the Golden Rose Hotel. The local performers are Naomi Fellows, Diana Calhoun, and Fran Cook. The performance on Saturday will begin at 1:30 p.m. On Friday the reading will begin at 2:00 p.m. followed by the performance at 2:30 p.m. A concert at St. James Methodist Church will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Letter to the Editor: To Highway 46/ Golden Gate Canyon Commuters, there exists another gravel pit threat. This time it is the existing Jefferson County pit off of Golden Gate Canyon Road near the Golden Gate Grange. The Jeffco commissioners are planning in expanding the existing small operation into a large one involving 200 double-trailer truck trips every working day. The effect on your commute is obvious: more pollution, more danger, destruction of the beauty of the scenery. And once Jeffco starts extensive gravel mining, it can hardly refuse the other interests that have been scheming to gouge gravel from Golden Gate for years. The canyon could be destroyed! Attend the public hearing on Monday, December 1, 1:00 p.m., at the Jeffco Courthouse. Signed, Amy Thomas, Gilpin County resident.

As of Wednesday, the Gilpin County Historical Society officially owns the Central City train. Angelo diBenedetto, spokesman for the “Save the Train Fund” and representative for the Gilpin County Historical Society, said that on Wednesday he was mailing the final payment for the train. It totaled $4,330. The expenses for the train include $25,000 for the train, $4,300 for moving expenses, and $3,000 to move the train and the cars to Black Hawk. Although the train was paid off, yet another $2,000 is needed. After the engine and the cars are moved, renovation will begin. DiBenedetto continues to appeal to people to get involved and help save the train.

Died: William “Bill” Logan. Memorial services were held at Howard-Moors Mortuary for William Donald (Bill) Logan, who died November 15, 1986, after suffering a massive heart attack following cancer surgery November 4. Logan was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, July 21, 1932, to Arthur and Martha Logan and moved with his family to Collinsville in 1935 where he attended schools in the area and graduated from Gilpin High School. He enlisted in the Coast Guard and after his discharge was employed for many years by Armco in Commerce City. He is survived by his mother; three daughters, Cheryl Notes of Longmont, Diana Doffing of Thornton, Gail Williams of Arvada; two brothers, Bob Logan of Collinsville and Art Logan of Nevada; and six grandchildren.

60 years ago – November 30, 1956

Central City News:

Thanksgiving Day was a most beautiful one and warmer than many days during the summer. The day, as usual, was celebrated in a fitting Thanksgiving manner, with relatives and friends joining in consuming the traditional turkey. Many visitors from the valley were in the city during the afternoon availing themselves of the summer-like atmosphere.

Clifford I. Parsons spent Monday in Denver attending to business matters, visiting friends, and doing his Christmas shopping (Wonder what he purchased for my present?)

A stuffed dummy, really life-like in appearance, dressed in miner’s garb and which has been one of the attractions of the Round Up Room, now owned and operated by Lou Cohen, was hung up in front of the tavern Sunday. It was very realistic, as a rope with a hangman’s knot encircled the neck, and it really looked like a man had been hanged only a few hours past. However, the City Dads did not appreciate such a spectacle and ordered the City Marshal to cut the figure down, but it caused a lot of interest and merriment for a short time.

Mr. and Mrs. Landau were in Denver Monday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Landau’s sister, who died Saturday.

Rev. Robert Serna, who has been rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for the past two years, will leave January 1st to become assistant to Father Lucas at St. Barnabas Church in Denver. Father Bob has made a host of friends who regret his leaving, but wish him success in his new charge.

Russell Pannings:

Thanksgiving Day was quite a busy day in Russell.

Mr. R.R. Hinckley was a guest of Mrs. Greene and the Irwin Krugers of Idaho Springs.

The Charles Wagners drove over from Boulder to eat turkey with Marion Heeren.

Margaret Res came home Wednesday night with Mrs. Stinson.

Guests at the Stinson home were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Seeley, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schontz and three sons of Strasburg; Mr. and Mrs. Gene Kennish and son Bert, and Wm. Kennish of Ft. Morgan.

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Talley and sons, Mrs. Mary Johnson and the Orland Johnson family and Margaret Res enjoyed Thanksgiving at the Res home. After dinner, Orland showed pictures of Hawaii, Russell Gulch, Crater Lake, and Denver with his projector.

90 years ago – December 3, 1926

“The Black Paradise” and a Fox News reel will be the picture program at the Opera House on Saturday evening.

Mr. B.E. Seymour has been up from Denver during the week filling the position of bookkeeper for Mr. Vincent during the absence of Mrs. Louie Welch, in Denver.

Frank Sparks was over from Idaho Springs on Tuesday, looking after work being done here on the Concrete and other mines, operated by the company he represents.

Miss Judith Partell returned Sunday evening from a visit of several days spent in Golden, Littleton, and Denver.

Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Jenkins returned Monday evening from Denver where they had been in attendance at the funeral of Miss Helen Jenkins.

Mr. L.B. Dukes drove up from Denver Saturday evening accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Johnson, who had been the guests of Mr. Dukes and family, on Thanksgiving Day. He returned home Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. W.S. Wallas, of this city, was a passenger to Denver yesterday morning.

A dispatch from Canyon City dated November 27, says that “Charles Ferguson, aged 58 years, was hit by a runaway trip of cars in the Victor-American company’s coal mines at Chandler, Friday afternoon, and perhaps is fatally injured, his skull being fractures and his legs badly cut. His son and three daughters, who live in Pueblo, have been summoned to Canyon City. This is undoubtedly Mr. Ferguson, a former resident of this city, who was known to be in the southern portion of the state since leaving Gilpin County. While here he worked in the Gilpin-Eureka Mine, at the Evergreen Mine, at Apex, and a number of other properties in the county as a machine driller, and was considered a first class man in that capacity, and his many friends here hope he will recover from his injuries.

Born: In Central City, December 1, 1926, to the wife of Mr. Earl Quiller, a daughter. Reports are that all parties concerned are doing nicely.

Born: In Central City, November 29, 1926, to Mrs. Mary Anderle Roberts, a daughter.

Died: In Denver, at St. Luke’s Hospital, November 25, 1926, Miss Helen V. Jenkins, aged 26 years. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Jenkins, formerly of this city, was born here and attended the public schools, and later graduated from the Walcott School in Denver in 1921, and was a student at the University of Colorado and the University of Illinois. She was forced to give up her college work on account of illness, and had been studying art at the Chappell School for the past year. Besides her parents she is survived by two sisters, Dorothy and Katheryn; and a brother, John C. Jr. The funeral occurred on Sunday afternoon, interment in Fairmount Cemetery.

Died: At Cripple Creek, November 30, 1926, Mrs. Michael Kline, aged about 90 years. The lady was the widow of the late Judge Michael Kline, pioneers and old time residents of Russell Gulch, as of late years had been making her home with her son Michael Jr., at Cripple Creek. Her remains will be brought here and buried beside those of her husband in the Russell Gulch Cemetery on Sunday.

120 years ago – November 27, 1896

At last a suitable site for the new county courthouse has been obtained, and the County Commissioners can now rest easy, as the difficult matter of obtaining a suitable site has been settled. A consultation between Senator Teller, his brother Willard Teller, and the commissioners was held Wednesday afternoon in regard to the property. After explanations had been made to the Tellers and they were shown that the commissioners could not find so suitable a set as the Teller homestead and lot, both gentlemen finally agreed to transfer the property to the County Commissioners, possession to take place on April 1st, and the consideration being $8,000. Both Senator and Willard Teller said that under no circumstances could the property have been purchased for any private purpose. The county commissioners will at once proceed to float bonds to the amount of $30,000, and ground is to be broken for the courthouse in the early part of April. From the many plans which have been submitted to the commissioners, with their fine designs, there is no doubt but that when the building is finished Gilpin County will have a courthouse that she will be proud of, and as handsome a building as any of her neighbors. The lot purchased of Senator H.M. and Willard Teller is just above the Methodist Church on Eureka Street. The lot is 160 x 200 feet in dimensions, and on it stands the Teller homestead, where the senator rested during his early life in this county. Of late years it has been rented out, but in one or two rooms of it are still treasured the senator’s well-filled library and many mementoes of his early experiences in his home county. The location is an excellent one and seems to be satisfactory to all the citizens.

Yesterday was a typical old time New England sort of day, commencing with snow and with the thermometer hovering dangerously around the zero mark. Nearly everyone in the county observed the day in a proper style.  The young folks got up skating parties and the grown folks visited at each other’s houses. In the evening the pioneers’ association gave the annual ball in the Armory Hall, the attendance being large. Local talent rendered a grand concert at the Methodist Church in the evening, which was well attended, and want of space forbids us making any further mention of the excellent program which was given.

Roller skating is healthy exercise. Try it at Armory Hall every Saturday evening.

Died: In Black Hawk, November 25, 1896, of consumption, Phillip Tabb, aged 45 years. His funeral will take place on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.

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