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30 years ago – June 12, 1987

If you haven’t visited Gray’s Park or seen the restoration work at Clark Annex – you should. All of Gilpin County and especially Central City can be proud of the recently completed work at the historic building located off of Lawrence Street. Chairwoman Leslie Williams of the Board of County Commissioners conducted the dedication ceremony at Clark Alex on June 7. The park was named in honor of Morgan and Maxine Gray of Central City, who have both resided in Gilpin County all of their lives. Maxine Gray taught school and was principal at the school on two occasions. Her first term as principal was in 1934 through 1936 and then again in 1967 through 1969. While teaching, she was known to be a strict disciplinarian, but earned and received respect from her students. Morgan Gray’s grandfather helped build Clark in 1901. His father was the school’s janitor from 1907 until he retired in 1936. Morgan was Gilpin County Clerk & Recorder from 1961 until 1980. The Grays have been married for 51 years. Kay Lorenz, former school board president, gave a brief history of Clark School. It was a school for kindergarten through eighth grade students. The last year Clark was used as a school was 1979. Van Cullar, former County Commissioner, explained that grant funding was obtained from the state to renovate Clark and purchase the property from the Gilpin County RE-1 School District. Cullar was instrumental in obtaining the funding, along with Jerry Ward and Don Diltz, the other two former commissioners. Clark was purchased in 1984 and will be used for additional courthouse offices, among other things. Commissioner Alan Baird pointed out the various achievements made by the contractors who worked hard to renovate Clark. He explained the many planned uses of Clark Alex, including the community room that he hopes will be used by everyone. Commissioner Carroll Beck presented a bouquet of red roses to the Grays and unveiled the plaque which dedicated the park to the Grays. The ceremony was concluded by the Grays, Williams, Baird, Beck, Cullar, and Diltz signing their names in cement. The event was well attended by a number of Gilpinites including Central City Mayor Bruce Schmalz and Gilpin County Court Judge Frederic Rogers.

Letter to the Editor: To the Complainers of Gilpin County: In February, we spent a week in Gilpin County visiting our daughter and house hunting. It snowed the entire week, but we drove everywhere with our realtor, Howard Raduechel, and never had a problem on the well-maintained roads! We found our “dream” home and plan to move there in September. I’ve been so very excited, but my delight is ebbing as I read all the idiot letters in the Register-Call. I totally agree with letters written by Shirley Logan and Blanche Giggey. Gilpin County must be filled by an overabundance of complainers. I wish you could all live in Mahoning County, Ohio, where the roads are still very poor from all the salt used in the winter! In fact, all Colorado roads are far superior to any of the Midwest states. If the beauty of the area doesn’t compensate for a few minor drawbacks, why don’t you do something to help alleviate your woes or, better still, move! An Ohioan in body – a Coloradoan in spirit. Shirley Brothers, Youngstown, Ohio.

William H. Long II was awarded an athletic scholarship for $1,125 from Sterling Christian College in Kansas. Long intends to pursue the physical therapy field in college. During his senior year at Nederland High School, he lettered in football and track. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Long, Sr., of Colorado Sierra Delta.

60 years ago – June 21, 1957

Central City Nuggets:

Across the Crossroads by A.F. Mayham: After a short shut-down at the Bald Eagle Mine, apparently to ascertain who was who and why, operations are again in full swing and shipping resumed. The Red Elephant Mine at Lawson is under new management, and the Lisbon Valley Co. Mine is in control of the former John Smith Mines at Silver Plume. The Bellevue Hudson Mine is operating, and the same company is operating the Bard Creek Mine at Empire, and the Cashier Mine on Teller Mtn. in Summit County.

Leslie J. McCaslin, wife and daughter, and granddaughter Billie Rae Feazell, were up from Denver Monday on a day’s tour of the attractions of our city. Mr. McCaslin is the manager of the meat department of Millers Grocery, in Denver, and makes regular visits up here to the land of enchantment.

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Bishop and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Campbell, all of Denver, were here last Friday and paid Ye Editor a pleasant visit. Arnold was born in Central City, and expects to return here to live during his older years.

Jim Noonan, the watchdog of the finances of the State of Colorado, accompanied by relatives visited his hometown Monday, and spent a pleasant half hour with Ye Editor, reminiscing of earlier years. Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems that he has been with the State the day after the cornerstone of the Capitol was laid, so as to particular dates and stuff like that there – better talk with him so as to be sure.

Bert Johnson, whose culinary art appeased the whims and appetites of residents and visitors when he was the chef at the Chain O’ Mines Hotel & Cafe in the earl 20’s, has opened his Smorgasbord Cafe, restaurant, emporium, or place of business, adjacent to the Gold Coin and invites your patronage. Bert spent the winter in Hawaii, but is glad to be back again to God’s Country.

90 years ago – June 17, 1927

Courting a girl is like starting a newspaper. It starts out weekly, then tri-weekly, then emerges into a daily, and if it has any enterprise, comes out with an extra about once a year.

How it Started by Jean Newton: “Caterwauling;” This term, frequently used to describe a tumult of harsh noises, is assumed to refer, of course, to the cries of cats. And while it is true that this association enters into its significance, there is far more to the word than that. There is a story in its origin. “Caterwauling” is English for “Katsenmusik” (cat music), which is the German translation of “Charivari,” the name of a well-known institution of French rowdiness of former times. “Charivari” described the hubbub and uproar produced by the noise of pots and pans and dishes mingled with bawling and shrieking, which was designed to express dislike or disapproval of the person against whom it was directed. During the Middle Ages in France, a charivari was frequently raised against people marrying the second time, the widow particularly being hooted by the masked participators, who usually had to be bought off to give the victims peace. The same thing happened at weddings where the mating was considered unequal because of great disparity of age. “Charivari” existed under different names in many countries in Europe, sometimes taking such violent form that military interference was necessary to put it down. In the 14th century the church threatened punishment and even excommunication people participating in such demonstrations. Later charivari took on a political significance, as during the Restoration in France. By that time, however, the world had advanced to the stage where the attacks and violence began to take intellectual, rather than physical form, the medium being the public press. Indeed, a paper called “Charivari” was established in Paris in December, 1832, with the avowed purpose of satirizing the happenings of the day. From this came the German “Katsenmusik” and the English “Caterwauling.”

Married: At Idaho Springs, June 12th, 1927, Rev. Russell of the Episcopal Church officiating, Mr. Earl Allen and its Alva Thomas, both of this city. They were accompanied to Idaho Springs by Miss Guidita Partell, who acted as bride’s maid, and Mr. Gordon Thomas, who officiated as groom’s man. The Register-Call joins with their many friends in extending good wishes for the future.

Died: Leonard Schaffnit: The gentleman named above died in San Diego, California, the first of last week, and his remains were brought to Denver and buried in Fairmount Cemetery on Saturday last. He was a well-known and former resident of this city, and for years conducted the Washington House, on Gregory Street, opposite Turner Hall. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Gustav Winter, of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. P.W. Weum, of Minneapolis, and a son, Edward Schaffnit.

Died: Rev. Jacob. R Rader: The Denver Post of Tuesday contains the announcement of the death of Rev. Jacob Rader, at the Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, on Tuesday last, at the age of 70 years. He was one of the oldest members of the Colorado Methodist conference, and was assigned to many of the most difficult pioneer charges in the field. His first assignment in Colorado was in Silver Plume, and so visited Central City on many occasions, and is well and pleasantly remembered by members of St. James Methodist Church of this city. Surviving him is his widow, Mrs. Emma V. Rader, three sons, Cranston, V., and Miles, of Denver, and Lynn Rader, of Hollywood, California. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at Olinger’s Mortuary, interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.

120 years ago – June 18, 1897

Harry Couch, while working in the Review Mine shaft on Winnebago Hill, on Wednesday, was struck by a rock weighing over 200 pounds, which came out of the shaft a few feet above where he was working, and bruised his side and ankle. Had the rock fallen from a greater height, the result would have been much different.

The Russell Gulch schools closed last Friday afternoon for the summer. The same staff of teachers have been reappointed for the ensuing year, as follows: Z.B. McClure, principal; Misses Kate Sutton and Elizabeth Aksew.

Miss Bernice, daughter of Mr. Sol Bacharach, of this city, surprised him on Sunday last, in arriving from Colorado Springs for a short visit.

Sinking is progressing favorably at the Kansas Mine on Quartz Hill at a present depth of 1,390 feet, and will be continued until a depth of 1,450 feet has been reached. The work of sinking is being done with air drills and three sifts of miners, and Superintendent Dickey reports there is a nice crevice showing up in the bottom of the shaft, carrying considerable smelting ore.

The Indiana Mine, in the same group of claims, is showing up well, especially in the 100 and 1,200 foot levels, and these properties operated by the Gold Coin Mines Company are shipping as extensively as ever before, and with about the same production each month. Enough ore is being hoisted daily to keep the Kansas Mill of 40 stamps dropping day and night, as well as 25 stamps in the Bobtail Mill, the ore carrying from 3 to 8 ounces gold to the cord.

Born: In Central City, June 15th, 1897, to the wife of Fred Roberts, a son.

Born: In Central City, June 15th, 1897, to the wife of Fred Westcott, a daughter.

Married: In Central City, June 15th, 1897, at the Episcopal Church, Rev. A.E. Clay, pastor, officiating, Dr. A.E. Bonesteel and Martha Louise Becker.

Married: In Central City, June 16th, 1897, at the Church of the Assumption, Daniel Hynes to Miss Lice Brannigan.

Married: In Central City, June 16th, 1897, at the Church of the Assumption, John J. Hand to Miss Mary Griffin.

Married: In Central City, June 12th, 1897, Rev. Father Raber, of the Catholic Church, officiating, Mr. A.J. Kelly to Miss Mary Sandtner.

146 years ago – June 18, 1872

Messrs. Thatcher, Standley & Co., exhibited to an admiring crowd yesterday a large and particularly fine gold retort from the Sendeborg Lode, Nevada District. Its weight was three hundred and fifty ounces, and the product of about thirty seven cords of mill ore. It cost the present owners about $6,500. In a collection of cans standing on their gold table were a large number of lesser lumps, aggregating in value eight thousand or more, mostly from the “old reliable” Kansas Mine. The bullion product of the county for the present month promises to be from one third to one half greater than any previous one of the current year.

The noise of the hammer, that for so long a time has been silent at Rollinsville, has at last been superseded by the dropping of stamps, the running of Blatchley Pans, & Co. In other words, John Q. Rollins has started up his mill, and is now running ore from the Maury and Perigee lodes. As soon as it is practicable, silver ores from Caribou are to be treated in the “raw way.” The mill contains every facility for so doing as regards machinery, skilled labor, etc. The resumption of milling in this locality will give mining matters a new lease of life, which will result (it is hoped) in the resumption of work at Gold Dirt and Wide Awake mines.

We have been requested by the tenants of buildings along Main Street, from Schoenecker & Mark’s Saloon to the Ban Darin block, to say that a new sidewalk is needed the entire distance. The pact needs no advertising, as everyone that passes over the ground knows it ought to be done. A lady came near falling through the worn planks last night, and of course she knew that a new sidewalk was needed. Now then, we ask in the name of the community at large that the proper authorities take the matter in charge and enforce compliance with the general demand.

Lode mining in Russell Gulch, at the present time, is not in a very prosperous condition, the attention of a majority of the miners having been turned to gulching. A project is now on foot to bring in 100 inches of water at the head of Graham Gulch, and sluice it out, as paying dirt is known to exist there in sufficient quantities to fully warrant the expense attending the bringing in of water. Preparations are being made to commence sluicing in Willis Gulch, and the prospect is quite flattering for as large yield of gold from this branch of mining, the coming summer, as that produced by lodes.

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