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30 years ago – July 19, 1985

Gilpin County actors are well represented in the Central City Opera production of “Carmen.” As extras, they add local color to the stage. A dozen locals are in the opera, 11 are supernumeraries; one has a speaking part. Most have more than one role. Frack Macri, of the Little Kingdom Players of Teller House fame, has four parts in “Carmen.” He plays two soldiers, an ugly constable of Seville, and has a 36-line speaking part as the gypsy guide. Jed Shields and Brian Salerno play altar boys. Salerno is also in the children’s chorus, and Shields is also a street urchin. Other street urchins are Karen Weisbrod, Jennifer Mills, and Glenn Gain. Weisbrod also plays the part of a rich bambina. Lee Harvey plays a beggar and a townsman. Ted Ellis is a soldier, a picador, and a townsman. Richie Sanchez and Bob Stewart are soldiers and picadors. Dan Monroe is a toreador and a soldier. William C. Russell Jr. plays a mayor and a monsignor. “Carmen,” along with “The Daughter of the Regiment” and “The Desert Song” will run in repertory though the end of the opera season on August 3.

HELP! The city of Black Hawk is asking for help finding water leaks. The city fathers know there are leaks in the town’s system, but have been unable to locate all of them. Black Hawk is using 13,000 gallons more water per day than was used last year at this time of year. Residents and business owners are asked to please report any water that is surfacing, and report any strange noises in their water lines. Often, a singing noise in a line will indicate a leak. Anything unusual can be reported to City Hall, or to Bill Lorenz, the city councilman in charge of the water department. The city will check out any problems that people notice.

By Fred Weber: Moritz Mining has won first place in league play with a 10 win, 2 loss record. This is the first time the major league team has won first place. Also, Moritz Mining has placed seven players on the Rocky Mountain All-Star Team. They are Mitch Risner, Fred Weber, Nathan Seeby, Paul Willis, Christa Robinson, Chris Sauerwine, and Matt Kittrell. This is the most that Gilpin County has sent to the All-Star Team.

Sheriff’s report July 10, 1985: A resident of Lilly Lane in mid-Gilpin County reported that two of his calves had been killed by dogs at the Rudolph Ranch. Reportedly, after he found the calves, the man took them to Golden for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. He was informed the calves had been run to death. He did not have a description of the dogs and did not know who owned them. He said medical costs and the autopsy were in excess of $1,000. According to the sheriff’s report, the man said that “if he sees the dogs he will shoot them and then check for tags.”

Kathy Heider, a former editor of the Register-Call, has been in Central City visiting friends and attending operas. She now lives in Washington D.C., and works for the public relations department of the Montgomery County School District. One of her duties is, appropriately, putting out a weekly newspaper, something she is well qualified for. Montgomery County is in Maryland, just outside of Washington. Heider says she likes Washington and her job, but she misses Colorado.

60 years ago – July 22, 1955

  A new feature to the museum exhibits of the Central City Opera House Association was added this week. Miss Caroline Bancroft completed writing and hanging a photographic story: “Henry M. Teller and his Law Office,” and the Colorado State Historical Society installed an exhibit of relics and paintings relating to the early days. Both exhibits are housed in the Henry M. Teller Law Office Museum on Eureka Street, next door to the Williams Stables. The exhibits are open each day from nine to five and are free to the public.

It has been observed that the possibility of soaking the rich to pay the cost of government went out with prohibition and Empress Eugenie hats. If the federal government took every nickel of individual taxable income above $10,000 a year, the amount collected wouldn’t pay its bills for one month. If it took all taxable income above $4,000, it would only get a fifth of what it is spending each year. We just haven’t got enough rich or middle income people to soak, and those we have are soaked to the hilt already. So the lower incomes must carry a great part of the burden.

Mrs. Ben Franklin and Mrs. Ezra Shaffer and Chester Clark, of Denver, were here this week. Chester is the son of Eugene Clark, who was a partner in the hardware business with Frank Lowell in the early ’70s.

Mr. and Mrs. Cole Neff and daughter, Colleen, of Denver were here last Saturday to visit with Mrs. Perl Neff.

Mrs. Michael Parenhoff was operated on last Saturday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver. This was the second operation on her leg, which was broken and crushed in an automobile accident two years ago in Clear Creek Canyon.

Mrs. Reba Stroehle and daughter, Billie Jean, and friend, Marvin Smith, all from Memphis, Texas, arrived Monday to spend a week at their summer home in Chase Gulch.

Fred Fish, who left here some fifteen years ago, visited friends here last Thursday. He is now living at Maywood, California.

Mrs. Rose Quintral’s death notice was seen in the Denver papers. She was another of Russell Gulch’s early residents.

Mrs. Delia Whitmore arrived early in the week to spend some time in her home here. Her friends, Mr. and Mrs. Wilcoxson brought her up from Denver.

Mrs. A.A. Stapp was called to Denver by the serious illness of one of their great grandsons.

Delia Johnson and children spent Saturday night at the Ress home.

Donald and Joe Stinson were guests of Mr. Campioni at the Teller House for breakfast last week.

90 years ago – July 24, 1925

Mary had a little lamb. Its breath was sweet; each day Mary sprinkled Listerine upon the lambkin’s hay.

Great preparations are being made by the committee appointed for the purpose, for the proper celebration of Gilpin County Day in Denver this year, Saturday, July 25, at Washington Park, and a general invitation is extended everyone who had ever lived in Gilpin County to attend, meet old neighbors and friends of bygone days, and enjoy the hospitality and good fellowship which will be prepared by the committee. The meeting last year was one of the largest attended since the organization, and the one this year is expected to “beat the others a mile.” Bring your lunch baskets, the committee will furnish coffee, sugar and milk, and enjoy the afternoon and evening under the spreading trees in a reunion that will be greatly enjoyed.

Tom Mix in “Teeth,” his latest production and a Fox News reel will be the picture program at the Opera House Saturday evening, July 25.

George McFarlane and wife came up from Denver, Saturday evening, the former to preside at the motion picture machine that evening, while the latter visited with relatives and friends. They returned to Denver Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Dukes and children came up from Denver Saturday afternoon on a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Johnson. Mr. Dukes returned to Denver Sunday afternoon while the rest of the family remained here for a longer stay.

Miss Minnie Sorenson, of Denver, former postmistress at Black Hawk was visiting friends in this city on Monday.

Mr. W. C. Fullerton received a badge from Minnehaha, Minnesota, the first of the week, announcing the 56th annual reunion of the 1st Minnesota Volunteers, who took part in the Civil War, held on June 10th last. Mr. Fullerton said there were but 52 members of the regiment still living, out of a total of 1,140.

Died: In the home of Mrs. Eliza Richards, Tuesday, July 14, Mrs. Jane Truscott, aged 18 years, 2 months and 26 days. The family were former residents of Russell Gulch, where they resided many years before going to Denver to make their home. Funeral services were held on Saturday, interment in Fairmont.

Died: Richard T. James, 53 years old, of 915 University Avenue, Boulder, for many years a resident of Gilpin County, died at the Boulder Community Hospital yesterday. Born in Plymouth, Devonshire, England, Feb. 6, 1872, Mr. James immigrated to this country at the age of 18 and settled in Telluride, Colorado. He was engaged in the mining industry, and spent most of his working years in Central City, Cripple Creek, and Nederland. On Jan. 24, 1889, he married Miss Elizabeth Retallack at Central City. To them were born two children. The family moved to Boulder about two years ago, where Mr. James was employed by the University of Colorado. He had been in poor health for 18 months, declining rapidly during the last six. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. A. Knott, of Waco, Texas; a son, Percy James of Boulder; a brother in Canada, and his mother, two sisters and a brother, all living in England.

120 years ago – July 19, 1895

Owing to stringent times, the force of laborers formerly working on the streets of the city have been laid off for the present. There is a small force at work in securing the flume in Gregory Gulch above Turner Hall. Retrenchment seems to be the watchword with the city authorities at present.

The retaining wall in the rear of the Free Coinage store has been secured, several of the walls south of it need repairing. They will probably receive attention in the near future in time to prevent any accident of a serious nature.

The members of Alert Fire & Hose Co. No. 2, Central City Fire Department, held a special meeting at their headquarters on Lawrence Street last Friday evening. The attendance was unusually large of the members, as they also invited guests. This company has nice quarters which they own and keep in good shape.

One of Georgetown’s young ladies baked a castor oil cake last week for someone who is in the habit of stealing sweetmeats. The cake was stolen on time, but the thief has failed to report whether it was enjoyed.

Christopher Clawson, a miner working in the mines at Dumont, wo has been a sufferer from miner’s consumption for years, was found dead in bed in Denver on Friday last, where he had gone in the hope that a change might be beneficial to him.

Wm. J. Westlake was taken to Leadville on Wednesday to have a surgical operation performed. He was in great agony from the effects of a hernia.

Mr. John Best returned from Denver Monday accompanied by his son, Walter, who is a student at Yale College. Walter will remain in the state for summer and will assist his father at the Saratoga Mine when occasion requires.

Mrs. John Eva of this city left on Sunday afternoon for Denver where she will spend the balance of the summer visiting friends, and in the hope that the change to a lower altitude will be beneficial to her health.

Mr. H.T. Russell and recently wedded wife arrived the first of the week. They will take up a residence in Lake District, where he has mines which he will develop.

How to cut out a Boat Sail: It is unnecessary to go to a sailmaker to get a sail for a small boat for use on an inland lake or river. Ascertain the height of the mast and decide upon the length of boom and gaff. Make a diagram on the barn floor or outdoors on the dirt, driving a nail or peg at each of the four corners. Now, having bought some good heavy cotton drilling, cut it into lengths to fit the diagram, beginning on the side farthest from the mast, and then place that length in its proper place and cut out the next. Continue until the whole diagram is filled out. The pieces should now be numbered consecutively, sewed together in double seams and the whole strongly hemmed around all sides except the first length cut out, which shows a selvage. Make the eyelets for the mast, boom and gaff, and the sail is ready to be bent on.16


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