Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – August 7, 1987

Don’t shoot the guitar player at the Gilded Garter Saloon. That is what happened August 1, in the peace loving City of Central. But don’t fear folks, “Big Bad Bully,” Ed Graft met his fate at the hand of Marshal Wyatt Earp. Hugh O’Brian, who played the legendary marshal for seven years in the late 50’s and 60’s, surprised 185 high school students gathered for the 1987 Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation International Leadership seminar. The seminar is being held at the University of Denver from July 31 through August 8. The students are from 50 states in the United States and 20 other countries. They are participating in a variety of seminars, including discussions on land use the space program, sports, the press, and a number of other topics. O’Brian established the organization in 1958. Each year the seminar series is held at a major American university. The students meet with leading government, education, business, and professional leaders. O’Brian, as Wyatt Earp, and Graff, resident of Gilpin County, staged a gunfight for the numerous students and spectators including the new owner of the saloon, Bob Willmann. Wyatt Earp proved to be just as fast on the draw as he was many years ago.

A variety of artwork is on display at the Gilpin County Arts Association on Eureka Street in Central City. Bring a little light and color into your life and plan to visit the 40th Anniversary exhibit. Artists work from throughout the state of Colorado is featured. The gallery is open from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., seven days a week. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. The gallery will be open until September 13.

Died: John L. Myers: John L. Myers, formerly of Golden, died July 30, 1987, in Marietta, Georgia. Myers, known by many people in Gilpin County, was vice president of the former Gilpin County Bank. He assumed the position of vice president in November of 1982. In January of 1985, Myers was named president of the bank. He served as president until July 1985. Myers served as president of Gilpin County Chamber of Commerce from May 1983, until September 1984. He was the main organizer of the Gilpin County Mining and Milling Festival held each year in Black Hawk. He was born in Altoona, Kansas, on October 4, 1942. He served in the United States Air Force from 1961 until 1965. He was a 1973 graduate of Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas. Velma Myers Wilson, his mother, passed away in Fredonia, Kansas, in March. His father, Leonard C. Myers, died when John was 10 years old. His sister, Shirley, also of Fredonia, passed away in May. Myers, his wife, Marcia, and their two sons moved to Marietta in June. Marcia was transferred by Glasrock Home Health Care. John was not employed at the time of his death. Myers succumbed to death due to complications from burns to 25 percent of his body. According to his wife, an accident occurred on July 24, but no one is certain what happened. She said his injuries were the result of a car fire not far from their home. It is speculated that he was pouring gas into the carburetor of his car. While living in Kansas, Myers served as the president and vice president of several banks before moving to Colorado. Prior to his death, he worked for Metro State Bank in Commerce City. He served in the Commerce City Memorial Day Parade and was a member of the Green Mountain United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Marcia Frewertz Myers; two sons, J.D., who is 15 years old, and Kevin, who is 10; a sister, Virginia Babcock of Chanute, Kansas; three brothers, Lewis Myers of Arvada, Lyle Myers of Baxter Springs, Kansas, and Jack Myers of Independence, Kansas. Memorial services were held at Hay-Gantt Funeral Home on August 1. His body was cremated.

60 years ago – August 9, 1957

Lee Lyttle, our eminent Justice of the Peace, received a complaint last Saturday from an irate woman stating that trespassers and vagrants were attempting to enter her house and she was unsuccessful in refusing admission. Our honorable Magistrate called the City Marshals and directed they go forthwith to the scene, and bring the culprits before him to offer pleas as to their guilt or innocence. The two officers, Smith and Eustice, hurried themselves rapidly to the apparent scene of crime, and returned with the culprits. Their eerie cries of lament were such that strong men wept and women fainted but they were turned over to the justice. In amazement, he viewed the criminals as two tame mallard ducks, and being mindful of his duties, lectured them as to the crime of trespassing and released them on their own ducky recognizance, and they quackantly promised to remain home and not explore the neighborhood. Their intentions were apparently honest, but the following day, again erred, and now the Justice is intending the use of the guillotine for their quacking misdemeanors.

Across the Crossroads by A.F. Mayham: If it wasn’t for men and women, life would be interesting, particularly after vacation time. Vacations are like girdles – they come in all sizes, types, lengths, and prices; just take your pick. Men and women make up, or at least think they do, most of the interesting things about life. Uncle Ed said his pal was worried the other day; worried about the way women dress; why, in 100 years from now they won’t be wearing anything. Well, says Ed, you won’t be here. “That’s what I’m worryied about,” says he. Another interesting fact about men and women, mostly women; they like everything fattening, illegal, and immoral. About then Ed ordered a grasshopper for the table and one fellow, who has a wife and four kids, said his better half kept a razor strop on the shelf with this motto: “I need thee every hour.” Another interesting thing about men and women: when there are more than two in the company, don’t talk about yourself, it will be done after you leave.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

The George Works family arrived Thursday from Dallas, Texas, for a month’s vacation at their cottage on Swede Hill.

Mrs. Luella Fritz spent the weekend in Denver with her daughter, Helen Howard and family. Grandson David Kent is here for several days with Mrs. Fritz.

The drab old house with the bay window and climbing wood bin over the porch, has received a new coat of yellow paint with white trim, and now compares favorably with the other homes on Marchant Street. The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Aldus Kivett, have been busy since July 1, making numerous improvements both inside and out.

Several relatives and friends enjoyed a grain party at the Frank Gates home last Sunday in honor of Mrs. Gates’ birthday.

The heavy rains recently have caused considerable damage, such as overflowing of the Chase Gulch flume, thus turning the water into the middle of the road. On Gregory Street, a portion of that flume was washed away completely, breaking a water line, with the result that Mrs. Luella Fritz is now without water facilities.

Charles Tregay and sister, of Nederland, were in town last Saturday, showing the sights to an uncle, Mr. Ed Cuff, who is a guest from Long Beach, California.

When Poncho and Ann Gates returned home from fishing last Monday evening, they found their home filled with smoke caused by a smoldering fire in the attic, but with the help of a neighbor, they soon extinguished the blaze.

90 years ago – August 12, 1927

Sheriff Oscar Williams brought in from East Portal on Friday last, a stranger who was unable to tell his name, from where he came, or what he wanted, and lodged him in the county jail, in the hope that he would regain his senses, or his relatives located. When asked what his name was, he gave several names to different parties, and where he came from received similar responses. He now claims his name is Carl Williams, is about 35 years of age, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, has blue eyes, a sandy mustache, and dark hair. His hands indicated he had never done any hard labor, was dressed in overhauls, wore a corduroy cap, and an examination of his clothing did not reveal a piece of paper that would lead to his identification. The authorities are undecided as what to do in his case, and may decide to hold a hearing as to his sanity and send him to the asylum until he regains his senses.

Central City Nuggets

Mr. and Mrs. George Williams, of Arvada, arrived here on Sunday morning to visit with old friends and take in the basket picnic which had been arranged for the pioneers. Mr. Williams left Gilpin County some 25 years ago, and during his short stay here, roamed over the city and mills, reliving memories of former days. They were accompanied here by Mr. and Mrs. Peddycoat and wife, also of Arvada.

Mr. and Mrs. Fithian, Mrs. R.D. Shemlock, Mrs. George Wenzel, and Mr. George Dewey Harris motored up from Denver Sunday morning to take in the picnic, and visit with old friends.

Mr. Frank Schellinger and wife, of Arvada, spent Sunday in Central, visiting the old home and meeting with former friends. Mr. Schellinger was easily remembered by old friends, who knew him when he was a lad here, not altogether from his facial features, but on account of possessing the finest “bowlegs” ever seen in the mountains.

Scientists say now that the world is a million years old. If it is, it is still pretty jazzy for its age.

How to Make Frozen Custard by Nellie Maxwell: To one quart of milk add three slightly beaten eggs, one cupful of sugar, the juice and rind of an orange, and a little salt. Cook the rind of the orange in the custard until smooth, then add the juice and freeze. When partly frozen add one fourth pound each of chopped walnut meats and steamed chopped figs. Finish freezing and let stand a few hours to ripen.

Born: All of the Reynolds family have had mention in the Register-Call over the past fifty or more years, so we can’t forget to tell you about the arrival of “Bob.” Dropped in on August 5th, 1927, and from the husky lungs we’d say he was here to stay. Weighed 8 and one half pounds. We’ll tell the world through the Register-Call. Best luck to the Editor and his wayward son. Signed, Mr. and Mrs. Jim L. Reynolds, Oak Park, Illinois.

120 years ago – August 13, 1897

At a late hour Sunday night, Alex Goddard and Zara Granger, of Russell Gulch, were badly cut with knives in the hands of Austrians, as the result of a drunken quarrel. Goddard and Granger, two Americans, entered a saloon in Russell Gulch late Sunday evening, and after drinking and playing cards, got into a row with a party of Austrians. The quarrel and fight took place in the rear of the saloon and it was two men with their fists against a large number, armed with knives, resulting in Goddard and Granger being badly injured from knife cuts. Goddard’s injuries were the most serious and Dr. Morre, who had been called to attend the injured man, took him to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, where an operation was performed from which he failed to rally, and died at 4 o’clock that afternoon. Sheriff Nicholas and Marshal M.J. Keleher arrested Dominick Roner and Fritz Paoll, and lodged them in the county jail. An inquisition was held before Coroner D.A.C. Burke, Thursday, which charged the two men as being implicated in the stabbing of Goddard. Threats having been made against the men, the two above mentioned and two others which were arrested as witnesses, Sheriff Nichols placed all of them in the steel cell, as a protection, and it was well he did, for on Friday morning between one and two o’clock, a crowd of 35 men attacked the jail, but could not break the locks on the steel cells. Hoping to kill the prisoners, they fired 30 or 40 shots from their revolvers into the cells, through the spaces between the bolts on the door. The prisoners, to escape the bullets, laid down on the floor and up close to the door and the shots went wild. As the rooms were dark, a lighted candle was thrust through the openings, to light the interior and show the prisoners, but it was grabbed by one of the prisoners and put out. Seeing that they could not enter the cells, and in the hope that their shots had killed the prisoners, the mob returned the way they came, and went up Eureka Street, where they scattered in all directions, and returned to their homes. Sheriff Nicholas was routed out of bed at his home, and after deputizing a half dozen guards for the jail, left for Russell Gulch and arrested several parties on suspicion, who were lodged in jail.

Henry Kember was instantly killed in the Buell Mine on Tuesday morning, as he and his partners, Harvey Conrad and Bambrough were being lowered down the shaft. Kember was struck by a falling rock and knocked off the bucket, landing in the bottom of the shaft, a distance of 75 feet. Harvey as also struck on the head by falling rock, rendered unconscious, and would have fallen off the bucket but for the prompt action of Bambrough, who grabbed him and held him on the bucket, thus saving his life. Kember was found dead, having received a terrible cut on the head. He was 30 years of age, and had worked only three shifts in the mine, and was a member of Blucher Lodge No. 10, Sons of Herman, of this city.

The rich gold streak recently found in the incline shaft on the Gregory-Bobtail property is not being worked at present, in fact, is now under water, and the rich ore will not be taken out until the operators are ready to do so.

The main shaft on the Briggs property is now being unwatered, and when finished, sinking will be commenced. The bottom of the shaft is 900 feet from the surfaces and the cross cut being run from the 900 foot level of the Gregory incline to cut the Bobtail vein has been driven a distance of 250 feet. Air drills are being used, and during the past month the distance driven was 138 feet.

Born: In Central City, August 11th, 1897, to the wife of August Reckling, a daughter.

Died: In Central City, August 11th, 1897, of pneumonia, Mr. Richard Gartrell, aged 48 years.

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