Turning Back the Pages

30 years ago – August 21, 1987

The month of August was declared to be the “jazziest month in Colorado.” Central City on August 14, 15, and 16 was declared as the “City of Jazz,” and indeed it was at the 11th annual Central City Jazz Festival. The “Old School Band,” from Geneva, Switzerland, played for a packed audience at the Belvidere Theatre on August 16. It was the first time in years the theatre has been open for entertainment. The band has performed in Central City on one other occasion. The “Queen City Jazz Band” is not a stranger to Central City or to jazz buffs in Colorado. They played at the Gilded Garter Saloon. The band has a 29 year history of playing traditional jazz. Ray Leake entertained people in the Gilpin Lounge at the Teller House. He has been active in the Denver jazz scene for over 10 years. He has played with several groups and is a talented, entertaining performer. The “West End Jazz Band” from Chicago, Illinois, specialize in traditional jazz dating from the turn of the century to the early 1930s. Kitty Foye of Boulder, with the help of a volunteer from the audience, delighted people in attendance, singing “I’d rather be an old man’s darling than a young man’s slave…” Foye sings numbers from vaudeville to ballads. It was the first time she appeared in Central City. Including the entertainers above, approximately 100 musicians participated in the jazz festival.

Two business owners in Central City are charging that they were libeled as a result of paid political ads that appeared in the Weekly Register-Call. One ad ran by William C. Russell, Jr., during his incumbency for mayor of Central City, as stated in the October 10, 1986 newspaper issue read, “It’s time the ‘Main Street Mafia’ (Committee to elect BS [Bruce Schmalz] mayor) stopped trying to deceive voters.” The following week, October 17, 1987, Russell’s ad stated, “It’s time the ‘Main Street Gang’ (Committee to elect BS [Bruce Schmalz] mayor) stopped trying to deceive voters.” Lyle Sheftel, owner of the Toll Gate Saloon and Madam Gail’s Bar, Bob Brusco, owner of the Gilded Garter Saloon until June 1987, and Frank Macri, former owner of the Gold Coin Bar, were named in the ads, either as individual owners, or listing solely the names of the establishments. Sheftel was chairman of the committee to elect Schmalz for mayor. For unknown reasons, Sheftel and Brusco have filed a $1 million dollar suit against Russell. Nathan Baum, attorney for Sheftel and Brusco, refused to give any information to the Weekly Register-Call reporter because the newspaper is published by Russell. He said that the paper should obtain a copy of the suit itself if information about the case was needed. However, as of Thursday, Russell had not received service of process. Therefore, any information regarding the case could not be obtained. Russell, Central City’s mayor for 24 years, was defeated in the election by Schmalz, present mayor of the City of Central.

Letter to the Editor: This letter is in reference to your front page photos of those “strange and unidentified” people in short skirts parading in Central City on July 25th. When one works as an editor, or reporter of a newspaper, here are a few things one should make a point of finding out, namely: 1. Who is the owner of the newspaper? 2. What are their affiliations? 3. Who owns the newspaper building? 4. Who do you rent from? If you had known the answers to these questions, you would have known that those “strange” people were coming out of the Masonic Temple! Signed, One of the “strange ones,” a Mason, Nevadaville Lodge #4, Jean Bernier.

For the second consecutive month, alleged offenders of the Black Hawk junk ordinance appeared in court. Jean Bernier, owner of the Prospector Cafe in Black Hawk, entered a plea of not guilty to the alleged violations in Black Hawk Municipal Court last month. He requested a jury trial on the matter. Jim Maloney, attorney for Black Hawk, presented a request to Judge Frederic B. Rodgers in court on August 17. Maloney asked the court for a six month deferred sentence regarding the citations Bernier was issued. Judge Rodgers granted the deferred sentence. Bernier changed his plea to guilty. He was given 60 days to clean up building materials and auto parts on his property, remove a dump truck, and screen from view several five gallon containers of oil. Bernier’s case was set for review on March 21, 1988.

Died: Thomas John: Thomas John, longtime resident of Gilpin County, passed away in Brighton on August 11, 1987. He was 58 years old. Thomas and Bonnie, his wife, resided in the Skydive area of Gilpin County for 20 years. They moved to Brighton this summer. Their four daughters graduated from Nederland High School. Thomas was a member of the Stanley Nelson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #75 for approximately 10 years. He was a member of the Central City Elks Lodge for seven years and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Denver. Memorial services were held at Rice Chapel in Brighton on August 14. Burial was at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Thomas, who was born May 1, 1929, is survived by his wife; his daughters, Terri Grant of Las Vegas, Debbi Naad of Wheatridge, Vicki Barrel of Thornton, Joni Briggs of Brighton; and eight grandchildren. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children

60 years ago – August 23, 1957

Central City Nuggets

The fire siren screeched its eerie sound Wednesday morning about 2 o’clock, awakening residents from sleep and rest. Only five little screeches were given, and residents were uncertain as to the meaning, as the new system of signals now in vogue did not coincide with rules promulgated by the fire department. Later that morning we learned that an old wreck of a car, parked opposite the Lost Gold Mine on Eureka Street, had caught fire and was rapidly being consumed by flames. No reason could be found as to how the fire started, and apparently the car fell apart, as the siren signals proclaimed no fire in evidence in the city. However, it obviously was a fire, and the fire signal is given by a long screech, but in this particular, five signals meant nothing, and few refused to leave their homes. If the car was afire, then why not give the fire signal? A fire is a fire, and not a call for help in an accident. It is becoming more noticeable each day that the blowing of the siren is the same as “Crying Wolf”, and our citizens are growing extremely tired of using this means of alarm for everything from accidents to a lighted package of cigarettes. It appears the some novice desired to disturb the peaceful sleep of our citizens and was uncertain as to the signals. The use of the siren indiscriminately can only have disastrous results when fire signals are ignored.

Mr. Wm. Thomas and two children of Pittsburg, California, are visiting here with various members of the Thomas family.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Welch, J.R. Welch, and Karl Isberg left Tuesday morning on a week’s camping and fishing trip on the Gunnison River, and many tall tales will be heard about the big ones that got away upon their return.

Died: Richard I. Hughes, Sr., died last week in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, after an illness of two weeks, death being due to a coronary condition, He was 88 years of age.  Richie was born in Manchester, England, in 1869, and came to Central City in 1874, where he engaged in mining and hauling ore for several years. Before the water system was perfected he hauled water taken from a spring in the La Crosse tunnel, with a donkey and cart. He later moved to Russell Gulch, where he engaged in the teaming business for several years, later operating the Becky Sharpe, Lillian, and other mines in that vicinity. He was a County Commissioner for 14 years. Funeral services were held Monday from the Albers Mortuary, in Golden, with interment in Fairmount Cemetery, under the auspices of Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 2, IOOF, of which order he had been a member for 67 years. Rev. Hawks, of the Methodist Church of this city, delivered the funeral obituary. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Lillian Grenfell, and Mrs. Flora Rudolph, of Black Hawk, Mrs. Pyne West of Arvada, and Mrs. Thelma Gardner, of Denver; two sons, Richard I. Hughes, Jr., of Arvada, and Hugh Hughes, of Chickasha, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mrs. Shirley Barker, Mrs. Emma Eccker, and Miss Kathryn Eccker were shopping in Boulder last Friday.

The tourist business at the old Bobtail Tunnel is very gratifying, according to Walter Lutz and Gust Bakus, who conducts tours into the once famous mine.

A farewell dance for the summer guests at Strange Dude Ranch on Ralston Creek Saturday night was well attended. The music was furnished by George Anderle, Joe Oberholser, and a lady from Idaho Springs.

Born: In a Denver hospital Monday night, a baby girl arrived to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mueller.

90 years ago – August 26, 1927

Alber Auger, wife and two children, of Denver, accompanied by Walter Burroughs and his mother, from Tucson, Arizona, arrived in Central on Friday evening last, on a visit with old friends. Mr. Burroughs said he left Central nineteen years ago, and this was his first visit since that time. While here, all were guests of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Richards. They returned to the valley Sunday afternoon.

At a hearing held Monday morning in the county courtroom, before County Judge Louis J. Carter and the lunacy commission, composed of Dr. Wm. Shultz of this city and Dr. Fraser, of Idaho Springs, the evidence produced was sufficient for the commission to declare Antonio Dallapicolo insane, and ordered him sent to the insane asylum in Pueblo. At the same time, a hearing was held in the case of Carl Williams, the amnesia victim, who was brought in from the East Portal several weeks ago, who has lost his memory and is unable to state where he came from or where his relatives reside. He does not know his own name, but believes it is Carl Williams, and that is the name which has been given him while in jail. The commission decided to send him to the patent’s ward in the asylum for care and attention, in the hope that he may regain his reason and be able to locate himself. Both gentlemen will be taken to Pueblo on Monday next.

How to Make Bangor Brownies by Nellie Maxwell: Cream one fourth of a cupful of butter with one cupful of brown sugar, add one beaten egg, three squares of grate chocolate and one fourth teaspoonful of salt. Add one half to three fourths cupful of flour, one teaspoonful of baking powder and one cupful of nuts cut into small bits. Beat all together and spread evenly over a buttered pan. Bake in a moderate oven and cut into strips while hot.

Married: In Schenectady, New York, August 20th, 1927, Wilbur Orlo Richards of this city and Jessie Ollie Stovall, of Dodge City, Kansas. This announcement will prove a surprise to the many friends of the groom in Gilpin County, who nevertheless extend congratulations and good wishes for a long and happy future. Both parties are graduates from the Colorado University; the groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. C.O. Richards of this city; was born here and graduated from the high school, and is now holding a responsible position with the General Electric company, at Schenectady, New York.

120 years ago – August 27, 1897

A Cornish wrestling match was held in this city on Saturday last under the management of Jack Teague, which was well attended and provided some neat sport for the boys. The first prize went to Sid Varney, of Idaho Springs; the second to Thomas Berryman, of Nevadaville, and the third to James Seller, of this city.

A special to the Denver Republican said that William Bolitho, foreman of the Mammoth Mine, at Goldfield, Arizona, had died at Mesa. This was the mine in which James Stevens of Nevadaville was entombed for over 13 days and it is believed that the hard work and exposure incident to the recovery of Stevens did much towards causing the death of the former.

Master Ray Key, of Black Hawk, was thrown from a jack on Monday, and sustained a broken wrist in two places. Dr. Richmond attended to his injuries and gave proper attention to the fractures.

The Columbia Opera Company played to crowded houses at the Opera House in this city in their week’s engagement, and gave universal satisfaction.

Sinking operations are being carried on at the Nottaway Mine in Lake District, at a depth of 410 feet, the bottom of the shaft showing a crevice between four and five feet in width of mill, or concentrating ore. Foreman J. Smock reports an increased amount of water coming in since sinking was started, but it is easily handled. Tributes are working in the 165 east and west levels and are shipping mineral to the sampling works that is returning from $40 to $45 per ton. A force of 14 men are working in the property and good headway is being made in deepening the shaft.

The new plant of machinery for the Review Mine on Winnebago Hill was hauled up to the mines on Saturday, and as soon as the shaft building is completed, the machinery will be installed and work commenced in developing the mine, which was stopped when the shaft building was destroyed by fire several months ago.

Born: In Central City, August 24th, 1897, to the wife of James Morrison, a daughter.

Born: In Georgetown, August 17th, 1897, to the wife of J.L. Preville, a son.

Born: In Boulder, August 16th, 1897, to the wife of Peter C. Johnson, a daughter.

Born: In Central City, August 21st, 1897, to the wife of Richard Drew, a son.

Married: In Central City, at St. Mary’s Church, August 25th, 1897, Rev. Father Raber officiating, Charles F. Workmeister to Miss Margaret A. McKibben, both of Nevadaville.

Died: In Nevadaville, August 20th, 1897, Mrs. Grace Penrose, aged 39 years.

Died: In Twelve Mile, Gilpin County, August 19th, 1897, George Pyle, aged 74 years.

Died: In Central City, August 27th, 1897, Miss Kate Sharks, aged 51 years.

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