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    Lyons, Iris Self by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Iris's parents came from Georgia to Spring Gulch, two miles north of Williams Fork in Moffat County in 1914 with seven children. Iris was born in 1905. The nearest neighbor was 5 miles away. Her father had a college education and taught at the Wattle Creek school and was also a preacher. Her mother found life much harder than in Georgia. Iris describes life on the homestead: garden, cows, wheat, deer, hogs, clothing, play, puberty, and the one room school. For high school the children stayed in a rented house in Craig while their parents stayed on the ranch. Iris was interested in science and wanted to be a nurse. She went to Denver General Hospital for nurses training after high school. She describes some early nursing techniques and home remedies. Iris came home to marry Wayne Lyons and they lived on the Lyon's family homestead in Breeze Basin in 1930 and had four children. She worked as a nurse when she was needed. At one point they would have closed the Hayden hospital if not for her. Later she worked at the Craig hospital. Iris died in 1999.

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    Coles, Catharine Rebecca Craig by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Catherine was born in Canon City in 1901. Her mother died when she was three and her father remarried. They moved to the Colorado Western Slope and lived on ranches in the Steamboat Springs and Craig areas. She talks about: cooking, caring for children, hauling water, play, rural schools, household chores, and transportation. After three years of high school she qualified for a second grade teaching certificate and taught at the Pagoda one-room school. She talks about the students and teaching experiences. She married her husband, Russell Coles, at age twenty-two. They spent their early married years on the Coles ranch in southeastern Moffat County and had five children. She talks about rural dances. Russell left the ranch and moved to Craig to become the County Treasurer, a post he held until retirement. She talks about the depression, Roosevelt's social programs, and World War II. Catharine died in 1994.

  • Thumbnail for Kirby, Ruby Lucile Rector
    Kirby, Ruby Lucile Rector by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Ruby Kirby's parents (sister is Leona Rector Hinricks) came to the Rangely area in 1898-99. They had three children, Ruby (born in 1902), Leona, and a son. Ruby talks about Ute Indians who visited the ranch. And she describes: home remedies, chores, play, and riding horses. The children had tutors at home and also spent winters in Grand Junction for school. Ruby describes activities at the ranch during their teenage years: house work, horses, picnics, dances, and the family band. She and her sister went to Western State College. Ruby worked in San Francisco for three years in 1927 and then returned home. She married Russel Dare in 1936, but he was shot in front of the Rangely store by a "squatter" when she was eight months pregnant. After having her daughter, she soon married Albert Kirby, a local rancher. They continued to ranch in the area until Albert died two years prior to this interview, but Ruby's daughter and family live on the ranch and she continues to move between summer and winter ranches. Ruby died in 1995.

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    Holland, Norine by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Norine's grandparents came to Meeker in the early 1900's and lived on a ranch on the White River. Her mother, a teacher, came from Denver in 1912. She tells many stories of her mother teaching in rural schools and as Rio Blanco County Superintendent, and of her own experiences in rural schools. She tells of life on the ranch: cooking, clothing, animals, food preservation, transportation, heating, washing, and play. She talks about: access to medical help, home remedies, the early death of her father, mother's midwifery, pregnancy, childbirth, puberty, and divorce. Norine attended college and became a teacher in Meeker. Her fiancé was killed in WWII, so she earned a Master's degree in social work and worked in Denver until retirement. She now spends her summers in the Meeker area.

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    Idol, Lana Gregory by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Lana was born in Elk, Wyoming in 1915. When she was three years old her mother died of cancer and she came to Meeker with her five siblings to live with her Aunt Purdy. Her father continued to run the ranch in Wyoming. After three years they went back to Wyoming to live on the remote ranch. She describes life on the ranch: work, play, school, and transportation. Lana attended high school in Meeker and to receive some "feminine attention." Aunt Purdy took care of thirteen motherless children and homesteaded in the summers. Lana married Loren Idol and had seven children. Loren's parents homesteaded near Meeker in 1916 and Lana tells stories of their lives. Nellie Idol was a rural school teacher. Nellie used home remedies to help people when they were ill (Chuck White). Lana talks about the births of her children and general after birthing care. Lana died in 2006.

  • Thumbnail for Spence, Jennie Mary Brown
    Spence, Jennie Mary Brown by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Jennie was born in 1897. Her parents came to the Meeker area in 1898 in a covered wagon. Her father began teaching in rural schools around the Meeker area until they moved to Meeker and had a store. They also started a homestead on Flag Creek. Jennie tells many stories about her mother who: made hats, ran the store, sewed clothes, had boarders, was Dr. French's nurse, took care of other people's children, made funeral shrouds, and "laid out people." Jennie tells stories about her childhood: play, chores, basketball, piano, and riding horses. She taught school for three years before she married. Jennie describes: home remedies, puberty, births of children, and women who died in childbirth. She and her husband, Joe Spence, lived on several ranches and she describes the living conditions in the early years: coal oil lights, carrying water, milking cows, making butter, and making soap. She went on roundup with her husband from September to November. They had two children. She describes a typical day in the summer. Jennie began teaching again after her children left home. Jennie enjoyed painting. Jennie died in 1995.

  • Thumbnail for Parks, Nellie Warren
    Parks, Nellie Warren by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Nellie's parents came to Meeker in 1882 and she was born in 1893. She had four sisters and brothers. Their ranch was fourteen miles from Meeker. She remembers milking seventeen cows and selling the butter in Meeker, helping her father in the potato field and her mother in the kitchen, and loading hay with a buck rake (which is when they had to switch from wearing skirts to pants). Nellie remembers the visits of Ute Indians to their ranch looking for coffee and sugar. She talks about the rural school in the summer and the teacher who boarded with them. Nellie describes: home remedies, family injuries, the flu of 1918, and diseases. As a teenager she worked at home and did some work for other families until she married. When she married, she and her husband, George Parks, worked on several ranches and raised six children. She worked outside and inside and talks about those activities. She describes a difficult childbirth and a "damaged" child because of birthing conditions. She talks about: early dresses, later clothing, and caring for her children. Nellie died in 1985.

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    Savage, Rosamay Hodges by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Rosamay was born in 1898 on a ranch near Juniper Springs. Her mother, Bell, lived as a young woman in Maybell and the town may have been named after her and her sister, May. Rosamay's father was the foreman on the K-Diamond Ranch and there were no nearby neighbors. She and her sister rode horses and played with dolls. After her father died, they moved to Maybell where her mother owned a drugstore. She describes visiting an Indian camp at Cross Mountain. Rosamay also talks about: clothing for school, riding, home remedies, and dances. Her education ended after one year in high school for financial reasons. She later went to business college and worked for three years before marrying. Her husband, George Savage, was the chief of police in Boulder, Colorado. When he retired they bought a ranch near Rangely and she joined the Home Demonstration Club. She had no children. She enjoyed textile painting and quilting. Rosamay died in 1993.

  • Thumbnail for Shepherd, Virginia M.
    Shepherd, Virginia M. by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Virginia's father came to Meeker in 1898 and her mother came in 1901. They settled on a ranch near Buford (on the White River east of Meeker). Virginia tells stories about her mother's difficult adjustment to the West after growing up in Virginia. Virginia attended a rural school about three miles away. After her older sister died of pneumonia because they couldn't get her into town soon enough, the family moved to Meeker. Virginia describes her life as a child: play, clothing, travel to Virginia, church youth group, and high school parties. She talks about the 1918 flu: many people in Meeker died. Virginia describes instructions on becoming a "lady" and her mother's "reading club." Virginia graduated from college and talks about her experiences at Colorado College and Colorado State College of Education (Greeley). She later earned an M.A. at Colorado College. She talks about her teaching and counseling experiences in the Meeker schools. Virginia died in 1994.

  • Thumbnail for Sweeney, June Marion O'Connell
    Sweeney, June Marion O'Connell by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    June was born in Leadville, Colorado in 1904. She graduated from Colorado State College of Education in Greeley and accepted a job in Maybell in 1925(?). She lived in the motel and met a local cowboy, Henry Sweeney, who became her husband. They lived on the land his father had homesteaded in 1896. She tells stories about her trip to Maybell, and her year of teaching. She talks about her marriage, honeymoon, and new home seven miles south of Lay. June talks about: her pregnancies, riding a horse, teaching in rural schools, teaching in Craig, serving as the Moffat County School Superintendent. Her husband did the housework when she was too busy. June relates stories of her mother-in-law, who came from Ireland. She was a maid in Meeker when she met Pat Sweeney and they homesteaded in Lay. She talks the illness of one adult son. June died in 1987.

  • Thumbnail for Christian Scientists - Edson M. Cole
    Christian Scientists - Edson M. Cole by Cole, Edson M.

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 45, include: 1 8-page, handwritten letter, dated August 4, 1901, addressed “To Our Friends One-Hundred Yrs Hence, Ten Reasons Why Christian Science Will Be The Religion of Your Day.” Signed by Edson M. Cole; 1 business card, “Edson M. Cole, C. S.”

  • Thumbnail for Young lady at Colorado College - George Gallaway
    Young lady at Colorado College - George Gallaway by Gallaway, George

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 31, Young lady at Colorado College - George Gallaway include: 1 5-page, handwritten letter, dated August 2, 1901, signed by George D. Gallaway; 1 envelope addressed “To the Young Lady who stood highest in the Class graduated from Colorado College in the Year 2000.”

  • Thumbnail for Slang of the day - D. Russ Wood
    Slang of the day - D. Russ Wood by Wood, D. Russ

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 35, Slang of the day - D. Russ Wood include: 1 7-page, typewritten article “The Slang of the Day,” dated August 3, 1901, written by D. Russ Wood.

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    Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce - D. B. Fairley by Fairley, D. B.

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 36, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce - D.B. Fairley include: 1 issue of the Colorado Springs Gazette, January 13, 1901, with article on the history and work of the Chamber of Commerce; 1 handwritten note included with article above, signed by D. B. Fairley, President of the Chamber; 1 2-page, handwritten letter on Chamber of Commerce letterhead, dated August 4, 1901, signed by Fairley; 5 business cards: “Fairley Brothers, General House Furnishings” “Fred C. Fairley” “D. B. Fairley” (2) “C. W. Fairley” (handwritten); 2 printed Fairley Bros. Bank checks; 2 sheets Fairley Bros. Letterhead paper; 1 piece Black Belle Gold Mining Co. letterhead; 1b&w photo: “D. B. Fairley”; 1 copy of an editorial from the Colorado Springs Gazette, July 6, 1901.

  • Thumbnail for Art in Colorado Springs - Mary A. Bartow
    Art in Colorado Springs - Mary A. Bartow by Bartow, Mary A.

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 50, Art in Colorado Springs - Mary A. Bartow include: 1 b&w photo “Mary A. Bartow”; 1 2-page, typewritten list, “Partial List of Paintings Now in the Collection of Louis R. Ehrich,1700 North Cascade Avenue”; 1 26-page, handwritten letter, dated August 3, 1901, signed by Mary A. Bartow (Art in Colorado Springs); 1 6-page, handwritten letter, dated August 4, 1901, “addenda” to letter above, signed by Alfred Bartow; 1 copy of Colorado Springs Gazette article, “The Late Harvey B. Young, a Painter of Life in Mountain and Plain: His Legacy to the World of Art” by Mary A. Bartow.

  • Thumbnail for Unitarian Church - Mary Hamilton Stockwell
    Unitarian Church - Mary Hamilton Stockwell by Stockwell, Mary Hamilton

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 4, Unitarian Church - Mary Hamilton Stockwell include: 1 11-page, handwritten document titled “History of the Unitarian Movement in Colorado Springs, up to the year 1901”; with 1-page cover letter signed by Mary Hamilton Stockwell for the Unitarian Society of All Souls’ Church; 1 2-page, handwritten document titled “List of Original Members of All Souls’ Church in 1890-1891”; 1 b&w photo of All Souls’ Church; 1 b&w photo: “Mary Hamilton Stockwell.”

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    Manufacturing - W. W. Hassell by Hassell, William W.

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 40, Manufacturing - W. W. Hassell include: 1 11-page, handwritten letter, dated August 3, 1901, addressed “To the Citizens of Two Thousand & one,” signed by W. W. Hassell, President of the Hassell Iron Works; 2 b&w photos: “W. W. Hassell, age 41” “Designed and manufactured (vase) by Artus Van Briggle.”

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    Needle-work Guild - Josephine Harrison Halliday and Ida Wheaton Riddle by Riddle, Ida Wheaton , Halliday, Josephine Harrison

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 57, Needle-work Guild - Josephine Harrison Halliday and Ida Wheaton Riddle include: 1 4-page, handwritten letter, dated August 3, 1901, titled “Short History of the Colorado Springs Branch of the Needle-Work Guild,” signed by Josephine Harrison Halliday, Ex-President; 1 2-page, handwritten letter, dated August 4, 1901, addressed “To The President of the Colorado Springs Branch of The Needle-work guild of America of 2001,” signed by Ida Wheaton Riddle, President C. S. B. N. G. of A; 1 printed program and application form of the Colorado Springs Branch of the Needlework Guild of America.

  • Thumbnail for Housekeeping - Elizabeth Mellon Evans Solly
    Housekeeping - Elizabeth Mellon Evans Solly by Solly, Elizabeth Mellon Evans

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 39, Housekeeping - Elizabeth Mellon Evans Solly include: 1 6-page, handwritten letter, dated August 1, 1901, addressed to “My dear great-great-great grandchildren,” signed by Elizabeth Mellon Evans Solly; 1 b&w photo: “Elizabeth Mellon Evans Solly”; 1 calling card: “Mrs. S. Edwin Solly”; 1 envelope addressed “To the Housekeepers of the year 2000.”

  • Thumbnail for Colorado Springs Real Estate - Charles P. Bennett
    Colorado Springs Real Estate - Charles P. Bennett by Bennett, Charles P.

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 78, Colorado Springs Real Estate - Charles P. Bennett include: 1 20-page, handwritten letter, dated August, 1901, titled “Colorado Springs Real Estate,” signed by Charles P. Bennett; 1 b&w photo “Chas. P. Bennett.”

  • Thumbnail for Parks in Colorado Springs - Edgar T. Ensign
    Parks in Colorado Springs - Edgar T. Ensign by Ensign, Edgar T.

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 44, Parks in Colorado Springs - Edgar T. Ensign include: 1 5-page, handwritten article, “Public Parks and Parkways in Colorado Springs, Colo.” by Edgar T. Ensign, signed; 1 envelope addressed with title above and quotation from Sir Walter Scott, “Jock, when ye hae naething else to do, ye may be sticking in a tree; it will be growing, Jock, when ye’re sleeping.”

  • Thumbnail for James Pierce and Maria Eliza Pierce Barnes
    James Pierce and Maria Eliza Pierce Barnes by Barnes, Maria Eliza Pierce , Barnes, James Pierce

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms 0349, Fd 6, James Pierce and Maria Eliza Pierce Barnes include: 1 b&w photo: “James Pierce Barnes”; 2 business cards: “J. P. Barnes”; 1 5-page, handwritten letter, dated July 31, 1901, addressed “To the citizens of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the year A. D. 2001, Greeting:” signed by James Pierce Barnes; 1 2-page, handwritten letter, dated August 2, 1901, addressed “To my dear Grand-daughters Katherine Frost-Barnes and Emily Jane Powell” signed by Maria Eliza Pierce Barnes.

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    Fashions - Mrs. Henry McAllister, Jr. by McAllister, Phebe Ketcham

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 53, Fashions - Mrs. Henry McAllister, Jr. include: 1 8-page, handwritten letter, dated August 4, 1901, titled “Fashions of To-day,” signed by Phebe Ketcham McAllister; 1 printed program of the Anne Hathaway Shakespeare Club for the year 1901; 27 b&w photos, unidentified, illustrating women’s and children’s fashions; 6 b&w photos, all marked “Young ladies representing characters in ‘Cranford’ at a benefit entertainment”; 1 envelope containing representative fabric scraps, addressed “Fashions of Today. August 4, 1901. Mrs. Henry McAllister, Jr.”; 1 handwritten note acknowledging Giddings Bros. Dry Goods and Madame Fraser, Dressmaker for their contributions; 10 fashion plates, b&w and color.

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    Grace Episcopal Church - A. R. Kieffer by Kieffer, Lissa Hall , Kieffer, A. R.

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 60, Grace Episcopal Church - A. R. Kieffer include: 1 5-page, handwritten letter, dated August 4, 1901, addressed “To the Rector of Grace Church, Colorado Springs, Colo. in the Year 2001, signed by A. R. Kieffer, D. D., Rector, Church of the Ascension, Bradford, PA; 1 printed copy of “The Upper Country Where the King Lives: A Letter from a Grandfather to His Grandchildren After the Loss of Their Father” by the Rev. A. R. Kieffer; 1 3-page, handwritten letter, dated August 4, 1901, addressed “To our dear great grand children (if we be so fortunate as to have them) greeting” signed by Lissa Hall Kieffer, 2 cyanotype photos “Sisters Katharine Moore, 6 years (and) Constance Moore, 3 years” and “Henry Boynton Moore, Kate Kieffer Moore (and) Constance Moore”; 4 b&w photos “Kate Kieffer Moore,” “Grandmama Hall,” “Rev. Augustus R. Kieffer, D. D.,” and “Lissa Hall Kieffer (and) Rev. A. R. Kieffer.”

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    Joseph Fulton Humphrey family by Humphrey, Joseph Fulton

    Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 64, Joseph Fulton Humphrey family include: 1 4-page, handwritten letter, dated August 4, 1901, addressed “To the descendents of Joseph Fulton Humphrey,” containing family information, signed by J. F. Humphrey; 1 b&w photo of a watercolor sketch showing Colorado Springs in 1874 after a snowstorm, extensive handwritten information on back by J. F. Humphrey.