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  • Thumbnail for Knott, CeCelia Sullivan
    Knott, CeCelia Sullivan by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    CeCelia's mother came to Northwestern Colorado in 1910 at about age 17. Her grandfather Sullivan had established a homestead on the Williams Fork River, and later her father filed on a homestead in the same area, which is where her parents settled and raised eleven children. CeCelia talks about her mother's life on the homestead. She worked outside taking care of the animals and helped with haying, etc., as well as all the house work. They hauled water in barrels from the river. CeCelia was born in 1918. When CeCelia was seven her mother was injured by a cow and the children took over all the inside and outside work for a time. CeCelia went to the Pagoda one room summer school through the eighth grade, and then boarded with families to attend high school in Hayden. She had hopes for a career, but married at eighteen. CeCelia had one child. She worked at various jobs in Craig to provide needed income and extra opportunities for her daughter. She was divorced in 1957 and often worked two jobs after that. The job she enjoyed by far the most was as a teacher's aide in the elementary school in her later years. CeCelia died in 2005.

  • Thumbnail for Coles, Catharine Rebecca Craig
    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 Rector, Stella B. LaForce
    Rector, Stella B. LaForce by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Stella was born in Oak Creek, Colorado and grew up near McCoy, Colorado on a ranch until she was six years old when her father died. She had five siblings. Stella's mother moved the family to Glenwood Springs so that she could work and her children could finish high school. The children spent summers on the ranch. She talks about: homemade clothing, working during the depression, and summers on the ranch. Stella married Jay Rector and traveled with him to construction jobs. Later they worked on the Kirk ranch, and finally on her husband's father's ranch, both near Rangely. She talks about her husband's mother, who had ten children and first came to the area in 1898 at six years old. Stella describes: washing clothes, cooking for family and extra help, gardening, sewing, roundup, and needlework. The ranch was twenty miles from town, and she saw few neighbors. She liked the chores outside, but not the cooking. She had four children, and talks about her daughter's education, etc. Stella describes the town library, 4H, and women's clubs. Stella died in 1991.

  • 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.

  • Thumbnail for Blevins, Freddie White
    Blevins, Freddie White by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Freddie's grandfather was one of the first homesteaders in Moffat County in 1902. Freddie speaks about her mother's and her own life in the Craig area. Freddie was born in 1912. She talks about: play, work, sports, puberty, music (piano and singing), and dating. Members of her family played instruments and they played and sang together. She studied music at the University of Colorado and Chicago Conservatory of Music. After living in Hollywood for two years, she returned home and married her high school boyfriend, Tom Blevins, at twenty-six and lived on the family ranch in Brown's Park with their two children. She taught in rural schools for twenty years, earning a teaching certificate in the summers. Freddie died in 2006.

  • Thumbnail for Whalin, Inez Ely
    Whalin, Inez Ely by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Inez Whalin tells her experiences through her daughter, Ethelyn Crawford. When she was twenty-three years old, Inez married her husband at her home in rural Illinois, a much more settled area than northwestern Colorado in 1912. At that time he was the foreman on the James ranch in Moffat County. Inez cooked for all the ranch hands. They soon moved to Mr. Whalin's homestead on Thornburg near Meeker, a one room log cabin, which she describes. Inez had eight children, but lost one who was eight months old to pneumonia. The doctor usually missed the births. She talks about: birth control, childless women, home remedies, and poetry. She was sorry that she didn't go to college; her parents thought her too frail. Instead, she worked in a knitting factory before her marriage. Her neighbors asked her to teach, but her husband said she couldn't. Inez died in 1989.

  • Thumbnail for Martin, Alta Frances Fox
    Martin, Alta Frances Fox by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Alta came to homestead in the Great Divide (Moffat County) area in 1929 from Brighton, Colorado where she and her husband were farmers. They had seven children. Her husband, John Lawrence, died shortly after they arrived. They also lost a son to Mountain Fever and strep throat. Alta found that the homestead was too much to care for and moved her family to a house near the Great Divide Community Center. She and the children worked at whatever jobs they could find: cleaning the community center, working for other homesteaders, and boarded school teachers and the mailman. They raised much of their own food. The children went to school in the summer at the community school. Alta describes food handling, washing clothes, and making clothing. She also talks about home remedies. Alta died in 1984.

  • Thumbnail for Rawlinson, Hilda M. Shelton Fickle
    Rawlinson, Hilda M. Shelton Fickle by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Hilda's parents homesteaded in Dry Lake, fifteen miles south of Maybell in 1916. They lived in a rented house, a tent, and a dugout before they built the homestead. They also homesteaded a second time on Wolf Mountain, further south on Price Creek. Hilda talks about: grubbing sage brush, building the school, homeschooling, description of the dugout, and hauling water. She describes the 1918 flu, death, and burial. She talks about the outside work she did as the oldest girl: building fence, herding cows, breaking horses, plowing fields, mowing and pitching hay. She also describes: types of clothing, transportation, play, dances in Maybell, doctors, pregnancy, births, medical issues, and home remedies. She worked as a maternity helper from age fifteen to eighteen, and then worked at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction until she married at age twenty. They went to California to work on a fruit farm until the depression and then returned to Price Creek to buy a ranch. She talks about difficult years with lack of water, loss of animals, and Home Demonstration clubs. They had one child. Hilda enjoyed painting with oils. Hilda died in 2001.

  • Thumbnail for Rector, Katherine Warren
    Rector, Katherine Warren by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Katherine's father homesteaded on two, forty acre tracts of a pre-emption in 1891. He had arrived in Meeker in 1882. Her mother grew up on the mesa south of Meeker. Katherine was born in 1909. Her mother left the family when Katherine was twelve and she became the housewife. Nellie Parks is her older sister. Katherine married Ralph Rector, and they lived on her father's ranch for seventy-three years because her husband worked the ranch with her father. She talks about: raising pigs, chickens and turkeys, killing deer out of season for food, and canning garden vegetables. She also describes: washing on the board, hanging clothes, working in the hayfield, milking cows, and puberty. They traveled the twelve miles to town very seldom. The rural school (winter school) teacher boarded with them. She talks about: home remedies, doctors for births, accidents, and surgery on the kitchen table. She describes her marriage and living for a short time in Frazier, Colorado while her husband worked on the Moffat Tunnel. It was very cold. They had two daughters and she describes their births. Katherine died in 1999.

  • Thumbnail for Warren, Doris Stephenson
    Warren, Doris Stephenson by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Doris's mother was born on the trip west in a covered wagon train from Indiana. Doris's grandparents came to the Meeker area in 1889 to homestead on Flag Creek. Her grandmother, Minirva Wilson, told her about the trip west. Doris describes: the homestead cabin, the reservoir, home remedies, and cooking. Doris's mother, Goldie May Stephenson, went to college in Boulder at the University, against her father's wishes, and Doris relates stories of her experiences. She returned to Meeker to teach in the Coal Creek School and in Meeker. Goldie May stopped teaching when her children were born, but went back because of the Great Depression. She was also elected Rio Blanco County Superintendent of Schools, but had to resign because she was pregnant. Goldie May tended to sick people during the 1918 flu, and Doris relates her mother's experiences during that time. Doris grew up in Meeker. She didn't attend college because of lack of funds. She worked in the County Clerk's office, until she ran for County Treasurer and was elected, the first woman elected to that post. She talks about working women and working mothers.

  • Thumbnail for Savage, Rosamay Hodges
    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 Blevins, Mabel Davis
    Blevins, Mabel Davis by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Mabel was born in Leheigh, Oklahoma in 1897, and she arrived in Craig when she was seventeen. Her father was a Choctaw Indian. She married in 1915. Her husband, Earl, worked in the community and they had two children. She speaks about: Baptists, entertainment, horse and buggies, 8th grade education, clubs, housework, food preparation, winter, 1918 flu, and camping. Mabel died in 1986.

  • Thumbnail for Paploulas, Leona
    Paploulas, Leona by Jones-Eddy, Julie

    Leona was born in Greece, coming to America in 1913 when she was eight years old. She talks about: Ellis Island ; sheep herding with her husband, John; trailing sheep; cooking and rearing children; hauling water for washing; limited access to church services; other Greek families in the area; good medical care; good health; the death of one of her daughters and husband.

  • Thumbnail for Mary Gilman Ahlers, wife of a Colorado College professor
    Mary Gilman Ahlers, wife of a Colorado College professor by Ahlers, Mary Gilman

    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 15, Mary Gilman Ahlers, wife of a Colorado College professor include: 2 metal hairpins “worn by Mary Gilman Ahlers, for her oldest girl descendant”; 1 4-page, handwritten letter, dated August 4, 1901, addressed to “College Friends of the Next Century,” signed by Mary Gilman Ahlers; 1 b&w photo of Mrs. Ahlers; 1 envelope addressed “To the wife of a Professor in Colorado College in the year 2001.”

  • Thumbnail for Press of Colorado Springs - Isaac N. Stevens, Editor of Colorado Springs Gazette
    Press of Colorado Springs - Isaac N. Stevens, Editor of Colorado Springs Gazette by Stevens, Isaac N.

    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 28, Press of Colorado Springs - Isaac N. Stevens, Editor of Colorado Springs Gazette include: 1 6-page, handwritten letter, dated August 4, 1901, titled “The Press of Colorado Springs.” Signed by Isaac N. Stevens, Editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette.

  • Thumbnail for Associated Charities - Edward Evans-Carrington
    Associated Charities - Edward Evans-Carrington by Evans-Carrington, Edward

    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 5, Associated Charities - Edward Evans-Carrington include: 1 23-page, handwritten letter, dated July 29, 1901, addressed “To the Citizens of Colorado Springs of the Twenty First Century, Greeting:” signed by Edward Evans-Carrington, Secretary and Manager for the Office of Associated Charities; 1 business card: “Rev. E. Evans-Carrington”; 1 b&w photo: “Portrait of Rev. Edward Evans-Carrington”; 1 1-page, typewritten letter of recommendation for Evans-Carrington, signed by Theodore P. Day, President of Day Realty and Investment Co.; 1 printed form: “Daily Register of Applications”; 1 printed record card; 1 printed copy of “Report of the First Annual Meeting” October 9, 1899; 1 printed copy of “Report of the Second Annual Meeting” October 15, 1900.

  • Thumbnail for Theodore Roosevelt, Vice President of the United States
    Theodore Roosevelt, Vice President of the United States by Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

    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 1 Theodore Roosevelt, Vice President of the United States include: 1 2-page, handwritten letter, dated August 4, 1901, signed by Theodore Roosevelt, Vice-President of the United States.

  • Thumbnail for Fashions - Mrs. Henry McAllister, Jr.
    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.

  • Thumbnail for Colorado Springs today - Dr. Samuel Le Nord Caldwell
    Colorado Springs today - Dr. Samuel Le Nord Caldwell by Caldwell, Samuel Le Nord

    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 52, Colorado Springs today - Dr. Samuel Le Nord Caldwell include: 1 b&w photo “Dr. Samuel Le Nord Caldwell” with family information; 16 uncancelled U. S. postage stamps in envelope; 15 uncancelled U. S. postage stamps in envelope; 5 articles cut from the Colorado Springs Gazette in envelope; 1 40-page, handwritten letter, dated July, 1901, addressed to “My dear Friends of the Twentyfirst Century,” signed by Samuel LeNord Caldwell, M. D.

  • 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 Ministers in Colorado Springs & Congregational Church - Manly D. Ormes
    Ministers in Colorado Springs & Congregational Church - Manly D. Ormes by Ormes, Manly Dayton, 1858-1929

    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 41, Ministers in Colorado Springs & Congregational Church - Manly D. Ormes include: 1 b&w photo: “Manly D. Ormes and daughter, Eleanor Francis”; 1 11-page, handwritten letter, dated August 3, 1901, addressed “To the ministers residing in Colo. Spgs. in the year 2001; Greeting!” signed by Manly D. Ormes, Founder and Minister of the Second Congregational Church; 1 13-page, handwritten letter, dated August 4, 1901, addressed “To the Pastor and members of the Second Congregational Church in the year of our Lord 2001.” Signed by Manly Ormes; 1 handwritten list of Ormes’ children’s names and dates of birth.

  • 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.

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    Pocahontas Council No. 27 - Barbara E. Beacham by Beacham, Barbara E.

    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 34, Pocahontas Council No. 27 - Barbara E. Beacham include: 1 5-page, handwritten letter , dated August, 1901, signed by Barbara E. Beacham, Past Sister of the Degree of Pocahontas; 1 paperbound booklet “Constitution, By-laws and Rules of Order of the Great Council of Colorado Improved Order of Red Men and of Weetamoo Council No. 27”; 1 b&w photo: “Mrs. Barbara E. Beacham, Age 50”; 1 handwritten note addressed “To the Chiefs and Members of Weetamoo Council, No. 27, Degree of Pocahontas of G. S. D. 510 (2001).”

  • Thumbnail for Attorney & Judge - Horace G. Lunt
    Attorney & Judge - Horace G. Lunt by Lunt, Horace G.

    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 22, Attorney & Judge - Horace G. Lunt include: 1 2-page, typewritten letter, signed by Horace G. Lunt, Attorney and Judge; 1 envelope marked “Calhoun Gold Mng Co v. Ajax Gold Mgn Co.” containing brief note and related newspaper clippings; 1 envelope marked “Mems.” Brief note and newspaper clippings with biographical information on Lunt; 1 envelope marked “People V. Doyle” containing related newspaper clippings; 1 envelope marked “In re ‘Election,’ ‘Emblems,’ ‘Conventions,’ Cases, Partial” containing newspaper clippings on several legal cases.

  • Thumbnail for Unions - Charles G. Collais
    Unions - Charles G. Collais by Collais, Charles G.

    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 29, Unions - Charles G. Collais include: 1 b&w photo: “Charles G. Collais”; 1 11-page, handwritten letter, dated July 31, 1901, addressed “To the citizens of Colorado Springs in the year 2001,” signed by Charles G. Collais, Builder and Member of Local Union #515 Carpenters and Joiners of America.