POEM - SWEET BEULAH LAND
Clark, Frank D.
Conley, Mike and Linda (EMS
Donley, Leslie E.
Evarts, Washington Irving
Even, Edward and Agatha
Flag and Mt. Nebo
Galbreath, Henry Thomas
Goodpasture Blacksmith Shop
Goodpasture Post Office
Hausman, Clement F.
Hoag Sr., Frank S.
Hoag Jr., Frank Stephen
Hooper, Betty Wheeler
Hughlitt, Francis Leroy
Hughlitt, Sylvester Smith
Hurd, Walter K.
Klipfel, August W.
Klipfel, Charles Herman
Klipfel, Willard M.
Koller, Edmund B.
Luzardo, Kathy (EMS profile)
Moulton, Bill and Anne (EMS
Murray, Hal (EMS profile)
Outhier, Corky (EMS profile)
Pearson, John & Betty Lou
Quillian, Mrs. Asbury
Rawlings, John William
Robinson, Harold E.
Roper, Ray and Edna Simonson
Senger, M.D., William
Simonson, Ruth and Roy
Smith, Mona and Harold
Townsend, Capt. Wood F.
Vidmar Jr., Jake Theodore
Vories Family Reunion
Walter, Mrs. Karl
Walters, The Family
Zents, Clyde and Burnice
summer mornings, Dale and Ila Mae Allee like to have
breakfast on the redwood deck off their kitchen, savoring
the unobstructed view of Pikes to the north.
evening, they enjoy the sunset behind Greenhorn Mountain
through the living room's picture window.
5,500 acre ranch on Waterbarrel Road - near Beulah- is
strikingly green this late in June. The prairie paints a
carpet in all directions from the ranch house.
Allee is one
of Pueblo County's staunchest 4-H supporters and this year
has been named to its Leader's Hall of Fame.
Born at North
Avondale in 1929, when his father was working for the
Thatcher family, he got his first taste of 4-H when he was
nine or 10 years old.
showed beef cattle, beef plus horses," he said.
have been part of his life.
His dad moved
from the Thatcher holdings to the Livesey ranch, 25,000
acres that "right now are the bottom of Lake Pueblo."
eight years in a one-room school before attending the old
Centennial High in Pueblo.
He tried a
three-year stint at C.F. & I..
"Back in my
time, every young guy went to work there," he said.
He was making
$63 a week in 1957 and thought "I'd be a real success if I
made $1,000 a month."
But he hated
the mill. And he had some cattle of his own on the side.
graveyard shift was really torture," he recalled.
he quit he missed "the guys I worked with and I missed the
He went to
work for his dad.
moved to Westcliffe, but lived there only 11 months.
Allee had the opportunity for an $87,500 profit on the
Texan had bought the Pat Ruddy ranch - once part of the
Livesay - but "Hated it and wanted to go back to Texas."
That ranch is
the Allee's home today.
deeds back even before Charles Goodnight, before Gervacio
and his family live down the road in the homestead
Donna and her family also live on the ranch. Deana and her
family live in Pueblo.
Like so many
4-Hers, Allee became "reinvolved" when the three children
He was leader
of the Beulah Wranglers for 17 years. It's the old Turtle
Butte Club, named for the buttes south of the ranch.
"We used to
show at the State Fair. That was kind of the ultimate."
covered all 4-H projects, except Home Ec., he said.
one of his many talents.
"He can zap
leftovers," Mrs Allee laughed and waved toward the
leader is just the toe in the stirrup for Allee.
He's the pool
buyer at the Pueblo County Fair livestock sale. The
youngsters raise money, $5, $100, $500 at a time from
local friends and businesses. The money is pooled. If one
pig or steer or lamb doesn't bring a price above market at
the auction, Allee jumps in and buys it with the pool
that all the 4-H youngsters will receive a fair return on
you will see me buy a grand champion," he said. "That's
not pool money. Somebody's come up to me and said they
want to buy so-and-so's animal but they don't want to
former youth agent Bob Clark put together the first County
Sale at the State Fairgrounds.
"It was a
wreck. We had everything except buyers," he said.
that a banker from Minnequa "bought most everything at $5
to $10 over market."
year, we got parents and businesses and it was OK."
usually has about $6,000 in pool money for the County
recalls the first Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock
Sale in the Ag Palace. "It rained; water just poured
through the roof."
been superintendent of the State Fair Livestock Sale for
at least 20 years and chairman of the sale committee.
But you won't
see him "hanging around" during the sale. Instead, he's
everywhere at once.
important part of the committee is to take care of snafus.
I've got a large committee of really good volunteers."
forward to this year's sale, to be held in the new Events
Center. "It ought to add some pizzazz," he said.
hanging around at this thing so I can have one at the
about 200 mother cows on the ranch and worries, like all
cowmen, about the price of cattle, down 30 percent from
hard part of it. You have to take what they want to give
you, not what you want to get."
But prices of
the supplies for the ranch, such as 500 gallons of gas a
month plus diesel, aren't negotiable.
He also still
raises a few horses, but isn't anxious to sit astride
those bucking colts.
He rides an
unregistered, year-old quarter horse/paint cro named Izzy.
what is he (izzy)," he laughed.
Jim Armstrong is the epitome of a
self-sufficient rancher. He was born in Vineland on
January 13, 1918 to Charles Edgar and Edna Pearl
Armstrong. Charles Armstrong moved from Michigan to
Colorado and homesteaded in the Apache Creek area where he
had a dairy route in Pueblo. In 1919 when Jim was only 1
1/2 years old his family moved to Beulah. They bought the
North Creek home which was originally built by Steve
Service in 1916-17. His father bought beef cattle and hay
cutting machines, and they raised cattle and sold feed.
Jim has been a bachelor all his life. His explanation is:
"I thought I would get married some day, but it just never
happened." Jim does all his own work on his cattle ranch
and only occasionally hires help during the busy haying
always been active in the Beulah community service
organizations. He was the first member and president of
the Beulah Saddle Club, which started in 1949. He was a
member of the Beulah Volunteer Fire Department since its
conception. He has been involved in the Beulah EMT
ambulance and is currently a member. He has also
participated and acted in our Beulah Melodrama.
running his ranch keeps him very busy, but he does have
one hobby he enjoys. He is a sportsman and enjoys hunting
elk in the Fall.
article was reprinted from the April 1, 1990,
Issue 8 of The Beulah Banner.
REMEMBERING AN 'OLD TIMER'
by Ron and
was one of five children raised on the North Creek family
ranch. He never married but dedicated his life to
ranching, farming and our community. In 1949, the Beulah
Valley Saddle Club was formed and Jim became the first
president of the club. He remained active in the saddle
Club for many years and was president several different
early '50's Jim was a Boy Scout Leader. He enjoyed taking
the Scouts on overnight camping trips and packing with
horses. One of Jim's most favorite activities was going
elk hunting every Fall with his hunting group. Taking his
horse to ride and pack and "roughing it" miles from
civilization was a part of his life that he truly
treasured. Jim was also one of the original cast members
of the annual Beulah melodrama. He loved playing or acting
the many different parts over several years. One he
particularly enjoyed was the role of sheriff.
everyone saw Jim at one time or another haying. Many young
boys worked for Jim during haying season. Jim paid fair
wages but expected a good day's work in return. The hay
crews soon learned that the hay had to be stacked a
certain way, and that was Jim's way.
rancher and farmer very naturally took most of his time.
He was a self-educated man and a voracious reader. He
became very knowledgeable about grasses and weeds and an
expert in our area. Jim ran a cow-calf operation and
enjoyed raising baby calves and liked branding the old
fashioned way. Several young men helped during every
branding time and just like haying, it had to be done a
certain way and that was Jim's way.
Jim was also
an active EMT in Beulah for many years and still responded
to calls up until about a year before he died. It has been
nearly two years since Jim Armstrong passed away. With his
slow drawl and sense of humor he was a very interesting
person to visit with. Many Beulah residents remember this
colorful character with deep appreciation and love. He
gave so much of himself to our community through the years
and left a nice little gift of money to Beulah Community
Center and the Beulah Volunteer Fire Department.
Community Center is planning a memorial dedicaton to him
on Sunday, May 7, 1995. We will be drawing a lucky name to
win a beautiful quilt that was made and donated by our
Beulah Quilters. So everyone come and join in our
celebration and Ice Cream Social.
from the April, 1995 issue of the Beulah
Frank D. Clarke
The Man Who
Was Scalped and Lived Here in
Frank was the
father of two sons, Raymond Clarke of Beulah and Fred
Clarke of Kokomo, Colorado; two daughters, Mrs. Lillian
Fauntleroy and Mrs. Lorena Adams of Beulah. He also had
two step-sons, Henry and Fred Boggs. His grandchildren
included, among others, Shirley McGee, Martha Benesch,
Wanda and Radell, Norman and Darrell Clarke of Beulah.
orphaned at an early age and had no recollection of his
parents. Actual facts concerning his first years are
obscure. His parents are believed to have fallen victims
to an Indian massacre in the days when the white man first
ventured into Montana. His parents, according to
information Clarke picked up in later years, were members
of a wagon train party which was practically wiped out by
an Indian attack.
first recollections were of a life at Ft. Benton, Montana,
an outpost on the northwest frontier in the days of early
Indian wars, where he lived with an uncle, Jim Hughes, an
Indian Scout under General Custer.
experienced a story-book adventure with the Indians. He
was sent out from the Montana fort with a mule team. He
was attacked by a party of Indians and was wounded by a
tomahawk blow on the head. Apparently, the Indians decided
to spare his life when they discovered his tender age so
he was taken to their camp where a squaw nursed him back
How long he
was held prisoner was not known even to Clarke, but he
said, according to relatives, that it apparently was
several weeks. One day, according to his own story, he
just walked off and made his way back to Fort Benton.
A long scar
from the tomahawk blow on top of his head remained with
him all his life.
After a trip
to Leadville, Clarke prospected and mined in various parts
of Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. With the outbreak of
the Indian Uprising in 1886, he became an Indian scout,
serving with General George Crook and Nelson A. Miles in
Arizona against Geronimo and Natchez until the Apaches
were finally subdued.
to Colorado engaging in various building activities and
then turned to prospecting. The last 30 years he lived
practically continuously at Beulah, where earlier he had
spent considerable time.
carpenter and cabinet maker, Clarke personally built
several of the finest summer homes in the Beulah district.
Despite his advanced years, his eyesight and ability
remained keen so he could turn out cedar chests and
cabinets. His cedar chests of native Colorado Cedar had
been sent to many parts of the United States and several
had been sent to England.
never attended school, he interested himself in many
studies. Another accomplishment was that of a violinist.
He was fond of and adept at playing many of the old time
among his personal acquaintances such notorious figures of
the old West as General George Armstrong Custer, Kit
Carson, Buffalo Bill and Billy the Kid.
his career and he died in his sleep at the home of a
daughter, Mrs. Lillian Fauntleroy.
MIKE AND LINDA CONLEY
Linda Conley have been with Beulah EMS for a year and a
half. "It was something I always wanted to do. I read
about the need for volunteers in The Beulah Banner ,
so I called," Mike says strongly. When Linda found out
that one more person was needed to hold the First
Responder Class, She also joined. Both Mike and Linda work
in Pueblo and have lived in Beulah for four years. Mike
and Linda attended First Responder and EMT Basic classes
at PCC. Their goal is to become IV Certified. "The classes
are worthwhile, the instructors are good, and it is a
excellent program," says Mike and Linda. "Volunteers are
reimbursed and there are some scholarships available if
needed." Beulah needs volunteers who are in Beulah during
the daytime when other EMTs are at work out of Beulah.
"There have been a couple of instances," Linda recalls,
"that there was no one available to respond..." Residents
of Beulah need to be able to count on help when they need
it. This is a great need that only someone in our
community can fill. Donations are always welcome and they
are 100% tax deductible. Mike and Linda are a part of
Beulah EMS because they want to give something back to the
community. They don't want thanks or a pat on the back,
just to let everyone know that to support Beulah EMS is a
gift to every person in Beulah.
have four daughters, one son, and five grandchildren.
Their daughter and twin grandsons, Tyler and Cody, have
recently moved to Beulah and will attend Beulah School in
the fall. The Conleys are excited about their grandsons
attending Beulah School and the benefits that only our
community can provide.
will have a booth at the Arts and Crafts fair. Bottled
water, Gatorade, and bowls of fresh fruit will be sold as
a fundraiser. You can get your blood pressure checked for
free, meet some of the volunteers, and learn more about
Beulah EMS. For anyone interested in becoming an EMT with
Beulah EMS, this is your opportunity to take the first
step or ask your first question. According to Mike Conley,
the EMT Program is one that any person who tries can get
through. "Besides," he declares, "I passed!"
from The Beulah Banner
August, 2003 issue.
Donley, well-known dairyman of Pueblo, Pueblo County,
Colorado, is owner and operator of the Hillside Dairy,
which was established in 1919 by his father and has been
in the family since that time. At present the firm, which
deals in the retail sale of milk, has 450 registered
Holstein cows. The herd is the largest privately owned
Holstein herd in Pueblo. In the beginning the business had
twenty-five cows, which were milked by hand. Now the
complete production and processing operation is done by
strictly modern methods, never touched by hand. The
delivery in Puebo covers ten routes.
Donley was born February 13, 1914, in Pueblo, to Floyd and
Lula Glasscoe Donley. His father, born in Beulah,
Colorado, in 1888, now lives in Pueblo. His mother was
born in Greenfield, Missouri, in 1894. The adobe house in
which Leslie Donley's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward
Donley lived, still stands on the Donley farm. The
grandparents had moved there about 1899, engaging in
ranching and dairying.
Donley married the former Velma Bartlett, daughter of
Clyde and Nellie Andrus Barlett, in Pueblo Baptist Church
May 20, 1934. Mr. Bartlett was born in Missouri and passed
away in 1959. Mrs. Bartlett was born in Colorado Springs,
married Mr. Bartlett in Pueblo November 7, 1912, and makes
her home in Pueblo. Mr. and Mrs. Donley are the parents of
two sons: David, who married the former Marion Mesojedic;
Mr. Donley is
past secretary of the Colorado Holstein Association and
also a board member and a member of the board of directors
of the Colorado Dairy Association. He is a member of the
Colorado Holstein Association, the Rotary Club, and the
Elks. He is a Mason, a member of the Blue Lodge Number 17,
a member of the Southern Colorado Consistory and of Al
Kaly Shrine. He is also a member of the Minnequa Club and
a former board member. Mrs. Donley is chairman of the
historical committee of the D.A.R., a member of Rotary
Anns. of Eastern Star, and the ladies Consistory. He is a
member of the admistrative committee of the Colorado Milk
Marketing Order representing producer handler. Mr.
Donley's hobbies are model train construction, water
skiing and fishing. He is a member of Mesa Presbyterian
Church. Mr. Donley is regarded in his community as a
progressive businessman interested in efficient operation
and the highest standards for his dairy.
"He's a good
father, a good husband, and a good man, and a good son,"
Bessie Downey proudly stated about Marshall Downey, her
husband of 63 years, "but don't tell him I said that."
Marshall met Bessie when his mother was having a baby and
Bessie came to work there to help out. "She baked me my
17th birthday cake," Marshall grinned. "And I guess you
can tell by looking at me that she's a pretty good cook."
They lived just 60 miles apart in southwesten Kansas
before moving to Beulah, but neither one knew it. Marshall
built their home here in Beulah from scratch after he
retired in 1981. "We moved in on November second, my
birthday, and Marshall worked me so hard that he didn't
have to take me out to dinner," said Bessie, who was
pleased that her husband, who had worked so many years at
a desk, could build such a beautiful home.
Downey's grandparents came to Beulah in 1898 after
homesteading in Kansas. His grandfather worked most of his
life for his family and other people, and was buried here
in the Beulah Cemetery. Marshall's dad attended Cedar
Grove School, was a dry land farmer and a sharecropper.
"We moved around a lot," Marshall remembers, "and in
fourth grade I went to five different schools." Marshall
also attended Mountain View School on Water Barrel Flats
and believes his teacher was named Neeva Shipley in the
one room schoolhouse. Marshall attended Pueblo Junior
College and later Denver University where he received his
BA in Business and then lived in Denver for 30 years. He
has worked at C.F.I, and United Airlines, but most of his
career was with the Public Service Company as an
accountant and auditor before supervising their employee
health insurance and later their credit union. Marshall
served our country during WWII stationed in the Marshall
Islands as an Aviation Metalsmith in the United States
"It took 30
days by covered wagon to get from Kansas to Beulah,"
remembers Marshall "and I made the trip back and forth
twice between 1925 and 1929. Once I camped near the school
yard in Lamar, Colorado and corralled my dad's horses on
the fenced playground." Marshall has ridden horses from
the time he was big enough to sit on one, and has ridden
everywhere you can see from the back of the Hogbacks all
the way to Pueblo Reservoir and beyond, plus all over the
flats and hills east of Highway 78.
love and pride was apparent when speaking of his son,
daughter, four grandchildren, five great grandchildren and
one great great granddaughter.
On being a
father, Marshall thought carefully and then said proudly,
"I guess I've got a pretty good relationship with my
children. They still come to see me for advice." He
then spoke of a time when he and his son were struck by
lightening on August 23, 1976. "It was a pack trip back in
the mountains north of Pagosa Springs. There were nine men
and seventeen head of horses. One man and seven horses
were killed. The saddle mule my son was riding was dead
and laying on my son's legs. I thought my son was dead,
too. When he was clear of the mule, I hit my son in the
middle of his shoulder blades as hard as I could. I don't
know why I hit him like that. Then he started gasping for
air and I knew my son was alive. My son doesn't remember
all of this, but I do." Marshall and his son Bill still go
horseback riding together. Bill is now the County
Commissioner in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Marshall Downey
is a good father, a good husband and a good son. He is
kind, caring, knowledgeable about his community, portrays
high moral values, and enjoys living next to the school
yard in Beulah. Happy Father's Day, Marshall!
is reprinted from the June, 2002 issue of The
interesting article was received from Roy E. Roper of
Canon City. (Remember his Stairway to the Stars). He
prepared this for his children and grandchildren and was
kind enough to share with us.
A Man Named
Washington Irving Evarts
of an early American author named Washington Irving must
have had a rather favorable influence upon a family named
Evarts in 1827. On May 7 of that year they named their
newborn son W.I. Evarts - a boy who later became a leading
citizen in the small community of Beulah.
family, of English extraction, lived in Middlesex County,
Connecticut. Washington Irving, the author, lived nearby
in the New York state area and in 1819 had completed one
of his most popular writings, "The Sketch Book", which
contained the stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and
"Rip Van Winkle". It seems likely folks liked the stories,
or perhaps also the rhythm of the name Washington Irving.
At any rate
the story of W.I. Evarts was one of self-reliance and
determination to succeed. After education in the common
schools of his state he apprenticed in the blacksmith
trade at age 16. Born of poor parents, he probably did not
have much choice as to a life's work. At age 22 he went to
Ohio where he worked in his uncle's blacksmith shop for
one year. Then he proceeded to Wisconsin where he assisted
in putting together the iron work on the first bridge
across the Wisconsin River. He resided there for 12 years,
spending several winters in the pine woods where people
would come for hundreds of miles for lumber; he often had
as high as one hundred ox-teams to shoe in one season. His
next home was in Fillmore County, Minnesota where he had a
shop for three years. He was then in Kansas for
about 1 1/2 years and moved to Missouri and engaged in
business for 11 years. His next move was to Colorado,
locating in Beulah, and did blacksmithing for 8 years,
having arrived here in 1876.
In 1861 he
married Hannah Kidder, born in Maine but reared in New
York state. It is not known how they came to know each
other but one guess is that he had returned to Conn. for a
visit after working for a time in Wisconsin and met her
there or perhaps in New York. In the years following,
Hannah gave birth to eight children, six prior to the move
to Colorado and the last two who were born in Beulah.
In Beulah he
settled on a ranch and set about improving it from the
wild land he found. He experienced all the hardships and
trials incident to pioneer life and had some adventures
with the Indians. His homestead patent #2047 was granted
to him in March 1889. The 160 acre homestead was located
1/2 mile west of Beulah on Middle Creek. According to a
record left by William Roper he later moved the Evarts
blacksmith building to Goodpasture in 1921.
Hannah deserves great credit for
her part in improving the farm. She worked as a nurse in
Pueblo to earn money to buy stock and pay for many
improvements. She was a hard worker, an excellent woman,
and highly esteemed by all who knew her.
Irving Evarts died in Beulah in 1900 at the age of 72
years. His wife, Hannah, died at Oak Creek, Colorado in
1914. The are both buried in the family plot in the Beulah
Cemetery, in the southwest corner. A rather tall square
stone monument marks the plot, surrounded by graves of
other family members. Many years ago someone planted a
white lilac bush there that now dominates the graves. His
last 23 years of life were spent in Beulah where their
last two children were born.
Roy E. Roper
is a great-great-grandson of Washington Irving Evarts and
wrote this on December 6, 1996. Thank you, Roy.
EDWARD AND AGATHA EVEN
to share with the Historical members the story of my
husband's grandparents, Edward and Agatha Even, as told to
me by him and his brother, Robert. (I owe Robert much for
the extra effort he put into this article).
of the Even family has been traced back to 1663 by family
members residing in Hagen, Germany.
Even immigrated to the United States from Schwelm, Germany
arriving at Ellis Island on September 3, 1881. An older
brother, Richard, and sister, Ida, were with him and they
arrived in the Pueblo Area in 1882. Why they selected this
area in Colorado is not readily known, however, it is
believed it was due to ethnic acquaintances or perhaps
employment opportunities at Pueblo smelters. During his
early years in America, Edward worked at the Pueblo
smelter. Later, with his brother, Richard, he farmed and
raised cattle in the Belle Plain area, near the present
day Pueblo Memorial Airport.
Borgman (Edward's bride to be) also came to the United
States in 1881, landing July 4th with her mother, Mary
Bernadina Borgman Elsing and half sisters, Caroline and
Bernadine from Bochum, Germany. Fred Elsing, Agatha's
step-father was killed in the Franco-Prussian war. Fred
Elsing met the family in New York to bring them to
Colorado and his girls didn't recognize him because of his
for a homestead in 1888 in the Couzzen Springs area
northeast of Beulah and he and Agatha were married August
15, 1889 in St. Patricks church in Pueblo. He received his
land patent in 1891 for his homestead.
house was a two story structure built of logs and prior to
a staircase being built, access to the children's sleeping
area was a ladder. Through the years, additions and
renovations were made to the house. To this day, it is an
inhabitable residence. Edward dug a well, by hand, in the
canyon west of the house so water was nearby. They had an
apple orchard and stored fruit and vegetables in a stone
cellar they had built.
harvested their first corn crop with an Indian hatchet.
The corn was 18" tall. Oh, how different from our modern
machinery of today. Agatha once related to a granddaughter
that during the early years they observed Indians passing
through the area, but they never encountered them.
mention that Mr. Elsing was struck and killed by
lightning while in a pasture north of the Even homestead
in the summer of 1904. Agatha found his body.
Edward and Agatha's twelve children were born at their
homestead home. The family consisted of 8 boys and 4
girls: Albert, Anna, Paul, Ida, Helen, Joseph, Henry,
Josephine, William, Richard, Bernard and Aloysius. William
died in 1923. All others lived most of their lives in
Pueblo County and are buried in the Pueblo area. You will
remember one especially, Paul. He was the Beulah Rural
mail carrier for 36 years, 1923-1959. Widows of sons,
Henry (Vera Bussey) and Aloysius (Phyllis Bornshein)
reside in Pueblo.
received minimum educaton due to the necessity of making a
living. It was told when the three oldest children
enrolled at the Couzzen Springs School they could not
Couzzen Springs School was on the Hall farm, adjacent to
the Even property.
worked for board and room and the girls worked as servants
for prominent Pueblo families or at the Colorado Laundry.
recalled her husband served on the first grand jury in
Pueblo in 1920.
memories held dear was the fact that Agatha always had a
pot of coffee simmering on the back of the old wood stove
just waiting for whomever might arrive. Also the Christmas
celebrations were wonderful as all grandchildren were to
recite school parts for all present, and there were
popcorn strings and candles burned on the tree. Even
during the leanest years, Agatha had Christmas gifts for
her chidren, their spouses and her grandchildren. Herbert
especially remembers the Easter Egg Hunts in the canyon
when older children would help the younger ones.
widowed in 1926 and faced the challenge of raising her
younger children alone and keeping the Even Ranch intact,
which she did very adequately as her children rallied
In 1949, she
was named "Olders Pioneer Cowgirl of the year" by the
Pueblo Saddle Club at their annual Saddle Club Ball in
holdings acquired by the Evens through the years are, to
this day, retained in the Even family by the children of
in 1960 at the age of 90. She was survived by 8 children,
21 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
father, Edward W. Even came to America and settled in
Pueblo in the early 1880's. He then homsteaded a place in
the Couzzins Spring area where his family farmed and
raised Herefords. Joseph Even was one of twelve children
born to Edward and Agatha Even. Joseph was born March 14,
1900 and died August 14, 1977 after living seventy-seven
years on his land. The Even farm was established October
5, 1888 and covered 1600 acres.
his brothers and sisters went to a one-room school,
Couzzins Springs School, which was on a neighbor's
property close by. He attended school here through seventh
grade when Joseph's father needed him to work on the farm.
Joseph quit school to help his father.
the Pueblo County winner of the Century Farm Family
Contest. George Scott, manager of the Colorado State Fair
said of the Even family, "We are most pleased to be able
to honor a family which has played a significant role in
the agricultural process of Colorado for more than a
century. Through the hard work of all families honored,
Colorado was helped to become one of the major
agricultural states in the nation."
Dust Bowl, times were hard for the Even family. Food and
clothing were scarce and Joseph got a job on WPA where he
did road work, sawed timber, and hauled dirt in a
wheelbarrow for fill around bridges. Joseph worked hard
for his family and for the land that would be his
purchased his livestock brand in 1926. Other than ranching
and farming, Joseph sometimes supplemented the family
income working in the clay mines. Canaries were used to
detect poisonous gases in the mine. Joseph had a strong
work ethic that his children are proud of. They remember
him almost never stopping to rest and that was when he was
in his sixties.
married Josephine Hanratty in 1927. They had five
children, three girls; Lillian, Vivian, and Theresa, and
two boys, Everett and James. One child, James Frances,
died from pneumonia at three months of age.
remembers that his father, Joseph, was a water boy for a
steam tractor that ran a threshing machine when he was
twelve years old. He lovingly recalls that he and his
father hauled coal from the Florence coal yards with a
team and wagon. They slept in sheds and under bridges
during the trips. "I've never known anyone who disliked my
dad, and he never had a bad word to say about anyone,
something we could all live by today. We loved him
was reprinted from the November, 2002 issue of
The Beulah Banner.
of the "Flag" on Mt. Nebo began in the year 1934. It was
that summer when the Frank Holloran family moved into
their summer home next door to the George Broome family.
large summer porches of Broome's "Grand View" and
Holloran's "Lone Pine" could be seen the peak of Mt. Nebo
on the opposite side of Middle Creek Canyon. This peak was
the challenge of three sons - Tom Broome (age 6), Fred
Holloran (age 8), and Joe Holloran (age 10). To prove
their scaling accomplishment, they took with them a stick
to which had been nailed a sheet rag that they could wave
to their families below and then jam into the crevice
between the rocks at the peak to serve as a flag.
exception of one or two years, a new American Flag
furnished by the Hollorans has flown atop Mt. Nebo, with
this year's installation (approximately the 40th year)
made by Pat and Stacy Holloran, the two youngest
Nebo climbs had to be made each summer as the winds would
blow the flag down or other children in the valley would
attempt to "Capture the flag" made of white sheet,
Maggie's drawers, or whatever else was available.
the boys began to use the genuine "Stars and Stripes" that
was furnished by their parents. The game of "Capture the
Flag" automatically stopped as the other kids in the
Valley showed their respect for the American Flag.
As each boy
was called into Military Service, the remaining two, then
one, took care of the flag. When they were gone, the
school children of Beulah replaced the flag one year and
the Boy Scouts of Beulah another year.
In 1946 after
World War II, Tom Broome, Lila Ruth and Pauline Bland, and
Fred and Joe Holloran carried cement up the mountain in 10
pound lard pails to cement-in an iron flag pole (actually
an old plumbing turnkey that had been obtained from Tom
Clarke, owner of the Village Blacksmith Shop). The
initials of the concrete bearers can still be plainly seen
in the concrete atop the mountain.
pole sufficed until bent and broken in 1960, when Holloran
grandchildren, Tom and Dick Holloran, then carried a new
pole and cement to the top for a replacement.
100th year celebration approaching, it is interesting to
note that for several years the Broomes, Hollorans and
Blands pooled their 4th of July fireworks and fired them
from the peak. Their shows were completed with a sparkler
parade down the trail. The dry years and concern of a
forest fire brought the practice to a halt.
the peak experience a breathtaking panoramic view of the
lush green Beulah Valley below. From it's lofty, yet
easily accessible height, one can see mountain homes up
North Creek, Spring Creek, and South Pine Drive.
probably the Valley view that inspired the early settlers
to give the mountain its name after the true story of "Mt.
Nebo in the Land of Moab" as recorded in Deut. 32:48-52 of
the Holy Bible. Mt. Nebo truly overlooks a beautiful
valley of promise, opportunity and love.
seen Beulah until you've visited the "Flag on Mt. Nebo".
The trail starts right at the Middle Creek bridge near the
And as in the
beginning, the Frank Hollorans still watch the flag from
their front porch and the boys now with their families in
their own summer homes.
printed in the Beulah News Magazine on June 20, 1976, this
article was copied and donated by Joe and Dorothy
Holloran. Their grandchildren now enjoy hiking up the
mountain when they come to visit and the Cernoia family
who presently live in the Mikado help put up the flag
recent hike on April 20th, 1996, to the top of Mt. Nebo,
affectionately called Flag Mountain, members of the Beulah
Historical Society and local residents replaced the
weather shredded flag with one donated by Kay Keating.
Prior to the hike a reading of a certification stated that
"the accompanying flag was flown over the United States
Capitol on November 22, 1991, at the request of the
Honorable Matthew G. Martinez, Member of Congress. This
flag was flown for Captain Katherine Keating." The day of
the hike was cool with an overcast sky but the attitudes
of the hikers were jovial and friendly. While on top
hikers took time to observe the beginning of the spring
greening and a small fire on Pine Drive. Those in
attendance were: John, Angela, Joe & Jonelle Murgel,
Patti Genack, Peter Schuyler, Laura Amman, Joe & Fred
Holloran, Amy Arnold, Linda Amman Gradisar, Marshall
Downey, George Dwight, Claudia & Jimmy Fountain and
story appeared in the Beulah Valley Word, May,
Thomas Galbreath Builds 1st Cabin in Beulah
was born in Andrain County, Missouri, December 31,
1842, where he resided until he was seventeen years of
age. He attended such schools as the country afforded
during his boyhood. In 1860 he came to Colorado. The
following year he was engaged in teaming between the
Missouri River and points west and hauling lumber from the
forest to Denver. In January of 1862 Mr. Galbreath went to
Omaha where he remained but a short time before he
proceeded to Missouri. In July following he returned to
the mountains but his stay was short as he went to Fort
Wise (now Ft. Lyon) in the Arkansas Valley in August of
the same year where he was engaged in hauling hay for the
government for a season. Immediately afterward, he was
employed on a ranch belonging to a Mr. Haynes until the
spring of 1863. At this time he made his first purchase of
cattle, which consisted of 10 head of yearling steers. The
following few months he was engaged in freighting, having
taken a load of government goods from Denver to Ft.
Garland. He then proceeded to Ft. Lyon and again furnished
hay for the government. After concluding his contract he
went to Cherry Creek near Denver and remained until
February when he returned to the Arkansas Valley and
commenced herding cattle for William Innis. He moved the
stock to Mace's Hole, remaining with them until November.
During the summer he built the first cabin ever
constructed in that place. He did not winter there, but
drove his herd down the Arkansas Valley to a point east of
Pueblo, where he remained until the spring of 1865 when he
returned to Mace's Hole in the employ of N.W. Cresswell.
In the following July he drove the herd to Ft. Sumner, New
Mexico and sold them to the government to feed the Navajo
Indians. From this point Mr. Galbreath walked to Denver
where he took passage aboard a mule train for his old home
in Missouri, from which he had been absent six years. In
the spring of 1866 he bought 70 head of one and two year
old cattle and brought them to the Arkansas Valley, west
He was also
employed by C.D. Peck in herding cattle on a little creek
that empties into the Arkansas river which is known as
Tom's Creek having been named for one of Mr. Galbreath's
given names. In February of 1868 he sold his cattle to L.
Haden and returned to Missouri, remaining until May. Again
he found his way to Colorado. On the road he purchased 124
head of cattle of Mr. S. M. Hayes of Council Grove,
Kansas. The herd was in the Arkansas Valley where he kept
them until the spring of 1869 when he traded them to Tom
Patterson, a well known Texas drover, for a herd of steers
and then went to Missouri. In June 1869 Mr. Galbreath was
married to Miss Virginia Switzer. He now (1881) resides in
Catlin, Bent County, Colorado, engaged in stock raising.
of The Arkansas Valley. Published in 1881
GOODPASTURE BLACKSMITH SHOP AND FORD
William were the sons of Francis and Adeline Roper,
arriving in Beulah in 1885. Eddie was three years old and
William just a baby at that time. Their father was a
Methodist minister and teacher in and outside of the
Eddie moved to Rye and learned the blacksmith trade, met
Louisa Hardin and married in 1904. He opened a blacksmith
shop in Beulah in 1911, but the disastrous fire of 1912
burned several buildings and his was one of them.
His next move was to Goodpasture where he and his
brother William opened another shop doing both
blacksmithing and Ford auto mechanics from 1915-1938.
William's father-in-law, William Opp, became an
associate with them also. He lived on the east wing of the
building. Louisa died very early with pneumonia; they had
no children. Ed married again late in life to Marie Boone
who had three daughters. They lived at the Wales Canon
area until retirement. William had two sons, Melvin and
Roy, who are still owners of The Early Homesteads
FIRST GOODPASTURE POST OFFICE -
to the National Archives, the first post office at
Goodpasture, Pueblo County, was established in 1895, John
H. Murphy appointed postmaster. William F. Goodpasture,
postmaster in Beulah at that time, petitioned for this
proposed office to be called Goodpasture. This new office
was located six miles north-east of Beulah on the Siloam
Road, referred to as the Wales Canon locality.
Homesteaders settled on both sides of dry canon westwardly
towards the ridges overlooking Beulah Valley. The old map
somewhat designates some of the landmarks in relation to
the post office there, which eventually burned in the
early 1900's. (Recalled by Edna Simonson now deceased.)
Lee R. Roper was the second and last postmaster appointed
in 1899 at a new location, eventually becoming the
Goodpasture Community Center. He held this appointment for
25 years until closing in 1924.
About 1900 a
Post Office was authorized at Goodpasture with Lee Roper
as Postmaster. Later his son Wilbur Roper served as
Postmaster. The Goodpasture Post Office served the
surrounding ranches, and also had a route to Couzzen
Springs to the north, and another which went south to the
3-R Ranch and east to the Sitton Post Office near Burnt
Mill. These routes were operated only a short time.
Wilber Roper circulated a petition requesting a Rural Free
Delivery Route to start at Goodpasture and go via Beulah,
the 3 R-Ranch, Burnt Mill, Couzzen Springs and back to
Goodpasture. This request was granted, but the starting
place was soon changed to Beulah.
was appointed temporary carrier until a Civil Service
Examination was held and William Middleton received the
appointment, but was soon relieved of his duties and
Wilbur Roper was appointed temporary carrier. Paul Even
received the next appointment and served from July 1, 1923
until retiring January 1, 1949. Ray Traeber was appointed
next and is still serving.
Hausman, co-owner of Treasure Chest Homes, Inc., in
partnership with Ralph Tack, and president of Treasure
Chest Realty, Inc., is engaged in the real estate
business, selling residential, commercial, farm, and ranch
properties. Treasure Chest Homes has built 1500 houses in
the Pueblo area of which 1200 are in the Highland Park
section. The offices are at 255 West Abriendo Street in
Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado. Mr. Hausman established
Treasure Chest Realty, Inc., in 1949 and Treasure Chest
Homes, Inc. in January 1952. He became a real estate
salesman in 1947.
Hausman was born to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hausman at
Trinidad, Colorado, on January 16, 1923. His father was a
native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was associated with the
Hausman Drug Company in Trinidad, which was established in
1895. Clement F. Hausman's mother, Miss Mary Ellen Fenton
before her marriage to Edward Hausman in Pueblo on April
29, 1919, was born in Lorenzo, Illinois. In 1895 the
Hausmans established the Hausman Drugs in Pueblo. In 1935
Mr. Edward Hausman passed away. Clement F. Hausman was
educated in Trinidad and Pueblo, Colorado. He was a member
of the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, serving
for four and a half years in the Pacific as pilot on a
married Miss Marjorie Crews, of Pueblo, Colorado, daughter
of Floyd H. and Jessie Ashmore Crews. Mr. and Mrs. Hausman
have eleven children: Mary Marjorie, Jane Ann, Clement
Michael, Barbara Louise, Patricia Jean, Elizabeth J.,
James F., Katherine C., Thomas E., Julie Ellen and Marie.
is on the advisory committee of the National Home Mortgage
Credit Program. He is an honorary life member of the board
of directors of the National Association of Home Builders.
He is also on the executive committee of the national
association and chairman of Senior Citizens Housing
Committee. He was appointed to the President's 21-Man
Senior Citizens Advisory Committee for a second time. This
committee advises the President and Housing and Home
Finance Agencies on all matters related to housing of the
elderly members of our population. He is a member of the
Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Knife and Fork Club,
national, state, and local Board of Realtors, Home
Builders Association, and the Country Club. He is a
Catholic. Mr. Hausman is eminently suited for a career in
the real estate business and has been very successful in
his chosen field and also as a civic figure and a
developer of the area.
S. HOAG SR., 1918
-Journal Publisher Frank Stephen Hoag, born in Minerva,
Ohio, in 1871, moved to Colorado Springs with his wife,
Louise, in 1901. Doctors recommended Colorado's dry
climate as a cure for her tuberculosis.
Hoag sold ads
for a time for the Colorado Springs Gazette before taking
a similar post with the Star-Journal some time in 1903.
general manager in 1904 under principal stockholder and
general manager John Vail with the understanding that Hoag
would be allowed to buy the newspaper as soon as he could
raise the money.
in 1918, the same year Hoag was appointed by the governor
as manager of the State Board of Corrections. In that
post, he was a strong voice for winning state funding for
the Colorado State Hospital and prison projects in
In 1922, he
and others convinced the state to expand the hospital
(then called an insane asylum) to include "farms"
where patients and inmates could work, raising revenue for
the hospital and offsetting costs to the state.
The Pueblo Chieftain in 1933 from former
U.S. Senator Alva B. Adams.
STEPHEN HOAG, JR.
Hoag, Jr., is publisher of the "Star-Journal" and
"Chieftain" in Pueblo, and president of the Star
Broadcasting Company whose station is KCSJ. Mr. Hoag's
career has in common with the success story of a number of
eminent newsmen the fact that he started as a reporter on
the staff of the same paper which now he publishes.
His rise in
the journalistic field has been rapid, for Mr. Hoag is a
young man to hold a top-ranking post in newspublishing. He
was born June 11, 1908, in Pueblo, son of Frank S. and
Louise M. Hoag, his father being president of the
Star-Journal Publishing Corporation. After completing his
secondary education at Centennial High School, Frank Hoag,
Jr., attended Colorado College from 1926 to 1928, and
continued his advanced training at Princeton University,
where he recieved his degree in Bachelor of Arts in 1931.
He was made Washington correspondent and reporter for this
paper and for the Pueblo "Chieftain" in 1934, filling this
post for two years. He was assistant publisher of these
two papers for a decade, beginning in 1937, and in 1947
was made their publisher. Since 1945, he has also been
president of the Star Broadcasting company, Inc. This
concern reaches a vast listening audience throughout the
Intermountain area through the medium of station KCSJ in
Mr. Hoag is
active in civic and fraternal affairs. He is a member of
the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of the Pueblo Golf
and Country Club and the Knife and Fork Club. He holds, or
has held, official posts in several organizations, being
past president of the Pueblo Rotary Club and of the
Chamber of Commerce, Community Chest, and president of the
Pueblo Junior College District Committee. He was vice
president of the Colorado State Chamber of Commerce during
1947 and 1948, and is a member of the Colorado Publicity
and Advertising committee. He and his wife are members of
the Presbyterian Church.
D.C., June 13, 1935, Frank Hoag, Jr., married Le Vert
Wiess, daughter of Charles Raymond and Edwina (Edens)
Betty Wheeler Hooper
A Trip Down
by Jo Anne
It was my
very great pleasure this week to interview a wonderful
lady I first met in 1951 when I was a young teenager
living with my family on Pine Drive across from the
grocery store. Neither the store nor the house we lived in
are there anymore, but Betty Wheeler Hooper still lives in
the same charming house she did 'way back then'. Like many
of the community's children I had made my trips to her
house for first aid treatment and was very grateful for
her compassion towards me.
was born Betty Marie Richardson on December 18, 1919 in
Silver Cliff, Colorado. When she was six years old she
contracted rheumatic fever and was confined to bed for a
year. She and her family then moved to Fowler hoping her
health would improve, which it did. In 1938 she graduated
from high school in Fowler, then studied nursing at Corwin
Hospital in Pueblo, graduating from there in 1941. She
says that initially she hoped to work on a newspaper, but
all that changed when, as a senior in nursing school, she
met Howard Wheeler, who was a pharmacist. In 1942 Betty
and Howard were married by the Methodist Church minister
in Howard's parents' home in Avondale.
Bill was born in 1943. They then moved to Beulah to begin
raising chinchillas. However, that was when the U.S.
raised the embargo on Russia, so the bottom dropped out of
the fur market. Howard then went to work in the
Engineering Department of C.F. & I. In 1948 their
daughter Martha was born. She is now the assistant
Principal at Rye High School.
years of marriage Howard Wheeler died in 1983. Two years
ago, after 16 years of living as a widow, Betty Wheeler
married Jimmie Hooper, himself a widower of seven years.
Jimmie had been married 52 years and has two children.
Betty & Jimmie were married in the Beulah Methodist
Church where Betty has been a member since moving to
glowed as she shared with me about the wonderful holidays
she and her large extended family of kids, grandkids, and
one great-grandchild have in the home in Beulah.
Thanksgiving time is shared with about 40 relatives who
bring in a delicious assortment of their favorite foods to
load down the long tables that are brought in. On the
fourth of July about 70 people show up and begin a
day-long celebration. Traditionally, the shooting off of
their homemade cannon that was built by Howard Wheeler's
father signals the beginning and the ending of the
festivities (and there might be a few times in between,
too.) Sadly, Betty's mom will not be with them this year
as she died last year at the age of 101.
remembers the fun everyone had at the old Gay Way dance
hall which was in the back of what will soon be opening up
as Flag Mountain Grill. Whole families went there on
Saturday night for what was usually harmless fun, although
often some had a little to much to drink and had to be
taken home by friends. (Designated drivers were around
Betty's favorite memories is of her daughter Martha's
third year in high school when they had an exchange
student from Sweden. Inger became Martha's very good
friend during the year she lived with them. She is still a
very good friend of the family, and comes here every two
years to visit them when she is able to get away from her
dental research projects. When Betty's husband Howard died
she went to Sweden to spend 9 days with Inger.
children were young she did a variety of sewing projects
as a hobby, but now she spends a lot of time traveling
with her new husband Jimmy, who openly adores her. They
will be traveling to Arlington, Texas soon to attend the
dedication ceremony of a park there that will be named for
Jimmy and his late wife Mary in gratitude for so much
community work they did there in years past.
glowing comments to me about how blessed she feels to have
lived in Beulah, and how it is such a wonderful place to
raise children, are a clear reflection of her positive
attitude about life in general. In return, may I say that
this community has been truly honored to have such a
loving, giving precious lady in it all these years.
The above story
appeared in June, 2000 issue of The Beulah
Francis L. Hughlitt, of Pueblo, cannot be called a pioneer
of Colorado, he assuredly is a tried and trusted veteran
of certain features of its life. He was born at Hannibal,
Missouri, in August, 1871, and educated in his birthplace
engaging in general ranching until he became of age, Mr.
Hughlitt went to the Cripple Creek section of Colorado,
where he operated hoisting machinery in the mines, and was
frequently a leader in community affairs at both Cripple
Creek and Victor. There followed several years' service as
under-sheriff and four years as water superintendent, and
membership on the Victor town council. In 1921, he came to
Pueblo where he accepted the position of chief engineer at
the Colorado State Hospital, an institution where he had
been employed as a boy and with the operations of which he
was thoroughly familiar. He now is the oldest employee of
the Hospital in point of identification with it. He has
witnessed its growth to tremendous proportions and to that
development has contributed in important ways. Few men are
more highly respected or more sincerely beloved by all of
the host of people who know him and have had pleasant
contacts with him. At the age of three-quarters of a
century he remains active, always on his job, ever showing
a spirit that might well be acquired by much younger men.
another man whose abilities and experience have been along
mechanical lines, Mr. Hughlitt is exceptionally fond of
horticulture and is widely known as an expert grower of
peonies. According to Greek mythology, Apollo used this
flower to cure the wounds of the Gods; Mr. Hughlitt
believes that the growing of these favorite blooms of his
can heal many a human ailment and prolong active lives. It
is reputed that he breeds and raises more peonies than any
other individual in Colorado. He likewise shares with his
wife a keen interest in the annals of the state, more
especially the records and tales of Pueblo. Mrs. Hughlitt
has collected a large amount of note-worthy material on
the history of Pueblo, particularly that associated with
Beulah and the southwestern part of the county. Mr.
Hughlitt is a member of the Pueblo Engineering Society,
and is fraternally affiliated with Silver State Lodge, no.
95, Free and Accepted Masons; the chapter, Royal Arch
Masons, and the commandery, Knights Templar of Cripple
Creek; Southern Colorado Consistory, No. 3, Ancient
Accepted Scottish Rite at Pueblo, and Rose Croix. He
attends the Methodist Episcopal Church of Beulah. Outdoor
recreations include fishing and hunting.
Hughlitt married Anna J. Burns of Pueblo, daughter of John
J. and Amanda Burns, both natives of Kansas, and both now
deceased, who were among the early pioneers of Beulah,
Pueblo County. Mr. and Mrs. Hughlitt are the parents of
two daughters: 1. Dorothy, who married George Bailey, and
is the mother of two children: i, George, who served in
the United States Navy, World War II., ii June, born in
1921. 2. Josephine, who married Charles Willour, and they
have three children: Charlotte Beth, Barbara Ann, and
In the animal
industry of Pueblo County, Sylvester Smith Hughlitt plays
a prominent part. From childhood he has grown up with the
southwestern section of this country, learning ranching in
its changing phases during the past forty years and going
on to become an outstanding figure in his field of
operations. He is a native of Argentine, Kansas, born June
12, 1880, son of Hannibal Tabor and Mary N. (Paul)
Hughlitt. His paternal grandfather was one of the pioneer
railroad contractors who constructed the Hannibal and St.
Joe Railroad in Missouri, and it is related of him that he
brought the first iron safe across the Great Plains to
Beulah. On the maternal side, his mother, a native of
Washington, D.C., came to Colorado when she was seventeen
years old and grew up with the country, living to the age
of ninety-one years, death coming in February, 1946, as
the result of an accident.
The father of
Sylvester Smith Hughlett engaged in the livery and freight
business in Pueblo County and maintained a ranch near
Beulah, where his son was brought as a child of three
years. The elder man died before he reached the prime of
life, and the boy early learned to work and do things
about a ranch that were men's jobs. He rode the range
until the United States entered the first World War, when
he enlisted in the Armed Forces of our country and served
with the 89th Division, holding the rank of first
lieutenant from 1917 to 1919.
return to civilian life, Mr. Hughlitt ranched for a few
years, but in 1922, went with the Colorado State Hospital
in Pueblo as farm director. At that time this institution
had a small acreage with less than half a hundred head of
cattle and small production. Down through the years that
have followed, he has systematically and scientifically
developed the farm to the height where the hospital herd
is one of the finest herds of registered Holsteins in the
Intermountain West, some seven hundred head of which about
a half are milked. He supervises the growing of some two
hundred and fifty acres of truck crops, all of which are
used in the hospital, and annually keeps a flock of ten
thousand pullets and hens in addition to about a thousand
swine. It is animal industry on a big scale. Although the
hospital grows about a thousand tons of ensilage each
year, this furnished about a part of the feed required by
the hospital's animals and poultry. Something on the
magnitude of his enterprise is indicated by the fact that
while the hospital slaughters about three tons of hogs
weekly, they supply but one meal to the inmates of the
lifelong policy of keeping in touch with men and
organizations in his field of interest, Mr. Hughlitt is a
member of several groups of colleagues, local, state and
national. He exhibits his stock at various cattle shows,
county and state, and is an active member of the Pueblo
County Soil Conservation Committee. Incidentally he is an
enthusiastic advocate of canning. He is in charge of the
cannery on the Hospital Farm to take care of any vegetable
surplus, and it is of note that the hospital maintains a
mill where he is in charge of grinding grains and makes
his own long tested feed mixtures.
Mr. Hughlitt is affliated with Pueblo Lodge, No. 17, Free
and Accepted Masons, and Pueblo Lodge, No. 90, Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks. Keeping alive World War I
memories, he is a member of the American Legion, a former
commander of the Colorado State Society of the 89th
Division. Fond of the out-of-doors, his favorite
recreations are fishing and hunting.
On August 22,
1921, Sylvester Smith Hughlitt married Pearl Brammer, of
Ohio, and they are the parents of a daughter, Joan Irma,
born March 31, 1933.
recognized as one of southern Colorado's successful
business men, Walter K. Hurd has distinguished himself in
Pueblo as one of the state's outstanding citizens. For
years his activities have been centered in automobile
dealership, in which he has achieved sales records that it
would be hard to surpass, let alone equal. His ingenuity
has led him into many types of business enterprise, and
often he has used adversity to produce greater progress.
Mr. Hurd was
born March 23, 1882, in Adair County, Iowa, son of James
S. and Annetta (Sears) Hurd, both of whom are now
deceased. His father served for four years in the Union
Army during the Civil War. His parents were married in
1866, at the close of the conflict.
Hurd attended public schools in Adair County, Iowa, in the
vicinity of his birthplace, and also studied in schools at
Florence, Colorado. In Florence he went into the hardware
business, in which he continued for some years. In 1906 he
turned to the newly rising automobile business, becoming a
dealer in Maxwell cars in Florence. In 1907 he took the
Ford dealership there. Building up a fine business in that
community, he sold more Fords at that time in Florence
than were being sold in Denver. In 1912 he was offered,
and accepted, the Pueblo Ford agency. When he took it over
there were forty Ford automobiles in all Pueblo. In the
first year in which he was in business he sold one
hundred. In the period that followed he increased the
business to such an extent that he was at length selling
two hundred cars per month - a figure representing nearly
sixty per cent of all the cars sold in the entire region.
In 1917 Mr.
Hurd sold his Florence business, then disposed of the
Pueblo Ford Agency in September, 1939. In May, 1940, he
took over the Pontiac distributorship in southern Colorado
and New Mexico, carrying on the work while at the same
time he operated a retail establishment. When he took the
Pontiac agency, it was obtaining three per cent of the
business of the city. In his first year, 1941, he built up
Pontiac sales to a point at which the agency was getting
twenty-three percent of total Pueblo sales. Since he
entered the industry, Mr. Hurd has been one of the
outstanding men in it in Colorado. While World War II
curtailed ordinary automobile sales, or practically
eliminated them, Mr. Hurd converted a large portion of his
shop into a huge roller skating rink, which was highly
successful. In 1932 he organized the Sunrise Oil company,
of which he became owner and president. This company acts
as distributing agent for Socony-Vacuum products. In 1940
he added still another enterprise to his others, becoming
dealer in this region for "Phillip 66" propane and butane
products. He also is interested in the distribution of
Sherwin-Williams Paint in southern Colorado.
early period Mr. Hurd has concerned himself with modern
advertising and business techniques and has created many
of his own and mastered those of others. In 1907 he sold
the first car "on time," doing so against the advice of
contemporary sages of commerce and finance. He had
no prepared forms for effecting such a transaction, so
used the form nearest to hand - one already in use on
steel ranges, which he had used in his hardware business.
This form still is the one used by most large automobile
finance companies in the region. In 1916 he was one of the
men who organized the Commercial Investment Company in
Denver, an enterprise that proved very profitable. In 1921
he started his own finance company. In Pueblo he founded
in that year the Western Acceptance Corporation, which he
operated successfully from that time onward. Soon
afterward he sold the Commercial Investment Company to the
Commercial Investment Trust Corporation of New York. For
years he was a partner in the O'Meara Motor Company in
Denver. He owns considerable real estate in Pueblo, as
well as a beautiful summer home in Beulah, Colorado. On
his estate he has deer, wild turkeys, blooded sheep and
to his other activities, Mr. Hurd is a past vice president
and a director of the Rocky Mountain Automobile Trades'
Association. He is vice president of Colorado Automobile
Dealers, a member of the Pueblo Automobile Dealers'
Association, the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, the N.A.D.A.,
the Commerce Club, the Knife and Fork Club and other
Hurd married Evelyn Rive Bemen, of Pueblo, Colorado. They
became the parents of three children; 1. Cora Ann. 2.
Susan. 3. A son, Louis, who was killed on Okinawa on May
A CENTURY OF FORD
from the Pueblo Chieftian, Aug. 5,
enough, Pueblo has played host to a Ford dealership for
nearly as long as the company has been in existance.
W.K. Hurd was
the first to establish a Ford dealership in Steel City.
In 1910, Southern Colorado was introduced to the
world of Fords when local entrepreneur Walter Kirk Hurd, a
transplant from Iowa, began selling the vehicles out of a
small hardware store in Florence.
In many ways,
the work ethic and determinatio of Hurd mirrored that of
Ford, who was so impressed with Hurd's salesmanship that
he personally visited Southern Colorado to congratulate
the young man for his contributions to the company.
Hurd's daughter, local real estate businesswoman Susan
McCarthy, her father came to Colorado as a young man.
Settling in Florence, Hurd married a local woman who
happened to run a hardware store. Putting his business
acumen to work, Hurd used the storefront to sell Fords,
which at the time were taking the country by storm.
lack of a traditional automotive dealership, Hurd "sold
more Fords out of that little hardware store than any
other place in the U.S.," McCarthy said. So impressed was
Henry Ford that he ventured west to meet with Hurd at the
Florence hardware shop.
Ford had so
much faith in Hurd's salesmanship and business sense that
he made an offer that was hard to refuse. "He told my
father, 'I want to go in business with you. I will set you
up anywhere in Colorado,'" McCarthy said.
At that time,
it was expected that Pueblo was going to be the state's
capital so Hurd selected Steel City as the base of his new
dealership. So in 1912, the Arkansas Valley Motor Company
- Pueblo's first actual Ford dealership - opened its doors
at 7th and Court.
space and an actual showroom to display his wares, Hurd's
business soared. As more and more customers sought out
Fort automobiles, it soon became clear to Hurd that if
finanicng was available, even more people would be able to
drive his vehicles.
"At that time
banks wouldn't finance cars because they were 'mobile,' "
said McCarthy. "So my father decided to finance them
Hurd did this
be establishing the Western Acceptance Corporation. And
once again, his golden business touch worked its magic as
Hurd became the first man in the country to sell an
automobile on time payments - now the most accepted method
of purchasing a new or used car.
Hurd began financing automobiles for other dealers,
including several in New Mexico. In the Land of
Enchantment, Hurd became a pioneer of sorts by financing
cars for those who lived on reservations.
While on a
business run in New Mexico, Hurd discovered that many
residents were using using propane to provide energy and
heat. not one to miss out on an opportunity, Hurd brought
the Flying Red Horse mobile propane distrbutor into
Colorado and established the Sunrise Oil Company.
various auxiliary businesses, Hurd continued to run his
Ford dealership and was actively involved in sales.
the 1950's, though, Hurd and Henry Ford had a falling out
of sorts, leading Hurd to abandon the Ford mantle and
initiate a Pontiac dealership.
really recall what happened between the two," McCarthy
said. "But I know my father agonized over that breakup. He
always loved Fords."
in the automotive sales business until his death in 1970
at the age of 88.
As a memento
of that ground-breaking dealership, McCarthy has in her
family room a Model T grill with the letter "A" - the logo
that served the Arkansas Valley Motor Company for years.
grandfather, John Frances Keating, came to Pueblo in 1872,
rode the stagecoach to Beulah, experienced the beauty, and
believed it was as close to paradise as he could get.
Kay's grandfather bought 15 acres here, built a house, and
raised seven children. He was the superintendent of
schools in Pueblo and after his death, Keating School was
named for him which is now The Keating Learning Center for
the learning disabled. Her father, Lawrence Keating, later
built a house and married Cecil Jordan. Kay's parents were
married just before WWI and both served their country when
war broke out. Lawrence was a Coast Artillery Officer in
France and Cecil drove an ambulance for the Red Cross in
Washington. Speaking lovingly of her parents, Kay
remembers, "I saw the world from sitting on his shoulders
and looking over his head. I held on to his forehead to
keep from falling off. And my mother was very short,
barely five feet tall. She needed 2X4s and rubber bands
attached to the floor pedals of the ambulance so that she
could drive." Their honor and commitment to serve
God and Country, cherish freedom, nurture family, respect
nature, and preserve beauty and life, is carried on by Kay
Kay was in
her third year as a pharmacy student when WWII broke out.
"Women weren't supposed to serve in the military,"
explained Kay, "but the girls had learned typing and could
do it ten times faster than men. Two thousand women went
to Hunter College in New York. Four hundred women were
chosen to serve as radio operators." Kay was one of these
women. Her group took care of all radio traffic for the
Patrol Fleet within the West Coast and the Hawaiian
Islands, and later all radio traffic in the Pacific. The
women serving didn't know what was said in Morse Code.
Everything was encrypted, and everything was important.
Under law, all women were to be separated from service 180
days after cessation of hostilities. "The war seemed over
for us," Kay said, "but then they discovered they couldn't
get along without us!" Two months later Kay received a
letter that requested her to return to Buckley Field in
Denver for the National Guard and Naval Reserve. Kay said
she would do it only if she could work nights and pursue
her pharmacy degree. Kay received her degree, was
commissioned as an officer, and her first assignment in
the Medical Service Corp was at the Pharmacy Tech School
in San Diego. At sea, Kay served on the hospital ship, the
USS Haven and was deployed to Korea. "All the hospital
ships had tender names, the USS Hope, USS Rescue and
others." After the prisoner exchange and peace was signed,
two ships went home. The USS Haven and another ship were
diverted to Saigon and rescued the French Foreign Legion
Troops in Dien Bien Phu, took troops to North Africa and
then to Marseilles, France to let off French officers, and
then towards home crossing through the Panama Canal.
During her 30 years of service, Kay received the
Meritorious Service Medal, was Chief of Pharmacy Services
at the Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, Illinois, and was
promoted from Commander to Captain to earn her four gold
stripes. During the Viet Nam War Kay taught Japanese
interns in military hospitals. "My plum before retirement
was reviewing the new troops at the Recruit Training
Center in Great Lakes, Illinois." She shared photographs
and one young recruit was standing before Kay with his
weapon. "I just know he was shaking in his boots."
President Clinton told Kay once at an awards
ceremony that she was owed a debt. "Not me," said Kay.
"It's the woman there, who was POW, one of thirty-seven
military nurses imprisoned." The president asked the woman
how she and the other nurses survived when so many men
perished. The woman replied, "We lived because we had
something to do. We kept as many men alive as we could.
The men were in despair. They had nothing to do and we
took care of them."
Kay hates the
drought, stays home to keep watch over the KK Ranch and
animals, and hopes for rain. She remembers being a child
and bringing clear, clean, good-tasting water uphill from
the creek in two buckets to stay balanced and try not to
slop it out. Now she carries around heavy, five gallon
containers of water, takes "Marine Baths," and misses the
healing fragrance of lilacs that didn't bloom this spring.
"In the 1930s, when Kansas blew into Colorado, I got a job
herding turkeys. Their job was to eat the grasshoppers
that ravaged the wheat fields in Beulah. My job was to
carry a gunnysack tied to a broomstick and keep the
turkeys on task. I got fifteen cents a week and a chicken
every Sunday." Kay remembers taking baths in a washtub on
Saturday nights. "The cleanest kid got to go first. That
was my sister. I was next and my brother got what was
For 10 years
Kay Keating dressed as a hack driver with a moustache and
drove for 102 weddings all over Colorado in an antique
carriage. "The teenage boys who helped me on the ranch
dressed as my footmen. I used the same team of white
horses. Their names were Port and Starboard." Both horses
have since died of cancer, but their pictures are
displayed in Kay Keating's warm and welcome home.
I've had the privilege to serve all around the world, seen
many places, and met many people. There is no place
anywhere that is like Beulah. My grandfather said it
right. It is as close to paradise as you can get."
article appeared in the September, 2002 issue
of The Beulah Banner.
very early settlers of Beulah was August W. Klipfel of
Grant City, Missouri, a member of the 106 Ohio Volunteer
Infantry in the Civil War. After the war, he encouraged a
small group to come west with him in search of a home for
He camped in
the upper area of South Creek about 8 miles above Beulah.
He was determined to find work so he could bring his wife,
Leah Thomas and three children (Edward, Mabel and Charles
T.) from Missouri to the Beulah area to reside. Two
children, William J. and Mary Anne, were buried in
In a short
time, he did bring his family west in a covered wagon
drawn by oxen.
Klipfel, a young lad of 6, well remembers the night of
their arrival in Pueblo in 1882. A horse thief was hung on
Pueblo's "Hanging Tree"!
1882, they homesteaded on the Couzzen Springs Road on a
location then known as the "Yuker Place". On this
homestead the family suffered a frightening experience
during corn planting season. Charles was helping his
father when he was bitten on the heel by a rattlesnake.
The closest doctor was in Beulah on Pine Drive at the
present site of the W.K. Hurd home. A donkey was ridden to
get help. While waiting for the doctor, Mrs. Klipfel
caught chickens, split open their backs and wrapped them
around the boy's ankle. Heat from their bodies drew out
the poison. However, the scars remained with him always.
Place" on South Creek was their first home in Beulah
Valley; it is now the Occhiato home. August raised cattle,
farmed and operated a sawmill.
later moved farther down South Creek to the location now
owned by Mrs. Beverly Klipfel. This home was destroyed by
fire on a cold winter night. The children were ill with
measles and had to be laid on blankets on the ground until
they could be moved to their permanent home which was an
old log schoolhouse moved from Pueblo Mountain Park from
the Horseshoe Lodge Area. This was later known as "Uncle
were born in Beulah, Francis I, Mellie, Mildred Elizabeth
and Valentine J. (Vollie). Two children died in Beulah,
Mabel in 1892 and Edward in 1894. Both are buried in the
Beulah Cemetery. Two sisters, Nellie (Klipfel) Dutcher and
Mildred (Klipfel) Walters moved to Powell, Wyoming. The
three brothers, Charles T., Francis I, and Valentine
(Vollie) remained in Beulah.
August W. and
Leah Thomas died in January, 1918; their deaths were only
16 days apart. Both are buried in Beulah Cemetery.
was 9 years old, he was hired by Cal Hurcules to build a
rock wall. His pay for the summer's labor was a baby calf.
He later purchased the farm from Mr. Hurcules; it became
the home of his son, Wesley T. Klipfel. This rock wall
still stands on the Kay Keating property today.
Klipfel married Faye Altman in 1901, and to their union
eight children were born. They built their first home
"Nightingale", on Central Street. Later, they moved to
their permanent home, "The Red Gables Ranch", and resided
there until their deaths. Faye died in 1936 and Charles
died in 1940.
drove a freight wagon from the Beulah Marble Quarry to the
Pueblo train depot; this marble was used in the capitol
building in Denver.
He was a
stagecoach driver in 1901 between Beulah and Pueblo. Many
people travelled by stagecoach to Beulah to stay at the
hotels and boardinghouses in the area. Among the
passengers was a young woman suffering from Tuberculosis
who came to Beulah on a stretcher to regain her health.
She resided in a tent and on that property she later built
the Pine Drive Store; she will be remembered by many as
Mrs. Tom (Selma) Smith.
years, Charles was the Republican Chairman and his
brother, Francis, was the Democratic Chairman. They looked
forward to election days and were best of pals.
Charles and sons, Herman, Beverly and Wesley contracted
from the U.S. Forest Service to gravel North Creek Divide.
This work was done with horses.
sons built the tank and helped dig by hand the pipeline
for the Pine Drive Water System. They also hauled gravel
with wagon teams and built some of the first swimming
pools on Pine Drive when Beulah became a summer resort.
are well remembered by the Klipfel Family. Mrs. Faye
Klipfel, Charles' wife was walking near the present site
of Gayway and saw a little arm floating in the irrigation
ditch. The ditch carried a large amount of water at the
time. She removed the body of her neighbor's little girl.
Then on September 17, 1919, Emmet Klipfel was struck by
lightening while standing under the school bell and
writing on the blackboard. He was knocked unconscious and
burned severely. His life was saved by the toes of his
shoes which were sewn with copper wire. A new pair of
shoes had been ordered from a mail order house and had not
Commissioner of Pueblo County, Mr. Klipfel has placed his
unusual organizing ability at the service of the public
and has made a remarkable contribution during the four
years he has been in office.
Pueblo, on April 19, 1903, Mr. Klipfel is a son of Charles
T. and Faye (Altman) Klipfel, both now deceased. His
father was a farmer and he remained on their farm helping
his father until he was twenty-one, securing his education
in the public schools of Beulah. After he came of age he
was employed for a short time by the Platt Rogers
Construction Company, but returned to farming and managed
his own farm for several years. He suffered a serious
injury to his back which caused paraysis and forced him to
give up farming. After a year and a half, however, his
health returned sufficiently so that he was able to take a
position as watchman with the Nuckles Packing Company in
Pueblo, and gradually he undertook more responsibility
until he had charge of the night scales. While engaged in
this work he invented a sweeping compound which was very
successful and he has continued to manufacture it in a
small way ever since. In 1942 he was elected County
Commissioner of Pueblo County and has held this office for
three years plus one year as city commissioner. When Mr.
Klipfel came into office he found that the County owned
large tracts of land which it had held for delinquent
taxes, in some cases for as long as sixty-five years. He
had a map made which showed clearly the exact location of
all County lands and he then began an intensive campaign
to sell these tracts with such success that to date over
50,000 parcels have been sold and the County is now
collecting revenue from what had been practically waste
land. His success in showing these lands has aroused wide
interest so that public officials from all parts of the
West have come to study his methods.
four years as commissioner Mr. Klipfel has been a profound
advocate for reduction in taxes. Mr. Klipfel is also
interested in the Mutual Machinery company in which he is
a partner. Perhaps his chief title to fame, however, stems
from his ability to barbecue. He uses methods of his own
and has been most successful, having fed groups of
anywhere from sixty to over seven thousand persons, and
wherever an outdoor pit barbeque is needed he is the first
one called upon to prepare it. Mr. Klipfel is a Republican
in politics and is president of the G.O.P. Boosters Club
and a member of the exective board of young Republican
State Committee. He is a member of the First Presbyterian
Church, and belongs to the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce and
the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Saddle Club. He is
greatly interested in fraternal organizations and belongs
to the South Pueblo Lodge No. 31 of the Free and Accepted
Masons, to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, to the
Chapter and Royal and Select Master Council of the Royal
Arcanum, to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and to Woodmen
of the World. His recreational interests are fishing and
deer hunting. During the War he has assisted actively on
all patriotic and welfare drives, the Red Cross, the March
of Dimes, on which he was a committee member, and on the
Community Chest drives he had charge of organizing the
rural areas of Pueblo County. He is interested in welfare
and community organizations and has served on the
committees for Crippled Children and Cancer and the
Goodwill Industries, and is a member of the boards of
McClelland Orphanage and the United Services Organization.
On May 31,
1925, Mr. Klipfel married Edna Fay Lemmon of Illinois.
They are the parents of four children: 1. Charlene, a
graduate of Central high School and now attending Pueblo
Junior College. 2. Ellen Joyce, attending Central high
School. 3. Patricia Ann, also in high school. 4. Charles
Herman, Jr., at present in grade school.
Klipfel, owner-operator of the Springfield Implement
Company, located in Springfield, Baca County, Colorado is
a dealer for the Minneapolis-Moline and New Holland farm
equipment. He is also a dealer for Chrysler, Dodge and
Plymouth cars. He offers sales and service to a territory
consisting of the entire exterior of Baca County. Mr.
Klipfel is a native Coloradoan. He came to Springfield in
1959 to establish this business on a small scale and has
developed and expanded it to a $475,000.00 a year volume.
Klipfel was born to Mr. and Mrs. Beverly Klipfel in Pueblo
County, Colorado, on October 29, 1935. His mother, the
former Miss Goldie Hankla married Beverly Klipfel in
Pueblo in 1931. His father was water commissioner of
Beulah and Rye, Colorado. Willard M. Klipfel acquired his
early schooling at the public schools of Pueblo. When a
young man, he worked as a service station attendant and
later did construction work at Beulah, Colorado.
married Miss Mary Elizabeth Green, a native of Pueblo,
Colorado, and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Green. Her
mother was Miss Evelyn Connally prior to her marriage.
Three chldren have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Klipfel:
Morris C., James A, and Cynthia Ann.
is a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce of
Springfield, Colorado. He is a man who accepts
responsibility and is always reaching out for
accomplishment and the development of business in his
Koller, prominent Pueblo businessman, is president,
general manager, and part owner of The Walters Brewing
Company, Inc., in Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado. Mr.
Koller came to this firm in 1935 when the business was
reactivated following repeal of prohibition. In August
1963 Mr. Koller, with Andy and John Sackman, both Pueblo
businessmen, acquired controlling interest in Walters
Brewing Company. The company was founded in 1889 by four
Walters brothers, immigrants from Germany, who came first
to Wisconsin and then to Pueblo, where they bought the
Pueblo Brewery, giving it their family name. At that time
the business was a two-story cellar built into a hillside
for natural insulation. The first refrigerated room was
installed in 1890. The company has enjoyed steady growth
through the years, and the product is now distributed in
Koller was born April 8, 1915, in Pueblo, to Joseph and
Catherine Koller. His parents were natives of Yugoslavia
and Germany and were married in Pueblo. His father died in
1943; and his mother, in 1958. Edmund Koller attended St.
Patrick High School in Pueblo and attended American
Business College, a night school. He served with the U.S.
Army from 1941 to 1946 in the South Pacific and rose from
private to captain. Mr. Koller worked in his parents'
grocery store from his childhood on while going to school.
After graduation from high school, he worked for three
years for Ridenour-Baker, wholesale grocers, and rose to
assistant cashier there. In 1935 he joined the Walters
married the former Harriett Sinclair, adopted daughter of
Arthur and Beatrice Sinclair, on June 25, 1941, in Pueblo.
Mr. Sinclair, born in Kincade, Kansas, worked for the
Colorado Fuel and Iron Corporation for forty-nine years.
Now Eighty-three, he makes his home in Beulah, Colorado,
with his second wife, Margaret Babish Sinclair. Mrs.
Beatrice Sinclair was born in Pueblo and died in 1939.
Mrs. Edmund B. Koller was born in Leadville, Colorado. Mr.
and Mrs. Koller are the parents of four daughters:
Priscilla, Maryellen, Kathleen, and Elizabeth.
Koller is on the board of directors and a past president
of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the board of
trustees of the state of Colorado, a director and
third vice-president of the Brewers Association of
America, and a director of the Colorado Chamber of
Commerce, District Number 7. He is a member of the Elks
Lodge 90, the Kiwanis Club, the Knights of Columbus, the
Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. He
holds memberships in the Minnequa Club and the Pueblo
Country Club. He is a member of St. Therese's Catholic
Church. Mr. Koller's hobbies are golf and fishing. Mr.
Koller has contributed greatly to the economy of the
Pueblo area through his business and enjoys a fine
reputation among all who know him.
"There was a
time in Beulah I knew everybody from Rock Creek on in. Now
I don't feel like I know anyone anymore." Elnora Lorje was
born in Pueblo, but her family history has been a part of
Beulah since 1872. "My grandfather worked for the
Continental Oil Company and it took him two days to haul
gas from Pueblo to Beulah using a horse drawn wagon.
That's not propane or gasoline. It's white gas, Kerosene,
what we used for our lamps hanging over the table to play
cards. That's what we did at night. We didn't get
electricity for two years after it first came to Beulah."
Elnora spent all of her summers with her grandparents in
Beulah, then moved from Pueblo to one of the family cabins
when she was fifteen years old.
square dancing in 1954 at The Gay Way, where the Flag
Mountain Grill is located now, until the roof came down
from heavy snow in 1957. She sang at the Beulah Jamboree
and danced afterwards at the Gay Way where she had her
first date with her husband, John, after cooking him a
fried chicken dinner at home. "He mostly came out to play
Canasta with my mother," explained Elnora. "I didn't get
to dance that night because John sat in the booth and told
jokes with friends." They first met at the hospital in
Pueblo where her dad was getting a gall bladder operation
and John was getting his appendix out. Two years later
they were married and enjoyed 16 years of marriage and
Ballroom Dancing before John was killed in a car accident
at Coglazier corner.
remembers only three fulltime residents on the water line
on South Pine Drive, but they did the 'Beulah Wave'
everyday. "All of the houses had names. We didn't go by
streets. Our house was named the 'Wee Blu Inn'." Elnora's
spirit of community radiates. She acted in many melodramas
in Beulah beginning in 1963, including "Deadwood Dick".
Elnora preferred strong character parts like the sheriff,
and especially remembers her role as La Paloma. Even now,
some still call her "Polly."
husband, Gene, boasts about her cooking and doesn't mind
questions about John. "It doesn't bother me," he smiled,
"half the time she calls me John." Gene remembers what she
wore, what she said, and how her hair was fixed the first
time he met Elnora. Elnora doesn't remember their first
meeting at all, but does remember telling him after twelve
years of marriage that he'd better start square dancing
with her or else. Gene shook his head slowly, "I had no
choice or she planned to show me the door." They now have
a large family "scattered everywhere" and Elnora spoke of
their "God only knows" how many great grandchildren they
have. Clearly Gene did become her lifetime square dance
partner and they currently lead many others in the
"cheaper, healthier, entertainment" that is the official
"Folk Dance of Colorado". "You don't need rhythm and if
you can learn to square dance, you can do it everywhere."
Elnora doesn't dance now because of her health, but the
young at heart over nine years old are welcome to take
classes, join the BVDs (Beulah Valley Dancers), or just
come and stomp your boots at the Community Center, where
Elnora sometimes calls the sets. "I love to dance,"
declares Elnora, "And I'll teach anybody."
played the organ at the Methodist Church for 30 years. She
portrays noble principles and a charitable nature. Elnora
knows what it means to have fun. She's way up there in the
Order of The Eastern Star and the Square Dance Council.
She's way up there in Beulah, too. You might not know all
of us in Beulah, Elnora, but we know you.
from The Beulah Banner - July,2002.
is a Certified Mental Health Nurse who works at Parkview
Hospital in Pueblo. She began with Beulah EMS 13 years ago
and still works on call for our community around the clock
when she is not working at the hospital.
to Beulah in 1988 with her two sons, Chris and David.
Chris is now eighteen and David is fifteen. They have
three big dogs, two cats, and seven fish. They used to
have four dogs, but one was small and was eaten by a bear.
Both of her
sons learned quickly how to put their shoes on when they
were half asleep and finish their slumber at the
neighbors' house. Their mom was on call and they became
used to sharing her. Kathy raised her sons well while
working hard to help others. In the beginning she wanted
to be trained as a paramedic for the Beulah Ambulance, but
couldn't afford to be away from her family for twenty-four
In the last
huge blizzard in Beulah, Kathy was called out at night for
a death at home. There was no electricity, the roads were
treacherous, and she slid off the road. The Beulah
Volunteer Fire Department and all of the community pitched
in that night to get rescue workers from one scene to the
next. Kathy remembers a giant wall of waist-high snow and
having to plow a path through it in the dark to get
herself and equipment to the house. She gratefully
accepted the thick dry socks handed to her once she made
it through. She waited in the dark for the coroner, and
then received another call for a woman having labor pains.
The night and the blizzard passed. The baby was later born
in Pueblo. Beulah came together to help and support each
Highway 78 regularly. She wants drivers to slow down,
don't drink and drive, and wear your seat belt. She urges
all of us not to drive tired. Kathy is often tired with
the night shift she works and she wants us all to stay
safe. She notices that volunteers are decreasing each
year. We can't all be like Kathy Luzardo, but we can heed
her words, "Anyone can volunteer. There are many different
ways to help." Kathy encourages our community to call 911
when in doubt. "It could save your life."
from December, 2002 issue of The Beulah
Mysterious Juan Mace Haunts Beulah Valley History
July 3, 1909
- More than forty-five years ago some pioneermen made
their way into what is now known as Beulah Valley. Not far
above the entrance to this valley and close by the creek
stood a log hut already going to decay. Near by, a ditch
wound around a strip of land that had evidently been under
cultivation, but from all indications many years had
passed since anyone had darkened the doorway of the hut.
Long ago all had been abandoned to the solitude that had
reigned before. Wild animals roamed over the spot and
gazed inquiringly on the lone hut built there, none knows
adventurers first beheld the valley from the towering
bluffs they believed that no eyes but theirs had ever
looked upon the scene. It was, doubtless, more interesting
because of this fact. For ages here lay a beautiful,
fertile valley locked in the protecting arms of the
Rockies and hid thus long from intruding man. Imagine
their surprise when, after descending the rocky slope into
the valley, they beheld the lonely hut! Dick Wooten,
Indian trader and hunter, claimed to have seen Mace's
Hole, now known as Beulah Valley, thirty years before
these pioneersmen first looked upon it. He told that one
Juan Mace, a Mexican horse thief and murderer, here
concealed himself and the stolen horses from his pursuers.
Other old timers say that Mace herded stock in the valley,
but secured them from hunters, traders and freighters at
the government post at Canon City to winter, for a certain
have it that it was two young Mexicans named Mace who
carried on this business.
The fact is
that no one seems to be acquainted with any one who ever
knew or had ever seen the aforesaid and oft discussed Juan
Mace. It seems that no one can say positively whether or
not he is a myth.
Some of the
literary craft have utilized the "half-forgotten dream" as
the foundation for the superstructure of a story with a
decided romantic atmosphere to it. Not only one, but many.
Mrs. Doctor Marshall wrote a serial in which Mace appeared
as the daring Blue Beard of the mountains and plains.
appeared in the Youth's Companion a few years ago in which
this supposed border ruffian figured as the hero. In his
narrative the Three R Ranch, located six miles south of
Beulah, is placed contemporary with Juan Mace. But long
after Mace's time, the ranch was secured by Peter Dotson
who built the stone corrals and fence that failed at times
to prevent the irrepressible Juan from making a success of
nocturnal raids on the domestic herds; so the story reads.
mentioned only to show that one may be led to false
conclusions about historical facts when a portion of the
facts is woven into a romance. 'Tis needless to say that
one cannot depend on fictitious narrative of this kind to
increase their knowledge of history. Yet many have read
these stories in which Mace was the conspicuous character
and believe that almost everything therein related is
If such a
person existed it is reasonable to suppose that old and
well known settlers would at least have a faint
recollection of the fact.
years ago Daniel J. Hayden was postmaster and store keeper
in Pueblo. He has left no record of Juan Mace. Two years
later John B. Rice kept a hotel in the same place. The man
and his history - if there was such a man - surely
perished in the Pueblo massacre. The Beulah
Garnett Merchant was born on a tobacco farm in beautiful
Amelia County, Virginia. Walt was the eldest of 4
children. When he was 11 years old his mother died leaving
him and his siblings to be raised by family members. His
father later remarried and there were 5 children born to
years Walt went to different churches, one was a
Presbyterian church that his mother's family started.
While living with one aunt he attended another church.
When he was 10 years old he walked down the aisle
following a revival. Because he was only 10 years old no
one talked to him about the Lord. They did not believe
that a child of that age could make a decision like that.
However, when attending a Baptist church he was baptized
at the age of 12.
was 21 he left the farm and went to Richmond to work for a
paint company until 1941 when he joined the U.S. Army
Airforce as an aircraft mechanic. He went to Shepherd
Field, Tx. for his schooling. Later he served at several
airfields, including Pueblo Air Base.
Pueblo he said he met a pretty redhead, Jacquetta Carter
from Boone. After making certain he was not headed
overseas they were married in July, 1944, in Pueblo.
Jacquetta was a school teacher in Pueblo.
discharge from the Air Force in 1945, Walt went to school
on the G.I. Bill (one of the first to do so) where he
learned to be an electrician. Walt worked full time and
went to school 2 nights a week for four years. Later he
worked full time for a contractor.
It was in
1971 that the Merchants moved from Pueblo to Beulah into
what is a very comfortable and charming home with a lovely
view of the valley below. The home was decorated by Walt's
beloved wife, Jacquetta, and he has not changed the house
Life has not
been without heartache for Walt. In 1950, during the polio
epidemic, his son was diagnosed as having polio. He had a
very high fever that would not break. Finally they used
heated wet blankets to break the high fever. With emotion
Walt told of his great appreciation for the March of
Dimes, as they paid all expenses, but he gives the glory
to God for healing, not only his son, but also his
daughter, who later on, had an uncontrolled case of
eczema, and the illness and finally the death of his
beloved wife 18 years ago.
visiting with Walt we were shown pictures of his family
and his birthplace in the rolling hills of Virginia.
Family and memories of by-gone days are very precious to
Some of his
reminiscing produced interesting tales of how, in an early
time in Virginia, his father cut the hair of all the
children in the area in exchange for one or two days of
worms off tobacco plants for 30 cents a day when he was a
youngster. The rate was one cent for each 100 worms he
How many of
us have gone to church in a conveyance where the
horsepower was not "under the hood" but in front pulling?
Yes, that is the way that our friend Walt went to church.
The wagon was parked under the window. The adults went
inside, but the children stayed in the wagon and
"listened" to what the minster had to say.
Walt repeated several times was that God has a way of
humbling us. God tells us in 1 Peter 5:6 to "Humble
yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He
may exalt you in due time". (KJV)
another one of God's family who enjoys working around his
home and when he can he enjoys traveling to visit family
members. Anyone for a game of Scrabble? Just contact Walt.
He is an avid Scrabble and other board games player.
On March 5
Walt will be 87 years old. Happy Birthday, Walt.
from the March, 2002 issue of The Beulah
HONORS PIONEER JOE MERHING
reading "Joe Merhing Night" greeted the fifty-six members
and guests of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church last
Tuesday night at the Beulah Inn honoring Mr. Joe Mehring,
the oldest pioneer in Beulah Valley. Seated with the guest
of honor at the head of the table were his daughter Rose
and Bob Caple, his son George and his wife Lorraine from
Divine, and his son Bill and wife from Vineland. Six
grandchildren were gathered also, which completed his
family with the exception of his daughter Helen Kress who
lives in California.
was born in Helern, Germany in 1878 just two years after
Colorado's statehood. As a young man he arrived in America
in 1904. He practiced his trade as a tailor and after 10
years headed "out west" to Denver and Pueblo, and
eventually Beulah where he brought his young bride to
settle on a 240 acre farm on North Creek. This being
before bridges and culverts, fourteen forgings of the
creek were necessary to get to his farm and the farms of
his neighbors who were the only settlers on North Creek at
that time. Mrs. Catherine Thompson was one of the children
of these three families, and she later taught all of the
four Merhing children in the North Creek School. Mrs.
Thompson was introduced at the dinner not only as a
teacher and neighbor of the Merhing family but for her
extraordinary influence on so many lives of so many
families through her lifetime in Beulah Valley.
were Father John Bono and Father Jerry Ingenito from St.
Francis Parish in Pueblo, and Father John Bulger of the
Cathedral in Pueblo. Letters of congratulations to Mr.
Merhing were received and read both from Bishop Charles
Buswell and Monsignor A. J. Miller, who were unable to
attend the dinner. Mrs. H.A. Amman was chairman of "Joe
Merhing Night" assisted by Mrs. A.G. Sinclair and Mrs. Joe
Sellers. We of Our Lady of Lourdes Church toast Mr.
Merhing for his longevity in Beulah. Particularly do we
honor him for his devotion to his adopted country, his
God, his community.
article appeared in the November 12, 1967
issue of the Beulah Blip.
Bill and Anne
Moulton have lived in Beulah for five years. They
originally came from a small town similar to Beulah called
Gilford in New Hampshire. They liked the small town
atmosphere and that's probably why they ended up here.
Bill and Anne lived in Boulder and then Pueblo where Anne
was working at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. They often
brought their sons, Josh and Evan, hiking to the Pueblo
Mountain Park before deciding that they wanted to make
their home here. Bill is a real estate investor who taught
school in the 1970s. The Moulton family wanted horses, but
didn't want to board them in Pueblo. Already loving
Beulah, it could be a place to keep horses, enjoy a
mountain home and property, hike from their backyard, and
enjoy the peace and tranquility of our town. Now Josh
lives in Westcliffe, the Moultons have a granddaughter
there, and Evan is in Los Angeles. Both Bill and Anne work
in Pueblo, but like many other of our EMS volunteers, they
are on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week,
and three hundred and sixty five days a year. Anne does
massage therapy now in both Pueblo and Beulah, and if she
gets a call on her radio, Anne notifies her clients,
"Here's a free half of a massage!"
as Vice President, and Anne as Secretary of Beulah EMS.
They started in Beulah as First Responders and have
attended training classes together to learn more and
become EMTs. The Moultons are proud to be a part of such a
strong team and many supporters. There are fifteen members
who are medically trained and a great support team of six.
This doesn't include many supportive, caring, and
hardworking people in our community devoted to Beulah EMS.
There are also several components and areas of need to
assure quality, safety, confidentiality, required
standards, maintenance, and training. There are financial
considerations to keep Beulah EMS a safe and effective
community service. The Moultons are grateful for the
continued financial support and assistance with
fundraisers from community members and businesses for the
benefit of Beulah EMS.
"We get to
work with good people. When a call comes at 3:00 in the
morning, it is a good feeling to be greeted with smiles
and willingness to do what is needed."
two large areas of need for our community. Waterbarrel
Road and 3R Road are areas that are growing and we have no
one out there. The response time is longer in those
areas." Anne and Bill ask if there is someone who wants to
be trained, be part of a strong team, and has the desire
to learn to please contact the Beulah EMS. Training
expenses are paid and it's a way to help others, learn
skills and become a part of our community in ways that
makes a difference for others.
BILL AND ANNE MOULTON
from The Beulah Banner, February, 2003
has been with Beulah EMS since it began in 1977. Hal
speaks proudly of Beulah EMS, all past and present EMS
supports, presidents, EMTs, first responders, volunteers,
and many unsung heroes, yet stays quiet about his own
achievements. "I think there were three people that were
most responsible for getting our first ambulance in 1977.
Dr. Charlie Hanson, Ray Youngren, and Bob Boyer did this
with donations and grant money. We've always had a four
wheel drive ambulance for obvious reasons and the first
was replaced in 1993 with a grant written by EMT Lynne
Greenberg. The old ambulance went to another rural area in
need. In the beginning when we were Beulah Volunteer First
Aid Service, we kept the ambulance at different houses,
then many years in a building on Fox Lane which is now the
Koncilja property. Presently as Beulah EMs, we park our
ambulance in the garage at Beulah School. We use half of
the garage and the school busses the other half." The
original radios were donated to Beulah Ambulance by an
anonymous donor and Sally Duncan received a grant to pay
for the medical channel radios. With no tax base in Beulah
for the ambulance service, operating capital is solely
dependent on contributions and fundraising.
Hal Murray is
a Professor of Biology and taught at the University of
Southern Colorado for 27 years. Hal taught the first class
in Beulah EMTs and has been teaching ever since. He enjoys
rock climbing he has trained his EMTs in rough terrain
uphill rescues in Devil's Canyon and rough terrain
downhill rescues at Pueblo Mountain Park. In November
1995, Hal and his son, Galen Murray, responded to an
accident in extremely rough terrain, 1 1/2 miles off of
12-mile to a place near Klipfel's Meadow, then a rough
road and down a 1/2 mile steep slope carrying medical
equipment in a Stokes rescue basket. The victim was
located by yelling and found in an unexposed area. It
would take too long to get the young man back up to the
amublance. A MAST helicopter from Ft. Carson was called.
On the first flyover it missed the rescue team. Radio
information was relayed and the helicopter returned to the
men wildly waving arms. The patient was lifted up into the
helicopter in a sleeve-like stretcher called a SKED. The
rescue was completed when the Blackhawk helicopter took
the patient to a Pueblo hospital where he was later
Hal is young
at heart and believes in exercise and maintaining good
health. He walks or bikes regularly in our beautiful town
and always carries his radio or pager in case there is a
call for help. "Sometimes I'm in the bathtub when I get a
call. I have to always be ready." Many of Beulah's EMS
team work in Pueblo and can't be here regularly during the
day. They go on calls as often as they possibly can when
they're needed by the community. Beulah residents are
fortunate to have these caring people as neighbors.
confidently of the AED (Automatic Expernal Defibrillator)
in possession of Beulah EMS. This may save the life of a
person having cardiac arrest. Community donors and The
Prudential Helping Hearts Program helped make this
possible. Beulah EMS celebrated their 20th anniversary on
November 8, 1997.
"We are made
up of different strenghts and weaknesses. This is Beulah.
We don't get many calls. We need to keep up by our own
initiative. Even calls that don't amount to much patient
care enable us to continue being good at our job and to do
patient checks regularly." He is clear about the
importance of Beulah EMS. His dedication to his community
is equally clear. he is concerned that there are many
others who need to be recognized and written about instead
of him. Hal doesn't want anyone forgotten, and wants all
the many aspects of service to Beulah EMS recognized. It
will be taken car of, Hal! "I do this because
I received satisfaction from helping people and it is my
wish to contribute to my community. I think many of us
feel this same way." Hal carefully thought of ways to
describe the feeling of being a part of Beulah EMS.
"It 's stressful. It's
exciting. It's satisfying to help people." Then he
stopped, smiled and declared, "And then there's the
from The Beulah Banner, February 2002
was born on October 6, 1927 in Olney, Illinois. Orville
looked around the Canon City area in the 1940's, thought
there was some pretty country, and moved to Pueblo. He
first saw Beulah in 1951 when he passed through on a
fishing trip. "I liked what I saw!" Orville has been
here ever since. Orville was married to Helen Joyce
Fritchley from 1950 to 1955. Orville's son, Ronald Joseph
Myers went to school in Beulah, has been with the Forest
Service for 25 years, now lives in Santa Fe, and Orville
gets to see him every few weeks. "I don't know how he gets
so much time off work," Orville explained, "but I like
seeing him, and now he's bought a house near the Catholic
Church in Beulah." Orville has a grandson, William, who
works at a radio station in Seattle, Washington.
remembers back to dances at the Gay Way that he watched,
"because I lived close by at the time." Orville explained,
"but I didn't actually go". He laughed and shared what was
going on outside the dances. "There was always a Sheriff
present at the dances. There was this real old one. The
boys would jack up his Sheriff's car so that the tires
were just a little bit off the ground. When the Sheriff
tried to chase them, he would just spin out and couldn't
chase after the boys. I don't know how many times I saw
that happen. It must have been the favorite pastime around
embraces history. He studies it, does historical research
on Colorado (especially around Beulah), graciously shares
his knowledge with others, and enthusiastically enjoys
doing research on his family. "I was in school as a boy,"
Orville remembers, "and saw this picture right at the
front of my history book. It was a picture of a dog and it
said, 'Beware the dog'. I always remembered that picture
and you know, I saw it again. It was in old Pompeii when I
was in the service. I saw the actual plaque. So I
volunteered to study history while stationed there, and
that got me out of KP duty." Orville also shared a story
about Mary Hughlitt, who while making a trip to Colorado
from Kansas in 1872 in a covered wagon, was almost
ambushed by Indians. She was part of a 40-wagon caravan
near Rocky Point, a spot on the trail, when word was
received by the leader of the caravan that the wagon train
a day ahead had been ambushed by Indians and the people
massacred. mary Hughlitt hid her baby in a feather bed
when a band of warriors appeared. They ended up bargaining
for tobacco and nobody was hurt. The baby hidden in the
feather bed was Francis L. Hughlitt, an early pioneer of
Beulah who served on the Beulah Water Board in 1939.
enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1945. He reached Europe
in 1946 after the shooting ended, but remembers the
terrible destruction that had taken place. "On the island
of Capri I met the son and daughter of Mussolini. The son
was playing the piano at a restaurant and the daughter was
charging twenty-five cents to tour their home." Orville
went on to spend a year in Tripoli, North Africa, then was
discharged in 1948. From 1960 to 1973 Orville was a
Cub Master, Scout Master, and Commissioner in Boy Scouts.
In 1964 he organized a Rifle Club associated with the NRA.
in his first stage play, "The Whole Town Laughing" a
farce, not realizing that the theatre would turn
into a lifetime hobby. Orville played Pong Ping, a Chinese
character in the Beulah Melodrama, "Deadwood Dick" in
1962. He can still recite his lines. Orville then worked
twenty-nine shows with fifteen as a director. In 1969 he
was asked by the University of Southern Colorado to be the
technical director for a show and Orville spent the next
twenty-nine years working on shows, mainly for the
Impossible Players. Orville was presented the Impy Award,
which is the highest award that can be received by the
Impossible Players. The award is for Continuing Enthusiasm
for the Theatre. "When you work in the theatre, you meet
people that you'd just never meet," he stated
emphatically. Orville retired from the theatre in 1998.
worked at Crews-Beggs (now Joslins) from 1955-1992. His
hobbies are reading, fishing, and doing historical
research. There is a spirit of happiness within Orville
Myers. It shines out brilliantly and touches our
was reprinted from The Beulah Banner,
August, 2002 issue.
Shirleen Neu in her Dance-A-Robix class and you'll see an
energetic, graceful dancer; she is also patient and
cheerful as she explains the steps to her students.
Dancing is almost second nature to Shirleen having taken
dance since age 4. For fourteen years she studied ballet,
tap, and jazz with dance teacher Nelda Johnson.
Shirleen is a
native Puebloan, but learned the joys of Beulah early. In
1935 her parents bought a house and property on Squirrel
Creek Road. Every summer her family and friends would come
to their Beulah house for picnics, hiking, and horseback
riding. As a child, Shirleen appreciated the beauty and
solitude of her summer home and enjoyed reading in the
peaceful surroundings. Besides coming to Beulah, her
family also enjoyed excursions to Westcliff and to
Querida, a mining town near Rosita, where she listened to
stories of when her grandfather worked in the Bassick
attended Pueblo's Central High and after graduation she
attended the University of Colorado in Boulder where she
obtained a degree in Spanish. Shirleen met James Sheehan,
a fellow student studying psychology at the university.
After dating 3 years they married. James entered the
Marines and they lived in California while James was
stationed at Camp Pendleton. Shirleen taught high school
English and Spanish in California at Vista High, and also
taught at Central High in Pueblo. After his discharge,
James worked as an editor for the Brighton Blade and then
moved on to the Denver Post as sportswriter. However,
tragedy struck when Shirleen's husband died of cancer. At
the time she had two sons, Brett age 9 months, and Rourk 3
years old. In order to support her young family, Shirleen
started her own dance school. "Shirleen's Dance Studio".
It was three years later when she met her present husband,
Bill Neu, at Parents Without Partners. They eventually
married joining Bill's family of two children.
speaks very proudly of her children and their
accomplishments; all four have graduated from college.
Larry is a CPA in Denver, Shelly an office manager for a
steel company in Seattle. Rourk is a photojournalist and
public relations representative in the Army (stationed in
Germany), Brett is receiving his Masters in Asian Studies
from University of Washington and has been accepted in a
doctoral program at University of California at Berkeley.
Shirleen created and began Dance-A-Robix, an exercise
program she started here in Beulah. The principles of
Dance-A-Robix are a combination of dance and exercise to
elevate the heart rate to a working level and to keep that
level for approximately 40 minutes. There are many
benefits of Dance-A-Robix, including cardio-vascular
fitness, improved muscle tone, enhanced energy, retards
osteoporosis, and relieves stress! The program's
choreographed dance routines are easy and fun for all
ages. Besides her Beulah class, Shirleen has five classes
in Pueblo, two in Colorado Springs, and one class in Rocky
Ford. All her instructors are professionally trained and
certified by Dance-A-Robix. The summer Beulah Class will
start June 19, will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30
a.m. at the Community Center. Shirleen's comments about
her Dance-A-Robix classes: "Before Dance-A-Robix I never
knew what it was like to be so physically fit and to face
life with enthusiasm, and I recommend it to
was originally printed in The Beulah Banner,
June 1, 1990 - Issue 11 -Page 3.
Outhier's father and mother, W.A. and Bertha, migrated
from Missouri in a covered wagon to Colorado in the late
1800's. The family homesteaded in the Camp Carson area.
W.A. and Bertha had seven children, five girls and two
boys. Louis was born May 25, 1906, and was four years old
when his family moved to 3R Road and built the Cave
Springs Ranch. Louis attended the Cedar Grove School and
remembers Roy Simonson as one of his school chums. Louis'
father was one of the original founders of the Cedar Grove
Cheese Factory, which Bertha continued to run after W.A.'s
came to Beulah in 1936 with her brother, Benny, sister,
Georgia, and her sister's husband, Burton Chase. They came
out here to improve Burton's health, and started a chicken
ranch. Norma was born in Camden, Missouri. In her school
days, Norma was very active in sports and she lettered in
basketball. She says that all the girls participated in
the same sports as boys: track, broad jump, discus, and
basketball. "We did it all!"
remembers coming to Beulah for the 4th of July
celebrations and dancing to the "Morgans" at the Gay Way,
which is where he met Norma. When Louis met Norma, he was
29 and she was 19. Norma recalls not only dating Louis,
but his brother, Bill, at the same time! They would go to
a movie or a dance together, but it was Louis who won
Norma's heart and they got married June 24, 1940. They wed
in Kansas at the County Court House, as many young couples
did during the time of the depression. "It was inexpensive
and there was no waiting required - Quick and easy!" says
Norma. They lived on the Outhier ranch for many years,
working together with the cattle, and Norma sometimes
cooking for as many as 30 hired hands. In 1972 they moved
into their present house on Lake Avenue.
Norma have had 50 wonderful years, with ups, as well as
downs. One down point was in 1974, when they were on
vacation, they checked home with their children and were
told that their house had burned down! They returned home
and found they had not only lost their house, but most of
their personal possessions, among which were paintings
done by Louis' mother. They were able to save some
furniture and knick-knacks, and they rebuilt the house.
highlights in their marriage, Louis and Norma unanimously
agree are their children: Corky, Ruth Ellen and Lois Jane.
Lois (Tretter) lives in Louisanna, and has three children;
Corky lives in Beulah and is married to Linda (Orr). They
have four children. Ruth Ellen (Petrovich) lives in
Washington, D.C. and has two boys.
have travelled extensively throughout the United States,
Canada and Mexico. Last Spring they travelled to
Washington, D.C. and enjoyed all the historical monuments.
Louis is an avid deer hunter and has hunted since he was
16. It was only last Fall when he quit hunting because his
eye-sight "wasn't too good anymore". Norma has been
involved with the Beulah Extension Club, and is a charter
member of the Goodpasture Home Extension Club. For many
years she has been a judge at the Colorado State Fair in
the pastry division, judging pies. For the past 40 years
Norma has been a volunteer voter registrar.
24th the Outhier's are celebrating their 50th anniversary
with a reception at the Beulah Community Center from 2 pm
to 5 pm. Everyone is welcome to come and to help celebrate
this special occasion!
from the June 15, 1990 - Issue 11-Page 3
of The Beulah Banner.
with Norma Outhier by Elsa
From time to
time we will be interviewing senior citizens about their
experiences and challenges 50 or more years ago in Beulah.
We begin with
Norma Outhier. Norma came to Beulah in 1936 to assist with
the care of an ailing relative. At that time there were
numerous dairy ranches, a turkey farm at the top of Beulah
Hill, a few permanent homes. She lived on a ranch
adjoining the Outhier ranch on 3R road, just past the
life centered around the churches and schools and of
course, the dances at Gayway (now the Wooden Nickel
Restaurant). She married Louis Outhier in 1940. Together
they ran the ranch.
War II, Home Demonstration clubs directed by the CSU
Extension office helped women learn how to cope with the
shortages. Norma was very active in one of the five clubs
established in Beulah. Topics included canning and
preserving food, cooking adapted to what was available,
sewing, upholstering, etc.
ranch abutted the St. Charles Canyon. All the children
knew the best swimming hole was there. Many learned to
swim by the "sink or swim" method!
open winter we enjoyed so far this year, there were some
memorable snows. In 1947 the melting snow caused flooding
of the St. Charles River severe enough to change the
course of the river from Squirrel Creek to the Host.
Bridges were washed out. During that snow, Beulah was
pretty well cut off from Pueblo. Jess Downey was diagnosed
with appendicitis by Betty Wheeler and had to be taken by
helicopter to the hospital.
remembers another snow adventure. Louis was elk hunting
and Norma was alone with Lois Jane, age 4 and Corky, 10
mths. She waded through hip deep snow to feed the cows,
but was concerned about leaving the young children
unattended, so she finally decided to leave the gates open
and let the cattle free to feed. That was not to be her
worst challenge. The baby developed a severe ear
infection. Louis called to say the men were stranded in
Canon City, learned of the problem and somehow made his
way as far as Beulah Highway and 3 R Road (then Burnt
Mill). He struggled through drifts taking a short cut
through the canyon. Then they bundled the children up and
took them out to the Highway on horseback where they were
met by Ray Youngren's father and driven to town. Neighbors
were truly life-lines in those days.
biggest challenge was yet to come. Thanks to the Salk and
Sabin vaccines, it is a challenge few must meet today. In
1950, four children in Beulah were stricken with polio,
two survived. There was a severe epidemic in Pueblo, but
they probably were infected on the western slope all had
recently visited. A lovely excursion to Pike's Peak turned
into a crisis. Corky became extremely ill and was met at
the hospital by his doctor. The halls were lined with
respirators, the dreaded iron lungs. By now Corky could
hardly breathe, but no respirators were available. The
doctor was helpless. The whole family gathered at the
hospital and prayed all night. The next morning Corky's
lungs were clear! Then the heart-wrenching treatments
began. Towels were put in boiling water, put through a
wringer, then laid on Corky's back and covered with
plastic. Corky screamed, Norma and her sister cried, but
they persisted. The packs were left on for 15 minutes and
the whole procedure had to be repeated every hour, day and
night. This phase lasted from August until October. Then
came months of physical therapy as Corky had to learn to
walk again. Once again family, faith and community
provided the strength.
Factory was started by five ranchers; one was Louis'
father. After his death, his mother ran the operation,
becoming the first female cheese maker in the State of
Store was then called Park View Store. There was a small
restaurant at the east end. Every Sunday Mrs. Smith would
go to the Outhier Ranch to get live chickens. Then she
would serve a Sunday chicken dinner. The rest of the week
the restaurant was closed. The original Pine Drive Store
was built in 1901, owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Tom
Smith. Mrs. Smith is Mrs. John Simonson.
five one-room schools, two are now the Baptist Church at
the corner of Pennsylvania and Grand. The children would
often ride donkeys to school.
Center was originally built by the Methodist Church. When
the church decided they no longer wanted to keep it, $25
bonds were bought by almost everyone in the community to
purchase it, so it truly is a community center.
been characterized by that kind of spirit, pulling
together to meet a goal. It is difficult in these days
when so many things pull us in so many directions to
maintain that spirit, but we must. It is our strength. It
is our heritage.
ran in the Beulah Banner March, 1999
Outhier was raised here in Beulah. He attended the one
room Cedar Grove Schoolhouse in first and second grade,
the Good Pasture School in third grade before attending
Beulah Elementary School. Corky believes in the goodness
of Beulah and appreciates kind deeds and caring neighbors.
Corky is one of our caring neighbors and serves our
community in his role as an EMT for Beulah EMS. "I've
always worked for the railroad." Corky explained. "And my
schedule allows me time at home during the day and time
for Beulah EMS. I'm a switchman, a brakeman, and a
conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad, which was once
the Denver Rio Grande Railroad."
sure how long he's been volunteering for Beulah EMS and
when he figured it was close to thirty years, Corky said,
"I didn't know I was that old!" Beulah needs EMTs in
Beulah during the day when many of the volunteers go to
work in Pueblo. "You don't want to get hurt during the
day," cautioned Corky. "but we'll take care of you and
keep you alive until advanced life support gets here."
remembers joining Beulah EMS about a year after Hal Murray
did. "Going to classes in the winter seemed like something
interesting to do" admitted Corky. "but I didn't know I'd
still be doing it. There were good people back then and
there's a lot of good people now." He is grateful for the
community support of Beulah EMS and especially grateful
for those who have given their time, energy, knowledge,
business sense, and heart to Beulah EMS over the
Outhier is not a man who wants to talk about himself. To
interview him for an EMS Profile was a challenge. He is
seen around Beulah and at the school tending to the needs
of those injured. This writer considered having an injury
while keeping notebook and pencil handy, but it isn't
ethical and could take Corky away from someone who really
needs medical assistance. Corky generously made time in
his busy schedule to be interviewed. He is a family man
and a shy person, but not shy when it comes to helping
someone. His spirit of giving is what helps to make Beulah
a special place to live.
was reprinted from the October, 2002 issue of
The Beulah Banner
met at Gayway Park in Beulah; she was somebody
who might could dance," says John. Betty Lou
lived in Pueblo, but came up with high school
girlfriends to enjoy Beulah and attend the
dance. There were cabins to rent above the
grandmas were our chaperones and they were
good ones, too," remembers Betty Lou. Dancing
is what people did back then. "My dad danced
up till the night he died." There was a dance
hall in Beulah, Good Pasture, and Burnt Mill.
Families loaded up in wagons and went to
dances. It was the way to enjoy life and be
with friends. At midnight the kids who woke up
could eat homemade cake. John made a date with
Betty Lou that night, but he later stood her
had a date that next Monday. I (John) went to
the air base looking for a job. There was a
bunch of machines. The guy who hired me asked
me which one of these machines I could run? I
answered, "which one do you want me to run?" I
was hired right then. I was staying with my
grandma at Goodpasture. Goodpasture included
Cedar Grove School, the Dance Hall,
Goodpasture Methodist Church, a blacksmith
shop where I worked, and the General Store.
Next to the General Store was an Ice Cream
Parlor where my grandparents lived. I found
Betty Lou again.
and Betty Lou were married in 1943 and have
been married for 60 years. They have two sons,
Rusty and Marty, five grandchildren, and eight
great grandchildren ranging in age from 4
months to seventeen years. The Pearsons owned
"The Host" restaurant located at the
crossroads of Pine Drive and Central Avenue
for ten years. They sold it in 1994. "It was a
dinner restaurant. Our grandkids did the
dishes, our son Marty was the cook, and our
daughter-in-law, Veena, was the hostess. John
did the books."
Pearson was born on Cedar Grove Ranch. He and
Betty Lou lived there on 160 acres with
breathtaking views. The original homestead
included the site of Cedar Grove School. John
and Betty Lou lived in Pueblo while their boys
were in school to support their son's athletic
participation in school. They came back to
Beulah thirty years ago.
Lou's family came from Vermont to Canon City
at first, then realized that Pueblo was where
they wanted to settle their family. Betty Lou
got a job at the Minnequa Bank. "Ladies had to
run the bank since the men were called away to
war." Betty Lou was making $65 a month and
John was making $135 a month at the Army
Depot. "We felt like we were rich and we
bought a house for $6,000." Later when her
sons were grown, Betty Lou began working at
the Colorado State Fair where she worked for
28 years. She found the job at a bridge game
where she asked if the State Fair ever hired
anyone. Betty Lou was asked if she could type.
Betty Lou answered yes, and then quickly
rented a typewriter to brush up on her skills
not used since high school. She became the
Entry Superintendent for the Colorado
State Fair, began to travel, and
established the Creative Arts Building. "I did
all the departments except Horses and Cattle.
I was scared of pigs though. One jumped over a
fence at me where I was clerking and I jumped
Pearson's grandpa, mother and aunt were all
teachers. His family is from Sunrise,
Nebraska. His dad and grandpa went to Canada
for a while and came here in 1911. John's
grandpa fought in the Civil War. John Pearson
was fourteen when he worked as a Soda Jerk at
Whitman's Drug Store in Pueblo. At sixteen
years old John worked at the railroad as a
messenger. John worked nights, seven days a
week, at twenty-four cents an hour. John asked
his supervisor, "Don't you run the railroad in
we do," his supervisor replied. "In thirty
years you just
might be up for a daytime
job." John went to Business School at Colorado
University in Denver. He was a Soda Jerk
there, too. "You don't learn a lot being a
Soda Jerk, but you sure have a good time!"
John worked at the Pueblo Army Depot until
after the war. Then he worked for CFI. John
worked at Minnequa Bank, and for the next
thirty years he worked for Betty Lou's dad at
Twombley's Store in Pueblo.
and Betty Lou Pearson are active in church and
community. They enjoy cruises, traveling, and
each other. Family is important to John and
Betty Lou. "We were lucky to have our family
around when we were growing up," remembers
Betty Lou. "Sometimes that isn't possible for
children nowadays." The Pearsons are young at
heart and close in heart. They enjoy life in
Beulah to the fullest. John and Betty Lou are
an inspiration to our community.
OF MRS. ASBURY QUILLIAN TO HER SISTER IN GEORGIA, 1872
was written to her sister, "Back Home" near Macon,
My Dear Sister:
seeming neglect if you can, and ask my friends to do the
same. Imagine your sister is not very brisk with her five
children to care for, their clothes to make, and mend, and
wash, and iron, the preacher to straighten out and
everything of that sort that a woman should do. Add to
that the district school - more thana mile from home. We
had quite a pleasant Christmas, took dinner with a select
party at Mrs. Atherton's and had everything good from
roast turkey to strawberries and cream. I have not taught
over two months, apparently to the entire satisfaction of
my patrons, pupils and the school superintendent. I love
to teach and must boast of my pupils; they are bright and
good generally, sixteen is my highest number. Last week
was stormy so I lost a lot of time. I get $50.00 per
ought to see my nice No. 8 Mayflower cooking stove. It is
a very good one and bakes cornbread like an oven. It cost
$32.00. Mr. Quillian has four regular appointments,
one at Mace's Hole (Beulah) where we expect to move as
soon as my school is out, one at Hardscrabble, sixteen
miles from there, one at the church, twenty miles from
there and one at the Arkansas River, fifty-five miles from
ours. You can see he will have traveling enough to do.
That is the trouble with preaching in this country; the
distances are so great. Wish you could come to Colorado.
Patterson brings out a colony in the spring. We are sad
when we think you are two thousand miles away, but we
cannot complain for God has given us so many dear friends
communities and a large section of the southeastern
Colorado agricultural region have been encouraged and
aided in the phenomenal growth of recent years by such men
as John William Rawlings. As a banker he has frequently
exercised his opportunity to promote progress among
agricultural men, merchants and factory owners. Mr.
Rawlings is president of the First National Bank of Las
Animas and is a leader in the Colorado Bankers
He was born
in Shelby County, Illinois, on March 27, 1893, the son of
Edwin M. and Effie D. (Reed) Rawlings. His father, also a
native of Shelby County, was a farmer who came to Colorado
in 1908 for his health and who died in 1935. His mother,
another native of Illinois, makes her home in Monte Vista.
Colorado when he was fifteen years old, John W. Rawlings
completed his education here. After he was graduated from
the Monte Vista High School, he became a student at
Colorado College in Colorado Springs, where he majored in
business and banking. In 1917 he was graduated with the
degree of Bachelor of Arts.
States having entered World War 1, Mr. Rawlings enlisted
in the army. He soon rose to first Lieutenant with the
341st Field Artillery in the 89th Division. Discharged in
1919, he returned to his home in Monte Vista, where he
launched himself upon his career as a banker by becoming
an employee of the Monte Vista Bank and Trust Company of
Monte Vista. On January 3, 1921, he accepted election as
vice president of the First National Bank of Las Animas
and discharged the duties of this position with such
distinction and value to the community that in 1941 he was
elevated to the presidency. Some measure of the prestige
he has developed in the banking world may be obtained from
the fact that he has been president of the Southeastern
Colorado Clearing House Association and is now an
influential member of the agriculture committee of the
Colorado Bankers Association.
is also active in the communal affairs of Las Animas. He
is a former president of both the Lions Club and the
Chamber of Commerce and is past commander of the Monte
Vista Post of the American Legion and is a member of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is also an elder in the
Presbyterian church and, in addition, is an alumnus
trustee of his alma mater, the Colorado College. He is
also a member of King Solomon Lodge, Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons, at Las Animas; of the Southern Colorado
Consistory, No. 3, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Al
Kaly Temple at Pueblo, and of his college fraternity, Phi
married Dorothy Hoag, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank S.
Hoag of Pueblo, on April 14, 1920. They are the parents of
three children: 1. John William, Jr., graduate of New
Mexico's Roswell Military Academy and of the United States
Military Academy at West Point, who served in the United
States Army Air Forces in World War II, being a member of
the first group of B-29 fliers to take off from Saipan and
who later was stationed in Germany, and who married Anne
Bartholf. 2. Robert Hoag, who served as an ensign in the
United States Navy in World War II, later completing his
education at Colorado College, and is now married to Mary
Alexander Graham. 3. Dorothy Louise Rawlings, graduate of
Las Animas High School, now attending Colorado
Robinson, well known in Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado,
as realtor and insurance man, is the owner of Mesa Realty,
located at 206 West Abriendo Avenue in Pueblo. He owns
this building, which offers several office rentals. Mr.
Robinson deals in motels, houses, ranches, community
locations, rentals, and the management of property, house
financing, and business investments. He handles all types
of insurance. Mr. Robinson is also a notary public. At the
back of his office building, Mr. Robinson has constructed
a strictly modern apartment house. His area of operations
is the whole southern portion of Colorado. Mr. Robinson
became the owner of his present business in 1955 when he
came to Pueblo. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson have a home in
Beulah, Colorado, where they spend much of their time. Mr.
Robinson likes Colorado and plans to live here
Robinson was born to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Robinson on
December 28, 1907, in Luray, Kansas. His father was born
in a locality near St. Joseph, Missouri. His mother, the
former Miss Jesse Parker, was an Iowan. They were married
in Luray on March 23, 1906. Harold E. Robinson's paternal
grandfather, Samuel Robinson, homesteaded in Osborne
County, Kansas, in 1878. Harold E. Robinson attended
school in Osborne and Russell Counties, Kansas, and Gem
City Business College in Quincy, Illinois. He was reared
on a Kansas farm, spent several years in the employ of
Woolworth Company in Chicago; then returned to Kansas and
became the owner and operator of extensive farming and
ranching interests in Osborne County, buying, feeding, and
selling cattle. For a time he worked in a veterinary
clinic in Osborne. In 1952 he established a real estate
and insurance office in Osborne, Kansas, and operated it
for three years before coming to Colorado and starting his
married Miss Ruth Fleming, of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Mrs.
Robinson is the daughter of Arch I. and Zella Johnson
Fleming. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson have two children: Peggy
Ann, a student of nursing; and William Roberts.
was formerly county treasurer of Osborne County, Kansas.
He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Board of
Appraisers, and the Elks Lodge Number 90. His hobby is his
workshop. Mr. Robinson is concentrating his efforts on
furthering the real estate and insurance expansion in
Francis was the oldest of the three
Roper brothers to settle in the Goodpasture area during
the 1880's. He was the father of Eddie and William.
Francis was an ordained Southern Methodist minister and
teacher. He did both in Beulah Valley and the surrounding
area of Goodpasture. Also, he homesteaded along the North
St. Charles River. This land is still under the ownership
of his great-grandsons, Melvin and Roy Roper. (1993)
EDNA SIMONSON ROPER
Ray, son of
Lee and Jessie Roper, married Edna Simonson, daughter of
John and Kristina Simonson, 1913 in Goodpasture, Colorado.
Her parents came from Sweden in 1887, ranched close to
Denver until they moved to the 3-R Ranch when Edna was
five years old. She attended the Sitton and Cedar Grove
Schools, graduating from the eighth grade. After Ray and
Edna were married, they did live in the original parsonage
house for a short period of time before eventually moving
to Pueblo. Ray was employed by the Nuckolls Packing
Company for twelve years and retired from the Pueblo
Ordnance Depot. They had no children but did enjoy
numerous nieces and nephews. The Roper children loved them
very much and felt indebted to them for a lot of the
preservation of family history.
brother, Roy Simonson, and family have been prominent
ranchers in Beulah Valley for many years and still remain
in their home today (1992).
happened in the life of the distinguished surgeon, Dr.
William Senger, of Pueblo, that in the year he completed
his internship, he joined Richard Warren Corwin, M.D., in
the organization of a hospital inaugurated by the older
man, on a new plan and introducing the most modern
practices established at that time. One of the proofs of
the qualities of the founder was his ability to select
sound men to be associated with him, and to retain their
loyalty through good periods and bad. One of these close
associates was Dr. Senger, who ultimately gave up his
general practice to devote full time to what is now the
Corwin Hospital of Pueblo, succeeding to the post of chief
Dr. Senger is
a native of New york, born at Port Jervis, June 8, 1874,
son of Louis C. and Florence Amelia (Corwin) Senger, both
of whom are now deceased. The father came originally from
the Tyrol, in the Austrian Alps region, while his wife was
a member of a long established family of note in
Binghamton and Broome County, New York. The future doctor
prepared for higher academic education in the high school
of his birthplace, and matriculated at Williams College in
Massachusetts, where he was graduated a Bachelor of Arts,
class of 1895. For his technical education he went to the
Medical College of Yale University, Connecticut, where he
became a Doctor of Medicine in 1901. To a large extent he
had worked his way to a profession by various occupations
and probably was the better for the fact that he climbed a
road strewn with obstacles, to ultimate success. He was an
intern in the famous Presbyterian Hospital of New York
City (1901-1902), and the Minnequa Hospital, in the Pueblo
section of Colorado. His post-graduate studies were
carried on in the Philadelphia Polytechnic Hospital, and
in England and Germany.
In 1903, Dr.
Senger initiated a general practice of his profession in
Pueblo, but was a specialist in internal medicine from
graduation to the year 1909. Since that time his
activities have been for the most part surgical, in which
he has earned an exceptional reputation. From the record
it would appear that his inclination and work was in the
direction of surgery well before the above date, but also
from the record is the fact that in 1910, he devoted his
attention to surgery and several years later accepted
appointment as Assistant Chief Surgeon of the Colorado
Fuel and Iron Company, with headquarters in the Minnequa
(Corwin) Hospital, of which he later was named head. Upon
the death of Dr. Richard Warren Corwin in 1929, (q.v.) he
was chosen Chief Surgeon of this remarkable institution, a
spot he filled most capably to his retirement in 1943.
above year, Dr. William Senger has carried on a limited
private practice. He has been surgeon of the Missouri
Pacific & C.& W. Railroad since 1914; attending
surgeon of the Colorado Insane Asylum since 1918; and also
of the Woodcroft Sanatorium, since 1923. For keeping in
contact with colleagues and the latest developments in
surgery and medicine, Dr. Senger is a member of the Pueblo
County Medical Society, the Colorado State Medical
Society, American Medical Association, Western Surgical
Association, the American Association of Industrial
Physicians and Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American
College of Surgeons. His contributions to the literature
of his profession include numerous articles published in
medical and scientific magazines. He is a former president
of the Pueblo County Medical Society, and the Colorado
State Medical Society. Fraternally Dr. Senger is
affiliated with the Masonic Order. He is a Republican in
party connections but more interested in good candates and
progressive measures than in political association. For a
decade he was a member of the School Board, District No.
20, and has been at all times to the fore in the promotion
of education and cultural affairs in Pueblo. Socially
inclined, his clubs include the Minnequa, Pueblo Golf,
Beulah, and the Kiwanis. He and his family attend the
Protestant Episcopal Church, and are liberal
in the support of religious and
charitable works. As regards recreation, Dr. Senger enjoys
almost anything that enables him to get out-of-doors. He
long has fished and hunted, and is no mean expert at
gardening, whether ornamental or practical.
On March 28,
1919, Dr. William Senger married Mary Edith Knott, of Los
Angeles, California, and they are the parents of a
daughter Elizabeth, a graduate of San Luis School in
Colorado Springs, and Colorado College. She married Frank
C. Moore, of Dallas, Texas, who served as a captain in the
32nd Infantry Division, United States Army, World War
Beulah Art Show will soon be upon us, and, realizing that
Bill Sharp was the instigator of this annual event, I
thought it would be of interest to reprint an article from
"The Beulah Bugle" (Nov. 30, 1951) recognizing his talents
before we even had an art show in Beulah.
was in the spot-light last month when one of it's well
known citizens, Mr. William Sharp, was honored by the
showing of his paintings at the Pueblo Junior College. The
show was sponsored by the Pueblo Arts Group.
We are all
interested in knowing a little about the artist and his
was born in Pueblo, January 21, 1924. His interests were
recognized and encouraged by his art teacher, Miss Joysa
Gains, while he was in high school. It was under her
guidance that his water colors were sent and shown in
Boulder, New York and South America. That was the
beginning of his climb to fame.
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In 1946, his
picture, "Sulky Race" was awarded first prize at the
Colorado State Fair.
college has purchased his picture "City Scene" and Mr.
Adolf Dane has his "Self Portrait".
He and his
brunette wife, daughter Joanne, and son Thomas moved to
the valley in 1950 and are now residing on Pine Drive.
His wife has
artistic and literary interests. She attended the
University of Illinois and is now a secretary at the C.F.
& I. On interviewing Mrs. Sharp, the following is
indicative of her devotion to her artist husband:
"Only once or
twice in a century does the world produce a man who is
dedicated, heart and soul, to fulfilling his mission in
life. Such a man is William Sharp of Beulah. His mission
is to grow, and to record that growth on canvas, panels,
and lithograph paper. The singleness of his purpose is
reflected unerringly in the almost brutal honesty of some
of his oils. Life itself lurks in his paintings with the
haunting melancholy of a soul in purgatory--record of the
Works by Mr.
Sharp are, therefore, of necessity, never "after" another
artist. He is an individualist. He is unique. He seeks to
portray his own soul, above all and in so doing he
unconsciously portrays the soul of all mankind.
the details? The jobs as cartoonist and designer? The
three years in submarine service in World War Two. The
nine months in the hospital? The schooling at the Fine
Arts Center in Colorado Springs under Boardman Robinson?
The exhibits of his lithographs at the Philadelphia Print
Club, Carnegie Institute and the Library of Congress? The
patronage of Adolph Dehn? The one man shows at Colorado
Springs and Pueblo? Those, I repeat, are details; only
Sharp was born to be a great artist, and, come what may,
he is fulling his destiny. (Who should know better than I?
I married him!)"
Ihrig, head of the art department at the Junior College,
with other art instructors from the Denver and Colorado
Universities and several other artists (Mr. Sharp among
them) are filming a colored picture on Visual Education to
attempt to bring art and the approach to art to the
general public. Mr. Sharp's work has been filmed, in
color, along with environmental pictures of the artist and
Beulah. The film should be ready for public viewing in the
In 1928 Ruth
Asher was 16 and still in high school. Roy Simonson was
twenty-one and working on his family's ranch. Their first
meeting was brief while visiting Edna, Roy's sister.
Little did they know that their future would hold 54 years
together as husband and wife.
paths would cross at the various dances they attended.
Dances were one of the major social events held at that
time. Whether it was at the Burnt Mill, Goodpasture, or
Gay Way Dance Halls, Roy and Ruth could dance to the
foxtrot, waltz, or square dance. By 1935 their
relationship had become more serious and in 1936 Roy and
Ruth were married on the same day that the circus came to
Pueblo. They had a simple wedding at Ruth's parents house,
George and Carrie Asher, officiated by Reverend L.W.
Simonson, Roy's father, immigrated from Sweden to Colorado
in 1887. In 1894, he and his wife Christina moved to the
Beulah area where they leased the Three R Ranch for a
short time before homesteading their own property to the
Ruth came to
Colorado when she was three. She and her mother came by
train and her father followed up on the emigrant car with
four head of horses, furniture and a wagon. Ruth's family
raised large flocks of turkeys on Water Barrel Flats.
Roy and Ruth
have always worked hard on their ranch, often 7 days a
week, 16 hours a day. They raised two daughters, Ilona and
Janet. They have four grandchildren, and four
great-grandchildren. They talk positively and fondly of
their 54 years together. Their relationship is strong and
Ruth says: "You can always work things out even if things
get kind of rough."
All of us in
Beulah Valley wish the Simonson's a very special and happy
was reprinted from The Beulah Banner, February
14, 1990 - Issue 5.
MONA & HAROLD SMITH
If two people
were destined to be together, it is surely Mona and Harold
"Smitty" Smith, but it has been a long and winding road
before they became the loving couple that they now are.
Mona Lee Dameron and Harold Smith have known each other
since third grade, and even in high school they briefly
went steady, but after high school their paths took very
Dameron, the oldest of two girls, is a native Puebloan who
has enjoyed the charms and beauty of Beulah since she was
a child. Her father and mother, Claire and Ann Dameron,
spent 30 years as summer residents in Beulah. The bought
their first house on North Creek in 1939. Mona's father
was Pueblo's Deputy U.S. Marshall for 26 years. As a child
Mona particularly enjoyed horseback riding, and recalled a
Fourth of July Celebration in Beulah where she square
danced on horseback! Another horse event during the
celebration was balancing an egg in a spoon while riding
horseback and passing it along to your partner, also on
horseback. Mona and Tom Stavely won first place.
While in high
school Mona had a summer job working along with Rose Caple
and Jo Donley at Mrs. Stroman's house, who had luncheons
for the high society ladies of Beulah and dinner for
guests from Pueblo. One year out of high school Mona Lee
married Jack Hite, and the young couple settled in
Seattle, where Mona was to live for the next 37 years.
Mona had three children; Carole, married to Rusty Ludwig,
both are psychologists, and together they have four
children. Mona's second child, Steve, was born in Seattle,
graduated from University of Washington, and is continuing
his father's real estate business. Nancy, Mona's third
child, lives in Mill Creek, Washington, is a divorced
mother of two children and owns "Nancy's Noah's Ark
Pre-school". Mona was an active mother who participated in
P.T.A., church activities, and worked part-time as a
medical secretary. She got divorced in 1968, and began a
new life as a single woman.
"Smitty" Smith was born in Texas, but came to Pueblo when
he was six years old with his widowed mother, his two
brothers, and three sisters. Smitty's interest in being a
doctor began at the early age of six, when he was in the
hospital for surgery on his hand. He decided then that he
wanted to be a doctor and would work toward that goal.
After high school he attended Pueblo Junior College,
pre-med for two years. He entered the Army in 1946; after
his discharge he attended University of Colorado,
graduated in 1953, and interned at St. Luke's. During his
first year in medical school he met Claire Marie, also a
medical student. They married and had four children, the
eldest being Harold Smith, II, who lives in Englewood and
has two children and Jeni Leigh McGee, who is living in
New Mexico. His third child, Candi Smith, was killed in a
drunk driver accident in 1980. His fourth child, Kent
Smith, operates a recording business in Florida.
Smitty was divorced, met and married Janet Pacheco. They
were married for seven years. Always a close family friend
to the Damerons, Smitty called Mona in 1979 to inform her
about her father's ill health. Between Thanksgiving of
1979 and May 1980, Smitty and Mona had only seven dates,
yet fate had finally brought them together. Smitty mailed
Mona a poem asking her to marry him. They lived in Pueblo
until six years ago when they bought their present home on
Cascade. The house is over 100 years old and has
been a school, stage coach stop, and an orphanage.
Smitty received Pueblo Doctor of the Year Award, and he
was President of Pueblo County Medical Society from
1986-87. After 35 years in the medical practice, Smitty
retired in 1988. Since his retirement Smitty loves to work
around the house, golf, hide, and "watch the fish". He
promised Mona, "From now on if you do the cooking, I'll do
the dishes." A promise Mona says he is keeping! Their home
is lovingly cared for with an oasis-like atmosphere. Mona
is currently taking a painting class in tole art, enjoys
gardening, reading, and "just spending time with Smitty".
Mona is planning a family reunion for the Dameron's July
6, 7 and 8. She expects guests and relatives from Denver,
Pueblo, Rye, Phoenix and Seattle.
the July 1, 1990, Issue 12, The Beulah Banner,
Ward and Pat
Stryker settled in Beulah into a log house with large,
beautiful trees around it. There are still a couple of
these apple trees that date back to the period in Beulah
when the valley supported several apple orchards. Ward
remembers when you could pick a bushel of apples for
$1.00. There was also a cider press for sparkling apple
didn't live long in the valley before Ward Stryker was
instrumental in forming the Chamber of Commerce with a
dozen or so members. The group was active in helping to
fight fires. There was once a fire in one of the cabins
near what is now the Flag Mountain Grill. Ward and some of
the others wheeled the fire equipment over. It consisted
of a two wheel fire hose that was pulled around by hand.
When this hose was hooked up to the hydrant and
pointed at the fire, only a dribble of the much-needed
water came out. The hose was leaking in many places. This
incident prompted the Chamber of Commerce to see that two
fire trucks were purchased, one of which is still used at
Fires in the
Beulah Valley have always been a concern, and Ward tells
of one that happened north of Beulah spotted by an airline
pilot who reported it to the Pueblo airport. Mrs. Traeber,
at the General Store, was notified and she organized two
semi loads of volunteers from Pueblo ready to come out and
help fight the fire. Ward Stryker and Johnny Hadwigger
went out to the site and discovered that the fire would
soon burn itself out since it was located up against a
rock wall. The volunteers from Pueblo arrived at the wrong
location and spent the night on the mountain.
It was the
Chamber of Commerce that put the Star of the East into
operation. The star was first put on the hill just to the
north of the highway as one leaves the valley. It was
moved to the present location after eight or nine years
because of difficulty in getting proper wiring across to
its location. When in the original location, the star
could be seen all the way to Pueblo.
seven year old Ward Stryker was taken to a grassy
fieldside of Arkansas by his father to see war surplus
planes that he bought for $250 per plane. Several of them
were WWI Jennies and De Havilands to rent or sell to
"barnstormers" who traveled the country using barns for
theatres, performing death-defying stunts, and providing
towns informal exhibitions for profit. Charles Lindbergh
did a lot of barnstorming around the country before he
made his famous flight. Ward Stryker met Charles Lindbergh
once at an airport outside of Wichita, Kansas. Charles
Lindbergh asked Ward if he would fuel up his plane and see
that it got placed in a hangar overnight. Ward and his dad
flew with Walter Beech back in 1919. Beech later became
the founder of Beech Aircraft Company. This began Ward's
lifelong passionate interest in aviation. His home
contains many models he has purchased or constructed. Some
of these are actual models of planes that he worked on at
Swallow, Vega, or Lockheed Aviation. Ward is the only
living employee of Swallow Aviation which built many
Bi-wing planes used by WWII fledglings.
working on airplane parts at fifteen, and was part of the
industry that in wartime turned out the best planes in the
world. One plane that Ward worked on was the Hudson Bomber
which became the nemesis of German submarine commanders.
shared fifty-one years of a wonderful marriage with his
wife, Pat. One of Ward's most precious keepsakes is a tape
of Pat playing "Flight of the Bumble Bee" on the organ.
Pat was highly accomplished on the Hammond and sometimes
demonstrated the instrument for the Hammond Organ Company.
legacy of Ward Stryker goes back to the time of Peter
Stuyvesant, the last governor of New Netherlands from
1642-1664. The Dutch governor gave two Stryker brothers
who came over to the new world with him one lot in
Manhattan and the whole of Brooklyn.
turned 91 years old in February. Happy Birthday, Ward!
thanks to Willis Goettel for writing and
was reprinted from the March, 2003 issue of
The Beulah Banner.
from The Pueblo Chieftain - Thursday, Aug. 7,
to jets, Beulah man smitten by
Call it love
at first flight. Ward Stryker was just 7 when his father,
a bank president in Arkansas city, Kan., took him for a
drive one afternoon that ended at a windy open field where
a dozen Curtiss Jenny biplanes were parked.
"You wanta go
for a ride in one of those?" Stryker's father teased the
excited boy, who was thrilled at the idea of soaring into
the blue Kansas sky, even though a Jenny was a fragile
craft made of wood, fabric and wire.
when I fell in love with airplanes, riding in my dad's lap
in the Curtis Jenny," the 91-year -old Stryker recalled
with a deep laugh in his Beulah home. "What my dad didn't
tell me at first was that he'd bought all 12 of those
Jenneys because he was an entrepreneur who figured there
was money to be made in airplanes and flying."
the date for that first flight of his sometime in 1919,
which would have been just 16 years after Orville and
Wilbur Wright coaxed the first airplane up and off the
sand at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Man had barely begun to fly in
those days, and to millions of men and women, there were
few things more glamorous than swooping through the sky in
an open-cockpit airplane that might do 100 mph with the
throttle wide open.
"I meant to
learn to fly, but I never did," Stryker lamented,
surrounded by dozens of airplane models he's built in
recent years. He didn't need to fly, however, to have a
career in aviation. Starting with his first job as a
teen-ager helping to hand-build Swallow biplanes to his
years as a Lockheed Corp. plant manager, Stryker was there
as the U.S. aircraft industry transitioned from biplanes
to jet-powered fighters.
to visit the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum and one
reason is because it houses an F-80, the first U.S. jet
fighter - and built by Lockheed. During World War II,
Stryker was a manager in a Lockheed plant in Burbank,
Calif., helping build the legendary B-17 bomber (in
partnership with Boeing) and the still-secret F-80
been working on the F-80 since 1943, but the aircraft
would always be completely covered when it was shipped in
and out of our plant because it was top-secret," Stryker
the impact of jet engines, the propeller-driven P-38 was
among the fastest warplanes during War World II because it
could top 400 mph in a dive with its two big engines. By
comparison, the jet-powered F-80 could cruise along at 430
mph in level flight and rocket to 600 mph in a dive.
could take off and almost go straight up in the sky,"
American aviation was full of men and women like Stryker
in those years - people who had gravitated toward flying
and airplanes and found new careers. While his father's
fleet of Curtis Jennys never made much money barnstorming,
one of Stryker's first jobs was a wing-maker for the
little Swallow aircraft company near Wichita, Kan.
"That was in
1927, right after Charles Lindbergh's (solo) flight to
Paris," Stryker said. "That started a fire in me, so I
begged a job at the Swallow factory."
trim little biplanes that were used by the U.S. Post
Office. One of the company's test pilots was a man named
Walter Beech. A local Wichita-area farmer who also became
entranced with airplanes was Clyde Cessna. Another area
man was named Lloyd Stearman. All three eventually built
renowned aircraft coprporations bearing their own names -
Beechcraft, Cessna and Stearman.
wonder Wichita became the airplane-building capital of the
United States," Stryker emphasized.
Stryker left Swallow for a better-paying job building
airplanes for Cessna and then, in 1931, the Great
Depression caught up with him. "Nobody seemed to be
working that year," he said.
War II began, Stryker worked - and didn't work - at a
number of jobs in the Kansas oil fields and refineries. He
married his wife, Pat, in 1939 and they headed for
California, where Stryker was hired to work in a Lockheed
"World War II
was about to begin and the British were desperate for an
airplane that could chase and kill German U-boats,"
Stryker said. The Royal Air Force liked the Lockheed
Ventura design, and Stryker said that Lockheed engineers
devised a sub-chasing model in just 24 hours in order to
seal the deal with the RAF.
take long for Stryker to become a manager at Lockheed's A2
plant in Burbank and that's where he spent the war,
building and installing parts as well as painting and
"We used to
paint B-17s olive drab until we realized that added about
400 pounds of weight to the aircraft," he said. "After
that, we left the aluminum skin unpainted."
war, Stryker and his wife moved to Colorado, where he
worked for a paint manufacturer. The problem was, the
couple moved into Pat Stryker's grandparent's home in
Beulah. The little old house is one of the oldest in the
"We loved it
up there, but my job was in Denver," Stryker related. As
Stryker spent more and more time commuting between the
mountain town and Denver, it became obvious that situation
couldn't continue forever.
loved it in Beulah and it was clear to me that if I kept
my Denver job, I wouldn't have a wife too much longer," he
decided to drop out of the career race and see if he could
make a living in Beulah as a home builder, carpenter,
mechanic, gardener, swimming-pool man, property manager -
you name it. To his suprise, he could do it and 56 years
later, he's still doing it - although alone. Pat died 10
"My wife was
an artist and a wonderful musician," Stryker said. "She
always thought this is the most wonderful place to live
and I do, too."
The phone has
rung on occasion with an offer of another salary and
title, but always somewhere away from Beulah.
"I was in
Houston once when this Convair vice president told me he
wanted me to come there and run some project," Stryker
said with a laugh. "He didn't think anyone could turn down
a big salary, but I asked him how many ball games he'd
watched in the past year and he said none. Well, I counted
off all the baseball and football games that I'd watched
in person and told him I liked it that way."
CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE"
The following was sent ot me
via e-mail by a friend in the Valley. She asked me to pass it
on. I hope you have the same reaction I did, with a few tears
in my eyes.
There is a story
many years ago of an elementary teacher. Her name was Mrs.
Thompson, and as she stood in front of her 5th grade class
on the very first day of school, she told the children a
lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and
said that she loved them all the same.
But that was
impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his
seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard. Mrs. Thompson
had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he
didn't play well with the other children, that his clothes
were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. And,
Teddy could be unpleasant.
It got to the
point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in
marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's
and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers.
At the school
where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review
each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until
the last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in
for a surprise.
grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a ready
laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners...he
is a joy to be around".
grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well
liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his
mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a
grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death had been hard on
him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show
much interest and his home life will soon affect him if
some steps aren't taken."
grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show
much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and
he sometimes sleeps in class."
By now, Mrs.
Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of
herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her
Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and
bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present was clumsily
wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a
took pains to open it in the middle of other presents.
Some of the children began to laugh when she found a
rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a
bottle that was one quarter full of perfume.
stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how
pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some
of the perfume on her wrist.
Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to
say, " Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my mom
children left she cried for at least an hour. On that very
day, she quit teaching reading, and writing, and
arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children.
paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with
him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she
encouraged him, the faster he responded.
By the end of
the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in
the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the
children the same, Teddy became one of her "teacher's
A year later
she found a note under her door from Teddy telling her
that she was still the best teacher he ever had in his
whole life. Six years went by before she got another note
He then wrote
he had finished high school, third in his class, and she
was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.
after that, she got another letter, saying that while
things had been tough at times; he'd stayed in school, had
stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with
the highest honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was
still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his
more years passed and yet another letter came. This time
he explained that after he got his Bachelor's Degree, he
decided to go a little further. The letter explained that
she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had.
But now his name was a little longer - the letter was
signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, M.D..
doesn't end there. You see, there was yet another letter
that spring. Teddy said he'd met this girl and was going
to be married. He explained that his father had died a
couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson
might agree to sit in the place at the wedding that was
usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course,
Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet,
the one with several rhinestones missing. And she made
sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his
mother wearing on their last Christmas together.
They hugged each other, and Dr.
Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, "Thank you,
Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for
making me feel important and showing me that I could make
Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She
said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who
taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know
how to teach until I met you."
remember that wherever you go, and whatever you do, you
will have the opportunity to touch and/or change a
person's outlook and even his life. Please try to do it in
a positive way.
someone's heart today...pass this along.
reprinted from The Beulah Banner,
October, 2002 issue.
It does not
require many years for a man of enterprise and merit to
become established in the "growing West." Although Capt.
Townsend has lived in Colorado not quite three years, yet
he is prominently known, and has become indentified with
many of the important interests of South Pueblo. He was
born in New York City, May 3, 1841. When five years of
age, his parents moved to Pennsylvania, and settled at
Minequa Springs, where he was raised and educated. He
enlisted in the Federal army when nineteen years of age,
and served through the late war. He was in many of the
famous battles in Virginia, was wounded at Antietam,
and afterward detailed upon Gen. Schenck's staff. He was
also for a time Enrolling Clerk for Gen. Wallace. He was
mustered out of the service in 1864, but entered the army
again in a few months, having organized a company, of
which he became Captain in the One Hundred and
Ninety-sixth Ohio. After the war, Capt. Townsend continued
his law studies, in which he had already made some
progress, and was admitted to the bar on his birthday in
1866. Soon afterward, he located at Danville, ILL., and
then began the practice of law, living at that place
continuously for about twelve years. In 1878, his health
failing, Capt. Townsend decided to come West, and in
November of that year he located in Pueblo. In May
following, he began the practice of law which he has since
continued with eminent success. He assisted in organizing
the South Pueblo Water Company, and is now the company's
Superintendent. He was one of the incorporators of the
Pueblo Street Railway, and is now a member of the Board of
Directors and Attorney for the company. He is City
Attorney for South Pueblo, and is also Local Attorney for
the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. Capt. Townsend has
been twice married. He was unfortunate in losing his first
wife and children by death in Illinois, and was married to
his present wife in November, 1878.
CAPT. WOOD F. TOWNSEND
town of Beulah Springs. Owned the Antlers
Hotel in Beulah)
HIstory of the Arkansas Valley Colorado -
978.8 H 1881
TRAEBER'S STORE CLOSING TO END AN ERA IN
by Don Donato
- August 29, 1972
Store at Beulah will be open for the last time Saturday.
said he had mixed feelings about selling the last of the
goods on the shelves.
He said the
53-year-old business recently has bitten into his free
time, left over from his occupation with the U.S. Postal
Service. However, he felt a little strange about closing
the landmark business.
opened in 1919 by my parents - George and Alice Traeber.
That building burned and this one was built in 1923. My
parents were sort of pioneers in Beulah Valley. They used
to come up here long before they founded the store."
"Most of that
time it's been a seven-day-a-week job. We've been open all
day Monday through Saturday and half a day Sunday for a
store will give us more free time."
mother was the Beulah postmaster for years and operated
the store-based post office until a new one was built a
few years ago.
the family hadn't decided what would be done with the
store. "My mother's home is attached to the store, you
see, and she hasn't decided what she wants to do."
Traeber died four years ago, and Ray indicated that any
decision would be based upon what his mother wanted done.
"In the older
days," Traeber said, "the store was really sort of the
hangout of Beulah. Everybody gathered here to get the mail
and hear the news. The kids used to come in and get that
good old penny candy."
was born in Beulah and now has a 21-year-old son. He
commented that "you get older and don't need as much
money; you don't feel like going out."
more free time and we'll be enjoying it more."
the need to hire help in the store (when his wife,
Patricia, was working her part-time job with the Postal
Service caused some inconveniences).
some great help at the store, but you can't expect them to
take the same interest the family does," he said.
main thing he'll miss, Traeber said, "is the people. The
people here have been real nice and we've appreciated
talking to them," he chuckled, "even if there were times
you'd like to kick 'em in the shins". "I'm going to miss
the friends who come in here to buy something expecting to
be treated in the special way they like to be treated."
Colorado . . . one of the most unique places I've
ever had the opportunity to see. Beulah is unique because
of its numerous colorful residents.
I say unique,
because as a writer, sometimes inspiration has to hit you
over the head with a crowbar to get your attention.
writing hiatus of several years; dealing with the
heartache of a lost love, divorce, and all the grief that
goes with it, that inspiration found its mark at an
obscure country bar in the form of Robert J. Vaughn.
"Bob" is no
ordinary Coloradan, much less an ordinary person. He's as
unique as the setting in which he lives.
appearance, Bob could be a ghost from Colorado's historic
past. He'd fit right in in Cripple Creek, Black Hawk, or
Central City. Just add a mule, shovel, pickaxe and gold
pan and you'd swear he had just walked through a time warp
into the present.
But no, Bob
is right at home here in Beulah.
He may look
like an old prospector -- boots, cowboy hat, suspenders,
etc., but in reality Bob is a salty (and a tad-bit spicy)
old "sea-dog". He's definitely not for the faint-of-heart.
veteran of the U.S. Navy, trade the cowboy hat for a sea
captain's cap, and you might begin to get the picture.
Bob tells of
submarine adventures from Hawaii to Vladivostok Harbor;
from Haiphong Harbor to gunboats on the Mekong River.
retirement, the Rocky Mountain sailor, still a merchant
marine, can tell tales that will keep any listener
spellbound, provided they've got the patience for a little
repetition between sips of his favorite sundry alcoholic
any further about old Bob would be anti-climactic. But
when he gets to know you, if he likes you, he'll present
you with his business card. Printed some 30 years ago,
it's still applicable to Bob today.
To give you,
the inquisitive reader, a sample of what Bob has to offer,
I present excerpts of his business card.
"Singer of songs and ballads;
Defender of orphans; Soldier of fortune; Casual hero;
World traveler; All-around good guy; Entrepreneur
extraordinere; Part-time Scholar & sportsman;
Specializing in the tasting of sundry alcoholic beverages;
The difficult done immediately, the impossible takes a
little longer. Miracles by appointment. Wars fought;
Revolutions started; Governments run; (Look out Hillary,
your nemesis has arrived!) Bars emptied; Tigers tamed."
has been censored for the benefit of our prudent
The only way
you can learn more about this colorful local legend is to
stop in at Beulah's only watering hole, the Beulah Inn.
And if you're lucky, you just might walk away with his
Theodore Vidmar, Jr.
Vidmar, Jr., a partner of the Vidmar-Mathis Appliance
Company and the Vidmar-Mathis Motor Company in Pueblo has
made his mark in the business circles of this community,
with which he has been identified his entire life. He
takes a leading part in its varied affairs and is
affiliated with several of its more important business,
fraternal and social groups.
was born in Pueblo, October 16, 1909, the son of Jake
Theodore Vidmar, Sr., and the former Antoinette Blatnik,
both of whom were born in Vienna, Austria, and are now
deceased. The father came to the United States at the age
of 14 years and located in Pueblo, where he eventually
engaged in the grocery business and was active in it for
many years. He took a leading part in the Knights of
Columbus and church work. Jake Theodore Vidmar, Jr.
received his education in St. Patrick's Parochial High
School and then entered the business field.
working for the Miller Motor Company and remained with
that concern from July, 1930, to July of 1932 at which
time he became associated with W.K. Hurd, then a Ford
dealer. This association was a fine experience for a young
man as Mr. Hurd is one of the outstanding men in this
industry. In 1938, three young men, Jake T. Vidmar, Jr.,
Lou Mathis (q.v.) and Samuel T. Jones, Jr., (q.v.)
organized the Vidmar-Mathis Appliance Company at 514 North
Main Street to sell at retail electrical appliances, gas
appliances, radios, records, record-players and pianos.
The partners have successfully operated the business
during the ensuing years and it has grown steadily until
it now employs 18 persons. In 1945, the showrooms were
completely remodeled with an entire glass front, making
them some of the finest display rooms in the entire city.
In October of 1944 the same partners organized the
Vidmar-Mathis Motor Company and located it at 607 West
Santa Fe. They acquired the Oldsmobile Agency and in the
spring of 1946 acquired the property at 119 West Sixth
Street, which they have remodeled into a modern automobile
showroom and service department, which is completely
equipped. The Vidmar-Mathis Motor Company employs 20
persons in the operation of its business.
Mr. Vidmar is
affliated with the following prominent organizations: the
national Automobile Dealers Association, the Colorado
Automobile Dealers Association, the Pueblo Automobile
Dealers, and the Pueblo Electric League, the Pueblo Golf
and Country Club, the 30 Club, the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 90 and the Chamber of
Commerce. He is an independent voter and is an adherent of
St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church. Golf and hunting are
his favorite hobbies, and he indulges in these recreations
whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Vidmar, Jr., married in June of 1935 Lolita Hudson
Stockton, born in Canon City, and they are the
parents of the following children: 1. Jake T.
III. 2. Richard Stockton. 3. William Irvin.
descendants of Harry P. Vories, a prominent Pueblo lawyer
from 1888 to 1948, will hold a family reunion June 15 to
18 at the Kay Keating Ranch. The Vories family spent many
pleasant summer days in their rustic cabin on Squirrel
Creek Road. Mr. Vories was born in Carrollton, Kentucky on
September 2, 1862. He was educated in public schools in
Carroll County, and received a Bachelor of Science degree
from Emory and Henry College of Virginia. Mr. Vories
trained as a law clerk from 1884 to 1888, and then had a
law practice in Pueblo from 1888 to 1948. On January 2,
1890 he married Elizabeth (Betsy) George; to this union
were born three daughters; Mrs. Ruth Heck, Mrs. Edwina
Unfug, and Mrs. Katharine Smith. Legend has it that Mrs
Vories, while driving a horse drawn buggy from Pueblo to
Beulah, was accosted by would be bandits, but she beat
them off with a buggy whip. Friends of the Vories family
are invited to meet with the family at 1:00 pm on
Saturday, June 16, at the Kay Keating Ranch.
MRS. KARL J. WALTER
Chieftain, July 6, 1952
To write a
comprehensive story about Mrs. Karl J. Walter, her
background, activities, and home life, would fill a book.
To pick out the highlights, and they are numerous because
she has a zest for living, is an easier task.
the late E.I. Crockett, was professor of Latin and Greek
at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. when sent to
Colorado in 1890 for his health. He dealt in real estate
in Pueblo until his death in 1943 and remained a scholar
and world traveler to the end.
(Catharine) as the youngest of the Crockett's five
children was the last of the three brothers and a sister
to follow in their father's path and received a Phi Beta
Kappa key for outstanding work at college.
Catharine's high school days at Centennial she met Karl
Walter, who at the time was a "North sider" at Central and
the two had little in common. She went on to attend
Colorado College and then to her father's university for
three years to major in romance languages and in her last
year to study law. By the time she had been graduated from
Vanderbilt she had become engaged to Karl Walter.
year following graduation from Vanderbilt she went to
Europe with two aunts as chaperones to study at the Sor
Bonne in Paris, and when not studying, toured the
continent and the British Isles. She completed work on her
thesis at Sor Bonne, written in French on the four
Gospels, but never submitted it since she wasn't
particularly interested in a degree and wanted to return
to the states to get married.
After she was
married in 1927 she worked for a short time on The Pueblo
Chieftain writing news and advertising copy. During one
summer between terms at Colorado College she worked for
the Star-Journal reporting society news.
A son, Karl,
was born in the second year of her marriage and a few
years later a daughter was born and named Catharine, the
fifth Catharine in as many generations in the family.
In 1937 she
had spent a month in Mexico with her parents and had
returned to Pueblo alone while the Crocketts continued on
to Tennessee. It was while enroute to Tennessee from
Mexico that her mother was killed in an automobile
children grew up she became active in girl and boy scout
work, the PTA, and every civic or community "cause" that
asked for her help. She and her sister belonged to a
sorority group called Beta Tau Delta (now known as the
Service League). This group of some 35 women started a day
nursery program for Pueblo, at first meeting in small
houses and putting on raffles and sales to raise money to
support the program of caring for children - this was in
the WPA days. Mrs. Walter's mother was the first to
contribute money towards a permanent building fund to
house the Pueblo Day Nursery. Mrs. Walters served as
chairman of the Service League's follies in 1928 and is
now a life member.
long had been a supporter of the YMCA and its summer camp
near Rye. "Camp Crockett," was named for him. Carrying on
her father's work with the youth of Pueblo, Catharine and
her husband were on the committee to pick a site for the
girl scout camp. It was while tramping the country around
Beulah valley to choose the camp location she discovered
and fell in love with a lovely spot nestled in the
mountains where today her own two-story streamlined ranch
home is located.
She served on
this girl scout camp committee while its "Lazy Acres" was
under construction and later served on the board of
directors for several years.
past war, Red Cross work was practically a 24 hour a day
job. For more than four years she served as chairman
of the volunteer special service and during this time she
also made four trips a year to Washington to help direct
Red Cross volunteer services on the national level where
she became acquainted and worked with wives of well-known
political figures such as Averell Harriman and Paul
Hoffman, and textile designer Dorothy Liebes. She served
until recently on the area
council and as chairman of the Pueblo County Red Cross and
is now on the board of directors.
Within a year
after finding the site for their ranch (Karl-a-Kate),
their home was started and when in its final stages of
completion five years ago the family moved to Beulah.
Husband and children commuted to school and business in
Pueblo while Mrs. Walter took to her ranch life with
all-out enthusiasm and became active in community affairs.
"project" is working with the women of the Beulah home
demonstration club to move a building to be used as a much
needed community hall. Two years ago, after the community
women had won a national contest, she invited the staff
writers and photographers of a national magazine to stay
at the ranch while they documented the story of the women
Guests at the
beautiful Karl-a-Kate ranch have numbered into the
thousands and have included celebrities and well-known
personalities from all over the country. Her "biggest"
party was last summer which left her momentarily a little
"breathless" when 500 guests from over the state were
being fed and entertained in the spacious living rooms and
on the terrace. Her son recently brought his polo coach
and members of the Stanford team for a brief stay at the
ranch while en route to a game.
hobby has been collecting foreign-made dolls and she has
more than 200 which she has shown at hobby shows and
before different groups. Another, acquired along with her
ranch life, is to buy "pond" Indian jewelry of silver and
turquoise. ("Pond" jewelry are the pieces made of the best
material and workmanship by the Indians for their own
adornment and "ponded" to a money lender.)
(the fifth) more often called "Sis" was graduated from
Central, where she served as president of the National
Honor Society, colonel of the ROTC sponsors and
participated in all school groups. After attending
Stephens college for girls at Columbia, Mo., last year she
has switched to Stanford University and has been accepted
for the fall term.
attended Centennial and on June 15 was graduated from the
business administration school at Stanford University and
immediately was commissioned as lieutenant in the Air
Force. He is home for the summer and plans to attend
graduate school at Stanford in the fall if not called for
active Air Force duty. One of his chief "majors" at
Stanford was polo and he traveled 16,000 miles to play
with the school's team. The team voted him its most
valuable member and presented him with a trophy.
with her husband and daughter, attended her son's
graduation from Stanford, and the day also marked their
25th wedding anniversary. With both children in school in
the West, the Walter's pleasure trips two or three times
each year probably will be in that direction instead of
East as in the past.
is a member of the Wednesday Morning Club and secretary of
the Beulah Home Demonstration Club. Walter is
part owner and manager of the Steel Center in Pueblo and
operates his ranch at Beulah.
Colorado State Fair in 1950 his 11 cows and two bulls
entered in various classes took a total of 13 ribbons and
one grand championship. He is a member of Beulah and
family has always had a reputation in Pueblo of being
responsible businessmen and for always having the good
interests of the community at heart. Since 1898 they have
operated an important brewery under their own name in this
city and, because of generations of expert brewing
experience, have put out products which have been very
Amelia (Kipp) Walters, of Germany, and now both deceased,
were the parents of five boys all born in Germany. After
the boys grew up, the eldest came to America and, as he
earned the fare, each of the other brothers followed him
here. They all went into the Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee
where they all learned the trade and then established
their own breweries.
of the Pueblo branch of the Walters family is Martin
Walters, Sr., one of these five brothers. He was born in
1862. Martin and his brother, Chris, went into business
together in Wisconsin, calling their firm the Walters
Brothers Brewing Company. After some years they decided
that they needed a branch in the west and Martin came to
Pueblo in 1898 and bought out a business that has been
established for some years. It had been started by A.L.
Mosher and a Mr. Wilkinson from whom Mr. Walters bought
it. This plant was located at Hickory and LaCrosse
Streets, where it has remained ever since. After Mr.
Walters modernized the plant and began making his own
formulas, his product proved to be popular with the people
of the locality and the business prospered. One of the
problems which had to be solved before the business could
be operated on a large scale was the distance to the lands
which raised the proper malt. This was remedied by
maintaining an interest in the Walters Brothers Brewery in
Wisconsin, where a large Malt house is operated. Mr.
Walters' new product was known as Walters Gold Label Beer
and it became well-known all over the Rocky Mountain
In 1918, when
prohibition closed all the breweries, he and his sons went
into the real estate business, and they acquired
considerable property in and around Pueblo. He owned the
Grand Opera Theater Building and many other business
properties. Naturally a home-loving man, he was also one
who did much good in the community. He was willing to give
to any cause for bettering Pueblo. It was said that there
was not a church in the region, regardless of creed, which
did not benefit by his generosity.
death in 1922, his sons carried on the business. They had
come into the business at an early age and learned it from
the ground up. In 1933, when prohibition was ended, they
modernized the plant and again began manufacturing the
quality product which their father had always insisted
upon. In 1940, the name was changed to Walters Gold Label
Pilsener, by which name it is still known. In 1943, they
bought the Snyder Brewery in Trinidad, which they also
operate at the present time. They employ about one hundred
sixty people and have a fleet of twenty trucks of the
finest make. The plant is one of the show places of the
region. Martin, Jr. is the president and treasurer of the
company and Karl is vice president and secretary.
Walters, Sr. was a member of the Benevolent and Protective
Order of the Elks, the Rotary Club and the Chamber of
Commerce. He worshipped at the Lutheran church.
In 1884, he
married Christine Britton, of Appleton, Wisconsin, and
they became the parents of nine children: 1. Martin, Jr.,
born in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1886. He attended local
schools and learned the trade as a boy. After his
schooling he came right into the business and has been
associated with it ever since. In addition he owns much
real estate and owns the Clyne Theatre in Bessemer.
Besides this he takes an active interest in community
affairs, belonging to the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary
club, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the
Knights of Columbus, and Pueblo Golf and Country Club, and
being active in the various bond drives.
In 1909, he
married Louise Donovan, of Pueblo, and they are the
parents of two children: Cecilia May, a graduate of the
Pueblo schools and St. Mary's College, who married William
Mowry, of Pueblo; and Martin III, a graduate of the local
high school and the Brewery Academy in Chicago. He is
brewmaster of the plant now. During the war he served in
the United States Army as a technical sergeant in the Air
Corps at Puerto Rico in charge of the Link Trainer
Station. He married Agxa Fillipe of Puerto Rico, and they
have one child, Cecelia. 2. Marie, married Cecil A. Lee of
Pueblo. 3. Christine, married Dr. D.C. O'Connell, of
Montana. 4. Amelia, married O.O. Stanchfield, of Pasadena,
California. 5. Elizabeth, who married Andrew McGovern of
Pueblo. 6. Eleanor, married Herbert Sheldon, of Pueblo. 7.
Karl, born in Pueblo in 1903. He was educated in the
local schools and in the University of Colorado. At that
time he went into the gasoline business in which he
remained until 1933 when he helped to organize the present
brewing business, and he has been associated with it ever
since. He is a member of the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks and the Pueblo Golf and Country club. He
married Kathryn Crockett, of Pueblo, and they are the
parents of two children, Karl Edward and Kathryn, both are
in high school. 8. H.J., lives in Uxbridge, Massachusetts,
married Dorothy Root, of Uxbridge. 9. Harry, died in
Mr. John E.
Korber, of Pueblo, sent us a very interesting article from
the Pueblo Star Journal, dated April 28, 1903. We thank
him for it and if any member knows what happened to this
Mr. Wantram and where he is buried, please let us know.
John Wantram, part
Indian and part Irishman, who lives alone, by himself, in
the mountains of Beulah, and makes his living no one knows
how, was in Pueblo today for the first time in 25 years.
He came down from his home to find out if there is still a
bounty on coyotes. It was removed years ago but Wantram
had never discovered that fact and came to find out, for
himself, whether the friend he had sent down with some
coyote scalps a week ago had been telling him the truth
when he said the bounty had been cut off, or if he had
collected the money and spent it.
scarcely knew how to act on the streets. His clothes are
made mostly of leather, his hair is long and he usually
wears no hat. Upon this occasion, however, he had to do
so. Though he has been so much separated from his kind,
Wantram is quite willing to talk and seems to thoroughly
enjoy being where things are moving and people are
scrambling for a living. His father, he says, came from
Ireland in 1830 and with a large part of emigrants started
for the west. He was a single man and proposed to make a
fortune in the west. Fate, however, had marked out an
entirely different career, for the party was one day
surprised and captured by a party of Indians, who spared
the Irishman's life but took him into captivity. So
closely watched that he finally gave up all hope of trying
to escape, and becoming accustomed to the life of the
Indians, he finally married the daughter of the chief.
was reprinted from an early issue of the
Beulah Historical Society
If you ever
shook his hand, you were friends forever. Ray Youngren,
cowboy, rancher, pilot, postmaster, respected friend,
loving husband, father, and grandfather was "a gentleman
and a gentle man." Yvonne, his wife of forty-six years
misses her best friend yet still feels his love and
protection surrounding her. "Ray has always looked out for
his family; he tried to look out for everybody.
That's what he's about." His honesty, integrity,
sincerity, and genuine concern for others are clearly
carried on in his children and grandchildren.
Ray met at the Gay Way, Beulah's Hot Spot, once located
where the Flag Mountain Grill is today. Gail Caple, a
friend of Yvonne's told her, "There is someone you just
have to meet. He just got out of the service. He's tall.
He's handsome, and he's a good dancer!" Ray and Yvonne met
each other, danced, and began a bond that would last a
lifetime and beyond. Many couples from around here
frequented the Gay Way. They turned chairs, moved benches,
and laid down coats to make a safe place for babies to lay
down near the dance floor. "Just give them a bottle,
change their diapers, and swing out onto the dance floor!"
Ray and Yvonne enjoyed many dances at the Gay Way
listening to Buddy Johnson and Jim Ed Brown, who was
stationed at Ft. Carson and played in Beulah before he got
started in country music. Ray and Yvonne were married a
year later in 1956. The Youngrens had three children,
Julie, Jay, and Justin. Julie is in Colorado Springs, Jay
is married to Lori with four children, and Justin is
married to Pam in Beulah. Ray always made time for his
grandchildren. They would jump out of the car, run to him
yelling, "Papa! Papa!" and plead, "Can we go and feed the
cows?" Ray would stop what he was doing, put the
grandchildren in the truck and tell them, "You can help
Papa feed the cows."
rode a horse to Cedar Grove School from the time he was in
Kindergarten. At seven years old Ray was helping plow the
fields for his family. He was tied to a draft horse for
his own safety and Ray learned to work hard for the rest
of his life. His strong work ethic and sincere interest in
the welfare of others still touches all who have had the
opportunity to know and remember him. Yvonne received a
call a few years ago and neighbors announced to her, "We
found out who's doing this! Someone has been plowing our
driveway, and we have tracked it to Ray." On his way to
begin his day of work, Ray stopped and plowed the
driveways of Bernie Elliot and Steve Douglas. "Ray did it,
that's the kind of man he was."
As a cowboy,
Ray received lots of belt buckles and trophies. He also
had a gift for remembering people. No matter where he went
or whom he met, Ray would exchange business cards. At
first he kept them in his billfold. When his billfold
began to bulge, Ray put them in a box in his desk. His
collection numbers well over 2000 cards. Yvonne wasn't
allowed to throw any away when straightening his desk. Ray
believed that each name might be needed someday. "Ray
remembered all those people and where he met them. I know
because I asked him and he always remembered." Ray and
Yvonne were at a rodeo once in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
They attended a dance afterwards and met a member of a
small band. The sat and visited awhile. Many years later
Ray declared he should have gotten that young man's
autograph. It was Glen Campbell.
Ray read a
lot in his recliner with his glasses slipped down on his
nose. "Listen to this," he'd say, and then he'd read from
the newspaper to Yvonne and they would hash it out. Ray
would call people up to make sure they had read what he
felt they needed to know. Ray Youngren felt that it was
"people's right" to know what was going on in the county.
"There wasn't an inch of this county that Ray hadn't been
over, looked at, and knew things about." He believed in
zoning, but not as a way to overburden people and make it
harder for them to do what they needed to do. Ray did not
support frivolous regulations. He worried that people
needed to pay more attention to what was going on. He
would call people up to let them know of issues that would
affect their lives, their children's lives, and the lives
of his grandchildren. Ray was there at all meetings and if
something needed to be done he would do it. "If I don't do
this, who will?" Ray Youngren was not easily intimidated.
The telephone would ring and Ray would share knowledge and
insight. Once Yvonne asked him, "How do you know all
this?" Ray answered, "I don't know, I just do."
many thoughts and memories of Ray Youngren. He was born on
January 6, 1933 and died on January 19, 2002. His family
misses him and his community misses him. He always looked
out for everyone.
appeared in the January, 2003 issue of The
CLYDE AND BURNICE ZENTS
was just 15 when she met Clyde Zents. Clyde, who owned a
Model A Roadster, would drive up from Pueblo every
Wednesday and weekends to see Burnice; they would attend
dances at the Gay Way, and enjoyed going on hikes. They
dated five years before marrying in 1940. In fact, August
31 of this year marks their 50th anniversary.
Burnice is a
native Coloradan, born in Lamar, and was the eldest of
three girls, Pauline and Lila Ruth. Burnice's father, John
Wesley Bland, was a bounty beekeeper in Lamar. In 1931,
due to a grasshopper plague which destroyed all the
alfalfa in the area, he had to feed the bees jelly for two
years. Eventually, all the bees smothered in a dust storm,
thus enabling the Blands to take their first summer
vacation together. While traveling to Rye to visit
cousins, the Blands stopped in Beulah, rented a house on
North Creek, and never returned to Lamar. Burnice recalls
the Beulah School when it was across the street from the
Methodist Church. Her favorite teachers were Arthur and
Iola Thomas. As a child she enjoyed hiking, swimming and
playing games such as Monopoly. Some of her childhood
friends were Faye Hadwiger, the Donley girls, Marshall
Downey, and Jimmy Armstrong, who she remembers as a "big
tease". When Burnice was 17 she worked as the assistant
cook at the Beulah School and at one time she also had a
summer job at the Beulah Forestry Office as office
was born in Tionesta, Pennsylvania in 1915. His family
moved to Pueblo on a doctor's recommendation that the
Colorado climate would help his mother's arthritis. Clyde
attended Central High School, and after graduation had
various jobs, including the bellhop at the Vail Hotel and
working in his family's automobile business. After getting
a position with the CAA (the predecessor of the
Federal Aviation Administration), Clyde attended
Communications Education School in Kansas City. In 1952 he
received a transfer to Denver where he held the position
of Air Traffic Control Supervisor and Military Liaison. He
retired in 1970.
Burnice have traveled extensively, enjoying such places as
Mexico, Hawaii, Canada, Alaska, Novia Scotia, and
traveling around the United States in their RV. Clyde's
hobbies are Amateur Radio, Photography, and remote control
vehicles. Burnice has many hobbies, playing the organ and
she enjoys all types of painting: watercolors, oils,
acrylics, and currently is taking a country folk art
class. She has also done ceramics and pottery. Both spent
ten years associated with the Denver Sports Car Club, and
the Sports Car Club of America.
have raised three boys, Richard, Ronald and Jerry, who
lives in Beulah. Burnice and Clyde have many wonderful
memories of their childhood, courtship, family and travel
together. They live comfortably in their house they moved
into as a shell and have finished themselves. Their
outlook on life is zestful and adventurous and they look
forward to many more trips in the RV, yet also enjoy their
beautiful home here in Beulah.
was reprinted from The Beulah Banner, May 15,
1990 - Issue 10 - Page 3