A Tailing Tale of Fayette Beebee

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Published  January 26, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Born in New York November 9, 1824, in 1860 Fayette Beebee and wife, Ella, came and housed themselves in an unpretentious dirt-roofed, floor-less cabin, on Illinois Bar. There the sluices glistened with gold and heaps of boulders everywhere attested to the discovery of its hiding places in pay streaks and on… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Joseph Severen Beaman

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Published  January 12, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Joseph S. Beaman was born in Bondorf, Baden, Germany, October 23, 1834, to Joseph and Elizabeth Baden. He attended the School of Bondorf.  At the age of 15, in 1849, he sailed with his mother and siblings aboard the steamer “Holyoke” from Havre, France to New Orleans. A 49-day ocean journey…. Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Colonel William Yankee

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Published  December 14, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Born July 31, 1840 in Perryville, Kentucky, William Henry Yankee at an early age moved with his family to Sedalia, Missouri and grew up on a farm there. At only eighteen years of age he drove his oxen team from a prairie schooner across the plains of Missouri to Colorado. After… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of a Pioneer Christmas

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Published  December 22, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Christmas in Colorado in the mid 1800’s included many of the same traditions we observe today, but gifts, greeting cards and decorations were all made by hand. It was a much simpler time when pride was taken in each stitch made or scrap of wood nailed or shaved away. These homemade gifts might… Read more »

How Denver Got it’s name

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Published  December 1, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Many thanks to Bill Spellman of Black Hawk for sending me this article from the Sunday, February 3, 1946 edition of the Rocky Mountain News. “How Denver Got Its Name” by the Sage of the Rockies A soldier came into my office the other day to ask me how Denver got started and… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Captain Ira Austin

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Published  November 24, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer A descendant of Irish and English Ancestry, Ira Austin was born May 30, 1807 in Bristol, Ontario County, New York. A native of Western New York, his father Levi Austin was a farmer by occupation and extensively engaged in fruit and vegetable cultivation. In February 1831, Austin married Harriet Benjamin, daughter… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of James B. Arthur

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Published  November 10, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer James B. Arthur was born in Londonderry, Ireland, in March of 1835, one of several sons of Scotch Highlanders who like thousands of their neighbors were forced to seek shelter in other lands to avoid persecution for their religious beliefs. Religious and Civil wars swept Old Scotia for many years. The… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Anthony Arnett

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Published  November 3, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Born in the Reichstoff province on the Rhine river in Alsace-Lorraine, France, July 7, 1819, Anthony (Tony) Arnett was about nine years old when he came to the United States. He sailed on a seven-week voyage to New York with his parents, Louis and Clara and nine siblings. The family settled… Read more »