Monthly Archives: January 2016

Tailing Tales of James K. Ramstetter

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From “Life in the Early Days.” Permission of use granted by Mary Ramstetter. Young Roosters Have Surgery This happened during the early 1920’s when I was about twelve years old. My mother sent off to the government printing office in Washington, D.C. for a publication about raising capon. This publication had a very thorough article on the procedure of caponizing… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of the Ramstetter Homestead

Born in 1910, the second of seven children born to Henry Ramstetter, Sr. and Vina Shannon (Williams) Ramstetter, James K. Ramstetter, Jr. grew up in Golden Gate Canyon on the Ramstetter homestead. After graduating from high school, James accepted a job with the U.S. Government in Washington, DC, but then returned to Colorado during the depression years. He worked as… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of a Christmas Miracle

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  It happened around midnight on Christmas Eve 1878. A winter storm had dumped several feet of snow on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. Horrendous winds bent giant pine trees nearly in half. Blazes of lightening split the night sky. Roaring crashes of thunder shook the earth below. The glow of candlelight illuminated the windows of homes in… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Geno Kennedy of Rollinsville

  I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with local legend, Geno Kennedy, at The Stagestop in beautiful downtown Rollinsville, Colorado. What led me to request an interview was a visit several months ago which I made to my daughter and son-in-law’s in Coal Creek Canyon. A copy of Geno’s book Welcome to the Mountains- Now Behave laid on… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of the 18th Annual Tommyknocker Bazaar

This past weekend I had the pleasure of once again selling my books from my Misadventures of the Cholua Brothers series at the beautifully restored, historical Teller House in Central City. Many thanks to all who stopped by my table to visit, and to those who purchased copies of my books. Thanks to the Elks Ladies Auxiliary for their supper… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of the Seeley Family of Coal Creek Canyon

(Source: Coal Creek Canyon Colorado: Tales from Times Past, Vicki Moran, Editor) In the early 1870s; William S. Seeley and his wife, Florence, with their two sons, John and Wess, homesteaded 120 acres southeast of present-day Chapel in the Hills church. The homestead included a high broad meadow and stunning views of Mount Thorodin. Rumors circulated that prior to bringing… Read more »