Category Archives: Colorado Pioneer

A Tailing Tale of Henry James Hawley

Published April 12, 2018 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Henry James Hawley, President of the Hawley Merchandise Company of Central City, was born May 13, 1839 in Stephenson County, Illinois and was raised and educated in Lafayette County, Wisconsin. He attended public school at Argyle and later Platteville Normal under Professor Pritchard. At 14 years of age, he obtained a… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of David S. Green

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Published March 22, 2018 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Born in Licking County, Ohio on November 23, 1838, David S. Green was the son of Congressman Isaac Green and his wife Elizabeth (Brown) Green. In 1848 the family moved to Crawford County, Illinois then in 1850 they moved on to California where David’s father died four weeks after their arrival…. Read more »

A Tailing Tale of William Gilpin

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Published February 8, 2018 in the Weekly Register-Call   Colorado Pioneer Early explorer, Nathanial Hill, described William Gilpin as, “. . . he knows almost everything, but he is the most impractical man I ever knew. When driving, he talks incessantly. Part of the time he is talking to me, part of the time to his ponies, Toby and Franny. The… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Lorenzo Martin Freas

Published July 27, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Mountain City, August 14, 1859 Dear Sister: I left Saint Joseph Missouri on the twenty third Day of May with a team and load of goods and made the journey to Danver via the Platte route in thirty five Days. Your letter of the 28th May was received by me on… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Matt (Frantz) France

Published July 6, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Born September 2, 1830 in Roanoke Count, Virginia, Matt France was one of eight children born to John and Mary (McCullough) Frantz. Matt attended private schools and completed his education at Botetourt Springs Academy in Virginia. In 1850 Matt moved to South Bend, Indiana where he made his home with Hon…. Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Oliver & Sarah J. Feay

Published June 22, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneers Oliver Feay was born February 22, 1838 in Fayette, County, Pennsylvania. His family relocated to Iowa in 1850. In 1859, he set out for Colorado to seek his fortune in the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. After camping along Ralston Creek for a time, he headed for the Gold Fields of Central… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of J.W. Fassett

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Published June 15, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Born, reared and educated in Bureau County, Illinois, at the early age of 23 years, in the spring of 1859, J.W. Fassett struck out for the gold fields of Colorado. Driving a covered wagon with three yoke of oxen he crossed the Mississippi at Rock Island, passed through Iowa City and… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Judge S.H. Bradley

Published  April 27, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Nearly every nationality in the civilized world, and every phase of human character were represented among the early miners that found their way into the mountain-locked mining camps of Black Hawk and the portion of Central known as Mountain City. This conglomerate mass of humanity, gathered there from the four corners… Read more »