A Tailing Tale of Alonzo and Mary Allen

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Published  October 20, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Alonzo Nelson Allen was born in 1820 to John and Anna (Greenleaf) Allen on a farm near Seneca, New York. A quiet man, hard of hearing, he rarely discussed his early years. In his twenties, he relocated to Ohio and later to Columbus, Wisconsin where he farmed and operated a mill…. Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Augustus C. Albee

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Published  October 13, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Augustus C. Albee was born in Milford, Massachusetts, in 1835, to Massachusetts natives Clark and Vianna (Holbrook) Albee. Educated in the Milford public school system, Augustus worked in his father’s book making business where he printed and bound books. In 1857 he relocated to Clinton, Iowa and for the next three… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Corbit Bacon

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Published  October 6, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Miriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines a pioneer as: 1. A member of a military unit usually of construction engineers. 2. A. A person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method or technical development. B. One of the first to… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Captain Lewis Berry

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Published  February 2, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Captain Lewis W. Berry was born in Brooklyn, New York, December 1, 1822. His father was a ship carpenter and worked for many years in the U.S. Navy, where young Berry learned his trade. In 1842, Lewis went to New Orleans where he followed painting until the Mexican War in 1846…. Read more »

A Tailing Tale of a Presidential Visit

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Published  September 29, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call With this year’s Presidential election fast approaching, this article from the May 2016 issue of Gilpin Historical Society’s The Nugget seems quite timely. Although Gilpin County has enjoyed its share of famous visitors, perhaps none was as famous as Ulysses S. Grant. Grant first visited Central City in July 1868 with General William… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of John Rollins

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Published  September 22, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call John Q. A. Rollins was born on June 16, 1816. His father was a Baptist preacher and his mother a strong Christian woman. John, consequently, received strict religious training and a solid common-school education. By the age of twelve, he was active in a variety of businesses from farming to milling to mercantile… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Lt. Joseph Cramer

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A Tailing Tale of Lt. Joseph Cramer Published  September 15, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Joseph Cramer stands as an unsung hero of the horrific massacre at Sand Creek. Born in 1838 in New York, Cramer was one of the tens of thousands of men who headed west during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. Immediately after arriving in Colorado, he made… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Charlie the Church Mouse

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Published  July14, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call St. James Methodist Church Through the Eyes of a Church Mouse On Sunday, July 10, 2016, St. James Methodist Church celebrated their 157th anniversary as a congregation, and I was bestowed the honor of being asked to present the sermon on this auspicious occasion. What follows is the text from my sermon with edits… Read more »