Jefferson County, Colorado
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Obituaries and Death
WILIAM M. ALLEN
WILLIAM M. ALLEN, FOUNDER OF ARVADA, DIED ON RANCH
Daily Times (Longmont), Vol XXXI, No. 195, 3 Aug 1925
William M. Allen, pioneer and founder of Arvada, died on his rand near
Arvada Friday night. He came to Colorado in the gold rush of 1859, had made
state history as an Indian fighter, and was the father of the Farmers
highline ditch. He was 88 years old.
Death came on the eve of his sixtieth wedding anniversary. He was a
member of the Third Colorado Volunteers, and with Colonel Chivington of that
command participated in the battle of Sand Creek, where Indians were the
All the children of Peter and Ida Allstrom- Ellen Matilda born Aug 19, 1872;
Carl Oscar born Dec 19, 1873; and Anna Elizabeth born Oct 19, 1875 died in
Golden Oct 30, 1876. In the short space of about thirteen hours these three
children closed their eyes in death. The little brother, with a sister on
either side, are sleeping in the same grave. The sorrowing parents have the
sympathy of many friends in this triple bereavement. W.L.S.
Golden Weekly Globe, Nov 4, 1876
ALBERT H. BARTH
Colorado Transcript, 13 Oct 1921
Prominent Arvada Man Dies
Albert H. Barth, former mayor and prominent merchant of Arvada died
at his home in that town Sunday after a long illness with diseases incident
to old age. He was 73 years old. Mr. Barth came to Colorado in 1882 and
engaged in business in Arvada, and had made that city his home continuously
since. He retired from active work in 1911. He was a member of the Arvada
Masonic lodge and also the Odd Fellows, being prominent in the affairs of
both orders. He was vice-president of the First National bank of that city.
He is survived by his widow and one son.
D.A. BLACK IS DEAD AT SWINK
Fort Collins Courier, 11 Mar 1919
Wils Black, nephew, and other relatives of D.A. Black have been informed of
the latter's death at Swink, Colorado on Sunday, following a stroke of
Mr. Black resided in this city up to 10 years ago. He is survived by
a widow and three children, who will come here with the remains for the
burial which will be made at Grandview.
Other surviving relatives than those mentioned are two sisters, Mrs.
Ann Drager of this city and Mrs. R.A. Dotts of Arvada and two brothers C.A.
Black of bliss, Idaho, and Frank Black of Montana.
BRADLEY, PARMER STORY
Died. Bradley. In Golden, on Thursday, December 19th, Parmer Story, son of
Mr. W.C. and Emily F. Bradley, aged 21 months and 8 days.Colorado
Transcript, Dec 25, 1878, Golden, Colorado
William Carter Succumbs 24 Hours Before Neighbors Find Body
Succumbing to a hemorrhage induced by miners' consumption Tuesday, William
Carter lay dead for 24 hours in his cabin near the old water works before
neighbors investigated. Mr. Carter had lived alone in the cabin for several
years and had been in the habit of walking around his premises. When he did
not appear neighbors asked for an investigation. The body was found in a
chair near the bed where Mr. Carter had disrobed.
Mr. Carter was born in Cornwall, England, 67 years ago and worked for some
time in the mines near Gilpin county. He was unmarried.
The funeral will be held from Woods and Sanders tomorrow afternoon,
the Reverend Waller officiating. Interment will be at Golden cemetery.
Colorado Transcript, Apr 13, 1916
Former Golden Woman Dies
Colorado Transcript, 16 May 1918
Mrs. Adelia Daugherty, former well known resident of Golden, died in Denver
last Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.V. Garvin. She had reached
the advanced age of 83 years and 9 months, and her death was due to diseases
incident to old age. She was the widow of the late William Daugherty, one of
the early day merchants of Golden, who died here about twenty-three years
ago. Mrs. Daugherty was a native of Liberty, Mo. She and her husband came to
Golden in 1873 and made this city their home until the death of Mr.
Daugherty. She is survived by two sons, William and Frank, living in
Florida, three daughters, Mrs. J.V. Garvin, of Denver, Mrs. L. Hughson, of
Chicago and Mrs. Frank Fisk, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Funeral services were
held in Denver yesterday, and the remains were brought to Golden
cemetery for interment.
DREW, MRS. ROBERT
Died, Revived and Died.
It was thought last Thursday that Mrs. Robert Drew, reputed to be the
wealthiest woman in Niagara county, N.Y., had died at her home in
Middleport. Physicians pronounced her dead, and after the body had lain for
five or six hours an undertaker's assistant began preparing for burial. The
woman revived adn recovered consciousness. She lived twenty-four hours and
Colorado Transcript, Jan 12, 1898, Golden, Colorado
G. H. CHURCH
County Pioneer Dies – G. H. Church, One of the County’s Best Known Men,
Succumbs to Pneumonia – G. H. Church, pioneer and one of the best known men
of Jefferson county, died at his home near Broomfield, Monday, death being
due to pneumonia. He was 87 years old.
Deceased was a native of New York state. He crossed the plains to Colorado
in an ox team in 1861 and after spending a few years exploring in the
mountains he settled in Jefferson county, near what is now Broomfield. There
he established the first stage station out of Denver on the overland route
to California. In 1869 he brought the first herd of Hereford cattle to
Colorado and with them laid the foundation for the famous stock ranch he
Mr. Church was the builder and for many years the owner of the famous Church
irrigation project. For many years he had been president of the First
National Bank of Arvada.
Deceased is survived by his widow and one son, J. Frank Church.
(Colorado Transcript, January 10, 1918, front page)
In loving memory of our darling baby and sister who died Jan 20, 1922. Mrs.
Elliott and children.
Colorado Transcript, Jan 25, 1923
DEATH OF MRS. GARLICK
Middle Park Times, 18 Oct 1912
Mrs. Elizabeth J. Garlick died at her home in Arvada on the 13st inst. Mrs.
Garlick formerly resided in Hot Sulfur Springs where she and her children
were in charge of the local telephone office for about 3 years. She had
resided in Arvada for about 1 year.
Mrs. Garlick was a pioneer of Colorado and had previously resided in
Central City for 33 years.
The lady was taken to Central City for interment at 2 o'clock on
Wednesday afternoon, October 15th. Mrs. Garlick was a woman of many
admirable qualities and was highly respected among her friends and neighbors
in this community where she was well and favorable known. She is survived by
two sons and two daughters.
BERNARD ANTHONY "BEN" HANEKE
Birth: Oct 26, 1927 (Faulkton, SD)
Parents: Fritz & Elizabeth (Kriener) Haneke
Marriage: Catherine (Dena) Bokenfohr (June 14, 1955, Morrinville, Alberta,
Death: July 23, 1991 (Denver, CO, VA Hospital)
Funeral: July 29 (Church of the Risen Christ, Denver
Burial: Fort Logan National Cemetery (Denver)
Education: Polo school
Military: U.S. Army (Korean conflict; served as Chaplain's assistant)
Locations/Occupation: farmer in Polo, SD; to Denver in 1978
Organizations/Civic: St. Liborius Catholic Church; American Legion; 40 et 8
and 11th Airborn Division; Knights of Columbus; Catholic Order of
Foresteres; Polo Fire Department; School Board (Polo)
Preceded in death by: parents<
[Survivor information omitted for privacy] From the memorial leaflet.
Contributed by Jacque MacDonnell
MINNIE PEARL (SPRAGG) HARTT
Minnie Pearl Hartt was born July 29, 1882 at St. John N.B. Canada. She is
the daughter of Arthur Sidney & Matilda Roberts Spragg, who were early
day Rawlins students. Minnie attended normal schools and then taught for
several years. She married John Kelly Hartt in 1909. The wedding took place
in St. John, N.B. Canada and the honeymoon was in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
When raising her 6 daughters they would live their lives in two places, on
Maple Street in Rawlins and "up country" in Hahn's Peak Basin. There was a
In Rawlins, little ladies wore ruffles and bows, and were supposed to act
like ladies. They ate three meals a day at a table covered by white cloth.
In Rawlins, Minnie always wore a dress, and she smelled like talcum powder,
or sachet. At Hahn's Peak, she wore slacks and ate at a table covered in
oilcloth. Minnie adapted to slacks later, but in those early years she often
wore "knickers" tucked into her fishing boots. And she smelled like
citronella oil, which she used to keep the flies away when she fished.
The "Hartt Family Headquarters" at Hahn's Peak was always full of life with
relatives keeping the home fire burning and Minnie, a prize-winning
fisherwoman until the very end. Minnie was a member of the PEO. After the
death of John Kelly Hartt in 1952 at Baggs, Wyoming , Minnie Pearl moved to
Wheatridge, Colorado. Minnie passed away in 1972 in Denver, Colorado.
[Contributed from family notes to Genealogy Trails by Carole Dick]
Colorado Transcript, 28 Oct 1915
Former Golden Boy Accidentally Kills Self
Ralph Harmon, thirteen-year old son of Louis Harmon, formerly of
Golden, was killed near Leyden last Saturday morning by the accidental
discharge of a shotgun. The entire charge of shot struck the boy just at his
shoulder, and he bled to death. Young Harmon, with a boy companion, spent
the forenoon shooting snipe along the banks of the Church reservoir. One of
the birds they had killed floated just out of reach and Harmon reached out
with the butt of his gun to draw the bird to shore. The hammer caught on a
rock or in the weeds, and the gun was discharged. Harmon's companion
summoned aid and the wounded lad was rushed to the Harry Pearce store, but
he died a few moments later. Coroner Woods was called from Golden, but
decided an inquest unnecessary. Louis Harmon, father of the boy, resided in
Golden many years, going from here to take a position as engineer at the
Leyden mine when the coal workings were first opened there.
Henry Genealogy: The Descendants of Samuel Henry of Hadley and
Amherst, Mass. 1734-1790, and Lurana (Cady) Henry, His Wife with an Appendix
Containing Brief Accounts of Other Henry Families, by William Henry Eldridge
1915 -transcribed by J.S.
Margaret (5) Henry (William (4), Jonas (3), Andrew (2), Malcolm (1) was born
Dec 27, 1825 in Martinsburg, N.Y. and died June 25, 1908 in Mountain View,
Colorado. She married in 1847 at Richmond, Indiana, Thomas Bisco Doxey of
Baltimore, Md., who was born Aug 17, 1820, and died in Washburn, Iowa, May
Children: Ella (6), May (6), Loren (6), William (6) and Della (6)
REV. WARREN HENRY
Source: The Muswellbrook Chrnicle, Feb 18, 1899
The Rev. Warren Henry who was Wesleyan Minister in this circuit in 1884 died
on December 4, 1898, at the home of his brother in Jefferson County,
Colorado, U.S.A. Mr. Henry has been suffering for years with consumption,
and for some years he has been a supernumerary, living with his brother in
America. An In-Memoriam service in connection with Mr. Henry's death will be
held in the local Wesleyan Church next Sunday night. Mr. H. Fairfax, from
West Maitland, is to conduct a special religious service in the local
Wesleyan Church on Wednesday evening at 7:30 o'clock.
DEATH CLAIMS MRS. HENRY JUCHEM
Colorado Transcript, 28 Jul 1921
After an illness of less than six weeks, Mrs. Henry Juchem, one of the best
known women of Jefferson county, died at her home in Arvada last Saturday.
She had reached the aged of 58 years, and had lived in Colorado since 1868.
Deceased was the daughter of the late Erick Tost, and came to America
from Sweden when she was a young girl. The family settled in Denver in 1868
and moved to Jefferson County in 1881. She become the wife of Henry Juchem,
former county clerk of the county in 1887, and had lived in or near Arvada
since that year.
She is survived by her husband and three sons, Guy E. Juchem, county
treasurer of this county, Harold and Ray Juchem. Harold who is a graduate of
the School of Mines, arrived from Costa Rica a few days before his mother's
death.Deceased was a member of the Arvada Lodge, Neighbors of Woodcraft. She
was a woman of charm and exceptional ability, and numbered her friends by
Funeral services were held at the Arvada Baptist church on Thursday,
interment being at Arvada cemetery.
MRS. MARY KAPPELLAER
WAS CENTRAL CITY PIONEER
Mrs. Mary Kappeller, who died Aug 9 at Oak Creek, was a Colorado
pioneer, having come from Germany in 1876. Central City was her home until
1900, when she and her husband moved to Denver, where the latter died in
1902. She was 72 years old and was the widow of John Kappeller. Of her 10
children, four daughters survive, Mrs. Lena Purinton of Oak Creek; Mrs. Anna
Haley of Denver; Mrs. Mary Bacher of Arvada and Mrs. Margaret Bluck of
Walsenburg. Deceased also left 15 grandchildren and seven
great-grandchildren. Burial was at Mt. Olivet cemetery, near Arvada.
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Keefe left for Golden, Colorado, Tuesday, called by a
telegram that stating that Mr. Keef's mother had passed away in Seattle,
Washington, and her body would be shipped to Golden for burial.
[Buffalo News, 2 September 1926, page 1 - Sub by FoFG]
OLMSTEAD, FRED J.
In loving remembrance of our dear son Fred J. Olmstead, who died March 17,
1908. Gone but not forgottten, Father and mother.
Colorado Transcript, Mar 10, 1910, Golden, Colorado
Phillip Louten, Pioneer Dies
Phillip Louten, of Critchell, died at the Littleton Hospital last Wednesday
from a complication of diseases following an operation. Mr. Louten was a
pioneer resident of Jefferson County. He recently sold his ranch near
Critchell to Miss Mabel Jackson, who died about two months ago. Funeral
services were held at Woods and Sanders chapel, Friday, the Rev. Don Frank
Fenn officiating. Mrs.[sic] Louten was buried at Golden cemetery beside his
wife who died about a year ago.
Colorado Transcript, Apr 13, 1916
DR. A.D. McARTHUR
Denver Mountain News [Denver, CO], Oct. 27, 1899 Arapahoe, Douglas,
Well Known Physician Dies
Littleton, Colo., Oct. 26 - Dr. A. D. McArthur of Litleton died Wed. morning
at 12:30 am of tuberculosis. Dr. McArthur was born at Kenmore, Ont., and was
in his 31st year at the time of his death. He was a graduate of McGill
university at Ontario and late professor at the University of Colorado and
for the past six years has been practicing in Littleton. The funeral took
place at 10 o'clock today and was largely attended. He leaves a widow and
one child. Interment was at Fairmont cemetery at Denver.
Routt County Courier, Vol 13, No 11, 22 Oct 1908
Pioneer Settler Passes Away
The ranks of Routt county's early settlers were thinned during the
past week by the death of Joseph McKay which occurred on Friday, October
16th, at his ranch near Craig.
Mr. McKay has been for the past twenty-one years a resident of this
part of Routt county. He and his family moved here from Arvada,
Colorado in 1887.
He was born in Missouri on February 16, 1846, and came to Colorado
with his parents when he was fifteen years old. He was married to Mary E.
Woolley on November 1, 1882, and to them has been born a large family of
children. Most of Mr. McKay's time has been spent in improving his ranch
east of town, the only exception being the four years he served as
postmaster at Craig.
Mr. McKay became afflicted with paralysis some years ago and for
months past has been an invalid under the always patient and careful nursing
of his wife. The end of his suffering has been expected for some time and
came quietly Friday afternoon.
The funeral was conducted form the Christian church Sunday afternoon,
Rev. J.L. Ellis delivering an eloquent and comforting address from the text
"God shall wife away all tears." The interrment[sic] took place at Fairview
Mabel Miller, aged 15, died at the State School for Girls
Saturday morning from an attack of epilepsy. The remains were sent by Woods
and Sanders to her former home in Trinidad for buiral.
Colorado Transcript, JApr 13, 1916
JOSEPH WARNER MIZE
Birth: June 6, 1926 (San Jacinto co., TX)
Parents: George & Susan (Jackson) Mize
Marriage: Lavon Aasby (Dec. 1, 1950, Albuquerque, NM). 9 children
Death: January 21, 1992 (hospital at Westminster, CO)
Age: 65 yrs 7 mos 15 ds
Funeral: Jan 25, 1992 (Our Savior Lutheran Church, Highmore SD)
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery (Highmore, SD)
Education: Post, TX schools
Occupation: military, Corps of Engineers, retired 1986
Location: San Jacinto co, TX; Post, TX; near Holabird, SD
Preceded in death by: 2 infant sons; parents; 6 brothers, 2 sisters
[Survivor information omitted for privacy]
Source: memorial leaflet. Contributed by Jacque McDonnell
ELMER G. MOREY
Source: Grants Pass Daily Courier, Jan 3, 1919
Elmer G. Morey was born in Jefferson county, Colorado, May 25, 1885, and
died at Grants Pass, Ore., January 2, 1919, at 2 a.m. He was 33 years 7
months and 7 days old. He came to Oregon about 1887. Deceased was married in
1906. His wife and seven children; 4 girls and 3 boys, survive him. Deceased
was engaged in the jitney business here in the city. Alvin A. Morey, of
Cresent City, is a brother of the deceased; Mrs. Minnie B. Masters, of
Grants Pass, and Mrs. Mary Olmstead, of Seattle, are sisters.
Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at the grave in the Granite
Hill cemetery by Rev. Melville T. Wire.
The deceased came to his death from pneumonia following influenza. His
sudden and untimely passing will be mourned by many friends.
Died. On Coal Creek, Sunday, January 7, Otto, son of George Rand,
aged 2 1/2 years.
Colorado Transcript, Jan 10, 1872
Source: The Coconino Sun, Sep 5, 1902
Sudden Death of Mrs. Rogers
Mrs. Eva Rogers, wife of Frank L. Rogers, died at her home in Cupertino,
California, on Monday morning August 24, of congestive chill. Her death was
sudden having been ill but a few hours. The funeral was held on August 26,
and all that was mortal of Mrs. Rogers was laid away in the beautiful
cemetery at Santa Clara, California. Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Dennis, parents of
Mrs. Rogers, and a brother and sister, of Rhoades, attended the funeral.
Mrs. Rogers was born on the 28th day of October in Jefferson county,
Colorado, and came to Arizona with her parents some ten years ago. She was
married to Mr. Frank L. Rogers, a prominent cattleman of this county.
Shortly after their marriage they removed to Cupertino, Cal. where Mr.
Rogers successfully engaged in fruit raising, and where they had a beautiful
home. The sudden death of Mrs. Rogers was a great shock to her relatives who
deeply grieve her sudden demise, and they have the sympathy of their
numerous friends in their bereavement.
Aged Rancher Drops Dead – Coroner William Woods was called to the eastern
part of the county last Friday to investigate the death of Frank Spahne,
well known farmer, whose body was found by neighbors. Spahne has evidently
been dead since Christmas and Coroner Woods decided apoplexy was the cause
and held no inquest. Spahne was about 65 years of age. His wife had been
working in Denver and Spahne went to the city on Christmas day to visit her.
Evidently he dropped dead just as he returned home Tuesday afternoon after
that visit. The body was discovered by George Horner, a neighbor. Woods
& Sanders of Golden, took charge of the remains and conducted the
funeral which was held in Denver Tuesday, interment being at Riverside.
(Colorado Transcript, January 3, 1918, front page)
MRS. MARY SWADLEY DIES
Mrs. Mary Ellen Swadley died at her home at Arvada near
Denver, Colo., Oct 21.
She was born in Missouri in 1839 and came to Colorado in 1863 with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pollock, where she was married in 1866 to George
Calhoun Swadley, second son of William Swadley of Hightown, Va. Her husband
came west from Virginia in 1856 to Iowa, and from there to Colorado in 1859,
being one of the very few remaining Colorado pioneers of the covered wagon
Mrs. Swadley's life was always spent on the frontier. She was an estimable
lady, brace and courageous. She was mother of five children, four of whom
survive, also her husband.
The Recorder, Vol 68, No 45, Nov 8, 1946 (Virginia Chronicle)
WM ROBERT SWADLEY
Wm Robert Swadley Member of Arvada Pioneer Family Dies
Arvada, Colo. Dec 5 - Wm Robert Swadley, 77, a member of
a pioneer Arvada family died at St. Anthony's hospital, Saturday morning,
December 6, after a long illness resulting from a fractured hip sustained in
a fall nearly three years ago.
Mr. Swadley was born on the old Swadley homestead just west of Arvada on
January 25, 1869, and was the only son of the late George Calvin Swadley and
Mary Ellen Swadley, who came to Colorado Territory in the early days of its
history. Mr. Swadley coming from Richmond, Virginia, in 1859 and Mrs.
Swadley from Booneville, Missouri, in 1863.
William Robert Swadley attended school in Arvada, and spent most of his life
in this vicinity as a farmer. He was well beloved and highly respected by
all who knew him.
He was united in marriage to Josephine L. Bright of Westminster, Colora[sic]
on January 23, 1898. She passed away on February 25, 1937.
Surviving Mr. Swadley are two sons, George Lee of Arvada, and Robert Perry
of Denver, a grandson, and a sister, Laura Minges of Arvada. Two older
sisters were the late Clara Kinbrough of Arvada and Sara Carey of Denver.
Funeral services were conducted at the Olinger drawing room on Tuesday at 1
o'clock with burial in the family lot in the Arvada cemetery.
Note - Mr. Swadley was a grandson of the late William Swadley of Hightown,
Highland County, Virginia and a number of his cousins reside in this and
The Recorder, Vol 68, No. 50, Dec 13, 1946 (Virginia Chronicle)
LIEUTENANT ILO I. TAYLOR
Lieutenant Taylor Dies at Fort Lee – Sudden Death Comes to Former Well Known
Golden Resident – Spinal Meningitis The Cause – Dead Engineer Officer was at
One Time on School of Mines Faculty – News has been received in Golden of
the sudden death at Fort Lee, Va., of Lieutenant Ilo I. Taylor, former well
known Golden resident and member of the faculty of the School of Mines.
Spinal meningitis was the cause of his death, which occurred last Friday,
after an illness of four days. The wire was sent to Mr. and Mrs. J. C.
Davidson by Mrs. Taylor, who was formerly Miss Mabel Davidson of this city.
Lieutenant Taylor was about 36 years of age, and is survived by his wife and
small daughter, his mother, two brothers and three sisters.
Deceased came to Golden about five years ago, and for two years he was an
instructor in the mechanical engineering department at the School of Mines.
He left here three years ago to take a position on the faculty of the Kansas
Agricultural college. Later he accepted a similar position on the faculty at
Perdue. He was a graduate of Ames.
Mr. Taylor was united in marriage here three years ago to Miss Mabel
Davidson, one of Golden’s best known young ladies. She was with him at the
time of his death.
Soon after war was declared Mr. Taylor offered his services to his country,
and his high technical training soon won him a commission as lieutenant and
he was placed in charge of the engineering supply depot at Fort Lee.
No information as to the funeral arrangements has been received in Golden as
yet, but it is believed the body will be taken to Lieutenant Taylor’s old
home at Storm Lake, Iowa, for interment. Immediately after receiving the sad
news, Miss Eleanor Davidson let for Fort Lee to be with her sister.
(Colorado Transcript, January 31, 1918, front page)
COUNTY PIONEER DIED IN ARVADA
Colorado Transcript, 2 Oct 1924
Gibbs West, one of Jefferson county's best known pioneer farmers, died at
his home in Arvada Monday at the age of 75 years.
West was born in Nova Scotia in 1849 and came to Colorado by overland
stage in 1868. He came direct to Jefferson county and acquired extensive
land holdings on Ralston Creek, a few miles north of Golden. He engaged in
farming contiuously until about eight years ago, when he retired from active
work and went to Arvada to live. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs.
Enoch West, and a brother of the late Senator Leander West. He is survived
by his widow, a son, Frank West, of Arvada, a daughter, Mrs. Harry Secrest,
of Denver, and a sister, Mrs. Joseph Newcomb, of Arvada.
Funeral services were conducted in Denver Wednesday afternoon by the
Rev. A.C. Hoover of Arvada, and interment was at Crown Hill cemetery.
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