MANGAN - Monday, April 19,  at Salida, Mrs. Gus
Mangan, aged 26 years. Funeral announced later.
MADIGAN - The funeral of Michael Madigan, who died at Butte, Montana, March 31,  was buried in the family plot near his brother, Patrick, in the St. Joseph's cemetery yesterday morning. The funeral services were held in the Church of the Annunciation, Rev. Father O'Malley officiating, "Face to Face", a solo, was sung by Miss Catherine Joyce, accompanied by Miss Mary Geary.
Madigan left Leadville twenty years ago and went to Butte, Montana. For seventeen years he was employed at the Copper Queen company at Butte. He made Butte his home since his departure from here. He is survived by a brother, John, who accompanied the body here from Butte and a sister, Mrs. Nellie Creaghead, of Fulton, Mo., who attended the funeral.
MARCELLUS - The remains of F. H. Marcellus were shipped to his daughter at Fruita, Colorado last night by Moynahan-O'Malia Undertaking Company. Arrangements to ship the body were made yesterday afternoon.
The deceased died ten minutes after he arrived in Leadville from Minturn Tuesday night after a fast trip had been made by a special Denver and Rio Grande train in an effort to save his life. While walking out of the railroad station ______ house Mr. Marcellus stepped in front of a passing train which resulted in severing both legs below the knees.
Martin, C. H.
C. H. Martin - Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - November 20, 1911 - From
Saturday's Daily - Death of C. H. Martin - With the passing of C. H. Martin
at Pueblo last week, Leadville lost another of her old pioneers who has been
here since 1878 and has given his efforts to making the camp what it is
today and what it has been in the past. The cause of Mr. Martin's death was
dropsy, from which he has been ailing since last June. He went to Pueblo
three weeks ago in hopes that his health might be improved from treatment in
Clark's sanitarium. He died on Wednesday and the remains were yesterday
sent to Leadville for interment. C. H. Martin was born in 1851 in
Kalamazoo, Mich. His parents both died when he was still a child and the
boy from that time had to make his own living. Through his own efforts he
obtained an education in the schools of Constantine, Mich., and for a number
of years taught in that state and in Kansas. At the age of twenty-seven he
came to Colorado and settled in Leadville where he has lived continuously
for the past thirty-three years. Mr. Martin was for the most part connected
with the smelters of Leadville. He was first employed by the late Gov.
Grant, who in the early days was operating a smelter in this district. He
later served as foreman for the American Smelting and Refining company until
it closed in 1893. The old pioneer was a man of steady and domestic habits
and sought his pleasure in life with his wife and family. Since the time he
married Lydia McDonald in 1887, he was never known to spend an evening out
of the company either of his wife or his daughters. The deceased is
survived by his wife and two daughters, Helen and Lucile. Both are
graduates of the Leadville High school and at present Helen is attending the
State university at Boulder. He also leaves behind two sisters, Helen
Martin, of Denver and Mrs. F. E. Austin, of Beresford, S. D.; and a brother,
William Martin, of Soldier, Idaho. Mr. Martin was a member of the
Congregational church. The funeral will take place from the Presbyterian
church on Sunday afternoon.
Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - November 27,
1911 - Around the City As Seen By Our Reporters on Their Daily Rounds - From
the Herald Democrat and the Evening Chronicle - From Monday's Daily -
Funeral of the Late C. H. Martin - Rev. David McMartin of the Presbyterian
church yesterday conducted services over the remains of the late C. H.
Martin. The funeral took place from the church of which Rev. McMartin is
pastor. The services were attended by a large number of friends of the
deceased. The persons who had been associated with Mr. Martin during the
time he was employed at the smelter were present in a body to pay their last
respects to their friend who will work with them no more. A large number of
flowers were received in token of the sympathy for the survivors of the
deceased and respect for the old pioneer who passed away. Rev. McMartin
spoke of the consolation that is to be drawn from the belief that there is
another world to which dear ones pass to wait for those they have left
behind. This thought, he said, is especially consoling to the bereaved ones
when they possess the knowledge that the departed person has led a Christian
life, such as Mr. Martin's. The choir, consisting of Mrs. Robertson, Miss
Meyers, Mr. Jennings and Mr Volkeri, sang "Abide With Me." Mrs. Robertson
sang a solo, "Face to Face." The remains were interred in the G. A. R. plot
of Evergreen cemetery.
John Patrick Martin, 95, died Nov. 7, 2002.
He was born Aug. 12, 1907 to Irish immigrants Mary Byrne and Patrick Martin in Leadville. He was the eighth of 10 children.
After the death of his father when he was a child, he started delivering coal for the family business, first in a horse-drawn wagon and eventually in "motortrucks." This evolved into his career as a self-employed trucker.
On Aug. 8, 1937, Thelma Proffitt promised to love and honor, but not always obey, John Martin. They honored their love through their service to family, church, and community.
Over the years, he practiced many other trades. He was a skilled carpenter, building the home his family enjoyed for more than forty years. He "retired" to become the head of maintenance at Colorado Mountain College where he became a friend and mentor to many young adults in the tumultuous sixties.
His quiet compassion and caring for those in difficulty was little known by most but much appreciated by those lives he touched. When he saw a need, he simply tried to meet it. He was as comfortable with a baby in his arms as a load of lumber on his back. Neighbor children often came to his door, "Can John come out to play?" After moving to Columbia, Mo., in 1991, he spent much of his time at his daughter's childcare center, rocking babies.
Before leaving Leadville, he was active as a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, in the Elks, and the Royal Order of Hibernians.
He is survived by daughters Maurine (Ellis) Ruble, Edgewater, Colo.; Patricia (George) Miller, Mission, Kan.; and Lucile Martin, Columbia, Mo.; grandchildren Kathleen, Colleen, John E, James, Patrick and Katrina; and great grandchildren Eric, Jerome and Ryan.
His life was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Nov. 12. His ashes will be buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Leadville at a later date.
Memorial gifts honoring him may be sent to Sanctuary of Hope, 2601 Ridge Ave., Kansas City, KS 66102-4617; the Annunciation Church, 609 Poplar, Leadville, CO 80461; or the church of your choice.
Long-time Leadville resident Andy Mastripolito, 74, died suddenly in his home in Leadville.
He was born in Denver on Sept. 28, 1927 to Anthony and Angela (Piergiovanni) Mastripolito.
After graduating from high school in Leadville, he operated the Phillips 66 bulk plant and garage. He then enlisted in the United States Army.
Following an honorable discharge, he returned to Leadville where he owned and operated the Speedway Garage and Towing Service. His interest in cars served him well as he then became the mechanic for the Lake County Road and Bridge Crew. After working there for 10 years, he then became a postman and also worked for a couple of years at Climax as their mechanic.
He was eventually approached by the superintendent of schools to become their auto mechanics teacher. He then went back to school, earning a Masters Degree in Auto Mechanics. He continued to teach at Lake County High School until his retirement. No doubt there are countless Leadvillites who remember being in his classes.
He enjoyed reading and was a wiz at math. During his college career, he took astronomy as an elective and was in his element as they calculated light years and rocket projects.
He loved cars and enjoyed nothing more than a day at a car show. We will all miss seeing him driving one of his wonderful old autos in our next parade.
Most of all, his family and friends will remember him for his wonderful sense of humor, his friendly, outgoing personality and how much he loved visiting with people.
He was a life-long member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He also belonged to the Leadville Elks Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Jean, who died in 1998; and brother-in-law Ralph Withey.
He is survived by his sister Ann Withey, Leadville; and numerous other cousins and relatives.
The Rosary was recited on April 25 and Mass of Christian Burial on April 26, both at Annunciation Catholic Church. Father Tom Killeen officiated and Joan Dawson sang accompanied by Andys good friend, Neil Reynolds.
He was laid to rest next to his sister at St. Joseph Cemetery.
The B.P.O.E. Lodge #236 conducted the committal service and pallbearers were Ned Mitchell, Ed OLeary, Bill Kerrigan, Joe Garcia, Bill Skala and Frank Bradach.
The Church hosted a reception at the Parish Hall following the interment.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Catholic Community of Leadville, 609 Poplar St., or St. Vincent General Hospital, 822 W. 4th St., Leadville, CO 80461.
Frank Meyers - Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - March 2, 1914 - Heroin and
Whiskey Killed Frank Meyers - Frank Meyers, a cripple who has been in the
city for several weeks, dropped dead in State street shortly after 3 o'clock
yesterday morning, supposedly as the result of an overdose of a drug.
Meyers fells to the sidewalk a few seconds before Jack Riley passed along
the street. Riley picked him up and assisted him to a doorway of Jackson's
rooming house where Meyers sat down while Riley telephoned for a doctor.
Before the doctor and the police arrived, Meyers had died. Policeman
Bergman telephoned to Coroner O'Malia, Deputy Walsh taking charge of the
body a few minutes later. Meyers, who was a man between 40 and 50 years of
age, had been in the city for several weeks, appearing in police court once
in that time on a charge of vagrancy of which he was found guilty. At that
time he gave his name as Frank Meyers. His right leg at some time had been
amputated below the knee, and he walked by means of an artificial leg and a
cane. No means of identification were found on his person. A bottle of
"white line," a razor and a shaving brush were the only objects in his
pockets. Police and sheriff's men found yesterday that Meyers had secured a
large dose of heroin, a drug, during the night, and said that they learned
he had taken it, drinking whiskey afterwards. The after affect is thought
to have caused his death. Meyers is thought to have come here from Pueblo,
where his mother is supposed to live.
Hugh McGeehan - Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - March 31, 1913 - Will Attend
Funeral - Mrs. Neal McGee of Pueblo and her two small children arrived in
the city yesterday to attend the funeral of Mrs. McGee's brother, Hugh
McGeehan, today. The services will take place from his late residence at
702 East Fourth street at 9 o'clock this morning and from the Church of the
Annunciation at 9:30. Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - March 31, 1913 -
Funeral of Hugh McGeehan - Hugh McGeehan, for twenty-five years a miner in
the Leadville district, was buried in St. Joseph's cemetery yesterday
morning. Brief services were held at his late residence, 702 East Fourth
street at 9 o'clock, with the principal services a half hour later at the
Church of the Annunciation, the Rev. Father William J. O'Malley officiating
and singing the requiem high mass. Messrs. Dennis Shea, James McHale,
William Kelly, John Savage and John Smith acted as pall bearers. Mr.
McGeehan had lived for a number of years at 702 East Fourth street, with his
brothers William and Cornelius McGeehan with whom he followed the mining
business in this district. A sister of his, Mrs. Neal McGee of Pueblo, also
survives him, and was present with her two small children at the services
yesterday. The deceased was born in Ireland, but came to Leadville from
Scotland where he had sojourned for a year or so. During the past year and
a half he had been prevented from mining by the ailment that resulted in his
McGowan, John J.
John J. McGowan - Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - October 16, 1911 - Around
the City As Seen By Our Reporters on Their Daily Rounds - From the Herald
Democrat and the Evening Chronicle - From Monday's Daily - The death of John
J. McGowan at the county hospital Saturday marks the passing of ____ _____
____ ___ ___ ____ _______ characters that have made the pages of the history
of this camp good reading. Among these characters is the man who just
missed joining a company that "struck it rich;" the man who did "strike it"
and spent it all; the man who sold a claim for a pittance and afterward saw
others get rich. All these characters Leadville boasts of. Some of them
are still living. But John J. McGowan was different from all of them. His
life story does not tell of how he missed getting rich or how he was once
rich. He was never rich, and he never had any prospects of getting rich.
The peculiar note of McGowan's song of life was that he was always GOING to
get rich. His mining "deals" consisted of one long series of organizations
of paper companies. More often, though, he did not take the trouble to
describe the property on paper. Most of the corporations that he organized
were but the figments of his vivid imagination. He was an organizer who
never organized anything. And yet his castles in Spain brought him some
revenue. They at least kept him out of the county hospital for a number of
years. McGowan had the faculty of being able to transform his fairy mining
schemes into good substantial boarding house fare. In this respect he was
superior to most dreamers who got nothing for their dreams but a pile of
rags in a garret and a diet of bread and water. A glance at McGowan's
method in cashing his dreams might be helpful to that class of persons who
concern themselves with the architecture of air castles. McGowan kept (a)
close tab on the boarding houses of Leadville. He had boarded at most of
them for a year or more, and he always paid his bills. He never failed to
do that when the landlady became anxious and asked him about a settlement.
McGowan believed in paying up; that was one of the rules of his life. So
when the landlady spoke to McGowan he would take out a fountain pen and say:
"My dear madam, you are not aware, I take it, that I am interested in the
organization of a mining company of which I am to be chief stockholder and
president." As a rule the landlady would reply that she was not aware of
anything of that sort. Then McGowan, who all the time had been waving the
pen importantly, would turn to the pad of paper on the table and write a few
words in a fine flourishing hand that made the landlady think he surely must
be a president of some sort. He would then hand the woman a statement to
the effect that he owed her such and such an amount and that he would pay it
to her in the stock of such and such a company. Then McGowan would hunt a
new boarding place and pay the landlady her bill in "stocks." After a time
the landladies of Leadville had got all the stocks they needed in this life,
and McGowan lost his credit. So he began to watch for new places to open up
where he might introduce himself and leave a promise of his stocks. It had
got to a point where he couldn't get a meal at the places where there was no
lead of introducing himself. That is how the old dreamer cashed his dreams.
It shows a certain amount of ingenuity and uniqueness. The average dreamer
starves to death with a hundred schemes in his head and nothing in his
stomach. But McGowan was an extraordinary dreamer; he knew how to get his
board, if not his fortunes, from his wildcat schemes. In this way McGowan
stepped around the expediency of begging or receiving charity. That was the
point on which he was ____. He took offense at the offer of a "helping
hand." He had been an expert bookkeeper in his day, and had earned a good
salary in the employ of the Clatlin (?) company of New York. Very likely,
it was the memory of his former vocation (?) and the knowledge of his
ability that kept him from begging or receiving alms. He finally had to
give up the struggle to side-step charity and go to the county hospital. By
the time that he went he was so broken in health and so weak that it is
likely that he had not enough spirit left to care whether he was paying
board with imaginary stocks or living on the charity of the county. He kept
a diary and set down punctiously (?) the state of the weather each day, the
success he had in securing a loan and the menu for breakfast. One or two
excerpts from the diary gives the keynote to the latter part of his life
that was spent in effecting "loans" in preference to accepting alms and of
boarding on the strength of his "stocks" in preference to becoming a beggar.
"May 16 - Heard today that ---- made a good strike in silver. Must see him
about a loan." "June 3 - Got a loan of five from ---- today. Food is good.
Must begin to think on paying board." "June 5 - Got ½ pint from ---- today.
Had oatmeal for breakfast." "July 18 - Consulted Madam ---- today. She
told of my past, present and future. Said I would get a paper in a few
days. Would be rich." McGowan knew the geology of Leadville thoroughly and
located many claims. He had brains and imagination. He could conceive
great things, but he lacked the "something" that is necessary to make dreams
realities. He could have outlined on paper any of the great schemes that
have materialized in this camp and are now paying propositions. But McGowan
was not the man to execute what he planned. That he was an imaginative
genius without being a practical one is shown by the remark that people make
of him now that he is dead. "He was one of the 'millionaires' of Leadville,
but his millions were in his mind." So they were "all in his mind," but
with a little executive talent in his make-up they might have been in his
pocket. Note: The quality of this article was very poor. Leadville
Carbonate Chronicle - October 30, 1911 - Around the City As Seen By Our
Reporters on Their Daily Rounds - From the Herald Democrat and the Evening
Chronicle - From Monday's Daily - M'Gowan's Son-In-Law Heard From - Word was
received last week by Coroner O'Malia from the son-in-law of John J.
McGowan, who died over a week ago in Leadville. After an attempt to locate
the family of the deceased in Pueblo it was found that H. S. Payne, the
son-in-law, had moved to Los Angeles, Cal. He has made arrangements for the
funeral which will be held some time this week. In a letter found, among
the possessions of the late McGowan, from Mr. Payne, it appears that McGowan's
daughter knew nothing of the indigent circumstances of her father, and it is
likely that old John J. with all his pride took pains to keep his people in
Pueblo ignorant of the fact that he had one foot in the county hospital and
that it was a question of but a few months when the other would go in. The
letter confirms the opinion advanced by many of McGowan's friends and
acquaintances that the old "mine promoter" was extraordinarily sensitive on
the subject of his financial distress. It appears from the letter that Mr.
Payne was at the time of writing holding a good position as chief clerk to
the master mechanic of the Denver and Rio Grande shops in Pueblo. In the
letter he assumes that McGowan is a prosperous mining man. Judging from
what is known of McGowan's character it seems probable that McGowan himself
conveyed this impression. It was of the peculiar traits of his mind to pose
as a well-to-do promoter of a mining scheme of vast proportions. If he
carried this air of prosperity among his acquaintances it is all the more
probable that he would carry it in his communications with his relatives.
Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - October 30, 1911 - Around the City As Seen
By Our Reporters on Their Daily Rounds - From the Herald Democrat and the
Evening Chronicle - From Friday's Daily - Funeral of the Late J. J.
McGowan - The funeral of the late John J. McGowan was held yesterday from
the chapel of Moynahan and O'Malia's undertaking parlors. The remains were
interred in Evergreen cemetery. The pallbearers were: Dan Healy, Sam
McGowan, Hugh Duffy, William Martin, Robert Walsh and John Kearney.
THE SALIDA DAILY MAIL
Mrs. Annie Gallagher McMahon
Dies This Morning
Friday, January 29, 1937
Submitted by: Sharon R. Shaffer
Mrs. Annie Gallagher McMahon, 92, a resident of Salida for the past 25 years, died at
6:30 oclock this morning at her home, 124 East 10th street. Mrs. McMahon
had been ill with the flu since Saturday and had developed pneumonia.
Mrs. McMahon was born in Ireland and lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, before coming to Colorado. She and her husband, Bernard McMahon, lived in Oro, Colorado, above Leadville for many years before moving to Salida. Mr. McMahon died here 13 years ago.
Mrs. McMahon was the last member of her family. She had no children and leaves on nieces and nephews.
SALIDA MAIL DECEMBER 16, 1913
Bernard McMahon, aged 64 years, died yesterday at his home on Eleventh Street between E and F streets. Funeral was held this morning from the Catholic Church and interment was made in Fairview Cemetery. Mr. McMahon moved to Salida with his wife Annie Gallagher McMahon from Leadville, recently. He leaves a daughter in Leadville.
Submitted by: Sharon R. Shaffer
Thomas McMahon - Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - November 20, 1916 - Thomas
McMahon - Thomas McMahon, the oldest son of Mrs. Maybelle McMahon, city
treasurer of Leadville, died yesterday in Pueblo, according to announcement
received last night from Mrs. McMahon, who went to Pueblo Monday night last
on receiving word of his critical sickness. The young man was 21 (?) years
old. Death was caused by leakage of the heart, from which the youth had
suffered for sometime. When his condition showed indications of becoming
more serious a few weeks ago, he went from here to Pueblo, where he had been
eight weeks. A turn for the worse came at the first of the week and the
urgent message was sent which caused Mrs. McMahon, his mother, to go to
Pueblo Monday night. The young man is survived by his mother, two brothers
and one sister. He had lived his life in Leadville, where he attended the
schools in his younger years, and was widely known in the city.
Arrangements have been made to hold funeral services here Tuesday morning at
9:30 at the Church of the Annunciation, according to word received last
night by the Moynahan and O'Malia Undertaking company. The cortege will
leave the family residence, 212 East Sixth street, at 9 o'clock. The
remains will arrive here this evening on D. & R. G. passenger train No. 1.
McShane, Bridget Anna
Bridget Anna McShane - Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - June 7, 1915 - Death
of Patrick McShane's Daughter - Two days after Patrick McShane, aged 75, was
adjudged insane in the county court, Saturday, word was received here
yesterday from Mrs. John Cowan, of Pueblo, that his daughter, Anna, died in
that city in the morning. She had been in ill health for sometime. Mrs.
Cowan, who had been caring for her at a private home, having sent word to
that effect to McShane several weeks ago. In view of his feeble condition,
he could not be notified of his daughter's death yesterday. Leadville
Carbonate Chronicle - June 7, 1915 - Desires To Care For Patrick McShane -
Learning that Patrick McShane, her brother-in-law, had been adjudged insane
in the county court here, Saturday, Mrs. Michael McShane, who is the city
clerk at Goldfield, Colo., spent yesterday in the city in effort to have the
county authorities turn McShane over to her for future care. The court's
jury of Saturday has already passed upon McShane's unbalanced mental
condition, and the court has delivered a mittimus to the sheriff to take
McShane to the insane asylum at Pueblo. No change can therefore be made in
the arrangements, it was said last night. The sheriff will probably take
him to Pueblo today. Medical examiners pronounced Saturday that the aged
miner's mentality is deranged and that unless he is kept under constant
care, he is a menace to himself as well as to others. Mrs. Michael McShane
interviewed a number of county officials yesterday, but gained no
information suggesting that the court's action could be altered. She is the
wife of a deceased brother of McShane. She will return to Goldfield today.
McShane's daughter, Bridget Anna McShane, died in Pueblo Monday, it was
learned here on that day.
Miller, Charles E.
Charles E. Miller - Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - December 11, 1916 -
Charles E. Miller - Charles E. Miller, a former Leadville man, and pioneer
member of Silver Camp No. 12, Woodmen of the World, here, died yesterday at
Pueblo according to a message received here last night. During his
residence here, Mr. Miller was employed for years at the Arkansas Valley
smelter. He was one of the old-time members of the local W. O. W. lodge.
Interment will be made at Pueblo Monday.
Jan Craig Mitchell
Jan Craig Mitchell, 59, Northglenn, died Dec. 26, 2001 of lung cancer.
He was born in Leadville June 7, 1942 to George E. and Iona (Bartell) Mitchell.
He married Suetta White of Rico in 1969.
He was a television engineer at WB2 TV in Denver for over 20 years. He worked the Broncos, Olympics and many years of parades and special events.
During his radio and TV career, he worked for KBBR in Leadville, radio announcer at KVMN in Pueblo, part time at most of the radio stations in Pueblo except for the Spanish station, news director at Salt Lake radio station, made commercials for Computer Image, worked remotes for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN and worked as TV engineer at KTSC TV station in Pueblo.
He was an electrician at Climax for several years prior to returning to Pueblo to finish a mass communications degree at University of Southern Colorado where he was on the faculty.
He loved radio and was a ham radio operator, spent four years in the Air Force and was an Elk for 38 years.
He is survived by his wife Suetta Mitchell, Northglenn; father George and step mother Lucille Mitchell, Dunnellon, Fla.; sons Warren (Becky) Mitchell, Denver; and Wayne (Barbara) Mitchell, Elizabeth; daughter Kelly (Dan) Hodges, Northglenn; grandson Roman Richardson; granddaughters Sierra Mitchell and Terra Hodges.
He is also survived by his sister-in-law Belle (John) Neely, Durango; and Aunt Lawana Bartell, Fort Morgan; cousins Beverly Martelli, Wheatridge; Donna Jo Johnson, Littleton; Talca Brocher, Flagstaff; Terry Bartell, Parker; and Kim Bartell, Weldona.
He was preceded in death by his mother Iona Mitchell; uncles Wilbur, Leo and Donald Bartell; aunt Althea Plummer Mitchell; sister-in-law Glenda Koenig, Dolores; and brother-in-law Steve White, Calif.
Services were held Jan. 2. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
Joseph Mohar - Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - January 19, 1920 - Joseph
Mohar - The funeral of the late Joseph Mohar will be held this morning at
8:30 o'clock at St. Joseph's church, the cortege leaving the family
residence 431 West 2nd street, at 8:15. Following the requiem high mass at
the church, the cortege will proceed to the Denver and Rio Grande depot
where the body will be placed on passenger No. 2 to be taken to Pueblo where
interment will be held. Joseph Mohar died Thursday at his home after a
lingering illness with pulmonary trouble. He had made his home in this city
for the past six years, being employed in the mines and more recently at the
A. V. smelter. He came to this country from his home in Austria twenty
years ago. He was 28 years old. A wife and six children, the oldest 14
years and the youngest 4, survive. A brother, John W. Mohar, and a sister,
both of Pueblo, arrived in the city yesterday, and will accompany the body
to Pueblo. The two oldest daughters of the decedent will also accompany the
body to attend the funeral.
MOHRMAN - [Salida Record] John Mohrman passed away at his suburban home just west of the city [Salida] Tuesday night, March 9th, at 10:30. Kidney trouble with other complications was respinsible for his death. He had been ailing since the first of the year.
John Mohrman was born in Germany, October 2nd, 1865. He came to the United States in 1883, locating in California where he married. To this union was born one child, Mrs. O. A. Crabby, of Sawpit, Colo., who arrived last night. His wife died in California.
Later, Mr. Mohrman moved to Colorado, locating in Montrose, and here he wedded Caroline Dietz, who with their two children, Hazel and John, survive him.
Mr. Mohrman came to Salida, nine years ago, having accepted a position as foreman at the Salida smelter, and was employed there until the time of his illness.
Funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian church on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
The Masons, of which deceased was a member, will have a part in the funeral services.
Died of Her Injuries
Unfortunate Fate of the Little Daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
[Leadville Daily and Evening Chronicle Feb 24, 1893. Front Page
The insignia of death flutters from the front door of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick O. Murphy, 202 West Seventh street, and the house is in mourning over the death of their little daughter, Alice, aged 8 years and 4 months, which occurred yesterday about noon. She died from injuries received by being run over by a heavy draying sleigh several days ago. Alice, it appears, was crossing the street in front of the home of her parents, and, not noticing the approach of the vehicle, she was run down, and the runners passed over her body, injuring her internally. The wounded girl was removed to her home, and Dr. Galloway summoned. He did everything that medical science could suggest to save the life of the unfortunate girl, but to no avail, and death finally put and end to her suffering.
Coroner Nelson was notified, and will use every effort to find
out whether the driver of the sleigh was responsible for the sad accident.
George Muselman - Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - April 27, 1914 - Funeral
of George Muselman - Services, which were heard by a large congregation
which filled the chapel of the Moynahan & O'Malia Undertaking company, were
held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 over the remains of the late George
Muselman, pioneer miner and leaser of the Leadville district, who died at
the age of 71 years Monday following a general physical breakdown. The
services were conducted by the Rev. David McMartin, pastor of the First
Presbyterian church, who gave an address of striking sympathy and feeling.
The musical part of the ceremonies was rendered by Miss Agnes Orwell,
accompanied by Miss Anna McLeod, their selections being "Abide With Me" and
"Lead, Kindly Light." Flowers came from friends in all parts of the city
and from the fraternal orders of which Henry Muselman, son of the deceased
is a member. These formed a beautiful mass about the casket, being placed
so that the varied colors harmonized effectively. Burial was in the I. O.
O. F. plot of Evergreen cemetery, besides the grave of Mr. Muselman's wife,
who died here in 1887. The pall bearers were all men who had known Mr.
Muselman well. They were Messrs. Howard E. Burton, George S. Curtis, Harry
Beamer, J. B. Stewart, Murdock Stewart and Thomas McCormick. Mrs. Florence
James, the only surviving daughter of Mr. Muselman, and her husband, of
Pueblo, arrived in the city to attend the services. Edward Muselman, of
Douglas, Wyo., who with Henry Muselman, assayer in the office of Howard E.
Burton, is the only other surviving son, was unable to reach the city.
NELIN - Sunday. May 30,  at No. 15 Finntown, Carl
Nelin, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Nelin.
The funeral, in charge of Moynahan-O'Malia funeral directors, will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence of the parents.
John Nelson - Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - January 7, 1918 - John
Nelson - Tributes to one of the most adept practical mining men in the
district as well as one of the most respected, were paid by friends who
formed an unusually large congregation when funeral services were held
yesterday afternoon at 2 for the late John Nelson, late manager of the
Mikado lease, whose advice and predictions led to opening of one of the best
mining prospects in the Mikado territory. The services were held at the
family home, 509 (?) East Third street, to which the mining man's body was
brot Monday morning by his children, Robert and Miss Edith, after his death
at Pueblo Saturday night last. The house was not large enough to
accommodate but a portion of the congregation. Many friends stood in the
street and some, seeing the crowded condition inside the house, remained in
their carriages during the services, attending later the services at the
grave in the Elks' Rest. The casket was buried in flowers, tributes from
the family, the Elks and Eagles lodges, of which Mr. Nelson was an esteemed
life member, his mining associates and scores of other friends. There were
so many of these that they had to be taken to the cemetery later in a
special sleigh. Funeral rites were conducted by the Elks lodge at the home
and the graveside, in addition to the church services for which the Rev.
Leroy Ellis of the Baptist church officiated. Two hymns, "Abide With Me"
and "Meet Me There," the latter in the Swedish language reminiscent of Mr.
Nelson's birthplace in Sweden, were sung by the Swedish Lutheran church
choir, with Mrs. Albert Peterson playing the organ accompaniment. Singers
in this choir were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Moosberg, Irene Bonthron, Charles
Nordberg, Mrs. John Lundberg and Hjalmar Graff. John McSweeny, Chaplain
Samuel Thomas, S. E. Abbott, W. A. S. Parker and John F. Quinn were the
officiating Elks who conducted the lodge rites. At the end of the services,
the cortege of carriages and sleighs which started from the house to convey
attending friends to the Elks' Rest extended over three blocks as it drove
down Third street and north on Harrison avenue. The Elks attending, a large
delegation of Eagles and the choir led the procession in the carriages. Mr.
Nelson was laid at rest beside the grave of his wife, who died six years
ago. The pall bearers represented mining and lodge associates. They were
John Harvey, George O. Argall, W. M. Harvey, George W. Casey, Chris Anderson
and William Pearson. The Elks and the Rev. Ellis led committal rites at the
graveside, and the choir sung "My Life is a Wave" in Swedish. To mining men
who knew Mr. Nelson's ability as a practical mine manager and the great
interest he took in mining affairs, to his two children and his friends who
liked him for his sociable, helpful spirit, his death at the age of 52 years
seemed only untimely - far too soon. It followed a long sickness of a year
of miner's consumption, for which there was no hope of recovery tho
everything possible was done to effect it. Thru thirty years of experience
in the district, Mr. Nelson had acquired an extensive knowledge of the
mining industry of Leadville. He was foreman at the Mikado in 1896 and at
the Penrose in 1901. In 1903 he began employment as superintendent of the
Bassick mine at Silver Cliff. He engaged extensively in leasing also,
especially on the Gold Basin and at the Mikado in 1909. It was thru his
experience at the Mikado that he gained acquaintance with the geology of the
ground there and the formations that are now being opened up. He had wanted
to re-open the old Mikado shaft, and it was said he was the first mining man
to see the great possibilities of the lower ore zone of this property. He
is also given credit for interesting the Iron Silver Mining company in
undertaking its present project at the Mikado, which is now considered one
of the most promising prospects in the entire district. After the Iron
Silver company opened up this property, Mr. Nelson was retained as manager
of the Mikado lease in which he was interested with George A. Argall,
manager of the company, John Harvey and George W. Casey, well-known mining
men, and others. He held this position until sickness forced him to retire
O'CONNOR, GEORGE - The funeral service of the late George O'Connor held yesterday morning [ May 9, 1920] at the Church of the Annunciation at 9:30 a.m., Rev. Wm. J. O'Malley sang the requiem high mass, assisted by the Annunciation choir. Two beautiful solos, "Face to Face" and "Our Sweetly Solemn Thought" were rendered by Miss Katherine Joyce accompanied by Miss Mary Geary. Interment was made in St. Joseph's cemetery in the family plot beside the grave of Mr. O'Connor's wife who died here four years ago. The court house where Mr. O'Connor was employed just prior to his death as janitor was closed during the forenoon and the county officials attended the funeral. The Homesteaders and the county officials sent beautiful floral arrangements.
Mr. O'Connor was a '70er and made a host of friends during his residence here. He died of pneumonia at St. Vincent's hospital after a sickness of several days. The pallbearers, all old time friends, were M. C. Dwyer, Harry Mc??lmun, Thos. Flaherty, Martin Flood, Morgan Walsh, and Ted Connors.
Tribute to "Texas Jack Omohundro"
The following tribute was paid to Texas Jack at his gravesite by his old friend Buffalo Bill Cody, as reported in the HERALD DEMOCRAT, Leadville, Colorado, Sunday, September 6, 1908 (28 years after Jack's death):
My friends, perhaps many of you do not know this man whom we have gathered to honor. No doubt you would like to know something of him, who was one of my dearest and most intimate friends: John B. Omohundro, better known as "Texas Jack" was a Virginian by birth. The blood of the Powhatan Indians flowed in his veins. He was of proud and noble birth.
During the Civil War he was a member of the cavalry commanded by Col. Jeb Stuart of the Confederate Army. He was one of his most trusted and faithful scouts, and performed almost invaluable service for him.
After the war he drifted westward and located in Texas, where he took up the hazardous work of a cowboy. He was one of the original Texas cowboys, when life on the plains was a hardship and a trying duty.
When they began to drive the cattle to the northern country, he engaged in that occupation, following the herds northward, and returning after each trip for another herd. Finally, he located at North Platte, Nebraska. It was there that I first met him. He was an expert trailer and scout. I soon recognized this and...secured his appointment in the United States service...
In this capacity I learned to know him and to respect his bravery and ability. He was a whole-souled, brave, generous, good-hearted man.
Later he and I went East to go into the show business. He was the first to do a lasso act upon the stage.
...During this tour of the large cities he met and married Mlle Morlacchi, a famous dancer, who traveled with him.
After I left him, he and she continued to travel. They came to Leadville, where she was engaged as a performer. Becoming attached to the place, my friend and his wife remained for a while.
It was while here that he was stricken with pneumonia, which was then prevalent. He succumbed, and was buried here under this mound by his many friends.
Jack was an old friend of mine and a good one. Instead of this board which now marks his grave, we will soon have erected a more substantial monument, one more worthy of a brave and good man.
"May he rest in peace."
William F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody, dissatisfied with the modest grave marker at the
gravesite of Texas Jack, arranged to have erected a "suitable
monument" in this Leadville cemetery.
For more information on this famous person please visit the Texas Jack Tribute website at http://www.texas-jack.org/Jack_History.htm
Submitted by Teri Rehurek
Lois Orphan - Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - August 13, 1917 - Lois
Orphan - The remains of Lois Orphan, the young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.
W. Orphan of Pueblo, formerly pioneer residents here, were buried in the
Leadville Masonic cemetery yesterday morning, soon after arriving from
Pueblo. The child, who was 1 ½ years old, died Tuesday last of a hemorrhage
of the lungs which followed an attack of diphtheria. Funeral services at
Pueblo were private, owing to the nature of the disease, and only brief
private ceremonies were observed here at the chapel of the Moynahan and O'Malia
Undertaking company. The casket shipped in a sealed box, was not opened
here. Mr. Orphan, the girl's father, and her brother, Max, who is about 16
years old, accompanied the body to Leadville.
DIED FROM HIS INJURIES
PATTON, WHO WAS HURT in the Virginius Dies
B. Patton died yesterday [ July 11, 1890] morning as a result of injuries he sustained in the Virginius mine at Sugar Loaf one day last week. He was engaged in one of the drifts when a mass of ore fell from the top, crushing his right shoulder and breaking his right arm and three ribs. He was also injured internally, and has been suffering greatly since the accident occurred.
Deceased was well known in Leadville, and his unfortunate death has caused a feeling of sincere sorrow among his friends. He leaves a wife and three children.
Note: There is a B. L. Patten buried in the GAR section but no dates are listed.
Peerman, Annie J. Gross
Annie J. Gross Peerman - Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - March 22, 1915 -
Death of Mrs. Annie Peerman - Mrs. Annie J. Peerman, the wife of V. H.
Peerman, a well known employe of the Arkansas Valley smelter and a member of
the Elks' lodge, died yesterday at St. Vincent's hospital, following a
surgical operation which it was hoped would remedy an ailment of the
digestive organs which had troubled Mrs. Peerman for several weeks. She was
32 years old. Mrs. Peerman, whose maiden name was Gross, was born in
Hedtstett (?), Germany, on July 4, 1882, and came to America when a child.
She had lived in Leadville and Pueblo for a number of years, and had lived
in Monterey, Mexico, for sometime when Mr. Peerman was located there as a
furnace foreman at the A. S. & R. smelter. It was at the conclusion of his
employment at that plant of the company that Mr. and Mrs. Peerman were
thought to have been lost through the outbreak of the Mexican revolution.
Being forced to seek devious routes and slow methods of travel, the Peermans
were lost to their relatives here for several weeks before they reached the
border and means of sending communications. Mr. and Mrs. Peerman remained
in Pueblo for a time on returning to Colorado, and then came to Leadville
when Mr. Peerman was transferred to a position at the A. V. plant. Since
then they have lived at 407 West Third street. Surviving Mrs. Peerman
besides her husband are three sisters and one brother: Mrs. E. L Brown and
A. T. Gross, who reside in the city; Miss Marie Gross, of Pueblo; and Mrs.
J. S. Bryant, of Leavenworth, Kansas. The latter were notified yesterday.
During her residence in the city, Mrs. Peerman made many friends who held
her in high esteem. Her sudden passing yesterday was to them a severe
shock. Arrangements were made yesterday to hold funeral services Wednesday
at 9 a.m. at the residence and at the Church of the Annunciation at 9:30 o'clock.
Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - March 22, 1915 - From Thursday's Daily -
Funeral of Mrs. Annie J. Peerman - Impressive funeral ceremonies were
observed yesterday morning at 9 o'clock for the late Mrs. Annie J. Peerman,
the wife of V. Homer Peerman, a well known Elk and employe of the A. V.
smelter. At the residence at 407 West Third street at that hour many
friends paid their last tributes, and then proceeded to the Church of the
Annunciation where the final services were observed. The Rev. Father W. J.
O'Malley officiated, assisted by the Annunciation choir, and sang the
requiem high mass, later giving a brief address in which he tendered high
tribute to Mrs. Peerman, a resident of Leadville for a number of years and
during that time a devoted member of the church. Mrs. J. M. Knight,
accompanied by Miss Ethel Conley, sang "Calvary," the beautiful solo of the
services. Mrs. Peerman, during her life in Leadville, had made friends by
the score, to whom her death was as the loss of a dear relative. They
attended the services in numbers yesterday, and paid their last silent
tributes with a wealth of floral offerings. At the conclusion of the
ceremonies a long cortege formed in front of the church and followed the
hearse to the Elks' Rest where interment took place. The pall bearers were
Messrs. Frank Simmons, George Colahan, Clarence O'Neill, Peter Vranesic,
Fred Wise and Clarence Snyder. With Mr. Peerman here in his sorrow were Mr.
and Mrs. J. O. Gross, Miss Marie Gross and Mrs. H. W. Ashford, all of
Pueblo; Mrs. E. L. Brown, a sister of Mrs. Peerman, and Al L. Gross, a
brother, of this city, and Mrs. J. S. Bryant, a sister, of Leavenworth,
Pierce, Jeremiah N.
Jeremiah "Jerry" N. Pierce - Leadville Carbonate Chronicle - January 8,
1917 - Jere N. Pierce Dies In Pueblo - Was One of Pioneer Live Stock Men of
State, and Lived for Many Years in Leadville - Pueblo, Colo., Jan. 1. - J.
N. Pierce, prominent cattleman of Leadville and Denver, died in a Pueblo
hospital today after an illness of several weeks. The death in Pueblo at
Clark's Wells yesterday of Jeremiah N. Pierce, pioneer Leadville cattleman,
chief organizer of the famous Pierce-Reef Cattle company which grazed herds
all over western Colorado and Wyoming and former Lake county commissioner
and Leadville alderman, carried to the great vanguard of pioneers one of
Colorado's foremost builders. Old friends of the veteran cattleman who was
68 years old, knew of his serious sickness at Pueblo and had learned that
death was imminent. Members of the Mt. of the Holy Cross Commandery No. 5,
Knights Templar, in which he retained membership, sent him Christmas
greetings in the way of roses which were taken to his sick room on Christmas
Eve. Other local friends also sent their holiday greetings, knowing that it
might prove to be their last opportunity. Mr. Pierce had been failing in
health for a number of years. About fifteen years ago he was held up and
robbed in a caboose of a cattle train on which he was tending cattle on the
way to market, and was severely beaten when he put up resistance. This
serious outcome of the holdup in the Minturn railroad yards, Eagle county,
was believed by his friends and family to be the breaking point in his usual
good health. He never fully enjoyed perfect physical condition after that
occurrence. During the last year his health had failed rapidly. When he
visited old associates in Leadville early last fall, he complained that he
was not so strong as formerly and could not stand much exertion. Several
weeks ago he underwent a surgical operation at a Salida hospital in hopes
that it would remedy the kidney and kindred ailments which affected him. As
soon as he was able he was taken to the hospital at Clark's Wells, where he
died yesterday. Mrs. Pierce, their daughter and two sons, all former
Leadville residents, had been with him constantly during the holidays.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. Jeremiah N. Pierce, known
throughout the west as "Jerry" Pierce, was born in Monticello, Wayne county,
Kentucky, on May 21 (?), 1848. Three years later his parents settled on a
farm in Wayne county, Iowa, where Pierce on reaching school age attended the
public schools. In 1871 he went to St. Louis and for two years was employed
as collector for Dr. A. Coyle. His advent in Colorado was dated February
24, 1873, when he came to Fremont county and engaged in a cattle business
which occupied him there until 1882. In the latter year(s) Mr. Pierce moved
to Leadville and soon engaged in a wholesale butcher and meat business,
enlarging it and branching out into the cattle raising business. He became
one of the foremost residents of Leadville, and in 1886 was elected as city
alderman from the First ward, a position he held one term. In November,
1888, he was elected a member of the board of county commissioners and
served out the one term. His marriage took place on April 29, 1884, his
wife being Emma K. Davis of Pueblo county. In the early days here Mr.
Pierce was associated with the wholesale meat business in the firm of
Pierce, Hasley & Co. Later when he decided on branching out more
extensively into cattle raising, he was the principal in the organization of
the Pierce-Reef Cattle Co., which soon became the largest and foremost
cattle outfit in the west with herds roaming all of the western slope in
Routt, Grand, Rio Blanco and Summit counties and in southern Wyoming. The
big outfit bought and owned ranches in most of these counties, tho
maintaining its chief headquarters at the Pierce ranch on the Bear river.
Several years ago Mr. Pierce bought out the Reef interests in the famous
company and became the sole owner of its extensive possessions. He
continued active management of the company interests until two years ago
when ill health advised lessening of his activities. He sold all of the
land and livestock holdings at that time to the Clayton and Mairnam company
and retired to his city home in Denver. Mr. Pierce is survived by his wife,
a married daughter, Edna, Albert and Horace, who was graduated from the
University of Colorado last June. All live in Denver. During the family's
residence in Leadville their home was at Spruce and West Seventh streets in
the dwelling now occupied by Adam S. Sharp, bookkeeper of the Leadville
ROBINSON - Monday, April 12,  at 1013 Harrison avenue, William Robinson, age 24 years.
The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Moynahan-O'Malia funeral chapel.
ROGERS - The body of Everett W. Rogers, age 10, who died at St. Vincent's hospital Monday following an operation for appendicitis, was sent to Breckenridge this morning by the Moynanhan and O'Malia undertakers for interment there.
Everett Rogers is the nephew of Mrs. Elizabeth Rawson, a nurse at St. Vincent's hospital of this city, and son of John Rogers, a miner of Breckenridge.
Dr. William J. Rose [8 November 1999]
Dr. William J. Rose, 87, of Mesa, Ariz. died Nov. 8 in his home after a long illness.
He was born in Leadville on Dec. 21, 1911, the son of Dr. John H. and Mame Rose. He graduated from Leadville High School and attended Kansas City Western Dental College in Kansas City, Mo., graduating in 1936. He returned to Leadville to practice dental surgery with his father.
He married Marie Lacey on Aug. 31, 1940.
He served in the Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1946 during World War II at many military hospitals, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. He served in the reserves for 10 years.
Upon returning to Leadville in 1946, he reestablished his dental practice. The family took up residence at 144 W. 9th St. where he lived until he retired in 1967.
He was a member of the Leadville School Board, the Lake County Recreation Board and the Ski Cooper Board. He was a charter member of the Leadville Chamber of Commerce formed in the 1930's. He belonged to the B P O E #236 for over 60 years.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Sheila Mary Malmgren, Grass Valley, Calif.
He is survived by his wife, Marie, Mesa; two daughters, Sandra Marie Springer, Blue Hill, Neb.; and Susan May Wright, Gold Canyon, Ariz.; two granddaughters, Kristine Marie Murray, Alameda, Calif. and Kearson May Strong, Penn Valley, Calif.; and two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann Murray and Adam Bronson Murray.
For those who knew him, he will be missed, and for those who did not know him, the city of Leadville is a better place because he was there.
There were no services per his request and his ashes will be scattered. The family has established a living memorial for Dr. William J. Rose at the Hospice of the East Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85041.
As published in the Herald Democrat.
RYAN - Fern Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Ryan, at 630 East Eighth street, age 4 years.
January 17, 1910
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