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Sheridan Celebrates - Family Ties

With a forward written by Roger Rowland and introduction written by Bonita Hutcheson.


"Sheridan Celebrates" has been held each year since the city centennial in 1990. There is a theme for each year and a booklet is published containing information about the City of Sheridan, the activities and sponsors for the day, and history. The theme in 1994 was "Family Ties." In 1994 biographies were included for six Sheridan families.


Families provide the backbone in any community. Sheridan has always maintained a family oriented front and projected those values upon its government and education structures. Sheridan's early history was marked by settlement of the fertile areas along the Platte River and Bear Creek, Fort Logan, and the hill north of the farm that John McBroom, Sheridan's first resident settled on. In later years more people would follow, drawn by available land, bringing their families or their hopes of one to make homes, create industries, and add to the richness of this small community.

Sheridan and its surrounding areas were a thriving community and industry and commerce grew as people used the rich open land to make a living for themselves and their families. The Tucker family is one such long time community group who made their mark in our community.

The Tucker Family in Sheridan

by Dorothy Tucker Bush

"I've lived in Sheridan since 1926. My folks ran a dairy at 3300 S. Zuni, where we had a small house. Later my father bought the old Valverde School and moved it to 3296 S. Zuni, where I was raised. We sold milk, cream, butter, buttermilk and cottage cheese. The dairy was called Yellow Top Dairy. We had Jerseys and Holsteins. The cow pasture was nearly to Sheridan and almost to Evans.

"My father leveled Zuni into a street, as there were no roads any where on the hill. Federal Blvd. was open to Hampden then.

"I remember the depot [for the Colorado & Southern Ry.] at Zuni & Hampden. It was run by Mrs. Ditch. It was a big two story wood building painted red. Mrs. Ditch lived there with her children Cecil, Lorraine, and Aubrey. Aubrey was killed in an accident during a Petersburg picnic in Deer Creek Canyon on the last day of school. He and Ross Hornbuckle were climbing and Aubrey fell and was killed."

"Across the track [to the east] was the weight station run by Mrs. Jaridean [sic]. Her house was two boxcars put together with the scales in front. [The scales are still there in C & M Iron.] There was a water tower about 1/2 block south of the depot." There were also a couple of small one room shacks for the Section Men [she thought].

"On the east side of the tracks was a road that went down to a camp at Bear Creek, called Camp DeRickle and it had an arched gate at Hampden with the name on it. At the camp there was a swinging bridge over the creek. The big log house that was run at that time by the Pickrel family had bunks in the loft where the kids slept." [This was a Boy Scout camp.] "On the north side of Hampden was a beet dump where in the fall the beet farmers would dump their beets in an open boxcar after weighing them."

"Later my two younger brothers, Lee and Glen Tucker, were volunteer firemen. My brother Lee Tucker was also Town Marshal, Road Commissioner and Building Inspector. Lee now lives in Wellington Colorado. Glen lives in Fort Collins. My older brother Charley lives in Ault, CO.

"I bought my land from Fred Curkeet whose house still stands on Hampden by the VFW. My husband, Armond, and I built our home at 3357 S. Zuni where I still live, a block from where I was raised. My three sons Dick, Bob and Jack all went to Petersburg School and then to Sheridan High School. My father, Russell, died in 1976 and my mother, Myrtle, in 1984. My sister Opal Heyvaert and I still live in Sheridan."

"Goats were owned by a family named Field. Zeno Morgan lived in the bottoms on Umatilla. [Morgan was featured as a Town Mayor in The Littleton Independent, March 29, 1940.] The bottoms were called Frog Holler or Bull Frog Holler. The area shown on the map as Olsen Park [also Sheridan Park] was a truck garden run by the Nakasone's. The Holder's had a store and his wife cut hair, they lived across Kenyon from Petersburg School. The Flickenger's also lived near the Tucker family. Dardano's lived on Dartmouth and used water from the Bell Ditch for their truck garden." "The Bell Ditch served a large area, taking water from Bear Creek and returning it to the Platte. The ditch itself was too wide to jump across."

"In 1939-40 Dorothy and her husband both worked in the laundry at Fort Logan, and lived at Sunset Ridge. She had lived in Englewood and was picked up by the bus to bring her to Fort Logan through the NYA , National Youth Association [?]. Dorothy went to school at both Petersburg and Fort Logan, since they changed the boundaries once. She attended Englewood High School. She cooked at Fort Logan School for sixteen years."

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