November has slipped upon us with no notice. Maybe I didn't pay attention because our weather has been so nice. But goodness, Thanksgiving will be here in 2 1/2 weeks.
However, I don't want to forget a very important day of honor - Veteran's Day on November 11th.
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday which honors people who have served in armed service also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.)
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.
One celebration will be held at Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery in Cañon City on Saturday, November 9th at 11 a.m. We have just been designated as both a State and National Historic Site, so there will be a short recognition. There will be a veteran who will also speak.
This Saturday, November 9, at 10 a.m. will be our last meeting of 2013. We do not meet in December or January.
At this meeting, Custer County Commissioner Lynn Atterbery will talk about the Wetmore kiosk to get input for wording on it. This 3-panel "Wayfinder" will be set up on the old Lone Pine property in 2015.
Work has begun on the Hardscrabble sign for its repair and refurbishment. If you drive by mile marker 2 going north on Hwy. 67 and don't see the sign, it is okay. It is in safe hands and will be replaced upon completion of the work.
Happy Thanksgiving! to those of you who'll not be at the meeting. Remember the abundance of the harvest is a symbol of the abundance of God's love in our lives.
The Wetmore-Hardscrabble Genealogical and Historical Society is the very proud sponsor of the Jack of Diamonds found in the deck of playing cards currently being sold by the Florence Farmer's Market and Florence Chamber of Commerce.
The deck of playing cards are being sold as a fund-raising project by the Florence Farmer's Market and Florence Chamber of Commerce. The price of a deck of cards is $10.00. For the
Farmers' Market, please contact Joanne Mohr, 784-6489 or Mohr's Wood
Items. For the Chamber, please contact Barbara Folger, 784-3544 or
the Chamber Office at the Belltower, 2nd and Petroleum in Florence.
And don't forget, the Wetmore-Hardscrabble Genealogical and Historical Society is selling our own deck of playing cards. Cost is $10.00. Click HERE to purchase or contact us by e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 22nd was our official first day of Fall or Autumn. Let me share:
From The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
Autumn Folklore and Verse
Autumn days come quickly, like the running of a hound on the moor. - Irish proverb
If, in the fall of the leaves in October, many of them wither on the boughs and hang there, it betokens a frosty winter and much snow.
Of autumn's wine, now drink your fill; the frost's on the pumpkin, and snow's on the hill.
- The Old Farmer's Almanac, 1993
Autumn has caught us in our summer wear. - Philip Larkin, British poet (1922-1986)
We will have our regular monthly meeting next Saturday, October 12th, at 10 a.m. in the meeting room behind the Post Office.
Member Jeff Broome has written another book that will be published around Thanksgiving. It is titled Cheyenne War: Indian Raids on the Roads to Denver, 1864-1869. We hope to have him give a program next year for the Society, or possibly in January at the Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center (Cañon City) along with a book signing opportunity.
Our Hardscrabble sign needs some work done on it. It was blowin' in the wind on its south side when discovered by Peggy and Mike Martin. Temporary stabilization was done by Peggy, Mike and Bill Howell; thank you! We are soliciting bids for repair and refinishing.
The potluck luncheon on September 14th was a success with about 50 people in attendance and delicious food that was shared. Thank you to those who came and had neighborly conversation along with breaking of bread.
Jeannie Culpin has given the Society books and papers that will need to be catalogued this winter. Even though we don't meet in December or January, we will schedule project time to do this. If you have a few hours to donate, let us know.
On September 13, 2013, Gerald (Jerry) Van Slambrook of Placitas, NM continued on with his goal of climbing all of the 54 "fourteeners" in Colorado. The fourteeners are mountain peaks over 14,000 feet elevation. Jerry's destination on this day was Humboldt Peak (14,064 feet) in the Sangre de Cristo Range above Westcliffe. He was able to accomplish the climb in 6 hours. Here are some of the photos he has shared.
This photo was taken from Hwy 69, approx 4 miles south of Westcliffe.
It shows 4 fourteeners: Crestone Needle, Crestone Peak, Humboldt and Kit
Crestone Needle and Crestone Peak:
Along the way, Jerry encountered a herd of mountain sheep:
On Sunday, Sept. 15th,
at 2 in the afternoon, the will be a "theater in the round" with some
of our fellow Spirits participating in a pre-Ludlow massacre debate.
Governor Peabody, Mother Jones and an Union organizer will be debating.
Even John D. Rockefeller will be in attendance.
It will be held at the Baptist Church which has now become the home of
the Florence Art Alliance at the corner of 2nd Street and Petroleum in
Members and Spirits, the Ludlow Massacre occurred in 1914 close to
Walsenburg when the state militia was sent in to break the miners. The
100th anniversary venues have started taking place and will continue
through next year. Very important Colorado history which included
This should be a fun event with people coming from Denver, Pueblo, and as far south as Trinidad. Come join us!
Some photos of each of the stops on the tour can be found at the end of this posting. Be sure to view more of the tour photos taken by Dave Alexander, Sam Carlsson and Peggy Martin in the Trinity Ranch Photo Album HERE
August 10th, forty eager men and women met at the entrance to Dr.
and Mrs. Robert Hamilton’s Trinity Ranch.
We drove inside the main entrance and then walked to the Breece
Homestead cellar where Peggy Breece Martin shared the early history of her
great-grandfather, Horatio Hall Chivington Breece. She shared information about the original 7
pioneers who homesteaded the land making up the land of the Diocese of Colorado
and the J. L. Draper ranch. Martin also talked
about the first irrigation ditches and how they supplied water to the various
fields, the fruit orchards planted and the fruit and vegetables sold to the
various early communities. Joan Hamilton
distributed handouts about the early inhabitants of the Draper Cave,
Hardscrabble Settlement, Slumber Heights, and Lake Stinemeyer.
cellar, we carpooled up to the actual Breece log home for an opportunity to see
both interior and exterior views of this 100 year plus old house. The attendees were able to climb the stairs
to the second floor and observe where the kitchen addition had been built. It is currently separate but will be rejoined
in the future.
stopping point was the area of Slumber Heights, further up the mountain, and a
steep incline from the road. The Heights
were cabins built by several Florence businessmen that now are crumbled but
with two and one half chimneys standing.
One and one half chimneys are stone while the other is brick. The view barely shows the lake below. On the hike up to this area, the group was
astonished by a huge mushroom, probably a good 8 to 10 inches in diameter. Peggy Martin, Bill Hall and Dick Doman all
related that it was a “puff ball”, the Indians and early settlers would scrape
the under interior to use as a coagulant for scratches and bleeding
wounds. Dick also said that they would
slice them and then cook them as one would eggplant; he said they were good
from the Heights, we next stopped at Stinemeyer Lake. Walking down to the “Lake”, one was engulfed
in the beauty of the mountains and cliffs surrounding it. There were tracks in the mud of animals using
the hole for watering, birds called out at the disruption, and yet the quiet
was awe inspiring. The geologists with
us were amazed at the varieties of rock and stone in such a small area.
Back to the
vehicles and down to the Monks’ House for a potty break and water to keep us
hydrated. This afforded another good
opportunity to chat with our new friends while we waited. Nate Hobson found a beautiful arrowhead that
he gave to Joan.
again, we wound our way after our leader, Dr. Robert Hamilton, as he took us
across several fields and then up a short ways to the William Tennant
homestead. Dave Alexander, great-great-grandson
of Tennant, told us how Tennant emigrated from England where he had been a
stone mason. He married Rachel MacGregor
and they had two daughters, Minna and Ida.
Rachel died young and Tennant remarried; Almina Wright Dolph Tennant raised
the daughters. Alexander’s handout
included two photos taken by Broome Brothers of Pueblo – one of the family in
front of their home and the other, the fantastic view from their ranch looking
towards Pikes Peak and eastward. The
foundation remnants, terraces, and pump house with water pipes are still
visible and so very interesting.
the mountain to the west of the Tennant homestead, we arrived at Draper
Cave. Alexander had given us a handout
with physical setting, soil evidence, archaic human occupation, and human
remains information he had obtained about a prior “dig” of the Cave. Armed with this, we were anxious to hear the
story of George Washington and Mary Jane Moxley Heath who lived in the cave for
two years upon their arrival (1870) to the Hardscrabble. Eventually, the land wound up as part of the
George and Leona Sullivan Draper ranch.
It was they who authorized the archeological dig in the 1970’s by the
University of Colorado. It is important
to note that the water supply for the cave came from Tennant Gulch with the
mouth of the cave 13 feet above the bank of the stream (now dry). Jerry and Buddy Draper continued the story of
Buddy’s family, including the many years of providing stock and being stunt
doubles for the movies – Vengeance Valley, Cat Ballou, Connagher and The Cowboys to name a few.
The area is scenic and full of historic Custer County evidence of prior
animal and human occupation.
It was time
to return to the Lodge area and the Pavilion for our lunch and time to absorb
what we had seen. We were treated by Bill Howell to a review on
Texan Charles Goodnight, his ranch, and his influence in Texas, New Mexico and
Colorado as we rested our weary legs. It
was interesting to learn that it was Goodnight who invented the chuckwagon. Joan and Jerry laid out maps and movie
posters for our enjoyment as well.
It is with
much appreciation that we offer our “thank you” to Robert and Joan Hamilton for
their hospitality, providing drinks and sharing Trinity Ranch with WHG&HS
and our guests. Thank you, too, to each
of the presenters along our journey.
All in all,
it was a fulfilling day rich in ancestral history, awesome natural beauty and
Dr. Hamilton will be unavailable September 14, so the tour of Trinity Ranch has been flipped with the Potluck scheduled for August 10th. Potluck details will follow later.
TOUR is August 10 at 9 a.m.
Please note the time is an hour earlier because August is hot and we
want the safety and health of our members to be priority. Sturdy
walking shoes are a must; wear a hat and sunscreen; bottle of water you
can carry with you. A 4-wheel drive vehicle to drive as close as
possible to the Cave and Tennant sites; carpooling from the main meeting
place near the entrance to the ranch. Bring your own sack lunch.
Hamiltons will furnish drinks, tables, chairs, and shade at lunchtime.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend the TOUR and the number of family members attending with you.
We apologize about the inconvenience. Looking forward to seeing you!