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Girl's car falls off side of Battle Mountain Pass
By Elizabeth Mattern - Daily Staff Writer
RED CLIFF - A 17-year-old Leadville resident is dead after driving her car off a notorious 700-foot embankment at Battle Mountain Pass near Red Cliff early Monday morning.
Witnesses in the car behind Amy Sue Fairchild saw her vehicle weaving on U.S. Highway 24 as she drove from Leadville toward Minturn at 2:30 a.m., police said. When she reached a part of the highway that veers right, just north of the higher entrance to Red Cliff, she put on her left turn signal and turned her car off the cliff, according to Sgt. Ron Prater of the Colorado State Patrol.
"It seems she intentionally went that direction," Prater said. "From the preliminary investigation, we feel that alcohol was a factor."
Fairchild was not speeding, Prater said. She was wearing her seat belt and remained in the vehicle as it rolled numerous times and fell into the canyon, landing on the railroad tracks. She was found dead from the impact. Emergency crews reached her via the railroad and extracted her from the car.
Fairchild had been working at her job at Leadville's Safeway before the accident, Prater said.
Witnesses in the car behind Fairchild tried to call 911 from their cellular phone but could not get service, Prater said, so they flagged down another motorist who drove north until her phone worked.
"The witnesses stopped, backed up, got out of the vehicle, and they could still hear the car crashing down the mountainside," Prater said.
There was no evidence that any car had hit Fairchild's vehicle before she headed off the cliff, he said. The point where her car left the highway is a widened shoulder area just 15 feet from the spot where a guard rail begins.
"Who knows - if she was intoxicated, she might have thought she was pulling into her driveway," Prater said.
To Red Cliff Assistant Town Clerk Bob Slagle, Monday's accident sounds too familiar.
Included in recent Highway 24 fatalities near the same spot on Battle Mountain was Gabriel Medina, 17, of Leadville, who died Jan. 4 while on his way to work in Vail. His vehicle plunged more than 200 feet from the snowy lanes of the highway to the bottom of the canyon.
After Medina's death, there were several suggestions from our residents that we start pushing to get guard rails on Battle Mountain so we'd stop losing our citizens," Slagle said.
Medina's family also petitioned the Colorado Department of Transportation to install more guard rails on the highway after his fatal accident.
We have scoped some money for guard rails on Highway 24 between Minturn and Leadville," said Jim Nall, traffic and safety engineer for CDOT. "We're currently putting together some plans. These plans, of course, take a little while, but we're trying to get the project out to bid as soon as possible."
CDOT is holding a meeting July 7 organized by the Lake County Commissioners to gather public comment from Leadville citizens on the upcoming highway improvement project, which could also include widening and installation of passing lanes. The gathering will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Mining Museum in Leadville.ict assisted the CSP in the response effort, which lasted several hours.
The Vail Daily, 29 June 1999
From the Leadville Herald Democrate, 8 July 1999.
Amy Sue Fairchild was just 17 when she died in an auto accident on June 28 near Redcliff.
Born on Nov. 25, 1981 in Denver to Peggy Rowe and Terry Fairchild weighing only 1 lb. 13 oz, she started her life as a fighter.
Even though she was so tiny, it never stopped her from joining all activities. She would have been a junior at Lake County High School this fall. She loved playing T-ball and taking part in Girl Scouts and dance class. As she grew, she enjoyed playing softball in the summer and basketball in the winter. Amy loved cruising in her mother's car with her cousins, who will miss her everyday.
She was a member of the Catholic Community and was an altar girl.
She was preceded in death by two grandmothers, Helen Rowe and Pat Hardy and her aunt, Bonnie Fairchild. She is survived by her parents, Peggy Rowe, Leadville, and Terry Fairchild, Grand Junction; grandfather John Rowe, Canon City; grandparents Benny and Janis Fairchild, Grand Junction; greatgrandmother Mahamalea Fairchild, Salida; seven aunts, Theresa (Jeff) Rutkey, Leadville; Anna (David) Fear, Canon City; Shona (Wes) Thomas, Grand Junction; Maggie (Dan) Foster, W. Va.; Pam (Randy) Nygren, Gypsum; Susan (Jerry) Kissel, Ariz. and Sherry Hardy, Phoenix; and four uncles, George Rowe, Eagle Vail; Bob Rowe, Kansas; John (Brenda) Rowe, Mo.; and Billie Hardy, Phoenix.
She is also survived by many cousins, great aunts and great uncles.
Amy had a very special relationship with her great aunt Dot Marble, Salida. Amy loved her like a grandmother.
The Rosary was recited July 1 and Mass of Christian Burial July 2, both at Annunciation Catholic Church. Father Tom Killeen officiated and Patti Smith sang accompanied by Jean Elliott.
Pallbearers were George and Robert Rowe, Jeff Rutkey, David Fear, John Rowe, Jr. and John Lacey. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry and Stephen Rutkey, John Fear and David Fear, Jr., Jason Cerise and Jared O'Leary. Interment was in St. Joseph cemetery.
The family received friends at a reception at La Cantina Restaurant.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Amy Sue Fairchild Memorial Fund c/o First Mountain Bank, 403 Harrison Ave. Leadville, CO 80461.
Joe H. FEAR died Nov. 12 at St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville. He was 91.
Mr. Fear was born April 1, 1904 in Salida to Martin and Anna (GORSHE) FEAR, one of 10 children, most of whom preceded him in death.
He met and married Johanna KOLENC in 1927 in Leadville, where Joe worked in the town's smelter operation. They moved a year later to Red Cliff, where Joe worked at the Gilman mine for the next 27 years.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and belonged to the KSKJ. He loved cars and doing jigsaw puzzles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Johanna, who died in 1972, son Lawrence, daughter Johanna, and grandson Michael BECK and a great grandson, Jimmy ROWEN.
Survivors include: son Joe (Patricia) FEAR of Denver; daughters Angela (Buster) BECK of Red Cliff, Gloria HENNEN of Roanoke, Tex, and Christine FEAR of Dallas; his dear friend Julia BOURMAN; brother Henry (Pauline) FEAR of Salida; sisters Lillian WOLFE of Denver, Olga PROPNICK of Bloomington, Calif.; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
A memorial Rosary and Mass was held Nov. 16 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leadville, where the Father Tom KILLEN officiated and Joan DAWSON sang, accompanied by Neil V. REYNOLDS.
Joe's ashes have been interred next to the grave of his wife at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent General Hospital in Leadville or to a charity of choice. Arrangements were by Bailey Funeral Home in Leadville. (unknown paper)
"He loved to take the hard cases," said a colleague. Stephen SCHUYLER. "He would take cases that others wouldn't take."
Mr. FEDER died Oct. 25 at St. Anthony Hospital after he was injured in a car crash. He was 63.
There were no services, at his request, although a tribute is being planned. His body was cremated.
Born Aug. 22, 1932, in Denver, he graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1954.
He married Flora Sue DUNN in June 1954 in Kansas City, Mo.
The same year, Mr. FEDER joined the Navy. He served on the USS Wasp for two years. It was the last years of the Korean War.
He served in Naval Reserve until 1963, attaining the rank of lieutenant.
Mr. FEDER earned his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1968, then followed his father's footsteps in joining the Denver law firm of FEDER, MORRIS, TAMBLYN and GOLDSTEIN.
Mr. FEDER specialized in civil litigation and became an expert on law firm management.
"He was one of the first to use paralegal," SCHUYLER said. "He liked to be innovative and on the cutting edge of things."
He was also known for his work in the community.
"He was a person who was incredibly generous with his time with others, " SCHUYLER. "He always had time for charities."
He retired as senior partner last year but continued to work occasionally.
Mr. FEDER was an adjunct professor at the University of Denver School of Law, an instructor at the Adult Education Opportunity School of Denver and a frequent lecturer and seminar participant with the University of Colorado Law School.
He wrote articles for numerous legal publications. He also wrote a textbook, Succeeding as an Expert Witness--Increasing Your Impact and Income, published in 1991.
Mr. FEDER served as president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association from 1971 to 1972, a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.
He was president of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter from 1990 to 1992.
Mr. FEDER IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, Flora Sue FEDER of Eagle, one son, Harlan FEDER of Glenwood Springs, two daughters, Sharon FEDER and Janet FEDER, both of Denver and two grandsons.
Contributions may be sent to: H. A. FEDER Fund, The Alzheimer's Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 825 Speer Blvd., Suite 1, Denver 80218.[31 Oct. 1995, Rocky Mountain. News, p45A]
Art FERNANDEZ, 24 a Mexican employed by the Rio Grande railroad at Minturn, died Monday morning in the hospital in Gilman Monday morning from injuries received when he drove his car, a Dodge coupe off the road one and one-half miles west of Gilman on the Battle Mountain road Sunday afternoon, at about 2 o'clock. The accident occurred near the point where George GRAVESTOCK lost his life about a year ago.
The car plunged down the precipitous side of the canon 1600 feet, but FERNANDEZ was thrown out about 300 feet from the road; where he was discovered by George DaLEE. The man was unconscious. DaLEE noticed the car tracks leading abruptly over the cliff, and looking down saw the man lying near a clump of trees. In its last leap, the automobile went over a sheer drop of 200 feet and nothing was left but a pile of scraps.
FERNANDEZ is survived by a father and two sisters living at Minturn. The body was turned over to Mortician O. W. MEYER of Red Cliff who prepared it for burial, services being held at Minturn Tuesday afternoon.
People who saw FERNANDEZ just before he left Minturn shortly after noon Sunday state that he was in an advanced stage of intoxication.[17, April 1931, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
J. H. FESSLER died at his home in Denver Wednesday evening of cancer of the threat, from which he had been suffering some time. Mr. FESSLER was interested in the banks at Red Cliff, Eagle and Glenwood Springs, and was president of the First National Banks at Eagle and Glenwood. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, the Chapter and the Commandery, and lived up to the divine temeta and teaching of these orders and guided his conduct to mankind by the emblems of his profession and the business he was in never transformed his heart into a lump of gold for he saw the human side of all business transactions. This Grand Master of the Temple shall examine his work and find it well done, but we shall miss you, Jack, may the flowers grow brightly above Thee.[18 Aug. 1916, Eagle [18 Aug. 1916, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
Lillie Jean FIELD, former Eagle resident, died May 16 at Community Hospital in Grand Junction following an extended illness. She was 64. Services were held May 18 at Martin Mortuary with Pastor Larry CREEL officiating. Burial was a Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grand Junction.
She was born Sept. 20, 1930 in Eagle to John D. YORK and Lillie Ellen PINKERTON. She spent her childhood in Muskogee and Tahlequah, Okla., and later attended Eagle High School.
She was a homemaker and during her 15 years in Eagle, was also known as a gook cook who worked in various local restaurants. She married Harold HELMS and later, Gary FIELDS. She had lived in Grand Junction since 1990 and also resided in Anchorage, Alaska and Astoria, Ore.
She enjoyed football, hand-making dolls for Eskimo orphans and had a collection of Teddy bears.
Survivors include daughters Billie KAHLING of Grand Junction, Janice STRAUSS of Northglenn, Colo, and Brenda ROBIDOUX of Wright, Wyo.; sisters Charlene CARLETON of Dallas, Marie STEPHENSON of Saginaw, Tex., and Peggy CURRIE of Plano, Tex; several nieces and nephews; grandchildren Stephen, Raymond, Chris, Jeri, James and Keri; and great-grandchildren Jessica, Anthony, and Wishawna.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Mesa County Division, P.P. Box 474, Grand Junction, CO 81502. (Eagle Valley Enterprise 8 June 1995)
The deceased had lived in the county for many years, following mining most of his life. For a number of years he had lived on a small ranch on West Lake creek which he took up as a homestead, but a few years ago he abandoned ranch life and returned to the mines on Battle mountain. Little was known here of his early life or of his relatives. The writer and intimate acquaintance with Mr. FILSON extending over many years and found him to be a man of strict integrity, likable and a good neighbor.[26 Aug. 1927, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
On February 26, 1902 she was married to Jake L. HART, at Randall, Kan. To this union seven children were born--five girls and two boys. One boy, Lawrence died in infancy.
She moved with her parents to Randall until in 1913, when she moved with her family to Eagle, Colo. In 1925 she moved to Englewood, Colo., and later to Hudson, Colo., where she resided at the time of her death.
She united with the Randall Christian church in early girlhood. She was a faithful member and took an active part in church work wherever she lived. Mrs. Hart was a member of the Hudson Christian church when she was called to the Kingdom of God.
She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, Jake L. HART, and six children , Mrs. C. S. ANDERSON, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. George HAMMERICH, of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; Alice M., Ruth T., Gerald R., and Jamis P. HART, all of Hudson, Colo. Her mother, Mrs. Alice FITCH, Randall, Kan., five sisters and two brothers--Mrs. Dora MATHES, Marion, Ill., Fred L FITCH, Freeport, Ill., Hazel FITCH, Kirksville, Mo., Mrs. D. R. DAWDY, Jewell, Kan., Cora E., Dolly V., and Elmer FITCH, all of Randall, Kan. Three granddaughters, a number of relatives and a host of friends.
The funeral services were held in the Hudson church Saturday, June 2, 1928, at 2:30 p. m. and the body was laid to rest in the Mountain View cemetery at Hudson.
Those from a distance attending the funeral were two daughters, Mrs. C. S. ANDERSON of Phoenix, Ariz., Mrs. George HAMMERICH of Glenwood Springs, Colo., one sister, Dolly V. FITCH, and one brother-in-law, Emby I. HART, all of Randall.
The news of the death of Mrs. HART was received in Eagle with deep regret and sorrow. During her years of residence on Brush creek she made friends of everyone in this neighborhood and she was dearly beloved by all of her neighbors and friends. The bereaved family have the deepest sympathy of everyone here in their great bereavement.[8 June 1928, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
Mrs. FITZPATIRCK was a unique character. She was a native of Ireland and had long been a widow. She leaves two daughters, each with families, in Illinois. Her children had often pleaded with her to spend her declining years with them, but she stoutly refused to do so. Until her health failed she resolutely supported herself and independently maintained her humble home in Red Cliff, having meanwhile laid by sufficient means with which she maintained herself even after her health failed and was possessed of some property at the time of her death. She was devoutly attached to Red Cliff and preferred her humble home and __cluded life here to a home with her daughters who are in comfortable circumstances. One great desire was to die in Red Cliff and be buried here and her wish was realized in every detail. Her relatives were communicated with and telegraphed that some of them would come on the take charge of the remains. Meanwhile Mr. Proper LATEM, in whom Aunt Maggie had great confidence, took charge of her affairs and on yesterday, no relatives of the deceased having arrived, the funeral was held with the interment in Greenwood cemetery.(15 Aug 1901, Eagle County Blade,p.3)
Tom FLANNERY was one of the old-time residents of Gilman where he had followed mining for many years. For the past several years he has been an underground shift boss for the Empire Zinc company, but this spring he suffered a severe attack of pneumonia and when he was dismissed from the hospital recently, was given outside employment by the company, until he had fully recovered. At the time of his death he was acting as inspector of the long pipe line which conveys the refuse matter from the zinc mill three miles to the settling pond on the old BOLT ranch. His duties were to patrol the line each day. The pipe passes over a high trestle near Rex and it was at this point he met with mishap which brought about his death. The injured man was placed on Train No. 16 and taken to Salida, but died enroute to the hospital.
We were unable to get any information of the funeral or burial. Mr. FLANNERY is survived by several children, his wife having preceded him in death.[3 July 1931, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
Funeral services, which were held this morning for the late Thomas Flannery, former Leadville resident, were largely attended by local friends and a representation of Gilman citizens, as he had been living at Gilman for the past twenty-three years. The services were held at 9:30 this morning from the Church of the Annunciation, the funeral cortege leaving the Moynahan-O'Malia funeral chapel at 1 o'clock.
Rev. Father E. L. Horgan officiated at mass. Two vocal solos, "Prayer for Happy Death" and "One Fleeting Hour" were sung by Mrs. Kate Forman, accompanied by Miss Mary Genry, organist.
Interment was in St. Joseph's cemetery and the pallbearers, all citizens of Gilman, Colorado, were Pete Doyle, John Doyle, O.R. Abrahamsen, John Curran, Adam Houck, and Thomas Daviney.
Born in New York City, February 1, 1872, he came to Colorado when he was about twelve years of age. After settling for a time in the San Luis valley, he later moved to Leadville when the town was in its boom.
He engaged as a miner here for several years.
He was married in Leadville when he was about twenty-one, to Catherine Barlow and twenty-three years ago he and his family moved to Gilman, Colorado, where he followed his occupation as a miner and shaft foreman.
During the influenza epidemic in 1918 he lost his wife and two sons, who were buried in Leadville within a period of ten days.
While he made his home at Gilman, he gained many friends as was evidenced by the number of floral tributes and the attendance at the funeral services. Numbered among the floral tributes were many large set pieces and a broken wheel from the Gilman community.
He died in a Salida hospital last Friday morning from injuries incurred the previous morning, when he fell from a pile line at the tailings pond of the Empie Zinc company, where he had been employed for the past four or five years. Following the accident he was taken to the hospital at Salida via ambulance, and the death resulted from a punctured lung, caused by a fractured rib. For several years he had been employed as a shaft foreman but, recently, because of failing health, had been transferred to outdoor work; and it was while working on the pipe line that he fell to the ground, Thursday morning. He was rushed to the Gilman hospital and sent from there to Salida.
The only surviving member of his family, a married daughter, Mrs. Leo Jones of Oakland, California, arrived here after being notified of her father's death. He is also survived by a son-in-law, Leo Jones and three grandchildren, Patricia, Barbara and Milford Jones.
A sister-in-law, Mrs. Nellie Nolan of Lake City, Colorado and a niece Mrs. Hazel William's of Victor, Colorado together with Mr. Nolan and Mr. Williams were here for the funeral services.
(A Leadville Paper (possibly the Leadville Herald Democrat)-dated July 2, 1931) [This obituary was kindly donated by Kathleen Minion 16 April 1999]
From the Salida Newspaper
PROMINENT PIONEER OF SALIDA DIES ON COAST - Word has been received in this city of the death of Mack FLECK, a pioneer resident of the state and of this community at Long Beach, California, Thursday February 4. Death resulted from flu-pneumonia and a complication of diseases.
Mr. Fleck had gone to California last November for his health, and was deriving much benefit from the change of climate until this recent illness overtook him.
With him at the time of his death were his wife, his son Roy, of Washington, his daughters, Mrs. J.H. MCMUELLEN, Mrs. Minnie RICHARDSON and Mrs. M.B. ALLEN, of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and a niece, Mrs. Lyman BANKS.
Those in Salida to mourn Mr. Fleck's death are a daughter, Mrs. F. A. BEAUREGARD, a son, Lloyd Fleck, and a step-son Harry AULT. Other children surviving are Mrs. R.A. COLLINS of Minturn, Mrs. A.B. WALTERS, of Red Cliffe, and a son Ivan Fleck; also a brother, Charles in Pueblo, and other sisters and brothers in the east.
Mack Fleck was born in Ohio, March 6, 1856, moving to Kansas when a mere child, and to Colorado in 1880, locating first at Leadville. At later intervals he resided at Red Cliffe and in the Holy Cross district, finally taking up a ranch at Avon, where he lived until coming to Salida six years ago.
Mr. Fleck had held different positions of esteem and trust, having been sheriff of Eagle county for six years, a commissioner of that county for a like period of years, president of the school board, and serving in various other capacities in a satisfactory manner.
Many pioneers of Chaffee Lake, Eagle, Garfield and Mesa counties will mourn the passing of one of their number, since Mr. Fleck was prominently interested in all activities in the communities in which he had resided for a number of years, and was held in the highest respect by his friends and acquaintances.
Funeral services will be conducted in Long Beach Sunday afternoon, and li? and interment will be made there. (Contributed by Lana TROY)
He later married Maybelle AULT, January 1900.
He first came to Colorado in 1875, to near this part in 1878, and was back and forth to Auburn Kansas until 1884 when he brought his family, a wife and four children to Red Cliff and Eagle county. He moved in what is now the Gustafson place in April, 1880, later moving to what is now Barlow ranch, both near Avon where he resided until six years ago, when he moved to Salida, Colorado.
In September, he accompanied his daughter and son in law Mr. and Mrs. M.B. ALLEN, by auto to Long Beach, Calif where he passed away February 4, 1926, of complications of pneumonia and influenza, aggravated by asthma, after an illness of two weeks. His wife, three daughters, son and granddaughter, and their families were with him in Long Beach during his illness.
He was town marshal of Red Cliff for years; sheriff and county commissioner of Eagle country for a number of terms each, and a member of the Eagle County High School board for years. He was 69 years, 10 months and 28 days old at the time of his death.
Besides his wife, Maybelle Fleck, he is survived by nine children, Bertha E. WALTER of this city, Minnie RICHARDSON of Placentia, Calif.; Elmer L. Fleck of Boyds, Wash,: Florence MCMUELLEN of Compton, Calif.; Hazel BEAUREGARD of Salida, Colo.; Laura COLLINS of Minturn, Colo.; Lloyd Fleck of Salida, Colo.; Helen ALLEN of Long Beach, Calif.; four brothers, Charles of Pueblo, Colo.; Burdette of Auburn, Kan.; Louis of Maple Hill, Kan.; Maurice of near Topeka, Kan.; two sisters, Minnie YEAGER and Jennie BAKER of Auburn, Kan.; and fourteen grandchildren.
In the death of Mack Fleck one of the very old time characters of Eagle county and Colorado passes on.
Mack Fleck was one of Eagle county's most progressive citizens for nearly forty years. He made friends and some enemies. You never were in any doubt where Mack Fleck stood on any public question. In politics always a Republican. He was always foremost in any project for the betterment of the community, and he was known far and wide. He leaves a host of friends. So passeth the procession of old-timers. - Holy Cross Trail.
The funeral was held in Long Beach, Calif. last Sunday afternoon and interment was made in a cemetery there. (Contributed by Lana TROY)
He was born Feb 14, 1907 in Bushnell, Ill. and married Bernice M. EGGERT on March 25, 19032 at St. Elizabeth's Church in Denver. He was employed as vice president of administration for Henry Van Hemmel, Inc., and also served as a member of the National Association of Cost Accountants, for which he was past president. He was also past president of the Holy Name Society in Eagle and Denver.
Survivors include sons Jerry of Lakewood, Bill of Englewood and Steve of Omaha, Neb.; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice.
A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, June 1 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Eagle.
Bruial was in Denver at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Eagle Senior Center, P.O. Box 927, Eagle, Co. 81631. (Do not know the date and name of newspaper)
Another of the pioneers of Eagle passed away Saturday, December 31, when Mrs. Catherine FLYNN died at her home in Glenwood Springs after an illness of only a few days with pneumonia.
The deceased was a native of Ireland, where she was born August 21, 1866. She came to the United States when only a young girl, and was married in this country. In 1889 or 1890 she and her husband came to Eagle, and their first child, their daughter, Nora, was the first child to be born in Eagle, in 1890. A son, William, was also born to them while residing in Eagle. Later the family moved to Kent where they resided a great many years, and it was while living there, Mrs. FLYNN reared her family, and, where Mr. FLYNN died many years ago. Surviving the deceased are two daughters, Mrs. Katie GILL of Los Angeles, Calif., and Nora FLYNN of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; four sons, William and Dan, employed by the D. & R. G. railroad at Minturn; John, living at Malta; and James of Glenwood Springs.
Mrs. FLYNN was a most lovable woman, a devoted mother, and a good neighbor. During her years in this county, she was noted for her acts of charitable kindness, and among the railroad men on the Rio Grande in the earlier days she was looked upon almost as a mother to each and everyone of them. Left with her family of six young children to rear Mrs. FLYNN held the family together, saw that they received an education and prepared them to make their battle with life.
About ten years ago the deceased moved to Glenwood Springs, where she has since made her home with her daughter, Nora.
Mrs. FLYNN was a devout Catholic and a Rosary was held at the FARNUM funeral chapel in Glenwood Springs Monday evening at 8 o'clock by the Catholic Daughters and the Knights of Columbus. Father CARRIGAN conducted a 10 o'clock funeral mass Tuesday and the body was then brought to Eagle for burial beside her husband. The Circle lodge of Eagle of which she was a member, conducted the services at the grave at 2 o'clock.[6 Jan. 1933, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
Madgie Mae FONDER, the four year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John FONDER, died Monday afternoon at the family residence in this city. The little one had been suffering from an aggravating case of tonsillitis and was thought to be improving when heart failure cause her death. The remains were taken to the Glenwood cemetery Wednesday afternoon where Mr. MALLERY conducted the brief prayer service and all that was mortal of Little Madgie was laid away.
The father lives at Red Cliff where he is interested in mining and this winter Mrs. FONDER and the children have resided in Glenwood. The family have the sympathy of the community.(11 April 1907, Eagle County Blade, p.1)
Cling was born Jan 29, 1978 in Craig and attended school at McCoy Elementary and Soroco. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator with Jimmy Brathan & Sons.
Clint loved life and spending time with his friends and he had a fun living, happy-go-lucky type of personality. One of his sayings was:"...kicks and giggles." But he also showed a strong sense of love and loyalty to his family as well as all his many friends.
Clint loved life, hunting, fishing and fast cars. Thought he was stubborn when he tried to be protected, in reality he was an individual and was his own man.
It means much to his family, especially to his mom, that he had a very special relationship with God. He lived each day to the fullest, yet asked for God's guidance, gave thanks to God, and he had made his peace with God...and now has returned to the Father to "...God's peace which passeth all understanding."
Survivors include his mother and father, Ruby and Frank FORSTER of McCoy; brother Marty FORSTER and family of Utah; and sister Frankie Lee F. SOLOMAN and children of McCoy.
Services were held Dec 7 at 2 p.m. at the McCoy School, with Rod DREY officiating. Pallbearers were Travis KIRBY, Herson LUJON, Ryan REDMAN, Ryan SMITH, Frank HUGHES and Luke PENNINGTON. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry WHALEY, Charlie PORTINS, John MOGAN and James REDMOND. Burial was at the McCoy Community Cemetery.
The direct cause of his death was typhoid fever, but he was also affected with peritonitis. Fred had been in failing health for some weeks suffering from the injuries received several years ago in a mine accident on Battle mountain, so that his constitution was not in condition to withstand a serious attack of disease.
His father and mother of Eagle, a brother, John, of Cheyenne, Wyo., and a sister, Mrs. Will Buckley, of Silver Plume, Colo.,, were at his bedside when death came.
Funeral services will be held from the Catholic church in Eagle this, Friday, morning.[10 June 1927, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
Her entire life time was spent in the community where she was born, and in 1917 was married to Wm. R. Forrester. To this union were born four children, three of whom survive their mother.
She leaves to mourn her death, her husband and children, Leonard, Annabelle, and Robert; the mother, Annabelle COCK, Burns; her father, W.J. COCK, Craig; five brothers and four sisters - H.G. COCK, W.B. COCK, C. A. COCK, and J. H. COCK, Mrs. B. C. OWEN, Mrs. H. A. BURROWS, Mrs. Dorothy WELLS, Mrs. Bertha STULL, all of Burns; Ernest Lee COCK, of Colorado Springs.
Funeral services were held Wednesday from the Methodist church in Gypsum, with Rev. T. B. McDIVITT in charge, and the body was laid to rest in Cedar Hill cemetery in Gypsum. During the funeral services Mrs. Dorothy GERARD and Miss Albertine ZOLLNER sang "Rock of Ages" and "Abide with Me."
Geraldine S. FOX, formerly of Eagle and Gypsum, died Aug. 6 of natural causes at the E. Dene Moore Memorial Home in Rifle. She was 85.
Mrs. FOX was born Jan. 22, 1909 in Greenview, Ill. to H. Newton STONE and Bertie Lee STONE. She spent her childhood in Illinois, where she attended high school in Middletown. She married Russell M. FOX on Feb. 17, 1946, was a homemaker and also the owner of the Fox Ski Shop in Minturn. She moved to Rifle in 1992 and previously lived in Eagle and Gypsum, as well as Denver.
She was a member of the Eagle County Senior Citizens organization and the Neighbors of Woodcraft, and was well-known for her knitting skills. In her earlier years she loved to hunt and fish.
Survivors include step-daughters Norella HAUN of Exeter, Calif., and Merceda SERVATIUS of Weiser, Idaho; sister Nelle NICHOLS of Middletown, Ill.; Nephews Russell FOX of Rifle, Walter FOX of Red Cliff, Richard FOX of Aurora, Colo., and Charles FOX (location unknown); and nieces Esta COVALT of Edwards, and Donna BERGGREN of Wauneta, Neb. She was preceded in death by her husband Russell M. FOX.(Eagle Valley Enterprise 11 Aug 1994)
A number of years ago the deceased was a miner on Battle Mountain and quite well known. He has been in failing health for some years and had made his home among the ranchmen of the valley. So far as known deceased had no family. Undertaker FARNUM of Red Cliff took charge of the remains.(27 July 1899 Eagle county Blade, p. 3)
She was a most lovable child, a great favorite with her companions and schoolmates, and her untimely calling from this life and her lingering death was more than usually sad. Knowing for months that her death was unavoidable and her life but short, she bore the ordeal with unusual fortitude for one of her years, passing to her eternal reward trusting in the loving care and mercy of her Savior. Her last days were made as pleasant as it was possible for loving hearts to do, and her sick room was made bright by almost daily gifts of beautiful flowers from the hands of her girl friends and former school mates. She is survived by her parents and two brothers, Marion and Woodrow, and a large circle of loving friends.
The funeral services were held at the residence of her mother Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. L. G. HONNOLD, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating, and the remains were followed to their last resting place in the Eagle cemetery by a large number of sorrowing friends.[20 Feb. 1920, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]