Kit Carson County, Colorado

John Fink, 7S 42W

1888 May 3 Thursday-- Mr. John FINK, who has occupied the position of boss at the Copper Falls Mill, Keweenaw County, has decided to go to Colorado where his brother keeps a cattle ranch. He will be succeeded by Mr. James MOON of Houghton. Mr. FINK leaves May 1 for the West.

This indicates that the Burlington John Fink was the Leadville one.

John proved up a quarter in 10, 7S 42W in 1895.
Nathan Kramer's site has - among the early pioneers "John Fink, a miner; she and children lived near Alfred Wallet"
In 1880 Macoupin County, Illinois, John A. Fink is 29, Fanny 27, with Maud 3.

A grey Percheron was foaled May 10, 1899, bred by T.M. Logan, Republican City, Nebraska; owned by E.E. Fink, Burlington, Colorado.

In 1910 Colorado Springs, John Fink is a laborer in railroad shops, with Fanny 29, Liffo 15, Mary 8, Emma 7, Frances 6, Polly 5, and John 1, all kids born in Colorado.
FindaGrave #127203152 says Frances Fink 1882-1918 "At the Fink ranch, south of Malta, Mrs. Frances Fink, the wife of Joe Fink, age 37 years. Funeral in charge of Moynahan and O'Malia announced later. (Carbonate Chronicle Leadville, Monday, November 04, 1918) "
FindaGrave also says Mary (Fink) Olds 1901-1973 was the daughter of Frances.
In 1920 Leadville, John is a wagon driver, with Louise 27, who immigrated in 1913. Poly is 15, John 11, and Emely 7.
John 1874-1969 is buried in Buena Vista, Colorado # 43227790.
Frances Fink married Louis Purkett October 26, 1919, recorded in Lake County.

Mrs. Frances Purket married Otis M. Thompson May 9, 1933, recorded in Chaffee County.

Mary Fink married Frank Zaitz, Jr. on November 23, 1919, recorded in Lake County.
Mary A. (Fink) (Zaitz) Olds 1901-1973 is buried in Leadville # 83714960
"1 December 1919 Carbondale Chronicle, Leadville, Lake Co., Colorado. Page 6 "Marriage Bells Chimed Merrily Wedding of Mary Fink and Frank Zaitz Jr. at St. Joseph's Church was Brilliant Affair – Reception ad Banquet Follow Ceremony. At 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon Miss Mary A. Fink, daughter of John Fink, became the bride of Frank Zaitz Jr., son of the president and general manager of the Hart-Zaitz Mercantille Co. , the ceremony taking place in the presence of a large congregation in St. Joseph's church on West Second street. "

1920 Leadville

In Chaffee County, Colorado is Bill Rooks' ranch house. The house was built in the early 1880s. John Fink and his second wife, Louisa, moved to the ranch in the early 1920s. John Fink Jr. married Mary Shober in 1932 and they lived for a number of years in the two-story house (now gone) north of the Rooks' house. Mary's parents, John and Mary Shober, owned the ranch. In 1948 they sold the ranch to Jim Berthod and the family moved to town.

The Maxwell school house, closed in 1933, is on CR321 in Chaffee County "Johanna Fink and her brother John and their step brothers Louie and Joe Adamich went to school there"

Thanks to Connie !

"The ole homestead Daddy and Uncle had just returned from the war and if you look close daddy was still sick with all the jungle fevers that would have killed a normal man. Aunt Joanne, Mary, Grandma Fink(Adamich) in the front Uncle Louie, I think that is Uncle Johnny, My dad,? Frank Ziest Aunt Mary's husband?? Uncle Archie Aunt Joanne's husband, and with the cigar Grandpa Fink"

MIlwaukee Wisconsin September 1945

"June M. Franzen, 75, died Oct. 19, 2003 at St. Vincent Hospital. She was born in Leadville on June 5, 1928, to Frank and Mary (Fink) Zaitz, Jr. At the age of six, her father died and she grew up under the guidance of her stepfather, Sidney Olds. Olds was very good to Franzen and her son throughout his lifetime.
As a young girl, she attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and then graduated from Lake County High School at the close of World War II. While in high school, Franzen worked in the family business, Zaitz Mercantile, as a soda jerk and later in the bookkeeping department, jobs she enjoyed very much and that gave her bases for operating a small business.
After graduation, she attended Colorado University for one year and decided that was not the place for her. Instead, she returned home to work at Zaitz Mercantile before going into business with Pauline Klune, opening the Korner Grocery Store at 8th and Poplar."

ROSE MARIE DETERMAN, a lifelong resident of the Buena Vista area, died March 19, 2015 at her home in Nathrop, Colorado following a brief period of home hospice care due to complications from pneumonia. Present at the time of her passing were her sons. They stated that the song “The Lord My God”, sung by Kristian Stanfill, was playing on the radio.
Rose was born June 22, 1934, to John and Mary (Shober) Fink at the family ranch, west of Buena Vista. In the early 1940’s the family moved to Leadville where her dad became employed and where Rose attended school from first through fifth grades. In 1945 Rose returned to Buena Vista and was enrolled into the Harry L. McGinnis school (what is now the Heritage Museum) where she completed her elementary and high school education. Rose graduated high school in 1952 and that summer was elected Buena Vista’s rodeo queen.
On February 14, 1953, Rose married Joseph John “Jack” Determan at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Buena Vista, a union to which four boys, John, Jeff, Joseph and Jerome, were born.

Dorothy Marlene Thompson Scovel Age 78, a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Marlene Scovel was born in Leadville, Colorado in 1934, part of an Austrian immigration to work the mines. They moved to work in the Bisbee Cooper Queen and the gold mines of Grassvalley, California. During the Second World War she was put into a convent at the Sacred Heart Church in Grassvalley, CA while the rest of the family went to San Francisco to work. There her father died of black lung. She married James Lee Scovel when he graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1954 and became an Army Wife. In 1956 she brought her two children, Clint and Johnny on the troop ship carrying her husband. There, feeding times were military style at: 6, 10, 2 and 6 o'clock. She worked as a legal secretary until she moved to Santa Fe to be near her two sons in 1990, when she worked in Uli's boutique both in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. She lived for two years in Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Francis Fink; father, Otis Merle (Slick) Thompson; sister, Georgie Shannonhouse and husband, Russel; son, George Benjamin Scovel. Marlene leaves behind her sons: Clint Scovel and his wife, Annie of Nambe, NM, and Johnny Scovel of Rowe, NM

In 1910 Bert Fink and Mary Fink discontinued their school work in Burlington.
In 1909 Minnie Fink cash-claimed the southwest of 17, 6S 50W, and the Kit Carson Record of 1912 said she deeded that patent.

She might be the Minnie Warren, daughter of Samuel and Elvira Warren, in Wilson County Kansas in 1880. Minnie was 14, Alice 19, Jennette 10, Commodore 5, and Theodore 3.
Minnie May Warren married Henry J. Fink May 27, 1893, recorded in Pueblo, County, Colorado.
In 1900 Cripple Creek, Henry, born June 1863 in Wisconsin, a miner, married seven years to Minnie M. March 1868 Illinois, have Eva L. Oct 1895 Colorado.
One tree said Henry had been married before, to Louise M. born June 1869 in Colorado, and they had Lewis Fink Dec 1889 Colorado. In 1900 Cripple Creek Louise is married to Robert Brown.
In 1910 Louis P. "Frink" is an electrician in Durango, Colorado, with his divorced mother Leontine Brown, a laundress, and her widowed mother Mary Salmhoffer 76, born in France.
Louis P. Fink married Lula Xina Frazier June 7, 1914, recorded in La Plata County, and they're in Tucson Arizona in 1930.
In 1920 Lewis, Sina, and son Lewis Robin 2 are in Gila County, Arizona, with mother Leontine Brown 50.
Leontine (Voliton) (Brown) Fink 1869-1955 is buried in Tucson # 50184319.
Louis Phillip Fink 1888-1936 is buried in Tucson # 43893299, with Sula XXina (Frazier) Fink 1896-1981.

Minnie and Henry's daughter Eva Hindelang 1895-1967 is buried in Alamosa, Colorado # 53234158.

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