Arapahoe County COGenWeb Genealogy

© 2002 The Arapahoe County COGenWeb Project

Bacthellor, Isaac H.
Bates, Alva C.
Belden, David D. (2)
Brundage, Mary J.
Burke, Maggie (Mrs. T. J.) (2)
Burke, Thomas J. (3)

This page was last modified Monday, 10-Sep-2018 12:07:53 MDT

The Denver News, Denver, Colo.
March 15, 1894 Page 3

Death of Isaac H. Batchellor, Who Assisted in Suppressing Slave Trade with Africa and Served Two Terms in Colorado Legislature.

(Original includes artist drawing)

Isaac H. Batchellor, who came to Colorado in the exciting days of 1859, died at 1337 Corona Street at 6:30 o'clock last evening. He had reached the ripe old age of 66 years, and leaves a widow and two children.

Mr. Batchellor was born in Bosdoin, Me. Early in life he lived upon a farm in Worcester County, Mass. He early developed a yearning for a roving life, and when he was 17 years of age he joined the navy. He served on a man-of-war engaged in suppressing the slave trade, and later witnessed the revolution of 1848 in France and Italy. In 1859 he came across the plains in the rush to the still undiscovered Pike's Peak gold fields. He engaged in mining a number of years and went to Leadville at the time of the boom. Previous to this he served in the legislatures of 1872 and 1876, and later as county commissioner. His last official position was State Superintendent of Irrigation under Governor Routt.

The deceased was a member of the society of Colorado Pioneers, and they will have charge of the funeral arrangements.

Contributed by: Rita Timm 1895 Denver

The Denver Times
January 3, 1890 Page 8 Part I


Alvah C. Bates, 43 years of age, born in Chautauqua County, New York, died yesterday at 2 o'clock, after a week's illness. He was a prominent member of the Masonic order, being a Knight Templar and a Shriner, and was also a member of Meade Post, G. A. R., and the A. O. U. W. The funeral will be from No. 1439 California Street Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Conducted by Union Lodge No. 7, A. F. & A. M.

Contributed by: Rita Timm 1895 Denver

Western Reserve Chronicle, Warren, Trumbull County, OH
December 13, 1897


He Was a Former Warren Attorney

Denver Republican, Dec. 4

Judge David D. Belden died yesterday morning at his residence, 801 Eighteenth avenue. He had been in poor health for a long time. November 22 he suffered a stroke of paralysis. November 28 he suffered a second stroke. David Douglass Belden was born in Farmington, Trumbull county, Ohio, March 24, 1821. Though always a student and a great lover of books, he did not have a college education, but attended different academies in Northern Ohio, and in August, 1846, entered the law office of Joshua R. Giddings, the famous abolition congressman. He afterwards studied one year in the law office of R. P. Ranney, chief justice of Ohio. In August, 1848, Mr. Belden was admitted to the bar and for seven years practiced law in Warren, Trumbull county, Ohio, in partnership with Judge Ira Fuller. He was married to Miss Emily C. Parmelee at Baltimore, Md., May 7, 1849. She accompanied him to Warren, where he had a lucrative practice.

He was prosecuting attorney of Trumbull county for two years, then followed the great tide of emigration to Omaha, Neb., then just coming into prominence, where he practiced law for six years. In the spring of 1859 he was elected mayor of Omaha by unanimous vote. He received the title of the city and deeded the lots to the citizens. Omaha was at that time passing through the formative period. Mr. Belden had a fierce fight with lot jumpers and defeated them. He was elected to the lower house of the legislative assembly in the fall of 1859; was elected to the upper branch of the legislature in the fall of 1860. He served in that body with Samuel H. Elbert, United States Senator Milton Thayer, United States Senator Tipton and John Taft. He was re-elected to the same body for two years by unanimous vote in 1862.

Early in the winter of 1863 Mr. Belden resigned his seat in the legislature and removed to Denver, a place toward which the eyes of the world were then turning.

In the fall of 1867 he was elected from Gilpin county to the upper branch of the Colorado legislature for a term of four years. While a member he had the casting vote in the senate by which the capital of Colorado was removed from Golden City to Denver. At that time feeling ran high and Mr. Belden's action in favoring the removal of the capital was much criticized by his own constituents. When the excitement passed he was heartily indorsed by the same constituency.

In the fall of 1868 Mr. Belden ran for congress again and though fairly elected by a small vote failed to receive the certificate to which he was entitled.

Such was his known integrity and kindness of heart that he was often called "the 'widows' and orphans' lawyer." Afterward, as his hearing became defective, it was no longer easy for him to go into court, he engaged in mining and was known in that business prominently in Central City, Leadville and Red Cliff. For the last few years he had been much broken in health and unable to engage in any active business, but though at times a great sufferer he was always the same genial spirit.

Mr. Belden was one of the founders of Unity church in this city, to whose interests and upbuilding he was strongly devoted. Funeral services will be held in Unity church.

Transcribed & contributed 23 April 2002 by: Pam Belden [email protected]

NOTE: Widow, Emily C. (Parmelee) Belden Obituary (scroll down or use your browser's "find" function)

Western Reserve Chronicle, Warren, Trumbull Co, OH.
December 13, 1897

D. D. BELDEN, who practiced law in Warren, during the '50's and was prosecuting attorney of Trumbull county in 1853-4, died at his home in Denver, Colorado, on the 10th of the present month, of paralysis. He was born in Trumbull county on March 24, 1821. He studied law with Judge R. P. Ranney in Warren. In 1849 he married Emily C. Parmelee at Baltimore. About 185? He located at Omaha, Nebraska, and was elected to the legislature. Mr. Belden engaged extensively in mining enterprises in the Rocky Mountains. He, several years since, interested several Warren men in a mining project, which he had assurances from the projectors was a "good thing." However, it proved a failure. Mr. Belden reimbursed the Warren investors to the full amount of the stock they had taken and paid for. He was an honorable man and had many warm friends in this county.

Transcribed & contributed 23 April 2002 by: Pam Belden [email protected]

Denver Times
January 27, 1898 Page 6

Death of Mrs. Brundage.

Mrs. Mary J. Brundage of 1216 Larimer Street died yesterday afternoon of appendicitis after a brief illness. She was the wife of W. F. Brundage and well known in the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, of which organization she had instituted several auxiliary lodges.

Contributed by: Rita Timm 1895 Denver

Denver Evening Times
Wednesday, October 5, 1887

Died.   BURKE--At the family residence, 2521 Arapahoe street, this city, Mrs. T. J. Burke, aged 32 years. Funeral will take place from above number at 9 a.m. Friday. Services at the Sacred Heart church, Larimer street. Interment at Riverside cemetery.

The Daily News
Thursday, October 6, 1887

Death of Mrs. Maggie Burke.

Mrs. Maggie Burke, wife of T. J. Burke, died yesterday morning at 8:30 o'clock after a few days' sickness. She was 32 years of age at the time of her death. She will be buried at 9 o'clock Friday morning from the family residence, 2521 Arapahoe street, services being held at the Sacred Heart church.

Contributed by: Darline Burke ( user = "ddburke"; site = ""; document.write(''); document.write(user + '@' + site + ''); )

Denver Daily News
Wednesday, March 2, 1898


Pioneer of Clear Creek County Passes Away in San Diego, Cala.
Suffered From Overwork in Superintending His Mines In This State and Sought Rest at a Lower Altitude.

(Newspaper Sketch)

Thomas Burke, one of the best known of the early miners of Colorado, died, at San Diego, Cala., yesterday. He had gone to San Diego to seek rest and relief from a lung trouble brought on by exposure and overwork in the active superintendence of his mining properties near Central City. Two weeks ago his condition became serious and Mrs. Burke was sent for. She reached San Diego a few days before her husband's death. His remains will be brought to Denver for burial in the city and state in which he spent thirty years of a most active life.

Mr. Burke was 48 years of age and had been prominent in Colorado mining development for thirty years. He came to the state in 1867 and was a notable factor in mining circles at Georgetown during the wildest period of that great silver camp's phenomenal activity. He was one of the first settlers in the new camp of Silver Plume, where most of his mining ventures centered. He was also one of the first men on the ground in the Leadville strike, and brought a number of mining ventures to a successful issue in that camp.

The Hubert mine, near Central City, furnished Mr. Burke the substantial foundation for the fortune he accumulated. In 1882 Mr. W. H. Bush examined the property and was offered a half interest in it. He enlisted Mr. Burke's interest and they joined in the purchase. The venture was one of the big successes of the state. Mr. Burke, who was one of the best miners of the West, took active charge of the property, with the result that in a few years the mine paid dividends amounting to $450,000. The profits from the Hubert mine went to the construction of the Burke block, on Curtis Street, adjoining the Tabor Opera House Block. He had other property interests in Denver and other parts of the state.

For a number of years Mr. Burke took but little active interest in business, but a year ago formed a partnership with Mr. Dennis Sullivan and Mr. W. H. Bush in the development of mining properties at Central City. He gave these properties much of his personal supervision and had them in splendid condition when he was compelled to give up work on account of ill health. He has always retained his interest in the Hubert and was superintending the operation of that property also when compelled to give up active work.

Mr. Burke was married twice, his second wife having been the widow of John Gary, a former wealthy miner of Georgetown. A son and daughter by his first wife and a widow and four children survive him. Mining and business men of the state knew Mr. Burke as an experienced miner and conservative business man. He had very few intimate associates, but had the complete respect and confidence of all with whom he had either business or personal relations.

Daily News
March 4, 1898


Remains of Thomas Burke Will Be Buried at Olivet.

Funeral services over the body of Thomas Burke will be held to-morrow afternoon at his late residence, 1756 Pennsylvania avenue. The body arrived from San Diego yesterday and was taken to his residence. Funeral services will be held at the house at 1:30 and at St. Mary's at 2 o'clock. A special train will convey the family and friends to Mount Olivet cemetery.

Daily News
March 6, 1898


Many Friends Attend Ceremonies Over Remains of Thomas Burke.

The funeral of the late Thomas Burke, the well-known business man of thiscity, who died at San Diego, Cala., occurred yesterday afternoon. The ceremonies were held at St. Mary's cathedral on Stout street, and that edifice was crowded by the many friends of the deceased. The floral offerings were very large and many of the pieces were of unusual beauty. Among them were: Pillow of American Beauties and white roses from the family; "Gates Ajar," five feet in height, from Dennis Sullivan; wreath of American Beauties, calla lillies and lillies of the valley, from Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Branch; harp, from W. J. Parkinson; sickle, from Mr. and Mrs. J. McD. Livesay; harp, from Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Dunn, Leadville; and cross from Mrs. Dunn.

The funeral oration was made by Father William O'Ryan, who spoke of the generosity of Mr. Burke and said that "no miner in distress ever appealed to him in vain." The interment was at Mount Olivet cemetery and a special train carried the funeral party to that point. Father Callanan officiated at the church and the grave. The honorary pall-bearers were Dr. W. F. Burg, Charles Donnelly, Michael Finnerty, W. H. O'Brian, J. McD. Livesay and John Corcoran. The active pall-bearers were the following gentlemen: William Maher, W. J. Parkinson, Melvin Edward, John W. Ganley, A. H. Branch and W. A. Deuel.

Contributed by: Darline Burke ( user = "ddburke"; site = ""; document.write(''); document.write(user + '@' + site + ''); )