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Mathias, Francis
McEwen, Charles
McKenna, Lila
Metcalf, Cyrus W.
Mullen, Jim
Muller, Otto

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Appeared in Rocky Mountain News
January 16, 1901

MATHIAS, Francis, Buena Vista, Colo., on Jan. 15, died suddenly, after short illness, age 82. Services under auspices Phil Sheridan Post No. 18, G. A. R., interment City Cemetery. Leaves wife, four sons and one daughter. At one time identified with mining enterpries of this section.

Contributed by: Rita Timm Colorado Clues

Rocky Mountain News, Denver
January 9,1901 Page 10
(Includes photo)

Charles McEwen, Pioneer Freighter of Leadville.

Charles McEwen, pioneer government freighter and scout and owner of extensive property interests in Denver, died yesterday at St. Luke's Hospital after prolonged illness. He leaves property in Denver, valued at $300,000.

Charles McEwen was the railroad magnate of the West in the days when, on this side of the Missouri River, oxen were the only locomotives, freight wagons the only cars, and trails the only road beds. He was the first man to engage extensively in freighting to Colorado. He came across the plains when a boy of 18, with little but pluck for capital stock. His one wagon and yoke of oxen earned him another yoke, this increased to two wagons, and soon he held extensive government contracts and numbered his wagons by trains and his oxen and mules by the hundred.

After the railroads made their way across the plains Mr. McEwen continued his routes into the mountains, freighting for the government forts and the mining camps until the early '80s, when he transferred all his capital into Denver real estate. The property now standing on real estate he owned at various times during the past twenty years is valued at millions. The Denver Gas and Electric Company's Seventeenth and Tremont corner was once his, also the eight lots at Seventeenth and Lincoln. The block at Eighteenth and Lawrence Streets bearing his name, residence property on the West side, interest in several properties on Lawrence and various parcels of real estate in other sections of the city are included in the estate which he leaves to his brothers and sisters, who are his nearest relatives living.

Mr. McEwen was born in Athol, Warren County, N. Y., sixty-one years ago last July. With his parents he removed to Pennsylvania and then to Wisconsin. When 18 years old, he struck out for himself across the plains, stirred by the gold excitement. Industry brought him wealth. With numerous employees he drove long trains of wagons across the plains for the government and on his own account penetrated the mountains with supplies. Photographs of trains of a dozen wagons drawn up Ute pass by ox teams are among the relics of pioneer days handed down to his friends.

Two years ago Mr. McEwen was left a widower, and since then he has resided at 123 East Twenty-fifth Avenue, where his sister, Miss Margaret McEwen, kept his home. For ten years his health was failing. A stroke of apoplexy was followed at intervals by convulsions, which became serious Thursday before New Year's and he was removed to St. Luke's Hospital. He was one of a family of seven, four brothers and three sisters, all but one of whom are still living. They are Misses Susan and Margaret McEwen of Denver, and Mrs. Nettie Coon and Joseph McEwen, who live in Wisconsin and Hugh McEwen of Thornburg, Colo.

The funeral will be conducted from Miller's undertaking parlors Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock. It will be under the auspices of the Pioneers, of which society he was a member, Interment will be at Riverside.

Contributed by: Rita Timm Colorado Clues

Littleton Independent, Littleton, Colo.
October 27, 1939

Mrs. Lila McKenna, 64 yr old Practical Nurse died Thursday at a Convalescent home at 1314 Quitman St. in Denver. Mrs. McKenna was born in Wayne County, Iowa on June 3, 1875. She is survived by her two sons Marvin of Wyoming and and Leon of Denver A sister, Mrs. Nora Sheets of Denver; A Sister in Law Mary McKenna, who was with Mrs McKenna at the time of her death; and 3 Brothers, Joseph and Frank Shannonof Nebraska and Alvin of Kansas. Recitation of the Rosary will be at 7:30 PM, Friday at the Nickels-Hill mortuary and services will be held Saturday in St. Marys Church. Inturnment will be at Fairmount.

Contributed by: Cheri Brillhart [email protected]

Rocky Mountain News, Denver
January 19, 1901 Page 4


Cyrus W. Metcalf, an old settler in Colorado and for the past ten years, a resident of Denver, died at his home, 3845 Arlington Street, yesterday from the effects of grip combined with old age. He was taken ill early in the present week. Mr. Metcalf was born in New York in 1828 and at the time of his death was 73 years old. He removed to Knox County, Illinois, when a young man, and resided there for forty years. Twenty-three years ago he came to Colorado, locating at Platteville, where he engaged in farming. He has several relatives in the state, and besides a wife leaves a large family. One son, Charles Metcalf, and three daughters reside in Denver. He was married thirty-nine years ago to his present wife, Miss Jennie Armstrong, daughter of a prominent Illinois family. For six years after coming to Denver he was engaged in the dairy business. An ardent church worker he was deacon in the North Denver Congregational Church. The funeral will be held from the residence today at 2 p.m. Rev. Mr. Jenkins officiating. Interment will be at Fairmount.

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METCALF, Cyrus W., an old settler in Colorado for the past ten years, resident of Denver, at his home 3845 Arlington St., for effects of the grip combined with old age. Born in New York in 1828, was 73 yrs. old.

Removed to Knox Cnty, Illinois, when young man, there for forty years. Twenty three years ago came to Colo., locating in Platteville, engaged in farming. Leaves wife, large family, one son Charles Metcalf, three daughters, reside in Denver. Married thirty-nine years ago to Miss Jennie Armstrong, daughter of a prominent Illinois family. Retired in 1897 from dairy business, deacon in the North Denver Congregation Church, service from residence, interment Fairmount.

Contributed by: Rita Timm Colorado Clues

The Denver Times
January 6, 1890 Page 3


A Poor Miner Surprises a Bartender by Dropping Off

A miner named Jim Mullen was found dead in W. Malon's saloon this morning by the barkeeper. Mullen went in the saloon last night about 12 o'clock and asked for a drink.

"Mack" the barkeeper, gave it to him. Jim than sat down in a little room back of the bar. The barkeeper being very busy, paid no attention to Mullen, but just as he was going off watch this morning at 7 o'clock, he went to wake him up and found that poor old Jim Mullen had died in the chair.

The coroner will make an investigation late this evening.

Contributed by: Rita Timm Colorado Clues

Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo.
Jan. 28, 1890, pg. 5

A Former Denverite Passes Away.

A dispatch was received yesterday by Mr. N. B. McCrary, announcing the death of Mr. Otto Mueller on Saturday last at Pomona, Calif. Mr. Mueller was formerly a partner of Mr. McCrary in the commission business in this city, but removed to Los Angeles in 1881 on account of his failing health. After remaining at that place for some time he removed to Pomona. He was well known to all the old-timers here, who will regret to hear of his death. His friends were legion as he was loved, honored and respected by all who knew him.

Contributed by: Rita Timm Colorado Clues