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  1. Alice Murphy says:

    In the 1906 Boulder directory, my great grandfather, Thomas S Waltemeyer, was noted as President of the Monarch Consolidated Gold and Copper MiningCo, M and S Co, Rocky Mountain RR Co and Colorado Consolidated Lumber Co with business office in Boulder at 1932 13th. Can you tell me anything about his role in these companies. I know that by 1918 he moved to Seattle, WA to help his widowed daughter manage the Seattle Baking Co and lived there the rest of his life. Thank you, Alice Murphy

  2. Stacy Wescott Latter says:

    I have been starting more research on my family of which I know was the founding fathers of Grand Lake! Would love to be around for these celebrations (along with my bro and sis) Please send us more info! My grandparents were Gerald and ClaraWescott and my Loren and Charlotte Wescott were my parents! I am a cousin of great distance to Joseph Wescott.

    • Joe says:

      It is February 6, 2018…I found (in Fresno, CA) a 1951-52 “Trails” yearbook from Grand Lake School to the Museum for you all to enjoy. I noticed a young man named Myron Wescott pictured in 8th grade. You may want to check with Kathy Means at the Museum to see the book when it arrives. I hope this book (the 1st yearbook for the school) provides some enjoyment to many looking back at the history of the School & Area. I enjoy returning history to it’s rightful owners! My Best – Joe (Executive Director – Triton Flight for Heroes

  3. Cathy Johnston says:

    A trip to Grand Lake every August was my Mom’s idea of the perfect vacation. She INSISTED on staying at Sptizmiller’s Cabins, and I imagine that over the years, we stayed in each and every cabin in the complex. The best thing about Grand Lake back then (we’re talking the 50’s and 60’s) was that it was still a small town with not a lot of people around, so my parents pretty much turned us loose and we (my Brother, Sister and I) played in the park and down at the lake. Now, I don’t remember the names of the streets any more, but in one section of Spitzmiller’s, where the individual cabins were, there was a big granite rock and my Brother and I played “King of the Hill” every summer on that rock. The things I remember BEST about Spitzmillers are…the heating elements that hung on the walls, the faux wood painted tin headboards (circa WWII I think), and the rusty, squeeky springs on the OH so comfortable beds. I can remember my Mom putting milk in the window “coolers” and finding it frozen the next morning. My parents would always get up real early in the morning and head to the beaver ponds so my Mom could fish. All I ever wanted to do was to go horseback riding…and Sombrero Stables got a good chunk of money over the years from my parents. There were always concerts or plays that were put on in the park, and the kids always spend plenty of time spinning each other around on the merry-go-round (for lack of a better description), that we always whacked our shins on. And, the rumble of the wood charter boats on the lake every summer evening…as they cruised around Grand Lake and Shadow Mtn.

    I miss those simpler days…a sure sign that I’ve gotten older. Sometimes….I want to go back to Grand Lake…but maybe it’s better in my memory…someplace of a different age and time.

    • jamie howard says:

      i expect i saw you and your brother knocking each other off that rock. i lived in the house directly across Garfield street on the opposite side of the cabins. i was 6 years old in 1960. j.

      • Cathy Johnston says:

        I was amazed when I returned there…and saw how small that rock really is. 🙂 We thought it was HUGE!!!! It truly felt like we had climbed to the top of a mountain when we played on it.

      • Jerry Albers says:

        Jamie Howard. You and I went to school together in Grand Lake. I lived there from 1959 to 1964 in the house across Main street from the Park Lumber Co.

        Those were good days and a great way for a kid to grow up

    • Sandia says:

      Love your memories!

  4. Theresa Evan says:

    I have been doing family research and found out that my Great Grandfather built the spider house, I have been looking for more family members, If you have any information please e-mail


  5. Theresa Evan says:

    I just found out that my Grandmother Helen Gregg (Osborn) was married to Alonzo Osborn and that Mom’s Syble Sue (Osborn) Tellier she was the youngest child and grew up in Grand Lake. I was so surprise all these years I never knew now I just need to keep on trying to find more of my family members I am so excited, now I have to make the trip to grand lake Colorado and see the land that I never knew.

    • Joyce Alexander says:

      I lost my list of relatives that attended the Lindsey and Osborn family reunion in Arvada, Colorado, on April 26, 2015. If I remember, you were there. Have you found the family information you were looking for?
      I am Joyce (Lindsey) Alexander. My mother is Mary Elizabeth (Osborn) Lindsey, sister of your mother.

    • Steve Batty says:

      My father, Dr. John Batty, knew Lon. Dad told me that Lon told him he carried a container of small trout all the way to Lake Adams and put them in the fishless lake. Dad also told me that Lon had built the two fireplaces on our 1909 duplex log cabin on the south shore of GL.
      Steve Batty

      • Willie Alexander says:

        Is your dad’s house still there? If so, do you have an address for the house. I am going to Grand Lake soon and would like to see the house. Lon Osborn was my wife’s grandfather.

  6. Keri Beard says:

    My grandparents lived in Grand Lake during the late 1940s. My grandpa worked for the Bureau of Reclamation. I had heard my grandma talk about a dreadful place where the snow drifted over the windows in winter. Imagine my surprise when I first laid eyes on this paradise and realized it was the same place my grandma loathed. Then again life would have been hard up there back then, with a new baby and cut off from family in the wintertime.

  7. Carolyn Smith says:

    Recently I discovered that my great great Uncle William Longfellow Mason, his wife Juliett Chamberlain and their daughter Elizabeth Ethel Mason (called Bessie in Grand Lake) lived in Grand Lake and built a cabin at the turn of the century. I have been a lot of pictures of this family and their home in Grand Lake. Other pictures document the history of the area and our whole family is thrilled to see pictures of our ancestors. I have been told the original pictures are in some historic venue in Grand Lake. William and my great great grandfather Timothy Mason are brothers. I have done a lot of research on my family and to find pictures of that generation is just such a great find. I would like to see the album one day of the originals and visit Grand Lake. I lived in Colorado in the 1957 -58 time frame and visited Grand Lake. Little did I know that my mothers ancestors were there in the early 1900’s. So I plan on traveling to the area to see some of the history.

  8. tom barry says:

    I am looking for any information on the Harrington family that owned a large home on grand lake in the late 30s and early 40s. My father’s friend was Martin Harrington Jr. He graduated Yale with a law degree and became a prominent attorney in Denver in the 50s and 60s. I believe according to my father, Martin was a commodore of the yacht club for a few years and he and my father crewed a Star class sloop in the regattas and won the Lipton cup more than one time.
    I an also looking for info on the Humphries Drug Store. Jeanette Humphries was also a friend of my father.

    Thank you

    tom barry arvada, co.

  9. Tonya says:

    I had a cousin who spent many years in Grand Lake…. Her name was Marlene Collins Aldrich. I would love to hear from folks that knew her. Her mom and my grandmother would take roadtrips from New York State to Colorado together to visit.

  10. Julie Hudgins and Tom Hudgins says:

    Tom Hudgins arrived in Grand Lake in the early 1970s. He worked for Grand Lake Log Homes for a while, then Grand Lake Plumbing (when Gordon Spitzmiller was the owner). Later worked as manager at Strachman’s Grocery Store in Granby, then for Sam Childress at Gambles store. I met Tom Hudgins at Jimmy Walker’s wedding in 1976 in Grand Lake. We were married in early 1977 at Church of the Pines. I moved to Grand Lake from Colorado Springs. My first job was with Marv Fischer at the Grand County Department of Building and Sanitation and Grand County Department of Development. We lived next door to John and Betsy Redder for several years. Best neighbors ever. Our first child, Marie, was born in 1978 in the hospital in Kremmling. We have many fond memories of Grand Lake and the Grand County. We moved to Michigan to be closer to my family. Sadly, my father passed away in early 1982, but we were glad he was able to know his first grandchild.

    • James Walker says:

      Julie and Tom, my oh my a few years have gone by! This is Jimmy Walker, was trying to find out when Aunt Toots bought the store from Carins and came upon this site and your letter. Humphrey died in a cot next my Grand father, Len Zick during the 1918 epidemic. Hope you are well and getting thru this one. I had a gallery for 30 years in Denver and moved to the North Fork of Long Island to paint full time. I had a cousin who painted on the South Fork, Jackson Pollock.

      • Grand Lake Area Historical Society says:

        Thank you for this timely comment. Please share with us any other information you have about the Humphrey family

        • James Walker says:

          Ugh… So many stories! The soda fountain, cowboy boots, comic books. I wrangled horses at Rustic Stables that my Greatuncle Harry Buntie started. I started out as a barn boy working for Rocky Garber and worked for him until I was out of college.

      • Suzette Ziegler Talbott says:

        Hello James Walker. Are you the wrangler and artist I knew in the early 70’s? My father and mother, John (from Denver) and Suzanne (from Ohio) Ziegler met in Grand Lake working at the lodge and got married in Hot Sulphur Springs. I wanted to spend the summer there since they had so many fond memories. It was a wonderful summer. But I did get homesick and dad drove up with the sailboat from Lake Dillon and we had a wonderful day sailing. I’m glad you had a gallery – you were so talented.

  11. LInda Bell says:

    Mr and Mrs Patty employed me as a waitress when I was 15. I worked the summer of 1962 for them. I believe that they must have owned the restaurant at that time. Your dates may need further research.

    My father and mother owned Bell Crest Resort. We have many pictures and stories from the 50’s and 60’s and 70’s and 80’s.

    I have a craft table from the grade school and a pull down school map that was there when I was. If you want them I would be happy to give them to you.

    We have many mementos and historical papers from Bell Crest. We don’t know what to do with them as we are getting older. My parents, Bill and Katie Bell, were wonderful people. My father volunteered as a fireman for many years (25-30). He was a rotarian and he helped set up the sewer system so that people would stop polluting the lakes. We would be interested adding to your Grand Lake /Shadow Mountain archives.

    • Gary Calder says:

      Hello Linda,

      As a member of the Historical Society Board of Directors and a guest of your mom and dad for several years at Bell Crest in our RV, (’89 to ’95) I have a lot of memories that un-doubtedly jive with some of yours.

      I would be happy to sit with you when I return to Grand Lake for the summer in June of ’17. We could catalog your memorabilia, collect your stories and see where they’ll fit in the Society’s exhibits and archives. I’m sure they will be of great value….having experienced some myself in the latter years of Bill and Katie’s lives. Real pioneers those two.

    • Debbie Townsend-Ramsey says:

      Hi Linda from your Kansas relatives (Gene, Mary, Debbie, and Mike Townsend) who loved the time spent with your family at Bell Crest.

  12. Linda Pollock-Wells (née Somthers) says:

    I rode on the float for Park Lumber Co., two years in a row, in the parade. I worked at Scotty’s Chuckhole summers of 1957 and 1958. My step-mother worked at the post office for years. Most of the boys that worked at the Grand Lake Lodge were from Laredo, Texas. We liked the Pine Cone Inn. When I was really small, my dad worked at the Stagecoach, and I would sit on the bar and play the slot machine and on the old yellow stagecoach in front. My first legal beer was at the Foghorn for 10 cents a glass.

  13. Alan Reid says:

    Jene Harper acquired the /J/ ranch in the early 50’s. Mr. Harper owned an oilfield supply company and used the ranch extensively to entertain his clients from all over the United States and Canada. The ranch had cooks, cowboys and even baby sitters and could easily accommodate 30 or 40 guests at one tome. The summers were booked from June to September and again for deer hunting when the season opened. Mr.Harper sold Franklin Supply Co. around 1973 and the ranch shortly thereafter.

  14. Debi Pardella says:

    I stayed at Grand Lake “Hallmark Lodge.” My grand parents were the caretakers of this lodge for some years. The owners were acquaintances or friends of theirs. I was wondering if the Lodge still stood and if it is privately owned or you could still rent rooms?

    • Grand Lake Area Historical Society says:

      The Grand Lake Lodge is still in operation and cabins are still available for rent during the summer months.
      The Lodge was sold by the James family a few years ago and is being operated by a company that has lodges in several National Parks.
      We would be interested in any information or pictures regarding your grandparents and their life in Grand Lake.
      Kathy Means GLAHS
      Our e-mail is
      PO Box 656, Grand Lake CO 80447

      • Grand Lake Area Historical Society says:

        I reread the message and think you may be referring to the Hallmark House which is on Grand Lake. That home is still in use by the family and they do not rent it out.

  15. Linda Bell says:

    I just saw your post. We were all young when we sailed on the lake. We are selling Bell Crest this June because it is finally time. We all have our memories. We loved your visit or was it visits? I remember the sailboat adventure. Mom and Dad enjoyed having you here! Best Wishes from your Grand Lake cousins

  16. stephen thomas says:

    Please tell me if you know when and by whom the Main House at Lemmon Lodge (owned and occupied for years by Jenny(?) Lemmon) was built. In the kitchen/dining room of the main house, there are floor boards with the name Henry Schnoor printed on them. from the Historical Society records, we know he moved into Grand Lake from a nearby ranch in 1906, but perhaps he built the house earlier. or even later, along with a number of other Grand Lake houses and buildings. If you know about the old Main House at Lemmon Lodge, we would appreciate your memories, and/or information, and/or suggestions for whom to ask about building dates and who actually had the Main House built. Thanks in advance. Best, Steve Thomas and Carol Dreselly (current owners)

  17. Maggie Pugsley says:

    My Aunt Grace Barhydt built a cabin on Lake St in 1933. 20 or so years later my parents moved to Aurora where I was born. I remember my dad fishing in Grand Lake every summer and bringing home many trout frozen in ice. He built the boathouse in about 1949. I remember him telling the story about how difficult it was and they had to roll a huge boulder down the moraine and into deeper water before they could even get started. He also built the steps from the cabin to the boathouse.

    I was quite young then and only have a child’s memory of what happened there. I remember the horse stable downtown near the cabin. I must have watched the horses for hours. Occasionally I could talk my mom out of a dollar to ride for an hour. There also was a place that had trampolines. I would spend hours there. I would also go to the movies at someplace in the center of town. One night I went to the movies and saw “I married a monster from outer space and the Blob”. I had to walk back to the cabin and was so scared that the blob was going to drop from every tree.

    I also spent hours hiking around the area. There was a trail that went along the lakeshore. I was told it went all around the lake but I only went from the marina area to the river connecting Grand Lake to Shadow Mountain. I became a geologist later in life and attribute it to all the pretty rocks I found.

    I have gone back to visit. I find that the “people” things haven’t changed to much. Just newer and more of them. What has changed significantly is the environment. Significantly fewer trees. I guess the bark beetle did a job on them. When hiking many trees down. The forests look grey with all the dead trees. It doesn’t smell quite the same with all the pine trees gone. There are areas where almost all trees are gone. I couldn’t see the Grand Lake Lodge from town because if all the trees. Now there are very few trees and you can easily see the lodge. The area is definitely not in a forest today. So sad.

  18. Jan Denman says:

    I found a postcard that my father had written in 1949 about moving in (for the summer) a cabin they just completed on Grand Lake. The family name would have been Shelby or Townsend. They traveled there from Mountain Grove, Missouri to spend summers at the cabin. Does anyone have information regarding those names? It may have been called the Black Wren cabin. Thanks!

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  22. Does anyone remember a George and Maxine East that owned a row of cabins across from Grand Lake, CO in the 1960’s & 1970’s. They had a pet fox, and the bears would always rummage in the trash cans at night. Remember going to a candy shop for “rock candy”. Returning Memorial Day Weekend 2019 after about 50 years being gone. Can’t wait, but want to stay in the same cabins at I did as a young child under 10 years old. Would this be the legendary Grand Lake Lodge? Reply to this post if you know anything. We are sure the George and Maxine have passed, we may check the local cemetery too!
    The best memories can’t be topped …

    • Grand Lake Area Historical Society says:

      We stayed in those cabins too. They are still available just behind the Grand Lake Town Hall.

  23. Susan Lang Langin says:

    My mother, Marie Fritzemeier Lang (“Fritzie”), taught first and second grade in Grand Lake 1942-3. Mom loved her year in Grand Lake, bicycling over Trail Ridge Road on her trusty bike “Sampson” and stopping at the Holzworth Ranch on the way. Two of mom’s students were Chris Lorenz and “Toots” Fisher. Mom and Chris made a deal: mom would teach Chris to read if he would teach her to ski. Mom was an original member of the Church in the Pines, along with Red and Nita Cole. Grace and Clyde Eslick were also mom’s friends. My dad took a short leave from his Army post in Texas to propose to mom on the shores of Grand Lake in the spring of 1943; they were married in June. I am not sure mom would have left Grand Lake if it weren’t for dad and World War II. If there is anyone out there who might have known my mom or been a student of hers, it would be fun to hear from them. Mom lived a long and full life; she died in 2002.

  24. Ron Sherman says:

    When I was a kid in the 1960’s, Grand Lake was one of my family’s favorite vacation spots. We would spend hours at a time fishing there. We had a favorite spot, under a bridge where Shadow Mountain Reservoir connected with Grand Lake. It seemed like every time a boat would go under the bridge, the fish would then bite. Sadly, someone built a house with a boat garage, right on that same spot, so we sadly no longer had access to it. In the 1960’s Grand Lake had a horse stable on each end of town. During that time, you almost saw more horses than cars. When in Grand Lake, we stayed at the Riggs Motel. The building is still there, but under the name “Spirit Lake Lodge”. One of the times that I stayed at the Riggs Motel was on July 16, 1969. This was the day when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. The individual rooms did not have TVs, but we watched the landing from their recreation room/building. I remember that the picture was somewhat snowy, as the TV repeater was located closer to Granby. Overall, great memories!

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