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Guy Watson Smith

Guy Watson Smith was the son of Douglas County pioneers Upton Treat and Sarah Elizabeth (Grout) Smith. Guy was born October 7, 1885, the third of four Smith children. He was married in September of 1921 to Linda Purnell, whom he met while he was a mathematics instructor at the University of Kentucky. Guy and Linda had one daughter: Lucy Asbury in 1923.

The photos in the collection date from around 1909, when Smith was an instructor at the University of Colorado, until about 1921, and include his wife Linda. In addition to day trips to the University of Colorado Camp near Boulder, Colorado, and family trips to Wyoming, the album includes an extensive set of photos taken while hiking from Boulder to the top of Long's Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Cindy Murphy

The photos in Cindy's collection show growth and change in the Douglas County Libraries at a critical period between 1988 and 1998. Parker Library was moved to the Crossroads Bowling Alley, the Douglas County History Research Center opened, and numerous storytimes, events and meetings in the community are documented through this collection. Cindy was the Public Relations Manager for the Douglas Public Library District from about 1992 to 1998.

Bartruff/Bihlmeyer/Oltmans Family

Today's Prairie Canyon Ranch, part of Douglas County Open Space, was once the Bartuff-Bihlmeyer Ranch. The photographic collection shows a cross section of ranch life- from branding cattle to harvesting fields and a little bit of fun in between. People in the collection include Katherine (Bartruff) Seubert, her son George and daughters Katherine and Tillie. Halley Oltmans (also prominent in the photos) first married Katherine, and after her death, married her sister Tillie.

Frederick Bartruff homesteaded the ranch in 1862. He died in 1875, and his wife Barbara or Babette (Engl) Bartruff married nearby rancher John Bihlmeyer in 1876. Frederick's daughters Barbara and Katherine were raised by Barbara and John on the ranch. After Barbara's death, John Bihlmeyer returned to Germany in 1908. The ranch stayed in the family, with daughter Barbara's husband George Geigner owning the property, while Katherine's family lived on the ranch and sold the cattle at George Geigner's meat market in Denver.

John and Bea Lowell

Community leaders John and Bea Lowell participated in many activities throughout their long lives near Castle Rock, CO. When Douglas County's growth exploded in the late 1990s, they decided something had to be done to preserve the agricultural heritage of the Front Range. They founded the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation with other community members after many years of being involved in 4-H. The Lowells' former ranch is now the headquarters of CALF. Photos in the collection show the Lowell family and Castle Rock in the 1950s-1970s as their family grew and their children participated in 4-H, Boy Scouts, and other community events.

Henry Bohne

One of the DCHRC's first Veteran's History Project interviews was conducted with Henry Bohne, head of the Douglas County Office of Veterans' Affairs. Bohne is a Korean War-era veteran who served aboard the U.S.S. Goss and the U.S.S. Cassin Young between 1950 and 1954. His oral history interview and personal photography document military life aboard the ships, and naval exercises in both Carribean and Atlantic waters.

Van Lopik Family

Photos collected by Justin A. Van Lopik, Mayor of Castle Rock and Pharmacist in the 1940s, his wife Alice, and children Mary and Justin. The full collection ranges from the 1880s to the 1980s. It primarily shows the life of a family in Castle Rock from about 1920 to 1950.

Anne McConnell

Anne Rodgers McConnell owned and operated the Golden Dobbin Restaurant in Castle Rock from 1964-1994. While in Douglas County, Anne started the Star lighting Ceremony in Castle Rock and was involved in the formation of the Douglas County Library. She and her husband retired to Arizona, and Anne died in 2003. Anne grew up in Chicago and attended Northwestern University. She married William (Bill) McConnell August 22, 1936. After many years in Chicago, the couple moved to the Denver area in 1964, living first in Littleton, then in Surrey Ridge.


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