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ECKER, Harry


Special to The News

Rocky Mountain News, 6/5/1895

     GREELEY, Colo., June 4.--Mr. Harry Ecker, the senior partner of Ecker & Gordon, contractors and builders of this city, met with a serious accident about 11 o'clock this morning.  Mr. Ecker was working on the house of Daniel Strohls on Thirteenth Avenue when the scaffold on which he was standing gave way, throwing him against a large stone and crushing his skull.  Mr. Ecker is now lying at his home on the corner of Thirteenth Street and Seventh Avenue, in a very critical condition, there being little show of recovery. 

Contributed by Rita Timm, 1895 Denver

Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo., October 26, 1911 Page 2

Rents Motor Car

Wa-Ti-Ka-Na, a full-blooded Indian Chief of the Osages, came to Denver yesterday to take back with him to Oklahoma, the remains of his 15 year old son, Me-Ti-An-Kah, who died Monday morning at Mercy Hospital. Wa-Ti-Ka-Na traveled in state. As he speaks none of his words of the white man's tongue he brought with him Richard Conway, a member of his tribe, to act as his interpreter.

While in the city the Osage demanded the best the city could furnish him and during his stay rented an automobile so that he might travel about the city in a manner befitting his station. The machine, with its chauffeur, served an additional purpose. Though used to finding his way through trackless wilds, Wa-Ti-Na-Ka found much difficulty in traversing the mazes of the city streets.

The Chief ordered the undertakers to prepare the remains for the trip south in their best manner.

The son, whose American name was Charlie Elkins, came to Denver less than a week ago in the last stages of tuberculosis. He was stricken with the disease some months ago and was sent to Byers, Colo., where he steadily failed in health. With his father, the boy lived in Pawhuska, Okla., but his remains were sent to Fairfax to be interred in the ancient burying ground of the Osages. The services will be observed with all the pomp and ceremony of the tribe.

(Contributed by: Rita Timm 1895 Denver)

Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo., July 13, 1911 Page 7


Served Under "Kit" Carson In First Regiment of New Mexico Volunteers.

Jesse W. Elliott, Grand Army veteran, Indian figher, thirty-second degree Mason and a pioneer mine operator of Colorado, Idaho and Utah, died in Salt Lake City recently. The cause of death was heart trouble.

The surviving relatives are his widow, Mrs. Jane Davis Elliott, and two brothers, Silas P. and Arthur, who reside in Colorado and California.

Elliott was a resident of Salt Lake City for more than forty years. He went there from Colorado in 1868. He was a native of Fountain County, Ind.

September 11, 1862, he enlisted at Fort Garland, N. M., in the First Regiment of New Mexico volunteers, under the command of Colonel Christopher (Kit) Carson, and served until September 11, 1865, when he was honorably discharged.

(Donated by: Rita Timm 1895 Denver)

Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo., November 18, 1911 Page 4

Woman Dead; Came West First by Stage.

Mrs. Lavinia Ellis, 70 Years Old, Was Wife of Discoverer of Pay Rock Mine.

Mrs. Lavinia A. Ellis, 70 years old, wife of Thomas W. Ellis, and one of the oldest citizens of Colorado, is dead.

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Mrs. Ellis died Wednesday at her home in Edgewater and was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, the funeral services being conducted by Father Schuler, formerly of Georgetown, who had known her from his childhood, and who is now priest at the Sacred Heart Church. He was assisted by Father Desauinlers of Edgewater.

Mrs. Ellis, accompanied by three children, came to Denver by stage, arriving in Denver, June 15, 1869, her husband, having arrived in Denver the previous year. With her husband she lived in Leadville, Aspen, Empire, Brownville and Georgetown, her husband being the discoverer of the famous Pay Rock Mine in Clear Creek County. They moved to Denver, settling first in Highlands, in 1888, and about twelve years ago, moved to Edgewater. She was a member of the Territorial Daughters of Colorado.

Mrs. Ellis is survived by her husband and four children, J. H. EllisMrs. M. Ellis Olson and Miss Pearl I. Ellis of Edgewater and Mrs. Kitty V. McLauren of Marshfield, Ore., all of whom were with her at her death.

Contributed by: Rita Timm 1895 Denver

Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo., November 23, 1911 Page 7
Nelson Emmons Dies at Age 68

One of First Members of United Commercial Traveler; End Comes Suddenly.

Nelson Emmons, aged 68, died early Tuesday morning at his home, 1214 East Tenth Avenue, from a ruptured blood vessel. Emmons moved to Denver two years ago after a residence of thirty years in Dayton, Ohio. He was a native of Connecticut and a Civil War veteran. He was also one of the first members of the United Commercial Travelers, being a member of the Dayton, Ohio, organization. Death came without warning. He had retired on the previous night in usual health and was stricken suddenly Tuesday morning.

He is survived by a wife, two sons and a daughter. They are W. H. Emmons, Denver; Miss Ruth Emmons, a teacher in the Gilpin School, and Nelson Emmons, Jr. of Dayton. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Friday from the family residence. Burial will be at Fairmount.

Contributed by: Rita Timm 1895 Denver

Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo., October 21, 1911 Page 1

Horace H. Emrich Is Shot While Seated In Office By Thieves He Prosecuted.

Former Denver Engineer Had Aroused Enmity of Gang That Pillaged Company.

Horace H. Emrich, one of the best known of the graduates of the Colorado State School of Mines at Golden, was killed Wednesday at Kishtyn, Russia.

The only information had by Emrich's family in Denver and Golden is a brief cablegram from Mrs. Emrich stating that her husband was shot and killed in his office, and that the funeral would be held in Kishtyn Friday afternoon.

The assumption of relatives is that the death was the outcome of a gold robbery nearly a year ago when Emrich was vigorous in the prosecution of the gang that had robbed the company.

Emrich was general manager for an English company owning extensive copper mines in the Ural mountains of Siberia and of smelters at Kishtyn. With the copper comes gold and silver and this gold is boxed and sent to England. About one year ago the vaults of the company at Kishtyn were robbed and he was active in prosecuting the robbers. It is presumed that in this he incurred the enmity of friends of the robbers, and that his assassination was the result.


This theory, however, is only problematical in the absence of any further advices from Mrs. Emrich. While Emrich has frequently spoken of the robbery, there has been nothing in his letters nor in those of his wife to show that he feared murder.

Emrich's mother and two brothers, Clarence and Jay, live in Golden, and his sister, Mrs. Alfred J. Nichols, lives at 4905 East Twenty-second Avenue. Mrs. Emrich's mother is Mrs. Nina P. Robinson, 2025 Fairfax Street. None of them has received any of the particulars of the murder. Mrs. Emrich said that she would leave as soon as possible for Denver.

Emrich, in addition to these relatives, is survived by his widow and two children, one of whom is a year old and the other only two weeks old. It is believed that because of the baby Mrs. Emrich will be delayed for some time in starting home.


Emrich graduated from the School of Mines seven years ago and was accounted one of the most brilliant of the graduates. Soon after graduation he became associated with the American Smelting and Refining Company at Perth Amboy, N. J. He resigned there to become general manager of the properties of the English syndicate in the Ural mountains of Siberia and the smelters at Kishtyn, Russia, in which latter place he made his home. He married MissNellie Robinson, daughter of Mrs. Nina P. Robinson. At the time of the marriage the Robinsons lived in Pueblo.

(Contributed by: Rita Timm 1895 Denver)

Denver Post, Denver, Colo., January 3, 1931 Page 3

A long and useful life as a pioneer Colorado home-maker was closed when Mrs. Emillie M. Engelbach, resident of Colorado forty-five years, died Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Theodore Kostitch; 1925 Grape Street. She was 68 old.

Mrs. Engelbach settled in Leadville in 1885 and soon afterward was married to Augustus L. Engelbach, mining engineer and manufacturer. The family was active in the upbuilding of Leadville in the early days. They came to Denver in 1899. Mr. Engelbach died here last July.

Mrs. Engelbach was an active member for many years of the Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church.

Surviving, besides Mrs. Kostitch, are two sons, Arthur Engelbach, Los Angeles, and Miles Engelbach, Washington, D. C.; another daughter, Mrs. A. C. King, Chicago; a sister, Mrs. E. C. H. Engelbach, Seattle, Wash; a brother Edward Spring, Davenport, Iowa, and four grandchildren.

(Contributed by: Rita Timm 1895 Denver)

Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo., October 13, 1911 Page 7


Mrs. Annie Cecelia Evans, wife of Evan E. Evans, president of the Evans Investment Company and brother of William G. Evans of the Tramway, died last night at 9:30 at the family residence, 1401 East Twelfth Avenue, after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Evans was visiting her father, the Hon. Peter F. Farrell, in Wheeling W. Va., when she became ill and returned to her home about two weeks ago.

Mrs. Helen Speers, a sister, whose home is in New York and had been visiting Mrs. Evans for the past year, was with her when she died. Besides her husband and father, Mrs. Evans is survived by two brothers and sister living in Wheeling and Mrs. Speers.

(Contributed by: Rita Timm 1895 Denver)

EZEKIEL, D. I., Captain


The President of the Mining Exchange Passes Away.

Denver Post 3/18/1895

     Captain D. I. Ezekiel, President of the Denver Mining Exchange, died at St. Luke's Hospital at 3 p.m. yesterday.  On Feb. 16, Captain Ezekiel was seized with convulsive spasms, affecting his face and next.  Dr. Parkhill performed an operation on last Tuesday and the skull was trephined over the region of the suspected abscess, and there the physicians found a circumscribed abscess.

     This was drained and the patient rallied, but the amount of brain tissue affected was so great that it was impossible for him to recover.  Captain Ezekiel was born in the city of Cincinnati on the 19th of October, 1842, and at the age of 19 enlisted in the Army.  Thirty-one years ago, on the skirmish line opposite Harper's Ferry, Va., he received a wound which eventually caused his death.  The bullet lodged in his left lung, a position from which it was never dislodged.  In 1878 he settled in Colorado, living in Leadville and other points, but making Denver the center of his operations.  He was one of the original men who founded the Denver Mining Exchange and at the last meeting of the Directors, held about a year ago, for the election of officers, was chosen President of the body.

     The deceased leaves a wife, a brother, three sisters, and numerous friends.

Contributed by Rita Timm, 1895 Denver