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On Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, Don Davis, Bill Betz, and Jon Klima met at Rita's to see if there might be a common interest in the Guffey Cemetery and if so, what might be done to improve its appearance and also to look into the possible location of the graves using ground penetrating radar.  In addition to discussing the cemetery, Bill brought along copies of several interesting historical documents about Guffey that he obtained from the Fairplay Library Historic Department.  This web page already contained stories by Betty Royse and Flip Boettcher.  These stories, along with those documents secured by Bill Betz are indexed below.  As more information becomes available, it will be added to this page.

 

An excellent book, Guffey, One Hundred Tears of Memories, is also available for $10 through The Guffey Community Association, PO Box 111, Guffey, CO 80820.   It can also be purchased at Rita's. Click here for a peak at the book's Foreward and Table of Contents.

 

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Guffey Time Line - Betty Royse (27.2 KB)

 

Guffey Historic District Designation, To Be or Not To Be - Flip Boettcher (138 KB)

 

Guffey Town Plat  (207 KB)

 

1897 Guffey Photo (1.22 MB)

1897 Guffey Photo Backside (535 KB)

 

1897 Deed This shows the original deed to Gustave Cohen from the US Government for 110 acres upon which Guffey was platted. (1.17 MB)

 

History of Freshwater, Pg. 1 - Bennie Ownbey, 1977 (381 KB)

History of Freshwater, Pg. 2 - Bennie Ownbey, 1977 (806 KB)

 

Cat Mayor, Smudge le Plume, Oct. 28, 1991, Rocky Mountain News (1.45 MB)

 

39 Mile Volcano, Pg. 1 - Peggy Enkrum, 1978 (808 KB)

39 Mile Volcano, Pg. 2 - Peggy Enkrum, 1978 (73 KB)

 

1899 Colorado Business Directory (1.37 MB)

1901 Colorado Business Directory (808 KB)

1905 Colorado Business Directory (1.34 MB)

1910 Colorado Business Directory (681 KB)

 

1920 Guffey Census List, Pg. 1 (286 KB)

1920 Guffey Census List, Pg. 2 (438 KB)

1920 Guffey Census List, Pg. 3 (521 KB)

1920 Guffey Census List, Pg. 4 (236 KB)

 

Cemetery Grave Locations (302 KB)

 

Townsend House, Photo (406 KB)

 

Guffey, Colorado, Photo #1 (605 KB)

Guffey, Colorado, Photo #2 (362 KB)

 

Charlie Dell - a Cowboy, Pg. #1 - May 11, 1980 (780 KB)

Charlie Dell - a Cowboy, Pg. #1a - May 11, 1980 (293 KB)

Charlie Dell - a Cowboy, Pg. #2 - May 11, 1980 (511 KB)

Charlie Dell - a Cowboy, Pg. #2a - May 11, 1980 (50.3 KB)

Charlie Dell - a Cowboy, Pg. #2b - May 11, 1980 (120 KB)

 

Old West, Guffey, Pg. #1 - Pueblo Chieftain, Oct. 16, 1981 (1.14 MB)

Old West, Guffey, Pg. #2 - Pueblo Chieftain, Oct. 16, 1981 (1.09 MB)

 

Rocky Mountain News Lifestyles - April 20, 1985 (980 KB)

 

Guffey, Colorado #1 (605 KB)

Guffey, Colorado #2 (362 KB)

 

Ranching History, Pg. #1 - Midge Harbour (167 KB)

Ranching History, Pg. #2 - Midge Harbour (166 KB)

Ranching History, Pg. #3 - Midge Harbour (472 KB)

Ranching History, Pg. #3a - Midge Harbour (105 KB)

 

Guffey - Fairplay Flume - 1987 (109 KB)

 

Guffey Day - July 16, 1981 (597 KB)

 

Guffey Day Celebration (1.55 MB)
 
The following entries are marriages listed in the "Park County Marriage Records 1881-1950" with some reference to Guffey..
Groom
Groom's residence
Bride
Bride's residence
Date
Ceremony location
Bk/Page
Edward W. Brooks
Cripple Creek
Lulu M. Bryant
Guffey
Dec. 26, 1897
Guffey
1/33
William T. Boutwell *
San Francisco
Mrs. Helen Curliss
Guffey
June 1, 1904
Guffey
1/71
Gustave Cohen
Guffey
Laura Goldberg
Denver
Jan. 8, 1899
Guffey
1/38
David Keith Crouch
Hartsel
Rose Ella Short
Guffey
July 1, 1939
Goldfield
2/144
John B. Donaldson
Guffey
Mrs. Minnie Cast
Guffey
Nov. 27, 1904
Guffey
1/73
Charles A. Douglas *
Leadville
Jennie M. Lintz
Como
June 21, 1893
Como
A/122
George E. Fregett
Cripple Creek
Dorotha C. Ewalt,
Guffey
April 26, 1897
Cripple Creek
1/24
J.R. Housh
Guffey
Gertrude Myers
Guffey
Aug. 26, 1896
Guffey
1/16
Clifford Harold Messer
Guffey
Mable Catherine Berry
Cripple Creek
July 30, 1931
Guffey
2/5
Tom Celah Mecham
Nebraska
Sara Belle Hubbard
Black Mt.
Nov. 16, 1904
Guffey
1/13
Howard M. Newberry
Guffey
Edith Lucille Brady
Coaldale
Oct. 20 1932
Canon City
2/47
Alfred Eugene Roberts
Guffey
Myrtle Gregory
Guffey
June 7, 1904
Balfour
1/71

 

* These people are buried in the Guffey cemetery.

Thanks to Don Davis for researching and compiling this piece of history.

 

Recent historical additions

 

Walter Ballenger, age 29, single, living in Current Creek, Fremont County. Ref: 1900 census
John Newberry, born in Sweden. Ref: 1930 census
William N. Townsend, age 64, living in Freshwater CO., born in New York, Wife: Miltia, born in Michigan, children: William, age 25;  Winieford, age 29; Alberta, age 27. Ref: 1900 census
Charles A. Douglas, age 65, birth date about 1855 in Ohio, widowed, household members: Dade P. Douglas, age 22. Ref: 1920 census
Albert McBeth, age 35, born 1875,  Wife:  Millie R.  Ref: 1910 census
Catherine McBeth White, shown as Charity Katherine McBeth. Ref: Ancestry.com files.
William Flavious White, born in Clark Co., Ohio, July 20, 1838, died July, 1908 in Guffey: Married Sept 17, 1890 Macon Co., MO. Parents: Thomas White; Mahala Householder, Son: Virgil Flavious White, born 1896, Bloomington. Macon Co., GA, died: 1993, Dodge City, Ford Co, KS at age 97, Wife: Hattie Faye Bavear; married Feb 26, 1924, Wife: Elsie Flora Sldener, died 1973, Chanute, Neosho Co, KS.  Excerpted from a personal family file on Ancestry.com
Laurance Walters, injured in dropped gun accident at age 40. Ref: Fairplay Flume, April 20, 1902
Goody Walters, brother of Laurance Walters. Ref: Fairplay Flume, April 20, 1902
Tom Wolf, Stage Driver. Ref: Mentions in numerous issues of the Fairplay Flume
Joseph Carpenter, horse accident, died Feb 1, 1906. Ref: Fairplay Flume, Feb 9. 1906
Catherine Witherspoon, died June 16, 1922 at age 86, Ref: Fairplay Flume, June 23, 1922
Joseph Pless, numerous mentions in Failplay Flume Sept. 27, 1883, Oct. 27, 1905, Oct. 18, 1912, Dec. 10, 1915, and March 9, 1917
Andrew W. Jack, born in Iowa on May 5, 1881, living in Englewood, CO. Wife: Myrtle L., Son: Paul Y. Ref: 1930 census. 1910 census shows Andrew living in Blue Rapids City, KS.
The Fairplay Flume, Nov. 5, 1909, states "Gus Cohen and Little Son Lawrence went to Denver Thursday and expected to return Friday".
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Gus Cohen, a son Oct. 28, Ref: Fairplay Flume, Nov. 13, 1908

Thanks to Don Davis for researching and compiling this piece of history. Archived Fairplay Flume articles can be found online at http://www. coloradohistoricnewspapers.org

If anyone reading this piece of history spots any errors or has anything to add, please click here and drop us a note.

 

This page last updated on 8-29-2012