Collection: Farming and Ranching

People have been farming and ranching in Boulder County from pioneer days on. This collection documents that way of life from the late 1800s to the present day, from horse-based family farms to organic, community supported agriculture.

Beauprez, Robert – OH0805
Interview Date: 1996

People: Arthur and Emma Brehagy Beauprez, Joseph Marie Stengel Beauprez, Claudia Paul Beauprez, Piszek family, John Myers, George Autrey, J.J. Steinbaugh   Places: Lafayette, Louisville   Topics: Holstein cattle, genetic breeding techniques, embryo transplant, values of early pioneers, work ethic, … Continue reading

Behrmann, August – OH0388
Interview Date: 1988

People: August Behrmann, Chief Niwot.   Places: Niwot/Altona, Boulder, Long’s Peak, Table Mountain, Brunning Grove.   Topics: 1894 flood, Bader School, dairy, hay delivery, Weisenhorn Brewery, tractors, Model T Ford automobiles, Interurban Railroad, fishing, 4th of July, hunting, blacksmiths, cutting ice, … Continue reading

Behrmann, Richard – OH1615
Interview Date: 1995

Richard Behrmann is a long-time resident of Niwot and Longmont in Boulder County. He was active in farming, as were his father and grandfather. He provides detailed accounts both of farming activities (such as threshing, how to keep a “buck … Continue reading

Bennett, Gordon S. – OH1342
Interview Date: 2005

Abstract: Gordon Bennett, who later lived in Broomfield and was a storyteller through the Spellbinder’s program, relates stories of his childhood in the tiny southern Colorado town of San Acacio, his high school years at Campion Academy and The Abbey … Continue reading

Bentson, Bertha – OH0311
Interview Date: 1976

People: Bertha Bentson.   Places: Kansas, Boulder.   Subjects: Farm girl; first car, phone; social rules for women; home remedies; birth control; building a sod house; difference between country and town; hostess in Student Union in Kansas.  

Boehm, Karl and Mabel – OH0446
Interview Date: 1989

People: Karl Boehm, Mabel Boehm.   Places: Ward, Allenspark, Longmont, Peaceful Valley.   Subjects: Peaceful Valley resort — Teaching: at Ward, Allenspark and Longmont — Tourism: Colorado Tourism Board, Colorado Dude Ranch Association.  

Bolton, Allen and Ena – OH0529
Interview Date: 1990

People: Allen Bolton, Ena Bolton, Missouri Annie, Stationmaster Wilson.   Places: Niwot, Eldora, Hessie.   Subjects: Niwot: farm, 1913 snow, Stationmaster Wilson, heating, stores, Windsor Farm Dairy, Grange Hall, alfalfa mill fire, bank robbery, school pranks, Depression; illnesses: home remedies; Eldora: stores, contests, Missouri Annie, … Continue reading

Bowker, Hans – OH1429
Interview Date: 2006

ABSTRACT: Hans Bowker recounts his life in Colorado, from being a CU student during the Vietnam War, to working on a farm, and starting his business, Event Construction, which provided the infrastructure for such local events as the Coors Classic … Continue reading

Cameron, David A. – OH1467
Interview Date: 2006

Belgian horses (keeping, training, raising, working, hitching). Demonstration of harnessing draft horses. Demonstration of plowing with horses. Draft horses (as hobby, breeds). Equipment (plow, plow point, hay bailer, mower, thresher, grain binder, collars and harnesses, rake, cultivator, disk, harrow, grain … Continue reading

Christian, Patsy – OH0268
Interview Date: 1983

People: Zella(Patsy) Christian, Christian family.   Places: Nebraska, Boulder, Conifer, Denver.   Subjects: Reminiscences of early life.  

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