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.

Dunn, Ruth Walker – OH0387
Interview Date: 1988

Supplemental material available in OH file. Walker family, raising horses, logging and sawmilling, homesteading, grain house, root cellar, smokehouse, Gregory Canyon, school near ranch, electricity, phone.    

Eddy, Harold and Margaret – OH0578
Interview Date: 1986

People: Harold Eddy, Margaret Eddy.   Places: Boulder, Davidson.   Subjects: US Forest Service, National Grange, Colorado State Grange, Boulder Valley Grange no. 131, hunting, square dancing, sugar beet farming.  

Ellingwood, Robert W. – OH1414
Interview Date: 2006

ABSTRACT: Robert Ellingwood discusses the settling of Longmont in the nineteenth century and its growth and development in the twentieth century. He describes the lives of his wife grandparents, Ben and Nellie Calkins, who were born in Longmont in the … Continue reading

Ewing, Vernon – OH0787
Interview Date: 1986

Places: Boulder   People: John Ewing family, William Davidson, Herman Lennartz, horseshoe champion Ted Allen, Alfred Oliphant, Nate & Grace Leggett, Anna Marie Bittner, George Baessler   Subjects: passenger train from Brighton to Boulder, household ice (Peterson Ice House, Lafayette, … Continue reading

Faivre, Hazel – OH0151
Interview Date: 1977

People: Hazel Faivre.   Places: Boulder, Jamestown.   Subjects: Ranching near Boulder; Jamestown; Left Hand Canyon; childhood; Altona School.  

Foley, Mary Jane – OH1338
Interview Date: 2005

People: W. W. Degge, Peter Leyner   Places: Boulder, North Boulder   Subjects: area south of Baseline in the 1940s (Martin’s Farm which later became Martin Acres, hunting on Toedli’s Ranch), change in names of Boulder streets from numbered avenues … Continue reading

Forsythe, Lee and Don Spangler – OH0949
Interview Date: 1999

People: Walt and George Atkinson, J.J. Beasley family   Places: Niwot   Subjects: Niwot (blacksmiths, flour mills, grocery stores, depot, Buchert’s store, growth and development), ditches (North Boulder Farmers Ditch, Boulder & Left Hand Ditch, Holland Ditch, ditch rider responsibilities, … Continue reading

Gendill, Ernest – OH0414
Interview Date: 1988

People: Ernest Gendill.   Places: Walker Ranch.   Subjects: buildings, livestock.  

Gerndt, Jewel M. Jenkins – OH0475
Interview Date: 1990

People: Jewel M. Jenkins Gerndt. Places: Boulder, Left Hand Canyon. Subjects: Soddie (sod house); dust storms; 1918 influenza; Great Depression; Blumquist; newspaper columnist.  

Goldberg, Harry – OH0546
Interview Date: 1990

People: Harry Goldberg.   Places: Boulder, Salina.   Topics: Pearl Street, G.A. Hall Feed Store, Hygienic Ice and Coal Company, Jewish community, scrap metal business, cattle.  

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