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.

Gorce, Cecilia M. (Sallee) – OH0599
Interview Date: 1992

People: Marguerite Payton Thompson, Sheriff Sanford Buster, Minnie May Cunningham, Mrs. Jacobs, George Peterson.   Places: St. Walburga Abbey, Lover’s Hill, Erie, Eldorado Springs.   Topics: KKK (Ku Klux Klan), cemeteries, sledding, May Day, Halloween, circuses, Interurban Railroad, Zimmerman Ditch, Puritan Mine, … Continue reading

Gould, Evan – OH0362
Interview Date: 1987

People: Evan Gould, Sylvanus Budd, Dave Likens.   Places: Niwot, Boulder.   Topics: school, stores, Beasley School and community; dances; ditches; Halloween; chivarees; funerals; draft horses; sugar beets; farm laborers; Mexican graves; stage route; Bill Dubois’s gunfight with forty vigilantes in … Continue reading

Gould, Frank E. – OH1625
Interview Date: 1995

Frank E. Gould of 7993 N. Foothills Highway, Boulder, provides an account of the Left Hand Ditch Company. Its irrigation system supplied water to Boulder County farmers adjacent to the foothills. Mr. Gould was its “ditch rider” and its superintendent. … Continue reading

Harley, Catherine Pedroni – OH0307
Interview Date: 1976

People: Catherine Pedroni Harley.   Places: Sterling, Colorado.   Subjects: Italian farming family in Sterling, Colorado; childhood memories; life on a farm; boy/girl equality; discipline; sex education; Great Depression.  

Harrison, John William – OH1100
Interview Date: 2002

People: Neal (Shorty) Lohr, Dr. Dick Hargraves   Places: Longmont, Williams Cafe (300 Main Street, Longmont), Veterinary Hospital (North Main and Mountain View, Longmont), Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Neil Lohr farm (now Boulder County Agricultural Heritage Center) … Continue reading

Hartnagle Bertha – OH1486
Interview Date: 1986

Farming in Louisville. Hartnagle farm at 8975 Valmont Drive (WW II years on the farm, efforts of others to buy the farm, sugar beet farming, using Mexican farm workers). Louisville coal strike of 1914. Nearby property and families (information about … Continue reading

Hedgecock, Glenn and Virgeen – OH0611
Interview Date: 1993

People: Glenn Hedgecock, Virgeen Hedgecock, Bill Blake, Clementina Blake McGinn, Lou Stengel, De Lear family, Schramm family, Barber family, De Backer family.   Places: Eldorado Springs.   Subjects: Stone school, immigrants and immigration, ranching and farming, Blake Ranch, Toedtli Ranch, 1938 … Continue reading

Heil, Bertha with Bud Heil, Don Heil, Hilde Heil – OH0712
Interview Date: 1995

Supplemental material available in OH file. Heil Ranch — Left Hand Canyon: Geer Canyon, Altona School, “outlaw shack”, tipi rings — ranch life — Old Jamestown-Ward road, stage robbery.  

Hindman, Nancy Dodd – OH1377
Interview Date: 2005

People: Alva and Della Gould Dodd family   Places: Alva Dodd farmstead in Longmont, Dodd Reservoir   Topics: Dodd barn, original barn sign, landmarking, centennial farm designation, addition of grain elevator in 1960s, restoration plans, scales, draft horses (Min and … Continue reading

Hodgson, Earl – OH0573
Interview Date: 1986

People: Earl Hodgson, J.J. Steinbaugh.   Places: Boulder, Louisville, Davidson.   Subjects: Colorado State Grange, Boulder Valley Grange no. 131, Davidson School, agriculture, Cooperative Patrons of Husbandry, business enterprises in Louisville, sugar beets, Eight-mile corner, Nine-mile corner.  

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