Article written approx. 1973 (using Myrtle’s age reference
as a guide)
Do not have info on where this was published.
Homemaking was Different for a 1901 Bride…
Mrs. Myrtle Goeglein was born in 1885 in Kansas, and when she
was 14 her family moved to Victor, Colorado. At that time Victor
was a mining town.
“I remember the first night we moved there. It was the
first mining town we had even been in, and we heard a group of men passing
by. We asked my aunt what they were doing and she said it was a group
of men coming off the graveyard shift. We thought it was some men
out digging graves.”
“There were three shifts, one at 8 in the morning and at 4
and 12. All miners were paid in gold and they paid all their bills
“We would go downtown every two weeks and change our checks
for gold. I recall in my very early years the impact of the silver
boom and Haw Taber, who became the most controversial character in Colorado
by marrying Baby Doe, a very popular gambling hall dancer.
“There was a big strike in Cripple Creek,” continued Mrs.
Goeglein. “Owners and miners struck in Cripple Creek and Victor.
The state militia was called in to settle the strike.”
Mr. and Mrs. Goeglein were married in the Cripple Creek district
in Colorado in 1901. On their wedding trip from Durango, Colorado,
to Silverton they rode a little narrow gauge train that is out on the Knottsberry
Farm now. From Silverton to Ouray they rode in a big stagecoach with
four horses hitched to it. In those days they just had narrow little
rough roads. Some of the men on the stagecoach would have to get
up and stand on parts of the wheels so that it would not tip over in a
ditch. From there they came to Cripple Creek.
“For a wedding present we got an old tin boiler. My
husband William took an old broom and took off the end of it so I could
use it to stir the clothes. All the water was delivered to us in
tanks and that was all the water we had.
“When we did our laundry we had an old tin tub and a metal
washboard. When we did our ironing we had to use a flat board and
heat the iron on the stove and hang on to it with a thick pad. Every
so often we would have to heat it again. About the only things we
had to starch were things like our housedresses and our underskirts.”
The grocery stores in those days carried everything from hay
and grain to groceries. There was not anything you could not buy
at the store.
“And I well remember you had to buy your own coffee and grind
it,” added Mrs. Goeglein. “We would store all the stuff we had to
keep in caves or cellars.”
“Everything was so cheap; eggs were fifteen cents to twenty
cents a dozen and butter was 25 cents a pound. We never heard of
margarine or pasteurized milk.
“The fashions are a lot different from what they are today.
All the ladies wore long skirts and they would never be above our ankles
and they wore high button shoes. The bathing suits were clear down
to our ankles. We always had to make our own clothes. We would
never go to a store and buy a dress. We would only get the material
and make our own.”
In 1905 Mr. and Mrs. Goeglein came to Prescott where Mr. Goeglein
was assayer at the Humboldt smelter. Their first son was born in
Humboldt. Then when the smelter closed down they went to Los Angeles
for a short time. Then they moved to Globe where Mr. Goeglein was
assayer at the Globe smelter. In Globe their second son was born.
“I remember Globe is where we got our first Model T Ford and
Mr. Goeglein, learning to drive, drove to the top of the hill and lost
control of the car and rolled down the hill and we sat there all night.”
Then they returned to Los Angeles and put their two sons through
In 1932 they came to Wickenburg on a Greyhound bus.
At that time the bus stopped where the Valley National Bank now is.
There was nothing where the main highway now is and most of the businesses
now are. At the time the Goegleins first came to Wickenburg most
businesses were on Frontier Street.
After a short time they moved to Congress where her husband
and son had an assay office. All the mines were going then and Congress
was quite a community. They would mine for gold, silver and copper.
There were about four or five hundred people living in Congress and most
of them were miners.
After living in Congress for nine years they moved back to
Wickenburg. The two front rooms of Mrs. Goeglein’s house used to
be the stage stop. In front of her house is where the town well used
Mrs. Goeglein, 88 years old, still lives in Wickenburg.
Her son Mel is manager of the Western Garden apartments. Her other son
lives in Vancouver, B.C.