This little history was written by Maggie Goeglein Conrad
in 1957. As
far as I know it is accurate, but to tell you the truth, I really
compared her dates to others I've received from other sources.
found it interesting reading.
"About the middle of June, 1877, Mother left Pomeroy, Ohio with three
small children, to go to Father, Valentine Goeglein, in the mining
country around Silverton, Colorado. She reached Pueblo, Colorado
the eighth of August, 1877, where the baby of nine months died of
complaint. The proper feeding of infants was unknown then.
alone and a total stranger in a strange land. Father didn't
Pueblo till nine days after the baby was buried.
"August 20, 1877 - Mother and Father and Will and I continued the
by wagon as far as we could, then by horseback, to the cabin high
Minnie Gulch. Mother rode on a buckskin pony with white tail
Mother often said how pretty it looked. I think it must have
palomino, although they weren't called such then.
"On November 30, 1877, another sister was born. Her name was
spent the winters of '77, '78, and '79 in Minnie Gulch, almost at
timberline, and snowslides came very close to our cabin. The
we moved to Silverton. A snowslide took our cabin down the
winter. We lived in Silverton a year and the snow got very
winter. Father had to cut steps in the snow from the doorstep
eaves of the cabin. Needless to say, Mother and we children
prisoners for the winter.
"Spring, 1881 - Father got a team and covered wagon and we went
Silverton to Animas City, a distance of 50 miles over rough country
no roads. The wagon had to be snubbed (eased) down the hillsides
ropes tied to the back of the wagon and around trees. When
Animas City, spring had really come. Grass, bushes, and cottonwood
were green and lovely. Mother said it was like Paradise, after
snow. The new town of Durango was just being laid out, so
the family there. Its main street eventually became Animas
street, and a horse car line ran from the depot in Durango to Animas
City. Soon after moving to Durango, Father bought a team of
and did freighting from Alamosa, came through Del Norte and Creede,
Durango and Silverton. He also freighted with Charley Newman
Durango to Rico, driving a big team of mules, Kate and Moll, also
Del Norte through Creede to Durango. Darning needles sold
for 25c a piece because of the high freight rate, customers were
"Another sister was born in July, 1881. Helena was her name,
died before she was a year old, also of summer complaint.
"My grandfather, John Goeglein, and three uncles, Nick, John, and
were with us all this time. They came out with Father in the
1877. We lived in Durango three years. My oldest brother,
Will, went to
a pay school in his first year. It was on 2nd St., across
Courthouse, as near as I can remember. By the time I was old
school, the first public school was built, Longfellow School, which
"September 3, 1883 - brother Ed was born and we moved to a better
town and lived there two years, when Father homesteaded a ranch
back of Reservoir Hill. The airfield on top of the mesa is
that used to belong to my father, my grandfather, and my Uncle John.
Maggie doesn't mention it in this writing, but several of her other
writings say that both Maggie and Minnie Gulch were already named
before they moved there. She also says that Minnie was not
named for the
gulch, but for an aunt. She acknowledges that many people
gulches were named for them, but that they weren't. It makes
romantic, but I think she's probably accurate.
Connie (writing transcribed and provided by Connie)