Sisters search for answers about their fallen ancestor

I am working on a new book called “Notorious San Juans,” which tells turn-of-the-last-century stories from Durango, Silverton, and Ouray and outlying regions. The book should be out in the early summer of 2011.

One of the stories that jumped out at me right away when I began my research was the tale of a Secret Service agent who was shot while on duty in November of 1907. I have had the pleasure of meeting two descendants of the fallen agent, who shared with me many photos and  documents about what happened to their ancestor. Continue reading

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Memorial for Captain Silas Soule Finally a Reality

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise.

If you’ve read my previous columns, you’ll remember the story of Silas Soule, a true Colorado hero who blew the whistle on John Chivington after the massacre of peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho at Sand Creek in 1864.

Every year, the Cheyenne and Arapaho hold the Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run to commemorate the massacre and honor Silas Soule and others who spoke up against the actions of the cavalry that day.  Every year the event is both moving and distressing, but for many, this year’s was particularly emotional — for two reasons. Continue reading