Denver, Colorado Territory Wagon Sales & Repair Journal, 1867-1870: An Annotated Index


It appears that this merchant sold and repaired mostly Schuttler and Bain wagons that were brought in as far as they could by rail, most probably to the Cheyenne station, then driven to Denver by drayage companies. Among the items often repaired were yokes, rakes, tongues, boxes, bows, seatbacks and covers for the wagons.

The book includes accounts of a more personal nature as well, such as clothing he had on hand, including a fine black suit, a heavy beaver overcoat and a pair of Buffalo overshoes. Among the personal items he had on hand on 1 Jan 1868, were a watch and chain, gold and silver specimens, field glasses, Indian trinkets, a photograph album, four mountain scenes, an 8 inch Colt revolver and a pocket Derringer. On 31 December 1867, he subscribed to the Rocky Mountain News for $7.00, and lists his books, including a 2 Volume set of the Library of Mesmerism, Mines of Colorado, a Hand Book for Home Improvement, Esop’s [sic] Fables, Mayhew’s Book Keeping, a township map of Pennsylvania, and the History and Directory of Denver.

At some point, the book was given to most probably a daughter to use as a scrapbook of sorts, where she filled the first 30 or so pages with articles about homemaking, including a recipe for waterproof glue (adapted for Colorado), and advice such as that for “making sleeves of a different material for the dress as the effect is particularly good on women who are inclined to stoutness.”

Denver, Colorado Territory Wagon Sales & Repair Journal, 1867-1870: An Annotated Index



This index has been compiled from a register of Denver Police Department hires beginning in 1879 and ending in 1903. Officers were hired as patrolmen and officers, detectives, turnkeys (keepers of the keys at the jail), clerks, doctors and surgeons, jailers, bailiffs, herders and hostlers (who took care of the department’s horses), drivers (who drove the ambulance and paddy wagon), operators (who took emergency calls once the city had telephones), and license inspectors. The Denver Police Department first hired a police matron in the 1880s and used special police, sometimes unpaid citizens, other times paid temps to keep the streets safe during city-wide celebrations.
The register includes the following information: the officer’s name, the rank hired, the star or badge number assigned, where the officer was born, the officer’s age at hire, the officer’s former occupation, whether married or single, the number of people in the officer’s household, the officer’s address at hire, dates of appointment and discharge (cause, if given), equipment assigned (fire key, police key, small buttons, large buttons, club, belt, nippers, regulation book, locker), and remarks.
The original Denver Police Department Force Record, 1879-1903 is held by the Colorado State Archives and is accessible for research. You can order a copy of a page from the register by calling the Colorado State Archives or placing an order through their website.

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