|Cornerstone Laid, August 1903 Gazette|
The Jun 25, 1924 Fountain Herald notes that the new school cornerstone was laid under direction of the Masons. Sealed in a metal casket under the stone were copies of the history of the Fountain masons and the school district, the Women's Improvement Club yearbook, a bible, a 1924 coin, the Fountain Commercial Club Annual and the Fountain Herald.
|1924 Junior High|
Fountain Ordinances, 6/1/1903 -page 9, section 17. If any person shall hitch or fasten any horse or other animal to any ornamental fence railing or to any ornamental or shade tree or shrub, in or about any private premises or in any street or alley or other public grounds in town, every such person shall on conviction, be fined a sum of not less than two, or more than one hundred dollars.
Fountain, Colorado May 7th, 1914
At a meeting of the Board of Directors of School District # 8 El Paso County the following motion to be adopted as a rule was unanimously carried: No teacher shall engage in dancing nor attend any gathering where any form of dancing is indulged in, while holding a position in our schools. Any violation of this rule will be considered just cause for dismissal by the Board.
|Fountain High School Band 1939-40|
This article on Fountain was written by Mrs. Daisy Torbit for her grandson, Stephen Torbit.
The first people who settled around what is now Fountain were early homesteaders. Frank Miller (was really Mueller), the Locks, Owens and Corbins were some of the first settlers. Frank Miller was here in 1860. His land was north of the Ward place. The Cruse home is on part of the original ground. The Lock’s ranch is now the home of the Leonards.
Large cattle ranchers were soon east and west of Fountain. This all brought about the settlement of Fountain. It was really a ranch and cowboy town. It is also older than Colorado Springs. A great number of cattle have been shipped from Fountain.
Two old timers who are now gone were Mr. JO Quick and Mr. Fugit. Both men fought in the Battle of Sand Creek when they were young.
The old stage coach stop was situated on the spot where George Marshall carries on his business. The Terrell family lived there. One of the Terrell girls married J.O. Quick. When I was a little girl, I remember that Mrs. Quick always baked extra bread to sell to anyone who ran short. In those days everyone baked their own bread. At that time their home was where Mr. and Mrs. Reams live now.
Two of the oldest houses in the Fountain are now the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson and the Jack Powell home. Both houses have since been remodeled. Mr. and Mrs. Nils and Mr. and Mrs. Love were married in the Jackson house. The large house back of the Jack Powell home used to be called the Perkin’s home. It is now used for apartments.
The town has had two hotels. The building west of Marvin Fox’s home was built in 1880 and was called the Mitchell House. Teddy Roosevelt stayed there while on a hunting trip. A few years later the Brunswick Hotel was built and has just now been torn down. Mr. and Mrs. Love had their wedding reception in the Mitchell House.
There are many other old buildings and many of the grout houses were destroyed by the railroad explosion in 1888.
Fountain used to have an opera house. It was moved to the ground east of Mr. Orcutt’s house. Later it was remodeled for a Congregational Church and later it was used for a club house until it was torn down.
The Free Methodist was one of the first churches in Fountain and is still standing. My father came to Fountain in 1895 and it was standing then.
A drug store, owned by Tony Zeiger, stood where the Bakers live now. This was more of a saloon than a drug store.
FE Torbit ran a store on the east side of Main Street, but about 1900 he built the building that is now occupied by Mr. Kraus and the post office. He hauled groceries, coal, ice, etc. to all the ranches, the section house of Buttes and any place where needed.
At one time there was a store where the Metcalf house now stands. It was owned by Mr. Ames, who ran the store.
The old original school house stood where the red brick one does, facing the west. While it was being torn down and the brick one built, the children went to school in a grout house just north of the Roger home. This same building was about the first post office in Fountain and run by Joe Benedict.
The first post office I remember was in the building called the “Old Ark”. Miss Hutchins was the postmistress. Later she built the house where Mr. Orcutt lives, the front part was the post office. Later the post office was back of the present Martin Store building. Some of the postmasters were Mr. Loren Gore, Mrs. Pyles, Cora Northrup and Nellie King.
When Fountain was incorporated, the first police judge was Judge Roberts. Harry Ellington edited the first Fountain Herald and was the first town clerk. My father, L.A. Toothman, was the first Street Commissioner and the first policeman. I have the club which he carried. The town hall or office was just west of the Hasty Café.
Fountain never had a large population in itself but in the old days there was always good business. The ranchers and cowboys kept _____???. The streets were full of cowboys in the evening, holiday and such. My father and the old timers have told me it was rough. There was quite a lot of drinking and some guns.
I can remember when our hotel was full. We even had some regular summer tourists who came back year after year. We nearly always had two doctors in Fountain.
One of the Mitchell girls married Ed Redmond. Later they moved out west of Fountain. The only other neighbor was the Townsends. Ed Redmond called on the Townsends to get acquainted. He told them he and Mrs. Redmond would like to have them for supper the next evening but was afraid it would be an embarrassing for them as his wife was so deaf that one had to yell loudly for her to hear. Mrs. Townsend said that would be all right, they would be glad to come. Mr. Redmond went home. He told Mrs. Redmond that Townsend’s were coming to supper the next evening. He also told her it might be rather hard on her as Mrs. Townsend was very deaf and they would have to yell to make her hear. Mrs. Redmond said they could get by for the evening, she was sure. When the Townsends arrived, Mrs. Redmond screamed at Mrs. Townsend and Mrs. Townsend screamed at Mrs. Redmond. Finally Mrs. Redmond asked Mrs. Townsend why she was yelling so loudly, that she wasn’t deaf. Mrs. Townsend said “well, neither am I”. The rest of the evening they spent visiting and talking in ordinary voices.
Fountain Principal Closes Long Career at End of Term
A newspaper article clipped from an area paper in 1952 related the history of Mrs. Pearl Taylor, who spent 30 years at Fountain, and 40 years teaching. Born in 1888, she completed the 8th grade and then went on to teachers' training in Pittsburg, KS. She began teaching grade 6 at Fountain, coming to the valley in 1922 with her husband, Fred Taylor, county superintendent. When the new high school was built, Mrs. Taylor was made principal of the grade school. She taught several thousand students over her career. During World War II she kept track of her boys in service, and seven had a gold star beside their name.
These articles ran in the Fountain Valley News in July, 1971, when the 1903 school was being demolished.
A school house has stood on Main Street since the early 1870s. Read about the buildings' and town's history, in these letters written to students in 1961, as a school project done by Mrs. Hanson's class. Students wrote "old-timers" and inquired about Fountain history.
William S. Reed
4256 Beatty Drive
225 E. Fountain St.
Colo. Sprgs., CO
is where the last office was located for years. Then an equipment office was built back of the lot south of Porters and the telephones were dial, no operators in Fountain since 1939 or 40.
1711 9th Ave. W. Apt. 2
|Graduation Day, Rosetta and Ruth Perriman, 1943|