|Weekly Gazette June 2, 1904|
Cronin is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs. He served in Company F 46th USVI.
Contents: Eugenia Lucera - oldest woman, Fairview Cemetery and the unknown grave, Van Endert and Hastings murders, Countryside ghosts, Robert Scotland murder, Anna Pettengill's death, Spicer murder, Mayor Kane and the abortionist, the Ark ghosts, Johnny Lindamood murder of 1920, the hanging of Wild Bill
Robert Scotlan Murder
The cemetery is on land originally owned by the Imes Family. The earliest burials date from the early 1870s. One unmarked grave, enclosed by a wooden fence, is said to be that of a woman who died while her family was crossing the plains in the early 1860s. LG Niles constructed the fence, using wagon wheel hubs for several of the corners. People continue to leave flowers here, but the woman's identity is not known.
Dorothy Boyd has a chart showing some grave lots in the cemetery. The lot for the unidentified pioneer says "Unknown woman, 1862".
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|Hovena Lock Spicer|
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Mayor Kane Cleans Up Fountain
When Wanden Kane was elected Mayor of Fountain in 1942, she took several women's issues to heart. She fought for the pasteurization of milk, since at the time raw milk was being delivered, sometimes capped with little more than toilet paper. Several cases of scarlet fever were linked to the milk.
Kane opened a well-baby clinic in town, and she helped a public nurse treat women and children. During the war, gas was rationed and many women were unable to go to doctors in the Springs. When symptoms warranted it, Kane drove them there herself. Specialists were brought in from the Springs to screen all the school age children for rheumatic fever and heart disease.
Construction crews had been hired to build a septic system for the town, and the crews were followed by "concubines on wheels". Mrs. Kane passed an ordinance outlawing trailers in town, since there was no sewer system for them to empty into, thus removing the concubines.
Because it was close to the Army base, Fountain also had a problem with VD, and a clinic was opened. During its operation, a major from Camp Carson would come to town every two weeks with a list of names. Together, he and Wanden worked to see that everyone on that list got treatment. For girls in Fountain who refused treatment, Mrs. Kane said she had them jailed. And she was surprised to see that the average age of the girls being treated was under 16.
But perhaps the change that Mrs. Kane is best known for is her showdown with Edith Halcomb, who was running an abortion clinic out of her house in town. In a Jan 11, 1981 Gazette Telegraph article, Mrs. Kane said that the two elderly gentlemen who made up the town's police force couldn't deal with the problem, so she did. Kane went to see Mrs. Halcomb, mentioned her connections to the Governor, and promised that if Edith was arrested in Fountain, she would never get out of jail again. Halcomb moved her business to Pueblo, much to their dismay.
While doing interviews with long-time town residents, other details about Edith Halcomb's operation in town surfaced. Her antique store was known as the Ark, and the grand old house on South Main Street is still referred to by that name.
Mary Baker, who was born in Fountain in 1935, was forbidden to go near the Ark. So of course she and her girlfriend had to find out what all the fuss was about! They were peering in the windows one day, admiring all the beautiful toy dolls and antiques, when a woman came to the door and let them in. Mary remembered many beautiful things. She later learned what went on in that house, and why her parents had forbidden her to go there.
Mary Kraus, born in the Springs in 1950, remembered staying overnight in the Ark with a girlfriend. She had heard that the house was haunted, and one girl reported seeing faces among the fireplace flames.
This last story comes from Sheila Hight Earp, who moved into "The Ark" with her parents in 1958, when she was 10 years old. The Hights lived on Walnut Street in Fountain, and Mrs. Hight saw the big white house on south Main Street she feel in love with it. She contacted the realtor, and the negotiations were handled over the phone with the owner, a man who lived in California. His parents had owned the house; they were both doctors who were later jailed for performing abortions. The family loved the house, but they decided that something odd went on in the northwest bedroom. It was painted black- the walls, the floor, the ceiling and the windows. There were three other bedrooms upstairs, a bath and an attic.
Sheila related that there were four rooms on the 1st floor - a living room, kitchen, dining room and a bath. There was a trap door in the living room floor that went to the basement. Her father recalls that the outer walls on the 1st floor were 24 inches thick, and that the living room was huge. The walls were covered with burlap cloth which made it difficult to paint, as the cloth just soaked up the paint. The ceilings downstairs are very high.
Mrs. Hight enjoyed the garden around the house, which at the time was beautiful. There were poplars and a cherry tree along the north fence and a rose garden out back. She told Sheila that after hearing the stories about abortions, she was afraid to dig too deep in the yard, afraid she might find a body of someone. Funny how your imagination can play tricks on you.
Sheila wrote "One strange thing that happened quite often in that house was real. The door to the attic would not stay locked. You would be downstairs and hear the creaking sound of a door opening, and go upstairs and it would be open. People also said they heard piano music coming from the basement, but the piano was in pieces hanging from the ceiling in the basement." One other memory was that the little hill behind the house was called Holcomb Hill, though now it doesn't even look like a hill.
When Sheila visited Fountain recently, she was quite dismayed to see the house she grew up in and loved in such a state of neglect. Perhaps preserving the stories and memories of this grand old house will help in the preservation of the structure as well.
The house at 313 S Main, commonly known as the Ark, was recorded as part of the county-wide inventory of historic buildings in 1976 by Andrew Gulliford. From interviews with Jerry Bentley and George McCoy, both who gave 313 S Main as their address, we learn that it was "originally a much smaller dwelling, probably of adobe, the second story was added later and is made of wood. Three large colonial columns grace the front of the house and face out into the garden, carefully shaded from noonday sun. At one time the building was the old stage stop for traffic going south to Pueblo along old Pueblo Highway. The trap door in the front room was probably added as a precaution against Indians. Also in the room, which probably served as eating quarters for travelers, is a large fireplace which has been made smaller." The report notes that the house was later owned by a doctor who was performing abortions, and that he undoubtedly added the Greek nymphs along the roof. The current occupants were trying to restore the adobe wall which ran along the property boundary and around the garden.
|Former 1st National Bank|
John Lindamood was born in Ohio in 1876. He was 45 years old at the time of his death, and left a wife Grace and a 12-year old son Maurice, who was crippled. They were ensured a small income from the state compensation fund for officers. Lindamood had reportedly turned in his resignation the day before his death. Prior to becoming the night marshall, he had been a merchant in Deer Trail and in Fountain. He worked as a marshall in Limon in 1910, and as a merchant in Denver in 1920. The tall man at the center of the 1910s photo above was identified as Jack Lindamood; Jack is a common nickname for John.