Sandra, first off thank you for the reply. It is based on a letter to Charles Applegate in Denver from New Orleans, writen on May 15, 1897. The Charles is my paternal grandfather. It is signed, "your old uncle Applegate." I have hit the brick wall in finding any info on Charles prior to 1900 in Denver. It is believed his parents died by indians while traveling west. I am hoping I might find something by back tracking this uncle.