1881 Boarding house fire Sixteen men die
By Judy March 18, 2003 at 12:50:01
I am looking for information on a boarding house fire that occured in 1881 in Colorado. I found a newspaper artical on ancestoy.com in the historical newspaper archives "the Daily Gazette" dated 3 Mar 1881 the artical titled "Sixteen Men Burned to Death and Many others injured" the men listed as died were: Patrick Foley, Michael Donohue, Thomas Foster, James Curran, John Reilly, John Kennedy, Jerry Hanlan, John Connors, James Connelly and John Duffy. amon those sent to the hospital(and persumming later died) were John Connelly, Martin Laffery, Michael Morgan Michael Leonard, Hugh McKeon and William Barr.
according to the artical the men were workmen employed by either the Pittsburg & Lake Erie Railroad company or the Davis-Island Dam Co. the boarding house was located seven miles from a city Pittsburg Colorado a section of Rock Cut.
I am not familar with the regions of Colorado or even where this is located.
I would like to know about these men especialy about James Curran. I have a gggrandfather named James Milton Curran b. WVa 1856 who migrated with some of his relation brothers sisters and cousins to Colorado-Oklahoma-Kansas area. the Family really don't know what happened to him. Family story goes like this: He rode off one day and was never seen or heard of since. according to family lore that my gggrandfather James milton Curran was known to carry large sums of money and was robed killed and thrown down a mine shaft or an abandond well and never found. I am wondering if this is just a made up story to soothe some of the family members on what acctually happened to him. I am laying odds that this james Curran is in fact my gggrandfather. so I am hoping that maybe some one out there can help me out in finding more information on this boarding house fire.
any info anyone can offer would greatly be appreciated.
Judy in Washington