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Papers and visual materials of the Van Lopik Family, 1868-1995

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-688-7730

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Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Shaun Boyd 2011-03-21
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
TitlePapers and visual materials of the Van Lopik Family
Dates: 1868-1995
Dates: 1880-1979
Size6 containers: Box 1: 27 x 7 x 32 cm. (10.5 x 2.5 x 12.5 in.); Box 2: 3 x 43 x 53 cm. (2 x 17 x 21 in.); Box 3-6: 31 x 5 x 27 cm (12 x 2 x 10.5 in.)
Abstract:The collection documents the lives of the Van Lopik family throughout the life of Alice Elizabeth (Cunningham) Van Lopik, born in 1897 until her death in 1995. The family consisted of Justin Anthony Van Lopik (J. A.), Alice Elizabeth (Cunningham) Van Lopik, Justin Arthur Van Lopik, and Mary Elizabeth (Van Lopik) Curtis. Mary's friend Norval (sometimes written as Norvis) Castner is in many of the photographs from 1957-1990. Justin Anthony Van Lopik was a pharmacist, and ran the Van Lopik Drug Store in Castle Rock. He was the Mayor of Castle Rock in the 1940s. Alice Van Lopik was a homemaker and occasionally worked as a secretary. Mary (Van Lopik) Curtis attended Northwestern University in the 1930s and was the Home Furnishings Coordinator for Spiegel, Inc. in Chicago in the 1970s. Justin Arthur Van Lopik was a veteran of World War II, a registered pharmacist, and finally an Episcopal priest.
Collection Number1998.039
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

Box 1 is arranged by subject (see container list); Box 2 is arranged by size of items so they fit in the box; Box 3-5 are numbered according to their order in the original photo albums, but arranged by subject. Container lists of each box (by accession number) are available in the front of each binder.; Box 6 is a scrapbook compiled by Mary Van Lopik Curtis, and retains its original order.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of newspaper articles, legal documents, diplomas, and other ephemera collected by the Van Lopik family. Most of the materials were collected while the family was living in Castle Rock in the 1940s. Other items relate to the family after they left Castle Rock. Some articles relate to World War Two veterans who were residents of Douglas County.

Mary Van Lopik married Bernard Curtis (a native of Douglas County) in 1942 while he was serving in the Navy. He returned to combat, and was killed five months later on in the Solomon Islands. Several documents in the collection are about Lieutenant Curtis and other friends of the family who were in World War Two.

Justin Arthur Van Lopik also served in World War Two, then returned to finish pharmacy school before entering the Nashotah Seminary in Wisconsin. He eventually became an Episcopal Priest and moved with Alice (his mother) to Hawaii.

When the visual materials of the collection arrived, the collection consisted of one blue photograph album with magnetic pages, one blue vinyl binder, one denim notebook, and several loose photoprints. The photo prints were removed from the magnetic album and placed in a binder box. The photographs in the blue vinyl binder were glued on to black construction paper, so it was decided to leave them glued to the paper, but to re-cover the paper with polyester sleeves. The pages were then re-housed in a binder box. The denim binder contained photographs which were organized in pockets, but were loose within the pockets. The photoprints were removed and kept together, placed in sleeves, and then put into a binder box. The loose photographs were placed in the binders with the photographs from the denim binder.

Several photographs in the collection are important to Douglas County history. The collection contains postcards of various scenes around Castle Rock, mostly in the 1930s and 1940s, including a very early picture of the star on top of the rock, the bandstand on the courthouse lawn, Wilcox Street in the 1940s, the Van Lopik family home, the Denver-Colorado Springs Highway, and schools in Castle Rock, and a photo of Philip S. Miller from the 1930s.

Biography / History

1897 - Birth of Alice Elizabeth Cunningham Van Lopik in Beloit, WI

1897 December 16 - Birth of Justin Anthony (J. A.) Van Lopik in Grand Haven, MI

1916 - Norval E. Castner is born

1918 - Birth of Mary E. Van Lopik (Curtis)

1918 - Birth of Bernard Curtis

1921 - J. A. Van Lopik buys Drug Store from T.E. Brandon

1924 - Birth of Justin Arthur Van Lopik in Castle Rock, CO

1926-1927 - J. A. Van Lopik is president of the Colorado Pharmaceutical Association

1941 - Justin graduates from Douglas County High School

J. A. is elected Mayor of Castle Rock

c. 1941-1942 - Justin attends Colorado State University.

1942 - Justin enlists in U.S. Navy

Mary marries Bernard Curtis in Reno, NV

1942 - November 13 - Bernard Curtis is killed in Solomon Islands.

1943 - Justin Baptized and Confirmed at Christ Episcopal Church, Castle Rock, CO.

1946 - Justin off active duty from Navy.

1950 - Justin ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church

1950s - J.A. and Alice Van Lopik move to Bow Mar, Arapahoe County, CO

1951 - Justin Discharged from the U.S. Navy

Justin ordained Priest in Episcopal Church

1955 - Justin becomes a registered pharmacist.

1965 - Death of J. A. Van Lopik in Bow Mar, CO

1968 - Justin receives certificate from the Nashotah Seminary in Wisconsin.

c. 1971 - Justin and Alice move to Hawaii

Mary works for Spiegel in Chicago

1988 - Death of Mary Van Lopik Curtis in Honolulu, HI

1990 - Death of Norval E. Castner

1995 - Death of Alice Cunningham Van Lopik in Honolulu, HI

1997 - Death of Justin Van Lopik in Honolulu, HI

Access Terms

Castle Rock (Colo.)
Douglas County (Colo.)
World War II


Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with the permission of the Center's staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Papers and visual materials of the Van Lopik Family, Douglas County History Research Center

Acquisition Information

Collection was donated by Evelyn Van Lopik Stark, a niece of J. A. Van Lopik

Processing Information

Processed by: Shaun Boyd, December 1998

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