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Frank Rowley Kime Collection, circa 1850-1979

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

© 2013

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Creation: Encoded by Cali Neuberger 2016-02-26
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
TitleFrank Rowley Kime Collection
Dates: circa 1850-1979
Dates: bulk 1900-1949
Size1 Hollinger box and one oversized flat storage box; 525 photographic items in 4 albums, two folders of manuscripts and genealogy documents, 1 65” x 85” quilt; totals 2.5 cubic feet
Abstract:Collection contains photographs and genealogical documents depicting the history of the Rowley and Kime families of Parker, Colorado.
Collection Number2013.013
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

Original order of photographs maintained, photographs rehoused from original photographic albums.

Scope and Content

The Frank Rowley Kime Collection consists of 525 photographs from 4 family photographic albums, as well as two folders of manuscripts and genealogy documents about the Rowley and Kime families. The collection documents the history of the Rowley and Kime families in Parker, Colorado, ca. 1850-1979. The images, which are identified as photographic prints or cabinet cards, include a variety of formal portraits, landscape and natural photography, and informal family pictures. The images of Frank Rowley Kime span most of his life, including his childhood, involvement in World War II, and life in Parker as a prominent local business owner and community leader. There are also many photographs of George and Vera Siebert, Frank’s aunt and uncle, from the time they were married in 1916 up until the 1970’s. Other family members documented in the collection include: Charles and Grace Rowley Cummings, Frank’s great aunt and uncle; Daisy Belle Hawkey Rowley Rogerson, Frank’s grandmother; Robert Franklin Rowley, Frank’s uncle; and Harvey Kime and Retta Rowley Kime, Frank’s father and mother.

In addition to the family albums and documents, the collection also includes a 1908 quilt from the Hawkey family, possibly made by Rosella Jaworski Hawkey. The quilt measures 68” x 85” and represents an early 20th century Victorian-style crazy quilt.

Biographical Note

The Rowley family was originally from England and settled in Salt Lake City for several years before moving to Nebraska in 1854. William Rowley (1843-1921) came to Colorado from Nebraska in 1862. In January of 1868, William married Polly Ann O’Neal, who had travelled with her family to Colorado from Clinton County, Missouri, in 1866. William and Polly Ann homesteaded on property two miles south of Parker. They had four children: Mary, Joseph, William (Frank) Franklin, and Grace. William and Polly Ann eventually moved to Denver after their three eldest children were married.

William (Frank) Franklin Rowley, born March 24, 1872, married Daisy Belle Hawkey in 1894. Daisy Belle was born in June of 1876 to Robert Hawkey and Rosella Jaworski Hawkey. The Hawkeys had homesteaded on Cherry Creek since 1864, and Rosella was the first teacher in Elbert County.

William Franklin and Daisy Belle Rowley had three children: Retta, Vera, and Robert. The family bought the 960 acre Hoffman and Foster homestead one mile east of Parker in 1902. The original home near Wilson Creek was damaged in the July 1912 flood, so the Rowleys started work on a new home on higher ground. William Franklin passed away in December of 1912, before the project was completed. Daisy Belle, with the help of her neighbors, finished moving the log home to the new location in 1913. The property was divided between the three Rowley children in 1920. Daisy Belle lived in Parker until she passed away in September of 1947.

Retta Rowley, born September 16, 1895, married Harvey Kime of Medford, Oregon in January of 1916. They had one son, Frank Rowley Kime, born in October of 1916. The family lived on their part of the Rowley Ranch and raised cattle. Harvey Kime served on the Parker school board for 27 years. Harvey passed away in 1954, and Retta passed away in 1976.

Vera Rowley, born April 17, 1897, married George Siebert in 1916. George served in the Navy during World War I. The Sieberts moved to Denver upon George’s return from the War. George passed away in 1970, and Vera moved back to Parker to build a new home on her part of the original Rowley property. She passed away in 1992.

Robert Rowley, born February 28, 1899, served in the 312th Motor Transport Division during World War I. He married Mildred Walker in 1921, and they farmed their part of the Rowley property. Mildred passed away in 1939, and Robert married Anna King ten years later. Robert passed away in 1983.

Frank Rowley Kime was born on October 14, 1916 to Retta Rowley Kime and Harvey Kime. He attended Parker Consolidated School and worked on the Rowley Ranch from a young age. He joined the army in 1942 and served three and a half years in Maintenance Battalion Company “C” of the 2nd Armored Division during World War II, earning seven battle ribbons. After the war, Frank owned and operated the Power Equipment company until he retired in 1974. He was married to Lillian Doan for a time, then married Helen Earls in 1971. He married Elizabeth Marie Louise “Ginger” Versteegh in 1988.

Frank was known as a Parker pioneer, and stayed active in the community even after his retirement. He donated some of his land to the town of Parker and organized volunteers to maintain the historic J.S. Parker Cemetery. He also worked with many non-profit organizations, including those that advocated for wild horses on public land. Frank was a charter life member of the 2nd Armored Division Association; honorary member of the County Sheriffs of Colorado; member of the Front Range Antique Tractor Association; J.S. Parker Cemetery Board Member; and member of several organizations promoting horse welfare including the Friends of the Mustang and the Central Colorado Quarter Horse Association. Frank passed away on November 20, 1999.

Access Terms

Colorado -- Douglas County -- History
Colorado -- Local history
Parker (Colo.)
Ranch life


Access Restrictions

There are no 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 physical collection is used in the presence of the Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with permission of the Douglas County History Research Center staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frank Rowley Kime Collection. Courtesy of the Douglas County History Research Center, Douglas County Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ginger Kime to the Douglas County History Research Center.

Processing Information

Processed by Cali Neuberger

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