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Phelps family collection, 1870-2010

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

© 2014

Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Adam Speirs 2014-04-25
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
TitlePhelps family collection
Dates: 1870-2010
Dates: 1950-2000
Size3.5 cubic feet; 8 boxes
Abstract:The Phelps family collection is an accumulation of business records and social documents describing life in Castle Rock from 1949 through the late 1990s. Elmer Carl "Bud" Phelps owned small businesses and property in north Castle Rock, and his daughter, Janice Louise (Phelps) Burger, grew up in Castle Rock during the 1950s and 1960s.
Collection Number2008.012
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

Collection is arranged into the following series and subseries: 1. Elmer Carl "Bud" Phelps: Property and Business Records. 2. Janice Burger: Order of the Rainbow for Girls; Scrapbooks. 3. Photographs, Family Papers, and Ephemera. 4. Oversize

Scope and Content

The Phelps family collection is an accumulation of business records and social documents describing life in Castle Rock from 1949 through the late 1990s.

The Elmer Carl "Bud" Phelps series includes: business licenses; property abstracts; deeds; sales documents; correspondence; environmental assessments and audits; property appraisals; and ledgers. Records and documents relate to 18 Lewis Street; 100-114 North Wilcox Street; the Phelps Subdivision; and Phelp’s Trailer Court.

The Janice (Phelps) Burger series includes artifacts; meeting notes; publications; certificates; and a scrapbook relating to the Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a Masonic youth service organization, with which both Janice and her sister, Joanne, were members during 1950s. There is also a scrapbook the documents student life at Douglas County High School during the late 1950s. A subseries of materials related to Janice's time in cosmetology school can be found in the collection. Included in this subseries are Janice's notes and assignments, a review for the cosmetologists state board exam, and the rules and regulations to practice cosmetology in the state of Colorado from 1958. Manuscripts and other items in the subseries include, "Standard Textbook of Cosmetology" from Jessie Lee's Hair Design Institute, and other booklets on industry practices and standards.

The Photographs, Family Papers, and Ephemera series includes photographs of the family, family properties, and damage from Plum Creek flood in 1965. Papers and Ephemera include: family related newsclippings, postcards, correspondence, and memorial cards.

Biography / History

Elmer Carl "Bud" Phelps (b. October 8, 1916, d. January 28, 2006)

"Bud was born Oct. 8, 1916, in Nickerson, Kan., the son of Aaron Manning Phelps and Louie Phillips. He was the 10th of 11 children. His parents moved to Montana in 1918 when he was 2 years old. Bud worked on the family ranch outside of Billings until age 11, when he left home to work with his older brothers building roads throughout Montana with teams of horses. Bud was the traditional "Montana Cowboy," driving herds of cattle and horses across Montana, breaking horses and working for room and board.

Bud met his wife, Edith "Oie" Evans, on a trip to Florida in 1939 to see his parents, who moved there around 1932. Three months after they met, they were married Aug. 11, 1939, in Chicago, where Edith lived. For 10 years Bud worked at Youngstown Sheet & Tube where he was frozen in the job during the war. They had two daughters, Joanne and Janice.

A business opportunity brought them to Castle Rock in December 1949. Bud ran the Texaco Service Station, which was located at the comer of Phelps and Wilcox streets. He also operated the Conoco Service Station, which was at the comer of Second and Wilcox streets. It is now a small strip mall.

Later he bought Twin Pines Cabin Court, where he operated the Phillips 66 service station and Bud's Trailer Court at 100 Wilcox St. The Town of Castle Rocks' government building and parking lot stands there today.

Bud sold that property and retired at 83 years old. He served on the Castle Rock Community Committee with Paul Summers, Bill Steele and others from 1989-1993. He was a member of Douglas Masonic Lodge and one of the last of the old-time independent business owners.

Bud had the first convenience store in Castle Rock at the Phillips 66 station, with the first 3.2 beer license. He had the first trailer park in Castle Rock from 1952 until 1997. Bud also had the first and only day-old Bread Store at that location."

-- E.C. "Bud" Phelps - Obituary, Douglas County News Press, Feb. 2, 2006, 19A.

Janice (Phelps) Burger is one of two daughters to Elmer Carl "Bud" Phelps and Edith "Oie" Louise (Evans) Phelps. She and her sister, Joanne (Phelps) Johnson, were active members of Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a Masonic youth service organization which teaches leadership training through community service, during the mid 1950s to early 1960s, and attended Douglas County High School.


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 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

2008.012 Phelps family collection, Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Janice Burger to the Douglas County History Research Center in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Adam Speirs

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