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Ammons and Polhamus Family Papers, 1888-1995

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
U.S.A.
Phone: 303-688-7730
Email: localhistory@dclibraries.org
URL: http://DouglasCountyLibraries.org

© 2017



Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Sarah Stevens 2017-08-21
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
Compiler Josephine Reed
Title Ammons and Polhamus Family Papers
Dates: 1888-1996
Size 1 legal sized document box
Abstract: The Ammons and Polhamus Family Papers is an accumulation of photocopied historic documents for the Ammons and Polhamus families compiled by Josephine Reed. Collection contains reproductions of original photographs of the families on their Horse Creek homestead.
Collection Number 1996.024
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

Collection is arranged into the following series: 1. Homestead applications 2. Alonzo Polhamus files 3. Corbin family files 4. Photographs

Scope and Content

The Ammons and Polhamus Family Papers contains photocopies of historic records for the Ammons and Polhamus family compiled by Josephine Reed and reproductions of photographs of the Ammons Polhamus families' homestead at Horse Creek near Deckers, Colorado. Materials in the collection include the homestead applications for Alonzo Polhamus, Theodosia Ammons, Annie J. Ammons and Farita Ammons, all in Township 9 S, 69 W; newspaper clippings on the Corbin family; and school programs related to Alonzo's time teaching in Buffalo School and serving as principal of Littleton Public School in 1902.

Correspondence from the compiler of the records, Josephine Reed, to Douglas County History Research Center archivist, Johanna Harden, from 1996 regarding the family may be of interest to researchers. .


Biography / History

Josephine Reed is the granddaughter of Farita "Tiny" Ammons and Alonzo F. Polhamus. The Ammons and Polhamus families homesteaded in the Sugar Creek area of Douglas County in the late 1800s. The Ammons family came from North Carolina in 1871. The Polhamus family arrived in the area from Ohio around the same time. Alonzo and Farita married on March 22, 1888, shortly after Farita and her sisters, Theodosia and Annie, successfully applied for homesteads on Horse Creek.

Theodosia Ammons, sister of Farita, co-founded the Department of Domestic Economy at Colorado Agricultural College (which later became Colorado State University). She later served as the first Dean of Women's Work at the university. Theodosia was known for her involvement in the women’s suffrage movement – speaking before state congress on behalf of women voters and representing Colorado at a national suffrage conference.

Both Alonzo and Farita taught at the Buffalo Creek School in Jefferson County, Colorado. Alonzo was the first teacher in the area. He later served as principal of Littleton Public School around 1902 before becoming a lawyer. Farita Ammons died in 1907, and Theodosia passed away shortly after. Alonzo died in Idaho Springs, Colorado in 1942.


Access Terms

Ammons, Margaret J. (Annie), 1865-
Ammons, Theodosia, 1859-1907
Colorado Agricultural College (Ft. Collins, Colo.)
Families
Homesteads
Horse Creek (Douglas County, Colo.)
Jefferson County (Colo.)
Lawyers
Pioneers
Polhamus, Farita Ammons, 1863-1907
Polhaumus, Alonzo F., 1859-
Sugar Creek (Douglas County, Colo.)
Teachers
Universities and colleges--Faculty

Restrictions

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

Ammons and Polhamus Family Papers, 1888-1996 Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Josephine Reed to the Douglas County History Research Center in 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Blake Graham in 2014 and Sarah Stevens in 2017.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.


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