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Debbie Buboltz-Bodle Collection, 1909-2016

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

© 2017

Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Sarah Stevens 2017-09-25
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
Creator Debbie Buboltz-Bodle, Bette Saunders
Title Debbie Buboltz-Bodle Collection
Dates: 1909-2017
Dates: 1995-1999
Size 2 Hollinger boxes; 2 oversized flat boxes
Abstract: The Debbie Buboltz-Bodle Materials is an accumulation of materials created, compiled, or assembled by Debbie Buboltz-Bodle during her time writing and researching a biography of Philip S. Miller, which was published in 1998. Collection includes research materials related to general research of Douglas County, and a series of materials given to Ms. Buboltz Bodle by Sylvia Elizabeth Gilbert (Bette) Saunders.
Collection Number 2017.057
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

Collection is arranged into the following series and subseries: Series I. Philip S. Miller Biography Research Subseries I. Research Binders Subseries II. Castle Rock Bank Scrapbooks Subseries III. Associated Publications Series II. Local History Promotional Materials Series III. Philip S. Miller Legacy Items Series IV. General Douglas County Research Series V. Elizabeth Gilbert Saunders Materials Subseries I. Personal papers Subseries II. Research files Subseries III. Photographs

Scope and Content

The Debbie Buboltz-Bodle Collection contains an assortment of materials accumulated by Debbie Buboltz-Bodle while she researched and wrote a biography of Philip S. Miller entitled, "Philip S. Miller Banker, Butcher, Benefactor: His Life and Legacy in Douglas County, Colorado." A portion of materials originally belonged to Elizabeth (Bette) Gilbert Saunders, who gave the materials to Ms. Buboltz-Bodle during the writing of the book.

The bulk of materials are in the form of research scrapbooks contained in binders which were used in the research, assembly, and creation of the Philip S. Miller biography. The binders maintain the original order derived by Ms. Bodle, although loose materials were removed for preservation purposes. The research materials contained in the binders include detailed notes, drafts, correspondence, and narratives written by various members of the local historical society and local historians. Additionally, binders contain correspondence, such as the emails exchanged with then library director, Jamie LaRue, on the Philip S. Miller trust, and a town of Castle Rock staff report regarding an inquiry on the Saunders House becoming a historic landmark.

Within the research materials series are two scrapbooks of records of the Bank of Douglas County and other local banks. The provenance of the scrapbooks is unknown, however, one of the scrapbooks is labeled "Breselow 1946-1954," which possibly refers to E.G. Breselow, a treasurer for the town of Castle Rock. Both scrapbooks primarily contain statements on the condition of the Bank of Douglas County and other banks in the county printed in a local newspaper. Other materials in the series, include a booklet of recipes from Castle Rock Meat Market.

The Elizabeth Gilbert Saunders series in the collection consists of personal papers, photographs, scrapbooks, and research materials created, compiled, and/or otherwise possessed by Elizabeth (Bette) Gilbert Saunders. Within the series are materials from her time at Douglas County High School between 1929 and 1933, such as a composition notebook of copied poetry, a scrapbook that depicts her life as a high school student, and two books from her personal collection around the same time. The scrapbook may be of interest to researchers for its depiction of student life during the time period. It contains photographs of various social outings, including a trip to Red Rocks Ampitheater, a roll from the class of 1933 as well as graduation programs, class play programs, a program from the first annual Rocky Mountain Speech Conference at Denver University, and newspaper clippings on the social events in the lives of her classmates, including engagements, marriages, university happenings, and deaths. Within the series resides an anthology of theatrical monologues entitled "Humorous Monologues for Women" and another book, "The Etiquette of Correspondence," from 1928. Collection also includes genealogical narratives written by Saunders on the Gilbert family.

"Service Record World War II Castle Rock and Community" is a book contained in the Elizabeth Gilbert Saunders series that profiles the men and women from the area who served in World War II, including Bette's husband, Ben Saunders. Within the brief profiles, the member's area of service and other facts about their lives are detailed. The first section of the book highlights the "Gold Star Boys" who lost their lives during their service. A digital reproduction of the book is available online.

A scrapbook of Saunders' historical research is also included in the collection. The scrapbook contains photocopies of photographs and postcards of various historical landmarks around Castle Rock with notes on their significance. Some of the sites included in the scrapbook include the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Depot, Keystone Hotel, and the Bank of Douglas County.

Collection also contains a series of photographs, both originals and photocopied prints, of the Gilbert, Saunders, and Noyes families from around 1905-1950. Other photographs included in the collection feature Bette later in life attending community social events.

Biography / History

Debbie Buboltz-Bodle (1950- ) was raised in Douglas County. Her father, Willis Buboltz, was involved with the operations of the town of Castle Rock. Willis was the Vice President of the Bank of Douglas County. He served as the treasure of the Chamber of Commerce and was on the town of Castle Rock's Board of Trustees. He was an original member of the Region 1 Board of Education. Debbie's mother, Ellen Buboltz, worked as an early librarian for Douglas County and for Douglas County High School and Junior High. She also wrote a newspaper column from her librarian perspective. Both worked with and knew local philanthropist and businessman, Philip S. Miller, and his wife, Jerry. Debbie went on to write a biography of Philip S. Miller entitled "Philip S. Miller Butcher, Banker, and Benefactor: His Life and Legacy in Douglas County, Colorado," which was self-published in 1998.

Elizabeth (Bette) Gilbert Saunders (Oct. 31, 1914 – February 15, 2004) was raised in Cherry Valley, an area south of Franktown, by her parents, Dave Gilbert and Theodora Noyes Gilbert. Dave Gilbert was a rancher at Greenland Ranch and became mayor of Castle Rock in 1948. Bette had three siblings: two brothers, Donald and Jack Gilbert, and a sister, JoAnn Gilbert Callahan. Bette married Ben Saunders in December of 1945. According to an article on her life in Castle Rock News Press from 1994, Bette worked for the Rio Grande railroad during World War II. Her husband, Ben, served in the war and was one of the founders of the Bank of Douglas County. Bette worked as a seamstress, volunteered with the Red Cross, and helped with local elections. She served on the board of directors for the Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum and was awarded a plaque for her commitment to the organization in 1994.

Access Terms

203 Perry St. (Castle Rock, Colo.)
Bank of Douglas County (Castle Rock, Colo.)
Banks and banking
Buboltz, Ellen
Buboltz, Willis
Castle Rock (Colo.)
Castle Rock Meat Market (Castle Rock, Colo.)
Douglas County Libraries (Colo.)
Gilbert, Theodora Irene Noyes, 1890-1968
Local history
Meat industry and trade
Miller, Philip Simon, 1895-1995
Saunders, Ben, 1914-1987
Saunders, Elizabeth (Bette) Gilbert, 1914-2004


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

Debbie Buboltz-Bodle Materials, 1909-2016 Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Debbie Buboltz-Bodle to the Douglas County History Research Center in 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Stevens


No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

1993.004 Elizabeth Gilbert Saunders Papers

1993.014 Records Relating to the Jane Jefferson Democratic Club of Douglas County

1996.007 Miller Family Photographs

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