Canon City Daily Record
___ April 1955
Last Settler of Valley Succumbs
Gustave Ackelbein, 86, Cripple Creek Miner died at his home there this week of complications of age. Mr. Ackelbein came to Colorado by ox-team and settled with the first Germany colony in Westcliffe and is the last survivor of that colony. He was born April 28, 1869 in Chicago, Ill., and came to Colorado with his parents while very young. He settled on a fruit farm in Canon City in 1893 and moved to Cripple Creek in 1913 where he took employment in the Crescent mine and has lived there ever since. He married Miss Hulda Mueller, Sept. 25, 1892 in Westcliffe. Surviving are two children, Mrs. Stella Schillo of Canon City and William Ackelbein of Cripple Creek; a sister, Mrs. Ella Wycoffe of Grand Junctions, and three grandchildren, Margaret Mary Heck, Lavone Langley and Gordon Schillo. Also surviving are two great grandchildren, Karent Louise Langley and Mary Ann Heck. Mrs. Ackelbein was a member of the Lutheran church. Funeral services will be held from St. Paul's Lutheran in Canon City, Monday at 2:30 pm., the Rev. E. J. Riske officiating. Interment will be in Lakeside cemetery.
Added: Jun. 7, 2005