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Mabel Barbee Lee
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Birth: 1884
Utah, USA
Death: 1978
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County
California, USA

Gazette Telegraph, Colorado Springs, COFriday,
9 March 1979 page A4:3Mrs. Mabel Barbee LeeA well-known regional author, Mabel Barbee Lee, at one time dean of women at Colorado College, died Dec. 12 in a nursing home in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was 94. Mrs. Lee spent many of her earlier years in Cripple Creek and wrote her first book, "Cripple Creed Days," at the age of 75. It was followed by four more books - "And Suddenly It's Evening" in 1963, "The Rainbow Years" and in 1966, "Back in Cripple Creek" in 1968, and "The Gardens of My Life" in 1970, which earned her sobriquet of the "Grandma Moses of the Publishing World."Born April 11, 1884, in Siver Reef, Utah, Mrs. Lee moved with her family to Cripple Creek during the city's "Gold rush" era, and lived there for 10 years. She taught English in the high school in Victor and one of her promising students was Lowell Thomas. Thomas was partly responsible for her career as a writer. He read one of her articles in the Reader's Digest many years after he had become a famous journalist, and he urged her to write a book about her memories of the Cripple Creek - Victor Gold District during its heyday. "Cripple Creek Days," published in 1958 by Doubleday Publishing Co., was the result. Mr. Lee was married in 1908 to mining engineer Howard S. Lee and spent 10 years traveling with her husband in mining camps from Orgeon to Mexico. After his death in 1918, she became dean of women at Colorado College. In 1931 she helped found Bennington College in Vermont. She was also associaited with Radcliffe and Whitman colleges, and with the University of California in Berkeley. Mrs. Lee is survived by a daughter, Barbara Lee of San Rafael, Calif., who played the original rol of Portia on the old radio show, "Portia Faces Life."
- Many thanks to Henny Elze for this information.
Family links: 
  Johnson R. Barbee (1843 - 1905)
  Kate Barbee (1861 - 1904)
  Howard Shields Lee (1880 - 1918)*
*Calculated relationship
"Chronicler of Cripple Creek"
Mount Pisgah Cemetery
Cripple Creek
Teller County
Colorado, USA
Created by: AW
Record added: May 30, 2006
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Mabel <i>Barbee</i> Lee
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Mabel <i>Barbee</i> Lee
Added by: Kevin & Paula Meyer
Mabel <i>Barbee</i> Lee
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I read the book called "The Rainbow Years" about the Rainbow mine in Rye Valley, OR. The mine was once owned by my great grandfather William Kimbrough. He sold the mine to a commercial mining company and Mr Lee was give the job of running the mine. I h...(Read more)
- Li Ann Lee
 Added: Jul. 27, 2013
How pretty! I read your book, "Cripple Creek Days". In the book the forward by Lowell Thomas says just how pretty. The book is excellent. I'll get to Colorado and visit your grave one day.
- billcarr
 Added: Jul. 11, 2013
Read your book Cripple Creek Days and have seen so much of that area and wish that there had been more photos of when YOU had lived there. Wonderful book, MANY fantastic things of knowledge before unknown, but brought out by you. Hope that your daughter...(Read more)
- Deby Zimmerman
 Added: Oct. 10, 2011
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