|Death: ||Aug. 24, 1908|
Edwin Lucas Hagar married his second wife, Martha K _______ and they pioneered around the Empire area. Edwin had a son, (Clarence Edwin Hagar) by his first wife, Irene Wolcott. Edwin and Martha had two sons, Guy and Bert, who were Edwin's own son's Half brothers.
Edwin was killed in a mine shaft accident, in September, 1864, in the Atlantic Mine high upon the side of Silver Mountain in Empire. In March of 1865 the shaft was then cribbed. After Edwin died, Martha continued to farm in the area for several years, before moving to Denver, with her two sons and step-son, Clarence.
Food became scarce and what was obtainable was terrifically high. The last milk cow had disappeared to greener pastures and butter was $3.00 a pound. Mr. John Dreidt arrived from Germany , with a quantity of seeds and every yard in Empire had a few turnips, carrots and rutabaga's.
Hostilities weren't limited to the Civil War going on in the South, but the Indians were stirring up trouble for the Miners and Settlers. By the summer of 1867, Chief Colorow, surly and unpredictable, had frightened more people away from Empire City. He intended to attack the town and burn it to the ground. After much talk by an old prospector, who could speak the Ute language, Chief Colorow and his braves returned to their camping ground in Middle Park.
Within a few days he was back again with a larger band of warriors, all painted for war. He departed again without taking a scalp, but Mrs. Hagar was terrified by this time and fled to Denver with her two sons and stepson, Clarence Hagar.
Here she found security in Mr. William Chilcott, who she married and together they farmed at W. 38th. Ave. and Tennyson Street, in the Highland District. Highlands about 1890 had a population of 5,161, constituting a large part of "North Denver". It was laid out in the 1870's and incorporated as a village by the County Commissioners, on April 8,1875, upon petition of H. B. Pearce, F. D. Hagar and W. H. Hagar. (It is not known if these Hagars were related to Edwin Hagar.) There were other references to these same Hagars in the early Denver History.
The North Denver town area was almost two miles square and it was incorporated as a city, November 4, 1885 and annexed to Denver, July 24, 1896.
Martha and William Chilcott built a beautiful estate and planted most of the shade and fruit trees that exist today on the site that became the World Famous Elitch Gardens in later years. Chilcott's also had extensive vegetables, selling produce to restaurants, stores and hotels in Denver.
John Elitch noticed the Chilcott Ranch and struck with its beauty, bought the property in 1887 and developed it further. It was opened to the public in 1890 as a Zoo, with exotic animals. John Elitch died in California in March, 1891.
Mary Elitch returned to Denver and continued to improve the Gardens and opened it in May, 1891 as a Vaudeville and Amusement Park, where it continued, successfully for the next 104 years. Due to progress and no more room for expansion the World Renowned Elitch Gardens, closed its gates for the last time at the North Denver location after Labor Day weekend, in September, 1994 and moved most of its rides to a new location in the Central Platte Valley. It is still called "Elitch Gardens" -- they may have moved the rides and the name, but they couldn't move the beautiful gardens and shade trees that the original site boasted of for so many years.
Martha K. ______ (Hagar) Chilcott d: Aug 24, 1908, in Denver, CO and is buried next to her husband in Riverside Cemetery.
Written by: Emma May (Stevens) Noland...Historian for Heatley/Stevens families
Created by: Silkeyna (inactive)
Record added: Jun 21, 2008
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