|Birth: ||Aug. 28, 1857|
St. Louis County
|Death: ||Jun. 18, 1915|
Los Angeles County
From: Semi-Centennial History of the State of Colorado, 1913
FRANK F. CASTELLO. It is not a very far cry back when the teacher of geography in the district school suggested that the pupils spend little time studying the country west of the Missouri river, designating that country as an unreclaimable waste of desert. Today that country is termed the "Great West" and it is an empire of incalculable riches and marvelous development. Its wilds have been tamed its barrier-hills have been traversed and its deserts have been reclaimed.
And in the process of transforming this limitless waste of Indian playground into a peaceful, industrial realm, the most significant and important feature has been the development of sturdy, dauntless and progressive men and women whose matured natures today reflect the breadth of the west's great prairies, the strength of its everlasting hills and the gentle beauty of its sunshine and blue sky. In the thriving cities of today that were the Indian camps of yesterday are found men of achievements and high standing men who form the connecting link between the stage-coach days of the early 60's and the advanced civilization of today men who came to the west in the "prairie schooner," who fought their way against and through its wilderness up to their present honored place in its activities.
In nearly every important community in the west are to be found men who, like Frank F. Castello, of Colorado Springs, have traveled a rugged path to their present place in the world and who can look back across the years to a time when they entered the Great West with an ox team along some old-time buffalo trail. And the story of the Castello family and its entrance into the life of the west would, if skillfully woven into a romance, be of absorbing interest and delight.
James Castello (a native of Pennsylvania) in 1838 heard the call of the far west and answered it. His first permanent stop in his westward journey with his family was at Mineral Point in the then territory of Wisconsin. From that place he pushed on into what is now the middle west and located at what was then the big river town of St. Louis, Missouri. He became a well-known figure in the life of that community and an active participant in politics during the twenty years of his residence there. An intimate friend of General Frank Blair, he was inseparably linked with the political life of the territory and with the formation and development of the Republican Party in what was later the State of Missouri.
In 1860 he ventured forth again, this time across the southwestern plains and into Colorado. He located near what is now Central City, at a small mining camp known as Nevada Gulch. He remained there but a short time and then went to Fairplay, Park County, in 1863. Satisfied with his prospects in the new country, he sent for his family, whose members had remained in St. Louis. And at this point there enters into the history of the Castello family one of those examples of supreme feminine faith, courage and sturdy ability which are so often found in the history of the upbuilding of the great west and which constitute one of the most notable features in connection with the reclaiming of that wild country. In all fairness it must be conceded that to the women of the pioneer days should be accorded a large measure of the credit for the opening up of the Trans-Missouri country. Fearlessly, trustingly and uncomplainingly Mrs. Castello gathered her five children and household goods into covered wagons and, escorted only by the guides whom Mr. Castello had sent to lead her across the plains, she undertook that dangerous journey and endured its hardships through sixty days required to make the trip from Atchison, Kansas, to Denver. Her guides on tire long journey were John and Aaron Ripley, friends of Mr. Castello, and they are today (February, 1909) residents of Fremont County, Colorado. In 1870 Mr. Castello took his family and moved to Florissant, in the western part of El Paso (now Teller) county, and there operated a cattle ranch and also a general store; and here he remained until his death on May 18, 1878.
In St. Louis, on August 28, 1857, Frank F. Castello was born. After his father's death, the son (then attaining his majority) took up his own work as an independent ranchman and farmer. The possibilities of the mining industry attracted him, and as opportunity offered he prospected in various parts of San Juan County. In 1880 Mr. Castello married Miss Ida Baker, daughter of Louis Baker, of Missouri, and three children were born to them Louis, Charles and Clara. Mrs. Ida Castello died in 1893, and in 1897 Mr. Castello married Miss Marie Huss, daughter of William Huss, a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio. There are two children by the second marriage Helen and Frank F. Castello, Jr.
Later Mr. Castello established a general merchandise store, which he operated until 1898, and then abandoned that line of work and devoted himself entirely to mining. He was one of the early operators in Cripple Creek, and he acquired interests there which subsequently developed into the famous Mary McKinney mine, one of the largest and most productive of gold mines of this distinguished camp. Mr. Castello gave his constant personal attention to the development of this property; in due time the ground was incorporated into the Mary McKinney Mining Company, of which Mr. Castello is now president; and to the ability, experience, integrity and conservatism which Mr. Castello gave to the management of its affairs this company owes, in large measure, its high standing and success. Mr. Castello never sought nor accepted political offices, with one exception he was elected and served as a member of the eighth General Assembly of 1891. He enjoys the esteem, respect and admiration of the community to a noteworthy degree, and stands as a splendid representative of those intrepid pioneers who fought the battle of the west and won. He became a resident of Colorado Springs in 1898 and is now president of the Colorado Springs Mining Stock Association, which is probably the strongest and most conservative mining exchange in the country; he is an active director in the Exchange National Bank of Colorado Springs ; he is a member of the 1909 Charter Convention chosen by the citizens to model a new form of government for the city of Colorado Springs; and in many ways he is actively identified with the progressive life of the community.
Colorado Springs Gazette, Saturday, June 19, 1915
Frank F. Castello, Prominent Mining Man and Pioneer, Dies Suddenly in California
Had Been Ill Three Years but Within Last Few Weeks Health Showed Improvement
Frank F. Castello, president of the Mary McKinney Mining Company, and resident of Colorado for the last 52 years, died yesterday morning at his home in Beverly Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles. Death was caused by heart and kidney trouble. Mr. Castello was 58 years old.
Never strong physically, Mr. Castello became seriously ill about three years ago, and since had spent much of his time in southern California. His condition remained about the same until last April, when it became much worse. For several weeks he hovered between life and death, but gradually became stronger, and his condition was considered so much improved last week that his son, Charles, who had been with him, returned to Colorado Springs.
Wife and Children Survive
Yesterday Morning Mr. Castello suddenly grew weaker, and death came within a few hours. At his bedside were his wife, a son, Frank, and a daughter, Miss Helen Castello. In addition to these, Mr. Castello is survived by two sons, in this city, Charles F. and Lewis; a married daughter, Mrs. Walker, Living in Denver; two brothers, Joseph, living here, and John, living at Florissant, and a married sister in Wyoming.
The body will probably be brought to Colorado Springs for burial.
Mr. Castello father, James Castello, in 1838 left his native state, Pennsylvania, to seek his fortune in the great west, settling finally in what was then the big river town of St. Louis. He became an active figure in politics and, being an intimate friend of Gen. Frank Blair, was inseparably linked with the formation and development of the Republican Party in that state. Frank F. Castello was born August, 28, 1857, and three years later his father came to the southwestern plains of Colorado. He located near was is now Central City, and three years later went to Fairplay, in Park County. Satisfied with his prospects, he sent to St. Louis for his family. Fearlessly, trustingly and without complaint, Mrs. Castello, with her five children, undertook the dangerous journey, escorted only by the guides her husband had sent. Sixty days were required to travel from Atchison, Kan., to Denver. In 1870, James Castello, with his family, moved to Florissant, where he operated a cattle ranch and a general store until his death in 1878.
Engaged in Gold Mining
Frank F. Castello took up his fathers work. Soon, however, the possibilities of the mining industry attracted him and as an opportunity afforded he prospected in various parts of San Juan County. In 1898 he abandoned his store and ranch and began to devote his entire attention to mining, which industry held his attention for the remainder of his life.
Mr. Castello was one of the early operators in the Cripple Creek District, and acquired interests there which subsequently developed the famous Mary McKinney Mine, one of the largest and most productive in the famous gold camp. He also was one of the prominent who pushed to completion the Roosevelt deep drainage tunnel. Although president of the Mary McKinney, his place in the last three years has been taken largely by his son, Charles F., secretary-treasurer of the corporation.
Mr. Castello never sought nor accepted political office, with one exception in 1891 he was elected to serve as a member of the Eighth general assembly. He removed to Colorado Springs in 1898 and always was identified with the progressive life of the city. He served as a member of the 1909 charter convention chosen by the citizens to model a new form of government for Colorado Springs. For more than 10 years he was president of the Colorado Springs Mining Stock Exchange, resigning his position about three years ago. He also was a director of the Exchange National and Colorado Savings banks here.
In 1880, Mr. Castello married Miss Ida Baker, daughter of Louis Baker of Missouri and three children were born Louis, Charles and Clara. Mrs. Ida Castello died 1893 and in 1897 Mr. Castello married Miss Marie Huss, daughter of William Huss of Cincinnati. There e two children by the second marriage Helen and Frank F., Jr.
When his health failed three years ago, Mr. Castello went to southern California. He found the change beneficial and last year constructed a handsome residence in Beverly Hills. The home was completed only about a month ago.
James Michael Castello (1814 - 1878)
Catherine Hughes Castello (1819 - 1898)
Ida Baker Castello (1857 - 1893)
Marie Huss Castello (1864 - 1924)*
John Edward Castello (1892 - 1892)*
Charles Castello (1839 - 1893)*
James Robert Castello (1844 - 1916)**
John B Castello (1849 - 1932)**
Henry Milton Castello (1855 - 1858)**
Francis Ferdinand Castello (1857 - 1915)
El Paso County
Created by: Ron West
Record added: Apr 09, 2011
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