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 Rose Mary Echo Silver Dollar Tabor

Rose Mary Echo Silver Dollar Tabor

Birth
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Death 18 Sep 1925 (aged 35)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 8370661 · View Source
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Rose Mary Echo Silver Dollar Tabor was the second daughter of United States Senator Horace A. W. Tabor of Colorado ("The Silver King") and his controversial second wife, Elizabeth McCourt "Baby Doe" Tabor. She received the additional name of "Silver Dollar" shortly after her birth, when William Jennings Bryan visited the family mansion in Denver and commented about the young baby, "her voice has the ring of a silver dollar." Silver was barely a teen when Mr. Tabor's wealth vanished and the family's silver and gold literally turned to ashes. Upon Horace's death, Mrs. Tabor took her two daughters and lived in a shack on the Matchless Mine property in Leadville, Colorado, where she remained a recluse until her body was found frozen on the floor in the shape of a cross, 1935. Silver was an astounding beauty, and restless for a better life she left home but always kept in touch with her mother via letters. She wrote a song, "Our President Roosevelt's Colorado Hunt" in honor of Theodore; a photograph of the President meeting Silver was carried on the front page of newspapers. She wrote a novel, "Star of Blood" which was obscurely published. By the time she was 30 it was rumored Silver was living in flop houses in various parts of the country, taking up with different men; it was also rumored she was an alcoholic, prostitute, and drug addict, which upon her untimely death the coroner confirmed as far as alcohol and narcotics. At her age of 36, newspapers carried an account of her death under "mysterious circumstances" on September 18, 1925. A picture was found among her belongings at Apartment 23, 3802 Ellis Avenue in Chicago where she had registered as "Ruth Norman." On the back of the photo Silver had written "in case I am killed arrest this man for he will be directly or indirectly responsible for my death." Police found the man and questioned him, then released him for "lack of evidence." To the day of her own death, Baby Doe Tabor denied her daughter was dead, offering when questioned "my dear daughter has forsaken the world and entered a convent as a nun." Some forty years after Silver's death, a group of historians and researchers affiliated with the Colorado Historical Society found her unmarked grave and paid for the simple grave marker.


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  • Created by: V. Rev. G. M. O. Gideon, V.G.
  • Added: 9 Feb 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8370661
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rose Mary Echo Silver Dollar Tabor (17 Dec 1889–18 Sep 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8370661, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by V. Rev. G. M. O. Gideon, V.G. (contributor 46604807) .