Eastern Mojave Vegetation Field Notes (Continued)  

Tom Schweich  

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 When I first read the field notes of Annie Alexander and Louise Kellogg, I was fascinated by the descriptions they wrote about the places they went and the plants and animals they found there. By publishing my field notes on the Internet I hope to follow a little bit in their tradition.










Locations: North Table Mountain.  

January 28, 1960. .... Saturday Golden's Fire department and Sheriff's officers rescued an Indiana lad from the cliff of North Table mountain where he became stranded after trying to scale the rocks—he was removed from the cliff unharmed but cold .... (Colorado Transcript, 94(16), January 28, 1960, p. 1).

Locations: North Table Mountain.  

February 18, 1960. … Two firemen put out a fire burning in brush along Kinney Run. ... Ten firemen participated in the rescue of a boy from a crevice on North Table mountain. … (Colorado Transcript, 94(19), February 18, 1960, p. 2)

Locations: North Table Mountain.  

March 20, 1960. Police were called March 20 when two boys were found rolling rocks off North Table Mountain. The rocks were rolling almost down to homes located in the area (Colorado Transcript, 94(25), March 31, 1960, p. 3)

Locations: Chimney Gulch. North Table Mountain.  

June 16, 1960.
  • Seventy Years Ago (1890)

    "One can form something of an idea what Golden will be like when Lookout Monutain is opened as a summer resort from the number of people who even now come up from Denver on Sundays. Yesterday not less than a dozen carriages and express wagons from Denver, loaded with men, women and children, went up Chimney Canon to spend the day.”

    Henry Koch’s new resort on North Table Mountain was to be formally opened the following Sunday.

(Colorado Transcript, __(__), June 16, 1960, pg.__)

Locations: North Table Mountain.  

An accident killed a man at the crusher located at the foot of North Table Mountain on Highway 93. The man was caught between a hoist and its tractor when he was putting gas into the tractor (Colorado Transcript, 95(5), November 10, 1960, pg. 6).

Locations: North Table Mountain.  

December 29, 1960. Golden will play a small but important part in the race to get man into space as the testing site of rocket seat ejectors late in January. Keep your binoculars pointed toward North Table Mountain. (Colorado Transcript, __(__), December 29, 1960, pg. __).





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• Field Notes:  June 22, 1871;

Locations: North Table Mountain.  

June 22, 1961. Ninety Years Ago This Week (1871): During a heavy rainstorm a mass of rock estimated to be 1,000 tons fell from the south face of North Table Mountain, creating a roar like an earthquake. (Colorado Transcript, 95(37), June 22, 1961, pg. 8)

Full Size ImageMy bromfiets.  

September 1961

My "bromfiets"

Full Size ImageRappenburg Street, Leiden  
Town center of Leiden

Full Size Image"Paul loaded with groceries & flowers at Plein 1960."  

November 1961


Locations: North Table Mountain.  

November 30, 1961. Foss' Table Mountain Ranch, which claims most of North Table Mountain, is used primarily for cross breeding and inbreeding lines of Angus and Hereford. ... The mountain served a unique purpose this year when Stanley Aircraft used the area as a proving ground for the B-58 “Hustler” ejection capsules (Colorado Transcript, __(__), November 30, 1961, pg. __).

Full Size ImageIce skating on the canals in Leiden  

Christmas 1961






Full Size Image"Tom on his bromfiets …"  

March 1962


Full Size Image"Tom & Lydia on the grounds of the Keukenhof, April 1962"
Full Size Image"Lydia attempting to shw how large the tulips are at the Keukenhof. April 1962"  

April 1962

Visit to the Keukenhof
  Tour of Europe before going home

Full Size ImageTom at the edge of time.  
Schweich, Germany





Locations: North Table Mountain.  

A grass fire on the south side of North Table Mountain started when a weed-buring project was blown out of control (Colorado Transcript, 97(22), March 7, 1964, p. 2).
  Kansas City Star Tuesday September 17, 1963

A Link to Past Gone

Mrs. Ella Turner's kin founded church

Book of Mormon was written in home of Woman's Great-Grandfather

Mrs. Ella Turner, 96, who was buried in Richmond, Mo., was a frail woman whi kept close to her home at 4115 Bell Street, but for the nearly 2 million members of the Monmon churches, she was a link to their beginnings.

In the home of Mrs. Turner's great-grandfather, Peter Whitmer, the Mormon church was founded. In that small frame home in Fayette, N. Y., Joseph Smith sat and dictated to her two great uncles, Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer, the Book of Mormon.

Time passed, and the persecuted Mormons moved from New York to Ohio, then Illinois, then to the west. Mrs. Turner's kin settled in Richmond. David Whitmer still had the manuscript of the book.

Hard times followed David's death and his son, George Schwiech, took a loan from the Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints. The book was his security. Schweich never reclaimed the book. Today it is in the vault of the City National bank here.

Mrs. Bessie Marston, Mrs. Turner's daughter, took her mother to see the book several years ago at the R. L. D. S. auditorium in Independence. Elders of the church knew of Mrs. Turner, and told her to stay and look at the book as long as she liked.

Mrs. Turner died Thursday.

[The article has the hand-written notation, "Paul, I have heard your father speak of this book many times."]




  Death of Irma Hemenway Shaw





Locations: Tramway Quarry.  

March 4, 1965.
  • 80 Years Ago (1885). The Highline Ditch around Table Mountain reached completion.
  • 50 Years Ago (1915). A deed was filed with the county clerk, granting a right-of-way over the Farmer’s Highline Canal for an aerial tramway from the Tramway Quarries on North Table Mountain to the crusher at Rockdale.
  • 20 Years Ago (1945). Climax Molybdenum announced that it would move its western headquarters to Golden, with about 200 people to be employed in the new offices.
(Colorado Transcript, __(__), March 4, 1965, pg. __).

Locations: Cressmans Gulch (lower). Tucker Gulch (lower).  

Tucker Gulch, fed in part by Cressmans Gulch, flooded with the peak of the flood coming at about 7:00PM on Saturday, July 24, 1965. Rain and started falling on Tuesday, July 21st, and continued intermittently, with increasing surges of water until the Saturday evening flood. Several bridges were damaged and torrents of mud spilled down Washington Avenue and Ford Street. Somewhat ironically, a previous flood on Tucker Gulch occurred on the same day in 1896 (Colorado Transcript, 99(43), July 29, 1965).

Locations: North Table Mountain.  

August 5, 1965. . . Back to the July 24 flood, a resident on the south side of Clear Creek across from North Table mountain said she never before saw water pouring off the mountain as it did that afternoon she said it looked like Niagara Falls -- this seems no exaggeration when the flood damage along Easley Rd. is viewed -- water poured through the new subdivision on W. 44th and Easley Rd. and huge boulders crashed down the mountain -- the channel of Clear creek changed and water was flowing north of the Mclntyre bridge instead of under the bridge -- the channel now has been diverted back under the bridge -- Church ditch is littered with debris for miles -- heavy equipment is being used to clear the ditch channel which overflowed for the first time that residents ever can remember -- the J. Lester Trezises, who have lived on Easley Rd. for 48 years, never remember seeing the ditch overflow before, but this time sandbags were needed to keep water out of the house and their patio was flooded the Trezises measured 6 inches of rainfall at their home in one week -- water ran through many other houses along Easley Rd. and a new home, apparently out of any flood area, was badly damaged by water and its foundation undermined . . . Here in Golden the clean-up continues and every cloud is viewed with apprehension hundreds of truck loads of silt, rocks and debris have been hauled from the flooded area to the bank of Clear creek west of Arapahoe St. and to the clay pit dump -- (Colorado Transcript, __(__), August 5, 1965, pg. __).





Full Size ImageWedding of Cheryl and Tom  









Full Size ImageMatt just after birth.  
January 30, 1968: birth of Matthew Thomas Schweich.

Full Size ImageMatt with Grandmother and Graddaddy  





Full Size ImageSuzanne and Michelle Day, 1969  
Michelle Marie Day (age 3 months), and Suzanne Marie Day

This photo is not dated. However, another photo of Michelle Day is dated as December, 1969, and lists her age as 10 months.

Full Size ImageMichelle Day, 10 months  
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