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Re: COLGIN, Alta 1880 Iowa
Posted by: Les Gleb (ID *****7091) Date: December 14, 2003 at 12:39:27
In Reply to: Re: COLGIN, Alta 1880 Iowa by Larry Richardson of 87

Thank you so very much for your reply and the information.
Belva Colgin, my grandmother was first married to Samuel TenBroeck (correct spelling!), who was a mining Engineer. They had two children Melva Lucille and Karl or Carl TenBroeck. Samuel died in a mine accident near Kellogg Idaho about 1907. His body was shipped to New York and he is buried on the family farm near Albany. I have traced the TenBroeck family back to the early 1600s in this country and they were apparently key people in founding our country. I would imagine that Belva met Samuel in Colorado (possibly at a mining school).
Belva was married five times and led quite a life. Her first husband was Samuel TenBroeck, the second was a "Don Juan" named Al Julius (whom she divorced) and the third was Fred Morgan, was a great guy and the only "grandfather" I ever knew. They met and married in Tacoma and lived in a cottage out on a small lake west of Fort Lewis. Fred was a Streetcar Conductor in Tacoma. They move to Oakland and Alameda California at the time I was born (1925).Fred worked for the telephone company and later died from cancer. At one time Fred had performed a chinese act in vaudeville and spoke two dialects of chinese. From a little kids standpoint , Fred was terrific and a lot of fun.
Then Belva married a man named Fred Fredericks and lived in San Francisco until he passed away. Then Belva married a "Romeo" with the last name of Le Conte (sp?).
Belva lived in Calistoga CA with her son Karl (then divorced from his wife) until he died when a car he was working on fell on him. Then she moved to Oakland where my mother arranged for an apartment for her and then a rest home. Enough for now -perhaps we can use e-mail for communication. I have questions about an Uncle Earle, etc.
Skip Gleb

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