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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

Linda;
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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