Post copyright by Doris McCraw
We all encounter the unexpected. Usually it is fun, sometimes irritating and occasionally an interesting blessing. This post is about the third, and interesting blessing, I think.
Doctor Josephine Dunlop, born December 3, 1875 in Colorado. Died September 15, 1970 at the age of 94 in Austin, Texas. She was the widow of William Dunlop and practiced medicine in Pueblo, Colorado. One source has her as a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School in 1898 and receiving her Colorado license that same year. This same source has her as the president of the Pueblo County Medical Society in 1918 and retiring from the practice of medicine in 1946. From 1919-1920 she was the second vice-president of the Colorado State Medical Society.
Dr. Dunlop was one of consulting pathologist for the Colorado State Hospital, and the Colorado Fuel and Iron company, both in Pueblo, Colorado.
The accomplishments of Dr. Dunlop fascinated me. It was as I researched her background that I took a path I did not expect. Enter- the Unexpected. There I found her father, Charles H. Nachtrieb and early settler in Colorado. Born April 20, 1833 in Germany, Charles came to the United States with his siblings. After settling in Colorado, Mr. Nachtrieb was a candidate from Lake county to the convention in 1866 to establish a constitution to admit Colorado to the Union. (Colorado was not admitted until 1876). He was to have built the first grist mill west of the Mississippi and a vigilante leader on the Lake County War. (Which according to records was a particularly bloody conflict.) In 1879 he along with Otto Mears, Issac Gothelf filed an article of incorporation for the Poncho, Marshall and Gunnison toll road, the object of which was to build a twenty-five thousand dollar toll road from Poncho creek in Chaffee county to the Gunnison river.
Charles Nachtrieb was also a rancher, having a large ranch in Gunnision County Colorado. He and his family lived in Nathrop, Colorado ( named for him) where he had a shop and was postmaster. It was in Nathrop that, according to the newspaper report from the time, that a man by the name of Burt (Bert) Remington shot and killed Charles on October 3, 1881. He was forty-nine. As I have searched, I have found no record of the trial or even if Remington was caught. But I have much more research to do. I did find a proclamation printed in the Daily Register-Call ( a Central City newspaper) on Thursday October 6, 1881 which read.
The Govenor’s Proclamation: Govenor Pirkin yesterday morning made the following proclamation, offering a reward:
Wheras, On or about the third (3d) day of October, A.D. 1881, one Charles Nachtrieb was murdered in the county of Chaffee, and state of Colorado, and Wheras, Burt Remington has been charged with said murder, and, Wheras, said Remington has not been arrested, the proper officers have been unable up to the present time to find said Remington, Now, therefore, In pursuance of the statute in such cases made and provided, I do hereby offer the sum of three hundred dollars ($300) as a reward for the arrest and delivery to the sheriff of Chaffee, county, Colorado, of the aforesaid Burt Remington, so charged with the said murder. FREDERICK W. PITKIN, Govenor.”
There is so much more to find out and research about this family, especially Dr. Dunlop’s father. I know I will be writing a great deal about her in the future. Her father’s story is a beautiful one of hard work, success but ultimately a very sad one also. In addition to Josephine, there was wife Margaret and children Jake, Charles II, and Chris.
So you see, I was off down the ‘rabbit hole’ when I ran across Josephine Dunlop’s family tree. There is much more for me to find, and as always, I love the unexpected pieces of history my doctor research is giving me. See you next time, for who knows what I may find.
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Doris Gardner-McCraw/Angela Raines
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