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 Josephine Nachtrieb Dr. Jo Dunlop

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.

An old school in Nathrop.
An old school in Nathrop.

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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22 thoughts on “ENTER – THE UNEXPECTED

  1. Fascinating story Doris. I ran down a rabbit hole on my last newspaper article about a “100 year” homesteading family when I was researching newspapers at the time and found the story of the “madam” in our town who had her nose cut off by a jealous admirer and the couldn’t reattach it back in 1890. I had already heard the story but found the actual newspaper account of it and had to read that before I got back on the trail of my original target! Those are fun discoveries aren’t they? Enjoyed your blog.


    1. Neva, I would have been down that same rabbit hole. The ‘madam’s’ story, oh that is a gem. History does offer so much when we take the time to dig it out. Thahk you for sharing the madam story. Doris


    2. An admirer, eh? Some guy who wanted to make the madam ugly, upset over her having a roving eye? My first thought before I reread what you wrote was that a jealous, enraged rival did the nose cutting.


  2. What a captivating post Doris. Your posts are so full of character and facts. This particular one I really like because of the turn it took and all the golden information you found that you can further explore. I really enjoy it when my research leads me on a side path that sometimes turns out to be even more interesting than the original research. Can’t wait for your next post!


    1. Linda, thank you. This find was one of the more interesting ones, but who knows what I will find next. I’ve filled this one away for futher research, for I know I want to follow up on some tantalizing peices that popped up. Research is such a gold mine of forgotten and disjointed information. Onward to the libraries. Doris


  3. Intriguing and educational post, Doris! I admire your dedication to research and history and I love the educational aspect of your blog posts! I suspect you’ve discovered another interesting story to create, enact, and/or educate others about. Best to you as you continue your research, develop your stories, and educate your audiences/readers!


    1. Gayle, thank you. You are right, this is another story I probably can’t let this one go. And to tell the truth, I don’t mind. My problem, so many ‘rabbit holes’ so little time. Doris


  4. Cant wait to hear more historical details of this doctor and her father as you uncover it. Hope Remington got his just desserts. Maybe he was a member of the Remington Firearms family, and they protected him?


    1. I don’t know, Mike. if he was ever punished. I’m going to try the prison records. I did find in other accounts, although where they got their information I haven’t found out, it was someone else. Oh the mystery. I’ll keep you informed. As far I could find, this is the only time he’s mentioned in the area. (SIGH). But I do love the chase and will keep you in the loop. Doris


  5. A $300 reward sounds pretty high to me making me think there would have been many out looking for Remington. I agree that little setbacks can only make you more determined to keep researching till all roads are dead-ends. Mike’s theory about the Remington family occurred to me as well and i know only that it’s the name of a firearms maker. For me it’s pure word association but I;m pretty sure many cover-ups happened then as they can still do now.


    1. So true, Nancy, but I did find an Albert Remington who was doing life in the prison system in Indiana. Are they the same? I don’t know, but it is a lead. Perhaps I should have been a dective, but because I have to know for sure, the suspects would pass on by the time I figured it out. (SMILE). Thanks for stopping by and adding to the possibilities. Doris


    1. Ah Kathy, I’ve found a few rabbits, but less often than you would think. Perhaps due to the nature of their choice of careers may have something to do with it. Thanks for the kind words. Doris


  6. You do run across a lot of interesting and unexpected trails to follow, Doris. Your dedication in following them is inspiring. 🙂 You must have so many historical facts packed into your head!


    1. Stephanie, I do have so much finding these pieces of information. For me the stories come out in my fiction and non-fiction and I love it. One of the practices to help with my memory is to file these pieces of stories in my brain and pull them out at opportune times. (Smile) Thank you Stephanie for the kind words. Doris


  7. I was so thrilled to read about Dr. Jo. She happens to be a distant relative. My Great Grandmpther was Ethel Nachtrieb and my Mother I believe was named after Dr Jo. She was Ethel JoAnn Carson. I was looking up from a medical stand point of my relitives with medical backgrounds. I have been in the veterinary side of the medical profession and was looking for any and all medically related persons in my past. I feel proud that perhaps this wonderful woman had a place in history that was so important. Thank You for your time in the rabbit holes to bring this to light. Gina LeeAnn Olsen.


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