Season 2 Episode 11: Ralph Carr

Ralph Carr

In today's episode, Jeff explores the life and career of Ralph Carr - Colorado's 29th Governor. He stood up for the rights of Japanese-Americans at the height of World War II and paid a political price. Listen in to find out more about this Denver Peacemaker.

Check out Adam Schrager's book, The Principled Politician: Ralph Carr and the Fight Against Japanese Internment,  which was the source material for a lot of this episode.

 

Season 2 Episode 10: Emily Griffith

Emily Griffith

If the name Emily Griffith rings a bell, it's probably because you've driven by a building with her name on it in Denver. Griffith was a Denver peacemaker who contributed to our city's flourishing because she acted on her core belief that anyone should have access to education. Listen in on this episode of the Delve Denver Podcast as Jeff explores the life of Emily Griffith.

 

Season 2 Episode 9: Judge Ben Lindsey

Judge Ben Lindsey

In this episode, we explore the life and career of Judge Ben Lindsey. He was a innovator in the juvenile justice system and along the way made some fierce enemies within the Ku Klux Klan. Listen in as Jeff tells the story of this amazing peacemaker.

The Denver Justice Center

 
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Season 2 Episode 8: Mother Cabrini

Mother Cabrini

Have you ever been driving into Denver from the mountains and noticed the large white, marble statue to the North of I-70, just after passing Evergreen? That statue of Jesus stands on the grounds of the Mother Cabrini Shrine. Mother Cabrini is a venerated saint in the Catholic Church who spent time here in Denver. Listen to her story today on the Delve Denver Podcast.

Our Trip up to the Cabrini Shrine

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Season 2 Episode 7: Francis Schlatter

On today’s episode, we explore the curious character Francis Schlatter. In 1895, after a two-year, 3000 mile pilgrimage across the West, Schlatter returned to Denver and continued a healing ministry he had begun in New Mexico. Schlatter is said to have healed thousands of people over the course of two months. Was this mysterious man the real thing? Listen to this episode as we explore the healings of Francis Schlatter.

A big thanks to David Wetzel's book "The Vanishing Messiah: The Life and Resurrections of Francis Schlatter" which provided much of the background for this episode.

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Season 2 Episode 6: Faith Leaders During the 1893 Depression Part 1

Denver is a boom and bust town. Today's episode features two faith leaders from one of Denver's bust periods. Rev Thomas Uzzell (the Fighting Parson) led the People's Tabernacle in Downtown Denver. He was a fierce advocate for the marginalized. He invited many leaders to speak in his pulpit including Rev. Myron Reed of 1st Congregational Church. They forged a bond that led to both good work and an expression of Social Gospel theology to take root in Denver. 

An interesting reflection on his life by Rev. Uzzell's nephew can be found here.

Also worth noting is that a simple Google search of Rev. Myron Reed's name will come back with a lot of citations by United Way chapters around the country. Along with several others, Rev. Reed helped to launch the first campaign that would eventually turn into the United Way.

Check out Jeff Johnsen's depiction of these two characters and get ready for a third, even more intriguing religious figure, coming up next time on the Delve Denver Podcast.

Photos (from top to bottom): People's Tabernacle, Tom Uzzell's Gravestone, Rev. Myron Reed

Season 2 Episode 5: Clara Brown

Clara Brown was born a slave in Virginia in 1800. At nine years of age, she and her mother were sent to Kentucky. By the age of eighteen she married and subsequently gave birth to four children. At 35 years of age, she was sold by her owner at auction and separated from her husband and children. Freed by her third owner in 1859, she came to Denver by working as a cook on a wagon train in exchange for her transportation. Brown is reportedly the first black woman to cross the plains during the Gold Rush.

Once in Colorado, she lived in Central City and established the first laundry. By 1866, she had accumulated $10,000 and began to actively search for her family; and, in the process helped newly freed slaves to relocate to Colorado. As “Aunt” Clara Brown’s profits in mines and real estate grew, she became more charitable, never turning away anyone in need.

With the death of two of her four children, and having lost track of her son, Brown returned to Kentucky in an attempt to locate her surviving daughter, Liza Jane. When Brown returned to Colorado, she brought with her sixteen freed women and men but she was unable to locate her lost daughter at this time. Sometime between 1866 and 1885, when Brown died, she was reunited with Liza Jane and a granddaughter, Cindy.

Clara Brown was honored by the Denver community and made a member of the Society of Colorado Pioneers. In her honor, a memorial chair was placed in Central City’s Opera House and a stained glass window can be found in the rotunda of the Colorado State Capitol.

From the Colorado Women's Hall of fame. Found at: http://www.cogreatwomen.org/project/clara-brown/

Season 2 Episode 4: Jim Goodheart

Jim Goodheart is a very interesting character from Denver history. Like so many others, he came to our city to re-invent himself. He struggled with his own demons, but over the course of his life helped too many others to be counted. His work at the Sunshine Mission (a predecessor to the Denver Rescue Mission), changed our city for the better. He was a Denver peacemaker through and through.

If you're interested in Daniel Reichel's paper about Jim Goodheart, the Denver Public Library's link to the paper is here.

The article below came from American Magazine, Volume 83. It was digitized by Google.

 

Season 2 Episode 3: Silas Soule

Silas Stillman Soule (July 26, 1838 – April 23, 1865) was an American abolitionist, Kansas Territory Jayhawker, anti-slavery militant, and a friend of John Brown and Walt Whitman. Later, during the American Civil War, he joined the Colorado volunteers, rising to the rank of Captain in the Union Army.

Silas Soule was in command of Company D, 1st Colorado Cavalry, which was present at Sand Creek on November 29, 1864, when he refused an order to join the Sand Creek massacre. During the subsequent inquiry, Soule testified against the massacre's notorious ringleader, John Chivington, and soon after, he was murdered in Denver, presumably in revenge for this act.

Season 2: Episode 2 Chief Left Hand (Niwot)

 

Chief Niwot or Left Hand(-ed) (c. 1825–1864) was a tribal leader of the Southern Arapaho people and played an important part in the history of Colorado. Chief Niwot and his people lived along the Front Range often wintering in Boulder Valley, site of the future Boulder, Colorado. Despite breaching the borders of Arapaho territory — defined by the Fort Laramie Treaty as the area between the North Platte River and the Arkansas River — early prospectors were welcomed by Niwot in Boulder Valley during the Colorado Gold Rush.

(Top) Chief Left Hand (Image found at: http://www.franksrealm.com/Indians/tribes/Arapaho/pages/arapaho-lefthand.htm)

(Bottom) Arapaho camp across Cherry Creek from the gold seekers camp in 1858. (Image found at: http://coloradoencyclopedia.org/article/chief-left-hand-niwot)