Pioneer Monument, Subscribers #13-16
Continuing my research of the names on the Pioneer Monument plaque of subscribers are the donors: Frank W. Frueauff, John S. Flower, Simon Guggenheim and John Good.
When considering those on the plaque, some names are easily recognizable. In the case of Frank W. Frueauff he is not the well known donor, at least a hundred years later, but his spouse’s name refers to a well known award in the entertainment world.
Frank W. Frueauff, like others named on the monument, was active in utilities. Frueauff started as a messenger boy at the Denver Consolidated Electric Light Company. He moved up to meter reader, book keeper, assistant to cashier, and cashier. He then became the 1st secretary under the new name, Denver Gas and Electric Company. From there he was the General Manager and Vice-President. He was also involved in the Summit County Power Company, and the Denver City Service Oil Company. According to his obituary on Find a Grave, at the time of his death Mr. Frueauff occupied more official business positions in the “Directory of Directors” than any other man in America. He was an officer or director of 141 corporations.
Frank W. died in 1922 and left his wife an estate worth $12 million dollars. Mary Antoinette Frueauff Perry was born in 1888, she married Frank in 1909. After Frank’s death she involved herself in her lifelong passion, theater. Her involvement in theater allowed to produce the play, HARVEY. The Pulitzer awarded play was written by Baker Neighborhood resident, Mary Chase. Mary Antoinette was able to leave a legacy to the theater world in the form of an award name for her, the Tony.
Mary Antoinette’s daughter was also involved in show business. Along with her own work, Margaret Perry married actor Burgess Meredith. Meredith play the Penguin on TV’s Batman and the trainer, Mickey, in the Rocky’s movie franchise.
The next donor listed is John S. Flower. Flower was a real estate developer that was a friend of Robert Speer. Among other positions he had were: Chairman of the Public Improvement Committee, Trustee of the Clayton Trust and was on the Civil Service Commission. Flower lived at 1610 Emerson and sold the house to Joel F. Vaile who was instrumental in mining law.
I was nervous about finding information about such a common name as John Good. Luckily when researching John S. Flowers and Frank W. Frueauff the name, John Good, was in the same research material. John Good was the president of the Tivoli Union Brewery Company. He started in the brewery business then moved to banking. When he called in a loan on new equipment at the brewery, he took it over and renamed it, Tivoli. John Good died in 1918. The brewery stayed in business until 1969 when labor wars and a downtown flood caused problems from which they could not recover. The brewery building is now the student union building on the Auraria Campus.
A bit out of sequence, Simon Guggenheim’s name comes before John Good on the fountain’s plaque. Guggenheim is a well known name the world over, it was Colorado mining that made the family’s riches.
The dynasty started with Meyer Guggenheim (1825-1905). He arrived in the U.S. in 1848 and began his success in business. He took profits he made from various business and railroad investments and bought two flooded mines in Colorado. Mining lead to smelting metals. He owned the Philadelphia Smelting and Refining Company in Pueblo, CO. He had eleven children, eight sons, five of whom continued running the family businesses. The eighth child, Simon, came to Colorado to run the mining concerns. He donated to the Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado in Boulder and Colorado State University.
Solomon, the forth child is associated with collecting art. The Guggenheim building was built after his death and opened after the death of its architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Peggy Guggenheim, daughter of Benjamin Guggenheim who perished when the Titanic sunk, was also involved in the art world. Her collection is housed in Venice, Italy.
Colorado’s mineral wealth made many people rich. For some it was all the wealth they ever had, others used it as investments into other businesses, and some like Horace Tabor lost it all. The Guggenheims used Colorado’s opportunities to increase their worth many times over.
Colorado’s riches were part of the fortune that created the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Comments, additions and corrections are welcomed, JOE