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Sunday, 15 April 2012 15:47

Sam Montoya in Trinidad, Colorado October 24, 1924

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Many New Mexicans had to leave their home town to make a living in the twenties and thirties.  Here Sam Montoya, 20, poises at his railroad job.

 SPEND ANY TIME IN SANTA FE AND YOU’RE LIKELY TO COME ACROSS THE WORK OF WILLARD CLARK. In fact his images are so ingrained in the culture of the town, his vignettes and scenes seem to be the indigenous graphic style, rather than the work of a single artist. Clark’s influence is seen everywhere in town: The unique woodcuts and etchings that still adorn local menus and advertisements throughout the city feel quintessentially “Santa Fe,” nearly 20 years after his death.

 

 

 

Saturday, 14 April 2012 16:53

E. Palace Avenue in 1944

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This is related to Mike Lord's post whose great-grandparents lived on E. Palace in the early 1900's.  This shows who lived on E. Palace three decades later.  Do you recognize any names?

Saturday, 14 April 2012 00:56

The Tesuque Pueblo Drive-In

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 The Tesuque Drive-In Movie Theater, Tesuque, NM 

It was while at Santa Fe Indian School, Quincy Tahoma, Diné-Navajo (1920-1956) developed his unique painting style. After WWII, he established himself as a full-time artist and painted a wide variety of subject matter but was perhaps best known for his dynamic action filled paintings. His signature included a vignette, which depicted what happened after the action in the painting.

Saturday, 14 April 2012 00:11

Della MacGillivray and her 1910 Buick

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Friday, 13 April 2012 21:25

Shared Memories of Genoveva Chavez

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Today, some think of Genoveva Chavez as a state-of-art recreation center.  But to many others, Genoveva Chavez is an adored Santa Fé girl.  For several decades, the Santa Fé Fiesta was not official until Genoveva took the microphone and, with great joy, serenaded the crowd with her heart-felt canciones. ¡Que Viva la Fiesta!

To share your memories, join in, click on an article and make your comments. 

  


Friday, 13 April 2012 15:48

Automobiles and The Willows

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The automobile arrives in Santa Fe.

From The Santa Fe New Mexican
July 14, 1908:

Attorney A.B. Renehan has joined the ranks of the automobile
enthusiasts by investing in a handsome four-cylinder Ford Model S
roadster. The machine arrived this week from Denver and Mr. Renehan is
now getting next to its intricate workings under the tutelage of Earl
Mayes, a professional chauffeur and local agent for the Ford. Mr.
Renehan will now be able to travel to and from his
beautiful suburban home, "The Willows," much more conveniently.

Here's a 1908 Ford Model S Roadster.  Imagine it chugging up East Palace Avenue.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNrxiSzw348


From The Santa Fe New Mexican
April 18, 1910

While attempting to scale one of the 'peaks' a half mile or more
behind the home of A.B. Renehan, to show off the climbing powers of his
automobile, Frank Owen had a narrow escape from serious if not fatal
injuries yesterday afternoon. His car turned turtle and he saved
himself by a magnificent vault just in the nick of time. With him but
several minutes before Mr. Owen took the leap were Dr. J.M. Diaz, who
is one of the greatest auto enthusiasts in the territory, A.J. Griffin
and J.H. Walker. They made a rapid descent from the car before it
turned turtle and in order to save it if possible from attempting the
feat.

Friday, 13 April 2012 00:47

Marietta and Alois Renehan - 1922

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Since I've been talking about my Great-grandmother and step Great-grandfather, I'd like to introduce them to you.

Thursday, 12 April 2012 18:38

The Fischer Brewery

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Alois and Marietta Renehan's home, the Willows, was built on the site of the Fischer Brewery.  The brewery was established in the 1880s (it appears on the Birds-Eye View of Santa Fe in 1882) and was closed in the late 1890s.  Alois bought the property and the 1902 Sanborn map lists it as "Dilapidated, used as a residence."  In its heyday, it boasted a performance stage, a beer garden and a bowling alley.

In 1894, Rudolph Eickmeyer wrote in his book "Letters From The South-West" about the brewery.

"Palace Street is the Fifth Avenue of Santa Fé.  Most of the stylish residences line its sides; but a little distance from these I made a discovery.  To see the city, you generally go over to the west side of the Santa Fé River, drive up the valley through the Mexican town, and return by Palace Street, after crossing to the east side of the river on a bridge.  Well, one day we made this trip, and when within a half mile of the stylish part of the street we discovered on our right a sign with the legend "Santa Fé Beer Garden."  We stopped, of course, and found ourselves in the Fatherland.  Tables under the trees and a jolly fellow-countryman of mine ready to serve his customers with pure Santa Fé lager and real St. Louis pretzels.  When he brought the lager, however, I was both astonished and amazed.  You have, no doubt, seen in Yonkers, in front of the establishments where the juice of King Gambrinus is flowing, a sign with the picture of a tumbler of huge size, saying, "Schooners, five cents."  But even the schooners there offered to the thirsty are not to be compared with those of Santa Fé.  I could account for it in but one way, namely, the climate here is exceedingly dry, and to moisten the throat it takes a large quantity of fluid.  In all my travels I have never met as good measure, except in the Hofbräu, in Munich, Bavaria, where his Royal Highness the King furnishes his thirsty subjects with lager at so much a "stein."

My Great-grandfather, Charles N. Lord, was the Secretary of The Board of Dental Examiners for the Territory.  Here's his report to the Governor, shortly before his divorce from my Great-grandmother.

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