Saturday, 23 February 2013 01:13

Grace Schmitt, Cerrillos treasure

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Card House Closes in late 1978 Card House Closes in late 1978 Cerrillos Rustler Photo and article

Grace Schmitt moved to Madrid, NM in 1968 and remained in the area, living in Cerrillos, NM for over 40 years. She ran the kitchens at the Mineshaft Tavern in Madrid, NM and the Golden Inn in Golden, NM at a time when the are was opening up to a new generation of "settlers" in south centeal Santa Fe County. In the mid-1970s, she provided safe haven at her Card House Cafe in Cerrillos, NM for many a situationally weary "Madroid" back in the day when the wind blew through the thin walls of their fragile, old balloon-frame homes that most often lacked insulation, electricity and running water. She served good, homecooked food at "peoples' prices" and often renewed faith in the human spirit fpor many a weary travelers....


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Jerry Kerr

I moved to Santa Fe in 1973 from Maryland. I lived in Madrid from 1975 through 1979 when I returned to Santa Fe. I have a degree and graduate work in American Studies. i worked at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology when i first came to New Mexico, also worked in Santa Fe at the old downtown SteakSmith and was an office manager for Sutin, Thayer & Browne Law Firm in the early 80's. I moved back to Maryland in 1984 and worked for a regional bank as an administrator for 27 years. I have now returned to Santa Fe as of Cinco de Mayo last year for permanent residency and retain an avid interest in the history of the American West and my adopted home town of Santa Fe in particular.  

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  • Comment Link William Mee Tuesday, 26 February 2013 03:47 posted by William Mee

    Jerry this is a great story. The little town has so many small businesses like the What-Not Shop, Mary Tapero's Bar, the Simoni Store.

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