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Pruden and Moore Family Papers, 1891-1985

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Series-175

Scope and Contents

Jennie Pruden's daily diaries were kept from 1891 until her death in 1945. She and her husband Charlie came from Iowa and homesteaded 160 acres in Jefferson County near Plainview in the early 1900s. They also owned and operated the Post Office and store on the Plainview stop of the Moffat Line starting in 1909. Her diaries recount daily pioneer life. Background research and photographs included.

Transcript of oral history recordings with Charles Moore recorded between 1975 and 1985. Describes life on the Eldorado Ranch as a child growing up, life on the farm in Arvada where he lived with his wife and family in the 1940s-1950s, and his involvement in the 1950s consolidation of the rural schools in Jefferson County into the R-1 school district. Also his later years as a member of the Jefferson County School Board in the 1960s-1970s.

Vol. 1 contains background research and supplemental information including: Overview, Introduction, Yearly highlights, Moffat road, Interurban, Eldorado resort, Real estate, Memorabilia, Census data, Jennie's relatives, Family tree, Gravesites, Address list, Jennie' recipes, Owens ranch, and Kansas Pacific Railway.

Vol. 2 contains Charles and Virginia Moore's tape transcripts

Vol. 3 contains Jennie Pruden's daily diary entries from 1891 to 1908, Early ranch, 1909-1916 Plainview, 1917-1925 Snowbird, 1926-1940 San Diego and 1941-1945 Return to ranch.


  • Creation: 1891-1985


Conditions Governing Access

Archives collection material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available for use by appointment in the reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Any use or reproduction must acknowledge the source. Donor intends to publish a book.


1.00 Cubic Feet (Three binders on one record box)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Includes flash drive with digitized copies of diary transcripts, photos, and background research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transcript of Jennie Pruden's diaries (1891-1945) and transcript of oral history recording with Charles Moore, recorded 1975-1985, received from Cherry Moore, Charles Moore's daughter, Jennie Pruden's great granddaughter.

Related Materials

Series 188: Charles O. Moore Papers; Acc. No. 2020-003 Charles O. Moore and Family Papers

Processing Information

Processed by Ronda Frazier in 2013.



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Repository Details

Part of the Jefferson County Archives Repository

3500 Illinois Street
Suite 2350
Golden CO 80401 United States