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Charles O. Moore Papers & Moore Family Papers, 1947-1990

Identifier: Series-188

Scope and Contents

Collection contains various items related to Jefferson County schools and Mr. Moore’s service to the school board in Jefferson County; Virginia Moore’s service as president of the Mile-Hi Council of Girl Scouts; the family’s trip to Europe in 1961; and Charles and Virginia’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration in 1986.

The 50th wedding anniversary albums, entitled “50 Years of Memories: 1936-1986” contain the original wedding announcement; newspaper clippings; copies of telegraphs and birth announcements; photos of the couple over the years, family, friends and travels; cards and letters of congratulations on their anniversary and sharing of memories; and photos of flowers received and various guests.


  • 1947-1990


Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical / Historical

Charles O. Moore was born in 1913 in Eldorado Springs. He attended high school in Boulder and in 1934 graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He then moved to Pittsburgh, PA for two years and attended the University of Pittsburgh to work on his master’s degree.

In June 1936, Charles Moore married Alva Virginia Henderson in Chester, Pennsylvania. In 1937, the Moores moved back to Colorado and in 1939, Charles began employment with Gates Rubber Co. as an engineer. He and his family moved to Jefferson County in 1946, settling on a farm in Arvada. In 1948, Moore was elected president of the Fremont School District, formerly R-6 in Arvada, and is credited with setting the groundwork for consolidating all 39 Jefferson County school districts into the R-1 district known today. He was elected to serve as the Arvada representative on the R-1 board until 1959 when he accepted a job in Ohio with the Dayton Rubber Co.

Moore and his family returned to Wheat Ridge in 1961. In 1963, Moore was again appointed to the R-1 school board to fill a vacancy. He was re-elected in 1967 and served as president until he resigned in 1969. He was also very active with 4-H clubs and Boy and Girl Scout troops. The Sentinel newspapers named Moore Man of the Year in 1969.

Mr. Moore’s wife, Virginia, was also named a Sentinel Woman of the Year. Mrs. Moore served as president of the Mile-Hi Council of Girl Scouts in the 1960s. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a large reception on June 21, 1986.

Mrs. Cherry Moore Newell, one of Charles and Virginia’s five children, was a teacher at Bell Junior High School in Golden from 1967-1970. Moore Junior High School, built in 1980 at 8455 W. 88th Ave. in Arvada, was named for Charles Moore.


1.65 Cubic Feet (5 Boxes (2 document boxes, 2 slim document boxes, 1 flat box))

Language of Materials



Personal papers of Charles O. Moore, his wife Virginia and family related to various Jefferson County schools and Mr. Moore’s service to the R-1 school board in Jefferson County; Mrs. Moore’s service as president of the Mile-Hi Council of Girl Scouts; the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration in 1986; and the family’s trip to Europe in 1961.


Documents arranged in folders alphabetically by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mr. Moore’s original papers were donated to the Archives by his daughter, Cherry Moore, in 2013. In 2020, the Lakewood Heritage Center deaccessioned their collection of Moore family papers and donated them to the Archives.

Related Materials

Series 175: Pruden and Moore Family Histories.

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Repository Details

Part of the Jefferson County Archives Repository

3500 Illinois Street
Suite 2350
Golden CO 80401 United States