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Bruch Family Papers

Identifier: WH2292

Scope and Contents

Collection contains 5 volumes of original correspondence between Ella Bruch and her youngest daughter, Bessie. The letters document farm life near Genoa, Colorad; experiences as a school teacher on the eastern plains; married life in Denver; and experiences during the Great Depression.


  • 1926-1941


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Margaret Ellen "Ella" Fletcher (1868-1950) was born in Illinois and taught school in Nebraska from ages 17 to 28. In 1896, she married James Sheridan Bruch (1865-1954), who had also been born in Illinois. While living in Nebraska the couple had six children: Eleanor Sarah (1897-1992), Page John (1898-1980), Ruth (1899-1989), Isaac Fletcher (1902-1963), James Garfield (1903-1991) and Mary Elizabeth a.k.a. "Bessie" (1908-1982). The family surname is pronounced "Brew." The youngest child, Mary Elizabeth "Bessie" Bruch, lived with her family on a farm near Genoa, Colorado before attending Colorado State Teacher's College in Greeley, Colorado. She worked as a teacher before her marriage to Burke Edgar Nolan (1904-1988) in 1931, after which they moved to Denver, Colorado. The couple had three children. The elder generation of Bruchs died in Colorado.


2 Boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Linda Knight, 2014.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Finding Aid prepared from MARC data.
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States