CAPTAIN HILDRETH FROST PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
Correspondence, general Army orders, receipts, notes and deeds ranging from 1910 to 1918 comprise this collection. Frost's allegiance to mine owners and to General Chase as well as his struggles to help the men who served under him are evident in the correspondence. The men's correspondence conveying their personal problems is included. The folders in the collection include the names of each troopers. Reports and memos pertaining to various military matters such as equipment or pay vouchers are also contained in the collection.
Collectionc contains microfilm: Mflm185.
The papers in this series include correspondence from Charles Thomas, Senator from Colorado, and a title search for a Colorado Springs property.
Orders, memos, lists, notes and newspaper clippings constitute this series. The 1913 memos describe the deployment of the troops to the "strike zone" near Ludlow, Colorado. Information contained in letters and memos discusses supposed union leaders talking of murder and planning to arm the strikers. One memo purported that 400 of 700 strikers were not working for the company before the strike, implying that they were brought into the situation by the union planning violence. In 1914, Frost counted the weapons of his troops. Bills of sale document Frost's personal purchase of revolvers. After the "Ludlow Massacre", Frost's memos and correspondence dealt with matters such as pay for his men, equipment and discipline. The reports and memos that defended the National Guard's actions are dated later in 1914 and continue until 1917.
Arranged alphabetically by the individual names of the National Guard of Colorado troops, this series contains correspondence and power-of-attorney forms that Frost used to help his soldiers cash their pay vouchers. The vouchers arrived seldom and late to the men and in the correspondence, the men complain of the trouble they have cashing the checks. Frost helps by writing to each soldier and to his superiors to complain about the situation. This correspondence is included in the series.
This series includes two black-and-white photographs, one of Frost and one of unidentified soldiers on horseback.
The collection is open for research.
The Captain Hildreth Frost Papers are the physical property of the Denver Public Library.
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Hildreth Frost (1880-1955) was born in Massachusetts. His parents, Walter Clarence Frost and Mary Ella Hildreth Frost, moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where Frost attended Colorado College, graduating in 1901. Graduating from Harvard University with a law degree in 1904, Frost was admitted to the Colorado Bar the following year.
Frost commanded Company A of the Second Infantry, National Guard of Colorado and was also appointed Judge Advocate to try all soldiers brought before general court martial. This company was called to active duty during the Cheyenne Mountain Fire in 1910 and the coal strike in 1913 and 1914, which culminated in the episode known as the Ludlow Massacre. Although most of Frost's company was withdrawn from the field on April 17, 1914, two of his lieutenants and nine of his soldiers remained to be involved in the April 20, 1914 episode.
Frost resigned from the National Guard in 1916. He continued his legal practice specializing in mining in Teller County, Colorado.
In 1914, Frost married Bertha K. Marcum. They had five children, Hildreth, Jr., Walter Jefferson, Richmond Edmund, Mary Katherine and Robert.
2 boxes (.75 linear feet)
1 microfilm reel (Mflm185)
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Number of Boxes: 2 (.75 lf)
Microfilm: 1 reel (Mflm185)
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- Coal Strike, Colo., 1913-1914 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Colorado. -- National Guard. -- Infantry, 2nd. -- Company A -- History.
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Frost, Hildreth, 1880-1955. --Archives.
- Ludlow (Colo.) -- History. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Microfilms Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- CAPTAIN HILDRETH FROST PAPERS
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