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Identifier: WH2121


Materials in this collection relate to the professional and personal life of Wallace "Wally" Ginn, his parents Carl and Emmie Lou (Marchant) Ginn, and various other family members. The collection is divided into series by the owner or creator of the materials. Some ephemera and publications are also included in the collection. Where possible the original order has been maintained.

The majority of the collection belonged to Wally, and reflects his professional and personal life. Many of the items in this collection relate specifically to the various schools where he taught, his students, co-workers, and acquaintances. Personal papers reflect his travels, correspondence (chiefly with his parents), and personal research. Photographs of his travels, family, students, and parents are included.

Items pertaining to Carl and Emmie Lou Ginn are divided into two separate categories with some overlap. The majority of items relate to Carl's professional and personal life.


Items reflect Wallace "Wally" Ginn’s professional career as an educator in the Denver Public Schools, Corvallis, Oregon, School District and the Overseas Defense Dependent's School systems. Included are materials relating to class curriculum, school administration, student projects, handbooks, reunions, correspondence, and news clippings.


Consists of items relating to Wally’s personal life, including: education, correspondence, personal academic research, and his memberships to various clubs and associations. The majority of items is his correspondence with his parents, and research done pertaining to their lives. Other materials include newspaper clippings, membership cards, greeting cards, ephemera, and newsletters.

SERIES 3 GINN FAMILY 1906-1996 BOX 7-8

Materials relate specifically to Carl Ginn, Emmie Lou (Marchant) Ginn, and their respective families. Included are professional, personal, volunteer work, and family histories. The majority of their correspondence has been kept in series 2, as a continuous part of their correspondence with Wally. Newspapers, ephemera, certificates, and news clippings comprise the bulk of the series.


Scrapbooks reference Wally's service in World War II, as well as his and Carl's professional careers. All items that are not war related pertain to Denver Public Schools. Included in the scrapbooks are photographs, news clippings and ephemera.


Photographs in this series are arranged similar to series 1. Some photographs pertain to Wally’s professional career, his travels, friends, and family. The remainder relate to his parents, relatives, unidentified friends, and former students. Some photographs relate to ancestors, and the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

There are three relating to clubs and associations Wally was involved in. Where possible the original description and organization has been maintained.


Arrangement of oversize items reflects Series 1. Items relate to Wally, his parents’ education, careers and personal research and include newspapers, posters, maps, and certificates.


  • 1890-1996


The collection is open for research.


Papers are the physical property of the Denver Public Library


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.


This collection covers several generations of the Ginn and Marchant families. Carl Ginn was born in Los Angeles, California, on November 20, 1900, to Roscoe Lincoln Ginn (1866-1953) and Susie Kyle (1871-1908). Roscoe was the son of Gilpin County, Colorado, Probate Judge John M. Ginn (1837-1906). After Carl’s birth, Roscoe worked as a golf course manager on Santa Catalina Island, California. The family then moved to Oakland, California, arriving shortly before the 1906 earthquake and fire, where Carl witnessed the destruction of San Francisco from across the San Francisco Bay.

In 1908, the family moved to Denver to improve Roscoe’s health. Roscoe worked as a postman in what is now the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood of Denver. After arriving in Denver, Susie passed away. Roscoe then married Pearl Flemming on September 24, 1910. Carl attended Ashland Elementary and North High School in Denver. His fellow classmate was the future Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. In 1917, Carl joined the United States Navy, serving aboard the USS Oregon as a Seaman 2nd Class Confirmed. He was assigned to the Hospital Corps, coal passing, deck duty, and as a gun pointer on the forward turret of the ship.

Carl was discharged on August 6, 1919. He returned home and enrolled at the University of Denver, where he graduated in 1925, receiving a Bachelor of Commercial Science with a commercial science teacher certificate. That same year he taught courses at the Barnes School of Commerce. One of his students was Emmie Lou Marchant, whom he married in Douglas County on August 22, 1925.

After their marriage, Carl taught business classes for three years at the original West High School in Denver, Colorado. In 1929, he took an eight year position as the Boys’ Advisor at Morey Junior High. From 1936-1953, he was principal at Smiley Junior High School. That same year, he transferred to Merrill Junior High School where he served as principal until he retired in 1965. At the time of his retirement, he had been employed for nearly 37 years, and had only used one sick day.

Carl also attended summer school at the University of Iowa where, in 1933, he received a Masters degree in Educational Psychology, and later taught for the University of Colorado School of Education. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Harmony Lodge No. 61, Denver Consistory, and a charter member of VFW Post No. 501. He served on the Executive Council of the Boy Scouts of American for 16 years, the Denver Lions Club for 28 years, and as executive director of the Colorado Diabetes Association for five years. He was distinguished on May 27, 1990, when Golda Meir/Carl Ginn Day was proclaimed by Govenor Roy Romer and former Denver Mayor Federico Peña. He also received the University of Colorado’s Medal for his many contributions to their alumni program. Carl passed away in Denver, on December 3, 1995.

Emmie Lou Marchant was born on May 8, 1904 in Sussex, England, to Thomas and Florence Marchant. At an early age, her parents immigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada. After her mother contracted tuberculosis, the family relocated to Mobile, Alabama. When her only sister, Margaret, contracted tuberculosis, the sisters moved to Denver to improve Margaret’s health. Margaret later married into the Taylor family, owners of the Taylor’s Supper Club on West Colfax in Lakewood, Colorado.

In 1920, Emmie Lou was living in a boarding home in Denver and working as a Dry Goods clerk. She received a certificate of completion in shorthand from the Barnes Commercial School in December, 1924. After her marriage, Emmie Lou was a homemaker and was involved in many different charities, such as the Parent-Teacher Associations at Columbian Elementary, Skinner Junior High School, and for the State of Colorado. She volunteered for the American Red Cross, in area hospitals, and served for three years on the board of directors of the Crippled Children’s Society. During World War II she was a Gray Lady at Fitzsimmons General Hospital. Emmie Lou passed away in Denver in December 1986.

Wallace "Wally" Ginn was born in Denver, Colorado in 1926, the only child of Carl Ginn and Emmie Lou Marchant. Wally attended Columbian Elementary, Skinner Junior High and North High School in Denver, Colorado. For three years Wallace was part of North High School’s ROTC program, participating in night drills that took place in the surrounding neighborhood. A few weeks after graduating from North High School, he joined the United States Army on July 15th, 1944. He spent a year in technical training and in November 1945 was sent to the Pacific Corridor as a replacement soldier for the returning 20th and 13th Air Forces. Most of his military service was spent at Tinian Air Force Base in the Mariana Islands. He was discharged in 1946.

After which, he attended the University of Denver. While there, he joined the Phi Epsilon Phi Fraternity, the campus ROTC, and the Air National Guard. In 1948, he was commissioned an officer and served as an instructor of military administration for six different tours. In 1951, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

In 1953, Wally began teaching eighth grade English in the Denver Public Schools system, where he remained for seven years. In 1959, he received a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of Colorado. He taught at Lakeview Junior High School in Corvallis, Oregon, for one year, and at several United States Air Force bases for 24 years. As part of the Overseas Department of Defense Dependents’ Schools (ODDDS) staff he spent seventeen years in Great Britain and seven in Germany. In 1986, Wally retired from teaching and returned to Denver to care for his aging parents. Afterwards he volunteered with the West High School and North High School alumni programs. As of 2013, Wally resides at the Gardens of Saint Elizabeth.


8 Boxes

1 oversize box

1 Oversize file folder (1 oversize file folder)

1 photo box

1 photo folio (Oversize)

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Materials were donated in 2009 by Wallace "Wally" Ginn.


The Western History/Genealogy Department has additional collections with material related to the Ginn Family and some of the organizations in which they were involved, including:

Denver Public Schools, 1890-2007 WH1990

Byers Junior High Parent Teachers Association Records, 1923-1973 WH1081

Smiley Junior High School Records, 1928-1998 WH1133

Kismet Club Records, 1915-1988 WH680


Number of Boxes: 8 (8 linear feet)

Number of photograph boxes: 1

Oversize: 1 OVBox, 1 OVFF, 1 OVPhotoFolder




Sally McDonald

June 2013


Abby Hoverstock

June 2013
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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