Caroline Hopewell Ostertag Collection

DONOR:

The Rev. Edward Ostertag

SIZE:

25 cubic feet

SCOPE & CONTENT:

Photos of Kingston and Hillsboro, NM; Diaries of three relatives: Diaries of Anne Bucher, 1905-1911, 1916-1969, and three scrapbooks of the 1926 Grand Tour; Gertrude W. Zollars diaries, 1902-1949; Anne E. West diaries,1902-1916; misc. photos; twelve photo albums; papers re: silver mining and misc. papers

A Finding Aid is available to the photographs in the Anne Bucher Scrapbooks. Photographs include: scenery of Southern New Mexico; mining and ranch life in the Hillsboro, NM, area; the family house in El Paso, TX; relatives in Ohio, North Carolina, Albuquerque, California, and travels to Europe and Asia.

BIOGRAPHY:

Caroline Deborah Hopewell Ostertag, 1932-1993, was the granddaughter of Colonel Willard Samuel Hopewell and wife of The Reverend Edward Ostertag, an Episcopal priest who served many New Mexico communities. Her grandfather, Col. Hopewell, homesteaded in Sierra County and helped put together the Animas Land and Cattle Co., now known as the Ladder Ranch. He also owned many of the area’s gold mines, helped establish railway lines in the state, and served in the Territorial Legislature.

The papers, photos, and diaries of the West/Bucher family are included in this collection. Of particular interest are the diaries of Caroline Ostertag’s cousin, Anne Bucher, who was the owner and manager of First National Building in El Paso, TX, from 1936 to 1959, and one of the first women members of the National Building Owners and Managers Association.

 

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