In a 1912 interview with the Boulder County Miner newspaper, Mary Miller said that the circus from Cheyenne came through the pre-Lafayette area in 1869, when she and Lafayette Miller operated the Miller Tavern saloon and stage stop. This was located a mile south of today’s Lafayette where the current Rock Creek Open Space is located at U.S. 287 and Dillon Road. Mary said she and her brother, James B. Foote, “made hot biscuit, opened canned vegetables and gave them lots of milk and cream,” but did not mention pie-baking.
Mary’s grandson, Frank Miller, said in a 1968 presentation at a local school that “there were several experiences at the stage station and one in particular I should tell is when the circus came through from Cheyenne one time and camped there overnight. My grandmother had an orchard, and she baked 100 pies that day and got $1 a pie and sold them as soon as they were taken from the oven.”
Mrs. Mary E. Miller of this place is the only woman in the United States known to be the president of a bank. It is the Lafayette bank, located here, which she practically owns and manages. Other women are known to have charge of departments and occupy minor fiduciary positions in large banks, but none to own, officer and manage a bank of her own. Her son, George, is vice president, her son, James, is cashier, and his wife, Elizabeth, is assistant cashier, so that it is distinctly a “Miller bank.” It has now been in operation over two years.
The Louisville Historical Museum will be hosting a March 15 talk by Doug Conarroe featuring the history of the prominent coal companies that owned most of the coal mines in Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, Superior and Marshall. The talk is titled “Coal Giants: History of United Coal Co., Northern Coal Co. and Rocky Mountain Fuel Co.” and will start at 7 p.m. at the Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce Street in Louisville. See you there.
Full size “Coal Giants: History of United Coal Co., Northern Coal Co. and Rocky Mountain Fuel Co.” flyer here (in PDF).