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Jasper Strepey
Born: Arkansas, 1852
Died: Pueblo, Colorado, December 2, 1910

Anna “Annie” Strepey
Born: 1857
Died: Leadville, December 16, 1887

George Strepey
Born: Glenwood Springs, Colorado, June 19, 1887
Died: Los Angeles, California, December 10, 1970

Jasper Strepey came to Leadville in 1881 where he took residence at 609 Alder Street and was listed in the occupation of cook. [1] It appears that his primary interest in Leadville was mining, but held various restaurant jobs to supplement his income throughout his tenure in Leadville. As a child, Jasper grew up in Arkansas, Missouri [2] and Kansas, the son of migrant farmer George Strepey I. [3] It is not known where he and future bride, Annie, met or married, but newspaper articles suggest he was in Leadville for several years as a bachelor. The Strepey’s appear sporadically in documents throughout Leadville’s history, and rarely appear in city directories but can be documented from 1881 to 1889, [4] 1893 [5] to 1908 with few gaps. No documents can be found placing the family outside of Leadville from 1881 through 1908, and thus it is likely that the family was in Leadville for that entire period.

In 1885 Jasper is shown residing at 212 West 3rd Street with no occupation listed. [6] Jasper attended the Oddfellows Ball on October 9, 1885. [7]

Annie Strepey died in Leadville of unknown causes on December 16, 1887. [8] It is unlikely that her death was related to childbirth, as George [9] would have been six months old at the time of her death. [10] Annie is interred at Leadville’s historic Hebrew Cemetery at Block C, Plot 16, Grave No. 3. [11]

There is little documentation of the Strepeys in Leadville between 1890 and 1898 although a court case in which a man named Stark unsuccessfully attempted to file a new claim for the Little Nell lode, which was owned by Jasper in 1893 is the most notable. [12] There is little activity before George appeared on the honor roll for the Ninth Street School on November 19, 1899. [13]

George again appeared on the honor Roll for the Ninth Street School on April 7, 1901. [14] He and Jasper were then living at 407 N. Poplar, and Jasper was employed at undisclosed restaurant. [15]

Japser and George are shown living at 109 Harrison Avenue and Jasper opened a restaurant under his name at the same location in 1902. [16] George attended Temple Israel’s Sunday school and was confirmed there on June 7. [17] George was one of 300 children who attended a masquerade ball at Richmond Hall in honor of George Washington’s birthday on February 22, 1902. [18] On February 15, 1903, George appeared on the honor roll for the Central School. [19]

Jasper was listed in the occupation of a miner while residing at 231 East 7th Street in 1907. [20] On April 24, Willie Green challenged George to a roller skating race at the Palace Roller Rink on West 5th Street as a preliminary to a contest between Leadville city champion Archie Loeb [21] and Utah state champion George Thompson. [22] There is no record of the winner in either contest.

On July 27, George became a charter member of Leadville’s T.B.S.C.A. club. There is no information that defines the acronym nor a description of the club’s purpose other than it being composed of “…boys over eighteen years of age…”. [23] On August 17, the club threw its first social event, at which most of the guests were young ladies. [24] On August 18, 1907, George took a trip to Denver with his friend Mason Gilbault. [25]

No records can be found for the family in Leadville during 1908, and Jasper reappears in the 1909 Pueblo City Directory working as a miner. [26] George likely left Leadville for Denver during this period.

1910 Jasper died of unknown causes in Pueblo, Colorado on October 2, 1910. His remains were returned to Eureka Springs, Arkansas where he was interred in the International Order of Oddfellows cemetery. [27] George married Rena Kooyan at Denver on December 3, 1910, and the couple likely left for a new home in Southern California soon after. [28]

Records show that George was married a minimum of four times. It is unknown what became of Rena, but the marriage license issued to George and Olive Williams at Santa Ana, California in 1938, notes that George was then divorced and that Olive would be his third wife. [29] That marriage too ended in divorce and George would marry again to Maud Ferguson on June 28, 1948, in Orange County, California. It was the fourth marriage for both bride and groom. [30] George died at Los Angeles on October 10, 1970, where he had been employed as a painter and decorator for an undisclosed aircraft manufacturer, a vocation he appears to have maintained for many decades. He is interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood. [31]

George raced Willie Green on a $10 bet during this event on April 24, 1907.

George raced Willie Green on a $10 bet during this event on April 24, 1907.

The Palace Roller Rink Race. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). April 23, 1907. Page 6.

1 TB Corbett and JH Ballenger. Corbet, and Ballenger’s Second Annual City Directory: Containing A Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms etc. in The City Of Leadville for 1881. (Leadville, CO: Corbet and Ballenger Publishers.1881). P278.
2 1860 U.S. Census, Population Schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
3 1865 Kansas Territory Census Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas;; Roll: ks1865_5; Line: 39
4 An Afternoon Blaze. (Leadville, CO: Leadville Daily Evening Chronicle). October 1, 1889. P3.
5 An Important Decision. (Leadville, CO: Leadville Daily Evening Chronicle). February 1896. P2.
6 TB Corbett and JH Ballenger. Corbet, and Ballenger’s Thirteenth Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List Of The Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms etc. in The City Of Denver For 1885. (Leadville, CO: Corbet and Ballenger Publishers.1885). P229.
7 Making A night Of It. (Leadville, CO: Carbonate Chronicle). October 10, 1885. P4.
8“Find A Grave Index”. Database, Family Search. Annie Strepey, 1887; (Burial, Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States of America, Hebrew Cemetery of Leadville; Citing Record ID 18473088).
9 California, County Marriages, 1850-1952. database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8FJ-6LY : 8 December 2017), George Houston Strepey and Olive Emily Williams, 07 Feb 1938; citing Orange, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,051,209.
10 United States Census, 1940. database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9MT-X7X2?cc=2000219&wc=QZX5-9GD%3A790105301%2C796133301%2C800990701%2C801210201 : accessed 17 February 2020), California > Los Angeles > Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, Councilmanic District 10 > 60-848 Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles City Councilmanic District 10 (Tract 210 - part) in Assembly District 63 > image 2 of 38; citing Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012.
11 Hebrew Cemetery of Leadville. Annie Strepey, (Leadville, Lake County, Colorado. Temple Israel Foundation. Headstone). 2016.
12 An Important Decision. (Leadville, CO: Leadville Daily Evening Chronicle). February 6, 1896. P2.
13 Roll Of Honor Public Schools. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). November 19, 1899. P11.
14 Roll Of Honor. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). April 7, 1901. P13.
15 JH Ballenger and Richards. Ballenger & Richard’s Twenty-Second Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms etc. in The City of Leadville for 1901. (Leadville, CO: Ballenger and Richards Publishers.1901). P321.
16 JH Ballenger and Richards. Ballenger & Richard’s Twenty-Third Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms etc. in The City of Leadville for 1902. (Leadville, CO: Ballenger and Richards Publishers.1902). P312.
17 Confirmed Today. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). June 8, 1902. P3.
18 Society. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). February 23, 1902. P10.
19 Leadville Public Schools. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). September 15, 1903. P12.
20 JH Ballenger and Richards. Ballenger & Richard’s Twenty-Eighth Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms etc. in The City of Leadville for 1907. (Leadville, CO: Ballenger and Richards Publishers.1907). P321.
21 For more information on Archie Loeb and his family, please visit: http://www.jewishleadville.org/loeb.html
22 Willie Green’s Challenge. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). April 23, 1907. P5.
23 Society. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). July 28, 1907. P6.
24 Society. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). August 18, 1907. P6.
25 Personal Mention. (Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat). August 18, 1907. P7.
26 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.). 2011. P467.
27 Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.). 2012.
28 Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006. [database with images]. FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-LB2H-WPQ?cc=1932434&wc=M6Y5-VP8%3A228968201 : 20 May 2014), Stookey, Curtis F.-Swain, Newton R. > image 1250 of 4600; State Archives, Denver.
29 California, County Marriages, 1850-1952. [Database with Images]. FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8FJ-6LY : 8 December 2017), George Houston Strepey and Olive Emily Williams, 07 Feb 1938; citing Orange, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,051,209.
30 California, County Marriages, 1850-1952. [Database with Images]. FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-893W-N9YB-2?cc=1804002&wc=96PK-VZ9%3A148537701 : 12 May 2014), 005698376 > image 1895 of 2440; multiple county courthouses, California.
31 Find A Grave Index. [Database. FamilySearch]. (http://FamilySearch.org : 11 December 2019. Citing index and images. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com ).2014.

Bibliography

1860 U.S. Census, Population Schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

1865 Kansas Territory Census Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas;; Roll: ks1865_5; Line: 39.

An Afternoon Blaze. Leadville, CO: Leadville Daily Evening Chronicle. October 1, 1889.

An Important Decision. Leadville, CO: Leadville Daily Evening Chronicle. February 6, 1896.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Ballenger, JH and Richards. Ballenger & Richard’s Twenty-Second Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms etc. in The City of Leadville for 1901. Leadville, CO: Ballenger and Richards Publishers. 1901.

Ballenger, JH and Richards. Ballenger & Richard’s Twenty-Third Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms etc. in The City of Leadville for 1902. Leadville, CO: Ballenger and Richards Publishers. Leadville, CO; USA. 1902.

Ballenger, JH and Richards. Ballenger & Richard’s Twenty-Eighth Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms etc. in The City of Leadville for 1907. Leadville, CO: Ballenger and Richards Publishers. 1907.

California, County Marriages, 1850-1952. database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8FJ-6LY : 8 December 2017), George Houston Strepey and Olive Emily Williams, 07 Feb 1938; citing Orange, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,051,209.

California, County Marriages, 1850-1952. [Database with Images]. FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-893W-N9YB-2?cc=1804002&wc=96PK-VZ9%3A148537701 : 12 May 2014), 005698376 > image 1895 of 2440; multiple county courthouses, California.

Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006. [database with images]. FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-LB2H-WPQ?cc=1932434&wc=M6Y5-VP8%3A228968201 : 20 May 2014), Stookey, Curtis F.-Swain, Newton R. > image 1250 of 4600; State Archives, Denver.

Confirmed Today. Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat. June 8, 1902.

Corbett, TB and Ballenger, JH. Corbet, and Ballenger’s Second Annual City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms etc. in The City Of Leadville for 1881. Leadville, CO: Corbet and Ballenger Publishers.1881.

Corbett, TB and Ballenger, JH. Corbet, and Ballenger’s Third Annual City Directory: Containing A Complete List Of The Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms Etc. In The City Of Leadville For 1882. Leadville, CO: Corbet and Ballenger Publishers.1882.

“Find A Grave Index”. Database, Family Search. Annie Strepey, 1887; Burial, Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States of America, Hebrew Cemetery of Leadville; Citing Record ID 18473088.

Find A Grave Index. [Database. FamilySearch]. (http://FamilySearch.org : 11 December 2019. Citing index and images. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com ).2014.

Hebrew Cemetery of Leadville. Annie Strepey, Block: C; Plot: 16; Grave No. 3. Leadville, Lake County, Colorado. Temple Israel Foundation. Headstone, 2016.

Leadville Public Schools. Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat. September 15, 1903.

Making A night Of It. Leadville, CO: Carbonate Chronicle. October 10, 1885.

Personal Mention. Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat. August 18, 1907.

Roll Of Honor. Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat. April 7, 1901.

Roll Of Honor Public Schools. Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat. November 19, 1899.

Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012.

Society. Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat. February 23, 1902.

Society. Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat. July 28, 1907.

Society. Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat. August 18, 1907.

The Palace Roller Rink Race. Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat. April 23, 1907.

U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Willie Green’s Challenge. Leadville, CO: Herald Democrat. April 23, 1907.

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AUTHORS: Jeffrey P. Grant
EDITOR: William Korn
SOURCE: Jewish Surnames/Strepey
PUBLISHED BY: Temple Israel Foundation. Leadville, CO; USA. 2020.
STABLE URL: http://www.jewishledville.org/strepey.html

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