Melvin M. Sinton family, Colorado Springs, circa 1894
Melvin and Marion were married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Smith Bartlett, 549 North Nevada Avenue. Mrs. Bartlett was the sister of Melvin's mother and Mr. Bartlett was a brother to Marion's mother. Her parents were of Lawton's Station, NY. She was born in the old Bartlett house built by her grandfather, March 27, 1867. Her mother was named for Melvin's grandmother Anne (Greeves) O'Brien, and Melvin's middle name (McGregor) was given him to commemorate his descent from the Clan McGregor, from whom the Greeves are derived (tradition).
Another bit is interesting - Margaretta Jane O'Brien, second daughter of Anne, married Seth Bartlett and died a few months later of Typhoid fever - Seth was a brother to John Smith Bartlett (LBS).
The following is from an undated newspaper clipping. "Melvin was 17 years old when he came to Colorado Springs with his sister, 3 April 1880. In August of the same year Sinton's father came here from Ithaca, NY, to establish his son in the dairy business by helping him build a barn on East Willamette Avenue. Sinton's 18-year-old cousin (Louis Azel Bartlett) joined him in the venture, starting with a small herd of 12 cows and a retail route of 44 customers. Sales averaged 50 quarts a day at 10 cents a quart. ...Sinton's cousin sold his interest in the dairy to George H. Sinton, and the dairy was known as Sinton Bros. ... in 1887 the Sinton dairy moved to the site of today's Sinton Co. offices at 419 South El Paso St. M.M. moved into his present home and two of his brothers and his father also settled in the same area, today's Hillside, then known as Sinton Hill. ... There were only one or two houses on the hill when we moved there and we had to run a water pipe 1200 feet to get water from the city. ..."
After a big flood in 1885 "He and his brother, Dr. W. K. Sinton, who joined horseback rescue parties, (as did George) found (a home owner) clinging to a raft late the night of the flood."
From his obituary, dated 21 December 1955: "He was a leader in El Paso County and Colorado Springs civic affairs for more than 50 years.... "Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Marian (sic) Sinton; three sons, Walter A., M. Grant and George T. Sinton, and one daughter, Mrs. Prudence S. Mick, all of Colorado Springs. Mr. Sinton, a former member of the Colorado Springs City Council, was one of the most active members of the El Paso County Pioneers Association, for which he had served as vice president. "He was a county commissioner when the County Court House was built from 1899 to 1903. His name appears on the structure's cornerstone as well as upon a plaque within the building. "Mr. Sinton was instrumental in establishing in 1937 the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum at 25 West Kiowa St. [1986 - now housed in the old County Court House, above]. This building now houses a large collection of historical items. "The present museum building formerly was owned by the Knights of Columbus. When Mr. Sinton heard it was to be sold, he put up a personal check to hold it until the city could arrange its purchase. "A member of All Souls Unitarian Church, Mr. Sinton was one of the founders of the Farmers Luncheon Club. He also was an honorary member of the Frances Willard Women's Christian Temperance Union, and was one of the founders of the Fountain Grange. "He founded the Sinton Dairy, which he operated for many years. He was a stockholder at the time of his death. "On his 90th birthday in 1953, he was honored by the El Paso County Pioneers Association, at the museum. At that time, he mounted a flight of stairs and, with little difficulty, blew out 90 birthday candles on his cake."
From LBS notes: "And this was the frail, asthmatic son, who could never go to school, and for whom the whole family at various times moved to the west." Melvin married at the home of his Uncle John Smith Bartlett and Aunt Mary Bartlett (Kelley) Bartlett; 29 July 1891, in Colorado Springs, Marion Bartlett Taylor (born 27 March 1867, at Lawtons, Erie Co., NY) witnessed by Dale Bumstead and Jennie M. Candee, performed by W. R. G. Mellen, Pastor, All Souls Church, p. 59, Book D, El Paso Co.) The marriage was arranged by the parents of the couple. These families, Bartletts, Taylors, Kelleys and O'Brien/Sintons lived in the Collins area. The Bartletts and Kelleys - American Quaker families - had been intermarrying for generations in Vermont and Rhode Island; quite like the Quaker families of North Ireland.
1900 Census record taken on Friday, 1 June.
Residence - 507 South El Paso, Colorado, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
Enumeration District: 0028, Page: 12, Sheet Letter: A, Family Number: 269, Reference Number: 23, Film Number: 1240124, Image Number: 00101
[RFSS Mar 2011]
Article in the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph published on Thursday 4 April 1929 reads
TWO PIONEERS CAME HERE
Yesterday was the big anniversary in the lives of Melvin M. Sinton and Fred A. Sperry, pioneers here, and the anniversary was fittingly observed with a dinner at the Elizabeth Inn.
It was on April 3, 1880, that Mr. Sperry and Mr. Sinton came to Colorado Springs, making this their home. Mr. Sinton came from Ithaca, N. Y., and Mr. Sperry from Streetsboro, O., a little town near Akron.
As they sat down to their dinner, the two oldtimers, hale and fit, reminisced upon the day of their arrival here.
"The weather was about as it is today when we arrived," said Mr. Sperry, yesterday. "But I was nearly dead with asthma, and Mr. Sinton was far from well. We wondered if the climate would benefit us, and how much longrer we should live. I have lived long enough already to see 28 people from Streetsboro come to Colorado Springs. I got a milker for Mr. Sinton from there when he needed one badly. He was an uncle of mine."
The transcript comes courtesy of the Pikes Peak Library District's Special Collections
[RFSS Dec 2009]
Headstone of Melvin McGregor Sinton 1862 - 1955
Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado
|Marriage performed by Pastor W. R. G. Mellen, All Saints Unitarian Church.
Witnessed by Dale Bumstead and Jennie M. Candee.
Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006
Name: Melvin M. Sinton
Event Date: 29 Jul 1891
Event Place: Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States
Birth Year (Estimated): 1863
Spouse's Name: Marion B. Taylor
Spouse's Age: 24
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1867
GS Film number: 001690134
Digital Folder Number: 005204202
Image Number: 03233
[RFSS Feb 2014]
|[ s1049 ]||Cemetery Marker - Headstone - Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, United States of America - H1955-21-12-MMS
|[ s1321 ]||Cemetery Record - Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, United States of America burial of Melvin Mcgregor Sinton on 3 January 1956 in Block 0000L 000044 000000 0000EC - CR1956-03-01-MMS|
|[ s3335 ]||Marriage Registration - Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006 - Marriage of Melvin M. Sinton and Marion B. Taylor on 29 July 1891 in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, United States of America - Page: ?, GS Film number: 001690134, Digital Folder Number: 005204202, Image Number: 03233, - MR1867-29-07-MMS-MBT|
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