Olie Thorson brought home delivery of mail to Glenwood
Olie Thorson was never short of ideas. As an entrepreneur, businessman, developer and civil servant, he was always devising ways to make Glenwood Springs a better place to live. Most importantly, he took his ideas from thought to action.Born July 2, 1872, in Denver, Olie Thorson came to Glenwood Springs in 1884. Young Olie quickly became immersed in the communitys events, and he became friends with many of the towns first settlers.At the age of 12, the boy launched his first business enterprise. Armed with a lead pencil and strips of wrapping paper, he hand-produced Garfield Countys first newspaper, The Glenwood Springs Times. At the age of 14, Thorson worked as a printers devil for the Ute Chief newspaper, and became acquainted with the journalists and editors of the newspapers that followed.In the years following, Thorson held the position of bookkeeper at the First National Bank. He associated with developer Channing Sweet in the construction of buildings in Glenwood Springs. Locally Thorson owned a book store, and nationally he invested in Florida pineapple farms.Community service appealed to Olie Thorson. From 1896 to 1917 he held positions in Glenwood Springs government from town treasurer to town clerk to mayor.He elevated the status of the towns postal system during his two terms as Glenwood Springs postmaster from 1906 to 1914 and 1922 to 1935, moving the post office to a new building he constructed at 805 Grand and bringing free home delivery of mail to the community.With a passion for community celebration, Olie Thorson was at the heart of organizing every major event from the first Strawberry Day in 1898 to Glenwoods Golden Jubilee Celebration in 1935.Olie Thorson believed in Glenwood Springs. His care, commitment and optimism helped his community grow.Frontier Diary is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Winter hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and Thursday through Saturday.
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