For a black family, home ownership became a reality |

For a black family, home ownership became a reality

Frontier DiaryWilla SoncartyRegistrar, Frontier Historical Society and Museum

The Kinney family realized years of hard work, planning and saving in 1908. It was in February of that year that the family matriarch, Anna Kinney, for a sum of $350, purchased from Mike DeMaestri a single lot in the 800 block of Blake Avenue. After years of renting, home ownership was in the grasp of Anna Kinney, her husband, George, and their son, Luther George.The Kinneys were well-known, well-respected and active members of Glenwood Springs’ black community. George worked as a hotel porter at the Hotel Glenwood and, for a time, at Leadville’s Vendome Hotel. In 1905, George helped organize a separate Strawberry Day celebration for the underrepresented black community and its guests. Anna Kinney was a housewife. Luther George worked as a caretaker at the Glenwood Springs Denver and Rio Grande train depot.Construction began on the Kinneys’ new two-story residence in February 1909. Work continued throughout the year, and by April 1910 the family had moved into its new home. The house’s amenities included several basement wash sinks, which allowed Anna to establish a home-based laundry business.George Kinney, however, did not spend many years enjoying his new house. On June 13, 1912, he died at his home of Bright’s disease. His funeral was held at the residence.Anna and Luther Kinney retained the home until 1923. The Kinney house at 809 Blake Ave. has been restored and is the home of Patsy and Terry Stark.”Frontier Diary” is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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