Photographer’s passion preserved Glenwood’s past
Glenwood Springs has been blessed throughout its history with talented photographers.Glenwood Springs has been blessed throughout its history with talented photographers. Frontier photographer August Dennis was followed by Frank E. Waters, Phillip Kirwan and L.E. Meredith. Each of these magicians with the camera captured events of the town and recorded the portraits of the citizens who built and lived in this city.One photographer in particular preserved the events and evolution of Glenwood Springs. His dedication and passion for his craft provide us with an understanding of Glenwood Springs’ history. The photographer was John B. Schutte.Born in 1891, Schutte grew up on a ranch near Rio Blanco. He attended school in Glenwood Springs, and in 1908 was employed by the Glenwood Springs Post Office. Rising from city carrier to assistant postmaster to postmaster, Schutte worked for the postal service for more than 50 years. When not working at the post office, John Schutte was taking pictures.Around 1910, Schutte’s photographs began to appear in publications. It seemed the camera was always with him. He had the unique ability to hold in time the delicacy of the perfect flower, the graceful flow of a waterfall, the majesty of a canyon, and the power of a mountain.For 40 years he also turned his camera on parades, rodeos, ceremonies, ski races and friends. He documented the development of Glenwood Canyon, and photographed the heart of Glenwood Springs, capturing the town’s slow expansion.When Schutte died in March 1968, he left a priceless legacy to the community through his hundreds of photographs. His grandson, Terry Wilson, has generously donated his work to the Frontier Historical Society, and the photography is preserved and can be studied for generations to follow.”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.”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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