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Kenneth Vail
3/8/2018 8:22:36 PM
   Relation: researcher
Perhaps this is my third donation over the years:

'A Murder in Arizona.
KINGMAN, A.T., Feb. 23. - A young man named Hill, was shot in the head and killed by Kate Blonger, an inhabitant of a house of ill repute, at Peach Springs, while he was attempting to batter down the door of her house.'
[San Diego Union - Feb. 24, 1888, p. 1]

Joseph A. Gonzales
11/21/2017 11:07:38 AM
   Relation: History of Property
What a great family website! I have been searching for years to find something about a Joseph Blonger who held US Land Patent (certificate no. 1798, application 3104) for 160 acres, in the area of Grass Mountain near Terrero, San Miguel County, New Mexico, granted in 1892. Any information you may have and could share would be gratefully appreciated.

John Whitechurch
4/24/2017 7:42:49 PM
   Relation: Gr-grandson of Ida May Belonger
Excellent web site. Your work inspired me to trace the Weiskircher family across the USA and back to its origins in Saarland.

Marilyn Heywood
3/26/2017 10:26:14 PM
   Relation: Interested reader
I just read The Big Con by Maurer and The Inside Mark by Amy Reading. I live in Denver and work on 17th Street, right in Lou Blonger's work neighborhood. Thanks for putting up this site. It's a fascinating point in history. Lou Blonger is said to have had no children. Of which brother(s) are you decendents?

Oby Tolman
6/27/2010 2:04:28 PM
   Relation: Edwin Gaylord of Chase & Gaylord
My Daughter-In-Law's Paternal Great Great Grandfather was Edwin Gaylord, who was Manager of the Colorado Policy Association 1889-1890, and a partner of Edward 'Big Ed' Chase in the 1890's in Denver. Apparently the Blonger Bros. superceded Chase & Gaylord circa 1900 in Denver, and your site's data appears to verify that. Thanks for a great site.

Michelle Kinch
3/28/2008 4:54:27 PM
   Relation: Great great granddaughter of Bridgit Belonger
I really like the site. I love family history and genealogy.

Rebecca Williams
3/2/2008 11:45:56 PM
   Relation: Relative of William Neil Dennison
Did you know that William Neil Dennison (1841-1904) was a cousin of Daniel Carter Beard (1850-1941) who was one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America? I don't think Dennison attended any of the scout meetings, or if he did, he didn't take to the codes of behavior. Dennison's grandmother was Polly Mary Carter Dennison. Her niece was Caroline Carter Beard, wife of the artist James Beard and mother of Daniel Carter Beard. There would have been some interesting family reunions.

Grant Healy
2/1/2008 1:17:03 PM
   Relation: Historian
I am currently preparing a book about Battery A 2nd US artillery during the Civil War. I am interested in any papers anyone has regarding William Neil Dennison or any other of the company's officers.

Rebecca Williams
1/15/2008 8:16:45 PM
   Relation: Relative of William Neil Dennison
Several years ago I spent a few days in Leadville, Colorado and toured the old Tabor Opera House. I loved the place and its history, especially since I am involved with a group restoring an old theater. Now I am working on my family history and discovered on this site that my relative William Dennison at one time owned the Tabor Opera House. I hope the only family trait we have in common is our interest in old theaters!

Bobbie Fredericks
12/17/2007 4:54:44 PM
   Relation: Great-great-great grandaughter of Michael Belonger
Great site. I love family history.

Suzanne Winsor Freeman
11/28/2007 11:50:04 AM
   Relation: Great-Aunt married to Joseph Blonger
Thanks for you Website. I connected with a cousin (Sara Johnson) who posted here and we have become close. My Great Aunt Carrie Winsor married Joseph Blonger in 1900. She and her first husband (C.A. Viles) had bought land from Blonger in 1895 and built Mt. View Ranch in New Mexico I guess he had to marry her to get his land back. Joseph died in about 1903. A great book has been written by Meridith Hmura on Mt. View Ranch and tells about Joseph Blonger. Thanks again for helping connect folks with long lost relatives.

matthew stevens
11/5/2007 10:16:32 PM
   Relation: no
i recently purchased a box of old bottles at a swap the bottom of the box was a small book carved from stone,on one side it says 'BULL HILL'.on the other side it reads co.c ,2nd reg. which i assumed meant,company c 2nd regiment. if anybody can shed some light on my odd little find i would be very grateful..thank you

Robert Dennison Frenkel
9/5/2007 10:04:16 PM
   Relation: great-great-great grandson of Col. William Neil Dennison
My family owns numerous historical documents relating to Ohio Governor William Dennison Jr. and his son Col. William Neil Dennison. We were confused until now about which documents related to which William Dennison. With your brief Blonger affiliation page I was able to get a better chronology of my family history and location. Thank You! -Robert Dennison Frenkel

Stuart Armstrong
7/27/2007 11:30:56 AM
   Relation: Arthur was my grandfather
Where did you find Arthur's picture listed on you cast of characters?
How did you find out who the hold outs where?
Great site tremendous amount of work Thanks


suzanne winsor freeman
7/4/2007 2:03:43 PM
   Relation: possibly
I am related to Sara Winsor Johnson who has done research and thinks my Aunt Carrie Winsor Viles married a Blonger but did not give his name. I would like Sara Winsor Johnson or any other relative to contact me at 520-625-9882

Ellen Bishop
6/30/2007 10:29:36 AM
   Relation: Looking for relatives of
I saw that someone was taking information on him, I am not related to him but I know some relatives, unless there was more than one, William Nuttall was a founder of Rapid City SD, I am writing bios of those people, I know somethings but need to know more,can anyone help?

William Wilthew Swinbanks
4/18/2007 12:59:48 AM

Chuck Hornung
1/21/2007 1:23:29 PM
   Relation: None
Scott & Craig, You guys have done a GREAT job with the site and with your research. Keep on the trail and write the book. The best, Chuck

Jeff Smith
6/1/2006 11:33:59 AM
   Relation: great grandson of Soapy Smith
Hello boys! Just utilized your 'Cast of Characters' page. A great cross reference tool!!

Jim Lingren
5/5/2006 9:08:16 PM
   Relation: No relation
Looking for photo of the interior of Wyatt Earps saloon in Tonopah, NV
Will be building replica.
I thank you in advance.

geri murphy
2/13/2006 1:23:29 PM
   Relation: Great Granddaughter of Soapy Smith
Love your site. I was reading a letter from my Great Great Uncle Bascomb. It was dated 1894 or 1895 he mentions paying the blongers money and also he was writing it from the county jail. I have to look at it again and try to read all of it. When I was reading your site thats when I realized that Blonger was a last name. Geri

Bill Godman
2/9/2006 11:03:47 AM
   Relation: I'm a relative of Buda Godman,aka Helen Strong
Do you have any info.on Buda Godman? My family and I want to know when she died and where she is buried. ANY info will be appreciated. Many thanks,Bill Godman

Michael Webb
1/11/2006 10:21:11 PM
   Great site! Spent most of the day on it and plan to make frequent visits back. Please visit my website, Crimeweb Collectibles, at:


Jeff Smith
1/2/2006 2:39:23 PM
   Relation: Soapy Smith great grandson
I love the new look of the Grafter's Club! Well done boys, well done.

Sheri Strohl
12/21/2005 2:28:52 PM
   Great site!

Sara Winsor Johnson
12/5/2005 4:15:26 PM
   Relation: maybe
I did some checking and found that our great aunt Carrie Winsor Viles married a Hume in 1904. My grandfather sold Hume 40 acres in 1902, presumedly for their homestead. So perhaps his military records were correct with the name Clara.

Sara Winsor Johnsons
12/4/2005 11:24:51 AM
   Relation: Great neice Carrie Winsor Viles Blonger
Carrie is from Rutland, VT. She and her first husband moved to the Cowles NM area with her three brothers, Martin, Isaac, and Henry. Henry was my grandfather and built Mountain View Ranch. He sold out and moved further up the mountains and had Winsor Cabins until his death in 1934. Enjoyed reading as there is a silver mine on the way up to Winsor Cabins (or what used to be) but do not know the name.

Donna Linas
11/26/2005 8:49:32 AM
   Relation: Milton Yarberry
Mom told me that a Yarberry was found hung.
I wonder if this Yarberry is family......

Whit Haydn
11/16/2005 11:16:50 PM
   Relation: Friend of the family
This is a great site. Had a wonderful time, and will be back again and again.

Hope you build the restaurant. It would be a great place to hold a scoundrel convention.

Until then, you always have a home at Scoundrels Forum.

We have put a link to this terrific site at Scoundrels Magazine:

Mike O'Connor
11/14/2005 6:08:48 PM
   Relation: Michael's great grandson
Yous guys have outdones yerselves with dis touching family heirloom calendar. Hey guys this is really great, better by far than the baseball hat thing. I love my Lang Graphics Civil War Calendars, but this idea touches the family heartstrings, 'Uncle Louie's Sweetshop'. Let me know when they are ready so I can order a bunch. Cheers, Mike O'Connor

Jeff 'Soapy' Smith
11/10/2005 10:24:34 AM
   Relation: great grandson of 'Soapy' Smith
I want my Blonger Calendar!!

Jeff 'Soapy' Smith
7/29/2005 1:29:38 AM
   Relation: Soapy Smith's great grandson
Well thanks. Now I am finding myself tuning in on a daily basis, sometimes twice a day! seeing what the Blonger boys are up to. Very fun and very informative site. My hat is off to you. Sincerely, Jeff Smith

Carolyn Salsman
7/19/2005 11:52:43 PM
   Relation: Great Granddaughter to Michal Belonger
Great news on your asignment on the Biography Chanel. Let me know when it airs and I will buy the video. Many famous faces in this family first Lou, then Andy Roddick, and now Scott& Craig. Great job you guys are doing.

Rose DeRocher
7/2/2005 7:10:31 AM
   Relation: Derocher family was from Shullsburg, related to Paquette
Were the Belongers or Blongers connected to Leadville Colorado about 1880? Sam Derocher was there and I have several pics of Leadville people and I think I have a Colorado pic with women in it. Let me know if your interested in seen scanned pics.
Most of these pics I have are unknowns.

Jeff 'Soapy' Smith
7/1/2005 9:02:46 AM
   Relation: Descendant of 'Soapy' Smith, King of Denver's underworld
Boys, I really enjoy reading your updates. You stick to the facts and never add 'filler'. I know that when I read a bit of information on your site that it can be counted on as factually researched. The information you research may be untruthful, but is usually questioned by you as well. Fantastic job. I hope my site can be half as good when it grows up!

Jim Lingren
6/24/2005 8:28:29 PM
   Relation: N/a
History buff, looking for photo of Wyatt Earps saloon (interior) to create a replica of the back bar.
Any help or direction would be appreciated.
Jim Lingren

Amy A Griswold, MD
6/14/2005 7:16:21 AM
   Relation: Yes, Great great granddaughter of Michael Belonger
If you are interested in following the Roddick line (through Michael, his daughter Frances (Belonger) Bailey, and her daughter Marian (Bailey) Roddick), I am working on this: the link is:

feel free to sign in. Thanks again,

Amy A

Matt Johnson
6/11/2005 1:40:03 AM
   Relation: Great-Great-Great Grandson of Michael Belonger
Hey Uncles, now you guys have a mole in the West! Let me know if I can search things out in Boulder, Denver, and beyond.

Jeff Smith
5/12/2005 8:58:51 PM
   Relation: g.grandson of Jefferson ('Soapy') Smith
Just checking up on you, and how you refer to 'Soapy'. Good job, but I'm a nemisis?

Jeff Smith

John A. (Jack) Davidson
5/6/2005 5:11:42 PM
   Relation: Semi-faithful researcher

Mike O'Connor
3/5/2005 4:49:53 PM
   Relation: great grandson, Michael Belonger
Correction: Cheyenne Mountain and not Pikes Peak, looms over Colorado Springs. Of course I should have remembered that but after a trip up Pikes Peak, that mountain is hard to forget, especially coming down with brakes on the car getting a little weak.

Mike O'Connor
3/5/2005 4:07:44 PM
   Relation: great grandson of Michael Belonger
Having spent a few years in Colorado Springs and often wandering into the mountains, your website brings back many memories and love for the area. The area is my favorite area of the world with Pikes Peak looming over the city. I'm sure had I known of the family history in conjunction with the area I would have spent less time fishing in the mountains and more time searching for roots. Thanks to you guys, the roots are constantly being unearthed.
The entire first season of Deadwood is available at the video stores now, I really enjoyed the series with it's touches of reality. Keep up the great work guys. Cheers, Mike

Beverly Berry
3/3/2005 10:26:19 AM
   Relation: Great Grand-daughter to Michel
Scott and Craig, you two are doing a fantastic job and I can hardly wait to hear more about Kitty. This is so refreshing and I appreciate all of your hard work to put this all together. This is the best site and the information is quite incredible. Thank you both for your efforts.

1/27/2005 8:50:35 AM
   Nice website! Used the part of the Nixons for my History essay :)

John Howland
12/26/2004 7:52:09 AM
   Relation: Pilgrim John Howland
Thought I'd stop by and wish you a Happy Holiday Season, John Howland from the Pilgrim John Howland Society

Brenda Thompson
11/5/2004 6:04:26 PM
   Relation: SWINBANK
Hello, my ancestors were SWINBANKS from Yorkshire, England. I have a lot of information on them and would like to hear from any other Swinbanks from anywhere around the world.

This is fantastic site and so well presented.
Brenda Thompson
Merseyside, England, UK

ralph fryxell
9/25/2004 3:40:39 PM
   Relation: i am the grandson of carl fryxell and christina johansdotter
if anybody is interested they are buried in riverside cemetery on the hill just above the mausoleum with their 2 children carl and hulda--also aunt lizzie almost lost her mind when harry died--that lasted about a year---uncle john had something the matter with his legs in his old age---how are you doing scott ---ralph

ralph fryxell
9/23/2004 10:15:34 PM
   Relation: 2nd cousin to roy johnson born oct 25 1904
they lived on 5th ave.not 5 st.---2625 5 ave---i lived at 2621 5 ave --my grandfather is carl fryxell my grandmother is christina johansdotter--i knew the whole family--have a good day scott

Jane Blatt
9/23/2004 10:11:33 AM
   Relation: Really Great Site

Chuck Robinson
7/30/2004 5:12:53 PM
   Relation: I am related through Amos Bergert from Rock Island, Illinois
What is the Bergert and Whitmore connection? My grandfather was Arthur Bergert and his wife was Bertha Whitmore (both deceased). I was under the impression that the Bergert line ceased to exist upon Arthur's death. Thanks

Mark Dworkin
7/2/2004 9:30:31 PM
   Relation: No relation, just interested in this history.
This has to be one of the liveliest and best sites for old west history on the web. The photos alone, of Michael and Lou in particular, tell a story of men of character, of hard men in hard times. I will be a regular visitor for the updates.

Chuck Hornung
6/24/2004 1:41:58 PM
   I enjoyed your site very much. You have done alot of work on a very little known subject. Thanks. The brothers had a special role in New Mexico's history.

Jeff Smith
6/8/2004 4:22:24 PM
   Relation: great grandson of Jefferson 'Soapy' Smith, Denver con man
I really love visiting your site. I have found some great information regarding the Blongers and their Denver business relationships with my great grandfather, Jefferson Randolph ('Soapy') Smith, king of the frontier con men.

Jeff 'Soapy' Smith

Roger Myers
4/8/2004 12:02:08 PM
   Relation: No.
Great website! Loved the section dealing with the stock exchange scam.

Bill Nuttall
4/6/2004 10:51:46 AM
   Relation: Namesake of Billy Nuttall, an acquaintance of the Blongers
I am researching Billy Nuttall and I find the relationship to the Blongers intriguing. I shall be happy to help and to receive information on Billy Nuttall

Carolyn Salsman
3/12/2004 11:35:45 PM
   Relation: Great Grand Daughter of Michael.
Scott & Craig. Have checked this site many times and this is the first to respond. Your doing a great job, Thanks so much for making this available to us all.I have some more updates to send you. Another lead on a picture of Adam & Ida
Whitechurch. Hope it comes thru.

Amy A Griswold, MD
3/12/2004 2:07:02 PM
   Relation: Yes, great-great granddaughter of Michael Belonger
Wonderful site, will be in touch with updates.

Philip S. Van Cise
2/17/2004 9:17:52 PM
   Relation: Not likely.
I'll be watching, Blonger.

And listening.

Col. Philip S. Van Cise
United States Army (ret.)
Former District Attorney, Denver, Colorado

William B. Masterson
2/17/2004 8:50:26 PM
   Relation: Old friend
Sam & Lou Love the site. Let me know when you get your own TV show. Bat




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