Fern A. Fielder1,2

F, #367, b. 29 July 1899, d. 16 September 1967
Last Edited=5 Feb 2014
     Fern A. Fielder, daughter of Emma Marie Pearson, was born on 29 July 1899 at Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, According to Elsie Arnott Welch, Fern was raised at the Canyon City Abbey in Colorado Springs, Colorado.3 Fern A. Fielder was the daughter of Emma Marie Pearson.4

Judy (Ryan) Leahy states, "My maternal grandmother's maiden name may be Satterfield. Her mother married three times, so I do not know for certain what Fern's maiden names was. When Fern was a week old her father tried to kill her by throwing her into a wood stove. Emma Marie left with her baby the next day. She placed Fern in a Catholic Music Academy in Colorado run by nuns. Fern spent her first 18 years in the Academy and was raised by the nuns. She was a concert pianist and had accepted a position with a symphony, but gave it up to marry a coal miner (Joseph.) Her mother (Emma Marie) ran brothels in Colorado and was somewhat famous. The "face on the bar room floor" in Colorado Springs is supposed to be hers. She ran brothels to pay for my grandmother's board and schooling, and was known as "Doge" (pronounced like Doe-g.) Emma Marie's last husband worked for the Union Pacific Railroad.

The face on the bar room floor is actually in Central City and is of an actress, so that information is family lore and not factual.

Researcher's father, Thomas E. Arnott, independently reported the same story regarding the brothels. He also said that when he was about 10 or 11 years old, he went to see Joe, Fern, Josephine and Joanne. He also visited Dodge at her "boarding house." He said Dodge knew Doc Holiday and had had a "boarding house" in Irwin, CO.5,6

Fern A. Fielder married Joseph Monroe Arnott, son of John Hunter Arnott and Helen Monro. According to Thomas E. Arnott, Fern's mother Emma Marie (called Doge) was very unhappy with this marriage because Fern had such a future as a concert pianist and settled for marrying a coal miner. Though Joe and Fern didn't divorce, they lived apart for many years.22

Fern A. Fielder appeared on the United States census of 1930 in the household of Joseph Monroe Arnott at Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado.7

Fern A. Fielder appeared on the United States census of 19 April 1940 in the household of Joseph Monroe Arnott at Cedaredge, Delta County, Colorado, Fern was teaching music in Cedaridge; Joe was enumerated a second time in 1940, this time with his family in Cedaridge, Delta County, Colorado. He was probably working in the mine in Crested Butte away from his family and inadvertantly enbumerated both places.8

Fern A. Fielder and Joseph Monroe Arnott lived in 1955 at Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico.9

Fern A. Fielder died on 16 September 1967 at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, at age 68.1

Children of Fern A. Fielder and Joseph Monroe Arnott

Citations

  1. [S114] Robert Leahy, "E-Mail Correspondence with Robert Leahy," E-Mail message from (author E-Mail address private) at (Carrollton, TX 75006) to this researcher, 2002. Hereinafter cited as "Correspondence - Robert Leahy."
  2. [S113] Interview with Thomas Ellsworth Arnott (informant address private) , by this researcher, 1996 to present. Notes of this interview are in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona).
  3. [S114] Robert Leahy, "E-Mail Correspondence with Robert Leahy," E-Mail message from (author E-Mail address private) at (Carrollton, TX 75006) to this researcher, 2002, Judith Marie Ryan, via Bob Leahy.. Hereinafter cited as "Correspondence - Robert Leahy."
  4. [S281] Judy Leahy, "E-Mail Correspondence with Judy Leahy," E-Mail message from (author E-Mail address private) at (unknown address) to this researcher, March, 2002. Hereinafter cited as "Correspondence - Judy Leahy."
  5. [S113] Interview with Thomas Ellsworth Arnott (informant address private) , by this researcher, 1996 to present. Notes of this interview are in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona), March, 2002.
  6. [S114] Robert Leahy, "E-Mail Correspondence with Robert Leahy," E-Mail message from (author E-Mail address private) at (Carrollton, TX 75006) to this researcher, 2002, Email message from Fern's granddaughter, Judy (Ryan) Leahy. This story was also told previously by Thomas Ellsworth Arnott from his boyhood memories.. Hereinafter cited as "Correspondence - Robert Leahy."
  7. [S120] 1930 United States Census, population schedule, Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado, sheet 7A, family 1504.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  8. [S480] 1940 United States Census, population schedule, Precinct 9, Cedaridge, Delta County, Colorado, Supervisor's District 9, Enumeration District 15-13, written sheet 3A, Family 64.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  9. [S493] Ancestry.com, online, citing Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  10. [S84] Interview with Art and Elsie Welch (informant address private) , by this researcher, Various meetings and correspondence. Notes of this interview are in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona), Elsie Welch gave this information in January 2003.