Theodore Bailey1

M, #2614, b. 1909, d. 1936
Last Edited=5 Feb 2014
     Theodore Bailey, son of Rufus Bailey and Alberta (?), was born in 1909 at Colorado.1,2 Theodore Bailey was the son of Rufus Bailey and Alberta (?).1

Theodore Bailey appeared on the United States census of 1910 in the household of Rufus Bailey at Colorado.3

Theodore Bailey appeared on the United States census of 15 January 1920 in the household of Rufus Bailey at Boulder County, Colorado.4

Theodore Bailey appeared on the United States census of April 1930 in the household of Rufus Bailey at Broomfield, Boulder County, Colorado.5

Theodore Bailey died in 1936.2 and was buried at Louisville Cemetery, Louisville, Boulder County, Colorado.2

Ray (Theodore) Bailey was killed in a mining accident at the Monument mine near Louisville, Colorado. There were 7 or 8 men killed in the accident. My father, Thomas E. Arnott, remembered seeing a plaque at the location of the accident sometime, probably when he was attending college in Boulder. In 1999 we went looking for the plaque to verify the information and were unsuccessful. There were houses and apartments and shopping centers all over the area and the tailings from the mines had long since been removed.

I called the historical society after we returned home and did find out that the Flatirons Crossing Mall was currently being built over the location of the mine. There was one man who had never been taken out of the mine because of the danger involved. There was a headstone with his name, Joe Jarmillo, and it is apparently in safekeeping somewhere until the mall is completed and a place is provided again for the stone. There had also been a plaque listing the names of the others killed in the accident and buried elsewhere. On that plague, which was at the historical society, was the name of Ray Bailey. This was presumably Theodore Bailey, son of Rufus and Alberta Bailey. The intention was to also return the plaque to the same place the headstone would be upon completion of the shopping mall.

The mall is off state highway 36, on the left as you are heading toward Boulder from Denver.

On Junday, June 18, 2000, in the Denver Rocky Mountain News was an article regarding the explosion at the mine and the memorial at the FlatIron Mall. This article included a photograph of rescuers entering the mine arter the explosion. In the article we read: "The Jan. 20, 1936, blast, believed to have been caused when a spark ignited coal dust, killed miners Ray Bailey, Oscar Baird, Steve Davis, Anthony DeSantis, Kester Novinger, Tom Stevens and Leland Ward. The body of mule boss Joe C. Jaramillo was never found...Westcor agreed to not only keep the 5-foot granite marker as a tribute to Jaramillo and the others but to build a 17-acre park around it."6

Citations

  1. [S2] 1910 United States Census, population schedule; 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.
  2. [S451] Headstone and Cemetery Collection, Created by: Graveyard Walker, Record added: Dec 09, 2011, Find A Grave Memorial# 81746604., Findagrave.com.
  3. [S2] 1910 United States Census, population schedule, Colorado, p. 77b, family 58.; 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.
  4. [S3] 1920 United States Census, population schedule, Precinct 26, Boulder County,Colorado, Supervisor's District 2, Enumeration District 44, stamped page 149A.; 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.
  5. [S120] 1930 United States Census, population schedule, District 30, Broomfield, Boulder County, Colorado, Supervisors District 2, line 22, family 30.; 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.
  6. [S267] Mike Patty, "A Tribute to Fallen Miners," Rocky Mountain News - A Tribute to Fallen Miners (18 June 2000). Hereinafter cited as "Tribute to Fallen Miners."