The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame is pleased to present its Hall of Fame Inductees 1993
Charles G. Buckingham, Walter A. Buckingham – The Buckinghams came to Colorado in 1871. They founded the First National Bank of Longmont and the National State Bank of Boulder.
Charles actively headed the Boulder bank for a national record of 66 years. He funded the start of the University of Colorado’s library as well as other worthwhile public and business enterprises. After Walter’s early death, his family made contributions in business and philanthropy.
John W. Valentine, John B. Valentine – John W. Valentine came to Boulder from Iowa in 1905. He soon acquired a business at the southwest corner of Pearl and Broadway and the name of Valentine became closely linked with the hardware and mining supply business in Boulder County. His son, John B., became part of the firm in 1926. Both father and son were active in business and community groups as well as supplying the various hardware needs of Boulder County.
Bal Swan – Bal Swan was born Jan. 31, 1899 in Wayne Neb. Along with the Turnpike Land Company, he developed Broomfield Heights in 1955 and donated the first ambulance and built the library in Broomfield. As president of Empire Savings and Loan he was responsible for establishing its first branch in Broomfield. He was the benefactor of Bal Swan Children’s Center, built in 1971. He also owned a purebred Hereford ranch on Rock Creek north of Broomfield. Bal Swan died in Denver on May 10, 1975.
Alonzo Allen – Alonzo Allen was born in 1830. He came to the South St. Vrain Valley in 1860 and built the first log cabin and pioneered major agri/business enterprises. Along with his wife, Mary Dickens, he established the Allen House, Longmont’s first hotel. They were members of the Chicago-Colorado Colony, which settled Longmont. The town of Allenspark was named for Allen. He died in Longmont in 1915.
Lucius C. Paddock, Alva A. Paddock – Lucius C. Paddock began reporting in the 1870s and acquired the year-old Daily Camera in April 1892. He was editor and publisher until his death in 1940. His son, Alva Paddock, began working for the Camera as a youth and continued until his death in 1961. A.A. also was a founder of the Boulder Historical Society. Together the Paddocks devoted 70 years to reporting and encouraging developments that were good for the Boulder area.
John Jacob Steinbaugh – John Jacob Steinbaugh was born in Germany in 1868. He came to Louisville in1892 where he opened a blacksmith shop. Gradually, through hard work that started at 4 a.m. most mornings, Steinbaugh added wagons and farm machinery to his shop. It expanded into a hardware store known throughout Boulder County. His son, Herman, joined his father in the business in the 1950s and today the fourth generation now runs the Steinbaugh’s Hardware in its second century.
Marinus G. Smith – Marinus G. (Marine) Smith arrived in Boulder in 1859. A former tin-ware merchant and stagecoach driver, he secured 220 acres immediately south of present downtown. There he established a stage line to Denver and the mountain towns. While residing in Boulder, he became school board president, county commissioner, city trustee and a major contributor to Boulder’s railroad. He was also the largest donor toward the founding of the University of Colorado.
Mary E. Miller – Mary E. (Foote) Miller was born Aug. 3, 1842 in Geneseo, N.Y. She married Lafayette Miller in 1862 and came to the Colorado Territory the following year. Mary Miller founded the town of Lafayette in east Boulder County in 1888. Mary Miller financed the first school, the first church and the first bank in Lafayette.
Francis W. Reich – For 39 years (from 1936 to 1974), Francis W. Reich served as secretary-manager of Boulder Chamber of Commerce. He is credited with having a major role in initiating the Christmas Star and the Boulder Turnpike. He also had an important part in bringing the Department of Commerce, Neodata, Ball and other installations and business into the area. When he took over the Chamber in 1936, it was an organization in debt. He brought it to financial stability
Walter Orr Roberts – Walter Roberts came to Colorado in 1940 with his bride, Janet. Dr. Roberts first operated a high-altitude observatory near Climax, Colo., and later moved to Boulder, where he became the founding director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. NCAR is not only the leading edge of environmental studies in the country, but is also among Boulder’s major employers.
Harold H. Short – In 1953 Harold H. Short became affiliated with the Flatiron Companies of Boulder. The company is engaged in sand and gravel mining, aggregate and pre-mixed concrete production, and bridge and highway construction. Under his leadership, the firm grew from 12 employees to over 800. As Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Short’s interest was in achieving a balance between his business and environmental philosophies.
Mo Siegel – Mo Siegel co-founded Celestial Seasonings Inc. in 1970. He began by gathering Rocky Mountain herbs for teas sold in hand-sewn, muslin bags. The company subsequently grew into a legend of Boulder entrepreneurship. Celestial was a pioneer in today’s multimillion-dollar herbal tea market and was once named one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Siegel also founded the Red Zinger Bicycle Classic and Earth Wise, Inc.