As Written by William H. (Bill) James b. 1935:
As for Grandma James (Eva Weber) and Baby Doe Tabor. They met up near Cripple Creek as miners wives. My dad's dad was somewhat of a big deal for a while in the mining community in a number of camps in Colorado. Baby Doe's husband, H.A.W. Tabor struck it rich. Dad's dad didn't. It didn't however, change the friendship these two women enjoyed with each other. When she was rich, she and her husband lived in downtown Denver and Baby Doe apparently spent huge sums of money with the Denver merchants, including the grocery market at the streetcar turn aboud. After her husband died, Baby Doe stayed in the mine (it has a famous name that I can't readily recall). She believed she would get rich again from what was left in the mine, but she didn't. The winters were fierce, so Eva invited her to spend winters with her and her five children in a house Byron James left her on the 800 block of South Pearl street (about 10 blocks from where I was raised on South Corona St). Numa had a room to himself, being the main breadwinner from age 11 or 12 on, after his dad died. Even though the house was a rather large two-story corner house, the kids shared rooms. Eva had one room, Numa, one room and the four kids shared the remaining two rooms. When Baby Doe came to their house each winter, Dad (Numa) gave his room to her and he slept in the parlor and/or with the younger brothers and sister. He wrote an extensive article in the 1950's titled "Baby Doe Slept in My Bed." As the story goes, he sold it for $300 to Reader's Digest, but they never published it. Later, when Numa was active in the Westerners Historical Society, he submitted it for publication in one of the organization's annual publications (hard bound book of select articles written by Westerner members, published annually). He wrote other articles that ran in subsequent editions of the Westerners book. He was the Sheriff (president) of the group atleast twice and was a member of the Posse (board of directors) for at least a dozen years. I'm sure I must have a copy of the one his Baby Doe story is in, but it's in one of a dozen or more boxes out in Linda Lawrence's barn in Estacada. I'll try to make a special effort to locate it and get it to you. I'd like to read the story again myself as he told some interesting things about Baby Doe, Eva and the family. Glad you're interested. I'll feed you what I can once it warms up enough to spend a couple hours in that cold barn.
Baby Doe Tabor
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Elizabeth McCourt Tabor (1854, Oshkosh, Wisconsin -- 7 March 1935, Leadville, Colorado), better known as Baby Doe, was the second wife of pioneer Colorado businessman Horace Tabor. Horace Tabor's divorce and subsequent marriage to the young and beautiful Baby Doe caused a major scandal in 1880s Colorado. Although Tabor was one of the wealthiest men in Colorado when she married him, he later lost his entire fortune, and Baby Doe Tabor lived the rest of her life in poverty. Her tragic story inspired the opera The Ballad of Baby Doe.