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Clifford Henderson and Tena Trangen Moses arrived in the community of Fairview (Second Mace) in 1921, with their three-year-old daughter, Ruth. They purchased the land from a cousin, sight unseen, and moved from Seattle.

Clifford Moses, a trained mechanic, set up a saw mill. An often-told story is how he made quite an impression on his soon-to-be neighbors when he pulled a saw mill from Beulah to Fairview along Squirrel Creek, one curve after another with 5 teams of horses. Those ten fine horses brought Clifford Moses “instant credibility in the valley”.

Clifford built a one room cabin for the small family and then a barn for the animals, which is still standing. He set out cutting and sawing timber, raising head lettuce and as many of the high-country settlers did, making whiskey. He was known to be spirited and to enjoy much of his own production. Unfortunately, Prohibition reached the area eventually and Mr. Moses was sent to prison in Pueblo for six months.

Tena Trangen was born in Balsfjord, Norway close to the city of Tromso, 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle in 1884. Tena grew up on skis, “she and the other youngsters not only went to school on skis, but spent their lunch hour skiing. They often skied in the moonlight, and didn’t go home until their clothes were frozen solid on them—much to the consternation of their mother. Tena never cared for snowshoes, but preferred to slide over the countryside, thrilling to the motion and beauty of her surroundings.”

Tena hoped to become a successful violinist. “She often sat along the mountain streams in the evening sunlight playing,” and was hired “to play for big weddings with orchestras. She recalls walking with four other young people over a mountain pass in Norway to play for one wedding—festivities for which lasted three days and three nights. She carried the violin through the deep snow, hanging on to her boyfriend with the other arm.”

Her father had hoped to send her to Germany for violin study. When that didn’t work out she went to Tromso and “took up dressmaking and designing.” Tena immigrated to the United States by herself at age 18. She never saw her parents or the family she left behind again. She traveled to Appleton, Minnesota first to see a cousin where “she found that dressmaking was more in demand that violin playing. She made a dollar per day sewing.”

“A young man borrowed her violin to give a Lutheran Church concert, but failed to return it as scheduled. She learned a valuable lesson—not to trust everyone.” The violin was recovered with one string left where it had been pawned for $20.

She took the violin with her when she moved to Seattle to be near her brother. “She started taking violin lessons there and worked in a store as a fitter and doing alterations. Her three roommates could not tolerate her practicing, so again the violin was shelved.”

She met and married her husband, Clifford, in Seattle in 1916. When they moved to Fairview she gave up the violin and “became engrossed in her resort dream.”

To Be Continued....

Sources: interviews with Chuck Steigerwalt and Dick Bigelow; Pueblo Star Journal December 3, 1967 article by Grace Lowe provided by John E. Korber

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