Today I received the May 5-11, 2016, issue of the Ouray County Plaindealer and noted with interest the information on the Atlas Mine in Don Carlton's "Ouray Sketchbook."
I am interested in the Atlas Mine because of family involvement. On December 4, 1920, my father-in-law, Harry Wagner, invested $11,338, at one dollar per share, in the mine. My late husband did not know whether his father ever received any return on his investment. I attach a photocopy of the share certificate, with its raised seal.
Harry's connection with Ouray dated to the 1890s through his wife, Lura. She had visited Ouray as part of her father's traveling theater group, the Williams Gem Comedy Company. As a child, she starred with her parents in the popular melodramas of the period. In fact, I first learned about Ouray from a memoir written by my mother-in-law in which she describes her family's travels.