A dog is asleep on the carpeted floor of the parlor in Charles A. and Martha (Silverthorn) Finding's house on Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa 1893. The room is furnished with area rugs, a secretary desk, a bookcase and a wicker rocking chair in the bay window. Anchoring the room is an ornate cast iron parlor stove. Decorative items throughout include framed pictures and photographs, porcelain plates supported on easels, seashells and vases. Doilies, antimacassars and tasseled cloth runners cover chair backs and tables and heavy tasseled curtains drape the opening to the adjacent music room. A large book is displayed on a metal book stand, probably the Family Bible.
Library room in the Charles A. and Martha (Silverthorn) Finding's home on Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa 1893. Along one wall is a bookcase crowded with books and topped with decorative items and framed pictures. Books are stacked on the upholstered chair tightly placed in the corner next to a writing desk. Mounted above is a tobacco pipe rack surrounded by photographs and cabinet cards, a small calendar, illustrations (framed and unframed) and a fan. On the desk are more framed photographs, books, a figurine table lamp with a floral-patterned porcelain lamp cover, and an upright wood organizer stacked with papers and notecards. In the foreground a book is displayed open on a metal book stand.
Music room in the Charles A. and Martha (Silverthorn) Finding's home on Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa 1893. The floral carpeted room features patterned wallpaper hung with framed pictures adorned with scarves. A large portrait of daughters Agnes, Clara Ada and Charline serves as a focal point on the wall. A rectangular lamp table is centered in the room and chairs are placed along the walls. Other decorative items include framed pictures supported on easels, a fan made of peacock feathers, seashells, a vase with cattails, and tasseled table runners and cloths. The curved side of a square grand piano can be seen in the foreground.
A corner of the parlor room in Charles A. and Martha (Silverthorn) Finding's house on Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa 1893. The carpeted interior has patterned wallpaper hung with ornately framed illustrations and photographs. Behind the polished cast iron parlor stove is an unused fireplace, with its opening covered by a metal sheet. Its mirror-backed mantel is draped in a floral print cloth and crowded with vases, a clock, framed pictures, statuettes and animal figurines, and brass candle holders. A chair sits in the corner near a bookcase topped with more decorative items and framed pictures. A large book is displayed on a metal book stand, probably the Family Bible.
The frame has a raised design of dragons. Tacked to the back of the frame is a small metal plaque engraved with "Made in Japan." Enclosed in the frame was a portrait photograph of Martha (Silverthorn) Finding, wife of Charles A. Finding and hidden behind this photograph was another portrait of an elderly Martha (Silverthorn) Finding.
Studio portrait photograph of an elderly Martha (Silverthorn) Finding wearing a woven hat adorned with roses, ribbon and metal brooch with small chain. Her dark bodice is constructed of an embroidered high-neck collar and vertical flat pleats and lacing down the front placket. The simple pleated shoulders are trimmed with fabric buttons. Circa 1880s-1900s
The Finding residence on North Main Street, Breckenridge. Charles stands beside the open gate and his wife Martha holds the reins of a horse on the front lawn. Their daughters, Charline Antoinette "Tonnie" (in dark dress) and Agnes (wearing a striped dress under a white pinafore) stand on the street side of the fence. Laying on the ground between them are two dogs, probably the family's pets. An unpainted picket fence encloses the tree-covered property and in the front yard is a large water fountain.
Part two from the typed manuscript by Agnes (Finding) Miner. Titled "The Story of a Colorado Pioneer (Mrs. Charles A. Finding)" it recounts the life of Martha Silverthorn Finding, as told by Martha to her daughter Agnes. Describes the Silverthorn Family journey from Pennsylvania to Denver, Colorado in 1859, then on to Breckenridge in 1861. Also, encounters with Native Americans. Part two of the manuscript ends with: "Written by Duane F. Miner of the Breckenridge Woman's Club. It is the story of her Mothers [sic] early experiences."