Mike Lord

Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

This post is about the photographer, not the subject.  In 1906, my great-grandmother Marietta separated from my great-grandfather Charles N. Lord in a bitter divorce.  She then married her attorney, Alois B. Renehan while Charles N. Lord left Santa Fe and moved to southern California.  It was charged in the divorce that my great-grandfather, a dentist, "had carnal knowledge of one Rosalea, who was purported to be his assistant."

When I was a boy, I was constantly asked if I was related to Charles Lord, who owned Lord's Photography Studio on the Plaza.  I once asked my great-grandmother if we were related and she angrily insisted that there was absolutely no connection.  I remember being surprised at her vehemence and I never mentioned it again.

In 1925, the population of Santa Fe was about 7,500, and the odds of having 2 Charles Lords a generation apart with no familial connection whatsoever would be astronomical.  I wonder if Charles E. Lord was the illegitimate son of my great-grandfather and Rosalea.  He would have been 21 or 22 when he made this photograph of one of Santa Fe's most prominent citizens.  Thus far I have been able to find little about Charles E. Lord and would be most appreciative if anyone has more information.

Thanks to Kristi Davis for the photo.

--Mike Lord

Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:30

Fulton Market on the Plaza, 1889

Eva Scott Muse and her daughter, Leonora, on the Santa Fe Plaza, 1889.

Photographer unknown

I'm posting this on behalf of Bob White who was having difficulty getting the photo to upload.

My wife Marguerite's grandparents, Paul and Elizabeth Gonzales, were part of the cast. I am pretty sure that I scanned this photo from family photos we inherited upon my father-in-law's (Joe V. Gonzales) passing. Elizabeth and Leopoldo Gonzales 3rdand4th from Left, Dan Kelly and wife 8thand 9th from left, Dr. Brown and Rosina Brown 10th and 11th from left, Francisco Montoya 6th from Right, Ramona Peet 5th from Right, Mary Gutierrez 4th from R, Ralph and Helen Sena 1st and 2nd from R

Saturday, 30 June 2012 22:50

The Santa Fe Players - 1931

The Santa Fe Players were formed in the late 1920s and consisted of artists, writers and regular citizens.  Here's the playbill for "Sure Fire" Episodes in the Life of Billy the Kid.  A lot of familiar names are here.

Saturday, 23 June 2012 12:35

New Mexico Genealogical Society


Friday, 22 June 2012 17:11

The Palace Hotel - Santa Fe Style

As Santa Fe sought to change her architecture to Pueblo and Territorial style, the Palace Hotel began renovation to comply.  This drawing represents the finished product.  Unfortunately, one night in 1922, the hotel burned to the ground.  It was suspected but never proved that the fire was intentionally set.  The Palace was one of the earliest victims of Santa Fe Style.

Photo - MNM Negative # 61428

--Mike Lord

The Palace Hotel hosted many Santa Fe themed events for the entertainment of its guests.  This mock battle between cowboys and Indians was staged during Fiesta in the early 1920s.

Photo from The State Archives

E. Boyd Collection

--Mike Lord

Friday, 22 June 2012 16:49

The Palace Hotel

Built in 1880, The Palace Hotel was Santa Fe's premier hotel until its demise in 1926.  It was located on the NE corner of Washington and Marcy and was a landmark during New Mexico's journey from Territory to Statehood.

Photograph by D. B. Chase

1895 - 1905

--Mike Lord

Thursday, 21 June 2012 02:32

1963 Selective Service Registration

I was looking for something else and I found my draft card.  Remember?

Friday, 01 June 2012 17:47

The Pond and Rio Chiquito

In 1846, Lieutenants William H. Emory and Jeremy F. Gilmer, attached to Kearney's Army of the West, made this map of Santa Fe.  It shows a spring-fed pond behind La Parroquia (later to become Archbishop Lamy's garden) and the drainage into the Rio Chiquito, which became Water Street.

In 1859, nineteen year old Santa Fean John Watts wrote the following in his diary:

Sunday, May 22.  "We arose at 5. O'clock - I took a walk by myself but Howe, Sallie, and Willie Rencher went to the fish pond and took a skiff ride - the ladies did not walk with them."

Wednesday, May 25.  "To day has been rather warm, but still pleasant.  Howe and I went over to see the ladies this evening and intended to go with them down to the fish pond and row them over the pond but it was to windy.  However we went down but could not get the oars and therefore had no ride - Willie was with us."

The pond was a source of water, bathing and entertainment - and it was right off of the Plaza.

--Mike Lord

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