Mike Lord

Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

Kristi Davis posted this letter recently on Facebook.  Her grandfather was Evon Vogt, who settled  in El Morro in the early 20th century.  This is a remarkable document, as it illustrates the Navajo sense of humor during a time of turmoil.  Howard Gorman was artist R. C. Gorman's uncle.  Muchisimas gracias, Kristi.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 23:46

Bird's Eye View of Santa Fe - 1882

I've been asked for hi-res copies of this image so here it is.  You can download it for your very own.  Download the attachment, not the photo shown.  It's 8MB, so give it some time.

--Mike Lord

Over the past few years, I've acquired some images of the construction of St. Francis Cathedral and have decided to put them in chronological order.  The attached pdf file illustrates what must have been a monumental task, using only manual labor and very clever engineering.  I wonder if it could be duplicated today.

--Mike Lord

This home movie was made in the 1950s by Edie Gonzales' uncle.  It includes some footage of a Fiesta Parade in the early 1950s.  Here is Edie's captioning of the video:

A 13 minute home movie from my cousin, Richard Mendoza.  I have listed the different parts so you can scan through to the scenes you are most interested in (ie, 1950s SF Fiesta scene 01:17 to 3:00)  Enjoy:

01:00  My Aunt Laura Roybal de Mendoza

01:17 - 3:00  1950s SF Fiesta

02:38  Quick shot of my grandfather Pedro Rodriguez (married to Ernestine Roybal)

03:48  My great grandfather Emiliano Roybal

04:07  Santa Fe Scenery

06:46  Really nice shot of great grandfather Emiliano Roybal (Grandma Ernestine's father)

09:05  Richard Mendoza's father in red shirt - Rich looks just like him!

09:10  Santa Fe Scenery

09:35  Bransford family

10:38 - 11:07 - Rich's dad

12:46  Richard's dad...in red shirt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ3leYPE-xQ&feature=youtu.be


Wednesday, 01 August 2012 01:00

Reunion Aloft - Kansas City to El Morro, 1932

Thanks to Kristi Davis.

Excerpt from my grandfather Evon Z. Vogt's account of his reunion with old friends on a 5,200 mile flight over the southwest in 1932:

(The 3 friends, "Ray" L. R. Smith, "Art" C. Arthur Bruce, and "Skipper" Ed La Parle, had just flown from Kansas City through Albuquerque to the El Morro airfield that morning in a Bellanca Skyrocket.)

Sunday, 29 July 2012 21:06

The Precursor to Spanish Market

This photograph is of the Native Market on West Palace Avenue, a sales outlet for Hispanic craft artists.  Seated in the foreground are Dolores Montoya Perrault and Sheldon Parsons, painter and first director of the Museum of Fine Art.

Photo by T. Harmon Parkhurst, 1935

From the Curtin-Paloheimo Collection, Acequia Madre House, Santa Fe NM

In early January, 1847 (5 months after General S. W. Kearney annexed the Territory of New Mexico to the United States,) citizens of Taos and Taos Pueblo brutally murdered Territorial Governor Charles Bent.  The local New Mexicans had decided that they did not want to be governed by the Americanos, whom they felt were arrogant, immoral and without any appreciation of their way of life and culture.  Upon hearing of the events in Taos, on January 23, 1847 Col. Sterling Price left Ft. Marcy for Taos with four mountain howitzers, five companies of Missouri soldiers and a company of New Mexico Volunteers.  On January 24, they engaged the rebels at Santa Cruz de la Cañada, resulting in the deaths of 8 soldiers and 36 rebels.  On January 26, they again engaged the rebels at Embudo, losing 2 soldiers while killing 20 and wounding 60 rebels.

Sometime after the rebellion ended, a descanso memorializing the engagement was done in Embudo canyon.  There are 18 crosses indicating the rebels who were killed.

Photo courtesy of Allan MacGillivray III

--Mike Lord

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

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