Mike Lord

Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

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

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 1926, 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

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