Elwood Winthrop Smith
My father's name was Elwood Winthrop Smith. He was a carpenter and contractor. He built many homes in the Denver area. Some were close to where we lived. He built a house on 1411 South Franklin Street which we moved into when I was a few days old my father than built a house next door at 1415 South Franklin and we moved there when it was finished. I lived there until I was married in 1952. Other houses were on South High Street, South Race, Josephine Street and one or two in North Denver. When walking home from grade school I would go where he was working on High Street and collect nickel plates that came off electrical outlets and wait until my dad would quit work and ride home in the car. He was a hard working man and had skin cancer most of his life which started from a bruise on his finger by hitting his hand with a hammer. Three fingers were amputated from his left hand and about every ten years the cancer would break out at other parts of his body. His left leg was amputated from his knee down. He had a prosthesis for both his arm and leg. He lived until 1950 and died when the cancer affected his liver.
- Muriel Elaine Mann