Meet a Westside Pioneer!
June (Borchert) Shelton

What kind of career have you had?
42 years in the trucking industry. I worked for Centennial, Goldstein, DC and Leeway and retired from Consolidated Freightways in 2003. After that a friend and I started a business, The Traveling Tea Pot, where we catered afternoon tea partries. We ran it from 2004 to 2008. Could not continue due to some aging process, but it was super fun!

Larry and June Shelton with children, Lynette and Larry, about 1977.
Courtesy of June Shelton

Can you tell us about your marriage?

I married Larry Shelton (who was also raised on the Westside) on July 5, 1975.

Did you have children?
I have two stepchildren, Lynette and Larry.

Seven grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.

Any of your family members still here?
My sister lives in Security.

Can you tell us about your grandparents/parents?
My father, Lawrence “Larry” Borchert, moved from Nebraska to Colorado Springs with his family in 1929 when he was 13 years old. He went to Washington School, West Junior and then Colorado Springs High School. My mother, Mildred Gallivan, and her family moved here from Kansas City in 1929 (they first lived in Kit Carson and Eastonville, Colo.). She went to West Junior. My parents were married August 15, 1936. My dad and his brother Curly bought Lightning Cleaners, which was located at 2407 W. Colorado Ave., from Bob White in 1940. My mom always worked at the cleaners. We lived in the same building. Unfortunately, I was burned on my arm at the cleaners and my parents decided to purchase a house at 206 N. Seventh St. We lived there after that. They sold the cleaners in December 1943 when my dad received his order to report for induction into the Army. However, due to health reasons, they didn’t take him. He went to work at Acacia Cleaners, and then in 1945 he built and operated his own business, DeLuxe Cleaners. I still have a W2 from Acacia for his wages in 1943: $1,408.00 with $105.48 income tax withheld.

Larry and Mildred Borchert with children, June (in their laps) and Jean, in 1940.
Courtesy of June Shelton
What are your best memories of growing up on the Westside?

My friends... slumber parties, going to the drug stores after school and having a coke, “chocolate or cherry.” Going swimming at Monument Valley Pool – only 10 cents and then we would walk home. Riding our bikes to each other’s houses. Climbing the Kissing Camels when our parents were not aware of it. Dates to the movies and going to kiddie shows on Saturday mornings. Roller skating at Skateland on Monday nights. I also was a carhop at Jandee’s during my freshman and sophomore years at high school.

My home, crafts, flower gardening and entertaining.

What is gone from the Westside now that you wish had stayed?
The family-owned drug stores – CR Anthony and Duckwalls (department stores) and Eakers (clothing).

What has stayed that you wish had gone?
Highway 24 and having Fillmore cut through to 30th and 31st streets.

How about the way things have changed? I dislike all the medical marijuana shops, and there is too much traffic.

Overall, is the Westside better or worse than when you were a kid here?
Worse. It still has a bit of the small community feel but has gotten way too big, too much traffic.

Members of the West Junior High Sluggers softball team, which took first place in 1955. June is at lower right.
Courtesy of June Shelton
“Meet a Westside Pioneer” interviews people who have lived all (or nearly all) their lives on the Colorado Springs Westside. If you meet that criteria (or know someone who does), please give us a call at 471-6776.