Meet a Westside Pioneer!
I was an elementary school teacher for District 11 for 33 years and worked 4 more years as a substitute.
40 years to a “great Kansas University graduate, Shery (Huegel)”, who also was a teacher here in the Springs.
Did you have children?
Twin sons, Chris and Matt. Chris lives in Austin, Texas, and Matt is the Deputy Coroner for El Paso County.
Two boys and a girl from Chris and his wife, Arin.
Any of your family members still here?
Many Reids, Borsts and offspring (about 50 or 60.)
Can you tell us about your grandparents/parents?
The first record of the Borsts being here in Colorado Springs was about 1896 when they appeared in the city directory. The family was originally from Baden-Baden, Germany. Emil, my grandfather, came out to Colorado with his two brothers when he was in his 40s. They opened Borst Bros. Meat Market, which they ran until about 1930. Emil and my grandmother, Amelia (Miller), were married in Indiana, but all the children were born in Colorado Springs. My mother and her sisters were born in the house where the Mason Jar now sits.
The Reids' record shows the family moving here in 1895. Before my birth in 1941, my father, James Edward “Bud” Reid, worked as a delivery man for Giddings Department Store on Tejon and at Colorado Springs Transit Company as a mechanic.
My parents were married in 1935 and divorced when I was 8. My mother, Bertha (Borst) Reid, was a film editor at Alexander Film Company. My brother Jim and I were also employed as child actors there from time to time and got paid $1.50 per shoot with a $1.25 “travelling fee” which we gave to our mother.
Working on an old cabin in Almont, Colo., and building projects.
What is gone from the Westside now that you wish had stayed?
I wish the trolley and the train tracks down Colorado Avenue were still around so we could use them now.
What has stayed that you wish had gone?
When they gentrified the fronts of some of the buildings, they should have kept the style of the 1890 and early 1900s. I wish the modern look was gone. And I wish that they hadn’t taken so many of the homes along the avenue and turned them into shops.
Schools - I attended Washington Elementary, West Junior High and Colorado Springs High School (last class out in 1959; next year it was Palmer.) We were all blue-collar kids, all in the same boat, and the teacher knew you before you got to the next grade. They knew you and your family. The neighborhoods were very stable then.
In terms of traffic, it's become crowded. When we were kids and heard a car come by it was something you noticed. The most exciting traffic that I remember was when the military went up Colorado Avenue to Camp Hale.
Overall, is the Westside better or worse than when you were a kid here?
It's much better. The dust off the Gold Cycle Mill was so bad that we had to hold our T-shirts up over our noses. The buildings are now cleaner and have a nicer appearance. The area is also a lot more attractive year-round, and more of a tourist stop. It's a changing neighborhood and more mixed than when I was a kid. We now have a combination of blue collar and yuppies.
Although... when I was a kid I could pay 25 cents and go swim at the Broadmoor pool. We could also ride our bikes downtown without our mother worrying and there was a lot of things that we could do without being supervised.