Meet a Westside Pioneer!
Margaret Louise Golden

What kind of career have you had?
Housewife, mother. After my husband died in 1975, I went to work at Loo-Art Press. Worked there for several years before retiring.

Margaret with her husband Jerry in 1942

Can you tell us about your marriage?

I married Gerald Vincent Golden (Jerry) Aug. 23, 1933. Jerry and I lived at 2025 W. Pikes Peak for years and then moved to Pleasant Valley in June 1952. He was a body/fender/painter and had his own garage, Golden's Body/Fender Shop, at 616 N. 17th St. We were happily married for many years until his passing May 31, 1975. I miss him terribly.

Did you have children?
Jerry and I had three beautiful children, and they all still live in Colorado Springs so I am privileged to see them often. Shirley Sampson is my oldest daughter, followed by Mary Lou Pollart and then my son Jerry (Sarge). His dad was in the service when he was born, and so everyone in the family started calling him Sarge and that is what he is known by to this day.

I have two grandchildren – Tracy Lynn (Cline) Adams and Ski Harris. I have four great-grandchildren – Blake, Robbie and Dalton Adams and Cheyenne Harris. I have two step- grandchildren, five step-great grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren. I enjoy them all.

Any of your family members still here?
All of them. My brother, Ray Adamscheck (who by the way lives next door to me in Pleasant Valley), brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and sister-in-law.

Can you tell us about your grandparents/parents?
My father, Martin Adamscheck, was born in Germany in 1879, came to the U.S. in 1903 and moved to Colorado Springs in 1907. My mother, Maggie Louise (Snorgrass), was born in Missouri in 1879. She moved to Denver with her folks in 1910 and met my father in Denver. They got married in Colorado Springs in 1913 and lived at 1624 W. Vermijo, and that is where my brothers and I grew up. My mother never worked outside the home and my father worked at the Golden Cycle Mill. My husband Jerry came to Colorado Springs from Goodland, Kansas, when he was 9 years old. His father, Charles Golden, owned a laundry in the 500 block of West Colorado Avenue for several years. When Jerry was in the Marines, I would go visit him often and my children would stay with their grandmother. She passed away in 1954 at the age of 75. My father Martin preceded her in death. Jerry’s mother Bertha and his father Charlie lived off Costilla Street.

Margaret with then-young children (from left) Shirley, Jerry Ray and Mary Lou.
Courtesy of Mary Lou Pollart

Margaret in 1984
What are your best memories of growing up on the Westside?

It was a small, friendly town and we knew lots of people. My dad used to walk every day up to Cross’ ice cream from our home on Vermijo after he got off from the mill. My brother Glen used to give my kids money to buy ice cream cones at “Maw Dearings” – two scoops for a dime! My kids used to play softball with Kay, LaRue and Tommy Kruse and Lee and Dean Wycoff every summer evening on the vacant lot behind Sacred Heart School before we sold and moved. I remember my mother raised chickens and once a week she would “wring the neck” of one of them to fry for Sunday Dinner and the chicken would chase Mary Lou and Shirley up into the apple tree with its head cut off, of course. That was pretty funny. Another great memory was when we moved into our new home in June 1952. Jerry finished our basement, and one huge room was a square dancing room with a picture of square dancers made out of tile. Jerry and I would square dance every other weekend night.

I used to paint pictures when I retired from Loo-Art and enjoyed playing cards with my friends but I mostly just like to watch golf on TV and Channel 5 News and Weather.

What is gone from the Westside now that you wish had stayed?
Maw Dearings’ ice cream store, the Safeway in the 2300 block of West Colorado, the Piggly Wiggly grocery, Micci grocery, Merry-Lane restaurant, Cross’ ice cream store, Osborne’s drugstore, Cooper Lidke drugstore, the Mattress Factory on 26th Street and Golden Flake Potato Chips.

What has stayed that you wish had gone?
Probably the Highway 24 bypass. It takes business from Old Colorado City and Manitou also.

How about the way things have changed? I went to Buena Vista School (which has moved) and I went to West Junior in grades 7-9 (now 6-8), and I graduated from Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer). Go, Terrors!

Overall, is the Westside better or worse than when you were a kid here?
I think it is much better – more things to do and lots of shops and restaurants. Traffic is still good – beats the eastside of town. It is like another world here on the Westside. People who don’t live here don’t know what they are missing.

“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.