Writer seeks help in book on drinking town

       Do you have any stories about Ramona or memorabilia from it? If so, David Swint would like to hear from you.

Jack Dempsey had his first professional fight in Ramona.
Courtesy of David Swint

       He is writing a nonfiction book about the former Westside community “that will highlight the town as a whole and lay out its brief but colorful history while providing detailed information about many of the town's residents and activities,” he states in an e-mail.
       Prominent characters included George and Rose Geiger, who owned a liquor distribution business and the most prominent town saloon, the Heidelberg Inn; Bryon Hames, who ran the Hoffman Bar; and ladies of the night Eula Hames, Josie Parker, Rose Murphy and Blue Parker.
       According to Swint, prize fights were held at the Ramona Athletic Club. One of the boxers was Jack Dempsey - later the world heavyweight champion - in his first professional fight. Others included “Fighting” Dick Gilbert, Terry “Golden Gate Typhoon” Kellar, “Kid” Thompson, “Kid” Williams (a deaf fighter) and Jimmy “Sailor” Carroll.
       Swint's working title is Ramona, Colorado's Lost Town.
       The book has a tentative release date of 2014.
       Swint can be reached at his e-mail address: dave@paragoninc.net.

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