In southern Archuleta County, a couple or so miles northeast of the Chromo Store, is a gulch named Captain Beall Gulch.
Who was Captain Beall?
We read of the death of Capt. Lloyd Beall in the Pagosa Springs News of October 1898.
“At the time of his death he was sitting at Schaad’s place and had been sitting in a chair for a long time. He arose to go out and taking his hat from a nail in the wall complained of not feeling well. He was assisted out of doors and when he returned, still assisted by J.M. Keith, he suddenly dropped and was caught by Wm. Dyke, but his spirit had flown.
“Word was sent to Sam Teeson of Chromo with whom the Captain made his home part of the time. Undertaker Gross took charge of the remains. Deceased had attained the age of 78 years and was born in the South. He began to serve in the United States Army at a tender age and served through the Mexican War. When the Civil War broke out, he fought for the confederacy. He made his home in Chromo and Coyote Park for many years.”
The announcement of Capt. Beall’s death is a real teaser. Here is a man who fought through the Mexican American and Civil wars. One can only guess that he narrowly averted death many times while living to the ripe old age of 78. How and why did he come to Pagosa Springs?
The story opens up a little more when we hear the names of those who attempted to help him during his last moments and the name of the place where he was drinking, Schaad’s place.
Almost anyone who has lived in Pagosa Country knows where Schaad’s place was. It was the old town hall located on the banks of the San Juan River at the intersection of San Juan and Pagosa Streets.
There is a good chance that building began as the bakery for Old Fort Lewis circa 1880 and was later renovated and used for a variety of businesses before becoming Schaad’s place. Charley Schaad was also known as the Dutchman, and probably spoke with a German accent. In one old newspaper we read this advertisement, “Chas. Schaad has reopened his bottling works at the old stand. He solicits the patronage of his old customers.”
We’re been talking about J.M. Keith, a pioneer cattleman, in several recent articles.
Sam Teeson was the father of Faye Brown, a wonderful lady almost all of us remember. Sam was born in Hull, England, and came to Chromo in 1880. Along the way he participated in the last days of buffalo hunting on the Texas panhandle. The gun he used to hunt buffalo is in the possession of his grandchildren who still live in Pagosa Country.
William Dyke was also a transplanted Englishman, born about 1852. He served as an early county sheriff and commissioner and was the source of the former Dyke post office a few miles west of Pagosa Springs in the small community formerly known as Dyke.
Undertaker Gean Gross was also a local merchant selling farm implements and a variety of building supplies such as doors, windows and hardware. His store building was located near McCabe Creek on the north side of San Juan Street and was apparently spacious enough to accommodate public gatherings and dances at Gross Hall.