Pueblo County, Colorado
Libbie Damon Runyan

Contributed by Karen Mitchell and Jean Griesan. Photo by Floyd Kelling.

Libbie Damon Runyan
Libbie Damon Runyan was thirty years old when she died from tuberculosis in Pueblo on March 3, 1888. She lies in an unmarked grave in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Her husband, Alfred L. Runyan, brought his ailing wife to Pueblo from Kansas a few months previously. He remained for several years as a printer and write for The Pueblo Chieftain. Their son, Alfred Damon Runyan, seven years old when his mother died, remained in Pueblo with his father. After service in the Spanish American War the younger Runyan started his extraordinary career when he was hired as a reporter for the Chieftain. He later worked for Denver newspapers, changed the spelling of his surname to Runyon, went to New York and became the highest paid newspaper reporter of his time. He also was well known as a playwright and author. Runyon Field baseball park in Pueblo was named after him.

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