Pueblo County, Colorado

Contributed by Karen Mitchell.

Ernest Weinhausen, steward at the Colorado State Hospital in Pueblo, was born in Germany on the 9th of March, 1866, a son of Ernest and Bertha (Von Loewenstein) Weinhausen, both of whom passed away in their native country. The son obtained his education in his native land, pursuing a nine years' course in a "gymnasium" there, these schools being a combination of the American grammar and high school. He left home for the United States in 1881, when a youth of fifteen years, desirous to enjoy the opportunities and advantages of the new world and. its democratic form of government. He made his way to St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1881 became an employe in a wholesale drug house there. He was afterward with a surveying party engaged in survey work between northern Minnesota and Michigan in 1885. In that year he went to South Dakota and engaged in the drug business for four or five years, and leaving South Dakota he returned to Minnesota and engaged in work for a wholesale drug company in Minneapolis. He remained there until his removal to Pueblo, Colorado, in 1893. Arriving in this state, he embarked in the drug business in Durango and in 1894 engaged in the drug business in Pueblo for some time. His connection with the State Hospital began by daily visits in order to put up the medicine needed there. He visited the institution in that way twice each day but as the work increased the board induced him to devote his entire time to the work. This was in September, 189S, and besides acting as druggist he became private secretary to Dr. Thombs, whom he assisted for a considerable period. On the 1st of January, 1902, he was appointed steward of the hospital and has served continuously since with the exception of one year, doing excellent work in this connection. On the 15th of February, 1905, Mr. Weinhausen was united in marriage to Miss Mary C. O'Shea. His political allegiance is given to the democratic party and fraternally he is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Woodmen of the World and the Lions Club. He is much interested in Colorado and its development and is thoroughly American in spirit and interests. He voluntarily made the choice between Germany and the United States, and having decided to come to the new world, he has since given stalwart support to the country, cooperating to the extent of his power in all that has to do with loyal advocacy of high American ideals. History Of Colorado Illustrated Volume III Chicago The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1918

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