• September 28, 2021

Joseph Longo

Born and raised in El Paso. Jose is a Curator and Archive Committee Chair for the El Paso County Historical Society. He does research and lectures about local history; and wrote several articles for the Password. Also, a former member of the El Paso City Historical Landmark Commission.

A Look Back: Remembering Elmer’s Family Restaurant

In 2019, Elmer’s Restaurant closed after decades of service to El Pasoans. Despite no longer being owned by the original family, it still had the name and followed the purpose laid out by its founder, Elmer Poulsen. In 1947, Poulsen – a farm boy from Wisconsin – along with his wife, Jewel, opened an ice […]Read More

A look back: The Women Suffrage Timeline

The El Paso County Historical Society is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution that gave women in the United States the right to vote in 1920. Live on website is the society’s second woman’s suffrage exhibit, the woman’s suffrage timeline, which explores the movement in El […]Read More

A look back: Lydia Stark “I have kept my promise”

In 1962 Lydia Malernee Stark, a retired speech teacher, ran as a Republican for County Superintendent of Schools against John T. Bean. Stark ran on one platform: to abolish the office she was running for. She ran as a Republican in a strongly Democratic county. No Republican had been elected countywide since Alfred Sharpe of […]Read More

Anna B. Newman: The First Curator of the International Art

Anna Butterfield was born and raised in Knob Knoster, Missouri in 1881 to Maurice and Luvina Butterfield. As noted by her last name, Miss Butterfield was a descendant of John Butterfield, for whom the Butterfield Wagon Trail route was named. Miss Butterfield first came to El Paso in 1902 and met her husband, Charles Moorehead Newman […]Read More

Sara E. Freese: An El Paso Pioneer in Finance

In 1966, Sara E. Freese sold her Brokerage Firm, S.E. Freese and Co, ending  a career of 19 years in the field. She was also the first woman in El Paso and west of the Mississippi to head a Brokerage firm. Freese first worked as a Secretary for the President of the Wheeling  National Bank, in […]Read More

El Paso Pioneer Restaurateurs Series: Julius “Pappy” Heins

Julius “Pappy” Heins was a self-made businessman and restaurant pioneer who made a name for himself here in El Paso. Heins’ Restaurants was one of El Paso iconic restaurants, but that’s not how Heins got his start. At age 15, Heins left his hometown in Heidelberg, German to join the merchant marines. However, Heins and […]Read More

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