Margaret Logan: Icon of Rollinsville’s past
• Barbara Lawlor
Rollinsville’s Independence Day Parade will never be the same. When Rollinsville resident Margaret Logan died last month, a big chunk of the small town’s history went with her. She was born on April 3, 1922, and died just short of 90 years old, taking with her memories of a childhood in the small but thriving, train station, ice house, livery stable and restaurant and bar that was a stopover for travelers across the Continental Divide.
Margaret prided herself on being Rollinsville’s oldest native, if not the oldest member of the present day community. She would chuckle shyly as she admitted her age and say she had many good memories of growing up in the town where her parents, Jack and Mary Cotter, lived and worked.
The Cotters ran a boarding house and operated the Conoco Station. Margaret grew up in the building that is now the Rollinsville Liquor Store and Country Store across from the Stage Stop, which was a livery stable. She would often talk of the many changes that the Stage Stop went through over the years and giggle at the days she would watch the goings on that occurred at the bar.
She told stories of those days. “I was here when the Stage Stop was a barn and we used to run up and down inside of it. The Jacobs people bought it then and made it into living quarters and then they made it into a little store. Gus Jacobs was into bootlegging at that time.”
Margaret remembered waiting at the train station where the freight trains would stop and drop off coal, and the children would put chunks of it in buckets and carry it home.
Margaret attended classes at the old schoolhouse on Tolland Road, where Martha Logan taught school. The building still marks the town of Tolland. Later, Margaret graduated from Nederland High School and married Bob Logan, another Rollinsville native. Since then Margaret has lived a quiet, simple life, sewing for people, making May baskets with local children and getting gussied up every summer when she would ride through town in either a convertible or a Model T Ford, as the Grand Marshal of the Rollinsville Independence Day Parade.
Margaret would be in a frilly dress with a fashionable hat on her head and would offer a queenly wave as she rode through town. She thought it was a great honor and great fun, even though she always figured she was being honored because of her age.
Margaret spent seven months at the Boulder Manor before she peacefully passed away. Funeral services were on Friday, March 22, at the Carroll-Lewellyn Funeral Chapel in Longmont. She was buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge with Deacon Bob Howard officiating.