Albert J. Harbridge

 

Written by Diana H. Castner. One in a collection by Allen Bachoroski, Local Historical Writer and author of “Tales Along the Highway of Legends”

 

Albert Harbridge was born in 1876 at Birmingham, England and came to the United States when he was seven years old. As a youth he joined the military band during the Spanish-American War.

Following the war he located in Mexico City for two years where he noticed an advertisement for a watch maker at Allen’s Jewelry Store in Trinidad, Colorado. After several years in Trinidad, he and Bertram A. Rhoades joined in partnership and purchased the business under the name of Rhodes-Harbridge Jewelry Company. They remained in business at 111 East main until 1951 when they retired. In the meantime he married Florence Salmon and two children were born.

Always interested in music, he contributed to the enrichment of community by being conductor of the local band that offered concerts in Kit Carson Park. He was director of the Monday Music Club which was a choral group of approximately 30 men and women who gave an annual performance for the community in the form of light opera. he owned a marimba, arranged the music for three part harmony and offered music selections in conjunction with his daughter and her close friend to any club or community program at the cost of transporting the marimba to and from the site of the performance. He entered a national competition for original sacred music and won first place. To this day the Methodist choir performs his composition annually.

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