Written by Homer Doty. One in a collection by Allen Bachoroski, Local Historical Writer and author of “Tales Along the Highway of Legends”
Charlie Hartman met Annie (Perkins) in Southern Texas, where he was playing baseball, and she worked in a restaurant. Upon seeing him for the first time, she said, “that is the Man I’m going to marry.” She had been married before, and had 2 children, Wanda Faye and Rex Perkins. They did marry and had a son, Charlie Jr.
They migrated from Texas to Colorado in the early l900’s, and homesteaded on land 40-50 miles Southeast of Trinidad. They made the trip with a horse and wagon. They built a rock home on the property, and lived there until the late 1920’s, when they moved to Hoehne, Colorado, where Charlie opened and operated the Hoehne Blacksmith Shop. In the early 1930’s, Charlie purchased land near the original blacksmith shop. He, along with help from friends and family, hauled truckloads of rock from the proximity of their homestead, and constructed a two story rock house with the blacksmith shop attached. The building remains to this day.
Charlie died in 1950, after being married for 48 years to Annie. Annie died in 1955. Charlie Jr. continued to operate the Hoehne Blacksmith Shop until the mid 1970’s, at which time poor health forced him to close the shop. He died on June 4, 1978 at the age of 68.
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