Louis Kreeger


Century Family

Written by Dolores I. Silva Fromang. One in a collection by Allen Bachoroski, Local Historical Writer and author of “Tales Along the Highway of Legends”


The sheriff of Trinidad in 1890 was Lewis (Louis) M. Kreeger. He took over as sheriff after Bat Masterson quit. The two had worked together, but Bat Masterson also ran a Farel Table for gamblers and soon left town. Lewis lived in Trinidad since 1848 and served as sheriff for 30 years. He and his wife Julianita and family lived in the Trinidad Jail House Quarters. His story was documented in 1986 in the True West Magazine where he is described as a courageous and dedicated lawman. Their daughter was Phoebe and she married Fred Silva who worked for the city. Fred and Phoebe had Joseph, Alex, John, and Delores.

Joseph joined the army after graduating from high school in 1941 and was stationed in Honolulu when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He was in church that Sunday morning of December 7 and continued to work in an office during the war. He was honorably discharged on July 17, 1945 and moved to San Diego. Three months later at the age of 23 he became critically ill and passed away of Leukemia.

Alex lives in Denver. His oldest son Michael, flies a helicopter for Channel 4 News and is also working with the Colorado State University to create an advanced radar system. he was featured in the January, 1989 “Reader’s Digest” for stopping a killer with his helicopter and a movie was made of the episode. Michael is also featured in the February, 1993 issue of Reader’s Digest for rescuing three lost hikers from a rock ledge in the Rocky Mountains. That story is called “Trapped at 12,000 feet”. He is also a decorated Vietnam War Veteran with more than 1100 hours of night combat flying to his credit.

The story of Dolores is written under the title of Dolores I. Silva Fromang. At the present time Joseph and John are deceased.

The oldest grandson of Dolores is Gerald Jr., a Navy Grunt Corpsman stationed at 29 Palms, CA. He has gone through special training at the Marine Corps Close Combat School Other grandchildren include: Francesca, Antonina, Joe and Mitchell. They all love to visit grandmother and the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Sea World, Balboas Park Museum and old Town State Park in San Diego. Mitchell was awarded the Educational Excellence Award in the fifth grade at Lake Havasu, Arizona.

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