Meet Westside Pioneers!
What kind of career have you had?
I was an electrician for Berwick, manager and bartender at the Merry-Go-Round and a heavy-equipment operator for a private contractor. I helped build Academy and Powers boulevards and the Colorado Springs airport.
Can you tell us about your marriage?
Thirty-six years to Sharon. We met at the Townhouse Lounge in Manitou when I challenged her to a game of pool. I had heard that there was a lady that was beating all the boys. We ended up tied.
Did you have children?
Dale Allen, my stepson.
Michael and Miranda. Dominic, Veronica and Mandy.
Any of your family members still here?
Yes, my sister-in-law.
Can you tell us about your parents/grandparents?
My father, David Wynne Faires, was born in Victor, and my mother, Mayme Jo, was born in Las Animas. They met in Alma, where my father and my mother’s father (James Person) worked as miners. My grandfather, David Mason, was a mining engineer from Wales (he’s in the “Who’s Who from Cripple Creek”). He met and married Ida May in America. When he passed away, Ida May married Thomas J. Faires, who adopted my father. My parents moved to West Yampa Street in 1942 and to North Pine Street in 1948. He was then employed as a draftsman for a lumber company. My grandparents, Thomas J. and Ida May, lived on West Kiowa Street.
What are your best memories of growing up on the Westside?
Bristol School, my bicycle paper route, my mom in the yard looking for a four-leaf clover and finding one once in awhile.
What are your hobbies?
I'm an avid bowler and hunter and a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
What is gone from the Westside now that you wish had stayed?
Old Bristol and the neighborhood groceries (Kinnaman’s at Bijou and Chestnut streets).
What has stayed that wish had gone?
Two-way narrow streets that should be one-way – the north-south streets (21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th) and the east-west streets between (but not including) Pikes Peak and Uintah.
How about the way things have changed? Progress is progress. We’ve lost the small-community stuff to corporate.
Overall, is the Westside better or worse than when you were a kid here?
I’d say good, considering the rest of the country.
“Meet a Westside Pioneer” interviews people who were born, raised and still live on the Colorado Springs Westside. If you meet that criteria (or know someone who does), please give us a call at 471-6776.