Meet a Westside Pioneer!
Katie Brickell Moore
What kind of career have you had?
I was the supervisor of dry cleaning at Sno-White Linen. I worked there for 33 years and never missed a day.
I was married to Wayne Wilson from 1948 to 1972. I married Don Moore in 1975. We met at Sno-White, where he was the maintenance engineer. He passed away in 2008. My children are Dave, Dan and Doug Wilson and stepson, Tom Moore. I have seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Any of your family members still here?
I’m the last of 12 children born and raised in Colorado Springs. We lived at 413 N. Walnut St. I have one sister-in-law, Brenda Brickell, who still lives at the same address! My stepson and several nieces and nephews still live on the Westside.
Can you tell us about your grandparents/parents?
My mother, Mary (Mamie) Winifred Dolan, moved here from Boston with her family about 1890 because her mother, Anne (Lane), had asthma. My father, Richard Alex-ander Brickell, came from England in 1902 with his father, Alexander Richard Brickell, who had been hired by General William Palmer to be the horse stables’ stud groomer. He was found murdered in the stables (the case was never solved), and General Palmer raised Richard. Richard’s mother died a few months afterward. Her children, who had stayed in England with her, were raised by her brothers and sisters. Mamie and Richard married in 1915. They had been neighbors. Richard had been on his own; he managed the Alamo Hotel (now MacKenzie’s Chop House), which was owned by his brother-in-law, Frank Conway.
What are your best memories of growing up on the Westside?
Christmas with all my immediate family on the Westside and making my First Holy Communion.
What is gone from the Westside now that you wish had stayed?
The movie drive-in that used to be on the top of 21st Street.
What has stayed that you wish had gone? The “cracks” are finally gone – the erosion from all the gold-mill tailings between 21st and 8th streets.
How about the way things have changed? There has been so much change that I’m overwhelmed. I did enjoy the comeback of the Westside businesses along the avenue.
Overall, is the Westside better or worse than when you were a kid here?
Worse. We walked to school (seven blocks from home) and all over without any worries as children.
“Meet a Westside Pioneer” interviews people who have lived all (or most of) their lives on the Colo-rado Springs Westside. If you know someone who meets that criteria, please give us a call at 471-6776.