Jack Bell Jack Bell

Catharine Burnett

A Long Trip by Wagon
Hot Shots
Jack Bell - Fremont County CO
Jack Bell Invents a Stove
Charities Board

Catharine Olivia Gibson Burnett
(17 Aug 1846, Utica NY)
(11 Feb 1877, Buffalo NY)
+ Robert Jewett Mercur(5 Jan 1896, Canandaigua NY)
(b:1871, Lowanda PA)

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    Catherine Gibson Mercur[married Charles Edward "Ted" Seymour]

+ Jack Bell(abt 1904)
(1870, PA)

    Bradley Evans Bell[married Jean Butridge]

+ Robert M. Van Deusen(5 Nov 1911, Denver CO)

van deusen family

CCR Thursday 24 August 1905
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bell and little daughter, Katherine, returned home last Sunday night after an absence of fourteen months, during which time they traveled by wagon upwards of 4,400 miles along the western slopes of the Rocky mountains.

Leaving here in May, 1904, they drove over to the Gunnison country, thence south through the San Juan valley into Arizona and Old Mexico, where they spent the winter months. Mr. Bell says the rains in Arizona last year were something unparalleled in the history of the country, there having occurred nothing like them in the traditions of the Indians, which extend back many centuries.

Although there were necessarily some hardships in such a trip, it was, on the whole, very enjoyable and Mr. and Mrs. Bell bring back with them the recollections of many interesting experiences.

During the trip Miss Katherine rode a horse more than four thousand miles and, as may be inferred, is an accomplished equestrienne.

Hot Shots
Mrs. Catharine B. Bell, editor of the Canon City Canon, has favored us with a copy of "Hot Shots," a handsome booklet just issued from the Cannon press rooms. Mechanically, the work is in excellent taste and creditable to the establishment producing it. The reading matter consists of a number of the strongest paragraphs that have appeared in the Cannon during the past several months. They are all full of pointer and giner and are well worth reading and preserving. p> The Canon City Times
by The Times publishing Company
Wm. E. Spencer, Editor and Manager
An Advocate of Temperance and Social Progress

Jack Bell - Fremont County CO
The day after the flood, the Canon City Cannon came out "with the most bizarre story of the flood, written by a book-store owner" who freelanced for Cannon owner Mrs. Jack Bell:


Jack and Catherine Bell took over the Clipper and changed the name to:

Canon City Cannon January 2, 1906-1912. Mrs. Bell was publisher. The Cannon slogan was "Fired Once A Week."

Jack Bell did "handy work around the paper," taking an occasional holiday for a good time. On one of those five-day, unchaperoned good times, he arranged with the Canon City telegraph girl to deliver his wife a telegram (numbered one to five) each day he was gone, telling how much he missed her. All five telegrams were delivered as Jack got off the train in Canon City on the sixth day.

Nellie Weston, wife of "a typical western prospector, Eugene Weston" was a Cannon reporter.

Mrs Bell and her wandering husband turned the Cannon over to printer E.C. Shumway about 1910.


Colorado Press reported in February 1914 that Jack Bell, was doing special work for the Denver Times. Jack Bell

Jack Bell Invents a Stove
Denver Times 1916


Veteran of Metal Fields Claims Device Will Use Many Fuels and Supply Light as Well as Heat for Cooking.

A camp stove designed to meet his own needs as a prospector in the mountains and on the desert, seems likely to bring a fortune to Jack Bell, well known in Colorado mining circles.

Bell has prospected all over the mining sections of Mexico and the United States, including Alaska. He has won and lost fortunes, and has made a dozen original discoveries which have meant wealth to others, but it the invention growing out of his own necessities as an outdoor man that apparently is going to bring him the real stake at last.

There isn't a Colorado mining district in which Jack Bell is not known. He has been a pioneer in all the big mining camps, and was one of the first in the rare metals fields of the western part of the state when discoveries of vanadium and sarnotite began to attract the attention of the world.

Reported on the Border
Just now Bell is said to be on the border preparatory to opening up a big mining proposition in Mexico when affairs have settled sufficiently to make lives and investments reasonably safe. Meantime, with characteristic energy, he has submitted his plans for a prospector's camp stove to a big Eastern manufacturing firm, which promises to put it on the market in many forms.

Bell's stove is a novelty in that its chief fuel is gasoline. A gallong of "gas" will be sufficient for a two months' trip, according to the inventor. The stove is modeled after the ordinary reflector heater. The flame from the burner passes thru a series of air chambers, the heat circulating around the over and under the plates used for cooking.

Back of the reflecter, and designed to fill the vacancy, between the reflector and stove back, is a tank with a pump for pressure. There is a system of oils and screens, constituting Bell's invention, which requires no superheating to create the gas for the flame.

Many Fuels Possible
Alcohol, gasoline, kerosene, crude oil or natural or artificial gas can be used. Also it is possible to convey the gas from the stove to an ordinary Weisbach or other burner and make an illuminating light of any power.

It is claimed the stove will be a boon to the poor because of its economy in heating, baking and illuminating. But the inventor had chiefly in mind the outdoor man, and believes he has the perfect camp stove, light and easily packed, and selling at not more than $4. The chief problem of thousands of campers in the West has been the camp stove -- and this problem the veteran prospector seems to have solved.

Bell is a typical man of the open -- explorer, prospector, mining engineer and miner. He has done all forms of minng, and has a wonderful knowledge of minerology. For thirty-five years he has followed the lure of the mines and has nearly died of thirst in the desert and from exposure on the high peaks in winter.


Once on Hammond's Staff
He was one of the pioneers of Goldfield and Rawhide. And in Cripple Creek, when on John Hays Hammond's staff, engaged in a thrilling battle with ore thieves in the underground depths of the Independence mine. When the carnotite fields of western Colorado were opened Bell was one of the first on the ground and stood to win a large fortune in the yellow metal when the European war temporarily checked the demand for radium.

Bell has worked as a newspaper man in Denver and other Western cities, and is known as a contributor to various journals on mining subjects. he has also collaborated in magazine articles on outdoor topics growing out of his own varied experiences.

There are hundreds of mining and newspaper men in the West who will join in the wish that Jack Bell's invention turns out to be the equal of a mining bonanza in point of dividends.

Charities Board

Denver, Feb. 13 --
Mrs. Katherine Van Deusen has been elected secretary of the municipal board of Charities and Corrections. Mrs. Van Deusen has a remarkable career in settlement work in New York. In Buffalo she perfected the diet kitchens and won national fame for herself through her work.

Mrs. Van Deusen was the first probation officer of Fremont county and special representative of the board of county commissioners in destitution cases. She was also humane officer in the same county, and president for the long and short term of the board of county vistors. Mrs. Van Deusen, as Miss Katherine Bell, was editor of the Canon City Cannon, the only newspaper in the state at that time edited by a woman. She was also clerk of the state land office under Registrar B.L. Jefferson.

Mrs. Van Deusen will assume the duties of her office this morning. Her office will be in the Euclid building. The other offices elected are james H. Pershing, C.F. Reed and Mrs. Alma Lafferty.


The Times, Denver Colorado, 1934

The following tribute was sent to The Times by a close friend of Mrs. Catherine Van Dusen of Grand Lake, who died in a Denver hospital about two weeks ago:

Mrs. Catherine Van Dusen, writer and former state employee, died from an illness which began several years ago when her hip was broken in a fall on icy pavement.

Through her illness was shown the unconquerable spirit inherited from forebearers who were friends and comrades of George Washington, Lafayette, and other early American patriots and builders.

Daughter of Henry L. and Sarah Lansing Burnett, she was born in Canandaigua, N.Y., May 2, 1873, and came to Colorado in 1902. She settled in Canon City, where she was married to Jack Bell, mining man, and became editor of the local newspaper and author of a volume of epigrams and short stories which attracted the attention of literary critics.

Coming to Denver in 1910, she became chief clerk of the state land board. Following her divorce from Bell, she was married to Robert Van Dusen.

In 1921 she purchased the ranch property in Grand county belonging to James Cairns, and this was her home up to the time of her death, although she was employed at the state capitol since last fall.

Funeral services were conducted at St. John's cathedral, with Bishop Johnson and Canon Watts in charge. Pallbearers were Governor Johnson, Gen. John T. Barnet, Gen. Neil Kimball, General Danks, Judge Frank McLaughlin and Robert De Vano.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Catherine Gibson Seymour of Grand Lake, a son, Bradley Evans Bell of the U.S. Army, and a granddaughter, Catherine Burnett Seymour.

Last Will and Testament, CATHARINE VAN DEUSEN
I, Catharine Burnett Van Deusen, of the County of Grand County and State of Colorado, and being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make ordain, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, and I hereby expressly revoke all former wills or testamentary dispositions by me made.

FIRST: I hereby constitute and appoint my daughter, Catharine Gibson Seymour, to be the sole executrix of this my last will and Testament, she to act without bond, directing my said executrix to pay my just debts as soon after my death as can conveniently be done.

SECOND: I give and bequeath to Janet Greenleaf Slater, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the god-mother of my daughter, my blue mosaic bracelet.

THIRD: I give and bequeath to my grand-daughter, Catharine Burnett Seymour, my solitaire diamond ring which has been bequeathed from daughter to daughter for six generations the same to become her property when she shall have reached the age of twenty-one years.

FOURTH: I give and devise to my daughter, Catharine Gibson Seymour, all my jewelry except as herein otherwise bequeathed; all my fans, shawks, laces, clothing, my personal belongings, the Steinway piano, and one half of all bric-a-brac, one half of all books not now belonging to her or her daughter or my son, one half of all linen and one half of all furniture and pictures, and one half of all silverware not herein otherwise bequeathed.

FIFTH: I give and devise to my son, Bradley Evans Bell, known as Bradley Ten Eyck Van Deusen, the cluster diamond ring which belonged to his great-great-grandfather Henry B. Gibson, my heaviest gold watch chain, the silver punch bowl and ladle presented to Henry B. Gibson, and one half of all linens, silverware, furniture, pictures, rugs, bric-a-brac, and one half of all books not now belonging to him or to my daughter or granddaughter.

SIXTH: I give, devise and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, real and personal, to my two children, Catharine Gibson Seymour and Bradley Evans Bell, to be divided equally between them, half and half. Should either of my children die, leaving a child or children, his or her share shall descend to such child or children.

Brother, Sister, Dog

SEVENTH: I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my daughter Catharine Gibson Seymour, executrix of this will, and, in case of the death of the said Catharine Gibson Seymour, that the American Bank and Trust Company of Denver, Colorado, shall act as executor in her stead; and I likewise direct that neither of the said executrix nor executor shall be required to give bond as executrix or executor.

IN WITNESS HEREOF I have hereunto subscribed my name this 7th day of November A.D.1927, of this my last Will and Testament consisting of two pages.

(Signed) Catharine Burnett Van Deusen


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