While I have been researching the Dreyfuss clan and all their heartaches, a few other items have come up in my research that are worth blogging about before I move on to the last line of the Nusbaum clan (and more heartache). I have a number of exciting discoveries relating to my Seligman relatives, some new cousins, some new stories, and some DNA work to write about. Today I want to share two stories that my cousin Pete, the grandson of Arthur Seligman and great-grandnephew of Simon Nusbaum, shared with me from the website to which he contributes, www.vocesdesantefe.org.
The first is a story about Simon Nusbaum, the son of John Nusbaum and brother of Frances Nusbaum, our mutual ancestors. Simon was my great-great-granduncle, the one who settled in Santa Fe after years in Peoria, and who became the postmaster there and the deputy treasurer of the New Mexico territory. Pete’s story is about Simon and the house that he owned and its history.
It’s very sad to me that the house no longer exists, but I am happy to report that Nusbaum Street does still exist. One more thing to add to my travel plans: a walk down Nusbaum Street.
Pete’s second story is about his grandfather Arthur Seligman, my great-granduncle. When Arthur was the governor of New Mexico, the elevator that goes into the depths of Carlsbad Caverns National Park was completed, and the governor was referred to as the “father of the elevator.” Arthur’s story tells the story behind this remarkable engineering accomplishment and our ancestor’s role in implementing it.
Here is a photograph from Pete’s personal collection of the day that the elevator was officially opened. Governor Seligman is in the front row wearing a black coat and a bow tie. To his right is his wife, Mrs. Franc E. Seligman; to his left is his step-daughter, Richie Seligman (Mrs. John March); Harold Albright, Director of the NPS; Wilbur Lyman, Secretary of Interior; and US Senator, Bronson Cutting.
The link below will take you to the whole article that Pete wrote about this event and the elevator.
Thank you, Pete, for sharing these pictures and stories with me and with my readers.