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  Stackhouse, Frederick D.
NameFrederick D. Stackhouse
Denver, Colorado , United States
Born January 11, 1864
DiedDecember 30, 1944 (80 years)
Last ModifedBrentinCO
Jan 11, 2020 03:34pm
InfoFrederick D. Stackhouse, auditor of the city and county of Denver, was born in Rensselaer, Indiana, on the 11th of January, 1864, a son of Isaac M. Stackhouse, who was a native of Ohio and was descended from one of the old Pennsylvania families of English lineage. Two brothers of the name came to America with William Penn and were the founders of the American branch. They were of the Quaker faith. Isaac
M. Stackhouse was a tinner by trade and was a man of literary ability
who during the latter years of his life devoted his attention to
literary pursuits. He gave his political allegiance to the greenback
party and was quite active in its support and in furthering various
civic matters. He married Margaret Smith, a native of La Fayette,
Indiana, and a representative of one of the old pioneer families of
that state of English descent. Her father, John Smith, was the founder
of the La Fayette Journal, which is still in existence, and the family
was a very prominent and influential one in Indiana. The death of Isaac
M. Stackhouse occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1903, when he was sixty-seven years of age, and he is still survived by his widow, who is now a resident of Columbus, Ohio. She has reached the age of seventy-
seven years, having been born in March, 1841, at La Fayette, Indiana.
By her marriage she became the mother of six children, three sons and
three daughters.

Frederick D. Stackhouse, who was the third in order of birth in that family, pursued his education in the public schools of Southport,
Indiana, being graduated from the high school with the class of 1882.
He then started out in the business world on his own account and was
first employed at the painter's trade, after which he removed to
Indianapolis, Indiana, and for a time served as shipping clerk with the
firm of Johnston & Erwin, wholesale dry goods merchants. He next
entered the car accountant's office of the Indiana, Bloomington &
Western Railway Company in 1886 and was there engaged in clerical work
until 1888. He .was afterward with the Lake Erie & Western Railroad
Company until April, 1891, in which year he made his way westward to
Denver, where he arrived a comparative stranger, knowing only two
people in the city-F. M. De Weese, now freight auditor of the Denver &
Rio Grande Railroad, and Frank Levering, who was then an attorney at
law but is now engaged in foreign missionary work in India. Mr.
Stackhouse secured a position with the Denver & Rio Grande in the auditing department and continued with that road. until October, 1899.
He was afterward with the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company, in charge of
their railroad accounts with the Crystal Railroad and the Colorado &
Wyoming Railroad. On the 19th of April, 1906, he became auditor for the
Holly Sugar Company of Holly, Colorado, with which he remained until
October, 1909. He then returned to Denver and entered the real estate,
insurance and loan business under the firm name of the Home Realty
Company, an incorporated company of which he became treasurer, with F.
H. Hanchett as president and W. J. Robinson as secretary. He thus
continued active in the real estate business until 1912, when he became
chief clerk in the city treasurer's office under Alllson Stocker, with
whom he continued for a year. When the commission form of government
was adopted Mr. Stackhouse was appointed secretary to J. M. Perklns,
then mayor of the city, remaining with the latter for two years. He
next turned his attention to the accounting business, opening an office
in the Gas and Electric building and practicing his profession as an
expert accountant. He was first associated with C. G. Weston in a
partnership that existed for six months. Mr. Stackhouse then withdrew
and established an independent business in December, 1915. This he
still conducts and is now associated with Henry Koepcke, under the firm
style of Stackhouse & Koepcke, certified public accountants. On the 1st of June, 1917, Mr. Stackhouse was again called to public office, being
elected auditor of the city and county of Denver, in which position he
has since continuously and acceptably served.

On the 2d of March, 1887, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Mr. Stackhouse was married to Miss Alice M. Thompson, a native of Marion county, Indiana, and a daughter of John W. and Martha M. (Denny) Thompson, both of whom were representatives of old Massachusetts
families, and Mr. Thompson's mother was an own cousin of Nancy Hanks,
the mother of Abraham Lincoln. Six children have been born to Mr. and
Mrs. Stackhouse: Evelyn, who is now a teacher in Los Angeles, California; Maynard, who married Miss Rose Graham of Denver and resides at Bakersfield, California; Katharine, the wife of Mannie Dillon, a resident of Denver; Paul, who married Miss Hazel Schlusser and makes his home in Denver; Margaret, at home; and Earl, who was the first born and died at the age of five months.

The life history of Mr. Stackhouse holds much that is of interest
because it is the record of earnest effort intelligently directed and
tells of many victories in the business world. He started out for
himself when but twelve years of age, earning his first money as a
newsboy. The family lived six miles from Indianapolis, at Southport,
Indiana, and he was obliged to walk that distance to get his papers. He
was also employed in early youth by a farmer, to whose home he had to
walk a distance of two miles, and in compensation for his labors he
received thirty-seven and a half cents per day, which was, however,
twelve and a half cents in excess of the amount that was first agreed
upon. He proved so diligent and efficient, however, that the former sum was accorded him and throughout his entire life the same diligence and
efficiency has enabled him to work his way upward until he is today
prominent in professional circles as a certified accountant and is making a most creditable record in office. He enjoys the respect and goodwill of his fellow townsmen and the high regard of all with whom he has been brought in contact, and his progress in life reflects credit and honor upon him.

Mr. Stackhouse gives his political allegiance to the republican
party where national questions and issues are involved but at local
elections casts an independent ballot. Fraternally he is identified
with the Masons, belonging to the lodge and chapter, and he is also a
member of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics and the Lions
Club. His religious faith is indicated in his membership in the
Broadway Baptist church, in which he is serving as chairman of the
board of trustees. He is likewise treasurer of the Baptist state
convention and has always taken an active and helpful part in the work
of the church. He 'is now serving as secretary of the Westminster
College Association and was a member of the library board under Dr.
Perkins' administration. Mr. Stackhouse is also a director in a number of industrial enterprises, his varied Interests and activities placing him with the valued and representative citizens of Denver.



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