535 Collyer Street
Landmark Designation: 2004
Construction Date: ca. 1890
Architectural Style: Vernacular
The Hartman family is listed as residing here in Longmont from 1892 until
the mid-1920s, and Mr. Hartman is listed as the property's owner in water
rent records from 1890s until 1923. In the 1890s, Mr. Hartman worked as a
butcher at A.C. Oviatt, and in the years following the turn of the century,
he was employed as a miller at the Farmers' Mill. Hartman passed away in February
1934, some years after his retirement.
Katherine Greenamyre lived in this house from 1942 until the early 1970s.
He was a beloved teacher, whose life was chronicled in a biographical book
Let Me Take You Back With Me which she wrote in 1990, at the age of
94. Katherine Greenamyre was born in a farmhouse near Lincoln, Nebraska on
December 20, 1896, the daughter of Howard and Ida (Collins) Greenamyre. She
grew up in Nebraska and Colorado with two younger sisters and a younger brother.
In 1905, the family moved to Fort Collins, where Katherine attended Laurel
School, and where she graduated from Fort Collins High School. She began an
illustrious teaching career in 1915, teaching at the Shell Creek Ranch one-room
school, when she was just nineteen years old. For the next several years,
she alternately continued to teach, while also pursuing a degree which she
eventually earned in 1922. She taught at Wellington in the late 1910s, and
at Timnath in the 1920s, before moving to La Junta where she taught from 1928
to 1942. Miss Greenamyre moved to Longmont and purchased this home in the
fall of 1942. She then taught in Longmont schools for twenty-two years until
she retired in 1964 as the head of the entire English Department for all of
the Longmont schools. Her teaching career spanned fifty-three years, and according
to her book, she taught over 5000 children. After the publication of her book
in 1991, Miss Greenamyre celebrated her 100th birthday on December 20, 1996.
She passed away just over a year later, in November 1997.
If you would like to learn more about this property, please see our architectural
survey that was completed on the property in 2002.