858 3rd Avenue
Landmark Designation: 1986
Construction Date: 1903
Architectural Style: Four
Amos Jesse Emmons, began farming on his own when he was only sixteen. His
father died when he was two and after the death of his mother, he joined the
army to fight in the Civil War. Mustered out in 1866, he came to Colorado
in search of his brother, George, who had come West in 1864.
Unable to locate his brother he worked at Blackhawk for $52 a month, soon
raised to $75. In 1867 he rented a quarter section of land near Rinn, then
bought an adjoining 80 acres where he built a log cabin. He added to holdings
until he owned more than a thousand acres of irrigated and improved land.
He also raised cattle.
Emmons was vitally interested in irrigation problems and many large Boulder
Co. ditches were built under his supervision. He was a stockholder in milling
and banking enterprises and an organizer of the Longmont Ice Co.
In 1876 he married Lovina Robinson and became the father of 7 children. In
1898, Emmons and his family moved to 858 3rd Avenue. In 1903, the original
house was razed and the present house was built.
Carl H. Adler was born in Culp, Germany and at the age of three, his family
moved to the United States. It is uncertain when Alder moved to Colorado.
However, he soon established himself as a successful farmer and rancher in
the Mead area. In 1919, Adler married Marry Minch and became the father of
thirteen children. Mr. Adler and his family moved to this house after his
retirement in 1951.