Alice Shearer Ish and John Lapsley Ish
Alice and Laspley Ish
with sons Lesley and Guy
Barb Warnell and Bill Donaldson
as Alice and Lapsley Ish
Alice Shearer Ish spent her childhood in North Park. This is a quote from her as told in Grand Lake in the Olden Days, by Mary Lyons Cairns.
"My best girl friend, whose father was mining, lived at Teller, and I sometimes I went there to visit her. Life on my father's ranch must have been monotonous but I didn't realize it, perhaps because there , was always the delicious prospect of looking forward to a trip to Teller. Even the stagecoach ride was a thrill! I'll always remember how pretty the town looked as the stagecoach brought me there one evening. Lights shone from all the cabin windows, and the Yates House was lighted from top to bottom. The cabins were nestled among the pines, with dark towering hills around.
"My mother had told me never to go into the dance hall. But how I wanted to see inside! So my friend and I slipped over and looked in one of the windows. There were many more men than women. Some of the girls, from miners' families mostly, were prettily hut not gaudily dressed. But a dozen or so "fancy" girls were elaborately costumed. I didn't know then what kind of girls they were. Some of them wore ringlets and fancy hair-dos of other kinds. To me their painted faces were beautiful. Their flashing "Jewels" and their lovely gowns bedecked with lace and ribbon were something that a ranch girl might well envy.
"Most of the men wore their miners' clothes - blue jeans, dark shirts, and miners' boots; one or two carne in with their miners' lamps still on their caps. Some of the cowboys wore their spurs, with red or blue bandanas around their necks. It was all bright and colorful. The music of the fiddles and the rhythmic quadrille calls made me want to dance. But I was sure it was very wicked. It was exciting to even look in!”
Alice married John Lapsley Ish in 1885 in Rand. She worked as the Rand Postmistress for sometime before they together built and ran the Rand hotel until 1910. Their son Leslie was born in 1887. Son Guy came along in 1893. Alice, Laps and boys spent a short time in California before moving to Grand Lake in 1910. They built the Rapids Lodge in 1915. Guy died in 1917 of pneumonia. Leslie died in a car accident.
Great Granddaughter Diane P. Thompson in email correspondence told Pat Raney of Grand Lake that she has a book filled with pressed flowers that John Lapsley Ish collected for Alice on his walks in the Park that Alice pressed and kept.
Laps and Ali sold the Rapids Lodge and retired to their home in Boulder, CO. Both are buried there.
Grand Lake in the Olden Days, by Mary Lyons Cairns, 1971
Diane P. Thompson (great granddaughter) in email correspondence with Pat Raney given to current Rapids Lodge owners Tom & Lynne Ludwig, 2000