1863 — 1898
Mary Greenough Bumstead
Coates was born in Roxbury, (Boston) MA on July 10, 1863, the daughter of Deacon E. B. and Rebecca D. Bumstead of
Eliot Congregational in
Roxbury. Mary grew up in the area where she eventually graduated from the Normal Art School.
At about the age of 25, Mary traveled to Worcester, South Africa, where she joined her older sister Anna at the Huguenot Seminary and began her career as a missionary teacher. Seven years later, failing health forced her to return home to Boston where it was hoped that she would soon recover. Unfortunately, the moist humid climate of Boston was not the best medicine for her lungs. In 1894 she decided to go west as so many others of her day did, to look for a cure in the clean, dry air of Colorado. This journey eventually led her to visit a friend’s home in Highlandlake.
The first mention of Mary being in Highlandlake that I could find was in the Highlandlake column in the Longmont Ledger August 3, 1894. "The CE Society to hold a missionary social at schoolhouse at which Miss Mary G. Bumstead will speak of her work in South Africa, where she spent seven years as a missionary."
Later in the same column of the Ledger was the note, "In the absence of Mr. Root next Sunday, our pulpit will be occupied by Miss Bumstead."
The August 23rd issue of the Ledger, carried this note in the Highlandlake column, "Miss Bumstead will supply our pulpit for a few weeks."
By Oct. 12, 1894, according to the Ledger, "Miss Bumstead was granted license to preach by the Congregational Association in Denver last week. Has accepted the call and now occupies the parsonage with Miss Garlinger."
In the autumn of 1895 Rev. Bumstead went back to Boston for a two month vacation. Much to the surprise and joy of her congregation, she returned with $1000 in donations from friends and family to build a church.
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