Left grey suede pump, worn by Mamie Harder Lewis.
Left suede grey pump with pointed toes, decorative stitching and low French (Louis) heel. The heel has a sliver of silver between the upper and the leather sole. A silver half-moon plate 1/2" in width is situated on the sole at the toe, as well as one at the heel. A Mary-Jane style strap with pearl button closure crosses the body of the shoe.
Object was donated in 1959 by Mr. Hoyt Harder. The dress and shoes belonged to his sister, Mamie (Mary) Harder Lewis. Little information is found on Mamie. Ancestry.com shows census records detailing that she was born in 1869, the second child in a family of 7, headed by Mary Harder and Almerson Jerome Harder. Almerson was counted as a US Civil War Soldier, and was aboard the USS Midnight.
The family was originally located in Pennsylvania, and were counted as Denver residents in the 1880 US census. Mamie died in 1959 at the age of 90 - her donor card said she was a long-time resident of Denver.
The information found on Mr. Hoyt Harder is as follows: Hoyt was born in 1879. He married Isabelle Dorothy in 1908 and they had one son, Hoyt Harder Jr. born in 1908. The couple divorced in 1914, and Hoyt was counted in the 1920 US Census as having custody of his son and living with his mother, then 70. He is listed as a "troubleman", or an electrician tasked with fixing lighting issues within the community.
The accession file says, "Donor, 81 years of age, served as a lamp lighter in Denver in 1888. Later worked for City Service and Public Service Company of Colorado. A tape recording of his recollections may be of interest." I am unsure whether this means a recording exists, or whether it was just a suggestion. -JE 2/27/20