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By Carolyn Plotner
Fountain Valley Historical Society and Museum 

Local history: The Lock Family's long and winding journey to our valley


Last updated 10/6/2021 at 9:49am

In "The Lock Family, Part I," we read about the pioneer family's travels from St. Louis to Denver to the Fontaine qui Bouille.

Researched and written by Carolyn Plotner, Fountain Valley Historical Society and Museum

Mathias and Barbara met in Illinois and married in 1859. He was 29 years old and she was 19. Both were born in Germany, their families immigrating to America from different locations and at different times. Barbara was the granddaughter of Franz Gruber, who wrote the Christmas carol "Silent Night."

The newlyweds began their journey West in the spring of 1859 along with...

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