Dunsdon Collection 2005.004

1890-1950


Overview of the Collection

Accession #: 2005.004

Title: Dunsdon Collection

Creator: Bernard D. Rohlfing and Myrtle Rohlfing Dates: Circa 1910 to 1945

Media: Clothing apparel, accessories, photographs, a trunk, paper dolls and marionette dolls

Quantity: 9.55 c.f.


Biography of Bernard D. Rohlfing, Myrtle Rohlfing, and family

Bernard D Rohlfing was born on 23 May 1887, died in Mar 1972


Directory Listings:

1889- Rohlfing, DP civil engineer, r. 12 Keene Blk, r. sw corner Francis & 4th 1892-

1893- Rohlfing, DP mining/surveyor, r. 422 W. Main 1927 (fall)- Rohlfing, DP, r. 125 E. Hallam

1928 (spring)- Rohlfing, Bernard D., r. 1st & Hallam Rohlfing, DP, r. 125 E. Hallam

1928 (fall)- Rohlfing, Bernard D., r. 1st & Hallam Rohlfing, DP, r. 125 E. Hallam

1929 (spring)- Rohlfing, Bernard D., r. 1st & Hallam Rohlfing, DP, r. 125 E. Hallam

1929 (fall)- Rohlfing, Bernard D., r. 1st & Hallam Rohlfing, DP, r. 125 E. Hallam

1935/36- Rohlfing, Bernard D., r 328 W. Main Rohlfing, Durant, r. 334 W. Main

1949- Rohlfing, Bernard D., r. 512 10th, Glenwood

1955- Rohlfing, Bernard D., r. 1018 Cooper Av., Glenwood Bunny’s Sports Club, 312 7th, Glenwood

1957- Rohlfing, Bernard D., r. 1018 Cooper Av., Glenwood Bunny’s Sports Club, 312 7th, Glenwood

1962- Rohlfing, Bernard D., r. 1018 Cooper Av., Glenwood Bunny’s Lounge, 312 7th, Glenwood

1963- Rohlfing, Bernard D., r. 1018 Cooper Av., Glenwood 1965- Rohlfing, Bernard D., r. 1018 Cooper Av., Glenwood

1968- Rohlfing, Bernard D., r. 1018 Cooper Av., Glenwood 1970- Rohlfing, Bernard D., r. 1018 Cooper Av., Glenwood


Son of Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Rohlfing who moved to Aspen in the late 1880s. His father worked as a civil engineer in 1889. According to the 1889 directory he lived at 12 Keene Blk and SW corner Francis and 4th. By 1893, he was a mining/surveyor and resided at 422 W. Main. The family may have moved to Salt Lake City, Utah prior to the 1900 census.


Bernard Rohlfing born on 23 May 1887 (location unknown) was a graduate of the University of Utah in mining engineering and then worked at the Durant and Smuggler Mines in Aspen. He appears in the 1920 Census Records in Salt Lake City with a wife of Myrtle- unsure of his marriage date or location. By the 1930’s, he lived on Main Street near his brother, who also worked the mines, then appears to have lived out of the Hotel Jerome and traveled extensively as he doesn’t appear in the directories again until 1949 and according to oral history from Michele Dunsdon. In 1949, he settled in Glenwood Springs and soon after started his Sports club called Bunny’s (a nick name he held). The sports club was in business through the 1950’s and by 1962 became Bunny’s Lounge. It no longer appears in the directories starting 1963, although Bernard is still listed through 1970. He died in March of 1972. No obituary has been located. No records have been located for Myrtle.


On January 26, 1894 Durant Carl Rohlfing was born, a younger brother to Bernard. Durant was born in Aspen, educated in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated with honors from University of Utah with a degree in mining engineering. He served in WWI then returned to Aspen to work in the mines his father leased. On June 6, 1931 he married Miss Kathryn Mogan (born 12/8/1902) and they bore one son, Ronald. On February 8, 1938, Durant died from a 230 foot plunge down an ore chute in the Durant Mine (see Aspen Times Weekly Feb. 10, 1938 front page). He is buried in the Red Butte Cemetery next to his wife who passed away September 2, 1966.


Organization of the Collection

The Dunsdon Collection consists of five boxes and a trunk. Each box is separated into like items and size.

Box #1 contains 22 clothing items worn by Mr. Bernard D. Rohlfing during the 1920’s.

Box #2 contains 22 clothing items and accessories associated with Mrs. Bernard (Myrtle) D. Rohlfing from the early 1900’s.

Box #3 contains nine clothing items and accessories associated with Mrs. Bernard (Myrtle) D. Rohlfing from the early 1900’s.

Box #4 contains 23 purses, paper dolls and accessories associated with Mrs. Bernard (Myrtle) D. Rohlfing from the early 1900’s.

Box #5 contains two marionette dolls with strings for manipulation of the arms, legs, and head which are associated with Mrs. Bernard (Myrtle) D. Rohlfing from the early 1900’s.

Steamer trunk (05.04.64) from the late 1930’s to early 1940’s is located in off- site storage.


Administrative Information

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the Aspen Historical Society.

Preferred Researchers are requested to cite the collection Citation: name, collection number and the Aspen Historical

Society in all footnote and bibliographical references.

Property The Aspen Historical Society owns the property Rights: rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Michaele Dunsdon has dedicated such copyrights, as she possesses in this collection to the public.

Consideration of all other copyrights is the responsibility of the author and publisher.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Note to Researchers: To request materials please note both the location and box numbers shown below.


Box # 1 (AS: 5 Section: 4 Shelf: 5)

Box #1 contains clothing items worn by Mr. Bernard D. Rohlfing during the 1920’s.


05.04.72 Bow tie

05.04.71 Bow tie

05.04.70 Bow tie

05.04.69 Bow tie

05.04.68 Bow tie

05.04.67 White men’s shirt in laundry wrapper

05.04.66 White men’s shirt with starched front bib, open back

05.04.63 Three metal studs for shirts

05.04.59 Stiff collar, curled

05.04.58 Stiff collar, curled

05.04.57 Stiff collar, curled

05.04.56 Stiff collar, curled

05.04.55 Stiff collar, curled

05.04.54 Stiff collar, straight

05.04.53 Stiff collar, straight

05.04.52 Stiff collar, straight

05.04.42 Tan vest

05.04.40 Black vest

05.04.39 Black men’s evening jacket

05.04.38 Black men’s evening jacket with tails

05.04.37 Black men’s dress pants

05.04.36 Black men’s dress pants


Box # 2 (AS: 5 Section: 4 Shelf: 5)

Box #2 contains clothing items and accessories associated with Mrs. Bernard (Myrtle) D. Rohlfing from the early 1900’s.


05.04.62 Scarf, Bureau

05.04.61 Scarf, Bureau

05.04.60 Scarf

05.04.43 White vest

05.04.41 Off-white vest

05.04.35 Women’s leather gloves

05.04.34 Women’s leather gloves

05.04.33 Women’s leather gloves

05.04.32 Pink nightgown

05.04.31 Pink nightgown

05.04.30 Tan gauze and rhinestone dress

05.04.29 Tan lace dress

05.04.28 Tan slip

05.04.27 Pink apron

05.04.26 Purple poncho

05.04.25 Scarf, Bureau

05.04.24 White head piece

05.04.23 Black lace sleeves

05.04.22 Off-white shawl

      1. Black lace dress


        Box #3 (AS: 5 Section: 4 Shelf: 4)

        Box #3 contains clothing items and accessories associated with Mrs. Bernard (Myrtle) D. Rohlfing from the early 1900’s.


      2. Black dress

05.04.19 Black cape

05.04.18 Gold high heels

05.04.17 Off-white high heels

05.04.16 Silver high heels

05.04.15 Off-white wedding gown

05.04.14 Yellow two-piece dress

05.04.13 Off-white dress with beading

05.04.12 Black sequin dress


Box #4 (AS: 5 Section: 4 Shelf: 6)

Box #4 contains purses, paper dolls and accessories associated with Mrs. Bernard (Myrtle) D. Rohlfing from the early 1900’s.


05.04.78 Beaded purse

05.04.77 Gold sequin purse

05.04.76 Gold sequin collar

05.04.65 Envelope

05.04.51 Calling card

05.04.50 Paper doll set

05.04.49 Paper doll

05.04.48 Paper doll

05.04.47 Paper doll

05.04.46 Paper doll

05.04.45 Paper doll

05.04.44 Paper doll

05.04.11 Mirror attached to ID card

05.04.10 Red purse

05.04.09 Beaded purse

05.04.08 Beaded purse

05.04.07 White purse

05.04.06 Metal purse

05.04.05 Metal purse

05.04.04 Beaded purse

05.04.03 White mirror

05.04.02 White coin purse

05.04.01 Silver beaded purse


Box #5 (AS: 5 Section: 4 Shelf: 6)

Box #5 contains two marionette dolls with strings for manipulation of the arms, legs, and head which are associated with Mrs. Bernard (Myrtle) D. Rohlfing from the early 1900’s.


05.04.75 Marionette angel doll

05.04.74 Marionette doll


*Steamer trunk (05.04.64) from the 1930’s to 1940’s is located in off-site storage