The Frank E. and Salome B. Smith Scholarship recipients for the 2018-2019 school year were honored in church June 3.

The students and their respective colleges are as follows: Nicholas Brennan, the University of Colorado in Boulder; Josh Elkington, Colorado State University in Ft. Collins; Phillip Reid, Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania; Cassidy Arndt, Fort Lewis College in Durango; Stephanie Winters, University of Northern Colorado in Greeley; Matt Hinkley, Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs; and Abby Steen, Colorado State University in Pueblo.

Ben Weger who is attending the Iliff School of Theology in Denver will receive an honorarium from the Community Congregational Scholarship Fund.

The information about the Frank E. and Salome B. Smith Scholarship was originally published in 1990. We think the Smith restaurant was located in the same block as the present day Good Karma.

THE SMITHS? WHICH ONES?

SCHOLARSHIP: ONE OF A KIND

At Community Congregational Church, it’s Frank E. and Salome B. Smith’s names that grace the scholarship fund established by Mrs. Salome Smith in 1976. And for the very reason that there are ‘so many’ Smiths, she prefers the scholarship to be designated The Frank E. and Salome B. Smith Scholarship, not just the Smith Scholarship Fund. Since its establishment, the fund has awarded over $27,000 from interest earned on Mrs. Smith’s original gift and additional annual donations. There have been almost thirty recipients who have benefited from the renewable scholarship.

But Frank’s and Salome’s story begins back in 1919 when Frank, originally from a farm in Rocky Ford and fresh from military service, came to Manitou Spgs. and opened a restaurant on July 4. That same year for a high school graduation gift, Salome Frieden came with her family from Kiowa, Kansas for the summer, where she proceeded to apply for a job in Smith’s Service Restaurant. Before the summer was over she and ‘Mr. Smith’ were engaged, but not wanting to rush into anything, Salome returned to Kansas for another year. They were married August 16, 1920, and continued for over 30 years to operate the restaurant, which at one time was the second largest restaurant in the Pikes’Peak region, seating 250 diners.

Their only child, Evelyn Mae, was born in 1921 and is on the Cradle Roll of Community Congregational Church where she was christened in 1922. The family also joined at this time, making Salome one of the longest standing members of the congregation. During a scarlet fever epidemic, Evelyn became ill and never completely recovered. As a result, she died when only five years old. She was a lovely little girl with “big happy eyes”, her mother tells; and of course, the ‘apple of her father’s eye’.

Frank really enjoyed building more than restauranteuring or farming, and was responsible for many area buildings. Tubby’s Turnaround was originally a Standard Station that he built; and across from Soda Springs Park is a large apartment complex that Salome remembers has 68 steps from Manitou Ave. up to Waltham. She chuckles as she recalls its ingenious retaining wall, which in order to build, he collected iron bed frames for supports. It became a favorite spot for tourists to take pictures while under construction. To this day she hasn’t seen or heard of a crack in that wall. Manitou’s first shopping center was built by Frank at Beckers Lane and Manitou Ave. For a few years they lived behind the center in a log cabin he had built on Fountain Creek, where Salome had a pet trout that would come to be handfed. He built barracks at Camp Carson and also the house where Salome now lives just north of Memorial Park. In 1951 it was one of the first in that area (the edge of Colorado Springs) and had a fantastic view, since there were no trees.

In Manitou, Frank helped complete the American Legion Building on Washington Ave. and after so many years shoveling coal for the restaurant ovens, Frank was instrumental in bringing natural gas to Manitou Springs. He was very generous to his community and was especially interested in teenagers, which encouraged Salome to set up the Frank E. and Salome B. Smith Scholarship Fund at Community Congregational Church in Manitou Springs, the only known scholarship of its kind.

Following Frank’s death in 1958, Salome has also been very generous to her community and her church. She was active in the M.S. Woman’s Club and has supported the M.S. Historical Society with many donations.

The restaurant was a summer operation, so they spent winters in Arizona, and lots of time hunting and fishing around Gunnison, CO. Frank loved fishing, hunting and horseshoes; and Salome was right there with him. He enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and especially liked Hawaii. Since his death, Salome has been around the world twice, visited Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America, the Orient, is very partial to Norway, and remembers with great fondness a trip on a freighter. Other unusual modes of travel were on a camel, an elephant, and a railroad handcar, on which she and Frank would hitch a ride after a walk in the mountains around Gunnison.

Thank you to Cathy Karr for this article.