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Hildur Anderson

Hildur Hoaglund Anderson, born June 21, 1907, in Aspen, was the youngest of Mary and Charles Hoaglund’s six children. The family built and lived on what is now the Anderson Ranch Arts Center on Brush Creek in Snowmass Village. Anderson attended school in the one-room Brush Creek school house, and then Aspen High School. She received a teaching certificate from Western State College and later returned to college to earn her bachelors degree.

She married Bill Anderson in Rifle in 1937. They had four children—Bert, Ed, Jim and Margie—and lived on the ranch at Snowmass. The family later moved into Aspen where they ran Anderson’s Stables. She taught school at Brush Creek, Old Snowmass, Woody Creek, Crested Butte, Rifle and Aspen. She taught several generations of Aspen students and was runner-up for Colorado Teacher of the Year.

Anderson was well known in the Roaring Fork Valley for playing the accordion and piano and provided music for many dances and events throughout her life. She could play all night without repeating a song. Her students and their parent adored her and she was a friend to everyone.

—Photo: Aspen Historical Society, Mary Eshbaugh Hayes Collection