Augusta Tabor’s life with husband Horace wasn’t easy. They struggled from the 1850s through early 1880s, trying to make their fortune. Augusta was a laundress, landlord, cook, banker, and more. She milked cows—in addition to being a wife and mother.
Horace finally made it rich at Leadville, CO, in 1878, but wealth divided the couple—he loved to spend money, Augusta wanted to save it. And then he left her for the younger and more glamorous “Baby Doe” McCourt in 1882.
Horace died broke. Augusta left an estate of more than $1.5 million.