Philanthropist Clamency McIlvoy rarely left her Arvada home. In a biography written for Arvada Profiles—a magazine celebrating the city's centennial anniversary—local historian Gayle Laidig says McIlvoy “loved books but knew little of the outside world.” Legend has it that she visited Denver just once in her life, though she lived within sight of it for more than sixty years.
Alvarado Brown Cole, son of Lyman H. Cole and Mary Brown Cole, was born in Denver, Colorado Territory, on November 16, 1867. He was named after his mother's father, Alvarado Brown, a state legislator in Michigan. He was educated in the Denver schools and the University of Colorado at Boulder.