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Relentless ReformerJosephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America$
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Robyn Muncy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691122731

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691122731.001.0001

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Migrating to a “Totally New Planet”: Roche Takes Over Rocky Mountain Fuel, 1927–1928

Migrating to a “Totally New Planet”: Roche Takes Over Rocky Mountain Fuel, 1927–1928

(p.110) Chapter 7 Migrating to a “Totally New Planet”: Roche Takes Over Rocky Mountain Fuel, 1927–1928
Relentless Reformer

Robyn Muncy

Princeton University Press

This chapter details events in Josephine Roche's life from 1927–1928. Orphaned and unemployed in 1927, Roche contemplated her future. Her father's lawyers advised her to sell her stock in the Rocky Mountain Fuel Company and live off the proceeds. She could then follow the conventions of Denver's elite and devote herself to afternoon bridge or fulfill her sense of social responsibility by funding progressive causes. Neither option appealed. In fact, in this midlife moment of decision, Roche defied every sort of convention. In a blazing exhibition of nerve, she amassed enough shares to become the majority stockholder of her father's coal company, kicked out the sitting management, and transformed the mining operation into a progressive enterprise that welcomed organized labor back to the coalfields of Colorado.

Keywords:   Josephine Roche, Rocky Mountain Fuel Company, biography, progressivism, mining company, social responsibility

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