812 3rd Avenue
Landmark Designation: 1995
Construction Date: 1917
Architectural Style: Craftsman
Julius Ludlow along with his sons, Earl and Ovid, first operated a dairy
in Denver. After Earl and Ovid's mothers death in 1905, the business sold
and the boys founded the Ludlow Packing Company in Berthoud. The brothers
divided their holdings in 1908. Ovid retained the Berthoud Plant and Earl
purchased a ranch at Rattlesnake Park north of Lyons. On April 1, 1917, Earl
married Imo Davis in Omaha, Nebraska. They built the home at 812 3rd Avenue
in that same year.
Mr. Ludlow was elected in 1925 to the city council as Alderman from the Third
Ward and was reelected in 1927. In 1929 he ran for mayor, was elected and
served the two-year term. It has been said that "Earl Ludlow was exceptionally
active in the development of Longmont and that he was one of the most prominent
livestock men in northern Colorado.
Not to be out done by her husband, Mrs. Ludlow, along with two partners,
Sidney L. Davis and Nettie Pollack, became owners of the Sig's Service Station
and Higley Studios which they ran for many years.
Earl and Imo's son, Irving, was attending the University of Colorado when
he quit classes in 1938 to take over the cattle company on the death of his
father. During his life in Longmont, Irving was a director of the Longmont
National Bank and conducted ranching operations in Colorado, Wyoming and Wisconsin.