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Indian Song Book Paperback – 1924
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Jean Allard Jeancon 61 (1874 - 1936), formerly a Colorado Springs musician and composer, and retired curator of the state historical museum in Denver, died yesterday at the Oakes nursing home in Denver after a long illness. He was a life member of the Pikes Peak Musicians association. Mr. Jeancon’s varied accomplishments included archaeology and he contributed in an important way to western music thru his Pueblo Indian songs. He had preserved the original Indian melodies. For many years he was the organist of the Christian Science church here and composed the music for “Isle of Kai-to-Kee,” an operetta which was produced by the Colorado Springs lodge of the Elks at the Burns theater. Mr. Jeancon, who was a pianist, played at the Grand Opera house for many years with Marion O. Barnes. He served with the bureau of ethnology of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D. C. from 1919 to 1921. In 1921 he became curator of the state historical museum and held that post until 1927, when he resigned to manage the Indian pueblo at Indian Hills, near Denver. Jeancon had done archaeological work in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. He was a composer, and the author of several fugues with and Indian motif. He was born in Newport, Ky., and moved to Colorado Springs, where he lived for many years. He had lived in Denver since 1921. Jeancon was a member of Masonic lodges in Colorado Springs and Santa Fe, N. M., being affiliated with El Paso lodge No. 13 here.
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