In March 1910, N.D. Toptpieff died when he fell down a shaft while working on an irrigation dam project in Garfield County, Colorado. According to cemetery records, he was 31 years old. No birth or death dates are given. After years of searching, we recently found out that he was possibly Greek. Since he is the only Toptpieff in the universe, it's certain that they spelled his name wrong in both the newspaper and the city cemetery records, perhaps mis-hearing a more common Greek surname. There are no official records, such as a death certificate, available. Does anyone who knows Greek want to hazard a guess as to his actual surname? Given the time frame, he probably would have come through Ellis Island. Since we found out he's Greek, I've started thinking of him as Nikos. He doesn't have a tombstone. In fact, only one source calls him Greek--the other just calls him a foreigner.