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Progressive Men of Western Colorado

This manuscript in it’s basic form is a volume of 948 biographies of prominent men and women, all leading citizens of Western Colorado. Western Colorado in this case covers the counties of: Archuleta, Chaffee, Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Lake, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, San Juan, and San Miguel. Woven in the narratives of it’s people, however, is the story of Colorado. Initial expeditions by European settlers in this area were for trade with the Natives or as a throughfare to California further west. It wasn’t until one of those wagon trains came a man name of Ralston and he dipped his pan into a creek which would later bare his name and pulled out a troy ounce of gold, worth $5 at the time. A decade later, and other miners began to claim the land in the eastern Colorado area. Pushing ever westward in search of the golden dust they eventually found their way into western Coloado. Some of these miners would eventually settle in the area of their mines and became Colorado’s first residents. Some would have their claim luck out and would stay taking up other responsibilities such as ranching, politics, merchandising, etc. In these people’s lives became the story of Colorado – so while this volume is comprised almost solely of biographies, it is also comprised of the history of early Western Colorado. Click on the page number to view the biography. SurnameGivenMiddleView Bio BurgerFrankMPage 17 TaylorEdwardTPage 18 ZerbeAllenLPage 21 VeatchWilliamLPage 23 HarpHoraceSPage 24 GeorgeAlfredPage 25 BrownHoraceGPage 26 HeatonWilliamVPage 27 ThompsonBenjaminHPage 28 WatsonBenjaminKPage 29 SherwoodBenjaminPage 30 DicksonAmosJPage...

Brandon, Robert Leslie – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Robert Leslie Brandon, 65, of La Grande and Battlement Mesa, Colo., professor emeritus at Eastern Oregon University, died unexpectedly June 12. There will be no public service. Mr. Brandon was born in 1940 in Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington in civil engineering in 1962, and served in the Navy. In September 1967, he married Cheri Roberts. He earned a master’s degree in mathematics from California State University at Northridge in 1969, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Colorado State University in 1972. He taught at the University of Maine-Presque Isle and at Eastern Oregon University, where he was awarded the 2000 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, represented EOU on the Oregon Inter-Institutional Faculty Senate and served as Chairman of the Athletic Committee. He retired in 2002. He was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, the American Mathematical Association and the Mathematical Association of America. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed backpacking, hiking, bicycling, skiing, canoeing and golf. He and his daughter completed Cycle Oregon eight times. He ran several northwest races as well as the Boston Marathon. He climbed Mount Rainier and canoed down the Moisie River in Labrador. Survivors include his wife of La Grande and Battlement Mesa; a son, Christopher Brandon of Costa Mesa, Calif; a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Casey Parliament of Vail, Colo.; two grandchildren and two brothers. Contributions may be made to the Robert Brandon Memorial Fund through the Eastern Oregon University Foundation, 1 University Boulevard, La Grande. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending June 24, 2006, Published, June 26,...

Mather, Edward E. – Obituary

Edward E. Mather, 71, a long time Baker City resident died Jan. 14, 2005, at his home, with his family around him. Cremation by Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory. There will be no services until late spring at which time he will be placed near his mother. At that time, friends are invited to come to the services. The date, place and time will be made known to everyone. Ed was born Sept. 19, 1933, at Glennwood Springs, Colo., to Edward and Ruth Mather. He spend 3 1/2 years in the Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1961. He belonged to the American Legion, Eagles and Elks. He enjoyed going to the clubs and visiting all his friends. He loved gardening and his yard work, also he enjoyed working with wood, building anything he put his mind to. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and traveling. He always wanted to see what was on the other side of the mountains or what was around the next bend of the road. Ed leaves his wife, Mary Ellen Mather; daughter, Cindy Simmons; five sons, Daniel, Larry, Timothy, Nolan and David Mather; two step-sons, Clyde and Mathew Gwin; seven granddaughters; one grandson; one great-granddaughter and numerous friends. He will truly be missed, but will always be near in our hearts. Arrangements are in care of Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, January, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

McPherson, Donald Andrew “Don” – Obituary

Richland, Oregon Donald Andrew “Don” McPherson, 85, a former Richland resident, died Dec. 8, 2004, at his daughter’s home in Kuna, Idaho. His funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pine Baptist Church in Halfway. Interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Afterward, friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Pine Baptist Church. Don was born on June 4, 1919, at Silt, Colo., to Daniel Alphonso and Mary Isallia Garven McPherson. He was also raised and educated at Silt. Don and Gladys met in 1940 and exchanged many letters. They had originally met at a movie house where Gladys worked as an usher. In 1941, Don and Gladys began their wonderful 62 years of marriage. In their early married years, Don worked for the Climax Mine in Leadville, Colo. They had four daughters: Donna, Lana, June and Suzie; and a foster son, Dean. During Don’s life, he ran several ranches. In 1977 the family moved to Richland where Don ran the Daly Creek Ranch. After retirement, Don and Gladys spent the spring and summer at Richland, but headed south to enjoy the winters at Yuma, Ariz. Don enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Cattlemen’s, Railroad and Mining associations. Survivors include his daughters and their husbands, Donna and Al Geiser of Roset, Wyo., Lana and Terry Scott of Kuna, Idaho, June and Larry McNamee of Sun City, Ariz., and Marv and Susie Powell of Eagle, Idaho; a foster son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Becky Goodner of Kuna, Idaho; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Don was preceded in death...

McAlary, Charles – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Charles McAlary, 86, of Baker City died Oct. 13, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services with his family at his bedside. His graveside service was today at Mount Hope Cemetery. Sister Kay Marie Duncan of Pathway Hospice officiated. Friends joined the family after the service for a reception at the family home. Charles McAlary was born at Vici, Okla., on Feb. 23, 1918, to Thomas S. McAlary and Ethel Lea Speck McAlary. He attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse at Price Creek, Colo., and high school at Collbran, Colo. He married Hazel Maxine Bowman on Nov. 19, 1939, at Vici, Okla. They spent the majority of their married lives at Collbran and on the family ranch at Rifle, Colo., where they raised their seven children. In 1967 Charles, Hazel and three of their children moved to Baker City where they purchased and operated a coin-op laundry until their retirement in 1980. Charles enjoyed traveling with his children, woodworking, mechanics and especially reading. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Hazel; daughter Joyce; four brothers; one sister; and one great-great-granddaughter. Survivors include six children and their spouses: Edris Moore and her husband, Norlin, of Big Piney, Wyo., Betty Johnson and her husband, Fred, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Melvyn McAlary of Baker City, Ralph McAlary and his wife, Janet, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., Chad McAlary and his wife, Shelly of Clarkston, Wash., and Bruce McAlary and his wife, Nancy, of McMinnville; two sisters, Leta Malm of Bakersfield, Calif., and Lena Maddux of Myrtle Creek; sister-in-law, Agnes McAlary of Rifle, Colo.; many grandchildren,...

Deiter, Eugene “Gene” – Obituary

Eugene “Gene” Deiter, 66, died June 18, 2004, at his daughter’s home in Vancouver, Wash. He had been ill for the last few years. There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 349 South Egan in Vancouver, Wash. Gene was born on Oct. 17, 1937, at Rifle, Colo., to Edwin and Pearl Nichols Deiter. He attended grammar school in Colorado until 1949, when the family moved to Burns, where he continued his education. When he was 17, he joined the military and served during the Korean War. During his military service, he married Elaine Williams in 1955. Later, they divorced. In 1974, he married Joann Kennedy. They had two children, Rose and Tracy. For 19 years he was employed by Edward Hines Lumber Co. Gene enjoyed gardening, working, traveling and talking with people. Survivors include his wife, Joann of St. Helens; mother, Pearl Deiter of Burns; brothers and sisters, Lana and Bob Barber and Vivian and Brent Drury of Hines and Dennis and Novell Deiter of Burns; children, Albert Deiter of Burns, Kelly and Ray Gregg of Redmond, Danny and Lou Ann Deiter of Burns, and Rose Quigley and Tracy Deiter of Vancouver, Wash.; stepsons, Joseph Fox and Jason Tryon of Vancouver, Wash.; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Deiter; brothers, Ronald Deiter and James Deiter; and a sister, Karen Deiter. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 25, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

Garfield County, Colorado Cemetery Records

Most of these cemetery listings are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. The following cemeteries have gravesite photographs hosted at the Colorado Tombstone Photo Project Carbondale Hillcrest Cemetery Fairview Divide Creek Union Cemetery Glenwood Springs Glenwood Cemetery Linwood Cemetery Pioneer Cemetery Rosebud Cemetery New Castle Highland Cemetery Parachute Battlement Mesa Cemetery Russey-Hurlburt Cemetery Rifle Rose Hill Cemetery Silt Skyline Cemetery View Photographs The following cemeteries have transcriptions hosted at the Colorado USGW Archives Fisher Cemetery Marion Cemetery Spring Gulch Cemetery Carbondale Hillcrest Cemetery Glenwood Springs Glenwood Cemetery Linwood Cemetery Pioneer Cemetery Rose Bud Cemetery New Castle Family Plots Bruce Cemetery Family Cemetery on Hunter Mesa Highland Cemetery Parachute Battlement Mesa Cemetery Russey-Hurlburt Cemetery Rifle Rose Hill Cemetery Silt Banta Cemetery Divide Creek Cemetery Fairview Cemetery View the Transcriptions...

Rama, Daniel – Obituary

Daniel Rama, 28, of Baker City, died June 21, 2002, at Glenwood Springs, Colo. His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the Nazarene Church. Daniel Rama was born June 6, 1974, at Grinnell, Iowa, to Dave and Judy Rama. He grew up in Nebraska, living at Deshler, McCook and North Platte. He was a 1992 graduate of North Platte High School. During his school years he was active in Cub Scouts and Little League sports. He played on the Northwest Community College basketball team at Norfolk, Neb., for one year. He moved to Lincoln, Neb., and worked there for four years. In 1998, he moved with his parents to Baker City where he was employed by Grayback Forestry. He worked for the company until his death in a motor vehicle accident on the way to fight the Hayman fire in Colorado. At 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds, he was a large young man known for his love of music, his skills on the basketball court, his passion for his firefighting job and his relaxed ability to get along with most everyone. Gentle good humor, a quick smile and a great sense of fun were personal qualities his friends and family will remember. He was a good player of trivia games, cards and contests of strategy. He enjoyed the outdoor activities to be found in the mountains, camping, hiking and snowboarding. One of the aspects of his job that he found...

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