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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...

Buchanan, Harry T. – Obituary

Harry Thomas Buchanan, of Kingsview Manor Apartments, died Tuesday, July 22 at his home. He was a purchasing agent for Boise Cascade Corp. He was 59. Mr. Buchanan was born Sept. 19, 1920 at Durango, Colo., the son of Ted and Dolly (Tovrea) Edwards. He served with the U. S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Methodist Church, the Eagles, Elks and V. F. W. Survivors include his sons, Jack of La Grande; Gary, of Elgin; Terry, of Seattle; daughter, Carol Baycroft, of Spokane; brother Doug, of Coos Bay; five grandchildren and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife LaNeta Jean Buchanan, on May 9, 1975. Services are scheduled Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Island City Cemetery. Vault interment will follow. Funeral services are under the direction of Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Thursday, July 24, 1980 Page...

Hafer, Guy – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Guy Hafer, 71, of Cove died unexpectedly at his home Oct. 27. Memorial services will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A dinner will follow at the Cove Sportsmen’s Club on Highway 237. A private burial will be held at a later date. Guy was born on a farm near Falfa, Colo., on July 31, 1936, to Charles “Paul” Edward and Erma Irene (Rea) Hafer. He, his sister and brothers grew up on farms and ranches in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado around Durango. Guy rode horseback to small country schools until the sixth grade. He attended Ignacio High School as a freshman in Colorado. The family moved to Weippe, Idaho, in 1951, where he graduated. Because of the wonderful teachers in his early life, he always wanted to be a teacher. Guy received his teaching degree in business education at the University of Idaho in 1958 and taught at Cottonwood High School in Idaho for five years. He furthered his education at Oregon State University, the University of California at Berkeley and at Eastern Oregon State College. In 1963, he taught business and journalism classes at La Grande High School until retiring in 1993. Guy married Cheryl Kay Lyon in 1965 in La Grande, and they made their home near Cove in 1972. Guy enjoyed sharing his garden and place with friends. He liked gold mining, camping with family, photography, oil painting and mostly meeting people. It was often said that he never met a stranger. Grandchildren were the greatest delight of his life. Guy enjoyed doing volunteer work...

Cox, Doris Elva – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Doris Elva Cox, 71, of La Grande, died May 27 at a local care center. A memorial service for Doris and her daughter, Earlene Nelson, who died on March 19, 2007, will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. Doris was born Sept. 18, 1937, to Elmer George and Edith Marie (Johnson) Cox in Falfa, Colo. During her lifetime she was active with the Salvation Army and their kettle work, especially in Pendleton. From 1952 to 1954 she was a plane spotter for the government in Union County. She served as a 4-H leader and was very family oriented. She enjoyed crafting and crocheting. Survivors include her daughters, Leona Cox of La Grande and Karen Clair of Pendleton; brothers, Walter of La Grande, Hank of Riddle, George of Portland and Norman of Vancouver; sisters, Marie Johnson of Pendleton, Ellen Moody of Woodland, Wash., Donna Chapin of Pendleton and Mina Burton of Pendleton; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by sons, Eugene and Frank Shaefer in 1970; daughter, Earlene; and sisters, Ruth Barrett and Sarah Cox. La Grande Observer – June 26,...

Cordell, Sammy – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Sammy Cordell, 69, of Baker City, a former Huntington and Durkee resident, died March 27, 1993, at Sst. Elizabeth Health Care Center. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Gray’s West & Co. Pionneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Mike Whitford of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Mr. Cordell was born March 29, 1923, at Hesperus Colo., to Frannie Floread Hatchet and Rankin Carl Cordell. He attended grade school in Hesperous, Colo., and high school in Farmington, N. M. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served on the USS Princeton and U.S. NAS Beaufort S.C. as an aviation machinist’s mate during World Was II. He received a Victory Medal for his service in the South Pacific. He returned to Farmington, N.M., in 1946. He moved to Huntington 1950 where he worked for Kivett and Lee, the largest cattle ranch in Baker County at that time, as a ranch hand. He married Joan L. Thompson in 1951. The couple moved to Durkee where they ran the general store and post office and Mr.Cordell worked as a truckdriver for Ash Grove Cement. They lived there until their separation in 1972 He married Elizabeth “Betty” Harnish aat Winnemucca, Nev., on June 21, 1974 and they lived at Durkee until 1980. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include his wife, “Betty” Cordell; daughters, Debbie Deenin of Salem and Mary Lynn Rucker of Weiser, Idaho; son, Bryan Cordell of Vashon, Wash.; two stepchildren, Guy E....

Hunt, Marilyn Kennedy Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon, Marilyn Kennedy Hunt, 64, of Durango, Colo., and a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 29, 2002, from complications of an extended battle with scleraderma. Her funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Hughes Lane in Baker City. Services are under the direction Coles Funeral Home. Marilyn was born Dec. 24, 1938, in Baker City to George T. Kennedy and Maxine (Wanker) Kennedy. She was married to David J. Hunt, also of Baker City, for 44 years. The family was sealed together in the Logan, Utah, Temple in 1963. Marilyn was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served over the years in many leadership positions. She was, above all else, a wife and mother, and her home was a delight and a place of order and peace to all who entered there. She is survived by her husband and by her children: Cecelia Rysdam of La Grande, David Roger Hunt, Julie Hunt Russon, and K. Sunshine Hunt Smith, all of Pleasant Grove, Utah, and Todd C. Hunt of Ely, Nev. She is also survived by her sister, Donna Goodwin and her brother, Roger Kennedy, both of Baker City; and by 13 grandchildren, with one more expected. She was preceded in death by her brother Robert, who died at age one. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Scleraderma Foundation or the Lupus Foundation. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, Oregon 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City,...

Southern Ute Reservation

Report of Special Agent George D. Meston on the Indians of Southern Ute, reservation, Southern Ute agency, Archuleta, La Plata, and Montezuma counties, Colorado, September and October 1890. Names of Indian tribes or parts of tribes occupying said reservation: (a) Kapoti, Muachi, and Wiminuchi Ute. The unallotted area of this reservation is 1,094,400 acres, or 1,710 square miles. It has been partially surveyed and subdivided. It was established, altered, or changed by treaties of October 7, 1883 (13 U. S. Stats., p. 673), and March 2, 1868 (15 U. S. Stats., p. 610) ; act of Congress approved April 29, 1874 (18 U. S. Stats., p. 36); executive orders, November 22, 1875, August 17, 1876, February 7, 1879, and August 4, 1882; and acts of Congress approved June 15, 1880 (21 U. S. Stats., p. 199), and July 28, 1882 (22 U. S. Stets., 178). Indian population 1800: 085. Southern Ute Reservation The Utes are as a rule extremely suspicious and inclined to be non-communicative. The reason given for this is the failure of the government to act on the agreement made in 1888, by which the Utes were to be removed to the new reservation in Utah, and the Indians think that they have been deceived, not only in this, but in several minor matters. On account of the many recent interviews and conferences held with the Southern Utes by commissions and special agents regarding the proposed removal to Utah these Indians now begin to think themselves very important and assume arrogant and self-important airs, their every action betraying a race of spoiled children. Their duplicity of character...

La Plata 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 Allison Cemetery Florida Cemetery Florida Mesa Cemetery Hood Cemetery Thompson Park Cemetery Zion Lutheran Cemetery Bayfield Bayfield/Pine River Cemetery Durango Animas City Cemetery Crestview Memorial Gardens Greenmount Cemetery Hermosa Hermosa Cemetery Ignacio Ignacio Catholic Cemetery Ignacio Cemetery Ouray Memorial Cemetery Ute Indian Cemetery Marvel Marvel Cemetery Oxford Oxford Cemetery View Photographs The following cemeteries have transcriptions hosted at the Colorado USGW Archives Allison Cemetery Elco Cemetery Florida Cemetery Florida Mesa Cemetery Hood Cemetery La Boca Cemetery Red Mesa Cemetery Shreck Cemetery Thompson Park Cemetery Tiffany Cemetery Zion Lutheran Cemetery Bayfield Bayfield Cemetery Pine River Cemetery Durango Animas City Cemetery Crestview Memorial Gardens Folsom Family Cemetery La Posta Cemetery Hermosa Hermosa Cemetery Hesperus Hay Gulch Cemetery Hesperus Cemetery Marvel Marvel Community Cemetery Oxford Oxford Cemetery Rual Kline Cemetery View the Transcriptions...

Griffin, John David – Obituary

John David Griffin, 80, of Middleton, Idaho, died May 30, 2003, of natural causes. His memorial service was Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Caldwell, Idaho. He was born on June 14, 1922, at Durango, Colo., to James and Clara Logan Griffin. He served in the 104th Infantry Division during World War II. He jumped into France on D-Day and during his four years in the Army he was shot once and bayoneted once and received two Purple Hearts. After getting out of the service he herded sheep for three big ranches: Little’s, Stringer’s and Quintona. He also worked on rock crushers in Oregon and in the Nevada mines and was a security guard in the Nevada casinos. And he worked in the Nyssa Sugar Factory. He married Arlene Reed on Sept. 4, 1976. They had lived in many different places together, settling at Middleton in July 1992. Survivors include his wife, Arlene; a brother, Alvin Griffin of Chappell, Neb.; a sister, Polly Nicely of Baker City; three stepsons, Van Polley of Murphy, Idaho, King and Suzette Polley of Baker City and Larry and Sherry Rogers of Twin Falls, Idaho; and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. The Flahiff Funeral Chapel of Caldwell was in charge of arrangements. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 6, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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