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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...

Biography of George A. Crawford

George A. Crawford, the founder of Fort Scott, a well known editor and public man and several times a gubernatorial candidate, was born in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, July 27, 1827, of Scotch-Irish-German stock. After recejving an aendemie education and graduating from Jefferson College, he taught school in Kentucky and Mississippi, when he returned to Pennsylvania to study law. While still reading for the bar, he became edjtor and proprietor of the Clinton Demoernt. During the early ’50s he took an active part in politics against the Know-Nothings and in 1855 was a delegate to the Pennsylvania Demeratie State Couvention. In the spring of 1857 he came to Kansas; landed at Leavenworth and accompanied Dr. Norman Eddy, United States commissioner for the sale of Indian lands, to Lawrence. Crawford, Eddy and other associates purchased 520 acres of land and organized the Fort Scott Town Company, of which Mr. Crawford was made president, a position he held for twenty years. A town was laid out and the streets were named after Mr. Crawford’s friends. He was opposed to the agitation kept up by the border factions but did not change his free-state views and several attempts were made to assassinate him. At the outbreak of the Civil War Mr. Crawford assisted in the organization of the Second Kansas Regiment and equipped many of its members. When the border was threatened he organized a committee of safety, was placed at its head and was active in reeruiting several militia companies. In 1861 he was elected governor of Kansas on the democratic ticket, but the election was dedared illegal. In 1864 he was...

Biography of Wilbur F. George

Wilbur F. George. With the exception of a short time spent in travel, Wilbur F. George had been a resident of Kansas since 1870, and during this time had been commensurately rewarded by the results which inevitably follow in the wake of industry, energy and careful management. Like many of his fellow agriculturists who have won success, he entered upon his career an a poor man, and whatever of success had come to him–and it is not inconsiderable–has beon attained solely through the medium of his own strength of purpose and hard labor. Mr. George, who is now a resident of Menoken Township, where he owned a fincly cultivated farm in section 12, township 14, range 11, was born on a farm near Decatur, Illinois, October 8, 1860, one of eleven children born to John W. and Mary Ann (Wilson) George, both natives of Illinois. Little is known of the family of Mrs. George, as she died when her son Wilbur F. was a small child. His father, with two sons, Miles W. and Waits M. George, fought as soldiers of the Union during the Civil war, being attached to Illinois volunteer regiments, and John W. George was captured in battle and confined in Andersonville Prison. When he was finally released from that awful atockade and allowed to return to his home, he was a veritable skeleton, weighing but sixty pounds, whereas, when he had entered the service, he was a man of sound if not rebust build. In Illinois he had been a farmer, and, with the desire of securing farms for his sone, as well as the...

Thompson, Mark Pomroy – Obituary

M.P. Thompson Services Held Pioneer Citizen Summoned After Brief Illness Imnaha, Oregon One of the earlier pioneers of Wallowa county and Imnaha, Ore., passed away last Friday when M.P.. Thompson of Little Sheep creek died in the Enterprise hospital following a week’s illness. Mark Pomroy Thompson, son of Eliza and Thomas B. Thompson, was born Oct. 26, 1874; in Dow City, Iowa, and passed away Friday, April 2, 1943, aged 68 years five months and six days. He was married Nov. 23, 1893, to Mable U. Creasy of Imnaha, Ore., and is survived by his widow and four children: Mrs. Ethel Marks, Roy M. Thompson, Mrs. Earl Warnock, and Mrs. Lawrence Potter, all of whom were at his bedside during his last illness. There are also ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Katie R. Markham, two brothers, John E. Thompson of Seattle, Wash., and William B. Thompson of Dow City, Iowa. Mr. Thompson came to Oregon in 1888 with his father and had lived on the Imnaha and in Wallowa county ever since with the exception of one year. In 1890 Mark, then a lad of 16, helped his uncle, T.F. Rich, drive a band of wild horses to Colorado. After the horses were sold the Rich party wintered in Fruita, Colorado, and it is from this town that the post office of Fruita on the Imnaha river received its name. Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Thompson lived on Imnaha most of the time until 1923. They spent two years in the valley during that time, and when they returned to Imnaha bought a ranch where they...

Shelton, Louise Wheeler Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Oregon Louise Shelton, 91, a long-time North Powder resident, died Sept. 9, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the North Powder Cemetery. Pastor Sally Wiens of Haines United Methodist Church will officiate. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. There will be a reception after the service at the North Powder Grange. Louise was born Sept. 27, 1912, at Grand Valley, Colo., to John R. and Jenny Maria Bushby Wheeler. She met and married Walter D. Clark in Grand Valley. They had three children. The family later moved to Oregon. Louise and Walter divorced, and in 1950 she married Lee V. Shelton. Louise was a telephone operator for several years. She loved to garden, crochet, quilt and cook for family gatherings. She was a member of the Wolf Creek Grange and a past member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary of North Powder. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother; her husband, Lee; a son, Walter; and two granddaughters, Nancy and Susan. Survivors include her daughters, Betty Louise Arens and her husband, Arnold “Bud,” of Eagle Point, and Carol Reedy of Baker City; seven grandchildren, Karen Pool, Terry Wright, Rebecca Dumas and Mike Reedy, all of Eagle Point, Carl Reedy of Anchorage, Alaska, Bob Reedy of Baker City and Christine Robinson of Florida; 10 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co.,...

Ciesiel, Robert F. “Bob” – Obituary

Robert F. “Bob” Ciesiel, 77, a longtime Baker City resident, died Oct. 1, 2005, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Bob’s vigil/wake will begin at 5:30 tonight at his residence at 42797 Nye Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Bob was born on Aug. 7, 1928, at Brooklyn, N.Y., to Leo and Viola Lechmanski Ciesielski. He was raised at Brooklyn and Floral Park, N.Y., graduating from Sewanhaka High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct. 1, 1946. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 25, 1948. Later, he became a commissioned officer in the Air Force ROTC. He went on to college, graduating from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque with a bachelor’s degree in geology. He married Marihelen Williamson on Feb. 24, 1952, at Bernalillo, N.M. He started his working career as a doodlebugger in a seismographic company and then joined the Exploration and Mining Division of the Atomic Energy Commission at Grand Junction, Colo. He transferred to the Bureau of Land Management as a mining engineer at Portland, and finally transferred to the BLM, Baker District, in Baker City. Throughout his career, he worked in all of the 11 Western states. Bob was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He volunteered at the St. Francis Food Bank, Oregon Trail Regional Museum and the Baker City Food Co-op. He played “Santa” at the Interpretive Center during the holidays. He...

Miller, Leona B. Brinkerhuff Mrs. – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Leona B. Miller, 96, a longtime Halfway and Baker City resident and recently of Canby, died Jan. 5, 2004, at the home of her daughter, Roberta J. Hilger, and her husband, John. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Vault interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church. Leona was born on Oct. 15, 1907, to John Weir Brinkerhuff and Myrtle Alice Dingman at Collbran, Colo. They moved to Oregon when she was 4 years old. They lived at Ontario and then Baker City. Leona married Ralph Patterson when she was 16. They had a son, Firmin Patterson. She and Ralph were divorced after 11 years. In 1938, Leona married Frank Miller. This marriage lasted 59 years, at which time Frank died. The couple had two daughters, Rhonda Dine and Roberta Hilger. Leona was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was active for many years in the Presbyterian Church at Halfway. She loved to cook and always had a houseful of people. She also loved to nurse and to help people. Leona was preceded in death by her parents, John Brinkerhuff and Myrtle Allen; her husband, Frank Miller; and a grandson, John F. Hilger. Survivors include her son, Firmin Patterson, and his wife, Amy; daughters, Rhonda Dine, and Roberta Hilger and her husband, John; nine grandchildren; 15 great- grandchildren; and a cousin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church...

Mesa 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 Appleton Appleton Cemetery Crown Point Cemetery Collbran Cedar Crest Cemetery Clover Cemetery DeBeque DeBeque Cemetery Fruita Calvary Cemetery Elmwood Cemetery Glade Park Glade Park Cemetery Grand Junction Municipal Cemetery Orchard Mesa Cemetery Potter’s Field Cemetery Mesa Fairview Cemetery Mesa Cemetery Palisade Palisade Cemetery Plateau City Eagalite Cemetery Whitewater Whitewater Cemetery View Photographs The following cemeteries have transcriptions hosted at the Colorado USGW Archives Glade Park Cemetery Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado Whitewater Cemetery Appleton Crown Point Cemetery Collbran Cedar Crest Cemetery Clover Cemetery DeBeque DeBeque Cemetery Fruita Calvary Cemetery Sacred Heart Cemetery Grand Junction Grand Junction Memorial Gardens Garden of the Christus Cremation Garden Garden of Gethsemane Cremation Garden Garden of Gethsemane & Sermon on the Mount Garden of the Last Supper Garden of Devotion Garden of Devotion Columbarium Indian School Cemetery Potters Field Teller Institute Cemetery Molina Molina Cemetery Orchard Mesa Fairview Cemetery Orchard Mesa Cemetery Palisade Palisade Cemetery Plateau City Eaglalite Cemetery View the Transcriptions...

Walker, Donald Leon – Obituary

Haines, Oregon Donald Leon Walker, 69, a resident of Haines, died on Monday, March 10, 2003. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the Haines United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be March 19 at 2 p.m. at the City of Mesa Cemetery, Mesa, Ariz. Don was born in Gilbert, Ariz., with Military Honors. Jan. 13, 1934. He resided there most of his life. Mr. Walker was a member of the Gilbert United Methodist Church, as well as a graduate of Gilbert High School, Class of 1952. Don took his Senior Year off after a promise to his parents that he would finish the next year in order to grow 640 acres of cotton. In high school he was selected to the Arizona State High School All Star Football Team, the only six-man football squad member to be so honored. Later he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams but did not play for the current wages were not livable for a small family. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. His grandson, Matthew, currently serves with the Marines in the Persian Gulf. On his return from the Marines, he ranched in Dayville on the South Fork of the John Day River with his first wife, Muriel and two small children. His third child was born in John Day, but soon passed away. From Dayville he moved to Grand Junction, Col., where he managed a 1,000 head cattle ranch. There he raised the calving percentage from 80 to 98 percent. On his return to Arizona, he completed an...

Bailey, Bart – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Bart Bailey, 20, of Baker City died June 24, 2002, at Grand Junction, Colo., of injuries sustained in a traffic accident while en route to the Hayman fire near Denver to work as a firefighter with Grayback Forestry Inc. His Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastors Lenny Spooner and Mark Trancale of the Nazarene Church will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception at the Nazarene Church after the service. Bart moved with his family to Baker City at the age of 2. He was a 2000 graduate of Baker High School. He recently completed his sophomore year at Oregon State University in Corvallis where he was majoring in civil engineering. He also was a residential assistant for his dorm, sang in a men’s choir and was involved in Real Life. Bart enjoyed fishing, hiking, tennis, basketball and other outdoor activities. He loved music, sang in a band in college and enjoyed participating in drama. Along with numerous high school productions, he also was active in church drama in Corvallis along with his girlfriend, Colsey Bittner of West Linn. Bart loved the Lord, his family and friends and was an inspiration to all who knew him. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior from the time he asked him into his heart at age 6. Because Jesus was Lord of his life, he set an example of truly loving others, doing his best in everything and spreading the good news of Jesus’ love...
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