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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...

Rudd, Lee L. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Lee L. Rudd, 81, of La Grande, died Jan. 8 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, with committal and burial to follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Viewing will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Mr. Rudd was born Feb. 17, 1925, to Oscar Lewis and Marie Elizabeth Haggerty Rudd in Craig, Colo. After graduation, he started doing farm work. He worked his way to Oregon in 1941 where he was a farmhand for the Dick Hibberd Ranch. In 1943 he enlisted in the Navy and served until his honorable discharge in May 1946. He was employed by the City of La Grande Water Department for several years, then in 1966 went to work for the particleboard plant, where he worked as a knife grinder until retiring in 1987. On Jan. 31, 1948, Mr Rudd married Geraldine “Jerry” Pfel in La Grande, and the couple had three children. They enjoyed many years of country music dancing at the Eagles and fishing and camping together. Mr. Rudd enjoyed steelhead fishing, hunting, boating and spending time out of doors. He also enjoyed woodworking, making many rocking chairs and tables. He liked watching rodeos, especially bull riding, and enjoyed spending quality time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Jerry Rudd of La Grande; daughter, Kathleen Peters of La Grande; daughter-in-law, Kathy Nantz of La Grande; siblings, Orland Rudd and Wallace Rudd, both of Cove, Jack Rudd of La Grande, Raymond Rudd of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Marjorie Birchmier of...

Moffat 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 Craig Craig Cemetery Maybell Maybell Cemetery View Photographs  ...

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