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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...

Easley, Wilma C. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Wilma C. Easley, 95, of La Grande, died June 9 at her home. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church in La Grande. Private burial will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Wilma was born Feb. 29, 1912, in Courtland, Kan., to Kenneth C. and Zelma Young Thomas. She was the oldest of nine children and grew up on a wheat farm in western Kansas. She attended school in Menlo, Kan., and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1933. Wilma was a teacher in Menlo, Kan., and Cortez, Colo., until she married Carlos E. Easely on July 6, 1940. In 1943, they settled in La Grande. She was secretary at La Grande High School in the early 1950s and taught Latin and math there until retiring in 1966. She was a member of the La Grande First Christian Church, where she was a deaconess, a Sunday school teacher and the financial secretary. She was a lifetime member of the P.T.A. and a scout leader. She served on the elections board and was involved with proposing special budgets for schools and the city. Wilma was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma teacher’s sorority, the Retired Educators, Chapter 1 of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the EOU Faculty Wives organization, a special friendship group of “42” players, as well as being a hospice volunteer and past member of the library board. Wilma won La Grande-Union County Chamber of Commerce woman of the year. Wilma and her husband, Carlos, helped many college students and families get...

Partridge, Donald Doyle – Obituary

Donald Doyle Partridge, 70, of Elgin and formerly of Hermiston and Fairbanks, died March 12 at a local care center. A memorial service will be held May 10 at 11 a.m. at the Cove Cemetery. Arrangements are with Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. Mr. Partridge was born on Oct. 25, 1937, the son of Edward and Wilma (Clark) Partridge in Cortez, Colo. He served with the Oregon National Guard for a few years. He married Carolyn Hartley on Aug. 16, 1971 in Reno. They lived in La Grande for a year in 1975 and then Eugene before living for 17 years in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he owned and operated a tow truck service. When they left Fairbanks they lived in Hermiston before moving to Elgin a year ago. Mr. Partridge was a member of the Episcopal Church and the Moose Lodge. He loved to fish and bowl and thoroughly enjoyed long, long drives, especially if he could stop and watch and count the deer and elk along the way. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Partridge of Elgin; children, Don Partridge of Waterloo, Ind., Darren Partridge of St. Louis, Cindy Delozier of Ada, Okla., and Steve Mathainey of Fairbanks; three grandchildren; father-in-law, Alford Hartley of Summerville, sisters-in-law, Eva Fay Winterton of Republic, Wash., and Aloha June Travis of Meridian, Idaho; siblings, Howard, Harold, Janice, Ed and Stanley; special friends, Walt and Elaine Welding of Sitka, Alaska, and Lora Davis of Pasco. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Don, Ken, Emma Lou and Gene. Memorials may be made to the Don Partridge Memorial Fund in care of...

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...

Montezuma 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 A Family Cemetery Battlerock Cemetery Eaton Family Cemetery Giorgetta Graves Goodman Point Cemetery Shiloh Cemetery Sylvan Cemetery Arriola Arriola Cemetery Cortez Cortez Cemetery Simon Draw Cemetery Dolores Old Dolores Cemetery Peoples Cemetery Summit Ridge Cemetery Lebanon Lebanon Cemetery Lewis Sunnyside Cemetery Mancos Cedar Grove Cemetery Old Mormon Cemetery Pinewood Cemetery Webber Cemetery Yellow Jacket Fairview Cemetery View Photographs The following cemeteries have transcriptions hosted at the Colorado USGW Archives Battlerock Cemetery Shiloh Cemetery Ute Mountain Tribal Cemetery Arriola Arriola Cemetery Cortez Cortez City Cemetery Cortez Memorial Cemetery Lupke Family Cemetery Dolores Peoples Cemetery Summit Ridge Cemetery Sunset Memorial Garden Mancos Cedar Grove Cemetery Pleasant View Sylvan Cemetery Yellow Jacket Fairview Cemetery Sunnyside Cemetery View the Transcriptions...

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