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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.

Genealogy of Garriot K. Broyles

Broyles, Bruhls, Broils,Broiles originated from northwestern Germany. There are two towns one of which is Bruhl along the west side of the Rhine River. The largest community has an 18th century castle called Augustburg. The archbishop of Cologne had created the town in 1285. The family Brohl had lived in the area as early as the 14th century as in 1332 one Brohl had received a coat of arms. Some of the Broyles family came to America in 1717 to Culpepper, Virginia. The first was John Broyles who had several sons who were the ancestors for many of the Broyles today. The Broyles story here begins with the first one who came to Shelby County, Illinois. There has been much difficulty trying to pinpoint the ancestry of Garriot K. Broyles’ parents. His ancestry will be printed in a later volume. Garriot K. Broyles was born circa 1810 in Madison Coop Virginia. He had one known brother Ephraim and one sister Martha. In later years Garriot stated on his second marriage application that he was the son of Moses and Susannah Broyles, Garriot married Eunice V. Wayman on 22 December 1831 in Madison Co., Virginia. Eunice was the probable daughter of John Henry and Margaret Frances Wayman. Apparently the Broyles family lived near Harrisonburg, Virginia since one of their sons was born there. Sometime in 1858 the family moved to Shelby Co., Illinois. Garriot bought a mortgage from Zee D. Nichols for $150 for ten acres in Sec 4 T 10 R 3 E in Dry Point Township. Garriot and his wife Eunice were still there in 1868 when his...

Duckett, A. L. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Long-time Imnaha resident, A. L. Duclett dies at age 104 A. L. Duckett, who died last week at the age of 104, spent most of his adult life in Imnaha. He can be regarded as one of the most influential and popular citizens in Wallowa County’s history. By Elane Dickenson of the Chieftain Armel Lee Duckett, better known by his initials, A.L., died in Prineville last week after spending virtually all of his adult life as one of Imnaha’s leading citizens. The small Imnaha church built just 10 years ago on land he donated was packed with family and friends during his funeral service Saturday. During his long life, A.L. Duckett was interviewed many times by the Chieftain, and the following account was put together from information he supplied, as well as from a short summary of his life, hand-written in pencil by Duckett himself a few years ago. A native of Missouri, working 100-150 acres with a team by the time he was 15, he came to Oregon with his family when he was about 19, working for awhile in the railroad shops in La Grande where he learned to be a boiler maker. Duckett came for the first time to Wallowa County in 1916, working as a ranch hand on Prairie Creek, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army, in which he served as a cook in Europe during World War I. He was assigned tot he 4th Division for overseas duty in 1918 in Bordeau, France, where he served until the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918. He then hiked into Germany for...

Duckett, Armel Lee – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Armel Lee Duckett, 104, of Imnaha, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998, at Ochoco Care Center in Prineville. Services were Dec. 12, with burial in Prairie Creek Cemetery at Joseph. Mr. Duckett was born Sept. 18, 1894, in Cassville, Mo., to Bill and Florence Duckett, the third of 13 children. Mr. Duckett moved to Oregon when he was 18 and worked as a farm hand and trapper. He was a boiler maker for the O&R Railroad, based out of La Grande. He enlisted in the Army when he was 23 and served in France and Germany during World War I as a cook. He cooked in a rolling kitchen, a wood-fired stove on a wagon, and prepared the food as the Army moved. Family members recalled that the roast meat was excellent because it was self-basted all day, but there was no refrigeration and flies were bad. Mr. Duckett married Rowena Johnson in January of 1925. She preceded him in death. After his discharge, he moved to Wallowa County, where he lived for 69 years. He clerked at the Imnaha Store and drove horse-drawn mail and freight line to Enterprise and later drove the first trucks on the route. At Imnaha, he started a blacksmith shop which developed into a hardware store, car repair shop and a barber shop. He built a water wheel to provide electricity for his shop and home, and was known for such inventions as the Duckett sheepherder stove. He also drove a school bus. He served for years on the election board over 65 years and the Imnaha school board 35...

Duckett, Richard E. – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Richard E. Duckett, 51, of Elgin, died Nov. 30, 2004, at his home of a brain tumor after a long illness. There was a celebration of his life Saturday at the La Grande Baptist Church. Loveland Funeral Chapel of La Grande was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Duckett was born on Nov. 15, 1953, at La Grande to Richard L. and Doris Duckett. The family moved to Bates in 1959. He was a 1972 graduate of Prairie City High School where he was a member of the Order of DeMolay and played baseball and football. He served in the U.S. Navy, and on Dec. 30, 1972, he married Debra Frazier at Prairie City. The couple lived at Antioch, Calif., and Canyon City before moving to Elgin in 1988. He worked as an electrician for John Day Lumber Co., Malheur Lumber, Boise Cascade and Marvin Wood Products in Baker City. He was a member of the Canyon city Masonic Lodge and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with friends and family. He was quick with a smile and always had a joke to share. Survivors include his wife of Elgin; children and their spouses, Missy and Jason McKinnon, and Rick Duckett and his fiance, Nikki Stark of Island City; one grandchild; one stepgrandchild; his mother of La Grande; sisters and their husband, Georgia and Jim Boethin of Canyon City and Debbie and Shane Horrell of Elgin; and other relatives. His father died earlier. Contributions to help the family pay for medical expenses incurred during his illness may be made to any branch of US Bank. Used with permission...

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