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Location: El Paso County CO

Tribes of the Pike’s Peak Region

It would be interesting to know who were the occupants of the Pike’s Peak region during prehistoric times. Were its inhabitants always nomadic Indians? We know that semi-civilized peoples inhabited southwestern Colorado and New Mexico in prehistoric times, who undoubtedly had lived there ages before they were driven into cliff dwellings and communal houses by savage invaders. Did their frontier settlements of that period ever extend into the Pike’s Peak region? The facts concerning these matters, we may never know. As it is, the earliest definite information we have concerning the occupants of this region dates from the Spanish...

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Indians of the Pike’s Peak Region

Including an Account of the Battle of Sand Creek, and of Occurrences in El Paso County, Colorado, during the War with the Cheyenne and Arapaho, in 1864 and 1868 For the most part this book is intentionally local in its character. As its title implies, it relates principally to the Indian tribes that have occupied the region around Pike’s Peak during historic times. The history, habits, and customs of the American Indian have always been interesting subjects to me. From early childhood, I read everything within my reach dealing with the various tribes of the United States and Mexico....

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Biography of Paul J. McBride

Every one who had had any relations with the Department of Labor in the state government during the last year realizes that Governor Capper could not have made a better ehoice for the office of State Labor Commission than when he selected Paul J. McBride for these important responsibilities. To his official duties Mr. McBride brought a long and varied experience, most of it obtained in the ranks of organized labor. He is in close touch with the men who toil and he also had that breadth of mind and sympathies which are the fruit of association with people and affairs in more than one field of work and in more than one locality. He had been a farmer, a machinist, both a worker and an employer, and for many years was active in railroad service. He was born in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, June 8, 1860, one of four children, all of whom are still living, and whose parents were David N. and Jane (Clarke) McBride. His father was born in Lawrence County and his mother in Washington County, Pennsylvania. When a young man David N. McBride learned the tailor’s trade, but most of his career was spent as a farmer. When the news of the discovery of gold on the Pacific coast reached his part of the county, he was one of those who eagerly accepted the opportunity...

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Biography of Alonzo Leo Fitzporter, M. D.

Dr. Alonzo Leo Fitzporter, physician and surgeon of St. Louis, in which city he was born July 23, 1884, is a son of Dr. John L. Fitzporter, who passed away June 15, 1915, at the age of seventy-six years, having long figured prominently as a representative of the medical profession in this city. Dr. A. L. Fitzporter attended the parochial schools of St. Louis and afterward became a student in the St. Louis University, from which he was graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1906 and then entered upon his medical course, winning his M. D. degree in 1910. Following his graduation he served for eighteen months as interne in the Alexian Brothers Hospital and in the St. Francis Hospital of Colorado Springs, Colorado. With his return to St. Louis he entered upon private practice and devoting his attention to the general work of the profession has made steady progress through the intervening years. He belongs to the St. Louis, Missouri State and American Medical Associations. During the World war he was a first lieutenant of the Medical Corps, stationed at Camp Lee, Petersburg, Virginia, volunteering for service in September, 1918, and receiving his honorable discharge in May, 1919. At Belleville, Illinois, February 8, 1911, Dr. Fitzporter was married to Miss Marie Krebs, a native of that place and a daughter of Otto and Mary (Guentz) Krebs....

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Biography of Leonard R. Manley

The value of a useful trade, of making one’s energy count toward one thing, of forging steadily ahead, regardless of obstaeles and discouragements, finds emphatic expression in the life of Leonard R. Manley, president and manager of the Topeka Pure Milk Company, the largest concern dealing exclusively in milk in the State of Kansas. When Mr. Manley first came to Topeka, it was in a humble capacity, but he was a thorough master of his trade, and possessed the ambition, energy and ability to better and elevate himself, so that he had shapod his abilities to his needs, had made the most of his opportunities, and had finally taken his place among the leading business men of his adopted city. Mr. Manley was born at Nortonville, Jefferson County, Kansas, September 29, 1873, one of the five children born to George F. and Anna (Reed) Manley, natives respectively of Indiana and Missouri. His paternal grandfather was Garlington B. Manley, a native of Indiana, who took his family to Kansas in 1860 and located in Coffey County on a farm. The activities of the border ruffians in the period of the first year of the Civil war, however, caused him to give up his new home and moved, in 1862 to Leavenworth County, where he resided until 1885. In the latter year he went to Jefferson County, and there continued to...

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Biographical Sketch of Albert Lehman Southworth

Albert Lehman Southworth, living retired at Longview, represents one of the old and substantial families of Champaign County, his people having located here more than sixty years ago and having played worthy and active parts in the development and transformation of Raymond Township. Mr. Southworth was born in Erie County, Ohio, August 14, 1850, son of John Randolph and Anna (Akers) Southworth. His father was a Connecticut man by birth while his mother was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It was in 1855 that the family came to Champaign County and settled on a tract of raw and unimproved land in section 29, Raymond Township. The father lived there and cultivated the soil until his death in 1885, while the mother passed away in 1893. They were the parents of six children: Mary Adelaide, widow of Martin B. Reed, living in Colorado; Julia Ann, deceased; Horace Franklin, deceased; Albert L.; John J., of Danville, Illinois; and May Lilly, wife of James Watts, of Fairland. Albert L. Southworth has had an active career, was reared on the home farm in Raymond Township, attended the local schools, and at the age of twenty-three left home and went to Parsons, Kansas, where he lived on a farm for seven years. His next experience was near Soda Springs, Colorado, where he spent three years as a miner. On returning to Champaign County he...

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Biography of John Howard

JOHN HOWARD. – Certainly one of the earliest pioneers of this favored region and a man who has endured the deprivations and hardships incident to that life, meanwhile laboring for the opening up of the frontier and the establishment of good government, the subject of this sketch has earned for himself a place in the history of Union county that is enviable and prominent, while personally he has ever manifested a good spirit and uprightness coupled with stanch principles and practical judgment in both the efforts put forth to build up the county, and in the prosecution of his own private affairs. Mr. Howard was born in east Tennessee on October 17, 1839, being the son of Enos J. and Mary J. Howard. While yet a child he was taken by his parents to Platte county, Missouri, near Kansas City, and there he remained until 1858. In that summer he engaged with a government train as teamster to Salt Lake City, where he viewed the country and made explorations until the following year and then returned to Missouri. In 1860 he went to Pike’s Peak and there followed mining for two years. In 1862 he came to northeastern Oregon, traveling first over the Grande Ronde country and then going to Canyon City, where he assisted to erect the first log cabin in that now prosperous town. After that work...

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Biographical Sketch of Louis Smithnight

Smithnight, Louis; retired; born, Saxony, Germany, Dec. 16, 1834; son of Frederick and Auralia (Woolford) Smithnight; public school education in Germany; came to the United States at 15; married, 1866, Nettie Kingsley of Cleveland; surviving issue, one daughter; after a brief period in Columbus, O., came to Cleveland for A. J. Wenham, dry goods, for seven years; in 1858, went to Pike’s Peak, Col., to search for gold; being unsuccessful, returned to Cleveland, and opened a drug store, which conducted business until 1892; still own store at 2511 E. 9th St.; enlisted in 1861 as a private in the Cleveland Light Artillery; became corporal, took part in many engagements, and captured the first Confederate cannon (now in the Public Square of Cleveland); after three months, returned to Cleveland; reenlisted in 1862, in the Army of the Cumberland, under Gen. Rosecrans; served until 1863, retiring as captain, account disability; in 1873, reorganized the Cleveland Light Artillery, as commander; later organization was known as Battery A; organized the Ottawa Shooting Club, near Sandusky, 0.; member Chamber of Commerce, Concordia Lodge, F. & A. M., Grand Army of the Republic; Revenue Inspector of the U. S. two years for Ohio, Michigan and Indiana; three years State Inspector of oil; always held a prominent place in Military...

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Fellers, Phillip L., Jr. – Obituary

Phillip Fellers Jr., 32, Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Fort Dodge, died Thursday [August 11, 1988] of a gunshot wound at St. Francis Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colo. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Roger Madden officiating. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery, with flag presentation by V.F.W. Post No. 1856. Survivors include his parents, Phil and Pat Fellers and Lorene E. and Kenneth Tegland, all of Fort Dodge; grandparents, T. P. and Kathryn Fellers, Fort Dodge; brothers Raymond Fellers, Douglas Fellers and Michael Tegland, all of Fort Dodge, and Michael Fellers, San Diego, Calif.; sisters Tina Meyer, Ames; Tina Fellers, Tonya Fellers and Rhonda Tegland, all of Fort Dodge. He was born in Fort Dodge; educated in Fort Dodge schools, and graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1973. He worked as an auto mechanic in Fort Dodge, and served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1976-1979. He then returned to Fort Dodge, where he continued working as an auto mechanic. He moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1985. He worked as an auto mechanic there. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biography of George H. Grimmell, M. D.

George H. Grimmell, M. D. One of the first graduates of medicine to set up in practice at Howard, Kansas, was Dr. George H. Grimmell, who rendered his first professional services in that section of Elk County thirty years ago. With the exception of about eight years spent at Onaga, Doctor Grimmell had been continuously in practice at Howard since 1898, and is accounted one of the most competent surgeons in that locality. The first authentic records of his ancestry is found in the annals of the first crusade of 1096, A. D. There was a Sir John Von Grimmell, who was one of the enthusiastic Germans who joined as followers of the Cross in the endeavor to wrest Jerusalem from the hands of the Moslems. The line of descent from this crusader is traced directly to Dr. George H. Grimmell of Kansas. There is also a coat of arms in the family, and it is a reproduction of Baron Grimmell’s insignia as found in the year 1555. The coat consists of shield, quarterings, mantling, helmet, coronet and crest. Those versed in the science of heraldry can find in this coat of arms significant traces of the original Von Grimmell’s services as a crusader. Doctor Grimmell gets his profession naturally, since for several generations the Grimmell family have produced capable medical practitioners. He is a grandson of Henry Charles...

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Jennings, Eloise Foster Mrs. – Obituary

Eloise Jennings, 74, a longtime resident of Union, died Aug. 10, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Her funeral will be Wednesday, at 1 p.m. at the Cove Seventh-day Adventist Church. Pastor Tony Brandon of Baker City Seventh-day Adventist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at the Cove Cemetery. Visitations will be today until 7 p.m. at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. in Baker City. Mrs. Jennings was born May 6, 1928, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to A.C. and Lena M. “Radcliffe” Foster. She attended schools through the 11th grade in Cedaredge, Colo., and graduated from Companion Academy in Loveland, Colo. She attended Union College in Lincoln, Neb. She taught grades 1-8 in Montrose, Colo. On Aug. 22, 1948, she married Glenn Jennings in Cedaredge. In 1965 they moved to Union, where she took care of her home and children. Mrs. Jennings was very involved in her church and worked as a church clerk in the Cove Seventh-day Adventist. She was an outstanding cook and seamstress, and loved to garden and tend to her flowers. Mrs. Jennings was a friend to many. She and Glenn cared for her mother for many years. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her husband of almost 54 years, Glenn Jennings of Baker City; her children, Sharon Jeanette Simmons and her husband, Kent,...

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Anderson, Josephine Lois – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Josephine “Jo” Anderson, 83, of La Grande, died Monday at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Grandview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Baptist Church. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be available later. The Observer – August 26, 2008 __________________________________________ Josephine Lois “Jo” Anderson, 83, of La Grande, died Aug. 25 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. today at Grandview Cemetery. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. Jo was born June 23, 1925, to Daniel and Effie (Millican) Garinger in Omaha, Neb. She was educated in Colorado Springs and married West Anderson Nov. 11, 1943. They lived in various places and she owned and operated restaurants in Florence, Ariz., and in Oklahoma. In the late spring of 1974 the couple moved to La Grande. She worked various jobs. Her last, when she was in her 70s, was for Dave’s Grocery as the ice cream lady. Jo was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. The 700 Club and Billy Graham were a big part of her life. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and was known as the “QVC Queen’’ by her family. She gardened and canned and loved spending time with her...

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Fray, Myrtle Mildred Minielly – Obituary

Myrtle M. Fray, 87, a Colorado Springs hat maker and musician, died Friday November 28, 1986 at a local hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Evergreen Funeral Home Chapel at the intersection of Fountain and Union boulevards. The Rev. Curtis Blair of Grace Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Ellensburg, Wash. IOOF Cemetery. Mrs. Fray was born Oct. 13, 1899, in Ellensburg, and moved to Colorado Springs in 1965. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and belonged to 8/40 La Boutique Des Huit Chapeaux et Quarante Femmes. She is survived by one daughter, Cleo Jean Ives of Colorado Springs; two grandchildren; and one great grandchild. Myrtle was the daughter of George Minielly and Addie Ferguson. She was married to Claude Fray who died in 1965 in...

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Meagher, Agnes – Obituary

Agnes Meagher, 85, formerly of 608 E. 5th Ave., Ellensburg, died Sunday [August 31, 1980] in Cheyenne Mountain Nursing Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was born in Ellensburg, Aug. 8, 1895, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Heraty. She attended Ellensburg Normal School for one year, business college in Tacoma for two years, and worked as a legal secretary in Seattle for a number of years. She married Martin Meagher in Seattle, Aug. 21, 1929. He preceded her in death June 29, 1951. Mrs. Meagher was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. She is survived by one son, Thomas F. Meagher, of Colorado Springs; a daughter, Margaret Mary McGreevy of Pullman, and 16 grandchildren. Rosary will be read at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, both at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. Fr. Richard Wuertz will officiate. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Andrew’s Building Fund. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Indian War of 1868

During the three years following the battle of Sand Creek there was little trouble with the Indians in El Paso County; consequently the people of that section of Colorado, while keeping a sharp lookout, felt fairly safe upon their ranches. During the summer season of each of these years, however, the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho continued their raids upon the exposed settlements and the lines of travel to the East. In the meantime, the Government was following its usual temporizing policy with the savages. In the spring of 1867, agents of the Indian Bureau attempted to negotiate a new treaty with the Cheyenne and Arapaho, and for that purpose visited them at their camp on Pawnee Fork, near Fort Lamed, Kansas. But spring was not the time of year when the Indians wanted to negotiate treaties, and as a result, after making several appointments for councils, none of which was kept, the savages suddenly disappeared, and were next heard of raiding the frontier settlements of Kansas and Nebraska, and the lines of travel between Colorado and the Missouri River. These raids were continued during the next five or six months, but, after killing and robbing the whites all summer, these Cheyenne and Arapaho came in again professing penitence; whereupon, following the usual custom, a new treaty was made with them, by the terms of which both tribes consented to give up their...

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