Biography of Lorenzo D. Hudson

Through both sides of the line in the ancestry of Lorenzo D. Hudson, of near Newcastle, Garfield county, this state, the strain of martial music has run almost continuously, there being scarcely any contest from our early history in which our country has been engaged that members of both families have not been prominent. Mr. Hudson was born in the state of New York in 1854, and is the son of Horace and Mary (Earl) Hudson, also New Yorkers by nativity and the children of veterans of the war of 1812. The father of the subject moved to Michigan in middle life and there died. He was a farmer and was highly respected in his neighborhood. His wife died in Michigan. Their son Lorenzo lived in Texas with a brother from his childhood until he was fourteen. His brother then started him home, but being of a resolute disposition and wishing to take care of himself in the world, he stopped in the Indian Territory instead of going home, and during the next eight years he lived there engaged in farming. He then came to Colorado and located at Leadville, reaching that place in 1880, and for three years thereafter he was employed in hauling ore and timber. In 1884 he located the ranch on which he now lives on Garfield creek, and since that time he has lived on this place and devoted his energies to improving it, developing its resources and bringing it to an advanced state of cultivation. It has well repaid his labors and responded generously to his skillful husbandry, and the cattle industry he has carried on in connection with his farming operations has become one of the leading ones in his portion of the county. Mr. Hudson has been prominent in educational circles in his section, having served acceptably as secretary of the school board for five years. He was married in 1881 to Miss Beulah Forsythe, and they have had two children, Horace, who died in 1884, aged two years, and Franklin. Mrs. Hudson’s father, Abram Forsythe, was a soldier on the Southern side in the Civil War and her grandfather, also named Abram, was in the war of 1812. Mr. Hudson had three brothers in the Civil war, and also a cousin who was killed at the battle of Antietam.


Source: Bowen, A. W. Progressive Men of Western Colorado. Chicago: A. W. Bowen & Co., Publishers. 1905.


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