Young as Colorado is in the world’s history, she is yet old enough to have produced a generation or two of good men of brain and brawn and women of force of character and resolute endurance through whom her interests have been well cared for and her resources have been materially developed, or who have at least greatly aided in the mighty work. Of these is Charles Henry Larson, of the vicinity of Newcastle, Garfield county, who was born in the state, educated at her public schools, reared to habits of industry on her prolific soil and acquired his first knowledge of the duties of citizenship in the activity of her civil institutions. His life began at Kokomo, Summit county, on August 3, 1881, and he is the son of Charles P. and Carrie (Anderson) Larson, a sketch of whom will be found elsewhere in this work. Mr. Larson attended the primitive country schools of his boyhood and youth in a wild country, and assisted in the farm labors of the homestead until he reached the age of twenty-two. On October 19, 1902, soon after reaching his legal majority, he was united in marriage with Miss Maud L. Conner, and early in 1903 he bought his present ranch of one hundred and sixty acres twelve miles southwest of Newcastle, Garfield county. Seventy acres of the tract are under cultivation and yield abundantly of cereals and hay, with other farm products suitable to the section, and give a generous support to his cattle, which he produces in goodly numbers. The ranch is well supplied with water from an independent ditch, and is steadily advancing in value, in the acreage devoted to tillage and in the quantity and quality of its yield. Mr. Larson belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and is a Republican in politics. His wife is a daughter of Edward M. and Ophelia J. (Sartwell) Conner, and was born and reared near Wichita, Kansas. Her parents were born and grew to maturity in the state of New York, and after a residence of some years in Kansas came to Colorado, settling in Garfield county, where they now live and are actively engaged in ranching and raising cattle. Her father is a stonemason and contractor by regular occupation, but he now devotes nearly all of his time to his ranching and stock interests. He has also followed railroading, lumbering and mining at times. Mr. and Mrs. Larson have one daughter, Verda, who was born on the 21st of October, 1903.
Source: Bowen, A. W. Progressive Men of Western Colorado. Chicago: A. W. Bowen & Co., Publishers. 1905.