Biography of Guyton P. O. Kimball

G.P.O. Kimball, one of the enterprising and progressive farmers and stock men of Garfield county, this state, whose fine ranch is located on the creek which was named in his honor lies fifteen miles north of Debeque, is a native of New England, and he learned the business in which he is engaged in that section of the country, where the conditions of the industry are widely different from those of his present home, but the underlying principles are the same. He was born in New Hampshire, at the town of Hanover, in 1846. His parents were Joseph and Margaret (Blaisdell) Kimball, the former a native of New Hampshire and the latter of Maine. The father moved to Maine as a young man and there was married. He was engaged in farming and saw milling until his death, in 1869, at the age of fifty-six. The mother survived him fourteen years, dying in 1883, at the age of seventy-two. They were the parents of three children, of whom their son G.P.O. was the last born. His boyhood and youth were passed on a farm in his native state, and at the age of twenty-one he moved to Pennsylvania and went to work in the lumber industry. For four years he was thus employed in that state, and in 1870 came to Colorado, settling at Central City, where he remained a year. From there he moved to Middle Park and there was engaged in mining until 1884, then changed his base of operations to the vicinity of Collbran, Mesa county, where he resided a year. At the end of that period he took up his residence on the ranch he now occupies in Garfield county, where he has since made his home. He was the pioneer of the stock industry in this section, having been the first man to bring cattle in numbers into the region, and since starting it here he has steadily engaged in it and has helped to augment it to its present large proportions. When he came into the region it was necessary to transport everything in by pack animals. He was very poor then but is now well-to-do. For three years he gave the county faithful and valued service as a county commissioner, and has been otherwise prominent in public affairs. He belongs to the Odd Fellows and the Masonic order. In 1888 he was married to Miss Sarah C. Frasier.

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

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