George W. Masters is a successful farmer in Mesa County, Colorado with a fine ranch and a comfortable home near the village of Snipes. He has been one of the substantial contributors to the development and improvement of the agricultural industry where he has lived and been engaged in it, as he has all of his mature life.
A prominent and successful farmer in two of the great states of the West, and a close observer of his vocation in each, George W. Masters, of Mesa County, Colorado, with a fine ranch and a comfortable home near the village of Snipes, is familiar with all phases of agricultural life and requirements in this part of the country, and his been one of the substantial contributors to the development and improvement of the industry where he has lived and been engaged in it, as he has all of his mature life. He is the son of Isaac B. and Mary S. (Deits) Masters, and although born in Illinois where they now reside, he passed his boyhood, youth and early manhood in Kansas, and entered upon the business of productive work for himself in that state. His parents were born and reared in New Jersey where they married and lived and farmed until 1845. They then moved to Illinois where their son George was born on April 26, 1855. The father died in Kansas in February 1904, where he was a pioneer of 1859, and was well known and widely esteemed among its people, being comfortably located on an excellent farm and taking a leading and serviceable part in all the public and social life of the community in which he lived. The mother now lives with her son George in Mesa County. George W. Masters was educated in the public schools of Kansas, and when he was twenty-two years of age started out as an independent farmer for himself in that state, applying to his work the lessons he had learned in a valuable previous experience under the direction of a careful farmer. He remained there two years, then came to this state and settled at Leadville, where he remained two years engaged in teaming and prospecting. At the end of that period, he returned to Kansas and continued his farming operations there until 1892, at which time he came again to Colorado and located on the land which is now his home and the seat of this flourishing business as a farmer. In 1876 he was married to Miss Zula M. Wilson, of Osage county, Kansas, who has borne him two children, their daughter Jennie and their son Ralph. Both parents are highly esteemed in the community and render good service in every line of usefulness among their fellow men.
Source: Bowen, A. W. Progressive Men of Western Colorado. Chicago: A. W. Bowen & Co., Publishers. 1905.