Progressive Men of Western Colorado

1920 Mesa County Colorado Map

Biography of Ursa S. Abbott, M.D.

Although yet a young man of thirty, Dr. Ursa S. Abbott, of Grand Junction, has had as much variety of incident and opportunity as often falls to a man within the limits of an ordinary human life. He was born at Clearport, Ohio, on June 3, 1873, and is the son of Lafayette and Mary E. (Lysinger) Abbott. His father, a native of Vermont, and his mother a native of Pennsylvania, came to Ohio when young and there reached maturity, became acquainted and were married. The father was a successful merchant for many years at Clearport, and died there in …

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George Yule

Biography of George Yule

Highly esteemed by all his friends and neighbors and the citizens of Garfield county generally as one of the best and most useful citizens, with breadth of view and public-spirit in reference to all public enterprises, and diligent and aggressive in the management of his private affairs, George Yule, of near Newcastle, has been a potent factor in building up the section in which he lives and a faithful servant of its interests in local offices of trust and importance. During his long residence of nearly forty years in the state he has been tried by many adversities, has faced …

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Garfield County Map, originally published in 1885 by George F Cram

Biography of Joseph Yule

Joseph Yule, considered generally the leading and most substantial ranchman in the county of Garfield, and living on a fine ranch of five hundred and twenty acres on the creek of the same name not far from Newcastle, is essentially a self-made man and a good product of his own energy and capacity. He was born in Ashland county, Ohio, on December 13, 1846, and is a brother of George Yule, of this county (see sketch elsewhere). He received a very limited education at the public schools and aided his parents in their farm work until he was twenty-two, then …

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Garfield County Map, originally published in 1885 by George F Cram

Biography of Enos F. Yeoman

After years of storm and danger since reaching man’s estate, and enduring hardship and privation in almost every form, Enos F. Yeoman, of the Parachute creek region, Garfield county, has found a peaceful home amid the abundant opportunities and large rewards for systematic labor offered in the state of Colorado. He was born in 1842 in Fayette county, Ohio, the place of nativity also of his parents, Levi and Mary J. (White) Yeoman, well-to-do farmers of that state. The mother died in 1855 and the father in 1863. Their offspring numbered seven, Enos being the second. He was reared on …

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Garfield County Map, originally published in 1885 by George F Cram

Biography of William W. Wurts

Pursuing the even tenor of his way amid the strenuous and oftentimes oppressive conditions of pioneer life, gaining headway against the currents of hardship, danger and disaster, here by slow progress and there by more rapid strides, always meeting his responsibilities in industry and courage with manliness and force, and frequently helping some less fortunate brother to a new start, William W. Wurts, of near Rifle, Garfield county, one of the Western slope’s most substantial, enterprising and successful ranch and cattlemen, has, during his long residence of more than thirty-five years in the farther West and intimate intercourse with its …

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Garfield County Map, originally published in 1885 by George F Cram

Biography of Sylvester Wilmoth

Sylvester Wilmoth, of Garfield county, a prosperous and successful ranchman who is settled on a good ranch of eighty acres not far from Newcastle, was born in Randolph county, in that part of Virginia which is now West Virginia, on July 23, 1851. His parents Arnold and Rachel (Triplett) Wilmoth, were also born and reared there and followed in the wake of long lines of ancestors who were prominent in the history of that part of the Old Dominion. The father was a prosperous farmer and tanner, a zealous Democrat in politics, and an energetic man in matters involving the …

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Garfield County Map, originally published in 1885 by George F Cram

Biography of Fred D. Willson

Born in rather humble circumstances in Massachusetts and removing from there with his parents to the wilds of Wisconsin when he was but five years old, and in that state reared to a life of toil on a farm in the newer and more undeveloped section of what was then the West, Fred D. Willson, of Garfield county, Colorado, had neither the favors of fortune to give him a start in life nor the advanced education to prepare him for one. He began with nothing but his own natural endowment of determination and persistent energy, and his unrelenting self-reliance, and …

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Garfield County Map, originally published in 1885 by George F Cram

Biography of The Williams Brothers

This firm of leading Garfield county ranchmen and stock-growers doing business on a well improved and highly cultivated property in the neighborhood of New Castle, is composed of Seth and David H. Williams, natives of Clinton county, Ohio, and sons of Ennion and Scythia J. (Paris) Williams, who were born in Kentucky and after a short residence of a few years in Ohio after their marriage, moved to Iowa while it was yet a territory. They lived in Warren county, that state, until 1865, when they came overland from Plattsmouth, Nebraska, to Denver, this state. The train had no positive …

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Garfield County Map, originally published in 1885 by George F Cram

Biography of William H. Wilkinson

Belonging to a military strain active in the service of their country at different times and places, losing an uncle at the battle of Tippecanoe, and himself a valiant soldier in the Civil war, William H. Wilkinson, of Garfield county, now prosperously engaged in raising fruit and live stock on a fine ranch located some eight miles east of Parachute, has shown, as have other members of his family, the same patriotic spirit when the integrity of the land was threatened in war as he has exhibited by his useful and productive industry in times of peace. He was born …

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Garfield County Map, originally published in 1885 by George F Cram

Biography of Benjamin K. Watson

After many years of toil, in which the elements of danger, hardship and privation have often been present in large measure, and in which he has courageously and vigorously paddled his own canoe from the early age of sixteen, the approaching evening of life finds Benjamin K. Watson, of near Rifle, in Garfield county, comfortably settled on a fine ranch of one hundred and sixty acres in the midst of a productive and progressive region of this state, where he was an early arrival and has been a potent factor in the development and improvement of the country around him. …

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