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August W. GRUNDEL"Portrait and Biographical Record of the State of Colorado, Containing Portraits and Biographies of many well know Citizens of the Past and Present"
Chapman Publishing Company, Chicago, 1899
The life of this Swedish-American citizen of Eagle County has been one of perseverance and integrity, and has been rewarded with the success that comes to men of energy and judgment. When he came to Colorado his entire worldly possessions consisted of $1.50, with which small capital he began for himself. Though the beginning was small, he has patiently worked his way forward, until he is now recognized as one of the prosperous ranchmen of his county, and Grundel Brothers' ranch, near Gypsum, is one of the best for miles around.
A son of Andrew and Mary (Anderson) Grundel, the subject of this sketch was born in Sweden in 1850. He was one of six children, of whom his four sisters remain in Sweden, and his brother, A. F., is living in Leadville. He was educated in the schools of his native land, and at twenty-three years of age started for America, settling in Michigan, and for seven years engaging in mining in Marquette County. In 1879 he came to Colorado, and for four years he engaged in Mining at Leadville, where he was employed in the Morning and Evening star mines. In 1883 he came to Eagle County and purchased the fine ranch which he and his brother own, situated in the beautiful and fertile valley one and one-half miles above Gypsum. At the time of purchase the land was raw, but it has since been brought under excellent cultivation, and improved with a commodious residence, substantial barns, water works and irrigating ditches.
During his residence in Michigan Mr. Grundel served as magistrate, but since
coming to Colorado he has given his attention strictly to mining and farm
pursuits. In politics he is a Republican. His marriage, in 1882, united him
with Kittie Nelson who was born in the same part of Sweden as himself. They are
the parents of three children: Frederick William, Hilma Amelia and Edith Marie.
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