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This page contains biographical sketches (full or extract) of former Eagle County residents.
The majority come from pre-1923 published sources as cited in the sketch.

If you have additions or corrections please contact Pat McArthur

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A. S. Little ** John W. Love


A. S. LITTLE

"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
Page 1104

A. S. LITTLE, treasurer of Eagle County, and for years an influential business man of Eagle County, was born in 1847 in the province of Ontario, Canada, about seventy miles from Niagara Falls. He was a son of William and Jane (Scott) Little, natives respectively of Scotland and England. His paternal grandfather, Andrew Little, removed to Canada in middle life and engaged in farming in Ontario, in which province he died at the age of ninety years. The maternal grandfather, Adam Scott, emigrated from Scotland (after a short sojourn in England) to Canada, where he settled upon unimproved land and cleared and cultivated a farm.

William Little was born in Scotland, but was brought to America when young. In youth he learned the tailor's trade, but did not follow it to any extent, giving his attention to farm pursuits. For several years he served as assessor for his district. He was reared in the faith of the Scotch Presbyterian Church and always adhered strictly to its teachings. At the time of his death he was about eighty years of age. His wife is still living and resides on the old homestead in Brant County. Of their children two are deceased; Andrew cultivates the home place; John is engaged in the stock business in Nevada; James is connected with the New York Life Insurance Company; William and Byron are veterinary surgeons and stock-dealers in Manitoba; Agnes is the wife of William Curry, a farmer in Canada; Jane lives with her mother; Elizabeth is the wife of John Steele, a farmer in Canada; Ellen married Alexander Christie, of Boston; and Belle is the wife of John Archibald, master mechanic of the Grand Trunk Railroad at Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

In the schools of his native town, Paris, and in Toronto, our subject acquired his education. At fourteen he became clerk in a general store, where he remained for eight years, and afterward engaged in clerical work for four years. In 1872 he came to the states, settling in Indiana, where he carried on a lumber and commission business. Three years later he returned to Canada and turned his attention to the grain business. In 1878 he came to Colorado, where he prospected for two years, and afterward was employed in Martin's lumber office in Denver for six years. The year 1891 found him in Eagle County, where he has since resided, carrying on a general mercantile business. He has taken an active part in the work of the Democratic party, and of late years has been intimately identified with the People's party. To the office of county treasurer he was elected in 1897, and he has since devoted himself to the conscientious discharge of his duties in this responsible position. He is also interested in various mines in this section. Fraternally he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to Basalt Lodge No. 83. His marriage took place in 1872 and united him with Mary J. Horr, of Dubuque, Iowa, by whom he has two daughters, Harriet H. and Isabelle M.
Contributed in 2009 by Pat McArthur

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John W. LOVE

"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
Page 1331

JOHN W. LOVE, commissioner of Eagle County and the owner of a valuable ranch four miles from the village of Eagle, was born in Canton, Fulton County, Ill., April 3, 1837, a son of Samuel and Hannah (Collins) Love, natives of Ohio. He had two uncles, John Collins and William Love, who served in the war of 1812, the latter being a captain in Hull's command. During his entire active life, Samuel Love followed farming, but for some years before his death, which occurred at eighty-six years, the infirmities of age prevented him from engaging in manual work. He was a sincere member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

The family of which our subject is a member was a large one. Of the children, Robert W. owns a ranch near the home of our subject; Jesse is engaged in mining at Rico; Edwin is a carpenter in Colorado City and a veteran of the Civil war; Mrs. Sarah Hames lives in Webster County, Mo.; Polly is the wife of J.M. Bunker, of Monmouth, Ill.; Esther is a widow and lives in Rock Island, Ill.; Elizabeth L. died when seventeen years of age; Henrietta is also deceased; Margaret married, but is now deceased.

Upon farms in Illinois and Iowa our subject passed the days of boyhood. At twenty-three he began to farm for himself, cultivating property in Illinois, where he remained until 1859. During the height of the gold excitement in Colorado, in 1860, he came to this territory and settled at Colorado City, but soon went to Breckenridge, Summit County, and began mining. In 1882 he settled in Eagle County, where he has since been interested in mining and stock-raising. He located a ranch four miles from Eagle, and this property, which has an abundance of mountain water for irrigation, is improved with a neat residence, good barns, etc. It is situated in a valley that is seven miles long and one mile wide and is one of the most fertile and beautiful in the state. When he came here the land was raw, but under his supervision it has been brought under excellent cultivation, and is now very valuable. In addition to this ranch of six hundred and forty acres and a hay ranch of one hundred and twenty acres near the camp of Fulford he owns several other farms in this locality.

In 1864 Mr. Love married Mrs. Ellen (Frost) Eaton, and for thirty-four years he had the companionship of this devoted, helpful and capable wife. She was born in Massachusetts, but her girlhood years were passed in Illinois, where her parents settled in an early day. By her first marriage she had a daughter, Lizzie May, Mrs. John C. Metcalf, who makes her home with her step-father. No children were born to her second marriage. The death of Mrs. Love in 1898, was the heaviest sorrow of her husband's life.

During earlier days Mr. Love was a Democrat, but of late years he has become identified with the People's party. In the fall of 1897 he was elected county commissioner, which position he still holds. As a member of the school board he has done much to advance the schools of this district. Since 1867 he has been identified with the Red Cliff Lodge of Masons. He is a man highly respected in his community, and has many friends among the people of the county.
Contributed in 2009 by Pat McArthur

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