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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

This page was last updated Sunday, 23-Jan-2011 05:48:54 MST

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George P. Sampson ** William A Schliff ** Wilson Skiff ** Peter Stein


George P. SAMPSON

"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 1213

GEORGE P. SAMPSON, M.D., who has built up an extensive practice in the village of Eagle and the surrounding country, was born in Goderich, Ontario, November 9, 1854, a son of George and Charlotte (Finley) Sampson, natives respectively of Londonderry and Wicklow, Ireland. His paternal grandfather, Andrew Sampson, emigrated from Ireland to Canada in 1831 and died soon afterward; the maternal grandfather, John Finley, was a farmer of Ireland, and settle in Canada in 1833. George Sampson engaged in farming in Canada until 1871, meantime participating in the Canadian rebellion of 1837 for the government. After he settled in Kansas in 1871 he engaged in farming. His death occurred in Ohio in 1883. Of his children, John S. resides in Ashtabula County, Ohio; Anna is the wife of Richard Finley, of Manhattan, Kan.; Lottie married Orville P. Jones, of Ashtabula County, Ohio; James F. resides in Florence, Colo.; Ezekiel makes his home in Ashtabula; and Lettie H. is the wife of John F. Priest, of Oregon.

The first sixteen years of our subject's life were spent in Canada. After settling in Kansas he attended the State Normal School in Leavenworth. He was only fourteen years of age when he began to teach, and from that time on was practically self-supporting. In 1878, at Leavenworth, Kan., he commenced to read medicine with Dr. S. F. Neely, a prominent physician of that city. At the same time he devoted himself to work that would assist in defraying his expenses. His medical studies were prosecuted in Miami Medical College, Cincinnati, Ohio, from which he graduated in 1880. Afterward he received an appointment as acting assistant surgeon in the United States regular army, and for three years was engaged in Indian service in Arizona. Later he carried on a drug business at Monte Vista, Colo., until 1895, and during the same time, for two years, he served as county superintendent of schools. He then came to Eagle County, where he established a general practice. With professional skill that brings him patronage he combines the ready tact that makes fast friends of the patients who seek his professional advice. He is conscientiously devoted to the duties of his profession and the people appreciate his ability and earnest efforts.

In politics Dr. Sampson is connected with the People's party. He is a member of the blue lodge of Masonry. His marriage, in 1880, united him with Nellie A., daughter of George B. Coffin, of Leavenworth, Kan. They are the parents of two sons, Ralph C. and George P., Jr., who are bright and manly boys.

Since the above was written Dr. Sampson has moved to Winslow, Ariz., and is now engaged in the practice of medicine there.
Contributed in 2009 by Pat McArthur

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William A. SCHLIFF

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"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 1225

In the list of business enterprises carried on in the village of Gypsum, there is none that meets with more general recognition than the mercantile establishment owned and conducted by Mr. Schliff. He has established a reputation, not only as an energetic, thorough-going business man, but as a citizen whose honesty and uprightness have never been questioned. In addition to the management of his mercantile interests he also fills the office of postmaster. By judicious investments and careful management he has acquired a considerable amount of property in this (Eagle) county. His record in all the relations of life is that of an honorable man.

The subject of this sketch was born in Hohenheirm, Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1850, a son of Jacob and Charlotte (Stoll) Schliff. When he was fourteen years of age he was brought to America by his father, who had been a teacher in his native land, but died shortly after he settled in New York. There were but two sons in the family and one of these died in childhood. At sixteen years of age our subject came to Colorado, and as his health was poor, he traveled for some time. When able to engage in active work he engaged in ranching and merchandising. He was the first settler of Gypsum, where, in 1881, he built one of the first houses. Here he has since owned a good ranch, a number of stock, and a mercantile store, the latter having been established in 1890. In 1895 he married Eliza Wiley, a native of New York, and by her he has one child. His wife is a member of the school board, but he holds no office except that of postmaster, to which and to his store, his time is closely given. Politically he is a silver Republican. A Mason fraternally, he is connected with Glenwood Lodge No. 20, A. F. & A. M.; Glenwood Chapter No. 22, R. A. M., and Glenwood Springs Commandery No. 20, K.T.
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Wilson A. SKIFF

"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 1300

During the year that he arrived in Colorado, 1886, Mr. Skiff settled in Eagle County, and took up a pre-emption claim on Gypsum Creek. In July, 1887, he took up a homestead, upon which was later built a portion of the Village of Gypsum. In 1890 he erected the first hotel in the town. Many of the enterprises of the infant town received his assistance and to more than one of them he contributed his time and means. The village is now growing and bids fair to become an important town at no distant day.

The Skiff family was founded in America by William Skiff, a native of Scotland and a farmer. He was connected with people of the same name who settled in Massachusetts from Scotland in 1637, but he was the first of his branch of the family that crossed the ocean. His son, William, Jr., was born in New Hampshire, and in youth settled in Pennsylvania, where he engaged in farming. While he never held public office, he took an active part in local politics and always voted the Democratic ticket. He died in the 1872, when fifty-nine years of age.

The marriage of William Skiff, Jr., united him with Miss Lucinda May, a native of New Hampshire, born in 1810. She was a daughter of Gilbert May, who was killed by the falling of a tree when she was small. Her death occurred in 1888. Of her family, Franklin, now a lumber merchant in Pennsylvania, served for four years as a member of the Eighteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry; Hiram, a farmer, died in 1878; Silas G., a farmer in Pennsylvania, died in 1883; Mathewson is engaged in farming in Crawford County, Pa.; Francis M. came to Colorado in 1878 and is engaged in mining; William A., of Denver, has been connected with the Consolidated Ice Company of that city since 1883; Charles E. carries on a lumber business in Warren County, Pa.; and Fidelia M. is the wife of Russel Harvey, of Crawford County, Pa.

When twenty-one years of age our subject started out in life for himself, and engaged in farming and later in the oil business. In 1876 he settled in Kent County, Mich., where he spent ten years in farming. He then came to Colorado and settled in Eagle County, where he still resides. He gives his attention closely to his business affairs, and has little inclination to mingle in politics, although he never fails to vote at elections and uniformly supports Democratic candidates for the presidency.

In 1873 Mr. Skiff married Miss Dell Alexander, who was born in Pennsylvania, but was reared and educated in Lowell, Mich. Her parents, Willard and Eunice (Braisted) Alexander, continued to reside upon a farm in Michigan until they died. They had a family of three sons and four daughters, of whom one daughter died in Colorado in 1893. Samuel and Willard are farmers in Michigan and Charles H. is a merchant in Lowell, that state; Miranda is the wife of Samuel Smith, a farmer of Pennsylvania; and Mary married Joseph Morgan, of Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Skiff have two sons, Guy and Harvey, both of whom are in school.
Contributed in 2009 by Pat McArthur

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Peter STEIN

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"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 1337

PETER STEIN is the owner of a ranch in the fertile valley near Gypsum, Eagle County, and also owns at Eagle, the best-equipped blacksmith's shop and wagon works in the entire county. When he came here in 1886 he purchased a ranch one mile from Gypsum, and in connection with its cultivation carried on the blacksmith's trade in the same neighborhood. In 1897 he built a substantial blacksmith's shop, and has since carried on business at Eagle.

The birth of Mr. Stein occurred in 1856, near Bezirka-Coblentz on the Rhine, about twenty-five miles from the famous old town of Bingen. He is a son of John Stein, a farmer in the old county, and Marie (Fey) Stein, who was born in the town of Schneppenbach. The family of which he is a member consists of five sons and one daughter. Jacob, Joseph, John and Henry live at the old homeplace in Germany, and Catherine is the wife of Jacob Getz, who lives in the same neighborhood as her brothers. The only one who came to America was the subject of this sketch. He was reared on the home farm and educated in German schools. Following the time-honored German custom, he began to learn a trade when fourteen years of age. He served an apprenticeship to the blacksmith's trade for three years, after which he followed the trade as a journeyman for three years. He then entered the regular army, and for three years lived the life of a German soldier.

Coming to America in 1882, Mr. Stein settled in Breckenridge, Summit County, Colo., but after one year removed to Alma, this state, where he opened a shop. For four years he engaged in business there. In 1886 he settled in Eagle County, where he has since resided. Besides his business and ranch interests he was one of the promoters of the Eagle Valley Creamery, in which for some time he owned an interest. His political views bring him into affiliation with the People's party. Fraternally he is connected with the Woodmen of the World.

In 1883 Mr. Stein married Miss Louisa Barth, a native of Krebsweiler, Germany, a town that is situated near our subject's native place. They are the parents of five children: William, Harman, Pauline, Louisa and Minnie.
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