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PETER THOBORG is one of the early settlers of Eagle County. When he came here, in September, 1885, little improvement had been made in the county, the town of Eagle had not yet been started and even the principal industry of the state, mining, had received but little attention. He took up land adjoining the present village of Eagle and here he has carried on general ranch pursuits, working industriously and faithfully to place his property under first class improvement.
In the province of Hanover, Germany, in 1855, the subject of this sketch was born, a son of Wilhelm Thoborg, a native of the same province, by trade and blacksmith and in religion a member of the Lutheran Church. The wife and mother bore the maiden name of Anna Stuehrke and was a native of the same province. She died in 1872, two years after the death of her husband. They were the parents of four sons and one daughter, of whom Wilhelm died in the old country; Kate is married and lives in Davenport, Iowa; August and Herman are engaged in mining at Aspen, Colo.
The boyhood years of our subject's life were passed in Germany. Under his father's instruction he learned the blacksmith's trade and at sixteen years of age he started out in the world for himself. In pursuit of his occupation as blacksmith, he visited many towns in Europe. In 1873, at eighteen years of age, he crossed the ocean and settled in Davenport, Iowa, where ie remained for several years. From there, in 1879, he came to Colorado, settling in Leadville, where he had charge of the sampling department of the Grant Smelter for three years. Afterward he spent two years or more in South Park, coming from there to his present home in Eagle County.
The marriage of Mr. Thoborg, in 1880,
united him with Carrie Kuehn, of Davenport, Iowa and by her he
has three daughters, Mabel, Alice and Blanche. In politics he
is identified with the People's party. He is interested in
educational matters and for nine years served as president of
the school board of his district. He assisted in organizing a
lodge of Woodmen of the World in Eagle, and was its first
consul commander and is still one of its most active members.
He stands high among the people of the county and has many
friends among the best citizens of his locality.
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