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  • JAMES, Ruby Elizabeth - Miss Ruby Elizabeth JAMES, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave JAMES passed away at the home of her parents at Allenton, Wednesday, September 5, 1923.

    Miss JAMES was born in Leadville and came to Eagle county when but a small child, being two years old when her parents removed to the county. She was a pupil of the Edwards schools, where she received her education. Eleven years ago, while at school she had an unfortunate accident which left her a cripple for life, though her parents spared no expense to effect a cure. The disease of her limbs affected her heart, eventually causing her death. Miss JAMES was a kind and loving girl, who made friends of all with whom she came in contact, and well be greatly missed by the community. She leaves to mourn her loss a mother and father, ten sisters and one brother of Allenton; and an aunt, Mrs. Von FALL and a grandfather, Edward ROBERTS of Seattle, Wash.

    The remains were taken to Leadville for burial and laid to rest in Evergreen cemetery.[14 Sept. 1923, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]

  • JARAMILLO, Everett - Everett Steven "A.J." JARAMILLO died Sept. 25 at the Vail Valley Medical Center. He is the son of Steve and Maxine Archibeque JARAMILLO. A. J. was born in Vail, Co., on November 1, 1986, and was in kindergarten at Red Sandstone Elementary in Vail. He loved riding his bike with his brother and going to the mountains to see the wildlife.

    A.J. is survived by his parents, Steve and Maxine, his brother, Evan Nash "B.J." and Robert Anthony JARAMILLO, and his sister, Renee Cheryl JARAMILLO, all in Redcliff; his grandparents Viola JARAMILLO in Redcliff and Ignacio and Oralia ARCHIBEQUE in Gypsum, his great grandmothers Teresita VALENCIA in Redcliff, Dulia ARCHIBEQUE in Carlsbad, N.M. and Alvinita JARAMILLO in Ojo Caliente, N.M.

    A.J. is also survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins and dear friends, including Mr. and Mrs. Canuto VELASQUEZ (Grandpa Noots and Grandma Pepe).

    The Rosary was Sept. 28th at 7:30 p.m. at the Vail Interfaith Chapel. Mass of Christian burial is today at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Patrick's Parish Hall in Minturn. Interment was in River View Cemetery in Redcliff.

    Ed POEHLMAN officiated and the homily was given by Bob WHITE. a special song was performed by his uncle Boni GALLEGO and additional music was provided by Bob TREZISE, Eileen GIGARO, Steve McGERVEY and Penny PERKINS.

    Pallbearers were Robert JARAMILLO, Eddie VELASQUEZ, Walter MADRIL, Jr., Boni GALLEGOS, Ted ARCHIBEQUE and Evy RIVERS.

    The family says those wishing may make memorial contributions in A.J.'s name c/o First Bank of Vail, 17 Vail Road, Vail, 81658.

    A special poem dedicated to Everett Steven Michael JARAMILLO from his Uncle Bon:

    "My little man, you're so far away, why couldn't we have just another day.

    "Now you're gone, and we must move on, and you will always be in our hearts, my little man.

    "Now you're a star, shining bright in the sky, it's so hard for me not to cry, my little man.

    "My little man, why did it have to end this way, so young and so much to see, my little man.

    "My little man, we're going to miss you so much, please rest within us, my little man."

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    A desperate duel to the death between two ranch hands occurred at Doll Bros. ranch, five miles from Gypsum, early last Monday morning. James JENKINS was killed outright by Fritz Mench, who gave himself up and is in jail.

    Last week trouble occurred between an employee of the ranch named HINES and MENCH. HINES, it seems, had charge of the barn, and for some reason ill feeling existed between the men and HINES had forbidden MENCH to enter the stable. These men had an encounter one day last week, in which HINES struck MENCH with a pitchfork. MENCH had HINES arrested for assault, but at the trial HINES was discharged and the costs taxed to MENCH.

    On Monday morning JENKINS and MENCH met in the barn. JENKINS begun "joshing" MENCH about the recent arrest of HINES, and asked him when he (MENCH) proposed to have them arrested again. MENCH's account of what then occurred is as follows:

    MENCH replied that he wanted no more trouble with them, and asserts JENKINS started toward a corner of the barn in which the pitchforks are kept. MENCH went out of the barn and drew the doors partly together behind him. MENCH then drew his large pocket knife, and shielding his body behind the door, reached with the drawn knife through the opening in the door and made a threatening demonstration at JENKINS.

    MENCH then went to the house. He found the dining room door locked, so went around and entered at the kitchen door, unbolted the dining room door, and went out again by the kitchen door. Meanwhile he kept the drawn knife in his hand, concealed behind his wrist. As MENCH stepped out the kitchen door JENKINS and another employee came up the other man, GOODMAN, being in the lead.

    MENCH asked JENKINS if he wanted trouble, or was looking for trouble, or some such question. JENKINS stooped, and MENCH kicked him on the leg and struck at him with the knife. JENKINS and MENCH fought toward some out building, JENKINS retiring. It was yet dark, and MENCH claims that by the light from the kitchen window he saw a knife in JENKINS' hand. Finally Mench struck again and JENKINS fell. MENCH claims to have felt a warm sensation about the body, but in the excitement had felt no effect of the wounds.

    Fearing the vengeance of the other employee, MENCH fled from the place on foot. He went across the hills to Eagle where he gave himself up to his friend William BURT. Dr. GREENE was called and found five large knife wounds on his body. There are three wounds on right side on the ribs, one just to the left of the middle line just below the breast bone, and another on the ribs on the left side. The only serious wound is the one in the breast.

    The news of the tragedy was telegraphed to the officers at Red Cliff, and Coroner GRAHAM and Deputy Sheriff HOUSEMAN responded. MENCH was charge with unprovoked murder. He was taken before Justice LEA of Gypsum, where he admitted the killing, but claimed self defense. The accused waived preliminary hearing and was committed to jail at Red Cliff.

    The blow from MENCH's knife struck JENKINS under the ear, severing the jugular vein, and killed him instantly. Jim JENKINS was a single man about 60 years of age, and was an old timer in the county.

    Fritz MENCH is a German, 30 years of age, and is a new comer to the county. MENCH claims that he was being constantly imposed upon by the other employees of the ranch, and that they had accused him of carrying damaging stories to their employers, and had threatened to run him off the place.

    Neither of the DOLL brothers were at home at the time of the tragedy.

    Since the return of Coroner GRAHAM from the scene it is learned there were five knife wounds on the dead body of JENKINS, also the fatal one in the neck, one in the back under the right shoulder blade. One wound in the arm slit that member clear through between the bones. An open pocket knife was found on the ground beside the body of the dead man.(5 Dec 1901, Eagle County Blade, p. 3)

  • JENKINS, Louise Mary - There will be a funeral mass for Louise Mary JENKINS of Edwards, 86, on Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Eagle. Mrs. JENKINS died January 9, 1994, at the Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

    She was born Louise Mary GUENON on July 24, 1907, to Frank and Clara (FRENCH) GUENON, in Leadville, Colo., where she was raised and educated. In 1933, she married Frank ("Ted") PROPERNICK. He died June 18, 1936.

    On July 24, 1937, she married John W. JENKINS of Leadville. Together they moved to Grand Junction, Colo., in 1947. He died July 16, 1965.

    In 1966, she moved to Edwards.

    Mrs. JENKINS collected salt and pepper shakers and was involved in senior citizens activities. She also loved to travel.

    She is survived by four sons, Frank "Dugan" PROPERNICK of Edwards, Eldon JENKINS of Gypsum, Donald Wesley JENKINS of Grand Junction and Ken JENKINS of New Castle; one daughter, Ann Satterfield of Edwards; two brothers, Raymond DUMP of Rapid City, SD, and Leon DUMP of Altonah, Utah; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

    Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Father Edward POEHLMANN will officiate the mass, and burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Orchard Mesa Cemetery in Grand Junction, Colo. (Vail Daily Jan. 12, 1994)

  • JESSER, Mrs. Emma - Mrs. Emma JESSER died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. A. CRAWFORD, in Red Cliff January 5, 1930.

    The deceased was born in Wales Oct. 21, 1851, and in 1883 migrated to the United States, coming directly to Leadville where she lived for twenty years. In 1903 she and her husband with their children moved to Cripple Creek and later to Bigbee, Ariz., where her husband died. Mrs. JESSER then moved to Houghton, Mich., where she made her home with a daughter, until four years ago when she came to Avon to live with Mrs. CRAWFORD.

    Mrs. JESSER was the mother of nine children, two sons and seven daughters, of whom the following live to mourn the loss of a good mother: Mrs. Mary EDWARDS, Mrs. W. T. ALLEN, Mrs. Ethel CARLETT, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. W. A. CRAWFORD, Red Cliff; Mrs. Jennie TRACY, Tombstone, Ariz.; Geo. JESSER, Butte, Mont.

    Funeral services were held in Red Cliff Tuesday, January 7, under direction of Mortician O. W. MEYER, and the funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. Mr. SMITH, pastor of the Leadville Presbyterian church. Interment was made in the Red Cliff cemetery.[10 Jan. 1930, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]

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  • JOHNSON, Alfred - Ends Life By Touching Off Bed Of Dynamite. Alfred JOHNSON of Mitchell Commits Suicide --Worried Over Financial Affairs--Was Employed at The Anderson-Maupin Sawmill--Buried At Red Cliff.

    Alfred JOHNSON, about 46 years of age and employed at the Anderson Brothers and Maupin sawmill, about a mile east of Mitchell, near Tennessee Pass, took his life Thursday, July 8, at about 8 o'clock p. m. by lying on three or four sticks of giant powder some distance up Taylor Gulch from the sawmill after lighting the fuse. His body was discovered Friday morning by other workers at the sawmill, who were building a road up into the gulch. The force of the explosion had thrown his body from one side of the gulch to the other, a distance of about 100 feet and when found was in a terrible mangled condition.

    Friends attribute his suicide to financial worries. He is said to have been brooding and acting strangely for about a month and worried considerably over the depression, which prevented his working some valuable timber land on the Shantigast placer which he purchased recently.

    He had steady employment at the sawmill, where he worked for Burt ANDERSON, one of the owners; but he brooded because he had put considerable money into the timber land.

    JOHNSON had lived in the vicinity of Red Cliff for a number of years, being employed in the past by the Fleming and Red Cliff Lumber companies as a timber worker. Undertaker Oscar MEYER of Red Cliff took charge of the body and communicated with his cousin, Ernest ANDERSON of 18927 East 10th street, Pueblo. There is one brother and two sisters surviving the dead man, who live in Sweden, and several cousins living in this country. Hjalmer B. JOHNSON and family, John E. ANDERSON and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest ANDERSON, cousins, all living in Pueblo, attended the funeral in Red Cliff.

    JOHNSON, who lived alone in a cabin at the sawmill, appeared for supper Thursday evening about 7 o'clock and seemed to be all right. He is believed to have walked into the woods after the meal was over and arriving at a point where work had been abandoned earlier in the day on a road which is being built, attached a fuse to three four sticks of giant powder at the root of a tree, which had been uprooted and lying down on the explosive, was blown to death. A part of his suspenders were found hanging to the root of the tree, other fragments of his clothing having been found hanging in the trees between there and the spot where his body was found about 100 feet distant.

    Others at the sawmill camp heard a shot about 8 o'clock, but paid no attention to it. JOHNSON failed to show up for breakfast the following morning for work and employees, when they reached the spot where they had abandoned road work the night before, missed two or three sticks of powder and looking around found JOHNSON'S body on the other side of Taylor gulch, where the explosion had carried it.

    Coroner N. DYMENBERG of Minturn conducted an investigation and stated he was satisfied it was a case of suicide.

    Funeral services were held Sunday conducted by the Odd Fellows lodge of Red Cliff, of which the deceased was a member. Pall bearers, all Odd Fellows, were: Emil ERLANDSON, Otto BERGGMAN, Malcomb McLEOD, James CLEARY, John MANGUSON, Merritt DISMANT, jr. The remains were laid to rest in Evergreen cemetery at Red Cliff, the obsequies being in charge of Mortician O. W. MEYER.[15 July 1932, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]

  • JOHNSON, Andrew - Andy JOHNSON to Be Buried in Leadville. Victim of Last Thursday's Railroad Accident Died Friday in a Glenwood Hospital--Funeral in Charge of Moose Lodge.

    Andrew JOHNSON, highway construction employee of Chas. A. SWITZER, who was fatally injured when his automobile was struck by a passenger train near Eagle last Thursday morning, died at the Hopkins hospital in Glenwood Friday morning, twenty four hours after the accident.

    Mr. JOHNSON had just completed his work with Mr. SWITZER on the Brush creek highway, and when the accident occurred was enroute to Carbondale and Basalt for a vacation when he met with the unfortunate accident. The deceased together with several others had been held for several minutes by a freight train which had been blocked the crossing just west of Eagle, standing on the passing track. The crew of the freight had just cut their train to open the highway and waiting cars started through the opening. A car ahead of JOHNSON made the crossing and JOHNSON, watching the car ahead of him possibly, and not observing the track closely, reached the track crossing just as passenger train No. 15 bore down upon it. His Chevrolet coupe was struck by the engine and thrown from the track, and JOHNSON catapulted through the windshield, striking on his head. JOHNSON regained consciousness for about an hour, and was not aware that he had been struck by a train, but was under the impression that he had been hit by one of the other cars crossing the railroad.

    JOHNSON was born March 14, 1879, in Wermlend, Sweden. He came to Leadville in 1905 and worked as a miner for several years. In recent years he has spent most of his time outside of Leadville, working for road construction companies. He was employed by Mr. SWITZER for the past seven years having charge of all powder work on projects for him employer. He was highly thought of by Mr. SWITZER, and by all of his fellow employees.

    He is survived by a mother, two brothers and a sister in Sweden. He had no relatives in this country.

    JOHNSON was a member of Leadville Lodge No. 342, Loyal Order of Moose, and of Klipperget Lodge No. 197, Vosa Order of America.[21 Sept. 1928, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]

  • JOHNSON, Carl Oscar - Mr. Carl Oscar JOHNSON died July 28, 1917, at 3 o'clock a.m. at the Eagle sanitarium after a short illness and operation of perforated intestines.

    He was born in Langoker, Vannas, Sweden August 26th, 1883. He came to Gypsum in the fall of 1903, and since then has made his home as a prosperous rancher. The funeral services were conducted from the Lutheran church by Rev. B. F. ROSS of the Methodist church, and the body was laid to rest in the Gypsum cemetery. The floral offerings were beautiful and many. The deceased leaves besides three brothers and three sisters in Sweden, a sister, Mrs. August ULIN; a niece, Minnie ULIN, a nephew, Albert LUNDSTROM, and three uncles, S. SHAGREN, Jonas LINDGREN, of Gypsum to mourn his loss.

    He was loved by the whole community which was shocked by his sudden death.[3 Aug. 1917, Western Slope Enterprise, p1]

  • JOHNSON, Chas. - Chas. JOHNSON died at five o'clock Saturday morning, having been struggling for life against the influenza for a week. Everything possible was done to save his life, an eminent doctor from the D. & R. G. hospital at Salida and one from Red Cliff both waited on him Friday, but they could do nothing to save the life of one of Eagle's most beloved citizens.

    Mr. JOHNSON had been associated with his brother in the conduct of the big ranch just west of the Eagle for a number of years, and had become one of the most prominent breeders of Hereford cattle in the west. He was one of the most progressive citizens of the town, and no enterprise for the up building of the community, but what he was foremost in it. His untimely death, for he was in the very prime of life, will be keenly felt by all interests in the town, as well as by his family. He is survived by a wife and little daughter, who have the sympathy of everyone in their very sad bereavement.

    The body was laid to rest in the cemetery at Eagle Saturday afternoon, where a short funeral service was held.[8 Nov. 1918, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]


    As indicated in the brief account of the affair in the Blade last week, Charles H. JOHNSON, the Dotsero cattleman, whose dead body was found in the Grand river on July 30, was murdered.

    JOHNSON was last seen alive at about noon on Friday and his remains were not found until the evening of the next Tuesday. When last seen he was crossing the state bridge at Dotsero on horseback. His disappearance was noted for two reasons, he left the cow camp at Coffee Pot springs on Thursday to go to Gypsum for mail for his companions there, and his continued absence began to create alarm. The saddle horse redden by him was also seen running loose on the range without saddle or other equipment.

    The body was discovered by H. M. VAN HORN near the dead man's cabin at Siloam Springs. Mr. VAN HORN immediately went to Gypsum and reported the matter and Coroner GRAHAM was summoned.

    Investigation showed that JOHNSON had been shot in the back of the head, at the base of the brain, and the bullet came out in two places at the top of the head, that is the bullet either split or the bullet came out in one place and the "jacket" in another.

    A coroner's jury composed of W. A. SCHLIFF, John YORE, M. O'BRIEN, H. W. NORGAARD and A. E. MUCKEY was impaneled. After hearing considerable testimony the following verdict was found:

    "We, the jury, find that Charles H. JOHNSON met with his death by a gun shot wound in the back of the head, near Siloam Springs, Eagle county, Colorado, fired by some person unknown to the jury, and that said shot was feloniously fired on or about the 26the of July, 1901."

    The body was found near the bank of the stream in the eddy. There are various theories as to how the deed was done. It is evident, however, that Johnson was taken advantage of and killed without warning or a chance to defend himself. He was shot from behind and must have been in a stooping posture when hit. The condition of things about the premises show plainly that the party who did the shooting after it was done, unsaddled the horse, put the saddle in the stable and turned the animal loose. His chaps were in the house and the hat he wore when last seen could not be found. The gun scabbard was on the saddle, but no gun was found. The theory is that the body was thrown in the river. The wound was evidently made by a 32 or 30 caliber smokeless gun firing a soft nose bullet. JOHNSON always went armed and a great deal of the time lately has carried a 32 caliber of this character. As this gun was not found, some hold the theory that his murderer was either a supposed friend or an enemy well concealed and when JOHNSON left his horse to go to the river for a drink, this party secured his own gun and killed him with it.

    JOHNSON had been at enmity with some of his neighbors for some time and the evidence before the coroner's jury was that threats against his life had been made. However, no evidence on which a warrant could be based has been found and none has been issued.

    The dead man was under bonds to appear at the next term of the District court of Garfield county to answer to the charge of cattle stealing. The remains were buried at Gypsum on Thursday. A half brother of the deceased is employed on the Midland railroad, and a half sister resides in Nebraska. These parties have been notified of his death.(8 Aug 1901, Eagle County Blade, p.3)

  • JOHNSON, Clarence - Avon, Colo., April 14, 1907. As we journey down the river of life, one by one we are slowly passing away.

    With sorrow and sadness we chronicle the death of Clarence JOHNSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe JOHNSON, of this place, which occurred at the residence of his brother in-law, Dave BLAIR, of Leadville, at 7 p.m. on April 11, 1907.

    The young man, aged about 19 years, left here several weeks ago, going to Leadville where he secured employment as teamster with Bohn Bros. & Co. On April 4 he contracted a cold which later developed into a severe case of pneumonia resulting in his death.

    The remains were shipped to his home here on the morning train the 13th, funeral services being conducted by the Rev. JARRARD, of Minturn, at 2 p.m. after which they were followed to their last resting place in the little cemetery on the mountain side near Mr. CUNNINGHAM's by a large concourse of friends.

    Kelly, as he was commonly known, was a good, kind hearted and industrious young man of good habits and qualities and he will be missed in our community.

    Peace to his ashes is the hymn of prayer that hallows the mountain winds.(18 April 1907, Eagle County Blade, p.1)

  • JOHNSON, David - Despondent Over Ill Health David JOHNSON Kill Self. Blew His Own Brains Out at His Home in Eagle last Saturday, First Sending His Wife on an Errand. Eagle was deeply shocked last Saturday morning by the startling news that one of her citizens had committed suicide. Dave JOHNSON shot himself in the temple with a thirty-eight caliber revolver and died a few minutes later.

    The tragedy took place at his home in the south part of town at 11:30 o'clock a. m. Mr. JOHNSON has not been in good health since coming to Eagle two or three years ago, and the past few weeks has showed signs of despondency and complained of poor health. Last week he spent on the ranch on the Grand river, where he had intended to move this week with his family, and walked home from there Friday afternoon, arriving home in the evening. He complained to his wife of a severe headache, and she spent the greater part of the night working to relieve him of pain.

    Mrs. JOHNSON had packed part of their effects getting ready to go to the ranch, and he asked her what she had done with the revolver which he owned, and was told that it and the ammunition were packed in the bottom of one of the trunks. He evidently go it out sometime during the evening.

    Just a few minutes before the tragedy, he had complained of being hungry, and asked his wife to go to town and see if she could get him some oysters. He had gone up stairs to lay down and Mrs. JOHNSON was just leaving the house, when she heard the report of a gun upstairs, and one of the children ran up stairs to see what was the matter, and returned horror-stricken, with the information that "papa had shot himself'. Elmer MITCHELL was working near the house, and in response to a call from Mrs. JOHNSON, he, together with other neighbors, went to the scene of the tragedy to find Johnson lying on the bed with a smoking revolver in his hand, breathing his last.

    Mrs. Johnson's parents came out here from Wisconsin a few weeks ago and had bought a ranch over on the Grand river, and had given JOHNSON and his wife a third interest in the property, and the two families were planning to run the farm together this summer. The older people had moved to the ranch and JOHNSON'S were to move this week.

    Mr. JOHNSON had worked for different ranchers in this neighborhood and was well liked by all with whom he had any dealings, being industrious and a good worker. The past winter he had worked for the D. & R. G. as a coal-passer between Eagle and Minturn.

    His people live in Wisconsin and were notified of his death, and a brother arrived Tuesday morning to attend the funeral.

    The funeral services were held at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon and the body buried in the Eagle cemetery.[18 April 1919, Eagle County Enterprise, p1]


    Dorris - Dorris Johnson, pillar of Eagle for 70 years

    Special to the Vail Daily

    Copied from on-line 16 June 2001

    People who met Dorris E. Johnson during the past couple of decades remember him as the tall, gray-haired man with the remarkably straight posture who walked his often-rambunctious dog every day.

    People who knew him during the 70 years he made Eagle his home will remember him as the former banker, a local businessman, a former mayor, a father, and a community activist with a strong work ethic and a firm manner.

    Johnson, 93, died Saturday, June 9, at his home in Eagle.

    Born on East Divide Creek near Silt on March 9, 1908, to Nora and William S. Johnson, Dorris spent his early years on the family ranch. At the age of 14, he moved to Glenwood Springs with his 16-year-old brother. The two boys lived on their own in town while attending high school.

    Johnson attended college at the University of Colorado for two years, then returned to Glenwood, where he took up work as a cashier in a bank. That job brought him to Eagle in 1931, to fill in at the First National Bank of Eagle County for vacationing employees. The bank president, J.D. Allen, took a liking to the young employee and made him a member of the staff.

    Drafted by the Army in 1942, Johnson ended up at Officer Candidate School at Fort Knox in Louisville, Ky., were he helped train recruits. By that time, he had developed a romantic interest in the bank president's daughter, Jean Allen. On April 24, 1944, they married in Louisville.

    In 1945, after Japan's surrender, the Army sent Johnson to Okinawa and Korea, where he helped process soldiers through their military discharges. He also inventoried gear and weapons. Johnson achieved the rank of captain.

    Then he returned to Eagle and resumed his bank job. Dorris and Jean started their family, and within five years they had four children: sons Steve, Bill, and Sam; and daughter Sally.

    Jean remembers that her husband was a good helper with the four lively youngsters, and was a reliable partner with the nightly bath ritual of dunking, rinsing, and drying off of the Johnson offspring.

    His children remember their father as a man with a no-nonsense approach to discipline. “Wait until your father gets home” were words to strike some anxiety into the hearts of the young Johnson brood. Yet, when the kids reached their teen-age years, Dorris let them make — and live with the consequences — of their own decisions.

    He wasn't above a little mischief. Son Steve remembers watching with some amazement when his father lighted a small firecracker inside the bank and tossed it behind some unsuspecting employees working at the front counter.

    Dorris and Jean both loved the outdoors, and they passed that trait to their children.

    Family vacations were always fishing in Yellowstone, or hiking to Lake Charles or Middle Lake,” Bill recalled. Dorris never looked at a map. He had a knack for finding short cuts that could leave shorter-legged members of the family doing some bushwhacking.

    He also knew that Pipe Creek was best place to find some good-tasting water to mix with whiskey for a post-fishing trip toddy.

    In 1962, Johnson left the bank and opened the Allen Insurance Agency and time loan business. He worked there until son Steve took over in 1972.

    Sam Johnson remembers talking his dad into a backpacking trip right after Sam's high school graduation in 1966. Dorris, 58 at the time, had no problem keeping pace with his 18-year-old son. When an eight-hour hiking day on Craig Peak left Sam exhausted in camp, Dorris spent the remainder of the day fishing. They caught so many trout on that trip that the canvas creel split from the weight.

    Johnson retained his hunting and fishing skills his entire life. In 1986, at the end of an elk hunting season that left his sons empty-handed, Dorris “showed them how it's done” by shooting a six-point bull elk on Hat Creek.

    Not long ago, while walking his dog near the Eagle River at the county fairgrounds, Johnson stopped and offered some welcome back-casting advice to a class of beginner fishermen.

    For more than 20 years, Johnson was instrumental in the Eagle Valley Television Corp., a non-profit organization that operated on volunteer dues and provided an over-the-air television signal that served most of the valley.

    He was a good story teller, particularly when local history details were involved. He was opinionated, but not one to dwell on an issue.

    Most of the time, he was right,” said daughter Sally. He and Jean have been stalwarts in the 20-year-fight against the Adam's Rib housing and ski resort proposals.

    Johnson preferred non-fiction reading material, like news and business magazines and newspapers. He had a keen interest in the stock market, and had recently learned to use a computer. He enjoyed growing raspberries and tomatoes in his back yard, and he enjoyed those daily walks with his dog.

    Throughout all of his life, Johnson vowed that he would never walk “like an old man.” He never did.

    Dorris Johnson is survived by his wife, Jean; sons Steve, Bill and wife Raenette, and daughter Sally Metcalf and husband Mike of Eagle; and son Sam and wife Vicki of Basalt; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    The family is planning a private memorial service. Memorial donations may be directed to American Legion Post 150, Box 4252, Gypsum, CO 81631.

    This story first appeared in the Eagle Valley Enterprise.

  • JOHNSON, Douglas C. - Former Eagle Valley High School principal died Wednesday, Dec. 6 at his home in Brush, Colo. He was 55.

    He served as EVHS principal from 1974 to 1976 and also as the school district's Career Education Coordinator in 1977. Mr. JOHNSON dedicated his life to education and was involved in the field for 25 years, serving a as teacher, principal and superintendent. He worked for the Colorado Department of Education and was also superintendent of the Dolores County School District and most recently, superintendent in Brush.

    He was born July 12, 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio to Arthur and Dorothy JOHNSON; he married Grace REID in July of 1988. He was a member of the Rankin Presbyterian Church, the Brush Rotary Club, Morgan County Chorale and the Colorado Association of School Executives.

    Survivors include his wife, Grace, of Brush; two children, Christine JOHNSON of Longmont and Mark JOHNSON of Fort Collins; tow step-children, Leigh AERNI of Clarkston, Wash., and Jay REID of Brush; his parents, Arthur and Dorothy JOHNSON of Clarkston, Mich., three sisters, Joan BELLILE of Eagle/Gypsum, Gwen HAIRBEDIAN of Birmingham, Mich., and Pamela Morris of Clarkston, Mich., and two grandchildren: Margaret JOHNSON of Fort Collins and Orion REID of Brush.

    Memorial services were held Saturday, Dec. 9, 1995 at the Rankin Presbyterian Church in Brush. Memorial gifts may be made to the Douglas JOHNSON Memorial Scholarship Fund, c.o First Security Bank, P.O. Box 525, Brush, CO 80723.

  • JOHNSON, John Aaron - John Aaron JOHNSON of Gypsum. Formerly of Fruita, died on or about July 15 following a drowning accident in Gypsum Creek. He was 18.

    He was born Aug. 27, 1976 to James Arthur JOHNSON and Synthia Sharon BROYLES JOHNSON in Grand Junction. He spent his childhood in Fruita, Collbran and Gypsum and graduated from Palisade High School in 1995.

    He was born Aug. 27, 1976 to James Arthur JOHNSON and Synthia Sharon BROYLES JOHNSON in Grand Junction. He spent his childhood in Fruita, Collbran and Gypsum and graduated from Palisade High School in 1995.

    He was an artist and enjoyed drawing and painting. He was employed as a parking attendant for Arrowhead at Vail, where he had been a resident for seven years.

    Survivors include his father, James Arthur JOHNSON, Sr., of Gypsum and his mother Synthia Sharon DICKENS of Rogers, Ark.; three brothers, James Arthur JOHNSON, Jr., of Gypsum, Joe JOHNSON of Grand Junction, and Larry DICKENS of Rogers, Ark.; four sisters, Kay Dee Rena JOHNSON of Gypsum, Charla JOHNSON of Grand Junction, Chela DICKENS and Maria DICKENS, both of Rogers, Ark.; paternal grandmother Carrie JOHNSON of Grand Junction; and maternal grandparents Katherine BOUDER of Clifton, Colo., and John BROYLES of Kansas City, MO.

    A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 27 at the First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Fruita, with First Counselor Gerald WILLIAMS officiating. Burial will follow in New Elmwood Cemetery in Fruita.

    McClean Funeral Home in Fruita is in charge of arrangements.(Eagle Valley Enterprise 7/27/95)

  • JOHNSON, John F. - A multitude of friends in Eagle county were shocked to learn Sunday evening of the death of John JOHNSON. Although Mr. JOHNSON had not been in robust health for about three years, and had for the past two months been confined to a hospital in Glenwood, yet he never completely lost hope of his ultimate recovery, a hope which his friends shared, those friends whom he always greeted with a smile when they called to see him, overjoyed at their coming, for he held them dear, as he was without close to kin, none of his own people residing in this state. In his passing Gypsum valley has lost one of her substantial citizens. A faithful, diligent worker until about three years ago when he was forced by ill health to retire from active farming. Honest, trustworthy and thrifty, he had laid by a considerable fortune that he might have ease in his old age.

    John JOHNSON'S word was as good as his bond, and many was the friend he helped tide over a financial strain.

    Nearest of kin left to mourn the passing of this good man are two nieces and three nephews, all residing in the east, and none of whom were able to attend his funeral.

    John F. JOHNSON was born in Storfors, Vormland, Sweden, October 1851 died in Glenwood Springs, Colo., Sunday evening January 6, 1929, at the age of 77 years, 2 months and 29 days.

    In his native land he was born and reared a Lutheran, and his last wishes, to be buried from the church of his faith, were carried out by friends.

    John JOHNSON, in company with the late Fred GRUNDEL, came to the United States in 1879, and shortly after landing here, the two friends separated, temporarily. Mr. GRUNDEL remaining in Boston and Mr. JOHNSON joining a brother who had preceded him to Wisconsin. Later that same year he came to Leadville where he remained until 1883, when he joined his fellow countrymen, the GRUNDEL brothers in Gypsum Valley.

    During the fall and winter of 1883-84 he drove a stage, caring mail from Red Cliff to Dotsero, before the railroad went through. Upon coming to Gypsum valley he located first on Spring creek, back of Cooley mesa, and here he acquired the name of "Spring Creek" JOHNSON, by which he was known and called by his friends to the day of his death.

    Later he farmed the CONDEN place for a number of years living alone, the greatest part of the time.

    Here he remained until three years ago, when he was forced by ill health to seek a lower altitude and in order to be near his friends and his interests in Gypsum valley, he went to Glenwood, occasionally making trips back to Gypsum, sometimes remaining for a week.

    Friends from Gypsum visited him frequently and even as late as Sunday afternoon found him ready to talk and cheerful. As was his wish, his remains were brought back home to Gypsum by Mortician FARNUM of Glenwood, the funeral arrangements being in charge of Mrs. Sena ULIN of Gypsum. Funeral services were conducted from the Lutheran church Wednesday afternoon, January 9, Rev. A. BESSIRE, pastor of the Methodist church of Glenwood, officiating. Three hymns, "Someday the Silver Cord Will Break", "Jesus Lover of My Soul", and "Abide With Me", were rendered during the service by a choir composed of Miss Anna ANDERSON, Mrs. W. E. BONAR, Messrs. J. L. MOSHER and W. H. LEA, with Miss Olive STEVENS, pianist. The casket was banked with flowers, and his pallbearers were countrymen, Gus and Charles ULIN, Ole OLESON, Sigurd BOBSON, Alfred HENDRICKSON, Helmar LARSON.[11 Jan. 1929, Eagle Valley Enterprise, P8]

  • JOHNSON, John - Teamster Killed by Rio Grande Locomotive. Employed on Railroad Construction Near Red Cliff--Stepped in Front Of Light Engine.

    John JOHNSON of Pando was instantly killed Tuesday when struck by a light engine of the Denver & Rio Grande Western railroad.

    JOHNSON was employed as a teamster with the construction gang making line changes, working a short distance west of the station at Red Cliff in the Eagle River canyon. He left his work to get a drink and on returning to his team walked on the track directly in front of the approaching engines.

    At a coroner's inquest held Wednesday it was found by the jury that "John JOHNSON came to his death at about 3:10 p. m. on the 24th day of April, 1928, about one-half mile below the Red Cliff station in Eagle county, Colorado, by being struck by a locomotive engine of the D. & R. G. W. railroad company. Just an accidental accident. Signed: E. M. THOMAS, J. F. JONAS, C. FLAHERTY, G. D. ROBERTS, R. V. DISMANT, Adam URBAN."

    Testimony at the coroner's inquest was rather puzzling, as it all tended to show that JOHNSON knew an engine was coming, and that he must have seen it.

    The light was a double header, two engines traveling as one train. Chas. WILCOX was engineer and Robt. HOLBROOK fireman of the front engine, a big Mallet. Of the rear engine J. A. MACK was at the throttle and Walter RANDALL fireman. The train was traveling under control at about five miles an hour past the construction work, but none of the train crew saw the unfortunate man, and stopped only on frantic signals of one of the section crew working at the paint, not knowing what the trouble was.

    JOHNSON was 24 years of age. a native of Sweden, and has a brother living at Pando, one at Leadville, and parents living in Sweden.[27 April 1928, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]

  • JOHNSON, Mrs. - In a letter received from Arthur JOHNSON this week we learned of the death of his mother, Mrs. Joseph JOHNSON, one of the earliest settlers of Eagle county, at her home in Eugene, Ore.

    In 1882 Joe JOHNSON and his wife came to Gilman, and for twelve years he worked in the mines on Battle Mountain, being one of the first miners to be employed on the Iron Mask mine, now the Empire Zinc Company's Eagle mine No. 1.

    In 1894, Mr. Johnson bought a ranch near Avon to which the family moved, and where their children were raised. In 1918, with her husband, Mrs. JOHNSON moved to Albany, Ore., where he died 10 or 12 years ago, and she moved to Eugene, Ore., where some of the children lived. The deceased lady was a sister of the RABEDEW boys, George and Theodore of whom are still living at Minturn, and another of the earliest families in the county.

    Arthur L. JOHNSON, a son, for years was a brake man on the Rio Grande railroad, working out of Minturn and Salida, until in an accident he lost a leg and could no longer follow his avocation. He now lives in Los Angeles, Calif. Other children living are Mesdames Lula PEARCHE, Mrs. Carrie BLAIR, Mrs. Marie BROCKMAN, all of Eugene; Morton R. JOHNSON, Longview, Wash.; and Mrs. Blanch LETON, La Grande, Ore. All of these children were born and raised in Eagle county. Other relatives of the deceased still living in western Colorado are Mrs. Ophelia HOWARD, Mrs. E. B. REEVES, Willard HOWARD and Charles HOWARD of Glenwood, nieces and nephews.

    The JOHNSON family will be well remembered by many residents of Eagle county still living here, and the death of Mrs. JOHNSON will be received with sorrow by many old neighbors of the Avon neighborhood.

  • JOHNSON, Oscar - Worker Killed By Blast In Tunnel on Cutoff.

    Four men were seriously injured, one of whom died later in a Glenwood hospital, Thursday morning when a "Missed" shot was fired by a workman who was in the act of digging the charge of dynamite out.

    The men badly injured were Oscar JOHNSON, cut on face, neck and arms; Nels OLSEN, broken arm, broken hand and face lacerated; Ed CARLSON, neck cut, face and head filled with burned powder; Ernie MILLER, Broken leg, cut abdomen, face cut and badly lacerated all over. The men were all rushed to the Glenwood hospital for treatment, where JOHNSON'S injuries caused his death a few hours later.

    The men were employed as miners in the big tunnel near the mouth of Sweetwater creek. Wednesday night the usual round of shots was fired, one hole missing. Our information is that when the morning shift went to work Thursday, one of the men was digging the tamping from the missed shot to remove of fire it when a tool struck the cap and caused the fatal explosion.[17 Mar. 1933, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]

  • JOHNSON, Robert M. - The news of the death of a former resident of Eagle, Robert M. JOHNSON, which occurred at Logansport, Indiana, Monday , May 17, 1909, was received by T. A. HOWES the latter part of last week. A great failing in Mr. JOHNSON,S health during the past few months was very noticeable , and his death came not unexpected to his wife, Mrs. June JOHNSON June JOHNSON, and her father, T. A. . HOWES.

    Mr. JOHNSON was a member in good standing of Eagle Camp No.375, Wood men of the World., and carried $2000 insurance.

    He was very highly esteemed by all who know him here and the news of his death brings sadness to every heart.

    The funeral was held at Logansport, Tuesday, May 18, from the residence of a brother of the deceased.[28 May 1909, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]

  • JOHNSON, Ronald A. - Ronal A. JOHNSON of Edwards died Oct. 15 in Ft.Collins. He was 51.

    Mr. JOHNSON was born Sept. 23, 1944 in Ft. Collins to Glen and Jean (WANDERHOFF) JOHNSON. He graduated from Ft. Collins High School in 1962 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1969 from Ft. Lewis College. He did his graduate work at Colorado State University and received a Master's degree in 1989 from Regis University ion Denver.

    He married Georgia MORENO Aug. 26, 1967 in Durango; he spent most of his life in Ft. Collins, where he was member of the Timnath Presbyterian Church. He was a professor at North Eastern Junior College in Sterling and also taught business at Colorado Mountain College in Vail and Eagle.

    He loved to mountain climb, hike, ski and go camping and was recently elected president of the faculty senate at CMC.

    Survivors include his wife, Georgia of Ft. Collins; parents Glen & Jean JOHNSON of Ft. Collins; sons David Glen and Clinton D., both of Vail; and brother Van E. JOHNSON of Pagosa Springs, Colo. He was preceded in death by his sister, Kristen RUDOLPH, in 1981.

    A memorial service has been scheduled for 10 a.m., Oct. 19 at Allnutt Funeral Service/Goodrich Chapel, 301 E. Olive St., Ft.Collins. The Rev. Paul MOYER will officiate. Cremation will follow.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may by made to Hospice of Larimer County and/or the Ron JOHNSON CBC Scholarship Fund c/o Allnutt Funeral Service in Ft. Collins. (Eagle Valley Enterprise 10/19/95)

  • JOHNSTON, Eben E. - A letter from H. C. WIGGLE at Green River, Utah, informs us of the death of Eben E. JOHNSTON, on September 24, 1934, at a hospital in Fruita, Colo.

    Mr. JOHNSTON was a citizen of Eagle for many years, being employed by Tom HOWE, one of the early day merchants of the town. More than twenty years ago he moved to Green River where he engaged in the men's clothing business there since. The deceased had been a sufferer from asthma for several years, failing rapidly in health for the past year, but was able to attend to his business until ten days prior to his death. He was buried in Green River September 26.[5 Oct. 1934, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]

  • JOLLY, Albertine J. 1914 - 1994

    Albertine J. JOLLY, formerly of Gypsum, died May 14 at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula, Mont. She was 80.

    Mrs. JOLLY was born March 13, 1914 in Gypsum to George and Clara ZOELLNER. She attended college in Trinidad, Colo. She married David S. JOLLY in Gypsum on June 9, 1940, and the couple later lived east of Deer Trail, Colo., until Mr. JOLLY's death. She moved to Salmon, Idaho in 1977, later moving to White Bird, Idaho until returning to Salmon in 1982. She was a member of the Salmon Community Bible Church.

    Survivors include her son, Gene JOLLY of Salmon; nephews David JOLLY of Reedpoint, Mont., and John JOLLY and niece Dorothy DOHERTY, both of Deer Trail; brother George ZOELLNER of Aurora, Colo; and 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

    Funeral services were at Salmon Community Bible Church. (Eagle Valley Enterprise 16 June 1994)

  • JONES, Hannah - Mrs. Hannah JONES died at the state insane asylum at Pueblo on May 26. For many years Mrs. Jones resided at Bell's Camp, near Red Cliff, where her husband died a number of years ago of miner's consumption. Several years ago Mrs. JONES lost her mind and was committed to the asylum from this county. Nothing is known of her relatives.(28 May 1908, Eagle County Blade, p.1)

  • JONES, Laura M. - Laura M. JONES, died Dec 11 in Grand Junction. She was 96.

    Mrs. JONES was born Aug 26, 1899 in Kabool, MO, to Elija and Anna (Unterkercher) MILLS. She was a school teacher and on Sept 15, 1919 married Shattuc JONES in Lamar, colo. The couple was married for 71 years; Mr. JONES died in 1992.

    Before moving to Eagle, where she had lived for the past 40 years, Mrs. JONES lived in South Canyon.

    She loved to do fancy work such as tatting and crocheting and had a wonderful shell collection. She also enjoyed fishing and gardening and was known for her garden flowers. she also collected Indian artifacts and her hunting of arrow points and other Native American artifacts spanned four decades.

    Survivors include her sons, Shattuc, Jr. of Grand Junction and Richard of Edwards; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; her three sisters preceded her in death.

    Funeral services were held Dec 16 at the Eagle Methodist Church, with the Rev. David BUTLER officiating. Burial was at Eagle's Sunset Cemetery.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Senior Citizens Center. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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  • JUBB, Mrs. John - Mrs. John JUBB of Fulford, died last Friday night at her home. Mrs. JUBB had long been an invalid and her demise was not unlooked for. Mr. JUBB, who has been a faithful nurse to his invalid wife will have the sympathy of many friends in his affliction.(22 Jan 1903, Eagle County Blade, p.1)

  • JUHLIN, Gustaf - Gustaf Juhlin was born April 16, 1863, in Persberg, Wermland, Sweden. For the past months Mr. Juhlin had been in failing health. On Sunday, January 17, he became ill. When the doctor was summoned it was found that he had suffered a stroke of paralysis. His condition failed to improved and on Friday he was taken to the hospital in Glenwood Springs. He failed to rally and on Monday, January 245, 1937, he answered the call of his creator, having reached the age of 73 years, 9 months and 9 days.

    At the age of 22 years he left the land of his birth and set sail for shores of the new world, landing in New York City during the early part of August, 1885. From there he came directly to Leadville, Colo., where he joined an uncle and elder brother. For five years he made Leadville his home, working in the mines. In the fall of 1890 he came to Gypsum valley, where he located on his uncle's ranch one mile east of Gypsum. There he made his home for about eleven hears. Then for a short time he worked on various ranches in the valley. In 1905, he purchased the ranch south of Gypsum, which remained his home until called by death.

    Mr. Juhlin was baptized an confirmed a member of the Lutheran church in the land of his birth. He joined the Lutheran church in Gypsum and remained a faithful member until the end. He was a member of Crown Lodge No. 146, Order of Odd Fellows, for many years an active member in its ranks until illness caused him to withdraw from active participation.

    Mr. Juhlin was known to all as an honest and industrious citizen of our community and state. A staunch supporter of those things which were beneficial for the community, loved and honored by all who knew him.

    In a volume entitled "Progressive Men of Western Colorado," published by A.W. BOWEN and Co., in 1905 we find the following words; "When such immigrants as these smite the rock in our wilderness it is no wonder that streams of living water gush forth in abundance - when such as they command it, the opposing forces of Nature are bound to yield a prompt and generous obedience."

    Mr. Juhlin was the third child in a family of eight children. Three brothers, Nels, August and Victor, two sisters, Louise and Anna, preceded him in death.

    He leaves to mourn as he passes on, two brothers, Olof and Charles (Carl), of Gypsum, two nieces and one nephew, also of Gypsum.

    Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church in Gypsum Thursday afternoon, with Rev. Geo. ELLER, pastor of the church, delivering the funeral discourse. Accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Chs. STANLEY, Mesdames Elmer LUNDGREN and Kenneth GERARD sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus," during the church services. The body was laid to rest in Cedar Hill cemetery, Gypsum, where the burial services were in charge of members of the local Odd Fellows lodge.

    Thus another of the pioneer land marks of Gypsum valley has passed on, his death being regretted by all those who had known him through the years of nearly half a century. (29 Jan 1937, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p.1)

  • JUHLIN, Maria Louisa - Maria Louisa JUHLIN was born in Wermland, Sweden, June 30, 1961, and died at the home of her brother, Ole JUHLIN, near Gypsum, Colorado, April 27,, 1919.

    The deceased came to America in 1889, and has lived at Gypsum ever since, making her home with one of her brothers there during that time. Her death was caused by complications following an attack of Spanish influenza. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery at Gypsum.

    Miss JUHLIN is survived by her mother, Mrs. Maria JUHLIN, and three brothers, Gust ULIN, Carl JUHLIN, and Ole JUHLIN, all of Gypsum.[9 May 1919, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]

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