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For the past three or four years Mr. PEARCH and his family have been living in Leadville. A week or so previous to his death his son, Thomas brought his father down to the ranch to stay for a short while. When he returned to take him home he found his father quite ill, and took him to the hospital in Gilman, where he died.
Elmo Lavern PEARCH was born in Bloomington, Wis., March 23, 1878. In 1881, he came to Leadville, and some years later came to Eagle county and located a homestead on Squaw creek. he was always interested in mining and was well known in mining circles in both Eagle and Lake counties.
He was united in marriage to Miss Julia O'MALIA October 14, 1915, at Edwards, Colo. To this union were born two children, Thomas L. PEARCH, and Katherine YANDELL, both living. Others surviving are the widow, Julia PEARCH; a sister, Mrs. Lillie WISE; a half brother, Gene SCHWENINGER; and two daughters by a former marriage, Mrs. Minnie REYNOLDS, and Mrs. Agnes WALSH.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Moynahan - O'MALIA funeral chapel in Leadville, with Rev. H.L. TAYLOR of the Presbyterian church delivering the funeral discourse. The body was laid to rest in the A.O.U.W. cemetery. pall bears were; W.W. WALSH, Clarence McMURROUGH, Angelo TRAVISON, William HENDERSON, Morley KITE and Irwin REST.
He was born Sept. 23, 1917 to Elmo Levern and Julia O'MALIA PEARCH in Leadville. Raised on Squaw Creek, Mr. Pearch later served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Barbara GLEASON on Nov. 9, 1947 in Eagle.
He worked as a heavy equipment operator at Camp Hale and at Climax. He also worked as an auctioneer and in real estate.
A member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the I.O.O.F., Mr. PEARCH enjoyed hunting, fishing, the vast outdoors and children.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara PEARCH, of Eagle; sister Katherine GREENE of Oak Hill, WV; and niece, Karen HEESE, of Beckley, WV.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 16, at the Farnum-Holt Funeral Home from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and continuing at the Eagle Community United Methodist Church prior to the funeral services.
Services begin at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev. Phil GREEN officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset View Cemetery in Eagle.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vail Valley Medical Center, 181 Meadow Dr., Vail, Co., 81657, or to the Senior Center c/o Carol Knoll, POB 927, Eagle, Co. 81631.
(from the Vail Daily) Thomas Levern PEARCH died April 11 at the Vail Valley Medical Center. He was 74.
Born to Elmo Levern and Julia in Leadville in 1917, PEARCH was raised in Squaw Creek. He married Barbara GLEASON in Eagle in 1947. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Pearch worked as a heavy equipment operator in Camp Hale and Climax and in real estate.
But it's his work as a talented auctioneer that put him in the public arena. For 27 years, PEARCH volunteered his expertise at the annual Eagle Valley Community Fund Auction and Rummage Sale.
"We loved his down-home humor and honest," said rummage sale chairperson Vi Brown. "Going to any of his auctions was a treat because he always kept you laughing."
"It's a great loss to the county," she added. "He was a wonderful link between the upper and lower ends of the Eagle Valley. His local color and wit will be missed, and the rummage sale just won't be the same without him."
Besides his work, PEARCH enjoyed hunting, fishing, children and was a lover of nature. He was a member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the I.O.O.F.
Preach is survived by his wife Barbara of Eagle, a sister Katherine GREENE of Oak Hill, West Virginia and a niece Karen HEESE of Beckley, West Virginia.
Visitation will be on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursday from 8 to 11 a.m. Services will be Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Eagle Community Methodist Church in Eagle with the Rev. Phil GREEN officiating.
Burial will follow at the Sunset View Cemetery in Eagle.
Memorials may be made to the Vail Valley Medical Center, 181 2. Meadow Dr., Vail, CO 81657 or The Senior Center, c/o Carol Knoll, Box 927, Eagle, Co 81631.
Farnum-Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
A large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives filled the home to listen to the last rites conducted by Rev. C. R. STOCKINGER, pastor of the Methodist Community Church at Eagle.
The tragic and untimely death of the young man is keenly felt by friends and neighbors of Wolcott, where he had grown to manhood. He was a young man of splendid attainments, and his life promised to be a useful one, of benefit to the community. His parents and relatives have the sincere sympathy of the community in his death.
Following the services at Wolcott, the funeral cortege proceeded to Glenwood Springs where the body was laid to rest, the burial services being in charge of Mortician O. W. MEYER of Red Cliff.[20 Jan. 1933, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
At the age of two years he came to America with his parents and spent the early part of his life in Nebraska, working on a farm. Later he learned the blacksmithing trade, which he followed more or less during his life time. This trade and the opportunity for work in the lumber and construction camps enabled him to travel considerable during the early part of his life when he came to Colorado and later made Wolcott his home, locating here in 1921, two years later including the garage with his blacksmith shop.
He was united in holy matrimony to Effie L. PORTER on February 8, 1910, and to this union were born two children: Roy W. of Wolcott, and Clyde M., deceased, being killed while at work on the Dotsero cut-off construction in January, 1933.
Everywhere Mr. PEATE went or lived he was true to his trade and welded many into his group of friends, as he so often welded iron in the forge and on the anvil. His philosophy in life seemed to be, "Get into the habit of looking for the silver lining of the cloud and when you have found it, continue to look at it rather than at the gray in the middle. It will help you over many places." He was a member of the nights of Pythias lodge.
His unexpected and untimely death leave to mourn his departure of this life, his widow, of the home; his son Ray W. of Wolcott; two sisters, Mayme BURHANS and Lena; five brothers, Ray, Fred, Leslie, Sydney and Herbert, of Lincoln, Nebr. In answering the call of the Great Smith and Molder of Life, he goes to join his parents and two sisters in the land of unending day. We bow and worship before Him who takes from as well as gives to us life. Blessed by the Lord.
Funeral services were held from the home in Wolcott at noon Thursday, the discourse being delivered by Rev. T. B. McDIVITT of the local community Methodist church. A great number of friends, who admired Bill PEATE in his life time gathered at the home to pay their last respects to his memory. A mixed quartet, Mrs. Ray ANGEL, Mrs. Alvin RULE, Melvin EATON, and W. S. BROWN, with Alvin WEBB at the piano, sang during the services.
Following the home services the funeral cortege moved to Glenwood Springs where the body was laid to rest in the family plot in the cemetery at that place beside the body of his son, Clyde.[24 May 1935, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
Mr. PEATE was born July 30, 1911 in Edith, Colo. He married the late Mayme Dolores (RAY) PEATE in Glenwood Springs on Dec. 16, 1931. A graduate of West High School in Denver, he lived for over 50 years in Wolcott, where he owned and operated a number of local businesses, including a gas station, country store, a dance hall, restaurant, and a motel. He also served as Wolcott's Postmaster. He moved to Longmont from Denver in 1974.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mayme, in 1985; his parents, William and Effie (PORTER) PEATE; and one brother, Clyde PEATE. Survivors include his sons, Russell PEATE of Boulder, and Larry PEATE of Ft. Worth, Tex., and seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Services were held July 27 at the Howe Mortuary Chapel in Longmont,. The Rev. Eugene VAN KRANENBURGH, retired, of the Congregational Church, officiated. Burial was at Crown Hill Cemetery, Denver. (Eagle Valley Enterprise 28 July 1994)
He lived in Kansas with his parents, one brother and four sisters on a farm, until the family moved to Colorado in the spring of 1884. They came in over Independence Pass to Crystal River Hot Springs below Redstone, where a younger brother was born in June 1886. They lived there until 1888 when the family moved to Glenwood and the following year to Divide Creek to homestead. Mr. PENNY lived there until he married Jennie C. HODGESON in 1892. To this union three children were born. All preceded Mr. PENNY in death.
In 1902 he was married to Tese E. HOHSTADT of Edwards, who preceded him in death also. After this marriage he made his home in Eagle county for the greater amount of time. Three daughter were born to Mr. and Mrs PENNY all of whom survive and are Terles VAN HORN, Gypsum, Colo.; Cornelia REDMAN, Sacaton, Ariz.; and Ruth C. FRAZIER, of Rialto, Calif., all of whom were present at the funeral.
Other survivors are a brother, Ira W. PENNY of Globe, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in Gypsum by Rev. Delbert PAULSON. Burial was in the family plot in Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood, directed by Bowman Funeral Chapel of Eagle.
Pall bearers were Fritz BORAH, Ami HOYT, John BURRIS and Dick KELLY
It appears from the statement of the bridge gang who were working on the bridge at the time that the man started to cross the bridge and did not hear the engine whistle and as the bridge is but a thousand feet from a sharp curve the engineer was not able to stop after he saw the man was not going to get off the bridge. The man lived for about 10 minutes after being struck but did not regain consciousness. No letters or papers were found on the body, the only thing being the name of H. L. PERKINS, which was stenciled in the hat band. He was a man who appeared to be about forty-five years of age, height about five feet eight inches and of medium build.
dHe was buried Tuesday morning by undertaker W. H. FARNUM of Glenwood Springs, Mr. O' MALLAHY, Mr. FARNUM'S assistant having charge.[19 Aug. 1909, Eagle County Blade, p1]
He was taken with a cold Sunday and went to bed in his cabin a distance from the other houses and when found in the cabin had neither food nor fire for a number of hours. He was taken to one of the residences and the doctor summoned but it was too late he dying with pneumonia Wednesday morning.
PETERS was about 24 years of age and came to this place about two years ago working on the Mask mill were he worked for about eighteen months after which he went to work on the Iron Mask mine where he was working at the time of his death. He was a nephew of Gus REED and a cousin of Art and El REED and was of a nature which made friends with all whom he came in contact.
The body was brought down and is being held by Mortician GRAHAM, awaiting the arrival of relatives from Portland , Oregon.[5 Jan 1911, Eagle County Blade, p.1]
The ever occurring tragedy of the human triangle---two men and a woman--resulted in the filling last Monday of Carl PETERSON by J. B. ISABELL near the latter's ranch three miles east of Pando in Eagle county. While a coroner's jury at an inquest held at Red Cliff a few hours after the tragedy returned a verdict of justifiable homicide, ISABELL is in the Lake county jail, where he is held for lack of jail facilities in this county, on a charge of murder. His bond has been placed at $10,000 by Judge F. A. BOUCK and he will be arraigned in the district court September 1, at which time information will be filed by District Wm. H. LUBY.
ISABELL has been prominent in lettuce culture of this state for a number of years, having been one of the first to raise that vegetable in the mountain district in commercial quantities. He is reported to have made a fortune in the business at Buena Vista, and then lost it all in one season's big venture.
It was while raising lettuce at Buena Vista that he first formed the acquaintance of the man whom he alleges ruined his home and whom he killed Monday. PETERSON was at one time an inmate of the reformatory at Buena Vista, but was released on parole. He was befriended by ISABELL so the latter claims, and made a trusted employee on his lettuce ranch. After ISABELL lost his fortune in the Buena Vista venture he became associated with Elmer HARTNER of the Western Seed Company of Denver. The latter, two years ago, bought the R. R. PROBERT ranch above Pando and put ISABELL in charge raising lettuce on a large scale. PETERSON was employed there by ISABELL last year, and again this spring.
The story told by ISABELL to the coroner's jury a few hours after the shooting is substantially as follows:
"This was the third time PETERSON came to the ranch this summer," he stated. "And on at least two of those occasions he came armed.
"Monday, he came to the house while I was absent, and told the foreman that he was looking for me asserting that I didn't have long to live. The foreman ordered him off the place, and he said he was coming back soon. When I came in I heard of it and on going out again armed myself with a 35 Remington automatic. I didn't know but he might be hiding so I went to a high place on the road that surrounds the place in a sort of horseshoe shape. Just as I came around a slight turn in the road I came face to face with him. He raised his gun--a 32 Remington--at once, and while he was aiming I killed him. I beat him to it by a fraction of a second".
ISABELL had been sick, and his wife had returned to his home a few days before the tragedy, but had left the day before PETERSON showed up. It is alleged that Mrs. ISABELL and PETERSON had some months before left together, and--it is presumed that jealousy of the husband prompted the alleged animosity of PETERSON for his slayer.
PETERSON was shot through the abdomen with a .35 caliber bullet, and was dead when the officers arrived at the scene. The body lay along the side of the Pikes Peak Ocean-to-Ocean highway, and immediately attracted many passing tourists, who, seeing no one about, thought they had discovered a mystery. PETERSON'S rifle lay beside his body with the stock broken and in his pockets were found a small amount of money and a letter from Mrs. ISABELL, so it is stated, the contents of which have not been made public by the district attorney's office.
Immediately following the shooting, ISABELL went to the house and telephoned Sheriff WILSON at Eagle what had occurred and stated that he desired to surrender himself to the officers. He also telephoned for Attorney Hume S. SHITE at Eagle and employed him to defend him. [24 Aug. 1923, Eve p1]Return to Top
DEATH OF CHARLES H. PETERSON
Basalt Journal, Basalt (Eagle County), Colorado, Mar. 25, 1905, page 1 - contributed 2009 by Pat McArthur
Lightening Kills Two Lumber Men Near Red Cliff. Gust ANDERSON and Fred PETERSON Met Death While Working For Fleming Lumber Company on Wearyman Creek. An Electrical storm which passed over the mountains east of Red Cliff last Friday afternoon was the cause of the death of two lumber men working for the Fleming Lumber & Mercantile Co., Gust ANDERSON and Fred PETERSON, who were instantly killed by the lightening.
These men, with others, were working skidding logs in the timber at the sawmill on Wearyman creek, when a storm accompanied by rain came up suddenly. These two men sought shelter from the rain under a big spruce tree, ANDERSON standing on one side of the tree and PETERSON on the other side, when the tree was struck by lightning and both men killed by the same stroke.
Both men have been employed by the Fleming company off and on for the past eight years, ANDERSON most of the time since he came to this country from Sweden. PETERSON had worked on various ranches in this neighborhood and was known to many people around Eagle.
PETERSON was about fifty-one years of age, and while none of his relatives have been located, it is thought that he has kin folks in this country. ANDERSON was only thirty-five years old, and his parents and other relatives are all residents of Sweden and he was planning to visit them this fall.
Both were steady workers and good lumber men, who services were highly prized by the lumber company which had employed them for so long a time. PETERSON was a member of Red Cliff Lodge No. 18, I. O. O. F., and the burial services at the cemetery were under the auspices of that order at Red Cliff Sunday afternoon. The services were in charge of Undertaker Aaron GRAHAM from Red Cliff.
The storm which caused these two men's death was of short duration, but the electrical discharge was very heavy while it lasted, many trees in the forest in the near vicinity of the scene of the tragedy being struck and shattered by the lightning. Gunter BERG was working with the unfortunate men at the time, but he took shelter from the storm under a skid way nearby and was unharmed.[15 Aug. 1919, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
Ole PETERSON was born in Wisby, Gotland Island, Sweden, August 15, 1861, and passed away September 6, 1929, at a hospital in Glenwood, aged 68 years and 22 days.
At the age of 17 years the deceased came to America, and spent several years in the timber camps of Wisconsin and Canada. Coming to Leadville in the eighties, he followed mining for a time and then moved to the Eagle valley and took up farming on Brush creek.
June 20, 1896, he was united in marriage to Hattie FULFORD KLECKNER, in Salt Lake City, Utah. To this union were born two children, Claude E. of Rifle, Colo., and Mrs. E. A. COOK, of Pueblo, Colo.
Ole PETERSON was a splendid citizen of his adopted country, a neighbor in every sense of the word, whose passed pledge was as good as his bond. Every man was his friend, and his demise is regretted by the whole community.
He had not been in good health for some months, and recently he was advised that only an operation could relieve him. Mr. PETERSON finally consented to the operation, but on the operating table it was discovered that he was afflicted with a cancer and that there was no hope for his recovery. He realized that the end was approaching and before his death arranged his worldly affairs in order and bid his loved ones good-bye.
Relatives who mourn the loss of a loving husband, father and friend in his death are the widow, Mrs. Hattie PETERSON; a son, Claude E. of Rifle, and Wm. F. KLECKNER of Eagle.
Rev. Geo. W. COOK of Brush creek, a former pastor of the Eagle M. E. Church preached a splendid sermon at the services held at the Methodist church in Eagle Saturday at 2 o'clock p. m., WHICH were largely attended by former neighbors of the deceased man.[13 Sept. 1929, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
They notified the neighbors and the investigation was made which revealed the fact that Mr. PETERSON had been shot four times; twice in the body, once in the head and once in the neck. They had dragged the body feet first for about one hundred yards from the place of the killing and covered it with sage brush. They had taken brush and brushed out the trail where the body and been dragged.
The only points brought out at the inquest held in Gypsum yesterday, that the table in Mr. PETERSON'S cabin showed that there had been three men ate a meal and the dishes were still on the table. The house was ransacked, but whoever did the killing failed to find $104.20 which was hidden in a small pocket in the wall. There were tracks of two men where they had walked around and one of them had hob nails in the heel of the shoes, which is about the only evidence that there is to work on.
Mr. PETERSON was over sixty years old and had been living at this place on the Grand for several years.[14 April 1916, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
Mr. PEYSERT was a young rancher, living with his wife and small child over on the Grand river, and the wife and baby were both sick at the time the father and husband was stricken. The deceased's mother was notified of her son's serious condition Saturday, and she arrived in Gypsum from DeBeque that night, but when she reached the sick bed Sunday he was dead.
The remains were brought to Gypsum Monday and prepared for shipment to his former home in DeBeque by Mortician A. F. GRAHAM. A brother whose home is in Denver arrived Monday and accompanied the remains to DeBeque Wednesday morning, where the funeral was held.
The deceased has lived in this county for a number of years, having been a resident of Red Cliff for some time, in the employ of the Fleming Lumber company as a teamster. He has many friends who will regret his passing, and the wife and baby child have their sympathy in the loss of a good husband and father.[13 Feb. 1920, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
Nettie HOFMANN PHILLIPS, formerly of Eagle, died April 4 at Colorow Care Center in Olathe, Colo. She was 89.
She was born March 6, 1909 in Dallas, Wisc., to Nils and Carrie (Burg) Bergene and spent her childhood in Rice Lake, Wisc., where she also attended high school. She later worked at the Calumet Bakery in Indiana and then 1949 moved to Grand Junction where she owned and operated the Spot Drive-In Restaurant with her husband, the late Renner HOFMANN. Nettie married Joe PHILLIPS in 1963 in Grand Junction. Mr. Phillips died in 1963. She lived for a time in Eagle and then returned to Grand Junction.
Nettie also held a teaching certificate and for two years taught in a one-room schoolhouse. She married the late Renner HOFMANN in Minneapolis.
She was a member of the American Lutheran Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in both Eagle and Grand Junction, as well as the Gypsum Rebakahs. She loved sewing, cats and always had a beautiful flower garden
Survivors include: sons Renner of San Antonio, Tex, and Nils of Montrose, and their wives. Winiford and Darley; daughters Connie STERLING (Phillip) of Houston, Tex., and Gail (Bill) MARIETTA of Grand Junction; brother Arnold BERGENE of Cumberland, Wisc.; sisters Ruth DOUGLAS of Cumberland, and Lillie BRITTS of Oconomowoc, Wisc.; five grandchildren and 12 step-grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren and 13 step great-grandchildren.
Service were held April 10 at the American Lutheran Church in Grand Junction, with Pastor Tim J. THIES officiating. Burial was at the Masonic Cemetery in Grand Junction. Funeral arrangements were by Martin Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Colorow Care Center, P.O. Box 710. Olathe, CO 81425. (Eagle Valley Enterprise 13 April 1995)
During his eighteen years residence in this district the deceased by his never failing courtesy and kindness gained the friendship and affection of all with whom he came in contact and made for himself a niche in the heart of the community, where his memory will long be cherished and honored.
Born in the little town of Cross Hill, Ontario, September 16, 1853, he moved to Wroxeter, Huron county at a tender age, and there grew to manhood.
With the blood of Empire builders in his veins, he must needs explore the far off countries, and so at the age of twenty five set out for the United States, where he finally settled in Leadville, Colorado.
During a visit to his sister, who then lived at Colorado Springs, he met Miss Jessie BONE, of his hometown, Wroxeter, and they were married in 1889 at Colorado Springs.
At Leadville he became a member of Leadville Lodge No. 51, A.F. & A.M. and when he moved with his family to Eagle, Colorado, he continued as an active member of the fraternity, becoming a charter member of the Castle Lodge No 122. He situated in 1911, and was later honored with life membership in Leadville Lodge No. 51. In 1911 Canada again called him and he purchased a section of land new Duxbury, Alberta, later re-named Forestburg, and here he built his Canadian home and moved with his family in 1914. Mr. PLAYFORD was also a charter member of the Forestburg Lodge No. 128 A.F. & A.M. and Forestburg Chapter No 54, Order of the Eastern Star.
He is survived by his widow and two sons, Alan of Kent, Washington, and Paul, of Forestburg, and three sisters, Mrs. MADSON, Denver, Colo., Mrs. McLEAN, Waterloo, Ontario, and Mrs. BOWLER, Vancouver.
The funeral was conducted by members of the Forestburg and Alliance Lodges A.F.& A.M. and in accordance with the rites of the fraternity and very large number of friends gathered at the home and at the Masonic Hall to take part in the beautiful ritualistic work and accompanied the flower covered casket to the last resting place at the Forestburg public cemetery.
His work is finished. He leaves with all who knew him the memory of a kind heart, a friendly hand clasp and a kindly smile, a loving, sympathetic personality, and so shall his memory be cherished.
The Herald joins with the rest of the community in expressing our sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.
The death of the man who was found in an abandoned well near McCoy in this county on November 10 is no longer a mystery.
Last Friday Sheriff W. M. WILSON took into custody at Hamilton, Mo., Lee WRIGHT, alias E. R. PHILLIPS, charged with murder of John Langsford POPE, the name the dead man has been identified by, and returned him to Eagle county to face a charge of murder.
The story of the unraveling of this crime and the running down of the man charged with it, and the identification of the man who had been dead since in September, reads like a regular detective thriller. When the body was found it was generally conceded to be another one of those mysteries which would go unsolved and soon forgotten. But those who so thought did not reckon on the ability of our sheriff or his facility of sticking by a job once commenced until it was finished.
The only possible clue found about the body of the murdered man, was a slip of paper on which had been written what purported to be a suicide note. This note read as follows:
"I will jump head first. I am tired of this old world so good By to all. "BOB.'
This note was written on the back of a miner time check from which the heading had been town. But on the bottom of the slip was the printer's imprint as follows: "Pioneer, Inc., Tacoma--194107". Through this imprint it was learned that the time check was issued by the Wilkeson Coal & Coke Co., of Wilkeson, Wash., on March 15, 1930, to Lee WRIGHT, a miner. From this start, within 72 hours time, Mr. WILSON had traced every movement of WRIGHT up to the time of his arrest by the Missouri sheriff Wednesday of last week, on request of WILSON. The trail let through most of the Northwestern states into Colorado, back into Montana and then to Oak Creek. After the date of the crime the trail led across Colorado, into Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, to Tennessee, and back into Arkansas and again into Missouri.
WRIGHT has admitted knowledge of the killing, but maintains that he did not actually commit the crime. His story as told to the sheriff is to the effect that he and POPE had been traveling and working together, and fell in with an organization of gangsters which WRIGHT has tried to made the sheriff believe control this section of the country. At Salida he claims that he was held a prisoner under threat of death over one night during that time POPE disappeared and the next morning members of the alleged gang appeared with POPE'S car and other personal belongings. A bed roll and tool kit, WRIGHT says, was thrown into a river somewhere, and he, WRIGHT, through some generosity on the part of the alleged "gang" became the possessor of the other property of the dead man. In Del Norte, Colo., WRIGHT sold the car, a late 1929 Ford coupe, at the Ford garage. He posed here as POPE, and waited there two days while the dealer wired the secretary of state of Kentucky, where the car was registered, to check up on whether or not the title was clear. When arrested in Missouri there was taken from the prisoner a watch, Catholic rosary, a razor, and he was wearing a suit of clothes, all of which the sheriff says WRIGHT admitted as having belonged to POPE. Another mine time check from the Wilkeson company was also found in his possession, and the sheriff has a letter written by the prisoner to a woman, the writing in which corresponds very closely to that of the "suicide" note. The woman in the case, who was held in Missouri for questioning by Mr. WILSON, identified the writing on this note as being that of WRIGHT, who was admittedly the woman's lover.
Monday evening Sheriff WILSON and District Attorney LUBY took the prisoner to Red Cliff where he was shown POPE'S body and questioned regarding it. He was perfectly unmoved by the sight of the gruesome remains of his former partner. He admitted that it might be the body of POPE and that the hair resembled his. Further he would made no statement.
Sheriff WILSON is due for great credit for his work on this death and murder, which at first appeared so mysterious and unsolveable. However, he is very modest, as usual, and wants to give much credit to various people and agencies where WRIGHT has worked and been. He was shown the greatest courtesy and co-operation all along the line, at every step so he says. His investigations were conducted by wire and long distance telephone, and without exception he met with instant co-operation. WILSON even went back on the prisoner's life for the past ten years, and found that some ten or twelve years ago he was employed on the Moffat railroad for a period of four years.
WRIGHT has signified his desire to waive a preliminary hearing, and his wish to employ an attorney and prepare for the fight he expects to have against possible life imprisonment or the hangman.
POPE'S home was in Louisville, Ky., where he has relatives living. The newspapers and police back there are much interested in the case, and a telegram from the Louisville Times to the Enterprise Wednesday morning intimated that WRIGHT was possibly W. R. PHILLIPS, formerly a contractor of Louisville. This angle the case is being investigated by the sheriff and district attorney's office.[28 Nov. 19, 1930, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
Zona Minnie PORTER of Rifle died Oct. 24 at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle following a brief illness. She was 97.
A homemaker and former school teacher, she was born Nov. 4, 1897 in Basalt to James and Jane (GORDON) HARVEY. She graduated from high school in Parachute and later attended Colorado State Teacher's College in Greeley, where she earned her teaching certificate. She married Carl P. PORTER Jan. 15, 1921 in Rifle, and they were later divorced. She lived in Parachute and Grand Junction before moving to Rifle eight years age.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Grand Junction as well as the Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, baking, the outdoors, her children, grandchildren and great - grandchildren.
Survivors include sons James PORTER of Tucson, Ariz., and Bill PORTER of Sweet Home, Ga.; daughters Lois HAYES of Tucson, Maxine FRANK and Margaret MACDONNEL, both of Grand Junction; sister Zona DOUGHTY of Nevada; 17 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and four great - great grandchildren. A grandson, James HAYES, is deceased.
Callhan - Edfast Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home, 851 E. 5th St., Rifle, CO 81650.(Eagle Valley Enterprise 09 Nov 1995)
Mr. POTTER had been in very poor health for the past few years, but was able to attend to his duties until last Sunday, when he was stricken with a paralytic stroke while on duty as watchman of the Iron Mask property. He failed to return home from work Sunday morning, and his family became alarmed and caused a search to be made. He was found near the mine in an unconscious condition, from which he never recovered fully before death.
Mr POTTER spent the biggest part of his life in Colorado in Eagle county, where he took up a homestead in his early days, and latter sold it and bought another ranch. He was married at Galena, Kan., twenty years ago, and his wife survives him.
Besides his wife, he leaves a brother, Samuel, who was at his bedside at the time of his death; a sister, Mrs. G. C. MONLUX, who still resides at Galena, Kan.; and a nephew, George W. POTTER, of Pitcher, Okla. He also leaves an adopted son, Harold, who was taken into the family about seven years ago, and who was recently discharged from the U. S. navy on account of physical disability.
The funeral services were held from the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.-Summit County(Breckenridge) Journal.[21 Oct. 1921, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
After leaving Red Cliff Tom POTVIN went to Kansas City and for 40 years was a prosperous business man of that city, retiring from active business a few years ago. His brother, Jo, is still living in Denver, and still owns mining property on Battle Mountain, some of which came into prominence last summer when a rich strike of gold ore was made.
Mr. MONFORD is associated with his brother in the publishing and printing business in Galena. He had planned on visiting Eagle county this summer, so he started, sickness prevented, and he now thinks he will be out in the spring. Galena is the center of the Missouri-Kansas lead and zinc mines and Jim says that while things there are very, very quiet, the mines have recently showed a slight increased activity and have put a few more men to work. He asks to be remembered to his old friends in the county.[6 Oct. 1933, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1]
Born in Tacoma, Wash. Oct 10, 1910, he was raised in International Falls, Minn. and later graduated with a degree in forestry from the University of Minnesota, continuing his education with graduate work at the University of Montana and the University of Utah.
He married Jean DeVoe in 1940. He retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 1975 following 42 years of service that included duties as the District Ranger in Eagle for 17 years.
He was a World War II veteran, a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, and a retired Lt. Colonel with the U. S. Army.
He was a member of the Custer, SD Masonic Lodge and the Eagle Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of the Eagle County Planning Commission for 25 years and was given a lifetime membership the commission. He was also a member of the Eagle Lions Club for 35 years and served as the group's past president.
He also organized the Eagle Land Conservancy, which promotes the concept of open space in the valley. Other activities in Mr. PRICE's long career of community service included 36 years with the Eagle Community Methodist Church, Eagle County Board of Education, Eagle county Historical Society, Boy Scouts, Eagle Sanitation Board, American National Red Cross, V. F. W. , Rainbow Girls Advisory Board, Rainbow Dad, the Society of American Foresters, and the American Forestry Association.
Survivors include; his wife, Jean PRICE of Carbondale; daughters and son-in-law Pat MEIER of Lubbock, Tex., Donna DUHADWAY of Burke, Va., Sue and Rich BAKER of Denver, and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Feb 22 at the Eagle United Methodist Church with the Rev. Phil GREEN officiating. Interment was at Sunset View Cemetery, Eagle. Memorials may be made to the Eagle United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 546, Eagle, Co. 81631. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Funeral serviced were held for Fred Price, 86, prominent Eagle County man, in Gypsum Wednesday. Mr. Price has been ill for several months, and he died at his home in Gypsum May 21. Mr. Price is survived by his wife Mayme Stremme Price. Bowman Funeral Chapel was in charge of burial. (The Eagle Valley Enterprise -June 2, 1955)
George PUTNUM, for several years a trusted employee of the Empire Zinc company at Gilman, died in the hospital at that place early Thursday morning. PUTNUM'S death was caused by a bullet wound received several months ago from the revolver of an over-zealous sheriff in southern Colorado, near San Luis. The bullet was not located at the time and after several weeks illness PUTNUM was able to return to his work in Gilman. Recently the bullet worked into a lung and PUTNUM was forced to go to the hospital. The bullet could not be removed, and he died Thursday morning at 5:30 o'clock. When injured PUTNUM was on the return home from a vacation spent in Texas, with a companion, a fellow worker in the mine at Gilman.
The deceased was a machinist at the mine in Gilman for the past three years, was quiet and industrious and most highly respected by both his employers and fellow workers, and his death is greatly mourned at Gilman and Red Cliff.
The deceased was born in Sand Point, Ida., October 20, 1905; being past 28 years of age. He was married and leaves his widow, Ethel P. PUTNUM of El Paso, Tex., and two children. His wife was with him when death came.
Burial will take place in Red Cliff Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the funeral services being in charge of Rev. T. B. McDIVITT pastor of the Eagle Methodist church.[Return to Top
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