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Mortimer Weston Spaulding, attorney at law, was born in Galien, Berrien county,
Michigan, June 13, 1886. From early colonial days the family has been represented in
America. They come of English and Scotch ancestry and the line of descent is traced
back to the sixteenth century, when the Spauldings lived at Spaullington, England.
The founder of the family in the new world crossed the Atlantic during the early
colonial days, and when the colonies attempted to throw off the yoke of British oppres-
sion representatives of the name joined the American army and aided in winning inde-
pendence, going to the front with Massachusetts troops. Members of the family were
also prominent in connection with political activity in that state.

Charles Walter Spaulding. father of Mortimer W. Spaulding, was born in Michi-
gan, where his parents had settled in early pioneer times. He became a prominent
physician and since 1892 has practiced his profession in Carroll county, Iowa. He
was graduated from the Hahnemann Medical College of Chicago and has always kept
in touch with the advanced thought and scientific researches of the profession, thus
making his service of great value and usefulness in checking the ravages of disease.
He is a republican in politics and has been somewhat active in support of the principles
in which he believes. He married Alice Maude Marion Wooley, a native of Ohio,
who belongs to one of the old families of that state, of English origin. Her father
was a Civil war veteran and died as a result of disease contracted in the service.
Mrs. Spaulding is still living and by her marriage she became the mother of two chil-
dren, the younger being Charles Walter, who is now a resident of Streeter. North
Dakota. He was graduated with the LL. B. degree from the Iowa State University
and is now engaged in the banking business in connection with Judge N. C. Young at
Fargo, Xortli Dakota.

The elder son is Mortimer W. Spaulding, of this review, who, spending his youthful
days under the parental roof in Carroll county, Iowa, there pursued a public school
education, passing through consecutive grades to his graduation from the high school.
He later entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor for a law course and won
his LL. B. degree upon graduation on the 13th of November, 1908. Prior to this time
he had taken up the business of electric wiring and had also studied medicine under
the direction of his father for three years. He had given his attention at times to
other pursuits, thus earning the money with which he partially paid his way through
the university. After his graduation he was admitted to the bar in Michigan and
then removed to Colorado, settling at Denver in December, 1908. He arrived here
an absolute stranger but he believed that merit would win and opened an office. He
liad studied for a time under the direction of Louis G. Stark and continued with the
latter after his admission to the Colorado bar until September 15, 1909. Later he
joined Emerson J. Short in organizing a partnership under the firm style' of Short &
Spaulding and the firm today enjoys a large clientage of a distinctively representative

On the 30th of June. 1909. Mr. Spaulding was married In Ann Arbor, Michigan,
to Miss Florence M. Bissinger, a native of that state and a daughter of Jacob Bissinger,
a representative of an old and prominent family of Micliigan. Mr. and Mrs. Spaulding
have become parents of two children: Charles Weston, born in Denver, February 25,
1911; and Florence Marion, born in Denver, February 25, 1915.

In his political views Mr. Spaulding has always been a republican since attain-
ing his majority and has been quite prominent in local political circles. He served
as alderman from the eighth ward of the city and county of Denver, having been elected
on the 31st of May, 1912, taking the office in June. He served for one year as repre-


sentative of the citizen's party. Fraternally he is connected with Signet Lodge, No. 264,
F. & A. M.. of Carroll. Iowa, having been initiated into the order there in 1908. He
is also connected with the Knights of Pythias lodge of Denver and is a member of
the Cassia fraternity. High personal worth as well as marked ability in his profession
have brought him to a creditable position in the regard of his fellow citizens. His
success is attributable entirely to his own efforts. He started out in the business
world empty-handed but was actuated by a laudable ambition that has resulted in
persistency of purpose and close study of all questions bearing upon his chosen life
work. The thoroughness with which he prepares his cases, his earnestness and
tenacity in defending the right as he sees it and his ready recognition of legal prin-
ciples In their relation to the points at issue have been salient features in his growing


One of the splendidly improved farm properties of Adams county is that owned
by Levi Ralph Roop and the place with its excellent buildings and equipment is in
marked contrast to the conditions which he here found when he took possession of
the property, then a wild and undeveloped tract of land. Every improvement upon the
farm stands as a monument to his progressiveness and enterprising spirit.

Mr. Roop is a native of Iowa. His birth occurred in Dallas county, September
30, 1877, his parents being William T. and Martha (Peters) Roop. He pursued a
public school education in Perry. Iowa, and for two years was a high school student.
During vacation periods he worked upon his father's farm and after his textbooks
were put aside continued to assist in its further cultivation and development until
he reached the age of nineteen years, when he started out in business independently
by renting land, which he continued to cultivate for four years. He next went to
northwestern Iowa and homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land in Worth
County, proving up on that property and making it his home for nine years. In 1910
he arrived at Eastlake, Colorado, and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land
upon which not a furrow had been turned nor an improvement made. With characteristic
energy he began its development and today has one of the splendid farms of the
district. In its midst stands a commodious and beautiful residence, in the rear of
which are seen a good garage, a large granary, a water tank, splendid barns and in
fact everything that constitutes the complete equipment of a model farm of the twentieth
century. He raises alfalfa, wheat, sugar beets, cabbage and onions and annually
gathers good crops.

On the 19th of March. 1900, Mr. Roop was married to Miss Winifred Fanning
and to them have been born two children, Floyd and Velma. In his political views
Jlr. Roop is a republican but the honors and emoluments of office have no attraction
tor him as he prefers to concentrate his efforts and attention upon his business affairs.
That he has suceeded is indicated in the very attractive appearance of his farm, which
is most carefully and wisely managed. The beautiful home denotes the fact that he
finds his greatest happiness in providing for the comfort and welfare of his family.
The other buildings upon the place are evidence of his progressive spirit, and the
property on the whole gives proof of a most active and well spent life. His fellow
townsmen, too, bear testimony to the high regard in which he is uniformly held, for
throughout the period of his residence in this part of the state he has become most
widely and favorably known.


Delauzon Moon, who for many years has been identified with farming interests
of Jefferson county, his home being in the Ralston valley, near Arvada, was born
in Fitchville, Ohio, on the 21st of March, 1841, a son of Royal Moon, who was also
a farmer by occupation and who on leaving Ohio removed with his family to Michigan.
There Delauzon Moon attended the public schools and assisted in the work of the farm
during vacation periods, early becoming familiar with the best methods of tilling
the soil and caring for the crops. Attracted by the opportunities of the west, he crossed
the plains in 1864, when a young man of twenty-three years, driving a team of
horses, which were stolen while he was en route, so that he had considerable difficulty


in completing the journey. He afterward went to Central City and worked in the
gold mines until he became ill. Upon his recovery he made his way to Arkansas creek
and ran cattle in that district. At a later period he took up his abode in the Ralston
valley and purchased eighty acres of land but has since sold forty acres. He has con-
tinuously resided upon this' place, which is still his home, and he has long since
brought his land under development, converting it into rich and productive fields, from
which he has annually gathered good harvests.

On the 3d of October. 1869. Mr. Moon was married in the Ralston valley to Addie
Mack Parker, a daughter of Ransom and Addie (McClurg) Parker, who were natives
of Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Moon became the parents of a son, Delauzon Floyd Moon,
who married Frances M. Bates, and to them have been born six children, Addie M., Ivy
^A., Carrie Alice, Frances Mabel. Delauzon and James Carleton.

In his political belief Mr. Moon is a democrat and fraternally he is connected
with the Masons, loyally adhering to the teachings and purposes of the craft. For fifty-
four years he has been a resident of Colorado, witnessing its growth and improvement
from pioneer times down to the present era of progress and prosperity. He has ever
borne his part in the work of general improvement and development in the community
in which he has lived and has long been regarded as one of its leading agriculturists.


Andrew H. Wood, actively engaged in the practice of law in Denver, is one of the
younger representatives of the bar but has already become so thoroughly established in
his profession that his practice is one which many an older member might well envy.
Mr. Wood is a native of Michigan. He was born in Marine City. December 11, 1896, a
son of the Rev. Alvah B. Wood, who was born in the state of New York and came of
Englisli ancestry. He was graduated from the Michigan State University with the degree
of Master of Science and afterward from the Divinity School of the Northwestern Uni-
versity at Evanston, Illinois. He became a member of the Detroit conference and spent
his entire life in the state of Michigan, devoting his attention to religious work. He
was born in 1840 and traveled life's journey for seventy two years, passing away April
18. 1912. He joined the Detroit conference in 1871 and for forty-one years remained an
active representative of the ministry, his work being attended with far-reaching
results for moral progress. In the year of his graduation he married Miss Orvilla Hol-
lister, of Oxford. Michigan, who shared with him the trials and triumphs of his min-
isterial life. His early charges were at Troy, Ridgeway, Petersburg, Clarkston. Memphis
and Marine City, Michigan. To the last named place he was twice called. He also
served his church at Manchester. Grass Lake, Dexter, Hadley. Davidsburg and Highland.
He was not denied the full harvest of his labors nor the aftermath, and his influence
remains as a moving factor for good in the lives of many, while his memory continues
as a blessed benediction to all with whom he came in contact. His wife, who so ably
assisted him at all times and shared with him in his Christian zeal and enthusiasm,
passed away at Ann Arbor, Michigan, December 23, 1917, when seventy-six years of
age. The children who survive are as follows: Myra W.. living in Lansing, Michigan;
H. F., a resident of Goldfield, Nevada; Blanche L., whose home is in Detroit; Andrew
H.; and Evan M.. of Port Huron, Michigan. The parents were laid to rest in Oxford
cemetery at Ann Arbor, but many years will pass ere their influence ceases to be felt
among those who knew them.

Andrew H. Wood of this review acquired a public school education in Michigan and
after attending high school was graduated from the Michigan State Normal College with
the class of 1897 and from the Michigan University in the same year with the degree
of Bachelor of Philosophy. He won his professional degree, that of LL. B., on gradu-
ation from the Denver University with the class of 1907. After leaving the State Normal
School he took up the profession of teaching and was principal of the schools of St.
Charles. Michigan. He afterward entered tlie Michigan State University and on com-
pleting his course there was engaged as teacher of European history in the institution.
In October, 1902, he came to Denver and in the fall of 1904 he entered the University
of Denver, and upon completing his course there at once took up the practice of law,
in which he has since actively and successfully engaged. Although one of the younger
representatives of the bar he has already gained a large clientage and has displayed
much ability in handling the litigated interests entrusted to his care. He also teaches
In the School of Commerce & Finance as professor of law. He was one of the founders
of the school, which is a branch of Denver University, and has been its secretary since


its organization. He belongs to the Denver Bar Association and enjoys tlie respect, con-
fidence and goodwill of liis professional colleagues and contemporaries.

On the 25th of April, 1908. in Kansas City, Mr. Wood was married to Miss Sada
M. Garvonatti, a native of Canada and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Garvonatti.
Politically Mr. Wood is a republican and is a firm advocate of the principles of the party.
He belongs to Harmony Lodge, No. 61, A. F. & A. M., also to Denver Chapter, No. 2,
R. A. M., and Colorado Commandery. No. 1, K. T. He is likewise a member of Denver
Council, No. 1, R. & S. M., is a past master of Harmony Lodge, and has crossed the
sands of the desert with the Nobles of El Jebel Temple of the Mystic Shrine of Denver.
He has membership relations with the Alpha Kappa and also with the Phi Delta Phi,
two Greek letter fraternities. His interest in community affairs is indicated in his mem-
bership in the Denver Civic and Commercial Association. For the past five years he has
been lecturer on commercial law, banking, finance and kindred subjects in the Denver
Chapter of the American Institute of Banking, of which he has been made an honorary
member. He is a young man of broad scholarly attainments, who has used his talents
wisely and well, and in the improvement of his opportunities has reached a most credi-
table position in educational and fraternal circles.


Oliver Palmer Smith, who has devoted his entire life to farming and now makes
his home on a ranch at Broomfleld, was born on the 20th of December. 1874, a son of
E. Porter Smith, mentioned elsewhere in this work. He acquired his education in the
public schools of Colorado, continuing his studies until he attained his majority, and
then took up the occupation of farming, to which he had been reared, early becoming
familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops.' Through
all the intervening period he has concentrated his attention upon general agricultural
pursuits and is meeting with good success. On the 1.5th of July, 1901, he was also
appointed mail carrier and has acted in that capacity to the present time.

On the 22d of September, 1903, Mr. Smith was married to Miss Stella May Gay, a
daughter of A. B. and Mary (Hobart) Gay, of Broomfleld. They have become parents
of six children, Albert P.. Helen M., Herbert P.. Lucy, Winifred and Ruth.

Fraternally Mr. Smith is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America. His
political support is given to the republican party and his religious faith is that of the
Methodist church. He has lived an upright, honorable and useful life and is thoroughly
satisfled with this section of Colorado as a place of residence. Here he has enjoyed good
opportunities, which he has wisely utilized, and thus as the years have passed he has
won the success that is now his.


Professor George A. Warfield. dean of the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance
of the University of Denver, ranking with the men of intellectual force who, holding
to high ideals, have contributed in marked measure to educational progress in this
state, was born in Warren county, Illinois, on the 24th of November, 1871, a son of
John Hollister and Bathania (Brant) Warfield, the former a native of Monroe county.
Ohio, while the latter was born in Warren county. Illinois. Removing westward, John
H. Warfield settled in Tazewell county. Illinois, in 1857 and there engaged in mer-
chandising, while subsequently he removed to Lincoln, Nebraska, and eventually
became a resident of Eugene. Oregon, where he passed away in 1909 at the age of
sixty-six years, his birth having occurred in 1843. His widow survives and yet makes
her home in Eugene. Their family numbered three children: George A., of this re-
view; Mrs. Harriet Huddle, living In Chicago, Illinois; and Mrs. Mary McAllister,
a resident of Eugene.

In his youthful days Professor George A. Warfield was a pupil In the public schools
of his native county and afterward continued his education in the Red Oak school, in
the St. Joseph high school and in the Wesleyan College of Nebraska. He
afterward became a student in the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where
he pursued his studies from 1890 until 1896, when the Bachelor of Arts degree
was conferred upon him. He then became a law student in the University of Nebraska,


completed his course in 1898 and was tlien admitted to the bar of that state. After-
ward a student in the University of Oregon, that institution conferred upon him the
Master of Arts degree in 1909. He has also taken post graduate work in the University
of Wisconsin and the University of California and pursued a course in social economy
in the Washington University at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1914. From early manhood
he has been closely identified with educational work as teacher as well as pupil, being
connected with various universities throughout the country as well as with schools of
lower grade. Taking up the profession of teaching in early manhood, he became prin-
cipal of the high school at Waverly, Nebraska, where he remained in that connection
for three years. He afterward taught in the public and high schools of Eugene, Ore-
gon, and of Astoria, Oregon, and then accepted a position in the Willamette University
of Oregon and later in the Salem University, the latter being the oldest institution of
the kind in the west. He was also connected with the University of Puget Sound at
Tacoma. Washington, with the Wesleyan University at Mitchell, South Dakota, and
became professor of sociological economics and commercial science in the Russell Sage
University. He there organized a course for the study of causes and conditions of
poverty and charity, and the records of his investigations can be found in book form
under the title. Outdoor Relief Missions in the Russell Sage Foundation. For the past
eight years he has been one of the teachers of the University of Denver, being at the
head of the economics and sociology and liberal arts department, and since 1913 dean
of the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance of the University of Denver. He
has done much toward thoroughly organizing and systematizing the work of this de-
partment, which was established in 190S as an affiliated department of the University
of Denver, having its own charter and officers. Previous to that time but two other
similar institutions existed in the entire country, one having been founded in New
York city in 1900 and the other in Philadelphia in 1904. This new development of
the twentieth century has proved most popular and practical. Probably no recent
expansion of university work has become more helpful or done more to identify edu-
cational institutions with the active practical interests of the communities of which
they are a part. The courses are of standard university rank, special emphasis being
placed upon accountancy, corporation finance, office organization and management,
husiness law and other branches of practical business. These courses are supplemented
by strong cultural studies that are of especially practical value, chosen from the reg-
ular university curriculum and given by able men of the regular university faculty,
while experienced business men lecture upon subjects in which they are specialists.
Professor Warfield's efforts in this connection are the direct result of his investigation
and study of economic and sociological conditions. He finds in the promotion of thor-
ough business training and efficiency a solution to many of the problems which have
arisen in connection with sociological and economic conditions — in a word, the wise
direction of effort and energy and the development of the innate powers of the indi-
vidual that his training shall fit him for usefulness and activity in the world's work.

Professor Warfield is more than an educator. He is a man of broad vision, hold-
ing to high ideals yet ever utilizing the most practical methods in their accomplish-
ment. He is now a director of the Denver City Federation Board of Control, is a mem-
ber of the Civic & Commercial Association, vice president of the Social Service Bureau
of the City of Denver, president of the Literary and Accountancy Association, a mem-
ber of the American Economics Association, tlie American Statistical Association, the
National Municipal League, the Western Economic Society and the National Geograph-
ical Society. He is likewise connected with the Schoolmasters Club of Denver and
he is identified with several Greek letter fraternities, including the Sigma Phi Epsilon,
the Phi Kappa Phi, the Alpha Kappa Psi and the Phi Delta Omega.

Dr. Warfield was married on the 6th of June, 1903, to Miss Sarah N. Hall, a grad-
uate of the Wesleyan University of Nebraska and at the time of her marriage a mem-
her of its faculty. The marriage was celebrated in Reading. Kansas. Mrs. Warfield
is a daughter of George M. and Rebecca J. Hall, of Lincoln, Nebraska. Three children
were born of this marriage, of whom one died in infancy, while those still living are:
Richard H., born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1904; and John Alfred, born in Mitchell,
South Dakota, in 1909. Both are pupils in the Denver public schools.

Such in brief is the life history of Professor George A. Warfield. He is fortunate
In that he is descended from an ancestry honorable and distinguished and his own
lines of life have been cast in harmony therewith He has been closely identified with
those movements which have sought not only methods of practical reform but also the
cause of undesirable conditions with a view to their eradication. He is regarded as
one of the sociological and economic experts of the west and along these lines has
ever kept in touch with the best thinking men of the age. Moreover, on many occasions


he has taken the initiative in bringing about solutions for important problems and
his opinions have largely been accepted as authority upon many vital questions which
affect the welfare and general conditions of society.


James Monroe Brewer was a representative farmer and substantial citizen of Adams
county but was called to his final rest on the 8th of November, 1S97, leaving to his
family a comfortable competence and the priceless heritage of a good name. He was
at that time but forty-two years of age, his birth having occurred in Carrollton,
Kentucky, on the ISth of August, 1855. He was a son of John Randolph and Hannah
Katherine Brewer and a nephew of George Brewer, who was one of the soldiers of the
Civil war. His parents crossed the plains in the early '60s. traveling with team and
wagon and camping out along the roadside at night. Ultimately they reached Colorado,
settling in Arapahoe county, where the father homesteaded and carried on general
agricultural pursuits until he passed away.

James Monroe Brewer was but a young lad at the time of the arrival of the family
in this state and his education was acquired in the district schools near his father's
home. He shared with tlie family in all of the hardships and privations of pioneer
life and afterward engaged in farming with his father, thus early gaining broad prac-

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