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In Omaha, on the 8th of January, 1872, Mr. Haley was married to Miss Augusta
Pfeiffer, of that city, a daughter of Frank A. and Susan (Maddox) Pfeiffer. Mrs.
Haley in her paternal line comes of German ancestry, while on the maternal side she
is descended from the well known Maddox family of Virginia, prominent in the days
of the Revolution. Mr. and Mrs. Haley have three children living. These are: Mattie,
now Mrs. Arthur A. Smith, of Sterling, Colorado; Annie, now Mrs. R. L. George, of
Laramie, "Wyoming; and Ora B., who married Maud Hunn, of Denver. There are
eleven grandchildren, of whom Ora B. Haley has six— Carla M., Mabel Augusta, Juliana
B., Ora B. Jr., Patricia and Charles T. Mrs. R. L. George has three children— Adelaide
H., Ora H. and Ann H., while Mrs. Arthur A. Smith is the mother of two, Nancy
Augusta and an infant daughter. Mrs. Haley is most domestic in her tastes, devoting
her time to the welfare of her home and family, promoting the comfort of husband
and children and extending a most warm-hearted hospitality to their many friends.
The career of Ora Haley has constituted an important factor in the development of the
west and he has been associated with every phase of the state's progress and upbuilding
from pioneer times to the present.


John Francis Campion, a Denver capitalist whose success had its foundation in the
rich mineral resources of the state, to the development of which he brought energy,
persistency of purpose and keen discernment, became well known through business con-
nections all over the west. It is said that what a man does and what he attains depends
largely upon his opportunities, but the well balanced man mentally and physically is
possessed of sufficient courage to venture where favoring opportunity is presented, and
his judgment must determine the real value and worth of every opportunity. Not all
days in the career of John Francis Campion were equally bright, but he managed to
turn threatened failures into victory and dispersed the clouds of defeat with the sun
of prosperity.

Mr. Campion was born on Prince Edward Island in December, 1849, a son of M. B.
and Helen (Fehan) Campion, who were also natives of Prince Edward Island and
were of English and Irish lineage. For many generations the family had been exten-
sive landowners in England. The first representative of the name in the new world
was John Francis Campion, Sr., who crossed the Atlantic with his wife and children
and settled on Prince Edward Island, where he and his wife lived to an advanced age,
the former passing away at the age of seventy-five, while the latter reached the seven-
tieth milestone on life's journey.

M. Brevort Campion, who was one of their family of nine children, four sons and
five daughters, became a successful shipbuilder and owner, building his own vessels in
his own shipyards, and as captain he was able to sail any craft. He not only figured
prominently in connection with the commercial activity of the island but was also a
recognized leader in political circles, first as a supporter of the liberal party and after-
ward of the conservative party. He was chosen to represent his district in the Prince
Edward Island parliament and he was especially prominent in the administrative
affairs of the island. The last twenty years of his life were passed in Colorado and
he became a leading citizen of Leadville and was also widely known throughout the
state. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Helen Fehan, was a daughter of Dr.
Fehan, a prominent physician on Prince Edward Island, who lost his life one stormy
winter's night while crossing the Northumberland strait, which has a width of nine

To Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Campion were born four children and as a member of that
household John Francis Campion spent his youthful days as a public school pupil in his
native locality and in the Prince of Wales College at Charlottetown. to which he re-
turned in 1862, his parents having previous to that time removed with their family
to California. The brothers. John F. Campion, then seventeen years of age. and George
Campion, a youth of fifteen, anxious to participate in the Civil war in the United States,
ran away from college and attempted to enlist in the American navy, but because of
his youth the younger brother was rejected. After passing the necessary examination
John F. Campion was accepted and assigned to a position as assistant quartermaster.
He was on duty on the ship Dolphin and carried to General Sherman the first dis-
patches he received at Savannah, after completing his famous march to the sea. With
difficulty and danger the boat proceeded to the entrance of the Savannah river, ther€
being many sunken vessels in the harbor, while a great conflagration raged along the
wliarves, immense quantities of cotton being then in flanies.



Following the close of the war John F. Campion returned to California on a visit
to his parents, who were then residents of Sacramento, and turning his attention to
mining, he became interested in the development of the rich mineral resources of
the west as miner, prospector and mine owner. In 186S he discovered the White Pine
silver mine but after making a fair start in its development lost all that he had in that
venture, amounting to about five thousand dollars. He afterward took up mining at
Eureka, Nevada, where he developed and sold valuable properties and won substantial
fortune through his operations there. Subsequently he went with his father and brother
to Pioche, Nevada, where he continued mining, becoming the owner of the Pioche-
Phoenix, a valuable silver property. He organized the PiochePhoenix Mining Com-
pany but was compelled to make a hard fight for the property, as other claimants
attempted by force to assert their alleged rights. Mx. Campion, however, succeeded
in holding the mine until the courts awarded him formal possession thereof.

After disposing of his interests in Nevada, Mr. Campion went to tlie new mining
camp of Leadville, Colorado, in April, 1879, and there bought, developed and sold
various properties, also retaining valuable interests in that district. He became the
owner of the Bison, Reindeer, Elk and Ibex mines, the last better known as the Little
Johnny. He began the development of all these properties, naming them for animals.
The Ibex became one of the richest mines in the west and has given out great fortunes
to many of its operators. Mr. Campion was the general manager of the Ibex Mining
Company, was also president of the Napite Mining Company of Breckenridge, a director
of the Carbonate National Bank of Leadville, the vice president of the Seventeenth
Street Building Company of Denver, vice president of the Denver National Bank, vice
president of the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific Railway Company (Moffat Road),
president of the Northwestern Terminal Company and president of the Big Horn Min-
ing and Cattle Company. Thus he extended his efforts over a broad field, contributing
in substantial measure to the material upbuilding of the state. In business matters
his judgment was seldom, if ever, at fault and his keen discernment enabled him to
readily recognize every difficulty as well as every opportunity of a situation. Avoid-
ing the former and utilizing the latter to the best possible advantage, he built up his
fortunes along substantial lines, employing constructive methods, so that his path was
never strewn by the wreck of other men's failures.

In the year 1895-6 Mr. Campion erected a palatial home at No. 800 Logan street and
there installed a happy family. It was on the 15th of April, 1895, in Denver, that he
wedded Miss Nellie May Daly, a sister of Thomas F. Daly, and their children are:
John F., Jr., born June 26, 1896; Helen; Phyllis; and Roland, born September 12, 1901.
John F. Campion, Jr., prepared for college at Exeter and left Dartmouth in his junior
year for service in France, where he is a member of Company C, Three Hundred and
Second Heavy Tank Battalion.

Mr. Campion was a member of various clubs, including the Denver Club, the Den-
ver Athletic Club and the Denver Country Club. He was one of the promoters and
organizers of the Colorado Museum of Natural History, of which he was chosen presi-
dent and in this connection directed one of the most interesting attractions at City
Park. While engaged in mining at Breckenridge he formed the acquaintance of Pro-
fessor Edwin Carter, who had made a splendid collection of the fauna of Colorado,
including the bison and many other rare specimens of natural history. This most
valuable group of Rocky Mountain wild animals was in danger of loss by fire, or want
of attention, being stored in the cabins of the owner. Mr. Campion, assisted by Joseph
A. Thatcher and others, obtained the old Carter collection, and made il the nucleus
for the museum at City Park. He was also a patron of art, being president of the
Municipal Art League, and that his Interests extended into other lines is indicated in
the fact that he was a trustee of Agnes Memorial Sanitarium. Any man of generous
impulses and broad views can give money away to worthy objects, so while Mr. Cam-
pion's contributions to charity and benevolence were real and creditable, his signal
service was in the vigor he lent to the pioneer era in making this region habitable
and in bringing its resources to light. Such careers are too near us now for their
significance to be aopraised at their true value, but the future will be able to trace
the tremendous effects of their labors upon the society and the institutions of their
time. The possibilities of high position afforded in the United States to industry and
fidelity have never been better illustrated than in Mr. Campion's case. Starting out
in the world without special advantages, he came to be possessed of wealth and) of
high social position, with a mind enriched by books and art and a constant mingling
with men and women of the highest_ education and accomplishments. He came to be
possessed of almost everything that men covet as of value and this was won through
his unaided exertions. It is well, too, that so successful a life should have found time


for the finer things which our self-made men are so prone to overlook — aid in money
and personal attention to schools, collection of rare objects of beauty from all over
the world and the artistic adornment of his city and of his home. His career was
an illustration of the fact which Carlyle has expressed: "The obstacles in the paths
of the weak become stepping stones for the strong."


William Riley Callicotte ranks among the great men of the state and nation, and
yet it is but a comparatively small circle that knows intimately how vast his labors have
been in the preparation for and in the espousal of notable reform legislation. As
national delegate of the National Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union much
of his time is spent in Washington. It was the farmers union committee, of which he
is one of the most active members, that brought about the establishment of the Bureau
of Markets ; that fought side by side with others and most effectively for the parcels post,
now long in operation. It was also his committee that secured the amendment to the
anti-trust law exempting farmers and labor unions from its drastic provisions. The
establishment of the National Children's Bureau was the work of the Farmers Bureau
and other evidences of the important work performed could be cited. Mr. Callicotte is
now and has tor many years been vice president of the National Farmers Educational
and Cooperative Union, with a membership of three million. For years he has been
closely studying problems that have to do with agriculture and those engaged therein.

His early training was that of the farmbred boy. He was born upon a farm near
Franklin, Johnson county, Indiana, July 12, 1847. His father was John Bailey Callicotte,
while his mother bore the maiden name of Elender Thomas. The son pursued his
education in the schools of Clarinda, Iowa, but at fifteen years of age entered the army,
serving until he was eighteen in the Twenty-fifth Missouri Infantry and the First
Missouri Engineers. As an engineer he assisted in laying the bridges for Sherman's
famous march to the sea. It was when on this mission that he was among those who
captured Captain Charles S. Thomas, of Georgia, now United States senator from Colorado
and a close friend of Dr. Callicotte. The latter was at Shiloh, also participated in the
siege of Vicksburg, was present at the capture of Atlanta and at the capture of Savannah
and of Raleigh, at the battle of Jonesboro, Georgia, and at the capture of Fort McAllister.
After witnessing the surrender of General Johnston to General Sherman he returned home
at the age of eighteen years and after the death of his parents he reared and educated
his younger brothers and sisters, three of whom are now engaged in teaching. Dr. Calli-
cotte also followed the profession of teaching and in the early days supplemented his
efforts in that field by acting as county surveyor. For ten years he successfully taught
school in Iowa and in 1880 came to Colorado. He was for four years principal of the
high school at Leadville and for six years he was city and county superintendent of
schools at Aspen, Colorado. Under Governor Waite he was called to state office, serving
as fish and game warden for two years, and during all this period he was likewise engaged
in farming, while later he entered the business of fish culture, which he still follows.
His activities in behalf of farming interests and the agriculturists of the country have
been of the most far-reaching importance. In addition to his labors as vice president
of the National Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union, he assisted in organizing
the National Farm Federation, which includes all federated farm organizations of the
United States. The headquarters are in Washington and as the representative of the
organization Dr. Callicotte framed the bill! "for the conservation of food and the pro-
duction of live stock." This is about to become a law and will save animals to the nation
by drastic measures. Approximately nine hundred thousand head of cattle now allowed
to perish by the neglect of owners will be saved. This will compel stockmen to see that
herds on storm-swept plains are more properly looked after in the future.

In state legislation Dr. Callicotte's work has been just as elTective. The pure seed law
and the present herd law were drafted by him. The first bill for the initiative and
referendum in this state was drafted by Michael Lorenz, private secretary to Governor
Waite, and Dr. Callicotte. The first great fight in this state for the Australian secret
ballot was initiated by Dr. Callicotte in 1886. It will thus be seen that his studies and
labors have covered a broad scope and that he has taken the initiative in bringing
about many reforms which are now recognized as of great value to commonwealth and
country. But the work that has been nearest to his heart is as an officer of the State
Bureau of Child and Animal Protection. This position he has held for nearly fourteen
years and he has traveled over the state many times seeing that the law for the physical


examination of school children has been properly complied with; also educating teachers
in the methods of detecting defective children; seeing that parents provided for the
care and cure, if possible, of defective children. He organized the first classes in moral
and humane education at the Teachers College in Greeley and seven years ago the
first class in this course was graduated. Prompted by the keenest interest in his fellow-
men and in the welfare of every individual, he has supported all those interests which he
has believed to be for the physical, mental and moral benefit of the race. His studies
and researches have been most comprehensive and his labors have been promoted along
scientific and humanitarian lines.

Dr. Callicotte was married in Iowa to Miss Duly A. Aiken and to them have been
born the following named: Alta Pearl, now Mrs. John Funk; Maud E., now the wife
of Roy D. Maxfield; Jesse D„ a farmer at Carbondale; and Willard Ellen.

In the career of Dr. Callicotte may be found many of the characteristics which were
manifest in his Huguenot ancestry. Fleeing first from France to England, later repre-
sentatives of the family crossed the Atlantic to Virginia, thus founding the American
branch. The same spirit which caused his ancestors to seek religious liberty has led
Dr. Callicotte to seek liberation for all those people whose opportunities and chances
are in many ways curtailed by environment, by inherited tendencies or by oppression.
His labors have been largely of a constructive character, seeking not only to do away
with the old but to institute new methods and measures, reaching out along continually
broadening lines. The citizens of Colorado and the statesmen at Washington have
come to regard him as authority upon many problems which he has presented to public
attention and in many instances his advanced opinions have become crystallized in state
and national legislation.


Frank S. Byers has for almost six decades been a resident of Colorado and two
years ago was chosen for the honored position of president of the Society of Colorado
Pioneers. A son of William N. Byers, mentioned elsewhere in this work, he was
born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1855, and was therefore but a little child when he
came to Denver with his father on the 7th of August, 1859. During his youthful
days he attended the common schools of the town, for Denver was then a western
frontier village, and also worked in his father's newspaper oflSce. In 1867-68 he car-
ried the pony route of the Denver News, attending to his duties after school and
was one of Denver's first news carriers. The money which he earned he saved and
this he judiciously put into the cattle business with John Evans, thus launching
forth upon a business line in whicli he later became very prominent. He afterward
had the benefit of instruction in the Agricultural College at Lansing, Michigan, in
1870-71. In 1S68, however, he had entered the live stock and cattle business, begin-
ning by gathering cattle on the Arkansas river in connection with Governor Evans
and William Dailey. He was the first settler, with stock to remain, in what is now
Grand county, then a part of Summit county, where he went in June, 1874, with
cattle. With the passing years he took a very prominent and active part in the
development of that region. He served as county treasurer and also as commis-
sioner of Grand county and he carried the first mail into the county in 1878. He
aided in the organization and was the first president of the Bank of Grand County,
which was the first financial institution in that civil division of the state. At the
present time he is largely living retired, deriving a substantial income from well
placed investments.

Mr. Byers has been married twice. In 1877 he wedded Elizabeth McQueary and
for his second wife he chose Mary W. Sullivan, of New York, who was teaching in
Denver, their wedding being celebrated January 1, 1885. Mr. Byers has one child,
Grace, who was born in July, 1880, and is the wife of H. C. Boston, of Fort Lupton.
They have become the parents of a son, Byers C. Boston.

The name of Byers from pioneer times has been most closely associated with
the history of development and progress in Colorado and has ever stood as a syno-
nym for that which is of value and benefit to the individual and to the community
at large. Frank S. Byers has for twenty-five years been active in humane work.
He succeeded his father on the board of the Humane Society and for ten years
prior to that time was a volunteer agent of the society. He is now its firstj vice
president and for the past fifteen years has been officially connected with the State



Humane Society, taking his father's place in May, 1903. He is also a member of
the State Board of Child and Animal Protection and he is continually reaching out
a helping hand to alleviate the hard conditions of lite for the unfortunate. For
six years Mr. Byers has served as a director of the Pioneers Society, has been its
first vice president and in 1916 was elected to the presidency. He has a great fond-
ness for horses and holds the state pole record and also most of the running race
records of the track, being an active and prominent member of the Gentlemen's
Driving and Riding Club.

No feature of Denver's history in its more salient points is unfamiliar to him
and with many events which have contributed to its progress and upbuilding he
has been closely associated. He is a worthy scion of an honored race, while his
life record is measured by individual accomplishment and not by the acts of an-


Among those who are successfully practicing at the Fort Morgan bar and whose
ability places them in the front rank of the leading lawyers of their section of the
state is numbered David J. Van Bradt, a Canadian by birth and a loyal son of his
adopted country. He was born in Canada. December 10, 1872, a son of Milton and
Anna (McGuire) Van Bradt, who were also natives of Canada. The father was a
farmer whose ancestors came from the Mohawk valley of New York and were
obliged to leave their home there at the time of the American Revolution. They
went to Canada, where land was purchased. Milton Van Bradt became a farmer
of that country and there carried on the work of the fields for many years, or until
1914, when he retired from active agricultural life. He now resides at York, Haldi-
mand county, Canada, but in 1915 was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who
passed away in February of that year.

David J. Van Bradt was reared and educated in Canada, attending the public
schools until he reached the age of twelve years, after which he worked upon his
father's farm to the age of sixteen. He then determined to devote his attention to
music and at eighteen years of age left home> going to Buffalo, New York, where
he taught music and also worked his way through college. He likewise pursued a
high school course in Buffalo and later attended the Buffalo Law School. He com-
pleted his studies in the latter institution in 1896 and afterward was employed in
a law office for two years. He then took up the practice of law on his own account
in Buffalo and there resided until January 2, 1908, when he came to Colorado, making
his way to Fort Morgan, where he entered into partnership with his brother, Irving
Van Bradt, who had removed to this state in 1905. The partnership relation between
them was continued until January 9, 1917, when their professional connection was
dissolved, the brother having been appointed to the office of assistant attorney gen-
eral. Since that time Mr. Van Bradt of this review has practiced alone and he is
accorded a liberal clientage, to the interests of which he is most loyal. He has wide
and comprehensive knowledge of the principles of jurisprudence and is seldom it
ever at fault in the application of such principles to the points in litigation. His
careful analysis, the thoroughness with which he prepares his cases and the earnest-
ness with which he presents his cause before the court combine to win for him most
gratifying success and he is now accorded a place among the leading members of
the bar of this section of the state.

On the 13th of September, 1899, Mr. Van Bradt was married to Miss Odelia Bal-
lard, a native of Hamburg, New York, and to them have been born four children-.
Milton Irving, born July 14, 1900, who, in March, 1917. volunteered in the aviation
section and since then has been in the First Aero Squadron, having gone to France
for active service in August, 1917; Harriet E., born July 28, 1901; Catherine, who
passed away in February, 1903; and Eimon, born February 13, 1904.

The religious faith of the family is that of the Methodist Episcopal church, and
fraternally Mr. Van Bradt is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
and with the Homesteaders. He also belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order
of Elks, having membership in Lodge. No. 1143, of Fort Morgan. He and his family
occupy a pleasant home at No. 916 Lincoln street which he owns, and in addition

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