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One of the foremost merchants of Akron, Colorado, is Charles N. Yeamans. who
there conducts an establishment carrying hardware, furniture and harness goods besides
other articles, which business was founded in 1885. On account of his strictly fair
methods he enjoys a large patronage not only from his city but the surrounding dis-
tricts. He is also engaged in the undertaking business. Born in Marshalltown, Iowa,
August 7, 1858, Mr. Yeamans is a son of N. F. and Lydia E. (Hoffman) Yeamans, the
former a native of Virginia and the latter of Pennsylvania. The father was a miller
by trade and removed to Iowa, locating in Marshall county at an early day. There he
acquired land which he improved and cultivated for many years to good advantage. He
finally retired, taking up his residence in Marshalltown. where he remained for a few
years, at the end of which period he came to Akron, Colorado, which remained his home
until his death on November 17, 1898. His widow survived him only a short time,
passing away in 1899.

Charles N. Yeamans was reared under the parental roof and received his education
in the public schools of Marshall county, Iowa. He then learned the trade of carriage
painting and continued in this work for several years. In ISSO he went to Frontier
county, Nebraska, where he took up a homestead claim, improving his land and operat-
ing it for some time. From there he made his way to Cambridge, Furnas county.
Nebraska, where he and his brother were engaged in business for several years, or
until 1885, which year marked their arrival in Akron. Our subject and his brother upon
coming to this city engaged in the hardware and implement business and successfully
continued along this line for about seventeen years, when Charles N. Yeamans acquired
the interest of his brother and he has since conducted the business on his own account.
Under his able management it has grown by leaps and bounds and his strict


integrity has secured to him a patronage that is valuable and extensive. He has greatly
added to the lines which were originally carried by the firm and today he not only
deals in hardware, furniture and harness goods but he also carries agricultural im-
plements, as well as vehicles and wagons, also having on hand sheet iron and doing
galvanized iron work. Moreover, he has added an undertaking branch and has installed
all modern facilities necessary to conduct funeral services in a dignified way. By his
untiring energy and managerial ability he has built up a business which is considered
one of the most important in his section of the state and its continuous existence of
over thirty-three years indicates the reputation which the house enjoys with the public.
His customers are treated with courtesy and politeness and the goods sold are what
they are represented to be. Mr. Yeamans' method is to give satisfaction and it may be
said of his patrons that the phrase, "once a customer, always a customer," holds good.
He carries complete assortments in his establishment and all who come to him for
their purchases have the benefit of being enabled to select from the best goods made
by the most highly reputed manufacturers in their respective lines, in the United
States. By careful buying and taking opportune advantages of market and conditions
Mr. Yeamans is often enabled to offer his wares at more than reasonable prices and
these opportunities to thus buy quality goods are appreciated by the public.

On September 28, 1888, Mr. Yeamans was united in marriage to Miss Sadie Walters
and to them have been born two children. Glenn O., who is a fine musician and plays
the baritone horn, is now a corporal with the Three Hundred and Eighth Arizona
Cavalry Band and is stationed at Douglas, Arizona. Max, the younger son, is yet at

Although Mr. Yeamans' mercantile interests are large and demand most of his time
and attention, he has participated in the public life of his community and served as the
first town clerk of Akron and was also a member of the council for many years. PYom his
commercial pursuits he derived the means which enabled him to develop twelve hundred
acres of land, bringing the same to a high state of cultivation. These twelve hundred
acres are comprised in two farms which he owns and both of which are located close
to the town of Akron. They are well improved and all modern machinery and facilities
may be found upon his holdings. He always follows the latest methods in his farm
work and it may be mentioned in this connection that only recently he sold, from two
hundred and forty acres, fall wheat to the value of five thousand, five hundred dollars.
However, at present he leases his farms, receiving a very gratifying rental. Politically
Mr. Yeamans is a republican and his religious faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal
church, to which he has belonged all his life and in the work of which he takes the
deepest interest. He is helpful in maintaining the organization and has assisted many
charities and institutions which have for their purpose moral and intellectual develop-
ment. Fraternally he belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and the Knights of
The Maccabees. He is ever ready to lend a helping hand where aid is needed in pro-
moting the public welfare and has proven himself a public-spirited citizen. Such success
as has come to him is due entirely to his own labors and none can grudge him the
prosperity which has attended his efforts. His many friends in Akron and vicinity
speak of him in the highest terms of appreciation and acknowledge his high qualities
of character. His business principles place him with the most reliable merchants of
the county and in these cireles his word is considered as good as his bond.


Commercial and financial interests of Otis and Washington county, Colorado, are
prominently represented by Thomas P. Rehder, whose activities have not only resulted
in individual prosperity but have been a valuable factor in the general development of
his section. Mr. Rehder is not only successfully engaged in the hardware and implement
business in Otis but he has also taken an important part in the organization of the
Farmers State Bank, of which he serves as president. Although the active routine work
of the bank naturally falls largely to the cashier, Mr. Rehder as president of the organi-
zation has a paramount part in laying down the policy to be followed, and the success
which this financial institution has thus far enjoyed — it has been in existence for two
years — is largely to be ascribed to the wise direction and sound business principles of
Mr. Rehder.

Thomas P. Rehder was born in Tama county, Iowa, March 5, 1879, a son of Peter and
Annie (Kammer) Rehder, natives of Germany. The former came to America when
seventeen years of age and for a short time was located in Davenport, Iowa, whence he

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went to Tama county, that state, where for a few years he worked out as a farm hand.
Carefully saving his earnings, he accumulated the means which permitted him to buy
land and he improved and operated his farm until 1885, when he went to O'Brien county,
Iowa, where he again bought a farm, which he cultivated until 1901. He always employed
the latest methods in his farming operations and placed many modern improvements
upon his land, making it a valuable property. He now resides in Calumet. O'Brien
county, Iowa, having retired from active work. His wife passed away in 1881.

Thomas P. Rehder was reared under the parental root and received his education
in the schools of O'Brien county. Iowa, being five years of age when his father removed
to that district. Having completed his education, he hired out as a farm hand for
two years but at the end of that period took up clerking, so continuing for a year. He
and his father then established a general store in Calumet and for nine years they con-
ducted the same, deriving a gratifying income from the enterprise. He then determined
to seek the opportunities of the farther west and in 1910 came to Otis, Washington
county, Colorado, deciding upon this place as a favorable location for the establishment
of a new mercantile business. He opened a hardware and implement store and this he
has successfully conducted ever since. He carries a complete line of heavy and shelf
hardware and his well selected assortment entirely meets the demands of his customers.
His implement department is well stocked and he carries the latest lines in farm
machinery. His goods are of the best quality and everything Mr. Rehder sells is as he
represents it to be. His honorable principles have insured him a reputation for fair
dealing which extends far over the boundaries of his city and he today enjoys a trade
from a large section of Washington county. In 1911 he erected a modern store building,
which he has since occupied, and the growth of his business may be inferred from the
fact that after a few years even this store did not prove large enough and in 1917 he
had to build an addition in order to accommodate his large stock. In the same year he
became an active factor in the organization of the Farmers State Bank of Otis and upon
its incorporation was elected president of the institution. The bank is founded upon
solid and conservative principles and its deposits today exceed one hundred and twenty-
five thousand dollars.

In October, 1903, Mr. Rehder was united in marriage to Miss Louise Boldenow and
to them have been born five children: Burnell J. P., Orval H., Bernice H., Elda L. and
Florine M.

Mr. Rehder is a republican and unswervingly supports the measures and candidates
of that party. He- has taken a helpful part in the public life of his community, in the
growth of which he is deeply interested and to which he has contributed by his business
activities, and since the incorporation of the town he has served as a member of the
town council, having now held that ofRce for one and a half years. He is thoroughly
convinced of the value of education and warmly champions the improvement of educa-
tional facilities for the benefit of the young. As a member of the local school board
and also of the county high school board he finds ample scope to follow out his ideas in
regard to educational improvements and has done valuable work in raising school stand-
ards in his town and county. His religious faith is that of the Lutheran church, in the
work of *hich he is actively interested. In coming to Colorado, Mr. Rehder has found
the opportunities for business development which he sought and he has made good use
of these opportunities, his ability, energy and determination winning for him substan-
tial material prosperity.


David C. Guire, who died July 23, 1902, was one of the honored pioneer settlers
of Colorado who bravely faced the hardships and privations as well as the dangers of
frontier life and aided in reclaiming the region for the purpose of civilization. A
native of Indiana, he was born on the 22d of March, 1833. Early in life he went to
Decatur county, Iowa, with his parents and there pursued his education. During
vacation periods he worked upon the home farm and after his textbooks were put aside
took up the occupation of farming as a life work. He engaged in tilling the soil in
Iowa until 1862, when he removed westward to Colorado, making his way to Monu-
ment, where he took up a homestead and a preemption claim consisting of three
hundred and twenty acres of land. During the Indian troubles at Monument in 1868
he was active in fighting and subduing the red men, who went upon the warpath,
murdering and pillaging, and burning the homes of many of the settlers. Property was
unprotected, all life was unsafe, but men of courageous spirit such as Mr. Guire came


valiantly to the front and aided in bringing into subjection the savages who resented
what they considered inroads upon their rights to the country. As a pioneer Mr. Guire
contributed in large measure to the development and upbuilding of the district. When
these hard conditions of pioneer life were somewhat allayed his efforts and attention were
concentrated on the further development and cultivation of his land and in time he came
to be the owner of a highly improved ranch property consisting of two hundred and
fifty-nine acres, he having sold twenty-one acres for a reservoir and later disposed of
forty acres.

Mr. Guire first married Nancy Thorn, who died in 1865, leaving the following
children: Robert, who passed away in 1902; Delilah, who married Thomas Graney and
died about 1899, leaving seven children; Selina; Almira; Annie; and Mackey, who died
when five years of age. For his second wife Mr. Guire chose Mrs. Elizabeth Wise,
the widow of Dr. C. H. Wise, a Civil war veteran, who following the close of hostilities
came to Colorado for the benefit of his health but passed away four years later. Dr.
and Mrs. Wise had two children: Edgar Wise, who passed away June 17, 1904; and
Zorah, who became the wife of Albert Bassett, of Colorado Springs. The latter had
seven children, as follows: Crawford, who is a member of the United States army with
the rank of corporal of Company C, Eighth Division, Ammunition Train; Frances;
Harry, who died when fifteen years of age; Clyde; Wilbur; Alice; and Glen. Mr. and
Mrs. Guire had two children: Walter, who died in infancy; and Ida Pauline Guire, who
was born January 3, 1881. She is a high school graduate of Castle Rock, Colorado, and
is the wife of Charles Garrett, a rancher living near Monument. They have become the
parents of six sons and a daughter: Frances, Harold, Paul, Howard, David, Raymond
and Ralph. The last named died in infancy.

In his political views Mr. Guire was a democrat. His religious faith was that of the
Dunkard church and fraternally he was connected with the Masons, belonging to the
lodge at Colorado Springs. His worth as a man and citizen was widely acknowledged.
He had many sterling traits of character, among which was his loyalty in friendship
and his devotion to the welfare and happiness of his family. In business affairs he
was always thoroughly reliable as well as progressive and his enterprise carried him
into important relations with the agricultural development of his section of the state.
As one of the pioneers he contributed much to advancement and improvement here
and aided in laying broad and deep the foundation upon which has been built the
present prosperity of the district.


Arthur Scott Miller enjoys peculiar distinction as a prime factor in the mam-
moth building operations of the past forty years in Denver — a period marked by an
entire revolution, the principal feature of which in recent years is the modern apart-
ment house, at once a real utility and an ornament to the city. He is credited with
the erection of so many buildings of this character in Denver that he has become
known in Colorado as "Apartment House Miller." Many buildings which he has
erected are the principal ornaments of their respective neighborhoods, pleasing to the
eye and constructed with conscientious regard for real utility and the comfort and
health of their inmates. In all these large concerns he has not only been a contributor
to the wealth of the city through the creation of much valuable property but has
brought great benefit to the community in providing homes for a multitude of worthy
families of the middle class and in furnishing employment to hundreds of workmen.
Real estate in all parts of the city where he has operated has rapidly advanced in
value and unsightly vacancies have, through his efforts, become occupied by attractive
edifices. He is indeed widely known as the builder and owner of the largest num-
ber of modern apartment houses of the capital and, moreover, is the originator of
•what is known as the buffet apartment. The story of his life work is an interesting
one, as it is marked by many a forward step, showing his adaptability to the oppor-
tunity that has been presented.

Arthur Scott Miller was born on a farm in Kent county, Michigan. November 13,
184S, a son of Jerad and Jeannette (McPherson) Miller. He is a representative in the
seventh generation of the family in America, the progenitors of whom were William
and Patience Bliller, who came to the new world from England in 1630 and were
among the founders of Farmington, Connecticut, and afterward among the founders
of the city of Northampton, Massachusetts. In the latter place they reared their
family. Stephen Miller, the great-grandfather of Arthur S. Miller, was a soldier of





the Revolutionary war, was with Colonel Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga and was present
at the surrender of General Burgoyne. Mr. Miller of this review is therefore eligible
to membership in the Sons of the American Revolution. His father was born in
Wyoming county, New York, and in 1846 removed to Kent county, Michigan, where
he settled on virgin soil, becoming one of the pioneer agriculturists of that locality.
As the years passed he became wealthy through his carefully conducted business
Interests and in his later years lived retired, passing away on the old homestead.
His wife was born in Monroe county. New York, and they were married In the Empire
state but soon afterward removed to Michigan, where their ten children were born
and reared. Mrs. Miller passed away, as did her husband, upon the old home farm
In Kent county.

When a youth of fifteen years Arthur Scott Miller enlisted for service in the
United States navy in the war of the rebellion and was on active duty tor a year
or until the close of hostilities. He lost his eldest brother, George W. Miller, in the
war, the latter meeting death at the battle of Fair Oaks. Virginia. After having re-
ceived an honorable discharge from the navy, Arthur Scott Miller devoted a part
of his time to work upon the old home farm and also attended the district and later
the city schools, and college until he reached his twenty-first year. His academic
work was done at Kalamazoo College in Michigan and later in Cornell University.
He left the latter institution to take up the profession of teaching, in the schools of
Michigan, and while thus engaged in educational work he devoted his leisure time
to preparation for a position as court stenographer and also to preparation for
newspaper work. In the latter field he found much satisfaction. He became a
reporter on papers published at Grand Rapids, Michigan, and at Buffalo, New York,
and while thus employed he assisted in reporting the Beecher-Tilden trial for the
New York Tribune, which created wide interest and a deep sensation at that time.
Having qualified for court reporting, he afterward devoted his time and attention to
such work as well as to newspaper reporting for a number of years. He was at
different periods identified with newspapers of Buffalo. New York, Cleveland, Ohio,
Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Denver, Colorado. He established his home In the Queen
City of the Plains in March, 1S80, and was made official stenographer of the district
court of the second judicial district under Judge Victor A. Elliott, serving from
1881 until Judge Elliott left the district bench to take his place upon the supreme
bench in 1889. During his incumbency as stenographer to the district court Mr.
Sparnick, the clerk, died, and, at Judge Elliott's request, Mr. Miller filled the position
of clerk as well as that of stenographer, until a new appointment for clerk could
be made. While in newspaper work Mr. Miller reported speeches of many notable
men, including Senator Roscoe Conkling, Carl Schurz, Chauncey Depew, Emory Storrs
and many others. He also reported many law cases in which distinguished men
appeared as counsel. While engaged in professional court stenographic work he also
took up the study of law and was regularly admitted to the bars of Indiana and of
Colorado, but he never entered actively upon practice. He still retains his mem-
bership, however, in the law bodies of the state and has found his knowledge of law
an invaluable aid to him in the transaction of his business. While employed in
stenographic work he gained intimate knowledge of technical matters of practice,
particularly relating to appeals and writs of error, and his advice was often sought
by lawyers while he was connected with the courts.

While following his professional duties Mr. Miller became interested in real estate
investments for the conservation of his earnings and incidentally learned that in
architectural work and building operations he had found a most congenial field of
labor. So successfully did he operate along those lines that he was induced to
abandon both the law and stenographic work and devote his entire time and attention
to the productive building industry. He has been the builder of many fine resi-
dences, business blocks, family hotels and apartment houses. He has acted as his own
architect, has superi'ised the construction of buildings and his work in this connec-
tion has contributed nearly one hundred structures to Denver. He has made a
study of the apartment house and he has the distinction of having been the first to
build the buffet apartment. Many there were who predicted the failure of this, but
results have proven otherwise. Among the more recent apartment buildings put
up by Mr. Miller are the Toltec, Magnolia, Mayfair, Darlington and Doris, all of
which and others he still owns. He has ever studied to combine utility, sanitation,
convenience, comfort and beauty and the results achieved have been most satisfactory.

In 1877, at Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mr. Miller was married to Miss Louise Lytle,
a daughter of William and Nancy (Bird) Lytle, the latter being a member of the
James Bird family, especially mentioned in connection with the history of the War


of 1S12. Mrs. Miller died while on a visit in Fargo, North Dakota, in July, 1885.
There were two children of this marriage. Irene, born at Fort Wayne, Indiana, is the
wife of Frank Goodman, of San Diego, California, and they have two children: Frank
Goodman, Jr., who served in the Coast Artillery until the close of the war, when he
received his honorable discharge from the army and returned to his position as artist
and cartoonist on the San Diego Union: and John Goodman, of San Diego. Roland
Miller, the son, was born in Fargo, North Dakota, and is prominent as an architect
of Denver, in business with his father. In 1893 Mr. Miller was married at DeKalb,
Illinois, to Mrs. Emma Elwood, who had two daughters by a former marriage, namely:
Mrs. Raymond Sargent, of Denver; and Mrs. W. E. D. Stokes, of New York city.
To Mr. and Mrs. Miller have been born two children. Victor Arthur, who was born
In Denver, was graduated from the high school of this city with honors as a mem-
ber of the class of 191.5, numbering two hundred and sixty-six students. The same
year, at the age of sixteen, he entered Yale University and continued there until the
completion of the work of the Junior year in 1918, when he joined the United States
army and received a coolmission as second lieutenant while but nineteen, having
trained for nearly two years in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Yale University.
In addition to military work in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which was
strenuous and is akin to the work exacted of West Point cadets, he carried all of
his academic studies with "A" markings, receiving at the end of the junior year
the much coveted gold key of the Phi Beta Kappa society, there having been only
fifteen so honored out of a class of twenty-five hundred. He served for one month in
the training camp at New Haven, Connecticut, in 1918 and also two months at Camp
Jackson, South Carolina, where he received his commission. He was then ordered
to Camp Zachary Taylor in Kentucky, where his training in the field artillery was
completed, and he served for a time as an Instructor at that camp. Having received
his honorable discharge from the army after the close of the war, Victor A. Miller
returned to Yale to complete his interrupted academic course, and to graduate and
receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts, in June 1919. Marcella Miller, the younger
of the two children, is now fifteen years of age and is a member of the junior class
in the Wolcott School. She is a devotee of athletics, standing high as a tennis
player, and is also a golf enthusiast. She drives a gas car like a professional, is
a fine horseback rider, skater and all 'round athlete and is very popular with the

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