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war he served as a colonel with the Confederate army, enlisting in 1861 and remaining
with his command until he surrendered at Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1865. During
much of his military service he was with General Price, To Mr. and Mrs. Lampton
were born nine children, those living being: Reuben L., a resident of St. Louis, Missouri;
James C, whose home is in Hannibal, Missouri; Mrs. Walter Lewis, also of St. Louis;
and Mrs. F. C. Stevens, of the same city.

The other surviving member of the family is W. M. Lampton of this review, who
was the fifth, in order of birth. In his boyhood days he was a pupil in the public
schools of Sedalia, Missouri, and afterward attended a college at Fulton, Missouri, from
which he was graduated with the class of 18S2. He then took up railroad work in
the employ of the Texas-Pacific Company at Port Worth, Texas, acting as clerk in the
freight department until 1885, when he turned his attention to mercantile interests on
his own account at Fort Worth, continuing in business there until 1892. He then sold


out and came to Denver, where he entered the claim department of the Denver & Rio
Grande, remaining in that capacity, however, tor only a short time. He next entered
the freight department as chief clerk and has advanced from time to time, being
promoted from position to position until he is now general freight agent. As such
he is widely known throughout the country, being one of the prominent representatives
of railway interests in the west. There is no feature of the business with which he is
not thoroughly familiar and his marked capability and executive force have been the
salient qualities which have brought him to his present position of responsibility.

On the 19th. of November, 1884, Mr. Lampton was married to Miss Jeannette Fisher,
of Denver, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Fisher, pioneers of this city, where
they arrived in 1870, living on Seventeenth and Curtis streets, now In the heart of the
business district.

Mr. Lampton is a member of the Denver Club, also of the Denver Country Club and
the Denver Athletic Club, while in his fraternal relations he is an Elk. In politics he
maintains an independent course, nor has he ever aspired to public office, although he
has been tendered many. He has preferred to concentrate his attention upon his busi-
ness affairs and the thoroughness with which he has undertaken his part, his conscien-
tious sense of duty and his clearly defined powers have been the strong elements in
winning him promotion. While his initial railroad position was an humble one, he has
steadily advanced and is today one of the best known and most highly esteemed rail-
road representatives of the west.


Benjamin Ursery Jamison is the cashier of the Elizabeth (Colo.) State Bank and
one of its stockholders. He was born on a farm in Franklin county. Virginia, October
19, 1860, but since 1892 has made his home in Colorado. His parents were Wiley P.
and Emma Jamison. The grandfather in the paternal line was Scotch and the great-
grandfather in the maternal line was a resident of Lunenburg county, Virginia. The
family was established in that locality at a very early period in the colonization of the
new world.

Benjamin U. Jamison pursued his education in the public schools near his father's
home and remained a resident of the Old Dominion until 1883, when he started out for
himself, going to Missouri. He located at Pendleton, in Warren county, and was there
employed as telegraph operator and station agent. In 1892 he removed to Colorado and
in 1894 took up his abode at Elizabeth, where for twenty-four years he has largely made
his home. He was station agent at Elizabeth until about 1899 and in 1904 he became
connected with the banking business at Arvada, Colorado, where he remained until
1906. He then returned to Elizabeth and has since been closely identified with her
business and financial interests. The population of the town is about three hundred
and the prosperity of its citizens as well as of the farmers in the vicinity is shown
by the fact that the deposits in the State Bank of Elizabeth amounted to two hundred
and forty thousand dollars on the 31st of August, 1918, and at this writing, in October,
1918, have passed the quarter million mark. Mr. Jamison is the cashier and one of the
stockholders in the bank and the success of the institution is attributable in large
measure to his enterprise and thorough understanding of the banking business. He is
doing everything in his power to develop the institution and his labors have been most
effective. He is likewise a stockholder in the Arvada Bank and one of the directors
of the Elbert County Bank of Elbert. He is thus extending his interests in banking
and has made for himself a creditable position in financial circles of this section of
the state.


Junius W. Dickinson, expostmaster of Peyton, has at various times held other offices
in El Paso county and is recognized as one of the local leaders of the republican party.
He is an active and enterprising merchant, conducting a general store since 190.5. A
native of the Empire state, he was born in Binghamton, New York, June 26, 1868, a son
of Ira E. and Ella (Washburn) Dickinson. He completed a high school course and when
his studies were over he became connected with the shoe trade at Binghamton, in w'hich

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line of business he continued for five years. He was afterward manager for a store of
tlie Atlantic & Pacific Company at Binghamton for five years.

Removing to Colorado, Mr. Dickinson was identified witli the Russell-Gates Mer-
cantile Company for twelve years at Eastonville and at Peyton and while thus serving
he was appointed by President McKinley to the office of postmaster, in which position
he continued for sixteen years. He has held the office of justice of the peace for a num-
ber of years and his decisions have been strictly fair and impartial. In' 1905 he engaged
in commercial pursuits on his own account and opened a drug store and general mer-
chandising establishment, which he has since conducted. He carries a carefully selected
line of goods and his business has grown and developed with the passing years. In 1904
he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres and in 1909 secured an eighty acre tract,
his farm property being now operated by his son. He displays keen sagacity and sound
judgment in all of his business affairs and never stops short of the successful achieve-
ment of his purpose.

In 1893 Mr. Dickinson was married to Miss Minnie V. Osbom, of Binghamton, New
York, who is a graduate of the high school of that city and also of a private school
known as the Lady Jane Grey College of Binghamton. Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson have
become the parents of four children. Ira E., now upon his father's ranch, was born
May 11, 1894, and married Lucy Beebe, of Fort Collins, by whom he has two children,
Aaron J. and Robert. Osborn J., born March 19. 1896, married Nellie Williams, of Pey-
ton, and has a son, Roger Williams. Norman R., born March 9, 1903, is attending high
school. Raymond, born October 13, 1905, is a pupil in the graded schools. All of the
family are Baptists in religious faith, loyally adhering to the teachings of the church
and doing all in their power to promote its growth and extend its influence.

Mr. Dickinson has given his political allegiance to the republican party since age
conferred upon him the right of franchise and he cooperates heartily in every plan and
movement for the general good, while at all times his career measures up to high stand-
ards of manhood and citizenship.


Richard Francis Ryan has been spoken of as "self-made and well made." He is
recognized as one of the leading young representatives of the Denver bar and is now
inheritance tax appraiser and assistant attorney general. His career has been marked
by consecutive progress and each forward step has brought him a broader outlook and
wider opportunities. He was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. October 4, 1879, a son
of John and Bridget (Manion) Ryan. The father, a native of Ireland, is now deceased,
but the mother is still living in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Reared under the parental roof, Richard Francis Ryan acquired a public school
education, passing through consecutive grades to the high school. For five years
thereafter he was connected with the Eaton, Crane & Pike Stationery Company of
Pittsfield and in 1898, when a youth of nineteen years, removed westward to Denver,
where he has since made his home. For a short time he was in the employ of the
Denver Dry Goods Company and afterward spent one year in connection with the
dry goods house of A. T. Lewis & Son. Later he was identified with other houses in
mercantile lines in Butte, Montana, and Seattle, Washington, but eventually determined
to prepare for the practice of law and entered Westminster University, of Denver,
Colorado, from which in due course of time he was graduated, having completed the
law studies. He introduced into the university the idea of holding courts by the
students in court rooms. He was a teacher of court procedure in that university,
giving instruction in the night law school. Admitted to the bar of Colorado, he
entered upon active practice and has since concentrated his efforts and attention upon
his profession and upon public duties. On the 9th of January. 1909, he was appointed
for a four years' term to the position of division clerk of the county court and in 1913
for a four years' term to the position of division clerk of the district court. He belongs
to the Denver Bar Association and has served on some of its important committees.
He is now occupying the position of state inheritance tax appraiser and assistant
attorney general.

Mr. Ryan was married in 1903 to Miss Margaret M. Mullen, of Central City, Colo-
rado, and they have a son, Thomas R., fourteen years of age, who is a pupil in the
public schools. Mrs. Ryan is a granddaughter of Thomas Mullen, a pioneer of Central
City, who built the state house and was superintendent of the construction of the
postoffice building in Denver, a two and a half million dollar structure. Both Mr. and



Mrs. Ryan are widely known in this city and held In the highest esteem. He belongs
to the Denver Athletic Club and to Elks Lodge, No. 17; is also a fourth degree member
of the Knights of Columbus, and has membership in St. Francis De Sales Catholic
church. He is a democrat in politics and is connected with the Democratic Club. He
believes that the courts should be separate from party politics. In all that he does he
is actuated by a spirit of progressiveness that has been most resultant and he is rec-
ognized as a man of sterling worth, forceful and resourceful, with a broad outlook and
keen discernment, and his developing powers are bringing him into important con-
nections and relations.


A. S. LefBngwell, founder and president of the Leffingwell Mercantile Company of
Brighton, was born in "Winnebago county, Illinois, on the 14th of November, 1858,
his parents being Jackson and Sarah Ann (Dean) Leffingwell, the former a native of
Ohio, while the latter was born in the state of New York. They became residents
of Illinois in 1S4S, taking up their abode upon a farm in Winnebago county, and both
are still living. They became the parents of five children and the family circle yet
remains unbroken by the hand of death.

A. S. Leffingwell spent his youthful days in his parents' home and acquired his
early education in the public schools of Illinois, after which he continued his studies
In the Beloit high school at Beloit. Wisconsin. The year 1877 witnessed his removal
to Iowa with his parents, at which time the family home was established upon a
farm in Carroll county. There he continued until 1893, when he came to Colorado,
settling in Brighton, where he has since made his home, covering a period of a quarter
of a century. Here he turned his attention to the hardware business, in which he
has since continued and he carries a large stock of shelf and heavy hardware and
has also extended his efforts to include other lines, for he deals in oils and paints,
furniture and meats. He is recognized as one of the leading business men of his
adopted city, alert and energetic, and his prosperity is due to close application and
Indefatigable energy.

On the 7th of December, 1893, Mr. Leffingwell was married to Mrs. Jennie Root,
who passed away in the year 1908. In 1909 he wedded Miss Josephine Brundage, of
Brighton, and they have become parents of two children, Jackson and Margaret.
Mr. Leffingwell has membership with the Modern Woodmen of America. His interests
and efforts, however, ar.e most closely concentrated upon his business affairs and it Is
by reason of this intense application that he has won the measure of success which he
now enjoys. He was one of the organizers of the Farmers State Bank, which he
later served as vice president, and is recognized as one of the successful, representa-
tive citizens of the community in which he has so long resided, and to the welfare
of which, he has always been responsive.


Actuated by the spirit of giving the best in him to his state and her people, Harry
Ruffner has stood sponsor for many things of a public and patriotic nature which have
been of the greatest worth to Colorado. Who can measure the influence of his labors
or fatliom the force of his example? He was born in Denver during the territorial days
of Colorado, his birth occurring on the 14th of March. 1863. His father, John C. Ruffner,
was proprietor of the Colorado House in 1862 and 1863, having arrived In Colorado
territory from Fort Leavenworth. Kansas, in April, 1860. In that year he went to
Oro Gulch and for many years thereafter he was closely associated with the pioneer
development and progress of the state. He owned aud made a present of South Pueblo
to George M. Chilcott. He wedded Mary Jane Estes, who arrived with her parents in
Colorado territory May 5, 1859, being the first unmarried white woman within the
borders of the state. She accompanied her parents to Fort Lupton, Colorado, where
John C. Ruffner won her hand in marriage in April, 1S61. She was a daughter of Joel
and Martha Estes. who located in the famous park that now bears the family name — ■
Estes park. This beautiful park was discovered by Joel Estes, September 12, 1859. He
had previously crossed the continental divide in 1847 and went to Baker City, Oregon.
He returned and went to California in company with his elder son in 1849, and when



he once more made his way to Colorado by the overland route he brought back with
him thirty-five thousand dollars in gold. He was known by the Indians as the Bjg
White Chief and was a member of their many councils. Joel Estes was always a path-
finder and trapper, though he maintained a great plantation on the frontier of this
territory, now known as St. Joseph, Missouri.

Harry Ruffner pursued his early education in the Denver school at the corner of
Fourteenth and Arapahoe streets in the years 1868, 1869 and 1870. In the following
year he became a student in the high school at Del Norte, Colorado, where he con-
tinued his studies from 1871 until 1875. Taking up newspaper work, he became the
first "devil" on the San Juan Prospector, published at Del Norte, Colorado, and was
the first newsboy on the streets of Leadville on the 1st ot April, 1878. In 1881 he was
appointed assistant postmaster of Gunnison, Colorado, and continued in that position
until 1885, when he was transferred to Las Vegas, New Mexico, as an expert in the
postal service where he also was engaged in the stationery business. He participated
in the Oklahoma rush in 1889 and was also engaged in the stationery business in
Guthrie where he was known as "Ruffner The Stationer." He was elected clerk of
the appellate court at Guthrie, being the first incumbent of that office In that city. He
also organized the first two hose companies in Oklahoma territory and was the first
man to hold the position of a fire chief in the territory. He has always been identified
with the frontier and has contributed in marked measure to pioneer development. He
was also in charge of the first ceremonies celebrating the anniversary of the opening
of Oklahoma territory and he superintended the first inaugural ball held in honor of
Governor Steele, the first territorial governor of Oklahoma.

On the 1st of July, 1890, Mr. Ruffner returned to Denver and with the interests of
the city has since been closely associated. He founded the "Sons of Colorado" Society
and is the father of Colorado Day. As deputy jury commissioner he perfected the jury
commission system which was promulgated in June, 1911. He has held numerous
positions in all things patriotic and has devoted forty years of his life to public and
patriotic service. He has never asked for nor held any public office save that of
deputy postmaster, sheriff and jury commissioner. His service has been a freewill
offering to the public good and his labors have been of far-reaching effect and benefit.

Another Interesting accomplishment of Mr. Ruffner is worthy of mention here.
He was the originator of the plan — and through his guidance and tactful supervision it
has been made a decided success — of the handling of the governor's inaugural ball by
the Sons of Colorado. These wonderfully successful balls, which as many as seventeen
thousand people have attended, including two thousand couples in full dress, have been
models of well managed affairs, arousing not only the admiration but the wonder of
those who can appreciate the multiplicity of detail in connection with such mammoth
affairs and the master mind necessary for carrying through successfully an official social
function of such magnitude._

By a first marriage Mr. Ruffner has a son, Ralph Rockafellow, born in Gunnison,
Colorado, who is Colorado's second grandson, or representative of the second generation
of Colorado-born Ruffners. On June 27, 1893, in Boulder. Colorado, Mr. Ruffner was
married to Miss Mary Theodora Grissom, a daughter of Dr. Eugene Grissom, ot Raleigh,
North Carolina, and a direct descendant of Oliver Wolcott, signer of the Declaration
of Independence. She is also a direct descendant on her father's side of Sir Thomas
Gresham, the famous financier of Queen Elizabeth's reign, who founded the Royal
Exchange in London in 1565. Dr. Grissom was internationally known as an authority
on mental diseases and was vice chairman of the International Medical Society in
1876. Mrs. Ruffner's mother was a Miss Bryan. To Mr. and Mrs. Ruffner have been
born a son and a daughter: Eugene Grissom, who married Miss Violet Dameron; and
Lillian Grissom, who married Herbert R. Parsons, and both she and her husband died in
Aspen, Colorado, on October 23, 1918.

Mr. Ruffner was one of the first infants baptized in the Episcopal church in Colorado
territory, the ceremony taking place in St. John's cathedral, and he has since been
identified therewith. In politics he has always been strictly republican, giving stalwart
support to the party. He was one of the founders of Denver Lodge, No. 65, of the
Knights of Pythias and is a member of Oriental Lodge, No. 87, A. F. & A. M. He is
likewise Member No. 1 of the Southern Colorado Pioneers Society and belongs to the
Sons of Colorado, which organization he founded, the Colorado Pioneers, the Colorado
Church Club and is an honorary member of the Pioneer Ladies Aid. He is also captain
commander of J. C. Fremont Camp of the Sons of Veterans. There is no man in the
state more deeply interested in the history of Colorado or who has been more actively
associated with its public and patriotic movements than Mr. Ruffner, who has been
the promoter of many activities which have heightened the fame of the state. With the


deepest love for the state in which he was born, lie has done everything in his power
to promote its welfare and has the deepest pride in its fair name. As one of its pioneers
he has contributed in marked measure to its development and progress and has done
everything in his power to foster the love of the people for the state. His own patriotic
spirit has awakened a responsive thrill in many a breast and his contagious enthusiasm
has been a potent element in advancing many projects of public welfare.


Robert John Hanlon, who is busily occupied with the cultivation of an excellent
ranch property of six hundred and forty acres situated in the Wolfcreek district of
Elbert county, is of Canadian birth, his natal day having been June 24, 1867, and the
place of his nativity Sherbrooke, Canada. His father, John Hanlon, was also born in
the vicinity of Sherbrooke, while the mother, who bore the maiden name of Ann Jane
Henderson, was born in Belfast, Ireland.

In the schools of his native country Robert J. Hanlon pursued his education and
was a young man of twenty-three years when in 1890 he came to Colorado, having in
the meantime engaged in farming in Canada and in the eastern part of the United
States. With his arrival in the west he settled first in Denver, but in 1892 removed to
Elbert county and homesteaded near Elizabeth. With characteristic energy he began
the development and improvement of the hitherto uncultivated tract of land, but his
original farm he has since sold. Later he took up another homestead near Wolfcreek,
in Elbert county. His wife in young womanhood had also homesteaded on the land
which they now occupy and their possessions include six hundred and forty acres, which
have been converted into a rich and productive farm. As opportunity has offered Mr.
Hanlon has added improvements to the property and has carefully cultivated the fields,
which annually return to him golden harvests. He has been persistent and energetic
and the results achieved have been gratifying.

In 1898 Mr. Hanlon was united in marriage to Miss Addie Friedman and to them
have been born seven children, namely: Edward L., Mary E., Albert R., Frank K., Ralph
J., Roy W. and George W.

For more than a quarter of a century Mr. Hanlon has resided in Colorado and has
ever been loyal to the welfare and best interests of the state. He has put forth every
effort to improve business conditions and persistent energy has enabled him to overcome
all difficulties, which have seemed rather to serve as an impetus for renewed effort
on his part.


An excellent farm property of forty acres pays tribute to the care and labor bestowed
upon it by Otto Vogel. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, on the 11th of July, 1863, he is a
son of Jacob and Judith (Haupt) Vogel. The father, a farmer by occupation, first came
to the United States in 1867, making his way to Dallas, Texas, then a town of fifteen
hundred inhabitants. His loghouse still stands there although it has been moved farther
out, two or three times, as the city grew. Two years later he returned to the land of
the Alps, where he remained until 1881 and then again came to the new world, after
which he took up the occupation of farming in Kansas, where he lived for a year. He
next came to Colorado and settled near Broomfield, purchasing one hundred and sixty
acres of land which he carefully cultivated and developed to the time of his death,
which occurred in 1909. To him and his wife were born three children: Emma, Ida and

The last named attended school in Switzerland. He came to the new world with
his father, upon the latter's return to this country in 1881 and upon his father's death
received forty acres of land, which he has since owned and cultivated. Prior to his
marriage he had assumed the management of his father's entire farm and has thus
been long and extensively identified with agricultural interests in his section of the
state. His methods are at once practical and progressive and he is actuated by a spirit'
of advancement in all that he undertakes. He has studied the conditions and the needs
of the soil, knows the crops that are best adapted to climatic conditions here and has
so directed his efforts that annually he has gathered good harvests.

On the 20th of August, 1889, Mr. Vogel was married to Miss Eliza Langmeler, a


daughter of Heinrlch and Susan Langmeier, the wedding being celebrated in Denver.

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