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ignoring this principle, might prove innocuous. When, however, the representative
feature of our government is encroached upon to the extent that judicial officers and
judicial decisions are declared to be subject to recall at the election of the people
as a whole, we strike at the very foundation of our liberties and of our form of
government. Against any encroachment, however plausible the scheme, which strikes
at a principle so vital as the independence of the judiciary and the principle which
would select and call to duty a person specially fitted for the performance of that
duty, we need to be constantly on our guard. Upon their loyalty to these principles
depends the loyalty of our citizens to our government, for after all loyalty to our
government depends upon loyalty to the written constitution of our fathers."

When not engaged in his professional duties his chief pleasures are found in
his home, his books, his church and travel as opportunity affords. He is a member
of the University Club of Denver and of its board of directors, of the Denver Club, the
Denver Motor Club, an honorary member of Phi Delta Phi, and a member of the
Denver, Colorado, and American Bar Associations.



JAMES ABSALOM MAULDIN.

James Absalom Mauldin, deceased, was one of the extensive landowners of Elbert
county, prominently and actively connected with its agricultural interests for many
years. He was born in Hall county, Georgia, September 16, 1846, a son of Terrill W.
and Sarah (Jackson) Mauldin. The father died in the year 1862 and the support of
the family then devolved upon James A. Mauldin of this review, who at that time was
a youth of but sixteen years. The burden was a heavy one for young shoulders, but
he bravely faced conditions and did everything possible to promote the interests and
welfare of the family. He had pursued his education in the Hall county public schools
and when twenty-one years of age he decided to leave his native state and seek the
opportunities of the growing west. Accordingly in 1867, accompanied by his mother
and his three younger sisters, he came to Colorado, settling in Elbert county, where
he secured land. As the years passed his labors brought to him increasing financial
resources and he made judicious investments in property until at the time of his
death he was the owner of sixteen hundred and twenty acres of valuable land in the
vicinity of Elizabeth. He converted the wild and arid tract into rich and productive
fields, from which he annually gathered good harvests, and he added many modern
and attractive improvements to his farm, transforming it into one of the valuable
ranch properties of the district.

Mr. Mauldin was twice married. He first wedded Miss Caroline McCurry, a native
of Missouri, who passed away in the year 1890. On the 25th of February, 1892, he was
married at Geneseo, Illinois, to Miss Frances E. Tee. of Cambridge, that state, and
they became the parents of five children, James F., William B., Charles Wesley,
Harold Stratton and Nellie Ruth. Mrs. Mauldin's father and mother and two of her
sisters were born on the Isle of Wight, while the Mauldin family comes of Scotch-
Irish ancestry. William B. Mauldin, the second son. is in the service of his country,
having been trained at Camp Cody, New Mexico, and at Camp Dix, New Jersey. He




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is now in France, valiantly defending the cause of his country and of the allies
in this world struggle for democracy. The youngest son, Harold Stratton, was in the
new draft.

Mr. Mauldin gave his political allegiance to the democratic party and his fellow
townsmen, recognizing his worth and ability, frequently called upon him for public
service. Three times he was elected county commissioner, making a most creditable
record in that office. He passed away February 24, 1908, after a residence of forty-
one years in Colorado. He was therefore a witness of the greater part of the growth
and development of the state, for pioneer conditions existed at the time of his arrival
and he and his mother and sisters had to face many of the privations and hardships
incident to the settlement of the frontier. As the years passed, however, these dis-
appeared before an advancing civilization and Mr. Mauldin was among those who
contributed in bringing about the marked change which has made Elbert county one
of the most progressive and prosperous sections of the state.



GEORGE FRANK;LIN CHASE.

George Franklin Chase, of Boulder, passed away on the 27th of October, 1918, at
the age of eighty-one years. During the latter part of his life he lived retired but for
many years had been prominently and successfully identified with agricultural pursuits,
his prosperity enabling him in his later years to enjoy a rest which he truly and
richly merited. He came to Colorado from far-off New England, his birth having
occurred in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1837. His paternal grandfather, Nicholas Chase,
was a native of New Hampshire and was a descendant of Aquilla Chase, who with
two brothers came from England to America, becoming founders of the family in the
new world. George W. Chase, father of George Franklin Chase, was born in New
Hampshire, spent his youthful days in that state and was married there to Miss Ann
Mathews, who passed away in 1839, after which he was married again, in 1844. He
later removed to York county, Maine, where he opened a little general store in New-
field, conducting business for a few years. He then sold his stock and turned his
attention to the clothing trade at that place, carrying on the business until about
1857. Subsequently he concentrated his efforts and attention upon farming in York
couny, Maine, and was thus identified with Its agricultural development until his
demise, which occurred in 1874.

George Franklin Chase pursued his education in the public schools of York
county, Maine, and in other districts where the family lived. He was twenty-two years
of age when he came to Boulder, Colorado, arriving in the year 1S59 and thus casting
in his lot with the earliest pioneers of this section of the state. The city of Boulder
had just been laid out and the work of progress and improvement seemed scarcely
begun, but he had the prescience to discern something of wliat the future had in
store for this great and growing western country and, obeying the dictates of his
judgment, he gathered the reward of his labors in the fullness of time. He at once
took up wild land and with characteristic energy began the arduous task of developing
a new farm. Many hardships and difficulties confronted him, but he persevered and
in the course of years transformed the wild tract into richly productive fields, from
which he annually gathered substantial harvests. He always retained possession of
the land which he settled upon in 1859. for which he later obtained a patent from the
government and which to the time of his death remained a source of substantial and
gratifying income to him.

On the 14th of May. 1864, in Biddeford. Maine, Mr. Chase was united in marriage
to Miss Augusta A. Staples and to them were born four sons and a daughter, but the
last mentioned died in infancy. The eldest son, Frederick L., was graduated from
the University of Colorado in the class of 1886 and afterward won the degree of
Doctor of Philosophy in Yale University in 1891. He was astronomer at the Yale
Observatory until 1913, when he returned to Boulder and is now living with his
mother. George Arthur, the second son, died in 1897, at the age of thirty years.
Charles H. has also passed away, and Harry A., the youngest son, was graduated
from the University of Colorado in 1899 and departed this life in 1902. The only
member of the family who married was George Arthur, the second son, who wedded
Dora Milner but left no children.

In politics Mr. Chase was a stalwart republican, having supported the party
from the date of its organization to the time of his demise. He once s.erved as county
commissioner of Boulder county, Colorado, filling the position for three years, and he




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also served as one of the first trustees of Boulder. He was a member of the Colorado
Home Guard during the period of the Civil war. Fraternally he was a Knight
Templar and Royal Arch Mason and when called to his final rest he was serving
for the forty-fourth year as treasurer of Columbia Lodge, No. 14, A. P. & A. M., a
record which it is believed is unprecedented in Masonry. He was a Congregationalist
in religious faith and did much active work in behalf of the church and in support
of Masonry, exemplifying in his life the beneficent spirit of the craft -which is based
upon a recognition of the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God. His life
was indeed an honorable and upright one and constituted an influencing factor for
good in the community in which he so long lived. Great indeed were the changes
which came to Boulder and the surrounding district during the period of Mr. Chase's
connection with the state, and as one of the honored pioneers and substantial citizens
he deserves mention in the history of Colorado. He remainod an officer of the First
Congregational church in Boulder from its organization in 1866 until the time of his
demise, this being the second Congregational church organized in Colorado territory.
When death called him, his pastor pronounced a fitting eulogy upon him, in which he
said: "Deacon Chase came from a race of sturdy men. He had the pioneer spirit.
He lost neither his religion nor his conscience by the side of the long trail across
the plains. He brought a New England conscience into the new land where distinctions
of right and wrong were not always any too clear. For conscience sake, during the
long, slow journey across the country by ox teams, he and a few companions rested
each Sabbath while others of the original caravan pushed on. On the same day, how-
ever, all reached Boulder together. Those who had kept their faith finished strong
and fresh; the others, with tired bodies and worn-out teams. Such men as he stood
against the drift towards carelessness and Indifference in the early days. He stood
without wavering for the things of the spirit when most men were seeking only gold.
He early identified himself with the Congregational church and for more than fifty
years filled the office of deacon with honor to himself and the church. His unusual
fidelity has been a bulwark. It kept weaker souls true to their tasks. Duty was not
a word he disliked.

"In times of grief, men found, in his stanch faith, comfort and hope. Because
he lived faithfully, it has been easier for other men to resist sin, work cheerfully and
bear grief manfully. It could be said of him, as was said of another Godly man,
'Whenever he walks by my shop I say to myself. There goes a true man, and that
moment everything good in me feels stronger, and I find it easier to live as I ought.'

"There was a solidity and firmness in his character that makes it fitting to say
that he was, 'As an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest.'

" 'A man shall be as rivers of water in a dry place.' We who live near the plains,
once called 'The Great American Desert.' and have watched the streams flow down
from snowy heights and spread out in a thousand streamlets, giving, through their
beneficent ministrations, the beauty of growing crops and the riches of abundant
harvests, can appreciate this figure of speech. Such is the man who mediates between
the heights of God and the dry plains of human life. 'Down from the heights of life
where uptower to heaven the great ideals of faith and hope, of duty and destiny,' come
the streams that beautify and fructify the great stretches of ordinary life. We are
all better because some men live with the Eternal, and through them, out into the
channels of friendly intercourse, flows the grace of God.

"Deacon Chase was a man of God. His religion was not a form, a mere attempt
to satisfy God by rite and ceremony; nor was it the correct and ungracious goodness
of the mere legalist. Religion was his life. We cannot think of two distinct sides
to the man, one secular and the other sacred. His piety was natural and unaffected.
He knew what it was to feed upon heavenly bread and drink from the spiritual foun-
tains, but he lived as he prayed and he prayed as he lived. He was a churchman
because it was in the 'fellowship of kindred minds' that he found it easier to meet
and serve God. His worship was earnest and sincere; his church work as natural
as his farming.

"Some religious men dwell always in the heights. But the truly great are those,
like Moses, who come down from the mountain with the word of God for the people.
What finer thing can be said of a man than that his life was a channel through
which flowed kindness, justice, love! Such men make churches possible. They keep
community life high minded and true spirited. We ordinary men owe more to these
spiritually minded men than we are ever willing to acknowledge. No community
grows into strength and nobleness of character without such men. Should they pass
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life and ugly in its culture. It is entirely fitting that we cherish the memory of all the
quiet, unobtrusive men who, like Mr. Chase, are 'as rivers of water in a dry place.'

" 'A man shall be as a shadow of a great rock in a weary land.' Notice the pic-
ture this figure suggests: The caravan has trekked its silent, dusty way along the
weary road for hours. It halts for a rest beneath the shadow of a great cliff by
the wayside. In the coolness and restfulness of the shade the springs of human fellow-
ship bubble forth. The toil of the road is forgotten except as subject of jest. Heart
reaches out to heart, voice answers to voice, and laugh kindles laugh, until spirits as
well as bodies are made fresh for the journey once more. So the shadow of the rock
may stand for the refreshment and joy that come from God's Great-hearts who ease the
toil of life's journey by their cheer and good fellowship. In their presence the
tragedy of the way is softened and the joys are heightened. All blessings on the
men who relieve the weariness of life by their cheeriness, the strain of life by their
kindness, and ease the friction of the way by the oil of gladness! They are the real
peace-makers who shall be called the Children of God.

"Mr. Chase was such a man. His was the friendly heart that makes a good com-
panion whether at work or play. He smoothed human relations by his own good-
temper. He was a man of peace, tactful and conciliatory, whose differences with other
men were righted by friendly council rather than in courts of law. He possessed the
cheering, healing grace of kindliness, — a virtue beyond appreciation in a world of
irritable people. It meets the hosts of sour looks and ungracious words and scatters
them by its magic. It softens the asperities of life and brings smiles where frowns have
been. There are great men we admire from afar; good men who inspire us by example;
but it is the kind man in whose shade good fellowship thrives. We have many ways of
measuring the greatness of our fellows; but I am sure that if all the feeble folk, the little
children, and the weak and infirm could decide who are great, the kindly man would be
king of them all.

"Mr. Chase did his part, by a kindly spirit, to wipe out contentiousness, harshness
and pain, and to send men singing along the way. He truly 'lived in a house by the
side of the road and was a friend to man.' The Journey of Life has been made easier
and pleasanter for many of us who have rested by the way in the shadow of his gracious
personality.

"Mr. Chase lived his life nobly and then came to the moment of translation quietly
and beautifully at the close of an evening of friendly talk in his own home. He passed
with a heart filled with goodwill, and^ rich in the esteem and love of lodge, church and
community. He built his life into these institutions, and as long as they endure, his
personality will be potent for good among us. He loved life, yet because he loved life,
he did not feav death. He felt that the man who lives with God lives an eternal life
over which death has no power. His body served the spirit for more than the allotted
time and so it was fittingly laid aside for a spiritual body in which he serves his Master
and 'grows rich in a deeper sanctity.'

"Do you ask the secret of this modest, gracious, beloved man? It has been an open
secret to those who have known him at all intimately. He was Christ's man. Could
he respond to these words, he would say with the Psalmist and all truly great, 'Not
unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give the glory, for Thy mercy and Thy
truth sake.' He would say with the great Apostle, 'The life I lived in the flesh I lived
by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.' "



PERRY DAVIS.



Important business interests and oificial duties have claimed the time and atten-
tion of Perry Davis, who is one of the prominent live stock dealers of Elbert county,
also well known as a bank president and as a public official. Mr. Davis was born in
Charleston, West Virginia, on the 1st of January, 1868, a son of Robert Hamilton and
Sarah Jane (Hall) Davis. The mother came of an old Virginian family established
in that state in early colonial days. The father was born in West Virginia and there
resided until 1871, when he removed with his family to Jewell county, Kansas.

Perry Davis was at that time but three years of age. He pursued his education in
the schools of Kansas and in his early youth took up farm work, to which he gave his
time and energies until 1889, when at the age of twenty-one years he made his way to
the Divide country and filed on a claim near Simla, in Elbert county. During that
period he was recognized as one of the most daring as well as one of the most reliable
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of the state and a member of the State Live Stock Commission. Mr. Davis has recently
been appointed brand inspector for Simla and Matheson. As the years passed on he
acquired large tracts of land and is today one of the prominent ranchmen of his section
of the state. There is nothing concerning the range nor cattle raising in any connec-
tion with which he is not familiar and his unfaltering Industry and intelligently
directed efforts have brought him substantial success. When the Matheson State Bank
was formed a few years ago he became its president and is still at th« head of that
institution.

On the 19th of November, 1917, Mr. Davis was united in marriage, to Miss Clara
M. Roberts, of Phillipsburg, Kansas, a brilliant and talented woman of liberal educa-
tion, thoroughly versed in the literature of the day.

Mr. Davis Is a stalwart democrat and four years ago was elected sheriff of Elbert
county, which is normally republican by a majority of three hundred. In 1916 he was
reelected by a majority of six hundred and seven, the largest vote ever given any
officer in the county. He was again nominated in 1918 but declined to become a can-
didate for a third term, as his growing business Interests now make full claim upon
his time and attention. His elections are proof of his personal popularity and the con-
fidence reposed in him by his fellow townsmen, who have found hirn a loyal and fearless
officer, doing much to preserve law and order. However, his business affairs have been
steadily developing and his ranching interests are now extensive and important, while
as president of the Matheson State Bank he is closely associated with financial interests
of the locality.



HENRY A. LINDSLEY.



Henry A. Lindsley, one of the ablest members of the Denver bar, is a representa-
tive of that prominent coterie of men who have constituted a dynamic force in the
development of Denver's greatness through the advancement of her material interests
and the upholding of her legal, intellectual and moral status. Mr. I>indsley was born
in Lebanon, Tennessee, March 30, 1871, a son of Henry Stevens and Mary Bashie
(Atkins) Lindsley. Henry A. Lindsley comes from a family that has been promi-
nent in educational and professional circles in Tennessee ever since it was first estab-
lished in that state by Dr. Philip Lindsley, D. D., the great-grandfather. The latter
was vice president for years and later president elect of the College of New Jersey at
Princeton, now Princeton University, before going to Tennessee, where he organized
the University of Nashville and remained its president for several years. On his
mother's side the ancestors of Henry A. Lindsley were among the pioneers of Louisiana.

Accorded liberal educational opportunities, Mr. Lindsley obtained his degree of
Bachelor of Arts from Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1889, and
the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1890, when not yet twenty years of age. He came at
once to Denver and in 1893 the firm of Whitford & Lindsley was organized, which
later became the firm of Decker & Lindsley. During the next seven years Mr. Lindsley
■won for himself a place among the most prominent of the younger attorneys of the
city. In 1899, when only twenty-eight years of age, he was elected district attorney,
serving for four years. On the 1st of December, 1902, he was. under the newly adopted
Article XX of the state constitution, required to and did fill not only the office of
district attorney but also that of county and city attorney. In 1904, when a charter
was finally adopted, he was appointed attorney of the city and county of Denver by
the late Mayor Robert W. Speer. and remained his adviser and closest friend until
Mr. Speer's death. It required the greatest legal skill to pave the way for the physical
development of Denver. The great plans of Mayor Speer, which are now evident in
a wonderfully beautiful and improved city, were not easy of execution. At every point
there was opposition. It was to this task, of sweeping aside the litigation which oppo-
nents of civic betterment were constantly invoking, that Mr. Lindsley devoted his
wonderful energies and resourceful mind. There was so much of this work that the
recital of it would cover many pages. For example, the first great fight made on
Mr. Speer's plans was on the question of the validity of special assessments. The
decision meant either progress or its opposite to Denver. Mr. Lindsley had the cases
advanced on the docket and won them all. after one of the greatest legal battles in
the history of western municipalities. The era of public improvement in Denver
started when the fight was won. The bond issue for an auditoriur^ of which the
people of Denver are now so proud, was three times defeated. It was fought in the




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courts under the leadership of one of the greatest legal minds in the west. The strug-
gle was, in fact, Herculean, for the men of the opposition brought every legal techni-
cality into play. Here, too, Mr. Lindsley won out. It is but scant justice to him to say
that there is hardly a great public improvement planned by Mr. Speer, and scarcely
a great reform or innovation projected, in the planning and execution of which he did
not go to Mr. Lindsley for advice. He closely studied all of the grave, complex and
important problems that came up in connection with the city's rebuilding and im-
provement and Denver certainly owes to him a debt of gratitude in that he removed
every legal obstacle that hindered civic growth, progress and development. Mr. Linds-
ley has been connected as attorney or in an advisory capacity with practically every
constitutional case decided by the supreme court of Colorado since 1900 and a large
majority of these have been decided in favor of the side on which he contended. Today
he is justly counted one of the leading members of the Colorado bar, a man whose
legal knowledge is based upon a rare native shrewdness as well as a resourceful and
analytical mind.

Mr. Lindsley was married to Miss Ada H. Sherman, a daughter of Nathaniel Sher-
man, and they have one son, Henry Sherman Lindsley. Mr. Lindsley is a member
of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and is a Mason of the thirty-second degree
and also a Shriner. His club memberships include the Denver Athletic Club and the
Lakewood Golf Club. He is also a member of the Denver Civic and Commercial Asso-



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