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whatever success has come to him is attributable to his own efforts, so that he can
be truly called a self-made man.


W. Hixson is the owner of one of the finest farm properties not only of
Elbert county but of this section of the state. A beautiful residence, large and sub-
stantial barns and sheds and every equipment of the model farm are found upon his
place. His entire life has been devoted to agricultural pursuits. He was born upon
a farm near Hillsboro, Iowa, March 21, 1857, a son of David and Phoebe (Sayers)
Hixson. The Hixson family removed from Kentucky to Iowa, three generations living
in the latter state. Their ancestral line in America dates back to the colonial period.
On the paternal and maternal sides the family comes from Ohio.

In 1898 George W. Hixson arrived in Colorado and homesteaded on the site of
his present farm, securing a tract of land which constituted the nucleus of his present
extensive possessions, covering twenty-four hundred acres. He is carrying on his opera-
tions in a partnership connection under the firm style of Geo. W. Hixson and Sons.
They make a specialty of feeding beef cattle and raising shorthorns and Poland China
hogs. Theirs is the only beef feeding and cattle finishing point in this section of
Colorado, the firm becoming pioneers in this line. They have so developed their inter-
ests that the farm is regarded as one of the show places in their section of the state.
They have model barns and two big silos, together with every equipment necessary
for the care of stock and of grain.

Mr. Hixson was married in Iowa on the 14th of March. 1883, to Miss Lizzie Enders-
by, who comes of English ancestry. They are parents of three sons and a daughter.
One of the sons, Bryan W., has enlisted at the Fort Collins Agricultural College. The
other sons are: Loren B., who is at home; and B. Rex, who is married. The daughter,
Verna May. is also under the parental roof.

The career of George W. Hixson is one of marked progress. He is a man of keen
sagacity, farsighted and enterprising, and has been actuated at all times by a laudable
ambition that has ever prompted him to take a forward step when the way was open.
His life record indicates the fact that activity does not tire but gives resistance and


that power grows through the exercise of effort. He is today a strong and resourceful
man, strong in his honor and good name, strong in his ability to plan and perform.
Carlyle has said: "Obstacles in the path of the weak often become stepping-stones
to the strong," which statement finds verification in the life record of George W. Hixson.


Charles Voegtle, who passed away on the 27th of September, 1917, was closely
associated with the business interests of Boulder, where for a long period he was
active in the real estate field. He was born in Baden, Germany, June 7, 1841, a son
of Anton and Frances (Friedrich) Voegtle, whose family numbered eight children,
five sons and three daughters. The father was a farmer and keeper of vineyards in
Germany and never came to the new world.

The son crossed the Atlantic to America in 1865 and made his way direct to Quincy,
Illinois, where he secured a position in the Dick Brothers Brewery. There he advanced
rapidly by reason of his adaptability and faithfulness. He remained in that position
until 1875, when, attracted by the opportunities of the growing west, he removed to
Boulder, Colorado, where he began business on his own account, building a brewery
which was operated under the firm style of Weisenhorn & Voegtle. He was thus
active until 1884, when he sold his interest to his partner, and from that time he gave
his attention to a fruit farm about one mile out of Boulder. He also conducted a
small fruit farm of ten acres at the corner of Third avenue and Fifteenth street.

On the 2Sth of January, 1869, Mr. Voegtle was married to Miss Johanna Weisen-
horn, a native of Germany and a daughter of Silas and Barbara (Zaehringer) Weisen-
horn, who came from Germany in 1857 and settled in Quincy, Illinois, where Mr. and
Mrs. Voegtle were married. She is still living in Boulder with her daughters, Barbara
Frances and Mrs. John Reinert. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Voegtle were as fol-
lows; August Anton, who passed away in 1911 at the age of forty-one; Barbara Fran-
ces, residing with her mother; Charles Joseph, of Nashville, Tennessee, who married
Ivy Montgomery, by whom he has a daughter. Ivy; and Emma Caroline, who wedded
Francis John Reinert, of Boulder, and has four children, Paul, Carl, Francis J. and

Mr. Voegtle was a German Catholic in religious faith. He took much interest in
his home and little fruit farm and cared nothing for political activity. He acquired
considerable wealth as the years passed and his business affairs were carefully con-
ducted. In 1911 he built the Voegtle block in Boulder, which is one of the handsomest
office buildings of the city.


Arthur Ponstord is actively engaged in the practice of law as senior partner in the
firm of Ponsford & Carnine of Denver. He was admitted to the bar in 1895 and the
following year entered upon the active work of the profession, in which he has since
successfully continued. A native of England, he was born at Netley, Southampton, on
the 24th of April, 1870, a son of the Rev. William and Susan Dora (Ruddach) Ponsford,
the former a native of Netley, Southampton, while the latter was born in Scotland. The
father became a clergyman of the Church of England and devoted his life to that holy
calling, passing away in 1900. His wife is also deceased. In their family were seven

Arthur Ponsford, whose name introduces this review, pursued his education in
private schools of Thorpe Mandeville, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. Crossing the
Atlantic, he spent several years in Canada and in 1887 came to the United States. In
1889 he made his way westward to Denver and ultimately deciding upon the practice
of law as a life work, began preparation for the profession. He was admitted to the
bar of Colorado in 1895 and the following year entered upon the active practice of
law in Denver, forming a connection with Stuart D. Walling, who was afterward a judge
of the court of appeals. That association continued for five years, at the end of which
time Mr. Ponsford was alone in practice until 1905, when he became a member of the
firm of Hersey & Ponsford. He practiced in that connection for two years and was
then again alone until 1917, when he was joined by Charles F. Carnine in the organiza-
tion of the present firm of Ponsford & Carnine, which has since continuously existed.


They make a specialty of banking law and Mr. Ponsford acts as counsel for various banks
and corporations. He is thoroughly informed concerning this branch of jurisprudence
and his ability is pronounced. He belongs to the Denver, the Colorado State and the
American Bar Associations and thus keeps in touch with the active work of the pro-
fession, with the high ideals for which it stands and with the purposes which it wishes
to accomplish. He has always been a close and discriminating student of law, is strong
in the presentation to a cause before the court, is logical in argument, clear in reasoning
and is considered a safe and wise counselor. For twenty years he has been counsel for
the Denver National Bank and also for the Denver Stock Yards Bank and various other
important financial institutions. He turns from heavy professional cares and responsi-
bilities to the pleasure and recreation which he gets in farm life. He is much interested
in Holstein cattle and has a fine herd upon his farm at Willow Springs, near Mount
Morrison, Colorado.

On the 7th of May, 1897, Mr. Ponsford was married to Miss Julia Emily Houghton,
a sister of Rev. Dr. John Henry Houghton, a very prominent and honored resident of
Denver, who passed away in December, 1917. He was the rector of St. Mark's Episcopal
church and was greatly beloved by his people. To Mr. and Mrs. Ponsford have been
born two children: Dorothy Muriel, who was born January 6, 1900, and is "now attending
the Wolcott School in Denver; and Barbara, who was born November 19, 1907, and is
a pupil in Washington, D. C.

Mr. Ponsford's social nature finds expression in his membership in the Denver
Athletic Club and the Lakewood Country Club. Fraternally he is a Mason, having
membership in Albert Pike Lodge, No. 117, of Denver, of which he is a past master,
and he also belongs to Colorado Consistory. No. 1, A. & A. S. R., having thus attained
the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite. He has likewise crossed the sands of the
desert with the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, belonging to El Jebel Temple. In politics
he is an independent republican, for while he usually votes for the men and measures
of the party, he does not consider himself bound by party ties. He is a very active
and interested member of St. Mark's Episcopal church, in which he is serving as a ves-
tryman, and he is also a trustee of the diocese of Colorado. He does all in his power to
advance the interests and promote the work of the church and stands loyally in support
of all these forces which are of cultural value and which promote the uplift of the
individual or advance the welfare of the community at large. He holds to high profes-
sional standards in the practice of law and few men are as careful to conform their
practice to the advanced ethics of the profession as is Arthur Ponsford.


Arthur W. Fitzgerald, who for eight years has been a representative of the Colorado
bar, practicing at Boulder, is now a meml>er of the firm of Tedrow & Fitzgerald, which
is accorded rank among the leading law firms of their section of the state. Mr. Fitz-
gerald is a native of New York, his birth having occurred in Lorraine, Jefferson county,
in 1879. His paternal grandfather, Joseph Fitzgerald, was born in Ireland and came to
America with his brothers in early manhood, settling first in New York city. He
afterward removed to Jefferson county. New York, where the family home was long
maintained. In response to the call of his adopted country for aid in the Mexican war
he donned the nation's uniform and went to defense of American interests on the
southern border. His son, Frank Fitzgerald, is a native of Jefferson county, New
York, born in the year 1852. There he spent the period of his boyhood and youth
and after reaching man's estate wedded Drucilla Fisher. He has always remained
a resident of the Empire state and now lives in Orwell, New York, where his wife
passed away in 1911.

The removal to Orwell was made during the very early childhood of Arthur W.
Fitzgerald, who there spent the first twenty years of his life and acquired much of
his early education, although his high school course was pursued at Pulaski, New
York, where he was graduated with the class of 1897. He afterward entered the
State University of Indiana at Bloomington, where he pursued his more specifically
literary course, winning the Bachelor of Arts degree as an alumnus of 1904. He
then took up the profession of teaching, becoming principal of the high school at
Gosport, Indiana. He next went to the south and spent two years in teaching at
Cuero, Texas, and on the expiration of that period was chosen principal of the
high school at Ennis, Texas, of which he had charge for a year. At the end of that
time he came to Boulder and entered the law school of the Colorado State University,


for he had determined to make the practice of law his life work. He completed
his course by graduation with the class of 1910, at which time the LL. B. degree
was conferred upon him. He at once entered upon the active work of the profession
in the office of Richard H. Whiteley, now deceased, and in January, 1912, he be-
came associated with Harry B. Tedrow. who in 1914 was called to the office of
United States district attorney. The partnership relation, however, continues and the
firm of Tedrow & Fitzgerald occupies a prominent position at the Boulder bar.

On the 16th of August, 1914, in Boulder, Mr. Fitzgerald was united in marriage
to Mrs. Elizabeth (Turrell) Andrew, a daughter of the late J. W. Turrell, who was a
pioneer druggist of Longmont, Boulder county, Colorado. Mr. Fitzgerald is an Episco-
palian in religious faith. His political allegiance is given to the republican party,
and while he is greatly interested in the vital questions and issues of the day and
keeps well informed on all important political matters, he does not seek nor desire
office. His military record covers service with a cavalry company of the Colorado
National Guard. He is now concentrating his undivided interest and attention upon
his professional duties and his devotion to his clients' interests is proverbial. He has
the faculty of presenting most clearly and forcefully a truth which he wishes to impress
upon the minds of his hearers and his oratory, clothing sound logic, carries conviction
and merit has enabled him to mount the ladder of fame.


Robert Lewis Euler, occupying the position of sheriff of Boulder county and mani-
festing the utmost promptness, fearlessness and capability in the discharge of his du-
ties, was born in Warsaw, Illinois, in 1S68. His father, William D. Euler. was born
in Germany in 1829 and came to the United States in 1844. After living for many
years in the middle west he removed to Colorado in 1872 and his last days were spent
in Boulder, where he departed this life in 1915. He had at that time been a resident
of the state for forty-three years, for he came to the west when Colorado was still
under territorial rule and when the work of development and progress was yet in its
pioneer stages. Through the passing years he bore his part in the task of reclaim-
ing a wild region for the purposes of civilization and in advancing the welfare of his
community along all lines of progressive citizenship.

His son, Robert Lewis Euler, was a little lad of but four summers when the family
came to this state. He was reared in Boulder and pursued his education in its public
schools. He turned his attention to the livestock business when about nineteen years
of age and has directed his attention in that field of activity to the present time. He
has become one of the leading live stock dealers of his section of the state and has
conducted his business in a very extensive and progressive way.

On the 20th of February, 1895, in Denver. Mr. Euler was united in marriage to
Miss Georgia Lindley Williams, a daughter of the late Lindley Williams. They have
become the parents of three sons, namely: Lou W., Robert Rowland and Clinton Olney.
The family attend the Congregational church. Mr, Euler has membership with the
Masons and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and is loyal to the teachings of
these organizations. His military experience covers service as a member of Company
H of Boulder, a company of the Colorado National Guard, with which he was identified
for three years. He has always voted with the republican party and in 1913 he was
chosen to the office of under sheriff of Boulder county and served in that capacity for
four years. In 1916 he was elected sheriff and in the following January entered upon
the duties of the position for a two years' term. He is making an excellent record
in office by reason of his faithfulness and fearlessness, doing everything in his power
to curb crime and maintain the highest standards of law and order.


Hugh L. Shellabarger, mayor of Castle Rock, was born in Littleton, Arapahoe
county, Colorado, October 9, 1870, a son of George and Emily (Drummond) Shella-
barger, both of whom were natives of Ohio. They became residents of Littleton in
1869, at which time the father homesteaded and turned his attention to ranching.

Reared under the parental roof, Hugh L. Shellabarger completed his public school
education by graduation from the high school, after which he spent two years as a



student in the University of Denver and also pursued a commercial course at Spring-
field, Ohio. For ten years he was with the Denver Union Water Company in different
capacities and during the latter part of that period acted as foreman of the filter plant.
Later he spent four years as representative of the firm of O'Brien & Rhoades, who
were contractors and builders of water plants. Mr. Shellabarger acting as superintend-
ent of construction on several plants in western Colorado and Arizona. In 1906 he
embarked in business on his own account at Littleton, forming a partnership with his
brother William tor the conduct of a grocery store at that place. In 1914 they came
to Castle Rock, where they now conduct the leading grocery house of the city. They
carry a large and attractive line of staple and fancy groceries and in fact their store
contains everything that the market affords. They have built up a trade of gratifying
proportions through honorable and progressive methods, closely studying the wishes of
their patrons and putting forth every effort to please. At the same time their prices
are reasonable and thus the number of their customers is continually increasing.

In 1897 Mr. Shellabarger was united in marriage to Miss Lula Eagleton, a native
of Ohio, and to tfcem have been born two children, Gertrude E. and Ruth E. The
former is a high school graduate and is now successfully teaching, while the latter
is still a high school .student. The family attend the Methodist church and Mr. Shella-
barger is a member of the Woodmen of the World and the Knights of Pythias. His
political allegiance has always been given to the democratic party and he has fre-
quently been called upon to serve in positions of public trust, being a member of the
town board, also a school trustee and treasurer of the school board, while for three
years he was a member of the school board of Littleton. In 1917 he was elected mayor
of Castle Rock and made so creditable and satisfactory a record during his first term
that his fellow townsmen again called him to the position and he is now serving for
the second time. He exercises his official prerogatives in support of all progressive
measures and movements, his course justifying his classification with the most valuable
officials of the city as well as with its substantial merchants and business men.


J. F. Barnhill. president and general manager of The Colorado Pitchblende Com-
pany, occupies a conspicuous position in the mining circles of Colorado, and among
the younger men of the state in that industry he stands foremost.

Mr. Barnhill was born February 20, 1885, on a farm near Brashear, Adair county,
Missouri, a son of George W. and Cecelia (Howk) Barnhill. The father was born in
Louisville, Kentucky, while the mother was a native of Adair county, Missouri.

George W. Barnhill was a well known farmer and stock raiser and his death
occurred in 1897, leaving a widow and two sons. The widow remarried and now
lives at Kellogg, Idaho. Of the sons J. F. is the elder while the younger, Roy L., is
prominently identified with the Acme Manganese Mining Company of Hot Springs,

J. F. Barnhill as a boy attended the public schools in Gibbs, Missouri, later sim-
ilar institutions at Farmington and Walla Walla. Washington. His education since
the age of sixteen has been largely acquired in the school of experience. He began
making his own way at the age of thirteen. However, as circumstances permitted
he studied at night and in this way added materially to his previous limited educa-
tional training. When he started out to do for himself he was employed at ranching
in Washington. He was too ambitious to limit his progress to these lines and seeking
something where advancement would be more rapid he went back east, to St. Joe,
Missouri, where he became an apprentice in the trade of machinist. Here he found
a wider field for his natural mechanical skill which was soon evidenced by his invent-
ing the interlocking rail which he patented. He devoted considerable time to this
invention, which, as a result of prolonged litigation has failed to-date to bring him
as much of a reward as he is entitled to. He was connected with the Wrought Iron
Range Company of St. Louis, being employed by that firm at St. Louis. Missouri. In
1909 he came to Denver and for some time was in the employ of the Chicago, Burling-
ton and Quincy Railroad, after which he became connected with the mining industry
as vice president and managing director of the Golden Age Mining and Reduction
Company of Boulder county, as well as in connection with other mining properties.
Mr. Barnhill acquired a knowledge of the rich mineral deposits of that section of
the state and discovered that the great deposits of fluor spar ore on the Colorado



Pitchblende Company's property at Jimtown carried extraordinary values In uranium,
radium and other rare minerals. The fluor spar underlays approximately two square .
miles of territory and extends from the surface down to unknown depths. It is tlie
largest known uranium-radium deposit in the world. Assays of concentrates taken
from this property and made by Victor Blanc, one of the leading chemists In the
state, show values of $914.16 per ton, not including the fluor spar, which averages
about seventy per cent in the crude ore, and when concentrated to an eighty-five
per cent product. Itself yields about twenty-two dollars per ton gross. It is to
the development of this wonderful property that Mr. Barnhill as its president and
general manager. Is now devoting his energy. A plant of one thousand tons daily
capacity is planned, which on the authority of engineers and experts will yield a
daily profit that most mining projects would be glad to secure In a month.

Mr. Barnhill's interests include numerous other mining properties among which
is the Acme Manganese Mining Company of Hot Springs, Arkansas, of which he is
president and general manager. His keen executive ability and great power as an
organizer have been valuable factors in his business connections and have brought
him into prominence in industrial and financial circles. He Is a member of the Colo-
rado Manufacturers' Association.

While yet a man of less than middle age he has achieved a success that reflects
a whole lot of credit upon him. Thrown on his own resources at an early age his
progress has been wholly of his own making and not without the "hard luck" that to
one less determined might have proven a stopping point in his career.


Dr. Samuel Grover Phillips, a prominent homeopathic physician and surgeon of
Denver, whose hospital work and wide general practice have gained for him a place in
the front rank of the representatives of the homeopathic school in the city, was born
in Hindsville, Arkansas, January 6, 1863. His father, the late Samuel G. Phillips,
was a native of Alabama and was of English descent. The family traces its ances-
try back to a period antedating the Revolutionary war and settlement was originally
made in the New England states. Samuel G. Phillips became a successful planter
and through the later years of his life resided in Arkansas. His early life, however,
was- spent in southern Missouri and Texas and during the Civil war he served with
the Confederate army, becoming captain In an Arkansas regiment. He was at the
front throughout the entire period of hostilities between the north and the south. He
had previously been a large slaveholder and he became a well-to-do planter of Arkansas,
where he continued to make his home until his death, which occurred in that state
in 1896, when he was seventy years of age. In politics he was a stanch democrat
and served as sheriff of Madison county, Arkansas, while for one term he was also
county assessor. Fraternally he was connected with the Masons. He married
Elizabeth Johnson, a native of Tennessee, where her family has been represented from
pioneer times. They come of English and Scotch ancestry and the family was estab-
lished on American soil at an early period in the development of the new world. Mrs.
Phillips had a brother. Hon. Robert Johnson, who was a prominent jurist of Madison
county, Arkansas. Mrs. Phillips passed away at the age of seventy-two years. She
had become the mother of nine children, two sons and seven daughters.

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