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ideal home. He is still the owner of the old homestead property east of Fort Collins,
near Timnath. He was married January 2, 1900, to Jessie Fox, of Odebolt, Iowa, and
they have three children, Harry, Dorothy and Harold. George S. Carpenter still con
tinues to engage in farming and stock feeding and is one of the representative ranch
men of the community.

Mrs. Sarah Loveland, a daughter of Daniel Carpenter, was married December
10, 1872, to Revilo Loveland and they lived near Windsor, Colorado, for several years
but later removed to Fort Collins, where Mrs. Loveland passed away and was laid to
rest in 1916. Her husband still resides there at the advanced age of eighty-two years
and he has a very clear memory of his early adventures in the state, when he was in
the employ of the government upon the frontier in 1857, guarding the country from
Denver to Laramie, Wyoming, against the Indian depredations. He came west from
Connecticut for his health and remained in the government service for eight years,
employed in various ways. He then retired to the farm near Windsor and devoted


his attention to its development and cultivation. He is a man ot unusual, sterling
character and many newcomers have been encouraged and cheered by his good advice
and generous hospitality. He still relates many interesting experiences which have
become matters of history and which have contributed to making Colorado the great
state that it is today.

Mr.s. Mattie Bosworth, a daughter of Daniel Carpenter, the Greeley pioneer,
became the wife of Harlan P. Bosworth, a native of West Virginia, who removed to
Larimer county, Colorado, at which time Bellvue was his postofBce, Subsequently he
removed to Stove Prairie. To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Bosworth, which was
celebrated in March, 1879, there were born two sons, Jay S. and Homer C, who assisted
their father in his agricultural labors and the clearing of the farms in the mountains,
where they raised stock. They also made a specialty of the production of seed potatoes
for the valley and later Homer C. Bosworth became a forest ranger in Montana.

Alfred B. Carpenter, a son of LeRoy S. and Martha A. (Bennett) Carpenter, men-
tioned elsewhere in this work, and a grandson of Daniel Carpenter, has done a great
deal toward the improvement of the home farm near Greeley, as he very early dis-
played natural aptitude in promoting irrigation. When but ten years of age he com-
menced to irrigate successfully and took the job of thoroughly irrigating his father's
farm, while later he performed an equal service on his own land near Ault. He was
married September 6, 1904, to Mary Edna Caward. of Butler, Missouri, and to them
were born three daughters. Mabel, Ida and Emeline, all of whom were born on the
father's farm two and a half miles west of Ault. There Alfred B. Carpenter developed
a new farm of one hundred and sixty acres. He also owned a farming property east
of Ault but disposed of these tracts of land in 1913 and removed to other new lands
near Gowanda in Weld county, on the new line of the Union Pacific Railroad, extending
from Denver to Fort Collins. There he has continued farming and has earned the just
reputation of being one of the best potato growers of the state, having tested the moun-
tain soil as a restorer of the run-out potatoes of the valley, by his own efforts, on a
claim he homesteaded near Stove Prairie in Larimer county.


Hon. John W. Goss is now living retired in Longmont. His career has been one ot
activity and usefulness, for he was long numbered among the prominent farmers of
Boulder county and in public affairs he has been a contributing factor to the welfare
and progress of community and commonwealth. Twice he has represented his district
in the state legislature.

Mr. Goss is a native of New York, his birth having occurred in St. Lawrence
county on the 11th of May, 1840. His parents were Darius and Sophia (Blackstone)
Goss. The father was a native of Vermont, and the mother of New York. They were
married in the Empire state and there resided until 1852, when they became residents
of Kent county, Michigan, taking up their abode upon a farm. In addition to cul-
tivating his land the father engaged in preaching as a minister of the Methodist
Episcopal church. Both he and his wife passed away in Michigan and of their family
of eight children four are now living.

J. W. Goss of this review spent the period of his boyhood and youth in Michigan
and acquired his education there. He was a young man of twenty-one years when in
1861 he responded to the country's call for aid and joined Company C of the Twenty-
first Regiment of Michigan Infantry. He went to the front with that command and
stanchly aided in the defense of the Union, returning to his home with a creditable
military record. In 1864 he drove an ox team across the country to Colorado and took
up his abode in Boulder county, where he secured a homestead. Later he purchased
more land but has since sold this property to his children. He is, however, the owner
of a fine residence in Longmont, where he now resides. For many years he was
actively and successfully engaged in general agricultural pursuits and brought his land
under a high state of cultivation. He is one of the stockholders in the farmers' mill
and elevator of Longmont. He assisted in the organization of this company, which is
one of the things that has put the county ahead, and his cooperation therewith is some-
thing of which he has every reason to be proud.

On December 15, 1867, Mr. Goss was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Olcott, who
was born in the state of New York, a daughter of Philander and Elizabeth H. (Stevens)
Olcott, who were likewise natives of New York. In 1852 they removed to Michigan,
where they continued to reside until called to their final rest. To Mr. and Mrs. Goss


have been born six children: Bertha, now the wife of F. Lee Johnson, of Palmer, Idaho;
W. D., who is also living in that state; Percy A., of Boulder county; John B. and
James A., twins, who are successful ranchers; and Charles N., following the same line
of occupation. All the children now occupy honorable positions in lite and are a credit
to their parents. The latter have passed their fifty-first wedding anniversary and
have ever been true helpmeets to each other. They knew each other from early life,
as they come from the same neighborhood in Michigan, Mr. Goss having taught the
school in which Mrs. Goss was one of the pupils. Dependent only upon themselves,
they started married life and they have fashioned their own success. The prosperity
that has come to them and their present ease they richly merit, having devoted many
years of hard work to attain that measure of affluence which has permitted them to
place their children in respectable positions in life and to now live upon a competency
sufficient for their wants.

The parents attend the Congregational church and are interested in all that works
for progress, development and improvement in the community. Mr. Goss is a member
of the Grange, with which he has been identified for forty years. His political allegiance
is given to the democratic party and, active in its ranks, he was elected to serve in the
nineteenth general assembly of the state legislature, where he made a creditable record,
and he also served in an extra session called by Governor Ammons. He gave earnest
consideration to the vital problems which came up for settlement and proved an able
working member of the lawmaking body of Colorado. His life, carefully directed in
its purposes and activities, has been productive of substantial results and today he is
one of the men of affluence of Longmont and, moreover, he enjoys the highest respect
because his success has been most honorably won.


In the election of 1918 there probably was among the larger honors bestowed
by the state none more justly and deservedly given to any candidate than the one
which Hon. James R. Noland received in his reelection to the ofl5ce of secretary of
state. Not only is Mr. Noland a well known and well informed newspaper man of
Denver, of positive ideas and accomplishments, who has had a deep insight into public
affairs and vast experience, but he has also always been a loyal adherent of his party
and as secretary of state has ably demonstrated his peculiar fitness for the office. While
Mr. Noland occupies an eminent place on the roster of state officials, he has never
lost the common touch and to his old friends he is still plain "Jimmie" Noland and
such he will always affectionately remain to them.

Mr. Noland was born in Jackson county, Missouri, February 18, 1-873, a son of
Hinton H. and Mary Elizabeth Noland. There he was reared and in the acquirement
of his education he attended the common and high schools of that state, including
Westminster College at Fulton. Missouri. In September of 1S97 he was united in marri-
age in Kansas City, Missouri, to Miss Ida B. Matthews, a daughter of James S. and Ella E.
Matthews, and to this union was born one son, James M. Noland, on April 1, 1900. The
family removed to Denver in 1905 and has ever since made the capital city their home.

Since coming to Colorado Mr. Noland has been prominently connected with Denver
newspapers, having given his whole attention to that line of business until elected to
the office of secretary of state, with the exception of three years — from 1909 to 1912—
when he efficiently served as secretary of the fire and police board. As a newspaper
writer and reporter he became familiar with legislative, city hall and statehouse work
and in that way became closely informed in regard to public affairs. Under his own
name he wrote feature stuff which became famous in Colorado and made him eminently
popular. Mr. Noland has also excelled in handling judiciously many newspaper articles
regarding organized labor, which brought him in touch with the working men and in
that way he earned the friendship of union men generally. In this regard the Denver
Post in one of its issues in 1916 said: "In covering any trial growing out of labor
disputes which was difficult to handle he always gave both sides a square deal and there-
fore successfully retained the friendship and confidence of all."

It was in the autumn of 1916 that Mr. Noland's name first became identified with
the democratic nomination for secretary of state. He was named by the executive com-
mittee of the democratic state central committee when the resignation of William F.
Allen as democratic nominee was formally but reluctantly accepted, the committee hav-
ing united upon Mr. Noland after considering his qualifications most carefully and
from every point of view. At that time the Denver Post of October 8, 1916, wrote:



"To everybody the new candidate is plain 'Jimmie' Noland and the committee feels that
in putting him on the ticket they have placed before the voters a name known to every
county in the state, for Mr. Noland's work as newspaper writer during the last several
years has taken him into every section of the state, just as his service as secretary of
the Denver fire and police board from 1909 to 1912 added thousands to the number of
his personal acquaintances and friends." At that time the Denver Post said also:
"If anyone has a wider personal acquaintance than Jimmie Noland that person's name
does not occur at this moment," and this statement still stands today and to it it may
be added that all of this large acquaintance are thoroughly agreed as to the high qualities
of character of Mr. Noland as well as his executive ability and entire fitness for the
position to which in 191S he was reelected on the democratic ticket in the face of a
state-wide republican landslide, as a just tribute to these qualities.

To his duties in the office of secretary of state Mr. Noland brings rare qualifications,
partly intuitive and partly acquired. He has a judicial as well as an executive mind,
is well versed in the law and, moreover, as a newspaper man has gained a deep insight
into general conditions pertaining to all walks of life, which highly qualifies him for the
multitudinous duties which fall to his lot. He has introduced a number of short cuts
and systems into the administration of his office which have proven of great benefit to
the public in that they have not only accelerated and facilitated the work but have
made that work of greater benefit at less expenditure. Mr. Noland has always seen to
it that in the relationship with the general public the greatest courtesy has been main-
tained by all officials and clerks serving under him and information desired from his
office or any business transaction with it receives careful, painstaking consideration.

Mr. Noland is a member of the Denver Civic and Commercial Association, the
Optimist Club and the Denver Press Club, and from his college days has retained mem-
bership in Phi Delta Theta fraternity. The affectionate regard in which he is held by
his newspaper friends is evident from the fact that he was president of the Denver
Press Club during 1911-12 and the high position which is accorded him as an editorial
writer is founded entirely upon his merits. His opinions have always been based upon
penetrating studies and before coming to this state he was for many years a valued
member of the editorial department of different Kansas City (Mo.) newspapers.

Mr. Noland throws his whole soul and effort into the administration of his im-
portant public duties, which have been especially trying during the last years under
war conditions, and he has fully sustained that confidence which all who know aught of
him have in regard to his ability, experience and honorable purpose. His wife is one
of the most widely influential women in Colorado and is affectionately and universally
known as "Mrs. Jimmie." She and Mr. Noland have always been inseparable chums.
The son was in the students' reserve corps and is now attending, the State University
at Boulder.


Although Walter J. Prendergast is now nearing his eighty-sixth birthday he is
still actively engaged in the live stock industry in Larimer county, where he owns a
valuable ranch on section 36, township 7, range 69 west, four miles south of Fort
Collins. Through enterprise and industry he has become recognized as one of the
leading citizens of his part of the state, having not only attained individual pros-
perity but also having played a conspicuous part in making his section the rich agri-
cultural district which it is today. A native of Ireland, Mr. Prendergast was born in
Mayo county, in the western part of the island, on Easter Sunday, 1833, a son of
Patrick and Margaret (Laughlin) Prendergast, also natives of the Emerald isle. The
father followed agricultural pursuits in his native land but in later life went to Eng-
land, where he died in 1846, his widow surviving until 1852.

Walter J. Prendergast was reared and educated in Ireland but in 1848, at the age
of fifteen, also went to England, where he spent six years as a farm hand, becoming
thoroughly acquainted with valuable agricultural methods during this period. In
December, 18.54, he decided upon emigration to America and crossed the Atlantic. Upon
arriving in New York conditions there obtaining at that time in regard to employ-
ment did not come up to his expectations but on the contrary he looked for work for five
or six weeks unsuccessfully, not being able to find anything to satisfy his taste or ability.
During this period he had gone to surrounding districts but instead of finding a place
he suffered nothing but hardships, so at the end of six weeks he decided to return to the
city and then enlisted in New York as a member of Company K, Seventh United States


Infantry, in 1855. The company was subsequently sent to New Orleans and later to
the Indian Territory, being stationed at Fort Arbuckle until 1855, and in 1857 it was
sent to Leavenworth, Kansas, there remaining for three or four months. It was tlien
sent to Camp Floyd, Utah, where the Mormons were becoming troublesome. Mr.
Prendergast served with the organization for five years, being discharged in February,
1S60, and during part of that time acted as government wagon boss. In 1860 he came
to Larimer county, Colorado, and settled on the Little Thompson, putting up hay for
one year. He then moved to the Poudre river, taking up a homestead of one hundred
and sixty acres, receiving his patent in 1860. He lived there for sixteen years, and then
sold that ranch, and moved to his present location. He is therefore one of the oldest
and most honored pioneers of this district, having ever since made his home here and
having witnessed the development of Colorado from territorial days to its present high
condition of prosperity. When he arrived here he witnessed some of the troubles with
the Indians but personally was not molested by the redskins. As the years passed
and his income from his tract increased he acquired more land and now owns two
hundred and forty acres. He has bought and sold farm lands here all his life and now
has also sold his homestead, having improved the place to quite an extent. His
present farm is highly developed, standing as evidence of his enterprise and industry
and from it Mr. Prendergast receives a most gratifying income. He has always given
his attention to high grade stock and has specialized in feeding cattle, sheep and lambs
for years.

In April, 1860, Mr. Prendergast was married to Miss Martha Hanson and to them
were born six children: Mary, who died in April, 1917; Margaret, the wife of Allen
McLain, who is a college professor located in Canada; John, a successful agriculturist
of Weld county, Colorado; Walter H., who is assisting in the management of his
father's place; Martha, the wife of Clifford S. Atherley, a resident of Ogden, Utah,
where he is engaged in government work; and James, who also is farming part of his
father's property. On April 9, 1917, Mrs. Prendergast passed to the home beyond
after nearly fifty-eight years of an ideal marital union. At the time of her demise
she was seventy-five years of age, and enjoying the best of health throughout her long
life, was sick only a short time before her death.

For many years Mr. Prendergast was a member of the Grange, in which he was
very active, and politically he is a democrat, thoroughly versed in the questions and
issues of the day but not active in public affairs. His religious faith is that of the
Catholic church, of which he is a devoted communicant. His career stands as an
example to a younger generation, showing what may be accomplished in this country
when there is the will to dare and to do, and there is great credit due Mr. Prender-
gast for what he has achieved, as he has attained to an honorable and substantial
position in life entirely through his own efforts and is therefore entitled to the proud
appellation of a self-made man. While pursuing his private affairs he has contributed
to the general welfare by advancing the standards in regard to stock breeding and also
in relation to moral and intellectual development and has thus been a valuable factor
in the upbuilding of Larimer county.


Anthony C. Smith has long been identified with farming interests in Colorado and
Is now the owner of an excellent tract of rich and valuable land near Henderson. He
was born in England, December 17, 1842, a son of Isaac and Ann (Cadman) Smith. He
attended school in his native country until he reached the age of twenty-one years,
supplementing his public school instruction by a course in the Bristol School of Mines,
from which he was graduated with the degree of Mining Engineer. He thereafter
followed his profession in England and for many years was superintendent of mines,
at Rhondda, South Wales. In 1S70 he crossed the Atlantic to the new world and made
his way to Colorado, settling on Plum creek, where he purchased two thousand acres.
For twenty years he devoted his attention and energies to ranching upon that place,
bringing about a marked transformation in the appearance of the property. Conditions
of agricultural life changed much during that period. The wide, open range gave way
to the ranch and the ranch in turn to the small farm. Disposing of his property, he
went to New Mexico where he engaged in lumbering and the operation of large saw-
mills. Returning to Colorado Mr. Smith purchased one hundred and twenty acres of
land near Henderson, on which he has since engaged in general farming and stock
raising. He closely studies the condition of the soil and its needs, and through crop


rotation and every modern method of enhancing productiveness now gathers good
harvests as the reward of his labors.

In England, in 1870, Mr. Smith was united in marriage to Miss Matilda McLeod
and they had four children. The eldest, Anthony Bertram, is deceased.^ Matilda
became the wife of Eugene Conklin and they have two children, Ralph and Alice.
Mabel became the wife of Irving Smith and they have three children, William P.,
Grace Mabel and Irving William. Mary McLeod has passed away. The wife and mother
died on February 11, 1876, and on the 23d of June, 1879, Mr. Smith married Frances
A. Wells, a daughter of James and Frances (Barr) Wells. She was born in London,
was there educated and came to the United States in 1879. There were four children
of this marriage: Cecil Anthony; Leonard McLeod, who married Matilda Huler and
who have two children. Earl Cadman and Gladys A.; Edith Ann; and Herbert Isaac.

In his political views Mr. Smith is a democrat, having supported the party since
becoming a naturalized American citizen. He has served as justice of the peace and
has made an excellent officer in that position, but he has never been a politician in the
sense of office seeking. His religious faith is that of the Episcopal church and his
belief has dominated his life in all of its relations, making him a man whom to know
is to esteem and honor.


Robert Lee Hearon has for nineteen years been connected with the Colorado Fuel
& Iron Company and for the past eleven years has been its traffic manager at Denver.
He was born on the old family plantation near Columbus, Mississippi, December 13,
1865. He has in his possession genealogical records of the family tracing the ancestry
back through many generations. His father Ananias Hearon, was born in South
Carolina in 1816 and removed to Mississippi with his parents when a youth of eighteen
years. At the age of twenty-four he started in life as a plantation overseer and served
in that capacity for ten years. He is said to have been at one time the highest paid
overseer in Mississippi, receiving a salary of a thousand dollars per year. His method
was kindness and fatherly interest in the slaves. At the age of thirty-four years he
bought the plantation of which he was overseer, and after the close of the war and
the emancipation of the colored people, all but two of his former slaves returned to
the plantation and wanted to be taken back by their "massa." In 1873 he came to
Denver and in 1875 brought his family to Denver, his death occurring in this city in
May, 1909. His wife bore the maiden name of Mary Carlisle and is now living in Lin-
coln, Nebraska, at the age of seventy-nine years, her birth having occurred in Aberdeen,
Mississippi, in 1839.

Robert Lee Hearon pursued his education in the East Denver high school, and
entered business life as clerk with the Denver, Texas & Fort Worth Railway Com-
pany, now the Colorado & Southern Railway Company. He continued for eleven
years with the railroad and for nineteen years has been associated with the Colorado
Fuel & Iron Company, in which connection he has won steady advancement and for
eleven years has held the responsible and important position of traffic manager.

On the 23d of November, 1897, Mr. Hearon was united in marriage to Miss Mary
Adah James, a daughter of Reuben and Elizabeth (Coover) James, who were married
in 1865 at Bourneville, Ohio, and in 1872 removed to Coffey county, Kansas, whence in
1894 they came to Denver. The father was a farmer and stockman. He was born
at South Salem, Ohio, in 1838 and died at Longbeach, California, in 1916. His parents
were Reuben and Mary (Shoafstal) James and the former was a son of Reuben James,
who was born at Wilmington, Delaware, and \vho served for thirty-three years in

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