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wife of Joseph Owen, of Tipton, Iowa; and Jacob H., of this review. In March, 1856,
Henry Welty removed with his family from Ohio to Tipton, Cedar county, Iowa, and
took up his abode upon a farm near Rock creek. Later he removed to a farm at Vir-
ginia Grove, there residing for seven years, after which he established his home on
a farm near Clarence, Iowa, where he resided until after the death of his wife, which
occurred on the 26th of December, 1878. Subsequently he married Mrs. Cline and



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after her demise wedded Mrs. Margaret Foreman. Following her death In 1896 he made
his home with his son, William R., and his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Owen, in Clarence,
Iowa, to the time of his death, which occurred in 1906.

Jacob H. Welty was reared and educated in his native county, remaining under
his father's roof until he had attained his majority, when he removed to Sumner
county, Kansas, and took a preemption claim of one hundred and sixty acres, which
he improved and cultivated for two years. In the fall of 1880 he drove across the
country to Boulder county, Colorado, and entered the employ of George Zweck, for
whom he worked as a farm hand until 1884. In the interim he carefully saved his
earnings and then purchased his present place of one hundred and sixty acres, which
he has since splendidly improved. He has set out a large number of trees upon his
farm and has a big orchard in excellent bearing condition. He has carefully and
systematically developed his land and has added to his original purchase until he
now owns a half section to the west adjoining his home place and has more than
twenty-four hundred acres in a mountain ranch. He also has fifty-seven acres adjoin-
ing the town of Fort Morgan and another tract of one hundred and sixty acres near
Fort Morgan, together with a half interest in a place of one hundred and sixty acres,
his brother being his partner in the ownership of the last mentioned property. He
makes a business of feeding cattle and has for years specialized in the raising of pure
bred Aberdeen Angus. He is also feeding a large number of cattle on his Fort Morgan
farms and his mountain ranch is well stocked. He is a stockholder in the Longmont
Farmers' Mill at Longmont.

On the 24th of September, 1891, Mr. Welty was married to Miss Augusta Zweck,
a daughter of his former employer, George Zweck, and his wife, Mrs. Mary (Greub)
Zweck, who were natives of Prussia and of Switzerland respectively. The father
came to America in early life with his parents, who settled in Floyd county, Iowa,
near Charles City. In 1859 he arrived in Colorado and built the Zweck Hotel at Long-
mont. now known as the Imperial. He was a partner in the Prussian mine at Gold
Hill and he also bought land in Boulder county, where he began farming, winning
substantial success in that undertaking. He owned over two thousand acres of land
and resided thereon to the time of his demise, which occurred December 25, 1906.
His widow survives and is yet occupying the old homestead. Mr. and Mrs. Welty
have but one child, Roy Virgil, who was born February 13, 1896, and is now farming
his father's place.

Mr. Welty is a member of the Masonic fraternity and is a loyal exemplar of the
craft. The family attend the Presbyterian church and in these associations are found
the rules which govern their conduct. His political allegiance is given the democratic
party but he has never been an aspirant for office. He has worked diligently and
persistently as the years have gone by in the conduct of his farming and stock rais-
ing interests and has gradually enlarged his holdings and his business affairs until
he is now one of the prosperous ranchmen of Weld county.



JAMES JENSEN.



James Jensen, living on sections 12 and 13. township 4, range 69. in Larimer
county, his place being a mile north and a half mile east of Berthoud. is engaged
extensively in the raising of pure bred Percheron horses, registered Poland China
hogs and registered Holstein cattle. In fact he is giving the greater part of his time
and attention to stock raising, in which business he displays sound judgment, while
his unfaltering energy enables him to overcome all the difficulties and obstacles in his
path. He was born in Denmark, November 21, 1867, a son of Soren and Christina
(Johnsen) Jensen, both of whom were natives of Denmark. The father was a
farmer in the old country throughout his entire life and there passed away in October,
1900, while the mother's death occurred in November, 1872.

James Jensen spent his youthful days in Denmark and in Kansas and the
schools of his native country and of the new world afforded him his educational
opportunities. From the time that he was twelve years of age he worked out and in
1891 he came to the United States, making his way to Nebraska, after which he
was employed as a farm hand in that state and in Kansas for four years. On thel
expiration of that period he came to Colorado, where he was employed for two or
three months and then began farming on his own account by renting land in Weld
county. He cultivated that place for a year and then took up his abode in Larimer
county on the same. section where he now lives. He cultivated rented land for five




RESIDENCE OP JAMES JENSEN




MRS. JAMES JENSEN




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years and then purchased his present place, comprising one hundred and sixty acres
of land. This he at once set about improving and today he has one of the best places
in his section of the state. As his financial resources have increased he has purchased
more land from time to time and now owns three hundred and twenty acres, all of
which he cultivates. He produces large crops and at the same time he is extensively
engaged in stock raising, making a specialty of handling pure bred Percheron horses,
Holstein cattle and Poland China hogs. He likewise makes a business of feeding cat-
tle and sheep and thus adds materially to his income. He is a man of excellent
business ability, keen sagacity and sound judgment and his cooperation has been an
important element in the successful conduct of various interests. He is now the
secretary of the Berthoud Lake & Reservoir Company of Berthoud, is the president
of the Mclntyre Lateral & Ditch Company, a stockholder in the Handy Ditch Company,
the president of the Sunny Slope Reservoir Company, a stockholder in the Consoli-
dated Home Supply Ditch & Reservoir Company and a stockholder in the Longmont
Farmers' Mill & Elevator Company and in the llilliken flour mill. All of these
enterprises profit by his assistance and his keen business discernment.

On the 6th of January, 1898, Mr. Jensen was united in marriage to Miss Katie
Deitricksen, a daughter of Peter and Matilda (Johnson) Deitricksen, who are natives
of Denmark and came to America in the '70s. They settled in eastern Kansas, taking
up their abode in Doniphan county, where Mr. Deitricksen purchased and improved
land which he has since owned and cultivated. His wife is also living. To Mr. and
Mrs. Jensen have been born ten children: Roy, Francis, Bessie, John, George, Ethel,
James, Jr., Robert, Ruth and William.

Fraternally Mr. Jensen is well known as a member of the Knights of Pythias,
the Modern Woodmen of America and the Woodmen of the World. His religious faith
is that of the United Brethren church. Politically he is a democrat and is an active
worker in support of party interests. In 1916 he was made the democratic candidate
for the office of county commissioner but was defeated by ninety-nine votes. He
was also at one time candidate tor county assessor, on which occassion he was de-
feated by about two hundred votes. In 1902 he returned to Europe on a business
trip. His military record covers six months' service with the army. His grand-
father in the paternal line fought the Germans in 1848, 1849 and 1850 and his father
was in the war in 1864, when the Germans took Kiel and the remainder of Holstein
and Slesvig. He has a brother who served with the United States army and two
sons who registered for service. The home place of Mr. Jensen is a very attractive
one, highly improved with all modern conveniences, and forms one of the pleasing
features of the landscape.



BENJAMIN PRESTON.



Benjamin Preston passed away in 1913, after long and honorable connection with
the ranching interests of Larimer county. He was born in England. May 9, 1848,
and traveled life's journey for sixty-five years. His parents were Benjamin and
Ellen A. (Mallows) Preston, who were natives of the same country. The father was
a farmer in England until the last few years of his life. He then crossed the Atlantic
to the new world and made his home with his children, as did his wife, both having
now passed away.

Benjamin Preston was reared and educated in England and when he had reached
the age of eighteen years he bade adieu to the friends and scenes of his childhood
and crossed the Atlantic. He first made his home with an uncle in Michigan, where
he completed his education, and in 1868 he arrived in Larimer county, Colorado, cast-
ing in his lot with its pioneer settlers. He first cultivated a farm on the Big Thomp-
son and also operated a threshing machine for a few years. Upon his land he ran
cattle. In 1877, however, he purchased what is now known as the Preston farm of
one hundred and sixty acres. It was then a tract of wild land but with characteristic
energy he began its development and cultivation and his labors soon wrought a
marked change in the appearance of the place, which he brought to a high state of
development. He set out many trees, added substantial buildings and continued
the further improvement of the place throughout his remaining days. He made a
specialty of raising Defiance wheat and took several prizes upon this crop. He also
made a business of feeding cattle and sheep and thus added materially to his income.

It was on the 18th of November, 1874, that Mr. Preston was united in marriage to
Miss Hessie S. Bell, a daughter of Thomas P. and Lettia (Ferguson) Bell, who were



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natives of Ireland. The father came to America when a boy in company with his
parents, the family home being established in Chicago. Later he returned to Ireland
but after reaching man's estate and having a family he once more came to the new*
world, crossing the briny deep in 1864. He located at Paterson. New Jersey, and after-
ward lived at various points but in 1871 came to Colorado and settled at Evans, Weld
county, where he took up a homestead which he cultivated for a considerable period.
At length he came to Larimer county and bought a place a mile northeast of Harmony.
His attention was given to the development of its fields until he sold out and went
to live with his daughter in Denver, there passing away in 1906. For a long period
he had survived his wife, who died about 1892. To Mr. and Mrs. Preston were born
four children: Clara L., now the wife of J. B. Halderman, a farmer residing in
Larimer county, and their children are, Thelma Lucille and Byron Preston; Charles
Benjamin, who is operating the old home place and who was married January 16,
1910, to Agnes C. Gilford, by whom he has three children, Gladys I., Ruth L. and
Benjamin Gifford; William A., at home; and Mabel T., who died May 3, 1895.

The family circle was again broken by the hand of death when on the 26th of
October, 1913, the husband and father passed away after a short illness. He had served
as county commissioner of Larimer county the year before his death. He was a mem-
ber of the Grange and of the Farmers Union, gave his political allegiance to the
republican party and was a devoted follower of the Presbyterian church. He had
many sterling traits of character, was faithful in friendship, loyal in citizenship and
devoted to the welfare of his family.



FREDERICK L. RISER, M. D.

Dr. Frederick L. Riser, well known as an able and successful physician but
now engaged in commercial fisU raising, was born in Lansing, Iowa, on the 9tli of
July, 1858, although for many years he has made his home in Colorado. He is a son
of Fred and Barbara (Marti) Riser, who came from Switzerland to this country in early
life and were married in Iowa. The father homesteaded there in 1852 and trans-
formed a tract of wild land into rich and productive fields. He has always given his
attention to the occupation of farming but is now living retired at the advanced age of
eighty-four years.

Dr. Riser is the second son in a family of four sons and one daughter who were
born of his father's first marriage, while there were five sons and eight daughters of
the second marriage. He was educated in the district schools of Lansing, Iowa, and
afterward attended the German-English College, from which he was graduated with
the class of 1880. He then took up the profession of teaching, which he followed for
four terms but regarded this merely as an initial step to other professional labor,
for it was his desire to become a member of the medical fraternity. With that end in
view he attended the Homeopathic Medical College of Missouri at St. Louis, from which
he was graduated in 1884. His high standing is indicated in the fact that he passed the
examination ahead of the fellow members of his class and received a scholarship
prize.

Dr. Riser located for the practice of medicine in his native town of Lansing,
Iowa, where he remained from 1884 until 1888. He then removed to Lincoln, Nebraska,
where he opened an office and continued in active practice until 1897. With the
outbreak of the Spanish-American war in the following year he went to Douglas,
He next removed to De Queen, Arkansas, where he practiced for six years and while
Wyoming, and afterward to Rawlins, Wyoming, where he remained for three years.
there he put out a peach orchard of forty-five acres and to its cultivation and develop-
ment gave his time and attention as well as to his medical practice. He later removed
to Denver and contemplated the practice of medicine in that city but instead purchased
four and one-half acres of land near Henderson and began commercial fish raising,
specializing in rainbow trout. At the start he had one hundred thousand eggs biit lost
most of these, as they were brook trout. He then began raising rainbow trout and has
won a very substantial and gratifying measure of success. To his first purchase of
land he added eleven and one-half acres and later made an additional purchase of tea
acres. He now has one main spring ditch with numerous laterals and he has also
built a water system to the house for domestic use. During all this time or until July,
1917. he practiced medicine in connection with fish raising but found that he could
not do justice to both and retired from the profession. He is now one of the success-
ful and prominent fish raisers of this section of the state and has studied hard to



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make the business what it is. He has followed progressive and scientific lines and he
now supplies the leading hotels and principal clubs of Denver throughout the year
with rainbow trout.

On the 17th of October, 1904, Dr. Riser was married in Lincoln, Nebraska, to
Miss Cora Hubbell and they have one son, Frederick Oliver, now thirteen years of age
and a pupil in the eighth grade of the public school of Henderson. In his fraternal
relations Dr. Riser is a prominent Mason, having taken the degrees of the York Rite
and also of Korein Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Rawlins, Wyoming. He is a repre-
sentative of the Woodmen of the World and gives his political allegiance to the republi-
can party, in the principles of which he firmly believes. He is loyal to every interest
having to do with the welfare and progress of the community in which he makes his
home. Wherever he has lived he has won high regard and the warm friendship ot
those with whom he has come in contact by reason of his personal worth as well as
by reason of his professional ability. Turning his attention to fish raising, he greatly
enjoys the business in which he is now engaged and in which he is so wisely directing
his efforts that success in substantial measure is today his.



REV. JOHN JOSEPH BROWN, S. J.

Rev. John Joseph Brown, president of the College of the Sacred Heart of Denver,
was born at Eagle Harbor, Michigan, on the 7th of February, 1867, a son of Matthias
and Margaret (Allard) Brown. The mother was an Alsatian by birth, while the
father was a native of Michigan. They removed westward to Denver when their
son, John J., was nine years old, in October, 1876, the centennial year, and Father Brown
has therefore been identified with Denver for forty-three years. He pursued his educa-
tion, following his preliminary course, in St. Ignatius University of San Francisco,
California, and later became a student in Woodstock College at Woodstock, Baltimore.
He was ordained to the priesthood on the 28th of June, 1896, by James Cardinal Gibbons
and in the same year became identified with the College of the Sacred Heart of Denver.
After teaching for three years he was made manager of the college and continued in that
position for two years. For the past seventeen years he has been president of the
institution. During the period after becoming manager he was for one year connected
with St. Stanislaus Seminary of St. Louis, Missouri, and for two years he was pastor
of St. Patrick's church in Pueblo. During his long term as president the institution
has been thoroughly modernized. The laboratories are among the finest in the west,
having the most complete equipment, facilitating the work to the highest possible point.
A large gymnasium has been added to the school and in every way the institution
has grown to be one of the great Catholic colleges of the country. Reverend Brown is
untiring in his zeal in behalf of the school and his labors have been a most direct
and potent element in securing the desirable results which have been brought about.



WILLIAM M. WRIGHT.



William M. Wright, residing a mile and a half north of Loveland, his home being
on section 2, township 5, range 69 west, was born in Adams county, Ohio, October 17,
1838, and has therefore passed the eightieth milestone on life's journey. During
this long period he has witnessed many events which have shaped the history of this
country and of the world, while in his home locality he has taken an active part in
upholding those interests which have contributed to the material, social and moral
progress of the community. His parents, Finley S. and Nancy M. (Mclntyre)
Wright, were also natives of Ohio, where the father followed the occupation of farming
until 1846, when he removed with his family to Iowa, settling in Lee county near
Keokuk. He there purchased land which he cultivated for ten years and then removed
to Hancock county, Illinois, where he carried on general agricultural pursuits until
1868. He afterward went to Page county, Iowa, and later moved across the line
into Missouri, where he purchased land which he further developed and improved
throughout his remaining days. He passed away May 29, 1886, having for a number
of years survived his wife, whose death occurred in November, 1867.

William M. Wright was reared and educated in Iowa and Illinois and remained
with hi3 parents until he had reached the age of twenty-two years, when he began
working as a farm hand for others. He was thus employed until 1862, when he



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to the country's call for troops, enlisting with the boys in blue of Com-
pany C, Seventy-seventh Illinois Infantry, with which he served until the close of the
war, or for a period of three years, being mustered out on the 10th of July, 1865,
at Mobile, Alabama. Several times his clothing and cap were pierced by bullets but
he was uninjured, returning to his home with a most creditable military record.

Mr. Wright then resumed work as a farm hand and later rented land, which he
cultivated for a year. He afterward spent two years in eastern Iowa and two years
in western Iowa, subsequent to which time he removed to Kansas, where he took up
a homestead claim that he cultivated from 1S72 until 1879. In the latter year he came
to Colorado for the purpose of looking over the state with a view to locating in the
west and in 1880 he bought a relinquishment, which he at once began to develop. He
has since concentrated his efforts and attention upon this place, which he has brought
under a high state of cultivation until it is today a valuable ranch property of one
hundred and sixty acres — the visible testimony of his life of well directed energy and
thrift.

In March, 1866, Mr. Wright was married to Miss Arminta D. Puntenney and to
them were born six children. Samuel, the eldest, born February 22, 1868, is married
and is now farming his father's place. Myrtie J., born August 24, 1869, became the
wife of C. E. Puntenney and passed away in Pueblo, Colorado, November 14. 1906,
at the age of thirty-seven years, leaving two children: Hattie, who is now a school
teacher in Weld county; and John W., a member of the United States army. Elizabeth,
born June 18. 1871, died September 28, 1893, at the age of twenty-two years.- John,
born January 19, 1874. is residing in Loveland. Colorado. Arminta, born February 29,
1876, died November 17, 1893, at the age of seventeen years. Martha M., born May 20,
1878, is the wife of Walter Evett, who is farming in Larimer county. The wife and
mother passed away December 29. 1912, after an illness extending over several years.

In his political views Mr. Wright is a prohibitionist, which indicates his attitude
concerning the suppression of the liquor traffic, and he has done everything in his
power to promote the temperance cause. While in Kansas he served as postmaster for
five years but otherwise has not held or desired office. He belongs to the Grand Army
of the Republic and thus maintains pleasant relations with his old military comrades.
His religious faith is that of the United Presbyterian church, of which he became a
member in 1862 and of which he is now a ruling elder. He has always taken a helpful
interest in the work of the church, and his aid and influence have always been given
in support of those plans which are looking to the uplift of the individual and to the
benefit of the community at large. His has been an honorable and upright life, in which
he has little to regret, having held to high ideals, commanding the respect, confidence
and goodwill of all with him he has been associated.



GEORGE M. GRIFFIN.



George M. Griffin, of Brighton, who is filling the office of clerk of the district court,
is numbered among Colorado's native sons, for his birth occurred three miles south
of the city in which he still resides. His natal day was September 27, 1868, and his
parents were George C. and Lucelia (Rust) Griffin, who in the year 1859 had crossed
the plains to Colorado, casting in their lot with the pioneer settlers of this section of
the state. In 1860 the father took up a homestead, which he developed and improved,
continuing active in farm work until two years prior to his death, which occurred in
1910. He bore a helpful part in promoting the agricultural development of the dis-
trict and he also left the impress of his individuality upon the political history of the
state, having been a member of the first state legislature.

George II. Griffin was educated in School District No. 10 and afterward spent
two years as a student in the Agricultural College at Fort Collins. He then took up
farming on the old home ranch, having previously had much experience in farm work
during the periods of vacation. He continued to devote his time to the cultivation
of the land until 1903, when he was called to public office by appointment of Governor
J. B. Orman to the position of county treasurer of Adams county. He continued to
serve in that position for six years, having been twice elected. He next became con-
nected with the Brighton Ice, Light & Power Company as its secretary and treasurer
and is still active in that line of business, which constitutes an important commercial
element in Brighton. Six years ago, however, he was again called to public office
by appointment as clerk of the district court of the first judicial district, his appoint-
ment coming from Judge Harry S. Class. He is still serving in that capacity and his




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record is one which has gained for him high commendation from the court and from
the bar.

Mr. Griffin was married on the 14th of March, 1891, in Hazeltine, Colorado, to



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