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merited reputation as one of the representative and prosperous young agriculturists of
his community.

On the 26th of November. 1908, Mr. Deering was united in marriage to Miss Belle S.
Strong, who was born at Burr, Nebraska, in May, 1883, a daughter of George and Sophia
(Edwards) Strong, who were natives of Ohio and Missouri respectively. The father,
a farmer by occupation, served for three years during the Civil war with the Guards
of Trumbull county, Ohio. Soon after the close of hostilities between the north and the
south he settled in Otoe county, Nebraska, where he secured a tract of land and devoted
his attention to agricultural pursuits for many years. At length, however, he put
aside the active work of the fields and removed to Peru, Nebraska, there spending the
remainder of his life in honorable retirement. He passed away in September. 1908,
and is still survived by his widow, who yet makes her home in Peru, Nebraska. Mr.
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and Mrs. Deering are the parents of two children: H. Lloyd, who was born October 15,
1909; and Raymond P., \5h0se birth occurred on the 4th of June, 1912.

In his political views Mr. Deering is independent, supporting men and measures
rather than party. His religious faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal church, to the
teachings of which he faithfully adheres. Both he and his wife are widely and favorably
known in Washington county, where the circle of their friends is almost coextensive
with the circle of their acquaintance.



WILLIAM JAMES DOXLOX, M. D.

Dr. William James Donlon. of Denver, who limits his practice to the treatment of dis-
eases of the eye, ear. nose and throat, in which branch of professional service he has
attained marked skill and efficiency, was born in Hudsonville, Michigan, July 18, 1879, a
son of John E. and Elizabeth (Barker) Donlon. The father, a native of Rochester, New
York, is now engaged in the produce business at Pueblo, wliere for some years the family
have made their home. In fact, they removed to Colorado in 1880, at which time Dr. Don-
lon was but a year old. He pursued his education in the public scliools of Las Animas. Colo-
rado, completing a high school course as a member of the class of 1898. He determined
upon the practice of medicine as a lite work and to that end entered the Rush Jledical
College of Chicago, from which he was graduated in 1902 with the JI. D. degree. He
afterward did hospital work in Chicago as an interne in Kedzie Hospital for two years,
gaining that broad knowledge and practical experience which can never be acquired so
quickly in any other way as in hospital work. He then located for the private practice
of medicine in Chicago, where he continued for two years, after which he returned to
Colorado, where he remained for a time. Later he opened an office in Mount Pleasant,
Iowa, where he was located for a few years, and for several years he resided in Chicago,
where in his practice he specialized in the treatment of diseases of the eye, ear. nose and
throat. He did post-graduate work in the Chicago Charitable Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat
Dispensary and Clinics and the Chicago Charitable Hebrew Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat
Dispensary. He also took a course in the Chicago Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat College and
pursued his investigations and studies in the Rush Medical Dispensary and Clinics and
the Kansas City Charitable Dispensary and Clinics. In 1917 he opened an office in Den-
ver, where he is now practicing. He is a member of the medical staff of the City and
County Hospital and his professional colleagues and contemporaries speak of him as
one of marked ability in the field of his specialty.

In 1903 Dr. Donlon was united in marriage to Miss Lucia Ross, of Easton, Illinois,
and they have one daughter, Lucia Joan, three years of age. The parents are members
of the Methodist Episcopal church and Dr. Donlon has held membership with the Benevo-
lent Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Pythias. He is interested in all those
forces which work for community betterment and for patriotic support of the country,
but he has never at any time sought or desired public office, preferring instead to give his
time and energies to his professional duties', which have constantly grown in volume and
importance. He recognizes fully the obligations and responsibilities that devolve upon
him in professional connections and is constantly studying to advance his skill, keeping
at all times in touch with the most advanced thought and the latest scientific research
that has to do with his special field of practice.



HARLON B. PERSONS.

Harlon B. Persons, cashier of the First National Bank of Wellington, was born in
Bradford county, Pennsylvania. October 7, 1890. He is therefore one of the younger
representatives of financial interests in the state but has already made for himself a
creditable place in banking circles. He is a son of Winfield M. and Rose Alice (Woods)
Persons, who are natives of New York. The father was a commercial man of New York
for many years, going there in early life and residing there for an extended period or
until he removed to Nebraska, where he engaged in the horse business for about seven
years, at Norfolk. In October, 1916, he removed to Wellington, Colorado, where he is
now living retired, and his wife is also living.

Harlon B. Persons was reared and educated in Waverly, New York, and in Aurora.
Illinois. Subsequently he continued his studies in the Elgin Academy at Elgin,




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Illinois. He began reading law at Aurora. Illinois, where he pursued his studies for
about two years, after which he occupied the position of accountant with a telephone
company for some time. He afterward removed to Norfolk, Nebraska, and spent a year
as bookkeeper in the Norfolk National Bank. He later became assistant eashier of
the Monowi State Bank at Monowi. Nebraska, continuing with that institution for
five years. In December, 1915, he came to Colorado and established the First State Bank
of Nederland in Boulder county and served as its cashier until July 10, 1916, when he
sold his interests there and removed to Wellington, purchasing stock in the First Na-
tional Bank, of which he has since been the cashier, with W. L. Tanner as president,
W. L. Hauptli and Arthur J. Piatt as vice presidents. The bank is capitalized for
twenty-five thousand dollars, has a surplus of eight thousand dollars and undivided
profits of thirty-five hundred dollars, while its deposits amount to one hundred and
eighty-five thousand dollars. This bank was organized in 1905 and entered upon a
prosperous existence, its business having steadily grown as the years have passed by.
Mr. Persons also has farming interests in his section of the state.

On the 14th of May, 1912, Mr. Persons was married to Miss Vera B. McCoy, a
daughter of H. L. and Flora (Gaskill) McCoy. The father spent his boyhood days at
Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and the mother was reared in Nebraska. Mr. McCoy was a lum-
ber dealer and farmer of the latter state, to which he removed in early manhood. There
he took up a homestead and is still the owner thereof, although at the present time he
is living retired from active business, residing at Hastings. His wife passed away in
August, 1910. To Mr. and Mrs. Persons have been born two children: Landon Monroe,
born July 6, 1915; and Kenneth Claire, born July 12, 1917.

Mr. Persons has always given his political allegiance to the republican party. He
is the present town treasurer of Wellington and previously served as town clerk at
Monowi. Nebraska. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity and his religious faith is
that of the Methodist Episcopal church— associations which indicate the nature of his
interests and the rules which govern his conduct in all of his relations with his fellow-



HARRY E. CHURCHILL.



For thirty-two years Harry E. Churchill has been connected with the legal fraternity
of Greeley and has made for himself an enviable position among his colleagues, being
accounted one of the most successful counselors and pleading attorneys in his part of
the state. He was born in Benton county, Iowa, July 16, 1861. a son of Almon C. and
Anna (Lovejoy) Churchill, natives of Vermont. The father was a farmer and stook
raiser in Vermont, but in 1849 gave up this business in order to proceed to California
to join the gold seekers. He subsequently returned to Vermont and later came west,
locating in Benton county, Iowa, in 1855, and there he bought land which he operated
for some time. He then removed to Linn county, that state, and there followed agri-
cultural pursuits for the balance of his life. He died in 1868, being long survived by
his widow, who passed away in 1892.

Harry E. Churchill was reared and educated In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he at-
tended Coe College. He subsequently entered Western College at Toledo. Iowa, and
after having completed his education became deputy auditor and subsequently deputy
county treasurer of Tama county. This occupation brought him in close contact with
the legal profession and he decided to study law and make this line of work his life
profession. In 1886 he was admitted to the bar at Red Cloud, Nebraska, practicing there
for a short time. In the same year, however, he decided to remove farther westward
and came to Greeley, Weld county, where he has ever since been located. He enjoys a
very large clientage, having successfully handled a number of important cases which
have brought him prominently before the public. He stands high in the estimation of
the bar and the courts and is considered one of the best informed lawyers in his part of
the state All his life he has remained a student and is thoroughly read on legal prece-
dent. He never enters the court room without being well prepared and on account of
this and his logical reasoning is well able to combat any arguments which may come
from the opposing side. His services have been retained in a great many cases of more
than local reputation and he well deserves the success which he has achieved, not only
on account of his professional ability, but because of the honorable principles which
underlie his professional conduct.

Mr. Churchill has extensive farming interests. He has also in lesser degree inter-
ested himself In mining and the oil business and owns a large amount of stock in enter-



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prises of that character. In copper mines he has made heavy Investments, the proper-
ties in which he is interested being mostly located in Arizona and Mexico. He was
for many years a republican, but now gives his support to the democratic party and
has been a delegate to the last two democratic national conventions. His religious
faith is that of the Congregational church and he is interested in the moral progress
of his community. Although his oil interests are extensive and his work demands most
of his time he has been ever ready to lend help to those projects which have for their
purpose the upbuilding of community, county and commonwealth and by his activities
and financial help has made possible the realization of a number of enterprises which
have proven of great general benefit. He is the president of the Iowa Society, which
numbers thirteen hundred members, and is very popular in its ranks. Many are the
friends whom Harry E. Churchill has made in Greeley and all who intimately know
him speak of him in the highest terms of commendation, admiring not alone his
achievements but the qualities of character which are the foundation of his well merited
success.



JUSTICE B. SMITH.



Among the honored pioneers of Boulder county and among its venerable citizens is
Justice B. Smith, who has now passed his eighty-first birthday but is still active in the
operation of important farming interests, giving particular attention to the live stock
business, along which line he has attained remarkable success. All of his neighbors,
in fact all of the residents in his district, honor in him one of the original old settlers,
the remainder of whom have now practically all gone to that better land whence no
traveler returns. His long years of arduous labor have resulted in a prosperity that is
richly deserved and a valuable farm property on section 24, in Boulder county, located
about seven miles northwest of Longmont, stands today as incontrovertible proof of
what may be attained along agricultural lines when industry, foresight, business ability
and experience are combined.

Mr. Smith was born in Michigan, June 18, 1837, a son of Azial and Elizabeth (Lowe)
Smith, the former a native of Massachusetts and the latter of Ohio. The father was also
an agriculturist and went to Michigan when that part of the United States was still a
territory. There he was in the employ of the government for some time, having been
eighteen years of age when he set out upon the adventurous trip to the then undeveloped
middle west. Subsequently he acquired land, which he farmed for a period, but in
1847 he migrated to Illinois, where for five years he was again engaged along agricul-
tural lines. In 1853 he became one of the early pioneers of Iowa and for ten years, or
until 1863, farmed in Butler county, coming in the latter year to Colorado. Our sub-
ject had preceded him by three years, having arrived in this state in 1860, and he sub-
sequently returned to Iowa to bring his father to the new home. During the remainder
of his life Azial Smith made his home with our subject and his sister, passing away in
April, 1880. He had survived his wife for about four years, her death having occurred
in 1876.

Justice B. Smith was largely reared and educated in Illinois but also attended
school in Iowa for two terms. Having thus prepared for life's ardous and responsible
duties, he took up farming, which he followed in Iowa for one year, but in 1860 he
decided to take advantage of the more inviting conditions prevailing in a newer country
and therefore came to Colorado, locating in Blackhawk, where for two years he worked
out by the month. He then went down to the plains and freighted from Omaha to
Denver with ox teams until 1866, receiving gratifying returns from his arduous and
often dangerous undertakings. Those were yet the days of the Indians and many were
the hardships and difficulties which beset those who were engaged in that line of
occupation. Mr. Smith had many interesting experiences in those early days which
would be of interest if set forth, but space forbids. In 1867 he had acquired the means
which permitted him to rent a place near Boulder and in 1869 he filed on his present
farm, which therefore has now been in his possession tor practically a half century.
However, he did not remove to the property until 1879. In almost every conceivable
way he has improved his farm and the first years were fraught with hardships, but he
gradually brought his acres under cultivation, transforming the wild land into pro-
ductive fields. However, as the years passed his Income increased and he acquired more
land until today he owns two hundred acres. His buildings are modern and up-to-date
equipment has been installed and thus he has made his farm one of the most valuable
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siderable attention to stock raising and also has been successful in live stock dealing.
He now feeds about a hundred head of cattle per year and has sixty head of calves.
William J. Smith, a sou of our subject, is in partnership with his father, the former
giving his particular attention to pure bred shorthorn cattle, along which line he
specializes, in fact William J. Smith has largely taken over the management of the place,
in which capacity he has now acted for about twenty years, thus relieving his father
of the more arduous duties connected with farm life.

In March, 1859, Justice B, Smith was united in marriage to Miss Mary Jane Harris,
a daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Courtright) Harris, natives of New York. The
father was an Illinois pioneer and one of the first settlers upon the site where now
stands the great city of Chicago, in fact his eldest daughter was the first white child
born in that city. Arrangements were made to have her attend the Chicago World's
Fair in 1893, but unfortunately her demise occurred two weeks before that period. Mr.
Harris was at one time a very wealthy man, but subsequently entering the banking
business, lost his fortune. Greatly disheartened yet unbroken, he summoned up his
energy and settling down to life's purposes once more, engaged in farming in Dekalb
county, there spending the remainder of his life. He passed awa\ in 1S63 and his
wife's death occurred in 1859.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith of this review became the parents of five children: Lewis
Benjamin, who is a successful farmer located in the southwestern part of this state;
James M., who follows agricultural pursuits in the Arkansas valley near Ordway,
Colorado: Addle S., the widow of Albert Ransom, who died in July, 1903, Mrs. Ransom
now making her home at Manitou, Colorado; John A., who died in November, 1877, at
the age of fourteen years: and William J., who is now so ably assisting his father,
taking charge of the many duties in connection with the management of the home
property. Mrs. Smith died after an illness of two months. July 25. 1902, after forty-
three years of happy married life. Her memory is still revered by many who had the
honor of her acquaintance and remains as a benediction to her immediate family.

Mr. Smith has ever been interested in public movements or enterprises undertaken
for the development and growth of his district and was formerly interested in and a
director of the Longmont Farmers Mill & Elevator Company, which in fact he assisted
in organizing and building. Now, however, he has sold his Interest. He is not a
politician in the commonly accepted sense of the word but has ever been a true adherent
of the republican party and sincerely believes in the republican form of government
as the one most conducive to the best practical results. His religious affiliation is with
the United Brethren church, in the work of which organization he is helpfully in-
terested. Many are the friends of Mr. Smith in Boulder county and in Hygiene and
vicinity there are practically none who do not only know him but thoroughly esteem
in him an honored pioneer and one of those who early in the history of the state here
planted the seeds of civilization which have grown in a comparatively speaking unbe-
lievably short time to rich fruition. As the last old settler of his district he is entitled
to the venerable regard in which he is generally held and the present generation by thus
honoring him only repays a small tithe of thanks in return for the pioneering which
was performed unstintingly and under hardships, difficulties and dangers which can
hardly be realized by those who enjoy present day security and conveniences here.



CORNELIUS AICHER.



Cornelius Aicher, a farmer and stock raiser of Adams county, was born in Germany,
October 3. 1845. a son of Gabriel and Balbine fLehr) Aicher, who were also natives of
that country, where they spent their entire lives. They reared a family of six children,
all of whom are yet living.

Cornelius Aicher, spending his youthful days in his native country, there acquired
his education and in 1868, when a young man of about twenty-three years, came to the
new world, first settling in Iowa City, Iowa, where he lived for a year. He next removed
to ilarshall county, Iowa, where he resided until 1885 and was there engaged in the
cooperage business in the city of MarshalltOvvn. In 1885 he arrived in Colorado, where
he became identified with the cattle industry, and in 1900 he purchased the farm
whereon he now resides, comprising eighty acres all under ditch. He has since greatly
improved this property through the erection of an attractive residence acd fine barns
and outbuildings, providing ample shelter for grain and stock. He uses the latest im-
proved machinery to facilitate the work of the fields and everything about the place is
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In 1873 Mr. Aicher was married to Miss Lena Estel, a native of Germany, and to
them have been bom seven children: Fred, who was accidentally killed at the age of
fifteen years; George E., a farmer; Charles P., a mining engineer; Louis C. and Edward
H., twins, who are with the government in the agricultural department; Mildred A.,
the wife of C. M. Welch, of Denver; and Albert W., who is farming with his father,

Mr. Aicher is a member of the Grange and is interested in all of the work of that
organization to promote knowledge of benefit to the agriculturist. His political sup-
port is given the democratic party, and while he has never sought or held political
office, he has served on the school board. He also belongs to the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows. Mr. Aicher is a self-made man and has made a handsome fortune
since coming to America.



GEORGE E. HOSMER.



George E. Hosmer, collector of United States Customs at Denver, was born near
Onarga, Iroquois county. Illinois, March 10, 1867, his parents being George W. and
Harriet (Stocking) Hosmer, both of whom were natives of the state of New York.
They went to Illinois at an early date, having, however, resided previously for a
time in Ohio, where they were married. Subsequently they removed to Michigan
and in the '60s arrived in Illinois. Their next westward removal took them to Cedar
Vale, Chautauqua county. Kansas, in 1871, and there they remained throughout the
residue of their days. The father died in the year 1894, while the mother passed,
away in 1916. During the period of the Civil war George W. Hosmer enlisted for
active service at the front, joining the One Hundred and Forty-third Illinois Volun-
teer Infantry, with which he remained for three years, coming out of the war as
a corporal. To him and his wife were bom four children: Mrs. Viola A. Pulliam,
living at Cedar Vale, Kansas; Mrs. Electa Hams, also of Cedar Vale, Kansas; John
P., living at Bald Knob, Arkansas; and George E., of this review.

In early life George E. Hosmer attended the public schools near his home and
afterward became a student in the Kansas State Agricultural College of Manhattan,
Kansas. In March, 1887, he arrived in Colorado and settled at Springfield, where he
established the Springfield Beacon. Prior to coming to Colorado he had served an
apprenticeship as a printer in Kansas. At length he sold out the Beacon and went
to New Mexico, establishing his home at Springer, where he began the publication
of the Springer Banner, which he edited and owned for three years. He then re-
turned to Colorado and was employed on the Denver News. He was also advertising
manager of the Field and Farm. He later went to Trinidad, Colorado, where for
a time he edited the Daily Advertiser and later purchased the paper, which he suc-
cessfully conducted until 1904. He then sold that journal and became a resident of
Fort Morgan, where he purchased and published the Herald, conducting it success-
fully until 1914, when he once more sold out.

In 1909 he was appointed printing commissioner of the state, while also con-
ducting the Herald. In 1914 he was called upon for further public service in an
appointment to the position of collector of United States Customs for Colorado, which
position he has since most acceptably and capably filled. He is also custodian of
the United States Federal building in Denver. In 1915 he was chosen to serve on
the executive committee of the Pioneer Printers' Association of Colorado.

On the 1st of August, 1889, Mr. Hosmer was married to Miss Katherine Tipton,
of Springfield, Colorado, a daughter of Judge and Mrs. F. M. Tipton, the former a
well known attorney of Trinidad. Mr. and Mrs. Hosmer have become parents of
two children. Mrs. Hosmer has done a great deal of newspaper work and has the
distinction of being the first woman who ever occupied a position as city editor of
a daily newspaper in Colorado. She has also written a great many articles and short
stories for national magazines and publications, and has been a true helpmate at all
times to her husband in his newspaper and public work. The son, Joe B., who was
born in Springer, New Mexico, in 1890, attended the University of Denver, after
which he studied journalism in the University of Missouri. Later he took a post-
graduate course in business efficiency at Harvard. He joined the Three Hundred



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