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trade and was occupied in the erection of sawmills in various timbered sections through-
out Michigan and Missouri along the Missouri river. After being honorably discharged
at the close of the Civil war he made his home in Atchison. Kansas, and continued in
the sawmilling business for a number of years.

On leaving Kansas, Mr. Kirk removed to Colorado, settling first in Denver, but after
a brief period passed in that city removed to El Paso county and exercised his soldier's
right of taking up a homestead claim. He also erected a sawmill on what was known
as the Stebbins land and on his own land built his home. After a time he engaged in
ranching and eventually sold his original place, purchasing another in the same county
which he later developed Into a fine farm property. During his residence in El Paso
county his ability for leadership in public affairs led to his selection for the office of
assessor, in which position he served for five years. He was also elected road overseer
and likewise served on the school committee that built the first country schoolhouse in
El Paso county, at Table Rock.

At a subsequent date Mr. Kirk formed a partnership with T. B. Buchanan to handle
the Stebbins property in Denver and in time they disposed of this property, which is
now known as Stebbins Heights and constitutes one of the fine residential districts of
the city. Messrs. Buchanan & Kirk also furnished the tie and bridge timber tor the
Midland Railroad and in addition to these activities Mr. Kirk was commissioned to
plant and look after a large orchard for C. B. Kountze, which has become one of the
most extensive and finest orchards of the state. In more recent years Mr. Kirk has put
aside the interests and affairs of active business life but although he is now well
along in years he is still hale and hearty, possessing the vigor and capability of many
a man of much younger age. Old age need not necessarily suggest idleness, inactivity
or incapacity; on the contrary there is an old age which grows stronger and better
mentally and morally as the years pass and gives out of its rich stores of wisdom and
experience for the benefit of others. Such has been the record of James E. Kirk.

In 1861 Mr. Kirk was united in marriage to Miss Mary M. Hull, a native of St.
Joseph, Michigan. They became the parents of seven children, all of whom are still
living, but the mother has passed away. The sons and daughters are as follows:
Jamesi E. Kirk. Jr., who married Josephine Hobbs, has two children and resides in
Oregon; Charles, who resides in Denver, married Miss Jenny M. L. Moore and is
connected with the Colorado National Bank; Frank Kirk, who married Miss Nellie
Dyer, is a twin of Charles. The two brothers have a large ranch in El Paso county,
comprising five thousand acres of land, which they own jointly, and which is managed
by Frank Kirk. William Kirk resides in Colorado Springs and he, too, is married.

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Nellie is the wife of John Moore and resides In Colorado Springs. Martha is the wife
of E. C. Harvey and is living in Boise, Idaho. Bessie is the wife of W. J. Luck, and is
living at Westminster, Colorado.

The career of James E. Kirk has heen a most useful, active and honorable one and
his sterling worth is attested by all with whom he has been brought in contact through
social or business relations. He has contributed in marked measure to the upbuilding
and development of various sections of Colorado and today he receives the veneration
and respect which should ever be accorded one of advanced years whose life has been
worthily passed.


A native of Pennsylvania, John Tobias is numbered among the pioneers of Colo-
rado, for he came to this state in 1S71 and for many years followed agricultural pur-
suits, specializing for some time in horticulture, but has new retired from the more
arduous duties of life, giving his attention to the cultivation of two and a half acres,
having sold the rest of his property. He was born in Berks county. In the Keystone
state, September 11, 1847, and is a son of Henry W. and Hannah (Meyers) Tobias,
the latter a sister of William Meyers, one of the early pioneers of Colorado, who makes
his home near Henderson.

John Tobias was educated in the public schools of Reading, Pennsylvania, con-
tinuing his lessons to the age of thirteen, after which he began to assist in the work
of the home farm. The family home was located in bock Haven. Only a year later
his father enlisted for service in the Civil war and much of the work of the farm
fell upon the shoulders of John Tobias, who was then but fourteen years of age. After
the war was ended he removed with his parents to Livingston county, Missouri, where
the father resumed the occupation of farming. There John Tobias remained until
1871, when he decided to take advantage of the opportunities offered in the new west
and removed to Denver, where for two years he was engaged in carpentering. This
was followed by gardening, to which occupation he devoted several years, but in 1879
he purchased twenty acres of land near Wheat Ridge, Colorado, to the cultivation of
which he gave his attention for many years. He brought his place under a high state
of cultivation, introduced modern and progressive methods and erected suitable build-
ings, so that in time his property became one of the most valuable of the neighbor-
hood. Gradually, however, he sold tracts of his land until he now has two and a
half acres, which he still continues to operate.

On October 16, 1884, Mr. Tobias was united in marriage to Miss Anna E. Brothers,
a niece of David Brothers, who is mentioned more extensively elsewhere in this work.
To this union were born two children: Ruth, the wife of H. P. Bunger; and Esther
E. Mrs. Tobias died in January, 1915.

In his political affiliations Mr. Tobias is a republican and has ever upheld the
standards of that party, while fraternally he belongs to the Grange at Wheat Ridge.
He is a member of the Methodist church and his interest in its affairs is evident from
the fact that he has served as trustee and has been superintendent of the Sunday
school. Horticulture has always been his life work and hobby and he has served as
secretary of the State Board of Horticulture for two years. Mr. Tobias has many
friends in the neighborhood in which he resides and all speak of him in terms of the
highest appreciation. By his labors he has contributed toward the development of
his section of the state and is numbered among the valued citizens of the common-


John Glantz, living on section 24. township 5, range 49, in Washington county,
Colorado, twenty miles northwest of Yuma, was born in Russia, November 25, 1860, a
son of John and Catherine (Yost) Glantz, who were also natives of that country. The
father followed farming in Russia and on coming to America in 1877 made his way to
Fillmore county. Nebraska, where he worked by the day and month, thus gaining a
start in the new world. He was desirous, however, of engaging in business on his own
account that his labors might more directly benefit himself and later he rented land,
which he continued to cultivate until 1S91. He then removed to Washington county,



Colorado, where he took up a preemption and a homestead, proving up on two quarter
sections. He continued to farm this, or else had it cultivated by his son, and resided
upon the property throughout his remaining days, his death occurring in 1906. His
widow survived him for a few years, passing away in 1912.

John Glantz was a youth of seventeen years when he accompanied his parents on
the voyage across the Atlantic to the United States. The greater part of his education
has been acquired in this country and, possessing an observing eye and retentive
memory, he is constantly adding to his knowledge. In 1885 he came to Colorado and
took up a preemption in Washington county. He also secured a homestead adjoining
and improved the place, continuing its further development and cultivation for about
fifteen years. He then purchased a half section in Yuma county, which he also im-
proved, and continued to operate that ranch for tv.elve years. In 1914 he came to his
present place, comprising a half section of land, which he has also further developed
and improved. It is now in excellent condition. He has since cultivated it and it is the
third farm which he has improved, so that he has added in large measure to the
material progress of the community.

In 1881 Mr. Glantz was united in marriage to Miss Emma Yost, by whom he had
eight children, as follows: John, who has passed away; Henry, a resident of Sterling,
Colorado; William, who follows farming in Yuma county; Thomas, also an agriculturist
of Yuma county, Colorado; Mrs. Margaret Cook, of Yuma; Lizzie, who makes her home
in Harvard, Nebraska; and Carl and August, who died when five and three years of
age respectively. On the 19th of October, 1914, Mr. Glantz was again married, his sec-
ond union being with Charity N. (Carr) Draper, who had four children by a former
marriage, namely: William Leo, who was born in August. 1884; C. Walter, whose birth
occurred in June, 1886, and who passed away in 1890. when but four years of age;
Prank N., whose natal day was October 25, 1889; and May, who was born October 10,
1892, and is now the wife of Ed Itten, a farmer of Yuma county.

In community affairs Mr. Glantz has taken an active and helpful interest. He served
for two terms on the school board and he cooperates in all movements for the public
good. His political allegiance is given to the republican party but he does not seek
nor desire office, preferring to concentrate his efforts and attention upon his business
affairs. His ranching interests have been wisely and carefully conducted and he has
gained a very substantial measure of success. He now makes a specialty of raising
Belgian horses and high-grade cattle and he is also a stockholder of the Farmers
Equity Elevator Company of Yuma and of the Farmers Union Elevator & Lumber Com-
pany of Yuma. His life record should serve to inspire and encourage others, showing
what may be accomplished through individual effort and honorable dealing.


John Jacob Weaver, a ranchman living near Arvada, was born in Labette county,
on the 20th of January, 1868, a son of Thomas F. and Emma J. (Rooks)
Weaver. The father crossed the plains to Colorado in 1859 and in 1861 enlisted in the
Second Colorado Regiment of United States Cavalry, with which he fought for three
years during the Civil war, being on active duty in Missouri and Kansas. He was a
dispatch rider under Colonel Sigel. In 1879 he again became a resident of Colorado and
purchased a relinquishment in Jefferson county, near Arvada, where he engaged in
farming until about 1896, when he removed to San Diego. California, and still makes
his home in that city at No. 2936 Imperial avenue.

John Jacob Weaver attended school in Kansas and in Arvada, Colorado. He was
married in 1891, at which time he took charge of the home farm of one hundred and
sixty acres and since that time he has given his attention and energies to its further
cultivation and development, although he has sold all but forty acres. He now has
twenty acres most highly cultivated and from this property derives a substantial an-
nual income. When he came to the west with his father in 1879 he drove thirty head of
cattle across the plains. He is familiar with all of the pioneer experiences and
frontier conditions of Colorado and re'joices in what has been accomplished as the years
have gone by.

On the 23d of December, 1891, in Arvada, Mr. Weaver was united in marriage to
Miss Anna M. Allen, a daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Martin) Allen. She was born
in Kansas and was brought to Denver by her parents during her early girlhood. By her
marriage she became the mother of four children: Gertrude, now the deceased wife of


Edward Barlow; John. Jr., deceased; Harriet, the wife of William Bueb; and Thomas
F., who is attending school.

Mr. Weaver belongs to the Grange and is also a member of several fraternal orders,
including Arvada Lodge. No. 145, I. 0. 0. F., with which he has been identified since
1900, and the Knights of the Maccabees. He is well and favorably known in the district
in which he has so long resided and in which he has wisely and carefully directed his
business affairs to a point that has brought him substantial success.


John Frey, Jr., is a representative ranchman living in the vicinity of Eastlake,
where he. owns and cultivates seventy acres of good land. He was born in Zurich,
Switzerland, August 31, 1865, a son of John and Elizabeth (Meier) Frey. His education
was acquired in his native country and when he was sixteen years of age, or in 1881,
he came to America with his parents who, crossing the continent established their home
in Denver. The father was employed for many years at the Colorado Iron Works but
is now living retired, making his home with a daughter in Brighton.

John Frey. Jr.. after his school days were over, spent a year at gardening and then
entered the employ of the Colorado Iron Works. In 1SS3 his father purchased a relin-
quishment in Arapahoe county and the son farmed with him until 1890. Subsequently
he secured employment in Denver, where he remained for two years, after which he
resumed agricultural pursuits by renting a farm in Adams county, upon which he lived
for three years. He next purchased seventy acres of land between Eastlake and
Broomfield and has since devoted his time and attention to its further development
and cultivation. He has added many improvements to the property and made it one
of the attractive places of that section of the state. It is equipped with all modern
accessories of the model farm of the twentieth century and in the further operation of
his land Mr. Frey follows the most progressive methods.

In Denver, on the 1st of December. 1890, Mr. Frey was married to Miss Emma Burk-
hardt, who was born in Switzerland, and they have become the parents of four children,
but John, Emma and Walter have all passed away, the surviving son being Warner.

Mr. Frey has the distinction of having shot the first bear in Adams county, it having
evidently strayed from the mountains. For thirty-seven years he has been a resident
of Colorado, witnessing much of its development and improvement and taking active
part in work that has led to the further upbuilding of the section in which he makes
his home. Whatever success he has achieved is the direct reward of his earnest and
persistent labor, for from his youthful days he has been dependent entirely upon his
own resources. His political allegiance Is given to the democratic party.


Russell D. George, state geologist and head of the department of geology in the
University of Colorado, has occupied the former position continuously since 1907 and
the latter since 1903. Moreover, he is continuously seeking to promote the interests of
the state not alone along the lines of scientific investigation and research but also in the
upholding of its civic standards and the advancement of its material interests. Pro-
fessor George is a native of Claremont, Ontario, Canada. He was born in the year
1866 of the marriage of Frederick and Mary (Palmer) George. The father was born in
London, England, in 1822 and was a son of Samuel George, also a native of London,
where for many years he engaged in business as a cloth merchant. His father was
also a cloth merchant and was a native of Scotland but for many years engaged in
business in London, where he passed away. His son, Samuel George, however, severed
his business connections with London after long Identification with the commercial
interests, of the city, crossed the Atlantic to the new world and spent his last days in
Toronto. His son. Frederick George, largely followed in the line of business to which
his father and grandfather had directed their attention, for through many years he was
a cloth importer. On account of failing health he gave up mercantile business and en-
gaged in farming. He died in the year 1878, while his widow long survived, passing
away In 1913.

Professor George was reared in Ontario and attended the public schools of his
native province. He was graduated in 1S97 from the McMaster University of Toronto,


Canada, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and in 1S98 his alma mater conferred upon
him the Master of Arts degree. In 1899 he was made a fellow in geology by the Uni-
versity of Chicago, a fact which indicates the line of his special duty and his efficiency.
He afterward spent two years at the University of Chicago as a graduate student and
instructor, completing the requirements for the degree Doctor of Philosophy. He then
accepted a call from the University of Iowa at Iowa City, where he served as instructor
in geology and later as professor of economic geology for three years. In 1903 he came
to the University of Colorado as head of the department of geology and has since occu-
pied that position covering a period of fifteen years. Further recognition of his ability
by the state came in 1907, when he was appointed state geologist and has since accept-
ably served in that capacity. On iiis removal to the state in 1903. Professor George at
once allied his interests with those of the community and .soon began to take active part
in movements for the welfare of the state and of Boulder, where he has since made his
home. His colleagues of the university faculty and the science men throughout the
state recognized his ability and gladly accorded him a position of leadership. Among
the first things to claim his attention were the mining industry and the problems con-
nected therewith. Mine operators came to him for counsel that proved to be so practical
that his services as consulting geologist were soon in great demand in Colorado and
other states. In 1907 the Colorado Geological Survey was created by statutory enact-
ment that made the head of the department of the State University the state geologist.
In this position Professor George has worked most untiringly for the mining industry,
whose needs he has come to know so well. With inadequate legislative appropriation,
but with most cordial co-operation of mine owners, miners and prospectors, he has
accomplished much for the state that a man with less vision and energy could not hope
to accomplish. When Mr. George was appointed professor in the State University, his
department was a year and a half old, almost without equipment, and housed in an attic.
Under his administration this department soon outgrew its quarters and is now one of
the strong departments of the university.

In 1908, in Boston, Massachusetts, Professor George was married to Miss Marcia
Chipman, a daughter of the late Henry W. Chlpman. In politics he has always main-
tained an independent course. Fraternally he is a Master Mason, and something of the
nature and breadth of his interests is shown in the fact that he is a member of the
American Association tor the Advancement of Science; of the Geological Society of
America; the Colorado Scientific Society and the American Institute of Mining En-
gineers, beside other organizations engaged in scientific research. He has long taken
an active part in civic affairs. His influence in shaping legislation in Colorado for
several years past has been considerable. An example of this is found in his work in
examining coal mines in the winter of 1910-11 as a member of the commission appointed
by Governor Shafroth, and his part in framing a law to improve conditions in coal
mines. For work of this kind he has a masterly grasp of affairs, gained from study
and experience, together with exceptional ability for clear exposition of what he sincerely
believes to be best for the commonwealth.


Herbert Van Every dates his residence in Adams county from the spring of 1888,
at which time he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land which he has since
converted into a valuable and productive farm. He was born in Ontario, Norfolk
county, Canada, on the 9th of May, 1S66, a son of John F. and Lucy (Kew) Van Every,
who are likewise natives of Ontario, where the father followed the occupation of
farming and where he and his wife still make their home. They have a family of
eight children, of whom Herbert is the fourth in order of birth. An uncle, Hiram
Van Every, now deceased, crossed the plains in the early '60s, in that period when
everything was wild, when Indians were far more numerous than the white settlers
and when travel caused the people to face not only many hardships and privations
but also many dangers. He settled in Arapahoe county and continued to follow
farming here until his death. His widow is living at the home of Richard Talbot and
Herbert Van Every is his only living nephew in Colorado.

In the graded schools of his native county Herbert Van Every pursued his edu-
cation and after his textbooks , were put aside remained upon the home farm for a
few years, but the opportunities of the west attracted him and in the spring of 1888
he came to Colorado, making his way to Arapahoe county, now Adams county, where
lie secured a homestead claim of one hundred and sixty acres. Not a furrow had



been turned nor an improvement made upon the place at that period, but with char-
acteristic energy he began the development of the farm and has since converted it
into a valuable property. He has upon the place a fine residence, a large and sub-
stantial barn and all necessary improvements. He irrigated the land and has devoted
his attention to the raising of grain and alfalfa. He now leases eighty acres of his
place but owns altogether one hundred and seventy-five acres, having added to the
original tract.

On the 21st of June, 1898, Mr. Van Every was married to Miss Edith Cline, a
daughter of Solomon and Sarah (Woodley) Cline. Both of her parents were natives
of Ontario, Canada, and in 1867 they crossed the plains, settling in Arapahoe county,
Colorado, where they passed away. Mrs. Van Every attended District School No. 3
and afterward was graduated from the East Denver high school. For four years
she engaged in teaching in Districts Nos. 3 and 53 and is a lady of liberal education
and culture who is doing great good in the world. By her marriage she has become
the mother of four children: Cline, Ruth, John and Kent.

Mr. Van Every gives his political allegiance to the republican party. He served
as school director of District No. 11 for a number of years and was at one time county
chairman of the progressive party. Hunting constitutes his favorite sport and from
this he gains his relaxation. His wife is a member of the Royal Neighbors, also of the
First Baptist church of Denver and of the Red Cross and is thus actively assisting
In war work.


John J. Crowley, who is engaged in farming three hundred and twenty acres of
land near Derby and also owns one hundred and sixty acres on First creek, where
he is raising cattle, is an energetic and enterprising agriculturist whose well directed
efforts and unfaltering industry have been the basis of his growing success. He was
born in County Cork, Ireland, on the 25th of October, 1862, a son of John and Ann
(Hales) Crowley, the former a farmer by occupation. The family numbered seven
children and, like the others of the household, John J. Crowley was a pupil in the
national schools of Ireland, while his more advanced educational training was received
in Queens College at Cork, now known as the Royal University of Ireland, from which
he was graduated with the class of 1883. He then determined to come to the new
world and made his way to Dubuque, Iowa, after which he secured a clerkship on a
steamboat of the Diamond Joe Line on the Mississippi river and spent three years
in that connection. He next went to northwestern Nebraska, near the Wyoming line,
and took up a homestead, proving up on the property and starting in the cattle raising
business there. In connection therewith he did railroad contracting on the Chicago
& Northwestern, spending three or four years in that connection. He afterward went
to Tacoma, Washington, and while in the northwest served as bailiff in the superior
court for eight years. Previously he was an employe in the Tacoma Hotel. After
retiring from the position of bailiff he removed to Colorado and settled first on Third

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