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became the wife of Edward P. Duer and by the two marriages had eleven children.
She passed her entire life in Maryland and was a resident of Baltimore at the time
of her death.

N. Walter Dixon received his early education in Washington Academy, in the
town of Princess Anne, an old school that was established prior to the Revolutionary
war. In 1872 he entered St. John's College of Annapolis, Maryland, and there he was
graduated with the class of 1877. taking his degree of Bachelor of Arts. In 1889 he
received the degree of Master of Arts. For several years after his graduation he
engaged in educational work, teaching school in Maryland and Virginia until 1886
and reading law at the same time. During the latter part of that period he wae
principal of the high school at Crisfield, Maryland, occupying that position at the age
of twenty-one years and being the youngest principal in the state at that time. In
18S1 Judge Dixon was admitted to the bar. yet he remained active in the field of
education until 18S6. In 1887 he was elected state's attorney of his native county
and held that office until March, 1891. In 1890 he had paid a visit to his brother, the Hon.
John R. Dixon, who was located in Colorado. He was so favorably impressed with
the conditions in the growing western state that in March, 1891, he resigned his posi-
tion and moved to Pueblo, Colorado, and on the 17th of that month formed a partner-
ship with his brother, John R. Dixon, under the firm style of Dixon & Dixon. That
association was maintained until the fall of 1894, when N. Walter Dixon was elected
judge of the court of the tenth judicial district, comprising the counties of Pueblo. Otero
and Kiowa. In the fall of 1900 he was reelected and upon the close of the second term,
in January, 1907. he removed to Denver, where he has since resided and practiced.
His course upon the bench was chacarterized by marked devotion to duty and a
masterful grasp of every problem presented for solution. His decisions were noted
for fairness and impartiality and his rulings based upon correct application of legal
principles. He tempered justice with an understanding of the frailties of human nature
and his chief aim was to educate those who came before him to higher standards of
manhood and citizenship. In 1914 Thomas J. Dixon son of the Judge was admitted to
the bar and he has since been associated with his father, their practice being extensive
and of an important character. The firm has been connected with many of the leading
cases which have been tried in the courts of the state.

On the 22d of June 1881, in Crisfield, Somerset county, Maryland, Judge Dixon
married Mary Josephine Simonson, a native of that state and a daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. James Simonson. On the maternal side she is of English ancestry, the family
having long been represented in Maryland. She is of Dutch descent on the paternal
side and her ancestors were among the early settlers of Hoboken Point. To Judge and
Mrs. Dixon have been born three children, all natives of Maryland: Ella May, who is the
wife of Herbert B. Copeland. of Adams county, Colorado, by whom she has three chil-
dren — Walter Dixon. Herbert B. and William Homer Copeland; Virginia Margaret,
who is the wife of Guy L. Rockwell, of Brawley, California; and Thomas J. liixon, who
is his father's law partner and who married Ruth Collins, a daughter of Dr. D. W. Col-



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lins, of Pueblo, Colorado. They have three children: Eleanor and David, both born
in Pueblo; and Deborah, born in Denver.

Judge and Mrs. Dixon hold membership in the Episcopal church and they occupy
a very enviable position in the social circles of the city. He was made an Elk in
Pueblo, Colorado, and still retains connection with the order. , His political endorse-
ment is given to the republican party and he has always kept well informed on the
questions and issues of the day but has never been an aspirant for office outside the
strict path of his profession. He belongs to the Denver Bar Association, also to the
Colorado State Bar Association, and he enjoys the warm friendship and high regard
of many of his professional colleagues and contemporaries. In the trial of his cases
he throws himself easily and naturally into the argument, displaying a self-posses-
sion and a deliberation which indicate no straining after effect; but there is a preci-
sion and clearness in his statements which, combined with acuteness and strength in
his arguments, bespeak a mind trained in the severest school of Investigation and to
which the closest reasoning has become habitual.



BURT O. HART.



Agricultural and live stock interests of Colorado are ably represented by Burt
O. Hart, who has a valuable ranch four miles south of Longmont which stands as
evidence of his indefatigable energy, progressive methods and long experience alons
agricultural lines. A native of Madison county. Iowa, he was born October 7, 1872,
a son of George and Belle (Richmond) Hart, natives of Indiana. The father, who was
also an agriculturist, in his boyhood days removed with his parents to Iowa, the family
being among the pioneer settlers of that state. The grandfather of our subject became
one of the true pioneers of the west, freighting across the plains from Omaha to what
is now Denver but at that time there was hardly the nucleus of a town. His life
was ended, as were those of so many of the early pioneers of Colorado, he falling a
victim to the murderous Indians. George Hart followed agricultural pursuits in Iowa
to some extent and also assisted his father in freighting, coming in 1878 to Colorado,
where he located in Yuma county, but remained only a short time. Later he removed
to Denver and there he soon afterward died. He is still survived by his widow, who
now makes her home in Longmont.

Born in Iowa, Burt 0. Hart made the trip to Colorado with his parents when about
six years of age and was largely reared and educated in this state. His school advan-
tages were meager, for he began to work at farm labor when he was about seven years
old, and as he grew to maturity he devoted more and more of his time to that pur-i
suit, working for years on various ranches. However, perceiving greater opportuni-
ties along another line of endeavor, he turned his attention to the carpenter's trade
and for fifteen years successfully followed that occupation. At the end of that period
he moved upon the father-in-law's place and has operated and managed the same since
1910. It is a valuable property, upon which he has made many improvements, institut-
ing twentieth century equipment and facilities and thus making this one of the best
ranches of the neighborhood.

In February, 1900, Mr. Hart was married to E. Margaret Forsyth, a daughter of
James R. and Mary Jane (Beasley) Forsyth, the former a native of Nova Scotia and
the latter of Missouri. When eighteen years of age the father removed to Kansas and
later came to Colorado. This was about the time of his majority and he then took up
a homestead, which is the same place which Mr. Hart now manages. It was wild
land when it came into Mr. Forsyth's possession and he immediately set himself to
the task of bringing it under cultivation. He actively operated his farm until 1895,
when he removed to Longmont, where he has since continued to reside, being now
manager of the Longmont Farmers Mill & Elevator Company, which operates large
mills in Longmont and Denver and also owns a string of elevators. Mrs. Forsyth
is also living. Mr. and Mrs. Hart became the parents of eight children, of whom one
died at the age of one month. Those living are Paul M., Guy B., B. Orton, Lloyd L.,
Margaret J., Dale W. and Lawrence.

Besides his general agricultural interests, which are very important, Mr. Hart
gives particular attention to cattle raising, specializing in Durhams. He also raises
Duroc Jersey hogs and pure bred Percheron horses. He is a stockholder in the Boulder
County Fair Association and also in the Woodmen of the World building, for which
he had the building contract. Fraternally he belongs to the Woodmen of the World
and also to the Fraternal Union, having membership in the Longmont lodges. Politi-



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cally he is a republican; while his religious faith is that ot the Methodist Episcopal
church. His interest in trade expansion and general development is evident from the
fact that he is an active member of the Longmont Commercial Association. Moreover,
he also holds stock in the Longmont Farmers Mill & Elevator Company. Both Mr. and
Mrs. Hart stand high in their community, having many friends in Longmont and vicin-
ity, in the upbuilding of which both have contributed. While Mrs. Hart has given
much of her time to charitable, educational and social institutions, Mr. Hart as a
progressive business man, agriculturist and live stock dealer has contributed to mate-
rial welfare in large measure and thus helped to bring about the degree of prosper-
ity that is now to be found in Boulder county. A descendant of one of the old pioneer
families, his name stands as an honored one in the records of the state of Colorado,
the family having been connected with the development and growth of the common-
wealth from the time of the Pike's Peak excitement to the present.



FRED MUNSON.



The carefully cultivated fields of a farm of one hundred acres pay tribute to the
care and labor bestowed upon them by Fred Munson, who is recognized as one of the
progressive farmers in Adams county. He was born in Sweden on October 16, 1872, a
son of Mons and Johanna Munson. His education was acquired in his native country,
after which he took up the occupation of farming in connection with his father and
was thus employed until 1892. He then came to America and crossed the continent to
Denver, where he worked for a brother for four months. He next went to Fort Lupton,
where he engaged in farming for a number of years and subsequently he removed to
Byers, where he took up a homestead and began farming and running cattle upon that
place, but he did not prove up on the property. Removing to Henderson, he there
engaged in farming for six or seven years and afterward leased one hundred and sixty
acres of land near Derby and now farms about one hundred acres of this, raising
alfalfa. His work is systematically carried on and the results achieved are highly
satisfactory.

On the 7th of November, 1900, Mr. Munson was married to Miss Elizabeth Meer-
stien, who was born in Philadelphia on November 3. 1882, but was reared in Colo-
rado. They have three children: Anna, Minnie and William. The religious faith of
the family is that of the Lutheran church and in politics Mr. Munson maintains an
independent course. From an early age he has been dependent upon his own resources
and his unfaltering industry and perseverance have been the dominant elements in
winning the prosperity which he now enjoys.



HARMON BEARDSLEY PEARCE.

Harmon Beardsley Pearce, identified with farming interests near Brighton, in
Adams county, was born near Galesburg, Illinois, on the 11th of October, 1849. a son
of Urbane and Elizabeth (Jackson) Pearce. The father was a farmer by occupation.
The grandfather was a soldier in the War of 1812 and he had one brother-in-law and
seven brothers who were active defenders of the Union in the second war with Eng-
land. In the maternal line the ancestry dates back to Revolutionary war times.

Harmon B. Pearce spent his youthful days upon the home farm and attended the
district schools, while later he spent a year as a student in the public schools of Cam-
bridge, Illinois, and also occasionally spent a three months' term in school in the
winter season, but his opportunities were somewhat limited owning to the fact that
his labors were needed upon the farm. When a youth of seventeen years he started
out on his own account and learned the harness-making trade at Cambridge, Illinois,
where he worked for four years. He then returned to the farm but later removed to
Maryville, Missouri, where he purchased land and carried on general agricultural
pursuits for five years. In 1875 he came to Colorado and spent one winter in Denver
and one summer in the mountains. In 1876 he removed to the vicinity of Fort Lupton,
where he took up the occupation of farming. He spent eight years on the western
slope, as a fruit grower in the Grand valley, from 1892 until 1900, when he returned
to Adams county, and is now farming near Brighton, where his ranch has been
brought under a high state of cultivation, resulting in the annual production of large
crops. He is also interested in the Fulton irrigation ditch.




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Mr. Pearce was united in marriage to Miss Martha Hadley, of Maryville, Missouri,
the wedding being celebrated in April, 1880. They became the parents of four chil-
dren, Fred 0., Vanchie, Charles C. and Clay. The eldest son is now serving his third
term as county clerk of Adams county and has been a very prominent factor in local
political circles. Charles C. Pearce served in the Spanish-American war as a mem-
ber of Company E, First Regiment, Colorado Volunteer Infantry, participating as
such, in the battle and the fall of Manila. Following his honorable discharge from
the service, he returned to Colorado and is now a resident of Adams county. Tlie
wife and mother passed away in 1885 and on the 18th of November, 1889, Mr. Pearce
was married in Denver to Mrs. Mary Irene Lord, who was born in Canton, Illinois, June
16. 1853, a daughter of Joseph C. and Charlotte Williams. She wedded Isaac Lord and
by this marriage became the mother of three daughters, Etta, Minnie and Nellie. To
Mr. and Mrs. Pearce have been born two daughters. Hazel B. and Lola E.

Mr. Pearce is a member of the Masonic fraternity, being connected with Brighton
Lodge, No. 78, F. & A. M., and Lorine Chapter, No. 52, of the Eastern Star. His po-
litical endorsement has always been given to the republican party, of which he is a
stalwart champion, and he has cast three votes of which he says he is proud: that
to make Colorado a state; the one in support of woman's suffrage; and the location
of the county seat of Weld county. He is a man of firm convictions, standing strongly
in support of anything which he believes to be right, and his position is never an
equivocal one. He is earnest and purposeful and the thoroughness and enterprise
which he has displayed in business have brought him to the front in that connection.



PRESIDENT GEORGE NORLIN, PH. D.

Dr. George Norlin, president of the University of Colorado at Boulder and recog-
nized as one of the most prominent educators of the west, was born in Concordia, Kan-
sas, in 1871, a son of Gustav W. Norlin, a native of Sweden, who came to the United
States in 1865. Making his way at once into the interior of the country, he settled
in Kansas, then a frontier state, and there participated in several skirmishes with the
Indians while aiding to plant the seeds of civilization upon the western frontier. He
was married in Sweden and after residing in Kansas for a number of years removed
in 1876 with his family to Fish Creek, Wisconsin.

President Norlin of this review was at the time of the removal a lad of five
summers and in Wisconsin he remained to the age of eighteen years, attending the
public schools and thus laying the foundation for later educational progress. He after-
ward entered Hastings College, in which he was an instructor for three years. He
was then awarded the senior fellowship in the University of Chicago and continued
his advanced studies in that institution until awarded the Ph. D. degree as a member
of the class of 1900. In a biographical sketch of him prepared for The Colorado Alum-
nus it was said: "It is well known that the estimates of his ability and attainments
made by such men as Professor Shorey and Professor Capps were so favorable that
any repetition of them here would annoy him beyond endurance. And herewith we
have encountered one of the Acting President's most lovable qualities, a modesty
that is all the more winsome when a little vanity might be quite forgivable. The
complete success of Doctor Norlin in every essential of his professorial or presidential
career would easily justify a natural pride, but he probably suffered more from the
recent well deserved tributes of his colleagues and of Doctor Farrand than he had
suffered from the most trying difficulties of a trying and difficult year."

For a year Doctor Norlin taught in the University of Chicago and was then called
to the chair of Greek in Colorado State University. Recognition of his ability made
him immediately a valued and trusted member of the faculty and each year the worth
of his work has come to be more and more largely recognized. Speaking of this
period in his life, another writer has said: "He used to be inordinately busy on com-
mittees, and perhaps one of his greatest services to the state of Colorado will turn
out to be his unflinching attitude against the evils of crooked athletics; but even his
committee work and teaching did not prevent him from publishing sound technical
studies as well as delightful papers outside of his own field. At the time of his
selection for his present duties he was engaged on an important piece of work for
the Loeb Classical Library, and for the world of classical interests Doctor Norlin's
successful administration will be a distinct loss if his promised volumes have to be
unduly delayed. During a leave of absence some sixteen months ago. Doctor Norlin
visited the storied lands of Greece and Sicily, as well as other parts of Europe. He



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studied at the Sorbonne, where he conceived a high admiration for French scholar-
ship, and it is with the fine French and English spirit of classical study, rather than
with the ostentatious and pedantic German attitude, that he has always been in sym-
pathy." It was after his sojourn abroad that Doctor Norlin returned to the Colorado
State University at Boulder in 1904 to accept the chair of Greek, which he continued
to fill for many years. In September. 1917. he was called upon to serve as acting
president of the University of Colorado and on February 24. 1919, was elected per-
manently to the presidency of the university to succeed Doctor Livingston Farrand,
who resigned to take the position of executive head of the American Red Cross.

While abroad Doctor Norlin formed the acquaintance of Miss Minnie P. Dutcher,
whom he wedded in Cleveland, Ohio, in June, 1905, and they haye a daughter, Agnes
Margaret.

President Norlin belongs to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Gamma Delta, two college
fraternities, and his interests in community affairs is shown through his connection
with the Commercial Club of Boulder. In politics he maintains an independent course
yet is withal a close student of political, sociological and economic conditions and in
fact of all those questions which bear upon general welfare and progress. His efforts
and attention, however, have been largely concentrated upon his duties as an educa-
tor and his standing in his chosen field of labor is perhaps indicated in the words
of the biograplier from whom we have already quoted and who, upon his appointment
as acting president of Colorado University wrote: "When President Farrand was sum-
moned so imperatively to the all-important task of grappling with .the national health
problems of the ally we have come to love so dearly, he doubtlessly weighed most
carefully the question of the headship of the university during his absence. He must
have forseen that the man selected for the work and the honor would be called upon
to face unusual difficulties. It is always hard to be temporarily responsible for the
policy and management of a growing university; it was bound to be doubly hard in
a time of national crisis when every day and every hour would naturally bring
forth new problems and make new demands. Accordingly the choice of an interim
president must have called for the most painstaking consideration. When the an-
nouncement of the choice of the board of regents was made, the acting president was
found to be Professor George Norlin.

"To many citizens of Colorado the name had no significance, but to those mem-
bers of the faculty and alumni who knew Doctor Norlin best the choice seemed another
fine example of the unfailing acumen and accurate judgment of President Farrand.
The Professor of Greek had been at the university nearly twenty years, he had served
efficiently on the most important committees of the senate, he had proved himself a
reliable man at every turn. Moreover, he was known to have an unusually happy
power of presenting things to other people. His written productions were models of
clear thinking and lucid expressions; his few speeches were invariably felicitously
worded and delivered with a quiet strengtli. And with those two last words we have
probably stumbled upon the final impression made by the Acting President during his
year of office as well as in his previous career. There is a point at which effective
energy and wise judgment meet in that invaluable equipoise which, for the lack of a
better term, we often call 'quiet strength.' Many men have energy, and some men
have judgment, but for this perfect combination and balance of the two qualities one
may search far and wide. When the equipoise is found in the permanent or acting
head of a university, the institution is fortunate indeed, and we have no hesitation in
declaring that in this respect the good fortune of the University of Colorado has been
unique. * * * In his formative years, perhaps the most interesting and significant
feature may be found in his devotion to the classics. Some way or other, 'the glory
that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome' appealed irresistibly to this Kansas-
born descendant of a land unknown to Pericles or Plato. In tact the appeal was so
strong that these things became a part of the fibre of his being, and in every address
that Doctor Norlin delivers, in every page that he writes, there is manifested the
sweet reasonableness, the human sympathy, the clarity and charm of expression that
ought to belong, although unfortunately they often do not belong, to the loving student
of the humanities as represented by the literature and art of olden days. For the
true lover of the high and great things of the past does not shut himself up in an
ivory tower, yielding to 'some rich lotus spell' from the wings of yesterday, but faces
the half-built present and the unbuilt future in a spirit of service and devotion.
* ■ * * As to the coming year, there is no need for words. Under Doctor Norlin the
university will do its great work confidently and gladly. His difficult task as head
of the committee on Americanization in Colorado will demand much time and energy,
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and winning the confidence botli of his coworkers and the foreigners concerned. And
this suggests that not the least significant feature of his year of office, and not the least
helpful and hopeful feature for the university. Is to be found in the fact that the gov-
ernor and all other men in public and private life who have come in contact with.
Doctor Norlin have already grown to trust him and admire him. The longer and bet-
ter they know him the nearer they will come to sharing the perfect confidence that
is felt by the alumni, the faculty and the student body. The university is in good
hands."



C. TAYLOR.



S. C. Taylor, whose home is pleasantly and conveniently located a mile north of
Fort Collins, in Larimer county, was born in Boulder county, Colorado, southwest of
Longmont, May 20. 1871, a son of James and Rachel (Foster) Taylor, who were natives
of Scotland and of Ohio respectively. The father came to America when about
twenty years of age and for a time lived in Chicago. In 1862, however, he made his
way westward to Colorado, driving a mule team across the plains. He located at
Central City, where he followed mining for about five years and then took up his
abode in Boulder county, where he secured a homestead claim five miles southwest of
Longmont. This he improved and developed but after cultivating it for a few years
returned to the mines in Boulder county and gave his attention to mining from 1876
until 1881. He then secured a tree claim near Berthoud, in Larimer county, and con-
tinued the cultivation of that place until 1905, when he removed to Ault, Weld county,



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