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1902, and thus Canon City lost one who had made valuable contribution to her develop-
ment and welfare.

Mrs. McRay has throughout her entire life been keenly interested in temperance
work, was at one time president of the twelfth district organization of the Woman's
Christian Temperance Union as well as president of the local organization of that
body for some time, and is still one of its most active and ardent members. More-
over, she has lived to witness the fulfillment of her hopes in the recent ratification
of the prohibition amendment. She has likewise been deeply interested in the mis-
sionary work of the Baptist church. Nature endowed her with keen intellectuality
and her life has been actuated by the highest purposes in an effort to uplift mankind.

Mr. and Mrs. McRay were the parents of three children: Blanche, now Mrs. C.
S. Rogers, of Caiion City; Beulah, the widow of Dr. H. W. Lane, also of Canon City;
and George La Verne McRay, of Buxton, Oregon. There are three grandchildren.


A native of Colorado, Willard P. Forsyth is accounted one of the progressive and
successful young agriculturists of Boulder county, where he was born on the place
adjoining his present farm on the 30th of October, 1884, a son of James R. and Mary
J. (Beasley) Forsyth. He is not only successfully following general farming but Is
also prominent as a live stock raiser, his property being situated four miles south
of Longmont. James R. Forsyth was for many years very successfully connected
with farming and live stock interests and is now manager of the Longmont Farmers
Mill & Elevator Company and is a resident of that place. He was born in Nova
Scotia, while his wife is a native of Missouri. When eighteen years of age he crossed
the border into the United States, locating in Kansas, but later removed to Colorado,
taking up a homestead at the age of twenty-one. This farm he put under a high state


of cultivation and personally operated the same until 1895, when he took up active
duties as manager of the elevator company, as before mentioned. This is one, of
the foremost institutions of its kind within the state and they operate large mills and
a string of elevators in Denver and Longmont and at other places. Not only has Mr.
Forsyth, Sr., attained a gratifying degree of prosperity but he is highly honored and
esteemed by all as one of the early settlers of this state and through his labors he
has contributed and is still contributing largely toward general prosperity.

Willard P. Forsyth was reared under the parental roof and in his early life
valuable lessons were impressed upon his mind by his good parents, who in the acquire-
ment of his education sent him to the common schools of the neighborhood and also
at Longmont. He remained with his father until he reached his majority, thus acquir-
ing valuable knowledge in regard to local farming methods and conditions, and at the
age of twenty-one took over a part of the place which his father owned. This farm he
has since operated, making many valuable improvements and instituting modern
equipment, thus Increasing the yield of his fields from year to year. Moreover, he
has given considerable attention to cattle feeding and has been very successful along
this line.

On the 28th of November, 1906, Mr. Forsyth was united in marriage to Miss Mary
Alice Smith, a daughter of George E. and Mary C. (Emerson) Smith, the former a
native of Illinois and the latter of Iowa. They came to this state during the frontier-
day period, locating in Loveland. At first the fatlier was interested in tlie banking
business there but later removed to Longmont, where tor many years he continued
along the same line of occupation, but during his later years has given most of his
attention to real estate. He still resides at Longmont, as does his wife. Mr. and
Mrs. Forsyth have become the parents of twins, Juanita J. and Willard J., born June
30, 1915, but the latter died August 18th of the same year. Both Mr. and Mrs. Forsyth
are very popular among the younger people of Longmont and vicinity and have many
friends in this district, all of whom speak of them in terms of high regard. Through
his labors he has not only contributed toward development and progress in his dis-
trict along material lines but he has also ever been interested in educational and moral
advancement. He is a republican but has never been desirous of holding office, and
in religious faith is a Congregationallst. Fraternally he belongs to the Masonic order
and the honorable principles underlying that organization have ever guided him in his
conduct toward his fellowmen. Besides his farming interests he is a stockholder in
the Longmont Farmers Mill & Elevator Company, thus being connected with one of
the large enterprises of the state. There Is great credit due Mr. Forsyth for what
he has already achieved and his progress thus far is indicative of the fact that he
is well on the highroad to substantial prosperity.


John Alexander Boyd, engaged in farming near Arvada, was born in Jefferson
county, Colorado, December 11, 1877, a son of James B. C. Boyd, who was born in
New Castle, Pennsylvania, April 19, 1840. His parents were Theodore Perry and Mary
S. (Clo\V) Boyd, the former born in Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, while the latter
was a native of Beaver county in the same state. In 1859 James B. C. Boyd drove
three yoke of oxen across the plains, following the old Santa Fe trail, and was seventy
days en route. He bought his outfit and cattle at Leavenworth and started on the
long journey for Colorado, ultimately arriving in Denver, then a small town that was
little more than a mining camp. He took up the business of raising vegetables as well
as general farm products and acquired a section of land but has since disposed of
much of this to good advantage, as prices have steadily increased. In 1859 he built
the first house at Golden— a little log cabin— and as the years have passed has been
closely identified with the development and progress of his section of the state.

On the 27th of January, 1875, at Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Mr. Boyd was united
in marriage to Miss Mary E. Fleming and their children are: Jennie, the wife of
J. M. Winslow, of Denver; John A., of this review; Mrs. Mary Hayes, living near Lit-
tleton; Mrs. Belle White, whose home is at Greeley; and Theodore, an aviator, who
trained at Key West. Florida. In his political views the father is a republican. His
military service covers experience with the Colorado militia as an Indian fighter, hav-
ing been sworn in by the government for that duty in 1868.

John A. Boyd attended the Fruitdale school until he reached the age of fifteen
years, after which he worked on his father's farm and continued in active business


with his father until 1913, when he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land
in Middle Park. On the 1st of October, 1917, he returned to the old home county
and settled on ten acres of land which he owned. In addition to the cultivation of
this he has farmed the old homestead and makes a specialty of the production of
garden vegetables and of the raising of hay and grain, having ten acres planted to
alfalfa. His methods of crop cultivation are most progressive and the results are

Mr. Boyd was married in his own home to Miss Viola Johnson, a daughter of John
and Lucy (Allison) Johnson and a native of Osceola. Missouri. She came to Colorado
in her girlhood days and on the 1st of January, 1905, gave her hand in marriage to
Mr. Boyd. They are rearing an adopted son, James Beach Clow Boyd.

Fraternally Mr. Boyd is connected with the Woodmen of the World and he is
also a member of the Grange. His entire life has been passed in Colorado and in the
community in which he lives he has many friends who recognize in him one of the
substantial citizens whose business activity and sterling worth constitute an
in the steady growth and upbuilding of this section.


Joseph Harris' Marion, whose farm of one hundred and sixty acres situated in the
vicinity of Broomfield Is largely devoted to the raising of alfalfa and grain, has by
unfaltering enterprise and progressive methods won a substantial measure of success
during the period of his residence in Colorado. He was born in Allegheny county, Penn-
sylvania, May 12, 1847, and is a son of Joseph and Margaret (Dunlap) Marion. The
father was a chairmaker, thus providing for the support of his family.

The son, Joseph H. Marion, pursued his education in the public schools of Allegheny
county, Pennsylvania, and starting out in the business world, secured a situation as
mate on a steamboat making the run between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and New
Orleans. He was thus engaged for seventeen years, serving in that capacity through-
out the Civil war, at which time his position involved considerable danger. After
leaving the east he removed to the Pacific coast in 1877, spending three years in Cali-
fornia, during which time he engaged in farming in the Sacramento valley. In May,
1880, he came to Colorado and entered the mines of Leadville, working in that way
for three years. On the expiration of that period he turned his attention to agricul-
tural pursuits and in February, 1883, took up one hundred and sixty acres of land near
Broomfield. Through the intervening period he has devoted his attention to improv-
ing the property and is now giving his attention to the cultivation and raising of grain
and alfalfa, having eighty acres planted to the latter crop. His farm work is conducted
along progressive lines and his fields annually return to him excellent harvests.

On the 1st of December, 1883, in Ringgold county, Iowa, Mr. Marion was united
in marriage to Miss Philena E. Scott, a daughter of Joseph M. and Elizabeth (Mitchell)
Scott. Mrs. Marion was born in Pennsylvania and by her marriage has become the
mother of three children, Ethel Alice, Clara Agnes and Percy William. The last named
married Frances Cram and has a daughter, Dorothy Marie.

In his political views Mr. Marion is a republican, which party he has supported
since reaching adult age. His activities have been of a varied character, bringing him
many interesting experiences, but for long years he has been closely connected with the
agricultural interests of this section of the state. He has labored diligently to make
a good living for his family, actuated by the desire of winning honorable success,
and his course illustrates what can be accomplished when one has the will to dare and
to do.

JAMES Mcdowell livesay.

James McDowell Livesay, better known as J. McD. Livesay, a representative of
the Denver bar, was born on a farm in Warren county, Missouri, and is a son of Joseph
and Sarah (Yeater) Livesay. The father was born in Virginia and in early life re-
sided in Tennessee, while about the time he attained his majority he became a resi-
dent of Missouri, near St. Louis. He enlisted for service on the Union side in the
Civil war, becoming captain in a Missouri regiment and serving with distinction and



valor. After the war he moved to Moberly, Missouri, where he continued to reside
to the time of his death. His wife was born in Warren county, Missouri, and they
became the parents of four children: James McDowell, of this review; Ella and John
C, who have passed away and Mrs. Sue Tuttle, now living in Moberly, Missouri.

No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of life for James
McDowell Livesay in his, early boyhood, which was mostly devoted to the acquire-
ment of a public school education, teaching and then attending school. He taught
school in Warren, Lincoln and St. Charles counties in his native state and then near
Moberly. He attended Central Wesleyan College, now the Western Educational Insti-
tute, at Warrenton, Missouri, for three years, reading law while teaching and attending
school as time permitted. He completed his legal studies in the office and under the
direction of Colonel D. P. Dyer, familiarly and better known as "Pat" Dyer, at St.
Louis, Missouri, who was then United States district attorney, and who is now United
States district judge at St. Louis. Mr. Livesay was admitted to the bar in the begin-
ning of 1876 by the St. Louis court of appeals and soon after migrated to Central City,
Colorado, where he began practice about May 1. 1876. He was not long in winning a
large clientage and continued as a successful representative of the profession at that
place for fifteen years, with the exception of one year at Leadville, Colorado. He then
moved to Denver and has since been an active representative of the Colorado bar
in that city save for the period of four years which he devoted to the practice of
his profession at Cripple Creek. Denver and other places have witnessed many notable
forensic victories which he has won. He is clear in his interpretation of the law, sel-
dom if ever, at fault in the application of a legal principle and his deductions are
sound and logical, carrying conviction to the minds of court and jury.

Mr. Livesay was married on the 28th day of January, 1884, at Black Hawk, Colo-
rado, to Miss Mattie M. Snyder, who passed away in Denver, leaving a son, Dowell,
who was born in Central City, Colorado, and is a graduate of the East Denver high
school and of the University of Colorado, and is well known in the newspaper circles
of Denver. He was married October 16, 1915, to Mrs. Elizabeth Tarvin and resides
in Denver. Mr. James McDowell Livesay was married to Miss Edna N. Lake, of Golden,
Colorado, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carlos W. Lake, early residents of Golden, May
6, 1911. There is one child of this marriage, James Clarendon, who was born Novem-
ber 19, 1917.

Politically, Mr. Livesay originally was a republican, but for some twenty odd years
has been an independent; that is, has worked with and supported the political party
the nearer right in his judgment, and locally has voted for men regardless of party.
The only offices he has held have been along the path of his profession. He was dis-
trict attorney of the first judicial district, all of northwestern Colorado, from 1881
until 1885 and was county attorney of Gilpin county and city attorney of Central City
for several terms and was city attorney of the city of Goldfield while in Teller county.
He was a member of the Colorado legislature in 1879-80. He belongs to the Denver
Bar Association and other legal associations and in his practice he is ever careful
to conform to the highest professional ethics and standards.

Mr. Livesay is versatile; takes an interest in any and everything; is a student
of history; delves into literature; writes for newspapers and periodicals, and is re-
garded as a forceful writer; is unassuming and decries sensationalism, notoriety and


John Lewis, devoting his time and attention to farming and stock raising in
Boulder county, was born in Ohio, July 4, 1865, a son of David and Mary Lewis, both
of whom were natives of Wales, but they left that little rock-ribbed country when
young people and crossed the briny deep to the new world. They made their way to
Ohio and were residents of that state to the time of the mother's death. In 1870 the
father brought his family to Colorado and followed mining in this state until his
demise. The family numbered seven children but only two are now living.

John Lewis acquired his education in the schools of Boulder county. He was
only five years of age when his father brought the family to Colorado, so that practi-
cally his entire life has been passed within the borders of this state and he has ever
been imbued with the spirit of enterprise and progress which has been the dominant
factor in the upbuilding of this section of the country. After reaching adult age he,
too, followed mining and freighting for a number of years and later turned his atten-


tion to farming and stock raising, in which occupations lie has since continued, meeting
with substantial success as the result of his indefatigable effort. He is now the owner
of seven hundred acres which is largely pasture land and raises good sized herds of
cattle. He resides on the Hi FuUen place near Niwat, which he rents, there annually
gathering rich harvests as a reward for the care and labor which he bestows upon
his fields.

In 1S87 Mr. Lewis was united in marriage to Miss Mattie Hammontree, who was
born in Warren county, Missouri, a daughter of James and Mary (Means) Hammon-
tree, who were of English descent. The father was born in Tennessee and the mother
in Pennsylvania. In 1871 they became residents of Colorado, where Mr. Hammontree
engaged in freighting during pioneer times. He later turned his attention to farming
and both he and his wife spent their remaining days in this state, the latter passing
away a few years after coming to Colorado. Mr. Hammontree lived to be over ninety-
two years of age and died February 24, 1916, spending the last twelve years of his
life with Mr. and Mrs. Lewis. To him and his wife were born six children, four of
whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis have two sons: Joe, a resident of Denver; and
James David, who is married and has established himself as an attorney In Boulder,
having been admitted to the bar in 1918.

Mr. Lewis votes with the democratic party, of which he has always been a stanch
advocate but has never been an office seeker. He is a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows and has filled all of the chairs in the lodge at Niwat, being a
faithful follower of the order and one who has done much to promote its interests.
He is likewise connected with the Modem Woodmen of America and with the Benevo-
lent Protective Order of Elks, and he and his wife attend the Presbyterian church.
Mrs. Lewis is a prominent member in the Daughters of Rebekah and the Royal
Neighbors, having filled the chairs in both orders. They are people of genuine worth,
enjoying the warm regard and confidence of those with whom they have been asso-
ciated, and the hospitality of the best homes of the locality is freely accorded them.


In the vicinity of Barr Lake is the ranch property of Merritt Morton Brown, rec-
ognized as one of the progressive farmers of his section. He was born in Greensburg,
Decatur county, Indiana, April 11, 1863, a son of James Madison and Rhoda Emily
(Stout) Brown. James Madison Brown was born January 17, 1827, and died, in
Indiana, October 10, 1880. His widow, who was born March 29, 1831, spent the latter
years of her life in Colorado, making her home with her sons, and passed to eternal rest
June 25, 1913. In the maternal line the ancestry of Mr. Brown can be traced back
to Richard Stout, who was the progenitor of the family in America and landed at
New York with a party of emigrants from England in 1618. One of his sons, Jonathan
Stout, founded Hopewell, New Jersey, and a son of Jonathan Stout, Joab, served in the
Revolutionary war, being present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown.
Richard Stout married a Miss Van Princess, who came from Holland about the year

In the schools of his native county Merritt M. Brown pursued his education till
he reached the age of eighteen years, after which he gave his undivided attention to
the cultivation of the old homestead farm in connection with his brother for four
years. When a young man of twenty-two he left Indiana for Kansas and there he
again engaged in farming for two years. In 1887 he arrived in Denver, Colorado, and
was engaged in general contracting with his brother, George E. Brown, until 1905,
when he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of dry land and turned his attention
to general farming. Upon this place he pastures from thirty to forty head of cattle.
His labor has been untiring, his purpose high and his effort unfaltering, and that
he is now one of the substantial ranchmen of his county is due to these qualities.

On the 17th of May, 1893, Mr. Brown was married in Denver to Miss Amy
McBoyle, a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Truman) McBoyle. Her father was
born in Scotland and her mother in England and each came to the United States when
quite small. They met and were married in La Salle, Illinois, and in 1865 came to
Colorado, crossing the plains with ox teams. The father was a skilled machinist
and followed his trade in Blackhawk, Colorado, until he was injured. He afterward
purchased a relinquishment in Jefferson county, proved up on the property and secured
title thereto. Later he went to Chicago, where he was operated on for the injury
which he had previously sustained and in the operation passed away. His wife had


died during the period that he was upon the farm. To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs.
Brown have been born the following named: Truman Stout, who died at the age of
twenty-one; Walter E., who is now in France with the One Hundred and Ninth Penn-
sylvania Infantry; Rayburn A., who also joined the army but was discharged on
account of disability due to an accident; Donald ; Quintin; Berenice; and Eunice.
In politics Mr. Brown maintains an independent course, voting for men and meas-
ures rather than for party. He has served as school director but has never been an
office seeker, concentrating his efforts and attention upon his business affairs. What-
ever he has achieved is the direct result of earnest, persistent effort, and that he is
now one of the successful ranchmen of Adams county is a record of which he has
every reason to be proud.


Jerry Coulehan belonged to that class of representative pioneers to whom hard-
ships and difficulties served as an impetus for renewed effort, and notwithstanding
the privations of pioneer life he so directed his activities and interests that the years
brought him a substantial measure of success. He was born in Ireland in 1S39 but
was only two years of age when brought by his parents to the United States. He
lived for a number of years in Maryland, Ohio and Illinois, devoting the winter months
to the acquirement of a public school education, while the summer seasons were given
to farm labor until he had reached the age of fourteen years. Later he had the bene-
fit of an eight months' course in the schools of Joliet, Illinois. In 1854-5 he was
employed on the survey of the Rock Island Railway from Blue Island to Joliet, Illinois,
and afterward went to Iowa City, Iowa, where he was employed by the Rock Island
Railroad Company and at the same time carried on a transfer business.

In May, 1S60, Mr. Coulehan arrived in Colorado and built the second house in
Mill City, where he engaged in mining and in the grocery business, but after two
years he lost his savings in the two enterprises. He next went to Omaha, where he
spent the winter, but in the spring of 1861 returned with a load of provisions to Denver.
For the first time he drove cattle and thus made the trip across the plains, going
barefoot during a part of the journey. After storing his goods he went with his teams
to Nevada, Colorado, where he cut pole timber and cordwood during the summer. In
the fall he traded his cattle for mules and returned to the east, where he bought a
load of groceries which he took to Colorado, selling them in the mountains at a profit
of twelve hundred dollars. He afterward returned for another load, which he sold
in Denver at a profit of four hundred dollars. Subsequently he made his way to
Leavenworth, Kansas, and loaded eight wagons, each drawn by six yoke of oxen, with
freight belonging to Jennings, Godby & Walker, his destination being Salt Lake City.
He was also persuaded to take charge of forty wagons of freight likewise intended
for Jennings. Godby & Walker, and at that time in the charge of a Mr. Howard. His
teams were the only ones that safely reached Salt Lake that year, for the winter was
very severe and it was almost impossible to travel. These teams were scattered along
the road from Larimer Plains to Aco Canon and for about forty miles from the canon
were in snow eighteen inches deep, it being necessary to have fifteen yoke of oxen
to the team to pull through. They also found it necessary to fight the Indians from
Blue River up to the Larimer Plains. On the 14th of December, however, Mr. Coule-
han arrived in Salt Lake, where he spent the remiander of the winter in contract
work on canals. Subsequently he bought a train and loaded it with flour for Virginia

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