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has greatly assisted in development and growth by giving aid for industrial as well
as agricultural purposes. The capital of the bank is twelve thousand dollars, while its
deposits are now seventy thousand dollars and as the town and district grow a pros-
perous future may be predicted for the institution. The officers of the bank are all
reliable, substantial business men, Dr. W. R. Kincaid being the president, thus giving
by its personnel alone a sufficient guarantee to all those who entrust their funds to
the care of the Lyons State Bank.

On the 20th of December, 1900, Mr. Turner was united in marriage to Miss
Marion Stickney and they have become the parents of two children; Lynn, who was
born October 24, 1901; and Louise E., born July 7, 1905. Both Mr. and Mrs. Turner
occupy an enviable position in the social circles of Lyons and vicinity and their pres-
ence adds distinction to any social circle. Often they entertain their friends at their
own hospitable fireside and thus they have become valued and well liked residents
of their community.

In his political views Mr. Turner has always maintained an independent attitude,
caring not for party affiliations. On the contrary he carefully sifts the character and
qualities of a candidate, taking into consideration his fitness for the office to which he
aspires. However, he has ever taken the most active interest in his community and
district, which fact is evident from his connection with the public life of his town.
He has ably served as town trustee and with that public organization has made him-
self felt in promoting progressive measures along many lines. Greater honor came
to him in his election as mayor of the town and he also has efficiently served as secre-
tary of the school board, thoroughly believing in careful education as a means of making
better American citizens. Along fraternal lines he is connected with the Masonic
order and his religious faith is that of the Unitarian church, to the work of which he
helpfully contributes. From every point of view the career of Mr. Turner is a com-
mendable one and he has made for himself a place as a substantial and respected citizen
in Lyons, enjoying in full measure the confidence of the public — a confidence which
he has richly earned and fully deserves.



JUDGE WILLARD B. FELTON.

Judge WHlard B. Felton, designated at the time of his death by one of the local
papers as "soldier, legislator, jurist, editor, horticulturist and splendid citizen," was
indeed one of the substantial residents of Caiion City who well merited the high
regard in which he was uniformly held. He left the impress of his individuality in
marked measure upon the industrial and political development of the state and in his
life he displayed many of the sterling traits of an honored New England ancestry.
He was a direct descendant of Nathaniel Felton, who, coming from England, founded
the family in the new world. He landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1633 and
through successive generations down to the present time some of his descendants have
been residents of that state.

Willard B. Felton was born in Prescott, Massachusetts, November 26, 1837, and
continued to there make his home until he had reached the age of twenty-five years,
when he sought the opportunities offered in the growing west. In 1862 he arrived in
Denver, Colorado, but in the same year went to Cache creek, near Leadville, arriving
there on the day that the last battle was fought between the Sioux and Arapahoe
Indians on the one side and the Utes on the other. He continued his residence in Lake
county for eight years and during that time engaged in mining, while his personal
worth and public spirit led to his selection for various important official positions.
Throughout his entire life he remained prominent in public affairs, for his worth as
a man and citizen was so widely recognized that he was again and again called upon
for public service. He was made a delegate to the first constitutional convention of
Colorado, held at Golden in 1864 and adjourned to Denver. This convention framed
a constitution which, however, was not ratified. In 1865 Judge Felton became enrolling
clerk of the territorial legislature and the same year he joined the Mounted Militia.
In 1868 he was chosen superintendent of schools of Lake county and later was called to
the bench in election to the office of county judge.

In 1870 Judge Felton removed to Saguache county and the following year was
chosen county superintendent of schools there. In 1S72 he was elected to the office of
county assessor and in 1873 was made county judge, serving upon the bench continu-
ously until 1880. He was also a member of the convention that in 1875 framed the
present organic law of the state and during his residence in Saguache county he was



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also clerk of the district court and water referee. During the first two sessions of
the state legislature he was chief clerk of the house of representatives and in 1S78
he became his party's candidate for the office of lieutenant governor. In 1880 he was
made penitentiary commissioner and the same year was appointed warden of the
penitentiary, at which time he became a resident of Canon City, where he spent the
remainder of his life. He continued to act as warden of the penitentiary for two
terms, after which he served as clerk of the district court. In 1892 he was appointed
postmaster of Canon City for a four years' term and while serving in that position
was elected state senator from Fremont county to the eleventh and twelfth general
assemblies. In 1898 he was chosen mayor of South Canon and in 1899 and 1900 he was
treasurer of the school board. In 1890 Judge Felton was supervisor of census for
southern Colorado. He enjoyed the warm friendship of many of the most prominent
political leaders of the state, including Senator Henry M. Teller and, like him, was
prominent in the republican party , until the silver issue came up, when he became
a supporter of the democratic party and marched in its ranks to the time of his
demise.

In business affairs Judge Felton also figured prominently, especially in connec-
tion with newspaper publication. He was editor and publisher of the Saguache
Chronicle from 1876 until 1S80 and in 1883 he purchased the Canon City Record, which
he edited and published until 1891. In 1901 he became the editor of the Canon City
Clipper and so continued until 1903. He figured prominently in newspaper circles in
the state, being a cogent writer, discussing in clear and unbiased manner many of
the vital questions and problems of the day and exerting not a little influence over
public thought and opinion.

Judge Felton was also deeply interested in the subject of Colorado's possibili-
ties for fruit raising and was at one time president of the Colorado Horticultural
Society, while for ten years he was the chief executive oflicer of the Fremont County
Horticultural Society. He studied closely the question of fruit raising and was re-
garded as one of the foremost authorities on that subject in the state. With Captain
B. F. Rockafellow and Jesse Frazier he was one of the pioneer apple growers of the
Arkansas valley. He was the author of a number of laws now on the statute books of
Colorado, one of these establishing the state board of horticulture, and his writings
on horticultural subjects, many of whicli are published in the reports of the state
board of horticulture, are ranked as high authority and have done much to inform the
world of the adaptability of Colorado's soil and climate to the production of the
finest fruit.

Judge Felton was married in 1885 to Miss Tillie Hemmerle and they became the
parents of two children: Willard B. ; who is now in the service of his country; and
Alice, who is assistant city librarian of CafSon City. Mrs. Felton has been most active
in all of the war-service societies and is one of the prominent women of the county in
social and charitable work, her leadership being followed by many. The family circle
was broken by the hand of death on the 27th of April. 1911, when Judge Felton, in the
seventy-fourth year of his age, was called to his final rest. He had indeed taken active
part in the development and progress of the state and his ability had placed him in a
position of leadership. The career of few men in public office has extended over so
long a period and none has been more faultless in lionor, fearless in conduct or stain-
less in reputation.



THOMAS JEFFERSON RUTHERFORD.

Thomas Jefferson Rutherford, who is well known as a progressive ranchman in
Adams county, his home being near Brighton, was born in Dubuque county, Iowa, July
22, 1862, his parents being Samuel and Mary (Boyle) Rutherford, the former a native
of Iowa, while the latter was born in Illinois. The father devoted his life to the
occupation of farming and died during the period of the Civil war while serving as a
member of the Twenty-first Iowa Volunteer Infantry.

Thomas J. Rutherford attended school in Iowa and Nebraska and after his text-
books were put aside turned his attention to agricultural life. In 1898 he came to
Colorado, arriving in this state on the 10th of March. He made his way to Adams
county, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land and afterward he
added to his holdings a tract of eighty acres. Later he gave this to his son and to
his daughter he gave one-half of the original farm, so that he has eighty acres
remaining. This is an improved farm property, constituting one of the most attractive



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places of the district. Upon his land he has a beautiful twelve-room residence, supplied
with all modern conveniences, and in the rear stands a splendid bam with all neces-
sary sheds and outbuildings for the shelter of grain, stock and farm machinery. He
utilizes the most improved agricultural implements in the care of his place. He has
also operated a steam threshing machine for fourteen years and has one of the best
outfits of Adams county. His place is supplied with water from the Burlington ditch.

In Osceola, Nebraska, on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1883, Mr. Rutherford was
married to Miss Eula Brewer, a daughter of Eugene and Maria Brewer. Mrs. Ruther-
ford was born in Triangle, Broome county. New York, but was educated in Nebraska
•and by her marriage has become the mother of three children: L. Vere, who married
Ada Snyder and has three children, Bernice. Vera and Arline; Hazel, the wife of
Clarence Lytle, by whom she has two children, Eula and Jeanne; and Duverne, who
married Elsie Story, and is now in the automobile garage business in Brighton.

Mr. Rutherford belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workmen and his political
allegiance is given to the republican party, but he has never sought or desired office,
his time and attention being fully claimed by his business affairs and home interests.
He is devoted to the welfare of his family and has found his greatest pleasure In pro-
viding for them an attractive residence and those things which add to the comfort
and happiness of life.



JOSEPH D. MEILLAN.



Joseph D. Meillan is the owner of an excellent farm of one hundred and' sixty
acres near Derby and the persistent effort which he displays in its development has
been the basic element of his success. He was born in France, February 26, 1859, a
a son of Casimir and Mary Meillan. He pursued his education in the schools of his
native country and served for four years in the French army with the rank of corporal.

Mr. Meillan was a young man of twenty-six years when he came to America.
Making his way to Illinois, he spent two years as a farmer in that state in connection
with his brother and in 1887 he came to Colorado, making his way to Leadville, where
he was employed for fifteen years, devoting that period to teaming and hauling. Care-
fully saving his earnings because he was ambitious to invest in property, he then
purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land near Derby and remained thereon for
two years. He afterward rented his property and went to Greeley, where he cultivated
a tract of leased land for nine years but on the expiration of that period returned to
his own place, on which he is now living. He has since given his attention to farming
here and has added many modern improvements to his land and has brought his fields
under a high state of cultivation. His work is systematically done and the results
achieved are therefore certain.

Mr. Meillan was married in Denver, on the 20th of June, 1897. to Miss Mary Fitz-
gerald, a native of Ireland. They are communicants of the Catholic church and Mr.
Meillan gives his political endorsement to the democratic party, which he has sup-
ported since becoming a naturalized American citizen. There is no regret connected
with the thought that thirty-three years ago he determined to leave his native country
and seek a home in the new world. Here he found the business opportunities which
he sought and in their utilization has won a place among the substantial agriculturists
of Adams county.



JESSE BARTON LOVELL.



To the public Jesse Barton Lovell Is known as a successful rsining and real
estate man, conducting business in the Arapahoe building in Denver. To his friends
he is known as a most genial and cultured gentleman, widely read, popular in club
circles, and with a record for amateur hunting and fishing. He has ever attributed
much of his success to the early advice and Christian training of his mother, for
he was fortunate in his early home surroundings. A native of Huntingdon county,
Pennsylvania, he is a son of Amon Lovell, who was born in Washington county,.
Maryland, December 19, 1802, and a member of an old Maryland family, believed to
have been founded in America by three brothers. His ancestral line is traced back
directly to Zebulon Lovell, who came to the new world prior to the Revolutionary war
and it is believed that he took part in the struggle for American independence. An-




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other of the three brothers was the first mayor of Boston, and sjonpathizing with
the Crown at the outbreak of the Revolutionary war, he escaped to Halifax, Nova
Scotia, and died there. His son, .Tames Lovell, born in 1737, was a graduate of Har-
vard University and was a member of the Continental Congress from 1776 to 1782,
and held other prominent offices under the government, and his son was a prominent
soldier in the Revolutionary war and died in the South.

The Lovell family has figured prominently in New England and in the South
from Colonial days. It was one of the members of this family that established the
first Latin School in Boston. There have been two distinct characteristics in the
Lovell family, a leaning toward education and a leaning toward military life. Rep-
resentatives of the name have participated in all the principal wars in which the
country has been involved. Mansfield Lovell, born in 1822, was a General in the
Civil war; graduating at West Point ha served in Texas and Mexico, and in 1861
entered the Confederate service, and was commissioned Major General. John Q.
Lovell served in the Navy and was retired as an Admiral. Mr. Lovell of this review is
descended from the military branch of the family, and while too young to have entered
the service during the Civil war, his older brothers, Albert Galletin and K. Allen,
left college in 1862, and enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty-second Pennsylvania
Regiment. Two of his uncles, his mother's brothers, were also in the Civil war, one
in the Confederate service and the other Captain of the First Maryland Cavalry, and
was killed in 1863 while leading his men in a charge near Charlestown, West Vir-
ginia. Zachariah Lovell, his grandfather, was born near Baltimore, Maryland, August
20, 1765, and married Ruth Plownian. Their only child was Anion Lovell. The fam-
ily, shortly after his birth, removed from Maryland to Pennsylvania and there re-
sided, giving attention to the cultivation of three hundred acres of a five hundred
acre farm, while their son was being educated and grew into manhood. He was a
man of fine physique, about six feet in height, and weighed nearly two hundred
pounds. He was not a very large man but a very well proportioned man, broad-
shouldered and erect, "straight as an Indian," and had great physical strength as
well as being quick of action. Like all pioneer settlers of Huntingdon county, Penn-
sylvania, he was a trained rifle-shot. Here he married and resided to the time of
his death which occurred when he was but forty-eight years of age. His wife, whose
maiden name was Wealthy Houck, was born in Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania,
belonging to one of the old and prominent families of that State, and was of English
lineage. Mr. and Mrs. Lovell became the parents of eight children, five sons and
three daughters.

Jesse Barton Lovell, the youngest of the family, was educated in the public
schools of Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, and completed his business education
in Eastman's National Business College of Poughkeepsie, New York, while his lit-
erary course was completed in an academy in Huntingdon county. His early child-
hood was spent upon Oakdale Farm where all the children were born. After the home
farm had been sold, he started out to earn his own living, working during the summer
and attending school during the winter. His first employment was on a farm, where
he received his board and clothing in compensation for his labor. A neighboring
farmer, seeing that he was a good, hardworking and honest boy, took him away from
his first employer and paid him the sum of four dollars per month in addition to
his board and clothing. In this humble way Mr. Lovell started out, but being of
an ambitious nature he constantly sought opportunities for advancement, while each
forward step in his career gave him a' broader view of life. While at college in
Poughkeepsie, New York, he was offered a position in a publishing house in Phila-
delphia. This offer he accepted after his graduation. During a continuous service
of fourteen years he advanced from the position of assistant bookkeeper until he
became the business manager, but the service had been too exacting, resulting in
nervous prostration, obliging him to seek a dry climate. Broken in health, though
still optimistic, on the 15th of August, 1881. he arrived in Denver, with many letters
of introduction to prominent people, including Senator Hill. He was an utter stranger
here, without friends or relatives, but he possessed qualities which would win success
anywhere. A modern philosopher has said, "Success does not depend upon a map,
but upon a time-table"; in other words, locality does not figure in the attainment
of advancement, but the wise use which one makes of every hour, and this fact Mr.
Lovell early came to realize. He spent his time from August 1881 until January,
1882, the first months after his arrival in Colorado, in riding over the plains in quest
of health, which he found, owing to the beneficial influences of the climate of this
State. He was later requested by the White Quail Mining & Smelting Company in
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a short period of investigation and correction of conditions lie was appointed general
manager for the company, in which position he continued for six years when the
property was sold. He then took up mining on his own account and has since ac-
quired and jointly operated some valuable mining property. He was at one time
president of the Broadway Investment Company, a Denver corporation, holding a
large suburban addition to Denver, but which has since been mostly sold. It was this
company that built the Cherrylynn car line, which became so popular and widely
known because of the horse riding back on the car he had drawn to the end of the
line, up-grade from Englewood, where connection was made with the Denver Tram-
way cars.

In his real estate activities he has had large experience and the wise direction
of his efforts has brought substantial results. His personal investments in Denver
realty have at all times had careful attention and been wisely directed.

Mr. Lovell holds membership in the Denver Athletic Club, with which he has
been identified for twenty-seven years, or since February, 1S91. He was president
of the Interlachen Golf Club, of which he is a life member, and he is a member of
the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Club, of which he was formerly President.
He is also a member of the First Baptist church.

In review of his career one sees Jesse B. Lovell starting out to provide for his
own support, a poor boy working as a farm hand. He has made his way through
his own efforts, guided always by the teachings and principles which his mother in-
stilled into him in his youth. Towards her he ever manifested the most filial affec-
tion and love, realizing' how much he owed to her training. Opportunity has ever
been to him a call to action, a call to which he has energetically responded. He has
found his chief diversion from the cares of business, in hunting and fishing. He also
turns to golf for recreation. He has enjoyed various hunting trips, and has many
beautiful specimens of his skill with rod and gun mounted and hanging in his office.



MATHEW McCASLIN.



In the last decades agricultural and particularly live stock interests in Colorado
have taken on such importance that they now rank equally with the great interest that
has made the state famous — mining. In the development and growth of live stock
interests Mathew McCaslin has had prominent part, being one of the foremost agricul-
turists of Boulder county, owning a valuable property on section 36. township 3,
range 7, about five miles west of Longmont and one mile south of Hygiene. A native
of Boulder county and coming of an old and honored pioneer family, he was born
October 31, 1862, a son of Mathew L. and Miranda (Haggerty) McCaslin, natives of
Pennsylvania. For some time the father was employed on the Mississippi river
between Burlington. Iowa, and New Orleans but in 1849, when the news of the great
gold discoveries in California reverberated throughout the world, he was seized by the
gold fever, and following the trend of many adventurous spirits, migrated to California,
where he remained for six years. He then set his face eastward again, retracing his
steps to Nebraska, which state he made his home for two years, and in the fall of
1858 he made his way to Denver, or rather to the site upon which Denver now stands.
He subsequently engaged in mining in Boulder county near the city of Boulder, thus
continuing for four years, but at the end of that period took up land, which he im-
proved and successfully operated throughout the remainder of his life. A few years
before his death, however, he removed to Longmont, thus enjoying in his last years
the advantages of city life. He was also quite successful in the cattle business, add-
ing greatly to his income from this source. His demise occurred February 10, 1913,
while his wife died August 1, 1909,

Mathew McCaslin was reared under the careful guidance of his parents and re-
ceived his education in the rural schools of Boulder county, rounding out his schooling
in Boulder. He remained with his parents, ably assisting in the work of the farm
until twenty-one years of age, and then set out upon his independent career. For ten
years he rented land, carefully saving whatever he could from his income, and at the
end of that time was enabled to acquire title to his present place, which he has brought
under a high state of cultivation. As his means increased he added to his holdings
and he now owns eight hundred acres of valuable land. He has erected up-to-date
buildings, has a modern residence and the machinery and equipment of the property
indicate him to be a substantial and progressive agriculturist. His livestock Interests
are important and he gives particular attention to pure bred white-faced Hereford



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cattle, raising and feeding cattle and also dealing along this line. Moreover, he is a
stockholder in the Farmers National Bank of Longmont and is Interested in the Long-
mont Farmers Mill & Elevator Company.

On the 20th of October, 18S7, Mr. McCaslin married Miss Mollie Montgomery, a
daughter of William A. and Jennie (Munger) Montgomery, the latter a native of Iowa
and the former of West Virginia. In 1861, as a young man, the father came to Colo-
rado and tor a time was located at Blackhawk but subsequently came to Boulder



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