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Pasadena; William B., who lives in Los Angeles; Lester E., who has for years been
with the Engineers' Corps in the service of the United States in connection with the
Panama Canal; Robert R., who has passed away; and James C, who was the second
in order of birth.

The last named was educated at Trinity in New York city and was a member
of the old Trinity Church boys' choir during his youthful days, his family having been
attendants at that church for many years. He entered business in the financial dis-
trict of New York city and in 1894 removed to Denver, where he has since resided.
He became president of the Union Deposit & Trust Company of Denver in 1907 and in
1910 became cashier of The Hamilton National Bank, of which institution he is now
president. He is also identified with other financial institutions of the state, being
now president of the First State Bank of Calhan, Colorado, and of the First National
Bank of Center, Colorado. He is also a director of the First National Bank of Monte
Vista, Colorado, of the Union Deposit & Trust Company of Denver and of other
financial and business institutions.

On the 13th of September, 1888, Mr. Burger was married to Edith M. Brown,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown, of Staten Island, New York.

Mr. Burger gives his political allegiance to the republican party and was a mem-
ber of the state senate of Colorado from 1907 until 1911. He is a well known figure
in Masonic circles, being a thirty-second degree Mason and past commander of the
Knights Templar commandery, a past potentate of the Colorado Temple of the Mystic
Shrine and imperial marshal of the order at the present time. He is a member of
all the prominent clubs In the city of Denver and also of the Civic and Commercial


Nimrod M. Henry, president of the Niwot State Bank, vice president of the Niwot
Alfalfa Milling Company and president of the Niwot Creamery Company, Is thus prom-
inently and extensively identified with important business interests of Boulder county,
where for many years he was actively engaged in farming and stock raising. His
well directed activity in the field of business has made him one of the substantial
citizens of his part of the state. He was born in Indiana. August 29, 1S47, a son of
Thomas S. and Phoebe (Brown) Henry, both of whom were natives of Virginia,
whence they removed to Indiana in 1846, settling on a farm, where they lived for
four years. In 1850 they removed to Mahaska county, Iowa, where they took up their
abode upon a farm, spending their remaining days upon that place. They had a
family of nine children, six of whom are living.

Nimrod M. Henry was reared in Iowa, pursuing his education in public schools
of that state, and in 1865, when a youth of less than eighteen years, he made his
way to Denver. Soon afterward he secured employment as a farm hand and in 1870
began farming on his own account in Boulder county. For many years he has been



closely and prominently identified with agricultural interests in his section of the
state and while he is now leaving the active work of the farm to others, he is still
the owner of six hundred and forty acres of splendidly improved land, of which four
hundred acres is under the ditch. He was also engaged in stock raising until he
retired. Into other fields he has extended his efforts with good results. He became
one of the organizers of the Niwot State Bank, which was established in 1909, and
from the beginning he has served as its president. He is also a stockholder in the
Farmers National Bank of Longmont and was elected to the vice presidency of the
Niwot Alfalfa Milling Company and to the presidency of the Niwot Creamery Com-
pany. The different enterprises with which he is connected have profited by his
sound judgment and keen discrimination.

In 1S73 Mr. Henry was married to Miss Melissa Linson, a native of Ohio and a
daughter of Jesse Linson. who has passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Henry have become
the parents of six children: Estella, the wife of Charles Woodcock, a resident farmer
of Boulder county; Luella V., who is a graduate of the Normal School at Greeley and
of the University at Boulder and is now teaching; Cordie D., the wife of Frank Clif-
ford; Horace H., living upon his father's farm; Jessie, the wife of Edward Chatfield,
of Sulphur Springs, Colorado; and Grover ,C., who is engaged in the drug business
at Sulphur Springs.

In his political views Mr. Henry has always been a democrat but not an office
seeker. He has served, however, on the school board and the cause of public educa-
tfon finds in him a most stalwart champion. He belongs to the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, in which he has filled all of the chairs, and he likewise has mem-
bership in the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. His wife belongs to the Rebekahs,
the woman's auxiliary of the Odd Fellows' society, and she has filled all of the offices
in that organization. Mr. and Mrs. Henry are self-made people who are now reaping
the benefits of their earnest toil. He started out in business life empty-handed, but
he early realized that industry constitutes the key that enables one to throw wide
open the portals of success. His life therefore has been a most busy one and in the
capable management of his affairs he has gained a place among the prosperous resi-
dents of Boulder county. Moveover, the course which he has followed has always
commended him to the confidence, respect and goodwill of all and he has a circle
of friends almost coextensive with the circle of his acquaintance in this part of the


Among the active, well known residents of Colorado, who have had part in the
development of the state, is Henry Arthur Hopkins, who though born in the state
of Kansas, April 1.3, 1867, has spent the greater part of his life in Colorado, having been
brought to this state when a lad of but seven years by his parents, Ira K. and Martha
E. (Suggs) Hopkins.

Ira K. Hopkins resided for many years in Mattoon, Illinois, where he was engaged
in agricultural pursuits, the while he was also known as an expert horse-shoer and
wagon smith. He served with distinction as a member of the Eleventh Illinois
Cavalry during the Civil war, participating in all of the various campaigns and
engagements of that organization. Following the close of the war, he located in Kansas
and there had part in the development of the then new state. In 1874, he came with
his family to Colorado and here became numbered among those sturdy men who
braved the dangers of a frontier community in the reclamation of the wilderness.
The long trip across the plains had been made by wagon and by the time Denver was
reached, the scanty cash capital had been exhausted almost to the last penny, and the
father cast about for some means of earning a livelihood for himself and family.
The country was new at that time, and about the only means of employment were
such as were afforded by nature in a sparsely settled community. However these
determined settlers of the early '70s, and before, were not to be dismayed by ordinary
difiiculties. They had come prepared to meet and overcome privations and the greater
the sacrifice, the greater was to be their reward in the winning of a state.

The first location of the Hopkins family in Colorado was at Arvada, on Ralston
creek. Having established a domicile, the father busied himself cutting wood which he
hauled to Denver, where it found ready sale, though it must be said that the price
was low, barely affording a decent wage for the time and labor invested. However,
it helped to tide over the winter until a more profitable opening could be found.


Mr. Hopkins later found employment in Golden, where he worked for seventy-iive cents
a day. However, the requirements of those early pioneers were limited to the meager
necessities of a humble existence and they were able to prosper, even under such)
adverse conditions. In later years, Mr. Hopkins engaged in market gardening, also in
farming, and became widely and favorably known among the early settlers. He is
now living retired in California, at the ripe age of eighty-two years. The wife and
mother passed to her final rest in 1916, aged eighty years.

Heni;y A. Hopkins came with his parents to Colorado in 1874, and recalls with
much pleasure the impressions made upon his youthful mind and imagination by the
long journey overland when the buffalo were plentiful and Indians were looked for on
every hand. He shared in the privations of the new country, and his opportunities of
every kind were limited to those common to the boys of the period. His educational
advantages were those of the district school, which he attended during the winter,
and at such other times as the hard work would permit. He remained with his parents,
assisting in the support of the family, until he had attained the age of twenty-four.
He then started out for himself, leasing a farm in Adams county, then Arapahoe county,
and Ijegan the career which has made him one of the best known and most extensive
farmers and ranchers of this section of the state. He is now the owner of a section of
valuable land, near Eastlake and, in addition thereto, he is conducting active farm-
ing operations on large tracts of leased land, making a specialty of dry farming, in
which he has won not only marked financial success, but also recognition as one of
the foremost exponents of dry farming in Colorado. His entire life has been an active
one, and the success which he has achieved, has come as the result of untiring energy,
coupled with a keen discrimination and business sagacity which has won deserving
recognition among those who know him well.

In political matters, Mr. Hopkins is a republican, though he has never sought
office, and reserves to himself the right to disregard the party label, when the interests
of the community demand. Fraternally, he is a member of Brighton Lodge, No. 78, A.
F. & A. M., while he has also attained the thirty-second grade in Colorado Consistory,
Scottish Rite Masons. He also holds membership in El Jebel Temple, Nobles of the
Mystic Shrine.

On January 5, 1892. Mr. Hopkins was united in marriage with Miss Alice E. Johns,
a native of Denver and a daughter of John and Catherine Johns, who were also num-
bered among the pioneers of Colorado. John Johns came first to Denver in 1S59,
when he brought freight from Omaha, driving an ox team across the plains. He
continued as a freighter, making numerous trips between Denver and Omaha, until
he enlisted in the Union service, and was assigned to service on the gunboat squad-
ron which did such effective service on the Mississippi during the Civil war. He
married Catherine E. Cahill, and they came to Denver in 1868, establishing there, a
permanent home. Mr. Johns became one of the early contractors and builders of the
city, and his death occurred in Denver, in 1909, at the age of sixty-nine years. Mrs.
Johns died in 1904. aged fifty-five years.

To Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins have been born three children. Earl H., Faye Marie
and Gladys E.


John W. Madden, who is engaged in farming and stock raising near Niwot, in
Boulder county, was born in Scott county, Iowa, November 11, 1868, a son of Henry
and Lucy (Van Cleaf) Madden. The father was born in England, while the mother's
birth occurred in New Jersey. At an early period in the development of Iowa they
became residents of that state and afterward removed to Nebraska, where their
remaining days were spent. They had a family of thirteen children, eleven of whom
reached adult age.

John W. Madden was reared and educated in Iowa and in 1890 came to Colorado,
settling in Boulder county. He was married in the year 1S94 to Miss Katie Budd. who
was born upon the farm where she and her husband now reside. She Is a daughter of
Sylvanus and Rebecca (Severns) Budd. both of whom were natives of Ohio. The for-
mer came to Colorado in 1860 and took up the present Madden farm as a homestead
claim from the government. He built thereon a log cabin covered with a dirt roof
and continued to occupy that primitive home until 1870, when he was married and
built a frame house upon his place. In 1861 he had responded to the country's call for
troops, enlisting for service in the Civil war. He remained with his regiment until


1863 and was then mustered out. after which he returned to his farm. He and his
devoted wife experienced all the hardships and privations of the early pioneers and
stoutly set themselves to the task of transforming their wild tract into productive
fields. As old settlers of their district they were greatly honored by all who knew them.
Moreover, Mr. Budd ever took a most laudable interest in the progress and development
of his district, which was recognized by his fellow citizens in his election to the house
of representatives, in which he served in the year 1889, taking good care of the inter-
ests of his constituents and thus rewarding the trust and confidence which they had
reposed in him. His remaining days were given to agricultural and stockraising pur-
suits and he and his wife continued for many years upon what is now the Madden
farm, in Boulder county. They had a family of three daughters.

Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Madden lived upon an eighty-acre tract of
land in Boulder county, to which lie added many modern improvements. They occu-
pied that place for twelve years, at the end of which time he sold the property and
acquired the old Budd homestead of three hundred and eighty-five acres. Partly the
property came to Mrs. Madden from her parents. This is all improved with fine build-
ings and is all well irrigated. Mr. Madden gives his attention to general agriculture
and is successfully engaged in the cultivation of the cereals best adapted to soil and
climate. The farm presents a neat and thrifty appearance, indicating the careful super-
vision of a practical and progressive owner.

To Mr. and Mrs. Madden have been born six children: Mary R., the wife of Rus-
sell Johnson, now a resident of Nebraska; Sylvanus B., a student in high school; Lucy
V. and Elizabeth, also attending high school; Henry W., who has passed away; and
Eva G.

Mr. Madden belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, also to the Wood-
men of the World and to the Grange and his wife is a member of the. Seventh Day
Adventist church. His political endorsement is given to the democratic party. He
has never filled political office but has served as a member of the school board and
at all times his aid and influence can be counted upon to further progressive plans
and measures for the general good.


William H. Turner, living on section 11, township 4. range 69, west, in Larimer
county, was born at Red Oak, Iowa, July 4, 1867, a son of Peter and Elizabeth (Searcy)
Turner, who were natives of Virginia and Kentucky respectively. After residing for
a short time in Iowa they capie to Colorado, casting in their lot among the pioneer
settlers. They are mentioned at length on another page of this work.

William H. Turner was reared and educated in Larimer county save that he spent
a short time at Sunshine, Boulder county. He remained upon the home farm with
his parents until he had attained his majority and he rode the range as a cowboy for
years. He also tried mining but finally drifted into farming and rented his present
home place for two years. During that time he carefully saved his earnings until
his industry and economic expenditure had brought him a sufficient sum to enable him
to purchase the property. This he did in 1902, and he is today the owner of three
hundred and twenty acres pleasantly and conveniently situated a mile and a half north
of Berthoud. He has greatly improved the place, which is now in fine shape and is
one of the excellent farm properties between Denver and Cheyenne. He has continu-
ously cultivated the land and has made a business of feeding cattle, generally feeding
one hundred head per year and one thousand head of sheep. He has also always
raised a good many horses and is still engaged in raising Norman horses. In fact all
branches of his business have been carefully and successfully conducted and he is now
one of the prosperous ranchmen of this part of the state. He likewise owns a third
interest in a half section of land in Weld county which his brother cultivates and he
has seventeen acres of land in the town of Berthoud.

On the 30th of September. 1S96, Mr. Turner was united in marriage to Miss Otie
Klrby and to them were born five children: G€rald, Rebecca, William P.. Louise, and
Lloyd. Gerald is now with the United States army at Mare Island, California. The wife
and mother passed away November S. 1907, and on the 22d of July, 1908, Mr. Turner
wedded Mary Bramhall. by whom he had one son, Joseph B., who died in infancy.

Mr. Turner is a member of the Masonic fraternity, also the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, the Rebekahs, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Woodmen of the
World and the Loyal Order of Moose. He likewise has membership in the Farmers'



Union or Educational Association and politically he maintains an independent course.
His religious faith is that of the United Brethren church, while his wife is a member
of the Presbyterian church. They are highly esteemed in the community and Mr.
Turner is regarded as one of the prominent and representative farmers who in all busi-
ness relations has been enterprising and progressive, so that he has won a substantial
measure of success, while the sterling traits of his character have gained for him
the warm personal regard of those with whom he has been associated.


The growth and development of any commonwealth is but a reflection of the
character of those men and women who had part in its building, and indicate the stern
determination of purpose, the courage and industry, necessary on the part of those
who faced the dangers and privations of a frontier country. Among those who have
had part in the winning of the Centennial state, and who have been witness to its
transformation from a wilderness, is Dewert E. Young, now a resident of Adams

Mr. Young is a native of the Empire state, having been born in Bath, Steuben
county. New York, on the 15th of October, 1846. He grew to manhood in his native
state, sharing in the excellent educational advantages afforded the youth of that
section, and being reared upon the farm he acquired an early knowledge of agriculture
as practiced in that older settled community. It was in 1S76. that he bade adieu to
friends, family and native state, and started for the west to seek health and fortune
in the Rocky Mountain country. Arriving in Denver, he sought that opening which
best combined opportunity with the out-door life necessary to the restoration of his
failing health, and accepted a position as a sheep herder, in Elbert county, at a salary
of twenty dollars per month. However, in looking back over the past, Mr. Young
clearly recognizes the fact that it is not so much by a monetary standard, that his
greatest reward can be measured, for not only was his health fully restored, but he
also acquired first-hand information and knowledge of the sheep industry, which he
soon put to practical and valuable use, for not many years had passed until the humble
herder had become one of the best known and most extensive sheep growers in the
western country. Within a year of his arrival in Colorado, he began acquiring a herd
of his own. Beginning in a small way, with a few head, he added thereto until, even-
tually, he had in his herds as many as eighteen thousand animals, and was supplying
to the market as high as one hundred thousand pounds of wool a year. To care
for and attend his sheep required the services of from twenty-five to thirty employes,
though at no time did he relinquish the direct management of his affairs, the rapid
and substantial growth of which, bespoke shrewd business Judgment coupled with that
degree of executive ability which revels in the achievement of high ideals.

About the year 1886 in addition to his extensive sheep raising. Mr. Y'oung embarked
in the meat supply industry by organizing the house of Y'oung Brothers, his brother,
John v., being associated with him in the enterprise. A wholesale business exclu-
sively was conducted by them, limited entirely to the handling and marketing of mut-
ton and lambs, and was continued until 1911, having become, in the meanwhile, one
of the largest in the west.

Mr. Young now makes his home upon his splendid ranch of three hundred and
twenty acres, near Henderson, and which under his supervision, has been transformed
into one of the finest farms in the state, splendidly improved with every modern
equipment and device for scientific cultivation, as well as with handsome and com-
modious buildings.

In 1S95, Mr. Y'oung wedded Miss Carrie E. Swan, who was born in Sturgis, St.
Joseph county, Michigan, and has been a resident of Colorado since 1882, at which
time she accompanied her parents, when they took up their abode in Denver. Like
her husband, Mrs. Y'oung has also had active part in the upbuilding of the state, and
will leave upon its records the imprint of her genius and character. After having
laid the foundation for her education in the public schools of her native place, she
became a student in Kalamazoo College, at the age of eighteen years, and there she
pursued a thorough course of general study. Having a marked talent for art. she
decided to make this her life work and pursued her studies at Cooper Institute, New
York, and also at the Philadelphia Art School in Philadelphia. Soon afterwards came
the migration to the west and within a week of her arrival in Denver she had opened
an art studio and entered actively into her art work. Her skill soon brought her fame


and many pupils and for years she was numbered among the leaders in art circles in
the capital city, while in her home today, may be seen splendid and charming speci-
mens of her personal work — studies from nature, comprising both still and animal
life, appealing alike to the taste of the layman and the judgment of the connoisseur.
Her activities in Colorado also present the unusual combination of the artistic tem-
perament with keen business judgment, for in conjunction with her art work and
while conducting her studio in Denver, Mrs. Voung homesteaded on four hundred and
eighty acres of land fourteen miles north of the city, upon which she erected a seven
room dwelling, built fences, stocked and generally improved the farm, thus adding
in a substantial way to the material as well as to the educational advancement of
the state. She has also taken active part in woman's work, and is a member of the
Woman's Club and the Baptist church of Denver.

In his political affiliations, Mr. Young is a republican though he has never sought
office. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having been initiated into the
mysteries of the order while still a resident of New York state. For forty-two years
he has lived in Colorado, witnessing its growth and development and as one of the
pioneer settlers a record of his achievements finds a fitting place in this work. He
passed through the period of frontier hardships and privations and aided in laying
deep and firm the foundation upon which has been built the present progress and
prosperity of the state. Both Mr. and Mrs. Young can look back and trace their
progress in tokens which bring naught but satisfaction and which bespeak years well
spent. Such records stand out upon life's pathway as beacon lights to those who follow
after and show what can be accomplished when there is the will to dare and to do.


Elmer E. Schofield, who is actively connected with farming and stock raising in
Boulder county, also is secretary and treasurer of the new Lafayette Farmers Union
Elevator Company. Moreover, he is a successful real estate dealer and also has been
prominently connected with war work. He was born in Nova Scotia. November 6,
1868, a son of Lewis and Mary (Pickles) Schofield, who were natives of that province.
In 1879 they removed westward with their family to Kansas and settled upon a farm,
which they occupied for six years. They afterward became residents of Colorado
and took up their abode upon a farm in Boulder county. The father, who was a

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