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a morning paper. His prominence in journalistic circles is indicated by the fact that
he was at one time a member of the State Editorial Association. In recent years he
has concentrated his efforts and attention upon mining interests and he is now man-
ager of the Honest Endeavor Mining Company and is interested in the Union Copper
Mines at Garrington, Nevada.

Fraternally Mr. Goodale is a Mason, belonging to Trinidad Lodge, No. 28, A. F.
& A. M., also to Trinidad Chapter, R. A. M., and in the lodge he has served as master.
His religious faith is that of the Divine Science organization and his political belief
is that of the democratic party. His progress in the business world has come as the
direct result of his well directed efforts and perseverance. He has ever been ready
to take a forward step and his ambition, his energy and ability have carried him
into important relations.


William Arbuthnot was for many years a respected farmer of Boulder county, who
was born near Jamestown in Pine township, Allegheny county. Pennsylvania, on the
30th of August, 1835, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Carson William Arbuthnot. The mother
died in Iowa but the father passed his last days in Colorado.

At the usual age William Arbuthnot became a public school pupil and after spend-
ing his boyhood and youth in Pennsylvania removed to Iowa, where he lived until
1859, when he came to Colorado, where he followed mining for some time. He after-
ward secured a farm, whereon his widow now resides, and made the place the object
of his care and thought to the time of his death, which occurred April 21, 1882.

William Arbuthnot was married in March, 1869, to Miss Mary E. Bader, a native
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of Germany and a daughter of John G. and Mary E. (Mersinger) Bader, who were also
natives of that country, whence they came to America in 1853, first settling in Allen
county, Ohio. There the mother passed away and in 1S61 the father removed with
the family to Iowa, establishing his home near Des Moines. Following the outbreak
of the Civil war, he enlisted as a member of Company A, Tenth Iowa Inafntry, with
which he served throughout the period of hostilities, participating in a number of
hotly contested engagements. He also went with Sherman on the celebrated march
from Atlanta to the sea, which proved the weakness of the Confederate cause, showing
that the troops had been drawn from the interior to protect the border. After being
mustered out in 1865 he returned to Iowa and on the 10th of May. 1866, started with
his family across the plains for Colorado. After completing the long and tedious
trip he settled in Boulder county, purchasing a ranch, whereon he resided until his
life's labors were ended in death. To him and his wife were born four children, of
whom two are now living, Mrs. Arbuthnot and F. W. Bader, a resident of California.

Following his marriage Mr. Arbuthnot purchased the present home farm and
the young couple began their domestic life there. Mrs. Arbuthnot still owns the
property, which is known as the old Haystack Mountain farm and comprises two
hundred and forty acres of rich and productive land which, carefully cultivated, an-
nually returns to her a gratifying income.

To Mr. and Mrs. Arbuthnot were born six children: F. W., who follows farming
in Boulder county; W. C, also a farmer; George J., living in California; Malissa L.,
who is the wife of John A. Walker, of Torrance, California; Estella M., who is a
dressmaker and lives at home; and Sidney A., who operates the old homestead place
of two hundred and forty acres, devoting his time and energies to general farming,
and stock raising. His work is of the greatest value and assistance to his mother,
whom he relieves of much care and anxiety by the capable and wise manner in which
he cares for the property and directs the business affairs of the place. More than
a half century has come and gone since the Arbuthnot home was established in Col-
orado and throughout the intervening years representatives of the name have taken
an active and helpful part not only in advancing agricultural interests but in pro-
moting public progress as well, proving ever most loyal and faithful citizens.


George W. Rabb, actively identified with farming and stock raising interests In
Boulder county, comes to Colorado from Ohio. His birth occurred in Lacking county
of the latter state March 7, 1845, his parents being John and Susan (Van Fossen)
Rabb, who were likewise natives of the Buckeye state. Removing westward, they
settled in Brown county. Illinois, where they continued to reside until called to the
home beyond. They had a family of seven children, three of whom are living.

George W. Rabb was reared in Licking county, Ohio, and pursued a common
school education there. In 1865 he went across the country to Virginia City, Montana,
with freighting wagons and ox teams, the trip requiring about six months. He after-
ward took a freighting team from Montana to Salt Lake City and continued actively in
the freighting business in this way for two years. In 1867 he became a resident of
Cheyenne, Wyoming, and was there employed by the Union Pacific Railroad for one
summer. On the expiration of that period he returned to Illinois, where he again
lived for about a year, but in July, 1870, again made his way to the west, settling
in Boulder county, Colorado, where he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of
land that he still owns. As the years have passed he has carried on the work of im-
provement and now has an excellent farm property on which are found good build-
ings, a fine orchard that he has planted and a magnificent grove of trees. His fields
produce rich crops of golden grain and he also makes stock raising a feature of his
business. He has worked earnestly and persistently to attain success and each year
has made progress that has brought him at length to the gratifying position which
he now occupies as one of the substantial agriculturists of Boulder county.

Mr. Rabb has been married twice. In 1876 he wedded Miss Harriett Goodhue and
to them was born a daughter, Blanche, now the wife of Fred Autrey, manager of the
Rocky Mountain Stores Company store at Lafayette, Colorado. Mrs. Rabb passed away
in 1893 and in 1895 Mr. Rabb wedded Miss Emma Jennings, who was born in the
state of New York, a daughter of Asa and Charlotte (Foot) Jennings, both of whom
have passed away. By the second marriage there have been born two children: Edith
L., who is a high school graduate; and Wesley G. Both are yet at home. Mrs. RaDb



is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, the Eastern Star and the Ladies' Aid
of Lafayette. Mr. Rabb belongs to the Grange and he gives his political allegiance to
the republican party. He has served on the school board for a number of years and is
interested in the welfare and progress of the community, cooperating heartily in all
well defined plans and measures for the general good. He has had many and varied
experiences throughout the west, making him familiar with all phases of frontier
life, and he has lived to see this once wild and undeveloped region converted into a
populous and prosperous section, enjoying all the 'advantages and opportunities of the
older east.


Philip Kuhn, superintendent of the Denver county farm, which is located in
Adams county, was born in Germany, April 5, 1861, a son of Jacob and Katherine
(Cramer) Kuhn, who were also natives of that county, where they spent their entire
lives. They had a family of nine children, six of whom are now living, three being
in America and three in Germany.

Philip Kuhn acquired his education in a high school of Germany and at the age
of thirteen years crossed the Atalntic to the new world, settling in Colorado in 1874.
He learned the blacksmith's trade in early life and in 1876 entered the employ of
Senator Bowen at Summitville, Colorado, continuing with him for three years, lu
1879 he went to Leadville, where he was employed until 1881, after which he engaged
in mining until 1885. At the end of that four year period he returned to Denver,
where he remained until 1890. when he went to Cripple Creek, Colorado, where he
followed mining until 1896. Again he returned to Denver and later went to the
gold fields of Nevada, where he remained for a year. Subsequently he returned to
Depver and engaged in the sheep and cattle dip business in connection with J. L. L.
Russell but sold his interest in the business in 1909, when he opened the State Cap-
itol cigar store. This he conducted for three years and in 1912 he sold that business
and engaged in mining at Atlantic, Wyoming, for a year and a half. He next returned
to Colorado, after which he was appointed superintendent of the Denver county farm,
with which he was connected until the expiration of the term of Mr. Arnold. He was
afterward out of the position for about a year but in 1916 was reappointed aud is
still active in that capacity.

In 1898 Mr. Kuhn was married to Miss Anna' Percen, a native of Sweden, who
came to the United States in 1SS5. They have a daughter, Alma, who is a student
in the high school at Brighton.


William Waneka is the owner of an excellent farm property of two hundred and
forty-eight and one-half acres splendidly irrigated and improved, constituting one of the
valuable properties of Boulder county. Mr. Waneka was born in New Haven, Connecti-
cut, October 11, 1860, a son of Adolph and Anna Waneka. who were natives of Germany
and came to America in 1860, settling first in Connecticut, where they resided until 1861
and then removed to Colorado. They took up their abode in Boulder county, the father
securing a homestead, on which he built a log cabin with a dirt roof and clapboard
door with the proverbial latchstring. In true pioneer style the family began life in
this section of the country and shared in many of the hardships and privations inci-
dent to the settlement of the frontier. They lived upon this place for several years
and both parents passed away in Colorado. In their family were three children, all
of whom survive.

William Waneka was educated in the common schools of Colorado and was reared
to farm life, early becoming familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and
caring for the crops. When his textbooks were put aside he concentrated his efforts
upon farming and coal mining and was thus engaged for seventeen years. Since then
he has given his undivided attention to agricultural pursuits. He purchased the
farm upon which he now resides, having two hundred and sixty acres of rich and
productive land, all of which is under ditch. He raises various cereals best adapted
to soil and climatic conditions here and he also makes stock raising an important
branch of his business, handling hogs, cattle and horses.


In 1891 Mr. Waneka was married to Miss Ellen Murphy and to them were born
five children: May. the wife of Charles Newbiff; Clarence Augustus, of Boulder county;
William, residing in Weld county; Barbara, the wife of Joe Limbers, of Lafayette,
Missouri; and Cora, who has passed away. Following the death of his first wife,
Mr. Waneka was married in 1900 to Miss Ida McAfee. They have become parents
of two children: Ada. now deceased; and Charles Raymond ("Tony").

Mr. Waneka is a self-educated man and deserves much credit for what he has
accomplished in a business way. He started out in life empty-handed and his pros-
perity has come to him as the direct and legitimate reward of earnest, persistent
effort. Moreover, he deserves mention in this volume as one of the honored pioneers
of the locality, having for fifty-seven years resided continuously in Boulder county,
so that he has been a witness of practically its entire development and improvement.
His memory covers the period of Indian occupancy in this section of the state and
harks back to the time when the greater part of the land was still unclaimed and
uncultivated. He has seen the arid stretches of sand, dotted here and there by sage-
brush, transformed into rich and productive fields, annually yielding golden harvests.
He has seen the wild animals driven out before the advancing civilization and their
place taken in turn by high grade domestic animals, for stock raising has become one
of the important sources of wealth to the state. The memory of Mr. Waneka indeed
forms a connecting link between the primitive past and the progressive present and
he rejoices in all that has occurred, making Colorado one of the important states of
the Union. .


A. D. Holt is a resident farmer of Boulder county. His position is that of one
of the representative agriculturists of the community and his success is the direct
reward of persistent and earnest labor. Mr. Holt is a native of the state of New York.
He was born October 20, 1847. a son of Erastus and Carolina (Button) Holt, both
of whom were natives of Connecticut, where they were reared and married. Sub-
sequently they removed to the Empire state and both spent their remaining days
in New York, where they passed away. They had a family of six children, of whom
two are living.

A. D. Holt was reared in the Empire state and pursued a public school education
there. He came to Colorado -in 1871, making his way to Boulder county and settling
at Longmont. There he cast In his 'lot with the pioneer residents of the town and
served as one of its first aldermen. He took an active interest in the upbuilding and
progress of the community and of the county and later turned his attention to farm-
ing, taking up a homestead in Weld county which he still owns. His landed possessions
comprise seven hundred and seventy acres, all under a high state of cultivation and
upon which many modern improvements have been made. The buildings are attrac-
tive, the fields are carefully cultivated and everything about the place is indicative
of the progressive spirit and the practical methods of the owner. Mr. Holt is truly
a self-made man, for he started out in the business world empty-handed and by per-
sistent energy and enterprise has reached the point of affluence. Aside from his farm-
ing interests he is the president of the Farmers' Milling Company of Longmont and
also the president of the Highland Ditch Company— the great work of his life. He was
one of the originators oX this successful enterprise, which had been proposed by
several men before, but failed of materialization. Mr. Holt took it up and in his able
hands it became a success. The ditch company irrigates forty thousand acres and
has six reservoirs. The stock of the company, which once sold at fort dollars per
share, now stands at three thousand dollars. The reservoirs cost t) ' hundred
thousand dollars and it is a farmers' cooperative company. He has made -se study

of irrigation problems and is doing everything in his power to recla. ° land

through a practical system of irrigation that will greatly enhance its pr 'eness.

In 1874 Mr. Holt was united in marriage to Fannie Merrill, of the t ! New

York, and to them were born three children. Arthur E., who was a P terian

minister in Fort Worth, Texas, is now at the point of taking over the es of

social secretary of the Congregationalists of the United States and will enter n his
new position in March, 1919. Benjamin Merrill Holt, the second son, organii 1 the
search and home department of the Young Men's Christian Association in the T 'itish
zone in France. In August, 1918, he was assigned to the tank corps and was then made
a Red Cross director to the Second Army Corps. When these forces were withdrawn



he was appointed to look after the evacuation of the civilians in the battle zone
and worked between the lines up to the time of the armistice. After having spent
sometime in Belgium he returned home. Florence, the only daughter, is the wife ot
Loyal L. Breckenridge, of Twin Falls, Idaho, who for six months served at the head
of a very important mission in connection with the Young Men's Christian Asso-
ciation in France. Mrs. Holt passed away about twenty-four years ago. In 1896 Mr.
Holt married Mrs. Ella J. (Gray) Decker, who by her former marriage had a daughter,
Laura, now the wife of Frank Smith.

In his political views Mr. Holt has always been a republican since age conferred
upon him the right of franchise, but the honors and emoluments of office have had no
attraction for him. He has served on the school board of Weld county and he is
regarded as a substantial citizen whose aid and cooperation can always be counted
upon to further any plan or measure for the general good. During the war Mr. Holt
served as a member of the Council of Defense and also was very active in the 100%
Club, of which he was president. The purpose of this organization was to give all
possible lielp to the campaigns and drives of the government, so that they were prop-
erly organized and successfully carried through. Moreover, the club made it its duty
to look after slackers. His activities in connection with war service, however, were
not exhausted by these two positions, but he also did valuable work as deputy
county food administrator and. moreover, was very successful as one of the four-
minute men, delivering many patriotic addresses in and about Longmont. In all
affairs with which Mr. Holt has been connected he has been actuated by a spirit of
enterprise and progress — that same spirit which is manifest in the splendid improve-
ments upon his place and in his support of any measure instituted to promote agri-
cultural interests in the state.


Joe Dexter, devoting his attention to general farming in Boulder county, was
born in Zellam, Ziller, Tyrol. Austria, February 2, 1853, a son of Joe and Anna (Read-
er) Dexter, who were natives of that country, where they continued to make their
home until called to their final rest. They had a family of five children, but Joe
Dexter is the only one now living.

Spending his boyhood and youth in his native country, Mr. Dexter of this review
there acquired his education and in 1875 he crossed the Atlantic to the new world.
He first located in Pennsylvania, where he remained for four years, and in 1879 he
came to Colorado, making his way to Boulder county, where he took up coal mining.
He was thus engaged for a number of years, after which he turned his attention
to agricultural pursuits, purchasing the farm whereon he now resides. He has forty
acres of land, ail under ditch, and he has greatly improved this with good buildings.

In 1SS2 Mr. Dexter was married to Miss Carolina Lackner. a native of Austria,
and to tliem were born seven cliildren all of whom married: Elizabeth, the wife of
D. Grant; Anna, who has passed away; Joe, who follows farming; Robert, who fol-
lows the same occupation; Carolina, the wife of Lloyd Hodgson; Grace, the widow
of L. C. Blackledge, and Herman, also a farmer.

Mr. Dexter is a member of the Woodmen of the World and of the Grange. He
has worked earnestly to gain a start and he found his opportunity in America, where
effort is not hampered by caste or class. Here he has steadily advanced, and industiy
and close application have in time made him the owner of a good farm.


Edward P. Dahlinger, who is engaged in general farming and dairying having
six hundred and forty acres of valuable land in Adams county, has won for himself
high regard and many friends. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. March 12, 1876,
a son of Frederick and Johanna (Goetz) Dahlinger, who are referred to at greater
length elsewhere in this work in connection with the sketch of another son.

Edward P. Dahlinger being about four years of age when the family came to
Colorado, was reared and educated in Adams county and is indebted to its public
school system for his opportunities. Through vacation periods he worked in the
fields and continued to assist in the cultivation of the home farm until he was thirty


years of age. In the meantime he had saved his earnings and was then able to pur-
chase two hundred and forty acres of land situated on section 33, township 1, range
66 west. Later he invested in six hundred and forty acres in Adams county and is
today one of the progressive farmers of the district, mailing a specialty of dairying.
This he successfully carries on in connection with the cultivation of the cereals best
adapted to soil and climate. The place is well improved, being neat and thrifty in
appearance, and the farm is divided into fields of convenient size by well kept fences,
while modern farm machinery greatly facilitates the work.

In 1906 Mr. Dahlinger was married to Miss Stella M. Tyler, who was born in
Colorado, a. daughter of Samuel and Eva (Stenger) Tyler, the former a native of
England, while the latter was born in Pennsylvania. They came to Colorado at an
early period in the development of the state and the father's death here occurred,
while the mother is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Dahlinger have become parents of
two children. Everett J. and Esther M.

In his political views Mr. Dahlinger is a democrat and has served on the school
board but does not seek nor desire political office. He stands for all that is pro-
gressive and benlficial in community affairs, and is classed with the substantial
and representative citizens of Adams county.


The name of Frederick Milheim, who passed away on the 1st of January, 1916, was
synonymous with enterprise, determination and progressiveness in business and with
loyalty in citizenship. He never felt that he was too busy to give aid to his com-
munity or his country when such was needed and during the Civil war he did active
service for his adopted land. A native of Switzerland, he was born on his father's
farm near the city of Berne. November 17, 1846, his parents being John and Mary
Milheim. who passed away during the early boyhood of their son. He was a youth
of sixteen years when, accompanied by his younger brother, Alexander Milheim, he
crossed the Atlantic to the United States. They made their way to New Jersey, where
for a few months they were employed on farms. Frederick Milheim then proceeded to
Niagara Falls and afterward to Allegan county, Michigan, where he was living at the
time of the outbreak of the Civil war. Not long afterward he entered the employ of
the United States government as a teamster, being regularly enlisted, and was on duty
in Tennessee. Georgia and Alabama. When he and his detachment of comrades were
on the Tennessee river about sixty-five miles above Chattanooga they were captured
by the Confederate forces and sent to a southern prison, but not long afterward Mr.
Milheim was released and was mustered out on the 2Sth of February. 1865, at Chat-
tanooga. Tennessee.

With his return to Michigan, Mr. Milheim became interested in a western project,
joining a company of men who were preparing to cross the plains and who in April
left St. Louis, Missouri. After two weeks' travel they reached Omaha, Nebraska, where
Mr. Milheim hired out to drive an ox team across the plains, for which service' h^
was to receive thirty-five dollars per month. The Indians were on the warpath and
there were many hardships, trials and privations to be endured which were incident
to travel over the western plains in those days. At length the long and arduous trip
was completed and on the 6th of August they reached Denver.

The wagon train drew into the city and Mr. Milheim, his contract with his
employer completed, then sought and obtained a position in a bakery, while later he
engaged in farming upon a ranch near the city. Other work at times claimed his
attention, for he assisted in the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad, hewing
ties, working on tunnels and doing other labor in connection with the construction
of the road. He was thus engaged for two or three years and subsequently he was
employed at Omaha. Nebraska, by the Union Pacific Railroad. From that point he went
back to Allegan county, Michigan, where he worked in a shingle mill for a few months,
and there he, had the misfortune to lose his arm, which was caught in a machinery
belt and torn off. For four months he suffered almost untold agony but because of
his splendid constitution he gradually recovered from the shock and his health came
back. Although thus handicapped, his spirit was undaunted and although he was
offered numerous opportunities in a business way in Michigan he longed to return to

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