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of beets has become a most important industry.


Henry L. Woolfenden of Denver is the district manager for Allis-Chalmers Man-
ufacturing Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has his offices in the First National
Bank building of Denver. He came to Colorado from the middle east, having been
born in Detroit, Michigan, on the 15th of July, 1874.

His father. Joseph B. Woolfenden, was a native of England and crossed the Atlan-
tic to the new world in 1862, at which time he located in Detroit, where he still resides,
although he has now retired from active business. He was for many years a member
of the firm of Taylor, Woolfenden & Company, prominent dry goods merchants, and
occupied a leading position in the commercial circles of the city. He married Eliza-
beth Lumsden, who was born in Detroit, Michigan, and was a representative of an
old Michigan family of English and Scotch descent. She died in the year 1879 at the
age of thirty-three. In the family were five children, two sons and three daughters,
all of whom are now living.

Henry L. Woolfenden, who was the third in order of birth, attended the public
schools of Detroit and, after completing his high school course there, entered the Uni-
versity of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He graduated in 1896 with the Bachelor of Science
degree, received the Master of Science degree in 1S97 and in 1904 the degree of Elec-
trical Engineer was conferred upon him. Following his graduation he entered business
circles as a consulting engineer and for a time was associated with Gilbert Wilkes,
who afterward conducted business under the name of Gilbert Wilkes & Company of


Detroit, Mr. Woolfenden becoming a member of the firm. In 1901 he came to Denver,
and for several years was engaged in the engineering and contracting business.

In 1904 Mr. Woolfenden became associated with the Allis-Chalmers Company.
This company manufactures all classes of heavy machinery for power, electrical, min-
ing and milling purposes, and its business is one of the largest of the kind in the
United States, its plants being located at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Cincinnati, Ohio.
As manager of the Denver ofBce, in charge of the principal portions of the Rocky moun-
tain region, Mr Woolfenden has been in close touch with much of the important indus-
trial and mining development in this section. He is a director in several Colorado
corporations and is regarded as a most forceful business man of sound judgment and
keen discrimination.

On the 18th of April, 1900, at Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Woolfenden was married to
Miss Carrie M. Thomas, a native of Nebraska and a daughter of C. W. and Elizabeth
(Hanaford) Thomas, who were early residents of Detroit. Four sons were born of
this marriage, two of whom are living: Joseph T., who was born in Detroit, July 2,
1901, and Henry L., born in Denver, November 23, 1906.

In his political views Mr Woolfenden is normally a republican, though seldom
voting a straight ticket. His religious faith is that of the Episcopal church, and that
he is appreciative of the social amenities of life is indicated in the fact that he has
membership in the Denver Athletic Club, the Lakewood Country Club, and the Denver
Motor Club. He is a member of the Denver Civic and Commercial Association, tha
American Institute of Electrical Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical En-
gineers, and other national and local engineering organizations.


James L. Goodheart, promoter of the Sunshine Mission, devoting his life to the
welfare of others, is perhaps one of Denver's best known citizens. At least, he is
best known among those who need physical and moral uplift and among those who
are interested in the welfare of their fellowmen. Mr. Goodheart is a native of
Bloomington, Illinois. He was born August 7, 1871, of the marriage of James and
Katherine (Fordyce) Goodheart. The father was also a native of Bloomington and
became a contractor and builder, devoting much of his life to that work. He held
membership in the Methodist Episcopal church and in that faith passed away in 1914
at the advanced age of eighty-four years. It was in Bloomington, in 1850, that he
wedded Katherine Fordyce, also a native of that city, and they became the parents
of twelve children, six of whom are yet living. The mother has also departed this

Mr. Goodheart of this review after attending the public schools of Bloomington
continued his education in the Wesleyan University. He came to Colorado in 1890,
when a youth of nineteen years, and took up bricklaying here, working on the Con-
tinental Bank, the Tritch Hardware building and other well known structures of the
city. He afterward went upon the road as a traveling salesman for Reid, Murdoch &
Company of Chicago, representing that house for twelve years, and in 1906 he returned
to Denver. In the meantime serious thoughts of life and its responsibilities led him
to strive not only for his own moral and spiritual benefit but for the welfare of his
fellowmen as well. In 1907 he became actively interested in the work of founding the
Sunshine Mission, which has reached out a helping hand in every direction, especially
to those whom the world regards as doviii and out. The more hopeless seems the case
the harder Mr. Goodheart has worked, exemplifying Browning's admonition: "Awake
the little seeds of good asleep throughout the world." He believes that there is in
every Individual the possibility for reform and progress and that every man should
have his opportunity. He possesses great patience, kindliness and tact, and in his
work has followed not the plan of criticism but the constructive plan which seeks to
awaken the ambition and establish ideals for the individual, that he may reach toward
higher things. Mr. Goodheart has been ordained to the ministry of the Methodist
Episcopal church and has membership in Trinity. He belongs to all the Masonic
bodies, is a member of the Denver Athletic Club and also a member of the Rotary
Club and the Civic and Commercial Association. Of the last two he has been made
chaplain. Something of the regard in which he is held by his fellow citizens is indi-
cated in an editorial of the Denver Times, which appeared on the 8th of March, 1918,
as follows.



"Denver is to get a civic chaplain, who'll foster the community spirit and guard
the municipal soul. Written by the mayor, an ordinance creating this ofRce is now be-
fore the city council and, it is understood, will soon become a law.

] "The man the mayor has in view for the job is Denver's own Jim Goodheart,
founder of the Sunshine Mission, who has devoted his life to doing good for others.
,The chaplain's duties, as outlined by the mayor, will not end with leading in public
services of sorrow or thanksgiving and preaching at community meetings at the audi-
torium. He will be expected to persuade the erring to go straight, to console the
suffering, to hearten the discouraged, to give physical and spiritual aid to the needy — •
in short, to be a sort of civic father confessor and moral reformer in one. It's a real
two-handed job, and that's the only kind that suits Jim Goodheart.
; "When Jim takes the place — and he says he will — Denver may expect him to do
even more than even the mayor's strenuous program calls for. As far as administer-
ing to the needs of the body and soul of the down-and-outer is concerned, that's just
part of the day to Jim Goodheart; he's been doing that for years on his own responsi-
bility, just because he felt he had to. And not in any 'holier than thou' spirit, either.
When a hobo is sent to jail, and his family needs the help of the city chaplain,
Jim Goodheart will be on hand before he's sent for, for the hobo and his wife and
children probably will be friends of his anyway. He'll get them straightened out and
go on his way, just as he's done in hundreds of cases. But this time Denver will be
able to feel that it has had a hand in aiding Jim in caring for its unfortunates, and
its citizens will have a right to believe they are taking part in his work of helping
their brothers.

"That famous 'Denver spirit' will be blessed with a greater amount of human kind-
ness with Jim Goodheart: as city chaplain."

' On the 29th of July. 1S96, Mr. Goodheart was united in marriage to Miss Ada
■Loar, of Bloomington, Illinois, who assists her husband in his mission work. They
have one son. Donald E., eighteen years of age, who is a graduate of the Denver high
school and entered the University of Colorado in the fall of 1918. The family reside
at No. 3661 Newton street. Both Mr. and Mrs. Goodheart, however, spend much of
their time at the Sunshine Rescue Mission, which has been incorporated and of which
Mr. Goodheart is the superintendent. This is located at No. 1822 Larimer street and
its name is indicative of the spirit that underlies the work that is carried on there —
a work that does away with the blighting influences of discouragement, sin and evil
Associations and which brings one into the clear sunlight of truth and liberty. The
friends of Mr. Goodheart in Denver are numbered by the thousands. In the humblest
homes are those who have for him the deepest gratitude because of timely assistance.
The best people of Denver, appreciating his worth, are also proud to number him as a
friend and there is perhaps no name spoken with deeper affection in all the city than


John W. Bleasdale, of Brush, Colorado, is prominently connected with the live
stock business of the state, having interests of more than local importance. He
was born in Orange township, Cuyahoga county, Ohio, September 29, 1863, his parents
being Tliomas C. and Mary A. (Thorp) Bleasdale, the former a native of Liverpool,
England, and the latter of Cuyahoga county, Ohio. The father was brought to Amer-
ica when only four years of age, the family locating in Cleveland, Ohio. The grand-
father was a shipbuilder there and made that city his home during the balance of his
life. The grandfather on the mother's side. Basil Thorp, served in the War of 1812.
Thomas C. Bleasdale bought land in Geauga county, Ohio, which he improved and
cultivated for many years. He was successful in its operation and in later life
removed to Cleveland, which city remained his home until he passed away in Novem-
ber, 1904. His wife is still living, having reached the venerable age of eighty-eight

John W. Bleasdale was reared and educated in Cleveland and Bedford, complet-
ing his course at Baldwin University at Berea, Ohio. He remained with his parents
until twenty years of age, but at that time he left home and came to Colorado.
Upon his arrival here he was practically penniless and at once had to start out
to seek work, finding such on a dairy farm in Greeley, where he continued for
two years. At the end of that period, however, he returned to Cleveland, which he
made his home for some time. In February, 1888, Mr. Bleasdale came to Brush and


took up agricultural pursuits, following this line for six years, at the end of which
time he returned to Cleveland, which again became his home, and there remained
for a year. At the conclusion of this period he retraced his steps to Brush and
moved upon the farm which he had cultivated before, operating the same for five
years, at the end of which time he traded it tor property in Englewood. He moved
into the town of Brush in 1908 and has since resided here, engaging in the buying of
stock. He has continued along this line and his business has grown so that he
now receives a gratifying income from his activities. His former accumulations
have permitted him to invest in real estate and Mr. Bleasdale is the owner of the
Southern Hotel in Brush. He always maintains the highest business standards and
the methods which he has employed in his transactions are above reproach.

In June, 1899, Mr. Bleasdale was united in marriage to Agnes Craine, a daughter
of Robert and Jane (Cowley) Craine, natives of the Isle of Man. She came to America
In 1871 and located in Cleveland, Ohio. The father was a carpenter and cabinet-
maker by trade and worked at this occupation throughout his life. He died in
August, 1903, his wife having preceded him in death many years, passing away in
September, 1875. To Mr. and Mrs. Bleasdale four children were born. Dr. J. Walter
Bleasdale, who is a dentist by profession, is at present serving his country as first
lieutenant in the Dental Corps. He married Eunice Moore and they have one
child, John W. Agnes is a teacher in the Brush schools. Eleanor Irene is attend-
ing the University of Colorado at Boulder; and one child died in infancy.

Politically Mr. Bleasdale is a republican and his religious faith is that of the
Presbyterian church. He is a public-spirited citizen and always has at heart the
welfare of his community. He is ever ready to support worthy projects and can be
depended upon to coo'perate in any movements which are undertaken for the
benefit of his community. In Colorado he has found the opportunities which he
sought and he is enthusiastic in regard to the natural resources of this wonder-
fully rich state. Although he received a good education, he came to Colorado penniless
and here he has acquired a gratifying measure of success.


In the years of an active business career Miles Jain was identified with agricul-
tural interests in Boulder county. His worth was widely acknowledged and his many
sterling traits of character made his example one well worthy of emulation. Mr. Jain
was born in Switzerland, December 21, 1839, a son of Benjamin and Anna (Mennett)
Jain, both of whom were natives of that country, whence they • came to America in
1846. They first took up their abode in the state of New York and afterward removed
to Wisconsin in 1853. There they resided for a few years, after which they became
residents of Indiana, where their remaining days were passed. They had a family of
eight children, seven of whom are yet living.

Miles Jain was a lad of but seven years when brought to the new world by his
parents. He was reared and educated largely in the state of New York and in 1860
he came west to Colorado. Not long afterward he enlisted for active service in the
Union army and was engaged in duty at the front during the Civil war until wounded
in 1862. He then returned to his parents' home in Wisconsin and in that state resided
for two years. In 1865 he again came to Colorado, settling upon a farm in Boulder
county. Four years later, or in 1869, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary J. Case,
who was born in Cass county, Iowa, January 29, 1852, a daughter of Milton B. and
Katherine (Wolf) Case, who were natives of Ohio and removed from that state to
Iowa, casting in their lot with its early settlers. They afterward became residents of
Nebraska, where the mother passed away, and in 1860 the father came to Colorado.
In 1862 he removed his family to Denver and his death occurred in this state. In
their family were six children, all of whom have passed away with the exception of
Mrs. Jain.

Following his marriage Mr. Jain purchased a farm in Boulder county and with
characteristic energy began its development and improvement, continuing to devote
his energies and attention to its further cultivation until his life's labors were ended
in death on the 21st of November, 1910. He led a busy and useful life, concentrating
his efforts and attention upon the work of the fields, and as the result of his close
application and persistency of purpose he won a substantial measure of success.

To Mr. and Mrs. Jain were born nine children: Benjamin F., who now follows
farming in Idaho; Lewis M., who is engaged in the meat business at Twin Palls, Idaho;


Clyde C, who makes his home in Casper, Wyoming; Bertha, the wife of J. C. Boylan,
of Idaho; Clara, the wife of William Arbuthnot; Roy L., living in California; Ethan
E., a resident of Idaho; Florence V.. the wife of J. C. Cunningham, of San Diego,
California; and Lottie E., the wife of Frank Bruning, who is operating her mother's
farm and by whom she has one son, Francis L. Bruning.

Mrs. Jain still owns and occupies the old homestead place of one hundred and sixty
acres, which is situated near Niwot. It is all well irrigated and highly improved,
having all the accessories and conveniences of the model farm. Mrs. Jain is a con-
sistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church and also has membership in the
Grange and the Woman's Relief Corps, associations that indicate much of the nature
of her interests and the rules which have governed her in all the relations of life.
Her many sterling qualities have indeed gained for her high respect.


Deeds of valor have been the theme of song and story throughout the ages and in
this period of world crisis when thousands of America's best young men are going
to the scene of battle, one's thoughts naturally revert to others who have displayed
heroism on the firing line. Among this number is William R. Beatty, of Denver, who
is a veteran of the Civil war and now proudly wears the little bronze button that is an
indication of his military service in defense of the Union.

Mr. Beatty was born in Xenia, Ohio, October 26, 1S38, a son of Henry Rush and
Katherine O. Beatty. The father was born in New Jersey, of Scotch-Irish stock, while
the mother was a native of Ohio and came of English ancestry. Henry R. Beatty was
a saddler by trade and in following that pursuit provided for the support of his family.

It was in the common schools of his native town that William R. Beatty acquired
his early education, which was supplemented by a course in a commercial college in
Cincinnati. His mother was a staunch Methodist and planned to send him to college
at Delaware, Ohio, to make of him a minister of the Methodist Episcopal faith, but the
lure of the west was upon him and so after finishing his commercial course, he removed
westward to the Missouri river in 1857 and some months later started for Colorado in
charge of an ox train, making the trip for the benefit of his health, wliich was fully
restored in the excellent climate of Colorado. His trip began at Lawrence, Kansas, and
in November, 1S59, he rode into Auraria-Denver on horseback. The first work under-
taken by Mr. Beatty was at Black Hawk, where he was employed in a store connected
with the Fisk mine. There he continued until 1861, when the Civil war was in-
augurated, and aroused at the very first by the attempt of the south to overthrow the
Union, he at once enlisted in 1S61, and joined Company F of the First Colorado Cavalry,,
with which he served until the close of hostilities in 1865. participating in various
hotly contested engagements and thoroughly proving his loyalty to the Union cause.
Now a man of over SO years, remarkably well preserved, he prides himself in being one
of the few living privates of the Civil war. During his years of service he had several
opportunities to accept advanced positions but firmly declined to the end.

When the war was over Mr. Beatty settled in Denver, where he obtained a clerk-
ship in the grocery store of D. C. Dodge. He was later with the firm of Daniels .&
Brown, the predecessor of J. S. Brown while later the establishment became the
property of the firm of J. S. Brown & Brother. For sixteen or seventeen years Mr.
Beatty was connected with the grocery business and at one time was a meml>er of the
firm of Bates & Beatty, who were owners of a grocery store. In 1889 he went to
Buena Vista, Colorado, then a typical frontier mining town, run by "tin-horn" gamblers
and gunmen and filled with a lawless class of people. Mr. Beatty, as one of the better
class of citizens, at a secret meeting one night was chosen captain of the first vigilance
committee whose purpose was to clean up the town and make it a place of decent
habitation. Although Mr. Beatty modestly disclaims any credit for what was accom-
plished, it is well known that this vigilance committee succeeded in restoring law and
order in a great degree. After five months passed in Buena Vista he returned to Den-
ver, where he entered the employ of the McPhee-McGinnity Company in the lumber
business, remaining there for a year. He became well known as "the best accountant
in Colorado," having the reputation of never making a mistake in figures. Finding
this work too confining, he severed his connection with the McPhee-McGinnity Company
and went upon the road as a traveling salesman, in which work he continued for a
number of years. He then again took up his abode in Denver and entered the fish



and oyster business, first with tlie Cornfortli house and later with the Flint Mercantile
Company. He was afterward with the Electric Light Company of Denver tor several
years, including two years after its consolidation with the gas company. On the ex-
piration of that period he retired from active business and has so remained to the
present time.

On the 20th of April, 1871, Mr. Beatty was married in Denver by Rev. B. T. Vincent
to Miss Mary M. Bak^, a native of Devonshire, England, who came to America in
1868 and after landing on American shores made her way direct to Colorado. She was
a daughter of William Baker and a niece of John H. Martin, a pioneer of Colorado.
They became parents of three children: Jessie B., who was born in 1872 and is now
deceased; Henry M., born in 1875 and Clarice M., who was born in 1879. The former
has been with the First National Bank since 1893 and was at one time receiver for
the old Western Bank. He married Miss Hagerman and has two children, Helen H.
and Mabel Harriett. Clarice M. Beatty was graduated from the East Denver high
school and is now the wife of Charles Marquis, of Denver, by whom she has one son,
William Beatty Marquis. Mrs. Beatty is active in Red Cross work and also in church

In politics William R. Beatty has always been a republican and enjoys the honor
of having been the first city auditor of Denver, holding the office from 1883 until 1885.
He has been offered numerous other positions, including that of postmaster, tendered
to him by President Grant, but has refused all. At various times he has given his
services to different building and loan associations in order to tide them over a rough
place in their road. He is one of the owners of the Sorrento apairtment building,
which he had erected, one of the handsomest in Denver, adjoining the state capitol.
and from this he derives a most substantial annual income. He is a member of the
Junior Order of American Mechanics, the Colorado Veteran Firemen's Association,
the Grand Army of the Republic and the Colorado Pioneers Society. He is known as a
liberal, public-spirited citizen who has grown up with the city and has aided materially
in conquering the lawless element which once existed in Denver. In fact, he has con-
tributed to the growth and substantial development of the city throughout the years of
his residence in the west, holding at all times to high ideals of municipal progress and
civic honor.


A rich mental heritage, nurtured and cultivated, and a personal vital energy have
combined to lift above mediocrity Walter Scott Coen, lawyer, of Fort Morgan, Colo-
rado. His father was a soldier-lawyer who won credit in the service of country and
in the practice of law, and who set to the son an exemplary precedent of instinctive
loyalty to state and of devotion to interests of client. His mother bequeathed a rapier
Irish intellect, balanced by common sense. Further distinction has come to the family
name by Mr. Coen's merited reputation of being one of the ablest trial lawyers in
Colorado. Thorough preparation of cases, knowledge of law and its application to
facts, alertness of mind in action, industry and oratorical ability have made him a
prominent figure in Colorado courts and an outstanding man in the legal, political and
social affairs of the state.

Walter Scott Coen was born September 11, 1880, at Albia, Monroe county, Iowa,
a son of Winfield Scott and Martha (Harbison) Coen. The father, a native of Ohio,
had early settled in Iowa and in 1862, at the age of fifteen, enlisted in Company A, Fifth
Iowa Cavalry. He served his country on the field until wounded in 1S63 — a wound
that ended his usefulness as a soldier and limited the possibilities of his career in
later years. He returned from the Union army to Albia and took up the study and.

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