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to Colorado and for fourteen years thereafter managed the Greenland ranch at Green-
land, this state. He next purchased the ranch of eleven hundred and twenty acres



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whereon he has resided since 1904. This place is pleasantly and conveniently located
two miles west of Greenland and Is devoted to live stock. He raises pure bred short-
horns, his herd being headed by Villager's Baron, No. 509,109, by Imp. Villager, dam
White Hall Laura, by White Hall Baron, by White Hall Sultan. His herd of registered
Berkshires is headed by Master "C" 3d, No. 183,688. He thus raises stock of the
highest grade and has reached a most creditable position as one of the leading stock
men of this section of the state. He has an excellent farm upon which are good build-
ings, prepared for the scientific care of his stock and his crops. He has closely studied
progressive methods of breeding and stock raising and his stock has ever commanded
the highest market prices.

In 1S76 Mr. Noe was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Kane, who was born In
Virginia but was reared in Indiana. They now have one living child, Charles Fred,
who was born October 15, 18S5, and was educated in the common schools and a business
college of Colorado Springs. He also attended the Wallace Business College of Denver.
He married Jennie K. Higby and to them have been born five children: Fred W., Frank
C, Charles L., Richard C. and Jennie C. The son is in partnership with his father in
their ranching and stock raising interests.

In politics they are republicans where national questions and issues are involved
but at local elections cast an independent ballot. For more than forty years I. J. Noe
has been a resident of Colorado and therefore a witness of much of its growth and
development. He has indeed seen many changes since he came to this state and he
can relate many interesting incidents of the early days. As the years have passed
on he has borne his share in the work of progress and improvement and his labors
have been productive of excellent results.



CHARLES M. DENNISON.



The printing industry and publishing business in the state of Colorado has one of
its foremost representatives in Charles M. Dennison, vice president and general man-
ager of the Kocky Mountain Bank Note Company of Denver. This great enterprise,
which with its associate companies, does a business of over a million dollars a year,
has greatly expanded under the able management of Mr. Dennison, who has proven
an executive of great ability. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in July, 1873, he is a son
of Charles M. and Emma (McFarlan) Dennison, both of whom were natives of the
Empire state. For several generations back members of the family have resided in
New York. The father of our subject was reared and educated in that state and there
he grew to manhood, was married and resided until his death, which occurred March
31, 1917, in Brooklyn. He was well known in the profession of lithographing, for many
years conducting a large lithographing plant on his own account in Brooklyn. Mrs.
Dennison was also reared and educated in New York and she is still a resident of
Brooklyn, living in the old family home. To them were born nine children, of whom
Charles M. Dennison of this review is the third in order of birth.

In early life he attended the public and high schools of Brooklyn, after which he
entered Pratt Institute of Technology but left there before graduation. He then took
a position in the business of which his father was one of the owners in 1891. No
favoritism was shown him but on the contrary he was treated just as any other em-
ploye would have been and in fact received the lowest salary of the whole force, which
amounted to the magnificent sum of three dollars per week. He soon rose to a more
responsible position, however, through his own efforts and continued with the firm un-
til 1904, when he went to New Mexico. During the thirty years in Which he was con-
nected with the firm of Dennison & Bown he learned every phase and detail of the
lithographing business and had become an expert in his line. After spending a few
months in New Mexico, he came to Colorado, locating at Colorado Springs, where he
entered the lithographing business independently and successfully conducted his estab-
lishment for several years. Recognizing the advantages of cooperation and the advan-
tages which large establishments have over smaller independent shops, he in 1907
effected a merger of four or five of the largest lithographing plants between Omaha.
Nebraska, and the Pacific coast, the general offices and headquarters being established
at Colorado Springs under the firm title of the Rocky Mountain Bank Note Company.
Mr. Dennison gave his undivided attention and energy as well as his vast knowledge
and experience to the promotion of this enterprise and developed the same very
successfully. Later he removed to Denver to take charge of the business here and the



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business in this city has now assumed large proportions. In fact since he has taken
charge it has grown to over twenty times its former volume. The manufacturing
establishment and sales rooms are located at Nos. 1828-1840 Stout street and today this
plant is one of tlie most modern in point of equipment and one of the most reliable
and prompt in point of service in the west. The force of employes in the Denver
branch alone amounts to between flfty-five and sixty and all of them are expert work-
men. The latest machinery has been installed and the most modern processes in
lithography are used in the manufacture of their products. It is therefore but natural
that the business has grown so rapidly, especially as it fills a long felt want in the
west, where the people now can fill their orders through a home enterprise instead of
patronizing establishments farther east. Its success in very large measure is due to the
untiring energy and buoyant enterprise of Mr. Dennison, who. moreover, brings to the
business expert knowledge, based upon thorough experience. An idea as to the extent
of business done by the Denver branch alone is indicated in the fact that in the year
ending June, 1918, the output amounted to three hundred and sixty-seven thousand,
seven hundred and seventy-five dollars.

In February, 1894. was solemnized tlie marriage of Charles M. Dennison and Miss
Florence Stuart, of New York city, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Stuart, and to
them have been born four children, two sons and two daughters. Charles Stuart, born
In New Jersey in 1895, is a graduate of the East Denver high school and the Colorado
Agricultural College and is now serving his country as a lieutenant in the Three Hun-
dred and Sixth United States Infantry. Markham McFarlan, born in Brooklyn. New
York, in 1896, is a graduate of the East Denver high school and until January, 1917,
was a student in Harvard University, where he was well known for his athletic powers,
but is now fighting the battle for democracy in France. Margaret, born in 1897, is also
a graduate of the East Denver high school and a student in Denver University, being
a member of the Gamma Phi sorority. Eleanor, born in Brooklyn in 1900 and like-
wise a graduate of the East Denver high school, is a member of the National Woman's
League of Defense whose patriotism has led her to make herself practically useful by
driving a truck in Denver. The record of the family stands as an example of lofty
American patriotism and all are ready to do their best in order to serve their country
at this crucial hour.

Mr. Dennison is independent in his political views, voting for such candidates as
he considers best fitted for the oflSces to which they may aspire, irrespective of party
affiliation. He is thoroughly Imbued with progressive ideas and is ever ready to lend
a helping hand in making better and greater his adopted city. He readily cooperates
with the plans and projects of the Denver Civic and Commercial Association, of which
he is a member, and by his services as a director of the Retail Merchants Association.
In closer relation to his business interests, he is connected with the Printers Trades
Association and the Newspaper Association, of which organization he serves as a
director. Military life has always held an attraction tor him and when a young man
he served as a member of Company A, Twenty-third Regiment of the New York National
Guard. To the commercial growth of the state Mr. Dennison has immensely added by
his business activities and is therefore to be counted among those men who are the real
builders of the commonwealth. While he has attained prosperity as the result of close
application and tireless industry, he has never lost sight of the public weal and is ever
ready to put forth effort in order to make Denver a greater, better and more beautiful
city. In social circles the family stands very high and the hospitality of the best homes
of the city is extended to them. Many are the friends whom Mr. Dennison has made
here, both in business and private life, and all unite in the single-minded opinion of
his value as a citizen, his ability as a business man and his high and laudable qualities
the moral and intellectual advancement of the human race.



GEORGE WILLIAM BALVIN.

George William Balvin, who passed away in December, 1918, was the owner of one
of the finest farms in Elbert county. His birth occurred in Chicago. Illinois, November
13, 1880, his parents being Albert J. and Lillian (Krinick) Balvin. The father still
survives and resides on the Elbert county farm which was the property of his son.

George W. Balvin was reared in his native city and pursued his education in its
public schools. Leaving Chicago about 1905, he removed westward to Colorado and took
up his abode upon the farm near Elizabeth, in Elbert county, whereon he made his home
to the time of his demise. As the years passed he added to his possessions until his



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holdings embraced five hundred and twenty acres. He had a fine grove of cedars upon
his land and a splendidly improved property. Upon his farm he built one of the most
beautiful homes in the county. There are also large and substantial barns and out-
buildings furnishing ample and adequate shelter for grain and stock, and he was
successfully engaged in raising cattle and in dairy farming. His brother, Harry K.
Balvin, is now with the United States army in France, one of the victors whose
achievements turned the tide of battle in favor of the allies and won the glorious vic-
tory with which the world thrills today. The untimely demise of George W. Balvin
was deeply regretted by all who knew him, and Elbert county lost an esteemed citizen
and representative ranchman.



CLIFFORD C. COLE,



Among the enterprising citizens who are contributing to business development in
Boulder in the field of real estate operations is Clifford C. Cole, who has spent his entire
life west of the Mississippi river and is imbued with the western spirit of progress
and enterprise. He was born upon a farm in Harrison county, Iowa, in 1872. His
father, Enoch Cole, was a native of New York and in 1855 removed westward to Iowa,
becoming one of the pioneer settlers of that state. He arrived in Boulder, Colorado,
in 1907, and spent his remaining days in that city. He was married in Iowa to Mrs.
Mary Hogue, who still survives her husband and yet makes her home in Boulder.

Clifford C. Cole was largely reared in the town of Missouri Valley, Iowa, where he
pursued his education in the public schools. After putting aside his textbooks he spent
twelve years in the railroad service in Iowa, making steady advance during that period,
and then seeking a broader and what he hoped would be a more profitable field of labor,
he came to Boulder, Colorado, in 1904. Here he soon entered the real estate business,
with which he has since been identified, and through the intervening period of twelve
years he has negotiated many important property transfers in Boulder. There is no
man more familiar with real estate values in the city and his clientage has become
extensive and important.

On the 23d of December, 1897, in Mondamin, Iowa, Mr, Cole was united in marriage
to Miss Gertrude Kidder, a daughter of H. P. Kidder, who was born in the state of
New York and who enlisted there as a soldier of the Civil war, taking active part in de-
fense of the Union on southern battlefields. In his fraternal relations Mr. Cole is an
Elk. Politically he is a republican and in 1912 he served as chairman of the progres-
sive party of Boulder county. He stands loyally at all times for what he believes to be
right and in all that he does Is actuated by a spirit of ' progressiveness and advance-
ment, whether in relation to the public welfare or the promotion of his individual in-
terests. Both he and his wife are widely known in Boulder and this section of the
state and occupy a very enviable position in social circles, having the warm regard of
those with whom they have been brought in contact.



JOHN EGAN.



With both mining and farming interests in Colorado John Egan has been closely
identified and at the present time is concentrating his attention upon ranching and
cattle raising. He was born in County Mayo. Ireland, on the 24th of June, 1859, a
son of Bryan and Catherine (Harrington) Egan, the former a farmer by occupation.

John Egan acquired his education in the national schools of Ireland, which he
attended until tie reached the age of twelve years, and then put aside his textbooks in
order to concentrate his efforts and attention upon farm work. He assisted his father
until he reached the age of seventeen, when he bade adieu to friends and native land
and sailed for the United States, with Philadelphia as his destination. He remained
in that city for three years, employed as a coachman, after which he went to work
in the mines of Pennsylvania, where he was employed for three years. About 1880
he arrived in Colorado and took up mining at Leadville during the period of excite-
ment there. After a brief time, however, he went to Como, in Park county, and tor
three years was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad. He next went to Gunnison,
where he worked in the Baldwin mine for six months, and afterward removed to Ara-
pahoe county, now Adams county, where he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres
of land situated on section 32, township 1, range 65. Throughout the intervening



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period he has carried on general farming, producing the crops best adapted to soil and
climate. His farm is well fenced and divided into fields of convenient size. There
are substantial buildings upon the place and all modern equipment and he follows
the most progressive methods in the care of his land and the production of his crops.
He has about one hundred head of cattle upon his place and his stock raising is also
proving an important source of revenue to him.

In Denver, on the 1st of May, 1886, Mr. Egan was married to Miss Catherine Keefe,
a daughter of Michael J. and Mary (Dwyer) Keefe. She was born in Waterford, New
York, and came to Colorado in the early '80s with her parents. Her father is still
living. The children of this family are: Mary Ellen, a teacher at Eastlake; Margaret,
the wife of J. L. Hunt, by whom she has two daughters, Alice and Grace; Michael;
William; Catherine; and John. The sons are also engaged in farming, leasing land
and raising cattle in connection with their father. They lease grazing land and the
business interests of the family are being capably and wisely conducted, bringing
intial results.



WILLIAM M. POTTER.



Law and order in Washington county are in the hands of William M. Potter, who
efficiently administers the office of sheriff, his headquarters being at Akron, Colorado.
He was born in Letcher county, Kentucky, in February, 1871, a son of Isaac and Elizabeth
(Anderson) Potter, natives of the Blue Grass state. The father has followed agricul-
tural pursuits in Kentucky throughout his life and is still successfully operating the
old home place on which he and his wife now reside.

William M. Potter was reared in Kentucky and in that state he received his edu-
cation. He remained with his parents and assisted his father in the cultivation of
the farm until he reached his majority. He then engaged in a farming enterprise
on his own account and was successful along this line, in which he continued until
his appointment to the office of deputy sheriff of Letcher county, Kentucky, in which
he served for four years. At the end of that period he resumed farming, continuing
for one year in that pursuit in Tennessee. In 1910 he came to Washington county,
Colorado, filing on a homestead, and upon this property he has made many valuable
improvements, instituting modern facilities, erecting up-to-date buildings and bringing
his land under cultivation. As he prospered financially he acquired more land and at
this writing owns an entire section, located thirty miles south of Akron. The post-
office at the farm is called Anton and Mrs. Potter is postmistress there. Mr. Potter
also operates a general store at that place. In 1915 he was elected sheriff of Wash-
ington county and has served ever since. He has discharged his duties faithfully and
efficiently and ever upholds the law with strong hands. Criminals stand justly in
awe of him and he has succeeded in ridding the county of many undesirable char-
acters. On the other hand lesser offenders who come under his jurisdiction find in
him a friend who is ever ready to assist them to return to the path of righteousness.
The public greatly appreciates his services and it is generally conceded that he has
discharged his duties in such a way as to earn the full measure of appreciation from
every lawabiding citizen. At the election, held in November. 1918, Mr. Potter was re-
elected as sheriff of Washington county, a strong and well deserved endorsement of
his past service. While Mr. Potter still supervises the management of his farm and
store, he is also to some extent engaged in the live stock business, dealing in cattle
and horses. His various business ventures have proven valuable sources of income to
him and in their conduct he has shown more than ordinary business ability.

Mr. Potter was united in marriage to Miss Sarah E. Sturdivant and to them were
born eight children, two of whom passed away, their deaths occurriitg in Kentucky
while they were still in their infancy. Those living are: William 0., now in France,
in the railway service of the United States government; and Edgar. Grenade, Lacey,
Elizabeth and Virginia.

Politically Mr. Potter is an ardent republican and always stands for the princi-
ples of his party. His religious faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal church and
he is interested in church and charitable work. His fraternal connections are with
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which order he belongs to the lodge and
encampment, and with the Farmers Union. As agriculturist, as merchant and as
stock dealer Mr. Potter has gained well earned success by his ability and in his official
position as sheriff he has won the plaudits of the public. He has many friends in Akron
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to his ability and faithfulness as a public official who has ever at heart the general
welfare.

Before everything else however, he is a true and loyal American and this loyalty
was justly recognized when, under the act of congress, dated May 18, 1917, he was
appointed by the president of the United States as chairman of the local selective
service board for Washington county. As chairman of the local board he has shown
himself to be capable, as well as fearless, — considerate, as well as exacting. In this
capacity his services to the government were manifold and throughout the war great
trust was reposed in his executive ability by the mothers and fathers of the boys whom
it was his duty to call into the military service, to protect, and fight for this, our own
United States.

As indicative of the justice with which he performed the duties of this office, may
be taken the incident of his oldest son being among the first of the valiant to leave
Washington county for the gruelling struggle overseas. His friendly council, his
fatherly help were of inestimable benefit to the embryo soldiers who were thereby
instilled with that moral enthusiasm so apparent in the stanch lads who left their coun-
try homes to quell the Hun. His unstinted energies have shown to all his patriotism
and loyalty to country in this giant struggle. So marked were his efforts, — so stanch
his loyalty, — that we can say that he belongs among the leaders of that great army
who also served, — that great army who gave their sons, their energy, their achieve-
ments, — yes, and their very subsistence that the boys over there could continue until
the welkin of victory should sound over the civilized world.



LESTER BANCROFT WELCH.

Lester Bancroft Welch, who for many years has been identified with farming
interests near Brighton, where he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land
at an early day, was born in Tioga county, Pennsylvania, on the 3d of October, 1833,
a son of Josiah and Julia N. (Bancroft) Welch. He pursued his education in the pub-
lic schools of his native county and afterward worked with his father in the blacksmith
shop until twenty-three years of age, during which time he developed mechanical skill
and ingenuity which have been of much worth to him in later years. He then left home
and removed to a settlement about four miles in the country, there establishing a
blacksmith shop and engaging in business on his own account. Not long afterward,
however, he removed to Iowa and from that state crossed the plains to Colorado. For
a brief period he worked in Denver and then homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres
of land in Adams county, Colorado, which he has farmed until recently. He still has
one hundred and five acres of land which returns to him a gratifying annual income
by reason of the care and labor which is bestowed upon it. As the years passed he
carefully, systematically and persistently cultivated his fields and as the result of his
unfaltering industry won a substantial measure of success in his farming operations.
He added many modern improvements to his land and converted his place into one of
the excellent ranch properties of Adams county. In addition to his homestead he has
a beautiful city residence in Denver at No. 579 Elati street.

Mr. Welch was married in Tioga county, Pennsylvania, to Miss L. A. Hammond
and they have two children, Minnie and Robert. Mr. Welch is a republican in his
political views, having ever given stalwart support to the party since reaching adult
age. He has never sought nor desired office, preferring to concentrate his energies
upon his business affairs. He has now passed the eighty-fifth milestone on life's jour-
ney and is one of the venerable and respected citizens of his section of the state, with
which he has been closely, prominently and honorably connected from pioneer times
to the present. His worth as a man is attested by all who know him and as a ranch-
man he has contributed in marked measure to the development of the section in which



JOHN WALLACE SPRINGER.

John Wallace Springer, agriculturist and banker, is preeminently a successful
and resourceful business man and yet that presents but one side of his character, for
he is affable, genial, public-spirited, patriotic, a political leader in his influence over
public thought and a man whose interests compass the universe in all that has to



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do with the upbuilding of national life. It has been said that the history of a man
man be read in the story of his ancestors. This story has been told by a contemporary
biographer as follows:

"The Springer family was prominent in the colonial history of this country and
the line of descent extends back to Alfred the Great, Henry the Fowler, Otho the Illus-
trious, the czar and grand duke of Russia. The family tree also extends back to
Charlemagne in 742 and to old Pharamond in the year 420 A. D. The origin of the
name Springer dates from Landgraf Louis II, Germany, A. D. 1089, who was military
officer under the emperor, Henry IV. Having caused some slight offense to his superior
officer, Louis was imprisoned in the battlements of the old castle of Giebichenstein,
near Halle, one hundred feet above the river Saale, but owing to his popularity and the



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