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John Adams Dies in Pasadena, Cal
Early Pioneer of Wisconsin one of First Settlers in Lead District Sons Gain Prominence Alva, Frank, John and William Have Been Active in Political Affairs of Colorado Was in His 90th Year Madison, Wis., Oct 24 - John Adams, an early pioneer of Wisconsin, twice a member of the Legislature, twice sheriff of Dane county, father of the family of men whose names have been synonymous with the upbuilding of Denver and Colorado for many years past, died from the infirmities of age at his home in Pasadena, Cal., last Sunday. The funeral was held at Pasadena last Tuesday.  Mr. Adams was in his 90th year and had lived in that city the past 15 years.
He was born in Pulaski county, Ky., in 1819.  At the age of 13, in company with a half brother, he came to Indiana, then in 1837 to Winnebago county, Ill., and two years later to Dodgeville, Wis., where he was attracted by the lead mining.  For ten years he lived at Dodgeville, then in 1849 moved to Blue Mounds.  This town was then known as "Pokerville" because of the great amount of gambling there, and enjoyed a degree of prosperity from the gambling and the lead mining and the fact that it lay on the great highway of travel to Minnesota and the region farther west.
Prominent as Merchant
Mr. Adams did an extensive business as merchant, stockbuyer and farmer. IN the winter he kept a caravan of teams hauling goods to the pineries of northern Wisconsin.  In 1863 he moved to Black Earth, Wis., where he also conducted a large general store, but was burned out.  He then went to Blanchardville, where he built a large grist mill which, however, did not prove a paying venture.  Mr. Adams was a Democrat and was sheriff of Dane county in 1863 and 1864, and a member of the state Legislature in
1869-70 and 1872.  He was married at Dodgeville in 1846 to Miss Eliza Blanchard, a native of Cortland county, NY.  They had four sons, Alva, Frank, John and William, all of whom have risen to prominence in Colorado, and one daughter, Elizabeth, who lived with her parents.  Alva Adams had also spent the past month with his father.
Alva Gains Prominence
The story of the Adamses of Colorado is an interesting one. It was the illness of one of the brothers that first drew them there. When Alva first went there he assisted in the building of a railroad as a laborer.
Then he obtained a position in a hardware store and later was in the same business at Colorado City and at Alamosa. He quickly became prominent in politics and was a member of the first Legislature of that state and a delegate to the Democratic national convention in Cincinnati in 1880. Since then he has been five times the candidate of his party for governor, and has been three times elected, although thrown out by a Republican Legislature while serving his third term, he lives at Pueblo, where he is president of a bank and connected with many enterprises.
Other Sons in Politics. William H. Adams lives at Alamosa and has also had a remarkable political career in that he has served as state senator for over twenty years. His hold on the electorate is due to his support of rights and interests of the common people. In the campaign this summer he was prominently mentioned as the most available candidate for governor and almost secured the nomination. Frank Adams, for many years on the police and fire board of Denver, is now president of the Colorado Ice and Storage company.  Another brother, John Adams, is a prominent ranchman.  Mr. Adams is also survived by his widow.  One of his grand nephews is Harry Adams, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin and now city attorney of Beloit. [Weekly Watertown leader. (Watertown, Jefferson County, Wis.), 30 Oct. 1908]

Edward L. Burgess

Alamosa, Colo., Sept. 14-A six year old boy died today in the explosion that resulted when he dropped a lighted match into a filling station's submerged gasoline tank.      The 200 gallon tank blasted open the ground and threw Edward Lee Burgess, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Burgess, high into the air. The child died of burns and shock three hours later.      Claude Garner, the filling station attendant, escaped injury. [
The Helena Independent, Helena Montana  September 15, 1938 - Sub. by S. Williams]

Ralph H. Carrier
Salesman Dies of Auto Injuries
Ralph H. Carrier, Albuquerque salesman, died Friday in Alamosa, Colorado, a victim of an automobile accident which occurred Wednesday night, when the car in which he was riding collided with a truck parked on the highway near Romeo, Colorado.
Carrier moved here with his wife, mother and daughter, last August. He represented the Marshal Canning Co.
Mrs. Carrier left for Alamosa Thursday after receiving word of the accident, and was thought to have arrived before his death.
(Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque New Mexico. December 14, 1935 Submitted by S. Williams)

Leo Diederich
Unloaded Pistol Brings Death to Boy in Colorado
Alamosa, Colo., May 13-A 15 year old boy's challenge that he could beat a 13 year old chum's "draw" with an "unloaded" pistol brought him death, Sheriff Maurice T. Smith reported today.
The victim, shot through the brain last night, was Leo Diederich, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Diederich of Monte Vista.
A coroner's jury absolved Charles Rolling of blame in the death after he described the fatal game in which young Diederich thought he could outspeed Charles' draw with a gun the younger boy said he just had emptied.
Playing that Charles was to attack him from behind with the gun, Leo was to turn and grab the .22 caliber gun before Charles could draw, aim and pull the trigger.
Charles told the jury Leo had just started to turn when he pulled the trigger. The bullet hit Leo in the right side of the head.     "Leo was my best friend," the boy said.
[The Helena Independent, Helena Montana May 14, 1939 - Sub. by S. Williams]

Gallegos | Givil
Alamosa, Colo., April 15-Two children were burned to death here this afternoon when a fire partially destroyed the home of Leo Gallegos, a truck driver. One child, 3 years old, was the son of Gallegos and the other, a 4 year old boy, was the son of Henry Givil, a miner, who is now in Silverton, Colo.
Mrs. Gallegos was said to have locked the children in the house while she went downtown on a shopping trip. The house is believed to have caught fire from a kitchen stove.
[The Helena Independent, Helena Montana April 16, 1929 - Sub. by S. Williams]

Allie Hansen
Mrs. Ernest H. Hansen
A shroud of deep sorrow was cast over the city Sunday afternoon and all its citizens, old and young, when the sad news of the death of Mrs. E.H. Hansen was made known. The news was more of a shock because everyone thought Mrs. Hansen was rapidly improving from the effects of an operation performed by Dr. Rupert and assistant surgeons several days ago at the Red Cross, and was feeling strong and jubilant that morning. Reaction and a weak heart, however, caused her death in a very few minutes. Allie Koch Hansen came to this city from Manassa about five years ago and had made a host of loving friends among our residents. She was laid to rest in the Manassa cemetery, where several other members of her family are buried, on Tuesday afternoon and a large delegation of friends accompanied the remains from this city. Words will not express the sympathy that goes forth to "Kelly" Hansen from all parts of this valley.
(Alamosa Journal, Feb 6, 1914; Page: 1 Submitted by Kathleen Peterson)

Pearl Hawkins
Mrs. Hawkins Dies.
Word has been received in this city of the death of Mrs. Harry Hawkins which occurred Saturday at her home in Alamosa, Colo., after an illness of typhoid fever. She is survived by her husband and two children.
Mrs. Hawkins was formerly Pearl Van Nostrand, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.. A.W. Van Nostrand, formerly residents of Fairfield, but now residing in Monte Vista, Colo. She was an employee of the Louden Machinery company for a time preceding her removal to Colorado to reside. [
Davenport Democrat and Leader, Davenport Iowa September 7, 1927 - Sub by Shauna Williams] 

Walter A. Martinez, Jr.
Rio Grande County resident Walter A. Martinez Jr., 46, passed away Feb. 4, 2007, in the remote San Juan Mountains. Walter was born in Alamosa, Colo. On Aug. 30, 1960. He graduated from Creede High School and then attended Western State in Gunnison. Coaching the girl’s high school basketball team at Creede and boating with his wife and five sons in the summer were some of his favorite pastimes.
[Stillwater County News, Feb. 23, 2007 - Sub. by Jo Ann Scott]

Mrs. Ray Montgomery

Mrs. Ray Montgomery of Mosca, died on Tuesday night and the remains were brought to Alamosa for internment. (Alamosa Journal, December 27, 1917, page 2)

James R. Noland
Alamosa, Col., Dec. 31- James R. Noland, 56, Alamosa publisher and former secretary of state of Colorado died at his home here suddenly at 7:30 A.M. He had been ill only two days. [
Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville Illinois Dec. 31, 1930 - Sub. by Shauna Williams]

Jeremiah B. Peden
Jeremiah Bert Peden was born near Floris in Davis County, Ia., April 27, 1871, and passed away at his home near Mosca, Colo., November 26, 1931. He was the third child of Margaret and Samuel J. Peden, and was married to Adella Evans on December 31, 1894.
To this union were born eight children, all of whom are now living. They are Jennie Burns of Mosca; Nora Kline, Three Rivers, Mich; Lola Thomas, Northport, Neb; Wilbur, Frank, Harold, Lawrence and Cecil of Mosca. He is survived by his widow, Adella Peden, his mother, Margaret Peden, who is 87 years old, and better known as Grandma Peden, eight children and eight grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Alice Brooks of Mosca, and two brothers, L.M. Peden of Rapid City, and John H. Peden of Seattle, Wash. One sister, Mrs. Mary Brooks, and one brother, James Peden, preceded him in death.
Mr. Peden and family came to the San Luis valley in the fall of 1919. He was converted and became a member of the Methodist church at Mosca during the ministry of the Rev. A.W. Cibbons, and has been a faithful working in the church up to the time of his death. He was superintendent of the Sunday school a year and an active worker for the betterment of the community. His widow and children have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of a faithful husband and a kind father.      The funeral services were held in the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, the Rev. S.E. Luce officiating Appropriate music was sung by a quartet.-Contributed.
Mrs. Peden's brothers, Frank, Henry and John Evans, are Huron residents.
[Evening Huronite, Huron South Dakota December 19, 1931 -- Submitted by Shauna Williams]

A.W. Quin
Alamosa, Colo., Sept 22-A.W. Quin co-publisher of the Alamosa Courier, died today as the result of a paralytic stroke brought on by high blood pressure.
[Nevada State Journal, Reno Nevada September 23, 1935 - Sub. by S. Williams]

Fred and Kendall Wellington
Alamosa, Colo., March 31- Fred Wellington, 36, of Alamosa, jockey and rodeo relay rider, and his 5 year old son, Kendall, were found dead today in a fume filled auto parked on a lonely stretch of prairie a mile south of the Alamosa cemetery.
Deputy Coroner John Allardice, Sheriff Maurice T. Smith and District Attorney Leonard M. Haynie investigated and reported that Wellington had driven the car to the spot, fixed one end of a hose to the exhaust pipe and brought the other into the auto, closed the windows and let the motor run.      They said he apparently sat in the rear seat and held his son on his lap while he was conscious. Wellington's body had fallen over on the seat and that of his son was found on the floor. On the glass of a car door was attached a note saying "Gas inside."
The authorities said they learned that Wellington's wife, Marguerite, had left him recently and had gone to El Rito, N.M.
The bodies were found by a party of Wellington's relatives-Bert Janney, his cousin; Charles Wellington, his father; Ted Kendricks, his brother-in-law, and Mrs. Janney.      Janney told the authorities that Wellington had "acted strangely" since his wife's departure. Janney said he and others began a search when Wellington and the boy could not be found at home this afternoon.
[The Helena Independent, Helena Montana April 1, 1940 - Sub. by S. Williams]

Raymond Young

Raymond Young, 16 Years Old, Crushed in Attempt to Board Freight
Raymond Young, colored, aged 16 years, was struck and almost instantly killed yesterday afternoon by a freight train, which he had attempted  to board in the Santa Fe yards south of town. The accident occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m., and the body was found a few moments later. 
Young is the son W.H. Young, 329 East Fountain street, head waiter on a D. & R.G. dining car between Denver and Salt Lake City. He was notified of the accident at Grand Junction last night.
There will be no inquest, according to Coroner ?.T. Boyle(?) It is thought that the colored boy was following his usual practice of catching a ride from the brickyards, where he occasionally worked, to his home near the railroad. His mother often warned him against this, she old the coroner. His foot, it is believed, caught in a frog near the switch when he tried to board the train.     Young is survived by his mother and father, a brother living in Alamosa, and two sisters, residents of Kansas City and Denver, respectively. Funeral arrangements have not been made.
[Colorado Springs Gazette, Colorado Springs Col., January 26, 1915 - Sub. by S. Williams]


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