Jefferson County, Colorado
Genealogy and History


Obituaries and Death Notices


Daily Times (Longmont), Vol XXXI, No. 195, 3 Aug 1925
William M. Allen, pioneer and founder of Arvada, died on his rand near Arvada Friday night. He came to Colorado in the gold rush of 1859, had made state history as an Indian fighter, and was the father of the Farmers highline ditch. He was 88 years old.
  Death came on the eve of his sixtieth wedding anniversary. He was a member of the Third Colorado Volunteers, and with Colonel Chivington of that command participated in the battle of Sand Creek, where Indians were the foe.


All the children of Peter and Ida Allstrom- Ellen Matilda born Aug 19, 1872; Carl Oscar born Dec 19, 1873; and Anna Elizabeth born Oct 19, 1875 died in Golden Oct 30, 1876. In the short space of about thirteen hours these three children closed their eyes in death. The little brother, with a sister on either side, are sleeping in the same grave. The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of many friends in this triple bereavement. W.L.S.
Golden Weekly Globe, Nov 4, 1876

Colorado Transcript, 13 Oct 1921
Prominent Arvada Man Dies
Albert H. Barth, former mayor and prominent merchant of Arvada died at his home in that town Sunday after a long illness with diseases incident to old age. He was 73 years old. Mr. Barth came to Colorado in 1882 and engaged in business in Arvada, and had made that city his home continuously since. He retired from active work in 1911. He was a member of the Arvada Masonic lodge and also the Odd Fellows, being prominent in the affairs of both orders. He was vice-president of the First National bank of that city. He is survived by his widow and one son.

Fort Collins Courier, 11 Mar 1919
Wils Black, nephew, and other relatives of D.A. Black have been informed of the latter's death at Swink, Colorado on Sunday, following a stroke of apoplexy.
  Mr. Black resided in this city up to 10 years ago. He is survived by a widow and three children, who will come here with the remains for the burial which will be made at Grandview.
  Other surviving relatives than those mentioned are two sisters, Mrs. Ann Drager of this city and Mrs. R.A. Dotts of Arvada and two brothers C.A. Black of bliss, Idaho, and Frank Black of Montana.

Died. Bradley. In Golden, on Thursday, December 19th, Parmer Story, son of Mr. W.C. and Emily F. Bradley, aged 21 months and 8 days.Colorado Transcript, Dec 25, 1878, Golden, Colorado

William Carter Succumbs 24 Hours Before Neighbors Find Body
Succumbing to a hemorrhage induced by miners' consumption Tuesday, William Carter lay dead for 24 hours in his cabin near the old water works before neighbors investigated. Mr. Carter had lived alone in the cabin for several years and had been in the habit of walking around his premises. When he did not appear neighbors asked for an investigation. The body was found in a chair near the bed where Mr. Carter had disrobed.
Mr. Carter was born in Cornwall, England, 67 years ago and worked for some time in the mines near Gilpin county. He was unmarried.
The funeral will be  held from Woods and Sanders tomorrow afternoon, the Reverend Waller officiating. Interment will be at Golden cemetery.
Colorado Transcript, Apr 13, 1916

Colorado Transcript, 3 Jan 1924 - transcribed by J.S.
, brother of Adolph Coors Sr., and well known in Golden, died suddenly of heart disease at his home in Denver Sunday morning. He had reached the age of 74 years.

Born in Dortmund, Germany, in 1849, Mr. Coors came to the United States when he was 21 years of age. Until 1880 he engaged in the cabinet making business in Chicago. He then came to Colorado and for many years was employed at the Golden brewery, making his home in Golden. In recent years he was employed at the local pottery.

Mr. Coors was a genial, accommodating man, and had many friends in Golden, Denver and elsewhere. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Former Golden Woman Dies
Colorado Transcript, 16 May 1918
Mrs. Adelia Daugherty, former well known resident of Golden, died in Denver last Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.V. Garvin. She had reached the advanced age of 83 years and 9 months, and her death was due to diseases incident to old age. She was the widow of the late William Daugherty, one of the early day merchants of Golden, who died here about twenty-three years ago. Mrs. Daugherty was a native of Liberty, Mo. She and her husband came to Golden in 1873 and made this city their home until the death of Mr. Daugherty. She is survived by two sons, William and Frank, living in Florida, three daughters, Mrs. J.V. Garvin, of Denver, Mrs. L. Hughson, of Chicago and Mrs. Frank Fisk, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Funeral services were held in Denver yesterday, and  the remains were brought to Golden cemetery for interment.

Died, Revived and Died.
It was thought last Thursday that Mrs. Robert Drew, reputed to be the wealthiest woman in Niagara county, N.Y., had died at her home in Middleport. Physicians pronounced her dead, and after the body had lain for five or six hours an undertaker's assistant began preparing for burial. The woman revived adn recovered consciousness. She lived twenty-four hours and then died.
Colorado Transcript, Jan 12, 1898, Golden, Colorado

County Pioneer Dies – G. H. Church, One of the County’s Best Known Men, Succumbs to Pneumonia – G. H. Church, pioneer and one of the best known men of Jefferson county, died at his home near Broomfield, Monday, death being due to pneumonia. He was 87 years old.
Deceased was a native of New York state. He crossed the plains to Colorado in an ox team in 1861 and after spending a few years exploring in the mountains he settled in Jefferson county, near what is now Broomfield. There he established the first stage station out of Denver on the overland route to California. In 1869 he brought the first herd of Hereford cattle to Colorado and with them laid the foundation for the famous stock ranch he built up.
Mr. Church was the builder and for many years the owner of the famous Church irrigation project. For many years he had been president of the First National Bank of Arvada.
Deceased is survived by his widow and one son, J. Frank Church.
(Colorado Transcript, January 10, 1918, front page)

In loving memory of our darling baby and sister who died Jan 20, 1922. Mrs. Elliott and children.
Colorado Transcript, Jan 25, 1923

Middle Park Times, 18 Oct 1912
Mrs. Elizabeth J. Garlick died at her home in Arvada on the 13st inst. Mrs. Garlick formerly resided in Hot Sulfur Springs where she and her children were in charge of the local telephone office for about 3 years. She had resided in Arvada for about 1 year.
  Mrs. Garlick was a pioneer of Colorado and had previously resided in Central City for 33 years.
  The lady was taken to Central City for interment at 2 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, October 15th. Mrs. Garlick was a woman of many admirable qualities and was highly respected among her friends and neighbors in this community where she was well and favorable known. She is survived by two sons and two daughters.

Colorado Transcript, 3 Jan 1924 - transcribed by J.S.
, Civil war veteran and a resident of Golden for thirty years, died last Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mr.s. Fred Eldridge. Death was due to diseases incident to old age. Mr. Gorham had reached to old age. Mr. Gorham had reached the age of 83 years, 8 months.

He was born in Yarmouth, Mass., and lvied in  that place until coming to Golden in 1894. His wife died two years after their arrival here.

Mr. Gorham served in the Civil war in the Sixieth Massachusetts Infantry, a volunteer, organization. He was mustered out of the service at Boston on November 30, 1864. The regiment served in various eastern states, and toward the end of the war he was engaged in guarding 5,000 confederate prisoners at Barnside barracks.

Mr. Gorham became a member of T.H. Dodd post, G.A.R., soon after coming to Golden, and he always took a deep interest in the organization. He had served as commander and in various other offices of the post.

Deceased is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Eldridge, and by one brother, living at Yarmouth. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Dressler yesterday afternoon at the Woods & Sanders chapel. Interment was at Golden cemetery.

Birth: Oct 26, 1927 (Faulkton, SD)
Parents: Fritz & Elizabeth (Kriener) Haneke
Marriage: Catherine (Dena) Bokenfohr (June 14, 1955, Morrinville, Alberta, Canada)
Death: July 23, 1991 (Denver, CO, VA Hospital)
Age: 63
Funeral: July 29 (Church of the Risen Christ, Denver
Burial: Fort Logan National Cemetery (Denver)
Education: Polo school
Military: U.S. Army (Korean conflict; served as Chaplain's assistant)
Locations/Occupation: farmer in Polo, SD; to Denver in 1978
Organizations/Civic: St. Liborius Catholic Church; American Legion; 40 et 8 and 11th Airborn Division; Knights of Columbus; Catholic Order of Foresteres; Polo Fire Department; School Board (Polo)
Preceded in death by: parents<
[Survivor information omitted for privacy]  From the memorial leaflet. Contributed by Jacque MacDonnell

Minnie Pearl Hartt was born July 29, 1882 at St. John N.B. Canada. She is the daughter of Arthur Sidney & Matilda Roberts Spragg, who were early day Rawlins students. Minnie attended normal schools and then taught for several years. She married John Kelly Hartt in 1909. The wedding took place in St. John, N.B. Canada and the honeymoon was in Niagara Falls, Ontario. When raising her 6 daughters they would live their lives in two places, on Maple Street in Rawlins and "up country" in Hahn's Peak Basin. There was a vast difference.
In Rawlins, little ladies wore ruffles and bows, and were supposed to act like ladies. They ate three meals a day at a table covered by white cloth. In Rawlins, Minnie always wore a dress, and she smelled like talcum powder, or sachet. At Hahn's Peak, she wore slacks and ate at a table covered in oilcloth. Minnie adapted to slacks later, but in those early years she often wore "knickers" tucked into her fishing boots. And she smelled like citronella oil, which she used to keep the flies away when she fished.
The "Hartt Family Headquarters" at Hahn's Peak was always full of life with relatives keeping the home fire burning and Minnie, a prize-winning fisherwoman until the very end. Minnie was a member of the PEO. After the death of John Kelly Hartt in 1952 at Baggs, Wyoming , Minnie Pearl moved to Wheatridge, Colorado. Minnie passed away in 1972 in Denver, Colorado. [Contributed from family notes to Genealogy Trails by Carole Dick]

Colorado Transcript, 28 Oct 1915
Former Golden Boy Accidentally Kills Self
Ralph Harmon, thirteen-year old son of Louis Harmon, formerly of Golden, was killed near Leyden last Saturday morning by the accidental discharge of a shotgun. The entire charge of shot struck the boy just at his shoulder, and he bled to death. Young Harmon, with a boy companion, spent the forenoon shooting snipe along the banks of the Church reservoir. One of the birds they had killed floated just out of reach and Harmon reached out with the butt of his gun to draw the bird to shore. The hammer caught on a rock or in the weeds, and the gun was discharged. Harmon's companion summoned aid and the wounded lad was rushed to the Harry Pearce store, but he died a few moments later. Coroner Woods was called from Golden, but decided an inquest unnecessary. Louis Harmon, father of the boy, resided in Golden many years, going from here to take a position as engineer at the Leyden mine when the coal workings were first opened there.

Henry Genealogy: The Descendants of Samuel Henry of Hadley and Amherst, Mass. 1734-1790, and Lurana (Cady) Henry, His Wife with an Appendix Containing Brief Accounts of Other Henry Families, by William Henry Eldridge 1915 -transcribed by J.S.
Margaret (5) Henry (William (4), Jonas (3), Andrew (2), Malcolm (1) was born Dec 27, 1825 in Martinsburg, N.Y. and died June 25, 1908 in Mountain View, Colorado. She married in 1847 at Richmond, Indiana, Thomas Bisco Doxey of Baltimore, Md., who was born Aug 17, 1820, and died in Washburn, Iowa, May 3, 1903.
Children: Ella (6), May (6), Loren (6), William (6) and Della (6)

Source: The Muswellbrook Chrnicle, Feb 18, 1899
The Rev. Warren Henry who was Wesleyan Minister in this circuit in 1884 died on December 4, 1898, at the home of his brother in Jefferson County, Colorado, U.S.A. Mr. Henry has been suffering for years with consumption, and for some years he has been a supernumerary, living with his brother in America. An In-Memoriam service in connection with Mr. Henry's death will be held in the local Wesleyan Church next Sunday night. Mr. H. Fairfax, from West Maitland, is to conduct a special religious service in the local Wesleyan Church on Wednesday evening at 7:30 o'clock.

Colorado Transcript, 28 Jul 1921
After an illness of less than six weeks, Mrs. Henry Juchem, one of the best known women of Jefferson county, died at her home in Arvada last Saturday. She had reached the aged of 58 years, and had lived in Colorado since 1868.
  Deceased was the daughter of the late Erick Tost, and came to America from Sweden when she was a young girl. The family settled in Denver in 1868 and moved to Jefferson County in 1881. She become the wife of Henry Juchem, former county clerk of the county in 1887, and had lived in or near Arvada since that year.
  She is survived by her husband and three sons, Guy E. Juchem, county treasurer of this county, Harold and Ray Juchem. Harold who is a graduate of the School of Mines, arrived from Costa Rica a few days before his mother's death.Deceased was a member of the Arvada Lodge, Neighbors of Woodcraft. She was a woman of charm and exceptional ability, and numbered her friends by the score.
  Funeral services were held at the Arvada Baptist church on Thursday, interment being at Arvada cemetery.

Mrs. Mary Kappeller, who died Aug 9 at Oak Creek, was a Colorado pioneer, having come from Germany in 1876. Central City was her home until 1900, when she and her husband moved to Denver, where the latter died in 1902. She was 72 years old and was the widow of John Kappeller. Of her 10 children, four daughters survive, Mrs. Lena Purinton of Oak Creek; Mrs. Anna Haley of Denver; Mrs. Mary Bacher of Arvada and Mrs. Margaret Bluck of Walsenburg. Deceased also left 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was at Mt. Olivet cemetery, near Arvada.

Mother Dies
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Keefe left for Golden, Colorado, Tuesday, called by a telegram that stating that Mr. Keef's mother had passed away in Seattle, Washington, and her body would be shipped to Golden for burial.
[Buffalo News, 2 September 1926, page 1 - Sub by FoFG]

In loving remembrance of our dear son Fred J. Olmstead, who died March 17, 1908. Gone but not forgottten, Father and mother.
Colorado Transcript, Mar 10, 1910, Golden, Colorado

Phillip Louten, Pioneer Dies
Phillip Louten, of Critchell, died at the Littleton Hospital last Wednesday from a complication of diseases following an operation. Mr. Louten was a pioneer resident of Jefferson County. He recently sold his ranch near Critchell to Miss Mabel Jackson, who died about two months ago. Funeral services were held at Woods and Sanders chapel, Friday, the Rev. Don Frank Fenn officiating. Mrs.[sic] Louten was buried at Golden cemetery beside his wife who died about a year ago.
Colorado Transcript, Apr 13, 1916

Denver Mountain News [Denver, CO], Oct. 27, 1899 Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson County
Well Known Physician Dies
Littleton, Colo., Oct. 26 - Dr. A. D. McArthur of Litleton died Wed. morning at 12:30 am of tuberculosis. Dr. McArthur was born at Kenmore, Ont., and was in his 31st year at the time of his death. He was a graduate of McGill university at Ontario and late professor at the University of Colorado and for the past six years has been practicing in Littleton. The funeral took place at 10 o'clock today and was largely attended. He leaves a widow and one child. Interment was at Fairmont cemetery at Denver.

Routt County Courier, Vol 13, No 11, 22 Oct 1908
Pioneer Settler Passes Away
The ranks of Routt county's early settlers were thinned during the past week by the death of Joseph McKay which occurred on Friday, October 16th, at his ranch near Craig.
  Mr. McKay has been for the past twenty-one years a resident of this part of Routt county. He and his family  moved here from Arvada, Colorado in 1887.
  He was born in Missouri on February 16, 1846, and came to Colorado with his parents when he was fifteen years old. He was married to Mary E. Woolley on November 1, 1882, and to them has been born a large family of children. Most of Mr. McKay's time has been spent in improving his ranch east of town, the only exception being the four years he served as postmaster at Craig.
  Mr. McKay became afflicted with paralysis some years ago and for months past has been an invalid under the always patient and careful nursing of his wife. The end of his suffering has been expected for some time and came quietly Friday afternoon.
  The funeral was conducted form the Christian church Sunday afternoon, Rev. J.L. Ellis delivering an eloquent and comforting address from the text "God shall wife away all tears." The interrment[sic] took place at Fairview cemetery.

Mabel Miller, aged 15, died at the State School for Girls Saturday morning from an attack of epilepsy. The remains were sent by Woods and Sanders to her former home in Trinidad for burial.
Colorado Transcript, JApr 13, 1916

Birth: June 6, 1926 (San Jacinto co., TX)
Parents: George & Susan (Jackson) Mize
Marriage: Lavon Aasby (Dec. 1, 1950, Albuquerque, NM). 9 children
Death: January 21, 1992 (hospital at Westminster, CO)
Age: 65 yrs 7 mos 15 ds
Funeral: Jan 25, 1992 (Our Savior Lutheran Church, Highmore SD)
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery (Highmore, SD)
Education: Post, TX schools
Occupation: military, Corps of Engineers, retired 1986
Location: San Jacinto co, TX; Post, TX; near Holabird, SD
Preceded in death by: 2 infant sons; parents; 6 brothers, 2 sisters
[Survivor information omitted for privacy]
Source: memorial leaflet. Contributed by Jacque McDonnell 

Source: Grants Pass Daily Courier, Jan 3, 1919
Elmer G. Morey was born in Jefferson county, Colorado, May 25, 1885, and died at Grants Pass, Ore., January 2, 1919, at 2 a.m. He was 33 years 7 months and 7 days old. He came to Oregon about 1887. Deceased was married in 1906. His wife and seven children; 4 girls and 3 boys, survive him. Deceased was engaged in the jitney business here in the city. Alvin A. Morey, of Cresent City, is a brother of the deceased; Mrs. Minnie B. Masters, of Grants Pass, and Mrs. Mary Olmstead, of Seattle, are sisters.
Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at the grave in the Granite Hill cemetery by Rev. Melville T. Wire.
The deceased came to his death from pneumonia following influenza. His sudden and untimely passing will be mourned by many friends.

MULLINS - At Hutchinson (Bradford Junction_ on June 17th, Joseph Louis Phillip, child of Mr. A.J. Mullins, aged 10 months.
Colorado Transcript, 12 Jun 1876 - transcribed by J.S.

Died. On Coal Creek, Sunday, January 7, Otto, son of George Rand, aged 2 1/2 years.
Colorado Transcript, Jan 10, 1872

Edgewater Pioneer Dies
Swan W. Rapp, for many years a resident of Jefferson county, died at his home in Edgewater last week at the age of 75 years. Rapp came from Sweden 33 years ago, and has spent most of the time since in this county. Seven sons and daughters survive him.
Colorado Transcript, 22 Jun 1916 - transcribed by J.S.

Source: The Coconino Sun, Sep 5, 1902
Sudden Death of Mrs. Rogers
Mrs. Eva Rogers, wife of Frank L. Rogers, died at her home in Cupertino, California, on Monday morning August 24, of congestive chill. Her death was sudden having been ill but a few hours. The funeral was held on August 26, and all that was mortal of Mrs. Rogers was laid away in the beautiful cemetery at Santa Clara, California. Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Dennis, parents of Mrs. Rogers, and a brother and sister, of Rhoades, attended the funeral.
Mrs. Rogers was born on the 28th day of October in Jefferson county, Colorado, and came to Arizona with her parents some ten years ago. She was married to Mr. Frank L. Rogers, a prominent cattleman of this county. Shortly after their marriage they removed to Cupertino, Cal. where Mr. Rogers successfully engaged in fruit raising, and where they had a beautiful home. The sudden death of Mrs. Rogers was a great shock to her relatives who deeply grieve her sudden demise, and they have the sympathy of their numerous friends in their bereavement.

Colorado Transcript, 12 Jul 1917 - transcribed by J.S.
, one of the best known men of southern Jefferson county, died suddenly Sunday of paralysis. He had reached the age of 78 years and had lived in this county for more than forty years. He is survived by one son, Charles. The remains were brought to Golden for interment, and services were conducted by Father Fenn at the Woods & Sanders chapel yesterday.

Aged Rancher Drops Dead – Coroner William Woods was called to the eastern part of the county last Friday to investigate the death of Frank Spahne, well known farmer, whose body was found by neighbors. Spahne has evidently been dead since Christmas and Coroner Woods decided apoplexy was the cause and held no inquest. Spahne was about 65 years of age. His wife had been working in Denver and Spahne went to the city on Christmas day to visit her. Evidently he dropped dead just as he returned home Tuesday afternoon after that visit. The body was discovered by George Horner, a neighbor. Woods & Sanders of Golden, took charge of the remains and conducted the funeral which was held in Denver Tuesday, interment being at Riverside. (Colorado Transcript, January 3, 1918, front page)

Mrs. Mary Ellen Swadley died at her home at Arvada near Denver, Colo., Oct 21.
She was born in Missouri in 1839 and came to Colorado in 1863 with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pollock, where she was married in 1866 to George Calhoun Swadley, second son of William Swadley of Hightown, Va. Her husband came west from Virginia in 1856 to Iowa, and from there to Colorado in 1859, being one of the very few remaining Colorado pioneers of the covered wagon period.
Mrs. Swadley's life was always spent on the frontier. She was an estimable lady, brace and courageous. She was mother of five children, four of whom survive, also her husband.
The Recorder, Vol 68, No 45, Nov 8, 1946 (Virginia Chronicle)

Wm Robert Swadley Member of Arvada Pioneer Family Dies
Arvada, Colo. Dec 5 - Wm Robert Swadley, 77, a member of a pioneer Arvada family died at St. Anthony's hospital, Saturday morning, December 6, after a long illness resulting from a fractured hip sustained in a fall nearly three years ago.
Mr. Swadley was born on the old Swadley homestead just west of Arvada on January 25, 1869, and was the only son of the late George Calvin Swadley and Mary Ellen Swadley, who came to Colorado Territory in the early days of its history. Mr. Swadley coming from Richmond, Virginia, in 1859 and Mrs. Swadley from Booneville, Missouri, in 1863.
William Robert Swadley attended school in Arvada, and spent most of his life in this vicinity as a farmer. He was well beloved and highly respected by all who knew him.
He was united in marriage to Josephine L. Bright of Westminster, Colora[sic] on January 23, 1898. She passed away on February 25, 1937.
Surviving Mr. Swadley are two sons, George Lee of Arvada, and Robert Perry of Denver, a grandson, and a sister, Laura Minges of Arvada. Two older sisters were the late Clara Kinbrough of Arvada and Sara Carey of Denver.
Funeral services were conducted at the Olinger drawing room on Tuesday at 1 o'clock with burial in the family lot in the Arvada cemetery.
Note - Mr. Swadley was a grandson of the late William Swadley of Hightown, Highland County, Virginia and a number of his cousins reside in this and adjacent counties.
The Recorder, Vol 68, No. 50, Dec 13, 1946 (Virginia Chronicle)

Lieutenant Taylor Dies at Fort Lee – Sudden Death Comes to Former Well Known Golden Resident – Spinal Meningitis The Cause – Dead Engineer Officer was at One Time on School of Mines Faculty – News has been received in Golden of the sudden death at Fort Lee, Va., of Lieutenant Ilo I. Taylor, former well known Golden resident and member of the faculty of the School of Mines. Spinal meningitis was the cause of his death, which occurred last Friday, after an illness of four days. The wire was sent to Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Davidson by Mrs. Taylor, who was formerly Miss Mabel Davidson of this city.
Lieutenant Taylor was about 36 years of age, and is survived by his wife and small daughter, his mother, two brothers and three sisters.
Deceased came to Golden about five years ago, and for two years he was an instructor in the mechanical engineering department at the School of Mines. He left here three years ago to take a position on the faculty of the Kansas Agricultural college. Later he accepted a similar position on the faculty at Perdue. He was a graduate of Ames.
Mr. Taylor was united in marriage here three years ago to Miss Mabel Davidson, one of Golden’s best known young ladies. She was with him at the time of his death.
Soon after war was declared Mr. Taylor offered his services to his country, and his high technical training soon won him a commission as lieutenant and he was placed in charge of the engineering supply depot at Fort Lee.
No information as to the funeral arrangements has been received in Golden as yet, but it is believed the body will be taken to Lieutenant Taylor’s old home at Storm Lake, Iowa, for interment. Immediately after receiving the sad news, Miss Eleanor Davidson let for Fort Lee to be with her sister. (Colorado Transcript, January 31, 1918, front page)

Colorado Transcript, 15 Mar 1906 - transcribed by J.S.
died Sunday afternoon at the home of County Assessor J.A. Newcomb on Ralston creek, after an illness of ten days with pneumonia. She was 85 years old Saturday, and came to the county from Nova Scotia in 1870. She was the mother of Ex-Senator L.R. West, Gibbs West, of Arvada, and Mrs. J.A. Newcomb. The funeral was held at the Newcomb residence Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Colorado Transcript, 2 Oct 1924
Gibbs West, one of Jefferson county's best known pioneer farmers, died at his home in Arvada Monday at the age of 75 years.
  West was born in Nova Scotia in 1849 and came to Colorado by overland stage in 1868. He came direct to Jefferson county and acquired extensive land holdings on Ralston Creek, a few miles north of Golden. He engaged in farming contiuously until about eight years ago, when he retired from active work and went to Arvada to live. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Enoch West, and a brother of the late Senator Leander West. He is survived by his widow, a son, Frank West, of Arvada, a daughter, Mrs. Harry Secrest, of Denver, and a sister, Mrs. Joseph Newcomb, of Arvada.
  Funeral services were conducted in Denver Wednesday afternoon by the Rev. A.C. Hoover of Arvada, and interment was at Crown Hill cemetery.


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