Perrin Porter, an esteemed citizen and a progressive stock man and farmer of Montrose county, living about four miles from the county seat, is a descendant of old Maryland and Virginia families of Scotch ancestry, who were early settlers in the neighborhood of Booneville, Cooper county, Missouri, where he was born in 1842. His parents were John and Hannah (Ellis) Porter, the former a native of Maryland who settled at Booneville in his young manhood and engaged in mercantile life and farming, remaining there until his death in 1860, at the age of fifty-eight. The mother, a daughter of William and Nancy (Ball) Ellis, of Virginia, was also born in the Old Dominion and came with her parents in her girlhood to Cooper county, Missouri, and there grew to womanhood and was married. There also she died, passing away in 1876, aged fifty-four or fifty-five, and was buried on the homestead where the remains of her husband also repose. They were the parents of seven children, of whom their son Perrin was the first born. His school days were passed in his native state, where he remained living at home and taking his part in the work of the farm until he reached the age of twenty-three or twenty-four. He then came to Colorado, stopping first at Animas in what is now La Plata county, and from there began prospecting in the San Juan region and mining in various parts of that prolific mineral belt. For seven years he followed this precarious occupation in connection with lumbering at times, then determined to seek a more stable and enduring field for his energies in ranching and raising stock, and for this purpose homesteaded on a part of his present ranch. Eighteen years have passed since then, all expended by him in diligent efforts to improve his land. He has purchased additional land from time to time, and by the same judicious and systematic industry has transformed it, as he has the first tract, from a waste of wild sage brush into fields of waving grain, orchards bending with luscious fruit, vineyards rich in the clustering wealth of the vine, and meadows verdant with the promise of winter food for his cattle. His chief industry has been the breeding and handling of high grade stock and the production of alfalfa for their maintenance. His aim has been to have and produce the best cattle in the county, and by so doing improve the quality of this commodity throughout its limits. At one time he was also a breeder of fine horses, but his energy as a breeder is now devoted almost exclusively to cattle. He takes a lively and helpful interest in public local affairs and gives a due share of his time and substantial aid to all projects for the elevation of the people, the development of the resources and the expansion of the material interests of the county and the improvement of the social life around him, as well as the management of the governmental concerns of the section in which he lives. He is an ardent Democrat in political faith, and makes good his allegiance by faithful support of his party. In 1884 he married with Miss Rose Croycroft, a native of Maryland and daughter of Aaron Croycroft, of that state, who settled in Missouri during her childhood and there remained until his death engaged in farming. She died in 1900 at the age of fifty-two, leaving one child, her daughter Hattie. A son named Benjamin died before she passed away. In 1902 he was married a second time, his choice on this occasion being Miss Elise Baughman, a New Yorker by nativity.
(Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado, Publ 1905. Transcribed by Kim Mohler)