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More biographies of Pagosa pioneers

We’re having fun writing short biographies of some of the Pagosa Country pioneers who had the most impact on our history. Let’s continue.

Anastacio Candelaria passed away July 12, 1933. In his newspaper obituary, we read: This community lost one of its oldest residents, both as to age and length of residence. He was 90 years old, 49 of those years spent here. He was born at Albuquerque, N.M., in February of 1843 (Motter—At that time, New Mexico was still part of Mexico). On Jan. 26, 1903, he married Miss Ruby Ulibarri of Arboles (Motter—This says he was aged sixty when he married and subsequently had ten children. I find this hard to believe). At one time he was engaged in the sheep business and built the first sheep dipping vat in this area. At other times he was engaged in the mercantile business, flour milling, and farming. His first flour mill was powered by a water wheel. He was a brother of the late B.A. Candelaria of Rosa.

Abbie Mae Carlin was born Jan. 7, 1885, at Watertown, S.D. Her parents were Daniel Rodney and Ada Lutz West. The family moved by covered wagon from South Dakota to Cherry Creek, Neb. Before long, they continued by covered wagon to the San Luis Valley and a year later crossed Elwood Pass to the San Juan Basin. Mae West married Jim Carlin Dec. 25, 1900, at Tierra Amarilla. He preceded her in death in 1923. She was (in May 1972) survived by two daughters, Daisy Jackson and Pearl Zimmer, and two sons, Kenneth Carlin and West Carlin. James and Mae Carlin were in the logging and ranching business. Following Mr. Carlin’s death, Mae operated a ranch on Four Mile Road now owned by R.D. Hott.

James Carlin passed away June 9, 1923. He was born at Byron Center, Mich., in September of 1860. At the age of 15 he went to Kansas City where he worked for a lumber firm. He then moved to Catskill, N.M., where he engaged in the sawmill business, then did contract logging at Espanola, N.M.. After a brief stint hauling ore at Silverton, he returned to the lumber business working for many years for the New Mexico Lumber Company at Edith. He held many of the logging contracts for the C.W. Houser mills.

James West Carlin was born March 6, 1908, at the Dutton mill set on Piedra Road and died Oct. 17, 1981. He married Lillie May Toner Sept. 24, 1938. He was survived by Lillie Mae Carlin, stepson John J. Taylor, sister Daisy Atchison, sister Pearl Zimmer and brother Kenneth Carlin.

Frederick Henry Catchpole, a resident of Pagosa Springs for 39 years, died Nov.14, 1946. He was born Feb. 28, 1874, at Sterling, Neb., to Mr. And Mrs. M.M. Catchpole. At the age of 23 he married Miss Mable Strong. The couple’s children were Mrs. Gladys Hatcher, Jay Catchpole, Mrs. Thelma Friedman, Frederick Catchpole, Myron M. Catchpole and Harvey Catchpole. He engaged in banking and livestock while in Nebraska, and upon arriving in Pagosa Springs in 1908, he organized Citizen’s Bank. He served 16 years as county commissioner, four years as county treasurer, and on other local boards. He pioneered and fought for better roads for Archuleta County and the San Juan Basin. He was appointed by the governor of Colorado as a member of the first advisory board of the Colorado State Highway Department which started construction of Wolf Creek Pass.

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