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Early settlers in area a diverse lot

The Gould family were very early settlers in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

Wallace Gould Sr. was born in Taos, N.M., during 1850, shortly after the U. S. takeover of New Mexico from Mexico. He died in May of 1929. On Aug. 6, 1879, at Tierra Amarilla, N.M., he married Mary Louise Mercure. Eleven children were born of that marriage. These children and their children scattered across the area identified.

Mrs. Mary Louise Gould (Mercure) was born in Albuquerque, N.M., in 1862. She died in Albuquerque in 1947.

Mrs. Rebecca Gould was born March 20, 1880, in Parkview, N.M., and died November 17, 1969, in Monte Vista, Colo.

Gordon Grimes was born July 26, 1858, and had resided in Archuleta County 37 years at the time of his death in May of 1917. He married Laura A. Dowell in Pagosa Springs Dec. 11, 1888. A cattle rancher, he served as county assessor, mayor of Pagosa Springs and in various other public offices.

Mrs. S.J. Grimes died July 20, 1900, and was one of the old settlers in Archuleta County. Her family had moved to Pine River (Bayfield) in 1878. The husband and father departed this life in 1887.

Mrs. Elmer Gross, nee Theresa Kohl, was born at Westcliffe, Colo., Dec. 1, 1886, and died in Pagosa Springs Jan. 3, 1927. With her parents, she moved to Aztec, N.M., in 1901 and there married a former Pagosa resident, Elmer Gross, in 1907.

Geane Gross was born in Rock Island County, Ill., in May 16, 1868, and died in Sebastopol County, Calif., in February or March of 1914. The Gross family were important merchants in early Pagosa Springs.

Pedro Gurule was born August 1, 1876, in Huerfano, N.M. With his family he moved to Rosa, N.M., where he lived until he was 5 years old. At that time, the family moved to Archuleta County. He married Cleofas Chavez at Rosa in 1901.

George H. Hallett was born at Lucas County, Ohio, March 5, 1860, the youngest of 11 children. He moved to Del Norte in 1884 and to Pagosa Springs in 1886. He married Ora Sewell Oct. 3, 1897.

June Minium Hallett was born Nov. 11, 1879, at Meadvillle, Penn., and died at the Sullenburger Ranch in Archuleta County, June 3, 1921. She came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Minium, to Pagosa Springs in 1890, where she married Charles Hallett.

James H. “Judd” Hallett came to Pagosa Springs in 1884 and homesteaded a tract of land two and one-half miles east of town on Mill Creek. He was a cattleman and ran a store in town which was destroyed by fire. He was born in Sylvania, Ohio, in 1865. He served as county assessor, sheriff and on the first board of county commissioners. In 1884 he married Theresa Phillips. Judd Hallett was killed Sept. 4, 1917, in a runaway horse accident near Jerome.

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