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Pioneer moves a lumber mill to Pagosa

Charles Isaiah Loucks was born in Ontario, Canada. At the age of 17, he became a telegraph operator. When age 25, he left Canada and in 1867 moved to Fort Scott, Kans. While in Indian Territory, he married the daughter of a Methodist minister. With friend E.T. Walker, he freighted a lumber mill to Pagosa Springs with ox teams by way of Cumbres Pass. They arrived in Pagosa Springs June 9, 1879. After sawmilling for a short time, he turned to cattle raising, trapping and improving his homestead south of town. He died March 20, 1923.

Mary Elizabeth Collett Hartley was born at Leavenworth, Kans., March 23, 1858. She married Charles H. Loucks March 28, 1875, and they had eight children. She came with her husband to Pagosa Springs in 1879 while Fort Lewis still occupied what was to become Main Street. They later separated and she married John Hartley, who died in a sawmill accident. She passed away Dec. 15, 1939.

Elizabeth Jane Howe Jones was born in Indiana Sept. 8, 1840, and died in Archuleta County March 5, 1927. With her parents, she moved to Missouri and in 1863 or 1864 she married William Jones. In 1883 she moved to Kansas where her husband died two years later. In 1896, she moved to Archuleta County. She had seven children, four of whom died at an early age. Abe, William and Phillip Howe were brothers. Abe and William were involved in the so-called “Sheepmens/Cattlemens War” that took place in October of 1892 on the West Fork of the San Juan River. William, a county commissioner at the time, was killed.

Edna Alice Holt was born March 19, 1881, in Del Norte, Colo., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Holt. With her family she came to Pagosa Springs in a covered wagon by way of Summitville and Windy Pass when she was 8 years old. In 1897, she married Elmer Hatcher and they had four children. She moved from Pagosa Springs to La Boca, Colo., returning in 1930 when her mother, Emma Holt Rippy, passed away. She operated the old American Rooming House after that date and passed away in December of 1971.

George Siegel Hatcher was born June 6, 1862, at Hopkinton, Iowa, and died Dec. 28, 1941. He moved with his parents to Missouri when he was six. In 1885, the family moved by wagon to Colorado, spent a summer at Wagon Wheel Gap, then moved to Pagosa Springs that fall. He taught school one term, then returned to Missouri to enter the ministry. On Jan. 19, 1883, he married Elizabeth Stogsdill. In 1895, he was ordained and subsequently ministered in Missouri, California and Nevada until 1900, when he returned to Pagosa Springs.

James S. Hatcher was born Sept. 28, 1864, in Logan County, Iowa, and moved to Colorado as a young man. He died in Altadena, Calif., April 23, 1962, where he had lived since 1921. He was associated with Citizens Bank and Hatcher Mercantile during the early days, as well as being an notable sheep rancher.

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