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Pagosa Country’s early settlers made a difference

Here are more profiles of the pioneers who made their way to Pagosa Country.

Stephen Arnold Douglas Garvin was born Dec. 20, 1861, at Hopkinton, Iowa, and died Jan. 20, 1930, at Holbrook, Ariz. He moved to the gold town of Summitville, Colo., in 1880, then to Pagosa Springs where he married Maude Cade in 1890. Children of this marriage were a son, Edwin Garvin; daughters Mrs. Mabel Lynch and Mrs. Gladys Duxstad; there was also a sister, Mrs. George Potter, and a brother, John Garvin. During his long life, Stephen engaged in mining, railroading and hotel management, and served a term as Archuleta County Sheriff.

Anna Teather moved with her parents from Jewell County, Kans., in 1883. They first settled on the East Fork of the San Juan River. She married L.M. Gililland in about 1886, and they ranched north of Pagosa Springs for several years before moving to Chama, N.M., about 1890. The couple had no children, but Mrs. Ruby Masco is a niece of the departed, who left this life in April of 1926.

Louis Giardin was born at Silverton, Colo., Sept. 12, 1884, and passed away in Pagosa Springs Sept. 12, 1884. As a child, he lived in the Animas Valley near the historic Baker’s Bridge.

Emma Louise Glatzau was born in Crawford County, Penn., July 7, 1858, and died at Pagosa Springs Aug. 9, 1929. She first came to Archuleta County in 1888 to visit her sister, Mrs. Rudy Flaugh. On July 4, 1889, she returned to Archuleta County and married Leon Montroy at Amargo. He preceded her in death in 1920. Five children were born of this union, three of whom were still in the area in 1929. They were Mrs. Anna I.M. Armstrong, Louis R. Montroy and Leon Montroy.

Jose Eugenio Gomez was born in 1855 in Albuquerque, N. M., to Don Juan Lino Gomez and Estefanita Gomez. He was the only child and at the age of 2 moved with his family to Conejos County, Colo. At the age of 20, in 1876, he homesteaded in Dulce, N.M., and began raising sheep. He had extensive real estate holdings. He married Ruben Garcia, the daughter of Don Manuel Garcia, in 1881. They had five sons and four daughters: Cristobal, Felix, Lino, Manuel, Jose Eugenio Jr., Estefanita, Cleotilde, Francisquita, and Rubita. The deceased was a first cousin of A.D., J.M., and D.D. Archuleta. He died Dec. 10, 1015.

J. Felix Gomez was born May 13, 1892, in Dulce, N.M., and died Oct. 30, 1976. After graduating in 1912 from St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, N.M., Mr. Gomez moved to Pagosa Junction, Colo., to manage the family mercantile business. He also developed an extensive sheep business. His wife was Ophelia Gomez and he had daughters Ophelia Downey, Marie Abeyta and Liliosa Padilla; a son, Jose Felix Gomez, brothers J. Lino Gomez and J. Eugenio Gomez; and sisters Francesquita Cordova and Ruby Archuleta.

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