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Among the pioneers, some familiar names

Some of the names of Pag0sa’s pioneers remain in the area today. See if you can spot them.

Alonzo G. Hindman passed away during February of 1927, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Schonefeld. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 25, 1838. He married in Pleasant Grove, Kans., in 1872. Two children survived his death, Mrs. Myrtle Schonefield and Bert Hindman. He was among the earliest of Colorado settlers, having arrived in Colorado in 1860, and in Silverton, Colo., in 1876.

Carrie Dyke was born west of Pagosa Springs at the community of Dyke May 19, 1884. She married Thomas Holliday June 20, 1906, and passed away in January of 1969.

Mrs. Ada Dowell Turner Horn was born near Chromo, Colo., Aug. 15, 1890, and died Jan. 25, 1917, in San Diego, Calif. She married Benjamin Turner July 9, 1911. Mr. Turner and her father Jake Dowell drowned in the swirling waters of Mill Creek during the flood of Oct. 5, 1911, Archuleta County’s greatest flood. She moved with the Dowell family to San Diego in 1911. On March 6, 1916, she married Harry Horn of that city.

Daily West Hott was born Feb. 8, 1905, at Verdue, Utah. He died October 2, 1975. He was the son of Robert and Emma Hott who moved to Pagosa Springs in in 1908. The family moved to Tiffany, Colorado, in 1909. He married Fern Macht, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jule Macht, and the couple ranched the old Dowell Ranch at the head of Mill Creek.

Robert P. Hott was born Jan. 30, 1861, in West Virginia, then coming to the Four Corners area at a very early age. He first settled at Verdure, Utah, and became a cattleman. In 1895, he married Emma Peterson, of Moab, Utah, moved to Pagosa Springs in 1905, and in 1908, moved to the Spring Creek Ranch near Tiffany, Colorado.

C.W. Houser, the father of Mrs. Earl Mullins, died May 6, 1954, at the age of 89 years. He was one of the early sawmill men of Archuleta County, having moved here about 1900.

Cora Mae Pilgrim was born Feb. 24, 1868, in Kansas. She married Chauncy Wilson Houser in 1897. To this marriage were born Leonard C. Houser, Orville F. Houser, and Thelma Mullins. She passed away in July of 1965.

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