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Pagosa pioneers: Where were they from?

Pagosa pioneers: Where were they from?

Ora Sewell was born Dec. 28, 1877, in Gunnison, Colo. She married George Hallett in 1897 in Pagosa Springs. He died in 1923. In 1926, she married John Garvin and,…

The first Anglo woman to live in Pagosa Country

The first Anglo woman to live in Pagosa Country

Matilda M. Richards was the first Anglo woman to call Pagosa Springs home. She passed away in Pagosa Springs July 30, 1901, at the age of 82. She settled here…

Early Pagosans: From everywhere on the map

Early Pagosans: From everywhere on the map

Mary Procarioni died May 2, 1972, at the age of 97. She had been born in the village of Locano, Italy. She married Dominic Procarioni May 7, 1900, at Florence,…

A card game in a different time and place

A card game in a different time and place

We are continuing from last week an eyewitness account of an 1879 scene in a Pagosa Springs bar as described by 17-year-old Will Price, whose family had just moved to…

An account of frontier Pagosa Springs

An account of frontier Pagosa Springs

The first post office in the Chromo area was called “Price” and was probably located about a half mile east of the present store on the county road, which follows…

Early Pagosans with interesting histories

Early Pagosans with interesting histories

Barzillai Price and Martha Butler married in Lincoln County, Ohio. The couple moved to Little Sioux, Iowa, in the 1860s, then to Hebron, Neb. Barzillai was the first judge of…

The Pereas: a longtime Pagosa Country family

The Pereas: a longtime Pagosa Country family

Pedro “Pete” Perea was born July 1, 1895, in Edith, Colo. He died Oct. 27, 1975. Sequiel L. “Zeke” Perea was born Nov. 17, 1901, at Edith. He was a…

The Arlington becomes a destination landmark

The Arlington becomes a destination landmark

Julius Bryce Patterson was born at Hayesville, N.C., Dec. 29, 1853, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Patterson. The family moved to Colorado, arriving in Denver May 5, 1871.…

Milk, green apples and a dead man

Milk, green apples and a dead man

Josephine Victoria Bennett Pargin was born to John B. and Anna Henry Bennett in Mitchell, S.D., March 12, 1877. Her father was the first telegraph operator at the Ignacio Indian…

Pagosa’s early settlers, from far and wide

Pagosa’s early settlers, from far and wide

Friederike Neumeuister, Mrs. Asa Pangborn, was born in Hamburg, Germany, May 11, 1844. She died in Del Norte, Colo., June 21, 1929, at the age of 85 years. At the…