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The obits tell the stories

For some time I have been running mini-biographies of Pagosa Country pioneers. The source of this information is a collection of obituaries.  I believe these are interesting and help us…

‘The Duchess’ was a Pagosa pioneer

‘The Duchess’ was a Pagosa pioneer

Gertrude Larson was better known worldwide as “The Duchess” in the Fred Harman II comic strip “Red Ryder.” She was born Jan. 1, 1875, and passed away Dec. 15, 1952,…

Pioneer female dentist practices in Pagosa Country

Pioneer female dentist practices in Pagosa Country

Dr. Belle Fairbanks Lacy  was born in Augusta, Iowa, May 27, 1853, and died at Bayfield Sept. 12, 1943. When she was 12 years old, she traveled with her family…

More Pagosa pioneers, and an early-day tragedy

More Pagosa pioneers, and an early-day tragedy

Steven Miller Keith and his family were early settlers in the San Juan Basin. Traveling with the Cox, O’Neal and other families, they drove longhorn cattle from Texas along the…

Billy Kern, and other early-day Pagosans

Billy Kern, and other early-day Pagosans

William H. “Billy” Kern, a former resident of Pagosa Springs, died at his home in Inglewood, Calif., July 17, 1946. He moved to Pagosa Springs during the early 1880s and…

Visit soon, museum season coming to an end

By Shari Pierce Nippy morning temperatures signal the coming of fall and the gorgeous colors that accompany this time of year. Cooler days beckon us to play outside. This is…

Tracing Pagosa’s pioneers, here and abroad

Here are some more notices concerning Pagosa’s pioneers — the information taken from obituaries in The SUN and other early-day Pagosa newspapers. Mrs. May Johnson was an early-day resident of…