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Battles and scoundrels of all sorts

Battles and scoundrels of all sorts

We’ve been writing of the struggle between Hispanics and Anglos for control of the county government. The struggle took place between formation of the county in 1885 and the early…

The battle continues for control of county government

We’ve been writing about early politics in Archuleta County, when Hispanics and Anglos battled each other for control of county government. As late as the early 1890s, Daniel Egger, editor…

Racial conflicts, violence taint early Pagosa politics

In the Nov. 29 column, we started talking about the family of Pagosa Country pioneer Jose Benedito Martinez. This particular Martinez family, along with the Archuleta family for whom the…

Jose Benedito Martinez, a Pagosa Country pioneer

Jose Benedito Martinez, a Pagosa Country pioneer

The Martinez name in New Mexico is very common, as common as Smith is among Anglo Americans. Unsurprisingly, the Martinez name is well represented in Pagosa Springs history. A number…

Candelerita Maestas — 105 years in Colorado

Candelerita Maestas  — 105 years in Colorado

Candelerita (Grandma Lala) Maestas was born to Rafael and Benina Maestas Valdez Feb. 2, 1859, at San Pedro, Colo. She died June 27, 1964, having lived 105 years in Colorado,…

The Macht family: Pagosa pioneers

The biographies this week are only of the Macht family, prominent ranchers in Pagosa Country since the 1880s and still going strong. The Macht family history is typical of the…

Vicenti Lujan, legendary cowboy and plainsman

Vicenti Lujan’s life contained all of the elements that excite people fond of western movies. He was a veteran cowboy and plainsman who, for 15 years, worked for the Thatcher…

The Lowensteins establish a landmark

Fanny Rapp Lowenstein was born Sept. 23, 1861, in New York City, and died at Pagosa Springs Aug. 15, 1919. She came West in 1882, settling in Lake City with…

Pioneer barber builds a town hall

Abner J. Lewis was born in Rockville, Ind., in 1847, the son of George A. and Mary (Hamilton) Lewis. As a boy, he learned to be a drummer, baker and…

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…