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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…

‘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…

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…