Widow of Former Railroad Man Will Be Buried From Home of Son.
The funeral of Mrs. Francis [Sic.] Van Alstyne Garrett, who died on Thursday, will be held from the residence of her son, Henry C. Allen, the attorney, at 773 Williams Street, this afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock.
Mrs. Garrett was the widow of H. D. Garrett, formerly superintendent of motive power on the Pennsylvania railroad. He died in 1896. Mrs. Garrett was born in Albany, N. Y., and married Henry N. Allen of Rochester in 1871.
She was left a widow ten years later and in 1889 she married Garrett.
Mining and Cattle Man, Injured by a Runaway Some Time Ago, Passes Away--Crossed Plains in Wagon.
Robert H. Geary, one of the pioneer mining and cattlemen of Colorado, died Friday at his home 863 South Pennsylvania Avenue. Death was caused by Bright's disease, superinduced by an accident which befell him last March.
He was riding his bicycle along Broadway when a runaway team attached to a brick wagon struck him. In endeavoring to save himself, the hub of one of the wheels struck him with terrific force in the back. He was confined to his home for a few days. A short time afterward, however, Bright's disease made its appearance and he gradually grew worse until about two months ago, when he was forced to take to his bed.
Mr. Geary was born in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence, County, New York, April 2, 1840. His parents were John and Hannah Geary, who were prominent in that section. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the One Hundred and Forty-second New York volunteer infantry, serving two years. He was on recruiting duty in Ohio at the time of his discharge.
For a while he engaged in the stock business there, but in a few months the western fever seized him and he formed a company of young men and they emigrated to Boulder, Denver being at that time but a small town of secondary importance.
Mr. Geary later came to Denver and engaged in the market business at Nineteenth and Larimer Streets, and was instrumental in building the block at that corner.
In 1868 Mr. Geary took up mining and in that year was an associate of the late H. A. W. Tabor in California Gulch. Later he once more went into cattle raising and became well-known throughout the state.
He is survived by a widow, who was Miss Fannie J. Pollock of this city, and one son, Ernest S. Geary. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon from his family residence. Rev. Noyes O. Bartholomew, pastor of the Ohio Avenue Congregational Church, will conduct the services. Interment will be at Fairmount.
The pallbearers will be selected from among the old-timers, friends of the deceased for years. Colonel W. G. Sprague, President of the Sprague Investment Company, who was acquainted with Mr. Geary for over thirty years will be one of them. The others will be selected today.
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Owen Gerry Faced the Perils of Frontier Life in the Early Sixties.
He Was A Veteran Member of Denver G.A.R. Posts Since 1879
The death of Owen Gerry, the aged pioneer at his home 223 S. Twelfth St., marks the passing of a famous character of the early days. Besides being one of the sturdy pioneers who crossed the plains in a prairie schooner, he was an ex-soldier and a great traveler. He is well known to all old-time Colorado pioneers, and has lived in this state since 1879.
He was born in Avon, Livingston County, New York, on May 10, 1831. His father's death in 1848 made it necessary for him to remain with his mother until a number of other children had arrived at an age where they would be able to care for the mother. Then on April 12, 1852, he started to California. From St. Joseph, Mo., he traveled overland, driving a team of oxen, and encountering all the perils and hardships which at that time beset the westward bound traveler. He did not arrive in California until September 1, 1852, the slow journey from St. Joseph lasting from May 8 until September.
He settled as a farmer near Tehama, Cal., and continued there one year, when he entered the general merchandise business in Tehama. He served as clerk in a general store two years and then purchased the business from his employers and sold the business and returned to New York, staying only two years when he again returned to California. Not liking conditions which had arisen there, he went to Idaho in the spring of 1862, returning to California when the abolition movement was at it's height. On the night that Mr. Lincoln was re-elected as president, Mr. Gerry decided to enlist on the Northern side. Next day he started for New York. He enlisted in the Eighth New York Cavalry at Canandaigua, and at the close of the war was given an honorable discharge at Rochester, N.Y.
He then went to Buenos Aires and remained for sometime. Returning overland he spent eight years in Texas and four years in Kansas. He returned to Austin, Tex, in January, 1879, and was married there. One week later he came to Denver, where he has since lived. He became a member of Abraham Lincoln Post No. 4, Denver G.A.R. in November of 1879, but later joined Faragut Post No. 45, Department of Colorado and Wyoming of which he was a member until his death.
Since he came to Colorado, Mr. Gerry has worked little, the condition of his health forbidding labor. In 1885 he served as deputy United States Marshal during the Rio Grande strike. He received a pension. His wife is the sole survivor and is a cripple.
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Housed Many a Waif and Never Turned Away a Charity Case of Merit.
When Mrs. David B. Graham died at her home, 1343 Logan Street yesterday, the poor and the needy and those wanting sympathy lost one of their best friends.
The funeral will take place from the house tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, with the body resting afterwards in the vault at Fairmount, and there will be many present whose hears are filled with grief in remembrance of what the dead woman did for them.
There was never a beggar turned from Mrs. Graham's door. There was never an appeal made to her that she did not heed. There was never a caller seeking sympathy to whom she turned a deaf ear.
It is recalled that Maurice Ketten, now one of the country's most famous cartoonists, owes his life to Mrs. Graham. He had been engaged to Mary Garden, now a world famous prima donna, and a quarrel had broken their engagement in Paris. He came to the United States to seek forgetfulness, and finally drifted to Denver. Heartsick, he planned to end his life, when Mrs. Graham heard of him. She took him into her home and, as he frequently said, "made a man of him," and made of him what he is today.
There was a little Gypsy girl who ran away from the camp in Berkeley to avoid being sold to a Turk, found help with Mrs. Graham. The girl was cared for and protected. Mrs. Graham carrying on the battle for the child and today Martha Steward is the wife of Paul Erb, a prosperous farmer, and is happy.
Rocky Mountain News, 12/10/1911 - Died - Lucie A. Graham, Dec 9, beloved wife of Judge D. B. Graham. Service from residence, Monday, 2 p.m. Friends invited, private interment at Fairmount.
Rocky Mountain News 12/11/1911 Funeral Notice- same information as in 12/10/1911
Rocky Mountain News 12/12/1911 - Burial Permit - age 61.
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John Griswold First Came to Colorado With An Ox Team.
John Griswold, 80, died at the home of his daughter, 1397 West Cedar Street, Friday morning. Complications with advanced age caused his death. Griswold was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1831. He moved to Iowa in 1856. In 1860 he came to Denver with an ox team, but returned to Iowa after a few months. He was clerk and recorder, and assessor for sixteen years at Sidney, Iowa. Six years ago he came to Denver for his health. He is survived by a widow and three daughters, two living in Denver, and one in Kansas City. The funeral will be held from 1397 West Cedar this afternoon at 2 o'clock, and interment will be made in Crown Hill cemetery.
Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo., 11/26/1911
John A. Gustafson, 88, of Aurora died Aug. 24 at Cherry Creek Nursing Home. There were no services. The body was cremated. Mr. Gustafson was born April 24, 1905, in Gold Hill [Boulder County]. He was a civil engineer with the Bureau of Reclamation before his retirement. Survivors include two sisters, Ann Gustafson and Christine Douglass of Denver.
Denver Post, 30 Aug 1993, p. 36 B
Civil engineer, 88
John A. Gustafson of Aurora, a retired civil engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation, died Tuesday at Cherry Creek Nursing Home. He was 88.
No services were held
He was born April 24, 1905, in Gold Hill [Boulder County]. In 1929 he married Mary Elizabeth Barry in Denver. She is deceased.
He is survived by two sisters, An Gustafson and Christine Douglass, both of Denver.
Pioneer Colorado Woman Victim of Paralysis; Funeral Will Be Held Today. Photo
Mrs. Annie E. Gutshall, for forty years a resident of Colorado, died at her son's home, 1424 Madison, Thursday, from paralysis. The family is well known in Denver. Robert S. Gutshall, son of the deceased is President and Manager of the Colorado Tent and Awning Company.
Mrs. Gutshall was the wife of Isaac Gutshall. She was born in Pennsylvania, January 16, 1841. Friends are invited to attend the funeral services at the residence of Robert Gutshall, 1424 Madison, at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Interment will take palce at Fairmount.
(Contributed by: Rita Timm http://coloradoclues.com)