River Portal (East Portal), Colorado

I'm Irish & I'm a Mason...and I have a story to tell.

Sit By The River - Share My Journey

These entries document the stories of the men, women and children who lived at River Portal, Montrose County, Colorado while working on the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel - a historic pioneering project that celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009.

Please read from the first entry forwards as I tend to have my own writing style that's more like reading a book than an entry that can be read individually. Reading the posts separate from each other doesn't really convey the story properly. :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

#1 - William Lines

In the first household listed on the census for River Portal in 1910 is the family of William Lines.  William was born in Utah and undocumented information lists him as dying in Montrose County, Colorado in the mid 1950's.  His wife is found on the 1900 census living with her mother and stepfather.  The birth state for the man / head of the house doesn't match the birth state listed for William's wife Donna's father.  Also, the marriage between the mother and stepfather was only 7 years old so not long enough to legitimately account for the 14 year daughter.  I've read undocumented records indicating that her maiden name was "Jones".  Note that, as often happened, the census taker on the 1920 census identified the family as "Lions" instead of "Lines".   
1900 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County;
Precinct 9; Montrose; E.D. 78; June 30; 658/658; DCH

Lines, William Head W M Jan 1878 22 S
                          Utah England England
                                     Farm Laborer
1900 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County;
Precinct 9; Montrose; E.D. 78; June 30; 655/655; DCH

Brown, Stephen   Head W M March 1852 48 M7
                                     North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina
           , Jennie     Wife W F April 1864 36 M7 2/2
                                     Kansas Texas Ohio
           , Donna    Daughter W F Aug 1885 14 S
                                     Colorado Wisconsin Kansas
           , Florence Daughter W F April 1887 12 S
                                     Colorado Wisconsin Kansas
1910 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County;
Precinct 17; River Portal; E.D. 111; April 27; 1/1; DCH

Lines, William     Head M W 32 M1 8
                                    Utah England England
                                              Dairyman Public Range
         , Donna       Wife F W 25 M1 8 4/4
                                    Colorado United States Kansas
         , Herbert L.   Son M W 7 S
                                    Colorado Utah Colorado
         , Sylvia       Daughter F W 6 S
                                   Colorado Utah Colorado
         , Alvin N.     Son M W 4 S
                                   Colorado Utah Colorado
         , Aliene L.  Daughter F W 2 S
                                   Colorado Utah Colorado
1920 Federal Census; Colorado; San Miguel County;
Precinct 1; Telluride; Ward 3; E.D. 157; January 9;
Galena (?) Ave; 61/61; DCH

Lions, Will              Head M W 40 M
                                          Utah England England
                                              Miner Gold Mine
          , Donna          Wife F W 35 M
                                          Colorado Missouri Missouri
          , Herbert          Son M W 17 S
                                          Colorado Utah Colorado
                                                Wagon Man Meat Market
          , Sylvia        Daughter F W 15 S
                                         Colorado Utah Colorado
          , Norman         Son M W 14 S
                                         Colorado Utah Colorado
          , Aliene        Daughter F W 11 S
                                         Colorado Utah Colorado
          , Wellima     Daughter F W 4 0/12 S
                                         Colorado Utah Colorado
1930 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County;
Coventry Precinct; E.D. 17; April 22-23; 42/42; DCH

Lines, Will      Head M W 52 M 24
                                  Utah England England
                                             Farmer General Farm
         , Donna Wife F W 44 M 17
                                  Colorado United States United States
         , Wilma Daughter F W 15 S
                                  Colorado Utah Colorado

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