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. :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Household # 2 - Vastine L. Bryan

Household # 2 in River Portal on the 1910 census has a man who was listed on a tunnel hierarchy organizational chart as the "storekeeper".  I haven't been able to find him on the 1920 census. 

VASTINE L. BRYAN (Storekeeper)

1895 Iowa State Census:

Hardin County; Pleasant; Eldora Township; Star Industrial School

Bryan, Vastine L. Linn, Iowa 16 W M S
1900 Census:

Colorado; Summit County; Breckenridge;
E.D. 154; June 13; 243/244; DCH

Bryan, Vastine L. Head W M Sept 1868 31 M 2
                                         South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina
                                                         Day Laborer
          , Mary E. Wife W F April 1874 21 M 2 1/1
                                         Colorado Ireland Ireland

(Note: 1 child born/1 living listed but no child listed on census. ???)

(Note: South Carolina is listed but incorrect.)
1910 Census:

Colorado; Montrose County; River Portal; Precinct 17;
E.D. 111; April 27; 2/2; DCH

Bryan, Vastine L. Head M W 41 M1 11
                                           Iowa Iowa Iowa
                                                       Receiving Clerk Reclamation Service
          , Marie E. Wife F W 30 M1 11
                                           Colorado Scot-English Scot-English
          , Robert G. J. Son M W 10 S
                                           Colorado Iowa Colorado
          , Harvey J. Son M W 8 S
                                           Colorado Iowa Colorado
          , Vastine L. Jr. Son M W 7 S
                                           Colorado Iowa Colorado
1930 Census:

Colorado; Denver County; Denver; Ward W; Block 5008;
E.D. 187; April 5; 509 24th Street; 79/137; DCH

Bryan, Vastine L. Head M W 61 M 30
                                              Iowa South Carolina South Carolina
                                                              Carpenter Building
          , Mary E. Wife F W 50 M 19
                                              Colorado Ireland Ireland
          , Lavinia Daughter F W 12 S
                                              Colorado Iowa Colorado
          , Harvey G Son M W 27 S
                                              Colorado Iowa Colorado
R. L. Polk & Co.'s Salt Lake City Directory 1893

"Bryan, Vastine L, lab, bds 44 West 1st South."
Ballenger & Richards Thirtieth Annual Denver City Directory, 1902:

"Bryan, Vastine L. r 2522 Lawrence."
Ballenger & Richards Denver City Directory, 1904:

"Bryan, Vastine L, engineer, r 2362 Lawrence."
F.A. McKinney's City and County Directory, 1912-1913:

"Bryan Vastine L clk U S Reclamation Service

h 1117 S 2d (Marie E)"
Colorado Marriages 1859-1900

Name: Vastine L. Bryan
Spouse: Mary E. Tammany

(No further information given)

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