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. :)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Household # 13 - John J. Riley

1910 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County; Precinct 17;
River Portal; E.D. 111; April 27; 13/13; DCH

Riley, John J. Head M W 42 M1 9
                                       New York United States United States
                                                       Machinist U.S. Reclamation Service
         , May L. Wife F W 36 M2 9 8/6
                                       Canada Massachusetts Canada 1888
         , John P. Son M W 7 S
                                       Colorado New York Canada
         , Harold L. Son M W 3 S
                                       Colorado New York Canada
Carey, Edison Step Son M W 18 S
                                       Colorado Canada Canada
                                                         Laborer Tunnel
          , Russel I. Step Son M W 14 S
                                       Colorado Canada Canada
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1920 Federal Census; Montana; Silver Bow County; Precinct 54;
Butte City; Ward 5-A; January 12; 527 South Main; 121/139; DCH

Riley, John J. Head M W 63 Wd
                                        New York New York Kentucky
                                                        Miner Mine
         , John Son M W 18 S
                                        Colorado New York Massachusetts
                                                          Laborer Depot
         , Harold Son M W 16 S
                                        Colorado New York Massachusetts
                                                            Paper Street
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1930 Federal Census; New York; Erie County; Buffalo; Ward 27;
Block 2814; E.D. 343; April 3; 145 Prospect; 35/50; DCH

Riley, John Head M W 27 M 25
                                   Colorado New York Canada
                                                   Plasterer Contractors
         , Elizabeth R. Wife F W 18 M 16
                                   Illinois Australia Hungaria
         , Shirley M. Daughter F W 10/12 S
                                   Illinois Colorado Illinois
Riley, Harold Lee Lodger (sic) M W 23 S
                                   Colorado New York Canada
                                                        (Several Lodgers listed)

(NOTE: Can't prove these are the two sons - John & Harold - of John J. Riley, but definitely a preponderance of evidence - especially with half brother Edison Carey also being in the same place.)
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This family was one of the harder ones for me. I wish I could have found more information.

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