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, February 22, 2010

Household # 14 - John Belcher

1880 Federal Census; Colorado; Gilpin County;
City of Black Hawk; E.D. 50; June 5; 149/162; DCH


Belcher, Thomas H. W M 37 M Machinist
                                                     England England England
            , Gwendolen W F 33 Wife M
                                                     England England England
            , Maggie W F 11 Daughter S
                                                     Wales England England
            , Thomas W M 7 Son S
                                                     Colorado England England
            , John W M 6 Son S
                                                     Colorado England England
            , Fredrick W M 4 Son S
                                                     Colorado England England
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1885 Colorado State Census; Gilpin County;
E.D. 1; 262/262; DCH

Belcher, Thomas W M 41 M Engineer S???? Mill
                                                England England England
            , Gevole (sic) M. W F 39 Wife M
                                                England England England
            , Maggie W F 16 Daughter S
                                                England England England
            , Thomas W M 11 Son S
                                                Colorado England England
            , John W M 10 Son S
                                                Colorado England England
            , Frederick W M 8 Son S
                                                Colorado England England
            , Maud W F 4 Daughter S
                                                Colorado England England
            , Alfred W M 2 Son S
                                                Colorado England England
            , Frederick W M 33 Brother S Engineer S???? Mill
                                               England England England
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1900 Federal Census; Colorado; Gilpin County; Ninth Precinct;
Black Hawk Town; E.D. 178; June 1; 10/10; DCH

Belcher, Thomas H. Head W M Sept 1843 56 M 32
                                                 England England England 1866 34 Na
                                                                Farmer
            , Gwenllyn (sic) Wife W F May 1846 54 M 32 9/6
                                                 England England England 1870 30
            , Thomas H. Son W M June 1873 26 S
                                                 Colorado England England
                                                                Farmer
            , John R. Son W M Nov 1874 25 S
                                                 Colorado England England
                                                                Blacksmith
            , Alfred H. Son W M June 1885 14 S
                                                 Colorado England England

(NOTE: Wife indexed as Llewellyn on Ancestry.com - but G as beginning of name is clear with closer looking.)
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1910 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County; Precinct 17;
River Portal; E.D. 111; April 27; 14/14; DCH

Belcher, John R. Head M W 34 M1 2
                                         Colorado Wales Wales
                                                       Blacksmith U.S. Reclamation Service
            , May Wife F W 27 M1 2 0/0
                                         Colorado Iowa Iowa
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1920 Federal Census; Colorado; Boulder County;
Precinct 43; E.D. 35; January 2; 1/1; DCH

Belcher, John Head M W 44 M
                                     Colorado Wales Wales
                                                        Blacksmith Tungsten (?) Prod Co
             , Mary Wife F W 36 M
                                     Iowa Illinois Texas
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1930 Federal Census; Colorado; Denver County; Denver City;
Election District V; Block 4897; E.D. 175;
April 9; 2551 Stout Street; 147/215; DCH

Belcher, John R. Head M W 50 M 23
                                        Colorado Wales Wales
                                                        Blacksmith Metal Mine
            , Mary E. Wife F W 47 M 16
                                        Arkansas Illinois Texas
Chronister, Norman D. Lodger M W 60 D
                                         Iowa Iowa Unknown
                                                        Attendant City Bath House
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World War I Draft Registration Card Info:

Name: John Richard Belcher
Address: ?? Lucky Two Mine Boulder, Colo.
Age in Years: 44
Date of Birth: November 4, 1874
White
Native Born Citizen
Present Occupation: Blacksmith
Place of Employment: Lucky Two Mine
Employer's Name: Tungsten Products Co.
Employer's Address: Boulder, Colo.
Nearest Relative: May Eddie Belcher
Lucky Two Mine
Boulder, Colo.
Height: Tall
Build: Medium
Eyes: Gray
Hair: Slightly Bald, Illegible
Sept. 12, 1918
Written Signature: John R. Belcher
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