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 27, 2010

Surname Saturday - Households 14 -17 - And More!

Today's Surname Saturday entry is a little more difficult to do and a little more complicated.  Each of the main River Portal households had a separate entry posted this week devoted just to that particular family.  Although I'm only posting surnames of 4 households - one of them is my Mason family.  In doing that I've also posted obituaries that list surnames of spouses of the daughters of John and Anna Mason and surnames of Anna's sisters.  I'll try to separate these so you can tell which ones are the River Portal households and which are surnames from the obituaries.  Okay...here goes:

River Portal:

Household # 14 - John Belcher

Household # 15 - Frank Dawson (wife's maiden name Dougherty)

Household # 16 - Jack Kinyon

Household # 17 - John Mason

Places mentioned in the info posted include Ireland, England, Wales, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Idaho, Oregon, California.

It's worth taking note that Agnes (nee Dougherty) Dawson is one of multiple members of the Dougherty family living in multiple households in River Portal in 1910.

John & Anna's Info & Obituaries:

Mason, Phillips, Collins, Higgins, Blakely, Toney, Muir, Satero, Murphy, Callaghan

(NOTE:  I've used the proper spellings instead of the ones that were erroneously spelled in the newspaper.)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Household # 17 - John Mason

I hope you all enjoyed looking at the National Park brochure with my great grandfather's picture on it.  Thank you for letting me share it with you.  It's very special to me.

Something else that's very special to me is household # 17 in River Portal.  We've now arrived at the household of my Mason family.  In the family are my great grandparents and my grandfather and his siblings.  Since this family is the one I know best of the River Portal families it's obviously the one I have the most information on.  I'm sharing a lot more therefore on this particular household.  I hope that someday much more information can be shared on the other households as well if others find connections and share their info to help fill in the pieces.  My great grandparents had quite a few children so I think tomorrow for Surname Saturday there are going to be many more surnames to post. 

I've already told you much about my family.  I shared that there were three John Mason men in my direct line who all had significant situations involving rivers.  One was lucky.  That one was my great grandfather.  The younger John Mason listed in this information was my grandfather.  He was not so lucky with the river that he was affected by.  The older John Mason helped to tame a river.  The younger John Mason was taken by a river - as was his son - my daddy John Mason.  And we sit here on the riverbank with two more John Mason guys - my first cousin John Mason who was named after my daddy and his son John Mason, Jr.  It's a noble name with a great heritage! 

Ellis Island Passenger Record:

Name: Mason, John
Ethnicity: British, Irish
Place of Residence: Down
Date of Arrival: 16 Oct 1905
Age on Arrival: 25 y
Gender: M
Marital Status: M
Ship of Travel: Caledonia
Port of Departure: Londonderry, Ulster, Ireland, UK
Date of Departure: October 3 or 7 (?), 1905
Going to visit "Cousin John Callaghan - 194 North Union Avenue
Pueblo, Colorado"
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Ship Passenger Record:

S.S. Haverford
Sailing From Liverpool April 15, 1906
Arriving at Port of Philadelphia April 25, 1906
Annie Mason
28 Years Old
Female
Married
Read and Write English - Yes
Wife
Nationality: Ireland
Race or People: Irish
Last Residence: Leitrim / Kilkeel
Final Destination: Pueblo, Col.
Having Ticket to Final Destination - Yes
By Whom Was Passage Paid? Husband
In Possession of $15
Whether Ever Before in the United States - No
Whether Going to Join a Relative or Friend; and if so, What Relative or Friend, and His Name and Complete Address:
Husband Jno Mason
194 North Union Ave.
Pueblo, Col
Notations: 10 mos. Steel Worker, Last Letter 3 Wks Ago

Mason, John
1 Year Old
Male
Single
Child
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1910 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County;
Precinct # 17; River Portal; E.D. 111; April 27; 17/17; DCH

Mason, John G. Head M W 30 M1 8
                                       Ire-English Ire-English Ire-English 1905 Pa
                                                     Driller, Tunnel
           , Anna Wife F W 30 M1 8 4/4
                                      Ire-English Ire-English Ire-English 1906
           , John J. Son M W 5 S
                                      Ire-English Ire-English Ire-English 1906
           , Theresa B. Daughter F W 3 S
                                     Colorado Ire-English Ire-English
           , James L. Son M W 1 3/12 S
                                     Colorado Ire-English Ire-English
           , Daniel A. Son M W 2/12 S
                                     Colorado Ire-English Ire-English
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1920 Federal Census; Idaho; Adams County;
Indian Valley Precinct; E.D. 5;65/66; January 14; DCH

Mason, John Head M W 41 M 1905 Na 1916
                                    Ireland Ireland Ireland
                                                  Farmer Gen farm
           , Phillips Wife F W 42 M 1905 Na 1916
                                    Ireland Ireland Ireland
           , John J. Son M W 15 S 1905 Na
                                    Ireland Ireland Ireland
           , Teresa Daughter F W 11 S
                                   Colorado Ireland Ireland
           , James Son M W 9 S
                                   Colorado Ireland Ireland
           , Mary Daughter F W 7 S
                                   Utah Ireland Ireland
           , Thomas Son M W 5 S
                                   Idaho Ireland Ireland
           , Ina Daughter F W 3 S
                                   Idaho Ireland Ireland
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1930 Federal Census; Idaho; Washington County;
Cambridge Pct; E.D. 44-18; 10 April; 145/146; DCH

Mason, John Head M W 52 M 21
                                  N. Ireland N. Ireland N. Ireland 1907 Na
           , Anna E. Wife 53 M 24
                                  N. Ireland N. Ireland N. Ireland 1907 Na
           , James Son M W 21 S
                                  Colorado N. Ireland N. Ireland
                                                    Farm Laborer
           , Mary Daughter F W 17 S
                                 Utah N. Ireland N. Ireland
           , Thomas Son M W 15 S
                                 Idaho N. Ireland N. Ireland
           , Anna Daughter F W 13 S
                                 Idaho N. Ireland N. Ireland
           , Michael Son M W 9 S
                                 Idaho N. Ireland N. Ireland
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World War 1 Draft Card Info:

Serial Number 1147
Order Number A275
Name: John Mason
Address: Cambridge, ID
Age:39
Born: Jan 9, 1879
White
Naturalized Citizen
Present Occupation: Farming, Self Employed
Nearest Relative: Anna Mason
Cambridge 7yr ID
Signed: John Mason
Height: Medium
Build: Medium
Color Eyes: Gray
Color Hair:Dark
Date of Registration: 12 September 1918
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The Upper Country News-Reporter
Cambridge, Idaho
Thursday, Oct.29, 1931
Page 1, Column 3

"Valley View Man Summoned By Death

Cambridge- John Mason, a well known resident of the Valley View section, passed away suddenly at his home last Thursday evening. For a number of years he had suffered with tuberculosis which confined him to his home most of the time. However he seemed to be his usual health Thursday and partook of his regular meals. At about 6;30 p.m. after eating his supper, he went out on the porch of his home when he was overcome with a hemorrhage. A doctor was called but before he arrived Mr. Mason had passed away.

Funeral services were held from the Catholic church here on Monday morning at ten o`clock, Rev. Father Veit fo Weiser saying requim mass. Music for the services was provided by Mrs. Lawrence Clure who sang the vocal numbers with Mrs. Jack Keithly at the organ. The church was filled with sorrowing friends who mourned the passing of a respected citizen. Interment was made in the local cemetery.

The deceased was born in Belfast, Ireland, on Jan. 9, 1879. He grew up there and in 1901 was united in marriage with Miss Annie Phillips. In 1906 the family came to America and settled in Colorado where they lived until 1913 when they came to this community and have since made it their home. Surviving him is his wife and seven children. The sons are John, James, Thomas and Michael. The daughters are Mrs. Teresa Collins of Amarillo, Texas, and Anna and Mary who live here.

Mr. Mason was of a quiet disposition although blessed with a ready wit peculiar to his nationality. He had the faculty of making lasting friends and was respected by everyone. He was a considerate husband and an indulgent father who will be greatly missed by his family which has the sympathy of the entire community."
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The Upper Country News-Reporter
Thursday, Dec. 7, 1944
Col.6 Page 1

"ANNA MASON PASSES AWAY

DEATH CAME WEDNESDAY MORNING AFTER SIX MONTHS ILLNESS

Mrs. Anna Mason passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Higgins at 11;15 a.m. Wednesday after a lingering illness. Funeral services will be held at the Cambridge Catholic church Saturday morning.

The children of Mrs. Anna Mason were all called to her bedside during the weekend.

John Mason arrived Saturday night from Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mason and sons arrived Sunday from John Day, Ore. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Mason came Sunday from New Meadows. Mrs. Theresa Collins and daughter came from Portland last summer to assist her sister, Mrs. John Higgins with the care of Mrs. Mason. Mrs. Roy Blakely and James Mason, the other two members of the family, make their home here. All the family visited Mrs. Mason Sunday.

An obituary will be published next week."

THE UPPER COUNTRY NEWS-REPORTER
Cambridge, Idaho
Thursday, Dec. 14, 1944
Page 1, Col. 6

"MRS. ANNA MASON

Funeral sevices were held at the Catholic church in Cambridge Saturday forenoon at 10:30 for Mrs. Anna Mason, 67, who died Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Higgins.

Mrs. Mason was born in Ireland and came to the United States 38 years ago.  She lived in Colorado for six years, then coming to Idaho where she lived continously. Her husband, John Mason, preceded her in death in 1931.

Mrs. Mason is survived by her seven children: John of Portland, Michael of Dayville, Oregon; Thomas of New Meadows; Mrs. Theresa Collins, Mrs. Mary Blakely, Mrs. Anna Higgins and James Mason of Cambridge, 10 grand children, six sisters, Mrs. Fred Tony, Cambridge; Mrs. Sam Muir, Calif.; Mrs. James Muir and Mrs. Harry Sutero, Colo.; Mrs. Dora Murphy and Alice Phillips in Ireland; four brothers, Lawrence and John Phillips, in Ireland. James of Sheffield, England and Dan of Denver, Colo.

The body was intered in the Cambridge cemetery beside that of her husband."
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NAME OF DECEASED: MASON, JOHN P.
YEAR: 1931
CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 077057
COUNTY OF DEATH: 44
CITY: CAMBRIDGE
DATE OF DEATH: 10/22/1931
DATE OF BIRTH: 01/09/1879
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Buried Cambridge-Salubria Cemetery
Cambridge, Washington County, Idaho

Mason, Anna 1877 1944 CAM 40 1 ST

Mason, John Jan 9,1879 Oct. 22, 1931 CAM 40 2 ST OB
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - National Park Brochure

Today I'd normally be sharing with you the facts & figures about Household # 17 - which just happens to be my Mason family.  I want to take a break though and share something else with you for Treasure Chest Thursday. 

I'll bet a lot of you have been to a national park at some point in your life.  Many of you have probably been to more than one.  I've been to parks from coast to coast and I love visiting them.  Of course we're sitting in a national park right now!  All of us are sitting here by the river enjoying this peaceful setting that happens to be part of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.  You've all seen national park brochures, right?  They all look very much alike.  I've always hoarded my brochures.  I keep them as momentoes.  Looking at them takes me back in my mind to when I was there in person.  I've loved reading all of the details inside them.  They're just pictures and words on paper - but to me they're so much more!  Many of you might not think of them as something to classify as "treasure chest" material - but I've got a special one that definitely fits that description for me.  (I have to add that not many people might have agreed with me that a vintage post card was worthy of being "Sentimental Sunday" material - but it was for me.)  We're all different and we all view things through our own perspectives and experiences.  As they (whoever "they" are) say, "One person's trash is another person's treasure".  :)

This week I received copies of a national park brochure that's very dear to my heart.  I've got some here to pass out to you.  Could you take one and pass them on to the next person?  Thanks!

Look what they did!  They made a brochure that's just for where we're sitting right now!  They made one that's separate from the main park brochure.  WOW!  This is a very special place with a very special history - one worthy of its own brochure.  Isn't that awesome?  I love this!  There's more though.  The brochure would mean a lot to me no matter what because I love this place so much.  This brochure has something even more special to me though.  I look at the cover and I see my great grandfather's face looking back at me!  It's incredible!  There he is!  See him?  He's third from the left behind the guy with the clipboard.  There he is!  My great grandfather John Patrick Mason is on the cover of a national park brochure!  Pinch me, please!  I'm so thrilled!  What a treasure this is!  :)



If you remember when we first sat down here on the riverbank I told you about the tunnel entrance picture and I told you about the amazing discovery I made of my great grandfather's connection to the building of the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel and how my family had lived here at River Portal.  I wrote those stories down and included the pictures so if you've forgotten you can look back and refresh your memories.  If you look back you'll see the picture that this image was taken from.  You'll also see the picture of the family that was taken when they lived here at River Portal.  Both of those pictures have been hanging on my wall for years prior to discovering their connection to River Portal.  The whole discovery was sheer serendipity! 

As much as I love words I still can't find the right ones to express how I feel about seeing my great grandfather's face on the cover of a national park brochure.  I feel proud and honored and very deeply moved.  I'm in awe that the park chose that particular picture from countless photos they had of the entrance.  They chose it for this brochure long before they knew of me, my family's connection or the existence of any individual family having a copy of this photo.  They were as drawn to the photo as I am. 

The brochures were made at a time when the park was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the tunnel - 2009.  It was also the 10th anniversary of Black Canyon of the Gunnison becoming a national park.  This place is now referred to as "East Portal" because it was the east portal to the building of the tunnel.  There was a west portal at a small town named Lujane.  I've continued to refer to it as "River Portal" because of the listing of it by that name on the 1910 census. 

I'm indebted to Supervisory Park Ranger Paul Zaenger for sharing these brochures and for all he and his many helpers did to commemorate the anniversary.  I hope that one of these days we might get him to come and visit us here on the river bank and share some of his stories.  Trust me - you'll love his storytelling! 


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Household # 16 - Jack Kinyon

1910 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County;

Precinct 17; River Portal; E.D. 111; April 27; 16/16; DCH

Kinyon, Jack L. Head M W 30 M1 2
                                         Kansas Indiana Tennessee
                                                         Engineer Stationary Engine
            , Edna M. Wife F W 24 M1 2
                                        Kansas United States Ohio
            , Mazie J. Daughter F W 5/12 S
                                        Colorado Kansas Kansas
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(NOTE:  Very frustrated and disappointed in myself.  I couldn't break through the brick walls this family presented.  I have only this to offer.  Have seen alternate name suggestion of Binyon but have tried every alternate suggestion I can think of.  Hope someone else will find this and have info to share.  Sorry, folks!)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Household # 15 - Frank Dawson

1900 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County;
Precinct # 2; Town of Montrose; E.D. 78; 452/452; DCH

Dawson, Frank Head W M Jany 1869 M 5
                                              Iowa Unknown Ohio
                                                             Butcher
             , Mary Wife W F Feby 1870 30 M 5 1/1
                                              Kansas Virginia Ireland
             , Sarah Daughter W F July 1897 2 S
                                             Colorado Iowa Kansas
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1910 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County;
Precinct 17; River Portal; E.D. 111; 15/15; DCH

Dawson, Frank Head M W 41 M1 15
                                            Iowa Iowa Iowa
                                                         Teamster U.S. Reclamation Service
              , Agnes Wife F W 40 M1 15 4/4
                                            Kansas Virginia Ireland
              , Sarah F. Daughter F W 12 S
                                            Colorado Iowa Kansas
              , Frank A. Son M W 9 S
                                            Colorado Iowa Kansas
              , Edward A Son M W 7 S
                                            Colorado Iowa Kansas
              , Mary E. Daughter F W 5 S
                                            Colorado Iowa Kansas
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1920 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County; Precinct 2;
Montrose City; Ward 2; E.D. 120; January 23;
601 West Selig Ave.; 258/282; DCH

Dawson, Frank Head M W 49 M
                                       Iowa Illinois Ohio
                                                     Butcher Butcher Shop
             , Mary A Wife F W 49 M
                                       Kansas Virginia Ireland
             , Frank Jr. Son M W 18 S
                                       Colorado Iowa Kansas
                                                     Baker Bakery
             , Edward Son M W 17 S
                                      Colorado Iowa Kansas
             , Mary Agnes Daughter F W 9 S
                                      Colorado Iowa Kansas
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Marriage Record:
Montrose County, Colorado

Book 1, Page 134, Certificate #409
Marriage Date: 29 Nov 1894
Groom: Frank A. Dawson
Bride: Mary A. Dougherty
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1870 Federal Census; Kansas; Osage County;
Valley Brook Township; August 1; 116/165; DCH

Thomas H. Dougherty 22 M W Farmer Virginia

Jane Dougherty 21 F W Housekeeper Ireland

Agnes Dougherty 6/12 F W January
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Cemetery Records:

Cedar Cemetery; Montrose; Montrose County, Colorado:

DAWSON, Agnes - No stone. City Records: Bur 1923, Sec F, Block 51, Lot 2, SE 1/4.

DAWSON, Frank - No stone. City Records: Bur 1921, Sec F, Block 51, Lot 2 and 3, SE 1/4.
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California Death Index Info:

Name: Edward R Dawson
Social Security #: 547011081
Sex: MALE
Birth Date: 2 Nov 1902
Birthplace: Colorado
Death Date: 31 Jul 1966
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Doughert
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(NOTE: Mary Agnes (nee Dougherty) was the daughter of Thomas and Jane Dougherty. Thomas is a widower living in household #20 with Agnes' sisters Bessie and Hattie. Agnes' brother Arthur & his family are living in household #17 and her brother George and his family are living in household #9.)

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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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sentimental Sunday - A Vintage Valentine's Present

Sunday is here again and you're all still sitting here with me!  I love being able to sit here by the river with you all and share every day ... but as you know I prefer Sundays when I take a break from the facts and figures.

I'm dedicated to sharing that information because it's a passion of mine - a labor of love - to give more information about the River Portal people - beyond names, beyond unidentified faces in pictures.  Who were they?  Where did they come from?  Where did they go?  The facts and figures help.  I love chatting more though.

Today I'm not going far from River Portal with my story.  I'm going to share something that helps tell the story - beyond words.  So sit back and relax.  I've got something to pass around for you all to look at.

Last Sunday I mentioned that I had planned to share a different story - about this year's Valentine's Day present from my husband but that the present hadn't arrived in time to share it.  It's here now though and I can share it.  Yippee!  It's not what you'd expect.  It's definitely unusual for a Valentine's Day present - but it's something that's very close to my heart - something I feel very sentimental about.

My husband usually asks me for ideas about gifts.  When he asked me this year what I wanted for Valentine's Day I had only one suggestion - only one wish.  I think he would have thought I was certifiably insane if I hadn't been telling him at least once a day about something special I'd found on Ebay.  He might not agree with me wanting something like that but he realized I wasn't joking about wanting it.  Are you curious yet?  Okay...I'll stop the suspense.

I was Googling "River Portal" and happened upon something that flabbergasted me - a vintage postcard for sale on Ebay.  It's a photo postcard of River Portal - as it was back in the day - back in the day when my Mason family lived there.  Wow!  The postcard has the postage on it and the postmark - August of 1912.  In two years it will be one hundred years old!  There is writing on it as well.  It's just a quick note - not much said - but it didn't take long to identify who wrote it and who received it.  It was written by Alford Anderson who lived in Central City, Colorado in 1910 and was listed as the "General Manager of Mines".  It was written to another man named Robert Johnson who was also living in Central City in 1910.  He was an engineer on a stationary engine.  They're not related to me - but that's okay.  I feel like all of these people who lived at, worked at, or even just visited River Portal are part of a big extended family that I'm proud to be a descendant of.

My husband buying that postcard for me may not have been chocolates or roses or diamonds - but it's a great expression of his love for me.  He has no interest in genealogy - not even his own - (although his is more interesting than mine in some ways).  He has no interest in facts and figures and old documents.  However, for all these years that I've been researching my family and the families of others - he has supported me and taken me to see places firsthand, walked cemeteries with me all over the country and been a companion on my journey.  He has loved me enough to give me those gifts as well - not tangible - but priceless.

I've talked a lot about serendipity and the magic of moments where a discovery is made that is just not possible to explain.  This postcard is yet another one of those.  What were the chances of me finding a photo postcard nearly a century old of River Portal?  It no longer exists.  It only existed for a brief few years.  It's so far down at the bottom of a gorge that not many would have made the trip.  I think I was meant to have this postcard.  I think I was meant to find it - even on Ebay.  Who would love it as much as I do?  Who would understand its value?

Please pass this around and enjoy it.  I'm glad I can finally share with you what River Portal looked like when the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel was being built.






Thank you for sharing time again with me on this Sentimental Sunday. 
      

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Surname Saturday - River Portal Households 9 - 13

I've continued adding blogs documenting as much as possible about the households of River Portal in 1910. There are separate blogs for each individual household.  Households #9 - #13 are:

9.  George DOUGHERTY - born Kansas.  This family is very interesting as it connects to other members of the same family living in multiple households in River Portal.

10.  James BUNTEN - born Tennessee

11.  Homer GROVES - born Pennsylvania

12.  Henry ENGELKING - born Missouri

13.  John RILEY - born New York (Also 3 CAREY stepchildren)

Where I've been able to I've provided parentage information plus where they lived before River Portal and where they went after River Portal.

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.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Household # 12 - Henry Engelking

1880 Federal Census; Missouri; St. Louis County; St. Louis;
E.D. 250; Nov 13; 1800 2nd Carondelet Ave.; 115/213; DCH

Engelking, Henry W M 37 M Cigar Manufacturer
                                              Bremen Bremen Bremen
                , Mary W F 35 Wife M
                                              Germany Germany Germany
                , Emma W F 8 Daughter S
                                              Missouri Bremen Germany
                , Henry W M 5 Son S
                                              Missouri Bremen Germany
                , Ida W F 3 Daughter
                                              Missouri Bremen Germany
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1900 Federal Census; Missouri; St. Louis County; St. Louis;
Ward 12; E.D. 184; June 7; 1725 - 30 Geyes Ave.; 75/149; DCH

Engelking, Marie Head W F June 1845 54 Wd 10/4
                                                Germany Germany Germany
                , Henry Son W M Sept 1875 24 S
                                                Missouri Germany Germany
                                                                  Electrician
                , Ida Daughter W F Sept 1877 22 S
                                                Missouri Germany Germany
                                                                 Shipping Clerk
                , Ella Daughter W F Apr 1882 18 S
                                               Missouri Germany Germany
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1910 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County; Precinct 17;
River Portal; E.D. 111; April 27; 12/12; DCH

Engelking, Henry Head M W 34 M1 5
                                            Missouri Germany Germany
                                                             Electrician U. S. Reclamation Service
                , Opal P. Wife F W 28 M1 5 2/2
                                            Kansas United States Canada
                , Ruth M. Daughter F W 4 S
                                           Colorado Missouri Kansas
                , Robert E. Son M W 2 S
                                           Colorado Missouri Kansas
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1920 Federal Census; California; Contra Costa County; Twp 10;
San Pablo Precinct # 2; E.D. 22; January 8; 23rd St; 100/101; DCH

Engelke (sic), Henry Head M W 44 M
                                                Missouri Germany Germany
                                                                  Machinist Oil Refinery
                     , Opal Wife F W 38 M
                                                Colorado Poland Colorado
                     , Ruth Daughter F W 14 S
                                                Colorado Missouri Colorado
                     , Robert Son M W 12 S
                                                Colorado Missouri Colorado
                     , Ida Daughter F W 7 S
                                                California Missouri Colorado
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1930 Federal Census; California; Contra Costa County;
15th Township; E.D. 64; April 12; 1120 Roosevelt Avenue; 331/392; DCH

Engelking, Henry Head M W 54 M 29
                                              Missouri Germany Germany
                                                                Machinist Oil Refinery
                , Opal S. Wife F W 48 M 23
                                              Kansas Iowa Nova Scotia / Canada
                , Ruth M. Daughter F W 24 S
                                              Colorado Missouri Kansas
                                                                X Ray Technician X Ray Laboratory
                , Ida M. Daughter F W 17 S
                                              California Missouri Kansas
Lewis, Jean K. Niece F W 19 S
                                               Illegible Mexico Iowa Kansas
                                                                Telephone Operation Roofing Co
McGinn, Vincent J. Boarder M W 23 S
                                              California French-Canada California
                                                                 Operator Research Laboratory
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World War I Draft Registration Card Info:

Serial Number: 1767
Order Number: 2085
Name: Henry Engelking (Middle Name Space Blank)
Permanent Home Address: 6247 California St
San Francisco, Calif
Age in Years: 43
Date of Birth: Sept 1, 1875
White
Natural Born Citizen
Present Occupation: Machinist
Employer's Name: National Carbon Co
Employer's Address: 599 8th St - City
Nearest Relative: Wife
                            Opal P. Engelking
                            6247 California St
Medium Height
Slender Build
Blue Eyes
Blonde Hair
Sept 12, 1918
Written Signature: Henry Engelking
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California Death Index:

Name: Ida Marcia Morgan
[Ida Marcia Engelking]
Social Security #: 567161156
Sex: FEMALE
Birth Date: 30 Sep 1912
Birthplace: California
Death Date: 19 Nov 1990
Death Place: Contra Costa
Mother's Maiden Name: Hulaniski
Father's Surname: Engelking
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California Death Index:

Name: Opal P Engelking
Social Security #: 560220198
Sex: FEMALE
Birth Date: 1 Aug 1881
Birthplace: Kansas
Death Date: 25 Nov 1965
Death Place: San Francisco
Mother's Maiden Name: Kerr
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Household # 11 - Homer M. Groves

1880 Federal Census; Pennsylvania; Jefferson County;
Brockwayville; E.D. 199; June 1; 90/90; DCH

Groves, Daniel D. W M 37 M Farmer
                                             Pennsylvania Ireland Ireland
           , Ellen E. W F 33 Wife M
                                             Pennsylvania Ireland Pennsylvania
           , Merrill L. W M 12 Son S
                                            Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
           , Homer M. W M 9 Son S
                                           Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
           , Marget A. W F 6 Daughter S
                                           Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
           , Daniel C. W M 2 Son S
                                           Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
McMinn, Nancy W F 35 Sister-in-Law S Boarding
                                           Pennsylvania Ireland Pennsylvania
              , Mary E. W F 16 Cousin 16 Servant
                                           Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
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1900 Federal Census; Pennsylvania; Jefferson County;
Brockwayville Borough; E.D. 58; June 6; 105/114; DCH

Groves, Homer Head W M Aug 1870 29 M6
                                          Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
                                                       Motorman (in Mines)
           , Elizabeth Wife W F June 1873 26 M6 2/2
                                         Pennsylvania Scotland Scotland
           , Robert Son W M June 1894 5 S
                                         Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
           , Daniel Son W M Nov 1897 2 S
                                         Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
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1910 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County; Precinct 17;
River Portal; E.D. 111; April 27; 11/11; DCH

Groves, Homer M. Head M W 38 M1 16
                                           Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
                                                        Motorman Tunnel
           , Elisabeth D. Wife F W 35 M1 16 3/2
                                           Pennsylvania Scotland Scotland
           , Daniel D. Son M W 12 S
                                           Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvana
           , Christine E. Daughter F W 4 S
                                           Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
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1930 Federal Census; Pennsylvania; Jefferson County;
Brockway Borough; E.D. 5; April 5; 50/56; DCH

Groves, Homer M. Head M W 59 Wd 23
                                            Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
           , Paul L. Son M W 14 S
                                            Utah Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
McGee, Elizabeth E. Servant F W 59 Wd 38
                                            Pennsylvania Virginia Virginia
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Household # 10 - James W. Bunten

1880 Federal Census; Tennessee; Carter County;
Elk Creek; 1st Civil District; E.D. 7; June 23-24; 165/195; DCH

Bunten, J. W. W M 22 M
                             Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
            , Delphina W F 21 Wife M
                             North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina
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1900 Federal Census; Colorado; Custer County; Greenwood;
Rosita Town; Precinct 1; E.D. 12; June 22; 260/277; DCH

Bunting (Buntine? Buntins?), James Head W M Jan 1862 38 M20
                            Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
                                              Teamster
                                             , Della Wife W F Mch 1862 38 M20 7/6
                             North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina
                                             , Maggie Daughter W F Oct 1881 18 S
                            Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
                                             , Bertha Daughter W F Mch 1883 17 S
                            Colorado Tennessee Tennessee
                                             , Fannie Daughter W F Sept 1886 14 S
                            Colorado Tennessee Tennessee
                                             , Benjamin H. Son W M Nov 1888 11 S
                            Colorado Tennessee Tennessee
                                             , Hazel Daughter W F June 1892 8 S
                            Colorado Tennessee Tennessee
                                             , William Son W M May 1895 5 S
                            Colorado Tennessee Tennessee
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1910 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County; Precinct # 17;
River Portal; E.D. 111; April 27; 10/10; DCH

Bunton, James W. Head M W 52 M1 30
                                     Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
                                                  Teamster U.S. Reclamation Service
            , Delphina Wife F W 51 M1 30 6/6
                                     North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina
            , Benjamin H. Son M W 21 S
                                     Colorado Tennessee North Carolina
                                                   Teamster U.S. Reclamation Service
            , William L. Son M W 15 S
                                     Colorado Tennessee North Carolina
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1920 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County;
Precinct # 24; Olathe; E.D. 127; January 27; 130/134; DCH

Bunten, James Head M W 62 M
                                      Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
                                                        Farmer
            , Delphina Wife F W 61 M
                                      North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Household # 9 - George T. Dougherty

Ah, Monday ... and back to the documenting of the families listed at River Portal on the 1910 census.  This one will likely become interesting as it is the most common surname listed there and all appear to come from one family - living in multiple households.  Connecting the dots for this family should be fun.

1900 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County;
Precinct 11; E.D. 78; June 13; 314/314; DCH

Dougherty, Thomas H. Head W M May 1848 52 M 30
                                                  West Virginia Ireland Pennsylvania
                                                                  Farmer
                 , Jane Wife W F Jany 1849 51 M 30 10/7
                                                  Ireland Ireland Ireland
                 , George Son W M Sept 1874 25 S
                                                 Kansas West Virginia Ireland
                 , Arthur Son W M Mch 1879 21 S
                                                 Kansas West Virginia Ireland
                 , Edward (sic) Daughter W F Aug 1884 15 S
                                                Kansas West Virginia Ireland
                 , Ellen Daughter W F Apr 1886 14 S
                                                Kansas West Virginia Ireland
                 , Bessie Daughter W F Dec 1887 12 S
                                                Kansas West Virginia Ireland
                 , Hattie Daughter W F Jany 1890 9 S
                                                Kansas West Virginia Ireland
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1910 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County;
Precinct 17; River Portal; E.D. 111; April 27; 9/9; DCH

Dougherty, George T. Head M W 35 M1 5
                                                   Kansas Virginia Ireland
                                                                Blacksmith U. S. Reclamation Service
                 , Alice Wife F W 26 M1 5 2/2
                                                   Colorado Canada England
                 , Lester Son M W 4 S
                                                   Colorado Kansas Colorado
                 , Wesley Son M W 1 6/12 S
                                                   Colorado Kansas Colorado
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1920 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County; Riverside;
Precinct 15; E.D. 129; April 20-21; 24/24; DCH

Dougherty, George T. Head M W 45 M
                                                  Kansas Pennsylvania Ireland
                                                                  Farmer
                 , Alice M. Wife F W 36 M
                                                  Colorado Canada England
                 , Lester B. Son M W 13 S
                                                  Colorado Kansas Colorado
                 , George W. Son M W 11 S
                                                  Colorado Kansas Colorado
                 , Evelyn M. Daughter F W 9 S
                                                  Colorado Kansas Colorado
                 , Charles O. Son M W 6 S
                                                  Colorado Kansas Colorado
                 , Jennie E. Daughter F W 4 ?/12 S
                                                  Colorado Kansas Colorado
                 , Donald M. Son M W 2 4/12 S
                                                  Colorado Kansas Colorado
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1930 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County; Precinct 15;
White Pine; E.D. 16; April 16; County Road; 16/16; DCH

Dougherty, George T. Head M W 59 M 30
                                                   Kansas Pennsylvania Ireland
                                                                  Laborer U.S. Reclamation Service
                 , Alice M. Wife F W 46 M 21
                                                   Colorado Canada England
                 , Lester Son M W 24 S
                                                   Colorado Kansas Colorado
                                                                    Laborer Road Construction
                 , Wesley Son M W 21 ? 20
                                                   Colorado Kansas Colorado
                                                                     Laborer Ditch Rider
                 , Charles Son M W 16 S
                                                   Colorado Kansas Colorado
                 , Elizabeth Daughter F W 14 S
                                                   Colorado Kansas Colorado
                 , Donald Son M W 12 S
                                                   Colorado Kansas Colorad
                 , Ernie Son M W 10 S
                                                   Colorado Kansas Colorado
                 , Arthur Son M W 4 S
                                                    Colorado Kansas Colorado
Page, Lavonne Lodger M W 17 S
                                                    Colorado Missouri Missouri
        , Don Lodger M W 10 S
                                                    Colorado Missouri Missouri
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Montrose County, Colorado
Marriage Record:

Book 2; Page 88; Certificate # 860;
Marriage Date: 28 Dec 1904
Groom: George F. Dougherty
Bride: Alice M. Phillips
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Cemetery Records:


Cedar Cemetery; Montrose; Montrose County, Colorado

DOUGHERTY, Alice M. - 1883-1969. City Records: Bur Sec K, Block 35, Lot 7, SW 1/4.

DOUGHERTY, George T. - 1874-1946. City Records: Middle name Thomas. Bur Sec K, Block 35, Lot 8, SW 1/4.