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, March 27, 2010

Surname Saturday - Dougherty, Williams, Dawson, Lacher

I'm going to repeat some surnames this Saturday - plus add a new one.  I'm really excited about something that happened and hoping that it will develop into something special!

I'm adding the surname LACHER.  This one is from the latest blog addition to the River Portal families & the last of the "family dwellings".  Next I tackle the boarding houses.  Those will be challenging both in research & in finding a good way to share.  Anyway....Lacher is the surname belonging to a single lady living alone - a schoolteacher.  I don't have a lot of information on her but I find her intriguing because of her profession.

I'm repeating the names DOUGHERTY, WILLIAMS & DAWSON.  The day I posted Thomas H. Dougherty I felt sad that it was the last of the 5 entries for the Dougherty and related Williams and Dawson families.  I didn't want to let it go.  I did a little more research and came across a post made nearly a decade ago by a great great grandchild of Thomas H. Dougherty.  I knew my chances of making contact might not be very good.  So much time has passed and the contact info could have changed.  I also knew from my own experience that responses to posts aren't as frequent as we'd hope and usually don't come immediately.  Wow!  I got a response and it was immediate!  I've contacted the person again and I'm hoping that we'll be able to share more.  In the last decade they may have found all the information they need or want on their Dougherty family.  I may not have found anything that is of interest to them at this point.  My excitement is mostly due to finally making a connection with another descendant of someone who lived and worked at River Portal.  I was amazed that the original post also asked for information about River Portal!  Awesome!  So I share these names again in honor of that wonderful new found connection!

I think it would be wonderful if this great great grandchild of Thomas H. Dougherty is able to come and visit with us here by the river!  Crossing my fingers!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Household # 21 - Luella Lacher

First I want to thank you for your loving support yesterday.  I know that Cousin John and his family are in your prayers.  Very much appreciated!

Second I'd like to take a brief moment to just acknowledge this important day and say Happy Birthday, Daddy!  Over half a century of your birthdays have passed since you suddenly left us.  We remember....always!!!  Love you, Daddy! 

Moving back to the River Portal families in 1910, this next one is the last of those I refer to as "family dwellings".  The rest of the dwellings in River Portal are boarding houses and those will be much more difficult for me to share research on.  I'm not sure yet how I'm going to do that - but I'm definitely going to tackle the challenge! 

This last one isn't really a "family".  It's one single lady - a school teacher.  I was able to find her with her family before she moved to River Portal.  While researching I noted that her sister Olga had married someone in Montrose so it's possible that the family was in that area.  I surmise that the reason I haven't found anything further on Luella / Lulu was that she probably married and not knowing who her spouse was I hit a brick wall.  I have very little to offer on her.  I hope someone comes across this information and can fill in some blanks.  As we sit here now it's hard to imagine that there was once a schoolhouse here -- and my grandpa and his sister attended it.  Luella was likely their teacher. 

1900 Federal Census; Colorado; Arapahoe County;
First Precinct; E.D. 1; Denver; June 8; 155/184; DCH

Lacher, Martin Head W M Oct 1860 39 M17
                                    Germany Germany Germany 1880 20 Na?
                                               Printing Compositor?
           , Hellen Wife W F Mar 1865 35 M17 3/2
                                    Germany Germany Germany 1881 19
           , Olga Daughter W F Dec 1883 16 S
                                    Minnesota Germany Germany
           , Lulu Daughter W F Jan 1888 12 S
                                     Illinois Germany Germany
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1910 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County;
Precinct 17; River Portal; E.D. 111; April 27; 21/21; DCH

Lacher, Luella Head F W 22 S
                                     Colorado Germany Germany
                                                        Teacher Public School
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Surname Saturday - Dougherty, Williams, Dawson

I didn't post last Saturday for Surname Saturday so surnames from that week are Lawrence, Brown and Mason.  Those are from the Treasure Chest Thursday post on March 11.

Surnames for this week are Dougherty, Williams, Dawson, English plus slight mentions of Mason & Humphrey.  The Williams & Dawson surnames are intermarried with the Dougherty family. 

Enjoy!  Hope you find connections!

Household # 20 - Thomas Dougherty

Ahhh...now we come to the core of the Dougherty family!  The patriarch!  Thomas Dougherty! 

Thomas and children occupied at least 5 of the 21 "family dwelling" households in River Portal on the 1910 census.  Wow!  Seems like they turned this "company town" into their "family town" in a way.  I think it's awesome!  It may be that there are yet to be discovered connections between this family and other River Portal families.  At first glance I didn't realize the connections.  Research led to the wonderful discoveries.  I love that about genealogy! 

1850 Federal Census; Virginia; Ritchie County;
Western District; September 9; 503/503; DCH

Daniel Daugherty 45 M Blacksmith Ireland
Agnes          “        36 F New York
Joseph H.    “          7 M Pennsylvania
Thomas H.   “          2 M Virginia
Elizabeth Humphrey 22 F New York

(NOTE: Possible that Nancy's maiden name was Humphrey)
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1860 Federal Census; Virginia; Pleasants County;
District No 2; June 14; 117/117; DCH

Daniel Daugherty 57 M W Blacksmith Ireland
Nancy        “         50 F W New York
Joseph H.   “         17 M W Pennsylvania
Thomas H. “          12 M W Virginia
William L. “            8 M W Virginia
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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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1875 Kansas State Census; Morris County, Valley Township

Thomas Daugherty 25 M W Sawyer Virginia Virginia
Jane             “         25 F W Ireland
M. A.           “           5 F W Kansas
G. T.            “       9/12 M W Kansas
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1885 Colorado State Census; Montrose County;
District 1; 60/111 & 62/114; DCH

Daugherty, Thos W M 36 S (sic) Engineer
                                      Virginia Virginia Virginia

(NOTE: For some reason not listed together with rest of family who are a couple of households away. Perhaps visiting?)

Daugherty, Mary W F 30 Wife M
                                    Ireland Ireland Ireland
                , Mary W F 14 Daughter S
                                    Kansas Ireland Ireland
                , George W M 9 Son S
                                   Kansas Ireland Ireland
                , Baby W M 4 Son S
                                   Kansas Ireland Ireland
                , Edward W M 1 Son S
                                   Colorado Ireland Ireland

(NOTE:  Judging by other census info, Jane must have been "Mary Jane" and Agnes must have been "Mary Agnes".  "Baby" on this census had to have been Arthur.)
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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

(NOTE:  This particular census record was difficult for me to find & was the most important as it proved my working theory that these children all belonged to Thomas.)
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1910 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County;
Precinct 17; River Portal; E.D. 111; April 27; 20/20; DCH

Dougherty, Thomas H. Head M W 61 Wd
                                              Virginia Ireland New York
                                                          Laborer Odd Jobs
                 , Bessie Daughter F W 22 S
                                              Colorado Virginia Ireland
                 , Hattie Daughter F W 19 S
                                              Colorado Virginia Ireland
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Thomas Dougherty (sometimes spelled Daugherty or Doherty) enlisted in Co. D of the 6 West Virginia Infantry out of Ritchie County, West Virginia during the Civil War.  For those not familiar with the history of West Virginia - it was originally part of Virginia and several counties seceded in 1861 (the year that the Civil War began).  West Virginia was granted statehood in 1863.  Thomas was born in Virginia before West Virginia became a state. 

Cemetery Records:

Cedar Cemetery; Montrose; Montrose County; Colorado

Dougherty, Thomas H. No Dates Co. D, 6 West Virginia Inf.;
City Records: Buried Section K, Block 37,
Lot 6 or 8, NE 1/4

Dougherty, Jane 1849 - 1907 "Mother"
City Records: Buried Section K, Block 37,
Lot 7, NE 1/4

(NOTE:  Pictures of headstones of various family members including Thomas & Jane are on www.findagrave.com – Cedar Cemetery – Montrose, Montrose County, Colorado. Information on that site lists Jane’s maiden name as McSherry.)
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Son Edward living in Montrose - with inlaws. Married to Ethel Beatty
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NOTE:  Would LOVE to know more about "Jane" from Ireland! 

So...Patriarch Thomas Dougherty & two of his daughters (Hattie & Bessie) are found in household #20.  Son George is in household #9,  Daughter Agnes is with her husband Frank Dawson in household #15.  Son Arthur is in household #18.  Daughter Ellen is with her husband William Wesley Williams in household #19.  These are among the closest households to my own Mason family who are found in household #17. 

Wouldn't I just love to find a connection between the Dougherty family and my Mason family!  It must have been comfortable for them to have other Irish blood around them - and they had that in Jane's children.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Household # 19 - Wesley & Ellen (Dougherty) Williams

I was really excited to discover more information about Wesley & his family!  Little did I know that I would stumble upon yet another connection to the Dougherty family in River Portal!  As I mentioned before, 5 of the 21 "family dwelling" households in River Portal are connected.  They're all part of one Dougherty family.  It truly amazes me that there were so many of one family in that tiny little place!  Although I can't 100% confirm my findings - the preponderance of evidence is definitely in my favor.

1880 Federal Census; Missouri; Bates County;
Hudson Township; E.D. 163; June 16; 133/142; DCH

English, Stephen W M 49 Farmer
                                       Ohio Virginia Kentucky
            , Nancy W F 43 Wife M Keeping House
                                       Ohio Ohio Ohio
Williams, Amy E. W F 18 Daughter M Assists in House
                                        Illinois Ohio Ohio
English, Benjamin W M 14 Son S
                                        Illinois Ohio Ohio
             , Eli M. W M 12 Son
                                        Illinois Ohio Ohio
             , Albert O. W M 9 Son
                                         Illinois Ohio Ohio
             , Edward W. W M 8 Son
                                          Illinois Ohio Ohio
             , Harvey W M 6 Son
                                          Illinois Ohio Ohio
             , Ida B. W F 4 S
                                          Illinois Ohio Ohio
Williams, William W. W M 6/12 Nov Grandson
                                           Missouri Ohio Illinois
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1885 Colorado State Census; Gunnison County;
E.D. 3; 154/154; DCH

Williams, F. P. W M 32 M Ranchman
                                        Ohio Ohio Ohio
               , Amy W F 22 Wife M Keeps House
                                        Illinois Ohio Indiana
               , Wesley W M 5 Son S
                                        Missouri Ohio Illinois
               , Walter W M 3 Son S
                                        Colorado Ohio Illinois
               , Bessie W F 2 Daughter S
                                        Colorado Ohio Illinois
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1900 Federal Census; Colorado; Teller County; Victor Town;
Precinct 33; June 19; 123 ½ North Seventh Street; 435/442; DCH

Williams, Amie Head F W Apr 1862 38 Wd 21 4/2
                                           Illinois Ohio Ohio
               , William W. Son W M Nov 1879 20 S
                                            Missouri Ohio Illinois
                                                              Janitor
               , Walter W. Son W M Aug 1881 18 S
                                            Colorado Ohio Illinois
                                                              Printers Trade
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1910 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County; Precinct 17;
River Portal; E.D. 111; April 27; 19/19; DCH

Williams, Wesley Head M W 30 M2 / 1
                                          Missouri Ohio Illinois
                                                         Shift Boss Tunnel
               , Ellen Wife F W 24 M1 / 1
                                          Colorado Virginia Ireland

(NOTE: Strongly believe that wife Ellen was the daughter of Thomas Dougherty. He is living next door to Wesley & Ellen along with his daughters (Ellen’s sisters) Hattie & Bessie. Brothers George & Arthur are also living in separate households in River Portal and sister Mary Agnes is living with her husband Frank Dawson. The daughter of Frank & Mary Agnes (nee Dougherty) – Agnes Dougherty is living with Wesley & Ellen’s family on the 1930 census and she is listed as “niece”. Age of Ellen and birthplaces match. Marriage record would be great confirmation.)
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1920 Federal Census; Colorado; San Miguel County;
Precinct 10; Vanadium; E.D. 161; January 18; 108/109; DCH

Williams, Wesley Head M W 40 M
                                           Missouri Ohio Ohio
                                                        Millman Vanadium Mill
               , Ellen Wife F W 33 M
                                           Colorado Virginia Ireland
               , Harris Son M W 8 S
                                           Colorado Missouri Colorado
               , Sarah Daughter F W 6 S
                                           Colorado Missouri Colorado
               , Woodrow Son M W 3 S
                                            Colorado Missouri Colorado
               , Charles Son M W 1/12 S
                                            Colorado Missouri Colorado
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1930 Federal Census; Colorado; Montrose County;
Montrose Precinct; Montrose City; Precinct 1-2;
E.D. 43; April 12; 186/210; DCH

Williams, Wesley Head M W 49 M 27
                                            Missouri Missouri Missouri
                                                          Steam Shovel Operator R.R.
              , Ellen Wife F W 42 M 20
                                            Colorado Virginia Virginia
              , Harris Son M W 18 S
                                            Colorado Missouri Colorado
                                                          Farm Laborer
              , Sarah Daughter F W 17 S
                                            Colorado Missouri Colorado
                                                          Servant Private Family
              , Woodrow Son M W 13 S
                                            Colorado Missouri Colorado
              , Charles Son M W 10 S
                                            Colorado Missouri Colorado
              , James Son M W 8 S
                                            Colorado Missouri Colorado
Dawson, Agnes Niece F W 19 S
                                            Colorado Ohio Oklahoma
                                                         Servant Private Family
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Appear to be enumerated twice - in two different counties. One time with kids and one time without. They may have left the children in the care of a family member. It’s possible that the niece listed – Agnes Dawson – was caring for the children in the absence of their parents while still naming them in the household. Despite a couple of inconsistencies I believe the families to be the same. Census information accuracy often depends on who provided the information.
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1930 Federal Census; Colorado; Archuleta County; Precinct 8;
Pagosa Junction; E.D. 10; April 12; 33/35; DCH

Williams, Wesley Head M W 50 M 21
                                          Missouri Ohio Indiana
                                                      Fireman Railroad Ditcher
               , Ellen Wife F W 42 M 22
                                          Colorado Virginia Ireland
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World War I Draft Card Info:

Serial Number: 22
Order Number: 470
Name: William Wesley Williams
Permanent Home Address: Vanadium, San Miguel, Colo.
Age in Years: 38
Date of Birth: November 25, 1879
White
Natural Born Citizen
Present Occupation: Shift Boss
Employer’s Name: Primas Chemical Co.
Place of Employment: Vanadium, San Miguel, Colo.
Nearest Relative: Ellen Williams
Vanadium, San Miguel, Colo.
Medium Height
Stout Build
Blue Eyes
Brown Hair
September 12, 1918
Signed: William Wesley Williams

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Surname Saturday - Household # 18 - Dougherty & Dixon

I've been pretty excited researching the Dougherty family in River Portal.  There are only 29 households listed on the 1910 census.  Of these 21 are family dwellings - in one case with only 1 person living in the household.  The rest are boarding houses.  As I've researched the families I've found that the Dougherty family resided in at least 5 of the 21 "family dwelling" households.  That's astounding!  I've found that in at least two of the households with a different surname the wife was a Dougherty.  Even more interesting...they are all part of the same single family.  Household #18 is another son of the patriarch Thomas Dougherty.  His household will be listed later.  This son is Arthur Dougherty. 

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; 18/18; DCH

Dougherty, Arthur Head M W 31 M1 4
                                        Kansas Virginia Ireland
                                                 Motorman Tunnel
                 , Dora M. Wife F W 32 M2 4
                                        Kansas Kentucky Indiana
Dixon, Leroy J. Step-Son M W 16 S
                                        Indian Territory Kansas Kansas
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1920 Federal Census; Arkansas; Independence County;
Gainsboro Township; E.D. 32; January 22; 153/153; DCH

Dougherty, Arther Head M W 39 M
                                         Kansas West Virginia Ireland
                                                       Farmer
                 , Dora Wife F W 43 M
                                         Kansas Kentucky Indiana
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1930 Federal Census; Colorado; Huerfano County;
Walsenburg City; Ward 4; E.D. 13; April 11;
203 Jackson; 273/308; DCH

Dougherty, Arthur I. Head M W 51 M 26
                                            Kansas Virginia Northern Ire.
                                                      Steam Fitter Plumbing
                 , Dora M. Wife F W 53 M 15
                                            Kansas Kentucky Indiana
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Social Security Death Index:

Name: Arthur I. Dougherty
SSN: 523-70-9735
Last Residence: 81155 Villa Grove, Saguache, Colorado, United States of America
Born: 25 Mar 1879
Died: 15 Sep 1966
State (Year) SSN issued: Colorado (1965)
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - John & Anna Mason


This is the gravestone marker for my great grandparents John and Anna (Phillips) Mason.  They are buried in Cambridge - Salubria Cemetery in Cambridge, Washington County, Idaho.  John and Anna left River Portal and moved on to Idaho where they lived out the remainder of their lives.