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We have long felt that a full descrip
tion of our Court House, comity affairs
and couuty officials would prove of
much interest to every reader. Those
who live at home are always glad to
read of those whom they know best,
while we have many readers at a dis
tance who will be interested in knowing
of our county affairs and of those who
have them in charge This article lias
been prepared to suit the desires of both
classes of rentiers and we believe Hist
it will not only prove of local interest
but will be of lasting benefit to the
county in* spreading the fame of old
Fremont tu the far Hast.
In furnishing this article with the
accompanying illustrations the Kkcokii
is doing something never attempted in
an ordinary issue of a ( anon l ity paper.
The cuts are all good half-tones made
from new photographs taken for this
special occasion, and they will, no doubt,
arid very much to the value of this
article. Altogether, we fell that there .
is not n reader of the Kkcoko w herever
he or" she may lie. who will not read
with more Ilian usual interest this issue
of our paper.
Time was wi'en Fremont county, like
other new counties, had lioCourt House
or public buildinThat time con
tinued up to IHHI. Itelore a Court
House wan constructed the various
office* of the county were kept at the
hornet* or bunineMs places of the olllcern j
For yearn tin* County Clerk's o til it* w»h
in the front room of IT tide John WiN
son’s residence on West Main street.
Court won held lor many years in ;
the second story of the Hiiiglcy block !
lately occupietl by Knox’s saloon. 1
.sheriff Itingley conducted the Imihi
ness of hin office in tlu* room Iwlow
and Treasurer T. 1!. Craven received
ensli and paid warrants over the same
table on which he prepared his quinine
and calomel. Husiness was conducted |
in this manner for many years and up
to 1881, when the )ieople of Fremont
county felt themselves able to build
ami equip a business house for their
officers and a safe place for the county
In the year l«H0$2O.uiii in bonds were
voted for the purpose of building a
Court House. A site 'was selected on
Macon avenue, between First and See*
nnd streets, and the new county eapitol
was constructed ami ready for occu
pancy by the uext year. The building
as constructed there was in form and
appearance exactly like tire present
Conrt House, with the exception of the
new addition. After a Tew years of
rise il was found that the foundation
was very faulty and that the building
was liable to crook and collapse st most
gay time. For this reason, in I8M, the
I building was torn down and re-built
ion ita present site, corner Fourth »nd
Macon avenue.
At the time it was built the Court
| House was ample in space for all the
i odices and busiuess of tiie county but
the large increase in the population of
the county ami business of the officers
. bav*- long rendered it inadequate For
years all the officers have been cooped
up in quarters not half sutlicieut in size
while tl»e assessor has been compelled
! to do his work in the basement which
is dark and damp.
The jail which had been used up to
, the last few weeks was a disgrace to
• the county and an insult to humanity.
: It was dark. damp and dangerous to
the health of the prisoners and the
i lives of the oilicers. Realizing the
great ueed of a new jail and additional
•'dice room the county commissioners
hist fail very wisely decide*! to put an
addition at the back of the oid co-urt
house. The new jiart is now complete
and a portion of it is occupied. It is
j built of pressed brick similar in size
am! style to the front pari. The con !
; tract price was #11,466 and was all paid j
lor out of money on hand so no addi
tional debt was incurred by the build
ing. Fart of Uie basement will be used
for the new steam heating furnace I
contract for which has just been given I
to the Harding Hardware (To., plant to I
cost *2,042. The other part of the base- j
men! will Is* divided into two large |
storage rooms, The offices on first
floor will I** occupied by the comity
eleik mid commissioners. On the
second floor a new jail has I teen put in
at a cost oi with one exception
.1 is the lrest jail in the state; is entirely
built of steel, 5 ply key bar, large cor
Odors and live cells, besides a large
women’s department on opposite side
oi ball. The sheriff s office mid jailer's
bedroom will also be on second floor.
The third story will Ik* furnished up
for two jury rooms and eight bedrooms
for Jurors. The clerk’s department is
equipped with a large spacious vault
Of the safest kind.
Together with the old part the new
addition will give to Fremont county
one of the best built, best equipfied and
moat convenient court houses in the
stale and the liest feature about the
whole affair is the fact that for this en
tire handsome and useful structure the
county has outstanding only fWl.OUO in
bonds (issue of HI) and these will be
called in and paid before they are due.
The old territorial county of Fremont
was organised in \mi. It then com
prised all the territory now covered by
Fremont and Custer counties ami a
portion of Chaffee. In 1877 Custer
county was formed out of our domain
and later a slice taken off to help form
Chaffee county. Fremont county was
one of the tirst settled counties in the
state and at one time Cafion City was
of much more importance than Denver.
The first cabin in Caflon City was built
in 1869 and was located a little above
the soda springs. .Soon after this Cafion
became a winter resort for the miners
in the mountain districts. For many
years Caflon Was principally populated
in the winter time. Later it was found
out that fruit would grow abundantly
along the upper Arkansas valley, and
(lieu the agricultural communities be
gan to grow. The ultimate success of
the fruit culture has proven that the
<*entral part of Fremont county is a
veritable garden spot, an artificially
watered oasis. Fremont county otto
day is about 1000 square miles in extent
and has a population of about 18,000
people. The resources of the couuty
are of a great variety and quite exten
sive. The leadiug industry is proba
bly the fruit culture. The cattle in
dustry is important. Much coal, marble
and other buser minerals are shipped
from the county while there are many
valuable gold mines within our bord
ers. Another important output of the
county is oil, many carloads of w hich
are shipped each mouth from Florence.
JOffering from most counties in the
west the county affairs of Fremont are
in very good shape. Few counties in
Colorado have a smaller debt or are in
every way iu better financial condition
than Fremont. This is largely due of
course to the intelligence of the people
and the wisdom they use in the selec
tion of their county Officers. To show
j how the county affairs are being
I handled it might be well to make a lit
; lie comparison of the figures o! today
j with those of five years ago:
j County debt on June 3t1.1i, isihf:
• Warrants outstanding ....£120,7r> 1.56
•: Couuty bonds oil.standing... 2o,<nXJoo
Total $145,751-56
I County debt 011 .loo*- 3d.h, IX <7:
j Wairants outstanding fit 4.7.701 03 j
1 County tMMids outstanding... U,O>fcJ.oUj
Total ss*.7«Ji.o3 <
I Amount, ol iiruißtiMUU v\.*i
roots nod 01 Us: b \ears $ I
bonds paid 111 last .'» tears... i
A mount of interest 011 bonds
and warrants paid iu last
5 years . 30,71*151 I
Total reduction $124,847.04
In addition to which there have been |
expended in permanent improvements
consisting of addition to Court House,
new jail cells ami cages, and county
bridges, over $50,000.
Notwithstanding these facts the tax
levy for county purposes has been re
duced during three years from .41 1-2
mills to 20 1-2 mills the present levy.
J. II. HA Kill SON.
The senior member ol the board of
commissioners was born at New Castle.
Kentucky, tit IH-H. In the fall of '<>4
Mr. Harrison came to ('anon City
which has ever since been lus home.
In the early days Mr. Harrison was one
of the pioneer merchants of Canon,
later he engaged extensively in fruit
culture and real estate. Today he has
some of the finest orchards in the
valley. For four years, up to *84, Mr.
Harrison served the county as treasurer
previous to which time he serve*! one
term as commissioner. Since then he
hits been elected mayor of Cation two
limes and served one term as alderman
J. II. Harrison was elected commis
sioner in the fall of *04 and has since
been chairman ut the board, lie is a
good business man and has the interest
of the tax payers at heart.
Albert Philipp, the only republican
county commissioner, was born in
Germany in 1841. In '«8 he came to
America and in the spring came to
Colorado as secretary for the Gorman
colony that located in Wet Mountain
valley that year. For two years prior
to *73 Mr. Philipp was a resident of
Canon City since which time be has
lived principally at Coaldule in the west
part of the county. For many years
Mr. Philipp has been a successful
ranchman and an extensive dealer in
stock and merchandise. Even today
there are few stores in the county that
handle more goods in a year than his
store at Coaldale. In the fall of *95 Mr.
; Philipp was elected county commis
sioner. With but two years of service
yet it is plaiu to see that his cool head
and good business judgment has al
ready been of much value to the busi
ness affairs of Fremont County.
.1 till iis MoOiidlt sw, toe newest mem
her of the Hoard of <V>mmissioners,
u.ts born in IS.YJ in North Carolina,
where he received a g«*od education.
In isTti iie came t«* Colorado and settled
at Florence where for many years he
hits been one of the leading merchant*,
being an extensive hardware dealer.
He was elected ui the lirst Hoard of
Aldermen after Florence became a city
and aftervvanl served two terms as
mayor of that city. Last fall Mr. Me-
Candless was elee’ed County Commis
sioner by a combination of the IH-m«>-
crat ic and Silver Lopuhin •an partus.
While yet somewhat new at the bii»i
tiess Mr. McCaitdless is taking much
Interest in the county affairs and we
are sine will make a good Commis- ]
•lOk. XV. MI l-'ON.
The above* portrait is only fnirlv I
of our County Clerk. Mr. Milaom was
born June Sth, lßT>:i. at Hlooinsburt:
Pennsylvania. ilis early boyhood days
were spent in the Keystone state, where
he received a good Academic education.
In 1878 he came to Cafioh Oily, but
following the impulse of the crowd
went on to Silver Cliff, which was then
In its boo in days. After a two year’s
residence in Silver Cliff he established
what, proved to be a prosperous furni
ture business in Kosita. During its
beat days Mr. Milsoin held the otlice of
mayor and several minor utHces in that
city. Mr. Milaotn was *p|tointed Clerk
of the District Court in Custer county
in *BB and held the other seven years,
making for himself a reputation of
being the beet couit cierk in the state.
i 1
1 1 new Ualencinnes Dees, i
11 new Dee Curtains, 1
11 new Carpets, j|
i! new Portieres. |
; e pall andjsee them 3
;| - .3
; E N- B—Don’t forget our Shoe Sale- pRANK \_^ m
1 lie >ca.- 18'.»0 found Mr. Milsum perma
-1 nently located at Caflon City, where he
1 purchased a good fruit farm in South
1 Caflon and has since built a charming
little home on Macon avenue. In the
fall of Mr. Milsoni was elected Clerk
’ *»f Fremont county by a majority of
' j *»*»« 'ole. Two years later lie was re
j elected with a plurality increased to
! which speaks for itself of his per
-1 | sonal pop .larily- Mr. Milson is an
j enthusiastic Mason and has attained
, some prominence in that order, having
been presiding officers of all the local
bodies and is at present an officer in
1 the Crand Lodge ot Colorado.
There is haidh a reader of the Hk
, coKi* who does not know the subject
j of this sketcli who was so leng the suc
i cess fill publisher of this paper. Mr.
• Frisbie was born in Wisconsin in the
>ear lv>l. In I*7* his father brought
! him to Colorado for his health and they
resided for a number of years at Silver
j i'!ilT. hi INBS Mr. I'rishie moved to
j C-ailon City where he has since lived,
j As a boy Mr. Frisbie nwivwl a com
; uioii school education. For some years
lie assisted his father in the mercantile
business after which he ie trued* the
( trade of a printer. For tour years, up
j to July Ist., ISIC), Mr. Frisbie was editor
j and proprietor of the t alt on City lit:
I roui). In April he was appointed J
j deputy county clerk which ollice he has
J since held with credit to himself and
j gotml service to the county. Owing to
j tiie attractiveness of the above portrait
•vhicii is a fairly good one it might
• be well to add for the benefit of the
i ladies that Mr. Frisbie Is a married
man and ins wife is even more interest
I ing than the deputy co intv clerk.
I A. K. Kudolph. our county treasurer.
was boru in Montgomery county. Ten*
1 i lessee. in 182tt, where he spent his boy
r ho<Hl on a farm. Iteing of a Btud:ous
1 nature h© found time to thoroughly
1 master the common English branches
1 giving N)**eial attention to Kirkhaiu's
• grammar of which lie was |*articularty
f fond, in lb?l he came to Colorado
• with his family and settled drst in lieu
ver but moved to Cafion in July of the
I same year. Being: a gunsmith by trade
. he supplied the early settlers with guns
and ammunition (as well as a few good
jokes and fish stories thrown in for
sociability! until about 1877 when he
engaged in the grocery business and
t continued therein until 18U3 when he
was elected «ounty treasurer oil the
populist ticket. - Pap,” as lie is fatnil
I iarly called, has given the people an
honest and business like administration
I and is very popular with the voters of
j the county.
Robert 11. Rudolph, deputy county
i treasurer, was born at Lampassas j
■ Springs. Texas, in IHT«. The greater
j portion of his life has been spent in |
j Cation City where he was employed in i
the county clerk's and abstract u dices i
from ISM until IbUU when he went to :
Salt Lake City to accept a position
with a real estate company at that
place. In 18U2--3 he was connected
with T. I*. Airlieart at (Tipple Creek in ,
the real estate and mining business
and moved bark to Cation City in
to help his father in the treasurer's
otlice. lie w.is married in April, lSi»5.
to .Miss Mabel McDougal. of Kansas
City, and in .lone of this year their
little home was made brighter by the
api*earame of a baby girl. I lob is a
popular young man. an efficient clerk,
an attentive husband, a loving father j
and an all-nmtii d good fellow.
sheriff lily (he us by birth a Scotch
man. tils native shire is Kite; the date
of his brth ISiO. In 1880 lie caaie to
America and ever since 1885 he has
been a resident of Fremont eouuty.
For many years he was engaged in
mining at Coal Creek and was at one
time mayor of that town. Since he
came to Fremont he lias been more or
leas interested in politics, ami in *VB the
Populist party rewarded him for his
services lie electing him Sheriff of this
county. He was re-elected to the same
position in kß&>. Mr Blythe is a man
of family, having eleven children, all
but one of whom are living. Sheriff
Blythe has been assisted iu the duties
of his office by David Houston, as
deputy sheriff.
1 * Mr. David Houston was born in the
year 1845 in Ayr Shire, Scotland, iu
1854. during the Crimean war, while
yet a little boy, David was taken from
school and put into the mines. The
occupation of a miner he followed for
many years. He came to America in
’tiN. and in 7*l located at, Coal Creek.
Fremont county. For several years he
lived at Rostia and Coal Creek, and was
for nearly three years foreman at the
great Bassick mine near Silver CHIT.
In January, 18t4. when Mr. Blythe took
the office of sheriff, he called Mr. Hous
ton to aid him as deputy sheriff. This
position he has held ever since. Mr.
Houston has a pleasant little family
consisting of wife and two children
who reside in Cafion City.
JAs. 1.. COOI’EU.
Fremont county is very fortunate in
having r man to preside over her Court
of vhe ability, integrity and fairness of
Judge James L. Cooper. While young
hi years he is old in knowledge and full
. f wisdom. Mr. Cooper is a native
: Coloradoan; born in Denver. March 28,
1*65, and has ever since made the Cei»-
lenial .''tale lus home He came to
CaAon in the spring of 1*77. Attended
the r ation schools ami was a member
jof the tirst graduating class in IBH4
After this Mr. Cooper spent several
years in the Michigan University at
Ann Arbor and graduated from tho
law school there m tssy. He imiuedi*
alely relumed to CuAou and opened a
law odice and soou had a good practice.
During the years IMtt-tto Mr. Cooper
was city attorney. This position he
resigned to m-cepl the county Judgeship
to which*he was elected in November,
• ''‘Jo. To a Urge class of our readers
the most interesting feature about Ji«,
U. Cooper is tlie fact that he la atilt
unmarried ami it is said, untainted by
the poison from Cupid's arrow*,
vernacular of ili« prow Nit da; it mlgM
tw vaid Unit lie it * "good aatalfc" r '
NO. 36

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