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John Straughan Williams


JOHN STRAUGHAN WILLIAMS was born Oct. 7th, 1839, near Paris, Edgar county, Illinois, of Welsh and Scotch descent, his father’s parents being natives of Wales, and his mother, whose maiden name was Ailcy Ann Straughan, of Scotch parentage. When our subject was seven years of age his father moved to what is now Boone county, Iowa, the county not having been organized at that time, the Indians having been removed to their reservation only the year before. The town his father located in being largely settled by Swedish people was for many years called Swede Point, but is now known as Madrid. His school advantages were meager in those days, but he profited by such as the country afforded and became well grounded in the fundamentals of an education. In 1860, when 21 years of age, he had an attack of the Pike’s Peak gold fever and he arrived at Gold Hill, Boulder county, in June of that year. In 1865 he went back to Iowa, returning to Colorado in the fall of that year. That year the Indians were troublesome on the Plains and he lost much time waiting for a wagon train large enough to defend itself against attacks of the savages. He mad another trip to Iowa in 1870, and on his return to Colorado he married Caroline L. Osborn of Central City, in February, 1871; she lived but a short time. He filed on a homestead near Boulder City, which is now known as the McCall farm, on which fine oil wells have since been developed. In the fall of 1872, soon after the death of his wife and twin babies, Mr. Williams came to Larimer county, locating first on Rabbit creek, a few miles northwest of Livermore. His sister, Miss Maggie Williams, kept house for him several years. In 1884 he was married to Martha Z. Reavill of Fort Collins, and in 1890 he moved to the ranch of the Lone Pine creek, where he continued to carry on the cattle business until January, 1910, when he moved to Fort Collins, where he died on April 17th, 1911, his wife and three children, Frank R., Carrie and George Williams, surviving him.


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