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Wilbur Lora Curtis
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Birth: Dec. 14, 1870
Buchanan County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jul. 30, 1947
Gunnison County
Colorado, USA

Wilbur Lora Campbell was born in Buchanan County, Iowa, to Lora Dexter and Eliza Martin Curtis. A sister, Mary Alice, was also born there. Because of the father's health, the family moved to Salina-Batavia, Kansas area after 1870. Then, in 1874 they moved to Saguache County, Colorado in the San Luis Valley, next to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Another son, George Henry, was born in Saguache.

Wilbur attended Iowa Weslyn College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. where he was a member of Theta Phi Fraternity. He also attended Powers Business College.

Wilbur was the superintendent for the Chicago Gas Light and Coke Company. He was Treasurer of Saguache County from 1912 to 1914. He served as a member of the Colorado State Legislature.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Shrine, and the Elks Club. He served as president of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association from 1930-1932. He served on the Gunnison High School Board.

Wilbur Curtis was married to Effie Shade (b. 1875), daughter of John and Addie Shade 9 Aug 1893 in Chicago, ILL. They were divorced March 14, 1904. They had the following children: Lyman (died young), Infant (died young), Hazel Eliza Monroe (1895-1945, died in WWII Japanese prison camp), Ruth Madeline Lashbrook (1896-1981) and Lora John "Larry" Curtis (1901-1975).

Wilbur married his second wife, Anna Hyde Newcomb (1884-1971), on Sept. 12, 1904. They had two children: Daniel Wilbur (1906-1983) and Gene Newcomb (1915-1975) Curtis.

Source: The Curtis Book by Rozetta and Leo Guess; marriage certificate of Shade and Curtis. 
Family links: 
  Lora Dexter Curtis (1838 - 1898)
  Eliza Martin Curtis (1839 - 1912)
  Anna Hyde Newcomb Curtis (1883 - 1970)*
  Infant Curtis*
  Hazel Eliza Curtis Carlson (1895 - 1945)*
  Ruth Madeline Curtis Lashbrook (1896 - 1981)*
  Lyman J. Curtis (1899 - 1900)*
  Mary Alice Curtis Campbell (1864 - 1942)*
  Wilbur Lora Curtis (1870 - 1947)
  George Henry Curtis (1874 - 1959)*
*Calculated relationship
Gunnison Cemetery
Gunnison County
Colorado, USA
Plot: B54 L25 P03
Created by: Nancy Hagood
Record added: Mar 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66501886
Wilbur Lora Curtis
Added by: Nancy Hagood
Wilbur Lora Curtis
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