|Birth: ||Dec. 19, 1858|
|Death: ||Feb. 12, 1932|
New Mexico, USA
RATON, N.M., Feb. 12 (AP) - Charles Springer, 74 years old, the father of New Mexico's highway system and one of the most dominant figures in New Mexico's political and governmental history, died at his home here early today after several months illness.
"Uncle Charley," as he was familiarly known throughout the state, was the author of two pieces of New Mexico legislation which laid the foundation of the state's entire road system and was recognized for many years as the principal organizing force in New Mexico Republican politics, although he had never sought a public office.
It was Springer's idea to tax gasoline for road building purposes and to issue short term debentures for road building instead of bonding the state.
He began service on the New Mexico Highway Commission in 1917 shortly after the commission was established and had served constantly on the highway commissions in the state, both Democratic and Republican, until his retirement in March of last year.
Funeral services will be held at his ranch near Cimarron, N.M., Saturday afternoon and burial will be in the Springer family cemetery on the ranch.
(Published in Amarillo Daily News, February 13, 1932)
Francis Springer (1811 - 1898)
Nancy R. Coleman Springer (1825 - 1874)
Lottie Chase Springer (1868 - 1893)
Mary Loraine Chase Springer (1877 - 1948)
Frank Springer (1848 - 1927)*
Warren Springer (1853 - 1872)*
Charles Springer (1858 - 1932)
Nellie Springer Letts (1860 - 1922)*
Chase Ranch Cemetery
New Mexico, USA
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Record added: Feb 08, 2011
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