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George Bernard
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Birth: Aug., 1851
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov., 1933

George Bernard was born in IL, the son of James Monroe 'Tate' Bernard b. 22 Jan 1828 TN d. 30 Sept 1900 MO and his wife Caroline E. Wagy b. 15 Nov 1832 d. 18 Jan 1919 Clay Co. MO who are both buried in Goss Cemetery, Clay Co. MO. George Bernard married 1879 Lucy Frances Karr b. 1855 MO, the daughter of William S. Karr who married 20 June 1849 in Platte co MO Sarah Jane Wills, the daughter of Archibald Buchanan wills and Nancy Huffman/Hoffman. George and Lucy Bernard did not have children of their own, but did help to raise her widowed brother-in-law's son Daniel Thatcher born in 1874 to her sister Sarah A. Karr who died in 1877 MO.

From: Portrait and Biographical Record of the State of Colorado, 1899

GEORGE BERNARD, of Colorado Springs, president and manager of the Elkton Consolidated Mining and Milling Company, and one of the successful operators in the Cripple Creek district, was born in Illinois, of Virginian descent, and, remotely, of French extraction. His grandfather, Valentine, a native of Fluvanna County, Va., was a soldier in the war of 1812 and an aide on the staff of General Jackson. The horse used on the occasion of his ride from home to the inaugural ceremonies in Washington was purchased by Mr. Bernard for General Jackson. After the war was ended he removed to Tennessee, and later became a pioneer farmer of Adams County, Ill. He spent his last days in Platte County, Mo., where he died about 1890, at ninety-six years of age. In religion he was identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

James M. Bernard, our subject's father, was born in Tennessee and for years engaged in farming and stock-raising in Adams County, Ill. In 1865, removing to Missouri, he settled in Clay County, where he became a large stockman and also served as county judge. At the age of seventy-seven years, he is still living, retired, in Smithville. His wife, who is also living, was Caroline E. Wagy, a native of Ohio and daughter of Henry Wagy, of German descent. Her father, who was born in Ohio, settled upon a farm in Adams County, Ill., and there remained until his death.

The family of James M. and Caroline E. Bernard consisted of six sons and one daughter, of whom all are living but one son. George, who was born August 15, 1851, was reared in Illinois until fourteen years of age, when he removed to Clay County, Mo. His education was such as the common schools afforded. He engaged in farming in Clay County until 1886, when he came to Colorado and settled in Colorado Springs. Until 1891 he carried on a grocery business, and on selling it, at the time of the Cripple Creek excitement, he turned his attention to mining, in which, however, he did not meet with success until January, 1892. He located the Monarch claim and organized the Monarch Mining Company, of which he has been general manager ever since. In the spring of 1892 he bought an interest in the Elkton mine and incorporated the Elkton Mining and Milling Company, of which he has since been president and general manager. He was interested in the Walter mine, for which, however, there were rival claimants; their difficulties were finally adjusted by the organization of the Walter Mining Company, with Mr. Bernard as general manager, and through his skillful management the matter of rival claims was amicably and satisfactorily adjusted. The property is one of the most valuable in Cripple Creek and has been developed with great profit to the owners. He is also a director and stockholder in other mining properties in the same district, among them the El Paso Gold Mining Company, on Beacon Hill, which owns three claims.

Besides his mining interests, Mr. Bernard owns a ranch of twenty-seven hundred acres near Eastonville, and twenty-four miles from Colorado Springs. The land is fenced and has an abundance of springs, water from which is carried by pipes to the corral and house. Upon this place Mr. Bernard raises Polled-Angus cattle, having probably as fine a herd of that grade of stock as can be found in Colorado. About five hundred acres of the land are devoted to general farming, and, being within the rain belt, potatoes and grain are successfully raised.

Politically Mr. Bernard is a Democrat, and in religion belongs to the Christian Church, of which he is a trustee. He built and now occupies a residence at No. 601 North Tejon Street. In Platte County, Mo., he married Miss Lucy F. Karr, who was born there, her father, William, having removed from Kentucky to a farm in Platte County.

 
 
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 Parents:
  James Monroe Bernard (1828 - 1900)
  Caroline E. Wagy Bernard (1832 - 1919)
 
 Spouse:
  Lucy Frances Karr Bernard (1855 - 1935)
 
 Sibling:
  George Bernard (1851 - 1933)
  Annie Bernard Aker (1853 - 1931)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Buried Nov 27 1933
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Block 00066 000032 0000EC
 
Created by: Cameron-Ashley Heath
Record added: Jul 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72416327
George Bernard
Added by: Cameron-Ashley Heath
 
George Bernard
Added by: Cameron-Ashley Heath
 
 
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