|Birth: ||Feb. 28, 1847|
Nova Scotia, Canada
|Death: ||Mar. 24, 1917|
Archibald was one of six original settlers to the town of Craig, Colorado. He served as a representative for the Routt and Moffat counties to the State legislature. He was known all over the state for his opinions on many subjects that pertained to the state at the time.
Archibald was the owner of the McLachlan Sawmill. He also served in the Legislature for at least 2 terms in Colorado. He was one of the original founders of the town of Craig, Colorado. He lived in Illinois for a time. Traveled to Boston to represent the state and was born in Canada. He was a father of 4 of which 2 grew to adulthood, his two daughters Audrey and Alma. He was a carpenter by trade as well as an owner of a large part of the town of Craig, Colorado. He served on the school Board as well. He was well known in Craig, Denver and other parts of the state. from shirleyw55.
From the Routte County Courier article dated 28 Mar 1917:
When Archie , as he was affectionally called, came to Colorado, he was without capital and wholly unacquainted with the people. He accepted with cheerfulness and alacrity the opportunities for useful labor and advancement which came to him and by his own efforts he rose to good financial and business standing, prominence in local public affairs and a well established position in public esteem. He was successful in all of his undertakings and being by his long residence in the state thoroughly imbued with the spirit of its people and sympathy with their interests, he was regarded as one of the most useful and representative citizens of this community. A number of local men today owe their financial and business influence to Archie who figuratively speaking placed them upon their feet. Never did a hungry person fail to gain admittance at Archie's home. Archie has gone, his memory will be cherished into the end of time.
At the age of eight to sixteen he worked on farms and then was put to work to learn his trade as a millwright, and he worked at this until he reached his legal majority. Then in 1868, he moved to Boston and later to Chicago, and in those cities he did carpenter work and contracting until 1872, when he became a resident of Colorado. Locating then at Golden, he established a sawmill nine miles west of the town which he conducted with varying success for a period of 10 years. In 1883 he moved to Craig, a region at that time wholly unsettled and located a homestead of 160 acres, one of the first six ranches taken up in this section. At the time of his death he had about 640 acres of land and successfully raised horses, cattle and always had splendid crops of hay, grain, vegetables and small fruits. He had in addition much valuable real estate in town. Up until a few years ago he conducted a sawmill 25 miles northeast of town. He was a Mason in fraternal life and an ardent and active Democrat in politics. A number of years ago he successfully represented this district in the state legislature. On 26 May 1895, he was married to Miss Cora E. Ranney, a native of Michigan, born in Ionia county. Four children were born of this union. They being Audrey, Archie Hunt, Cora Alma, and Edwin. The latter having drowned in Yampa River during the summer of 1911. ( Should be Bear River in the winter of 1911). Archibald served as a representative to the State government and as school board member for the town of Craig Colorado.From Progessive Men of Colorado and edited by shirleyw55.
Fairview Cemetery...15-7 Ref. Moffat County Courier, March 29,1917.
Archie McLachlan passed away on Saturday, March 24 at 12:40 o'clock at the home one mile west of Craig. Archie McLachlan was born in the province of Nova Scotia on February 28,1847. His parents, William and Jane McLachlan were born in Scotland. The father died in 1852 and the mother, with Archie, moved to Golden, Colorado, in the year 1893, passed away. In 1868, Archie McLachlan moved to Boston and later to Chicago, and was engaged in business near Golden for about ten years when he moved to this section in 1883 taking up a homestead of 160 acres, which has been practically his home ever since. In 1890 Mr. McLachlan became interested in a sawmill to the north of Craig and later established what is now the Dickinson- Owings Lumber yard of Craig. In 1909 the deceased sold the mill and a year later the lumber yard and for the last several years has devoted his entire time at farming and stock raising. From Neal Fenton.
Cora Eliza Ranney Miller (1865 - 1946)*
Audrey Jane McLachlan Wise (1896 - 1976)*
Hunt Archie McLachlan (1898 - 1918)*
Edwin McLachlan (1901 - 1910)*
Cora Alma McLachlan Evans (1901 - 1947)*
Note: Would be considered Famous for his time period.
Plot: Section f 07 plot 22
Created by: shirleyw55
Record added: Oct 27, 2008
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