|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1856|
|Death: ||Feb. 11, 1913|
FAIRPLAY FLUME, 14 Feb 1913:
"James A. Link Killed in Wreck
Word has just been received of the sudden death of James A. Link on February 11th, near Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America. Although full details are lacking, it is presumed he was killed in a railroad wreck. He had been railroading in Mexico for about ten years, but owing to the unsettled conditions in Mexico, several months ago he went to Guatemala accompanied by his wife and son Jack, accepting there a position as conducter on the Guatemala railroad. Celsus P. Link received a cablegram announcing the death of his brother and stating that the body would be brought to Como for interment. The deceased is survived by a widow and four children, a brother and two sisters. James A. Link was born in Lincoln County, Missouri, in 1856. With his parents he came to Park County in 1870 and located at the old town of Hamilton. Later on he homesteaded the Elkhorn Ranch where he engaged in the cattle business.
For many years he was a prominent figure in the cattle industry of the county, being among the first to improve the breed of range cattle by importation of thoroughbreds, and for several seasons was captain of the round up.
He always bore a reputation for fearlessness and courage which was demonstrated on numerous occasions while serving as deputy sheriff, notably in the arrest singlehanded of Radcliffe, the murderer of the Centreville school board, and of Levi Streeter, who killed Marshall Adolph Cook of Como.
In 1890 he began railroading on the South Park line and had followed this vocation ever since.
Mr. Link was a 32nd degree Mason and member of Dorie Lodge No. 25 of this city. He also belonged to the Order of Railroad Conductors and of Railroad Trainmen.
The FLUME joins his many friends in deep sympathy for the bereaved family."
COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE, 13 Mar 1913:
"Murder, Not Accident, Cause of Link's Death
James A. Link, a brother of Mrs. E. J. Smith of 732 East Klowa, did not meet his death in a railroad wreck as was reported by The Gazette two weeks ago, but was stabbed by an infuriated passenger of his train who became enraged when he disarmed him of a revolver. Link was a conductor on a passenger train out of Guatemala City, and was one day's run out of that place when a passenger, who had been drinking heavily, became noisy and drew a revolver threatening other passengers on the coach. Link took the gun away from him and went into the next car. Upon his return, the fellow jumped on his back and stabbed him through the shoulder almost to the heart. Link lived but 15 minutes after being stabbed."
James married Alice Elizabeth Sweet (16 Mar 1856-11 Nov 1947) on 4 Aug 1880 in Rocky, Jefferson County, Colorado. She died in Wyandotte, Butte County, California.
In 1911 in Como, Edward R. (Ned) Link, s/o James Andrew, was shot and killed by his first cousin, Truman Carter Link, s/o Lewis Martin.
James Morrison Link (1817 - 1899)
Elizabeth Whitley Martin Link (1827 - 1906)
James Herbert Link (1881 - 1891)*
Price Link (1883 - 1885)*
Edward R. Link (1885 - 1911)*
Haviland Jack Link (1895 - 1939)*
Lewis Martin Link (1845 - 1901)*
Charles Samuel Link (1850 - 1871)*
Nancy Lucretia Link Smith (1853 - 1935)*
James Andrew Link (1856 - 1913)
William Lucas Link (1860 - 1912)*
Celsus Price Link (1871 - 1941)*
Nannie L Link Smith (1884 - 1934)*
Created by: Susan Ritter
Record added: Oct 19, 2010
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