Elton Towers Beckwith


Elton Towers Beckwith

Mount Desert, Hancock County, Maine, USA
Death 1 Jun 1907 (aged 60)
Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, USA
Burial Westcliffe, Custer County, Colorado, USA
Memorial ID 108528833 View Source

Elton Beckwith Dead

This morning flashed the sad news from Pueblo of the death of Elton T. Beckwith, one of Custer County's most prominent and highly respected citizens, which occurred at Work's Sanitarium to which he had been removed the first of this week, between two and three o'clock this morning. Mrs. Beckwith and daughter were at his bedside when the end came.
Deceased was born on Mount Desert Island on the coast of Maine, April 1st, 1847, 60 years, 2 months, and 8 days ago; was educated in the schools of Cambridge and Boston. In 1869 he came to Denver from Philadelphia, at which latter place he had lived for three years previous having been engaged in mercantile buisness, his brother, the late Edwin F. having located in Wet Mountain valley the year previous. A partnership was entered into by the two brothers and only a few years elapsed ere they were recognized as the heaviest stock growers in the State, which proved immensely profitable to both.
In 1875 Mr. Beckwith married the widow of Charles Davis, a brother of the late J. A. Davis, who survives him. But one child was born to them, Mrs. Velma Wilcox, of Denver.
Mr. Beckwith was a stalwart Republican, nor ever could his position on questions of national or state import be mistaken. He served his party in the state senate as a member from this county and could had he desired it, been returned. At one point he was somewhat prominently spoken of for governor. He was honorable in all his dealings and in his passing Custer County has lost one of her staunchest and best citizens.
The remains will be brought from Pueblo to Waverly, his late home, from whence they will be taken to the family burial grounds in Ula cemetery for interment on Monday.

--Wet Mountain Tribune; Jun 1, 1907

Jun 12, 1907

Hon. E. T. Beckwith

Word reached here Saturday that E. T. Beckwith, who was only but a few days previous taken to Work's sanitarium, Pueblo, for care, succumbed to death there at an early hour that mornin, Mrs. Beckwith and daughter being with him when the end came.
Mr. Beckwith was a native of Maine. He came to Colorado in 1869 and soon afterward arrived in this valley, where he built a palatial home and resided ever since. He engaged in the stockraising business with his brother Edwin, some years deceased. The big transfer of the Beckwith lands and cattle, recently recorded, will give some idea of the degree of success that was attained in the business. Mr. Beckwith was a good man, one against whom we never heard an unkind word uttered. He was educated and refined, yet commonplace, enjoying the company of his employees apparently as well as he did those who stood high in Colorado's society, many of whom have at some time or other been the guests of the Beckwith's at Waverly. He was a great horseman and only a few years back would ride the range with his men or assist them in the work of roping and branding, there being something in the life of a cowboy that appealed to his liking. He served this county one term as state senator, and a few years ago was mentioned as the probable candidate of his party for governor of the state but as he was not a seeker of political honor, the place fell to another. Among other distinctions he was the largest individual taxpayer in Custer.
Mrs. Beckwith and Mrs. Velma Wilcox, only child; survive, besides two sisters, Mrs. Edgar of Woodbridge, N. J., and Mrs. Ford, residing in Philadelphia.
Funeral services, the Rev. J.G. Blake officiating, were held at the home Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock, after which the remains were followed by a large concourse of sorrowing friends to the Ula cemetery, where interment took place in the family lot.
The following old-time residents acted as pall-bearers:
Thomas Balman, John H. Leary, William Kettle, W.E. Merriam, W.H. Hall, W.J. Schoolfield, Geo. B. Beardsley, B.C. Briggs, F.L. Kennicott.

--Silver Cliff Rustler

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