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 Louis Pinkney “Pink” Cole

Louis Pinkney “Pink” Cole

Birth
Texas, USA
Death 26 Jul 1926 (aged 64)
Tempe, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Tempe, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 33776056 · View Source
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"Pink," as everyone called him, was born on his father's cattle ranch near San Saba, Texas. In 1865, the family moved to California, then Oregon for a time, then back to California, and then to Globe, Arizona in 1881. "Pink" helped his father in the livery stable and feed business until 1885, when he went to Payson and worked as a cowboy for Houston Brothers. In 1889, he made a deal to run George Gates' cattle on shares, and the Rye and Deer Creek range. In 1893, he bought out Gates at Gisela, and estblished his own Bar T Bar brand. He then married Dora Stewart of Payson by Justice of the Peace Elmo Pyle on Jan. 10, 1893. When they started to have children, they bought a 20-acre ranch in Tempe and moved there. In the late 1890's, a prolonged drought caused many to lose cattle. They cut cottonwood and willow trees for the cattle to eat the leaves. In 1904, it snowed. In 1915, after 30 years on the Tonto range, "Pink" sold to Johnny and Charles Chilson, and retired to Tempe. He was survived by his wife, Dora; four daughters, Mrs. Ney Miles of Miami, Mrs. Kelley Moore of Young, Mrs. Joseph Refsnes of Phoenix, and Mrs. J.B. Riddle of Indiana; and two sons, William of Tempe, and Ben of Miami.

Source: Pioneer and Well Known Cattlemen of Arizona by Roscoe G. Willson

Bio Courtesy of LA Powers


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  • Created by: Sterling Foster
  • Added: 12 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33776056
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Louis Pinkney “Pink” Cole (25 Dec 1861–26 Jul 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33776056, citing Tempe Double Butte Cemetery, Tempe, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Sterling Foster (contributor 47025868) .