Frank Gardner Peck

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Frank Gardner Peck

  • Birth 7 Jun 1862 El Paso, Woodford County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 26 Jul 1922 Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
  • Burial Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
  • Plot Block 00054 000008 - 0000EC
  • Memorial ID 35029930


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

FRANK G. PECK, secretary and treasurer of the Portland Mining Company, has resided in Colorado Springs since 1872. He was born near El Paso, in Woodford County, Ill., June 7, 1862, and is a son of Arthur Peck, represented elsewhere in this volume. When three years of age he was taken to Clinton, DeWitt County, the same state, where he remained about six years. June 3, 1872, he came with the family to Colorado Springs, where he attended the high school until graduation and afterward spent one year in Colorado College. Going to San Juan in 1878 he engaged in prospecting. In the spring of 1879 he went to Leadville, and there became interested in mining property, but sold it before its true value was known. For three years he operated mining property in Gunnison, which he patented and still owns, expecting to develop it at some future time. His next point of work was at Robinson camp, eighteen miles north of Leadville, in Summit County, on the same level as Leadville, and there he has been interested since 1885. He owns the Ingleside group, and is president of a company owning considerable property surrounding the Robinson group, also an interest in that group.

In April, 1892, Mr. Peck went to the Cripple Creek camp, where he found the ground all stakes and claims being developed. He engaged in the brokerage business and invested his profits in desirable claims in Cripple Creek. His first investment was in what became the Bobtail mine No. 2, now a part of the Portland Mining Company's property. About the same time he acquired an interest in the Black Diamond. Bobtail No. 2 was sold on bond lease to the Portland, but after one payment of the syndicate, the other payments were forfeited, owing to the amount of litigation in which they were involved, and it was arranged that the balance of the bond be taken in stock, on condition that the syndicate give one-fifteenth to the parties having paid in. This left Mr. Peck a stockholder in the company. In May, 1894, he became a director and assistant secretary of the company, and in February, 1897, was elected secretary, which office he has since filled. In February, 1898, he was also made treasurer, which position he fills in addition to that of secretary. In 1892 he purchased rather heavily of stock in the Anchoria-Leland Mining and Milling Company, on Gold Hill, in which he has since been interested. Some years ago he bought an interest in the Midget and surrounding properties. This mine is now bearing out the faith he had in it and is proving valuable property. He is vice-president, general manager and secretary of the Midget Gold Mining and Milling Company, and is interested in many other claims.

Mr. Peck is recognized as one of the most successful promoters in Colorado. His friends and others who have become associated with him in business ventures have great confidence in his ability, sagacity and foresight, and experience has shown that such confidence is invariably well placed. He now has in view several ventures which give promise of being very remunerative to those who become interested therein; and they are, in large degree, measures which will develop into public benefits. He is a charter member of the Colorado Springs Mining Stock Association and chairman of the mining committee in the Chamber of Commerce. He is identified with the Pike's Peak Club and Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. In Colorado Springs he married Miss M. Annie Burns, by whom he has a son, James Arthur Peck.

Colorado Springs Gazette, Thursday, July 17, 1922

Deceased Was Pioneer Mining Man of Pikes Peak Region and Was Prominently With the Early Development of Cripple Creek District

Frank G. Peck, a pioneer of the Pikes Peak region who has always been prominently identified with the gold mining industry and for last 14 years president of the Portland Gold Mining company died at the home of his sister-in-law, Miss Kate Burns, 423 North Tejon street, at 7 o’clock yesterday morning. Mr. Peck has been ill since last September but his condition was not considered critical until the last few weeks.

Mr. Peck was born in McLean, Illinois, June 7, 1862. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Peck of Clinton, Ill., and came with them to Colorado Springs in June, 1872. His father was one of the original colonists of the Pikes Peak region and the family lived in one of the colony buildings that were shipped overland from Chicago.

Mr. Peck was one of the first to become interested in the development of Cripple Creek and was one of the original organizers of the Portland company as well as the Midget Gold Mining company. From the beginning of the Portland company he was a officer and has directed its policies as president since 1906. In addition to his mining interest in Cripple Creek, he had mining and industrial connections in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Mr. Peck is survived by his wife, who lives at 917 North Nevada avenue, and two sons, James, a student at the Colorado School of Mines, and Robert, a student at Notre Dame university in Indiana. His mother, Mrs. Lucinda E. Peck, one of the oldest residents of the Pikes Peak region and one of the few surviving members of the early colonist, lives at 208 East Boulder street.

No funeral arrangements have been made pending the arrival of his son Robert from Notre Dame.

Colorado Springs Gazette, Friday, July 28, 1922


Funeral service for Frank G. Peck, Colorado Springs pioneer and business man, who died Wednesday, will be held from the residence, 917 North Nevada avenue, a 3 o’clock this afternoon, the Rev. Charles A. Fulton Officiating.

Services at the grave will be conducted by the El Paso lodge. No. 13, A.F. & A.M. Worshipful Master R. J. Twitchell has called an emergency communication at the Masonic temple at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon.

The honorary pallbearers will be: Irving Howbert, Charles V. Turner, Fred Jones, W. R. Waterton, E. J. Eaton and W. J. Chinn. The active pallbearers will be: Dr. W. A. Campbell, Dr. D. H. Rice, J. G. Dern, A. G. Sharp, E. A. Puffer and Judge J. W. Sheafor.

Friends are requested to omit flowers.

Second son of Frank and Mary is Robert A Peck, b:1900. Burial location unknown.

Family Members

Gravesite Details Buried: 7/28/1922, Source: City of Colo Spgs cemetery data 3/20/09





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