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William M Lennox

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

WILLIAM LENNOX, a resident of Colorado Springs since April, 1872, and representative of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company in this city, is the manager and largest stockholder in the Gold King Mining Company, president and general manager of the Strong Gold Mining Company, president and general manager of the Sangre de Cristo Tunnel Mining Company, president and general manager of the Cement Creek Gold Mining Company, also a director of the Exchange National Bank of Colorado Springs.

Mr. Lennox is a member of a Scotch family. His father, John, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and there learned the trade of a print-cutter. After his marriage he came to America in 1847 and settled in Iowa City, Iowa, when it was a village with few houses. He entered a tract of land from the government and improved a valuable farm. Upon selling the place, in April, 1872, he brought his family to Colorado Springs, making the journey by the Kansas Pacific Railroad to Denver, and from there by stage to this city. He bought a ranch at Monument Park and continued there until his death, in May, 1880. Actively interested in educational work, he was for years a director of schools. In religion he was a Presbyterian. He was a man of quiet, reserved disposition, whose worth of character was appreciated only by those most intimately associated with him, although his uprightness won for him the esteem of all. His wife, Agnes (Houston) Lennox, who was born in Paisley, Scotland, and is now living in Colorado, was a daughter of Robert Houston, who emigrated to America and engaged in farming in Iowa, but at the time of the Pike's Peak gold excitement came to Colorado. In a short time, however, he returned to Iowa, where he died.

The eldest of a family of two sons and two daughters (all living) William Lennox was born near Iowa City, Iowa, on Christmas day of 1850. He attended the public schools and the Iowa State University, but left the latter institution before the completion of his course. On deciding to come to Colorado, he took the regular business course in the Iowa City Commercial College. Previous to this he had taught three terms of school. In the spring of 1872 he went into the mountains near Fairplay, where he spent three months in prospecting and mining. The following year he opened a feed and livery business in Colorado Springs, but in March, 1874, sold out and opened a coal yard. The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Company had established a coal yard here in 1873, and in March, 1874, they appointed Mr. Lennox their agent. When they were succeeded by the Colorado Coal and Iron Company, and later by the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, he was still retained as agent, and for years has been the largest coal dealer in El Paso County, but since 1893 has given very little attention to this business, having turned its management over to others.

From the first Mr. Lennox has been interested in mining. He was president of the Colorado Springs Prospecting Company, which carried on mining operations near Robinson, Summit County, and he still owns a mine there, and is also interested in Gunnison County. In 1891 he bought the El Paso claim, the first claim discovered in Cripple Creek by Robert Womack. Shortly afterward he organized the Gold King Mining Company, Incorporated, which owns about sixty acres and in which he is the heaviest stockholder. This company shipped the first ore from Cripple Creek, and has been very successful.

Mr. Lennox is one of four parties interested in the Strong mine on Battle Mountain, Cripple Creek, and has other mining interests in the same district. He with others bought the Sangre de Cristo tunnel and formed a company that dug a tunnel fifteen hundred feet through Tenderfoot Hill. He is interested in mining at Silverton, where the Cement Creek Gold Mining Company, of which he is president, owns twenty acres. He is a member of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. In everything tending to advance the interests of this city he has been deeply interested. When he came here, the streets were unmarked save by furrows, and he and his brother assisted in planting the first trees that were set out in the business center of the city. In the First Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he is a member, he serves as president of the board of trustees. Fraternally he is connected with the Woodmen of the World.

In Iowa City, Iowa, Mr. Lennox married Miss Belle Cowgill, who was born at Martin's Ferry, Ohio, and accompanied her parents to Iowa in girlhood. They have four children: Jessie B., who is a student in Mount Vernon Seminary at Washington, D. C.; Loring C., member of the high school class of 1900 in this city; William G., who is also a student in the high school; and Willabel.


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  • Added: 29 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67648372
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William M Lennox (25 Dec 1850–13 Aug 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67648372, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Ron West (contributor 47389384) .