Elisha Pinkney Stout


Elisha Pinkney Stout

Ashtabula County, Ohio, USA
Death 20 Dec 1913 (aged 79)
Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot Garden LN, Section 88, Lot 17, Space 3
Memorial ID 79051136 View Source
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Stout Street a main thoroughfare in downtown Denver, Colorado is named for Elisha Pinkney Stout, the first President of the Denver Town Company.

Denver proper was permanently settled by a party of Kansas gentlemen, headed by General William Larimer, who arrived at Auraria November 16 (1858). The next day they re-crossed Cherry creek to the east side and located a town of their own up the deserted site of St. Charles, to which they gave the name of Denver....A village constitution was adopted November 22, and an election of officers for the "Denver City Town Company" resulted as follows: President, Elisha P. Stout, treasurer; William Larimer, Jr; Secretary, H.P.A Smith; and recorder, P.T. Bassett. The company consisted of forty-one members and each member was required to put up a building within a certain time.
**Source: The National Magazine: A Monthly Journal of American History, Volume 9. Excerpt from page 380. Google Books.

Elisha Pinkney Stout, was born in Greene Township, Adams County, Ohio....Elisha received such education as the common schools afforded, and in 1854 he went west to Ft. Council Bluffs, Iowa. In October, 1854, he took part in establishing the city of Omaha, Nebraska. Two years later he was elected as a member of the Territorial Legislature of Nebraska and took his seat therein on January 3, 1857.
One winter's legislature experience was sufficient for him, and he moved on with six other men to the Pike's Peak region after gold was discovered there. He and his party arrived at what is now Denver on October 20, 1858. Denver, as a city, was founded by the Denver Town Company November 17, 1858, and five days later Mr. Stout was elected president and a director of the company. His canvas roofed log cabin was built on the site later occupied by the city hall. He is remembered in Denver now as the man for whom Stout Street was named.
**Source: White River Valley Historical Quarterly, The Stout Family - Dr Roy Stout. Volume 1, Number 5 Fall 1962

From "History of Adams County, Ohio from its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time" by Nelson W. Evans and Emmons B. Stivers, West Union, Ohio. Published by E. B. Stivers 1900.

Elisha Pinkney Stout, Vice-President and Acting President of the Cincinnati Savings Society, located at Nos. 43 and 45 East Fifth Street, in the city of Cincinnati, was born in Greene Township, Adams County. April 5, 1834. His mother was a daughter of Jonathan Wait, and was born on Blue Creek in the same county, in 1811. His father. William Stout, was born on Stout's Run, in Greene Township, in 1806. He was the founder of the village of Rome and sold goods there until his death in 1859. He was the first Postmaster at Stout, the name of the post office of the village of Rome.
Our subject received such education as the common schools afforded and in 1854 went West. He went to Fort Riley, Kansas, but left there when the Border Ruffian troubles began. He went to Council Bluffs, Iowa, in October, 1854. and took part in locating and establishing the city of Omaha. In 1856, he was elected a member of the Territorial Legislature of Nebraska, and took his seat therein January 3, 1857.
One Winter's legislative experience was sufficient and in the Fall of 1858 he moved on... with six others to Pike's Peak, on the discovery of gold there, and with them laid out and started the city of Denver. In 1861, he returned to Ohio. From the organization of the 91st O. V. I., he was Sutler of that regiment during its service.
In 1865, he entered into the manufacture of fine cut tobacco in Cincinnati, as one of the firm of Barber & Stout, and carried on an extensive business until 1882, when he retired from active business. In 1887, he became interested in the manufacture of linseed oil. but gave but little personal attention to the business. He still owns the plant located at Winton Junction. He was also interested in the manufacture of wooden ware in Paulding County, Ohio, with offices in Cincinnati. The business was conducted under the name of J. P. Gay & Co.
Mr. Stout established a reputation in Cincinnati, and wherever his business relations extended, for integrity and ability. For this reason he was invited to become a Trustee of the Cincinnati Savings Society in 1892. For two years, though nominally its Vice-President, on account of the sickness and absence of the President, he has been its head and chief executive officer. No one could have been found to have managed it with greater ability and success. Mr. Stout has a high sense of honor and is strictly correct in all his dealings. He has great administrative and executive ability and has been successful in all his undertakings. He would succeed in any financial enterprise, because he would not undertake anywhere he could not command the conditions of success. He is a man of forceful character, and would lead in any vocation he might adopt. He has sound judgment, is discreet and prudent, and is unswerving in any course his judgment approves. He investigates any subject he considers, thoroughly, and when his mind is once made up to a course, he is fearless in its execution.
He has no guide in politics or business, but his high sense of duty. When he has once determined on a course in any matter, no one can turn him from it, and this is true of him in every relation of life, in banking, in commercial business, or in politics. He was one of the Trustees who built the waterworks of Wyoming, and is a Director of the Electric Lighting Company, which lights Wyoming and several of the surrounding villages. Whenever anything was required to be done for the public, and he was called upon to do it, his services have been eminently successful and satisfactory to his constituents. He is respected and honored by all who know him.

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