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 Ovando James “Vando” Hollister

Ovando James “Vando” Hollister

Birth
Colrain, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 12 Feb 1892 (aged 57)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Plot red brick mausoleum on riverbank, SW corner of cemetery. Block16, Lot 210
Memorial ID 8518 · View Source
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Author, historian, Civil War soldier, newspaper editor, publicist, civic leader, brother-in-law to Schuyler Colfax, Vice President under U.S. Grant.

Ovando "Vando" James Hollister, son of Loren Hollister and Sarah Center, migrated west to Colorado arriving in Black Hawk, June 7, 1860. He settled in Missouri City, a mining town southeast of Central City. Mr. Hollister enlisted in the First Colorado Cavalry in 1861 and was discharged in 1863 due to injuries received in the service. His command, sent south, was in several engagements in southern Colorado and New Mexico.

After the Civil war Ovando formed a partnership with General Frank Hall in Black Hawk, Gilpin County, Colorado and published the Daily Mining Journal from November 1863 through December 1865. Ovando was chief editor and proprietor of the newspaper. He sold the journal and subsequently worked for the Register, and by 1868, edited for the Rocky Mountain News.

Works of Ovando J. Hollister include: "The Mines of Colorado," "Colorado Volunteers in New Mexico, 1862," "Life of Schuyler Colfax" and "The History of the First Regiment of Colorado Volunteers."

Ovando moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in December of 1868. He was nominated and approved by the U. S. Senate on April 7, 1869 to be a Internal Revenue Assessor & Collector for the U. S. in Utah.

Ovando J. Hollister married Caroline "Carrie" Vroom Matthews December 1, 1869. They establised a home in Corinne, Box Elder County, Utah for several years then moved to Salt Lake City, where Ovando was part-owner of the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper. Vice-president Schuyler Colfax was a half-brother to Carrie. Her mother, Hannah Striker first married Schuyler Colfax Sr.b. ca 1792, in the year 1820 and had one son Schuyler Colfax Jr. b, 1823; then Hannah married a second time in 1834 to George Washington Matthews.

Ovando, was active in politics as a Republican, promoting the interests of the church, state and schools in Utah. He died February 12, 1892 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Elias G. Matthews, brother of Carrie, lived with Ovando and Carrie from at least 1880 up to the time of his death September 2, 1907 in Salt Lake City. Carrie Hollister died ten years later on December 2,1917. Carrie and Ovando had no children.


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  • Added: 23 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8518
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ovando James “Vando” Hollister (7 Oct 1834–12 Feb 1892), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8518, citing Riverside Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .