Settled in 1910; located in Nucla/Montrose County.
James Fort received the patent to 160 Montrose County acres on June 2, 1910. Another 40 acres was added later. Crops have included alfalfa, wheat, oats, and garden vegetables. Irrigation water from Tabeguache Creek runs through the property. Deer, elk, turkeys, mountain lions, coyotes, prairie dogs, and rabbits are commonly seen. Charles and Nita Marie Templeton bought the farm from her father, James Fort, in September 1910, and the ranch has been in the Templeton name ever since. Currently the farm is hay and pastureland and held by Violet Marie Templeton and her children Mark Edward Templeton and Susan Marie Rutherford. Mark does most of the work on the ranch with some help from the rest of the family. He lives on the ranch part-time. The Rocking-Reverse E- Connected K brand has been associated with the Ranch.
Royal Richardson came to America from Durham County, England, in the late 1800s with his mother, father, two brothers, and a sister. The family sent their money ahead to Missouri, where it was swindled away from them so they lived in a chicken coop for a few years in Nodaway County, Missouri. Money was short so Royal boarded a train to work in the sugar beet fields on the front range of Colorado and noticed Yuma’s agricultural attributes on his journey. He came back and purchased a quarter of land in 1911 that was six miles northeast of Yuma. Royal’s two brothers also settled in the Yuma area. Royal met Amanda Stangel at a jack rabbit hunt and later she became his wife. From this union, Margie, Kathryn, and Russell were born. Times were tough. Stories were told of burning buffalo and cow manure to stay warm in the winters. The land provided feed for chickens and milk cows, as that was their main crop for 30 years. Irrigation was added in the late 1950s and five more quarters were purchased. Through the 1950s to the 1980s, Russell developed irrigation on the farm. Today, grandson Ruben and wife Connie and their four children farm and live on the original acres.
Settled in 1912; located in Lindon/Washington County.
Guy L. Porter came to Washington County from Nebraska and claimed a one-half section of land under the Homestead Act. He proved up and received a patent on the property in 1912. Two years later he married Ida Richards of New York and the couple had five daughters and one son. In the early years the Porters milked cows and raised pigs. During the Depression, the younger children herded hundreds of turkeys that fed on grasshoppers. The family processed the birds and took them to Denver along with cans of cream to sell. Later Hereford cattle were introduced. When Guy died, the farm was divided among the six children and Ida. Tom worked the land and eventually purchased the property from his sisters. Today the farm is at 4160 acres. It is held by Bonita Porter and her four daughters. Much of the farmland is planted with grass for grazing and about 900 acres are leased for wheat, mullet, and cattle.
Fred Magnuson purchased 98 acres in Weld County in 1910 from John and Christina Smillie who had homesteaded under the Timber Culture Act. Fred and his wife Josephine were already farming and residing on another nearby farm. They paid $15,000 for their new place, though they never actually lived on it. By 1917 their second son Carl married Esther Eskilson, and the young couple moved onto the farm where they built a house by 1919. The house, barn, garage, tank house, and chicken coop were all constructed of brick made in the kiln owned by Carl’s father. Brick from Denver was used on the final layer.
Carl purchased the farm from his father in 1934, and shortly after, he purchased the 135 acre farm across the road. At this time the principal crops raised were small grains, potatoes, and sugar beets. Carl served as a county commissioner, State Senator, and Representative starting in the 1950s. Upon his death in 1983, the farm passed to son Gordon, who had been working on the farm since graduating from then Colorado A&M in 1942. He and his wife Margaret lived on the Magnuson Farm their entire married life.
In 1974, Gordon’s son Ted joined the family farming business, and he continued to look over operations, until his death in 2008 after which his wife Susie and sons Tim and Jim took over. Over the years, corn and alfalfa were raised, and a cattle operation took on additional effort. Today Susie, Tim, and Jim operate the farm that includes 233 acres of corn and alfalfa. The wonderful brick buildings, which include the house, well and tank house, barn and garage are still in place and look as good as when they were first built in 1919.
The original 320 acres of Moffat County land were homesteaded in 1911 by Olive and George Boughton. In 1917 the ranch grew by 320 acres when the homestead of Tom Allen, who Olive married after George had died, was added. Additional acres were added over time, including in 1969 when John Allen was able to buy back 1300 acres which had been lost by the family to the Federal Land Bank during the 1930s. Life in early years involved milking cows, raising chickens, and putting up hay. Olive was known to have skinned coyotes when times were tough in order to make the land payments. In the 1920s two homesteading cabins built in Great Divide, Colorado, were purchased and moved to the land. By the 1930s the land had passed to son Arthur and his wife Leona Allen.
Today the ranch has grown to 2900 acres and is owned by John (grandson of George) and Mary Lou Allen, who raised sons Wayne, with wife Jodie, and Lynn, with wife Ali, to appreciate their heritage. Neighbors raise wheat and hay on some of the land. Several of the historic buildings are in use, including the homes, two 1930s barns and granaries, various metal buildings, root cellar, pump house, chicken house, and the ever important outhouse. The A-Over- B- Lazy J and the Lazy A- Inverted A-Connected have been associated with the ranch.
Settled in 1899; located in Kit Carson/Cheyenne County.
At over one hundred years old, Hogan Ranch, located on County Road J in Kit Carson County, was settled in 1899 by James Hogan and his wife Rosa. The Homestead Certificate was received on December 1, 1905. Upon James’ death in 1945, George, the third of his six children, and George’s wife Beulah took over operation before purchasing the ranch in 1964 from the estate of Rosa. They continued to operate the ranch until 1993.
George and Beulah’s youngest son, James T. Hogan (Tim) and his wife Janice purchased the ranch in 1993, and they continue to operate it to this day. The Hogans have continued to run cattle and do some farming on a few thousand acres. Several historic buildings are still in place and in use including the early 1900s farmhouse and barn and 1940s chicken coop and garage. The Reverse- SO and the Reverse- L- Lazy- L brands are associated with the farm. The homestead has been home and sanctuary for three generations with plans for the fourth to continue the heritage.
Settled in 1908; located in Stratton/ Kit Carson County.
Theodore and Francis Greenwood settled on 160 Kit Carson County acres in 1908 and received their patent a few years later. The tax in 1909 was $11.40 and was made in two payments. Much of the land was left in native grass, but the rest was put to use growing ha and livestock feed, as well as raising horses, sheep, and cattle. The land passed down to son Russell and then to his son Wayne. Today the spread encompasses 3640 acres where the land is used as pasture and grass land. Several historic structures are still in use, including cattle sheds, garage, machine buildings, and a 1921 granary. The reverse R open box brand is the brand associated with the operation.
Settled in 1912; located in Holyoke/ Phillips County.
In 1886 George and Ann Poe and their four children homesteaded on the Frenchman Creek 6 miles east of Holyoke, Phillips County. 1894 was very dry, and the crops wouldn’t grow so they turned the cattle loose, pulled up stakes, and drifted with the cattle into the sand hills 4 miles southeast of the original place. There they built a sod house and a barn and purchased a quarter section of land for $10. After the passing of George, the land went to sons Herman and Winnie.
Herman married Alta Smith in 1900 and by 1904 had built a frame house and out buildings from used lumber about 3/8 of a mile to the east. By 1906 they decided to move it to replace the original sod house on the original place. It took about two weeks to move the house this distance by horse power winch. During this time they continued to live in the house while it was being moved, enjoying a different view every night. Children were born in both the frame house and in the sod house.
The homestead claim was filed in 1912 on the building site and another 120 acres to the east. In 1928 the farm was rented out to sons Glen and Guy, and Glen and wife Della took over operations in 1930. The Poe family survived on the farm during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. All the farming was done by teams of horses or mules until the Case tractor was purchased in 1941. In 1945 electricity was finally brought to the farm, with running water and indoor plumbing to follow a year later. Son Donald and wife Esther took over the farm in 1957 and in 1960 moved a horse barn to the property from the Amitie School.
Irrigation was introduced in 1975 and today the Poe farm consists of the original homestead plus about 1,200 acres of pastureland. The farm produces irrigated corn and alfalfa and hosts a Hereford cow-calf operation. Donald and Esther still live in the frame house and children Michael and Patricia are the 5th generation to farm the land. Several historic structures are still in use and the stacked K bar diamond and k diamond on a bar brands are associated with the property.
Settled in 1911; located in Sedgwick/ Sedgwick County.
In February 1911 Albert Anderson was one of the last open range cowboys when he bought 640 acres of Sedgwick County land that the previous owner had purchased from the Union Pacific Railroad. Here he and wife Ruth began to farm and ranch before selling the land to Albert’s brother Benjamin in 1919, only to buy it back in 1926. A well was dug in 1905 that, at 200 foot deep, provided good water and is still in use today. Son Gayle eventually took over the operations and with his wife Wilma raised corn, livestock, wheat - and son Richard. One building on the land is older than Gayle himself, who is 86 years young. Today father Gayle and son Richard continue to work the land on County Road 15.
Settled in 1895; located in Stratton/Kit Carson County.
In 1887 Albert N. Corliss (known to friends and family as A.N.) left Vermont at the age of 23 to start a new life in Colorado. By 1892 he had married Lillian May Yale and three years later took up a homestead on the Republican River in Kit Carson County. The area was known as Tuttle and had artesian wells, the South Fork of the Republican River, and several natural lakes on the property. A.N. proved up on his homestead in December 1902. A two-story, 10-room cement and rock house were built in 1908 next to the existing sod house. Here A.N. and Lillian began to raise their nine children before moving the family to Nebraska in 1918. Oldest son, Joe, stayed behind and, with the help of his sister and brother-in-law formed a partnership, and leased the land. In 1934 Sherman Corliss and wife Grace leased the land and began ranching with their family.
On May 30th, 1935, heavy rains caused flooding in the area with water stretching a mile wide through the valley. The Corliss home was right in the way as waves splashed several feet onto the house. The flood changed the course of the river and destroyed the lakes and artesian wells. In 1944 Sherman and Grace bought the land from A.N. and raised five sons and five daughters. Son David married Betty Gramm in 1966 and moved back to the ranch when he was discharged from the Army while his parents built a new smaller house a half mile south. David purchased the ranch in 1995. Part of the original homestead was sold to Mervin Corliss, and his widow Esther still lives on the original homestead.
Today the Corliss family continues to work and live on the land that encompasses 360 acres, where grass is the major crop. Several historic buildings and structures are still in use, including the ranch house. The beautiful yellow and green stained glass window installed in 1908 is still in place, never broken and withstanding four generations of the Corliss family. Brands associated with the ranch are the Reverse- EJ-, Bar- H6 and the Lazy- J- Quarter Circle- Open A.