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VALENTINE, Capt. William, arrived Apr 14, 1859, with his wagon train of six wagons from La Salle, Illinois, 23 days from St. Joseph, Missouri. The name of W. H. Valentine also occurs with party. (Same?) (Cherry Creek Pioneer, Vol. 1, No. 1, April 23, 1859)

VALITON, Peter, grantee, Dec 30, 1859, Denver lots. (Lot 6, block 21).

VAN BEBER, Isaac, partner of Daniel McCarty. (Business on Larimer Street.) (Directory of 1859)

VANCE, D. C., miner in Russell’s Gulch, and in Nov 10, 1859, is on committee of miners to protest against reduction of the price of gold dust, which was contemplated by the Denver and Auraria dealers. This matter was noticed in RMN in November issues of that year. Vance was also in December a member of the Cibola Hydraulic Company. (Golden City)

VAN DEREN, Hon. Archibald J., arrived Denver Jun 9, 1859, with a brother and three other companions, from Springfield, Illinois. Pioneer of Boulder County, miner, farmer, politician, member of Masonic Fraternity, and later, in 1865 Grand Master of the order in Colorado. Born Bourdon County, Kentucky Jan 15, 1831, and removed with father 1836 to Sangamon County, Illinois, his father dying within few weeks, leaving a family of six children, the eldest only 16 years of age. Archibald went to Springfield clerking soon as possible, then merchandizing, but sold out and came to Colorado as stated above. He went first to Gilpin County, prospected at Nevada Gulch, and was one of the commissioners appointed to organize that County (1861). He was a Republican, and when war broke out a strong Union man, elected 1863 to Legislative Council. Lived Central City until 1876, and had at one time large mining interests there. He, with another miner, discovered the John Jay mine, Boulder County, 1865. Mrs. Van Deren was Miss Mary W. Lloyd of DeKalb County, Illinois. They were married 1866.

VAN DE VENTER, John F., mentioned in RMN of 1859, as agent for the Eagle Works of Chicago, Illinois, and going to the mountains where he owns large quartz mill, taking a fifteen horse power machine. In another issue it is stated that he is part owner of the quartz mill at Mountain City, and is originally from Sturgis, Michigan. Messrs. Vandeventer and Clark are also mentioned as owners of quartz mill. Later along in the times the name of Jabez H. Vandeventer is mentioned, one of the founders of the order of Oddfellows in Colorado (1864). During the visit of Schuyler Colfax in 1865 he instituted the order of Rebecah.

The compiler remembers a little girl named Elsie Vandeventer who attended the old Eleventh Street School when Prof. Donaldson was in charge, or about 1871. She lived across Lawrence Street in a large and rather imposing log house, which had a second story, or half story, and seemed old at that time.

VAN DUZEN, James, Oct 10, 1859 is grantee of Auraria lots. There was a J. Van Duzen, President of the Shiann Pass Town Company (and President of the constitution to form Provisional Government. Was a member or a delegate from Blue River Precinct. J. S. Van Duzer (?) appears in Denver Directory of 1866, as merchant, on Arapahoe and G. Streets.

VANDYKE, J. B., arrived May 22, 1859 from Illinois in Wagon 7 of E. Doty’s Lightning Express Train of 10 wagons. (RMN)

VAN ENDERT, Ed., member of delegation from Golden Gate to convention to form Provisional Government 1859.

VAN HORN, Charles C., arrived May 10, 1859, residence Parker Station, Colorado 1907-1920. Member Colorado Pioneers’ Society.

VANOVER, Edgar, was a man of fine appearance, strong, 35 years old, lived in Golden, had visited Nicaragua in 1856-7 with the Walker Expedition. Later was in California, thence coming to Pike’s Peak region, where he was a partner of Ed Chinn and Mark Taylor, who came with him. The account of his experience in Golden is too long for this work: the reader is referred to RMN, Sep 1859, p. 2 of the 10th, and p. 2 of the 17th. Also Colorado Transcript files 1924, and other files of Sep 1859. He is said to have been brave to the end, and died swearing at the mob. He is buried on old Cemetery, or Graveyard Hill, east of the northern slope.

VAN TREES, Thomas P., delegate to the first Constitutional Convention from Cold Springs, 1859. G. P. Van Trees was Clerk of the Convention. May be an error in copying the initial. (?)

VAN VLIERDEN, A. H., member Colorado Pioneers’ Society, resided Denver in 1920. Arrived Colorado Sep 15, 1859, was born in New York Sep 19, 1828.

VAN VLIET, William A., witness to deed Nov 9, 1859, Denver.

VAN WORMER, I. P., arrived Jan 17, 1859, another account says Jun 12. (?) Member Colorado Pioneers’ Society, born New York Apr 15, 1833. In 1881 was living in Douglas County, Colorado.

VASQUEZ, Anthony Pike, living in Auraria, Ferry Street, 1859. (Called Pike Vasquez.) Member firm of P. Vasquez & Company, merchants handling gold dust. His partner was at this time J. P. Doyle. (Directory) He invested in lots, for there is a record dated Aug 16, and another time he was granted a half interest in a house and lots on the northwest corner of Blake and E. Streets. (Now 14th Street.) His certificate and description of his Auraria lots, (Liber D, p. 179, old) was recorded in Jan 30, 1860. This old trader and famous plainsman was alive in 1867, for on Aug 27 of that year he called upon the RMN in Denver. (See files of that year.)

VASQUEZ FORT, was located four miles below site of Denver, at the mouth of Vasquez Fork of the Platte River (now called Clear Creek), built by Louis Vasquez in 1832, of round cottonwood logs.

VASQUEZ, Hiram Washington, arrived site of Denver 1858. His father of French and Spanish blood. Born Independence, Missouri Aug 23, 1839, taken young to Fort Bridger, where the elder Vasquez was associated with the famous Jim Bridger. He was stolen by Indians 1843, and did not escape until 1849, in Salt Lake City, where some Mormons found him, and returned him to Fort Bridger and his parents. The family returned to Missouri, and came again to Colorado in 1861. He once made a famous ride to Fort Lyon, at risk of his life, to warn the soldiers of the approach of the Indians. He ranched on the Apishapa, and his first wife was a half Mexican woman. He married second, Louise Hough, and third, Martha Gribble. He left two children, Mary Vasquez and Maud Vasquez. Resident LaVeta 1923. See article by Eugene Parsons in The Trail, Dec 1923. (A very fine record.)

VASQUEZ HOUSE, Auraria, situated on Ferry Street, south of Jones & Cartwright’s new store. Opened as hotel Sep 4, 1859. It was a very distinguished hotel in that and the following year.

VASQUEZ, Louis, famous old trapper and hunter of 1858 and earlier, and builder of Fort Vasquez, had a camp in 1833 located at junction of Clear Creek and Platte River. He had been an attaché of Col. Fremont.

VASQUEZ RIVER, mining district, including all those camps located on what is now called Clear Creek.

VASQUEZ & BOONE, merchants in new building on Ferry Street, Auraria, 1859.

VENNAGE, A., from Iowa, Boulder 1858. (See Vinnage.)

VESEY, Mr. C., in Records of Golden Town Company, he had Lots Drawn as Donated 1859

VICTOR, Robert M., grantee of Denver lots 1859.

VICTOR, Wallace, is grantee of lots, Oct 10, 1859, Denver.

VICTOR & COMPANY, mentioned in Press as mining, summer of 1859 in Illinios Gulch and Missouri Flats.

VIELE, F. (or A. Viele ?), stockholder of Auraria Town Company 1858. Had Donation Lots from same Nov 1 of that year.

VIELIE, J., arrived goldfields Apr 14, 1859, by Capt. William Valentine’s train of six wagons, from La Salle, Illinois, 23 days from St. Joseph, Missouri. (List in Cherry Creek Pioneer, Vol. 1, No. 1, Apr 23, 1859. Only Issue.)

VILLARD, Henry, of the Cincinnati Commercial, arrived by coach of the Leavenworth & Pike’s Peak Express, with the party of Horace Greeley, which included Albert D. Richardson of the Boston Journal. In Hall’s Colorado History, Vol. 2, p. 213, it says: “The two coaches left this place to Riley, thence along the Divide between the Republican and Solomon Forks of the Kansas River, crossing the heads of its tributaries for some distance, and then bearing northward to the Republican River, the south side of which it followed to a point near its source, thence to the heads of the Beaver, Bijou, and Kiowa Creeks, through the pineries to Cherry Creek.” Wood and water plentiful all the way, it was said. He had several presentations of lots by the Denver Town Company, the Golden City Association, and Auraria Town Company, this and Denver each donating to him four lots. The RMN announces that he does some mining in Gregory District, and later announces that he “leaves for the States.” He was correspondent of several eastern papers. In issue of Jan 17, 1866, p. 2, this paper says that he was correspondent of the New York Herald, the Commercial, and of the Chicago Tribune, and during the Civil War reported the great battles between the forces. Gen. Grant spoke of him as one of the best, if not the best war correspondent of the entire corps. On Jan 3, 1866, he married Miss Fanny Garrison, of Roxbury, Massachusetts, a daughter of William Lloyd Garrison, the well known devotee to liberty. She was beautiful, very highly accomplished, and a favorite in society. In 1866 they were living in Washington, D.C. From another authority is information that they had daughter Helene, and son Harold, and that Mr. Villard’s sister was wife of Gen. Alexander of Munich. He died at Dobb’s Ferry 1900, leaving an estate running into the millions, it is said. Notice of his visit to Denver in 1859 is in RMN, p. 6, Dec 5, 1899. (See for the Greeley trip Albert Richardson’s work “Beyond the Mississippi.”)

VINCENT, ---, tried by the Lawrence Company 1858 for shooting and laming John Atwell, and was required to give up his horse to Atwell and leave the country.

VINNAGE, A., (See Vennage), miner, settler in 1859 at the Jefferson Diggings. The RMN announces that he arrives from Taylor County, Iowa, and has been living at the Jefferson Trading Post, and mining near Long’s Peak, and later upon St. Vrain’s Creek. (Spring, 1859)

VIRAN (VIRANO) (VIRANA) (?), Samuel, of Denver City, releases to Sylvester Hall of Pettis County, Missouri Jun 9, 1859. (Arapahoe County Land Records, Liber A, p. 118, old)

VIRGINIA CANON, the diggings here were good. The Canon was or is opposite Idaho Springs, which occupies the mouth.

VOORHEES, ---, occupying 5th wagon of the Lawrence Party, 1858, made ascent of Pike’s Peak with others, soon after the 4th of July. This party carried supplies to the stations. One authority gives his name as Gus Voorhees and his companions in the trip up the Peak as John D. Miller and Frank M. Cobb.

VOORHEES, Luke, on Nov 2, 1859 is grantee from B. F. Bembrich of fraction of lot 12, block 10, Auraria City. (Arapahoe County Land Records)

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