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Thomas Carolan
Thomas Carolan
It is much to say in a man’s praise that he is a self-made man; and when it can be added that he is also generally respected, prominent and progressive, and meets all the requirements of an elevated citizenship with fidelity and usefulness, not much more could be attributed to him that is worthy of human regard. All this can be truthfully said of Thomas Carolan, one of the prosperous and enterprising ranch and cattle men of Eagle county, who was born near Quincy in Adams county, Illinois, on February 23, 1860, and is the son of Andrew and Bridget (Riley) Carolan, natives of Ireland, who emigrated to this country in early life and located in Illinois in 1832. The father is a successful farmer, a Catholic in religion and a pronounced Democrat in politics. His wife also belongs to the Catholic church. They still live in Illinois and four of their eight children are living, Mary, Catherine, John and Thomas. The last named was reared to the age of twenty on his father’s farm and educated in the common schools. In 1880, assuming the burden of life for himself, he came to Colorado and located at Florence in Fremont county. There he was in the employ of the Adams Express Company two years, then late in 1881 he moved to St. Elmo, Chaffee county, and turned his energies to prospecting in quartz, following this industry eighteen months. He next moved to the Bear river country, with headquarters near Craig, going there in the fall of 1884, and started there a cattle business which he carried on until 1896. In that year he sold his cattle and the ranch which he had improved and returned to Illinois , intending to locate again in that state. But because of the recollection of the opportunities for advancement open to thrift and enterprise in Colorado , he determined to return to this state and make it his permanent home. In 1900 he purchased his present ranch in Brush creek valley, Eagle county, comprising one hundred and sixty acres, of which one hundred can be cultivated. The ranch is well watered and yields abundant supplies of hay, grain and vegetables, but hay and cattle are his chief products. Being only eight miles east of Eagle, he has a ready market of easy access, and is able to conduct his business with every facility for quick sales and the best prices. Politically he supports with ardor the Democratic party. On August 11, 1896, he united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Rogers, who, like himself, was born in Adams county, Illinois . They have a pleasant home in which both are greatly interested, and stand well in the regard and good will of all who know them.

(Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado , Publ 1905. Transcribed by Kim Mohler)

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