Vear Porter Wilson, Atwood and Sterling

In 1860 Dover, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, V. P. Wilson is 31, Maria 27, John 9, Thomas B. 7, and James R. 2.
Vear Porter Wilson, (1828-1899), newspaper editor, publisher and politician. Born on April 1,1828 to John Wilson and Elizabeth Porter Wilson in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He later moved with his parents, in 1839, to the state of Ohio. Wilson eventually established a career as a newspaper editor and publisher, in 1858, with "The Iron Valley Times" in Dover, Ohio. In 1870, Wilson organized and lead a group of settlers know as "The Buckeye Colony" from Tuscarawas County, Ohio to Dickinson County, Kansas. With wife Maria and family, he settled in the town's county seat of Abilene, Kansas. In February of 1870, Wilson established the first paper in the county called "The Abilene Chronicle". He later owned and operated "The Abilene Gazette, Republican", "The North Topeka Times" and "The Kansas Gazette". As he wrote about the concerns and issues of the day, he became actively involved in the community of Abilene. He served as a judge, post master, and as a minister of the Universalist Church. Wilson, also, received an appointment to serve as a regent to the state university, (1881-1884). He successfully ran, in 1872, for a seat in the Kansas Senate and was elected as a Republican to represent the Twenty-Seventh District, (1873-1874). Wilson didn't seek re-election, in 1874, but returned to private life to seek new opportunities.

In January of 1875, Wilson and a group of business men organized a town company in Enterprise, Kansas. Within a few years of its existence the town became a progressive community. His success as a civic leader expanded beyond the Kansas prairie.

In 1880 Abilene, Kansas, V. P. is a newspaper editor, 52, born in Pennsylvania, with Maria 48 Ohio. Ida K. is 19, Homer W. 17, Maggie 15, Victor S. 13, and Emma M. 11 born in Ohio. Orpha 7 and Edwin 5 were born in Kansas.

( 1885 "Mr. V. P. Wilson, agent of the Kansas colony at Atwood, located a few miles west of Sterling, was in Greeley this week. It is a temperance colony, all the deeds containing the forfeiture clause. Mr. Wilson reports the settlement prospering; not much work was done this season, but next year they will be ready to start in earnest.")

In 1885, he led a group of pioneers to Atwood, Colorado. In this small northeastern community he and his sons established a weekly paper called "The Atwood Advocate". Unfortunately, due to the lack of economic success in the town, Wilson's sons Victor and John moved the paper to the nearby town of Sterling, Colorado.

February 1885 Fort Collins

(March 28, 1885 "A colony of twenty-five famlles arrived in Denver on the 28d, from Abilene, Kansas, in charge of V. P. Wilson and A. M. Harbottle of Abilene. They are going to Atwood, in Weld county, which is a new town on the Julesburg branch of the Union Pacific, 186 miles from Denver. The colony has purchased $20,000 worth of land and water rights from the Colorado Loan & Trust Company, of which Mr. T. C. Henry Is president.")

1886 Fort Morgan, Colorado "The Atwood Advocate mourns the loss of Mr . A . McMillan , agent at Merino , under the impression that he is to be transferred to Deuel . Restrain your emotion * , Brother Wilson , Mr . Lawton stiii holds the fort at Deuel , and we are none the less anxious to keep him there than you are to have Mac at Merino . "

March 1888 "Mr. V. P. Wilson, of the Longmont Press, will remove to Denver and print a paper devoted to the interest of North Denver and Highlands."

February 8, 1890 Sterling, Colorado "Master Vere Wilson is visiting his grandmother, Mrs. V. P. Wilson, in Denver this week. His big Uncle Spud, of course, showed him all the sights to bo seen and explained the way the cable cars were carried through the air at a 2:40 gait."

March 1890 Sterling "V. P. Wilson, editor of the Denver Press, and father of the Advocate boys, was a visitor in the city Tuesday."

April 1890 "The Denver Press is nineteen years old. It was first started in Longmont and edited for many years by Elmer Beckwith. It was subsequently moved to North Denver, where it has achieved wonderful success, under the management of Mr. V. P. Wilson."

Wilson eventually moved to Denver, Colorado where he owned and operated "The Colorado Springs Gazette and "The Denver Press".

On February 14, 1899, Wilson unexpectedly passed away at the age of seventy-one at his son Thomas' home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was buried at the Abilene Cemetery in Abilene, Kansas.

1895 "The Courier and the Express, the two admirably edited newspapers of Fort Collins, are to have a competitor in the Gazette, a weekly just launched there by V. P. Wilson and son, formerly of the Longmont Press, which was afterward moved to Denver and operated as the North Denver Press. The Gazette will be Republican in politics."

July 1, 1897 Fort Collins, Colorado "On Sunday, June 27, 1897, at the residence of the bride's parents by the Rev. V. P. Wilson, father of the bride, Mr. Daniel McBnde and Miss Orpha B. Wilson, all of this city."

February 21, 1899 "V. P. Wilson, a well known newspaper man of Colorado Springs is dead. He was editor of the Colorado Press. He leaves two sons, one of whom edits the Mauitou Sun and the other the Colorado City Chronicle."

He's buried in Abilene, Kansas # 58331869, with Maria # 58331979.
"Born on January 21, 1832, to Thomas Benton Dotts and Delilah Kendall Dotts, in Stark County, Ohio. Maria later moved with her parents, in 1832, to Tuscarawas County, Ohio where she meet and later married, on March 21, 1850, Vear Porter Wilson. In 1870, she accompanied her husband and a group of settlers know as "The Buckeye Colony" from Tuscarawas County, Ohio to Dickinson County, Kansas. Maria and her family eventually settled in the town's county seat of Abilene, Kansas. As a wife and mother she shared in the success, the failures, the joys and the sorrows that were bestowed upon the family. On December 8, 1908, Maria Dotts Wilson passed away at the age of seventy-six at her daughter Margaret Humbargar's home in Aberdeen, Washington. She was later buried at the Abilene Cemetery in Abilene, Kansas.

December 16, 1908 Fort Collins

One son might be the Vear Porter Wilson 1866-1942 buried in Fredonia, Kansas # 70665040.

December 1889 Sterling "J.R. Wilson, junior editor of the Denver Press and brother of the Advocate boys, ws in the city last Saturday and Sunday. He thoughtht there was nobody starving in this bottom country, so pulled for home to make his report."


James R. Wilson is a newspaper editor in Teller County, Colorado in 1900, born April 1858 in Ohio, married nineteen years to Cora B., 40, Ralph 17 and Sidney 13.

They're in San Diego, California in 1910, with Ralph 26.

Victor P. Wilson and his brother (should be son) John W. Wilson were Atwood's first settlers, platting the land in 1885 and founding the town with the intent of making it the county seat. This newspaper was then founded as the area's first newspaper with the purpose of securing the county seat at Atwood when the new county was formed. The town and surrounding area had been rapidly developing in the 1870's and 1880's. However, the Colorado legislature formed Logan County on Feb. 25, 1887, and chose Sterling as the county seat over Atwood and other hopefuls, dimming Atwood's future. The publishers, John W. and Victor P. Wilson, sold the weekly and it was moved to Sterling in March of 1887, using the name Logan County Advocate. Some time in late 1887 or early 1888 it became the Sterling Advocate and continues today as the Sterling Journal-Advocate."

1885 "Volume i, of the Atwood Advocate, the new paper just started at the thriving town of Atwood, on the Denver short line, has made its appearance on our exchange table. It is a neatly printed, ably and well edited seven-column folio and plainly exhibits the finger-marks of ita experienced journalist in its general makeup. It is published by Mr. John W. Wilson, who in a modest bow to the public, says that the Advocate will be truly an advocate of the best interests of the people among whom it is published. If he sticks to that platform he is bound to succeed. We cordially welcome the Advocate and wish it success."

In 1889 John W. Wilson is publisher of the Logan County Advocate, Sterling, Colorado.
In 1890 John W. and T. B. Wilson are editors.


In 1900 Victor is in El Paso County, with Lizzie born April 1870 in Kansas, married six years.

In 1930 Sterling, Victor is a stock and bond salesman, 62, born in Ohio, with Elizabeth 59 born in Kansas. They're living with Nancy J. Wynkoop, widowed, 83 born in Ohio.aa

Victor 1866-1932 is buried in Sterling # 24242403, with Elizabeth (Wynkoop) Wilson 1870-1950 # 53422900.


Sept 28, 1889
Thomas is buried in Colorado Springs 1852-1925 # 22543242, with Grace Tilton Wilson 1861-1936.

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