ALDEN, Horace, was born in Eaton, Canada, Feb. 2, 1846. He received a good business education, and at the age of nine years moved with his parents to St. Cloud, Minn., where he worked on a farm until 1861. The mines of Colorado then attracting his attention, he came to the Rocky Mountains, and here engaged in mining. After some experience in that pursuit he abandoned it, and became what is known as a "freighter", that is to say, he transported merchandise, etc., from one town to another. After some years in this occupation, in 1879 he located in Park county, near Garo, and bought a ranch of 560 acres which he fenced and otherwise improved by building. Like a number of other ranches in that county the most profitable crop was hay, of which he cuts and markets hundreds of tons annually. He has a good residence, two or three miles of fencing and three miles of irrigating ditches; also several artificial lakes which are stocked with fish. In 1872, Mr. Alden married Miss D.L. Turner, of Canada. In Dec., 1889, he was appointed by Governor Cooper to fill a vacancy in the board of county commissioners of Park county, serving one year as chairman. He also represented Park county in the 8th General Assembly of the state.

[Source: Hall, Frank. History of the State of Colorado, Vol. IV. Illustrated.
Chicago, IL: The Blakely Printing Company, 1895. p. 365.]

 

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