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Patrick J. and Margaret H. Sullivan

The Wray Gazette in 1904 reported ""Mr. P.J. Sullivan, the affable cashier of the Yuma County Bank, is a native of Ohio.  When a boy he moved with his parents to the vicinity of Friend, Nebraska, where he was educated and engaged in farming pursuits after he grew to manhood.  Subsequently he moved to Colorado and engaged in the cattle business, in which he has been very successful.  He and his brother own an extensive ranch twenty miles southeast of Akron, in Washington County, and another valuable ranch in Morgan County, immediately adjacent to the flourishing cit of Brush.  The gentleman's honorable past career is exceedingly creditable, inspiring the utmost confidence in his future."

Mr. Holland is a wealthy retired lumber dealer of Orleans, Neb., where he is engaged in the banking business. He is not only one of the most extensive property owners in that section of the state, but his long and honorable business career has won for him a most enviable reputation for integrity of purpose in every pursuit of life.

     Mr. Ashton, whose beautiful home is situated ten miles east of Wray, is one of the pioneers of Yuma county. As a result of his good judgment and untiring industry, he has achieved remarkable success and he owns vast tracts of excellent ranch land and great herds of cattle. It is conceded that the gentleman is the wealthiest individual in Yuma county, as well as one of the most honorable.

     Mr. Auld is the president of the City National Bank of Lincoln, Neb., where he resides. He is also a heavy stockholder in the First National Bank of Wymore, Neb., the State Bank of Red Cloud, Neb., and a couple of other banking institutions in that state. He owns large cattle and ranch interests, also, and has spent twenty years of a most successful and honorable career in the banking and cattle business.


One Genealogy.com page has:

 MARGARET2 HOLLAND (MARTIN1) was born July 27, 1871 in Pontiac, IL, and died July 09, 1959 in Denver, CO. She married PATRICK JOHN SULLIVAN August 09, 1899.

FindAGrave tombstone at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Denver
Children of M



The Rattler in July 1910 said that Mrs. Sullivan's mother Mrs. Holland of Friend had died.

July 10, 1903

James W. Auld, banker, was born in Marion County, Iowa, April 27, 1876, son of Benjamin G. and Mary M. (Schmidt) Auld.  He was educated in the public schools of Iowa, and in 1893 came to Nebraska. Five years later he established his residence at Red Cloud, and became associated with the State Bank of Red Cloud, which was founded by his uncle, W. T. Auld, in 1892. On October 4, 1904, he was married to Jessica Cather, a native of Winchester, Virginia, born August 26, 1881. She was a daughter of early pioneers in Webster County. There are three children, Mary Virginia, William Thomas and Charles Cather. Residence: Red Cloud.


.   MARTIN BERNARD HOLLAND, b. March 24, 1865, Pontiac, IL; d. March 27, 1954, Denver, CO.

The Catholic camp movement was furthered in 1938 when Martin Holland donated to the diocese the Bendemeer Lodge and Resort. This summer camp for underprivileged children of all creeds was operated until 1947 by the Catholic Daughters of America of the Court of St. Rita, who also opened Camp Mont Rita in Nederland in 1932. These two pioneer girls camps were closed in 1947, and the Catholic Daughters replaced them with Our Lady of the Rockies Camp at the old Wagon Wheel Ranch five miles west of Evergreen.

March 1910
March 25, 1910 "The Tuesday Study Club. Lust Tuesday evening in honor of St. Patrick's day the ladies belonging to the Tuesday Study Club entertained a few of their friends at the home of Mrs. P. J. Sullivan. The house was nicely decorated with shamrock leaves and the real shamrocks in tiny pots were in evidence here and there. The electric light globes were shaded with green and and this with the white shades formed lilies. The ladies of the Club assembled at 7:45 and were then masked and ready for the invited guests. The gentlemen arrived some time later and as a surprise to their entertainers were also masked. They much resembled owls in their white masks which had projections of cloth tied up on each side of the head to represent horns who is who scrawled across their foreheads. Upon entering,cards were presented to them by the entertainment committee asking each of the guests to discover the identity of some lady present. Quiet reigned for a few minutes and then every one tried to identify some one else without their own identity being discovered. The music for the evening was rendered by Mesdames Funk and Hudgel assisted by. Mr. Dan Funk. The baby pictures of the men had been secured by the ladies and those were thrown much enlarged upon a wall by a postal card projector attached to a magic lantern. This produced a great deal of mirth and guesses were had as to the original of each. A three course dinner was served consisting of potatoes chips, lettuce sandwiches with mayonnaise dressing, pickles, coffee, ice cream served in flower cups, cake and tiny shamrock shaped wafers.
Every one present had a delightful time and the husbands and friends of of the ladies whe entertained are hoping that such another enjoyable time may occur again in the not far away future. Those present were Mesdames E. D. McGill, F. D. Johnson, D. C. Funk, C C. Crawford, P. J. Sullivan, C. W. Hudgel, J. M. Boggs, M. H. English, B. Roberts, O. L. Mitten, W. D. McGinnis, W. E. Wolfe, B. E. Sisson, Amos Carl, D. C. Mason, the Misses Alice Mills Maude Boggs, Ida Hedrich, Luella Click, Lillian Friend, Messers F. D Johnson,. D. C. Funk, C. C. Crawford, P. J. Sullivan, Claude Hudgel, T. M. Boggs, M. H. English. Buffer Robert, 0. L. Mitten, W. D. McGinnis, W. E. Wolfe, B. E. Sisson, Amos Carl, D. C. Mason, E. B. Borland, Louis Henke and Tom Calkins."

December 1911 "The deal was consumated last Monday whereby H. R. Crenshaw & Son disposed of their ranch near Yuma to the Sullivan brothers. The ranch consists of one half section of deeded land nnd seven thousand acres of leased state land. There were four hundred head of cattle, forty-six head of horses, a few head of hogs and some chickens besides all the implements on the place which were included in the deal. Sixteen thousand dollars was the price all of the above property sold for."
In 1914 Holland and Sullivan sold out to a group of Laird people - JR.F. Roberts, John Brown, and Thos. H. Ashton.  Buffer Roberts continued as cashier.

The Akron Pioneer Press  wrote in 1911 that Sullivan and Holland, who had owned a majority of the stock of the First National Bank (probably Akron) had sold their stock to local interests.  Mr. Pelton was the new president.

In November 1911 M.B. Holland, P.J. Sullivan, T.J. Sullivan***, and Fred Huston purchased the Otis State Bank.  Fred Huston  **** was the cashier.

Patrick's son John wrote "My grandparents were all Irish who moved to Friend in the early 80's, I think.  The Sullivan boys had their own baseball team and a group that played at the country dances.  I know that Dad was making $10 a month and board when he was 12, or so he said.  Then Uncle Martin made the acquaintance of an old local money man named Tom Ault  (might be W.T. AULD) who decided to stake the two of them in the banking business.  Margaret was born in Akron, Dad's first post.  He was about 35 and had been on his own for about 20 years."

"In Wray our parish consisted of the Burns, Bill Diss and his aunt Miss Toomey, Mrs. Brophy, the Broderick girls and a German family from Vernon.  We had a traveling priest who came around every two weeks or so.  I was the altar boy.  My dad offered a dollar if I could get thru without a mistake.  I never made it and suffered recurring traumas. My mother played the organ and was the contralto.  Nellie Broderick (later Mrs. Evans *)  had a lovely alto and Winnie Burns was the Edith Bunker soprano.  The priest was a little twerp that had fled France to escape the draft - more reason for us to hate the atheists, he told us."  **


June 6, 1912

June 13, 1912 "Mrs. P. J. Sullivan and daughter, Margaret, returned from Denver Saturday. Miss Margaret has been in Denver the past several months."

  August 1922

Patrick, John's son, wrote.  "Without the catastrophe of the Depression my parents would not have met.  My mother would have most likely stayed in Gooding, Idaho and married there.  Without the Depression my maternal grandfather, Percy Hutton, would probably have lived a longer and happier life.  My Hutton grandparents lost the merchant middle class status in their small town in Idaho and went to California in search of work. 

"Ken (Powell, next door) owned the movie theater.  My brother Dan and I saw our first film there 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'.  The popcorn vendor's brightly lit little wagon stood in the street outside the theater.  In side the theater a giant man stood immobile on the screen.  He held a sign which read 'Welcome.'"



Grandson Daniel won Broadway's 2001 Tony Award as Best Director (Play) for "Proof." He has also been Tony-nominated four other times as Best Director (Play): in 1989 for "The Heidi Chronicles;" in 1992 for "Conversations with My Father;" in 1993 for "The Sisters Rosensweig;" and in 2002 for a revival of "Morning's at Seven."


in Wray, Colorado, USA
Sullivan was born in Wray, Colorado, the son of Mary Catherine (nee Hutton) and John Martin Sullivan.  He was raised in San Francisco, where he graduated from San Francisco State University. In 1963, he began his professional career as an actor at the city's Actor's Workshop, where he remained for two years.

A John M. Sullivan is in Wray in the 1920 census, born 1915 in Colorado.  His father Patrick J. Sullivan was born in Ohio, and mother Margaret H. in Illinois.  Patrick is a "general farmer" and they live on East Kiowa Street.  The 1922 atlas has P.J. Sullivan owning about 1000 acres south of Beecher Island in 3s 43w, and 150 acres about three miles south of Wray.

In 1910 Patrick was a cashier at a bank in Wray, and they lived on Kiowa Street (now Third Street).  The family included an 11-month-old son Paul.   Paul died in 1913 in Denver where he had been taken for treatment.

P.J. (Pat) Sullivan was one of the three founders of the Eckley State Bank in 1915.  M.B. Holland - was president, Sullivan.  vice-president, and Bert McKenzie cashier.

A November 1917 Wray Rattler article said that Martin.B. Holland was Mrs. Sullivan's brother, and was a resident of Orleans, Nebraska.

In May 1919 the Rattler said that Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Sullivan had returned from a trip to Excelsior Springs, Missouri.  Mr. Sullivan had improved so much that he was again able to resume his duties at the First National Bank.


John and Mary Sullivan - 1936-1937

 John M., Patrick J., Mary Sullivan Spillman, Paul (died at age 3), Margaret,  and Margaret about 1910.

If that's the courthouse  in the background, this must be 319 East Third - That area now has three 1950's - era motels.  East Third is Highway 34, so there would be significant traffic on it.  Patrick writes that the little boy is his father, John M. Sullivan.

Mary Jane Groves remembers "The Sullivan kids lived in a Colonial style home at 319 East Third and we we played back and forth with all the eastside gang which included the Drummond and Lockwood families and the Buchanan cousins when they were visiting their Larson grandmother."


Neither Patrick nor John are in the 1934 and 1937 county directories.    Patrick, the oldest of John and Mary' children,  said that they left Wray in 1947.  "I was named after my grandfather."


Sullivan worked as both an actor and director with the Lincoln Center Repertory Company in the late 1960s and 1970s.His directorial debut there was A.R. Gurney's Scenes from American Life for which Mr. Sullivan won a Drama Desk Award. After two years as Resident Director of the Seattle Repertory Theatre, he assumed the position of Artistic Director in 1981, serving until 1997. It was there that he directed the first production of his own play, Inspecting Carol.

Sullivan has forged successful working relationships with many prominent American playwrights. He directed Herb Gardner's Tony winning I'm Not Rappaport at Seattle Rep before staging it off-Broadway, on Broadway, in London's West End, and the United States national tour. He reteamed with Gardner to stage Conversations with My Father in Seattle, New York City, and Los Angeles. His first association with Wendy Wasserstein was the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning The Heidi Chronicles, which he directed off Broadway, on Broadway and its National Tour. The duo later collaborated on The Sisters Rosensweig on Broadway and the National Tour, An American Daughter, and Ms. Wasserstein's final play, Third. He directed both the off-Broadway and screen version of Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire, as well as the original productions of A Fair Country and Ten Unknowns in New York, and Baitz's translation of Hedda Gabler in Los Angeles. His collaborations with Donald Margulies include the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Dinner With Friends in NY and LA, the Broadway revival of Sight Unseen, and the Broadway productions of Brooklyn Boy and the 2010 Broadway production of Time Stands Still. Mr. Sullivan has directed all four of Charlayne Woodard's plays: Pretty Fire, Neat, In Real Life, and The Nightwatcher. Other Broadway credits include Retreat From Moscow, Morning's at Seven, Proof, Major Barbara, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Accent on Youth, The Homecoming, Rabbit Hole, Prelude to a Kiss, After The Night And The Music, Julius Caesar, and Ah, Wilderness. For Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte, Mr. Sullivan directed The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream and 2009's Twelfth Night. Other Off-Broadway credits include Stuff Happens, Intimate Apparel, Ancestral Voices, Spinning Into Butter, Far East, London Suite, Psychopathia Sexualis The American Clock, and Good People. At The Old Globe Theatre, Mr. Sullivan directed Julius Caesar, Cymbeline, Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor and Othello, and at South Coast Repertory he directed Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew and Volpone. Sullivan's Broadway acting credits include the 1973 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, The Merchant of Venice, The Playboy of the Western World, The Good Woman of Setzuan, and Camino Real.

In addition to his directing, Sullivan currently holds the Swanlund Chair at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Sullivan has two daughters and a son. His wife is actress and noted acting teacher, Mimi Lieber.


Sullivan's first job was to thrust his hand in a chopper and slide out pink bricks of popcorn that would later be sold at the Fleishhacker Zoo in Golden Gate Park.

"My father owned a movie theater, and when I was 17, he got me a job in the popcorn factory that provided the popcorn," Sullivan said. "It was a very 19th century experience."

The year was 1957 and the factory was "this terrible brick building" in the Civic Center area of San Francisco. "When I arrived there, there was a machine that would stir the candy stuff and they poured it all over the popcorn," he said. "They put it in the machine that would make big slabs of this pink brick popcorn, and blades would come down and chop it. You had to put your hand in there and slide the bricks out."


Known primarily as an adult theater, the Palm Theater in San Mateo actually showed mainstream films for 22 years, from its opening in March 1950 until 1972. Designed by William B. David and William W. Wolf, the Palm Theater became one of the first independently operated movie theaters in the country. First owned by John M. Sullivan, the Palm stood across the street from the attractive Spanish Colonial Art Deco service station, now the last of its kind on the Peninsula. The 750-seat auditorium features detailed mural artwork on the wall.
Catherine Gallagher (born 16 February 1945) is the Eggers Professor of English Literature and has taught at Berkeley since 1980. Her teaching and research focus on the British novel and cultural history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In recent years, she has taught courses on the history of the British novel, the historiography and theory of the novel, alternate-history narratives, and various other topics in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature. She has received NEH, ACLS, and Guggenheim fellowships and has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and the National Humanities Center.  She is the co-chair of the editorial board of the journal Representations and a member of the Editorial Board of Flashpoints, a University of California Press book series.  Her other editorial projects have included: Advisory Board of the PMLA; co-editorship of the book series Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture; co-editorship of The Making of the Modern Body: Sexuality and Society in the Nineteenth Century; and editorship of the Bedford Cultural Edition of Aphra Behn's Oroonoko: or, The Royal Slave. She has served as a Senior Fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory, on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Humanities Center, and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Humanities Center. Her 1994 book, Nobody's Story, won the MLA's James Russell Lowell Prize for an outstanding literary study. In 2002, she was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Married Martin Evan Jay July 6, 1974. - children Margaret Shana Gallagher and Rebecca Erin Jay


Mary Hutton Sullivan A long-time San Mateo resident and active community volunteer, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease at the Westlake House Country Inn in Fremont on Saturday, March 18, 2005 at the age of 90. She was a native of Idaho, who moved to San Mateo from Colorado in 1947 with her husband, John Sullivan (whom she met and married in Washington D.C. in 1936), and four children; her fifth child was born at Mills Hospital in San Mateo. She helped her husband manage the Palm Theatre, which they owned until the 1970s, and she was a leading member of the St. Gregory's Parish Women's Club, twice serving as its president in the 1950s. In the 1960s and 70s, she joined St. Matthews parish, and she worked at the San Mateo Public Library as both a volunteer and a part-time staff member. In the 1980s, she devoted herself to working at Catholic Charities, primarily distributing and delivering food to patients with AIDS. She also served on the Board of the Half-Way House in San Mateo. She was beloved by her 10 grandchildren, who were often at their happiest when spending weekends and summer vacations in her care. She is survived by them, her brother Raymond Hutton of Carmel Valley, and her five children: Patrick Sullivan of San Jose, Daniel Sullivan of New York, Terence Sullivan of Cincinnati, Catherine Gallagher of Berkeley, and Margaret Sullivan Tharin of Fremont. A Funeral Mass will be said at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, 10:30am, Mon., March 27.


*  The 1930 Wray census has Nellie Evans living at 527 Blake Street.  Her husband Lynn is a cashier at the bank.  Widower Frank Broderick is at the same address, with his own household and 36-year-old daughter Marie.

August 14, 1908


In 1912 Miss Marie Broderick took a position as reporter for the Gazette


August 8, 1908

February 14, 1948


** August 26, 1910 


A private dinner party was given at the New Commercial Hotel Wednesday evening by the Misses Genevieve and Eugene Hackett of Kansas City, who have been guests of Miss Toumey the past two weeks.  A six course dinner was served, covers laid for eleven.  The guests included the Hudgel, Diss, and Toumey families and Father J.I Julily and the feast began at the hour of 6:30.  A pleasant and happy occasion was the verdict of those present as well as praises for the service under the direction of Mrs. Robinson.

(Father Julily might be the 'little twerp', and the Hudgel might be the 'German family')


Timothy and Nellie Sullivan lived right over the line in Washington County, Colorado.  They are in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 census.  They are in the Yuma Cemetery, New Addition 31, Timothy J. dying in 1948 and Nellie M. in 1956.  There's another Timothy J. in New Addition 172 dying in 1952.




Fred S. Huston is prominent in, and representative of, financial interests in Washington county, being cashier of the First National Bank of Otis, Colorado. The growth and development of this institution is largely due to his business ability and his experience in the banking line. He was born in Waukee, Dallas county, Iowa, in February, 1879. a son of John A. and Florence J. (Sloane) Huston, the father a native
of Pennsylvania and the mother of Iowa. In early life John A. Huston made removal from his native state to Iowa, where he was engaged along mercantile lines and made his home until 1888, when he proceeded farther- west, taking up his abode in Hyde, Washington county, Colorado, where he gave his attention to the lumber business and banking for several years until local conditions decided him to give up these lines and he located on a ranch, where he engaged in the cattle business for some time. He ran cattle and horses until 191,5. when the means which he had acquired permitted him to retire from the active labors of life, his ranch of three sections being divided among
his sons. He now makes his home in Otis and Mrs. Huston is also living.

Fred S. Huston was reared under the parental roof and received his education in the public schools of Des Moines, Iowa, as well as in Hyde and Otis, Colorado, having come to this state with his parents. Up to the age of nineteen he was more or less an invalid, but then his health improved considerably and he took up the occupation of telegraphy and entered the employ of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, with which he remained for twelve years, — as agent at Otis, also as night operator and dispatcher at Denver, and in the general offices in Omaha. Nebraska.   In the fall of 1910 Mr. Huston, having carefully saved his earnings and acquired a handsome sum with which to start in business, organized in partnership with others the Otis State Bank, of which he became the cashier and as such was entrusted with its direction.

In May, 1916, the institution was formed into a national bank under the name of the First National Bank. The president is M. B. Holland, while P. J. Sullivan, of Wray, Colorado, is the vice president. The bank is capitalized for twenty-five thousand dollars and its surplus now amounts to five thousand dollars, while the deposits have reached the sum of one hundred and ninety thousand dollars. The First National Bank erected a modern, well constructed and thoroughly protected bank building in 1916,  which has been the home of the institution ever since. In guiding the destiny of the bank Mr. Huston has always followed conservative banking principles, protecting to the best of his ability the interests of the depositors and stockholders, yet he is progressive and readily extends credit where funds, are needed for the extension of legitimate business enterprises or in order to finance the marketing of farm crops, or live stock deals. He has become recognized as an authority in financial matters and is often consulted in regard to investments, as he is not only thoroughly acquainted with
the bond and stock market but also has considerable knowledge of local real estate  values. The growth of the bank and its prosperous condition must be largely ascribed to his experience and ability and the honorable principles which have guided all his business transactions.

In October, 1913, Mr. Huston married Alice M. Brandon and they have two children: John Paul, born September 29, 1914; and Denzil F., born April 29, 1916. The family is popular in the social circles of their community and their hospitable home is a meeting place for their many friends, who esteem them for their high qualities of character and heart. Their- residence is one of the finest in this section of the state, appointed with all modern conveniences, comfortably arranged and tastefully furnished.

The religious faith of Mr. Huston is that of the Presbyterian church and his political allegiance is given to the republican party. He has always taken a laudable interest in the promotion of the welfare and growth of his community and is a member of the town council, taking active part in securing for Otis all the advantages of a modern city. In the Masonic order he belongs to the various branches of the organ-
ization and the principles of brotherhood underlying the craft guide him in his conduct toward his fellowmen. He is still interested in the Huston Brothers' ranch and, besides this, owns other farm property, deriving from these sources a gratifying addition to his income. Mr. Huston is a public-spirited citizen, a patriotic American and a business man of high principles and standards and since being engaged in business in Otis has earned the high encomiums of the public and has made many friends in this city.


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