Pueblo County, Colorado
Dr. John T. Collier

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Dr. John T. Collier 1826 – 1895
A native of Missouri, Collier moved to California and Nevada in 1864 where he was successful in the cattle business. He also practiced medicine in Austin, Nevada. Dr. Collier came to the Pueblo area in 1872, devoted his interests to real estate and sheep ranching and was regarded as wealthy. While living on the Doyle Ranch in 1876 he lost about 1500 sheep and several racks of new-shorn wool in a flash flood. He purchased some of the Fort Reynolds land in 1881. Dr. Collier was a Pueblo city alderman in 1888. His second wife, Cassandra Ann, born in 1835, died in 1890. Her monument was made from Cotopaxi gray granite at Piper Brothers stone yard. Dr. Collier died January 3, 1895 at Syracuse, Kansas, where he had a ranch.

Dr. Collier is a native of Kentucky, being born in Bourbon County, in 1826. His parents immigrated to Missouri, in 1828, and settied in Callaway County, then a wild, unsettled country. There young Collier was raised, receiving such education as the country afforded. He read medicine and attended lectures at the University of Missouri in 1848-49, and, in the spring of 1849, he began the practice of medicine, which he continued about twenty years in Missouri and Nevada. He was married, in Missouri, May 26, 1854, to Miss Cassandra A. West. In 1864, Dr. Collier immigrated with his family, to California, where he lived about a year, and, in 1865, he removed to Nevada. He lived in Nevada seven years, practicing his profession and engaging profitably in the cattle business. In 1871, he removed to Colorado and, locating near Pueblo, he at once embarked in the sheep and wool growing business, which he has since continued with eminent success, handling large flocks of the best sheep in the country. The Doctor now has his home in South Pueblo, and few men in the county have more friends than he. In polities he is strongly Democratic, and in religion is a liberal thinker.  History of the Arkansas Valley, Colorado O L Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1881

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