Pueblo County, Colorado
Sperry S. Packard

Contributed by Maggie Stuart Zimmerman.

Sperry S. Packard, an able attorney of Pueblo and one whose professional interests now divide his attention with his active work in behalf of the Red Cross and other patiotic movements, was born in Ashkum, Iroquois county, Illinois, February 26, 1880, a son of Sidney M. and Jennie (Hayden) Packard. The father was a wheelwright and farmer, devoting his life to those pursuits up to the time of the Civil war, when his patriotic spirit was aroused by the attempt of the south to overthrow the Union and he joined the One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Illinois Infantry for active service at the front. He is still living but his wife has passed away. They were the parents of three sons and a daughter, and one of the sons, Dr. H. P. Packard, is now in Persia.

Sperry S. Packard, whose name introduces this review, is the third in order of birth in the family and was a little lad of but seven years when the removal was made to Colorado, so that he acquired his education in the public schools and in the Centennial high school of Pueblo, from which he was graduated with the class of 1898. He afterward attended Colorado College at Colorado Springs, there completing his course in 1902. He also pursued a business course in a commercial college and spent three years as a law student in the office of McCorkle & Teller, J. H. Teller of this firm being afterward a member of the Colorado supreme court bench. Mr. Packard was admitted to the bar in 1905, ranking second in the class of twenty-three who at that time sought admission to practice in the courts of Colorado. He opened an office in Pueblo, where he has since practiced continuously and successfully, ranking today with the representative members of the bar in his section of the state. He has made a specialty of irrigation law for the past twelve years.

On the 24th of June, 1909, Mr. Packard was married to Miss Ella L. Graber, of Colorado Springs, who is a graduate of the Colorado Springs high school and of Colorado College. They have become parents of two children: David, five years of age; and Ann Louise, two years of age.

Mr. Packard's religious faith is indicated in his membership in the Pilgrim Congregational church. He votes with the republican party but has always avoided office. However, he has represented the sheriff on legal matters in the county. He belongs to the Chi Sigma Chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He also has membership with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Knights of Pythias, and in Masonry has attained the Knight Templar degree. He is fond of outdoor life and of athletics. He has always been greatly interested in the state and its development and has contributed much to projects of local improvement. At the present time he is doing active work for his country as a public speaker for the Red Cross and was chairman of the campaign committee of the Red Cross, which raised one hundred thousand dollars in Pueblo on the first drive. He has represented the attorney general in legal matters in Pueblo, and is a member of the legal advisory board for the Pueblo county draft board. He counts no effort or sacrifice on his part too great if it will promote the interests of the nation or in any way advance war work. He has always been one of the first to offer cooperation where aid has been called for. He belongs to the State Bar Association and to the American Bar Association, and his position in professional circles in Colorado is an enviable one. Extracted from History of Colorado Illustrated Volume II 1918

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