Pueblo County, Colorado

Contributed by Karen Mitchell.

Mr. Ink was born in Luzerne County, Penn. His mother's death necessitated his being raised by her parents, and he was accordingly put under their care. By them he was sent to school winters till he was fifteen, and from fifteen till he was twenty, was kept at work on their farm. Mechanism came natural to him, and, without serving an apprenticeship, he took up carpentry and followed it successfully for five years. He went to Lawrence. Kan., when he was twenty-seven, and worked in a saw-mill, afterward buying a mill and sawing lumber in several counties in the State. In partnership with others, he has owned two sawmills on the divide, Colorado, and sawed many million feet of lumber there. One of those mills he moved to Bergan's Park, near Pike's Peak, and, in connection with it, opened a lumber-yard and set up a planing-mill in South Pueblo. He dissolved partnership with his partners in 1873, taking the lumber-yard and planing-mill as part of his interest in the property. He sold the lumber yard and planing-mill in 1878, and has been engaged exclusively in building and contracting from then to the present time. Mr. Ink is the owner of much town property, residences and lots, and is considered a wealthy man. He is Justice of the Peace and Police Magistrate, and has gained more popularity by his willingness to accommodate than he can ever gain through moneyed and official positions.  History of the Arkansas Valley, Colorado O L Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1881

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