Pueblo County, Colorado

Contributed by Karen Mitchell.

Identified with the irrigation development of the state is Charles King McHarg, of Pueblo, who is now secretary and treasurer of the Bessemer Ditch Company and who is also further known in business connections as the vice president of the Suburban Land Company of Pueblo. A native of Ithaca, New York, Mr. McHarg was born on the 19th of June, 1856, and is a son of William McNeill and Selima (Storrs) McHarg. The father was a clergyman of the Presbyterian faith and came of Scotch ancestry, while his wife was of English lineage. In young manhood Charles K. McHarg turned his attention to the occupation of farming and since 1873 has resided in the west. It was in 1891 that he made his way to Colorado and through the intervening period he has been connected with the Bessemer Ditch Company and with the Suburban Land Company. The former owns and operates the Bessemer ditch, which irrigates twenty thousand acres of land. The Suburban Land Company was formed in 1894 and has sold much of the land under the ditch. Mr. McHarg has therefore been an active factor in developing an important section of the state from which substantial returns are annually received. Mr. McHarg was united in marriage to Miss Stella E. Brown and to them have been horn two children, Alice B. and Charles K., now in the United States forest service. The most important work of our subject has been done in connection with irrigation work in the state and he is regarded as an authority upon this subject in southeastern Colorado. History Of Colorado Illustrated Volume II Chicago The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1918

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