Pueblo County, Colorado

Contributed by Karen Mitchell.

Hon. Thomas F. Mishou is the senior partner in the firm of Mishou & Millard, general contractors of Pueblo. He was born in Maine on the 8th of May, 1867, and is a son of Joshua and Annie (Corrigan) Mishou. The public school system afforded him his educational opportunities. He was graduated from a high school of Maine and afterward spent one year in the University of Maine, thus being qualified by liberal educational opportunities for life's practical and responsible duties. He came to Colorado in 1890, settling at Denver, where he lived for a short time. Since coming to Pueblo the firm of which he is the senior partner has specialized in railroad construction work. They received the contract for the rebuilding of the Santa Fe from Hutchinson, Kansas, to Winslow, Arizona, a job requiring eighteen years. They have built state highways, reservoirs and many other public projects and now have a contract for the building of forty miles of state highways. They built the ditch for the Welton Land & Water Company and Mr. Mishou has become president of that company. His activities have ever been of a character which have contributed to public progress and improvement and the worth of his work is widely acknowledged. He has attained a commanding position as a general contractor, having thorough understanding of the great scientific principles which underlie his work, combined with every practical phase of the business. On the 30th of May, 1891, Mr. Mishou was united in marriage to Miss Florence Hyatt and to them have been born five children: Thomas F., who is now connected with the cavalry branch of the United States army; Florence; Allie; Josiah; and Edward. Mr. Mishou gives his political endorsement to the democratic party and has been elected to represent his district in the general assembly, serving during the twenty-first session as a member of the house of representatives. He stood for many progressive legislative measures and was largely active in putting through the bill creating the firemen's pension fund, for which he was given a honorary life membership in the State Firemen's Association. He was also instrumental in promoting the public utilities bill and other constructive legislation which has proven of value to the state. His religious faith is that of the Catholic church. He is a man of admirable characteristics and qualities, highly esteemed by all who know him, and the worth of his work is recognized wherever he is known. History Of Colorado Illustrated Volume II Chicago The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1918

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