Pueblo County, Colorado
Contributed by Karen Mitchell.
Charles O'Connor, a well known patrolman of Pueblo, was born in County
Kerry, Ireland, in June, 1856, and is a son of Larry and Mary (Nolan) O'Connor.
Charles O'Connor remained a resident of the Emerald isle for only three years,
for at the end of that time his parents brought their family to the United
States, establishing their home in Connecticut in 1859. After residing there for
a time they removed to Chicago, where Mr. O'Connor passed away but the mother is
Charles O'Connor was educated in the public schools of Chicago and in his
youthful days and early manhood was employed at various occupations. He
resolved, however, to try his fortunes in the west and came to Colorado in 1877,
when this was still a western frontier state. In 1879 he engaged in railroad
work and after a year went to the San Juan country during the mining excitement
there. While a resident of that district he served as city marshal of Durango.
covering the years from 1881 until 1883 inclusive. He afterward returned to
Pueblo and it was about that time, on 17 July 1884, that he married Miss Margaret
Sullivan. The children of this marriage are: Charles L., who is a resident of
California; and Raymond D., who was accidentally killed at the age of
It was in 1887 that Mr. O'Connor joined the police force of Pueblo and he
has since been active in that connection. He served as chief of the department
in 1891 and 1S92 under Mayor William Hamilton and has been on the force
practically ever since, making an excellent record by the prompt and fearless
manner in which he discharges his duties.
Mr. O'Connor has always been a democrat in his political affiliations and an
earnest worker in behalf of the party. His religious faith is that of the
He was well known as an Indian fighter in the San Juan country and participated
in many sanguinary engagements with the red men, being wounded on several
occasions but always bearing his full share in inflicting punishment upon the
savage red tribes. His long residence in Colorado has made him thoroughly
familiar with the history of pioneer development in this state and his memory
forms a connecting link between the primitive past and the progressive present.
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