Pueblo County, Colorado
ROBERT K. POTTER
Contributed by Karen Mitchell.
Robert K. Potter, vice president and general manager of the Colorado &
Kansas Railroad Company, a man of marked executive ability, who through the
steps of an orderly progression has reached his present position in connection
with the administration of important corporation interests, was born in Luzerne
county, Pennsylvania. on the 27th of January, 1852. and is a son of Wellington
and Elizabeth (Ellsworth) Potter. The family was established in Nebraska in 1879
and Robert K. Potter, upon the removal to the west, homesteaded in that state.
His father lived and died in Nebraska, where he took up his abode in pioneer
times, becoming closely identified with the early development and progress of
the state. He had served as a soldier in the Union army during the Civil war.
participating in many hotly contested engagements, in which he proved his valor
and loyalty to the cause that he espoused.
Robert K. Potter, spending his boyhood and youth in Pennsylvania, is
indebted to the public school system of his native state for the educational
opportunities that he enjoyed. He was reared to the occupation of farming, early
becoming familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the
crops, and for many years his time and attention were given to agricultural
interests. He was a young man of about twenty-seven years when he removed
westward to Nebraska, where he gave much time to farming, bringing his fields
under a high state of cultivation. He was also engaged in buying cattle and
hogs, but eventually sold his Nebraska interests and removed to Colorado in
1892. After spending ten years in the Cripple Creek district, during which time
he was engaged in the sawmill business, he purchased a farm on Beaver creek.
which he cultivated for a time but later sold and established his home in the
Penrose district. There he also purchased land on Turkey creek and filed on the
Teller Reservoir site. With characteristic energy he began the development of
the place and soon converted some of the waste land into productive fields, but
afterward sold the water rights to Mr. Teller. He still owns the farm, which is
pleasantly and conveniently situated about fourteen miles north of Pueblo. Mr.
Potter is now connected with the Turkey Creek Stone, Clay & Gypsum Company,
which has furnished the stone for some of the finest public buildings in
Colorado, also at Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the stone being used in the courthouse
there, also in the Union depot at Wichita. Kansas, in the postoffice at Ottawa,
Kansas, in the Denver public library and in the Pueblo county courthouse,
besides the Santa Fe office building at La Junta, the Perkins Trust Company
building at Lawrence, Kansas, the Broadmoor Hotel at Colorado Springs and others
of almost equal note. The clay taken out by this company is used all over the
United States. Mr. Potter is vice president and general manager of the Colorado
& Kansas Railroad Company and he possesses the administrative power and
executive force which enable him to carefully control and direct the interests
that come under his management in this connection. In all of his business career
he has displayed a ready discrimination between the essential and the
non-essential, combined with the power to coordinate seemingly diverse interests
into a unified and harmonious whole. He has carefully directed his plans and his
activities have been most resultant, contributing in marked measure to the
welfare and progress of the communities in which he has operated.
Mr. Potter was united in marriage to Miss Tillie Burnett, who passed away
leaving the following named sons and daughters: Chandler, who is with the United
States army as an engineer in France; Lillian; William, and Carrie. Having lost
his first wife, Mr. Potter was again married, his second union being with Miss
Louise Male. He is a Protestant in religious faith and fraternally is connected
with the Masons and the Odd Fellows. He belongs to the Commerce Club and in his
political views is a republican. While in Nebraska he took a very prominent part
in civic affairs and was one of the organizers of Buffalo county, which he
afterward represented in the state legislature, giving careful and thoughtful
consideration to the vital questions which came up for settlement in the general
assembly. He has always been actuated by a public-spirited devotion to the
general good and his cooperation in behalf of any important public project is
never sought in vain. At the same time he has carefully managed important
business enterprises and has figured prominently in connection with the
industrial and financial interests of the state. Especially valuable has been
his work in connection with the stone and clay company, an undertaking that in
its ramifying business interests is covering a most extensive territory.
History Of Colorado
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