Pueblo County, Colorado

Contributed by Karen Mitchell.

James M. Sare, a highly respected and worthy citizen of Pueblo, who is now filling the office of county commissioner, has during much of his life been in public service, his fellow townsmen recognizing his capability and his fidelity in office. He was born near Bloomington, in Monroe county, Indiana, April 11, 1849, and is a son of Lucien B. and Jane (Carmichael) Sare. The father engaged in farming and homesteaded in Indiana, where he spent his entire life, reaching the notable old age of ninety-four years, while his wife was ninety-six years of age at the time of her demise. He was a native of Virginia, while Mrs. Sare was born in North Carolina. They reared a family of six sons and six daughters. James M. Sare, who was the sixth child in that family, began his education in the rural schools, and while his opportunities of attending school were somewhat limited, he possessed an observing eye and a retentive memory and has thus added much to his knowledge as the years have passed. In his youthful days he began work upon the home farm, on which he concentrated his efforts and attention more and more largely as the years passed on, remaining with his father until he reached adult age. He next accepted a position in the county clerk's office in Monroe county, where he remained for four years. At this time he took up the study of law and was admitted to the bar in Bloomington, Indiana. He then began practicing in the probate and justice courts, in which he continued for three years, and on the expiration of that period he accepted a position on the road, representing a blank book and stationery house, but in 1876 was called upon for public service, the democratic party of Monroe county making him its nominee for the office of sheriff. The county was largely republican and Mr. Sare made the race, being defeated by only fourteen votes, a fact which indicated his popularity and the confidence reposed in him. He then turned his attention to the life insurance business and was general agent for the State Life Insurance Company of Indiana, which he yet represents. His identification with Pueblo dates from 1898 and through the intervening period he has been a representative of insurance interests in the city in which he makes his home. On the 9th of January, 1917, he took office as county commissioner and is now serving in that capacity, making an excellent record by the prompt and faithful manner in which he discharges his duties. His political endorsement is given to the democratic party, of which he has been a stanch advocate since reaching adult age. Mr. Sare has been married twice. He first wedded Miss Nannie East, who died in 1873, and for his second wife chose Mollie Robinson. His children are: R. L. Sare, who was born of the first marriage and is now vice president of the Majestic Range Company at St. Louis, Missouri; Beryl, who is the wife of C. H. Converse, of Pueblo; Bessie E., the wife of Fred Smith, living at Silver City, New Mexico; and Josie May, the wife of Professor Charles Frazee, of Duluth, Minnesota, and there are also six grandchildren. Fraternally Mr. Sare is an Elk and is identified with the Knights of Pythias and the Improved Order of Red Men. He belongs to the Commerce Club of Pueblo and cooperates heartily in all of its well defined plans and projects for the upholding of the city, the extension of its trade relations and the upholding of its civic standards. His policy as an office holder is to guard the interests of the taxpayers by giving a good economical business administration. He has become well known during the period of his residence in Pueblo and all with whom he has come in contact speak of him in terms of warm regard, recognizing in him many sterling traits of manhood and of citizenship. History Of Colorado Illustrated Volume II Chicago The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1918

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