Pueblo County, Colorado

Contributed by Karen Mitchell.

Ernst Edmund Withers, manager of the Iron City Fuel Company of Pueblo, is possessed of energy and determination that enable him to overcome difficulties and obstacles and work his way steadily upward in the attainment of success by careful management of the business interests under his control. He was born in Pueblo, Colorado, on the 16th of December, 1883, and in this city has always resided, spending his youthful days under the parental roof of G. G. and Matilda Withers. His father is the well known editor and manager of the Pueblo Chieftain and is very prominent in newspaper circles in this section of the state, being active in the publication of what is today one of the best newspapers in southeastern Colorado. Ernst Edmund Withers was a pupil in the public schools, passing through consecutive grades to his promotion to the Centennial high school of Pueblo. After his textbooks were put aside he engaged in newspaper work with his father for a year and later was manager of the yards of the Newton Lumber Company, a position which he most acceptably and capably filled for a decade. On the expiration of that period he became connected with the Standard Fire Brick Company of Pueblo, being given charge of the retail coal department, and he was for four years in charge of the city sales department for the company. He became identified with the Iron City Fuel Company as manager and is also financially interested in the business. His previous experience made him well qualified to control interests of this character and under his direction there has been built up a business of gratifying proportions. He never stops short of the successful accomplishment of his purpose and his energy, perseverance and sagacity are numbered among his salient characteristics. On the 9th of June, 1902, in Puehlo. Mr. Withers was united in marriage to Miss Nona Newton and their children are three in number: Newton, Granville and Ernst. Mr. Withers is a trustee of the north side water board, now serving in the position for a second term of two years. While in the high school he was active with the cadets of the school and rose to the rank of captain. His political allegiance has always been given to the republican party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. Fraternally he is a Mason and has attained the Knight Templar degree of the York Rite. He is also connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Pythias. He has membership in the Minnequa Club and in the Commerce Club and he is interested in all those forces which contribute to the progress and improvement of the district in which he lives. History Of Colorado Illustrated Volume III Chicago The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1918

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