Huerfano County, Colorado
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Charles Otto UNFUG
Contributed by: Karen Mitchell

Charles Otto UNFUG, born 3 July 1846, Bielefeld, Westphalia, Germany.
Arrived Huerfano county, Colorado 1869.
Married 11 Dec 1873 Kate Jeanette WITHINGTON.
Died 27 June 1907 at Walsenburg. Buried in Masonic Cemetery, Walsenburg Colorado.
Charles was the first of the UNFUG family to leave Germany, and was largely responible for the migration of the family to Walsenburg.
He arrived in St. Louis, Missouri on 22 Sep 1862 at age sixteen. It was here he first met Fred WALSEN. The two had served in the home Guard, known at the West End Rangers.
In 1865 Charles became employed by F.W. POSTHOFF and Co., a firm supplying Ft. Garland and other trading posts in Colorado owned by the company.
He left Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas on 3 July 1865, working as a driver with an oxen caravan loaded with supplies for Ft. Garland, arriving Sep. 28, 1865.
He served various trading posts operated by the company and in 1869 was commissioned to open a post at Badito, then the county seat of Huerfano county.
While at Badito he became county clerk and recorder and thus began a political career that lasted many years. In 1872, he and Fred WALSEN, in an "over-night maneuvar", moved the county seat to Walsenburg, much to the surprise of the residents of both places. Here he became an employee of Mr. WALSEN, but continued to serve as county clerk and recorder as well as clerk of the District Court. Charles was a candidate for the office of Secretary of State in the elections of 1880 and 1884 but was unsuccessful.
The following year he joined his brothers, Fred and Adolph in the operation of Unfug Bros.
In 1899 he moved to Pueblo where he engaged in the insurance and mining business til his death.
His Masonic actitivies were state wide. He was largely responsible for starting the Blue Lodge Chapter in Walsenburg. He served in many state offices in various councils. In 1904 he became Grand High Priest of the Royal Arch Chapter of Colorado.
Charles died on one of his frequent trips to Walsenburg at the home of his brother, Fred UNFUG.

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