Written by Mark Mueller. One in a collection by Allen Bachoroski, Local Historical Writer and author of “Tales Along the Highway of Legends”
Hazel Irene Tombling, the daughter of George and Lillian Tombling was born on October 9, 1890, (Old) Rouse, Colorado. Her second marriage was to James Hunter Wilson in 1911 at Ramey, Las Animas County, Colorado.
James Hunter Wilson, the tenth of ten children, was born to Peter Wilson and Mary Burnet on April 4, 1885 in Cable, Illinois. He started working in the mines when he was twelve, after his father’s death in a mining accident. James came to Colorado around 1910, working at least two C.F.&I mines that we know of, Sopris and 1918 Starkville, 1919-1920. In 1920 he was a Democratic Party labor candidate, a coalition for organized labor (James was a UMW member), including the railroad brotherhood with Farmers’ Non-Partisan League and for Representative from Las Animas County. He served in 1920-21 term. James called “Sam Gompers” Wilson in one of the house journals. Following his brief political tour, he remained in Denver working at the U.S. Mint and for the State Highway Department. He later worked again in the mines in Utah and Nevada. During the war he worked on the Alaskan Highway, and in Hawaii as a civilian construction worker at military installations.
Hazel died May 27, 1927 during child birth, Denver, Colorado. James died April 30, 1956, Denver, Colorado. James and Hazel had four children: Ruth Elinor and Alice Louise are written about in this book. Jean Eura was born on September 1, 1912 in Ramey, Colorado. Mary Lois was born on July 20, 1919 in Trinidad and died April 20, 1920.
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