O. T. Jackson papers
Scope and Contents
Correspondence to and from O. T. Jackson, bank statements, loan documents, advertising posters and recruitment materials, maps and information about the town Jackson founded -- Dearfield, Colorado.
- 1914 - 1942
- Majority of material found within 1930 - 1939
- Existence: 1998-01-16
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This collection is open for research.
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Copyright restrictions may apply. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Please contact the UNC University Libraries Archives and Special Collections Unit Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-351-2854 for further information.
Biographical or Historical Information
Oliver Tousaint Jackson was born on April 6, 1862 in Oxford, Ohio. He and his wife Minerva arrived in Colorado from Cleveland on April 4, 1887. Until 1894, they lived in Denver where they had a catering business and O. T. was employed by the State of Colorado as a messenger for several of the early governors. In 1910, Jackson homesteaded land 30 miles east of Greeley and began advertising for colonists. The name Dearfield was suggested by one of the early settlers, Dr. J. H. P. Westbrook, a physician from Denver. The name was adopted because the land was to be very dear to the hearts of the settlers. The autumn of 1911 found seven families and three teams of horses in residence. The struggles of the colonists, most of whom had no agricultural experience, taught them techniques of dry land farming and the raising of livestock and poultry. By 1921, Dearfield was thriving. The Weld County News (Nov.) proclaimed a colony of 700 people with improved lands worth circa $750,000, livestock and poultry worth $200,000 and an annual production of $125,000. Then came the Great Depression and the years of the Dust Bowl. By 1940, only 12 people lived in Dearfield. Minerva Jackson died December 9, 1942. After her death, O. T. advertised the Dearfield townsite for sale, but there was no buyer. O. T. Jackson died on Wednesday, February 18, 1948.
2 Box(es) ; Box 1 - 2.5 x 10 x 15 Box 2 - 22 x 2 x 15
Documents relating to the settlement of Dearfield, Colorado and the life and business of O.T. Jackson, the settlements founder.
The collection is arranged at the folder level alphabetically by subject.
- O.T. Jackson papers
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