Henry Merton Humiston was born in Galesburg, Ill., in 1873 But spent the greater part of his younger days among the pioneer ranchers of eastern Colorado and western Kansas, riding the range in the days of the "long-horns" and wild and out-law horses, which he became very expert in riding and handling.Probably in this stranuers and dangerous occupation, he received minor injuries that brought on the illness that caused his death.
In this period of his life he met Miss Lena Potter, daughter of pioneer parents of the Arkansas Valley, and married her in 1900.They were blest with four sons:Merton and Wiley, residing in San Francisco;Glenn, who remained with his parents;and Frank, deceased.
Twelve of the insuing years, previous to moving to Bayfield, he served in the sheriffs offices of Ordway and Walsenburg, where with his good judgment, fearless disposition and willing and persevering efforts, he made an enviable record.
In 1919, Humiston came to Bayfield, purchased a ranch and was engaged in the ranching business until his death, with the exception of three years, 1927-1931, which the Humiston family spent in Corcoran, California, where Humiston was employed on the police force.
With his straightforward, pleasant and unpretentious manner, Humiston was a good mixer, and met, made and kept friends easily.
He always had time to talk , and his happy trait of greeting and bidding goodbye with a witty or amusing remark or expression, and his keen, active and predominent sense of humor, and appreciation of a joke were characteristic and evident in him even to his last day of life..
Humiston was a man of his word.In referring to a person of honest character, he frequently referred to them as "square shooters".His many friends bear witness that he lived up to the precepts of a "square shooter".
His community has lost a good neighbor and a good citizen.He was always ready to aid a good cause and to acknowledge and uphold whatever the occasion justified.Although he was worn from suffering in his last illness and realized he was failing, he passed on, as he had lived, calmly and courageously into life everlasting, leaving a devoted wife, three sons, a granddaughter, and an unusually large number of friends to mourn him.
In the 1880 census, Henry is found as follows:
Henry Humiston.....born 1871 Illinois.....age 9.......living in the John P. Schneider family home......Meridian, McPherson, Kansas.
Huerfano County, Colorado
Listing by Karen Mitchell
The following list of names comprises an index of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge 1086, in Walsenburg, Huerfano County, Colorado.