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Cheyenne had been incorporated in 1867 when the Union Pacific RR selected the site as a division point; Wyoming was established as a territory in 1868 with Cheyenne as its capital. When the Vaughans moved there, Cheyenne was a modest-size village surrounded by a vast domain of wild country, sparsely populated by cattle and sheep ranchers. At the time of the 1880 census, taken 22 June, the family was residing at 465 20th St., which was on the northeast edge of Cheyenne (the house no longer stands and there is now no such address). In the household was John D., age 38, printer; wife Louisa S., 32; daughters Mamie S. (Mary St. Clair), 7, Nora S. (should be Eleanor Theresa), 5, Louisa R., 2; and son William T, 2 months. John D. appears not to have owned property in Cheyenne as he does not appear on the tax rolls for the years he was there. (Wyoming became a state in 1890, but the Vaughans had moved to CO 10 years earlier.)

John D. Vaughan and his family apparently moved to Breckenridge, CO, in the summer of 1880. As noted earlier (in the section on Thomas F. Poinsett), J. D. Vaughan filed a quit claim deed in Breckenridge in December of 1880. He started a newspaper (name unknown) in Breckenridge and then moved to Denver in 1883. “During the boom days of Creede he was associated with Cy Warman on the Creede Chronicle. At the same time they printed the Spar City Spark, one of the brightest little sheets ever published” (The Daily News, Denver,

3 Sep 1900).












Georgetown, CO.

The Vaughans last child, Rosina Francis (b 1887), was born in Denver. John D. was a printer for the Denver Republican newspaper 1883-85; in 1886-87 he worked as a printer for Collier and Cleveland; 1888 he was secretary to Governor Alva Adams (Democratic Governor of CO 1887-89, 1897-99 and briefly in 1905 following a disputed election); 1890-92 he was a clerk in the Sheriff's Office; 1894 he was a printer for Smith -Brooks Printing Co., 1895 a publisher; 1896 back at the Denver Republican; 1897-1900 clerk in the office of the City Clerk. When John David Vaughan died 2 Sep 1900 from cerebral hemorrhage the major newspapers of Denver carried eulogies. Those of the Daily News and Denver Republican included a sketched portrait showing John D. with a full handle-bar mustache and balding head. It is stated that he was one of the best known printers of the old school in the west. His acquaintances extended to every newspaper in the country. He was known to all the politicians in the state, as he was active as a member of the Democratic, Labor, National Silver and Republican parties. His service was conducted at his residence, 3930 Bert (now Vallejo), by the Grand Army of the Republic, with six pallbearers each from the Oddfellows

(I.O.O.F.) and the Typographical Union No. Oddfellows. Mrs. Thomas O'Hara, one of his

49. Grave sisters from

rituals were conducted by the St. Louis attended the services.

Another of John's sisters Detroit, MI. John David

was Sister Mary Loretto, mother superior of the foundlings Vaughan was buried on 4 Sep 1900 in Riverside Cemetery,

home of Denver,

sect. 7, lot 6, blk. 28. His marker is one of several birth and death, which surround a large monument Union No. 49 (the union was organized in 1859 and have taken a deep interest in all labor movements.

small blocks, with names and years of erected by the Denver Typographical chartered 9 Jun 1860). He is stated to


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