Glenn Archie COLSON
- Born: 23 April 1882, Fond Du Lac, Fond Du Lac Co., Wisconsin
- Marriage: Dovie May NEWTON on 2 July 1905 in Klamath Falls, Klamath Co., Oregon
- Died: 11 April 1962, Crescent City, Del Norte Co., California at age 79
- Buried: 14 April 1962, Mt. Laki Cemetery, Klamath Co., Oregon
*Glen Archie Colson was born 23-04-1882 in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, the only
child of *Ebenezer and Mary (Allen) Colson. In his eighth year, the Colson
family moved from Wisconsin to Klamath County, Oregon. In 1893 the
Colson's homesteaded 160 acres about 10 miles southeast of Klamath Falls on
the Malin Road. *Archie as he was known, grew up on the farm, helping with
the many chores required. Of their neighbors, the family of Hardy and
Fannie (Miller) Newton lived about two miles closer to town. Hardy and
Fannie had a family of nine children, and 02-07-1905, *Archie Colson
married their daughter Dovie May in a double ceremony with Neil Campbell
and Dovie's sister, Ethel.
After the marriage of *Archie and Dovie May in 1905, they lived at the
Colson Homestead with Archie's parents. On 14-04-1906 their first child,
Lorena Helen was born. After the death of *Archie's father, *Ebenezer, on
14-05-1907, he was left with the responsibility of running the farm as well
as raising their new family. *Archie and Dovie May had three children, all
born at the Colson homestead southeast of Klamath Falls. Lorena Helen,
*Forrest Newton, and Earl Newell.
*Archie, Dovie and Archie's mother Mary operated the Colson farm until it
was sold in the fall of 1916. At that time they moved to Klamath Falls.
Mary continued to live with them until her death, 10-09-1920. *Archie
first bought and operated a small grocery store for a year. During this
period, an epidemic of measles spread through Klamath Falls. Their
youngest son, earl, came down with measles and caught pneumonia. He died
10-06-1917. *Archie sold the store in 1917 and then worked at the Ford
garage in Klamath Falls for a short time. About 1919, *Archie and his
Uncle William Allen bought the Klamath bath House. They operated it until
it was sold just prior to Will's death, 22-12-1924. About this time,
*Archie went to work for the U.S. Reclamation Service driving truck. He
hauled supplies during the construction of the dam in Langell Valley.
Shortly after 1926, *Archie went to work for the Klamath Box Factory
working there until his retirement in 1947. In 1944 *Archie and his
son-in-law, Lionel Borough, bought property near Crescent City, California,
where they began a flower framing business raising mostly Easter Lilies.
Lionel and *Archie divided their property and operated independent of each
other. *Archie could spend limited time there until he retired from the
box factory. After his retirement, more time was spent in Crescent City,
though he continued to maintain his residence in Klamath Falls. Dovie died
there, 22-12-1959. After Dovie's death, *Archie continued to operate the
Lilly farm, but the burden of old age and loss were to much for him. He
passed away 11-04-1962 in Crescent City and was buried next to Dovie in the
Colson family plot at Mt. Laki Cemetery, near Klamath Falls.
*Archie and Dovie loved the outdoors and when they were young, went on many
camping trips. *Archie was an ardent fisherman and when time would permit,
he would usually go fishing. Dovie liked to knit, crochet and embroidery.
During both World Wars, she knitted many sweaters, socks, mittens, and
scarves for the service men. She also loved flowers and her yard was
always well cared for and blooming with flowers in season. *Archie was
remembered by his grandchildren as always telling stories the authenticity
of which was always questioned, but they loved to hear the stories anyway.
In 1944 when *Archie purchased property and located near Crescent City, a
coastal town in northern California, he completed the migration of his
branch of the Colson family from coast to coast. Starting from the arrival
of *John Colson in Hingham, Massachusetts about 1700, the process took
nearly a quarter millennium and seven generations to complete.
This information obtained from:
Family records in possession of Phillip D. Colson, grandson of Glenn Archie
Colson and son of Forrest N. Colson.
Family records in possession of Lorena (Colson) Borough, daughter of Glenn
BIRTH CERTIFICATE, GLENN ARCHIE COLSON; State of Wisconsin, Division of
Health, Department of Health and Social Services, 1 West Wilson St., P.O.
Box 309 Madison, Wis. 53701.
Birth of Forrest Newton Colson, CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH, Oregon Board of
Health, Vital Statistics Section, P.O. Box 231 Portland, OR 97207, (list
"Child, Colson, male, parents Archie G. Colson and Dovie May Newton, born
Dec. 26 or 2, 1907. All family records show his birth as Dec. 02, 1907 and
his name as Forrest Newton Colson).
CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS, MT. LAKI CEMETERY, KLAMATH CO., OR; copied by
Phillip D. Colson, May 31, 1983, (show birth and death dates of Archie,
Dovie May, Forrest, Annie, and Earl Colson).
Glenn married Dovie May NEWTON, daughter of Hardy NEWTON and Fannie MILLER, on 2 July 1905 in Klamath Falls, Klamath Co., Oregon. (Dovie May NEWTON died on 22 December 1959 in Klamath Falls, Klamath Co., Oregon and was buried on 24 December 1959 in Mt. Laki Cemetery, Klamath Co., Oregon.)