Class of 1857
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Mary Dyer. Mrs Mary D Cole resides at Berthoud [CO] enjoying a substantial income derived from wise investments. For a number of years she was actively identified with agricultural interests giving supervision to the cultivation of an excellent ranch. It is fitting that in the evening of her days she should be relieved from all business and financial cares by reason of the sound business judgment that she has displayed in former years. Mrs Cole is a native of Calais Maine. She was born December 14, 1837 a daughter of James and Susan Smith Dyer who were natives of Maine and of Massachusetts respectively. The father followed farming in the Pine Tree state throughout his entire life. He was born in 1799 and had reached the age of eighty years when in 1879 he was called to his final rest. The mother survived for a number of years and died in 1892. Their daughter, Mrs Cole, was reared and educated in Maine and was graduated from the Calais Academy with the class of 1857. She then began teaching which she followed in the public schools of her native state for twelve years. On the expiration of that period she made her way to Chicago where she resided for a year or more and then came to Colorado. About 1880 she took up a quarter section of land and devoted her attention to its development and improvement for twenty three years. Her farm was situated a mile and a half north of Berthoud, and she greatly improved the place adding to it substantial buildings while the fields were brought under a high state of cultivation through her enterprise and businesss ability. At length she removed to Berthoud where she has since resided enjoying a well earned rest from further business cares and responsibilities. She bought a fine modern home which she now occupies enjoying all of the comforts of life. Mrs Cole has reared three children two of whom she legally adopted, namely James L Sybrandt who wished to take his father's name after he reached adult age and who is farming four miles west of Berthoud and Mary who died in November 1892 at the age of eleven years. Mrs Cole also reared her nephew Alvin P Hall who is now a member of the United States army. Mrs Cole was for fourteen years secretary of the Loveland Farmers Institute. She served on the school board of Berthoud for a time and has been much interested in all that pertains to the welfare and progress of the community. She owns a business block in Berthoud but sold her farm in 1912. She has membership in the Eastern Star, gives her political allegiance to the republican part,y and her religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church of which she has long been a loyal and helpful member. She has now passed the eighty first milestone on life's journey a woman of marked capability and many good deeds highly esteemed wherever known and most of all where she is best known. [History of Colorado Vol 4]
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