HON. THEODORE S. HARPER, ex-representative from Lincoln and Elbert Counties, is a resident of River Bend, Colo., and is well and favorably known throughout the entire state. He was born in Fox Chase, Pa., June 6, 1854, and is a son of William and Elizabeth Harper. His father was also a native of Pennsylvania, and in his early life was a machinist and inventor of some note. He invented some of the first presses for making hoes and rakes, but during the past thirty years he has given his life to the more peaceful pursuits of agriculture, as did his father. He is a Republican. His wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Abel S. Hallowell, a retired farmer living near Philadelphia on the property that has been in his family since they first settled there, before the Revolution. They have eight children. Smith is a stockman in Elbert County, Colo.; William is a farmer in Pennsylvania; Alice married Henry Edwards, and lives near Philadelphia; Eva married Jacob Auer, of the same place; Mary, the wife of George Blake, also lives there; Anna Bell married Albert Boileau, of Chester County, that state; Rebecca is the wife of Albert Ridge, of Somerton, Pa.; and Theodore S. is the subject of this sketch.
His childhood was spent in his native state, where he obtained his education in the schools of Philadelphia. At the age of nineteen he started for Colorado, arriving here with a capital of sixteen cents. He first went to Manitou, where he spent the first year in surveying, and the following year (1874) engaged in hunting buffalo and antelope for the Denver and Kansas City markets, at which he continued for some ten or twelve years. He also mined during the summer, and in this way got the means to embark in the stock business. He began dealing in cattle and horses in this vicinity, and has lived in his present quarters for ten years. His principal stock now is cattle, but he also has some horses. He retains his mining interests. His home, Rockledge, is one of the most pleasant and well-appointed ranches in the state.
October 12, 1887, Mr. Harper married Miss Lillian Hertel, a daughter of George W. and Artemissa Hertel. George W. Hertel was born in Kentucky, but spent much of his life in this state, crossing the plains with an ox-team in 1861, and he worked sawmills in the state. First by appointment and afterward by election he served as commissioner of Grand County. Mr. Harper has always been a Republican, and worked for the interests of that organization. He was elected sheriff of Elbert County in 1886 and re-elected in 1888. In 1893 he was elected to the legislature the first time, and again in 1895, receiving large majorities over his opponents. He is a prominent Mason, and has taken the thirty-second degree