About Ralph Lovejoy Meeker
MEEKER, Ralph Lovejoy, was born at Trumball Phalanx, OH, Jan. 26, 1845, son of Nathan Cook and Arvilla Delight (Smith) Meeker, and a descendant of William Meeker, who with his brother came to America from England in 1639 and settled in New Haven, CT. Ralph's father was founder of the Union Colony of Colorado, which became the city of Greeley.
Ralph Meeker was educated in the public schools of Cairo, Ill. He began his journalistic career as a cub reporter in New York city in 1867 on the staff of the New York Tribune and subsequently was with the Danbury "News", Chicago "Examiner", the San Francisco "Examiner" and the New York "Herald". He was on the staff of the New York "Herald" for about forty years, during which he was stationed in London, England, in 1885-86,and was the "Herald's" war correspondent in the Russian-Turkish war in 1877. From 1875 to 1877 he was Washington correspondent of the "Herald".
Mr. Meeker possessed a remarkable memory and a keen sense of humor. He retired from the staff of the "Herald" in 1916, and four years later went to Greeley, Colo., and was writing a history of the Greeley colony at the time of his death. He was twice married (1) Oct. 16, 1885, to Carmen Dolores Circovoch, who died in June, 1904; and (2) June 23, 1906, to Louise Hopkins Taylor. He died in Greeley, Colo., Dec. 5, 1921.