Boone C. Vaughn San Juan County, New Mexico

Boone C. Vaughan, of Aztec, serving as County sheriff, came to New Mexico September 11, 1878. His father, James L. Vaughan, arrived in December, 1877, and died on the 11th of August, 1879, his being the first interment in Farmington cemetery. He had taken up a claim of government land between the Animas and San Juan Rivers, at the junction of the two Rivers, and he brought teams and wagons with him to the new ranch. In September, 1878, he was joined by his family. His family, bringing stock, cattle and horses, numbered a wife and eight children. Mr. Boone C. Vaughan has two brothers and two sisters, older than himself: Nettie C. Lock, Boyd L. Vaughan, Newton L. Vaughan and Mrs. Sarah Pierce, all of whom came to Farmington subsequent to 1878, and still resides there, except Boyd L., who lives in Routt County, Colorado. The younger children are James K., Alman W. and Gracie E. The daughter is now the wife of Thomas Morgan, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Routt County.

Boone C. Vaughan was born in Fosterburg, Illinois, February 8, 1861, and in 1868 accompanied his parents on their removal to Cedar County, Missouri. The family home was established in Colorado in 1873, and in New Mexico in 1878. After his father's death Boone C. Vaughan became manager of the farm, which he operated until 1885, when he went to northern Colorado, Routt County. Since returning to New Mexico in 1892, he has lived upon his present ranch at Farmington and has largely engaged in the raising of horses.

In 1902 he was elected assessor on the Democratic ticket, and in 1904 was elected sheriff, being the present incumbent in the latter office. Since being elected sheriff he has lived in Aztec. He belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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