Ellsworth F. Bloodgood Sierra County, New Mexico

Ellsworth F. Bloodgood, a well-known cattle man living at Kingston, New Mexico, is a native of Schoharie County, New York, born July 11, 1862. His education was acquired in Kansas and in 1879, when a youth of seventeen years, he went to Colorado with an emigrant train. He has since been identified with business interests upon the plains and the frontier. He came to New Mexico in 1881, settling first at White Oaks, and in 1882 removed to Kentucky, where he became identified with freighting. He hauled the first load of ore out of the camp and continued in the freighting business from 1882 until 1884, when, believing that the cattle industry would prove more profitable, he established a ranch on the Gila River, making his home, however, in Kingston, as he was prevented from moving to the ranch because of the warlike attitude of the Indians, who were continually committing atrocities and depredations upon the white settlers of the frontier.

Mr. Bloodgood has now for twenty-two years been actively engaged in the cattle business and at the same time has followed mining to a greater or less extent. He has developed the O. K. mine, from which he has taken considerable ore, but he ceased to work this after the demonetization of silver. He now has extensive herds of cattle upon his ranch and his annual sales and shipments are extensive, yielding him a good profit. He is thoroughly familiar with the history of development and progress here and his personal experiences in connection with the settlement of the frontier, if written in detail, would prove again the correctness of the old adage that "truth is stranger than fiction."

Mr. Bloodgood was married in Kansas to Miss Cora Longfellow and they have one son. In his fraternal relations he is a Mason, holding membership in Kingston Lodge No. 16, A. F. & A. M.

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

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