George Gratton King Colfax County, New Mexico

George Gratton King, manager of the Aztec Mineral Water Company (incorporated), Taylor, Colfax County, New Mexico, was born in Emporia, Kansas, November 22, 1874, son of Patrick and Catherine (Sullivan) King, and was reared and educated in Kansas. In 1891, while yet in his teens, he engaged in railroad contract work, as a member of the Chase County Stone Company, at Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, and that same year came to New Mexico to build the abutments and bridges at Cerrillos. He was also engaged in similar work at Las Vegas, and on the Santa Fe Railway between Kansas City and Albuquerque, and at the quarry at Las Vegas Hot Springs. Afterward he was interested in general contracting. He still retains an interest in the business, which is now in charge of his brother, E. E. King.

In February, 1905, he entered into a partnership with J. C. Taylor, of Taylor Springs, New Mexico, and incorporated the Aztec Mineral Water Co. The Aztec mineral water is obtained from the Aztec Spring located six miles east of Springer, in Colfax County, and the business, although a new one, promises to be successful. Mr. King is devoting his entire attention to it.

In June, 1897, Mr. King married Anneta Carter, and they have two children, John, born March 17, 1898, and Villar, May 9, 1899.

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

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