J. A. Cottingham Chaves County, New Mexico

One of the most successful business men of Chaves County is J. A. Cottingham, a member of the Roswell Lumber Company of Roswell. He has been a resident of the southwest since the 18th of June, 1899, when he took up his abode in this city, and here he has ever since been an important factor in its business circles. In 1899 he erected the Roswell Steam Laundry, in connection with which he also conducted a small lumber business, the nucleus of his present large enterprise. Prior to his removal to New Mexico Mr. Cottingham had conducted a lumber business in Kopperl, Texas, and it was from that city that he came to Roswell. In March, 1902, he organized a home company, which was incorporated as the Roswell Lumber Company, with John Shaw, president, I. B. Rose, vice-president, H. Fitzgerald, secretary, and J. A. Cottingham, treasurer and manager. On the 10th of March, 1902, they purchased the interests of the Lewis & Wells Lumber Company. The capital stock of this company is valued at twenty thousand dollars, and they carry paints and building material.

In his fraternal relations Mr. Cottingham is a member of the blue lodge and chapter of the Masonic order at Roswell.

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

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