Jacob T. Hobbs San Juan County, New Mexico

Jacob T. Hobbs, living three miles north of Aztec, first located on La Plata, where he bought a squatter's right. He afterward homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land, and in 1901 he removed to another farm, purchasing one hundred and sixty acres which he sold in 1906. He then bought a place across the Animas River from Farmington, and is now identified with ranching interests.

Mr. Hobbs was born in Jackson County, Missouri, in 1839, and in 1852 went west to California with bull teams, taking one thousand head of cattle from Bates County, Missouri, to the Pacific coast. He spent fourteen years in California engaged in mining and farming in Sonoma County.

He was one of the pioneers of the Ukiah, and in 1866 he returned to Missouri. He afterward went to Colorado, where he was engaged in the hotel business, in freighting and mining, but his attention was principally given to the raising of stock. Later he conducted a hotel in Montana for five years, and in New Mexico lie has devoted his energies to farming and stock-raising.

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

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