William F. Degner Colfax County, New Mexico

For nearly twenty-five years William F. Degner has been a resident of New Mexico, the most of this time identified with Raton, where he has acquired valuable property, and is ranked with the representative citizens of the town. He was born in Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany, January 1, 1859, and in his native land spent the first seven years of his life. Then the family immigrated to America. From Cleveland, Ohio, in 1881 he came to New Mexico, locating first at Springer. Six months later he came to Raton, where he has, since that date, been in business, and has met with prosperity. From time to time he has made valuable investments, including much city property, and land south of Raton; and he is a director and stockholder in the First National Bank of Raton.

For a number of years Mr. Degner has been an active member of Raton Lodge, I. O. O. F., No. 8, in which he has filled all the chairs; and has also been a delegate to the Grand Lodge.

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

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