Taos County, New Mexico
By Alberto Vidaurre©
Part 10: 1914 and 1915 of Taos County Obits
Following is part 3 of the 1914 and 1915 Obits as found in the La Revista De Taos, New Mexico News Papers.
91- Miguel Agaron of Talpa, NM. Died 27 Oct 1914 of "Bright Disease." Survived by wife Cirila M. Aragon; Son Rafael Aragon, 7 brothers and 1 sister. He served as Justice of the Peace for this precinct. Buried in the Romero Presbyterian Cemetery Ranchos de Taos, NM.
92- Jose Manuel Duran Age 78 of Arroyo Seco, NM. Died 13 Nov 1914 at 6:00 AM. He was the son of Gregorio Duran and Maria Clarita Fernandez. Survived by wife, 4 sons and 4 daughters. Names Not Listed.
93- Julianita Vigil of Ranchitos de Taos, NM. Died 29 Sept 1914. Survived by Pablo V. Gomes and family.
94- Juan A. Sanchez Age 79 of Penasco, NM. Died 19 July 1914. Survived by 5 sons, 3 daughters and wife Cayetana S. Martinez.
95 "Mi Madre" names not listed Age 66 Died 1 Nov 1914. Only surviving son Rosendo Sanchez.
96- Antonio Maria Martinez of San Cristobal, NM. Monday 7 Dec 1914 Killed by some hunters from French, NM. He was found dead wednesday evening in La Lama in the place called Garrapata. A dog followed his tracks and scent to where he was buried in a small cave and covered by a large rock. His barking attracted the attention of the people that had been searching for him. The first report was that the 3 hunters seemed to have killed a horse and were butchering it to use as bait for the animals they were hunting, and that Antonio Maria Martinez had seen them and they had killed him. Later reports make no mention of the horse or of the hunters butchering it...One of the hunters named Dawson was found with gunshots to his right leg and to his left shoulder. The hunters arrested were F. S. Cooper and G. W. Dawson the third one named Ed Stewart could not be found. At a Preliminary hearing Jan 1915 before Justice of the Peace I. W. Dwire Ed Stewart of Raton, NM was released because he was able to prove that he was elsewhere at the time of the shooting and there was no evidence to connect him to the crime. At the scene on the ground covered snow there was no sign of struggle or fight. He had been shot from behind. The wounded hunter G. W. Dawson says that the man who shot him had a white beard and was wearing a white hat, Martinez had neither. Ramon Roybal from San Cristobal, NM had both, a white beard and was wearing a white hat. Roybal had tried to purchase medicine to treat wounds at the Tomas Vasquez store in San Cristobal,NM store. Mr. Vasquez did not have the medicine requested but sold him a similar type. Roybal told him he needed it to treat a man that was injuried but not to tell any body. Roybal told others that the injuried American hurt himself when he fell on a rock. Later telling others that the man fell of a tree and injured (stabbed) him self on a broken branch. Roybal told the people organizing the search party not to bother searching because they would never find Martinez. While the search party was out he told the ladies left behind that he knew all about the crime but he was keeping it to himself.
97- Donaciano Duran Age 69 and a half years old of Arroyo Seco, NM. Died 30 Nov 1914 at 1:00 AM. Survived by wife Maria Lugarda Romero; Sons Juana B., Lucas, Juan M. and Meliton Duran. Daughter Natividad D. Vigil, Elaisa D. Mascarenas, Socorro de Mares and Isabel D. Valdez. Son of the deceased Jose Guadalupe Duran and Clarita Fernandez,
98- Roberto Archuleta 1 year, 2 months and 3 days of Arroyo Seco, NM. Died 7 Dec 1914. Survived by parents Juan C. Archuleta and Lorencita M. de Archuleta; Grandparents Jose M. Medina and Guillermita Q. de Medina.
99- Antonio Fernandez 78 of Arroyo Seco, NM. Died 1 Dec 1914. He was a military veteran of the Civil war (1860s).
100- Nieves Anay Age 85 of Arroyo Hondo, NM. Died 9 Dec 1914. Native of the state of Sonora, Mexico. He came to New Mexico at age 15 with his parents and siblings. He married Lorenzita Martinez daughter of Vicente Martinez and Salome Lucero. They had 4 sons and 1 daughter. His second marriage was with Leonor Roybal and the third marriage with Eulalia Martinez. His fourth wife was Filomena Abila. She died 21 Dec 1913.
101- Juan Sanchez of Rio Lucio, NM died 6 Dec 1914 at 10:00 PM.
102- Gertrudes D. Vigil of Tercio, Colo. Died 23 Dec 1914. Survived by husband Francisco Vigil and children. He was born in Torres, Colo Sept 1885. Daughter of Leandro Duran and Ramoncita T. Duran.
103- Rumaldo Trujillo Age 25 of Ranchos de Taos, NM. Died 21 Dec 1914 in Weiser, Idaho. Son of Manuel O.Trujillo.
104- Felix Nabor Zamora Age 63 of Weston, Colo. Died 1 Jan 1915. He was born in Chamisal Taos County, NM 10 July 1852. Son of Manuel Antonio Zamora and Candelaria Lopez, both deceased. In 1873 he married Longina Lovato. He is survived by wife and 3 sons. Names not listed.
105- Juan F. Chacon Age 70 of Santa Barbara, NM. Died 3 Dec 1914 at 8:00 PM. Survived by wife, 3 sons and 5 daughters. Names not listed.
106- Daniel Martinez of Pasamontes, NM. Died 19 Dec 1914 at 1:00 AM. Brother of Francisco Martinez y Martinez. He moved from Arroyo Seco, NM to Pasamontes Colo in 1903. He died after a surgical operation in a hospital in Clayton, NM. Survived by mother Manuelita Martinez; Wife Josefita M. Martinez, 6 daughters and 1 son. Buried in the Pasamonte Cemetery at 3:00 PM 21 Dec 1914.
107- Hipolita Roybal de Gonzales Age 60 of Durango, Colo. Died 9 Jan 1915 at 12:00 Midnight. Survived by children; Siblings Martin, Eliseo and Cesaria Roybal of Rio de Pojuaque Santa Fe County, NM. Buried in the Durango Colo Cemetery.
108- Jose Rafael Cordova Age 65 of Weston, Colo. Died 16 Jan 1815. Died as a result of a terrible accident. Survived by wife and family. Details of the accident and names not listed.
109- Juanita Romero Age 4 months and 26 days of Ranchos de Taos. Died 18 Jan 1915 at 8:00 AM. Parents J. D. Torres and Julianita Torres.
110- Juanita Salas de Cortez Age 30 of El Prado, NM. Died 18 Jan 1915 of Fiebre Tifoides (Fever Typhoid). Survived by husnand Florencio Cortez a daughter 7 years old and a son 2 years old. Father Jose Desiderio Salas.
111- Eliseo Garcia Age 4 years of Ranchos de Taos, NM. Died monday 25 Jan 1915. Survived by parents Celedon Garcia and wife and 5 siblings. Names not listed. Buried in the Hartt Cemetery.
112- Celestino Otero was involved in a duel with Elfego Baca of Albuq, NM in El Paso, Texas. It is said that Otero shot first at Baca. Baca returned fired and shot Otero twice. He died in the street 7ms and Santa Fe. Elfego Baca telephoned the chief of police and showed him where Otero's shot had passed through the second button of his jacket. Baca was arrested pending an investigation. Date of death not listed. Date of news paper edition Fri 5 Feb 1915.
113- Agapito Vigil of Coyote, NM. Died 29 Jan 1915 at 10:00 AM. Survived by wife and children. Names not listed.
114- Anastacia Romero of El Prado, NM. Died 23 Jan 1915 at 1:00 M. " Esposa del Rev. Vicente F. Romero, actual Evangelista de La Iglesia Presbiterana radica en Prado." Buried in the Kit Carson Cemetery Taos, NM.
115- Pedro Jose Trujillo Age 65 of Taos, NM. Died Wednesday of this week at 11:00 PM. He died of Fiebre (Fever) Pneumonia. Survived by a daughter who is in "El convento de caridad en Santa Fe."
116- Jose Dionicio Baca 86 years old 9 months and 22 days of Questa, NM died 26 Jan 1915.
117- Alcarita Sisneros Age 40 of Holman Mora County, NM. Died 18 Jan 1915. Married 1st-Jose de La Luz Medina they had 3 sons and 1 daughter. Married 2nd- Vidal Leyba.
118- Alice Hyson died in Baltmore. Md at 7:00 PM 8 March 1915. Just a few days ago she left Taos, NM seriously ill. She had been a Missionary teacher in Ranchos de Taos, NM for more than 20 years.
119- Leonarda B. Gonzales Age 65 of Arroyo Seco, NM. Died 12 March 1915. She was the mother of Enrigue Gonzales, Bernabe Gonzales and Juanita G. de Mares. Buried 13 March 1915 in the Arroyo Seco, NM Cemetery.
120- Maria Smith of Taos, NM. Died 12 March 1915. She was the adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Woody de Las Naves. Wife of Nicolas Hidaljo. She died in the Hidalgo residence in La Loma Taos, NM. Funeral service in the Presbyterian Church.
121- Benigna Sanchez of Canon Bonito, NM. Died last month. She was a relative of the Santistevans from Taos, NM.
122- Paulita Mascarenas de Garcia of El Prado, NM. Died 17 Jan 1917. Survived by husband Eliseo Garcia and 3 small children. Funeral service held in the Methodist Episcopal Church with burial in Los Cordovas, NM. Cemetery.
123- Santiago Martinez of Cieneguilla, NM. Died 4 March 1915 in the house of Epifanio D. Atencio. Buried in the Cieneguilla, NM Cemetery.
124- Manuel M. Gomes Age 86. Died 10 Feb 1915. In the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Espinosa from Taos, NM. Survived by daughter Silberita G. Vigil and siblings Escolastica V. Garcia and Filiburto Garcia.
125- Jose Guadalupe Cordova Age 85 years and 6 months of San Cristobal, NM. Died 16 March 1915 at 10:00 AM. Born in Arroyo Hondo, NM 12 Dec 1829. Survived by sons Jose Dalio, Felipe and Santiago Cordova; Daughter Abelina Cordova; Brother Ventura Cordova.
126- Maria Salome Romero Age 10 months of Truchas, NM. Died 16 March 1915 at 7:00 AM. Parents Jose B. Romero and Maria Teresita L. de Romero.
127- Benigna Sanchez Age 80 of Halls Peak, NM. Died 6 March 1915 at 2:00 AM. Survived by 2 sons and 1 daughter. Names not listed.
128-Rafaelita Aranda de Archuleta Age 58 of Pina, NM. Died 6 March 1915 at 2:00 AM. Wife of the deceased Jesus Archuleta y Rael.
129- Juanita M. de Mascarenas of Cleveland NM. Died 12 March 1915. Born in Mora, NM in 1858. Survived by husband Manuel Mascarenas; Daughters M. de Valdez and Josefita Mascarenas; Son-in-law and grandson Dionicio Valdez and Alfredo Valdez; Brothers Romualdo Martinez and Aniceto Martinez, both from Folsom, NM.
130- Facunda Martinez Age 95 of Arroyo Seco, NM. Died Last saturdau March 1915. She was the mother in law of Juan de Dios Martinez and sister of Juan Geronimo Martinez. Funeral 28 March 1915. Burial at the Arrpyo Seco, NM Cemetery.
131- Manuel Gonzales Age 40 of Rio Del Pueblo, NM. Died 31 March 1915. Born 25 Feb 1871. He married Reyecitas Fernandez Rio Pueblo, NM 6 Dec 1894. He served as Representative to the New Mexico State Legislature from Taos County, NM. Survived by wife and daughter Juanita E. Cordova. Buried in the Rio Pueblo,NM Cemetery.
132- Miguelita Martinez de Archuleta Age 60 of Conejos, Colo. Died 22 March 1915. Mother of Leocadio Archuleta. She was buried in the Mogote, Colo Catholic Cemetery.
133- Maria P. Montoya Age 1 year, 3 months and 5 days of Llano, NM. Died 24 March 1915. Buried in the chapel cemetery of Llano de San Juan Nepumecino, NM. 25 March 1915. Parents Perfecto Montoya mothers name not listed.
134- Eusebio A. Chavez Age 66 of Halls Peak, NM. Died 22 March 1915 of a heart attack. He was born in Ojo Caliente, NM. Son of Antonio J. Chavez and Maria De Jesus Olguin, both deceased. He served as Mora County, NM Sheriff. Survived by wife Salome E. Chavez; Daughters Placida C. de Sanchez, Josefina C. de Martinez and Teresina C. de Fernandez; Sons Donaciano, Cornelio and Manuel N. Chavez; Brothers Pedro R. Chavez and Juan J. Chavez; Sister Mrs. Juan P. Mascarenas. Buried 24 March 1915 at 9:00 AM in the San Jose Cemetery in Halls Peak, NM.
135- Rosendo Valdez of San Luis Colo. Was killed in Fort Garland, Colorado "Sabado de Gloria." That night a great dance was held in the Brennaman saloon. Rosendo Valdez and Noe Lobato went outside to fight. They exchanged words, some punches and went back inside. After the dance was over Rosendo Valdez and some friend stayed in the saloon while Noe Lobato went out. A few minutes later Lobato came back in and the fight between Valdez and Lobato started again. The fight got bigger as the friends joined the fight Pushing, yelling, punching and throwing bottles. Soon some gunshot were heard and Valdez fell to the floor dead. Noe Lobato fled the scene. Next day Sunday evening he turned himself in. He was arrested and jailed pending the grand jury action.
136- Manuel Alfaro Age 40 of Taos, NM. Died Monday at 6:30 PM. Date of death not listed. Date of death notice 12 April 1915. He was a native of Mexico City, Mexico. He came to the United States to Trinidad, Colo some years back. He moved to Santa Fe, NM where he married Refugio Rodrigues. They later moved to Los Angeles, Calif. They lived there for 8 years and in 1911 they moved to Taos, NM. He is Survived by his Wife Refugio Rodriguez.
137- Olivaria de Trujillo of Monte Vista, Colo. Died 3 March 1915. Survived by Eduardo Trujillo.
138- Rev. Agapito Mares Age 68 of Clayton, NM. Died 1 April 1915. He was born in Rio Arriba County, NM in 1847. He was educated by Rev. Padre Martinez in Taos, NM. He converted from the Roman Catholic faith to the Methodist Episcopal. He was licensed as a minister. He was buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Clayton, NM. Survived by wife P.O. de Mares; Daughter Mrs. Rosita M. Garcia; Sons Felix and Salomon Mares.
By Alberto Vidaurre 18 Sept 2010