Chester D. Stevens Colfax County, New Mexico

Chester D. Stevens was born in Watertown, New York, September 18, 1856, his parents being A. S. and Julia A. (Perry) Stevens. He was educated at Ogdensburg, New York, and in April, 1879, making his way westward, located at Blackhall, Colorado, where he worked at the carpenter's trade for a year. He afterward returned to New York and on the 5th of May, 1882, came to Raton, where he has since been actively engaged in business as a contractor and builder and was for a time a dealer in lumber. Raton was a mere village at the time of his arrival here and he has witnessed its growth to its present size and population. The terminus of the Santa Fe railroad was at that time at Otero, five miles below Raton. Chester D. Stevens has erected, under contract, many of the most substantial business blocks and residences in Raton and has taken an active interest in all movements inspired by a desire to promote the general welfare of the community.

In January, 1880, in Ogdensburg, New York, Chester D. Stevens was married to Miss Marion Patterson, and to them has been born a son, Chester P. Stevens. In his political views Mr. Stevens is a Democrat and has served as a member of the school board and of the city council. In community affairs he is actively and helpfully interested and his efforts along the lines of substantial improvement have been of direct benefit to the city. Fraternally he is a Knight Templar Mason.

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

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