James N. Upton Luna County, New Mexico

James N. Upton, one of the well-known cattlemen of New Mexico, now living in Deming, who is also interested in the development of the rich mineral districts of the Territory, was born in Tyler, Texas, and was reared in Smith County, that state. In early life he became connected with merchandising and continued in that line of business before his removal to Deming, where he arrived in 1887. Here he began mining and also gave a part of his time and attention to farming and to the raising of fine horses.

He has, to a greater or less extent, been connected with the work of locating and developing rich mining properties, and has also continued in the cattle business, which has been his chief interest during the past nine years. He purchased the old Mimbres River cattle ranch and upon this has large herds. He is continually improving the breed of cattle raised and thus securing advanced prices. He is also operating a zinc mine in Tres Hermanos district and this, too, is proving to him a gratifying source of income. Mr. Upton has his family with him in New Mexico.

He belongs to Silver City Lodge No. 413, B. P. O. E., and to Deming Lodge, A. F. & A. M. For two terms he has served as county commissioner of Grant County and has ever manifested a public-spirited interest in those matters and measures which pertain to the material, intellectual and political progress of the locality.

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

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