John M. Webster Sierra County, New Mexico

John M. Webster, a mine operator living in Hillsboro, Sierra County, was born and reared in New Hampshire and arrived in the Territory of New Mexico in July, 1882, at which time he located in Kingston, being one of its first settlers. He was identified with many operations there until 1885, when he came to Hillsboro and has since been interested in mining in this part of the Territory. He had previously been identified with mining operations in Arizona from 1875 until coming to New Mexico seven years later. He is an expert in his estimate of the value of mine properties and the best methods of development, and occupies a foremost place among the representatives of the business in the Territory.

Prominent in public life John M. Webster was chosen as first clerk of the probate court of Sierra County, holding the office from 1884 until 1892. He was again elected in 1904, and is filling the position at the present writing, in 1906. He was also United States commissioner of New Mexico to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Fraternally he is connected with Kingston Lodge No. 16, A. F. & A. M., and has attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish rite in Masonry. He also belongs to Sierra Lodge No. 8, K. P.

During a residence of almost a quarter of a century in the Territory he has witnessed its wonderful development and has contributed to its progress along lines of business and political advancement, resulting in bringing about its present condition of improvement and progress.

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

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