Numa Raymond Doña Ana County, New Mexico

Numa Raymond was another of the "old-timers" of Doha Ana County and of the Territory. Born in Switzerland, he came to New Mexico as a boy in the late '50s. He was industrious and keen to seize advantages in the new country, and as years passed obtained quite a monopoly in the management and ownership of the old coach lines which traversed New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas. His chief source of profit in those days was the carrying of the government mail, for which he held a large number of contracts, and in the defense of which he and his agents had their full share of fierce encounters with Indians and outlaws.

Mr. Raymond prospered financially, and, being a man of intelligence and good character, was a prominent participant in the public affairs of the counties in which he resided at different times. He served as probate judge of Socorro County, and when the railroad reached Las Cruces located there to engage in mercantile pursuits. With the development of the cattle industry he secured large interests in Lincoln County. He was sheriff of Doha Ana County, and a member of the first Board of Regents of the Agricultural College, being largely instrumental in securing its location at Las Cruces.


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

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