Patrick Dugan Colfax County, New Mexico

Patrick Dugan, a ranchman living at Elizabethtown, Colfax County, is a native of Ireland and in 1860 crossed the Atlantic from the Emerald Isle to Boston, Massachusetts. At the opening of the Civil war he entered the Civil Marine Corps in 1861, but they were afterward ordered to the United States steamship Lancaster at Panama Bay. He was there engaged in duty for two years and upon his request was transferred to the United States Marine barracks on Main Island off the coast of California, where he remained until honorably discharged on the 6th of September, 1865, following the close of the war. He was on the United States steamer Lancaster at a time when trouble with the British ships over the Mason and Slidel incident was but narrowly averted.

Mr. Dugan was married in Boston and has a family of four grown children. He came to Elizabethtown in March 1868, attracted by the discovery of gold in this part of New Mexico and was engaged in working placer claims with good success until 1878, when he sold out and bought a ranch from the Maxwell Land Grant Company, comprising thirty-three hundred acres. He then entered the cattle business, in which he has continued to the present. The broad tract of prairie offers excellent range for the stock and he is meeting with creditable success in this business venture.

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

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