Price Walters San Juan County, New Mexico

Price Walters, a farmer of Aztec, was born in Poweshiek County, Iowa, in 1863, and in 1881 became a resident of southeastern Dakota. He had been reared in Cherokee, Iowa, and in 1885 he removed from Dakota to Colorado. In early life he followed the profession of teaching in both Iowa and Dakota, was for a time a teacher at the Willows in Custer County, Colorado; principal of the Rosita School, and County superintendent of schools of Custer County for two years. In 1887 he went to Montana and for a few months was in the commissary department of the Great Northern Railroad Company. He spent several years in Colorado, engaged in teaching in the La Jara schools and in other business interests, and in March, 1894, he came to Aztec, since which time he has been engaged in general farming. He was also the principal of the Aztec school from 1896 until 1898, and largely built up the school, grading the work and doing much for the improvement of the system of public instruction here.

He was one of the organizers of the Populist Party, but is now a stalwart Republican and he has served for two terms, in 1898-9 and again in 1905-6, as justice of the peace. He was made a Mason in Silver Cliff Lodge, A. F. & A. M. in Colorado, in 1890, became affiliated with the Odd Fellows in South Dakota in 1884, and is a charter member of the lodge of that order in Aztec.

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

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