Professor Tim Keirn: Mary Dillon and family history
November 2, 2011
To the editor:
I am speaking for the descendents of Mary Dillon in Southern California and Washington, D.C., in expressing our thanks to Jan Gerber and the Museum of Northwest Colorado, and Jonathan Ritchey and Quicksilver Resources Inc., for marking and honoring her hillside grave.
We also very much enjoyed Bridget Manley's informative article and through the benefits of electronic media, we appreciate being able to stay connected to Moffat County through the Craig Daily Press.
We still own a portion of the original Mosier homestead, including that parcel with the original house photographed in the article below the bluff where Mary was buried in 1915.
I work each June on a project at Colorado State in Fort Collins, and my wife Kathleen (the great-great-granddaughter of Mary Dillon) and I always try to make a road trip of it, stopping in Craig, checking out the museum and huffing it up to the bluff to find the gravesite. We believe we still have the mosquito bites from this past June to show for it.
We thank the Gerber family for allowing us access to the site and now of course it will be much easier to find.
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If I could add just a bit of family history that relates to the personalities and story in the article.
Samuel Houston Mosier and his wife and children moved further west to California and Oregon after World War I.
Samuel Mosier died in 1924 and is buried in Inglewood Cemetery in Southern California.
His son, Albert Dillon Mosier, my wife's grandfather, died in 1963 and is buried in Fullerton, Calif., as is his mother, Adaline, and his sister (Roxie) May Mosier Gibbs, whose picture as the first telephone operator in Craig hangs in the Museum of Northwest Colorado.
Professor Tim Keirn
Department of History, California State University, Long Beach