Homer D. Colvin

               HOMER D. COLVIN

Soon after leaving the army Mr. Colvin began to think of the great west, although engaged in teaching in Illinois he each year at the close of the school would resolve that he would teach no more but would go west. In 1878 this feeling grew so strong he came to Decatur county and soon afterward was appointed the first superintendent of schools and actually organized the first nine school districts of this county. He was afterward elected two terms as county clerk. Mr. Colvin has done more clerical work than most men and altho getting along in years is still one of the most expert penmen in the city and his records in all cases are kept in a very neat manner. Mr. Colvin has made quite a reputation as pension attorney and has obtained more pensions for old soldiers or their wives than any one in this part of the state. He was on his ranch 12 miles up the Sappa when the Indians made their raid in 1878, he and wife fired several shots at them as they surrounded the house, Colvin wounded an Indian in the arm by a shot from his revolver. He is now connected with the city electric light and water departments, has a nice home and is living very comfortably.

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