The Thomas Family History

As told by Gary and Shirley Thomas

Now available at the Ridgway Public Library


Adam Miller Thomas was one of the most distinguished ranchers in the early development of Log Hill Mesa in Ouray County, Colorado.  By purchase and by homesteading, Mr. Thomas and his wife Elizabeth Chrisman Thomas established the Hot T cattle ranch in the early 1900s - the ranch eventually consisted of 5,500 acres in the southwestern portion of Log Hill Mesa.  His ranch continues to this day as one of the premier operating ranches in Colorado.

An extensive biography of Mr. Thomas was published in the Montrose Daily Press at the time of his death in 1922.  The complete article is included in this story.

Mrs. Thomas was born June 8, 1857 in Geneva, Indiana and died June 7, 1935 in Montrose, Colorado.  The Thomas’ were married June 4, 1877 in Indiana.

In 1902, Adam and Elizabeth adopted Lewis Earl Thomas when he was four years old and brought him to the Log Hill ranch.  Earl married Ida Wilson and they had two sons, Gary and Adam.

This history story is told by Mr. Thomas’ grandson, Gary Thomas and his wife Shirley Schuldt Thomas.  Gary and Shirley are retired school teachers whose home is in Fruita, Colorado.

The oral histories along with other supplemental historical records including photographs, newspaper articles and written recollections are included in this historical presentation.  Also included are typed transcripts of the interview and a CD copy of the interview.

At the left:   Shirley and Gary Thomas at their home in Fruita, Colorado. 2004




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