At first I wasn’t sure I’d be able to find much on H. B. Dye of Manzanola, first in line in the “bottom row standing.” With only initials to go on making an ID can be tough. But, I remembered that when I was researching George Ingalls, I came across a 1915 newspaper article where George had been elected a trustee for Manzanola and one Horace Dye was elected mayor at the same time. Strong possibility that H. B. Dye and Horace Dye were one in the same. Then when I started the search, H. B. Dye came up as Horace every time. So I’m pleased to introduce the former mayor of Manzanola – Horace B. Dye.
Horace was born on November 1, 1869 in Ionia, Michigan to farmer and civil war vetran Bloomfield Dye and wife Ellen Flint of New Jersey. He was only 7 months old in his first census of 1870 in Michigan. Horace lived with his young parents and a John Dye (likely an uncle based on age) and Mary Flint, aged 24, younger sister of Ellen Flint Dye. I was unable to find Horace and family in 1880. I don’t know if his parents had more children, but his is the only birth record with those parents that I was able to find. It’s likely Horace was an only child.
However, there will be more to come on Bloomfield Dye and family as he is in this July 4th Reception Committee photo as well! So, back to Horace. In March of 1893 Horace married Ella G. Beaty in Catlin, Otero county, Colorado. By 1900 the were still in Otero county but had a daughter Laura added to the family. In 1910, the year of this photo, Horace was a manager in Manzanola, CO. Still with just one child, Laura, who was now 16.
It was in 1915 that Horace B. Dye was elected Mayor of Manzanola with a “light vote” due to rain according the the Denver Rocky Mountain News on April 8, 1915. In 1917 the Pueblo Chieftan reported that Mayor Dye expected a large fruit crop this summer as he was a prominent fruit grower.
I’m not sure how long Horace served as Mayor but he still lived in Manzanola in 1930. His occupation was listed as manager, elevator & lumbar yard. His wife Ella had passed away a few years prior in 1928. Horace would live another 10 without her and he died in 1938. Both are buried in Manzanola Mountainview Cemetery.