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James Strang

JAMES STRANG was born September 11th, 1849, in Clydesdale, Scotland, and received his education in his native town and in the city of Glasgow. He is the descendant of an old and distinguished Scottish family and can trace his ancestry back 400 years. Many of his ancestors were eminent in their day in theology, the law, arts and agriculture. One of them, James Strang, for whom our subject was named, was for years Principal of the University of Glasgow. Another, Christopher Strang was beheaded in 1666, during the Convanter trouble. After attaining his majority, our subject represented a large wholesale wooden house of Glasgow as traveling salesman, for twenty years, which kept him on the road all the time and enabled him to become thoroughly conversant with the customs, habits and conditions of the people in all parts of Scotland. In 1874 he married Jane Warnock, of Lanarkshire, who bore him two sons, Christopher and James W. Strang. She died in 1879. Ten years later he married Annie r. Meikle of Stranraer-Wigtownshire, Scotland, who has born him one son, Robert M. Strang, of Timnath, Colorado. Mr. Strang came from Scotland to Fort Collins in 1888, and settled first on a farm near that city, moving in 1890 to his present home near Timnath, engaging in farming, and cattle raising in which he prospered. He is an ardent admirer of Robert Burns, the poet and his works, and in 1888 was instrumental in organizing a Burns Club, of which he was made the first President. The club is now known as the Caledonian Club, and it meets annually on the 25th of January and St. Andrews day to commemorate the anniversary of Scotland’s famous bard. Mr. Strang’s hobby is music and art, and he is also a great lover of a good horse. In his youth, he was noted as an amateur athlete, there being but few better in all Scotland. He paid a visit of several months to his old home in Scotland in 1910, and was royally entertained while there by the friends of other days. He is one of the most genial and companionable of gentlemen, generous and hospitable to a degree, a student of history, has traveled much, and is a good raconteur and his companionship is much sought after.

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