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Pioneers Manhart, Henry P. Douglas County

HENRY P. MANHART. Douglas County, Colorado 1870

Henry P. Manhart, county and state road contractor, who has done important public work especially in bridge building, makes his home at Castle Rock. He was born in Douglas county, Colorado, April 15, 1870, a son of Christ and Sarah (Varney) Manhart, both of whom are natives of Pennsylvania and came to Colorado in 1860. They are now residents of Sedalia. Henry P. Manhart acquired a common school education while spending his youthful days upon his father’s farm. He was also trained in the work of the fields and after his textbooks were put aside he assumed the management of the home ranch, which he continued to further develop and cultivate until 1902, when he established a , market at Sedalia, continuing in business there for four years. On the expiration ofthat period he removed to Pierce, Colorado, where he engaged in the implement business for two years, and later he took up his abode at Larkspur, Colorado, where he carried on mercantile interests for two and a half years. Since that date he has been engaged in contract work in road and bridge construction, both for the county and state, in Douglas county. He does practically all of the bridge construction work in his county and keeps busy throughout the year a large force of workmen. He thoroughly understands the scientific principles of bridge building as well as the practical phases of the work and the results of his labors are highly satisfactory to the public.

In 1898 Mr. Manhart was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Lowell, who was born in Maine but was reared in Sedalia, Colorado. They have one child, Bessie F., born December 21, 1900, now a high school graduate who expects soon to enter Colorado College with a two years’ scholarship in recognition of the highest standing in her class. Mr. Manhart is a- member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being identified with Lodge No. 142 at Sedalia. He is leading a busy and useful life. There are no esoteric phases in his career, his entire course being characterized by industry and enterprise, leading to the wise use of his opportunities, and his work has ever been of a character that has contributed to public progress and welfare.

Reprinted from the book History of Colorado by Wilber Fisk Stone 1919