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Posted 2015-04-04 by Bobby Dobbins Title ::
Las Animas Leader, Nov. 14, 1917
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Mrs. Nannie Dobbins, one of Bent county's pioneer citizens, passed away
at the home of her son, R. G. Dobbins, last Tuesday evening, after a
gradual failing in health due to extreme age. The funeral service was
held from the home on Seventh and Grove avenue on Thursday afternoon,
the Rev. Eugene B. Kunts, D. D., officiating.

Mrs. Dobbins was born in Virginia, March 27, 1834, and at an early age
moved to Kansas, settling near Lawrence. Here she witnessed much of the
border strife that made the history of that state. She was a witness of
the sacking and burning of Lawrence in 1856 by Quantrell and his band,
and many other atrocities and wrongs of those stirring times. In 1867
she was united in marriage with James S. Dobbins, to which union three
children were born Mary, who died in infancy; Robert G., cashier of
the American Sugar plant here at Las Animas; and Scott W., who preceded
his mother to the grave but a few weeks. They continued to live near
Lawrence until 1875 when they came to Bent county and settled near Rule
Creek, 14 miles east of Las Animas. With the coming of the railroad
shortly after, the Santa Fe tracks were laid through their home and
corrals, necessitating a removal. For several years they resided at
Fort Lyon, then a big frontier post; afterwards they settled on land
just east of the Purgatoire and engaged in the stock business. In 1904
Mr. Dobbins died, and Mrs. Dobbins then resided for several years with a
sister, Mrs. Olive McGee, at Kansas City, Mo. Some three years ago, on
account of rapidly failing health, she returned to live with her son, R.
G. Dobbins and family, in her declining years.

Passing away at the ripe age of 83 years and 7 months, with a residence
in the west of nearly 10 years and in Colorado 42 years, would classify
Mrs. Dobbins as one of the pioneers of the Great West. What she has
seen in her long lifetime, the things that made history for this great
frontier of a great nation, would make a volume more interesting than a
romance. She was the type of woman that helped to make the development
of the west a possibility. Well educated, rugged of health and born
with the fortitude that enabled her sex to undergo the hardships of the
frontier and to face its dangers, both physical and mental, wshe went
through life never shirking her part in any scheme of events no matter
what it might be. To such pioneers of the early days (..) all that our
county now is, for their fortitude made all things that followed,

The many friends of Mrs. Dobbins during her lifetime, and of the family
left behind, extend their deepest sympathy to the bereaved relatives at
this time of sorry