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Submitted: 11/4/08 • Approved: 11/10/08 • Last Updated: 3/23/17 • R22164-G0-S3
Gravestone Inscription: Paul Fortune 1883 - 1906
Note: The Alma cemetery and Buckskin cemetery are one in the same. The cemetery was originally called the Buckskin cemetery because it was next to the original town of Buckskin Joe, now a ghost town. President Theodore Roosevelt approved the land grant for the cemetery to be used by Alma residents on 3/21/1902, Patent No. 1638.
Source: the following was taken from the Fairplay Flume Newspaper (Fairplay, Park County) dated July 27, 1906 page 1.
Paul Fortune, the only son of former Superintendent John Fortune of the Alma placer, died from pneumonia Monday night after a short illness. He contracted the dreaded disease while working on Mt. Lincoln. He was brought to Alma and his family notified. Mr. and Mrs. Fortune immediately came up from Denver and attended to him during the last days of his life. His sisters, Mrs. Jessie Mouaghan and Lucy Fortune arrived from Denver Tuesday, too late to find their brother alive. Paul Fortune was a clever young man of modest and polite disposition and loved and esteemed by everybody.
The high esteem he stood in was shown by the great attendance at his funeral, which tool place at Buckskin cemetery Wednesday afternoon. The funeral cortege was the largest seen in Alma, many Fairplay friends also attending. Paul Fortune was raised in Alma, coming here when a mere child. He was about 23 years of age.
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Contributed on 11/4/08 by southparkperils
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