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Charles Stobie

Birth place or City of origin: Baltimore
State of origin: MD
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Start/Birth date: 1845
Death/End date: 1931

Stobie, born in Baltimore, journeyed west to St. Louis around 1863 and secured passage up the Missouri to Nebraska City, where he hired out as a bullwhacker. He made his way to Colorado by 1865 and became acquainted with Kit Carson, Mariano Medino, and James Beckwith. During the spring of 1866 Stobie crossed Berthoud Pass and lived with a band of Ute Indians in Middle Park joining their war party that took seven scalps in a skirmish with Cheyenne and Arapaho near Grand Lake, CO. In 1868 Stobie was a scout for Major Jacob Downing's expedition against the Cheyenne and Arapaho and in 1869 assisted in marking the location of the White River Ute agency in northwest Colorado. Stobie was recognized as an artist of some note, the Denver Post observing at the turn of the century that Stobie was a "rare painter of western life and scenery with all the charm and romantic passion that only those who love it know how to throw into pictures of the West."

 

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