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As Teresita Sandoval moved from the river back toward El Pueblo, her traditional attire, her statuesque figure and her strength and energy captivated George Barclay. From Deborah Mora-Espinosa, in La Gente, we learn about Barclay’s encounter: “She is clad in the customary off-the-shoulder camisa and mid-calf skirt, her long, fringed rebozo hanging around her neck. ”7 Ten years after he saw her, Barclay painted in color a love-at-first-sight image of Teresita. Though their eventual relationship was stormy and ended in separation, the drawing, a testament to the love and devotion that Barclay felt for her, is the only known image that exists of her.

She called it Garo, the English pronunciation of the family name. She sold and leased lots and began a carefully planned program of land acquisition. She was already successful with her hay crops and cattle business. As her sons grew up, they either helped on one of her ranches or worked ranches of their own. The Colorado Midland Railway Company established the Garo station, and a depot was built for shipping hay and cattle as well as for passenger service. A busy mercantile store was located nearby.

Ernest Charles, the youngest child, was born in 1873, just 2 years before his father died. He grew up on the Guiraud ranch and was an old hand at roping and riding. The story is told in the Harry A. Epperson book, Colorado as I Saw It, about “Nest” or “Ness” as he was sometimes called. Nest, on horseback, was trying to turn back a horse that had broken out and was running and dragging a rope. ” The horse got up and walked away, but Nest still lay on the ground. One of the men came over and discovered that he still had a heartbeat, so they thought he would survive.

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