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Subject: [CO-OLD-NEWS] New Article for United States - Colorado
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 17:08:26 -0500

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Article Title: Albuquerque Morning Journal
Article Date: September 27 1910

Article Description: Father Of Sugar Beet Industry Dies

Article Text:

The opening of the 18th National Irrigation congress here is clouded by mourning over the death of former State Senator George W Swink at Rocky Ford Saturday, the funeral to occur at Rocky Ford tomorrow. Mr Swink the Father of the Beet Sugar Industry has for years been prominant in the work of the irrigation congress and took a leading part in the sessions two years ago at Albuqerque evincing at that time a warm interest in the project of starting the industry on a large scale in the Rio Grande valley there. Mr Swink addressed the congress at that time on the subject which he has made one of the industrial foundation stones of the southwest and express his belief that conditions were ideal for the industry in New Mexico.
Swink who founded the present town of Rocky Ford was 74 years old and conceded to be one of the best irrigation experts in the west adn has been for many years connected with every big irrigation adn reservoir project in the Rocky mountain district. He was with the company that constructed the Rocky Ford and High Line ditches and at the time ohis death was projecting the great Swink Irrigatio nproject.
He was one of the leaders in political affairs in his part of the state and served two terms as state senator, was mayor of Rocky Ford and two years ago came very nearly receiving the republican nomination for governor of Colorado. The twon of Swink was named in his honor. By his death the Arkansas valley and the state generally loses one of its most thrifty citizens. A wife and several children survive.
He was one of the greaest developers of the sugar industry of Colorado and dearly devoted much of his attention to the development of the beer growing interest. He was a great builder and was interested in many irrigation projects. He was the originator of the famous Watermelon Day at Rocky Ford.


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