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Olivas V. Aoy
Aoy was born in March of 1823 at Mahon, on the island of Menorca, Spain. By June 4, 1879 Aoy had established himself at Carbonateville, the main camp in the booming Cerrillos Hills where he started the regions first newspaper, the Cerrillos Prospector.
James Franklin Calendar and his family were an extraordinary clan of pioneers, homesteaders and mining prospectors, who broke ground in the Gonzales, Cerrillos and Cochiti Mining Districts.
Sarah and her 8 children moved on by train to Cerrillos, New Mexico in 1893 or 1894 where she ran a boarding house. There she met and married James Chiposa. He was one of her boarders while working in the coal mine in Madrid, New Mexico.
Zadock M. Crutchfield, known by everyone as Zed, came to Cerrillos from Texas in mid-1889 with the best of credentials. Three years later, mid-1892, he vanished from Cerrillos, either to save his life or as a consequence of losing it.
The family arrived in San Pedro, New Mexico without mishap and here Father Green and the three older boys, using their large wagons, obtained a contract to haul ore from the mines in San Pedro to Los Cerrillos.
Juan Padilla came from a long line of Nuevo Mexicanos going back to his great-great-great-great grandparents, Francisco Padilla and Francisca Guillen. Grandpa Juan was born in La Bonanza in 1876, and for the last 35 years of his life he lived in Cerrillos.
From 1888, when he first set up practice in Cerrillos, to his death at the AT&SF Railroad Hospital in Albuquerque on September 24, 1935, Dr. Friend Palmer was THE DOCTOR in Cerrillos. Sometimes other medical doctors came and went, but Dr. Palmer stayed. In every sense of the phrase he was the pillar of the community.
Born in 1877 in Italy was a man by the name of Antonio Simoni. Tony had dreams, dreams of a new country and of coal and gold. At the age of 25, he left the little village of Santa Andrea, 65 miles from Rome, and came to the land which had filled his mind for years.
The Resident Data Base A-Z (below) contains Cerrillos & area family names, mining company historical records, newspaper snipits, personal accounts and census details based on information gathered by the late William Baxter. A pdf on using the files follows the alphabetical listings.