The Lock Family, Part 2:
A tarnished family history
Last updated 11/3/2021 at 9:51am
Mathias Lock raised sweet corn, sugar beets, bluestem hay and alfalfa. The family also had cows, pigs and (of course, Barbara's beloved) chickens. In 1864, he built a grist mill on the river where the stream could be diverted to turn the mill stones. It was north of the house and near the head of ditch #14. He milled grain for the whole community. (The mill was destroyed in a flood on Memorial Day of 1935.) According to El Paso County records, Mathias was the sole owner of ditch #15. The "Lock Ditch," as it was known, was dug with a hand plow and mules. It was a 4-by-4 ditch that began nea...