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THE WESTERN STAR, 30 June 1916

Every early settler in this county doubtless well remember Col. Dick Phillips, who lived here for several years both before and after the organization of the county thirty one years ago. A few weeks ago, Col.
Phillips died at his home in Chicago, after a brief illness. He was not far from 72 years of age at the time of his death.

Col. Phillips, while a resident of this county was interested in stock raising on an extensive scale. He, backed by his father, Henry W. Phillips, a prominent business man of Chicago, was one of the organizers
of the "Comanche Pool," at that time one of the big cattle companies of the southwest. The company fenced in several hundred thousand acres in this county and in Barber-co., and kept the big pasture stocked with
cattle from the range country of the great Southwest. Coldwater constituted the "beef pasture." It is said that the wire fence which enclosed the pasture was 185 miles in length and built of the best 7 pound wire, which was hauled from Harper. It was about the year 1879
when the "pool" was formed. As the county began to be settled up, the company's operations on free range began to be interfered with somewhat and it was not long until the "pool" went out of business. Later Mr.
Phillips engaged in the stock business in Montana, but finally settled in Chicago, where he continued to make his home. For several years Mr. Phillips had been ranked as a millionaire.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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