Meeker, Rio Blanco County

Mathias and Sigrid Villa homesteaded on Strawberry Creek near Meeker in 1915. They built a cabin that still stands today. Over the next 30 years they acquired five adjoining properties.

The Villas and their five children grew grain and hay and raised livestock.  Sigrid sold butter and eggs, and Matt was a carpenter.  Later their son Martin and his wife Mary operated the ranch for several years before purchasing the property and adding yet another adjoining farm. Today, their daughter Mary K. and husband Albert Krueger, along with children Hanna, Martin and Elly, continue the ranching and outfitting operations.

Building the new house in 1928DSC_0080The new frame house in 1928