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William Edward Fronabarger

29 October 1877 - 5 December 1936


      Born near Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee, William Edward Fronabarger enlisted into the army in 1899 and spent 2 1/2 years in the Philippine Islands. In 1912, the year of New Mexico Statehood, Ed and his wife, Cola Ceton Hall, moved to New Mexico to claim homestead land from the federal government in Sofa, Union County, New Mexico. After for several years, he slowly moved into ranching. He was a prominent rancher in Northeastern New Mexico. He died as a result of dust pneumonia, contracted during the Dust Bowl years.




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