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Sadie Viola Mousel was born November 9, 1906, at Watertown, South Dakota, and passed away November 20, 1958, at her home southeast of Kit Carson. Her family moved to Cheyenne County, Colorado in 1907, where Mr. Mousel homesteaded a farm south of First View. Sadie attended the Cheyenne County High School and graduated in 1925. She attended teacher's college in Greeley, Colorado, where she reicieved a Life Certificate. She taught school for many years at First View and Kit Carson. She was united in marriage to Joseph Anthony Oswald, July 25, 1944. To this union two daughters were born. Sadie was a devoted wife and mother, a conscientious teacher, efficient in everything she undertook. When she started at task, she was never satisfied to give less than her best, and was beloved by all who knew her. She was a memberof the St. Augustine Catholic Church at Kit Carson, the Busy Bee Club, Cheyenne County Cowbelles and Colorado Cowbelles. She belonged to the Eads P.T.A. and was active in the Eads Thunderbird 4-H Club.

She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Emily Ann, age 13 and Carolyn Josephine, age 11; her mother, Mrs. Annie Mousel of Cheyenne Wells; one siser, Mrs. Mary Flanders of Seattle, Washington; three brothers, Henry Mousel of Chicago, Orville Mousel of Seattle, Washington, and Joseph Mousel of First View, Colorado; nine nieces, six nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Relatives here for Oswald Services:

Among friends and relatives attending the services for Mrs. J. A. Oswald, from a distance were Mrs. Mary Flanders and Orville Mousel, Seattle, Washington; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mousel and Neal Mousel, Chicago, Miss Patty Flanders, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Locke, Mrs. Lucy Mahlberg and Mrs. Theresa Wheeling, all of Denver; Mr. and Mrs. H. N. Oswald of St. Louis, Missouri; Mrs. Barbara Benelli of Pittsburg, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Myer, Galena, Kansas; Mrs. FrankBurdick, Seneca, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Karl Wagner, Holly; Mrs. Coletta Sanches, Nucla, Colorado; Joseph Oswald of Gunninson, David Oswald of Lamar; and many others from Eads and Cheyenne Wells.

from the Kiowa County Press, Eads, Kiowa Co., CO, Nov 28 1958

Death came suddenly to Mrs. Joe Oswald at her ranch home northeast of Eads last Thursday morning about 9:30 o'clock as she was preparing to do the family laundry. She was found lying on the floor by the washing machine by Sam Koehn, who is employed there, and he immediately summoned Mr. Oswald, who was nearby. Before the doctor arrived from Cheyenne Wells, artificial respiration was tried but failed to revive her. According to the doctor, death was attribute to coronary thrombosis. Rosary was said in Cheyenne Wells and Kit Carson on Sunday evening.

Funeral services were at 9:00 a.m. Monday in St. Augustine's Church at Kit Carson. Father John Canjar was in charge of the Requiem High Mass and graveside services.

Interment was in the Kit Carson cemetery with Don Collins, Carl Peterson, Edwin Jackson, John Huldy, George Hogan and John Goodier serving as pallbearers.

OSWALD, JOSEPH ANTHONY (also see Family History)

Cowboy Joe (as he was known by many) loved the land and the cattle business. He worked tirelessly to promote the growth of the industry. He was undaunted by his failures and proud of his successes. He had a deep faith in God that sustained him all his life.

Joseph Anthony Oswald died May 10, 1998 at Life Care Center in Westminster, Colorado at the age of 98.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his wives Sadie and Sophia, six brothers, William, Casper, Frank, Nick, Martin and Ted, and four sisters, Sophia, Barbara, Lena and Lillian.

He is survived by his daughters Emily (Mike) Coffey of Arvada, Colorado and Carolyn Rhode; grandsons J.C. (Little Joe) Coffey, Michael and Marcus Rohde; granddaughter Sadie Rohde of Columbus, Nebraska; step-sons Edward Oswald of Kit Carson and Robert Oswald of Urich, Missouri; step-daughter Mary Jo Smith of Boiser City, Louisiana; step-grandsons Steven, Troy and Galen; step- granddaughters Karen, Anglea, Cecilia, Beth and Jeanette; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorials may be made to St. Augustine Catholic Church or Cheyenne County Cattlemen's Association."


The following is the euglogy written by Joe Oswald's daughter and delivered by his nephew at his funeral.

"The Last Roundup for Rancher, Joseph Oswald, 98 years old"

Joseph Anthony Oswald was the seventh of twelve children born to Emily Electra (Fowlston) and Casper Joseph Oswald on October 17, 1899 in Ashbury, Missouri. His father traded their farm in Missouri for a cattle ranch in the wilds of eastern Colorado in May 1907. The family arrived by train on a cold windy day in May of that year. They homesteaded ten mile south and five miles east of Kit Carson. Joe had very little experience in the world around him. He was an avid reader and was interested in growing and learning.

When Casper died, Joe and two of this brothers, Frank and Martin bought the ranch. Eventually, Joe purchased all of the ranch when his brothers left to pursue other business ventures. Joe lived and worked on the ranch until he was forced into retirement and he moved to the Parrish Home in Kit Carson.

On July 25, 1944, Joe married Sadie Viola Mousel. They had two daughters, Emily Ann and Carolyn Josephine. Sadie died November 20, 1958 and Joe was left to raise his daughters alone.

Joe married Sophia Elizabeth Kantner Oswald on April 30, 1966. Sophia preceded Joe in death on October 27, 1988.

Joe was a lifetime member of Saint Augustine Catholic Church in Kit Carson. Catholicism was a major part of his life and in 1989, Joe was presented with the Diocese of Colorado Springs "Legacy of Love" award. This prestigious award is given to a resident of the diocese who exhibits in their life stewardship high ideals and has given their time and talent to serve the church.

He was a long time Farm Bureau member serving on the board and in other ways to help organization. He was an active member of the American National Cattlemen's Association (National Cattlemen's Beef Association), the Bent/Prowers Cattlemen's Association, the Cheyenne County Cattlemen's Association. He was one of the founding members of the Cheyenne County Association and served many years as president. He was a charter member of the newly formed National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Joe was awarded honorary life membership in the Bent-Prowers Cattlemen's Association. In 1996, he was presented with two awards by the Colorado Cattlemen's Association and the Cheyenne County Cattlemen's in recognition of his many years of dedicated service to the beef industry.

Joe was a Republican, being active in the Kiowa County party. He was committeeman in the late 60's and early 70's for many years. Joe was recognized by the Colorado Soil Conservation District for his continuous efforts to preserve the fragile environment that he loved. He realized the importance of protecting the ecosystem for present and future generations.

For years Joe was the weatherman for KLMR, calling with snow and rain amounts each day.

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