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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Byron M. Cole,6 South 43 West


Byron is with Oliver W. and Martha J. Cole - both 40 in 1880 York County, Nebraska Byron M. is 9, Edna A. 5, and Henry $. 2.
In 1900 Byron, 29, is in Pawnee County, Nebraska, boarding with the John and Mary Greenwood family.
John C. Burns married Lena Moffett January 18, 1912, recorded in Yuma County.

Byron proved up 312 acres in 33, 5 1/2 South, 43W in 1913. This was probably in the strip of land ceded by Yuma County to Kit Carson County.
1913 West Vernon items "B.M. Cole of Morris, Colorado spent the weekend visiting in the John Burns home."
1913 "Mrs. Hattie Cole, who has been visiting with her daughter, Mrs. John Burns for the past two weeks, returned to her home at Hale last Saturday."
1914 Hale items in the Wray, Colorado newspaper "Byron Cole passed through here one day this ween enroute for Vernon where he will visit relatives."
1916 "Miss Mary Devlin and Mrs. Byron Cole visited at the Burns ranch last week. Mrs. Cole returned to her home near Burlington Sunday and Miss Devlin returned to Idalia Tuesday."

Byron E. Cole in 1920 Yuma County, 48, born in Illinois, with Hattie M. 45, Nebraska.
1922 Wray "Mrs. B.M. Cole is sick this week."
In 1920 B.M. Cole was on the plat for a 40-acre tract in 1, 4N 45W - really hilly sand dunes - and that 40 acres was part of a tract proved up by John R. Smithson in 1922.

1923 Wray "Mrs. Byron Cole returned Saturday from Seward, Nebraska, where she had been visiting."
FindaGrave # 66182324 has Byron M. Cole 1870-1925 buried in Seward County, NEbraska.

Mrs. Hattie Cole married John H. Steiger August 23, 1929, recorded in Phillips County.

"In the late 1920's John Steiger moved into Wood River. On August 23, 1929 he married Hattie Cole of Holyoke, Colorado. Hattie May Shineflew (per one tree) was born March 2, 1875 in Richardson County where she grew to womanhood. On March 2 1892 she married George Moffitt. They lived in various towns in Richardson County where George was a stone mason. Two children were born to this union, Lana and Harvey. George died from typhoid fever in 1900. Hattie was a nurse who practiced her profession in the various towns she lived. She was also a seamstress, who did professional sewing. Hattie and John were a thrifty couple who brought their love of the land to town. They would raise a big garden and in the fall they could show off a basement full of canned goods. In the fall John would cut his corn and build the corn shocks. They lived a block from a granddaughter and her husband, Cecelia and Tom Wagoner. They were close to family and enjoyed family gatherings. Both were active members of the Wood River Methodist Church. John enjoyed his "great-grandchildren" and spent hours telling them stories about the Indiana of early days. Hattie was a good cook and housekeeper, and is still remembered for her pies and for the nice table she would set. John suffered a stroke at his home July 10, 1953 and lived for one month. Hattie lived six more years, passing away on September 17, 1959 at her home. Both are buried at the Wood River cemetery. "

"Thomas Wagoner married Cecilia Burns. Cecelia was the oldest daughter of John and Lena Burns of Yuma County, Colo. She was a member of Wray High School Class of 1930. Cecelia came to Grand Island in the fall of 1930 to attend Grand Island Business College. Her grandmother Hattie and John Steiger lived in Wood River."

Lena Moffitt Burns 1893-1987 is buried in Wood River, Nebraska # 108906603.

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