Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Nelson O. and Flora (Neally) Dristy, Jennie (Nealley) Walin Charles and Lizzie Neally, 6 South 43 West

In 1880 Saunders County, Nebraska, Flora Nealy is 16, born in Maine, with A.L. 50 and Abagill Nealey 49. In 1885 Saunders County, A.L. is 55, Abba 54, Flora 21, Charles 19, Jennie 17, and boarder Frank Kiser 25. In 1880 Saunders County, Andrew Walin is 46, C.L. 18, Charley 14, John 22, and Charlett 51, all bornin Sweden.
Carl Victor Walin born Jan 11, 1866, is buried in Saunders County Dec 22, 1891.

Jennie proved up a quarter in 23, 6S 43W in 1890.
James Sanford, born Nov 18, 1864, died Nov 7, 1898, and is buried in Jaqua. So is Tracy Walin Nov 2 1891- Sept 8, 1909 "s/o James S. Walin & Jennie J. Nealley."

1904 Wray "W.H. Tovey and Charles Walin two staunch republicans of "Japua" Kansas, were in town Monday."
Effie Walin was in the first graduating class of Cheyenne County High School in St. Francis in 1907.

1908 Wray "A Mr. Walin, of Cresco, Nebr., arrived here last Saturday night to visit with Chas. Wallin , of Lansing Precinct.
In 1910 Montana, Charles Walin and Jennie, both 43, have Effie 20,Roy 16, Charles Jr. 8, Elseie 4, and Tressa 2, all kids born in Colroado.
1910 Burlington "Albert Walin has been enjoying a visit from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Walin of Alcetter, South Dakota."
1911 Burlington "Mrs. Albert Walin is visiting friends in Colorado Springs this week.
Charles D. and Jennie J. Walin, both 72 are in Salem Oregon in 1940.
Jennie J. Walin 1867-1944 is buried in Woodburn Oregon # 80532389. So is Charles G. Walin 1868-1959.

August 1955 "Funeral services for a former Woodburn resident, Paul Russell Walin, 42, will be held Saturday. 2 p.m. at the Ringo-Cornwell Chapel here. The services originally were set for Thursday: Walin, who had lived in recent years at Yakima, drowned Sunday "

"Funeral services for Charles G. Walin, 90, will be conducted Saturday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Ringo-Cornwell Funeral Chapel in Woodburn by Rev. N. C. Erntson. Vault interment will be in Belle Passi cemetery beside his wife Jennie who died in 1944 and a son Paul. Mr. Walin was born November 5, 1868 in Sweden and came to America in 1889. He homesteaded in Colorado and became a cattle rancher. In 1929 he came to Woodburn and had lived in this vicinity ever since except for a few years in California. He was a member of the Monitor Seventh-day Adventist church. He died Tuesday night at the home of a daughter Audrey (Mrs. Hugh) Wells in Hubbard. Besides Mrs. Wells he is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Effie Erntson of Woodburn route 2 and Mrs. Tess Manbeck of San Francisco, Cal.; two sons, Roy Walin of South Lancaster, Mass., and Charles Walin of San Francisco; and five grandchildren. "

"Roy & Mae (Reichard) Walin With their daughter Sheryl
Below from left: Lois Baierle, Mae Walin holding Sheryl, Hannah Baierle and her children Chuck & Ruth | Uncle Roy was an enthusiastic idea man. After retiring, he and Mae went as missionaries to Africa. Roy's main mission was to dig wells to bring clean water to communities.
Roy Walin thought kids were quite a nuisance...until Sheryl! "

Hulda Rainey of Sandpoint, Idaho wrote "I attended Mount Ellis Academy in 1920 or 1921... and Effie was teaching. We had some rough going at that time and wheneer someone was sent on the red carpet, it was always held in Effie's room. She was always the peacemaker and a wonderful person... I was so pleased when I read the story of Effie Walin and that she lived to the rip age of 96."

Charles G. Walin proved up 144 acres in 17 and 20, 5S 42W (Yuma County) in 1903.
Jennie Walin proved up a quarter in 9, 5S 42W in 1903.
1884 Omaha "Leave to wed was yesterday given Alf. G. Anderson, of Princeton, ILl, and Anna S. Dristy, of York, Neb."
Nelson cash-claimed a quarter in 35, 5 1/2 South, 43W in 1891, and timber-claimed one in section 25 in 1900.
. 1888 Lincoln, Nebraska "Miss Ellen Dristy of Herpolscheimer's, has returned from a very pleasant vacation in Colorado."

Nelson wrote "I got a letter from my father-in-law saying he had been out in eastern Colorado and was very much taken up with that county and it was all open for homesttad and timber claim. He said he had filed on homesteads and timber claims for three of his children, and also on a timber claim for my wife and I. This was six miles from the Kansas line in Kit Carson County. Burlington, on the C.R. & P railroad, the county seat. In the fall of 1887 I sold my house in Phillips, moved my furniture to Lincoln, stored it with my sisters where they were keeping house. Hannah and Anna were doing sewing and Ellen was clerking in Herpolshiemer's department store, and she boarded and stayed with Hanna and Anna.
.. When I had this house completed I went home to the old folks and my wife. My wife's youngest brother Charley had just gotten married and was getting ready to load a car and ship to Colorado to settle on his homestead, where his brother Harry had gone the year before. He asked me if I would go with this car and build him a house on his claim and his father and mother would take care of my wife, so we loaded the car in Wahoo on the B&M railroad. We had in the car two mules, one cow and some chickens; the rest was farm machinery and household goods. I stayed with the mules and Charley rode in the caboose. We unloaded at Haigler, Nebr., forty-five miles north of Charley's claim. We loaded up the wagon and got an early start next morning. We had the cow tied behind the wagon. This was not a pleasure trip, but we got to Harry Nealley's in two days. Now I filed on a preemption as I did not want to be tied down five years on a homestead. A preemption you could live on six months, prove up and pay $1.25 per acre and get a deed.
While I was putting up Charley's house the boys were building me a sod house on my claim. They I got a letter from home saying my wife had a baby girl and was getting along all O.K. After I finished Charley's house I helped the boys put some finishing touches on my sod house, plastered it and also laid a board floor. That was the most comfortable house I have ever spent a winter in. We used only what we called buffalo chips for fuel, and if we had any fire in the stove even the coolest days we had a window open, and it was also cool in summer. The land was level and was covered with a mat of buffalo grass, that would almost hold you up when you walked on it. No rock, and soil was fine, but for several years they got hot winds the last of July that cured their crops, but have since raised some good farm crops. I bought a pony and buggy so I could drive to town, and put up a small barn out of lumber.
Harry Neally let me have an ox team and I broke up ten acres of my tree claim and some on preemption. I planted about an acre of watermelons. Some time in May my wife and baby Fern came out. I had my furniture shipped out from Lincoln where it had been stored with my sisters'. I had been staying with Harry Nealley up till that time. Now there were three hoses on three corners, only a gun-shot apart - a John Johnson, Harry Nealley and myself and Charley Nealley was a half mile north and that summer my wife's sister Jennie got married and came out and settled on her homestead. So there were now four of us living close together, each having a half section of land. I helped my brother-in-law with his improvements and after that there was nothing to do, only watch the prairie dogs play across the road. In July the hot winds from Kansas dried up the corn crop, just like it did in South Dakota the first years we lived here. I built me a good cave and this was used by Neally several years after I left. We had a big crop of watermelons that year and I filled my cave with melons and stacked some outside and covered them with cane. The neighbors came in and got all they wanted all winter. The coyotes would come up close to the house and serenade us nights. No snow that winter, so I put in part of my time hunting jack rabbits, antelope, and deer. Harry had a good rifle but the country was too level to sneak up close enough to get a good shot at them, but Harry shot several antelope while he lived there. When I first came out there we saw several wild horses, but later they disappeared.
Before I could prove up on my claim I had to advertise this in a paper four weeks. So I and a neighbor who was also going to prove up on his claim, started at the same time to advertise in a Burlington paper, so he would answer as witness for me and I for him. We paid a man's expense to go with us, as we each had to have two witnesses. We set the proving up date for March 17, 1889. A week before proving up time I got a letter from home that Father was failing fast and not expected to hold out much longer. I answered that as soon as I proved up on my pre-emption, I would come home and help take care of him. When I got to Burlington on my way to Denver to prove up, I got a telegram saying Father died. I answered I could not come. We arrived in Denver March 16. The next day was St. Patrick's day and the Irish had a great parade and celebration. The next day we proved up and I got a deed to my claim and started back home.

Now there was nothing for me to do there so I sold my pony and buggy and my improvements to the neighbors and my brothers-in-law, saying they would look after my tree claim. I shipped my furniture to Lincoln, where I rented a house and lived there and did carpenter work for several years.
Nelson went to Sweden in 1895 to look into his mother's estate, traveling through Chicago in June 1895, where he saw the Ferris wheel from the Columbia Exposition.

Augustus L. Leanney, was born October 5, 1830 in Bangor, Maine, died March 21, 1915 in Burlington, Colorado. Abby Nealley was born in Bangon, died January 18, 1930 in Weston Nebraska. Both are buried near Ceresco,Nebraska. They havd four children: Harry C., Flora J., Jennie, Charley. All are now living but Charley."

Nelson O. Dristy in 1900 Saunders County, Nebraska, an elevator agent born August 1860 in Sweden, married 14 years to Flora J. June 1863, Illinois. They hae Ferne Mar 1888, Guy Oct 1889, Earle Mar 1891, Ross Jan 1893, Clark May 1895, and Ellen Oct 1897, all born in Nebraska. Augustus N. Nalley Oct 1829 in Maine, is his father-in law.
In 1910 Hughes County, South Dakota, Nelson and Flora are farming, with Rose 16, Clark 14, Ellen 12, and Hazel 6, all kids born in Nebraska.
Nels and Flora are alone in 1930 Hughes County. The state census says they were married in 1885.
In 1940 Nelson and Flora are living with daughter "Fean" Besancon 52 and her kids Betty 19 and Clark 17.

Flora J. (Nealley) Dristy 1863-1942 # 14999123 and Nelson Olaf Dristy 1860-1944 are buried in Blunt, Hughes County, South Dakota.
Nelson's parents Olof 1828-1889 and Anna 1831-1918, are buried in Saunders County # 19526548.
Charles Neally is in Beaver Valley precinct, Kit Carson County in 1900, born March 1865 in Maine., with Lizzie June 1865 Illinois. They have Hadee Dec 1888 and Blanche Feb 1895, both born in Colorado.
Haidee Nealley, of Kanorado, married Fred H. Weeden of Jaqua October 17, 1910 in Burlington.
In 1911 Charley Neally of Kanorado Kansas was a witness for the land claim of Alfred Stacy for land in 7S 43W.
Blanche B. Nealley of Kanorad married Lyle H. James of Kanorado in Burlington February 25, 1914.
"James, Lyle, Farmer, S. 1, T. 7, R. 43, P. O. Kanorado, Kansas. Mr. James was born in Nebraska in 1891, settled in the County in 1914, and married Blanche B. Neally. They have three children. "
In 1920 Sherman County, Kansas, Charles and Lizzie are both 54, with Haidee M. 31, married but no spouse, and her Glen F. 8 and Gladys L. 6, both born in Kansas.
Charles is widowed in 1930 Sherman County, with Haidee, Glen and Gladys, none with occupations.
Lizzie 1965-1926 # 67096433 and Charles Nealley 1865-1930 are buried in Kanorado.
In 1940 Sherman County, Hadee is divorced, 51, with Glen 28, farming.
Glen F. Weeden 1911-1944 # 14862731 is buried in Kanorado "Invasion De Leyte P.J."
Haidee M. Weeden 1888-1984 is also buried in Kanorado # 14862771.
One tree said Gladys Lavern Weeden was born Jan 23, 1914,
In 1900 Lansing precinct, now Yuma County, Charles Walin born Nov 1869 in Sweden, married three years to Jennie June 1867 Illinois. Her kids Effie Oct 1889, Tracy Nov 1891, and Roy Dec 1894 all born in Colorado.

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