Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Nellie (Obele) (Smith) English, widow of Wilford M. Smith, sister Edna (Obele) and Frank Walters, 6 South 44 West

In 1885 Rock County, Minnesota, Andrew Obele 31 and Katherine 28, have Elizabeth A. 8, Louis J.6, Anna M. 5, Jennie E. 4, Dora A. 2, Katie V. 1 and their parents Peter 58 and Elizabeth 64.

In 1895 Nobles County, Andrew 42 and Catherine 39 have father Peter 68, Lizzie 18, Louis 17, Dora 12, Katie 10, Edna 9, Nellie 6, Mabel 3, and Alphonso 1.

In 1900 Nobles County, Minnesota, Andrew Obele born March 1853 in Germany, married 24 years to Katherine Sept 1857 Kentucky, have Lizzie July 1876 Iowa, Louis J. Aug 1877 Minnesota, Jennie May 1881 Minnesota, Dora Dec 1882 Minnesota, Jennie May 1881 Minnesota, Dora Dec 1882 Minnesota, Katie April 1886 Minnesota, Edna Dec 1885 Minnesota, NELLIE Feb 1888 Minnesota, Mabel Nov 1892 Minnesota, Alphonse B. June 1894 Minnesota, and Andrew's father Peter May 1827 Germany."

Because Elizabeth A. Obela, a trained nurse, is in Yuma County in 1910, 33, born in Iowa, with uncle James J. Rolow, this is the same family.
August 1913 Adrian Minnesota - "Miss Lizzie Obele, who has been visiting relatives at Kenneth and around Lismore, and friends in Adrian for the past months, left on Tuesday for Siousx City, where she will spend a few days and then go to Burlington, IOWA ?, for an indefinite stay. Mrs. H.A. Lais accompanied her to Sioux City for a visit."
In 1930 Marshall, South Dakota, Elizabeth is 53, born in Iowa, married to Frank Specter, 54, Minnesota, a merchant. They were first married at 31 and 21, respectively.
Frank Speeter 1874-1938 is buried in Lismore, Nobles County, # 73424066.
Elizabeth "Speeter " born January 20, 1877, mother's maiden name Rolow, died April 1, 1969 in Nobles County, MInnesota.
She's buried in Lismore with Frank, # 73424065.

Per the 1900 census, Frank's mother is likely Helena Mary (Moser) Lais 1855-1935 # 28229075.

In 1880, George "Spethe" is 4, with the Joseph and Maria Moser families and their Margaret 24 and Mary 18.

In 1880 Frank "Spelter" is 5, with August 33 and Hellen Lais 25, Alphons A. 5 and Caroline Moser 20 - Helen's sister,


Nellie was in Kit Carson County about 1907, with her photo provided by Win Wood.

Nellie is with sister Katie Knowlton in 1910 Rock County, Minnesota, 21, born in Minnesota.
Wilford Martin Smith married Nellie Mable Obele June 26, 1912, recorded in Denver. He might be the Wilford M. Smith, of Company G, 197th Ohio, receiving a pension increase to $24 per month in 1910.

Nellie proved up 304 acres in 18, 6S 44W in 1920.
Colorado state records have Wilford M. Smith with a land record in Kit Carson County December 28, 1915, but BLM records don't show a completion.

Robert B. English married Helen M. Smith July 22, 1919, recorded in Kit Carson County.
In 1920 Thomas County, Kansas, Robert English is a "curding man?" at a creamery, 29, Nebraska, and Nellie 29 Minnesota have no kids, but four roomers, all young men.
In 1930 Robert B. English 37, Nebraska is in Fremont, Nebraska, working in a creamery, married to Martha M. 25 (Martha was first married at 25).
Robert B. English 1890-1973 is buried in Fremont, Nebraska # 42870943.

In 1910 Kit Carson County, Frank Walters, 39, Iowa, and Edna, 25, Minnnesota have been married six years. They have LeRoy, 4, born in Minnesota.
In 1912, Frank Walters of Hermes, Colorado was a witness, along with Charles Evans, Adnrew C. Harlen, and Charles A. Bartles, for the claim of Charles H. Bronson for land in 14, 6S 45W.

Frank proved up 304 acres in 19, 6S 44W in 1913.
In 1920 Kit Carson County, Frank N. is 50, Edna M. 33, Leroy 14, Marvin L 9, Clifford W. 8, and Wilford J. 3. the last three born in Colorado.
Frank W. Walters 1870-1927 is buried in Burlington, # 89716911.

In 1930 Kit Carson County, Edna is 43, no occupation, widowed, with Marvin 19, Clifford 18, Wilford 14, Frankie 9, and Delores 8.
In 1940 Kit Carson County, Edna is farming, with Clifford 28, Frank 20, and Delores 18.
Per #89716848, Edna M. Walters is buried in Burlington 1886-1972.

Marvin Luverne Walters married Mable Maxine Andrews, both 19, in Burlington on December 8, 1930.

Wilford Francis Walters was born March 19, 1916 in Burlington to Frank W., Walters and Edna M. OIbele, died February 22, 2001.
Mr. Walters, 84, a Colorado Springs resident, died Feb. 22, 2001, at his son's home in San Jose, Calif., as a result of cancer. He was a purchasing agent for Joy Manufacturing and served in the Army during World War II from 1942 to 1946.
Mr. Walters was born March 19, 1916, in Burlington, to Frank W. Walters and Edna M. Obele, who are deceased. He was married April 2, 1960, to Annabel Doak, who is deceased.
He is survived by a son, Jon Doak Walters; a daughter-in-law, Angela Louise Walters; a brother, Frank; a sister, Delores Locklin; and a granddaughter, Annabel Victoria. Wilford is buried in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver # 30011363.

Frank Junior Walters, 90, of Jacksonville, Illinois , and formerly of Burlington, Colorado, died Friday, February 18, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. He was born May 5, 1920, in Burlington, Colorado, the son of Frank Wilbur and Edna Obele Walters. He married Margaret Brunemeier on December 26, 1944, and she preceded him in death on September 17, 2002.
He is survived by three daughters, Carole (husband, Henry) Huppe of Arenzville, Shirlene (husband, Stephen) Cramer of Sterling, Colorado, and Connie (husband, John) Bunge of Hemet, California; seven grandchildren, Karla (husband, Daniel) Yung, Kyle (fiancé, Nicole Haschemeyer) Huppe, Scott Cramer, Shawn (wife, Shayna) Cramer, Shane Cramer, Eric Bunge, and Breanna Bunge; three great-grandchildren, Aidan Yung, Ayla Yung, and Jace Cramer, one brother-in-law, Kenneth (wife, Jeannie) Brunemeier of Denver, Colorado, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Delores Locklin, and four brothers, Roy Walters, Marvin Walters, Clifford Walters, and Wilford Walters.
He farmed for many years on the homestead north of Burlington, Colorado. He served in the United States Army during World War II, and was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. and the Cooties. After moving to Illinois in 2005, Mr. Walters attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Arenzville. He loved playing cards, doing word search puzzles, dancing, and watching "The Price is Right." He enjoyed a good baseball game on television and always had a good joke to share.
Frank, Junior is buried in Burlington, # 84190675.

Notes received from Delores Maxine Walters Locklin, 11/23/99.
" A few days before we were married, (this was during World War II), we didn't own a car, so my girlfriend, Burke and I planned to take a Greyhound Bus from Denver to Burlington, CO, so we could be married near my Mother and brother, Clifford. I was born in Burlington and was the only girl with 5 brothers in the family.My Mother wanted to be at our wedding.
That evening my girlfriend got on the bus and Burke (Francis Burke Locklin 1914-1990) and I didn't because so many soldiers and families were getting on.Traveling was very hard during those times.My girlfriend got off the bus to wait with us.The next day we did get on the bus.When we got to Burlington, it was raining very, very hard.My Mother and brother were not there to meet us, we stayed in a hotel that night and the next day they came to town, 19 miles and took us out to the farm.
The next day, June 8, 1944, we were married at 4:00 PM, at the Burlington Methodist Parsonage, with my girlfriend, Margaret Brunemier, and my brother, Cliffor Walters, as witnesses, my Mother was present.
That evening, we went to a cafe for our wedding supper, as we were to board a bus around 6:00 PM for our trip back to Denver. Margaret had informed the bus load we were newlyweds. As we boarded the bus, there was so much rice thrown at us - it seemed like hail stones. When we got to Denver around midnight, Margaret (who is now my sister-in-law) went home.Burke and I found a hotel - we were ready for a rest."

Delores M. Locklin, 81, of Lakewood died April 15 at Porter Hospice. She was born April 8, 1922 in Burlington. She was preceded in death by her husband F. Burke Locklin. She was a retiree of Pacific Telephone in California. Survivors include two daughters Deanna Powers of Gillette, WY and Dixie Turnquist of Watkins, CO; one brother Frank Walters of Burlington, CO; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
F. Burke Locklin and Delores # 20850026 are buried in Denver.

In 1930 Kit Carson County. Roy A. Walters is farming, 24, married to Elizabeth A. 19, with Howard L. , 1.
In 1940 Kit Carson County, "Ray" is 34, Elizabeth 29, Howard L. 11, Phyliss 8, Arvetta 4, and Norma A. six months.
In 1940 Denver, Roy A. (Eliz A.) is a builder, living at 4775 Fillmore.

Roy A. Walters 1907-1973 is buried in Littleton, Colorado # 8088675, with Violet F. (Grubbs) Walters 1901-1979.
Elizabeth A. Walters 1910-1970 is buried in Burlington, # 89716876.


Brother Alf B. 1894-1959 is buried in Rock County # 58138839.

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