Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Otto H. Harmon , 6 South 44 West

In 1910 Tuttle precinct, Otto, 37 born in Germany, is living alone, farming.
Otto proved up a quarter in 9, 6S 44W in June 1913, and another in section 4 in Jul 1913, withnesses Wiliam Classen, John H. ?oye, Andrew Bauder, and Henry Schmidt.

Otto registered for WWI in Burlington, born April 28, 18873, with wife Emily and a daughter.
(Emily's father is probably Thomas Michael Bowman 1844-1934, buried in Kosciusko County # 26603452. "Married February 23, 1868 to Eliza Jane Vandegrift in Freeburg, Stark Co., Ohio. Retired farmer and member of the Brethren & GAR. Private, 26th Independent Battery, Ohio Light Artillery. ")

In 1920 Otto H. Harmon is in Koskuisko County, Indiana, 46, born in Germany, immigrating in 1881, naturalized in 1911. Emily is 46, Mary 4, both born in Indiana.
All three are still there in 1930.
In 1940, still farming in Indiana, Otto H. and Emily A. are both 66, with Mary A. - a teacher - 24, born in Colorado.

1951 Mrs. Otto Harmon of Wray was admitted to the Weld County General Hospital.

March 5, 1954 "Mrs. Emily Ann Harmon, 80, died Thursday night at Weld County General hospital. She had made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Levi E. Lengel, west of Greeley, since September, 1952. Mrs. Harmon, was born Oct. 27, 1873 near Princeton, Indiana. Funeral service and Interment will be held at Wray. "
Otto Henry Harmon 1873-1952 # 79962850 and Emily Ann (Bowman) Harmon 1873-1954 are buried in Vernon, Colorado.
Their daughter Mary Alice (Harmon) Lengel, 1915-1989 is buried in Greeley, #150431487.
Levi Lengel was a charter member of the Landsman church in 1918.
1960 "Mrs. Levi Lengel has moved from Greeley to southeast of LaSalle."

1977 "Mary Alice Lengel, teacher in Greeley and Evans schools for 20 years, will retire at the end of the current school year. Mrs. Lengel, second and third grade teacher at Centennial Elementary School in Evans, said she plans to use her newfound free time to "catch up on all the things I haven't had time to do." In addition, she said she and her husband Levi may do some traveling. Mrs. Lengel began her teaching career -- which includes 11 years of teaching before coming to Greeley--in a one-room schoolhouse in nor- thern Indiana. For the first four years of her teaching career, she taught among the Amidi settlements before schools there were consolidated. She had children in first through eighth grades. "I was my own Janitor, built my own fires, and brought in my own water," she said. "All we had was a bucket, and each child had his own cup." She came to Wray, Colo., in the mid-1940s and taught two years in schools there. Marriage and rearing of two children interrupted her teaching career for nine years. She is the mother of two children, David, who farms at home southeast of La SaJle, and Marilyn (Marty), a teacher a! a private school in Denver. In 1957 Mrs. Lengel returned to teaching, joining the Haielton School staff, a rural school which closed after consolidation. Hazelton, now a residence, is located at the junction of 37th Street and Weld County Road 29. She taught one year at Hazelton then went to Chappelow East in Evans, now used for City of Evans offices. She taught there for 17 years before going to Centennial when it opened two years ago. ' Mrs. Lengel said there's a big difference in school buildings, and she said she's especially happy with Centennial because it hasn't the long stairways to climb that Chappelow East had. "It's not that schools have changed," she said. "Times have changed. Television has given the children a broader background." Schools today have many more resources than schools had in earlier days, she said. Materials are better, and teachers have access to specialists such as reading coordinators. She said discipline has to be handled differently than in earlier times. Children often come to school less disciplined than they used to, but this can work to the teacher's advantage, since -the children aren't as afraid of adults. She said she'll enjoy her time at home. "I just want to get some things done that I've never had time to do," she said."

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