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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Jakob and Margaret Schlichenmayer, 6 South 44 West

Jakob Friedrich Schlichenmayer born in Germany, married Margaretha Kiensle in 1872 at Hoffnungstal (says Germany)
In 1900 Kit Carson County, Margaret Schlichenmayer born 1852, widowed, has Gottlieb Nov 1877, John May 1882, David Sept 1884, Carry January 1887 - all born in Russia - Fred May 1890 and Elizabeth April 1893 were born in Colorado.
In 1901 Margaret, widow of Jacob, proved up a quarter in 2, 7S 45W.

Next household on the 1900 census is (no last name) Jacob G. born Nov 1873 Russia, married three years to Christine Sept 1880 Russia. She's had two children, both living, but only Anna Dec 1898 Colorado.

Jakob 1849-1900, # 37480802 and Margaretha 1852-1931 are buried in Bethune.
Jacob Schlichenmayer proved up a quarter in 1, 7S 45W in 1907.

In 1910 Kit Carson County, Jacob and Christina are both 30, both born in German Russia, with Emma 11, Jacob 10, Wilie 9, Reinhart 7, Betea 8, John 3, and Elvie 2, all kids born in Colorado
In 1920 Kit Carson County, Jacob is 46, Christiana 39, Emma P. 21, Jacob G. 19, William I. 18, Reinhardt O. 16, Bertha C. 14, John F. 12, Elvina E. 11, Sietar G. 9, Tahpiet A. 7, Garfield G. 4, and Herold A. 1.
In 1930, Jacob 56 and Christina 50 have Reinhart 25, John 23, Gerhart 19, Tefeild 18, Garfield 15, Hearld 12, Leona 5, and grand-daughter Madilin Anderson 11.
Jacob 1873-1937, # 118831513, and Christina (Breitling) Schlichenmayer 1880-1934 3 106162211 are buried in Bethune.

"Bertha Schlichenmayer was born on 10 August 1905 at Kit Carson County, Colorado. She was the daughter of Jacob Schlichenmayer and Christina Breitling. Bertha Schlichenmayer married, at age 24, Floyd Lawrence Crites, age 27, son of Harrison Wesley Crites and Amelia Ann Shineflew, on Monday, 24 February 1930 at Bethune, Kit Carson County, Colorado. Bertha Schlichenmayer died on 27 March 1975 at Burlington, Kit Carson County, Colorado."
"Jean Schlichenmayer, longtime resident of Kit Carson County, CO, died at home in Grand Junction, CO, on March 2. She was 85 years old. Born July 19, 1927 in Stratton, CO, Jean was the eldest daughter of Earl and Lucy (Wood) Messenger.

Jean's grandfather was Ira D. Messenger. As a county commissioner, he was instrumental in purchasing the famed Kit Carson County Carousel from Elitch Gardens in 1928 and bringing it to Burlington, CO. A controversial purchase during the Great Depression, it is now a national historic landmark and the crowned jewel of the county. Jean was a tireless supporter of the carousel's preservation, and for many years was an active participant in the Kit Carson County Carousel Association.
The love of Jean's life was her husband, Pete. They were married for 52 years and raised three children together. A popular auctioneer in the county, Pete relied on Jean to manage his business records and produce auction listings, which she did loyally for 43 years. "
In 1940 Denver, William and Alvina Stutz have Gladys 11, James 9, Agnes 8, and Frederick 4. Alvina's sister Leona Schlichenmayer 1`4 is living with them.
Sechart Gottlieb "Stub" Schlichtnmayer 1910-1978 is buried in Burlington.
Garfield "Dick" Gottlieb Schlichenmayer 1915-1960 is buried in Burlington.
His wife Ethelyn was born May 16, 1919 in Birthtree, Missouri, to James S. Daffer and Olive M. Pike, name listed in q1956 as Ethelyn Lavangue Schlichenmayer, as Evelyn Critchfield September 1961, buried in Barry County Missouri 19190-1994 # 104026130.

Alvina (Schlichenmayer) Stutz 1908-1988 and William Stutz 1898-1993 are buried in Bethune.
Harold Schlichenmayer 1918-1984 is buried in Burlington # 89653509.
Teifield Arund "Shorty" Schlichenmayer 1912-1989 is buried in Bethune # 118841564.
Shirley Madelyn Emma (Anderson) Danills 1919-2008 is buried in Goodland, Kansas 1919-2008, # 104884333.
In 1930 Jacob and Pauline are 29, with Leonard R. 4, Laurine G. 2, and Edna M. 1.

Loyd Lee Schlichenmayer, 73 of Erie, died Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Born in Burlington, Colorado, he was the son of the late Jacob G. and Pauline Schlichenmayer. He married Sheila (Slade) Schlichenmayer on August 27, 1960. He was part owner with his son of LTS Glass in Erie, CO. He worked as a glazier for over 50 years even though his true love was woodworking. He served in the Navy from 1954 - 1959. He was a charter member of the Tri City Elks in Louisville, and a member of the Firestone American Legion and the NRA. Loyd was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leonard; and sister, Shirley Sailer. He is survived by his wife Sheila; son, Tracy (Peggy); daughter, Tammy (Gordon); three grandchildren, Shondra (Travis), Holly (Kyle), and Beau Neiman; great grandson, Deklin; four sisters, Laurine Weaver, Edna Morgan, Della Plucheck (Stanley), Esther Armistead; and numerous nieces and nephews. As per Loyd's request, there will be no services.

In 1910, on the same page as brothers John and Jacob, Gottlieb is 32, Lena 24 - born in Nebraska, married three years. Frieda is 2, Fred ten months.
Gottlieb proved up two quarters in 35, 6S 45W and 2, 7S 45W in 1913.
In 1920, Gottlieb is 42, Lena 33, with Freda 12, Frederick $. 10, Hulda M. 8, Annie E. 6, and Elmer A. seven months.
In 1930, Gottlieb is 38, Lidia 36, Loyd 12, Lawrence 10, Edmond 9, and Elma 6.

Funeral services for Magdalena Rosena Schlichenmayer were Tuesday, March 28, 1989, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bethune with Rev. Ron Powers officiating.

Song selections were Nearer My God To Thee, The Old Rugged Cross and Going Down The Valley, Singers were the Men's Choir and the congregation, with Jean Weisshaar being the organist. Casket bearers were: Marvin Bauder, Larry, Edward, Roy and Tom Schlichenmayer, and Junior Weisshaar. Honorary bearers: Wilford Adolf, Elmer Ebeler, David Guy, Lawrence Gramm, Chris and James Schlichenmayer, and Harold Weisshaar. Interment was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery with Hendricks Mortuary in charge of arrangements. A memorial was established for Immanuel Lutheran Church of Bethune and may be left at the church, with Hendricks Mortuary or at The Bank of Burlington.

Magdalena Rosena Schlichenmayer was born June 1, 1886, in Talmage, Neb. to John and Christina (Wilhelm) Weisshaar. She was baptized on Aug. 22, 1886. In 1887 at the age of nine months she moved with her parents to a farm near Idalia. She was confirmed in the Christian faith in the Lutheran Church near Idalia on April 29, 1900. In 1901, the family moved to a farm 13 miles northeast of Bethune. On Jan. 29, 1907, Lena was united in marriage with Gottlieb Schlichenmayer in the Immanuel Lutheran Church where she remained a lifelong member. The young couple moved to a homestead only a few miles from her childhood home and lived there until April, 1987, when it became necessary for her to move to the Grace Mano Care Center in Burlington. She passed away on March 24, 1989 at the age of 102 years, 9 months and 24 days.

Lena is survived by four sons: Pete and wife Jean, Bethune; Lawrence of Bethune; Rudy of Burlington; and Vernon of Rushville, Neb. Also surviving are her sisters Mary Adolf, Margaret Stahlecker and Anna Adolf; her brothers, William, Jacob and Karl Weisshaar, all of Burlington; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gottlieb; two daughters, Freda Schaal and Hulda Bauder; four sons, Fredrick, Bernard, Elmer and George; a brother John Weisshaar; two sisters, Christina Fischer and Freida Eischer; and two great-great-grandchildren. ---------------------------
Leonard Raymond Schlichenmayer passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2004. He was born Sept. 22, 1925 to Jacob and Pauline (Weisshaar) Schlichenmayer the oldest of seven children. On Aug. 29, 1948 he married Bethel Otteman, to this union five children were born. In 1956, they moved to Wheatland, Wyo. where Leonard was employed in construction of the Glendo Dam, then worked road construction throughout the state of Wyoming. he retired in 1988. He is preceded in death by both his parents and one sister. Survivors are his wife Bethel of 55 years and his children, Steve, wife carol and family; Sharon, husband Doug Runyan and family; Sandy, husband Jim Lockman and family; Susie, husband Terry Harris and family; Stan, wife Debbie and family, twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. His sisters Laurine Weaver, Burling, Edna Morgan, Grand Junction, Della Plucheck, Denver, Esther Armitstead, Longmont and brother Loyd Schlichenmayer, Erie, also survive him.

Pete Schlichenmayer, age 92, died at Family Health West in Fruita, CO, on July 15, 2006. He was born December 25, 1913 (the fourth of ten children) to Gottlieb and Magdalena Weisshaar Schlichenmayer on the family homestead north of Bethune, CO.

Pete lived nearly all of his life in Kit Carson County, and what a life it was. Following in the footsteps of his ancestors, Germans from Russia, Pete survived the dark days of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl with strength and determination. As a young man, he farmed the homestead with his father and brothers and later worked the crops in California, getting there by riding the tops of railroad cars. One of his favorite pastimes was performing on a radio station in Greeley, CO, singing country and western songs that included his favorite, "I Thought I Had the World by the Tail Until I Met You."

His true calling, however, was auctioneering. He began as an apprentice at age 14 and for the next 69 years worked farm and livestock sales in Eastern Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. The culmination of his auctioneering career came in 2004 when he received a lifetime achievement award from the Kit Carson County Cattlemen's Association, only the second such award ever given. Pete never raised his commission rates and often didn't charge for his services, especially for families who would barely break even on an auction. His charitable work also included serving for many years as auctioneer for 4-H sales at the county fair and St. Charles Catholic Church's annual bazaar in Stratton, CO.

A true gentleman, Pete was a man of integrity and honesty, who, with a tip of his signature Stetson hat and a firm handshake, made friends and promises he always kept. A man of kind heart and good humor, he was a loving father, grandfather and husband. With his faith and trust in the Lord, he set an outstanding example for others to follow.

Pete is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean; sons Larry (Michielle) of Fruita, CO, and Edward (Pam) of Westlake, OH; daughter Ree (Michael) Thompson of Aurora, CO, and adopted daughter Iris (Darrell) Roths of Arapahoe, CO. His family also includes ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great, great grandson. Also surviving are two brothers, Rudy of Burlington, CO, and Vernon of Chadron, NE. Preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters, five brothers and one granddaughter.

Services will be held July 21, 2006, at 10:00 AM at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington, CO, with Pastor Bill Viergutz officiating. Internment was held at Claremont Cemetery in Stratton, Colorado.

In 1910 - next to brother Jacob, John is 27, Annie 20, with Myrtle two months. John proved up 163 acres in 31, 6S 44W in 1913.

John proved up 80 acres in 25, 6S 45W in 1920.

In 1920 - next to Jacob - John is 36, Annie M. 31, Martha M. 10, and Albert J. 6.
In 1930, John and Anne have Albert 16 and Christ 10.

The Burlington Record, Burlington, Colorado -- Thursday, Feb 19, 1981
Anna Jacober Brunmeier, daughter of John and Marie Jacober, was born at Glueckstahl, South Russia, on Oct. 11, 1888. She came to America with her family as a young child, and they settled in Kit Carson County in 1890. She attended the local area schools and was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church at Brighton on March 23, 1902.
On March 4, 1909, she was united in marriage to John Schlichenmayer. To their union three children were born: Martha (Schaal) of Bethune, Albert of Wray, and Chris of Bethune, John preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1945. She was married to George Brunmeier at Loveland on Sept. 10, 1955. George preceded her in death on June 10, 1960.
Anna made her home with her daughter Martha for many years, and then because of health reasons was admitted to the Burlington Rest Home. She was a resident there until several years ago when she was admitted to the Grace Manor Nursing home. In the summer in 1980 she was admitted to the Wray hospital where she underwent surgery to remove the mower part of one of her legs. She was then admitted the Cedardale Nursing Home in Wray, where she was a resident until the day of her death. She died only a few hours after she was admitted to the Wray hospital on Feb. 7, 1981. Her time this life was 93 years and 119 days.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers and one sister. Her survivors include one daughter, two sons, two sister-in-laws, Bess Jacober and Lena Schlichenmayer, several nieces and nephews, six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and six step children.
Anna was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church for many years and her funeral was held there on Feb. 1, 1981, at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Howard Jacobson was in charge of the service, and Lois Jacobson was the organist. The Immanuel men’s choir, accompanied by Jean Weisshaar, sang two songs: “Going Down the Valley” and “Beyond the Sunset”. The casket bearers were Roy and Tom Schlichenmayer, Carl Schaal, Virgil Eslinger, Duane Hull and Doug Flemming. Interment was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. ------------------------------------

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Kristen’s father’s family were ethnic Germans, of the Lutheran faith, who lived in Russia for many generations. Kristen’s mother has English, German, and Dutch ancestry.
Kristen’s paternal grandparents were Carl Andrew Schaal (the son of Samuel Schaal and Dorothea “Dora” Bauder) and Martha Marie Schlichenmayer (the daughter of John Schlichenmayer and Anna Jacober). Carl was born in Bethune, Colorado. Samuel was born in Teplitz, Bess, South Russia, and Dorothea was born in Seabach, Russia. Martha was also born in Bethune, Colorado. John was born in Birsula, South Russia, and Anna was born in Glueckstahl, South Russia.

Dave Schlichenmayer proved up 160 acres in 35, 6S 45W and sections 1 and 2, 7S 45W in 1914.
David proved up 40 acres in 35, 6S 45W in 1923.

In 1920 - on the same census page as Gottlieb, Jacob and John - David is 34, Christina 21 born in Colorado, with Elsie ten months old.

In 1930, Dave is 45, Christina 31, with Elsie 11.
Married: 26 Apr 1917 at Bethune, Kit Carson, Colorado.
(1) Elsie Margaret Schlichenmayer b. 21 Feb 1919
(2) James Lester Schlichenmayer b. 01 Aug 1937

David 1884-1956 # 35655731 and Christina 1898-1958 are buried in Bethune.

Lifelong Burlington, resident James Lester Schlichenmayer passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 7, 2010 at the Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver. He was 72 years old.
James was born on August 1, 1937 to David and Christina (Bauer) Schlichenmayer in Burlington, Colorado.
James attended the Bethune School and graduated from there in 1956. He was active in basketball during his high school years.
He married Gwendolyn Mae Einspahr on December 14, 1957 in Bethune, Colorado. To this union three children were born, Dave, Lester and Kent.
James had many hobbies he loved dearly. He loved to restore tractors and he also was an Antique Tractor Puller. James was an active community member, always there to lend a hand whenever it was needed to anyone. If you could not find James you might find him on his tractor farming or helping others farm also. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and family. He also never missed a chance to go hunting or fishing. He was very active in his church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Christina (Bauer) Schlichenmayer and his sister, Elsie Weisshaar.
He will be sadly missed by his wife; Gwen of 52 years of their home, his sons; Dave Schlichenmayer of Burlington, Lester (Joanna) Schlichenmayer of Bethune, Kent (Joni) Schlichenmayer of Burlington, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Frederick W. Schlichenmayer proved up 120 acres in 1, 7S 45 W. in 1914.

David Schlichenmayer, Burlington, Colo., beat General Motors to the punch by equipping his 1975 Chevrolet 3/4-ton pickup with an extended cab. That was a full year before GM came out with its own extended cab model in 1988. He did all the painting, body work, and mechanical work himself. "I built it after I came back with some friends from a deer hunting trip in the mountains," says Schlichenmayer, who built the pickup with the help of friend Dean Fisher. "It was a 12-hour drive and we just didn't have enough room. At the time, only Dodge and Ford made extended cab pick-ups and I didn't want either of them so I decided to convert my existing pickup. "Five people can ride comfortably. The two jump seats in back are from a Ford Club Cab pickup. I installed swivel bucket seats in front that I salvaged from an old Monte Carlo car and added a fold-down armrest that has a storage compartment at the bottom. I also lowered the floor pan to provide more leg room for the rear passengers. The extended cab is 21 in. longer than the original cab and the bed is 22 in. shorter than the old one. I couldn't find a cover to fit the shortened-up bed so I had to make my own. I also made my own running boards, sun roof, and interior trim, and cut carpet to fit. I got the rear side windows on the cab extension from a van conversion shop.

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