Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Christ and Frieda (Stegg) Adolph, 6 South 45 West

In 1900 Kit Carson County, Tuttle precinct, Christ Adolph born Sept 1839 married 40 years to Frieda Feb 1842, both Russia, are living alone, farming. O\
On the same page is Andrew Adolph, Dec 1837, married one year to Mayme Jan 1880, both Russia, and Jacob H. Dec 1899 Colorado.

Edward cash-claimed a quarter in 10, 8 South, 49W in 1890.

In 1910 and 1920 Chris and Frieda are still alone in Kit Carson County. They said they immigrated in 1889, and were naturalized.
Nathan Kramer's history of the German settlement has a nice photoincluding Christ Adolph and son August.

Christ 1839-1925 is buried in Bethune, with Federicka (Stegg) Adolph 1842-1924 # 34359484 - it says her father was Michael Stegg, mother Fredericka E. Nauenburg.

William Wahl, born in Wittenberg, Germany in 1878, he was the son of John Wahl from Wittenberg (1845). William's mother was Wilhelmina Kuk, born October 3, 1850 in Russia. The Wahl family immigrated to the U.S. and settled at Burlington, Colorado, where John died at age 61 in 1906.
William married Katherine (Katie) Adolph, daughter of August Adolph and Katherina Richter. August Adolph was born March 23, 1862 at Brienne, Bessarabia (Romania). August came to the Yakima Valley after his wife, Katherina died on March 12, 1930. He lived to the age of 86 and died April 25, 1949 at Yakima, Washington.

The John Wahl family came to America in March 1890, they settled at Scotland, South Dakota. In March 1890 they moved to Burlington, Colorado, then nine miles north of Bethune, Colorado. His son, William, married Katherine Adolph, she was born at Brienne, Bessarabia, So. Russia on October 18, 1887. She came to the United States with her parents in 1888. After her marriage they lived at Bethune, Colorado; Odessa, Washington; Wapato, Wa.; and Union Gap, Wa. William was a farmer, Katie a housewife. Born to them were:
• Alma Hilda, born July 29, 1906 at Burlington, Colorado. She married Theodore R. Abener, they had two children. They were living at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho at the time of her death, January 3, 1982.
• Mabel, born June 27, 1908 at Odessa, Wa. She married John Bastrom. She died November 19, 1946 while living at White Swan, Wa. They had two children, Perry and Gloria.
The Wahl family were members of the Lutheran Church. Katherine preceded William in death, she died February 1, 1956 in Yakima and William March 20, 1958. Both are interred at Terrace Heights Memorial Park.

Chris Adolph came to Yakima Valley in 1937 from Bethune, Kit Carson County, Colorado. He owned his own farm there and he had lived there all his life. Drought forced him out with his wife and 8 children. His wife had been a school teacher. "I'd like to go back. I was born and raised there and it was hard to leave, but my wife and my children don’t want to go back."
"I've broke thousands of acres of sod. The dust got so bad that we had to sleep with wet clothes over our faces.” All 8 children live at home, all work on the farm, and the family are making a good start.

Andrew, born Dec 24, 1873, registered for WWI in Kit Carson County.
He 1873-1932 and Margaret (Schlichenmayer) Adolf 1880-1952 are buried in Bethune, # 104451698.
Frederika Adolf married Frank Cramer Feb 25, 1897, recorded in Kit Carson County.

In 1900 Kit Carson County, August Adolph born March 1862, married sixteen years to Katria January 1864, Kate Oct 1889 - all three in Russia, hwith August W. may 1890, Gustav June 1892, Christ Sept 1895,a nd Louisa F. June 1898, all four born in Colorado.

Still in Kit Carson County in 1910, they have August 20, Gust 18, Chris 15, Luella 11, Annie 9, and Dan 5.
November 14, 1912
In 1920 Kit Carson County, August is 58, Katerina 54, Anna D. 19, and Daniel J. 15.
August 1962-1948 is buried in Yakima # 118826o859, with Katherine (Richter( Adolf 1864-1930.
August W. 1890-1985 and Eva Marie (Weisshaar) Adolf 1892-1989 are buried in Bethune.
In 1930 Kit Carson County, George G. is 37, Amelia S. 35, with Clyde A. 14, Geneva 11, Leonard 8, and Virginia 4.
Gustav G. 1892 and Amelia Sophia Johanna (Brun) Adolf 1895-1988 are buried in Yakima # 132470442.
Gustav, on his WWII registration, said he was born at Yale, Colorado. That was a post office from 1891 to 1905 in Kit Carson COunty.
In 1930 Kit Carson County, Chris is 35, Charlotte 32, with Irine 12, George 10, Mildred 7, Phillip 5, Dale 4, Helen 2, and Lois eight months.
Also on the page are William E. Adolph 37, Maggie 35, Elma C. 12, Richard 11, and May K. 10.
In 1920 Louise is in Logan County, Colorado, 21, married to Fred Holwegner 27, with Donald 2, Roland nine months, and Freed's brother Andrew Holwegner 26.
Louise F. (Adolf) Holwegner 1898-1980 is buried in Yakima County, Washington # 130444723, with Fred 1893-1975.
In 1930 Kit Carson County, Anna B. is 29, married to John F. Hasart 33, wtih Leota M. 9 and Della A. five months.
Leota May Mitchem 1920-1967 and Veryl LeRoy Mitchem 1914-1995 are buried in Burlington.

William ADOLF Born: 22 May 1867 Briene, Bessarabia, South Russia
Died: 4 Sep 1948 Bethune, Colorado
Family sailed to America on May 8, 1908. and settled on a homestead north of Bethune, Colorado. Arrived in Galveston, Texas.
In Russia, he was a skilled wagon-maker, but had to sell his tools for passage money for the family.
In 1889 the family moved to the colony of Michaelsfeld near the town of Anaba, South Russia, near the Black Sea. Here William pursued the trade of wagon maker, making wagons and selling them at the market place. "William Adolf Sr., son of Christ Adolf and his wife, Fredericka Adolf nee Steg was born in Brienne Bessarabia on the 22nd day of May, 1867. He was baptized in the Lutheran Faith, and confirmed on March 24, 1883.. He was schooled in the trade of Wagon Maker, which profession he followed in the Old Country. In 1888 on June 21st he was united in holy Matrimony with Margareta Buchfink. In the year 1889, the family moved into South Russia, in the colony of Michaelsfeld near the town of Anaba. Here he pursued his trade of wagon maker. In June of 1908 he came to the United States with some of the children and moved into the Settlement. His wife, stayed in Bessarabia because of sickness and followed him here after three months. Thirteen children were born to this union while the parents lived in Russia, however, three of the children died as children. One more child was born in this country. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Margareta, six sons Gottlieb, Carol, and John of Bethune; William of Newberg Oregon; and August of Laramie, Wyoming. Five Daughters, Margaret Meyer of Bethune; Christine Lessing of Denver; Mary Kramer of Loveland; Nettie Hasart of Stratton; and Mrs. Freda Weisshaar of Idalia. There are 39 grandchildren and 32 great grand children. "
Christ Fred Adolf was born Sept 20, 1895 at Yale, Colorado, and was single when registereing for WWI, living with father and mohter, farming.
In 1920 Kit Carson County he's 23, married to May C. 28, with Irene W. 1 and George L. four months old.
In 1930 Kit Carson County, he's 35, married to Charlotte 38, with Irine 12, George 10, Mildred 7, Phillip 5, Dale 4, Helen 2, and Lois eight months.
Christian Frederick Adolf 1895-1962 is buried in Yakima County, with Charlotte 1891-1969.

Philip Warren Adolf 1924-2006 is buried in Yakima County, son of Christian Frederick Adolf and Charlotte May Long.
George L. Adolf married Angeline L. Worns becker Jun 1, 1940 in Yakima, Washington, and he died there Oct 31, 1975.
Dale Eugene Adolf 1925-1990 is buried in Prosser, Washington # 34974758.
Lois Helen Adolf 1930-1955 is buried in Bethune # 118827633.

Conrad Meyer came to America in 1902 from Russia at the age of thirteen with his older brother George. His mother, stepfather and brothers, Alec and John and sisters Anna and Marie, had come over earlier and settled at Herrington, Kansas. The following year he went with his brothers to Sugar City, Colorado to find work. He later went to Denver and worked for the Rio Grande Western Railroad. The Willhelm Adolf family also came to America in 1904 from Russia. Margaret, Willhelm's wife, was the midwife for the Settlement area. Their eldest daughter, Margaret, then at age seventeen, stayed with them awhile where they settled north of Bethune, which became known as the Settlement. Later she moved to Denver to find work to help support the family. Conrad Meyer met Margaret Adolf in Denver during that time and they decided to get married May 7, 1910. They rode the train from Denver to Bethune, then got a horse and buggy from the livery stable. Conrad had dressed light and later commented how he froze going all the way out into the Settlement. They were married at Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Bethune, in the old rock church. In later years it was replaced by a new building. They returned to Denver to live. In 1916 they moved to the farm 9 1/2 miles north of Bethune with their small son William. They had five more children; Reuben, Clord, Norman, Alma and Mabel. Alma died as an infant and William died when he was twenty-three years of age from pneumonia. They made their living on the farm, raising wheat, corn, cattle, hogs, and chickens.
Margaret Adolf married Conrad Mier May 7, 1910, recorded in Kit Carson County.
Gottlieb Adolf married Barbara Widmann March 26, 1914, recorded in Kit Carson County.

Gottlieb Adolf Sr. died Nov. 14, 1963 at the Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital in Burlington at the age of 72 years, 11 days. He was born at Anapa, Michaelsfeld, South Russia, Nov. 3, 1891, the son of William and Margaret Adolf. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church of Michaelsfeld.
He arrived in this community (the Settlement) in May of 1908, and, with the exception of two years (1935-37) spent in Newberg, Ore., lived most of his life on two farms in the Settlement northwest of Burlington. One of his farms was a homestead.
On March 25, 1914, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Barbara Wiedman (nee Stahlecker), at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bethune. God blessed this home with five children, Gottlieb Jr., Leah, Herman, George Wiedman, all of Burlington, and Ella, who died in infancy.
In 1953 Mr. and Mrs. Adolf moved and made their home in Burlington. His health began to decline seriously about a year ago.
He was preceded in death by a brother, August; three sisters and his parents. He is survived by his wife; his living children (mentioned above); four brothers, William of Newberg, Ore., Carl and John of Bethune, Christ of Burlington; five sisters, Mrs. Margaret Meyer of Bethune, Mrs. Tina Lessing of Henderson, Mrs. Frank Kramer of Loveland, Mrs. Jake Hasart. of Burlington and Mrs. William Weisshiar of Yuma; also by 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Anna D. Adolf married John F. Hasart March 18, 1920, recorded in Kit Carson County.

Final rites for John Fredrich Hasart were Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1986, at 10 a.m. in the church of God in Stratton with the Rev. Donald L. Bloomer officiating. Organist was Kathy Pickard and singers were Linn Pickard and the congregation. Song selections included: "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder", "Take My Hand Precious Lord", and "Going Down the Valley". Casket bearers were Lonnie Spurlin, Ted Spurlin, Andy Hartzmann, Dean Spurlin, Doren Spurlin and Mark Pugh; honorary casket bearers, Gene Clark, Wendell Arnold, Theo Borden, Bill Cure, Kenneth Scheierman and Ben Davis. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Burlington, with Hendricks Mortuary in charge of arrangements.
The second son born to Jacob and Magtelena Hasart, Dec. 31, 1896, at Idalia, John passed away Aug. 25, 1986, at the Hi-Plains Health Center in Burlington at the age of 89 years, 7 months and 25 days. He attended school at Idalia for three years, then the family moved to Elkhart, Kan., in 1903 following the death of his older brother Tobias. Here John completed his education through the eighth grade. He began working for the neighbors, then in 1915 moved to Sterling, where he worked for his cousin. In 1916 he came to the Stratton vicinity where he bought his first piece of land through the encouragement of a friend. This became his home until 1963, when John and his wife Edith retired and moved to Stratton. March 20, 1920, he was married to Anna Adolf and to this union two daughters were born, Leota May and Della Ann. Anna passed away in September of 1930. John and Leota made a home together until Leota married in March of 1938 and his marriage to Edith Powers on April 17, 1938. Della was cared for by her aunt and uncle, A.W. and Mary Adolf.
John was baptized into the Immanuel Lutheran Church and was a member until his marriage to Edith, when he became a part of the fellowship at the Church of God. He enjoyed sports and participated in them when younger. He liked to watch things grow and would check their growth every day. He enjoyed farming with horses and later tractors. He loved caring for his horses and cattle. After retiring, he cared for the Church lawn as long as he was able. He enjoyed his family and was especially proud of his great-great-grandchildren.
He leaves to mourn his passing, wife Edith of the home; daughter Della and Robert Pugh of Aurora; six grandchildren, Drusillia Wood and Bill of Vona, Catherine Hartzmann and Wayne of Stratton, Bunnie Chartier and Walt of Fort Lupton, Debbie Webb and John of Aurora, Mark Pugh and Cheryl of Loveland, John Pugh and Nancy of Wrenorrobin, Ga.; eight great-grandchildren, Lonnie Spurlin and Denise, Vean Spurlin and Rochelle and Anna and Andy Hartzmann, all of Stratton, Ted Spurlin of Kirk, Doren Spurlin and Peggy Spurlin of Vona and Niki Chartier of Ft. Lupton; great-great-grandchildren Eric and Sonya Spurlin of Stratton; and a host of friends and relatives. Preceding him in death were his wife Anna, his parents, brothers Tobias and Jacob Jr., sister Lena Kirby and daughter Leota Mitchem.

Daniel J. Adolf and Naomi B. Brownawell married Sept 29, 1926, recorded in Kit Carson County.

On the same page as Christ in 1930 Kit Carson County are Daniel J. Adolf 25, Nannie 21, with Eleta 1.
In 1940 Yakima Washington, Daniel is farming 35, with Naomi 29, Eleta 11, Delbert 8, Kathryn 7, and Geraldine 5.

Daniel J. Adolf 1904-1970 # 25409713 and Naomi B. 1908-1998 are buried in Auburn, Washington.
Eleta Adolf married Lewis C. May in King County, Washington in 1953. He was born in Alvar, Oklahoma.
Delbert R. Adolf 1930-1998 is also buried in Auburn #E 25409699.

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Geraldine “Jerry” Morrow, 75, of Copalis Beach, Washington, who died on November 2, 2009, at the Pacific Care Center, Hoquiam, Washington. She was born in Bethune, Colorado, on October 6, 1934. With her parents and family they moved to Wapato, Washington, in 1937 where she spent her early childhood. In 1948, they moved to Ellensburg, Washington and in 1952 to Auburn, Washington where she graduated from high school. Geraldine Ruth married McKay Morrow on April 28, 1956. They resided in Des Moines, Washington where Jerry worked for the Highline School District. She enjoyed being with her family, friends, collecting antiques and most of all, her time at Copalis Beach. McKay and Jerry treasured their time at Copalis Beach, where they purchased property. Working together they built a house which would become their permanent home. Jerry was the daughter of the late Daniel and Naomi Adolf. She was the widow of McKay Morrow who died in 1993 and was also preceded in death by a brother, Delbert Adolf and a sister, Kay Goble. Jerry is survived by a daughter, Michelle Morrow and a son, and daughter-in-law, Michael and Carol Morrow; her grandsons, Danny and Kenny Morrow all of Des Moines, a sister and her husband, Eleta May Buss and Jack Buss of Aston, Pennsylvania. Also a brother-in-law, Don Goble, the husband of her sister, Kay Goble. She will be missed greatly by many, but now she is home with the Lord, her beloved husband McKay and all the family members that went home before her, to also be with the Lord. A family celebration of life service will be held at a later date. The family requests donations be sent to the Copalis Community Church Memorial Fund, 3140 State Route 109, Copalis Beach, WA 98535 or to the charity of the person’s choice. Cremation arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.

August D. Adolf married Mabel Blackburn April 23, 1922, recorded in Kit Carson County.
Carl Adolf married Clara Stahlecker January 29, 1920, recorded in Kit Carson County.
Christ Adolf and Maggie Weisshaar married Feb 12, 1916, recorded in Kit Carson County.
Christian S. Adolf had a court case against Magdalene Adolf in 1917 in Kit Carson COunty.
Christian S. and Magdalene Adolf also had a marriage license in 1917.
Chris A. Adolf and Anna Weisshaar married April 15, 1928, recorded in Kit Carson County.
Freda V. Adolf married John H. Gramm Feb 21, 1929, recorded in Kit Carson County.
Frieda Adolf married William Weisshaar October 8, 1929, recorded in Kit Carson County.
Gottlieb Adolf, Jr. married Mabel L. Gramm July 10, 1938, recorded in Kit Carson County.
Hilda G. Adolf married Otto R. Ziegler Sept 30, 1932, recorded in Kit Carson County.
Jake H. Adolf married Ruth A. Merade June 3, 1928, recorded in Kit Carson County.
Leah Barbara Adolf maried Ernest Frederick Schick January 7, 1938, recorded in Kit Carson County.
Lenora H. Stahlecker Adolf married Otto R. Weiss January 25, 1934, recorded in Kit Carson County.
William E. Adolf married Maggie Bauer December 9, 1915, recorded in Kit Carson County.

Carl Adolf, Sr. was born Jan. 15, 1900, in Odessa, Russia, the son of William and Margaret Adolf. Carl came to America with his parents where they made their home in the Settlement north of Bethune.
Carl was baptized in infancy and was confirmed in 1914 in the Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Bethune where he remained a member until his death. He was united in marriage Jan. 29, 1920, to Clara Stahlecker. They settled on a farm north of Bethune where they resided for 46 years and raised eight children.
Carl and Clara celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary Jan. 29. Mr. and Mrs. Adolf moved to Burlington in 1966 where Carl resumed his work as a carpenter until his death.

Mr. Adolf is survived by his wife, Clara, seven children: Ray of Omaha, Neb.; Lillie Schaal, Joan Carrol of Colorado Springs; Fern Jefferson of Alamosa; Clord of Canon City; Carl Jr. and Everett of Bethune; three brothers, William of Oregon. John and Chris of Burlington; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Meyer, Mrs. Netti Hasart and Mrs. Freda Weisshaar, all of Burlington; 20 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
One child, Erwin; one grandson, Larry; his parents; two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 28, at the Bethune Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Henry Thorberg officiating. Song selection, "How Great Thou Art," "Gott Ist Die Lieve," "Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone," "Jesus Savior Pilot Me" and "Sweet Hour of Prayer," were sung by Allen Barber and the congregation accompanied at the piano by Louise Schlichenmayer.
Casket bearers were Jerry Meyer, George Wiedman, Phil Stolz, Jim Hasart and George and Robert Stahlecker. Honorary casket bearers were Don Perry, David Stahlecker, Ralph Adolf, Reinhart Adolf, Ralph Horst, Ivan Stolz, Junior Weisshaar, Tom Hardy, Delmar Adolf and Larry Horst.
Interment was made in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established at the Bank of Burlington with the proceeds to be used for the support of the orphans of the Brotherhood and adult Sunday School of Immanuel Lutheran church through Compassion, Inc.

Final rites for Everett George Adolf were Saturday, May 21, 1994, at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Burlington with Father Henry Grodecki, C.M. officiating. Musical selections included the congregation singing Alleluia, Sing To Jesus, Amazing Grace, Be Not Afraid and. Sing of Christ, Proclaim His Glory. Organist was Paulette Ohnmacht.
Casket bearers were Kyl Knobbe, Ken Bosier, Keith Knobbe, Todd Berens, Al Riesselman, Doyle Adolf and Darren Carroll. Honorary escorts were all of Everett's friends and neighbors. Interment was in Fairview. Cemetery in Burlington with Hendricks-Love Mortuary in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and left at the Bank of Burlington.
Everett George Adolf, 64, of Burlington died Wednesday, May 18, 1994 in Denver. He was born April 20, 1930 in Bethune to Carl and Clara (Stahlecker) Adolf. At the age of 9 he was in a severe farming accident which took his left hand. In 1945 KOA radio presented Everett the Jan Sterling, "These kids of ours" award. In 1948 he received a certificate of outstanding merit for citizenship from The Denver Post and KOA Radio station. He graduated from Bethune High School in 1949 and attended college in Waverly, IA for two years majoring in Lutheran ministry.
On Sept. 4, 1965, in Bethune, he married Lois Willenborg of Templeton, IA. He purchased the house and land north of Bethune from his parents and , began raising cattle. Everett worked for Peoples Natural Gas as a leak technician for 30 years. He retired from there in May of 1993 and was going to continue raising cattle on his farm. In March 1994, Everett was admitted as a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church.
Preceded in death are his son, Billy Adolf, his parents, Carl and Clara Adolf, his brother, Ervin Adolf.
Survivors are his wife, Lois, two sons, Marc Adolf of Woodland Park, Everett Adolf Jr. of Kersey, three daughters, Kimberly Adolf Thompson of Greeley, Marla Adolf Deason of Denver, and Allegra Adolf of Burlington, a grandson, Jason Davis and three granddaughters. Three sisters, Lillie Adolf Schaal of Colorado Springs, Fern Adolf Jefferson of Alamosa, and Joan Adolf Kass of Colorado Springs. Three brothers, Ray Adolf of Omaha, NE, Carl Adolf, Jr. of Bethune and Clord Adolf of Phoenix, AZ.

Everett Joseph Adolf (Joe), 48, of Bethune, Colorado (formerly of Kersey, Colorado) passed away on Saturday, August 16th, 2014 at Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado.
Joe was born on March 30, 1966 in Burlington, Colorado to Everett and Lois (Willenborg) Adolf and was the second of four children. He attended Bethune Schools until his sophomore year when he transferred to Burlington High School and graduated in 1984. During his high school years, Joe set many track and field records in the 100M dash, 200M dash, and the 400M and 800M relays where he still holds those records today. Joe attended the University of Northern Colorado and was in the Army Reserves from 1984 to January 12, 1990 when he was honorably discharged from the armed forces.
On September 1, 1990 he married Kristen at Saint Catherine’s Catholic Church in Burlington, Colorado and was later divorced in 2011. They resided in Kersey, Colorado and had two children, Erica born on August 22, 1987 and Tressa born on June 2, 1992.
Joe worked as an electrician for several years before starting his own heating and air conditioning business, Adolf Heating and Cooling in August 2009 to current.
Joe loved hunting, camping and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of Saint Catherine’s Catholic Church and also the local 4-H club where he showed market steers and pigs during his primary school years. Joe was known as a kind, caring man with a big heart who loved to help others. Although he was reserved and quiet at times, he would always make you laugh with his funny comments when you least expected.
Survivors are his two daughters, Erica Nava (husband Guillermo) of Evans, and Tressa Adolf of Loveland, mother, Lois Adolf of Burlington, his two sisters Kim Adolf Thompson of Eaton, Allegra Adolf of Burlington, brother Jason Adolf (wife Alicia) of Yuma, nephew Trent Thompson and niece Jenna Thompson of Eaton, niece Jessica Skinner of Burlington, and three granddaughters, Briella, Audrina, and Vienna Nava.
Preceded in death are his father, Everett Adolf, his brother Billy Adolf, his nephew Bryan Skinner, his grandparents, Carl and Clara Adolf and Leonard and Crescentia Willenborg.

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