Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Frederick H. Clark, 6 South 45 West

Frederick proved up 221 acres in 4, 6S 45W in 1916.
Mary Jane Woodson married David Williamson Murphy moved to Plattsmouth, NE about 1880, then they moved Kit Carson, Colorado about 1888 or 1889. David Murphy died (date unknown) and Mary Jane later remarried Charles Henry Clark in Colorado. They had a stepson Frederick Clark, born 1897. Mary Jane Woodson Murphy Clark homesteaded a few places in the foothills of the front range mountains of Colorado in Jefferson County.
Mary J. Murphy married Henry Clark August 17, 1894, recorded in Jefferson County.

In 1900 Jefferson County, Colorado, Charles H. Clark born July 1859 in Wisconsin, married six years to Mary J. July 1856 West Viginia. Her kids William Murphy Nov 1884 Nebraska and Tillman A. Oct 1889 Colorado. Also with them is Frederick W. Clark born July 1897 Colorado.There's a Frederick H. Clark living at 1500 Detroit in Denver in 1918, with no occupation.
This Frederick Clark was with his widowed mother in 1910 Denver, and with her in 1920. He's 26, a cook in a restaurant.
Tillman A. Murphy, born in Kit Carson COunty 1889, died 1956, buried in Littleton Colorado # 7892774.
Tillman was a cook in Denver when registering for WWI, bornFebruary 19, 1889 at Kit Carson COlorado.
Mary J. Clark, dying in 1946 at age 92, is buried in Littleton # 118874131 in an unmarked grave.
Frederick Clark died in 1987, buried in Littleton in an unmarked grave # 137694734. NOT LIKELY

Fred Clark’s father, Charles Henry Clark, traveled from Wisconsin in the late 1800’s. His mother came west from West Virginia with her first husband. Following the death of her first husband, she married Fred’s father in Lakewood and they homesteaded in South Turkey Creek in 1898 when Fred was three years old.
Fred’s memories from his early childhood include traveling to buy turkeys from a family named Phillips (after which the town of Phillipsburg was named). He remembers meeting Alfred Packer, “the man that ate all these five guys.” His mother and father separated in 1905 and Fred lived in Denver with his mother. In 1909 she homesteaded property in the Turkey Creek area. His mother’s health forced them to move back to Denver after three years.
While on his father’s homestead, and later his mother’s, Fred attended the Medlin School on Turkey Creek. On their lunch break, the children would hunt for arrowheads in the field behind the school. He rarely attended for a whole term because he had to help his mother with the crops. Other childhood memories included Dave Connelly’s saloon and a shack built by a family named Lytle that was used for a Sunday school. In the summertime his mother would buy vegetables from a man named Wallach who traveled all over the mountains selling produce from a covered wagon drawn by four horses. Fred served in World War I. In May of 1922 Fred married Maude Adams. In 1924 they homesteaded an area that is now referred to as the “old Silkett place”. He talks about the progression of the road up Deer Creek from the one-way road of his childhood, to the wider well-maintained road he and Maude traveled. In 1931 or 1932 four feet of snow fell. Fred remembers helping a women dig to her farm to feed livestock. Memories of other local families, towns and ranches are related by Fred including the Critchells (town of Critchell) and the Williamson’s ranch. Ben Cook’s Ranch was owned by a bootlegger. Fred’s half brother, Van Murphy, owned a sawmill above Homewood Park, and Fred helped him when he and Maude were first on their homestead. Murphy’s Gulch was named after this brother.
The story of a fraudulent land sale that was supposed to be a promotion for Maxwell House coffee is laughingly related by Fred.

Frederick H. Clark Sr. 1881-1971 # 138447689, is buried in Jefferson County, Colorado, with Isabell N. 1882-1971.
But this family was in New Mexico when their daughter was born in 1916. MORE LIKELY
Fred Haskell Clark 1886-1960 buried in Anderson County, Kansas is a good fit, # 11024722.
Fred was in the Phillipines in 1910, at Camp McGrath, 25, born in Kansas.
He enlisted April 1918, discharged June 1919, wife Emma Clark of Kinkaid, Kansas.
In 1920 he's a farm laborer for his brother Clyde in Anderson County, Kansas, 33.
In 1930 he's a garage worker in Kincaid, Anderson County, boarding with the Smethers couple.
In 1940 Anderson County, he's a mechanic, 53, married to Emma D. 53, and son Robert Patrick 25, all born in Kansas.
Emma's husband Joseph had died in 1920.

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