Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Mary C. (Nowak) Leroy, daughter Jessie (Leroy) Koch, 6 South 45 West

Mary proved up two quarters in 31, 6 South, 45W in 1915.

This is very near her brother Max's claim.

Jessie Leroy proved up two quarters in 25, 6S 46W in 1917.
In 1880 Saunders County, Nebraska, Nathaniel Leroy is 39, an insurance agent born in Ohio, boarding with the Edwin Phelps hotel.
He might be the Nathan "Roe" in 1850 Dayton, Ohio, age 8, son of tavernkeeper Louis Roe 54 born in Virginia and Sarah 27 Ohio. Sarah 18 and Nathan were born in Ohio.
"One of the saddest deaths that has occurred in our city was that of George Arthur, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. G. Leroy, which occurred on Thursday evening of last week.
Georgie was six years, five months and two days of age at the time of his death and was the oldest child and in his death leaves only a younger sister to brighten the home he has left. He had been subject to epiliptic spasms, but for some time prior to his death had been in better health than ever before and the parents looked forward with hope to his speedy recovery. But on Thursday morning another attack came on the little fellow, which was stopped, but in the evening he again became a sufferer to the dreaded malady, and never again rallied, and at 5:15 o'clock he passed over to the other shore.
Mr. Leroy was away at the time but was sent for and arrived during the night.
The funeral was conducted at the family residence by Rev. Moore on Friday at 2 o'clock p.m. and the remains were laid to rest in the St. Paul cemetery. Requiescat in pace. "
The St. Paul Phonograph, September 12, 1890, page 5, transcribed by Linda Berney
In 1897 N.G. and Mary Leroy were both insurance agents in St. Paul, Nebraska.

In 1900 St. Paul, Nebraska, N.G. Leroy is an insurance agent.

In 1900 Howard County, Nebraska, Nathan Leroy is an insurance agent born July 1840 in Ohio, Mary Dec 1861 Missouri married 18 years. She's had two childre, one living. Jessie M. E. January 1887 Nebraska.
Jessie Leroy graduated from the St. Paul high school in 1903 - there were twenty graduates.
The St. Paul newspaper of May 28, 1909 said " LEROY, N.G. D. 6 MAY 1909, BURIED ST. PAUL "

In 1910 Howard County, Nebraska, Mary C. Leroy is 48, widowed, born in Missouri, an insuarnce agent.
Her daughters Jessie M. 23 - a school teacher- and Helen L. 9 were both born in Nebraska.

In 1920 Frontier County, Nebraska Jessie is married to William Koch, with Frederick.
There's a William Koch 1891-1920 buried in Frontier County # 61362232.
In 1930 Pawnee County, Nebraska, Mary is living with daughter Jessie Koch, a teacher, 43, and her son Frederich W. 10.
1936 Steinauer Nebraska "Junior and sophomore classes of the Steinauer high school have collaborated in collecting some exceedingly interesting pioneer history under the direction of their English teacher, Mrs. Jessie Koch. "

In 1940 Pawnee County, Jessie is 53, a school teacher, Frederick 20 born in South Dakota is a salesman, and Mary C Leroy 78 mother is with them.

Mary is buried in Nemaha County, Kansas # 73648595. - 1861-1942
Mrs. Mary Christiana Nowak LeRoy was born Dec. 15, 1861, at Richmond, Mo. When she was one year old her parents moved to St. Joseph, and when she was nine her parents went to Seneca, Kansas, to take up a homestead which since 1870 has remained in the immediate family and is now owned by her brother, Venelin Nowak.
She was married to N. G. LeRoy March 1, 1882, and they made their home in St. Paul, Nebr., where her husband engaged in the life insurance business. they soon joined the church of God. Three children were born to them. During her husband's illness the last seven years of his life Mrs. LeRoy cared for his business. After her husband's death March 10, 1909, she moved to Colorado and took up a homestead there. She returned to St. Paul in 1916 and remained there until 1920. At that time her daughter's husband, Mr. Koch, died leaving his wife and little son, Frederick. Mrs. LeRoy went to live with her daughter and made her home with her ever since. She enjoyed visiting her brothers and sisters, and would always be glad to be home again with her daughter who since 1923 and up to May, 1941, taught in the Steinauer high school.
She attained the age of 80 years, 7 months and 9 days. She leaves to mourn her departure her daughter, Mrs. Jessie Koch; her grandson, Frederick, now in the United States navy; her brothers, Max of Denver and Verelin of Seneca, Kan.; her sisters, Mrs. Sophia Baker of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Victoria Pike of Atwood, Kan., Mrs. Daniel Aschlemann of Sabetha, Kan., and Mrs. Celia Deford of Seneca;other relatives and many friends.
Her son George, preceded her in death when he was 6 years old and her daughter Helen, died Sept. 27, 1941; her sister, Mrs. Anna Smith in 1934, her brothers, John and Frank, died within one week, and her brother, Louis died in Lawrence, Kan., in 1940 (This is probably Ludwig, dying 1939).

In 1946 Mrs. Jessie Koch was principal of the Steinauer, Nebraska school.
July 1956 Lincoln, Nebraska Star "Mrs. Jessie Koch, principal and English social studies instructor in the Steinauer schools, will be honored Tuesday night at special ceremonies here. Starting her teaching career in 1907, she has been a member of the Steinauer faculty 30 years. Mrs. Koch received her first teaching experience at Ravenna and Lodgepole. She started her high school teaching career at Harrisburg's Banner County High School. Gerard Gottula, chairman of the school board, said "It will be hard to find another teacher with the fine qualifications and fine character of Mrs. Koch. She Phone 5-2402 long will be remembered by her former pupils as an outstanding example of the teaching profession. "
Jessie Mary Ellen Koch, per # 142370582, is buried in Seneca, too- 1887-1959.

Frederick W. Koch 1920-1965 is buried in Washington County, Kansas # 48902669.

Canyon CIty Oregon, October 3, 1941
Helen Lois Le Roy was born in St. Paul, Nebraska, February 8, 1901, and passed away at the Blue Mt. hospital in Prairie City, Oregon on September 82, 1941.
She graduated from both public school and high school in St. Paul, Nebraska and from the State Teachers College in Kearney, Nebraska. she taught in the public schools of Nebraska for a period of nine years.
On March 4, 1933 she was married to Edward F. Herbert of Hot Springs, South Dakota. Later she was connected with public welfare work in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska.
In May 1938, Mrs. Herbert moved to Canyon City, Oregon where she made her home during the remainder of her life. She took an active part in church and community work; in Parent-Teachers organizations and Forest Service Women's club in John Day, Oregon.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, Edward F. Herbert, her mother, Mrs. Mary Le Roy of Steinauer, Nebraska, her sister, Mrs. Jessie Koch of Steinauer, Nebraska and a host of relatives and friends.
Her beautiful character is portrayed by her unselfishness; her cheery, generous disposition and her willingness to serve, which made her loved by all.
Out of town relatives who were present for the funeral were: Mrs. Sophia Baker, aunt, and Mrs. Paul Brookings, cousins from Bend, Oregon; Mrs. and Mrs. Phyllip Aeschliman, and Mr. an Mrs. Le Roy Aeschliman, cousins, from Sistrs, Oregon.
The pall bearers who consisted of members of the Forest Service of which Mr. Herbert is connected were: Leonard Beaver, Hint Cardwell, Chester Bennett, Robert Reams, M. R. Hankins and Willis Ward.

She's buried in Canyon City cemetery, Grant County, Oregon # 42418948.

If the Lewis Roe in 1850 Dayton, Ohio is the son of Austin Roe, his brother Justis 1773-1847 invented the retractable tape measure.
When George Washington slept at his house April 22, 1790 "Austin, excited and running late, stumbled and fell on his porch steps and was lame the remainder of this life."

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