Yuma County, Colorado

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Yuma County Pioneers:

Louis and Amelia Homreghous, Kirk

In 1880 Ringgold County, Iowa, Louis and Amelia "Homreglaus" are both 31, Emma 4, Anna 3, Amelia 2, and Lesa newborn.

In 1885 Ringgold County, Iowa, Luis "Homrighausen" and Amelia are 36, Emma 9, Anna 7, Amelia 6, Elizabeth 5, Charly 4, Mina 3, and Luie 1.

April 21, 1911 "Mrs. Louis Homrighaus after a lingering illness lasting several weeks, died last Friday at her home ten miles south of Idalia. Mrs. Homrighaus was one of our kindest and best women and leaves a husband nnd large family to mourn her loss."
Amelia Elizabeth Homighaus 1848-1911 is buried in Kirk # 54851758, with Louis H. 1848-1917 # 28340909.

Wilhelmina "Minnie" Homrighaus 1881-1964 is buried in Kirk, # 28340899.
Charles 1881-1954 is buried in Kirk, # 67354528.

January 8, 1914 " Chas. Homrighaus, who went to Denver some time ago for an operation for appendicitis, returned Friday. Mr. Homrighaus stood the operation well."

[Louis Homrighaus cash-claimed a quarter in 5, 5S 45W in 1893, and proved up another in section 8, in 1899. Next to him, in 1919 and 1920 Louis (must be a son) proved up a quarter, and Annie Homrighaus one in 1904. Minnie Homrighaus proved up 80 acres in 31, 5S 46W in 1914.

February 3, 1911 "Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Motrenbocker entertained many of their friends in the elegant new home last Sunday. Since Louis Homrighaus has become a member of this excellent family, Link Hukill seems to have his eye on the next beautiful daughter."

March 7, 1912 "Mr. and Mrs. Louis Homrighaus are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby girl at their house."


In 1900 Wray, Harry Jackson is a railroad laborer, born August 1869 - (but age 21) in Nebraska, married one year to Lizzine August 1889 Iowa.

July 16, 1898 "Harry Jackson went to Friend the first of the week to help his brother-in-law in the corn and to assist in the harvest."

August 1901 "Harry Jackson has secured a good position in the Rock Island machine shops in Denver."

January 25, 1902 "Mrs. Harry Jackson and baby of Wray are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Homrighaus."

October 17, 1912 "Mr. Chas. Homrighaus Sr., and daughter, Miss Minnie from the south divide came over to Wray last Sunday. While here they visited Mr. Homrighaus' daughter, Mrs. Harry Jackson. They returned to their home Monday."
September 1917 "Mrs. Harry Jackson, who has been visiting relatives over in the Idalia neighborhood the past week, returned to her home here Saturday. She was accompanied to Wray by Charley and Jim [probably Minnie] Homrighous, brother and sister "

Harry registered for WWI in Wray, farming, with Lizzie M. Jackson of Wray as his reference, born August 14, 1878.

In 1910 Yuma County, Harry is farming 31, with Lizzie 30, Harley E. 9, Charles D. 5, and Orville L. 2.

In 1920 Wray, Harry is 41, Lizzie 40, Harley 18, Charlie 15, Orvil 11, Alice 9, Ervin 7, and Alda 5.

April 6, 1922 "Mrs. Elizabeth Jackson, wife of Harry Jackson, passed away at her home in west Wray on Sunday, April 2nd. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in this city Monday afternoon, April 3rd, conducted by Rev. 0. P. Lucas, pastor of the Methodist church. Interment took place in Grandview cemetery. Mrs. Jackson was born August 10, 1870. Her death came as a great shock to the community, though she had been in failing health for several months past. Mrs. Jackson was a most estimable woman. She is survived by her husband and five children, also by many less near relatives and a legion of friends. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved relatives."

November 16, 1922 "Mrs. Alice Elizabeth Jackson died at her home in west Wray on Monday, Nov. 13, following a brief illness, at the age of 67 years, 10 months and 23 days. Funeral services were held Wednesday of this week and burial took place in Grandview cemetery. Mrs. Jackson's husband, Daniel Jackson, preceded her to the great beyond about a year ago. Her death was due to bronchial pneumonia with other contributary causes. The deceased had been a resident of this community for many years, where she was known and respected. The Rattler speaks for the community in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved relatives."

Elizabeth Jackson 1879-1922 is buried in Wray # 81536681.

Harry is widowed in 1930 Denver, a steel worker, with Alice 19, Alda 15, Irvin 17, and Orville 12, all kids born in Colorado.

Harry Orvil Jackson 1878-1955 is buried in Wray # 81536714.

Harley married Bernice Shapard, and in 1930 they're in Grand Junction, Colorado Harley is 29, born in Colorado, Bernice P. 25 born in Kansas. He's a automotive body worker.

In 1940 Boulder County, Charley Daniel Jackson is 35, divorced, a drug store clerk, in a rooming house on 13th Street in Boulder.
Charley 1904-1996 is buried in Longmont # 60884683, with Elizabeth B. 1907-1994 # 60884690.

Orville Jackson, 22, married Della Mathews in Rich County, Utah January 10, 1931.
In 1940 Evanston, Wyoming, he's a mechanic, 31, Della L. 27 Glenna V. 8 and Kay F. 4.

He's buried in Evanston - Orville Louis Jackson 1908-1952 # 69147205.
Della Lucille Jackson 1912-2001 is also buried there # 69147141.

Irvin R. Jackson 1912-1967 is buried in Shoshone County, Idaho # 21105236, with Catherine J. 1918-2001.
Ogden July 11, 1966 "Pvt. Robert D. Jackson, has completed eight weeks of advanced artillery training at the Army Artillery and Missile School. Pvt. Jackson, who is married to Sandee Jackson of 4607 S, 450 W., received the training at Ft. Sill, Okla. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin R. Jackson of 5065 Kiwana Drive. THIS IS A DIFFERNT ONE, BORN IN 1905"

Alda Mae Jackson married Walter Milton Wheeler on December 15, 1934, recorded in Denver.

Alice A. Jackson married Leo I. Tannehill on May 6, 1933, recorded in Arapahoe County.

In 1920 El Reno, Oklahoma, Sanford Tannehill works in a flour mill, 38, with Bessie D. 28, both born in kansas. Letha D. is 10, Leo I. 8, both born in Oklahoma.

Letha D. Tannehill 1909-1923 is buried in Denver # 93204496.
So is Sanford 1881-1934 # 93204497, with Bessie D. (Groblebe) Tannehill # 93204495.

Leo was in Denver in 1930, 18, son of Sandford, a motorman, 48 and Bessie D. Tannehill.

In 1940 Denver, Alice is 29, born in Colorado, with Leo I. Tannehill, a baker, 28 Oklahoma, wtih his mother Bessie D. Tannehill, 48 Widowed, also born in Oklahoma.
In 1956 Ogden, Utah "The newly-elected officers of the Ladies' Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Mt. Ogden Lodge No. 848 were installed at a regular business meeting Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the IOOF Hall. Installing officers were past president, Mrs. Joseph Aldrich; secretary, Mrs. James McGarry; conductress, Mrs. R. E. Francis; pianist, Mrs. Paul T. Mohler:
The newly installed officers are past president, Mrs. Harold Roe; president, Mrs. Holla N. Wilson; vice president, Mrs. Charles Faulkner; secretary, Mrs. Joseph wi11en; treasurer, Mrs. J. E. (Ted) Freestone; conductress, Mrs. Walter Wheeler; chaplain, Mrs. Leslie Parkinson; warden, Mrs. Leo I. Tannehill; inner guard, Mrs. Chester McMillin; outer guard, Mrs. Harold George. Chairman of the refreshment committee was Mrs. Thomas W. Parkinson.

Leo I. Tannehill 1911-1994 is buried in Ogden, Utah, # 138503566, with Alice A. 1910-1987 # 138503485.

January 16, 1975 Ogden, Utah "Walter M. Wheeler has retired, a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad after 46 years service. Mr. Wheeler, who resides at 3860 S. Midland Drive, joined the company as a brakeman in 1929 and was promoted to conductor in 1940. He worked both freight and passenger service between Green River, Wyo., and Salt Lake City. His last day on the route was Jan. 6. Technological advances in railroading have marked Mr. Wheeler's career as trains went from steam to diesel locomotive power and manual reporting of cars' origin, destination and location changed to computers for instantaneous identification. Track maintenance used to require gangs of 300 men. Now a half dozen workers equipped with machines do the work. He saw service on Amtrak of Liberty and David passenger trains and was aboard the mail limited run Union Pacific for the U.S. Postal. Wheeler plans to play golf in the southland, moving to . He is married to the former Alva Jackson. They have two children, Mrs. Dale (Sandra)...

1962 Ogden " St. Joseph's student, Sandra, is 13 and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wheeler of 5385 S. 2300 W., Roy. Barbara is 15 and a student of Roy Junior High.

Alda M. Wheeler 1914-2004 is buried in Ogden, # 109533932, with Walter M. 1910-1998.

June 29, 1975 Ogden
The engagement of Miss Mary Lu Gale to Dave Wheeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Wheeler of 3860 Midland Drive, is announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. 1 Keith E. Gale of 51S5 S. 2100 W. The couple has set Aug. 1 as a wedding date with the ceremony to be performed at the White House in South Ogden.


"All persons having claims against said estate are hereby notified to present them for adjustment to the County Court of Yuma County, Colorado, on the 10th day of November, A. D. 1917.
CHAS. HOMRIGHAUS, Administrator of the estate of Louis Homrighous, Deceased."


Louis is farming alone in 1910 Yuma County, and in 1920 is there, farming with Flora 31 born in Kansas. Cara is 8, Helen 6, Grace 4, Warren 2, and Margie 4our months, all born in Colorado.
They're next to brother Charles 39 and sister Minnie 37.
Flora Motsenbocker is in Elk County, Kansas in 1895, with Olivber and Adella both 34. Arthur is 10, Jesse 8, Flora 6, Sylva 4, and Luther ten months.

The Motsenbockers are in Elk County in 1900, and have added Elmer 4 and Gracie 2. Flora ws born December 1889.

July 1904 Wray "O. L. Motsenbocker, a recent settler in the Idalia neighborhood, was in town Tuesday ."
In 1910 Yuma County Oliver and Della are 49, Arthur 24, Jesse 23, Flora 20, Syvia 18, Luther 15, Elmer 13, Grace 11, John 9, and Goldie 7.

Louis J. "Louie" Homrighaus 1884-1930 is buried in Kirk, # 64361963.
March 20, 1930

Flora is widowed in 1930 Yuma County, 41, with Clara 18, Helen 16, Grace 14, Warren 12, and Marjorie R. 10.

She married Ben Payne in 1932 in Goodland, Kansas, and he adoped Marjory.


July 31, 1930

October 13, 1932

January 10, 1935 Leah (Glass) Davis 1847-1935 is buried in Burlington # 73803036.

October 8, 1942
August 12, 1948

Eleanor Amelia McLaughlin, daughter of Amelia Homrighaus and John Glass Davis, pioneer families of Eastern Colorado, passed away March 20, 2006 in Newburgh, New York after a prolonged illness. She was born December 13, 1912 in a sod house at Kirk, Colorado and lived her early childhood on a ranch on the Republican River northwest of Burlington. She attended a small country school at Idalia, Colorado and completed high school in Burlington. She was one of the first women to receive a BS degree in Entomology from Colorado Agricultural & Mechanical College, now Colorado State University, Ft Collins, in 1934 where she was very involved in campus activities and a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
In November of that year she married J. Ross (Mac) McLaughlin, a college classmate and they enjoyed a loving marriage until his death at Byers, Colorado in June 1983. They lived in Stratford, Texas, Mosquero, New Mexico, and Nucla, Castle Rock, Arvada, Deer Trail, Pueblo, and Eagle, Colorado and moved to Byers, Colorado when Mac retired. After his death, Eleanor moved to a cooperative apartment building in Denver run by the Denver Teachers' Association where she was very active on the coop board, served as a volunteer with the Society for Range Management (Mac was a founding member), with agencies serving the needs of senior citizens, and was a docent at the State Capitol. When her health began to fail, she lived with her son, John, and daughter-in-law, Peggy, in Bakersfield, California and Raleigh, North Carolina.
After Peggy’s death, she and John moved to be near family in Newburgh, New York. Eleanor and Mac lived in Deer Trail from 1944 to 1957 where they were very active in support of 4-H and Deer Trail Grange #412. Both were supporters of ecology and conservation activities and they shared a great love of music. Eleanor very much enjoyed her participation in the local music club. She was quite proud of her Welsh heritage and after retirement visited the region around Merthyr Tydfil from which the Davis family migrated. She obtained a teaching certificate in 1958 and taught elementary school at Lime (Limon?), Colorado and high school literature, debate, and related subjects at Eagle Valley High School. She was deeply involved in Delta Kappa Gamma, international teacher’s society.
She is preceded in death by her brother, Louis Glass Davis, who was her close friend and fellow Aggie entomologist. She is survived by her son, John Ross McLaughlin, Newburgh, New York; grandson, James (Jim) Ross McLaughlin, Gainesville, Florida; granddaughter, Margaret Amanda (Mandy McLaughlin) Bywater and husband Steve, Newburgh, New York; and 5 great grandchildren: Rourke, Margaret (Meg), Seth, Rose, and Shane Bywater.
A memorial gathering will be held later this spring at the old pioneer cemetery at River Bend where her ashes will join those of her husband on the prairie they loved so dearly. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy.
Submitted by: John R. McLaughlin
After Peggy’s death, she and John moved to be near family

January 17, 1935
June 1, 1939
November 19, 1942
March 11, 1965


Emma Homrighaus and Christ Vannida married in Colorado on July 19, 1894, clergyman F. L. Wiegert.

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