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Yuma County Pioneers:

Orville L. and Adella (Sanger) Motsenbocker, Idalia

In 1880 Elk County, Kansas, Ephraim Sanger is 45, born in Kentucky, with Martha A. 43 Ohio. Adella C. is 17, Egbert 10 both born in Indiana, Charley 5 and Harry 2 in Kansas. Next house is Eunice W. Sanger 48, widowed, with three kids.

Ephraim 1835-1912, marrying Martha Craft in 1858, is buried in Elk County # 40156045. Martha died in 1884,and he married Lizzie Jarvis Sanger (1882-1909)

Louis Homrighaus 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 Oliver and Adella both 34. Athur 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.

Frank M. Elliott married Sylvia "Motsenbankes" in Januayr 18, 1913, recorded in Yuma COunty.

November 20, 1913 "Frank Elliott and wife are the proud parents of a baby boy born Friday Nov. 14. Mrs. Elliott was formerly Miss Sylvia Motsenbocker."

October 22, 1914 "Mr. and Mrs. Motsenbocker and son, Luther, and Ed Bender left last week for New Mexico to look for a location."

November 8, 1917 Wray "Mr. and Mrs. Luther Motsenbocker of the Idalia country, left here the last of the week for Larkspur, Colorado, where they will make their future home."

Oliver 1860-1938 # 31799005 and Adella C. Motsenbocker 1861-1950 are buried in Denver.
Parker Colorado History:
Motsenbocker Road, which runs from the Clarke Farms neighborhood on the north to Stroh Road on the south, is named for the Motsenbocker family. The Motsenbockers farmed and ranched along what is now Parker's southern border and the road runs through what was once their property.

Patriarch John Motsenbocker was born in Idalia, Colo., in 1917, and moved with his parents to the Parker area in search of good farming and ranching land in the 1920s. The family lived along the western banks of Cherry Creek, roughly where Stroh Road bridges the tributary today.

When the Castlewood Dam broke in August 1933, 16-year-old John helped his mother move the family to a hill west of their home. The water was about 4 feet high before they managed to get the family to high ground. The family lost its cattle because there was not enough forewarning to move them. The Motsenbockers remained on the hill until morning as a 30-foot wall of water swept down Cherry Creek.

John Motsenbocker served in WWII and was trained in vehicle repair. He served in Africa and Italy until the end of the war. His training enabled him to work at Don's Garage on Mainstreet in Parker upon his return.

After the war, Motsenbocker enjoyed going to dances at the Pikes Peak Grange, Hilltop and Elizabeth. At the dances, he renewed his friendship with Ellen Larsen, whom he knew from his high school days in Parker. They were married three months after his return from World War II.

John and Ellen Motsenbocker had three sons—Harvey, Lynn and Bryan. John Motsenbocker was stacking hay on land he had purchased from his uncle when he had a heart attack and died in 1967. Ellen Motsenbocker lived in the Hilltop area until her death in 2009.

February 3, 1966 "Jesse J. Motsenbocker, Sr.. 1420 Quail St. Lakewood.
Husband of Pearl V Motsenbocker. Father of Edna Terry, Denver, Jesse J. Motsenbocker Jr., Golden, Everett R. Motsenbocker, Wheat Ridge, and Eugene L. Motsenbocker, Lakewood. Brother of Arthur, Elmer, Luther and John Motsenbocker, Sylvia Elliott, Grace McLaughlin and Golda Huggins. Also 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren."

July 27, 1967 "John M. Motsenbocker, Parker, Colo. Husband of Ellen Motsenbocker, father of Harvey, Lynn and Bryan. Son of Mr. and Mrs Luther Motsenbocker, of Parker, brother of Elsie Harn, Elda Roof, and Louise Baumgnartner, all of Denver, and Oliver Motsenbocker, of Aurora."

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.

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