Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

William W. Wilcox, 6 South 46 West

William claimed two quarters in 24, 6S 46W in 1917.
In 1900 Kit Carson County, Walter Wilcox is a drugman, born June 1853 in Illinois, married 15 years to Mary M. August 1860 Illinois. Nellie J. Feb 1886 in Illinois, Charles S. June 1889 William W. July 1891, Eva M. Aug 1893, and Earl D. Jan 1898 were born in Colorado.

June 24, 1904 Wray "George Homm of Newton was quite badly hurt while dipping cattle at the Eox ranch last week, by being struck in the head with a long iron bar."
Wilcox, William Wallace of Burlington married Mather, Lillian Jane of Newton, Yuma County on January 5, 1910.
Charles S. Wilcox was the witness. (William W. and Lillian J. WIlcox wee witnesses fo Charlie's marriage to Ethel Maye Clark on February 21, 1910.)

Mollie A. Mather cash-claimed a quarter in 4S 48W, Yuma County in 1891 - but she's not mentioned in any Colorado census.
She might be the one in 1895 Linn County, Iowa "Mollie A. Mather, 38, Ohio "

In 1910 Kit Carson County, William 19 is just married to Lillian J. 17 born in Kansas. They're next to Wallace Wilcox 55 and May M. 48, Eva May 16, and Earl D. 12.
(In 1909 Lillian Mather recieved an eighth grade diploma in Wray...)

July 21, 1910 " Mr. and Mrs. William Wilcox are the proud parents of a baby boy, born Thursday, July 21."

Lillian J. Wilcox 1893-1915 is buried in Burlington # 89512756.

William - no occupation - is living on Sixth Street in 1920 Burlington, 28, with Esther 20, Kenneth 9, and Elmer 5.

Dewey Elden Wilcox was born Nov 26, 1921 in Burlington to William W. Wilcox and Ella E. Homm, dying June 21, 1999.
He's buried in Brighton, Colorado # 125735729, with Bonnie 1922-2009.

In 1930 Burlington, William is a salesman at a gas station, 38, Esther 30, Kenneth 19, Dewey 8, Bettie J. 5, and Russell 2. Marvin Homm, Esther's brother is 19, doing odd jobs.
(Alice Homm, 24, is in Burlington in 1930, a cook in a restaurant.)
One tree said she married William Isaac Bell - born in 1874, and they had Mary Viola in Denver in 1935, and that Alice died in 1970. It said Mary married Harold Lee Hoft 1933-1964.)


Henry J. Homm married Hattie Kinsey in Gove County December 11, 1891.

Esther Homm was in Gove County, Kansas in 1900, born August 1899. Henry Homm is 34, Hattie 26, Minnie 7, George J. 5, John F. 4, Annie E. 3.
SSDI has Esther Ella Homm born August 25, 1899 in Grinnell to Henry Homm and Harriet V Kinsey, dying January 8, 1997.
Henry 1865-1919 is buried in Gove County # 91648167.
In 1910 Gove County, Henry is 45, Hattie 36, Minnie B. 17, George J. 15, John 13, Anna E. 12, Ester 11, Charley H. 10, Elmo 8, Alice 5, Edna 2, and a month-old son.

In 1920 Gove County, Hattie is 46, living with son George J. 25, Charles H. 18, Elmo M. 16, Alice R. 14, Edna E. 11, Marvin L. 9, and Henry L. 7.

In 1940 Burlington, William is an agent for an oil plant,48, Esther 40, Dewey 18, Betty 15, and Russell 12. Dewey works at a filling station.

Esther Wilcox 1899-1997 is buried in Burlington # 89512590, with Billy 1891-1964 "Married Octobe 20, 1919" # 89512524.

Elmer Wilcox was living with grandparents Wallace H. 76 and Mary 68 Wilcox in 1930 Burlington, age 15. He's running a filling station in Limon Colorado in 1940 (in Long Beach California in 1935)

Russell D. Wilcox, 88, passed away following a long illness on July 22, 2016, at Grace Manor Care Center. He was born on November 5, 1927, in Burlington CO to William Wallace Wilcox and Esther Homm Wilcox. Russell grew up with four siblings, Betty Wilcox Bertogli, Dewey Wilcox, Elmer Wilcox and Kenneth Wilcox. He attended Burlington schools from grade school through graduation in 1945. He furthered his education at the University of Colorado for 2 years before returning to join his father’s business as a Standard Oil jobber.
Russell married the love of his life Ruth Eberhart on August 22, 1948, in Burlington. This union was blessed with three daughters, Diana (John) Mauch Burlington CO, Karol (Glen) Adolf of Arvada, CO and Nancy Burke of Denver CO.
Russell was a man of honesty and integrity who worked at a time when a man’s word and a hand shake were the only contract needed. He valued his loyal customers and provided them with a good product and good service. The business became Wilcox Oil and Chemical, Inc. in 1977, and he worked until he retired in 1993. At that time he turned over management of the business to his son-in-law, John Mauch. He was very active in the Burlington community until his health began to fail. He was a long standing member of the United Methodist Church, of which his Grandmother Mary Wilcox was a charter member in 1888. He served on many committees, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and chaired the building renovation in 1971. He was on the Board of Trustees at Kit Carson County Hospital for 15 years (1970-1985). As an active member in the Burlington Rotary Club for over 50 years, Russ was named a Paul Harris Fellow recipient and received the Willard Gross “Service Above Self” award June, 2013. He also enjoyed his work with the Burlington High School Alumni Association for many years.
His greatest joy was his family, followed by his love of all things associated with music. He played both trumpet and baritone in school and community bands. He spent many a Saturday evening playing in the Summer Band on the corner of Main and Senter in front of the Bank of Burlington. That same summer community band played during the rodeos at the Kit Carson County Fair. With his beautiful baritone voice, he participated in community choirs and Rotary variety shows, a Rotary barbershop quartet, the Methodist church choir, and was the song leader at Rotary for many years. He also loved to dance with Ruth and enjoyed many evenings at the Burlington Country Club. He especially loved the music from the Big Band Era. He also enjoyed fishing, golfing, boating and water skiing at Bonny, and traveling. He and Ruth enjoyed trips to Russia, England, Austria, France, Spain, Germany, Hawaii, the Caribbean, as well as many states within the US. He also loved watching his children and then his grandchildren as they participated in countless school activities.
Russell is preceded in death by his parents and his four siblings. He outlived and mourned the death of several dear friends. Russell is survived by his beloved wife Ruth, his 3 daughters, 4 grandchildren Torrie (Adam) Pottorff, Brady (Sommer) Haines, Jordan (Ben) Price, Jocelyn (Jesse) Boyd, 7 great grandchildren, as well as many extended family members and friends.

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