Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Emma (Wakeman) and Ezra H.Ulmer, 6 South 47 West

In 1880 Osborne County, Kansas, George M. Ulmer is 50, with Celestus 37, botth born in Indiaana. Drusilla C. is 14, Frances 11, Susan 8, Ezra H. 6, Edward 4, and Iva May 2, all kids born in Iowa.

In 1880 Republic County, Kansas, Emma Wakeman is 4, with parents William 49 and Emma 47. William is 18, Fred 7, Emma 4, and Alice 3.
All were born in England. Fred Henry Wakeman was born July 24, 1872 in Birmingham, England to William Wakeman and Emma Camblas, per social security.

They're in Osborne County in 1885, Wm. 54, Emma 52, Emma 09, Allice 8
In 1900 Osborne County, Kansas, Ezra Ulmer, born March 1874 in Iowa, is farming, married four years to Emma born August 1876 in England. She's had four kids, two living. Leroy April 1898 and Clara E. February 1900.

In 1910 Osborne County, Ezra and Emma have Leroy 12, Clarella 10, Cleatis 9, Eva 6, and Effie 5.

In 1915 Osborne County, they have Leroy 17, Clara 15, Lester (Clestis) 13, Eva 11, Effa 10, Tempa 4, and Alice 2.

Ezra H. Ulmer registered for WWI with a Stratton address, farming, born March 7, 1874.
In 1920 Kit Carson County, they have Leroy, Celestio, Cora, Effa 14, Tempa m. 9, Alice M. 7, Opal E. 3 - all these kids born in Kansas, and Elizabeth nine months born in Colorado.
Emma claimed a quarter in 13, 6 South, 47W in 1921.

Ezra H. Ulmer is widowed in 1930 Decatur County, Kansas, 56, farming, born in Iowa, living with cousin Anna Sparl 57, also widowed, born in Kansas.
(Anna Spaul is in Decatur County in 1940, widowed, 69, with daughter Pearl Conaga 33 and her husband Elias W. Canoga 43, both born in Kansas.
So it's possible that Ezra died between 1930 and 1940 in Decatur County. We would appreciate any information as to his death.

In 1930 Saguache County, Colorado, Emma is divorced, 53, living with son Roy 32, a farmer. Tempe is 18, Alice 17, Ohal 14, and Elizabeth 11.

Emma is in Denver in 1936, at 1529 W. Bayaud "wid Ezra H.)
LeRoy is at the same address, working at Colorado Bldrs Supply Co.

Alice M. Ulmer married George W. Larking on August 16, 1934, recorded in Chaffee County, Colorado.

In 1940 Emma is in Denver, widowed, 64, living with daughter Alice M. Larkin 26, and Alice's daughter Lila V. 4, born in Colorado.

In 1945 she's living at 721 W. 4th Avenue.

Emma 1876-1948 is buried in Denver # 137343144.


In 1925 Leroy Ulmer of Mineral Hot Springs, Colorado, filed notice of intention to homestead in sections 4 and 2 and 19, 45N 10E of the Ne Mexico Meridian. Wintnesses Homer Best, Cecil G. Dieckmann, Leslie Gullett and Frank Broll.

Leroy Ulmer claimed 480 acres in Saguache County, Colorado in 1930 for Stock Raising.
In 1937 Saguache County, Roy contributed $1.00 to the Red Cross flood relief drive.

Roy Ulmer 1898-1979 is buried in Stratton # 75528801.
Possibly related to Harold Manfred Ulmer who was on the draft list for Saguache County in 1942.

Elizabeth was born March 31, 1919 in Stratton to Ezra and Emma..

Elizabeth is married to Frank Wakeman 25, in 1940 Arapahoe County, with Emma Jean 1.
Frank was in Osborne County, Kansas in 1935.

In 1972 Denver, Frank and Elizabeth are at 970 S. High Street - with Frank a mtcemn at Gates. (Possibly a maintainence man at Gatees Rubber Company).

One tree said Celestus was born November 20, 1902 in Kansas, marrying Wilson R. Knoll born 1874, having June Loraine Knooll in Colorado June 16, 1919, Ethel may in 1922 in Osborne Coutny, Teddy in q1923, Harey in 1925, Doris in 1928, and Maxing in 1930 - dying in 1934.

Wills was living with his mother in 1920 Osborne County, Celestio with parents in Kit Carson County.

In 1925 Osborne County, Wils is 51, Celestis 23, June L. 5, Ethel M.3 Teddy O. 1, and Dortha P. nine months.

In 1930 Osborne County, Wills Knoll is 57, Celestio 28, with June L. 10, Ethel M. 8, Teddie O. 6, Dorothy P. 5 Harvey J. 4, Anthony M. 2, and Maxine newborn. June was born in Colorado, all the other kids in Kansas.
She's buried in Osborne County # 6919417 "Died from Blood poisoning"

Willis Knoll is widowed in 1940 Osborne County, 65, living alone.
Also in 1940 Osborne County, Dorothy, 15, Harvey 14, Marie 10, George W. 7 Knoll are living wtih the widoww Emma Breakey 65 and her single daughter Zada, 30.

June Knoll Charlesworth was born June 16, 1919 in Burlington to Wilson Knoll and Celestis Ulmer, dying September 1, 1999.

1944 Los Angeles "Darting into the street while playing in front of his home, 2-year-old Robert J. Charlesworth, son of Wesley Charlesworth of 359 W. 54th St., met instant death yesterday when run over by a streetcar operated by H. L. Billings, motorman"

In 1964 she's in El Monte, California, married to Wesley Charlesworth.

Maxine Louise Keever, 80, of Atchison, KS, passed away on March 25, 2010.
Maxine was born January 4, 1930 at the home of her parents, Wilson and Celestis (Ulmer) Knoll in Osborne County, KS. She attended schools in Downs, KS, graduating from Downs High School.
She and Alvin M. Keever were united in marriage on October 17, 1947 in Woodston, KS.


Opal Ethel Gingles was born August 27, 1915 at Osborne, Kansas, dying February 17, 2005.

In 1940 Arapahoe County, Colorado, Charles Gingles is an iron worker for the WPA, 26, with Opal 27, both born in Kansas. Robert 5, Earl 4, and Donald 1 were born in Colorado.

Tempa Ulmer married Marvin Miller on Janaury 16, 1934, recorded in Denver.

In 1940 Arapahoe County, Marvin is proprietor of a junk yard, 35 born in Oklahoma, with Tema 29 born in Kansas. Marvin James is 3, Arthur Harvey 2, and Lulu Belle 1.

Marvin M. Miller 1904-1993 is buried in Wheat Ridge # 35117625, with Tempa M. 1910-1968 # 35117598.


John Hoyda claimed two quarters in 13, 6S 47W in 1915.

In 1920 Kit Carson County, Clara E. Hoyda, 19, married to John Hoyda 47 - a German immigrating in 1897, with Catherine five months old.

In 1930 Kit Carson County, John and Clara have Kathren 10, Mary 9, John 8, and CHester 6.

In 1940, still farming, they have Mary 19, John 18, Chester 16, and Billie 8.
Clara 1900-1973 # 75441568 is buried in Stratton, Colorado, with John 1872-1958.)

Katherine Rose Brown, born July 22, 1919 at Kirk, died December 1992.
She's buried in Littleton, Colorado 3 139614355.

Mary Molenda Packer was born at Kirk November 7, 1920, dying April 21, 1998.
She married Jewel Parker on June 8, 1940 in Stratton, both age 19. Witnesses were Clara E. Hoyda and Lloyd Parker. She's buried in Thornton, Colorado # 45235649.

Chester V. Hoyda 1923-1945 was killed in action in Italy, and is buried in Stratton # 8143221>

John Hoyda, Jr. is buried in Stratton 3 126237387

John Hoyda Jr was born on March 9, 1922 to John Sr. & Clara Etta (Ulmer) Hoyda. John was born on his dads homestead in a one room sod house north of Stratton, CO. and he died October 9th, 2016 in Burlington CO at the age of 94. John was the middle son of 5 children. John attended the Kechter School through the 10th grade and lived on the family farm throughout his youth. He was married to Ruth May Brown on July 11, 1942 in Goodland, KS, to that marriage they were blessed with four children. Jeanie May, Reta Lou, Gary Lee & Vickie June. John had a love for baseball from an early age, he played baseball for many years in Kirk. He played positions of pitcher and short stop. He also enjoyed boxing and would spend many hours watching boxing and baseball with his family. John always had a love for farm life, he had a passion for raising livestock and often talked about all the horses he had raised and trained over the years. It was not unusual for John to have a horse saddled for the grandchildren when they came to visit, always ready to offer lessons. John was always willing to help out his family and neighbors, even well into his 80’s you could find John horseback, helping move cattle, guarding a gate or simply giving advice. John worked most of his life at all of the local sale barns. Even after he had retired, John and Gary almost never missed a sale. He found the greatest joy in playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. His eyes would light up anytime they came around. John enjoyed watching his grandchildren in their many sporting events & school programs. John was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, wife Ruth, and 2 great grandchildren. He is survived by his children Jeanie (Willard) Stahlecker of Bethune, Reta (Dalwon) Schaal of Burlington, Gary Hoyda of Stratton, Vickie (Dean) Fisher Tescott KS, 11 grandchildren-Roger Stahlecker, Deanna Stahlecker, Catina Gettinger, Dallas Schaal, Eric Hoyda, Shannon Koepke, Christy Hoyda, Cory Hoyda, Brandi Williford, Leslie Davis & Rachel Ehlers, 21 great grandchildren and 8 great, great grandchildren as well as many other family & friends.


Alice M. (Ulmer) Klassens 1913-1977 is buried in Jefferson County, Colorado, # 53118770, with John Klassens 1909-1991.


January 9, 1930 Saguache County "A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Coontz January 2, and died January 6, at the home of Mrs. Coontz's mother, Mrs. Emma Ulmer. Mineral Hot Springs and community extend their sympathy to the family."
This might be the A.C. Coontz buried in Creston, Colorado, per # 113913265.
Eva (Ulmer) Phillips is buried in Delta, Colorado # 42621024.

Cora Eva Ulmer (who went by her middle name, Eva), was born October 15, 1903, in a log cabin in Alton, Osborne County, Kansas. Eva was the daughter of Ezra Harley Ulmer and Emma Wakeman Ulmer, who were English-born and immigrated to the U.S. when young children. Eva had one brother and seven sisters. Ezra and Emma Ulmer separated when Eva was a young girl, although Emma never remarried. Ezra lived in Kansas, and Emma stayed in Colorado. Eva's brother, Roy, being the oldest and the only boy, took over as head of household and pretty much raised all his sisters. Eva started working as a live-in housekeeper, nanny, and cook at the age of 13.
Alfred Coontz, age 15, met Eva Ulmer, age 17, in Goodland, Kansas, when Eva's family visited a mutual cousin's (Emery and Edna Nass) farm in Sherman County. When Alfred and Eva married a year later, only one of Eva's sisters, Effie, attended the wedding; Eva's mother and brother refused because they disapproved of Eva marrying a younger man. Alfred and Eva moved several times between Kansas and Colorado, following the crops, then finally settled in Colorado. Alfred left his family in 1938, divorced Eva in 1946, to remarry a woman from North Carolina, named Margaret. In 1954, Eva remarried Ernest Jefferson Phillips, a farm laborer, and they settled along the western slope of Colorado in the Grand Junction area.
Eva Phillips survived Ernie's death on December 4, 1969, and later relocated to metro Denver, where she died (age 88) from stroke complications on April 18, 1992.  
 "Alfred Cleo Coontz was born 15 May 1905 in Cedar County, Iowa, and died 11 Jun 1973 in Denver County, Colorado, buried in Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver County, Colorado. He married (1) Hazel (Billie) UNKNOWn-Nass. He married (2) Margaret Leo Linker, daughter of Robert Linker and Serena Faulkner. She was born 28 Jun 1911 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, and died 19 Jan 1979 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
He married (3) Cora Eva Ulmer 1923 in ....divorced 1943, daughter of Ezra Ulmer and Emma Wakeman. She was born 15 Oct 1903 in Osborne County, Kansas, and died 18 Apr 1992 in Jefferson County, Colorado."

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