Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Albert David and Alice (Weaver) McDermet , 8 South 49 West

In 1880 Fulton County, Illinois, Alice Weaver is 13, with parents Alexander Weaver 44 and Margaret 35.

In 1900 Fulton County, Illinois, Albert born May 1862 in Illinois, married eleven years to Alice January 1867 Illinois, have Elgin R. Sept 1893 and Hazel m. May 1847.
On the same page are William Oct 1823 and Mary J. April 1829 Ohio, with John Aug 1854 Illinois.
Also on the page is Frank McDermitt July 1867 Illinois with his Flora and their four kids.
In 1908 William wrote "I was married November 14, 1850, to Mary Jane Williams, a native of Sciota County, O., and a daughter of Jesse and Rebecca Williams, the Rev. Jesse W. Walmsley of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating. We at first lived in a log house daubed with clay and covered with clapboards held on by weightpoles.

We have been blessed by the birth of ten children, seven boys and three girls, six of whom are living, namely; Robert McDermet, a resident of Abindon, Ill., William W. McDermet, who lives in Nebraska; John J. McDermet, the third child, is at home; David A. McDermet resides in Colorado; Frank McDermet is on a farm in Harris twp. and Mrs. Lorena Guernsey is living in Lee twp.; Robert is the only child born in Ohio. All my deceased children are buried in the Marietta Cemetery."

In 1910 Kit Carson County, Albert "McDermitt" is 47, Alice 43, Elgie 16, and Hazel 12, all born in Illinois.
Albert proved up a quarter in 26, 8S 49W in 1912.

The 1914 Colorado Springs directory has Albert McDermet living at 306 Pikes Peak Avenue.
Same address in 1915 Colorado Springs for D.A. McDermet
Gwendlyn V. Cottral is a student, boarding at 1019 Grant Avenue.
In 1930 Montezuma County, Colorado, "D Albert" McDermitt is 67, married 27 years to Almira A. 64, both born in Illinois, with no occupation.
Albert David McDermet 1862-1951 # 132568333 and Alice A. 1866-1944 132568356 are buried in Pueblo, Colorado.


Hazel McDermet, age 19, married Albert L. Bell, 26, in Seibert December 24, 1916.

Albert was in Fulton County, Illinois in 1900, with parents Franklin 37 and Martha 31. Nellie L. is 11, Albert 9, Martha L. 8, and Elza 5. Next household iis Danile Bell 64 and Mary M. 59.

In 1910 Fulton County, Frank is 46, Martha F. 41, Nellie L. 21, Albert L. 19, Martha L. 18, Elza M. 15, Roy P. 9, and Charles T. 5.

Frank G. Bell 1862-1948 is buried in Bushnell, McDonough County Illinois # 164994260.
So is Martha W. Bell 1869-1932 # 164994282.
Their daughter Nellie L. (Bell) (Sweney) Ford 1868-1975 is buried in Canton, Illinois # 57873255.
Their son Elza 1894-1963 is buried in San Diego # 28008396, with Mildred 1902-1983.
Roy, born Dec 8, 1900, died June 26, 1988.

Charles Theodore Bell died July 21, 1974, buried in Shields Chapel Cemetery, Fulton County, with Agnes J. (Moran) Bell, dying December 16, 1979.
Their daughter Sharon K. (Bell) Buban died May 18, 1976, and is in the same cemetery.

Albert had claimed two quarters in sections 2, 11, and 12, 6S 49W, in 1916.

Albert Lee Bell, a merchant, registered for WWI with an address of Arapahoe, Colorado, born in Chechnow, Illinois July 21, 1890.

In 1920 Albert - a clerk in a general store - and Hazel are in Yuma County, with Richard, two months old.
They're on the census next to the well-known doctor James Garcia.

In 1930 Pueblo, Albert L. 39 is an electrician, with Hazel M., 32, both born in Illinois. Wayne R. 10 was born in COlorado.
In 1940 Pueblo, Colorado, Albert L. is 48, Hazel M. 42, and they have Wayne R. 20.

When he registered for WWII in Pueblo, he said he was born in Fulton County, Illinois.

Albert is buried in Pueblo

Elgie McDermet, 22, married Gwendolyn Cottral, 19, in Pueblo, Colorado August 18, 1915.
Gwendolyn had been in Colorado Springs in 1910, with parents Frank 51 and Irene 42, sister Muriel 16.

John Frank Cottral, 81, 1604 N. 5th St., died at Mercy Hospital, Clinton, Oklahoma, at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 1964 . Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Pape funeral home. The Rev. Martin S. Bredow will officiate, with burial in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. today. Mr. Cottral was born in Sabula, Oct. 30, 1882, the son of Frank and Caroline Wulf Cottral. He was married Aug. 12, 1907, to Mary Gray. Educated in the Miles schools, he was a carpenter. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Survivors are his wife; two sons, Lyle L. and Earl D., both of Clinton; five daughters, Mrs. Edmund (Hazel) Reynolds of Elkader, Mrs. George (Velma) Gibbs of Ventura, Calif., Mrs. Robert (Thelma) Moss of Clinton, Mrs. Eugene J. (Muriel) Carroll of South Gate, Calif. and Mrs. Merlin D. (Marjorie) Larson, Bismark, N.D.; one sister, Mrs. John Dallager, Maquoketa; two half-sisters, Mrs. E.R. McDermet of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Mrs. George J. Rodriquez, Denver, Colo.; and one half-brother, Donald Cottral of California; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Elgin Royal McDermet registered with a Seibert address, with a wife and child, born Sept 17, 1893 at Seville, Ilinois.
He and Gwendolyn are in Montezuma County, Colorado in 1920, with Bernard E. 3.
In 1930 Colorado Springs, Elgie is superintendent of a pottery firm, with Gwendolyn 32, Bernard E. 13, Raymond R. 10, and Helen M. 3.
, Elgie is working in a pottery factory in 1940 Colorado Springs. He and Gwen have Raymond 20 and Helen M. 13.

Mountain CRAG Brown ….reflecting the browns and greens found in a mountain crag
At some point throughout the years, the name of this glaze color began to be incorrectly referred to as Mountain CRAIG Brown. Early literature clearly states the name as “MOUNTAIN CRAG BROWN” and the rationale for the use of the term. While the amount of over spray varies from piece to piece; the resulting appearance is one of a honey-brown color with a shade of fairly light, bright green over spray. Years before this glaze appeared, numerous other shades of browns and greens were used to glaze pottery, both separately and together.
It has been recorded that the glaze formula for the Mountain Crag Brown glaze was lost in the Flood of 1935, which destroyed a major part of the east side of the Memorial Pottery building. Photos exist showing the side of the building collapsing, and pottery pieces and molds flowing down the hillside into the creek below. It seems we are missing information as to the first introduction of the glaze color. If you have information to share, please send a comment.
NEW INFORMATION Feb. 2012: Fred Wills believes that Elgie McDermet produced a batch of similar color pottery in the 1950s. He said there is no way to determine whether McDermet used the same formula, but that he could probably have produced it from memory since he had mixed it years prior.
Elgie R. 1893-1962 and Gwendolyn Vashta 1896-1980 are buried in COlorado Springs # 34993297.
Raymond R. McDermet's obituary says he was born January 15, 1920 at COlorado Springs, dying Nov 8, 1993 at Mount Prospect, Illinois, wife Agens Andrews MdDermet.
Mentioned was Bernard E. McDermet and Helen M. Moger.
Bernard E. McDermett married Gladys Comer on April 17, 1936, recorded in El Paso County. (wonder if she's related to the Amanda Comer who was also in Seibert - wife of Jeremiah Lee.)
Bernard was in Colorado Springs in 1940, 23, married to Gladys 32, and they have Virginia 3.
Bernard E. and Gladys McDermet had a court case in El Paso County October 15, 1940.
Bernard Elgie McDermet 1916-2000 is buried in Clinton, Oklahoma # 85221357.

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