Wilson Lyman and Ollie May (Esmoil) Barden, 9 North 48 West

Wilson was born March 7, 1875. In 1880 Marshall County, Indiana, George "Borden" is 35, Mahala 33, mary 12, Martha E. 11, Lydia J. 8, WILLIAM 5, Minnie 3, and Maggie 2, all born in Indiana. Mahala's father William Houton 72 born in Pennsylvania is with them.
Wilson is listed in the 1895 census of Muscatine, Iowa, age 19.

Peter A. Esmoil married Elizabeth A. McConahan in Muscatine COunty Iowa Sept 12, 1865.
Peter Augustus Esmoil 1845-1914 is buried in Muscatine, # 69448181 "Married Elizabeth A. McConnauhey in 1866. Father to six children: Josephine (Jessie), Ora S., Lloyd John, Elizabeth Belle, Rachael A., and Olive May (Ollie) Esmoil.
WPA records have Elizabeth Esmoil 1847-1920, with no cemetery.
Civil War Veteran. Enlisted as a Private on November 18, 1861 at the age of 19. Joined Co. C, 16th Iowa Infantry Regiment on December 11, 1861. Received a disability discharge on July 12, 1865 at Cincinnati, OH."

In 1900 Muscatine County, Iowa, Ollie Esmoil, born Feb 1878 in Iowa is a a school teacher, boarding with the Charlie Tevin family.
Wilson L. "Borden" married Ollie E. Esmoil June 25, 1902, recorded in Phillips County.
Virginia Wertz wrote "On June 25,1902, at high noon in Holyoke, Co occurred the wedding of Miss Ollie Esmoil of Muscatine, IA and Wilson L. Barden also recently of Muscatine, Ia.That summer they resided with Dave Kilpactric, farming together about four miles north of Haxtun.
In August of 1902, Wilson or Willis more commonly known, filed papers on a homestead in Logan County about 12 1/2 miles west and north of Haxtun. They moved to the homestead in March 1903. Our mansion was a half dug out 12 x 16 foot with a car top roof covered with tarpaper and a cement Floor.We moved everything we owned in one trip in one wagon load.It included 12 chickens, one pig and a calf. We had 3 horses and a milk cow. The wagon was given to us also a small cook stove from an old homesteader who was a bachelor. Our iron bed and springs cost us $2.50. Willis made the table and cupboard out of common lumber. We bought two kitchen chairs at a farm sale and we used grocery boxes for extras. Our bed clothes were frommy hope chest and also our silverware. The light was a kitchen lantern. We ate off of tin pie plates. We could not get dishes or lamps in Haxtun. We built a 3 room house the year of 1905 and hauled lumber from Holyoke with a team and wagon. One horse cost us $20.00. The other two we traded ear corn for them. He broke sod with an old walking plow given to us. Our first hen house was a piano box that I shipped my belongings to Haxtun in. It was later replaced by a rock hen house built of limestone rocks picked up on the prairie. In 1902 we could come to Haxtun on the train or come otherwise. I raised a few chickens with setting hens. I didn't raise much garden because it was too dry and hot. There were no trees closer than the Platte River, and they were scarce, just a few cottonwoods. Two farmers had a few wild plums. Sand cherries were native but the cattle kept them eaten down. Willis worked for the neighbors when they had extra work to do for one dollar a day. He was happy to get that because money was scarce. My mother often put postage stamps in her letters to me so that I could send letters back to her. When any neighbor went to town they brought the mail for the others, perhaps once a week. Our first baby was born without a doctor. The nearest doctor was 33 miles away.
Our first school was built in 1904 (Pumpkin Vine). Ethel Arblewas the teacher and received $35.00 per month salary. We had Sunday School in the school house. We hauled water in barrels from our neighbors for all our needs until we were able to have a well drilled in 1909; 256 feet deep. What did we eat? We raised our own beans and potatoes and had corn ground for corn bread and mush. Also raised watermelons and muskmelons for fruit. We had pumpkin and squash. We ate chickens, Jackrabbits, eggs, milk, butter and a few prairie chickens. We used buffalo chips for fuel. Country dances were for amusement. We lived and were happy, had good neighbors and we were One Big Family. "

Wilson proved up a quarter in 10, 9N 48W in 1909.

The 1910 census has Wilson, 35, married seven years to Ollie, 32 born in Iowa. Wilma 6, Ivan E. 3, and Everett three months wee all born in Colorado.
Wilson proved up 120 acres in 26, 10N 48W in 1920. The census has Wilson 44, Ollie 41, Wilma G. 16, Ivan E. 13, Evert E. 10, Edith M. 7, and Lura E. 2.
In 1930 Wilson and Ollie, still farming in Logan County, have Ivan, Edith, and Lura .
In 1940 Logan County, Wilson and Ollie are farming alone.

1961 Muscatine Iowa "John Lloyd ESMOIL, 80, died today at his home in Bloomington Township, after an illness of several months. Born Jan. 5, 1881, in Louisa county, the son of Peter A. and Elizabeth McCONNAHA-ESMOIL, he had lived most of his life in Bloomington Twp. He was married Jan 23, 1907, at Muscatine, to Jessie TOYNE. He was a member of Spangler Methodist church, and Ionic Lodge A.F.& A.M. at Atalissa. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jessie ESMOIL; two sons, Lyall L. ESMOIL and Stuart O. ESMOIL, both of Bloomington Twp., one sister, Mrs. Willis BARDEN of Haxtun, Colo."
1965 Muscatine Iowa "Mrs. Ollie Barden of Haxtun, Colorado arrived Thursday morning and will visit with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Jessie Esmoil and with other relatives in the community."
Wilson died September 22, 1962, and is buried in Haxtun # 45124525m with Ollie 1878-1901.

George M. Barden 1905-1905 is buried in Haxtun.
Ivan Ellsworth Barden 1906-1981 is buried in Haxtun, with Margaret M. (Haney) Barden 1904-1988.

Virginia I. (Irene) Barden Wertz, 65, of Fleming, Co.,died Monday, November 3,1997, at home with her family by her side following a one year bout with cancer.
Mrs. Wertz was born August 18, 1932, to Ivan E. and Margaret Haney Barden in Sedgwick County on a farm ten miles south of Sedgwick, Colorado.
In 1934, Mrs. Wertz moved with her parents to Hanna, Wyo., to stake a homestead. Several months later, the family moved hack to the Haxtun community and then to Fleming. Mrs. Wertz attended Fleming, McGinley (at Proctor), and Iliff Elementary Schools, and graduated from Sterling High School in 1950.
Mrs. Wertz then moved to Denver, attended Rockmont Bible College and worked for Denham Finance until her marriage to R. Wayne Wertz, Oct., 7, 1951 at Iliff Co. The couple moved to Roswell, N. M., where Mr. Wertz was stationed with the U.S.A.F., and remained there until discharged in 1954. Mrs. Wertz worked as a cashier/receptionist for Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph while at Roswell.
Returning to Fleming, Mr. Wertz continued his trucking and farming operation. Mrs. Wertz was Wertz Grain Co. bookkeeper for ten years and retired from the State of Colorado Employment Service in 1991, after 22 years of service.
Mrs. Wertz was a member of the Fleming Assembly of God Church and served many years as a Sunday School Secretary, pianist, and organist. She was also a member of the Women's Ministries in the church.
Mrs. Wertz was active in CASCD Soil Conservation Auxiliary, holding both State and Regional offices and assisting the local South Platte SCD in various endeavors. Mrs. Wertz was recipient of the 1986 CASCD Woman of the Year Award, and the 1989 CASCD Distinguished Service Award.
Mrs. Wertz had many hobbies she enjoyed. Being a homemaker and mother were first, with sewing, gardening, music and cooking as other interests. She was a women of great compassion and caring for others as she shared flowers from her garden, sent a card of support, gave a needed hug or shared a word of encourage ment with those around her.
Mrs. Wertz is survived by her husband, Wayne; daughters Cynthia and husband Rod Heaston of Bloomfield, N. M., Shareen and husband Tim Dack of New Raymer, Co., Sheila and husband Bob Enriquez of Folsom, Ca.; grandchildren John Rosacker, Matthew Heaston, Collette, Jennifer and Tony Sweet, Rhianon Peterson, Taylor Enriquez; brother Leland Barden and wife Beverly; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Ivan Barden; brother, Wendell Barden; and niece, Lucinda Barden.
Services will be at 10 am. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Fleming Assembly of God Church.
1961 San Rafael, California "Announcing the engagement of their daughter, Valerie, to Wendell E. Barden of San Francisco are Mr. and Mrs. Howard W. Blagen of San Rafael. The bride-elect was graduated from Grass Valley High School and is employed with an insurance firm in San Francisco. She is the sister of Mrs. Robert Ward of Sacramento and Nels Blagen of Belmont. Mrs. Florence Warren of Rail Road Flat and Mrs. Helen Blagen of San Mateo are her grandmothers. The prospective bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan E. Barden of Iliff, Colorado. He attended schools in Colorado. Mrs. Wayne Wertz of Fleming, Colorado, is his sister and Leland Barden of Grover, Colorado, his brother. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Barden of Haxtun, Colo., and is employed with Mars Aviation in San Francisco. Wedding plans are indefinite."

Everett E. Borden married Marjorie M. Lyman June 12, 1938, recorded in Logan County.
Everett 1909-1965 and Marjorie 1912-2002 are buried in Haxtun.


Edith Mary Jung, 84, of Sterling, died Jan. 22, 1997, in Sterling.
Visitation and viewing will begin at noon Friday at the Chaney-Walters Funeral Home chapel. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fleming Assembly of God Church with the Revs. Gary Miller and Marvin Pemberton officiating. Burial wil be at the Haxtun Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Fleming Assembly of God Church or the Gideons International.
Mrs. Jung was born March 28, 1912 to Willis and Ollie (Esmoil) Barden in Haxtun. The family owned a homestead north of Dailey. She attended Pumpkin Vine Grade School and graduated from Sterling High School.
She married Alfred J. Langdon on June 28, 1930 ("Barton" in the state reords). They made their home in Dailey and Fleming. She moved to Sterling in 1964, when Mr. Langdon died. She worked at Rose Arbor Nursing Home and retired from there in 1976.
She maried Leonard A. Jung on Aug. 1, 1976.
She is survived by a daughter,Arlean Pemberton and husband Francis of Fleming; a grandson, Marvin Peniberton and wife Sue- lyn of Dove Creek; two grand daughters, Michelle Pemberton of Kirkland, Wash., and Edith Pemberton of Sterling; a great-grand daughter, Rachel Pemberton of Dove Creek, and several step-children and step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, a son, Earl Eugene Langdon, two brothers, Ivan Barden and Everett Barden, and two sisters, Wilma Barden-Moon and Lura Barden-Rogers.

Lura married Orval Rogers July 6, 1933, recorded in Logan County.

Lura Esmoil (Barden) Rogers 1917-1989 is buried in Fort Collins, with Orval L. Rogers 1909-1985.

Wilma Gertrude (Barden) Moon 1903-1929 is buried in Haxtun, with General Joseph Moon 1900-1981.


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