Logan County Colorado Pioneers

Harry and Cora (Kempton) Miles, brother Robert and Minnie Miles, brother William and Grace (McBride) Miles, sister Florence (Miles) and Henry Kempton, 9 North 49 West


In 1880 Gosper County, Nebraska, John Miles is 47, England, Mary 32 Canada, with William 18, Charles 12, Frankie 14, John 8, Minnie 6, Harry 2, Otatie 2, and Florence eight months, all kids born in Wisconsin.

Mary is widowed in 1900 Gosper County, widowed, born February 1849 in Canada, farming, with Charley M. April 1869 Wisc, Frank E. Jan 1871 Wisc, Milo R. Nov 1883, Pheba A. June 1886, Nellie March 1888, Robert G. Aug 1890, and Benjamen H. Jan 1893, the last five born in Nebraska.

In 1900 Gosper County, Nebraska, Harry born Oct 1877 in Wisconsin is just married to Cora, both 22.

In 1910 Logan County, Harry is farming with Cora 32, Clifford 11, Newton 8, Edward 6, Guy 4, and Ruth 2.

Harry proved up a quarter in 33, 9N 49W in 1914.
In 1920 Logan County, Harry is farming 42, Wisconsin, with Cora 41 Nebraska. Clifford H. 19, Newton 17, Edward C. 16, Guy L. and Ruth E. 11 were born in Nebraska, Harry L. 8 in COlorado.

In 1930 Logan County they have only Perry 18, Guy 24 and Rosa daughter-in-law 18, born in Kentucky.
In 1940 Logan County Harry and Cora are alone, both 42.

Cora (Kempton) Miles 1878-1954 is buried in Fleming # 42155450, with Harry 1877-1960.
Edward 1903-1990 and Perry 1911-1982 - with Lillian Lucille (Harms) Miles 1908-1988 are also buried there

In 1930 Logan County, Clifford is a laborer, 29, Lula 24 Nebraska, and Wayne 3.

Clifford Harrison Miles registered for WWI in Logan COunty, working for father, born June 4, 1900.
In 1940 he's a school bus driver, with Lula 34, born in Nebraska, Wayne 13 and Jolene 3.

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In 1880 McLean County, Illinois, Grace McBride is 2, with Samuel 54 and Delila 43, Henry 19, Bell 18, Mray F. 16, Willie 11, Ida 6, Grace 2, and Girtrude 2.
In 1900 Gosper County, Deliah is widowed, born Sept 1837 in Ohio, with William 31 and Gracie E. 22.
In 1910 Delilah is living with Dora 43 and Willard 52 Hickox in Berthoud, Colorado.
In 1880 Dora was 15, with sister Estella Hickox 22 and Willard 23 in Akron, Ohio.
Estella must have died, because Willard married Dora in 1888 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
Another sister, Mary McBride Randall, age 66, is with Dora Hickox, 64, widowed, in 1930 Billing, Montana. Mary and John H. Randall wereframining in Boulder County, Colorado in 1900.

Delilah (Holten) McBride 1837-1920 is buried in Chattanooga, Oklahoma # 124104348.

In 1930 Logan County, Will Miles is 64, a laborer, with Grace 51 Illnois, Agnes 19, Howard 17, Albert 14, adn Harland 12, all four born in Minnesota.
Thanks to Jim Miles, who wrote:
"circa 1944 Fleming, Colorado
This home stands on the Western edge of Fleming (Logan County) Colorado. In a letter from William's grandson Harlan Miles it is stated that William built this house in 1919. It was...in my memory always referred to as the "little green house". This writer remembers living in this house in the late 1940's for several years. James Miles...grandson of W. D. Miles and G. E. McBride "
On the same census page as Clifford in 1940 is the widowed Grace Miles, 61, with Albert H. 23 no occupation and Harland W. 22 - a farm laborer.

William D. Miles 1866-1936 # 39968186 and Grace Edith (McBride) Miles 1878-1971 are buried in Fleming.
(Grace McBride's sister, per one posting, was Dora McBride, daughter of Samuel and Delilah McBride of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Oklahoma, with Delilah living at Chattanooga, Oklahoma. Dora married William Hickox who had the Rocky Mountain Bee Company at Fort Collins, and moved it to Rosebud, Montana in 1911, in 1912 to Forsyth, Montana, and in 1916 to Billings. In 1919 he had 2,000 stands of bees. The company was incorporated, with headquarters at Berthoud, Colorado.
Samuel was born on February 18 1826, in Coolspring, Mercer, Pennsylvania. Delilah was born on September 13 1837, in Hartford, Trumbull, Ohio.


Irene Saylor, 98, of Fleming, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000 in Sterling. Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, and until noon on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Fleming Cemetery with Rev. Tom Peacock officiating. Mrs. Saylor was born on Dec. 27, 1901 to William and Grace (McBride) Miles in Berthoud. She grew up in Pine River, Minn. She moved with her family to Fleming and worked as a telephone operator. On Nov. 30, 1919 she married Chancy Brown and they lived on the old Saylor Ranch northwest of Fleming. They lived on the Bill Wood home stead west of Fleming from 1933 until 1957. Mr. Brown died in 1959. She married Russell Rowan on June 9, 1963 in Fleming. They lived in Sterling and later moved to Fleming. Mr. Row√°n died in 1982.
On Sept. 16, 1987 she married Clyde Saylor in Fleming. She was of the Methodist faith. Mrs. Saylor is survived by her husband, Clyde Saylor of Sterling; two daughters, Delores of Seymour, Mo., and Marlene of St. George, Utah; six sons, Marvin Brown of Holbrook, Neb., Rahlon Brown of The Dalles, Ore., Kenneth Brown of Twin Falls, Idaho, Keith Brown of Denver, Alvin Brown of Mitchell, S.D., and Richard Brown of Louisiana; 20 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Wilbert Brown and Melvin Brown; four brothers, three sisters, and one grandchild. Guy P. Miles 1909-1919 is buried in Fleming.

Iris (Miles) Lambert 1906-1932 and Wallace Lambert 1902-1986 are buried in Fleming.

Agnes Pauline (Miles) Hogan 1910-1996 and Alfred Hogan 1907-1983 are buried in Broomfield, Colorado.

Harland Miles 1917-1997 and Fairy L. (Sledd) Miles 1918-2008 are buried in Sterling.
"Mrs. Miles was born April 2, 1918, to James T. and Lucy (Babbitt) Sledd in Akron. She lived with the family in the Kelley area and attended Primrose School.
On July 26, 1940, she married Harland W. Miles in Sterling. They moved to California in 1941 during the war.
They moved back to Colorado, settling northwest of Sterling. In March of 1954, they moved to Willard. They moved to Sterling in 1957, residing here since. "


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Florence Miles was born Oct 9, 1879 in Johnstown, Rock County, Wisconsin to John M. Miles and Mary Jane Crokett.
"Aug 19, 1909: Obituary Notes, Mary J. Corket was born 60 years ago in Ontario Province, Canada; family moved to Walworth Co., WI; married Oct 17, 1865 in Richmond, WI to John Miles; moved to Gosper Co., NE in Apr 1890; John Miles died Jul 7, 1898; 14 children, 13 living, most in Gosper Co.; married Jul 9, 1908 to C.G. Lewis; She died Aug 8, 1909 at age of 60 yr., 5 mo., 29 da., buried in Elwood Cemetery. Her Father served in the 28th WI Vol Inft during Civil War. (Miss Nellie Lewis is here from Gem, Kansas, daughter of Judge Lewis, she is a Methodist Preacher.)"

Henry Kempton is in Gosper County in 1900, born 1880 in Nebraska, with Florence 20 Wisconsin. Laura is seven month old, botn in Nebraska.
In 1910 Henry is farming in Logan County, 30, with Florence 30, Laura 9, and Richard 2.

Richard Thomas Kempton 1911-1911 buried in Fleming, son of Henry and Florence (Miles) Kempton is probably a nephew.
In 1930 Morrill County, Nebraska, they have only Dorothy C. 6 born in Nebraska.
They have only Dorothy in 1930 Morrill County, too, with no occupations.

Florence was in Grand View, Washington in 1939, per her sister Minnie's obituary.

In 1940 Yakima, Washington, Florence - married but no spouse, is a housekeeper for the Bare family.
Henry Kempton is in Yakima when registering for WWII, with Mrs. Florence Kempton. He was born January 7, 1885 in Gosper County, Nebraska.
She died in Yakima August 28, 1953.


March 30, 1939 Elwood Bulletin, Elwood, Nebraska -
Moncrief Rites Sunday Afternoon -
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at two o'clock in the Christian Church for Mrs. R. N. Moncrief, 65, who passed away at her home last Thursday evening at six o'clock. Mrs. Moncrief had been in ill health for some time and her condition became serious about three weeks ago. Death was attributed to heart trouble. Rev. Lowe of McCook was in charge of the services. A quartette composed of Mrs. E. Colgrove, Mrs. Ray Shepherd, H. G. Salisbury and J. H. Furrow sang "Abide With Me," and "No Night There," accompanied by Miss Vera Nelson at the piano. Ford Morgan sang a solo "In The Garden."

Minnie Miles was born in Whitewater, Wisconsin January 17, 1874, and came with her parents to Nebraska in 1880. On March 17, 1894 she was united in marriage to R. N. Moncrief and to this union were born ten children, two of whom preceded her in death. They were Alberta, age 9 months; Melba, age 18 months. Mrs. Moncrief became a member of the Christian Church in 1896 since which time she has been a faithful member. Mrs. Moncrief resided on a farm south of Elwood until 1920 when she and her husband moved to Elwood which has been her home since.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband; eight children: Clarence of Elwood, Lulu Gruer, Sterling, Colorado, Ruby Wickencamp, Cambridge, Albert of Sterling, Colorado, May Bannister, Palisade, Donald, Elwood, Kenneth, Bakersfield, California, Raymond, Sterling, Colorado; four sisters, Hattie McKenzie and Allie Harms, Elwood, Florence Kempton, Grand View Washington, and Nellie Wheeler, Weiser, Idaho; Six brothers, J. M. Miles, MacGregor, Idaho, Harry and Robert Miles, Fleming, Colorado, Frank Miles and Ben Miles, Elwood; 24 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were six nephews: William, Jesse and Oren McKenzie, Gaylord, Elmer and Lester Miles. Interment was in the Elwood Cemetery.

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In 1910 Robert G. and brother Benjamin are in Gosper County, farming. Next household is Frank E. Miles 39 born in Wisconsin, farming, living alone.
On the same page is John M. Miles 37, married ten years to Ida C. 34 Nebraska, with Oliver 9, Walker 7, and Maynard 2.

Robert Miles is in Logan County in 1930, a drayman, 40, with Minnie 41, Leonard 15, Leslie 14, and Charles 12, all born in Nebraska.
Robert 1899-1959 # 46622460 and Minnie I. (Roberts) Miles 1888-1971 are buried in Sterling.

Leslie "Buzz" Miles, 79, of Sterling, died Saturday, June 3, 1995, in Sterling. Funeral was 2 p.m. today at Holy Cross Church in Sterling with Father John Spence officiating. Burial is at the Fleming Cemetery.
Mr. Miles was born Aug. 30, 1915 to Robert and Minnie Roberts Miles in Elwood, Neb. He moved to Fleming in 1926 and graduated from Fleming High School. Mr. Miles worked at Stickney's in Cheyenne and area furniture stores.
He moved to Sterling in 1968. He retired from Carol's Chair Boutique in 1992. Mr. Miles received the Salesman $100,000 Club Award.
He married Ellen Shea April 27, 1960 in Sterling. He was a member of the Holy Cross Episcopal Church and the Sterling Elks Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen of Sterling; son, Jerry and wife Joan Miles of Worland, Wyo.; daughters, Janice and husband Mel Lynhart of Cheyenne, and Debbie and husband Dennis Mildenberger of Sterling; brother, Charles Miles of Fleming; and 14 grandchildren including special grandchildren Randy and Becky Mildenberger.
Mr. Miles was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard, and two step-sons, Ricky and Mikey.

Charles "Chick" Miles, 77, of Fleming, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 1995, in Denver.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at Chaney Walters Funeral Home. Funeral is 10:30 a.m., Monday, at Chaney Walters with the Revs. Mark Matney and Gary Miller officiating.. Graveside military rites will be conducted by Fleming VFW Post No. 7153 at Fleming Cemetery.
Mr. Miles was born Dec. 7, 1917, to Robert and Minnie Roberts Miles in Elwood, Neb. He moved to Fleming in 1926 where he received his schooling. He graduated from Fleming High School in 1936. He married Mary Huss Sept. 18, 1944, in Sterling. Mr. Miles owned and operated Miles Service in Fleming for 48 years. He served in the military during World War II from January 1941 to July 1945.
Mr. Miles was a life member of the Fleming VFW, Sterling Elks Lodge and United Methodist Church. He served as a volunteer fireman for 25 years and as a Boy Scout leader for 15 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Fleming; three sons, Robert and wife Kathy of Greeley, John and Steve and wife Cindy, all of Fleming; two daughters, Linda Lesinki and husband Stan of Per ris, Calif., and Barbara Hiadik and husband D.J. of Cedaredge; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Leonard and Leslie Miles.



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