Logan County Colorado Pioneers
John J. and Bena (Krause) St. Peters, daughter Clara (St. Peters) and Levi Harold Cool., 9 North 50 West
Alexander St. Peters was born in Paris, France, December 15, 1807 (probably 1817 or 1818), and is the son of Lewis and Mary Ann St. Peters. He came to Canada with his parents and settled at Three Rivers, where the father died, in October, 1839. Young St. Peters began farming for himself at the age of eighteen. He immigrated to the United States before becoming of age (age 21) and settled in Vermont. In 1835, he moved to Massachusetts, where he remained about eighteen months, and in 1837 moved to Benton County, Iowa. He purchased a farm there and followed his chosen occupation for several years. In April, 1874, he moved to Nebraska and took up a claim in Cedar Township, Buffalo County (8-11-15). The county was new then and settlers were few and far between. Wild game, especially elk, antelope and deer, was quite plentiful, and it was not an unusual thing to see a few Indians passing back and forth to their hunting grounds.
Mr. St. Peters built a sod house, barn and other necessary buildings, and has since devoted himself diligently to improving his farm, which is, by the way one of the best in the township. He suffered severely the first year or so from the grasshoppers, and at a time, too, when the destruction of an entire crop meant a great deal to him. witnessed a great deal of terrible suffering among the settlers in those days, many of whom came near starving to death. They were indeed trying times, and the courage of men was put to the severest test.
Alexander St. Peters married Mary Ann Hatcot (Hetcoat) (about 1850), a native of Canada and of English descent. She bore him eleven children, as follows --Mary Jane Davis (deceased), Franklin(deceased), Sylvia Fleming, John J., Alva E., Annie Dunbar, Laura Ranes, Charles, Stephen A.(died 1891), William E., and Emma B. Both Mr. St. Peters and his estimable wife are active members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Mr. St. Peters enlisted in August, 1862 in the Fortieth Iowa Infantry, and served seventeen months. He was taken sick during his service, and after being confined in a hospital for some time was discharged. (St. Peters, Alexander, age 44, res. Vinton, nativity France, e. Aug. 17, 1862, Transferred to comability Dec. 21, 1863 Davenport, IA. Private in K, 40Th Infantry) )
[In 1860 Tama County, Iowa, A. St Peter is 30, M. St Peter 23, both born in Canada East. J. St. Peter, daughter 6 born in Vermont, son F. St. Peter 4 born in Vermont, and J.J., son 1, born in Iowa.]
Alexander and Mary Ann sold their property in Kearney, Nebraska in 1899 and went to Oklahoma to help one of their sons. They are listed on the 1900 census of Ponca City, Kay County, Oklahoma living next door to their daughter, Annie Dunbar.
Alexander applied for an invalid pension in 1886, and then May Ann filed for a widow's pension in 1902 from Oklahoma.
A sister of John, Leatha Ellen (St. Peters) (Justice)(Hazen)(Bound) was born May 24, 1884 " Leatha married one of the Justuce boys, a friend of her brother, in Osage County, OK before marying Alva St. Peters. When she married Alva, she did so as Leatha E. Justice on 18 Nov 1911 in Kay County, Marriage. After St. Peters she married John F. Bound. .
Another sister, Annie E. St. Peters, married Riley Dunbar in Buffalo County on September 19, 1889 - Riley was 28, Annie 19 born in Iowa.
Haxtun Epworth League Herald, Haxtun, Colorado, September 11, 1908 ANDY KRAUSE A SUICIDE
Well Known Farmer Living Northeast Of Town Kills Himself
Andy Krause, a well known farmer living three miles northeast of Haxtun, committed suicide last Sunday evening by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun. The load entered his head at the left temple and ranged backward tearing away the entire back of his head.
He was found Monday morning by H.H. Dee who had stopped there on his way to town to help him load some hogs. When he knocked at the door and was not answered, he pushed the door open and found Mr. Krause lying dead on the floor with a string tied from one foot to the trigger of a shotgun.
Mr. Dee gave the alarm and many persons hurried to the scene.
An inquest was held Monday afternoon by the coroner. The jury decided that the case was one of suicide.
Mr. Krause had not mentioned his intentions to commit suicide and did not leave any explanation for his rash act, but it is generally supposed that it was on account of poor health. He was 44 years of age and unmarried.
After the funeral services which were conducted at 5 o’clock Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Jenkins, of Holyoke, at the Haxtun school house, the remains were laid to rest in the Haxtun cemetery.
State Herald, 11 Sep 1908, Holyoke, Colorado
ANDREW KRAUSE DEAD
On Monday morning Andrew Krause was found dead at his home near Haxtun. Mr. Dee had purchased some stock from him and was to come after it Monday morning. When he went to the house and knocked, receiving no answer, he opened the door and the body lay in the middle of the floor and beside it lay a shot gun with which Krause had evidently killed himself. Coroner Lewis of Holyoke was notified and went to the house with a jury and held an inquest, the jury finding a verdict of death by his own hand.
His death was a great shock to all who knew him. He had resided on his farm near Haxtun for several years and was well fixed financially. He seemed to be of a cheerful disposition but at times suffered some from poor health. He left no clue whatever to his reason for taking his life. He had no relatives in this state but had relatives at Kearney, Nebraska who were notified but did not arrive at Haxtun till after the funeral which was conducted from the school house on Tuesday, Rev. Jenkins of Holyoke preaching the sermon. Andrew Krause was highly respected by a large acquaintance to whom, in all probability, the motive he had in taking his own life will never be known.