William M. and Ada (Lair) Cartwright, Samuel and Angeline (Crays) Lair

 In 1870 Richardson County, Nebraska, William is 5, with parents Edward 47 and Mary 35.  Siblings are Emeliza 16, Marietta 14, Margaret 10, and Viola 1.

In 1880 Saline County, Nebraska, Edward and Mary have William 14, Viola 12, and Clairey 5.

In 1880 Macoupin County, Illinois, Samuel T. Lair is 29, farming, Angeline 20, with Ada 2 and Dora A. five months.

One tree said William and Ada Lair married in Nebraska in 1895.

In 1900 Saline County, William born Oct 1864 in Nebraska, married 3 years to Ada October 1877 Illinois.  They have Cloy Feb 1897, and mother Mary, May 1841 in Ohio, is with them.

In the same page in 1910 Logan County, Leroy precinct are William, Ada, and Cloy.  The next household is Samuel Lair,59, Angeline 48, Bertha 30, Bernard 18, Wanda 17, Eva 12, and Samuel 10.

Samuel T. Lair proved up a quarter in 32, 6N 50W in 1913.

William proved up  a quarter in 32, 6N 50W in 1914.

  1914 barn dance at Bill Krumback

Eva Lair is the shortest, center of the first row standing.  (William Krumback had proved up a quarter in 2, 5N 51W in 1911, so this was south and west of the Lair/Cartwright farms)

1917   Thanks to the Barnes family

Samuel T. Lair, Eva (Lair) Barnes, Enos Barnes, T. Perl Barnes, Lydia Angeline (Crays) Lair, Enos H. Barnes, Clair E. Barnes, Maude (Lair) Barnes, Elmer H. Barnes The Barnes Home in Burdett, Colorado, 1917

In 1920 Logan County, Kelly precinct, William is 55, a farm laborer, Ada 41.  The household previous is Samuel Lair, 68 and Angeline 58, with their son Samson 20.

In 1930 Weld County William is  farming, 65.  Ada M. is 52, Cloy 32 a farm laborer, and Ada's father Samuel Lair, 79 is with them.

William Cartwright, 72 years old, a farmer living six miles east of Greeley, died at the Greeley hospital at 7 o'clock Wednesday evening, September 11, 1936,  from injuries sustained five hours before when he was hit by an automobile.

   Mr. Cartwright was the twenty-fourth auto accident victim in Weld county since January 1.

   Mr. Cartwright was hit by a light coupe, driven by Aaron Burkhardt, 22, who lives 10 miles east of Greeley on the Eighth street road.

   Stepping across the highway from his home which is on the Eighth street road, Mr. Cartwright took mail from a mailbox and started back across the road.  He apparently became confused by the oncoming car and stepped directly in its path.  He was struck by a fender and dragged 20 feet.

   Burkhardt took the aged man into the Cartwright home and immediately afterward he was removed to the Greeley hospital.

   Mr. Cartwright sustained a leg fracture and an arm fracture in the accident.  Death was probably directly due to the shock of the accident.  The death was the twenty-fourth due to traffic accidents in Weld county this year.

   The body was taken to Sattley's mortuary.

   Deputy Sheriff Theodore Tegtman investigated the accident and notified Coroner Richard Armstrong.

   No inquest will be held into the death, officers saying that the accident was apparently unavoidable so far as the driver of the car is concerned.

   Mr. Cartwright is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ada Cartwright, at home and a son, Clay, of Otis.

   Funeral service will be at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon from Sattley's chapel, with interment at Linn Grove.

Ada -1879-January 13, 1953 is buried in Linn Grove. 65217435 with William # 65217434

Cloy C. Cartwright - Feb 20, 1892- Aug 30, 1980 is also buried in Linn Grove. 65217436

In 1940 Weld County, Cloy, 42, is an auto mechanic, and Ada 62 is widowed.

One tree said Ada died January 9, 1953 in Greeley.

SSDI has Cloy born Feb 20, 1898, dying September 1980.


One tree said Lydia Angelina Crays was born March 2, 1861 in Carlinville, Macoupin County, Illinois, married Samuel Thomas Lair Nov 22, 1877 in Carlinville, Washington County, Illinois, and died June 23, 1920.

  Samuel Thomas Lair was born March 9, 1851 in Carlinsville, and died March 18, 1945.

Samuel Thomas LAIR, Former Resident of Kelly District, Dies

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Kelly Evangelical church for Samuel Thomas LAIR, aged 94 years, who died at 5 o'clock Sunday afternoon at a hospital in Sterling. He had been a patient at the institution for a week and had been ill for ten days. Mr. Lair was born March 9, 1851 at Carlinsville [sic], Ill., some [sic] of James and Ellen WELCH LAIR. He lived successively at Carlinsville [sic], Ill., Wilbur, Neb., and in the Kelly community of Logan county. He homesteaded in the latter district in 1907, remaining there until 1919 when he came to Sterling. Mr. LAIR was married, November 22, 1877, at Carlinsville [sic], Ill., to Angelina CRAYS. He held membership in the Christian church.

Surviving Mr. LAIR are the following children: Mrs. Ada CARTRIGHT [sic] of Greeley, Walter LAIR of Sterling, Mrs. Cyrus HUNT of Dawson, Neb., Mrs. Herbert M. STANLEY of Sterling, Bernard LAIR of Otis, Colo., Mrs. Elmer H. BARNES and Mrs. Pearl [sic] BARNES of Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. William BLACKMORE of Otis, Colo., and Samuel LAIR of Sterling; 23 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. The funeral service will be conducted by Rev. E.J. NESS, and burial will be at the Burdette cemetery.


June 23, 1920

Lydia Angelina CRAYS, was born in Carlinville, Ill. March 2, 1861. How she spent her childhood day, when about sixteen years of age, united with the Christian Church of which she has been a faithful member, leading a Christian life. She was united in marriage to Samuel T. LAIR, November 22, 1877. To this union were born thirteen children, four having passed away in infancy. Moving to Wilbeur [sic], Nebr in the fall of 1885, living there until the spring of 1909, when they came to Burdette, Colo., locating upon a homestead, where they resided until a few months ago, when they went to Sterling, staying with their daughter, Mrs. Wm. CARTWRIGHT during the latter's sickness, where she passed away Wednesday, June 23, 1920, after a lingering illness of six and one-half years. Although not bedfast until the past four months, was a patient sufferer and bore her pains cheerfully, never complaining, always having a smile for every visitor. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, S.T. LAIR, three sons, Walter E., Bernard N., and Samuel S. LAIR and six daughters, Mrs. Wm. CARTWRIGHT, Mrs. H.M. STANLEY, Mrs. Cyrus HUNT, Mrs. W.G. BLACKMORE, Mrs. Elmer BARNES and Mrs. T.P. BARNES and fourteen grandchildren, besides an aged mother, three brothers and six sisters. The family were all at the bedside except one daughter, Mrs. HUNT of Dawson, Nebr., The deceased was 59 yrs. 3 mo. and 21 days old. Funeral services were held at Kelly church, Rev. AYERS of Sterling conducting the services. The remains were laid to rest in the Burdett  cemetery.


 We desire to thank our many friends for their kindness, shown us during the sickness and death of our beloved wife and mother. We wish to thank all for the beautiful flowers, they meant so much to us during our sad bereavement. S.T. LAIR & FAMILY.

 Wife of Samuel  - Daughter of John J Crays and Mary Jane Tosh.

Both are buried in the Burdett cemetery. # 54256544 for Angelina, 54256510 for Samuel.


Evalina Lair was born Sept 27, 1897 in Saline County, married Thomas Barnes March 26, 1916, and in 1920 Logan County they have Melvin, 1.  Thomas P. is a carpenter, 27, born in Kansas.

Thomas is a carpenter in 1930 Los Angeles County, and they have Enos 12, Marveletta 8, both born in Colorado, and Roy, 3, born in California.

Marvellette, born Jun 8, 1921, died August 31, 1933 in Los Angeles, buried in Inglewood Park.

In 1940 Venice, California Thomas is a building contractor, and he and Eva have Enos 22 a carpenter, and Roy   13. 

Thomas P. Barnes 1892-1967 is also buried in Inglewood.

This is what one tree has:

Thomas Perl BARNES
b. 7-30-1892, Woodruff, KS
m. 3-26-1916 to Eva Evalina LAIR
3 children:
Enos Melvin BARNES, 3-25-1918
        m. Betty ELMORE
          3 children:
              David Melvin BARNES
              Gale Lyn BARNES
              Laura Ann BARNES
Marvelette BARNES, 6-8-1921
Roy Richard BARNES, 10-5-1926

Roy, born Oct 5, 1926, died Feb 17, 1976, and is also buried in Inglewood.

Evalina, per one tree, died Feb 2, 2000 in Phoenix, age 102.


Elmer Henry Barnes born Oct 5, 1888 in Phillips County, Kansas, married Maude Lair June 14, 1916 in Sterling.  She was born Aug 24, 1893.  He was superintendent of the Burdett Presbyterian church and became a carpenter in Los Angeles, living in Long Beach.  They had

Clair Elmer Barnes Dec 17, 1917 in Washington County,

Muriel Marie Barnes born Oct 10, 1921, married Bruce Lewis Ripley in 1939 Los Angeles.

They also had Emma Lee born Sept 11, 1932, married Willard Freelove in Los Angeles in 1942.

Walter Edwin Barnes June 29, 1934 in Mountainburg Arkansas, married Judy Ann Jacobson in 1965 Los Angeles (2), Navy officer, and then a school teacher in Hawthorne California.


Virgina (Lair) Imhof 1923-1976 and Edwin John Imhof 1914-2003 are buried in Burdett.

Bernard N. Lair registered with a Burdett address, born March 19, 1892 in Wilber Nebraska, married with a child.

Bernard proved up a quarter in 31, 5N 50W (Washington County) in 1919.

In 1920 Washington County, Bernard is 27, Virda A. 21, Arlie W. 4, and Vivian F. 2.

In 1930 Washington County, Bernard N. and Verdia have Arlie 14, Vivian 12, Orvil J. 9, Virginia L. 7, and Vera M. 3.

Bernard N. 1892-1963  and Virda A. (Corbin) Lair 1899-1967 are buried in Otis.

Vera Mae (Lair) Rhoades - June 28, 1926-Feb 6, 2006 and Lloyd J. Rhoades 1913-1977 are  buried in Burdett.   (On Feb. 11, 1979, Vera married Billie J. Hood in Akron.)

Bernard, Walter and Bertha are in a photo of the Burdett post office in 1910, including a story by Maude (Lair) Barnes.


In 1910 Washington County, Walter E. 28 and Stella M. 26 have Roy E. 3.  They're still in Washington County in 1920, with Roy E. 13, and Leatha F. 4.

Walter proved up a quarter in 10, 5N 50W (Washington County) in 1915.

In 1930 Washington County Walter and Stella have Letha F., 14, and Stella's father Parker Wheeler, born about 1858 in Wisconsin. (Parker was in Saline County Nebraska in 1900 and 1910)

Walter -Feb 2, 1882-Apr 19, 1977 and Stella May (Wheeler) Lair 1883-1953 are buried in Sterling.  (Walter had married Goldie Maupin Lair -1895-1995, who's also buried in Sterling)

Roy E. Lair 1906-1996 and Mable H. Lair 1907-1999 are buried in Otis.

Letha Fern Vandas, 87, of Sterling, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, in Sterling of natural causes. Visitation will be from 10 am until 7 p.m. today, Dec. 2, at Tennant Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Steve Schorr officiating.
 Inurnment will be at Riverside Cemetery.
 Mrs. Vandas was born Aug. 3, 1915, to Walter Lair and Stella (Wheeler) Lair in Burdett. She grew up in the Burdett community, where she was active in the Presbyterian Church and young peoples group. She graduated from high school in Otis in 1932. She moved to Sterling to work in 1938. On Oct. 1, 1939, she married Charles Dodd. He died on June 8, 1956. Two daughters were born to this couple, Charlotte Lambrecht and Carol Steinbach. Mrs. Vandas went to work for Dr. Charles Vandas on Jan. 13, 1957, as a dental receptionist. On July 13, 1963, she married Kenneth Wagner. He died on May 25, 1970. She continued to work for Dr. Vandas and on June 27, 1984, they were married.
Mrs. Vandas is survived by her husband; daughters Charlotte Lambrecht and husband Ed of Sterling, and Carol Steinbach and husband John of Sidney, Neb.; step-son Jeffrey Vandas; step daughters Paula Negilski and Gay Vandas; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four step- grandchildren and one great- grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Plains.



Bertha Irene Lair, born Jan 22, 1890 in Wilbur, Nebraska, married George W. Blackmore, and in 1920 Washington County they're farming.  He's 35, born in Pennsylvania

In 1930 Washington County William G. Blackmore is 41, Bertha I. 40, with Perry D. 8, Anabelle 6, and Israel H. 68.

In 1940 Washington County they have Perry Dale 18, Anabelle 16, and a school-teacher lodger, Dorothy L. Thomas 21.

William G. 1888-1945 and Bertha J. 1890-1992 (#  # 21183148)  are buried in Sterling.

Perry "P.D." Dale Blackmore, 87, of Sterling, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 in Sterling. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Otis. Interment will follow at Otis Cemetery.

Mr. Blackmore was born on June 3, 1921, to William G. and Bertha (Lair) Blackmore in Sterling.

He was raised and lived on the family homestead 20 miles Northeast of Otis, for 87 years until his death. He took over the farm in the early 20s with the passing of his father.

On Feb. 17, 1946, he married Alice Diel at the Methodist Parsonage in Sterling.

He was very active in the community when not working on the family farm. He worked for the Northeast Colorado Telephone Company. He served as the Northeast Colorado Telephone Company president for 20 years, the ASCS for six years, the farm/home Administration board for five years, and the Hillcrest school board for two years. He drove a bus for the Lonestar School for many years.

Mr. Blackmore is survived by his wife, Alice of 62 years; daughter, Debra Anderson and husband Mike of Sterling; granddaughter, Kay Metzler and husband Aaron of Otis; and great-grandchildren, Makenna and Mason Metzler; his sister, Annabelle Diel; brother-in-law, Elmer Diel; sister-in-law, Rosie (Roth) Diel; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Alice's parents; and brother-in-law, Raymond Diel.


Sam Lair married Odessa Gibson McGee August 20, 1931, recorded in Logan County.

Samuel S. Lair - July 26, 1899 - May 20, 1980  # 21183157 and Nellie Ruth (Bamford) Lair -1886-1975 are buried in Sterling.

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