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Cyrus and Louisa (Sies)Douglass, brother James H. and Beryl(Titus) Douglass , 1 South 42 West
Cyrus was born in Ohio but moved with his family to Lee County Illinois, then were the early settlers of Oxford Township, Johnson County, Iowa. He served in the 1st Iowa Infantry, Company B and was wounded at Wilson's Creek Missouri. After the war he married Louisa Sies on May 15, 1865 in Johnson County. They had at least nine children all born in Iowa. After 1883 the family moved to Franklin County, Nebraska. In 1890 they moved to Cheyenne County, Kansas where Cyrus bought land in Nuttycombe Township.
Louisa Fredricka (Sies) Douglass 1843-1920 is buried with Cyrus in German Plains.
The East Yuma County history has an an interesting page on Cyrus and his descendants, inlcuding photographs of the sons.
Guy C. Douglass proved up a quarter in 15, 1S 42W in 1907.
Marion C. Douglass, 78, a longtime resident of Haigler, Neb., departed this life Friday, June 7, 2002, at the Wray Community District Hospital in Wray, Colo.
Marion was born June 20, 1923, in a sod house in Cheyenne County, Kan., to Joseph L. and Edith V. (Tidyman) Douglass. He served in the Army during World War II in the Pacific Islands. He farmed and did numerous jobs until he started the Douglass Drilling & Well Service in 1958.
On June 19, 1960, he was united in marriage to Florence Bradley, and on March 20,1962, adopted Florence's children, Terry, Pat, Gayle and Ken.
Marion sold his business in1975 and went to work for the Village of Haigler until he retired in 1985. He enjoyed camping, fishing, playing the fiddle, building his own machinery and, most of all, the love of family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was willing to help anyone who needed assistance, and was a friend to all.
He was a member of the Wray Church of the Nazarene, Haigler Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He was active in Boy Scouts and served on the Volunteer Fire Department.
Marion was preceded in death by his parents, infant brothers Dickie and Benny, Lloyd and Ted and a sister, Dorothy Larson.
He is survived by his wife, Florence, of Haigler; sons Terry and wife, Karen, of Yuma, Colo., and Ken and wife, Janet, of Winfield, Kan.; daughters Pat and husband, Steve Gardner, and Gayle and husband, Tim White, all of Wray; grandchildren Brad and wife, Nancy, Brigette, Robin and husband, Jeff, Rick and wife, Jennifer, Kevin, Kerri, Becki and Scott, Kelli and husband, Jim, Mike, Kade, Julia, Lynettee and husband, Aaron, Matt and Lauren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers Albert of Vista, Calif., Lawrence of Wray, Glenn of Hemet, Calif., Vic of Meeker, Colo., and Bob of Globe, Ariz.; a sister, Muriel Shernak, of Akron, Colo., and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Marion Douglass were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at the Wray Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Noel Sullivan officiating. Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery at Haigler.
Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray was in charge of the arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1982
Middleton, Idaho—Services for Mrs. Ettie Gertrude Douglass, 67, Middleton, who died Thursday, September 16th, 1971 at a Caldwell hospital after an illness, were conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 20th at the First United Methodist Church at Middleton by the Rev. Keith Maxwell. Interment followed at Middleton under direction of Flahiff Chapel, Caldwell.
She was born June 8, 1904 in Yuma county, Colorado a daughter of James W. and Emily Brown Douglass. She was reared and attended school in Yuma county and was married to Allen L. Douglass, September 13, 1922 at Benkelman, Nebraska. They settled in Cheyenne county, Kansas, then for many years in Colorado. She was a city councilwoman for Grover, Colorado, from 1930-32. They came to Middleton, August 27, 1971 where they had purchased a home. She was a charter member of Bible Baptist Church of Windsor, Colorado.
Survivors include her husband' of Middleton; two daughters. Mrs. Aaron (Allene) Evans of Middleton and Mrs. Willard (Lucille) Cantin of Lincoln, Nebraska; two brothers, Roy Douglass of Holyoke, Colorado and Art Douglass of San Diego, California; two sisters, Mrs.Hazel Douthit of St. Francis, Kansas, and Mrs. Mattie Trembly of Haigler, Nebraska; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, a brother, a sister and a granddaughter.—Boise. Idaho, daily newspaper.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post
Roy William Douglass was born on December 3, 1897, to James and Emily (Brown) Douglass at Beaver City, Neb. His family moved to Yuma County, Colo., when Roy was less than one year old. Roy worked on the Bill Rosencrans sheep ranch south of Laird before entering the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy during World War I, being discharged in 1919.
In the fall of 1919, Roy moved to Pennsylvania and married Mae Jack on January 1, 1920, at Stoneboro, Penn. To this union, two children were born: Eunice Peterson currently of Lamar, Neb., and James, currently of Coalinga, Calif. The family moved to Haigler, Neb., in 1921. Mae passed away in November, 1925.
On February 12, 1930, Roy married Irene Trembly in Wray, Colo. Roy and Irene shared the joy of bringing six children into the world.
This family moved to Holyoke, Colo., in October, 1933, from Haigler. Roy worked for Jim Hoover for several years and then moved to the W .E. Heginbotham ranch southeast of Holyoke in 1935. They lived there until they retired and moved to 319 South High School Street in Holyoke.
Roy and Irene celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February, 1980, when all but one of the children were able to be present.
Roy Douglass was a member of the American Legion from 1920 until his death. He was one of three remaining World War I veterans in Holyoke and was voted a life member of the American Legion in 1977.
Roy was a great storyteller and friends came from miles to listen to his humor and wit. His vivid details of what lifestyle was when he was a young man filled many a child (and the parents) with amazement.
Roy William Douglass was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Mae, in November, 1925; a son, Archie, in June, 1959; two grandsons, Neil Peterson and Kenneth Roscop, Jr.; one great-granddaughter, Crystal Schwarting, and three sisters and one brother.
He is survived by his wife, Irene, and children: Eunice Peterson and husband, Amel, of Lamar, Neb.; James and his wife, Irene, of Coalinga, Calif.; Esther Poe and her husband, Don, of Holyoke, Colo.; Gladys Walgren and her husband, Ed, of Beaverton, Ore.; Carroll of Stanton, Neb. ; Rex of Denver, Colo.; Joan Roskop and her husband, Ken, of Wray, Colo.; 21 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; one brother, Arthur, and his wife, Hallie, of Salina, Km.; two sisters, Mattie Trembly of Haigler and Hazel Douthit of St. Francis; one brother-in-law, Allan Douglas, of Lincoln, Neb., and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives and countless friends.
Roy William Douglass passed away at the Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke, Colo., on June 13,1982, after a three-week stay in the hospital.
Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church in Holyoke on June 16 with Jim Mort, minister, officiating. Evelyn Keasling played the organ and Gracie Haines and Doris Osmus sang two numbers accompanied by Judy Shivley at the piano.
Pallbearers were grandsons and grand-sons-in-law: Mike Poe, William Douglass, Larry Peterson, Melvin Enabnit, Harlan Petersen and Merlin Enabnit.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 2003
HAIGLER, Neb.--Edith Leona (McFarland) Douglass was born near Charter Oak, Iowa, November 15, 1893, to James and Julia (Trease) McFarland and died November 19, 1990, at the Homestead Health Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. She grew up in pioneer days in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, the youngest in the family of nine children.
When she was seven years old, her mother died and she grew up under the supervision of her father. She was close to her sister, Besse, who was three years older. They were life-long friends. The family moved to southwestern Nebraska in 1906 and lived on a farm north of Haigler near the Dundy-Chase County line.
She was married to Guy C. Douglass on May 21, 1917, and they lived in Haigler for a few years. During this time she became a member of the Methodist Church.
They moved to a farm west of Haigler and later lived four miles east of Haigler. Four children were born to them: two sons, Clair and Leon, and two daughters: Violet and Betty.
While her children were growing up, Edith was kept busy making clothing for them, helping to provide food for them and supporting their activities.
After the children were grown, she enjoyed quilting for friends and with the church group. She was a member of United Methodist Women, Haigler Woman's Club and Haigler Study.
In 1956, Edith and Guy retired from farming and moved to Haigler. Guy died in 1962. The last eight years of Edith's life, she lived with her daughter, Violet, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Four months ago she went to live at Homestead Health Care where she died.
She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, three sisters, one grandchild and her husband, Guy.
Survivors include her sons, Clair and his wife, Beverly, of New Bern, North Carolina, and Leon and his wife, Rita, of Ogallala, Nebraska: her daughters, Violet and Betty and her husband, Keith Newhouse, of Lincoln: eight grandchildren: eight great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Services were held Saturday, November 24, 1990, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Haigler with the Rev Terry Douglass officiating.
Organist was Florence Daniels and Virginia Harford, Don Harford, Helen Woods and Ray Harford sang "Day Is Dying In The West" and "How Great Thou Art." The congregation sang "Amazing Grace."
Bearers were Jim Coiner, Marion Douglass, Steve Gardner, David Hunt, Keith Newhouse and Wayne Mahon.
Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman, Nebraska.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1986
Rex Harold Daniels
On May 19, 1913, a son was born to Oliver Douglass and Hazel Edith (Hunter) Daniels on their homestead in Cheyenne County, Kansas. He was given the name Rex Harold Daniels. Brother Laurence and sister Edith would have a baby brother and. later, Ardith and Phoebe would join the family.
Rex attended country school in District 60 just over the hill from his home. He always joked that he spent four years in the 4th grade, and had nine teachers in eight years. He thought maybe they needed the extra one to handle him, as he always had an ornery side!
As a young man. Rex worked for several area ranchers. and was paid 50 cents a day to herd cattle for Henry Steinhagen. He also broke horses and had a special saddle made for that job. His pay one time for riding several horses was a pair of boots. They were too small, but he wore them anyway! He loved riding in the hills and prairie and took his last ride when he was 80 years old. A very special horse he raised was a blue roan he named “Pal." Pal was the horse he would later use to teach his three daughters to ride.
In 1931, he hitchhiked to the South Park, Colorado. area where he worked that summer in the hay fields on the Eli Ports ranch. Though he earned $1.50 a day, he often said "this little country kid would have paid for the privilege of working in that beautiful place."
A year later, at age 19, he accompanied a load of Steinhagen's cattle to Sioux City, Iowa. It seemed Rex was born under a wandering star, and again decided to hitchhike throughout the Midwest before returning home. He slept under bridges, bathed in rivers and was often invited into homes for meals.
Rex began acquiring property of his own in 1934 and raised sheep and cattle.
He sold his livestock before being inducted Into the United States Army in July 1942. Rcx received basic training at Fort Warren, Wyo., specialized winter training at Watersmeet, Mich., where he learned to ski and snowshoe with the 76th Ski Patrol, and was stationed , at Camp McCoy, Wis.. Fort Meade, Md., and A.P. Hill Military Reservation, Va., before heading for the European Theater. He served in the 76th Quartermaster Company of Patton's Third Army as a truck driver, hauling troops and supplies. Rex fought in the "Battle of the Bulge" and would in later years be plagued by flashbacks of that time. He received five medals of merit.
Before going to the front. Rex was housed in a home in Itzig. Luxembourg. During the stay, a friendship began that has lasted 60 years--a special friend who has never ceased to express the gratitude of the people of Luxembourg for their rescue from Hitler's oppression. Corporal Daniels returned to the United States aboard the Queen Mary. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 5, 1945, and returned home to Cheyenne County.
On Dec, 2. 1945, he married Florence Lorraine Reed at Wray. Colo.. the girl he had met at a dance at Olive Lake and who had waited for him back home. To this union, three daughters were born.
Rex and his family continued ranching in the Haigler. Neb., area, raising Hereford cattle for many years. Though he finally changed the color of his cattle, he always remained a Hereford man at heart. Anyone who ever worked with Rex around the ranch would know he was famous (or infamous!) for his hand signals. No one ever knew what they meant!
He was especially proud of owning the “Three Corners" property, where the states of Nebraska. Colorado and Kansas join together.
He flew his own airplane for more than 30 years and tried very hard to give rides to anyone who wanted one--and some who didn't! He delighted in "buzzing" friends and neighbors--the earlier in the morning, the better! That being his favorite time of day, he took pleasure in relating that he had the chores done before sunrise, but neglected to mention the two-hour nap he often took before noon.
With Florence. he continued his wandering, visiting all but two of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. They also visited Europe, the Caribbean, Iceland and Panama. Many of these travels were to reunions of the 76th Quartermaster Company.
He never met a stranger, and made friends everywhere they went. Of course. they were all invited back to the ranch. Rex and Florence entertained guests from Germany, Switzerland, Jamaica, England, Luxembourg and many states.
As much as he enjoyed their travels, he was always happiest to return home to the love of old friends and family. He loved cats and dogs, watching birds, baby calves and children. His eight grandchildren were his pride and Joy.
For relaxation, Rex loved to read. His favorite authors were Zane Grey and Harold Bell Wright, and he never seemed to tire of reading and re-reading the same books. Also. he could often be found playing a game of cards with Florence or the grandsons.
He was a Boy Scout leader, teaching marksmanship. a member of the Haigler United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Haigler VFW Post 134 and American Legion.
Rex died at the Beaver City Manor in Beaver City. Neb., on Saturday. May 6, 2006, where he had resided the past year. He had reached the age of 92 years, 11 months and 17 days.
Preceding him In death were his parents, brother Laurence, sisters Edith and Phoebe, and two infant siblings.
Those who survive him include his loving wife of more than 60 years, Florence Daniels; daughters Patricia Ann Theobald and husband, Keith, of Beaver City, Peggy Sue Deremer and husband, Bill, of Shawnee. Kan., and Sally Fern Leinen and husband, Dan, of Haigler; sister Ardith Michals of Greeley, Colo.; eight grandchildren: Travis Theobald, Sandi Longfellow and husband, Chad, Paladin Deremer and wife, Christy, Jordan Deremer, Jade Hays and husband, Lyle, Heather Rowe and husband, Chris, Heath Leinen and Becky Leinen: great-grandchildren David Theobald and Makayla Deremer, and Jade and Lyle will give him his third.
Rex was remembered with funeral services at the Haigler United Methodist Church on May 10, 2006, with Keith Theobald, lay pastor, officiating. Carol Peterson was the pianist and Kelly Hayward, who accompanied himself on guitar. sang. "Empty Saddles," "Beyond the Sunset" and "Back in the Saddle Again." Casket bearers were grandsons and grand-sons-in-law. Burial was in the Haigler Cemetery with military honors.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1998
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