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Cyrus and Louisa (Sies)Douglass, brother James H. and Beryl(Titus) Douglass , 1 South 42 West

In 1850 Johnson County, Iowa, James Douglas is 49, born in Ohio, Fanny 37 in Connecticut, with John 18 Ohio, Cyrus 15 Ohio, Hulda 11 Illinois, James 9 Iowa, and William 2 Iowa.

James and his family were among the early settlers of Johnson County, Iowa. At the time he lived there Tiffin was called Copi. James and Fanny married on March 16, 1830 in Sharon, Richland County, Ohio. He married Fanny and his brother Ebenezer married her sister Sarah in a double wedding. Along with other family members they all moved to Iowa and settled there and James and Fannie had the youngest four of their ten children in Johnson County.

James 1801-1854 is buried in Johnson County, # 15587699.

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.

In 1880 Johnson County, Iowa Cyrus is 44, Louisa 36, with Harry L. 12, James W. 11, E.W. 8, Caroline 6, Chas F. 5, Guy C. 2, and Cyrus E. four months.
In 1885 Johnson County, Cyrus is 50, Louisa F. 42, Harry L., 18, James W. 16, Ebenezer 13, Caroline 11, Frank C. 9, Guy 8, Edwin 5, an Joseph 2.
Cyrus proved up a quarter in 21, 1S 42W in 1894 (That's in Kansas, but very near the Colorado claims)
Cyrus E. Douglass proved up 171 acres in sections 20 and 21, 1S 42W, Kansas, in 1907.

In 1900 Glendale precinct, Yuma County, James W. Douglass born Aug 1869 in Iowa, is married five years to Emily E., March 1878 Indiana, with Clara B. Oct 1895 Colorado and Roy W. Dec 1897 Nebraska. Emeily has had three kids, two living.

Next household in 1900 Glendale precinct is Charles F. May 1875 Iowa, married two years to Bertha E. June 1880 Kansas. They have Maud March 1900 Colorado.

Guy C. Douglass proved up a quarter in 15, 1S 42W in 1907.

In 1910 Yuma County, Guy C. is 33, born in Iowa, and his parents Cyrus 74 Ohio and Louisa 66 Germany are living with him.
In 1900 Yuma County, on the same page as Guy, is James W. Douglass, 40 Iowa, married 15 years to Emily E. 32 Indiana. Clara B is 14, Colorado, Roy W. 12 Nebraska, Arthur J. 9, Colorado, and Ettie G. 5, Colorado.

Next household is Elmer E. Douglas, 24 Iowa, married two or three years to Beryl 21 Iowa. They have Mabel R. 2 Iowa, Elmer H. 1 Colorado. James H. Elmer's father, is 69, married, born in Ohio.

Charles F. Douglas proved up a quarter in 22, 1S 42W in 1905.


Harry L. Douglas proved up 160 acres in 14, 22, and 23, 1S 42W in 1899.
In 1900 Furnas County, Nebraska, Harry L. is a blacksmith, born October 1867, married two years to Ida A. January 1881, born in Michigan, with Ellsworth Sept 1899. Nebraska.
Harry L. is a blacksmith, 42, born in Iowa, and Ida L. 29 born in Michigan, in Furnas County, Nebraska in 1910, with Ellsworth 10 Nebraska, mabel P. 9 Colorado, and harry W. 3, Nebraska.
In 1920 they have Elsworth G. 20, Mabel P. 18, Harry L. 13, Volney7, and Ada A. 2.
In 1930 Furnas County, Harry does his own work on farm, Ida is a alaundress, and they have Volney 18 and Ada 12.

Harry 1867-1956 # 11663717 and Ida A. Douglass 1881-1943 are buried in Furnas County, Nebraska.

Joseph L. Douglass proved up a quarter in 28, 1S 42W (Kansas) in 1912.
Joseph L. Douglass claimed another 44 acres in section 29, 1S 42W (Kasna( for Stock Raising in 1926.

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

In 1910 Yuma County, James W. is 40, Emily E. 32, Clara B. 14, Roy W.12, Arthur J. 9, and Ettie G. 5.
Mary Douglass proved up a tract in 34, 1S 42W in 1913.
James H. Douglass proved up 160 acres in 27 and 34, 1S 42W in 1911.

James William Douglass 1869-1943 is buried in German Plains., with Emily Ethelene (Brown) Douglass 1878-1942.

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

On the same page as James in 1910 Yuma County, Guy C. is 33, Iowa, and his parents Cyrus and Louisa are iving with him.
Guy C. Douglass 1877-1962 is buried in Haigler, with Edith Leona (McFarland( Douglass 1893-1990

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

"James was the son of James Douglass, the pioneer and earliest settler of Oxford Township in Johnson County, Iowa. When his father died, James remained at home to help his mother run the family business, a pub. Later he enlisted in the 22nd Iowa, Company F. After the war James returned home and was a carpenter and in the furniture business. On October 11, 1865, he married Mary Rose of New York, daughter of Bernard and Mary A. Rose. They had seven known children including Albert B., Charlie L., John S., Mary A., Rosa A. and William M. Douglass. "
James H. Douglas, born in 1841, married Mary Rose, born in 1847, in Iowa in 1865.

In 1870 Johnson County, Iowa, James Douglas is 28, farming, born in Iowa, with Mary 23, New York, Charles 3 Iowa, and Rose 1, Iowa. Mary A. Rose 42 born in Baden is living with them.
In 1880 Johnson County, Iowa, James Douglas is 36, Mary B. 39, Charles L. 13, Rosa 12, Albert 9, Mary A. 6, Johnny 3, and Jas Wm. 1.
James is a carpenter in Oxford, Johnson County, Iowa in 1900, born January 1842 in Iowa, married 33 years to Mary Sept 1847 New York, with Elmer E. May 1885 Iowa.

James 1841-1912 is buried in Johnson County, # 20786921, with Mary (Rose) Douglass.
"Daughter of German born parents Bernard and Mary A. Rose. Bernard was the bandmaster of the fifth New York regiment in the Mexican War and he took his wife and two year old daughter Mary with him and they stayed with him throughout his five years in the army. Their family returned to New York then later moved to Johnson County Iowa."

Charles A. Douglass proved up a quarter in 3, 1S 42W (Kansas) in 1892.
Charles L. Douglass married Dail Reynolds, age 18, daughter of J.O. Reynolds, in Iowa City Iowa on Feb 15, 1894.
He might be the one in 1900 Johnson County, Iowa, born Sept 1868 in Iowa, with Gail E. Oct 1877 Iowa. They've been married seven years, and have Willie M. Nov 1892. She said she's had two children, both living, but only one is listed. Living with them is brother John Dougalas, born 1877 in Iowa.
In 1920 Weld County, Colorado, Charles is 52, farming, with Dail E. 42. They have Orlo H. 8, born in Colorado.
In 1930 Grove, Weld County, Charles is a grocer, 63, with Edith D. 52, and Orlo H. 19.
Charles L. Douglass 1867-1948 # 65219374 and Edith D. 1889-1967 are buried in Greeley.
Orlo H. Douglass 1911-1989 is buried in Greeley # 65219374, with Regina M. 1910-2004.


In 1910, Yuma County, on the same page as James, Elmer E. is 24 Iowa, Beryl W. 20 Iowa, Mabel R. 2 an Elmer H. 1, and James H. Ffather 69 Ihio.
Elmer E. Douglass proved up a tract in 26, 27 and 35, 1S 42 W in 1912.
Elmer registered for WWI in Oxford, Iowa, born May 27, 1885, a lumber and coal salesman for L. MCleery & Sons.
In 1920, back in Johnson County, Iowa, Elmer is a laborer in a lumberyard, 34, Beryl M. 31, Mabel 12, and Howard 10.

Elmer Ellsworth Douglass 1885-1964 is buried in Oxford # 127222034. So is Beryl (Titus) Douglas 1888-1968. # 127751645. "Daughter of Frank Titus and Mary Gorvin"

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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