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Andrew and Katrina Latuchowski, sons Charles and John Ltoski , 1 South 42 West

In 1900 Wray, Andrew Latuchowski born June 1860 and Kattie April 1862, both born in Germany, have been married 18 years. They have Stanislaw June 1887 and John A. May 1890, both born in Illinois. Andrew repairs boots and shoes.
In 1902 "Andrzej Latuchowski proved up a quarter in 32, 1N 42W.

1910 Laird "Carpenters are at work on the Latoski shoe store this week."
In 1910, Andrew Latoski is 50, - Austrian Polish - married 27 years to Katrina 49. John 20 was born in Illinois, and Mary V. 5 Colorado.

1914 Laird

In 1910 Yuma County, Charles "Lataski" 22, born in Michigan, is living alone, farming.
1912 Laird items "We believe that Chas. Latoski has the record for killing coyotes for he got eight last Sunday."

Charley proved up two quarters in sections 3 and 4, 1S 42W in 1913.

Charles "Latasky" married Florence Ridgeway February 1, 1914, recorded in Yuma County.

1916 "Chas. Latoski purchased the pool hall of G.E. Bates Saturday."

Charles registered for WWI with an address of Laird, born June 4, 1888 in Chicago, Illinois, running a pool hall in Laird, with a wife and child.

In 1920 Laird, Colorado, Charles is a cook in a hotel, 31, married to Florie E. 26, Kansas. They have Alphondrendra 4 and Wilma F. 2.

The 1922 Yuma County directory has "Latoski, Charles, Drugs, Laird, 1896, Born Michigan 1888, married Florence E Ridgeway, two children. "

In 1930 Laird, Charles is running a drug store. They have Alpha 14, Wilma 12, Cleveland 8, Dale 6, and Opal 3.

Cleveland and Dale Latoski were enrolled in the Yuma County CCC/WPA.
In 1940 Yuma County - near Yuma - Charles is a farm laborer, 53, Florence 35, Dale 16, Opal 13, John H. 10, and Lloyd A. 25 (should be 5) son
Charles Latoski 1887-1945 is buried in Fort Morgan, Colorado # 75307569. with Florence 1893-1964.

Lloyd 1935-1997 # 70199472 is buried in Fort Morgan - the gravestone has Joan - born 1936 - married 1957.


1912 "J.P. Latoski says that a bicycle is about as expensive as an automobile for it cost him $8.00 to get out of town the other day."
1912 Rose Valley items "John Latoski, our promising young auctioneer, and his brother , Charlie, have repaired and painted their well machine so it looks like new."
October 17, 1912
1913 "Born, to Mr. and Mrs. John Latoski of south of Laird Thursday, September 25, a boy baby. Mrs. Latoski was Miss Beulah Bullard before her marriage."
1915 "John Latoski and family moved to Laird Saturday."
1918 Laird items "John Latoski and Joe Burns are building a barn for Roy Roberts."

Next household to Charles in 1930 is John Latoski and his family of four kids. John is a building contractor.
John Philip Latoski 1890-1971, # 81583927 and Beulah M. (Bullard) Latoski 1892-1994 are buried in Wray. Alpha "Tatoski" married Roscoe "Devin" August 8, 1931, in Wray.
In 1940 Josephine County, Oregon, Roscoe R. 30 born in Indiana is a laborer on a dairy. Alpha is 23, born in Colorado, Ethel J. 6, Newbraska, Sarah M. 4, Colorado. Srah was in Eckley in 1935, the rest were in Benkelman, Nebraska.
Charles C. Latoski, 18, is living with them. He's also a farm laborer.
Mary V. "Latuske" married Elmer Jones December 21, 1922, recorded in Kit Carson County.
One tree said he was the son of Sherman "Sherm" Worley Jones Mother: Lilly (Mason) Jones Spouse: Mary V Latoski Married in 1922, Colorado Divorced by 1942, California NO known children
The East Yuma History said she then married Frank Freeman, lived in Sinclair Wyoing for a time, and then to Golden, Colorado.
Frank R. Freeman married Mary L. Jones April 11, 1931, in Denver, recorded in Larimer County, Colorado.
(Frank Freeman divorced Beatrice Freeman in Denver in 1931. Frank Freeman and Beatrice Hicks had married April 15, 1922, recorded in Denver.)

In 1940 Carbon County, Wyoming Frank R. Freeman is 45, Mary E. 35, both born in Colorado. Jack Duane Jones, "son in law", 15, born in Colorado, is living with them.
(Jack D. Jones in 1930 Denver is 5, a boarder with Martha M. Tuttle, proprieter o f a nursery. 1950 Jack Duane Jones received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wyoming.

In 1954 Mrs. Frank R. Freeman of Sinclair Wyoming was admitted to the Weld County, Colorado, hospital.

His name was Jack D. Jones, and he taught Real Property, Trusts, Future Interests, and Water Law. First quarter law students dreaded his Real Property class because a shroud of attrition loomed over it. About a quarter of the class usually failed it. I passed with a C and aced his other courses -- and was grateful.
Jones was born and raised in Wyoming, and it showed. He always walked in big swaggering strides and wore western garb, or if it wasn't western it was unconventional. His "tie" was a loop of leather or a bandana or a thick cord of woven wool with a sterling silver pendant on it and a big ball of turquoise in the middle of something shiny shaped a little like a shamrock. Whenever he was around, or not around, he stood out because he was 6'6" tall and his voice rang out in a curious bass-baritone you could hear from one end of the law school to the other.
One day I was walking down the hall and saw him get into it with another professor in the hallway, and I thought Jones was going to break the other prof's neck. It went to court but was settled before a few of us had to testify. The other prof, who had started the fight and was a greasy creature from South Carolina and a kind of an interloper and troublemaker, didn't stay after that episode. He left in disgrace. He had called Jones a "slimy snake" and threw a punch at him. Jones dodged the poke and took him down with his arm around his neck and one of those killer judo-like body movements where all of a sudden the opponent hits the floor with a bang.
"A slimy snake, am I, huh? How did you find out? And how do you like THAT for a slimy snake," as the little fat prof (who was much younger) gathered himself up and picked himself and his three chins off the ground.
During classes Jones kept himself rather detached from the crowd of students and tried not to fraternize with them, but at the end of the quarter (before our grades were posted on the bulletin board), we had our big punch-bowl party in the big grassy courtyard behind the law school. Jones joined in and got about half soused on purple jesus with the rest of us. We of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, all macho as hell and full of piss and vinegar... and hormones... made sure the PeeJay, which was a mixture of grape juice, Hawaiian punch, and 180-proof grain alcohol in a huge punch bowl, had plenty of the latter ingredient mixed in. It snuck up on you and all of a sudden you were reeling. I never worried about having to drive home -- It was just two blocks away. And Jack Jones's pretty wife, also from Wyoming and a voluptuous sight to behold, she always came and scooped him up and drove him home. Them was the days!

Frank R. Freeman 1896-1992 is buried in Denver # 34406376 - same stone as parents Frank and Minnie.

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