Yuma County, Colorado

COGenWeb Logo

Home Page Photograph Index Site Index

Yuma County Pioneer Photographs:

Henry and Martha Ann (Greer) Wimmer , 1 South 43 West

In 1860 Decatur County, Indiana, "Flem Wemmer" is 44, Abigail 42, Luvina 20, John 19, Em. 16 HENRY, 14, Hannah 12, Daniel 9, Evaline 8, and Elizabeth 6.

John C. Wimmer dates his residence in Union county from 1882 and for a number of years was a well known and prominent representative of farming interests but is now living retired, making his home in Creston. He was born in Franklin county, Indiana, in 1841, and is a representative of an old American family, coming, however, from German ancestry. His paternal grandfather, William Wimmer, served as a soldier in the war of 1812. His father, Flemmon Wimmer, was born in Virginia and devoted much of his life to general agricultural pursuits. On leaving the Old Dominion in 1821 he cast in his lot with the early settlers who were reclaiming the state of Indiana for the purposes of civilization. He bought land in Franklin county, aided in the development of that region and became a prosperous citizen there. He belonged to the Baptist church and his influence was ever given on the side of right, truth and progress. His political support was freely accorded the whig party up to the time of its dissolution, when he joined the ranks of the new republican party. In early manhood he wedded Abigail Davis, who was born in Tipton county, Indiana, and was of German and English lineage. Her grandfather was a soldier of the colonial army in the Revolutionary war. Like her husband, Mrs. Wimmer was a member of the Baptist church and her life exemplified her Christian faith. This worthy couple, esteemed and respected by all who knew them, had a family of twelve children: Lavina, deceased; John C., of this review; William, who participated in the Civil war as a drummer in Company E, Eighty-third Indiana Volunteer Infantry, but is now deceased; Henry, who fought for the Union as a member of Company F, One Hundred and Twenty-third Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and is now a retired farmer living in Colorado; Hannah, deceased; Daniel M., living in Lincoln township; Evaline, deceased; Elizabeth, the widow of James F. Harkness, who makes her home in Creston; Amos, an agriculturist of Adair county, Iowa; Elbert, living in Indiana, who is a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church; and two who died in infancy.
Flemmon Wimmer 1816-1892 is buried in Adair County, Iowa # 19432101.

Henry was a private in Company H, 123rd Indiana Infantry, and later a member of the Loveland, Colorado post of the GAR.
John "Grier" married Elizabeth McGuire Nov 30, 1837 in Rockingham County, Virginia.

In 1850 Rockingham County, Virginia, John Grear, Jr., is 37, Elizabeth 30, Mary E. 12, Michael A. 9, Newton B.7, Martha A. 4, and newborn John F. - all born in Virginia.

In 1860 Franklin County, Indiana, John Greer, 47, and Elizabeth 40, have May E. 21, Michael 18, Newton B. 15, Martha A. 13, John T. 11, William P. 9, Frances V. 7, "Doraty" 5, and "Agnas" J. 1. Agnes was born in Indiana, all the tohers in Virginia.
Elizabeth Greer, age 79, died August 9, 1894, in Buena Vista Township, Franklin County, Indiana, age 79 - so she would have been born about 1815.

Henry Wimmer and Martha A. Greer married July 29, 1868 in Decatur County, Indiana.

In 1880 Union County, Iowa, H. Wimmer is 35, Ann M. 34, with Ottis 10, Alma 7, Lettitia 4, Bertha 2, and Burr 2.

In 1895, Henry, born 1846, Martha 1848, Alma E. 1874, "Lebera " 1876, Bertha F 1879 and Berr G. 1879, Maud S. 1882, Edith A. 1885, and Elva 1888., Edva 1893.

Back in Shelbyville, Indiana, in 1896

In 1900 Glendale precinct, Henry is farming, born September 1845 in Indiana, Martha A. 53, with Burr G. 21, Edita A. 15, Elva E. 7, and Leticia A. Scott 23.
(Bertha had married Albert J. Bullard in 1899 Yuma County, and they're farming there in 1900.)

Henry Wimmer proved up a tract in 7, 1S 42W and 13, 1S 43W in 1901.
1901 "Alma Wimmer arrived Sunday for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wimmer."
In 1903 Elva was in Room 1 at the Wray schools.

1905 Wray "Elva Wimmer departs next week for Loveland, Colorado, where she will make her future home."
1905 Wray - Elva Wimmer and Viola Wimmer were guests at a party for the Ambler family.
1906 Loveland "Mrs. Lizzie Haskins of Creston, Iowa is visiting her brother, Henry Wimmer. Mrs. Lettie Scott of Wray Colorado is visiting her father, Henry Wimmer."
1909 Fort Collins

In 1910 Loveland, Henry is 64, a truck farmer, with Martha A. 63. Edith A. 22 is a school teacher, Elva B. 17 no occupation, daughter Leticia Scott 28, is a school teacher, wtih one child.
That's Lester, 9, born in Colorado, father Illinois, mother Iowa.
In 1913 Steamboat Springs, teachers leaving for Christmas holidays "Miss Wimmer went to Loveland.."
Henry 1845-1914 is buried in Loveland # 38196691, with Martha 1847-1930.

1915 Shelbyville, Indiana -Martha's brother

John T. Greer, 65 years, two months and one day old, one of the widely known residents of the county, died at his home, 721 south Noble street, at eleven-thirty o’clock this morning from paralysis. Death followed a third stroke of paralysis which he suffered January 1. He had been confined to his bed ever since and the death did not come unexpectedly to his relatives and many friends, as his condition had been critical for the last several days.
Deceased was born near Staunton, Virginia, but came to Indiana with his parents when a small boy, and settled in Decatur County, near Greensburg. Later he came to this city and started in the carriage manufacturing business with his brother-in-law, John H. McGuire. He was very successful in that line, retiring after thirty years of hard labor.
On November 19, 1884, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Flora Chapman Miller, and to this union one child, a son, Russell C., was born. The marriage was a most happy one and the death was a terrible blow to the grief-stricken wife and son.
When a resident of Decatur county, deceased united with the Baptist church at Greensburg and had ever been loyal to the teachings of his Master. After coming to this city he joined the Masons and the Eastern Star, being a charter member of the latter order. He was always held in the highest esteem by his brothers and sisters and everyone else who knew him and the family will have the heartfelt sympathy of the county in their great bereavement.
Besides the wife and son, deceased is survived by two step-sons, Orville and Ernest Miller, of Walker, Minnesota; five sisters, Mrs. Mary E. McGuire of this city, Mrs. John Wynkoop of Waldron, Mrs. Howard Beale of Greenfield, and Mrs. Ann Wimmer and Mrs. George E. Brown, of Colorado; and one brother, William P. Greer, of Howard county.
The funeral services will be held at the home Friday afternoon at two o’clock, the Rev. J. S. Ward officiating, and the interment will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards funeral director.

Dorothy Wynkoop, born 1856 in Virginia, was in Shelby County Indiana in 1900 and 1910.

Mary Elizabeth (Greer) married John H. McGujire, and had Edward D. McGuire, Laura M. Rhoades, Grace m. McGuire, Clara G. McGuire, and Helen E. Innis.

Homer B. Beal married Jennie F. Greer in Shelby County November 4, 1875. He died in 1922, and then Virginia Frances Beal 1853-1935 married John David Douglass in 1927.
1926 Greenfield, Indiana "Mrs. Homer Beale, of Shelbyville, is here visiting Miss Jennie Willis and other friends. Mrs. Beale resided in Greenfield several years ago."
When Virginia Frances Beal, born Oct 1, 1853 in Virginia, married John Douglass in 1927, she said her father was John Greer, mother Mary Elizabeth "McGuise".

William P. Greer 1852-1927 # 46574564 and Jennie 1854-1932 # 46574560 are buried in Howard County
February 1932 "Louisa J. (Vaughn) Greer, daughter of James and Eliza Vaughn, was born near Russlaville, Indiana July 4, 1854, and departed this life Feb. 4, 1932 at the age of 77 years and 7 months. She was united in marriage January 14, 1877 to William P. Greer who preceded her in death December 21, 1927.
To this union six children were born, four living and two who died in infancy. The living are Mrs. Grace Webb of Kokomo, Mrs. Lillian Pauley, Howard and Oliver Greer of Russlaville. One brother and one sister also survive, Charles Vaughn of Montana and Mrs. Alice Mcrrlt of Spokane, Washington."

George E. Brown, 42 and Agnes J. 41, are in Adams County Colorado in 1900. She's been married sixteen years, no kis. George's son Claude E. July 1881 Indiana is with the, and so is George's mother Ruda 69 nand his brother Merritt 38 with a wife and three sons.
In 1910 Adams County, George E. 53 and Agnes J. 51 have granddaughter Evelyn , 4.
George and Agnes are alone in 1920 Adams County, and Agnes is in Turlock California in 1930, widowed, with Evelyn Bristow 24 and her husband .R. 30.

1920 Shelbyville ""...Mrs. Mary E. McGuire. age eighty-one years, widow of John McGuire, died ¦ Friday morning at two-thirty o'clock at her home in East Pennsylvania street. Her death was caused by senility "

In 1920 Loveland, Martha is 72, widowed, and Leticia is a cook in a store delicatessen, 35 and Lester A. 14 are with her.

BURR (Bert)
In 1902 the Yuma County commissioners paid Dr. Herbert Work $62 for hospital care of Burr Wimmer and Viola Abbott, paupers.
Wray Rattler - 5-2-1902 County Judge J.S. Hendrie issued an order from court for the removal of Burt Wimmer from Woodcroft hospital to the insane asylum. - Yuma Pioneer.

Yuma Pioneer 5-16-1902 - Should Work Both Ways
Owing to the crowded condition of the State insane asylum, Sheriff Lamphere was unable to secure the admission of Bert Wimmer to that institution and so Bert will have to remain at Woodcroft hospital for some time yet. We believe that the county commissioners should sue the state for the expenses incurred by the county in the care of their insane. The state is fussing around and trying to get the counties to put up the interest collected on state funds and at the same time, are criminally negligent in providing for the insane, and compel the counties to care for their own insane. It is a mighty poor rule that will not work both ways.
1905 Wray

Burr G. Wimmer proved up a tract on the border of 1S 42W and 1S 43W in 1919. The newspaper said "Henry Wimmer , administrator of the estate of Burr G. Wimmer of Loveland, Colorado, filed notice to make five year proof for the land.
Witnesses were Phillip T. Edmunds, Charles H. Moore, Albert L. Bullard, and Letitia A. Scott, all of Wray."
Those who would inherit that land were: Henry Wimmer, Martha A. Wimmer, Otis M. Wimmer, Anna E. Wimmer, Letitia A. Scott, Bertha Bullard, Edith A. Wimmer and Elva R. Wimmer. Elva was a minor.

Burr G. Wimmer was in the asylum in 1930, age 51, and in 1940.
He died in Pueblo in May 1942.

The Eva "Grean" is possibly Eva Greer Davisson- 1907-1990 buried in Akron, Colorado # 75638028, although they married in 1927..

Alma Elizabeth Wimmer was born Apr 7, 1873 in Union County Iowa to Henry Wimmer and Ann Greer, dying Jan 3, 1965 in Stanislaus County, California.


Viola Wimmer was born March 18, 1893 in Creston Iowa to Otis Wimmer and Ella Autinwith.
Ella was in Ringgold County, Iowa in 1880, 9, with parents Christopher39 and Henrietta 36. Clara E. is 7, WIlber H. 5, and Nella 2.
(Clara married Otis' cousin Frank Wimmer, and they stayed in Iowa).
In 1900 Glendale precinct, Otis born Aug 1870 in Iowa, married eight years to Ella P. March 1871 Iowa, with Viola Mar 1893 Iowa, Ray H. July 1895 Colorado, and Theodore Feb 1898 COlorado.
Otis M. Wimmer proved up a quarter in 10, 1S 43W in 1904.


Wray can boast of one of the best conducted and most attractive meat markets O.M. Wimmer, the genial proprietor of this model establishment, is a native of Creston, Iowa, where he was born thirty-four years ago. After his school boy days, during which time he acquired a liberal education, he devoted his attention to farming pursuits until 1894 when he moved to Colorado and took up a homestead in Arapahoe county. In addition to the cultivation of his homestead he engaged in teaching school, which he continued for five years, with the most gratifying success. In 1903 he sold his Arapahoe county farm and moved to Wray last spring. Here he purchased five lots and created a cozy home during the summer. In October he bought the City Meat Market from H.J. Cox and under his charge the best can be found in Eastern Colorado.

     Mr. Wimmer keeps the very best qualities of all kinds of meats, fish and game in season, and he treats customers with that courteous consideration which attracts trade. He is fortunate in having as an assistant in the market P.T. Edmunds, one of the best butchers and meat cutters in the state. At this shop the public is assured of first-class meats, cut right, sold right and with scrupulous cleanliness a reigning factor in the business. Wray is fortunate in having such an enterprising, up-to-date meat market.

     In Mr. Wimmer the city has an energetic, honorable business man who is proving a valuable acquisition as a useful, broad-minded citizen, who well merits the general esteem in which he is held. Fraternally he is a member of the Woodmen of the World. Note his advertisement on another page of today's Gazette.

     Note - Since the above article was in type, Mr. Wimmer sold his meat market to H.J. Cox and now devotes his attention to buying poultry, eggs, produce, etc.

1907 Buena Vista "Mrs. Authenrieth and daughter Olive from Iowa, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Wimmer."

August 1904 "O.M. Wimmer sold his poultry and egg business this week to R.F. Davis."
In 1910 Chaffee County, "Otto" is 40, married to Ella R. 38 Iowa, with Viola 17 Iowa, Ray H. 14 Colorado, Theodore 12, Colorado, and Christopher H. 10 Colorado.
1914 Buena Vista, Colorado "Miss Viola Wimmer, a former Buena Vista girl who has been teaching in the schools at Carbondale, with marked success, spent several days here this week visiting friends. Miss WImmer is on her way to Greeley for the summer."

1914 the Forest Service "Otis M. Wimmer, forest ranger, district office to Sopris National Forest"
Ella A. Wimmer 1871-1918 is buried in Carbondale # 29035378. One tree said she was Ella P. Autinwith.

From 1918 to 1924 O.M. Wimmer owned a house at 811 Garfield Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado.
In 1920 Otis M. is in Garfield County, Colorado, 50, widowed, with Viola E. 27 Iowa, Ray H. 24 Colorado, Theodore 22 Colorado, and Christopher H. 18, Colorado.
Otis Miller Wimmer, born Aug 3, 1869 in Iowa, father Wimmer, mother McGuire, died January 4, 1958 in Riverside County.

Viola married Preston Pattison, and they're in Garfield County in 1940. He's 42, she's 47, with son Jack 14. Her brother Chris Wimmer, 39, born in Colorado, is with them.
One tree said Christopher died January 1971 in Carbondale, and Theodore died May 31, 1972 in Curry County, Oregon.
Buried in Rouge River Cemetery, Curry County
"Theodore Wimmer Oregon PVT 349 AMB Co 88 Div WW I Feb 14 1898 May 31 1972
Naomi Ruth Wimmer Sept 11 1905 July 11 1999

"James C. Wimmer passed away at a local care facility in Brookings on March 14, 2011. He was 86.
James was born January 16, 1925 in Ophir, Oregon to Theodore E. and Naomi (James) Wimmer. He was the first Ophir High graduate to attend college. James served during WWII in the US Army. Following an honorable discharge, he returned to Oregon where he worked as a bartender before starting his own construction company in Coos Bay. He later moved to Portland and began working in maintenance at Portland State University. James retired from there as Superintendent of Maintenance. He enjoyed woodworking, playing bingo and gardening.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Vernon and Diana Wimmer of Gold Beach, granddaughter, Jaimie Wimmer of Gold Beach, brother, Theodore "Ted" Wimmer of Arizona and a cousin, Jean Barton of Gold Beach. "

1907 For Rent: The Wimmer farm. Se E.P. Nellis, Wray, Colorado, or Hastings, Nebraska."

1910 Edith Wimmer is in the tenth grade at Wray.

1903 "George Wimmer of Creston Iowa, nephew of H. Wimmer is here this week with a view to finding a new location. Mr. Wimmer has been visiting in Denver for some time but arrived in our little city Sunday evening."
1905 "O.M. Wimmer left yesterday for Buena Vista where he has secured a job as night clerk in the state reformatory. His family will not move there as it is desired that he hold his residence here for future campaigns. Another case of resident non-resident."
1905 "Bruce Wimmer, of Creston, Iowa, visited in this city a couple of days the fore part of the week. He is a nephew of Mrs. O.A. Courtney and Mrs. A.R. Evans and a cousin of Mrs. Letitia Scott and Mrs. Bullard. He went from here to Denver and from there goes to Greeley to attend school.



1915 Steamboat Springs " Mrs. L.A. Scott, who taught in the Steamboat schools three yeas ago, returned Saturday to Loveland, after the visit of a few days with her sister, Miss Wimmer, and her numerous Steamboat friends."
In 1940 Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Leticia is 68, widowed, - was in Sacramento, California in 1935. She's living with her sister Bertha Bullard, widowed, 62.
Letitia A. Scott, born Nov 9, 1875 in Iowa, died Aug 9, 1970 in Los Angeles.
Lester, born July 8, 1900, Air Force Major 1942-1946, and is buried in Loveland. #38196693.
His mother, Letitia A. Scott, of 333 S. Clarkson Street in Denver, signed for the headstone.

Back to Pioneer Photographs.

This page is maintained by M.D. Monk.