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Robert E. Getchell, William E. Getchell and his son Leonard A. and Zora Grace (Lapham) Getchell

In 1875 Faribault County Minnesota, Charles O, and Nancy M. Getchill have Cynthia E. 17, Ellen M. 15, William E. 13, Emma 10, M. 8, Carrie M. 6, Bertha A. 4, and Robert E. 1.

In 1880 Delaware County, Iowa, Charles 45 and Marinda 42 have Ellen 20, William 18, Emmy 14, Charles H. 13, Carrie M. 11, Birthie 9, Ernest R. 7, Arther H. 4, and Bessie eight months.

In 1900 Smith County, Kansas, William E. Getchell, born April 1863 in Minnesota, has been married six years to Grace M. , June 1876 in Kansas.  They have Bernard E. Nov 1896, Leonard A. October 1893, and Eva M. Mar 1899, all in Kansas.

Robert is living alone in Smith County, Kansas in 1900, born October 15, 1873 in Jo Daviess, Faribault County, Minnesota to Charles O.and Nancy M. Getchell.  Charles was born in Maine, Nancy in Iowa..

In 1910 he's in Cheyenne County, Kansas, married to Rachel E. both 36.  Rachel E. was born in Iowa, and they have Velma 8, Rex E. 6, Fern O. 4, and Vera nine months.

In 1913 Robert proved up two quarters in 28, 1S 47W, witnesses Wilbur E. Wood, William Schwick, Fred Felker, and Floyd H. DeHart.

1914 "Mr. and Mrs. John Egger and children arrived from Goodland, Kansas, Tuesday evening, for a two weeks' visit at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Getchell, south of Yuma.  The two ladies are sisters.

1914 "Mrs. Bob Getchel has bee quite sick with the measles but is better at this writing."

In 1920 Robert E. and Rachel E. are in Lyon County, Kansas, with Velma M. 17, Rex E. 16, Opal F. 14, and Vera E. 10, all born in Kansas.

  September 12, 1913

1914 "Dr. Crawford announces the arrival of a baby boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Getchel, fifteen miles south of Yuma, on Thursday, August, 27."

One tree says William and Grace's son Wayne Elvin Getchell was born Jan 30, 1912 in Yuma County, and died Oct 31, 1935 in Franklin.

GETCHELL, Bernard Elmer ( -1918) ---C-O

GETCHELL, Charles O. (1835-1904) ---C-D

GETCHELL, Grace Maud (Dyer) (1875-1918) ---C-O

GETCHELL, Irvin J. (1909-1912) ---C

GETCHELL, N. Marinda (Pace) (1838-1897) ---C-D-O

GETCHELL, Oren J. (1909-1912) ---C-D

GETCHELL, Wayne Elvin (1912-1935) ---C-O

GETCHELL, William E. (1862-1922) ---C-D-O


William proved up on two quarters in 6 and 7, 2S 47W in 1914, witnesses John Helton, Robert E. Getchell, William E. Auman, and John W. Kindred.


Edith M. Getchell, 1917-1918 is buried in Glendale, Vernon    80199550


In 1910 Zora is 6, in Webster County Nebraska with Asa L. 34, Bertha M. 32, Mabel 5, Anita 3, and newborn Fern.

Asa proved up on 320 acres in 11, 2S 48W in 1916, a few miles south of the Getchell claims. (Asa - Sep 6, 1875- Nov 19, 1957- is buried in Hartman, Prowers County 31216186 - Bertha 1877-1931  is also there  31210831)

Leonard registered in Yuma County, saying he was born October 25, 1896 at Kensington Kansas, and his father was born in Hopkinton, Iowa.  He was working for A.L. Laphan of Yuma, and nearest relative was William R. Getchell of Franklin, Nebraska. (so he married his employer's daughter)

He was in the army August 16, 1918 to December 14, 1918.

September 7, 1919 Leonard married Zora Lopham.

In 1920 Yuma County Leonard is 23, married to Zora, 16, both born in Kansas.

Leonard proved up two quarters in 20 and 21, 1S 48W in 1922

In 1930 Leonard and Zora are farming at Holly, Prowers County.  They have Lewis A. 9 and Lula I. 4.

They're back in Wray in 1940, where Leonard is a carpenter's helper, and Zora is a church pastor. Lewis and Lula don't have occupations.  They were at Towner, Kiowa County, Colorado in 1925.

In 1943 they're in Boulder, where Zora is a pastor of the Assembly of God Church.  Lewis A. is "USAC"

They're still there in 1955, where Leonard is a guard for the Public Service Company.

Leonard died November 5, 1981, and one tree said Zora died in 1979, both in Boulder.

Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, CO, March 23, 2000

Dorene H. Getchell, 77, of Joplin, MO died Sunday, March 19, 2000 after an illness. Dorene was born August 8, 1922, to Fred William and Mary Amling Holtzman at the family farm in the Amitie community southeast of Holyoke.

Dorene attended the Amitie School until the family home was destroyed by fire and the family moved into Holyoke. She then attended Holyoke schools and graduated from Phillips County High School in 1941.

On July 25, 1941, in St. Francis, KS, she was united in marriage to Lewis A. Getchell, also from Holyoke. They lived in Holyoke until September 1942 when Lewis was inducted into the Army Air Corps. Dorene then moved to Boulder and lived with Lewis' parents, former Holyoke residents, Leonard and Zora Getchell.

In May 1944 while Dorene was in Boulder and Lewis was stationed in England, their son Leroy was born. Lewis returned from England in September 1944 and was then stationed at Lowry Field, Denver. Their daughter Patty was born in June 1945 at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver.

After World War II, the Getchell family returned to Holyoke where Lewis worked for several years before starting a gravel hauling and excavation business. Dorene assisted him in that business by doing the bookkeeping in addition to driving trucks when necessary. Dorene also worked in the office of the Holyoke Town Clerk and worked in the office of the Holyoke Co-Op elevator.

In 1960, Lewis sold the family business due to health problems and moved to Pasadena, CA. Dorene worked in the couselor's office at John Muir High School in Pasadena for two years until other family health problems forced a move to Fallon, NV. The Getchells lived in Fallon nearly 19 years and Dorene worked in the business office of Churchill Public Hospital during this time.

While Dorene lived in Fallon, the family purchased a small farm and raised registered Polled Herford cattle. In 1980, Lewis and Dorene "retired" and moved with the cattle to a farm they purchased near Piece City, MO. Dorene assisted Lewis with most aspects of the farm and did the required bookkeeping.

In November 1992, they dispersed their cattle herd then retired and sold their farm in 1993 and moved approximately 10 miles to Sarcoxie, MO. It was during this time Dorene attended Morningside Baptist Church at Sarcoxie where she served as pianist and church treasurer for a number of years.

In 1996 due to ill health, Dorene and Lewis moved to Joplin, MO where they have lived since that time. She faithfully attended Calvary Baptist Church where she practiced and demonstrated her love for her Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

Dorene was especially devoted to her family and to her grandsons who spent a great deal of time with her.

Preceding her in death were her parents, three brothers, three sisters, a niece and two nephews.

Her devoted husband, Lewis, survives her. Additional survivors include son Leroy Getchell and wife Lyla of Joplin, MO; daughter Patricia Getchell of Oakland, MD; two grandchildren, John Getchell and wife Michelle of Sarcoxie, MO and Roy Getchell and wife Tracy of Monument; great-granddaughter Mikah Getchell of Sarcoxie, MO; two sisters, Elizabeth North of Imperial, NE and Mae Fisher of Holyoke; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Holtzman of Holyoke and Irene Miller and husband Emerson of El Paso, TX; former son-in-law Dr. Edwin McKinnon of Latrobe, PA; former daughter-in-law Sandra Wood of St. Louis, MO; three step-grandchildren and eight step-great grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 22 at Calvary Baptist Church in Joplin, MO with the Rev. Phillip McClendon officiating.

Funeral service with visitation will be Friday morning, March 24 from 8 a.m.-12 at the Roberts-Baucke funeral home. Graveside service will be held at the Holyoke Cemetery at 2 p.m. with interment to follow.

Joplin Missouri 2012  - It was “incredibly difficult” to be overseas in the hours following the tornado, watching it unfold on television, Roy Getchell said. His grandfather, Lewis Getchell, lost his home to the tornado near East Middle School, and his father, Leroy Getchell, lost his insurance office on Delaware Avenue.


Bernard Getchell married Edith Kelly Sep 2, 1913

They are buried in Umatilla County, Oregon  29274155



Charles O. Getchell - April 26, 1835 - Feb 16, 1904 is buried in Fairview, Smith County, Kansas 55199290, as is Marinda, dying December 30, 1897.

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