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Joseph B. Ellis, Alpha O. and Cora E. (Ellis) Schwintz

, 3 North 44 West
Stephen Ellis married Abigail Parent on June 2, 1856 in Coles County, Illinois.

In 1860 Adair County, Missouri, Joseph Ellis is 1, with Stephen 44 and Abergail 29. Bradford is 9, Martha 8, ALmyria 2.

In 1880 Davis County, Iowa, Steven Ellis is farming, 64, Abagail 47, Joseph B. 21, Charlotte 16, Sarah M. 13, William P. 9, and Elmer C. 7.

Stephen 1816-1899 is buried in Ringgold County, # 16648466, and his first wife Susan is buried in Douglas County, Illinois dying 1854 # 17669073.

" Martha Ellis is the daughter of Stephen Ellis and Susan Hite or Kite. Sometimes Stephen went by Elliss or Elles or Elless. Susan died in 1854 in Coles County, IL (which is now Douglas County after Douglas was formed.) Stephen remarried to an Abigail Parent in 1856 in Coles County. Stephen and family can be found in Adair Co., MO for the 1860 census, Davis Co., IA for the 1870 census & Ringgold Co for the 1880 census. Stephen is buried in the Marshalltown Cemetery in Ringgold Co. His brother John B. Ellis is also buried there - J.E. Ellis even though the headstone clearly reads JB Ellis & also a memorial John B. Ellis."

One sister of Joseph, May Ellis born about 1868 in "Scio Iowa", married John Frederick Peter Oelke on March 6, 1890 in Nebraska.A
Persilla May (Ellis) Oelke 1867-1913 is buried in Jackson County, Kansas # 76988684.
This is a nephew of Joseph - son of Almira "Death records indicate that Ruth Emeline Shelley died on 26 May 1956, According to the records she was born on 4 May 1885 to Thomas & Martha Hobbs. She married Jesse W. Shelley on 23 Mar 1907. Jesse W. Shelley was born on 5 Oct 1882 in Eldon, Wapello county, Iowa and died on 4 Sep 1965. He was the son of John Shelley and Myra Ellis. There are no children listed in either obituary. Both are buried in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Ottumwa."

Almira B. Ellis, 24, born in Missouri, married J.W. Shelley in Wapello COunty, Iowa on September 17, 1880.

1898 Red Willow County, Nebraska "Joseph Ellis is home on a visit."

Cora E. Ellis is in 1900 Greenwood County, Kanss, born May 1884 in Iowa. She's with Joseph B. Ellis 40 and Mary L. 39 Iowa.
Julia E. born April 1888, Lula M. Nov 1889, both in Iowa, Ada P. April 1893 in Nebraska, and Jennie B. February 1899 Iowa.

Mary L. (Pottorff) Ellis, dying 1902 in Greenwood County, is buried in Davis County, Iowa # 53431582.

Lula M. Cameron, born November 3, 1890 in Iowa, died April 27, 1984 in Stanislaus County, California. She was in Porterville, California in 1940, with harrison M. Cameron 51 born in Nebraska.

Mrs. Mary L. Ellis died at her home near Eureka, Kansas, Saturday June 7th, 1902. She was a daughter of Mrs. S.P. and Mrs. Lucinda Pottorff and was born at the old homestead southeast of Floris, married to Joseph Ellis, November 11, 1882, five daughters were born to them who with her husband, five sisters, two brothers, and parents were left to mourn her loss, two sisters having preceeded her to the better land. She united with the Christian Church at the age of 16 years [ at Mt. Gilead ]. She was a dutiful daughter, a kind loving sister, a faithful wife, a good neighbor, it was ever her motto, to suffer a wrong rather than do a wrong, always holding the golden rule of doing to others as she would "be done by ". The remains were brought to Floris, Monday night June 9th, accompanied by her family and father, who had been summoned by telegraph to her bed side but arrived to late to see her before death took her from us. The funeral occurred Tuesday the 10th at two o'clock, at her fathers present residence in Floris, followed immediately by interment in the Hining graveyard southeast of Floris. All her brothers and sisters were present except the oldest sister who resides in Texas. Deceased was 39 years, 3 months, and 22 days old.
In 1905 McCook, Nebraska, Lulu and Pearl Ellis were members of the Junior Epworth League occasion.

October 1907 Wray |
December 1907 Wray

In 1909 Mr. Joseph Ellis had unclaimed letters in the McCook post office.

In 1910 Yuma County, on the page preceding "Elfie" and Cora Schwintz, Joseph B. Ellis is widowed, 50, farming, with daughters Pearl A. 17 and Jennie 11. Sarah J. Hampton is ten months old, born in Colorado, a daughter??
They must have just been caring for a neighbor's child.

March 4, 1915
October 12, 1911 "J. B. Ellis of ten miles north of town left for McCook, Nebraska, Monday afternoon. Mr. Ellis has employment there and expects to stay all winter."

Joseph B. Ellis proved up 320 acres in sections 9 and 10, 3N 44W in 1916 - a mile from Alpha's claim.

June 29, 1916 "J. B. Ellis, of McCook, Neb., is in Wray this week enjoying a visit with his daughter, Mrs. A. O. Swintz, and family. Mr. Ellis was a resident of north of Wray several years ago, but has made his home in McCook for some time."

February 8, 1917 "The condition of Mrs. J. B. Ellis, who was taken ill last Thanksgiving day, is not any improved, she still being confined to her bed."
In 1900 Greenwood County Kansas, John Schwint is farming, born Nov 1860 in Kentucky, married 19 years ot Mary Jul,y 1863 North Carolina. Alpha O. was born June 1882 in Indiana, Bessie E. Oct 1884 in Indiana, Earl N.. Jan 1886, James May 1888, Edith M. Oct 1889, Charles R. June 1896, and Myrtle E. Aug 1899 all born in Kansas.

"John T. Schwint, eldest son of Frank and Louise Schwint was born near Louisvillle (sic), KY on November 11, 1860 and departed this life at his home in Quincy, Kansas on April 16th, 1935 at the age of 74 years, 5 months and 5 days.
At the age of 3 years, he moved with his parents to Terra Haute, IN, where he grew to young manhood.
He was united in marriage to Mary Fields on February 27th, 1881 and to this union was born 9 children. His wife died in December of 1900 and also four children preceeded him in death.
On April 19th, 1903 he was united in marriage to Nevada Smith who survives.
In the spring of 1883, Mr. Schwint like many other young men of the earlier days decided to come to Kansas and he with his wife and two babies drove in a covered wagon and settled near the old Ainsworth ranch near where the 101 school district now stands.
He like many other old settlers came to this country in the bloom of life and gave to this new country the best of his ability and energy and help to build and make and mold, into the country what it is today.
While Mr. Schwint was never blessed with much of the worldly goods yet, he always tried to be a kind neighbor, a willing worker and helper to those who needed help. The night was never to dark nor the road to long for him to go to the help of a neighbor or friend when they were in need. He moved to Quincy, Kansas in September of 1905.
In December of 1928 he was afflicted with a stroke and has never been able to enjoy life to its fullest extent since that time and yet he has been a patient sufferer, always having a kind word for those who knew him best. He never grew impatient with those who tried to make life a pleasure for him but always tried to show the greatest of appreciation for all of their kindness.
And so the grim reaper has again seen fit to close history's page for a man who had served his three score and ten years and even more and was willing and ready to meet his creator.
He was converted and united with the United Brethren church of Quincy during the winter of 1928 and has been a faithful member of this church ever since.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Nevada Schwint: three sons, Earl Schwint of Raymond, Washington; Ira Schwint of Burdett, Kansas and Robert Schwint of Amorita, Oklahoma and two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Karraker of Neal, Kansas, Mrs. P. M. Ditty of Virgil, Kansas. 21 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren and 3 sisters and 4 brothers and a host of friends. "

Greenwood County Kansas marriages "Schwint Alpha O. Ellis Cora E. F 66 12-24-1902 "

December 1909 "Mrs. Phillips and baby arrived in Wray Tuesday morning. They live in Edger, Nebraska. Mrs. Phillips is a sister of Mrs. Swintz, who lives about twelve miles north of Wray." [this is likely Julia PHELPS]

In 1910 Yuma County, "on the Holyoke road", "Elfie" O. Schwintz is 28, born in Kansas, with Coar 25 Iowa, married seven years. Myrtle is 6, born in Kansas, Opal M. 3 born in Nebraska.

July 1913 "David A. Rinckel went out to tha Al Swintz homestead fourteen miles north oast of town Tuesday to take his first look at the sand hills. Mr. Rinckel reports that during the storm Thursday afternoon, Mr. Swintz suffered the loss of almost his entire crop by hail. Before this, the prospects were as good as they ever had been known to be. This farm seems to have been the only one visited by tho hail."

October 1913 "Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Hesse have rented their farm adjoining South Wray to Al Swintz for the coming year, and with their three little daughters, are planning to leave Colorado in December and to locate in the state of California for the future."

January 14, 1915
"I wish to notify the people of Wray and Yuma county that I have sold my business to A. O. Schwintz. All our bread tickets must be traded out before February 1. Thanking you for your kind patronage, I trust that you will confer the same favors to my successor.
Cordially yours

April 1915 "Mrs. A. O Schwintz and two daughters left last Saturday for a week's visit with relatives at McCook."

May 1915 "Messrs. T. C. Jennings, Waters, Harry McGee, Holt, Johnson, Hulen, Swintz, Matt Rinckel and Felt spent last Thursday fishing down at Rosencrans Dam. Two of the largest gentlemen named undertook to cross the dam in a boat, where the water was twelve feet deep, but under its load the boat went to the bottom, and its occupants wore rescued with difficulty. They complained since of the water being somewhat cool. However all of the party spent a pleasant day, and returned home with a nice lot of fish."

October 1915 "A. O. Swintz and wife attended the Farm Congress in Denver last week. Mr. Swintz also transacted business pertaining to his store while in the capital city."

1916 Wray
April 6, 1916 "Mrs. Julia Phelps and two children came up from McCook, Neb., Thursday evening and are visiting Mrs. Phelps' sister, Mrs. A. L. Schwintz, and family. They are planning to return to McCook tomorrow evening."

(This is Julia E. Ellis Phelps 1888-1972, dying in California, buried in Walker County, Texas, per #180675378, with Jesse Phelps 1880-1971. They married in Hitchcock County, Nebraska on August 20, 1907.)

October 1916 " Mrs. William Holmes arrived in Wray Monday from her home in Mt. Ayer, Iowa, and is spending a few weeks with Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Schwintz and family. Mrs. Holmes was a very close friend of Mrs. Schwintz's mother."

"Mrs. William Holmes, who had been visiting her friend, Mrs. A. L. Schwintz and family, left Friday evening for her home in Mount Ayre, Iowa."

Alpha proved up two quarters in section 11, 3 North 44 West, in 1916.

Alpha registered for WWI in Yuma County, born June 29, 1882, a cafe proprietor, nearest relative Cora E. Schwintz of Wray.

February 1, 1917 "Mrs. Lulu Cameron arrived in Wray Monday evening and is spending this week with her sister, Mrs. A. O. Swintz, and family. Mrs. Cameron is from Casper, Wyoming."

February 8 "Mrs. Lulu Cameron, of Canon City, this state, left for her home in that city Sunday after a short visit with her sister, Mrs. A. O. Schwintz, and family."

In 1917 Wray, Opal Schwintz was in the fifth grade, Myrtle in the sixth grade.

May 1918 "The Hill Real Estate & Land Co. old the Opera House Cafe, formerly owned by H. A. Nichols, to Al Schwintz, the sale taking place Tuesday of this week."

November 21, 1918 "Al Schwintz and daughter are confined to their home in West Wray by an attack of pneumonia."

November 28, 1918
Alpha Orlendo Schwintz 1882-1918 is buried in Wray # 81718194.

March 1919 "Mrs. Schwintz, proprietress of the Opera House cafe, has repaired several rooms over the cafe and will move into them shortly to begin housekeeping."

March 27, 1919 "Mrs. Cora Schwintz left Sunday morning for McCook, Neb., and returned Monday on No. 15. While in McCook Mrs. Schwintz employed Mrs. White of that place as cook in the Opera House cafe. Mrs. White will arrive in Wray the last of the week."

In 1920 Wray, Cora E. "Scheonitz" is 35, no occupation, born in Iowa, with Myrtle J. 15 Kansas and Opal M. 12 Nebraska."

In 1922 Denver, Cora E. is living at 2663 Champa, and Myrtle at the same address is a clerk at JDG Co.

Cora Ethel Schwintz married William H. Stoddard on September 18, 1922.

In 1930 Denver, William H. Stoddard is 47, born in Michigan, Cora E. 45 in Iowa.

In 1940 Denver, William is a shipping clerk, 59 born in Minnesota, with Cora 55 born in Iowa.

Cora E. Stoddard, dying September 1942, is buried in Denver, age 58, # 134885722.
In the same cemetery is William Herbert Stoddard, 1881-1947 # 135632325.

There was another William H. Stoddard in Colorado in 1940, too - a stone mason in Colorado Cprings, also born in Michigan...

William, born September 17, 1884 in Michigan, mother Stevens died January 18, 1961 in Alameda County, California.
He was born in Saginaw, Michigan to Samuel and Amelia Stoddard.
He married Carolina Simpson in Michigan in 1908, and divorced in 1912.

Mountain View Cemetery has :
Stoddard Olive C. 9/30/1959* on the same stone with
Stoddard William 1/31/1961* THIS IS NOT THE SAME ONE -because in the 1940 Oakland census, WIlliam Stoddard 56 born in Michigan, has a wife 45 born in Michigan. - same first name of William.


Myrtle I. Schwintz married Millard T. Agee on August 2, 1922 in Littleton.

Millard Thomas Agee was born Nov 4, 1898 in Trenton, Missouri to Ben Agee and Lettie Champan, dying October 4, 1982.

In 1930 Denver, Millard T. Agee 33 born in Missouri, and Myrtle I. 25 born in Kansas, have Rose M. 6 born in Colorado.

They're in Denver in 1940, Millard 41, Myrtle 35 and Rosemary 16.

In 1968 Independence, Missouri, Mrs. Millard Agee was a member of the Junior League.
Also in the League was Mrs. William Schwink, Jr..

Rosemary (Agee) Tanger 93, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away September 4, 2015. Beloved mother, grandmother and friend, she is survived by her daughter MaryBeth, her sons William and Kenneth, their respective spouses Paul, Bonienna and Elena, and her granddaughters Joanie, Angela, Maryrose and Phoenix. Rosemary was a sweet, kind, generous woman and a loving mother who was always there for her family. Words cannot express how much she will be missed by all who knew her. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Interment to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008.

Millard T. Agee, per SSDI, was born November 4, 1899 and died October 4, 1982.


Opal Schwintz married Fay E. Barthel on November 3, 1926, recorded in Denver.

In 1930 Denver, next to the Agee family, Fay Barthel is a truck driver, 25, born in Kansas, Opal 22 in Nebraska.

Fay Edward Barthel was born April 27, 1902 in Americus, Kansas.
February 1946 Atchison, Kansas "Fay E. Barthel of Denver, Colorado is here for the golden wedding celebration of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Barthel, which occurs tomorrow afternoon with open house at the Barthel residence from 2 to 4."
" February 26 will be the golden wedding day of two splendid people, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Barthel, 932 Atchison street, who are mutes. Their 50 years of married life have been very happy and fruitful. Mr. and Mrs. Barthel have been residents of Atchison 23 years and are highly esteemed in this community. The golden wedding anniversary will be celebrated Sunday afternoon, Feb. 24, with open house at their home, as it was not only there that they established their first home but the Barthel home from 2 to 4 o clock Mr and Mrs Barthel's five children -three daughters and two sons--all plan to be present for the happy occasion. The wedding, which occurred the evening of Feb 26, 1896, was held at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Langworthy, on Seven Day Lane near Nortonville. Seventy-two guests crowded into the home to witness the ceremony. Because the bride and groom made their mamage vows in the sign language, their wedding attracted many curious, uninvited guests, who witnessed the wedding by peering in the windows of the house. The weather was mild and these spectators suffered no discomfort. A clipping from the Nortonville News, now a little yellow with age, describes the wedding as follows: Elder Todd, in his usually impressive manner, performer the ceremony assisted by the Rev. Ben Barthel, brother of the groom, who interpreted his words in the mute sign language to the bride and groom. The ceremony was doubly impressive because but few of those present had ever witnessed the marriage of a couple who could not hear or speak. The bride, the account goes on to say, looked very pretty in a bridal attire of dove colored henrietta velvet and passementerie. Her hair was dressed tastefully and held in place by white hairpins and an ornament.

Following their marriage the young couple went to live on a farm near Americus where they resided for 13 years. Upon selling their farm there they moved back to the Langworthy farm on "The Lane," where they lived for 14 years. They then moved to Atchison where they have spent the remainder of their happy 50 years together.
Americus holds many tender memories for Mr. and Mrs. Barthel also where their five children were born.

The children are Mrs. Adolph Jackson, Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Fred Burdick, Topeka, Mrs. R. Bruce Mather, North Kansas City Missouri, William Barthel, Golden, Colorado, and Fay Barthel, Denver, Colorado. They also have seven grandsons, an adopted granddaughter and one great-grandson.
The bride of 50 years ago was born Lizzie Langworthy, in Ninouk, Illinois, June 5, 1870, and when 11 years old came with parents to a farm on Seven Day Lane. She completed her education at the institute for the deaf at Olathe when 20 years old, having been afflicted with deafness from the age of three.
Mr. Barthel was born April 12, 1865, in Ontario, Canada, where he was educated. When six years old he became deaf as the result of an illness. However, he can speak English and German, which he learned prior to his illness. He received his diploma from a school for the deaf in Belleville, Canada, in 1886, and seven years later came to this country and settled in Emporia where his parents had moved. From there he went to Valley Falls where he helped build a round top barn for Ben Royer near Arrington. Upon completion of this job he went to Nortonville and assisted in the building of the Star school house. It was while he was employed on this job that John Henry told him of his future bride. He went to call on her and the romance, which later was to culminate in many golden years of happiness for both, had its beginning. Mr. and Mrs. Barthel are affiliate members of the Trinity Lutheran church here and regular services for the deaf are conducted by the Rev. Alvin Faber of Kansas City
Tuesday, February 26, will be a memorable day for Mr. and Mrs. Barthel This reporter hopes it is a mild day, like their wedding day, and as enjoyable as their fifty years of married life together."
Elizabeth Barthel 1870-1954 is buried in Nortonville # 87460026, with Edward 1865-1957.
Edward BARTHEL, 92, formerly of 1715 Van Buren, died Monday afternoon, November 4, 1957, at a Topeka nursing home. He was born April 12, 1865, in Ontario, Canada, and came to the United State when he was 21 years old. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the Deaf Lutheran Church. His wife died three years ago. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Minnie JACKSON, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Effie BURDICK, Topeka; and Mrs. Ora MATHER, North Kansas City, Mo.; two sons, William BARTHEL, Golden, Colo.; and Fay BARTHEL, Denver, Colo.; four brothers, The Rev. George F. BARTHEL, Ontario, Canada; the Rev. Benjamin BARTHEL, Denver, Colo.; Gideon BARTHEL, Emporia and Henry BARTHEL of Texas; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
One researcher is A G Cloud at agcloud@msn.com or write to A G Cloud 1308 East 101st Street, Kansas City, Mo 64131"

1955 Atchison "Fay E. Barthel. Denver, who was born west of Cummings, has received a Safe Driver of the Week citation in Denver. Barthel is a salesman who travels more than 70.000 miles a year by auto. He works for the Merchants Chemical Supply Co. cf Denver and his territory covers the states of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Barthel was "trailed" for 10 miles by a state highway patrolman who reported that he showed every courtesy of the road, stayed well away from the center of the road, and drove about five miles per hour below the speed limit. In the 10-mile stretch Barthel, unaware he was being watched, showed innumerable driving courtesies to other motorists and was extremely cautious at all intersections. Barthel is the son of Ed Barthel, Topeka, formerly of ?ortonvilie. and moved to Denver some 25 years ago. Fred Fisher, also formerly of Nortonvill, sent a news clipping concerning Barthel from Denver. "

In 1940 Denver, Fay is 38, Opal 33, with Donna M. 7.

Donna Barthel Porteus wrote in 2002 that her father was Jerome, "grandmother Anns died in Phoenix in 1985, and her death certificat said that her mother's name was Johanna Alexander."

Fay Edward Barthel born April 27, 1902, died November 19, 1988 in Lakewood, Colorado.
Opal M. Barthel, born April 19, 1907, died January 22, 2002.

"Hesperia resident, Joseph H. Phelps, passed away June 12, 2002, of natural causes. He was born on July 27, 1919, in McCook, Neb., to Jesse and Julia Phelps. He was 82 years of age. A 60-year resident of California, he lived in Hesperia for 24 years."

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