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Eli and Mary (Pratt) Steninger, brother Samuel Staininger

, 3 North 44 West
In 1880 Green County, Wisconsin, Catherine Pratt is 43, Wm. 21, E.J. 15, Mary 13, Alfred 11, James 9, Casandra 7, Annetta 5, and Daniel 3.
(Anetta married C.D. Pickett, and is also buried in Wray.)

Green County, Wisconsin
Smoky Valley, Nevada " Most of the best land in the valley was claimed in the early 1860s for farms and ranches. These years saw the establishment of the Wine Glass Ranch north of present-day Carvers by A. H. Wilson in 1863; the Triple-T Ranch in northern Nye County by W. H. Spaulding and associates in 1864; the Blue Springs Ranch in northcentral Smoky Valley in 1864; and the Peavine Ranch in 1868. The Cloverdale Ranch, at the mouth of Cloverdale Canyon at the south end of the Toiyabes, was established in 1866. Carl and Del Haas, who did extensive research into the early settlement and ownership of property in Smoky Valley, believe the Cloverdale Ranch may have been a stage stop similar to San Antonio Station for travelers coming from the Mono Lake area (Haas and Haas, 1995). In 1863, John L. Smith, A. H. Wilson, George H. Sharp, and W. S. Wilson laid claim to the irrigation waters of Summit, Wisconsin, Ophir, and Last Chance Canyons for use on the North Twin River Ranch; in 1864, Richard Charnock made a similar claim for water for the Charnock Ranch on the east side of central Smoky Valley. South Twin Rivers Ranch was settled by Hiram Reed, the Robinson brothers, William Newel, and Eli Steninger prior to 1865. Situated at the confluence of the North and South Twin Rivers, it encompassed between 1000 and 1500 acres, 150 of which were planted in grain "

In 1880 Green County, Eli "Stenninger is 40, Mary 22, with Willmay 4 and Inez 2. With them is Jarred Fessentin, 12, born in Iowa.

Carrie Nell Staininger was born in Green County December 31, 1885.

Eli cash-claimed a quarter in section 2, 3 North 44 West, in 1891.

1907 Wray " Mrs. Will Jacobs, of Lincoln, Nebr., arrived Monday to visit with the Staininger family during the holidays."

November 1907 " Mrs. E. Staininger returned Monday from Lincoln, where she has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Inez Pugh. She also visited her mother at York, Nebraska."

May 8, 1908 Wray, Colorado "Mrs. C. D. Pickett and Mrs. Staininger returned Tuesday from Monticello, Wisconsin, where they attended the funeral of their mother, Mrs. Catherine Pratt, who died about two weeks ago at York, Nebraska."
Catherine (Bird) Pratt 1827-1908, FindAGrave # 98656239.

June 1909 "Mrs. Mary Staininger and granddaughter May Selby returned Tuesday night from Wisconsin, where they have been visiting for several weeks past."

December 1909 "Mrs. Edd Cottinghnm and two children are occupying the Mrs. Mary Staininger residence in north Wray. Mrs. Staininger is down near Idalia on their claim."

In 1910 Wray, Eli is farming, 72, born in Pennsylvania, with Mary E. 53 Wisconsin.

1911 "Eli Staininger was over from their farm in the southwest part of the county the first of the week."

Eli proved up two quarters in sections 27 and 34, 5S 45W in 1913, and Samuel proved up a quarter in 35, 5S 45W, a mile from the Hermes post office, in 1914.

September 1911
March 21, 1912 "Mrs. J. L. Selby from south of town is visiting her mother, Mrs. Staininger this week and is under a local physician's care. She has been in ill health for some time."

August 8, 1912 "Mrs. John L. Brayton and daughter, Miss Oral, arrived Sunday from California for a visit with Mrs. Brayton's sisters, Mesdames C. D. Pickett and Eli Staininger, and families here. They are enroute from the coast to their home in Waucoma, Iowa."

Funeral services for one of Waucoma's most beloved women, Mrs. Cassie Brayton, who died at her home last Wednesday, September 13, 1955, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday from the Federated church. James Thames, student pastor of Dubuque, was in charge. Burial was in Waucoma cemetery beside her late husband, John Brayton, who died Oct. 18, 1944.
Casketbearers were Tom Hoy, Othmar Luce, Dewey Chizek, Fred Nehls, Ernest Gager and Orange Willis.

Cassie Pratt Brayton, daughter of Oliver and Catherine Pratt, was born at Monticello, Wis., April 15, 1862, and grew to young womanhood there. She was married Oct. 22, 1882, at Monticello to John R. Brayton. They came to Waucoma Jan. 1, 1884, and lived here for 71 years. They were the parents of three daughters, Hattie, Mrs. Wilmer Goff, Ruthven; Edith, Mrs. Otto Davis, Dubuque, and Oral, Mrs. Roy Shurtleff, Hawkeye.

Mrs. Brayton was a local telephone operator here for 33 years, retiring at the age of 81 years. In 1924, she received the Theodore N. Vale award for heroism in the line of duty. That year, Waucoma had a disastrous fire, and while her life was in grave danger, she refused to leave her post. This national award is given to Bell telephone operators and she is the only one in Iowa receiving such an award, although not working for the Bell company. Surviving besides her daughters are eight grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren. Her parents and husband preceded her in death.

August 28, 1913 "Mrs. Chas. Pugh and two sons, John and George, left Saturday evening for their home in Lincoln, Nebr., after having spent the summer with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Staininger, and other relatives here."

In 1920 Wray, Eli 81 and Mary E. 64 have daughter Carrie N. Harris 34 born in Wisconsin, and her husband Charles C. Harris, a real estate agent, 39 born in Illinois.

Elias 1838-1925 is buried in Wray # 76047071, with Mary E. 1856-1931.


"Funeral services were held for Mrs. Will May Selby on Saturday afternoon at the Wray Methodist Church with Rev. Paul E. Holland officiating. Interment was held at Grandview Cemetery.
Will May Staininger was born to Eli and Mary Staininger July 12, 1876 near Monticello, Wisconsin, and died November 23, 1967, at the Wray Community Hospital at the age of 91 years, 4 months and 11 days. At the age of 12 she came with her parents to the Wray area where she spent the remaining years of her life.
On June 15, 1895 she was married to Jacob Lorin Selby. Four children were born to this union. She was a life long member of the Methodist Church and was presented Certificate of Recognition for 50 years of faithful service to her church. She was interested in community life, having been an early-day school teacher and organizer of the first 4-H Club in Yuma County. She was a member of the East Yuma County Historical Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband and by her eldest daughter Mae.
Surviving are her son, Lorin of Wray, two daughters, Mrs. Francis Jones of Wray and Mrs. Charlotte Woolery of Eckley; two sisters, Mrs. Ina Hansen of Salt Lake City, Utah and Mrs. Carrie Harris of Blackfoot, Idaho, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Published Thursday, November 30, 1967; Wray Gazette"


1905 ""A number of our teachers went up to Akron Sunday to attend the District Normal to be held there for two weeks.  Those going from here were R.W. Thorn, Anna Lawrence, Lois Fitzgerald, Miss McClure, Lulu Goodwin, Beryl Lepper, Irene Chapin, Miss Dorman, Ora Elliot, Carrie Staininger and S.S. Dow."

Carrie Staninger is also in Wray, 24, teaching school, boarding with the Morrow and Elizabeth Brown family.

June 8, 1910 Lincoln, Nebraska "Charles C. Harris of Greeley, Colorado, and Miss Carrie N. Staininger of Wray, Colorado were married by Rev. B. M. Long of the Second Presbyterian church. Mr. and Mrs. Harris will make their home in Idaho."

In 1915 the commissioners reimbursed fare for Mary Staininger from Barney, North Dakota to Wray, $17.17.

In 1919 the Yuma County Commissioner paid Mrs. Mary Steninger $21.00 for care of the poor.

In 1920 Wray, Eli 81 and Mary E. 64 have daughter Carrie N. Harris 34 born in Wisconsin, and her husband Charles C. Harris, a real estate agent, 39 born in Illinois.

Carrie 1885-1982 is buried in Blackfoot, Idaho # 5824905, with Charles dying November 1975.
Harry J. Staininger 1881-1899 is also buried in Wray.
August 25, 1899


"Charles Leo Pugh b.5-14-1871 ,Hackett City, Sebastian County, Arkansas marries Inez Ione Staininger of Monroe, Green Co., Wisconsin. Their son John Harry Pugh was born 8-9-1902 in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. John marries Florabelle Bright."


March 27, 1913 "Mr. Staininger, an aged brother of Eli Staininger, passed away very suddenly last Saturday morning. Though he had not been well he had suffered no serious illness, but was found dead when Mrs. Eli Staininger called at his home that morning. The body was brought to Wray and funeral services were held from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Staininger at 2:30 last Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. P. W. Iniboden, and interment was made in Grand View cemetery.
Samuel Staininger was born June 2 1832, and died March 22, 1913, age 80 years, 9 months and 20 days. He was the third child of a family of thirteen children, 7 boys and 6 girls. Five brothers and one sister are still living.
At the age of 22 Mr. Staininger went to Wisconsin and in 1862 he went to California where he engaged in ranching and mining, staying there until 1885 when he returned to Wisconsin. He came to Colorado about 1893, living in the vicinity of Wray ever since. Mr. Staininger was baptised into the German Lutheran church June 18, 1832.
He was never married and at the time of his death was living on a homestead near Hermes, Colorado. He had been very feeble for the past few inonths and had worked as usual on his last day, but retired not feeling very well. In the morning when he was called he did not answer, as he had already answered the call of his Heavenly Father and had quietly passed away."

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