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Claude B. and Eva (Grant) Harmon, Alvin

Claude's grandparents John and Jane Harmon are in Shelby County, Illinois in 1850, with Marion, 5. (Marion is likely the JOHN M.)

In 1860 Jane and Marion are with the John and Mary Renshaw family in Shelby County.

In 1870 Shelby County, Illinois, John Harmon is 25, Sarah J. 18, mother Jane 47, all born in Illinois. They're next to the L. 40 and Mrs. Storm 39, with thieir eight kids, including Sarah 19. So Sarah might be listed twice.

In 1880 Shelby County, John is 34, Sarah J. 29, with Elmer 4, Claude 2, and Capola four months old. Next door is James and Emily Storm.

The Phillips County, Colorado history said John and Sarah came to North Platte Nebraska in the summer of 1886, where the women and children stayed while the men went on to claim land. They came to Denver Junction - a little west of Julesburg by rail and then wagons to southwest of Holyoke. Claude wrote that he remembered the Adland store seven miles southwest of Holyoke. Later they claimed land southeast of Holyoke.
John cash-claimed a quarter in 21, 6N 46W in 1889 - that would be very near the Weld City settlement of the Timberlake, Varney, Eckman, and Turney families.

Then Sarah Jane claimed a quarter in section 18, 6N 43W in 1906. That would be the Pleasnat Valley area of Phillips County near the Nebraska border.

One tree said John Marion Harmon died March 15, 1893 in Phillips County.

In 1900 Phillips County, Colorado, Sarah Harmon born Sept 1852 is widowed, born in Illinois. Sloid May 1876 and Clifford C. Nov 1884 were born in Illinois, Walter Nov 1890 in Colorado, Jane October 1822 in Illinois is her mother-ini-law. Claude B. was born April 1878 in Illios, as was Dot S. August 1882.
(Clifford Clinton Harmon 1884-1958 is buried in Monte Vista, Colorado # 6627419, with Stella (Glover) Harmon 1888-1975)

(Walter F. Harmon claimed land in Crowley County, Colorado in 1922.)

In 1910 Phillips County, S. Jane 58 and Jane 88 are still with Dot and Meryia, who have Howard 3 and Harland 1.

1902 Wray "Delbert Grant, who has been working in the round house at McCook, returned home Sunday night."

June 17, 1904

November 1904 "Mrs. Harmon, of south of Holyoke, came over to Wray last Sunday and departed on the afternoon train for Longmont, where she goes to visit relatives and friends a few weeks. She was the guest of Mrs. E. L. Ambler while in town."

1906 Wray "Mrs. Eva Harmon, of Eaton, arrived Wednesday evening to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Grant."

1908 Holyoke "Mr. and Mrs. Claude Harmon of Wray were in Holyoke today."
"Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Harmon and Cleve Glover came home Thursday from Greeley where they had been for some time."

July 23, 1909

June 10, 1910 " Mrs. C. T. Grant and little daughter Dorothy came up to Wray from McCook Monday morning. Charley Grant, Jr., met them and took Dorothy out to the home of their slater, Mrs. Claude Harmon , to visit a few weeks. Mrs. Grant went on to Denver Tuesday to visit for a week with her sister. On her return trip she will stop and visit her daughter, Mrs. Harmon."

In 1910 Phillips County, Dot Harmon is 27, married to Maria 23, with two sons. S. Jane his mother is with him.
His grandmother Jane Harmon 88, also born in Illinois is with them.
(Dot L. Harmon 1882-1975 is buried in Steamboat Springs # 58119722, with Marie (Conklin) Harmon 1887-1942.
"Funeral services will be held Friday at Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for Mrs. D.L. Harmon, 55, of Olathe, Colorado, who died Monday night in a Grand Junction hospital from diabetes.
Mrs. Harmon had been taken to the hospital shortly before her death, for an operation for goiter which had caused ill health for some time.
The deceased was born in Odebolt, Iowa. She moved to Colorado, where she had lived a great many years in the Holyoke community.
Relatives surviving her are her husband, five children, Howard and George in Hawaii, Harlan living at Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Delbert making his home in Wyoming, and a 15-year-old daughter, Dola Jean, three sisters, Mrs. Noble Show, Mrs. W.A. White and Mrs. Edith Kinch, and two brothers, George Conklin of Holyoke and Fred Conklin who lives in Washington.
Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, August 20, 1942
Returning from Steamboat Springs, where they had attended the funeral Friday of their sister, Mrs. D.L. Harmon, were Mrs. N.J. Show, Mrs. W.A. White and George Conklin and son, James. Mrs. White stayed in Denver until Sunday and the others returned to Holyoke Saturday evening."

March 1911 "Mrs. Claude Harmon was a guest of Miss Maude Johnson Tuesday before leaving in the afternoon for McCook."

April 24, 1913 "Mrs. Claude Harmon went down to Hastings Sunday to be at the bedside of her sick father, Charley Grant. She had no more than reached there when he died. The body was shipped to Wray Tuesday morning for burial. Two sons, Charley and Delbert, accompanied it."

"We wish to thank our many friends for the kindness shown and the sympathy extended to us at the time of our great sorrow in laying away our husband and father.
Mrs. C. T. Grant and children.
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Harmon."
Charles' wife might be the Laura Walton, daughter of Daniel Walton 1831-1918 and Hannah 1838-1915 buried in Vernon County, Missouri.
They married December 25, 1881 in Vernon County, Missouri.

November 1913 "Charles Grant came up from his home in McCook, Nebraska, and is visiting his sister, Mrs. Claude Harmon and family of eighteen miles north of Wray. Mr. Grant will probably remiain here until the first of the coming year."

April 1914 Yuma County Court "In the case against Will Schelly for beating and injuring a cow belonging to Claude Harmon, the defendant made the plea of self-defense and was acquitted."
March 1915 "Mrs. Delbert Grant joined her husband here at Wray Saturday, coming up from McCook, Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. Grant expect to make their home here for the present."

May 1915 "Claude Harmon has closed the deal whereby he disposes of his north ranch in the hills to a Mr. Earle from Kansas. Mr. Harmon sold only the land and appurtances, retaining the stock, but does not give possession until fall. It is not yet determined what they will do when they give up their present home, but it is more than likely they will move to their south ranch which is considerably nearer town."

Claud proved up 320 acres in section 8, 4N 43W in 1916.

Claud B. Harmon, born April 17, 1879 is a rancher in Cowdrey, Jackson County, Colorado when registering for WWI. Eva May Harmon was his reference.

In 1920 Longmont, Colorado, Claud is 40, Eva 32, Lynd 12, Marion 9, and Eva's sister Dorothy Grant 14 born in Colorado.
(James Delbert Grant and Martha Grant divorced in Washington County, Colorado November 23, 1914.
James D. Grant 49 and Isabel Ceates, 29, both of Missouri, married in San Dinas California April 18, 1934.
James Delbert Grant, born June 1, 1885 in Missouri, died October 31, 1953 in San Diego County.Dorothy married Alvin A. Wecklel, and they're in Los Angeles in 1930, with Alvin L. eleven months old. Her mother Laura L. Grant 65 widowed is with them, born in Illinois.
He's buried in Mount Hope Cemetery # 88843371.
Dorothy Flaherty born January 3, 1906 in Colorado, died April 20, 1990 in Los ngeles County, mother Walton, father Grant.)

Dorothy Veronica Grant married George James Flaherty on July 16, 1935 in
In 1930 Claude and Eva are in Denver, - he's a stock raiser. Mabel L. is 22, teaching music. Claude M. 19 has no occupation.

Claude and Eva are in Weld County, Colorado in 1940, with daughter Lynd 31, born in Colorado. They were in Denver in 1935.

1942 Greeley "Mrs. Lynd Harmon LaMont has accepted a position as music supervisor at Culver City in the Los Angeles school system. Mrs. LaMont will be remembered as Lynd Harmon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. B Harmon, who was recently married to Warrant Officer W. H. LaMont of Los Angeles."

Claude W. Harmon married "Hildred" Hopkins on July 4, 1928 in Rockdale, Jefferson County, Colorado.

Claude is in Jefferson County in 1930, 22, married to Mildred 18 and they have William 1. They're living with her father George W. Hopkins.
In 1940 Denver, Claude is 32, Mildred 28, with William 10, June 7, Joan 5, and Gerald 1.

1942 Saguache, Colorado "Margaret Blair, Lynd Harmon and Mary hagan mottored to Denver Thursday evening and returned Sunday. Mary and Lynd spend Easter with Mr. and Mrs. Claude Harmon on their ranch near Greeley."

October 1959 Greeley Colorado (This is the second of a series by Claude B. Harmon of Greeley on experiences with fishermen while running a North Park ranch.) "We had people from everywhere stop at our ranch in North Park. I remember a party of four women, including two who had sailed from Scotland to New York, where they had two cousins. They bought a big Buick car and had the most complete camping outfit I ever saw. They had heard of Frontier Days at Cheyenne and, afterwards, came from Laramie to the North Park area and saw our sign, Harmon Ranch. They came over and asked to camp on our property. Later they showed me their road map and I told them I would like to re-route them. They had missed Denver and Estes Park. I directed them to Granby over Berthoud Pass and into Denver, then back by way of Estes Park, Milner Pass and Grand Lake to the ranch. Their route later took them to Steamboat Springs, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and into Canada, and finally back to Scotland. We had people drop in at th» ranch from Central America. We met many fine people in the 10 years we were at the ranch. One time Dr. Robert B. Stearns, president of the Colorado university at Boulder, was at the ranch and had as his companion, John Hunter, then a retired member of the university staff. They were staying with us and had fished on the ranch a day or so. They told me they would like to go up above Walden and fish on the Illinois. I called a friend and asked permission for them to fish on his property and he said, "All right," and I told him who they were. They fished downstream from my friend's ranch and finally, unknowingly, got on another ranch. The owner was in the field on a hay stack. He was a good friend of mine but I had not asked permission for Stearns and Hunter to fish on his property. He yelled at them and abused them terribly and kept it up for some time. Of course, they did not know where they were and went over to the hay stack and said, "We are sorry we have caused you any trouble. We did not know we were off the place where we had permission to he," adding that Claude Harmon had sent them up there. "We are from the college at Boulder, the president and a retired faculty member," Stearns said, "and, if we are the kind of men you say we are, I should go home and resign as no one bearing the names I have been called is fit to be the head of the college." The rancher felt terribly called down, and then in a gentlemanly fashion told the Boulder men he was very sorry. The next time I made of myself. Who would want to abuse such men? I think the tourist business is a big thing. I never did the fishing myself, but my son is one of the best fishermen to be found, and gels a lot of fun out of it." One of the men we mel was » man from Grceley whom this country will never forget. He was Charles llansen, the father of the ;reat Colorado-Big Thompson proj- . ect. : He had worked on this water . iroject for years and wanled to see the Michigan river emptying into the Platte. After dinner I ; drove him down and he was so pleased. I don't think he had any- Ihing in mind except to do good for his country. I am sure it was a pleasure to meet such a man. One can never meet such people by driving them away."
Claude B. Harmon of 1105 7th St. Husband of Mrs. Eva Harmon. Father of Marion Harmon of Greeley and Mrs. Lynd La Mont of Arlington, Va. Brother of Elmer Harmon of Holyoke, Dot Harmon of Olathe and Walt Harmon of Ordway. Services 10:30 a.m. Saturday from Macya Drawing Room. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens.

January 18, 1962 "Claude B. Harmon, 83, of 1105 7th St., prominent livestock man, died Wednesday night at the Weld County General Hospital. He was born April 1, 1878, at Strasburg, Illinois. He came to eastern Colorado with his parents when he was eight years old.
When he was 21, he owned his first cattle ranch. In 1916 he sold his ranch near Wray and moved to Longmont. From 1916 to the early 1930s, he owned a cattle and sheep ranch at North Park. He bought a farm when a child. He came to Weld County in 1932 and lived at Gill, where he operated a pool hall.
Claude 1878-1962 # 170030973 and Eva 1888-1965 # 170031027 are buried in Greeley.

January 30, 1965 "Mrs. Eva Harmon of Weld County Nursing Home died there early Saturday morning. She was 75. Mrs. Harmon was born May 28, 1888 in Randolph County, Mo., but she had been a resident of Colorado since 1895. She was the widow of Claude B. Harmon, who died Jan. 17,1962. Mrs. Harmon was a member of the Congregational Church. Surviving are one son, C. M. Harmon of Greeley; one daughter, Mrs. Lynd La Mont of Arlington, Va.; one sister, Mrs Dorothy Flaherty of North Hollywood, Calif., and a brother. Jeff Grant of Los Angeles, Calif."

1952 Greeley "A Greeley high teacher who taught and lectured in Thailand for 10 months found that land of free people anxious to extend education and to remain free from communism. By way of contrast the teacher, Mrs. Lynd LaMont, rounded out a year abroad with two months in the communist, but non-soviet, country of Yugoslavia. Mrs. LaMont returned earlier this month to Greeley and will teach English at Greeley school again this year.
Mrs. LaMont, who held a Fulbright fellowship in Thailand, taught English and lectured on .... It was the second time that Mrs. LaMont has taught abroad. The first stint was in Japan for one year during the occupation while her husband, W. H. LaMont, was stationed there. He is now with an American military aid advisory group in Yugoslavia, where Mrs. LaMont visited him. In Thailand, formerly called Siam, Mrs. LaMont taught English in the modern, highly cultured city of Bangkok and took part in teacher conferences in remote areas where roads are normally under a meter of water for most of the year. These conferences were in the dry but hottest months of April and May when temperature reached over 100 degrees accompanied by high humidity, In the conference group sponsored by the Thailand ministry of education were six headmasters from colleges at Bangkok, Mrs. LaMont, and an interpreter who was herself a professor at a pre-university school in Bangkok. Week-long meetings were held by the group at the capitals of the various Chongwats, or provinces with 600 to 1,000 persons attending each one. Teachers were eager to attend, altho most had to walk or to ride ponies to get to the center, Mrs. LaMont said. Highlighting this eagerness was the pony ride of a young woman teacher who came from the mountain region between north Thailand and Burma. She rode her Mongolian pony for three days along the pony trails, then caught a plane which took her to the provincial center at Tak. If she had not been able to fly, she would have had to ride another three days. The U. S. Information service sent films on American life, which were shown with the aid of a portable generator at the conferences. "The Thai were very eager to learn about Americans," Mrs. LaMont said. "Wherever I went they received me with the greatest of friendliness. The teachers were always people of intelligence and integrity." Nine-tenths of the rural teachers are men. Usually these conferences wire held at the wats, or Buddhist temples, as the only places large enough in the provincial centers of about 50,000 population each. The group on the tour usually rode on buses but sometimes loaded everything they had on ferries and went along the canals which fruit which grows there the year around, but the Thai do not care much for it. In contrast to the Thai, who felt free to talk on everything and anything, Mrs. LaMont found the Yugoslavs rather mistrustful. She never found people openly antagonistic towards Americans, she said. Instead, there was more a feeling of fear than of hatred, and many spoke with gratitude of American aid. She describes the off our own shores," Mrs. LaMont declared. On this sojourn abroad she flew to Thailand from San Francisco, yhen back by way of Europe and New York. While in Thailand she got to Malaya and spent considerable time at French Indo-China and the Burma border. She also stopped briefly at Lebanon on the way back, and spent a few days in Athens, Rome and Paris, "just as a tourist.""


Claude M. died April 6, 1992, and one source says he's buried in Crown Hill, Jefferson County.

Marion Joan Harmon- Wulfers 1932-2005 died in Livermore, California.
"MARIAN JOAN HARMON-WULFERS Of Livermore, passed away Friday, February 4, 2005. She was 72. Marian leaves behind two daughters, Cassandra Rhea Grauer of Auburn, Calif., and Claudia Rachelle Leeper of Livermore, and four grandchildren: Seth Elliott and Shane Albert Grauer of Auburn, Calif., and John "Samuel" and Madeline Rhea Leeper of Livermore. Marian is also survived by her sister, Linda Lea Somerville of Colorado Springs, and she was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Marion Harmon and Emma Lucia "Rheta" Harmon. Marian was raised on a farm in Greeley, Colorado, where riding and horse shows were her passions throughout childhood. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she earned an associate of arts degree. Her independent spirit and love of travel then lead her to the airlines and she became a stewardess for TWA. She met a handsome TWA co-pilot, Albert Norman Wulfers, and they were married April 1955. They moved to Santa Clara and later Los Gatos, where Marian raised her daughters. Marian was a founding member of the Ming Quong Service League in Los Gatos and was also president of the Peninsula Chapter TWA Clipped Wings, and somehow found time to be a Girl Scout leader and softball coach for her daughters. When Marian entered the work field, she became executive director for the Red Cross in Los Gatos and later director of volunteers for Santa Teresa Hospital in San Jose. She then owned a successful video store business for ten years in Fremont before she retired and moved to Livermore."

William George Harmon, born April 26, 1929, died Sept 3, 1993 in Carson City, Nevada.


Possible relatives

William J. Merritt, age 25, son of John R. Merritt and Minerva Harmon, married Anna M. Hilfiker, 21, born in Ringgold County, Iowa, daughter of Otto Hilfiker and Lusetta Schank, on June 24, 1904 in Ringgold County.

Thanks to granddaughter Shirley (Kramer) Starnes.

February 1900 "Mrs. J. Griffin and sister, Miss Mary Harmon, of Eckley were shopping in Yuma the fore part of the week."

Mary was the Eckley postmistress from March 7, 1888 to September 27, 1892.

Mary O. Harmon proved up a quarter in sections 27 and 34, 2N 46W - on the southwest corner of the town of Eckley - in 1896.

Mary O. Harmon, age 32, married C.L. Walker, 37 on February 27, 1901 in Lancaster County, Nebraska.

In 1910 Nebraska City, Carroll F. Walker is 48 - second marriage of nine years to Mary O, 42 (her first). They have John C. 8 born in NEbraska.
November 6, 1913 Wray Rattler
We received this week the following announcing the death of Mrs. Mary O. Walker who was known in Wray in the early days as Miss Mary Harmon; The remains of Mrs. Mary O. Walker, aged forty seven, who died at Nebraska City last Friday, was brought to Lincoln, Saturday evening. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a. m. Monday. Burial will be at Wyuka. (# 74860578)
Mrs. Walker leaves her husband, C. L. Walker and one son, aged twelve years and her mother, Mrs. M. C. Harmon of Lincoln and a sister, Mrs. Ida Baker of Lincoln. Mrs. Walker was formerly Miss Mary Harmon. She lived in Wray, Colo., thirty years ago and later was postmistress at Eckley, for several years before coming to Lincoln."

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