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David S. Manley, mother Hannah Elvira Manley,   Joes


David proved up on a quarter in 24, 5S 46W in 1898, and Hannah next to him in 1908.  Hannah's husband died in 1902, so she probably had David do the work on her claim.

1914 Idalia items "Dr. and Mrs. James Garcia visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Manley, who live near Tuttle, Sunday."

February 1916 "Mrs. Hannah Manley and Mrs. D.S. Manley visited at Geo. Idler's last Friday and Saturday."


September 1916      

"Grandma Manley is visiting her nephew, U.S. Clark, and family, this week."

April 13, 1933
Yuma Pioneer
Kirk Area News

David Stephen Manley, son of M.V.B. and Hannah E. Manley, was born at Oblong City, Crawford County, Illinois, March 24, 1866. He moved with his parents to Pawnee City, Nebraska, when he was 1 1/2 years of age, where he resided until 1882, when he moved to Furnas County, Nebraska. He was united in marriage to Isabella B. McNair at Pawnee City, Nebraska, November 21, 1889. To this union was born four sons and eight daughters -- Ralph, Arch and Elmer Manley, all of Kirk, Colorado, and Robert Earl Manley of Palisade, Colorado; Maude E. Idler, Mary Gilbert, Orpha Romkee, Elsie Knudsen, Ethel Garcia of Idalia, Colorado; Bernice Griffin of Natoma, Kansas; Carrie Bryan of Pasadena, California; and Christina Greener, who passed away October 1, 1931, at Pasadena, California.

Mr. Manley, with his wife and oldest daughter, Maud, moved to Colorado March 10, 1892, and settled on a homestead seven miles east of Kirk. He was in full vigor of manhood when he came to Colorado, and buoyed up by the companionship of a loving helpmate, he carved out of the west a modest home where he reared his twelve children. A man of rugged, unwavering honesty, frugal of habit and generous of mind, he lived his simple life without ostentation or show, taking down to the very brink of eternity the universal good will and respect of his fellowmen. His characteristics were of the pioneer type, courage and determination, far outweighing his physical strength in later years.

Besides his devoted wife and twelve children, he leaves to mourn his passing his mother, Mrs. H.E. Manley, 88 years of age of Edison, Nebraska; four brothers -- Samuel, of Beaver City, Nebraska; Richard and James, of Edison, Nebraska; and Phillip, of Ogden, Utah, who all were present at the funeral. Besides those already mentioned, he leaves thirty-six grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. His father, Martin Van Buren Manley, his daughter, Christina, two sisters, one brother and three grandchildren, preceded him in death.

Mr. Manley had been in failing health the past year, and was taken to a Denver hospital March 10, 1933, with the hope that something could be done for him. He passed away at 5:55 p.m., April 9, 1933, being at the time of his death 67 years and 16 days of age.

The deceased was a member of the M.W.A. Lodge for twenty-eight years. Penny Bros., of Burlington, who were in charge of the funeral arrangements, brought the remains down from Denver and out to the old family home where the immediate relatives gathered. Funeral services were held at the Zion Evangelical Church at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon of last week, Rev. A.D. Smith officiating. A double quartet from the Nazarene church furnished the music. Four brothers and two sons acted as pallbearers. The remains were laid to rest in the Kirk Cemetery.

The members of the local M.W.A. Lodge attended in full. Among the beautiful flowers contributed was a spray of roses, a community bouquet of carnations, a large bunch of roses from the Mothers Club of Idalia, and pink and white carnations from the M.W.A. members of the local chapter. The only near relative that was not able to come to Kirk to attend the funeral was a daughter, Mrs. J.A. Bryan, living at Pasadena, California. Those from far away who came to attend the funeral services were a niece, Mrs. T.W. Jones, and her husband; a nephew, Lester McNair; Dan and Gary Moser, Trenton, Nebraska; a brother-in-law and wife, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. McNair, Clayton, Kansas.

Obituary courtesy of the generous researchers for the Yuma County GenWeb site.

Isabella Barbara McNair was born June 19, 1869, at Heron Island, New Brunswick, Canada. She came to the United States with her parents when she was seven years old. The family first settled in Atchison County, Missouri, and later moved to southeastern Nebraska.

She was married November 21, 1889, to David Stephen Manley at Pawnee City, Nebraska. They moved to Kirk, Colorado, March 10, 1892, and made their home in Yuma County for forty-one years. Mr. Manley died in April, 1933.

Mrs. Manley went to Grand Junction August 22, 1934, and resided there until her death. She was active in the Church of Nazarene, serving on the Board and holding office in the Women's Foreign Missionary Society of the church.

Mrs. Manley had a wide circle of friends. She was a kind and devoted mother, a faithful Christian and had the good will and respect of all who knew her. Surviving her are seven daughters: Mrs. Maude Idler, Kirk; Mrs. Mary Gilbert, Grand Junction; Mrs. Ethel B. Garcia, Creede; Mrs. Carrie Bryan, Bellflower, California; Mrs. Bernice Griffin, Natoma, Kansas; Mrs. Orpha Romkee, Fruita; Mrs. Elsie Knudsen, Canon City; four sons, Robert Earl Manley, Clifton; Ralph Manley, Fruita; Archie Curry Manley, Provo, Utah; and Elmer Manley, Grand Junction; also forty-one grandchildren. One daughter, Christina Greener, died October 1, 1931.

Funeral services were held at the Martin Chapel, Grand Junction, with Rev. Lyle Prescott officiating. Burial was in the Orchard Mesa Cemetery.

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