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William and Clarissa (Himes) Terwilliger, Martin Terwilliger, Reuel and Ida (Terwilliger) Gerver, Brownsville

George T. and Ina (Gerver)(Hindman) McQuown, Yuma


In 1880 Fremont County, Iowa, George Terwilliger is 45, Clarissa 43, William 21, Perry 16, Albert 14, Estealla 10, Ora 6, Oscar 4, and Amy 2.

In 1900 Dundy County, Nebraska, William born November 1858 in Iowa, married eight years to Cassie Nov 1874 New York, have Iva Nov 1892, Martin A. March 1894, Clarence April 1895, Hazle August 1896, and Ora Jan 1898, all ikids born in Nebraska.

In 1910 Dundy County, Nebraska, William Terwilliger is farming, 52 born in Iowa, married 18 years to Catherine 35 New York. Martin A. 16, Clarence C. 14, Hazel C. 13, Aurora 12, Ine B. 9, Olive J. 6, Levie W. 3, and Wiley G. 2 were all born in Nebraska.

William proved up two quarters in 33 and 34, 1S 47W in 1918.

August 14, 1919 "Mr. and Mrs. William Terwilliger, of some eighteen miles southeast of Yuma, left for Stillwater, Oklahoma, on the afternoon train Tuesday, for a few weeks visit with relatives."

William Terwilliger 1858-1932 is buried in Rawlins County, Kansas # 77270141. So is C. A. Terwilliger 1874-1952 # 77270067.


In 1900 Red Willow County, Nebraska, "Rule" Gerver, born November 1887 in Nebraska, is with grandparents William R. Scarrow Dec 1829 England and his wife Sarah June 1830 Canada. Their daughter Hindman Feb 1868 Canada, with Grace Nov 1890, Rule, Agnace Feb 1889, and Ora Hindman January 1897 , all kids born in Nebraska. It looks like her two brothers are neighbors, Emil Scarrow Nov 1870 Canada and his family, then Fin Scarrow Feb 1875 Candaa and his wife.
(Finley Malcolm Scarrow 1875-1947 # 44815743 says they immigrated in 1878.)
In 1910 Cheyenne County, Jennie is 41, married to Jasper 45. His son Charlie is 16, Lottie 13, Davey 11, Roy 9, and Iva Hineman 13 born in Nebraska.
(Sarah Grace Krutsinger was born November 9, 1890, at Danbury, Nebraska. She was the youngest daughter of Wesley and Janet Gerver. Grace died July 28, 1987, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 96 years, 8 months and 19 days. Until her grandmother's demise, Grace lived with her grandmother from the age of six months. Grace joined the Danbury Methodist Church at the age of nine and later transferred her membership to the Parks Methodist Church. At the time of her death she was a member of the United Methodist Church at Benkelman. )

Charlie Powell is in Yuma County in 1920, 26, with Mabel 27, Mildred 5, Emma 4, Shirley 2, and Elmer nine months.
Charlie is a car salesman in Lamar Colorado in 1930 and 1940, and buried in Lamar are Charles 1893-1960 # 61891672 and Mabel 1892-1976.

Jennie Janet (Scarrow) Powell 1869-1952 buried in Saint Francis # 12572020 says she was married to William W. Gerver, Abraham L. Hindman, and Jasper W. Powell.

Yuma - February 12, 1915 "R. M. Gerver, of the Happyville district, was a Yuma visitor last Friday, shopping with our merchants. Mr. Gerver seemed to be in an unusual happy mood, and when pressed for the reason, fessed up, and said it was a girl, and that the little miss arrived Wednesday, February 8."

Reuel M. Gerver cash-claimed a quarter in 2, 2S 47W in 1917, two miles north of Martin's claim.
His witnesses were Albert Highland, Norman Silvers, Cleve Mason, and Charles Miller, all of Happyville.

In 1920 Yuma County, Revel M. Gerver is farming, 31, with Iva C. 27, Loretta Fay 9, Irvin W., Agnes G. 4, and Iva E. 1. The last two were born in Colorado, all the others in Nebraska.

March 2, 1922 "Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Gerver and the latter's mother, Mrs. William Terwilliger, left on the afternoon train yesterday, bound for Parks, Nebraska, for a few days stay."
They returned March 16.

March 23, 1922 the Yuma County commissioners paid Ritchey Hardware Company $23,75 for a casket for the R. M. Gerver child
This must be the Reual Gerver dying 1922 buried in Yuma # 49997188.
Next to it is an Infant Gerver buried in 1916.

February 15, 1923 "For sale - Plenty of baled prairie and alfalfa hay - R. M. Gerver - phone 173B.

In 1925 they're in Jaqua precinct, Cheyenne County, Kansas - about 30 miles east of their Yuma County claim. Reuel is 37, Iva 30, Loretta ?, Irvin W. 12, Agnes J. 10, Iva E. 6, and Velma M.?
In 1930 they're in Cheyenne County, Kansas, with Ervin 17, Agnes J. 15, Iva E. 11, and have added Velma M. 6 and Wayne L. 3 both born in Kansas.

In 1940 Cheyenne County, Jennie Powell is 70, widowed, born in Canada, with son Rule Gerver 53, Iva C. 45, Velma M. 16, WSayne A. 13, and Iola L. 8.

Iva 1892-1980 is buried in Saint Francis, Kansas # 126817564, with Reuel M. 1887-1964.

Reul M. Gerver, known to his friends as "Pat," the son of Wesley and Jennie Gerver, was born in Danbury, Neb., September 28, 1887. He passed away at his home in St. Francis on December 12, 1964, at the age of 77 years, two months and 14 days. He spent his early life around Danbury, Nebraska, and Atwood, Kansas. When he was eight years old, he lived with Sandy Powell for two years. From there he went to Atwood, Kansas, and lived with Billy Kendall for eight years.

On July 2, 1909, he was united in marriage to Iva Clarissa Terwilleger. To this union 13 children were born. They are: Faye, Ervin, Agnes, Iva, Reuel, Velna Wayne and Vola. The others died in infancy. Little Reuel died at the age of 11 months and 22 days. Iva Elizabeth passed away June 1, 1943. He had three sisters, Mrs. Grace Krutsinger of Parks, Nebr., Mrs. Ivan McGowan, (THIS IS IVA MCQUOWN) Denver, Colorado, and Mrs. Agnes Smart, Rothwell, Canada, who passed away in March, 1952.

His father passed away in March, 1912, and his mother into Christ December 1, 1955.

Brother Gerver was baptized into Christ December 1, 195?. He and sister Gerver attended Wednesday evening worship, December 9, and he worded the opening prayer. One of the expressions that those of us who worshiped with him will remember that he used regularly was: “Give us strength to do Thy will.”

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Iva; two sons, Ervin of McCook, Nebr., and Wayne of Bird City, Kansas; four daughters, Mrs. Fay Cline, Victorville, California, Mrs. Agnes Carson, St. Francis, Kansas, Mrs. Velma Newman, Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Vola Fenner, Goodland, Kan.; 27 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His grandchildren and great grandchildren called him "Grand Dad." He lived in and around St. Francis about 40 years.

The pallbearers were all grandsons, Martin and Bill Cecil, Eugene Gerver, Steven Fenner, Norvin, Eddie, Glenn and Gary Carson.

The singers were Jim and Marilyn Flick, grandchildren of Pat, Willis Burr, Junior Breninger, Norma McCall, Doris Richards and Mrs. Thomas Bankhead.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1991

Wayne Laverne Gerver 1926-1997 is buried in Bird City, Kansas, # 116123838, with Patty Ann (Oster) Gerver 1946-2014.
"Patty Ann Oster was born April 26, 1929, in Cheyenne County, Kansas, to Bill and Ruby Oster. She died on Jan. 21, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Village in St. Francis, Kansas, at the age of 84. She attended elementary and high school in St. Francis. She married the love of her life, Wayne Gerver, on June 23, 1946. Two children were born to this union. Their daughter, Deanna, was born in 1949 and their son, Raymond, was born in 1952. "

On that eastern Colorado homestead, we lived on the prairie surrounded by grass, sagebrush and soapweeds. Our home was a one-room shack covered with tar paper, and we had a barn, and a chicken house made of wire and straw. We also had a windmill which my dad climbed to turn the blades so we could have fresh water when the wind didn't blow.

When we went anywhere it was by wagon or on horseback. To visit my grandparents, who lived a couple of miles away, my mother rode a horse with me and my brother behind her and my baby sister in front.

One day in winter we were helping my dad gather cow chips when our neighbor came by and stopped to help us. It was cloudy and stormy. He told us to put all our bedding, food and anything that would freeze in the wagon and come to his house because a bad storm was coming. His house was a dugout built in a bank - and warm.

It snowed so much the men had to tunnel thru it to the barn to care for the animals and milk the cows. We were eating beans, mostly, for days before the men could get to town for supplies-a trip which took them a couple of days.

Had we stayed in our tar-paper shack we would have frozen!

Mrs. Luretta Fay Cline
Victorville, California
1955 Cappers Weekly
Born: Apr 25, 1910 Died: Feb 24, 1989

Agnes Jennett Carson, 90, Louisburg. formerly of St. Francis, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2005. Mrs. Carson was born Agnes Jennett Gerver on Feb. 3, 1915, in Yuma, Colo. She was a school cook. Her husband, Harry Robert Carson, died in 1970.

Survivors include four sons, Norvin of Tulare, California, Ed of Bird City, Glenn of Sun City Ariz., and Gary of York. Neb.; three daughters, Clara Musselman of Burleson, Texas, Marilyn Flick of Tucson, Arizona, and Viola Brock of Louisburg: a sister, Vola Fenner of Goodland; 27 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Church of Christ, St. Francis. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery

Velma M. Newman 1924-1981 is buried in Benkelman, Nebraska, # 75865309, with Alvin P. "Bill" Newman 1915-2001.

November 1945 - Amarillo, Texas " Mr. and Mrs. Bill Newman, have moved here from Benkelman, Neb. Mr. Newman is with the Santa Fe and they live at 1309 Pierce." - this was when Bill was married to Ruth -1938-1952

November 15, 1938 - Greeley, Colorado
"Marriage licenses have been issued to: Forrest D. Westman, of Pierce and Iva Gerver of St. Francis, Kansas."
Forrest: Roselawn Cemetery Birth: 16 March 1914 Death: 29 August 1979.

In 1971 Forrest was living at Bellevue, Colorado

Iva (Gerver) Westman 1918-1943 is buried in Fort Collins # 51071190.
June 13, 1943 "Mrs. F. D. Westman, 24, of St. Francis, Kansas, died tonight in the County Hospital of injuries suffered in a grade crossing accident. Her husband, who said he failed to see the train, was reported not seriously injured. Their automobile was struck tonight by a Colorado and Southern train six miles northeast of Fort Collins. Westman had been working as a farm laborer around..."

"A grade crossing accident six miles northeast of Fort Collins late yesterday resulted in fatal Injuries to Mrs. F. D. Westman, 24, of St. Francis. Kansas. Hcr husband, with whom she was driving to visit relatives at Pierce, Colorado, suffered minor injuries when the car and a Colorado and Southern freight train collided. F. D. Westman of St. Francis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Westman of five miles west of Pierce. There are several brothers in the Pierce community, some now serving in the armed forces. "

Forrest Douglas Westman 1914-1979 is buried in Fort Collins - but a different cemetery - # 51639787.

Ervin W. Gerver, 89, died Monday (October 8, 2001) at Hillcrest Nursing Home.

He was born July 6, 1912, at Champion to Ruel Martin and Iva Clarise (Terwilliger) Gerver.

On Nov. 27, 1933, he married Dorothy J. Toohey at St. Francis, Kan. In 1951, they moved to McCook. He worked for the Department of Roads for 25 years, retiring in 1975.

He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two daughters, Clara Ruth and JoAnn.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of McCook; one son, Gene Gerver and wife, Joan, of McCook; daughter, Alice J. O'Dea and husband, Patrick of North Platte; two sisters, Agnes Carson of York, and Vola Fenner and husband, Albert of Goodland, Kan.; nine grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.


George T. McQuown - January 5, 1862-January 17, 1893 is buried in Hiawatha Cemetery, Dundy County, Nebraska # 75332717.

In 1900 Dundy County, Nebraska, Lewis B. Ruggles born March 1861 in Iowa, married four years to Martha M. August 1873 Illinois, have May B. May 1899 Nebraska. Martha's sons James D. McQuown March 1891 and George T. July 1893, both Nebraska, are with them.
Martha M. Ruggles 1872-1903 is buried in Dundy County, too # 75342958 - one post said she died in childbirth.
May Ruggles married Perry C. Brown, a carpenter, and they're in Perkins County, Nebraska in 1920. Perry 1890-1968 # 27886503 and May Belle 1899-1979 # 27886512 are buried in Olathe, Colorado.

Lillie May Schreiber, of Meeker, Coloorado, born May 20, 1920, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007.
Lillie was the third of six children born to Perry C. Brown and May Belle Ruggles Brown in Grant, Neb. The family moved to Wray, Colo. when she was 7-years-old. She was a graduate of Olathe High School.

Lillie lived and worked in Montrose most of her adult life, mostly at JC Penny’s. She retired at age 70.

She was affiliated and active in the First Church of Nazarene until moving to Meeker to be near her daughter. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and they often stayed at her home for days or weeks at a time.

Her pastimes were helping others, embroidering, refinishing old, worn-out furniture and giving the pieces new life. Her favorite pastime was ironing which she always said relaxed her after a hard days work.

Lillie had a way of drawing people to her. She listened and loved.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings Lewis Brown, Lois Fortner, Leonard Brown, Loren Dean Brown, and Lorna Chinery; her daughter Marylin Bertch and her son Ronald Garrison.

She is survived by her daughter, Lois Ann and husband Rusty Roberts; her grandsons: James and wife Crystal Roberts; Kurt Knifer; Brian Garrison and Perry Garrison; and a granddaughter, Lainie Garrison. She is also survived by great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, all of whom will carry her memory in their hearts.

She is also leaving many children by heart: Joe and wife Mary Schreiber; Rose Ellen McUne; Sherry Kitsmiller; Marty Lenard; Mary Jean Maedche and Nancy Machacek. She blessed our lives and we will miss her.

Grave side services will be held Monday, Oct. 15, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Olathe Cemetery, in Olathe, Colo. ----------------------------------------------------

Lewis I. Brown, 89, Yakima, died Saturday, March 25, 2006, at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Yuma County, Colorado on June 10, 1916 to Perry Brown and May Belle (Ruggles) Brown. He was raised and educated in Colorado and moved from Colorado to Yakima in 1950. Lewis worked for Floyd Warrior Orchards for 27 years.

He was an active member of the East Valley Reformed Church. His hobbies included growing his vegetable garden and flowers, especially his beautiful peonies. He was also a very skilled wood worker.

Lewis Brown is survived by his wife, Jewell Brown of Yakima; two daughters, Joyce Wright and her husband, Les of Yakima and Sharon Schut and her husband, Dennis of Moxee; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Lillie Schrieber of Meeker, CO.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leon Brown and Leonard Brown and two sisters, Lois Fortner and Lorna Chinery, as well as his parents.


Lorna B. Chinery 1935-2001 is buried in Olateh # 27887095, with Marion "Bud" Chinery 1930-1993..

Loren Dean Brown 1931- 1935 is buried in Olathe, # 27886477.

Leonard C. Brown 1922-1993 is buried in Olathe # 27886453.

James D. McQuown 1891-1965 is buried in Lincoln, Nebraska, # 20856015.

May 1, 1919
In 1920 Chase County, Nebraska, George T. is farming, 25, married to Iva E. 22, with George G. 4.
February 1927 "The stork left a son at the home at home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo McQuown February 12.
In 1930 Yuma, on North Albany Street, George McQuown is a truck driver, 35, Iva E. 33, with George G. 14, Albert R. 11, Marvin C. 8, Melvin D. 5, and Rolland D. 3, the last two born in Colorado.

April 28, 1932
May 19, 1932
Next week they were sentenced to an indeterminable term in the boys' reformatory at Golden.

1935 Marvin McQuown suffered a broken elbow when he fell from a barrel and struck a rock at the family home in north Yuma.

In 1935 the Yuma paper said that Maggie and Red McQuown as the loudest rooters for the softball team. "Everyone else in the stands might just as well have closed up like clams when this pair took opposite sides and began excersing their vocal chords."
In 1938 Albert McQuown was sentenced to sixty days in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to a charge of appropriating a car to his own use without the consent of the owner."

March 30, 1939
The next week "Albert McQuown, Yuma youth who plead gulty, was sentenced to the reformatory at Buena Vista.

May 15, 1941

George Thomas McQuown registered for WWII in Denver, born July 23, 1892 at Imperial, Nebraska, working for the WPA.

In 1965 George T. and Iva live at 654 Pearl, Denver. He's a drain layer for Belmont Plumbing. Melvin D. (MMary) is a drive for City Iron, living at 1390 Newton.

Marvin McQuown October 30, 1923-1958 is buried in Fort Logan # 36081774,
SSDI has Melvin D. McQuown was born Oct 10, 1923 at Yuma to George McQuown and Iva Powell, died Dec 7, 1999.
"Melvin D. McQuown of Commerce City, a retired truck driver, died Tuesday December 1999. He was 75. Services will be at 9 a.m. today at Olinger Magnolia Mortuary Chapel, 6601 E. Colfax Ave. Interment will be in East Lawn Cemetery. He was born Oct. 10, 1924, in Yuma. In May 1947, he married Mary I. Woody. He is survived by two sons, Melvin D. Jr., Brighton, and James T., Commerce City. "
"Mary I. McQuown. Commerce City, Adams County, Colorado. Born: May 4, 1920. Died: October 9, 1992"

One obituary index has Rolland Dale McQuown dying March 29, 2009 at Louisville, Kentucky, spouse Opal, siblings Albert, Joe, Melvin, Mike and George.

The Denver Post published an obituary for Albert "Tex" McQuown Born 2/3/20, passed away 5/27/09. Survived by George McQuown. No Services.
One post says "George T. McQuown was born 23 July 1892 and died in October 1964 at age 72. He married circa 1915 Iva E. [--?--] who was born circa 1896, and they had children George G., born circa 1916; Albert R., born circa 1918; Marvin C., born circa 1922; Melvin D., born 10 October 1924 and died 7 December 1999 at age 75 in Colorado; and Rolland D. "
In 1937 Denver, Geo T (Iva) is a driver, living at 1224 22nd, With them is Geo G. a laborer.

In 1959 Denver, Geo T. (Iva E.) is a grain layer, and they live at 654 Pearl. Joe D. (Zella W.) is a plumber, and they live at 1649 S. Wolcott Ct.
Melvin (Mary) is a service man at Silver Tire, and they live at 1522 Federal Blvd.

SSDI has George T. born July 23, 1892, dying October 1964.

"Joe D. McQuown. Denver, Adams County, Colorado. See Details ›. Born: November 17, 1931. Died: April 9, 2008. "


Martin Avery Terwilliger registered for WWI with a Happyville, Colorado address, born May 15, 1894 at Champion, Nebraska, single, farming.

Martin proved up a quarter in 14, 2S 47W in 1919 - just across the road from Brownsville.

In 1925 Greeley County, Kansas, William is 66, Catherine 50, William 31, Clarence 29, Levi 18, Avery 17, Rachael 15, and Henry 13.

In 1930 William, 72, Catherine A. 54, Avery M. 36, and Levi W. 23 are farming together in Hitcock County, Nebraska.

January 18, 1918 "Mr. and Mrs. John Ahrens came in from Chase County, Nebraska on the early train last Friday for a visit with the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Terwilliger, some seventeen miles south of Yuma."

In 1920 John P. F. is farming in Chase County, 25, with Ora C. 21.

Ora is buried in Imperial, Nebraska, # 75080522.
June 26, 1924

John Fremand Ahrens is also buried there 1894-1978, with Ruth Marie (Roller) Ahresn 1898-1982.
The cemetery listing says that they married August 6, 1925.

June 23, 1955 "Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Terwilliger were Saturday evening and Sunday guests at the Harry Salvador home."

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