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Bertha Flach, daughter Hulda Louise (Flach) and Hugh J. McCauley, Fox

In 1880 St. Louis Bertha Harnagel is 17, with parents Frd'k 48 and Louisa 45 Harnagel

Friedrich Wilhelm Flack married Bertha Harnagel Feb 4, 1882 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Hulda was born at Hollyrood, Kansas on March 28, 1890, the eldest of three.  Her father was the pastor and teacher in the Lutheran Church.

In 1900 Thayer County Nebraska, Frederick Flack (Flach) born December 1845 in Germany, immigrating in 1876, is married to Bertha, born January 1863 in Missouri.  They've had three kids, all living.  Hulda Mar 1890 Kansas, Arthur Jan 1894 Nebraska, and Hedwig April 1899 Nebraska.

In 1908 Hastings Bertha is "Wid Wm", living at 728 S. Minnesota Avenue.

In 1910 Hastings, Nebraska Bertha says she's married, but no spouse listed.  Hulda 20, is a worker in a laundry, , Arthur 16, Hedwig, 10, and a boarder are with her.

Bertha proved up 320 acres in 4, 9, and 10, 3S 46W, in 1916.

Hugh proved up 320 acres in 33, 2S 46W and 4 and 5, 3S 46W in 1916, adding another 80 acres Stock in 1920.  All of this land was contiguous.

In 1920 Hastings, Nebraska Bertha is widowed, and Arthur is a clerk in a shoe store.    Daughter Hattie, 21 is married to Cloyd Witcomb, 29.  Also with them is niece Marie McCallan, 9.

In 1930 Hastings Bertha is living with Fred Whitcomb, 39, Hedwig R. 30, Glendoris 9, Milton 3, and "lodger" Marie McCauley, 19.

In 1940 Bertha is still with the Whitcomb family, only Milton, 13 with them.

Bertha Susanna Flach, 1/30/1863 - 9/8/1940 is buried in Hastings CEM M 08 04

Friedrich Wilhelm Flach, 12/19/1845 - 2/22/1907  is buried in CEM M 08 05 - next to Bertha.

Hedwig Whitcomb 4/23/1899 - 2/3/1978 CEM North Park 6 3

Fred C. Whitcomb 1/30/1891 - 4/26/1978 CEM North Park 6 4

Hugh J. McCauley was born December 2, 1883 in Allentown Pennsylvania.  His father died when he was six, and Hugh moved with his family to an uncle's home near Esbon, Kansas.  He worked after three years of school, and as a streetcar conductor in Oakland, Clifornia.

Hugh and Hulda were married June 1, 1910 in Hastings, Nebraska.  They worked at Ingleside Mental Hospital for several years, then left their young daughter with Hulda's mother and came to Yuma County.

In 1912 Hulda McCauley was paid $24.00 per month as an attendant at the Ingleside hospital.

  West Yuma County History


Hugh's two uncles, Ed and Con McCoale, homesteaded joining the McCauley land.

October 1913 "Hugh McCauley had two carpenters, Art Howard and Ed M. Cole, a couple of days last week, improving his house."

Hugh J. McCauley registered in Yuma County, born Dec 17, 1884, nearest relative Hulda Louise McCauley.

In 1920 Mildred precinct Hugh is 36, born in Pennsylvania, parents born in Ireland.   Hulda  is 29, born in Kansas, and they have Marie 9, Susanna 6, Clarence 3, and Hugh ten months.  All four kids were born in Nebraska, so maybe Hulda was living back in Hastings ???

In 1930 Mildred precinct they have Susanna L., Clarance W., Hugh P, Pauline E. 8, and Arthur M. 5.

In 1940 Mildred precinct they have only Hugh 20 and Melvin 9.

 Hulda L. Flach McCauley,  daughter of Frederick and Bertha FLACH (Flack)
Married Hugh J McCAULEY in 1910 in Nebraska. Later she moved with her husband to eastern Colorado, returning home to Nebraska to give birth to each of her children, which included Marie Cathryn, Susanna Lucille, Clarence William, Hugh Patrick, Pauline Elaine, Arthur M, and Melvin E McCAULEY.

Hugh and Hulda retired to Fort Collins in 1949.  Hugh died in 1961 and Hulda in 1966. Both are buried in Hastings.


Loveland Reporter Herald
Sunday August 24, 2003 page D-3

Melvin E. McCauley of Loveland died Aug. 22, 2003, at his Loveland home. He was 72.
Mel was a loving and devoted husband, brother, grandfather and friend. Those who know and love him will miss him deeply.
Mel enjoyed his work and spending time with his family, especially cooking his famous meals for large crowds at the family cabin.
He was born Nov. 16, 1930, to Hugh J. McCauley and Hulda (Flach) McCauley on a homestead in Yuma County, Colo.
Mel married Barbara Ann Lorton on July 6, 1963, in Alamosa, Colo., before they came Loveland, where Mel lived for 30 years.
Mel and his wife recently celebrated 40 years of loving marriage. Their two children, Cheryl McCauley of Seattle and Rod McCauley of Loveland are grateful for the constant devotion Mel and Barb have shown to their family and each other.
Mel worked as a broker with The Group Inc. in Loveland. He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church and Big Thompson Kiwanis Club in Loveland. Mel also graduated from Fort Collins High School and Colorado State University.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara of Loveland; son, Rod McCauley and wife Julie of Loveland; daughter, Cheryl McCauley of Seattle; brothers Clarence CW McCauley and wife Juanita of Loveland, Hugh McCauley and wife Mae of Yuma and Art McCauley and wife Sara of Sun City Grande, Ariz.; sisters, Susanna Harrah of Loveland and Pauline Tribbett and husband Merrill of Yuma; and grandchildren, Josie and Arden McCauley of Loveland.
A sister, Marie Greinke, preceded him in death.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at Zion Lutheran Church in Loveland. Cremation has been conducted.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Larimer County in care of Allnutt Funeral Service.


As posted in the Reporter Herald newspaper. McCAULEY, Clarence W. ,
June 20, 1916-June 22, 2007
Funeral service 10 a.m., Friday, June 29, 2007, St. John?s Lutheran Church, Yuma, Colo. Interment Yuma Cemetery, Yuma, Colo. Memorials to New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch, P.O. Box 9, Boys Ranch, N.M., or charity of your choice. Baucke Funeral Home, Yuma, in charge of arrangements.

Publish date: 6/26/2007

Clarence W. McCAULEY was born on June 20, 1916, to Hugh J. and Hulda McCauley in Hastings, Neb. He was one of seven children. He passed away on June 22, 2007, just after his 91st birthday, at the Hillcrest Care Center in Wray, Colo.

Clarence was a baptized member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

Clarence attended school through the eighth grade. He begged his parents to move closer to Yuma, Colo., so that Hugh and Pauline could attend high school. They agreed; however, they put the responsibility of the two teenagers in Clarence's hands at the age of 19, as his parents remained on the homestead.

Clarence was in the Army for five years (January 1939-December 1945); at that time he was honorably discharged.

He was always ready to go wherever he was needed and serve his country. He became injured; therefore, he was not allowed to serve overseas during World War II. So he served at the McGuire Hospital in Virginia, caring for the wounded soldiers returning from overseas. During his posting at Camp McGuire, he assisted in renovating an older home into a hospital that helped care for those wounded soldiers.

After returning back home to Yuma County, Colo., Clarence married Mollie (Peggy) Eckas in January 1949 in Fort Collins, Colo. At that time Peggy already had three married children (Esther, Bernice and Harold) with families.

Then in 1954 they homesteaded in Yuma, Ariz., where he resourcefully developed the cactus- and mesquite-covered desert into productive agricultural land.

In March of 1969, Clarence and Peggy returned to his parents' homestead southeast of Yuma, near Mildred. In 1971, Clarence lost Peggy in a tragic single-vehicle accident.

In 1972, he married Juanita and became a dad to her four children (Jerry, Curtis,

Sheryl, Victor). He was a good dad to Juanita's children, helping to raise them as if they were his own.

Clarence will be remembered for having a kind and generous heart. He was always ready to lend a helping hand both physically and financially to anyone who needed it.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Hulda; first wife, Peggy; also by siblings Marie, Melvin and Pauline.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita; siblings, Susie, Hugh and Art; and all his kids and all those who he has touched and affected through his life.

The funeral service is being held on Friday, June 29, 2007, at 10 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yuma, Colo, with Pastor Allen Yount officiating. Baucke Funeral Home of Yuma is directing the service.

In lieu of flowers, Clarence's favorite charity was  The New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches,  P.O. Box 9, Boys Ranch, NM 87002-0009.


Marie McCauley married Arthur Greinke October 15, 1933 in Yuma.

In Hastings Parkview cemetery: Marie C. Greinke 12/19/1910 - 3/19/1999

Arthur E. Greinke 1/17/1913 - 2/6/1981


Pauline married Merrill Tribbett, and died in 2005.  Merrill's 2011 obituary "He was preceded in death by his wife Pauline and two sons, Kent and Deryl, his parents, a sister, Ardith, his two brothers, Glen Tribbett of Yuma and Nelson Tribbett of Oregon; brother-in-laws, Art Grienke of Hastings, Walter Harrah of Fort Collins, Larry Love of Denver, Perry Southwell of Denver, Melvin McCauley of Loveland, Art McCauley of Surprise AZ, Clarence McCauley of Loveland; sisters-in-law Marie Grienke of Hastings, Marion Tribbett of Newburg, OR and Marjorie McCauley of Yuma; and nephew Maurice Harrah of Mexico City."



Susanna "Susie" Harrah, 97, died peacefully in Loveland, Colo. on October 4, 2011. Susie, the second of seven children of Hugh and Hulda McCauley, was born in Hastings, Neb. and raised on a homestead 30 miles southeast of Yuma, Colo. The depression years were difficult but she enjoyed a close loving relationship with her siblings that endured throughout her life. She attended rural and Yuma schools and married Walter Harrah in 1933. They farmed, operated Phillips 66 filling stations in and near Ft. Morgan and eventually moved to Ft. Collins in 1941 where Walter worked for Markley Motors. He later owned and operated North College Auto Service until retirement. Susie was a bookkeeper for Ft. Collins Sheet Metal for 15 years. She was a long time member of St. Johns Lutheran Church, active as a Sunday school teacher, and member of the Ladies Aid Society.

Survivors include brother, Hugh McCauley of Yuma; son, Marvin Harrah and his wife Jane; grandchildren, Kathy Gambill, Scott Harrah, Jill Smith; five great grandchildren all of California; and many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 63 years, Walter Harrah; son, Maurice; sisters, Marie Greinke, Pauline Tribbett; brothers Clarence, Arthur, and Melvin McCauley.


27 Sep 1920 Central City, Merrick, NE
      Flach, Arthur       27 bp: Deshler, Nebr  res: Hastings            occ: Salesman
          Parents: William Flach & Bertah Harnagel
      Churchill, Eleanor              24 bp: Hastings, Nebr res: Hastings            occ: 
          Parents: George Churchill & Gertrude Locke
      Married by Thomas F. B. Smith, Min Gospel.  Witnesses: Mrs C. C. McEndree of Central City & Mrs T. F. B. Smith of Central City, Neb


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