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Walter Lee and Helen (Hamilton) Moore, Perry Otto and Minnie May (Hensley) Moore, Fox

In 1900 Decatur County, Iowa Byron F. Hamilton, born Feb 1862 in Iowa, and Rosa V. August 1865 Iowa, have Helen V. Feb 1889 and Samuel G. Oct 1892, both born in Iowa.

Also in Decatur County in 1900 are William A. Moore Aug 1862 and Ellen V. Nov 1862, with Grace O, Aug 1886, Walter L. Feb 1888, Perry O., Feb 1892, Hazel L. Sep 1894, and Violet F. Apr 1898 - all born in Iowa.

William Albert Moore was born in Fulton county, Indiana, Aug. 31,1862, and passed away at his home in Leon, Iowa, April 9 1934.
When a small child he came to Decatur county with his parents locating in what came to be known as the New Salem community. On Mar 8 1885 he married Miss Ellen V. Campbell and to this union six children were born, two of whom preceded him in death. Effa V. who died when but one year old and Grace Olive who passed away Dec 5, 1913. Those who survive him are Walter L Moore of Wray Co., Perry O. Moore of Toledo, Oregon, two sisters, Hazel and Fern Bullinger all of whom were present except Perry O.
His wife and companion passed away Sept 12, 1916. He then moved to Leon in 1918. He was married Mrs. Laura Ellen F? who passed away Aug 29 1933.
He died Monday, April 9 1934 leaving to mourn his four children, sixteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. Three brothers, Milo of Winner S.D., who was present, George of S.D., Thomas of Omega, Oklahoma and one sister Mrs. Tina Hall of Muldrow, OK.
Funeral services were from the New Salem Baptist church Thursday. Interment was in the New Salem Cemetery.

Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, March 8, l923

ROSA VARGA, daughter of FRANCIS and MARY VARGA, was born in Leon, Iowa, August 7, l865. Died at her home in Leon, February 25, l923, aged 57 years, 6 months and l8 days.

With indulgent parents, her girlhood days were sunshine and free from care. A favorite with her associates, her school days were as a cloudless sky.

She united with the Presbyterian Church of Leon, April 8, l886, remaining a member thereof to the close of life.
She united in marriage with BYRON F. HAMILTON, October l3, l887. To this union were born three children, HELEN MOORE, of Mildred, Colorado; SAMUEL HAMILTON, and RUTH HAMILTON, both of Leon. She is survived by her husband, three children, a brother and four sisters, whose hearts will echo the wail, "Oh, for the touch of a hand that has vanished; the sound of a voice that is still."

The funeral service was held from the Presbyterian Church, Wednesday afternoon, February 28th, conducted by E.A. Place. Interment was in the Leon Cemetery.

CARD -- We desire to thank the friends and neighbors who helped us and expressed their sympathy in the hour of our sorrow at the death of our wife and mother.



In 1910 Decatur County, Iowa Walter L. is 22, Helen V. 21, married two years.  They have year-old Helen V.

Helen Viola Moore - 1909 -1912 - is buried in Glendale. 79958293

In 1913 the Leon Iowa alumna list included HAMILTON, MRS. HELEN MOORE, 06, housewife, Mildred, Colorado.

 Walter proved up on two quarters in 12, 3S 46W and 7, 3S 45W in 1915.

In 1916 "STRAYED - From Walter Moore's 3 miles south and one mile east of Mildred, 6 head of cattle - a reward of $30.00 will be given for their return to the Kortz ranch 7 miles west of Idalia.  H.L. Kortz." 

Both owned that land in 1922, and the Mildred post office was at the residence of Walter in the southeast of 7, 3S 45W.

In 1920 Mildred precinct Walter L is 32, Helen 31, both born in Iowa.  Earl is 8, born in Iowa, Marie 6, Beryl 3, and Irene 1 - the last three in Colorado.

In 1930 they're in Scott County, Kansas - Walter is a farm laborer.  They have W. Carl 18, R. Marie 16, Buyrl L. 13, Irene P. 12, Ruby D. 9, Ruey L. 8, all but Carl born in Colorado,.  Also with them is Byron D. Hamilton, father-in-law, 68, widowed, born in Iowa.

Elzie Newton, 21, married Rosa Moore, 19 in Wray December 14, 1932. (Elzie Newton was working for Frank Shively in 1930)  In 1940 Elzie C., 29 is a common laborer for the WPA, and he and Marea M. live on Franklin Street in Wray.. In 1960 Cheyenne, Wyoming he's an engineer for DePaul Hospital.  SSDI has Elzie born Feb 4, 1911 dying April 18, 1992, last residence Cheyenne.

Earl Moore, 21, married Olive Eastin, 19, in Wray December 22, 1932.

In 1940 Walter and Helen are back in Mildred precinct, with only Ruby F. 19 with them.

Wm Earl Moore 28 and Olive V. 26 are in Kirk precinct in 1940, with Wanda E. 6 and P. Ray 3.

Rosa Varga married Byron Hamilton, one of four brothers whose parents had come to the U.S. from France. Rosa and Byron had two girls, Helen and Ruth, and one son, Samuel. Byron was a barber in Leon until he retired. Samuel was a barber in Leon, Iowa, and Gillette, Wyo., until he retired. Samuel had two boys and one girl.

Ruth (Hamilton) Peters had no children and worked for a movie company in Los Angeles, Calif., until she retired. Helen (Hamilton) and Walter Moore were married March 18, 1908, and in April, 1912, started a new life 500 miles away from family and friends on a homestead at Mildred, Colo., with two small children in a two-room cement block house with a dirt floor, a small shed for six horses and a hand pump 100 feet from house, with one stove to cook on and to heat with, using cow chips and very little coal at times.

There were no doctors nearby. Dr. Worth was 18 miles away in Vernon. He traveled by team and buggy to homes but couldn't get to everyone soon enough. A lot of small children died of diphtheria, scarlet fever, measles and pneumonia during and just before World War I, several young homesteaders died with typhoid fever, etc. Some just couldn't stand any more hardship and started to leave by train or many by team and wagon with all their possessions. Very few new folks took over their places. Sooner or later they too left. The small fields soon went back to grass.

By 1918 a few of the homesteaders were buying cars for around $500. With speed-up in travel, the folks who had cars would go as far as Wray at least once a month for groceries and supplies. They would get supplies for neighbors who didn't have a car.

In the early 1920s families had children old enough to help with the work and that gave the families time for some recreation, such as baseball, horse races and some small rodeos.

About everyone was adding more rooms to their homes. When that happened, they would have a dance before anything was moved in. The enjoyment of dances gave folks a new trend. Homes with one or two extra rooms would occasionally move the furniture out and have a dance. There were several families all over that were musicians, such as the Brunswick's, Jim Knudson, Hank Dilka and Harve Crouse. They put corn meal on the floor to make it slippery.

I think growing up on a homestead is the best lesson anyone could ever have. It taught one to love, respect and help your neighbor. Family love is more grateful and it taught you how to survive hardships as well as plan for the future.

My mother (Helen) and father's (Walter) first priority was their love for each other as well as for us six living children, their 17 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Mother saw to it that we had plenty to eat (sometimes it wasn't a big variety), kept our clothes ironed and washed by hand on a washboard until her knuckles would bleed, but I never heard her complain. Mother and father both taught us to get as much education as possible, never steal or tell lies. Father always told us to do anything we wanted to if it was enjoyable, as long as it never hurt someone.

If hard luck came to anyone, mother would cry but never said a word. The only time I ever saw dad cry was when mother was killed. Marea (Moore) Newton died March 18, 1986, after a long illness.

All of us lived a life that was very pleasing to our folks, and all are thankful for their teaching.

by Earl Moore

March 1958  Mr. and Mrs. Walter Moore of Evans will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary at an open house Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 o'clock at the Evans Town hall. Friends and relatives are invited to attend. Walter Moore and Helen Hamilton were married March 18, 1908 at the Presbyterian parsonage at Leon, Iowa. He was engaged in farming and Mrs. Moore taught  school. They moved to Colorado in the spring of 1912 and homesteaded at Mildred. Moore farmed and was the ranching business. The couple also had charge of the Mildred post office for 10 years. The Moores moved to the Evans community in August, 1947 and have resided there since. They have six children, Earl Moore and Mrs. Ruey Vaughn, both of Denver, Mrs. Marea Newton of Cheyenne, Beryl Moore of  Ontario, Calif., Mrs. Irene Carnahan of Idaho Springs and Mrs. Ruby Keefer of Evans. The couple also has 17 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

1959 Greeley

Christmas guests of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Keefer and sons of Rt. 1, Kersey, were Mr. and Mrs. William Keefer of Kersey, Mr. and Mrs. William Moore of Greeley, Mr. and Mrs. Elzie Newton of Cheyenne, Wyo., Mr. and Mrs. Clark Carnahan and family of Idaho Springs, Idaho, and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Vaughn and family of Denver. 

SSDI has Walter dying August 1973, Helen July 1973,  last residence Greeley, Colorado.  One tree said Helen died in Yuma.  Another says he died August 31, 1973, and is buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Greeley.

Greeley Daily Tribune - September 1, 1973

Walter L. Moore of south west of Greeley. Father of Mrs. Irene Carnahan of Evans, Mrs. Ruby Keefer of Kuner, Earl Moore of Denver, Mrs. Marea Newton of Cheyenne, Beryl Moore of Upland, Calif., and Mrs. Ruey Vaughn of Englewood, Colo. Brother of Perry Moore of Oregon. Services 1:00 p.m. Wednesday from the Drawing Room. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens.

The tree also says Beryl Lee Moore was born May 12, 1916, married Katie May Troupe in 1946 in Greeley, died July 2, 1996 in Evans, and is buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

November 1956  "A DECADE AGO"  Greeley  Miss Katie Troupe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Troupe of 429 Seventh street, and Beryl Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Moore of Wray, were wed recently at St.. John's Lutheran church. The couple will reside at the municipal airport of which Moore is manager.

1951  Mrs. Beryl Moore of Upland, Calif., left for her home Tuesday after visiting for a. week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Troupe, of 429 Seventh street. She also visited a sister, Mrs. Paul Jones, and a brother, Dun Troupe.

Ruby F. Keefer, 82, of Kersey, Colorado, died Sunday, October 20, 2002, at Life Care Center. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 23, 2002, at Allnutt Funeral Service/Macy Chapel. Interment will be at Linn Grove Cemetery, Greeley, Colorado. Ruby was born June 23, 1920 in Mildred, Colorado to Walter Lee and Helen V. (Hamilton) Moore. She married Loren Keefer on September 18, 1948 in Fort Collins, Colorado. He died on August 20, 1998. She had lived in the Greeley and Evans area and had lived in Kersey since 1957 and moved back to Greeley to the Life Care Center for the last 4 years. She attended school in the Mildred Vernon area. She and her husband ran a garage and general store in Kuner from 1957 through the mid 1960's. She then became a secretary and bookkeeper for various companies in Greeley including Roger's Automotive and Empire Gas. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting. She is survived by her sons, Gary Keefer and his wife Carol of Wiggins, CO, Bill Keefer and his wife Carolyn of Greeley, CO, and Mark Keefer of Kersey, CO; sisters, Irene Carnahan of Evans, CO and Ruey Vaughn of Castle Rock, CO; and 2 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Her parents, husband, 2 brothers and 1 sister preceded her.  65225591

And Mildred Louise, born and died in 1923 - is in Glendale  79958343.

Irene P. Carnahan, 94, of Evans, died March 10, 2012 at Kenton Manor. She was born February 9, 1918 to Walter and Helen (Hamilton) Moore in Mildred, Colorado.

Irene married Clark W. Carnahan in 1936 in Wray, Colorado. Clark died in 1977.

Irene was a Nurse's Aide for Weld County Nursing Home and then worked at Kodak in Windsor. She enjoyed playing cards.

Irene is survived by two daughters, Elaine (Dick) Barber of Greeley and Linda (Steve) Williams of Winter Park, Colorado, a son, Lyle (Pam) Carnahan of Greeley, 13 Grandkids, 26 Great-Grandchildren and 11 Great-Great-Grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Vernon Carnahan, daughter-in-law, Linda and numerous siblings.

Funeral service 2:00 p.m. Monday at Stoddard Funeral Home. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens.

June 23, 1977  Greeley Daily Tribune, Colorado

Clark Weldon Carnahan of 2200 37th St., .No. 73, Evans. Husband of Irene Carnahan;   father of Vernon Carnahan of Granby, Mrs. Richard (Elaine) Barber of Greeley, Mrs. David C. (Linda) Seay of Denver, and Lyle Carnahan of Greeley; son of Mrs. Vera Carnahan of Sterling; brother of Mrs. Dean Resler, Sterling and  Mrs. Robert Hoch of Sweden. Also survived by 12 grandchildren. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday from Adamson Memorial Chapel. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens.


In 1910 Vernon precinct Minnie Hensley is 14, born in Missouri, with James and Mary - Siblings are Erle 18, Fred 16, and twin Jennie June 14.  (Jennie married Berman Wheeler)

November 6, 1913 "Marriage license was issued November 3 to Perry Moore and Miss Minnie Hensley, both parties living near Mildred."

Perry Moore proved up a quarter in 7, 3S 45W in 1918, and added 80 acres in 12, 3S 46W in 1919.

Perry Otto Moore registered in Yuma County, born Feb 20, 1891 in Leon, Iowa, and was married with two children.

In 1920 Mildred precinct Perry is 28, born in Iowa.  Minnie is 24, Missouri, with Iris 5, Reva 3 and Wilma - one month - all three born in Colorado.

In 1930 they're in Lincoln County, Oregon, added Verlen B. 7, born in Colorado.

In 1940 Perry is a "placer feeder" in Lincoln County, and only "Berlan" is with them - he's 17, in high school.

Perry Otto Moore - Feb 20, 1892 -Oct 29, 1975 and Minnie May Hensley Moore 1894-1963 are buried in Lebanon, Oregon.



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