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Samuel and Cora Palmer, sons Lyle, Ivan, sister Ida (Palmer) Watson, sister Mattie (Palmer) Cecil, sister Adah (Palmer) Merritt, sister Margaret (Palmer) Cross , Joes

In 1880 Smith County, Kansas, Joseph and Rebecca Palmer are both 41, Ida J. 18, Margeret E. 14, Chas. M.C. 9, Martha 7, Edmomnd 6, William A. 5, Adah M. 4, and Samuel M. 2.

In 1885 Furnas County, Nebraska, Joseph Palmer is 45, Rebecca 45, Margaret 18, Martha 13, Edward 12, William 9, Ada 8, Marion 7, Aron 4, and Nina J. 2.
Rebecca 1839-1910 is buried in Furnas County # 6999643.

In 1900 Furnas County, Nebraska, Samuel Palmer, born March 1878, is just married to Cora B. April 1881 Nebraska. Frank Cecil, nephew, born Feb 1892, is living with them.

In 1910 Decatur County, Kansas, Samuel M. Palmer 32 is farming, with Cora B. 29. They have Ralph O. 9, Leslie L. 7, and Lawrence I. 2.
He registered for WWI with a DeNova address in Washington County, Colorado, born March 3, 1878 married to Cora Bell Palmer.

In 1920 Samuel is farming in Washington County, Colorado, 41, Iowa, with Cora 38 Nebraska. Ralph Orville 19, Leslie Lyle 17, and Laurence Ivan 11 were born in Nebraska.
In 1925 Denver, Cora B. (Widow of Saml) is living at 611 20th.

Cora Belle Palmer and Samuel M. Palmer divorced in Yuma County in 1926.

1928 "Sam Palmer was moved here (Joes) from Yuma recently. He is now at the home of his son Lyle. Mrs. Irene Cross, who had been helping are for him in Yuma, is also here. Mr. Palmer is still unable to get about alone."

May 10, 1928 "Mrs. Sarah Palmer and daughter Ida Ingram?? of Wilsonville, Nebraska, are visiting at the George Cross home."

Irene M. Cross and George W. Cross divorced in Yuma County in 1929.
Irene Cross married S. M. Palmer May 28, 1929, recorded in Yuma County.
June 1931 "George Cross visited a dentist in Yuma Saturday. His children, Twyila and Wayne, accompanied him to town and were dinner guests at the home of their aunt, Mrs. Nora Follon."

October 12, 1933 "Mrs. Ivan Palmer and two small children of Wilsonville, Nebraska has been spending some time with her mother, Mrs. Mary Henry."
January 21, 1937 "Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Palmer and three children of Wilsonville, Nebraska, are here visiting with her mother, Mrs. Mary Henry. Mrs. Palmer was formerly Miss Nellie Henry and attended the Joes high school.""

Samuel Marion Palmer 1878-1952 is buried in Cope # 159064558.
1954 Joes "Irene Palmer of Denver is spending a few days visiting her son Wayne."

March 13, 1958, high winds blew down two huge cottonwood trees at the home of Mrs. Irene Palmer in north Wray. Two chimneys were knocked down, and her heating plant was out of service for a few days.

November 15, 1928
Also November 15, 1928
November 29, 1928 "Sam Palmer was moved here (Joes) from Yuma Sunday. He is now at the home of his son Lyle. Mrs. Irene Cross, who had been helping care for him in Yuma, is also here. Mr. Palmer is still unable to get about alone."

January 24, 1929 "Sam palmer was a ble to be out Monday, and even traveled to the stores on his crutches, but it seemed to be slow and painful work for him. This is the first he has been able to be out since his accident on the road truck."

Irene M. Cross and George W. Cross divorced in Yuma County in 1929.
February 28, 1929

Irene Cross married S. M. Palmer May 28, 1929, recorded in Yuma County.
Samuel 62 is in Wray in 1940, a truck driver for the WPA commodity department. He's married to Irene 44 Kanaas.

Irene was married to George Cross in 1920 Joes, Colorado.
Theodore Wasson married Cora B. Palmer Sept 23, 1926, recorded in Washington County.

In 1930 Brush Colorado, Cora 48 is married to Theodore Wasson 29. Russell L. 9 is with them, as is Glen Wasson, a cousin 16.
(Theodore was single in 1940 Arapahoe County, Colorado, 39. Theodore Wasson 1901-1990 is buried in Fort Logan # 1298890.)

Ralph O. Palmer is in Cheyenne County, Kansas in 1930 and 1940, married to Olive and six kids.
He's buried in Goodland 1900-1983 # 100322385.

Ila Mae Palmer was born September 17, 1932 at St. Francis, Kansas to Ralph O. Palmer and Olive B. Kirkendall, dying September 2, 1992, named Taylor in 1975, and as Theye in 1953.

Gladys Marie (Palmer) Thomas was born on November 21, 1933 in St. Francis, KS, to Olive Belle (Kirkendall) Palmer and Ralph Orville Palmer. She passes from this life Saturday November 6, 2010 at the age of 76 years of natural causes at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.
Gladys was married to James William Monroe Thomas, November 25, 1955, in St. Francis, KS. James passed away in 1993.
Gladys was a homemaker for many years. She enjoyed writing letters, taking photos, reading the Bible, and listening to music.
Survivors include two daughters, Melinda Durfee of Texas, Charlene Eaves of Wichita and one son Jody Thomas, two brothers, Harold Palmer of Colorado Springs, Eldon Palmer of Goodland, two sisters, Vera Beneda of Goodland, Valeria Coleman of Bird City.
Those preceding her in death were her parents, Olive Belle (Kirkendall) and Ralph Orville Palmer, her husband, James William Monroe Thomas, one sister, Ila Theye.
She's buried in Burlington, Colorado.

Leslie Palmer married Leona Darrow March 8, 1924, recorded in Yuma County.
Leslie Palmer is buried in Arapahoe Nebraska Leslie Palmer in Block 18 Lot 1 SP 2.

Lyall L. Palmer is in Goshen Wyoming in 1930, 26, with Marie L. 23 and Iva R. 5.

January 21, 1937 "A telegram was received Monday evening announcing the death of Mrs. Marie Palmer of Wilsonville, Nebraska. The Cross family and others here are relatives. The Palmers formerly lived in Joes and are quite well known here."

In 1940 Lyle L. is in Wray, 37, born in Nebraska, (in Red Willow Nebraska in 1935). Virginia R. Palmer 20 born in Iowa, in Furnas County Nebraska in 1935, are working for August and George Hesse.
They have Edith M. Palmer, 9, born in Nebraska.

Mrs. Glen Stearns died at her home two miles south of Arapahoe [Nebraska] on Monday forenoon after an illness of three weeks. The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereafed husband and three little children. On account of the family being quarantined for scarlet fever no funeral services were held. Short services were conducted at the cemetery by Rev M.C. Galloway of the Methodist Episcopal church and the Rebekahs, the Rebekah brothers acting as pall bearers. Mamie S. Hamilton was born July 1, 1893 at Bedford, Iowa. She became a member of the Christian Church at Bedford, Iowa, when she was fifteen years old. She was graduated from the Bedford high school in 1911 and taught school one year. She was married to H.G. Stearns at Bedford, Iowa, August 4, 1912. To this union were born three children; Mahlon Dallas, age 8, Virginia Ruth, age 4, Sara Marie age 21 days. After an illness of three weeks she died at her home near Arapahoe, January 14, 1924 at the age of 31 years, [blank] months and 14 days. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, three children, her mother and three brothers, Howard S. Hamilton of Fairbault, Minn; Leon R. Hamilton of Bedford, Iowa; Mahlon S. Hamilton of Maryville, Mo; and four sisters Mrs C.C. Chapman of Arkansas City, Kans; Marilla Belle Hamilton of Omaha, Nebr; Mrs Harl Fuller of Conway, Iowa, and Violet Hamilton of Omaha, Nebraska.

Lawrence I. Palmer is a barber in Atwood, Kansas in 1930, 22, with Evelyn 20 and Rachel 1.

Lee R. Palmer is in Furnas County, Nebraska in 1940, 19, and his mother Cora Wasson is with him.
Cora Wasson, born April 12, 1881, died January 1, 1968, residence Arapahoe, Nebraska.
She's buried in the Arapahoe cemetery Cora Wasson is Block 10 Lot 6 SP.

April 14, 1977

Russell Lee Palmer was born at Denova to Samuel M. Palmer and Cora B. Louden, dying May 13, 2002.

Lawrence Palmer is in Atwood, Kansas in 1930, 32, with Evelyn 30, Rachel 12, and Iris 10.
(Ruth Evelyn Wagner was in Wilsonville, Nebraska in 1910 and 1920, with L.L. and Anna L. Wagner)

In 1940 Atwood, Lawrence is 32, Evelyn 30, both born in Nebraska. Rachel is 12, and Iris 10, both born in Kansas.

Lawrence, born Feb 17, 1908, died October 1984, last residence Aurora Colorado.

(Ruth Evelyn Wagner, 9, was in Furnas County, Nebraska in 1920, with L.L. 51 and Anna L. Wagner 48. When Anna died in 1943, her obituary listed Evelyn Ruth (Wagner) Van Wye.)

He died October 1984, last residence Aurora, Colorado.

In 1920 Furnas County, Nebraska, Cora's father John Louden is 78, with daughter Nora Palmer, 41, and her husband W. C. Palmer 44. Zelda is 17, Kansas, Ira 12 Nebaska, and Ivan 8,, Nebraska.

Aaron Palmer 37 is on the same page, single, with Oliver Louden 49 a hired man born in Illinois.

Virginia Caldwell is buried in Arapahoe Cemetery, Virginia Caldwell is Block 47 Lot 03 SP 2.


Mattie A. Cecil is in Yuma County in 1930, a servant for the Charles Smith family near Abarr.
August 28, 1930
She married John Button in 1933 in Iowa, at age 62. She was living at Cope Colorado, born in Monroe Couty Iowa, mother Rebecca Fisher, father Joseph Palmer.
They're in Furnas County, Nebraska in 1940, and she died August 12, 1959 in Washington County Oregon # 43364515.

In 1910 Furnas County, Frank B. Cecil is 18, born in Colorado, farming. Mother Mattie A. 38, divorced is with him, as are siblings Harry L. 13Kansas, Anna R. 10 Nebrasaka, and cousin Eddie Cross 18 Colorado.

Harry Lee Cecil registered for WWI with a Hughes, Yuma County address, born August 4, 1896 at Norcatur Kansas, single, nearest relative Martha Ann Cecil - So she was a sister of Margaret (Palmer) Cross.
Harry L. Cecil married Elsie Gearhart May 10, 1919, recorded in Yuma COunty.

Harry is married in 1920 Yuma County, with Elsie M., both 23. In 1930 They have Edward 8, Jack 6, and Lee 4.

In 1940 Washington County, Colorado, they have Edward 18, Jack 16, Lee 14, Lila 9, Lloyd 7, and Marvin 5.
October 12, 1948
In 1964 Lloyd Railsback attended a funeral of Otto Miller at Elizabeth Colorado. He was a cousin by marriage of Ona Railsback and a brother-inlaw of harry Cecil of the Cope region.
December 2, 1971

March 28, 1968 "Mrs. Elsie Cecil passed away suddenly of a heart attachk March 24 on the way to the hospital. Funeral services were held in Cope Tuesday."

Harry is buried in Akron 1896-1989, # 48944779, with Elsie Margaret (Gearhart) Cecil 1898-1968.

January 25, 1951

Albany, Oregon - August 14, 1959
BUTTON, Mattie Ann, 87, Albany, died August 12. Survived by 3 daughters: Mrs. Paul Preston, Albany, Mrs. Clara Miller, Elizabeth, Colorado, Mrs. Minnie Merritt, Forest Grove, Oregon; 2 sons: Frank Cecil, Elizabeth, Colorado, Harry Cecil, Cope, Colorado; 2 step-children: Patricia Hunter, Salina, Kansas, Susan Matthews, Mon-tesano. Wash.; 1 brother: Billy Palmer, Albany; 1 sister: Ada Merritt, Denver, Colorado; 45 grandchildren; 65 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren. Services Albany First Baptist Church, Saturday, August 13, 10:30 a. m. Dr. John Ryan officiating. Graveside services-Saturday, 3:00 p. m.. Forest View Cemetery, Forest Grove, Oregon.

FindaGrave # 43364515

Frank Cecil 1891-1965 is buried in Armel, Yuma County # 81210352, with Edna Dewey (Morris) Cecil 1898-1987.

Ed Cecil lived near Cope - son Jim married Vickie Manuello in 1977, daughter Ruth married Brian Hybiak in 1980. The brides' grandfathers were H.. L. Cecil of Akron and Gordon Smith of Greybull, Wyoming.

October 12, 1989

Ida Watson was the administratrix in 1919 of the estate of Marion Francis Watson, deceased.
Ida was the daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Palmer in 1880 Smith County, Kansas. They are 41, Ida J. 18, Magaret E. 14, Chas M.C. 9, Martha 7, Edmond 6, William A. 5, Adah M. 4, and Samuel M. 2.

October 10, 1929 "Mrs. Ida Watson and son Roy, accompanied by Mrs. Elmer Anderson and daughter, Eleanor, with their two children drove down from Denver Wednesday for a visit here with the Frank Gay family and other relatives."
"Miss Gay and her sister, Mrs. Anderson and their mother, Mrs. Ida Watson, called at the Will Elzey home."
"Mrs. Frank Gay (Nora Watson, born 1888), Mrs. Elmer Anderson and son, and Mrs. Lyle Palmer were Sunday dinner guests at the Walter Cross home."

In 1930 Denver, Elmer Anderson is a mechanical engineer, 30 born in Nebraska, Cora L. 36 , with Donald 4 Colorado. Next household is Ida Watson 68 Ohio, and her son Roy 34 Kansas.

In 1940 Denver Elmer is a construction foreman, and they have just Donald.
1982 "Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Anderson of Longmont were Saturday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Marshall. Sunday they all attended the birthday dinner for Della BUckles at Cope Recreation Hall."
Donald E. Anderson 1926-2002 is buried in Fort Logan # 103514741..



In 1900 El Paso County, Colorado, Charles Merritt born April 1873 in Kansas, married eight years to Ada May 1875 Iowa, have Ray April 1895 Cand Lara April 1893 Colorado.

They're in Cheyenne County Kansas in 1910, Charles 37, Ada 34, Roy 14, Dora 11, and Violet 9.

Ray Truman Merritt registered for WWI with an address of Cope, Colorado, born April 8, 1895 at Colorado Springs, farming by himself.

In 1920 Washington County, Colorado, Ada May Merrit, 44, born in Iowa, is widowed, living with daughter Violet 18 and her husband Glenn Craig, 27. Ray Merrit, 23, born in Colorado, is with them.
(Charles Merritt is in Sherman County, Kansas, in 1920, a hired man for Charles and Minerva Sine, married but no spouse)>
Ada M. Merritt and Charles T. Merritt divorced in 1933 in Washington County, Colorado.

Glen Craig is divorced in 1930 Washington County, Colorado, a farm laboree for Floyd and Dema Hooper.
His headstone application says he enlisted at Akron Colorado 1918, dsicharged 1919, a horseshoer, and is buried at Hawthorne cemetery, Mount Vernon Washington, dying March 15, 1961. Applicant was Mrs. Mildred A. Craig. FindaGrave # 118112793

Viola Merritt and Roy Trueman Merritt divorced in 1926 in Archuleta County, Colorado.
Viola Merritt and Fred S. Shaver married in Delta County, Colorado April 13, 1932.

In 1930 Violet is married to James E. Flaugh, 30, born in Colorado, farming in Archuleta County, Bernice, step-daughter 9 is with them.
Violet 1901-1935 is buried in Pagosa Springs # 13531647, with Ida May Flaugh 1926-1927. James Edwin Flaugh 1899-1957 buried in Klamath County, Oregon with his second wife, both "Murdered by Baster Hignite).

In 1940 Pagosa Springs, Colorado, Ada N. Button 65, widowed has Roy J. 45, a construction laborer. Bernice Craig, grand-daughter, 19 Colorado is a waitress in a school dormitory.
Bernice Elizabeth Craig was born July 22, 1920 in Cope, married Lloyd Rayburne Mayer of Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

In 1959 Denver, Ada (Widow of Calvin) is living at 2210 Court Place.

Ray is a log cutter in 1930 Archuleta County, Colorado, 35, boarding with a family.
He was with Ada in 1940, and he died in 1964, # 53524242 has him buried in Pagosa Springs.

Earl Roy Johnson registered for WWI with an address of Kirk, born August 15, 1892 at Freiend, Colorado, single.

Dora B. Johnson is in Delta County, Colorado in 1930, with Earl R. 37, and they're in Archuleta County in 1940.
Earle and Dora are in Denver in 1948, living at 3550 Tennyson. Earle is a carpenter.

Bernice E. Mayer, 87 of Scottsbluff, passed away peacefully at home with her family near on Oct. 20, 2007. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 26, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Gering Memorial Chapel with Pastor Guy Walton officiating. Cremation was at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory. Memorials may be made to the First Church of Christ. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.geringchapel.com.

Bernice was born July 22, 1920 in Cope, Colorado to Glenn Lester and Violet Rebecca (Merritt) Craig. She attended Denver University in Denver, Colo. and graduated from Union College in Lincoln, Neb., receiving her Teachers Degree. She taught in Pagosa Springs, Colo. and Reno, Nev. She married in Denver.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Annette Rae and Bernard Duran III of Scottsbluff.

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