Yuma County, Colorado
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William and Charlotte (Dangberg) Langendoerfer, Landsman.
| Mr. William Langendoerfer is a native of Missouri, where he was
born on a farm in 1855. When twenty-one years of age he moved to
Nebraska, where he worked on a farm by the month for some time, after
which he engaged in farming pursuits for himself. The gentleman became
dissatisfied with the conditions and prospects in Nebraska, and in 1887
he moved to Colorado, locating on a homestead four miles south-east of
Idalia. Mr. Langendoerfer was in very moderate circumstances at that
time, but he proceeded to improve his homestead with that wonderful
courage and persevering energy for which he has long since become noted
in connection with farming pursuits. He prospered from the beginning and
gradually purchased more land as ability permitted and opportunity
presented, and now he owns 640 acres of very productive soil, and it
would be hard to find a more desirably situated ranch in Eastern
Colorado. He pursues general farming and stock raising, having been very
successful in each. He cultivates 320 acres, growing fine crops of
wheat, corn, cane, etc. To illustrate what the gentleman accomplishes
growing crops, in 1902 he harvested 2,300 bushels of wheat, although a
hail storm shelled at least 800 bushels a few days before he garnered
the crop. He grew 1,500 bushels of corn the same year. In 1903 he
harvested 1,000 bushels of wheat and an immense crop of corn. He owns
ten horses, seventy cattle and fifty hogs. On an average the gentleman
markets fifty-five hogs each year, yielding him very satisfactory
Last year Mr. Langendoerfer erected a handsome new residence on his ranch. It is a two-story frame, the main part being 16x32 feet in size with an "L" 18x24 feet. Externally the new home presents a most attractive appearance, even from afar, and the interior is furnished with a view to comfort and convenience, as well as an eye to the beautiful. It is generously furnished with every comfort to make it a model ranch home. The ranch is well supplied with barns, sheds, stables and agricultural implements of all kinds. Indeed, it is seldom a ranch is so generously supplied with the domestic comforts, as well as the conveniences so necessary for successful operations.
In 1883 Mr. Langendoerfer married Miss Charlotte Dangberg, an estimable Nebraska lady, who has aided him so materially in achieving such fine results in Yuma county. They have three children - two sons and one daughter - who are a credit to the parental training and highly esteemed by all who know them. In every phase of life Mr. Langendoerfer is the soul of honor and he bears an enviable reputation for sterling integrity. He is a good financier, as well as an excellent farmer, which explains his prosperous condition in life. In the community he is very popular because of his admirable qualities as a good neighbor and useful citizen. The gentleman is one of the leading members and chief supporters of the German Evangelical church, which he has represented at the annual meetings of the synod. He has taken a deep interest in the public schools and every movement calculated to promote the welfare of the community.
LegacyAlvin George Langendoerfer passed away from this life on March 21, 2006 at the age of 85, at the Grace Manor Care Center in Burlington, after several years of failing health. Alvin was born on July 4, 1920 at the doctors office in Idalia, Colorado to William and Mamie Langendoerfer. He was the fourth child in a family that also included one sister, Florence, and two brothers Harold and Ernie along with one cousin Stan Voss. Alvin grew up on the family farm west of Idalia and always said he had a great and happy life growing up with his family, even though there were hardships and hard work. He started school at the age of 5 and graduated from Idalia High School in 1937, at the age of 16. He completed an additional year of study at Wray High School, and then attended college for a year and a half. Alvin was proud to have served his country in WWII. He was in the US Army from 1942 through 1946 and spent over a year in Europe, stationed in England, France and Germany. Even though he was proud to have served, this was not a happy period of his life. When Alvin returned to the Idalia community after the end of WWII, he bought a farm south of Idalia on the Republican River in 1946. He met the love of his life, Burnetta Hutton of Kirk in May of 1947. They were married in Kirk on December 28, 1947. They lived and worked together on the farm for 44 years. If you asked Alvin what was the best day of his life and the defining event of his life, he would always say that it was the day he met Burnetta. Alvin embraced Burnettas large family and enjoyed all the wonderful Sunday dinner get-togethers and other good times spent with all of them. Alvin and Burnetta raised two children; Penny, born in 1954 and Bill, born in 1957. Alvin was a loving and strong father, who, by example, gave his children strong values in life. He was a quiet man, but was always there to listen and give wise advice when asked. Alvin was an excellent grandfather to Bills children, Lucas, who was born in 1988 and Hannah, who was born in 1991. Alvin loved every opportunity he had to care for and spend time with Lucas and Hannah. Alvin and Burnetta moved to Burlington, Colorado in June of 1989. Alvin enjoyed his retirement in Burlington, still helping on the farm as needed as long as he was able. Alvin and Burnetta enjoyed their daily walks together, morning coffee around town, talking with friends, trips to the country to look at crops, trips to neighboring towns to see what was happening and church on Sunday. Alvin enjoyed reading, especially National Geographic, biographies and western novels. Alvin also loved music, even though he never learned to play an instrument or had formal voice training. He particularly loved to sing with and listen to the music of his three nieces, Sharon Langendoerfer, Beverly Shively and Sandee Strobel. The bedrocks of Alvin's life were his faith in God, his love of his family and his love of the land. He was always consistent with these core beliefs in his thoughts and actions. That made him a man that could always be counted on, in good times and bad. He was optimistic about lift and encouraged that attitude in those around him. Alvin had been failing in health in recent years, but still enjoyed life and was interested in what was happening around him. He was cared for, so faithfully, in those years of declining health, by his wife Burnetta. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and brothers. He is survived by his wife Burnetta; his children; Penny Sayre and her husband Bob of Colorado Springs, and their son Bill and his wife Judy of Idalia. He is also survived by his grandchildren Lucas and Hannah Langendoerfer; sisters-in-law, Hazel Langendoerfer and Judy Hutton; brother-in-law Ron Hutton and his wife Alma Jean, as well as may nieces and nephews who loved with all his heart. Funeral services for Mr. Langendoerfer were held on Saturday, March 25, 2006 at 10:30 AM at the First Christian Church in Burlington with Pastor Joab Patton officiating. Burial followed in the Fairview Cemetery. Visitation was held on Friday, March 24, 2006 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Love Funeral Home in Burlington. Memorials may be made in Alvins name to the First Christian Church and may be left at the Bank of the West in Burlington.
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