Yuma County, Colorado
Yuma County Pioneer Photographs:
Albert M. Troyer,
Logan. ONE POSSIBLE -
"History of Henry County, IL: William Troyer came from Canada with his father John Troyer in 1851 and took up Northwest Quarter Section 33. In 1854 and 1855 William Troyer was clerking for Silas Morton in the first store in Annawan. He married in 1855. I built a house for him in Annawan that fall. Then in 1856 he made some improvements on his land. The next year I built a frame house for him on his farm. He made that his home until a frame house for him on his farm. He made that his home until about 1883, then he went to Nebraska and died there October 13, 1899. He was born February 26, 1832 in Canada and is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Annawan Township, Henry County, Illinois."
William and Ione Annette (Tinker) Troyer are buried in Fairview Cemetery, Henry County # 57889634.
"Kewanee Daily Star-Courier (Henry Co., Il) Mon. May 1st 1922
Mrs. Iona Troyer
Laid to Rest in
Funeral services for Mrs. Iona Troyer were held at 1:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the undertaking parlors
of Erickson & McHugh. The Rev. L.C. Trent, pastor of the First Baptist church was in charge, and music was
by Mrs. John Pearl. The service was well attended and there were many nice flowers, including floral
tributes from California friends.
Bearers were, J.P. Heaps, A. A. Pettitt, J.H. Bowen and Milton Lowery. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.
Ione Annette Tinker was born at Hebron, New York, October 13, 1838. Her father, Charles E. Tinker, as a Baptist gospel minister, later moved to Annawan, Ill., where Ione was married to William Troyer, July 4 1855.
To this union were born two girls and three boys, of whom two boys survive their mother: William L. Troyer, Etiwanda, Calif., and Albert M. Troyer, Fairhope, Alabama.
After her husband's decease in 1899 she cast her lot with her youngest son, Leroy E Troyer and followed him to Porto Rico, then to Mexico and finally to Cailfornia, where the son was a faithful missionary of the Cross to the Spanish-speaking people.
After the death of this son she continued to live with her daughter-in-law in Hollywood, Calif., until about eighteen months ago she was stricken with paralysis, at the home of her son in Etiwanda, and died at 5:30 Sabbath morning, April 23, 1922, aged 83 years, 6 months and 10 days.
She leaves two sons, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren to keep a green sweet memory
of her devoted selfsacrificing christian life.
At the age of eleven she was baptized into fellowship with the Baptist church at Oxford, Ill., where her
father was then pastor. In her later years her missionary zeal grew intense and no sacrifice was too great if she might thereby save a few pennies or dollars, to send away in response to the heartrending appeals of overworked missionaries.
In the early days of the temperance movement she entered the ranks of the W.C.T.U. and she never appeared in public thereafter without the white ribbon bow. Frances Willard was to her the uncrowned queen among women.
And thus passes another noble, bloodwashed soul, a veritable mother-in-Isreal. Her going was swift for the chariot swung a little lower that Sabbath morning and she stepped on board and took a Sabbath's day journey home.
In 1880 Henry County, Illinois,
William Troyer is 46, Iona 41, with William G. 17, Albert M. 13,
Leroy 11, and Lulu E. 8. - adopted daughter.
The 1916 publication of the University of Illinois has both Albert Melville Troyer ( acad 1885-6)- sc 1885-6) Mintr Grand Island, Neb (Dorchester Ill)" and "Troyer WIlliam Lincoln ( acad 1883-1884- ag 1884-8) c/o E. A. Robinson Champaign Ill (Dorchester Ill)"
The 1885 Nebraska State Census taken on June 19, 1885, shows Albert Troyer (age 26)
born in Illinois to Canadian-born parents is a Mail Carrier and is living in the Town of Dorchester,
Saline Co., NE. Living with him are: his wife, Hattie Troyer (age 23) born in Illinois to Illinois-born
parents, who Keeps House; and his son, Bennie Troyer (age 2) born in Nebraska to Illinois-born parents.
(This must be a cousin or uncle).
In 1890, Leroy plays left end for the University of Nebraska football team, Albert a running back - beating the Omaha YMCA team on Thanksgiving 1890.
In 1897 Rev. L.E. Troyer, '92 and wife of Denver attended a reunion at the University of Nebraska.
Albert scored the very first touchdown for the University of Nebraska football team, in the second half of the Thanksgiving 1890 game.
Albert cash-claimed a quarter in 28, 4S 43W in 1891, and proved up a quarter in 34, 3S 43W in 1894. These are a few miles east of Idalia, Colorado.
Possibly the Albert M. Troyer, with a degree in agriculture from the University of Nebraska.
Albert Melville Troyer of Dorchester, Nebraska was a freshman at the Industrial College in 1887.
In 1892 Elva Dempster was a soprano, and L.E. Troyer a tenor, with the University of Nebraska choir.
In 1900 Lowndes County, Alabama, A. M. Thayer born April 1867 in Illinois, is a farmer, boarding with the C.R. Thorn, "Manager"
In 1910 Baldwin County, Alabama, Albert is living alone, a fruit grower.
In 1914 Albert Troyer of Fairhope, Alabama was the state vice-president of the Nut Growers.
Troyer is a variety of Citrange, a hybrid between sweet oranges and trifoliate orange. These are very
cold-hardy. It was made at Riverside, California in 1909. In 1934, it was named TROYER, after A.M. Troyer,
place at Fairhope, Alabama it first fruited.
1965 Redlands California "We finally grafted rootstock from one of these Troyer citranges and that did it.
The rootstock is not only resistant to cold weather, it's impervious to tristeza. "Almost every orange tree
planted in the last 10 years has been Troyer citrange rootstock. "About two-thirds of the two million
citrus trees propagated each year are offsprmg of these two trees. "You may wonder about Troyer.
Just before World War II, the Russians, asked for a USDA expert to go to the Caucasus, where it's also
cold, and help develop a citrus industry. Troyer went over, showed great interest in the Soviet society
and took out Russian citizenship. His wife, who later came back to the States, said there was a knock on
the door one night and they took him away and he was never seen again."
"Fairhope (Alabama) in the Roaring Twenties" says "Fairhope was a radical town and reflected the revolutionary changes that the decade was having on the nation. In the mid-1920's, Albert M. Troyer, a local citrus grower and agricultural expert, was elected president of the colony. A Socialist, he later emigrated to Soviet Russia, where he disappeared into a gulag."
Anne Miller wrote in 2011 "A(Albert) M Troyer went to "southern Russia," possibly Ukraine area,
c 1934 to introduce satsuma oranges to the region. He was arrested by the Stalin regime and apparently
imprisoned. Can anyone help me find a lead to exactly where he was and what happened to him?
Elva Dempster, 38, born in Nebraska, is teaching school in 1910 Seattle, living with her widowed mother Flora, 65.
Albert Melville Troyer, age 41, married Elva Dempster, age 37, in New Orleans July 15, 1912.
In 1920 Fairhope, Alabama, Albert M. and Elva D. are fruit growers. Elva's mother Flora Dempster, 75, is living with them.
In 1930 Fairhope, Alabama, A. M. and Elva Troyer are orchard farmers.
Thanks to Tim Tzouliadis, author of "The Forsaken - An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia"
On February 16, 1938, Elva Troyer, born May 2, 1872 at Geneva, Nebraska, residence Fairhope, Alabama,
arrived in New York.
1938 "Senator. Edward R. Burke (Dem.) of Nebraska will confer with Soviet
Ambassador A. A. Troyanovsky Wednesday in an effort to gain, the freedom of Albert M. Troyer,
71, former Nebraskan, whose wife asserted he is confined in a Russian prison camp.
The newspaper, in a copyrighted story Tuesday, said Mrs. Elva Dempster Troyer, 65,
Lincoln, Neb., revealed at Sioux Fulls, S. D., that her husband is serving a 10-year prison
sentence on a charge of "counter-revolution." At Washington Tuesday night a government spokesman said
the state department, to which Mrs. Troyer appealed, could not help because Troyer renounced his American
citizenship aud avowed allegiance to the Soviet last year shortly before his arrest. Mrs.
Troyer, who accompanied her husband, a citrus fruit expert, from their Fairhope, Ala., home in 1934 to iSukhum In southern Russia, told the 1 newspaper she had not seen him
since his arrest by the Russian secret police June 2G, 1937, and she does not know where he is."
In 1880 Geneva, Nebraska, Elva is 8, with J.A. 39 and F.C. 34. J.A. sisters Addie 23 and Caroline L. 20 are with them. Elva's siblings areEdward J. 13, Leroy P. 11, Mable B. 6, and John H. 4.
John A. Dempster, an early settler in Fillmore County, built the Dempster-Sloan House after buying eighty acres lying to
the north edge of Geneva. Part of the acreage was developed as Dempster's first addition to Geneva, December 9, 1885.
November 11, 1886 he added the second addition and June 22, 1887 fifty three acres were subdivided as Dempster's
third addition to Geneva. The Dempster family came to Fillmore County in 1871, traveling across the prairie from Gage
County in a covered wagon. They homesteaded the SE1/4 22-5-1 in Franklin Township near the present town of Ohiowa.
Mrs. Flora Dempster's autobiography gives an insightful account of this trip and the accompanying hardships.
Dempster was born in 1840 in Dundee, Illinois. He enlisted in the military in 1861, serving in Co. 1, 52 Regiment, Illinois
Volunteer Infantry. In that service he participated in seventeen Civil War battles, as he went with Sherman to the sea. He
was mustered out with the rank of Captain in 1865. John A. and Flora C. Paxson were married in Hebron, Illinois, in
November of 1865.
Dempster was appointed superintendent of public instruction for Fillmore County in 1872. He was responsible for the
organization of public school districts in the county. In 1875 the family moved from the Ohiowa area homestead to
Geneva, living in a part of the store in which he had established a business. The business, which provided general
merchandise, drugs, and notions, opened in December of 1875. He was postmaster of Geneva from 1878-82. A sister,
Addie F. Dempster, came to Geneva to run the post office, which was located in his store. She married George W. Smith
and they built a house now listed in the National Register of Historic Places and currently known as the Geneva House
(George W. Smith House, NRHP 1986).
Dempster became influential in the development of the city of Geneva, as well as the county. On July 28, 1879, at a
meeting shortly after Geneva was incorporated, Dempster was named town treasurer. He was elected to the State
Legislature in 1887, serving in the House of Representatives for four years. In 1889 he was elected as councilman for
Geneva. The Geneva Foundry Co. was reorganized into the Geneva Iron and Windmill Co. in 1890 with Dempster as its
president. Dempster also organized the Geneva National bank and was its first president. In 1890 he ran unsuccessfully
for the Republican nomination for governor.
A building on main street Geneva, built in partnership with his brother James, remains today as Dempster's Block 1887.
Another half brother to John A. founded the Dempster Mill factory in Beatrice. Geneva High School graduated its first
class in 1888 and John and Flora's son Edward was its only member. Following his divorce from Flora in 1892 he moved
to Lincoln and later to Omaha in 1898. He died December 21, 1914, in Omaha. At the time of his death he was
commander of the National Association of Survivors of the Battle of Shiloh and past department commander of the Grand
Army of the Republic for Nebraska.
1914 Lincoln, Nebraska "Mrs. Elva Troyer of Mobile, Ala.: Mrs. Mabel Christenson and Mr. J. Henry Dempster of Sioux Falls, S.D. aare the guests of their father, Mr. John A. Dempster, during his illness. Mr. Dempster is slowly convalescing."
John A. Dempster died Dec 20, 1914, and is buried in Omaha, # 37066369.
Elva D. Troyer (Wid Albert) is living in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1945.
Elva T. Troyer, age 79, died October 23, 1950 in Washington.
ALBERT's brother WILLIAM
William Lincoln Troyer was also a minister, in Grand Island Nebraska in 1910, with his third wife Mary B. 43, born in New York. Fannie F. is 21, Mabel C. 19, both born in Nebraska, Bessie 7 Nebraska, and Paul Dean 1, Colorado. The last two are probably Mary's kids.
He had married Mary Bell Kent, daughter of Thomas J. Liddle and Margaret Jane McFarean, in Boone County, Iowa, May 31, 1898.
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