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Louise Thielke,  sons Louis, Adolph, daughter Augusta Davisson,  Mildred

In March 1880, embarking from Hamburg were Louise Thielke, 60, Minna 22, and Auguste 16.

Adolph cash-claimed 80 acres in 34, 3S 45W in 1891, another 80 in 1895, proved up  160 acres in 26 and 27 in 1908, and cash-claimed 40 in 27 in 1914.

Louise Thielke cash-claimed  160 aces in 35 in 1894, and "Louis"  proved up 160 acres in 35 in 1898.  Witnesses were Charles D. Shields, Auguste Davisson, and William A. Davisson of Idalia, and Adolf Thielke of Leadville.

Louise Thielke timber-claimed 40 acres in 34 in 1899, witnesses Charles D. Shields, Auguste Davisson, William A. Davisson and Louis Thielke, all of Idalia.

In 1900 Leadville, Louisa Thielke born Sept 1828 in Germany, is widowed.  With her are son Adolph born March 1855 in Germany, a porter in a saloon.  boarding with her are Richard A. Thielke May 1880, immigrating 1889, a silver miner.

Also in Leadville in 1900 are Augusta Thielke, born March 1862 in Germany, widowed, with Olga Sep 1880 and Lena Oct 1885, all born in Germany, immigrating in 1887.

Augusta Thielke is in Leadville in 1910, widowed, 46, a milliner,  living alone. Augusta Thielke, 1861-1913, is buried in Leadville, with a note "Women of Woodcraft"


"Helen" Thielke, 21, married Albert Downing Dec 16, 1904 in Glenwood Springs.

1906 "Mr. and Mrs. Albert Downey, Mrs. "Thelda", of Leadville, Ned and Nes Hall and Clyde Downey drove to Glenwood from the Nisbet rancch Strawberry Day."

May 25, 1907 "The stork left a fine ten pound boy at the home of Albert Downey last Tuesday, May 21.  Mrs. Downey and the little chap are doing nicely and the doctor holds out every hope for Albert.  This is their first born."

She died 1907, and is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Eagle County # # 40377440.

Albert F. Downey, 28 married Gertrude Young, 19, in Rifle, Colorado May 17, 1911.

In Fairview (Banta) cemetery,  New Castle, Garfield County "DOWNEY, Gertrude. Lot 4, Row 3, Sec. 1, Tier G. 1984 - 1918. Sister of
Lesie Young. "  FindaGrave 68819455 uses the stone "Gertrude Downe" 1884-1918.

Albert, born 1883 in Colorado, is in Juab County, Utah in 1920, widowed, with Jennie B. 8, Lloyd G. 5, and Robert H. 2.

He married Essie M. Beason  February 7, 1922 in Poweshiek County, Iowa.

He's in Mahaska County, Iowa in 1925, married to Effie Beason Crews, 1889, Iowa.  Her kids Clifford, Audrey, Berle, Gerald, and Lucele, his Jennie, Lloyd and Robert.

Robert Harold Downey, age 32, born in Leadville to Albert F. Downey and Gertrude Young, married Josephine Hood Vondasel in 1949 Lewis County Washington.

Fenton Albert Downey, born in Basalt Colorado about 1904,  to Albert Downey and "Lena Telekey", married Audrey Crews in 1928 in Iowa County, Iowa.  He died March 26, 1980 in Dane County Wisconsin.  Fenton and Mabel, dying June 1993,  are buried in Roselawn, Madison, Wisconsin.


William Thielke, Oct 1873 and Emil Thielke, Feb 1875, are also in Leadville in 1900.  Both are bartenders,   in the Sarah Ford boarding house.  William immigrated in 1880, Emil in 1878. 

W.F. Thielke has phone number 222 in Leadville in 1908, living at 210 West 3rd.

In 1910 Leadville, William is married to Martha, 29, and they have Henry 7 and newborn Dorothy.

William Frederick Thielke registered in Yavapai County, Arizona, born Oct 24, 1873, a sampling foreman for the United Verde Ext. Mining Co., nearest relative Mrs. Martha E. Thielke, same address. 

They're in Leadville in 1920, with Henry 17, Dorothy 10, Carl 8, Robert 5, and Barry six months.

They're in Park City, Utah in 1930, William and Henry both silver miners.  Dorothy 18, Karl 17, Robert 15, and Barry 10.

In 1940 they only have Karl Edward, now 28.  William is still silver mining, and Karl is a secretary for a miners' union.

William died March 1, 1944, buried in Salt Lake City,  # 172676 (Findagrave has a birth year of 1879).  FindaGrave also has Martha Evelyn (Ludwig) Thielke, born in Colorado, buried there, 1881-1956

Barry A. Thielke, 75, died November 17, 1994 at home following a short illness.

Born in Leadville, Colorado on June 23, 1919, the son of Martha Ludwig and William Thielke. When he was a child, his family relocated to Park City, Utah. He graduated from Park City High School in 1937, and received a degree from Westminster College, which he attended on a football scholarship. On May 16, 1942, he married Glenna Archer in Park City. He served in World War II for three and a half years as a medical technician at Lowry Field in Denver. After the war, he graduated from the College of Mortuary Science in St. Louis, Missouri. For more than 50 years, Mr. Thielke served the communities of Park City and Salt Lake City as a funeral director. He started his career with his father-in-law, George Archer, at Archer Mortuary in Park City. They later ran Archer and Thielke in Salt Lake City and he retired as vice president from Eastman's Evans & Early Funeral Home in Salt Lake. Mr. Thielke was known for his unceasing compassion and kindness, both in business and his personal life.He was a member of many organizations, including Masons, Odd Fellows, Shrine, Kiwanis and the Westminster Alumni Association. But most of all he enjoyed people and never failed to have a smile or joke for everyone he met.

He is survived by his wife, Glenna; three children and their families, Bryan and Linda Thielke of Issaquah, Wash.; Bruce Thielke, Merle and Ron Witter, all of Salt Lake City; and three grandchildren, Kathleen Thielke, Brett Thielke and Elizabeth Witter.

A funeral service will be held Monday, 2 p.m. at the Neil O'Donnell & Sons Mortuary, 372 East 100 South, where friends may visit Monday, 1-2 p.m. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 1342 East 500 South.


Bryan Fredrick Thielke, 58, died at home of pancreatic cancer on Feb. 8, 2010. He was born Sept. 18, 1951 in Salt Lake City, the son of Barry Arthur Thielke and Glenna Ruth Archer. He attended East High School and the University of Utah. While in college, he did a summer journalism internship in New York City. There, he met Linda Brown, another intern from California. They carried on a long-distance romance while finishing college, and were married in Salt Lake City in 1978. Bryan realized his dream of working in television news when he was hired on to the assignment desk at KSL in Salt Lake. He worked his way up to producer, and then moved on to another producer position at KMGH in Denver. In 1983, he was hired at KIRO TV in Seattle, where he eventually became the assignment manager. He is survived by: his wife, Linda of Issaquah; daughter and family Kathleen, Eric and Georgia Gustafson of Tinley Park, IL; son Brett of Kirkland; brother Bruce of Salt Lake City; sister and family Merle, Ron and Elizabeth Witter of Gig Harbor; and his extended news family at KIRO. The Thielke family greatly appreciates the outstanding medical care Bryan received from: Dr. Shawn Nixon; Dr. Philip Gold; Alice Albright, RN; pharmacist Martin Daffron; and Evergreen Hospice. Services will be held at Flintoft's Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Private burial will be at Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Bryan's memory to Arts Corps, a non-profit arts education program.


Dorothy Louise Thielke married Sam Pentico May 18, 1933 in Wasatch County, Utah.  He was 24, she was 23.

 -James Pentico, 77 of Sioux Falls, died Friday, September 13, 3013 at the V.A. Regional Medical Center in Sioux Falls with his family at his side.

James Karl Pentico, son of Samuel and Dorothy (Thielke) Pentico, was born April 11, 1936 at Park City, Utah. He was raised and educated in that area, graduating from Grand Junction High School.

In 1954, he enlisted in military service and served in the US Navy aboard the USS Midway. He received his honorable discharge in 1958. That same year, he married Denise Winters. They had two sons, Joseph and Christopher.

Jim attended Southern Colorado State College where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1964. He continued his education at Sam Houston State College in Huntsville, TX where he earned his Master’s Degree.

Jim moved to Sioux Falls in 1973 where he taught Criminal Justice at Augustana College and Sioux Falls College until 1987. He also practiced as a private polygraph examiner from 1978 to 1995. Following which, he served as a bailiff for many years.

Jim was a member of Alpha Kappa Lamda Criminal Justice Fraternity, one of the co-founders of the BMW Autobahn Society, BMW National Motorcycle Owners Group, American Legion Post #15, was a 52 year member of the Masons where he was active in Minnehaha Lodge #5 A.F. & A.M. and in 2001, joined El Riad Shrine as an active clown known as “Doc Ho Ho”. In 2002, he received the “Hal of a Clown Award” from the Shrine. “Doc Ho Ho” filled the prescription of laughter and happiness to many children and adults alike. From 1986 to 1988, he was Santa Claus in the window of the Shriver’s Building and rode in the Christmas Parade each year.

On August 29, 1986, he was united in marriage with Jeanne DuBose at McKennan Park in Sioux Falls. He enjoyed motorcycling with his BMW friends all over the country as well as Mexico. He had a friend that he picked up in Oklahoma City for seven years and always returned in time for the next school year. They enjoyed snowbirding to Naples, FL during the winter months, beginning in 2008. They enjoyed this until Jim’s health declined, at which time, they lived permanently in Sioux Falls from that point on.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Jeanne, of Sioux Falls, SD; three sons, Joseph Pentico of Denver, CO; Christopher Pentico and his wife, Leann, of Denver, CO, Patrick DuBose of Sioux Falls, SD; two daughters, Danielle Armstrong of Naples, FL, and Rochelle Olson, of Sioux Falls, SD; 9 grandchildren, Audra Pentico, Jonathan Pentico, Sean Everett, Kyle Everett, Baylee Pentico, Lynda Pentico, Hallee Pentico, J.C. Pentico and Ashley Armstrong; and one great grandchild, Ryder Pentico.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Martha Davee; and a niece, Mary Davee.

1904 "Mr. and Mrs. Kleinsmith and little daughter came down from Leadville Wednesday night and went over on the Arickaree river for an extended visit with the families of Wm. Davisson, Chas. Shield and the Thielke brothers."

Daniel Shields and Mary Thielke were married in Denver March 3, 1873.

William Andrew Davisson 1865-1909 married Augusta Shields Thielke 1864-1956.  Auguste and William are buried in Lucas Cemetery, Idalia.


In 1908, Oscar Shields and Ed Thielke pleaded guilty, Shields fined $100, Theilke $25 - possibly liquor indictments.

    Ernest 1854-1901 and Louise 1819-1909 are buried in the Lucas cemetery.


Daniel Shields was born in Illinois Sept 28, 1839, and worked in a meat market in Black Hawk, Colorado, where he met Mary Theilke.  Her mother and sister Auguste followed her from Germany.

1873 Denver "MARRIED - In this city, March 3, Mr. Daniel Shields and Miss Mary Tike."

Mary Shields died November 4, 1883 leaving Daniel to raise the two boys. Oscar Nathan married Cora, died in 1933, buried in Riverside.  Daniel married Elizabeth B. Riedesel August 8, 1899, died in Denver in 1964, buried in Crown Hill.

Mary's sister, Auguste Thieke, came to help out and she and Daniel were married in 1885.

Daniel Shields died in 1892. Daniel # 35499667 and Mary # 120236690  are buried in Denver's Riverside Cemetery. Auguste Shields remained on the ranch and later married William Davisson.

June 1, 1887 "Mrs. Mary F. Shields, late president of the state lodge of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, was buried at Colorado Springs on Sunday."

Daniel Shields filed for an invalid petition October 1892, for service in C, 55th Illinois Infantry, and Augusta Shields filed January 21, 1893 for a widow's pension.

William A. Davisson is in Clinton County, Iowa in 1880, 14, born in Iowa, with parents Franklin 58 and Louisa J. Davisson, 37.  Carrie is 17, George 9, and Martha 7.  (one tree said Carrie died Oct 13, 1940 in Yuma County, and Margaret Emma Davisson died April 12, 1941 in Idalia, Yuma County, and George died Nov 22, 1947 in Idalia) 

1905 "Mr. and Mrs. 'Kilesmithe' from 'Deadville', Colo. arrived here Tuesday evening and went out to the Davisson ranch to visit her mother Mrs. Davisson who is very ill."

1906 "Mrs. Wm. Davisson of the Arickaree, accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Kaulk, of Illinois, who was visiting the former, departed Monday afternoon for Leadville where they go to visit another sister a few weeks.

   Auguste and William Davisson.


"He leaves a wife and one child, Louisa, about ten year of age.  His little son, Franklin, died about four years ago..   Mr. Davisson owned one of the oldest ranches in this country, having come to Colorado twenty-three years ago."

In February 1910, Auguste Davisson, administratrix of the estate of William A. Davisson, deceased, filed notice of estate settlement.

In 1910 Idalia precinct, Yuma County, George W. Davisson is 39, Nora 22, Louis 1, and William five months.

1911 "Mrs. M. "Klemschmidt" of Leadville, Colorado is visiting her sister Mrs. Augusta Davisson."


In 1900 Idalia precinct, Arthur J. Hill is 44, Carrie 37, with Anna 6, Alva 9, Arthur 4.

Alva and Anna were at the Cement School, nine miles east of Kik.

Arthur and Mary C. are in Idalia in 1910, with Alva L. 19, Arthur J. Jr. 14, and Myrtle M. 8.

Alva Hill married Glatus Giffin Feb 12, 1911, recorded in Yuma County.  She died in 1912 and is buried in Lucas.# 52235745

Alva L. Hill married Grace J. Smith Oct 29, 1914, recorded in Kit Carson County.

Services for Alva L. Hill, 79, Notus, who died in a Caldwell, Idaho hospital Friday, April 3, 1970, will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Dakan Funeral Chapel by the Rev. C.C. Smith of the Euclid Church of the Nazarene in Boise. Interment will be at Hillcrest.

Mr. Hill was born Sept. 18, 1890, at Tuttle, Colo., and was reared in Colorado. He married Gladys Giffin in 1911. She died in 1912. He married Grace Smith on Oct. 19, 1914, at Burlington, Colo. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in October of 1969. The couple moved to Eugene, Ore., in 1935, where they lived until coming to Idaho in 1947, where they had resided since. Mr. Hill had been farmer for most of his life.

1912 "Davisson Homestead near Kirk, Colorado in Yuma County, Colorado According to the birth certificate of Hazel May Davisson,  Mary C. Hill was present and the midwife at her birth."


In 1920 Idalia, Mary is widowed, with Myrtle 18 and Bert Sparks 22.

In 1930 Myrtle and Bert are in Kit Carson County with Elva M. 9, Leonard L. 8, and Harlin R. 4, and in 1940 Delta County "Ralph B."

Elva Mae Sparks married Irving Binkly April 23, 1938, recorded in Delta County.

In 1940 Greeley, Mary C. Hill is 77, with daughter Anna J. Houtchen 56, Ruby L. 16. and Gerdon R.15.

Mary died in 1940, and is buried with Arthur at Lucas  52235749

In 1911 George W. was administrator of the estate of Eliza J. Davisson, with heirs himself, Mary C. Hill, Margaret E. Davisson, Martha E. Beck, Lewis H. Davisson, and Louise Jane Davisson, minor daughter of Wm. Davisson deceased.

  Photo courtesy of Stephen Schneider

About 1916 On the right hand side of this photograph is Nora Davisson holding Mary Davisson. To Nora's left is Art Davisson, to his left Hazel Davisson. The child on the far left corner of the photo is Frank Davisson. The man on the top of the equipment in the center is George Washington Davisson

George 1871-1947 and Nora May (Godfrey) Davisson 1888-1941 are buried in Lucas.   # 27238506

In 1910 Idalia precinct, Yuma County, Auguste Davisson , 46, rancher,  born in Germany, is married but no spouse.  He/she immigrated in 1880.  With him is daughter Louise J. 10 (16?) born in Colorado, father in Iowa.  Louis Thielke, brother, 62, widowed, also born in Germany, immigrating in 1881, is ranch foreman.

1917 Idalia "Mrs. Augusta Davisson purchased a new Ford car recently."

1923 "Mrs. Auguste Davisson, a former resident of the south divide, but now living at Colorado Springs... says she and her daughter Louise spent a month last winter in California and had a fine time."

Cornelius J. Savage divorced Henrietta Savage in Chaffee County in 1925.

Louise J. Davisson married Cornelius J. Savage Jun 30, 1928, recorded in El Paso County.

In 1930 Colorado Springs, Auguste Davisson, 66 widowed -MALE - has her daughter Louise Savage 28, Colorado- a waitress in a restaurant.  Charles Savage, 48, Illinois, is a ready-to-wear salesman.

In 1940 Colorado Springs, Cornelius is a clerk for the WPA, Louisa no occupation.  Cousin Mary Shields, 23, born in Colorado, is with them.

Cornelius J. Savage 1881-1972 is buried in Colorado Springs # 83903662 - so is Louise J. Savage #83903661.  "Louise J. Savage died November 29, 1997 in Wheat Ridge, born September 22, 1899.  She lived Colorado Springs 1940-1965.  She then moved to Yuma, Co, and then to a nursing home in Wheat Ridge."

Auguste Davisson 1864-1956 is buried in Lucas # 52235693.

In 1910 Idalia, the next household after the Davisson's is Adolph Thielke, 58, widowed, born in Germany, immigrating in 1882.

In 1918 eighty acres "pursuant to the application of Adolph Thielke" was to be sold at auction by the Land Office.

Adolph H. and Julia Thielke divorced in Fremont County in 1925.

Adolph Thielke applied for old age pension in 1933 in Fremont County.

Adolph Thielke - 1852-1936 is buried in Canon City. # 105327578.

Adolph Thielke married Regina D. Malenck June 9, 1935, recorded in Lake County.

In 1920 Morgan County, "Lois Thulke" , 73, male, immigrating in 1895, naturalized in 1909 is farming, with son Emel, 43, born in Germany.  Emil was a clerk in Denver in 1910, living in a boarding house, and Emil Charles Thielke registered in Morgan County, born Nov 13, 1875, farming, nearest relative father Louis Thielke, also of Fort Morgan.

In 1930 Morgan County, Emil C. is the head, 54, with father Louis 81, widowed., farming. They're still there in 1940, 64 and 92 years old.


Madeline R. Merrifield died Thursday, February 16, 2006 in Longmont, Colorado at the age of 93. Madeline was born April 18, 1912 in Leadville, Colorado to Richard A. Thielke and Laura Alice (Feller) Thielke. She married Clarence G. Merrifield in Denver


Frank and Lizzie Theilke are in Leadville in 1900 (a miner, just married, Lizzie born April 1870 in Denmark), 1910, 1920, and 1930.  In 1930 Frank, 79 and Lizzie 63, Finland have Frank L. 30 and Adolph 26, both born in Colorado and working in a grocery store.

Frank G. Thielke, 89, living alone,  is widowed in 1940 Leadville

In 1940 Adolph F., a gateman at a mine,  is married to Minnie D., 32, both born in Colorado, and they have Stanley A. 2.  Stanley A. Thielke married Janet L. Bower Sept 12, 1992, in Arapahoe County Colorado.

Adolph,  dying 1969 at age 64 and Minnie Tholen Thielke  -dying 1956 at age 48 are in Leadville St. Joseph cemetery.\


  Leadville 1882

March 28, 1883 Leadville "Henry W. Kleinschmidt, a child four months old, will be buried this afternoon at three o'clock, from 141 East Third street."



    1898 Leadville

In 1900 Leadville, Philip Kleinschmidt born June 1855 is married 19 years to Minnie born May 1858, both Germany.  They have Philip J. Aug 1882 and Emma Dec 1884, both born in Colorado.

In 1910 Leadville Philip and Minnie have Emma McDonald, 26, widowed, and her son Leonard, 3.  Phillip is running a saloon at 604 Harrison Avenue in 1911 Leadville.

Philip cash-claimed a quarter in 35, 3S 45W in 1914.

Philip Kleinschmidt 1855-1917 is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Leadville.# 71366973

1917 Leadville - Louise Kleinschmidt entertained friends in honor of her eleventh birthday.  Mildred Kleinschmidt was present.

Emma M. McDonald married Emmett I. Fleming Jan 6, 1912, recorded in Denver.

In 1920 Emma M. is married to Emmit I. Fleming, and they're in Canon City with Emmit I., 6 and Clara E. 5.

In 1930 Canon City Emma is divorced, with Leonard- a salesman at a hardware store.  Emmitt Fleming Jr. is 16, Clara Fleming 15, and William P. Fleming 7.

In 1940 Emma is in Canon City, 56, with son William 17.

1956 Lincoln, Nebraska "Emmett Fleming. 43, of Canon City, Colo.; serving four years no fund check from Douglas County; sentenced 190 j; forced the confession"

Philip Kleinschmidt registered for WWI in Leadville, born Nov 4, 1881, a stove repairman, married to Mary.

In 1920 Leadville, Philip is 37, Mary 36, Evelyn 18, Loretta 16, Louise 13, and Mildred 11.

Philip Kleinschmidt registered for WWII in Tracy, California, born Nov 4, 1889 at Leadville, Colorado.  He's working for the Southern Pacific at the Tracy roundhouse shops.

Philip and Mary are living in Lodi California in 1961.

Philip died December 5, 1965, in San Joaquin County, birth date Nov 4, 1880.  So there were at least three different birth years for him.

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