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Ralph H. and Marian (Avery)(Gibbs) Willis



Ruth Marion Gibbs was born July 21, 1897 in Mason City, Iowa to E.D. Gibbs and Marion Avery.

In 1900 Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, Marian is 26, with Eugene D. Gibbs, 49. She has Ruth 2 and Eugene three months.

Eugene D. Gibbs 1852-1903 is buried in Mason City # 46983082.

In 1906 Fort Dodge, Iowa, Marion (wid Eugene D.) lives at 1813 Central Avenue.

R.H. Willis, 31, son of J.D. Willis and Harriet Thomas, married Marian Avery Gibs, daughter of Samuel Avery and Marian Fronst in Mason City, Iowa Sept 13, 1906.

In 1910 Dundy County, Nebraska Ralph is farming, 35 born in Wisconsin, married four years to Mariam 26, Illinois. Her kids Ruth Gibbs 12 and Dale Gibbs 10 were born in Iowa, and step-mother-in-law Rachel Avory 48 is with them, who says she's never had kids.

August 1912 "Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Lynch of Evanston, Wyoming, were in Wray Tuesday and went to the Ralph Willis home several miles north where they in company with Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Hazelbaker have a claim near the Willises farm and Mr. Lynch who is a son of Mrs. Hazelbaker was looking around for one also. They have not decided whether they will locate or not."
1912 "Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Hazelbaker of Haigler came up to Wray Saturday and were met by Mrs. Ralph Willis of northwest of town. Mr. Hazelbaker is the proprietor of one of the Haigler hotels. They will visit a few days in the Willis home."

1912 Wray

June 1913 "Mrs. Ralph Willis, son and daughter, Dale and Ruth, of north of town were guests of the Lew Watson and Fred Washburn families at Sanborn over Sunday. " (Sanborn is south of Haigler, Nebraska.)


October 1913 "A new district was organized in the neighborhood about six miles north of town with James Funk as president, Phillip Haun , treasurer, and Ralph Willis secretary. James Thomas was chosen as the instructor and as such, opened the school Monday morning. Mr. Thomas moved his family Saturday from their farm northwest of town to the Glen Bolander ranch for the winter so as to be nearer."

March 1914 "T. J. Smith arrived in Wray the latter part of last week and will settle in the hills north of Wray and take a homestead as soon as that territory is again opened for entry. Mr. Smith is an old time printer and has been on eleven different papers in Colorado and Nebraska. He is an old acquaintance of the Ralph Willis family and will locate near them."
September 17, 1914 "On last Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H. Willis celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary at their home several miles north of Wray. About fifteen neighbors and friends came in to assist in properly observing the occasion and a most enjoyable and memorable day passed all too quickly. The guests were reluctant to depart, but did so with best wishes that they might enjoy many such occasions with Mr. and Mrs. Willis."

1915 "A brother of Ralph Willis has taken up a farm in the hills and is putting up a house."

December 1915 " Ralph H. Willis and family departed the first of the week for Arizona, where they will probably make their home, Mr. Willis having sold much of his property here. They have lived on a homestead north of Wray for several years."

Ralph proved up two quarters in 17, 2N 44W in 1916. Witnesses were Percy R. Byers, Philip Hahn, James N. Funk, and David W. Hahn.


Ralph Hayward Willis registered for WWI with a Wray address, born Nov 11, 1874, nearest relative Marion, farming.
Eugene Dale Gibbs registered for WWI with a Wray address, born Feb 20, 1900, farming, nearest relative Marion G. Willis of Wray.

MRS. WILLIS WRITES OF NEW MEXICO

Silver City, N. M. April 10, 1916.
Elmer Graham, Wray, Colo.:
Dear Sir: Please send the Rattler to us. We miss it very much and like to hear how home folks are getting along.
Ruth seems to be doing well, although she doesn't hold her weight, but time will improve that.
We are rather near the Mexican trouble. A year ago they came to Silver and stole all the ammunition from the armory. The armory is well guarded now and I guess there is not much danger of them getting this far for a while, anyway, on account of the troops between here and there. The trouble at Columbus, N. M. was much more serious than the account the newspapers gave of it. People at home do not realize how serious the Mexican situation is becoming. There have been several race riots near here and the people here came almost having one. There are a great many negroes and Chinese here as well as Mexicans.
In January potatoes, etc., were planted in the Chinese gardens at the edge of town. In February the fruit trees at Fort Bayard were in blossom. Lilacs and everything like that are in blossom, though somewhat blighted by a light snow.
Ralph and the kids can hardly wait until the season is out so they can go hunting. Ruth is missing a great many interesting pictures because she doesn't seem to feel like taking them. We gave her a kodak for Xmas.
Hoping that we will soon receive the paper, I will close.
Respectfully Yours,
Mrs. Ralph H. Willis, 104 Pinos Altos St., Silver City, New Mexico"

February 1919 "Mr. Ralph Willis, formerly of Wray but who now makes her home in Brush, was in Wray the latter part of last week to visit friends."

Ralph H. WIllis and Marion A. Willis divorced in Adams County, Colorado in 1925.

Possibly the Ralph Willis dying 1935, buried May 29, 1935 in Florence, Colorado is the same one # 79509086.



Ruth Marion Wiley born in Iowa July 21, 1897, dying June 30, 1976, buried in Whittier California, per # 113856645, might be the Yuma County

Eugene Gibbs 1900-1965 is buried in Solvang, California, per # 140496458.
So is Lorraine Gibbs, 1903-1989 # 140496486.
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1903 Wray "Bert Willis sold Lis furniture on the street last Saturday at auction sale. He left Sunday night for Alma Nebraska where he will make his future home."

1914 Wray " Miss Eva Gibbs came in from Denver Monday, for a week's visit with her father, W. J. Gibbs."

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