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Morris M., Austin M., Charles E., and Henry H. Atherton

In 1850 Washington County, Vermont Austin M. is 15, Susan Atherton, 35 is head, and there are George H. 22, Valney M 19, Henry H 17, Thankful 10, and Helen M. 8?

Austin M. Atherton enlisted in the 2nd Minnesota Volunteers in Eyota, December 22, 1863, saying he was 27.

In 1870, Olmsted County, Minnesota, Austin said he was 33, born in Vermont.

In 1880 Fillmore County Nebraska Austin Atherton is 40, born in Vermont, single.

On August 2, 1890, Austin filed for a Civil War Pension  - second Minnesota Cavalry.from Colorado - F.J Garton was the attorney.

In 1895 he was approved for admittance in to the National Home for Disabled Volunteers, "general debility", P

lace of admittance: Yuma.

Austin M. Atherton "tree-claimed" a quarter in 13, 2N 48W in 1898, and it was sold at auction in Denver in 1899.


Morris homesteaded  about eight miles northeast of Yuma, proving up in 1892.


Alice M. Atherton had a Yuma County court case in 1922 with William L. Atherton.


Charles is in 1900 Montgomery County Iowa, son of Archer R. and Annie M. Atherton.  He's the oldest of four kidsArcher was born February 1869 in California.

In 1920 Charles F. is 29, Iowa  Margret L. 27, Iowa  in Yuma County.  They have Paul E. 5, Iowa Mary L. 3, Iowa, and Blanch L. 1. Colorado

In 1930  Yuma County C.E..  and Margret have  Paul E. 15, Mary L. 13, Blanch L. 10, Audrey M. 9, and Dale R. 4.

Audrey Mae Atherton married Charles E. Knight January 22, 1939.

In 1940 Charles and Margaret are in Denver, with Paul 25, Lucille M. 23,  Dale Ross 14, Alex R. Kennedy 23 (son in law?, and Blanche L. 21


FILLMORE COUNTY ABSTRACT ASSOCIATION --This incorporated association was organized January 25th. 1891, with a paid up capital of $7,500. and controls all the abstract records of Fillmore County, being a consolidation of all the former abstracters of the county; Sid Donisthorpe, president of the association, is at present deputy county clerk; H. A. Atherton, vice president (of the firm of Curtiss & Atherton); Alanson Chapman, the secretary, well known as a very skillful and competent abstracter of many years' experience, has immediate supervision of all the work and details, which is in itself a sufficient guarantee of perfect accuracy and prompt and careful attention to all work ordered. The association possesses the only reliable facilities for a complete and thorough exhibit of all titles in the county. The business of the association is confined strictly to abstracting and correcting titles. Statutory bond of $10,000 has been duly filed and approved.

Henry H. Atherton proved up a homestead in 9, 2N 47W in 1893

Might be the same H.H. Atherton in 1850 Vermont with Austin -

Elgin, Minnesota

The first settlers in this immediate vicinity were George Bryant, Henry H. Atherton, Curtis Bryant and George Farrar, who landed from a steamboat at Winona, came up across that county to St. Charles, and then found their way onto the borders of the marvelously rich Greenwood Prairie, arriving about April 8, 1855.

Little wonder that these hardy pioneers who, with the exception of George Farrar, who had lived a while in Beloit, came directly from Vermont, where they had been cradled by the side of gurgling brooks, and had watched the grazing cattle on the rugged hillsides, while they were lulled to sleep at night by the hum of whirring spindles, as the good wives and mothers, changed the fleecy wool into the home spun garments with which they were clothed, should see in the broad acres that stretched out before them as they entered the beautiful valley, the promised land which had been the burden of their thoughts and dreams, and caused them to plant their stakes, and declare this to be their future homes, where the thriving village of Elgin is now located.

It was nearly sundown when they halted by a bubbling spring that sung its merry song as its sparkling waters hurried to join the current of the nearby Whitewater, and attracted by it, decided to make this spot their first abode, and began to prepare for the night. The glorious April sunset painted the landscape in splendor of gold and carmine, while a gently breeze tossed the dry grass that covered the broad acres in every direction, into wavelets that reflected the silvery sheen of the last rays of sunshine that seemed reluctant to close the draperies, as the twilight deepened into night.

They gathered a few faggots (dry sticks for kindling) from a nearby grove, and kindled the first camp fire that was destined to mark the beginning of a settlement, which in the very near future must become one of the garden spots in the almost limitless northwest. Little did our four first settlers reckon as they prepared their frugal meal, and spread out their blankets on the virgin soil of the beautiful valley of the Whitewater, what part they were playing in the history making of the great state of Minnesota, then a territory, so soon to become an important factor in shaping the destinies of our great American republic. Wearied with their long march across the trackless prairies, they sank to slumber on their new made beds under the canopy of the starry sky, with no fear of wild beasts or prowling Indians, they were lulled to sleep by the gently soughing (sighing) wind, and slept through the night, to awaken as the first streaks of light heralded another day. As the aurora heralded the approaching sunrise, the air was vibrant with the twittering of myriads of feathered songsters, and the deep sonorous boom, boom, boom of the prairie chicken as the haughty male bird struts back and forth near their brooding grounds, puffing his gills, and emitting the deep sonorous booming never to be forgotten by the early settlers.

With the dawn of another day, no time was to be lost, and soon the nearby groves were made to resound with the lively tune played with the shining axes as chips flew, and the enthusiastic group under the direction of George Farrar erected a log cabin shingled with elm bark. This cabin, built on the claim of Henry H. Atherton, was located between the present eastern terminus of Elgin’s principal street, and the Whitewater River. It served not only as a dwelling place for the pioneer who built it, but also as a shelter for many of the early settlers who came later.

On April 21, 1855, three of these original settlers staked “filed” on the claims which they had selected for their future farms. The claims of George and Curtis Bryant embraced nearly all the present village plat, the former having the northwest quarter of section 27, while the latter had the northeast quarter of section 28. Henry H. Atherton took the northwest quarter of section 34, George Farrar chose a quarter section claim, consisting of eighty acres in section 26 and eighty acres in section 27, but did not file on it. In the fall he filed on some timberland consisting of the east half of the southwest quarter of section 17. Immediately after securing his claim, George Bryant returned to his native state of Vermont for his family, and came back to Elgin in May of the same year, bringing his family, as well as Leonard Laird and family. Mrs. Bryant and Mrs. Laird were therefore the first women in the community.


 in 1870 H.H, 38, is a farmer in Dodge County, Minnesota.  Jane is 27, also born in Vermont, and Arther is 4, Minnesota.  Sophia Wilson, 67, Vermont, is also with them.

In 1880 Fillmore County, Nebraska Henry A. 47, Vermont, a storekeeper, is with Jane, and Aurthr A. Atherton , 14.

In 1900 H. Arthur, October 1865 Minnesota.,  is in Fillmore County, Nebraska, with Julia,  Ada May 1892, and Harold July 1894.  The next household is W. Henry, Dec 1832 and Jane August 1832,, both Vermont.  Jane has had three children one still living.

In 1910 Larimer County Henry A is a real estate agent, 44, born in Indiana, with Julia V. She's 44, born in Indiana.  Aida L. 17 was born in Colorado, and Harold S. 15 in Nebraska.

 In 1920 Fort Collins H. Arthur is in real estate, with Julia, and his widowed mother Jane, born 1832 in Vermont is with them.  Jane had been living alone in 1910 Fillmore County, and with W.H., 67 in 1900 Fillmore County, Nebraska.


In 1925 at the Blach school were Leona, Paul, and Lucille Atherton

Lucile Atherton married Emmett Thurmon May 11, 1932

Leona Atherton married Alex Kennedy October 9, 1939.   This may be BLANCHE LEONA

DALE R. ATHERTON, 74, formerly of Yuma died Oct. 22, 2000 in Las Vegas. Services were Oct. 27, with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mr. Atherton was born in Yuma County on Jan. 17, 1926. He worked in a surplus store in Denver. Survivors include sisters Leona Williams of Nevada, Mary Lucille Rea of New Mexico, Audrey Knight of Englewood.

David Eugene Kennedy
(November 18, 1940 - October 28, 2010)


David Kennedy

David Eugene Kennedy passed away October 28, 2010 in Mesquite, Nevada. He was born November 18, 1940 in Denver, Colorado to Alex and Blanche Atherton Kennedy.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Memorial Guestbook” at www.virginvalleymortuary.com.



Atherton Alverta 1926 New Addition 15
Atherton Leah F. 1926 New Addition 15

Esther Jean Sandholm
(September 25, 1923 - November 26, 2011)


NOTICE: Rock Rapids, IA

Esther Jean Sandholm, age 88 of Rock Rapids, IA died Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at Bethel Reformed Church in Lester, IA with Pastor Donald Baker officiating.

Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 29th from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM with the family present from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

Esther Jean Stafford was born in Yuma, Colorado September 25, 1923 to Paul and Leah (Atherton) Stafford. She lived on a farm with her parents and sister Laurine until she was in the third grade. In 1933 the family moved to Iowa where she attended Stennett School. When she was a freshman they moved to another farm where she went to Coburg School where she graduated from high school in 1942. She married Franklyn Sandholm October 30, 1942. Franklyn was in the service at the time. She worded at the Murphy Calendar factory (Red Oak, IA) in the office as a typist. After Franklyn got out of the service, they moved to Red Oak. They moved to Rock Rapids, in 1961. She worked in an Insurance office for a while. Then at Row’s Clothing Store. After retiring, she enjoyed several bridge clubs and neighborhood coffees. She belonged American Legion Aux. and VFW Aux. Jean was a member of Bethel Reformed Church in Lester. On January 5, 2010 Jean moved to Lyon Manor in Rock Rapids. This past Saturday, Jean passed away at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids at the age of 88. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by four children and their spouses. Eldine (Marsha) Sandholm of Hartford, SD; Jay (Cyndi) Sandholm of Sheldon, IA; Linda (Harold) Meester of Lester, IA; and Sandra (Paul) Wollmuth of Sheldon, IA; Fifteen grandchildren, twenty eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; and sister, Laurine Maxwell of Cabool, MO.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Franklyn.


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