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Jesse Cooper Bayless and Louise DRESSLER Bayless

In 1880 Decatur, Macon County, Illinois Jesse C. Bailess, 31, Indiana is a clerk in a clothing store, married to Louisa, 33, born in Bayarn (Germany?)

Jesse cash-claimed a quarter in 8, 2N 47W- about six miles northeast of Yuma, in 1891.

1899 Yuma Pioneer "J.C. Bayless and family have moved from Elyria to Boulder, Colorado." (Elyria is now part of the city of Denver)

In 1900 Boulder "Chase E" and Louisa have Mabel 18, Illinois, Blanche 17, Nebraska, Millie 12, Colorado, and Rosa 10, Colorado.

J.C. Bayless wrote the Yuma Pioneer in 1901, "Nothing keeps me here but the Boulder schools. My youngest daughter is in the Seventh grade; my oldest in fourth year Prepatory. I have been weight master for the Shanahan coal mine for over a year and get fair wages. ....This is not our home. If we live until the children get through school, I then expect to run some more cattle in Eastern Colorado."

In 1910 Boulder Jesse is managing a fruit farm, and he and Louise have a daughter I Mabel, 29, born in Illinois, a teacher.

Jesse died August 21, 1911 (per one tree)

The 1913 Boulder directory lists Jessie C. dying August 1911, and has Louise (wid Jesse C) at 569 University. Mabel Bayless, a bookkeeper for Mountain States T & T, is also living there.
In 1916 Boulder Louise (wid Jesse C.) lives at 569 University, and so does Mabel Bayless, a bookkeeper.

In 1918 Boulder Louise (Wid Jesse C) lives at 569 University Avenue.

One tree said Clara Blanche Bayless was born Oct 30, 1883 in Grand Isle, Illinois, marrying Victor F. Wood November 19, 1901, (recorded in Boulder County. In 1910 Weld County, Colorado, V.T. "Woods" is farming, 26 born in Iowa, B. 25 in Nebraska, son Ester R. 7 and daughter Vernon B. 6 both born in Colorado. The 1911 directory has Victor T. and Blanche Wood farming 3 miles northeast.)

1977 Greeley - Elaine Thompson and Clyde Shull were married in an afternoon garden wedding at the bride's parental home June 26, 1952. The couple first lived at Santa Maria, Calif., near the base where he was with the U. S. Army. Later, they ranched in the Keota area until 1962, when they moved to Greeley. He is a cattle buyer employed by Producers Livestock Marketing Association.

May 2003 Elaine (Thompson) Shull died - 'ranched with her husband Clyde Shull near Keota until moving to Greeley in 1963.'
THOMPSON John H... . . . CROUCH Bessie Irene.... . . . . recd,4/13/1909 . . . Mar1930-1980
THOMPSON John H h/o Bonnie.. Obit:....... . . . . 08/14/1968 . . . TribuneClippings
THOMPSON John H... . . . Obit-8/14/1968....... . . 101 . . . MSB#5
THOMPSON John H... . . . 15......... . 192 . . . 1900cen
THOMPSON John H............. . 705 . . . CemBkII
THOMPSON John H... . . . CROUCH Bessie Irene..... . 1909 Mar 2 . . . Mar1900-1915
THOMPSON John H... . . . 45......T626-252v47p276B . . . 1930cen
THOMPSON John Henry..5/11/1986... . . cremated, Boulder Crematory, Boulder . . . BurialPermits
THOMPSON John Henry..8/16/1968...Sunset Memorial Gardens, Greeley . . . BurialPermits
THOMPSON John Henry............ . . 11024 . . . ProbateIndex
--------------------------------------- Blanche then married John H. Thompson May 5, 1914 (May 5, 1914 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. John Thompson, 23, married in Greeley March 2, 1909 Bessie Irene Crouch, age 20. - She's in Cheyenne in 1930, divorced, with son Lawrence 20 born in Colorado. Lawrence Elbert Thompson 1909-1978 is buried in Cheyenne # 29171006. So is Bessie Irene Thompson 1888-1974 # 29170978.

John's father Henry H. Thompson of Grover Colorado, August 26, 1909 the Woodsman of America Building Association purchased Lot 1 Block 11 in Grover, Colorado. The object: To construct and maintain a suitable building for a Lodge, Amusement and Mercantile; to lease and control the same. This was filed with the Clerk and Recorder of Weld County, September 7, 1909. On or about July 1, 1910 construction was started and so begins the history of this building. First used to hold meetings, socials and dances, it soon proved to be a focal point of Grover and the surrounding area. In March 1914, Mr. Henry Thompson became the owner of the building and it was soon named the "Grover Opera House". Mr. Thompson and his family had the building until November 1944. During this period the Opera House had travelling stage shows, opera companies, vaudeville acts, socials, lectures, church services, Grover's first High School graduation, dances, silent movies, and the area's first talkies. The upper floor was originally used as dressing rooms. Children from surrounding farms and ranches could not travel to town on a daily basis to attend school so the upper floor was converted into apartments to accomodate them during the week and they would return home on weekends.
John Henry Thompson #317 born 5 Sep 1884, Cheyenne, Wyoming, married (1) Mar 1909, in Weld County, Colorado, Bessie Irene Crouch #333, born 17 Sep 1888, Conway, Iowa, died 10 Apr 1974, Cheyenne, Wyoming, buried Cheyenne, Wyoming, married (2) 1912, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Blanch _____ #335, married (3) Living. (In 1930 Weld County John is 45, Bonnie B. 23, born in Colorado, with John B. 2 Colorado and Elaine R. seven months Colorado. In 1940 Weld County John is 55, Bonnie 33, with John 12, Elaine 10, and Pearl 2.)
John died 13 Aug 1968, Greeley, Colorado, buried 16 Aug 1968, Sunset Memorial Gardens.
1.Lawrence Elbert Thompson #334 (son of John Henry Thompson #317 and Bessie Irene Crouch #333) born 6 Nov 1909, Grover, Colorado, died 9 Jul 1978, Cheyenne, Wyoming, buried 12 Jul 1978, Lakeview Cemetery.
2.Johnnie Bruce Thompson #337 (son of John Henry Thompson #317 and Bonnie Belle Allen #336) born 27 Mar 1928, Grover, Colorado, died 17 Dec 1977, Greeley, Weld Co, Colorado, buried 20 Dec 1977, Sunset Memorial Gardens.
1952 Mr. and Mrs. John H. Thompson of 1518 Sixth avenue, recently of Grover, announce the engagements of their daughters, Ruth Elaine and Pearl Evelyn, to Clyde Allen and Dee J. Shull, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Dexter J. Shull of Keota. The brides-elect are graduates of Grover high school, Elaine in 1947 and Pearl in 1949. Elaine is employed by Dr. Klmer J. Lee and Pearl by David J. Miller, attorney. The Shull brothers are graduates of Keota high school. Clyde in 1945 and Dee J. in 194?. Clyde is serving with the armed forces at Camp Irwin. Calif. Dee J. is operating a cattle ranch in cooperation with his father. No definite plans have been made for the wedding.
1961 Greeley South Side Country Club held guest tea at the Colony Room Wednesday afternoon with the following guests present: Mmes. Roland Kumscy, John H. Thompson, Floyd G. Woods, Lawrence W. Seehusen, Earl Stcele, Elizabeth Ix)loff, John Werkheiser and Vernon Thompson, all of Greeley, and Mrs. Jack Doty of San Jose, Calif. The president, Mrs. Clifford Miller, welcomed the guests and conducted the business meeting. Mrs. Herman Pearson and Mrs. D. J. Shull presented theprogram consisting of a medley of piano selections by Mrs. Iver Nordell;
In 1920 Idaho Falls, Idaho, John H. Thompson is a teamster, 36, born in Wyoming, Blanche 36 Nebraska, Ester Wood -daughter - is 16, son Vernon is 15.
Blanche Thompson is divorced in 1930 Idaho Falls, living alone, working at a seed pea company.
February 1940 Butte Montana " Mrs. Blanche Stanger of Idaho Falls arrived a few days ago to spend a month at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cox."
In 1910 Custer County, Idaho, Millie (Katherine), 21, is married to Mason Allen, 25, and they have Ruth 5 and Ruby 4, both born in Idaho.
In 1920 Idaho falls, Mason 35, Mellie 31, Ruth 15, and Rub y 1q4.
Ruth married Austin Smith Feb 21, 1925 in Whitefish, Montana.
Ruby married Charles O. Overcash Sept 9, 1925 in Columbia Falls, Montana. Ruby Hagemeier died Sept 17, 1958 in San Francisco, father Allen, mother Bayles.

In 1940 Flathead County, Montana, Harold is a highway conductor, 42, South Dakota, married to Millie E. 51, Colorado.
Millie Cox, born June 2, 1888 in Colorado, died January 7, 1973 in Santa Clara County, California.

Esther R. Wood married A.L. Garber Dec 24, 1937 at Sterling, recorded in Morgan County.
In 1940 Morgan County, Albert is 40, Esther 36. She had been in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1935.
Esther 1903-1982 is buried in Brush # 81406802. So is Albert L. Garber 1899-1972, brother of Harrison Morton Garber.
Esther's mother must be Blanche C. Stanger "Grandma" buried in Brush - Oct 30, 1883 - April 26, 1975 * 81440046. |The stone has the same style as Esther's.

Victor T. Wood married Myrtle Scott in 1915 in Twin Falls, Idaho, and then moved to California.)

It also said Millie Bayless was born June 2, 1887 in Yuma, and married Mason Allen September 1, 1903 (recorded in Boulder County) - and her two kids were soon born in Idaho.

Rosa Jane Bayless was born February 23, 1890 in Yuma, and married Harrison Garber July 5, 1905, recorded in Logan County, and Alice L. Garber was born July 10, 1908 in Sterling. Chester S. born July 5, 1910 in Sterling, and Jesse H. July 20, 1912 in Boulder.

Harrison M. Garber, 21, and Rose 20, are in Logan County in 1910, with Alice Louise, 1. In 1920 Fleming, Colorado, Harrison is operating a garage, 31, Rose J. a music teacher, 29, with Alice L. 11, Chester S. 9, and Jesse H. 7.
In 1930 Sterling, Harry is an auctioneer, 42, Rosa J. 40, with Chester S. 19 and Jesse H. 17.
Harry is divorced in 1940, in Chase County, Nebraska, boarding with Matilda Perks, 65. and her son Merle Clayton, 44.
Rosa is married to a rancher, Oscar M. Shiplett in 1940 Tulare County, California, and Chester S. Garber, a car salesman, 29 is with them. Oscar born 1870 in Ohio, died July 1, 1947 in Tulare County.
One reading says Oscar's headstone has "wife Rose Jane Shiplett."

Harrison Morton "Harry" Garber, 1888-1965 is buried in Imperial, Nebraska # 94189537.

Millie K. Allen, daughter of Jesse C. Baless and Louise Dressler, age 28, married Harold G. Wagner at Polson Montana July 6, 1926.

In 1930 Orange County, California, Louisa is 73, immigrating in 1873, naturalized, living with daughter Mabel Hall, 48 , William H. Hall 50 (born in Colorado) , and their son Eugene E. Hall, 21.
William H. Hall "Father and Grandfather" 1879-1968 is buried in Santa Ana # 58968351. So is Mabel B. Hall 1881-1963 "Beloved Wife Mother Grandmother" # 140976811.
Eugene E. Hall "Beloved Husband - Father" 1908-1984 is also buried in that Fairhaven Memorial Park # 141726404. (One Ancestry tree says this Eugene is not the Colorado one)
Louise is probably the daughter of Henry and Kate Dressler, buried in Weldon, Illinois. Her sister Caroline Dressler owned land near Merino, Logan County, and is buried in Sterling.

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