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John B. and Sarah Westcott

In 1880 a Sarah Wescott is in Marion County, MIssouri, with George 5 and Clayton 2 - she's a "servant" working  on farm.  The census recorded her as 30, born in Missouri.

John B. Westcott cash-claimed the se of  14, 2N 48W in 1890 - that's the quarter where the Yuma Cemetery is located.

He resided 1885 at Yuma, Colorado, where he was one of the first settlers and first commissioner of Yuma ... Children of John Westcott and Sarah Squires are: ...

He and Sarah were in the area in April 1887, standing at the marriage of Myron Peck and Lydia Long.

In January 1, 1887 the Pioneer said

  The Yuma real estate agents are a set of men that are well adapted to the business and of whom Yuma can well feel proud. They are all men of families who have located themselves here to make it their home.
The oldest of them is the old reliable   JOHN B. WESTCOTT about the first white man to locate in the Yuma Valley.

In 1900 John February 1846 in Ohio, Sarah February 1851 in Pennsylvania, are in Beatrice, Nebraska.  They have George W. July 5, 1876  in Sheffield, Ashtabula County, Ohio, Clayton October 1878 Missouri, John B. Jr. February 1882 in Nebraska, Erwin R. April 1884 Nebraska, Hugh J. March 1889 in Colorado, Feronia -daughter - October 1887 in Colorado, and Bertha March 1894 Nebraska.

So Sarah, at least, had left Yuma by 1894.

November 16, 1900 the Pioneer "Ed Gashaw informs us that John Wescott is lying at the point of death at his home in Beatrice>"

In 1910 Sarah, 69 is widowed, living in Nuckolls County, Nebraska.  Clayton, a school teacher, and Bertha are still with her.

Hugh J. Westcott, buried in Memorial Park, Oklahoma City, born March 8, 1889 and dying April 25, 1948 is very likely the one born in Yuma.  The gravestone of Bessie M. Westcott has the same style - June 9, 1894 - April 4, 1939.  Dale's California death record said his mother's maiden name was Faulk.

Hugh Johnston Westcott registered for WWi in Tripp County, South Dakota, saying he was born March 8, 1889 in Yuma Colorado. 

Hugh and  Bessie were in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1930, with Dale H. 16, Dorothy 10, Virginia 8, Priscilla 5, and Charls 2 - all kids born in Nebraska except Dale in Missouri.

In 1940 Hugh is in OKC, widowed, a painter. Dale 26, Virginia, Priscilla, and Charles are with him.

One tree said John Benjamin Westcott was born February 26, 1846 in Ashtabula, Ohio to Rufus and Anna Richmond Westcott.  and married Sarah Squires November 29, 1874., and died January 1901 in Beatrice, Nebraska.

Both John and Sarah are buried in Beatrice

Columbus Nebraska 1902 Lon Miller, while in the city last week, informed us that he is interested with his brother Charles in mining, their property being located within a few miles of Prescott, Arizona, with good prospects ahead. They have penetrated the earth a distance of 200 feet, and last year they put in place a stamp mill, engine, etc., etc., at a cost of several thousand dollars and Lon is quite confident they will in time strike it rich. Mr. Miller is also president of the school board of South Omaha and remained in town only a day, having to return to be present at the opening of the schools. George Westcott, brother-in-law of Mr. Miller, was also in town Thursday and Friday. Both Mr. Miller and Mr. Westcott are prominent business men of South Omaha.

In 1910 George 33, and Pearl 20, Westcott are in Gage County..  They're still there in 1920, with LeRoy, 6, Missouri.

George Wallace Westcott registered for WWI in Gage County.

In 1930 Snonomish County, Washington George W. Westcott and Pearl B. , 40, Nebraska, Westcott have Leroy H., 17, Missouri.  They are living with Pearl's mother Ida Scott, 64.

Clayton Lindsley Westcott, born in Monroe City, Missouri, married Mabel Britton Moore, age 27, in Naponee, Franklin County, Nebraska June 17, 1914.

August 25, 1905 "Beatrice- C.L. Westcott was quite badly burned about the hands and face at his home by the explosion of gasoline.  He had stepped into the cellar to set a rat trap and in lighting a match, the fumes from a can of gasoline ignited, casing an explosion. His injuries ar not cregarded serious."


In 1920 they're in Webster County, Nebraska, with Wayne S. 1.

In 1930 Thayer County they have Wayne 11, Wanneta J. 10, and John F. 1.

In 1930 John B, 45, and Hazel 38 Kansas, are in Seattle, with Muriel 20, stepdaughter, Washington.  Muriel is a lab technician in a hospital..

John Benjamin Westcott registered for WWII in Seattle, saying he was born in Fairmont Nebraska February 8, 1882, and was an electrical worker.

He died in Seattle March 7, 1958

"E.R. Westcott, of Beatrice, Neb has been appointed superintendent and wire chief of the Mutual Telephone Co., Summerfield, Kan."

Irwin Richmond Westcott registered for WWI in Humboldt, Iowa, saying his nearest relative was Lude Westcott of Humboldt..

In 1920 Fort Dodge, Iowa Edwin A. and Luda J., both 35, have Mildred E., 8.

In 1930 Los Angeles Edwin R. Westcott is 46, married to Lorena J. 45m Illinois , and they have Mildred E., 18, Kansas.

Edwin and Lund are in Glendale, California in 1940, both 56.

 Irwin's California death record says he was born April 6, 1884 and died in Los Angeles June 23, 1964.

Bertha Ruth Westcott married Jesse E. Tuttle June 7, 1916 in Tripp County, South Dakota, saying they lived at Colome.

In 1920 Tripp County, South Dakota Jesse E. Tuttle is 34, born in Iowa, with Bertha R. 25, Nebraska.  They have Bernard, two years five months, born in South Dakota.  With them are partners Bertie M. 33 and Lester S. 31]

In 1930 Rosebud, S.D. Jesse and Bertha have Bernard 12, Kenneth C. 10, Bernice E. 8, Herold R. 6, Bula I. 5 and Clyde E. 3.

Jesse was born May 1, 1885 and died May 1972.


Clyde Earl Tuttle, 86, of Winner, SD passed away Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:00pm at the Witten Baptist Church in Witten, SD. There will be a visitation held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner, SD from 5-7pm with a prayer service beginning at 7pm. Burial will follow funeral services on Thursday at the Winner City Cemetery in Winner, SD.
Clyde was born on August 19, 1926 near Winner, South Dakota to Jesse and Bertha (Westcott) Tuttle. Clyde lived southeast of Winner until 1929 when his family moved to a ranch north of Mosher, SD. After graduating from Winner High School in 1945 Clyde worked various jobs and with his father on the family ranch.
Clyde entered the Army in November 1950 and served as a cook during the Korean War until November 1952.
Clyde married Erma June Nelson on December 28, 1954 in Lucas, SD. They had 5 children and were happily married for 58 years. Shortly after marriage they moved northeast of Wood where Clyde ranched for 6 years until moving to their present location north of Mosher close to where he was raised. Clyde and Erma lived there until 2010, when they retired and moved to Winner.
Clyde was a member of Witten Baptist Church where he was involved in several capacities throughout the years. He enjoyed working with horses, attending sporting events and spending time visiting with family and friends. He felt there was no life better than “country” life and never cared to travel too far away from his roots.
Clyde was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Bertha, one sister, Beulah (Harold) Salem and three brothers, Bernard, Kenneth and Harold.
Clyde is survived by his spouse Erma of Winner; his five children, Janet (Bryan) Thrush of Orlando, FL, Randy (Charlene) Tuttle, Brenda (Terry) Ernst and Brad (Shawn) Tuttle all of Winner, and Lynne (Kevin) Rath of Aberdeen, SD. One brother, William (Carol) Tuttle of Belle Fourche, SD and one sister Bernice Gustafson of Winner; his 12 grandchildren Matthew and Treva Thrush, Jesse Tuttle, Angie (Brunmeier) LaFave, Blake Brunmeier, Brooke, Tanea, Ashlee and Branden Tuttle, and Kelsey (Small Bear) Tuttle, Chandra (Hall) Malsam, Sheena (Hall) Geffre and Alexis Rath; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Bernice Gustafson, 91, of Winner, formally of Wood, SD passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 10:00am at the Witten Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery. There will be a visitation held on Friday, July 5, 2013 from 5-7pm, with a Prayer Service starting at 7pm, at the Mason Funeral Home.
Bernice Estelle Tuttle was born on November 21, 1921 on the farm near Winner, SD. She was the third child and first daughter of Jesse and Bertha Tuttle. As a young child, the family moved from the farm near Winner to a farm near Mosher, SD on Oak Creek. They lived for many years in a sod house built by Jesse and his sons, a memory treasured by Bernice and her siblings.
Bernice graduated from Winner High School in 1940. She graduated from Black Hills Normal in 1941 with a teaching certificate. She then taught at East Rosebud School for two years. She married Carl Gustafson June 28, 1943. Carl and Bernice farmed near Wood, SD for many years. Eight children were born to this union, RuthAnn (Don) Bachmann, Winner, SD, Esther Nelson, Estherville, IA, Lois (Robert) Thompson, Encampment, WY, Curtis Gustafson, Brookings, SD, Marlene (Earl) Smith, Keenesburg, CO, Maurice (Sarah) Gustafson, Wood, SD, Ronald (Cindy) Gustafson, Brandon, SD, and Jeffrey (Janet) Gustafson, Ethan, SD.
In 1969, Bernice re-entered the working world. She worked several jobs before starting work as the Winner Head Start teacher. After teaching Head Start for 17 years she retired and returned to the farm near Wood. As a retiree, she took up the hobby of quilting and found more time for gardening. In 1991, she moved to Winner to be near to Carl who was in the nursing home by this time. She also started working again, this time as the Winner Elementary School Librarian.
Bernice was preceded in death by her nephew, Philip Tuttle, her parents, Jesse and Bertha Tuttle, Her husband, Carl, son-in-law Stanley Nelson, siblings, Bernard, Kenneth, Harold and Clyde Tuttle and Beulah Salem. She is survived by her children; Ruth, Esther, Lois, Curt, Marlene, Maurice, Ron and Jeff, 14 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren.

The Reverend Harold R. Tuttle, 86, passed away Oct. 3, 2009. Survived by his wife of 62 years, Martha Tuttle; children, Marla Winn of Pueblo, Rev. Mark (Jane) Tuttle of Burke, S.D., Joel (Susan) Tuttle of Pueblo and Jolene (Greg) Miller of Pueblo; siblings, Kenneth (Betty) Tuttle, Berniece Gustafson, Clyde (Erma) Tuttle and William (Carol) Tuttle, all of South Dakota; sister-in-law, Jean Tuttle of Colorado Springs; brother-in-law, Rev. Harold Salem of South Dakota; grandchildren, Noelle (Daryl) Gingrich, Brad Winn, Andrew Tuttle, Luke Tuttle, Joshua Tuttle, Tim (Amber) Tuttle, Kami Tuttle, James Tuttle, Danny Tuttle, Keith (Sherrise) Miller, Kaylon Miller and Kevin Miller; great-grandson, Ian Gingrich; numerous nieces and nephews. Also survived by Pastor Matt (Terri Jo) Newton and their children of Parsons, Kans. Preceded in death his siblings, Beulah Salem and Bernard Tuttle. Harold was born to Jesse and Bertha Tuttle on Sept. 30, 1923, in Winner, S.D. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He received a BA degree from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan., and a Masters in theology from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kans. Harold started his ministry in 1947, by serving two churches in Kansas before coming to Pueblo where he was the pastor at Lake Avenue Baptist Church for 36 years, retiring in 2001. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at Central Christian Church, 1902 N. Hudson, with the Reverend Mark Tuttle and Reverend Dr. David Chambers officiating -

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