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Vernon N. and Faith R. (Briggs) Shambaugh, Witherbee

Vernon proved up a quarter in 6, 5N 42W in 1916

He registered in Yuma County, saying he was born June 26, 1886 in Blaine Pennsylvania, and had a wife and two children.

In 1920 Perry County Pennsylvaia Vernon is 32, born in Pennsylvania, and faith is 25.  They have Guy 4, Laura 3, Loyd 1, and Mae A. two weeks.

Faith R. Briggs was born August 17, 1894 in Colorado, moved to Nebraska, and came to Colorado from Grand Island, Nebraska at the age of 10 in a covered wagon with her parents, twin sister and three brothers. Here they purchased a homestead from Lex Elder 18 miles southeast of Holyoke.

She graduated from the eighth grade at Pleasant Valley School (Phillips County).

Faith was married to Vernon A. Shambaugh April 19, 1914 and lived on Vernon's homestead 22 miles southeast of Holyoke. In the spring of 1919, they sold their homestead and went by train to Pennsylvania.

In the spring of 1926 they returned to Phillips County with their five children.

Vernon died in 1943 and Faith and her youngest daughter Irene moved to Holyoke. Faith worked in the Holyoke Hospital under Dr. Hill for a few years and then managed a cafe with Ruby Ashton for a year.

She spent five years in Tucson, Arizona with her daughter Anna Mae Trostle and a year with her daughter's family, the Jim Sloans, after her daughter Irene passed away. She retired at the age of 78 and did volunteer work after that as long as she was able.

She is survived by one brother Lawrence Briggs of Holyoke; two sons Guy R. Shambaugh of Boise, Idaho and Lloyd C. Shambaugh of Denver; two daughters Laura Ellis of Colorado Springs and Anna Mae Trostle of Tucson, Arizona; 16 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

*NOTE: Date of death was 28 May 1988  - Verne and Faith are buried in Holyoke.

1930 Phillips Co., CO

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Vernon A. Shambaugh    head  M  43 m 27    PA PA PA  Farmer  Grain & Live Stock Holyoke Town

Faith  "   wife  F  35 m 19    CO IL OH 

Guy R.  "      son   M 15 s      CO PA CO 
 Laura D. "    dau   F 13 s      CO PA CO 
 Lloyd     "    son   M 12 s      CO PA CO 
 Anna M."    dau   F  10 s      PA PA CO 
 Irene R.  "   dau   F   6 s      PA PA CO 

Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, September 17, 1959


Mrs. James Sloan of Julesburg, the former Irene Shambaugh, passed away early Sunday morning at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver after an illness of seven weeks. She was 35 years of age. Mrs. Sloan lived here for a number of years.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Julesburg Methodist church, with Rev. Glenn Barney officiating. Interment was at Holyoke Memorial Park. The Austin Funeral Home of Julesburg was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Irene Sloan was born February 17, 1924, at New Germantown, Pennsylvania, the youngest of five children of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Shambaugh. The family moved to Holyoke when she was 2 years old. Here she grew to womanhood, attending the Holyoke schools. After graduation she worked as a bookkeeper.

She was married to James Sloan on October 23, 1944. They made their home in the New Haven community for several years, then moved to Julesburg where they have lived since. Three children were born to this union, Vickie Sue, Vernon Ray and Shelly Jo.

Mrs. Sloan was a member of the Methodist church, and took an active part in the Sunday school and the choir. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Royal Neighbors of America. She had been employed as telephone operator at the Julesburg office for three years up to the time of her death.

Survivors include her husband, James; the three children, Vickie, Vernon and Shelly; her mother, Mrs. Faith Shambaugh, of Holyoke and Tucson, Arizona; two sisters, Mrs. Melvin Ellis, Eckley, Colorado and Mrs. Elwood Trostle of Tucson, and two brothers, Lloyd Shambaugh, Denver, and Guy Shambaugh, Billings, Montana.

Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, December 29, 2005

Laura B. Ellis, age 89, died December 15, 2005 in Colorado Springs. Laura was born October 14, 1916 in Holyoke to Vern and Faith (Briggs) Shambaugh.

She married Melvin Ellis in 1937 and they made their home in farm country near Holyoke. They moved to a farm north of Eckley in 1946 and raised their seven children until moving to Eckley in 1957. They moved to Salida in 1968, and relocated to Colorado Springs in 1978.

Laura was a very happy and energetic person and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Her husband Melvin, one brother, two sisters, a son-in-law and a great grandson preceded her in death.

Survivors include her brother, Lloyd Shambaugh; seven children, Stan and Carolyn Knapton, Alan and Alice Brown, Tom and Kathy Ellis, Max and Julie Ellis, Lila Jiron, Jerry and Sandy Ellis and Mervin Ellis; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held December 19, 2005 in Colorado Springs.


Helen T. Shambaugh, 95, of Boise, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013 in a local assisted living facility. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 10 a.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Boise, with burial to follow at Dry Creek Cemetery. The family will greet friends at a viewing on Friday, March 1, from 5-8 p.m., at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.Helen was born on January 9, 1918, in Richfield, PA, to Cloyd G. Trostle and Joyce Dietz Trostle. After graduating high school, Helen completed nurses training and business college. She married Guy Richard Shambaugh on Dec. 26, 1946 in Harrisburg, PA. Together they resided in Harrisburg, Holyoke, CO, Iliff, CO, Sterling, CO, Trinidad, CO, Billings, MT, Westminster, CO, and Boise. She was employed as a nurse and also worked as a homemaker. Helen's hobbies included music, arts, crafts, socializing and dancing. She enjoyed serving in her church, travelling, singing, serving others, bible studies-leading several bible studies over the years. She was a member in Choral Society of Harrisburg, PA. Helen helped set up and worked in the initial Head Start Program in Denver, and again in Boise. Helen was a caregiver to many, both young and older, throughout her life. She was also a very active volunteer in her church home.Helen is survived by her son Michael Richard and Debbie Shambaugh, and their son Stanley Shambaugh; a daughter, Patricia Leigh and Leonard Engel, and their children, Korrin Leigh Engel and John Paul Engel; and a daughter, Helen Kay Morse and her son Justin Morse.She was preceded in death by her husband Guy R. Shambaugh; her parents, Joyce and Cloyd Trostle; and brothers Edward A. Trostle, Paul A. Trostle, and Raymond E. Trostle.

Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, September 10, 1942


Sgt. Guy Shambaugh, recently promoted from corporal technician, arrived Monday evening on a 10-day furlough from Brooks Field, Texas for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.A. Shambaugh, and with other relatives and friends.

Sergeant Shambaugh has been in the service since August 1941. He took his basic training at Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyoming, prior to being sent to Brooks Field last January. He has since been stationed there.



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