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Yuma County Pioneers - Jacob and Alwilda Edman

Name: Jacob Edman
Father: Jacob Edman
Mother: Mahala Armstrong
Birth Date: 17 Jun 1851
City: Staunton
County: Highland
State: VA


In 1900 Washington County , just over the county line, Minor A. Edman, born October 1893 in Illinois, is the only child of Jacob Edman, 49, a sheepherder, and Alevilda, 48. 

Minor gave a recitation at a school program in Hyde - the settlement where they lived in 1900.

In 1906 Minor was neither tardy nor absent for a month of school in Yuma.

Alwieda was trying to get a mortgage paid in 1907 for land in Section 25, 2n 48 w - (very near the town of Yuma)

In 1909 Minor was attending school in Yuma.

Jacob's recorded in the Yuma Cemetery as a death in 1909

In 1910 Elvieda is widowed, has her own farm, and Minor is living with her in  Eckley Colorado - twenty miles east of Hyde

In 1911 Minor passed the examination for eighth grade in Yuma County.

In May 1912 Alwieda Edman of Eckley made final proof

In October 1912 "Mr. Minor Edman and Miss Lyvern Long were the guests of honor at a dinner, given by the former's mother, at her home east of town (Yuma), last Sunday.  The affair was given in honor of the birthday of Mr. Edman and Miss Long, and those present were Mr. George Haver and family, Mr. Tirrill Stallings and family, Miss Mae Brown, and Messrs. Roy Stark, Glade Adams, Clyde Murphy, Frank Brown and John Chase.  All report a good time and lots of good things to eat, and departed wishing that birthdays could come oftener than once a year.

March 28, 1913 Pioneer "Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Minor Edman, December 8, a fine baby."

In 1913 Oliver Strawder bought ten head of nice shoats of Minor Edman.

In November 1913 the Edman home, west of Eckley, was the scene of a surprise party Sunday, it being Mrs. Edman's birthday.  Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Probasco of Indianola, Nebr; Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Wuergler and son of Walsenburg; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hess, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Dreece, Mr. and Mr. Chester McCafferty and son, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Sullivan and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harley East and family, Mr. Louis Wuergler and mother, Misses Grace and Bertha Hess and Miss Edith Wuergler.  A magnificent dinner was served and all who were present report a most enjoyable time.

In May 1914 County Clerk McKinney issued a marriage license to Minor Edman and Miss Sarah Gardner both of Eckley.  Rev. Breckinridge performed the ceremony.

It was a busy month for him.  He, along with Amos Brown, and Joseph Underdown were tried in Federal court for taking  coal from the Burlington Railroad.  Because of a strike in the northern and southern Colorado coal fields and a bitter November,   "The dry famers used all of their supply of fuel and waited in vain for a promised car of coal. When it failed to arrive they grew desperate and carted away two-thirds of a car of coal consigned to Nebraska points."

Yuma Pioneer  Friday November 8, 1918
                         Minor Edman died at his home at Eckley Thursday, October 31, aged 25 years and 22 days.  He was born at Charleston, Coles County, Illinois.  His parents brought him to Colorado when he was four years of age and he had lived in Yuma County since that time.  At the time of his death, Mr. Edman was postmaster at Eckley.  His mother, wife and two children are left to mourn his loss.  The interment was at the Yuma Cemetery

In 1942 the heirs of Miner R. Edman, deceased, were Sarah Ellen Edman Leonard, Dorothy Alwilda Edman Ratliff, and Cecile Arbelia Edman Smith.


Elmer and Carrie Gardner soon moved to Missouri, and probably that's why Sarah moved there a couple of years later.

The Gardners had been in Missouri in 1900, Dundy County Nebraska (right over the line from Yuma County) in 1910.

Jacob, Arwilda, and Minor are in the Yuma Cemetery, lot 71. I couldn't find a newspaper account of Arwilda's re-marriage (the 1922 atlas has her land under "Arwilda Best" and the tombstone has Jacob Edman June 15, 1871 - July 10, 1909

Arwilda Edman - Best November 9, 1852 - February 16, 1928.

Alwilda French was recorded in the Yuma mortuary in 1928.

In 1930 the land in 29 and 32, 2N 42W was a topic of the "Estate of Alwilda French, deceased."
1944 Eckley "Mrs. Vesta French of Amarillo, Texas and Mrs. Don French of Denver arrived in Eckley Saturday morning for an extended visit with Mr. and Ms. W. P. French and Mr. and Mrs. Ora French and other relatives and friends in this vicinity.

1945 Eckley "Rithie French.. missed a few days of school recently sufffering from measles."



LAKELAND - Nancy L. Taylor, 76, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 peacefully at home due to complications of a stroke. She was born in Charleston, Illinois to August and Dorothy Edman. She moved to Florida at the age of 2. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, of 56 years, Jack Taylor; daughters, Nanci Nickerson, Vicki Redmon, and Valeri Roberts; a son, Jack L. Taylor II; and grandchildren, Tara Bent, Duane Roberts, Crystal Lewis, Deanna Wright, and Dallas Roberts.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

One Ancestry tree has Dorothy marrying Arnold Floyd Ratliff (March 18, 1912 in Arkansas-April 18, 1986 in Sacramento), and one child being Jackie EDMOND (bet it should be Edman) Ratliff November 21, 1938 in Arkansas and dying November 3, 2007 in Sacramento.

In Redding, Shasta County, August 26 1953; Frankie Guy-Rawlings against Dorothy A. Rawlings, interlocutery decree, cruelty.

Monday, September 07, 1959 Sacramento Bee :
" The announcement for a marriage license for Hal Grondsman, 40, and Dorothy Arwilda Rawlings, 45, both of Redding."

Dorothy Arwilda Grondsman - died December 30, 1993

The same tree has Sarah Ellen Merietha Gardner.

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