Yuma County Pioneers

Voyle Vernell Dorrance and Nina Spriggs

Voyle was born November 20, 1888 in Clinton, Iowa to Frederick Lawrence Dorrance and Mable B. (Bannister) Dorrance. (and that Mable died in Wray December 22, 1928)

Voile registered for WWI in McCook, Nebraska

1902 “Voil Dorrance entered the intermediate grade.  Voil is James and Ina Carwin’s cousin from Essex, Ia., who will make his home here.”

1908 “Voyle V. Dorrance and Miss Nina M. Sprigg were united in marriage Saturday, March 28, by Judge J.S. Hendrie at the court house.  Many friends extend best wishes to the happy young folks.”

Nina was the daughter of Ed Sprigg, so the granddaughter of May Sprigg.

See the SPRIGG Page for that family.


Nov 1917 “Voile Dorrance came up from his home in McCook Friday and stayed over Sunday with his mother, Mrs. George Long, of four miles east of Wray”.
September 1917 “Mrs. Voyle Dorrance  of McCook stopped off here Sunday evening on her way home from Denver and visited with her sister, Mrs. Chris Arneson.”


This is probably about 1923, so Everett would be 13, Edward 12 Lester 10, Wilson 8, Vella 7, and Delbert 3.

This is Chester Dorrance, Voyle's brother, who was a wallpaperer / painter in Wray with Josephine.  On the right is Nina and Voyle Dorrance.  Thanks to the Tofflemeyer Family.


Voyle and Nina are buried in Grandview cemetery.

The Toflemeyer tree says this is Mable and grandson Everett in Colorado

In 1880 Essex, Page County Iowa, Mable is 20, daughter of W.W. and Bricker Banister.

Mable married George Long - who must have been prosperous, because he was a stockholder and director of a Wray bank.

In 1910 George and Mabel (sic) are in Laird, with Voyle Dorrance, 21, and Violet Long 8.

1910 "Geo. Long, east of town, returned from Denver Tuesday with three cars of stock cattle which he has added to the herds on his ranch.  George is not only one among the best fellows in Yuma county, but has the knack of being a successful cattle ranchman along with his other virtues."

1912 "Mrs. and Mrs. Geo. Long and daughter of five miles northeast were shopping in the county seat Saturday."

In 1920 George and Mable are in the Laird precinct.  George said he was 50, born in Ireland, immigrating in 1894.  Violet Dorrance, 17, granddaughter, is with them.



Violette must be a daughter of Chester Dorrance  1922

Royal A. Gentry, born in Fairbury, Nebraska,  married Pearl (Faden) Beath in Whatcom County, Washington in 1923.


Royal died young - cancer - and is buried in Grandview.  His father Charles A. Gentry 1866-1911 is also in Grandview.

In 1909 "Chester Dorrance of Fairbury, Nebraska is visiting his mother Mrs. Geo. Long."

In 1910 Josephine is with her parents in Merrick County Nebraska with year-old Paul.

Chester, born January 29, 1883, married Josephine Martin, 1890-1978. 

Chester registered for WWi in San Francisco, with a home address the same as employer's 259 Pacific Bldg.    He listed Josephine in Central City, Nebraska as closest relative.

Chester died February 2, 1966.  Both are in the Central City, Nebraska cemetery.

Source: The Sterling Advocate
Publication Date: Monday - November 4,1946
Region: Sterling, Colorado
Headline: Obituaries

Mrs. Viola B. Carwin Resident of Proctor Region, Dies Sunday
Funeral services will be conducted a 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the A.D. Jackson & Son mortuary for Mrs. Viola Banister Carwin, aged 78 years, who died at 10:30 o'clock Sunday night near Peetz. Mrs. Carwin had been in poor health for six years and was bedfast for thirty days. She resided in the Proctor community for 27 years.
Mrs. Carwin was born December 9,1867 in Ohio, daughter of William W.- and Sarah Bricker Banister. She resided at Hamburg and Essex, IA., growing to womanhood at the latter place. Following graduation from high school she taught at Essex. She was married in 1888 to William B. Carwin.
They moved to Wray, Colorado in 1900 and later went to Nebraska, finally establishing their home near Proctor. Two years ago, they moved to the Peetz district. Mr. Carwin died February 6,1941.
Surviving Mrs. Carwin are three sons, James G. Carwin of La Jara, Donald B. Carwin and Ronald N. Carwin of Proctor a daughter Mrs. Ina McGhee of Peetz, with whom Mrs. Carwin lived recently; a brother W.E. Banister and a sister, Miss Emma Banister, both of Woodward, Oklahoma and 14 grandchildren, 12 great - grandchildren.

More About Viola Banister:
Burial: November 04, 1946, Riverside, Logan County. ,Sterling, CO


In 1910 Wray William W. Carwin is a stock raiser "buying and selling" He and Viola have James 21 - a drayman, Elizabeth H.  22 daughter-in-law, Ina B. 16, and year-old twins Donald and Ronald.
Children of William Carwin and Viola Banister are:

James G. Carwin, born September 16, 1888 in Minnesota - one tree said he married Elizabeth Harriet Cox June 10, 198 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  It also said he died April 1963 in Colorado and Elizabeth died February 1977 in Orem, Utah.

Ina B. Carwin, born August 21, 1893 in Essex, Page, Iowa; died April 15, 1968 in Peetz ,Colorado. She married McGee; died Unknown.

 Donald B. Carwin, born July 28, 1908 in Wray, Colorado; died March 05, 1977.

 Ronald North Carwin, born July 28, 1908 in Wray, Colorado; died May 30, 1949 in Sterling, CO ( drowned).<

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