Yuma County, Colorado
Yuma County Pioneers:
In November 1901 the Gazette "The article in last Saturday's News (maybe the
Rocky Mountain News ?) in regard to the killing of Elzqa Lay was erroneous.
Elza is in New Mexico."
marriage was in Vernal Utah in 1899
Wray Rattler: Yuma County, Colorado. September 2, 1910. JWS
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Sprigg departed for Wyoming the first of the week to
visit Mrs. Sprigg’s brother. They made the trip in their automobile and
expect to be gone ten days.
Wray Rattler: Yuma County, Colorado, October 7, 1910. JWS
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Sprigg are enjoying a visit from Mrs. Spriggs’
brother and wife of Wyoming.
Ancestry tree said her full name was
Maggie Luetta Lay
Marriage Notes for MAGGIE
From the Yuma County Clerk's Marriage
index: Maggie Lay married Homer C
Sprigg Aug 14, 1896.
The county clerk's office has the marriage certificate on
file showing that the marriage
took place at 8:00 am, Aug 14, 1896 by the
Baptist minister in Laird. Rev
E.L Steele conducted the services with W.H
Porter and Anna Myer as
From the Yuma County Clerk's Marriage index: Maggie Lay married Homer C
Sprigg Aug 14, 1896.
In 1885 Washington County Kansas H.C. Sprigg is 10, one of seven kids living
with J.S. and E.J. Sprigg.
He claimed land in the on the "three-state" intersection of Colorado, Kansas,
and Nebraska, and in 1900 Homer C.and Maggie L. both 26, have Eulela J. -one
year old -farming in Glendale, Arapahoe County. They said they were married
Maggie must had two residences, because Maggie L. Spriggs proved up a quarter
in 1901 about six miles west of Homer's quarter.
In 1910 they're in Haigler, Dundy County, Nebraska. Eulela is 11, Leone
8, Mary 7, and unnamed six-month old daughter.
In 1920 they're in Granite, Phillips County, Kansas, with Isabelle 10, Maxine
B. 7, and James H.R. 2.
In 1925 they're in Norton County, Kansas H.C. is a Farmer, and he and
Maggie have Esibel, Maxine, son Jesse, and Leon
In 1920 Granite, Phillips County Kansas Homer and Maggie have Isabelle 10,
Maxine B. 7 and James H.R. 2.
They're on the same page as Maggie's parents
In 1930 there's a Homer C. Sprigg, 56, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with Nellie
V. 53 and James L. 12.
In 1940 Goshen County County, Wyoming Homer Spriggs is 66, widowed, a poultry
handler, and FindAGrave has him buried in the Torrington Cemetery. September 26,
In 1940 James is living with sister Maxine Whitmarsh /Whitemarsh in Topeka.
He's 21, an office boy. In 1941 he was elected president of the Kansas
Baptist Young People's Union.
1961 Montana "Rev
James L Sprigg of Livingston "
1963 Livingston Montana "The
Rev James Sprigg
is pastor of the local church"
1964 Montana "The Rev. James L. Sprigg officiated, and burial was in
the Missoula Cemetery".
1962-1964 .. "the Librarian, Mrs. Pearl Sprigg, ... appeared in the Livingston
with three column spreads. "
1983 Merced, California
One Ancestry tree says he was born May 9, 1917 in Stratton Nebraska, married
Pearl Alice Woolfolk November 1, 1946 in San Carlos, California, died March 21,
1988 in Livingston, Montana, and is buried in the Baptist Church in the
Great Valley, Devon, Pennsylvania.
The 1916-1917 Blue Book of Music lists in Denver Our Isabelle
would have been only six years old, so this is probably another one.
SCHWEIKHER MUSIC CLUB ,
FREDERICK SCHWEIKHER President Miss ISABEL SPRIGG, 2151 Gilpin Street
In January 1923 Isabelle Sprigg was piano accompanist at a concert in
Yonkers, New York
At a 1931 concert in Kingston, New York "Miss Fox was accompanied at the
piano by Miss Isazbel Sprigg."
There's an Isabelle Spriggs in New York City in 1940, born in Nebraska -
working as a piano accompanist.
From the July 9, 1925 issue of the "Colorado Patriot":
Mrs Homer C Sprigg, died Jul 4, 1925, Alameda, KS, age 52, daughter of Mr and
Mrs James Lay of Laird. (No other Genealogical information was in the obit)
(wonder if this was Almena, Kansas, where son Leon was living?)
From the Yuma County Cemetery Index, Wray's Grandview Cemetery, under the name H. Spriggs:
Range 4, Block 3, Lot 12, Owner: H. Spriggs
Maggie L Spriggs 1873 - 1925
Raymond Spriggs 19 Apr 1897 - 1897, Son of H.G. and M.L. Spriggs "Our baby at
Mary Spriggs 1 Feb 1903 - 15 Mar 1913, Daughter of H.G. and M.L. (the rest can't
Nellie Ellen Spriggs 12 Dec 1905 - 26 Dec 1905
Zella Mae Spriggs 4 July 1907 - 6 Oct 1908
FindAGrave has Leon J. Sprigg 1901-1980 and Ester D. Sprigg 1902-1995 in the
Almena Kansas cemetery.
It shows 4 of the 5 children of Maggie and Homer Sprigg who survived to
adulthood--Lela (Eulela), my father Jim (James), Maxine, and Leon. Their sister
Isabelle is missing. - Peter Sprigg
John Smith Sprigg
the tree said died in 1885 in Washington County, Kansas.
In 1900 Charles McGrew is a day laborer in Laird, born February 1849 in
Pennsylvania of Irish parents Elizabeth was ten years older, born July
1838. (The Irvin McGrew homesteading forty miles away in Washington County is
not likely a nephew )
1903 Mrs. S. J. McGrew took first place in Fancy Apron at the fair.
1904 "Give Mrs. McGrew your orders for the famous Racine Hosiery."
"Mr. John Sprigg of Illinois, arrived here Thursday and surprised his brother
Charley and his mother Mrs. E.J. McGrew by calling on them that evening.
They had not seen him for about seventeen years so did not recognize him at
first. He intends to stay here this summer and visit with his relatives."
December 1910 "Mr. and Mrs. Chas. McGrew have purchased the James Lay
property in north Laird and will soon move in from the sand hills."
Charles had proved up a quarter about five miles northeast of Wray, and it's
definitely "in the sand hills."
March 1910 Laird "Chas McGrew and wife have moved into their property vacated
In 1900 Thayer County Nebraska Ed SPRAGUE and A. Martha have Nina July 1889,
Neal June 1891, Robert March 1893, and Ruth July 1898,
Edward Sprigg has a dray line in Wray, with Mattie A. 38, born in Missouri.
She's had eight children, six alive. With them are Neil 18, Robert L. 17,
Ruth 11 (these three in Nebraska) Melvin H. 8 and Marie E. 1 (both in Colorado).
Ed had taken a cash claim for a quarter about fifteen miles north of Wray in
January 1913 Neal Sprigg was one of the six members of Wray Fire Department
#4 (North Wray).
March 1913 "Clyde Cunningham and Jack Finn bought the dray business of E.G.
Spriggs this week and will take charge of the business the 15th of this month.
Messrs. Cunningham and Finn have lately made final proof on their homesteads
north of town and will move to Wray. Mr. Spriggs has not yet decided what
he will do, but will try and find some lighter work than draying. He has
reached the age in life where the heavy work in connection with draying and the
exposure which he must necessarily endure in bad weather is to (sic) much for
him and some other line of work which is not so strenuous will be more suitable
September 1913 "Neal Spriggs, who has been in the employment of George Long
of four miles northeast for the past several months, resigned his work Monday
morning and Wednesday accompanied his mother, Mrs. Ed Springgs, and his sister
and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Arnison, to McCook, Nebraska, as they were going
thru from Denver. Neal expects to accompany his mother on her return and
take up work with his father in Edgewater near the capital, for the coming
September 1913 "Mrs. Chris Arnison came up yesterday morning from her home in
McCook, Nebraska, and is visiting her friend, Miss Alta Andrews. Mrs.
Arnison is better known to Wray people by her unmarried name, Miss Ruth Spriggs,
as she lived with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Spriggs, for the past few years
until their removal to Edgwater (sid) near Denver a few months ago."
In 1920 Denver Ed is a teamster, and he and Martha with no kids live on
Bryant Street. Ed was killed when his truck was hit by a train, and he's
buried in Grandview.
June 16, 1911
November 1911 Laird "Chas. McGrew has his new store open for business."
December 1911 "C,A, McGraw *sic) of Laird was a business visitor in our city
(Wray) from Wednesday until Friday evening last week. Mr. MCGraw has
disposed of his notion stock to William Burkett, who just took possession last
July 31, 1913
The same Ancestry tree says Mattie J. born 1870 in Missouri, died 1898 in
Laird and that Ethel M. born 1877 died in Laird in 1908
From Grandview Cemetery, Wray, Colorado by Aileen Tombaugh
Range 4, Block 2, Lot 8, Graves 5-8, Owner H. Sprigg
5. Katie E. Sprigg 4 Jul 1871 - 22 Dec 1898, dau of J.S. & E.J.
6. Ethel Burns 22 Jun 1877 - 17 Mar 1897, wife of J.A.
8. Elizabeth J McGrew 28 Jul 1839-16 Jun 1911
The relationship of the four (actually seven) folks in the Wray Cemetery
Elizabeth Jane Squires Sprigg McGrew was the mother of Homer (the plot
owner), Katie and Ethel Sprigg. Her first husband John Sprigg died in 1885
in Kansas and she married a Charles McGrew in 1888 shortly after she moved
Ethel Sprigg Burns died about two years after her marriage to Joseph Burns
and she was buried in a half-lot purchased by her brother Homer.
Ethel's older sister Katie died in 1898 and was buried beside
When their mother, Elizabeth, died she was buried in the family lot with her
Ethel's husband, Joseph a ranch hand who worked for McGrew, died in 1950 (he
had remained a single widower for 53 years and raised their son by himself)
and was "probably buried" in the unmarked grave beside her listed as vacant.
The only clue to his burial was in his 1950 obit, "Graveside services were
held at Grandview Cemetery."
October 1913 "Word was received in Wray this week of the marriage of Lee
Spriggs, formerly of Wray, but for the past year of near Columbus Ohio.
Mr. Spriggs was married October 9 to Miss Vera Kedleigh, of Collins, Ohio, at
which place the young couple have rented a farm and intend making their home for
the present at least."
1899 Charles Spriggs' quarter was going for auction by a Sheriff's Sale.
1912 Rattler "Charles Sprigg, who went down to Minden this week to look
after a hotel building he owns, came into this office and pushed his
subscription up a year Tuesday."
Charles is in Pottawattamie County, Iowa in 1925.
He's there in 1940, 74, married to Mary, 57, born New York
In 1914 the Yuma Pioneer said "L.O. Spriggs, of Joes, left for Hastings,
Nebraska on the train Tuesday."
Pearl and Alfere (sic)
were in charge of the Christian .R. Schilt store
at Haigler - and he also had a store at
Armel. Pearl was 16 in 1910, and
in 1900 was "Alma P." Alma
Pearl Schilt and Alferd Schilt graduated
from the Haigler school in 1911, married
Roy Hines of Haigler soon after, had a
newborn buried in the Haigler cemetery.
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