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Carl Carlson, Yuma

In 1930 Yuma County, Carl is farming 41, Laura 40, Eleanor 14, Elizabeth 12, Alice L. 10, Edward C. 8, Alvin H. 7, Jack 5, and William H. 2, all born in Kansas.

Carl is listed in the 1934 directory as farming in section 35, 3N 48W - which would be a little north of Yuma.
In the 1937 directory " Carlson, Carl (w) Laura - 620 South Buffalo, Salesman, Ph. 292-R, (Eleanor, Elizabeth, Lucell, Edward, Alvin, Jack, William). "

In 1938, Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Zech and baby son moved to 620 South Buffalo, Yuma, which they recently purchased from Carl Carlson.

In 1940 Big Horn County, Montana, Carl is teaching, Laura is a waitress, with Elizabeth 22 and Alice 20 at a NYA Work College. Carl is 18, Alvin P. 17, Jack 15, and William Howard 10.

June 12, 1980

Laura (Pine) Carlson # 93497253 is buried in Garfield, Kansas "Memorial services for Laura Pine Carlson, who died June 14, 1983, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at United Methodist Church, Garfield. She was executive secretary in the La Crosse Extension Office, teacher at several schools, and church superintendent. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Mothers Club, 4-H, extension service clubs.

Survivors: widower, Carl, of the home; sons, Edward, San Diego; Alvin P., Jack R., both of Helena, Mont.; William H., Casa Grande, Ariz.; daughters, Eleanor C. Flanders, Longmont, Colo.; Elizabeth C. Orndoff, Los Alamos, N.M.; Lucile C. Rogers, Farmington, Mich.; brother, Howard Pine, Santa Barbara, Calif.; sisters, Eva P. Smith, Ruth P. Disney, both of Denver; 20 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren"

Carl # 93497141, is buried in Garfield, Kansas
"Carl Edward Carlson, 97, died Sept. 18, 1985, at Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, Calif. Born July 25, 1888, at Garfield. He married Laura Pine in 1915, near Dodge City. He was a retired farmer, educator, businessman, agent of the County Agricultural Extension in Kansas and an educational adviser for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Wyoming.

Survivors: sons, Carl Jr., San Diego, Alvin P., Helena, Mont., Jack P., Missoula, Mont., William H., Casa Grande, Ariz; daughters, Eleanor C. Flanders, Longmont, Colo., Elizabeth C. Orndoff, Los Alamos, N.M., and Lucile C. Rogers, Farmington Hills, Mich.; 20 grandchildren; and 22 great- grandchildren. "


Carl didn't stay in Yuma long, but their daughter Eleanor had an interesting life.

When the Normandy landings of 1944 occurred, Eleanor Flanders was already 28 years old. In fact, she had been married on that very day three years prior, and her wedding anniversary would from then on be known as D-Day.

She was 53 when the Woodstock Festival happened in New York State, and 64 when John Lennon was assassinated. She was 75 when Iraq invaded Kuwait, leading to the first Gulf War.

The lady, who turned 100 on Easter Sunday, has seen a lot in her lifetime, including a whole lot of changes in Longmont, which was almost exclusively a farm town when she moved here to live with her Longmont native husband Laurence Flanders in 1941.

"Longmont had a population of about 7,000 people when I was married in 1941," she said. "Everything revolved around the farmers. That was the case until about 1965 when IBM came in between Longmont and Boulder. Longmont was instantly changed from rural to urban. The school population doubled, so it grew very fast. Over the years, it changed. The secretaries at the law firms got better jobs at IBM, so everybody had to raise the wages. It changed everything."

Eleanor Carlson was born in Spearville, Kan., on March 27, 1916, and lived there until she was 14, when her family bought a farm in Yuma, Colo. She married Laurence Flanders on June 6, 1941, an event that coincided with her moving to Longmont, where she remained for 67 years

Her husband's family has lived in Longmont for 150 years, with Fred Flanders serving as mayor from 1927 to 1929. Frank Secor, another relative of Laurence, was mayor from 1909 to 1911.

Laurence, who died at the age of 91, was a lawyer with his grandfather's firm Secor & Secor. That company still exists today, though it is now called Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn.

"Water law was important to the farmers, and the law firms worked by contracts," Flanders recalled.

Eleanor Flanders was known to be a philanthropist and was active on the St. Vrain Valley School District School Board, spearheading the Education Foundation in 1985. That organization provides grants to educators within the St. Vrain Valley. In addition, she was named Colorado Mother of the Year in 1972, after taking the Longmont Mother of the Year title in 1971.

All four of Flanders' children still live in Longmont, with daughter Laurel Umile, 74, living in the Judge Secor house on Pratt Street.

"The house has never been out of the family," Umile said of the house that was built in 1903 for former mayor Frank Secor. "It's been passed down through generations, and that's important to us.'

A portrait of Eleanor Flanders, dated March 26, 1966.

(Longmont Times-Call File / Longmont Times-Call)

Today, Eleanor Flanders resides at the Covenant Village of Colorado nursing home in Westminster, but she looks back on her years in Longmont with nostalgic joy, even though she didn't initially want to live there.

"When my husband proposed, I said that I wanted to marry him but didn't want to live in Longmont," she said. "I thought that it was a dusty little farm town with hogs on one end and sugar beets in the fall, just like the little Kansas towns that I grew up in. He promised me that it would never be dull. It never was."

According to Flanders, the secret to a long and happy life is staying active and taking care of your health, while remaining optimistic.

"I think you need to take advantage of your opportunities," she said. "Walk through that door."

April 25, 1973, Eleanor Flanders, named Colorado Mother of the Year April 25, 1973, Eleanor Flanders, named Colorado Mother of the Year (Times-Call file / Longmont Museum and Cultural Center)Flanders will celebrate her birthday with her family and friends at a private event Satu

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