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Alexander and Margery Halden, Yuma

Possibly Alex is the Alexander Stewart Haldane born May 20, 1833 in Dundee, Scotland to Robert Haldane and Grace BOrrie.
In 1870 Chenoa, Illinois, Alex Halden 35 is a gunsmith, with Marjery 35, both born in Scotland.
The McLean County Illinois court has HALDAN, ALEXANDER Nataturalization Record Book A page 201, " 20th day of January 1875 Declaration of Intent; From England "
In Chenoa, Illinois in 1880, Alexander is a tinner, 47, Margery 46, both born in Scotland

SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 367,517, dated August 2, 1887.
Be it known that I, ALEXANDER HALDAN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Yuma, in the county of Washington and State of Colorado, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Windmills; and I do declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the letters and figures of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.


Alexander Halden is in the 1900 census of Yuma, a tinner, born May 1833 in Scotland, immigrating in 1866, widowed. He has a 50-year—old housekeeper Iona Duston.
1904 " See the Denver ---the world's greatest mower, at Haldan's .-Alex Ludlum ."

John Abbott's narration of town history mentions merchants "Halden & Pate."

Rollie Deering wrote "When my grandfather, John Deering, was 10 he transferred from his school at Grafton, NE, to the frame grade school on the west side of Yuma.
He would walk across the prairie into Yuma on Sunday and back home on Friday night.
During the week he slept on a cot in a loft above a “tinner’s shop” which I understand was on the west side of Main Street between what is now 2nd and 3rd.

In 1910 the town paid Alex Halden $114.48 for gasoline and wind mill repairs.
Alexander is buried in Yuma 1832-1914 with Marjory dying 1898.

April 24, 1914


1896 Denver "Two cases of lunacy were tried before Judge Steele this morning - Ione Dustin, a woman about 50 years of age, and George Crozin, a young man who showed no apparent indications that he was afflicted with loss of mind. The two were both in the court room and showed a marked contrast as to manias. The Dustin woman was a good looking woman, well dressed, but wild with laughter at one interval and anger at the next. Crozin was quiet and docile and appeared to be greatly humiliated because the crazy woman would insist upon talking to him. "You act like you were paying an election bet," said the woman to Crozin during one of her merry moments. He looked up, scowled as if resentful of the accusation, even in his condition, and replied: "No, mam! No, mam! I ain't either." An elderly lady who came in and who appeared to be an acquaintance of the unfortunate woman, was the victim of wrath that caused consternation in the court room. The woman fairly stormed -curses of the vilest kind were mingled with hisses, while her eyes shot forth a defiance that was more than horrible. It was necessary for the kindly neighbor who had called to console her to take a seat in another part of the room before the crazy woman would be quieted. In a brief moment her demeanor had changed and she was importuning an attorney to "telephone for a handkerchief" for her. Then her attention was attracted to her own name as it appeared on the court bulletin board and she was again in the throes of anger that knew no bounds. An innocent sponge that had been carelessly dropped at the foot of the board became the victim of her wrath and for a period of about five minutes it was the gayest thing in the court room. Every time she came within kicking distance of it she kicked it and when the court bailiff interfered his presence seemed to be a joke and again she took a jolly view of life. Poor Crozin watched her incantations and peculiar actions with an evident feeling of disgust and would not sit in the seat beside her where the bailiff had assigned him to a seat… George Crozin is the man mentioned in The Post some time ago as having lost his mind while in the county jail, incarcerated on the charge of vagrancy. Before entering that place his mind was apparently sound, but brooding over the fact that he had been placed in jail for the crime of being out of money and out of employment seemed to disarm him. He was also adjudged insane. "

1899 "Miss Iona Duston is having the Schuck building fitted up for her confectionary and ice cream parlor "
June 1899
1902 "Mrs. Iona Duston visited a couple of days this week at the home of Alex Haldan."
Possibly she's the Elizabeth L. Dustin in 1910 Denver, 58 born in Wisconsin, widowed, a private nurse, boarding with May Mullendore 35. Elizabeth's had two kids, one living.
Her father was born in Maine, mother in Kentucky.

Iona Dustin married Rhodes Allen in Denver March 6, 1911. She's buried in Denver January 1912 - no headstone "payment by Dr. Rhodes Allen." Married, 55 years old, last residence 2560 Lawrence.
1896 Goodland, Kansas "C. A. Brannon, Rhodes Allen and Ed Umbarger left Wednesday for Cripple Creek. "

On the 6th of June, 1900, Judge Butler was united in marriage with Miss Emma Allen, of Cripple Creek, Colorado, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes Allen. Fraternally be is a Mason and in his life exemplifies the beneficent spirit of the craft. He has membership in the Denver Bar Association, and the Colorado Bar Association, of which he served a term as first vice president. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the American Judicature Society. While a resident of Teller county, Colorado, he served for two terms as president of the County Bar Association. His interest has ever centered in his profession and he has won distinguished honors in this field.

Goodland Kansas 1901 Miss Emma Allen, formerly of this county, was married to Charles C.Butler at Cripple Creek, Colo., Wednesday evening. Miss Allen is a daughter of Rhodes Allen and a sister of Mrs. G.L.Calvert of Goodland. Mr. Butler is a leading lawyer of Cripple Creek.

On June 5, 1901, at Cripple Creek, Judge Butler married Miss Emma Allen, a daughter of Rhodes Allen, and they reside at 1138 Downing street, Denver.

Rhodes Allen 1845-1919 is buried in Goodland.

In November, 1892, in Sherman County, Mr. Calvert married Miss Etta Allen. Her father, Rhodes Allen, lives at Denver, Colorado. Mr. and Mrs. Calvert have three children. Opal Virginia, born August 9, 1895, is a graduate of the Sherman County High School, has a life teacher's certificate from the Fort Hays Normal School, taught in Sherman County but is now serving as court reporter and stenographer and is secretary of the Calvert Realty Company. Leonard B., born July 31, 1901, is a sophomore in the Sherman County High School. Allen G., born March 9, 1908, is in the grammar school at Goodland.  

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