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Elizabeth Kissinger, son Aron L. and Sarah "Sadie" (Shreve) Kissinger, daughter Mary (Kissinger) and William Wheatley

In 1850 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Jacob Kissinger is 34, a laborer, with Elisabeth 29, "Lightner" 6, Albert 4, and Mary Matilda 1.

In 1860 DuPage County, Illinois, Lightner Kissinger is 16, a laborer for teh Henry Netzley family.

In 1870 Cook County, Illinois, Elizabeth is 50, Mary 20, both born in Pennsylvania.

Sarah's father Amos was killed at Kenesaw Mountain, and is buried in Marietta National # 3956443.

In 1880 Tazewell County, Illinois, Aaron is a railway agent, 32, living with mother Elizabeth Kessinger 62, widowed.

Aaron L. Kissinger cash-claimed a quarter in 8, 3N 47W in 1890, and proved up one in 5 in 1894. Elizabeth cash-claimed one in 1891 in section 5, 5oo.

Elizabeth must be Aaron's mother. William Wheatley cash-claimed a quarter in 5, next to Aaron, also in 1890.

In 1900 Elbert County, Colorado, Elizabeth Kissinger born December 18919 in Pennsylvania, widowed, with two of five children still living. She's living with Mary M. Wheatley born November 1849 in Pennsylvania and kids Mattie Feb 1873 and George June 1881, both born in Illinois.

In 1910 Elbert County, William Wheatley is 61, born in England, a carriage maker, married 38 years to Mary M. 60. Elizabeth Kissinger, 90 is still with them.


In 1895, A.L. was a member of the Yuma G.A.R. post, for service in B, 18th U.S. Infantry.

May 26, 1899 "Last Saturday Mrs. A. L. Kissinger tendered a very nice dinner to several of her friends in honor of her 45th birthday.
Yuma is not what might be termed a social center but these little gatherings bear evidence of the fact, that we have the most royal entertainers in the world.
Mrs. Kissinger has always been popular in Yuma. Among her friends are numbered nearly every resident in the county.
They have resided here so long that everyone knows them and appreciate their friendship."

In 1900 Yuma, Aron is a notary public, born Nov 1843 in Pennsylvania, married 19 years to Sadie J. born May 1854 in Pennsylvania. They have two boardeers.

November 1900 " Last Saturday the old soldier friends of A. L. Kissinger and M. W. Haver were entertained with a party in honor of their birthdays, which come only about a week apart. The dinner was given at the home of Mr. Kissinger and was one of Mrs. K's best efforts. The combined ages of those present was 400 years—just a trifle younger than Kiss. Both of these old veterans know what war means and have faced the guns of the enemy when it meant something, to be an American. Many presents were given the popular comrades of the G.A.R. post, and the day will long be remembered among the old soldiers."

"A L. Kissinger is visiting his mother at Elizabeth, Colorado."

January 29, 1904
" Mrs. Kissinger Is Surprised

Her Friends Show Their Appreciation of Her Work in the Sunday School and Give Her a Surprise.

A number of Mrs. Kissinger's many friends put their heads together in oider to plan a little surprise for her which was duly carried out on Wednesday after noon. The ladies went over to her cosy home and enjoyed the usual hospitality of their hostess for a couple of hours.
Mrs. Kissinger is the superintendent of the Presbyterian Sunday School and she has always labored diligently for the Master's cause. As an appreciative token of the esteem in which they hold her and her efforts in their behalf, her friends presented her with a beautiful cracker bowl, the presentation speech being made by Mrs. George W. Custer. Mrs. Kissinger will no doubt prize their gift as a moving remembrance of her friends and the occasion. Those present were : Mrs. George W. Custer, Mrs. H. C, Hoch, Miss Viola Abbott, Miss Ruby Loring, Miss Leta Abbott, Miss Jennie Patten, Mrs. Binford, Mrs. E. Loring, Mrs, J. M. Abbott and Mrs. J. A. Conley.
1905 Magee items "Deputy Assessor Kissinger was in Magee finding out what people were worth last week."

May 1907 "Mrs. Mary Wheatley of Elizabeth Colorado is visiting her brother, A.L. Kissinger."

January 1909 "William Wheatley who is a brother-in-law of A. L. Kissinger , living at Elizabeth , was thrown to the ground Wednesday in a runaway accident received injuries which probably will prove fatal. His shoulder was broken, his leg fractured in two places and was injured internally. His horse was frightened by an automobile."

In 1910 Yuma, Aron is the land commissioner,, and they have four boarders.

February 17, 1911

March 1917

October 1917 "Mrs. Sadie Kissinger left for Monmouth, Illinois, the latter part of last week, to visit relatives and friends."

November 1917 "Mrs. Sadie Kissinger returned from Illinois Tuesday. Her sister came back with her."

August 23, 1918 "Mrs. Hannah Sharpe, who had been visiting with her sister, Mrs. Sadie Kissinger, for some nine months, departed for Peoria, Illinois, on the afternoon train Tuesday."

January 1919 "Wm. C. Small and family of Creston, Iowa were recent guests at the home of Mr. Small's.... Mrs. Sadie Kissinger."
August 1920 -
These are the lots where the city library was built.

Sadie is widowed in 1920 Yuma, living alone.

April 5, 1928

November 1938 "Mrs. C.H. Bose of East Peoria, Illinois, and Mrs. Louis Ely of Henry, Illinois, came in on the train Tuesday moning and spent the day here looking after business matters. The lasdies are nieces of the late Mrs. Sadie Kissinger."

March 1942 "William Shepherd and family Sunday moved into the Kissinger estate property formerly occupied by the Leonard Nikkel family."


In 1880 Chicago, William Wheatley is a carriage trimmer, 31, with Mary 29, Pennsylvania. Mary 8, Forest 3, and Ethel 1 were all born in Illinios.

George Wheatley was born June 28, 1881 in Chicago to William Wheatley and Mary Matilda Kissinger.


1907 Yuma "George Wheatley, nephew of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Kissinger, of Elizabeth, Colo., spent last week with his relatives."

1907 Elbert County "Mrs. Arnett and two little children, who had been visiting her parents Mr . and Mrs. Wm. Wheatley for a couple of weeks, left for their home in Denver "

"William Wheatley is building a barn 45 x 45 feet, two stories, with carriage shed, on his fine farm two miles east of town. W.L. Potter is the carpenter in charge of the work."

1908 "Mrs. Wm. Wheatley and daughter, Mrs. Thomas Stevens, spent Monday and Tuesady in the Capital."

January 29, 1909

William and Mary are in Denver in 1920, no occupations.

In 1930 Denver William is an auto upholsterer, at age 81, immigrating in 1866.
They have daughter Madie Arner, 58, widowed. with them.

William's estate was probated in Denver, in 1936.

His obituaries are in the November 6,7, and 8, 1936 Denver newspapers.

Mary M. Wheatley's is in December 9, 1939 newspapers.
September 27, 1907 "Frank Stephens and family, Tom Stephens and Miss Ethel Wheatley and C. H. Fox and family visited L. Jenkins and family Sunday."

Ethyl A. Wheatley married Tom Stephens December 25, 1907, recorded in Elbert County.

Tom Stephens 1879-1965 is buried in Elizabeth, Colorado, with Ethyl A. 1879-1919.

Maidie E. Wheatley married Charles W. Arner on October 23, 1901, recorded in Denver.

In 1910 Elbert County, Charles is farming, with Maidie 37, Meredith 7, and Harold W. 5.

In 1920 Pierce County, Washington, Charles W. is a farmer, 62, Maidie 47, with Meredith 17 and Harold 14 both born in Colodrado.

Maide E. is in Denver in 1940, widowed, living alone. She was in Kremmling, Colorado in 1935.

Meredith Arner 1902-1958 is buried in Provo, Utah, # 115395555. (He was farming in Kremmling, Colorado in 1935 and 1940)
"Graveside services for Meredith Arner, 54, who died Friday at his home in Denver, Colo., will be conducted at the East Lawn Memorial Wednesday at 3 p. m. Bishop Harold Jones will officiate at the services. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary from 2 p. m. until time of services. He was born in Denver and on May 9, 1953, he married Leona Olsen in Provo. His wife is surviving."

Harold is buried in San Antonio, Texas "Major, USAF" 1905-1996 # 297568.

George R. Wheatley married Bessie E. Sampson January 24, 1912, recorded in Elbert County.
Thanks to the Sampson family.

In 1916 George R. Wheatley had sued Sadie Kissinger over ownership as heir of her husband. >George 1892-1950 # 217406533 is buried in Kremmling, Colorado, with Bessie (Sampson) Wheatley 1892-1977 # 21740626.

1907 Elbert County, Colorado "William Wheatley left Monday for Middle Park, about fifteen miles west of Sulphur Springs, on the Troublesom. Here he expects for the next two weeks to commune with nature in the silent valley of the mountains and take his siesta without being annoyed by the hum of civilization."

Forrest Wheatley was born in Chicago in 1875 and his brother George R. was born 6 years later. Their parents were English immigrants, William and Mary. The family moved to Denver in 1887 where William pursued his trade of upholstering carriages.

After Forrest returned from service in the Spanish American War in 1900, he and George decided to establish homesteads of 160 acres each on the East Fork of Troublesome Creek. When the expansion of the National Forest land limited the growth of their holdings, they moved to Muddy Creek to the west and ran their operation there until 1929. They continued to purchase additional homesteads on the Troublesome.

The brothers had a disagreement so Forrest and his wife Ida remained on the Muddy while George moved back to the Troublesome. He sold the original claims high on the East Fork. Later he married his neighbor, Bessie Sampson, and they moved back to the Muddy Creek basin and had five children; George, Douglass, Kenneth, Maidie and Gene. Gene drowned in an irrigation ditch while still a young child.

George W. Wheatley, 95, of Windsor died at his home on May 27, 2010. He was born on May 3, 1915 to George R. Wheatley and Bessie E. Sampson in Kremmling, Colorado. He served in the U.S. Navy 1935 - 1939. On September 28, 1939, he married Lillian Cox in Idaho Springs, Colorado. He worked for the North American Aviation Company in California before moving to the Kremmling area where he ranched for 20 years. They then moved to Fort Collins where he worked for the USDA for 19 years before retiring in Windsor.

George enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles and attended the Evangelical Free Church in Windsor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, and 1 brother. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lillian Wheatley of Windsor; daughters, Zee Sala of Windsor, Roma Lee (Steve) Novakovich of Windsor, and Roxanne (Tom) Zahller of Cody, Wyoming; brothers, Douglas Wheatley of Hotchkiss, and Kenneth Wheatley of Kremmling; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at the Evangelical Free Church in Windsor. Interment Lakeview Cemetery.

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