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John R. and Ellen (Copeland) Pittsenbarger

In 1880 Gentry County, Missouri, John R. Pitsenberger is farming, 21, born in Missouri. Parents C. Pitsenberger 49 born in Tennessee, Mary E. 43 born in Ohio. Stephen is 19, born in Missouri, Charles M. 17 in Illinois, Carrie 14 in Indiana, Margaret 12 Indiana, Almer J. 12 Indiana, Zella 10 Indiana, Jacob 7 Indiana, aLeonarrd 4, Indiana, and Mary J. 2 Missourit.

In 1880 La Salle County, Illinois, J.A. Copeland is farming, 56, with Almira 54 Ellen 14, Burt 20 a farm laborer. These four were born in Pennsylvania. CArrie 12 and Cora 10 were born in Ohio. Next household is Wm. Copeland 30 married to Nancy 25 with John 1.
Joseph Alden Copeland 1823-1889 is buried in Peace Valley, Missouri, and Alimira 1824-1908 in Custer County, Oklahoma.

John is in DeKalb County, Missouri in 1900, 41, married to Ellen 34, with Ernest E. 9, Edith R.E. 8, Vernon G. 6, Joseph C. 4, and Delbert R. 1.

In 1910 they're in Jewell County, Kansas, married twenty years. Ellen, born in Pennsylvania, has had eight kids, seven living. Edith is 18, Vernon 16, Joseph 13, Delbert 11, Lloyd 5, and Carrie 2.

In 1920 Jewell County, John is 61, Ellen 54, Joseph 23, Loyd 14, and Opal 12.

Lloyd Pittsenberger was in Yuma County in 1930, with his sister Opal 22, next to John R. Pittsenberger 71 and Elva 64.
They're in Eckley precinct, on the same page as the Woodwards, so that would be the Waverly area.

Opal Pittsenbarger married Lawrence Young on June 21, 1935 in Akron.
They're living in Yuma in 1940, where Lawrence is a painter, with E. Kay 4, John L. 3, and Opal Jean seven months, living with the Pittsenburger parents, John 81 and Ellen 74.

John Robert Pittsenbarger 1858-1942 # 74230292 is buried in Yuma with Ellen Pittsenbarger # 74230350 1865-1948.

December 3, 1942
August 19, 1948
Lawrence and "Karry Opal Pittsenbarger" Young had Ellen in Yuma County January 8, 1936. "lived in Yuma until she was 14. The family moved to the Fort Morgan, Brush, and Weldona areas. She mattended schools in Fort Morgan. In June 1953 she married RichArd Gerstenberger, Sr. and on November 27, 1989 she married Lyle Fetters.
When Edith (Pittsenbarger) Johanek died in Kansas in 1979, "She is survived by one sister, Opal Young, Fort Mortan, Colorado."
Edith died April 11, 1990 in Evans Colorado, and her father, Lawrence Young of Fort Morgan survived her.
Her sister Mrs. Harold (Jean) Franklin of Delta, and a brother Jack Young of Fort Morgan.

C. Opal Young 1907-1982 is buried in Fort Morgan # 69712328, with Lawrence I. 1903-1990.

May 1962 "Loretta Tesmer and Lawrence Young were united in marriage." THIS IS A DIFFERENT ONE
November 26, 1953

Lawrence Young was in Phillips County, Kansas in 1920, 16, with parents James M. 69 and Minnie S. Young 54. Elmer is 31, Walter 25, Lucille IO. 18, Lawrence 16, and Iva V> 13, all kids born in Kansas.

Lawrence had a sister Clara F. Sherrill 1882-1946 buried in Deer Trail, Colorado, and a brother Elmer was there to register for WWI.

His brother Ira J. Young 1898-1957 is buried in Stratton Colorado # 75529376.

James 1862-1943 is buried in Phillips County, # 21466938, with Minnie S. 1865-1943 # 21466931.

April 30, 1964

Iva's second husband Lloyd Smith died in 1979.

In 1910 Lloyd and Gladys Smith are with grandparents William H. and Lucinda Watts in Harlan County. Effie M. Watts was born about 1878 in Illinois.

FindaGrave # 91699758 has Effie May (Morgan) Smith 1877-1904 buried in the same cemetery as William and Lucinda
Effie May Watts, 22, married Forest Smith, age 24, on February 5, 1899 in Harlan County, Nebraska.

Effie born August 1877 in Illinois and Forest, born March 1876 in Michigan, are in Harlan County in 1900.
1908 Stamford, South Dakota "Sunday night about 11:30 o'clock while Gus Tusha was in his shack he heard a team pass and suspecting what was up, he arose and followed it up Brave Bull creek about a mile, where he found three men cutting timber on George Smith's place, five miles north west of Stamford. Tusha crawled to the edge of the creek and saw one man holding a lantern and two others cutting posts. After watching for a while Tusha asked who gave them a right to cut posts. Tusha says they did not answer, but that the lantern was exitinguished and three shots were fired at him in quick succession, after which the trio left, supposing they had killed Tusha. One bullet passed through Tusha's side just below the heart. Tusha crawled to the home of George Smith, exhausted, reaching there about 4:30 o'clock a. m.. Medical aid was summoned and hopes are entertained for his recovery. No arrests have been made, though it is Tusha knows the three men he encountered"
1908 "Sheriff Huston of Stanley County, brought in Forest Smith, Lew Simmonds and Andrew Swarts, charged with being the men who shot Gus Tusha, while they were stealing posts south of Midland a few nights ago. The case was tried Wednesday and the men were dismissed on accounty of lack of evidence."
In 1910 Stanley County, South Dakota, Forest Smith 34 just married (his second to Maud I. Smith 17 born in Missouri.

Forest Smith and Maude Harrington had Rosa Smith on March 26, 1912 in Lawrence County, South Dakota.

Rose Loretta Smith was born to Forrest Smith and "Irene" Harrington, name as Albin in 1937
In 1930 Rose is in Clay County, Minnesota, married to Milton Albin 22.

Rose Albin is divorced in 1940 Jamestown, South Dakota, 28, with Patricia 12 and Robert 11.
Rose L. Ankerstrom 1912-1987 is buried in Inglewood, California # 110735460.
John Ankerstrom was in Cavalier County, North Dakota in 1920, 8, with stepfather John Eckerdt 56 and mother Margret Eckerdt 44. Arthur Ankerstrom is 15, Ellen 14.


February 11, 1926

Lloyd Pittsenbarger married Nina Peters"Givin" "Gwin" on October 6, 1930, recorded in Yuma County.

Opal Pittsenbarger and Mrs. A. M. Carpenter were witnesses, and the cenremony was performed at Wray by minister A. M. Carpenter.

Nina Pittenburger is in Cortez, Colorado in 1940, married to Lloyd 35. Johnny, 14, was born in Oklahoma, Jimmy 5 and Joan 4 in Colorado. They were in Phillips County Colorado in 1935.
One post said "Nina worked in the Court house in the 60's. I think that their old address was 137 S. Elm St."


1928 "Joe Pittsenberger this week purchased a new Plymouth coach thru the agency of McConnell & Allison."

Funeral services were held August 10, 1972 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Holyoke, Colorado for Joseph C. Pittsenberger, 76, who passed away Monday, August 7, 1972 at Melissa Memorial Hospital.

Father Edward Leonard and Father Joseph Korb of Wray officiated at the services. Interment was in Holyoke Memorial Park.

Joseph Christopher Pittsenberger was born August 4, 1896 in St. Joseph, Missouri to John and Ellen Pittsenberger. While still a youth his family moved to Esbon, Kansas where he grew to manhood. There he was united in marriage to Irene McGuinnis on April 20, 1926 and to this union three children were born.

In 1926 he moved to Colorado and was engaged in farming. For the past thirteen years he was employed by the City of Holyoke.

Preceding him in death were his parents and three brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Irene; two daughters, Euletta Meusborn, Gardena, California; and Patricia Edwards, Huntington Beach, California. One son, Ronald, Hawthorne, California. Two sisters, Edith Johanek, Esbon, Kansas and Opal Young, Fort Morgan. One brother Lloyd, Cortez, six grandchildren, many other relatives and friends.

Out of town relatives attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Dwaine Meusborn and Randy, Gardena, California; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Edwards, Huntington Beach, California, Ronald Pittsenberger, Hawthorne, California, Mr. and Mrs. Glen McGuinnis and family, Aurora, Mr. and Mrs. L.P. McGinnis, Berthoud

Mr. E.L. McGuinnis, Lamy, New Mexico, Darrell McGuinnis and Francis McGuinnis, Hayes, Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGuinnis, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gouldie and family, Mankato, Kansas; Mrs. Edith Johanek, Kenneth Johanek, Mr. and Mrs. Elden Johanek and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Beam and family, Esbon, Kansas; Mrs. Al Fief, Glasco, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Young, Fort Morgan, Lloyd Pittsenberger, Cortez.

Out of town friends who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kontz, Teresa Bland, Loveland; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Koepke, Deer Trail; Walter Meusborn, Mrs. Bertha Meusborn, Cedar Rapids, Nebraska; Glen Alberts, Denver, and Mrs. and Mrs. Howard Meusborn, Joes. (Thanks to VickilConklin)

October 11, 1928 - Prairie View items "Mrs. Birdie Collier called at the E.C. Pittsenberger home Sunday afternoon."
"E.C. Pittsenberger is having his beans threshed."

1929 Wilbur Pittsenberger attended a party at the W.L. Balderston home as a suprise in honor of Miss Dollye's birthday.

Wilbert Pittsenbarger married Lyndall L. Gasser on February 4, 1935, recorded in Washington County, Colorado.


Leota Blain is in Jewell County, Kansas in 1910, 17, born in Oregon, with parents Milton adn Irene, and six siblings.

Irene Ellen Blain 1867-1940 is buried in Jewell County # 41256719, with Milton 1860-1940 # 41256733.

Vernon registered for WWI in Lebanon, Kansas, born July 22, 1892 in Fairport, Missouri, farming.

In 1920 Jewell County, Kansas, Vernon is farming, with Leotia born in Oregon, both 27.
In 1930 Yuma COunty, Vernon and Leotia, both 36, are farming in Magee Precinct.

1931 "Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Pittsenberger have gone to the beet country to work for a while."

1932 "Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Pittsenberger called at the Dick Pittensenberger home at Lone Star Sunday."

The 1934 Yuma County directory has V.G. Pittsenbarger farming in section 33, 5N 48W.
(this is the Magee precinct.)

November 1934 "Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Pittsenberger left last week for their new home on the western slope. The former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Pittsenberger, moved to Yuma."

In 1940 Montezuma County, Colorado, Vernon and Leota are farming.

Leota M. Pittsenbarger 1891-1954 is buried in Cortez # 154980539.

Vernon George Pittsenbarger 1893-1968 is buried in Cortez, with Dot Florence (Cook) Johnson 1891-1970.

Howard D. Peters 1903-1973 is buried in Benton County, Washington # 137174306.

October 13, 1966

The Cayou family in Yuma lived near the Pittsenbarger place.
Vivian Elizabeth Allen born October 30, 1911 to John Cayou and Lilly Pittsenbarger in Montgomery Illinois, married Reuben Olson in Montana in 1942.

In 1940 Lily, 64, is widowed, living in Encampment, Wyoming with Vivian Allen 28, J.H. 31, and John Allen 7.

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