Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Charles and Nellie S. (Kean) Gergen , 6 South 43 West

Charles J. Gergen married Helen Shannon October 23, 1911, recorded in Kit Carson County.
Nellie proved up two quarter in 29 and 32, 6 South, 43W in 1913.

In 1900 Richland County, Wisconsin, Daniel Shannon born Dec 1858, Mary Sept 1861, Rolland June 1883, Nellie June 1886, Pearl Aug 1889, Joseph July 1891, Clara Oct 1895, Robert May 1898 and Jeneveve May 1898, all born in Wisconsin.
In 1910 Beaver Valley precinct, Kit Carson County, Nellie Shannon is 23, Dode 17, Daniel 51, and Mary 48, all born in Wisconsin.
In 1910 Kit Carson County, Franklin P. is a salesman of retail merchandise, 19, Clara M. 14, Robert J. and Genevieve, both 11, are with them - likely staying with him to attend school.
In 1930 Burlington, Daniel and Mary have no occupation - Genevieve is a teacher, and Robert does odd jobs, both 32.
Possibly related to Patrick Shannon who claimed land in Yuma County 5S 45W, section 25 - only a dozen miles away.
Daniel 1858-1939 is buried in Burlington # 89660015, with Mary 1863-1931 # 89660058.
Genevieve 1898-1987 is also buried there # 89660033.
Dode Shannon claimed land in 1 and 12, 7S 43W in 1920
Nellie Kean was a teacher in 1910 Kit Carson County, and a year later Nellie Gergen was a teacher. Charles J. Gergen proved up a quarter in 29, 7S 43W in 1913, and in 1953 Charles Jacob Gergen cash-claimed 45 acres in Cheyenne County, 12S 44W.

In 1920 Kit Carson County, Charles Gergen is 35, Nebraska, Helen 33 Wisconsin, Carroll 7, Harold 6, Helen 3, and Eugene 2.
In 1930 Kit Carson County, Charles Gergen is farming, 45, born in Nebraska, Nellie 43 in Wisconsin, with Carroll M. 17, Harold E. 16, Helen 14, Eugene 12, and John P., 7, all born i nColorado.
Helen P. Gergen 1888-1966 is buried in Burlington # 89166256, and so is Charles J. 1894-1956 # 89166184.

Carroll Marie (Gergen) Kosch was born July 31, 1912 to Charles Jacob and Helen Patricia Gergen as the first-born of five children. Carroll attended school and lived her whole life in the Burlington area.
On June 21, 1933 she married Louis Joseph Kosch and six children were born to this union. They lived and farmed 22 miles northeast of Burlington.
Carroll was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Burlington. She served faithfully for many years in the Altar and Rosary Society. Carroll was a charter member of the Happy Hours Home Demonstration Club and also served the community in innumerable ways by volunteering at the Hospital Auxiliary, RSVP, McArthur Senior Center and many other organizations in the community. Carroll loved to play the piano and played for the Senior Kitchen Band, but her favorite was playing at home surrounded by her family singing or having her small grandchildren adding a few notes of their own. She was also an avid reader and was rarely without a book in her hand. Her favorite author was James Herriot and the stories of his life as a vet. Carroll was an expert seamstress, sewing many beautiful clothes for her family and others in the community. Her family, as well as so many in the community, benefited from her excellent cooking skills. A few special recipes will always be an inspiration to her family.
Carroll went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 15, 2013, at the age of 100, after a long, well-lived life and she leaves a legacy of strength and love that she passed down to her family. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Harold E. Gergen married Marie Ann Esch May 2, 1935, recorded in Kit Carson County.

In 1940 Harold is a salesman in Denver, with Marie A., both 26.

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