Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Max and Margaret (McQuaid) Nowak, 6 South 45 West

In 1875 Nemaha County, Kansas, John Nowak is a mason, 57 Bohemia, Catherine 39, with Annie 19, Frank 17, Ludwick 15, Maxamillian 11, John 9, Sophia 5, Victoria 3, and Nandeline 1.
In 1880 John is farming, 56, Catherine 44, Anna M. 24, Marry 18, John 14, ophia 10, Victoria 8, Mandeline 6, Lucy 4, Cecilia 3, and Ludmilla eleven months.
John 1823-1887 is buried in Nemaha # 73121117, with Katherine 1836-1920 # 73121091.
(In 1900 Nemaha County "Tatie" is widowed, born Oct 1836, with Vandelin June 1874, Susie Dec 1875, and Cecilia July 1878.)
In 1880 Nemaha County, Kansas, Margaret A. McQuaid is 14, with Peter 50 and Elisabeth 38. Peter is 8, James W. 6, Jerome 3, and Mary H. 1.
Peter 1830-1894 # 6777280 and Elizabeth McQuaid 1842-1935 6777283 are buried in Nemaha County.
"Came to the United States in 1848, locating in New York City. Came to Nemaha County Kansas in 1858, and was one of the first settlers of the state. Became the register of deeds. Married Elizabeth Draney on November 17th 1864, in Atchison Kansas. Father of ten, three of whom died during childhood. "

In 1900 Nemaha County, Kansas, Max born Oct 1863 in Missouri, married 7 years to Anna Sept 1865 Kansas, have Katie Dec 1897, Archie Agug 1893, adn Alice Oct 1899.

In 1905 Nemaha County, Max Nowak is 42, Anna 40, Katie 9, Archie 7, Alice 5, Ellen 3, and Gilbert 1.
In 1910 Nemaha County, Max Nowak is a stone mason, 47, born in Missouri, Annie 44, Kansas, Katie 14, Archie 12, Alice 10, Helen 8, Gilbert 6 and James 4.

Max proved up 308 acres in 30, 6 South, 45W in 1914.

In 1920 Kit Carson County, Max M. is 56, Margareta 54, Katie E. 24, Alice V. 20, Helen G. 18, Gilbert 16, and James R. 14.
"Nowak, Max, Farmer and Breeder of Registered Spotted Poland China Hogs, S. 30, T. G, R. 45, P. O. Stratton. Mr. Nowak was born in Missouri in 1864, settled in the County in 1910, and married Anna McQuaid. They have six children."

In 1930 Kit Carson County, Max is 65, Annie 63, farming, and Gilbert 26 is living with them.

In 1940 Stratton, Max M. Nowak is 77, Annie M. 75, and Gilbert 31 is a housekeeper "for his folks."

Calvary Cemetery in Stratton has a Maxmillian Novak dying in 1945 and a Margaret Nowak next to him in 1940 - Section # 24.

July 4, 1940

Katherine E. Davis 1895-1967 is buried in Burlington # 89207284, with Rosser 1886-1978.
She was born Dec 24, 1895 at Axtell, Nemaha County Kansas.
Rosser B. Davis cash-claimed 36 acres in 7, 5S 45W in 1931.

Russell Davis died November 10, 2007 in Montrose Colorado at the age of 78. He was the son of Katherine (Nowak) Davis and Rosser B. Davis. As a boy, he grew up on the Davis Homestead, north of Stratton, Colorado, near the Republican River. When he was six, the old homestead was flooded out, and they had relocated to several locations, until 1942, when he was 13. His parents moved them to a new farm, east of Burlington, in Colorado. He graduated Burlington High School in 1946. After High School, Russell, known as "Russ," joined the Navy. He also attended College in Fort Collins, Colorado. He met his future wife at Fort Collins. He married Alene Marcum in Las Animas, Colorado, on June 3rd, 1951. They moved back to Burlington, Colorado, where he farmed wheat and raised Polled Hereford Cattle with his dad. In later years, with new irrigation wells, he grew corn, sugar beets, and pinto beans. A son was born in 1952, and another son, in 1954, and a daughter in 1957. Russ was active in several organizations, which included the Burlington Rotary Club, the Burlington Coop Board, Federal Land Bank Board, Sugar Beet Growers Board Association, Cattleman's Association, and Burlington Volunteer Firemen. Russ enjoyed the Denver Broncos football and liked to play golf. In 1998 he served one term as Kit Carson County Commissioner. Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Katherine and Rosser Davis, and his identical twin brother, Stanley Max Davis, who died two years prior, on April 6th, 2005. He is survived by: His wife of 56 years, Alene Davis, from Burlington, Colorado, His two sons, Mike Davis of Burlington, Colorado, and Ken Davis of Kiowa, Colorado, also his daughter, Jenny Swanson, of Montrose, Colorado, plus 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Alice Nowak married Vida L. Davis February 11, 1924, recorded in Kit Carson County.

Alice is married to Vida L Davis 32 in 1930 Yuma County. She's 30 with Leslie A. 3.
In 1940 Yuma County they have Leslie 13, Margaret M. 10, David D and Gerrol J. 7, Wilda M.5, and Alice J. 3.
Vida had registered for WWI with an address of Hermes Colorado, born June 12, 1897 at Dellvale Kansas - Parents were Mr. and Mrs. King Davis of Hermes.
Vida 1897-1975 # 67354403 and Alice 1899-1993 67354394 are buried in Kirk.

( In 1920 Yuma County, King 46 and Mollie 40 Davis have Vida 22, Blanche 17, Viola 15, Edna 12, Florence 9, Woodrow 6, Kenneth 4, and Mildred 1.
King Samuel Davis 1873-1948 and Mollie M. 1879-1961 are buried in Burlington # 41009523)
King had died March 25, 1948 in Yamhill County, Oregon.

Archie Nowak registered for WWI with an address of Stratton, Colorado, born Aug 4, 1897 at Seneeca, Kansas - father born at St. Joseph, Missouri.

Archie Nowak is a teamster in Douglas, Wyoming in 1920, age 22, born in Kansas.
In 1940 he's a tractor driver in Prowers County, Colorado.
He's buried in Klamath Falls, Oregon 1897-1971 # 92695840.
Oregon death index has his spouse as Fern.

Helen Grace Nowak married Gilbert A. Meade Nov 10, 1920, recorded in Kit Carson County.

In 1930 Yuma County, Gilbert A. Meade is a farm laborer, 28, Missouri, with Helen G. 28. They have Doris M. 8 and Jacquilyn I., 6, both born in Colorado.

Helen Grace Nowak born June 2, 1901 at Axtel, Kansas, died June 1977, listed as Helen Meade.
She's buried in Kirk 1901-1977 # 67354611, with Gilbert A. Meade 1902-1949 # 67354610.

In 1940 James R. Nowak works at a metal mill in Clear Creek County, 34, with Ruth 29, Raymond 6, and Robert 3.
James R. Nowak 1905-1979 # 21600792 and Ruth M. Nowak 1910-1992 are buried in Idaho Springs.

Gilbert Ivan Novak, a WWII Navy fireman, born Nov 22, 1903, dying August 16, 1956 to be buried in Crown Hill, Jefferson County, Colorado. Hazel A. Nowak was the applicant.

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