Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Charles W. and Louisa W. Holstein, son Fay and Myrtle (Wence) Holstein, daughter Winnie Fern (Holstein) and Raymond Hooper, Stratton

In 1880 Walworth County, Wisconsin, Fred Holstein is 48, Minnie 44, Gertie 18, Charles 15, Mary 12 - these born in Prussia, Freddy 10 New York Millie 8, Rufus 5, and Mable 3 in Wisconsin.
Frederick 1832-1911 is buried in Rock County, Wisconsin # 49945364, with Wilhelmina 1836-1918 # 49945373.

Charles Holstein is farming in 1900 Walworth County, Wisconsin, born Nov 1864 in Germany, with Louisa Feb 1867 Wisconsin, Lillie Nov 1893, Winnie March 1892, and Fay W. August 1899.

In 1905 Walworth County, Wisconsin, Fay Holstein is 5, with Charles 40 and Lulu 38, Lillie 14, Winnie 13, all born in Wisconsin.

They're farming in Phillips County, Kansas in 1910, Charley W. 45, Eliza 43, Lillie 19, and Fay 10.

Fay Wilson Holstein registered for WWI in Stratton, Colorado, born August 17, 1899, farming, with Charles W. Holstein as his reference.

In 1920 Kit Carson County, Charles is farming, 55, Louisa 53, and Fay 20 no occupation.

Charles 1864-1951 is buried in Stratton # 67787157, with Louisa Amelia (Hackwell) Holstein 1867-1943 # 67787327.


Ray E. Hooper proved up a quarter in section 6, 10S 46W in 1917.
Also in section 6, Frederick Hooper proved up a quarter in 1911. Edward Hooper proved up one in section 5, also in 1911. Walter A. Hooper proved up a quarter in section 6 in 1908.

In 1920 Stratton, Colorado, Ray Hooper is farming, 27, Winnie 27, with Hazel 7.

In 1925 Rawlins County, Kansas, Ray B. Hooper is a minister 34, botn in Kansas, Winnie F. 28, WIsconsin, with Hazel M. 12 born in Kansas and Lucile I. 3 born in Colorado.

In 1930 Beaver County, Oklahoma, Raymond is a minister, 34, with Winnie 38, Hazel M. 17, and Lucille I. 8.

In 1940 Stratton, Winnie is a minister, 48, married to Ray E. Hooper 49, born in Kansas, a garage owner.

Winnie 1892-1965 is buried in Stratton # 75441371, with Raymond 1880-1982

Lucille I. Carpenter, 86, of Sterling, died Feb. 19, 2008, in Sterling. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home, with services concluding at the funeral home.

Ms. Carpenter was born Dec. 25, 1921, to Ray Hooper and Winnie (Holstien) Hooper in Stratton. She graduated from Stratton High School.

She was a long-time resident of Merino and Sterling. In the 1960s, she was a dispatcher for the Sterling Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol Office.

Ms. Carpenter devoted the latter part of her life to raising the spirits of shut-ins and others by sending them comforting cards and letters. She cherished phone calls and visits from her family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Bev County of Burlington, Betsy Shutte of Lone Tree, Jacque Whitsitt of Basalt, Chris Carpenter of Merced, Calif., and Bruce Carpenter of Denver; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

[One tree said Victor Patrick Carpenter 1914-2005 could be her spouse.]

Lucille Hooper, age 17, married Kenneth Scheierman, 23, both of Stratton, married there February 7, 1939, with one witness her mother Mrs. R.E. Hooper.

Lifelong Stratton, Colorado resident Kenneth “Kenny” Scheierman, 94, died Wednesday February 10, 2010 at the Grace Manor Center in Burlington, CO. He had been a resident there for the past three years.
Kenneth was born August 5, 1915. He was one of eight children born to Henry and Anna (Thaut) Scheierman in Sutton, Nebraska. His family moved to Stratton when he was seven years old. He later attended and graduated from First Central High School, south of Stratton, in 1933.
He was united in marriage to Lucille Hooper in 1938 and to this union two daughters were born. Their divorce was finalized in 1951.
On March 4, 1952, Kenny was united in marriage to Mabel M. Garner at her parents home in Stratton.
Kenneth had a passion for the land and livestock. He retired from farming and ranching in 1995. He was 80 years old.
He was a very active member of the Stratton Church of God where he taught a Sunday School Class of boys, served approximately 50 years on the Board of Trustees and was an usher. Kenny was a charter member of the Morgan Community College Foundation Board a former member of Rotary, in which he had perfect attendance for over 25 years. He was also a member of Gideon’s International and the Lions Club. He served twenty years as Kit Carson County Commissioner, and was on the Stratton Co-op Board for twenty four years. In earlier years he was active in supporting the Triple-L youth ranch that was located in Center, CO.
Kenny is preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Henry, Ted, Herb, and Gus, Sisters; Katie Maser, Annie Maser, and Clara Pantzer.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Mabel of their home in Stratton, Daughters Beverley County and husband Jerry of Burlington, Betsy Schutte of Lone Tree, Colorado. Five grandchildren, Jeff County and his wife Jill, Jodi County, Lance Short, Kenya Huppert and husband Scott, and Clay Short. Also surviving are his great grandchildren Jenna, Jade, Jett County, Justin Long, Jasmine County, Justine Roop, Ashtyn Huppert, and Kaden Huppert.


John Kerl is running a garage in Vona Colorado in 1930, 55, with Lilly M. 59, Elmer E. 21, Minnie B. 18, and Edwin J. 17.

John Lewis Kerl 1875-1937 is buried in Vona, Kit Carson County # 95357042, with Lilian Mae (Lockard) Kerl 1871-1945.

Perl Kerl was farming in Kit Carson County in 1940, 32, married to Ruth 42, both born in Kansas, with Dolores 6 born in Colorado.
Perl L. Kerl 1907-1978 is buried in Vona, #95357130 on the same stone as Ruth B. Perl 1895-1952 # 95357185.

May 1958 "Mr. and Mrs. Fay Holstein spent Sunday afternoon at the Pearl Kerl home in Stratton. They attended church in Burlington Sunday evening."

In 1972 Denver, Perl L. (Hazel M.) is a custodian in a public school. They live at 1340 S. Gaylord Street.

Hazel M. (Hooper) Kerl, 1912-2008 is buried in Littleton, Colorado # 75252745.

In 1930 Prowers County, Colorado, Fay W. is farming, 30, with Myrtle E. 29 born in Kansas. Letha F. is a typist for the WPA, 17, Evereett E. 5, and Lavone O. 3.

In 1938, Fay and Myrtle are in Pasadena, California at 533 Attica. He's a laborer.

In 1940 Stratton, Colorado, Fay W. is a laborer for the WPA, 40, with Myrtle 34, Letha 17, Everett E. 15, Opal L. 13, and nieces Ruby A. Yelek 8 and Thelma M. 7.

February 20, 1947 Kirk items "Mr. and Mrs. Frankenfeld, parents of Mrs. Everett Holstine, visited at the Holstine home last week."

Fay Holstein 1899-1979 is buried in Stratton # 6775875.

So is Myrtle Eliza (Wence) Holstein 1901-1992 # 69096728.

Joan Darleen (Frankenfeld) Holstein 1928-1968 is also buried in Stratton # 67592639, on the same stone as Everett E. Holstein 1924-1968.

Kirk Colorado - August 29, 1946

August 1950

June 1964

Heppner, Oregon

April 9, 1964 Everett E. Holstein, who since 1950 has served as principal and teacher in the Arriba and Akron, Colorado, schools, has signed a contract to be principal of the Ione High school, Supt. Wayne Brubacher announces. He signed the contract, calling for an annual salary of $8,705.00 based on an 11-month work year. He was one of three top candidates obtained through careful screening by the Ione advisory board and the district superintendent. Final selection and recommendation to the board was made by superintendent, Wayne A. Brubacher. The district board accepted the recommendation of the superintendent by tendering a contract to Holstein. Holstein, who has been in educational work since 1950, said that he and his family expect to be in Ione and on the job by mid-July. The new administrator has a master's degree from Colorado State College of Education, Greeley, Colo., and during his 14 years in educational work has been in but two communities. "This fact, in itself, would in dicate fine community acceptance," Superintendent Brubacher observed. Holstein has a rich and varied background of school work. He has taught English and speech, sponsored the school annual and school newspaper, coached basketball, baseball and track, was a member of a committee whose primary function was to plan evaluate and coordinate the school's curriculum, and served as administrator for five years.
Mr. and Mrs. Holstein have six children. They are: Sandra, who will be a senior next year; Stanley, who will be a junior; Wesley, a sophomore next year; Breenda, who will enter the fifth grade; Alvin, who is five; and Rhonda, a two year old. Mrs. Holstein's first name is Joan.
Akron, Colo., is a wheat farming and ranching community of 2,000 people and has a high school enrollment of 200. Arriba is a smaller town (400) but also a wheat and stock community. The high school enrollment is about 70. Both schools have hot lunch programs and operate scnool buses.

May 30, 1968 Joes, Colorado
Both Everett Holstein, former Ione High school principal, and his wife, Joan, died as a result of a one-car accident two miles west of Rocky Ford. Colo., on Friday, May 17, according to reports received here. Holstein was 43 and Mrs. Holstein was 39. Holstein apparently died almost instantly after his auto went out of control, struck a concrete abutment and crashed into a ditch. Mrs. Holstein died two hours later. It took firemen nearly two hours to extricate her from the wreckage. The report indicated that Holstein apparently fell asleep while the couple was westbound towards Manzanola at an early morning hour. None of their seven children was with them at the time of the accident. Their youngest child, Tara, was born just 1? weeks ago. Oldest of their child ren is Sandra, who is 21. Others are Stan, 20, who graduated with the Ione High class of 1966: Wes, 19: Brenda, 13: Alvin, 9; and Rhonda, 6. Sandra and Stan are students at Colorado State College, Greeley, and Wes is in the army at Ft. McClellan, Alabama. Holstein was principal at Ione for two years, coming in the fall of 1964 and leaving in the spring of 1966, being succeeded by the present principal, ??? Beggs. Holstein currently was principal of Manzanola High school. Principal Beggs, who received the information here about the fatal accident, said that any who wish to get in touch with the family or to send messages of condolence could send them to Stan Holstein, Manzanola, Colo. 81058. It is a small town, and this is a sufficient address.

June 13, 1968

The Kirk items of November 28, 1968 said that Sandra Boyer had adopted her baby sister. Sandra "was married recently and will not be able to come here for the shower."

Ruby Coriene Mann, age 83, of Chambers, Nebraska, formerly of Kirk, Colorado, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Care Center, in Atkinson, Nebraska. She was born on October 24, 1931, in rural Kit Carson County, near Bethune, Colorado.
At the age of 6, her mother passed away due to complications of child birth. Feeling unable to care for the needs of 5 young children, her father made arrangements for close family members to raise them. Ruby and her sister, Thelma, were sent to live with Uncle Fay and Aunt Myrtle Holstein and family in Stratton, Colorado. To ensure the children remembered each other and their father, a yearly reunion was held. When Ruby was around 14 years old, her father died.
The family lived at Stratton while Ruby attended elementary and middle school. They then moved to Kirk so Uncle Fay could manage the grocery store. Ruby helped out by clerking and stocking shelves as she attended high school where she met and became high school sweethearts with her future husband, Raymond Mann. They were married March 20th, 1950. To the union, 5 children were born: Carol (1950), Kenneth (1952), Karen (1955), Kendra (1958), and Kellie Jo (1963) .
Ruby is survived by her daughters Carol Mattheis and husband, Ken of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Karen Sladek and husband, Ed of Chambers, Nebraska; Kendra Mann of Kirk, Colorado; Kellie Jo Mann of Garden City, Kansas, grandchildren Jason Sladek and wife, Emily of Hamilton, Montana; Jonathan Sladek of Chamber, Nebraska; Jeremy Sladek and wife, Charissa of Chambers, Nebraska; Jenna Welborn and husband, Jeremiah of Stuart, Nebraska, great grandchildren Madden and Stryker Sladek of Chambers, Nebraska and Connor Welborn of Stuart, Nebraska, one brother Archie Yelek of Safford, Arizona, and special family friends, Tim Kieffaber and wife, Mary of Tyrone, Oklahoma; and Kevin Adler and wife, Pam of Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Cora Yelek; her second parents, Fay and Myrtle Holstein; her husband, Raymond Mann; her son, Kenneth Mann; her sister, Frances Gray and husband, Bob; sister Sara Sutton and husband, Frank; and sister Thelma Tweedy.
A graveside service was held at the Kirk Cemetery July 17, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Memorials will be to cancer research and the Idalia School Library as she loved to hear about the children loving books.
Arrangements were made by Schmidt-Jones Funeral Home.

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