Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Samuel N. and Fanny (Shook) Harwood, 6 South 49 West

In 1875 Allegany County, New York, George Harwood is farming, 44, Margetta 44, born in COurtland County, Margeretta A. 20, George 19, Addie E. 17, Palmer S. 16, matilda E. 13, Rufus H. 10, John 8, Nellie 6, and Samuel 1 were all born in Allegany County.

George Harwood, 1831-1920 is buried in Allegany County # 70248240, with Margaret Almaria (Bixby) Harwood 1831-1920.
George "Born in Angelica, May 13, 1831, of Rufus and Rachel Harwood; died in Angelica, Oct. 5, 1920. Married in 1852 to Margaret Bixby and ten children were born to them. He served nearly a year in the War of the Rebellion.
Survivors: widow; eight children, George R., Kansas; Mrs. Adeline Childs of Angelica; Palmer S., Calif.; Mrs. Matilda Warner, Angelica; Holman R., Washington; John J., Angelica; Mrs. Nellie R. Hull, Short Tract, and Samuel N., Colorado. "

In 1900 Thayer County, Nebraska, Samuel is farming, born June 1874 in New York.

Fanny Shook is also in Thayer County in 1900, born November 879 in Missouri, with widowed father martin Shook 49 born in Pennsylvania. Louis 17 was born in Missouri, Harry 9 in Nebraska and Emma 8 in Kanss.
Fanny was in Atchison County, Missouri in 1880, six months old, with C. M. 28 and Celia 19.

In 1905, S. N. and Fanny are in Phillips County, Kansas, S. N. 30, Fanny 25, and "Lalen" 2.

Samuel N. Harwood proved up two quarters in 23 and 26, 6S 51W in 1913

Samuel Nelson Harwood registered for WWI with a Flagler address, born June 7, 1874, nearest relative Fannie Adelia Harwood at the state hospital in Pueblo, Colorado.

Samuel is farming in 1920 Kit Carson County, 45, widowed, with son Leighton 17 Kansas, Rachel 13 Kansas, Hazel 9 Colorado, and Frank 7 Colorado.

Fanny A. (Shook) Harwood 1879-1921 is buried in Flagler, daughter of Charles Martin Shook 1853-1932 and Cecelia M. (Wheeler) Shook 1861-1897.
Pueblo, Colorado December 14, 1921
December 15, 1921

Thanks to the Pueblo County Library for the notices.

Samuel married Jessie Rule on September 26, 1935 in Kit Carson County.


Leighton Dewey Harwood married Luciele Marie Riddle on Decembeer 31, 1929 in Washington County, Colorado.

In 1940 Kit Carson COunty, next to Loyal Kyle 49 and Emma L. 46 and theire five kids, Leighton is farming, 37, with Luciele W. 28 born in Nebraska Eva C. is 5, Lela 3, and Illa M. 1.

He died in Ravalli County, Montana, born November 17, 1902 at Agra Kansas to Samuel N. Harwood and Fanny Shook.

Leighton Dewey Harwood 1902-1966 is buried in Flagler, # 200994252, with Luciele 1911-1986.

Luciele Marie Harwood, born June 26, 1911 at Reynolds, Nebraska, died Sept 27, 1986 in Ravallie County, Montana. Her parents were Roy and Mary Marie Riddle.

Eva Colpitts, born June 10, 1934, married Floyd W. Colpitts and he's buried in Ravalli County, 1929-2011 # 59610854.

Floyd's brother :
Leonard Eugene Colpitts, 74, died Tuesday July 6, 2004 at home in Rock Springs after a lengthy illness.
Leonard was born January 24, 1930 in Thurman, Colorado the son of Harlow William and Alma Riemenschneider Colpitts. He attended school and graduated from high school in Colorado. He was a US Army Veteran, having served during the Korean war. On December 16, 1975 he married Darlene “Dolly” McNew in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local #1620, Eagles Lodge, and the Good Sam’s Club.
His interest included woodworking, inventing, fishing, and spending winters in Yuma, Arizona.
Survivors include his wife “Dolly” of Rock Springs; two sons, Leonard Colpitts and wife Tricia of Mesa, Arizona, Wesley Colpitts of Rock Springs; three stepsons, Bud Smith, Philip Smith and wife Renee, and Steven Smith and wife Terri all of Rock Springs; one daughter, Brenda Davis and husband Glen of Mesa, Arizona; one stepdaughter, Lorry Redding and husband Richard of Wheatland, Wyoming; two brothers Floyd Colpitts of Hamilton, Montana, Gerald Colpitts of Oklahoma; four sisters, Betty Little and husband John of Rock Springs, Joyce Holterman and husband Dick of Florida, Sharon Trautman of Rawlins, Wyoming, and Pat Ruder and husband Tom of Mesquite, Nevada; nineteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Cremation will take place at Fox Funeral Home, Rock Springs.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday July 12, 2004 at Fox Funeral Home, 2800 Commercial Way, Rock Springs. Military honors by American Legion and inurnment will be in the Veterans section of Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery.

Illa Mae Harwood was killed at the 1951 air show crash in Flagler. She was born April 29, 1938, dying September 15, 1951.


In 1930 Kit Carson County, Rachel is 23, married to Charles M. Kyle 44. They have Marion A. 3 adnJune 1.

In 1940 Kit Carson County, Charley is 54, Rachel M. 33, Marion A. 13, June M. 11, Theresa M. 9, Vada Pearl 4, Marilyn L. 2, and Glenn N. 1.

Rachel Kyle, born January 28, 1906, died in 1993, buried in Flagler # 5099190,
So is Charles Kyle 1886-1979 # 5099187.
"Longtime Flagler resident, Glenn Nelson Kyle passed away on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 due to injuries he sustained in a car accident. He was 71 years old. He was born the sixth of seven children on Dec. 25, 1938 in the Flagler hospital into the family of Charles and Rachel Kyle. He grew up on a farm 15 miles north of Flagler that his father homesteaded when he came from Nebraska. His siblings are Marion, June, Theresa, Vada, Marilyn and his baby sister Meredith. He is survived by June, Theresa, Vada and Meredith. His family moved to town in 1950 when he was in the 6th grade. He liked the sport of basketball and played basketball for Flagler under the direction of Don Linville whom later became the superintendent. He had many supporters along the way who provided influence such as Harold Potter and Pearl Shaw, she was an angel of a teacher. When he was a sophomore in high school he started to date his lovely wife of 51 years, Shirley Wittig. After high school he attended college in Greeley and Sterling. He also played basketball for Northeastern Junior College under Coach Roy Edwards. In 1959 he bought his farm 3 miles from Flagler and lived there until 2001.On Sept. 6, 1959 he wed Shirley. On that farm, they raised three wonderful boys, Michael (1961), David (1964) and Timothy (1966). Today his children are married and he has 6 beautiful granddaughters who brought him such joy. Michael and Mary live with their two daughters, Mackenzie and Morgan in Mesa, Ariz. David and Sherry live with their two daughters, KaCee and RiLee, in Castle Rock and Timothy and Patricia live in Haymarket, Va. with their two daughters, Mikayla and Paige. Memorials may be made in Glenn's name and may be left at or sent to the High Plains Bank, 329 Main Ave., Flagler, CO 80815. Funds will benefit the Flagler Ambulance service and The First Congregational Church. Funeral services for Glenn were held on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Flagler with Pastor Bob Strauch officiating. There was no visitation held. Burial followed in the Flagler cemetery.

"June Maxine (Kyle) Shideler, age 88, passed away January 28, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. June was born on Mary 30, 1928 to Charles and Rachel (Harwood) Kyle at the farm home 15 miles north of Flagler, Colorado. She was the second of 7 children.
After attending grades 1-8 at Mt. Pleasant country school, she graduated from Flagler High School in 1945. She told her parents when she was in the second grade she wanted to be a teacher.
She attended Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, Colorado, with a degree in Business Education and Math, graduating in 1959.
At 18 years of age, during WWII, she taught at "The Walker School" north of Flagler for one year because they were so short of teachers, then going back to college. She also taught one year in Vona, Colorado, teaching Math to the 3rd and 6th graders.
June married Jack R. Shideler of Greeley on September 3, 1948. To this union 3 children were born: Shirley Anne of Denver, John Richard II, of Ogallala, Nebraska, and James "Jim" Arthur of Flagler, CO.
Jack worked in the 'oil fields' for some time when they were first married. Then they moved north of Flagler around 1954.
She taught at the 'Sunny Slope' country school north of Arriba, 4 years, before the school was closed. The surrounding community made their own fun, where they had school programs and activities for everyone.
She began teaching at Flagler High School in 1959, teaching all the Business subjects and some of the Math classes. In 1969 she received her Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling. She helped many students into colleges, receive Scholarships, Grants and local monies, as well as teaching Business Classes. Teaching in Flagler for 24 years, retiring in 1983, she truly loved her students and would always strive to do her best. I'm sure there are plenty of 'student' stories to be told, where a sense of humor might be necessary.
Jack and June built a home north of Flagler in the late 60's, where the family resided until the mid 1970's. June and Jack divorced in 1970.
In the summers, June and a friend, Fran Richardson of Empire, Colorado, enjoyed four different Freighter ship trips, two around the world, one to Japan and Taiwan, and one down the east coast of South America docking at several ports.
After retiring, June spent 8 years living in Oahu, Hawaii, in Waikiki and in Kaneohe. She worked part time for the Business Company, Systemforms, in Hawaii for nearly 7 years. When her boss, Mr. Swan passed away, she had to close the business for his family.
In 1995, she moved to Idaho Springs, Colorado to help manage Big Spruce Cabins, which she, her daughter, Shirley, and her husband bought. After selling out to them, she moved to North West Las Vegas, Nevada, buying part of a duplex in the Del Webb's housing development, living there 11 years.
She was very active in the Las Vegas-Sun City Summerlin Quilt Club (approx. 100 members). She was involved in several roles, as a Director, a Vice President, and President in 2003. She has made many beautiful quilts and various other projects. She was also involved in her Home Owner's Association where she lived, holding the offices of, Director, then Treasurer. June made so many friends wherever she went.
She sold her home in September 2006 and moved to Denver to be closer to family after having "Open Heart" surgery. Several other surgeries followed. Such as a knee replacement and health related hospitalizations.
However, once again she made many good friends in Windsor Gardens.
She is survived by her 3 children, Shirley of Denver, John of Ogallala, Nebraska, Jim & Kelly of Flagler, and grandson Justin of Atlanta, Georgia. Her siblings Theresa Copley of Denver, Vada Carey of Lakewood, Meredith Hase of Highlands Ranch, and Bill Grimes, her brother-in-law from Flagler. Plus numerous nieces and nephews!
June was preceded in death by her former husband, Jack R. Shideler, of Vona, Colorado. Her parents, Charles and Rachel Kyle. Brothers, Marion Kyle, Glenn Kyle, and a sister, Marilyn Grimes, all who were residing in Flagler."

Marilyn Louise Grimes age 71, of Flagler, Colorado passed away January 4, 2009 in Flagler, Colorado.
Mary Lou was born July 1, 1937 in Flagler, CO to Charles and Rachel (Harwood) Kyle.  She was the fifth child of seven born to this union.
Mary Lou graduated from Flagler High School in 1955.  Following graduation she attended Colorado State College for three years.  She worked for IBM at the Martin Marietta plant in Denver and for Packard Bell in Los Angeles, CA.  Mary Lou married William Grimes on March 13, 1960 in Flagler Colorado.  To this union two sons were born Bradford William and Roger Frank.  The couple made their home in Flagler where Mary Lou helped her mother in Rachel's dress shop for twelve years and assisted Bill with the family farm.
Mary Lou was a member of the First Congregational Church in Flagler where she was baptized on November 24, 1963. She was very involved as a Sunday school teacher, and served on various Church Boards.  She also served as a Room Mother and a substitute teacher at the school as well as a Boy Scout leader for her sons.  Mary Lou followed Bill with all the many activities involved with the various boards that he served on.  She was a true care giver, as she cared for both sets of parents in their elderly years.  Mary Lou enjoyed refinishing old furniture and together with Bill they renovated three homes.  She liked to cook, bake, sew, and play a little golf when she wasn't busy serving her family or community.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Marion Kyle, three brothers-in-law Frank Carey, Lewis Copley, and Jack Shideler.
Mary Lou is survived by her husband Bill Grimes of Flagler, CO, sons Brad and wife Deidre Grimes and their children Johnathon Lombardo, Samantha Lombardo and Elizabeth Grimes of Flagler, CO, Roger and wife Amy Grimes and their children Jennifer and Brice of Elizabeth, CO, siblings June Shideler of Denver, CO, Theresa Copley of Denver, CO, Vada Carey of Denver, CO, Glenn and wife Shirley of Flagler, CO, Meredith Hase of Highlands Ranch, CO.  Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.


Hazel Harwood married R.C. Potter on January 11, 1934, recorded in Kit Carson County

In 1940 Burlington, Kit Carson County, Hazel I. Potter is divorced, no occupation, with Sylvia R. 5, Ross 3, Jean five months, all born in Colorado.

Hazel Irene Conger 1910-2002 is buried in Littleton, Colorado # 115896688.

Ross Lee Potter 1936-1961 is buried in Fort Logan # 16503540 "SP 3, SVC BTRY, 9th Artillery"


Frank W. Harwood married Dorothy M. Stedman on August 21, 1934, recorded in Washington County, Colorado.
(The Colorado Marriage index has a date of 1924)
In 1940 Kit Carson County, Frank 27 and Dorothy 22, both born in Colorado, are living with widowed Samuel N. Harwood in.

In the next household are Rachel M. 33 and Charley M 54 Kyle and their six kids.

Frank Nelson Harwood, age 95 of Arriba, Colorado passed away December 1, 2008 at his home.
Frank was born December 25, 1912 to Samuel and Fanny (Shook) Harwood. He was born in a sod house at the family homestead fifteen miles north of Flagler. Frank attended country school through the 11th grade.
Frank married Dorothy Mae Stedman on August 21, 1934 in Akron, Colorado to this union four children were born. Frank and Dorothy lived in the Flagler area where they farmed and ranched.
Frank was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, the Thurman Supper Club, the Senior Citizens Band, and a past 4-H leader in the 1940’s. He enjoyed working the land and raising cattle. He was a talented musician and liked to play cards and fish in his later years.
Frank is survived by his children Coreena Ulrich of Flagler, CO, Carl and wife Deborah Harwood of Ft. Myers, FL, Sharon and husband Fred Reiter of Flagler, CO and Earl Harwood of Akron, CO. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents Samuel and Fanny, wife Dorothy, one grandson Chris, one great grandson Damon, one brother Leighton, two sisters Rachel Kyle and Hazel Conger, two nieces and two nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 5, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Flagler Baptist Church with Pastor Alvin Wilkerson and Pastor Bob Strauch officiating. Burial will follow in the Flagler Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Thursday, December 4, 2008 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Love Funeral Home in Limon.

Dorothy M. Harwood 1917-1995 shares a tombstone in Flagler with Frank.

In 1930 Dorothy Steadman was in Lincoln County, Colorado with William and Jennie J. Stedman. They're buried in Ordway, Colorado.

The stone in the Flagler cemetery has Coreena M. Harwood Ulrich born August 10, 1940 - "Daughters Darlene Twila"

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