Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Ervin P. and Lucy A. (Cobb) Trull , 8 South 49 West

In 1860 Otsego, County, New York, L.E. Cobb is 30, Lydia 28, with Harriett 6, Charles 4, and ADELUSIA 2.
In 1870 Portage County, Wisconsin, Lucy is 12, with parents Lewis 42 and Lydia 38 Cobb. Hattie is 16, Charles 14 Delmia 9, Starr 6o, and Ruania 1.
1885 Stevens Point, Wisconsin "Miss Lucia Cobb has gone to Shawano, where she will be engaged hi the school room the coming winter."

Lewis E. Cobb 1830-1893 is buried in Portage County, per # 75550149.

In 1880 Waupaca County, Wisconsin, Thomas Trull is a farmer, 46, , Emma 43, both born in Maine. Ervin P. 16, Edgar L 15, and Eva E. 13 were all born in Wisconsin.
The 1895 history of Dayton township, Waupaca County says that Thomas L. Trull's brother John went to Trull, Colorado (Routt County), "the post office there receiving his name."
" Thomas was married at Greenwood, Maine, May 5, 1861, to Miss Emma Shirley, who was born at Calais, that State, December 12, 1836, the daughter of Moses and Elizabeth (Nesbet) Shirley....
The three children of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Trull are Ervin P., born February 27, 1864, a mason and farmer, of Waupaca, who is married to Eva Jones, daughter of Merrit Jones, and has one child, May; Edgar L., of Dayton township, and Eva E., wife of William R. Johnson, of Dayton."
(May E. Trull - 1891-1901 "Our beloved daughter" is buried in Colorado Springs # 69318585)
Lucy proved up a quarter in 9, 8S 49W in 1895.

1896 Stevens Point, Wisconsin "Mrs. E. P. Trull and little daughter, Mae, are visiting in the city, the guests of Mrs. 13. W. Edwards"
Ervin P. Trull timber-claimed a quarter in 31, 8S 48W in 1896.

Georgie M. Trull 1888-1889 is buried in Colorado Springs # 69318610.
So is Verna R. Trull 1890-1893 # 69318527.
In 1900 Colorado Springs, Ervin Trull is a plasterer, born Feb 1862 in Wisconsin, marrid 13 years to Lucia Sept 1864 New York. She's had three kids, one living. May was born August 1892 in Colorado.
In 1910 Irvin, a brick mason, and Lucy are in Los Angeles, California.
1910 Stevens Point, Wisconsin - " Mrs. Wm. Lytle arrived here last week from Los Angeles, Cal., and again occupies her home at 520 Strongs avenue. She went west several years ago and lived at Tacoma, Wash., until recently. Mrs. Lytle was accompanied east by her sister, Mrs. E. T. Trull of Los Angeles, who is now visiting her mother, Mrs. Cobb, in Belmont."

October 23, 1918 Stevens Point, Wisconsin "Mrs. Trull, Formerly Lucia A. Cobb of Portage County .
Friends in Portage will grieve to learn of the death of Mrs. Ervin P. Trull of Pomona, California, which came without warning on Thursday of last week. The deceased lady, whose maiden name was Lucia Ann Cobb, a daughter of Lewis and ?ulia A. ..... of Portage..."

"Mrs. Lucia A. Trull, wife of Ervin P. Trull, was found dead on Thursday of last week at her home, by a neighbor, who called in and found her body lying on the floor by the open door. Mr and Mrs. Trull had only recently moved to their ranch southeast of Pomona, where they own a peach orchard. There he had built a cement garage in which they were living until a residence could be erected. Mr. Trull had gone to Yuma , Arizona to look after a cotton plantation of ??? acres, the wife remaining here until the peach crop had been marketed. Neighbors had supposed Mrs. Trull had gone to Los Angeles and nothing was thought of her absence. She had recently been subject to attacks of asthma, and the coroner's investigations brought the opinion that she had succumbed during a severe attack."

October 30, 1918 Stevens Point, Wisconsin " Mr. and Mrs. Will Johnson, and daughter Mae autoed up last Friday from near Waupaca, and were visitors at the A. P. Een home. Mrs. Johnson is a sister of Ervin Trull of Pomona, California, the death of his wife being recorded in last week's issue."

Lucy A. Trull was buried October 3, 1918 in Colorado Springs, per # 35172972.

In 1920 Irvin P. "Taull" is in Yuma County, Arizona, farming, married to Mary D. 45, born in Arkansas. It looks like Mary's eight kids, the oldest Calvin P. George, 20, bon in Oklahoma, down to Mary E. Geore 3 - althe last seven born in Arizona.
(Mary Hancock, daughter of James Hancock and Lydia Ross, grew up in Mansfield AR. She lost her mother at age 7, and the family moved to OK. There she married Calvin George, a childhood friend, on 19 Nov 1892. They later moved to the Yuma AZ area and raised their children--Ulysses, Margaret Jane, Ina, Calvin, James, Helen, Thelma,John, Benjamin, Lloyd, and Mary. After her husband drowned, Mary was left with eleven children, the youngest only 17 months old. She married Ervin Trull in 1919. They spent time in AZ, CA and NV due to her husband's construction plastering business. Mary was a spirted redhead and a loving mother. She spent her last years in California.)
1923 Yuma, Arizona "Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Trull of Hollywood, California, who are visiting with their old friends in Yuma, will return Friday to their home at Hollywood." The Trull's while here were the guests of Mrs. Trull's son, ?? George."

Ervin is in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1930, widowed, a public school teaher, widows, in a rooming house.

California Death Index has Ervin, age 82, dying in Los Angeles County December 10, 1946, mother's maiden name Shirley.

Maxine Turner, whose maiden name is Maxine Trull, holds the history of the town of Trull in a pile of family photographs, a few stories she heard from her parents and a couple newspaper clippings full of conflicting information.
The site of a small town that once was a bustling stagecoach stop now is nothing more than pasture. Long ago, grass and the elements took what was left of Trull's saloon, post office, boarding house and livery stable.
Turner has a photo from the turn of the century of the old boarding house. A few men and women sit stiffly on the porch -- the men in dark suits and the women in ankle-length dresses.
Turner remembers hearing stories about dances that were held on the top floor of the boarding house.
"It's been so long since that house was there, and people don't believe me that it ever was," Turner said.
According to an undated newspaper clipping from the Steamboat Pilot written about Turner's grandfather, George Trull, the town once was in the running for the county seat and was also the location of the first telephone in Routt County -- the line ran from Meeker to Trull to Hahn's Peak.
For 25 years, George Trull was the postmaster of the Trull Post Office.
Many of the former residents of Trull are buried in the nearby cemetery on Routt County Road 44. Now called the Elk Mountain Cemetery, it was once called the Trull Cemetery.
Turner is the last of the original Trulls living in Colorado. She has two relatives -- a cousin in British Colombia and one in California.
From the late 1800s until the Great Depression, the town of Trull was a hub of activity in Routt County. Now, it's difficult to find someone who has even heard of it.
"There's nothing there now," Turner said. "My husband and I used to go fishing out there, with permission from (landowner) Don Sherrod."
John Trull, Turner's father's grandfather's uncle, founded the town. When she took a genealogy course, Turner tried to track that side of the family. John Trull moved from Maine to Colorado. There was no record of why he made the move and no record of where the family lived before Maine, Turner said.
"All I know about it are these photos and what I've heard," she said. "I didn't ask enough questions when they were around. Back then, I wasn't as curious as I am now."
Trull is no longer on any modern map of Routt County, but Turner said that it was on the map for many decades after the town officially died. She remembers showing it to her children when they were young.
The town of Trull met its demise in two ways. The road was changed, and people no longer stopped in Trull on their way to Hayden. But more famously, there was the flu epidemic of 1918 that took the lives of many of the remaining residents of the town of Trull. According to an undated newspaper clipping, the flu was thought to have come to Trull through a letter to Martha Trull from her sister, a nurse at a hospital in Scotland, where there was an epidemic.
George Trull and his wife Martha lived in the town for 35 years before moving to a cabin in Steamboat Springs that still stands at 513 Pine St. When they left, that was the last of the town of Trull.

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