Alvira Elizabeth (Hamlet) Brook, sons William and George

In 1870 Scotland County, Missouri, W.P. Hamlet is 46, Mary 36, with Alvira 15, Thomas 12, John 10, Mary 4, and L. Belle 2.

In Scotland County, Missouri, Thomas Brook married Alvira Hamlet March 19, 1871. 

In 1880 Scotland County "Thorn" D. Brook is 26, Alvira 25, with George 7, Mary 5, and Dora 2. 

In 1900 Scotland County, Thomas Brook, born Aug 1853 in Missouri, has been married 29 years to Alvira, born Mar 1855 in Iowa.  They have Mary Nov 1874, Edith July 1883, Elizabeth Mar 1886, and William June 1890, all Missouri.

In  May 1903, having ceased to live together with Thomas Brook as man and wife,  Alvira purchased property in the town of Memphis, Scotland county, with funds from the estate of her deceased father.

Alvira died May 16, 1917, and a suit was filed in September 1917 regarding the property.

In 1930 Tom Brook is in Scotland County, an uncle to   Lulu M. (Houk) Harbidge, both 57.  In 1880 Thomas's mother Elizabeth Brook, born about 1829 in Canada, was living with Lulu's mother Sarah Houk, 29.

The stone in Azen, Scotland County, says "Thomas Brook - Aug 16, 1853 - Oct 4, 1944" 67474620

In 1910 Rockland precinct, Logan County, Alvira is 55, married 39 years, with seven children all living.  She's with sons George 37 and William 19.

Alvira proved up a quarter in 24 and 25, 6N 48W in 1914.

Alvira Brook - 1855 -1917 is buried in the Haxtun cemetery.

William Burgess Brook registered with a Haxtun address, born June 20, 1890 in Memphis Missouri, farming, with a wife and child.

He and Anna C. 32, with Dorthy 2, are back in Missouri in1920, then in 1930 are in Arapahoe County, Colorado, with Dorothy now 13, William B. 9, Alvira M. 4.

William B. Sr., 1890-1940, Anna C. -1887-1945, and William Jr. 1921-1939 share a tombstone in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver.

Vi Rybicka, 85, of Brighton, CO passed away on September 19, 2011 at Platte Valley Medical Center.

She was born to William and Anna Brook at their home near Bennett, CO on January 4, 1926, and spent most of her life in the Bennett area.

After graduating from Bennett High School in 1942, she attended Colorado State Teachers College (UNC) in Greeley for a year before moving to downtown Denver to work at Bell Telephone Company. While at Bell Telephone she married Courty Rybicka of Bennett on September 14, 1945. She remained in Denver while Courty served in the US Army for one year in Japan during the post-war occupation.

After Courty returned from Japan they moved to a wheat farm north of Bennett. In the subsequent years, they were blessed with the births of two children, Roger and Kay. Courty and Vi lived and farmed for the next 60 years before retiring to Brighton in 2007. During those six decades, Vi was a devoted wife while raising her two children and working side by side with Courty at harvest time by driving the wheat trucks. Many a Saturday night, she and Courty could be found playing card games such as pinochle and canasta with their farm neighbors.

She was a member of the Living Springs Circle Club for many years. Vi loved to help grade papers for the state spelling bee and enjoyed playing the piano, reading true life mysteries and biographies while savoring the pleasures of anything made of chocolate. She was also known for her melodic whistling ability as well as her beautiful handwriting, which graced the pages of many personal notes, cards and letters.

Vi will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by Courty, her husband of 66 years; her children, Roger Rybicka and Kay Annette Hanlon; three grandchildren, Brett (Lori) Hanlon, Jared (Thelma) Hanlon and Colette (Kevin Fletcher) Hanlon; three great-grandchildren, Anthony, Jaden and Troy Hanlon; nephew Rusty Hunt and nieces, Beth Hunt and Pam Jeffers.

She is preceded in death by a brother, William Jr. and sister, Dorothy.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 5:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday, September 23, 2011 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. followed by the Funeral at 1:00 p.m., both at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton. Graveside Service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in Bennett.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Strasburg Fire Dept., 56281 Colfax Ave., Strasburg, CO 80136 or Comanche Crossing Historical Society, PO Box 647, Strasburg, CO 80136.


George Brook married May E. Graham June 1, 1911 - recorded in Prowers County, Colorado.

In 1920 May E. Brook is in Portland, Oregon, married, with Gladys M. 4, George B. 5, and Forrest G. 7.

George Brook divorced May E. Brook in 1921 Pueblo County, and May is back in Prowers County in 1930, with her mother Addie Graham 81 and brother Charlie Graham 49.

George Brook married Annie Turner Aug 14, 1922 - recorded in El Paso County, Colorado.

In 1930 Pueblo George runs a grain elevator at a flour mill. He's 57, Anna S. 50, with Forest G. 17, Grant G. 15, Gladys M. 14, and Anna's kids Albert H. Turner 19 and Gladys E. 16.

FindAGrave has a record in Mountain View Cemetery, Pueblo of George Brook dying Jan 16, 1952, aged 79 years. 100205808

Anna May Brook has a stone there - 1865-May 11, 1928


Edith Tufts, born July 17, 1883 in Scotland County Missouri to Thomas Brook and Alvira Hamlet (Alvira born in Jasper County, Missouri) married Charles E. Tufts and died Sept 29, 1939 in Cook County, Illinois,  buried in the Milton Iowa cemetery. 120025661


Elizabeth Brooks was the daughter of Thomas D. Brooks and Alvira Elizabeth Hamlet.
Elizabeth Brooks was married to Harley A. Paris abt. 1902 in Missouri or Iowa. They had 2 children together. William A. Paris and Alvira Brook (Paris) Olfelt. Alvira is also  buried in Minneapolis, Minnesota 1886-1924


Dora Bell Brook of Azen married Milton B. Smith of Cantril, Van Buren County Iowa, in Scotland County December 12, 1898,  The same day Leslie J. Miller and Amanda Brook, both of Azen, married.

George R. Smith was born Sep 19, 1899 in Van Buren County to Milt. B. Smith and Dora B. Brook.

In 1900 there's a Milton Smith in Van Buren County, born Sept  1868, farming, married one year to Dora July 1877 Missouri, with George (I'LL CALL THIS ONE GEORGE ONE) born Sept 1899 Iowa.

"Miltin" B. Smith, 38, born in Iowa, married "Angline" Denney March 17, 1907 in Hayes County, Nebraska.

In 1910 Hayes Center, Nebraska, Milton B. Smith is 40, married three years to Angelina, 37, Illinois, with her son Dewey Denney, 13, born in Missouri, and Milton's son George, 10,  and their joint daughter Madeline , 1, born in Nebraska.

Milton B. Smith and Angelina (Phares) Smith are in Palisade Cemetery, Hitchcock County, Nebraska.

In 1930 Long Beach, California, George R. is 30, born in Iowa, a life insurance agent, married to Cleone, 26, Colorado, with Lena M. 1, born in California.

"G. Russell" Smith  and Cleone M. are in Fort Collins in 1933.

George R. Smith is running a cafe in Greeley, Colorado in 1940, married to Cleone, 35, born in Colorado with Leona 11, California and Harland 3, Colorado.

George Russell Smith - dying March 26, 1968 is buried in Linn Grove, Greeley  Blk 19, lot 26 spc 4..  Cleone D. 1904- Mar 20, 1973 is in Blk 19, lot 26, spc 3.

In 1930 Modoc County, California, George R. Smith -  I'LL CALL THIS ONE GEORGE TWO.-  is 29, born in Iowa, divorced, a railroad machinist.  His mother Dora B. Allison, 52 widowed, born in Missouri, is with him.

(maybe he's the George Allison who married Iris McCullough May 4, 1925 in Webster County, Iowa)

In 1940 Mono County, California, Dora Mattley is 62, born in Missouri, with son George R. Allison, 39, divorced, born in Iowa.  GEORGE TWO . He was in Jacksonville, Florida in 1935.  Camilla Wheat, daughter, 31, born in Colorado, and Guy W. Wheat, Dora's grandson, 4, born in Florida, are also with them.

Dora Mattly, born July 18, 1877, died Nov 7, 1941 in Mono County, California, mother name Hamlet, father Brook. 20092538

BRIDGEPORT, Calif., Nov. Mrs. Dora Mattly, widow of the late Chris Mattly of Leevining, died Friday, November 7 at the Mono county hospital where she had been a patient for several months. Funeral services were held at the Community church at Leevining on Sunday. She was a native of Missouri and was sixty- four years old. She is survived by her four children of a former marriage, her father and several grandchildren

In 1926, the town was laid out by Chris Mattly and named "Lakeview", but when a post office was sought in 1928, it was learned that another town, Lakeview, California already had the name. The unique name of Lee Vining was chosen in 1953


In 1920 Harper County, Oklahoma Leslie J. Miller, 46, and Amanda E. 42, Missouri  have Ralph F. 20Missouri and Pearl V. 9, Oklahoma, Anna M. 7, Oklahoma, and Amy five months,  Oklahoma.

Amanda - Mar 14, 1878 - Oct 26, 1947 and Leslie are buried in Capron, Woods County Oklahoma  54392431