Edson L. Ketchum 

The first harness shop in Wessington Springs, Clay County, South Dakota was started by R. E. Ketchum in June, 1888. Another shop was opened soon after by C. N. Hall and in the following winter Mr. Ketchum moved his work to his home on Sec. 31 in Marlar township.

In 1900 Clay County, South Dakota, Edson is 24, born in Iowa, oldest of six kids with R.E. and Margaret Ketchum.

Anna E. Shaw is a student at the Nebraska State Normal & Business College in Fremont in 1900, born April 1881 in South Dakota.

1909 ALPENA. An important town in Jerauld county, on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Ry., 38 miles north of Mitchell. Located in a fine farming district, settled largely by Germans. Artesian water supply and all the usual modern city improvements for a place of its size. Good schools and churches. Population 450.
Last Name                          First Name    Business
Ketchum                            R. E.         contractor and builder

 Roscoe Eugene Ketchum died Nov 6, 1939 in Clay County, South Dakota.

Edson's brother Orange "Glenn" Ketchum is buried in Clay County 11491941.

I recently bought an autobiographical book of reflections by Ruth Schooley Hall who moved from Clay County, South Dakota to Logan County, Colorado with a group of folks from the area. Many were looking to regain their health in the clean Colorado air.

The following are names of the group who were among the first pioneers with Ruth and Orrin Hall: Harry Moore with wife Abbie, kids Mary, Myrtle, Frank; Will and wife Nettie Kuhler and son Ralph; Ed and John Kuhler-bro of Will; Ed and Anna Ketchum; Frank & Rhoda Noyes; George & Etta Rudel plus kids Jeanette and Lloyd; Charlie Rudel; Ed Rudel; Lew & Mary Knight with kids Florence, Mabel, Ralph; A. K. and Pearl Ride; Will, Lew & Wid Sipes from Missouri; and Hattie Berkstresser from Mt. Carroll, IL.

This book makes for very interesting reading if your family was in Logan County, Colorado from 1907 on. This book tells the real life story of life there.

Please contact me if you have an interest in this book.


Kathy Wieland in St. Louis, MO

In 1910 Edson and Anna E. 29, born in South Dakota, have been married six years, and they're farming in Leroy precinct, Logan County.

Edson  proved up  a quarter in 21, 6N 49W in 1912.

Edson Lewis Ketchum registered with a Fleming address, nearest relative Anna E. Ketchum.

They're farming in 1920 Leroy precinct.

In 1940 New Haven precinct, Logan County, Ed is a building carpenter.

Edson -August 15, 1875-January 30, 1961 and Anna Eliz (Shaw) Ketchum  April 25, 1881-August 17, 1953 are buried in Sterling.  # 55376869

John Benjamin Kuhler was born October 8, 1883 in Clay County, South Dakota to August Kuhler and Augusta Francis Hellebrand.

He married Dora K. Bruns in Jackson County, Iowa January 28, 1913 - saying he was born in Wakonda, South Dakota.

John B. Kuhler proved up a quarter in 29, 8N 49W in 1914.

He registered for WWI with a Fleming address, farming by himself.

In 1920 Fleming precinct he's 36, Dora A. 29 born in Iowa, with Kenneth J. five months born in COlorado.

In 1930 Fleming John and Dora have only Kenneth, 10.

In 1940 Downey California, John is a caretaker for a family, 56, divorced, - in Fleming in 1935.
He died in Los Angeles County February 8, 1975.

Kenneth is in Logan County in 1940, 20, living alone, a farm laborer.

1979 Haxtun "Walter Brown and daughter Ida Kuhler from Willamina, Oregon were guests at a club iat the Manor.

Kenneth John Kuhler 1919-1993 is buried in Sheridan, Yamhill County, Oregon # 105176313, wit Ida Nadine Kuhler 1926-1991.
Her father is buried in Haxtun # 59037900

"Dorothea (Dora) Katharine BRUNS - Born on 18 Feb 1890 in Andrew. Dorothea (Dora) Katharine was baptized in Andrew on 9 Apr 1890. Baptismal sponsors: parents. At the age of 14, Dorothea (Dora) Katharine was confirmed at Andrew in 1905.
Dorothea (Dora) Katharine died in St. Charles, Ill, in Nov 1949; she was 59. Buried in Clinton, Iowa. "

Dorothy K. Kuhler - Feb 18, 1890- November 9, 1949 is burie din Clinton.

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