Agnes (Adair)(Corpe) Polzin, Julesburg

Agnes J. Adair married Daniel S. Corpe on Sept 20, 1868 in Elkhart, Indiana.

In 1880 Grayson County, Texas, Daniel Corpe is farming, 46, with Agnes 32. Thomas is 9, Lionia 7, Oscar 5, all three born in Indiana, Mary L. 3 Illinois, and Carlotta six months born in exs.

Augustus Polzin, born at Marsdorf, Germany, age 30, married Agnes Corpe, 35, born in New York to Michel Taney and Alice Morrison.
In 1885 York County, Nebraska, Augustus Polzine is 33, Agnes 37, with Thomas M. Corpe 14, Lyona A. 12, Oscar S. 11, Mary L. 8, Carlotta V. 6, and Charles 2.

"Liona May CORPE is the daughter of Daniel Seymour CORPE (1836-1910) and Agnes J. TEHANEY ADAIR (1848-1940). Her parents were married in 1868 in Elkhart Co. Indiana - which is where Goshen (Liona's place of birth) is located. By 1880 the family was living in Grayson Co. Texas and in 1885, her parents had divorced and Liona was living with her mother and step-father (Augustus POLZINE) in York Co. Nebraska. Her mother and step-father were living in Julesburg, Sedgwick Co. Colorado at the time of the 1900 census - which is where John CAMPBELL and Liona had married."

Daniel S. Corpe and Nancy Jane Corpe divorced in Denver in 1887.

In 1900 Julesburg, August Polzine, born August 1853 in Germany, is married 16 years to Agnes May 1848 New York. Grace was born March 1887 in COlorado.

Agnes Polzine 1848-1940 is buried in Ovid, Colorado # 23595632, with Augustus 1853-1938 # 23595615.


In 1910 Cheyenne County, Nebraska, Jervey W. Richerson is an agent for American Express, 28, born in Illinois, married six years to Lottie 31 born in Texas.

Jervey registered for WWI in Sterling, born Dec 13, 1881, a bookkeeper for F.E. Felkner. They live at 317 north 2nd street.

In 1920 Sterling, Jervey and Lottie have no kids. He's still a freight agent.

Eola M. McMurry married Oscar S. Corpe on February 20, 1899 in Julesburg.

March 1900 Julesburg "Miss Lottie Corpe left here last Friday evening for an extended visit with her sister in Fort Morgan."

Carlotta V. "Lottie" (Corpe) Richerson 1879-1967 is buried in Sterling, # 56956004, marrying Jervey Septemb 5, 1905 in Denver.


Julesburg "On the corner of West 1st and Spruce next to the alley stands, for now, an old empty building. This small wood frame building is thought to have been moved from Julesburg III, often referred to as Weir, to Denver Junction- the current Julesburg-and housed the Denver Junction Bank on East 1st Street. It was later skidded from the East First location and installed at 104 Cedar and served as the business location for Mr. Oscar Corpe's barber shop. It boasted a “tub and water heating apparatus in the bathing room.”
The HC Sinclair Gas Station now scheduled for demolition. (Photo Courtesy of Fort Sedgwick Historical Society)
The wood frame building was moved from Cedar to the current location when Corpe built a new brick building to replace it in 1908. "

1929 Greeley "Mr. and Mrs. O. S. Corpe, of Julesburg were guests at the J. W. Campbell home Thursday. They had been in Denver several days with their daughter, Mrs. Ray R. Johnson and little daughter. Mrs. Corpe and Mrs. Campbell are sisters."

1931 Greeley "Mrs. Charles Hughes and children, who have been visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Campbell in Ault, and with the Luther Campbell family at Windsor. left Wednesday of last week for their home at Jackson, Wyo., and Mrs. J. W. Campbell accompanied them for a visit. J. W. Campbell was the guest of his son, Luther Campbell, and family at dinner Sunday."

1937 Greeley "Mr. and Mrs. O. S. Corpe of Julesburg, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Richerson of Sterling were Sunday visitors of Mrs. J. W. Campbell. Mrs. Corpe and Mrs. Richerson are brother and sister of Mrs. Campbell."

1955 "Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lehn and the latter's grandmother, Mrs. Eola Corpe, of Julesburg visited Mrs. Campbell Thursday when en route to Denver to attend the teachers' convention. Mrs. Corpe was an overnight guest of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Campbell."

Oscar 1874-1952 is buried in Julesburg # 73258067, with Eola 1880-1960 # 73258044.
Orville Oscar Corpe, born December 3, 1901 to Oscar S. Corpe and Eola May McMurray, died February 18, 1953 in Maricopa County, Arizona.


John Wesley Campbell married Liona May Corpe in Julesburg in 1897.


Grace (Polzine) Bullock 1887-1985 is buried in Arvada, Colorado # 18640143.

Agnes Van Auken died March 30 2008 at Faith Regional Medical Center in Norfolk Neb She was born May 30 1913 in Julesburg Colo at the home of her paternal grandparents Agnes and Gus Polzine She was the daughter of Joanna Willits Corpe and Thomas Mason Corpe She grew up on the family homestead and attended elementary school in Mayoworth She attended Johnson County High School in Buffalo and the University of Wyoming at Laramie

She married Leland Van Auken of Hartwick NY whom she met at a dance at the Tie Camp in the Big Horn Mountains on May 27 1933 in Buffalo
Scarred and toughened by the Depression she was as her granddaughter Casey explained "the original minimalist" She recycled and reused everything Her granddaughter Trudy remembers that quilts they made together always reused batting or blankets She also taught Trudy to darn socks embroider beautifully and play gin rummy
Agnes gardened her entire life She shared seeds and especially treasured pea and tomato seeds her granddaughter Wendy sent from Germany On her 90th birthday her great-granddaughters Elisa and Andrea recalled preparing the soil and planting tomato plants and lettuce Andrea said "She taught us about the soil"
Agnes was a prolific letter writer and was always reading something Her last week of life she was remembering the poem "Abou Ben Adhem" by James Henry Leigh Hunt She wrote several memoirs and vignettes about her early life She kept up with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren by mail and cell phone She refused to use a computer
After her husband Leland died May 4 1964 she moved to Chicago to be near her daughter Anne Lange and her family and started a career as a ward clerk in a hospital She traveled widely to visit her dispersed family and paid for travel so that all the "cousins" were always close She traveled all across the country with grandson Thor on the Greyhound bus and with Trudy on the train
When she retired in 1983 from her hospital job in Salt Lake City she traveled with her two grandsons Travis and Eric in a U-Haul to her new home in Norfolk Neb
Agnes practiced instead of preaching. At Thanksgiving in Salt Lake City there were always some strangers at the table According to Trudy "She didn't fear She grew up in a different time when you helped people who needed help"
Because of the assistance and care of her daughter Anne Lange and granddaughter Theresa Lange she was able to maintain her independent lifestyle and spirit until the end of her long eventful life
Agnes is survived by her children Barney Van Auken of Buffalo and Seattle Charlotte Silbaugh of Ashland Ore Joanna Taylor of Buffalo Helen Miskimen of Brighton Colo and Anne Lange of Norfolk Neb brother Thomas Charles Corpe of Belen NM sister Peggy Kepford of Sheridan grandchildren Sylvia Southern Travis Van Auken Trudy Wolfe Thor Taylor Theresa Lange Linda Nelson Cheryl St Arnold and Christy Lange
She was preceded in death by her grandson Tyrone Taylor sister Betty Sturdevant and brother Harold Corpe
Memorial services were to be held at 2 pm Wednesday April 2 in Norfolk Neb and also later in the summer in Buffalo

1905 "This office received last week a card announcing the marriage of Mr. Fredrick A. Bullock and Miss Grace A. Polzine at Julesburg on the 21st of May. Mr. Bullock is a St. Edward boy now holding a good position with the Union Pacific railroad company, and Miss Polzine, the lady of his choice, is a young lady of Julesburg who holds a good position in one of the Julesburg banks and stands high in social circles. [St. Edward.]"


John Wesley Campbell 1871-1951 is buried in Eaton, Colorado # 58633990, with Liona May (Corpe) Campbell 1873-1962 # 58633991.

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