Jacob and Mary Alice (Sowards) Hunker, Frederick A. and Rachel (Rawson) Hunker , 8 North 50 West

Jacob, per one post, was the son of Mathia Hunker 1840-1937 buried in Seneca County, Ohio, and Christina Reginia (Shontz) Hunker 1842-1928.

Jacob Hunker and Mary A. Soward, both of Fleming, married on February 6, 1889, recorded in Logan County, Colorado.

Jacob claimed a quarter in section 35 on March 30, 1891, and another in section 26, 8N 50W on March 20, 1895.

Mary A. Hunker, formerly Mary A. Sowards, proved up a claim in 5, 7N 50W in 1894.

In 1900 Logan County, Jacob M. Hunker is farming, born January 1862 in Ohio, married 11 years to Mary A. Nov 1865 Illinois. She's had four kids, three living. Pearl Sept 1893, Walter Jan 1896, and Altie S. Dec 1899, all three in Colorado.

In 1910 Logan County, Atwood precinct, Jacob is farming 48, Mary 44, Pearl 16, Walter 14, Eltie 10, Daisy 9, Viola 7, Della 5, and Eva 3.

In 1920 Atwood, Mary A. is divorced, 55, Walter J. 24 an auto mechanic, Alta S. 20, Daisy D. 18, Viola A. 16, Dalton R. 14, Eva E. 12.

Walter J. Hunker married Christine Bettger on December 9, 1922, recorded in Logan County.

Dalton R. Hunker married Eva Miller on August 16, 1927, recorded in Logan County.

In 1930 Sterling, Colorado, Jacob is a laborer 66, and Pearl R. 36 is living with him.

Mary Alice Soward Gray 1865-1935 is buried in Sterling, # 57482106, with Fredie M. Hunker 190-1899.
She might be the Mary A. "Huriker" who married A. L. Gary on June 14, 1927, recorded in Fremont County, Colorado.

Mary A. Gray and Ali L. Gray divorced in Fremont County in 1929.
There's a Mary A. Gray in 1930 in the Colorado state penitentiary, 65, divorced, born in Illinois. "list of those sentenced to hard labor who do not have a gainful occupation."

Abraham L. Gray is farming in Fremont County in 1930, 69, widowed, rooming with the Dowler hosuehold.

In 1940 Seneca County, Ohio, Jacob is 79, widowed, and divorced daughter Eva Atha, 32 and her two kids Willow Dean Atha 12 and Darold G. 8, both born in Colorado. Pearl 46 is also with them, a cook in a "D of A house".

Jacob 1861-1960 is buried in Seneca County # 92126874.


Dalton married Eva Miller August 16, 1927 in Sterling.

In 1930 Logan County, Dalton R. Hunker is a farm laborer, 25, with Eva 23, Laverna M. 1 and Shirley R. three months.

In 1940 Logan County, Dalton is 35, Eva 33, Laverna 11,Shirley 10, Delmar 9, Glen 7, Carrol 5, Gilbert 3, and Harold eleven months.

Dalton 1905-1989 is buried in Loveland # 152390698, with Eva Julia (Miller) Hunker 1906-1954.

Glenn 1932-1990 is buried in Sterling "Glenn Dale Hunker of 512 Sidney Ave died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1990 at Sterling Regional Med-Center.
He was born Dec. 12, 1932, in Atwood, the son of Dalton Roosevelt and Eva Julia Miller Hunker, attended school in Atwood and engaged in farming, driving trucks for various grain and cattle hauling finns.
He worked for the Sterling Fire Department for six years (1966-72) and in 1972 through 1982 served as volunteer and was Sterling Volunteer Fire Chief 1979-8O
Mr. Hunker returned to truck driving in 1977, delivering fuel for Jochem Oil Company until retiring in 1987 due to his health. He married Elna Miner, Feb. 28, 1952, in Fort Collins. He was associated with Jehovah's Witnesses and the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. Hunker is Survived by his wife, Elna Hunker of Sterling; three daughters, Deborah Raffaeli of Padroni, Glenda Erwin, Diana Hunker; two sons, Jeffrey Hunker and Jeremy Hunker, all of Sterling; four sisters, LaVerna Waitley of Iliff, Carol Bledsoe and Shirley Hunker, both of Tucson, Ariz., and Patricia Daniel of Denver; four brothers, Delmar Hunker of Fort Morgan, Bruce Hunker of Tucson, Ariz., Harold Hunker of Greeley and Gilbert Hunker of LaSalle; and nine grandchildren "

August 2014 Las Cruces, New Mexico.
It is with heavy hearts that we saw Delmar fall asleep in death but are comforted in knowing that he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. We all look forward to welcoming him back to a healthy restored life in paradise.
Delmar was born in a small farming community, Sterling, Colorado, to Dalton and Eva Hunker. He was the third of nine siblings all born and raised in Colorado. He married Dorothy Lynn Miner on Sept. 1, 1954 and they had three daughters: Rebecca, Tymeko and Abigail. Delmar and Dorothy dedicated their lives to Jehovah as Jehovah's Witnesses in 1968 and Delmar proved faithful and loyal down to his last breath.
He had a variety of jobs during his lifetime but the ones he enjoyed and talked about the most were farming, working and retiring from the Pawnee Power Plant, and driving the school bus. He was a farmer most of his young life and spent nearly 17 years in Las Cruces as a school bus driver in his later years. Everyone he came into contact with was touched by his loving, happy demeanor.
Delmar is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 60 years, his daughters, Rebecca Nuñez and husband David, Tymeko Reyez and husband Scott, and Abigail Hunker; his granddaughter, Harlie Reyna and husband Jose; four grandsons, Christopher Nuñez, Travis Reyez, Gregory and Benjamin; sisters, LaVerna Waitley, Shirley Hunker, and Patty Daniels; one brother, Bruce Hunker, and many nieces and nephews.


Pearl 1893-2001 is buried in Seneca County, Ohio # 6298040, with Roww W. Martin 1883-1965.
" Pearl R. Martin, 107, formerly of Charles Meadows Apts., Apt. 108, died at 10:35 p.m., Monday, January 29, 2001, in Elmwood at the Shawhan.
She was born September 27, 1983, in Sterling, Colo., to Jacob M. and Mary Alice (Sewards) Hunker. On November 3, 1945, in the parsonage of St. John's Church, she married Ross W. Martin, who died in 1965.
Surviving was her niece and caretaker, Willa Melick of Tiffin; and two nephews, Cletus Melick of Tiffin and Gene Atha of Fairborn; a sister, Viola Jones of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and many other nieces, nephews.
Three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
Mrs. Martin, a homemaker, and retired nurse, had worked for 35 years at the Daughters of America Home.
A 1912 graduate of Atwood County High School, she also had practical nurses training.
She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ and its Friendship Circle; the Daughters of America, Royal Neighbors, Seneca Toastmasters and Daughters of Veterans.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 1, 2001, at Turner-Engle Funeral Home, with the Rev. David M. Culp officiating. Interment was in Fairmont Cemetery."


Viola Mae Jones was born May 16, 1903 in Sterling.
On November 11, 1923, Stewart Isaac Jones, age 23, married Viola Mae Hunker, age 20, at Fountain Colorado. The ceremony was performed by minister Charles F. Thomas, and recorded in Douglas County, Colorado.

In 1930 St. Petersburg, Florida, Stewart is a mechanic, 29 born in Kentucky, with Viola M. 27 in Colorado. Stewart Clyde is 5 born in Colorado, Gilbert Reed 2 in Florida.

In 1940 St. Petersburg, Stewart is an executive in a garage, 34, Viola 35, with Stewart 15 born in Colorado and Gilbert 12 in Florida.

Viola died in Florida August 11, 2005.


Alta S. Hunker married W. Harold James on June 26, 1923, recorded in Logan County.
William Harold James 1901-1926 is buried in Sterling # 40704361.

In 1930 Logan County, Alta S. James is 30, widowed, with son Kennith H. 4 born in Colorado. They're living with widowed Carl K. Bartlett 43, born in Missouri, and his kids Ines R. 16 born in Idaho, Thetis m. 10, Bettie B. 9, Annabell 5, and Rosecoe A. two months - the last four born in Colorado.
Carl's wife was Myrtle Belle (James) Bartlett 1890-1930.

Alta S. James married H.R. Robinson on September 22, 1930, recorded in Morgan County, Colorado.
He might be the Howard Robinson who was in Deuel County Nebraka in 1920, age 18 born in Iowa, with parents Ara Robinson 50 and Emma 48, both born in Iowa.

Arthur 59 and Howard R. 28 are in Dueel County in 1930, Arthur married but no spouse, and Emma wwas in Washington state in 1930, married but no spouse.

In 1940 Weld County, Colorado, Alta Robinson is 39, questionable marital status, with Kenneth Robinson 14. They're living with Joseph Aneerson 70 and Anna 59, both born in Sweden, and their son Vernon D. Anderson 20.

Kenneth Harold James, born August 31, 1925, married Julia Anne Holliday born March 26, 1933 in 1997 in Clark County, Washington.


Eva Hunker married Floyd Atha on July 5, 1926, recorded in Huerfano County, Colorado.

In 1930 Las Animas County, Colorado, Eva is 22, married to Thomas Atha 19 born in Texas, with WilaDean 2.

Thomas David Atha, born June 24, 1914 in Saint Jo Texas to Martin Lieu (Luther) Atha and Nora Bailey, died in Cooke County, Texas July 5, 1995, to be buried in Saint Jo, #42598512.

Willa Atha married Harold J. Gosche of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina on November 16, 1945. She was the daughter of Floyd Atha and Eva Atha Melton of Tiffin, Ohio.

Harold J. Gosche 1926-2012 is buried in Seneca County # 166266304.

Willa married Cletus Melick, who's buried in Seneca County # 34129633.
They divorced in Seneca County on June 25, 1997.

"Cletus E. Melick, 82, formerly of 545 W. Market St., Tiffin, went home to his heavenly father at 11:25 a.m., Saturday, February 21, 2009, at Autumnwood Care Center in Tiffin.
Cletus was born August 5, 1926, in Tiffin, to Ernest Edgar and Helen Mae (Dildine) Melick. He married Willa Atha Gosche in Tiffin June 26, 1961, and she survived in Tiffin. "


Daisy Dean Hunker married Robert C. Riley on April 14, 1823, recorded in Huerfano COunty, Colorado.

In 1930 Walsenburg, Robert is a bookkeeper, 32, with Dausy D. 27, both born in Colorado.

They're still there in 1940, Robert an auditor, with no kids.
This census lists her as Dorothy, with father born in Kansas, mother in Nebraska.

Robert and Daisy gave an oral history in 1980. It was transcribed, with her maiden name as "Bunker."

Robert 1896-1992 is buried in Walsenburf, with Daisy Dean "Dot" Hunker Riley 1901-1982 # 100606731.
"Huerfano World - April 9, 1992 -
Robert Clark Riley, 95, of Walsenburg, died at his home Tuesday morning, Apr. 7, 1992, of an apparent heart attack. Born Sept. 18, 1896, in Pictou, he was reared in Walsenburg and attended schools here, graduating from Huerfano County High School in 1916. He attended Dartmouth University for a time.
Mr. Riley married Daisy Dean "Dot" Hunker, Apr. 14, 1923 in Walsenburg. He worked as an accountant for a coal mining company and had interests in real estate and a laundry in Durango for a time. He retired and he and his wife lived in Walsenburg. She died in 1982. A member of Huerfano Lodge No. 27, AF&AM and the Scottish Rite, he is survived by a niece. Funeral service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. from Boies Almont Chapel. Huerfano Lodge will conduct the graveside service in Masonic Cemetery. "

Pearl is buried in Seneca County, Ohio, # 6298040.
"Pearl R. Martin, 107, formerly of Charles Meadows Apts., Apt. 108, died at 10:35 p.m., Monday, January 29, 2001, in Elmwood at the Shawhan.
She was born September 27, 1983, in Sterling, Colo., to Jacob M. and Mary Alice (Sewards) Hunker. On November 3, 1945, in the parsonage of St. John's Church, she married Ross W. Martin, who died in 1965.
Surviving was her niece and caretaker, Willa Melick of Tiffin; and two nephews, Cletus Melick of Tiffin and Gene Atha of Fairborn; a sister, Viola Jones of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and many other nieces, nephews.
Three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
Mrs. Martin, a homemaker, and retired nurse, had worked for 35 years at the Daughters of America Home.
A 1912 graduate of Atwood County High School, she also had practical nurses training."


Walter is buried in Sterling 1896-1978 # 39165894.
"Funeral services for Walter J. Hunker, 82, of Sterling will be conducted 10:30 a.m.,Monday from the First United Presbyterian Church, Rev. Dr.Ivan E. Rundus officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside cemetery.
Mr. Hunker died Thursday in St. Louis Park, Minn. He was born Jan. 21, 1896, in Sterling, the son of Jacob Mathias and Mary Alice Sowards Hunker. He lived with his parents on a ranch near Atwood and attended the Atwood schools. He attended a business college in Grand Island, Neb., prior to serving in the U.S. Army during World War I.
Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Hunker returned to Atwood where he farmed for three years. He married Christine Bettger, Dec. 9, 1921, in Sterling and the couple moved to Sterling where Mr. Hunker was the automotive service manager for Ray Smith Motor for 45 years, retiring in 1963.
Mr. Hunker was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, served as an elder, a deacon and Sunday school teacher of the church and was a member of the Sterling American Legion Post No. 20.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Christine Hunker of Sterling; two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Fritzler of Sterling, Mrs. Beatrice Bonham of Willard; a son, Melvin L. Hunker of Minnetonka, Minn.; four sisters, Mrs. Pearl Martin of Tiffin, Ohio, Mrs. Alta Robinson of Vancouver, Wash., Mrs. Daisy Riley of Walsen burg; a brother, Delton Hunker of Portland, Ore., and two grandchildren.  "


In 1870 Seneca County, Ohio, Frederick Hunker is 21, with Jacob 66 and Mary 52, Anna 14, and Mary 24.
Anna was born in Ohio, the other is Wurtemberg, Germany.

Frederick A. Hunker married Rachel Rawson on December 2, 1873 in Seneca County.

In 1880 Buffalo County, Nebraska, Fay Hunker is farming, 32, with Rachel 26, Minnie 5, and Clara B. 3.

In 1885 Buffalo County, Nebraska, Frederick is 36, Rachel 28, Minnie 10 and Clara B. 8 born in Ohio, Bessie 1 in Nebraska,
Jacob Hunker is a farm laborer born in Ohio.

Frederick A. Hunker claimed a quarter in section 26 in July 1890, and another in section 35 in September 1894.

March 23, 1900 "Free Distribution of Sorghum Seed

To the farmers in the vicinity of Sterling : I will give free a limited amount of 12 early Amber cane seed to those who will plant it for the purpose of having it worked up into syrup. Seed can be had by calling at this office. Those that want larger quantities to plant, or sow for feed can be furnished by calling at my place or at Goddafd & Henderson's. There is nothing better or surer for feed especially for the upland farmers than sorghum.
F. A. Hunker."

In 1900 Logan County, Frederick Hunker born October 1848 in Germany, married 28 years to Rachel January 1852 Ohio, have Minnie Dec 1874 Ohio, Bessie August 1883 Nebraska, Mabel Dec 1890, Chester July 1893, Esther July 1893, and Ralph Nov 1895, the last four born in Colorado.

July 13, 1900 "Mrs. F. A. Hunker and Miss Minnie left on the early train this morning for Tiffin, Ohio, to pay an extended visit to relatives. They went via Cincinnati."

Esther Mae Hunker mrried Ernest Arthur Dusch on November 19, 1918, recorded in Logan County.

In 1920 Sterling, Frederick is a carpenter, 71, with Rachel 67 and Chester 27.

Chester A. Hunker and Ruby Lee McCracken married July 5, 1924, recorded in Logan County.

Frederick 1848-1939 # 39626301 and Rachel (Rawson) Hunker 1853-1937 are buried in Sterling.


Bessie E. Hunker married Eugene Rock on November 28, 1901, recorded in Logan County.

Bessie E. Rock 1884-1904 is buried in Sterling # 54885175.
So is Kenneth F. Rock 1904-1938 # 57126766.

Eugene Rock married Minnie Dickerson on August 29, 1909, recorded in Logan County.

In 1910 Sterling, Eugene Rock is a wagon driver, just married (his second) to Minnie. Both are 31. His mother Sarah J. Rock, 56 is with them, and Eugene's son Kenneth 5.

Sarah's husband David Rock died September 14, 1892, buried in Sheridan County, Nebraska # 58335921, 4th Iowa, Company C.

Eugene 1878-1944 # 55546286 and Minnie E. (Dickerson Rock 1878-1973 are buried in Sterling.

March 10, 1899 Sterling "L. M. Judd went to Denver on a business trip this morning. Miss Minnie Hunker will clerk in the store during his absence."

Minnie Hunker married Thomas Smith on February 11, 1904, recorded in Logan County.

Minnie and Thomas Smith, both 44, are living on Denver Street in Sterling in 1920. Thomas manages an oil company.

In 1930 Sterling, Thomas is manager of a wholesale oil company, 56, Minnie 55, no children.

In 1940 Sterling, Thomas W. Smith 65 born in Iowa and Minnie 64 born in Ohio have no occupations.
Thomas 1874-1944 # 21617053 and Minnie Florence Smith 1857-1954 # 21637005 are buried in Sterling.


Leslie J. Pereaumarried Belle Hunker on February 14, 1898, recorded in Logan County.

August 19, 1898 "Mrs. W.A.P. Scull is visiting Mrs. Leslie Pereau today."

In 1940 Leslie 69 and Belle C. 63 are in Seattle, Washington, where he is a caretaker.

Leslie 1870-1940 is buried on Vashon Island, Washington "Clara Belle married (2) Frank Manker August 17, 1945. Clara died on 28 Dec 1953 in Lincoln, Nebraska, at age 77. Frank was born in Vashon, Washington, and died December 08, 1962. He's buried in Lincoln # 101695271.
Belle Manker 1896-1953 is buried in Lincoln # 101695256.

April 5, 1962 Lincoln "Frank Manker is celebrating his 99th birthday Thursday at Tabitha Home. Born in Ripley, 0hio, in 1863, he was next to the youngest of 7 children. In 1902 he was married to Louise Cox, who died in 1942. During this period they lived in Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota, Arkansas, and Vashon Island, Wash., where he built his own home and made his livelihood by raising strawberries, currants and cherries. He also worked as a steam engineer, farmer and drove a mule-drawn street car. Mrs. Belle Pereau became his second wife in 1945. Due to her health they spent most of their married life in Arizona and California. They moved to Lincoln two years prior to her death in 1953. Since that time, Mr. Manker has kept house for himself and maintained a garden. He moved to Tabitha Home just 3 weeks ago. His step-daughter, Mrs. L. K. Crowe, lives in Lincoln."

December 2, 1962 Lincoln "Frank Manker, 99, one of Lincoln's oldest residents, died Friday. Born in Ripley, Ohio, he had lived in Lincoln since 1951. Following his wife's death in 1953, he lived alone until moving to Tabitha Home in March of 1962. At one time he lived at Vashon Island. Wash., where he built his own home and made his living by raising small fruits. He had also worked as a steam engineer, farmer and driver of a mule-drawn street car. He is survived by a stepdaughter, Mrs. L. K. Crowe."

Vera Lucille Pereau married Lawrence K. Crowe (d. 4 Feb 1978) on 28 Jun 1923 in Sterling, Colorado.
The University of Nebraska "The Lawrence K. Crowe Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award, established in 1983, recognizes a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions in undergraduate advising."


Mabel # 54339705 is buried in Sterling, with Carl Irving Whyman 1882-1967
"Funeral for Mabel E. Whyman, 99, of Powell, Wyo., and formerly of Sterling, is Monday. She died Friday in Powell Nursing Home. Burial is at Riverside Cemetery with Sterling Rebekah Lodge conducting graveside services.
Mrs. Whyman was born Dec. 25, 1891, in Sterling to Frederick and Rachel (Rawson) Hunker. She attended schools in Sterling before moving to Eldridge, Mo., in 1904. She graduated from high school at Lebanon, Mo., in 1910. She married Claude M. Krause in 1910. He later died in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was working at the county clerk's office before her marriage to Carl Whyman on June 30, 1936, in Sterling."


EdithHollingshead married Ralph E. Hunker on July 10, 1917, recorded in Logan County.
They moved to Pueblo, Colorado, where Ralph worked for the state hospital.

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