Logan County Colorado Pioneers

Isaiah and Mary (Olmstead) Saylor, sons Walter O. Saylor, Arthur W. Saylor, 9 North 50 West

In 1885 Fillmore County, Nebraska, Isaiah Saylor is 35, Mary 27, with Aaron 4, Austin 2, and Luella two months.

Irving Saylor 1890-1891 is buried in Geneva, Nebraska "Son of I. & M.N. Saylor."

In 1900 Fillmore County, Nebraska, Isaiah "Sailor" born May 1850 in Illinois, is farming, married 20 years to Mary June 1858 Iowa. Anson Dec 1880, Austin J. Dec 1882, Jessie R. April 1885, Arthur W. July 1887, Walter O. August 1890, Claud July 1890, and Frank AUgust 1898 wee all born in Nebraska.

In 1920 Logan County, Colorado, on the same page as two sons, Mary M. Saylor 61 Iowa, married but no spouse. Frank H. 21, Herbert M. 17, and Wilbert M. 13 were born in Nebraska.

Isaiah Saylor was born May 21, 1850, at Peoria, Ill., and died February 20, 1922, at Fleming, Col., aged 71 years, 8 months and 29 days. On October 23, 1879 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary N. Olmstead at Western, Neb. To this union there were born nine sons and one daughter. One son died in infancy. The remaining nine children and the widow survive to mourn the loss of father and husband. The children are: Anson I. Of Tangent, Ore., Austin J. of Grass Range, Mont., Mrs. Jessie I. Hall of Grass Range, Mont.; Arthur W., Walter O., Claude C., Frank H., Herbert N., and Wilbert M., all of Fleming, Col. He is also survived by three sisters and four brothers as follows: Mrs. Mary Shreffler of Fairfield, Neb., Mrs. M. J. Moyer of Glen Elder, Kas., Mrs. J. J. Lightbody of Geneva, Neb., S. Saylor of Cambridge, Neb., George Saylor of Trenton, Neb., and John Saylor of Bladen, Neb. He was preceded in death by one sister, Matilda Gladman, who died in 1882.

Mr. Saylor homestead in Fillmore county, two miles south of Geneva, in 1872. He came here from Saline County. He resided on this homestead for forty years. Mr. Saylor was a patient suffer for eighteen months following an operation in Denver, Col., until his passing away at his home in Fleming, Col.

Funeral services were held from his late residence on February 23 by Rev. Ray H. Bierson, pastor of the Fleming Community Methodist church and interment will be in the family burying ground at Geneva, Neb., in which neighborhood Mr. and Mrs. Saylor resided for forty years prior to moving to Fleming, Col. three years ago. Mr. Saylor made confession to the Christian faith a few months ago and left the comforting testimony the day before his death the he was ready to go. The funeral party arrived from Fleming at 11 a. m. Saturday.

The funeral was held at the Methodist church in Geneva at 2 p. m. Saturday and was conducted by Rev. R. H. Thompson. Interment was in the Geneva cemetery. Mrs. Saylor and sons Austin, Arthur, Walter, Claude and Frank accompanied the body to Geneva.

(Nebraska Signal 02 MAR 1922 front pg)

Mrs. Isaiah Saylor died at her home in Fleming Colorado, Saturday, August 10, 1935, aged 77 years, 1 month and 19 days.

Mary Naomi Olmstead, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anson D. Olmstead was born June 22, 1858 at Vinton, Benton Co., Ia., October 23, 1879.

She was united in marriage to Isaiah Saylor Jr., who preceded her in death in February, 1922. To this union ten children were born, nine sons and one daughter. Two sons preceded her in death. Irving W., who died in infancy, and Herbert N., who passed away at Denver, October 14, 1931. Seven sons and one daughter survive: Anson I. and Wilbert M. of Albany, Ore., Austin J. of Grass Range, Mont., Mrs. Jessie L. Hall of Buffalo, Mont., Walter O. of Madrid, Neb., Arthur W., Clad C. and Frank H., of Fleming, Col., besides twenty-nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

When but a girl of three years, in 1861, she, with her parents, moved to Beatrice, Neb., where she was reared to womanhood. She was one of a family of three, two brothers having preceded her in death several years ago. Like many others who pioneered west in those years, she experienced many hardships during her early life.

After many years in Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. Saylor went to Fleming in 1913, and purchased land, taking up their residence there in 1918, where Mrs. Saylor had since made her home. She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed in the home she loved so well and where it was one of her greatest pleasures to minister to her loved ones and to entertain her relatives and friends.

A funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Community church in Fleming, Rev. Mr. Hoerauf was in charge.

A funeral service was held at the Methodist church, Geneva, Neb., Wednesday August 14, at 2:30, conducted by Rev. W. H. Shoaf. Burial was in the Geneva cemetery.

The Nebraska Signal, 1935.

Walter claimed a tract in sections 31 and 32, 9N 50W in 1920, and it was reissued in 1925.


Austen John Saylor 1882-1950 is buried in Lewistown, Montana.

Anson Isiah Saylor born November 4, 1880 in Geneva, Nebraska, died in Albany, Oregon - resident of Tangent Oregon, died January 17, 1936. His wife was Katie Saylor. The informant was Mrs. Charles Rawlings of Albany.


Jessie Luella (Saylor) Hall 1885-1940 is also buried in Lewiston, Montana

Walter Olmstead Saylor 1889-1973 is buried in Portland, Oregon.


W. A. Saylor married May Mulligan in Fillmore County, Nebraska January 16, 1908.

Maggie M. Mullikin was in Lincoln County, Nebraska in 1900, born November 1889, with farming parents Orrin Jan 1868 Indiana, Cora L. Feb 1870 Nebaska, Jessie Nov 1891, Walter L. Oct 1894, Florence Feb 1898, and newborn son.

Orrin C. Mullikin 1868-1932 # 31027359 and Cora E. Mullikin 1870-1956 # 31027368 are buried in Ordway, Colorado.

In 1910 Jefferson County, Nebraska, W. A. Saylor is 22, May 19, with Clyde 1, all born in Nebraska.

Arthur claimed a tract in 22 and 23, 9N 50W in 1920.

In 1920 Arthur is farming in Logan County, 32 with Maggie M. 30, Otto C. 11, Vern E. 9 all born in Nebraska, and Dorothy E. 7 Oregon.

In 1930 Logan County, Arthur and Maggie are still farming, with Vern 19 and DOrothy 17.

Arthur and Maggie are farming in 1940 Logan County, and nex household is Vern E. 29 with his wife Myrna J. 26, born in Colorado. Arthur W. is 5.

Dorothy is married to Alton N. Dunbar in 1940 Logan County, farming, with Elva 7 and Nora E. 3, both born in Colorado.
Arthur 1887-1955 is buried in Haxtun # 95936366.

"Arthur William Saylor, son of Isaiah and Mary Saylor, was born July 4, 1887 at Geneva, Nebraska and departed this life on December 25, 1955 at his home in Fleming. He grew to manhood in Filmore County Nebraska and was united in marriage to Maggie May Mullikin on January 16, 1908 at Ohiowa, Nebraska and settled at Western, Nebraska until March 1911, then moving to Albany, Oregon and returning to Nebraska in May, 1913. They came to Logan county and settled five miles northwest of Fleming in October, 1913 and later moved three miles north to their homestead. He farmed in the community until 1920 when he moved to Oregon returning in 1921 to the community to farm. He moved into the town of Fleming in 1945 where he lived until his death.

"He is survived by his wife, May and three children: Clyde Saylor of Fleming, Vern Saylor of Albany, Oregon and Mrs. Dorothy Dunbar of Fleming. Also seven grandchildren: Eldora, Naomi, Danny Dunbar; Mrs. Mildred Dodd, Clarence and Ronald Saylor, Arthur William Saylor and one great grandson, Michael Saylor. And the following brothers: Walter of Hillsboro, Oregon, Claude and Frank of Haxtun and Wilbert of Albany, Oregon.

"Mr. Saylor, a homesteader, will long be remembered by his neighbors and friends as an honest, peace loving man of his community. His family will cherish his memory as a pioneer father for his untiring efforts of bringing happiness to those of his home who were most dear to him."

March 27, 1968 Haxtun, Colorado

Funeral services were held this (Wednesday) afternoon at 2:00 o'clock for Mrs. Maggie M. Ballinger, 78, who passed away Sunday at the Rose Arbor Nursing Home in Sterling. She had been in poor health for several years. Mrs. Ballinger had been a resident of the Fleming community for over a half century.

She was born November 17, 1889, in Ohiowa, Nebraska, and was married to Arthur Saylor in 1908.

Mr. Saylor passed away in 1955. She married Herman Ballinger at Wray in 1957. He preceded her in death in 1963.

Mrs. Ballinger is survived by two sons, Clyde Saylor of Fleming and Vern Saylor of Albany, Oregon; a daughter, Dorothy Dunbar, Anaheim, California; a step-son, Hugh Ballinger of Fleming; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at the Fleming Methodist church with burial in the Haxtun cemetery, with the Radford Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Harold Sutton officiated at the services. Mrs. Donald Langdon was organist and music was furnished by Mrs. Lee West and Henry Hulse who sang "Whispering Hope" and "Valley of Peace."

Escorts were William Plank, Sibley Plank, William Barkley, Robert Stephens, Charles Miles and Edward Miles.

"Dorothy Evelyn (Saylor) Dunbar, 97, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 12, 2010. A memorial service and interment will be held at Westminster Memorial Park, Westminster, Calif., on Jan. 21.
Dorothy was born on April 30, 1912, in Albany, Ore., to Arthur and Maggie Saylor.
She graduated from Fleming High School in 1929.
She married Alton "Babe" Dunbar in 1932. They lived in the Fleming area for 44 years as family farmers. They owned and operated the telephone exchange in Fleming until 1955.
They moved to California in 1976.
Dorothy is survived by two daughters and one son, Eldora McElroy and husband Roger of Citrus Height, Calif., Naomi Malone and husband Robert, of Sunland, Calif., and Dan Dunbar and wife Ruth of Visalia, Calif.; eight grandchildren, 18 great- grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Lyndel in 1947; and her husband, Alton "Babe" in 2005.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Assembly of God Church in Fleming. "


Next to mother Mary in 1920 are Claude C. 23 and his wife Blanche 19 both born in Nebraska.
Blanche Catherine (Plog) Saylor 1900-1990 is buried in Haxtun, with Claude Clifford Saylor 1895-1978 # 130363558.

Doris Naoma Grauberger-Cotton, 79, passed away June 16, 2007, in Fort Collins.

She was born in Fleming, Colo., September 17, 1927, to Claude and Blanche (Plog) Saylor.

Doris married Duane Hurley Grauberger Dec. 1, 1946, in Sterling, Colo. They lived on Duane's family's farm until Duane's death in August 1985. She married Joseph Cotton April 12, 1986, and moved to Grand Junction, Colo., where she lived until Joe's death in March 2000. She moved to Sterling to be closer to her family and lived there until 2003 when she moved to Fort Collins, to Oakbrook senior facility. She has made many friends and helped many others in each city in which she lived. She will be greatly missed.

Doris is survived by her son, Dennis (Linda) Grauberger of Fleming, Colo.; daughter, Diane (Mike) Harrington of Fort Collins; son, Douglas (Cindy) Grauberger of Mitchell; daughter, Debbie (Steve) Miller of Aurora, Colo.; brothers, Clair Saylor of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Dale Saylor and Virgil Saylor of Sterling, Colo.; and sister-in-law, Rosalie Cote of Prescott Valley, Ariz. Doris had been blessed with 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Two husbands, Duane and Joe; a son, Donald Grauberger; a great-granddaughter, Shantel Norell; and a brother, Kenny Saylor, preceded Doris in death.


Haxtun Harvest, Haxtun, CO, 15 Jul 1953

Haxtun Youth Killed Accidentally Near Fort Morgan Thursday

Kenneth Irvin Saylor, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Saylor, was accidentally killed Thursday morning near Fort Morgan where he was working on an REA line. He came in contact with a live wire and was killed instantly.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Methodist church with Rev. George M. Burnworth officiating. Music was furnished by John Buck, organist, and a quartet composed of Duane Hutt, Eddie Switzer, Jean Thornhill and Betty Beedle, all high school classmates of the deceased.

Pallbearers were Murray Snow Jr., Lorin Lowery and Gary Snow, all of Crook and Ted Potter, Winston Ham and Frankie Salvador.

Concluding service and burial was at the Haxtun cemetery.


Hiram is buried in Haxtun


"Herbert Nathan Saylor was born September 25, 1902, at Geneva, Nebraska, and died at Colorado General Hospital in Denver, Wednesday, October 14, 1931, at 4:30 a.m.

He moved with his parents to Fleming, Colorado in August 1917.

He went to Winnet, Montana, in May 1923 and was united in marriage with Miss Louise Schellenberger May 2, 1924. In June 1924, he and his wife moved to Fleming, Colorado, where they made their home until July 1926, when they moved to Haxtun where he made his home until death.

He is survived by his widow and three children, aged 6, 4 and 3 years; his mother, Mrs. Mary Saylor, age 73, seven brothers and one sister. They are Anson I. Saylor, Tangent, Oregon; Austin J. Saylor, Winnett, Montana; Mrs. Jessie Hall, Buffalo, Montana, Arthur W. Saylor, Fleming; Walter O. Saylor, Madrid, Nebraska; Claud C. Saylor, Fleming; Frank H. Saylor, Buffalo, Montana; Wilbert M. Saylor, Albany, Oregon.

His father and one brother, Irving W., preceded him in death. The father died in 1922.

Anson and Wilbert were unable to attend the funeral services which were held at Haxtun Sunday afternoon."

Saylor, Clair Byron 94, passed away on July 15, 2015, at Tempe, Arizona. Clair was born on December 23, 1920 in Fleming, Colorado. Clair served in the Army during World War II. He served under General Patton and was on of General Patton's personal drivers.
After the War, he returned to Colorado to farm. He married Mary Evalena Sager. They were happily married for 67 years. Clair and Mary moved to Scottsdale in 1950. He was employed by Air Research.
He retired in 1980 and he and Mary traveled the world and enjoyed life.
He is survived by his wife Mary, his daughter Cindy Jo, grandson, Sean and Sky Reynolds, sons-in-laws, David Carver and Mike Compton, and brothers, Virgil and Dale Saylor. His other loving daughter, Connie Lou Compton preceded him in death.
Private burial will be in the rose garden at Green Acres Cemetery.


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