Logan County Colorado Pioneers

Theodore G. Sheaffer, brother Milton and Emily (Matthews) Scheaffer, brother Elmer and Bertha (Matthews) Sheaffer, brother Charles Edgar Scheaffer, 9 North 50 West

In 1880 Phelps County, Nebraska, Charles Sheaffer is 33, Rebecca 25, Milton 10, Charles 8, Elmer 5, Mary 3, and Blanche seven months.
Theodore Glenn Shaffer was born August 21, 1888 at Holdredge, Nebraska to Charles H. Shaffer and Rebeca Kling.

In 1900 Phelps County, Nebraska, Chas H. Shafer born August 1846, married 32 years to Rebecca born November 1849, both in Pennsylvania, have Pearl Nov 1879 Indiana and Theodore G. August 1888 Nebaska.

In 1910 Phelps County, C.H. and Rebecca have Mary 33 born in Indiana and Theodore. Rebecca has had six kids, five living - Edgar had died in 1901, buried in Holdrege. Charles' sister Anna Frymire 71, widowed, is with them.

Charles H. Sheaffer 1846-1929 # 39874257 and Rebecca 1849-1913 are buried in Holdrege.


Emma Sims was in Phelps County in 1885, and was in Scotland County Missouri in 1880. John Sims was 47, Mary 36, Nancy 12, Iva M. 10, John G. 8, Emma 5, George 2, and Minnie two months.

Her mother Mary C. Sims 1843-1906 is buried in Nampa, Idaho # 27160584.
So is her father John 1833-1923 # 27160556.

Emma's sister Minnie is buried in Nampa # 119194015.

Miss Minnie Sims died at St. Vincent's hospital in Portland Monday morning, February 22, 1909. Her body was brought to her sorrowing people and interment was made in the Nampa cemetery.


Minnie Sims was born in Memphis, Missouri, March 26, 1880, being 28 years, 10 months and 26 days of age at her death.

She had resided in Nampa with her father and brother for five years preceding her death. Her mother died two years ago, and the loss of this, the only daughter left at home makes the blow fall heavily on the aged father who is not in robust health. Besides her father, John Sims, she leaves to mourn her loss three sisters and three brothers, and many other relatives and friends. Miss Sims had a devoted christian mother who taught her children the love and fear of God. During her last illness, this young woman sought the pardon of her Savior so freely gives an was baptized in His name, and to her friends at home her last message was, that she was departing in peace.

Her body was shipped back to Nampa for burial and the funeral services conducted from her late home, by the Rev. W. W. Deal, of the Methodist Church, who spoke very tenderly of the Great Sympathizer of Earth who helps in times of sorrow, urging all to be hopeful and live each day the best we can.

Another sister Iva Mae (Simms) Silver 1870-1944 is buried in Nampa # 62172627.

A brother John Frank Sims 1872-1918 is buried in Nampa # 103254528 - he had married Ida Hartman 1872-1955.

In 1900 Phelps County, Nebraska, Milton is a grocerman, born January 1870 in Illinois, married three years to Emma Nov 1875 Missouri. Chester was born July 1899 in Nebraska.

Milton J. is farming in 1910 Cherry County, Nebraska, 40, with Emily 35, Chester A. 10, Hazel E. 9, Cloey E. 6, and Cleo T. 4.

In 1920 they're farming at Proctor, Logan County, Colorado, Milton 50, Emily 45, Chester 20, Cloey 15, Cleo 14, Verna 9, Meriel , and Dorothy 5.

In 1930 Sterling, Milton is doing odd jobs, with Emiily 55, Chester 30 a garage mechanic, Muriel A. 17 a servant, and Dorothy J. 15.

In 1940 Sterling, Milton is 70, alone with Emily 65.

Milton 1870-1951 # 40642565 and Emilty 1874-1952 are buried in Sterling.

Muriel Avis (Sheaffer) Drury, age 94, died at the Berthoud Living Center on Wednesday, August 9, 2006.

She was born on July 8, 1912 to Milton Jonas Sheaffer and Emily (Sims) Sheaffer on her father's homestead at Mullen, Hooker County, Nebraska. The Sheaffer and Sims families came in the late 1870s from two separate areas of Illinois. Her mother's families were originally from Virginia and her father's from Pennsylvania. In the family were seven children: Hazel, Chester, Cloey, Cleo, Verna, Muriel and Dorothy. They are now all deceased.

When Muriel was two years old, the family traveled by covered wagon from Mullen to visit her uncle on his farm across the South Platte River from Proctor, Colorado. The trip took two weeks each way. A year later, her father purchased his brother's farm, and they moved by train to that area. While there, she attended a nearby one-room school and Muriel still remembered to this day, her first grade teacher's name - Miss Gloria Gillette. They lived on that farm until she was thirteen when her father purchased the Merino Hotel at Merino, Colorado. They moved there and she attended Merino schools for four years.

They next moved to Sterling, Colorado where she met and married on April 9, 1931, Carl Walter Drury, who was born April 21, 1906 in Tekamah, Nebraska to William Alexander Drury and Agnes Wilson (Templin) Drury. He died on November 2, 1983. They first lived in Sterling, and in 1948, his work brought them to Longmont where he ran the Model Laundry and Dry Cleaners on Main Street. After his retirement, they loved to travel.

Muriel was a long-time Rebekah member and a past Noble Grand of the organization. She belonged to the First Christian Church of Longmont. She was a homemaker.

The Drurys had five children. Linda Elaine Padgham Reed died on February 5, 1985. The surviving children are: Jack (Shirley) Drury of Bellingham, Washington; Shirley (James) Patterson of Loveland, Colorado; Ted Drury of Longmont; and Barbara (Ben) Samora of Pueblo, Colorado. She leaves nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; ten great grandchildren and six step-great-great grandchildren.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Howe Mortuary, Longmont. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2006 at Howe Mortuary.

Dorothy Comstock, born June 29, 1914 at Mullen, Nebraska to Milton and Emily Sheaffer, died June 25 2004 as Dorothy Comstock.

Dorothy married Leonard Clark "Comestock" on March 13, 1935, recorded in Logan County.
She's buried in Denver # 22264997, with Leonard Clark Comstock 1914-1997.

Chester # 55050063 is buried in Sterling

Cloey Ethel Sheaffer married Fred S. tanner on April , 1921, recorded in Logan County.

Buried in Sterling is Cloey E. (Sheaffer) Tanner 1904-1982 # 51600169.

So is Verna (Sheaffer) Midbo # 58160224.

In 1940 Sterling, Cleo is 34, married to Earl E. Horner 47, both born in Nebraska. Julia is 13, Elmer 12, and Allen 11.

Cleo T. Horner 1905-1991 is buried in Denver # 22265073.
Earl E. Horner 1893-1971 is buried in Fort Logan # 21063539.
Julia R. Beebe 1926-2002 is buried in Fort Logan # 36027643 "Wife of Lee A. Beebe"
Allen Milton Horne 1929-2004 is buried in Fort Logan # 20131866. Army Air Forces Wold War II.


In 1900 Kearny County, Kansas, "Edward" Shaffer is a foreman for a ditch company, born March 1871 in Illinois, married four years to Gertrude Sept 1876 in Nebraska (probably a Matthews). They ahve Fern Oct 1897 in Nebraska, and Charles April 1899 Colorado.

His brother Edgar's widow Gertrude is buried in Sterling 1876-1968, # 55747561.

Gertrude's mother Martha J. (Enyeart) Matthews 1840-1925 is buried in Sterling, # 57854372, with Richard 1826-1907 # 57854352.
They were in Dodge County, Nebraska in 1880, Richard 53, Martha 43, Annie 12, Julia 11, Cora 8, Wm. 6, Gertrude 4, and George 2.

In 1910 Edgar's widow Gertrude is running a boarding house in Sedgwick County, Colorado, age 33, with Fern 12 and Charles 11.
Gertrude's daughter Fern Gertrude had married Lawrence Munson on April 22, 1933, recorded in Sedgwick County, and they're all in Sedgwick County, Colorado in 1940.

Charles E. Sheaffer married Dorothy Mikkelson on February 26, 1927, recorded in Sedgwick County.


Theodore claimed a quarter in 3, 9N 50W in 1915.

Theodore is a freight brakeman for the Union Pacific in Cheyenne Wyoming, when registering for WWI. He has a wife and child.

In 1920 he's back in Phelps County, farming, with Freda 30 and Margarette 6.

In 1930 Los Angeles, Theodore is a switchman, with Freda, both 40 born in Nebraska. Margaret 17 was born in Nebraska.

The three are still in Los Angeles in 1940, Theodore a yardman, and Margaret a designer.

Theodore died July 22, 1957 in Los Angeles.
Freda A. Sheaffer, born May 19, 1889, mother's maiden name Berlstro, died Feb 6, 1969 in Los Angeles.

Pearl Blanche Montgomery, born Nov 4, 1879 in Indiana, died March 19, 1947 i nLos Angles, mother's name Kling, father Sheaffer.


Sterling Colorado 1899 "Elmer Sheaffer of Iliff came in from the east over the Burlington Sunday morning."

"Elmer and his brother married twin sisters, Bertha and Myrtle Matthews."

In 1910 Logan County, Elmer is farming 36, Bertha 28, Jack 8, Charlotte 5, aznd Edward 3.
Elmer M. Sheaffer 1873-1918 is buried in Sterling # 55497144.

In 1920 Logan County, next to Milton Sheaffer, Bertha is married to John Walker 38m, Ireland. JJack 18, Charlotte 15, and Edward 12 are with them.

John and Bertha are farming alone in 1930 and 1940 Logan County.

Bertha Walker 1881-1942 is buried in Sterling, # 17500822, on a stone with John Walker 1887- 19??.

Jack O. Sheaffer 1901-1969 is buried in Sterling, # 56853187, with Katherine 1908-1993.

James E. Sheaffer is a soldier in 1940 Minneapolis, Minnesota, 33, born in Colorado, with Julie E. 30 Minnesota, Barbaarra 5 and James E. 4.
Julia Sajatovich was born March 14, 1910 in St. Louis County, Minnesota. In 1920 her mother Anna had married Paul Luter, and they're living in St. Louis County.
James E. Sheaffer 1906-1966 is buried in Fort Snelling, Minnesota, # 1173639.

In 1930 Laclede County, Missouri, Murrell Stake is 30, born in Nebraska, a carpenter, with Sharlotte 24, Everestt 9, Phanneil 7, Raymond 5, Edith 4, and Jessie 2. They're next to Josiah 64 and Mabel 50 Stake, with Savilla 17 born in Kansas and Charles L. 11 in Iowa.

In 1940 Logan County, Charlotte is 35, with Everrett 19 doing light construction, Phauneil 17, Raymond 15, Edith 14, Jess 12, Roland 6, and Crystal 5, all born in Colorado.
(Crystal might be named after her aunt Crystal Elizabeth (Walden) Lynch 1911-2006 buried in Broomfield
Charlotte R. Stake 1904-1980 is buried in Broomfield, Colorado # 80838566.

Everett Stake, born at Proctor, Colorado on March 30, 1921, age 28, married WInifred Page, age 29, born at DeerLodge Montana to Andrew Moore and Jennie Headley, in Powell County on February 4, 1950.
Everett 1921-1997 is buried in Fort Logan # 1215282.

Raymond 1924-2005 is buried in Fort Logan # 20372692. "STAKE, RAYMOND R. 80, died in Boulder, Colorado on February 11, 2005. Born in Proctor and raised in Crook, Colorado. He retired from DPS as a custodian. Survived by sisters Phauneil Miller and Crystal Kochenower and brother Jessie Stake."

Rolland L. Stake 1933-1986 is buried in Fort Logan # 15212837.

Edith L. Kratzer, born at Crook on October 12, 1925, died in Indianapolis, Indiana December 6, 1996, divorced. She was to be cremated at Central Indiana Crematory. Daughter Susan Kratzer Fipps of Indinapolis was the informant.


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