Peter and Margaret (Haist) Koenig, Jacob D. and Carolina (Dorn) Heist


Jacob D. Heist married Caroline "Doris" March 15, 1892, recorded in Logan County.

Jacob D. Heist proved up a quarter in 24, 6N 50W in 1896.

John H. Heist proved up two quarters in 8 and 9, 6N 51W in 1915.

Peter Koenig proved up  a quarter in 27, 7N 50W in 1895, and timber-claimed one in 30, 7N 49W in 19033..

William Koenig proved up a quarter in 27, 7N 50W in 1894.


  Thanks to Patty Thornton

(Front): John, Melinda;

(second row): Louisa Susanna, George William on chair;

(third row): Jacob Jr., father Jacob Sr., mother Elizabeth, Mary;

(back): Margaret, Magdaline, Lydia (mother of Laura), Kate They homesteaded in Colorado in 1889, four years after this photo was taken.

August 1900 Sterling - "Wm. Heist will complete his contract of painting C.T. Camplan's house to-day."

In 1900 Leroy precinct, Logan County, Colorado, Jacob D. Heist born July 1866 in Canada, married eight years to Carrie Nov 1872 Germany.  They have Earl L. July 1893, Lillie M. July 1895, and Rose C. May 1898, all three born in Colorado.

Carline Heist married Erskin B. Martin August 19, 1903, recorded in Logan County.

Carolina (Dorn) Heist is buried in Sterling - Nov 23, 1872-Nov 1, 1908, with Jacob D. - July 18, 1866-May 28,1911.

  Lelia M Heist (1895 - 1989)*
  Alice M Heist (1902 - 1981)*
  Della Heist Berlage (1906 - 1953)*
  Carrie M Heist Wilkinson (1908 - 2004)*


Next household is Frederick Dorn, with William Koenig son-in-law.  William was born Nov 1862 in Canada  He's married to Leena Nov 1870 in Germany, and they have Elmer , Mar 1891 Colorado and Otto F. Nov 1895 Nebraska..

Jacob Heist is widowed in 1910 Sterling, "own income" with Earl 18, Lillian 15, Rosa 12, Fred 9, Alice 7, Della 3, and Carrie 1.

Earl is farming in 1920 Logan County, with siblings Lelia 24, Rose 20, Fred 19, Alice 17, and Della 3.

Luella Heist married Ernest A. Sonnenberg April 3, 1926, recorded in Logan County.

Fred Heist married Lillie Runge February 21, 1926, recorded in Phillips County.

Rosa C. Heist married Walter H. King July 6, 1927, recorded in Morgan County.

In Riverside Cemetery, Sterling are:

KOENIG  PETER NOV. 17, 1860 - MAY 12, 1948
MARGARET H. WIFE OF PETER  JUNE 13, 1869 - MAY 2, 1936


1900 Sterling

Margaret Heist was Magdalena Heist's younger sister. She married a Mr. Astell and had two twin sons, Clinton and Clayton Astell.
Her second marriage was to Peter Koenig , and they had two children, John Wesley Koenig, who was born in July, 1906 and Vergil Koenig, who was born in January 1908. SOURCE: Article from "Sterling Centennial Logan County Family History, 1884-1894"


Article from "Sterling Centennial Logan County Family History, 1884-1894" (edited) - The Peter Koenig Family - Peter Koenig was born in the village of Mildmay, Ontario, Canada November 17, 1860. Peter grew up speaking German as his parents Ludwig (Lewis) and Elizabeth Koenig had emigrated to Canada from Germany in the 1850s. Always ambitious, Peter apprenticed to a blacksmith at an early age and photos show his powerful chest and shoulders which developed from working the blacksmith bellows. By the time he was twenty, however, his lungs were being badly affected by the smoke of the blacksmith shop and he had to look for another occupation. His physical strength led him to become an apprentice stonemason. Most of the large homes were made of the native grey stone and his work was in great demand. Many of the homes he built in the 1880s are still occupied one hundred years later.
In 1882, he married Magdalena Heist and shortly afterward, purchased his father's farm. Peter's brother John had left Canada and had settled in Nebraska a few miles from the first homestead claim in the US. John asked his aging parents to return with him to Nebraska while he and his family were visiting Canada. When John, his wife and 13 children left in their covered wagon for their new home, the elder Koenigs went with them. Thus Peter purchased his father's farm which was the original Royal land grant. The grant had been filed under Lewis King, the Anglican version of Ludwig Koenig.
In only a few years the Westward Expansion bug bit Peter also and he and Henry Thurkhorn went to Nebraska to look for homestead land.
However, they had arrived too late and all of the land had been claimed. He was advised to look for land around the new town of Greeley, Colorado, but he found the same problem there. The only land available was across the Platte River in the sandhills several miles east of the new town of Sterling. Peter returned to Canada, loaded his belongings including a team of horses in a boxcar and he and his family moved to Colorado. By then, the family included three daughters, Maggie, Lydia, and Emma, and one son, baby Jacob Edward. One can only imagine Magdelena's thoughts as she recalled the plush woods of her Canadian home as she surveyed the endless dry prairie surrounding her new home at LeRoy. This was the third settlement of the area as the rainless summers had driven two earlier sets of homesteaders away.
Peter was businessman enough to realize that the only sure money to be made probably wouldn't be from farming, so he opened a general store.
The Evangelical Church was central in the lives of the Koenigs as it was in those of most of the settlers of German ancestry. Peter was able to put his earlier training as a stone mason to use when the new stone church was to be built.
Although all church services were conducted in German and Peter staunchly read his German Bible, Peter spoke English and he and his brother Will, who had joined the Colorado family, decided to change the pronunciation of the family name from "Kanig" to "Konig," thus making it sound more Anglicanized. The family in Nebraska and in Canada still use the German pronunciation.
Each year seemed to bring another child into the family. In the eleven years between 1889 and 1900, five boys and one girl were born. They were Elizabeth, Erwin Henry ("Fat"), Simon Peter ("Sib"), Elroy ("Short"), Clarence and Percy Milton ("Doc"). Then in 1905, Magdalena, expecting her eleventh child, suddenly died.
Left a widower with ten children, Peter returned to Canada to seek a wife and mother for his children. When he returned to Sterling, he brought his new wife, Margaret, Magdalena's younger sister, and her twin sons, Clinton and Clayton Astell.
In July, 1906, their first son, John Wesley, was born, and eighteen months later in January, 1908, Vergil was born.
In 1936, Margaret died and Peter remarried, he was never able to find another woman as kind as Magdalena and Margaret had been. He died May 12, 1948 leaving many descendants.

Peter Koenig married Mildred Littler September 3, 1936, recorded in Logan County.


S.P Koenig married Ora E. Dickerson Dec 16, 1915, recorded in Logan County.

In 1920 Sterling, Simon Peter Koenig is 27, a cement worker, married to Lora, 26, born in Nebraska.  His nephew Virgil Dickerson, 4 is with them.

He had registered in Sterling, born Dec 6, 1892 in Leroy, Colorado, married.

In 1930 Sterling he's a cement contractor, both he and Ora 37, with Richard 10, Dora Lee 8, Marjorie 5, Donald 2, and nephew Virgil 15.
In 1940 Sterling, still a cement contractor, they have the four kids, plus Darrell, 6.

Vergil is on the same census page,24, a pressman for the daily paper, married to Margaret, 23, with Janice, 3.


Lydia Anderson (Phillip's wife) Obituary from, Friday, May 8, 1981 Sterling (Colorado) Journal-Advocate: Funeral services for former area resident Lydia Ann Barton Andersen, 96, will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Chaney-Walters Funeral Home. Rev. Dennis Sillaman will officiate. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Andersen died Wednesday in Sunnyvale, Calif. She was a resident of Redwood, Calif., at the time of her death. She was born Dec. 29, 1884 in Canada to Pete and Madaline Heist Koenig. Mrs. Andersen came to the LeRoy community with her parents from Canada, where they homesteaded. On Sept. 1, 1903 she married Phillip Barton. After her marriage, the couple homesteaded in the LeRoy community where they farmed for several years. Mr. Barton died in 1938. In 1949, Mrs. Andersen moved to California where she lived until her death. She is survived by a daughter, Bertha Busig McConnell, Vancouver, Wash.; two sons, Charles E. Barton, Sterling, and Rutherford W. Barton, Redwood City, Calif.; four brothers, Ervin H. Koenig, Portland, Ore., Simon P. Koenig, Sterling, Percy Koenig of Austin, Texas and John Koenig, Greeley; a sister, Elsie Buss, Sterling; 11 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Chaney-Walters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


 My Life (complete) (Written by Bertha Mae Barton, daughter of Phillip and Lydia Koenig Barton (Anderson) in 1966 when she was 62, edited):
 Lydia Koenig and Phillip Barton met in Greeley, Colorado and September 1, 1903 they were married. After their marriage they went to Crystal Spring, Pennsylvania, my fathers home. Then on December 3, 1904, I, Bertha, was born. Fifteen months later on February 28, 1906 my brother Charles was born.
 In 1907 my parents left Crystal Spring for Sterling, Colorado, my mothers home town. I don't remember the trip, which was by train, but although I was only three I can yet recall my first Christmas in Colorado. We were living on my grandfather's (Peter Koenig) farm just east of town, between the railroad tracks and the Platte River (I believe the house is still there.)
 A year of so later my parents acquired some homestead land about 20 miles southeast of Sterling. There was nothing on the land except a dugout, with a dirt floor, but we lived in it for several months, until, with the help of friends and neighbors (which were few and far between), Dad managed to put in a cement floor. Later he added a room above ground, which served as our kitchen and living room. My dad plowed the land with a one horse plow, bought some adjoining land and became a very successful farmer.
 June 16, 1910 my brother, Rutherford, was born. I was six by then, had never enjoyed playing will dolls, but liked anything that was real and alive, especially babies, so helped a great deal in caring for the new arrival, but i still had to carry on with my share of the farm and household chores.
 By the time i was eight my parents had acquired some cattle, so i learned to milk cows. Charles and I would drive the herd out to free pasture. Tired of walking two or three miles a day we broke a yearling steer to ride, and rode it one entire summer. The next season Dad bought us a pony, i guess the steer went to market.
 After I finished grade school my folks moved to town. I lived at my uncle and aunts, Ed and Simon Koenig, most of the time I attended Sterling High School, as my parents went back on the farm. After graduation, I went back to school another year and took a post graduate course. In the meantime I had met a young man who lived west of Sterling. His name was John Busig.
 It was January 18, 1925 that John and I were married and on October 17 that same year I became a mother. Our son Harold Wayne was born at Mrs. Busse's maternity home. Ten months, a week and a day later on August 25, 1926 another boy arrived. We had hoped for a girl this time, so we didn't have a name for him, but finally decided on Kenneth Eugene. We were living on a dry land farm about eight miles west of Sterling and crops were not always good, but that didn't scare the stork away. On July 19, 1928 I went back to Mrs. Busse's for the third time. This time it was a little auburn haired girl, Ruth Evelyn, who we called Ruthie. She is now Mrs. Jack Lander. Again we hung out our white flag, but I guess the stork just didn't see it, because thirteen months later, August 21, 1929 I was back at Mrs. Busse's. This time another girl. We named her Delores Mae. She is now Mrs. Donald Helton. She is known as Lorry and she is still our baby. Mrs. Busse had told me if I were the first one to come back to her for the fifth time she would take care of me free of charge. Dr. Latta was the pediatrician for all four of our babies.
 In the fall of 1934, when Colorado became part of the Dust Bowl we packed up our few belongings and moved our family to a place near Hood River, Oregon. Then later to Parkdale, Oregon near Mt. Hood.
 It was while we were living at Parkdale that I lost my Dad. He died November 13, 1938 at the age of 58. Sometimes the death of a loved one, we sorrow at the blows life has dealt him and we wish he might have had a second chance, and so it was with him. I like to think that where ever he may be, I am still his one and only girl. My mother Lydia is living 20 miles south of San Francisco near Rutherford and his family and is a very young great grandmother of 82.
 Pearl Harbor changed the face of the earth, and so it changed our lives too. The next fall (1942) we moved to Vancouver, Washington where John, Pop as we now call him, went to work in the shipyards and it wasn't long until Harold and Kenneth joined the Navy. After the boys left for war I went to work in a shopping center as manager of the bakery section. The girls were in high school and they helped in the bakery after school and on Saturdays.
 It wasn't long after the war ended before the kids were all married. The grandchildren were arriving, about two a year, until there were twelve, nine boys and three girls. They are all near us except Lorry's family of two boys and a girl. They live in Auburn, Washington where Don has a mortuary and Lorry works part time in the hospital as a nurse. We usually manage to get them all together at Christmas time, what a time with ten teenagers. I have ceased trying to prepare big Christmas dinners, instead we have cold meats, salads, snacks and desserts, with coffee and cranberry punch, usually on Christmas Eve or when the gifts are opened.
 I have never had much time for hobbies and I don't like hobbies that cut us off from the world. I like sports and the competition they entail, so about ten years ago, when women all over the country began bowling, I too joined a bowling league. I'm still trying to maintain more than a 136 average. I also like to swim, but I'm no bathing beauty. I have always had a secret desire to try my hand at the easel, but as for my secret vices, I would rather keep them a secret.
 Pop has retired, so now I have twice the man on half the income and as for him, instead of wine, women and song, it is fishing, social security, and television. When life gets monotonous we load up our little travel trailer and go to the beach or to the hills. Sometimes in the fall we go to Colorado and in the winter to Arizona or California. We like trailer traveling, especially when we can travel with friends and relatives, and hope to continue our journeys, but we intend to maintain our home in Vancouver, because we enjoy living near the children and grandchildren.
 I have resolved to try to adjust myself to the fact that I am now 62 years old. There may be other resolutions I should make, and there are probably mistakes and personal faults I haven't mentioned, but this is a synopsis of the life I have lived thus far.


William and Lena Koenig are farming in 1910 Logan County, with Elmer 19 born in Colorado and Otto 13, Nebraska

In 1920 they're in Sterling, no occupation, with no kids.

In 1930, still in Sterling, William is a collector for a collection agency, and Lena's 82-year-old widowed father Fred Dorn is with them.

William and Lena were in Sterling in 1935, but in 1940 are in Salem, Oregon, and grand-daughter Dorothy L. 19, a stenographer, is with them (She was also in Sterling in 1935)

Elmer W. is in Iliff precinct in 1920, 29, married to Edith 20, with Howard, 1. (Edith Lambert, born about 1899 in New York, is in Sterling in 1910, with widowed mother Caroline.  They were in New York City in 1900, with Alfred a railroad flagman.

Elmer W. 39, is also in Sterling in 1930, proprietor of a filling station, with Edith G. 31, Howard 11, and Dorothy 9.

Elmer was born March 23, 1891 at Leroy, single when he registered.

Otto is farming next to Elmer in 1920 Iliff - he's 24, married to Ruth 21, both born in Colorado


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