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Martin Corliss, children Albert N. Corliss, Norman L. Corliss, Daniel T. Corliss, Amy M. (Corliss) Currier, John A. Corliss , 1 South 43 West
By N. L Corliss - Thanks to Nathan Kramer !
It was on the 13th day of August in 1885 a tall, wiry looking youth left Vermont with a mind fully made up to see some of the wonders of the western world. I started from Swanton, Vermont. When I reached Chicago, I took an immigrant train to Scotland, Dakota. The train was filled with Europeans, some of whom carried all of their possessions in an old blanket.
In due time I reached Scotland. I went into a store and asked where John Corliss lived. These are the directions I received: The storekeeper said: "Now I have you to the tow mill." This was the place where they prepared flax for weaving into cloth. "You turn the tow mill around and continue on north for a mile or two until you come to a house with a straw shed. That isn't the place, but the people living there will tell you where to go."
They pointed west and I could see the small house where my brother lived. I left the road and continued straight west across road prairie until I reached the residence of my brother whom I had not seen for fifteen years. This was a newly homesteaded country and the principle crops were wheat and flax. More flax than wheat. I stayed there two weeks and most of the time we threshed flax. This was pitched by two of the husky daughters of Russia and, believe me, they knew how to pitch flax.
Having two brothers and a sister in Nebraska, I now left Dakota and in due time found myself in Hebron, Nebr. This was a good corn, hog and cattle country. There was better water but the land was more broken. After staying in Nebraska for a month I went to Republic county, Kansas, and husked 1600 bushels of corn for two cents a bushel. I finished this job the night before Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, 1885. That night at 12 o'clock I took the train for Wray, Colo., and at eight o'clock the next morning arrived there. Wray consisted of a railroad depot, section house and a sod hotel. The land locaters name was Witcliff Newell. He took me out 4 1/2 miles south of Wray and located me on 160 acres preemption. After six months continuous residence, I proved up on the land.
I filed on a homestead and tree claim nine miles southeast of Wray and went to breaking prairie.
The winter of 1887, I joined up with a surveying outfit and went down into then Elbert county, now Kit Carson County. This was the first I saw of the country around the south fork of the Republican river. It was about a year before the railroad was built on, which Burlington is situated.
My brother John, whom I visited in Dakota, became dissatisfied with the country and sold out. He covered his wagon and with a wife and five children came overland to Colorado. He located near the McKrellis ranch in Elbert county about 25 miles northwest of Burlington.
He tried dry farming there for a few years and then was elected treasurer of Elbert county. He held the office for two years. He then sold out and went to Missouri. He died about 1913 and is buried in Ash Grove, Mo.
My brother A. N. Corliss settled in Elbert county about 1889. He lived and tried farming for a few years on a dry land claim. He afterwards sold out and settled on a claim on the Republican river near the old Tuttle ranch, where he accumulated about 2000 acres on the Republican and Launchman, which he still holds as the Corliss ranch. He served as county assessor for several years.
This ranch holds the fable of a miner who died in Chicago. This is his story: "Go to the Launchman. Follow up the Launchman until you come to a spring. Southeast from the spring you will find a mound. In that mound you will find a soldier's blouse, a ramrod, and a gun. Southeast from that mound you will find a cave. In that cave you will find --." And he died. I was one of the hundreds who visited that cave expecting to find a fortune. After scraping and digging for some time, I finally found a few Indian beads.
Norman L. Corliss wrote in 1916, with an address of St. Albans, Vermont
" I was glad to hear that Colorado had gone dry, and we hope to to the same the 7th day of March.
I, with my mule team, drew the press from the car for the first Rattler ever printed. That was , as I remember it, in June 1886. I asked Wickliff Newell what they were going to name their paper. Pointing to the rattle of a rattlesnake, which hung on the wall, he said 'There ! That fellow has fourteen rattles and he shook off a peck before I killed him.'"
Norman cash-claimed 160 acres in sections 11 and 12, 1S 43W in 1891.
Sherman Henry, son of Albert Nathan and Lillian Mae Yale Corliss, was born near Tuttle, in a sod house on the Republican River, on April 5, 1900, and departed this life on March 17, 1992, at the Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital in Burlington. He was united in marriage to Grace Messing on Dec. 20, 1924, at Belleville, Kan. Grace passed away on April 8, 1974. To this union were born 10 children.
On Jan. 11, 1975, Sherman married his brother's widow, Rubbie Delores Schmitt Corliss.
Sherman moved with his family to Hebron, Neb., in 1917. He was a farmer and rancher from his early days, farming from 1924 to 1934 near Hebron. In the spring of 1934 he moved his family back to the ranch on the Republican River, northeast of Stratton, where he resided until his retirement.
In the Spring of 1935, he lost his crops, livestock and fences in a flood that altered the course of the river, destroyed his fields, and filled up the lakes and riverbed with sand. Through his perseverance and hard work he transformed the ranch into a productive ranch again.
He was actively involved in the churches he attended, served on the school board, the Federal Land Bank board, and was a member of the Cattlemen's Association.
In his early years he attended church in the local school in Colorado and the Christian Church in Hebron, Neb. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Bethune until its closing, when he became a member of Hope United Church of Christ. After moving to Burlington, he joined the First Christian Church of Burlington.
Funeral services were held on Friday, March 20, at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Burlington, with Rev. Dwayne Davenport and Rev. Ted Meter con4ucted the services. Hendricks Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Song selections, "Face to Face," and "These Hands," were sung by the ; Hope Messengers, and "The Lord's Prayer," was sung by Bob Hendricks, with Velda Adolf and Dorothy Isaac as pianist and organist.
Surviving are his wife Rubbie of Grace Manor Care Center of Burlington, and his children and sons and daughters-in-law - Betty and Richard Guy of Bethune, Lowell and Virginia Corliss of Stratton, Lyal Corliss of Crescent City, Calif., Mervin and Esther Corliss of Stratton, Albert and Arnella Corliss of Yuma, Doris and Roy Henry of Joes, Lois Schafer of Burlington, Mary and Clinton Hasenauer of Wallace, Neb., David and Betty Corliss of Stratton, and Ruth and Richard Hampton of Westminster; stepson Raymond and Norma Corliss of Arvada; 29 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren, and 3 step-great-grandchildren; 2 brothers and wives, Ralph and Marie Corliss of Arizona City, Ariz., Edward and Ruth Corliss of Fort Morgan; 3 sisters, Myrna Mack of Sun City, Ariz., Mary Miller of Marysville, Kan., and Pauline Williams and Lawerance of Hebron, Neb.; 2 sisters-in-law, Mae Corliss of Geneva, Neb., and Lucille Corliss of Eustic, Fla., and a host of friends and relatives.
Preceding him in death were his first wife, Grace Corliss, twin granddaughters, daughter-in-law Deloris Corliss, son-in-law Ralph Henry, sister Luella Hitchcock, brothers Joe, Harold and Frank Corliss, and his parents.
Casket bearers were grandsons Anthony Corliss, Russell Corliss, Verlin Corliss, Ronald Henry, Todd Hasenauer and Theron Hampton. Honorary casket bearers were grandsons Edwin Guy, Clifford Henry, Leroy Henry, Melvin Henry, Russell Henry, Seth Hasenauer and Gerald Cody. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery.
Luella Yale Corliss married Gordon A. Hitchcock, both of Stratton, July 25, 1921 in Burlington.
Lillian Mae, daughter of Sherman Henry Yale and Sarah D. Bevier Yale, was born in Galva, County, Ill., May 17, 1876, and departed this life at the Thayer County Hospital in Hebron, Neb., July 29, 1959, at the age of 83 years, 2 months and 12 days. At the age of 10 she migrated with her parents in a covered wagon to eastern Colorado, settling near Burlington. Her parents were postmistress and mail carrier at a small post office called Yale. She was a direct descendent of the founders of Yale University and the inventors of the Yale lock. She was preceded in death by her parents and her only brother, William Henry Yale. June 26, 1892, she was united in marriage to Albert Nathan Corliss. They were married in a sod house 22 miles northeast of Burlington. Mr. Corliss passed away in May, 1956. To this union 13 children were born, three of which died in infancy. The surviving are Luella (Mrs. Gordon A.) Hitchcock, Burlington; Joseph Martin Corliss, Denver; Sherman Henry Corliss, Stratton; Edward William Corliss, Kersey; Harold N. Corliss, Hebron, Neb.; Ralph Rosser Corliss, Lincoln, Neb.; Mary Etta (Mrs. J. W.) Miller, Maryville, Kan.; Frank N. Corliss, Eustis, Fla.; Myrna (Mrs. Clarence) Wright, Hebron, Neb.; Pauline (Mrs. Lawrence) Williams, Belvedere, Neb. Mrs. Corliss was baptized into the Congregational Church when but a young woman, later transferring to the Christian Church of Hebron, where she has been a faithful member until the time of her death. She was also a member of the Eastern Star Lodge. She enjoyed the work in the church and lodge and participated in many of. the social activities of both. Mrs. Corliss, with her husband and family, moved to Hebron in April of 1917. They lived on a farm, until 1930, at which time they retired and moved to town. Besides her ten children she leaves .43 grandchildren and 36 great: grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church, Hebron, July 31, 1959, with Rev. Ralph Dyer officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased, Jim Corliss, Don Wright, Dick Miller, John Corliss, Roger Corliss and Bert Hitchcock. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Hebron.
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