Yuma County, Colorado
Yuma County Pioneers:
On Sep 23, 1893, James L. Lay received a patent on a homestead in the NW 1/4
of Section 31, Township 1 North,
Range 42 West 4 1/2 miles straight south of the
town of Laird. Since it normally took four to five years to "prove up" on a
homestead, that would indicate he originally filed on the land about 1888 or
1889. That is assuming it was a "homestead" not a "pre-emption".
January 6, 1899 "J.L. Lay moved into his new home this week."
In 1898 "J.L. Lay, J.H. Waters and James Drummond attended the G.A.R.
encampment at McCook this week."
In 1899 "James Lay is fencing the quarter section of land recently purchased
from Mr. Waters."
The Yuma County tax rolls have a James L. Lay listed for the years 1889 (when
the county was established) through at least 1901 with a mailing address of
Laird, Colorado. For 1890, the tax rolls also list an Elsie Lay who paid
personal property taxes that year with a Laird address.
In 1900 the Republicans nominated James L. Lay as a candidate for Yuma County
Maggie proved up a homestead a few
miles southwest of James' in 1901 -
T1S R43W under the name Maggie L
March 1908 "Mr. Dyer, a Wray liveryman, was in town (Laird) Wednesday
visiting his brother, James Lay."
1910 real estate transfers "James L. Lay to Charles A. McGrew, Lots in Laird,
The 1910 census has Jas. and Maggie are in Laird
precinct, with "own income" - they're on
the census between the Murdocks and
The photo below would be about 1911,
because the four people in the buggy are
Maggie, Pearl, Isabelle, and Maxine,. The two girls next to "Grandma Lay" are Maggie Spriggs'
daughters Lela and Tess.
Because of the 1910 Haigler Nebraska
item "Little Mary Spriggs is visiting
her grandma at Laird during Mr. and Mrs.
Spriggs absence. Pearl Schilt is
keeping house and looking after the
other children." the second woman
in the buggy might be that Pearl.
Miss Pearl Schilt was among those
attending the 1913 funeral of the
Spriggs daughter. (Footnote 1)
I will make a couple of comments so you know the context of these pictures and what I can and cannot document. Most of the older family pictures I have are ones that I believe my dad, James Lay Sprigg, inherited from his sister Lela (Eulela) after she died. So most of the markings on them were, I believe, written by Lela.
first one I am sending is a nice picture of a
family outside a house with a horse-drawn
carriage. It carried a pencil notation
(presumably from Lela) saying only "Grandma
Lay." I presume this is a reference to Maggie
Lay's mother. Although there is no notation of exactly where the picture was taken (I assume it could have been the James L. Lay homestead), the frame says, "Wray Gallery, Wray, Colo."
1913 "James Lay... was closing the deal with M.H. Wood, of Woodruff, Kansas,
but formerly of Laird, whereby Mr. Lay exchanged his farm five miles south of
Laird for a business building and residence in Woodruff, which are now occupied
by Mr. Wood. While here, Mr. Lay was a guest of his sister-in-law, Mrs.
Isabel Dyar and daughter, Miss Buna."
April 1914 Laird "James Lay has bought of Harry Brodn (sic) a fifty
foot lot adjoining his present houselot near the north end of Campbell Avenue,
In 1917 "Mr. and Mrs. James Lay of Laird, sold their residence property in that
little city the latter part of last week to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Burnett and are
contemplating leaving the first of April for Woodruff, Kansas, and will make
their home there for the future..."
In 1920 James and Mary are in
Granite, Phillips County, Kansas, with
no occupation. Granddaughter Edna
Lay is with them. twelve years old.
On the same census pages is Daughter
Maggie Sprigg, Homer, and their kids.
Lay spent seven
years in prison,
where he became a
trustee to the
warden. In this
role, he once
warden to Santa Fe.
Upon their return,
they found that the
inmates had taken
the warden's wife
and daughter hostage
inside the prison.
Lay was able to
prisoners to release
the women, and for
this act he was
Miguel Antonio Otero
on January 10, 1906.
Upon his release he
found his way to
a small ranch town
just north of the
There he worked as
an oil explorer and
saloon owner without
much success. There
he met and married
Mary Calvert. He and
Mary then moved to
where he supervised
the building of the
in Riverside and
Imperial Valley just
north of the border
with Mexico. He and
Mary raised two
children, a son and
Autumn of 1893
to 1895 - Ann leaves for a year
to attend St. Mary’s of the
Wasatch Academy in Salt Lake
City, Utah. In her memoirs, she
experience left “a deep
impression.” Ann hosts the 1895
Thanksgiving dinner for
all the families in Brown’s
Park. From her memoirs, Ann says
Matt Rash, Isom Dart, Elza Lay,
and Harry Roudenbaugh. If this
Sundance Kid, she obviously
didn’t know him very well.
Fremont Clipper no. 20
January 27, 1893, page 3 JWS
Deputy H. P. Brower and
Constable Allen Axe arrived
Thursday, with two prisoners, W.
E. Ley (Lay) and Frank Wilson,
charged with petit larceny. The
culprits were captured on the
North Fork of Owl creek and are
charged with the theft of a
Fremont Clipper no. 21 February
03, 1893, page 3 JWS
W, E. Ley and Frank Wilson were
up before Judge Allen Tuesday
charged with petit larceny. A
change of venue was taken to the
court of Justice E. S. Cheney
and the case came up for trial,
Wednesday and a jury was
impaneled to hear and try the
case. This was a case where the
defendants were charged with
felonious taking of a gun with
intent to convert the same to
their own personal use, and the
and the circumstances as brought
out in evidence were about as
follows. James Carter was the
owner of the gun and had left it
with F. G. Burnett with
instructions to trade it for
certain different kind of gun.
Ley and Wilson, it seems, became
acquainted with this fact, and
going to Burnett, told him they
had a gun, the kind of one
Carter wished, and that Carter
had told them to leave it and
take the one at Burnett's.
Burnett hesitated but after
awhile consented and the
exchange was made. The rogues at
once started north, and soon
after Carter came upon the scene
and denied ever having
authorized the trade. A warrant
was sworn out and Ley and Wilson
were arrested. The jury after
hearing the evidence failed to
agree and were discharged. This,
however, does not end the case.
Unless there is a compromise of
some kind, the case will come up
again. The defense was made on
the ground of a trade, but
Carter says there was no trade
on his part, and Burnett says he
told the boys the gun they were
leaving was not worth the
cartridges they were getting
with Carters gun. The law in the
case is very plain and a second
jury will probably arrive at a
"Kinky" Wight remembers very
distinctly some of the Wild
Bunch who hung around Bill's.
For the most part they were a
likeable, friendly sort (all
except Isom Dart, the negro) and
pleasing and exciting to be
around, especially Elza Lay,
also known as Bill McGinnis.
Elza was a tall, slim, and
decidedly handsome Texan with
light brown hair and big, very
round hazel eyes. In a way he
was the "glassy-eyed" type —
shifty-eyed, too, for he never
cared to look you straight in
the eye. However, this last
characteristic gave the
impression of shyness rather
than dishonesty. Cassidy often
remarked that Elza was the only
educated member of the Bunch.
The ticklish train and bank
holdups where final success hung
by a thread were planned by Elza.
He indeed had a sharp, pinpoint
mind which was sadly wasted on
such an utterly useless career.
Besides this, he was unusually
good-natured and had charming,
half-bashful manners, and, like
Cassidy, was a master in the
handling of horses. He did a lot
of the breaking and training of
the outlaw hot-bloods.
Elza unquestionably was a
favorite with the girls, for
shy, mannerly men always seem to
possess a fatal attraction for
women the world over. When 24
years of age Elza fell in love
with and secretly married a
certain gay, blue eyed, brown
haired Maude Davis. She was a
sweet girl, very slender, very
pretty and very good. She loved
to dance and so did he, and it
was only natural that they fell
recklessly in love. It was after
marrying Maude that Elza
holed-up more at Bill Speck's
for he wanted to be near Vernal
where she was; and this thing
was not good for either of them.
Summer of 1896 - Ann facilitates
several romantic meetings for
Elza Lay, and Maude Davis of
Ashley Valley, Utah. With Ann’s
help, a local
minister is spirited to a quiet
meadow location along the Green
River to marry
the two. Maude would later say
that Etta was “the most
beautiful woman she
had ever known.”
In November 1901 the Gazette "The article in last Saturday's News (maybe the
Rocky Mountain News ?) in regard to the killing of Elzqa Lay was erroneous.
Elza is in New Mexico."
marriage was in Vernal Utah in 1899
In 1910 Fremont County Wyoming Elza is going under the name "William H.
McGinnis" with wife Mary, and occupation is "own account"
|Thermopolis Record no. 36 September 08, 1906, page 1 JWS
SOLD SALOON McGinnis & Lydick, recently from Shoshoni, have bought out
H. S. Cover in the Topic saloon, taking possession the first of the
month. They have rented the saloon building and rooming house, buying
all the furniture and fixtures. Both the purchasers are experienced men
in this line of business and their efforts will be to please the public.
Thermopolis Record no. 36 September 08, 1906, page 5 JWS
Alva L. Lydick and W. H. McGiinnis, recently of Shoshoni, have moved to
Thermopolis and are now permanent residents of the Hot Water Town.
Thermopolis Independent no. 25 April 02, 1907, page 1 JWS
Lydick & McGinnis. Erickson & Kinney and Tom Skinner made application
for saloon license; and same were granted.
Thermopolis Record no. 22 June 01, 1907, page 1JWS
General Committee. Track: McGinnis, (Horse Racing)
Wind River Mountaineer no. 27 June 07, 1907, page 1 JWS
Clerk was ordered to issue retail liquor licenses to the following
applicants, towit: Sland & Slane, Erlckson & Kinney, McGinnis & Lydick,
Tom Skinner, John Davies and John Holleywood.
Thermopolis Record no. 26 June 23, 1907, page 6 JWS
CHANGE IN SALOON
Wm. McGinnis has sold his interest in the Blue Front saloon to Emile
Faure, who has been with the Noble & Bragg Sheep Company for several
years. He took charge about a week ago. The firm Lydick \ Faure will
endeavor to conduct a place that will merit a share of the public
Thermopolis Independent no. 45 July 05, 1907, page 5 JWS
Notice of Dissolution. Thermopolis, Wyo., June 26, 1907.
The firm heretofore existing as McGinnis & Lydick has this day dissolved
by mutual consent, McGinnis retiring, Lydick assuming all the
indebtedness of said firm and will collect all bills due. Signed, W. H.
McGinnis, A. L. Lydick.
Thermopolis Independent no. 49 August 02, 1907, page 5 JWS
"Bill" McGinniss. A. L. Lydick. BLUE FRONT THIRST PARLOR Old Kingdom
Rye, W. H. McBrayer Burbon, Val. Blatz Beer. "NUFF SED." . McGinnis &
Lydick, Saqe Brush Mixologist.
Thermopolis Independent no. 50 August 09, 1907, page 5 JWS
A. L. Lydick. Emil Fauer. BLUE FRONT THIRST PARLOR Old Kingdom Rye, W.
H. McBrayer Burbon, Val. Blatz Beer. "NUFF SED." Lydick & Fauer, Sage
Thermopolis Independent no. 65 November 22, 1907, page 1 JWS
Lydick Sells Out. A. L. Lydick, long and favorably known as the
proprietor of the Blue Front Saloon, sold his interest in that place to
Mr. Emil Faure last Tuesday. Mr. Faure has for some months owned a half
interest in the Blue Front. Mr. Lydick is undecided as to his future
movements. He has no intention of leaving Thermopolis at present,
Wyoming State Journal no. 31 March 26, 1909, page 1. JWS
A marriage license was issued on March 25th to William E. Lay of
Thermopolis and Mary Calvert of Baggs, Wyo.
Thermopolis Record no. 14 April 03, 1909, page 1 JWS
Mr. W. H. McGinniss and Miss Mary Culvert were united in marriage
Saturday evening, March 27, 1909, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. K
Holladay, by Justice J. W. Calloway Only a few friends of the high
contracting parties were present. After the ceremony all enjoyed a
delightful wedding repast. Mr. McGinniss has been a resident of this
city for several years and has a large number of warm friends. Willie
the bride is an estimable young lady who recently came from Baggs. in
the southern part of the state. Mr. and Mrs. McGinniss are the
recipients of the best wishes of their many friends.
Thermopolis Record no. 29 July 17, 1909, page 1 JWS
Eagles Are Organized Local Aerie Formed in Thermopolis Last Week
Thermopolis Aerie, F. O. E., was organized Friday evening of last week
at the Masonic temple, The event was a complete success from start to
finish, there being an abundance of refreshments in the way of a general
smoker, which was heartily relished by all present. The Eagles start off
with 65 little eaglets. There was employments for all, and the occasion
was an enjoyable affair W. W. Yager of Cody, deputy grand president for
Wyoming, officiated as W. P., C. E. Allen acting as secretary. The
following officers were Installed for the enduing term, ending January
1, 1910; E, E, Waltman, P. W. P.; W. H. McGinniss, W. P; Allen Hicks, W.
V. P.; Harry UIrich, W. C.; C. E. Allen, Sec . Tom Skinner, Treas.; W.
F. Schneider, W. C: F. E. Winchester, l G; Emile Faure, O. G.; Dr. Oren
Kinney, physician; J. C. Danielson, Elmer P. Wood and R G. Haskin,
Thermopolis Record no. 34 August 21, 1909, page 4 JWS
Thermopolis Aerie No. 1884, F. O. E. Meets second and fourth Fridays of
each month at Masonic Temple. Visiting brothers cordially invited. W. H.
McGinniss, W. P. C. E. Allen, Sec’y.
Thermopolis Record no. 11 March 12, 1910, page 1. JWS
BOY BORN AT BAGGS
W. H. McGinniss writes from Baggs to friends here that a son was born to
he and Mrs. McGinniss at that place February 27, 1910.
Thermopolis Record no. 13 March 24, 1910, page 5. JWS
W. H. McGinniss, who has been with his family at Baggs for some time
past, returned home a few days ago.
Wray Rattler: Yuma County, Colorado. September 2, 1910. JWS
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Sprigg departed for Wyoming the first of the week to
visit Mrs. Sprigg’s brother. They made the trip in their automobile and
expect to be gone ten days.
Wray Rattler: Yuma County, Colorado, October 7, 1910. JWS
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Sprigg are enjoying a visit from Mrs. Spriggs’
brother and wife of Wyoming.
Thermopolis Record no. 46 November 10, 1910, page 5. JWS
W. H. McGinniss, formerly of Thermopolis but now engaged in business at
Shohsoni, was circulating among his old acquaintances and surroundings a
day or two during the week.
August 1912 "Mrs. O.P. Dyer went to Laird Saturday returning Monday after a
short visit with her sister, Mrs. James Lay of that place."
Also in 1912 "Mrs. O.P. Dyar returned Sunday from Laird where she has been
visiting her sister, Mrs. James. Lay. She also visited her niece, Mrs.
Homer Spriggs and family near Haigler."
October 1915 "Elga (sic) Lay is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Lay
of Laird, this week."
No known obits or graves in the County under the Surname Lay.
In 1920 Fremont County Wyoming are William E. Lay, Mary, James 10 and Lucille
8. William does "oil promotions."
In 1930 James is a clerk in the post office in Calexico, California,
and it looks like Lucille is in Wilshire Apartments, Los Angeles, working as a
bookkeeper for a department store.
Mary Lucille Lay (born January 23, 1912 Wyoming, married Ralph Howard Morgan
(1902-1985), died May 20, 2009 Los Angeles, California).
In 1940 Los Angeles Mary is widowed - rooming with another widow.
Wray Rattler (Wray, Yuma County); Date: Oct 28, 1915; Section: None; Page: 8 JWS
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Lay, of Baggs, Wyoming, who were visiting at the Dyar home
last week, are visiting at Laird this week. They expect to return to their home
in a few days. Mr. Lay is a nephew of Mrs. Dyar.
April 1916. Mrs. Isabel Dyar left Saturday evening for a visit with her
sister, Mrs. James Lay, of Laird. Mrs. Dyar will return to Wray, however,
before she goes to join her daughter, Miss Buna, in their new home at Fort
June 1916 "Mrs. Isabel Dyar came down from Fort Morgan Monday evening on
business and to attend Decoradion Day services. She went to Laird Tuesday
evening for a short visit with her sister, Mrs. James Lay, and returned
yesterday noon. She will remain for a few days in Wary and is a guest in
the F.B. Williams. home."
Wray Rattler (Wray, Yuma County); Date: Thursday, March 15, 1917 JWS
Mr. and Mrs. James Lay, of Laird; sold their residence property in that little
city the latter part of last week to Mr. And Mrs. Gerald Burnett and are
contemplating leaving the first of April for Woodruff, Kansas, and will make
their home there for the future as they have property interests in that place.
|Thanks to Robert Murdock
The letter was
dated August 2, 1902, and directed to a ;Mrs. Davis in Ashley,
Utah. Written on lined note pad, it was beautiful handwriting.
As a lad growing up, I often saw this letter as it reposed in
the upper drawer of the living room bureau at our Heber City,
My inquiry to
my Mom gained a rather casual reply that it was from Butch
Cassidy, of whom I knew little. It intrigued me since it came
from Chubu, Cholila, the Argentine. That was enough to pique my
young interest. The Mrs. Davis and Butch Cassidy brought about
a knowledge of a man by the name of Elza Lay, my mother's
father, and thereafter brought about a curiosity about the Wild
The Mrs. Davis
was my great grandmother, who in turn was the mother of Maude
Davis - a beautiful young maiden who met and married Elza Lay -
and the mom (mine) was Marvel Murdock of Heber City, a grand
lady who was absolutely properly named for indeed she was a
The stock in
trade for the Wild Bunch was robbery -specializing in trains
and banks. Elza Lay was recognized as the closest associate of
Butch Cassidy, the renowned leader of the bunch.
The wild bunch
was a only when there was a major job to be pulled. Otherwise
they ran in pairs, with Elza and Butch working on ranches under
the aliases of McGuinness and Jim Lowe. They had signed on as
ranch hands on the outskirts of Price, Utah.
addition to their ranch pay, they received a couple of fine
horses. They would ride the horses up the canyon to the Castle
Gate Coal Mine. There they became acquainted with the miners and
also found out when the payroll was due. Their heist of that
payroll is considered one of the most famous robberies in the
mountain west. Lay was given credit for masterminding the jobs
and came to be known as the educated outlaw. On this occasion
they had convinced the miners they were getting the horses in
shape to take them to Salt Lake City for racing. Cohort Bob
Meeks cut the telegraph lines on a pre-arranged signal and the
get-away was made that much more simple as the race horses were
more than a match for the plodding work horses the miners had
for pulling ore from the mine workings. They further covered
their tracks, and a lot of ground, by posting fresh horses
along the getaway trail.
'Trustee to Warden' role, one day he accompanied the warden to
Santa Fe only to return to find the inmates had taken the
warden's wife and daughter hostage inside the prison. Lay told
the warden he would go in after the two women. He was able to
convince the prisoners of their folly and gained the release.
shoot-out the Sheriff was shot and killed. Lay was subsequently
the only one captured and was charged, convicted and committed
to the New Mexico State Penitentiary. He was immediately noted
as something other than the common, ordinary outlaw and became
the trustee to the warden.
had some interesting turns, for the worse and then for the
better. Elza split with other members of the to hold up a
train in Folsom, New Mexico. The get-away was a success, but the
pursuing posse found the outlaw camp. As the posse rode up, they
spotted Lay going to the creek for a bucket of water. He was
shot and wounded and being unarmed was not a figure in the
pardoned by Governor Otero for his deed and heroism under trying
circumstances. Upon his release he found his way to Baggs,
Wyoming, a small ranch town just north of the Colorado border.
There he worked in various roles and worked as a guide for an
Eastern man who held mineral rights in the area. He claimed to
have 'broken a lot of rocks,' but the search for oil was not
the rights were sold to another Eastern gentleman who also
sought Lay as a guide. Elza declined but offered to tell where
they had previously thought of drilling. The drilling was then
accomplished by the new owner. Rather than oil, natural gas was
'hit,' making this eventually a huge find.
move was to Southern California where he became a U. S. Water
Marshall and supervised the extensive produce fields of the
Imperial Valley just north of the border with Mexico. Elza
married Mary Calvert (Maude having divorced him when he refused
to go straight) and the couple raised a second family. My
mother, Marvel, was the only child of the Maude-Elza marriage,
but I remember as a little boy the visits of Jim Lay and the
balance of Elza and Mary's new family.
Elza is buried
at Forest Lawn in Glendale, California, south of Los Angeles.
missed out on the great gas find. However, an even greater find
for us, would be to discover information on Elza's
grandparents. His father, James Landon Lay, died in Woodruff,
Kansas. He was married to Mary Jane Bellew. From the death
record it appears that James' parents' names are David Lay and
Hannah Clarke. James was born in 1845,and was orphaned at age 4.
Just as Elza
finally went 'straight,' we're hoping someone will be able to
set us 'straight' on the genealogical particulars. Should you
have such a miracle available, you can send information to my
son John Murdock at 5445 Tree Line Drive, Centreville, VA 20120.
and email is
|Elzy Lay's grandson
Robert Glenn Murdock 1928 ~ 2011 On September 13, 1928, in Heber City,
Utah the gifted, loving, faithful, extraordinary, friend to all, Robert
Glenn Murdock was born to Joseph Thomas and Marvel Lay Murdock.The love
and influence of Heber City and its people, was an integral part of
Bob's life. He enjoyed life with his family at their home in Heber City
as well as on their beautiful ranch at the mouth of Wolf Creek. Bob
lived a happy, successful and productive life. He achieved success early
and it continually followed him throughout his life. He was an
exceptionally skilled athlete. He had deep respect for those who taught
him, especially his coaches. He played with and learned from the best.
His respect for
UCLA coach John Wooden inspired him to implement Coach Wooden's
goals and principles in his own life, and he continually taught Coach
Wooden's principles whenever he had an opportunity to influence the
lives of others. Bob was proud of his basketball teams' two back to back
state high school championships at Wasatch High School in 1945 and 1946.
He was voted Senior Class president and was often master of ceremonies
for class reunions. Bob graduated from Wasatch High in 1946 and went on
to Utah State University where he was also on the varsity basketball
team, competing with the team in the NIT where he proudly scored two
points in Madison Square Garden. While at USU, Bob's innate creativity
and flair for excellence were realized. Bob was an active member of
Alpha Sigma Nu, president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, was a
sports writer for the campus newspaper, commissioned officer of ROTC,
and a member of Blue Key. He was also recognized as one of the
university's top personalities. Bob graduated from USU with a degree in
Journalism in 1950. It was during his years at college that he met the
love of his life, Dorthea Lou Christiansen. Both enjoyed their college
years together, were outstanding students, well-loved personalities on
campus. Bob and Dorthea married on August 3, 1950 in the Logan Temple,
by her father, President ElRay L. Christiansen. Bob was a sports staff
writer for the Deseret News, then entered the Air Force where he served
in the Air Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado as a lieutenant
in the USAF. He attended Purdue special training, then served as a
Public Information Officer to General Walter Todd at Hamilton Air Force
Base in Marin County, California, where he received a high commendation
from General Todd. Completing his military service, Bob and the family
returned to Utah as Bob began his creative and successful employment
career. He was Promotion Director for KSL Radio and TV, and received and
won several national awards, had a radio sports show, sales and
promotion director for Surety Life, sales director for Ideal National
Insurance, branch manager for Occidental Life Insurance in Salt Lake
City, and was president of the UHSAA Football Officials. One of his
great joys was as a referee. His clarity, and masterful ability to
control a game and know how to handle coaches, players and crowds made
him well-known and well-respected as a top official in the State of
Utah. Bob was a loving, devoted husband and father, spending time and
continually teaching and supporting his family. Bob and Dorthea were
blessed with five wonderful children. Bob was an active member of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served as counselor
in a bishopric, high priests group leadership, elders' quorum president,
Young Men president, Aaronic priesthood adviser, member of the
Activities Committee, VA priesthood blessings coordinator, cubmaster,
and received the Master M-Men's Award. He coached little league teams,
refereed high school sports and received Volunteer of the Year award
from the Boys' and Girls' Club. He was deep in character, sensitivity
and unselfishness. He would do anything for anyone. He also had a
remarkable sense of humor, and would immediately put people at ease in
any circumstance with his humor and quick wit. Bob was a masterful
storyteller. He could tell a story with flawless charm and accuracy
completely captivating his audience. His ability to memorize and recite
came from his exceptionally high intellect which he drew on often. He
was articulate, and a masterful writer with a gifted sense for the
written word. Anything Bob did was done with excellence and precision.
His intellect, pure sense of right in reviewing a situation,
unprecedented and masterful sense of creativity combined with his
outgoing, friendly personality made him a success in work, church,
community and with people. A natural in every aspect of his life, he
remained humble and confident of the many gifts he had to draw upon that
made him unique and extraordinary. On the beautiful Spring evening of
Saturday, May 28, 2011, Bob peacefully passed from this life at the age
of 82. Throughout the years, Bob often said to us, "When I die, tell
everyone this: If you didn't know Bob Murdock, it wasn't his fault." To
this outstanding, friendly, loving man, thank you for reaching out to us
and for living an example of a full and happy life. Bob is survived by
his wife, Dorthea, children, Marcia (Milton) Updegraff, John (Marjorie)
Murdock, Marilyn (Gordon) Jones, Joseph (Rachel) Murdock, Steven
Murdock, 15 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a brother, Harvey
L. Murdock. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Audrey and
Mary Frances, brothers Lovell, Don and Allen. Funeral services will be
held on Monday, June 6, 2011 at the Yalecrest Ward Meetinghouse, 1035
South 1800 East, Salt Lake City, Utah at 12:00 noon. Friends may call on
the family on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South
Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and prior to services
at the ward from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at the
Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Ancestry tree said her full name was
Maggie Luetta Lay
Marriage Notes for MAGGIE
From the Yuma County Clerk's Marriage
index: Maggie Lay married Homer C
Sprigg Aug 14, 1896.
The county clerk's office has the marriage certificate on
file showing that the marriage
took place at 8:00 am, Aug 14, 1896 by the
Baptist minister in Laird. Rev
E.L Steele conducted the services with W.H
Porter and Anna Myer as
From the Yuma County Clerk's Marriage index: Maggie Lay married Homer C
Sprigg Aug 14, 1896.
In 1885 Washington County Kansas H.C. Sprigg is 10, one of seven kids living
with J.S. and E.J. Sprigg.
He claimed land in the on the "three-state" intersection of Colorado, Kansas,
and Nebraska, and in 1900 Homer C.and Maggie L. both 26, have Eulela J. -one
year old -farming in Glendale, Arapahoe County. They said they were married
Maggie must had two residences, because Maggie L. Spriggs proved up a quarter
in 1901 about six miles west of Homer's quarter.
In 1910 they're in Haigler, Dundy County, Nebraska. Eulela is 11, Leone
8, Mary 7, and unnamed six-month old daughter.
See the Spriggs.htm page.
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