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Grenola, Elk County, Kansas
Thursday, April 11, 1912

Peter Olin died at the home of his daughter Mrs. W. K. Crumpacker on Tuesday, April 2, 1912 at the age of 80 years and 4 days. He was born in Sweden in 1832 and came to America in 1862 and settled in Chicago. He there joined the Swedish Lutheran Church.

In the year 1865 he was married to Miss Hannah Larson. In 1877 he with his family moved to Kansas near Girard in Crawford county.  He there joined the M. E. Church. He lived there until 1909 when they moved to Walnut, Kansas and he held his membership in the church there until the time of his death.

Five children are left with their mother to mourn the loss of a loving father and husband. The children are:  Mrs. C. A. Tennison, Hillsboro, Ill., A. C. Olin, Kismet, Kansas, Mrs. W. K. Crumpacker, Grenola; Mrs. J. W. Michel, Walnut, Kansas and W. P. Olin, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The funeral services were held in this city Friday morning, April 5th conducted by Rev. E. G. Coons of the M. E. Church and Rev. W. C. Watkins of the Dunkard Church. The body was laid to rest in the Green Lawn Cemetery.

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Emeline E. Olin, wife of Albert Martineau, mother of Charles and Frank A. Olin.

Services conducted by Bishop M. L. Flake were held at 2 p.m. today from Mesa Fifth Ward Chapel.  Interment in Greenwood Meldrum Mortuary, Mesa.

In memory of
July 23, 1872
Dwight, Illinois
Passed away:
May 11, 1948
Mesa, Arizona

Services 2:00 P.M. May 14, 1948
L.D.S. Fifth Ward Chapel Mesa, Arizona
Bishop Marion L. Flake
O My Father Duet
Invocation John F. Nash
When They Ring Those Golden Bells For Me
Reese Verner
Speaker Pres. H. L. Payne
Sometime We'll Understand Duet
Benediction Willard Jones
Organist Clara Buck
Rebecca Phelps Ross Beimhalt
Wendell Martineau Duane Martineau
Ernest Martineau Joseph Martineau
Howard Martineau Lloyd Martineau
Concluding Services
Mesa City Cemetery
Dedication Bishop Flake


Olin, Kathleen L., infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Olin passed away Friday evening. Services will be at 10 a. m., Tuesday from the Memory Chapel of A. L. Moore and Sons. The Rev. Earl Walker will officiate. Surviving also are a brother Clarence Arnold and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Olin and Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Hazelton.



Samuel Cook who one Week ago today was Down Town Enjoying Usual Health Died Yesterday Morning --- Funeral Tomorrow Afternoon Soon After Two O'clock.
Monday's Daily.

One by one the old soldiers are falling from the ranks, and Galt is today mourning the loss of one of her best old men, Samuel Cook, who one week ago today was seemingly in as good health as most old folks enjoy.

He was feeling well enough that he worked in his garden a good part of the day, and in the evening he and Mrs. Cook attended the singing held at the M. E. church. The next morning Mr. Cook was complaining of not feeling well, yet he assisted Mrs. Cook in putting out a washing, in the way of drawing the water and carrying it in.  He continued to feel worse and Mrs. Cook told him to lie down on the lounge and she would get out the clothes. He did so, and in the afternoon seemed to be almost burning up with fever about the head, and as evening lengthened he became worse and later complained of his head hurting him and that he could not see. It was not long until he became unconscious, but he regained consiousness and also his eyesight, could recognize his family and friends but could not speak, his right side and tongue being paralyzed.

A physician was called during the night Tuesday, and everything that medical aid and loving hands was done to restore him to health, but it was of no avail and Mr. Cook gradually grew weaker until Sunday morning between ten and eleven o'clock his soul returned to the God who gave it and this life's battle was ended.

Mr. Cook will be missed by his comrades and friends, there will be a place vacant in the home, the voice of a loved one still, the companion and children lonely, and in the M. E. church where he was always found when able to attend he will no longer worship, and the Bible class of the Sunday School will miss him as their instructor.

Samuel Cook was born in Yorkshire, England, September 8, 1842, was the son of David and Mary Cook natives of that country. When nine years of age, he came with his parents from Liverpool to New Orleans, and later came by steam boat to Clinton County, Iowa, where he resided on a farm, and was taught by his parents industry, perseverance and honesty.

On August 13, 1862 he enlisted in Co. F. 26th Iowa Infantry and participated in the battles of Chickasaw, Bayon, Arkansas Post, Seige of Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Mission Ridge and in the Atlanta Campaign. He went with his regiment through Georgia and the Carolinas to Washington, D. C. with General Logan in command.  During the service Mr. Cook was shot in the hip and ever since has been a cripple. He was honorably discharged June 8, 1865, and returned to Iowa in the county mentioned, where in 1857 was united in marriage to Sarah Hamilton, a native of New York, a daughter of Henry and Mary Hamilton, natives of Ireland.

To this union were born five chilren, three of whom are living and are H. S. Cook, of Shambaugh, Iowa, Mrs. Mary Ellsaesser of Garden City, Kansas, and Mrs. Hattie of Dunlap. Besides his wife and children he has no other relatives living except perhaps some cousins.

About thirty years ago Mr. Cook united with the Presbyterian Church in Iowa, but when he came to Galt placed his membership with the M. E. church.

In 1897, he and his family moved from Iowa to a farm near Dunlap,where he resided until 1900 when they moved to Galt in the west part of town known as McKinley. He was a member of the R. P. Carnes Post No. 374 G. A. R. at Dunlap but since moving to Galt had not attended the order often, but in the memorial and decorative services of the Post here was always in the line of march.

Mr. Cook's age was 68 years, 6 months and 14 days.



The funeral services of Samuel cook were held this afternoon at the M. E. church at fifteen minutes after two o'clock conducted by the pastor of this circuit, Rev. C. V. Powell, a student of Cameron college.

The songs sang by the choir were the ones selected by the wife and children of the deceased and were "Jesus Lover of My Soul", "Asleep in Jesus", "In That City", "Sweet By and By" and at the close of the sermon a double quartette of mixed voices sang "The Soldiers Anthiem".  The minster took as his text "A good Soldier" and it illustrated the life of Mr. Cook who was a true soldier of Christ Jesus.

The funeral was in charge of the G. A. R. Post of this place.


Funeral services for Frank T. Ellsaesser of Kismet, were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Kismet high school auditorium by Edmund Bartels, Decatur, Illinois and Rev. W. R. Brant, pastor of the Kismet Evangelical United Brethern church.

Floyd Massoni, Dale Pomeroy, Earl Dean Headrick and Jack Massoni, accompanied by Mrs. Floyd Massoni, sang "Eternal God Our Help" and "The Great Shepherd."

Interment was made in the Kismet cemetery. The pall bearers were Lester Lee, Oscar Rinehart, Harold Maupin, Willard Bishop, Earl Owens, and Melvin Swafford. Honorary pall bearers were F. A. Prater, Frank Owens, Oscar Reiss, A. E. Simonson, A. W. McCollom and George Steffen.

Frank Theodore Ellsaesser was born in the home of Charles and Elizabeth Ellsaesser at Dwight, Ill., on September 17, 1876. As a boy, he moved with his parents to Girard, Kansas where he grew to manhood.

In 1906, Frank went to Garden City, where he met Mary Bell Cook who became his wife August 26, 1907. To this union were born seven children:  Herkle, Marcia, Carl, Frances, Floyd, Ralph and Merle. Four of the children preceded their father in death.

The family lived on a farm near Sublette until 1928 when they moved to their present home near Kismet.

Mr. Ellsaesser had been in declining health for some time and passed away suddenly during a heart attack August 1, 1947, at the age of 70 years.

His memory will be held dear by his wife, three sons:   Carl, Ralph, and Merle; six sisters:  Mrs. Emeline Olin Martineau, Mesa, Ariz.; Mrs. Hattie Kinsinger, Washington, Ill; Mrs. Hannah Milligan, Stockton, Calif.; Mrs. Susan Prather, DeRidder, La.; Mrs. Bertha Brinley, Grandview, Wash.; Mrs. Florence Rutledge, Eads, Colo.; and one brother, Raymond Ellsaesser, Sublette.

Obituary for Mary Bell Cook Ellsaesser


Kismet -- Funeral services for Mrs. Frank Ellsaesser wereconducted Monday from the EUB church by Rev. Joe M. Baer, pastor of the Eads, Colorado Methodist church.

Burial followed in the local cemetery. Pallbearers were J. H. Mc Vey, Gerald Reiss, Gordon Coffee, Melvin Swafford, George Mason and Francis Ormiston.

Out-of-town relatives here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Ellsaesser, Leona Ellsaesser, Mrs. Gertie Ellsaesser, Mr. and Mrs. Raeburn Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Ellsaesser, Raymond and Chester Ellsaesser, Paul Weidner, Eldon Weeks, and Alfred Rutledge all of Sublette.   Mrs. C. W. Ellsaeeser, Liberal; Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Rutledge, Eads, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Rutledge, Elkhart; Mrs. Howard Young, Sterling, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs Allen Brinley, Woodward, Okla.; Frank Ellsaesser, Hugoton; Rollo and Walter Ellsaesser, Ordway, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ellsaesser and Carla Sue, Chivington, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Ellsaesser and Nancy, Rocky Ford, Colo.; and Merle Ellsaesser of Eads, Colo.

Kismet, Kansas
Monday, February 22, 1937


Life and its uncertainty is a mystery through which no man has ever seen. There are a group of people which call themselves Christians who believe that man will live after death. That life is preliminary to the glories of heaven and the perfect existence. To this group we as a nation have allied ourselves. After such a tragedy as occurred in our community, the impression is borne in upon us that those who seek after the theoretical things in life may not after all be seeking the things of real value.

Just why fate should choose two from our midst who were such perfect examples of young life in full bloom, as Frances and Floyd Ellsaesser, is beyond explanation. The Christians believe that the ways of the Lord are reasonable even if beyond conception.

Dwight L. Moody tells a story of a certain mother and father who lost their children, and were unable to ascertain why such a calamity should befall them. They turned to travel in the hopes of compensation for their grief, and traveled in all of Europe and Asia without finding solace. Eventually they arrived in Syria and were Standing one evening watching a shepherd bring his flock into their evening quarters.

The sheep were relunctant about crossing the stream, and finally the shepherd took two little lambs and crossed with them and placed them on the opposite side of the stream, after which the entire flock willing followed.

This is a homely illustration which appeared in a Sunday School Quarterly, but it did bring home to that mother and father the fact that there might be a divine reason why their little ones had been taken.

The shock of sorrow and grief has been almost too much for family and friends to bear, but let us hope that these two splendid lives have been lived and lain down in a beautiful example of sacrifice to point out and guide up in the way to a fuller, more kindly, life of devotion and brotherly love.

If it was necessary to sacrifice two; it would be hard to compensate for their loss, but if it were my opportunity to choose two lives to lead this school and community into a better existence; a better choice could not be made. Indeed those two have not died in vain, unless we in negligence disregard the road which the Master has shown to us.

Obituary for Alexander and Mary Jane Connell (My grandmother Emeline Olin's sister Hannah Ellsaesser Milligan's husbands grandparents).



Funeral and Services Were Unprecedented in the City.

Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock the citizens of East Liverpool witnessed a sight never before seen in this city. Two hearses moved down sixth street side by side, bearing the remains of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Connell to the First United Presbyterian church.

Ever since they have been laid out, the home at 404 Sixth street has been visited by an immense and constant stream of people to look upon the unusual sight.

Mr. Connell had always prayed that he might be the first to go and his wish was almost gratified, as he passed away but 15 hours after his wife and without the knowledge that she had preceded him.

The remains were placed in two black satin-lined caskets at 11 o'clock Friday morning, but a picture of the two, as they lay side by side on the bed was first taken at the request of the son.

The funeral cortege was double throughout, hearses and carriages being placed side by side. The church was filled when Rev. Taggart conducted the services, which were of a most impressive nature.

Then the remains were conveyed, in double cortege, to the Calcutta Cemetery, where they were interred in the same grave, the caskets being lowered at the same instant, and as they passed through years of life.

Obituary for A. J. Burkhardt
Morris Paper
August 4, 1924


Burkhardt Aged 69 Years Died In Joliet

Andrew John Burkhardt one of the best know residents in Goodfarm Township, died in the Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet at 3 O'clock yesterday morning. He was taken to Joliet Saturday night and an operation for obstruction of the bowels performed. Mr. Burkhardt's heart could not stand the strain of the operation and he passed away.

He was the son of Frederick Burkhardt and wife who had ten children and came to Goodfarm in 1853. Deceased was born in that township, August 29, 1855 and all his life was spent here.

On December 12, 1875 he was married to Miss Emma Zingrebe and three years ago they moved into the village of Mazon.

Four children were born to them, three are living besides his widow, Mrs. Charles Rogers Edward Burkhardt and Charles Burkhardt, all of Goodfarm. A daughter Mrs. Ollie Klinefelter, died about six years ago. He is also survived by three brothers, William, Thomas and Fred Burkhardt and four sisters, Mrs. Frank Gantzert, Mrs. Leonard Bowers, Mrs. Caroline Hagg, of Oswego and Mrs. Sophia Pffifer.  All live in Goodfarm except Mrs. Haag.

Mr. Burkhardt by his untiring efforts succeeded in amassing considerable land. He lived with his parents until his marriage and acquired his own farm. For many years he operated a threshing machine and corn shelier in connection with his farm work. He held offices of public trust in his township, was a member of Mazon Elevator Co., and Modern Woodmen.

Funeral service will be held at the home at one O'clock Tuesday afternoon and 2 O'clock in the Goodfarm Evangelical Chapel. Rev. Blaidre, pastor and Rev. Charmenam of Chicago will officiate.  Burial will be in Ward Cemetery.


Saturday, February 7, 1942


Charlie E. Hazelton, resident of Arizona since 1880, died Friday night at his home, 1315 East Fillmore Street.

Born July 11, 1871 in Cowlitz County, Washington, he settled in the Tonto Basin country with his parents. Later he came to Phoenix to make his home.

Surviving him are his widow Mrs. Meta Hazelton:  four sons, Charles M. Hazelton, Los Angeles, and Grant, Earle and Robert Hazelton:  eight daughters, Mrs. C. B. Burnside, San Diego, Calif. Mrs. C. F. Parker, Mrs. Frank Olin, Mrs. James K. Miller, Mrs. A. J. Whyte, Georgia, Faith and Elma-Louise Hazelton, all of Phoenix:  10 grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Ida Burch. Funeral services are pending with A. L. Moore and Sons.


Charlie Evan, husband of Meta Hazelton, father of Charles M.,Grant, Robert, Earl, Mrs. C. B. Burnside, Mrs. C. F. Parker, Mrs. Frank Olin, Mrs. James K. Miller, Mrs. A. J. Whyte, Georgia, Faith and Elma-Louise, a sister, Ida Burch:   passed away at home Friday.

Services conducted by the Rev. N. D. Davidson, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday from The Memory Chapel of A. L. Moore and Sons.  Interment in Greenwood.

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Arizona native Meta L. Hazelton, 73, died at her home, 5620 N. 11th Ave., yesterday. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow in Memory Chapel, A. L. Moore and Sons Mortuary, 333 W. Adams. The Rev. V. E. Shores will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park.

A member of the First Assembly of God Church, 901 N. 11th St. Mrs. Hazelton was born in Tempe. She had been a resident of the Salt River Valley all her life.

She is survived by seven daughters, Mrs. C. F. Parker, Mrs.W. H. Miller, Mrs. A. J. Whyte, Mrs. R. L. Graham, and Elma Louise Hazelton, all of Phoenix, Mrs. C. B. Burnside, San Diego, and Mrs. J. K. Miller of Verona, Italy; four sons, Charles, of Temple City, Calif., A. Grant, Earle, and Robert, all of Phoenix, and 25 grandchildren and 9 great granchildren.


The funeral of Moritz Bolzau was held at the home of Mrs.Warnke Friday at 10 a.m.   Rev. Mowry of the M.E. Church officiating.   Mr. Bolzau took cold at Flagstaff last winter from which he never entirely recovered.   A couple of weeks ago he took worse and was taken to Phoenix to Dr. Hibbert at Phoenix to be treated.   He was afterward moved to the home of the Zimmermanís, Phoenix, but the physician not having any hopes of his recovery had him taken to the Sisters Hospital where he died at 8 a.m. Thursday morning.   His body was brought to the home of his guardian, Mrs. Warnke where the funeral was held.

Mr. Bolzau was 18 years of age and has two sisters living.   He was the only son of Mr. And Mrs. Bolzau whose tragic death about 15 years ago will be remembered by the old citizens.   The wife died and the husband died the following day.  The two were buried in the same grave.   There was quite a large attendance at the funeral.


Funeral services for Mrs. Grace Olin, who died Tuesday morning in her home, 1315 East Fillmore Street, will be conducted by the Rev. N. D. Davidson at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Memory Chapel of the A. L. Moore and Sons Mortuary. Interment will be in Greewood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Olin, a native of Phoenix, is survived by her husband, Frank A. Olin; a daughter Marjorie Grace; a son Clarence Arnold all of Phoenix; her mother, Meta L. Hazelton, Phoenix; six sisters, Mrs. Charles Parker, Mrs James K. Miller, Mrs. A. J. Whyte, Georgia, Faith and Elma-Louise Hazelton, all of Phoenix, and Mrs. C. B. Burnside, California, four brothers, Charles M. Hazelton, California, Robert Hazelton, Phoenix and Arthur G. and Earl Hazelton, both in the navy.

Phoenix Gazette
Phoenix, Arizona
Wednesday, February 14, 1945
Page 5, Section 2


Grace Hazelton, wife of Frank A. mother of Marjorie Grace and Clarence Arnold Olin, daughter of Meta L. Hazelton, sister of Mrs. Charles Parker, Mrs. C. B. Burnside, Mrs. James K. Miller, Mrs. A. J. Whyte, Georgia, Faith and Elma-Louise Hazelton, Charles M., Arthur Grant, Earle and Robert Hazelton passed away at home 1315 East Fillmore, Tuesday.

Services conducted by the Rev. N. D. Davidson will be at 2 p. m., Thursday from the Memory Chapel of A. L. Moore and Sons. Interment in Greenwood Memorial Park.


Mrs. Grace Hazelton Olin, 31 years old, died yesterday morning at her home, 1315 East Fillmore Street. A native of Phoenix, Mrs. Olin attended public schools here.

She leaves a husband, Frank A. Olin; a daughter, Marjorie Grace; a son, Clarence Arnold all of Phoenix; her mother Meta L. Hazelton of Phoenix; and six sisters, Mrs. Charles Parker, Mrs. James K. Miller, Mrs. A. J. Whyte, Georgia, Faith Hazelton and Elma-Louise Hazelton all of Phoenix, and Mrs. C. B. Burnside in California; and four brothers, Charles M. Hazelton, California, Robert Hazelton, Phoenix and Arthur Grant Hazelton and Earl Hazelton both serving in the navy.

Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. N. D. Davidson at
2 p. m. tomorrow in the Memory Chapel of A. L. Moore and Sons Mortuary. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park.

Phoenix, Arizona
Saturday Morning
December 18, 1897


Was the Poet of the Salt River Valley
He Left Prussia When a Young Man
Because He Was Jealous of His Sweetheart.

Frederick W. Gatke, 69 years old, an old resident of the Salt River Valley, died at his home on the Yuma road, three miles west of Phoenix at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon from a stroke of paralysis. He had been sick for two weeks past but, in fact, has been in feeble health for upwards of a year.

Mr. Gatke was known as "The Poet of the Salt River Valley. His poems were published, one by one, as they appeared, in the columns of the Gazette. They ranged from tragedy to pathos and quotations linger in the memory of residents here and are evoked at pleasure.

The deceased poet was a native of Prussia but he left that country while yet a young man. It is told that one day he called upon his Prussian sweetheart but observed her at a distance, walking in the orchard by the side of a young soldier. To his indignation and surprise, the arm of the son of Mars rested lightly around the waist of the young lady.

The lover became intensely jealous immediately and he stepped away unobserved, coming to America shortly after. He never met his jilted sweetheart again until during the World's fair at Chicago in 1893. Then both were old and gray-haired but the early object of his affection told him that the young solder who walked with her that day was her young brother, who had just returned home on a visit.

On his return to Arizona Mr. Gatke made the episode the subject of a lengthy poem, and devoted a half page of the volume in which it was published to a recital of the circumstance.

Mr. Gatke has a son living in Chicago. Several grand-children and a second wife whom he married two years ago are residents of this valley.

Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon from his late residence.

Phoenix, Arizona
Saturday Evening
December 18, 1897

He Died Yesterday From a Stroke of Paralysis

Frederick W. Gatke, the venerable poet of the Salt River Valley, died yesterday afternoon at three o'clock at his residence on the Yuma road from a stroke of paralysis.  Funeral services were held this afternoon at three o'clock from the residence. Deceased was 69 years of age and was a native of Prussia.

While yet a young man in his native land, he saw his sweetheart walking with a young soldier and not knowing that the young man was the brother of his sweetheart he quietly left the country and came to America.

He came to Arizona a great many years ago and soon became ideally famed as the "Poet of the Salt River Valley. His verses were widely read and gave evidence that the writer had genius.

Deceased leaves a wife and several grandchildren in this valley, and a son in Chicago.

Dorthea C. Gatke

Wife of Frederick William Gatke
our grandmother
Meta Bolzau Hazelton's grandparents.


Born 1826 in Prussia Germany, died May 12, 1894 in Phoenix, Arizona buried at the Pioneer Cemetery, Phoenix, Arizona along:  with her son William, daughter-in-law Anna M. Gatke and granddaughter Dorthea Gatke.

The Arizona Republic
May 13, 1894


Dora the wife of Mr. F. W. Gatke died about noon yesterday after a prolonged painful illness. The funeral will take place at 3:00 this afternoon from the family residence one mile west of the capital grounds.

Mrs. Gatke was about sixty-five years of age. She leaves beside her sorrowing husband, a large family of children.

Arizona Daily Gazette
May 13, 1894


Mrs. F. W. Gatke died yesterday afternoon. She was one of the oldest residents of the valley.

Obituary for Anna M. Gatke
wife of Frederick A. Gatke
the oldest son of
Frederick William and Dorthea C. Gatke.

June 14, 1888


The remains of the late Mrs F. A. Gatke were followed to the cemetery today by a long line of carriages filled with the many sorrowing friends.

June 12, 1888

This morning at half past seven o'clock Mrs. F. A. Gatke departed this life, leaving her bereaved husband unconsolable.

She was in her 32nd year and was a native of Albany, New York, and moved to Elgin,Illinois where after residing several years she came to this valley nine months ago.

The Herald tenders its sympathy to Mr. Gatke in his heavy trouble.

The Arizona Republic
Wednesday Morning, April 15, 1908


Funeral of Mrs. O. Hazelton will be held from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Laura Gilliland, 229 West Madison Street, at 9 O'clock, Wednesday morning, April 15.

Mrs. Hazelton is an old resident of the valley, having come here from California in 1881. She was 77 years of age and leaves four daughters and two sons besides numerous grandchildren to mourn her loss.

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GLENDALE, Nov. 3--Word was received here today of the death of E. C. Hazelton, Arizona pioneer who passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. A. Bogart in Ontario, Calif., last Thursday. He was 67 years of age.

The body will arrive in Glendale Sunday morning. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by J. S. Brazill, funeral director.

Mr. Hazelton was one of the best known cattlemen and ranchers in the Salt River Valley. He came to Arizona nearly fifty years ago and still has numerous ranch interests in various parts of the Valley.

Beside the widow, he is survived by six children. They are:  Miss Leola Hazelton of Glendale; Mrs. L. A. Curtis and George Hazelton, of Phoenix; Will Hazelton and Mrs. V. R. Carter, of Liberty, and Mrs. C. A. Bogart of Ontario. There is also one brother and four sisters surviving. They are:  C. E. Hazelton, Mrs. Mary Conley and Mrs. Sarah McDonald of Liberty; Mrs. Laura Gilliland and Mrs. Ida Burch, of Phoenix.

The Arizona Republic
Phoenix, Arizona
Thursday, December 19, 1946


Mrs. Ida Hazelton Burch, an Arizona pioneer who migrated from Oregon to Payson in 1881 as one of the first white persons in that area, died late Tuesday in the home of a son, Carter Burch, 1610 East Polk street, where she had made her home.

Mrs. Burch, 82 years old, was the mother of William Hazelton (Haze) Burch, former city police officer who was killed in 1925 in the line of duty.

Settling in Payson in pioneer days, she was married to William Burch, claimed to have been the first white settler in the community, in 1883. Mrs. Burch lived there throughout the notorious Graham-Tewksbury feud, when Mr. Burch, as the only peace officer in the area, escorted participants in the feud to Prescott for trial.

The couple moved to Buckeye in 1893, where Mr. Burch was a cattle rancher. After her husband's death in 1902, Mrs. Burch established a bakery in 1905 in Imperial, Calif., which she operated for three years. Since leaving California the Arizona pioneer had lived in Phoenix.

A native of Canyon City, Ore., Mrs. Burch was born July 25, 1864.

In addition to her son here, Mrs. Burch is survived by another son, Claude Burch, in Tucson; five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled at 1 p.m. today in Memory Chapel of A. L. Moore and Sons Mortuary, with the Rev. A. C. Valdez, Sr., officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park.


Ida Hazelton, mother of Carter Burch of Phoenix and Claude Burch of Tucson, grandmother of Joy, Frank and Louis Burch, Edna Graham and Elizabeth Jobes, passed away Tuesday. Also surviving are two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today from Memory chapel of A. L. Moore and Sons. Interment in Greenwood.

Phoenix Gazette
Phoenix, Arizona
Thursday, December 19, 1946


Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Hazelton Burch, 82, Arizona pioneer who was one of the first white persons in the Payson District,were scheduled for this afternoon in Memory Chapel of A. L. Moore and Sons Mortuary.

The Rev. A. C. Valdez, Sr., will conduct services for Mrs. Burch, who died Tuesday in the home of a son, Carter Burch, 1610 East Polk Street, where she had resided for many years. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park.

Born in Canyon City, Ore., she was the wife of William Burch, said to have been the first white settler in the Payson area in 1883. As the only peace officer there, he convoyed the Graham-Tewksbury feuders to Prescott for trial.

The Burch family moved to Buckeye in 1893 and took up ranching.  After her husband's death in 1902, Mrs. Burch went to Imperial City, Calif., returning to Phoenix in 1908.

She was the mother of William Hazelton (Haze) Burch, former Phoenix policeman killed in 1925 in line of duty. Besides her son here, she leaves another son, Claude Burch, Tucson; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Obituary as appeared in Newspaper:


Laura Somelia, passed away Wednesday at home, 819 North Fifth street. Services will be Friday at 2 p.m., in Mmeory Chapel at A. L.Moore and Sons. Interment at Greenwood.

Surviving are her husband, John C., a daughter, Mrs. H. L. Faulkner, three sons, J. R. Frank and Charles, two sisters, Mrs. Ida Burch and Mrs. Sarah McDonald and a brother, C. E. Hazelton.


Mrs. Laura Somelia Gilleland, resident of Phoenix for 54 years, died in her home, 619 North Fifth Street, yesterday afternoon. She had lived in the same home for the past 24 years, continuously.

Mrs. Gilleland was 65 years old and was born in a small mining camp in Oregon. She is survived by her husband, John C. Gilleland, a daughter, Mrs. H. L. Faulkner and three sons, J. Ray, Frank and Charles Gilleland, all residing in Phoenix. There survive also two sisters, Mrs. Ida Burch, Phoenix and Mrs. Sarah McDonald, Liberty, and a brother, C. E. Hazelton, Phoenix.

Funeral services will be held in Memory chapel of A. L. Moore and Sons at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park.

Newspaper Article, November 4, 1948



A Buckeye native who reportedly disobeyed his physician's advice against a hunting trip lay dead Thursday, apparently victim of a heart attack induced by excitement over killing a buck deer.

He is John Ray Gilleland, 60 years old, 6745 North 24th Drive, retired employee of the Salt River Valley Water Users Association.

His son, Jack, 22, and two neighbors, Ed Arthur and Arnold Briar, brought the body to the A. L. Moore and Sons Mortuary here early Thursday from Long Valley north of Roosevelt Dam.

They told sheriff's deputies that the deer had been shot and as they were preparing to dress it Gilleland collapsed and died. His physician had warned against the trip because of the weather and high altitude, deputies reported.

Gilleland is survived by his wife, Gerardine, who had gone to Santa Paula, Calif., to care for her ailing father; two other sons, Robert and Charles, both of Phoenix, and a daughter, Mrs. Gerardine Kelly, Flagstaff.

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Monday, August 23, 1948



Five Phoenicians Killed in a head-on crash Saturday evening 5 1/2 miles west of Superior on U. S. Highway 60-70, yesterday were identified by relatives here, the state highway patrol reported.

The dead were:  Frank Gilleland, 49-year-old employee of the Central Arizona Light and Power company, of 619 North Fifth Street. Louise Gilleland, 43, his wife, Joseph Turner, 26, apprentice barber, 1021 1/2 East Fillmore Street, Susa Belle Turner, 28, his wife, Carl M. Rolston, 53, employee of the state highway department, 354 North 16th Street.

They were the 185th, 186th, 187th, 188th and 189th fatalities resulting from motor vehicle accidents in Arizona since January 1st.

Gilleland was the driver of the car in which his wife and the Turners were passengers. The party was en route to Young on a week-end pleasure trip.

Investigation patrolmen said the Gilleland car, a heavy sedan, was eastbound and traveling on the left side of the road when it collided with a state car driven by Rolston.

According to witnesses, Rolston tried to avoid the collision by passing the Gilleland car in the left lane, but failed. Both cars burst into flames and the bodies were badly burned.

An inquest conducted at the scene by W. A. Wallace, Superior ex-officio coroner, was continued until 8 a.m. today.

Both the Gillelands and Turners were natives of Arizona, while Rolston had come to this state from Mason, Tex.

Mrs. Gilleland, an aunt of Mr. Turners, and her husband are survived by a daughter, Mrs. Laura Dovel who made her home with them. The couple had lived here 25 years.

Mrs. Gilleland also is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Isabel Wills, of Phoenix and two brothers, Fred Brewer of Alzona Park and Henry Brewer of Young. Her husband is survived by a sister, Mrs. Homer Faulkner, Phoenix and two brothers, Ray Gilleland, Phoenix and Charles Gilleland, Springerville.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Turner were natives of Young. Survivors of the former are his parents, Justice of the Peace, William Turner, Young and Mrs. Turner and three sisters and seven brothers all of Arizona.

Mr. Rolston, an oil inspector fo the State Highway department is survived by his wife, Mrs. Margie Rolston; six daughters, Mrs. John B. Ranier of Redondo, Calif.; Mrs. A. D. Phillips of Colton, Calif.; Mrs. William D. Cordell, Mrs. J. B. Falls, Rebecca Nell and Nikla Ann Rolston all of Phoenix; three sons, James D. of Phoenix; Lloyd G. in the army and Franklin M. Rolston in the navy.

Maricopa County, Arizona
Thursday, March 26, 1936



Mrs. Sara (Hazelton) McDonald, aged 76, died suddenly at her home 1 mile south of Liberty Tuesday evening, March 24, after a short illness.

Mrs. McDonald was born at St. Helena, Napa County, Calif., Dec. 16, 1860 and was among the early pioneers of Buckeye Valley and of the state, coming overland to Arizona from Klamath Falls, Calif., in the fall of 1881.

On October 18, 1883, she was married to William McDonald at Payson, Ariz. With her husband she moved to Buckeye Valley in 1891 and in 1892 settled on their homestead south of Liberty, where she has since resided, a period of over 44 years. Her husband died in 1912.

During the early years of her residence in the state, in the Payson District, Mrs. McDonald experienced the hardships of pioneer life, and on notable occasions aided her husband and neighbors in fighting bands of Indians. In one engagement with the Indians, she recalled in later years, she and two other women stood behind a barricade and loaded the rifles for their husbands while the men kept up a constant fire.

Mrs. McDonald is survived by two daughters and a son-in law, Mrs. Willa Row and Mr. and Mrs. June Brewster, and two grandchildren, Marjorie Brewster and Donald Row, all of whom lived with her at the old homestead near Liberty; three other granddaughters Mrs. C. A. Woody of Phoenix; and Mrs. E. W. Franklin and Mrs. M. L. Woody, both of Escondido, Calif; seven great grandsons and one great great-granddaughter. She is also survived by a sister and brother, Mrs. Ida Burch and Mr. C. E. Hazelton both of Phoenix.

She was a devoted member of the Free Methodist Church ever since its organization at Liberty nearly forty years ago.

Funeral services were conducted this Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, Buckeye. Rev. H. P. Hoffman officiating.

The Arizona Funeral Home in charge. Interment in the Liberty cemetery.

The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved ones in their hour of sorrow.


Thrilling days of the guns when Mrs. Sara McDonald and her women neighbors stood with their menfolk, to fight off Indian bands that terrorized the Payson country, were recalled Wednesday as funeral rites for the pioneer woman were arranged.

Mrs. McDonald died Tuesday in her ranch home one mile south of Liberty. She was in her 76th year.

Moving from her home in California to Arizona in 1880, Mrs. McDonald settled with her husband, William McDonald, who died in 1912, in the Payson country. During the early years of her residence in the state she experienced the hardships of pioneer life and on notable occasions aided her husband and neighbors in fighting the Indians. In one engagement with the marauders, she recalled in her later years, she and two other women stood behind a barricade and loaded their husband's rifles while the men kept up a constant fire. Mrs. McDonald left the Payson area in 1890 to move to the Salt River Valley where she settled in the Buckeye district.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Willa Row and Mrs. Jim Brewster, both of Buckeye; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Free Methodist church at Buckeye with Rev. H. P. Hoffman officiating.  The Arizona funeral home will be in charge of rrangements. Interment will be in the Liberty cemetery.


March 25, 1936

Funeral services for Mrs. Sara McDonald a pioneer Arizonian who died Tuesday in her ranch home, one mile south of Liberty, will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon in the Free Methodist church at Buckeye, with the Rev. H. P. Hoffman officiating. Interment will be in the Liberty Cemetery.

Mrs. McDonald and her husband, William McDonald, who died in 1912 moved from California to Arizona in 1880, settling in the Payson District when it was infested with warlike Indians. She and her husband experienced a number of skirmishes with the Indians, in one of which she and two other women stood behind a barricade and loaded rifles while their husbands did the shooting.

The pioneer woman moved from the Payson District to the Salt River Valley in 1890, settling in the Buckeye district. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Willa Row and Mrs. June Brewster, both of Buckeye; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


1860 - 1936 Buckeye,
March 26, 1936

Friends gathered at Buckeye Free Methodist church at 2 o'clock this afternoon to pay last respects to Mrs. Sara McDonald one of Buckeye Valley's earliest pioneers who died at her homestead south of Liberty Tuesday evening.

Mrs. McDonald who passed her 75th birthday in December has been an active member of Buckeye Valley Old Settler's union and Liberty Woman's club. She was born December 6, 1860, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hazelton in St. Helena, California. She moved to Payson with her parents. She was married at Payson in 1883 and moved with her husband to Buckeye in 1891. Her husband died in 1912.

The deceased is survived by two daughters Mrs. Willa Row and Mrs. Junius Brewster. Five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren all of Liberty.

Services at Buckeye Free Methodist church this afternoon were conducted by Rev. H. P. Hoffman, pastor, with interment in Liberty cemetery.

McDONALD, MRS. SARA, 1860-1936

The Arizona Republic, March 26, 1936

Funeral services for Mrs. Sara McDonald a pioneer Arizonian who died Tuesday in her ranch home, one mile south of Liberty will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon in the Free Methodist church at Buckeye, with the Rev. H. P. Hoffman officiating. Interment will be in the Liberty cemetery.

Mrs. McDonald and her husband William McDonald, who died in 1912, moved from California to Arizona in 1880, settling in the Payson district when it was infested with warlike Indians. She and her husband experienced a number of skirmishes with the Indians, in one of which she and two other women stood behind a barricade and loaded rifles while their husbands did the shooting.

The pioneer woman moved from the Payson district to the Salt River Valley in 1890, settling in the Buckeye District. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Willa row and Mrs. June Brewster both of Buckeye, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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Rites will be tomorrow for Mrs. Myrta Ina Brewster, 76, a native of Payson and long-time resident of the Buckeye Valley, who died Tuesday in her home at 1911 E. Oak in Phoenix.

Services will be at 11 a.m. in the Free Methodist Church in Buckeye, with the Rev. Lee Yoder officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.

Mrs. Brewster's family moved from Payson, when she was 18 months old to Woolsey, site of Gillespie Dam. The family homesteaded in the Liberty area in 1891 and she resided there until two years ago, when she moved to Phoenix.

Mrs. Brewster's father, William McDonald settled in Payson in 1870. Previously, he had driven cattle from Texas to Kansas after the Civil War.

She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Helen Woody, Phoenix; Mrs. Ruth Franklin, Chico, Calif.; Mrs. Mable Walters, Ft. Bragg, Calif.; and Mrs. Marjorie Bloomfield, Tucson; a sister, Mrs. Willa Row, Phoenix; 18 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

The Arizona Republic
Friday, April 17, 1981


Services for Willa McDonald Row, 91, who was born in Payson and died April 12, 1981, in a Phoenix hospital, will be 10 a.m. today in Palms Free Methodist Church, 2800 N. 29th St.

Mrs. Row, 905 W. 10th Place had lived the last nine years in Mesa before going to the hospital. At age 2 she was taken to the construction site of the first Gillespie Dam, where her father, William McDonald settled until the dam was completed.

The family then moved to Liberty, where she lived on the family homestead until moving to Phoenix in 1959. She was a member of Arizona Pioneers Association, Buckeye Valley Old Settlers Union and a charter member of the Free Methodist churches in Liberty, Buckeye and Phoenix.

Survivors include her son, Don; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


Willa McDonald Row, 91, of 905 W. 10th Place, Mesa, died Sunday in a Phoenix hospital. Services for Mrs. Row, a lifelong resident of Arizona, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Palms Free Methodist Church, A. L. Moore & Sons anounced. Mrs. Row, the daughter of early homesteaders, was a rancher. She moved to Phoenix in 1959 and to Mesa in 1972. She was a member of the Liberty Free Methodist Church and a charter member of the Buckeye Free Methodist Church and of the Palms Free Methodist Church. Mrs. Row also was a member of the Arizona Pioneers Association and the Buckeye Valley Old Settlers. Survivors include three grandsons, six great-grandchildren and three nieces.

In Memory Of

November 21, 1907
Liberty, Arizona

Passed Away
May 22, 1964
Phoenix, Arizona

10:30 a.m.
May 26, 1964
Free Methodist Church Of Buckeye

Reverends Dale and Tom Cook

Donna Shaffer

Greenwood Memorial Park

In Memory Of

December 11, 1902
Pattonsburg, Mo.

January 10, 1986
Mesa, Arizona

January 14, 1986
10:30 a.m.
Buckeye Funeral Home

Reverend Thomas Cook

Jimmy Doyle
John Barton
Rick Walls
Ernie Colver
Kenny Dean
Allen Dean

Greenwood Memorial Park
Phoenix, Arizona

Arrangements by Ganley's

Newspaper Article
Monday, January 13, 1986


Cleo A. Woody, 83, a retired dairyman and rancher, died Jan. 10, 1986, at Desert Valley Care Center. Mr. Woody, of Buckeye, was born in Pattonsburg, Mo., and moved to Arizona in 1919. He was a member of Old Settlers Union. Survivors include his daughters, Eloise Dean, Esther Walls, Ruth Colver, Darlene Barton and Sarah; sons, Lawrence and Leonard; two brothers; 23 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today, with services at 10:30 a.m. tuesday, at Buckeye Funeral Home.

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August 19, 1938


David J. Peter, Arizona amateur golf champion, businessman and a member of a pioneer family, died early yesterday in a Phoenix hospital from a heart ailment. He was 37 years old.

Mr. Peter had been ill since winning the Flagstaff invitational golf tournament two weeks ago, but his condition did not become serious until Saturday. He had planned to take part in the Hassayampa Country Club golf tournament at Prescott Sunday and Monday.


Though he had been playing golf but nine years, Mr. Peter twice held the state amateur championship.  He won it once in 1934 and again last year in Phoenix. He also held the city championship of Phoenix and the course records at both the Phoenix Country Club and the municipal course at Encanto Park. He had won tournaments at Bisbee and Prescott and regularly had been a strong contender for the southwestern championship. He also held several championships as a trapshooter.

Mr. Peter was born in the Tonto Basin, was brought to Phoenix by his parents in babyhood and was graduated from Phoenix schools.


With his father, the late David J. Peter, and his brother, George T. Peter, he organized the Arizona Grocery Company in 1916. Later, the company was acquired by Safeway Pay'n Takit Stores, Inc. Peter operated an apartment building at First and Garfield streets and, until recently, owned a coal mine in New Mexico.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Evelyn Peter; a son, Davd J. Peter, III; his mother, his brother and two sisters, Mrs. Clinton Teel and Mrs. Rea Marsh, both of Los Angeles.


Funeral services will be held at 10:30 o'clock tomorrow morning in A. L. Moore and Sons Memory Chapel. The Rev. C. A. Watson, Los Angeles, will officiate.  Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at Greenwood Memorial Park. Friends may visit his bier in the Drawing Room Chapel of A. L. Moore and Sons from 9 to 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.

Pallbearers will be Dr. D. R. Gaskins, George Cornes, F. I. Stafford, Robert Stafford, Robert Goldwater, Dr. Kimball Bannister, Willie Low and Frank Snell.

Monday, September 22, 1952



Three persons-two of them pedestrians--were killed in traffic accidents in Arizona during the weekend.

The fatalities raised the state's highway accident toll for 1952 to 247-27 fewer than for the same period last year.

Killed were George E. Harer, 82 of 4016 1/2 N. Third St.; Juan Molina, 58, of Tucson and Lee Jose, 43, of Stanfield.

Harer suffered fatal injuries in a one-car accident nine miles northwest of Florence Junction early yesterday. His wife, Lula, 77, was admitted to Memorial Hospital, and a son, John S. Harer, 47, of Holbrook, required emergency treatment.

Highway patrolmen reported the son, who was driving, said he swerved his sedan off the road to avoid a collision with an approaching car whose blinding lights indicated it was on the wrong side of the pavement. Harer's machine hit an abutment and overturned.

Funeral services for George Evan Harer, 82, retired farmer will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at A. L. Moore and Sons Mortuary, 333 W. Adams. The Rev. Robert D. McCloud, Buckeye, will officiate.  Burial will be at Memory Lawn Memorial Park.

Mr. Harer died Sunday of injuries received in a one-car automobile accident nine miles northwest of Florence Junction. He had been living at 4016 1/2 N.. Third Street.

A native of Gooseneck, California, Mr. Harer came to Buckeye in 1880 and later that year established a ranch in the Tonto Basin.  He retired in 1943 and moved to Phoenix.

He was a member of the Arizona Pioneers Association.

Survivors include his wife, Lula Ann; two daughters, Mrs. Marilyn Faver, Kingman, and Mrs. Ethel Mae Ritter, Durango, Colo.; five sons, John S., Holbrook; Herman A., Oakland, Calif.; Theodore N., Durango; George W., Santa Ana, Calif., and Vance Q., San Jose, Calif.; a brother, Reginald, Long Beach, Calif.; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Services for Mrs. Lula A. Harer, 83, Arizona Pioneer who died Monday in Los Angeles, will be at 2 p.m., Friday in A. L. Moore and Sons Mortuary, 333 W. Adams.

The Rev. Merlin F. Archer will officiate, with interment in Memory Lawn Memorial Park.

A native of Grarden City, Calif., Mrs. Harer went to the Tonto Basin with her parents when she was two. The family later moved to Phoenix. She married George E. Harer in Phoenix In 1898. He died here in 1952.

Following their marrriage, they farmed in the Buckeye Valley many years. When they retired they moved to Phoenix.

Mrs. Harer was a charter memeber of the Free Methodist Church at Liberty. The church later was moved to Buckeye.

Mrs. Harer moved to Los Angeles several months ago.

She is survied by four sons, Theodore of Bayfield, Colo., John of Ajo, and George and Vance, both of Bremerton, Wash.; and two daughters, Mrs. Harold Ritter, Durango, Colo., and Mrs. Albert Faver, Davis Dam.


Funeral services for Mrs. Lula Harer, 83, long time resident of Liberty area who died Monday at the Cochrane Home for Elderly Women in Los Angeles, Calif., will be held tomorrow (Friday) at the A. L. Moore & Sons Funeral Home in Phoenix.

Interment will follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park, Phoenix.

The deceased's last request was that mourners send no flowers but contribute whatever sum they might have spent in such manner for a memorial fund to be set up in her name at the Free Methodist Church in Buckeye, of which she was the last surviving active charter member.

The services tomorrow are to be conducted by the Rev. Mr. Merlin Archer of Phoenix who will be assisted by the Rev. Mr. Lee Yoder of Buckeye.

Pallbearers are to be Marion Ratlief, Dean Couch, John Beloat, Fred Walls, Liman Curtis and Lee Faver, all of Buckeye.

Mrs. Harer came to Liberty from Tempe with her family in 1889 and lived there until shortly after the death of her husband; G. E. Harer, in 1952. All of their children attended elementary school in Buckeye and were graduated from Buckeye Union High School.

Surviving children are four sons, George, pastor of the Free Methodist Church at Bremerton, Wash, who was pastor of the Buckeye Church from 1943 until 1948; Theodore of Bakersfield, Calif.; John of Ajo, and Vance of Bremerton, Wash.; and two daughters, Mrs. Ethel May Ritter of Durango, Colo.; and Mrs. Marilyn Faver of Davis Dam, Arizona.

Newspaper Article, 1954



A Buckeye Valley pioneer, John G. Roberts, died July 23, at the age of 79 after a long illnes in a Phoenix hospital.

The deceased was born on the Goodnight Trail just over the line in Colorado near Trinidad on August 3, 1874. His father entered the cattle business in Los Animos County near Trinidad. After eleven years here he started for Arizona and the Salt River Valley in 1885 driving with him 500 head of cattle and some horses. The cattle he sold at Albuquerque, N. M. and loaded a car with horses and shipped them to Ash Fork on the Santa Fe railroad, but he and the family boarded the Southern Pacific for Maricopa and from there overland to Phoenix. Arriving at Salt River below Phoenix he found it in flood and while waiting for the flood to subside he traded two horses for a three years lease on 160 acres of land belonging to a Mr. Broadway. In 1886 John's father homsteaded 160 acres on the Gila River along the east bank of the Hassayampa. There the family saw all their possessions go down the river in two succeeding years.

In February 1890 the Walnut Grove Dam on the Hassayampa broke and flooded them out running them from their home to higher ground where they spent the night surrounded by water. Again the big flood of 1891 that came up into Phoenix, flooded their homes and they had to be rescued this time by boat.

On May 17, 1894, Mr. Roberts was married to Miss Effie Harer in the parlor of the old Commercial Hotel in Phoenix and they then took up their residence on a homestead one mile north of the Palo Verde School. To this marriage five children were born. Roach, Lester, Ross, Lillian and Henrietta, all of whom are alive at this time exept Lester. John and his sons for many years ran cattle on the open range on the desert nearby until the dry years and bands of roving sheep ruined the range.

John was state cattle inspector most of the time from 1905 to 1929; 24 years. He also served as a deputy sheriff under five sheriffs. He was first appointed under Carl Hayden and carried a deputy badge from then on under every sheriff to the present one, Cal Boise. He was constable of the Buckeye Precinet from 1939 to 1941. He at one time was trustee of the Palo Verde School in its earlier history. He was a member of the Arizona Pioneers and also of the Buckeye and West Gila Valley Old Settlers Union.

In 1936 he retired from farming and established a home in Buckeye. On May 17, 1944 he said his wife celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary at the Free Methodist Church in Buckeye. Mrs Roberts proceded him in death by almost three years. He died in a Phoenix hospital Friday, July 23 after a short confinement and was laid to rest by the side of his wife Monday, July 26, with the Rev. Edwards of the Nazarene Church and the Rev. Shumaker of the Palo Verde Church conducting the services.

All his children and a brother, Oscar, were present at the services, besides many near relatives and a host of friends.

He leaves behind to mourn his loss besides his four children, 19 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Gazette's Buckeye Bureau
August 2, 1951


Funeral services for Mrs. Effie Jane Roberts, have been held in the Free Methodist Church here. Burial was in Palo Verde Cemetery.

Mrs. Roberts, who had been ill for a year, died at her home last Friday. An Arizona pioneer, she came from California to Phoenix in 1880 with her family. They moved to Payson in 1881. She taught school there for several years.

In 1892, she moved to the Liberty District, where she married John Roberts in 1894. They have lived in the Buckeye area since that time.

Mrs. Roberts has been an active memeber of the Free Methodist Church for many years.

Fufilling a last request, her grandsons were pall bearers at the funeral. They are John R. Roberts of Buckeye, Richard R. Roberts of Palo Verde, Harold and William Starr of Wilmington, Calif., Robert Roberts of Phoenix, and Vernon Roberts, U. S. Air Force.

Other survivors besiders her husband are two sons, Roach, Nashville, Oregon and Ross, Palo Verde; two daughters, Mrs. Lilliam Cheshire, Wilmingont, Calif., and Mrs. Henrietta Maddox, Lancaster, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Alba Brown and Mrs. Julia Burris, both of Phoenix; and a brother Harry Harer, Santa Ana, Calif.


Record Searchlight
Friday, March 6, 1987

Corning - Services for Roy Erastus Beloat, 92, of Redding will be conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday at Hall Brothers Corning Mortuary.

The Rev. Brad Manley will officiate.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Burial will be at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Corning.

Mr. Beloat died Wednesday at Beverly Manor Convalescent Hospital in Redding.

Born May 1, 1894 in Buckeye, Arizona he moved to Shasta County in 1982 from Corning.

He was a farmer.

He was a member of Cottonwood Neighborhood Church.

He is survived by sons; Gerald of Cottonwood and Dick of Vista; daughters; Joanne Gover of Anderson and Eva Myers of Valley Center; brothers; Vernon and Walter, both of Buckeye; sisters; Bertha Thompkinson(cq)and Gladys Mackey, both of Escondido, Eva Porter of Lebanon, Oregon and Irene Butler of Buckeye; 19 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.


Newspaper Article
July 11, 1997

Walter H. Beloat, 79 of Buckeye, a retired farmer and rancher died July 9, 1997.

He was born in Liberty and was a World War II Army Veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice, daughters; Allyson Whitlow, Carol Price, Susan Yost and Rae Lynn Polkinhorn, sister; Irene Butler; eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Buckeye Funeral Home, 104 W. Baseline Road, Buckeye. Services 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Community Church of Buckeye, 810 Eason Avenue, Buckeye.  Contributions:   Buckeye Rescue Unit, P. O. Box 1087, Buckeye, Arizona 85326.


Jim Beloat, who was born and raised here in Buckeye, died Sunday following an accident the previous day near Cave Creek. His sister Alberta Bales of Buckeye, told the News on Monday that Jim had stopped on Cave Creek Saturday night to help a fellow get a vehicle out of a bar pit.

While they were working, another vehicle came along and plowed into them. Jim was taken to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix where he underwent surgery. However, he died Sunday afternoon.

Jim Beloat is survied by his wife, Clara; a daughter, Christine Martin; a son, J. Arthur Beloat; and one grandchild. The family made its home north of Scottsdale.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at Christ's Church of the Ascension, located in Scottsdale at 40th Street and Lincoln Drive.


Entered Into Enteral Rest
July 23, 1982

Funeral services for James M. Row, 88, of Van Buren, will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Concord Baptist Church of Van Buren with the Rev. Mike Taylor and the Rev. Leroy Rodgers officiating. Burial will be in Gill Cemetery with Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Row who died Friday at his home, was a retired machinist and tool dye worker for the U.S. Forgecraft Company and a member of the Concord Baptist Church.

He is survied by his wife Girlie, three duaghters, Mrs. Katherine Morrison and Clara Darby of Abilene, Texas, and Kathy Suggs of Van Buren; five sons, Robert M. of Abilene, Texas, Orville of Big Lake, Texas, Eugene of Palmdale, Calif., Shelton of Denver Co., and L. Robert of Hope, Arkansas; one half-brother, Enic Row of Fort Worth Texas, 20 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Ezra H. Pitchford, James Sexton, Roy Ferguson, N. R. Drum, Curtis Drum and Hamtpon Pitchford.

Honoray pallbearers will be Charley Copeland, Rex Braswell, J. D. Rodgers, Junior Howard, Ray Brunk and Jim Bailey.


March 11, 1938

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Keys, 219 North Fifth Street, died at a Fort Smith hospital Thursday at 4:15 p.m. The body is at Edwards Funeral Home pending completion of funeral arrangements.

Services:  Sat., Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m.

Memorial services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., for Bill V. Harer. Pastor Ed Wilkins will officiate. Visitation will be today from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Graveside services will be private.  Bill was born in Phoenix, Arizona on April 1, 1930, to Robert Paul Harer and Thelma Faye Maxey Harer.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jessie L. Harer; children:  Debie Klassen and husband Bob, Shelly Little and husband Larry, Lex Harer and wife Judi; grandchildren: Krystal and Aaron Klassen, Lori Carter and husband Bret, Lisa Little, Jodi Russell and husband David, Jennifer Harer, and Justin Harer; great grandchildren:  Caiden Klassen, Allyson, Mitchell and Max Carter, Ethan and Alexis Russell; brothers, Robert Paul Harer and his wife Marge of Sweethome, Oregon, Jack Harer and his wife Arlene of Casa Grande, Arizona; sisters:  Bonnie Bean of Bakersfield, Caryl Knight and husband Dr. Paul Knight and many loving nieces and nephews and countless friends will miss "Uncle Bill".

Bill grew up in Liberty, AZ where he dreamed of being a real cowboy. His first cowboy job came during the summer of 1941, at the tender age of 11. He spent 35 days in the Rainbow Valley Desert roping and branding cattle. He slept on a bedroll under the stars and greeted the morning sun as he dined around the campfire with old-timer cowboys. He never forgot these early years spent as a working cowboy and looked on them as some of the greatest moments in his life. Bill married Jessie L. Finch on November 5, 1949. They began their adventure together in Casa Grande, AZ where he worked as a deputy sheriff. They eventually settled in Bakersfield in 1959 where they raised three children. In California, Bill's work as a cattle hauler took him throughout 11 western states and brought him countless friends along the way. He knew no stranger.

Bill had a lifelong love of horses, cattle and rodeos. He competed for many years in the local rodeo circuit and was most proud of his 1973 win at Oakdale CTRA in the Team Roping category on his favorite horse, Buck.  Due to a back injury in the early 70's he could no longer participate in his beloved sport of roping so he filled this void with grandchildren.

Grandchildren have a way of softening even the toughest people. Bill was no exception. His grandchildren and great grandchilren were the joy of his life. Nothing pleased him more than being a spectator at one of his kids' sporting events, especially softball. He made thousands of pancakes over the years for his family, earning him the title of the "Pancake King of Kenny Street". His kids and grandkids taught him about email and soon he was on the computer keeping in touch with far away friends.

Bill Harer had a soft spot for the elderly and the downtrodden. He was a generous man who would share his last dollar, offer a meal and warm place to sleep to a friend in need. He was a patriot who loved his country and never missed an opportunity to have a cup of coffee at the Beacon where he could discuss his opinions He was a member of the very active Teamster's Retiree Club of Kern County. He was a prolific writer, dreamer and all around good ol' boy.

He was not a rich man in terms of possessions, but if the love of his family could be measured you would find that he was wealthy beyond all comprehension. In the end, as he faced cancer, he was the bravest cowboy there ever was. His family will hold him in our heart until we hold him in our arms again. Happy Trails, Grandpa...You are in our future, not our past.

John 3:16...For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosever believeth in Him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Ridgeview High School Softball Programs:  Contact Tony Bernardin or Joan Frank 298-3100 Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors.


In Memory of Carl Tipton Born July 17th, 1903 Phoenix, Arizona. Services At Memory Chapel A.L. Moore & Sons December 9th, 1968. Rev. S. L. Young, Officiating; Organist, Frances Castro; Soloist, Paul Morrow; concluding services Memory Lawn Memorial Park.

Wednesday, July 22, 1998 * 5A
Daily Courier


Effie Tipton, 91, died Friday, July 17, 1998, at a local care center.

She was born June 9, 1907, in Buckeye, to Charles A. and Alba V. Harer Brown.

Mrs. Tipton worked twenty-five years in food service, at Franklin and Kenilworth in Phoenix and was a member of the Light And Life Free Methodist Church also in Phoenix.

She was proud of being the "best pie maker in the world". She loved to cook, crochet and go dancing, and enjoyed being with her family and friends.

Survivors include her daughters, Virgina Avery of Yuma and Mary Stafford of Allsea, Oregon; son, James of Virginia Beach, Virginia, sister, Olive Shrimsher of Phoenix, seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Elmer Sipes and James Tipton; and her son Elmer "Bud" Sipes.

A visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Serenity Chapel, Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren, in Phoenix. Celebration of life services will follow at 11:00 a.m.

Concluding graveside services will be at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery.

The Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

July 22, 1998
The Arizona Republic * B4

Effie Lee Tipton, 91, of Phoenix, a school food service employe, died July 17, 1998. She was born in Buckeye. Survivors include her daughters, Virginia Avery and Mary Jean Stafford: son, James C.: sister, Olive Schrimsher; seven grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. Services 11:00 Friday; Serenity Chapel, Greenwood Memory Lawn, 2300 W. Van Buren, Phoenix, with visitation an hour before services. Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, Prescott.

Obituary Backersfield Californian Online Edition, March 26, 2002

Wiley C. Schweikart, November 15, 1913 To March 22, 2002. Services: Wednesday, March 27, 3:00 p.m.

Wiley was born in Liberty Arizona. He was the fith of six children and the last to go.  He graduated from college in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1937. He was a member of the Arizona National Guard and milked cows day and night, paying his way through college. Wiley taught high school business classes after graduating college. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force. He worked the night shift at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica. He was a co-owner of a hot dog stand called Red Dog in Beverly Hills, where he worked during the day. He became a carpenter in Bakersfield in 1945, before becoming a farmer, from which he retired in 1975. He was a 4H leader in the Greeley 4H Club for seven years and a member of the Greeley School Board for eight years.

Ruth C., loving wife of 55 years, preceded Wiley in death in January 1996. He leaves behind one son, Jack and his wife, Linda; granddaughter, Cori Schweikart; grandson, Andy and his wife, Suzie; with 2 great granddaughters, Emily and Georgea; grandson, Mike and his wife, Michelle; and great-grandson, Mathew Jon.

He will be greatly missed by all of his family members and his many friends at Hallmark where he lived for his last three years.

Visitation is at Mish Funeral Home Tuesday, March 26, 2002 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2002, 3:00 p.m. at Mish Funeral Home.


March 16, 1989
Yuma, Arizona

Atlas Andrew Shelton, 96, of Quartzsite died Tuesday at La Mesa Care Center.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Desert Lawn. Chaplain Mike Elg will officiate. Kammann Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

He was born August 18, 1892 in Texas. He was a cowboy, rancher and farmer.

Survivors include his son Bud of Quartzsite and daughter Oma Lee Cook of Globe.


The Granbury News
September 14, 1893
Vol 8 Number 22, page 1

Mrs. Agnes Row, aged 73 years, died at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. W. W. Stokes, in the Colony, Inst. Tuesday night, and her remains were taken to Acton Wednesday afternoon to be laid beside those of her husband.

Grandma Row was a devoted christian lady and leaves a large circle of friends, besides her many relatives, to mourn her loss.

The bereaved family have the sincere sympathy of all.

The Arizona Republic
October 2, 2002

Brookie Almyra (Hazelton) Whyte, age 82, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away September 29, 2002.  Visitation 11:00 A.M. Thursday, October 3, 2002 at Serenity Mausoleum Chapel, 719 N. 27th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ.  Services to follow at 12:00 Noon. Arrangements handled by Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary.

Brookie A. (Hazelton) Whyte, 82 born November 13, 1919 in Phoenix, AZ. and passed away September 29, 2002.  Brookie was one of twelve children.  She worked at Metal Craft during WWII and retired in 1979 from Mountain Bell (Qwest) as a Force Adjustment Supervisor.  Dedicated to her faith, a great cook, excellent seamstress, Loving Mother, wife, and grandma.  A friend to all a welcomed smile and sense of humor.  We will love you more...forever.  Preceded in death by her husband Alex J. Whyte, granddaughter Crystal A. Whyte, sisters, Grace, Lois, Faith, Georgia, Irene, Eunice, brothers Charlie, Grant and Earle.  Survived by son Alex J. Whyte, daughter Brookie Jo (Whyte) Coleman and husband George, granddaughters Jennifer (Whyte) Van Ness and husband Pete, Duree (Coleman) Westover and husband Henry, grandsons George T. Coleman and wife Lori, John A. Coleman and wife Mary Frances, great grandchildren Hailey Van Ness, George C. Coleman, Jessica A. Coleman, Shanna L. Coleman, Jaiden Whyte Westover, Jackson H. Coleman, Alexander T. Coleman; sister, Elma-Louise Hazelton, brother, Robert L. Hazelton.  Visitation will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday October 3, 2002 at Serenity Mausoleum Chapel, 719 N. 27th Ave., Phx., AZ. with services to follow at 12:00 Noon. Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary, 719 N. 27th Ave., Phx., AZ. 85009, (602) 272-5639.


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