|Birth: ||Jul. 28, 1860|
|Death: ||Dec., 1943|
Mary Anna Andrews was born July 28, 1860 at Brownsville, Michigan, the daughter of Burton and Phoebe Andrews. She married George Wilcox May 4, 1884 in Nebraska. Mary Anna's father was a Union soldier. When she was five, her family moved to Crossville, Tennessee and later she went to Minden, Nebraska where her brother lived. She and George Wilcox married Mary 4, 1884 and made their home at Tracyville, Nebraska (later renamed Bertrand, Nebraska).
George, upon learning of homestead land available in northeastern Colorado, decided to move to Colorado. He filed in 1886 at the land office located in Sterling, Colorado for a homestead on land located three and one-half miles northeast of Holyoke. At that time, Holyoke was not in existence. He farmed on this land and lived there until his death. George came by train to the town of Julesburg in Sterling County which was the nearest town to the homestead. He came across country by horses and wagon, hauling his supplies from Julesburg. Anna stayed in Julesburg until the frame house was built. When Holyoke became a reality with the construction of the railroad, he opened his blacksmith shop in Holyoke. Most of the time, he walked to work. He did some farming, with the help of his family. Later, he moved his shop to the farm. He often told of how fast the town of Holyoke built up in the beginning. When the drought hit in 1892 and 1893, people left in the night. He said the only reason he did not leave was that he did not have enough money to go. He told of the terrible blizzards, of Anna and the children going out after school to pick corn while he worked in Holyoke, of the children picking up cow chips to use for heat and for cooking, of the many times they killed rattlesnakes near the door, of the tornadoes, and the disastrous prairie fires.
The Wilcox children went to grade school just one-half mile north of their farm. Later, this school was moved to Highway 385 and became the Liberty School. Some of their teachers there were Rose Shockey (later Mrs. Harry Sprague), Smith Worley, and Scott Evans. All attended Phillips County High School. All the boys like to play ball. All of the Wilcox boys served their country in WWI.
Their children were Lawrence, Mable (Mrs. Roy Mason), Bessie (Mrs. Roy Cauble), George, Jr., Burton, William, and Ruth.
George Wilcox (1857 - 1938)*
Lawrence Tracy Wilcox (1885 - 1955)*
Mabel Wilcox Mason (1887 - 1975)*
George Wilcox (1890 - 1966)*
Willie Wilcox (1895 - 1910)*
Ruth Wilcox (1898 - 1964)*
Holyoke Memorial Park
Created by: Carol Moore
Record added: Jan 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 82967880