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Rita McDermott (#47250046)
 member for 5 years, 3 months, 29 days
Brad Melton
RE: Kissee
Thank you

Added by Brad Melton on May 13, 2015 7:25 AM

Willis Kissee
Rita: I cleaned the lichen from the bottom part of the stone today, and the birth date is 19 April 1832. also "Born in the state of Ind." is just above the birth and death date. This is one of the stones that I suspect was moved from the old, old cemetery near the confluence of the Tomichi and Gunnison rivers. Sometimes that old cemetery is called "Riverside" in the old newspapers and sometimes it is called "Boulevard" cemetery. If you were to keep going south on Boulevard Street, which was the main street of West Gunnison you would cross the modern day runways of the airport and shortly run into the old cemetery that was uncovered in the mill tailings project, which was enclosed after the 36 graves were uncovered during the cat work of the tailing project in the early 1990's. Had a great afternoon in the sun at the cemetery. Thanks for the visit today!!

Added by L.Sammons on May 11, 2015 7:54 PM

Brad Melton
RE: Willis Kissee
No; no relation. Just from the same county. Want to do a short bio of him for the White River Valley Historical Quarterly Journal but need to track down a photograph of him. -Brad

Added by Brad Melton on May 04, 2015 7:00 PM

Brad Melton
Willis Kissee
Rita: I just added a brief newspaper article to Willis Kissee's memorial in Gunnison Colorado, died 1884. Have you by chance ever seen a photograph of him? Brad Melton, Taney County, Missouri @

Added by Brad Melton on May 03, 2015 6:35 PM

RE: Mabel Larson
Glad to be of assistance.

Added by Neil on Mar 13, 2015 3:55 PM

Ruth Ellen Bartels
RE: Alice Warner Dunn
I appreciate the tip, and I will try to see what she knows.

Added by Ruth Ellen Bartels on Mar 03, 2015 8:26 PM

Ruth Ellen Bartels
Alice Warner Dunn and Herbert Dunn headstone
Thanks so much for finding this burial site and obtaining the nice photo (Powderhorn Family cemetery in Gunnison county). I've been through this area a few times, and never knew that I had a connection to the Dunn (I see the ranch signs) nor to the historic Powderhorn area. I also know that you had to drive quite a few miles to get to it, so I really appreciate it!
You said that you had access to information there in Gunnison county. Alice's date of death is not engraved on thie shared headstone. She did remarry, but to the best of my knowledge she was not buried with her second husband in Furnas County, Nebraska. Is there some way of checking to see if Alice really is buried along side her husband, Herbert Roosevelt Dunn?


Added by Ruth Ellen Bartels on Mar 02, 2015 8:34 PM

# 93828780 Frank Glass
Hi, I wonder if you have any information about Frank who was born and raised in Gunnison. I was told that at the time of his death (age 21) he was married and had a child? I have never heard that before and wonder if you know someone who knew him personally. Cindy

Added by CindyLee on Jan 29, 2015 2:10 PM

RE: Marilyn Rouviere
Thanks. I appreciate it.

Added by Mary@fairstone on Jan 19, 2015 4:35 PM

RE: Email addy
Thanks for the reply. So, I trust you rcvd my email titled, The Find A Grave memorials for Mary Boson/Bosan? If not, let me know and I'll resend.
br, Mike Skelenger

Added by skellysiam on Nov 16, 2014 9:39 PM

Email addy
I'm trying to send you an email, but yahoo mail doesn't like the email addy you have listed on Find A Grave. This is the addy that can't be sent;
r, I had to use
Pls let me know what addy I should use.
br, Mike Skelenger

Added by skellysiam on Nov 15, 2014 2:53 AM

Larry H.
Benson transfers
Thank you very much for the transfers of Fred & Mary Benson in the Gunnison Cemetery. I will now be able to edit and link some more of my wife's family.

Happy Gravin', Larry H.

Added by Larry H. on Oct 12, 2014 9:33 PM

Bill Hazard
RE: Klein
My great-uncle Eddie Hazard had the Flying M ranch on the Cochetopa so, yes, I'm part of that family. I remember the Kreuger place along the side of Hwy 114 along the creek down the canyon, I believe. I think my dad, George, knew your dad from what I remember!

Good to hear from you.

Added by Bill Hazard on Jun 23, 2014 3:25 PM

Paul McDonough
RE: Ralph Scruggs
Ralph and were friends and He had been in the Army
for two years. I joined the Navy and Ralph went back in the Army. These were Korean War days. Ralph was killed down at Fort Huachaca, Arizona. I was on
leave when his body was sent to Gunnison for bural and acted as a pall bearer. The Army honor guard
from Colorado Springs was there and I remember Ralph's mother jumping in the grave causing quite a stir.

Years later I tried to find Ralph's grave and couldn't find a military marker. I asked Mark Vader about it and he showed me where the grave was but no marker. When I returned to San Diego got some forms from the VFW and sent them in to thee VA and they said that there was no Army record of Ralph Scruggs. They needed a service number. I tried Miller's in Gunnison, no luck. I couldn't find any relatives of Ralph, so one night I had an idea and out of the blue I called the mortuary in Bisbee Arizona. This nice man looked in his book and he found a toe tag with the name Scruggs and a number. Pay dirt. Mark Vader helped me and I paid for the cement foundation and when Mark got the bronze marker he installed it.

You have a picture of it. I am sure Ralph has a
smile on his soul.

Paul McDonough

Added by Paul McDonough on Jun 03, 2014 7:04 PM

Richard Hessel
RE: Kreuger
Rita thanks, I will do that

Added by Richard Hessel on May 28, 2014 6:21 AM

Paul McDonough
George Williams
Hi, Thanks for the picture from Gunnison Cemetery of the headstone of George Williams. I always want to kick myself for not making friends with Mr. Williams. I used to see him walking on Virginia St. in his black western hat and dark great coat. What stories were missed. He was in the 9th Caverly of the Army of the west during Indian war days. He was one of the buffalo soldiers. I went to Pine Street grade school in the 1930's and GCHS in 1946 and 47. During those years I had my chance and muffed it.

I knew Mark Vader quite well and when in Gunnison I always stopped to see him and my joke to him was to ask him to save me some room in his hotel.

Oh yes, when I was visiting my dad in Gunnison in
the winters of the fifties, I put my car in McDermotts for the nights to keep it from freezing.

Thanks again,
Paul McDonough

Added by Paul McDonough on May 23, 2014 11:29 PM

Jon Todd Evans
RE: Flick
I thought John had a sister, but I couldn't remember. If you talk to her tell her I'd love to have her contact me. She may not remember me as a kid, but she might remember how sick I got after falling in that cold brook that went through her parents ranch.

Added by Jon Todd Evans on May 13, 2014 8:02 PM

Jon Todd Evans
RE: Flick
Thank you. I haven't seen John or Wanda for many years, but had heard they had passed away. Living with them that summer, riding Domino an Appaloosa and falling in the stream that went through John's parents farm chasing after a calf during that summer, meeting all the characters and beautiful people who lived in that little town of Ohio City was a memory I recall many times, and continue to do so on occasion. Thanks Again.
Jon Todd Evans; Council Bluffs, Iowa

Added by Jon Todd Evans on May 12, 2014 11:51 AM

Charlotte Gertrude Walker (
A look at her stone indicates she is the wife of Walker Burnett. His stone is in the plot next to hers. I think her entry should read: Charlotte Gertrude Burnett....,,

What do you think? Thanks for the correction, I'm working on the 10 years of newspapers from 1889 thru 1899, and happened to run onto the above.

Loline Sammons

Added by L.Sammons on Mar 27, 2014 1:51 PM

Thomas H.Hazelhurst
From: Gunnison Tribune 26 Nov 1897. "Yesterday(25 Nov 1897) while little Tommy, four year old son of M/M Charles Hazelhurst, was playing about the house, he dropped dead from heart disease......The funeral occurs tomorrow at the Presbyterian church at two o'clock."

Stone shows: "age 4 years".

Thanks for adding this, Rita.

Added by L.Sammons on Mar 27, 2014 9:52 AM

Sherry Pries
RE: John Pennington
I have responded to you privately but want all Find-a-Grave members to know what a blessing you have been to me in researching my far=away family members. Thank you, Rita...I hope I can return the deeds someday. Sherry Pries

Added by Sherry Pries on Feb 24, 2014 5:19 PM

Janice Dyer Doran
Thank YOU
Rita, I can't tell you how much I appreciated your assistance in helping find the young Josie Scott and finding her beautiful obituary that linked her to her parents. I will speak for all of Josie's ancestors and tell you how much we appreciate your work. Also, thank you for the transfer.
Janice Dyer Doran

Added by Janice Dyer Doran on Nov 10, 2013 7:38 PM

Janice Dyer Doran
Thanks, Rita, I'll be excited to hear back from you....good luck in the search.

Added by Janice Dyer Doran on Nov 08, 2013 1:34 PM

Janice Dyer Doran
Need your help
Hi Rita, I read in your bio that you have access to old newspapers, etc for genealogy research. I'm searching for the daughter of Rev. James Harvey Scott who I believe could be your Josie Scott #79556133. I'm going to copy information that I have on her father where it notes when and where his daughter died. Can you check to see if this is his daughter buried in Gunnison?
Janice Dyer Doran

Rev. AMES HARVEY SCOTT pastored in Gunnison, 1880. Here he secured and moved into a tent on Saturday night, and preached the next day in the unfinished land-office building. During the evening services the people had to raise their umbrellas and put on their hats to shield them from the falling rain. When Presiding Elder Cranston came to hold his first quarterly-meeting, they used an unfinished store building without windows. A heavy snow fell the night before. The people sat in the windows to get the sun and keep warm, changing off occasionally with one another. He built a house here to shelter his family, and also a church to provide for his congregation. Had a good revival. Here the greatest sorrow of his life came to him, in the death of his only daughter, Jessie. She was a devout Christian, an accomplished organist, and a great help to her father in his work, though less than fourteen year of age.

Added by Janice Dyer Doran on Nov 07, 2013 7:35 PM

Rita Osborne
RE: Hazel Wright
As to the date. When I find that for a memorial I care for. I put the date of the stone on the memorial, and then add notes to the bio. As to Cass County, Missouri. That one I am not sure as to what you are referring to. As per there is a cass county, Missouri

Added by Rita Osborne on Aug 29, 2013 9:00 PM


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