Robert Carl Elze

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Robert Carl Elze

  • Birth 29 Apr 1858 Germany
  • Death 18 Aug 1951 Westcliffe, Custer County, Colorado, USA
  • Burial Westcliffe, Custer County, Colorado, USA
  • Memorial ID 9725770

The German colony came to Colfax Fremont County, Colorado Territory under the command of Carl Wulstein in August 24, 1869. They paid $250 for transportation from Chicago to Colorado for the purchase of land, tools. stock and for the erection of cabins and town buildings. Each member (under contract for 5 years) was paid $2 per day whether they provided skilled or unskilled labor. Members were not allowed to purchase land until the 5 year period was up and if they abandoned the group, they lost the entire $250. The german colony left Chicago via train with 367 people (supposed to be 250), their 1st destination was St. Louis. From St. Louis they went by rail to Fort Wallace, Kansas. The railroad ended there. Then the german families proceeded by ox and mule (which they had to learn to drive before using) to Pueblo, Colorado, arriving March 17, 1870. They left Pueblo, Colorado on March 18, 1870 and arrived at the site of the colony March 21, 1870. Robert Elze joined the German colony in Colorado in 1881.
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At the age of 68 Robert lost his eyesight and hearing in a dynamite blast when he was digging a trench on a cold windy day. He was in the hospital for 3 weeks. After losing his sight, he re-learned to measure and saw wood.
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Confirmed through Hope Lutheran Church in Westcliffe, Colorado in 1898.

Gravesite Details h/o Martha Louise O'Graske Elze

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  • Maintained by: Ann Koch
  • Originally Created by: HEE
  • Added: 29 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9725770
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Carl Elze (29 Apr 1858–18 Aug 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9725770, citing Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Westcliffe, Custer County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Ann Koch (contributor 46800231) .