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Hilda Kletke was born on the Kletke family farm seven miles northwest of Alva, Oklahoma. The second daughter of Edward and Ida Louisa Kletke to survive infant death, she was thrown into family struggling to survive and a society that would soon look away from it's German citizens.
She started school at the age of six and walked a mile to and from school every day with her sister Erna. Speaking only German, school was a special challenge since the teacher and all the other students spoke only English. Till she could communicate effectively with the other students, Hilda was set aside in a corner of the room to study on her own. She quickly learned enough English to participate in school and became proficient with the language around age ten.
After a few years getting used to a strange language, WW1 began brewing and America as a whole began to question all of it's German citizens. The Kletke family was no exception. Hilda remembers that she and her sisters were allowed to go home a half hour earlier than the other students to avoid any after school confrontations.
In 1917, the family moved to Optimo, New Mexico, to help with Ida Louisa's Tuberculosis. Hilda continued her education there and started High School in 1920. After only three short years, Hilda graduated and started teaching the next year.
Hilda started teaching in Cimarron, New Mexico, but didn't stay there for long. She was quickly moved to Hope, and finally to Artesia, New Mexico. The students in her classes were primarily of Spanish/Mexican descent and spoke very little English. Faced with this new challenge, Hilda learned to speak Spanish and taught these students in their own tongue. She successfully helped these students out of the same situation she had been in 20 years earlier.
Being a teacher, Hilda understood the value of an education and continued hers during the summers. She attended Oklahoma Northwestern University in Alva, Oklahoma; Columbia University in New York; and Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Transferring credits between colleges became a hassle since not all of the universities acknowledged each others accreditation; but finally, in 1940, she was awarded her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Highlands University. She taught for the next ten years in Artesia, New Mexico, before the next chapter of her life began.
While spending a summer in Alva, Hilda threw a party and by chance met Julius Kirmse. Julius's wife had died 4 to 5 years earlier and had left him with 3 small children. They soon fell in love and were married in the fall of 1951. She quit her teaching position in New Mexico and at the age of 46, found herself mother of 3 children: Dale, 14; Donna, 8; and Judy, 6.
For the next 18 years, the Kirmses lived on their farm south of Alva and made a good life for themselves. Julius managed a small ranch with cows, chickens, hogs, and bees; and also worked a number wheat fields. Hilda filled her time as a housewife, mother, and church volunteer.
In 1969, with the children gone, Hilda and Juluis moved to town and bought a new home on the west side of Alva where they currently live. Even though the kids are grown and very successful, neither Hilda or Julius are ready to retire. Through the years they have continued to work hard and even at the ages of 91, Julius works the farm and Hilda works in the house. I even remember my brother Bruce and sister Cathy spending a number of summers in Alva with Hilda and Julius helping out on the farm and learning as much as possible.
Hilda and Julius are both longtime members of Zion Lutheran Church in Alva and have served that congregation in many capacities. Hilda is a member of the LWML (Lutheran Women's Missionary League) and the Mary & Martha League.
In her 26 years as a teacher, Hilda was recognized numerous times and earned several awards. She is also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority and the Delta Zeta Sorority.

Daniel B. Kletke; September, 1996

Prior to my birth, my mother and father received a wicker bassinet. It was handmade - by her - for me. Through the years it has been used repeatedly by family members. Kelly Virginia used it last.

In my Baby Book are cards recognizing my Birthdays and a Christmas card and notes indicating presents. She sent them.

She was a school teacher. During summer recess she would come to the farm and tell stories. We sat on a blanket under the elm trees north of the house and she read a book about the Indians of New Mexico.

I remember heated religious discussions between her and my Dad that lasted late into the night. On one occasion, it took pastor Hoyer to settle the dispute.

Dad took my brother and me on a hunting trip to Artesia, New Mexico. She was with us when Dad shot a deer. We stayed at her house. We had lots of fun.

Shortly after Mother died she spent several weeks or more at our house. She helped my Dad look after us. She was supportive and kind.

She gave up her teaching career, married, and took on the task of raising a family. She was very protective of her husband and grew frantic when he didn't arrive home for dinner on time. Long after he died, she would refer to him as though he were still nearby.

When I married, she immediately and enthusiastically embraced my new wife and they became good friends. A friendship that endured. This became a bridge between my wife and my extended family. I am most grateful to her for that act of kindness.

My two oldest children spent 10 - 12 summers of there early lives at Alva with her. She taught them about bees and the collecting and processing of honey. They collected eggs, fed pigs, chased after cows, helped with the harvest and field work and cleaned - and cleaned. They learned about knitting and crocheting and embroidery and, and more. They listened to stories about their relatives. She gave driving lessons.

She was a member of the Alva Garden Club and served as president. She volunteered her time at church functions was a member of the Mary Martha quilting club, counted the collection plate money, helped with church dinners and much more. She gave me her Bible. Her Father had given it to her.

When I and my family were in Alva, she insisted that we visit her and stay at her house. She wanted to know the details, the bits and pieces of our family lives. Generalities would not do. She visited us in Denver.

As I go forward, each person that I meet, in some way, touches my life and in those meetings they have become the "Rhythm of the Rhyme". I believe that I am composed of each one of those meetings. She touched me and I am the better for it.

Several days ago I attended her funeral. She now lives in Heaven.

She was and will always be My Aunt Hilda.

Dale Kletke
March 5, 2002 
Kletke, Hilda Frieda (I0264)

For Dad

First, on behalf of the family I would like to thank you for all the support the family has received through the last year and especially this week and thank you for sharing this time with us.

A lot can happen in 86 years. Dad lived to see the assassination of JFK, the creation of Israel, the cold war, numerous recessions, droughts and 15 Presidents, only two of whom I think he really admired, the first space flight and the last flight of the space shuttle. He lived through the time of greatest innovation the world has seen to date, from the invention of sticky tape , rural electrification programs, the building of the interstate highway system, computers, no TV to satellite TV, party lines to personal cell phones, which he wouldn?t use because it didn?t have a signal on Myers Rd. the list goes on and on ?

Dad often said he had lived three lives ? I would refer you to your bulletin.

His first was his childhood ? see the little boy holding the reins to a team of work horses ? that is dad at five years old - The caption on the back ? penned I would guess by his mother reads ? another mistake, HA! Arnold 1930 Zimmerdale, KS. He was the oldest of four, and as oldest kids do, he saw himself as a bit of a care taker of his younger siblings, Lawrence, Mary and Vernon. His childhood included the depression, the dust bowl and World War ll. This was not the easiest time in our history especially for kids - and like so many of his generation, he had to mature fast and work hard from an early age. I never heard him complain of things he lacked as a child but he did appreciate what he had, especially his family. He told us of making pets of baby pigeons and skunks he rescued and picnics with his siblings and getting in trouble for swinging in the hayloft rafters. And yes he literally told us of walking to school, up hill ? but he never mentioned snow.

His second life was traveling and young married years:
He had jobs shearing sheep, working on custom combine crews and he hauled farm equipment for Earl Berner and latter was one of the first salesman for Hesston Manufacturing Corp. He told many stories of his travels and friends he had made. This is when the world opened up to a farm kid from Kansas. When the town of Minot ND was recently flooded I remember him calling mom to the TV to look at the hotel he was sure they had stayed in on one of their trips. He also told of getting a combine stuck under a bridge in Denver - he never really liked driving in Denver.

This second life is when he and Mom got together ?see that wedding photo? They sure smiled and had dark hair in those early pictures. It is a little disconcerting as a child to hear your dad say how pretty your mom is and how proud he is of her, and really mean it. But looking through the family photos in his eyes we see what he meant, she was the center of most of them. Some of you may remember their 40th Anniversary celebration at the Antioch Church ? the funny thing about that was dad had heard a gospel church choir in Colorado Springs and had mentioned that he wanted them to sing at his funeral - Mom?s reply, if I can remember correctly, was why wait until you die? So she arranged for them to perform at the 40th anniversary -I can still hear them sing ?HE restoreth my soul?
Mom and Dad would have been married 63 years this coming Monday I believe ? I think that speaks for itself.

His third life is the one most of us here remember; His ranching and family days.

I only got to hear about the first lives but I shared his third life with him.

You should know are that he was always appreciative of his neighbors, especially those around when he and mom bought the place, Joe Neeley, L.A. Bush, Weldon Moss, Morris and Mike Kenney, Marvin Hamilton, Jim Tanner, Joe Brown and Fae Paul. And business men like Ralph Book and A.L Pieper. Some of these men were gone before I was born but dad often told us of his appreciation for them. Without their aid, advice and friendship in those early years; I don?t know that he would have made it here.

Dad cherished family and friends. He was always supportive of his family and used to say to us ?we are all in this together? whether we wanted to be or not ? no matter if it was good or bad we were not alone in our success or failures. He was always there for us ? but he did expect us to always try our best.

He taught us generosity, by example, sometimes with money but mostly time. One of the best things about Dad was that he had time ? you were always welcome and not an imposition, he never made you feel like he would rather be doing something else than spend time with you. That said ? often if you wanted to spend time with him you got to join in whatever he needed to do ? but you weren?t second choice ? you were along. He would always listen ? And he would give you an answer even if you didn?t want to hear it.

He taught us his faith, by example, we watched over the years as he literally wore out his bible ? not really noticing because it was just part of him. He never seemed to worry much about things he couldn?t affect but was always willing to help when he could, even if it was just a compliment or word of encouragement.

Dad liked to see things grow. Crops, grass, cattle, churches, nieces and nephews, businesses, families. I know he wanted to leave the world a better place than he found it ? and at least in what his family learned from him he did.

Over the last few days I have worried about how I would remember dad. Then I looked at my hands, saw some scars, and realized my favorite accidents were with him. They usually involved a cow or a motor and when we put cows and motors together ? boy could you get material for a good story. He was one of the first people to use an ATV with cattle. You know the 3 wheelers that are now outlawed ? Scott and I and some other family members can explain why they were outlawed.

Though the world around him changed a lot ? from my perspective dad didn?t change much. Yes he got older, the body got slower and he tired faster. I loved it when I walked in one day and he and mom where in a bit of an argument and all I heard was his reply ?? I?m not deaf Betty - I just can?t hear? and they both chuckled. Not all aging was without a fight. The hair grayed but stayed, and always in a crew cut. But the smile was the same, the strong hands; he still liked chocolate malts and mom?s bread, his dog, and the cows.

One notable change was when the Grand kids showed up ? I asked my kids what they enjoyed about grandpa and they both said ? ?he liked to have fun - like eat ice cream and watch cartoons in the morning? I can assure you that was a change.

They also said he was determined. This threw me a little. It wasn?t on my list, of my friends most notable attributes. But the more I thought about it, I realized a lot of what he accomplished was by shear will, effort, hard work faith in God and help from family and friends; and that ?determined? may be one of the best descriptions of him.

These character traits I think he developed at young age and I am glad that his grandkids saw them lived out in him.
He loved his family, friends, neighbors and community. He tried to give more than he took ? as most from his generation do.

I don?t think Dad left with regrets, he wasn?t perfect but he did his best.

Any sorrow we have today is not for his loss of life, but our loss of him.

He always told us not to cry when he was gone ? but this time I get the last word.

Betty, Scott, Josie, Josh, Cynthia and Wade 8-5-11 
Yoder, John Arnold (I0190)
3 As an aside, I have it on record that the name may be a reference to the Letts who were a Lithuanian/Latvian/Lett group that formerly lived in Prussia, but were acculturated and persecuted by the Church as they were pagans. They used dance a lot in their rituals and hence comes the name Danzig which was their capital. K-let-ke.
Scott Kletke / 905-271-0632 / scottkletke@rogers.com 
Klaedtke, Gottlieb (I0291)
4 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Shea, Kelly Virginia (I1104)
5 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Nemechek, Caitlyn Ann (I1144)
6 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Kletke, Dietrich Brian (I1143)
7 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Kletke, Darrel Dean (I0052)
8 Died in California but is buried in the Lutheran Cemetery in Alva, OK. Wamhoff, Emma Carolina (I0047)
9 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Durham, Dora Elvira (I0188)
10 Edward Gustav the youngest son of Gottlieb Klaedtke and Emilie Klaedtke nee Mau was born Oct. 26, 1873 near Konigsberg, Germany. He was baptized Nov. 2, 1873 in the Lutheran Church. Edward Gustav lost both his parents as a young lad. He was four when his mother died and his father died when he was nine. He was taken in by a farm family where he herded geese and did farm chores for his keep. At the age of fourteen Edward entered military training and here learned the trade of a mason (bricklayer). He received his Masonry Certificate in June 1893.
Edward and Ida Louisa Augustin enjoyed out-of-door sports. In the area of Berlin the street know as "Unter den Linden" would be flooded for the purpose of ice skating. Here they skated to music played by various bands.
May 29, 1898 Edward and Ida were married. Ida was the daughter of Frederick Leopold Augustin and Justine nee Wandernalia. Their first ceremony read "Mason, Edward Gustav Kletke and Seamstress Ida Louisa Augustin married by "Der Standesbeamte" (registrar) on May 27, 1898. Two days later May 29, they had a church wedding. The later was always observed as their anniversary.
In the summer July 16, 1899 their first child was born, Margaretha Helena. She live till Aug. 2, 1899.
In the fall of 1899 plans were made to come to the U.S.A. Dad's oldest brother Gottlieb Kletke and his only sister Helena Kletke Meyer were living in Noble and Kay Counties, OK.
Here on is a copy written by Dad of his first five years in the U.S.A. "The first of January 1900 we left Hamburg, Germany. The 13th of January we landed in New York City Staying there 3 days. Then by Train Via St. Louis to Ponca City, OK. My Brother and Brotherinlaw meeting us at the Depot. They took us to a home the Name was Newman. There we had supper by them people. That evening we left for my sister's home the 18th of January, Ida's 20th birthday. And the following day we left for my brother's home. There we made our temporary home. I then worked for my brother for $20 a month and in harvestime $1.50 per day . . . In 1900 our little son Gustav Erick was born.
My brother and brotherinlaw sold their farms and moved to Woods County east of Alva. We three families moved by wagons, driving livestock through. The women rode in my brotherinlaw's "surrey with the fringe on top".
In February 1901 my brother rented a farm for me from Mr. Wamhof, known now as the Schick Farm 3 miles east of Alva. 1901 and 1902 I put out 100 acers of wheat. I had to have some horses. I bouth 2 mares and one mule with harness on for $230 for sowing wheat I needed one more horse. I bouth one mare from my brother for $40. Than I bouth a bain wagon and a 16 in. riding plow second handet for $85 . . . My wheat made about 12 bushel per acer. One-third rent delivered in Elevator left my part about 800 bushel. So my whole crop sold for $432 less expense $355 left me $77. Chocking wheat and twine $40. Threshing expense @ 6 cents a bushel $72, 12 team hauling bundels and grain to elevator $84, boar, for crew and teams $14.50, expense $211.30, money I had $77. Left me in the red the year ending $134.
Our second son was born, Ernest Heinrich. Little Ernest lived with us only a short time. Jan. 26, 1902 he died. Sadness struck both Ida and me when by accident little Erick died May 3 , 1902. We lost our first three children. Our two boys Ernest and Erick are buried next to each other in the second grave of the little children in the Lutheran Cemetery south east of Alva.
The year 1902-1903 I sowed 170 acers in wheat. The wheat was looking good and in the spring there was the lease on the NW1/4 (28-14-33) for sale and I bought it for $500 on my growing wheat crop. But the first week of April we had hot winds and all the wheat in the country was burned and had the color of dry grass. The dry weather stayed on till the 27th of April. That night the first rain came and stayed about one week. The wheat growed out and the field of 170 acer made 25 bushel to an acer. That year it sold for 56 cents per bushel. So I had 4250 bushel of wheat and my part amounted to $1512. After interest, threshing bill, men, teams, board for men and teams and binder bouth that year for expenses of $1441 I had left clear $71.
Also that spring we had another daughter Erna Gertrude. Two years later in the spring Hildegard Frieda was born."
Besides farming Dad worked at bricklaying for homes north of the river or wherever he was needed to lay brick and to build chimneys.
About the time Ella Helena was born Dad bought a farm in Southern Oklahoma near Granfield. Each fall after wheat sowing here, he and his family would go by covered wagon to the cotton farm south for the picking, then return to Alva for the wheat harvest. They did this till the late spring of 1909. When a son Harold Gustav was born. This time Mother did not come to Alva in the covered wagon but came by train with four small children. He later sold this land.
Dad mastered the speaking of the English language very well. Mother had a more difficult time. Neighbors would often visit mother and they could make each other understand a little. Mrs. Affholder helped mother a little but the real learning came when we children went to school. It was a trying experience to try to understand what the teacher wanted in an all English speaking school with two all German speaking little girls trying to commune. The school was "Highland School" northwest of Alva. About this time Martha Margaret was born.
Dad bought more land and also rented another quarter. He also raised horses and mules and broke them for harness, selling them by teams.
When the Lutheran Church was built in 1911, Dad did much of the bricklaying.
In 1916 Dad bought his first automobile a "Seven passenger touring Overland". We were very proud of Dad. During the summer mother's health began failing. In May 1917 Dr. W. E. Simon and Dr. White came to the farm to do some minor surgery for mother. Ella, then 11 years old had taken very ill during the night. Dad called the doctor's attention to Ella. Dr. Simon said, "Mr. Kletke if she were mine I wouldn't wait but have her operated on today". Dad asked, "When? What for?" Both doctors agree, "Immediately, today, she has an acute attack of appendicitis". The hospital in Alva was having problems and the lady running it would not let German people in as patients and also it was not in good condition. Orders were given to Dad to get bed sheeting and tack it over the ceiling and walls of the living dining room, not over the windows or door. Curtains came down and they were to have the clothes boiler cleaned and ready with hot boiling water for sterilizing to be ready by 3 p.m. Dad rushed to town and bought yards and yards of sheeting and covered the room as instructed.
Three doctors were there by 3 o'clock with them a registered nurse, Nellie Cooksey. They sterilized the operating implements and packed the hot implements on a pad on the new dining table. The kitchen table was moved into this room and a large door placed on the kitchen table was covered with pads and sheets. When all was ready for the operation Ella got up and walked to the operating table. This moved possibly was when the appendix ruptured. Ella told of how she repeated the Lord's Prayer when they began giving her the anesthetic. It felt like two hammers coming closer and closer together. When she came to the words "For Thine is the Kingdom" the hammers clashed and she remembered no more. The doctors worked for three hours. We children were outside staying away until we saw the doctors leave. A tube had been inserted for drainage. Doctors came every day to dress, sterilize the tube and replace it. This is when I would take the two youngest to the top of a hill south of the house so we couldn't hear Ella cry. We'd stay till we saw the doctor's car leave. These calls lasted three weeks and later 2 to 3 times a week. With all this stain and worry it was advised by the doctors that mother be sent to Colorado Springs. She left with the three youngest children by train and stayed about 2 months. In the spring of 1918 Dad had a farm sale. Then the last of March the family moved to Optimo, NM.
We children attended a bilingual school with many Spanish speaking children. It wasn't long before we picked up their language, mastered it and finished high school and taught in Spanish Schools.
Dad and Mother moved to Eagle Nest, NM in 1924. In the Fall of 1934 Mother was burned by a gasoline stove explosion and died three days later on Oct. 31, 1934. Dad tried to keep up his farming but soon retired.
Ella married Louis Engelken and they live southeast of Alva. Harold, his son, also lived southeast of Alva. He married Theresa Stevens of Raton, NM. The oldest daughter of Erna married while in New Mexico. Her husband was in the lumber business in Taos. Martha finished college at Northwestern, Alva, and taught school near Gate, OK and Gallup, NM where she married Robert C. Tecklenburg. Hildegard taught school for twenty six years in New Mexico. She married Julius Kirmse in 1951 and lives in Alva.
Edward Gustav sold his interest in the farm to his son Harold and wife Theresa and moved to Alva. Edward Gustav died Sept. 29, 1947. He and Ida were members of the Lutheran Church in Alva and both are buried in the Lutheran Cemetery southeast of Alva.

Hildegard Kirmse nee Kletke; 1976 
Kletke, Edward Gustav (I0201)
11 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F029
12 Ella Helen Clara Kletke Engelken was born on May 13, 1906 on a farm Northwest of Alva, Oklahoma. She was the sixth child of Edward Gustav and Ida Kletke nee Augustin. At the age of eleven years old, in May1917, she had a serious appendicitis attack. This was during World War I and because of anti-German feelings the operation was performed on the farm by Doctor W.E. Simon. She was not expected to live as in those days a burst appendix was almost always fatal. When Grandpa and Grandma Kletke moved to Marino Valley, NM for grandma Ida's health, she had TB, Ella continued her education at Highlands, in Las Vegas, NM. She then taught school in Marino Valley, NM for a number of years. During this time she was active in Girl Scouts and received a number of awards. Due to the poverty of many of the families, she helped in many ways not normally connected to a school teachers job. For example, she occasionally set broken bones and often served as barber and cut the hair of the boys.
Ella had met my dad, Louis Engelken, while they were still in Alva, OK. A courtship ensued. On occasion Dad would drive with Walter Otte to visit Mom and her sister Martha. That was some drive in those days as the roads were narrow and for the most part had only a dirt/gravel surface. Grandpa, grandma and family moved back to Alva, OK after it was apparent that grandma's TB had been cured. Mom married Ludwig Peter Hinrich (Louis) Engelken on October 29, 1933 and moved to a farm South East of town. Louis was the son of Hinrich (Henry) Engelken and Katharina Meta (Katie) Engelken nee Ehlen and was born on March 3, 1907 in Independence, Kansas.
On June 16, 1935 (father's day) Ralph Louis was born. On July 12, 1936 Robert Dean was born. On February 16, 1939 Ernest Henry was born. On December 1, 1941 Walter Erick was born. In 1940 Louis and Ella Engelken purchased a farm approximately one-half mile from the one they rented and had been living on since their marriage. They built a two story home on this property and lived their until 1966 when they moved to Alva and into a new home only one block for Zion Lutheran Church. Mother began teaching first and second grade at Lambert, OK (about 1949) when the youngest son, Walter, was in the second grade. She taught at Lambert until the school closed in 1968 and then taught school in Cherokee, OK until she retired. She received her masters degree in 1955 in education and art. For a number of years she taught special German courses at Northwestern State College in Alva.
Ella had had heart problems for a number of years and in 1983 it was decided to celebrate Louis and Ella's fortieth anniversary in a grand style because surely, she would not live to see the fiftieth. This is the only time that all brothers and sisters from both sides of the family were together at one time. Much like her sisters, Ella Engelken loved art and will be remembered for her paintings. She has painted hundreds of oil paintings over the years and these paintings hang in the homes of not only relatives but friends who have ask her to paint a picture for them. Louis and Ella, now 90 years old, still live in Alva and participate at Zion Lutheran when their health permits

Ralph Engelken; December, 1996 
Kletke, Ella Helena Clara (I0271)
13 Erna Gertude Kletke was born in Alva, Oklahoma on April 17, 1903 to Edward Gustav Kletke and Ida Louise (Augustine) Kletke who had immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1900.
Her parents owned two farms-one at Alva, Oklahoma and one at Lawton, Oklahoma. At Lawton, where her brother was born, her father planted cotton in the spring. Then he'd go back to Alva to harvest his wheat. After harvest he would plant the wheat for the following year and return to Lawton to harvest the cotton. While living at Lawton, Erna reached school age and was sent to Alva to attend school. On a visit to Alva as her parents prepared to return to Lawton, Erna cried, desperately wanting to go home. Her parents relented and took her with them. On the way home, Erna became ill-a case of the measles. The measles left Erna with poor eyesight and a distinct disadvantage in school. She was age nine. In spite of this difficulty she persisted in her studies and went as far as the sixth grade.
Her mother and father later sold the farm at Lawton and returned to Alva. Her mother became ill with tuberculosis compelling Erna, her parents, a brother and three sisters to move to Optimo, New Mexico in 1918. Optimo was a Lutheran settlement near Wagon Mound. Her father rented a farm and Erna worked with him in the fields. Finances were tight. To help her parents with expenses and to keep her siblings in school, at the age of 18 or 19 Erna accepted a position in Gallup, New Mexico. She worked in the home of Helen and Carl Nolan doing housework, cooking, and caring for their baby. After nearly seven months in Gallup, Erna quit and returned to Optimo in time to celebrate her parents' 25th wedding anniversary.
Following a trip through the Moreno Valley in northern New Mexico, her parents purchased the Thomas P. Gable ranch at Agua Fria (near Eagle Nest) in 1924. Agua Fria had a general store and post office, and a school. It was located at the intersection of U.S. 64 and State Road 434, the road to Angel Fire.
The Moreno Valley winters were a challenge for the Kletkes from the beginning. "When we moved up there we couldn't get to the ranch. We had to wait for the night to freeze the road. There was so much mud and water running from the snow." The Kletkes prepared for winter by storing supplies of canned goods, coffee, sugar, etc. "We butchered our own beef, pork and poultry." In the winter of 1925 she remembers being snowbound from December 23 to March 9. "School buses, everything, was shut down. We got mail once or twice a week-they came in by bobsled." To go for provisions or to visit neighbors she remembers using bobsleds pulled by horses to traverse the snow "above the fence line." To keep warm, they placed heated rocks under straw in the sled and wrapped themselves in lap robes.
Talmadge D. Neal of Eagle Nest (then known as Bella) owned the Agua Fria store and post office. One day in 1924 he drove out to the ranch where he found Erna working in the field. He asked her if she would run the store and post office for him. Replying she had never done anything like that and she wasn't sure she could, he told her he would teach her. She remembers helping some valley residents to mail their packages because they couldn't read or write. When Neal sold the store and post office, she had worked for him two and a half years.
Erna traveled to Taos, New Mexico to seek work. In September 1927 she started working as a clerk for Alvin Burch in the Burch store. It was a general store located on the north side of the plaza.
While working at Burch's Erna met many people. One of those people was Elisha P. Randall, owner of a sawmill and lumber yard in Taos. Their encounters were occasional social events until the San Geronimo Fiesta in September 1929. One evening after work Erna and her roommates decided to go to the carnival nearby "to see what was going on." As they arrived at the Ferris wheel they met Elisha. He asked Erna, "Will you ride the Ferris wheel with me?" I said, "Sure I'll ride with you." They began dating in October, were engaged in November and married February 9, 1930.
The marriage ceremony was performed in the family home at Agua Fria by Reverend McNutt of Cimarron, New Mexico. The ceremony, attended by family and close friends, was followed by a dinner also served in the family home. Erna and Elisha's honeymoon was spent in Denver, Colorado.
From the outset, Elisha involved Erna in the business. He wanted her to know the business, to be his partner and be able to go on in the event something happened to him. When asked about her part in the business during the early years of marriage, she replied, "I didn't want to sell lumber ..." Anyway when he would leave for more supplies or material to sell "I'd have to go out and do it." When someone came to buy lumber I'd tell Elisha "Mr. Ledbetter got a board 1 x 12 (10 feet long) and it had three knots in it as big as a quarter. I'd describe everything they got and he had to bill it afterwards."
During the 1940's and 50's, Erna added to the financial base by operating a second hand furniture store. "I'd go to Denver and pick it up, bring it here and sell it."
Her hands were never idle. While talking or riding in a car, she was busy tatting. She used to make up to three yards of lace on a trip to Denver. Her handwork is not restricted to lace. She has embroidered and crocheted as well. She paints pictures, assembles and paints Kachina dolls and makes beautiful Ojos de Dios.
She takes great pride and joy in an annual Christmas project. In 1934 Taos Town officials asked the community to participate in decorating the town for Christmas. Elisha suggested a manger scene and Erna went to work. She put straw and a doll in a box for the manger. Using nail kegs, wire, Halloween masks, and old clothes, she created figures representing Mary and Joseph. The next year she added cardboard cut out animals which she painted. Later she began making life-size sheep, camels, a burro, and a cow out of papier-mache. Eventually she had to give it up because the work to restore the figures and move them each year was too much to continue. She still assembles a small manger scene which she places in front of the business.
The Randalls had two sons who died as infants. They reared four children: Charles Edward, Minnie Louise, John Alden and Merlin David. All were educated in Taos and are graduates of the University of New Mexico. Their three sons live in Taos and are associated with Randall Lumber Company. Minnie Lou, now retired from the U.S. Forest Service, lives in Albuquerque.
Since her marriage in 1930, Erna has lived in four homes, all on the same five acres. Erna's first home had oiled floors and was built of rough lumber and tarpaper. In 1935 on moving to her second home she had three rooms and got her first indoor bathroom. In 1938 they began plans for home number 3, "their dream home". By the time they built "the big house," living quarters were very crowded as they now had four children. Although it wasn't finished they moved into the new home in time for Christmas 1941. This home had three bedrooms and a very large living room where the Randalls served holiday dinners to as many as 24 family members and friends. They also held regular square dances in their living room-always two squares, sometimes three. After the death of her lifelong partner, Elisha, in 1971, Erna moved to her present home in 1973 because the family home was too big for one person. The family home is now leased and serves as a restaurant.
Erna continues to be involved in the business. She walks from her home to Randall Lumber Company almost everyday where she greets customers - most of whom call her "Grandma". At the age of 93 she still does her shopping.
She finds comfort and inspiration in her religion. She was brought up Lutheran, and as there was no Lutheran church in Taos, she faithfully attended the Presbyterian Church and guided the religious training for her children. She now regularly attends services at the Sangre de Cristo Lutheran Church which was established in 1992.
She has three granddaughters and four grandsons. A great-granddaughter was born in March 1996.

Minnie Louise Stephens; November 1996 
Kletke, Erna Gertrude (I0254)
14 Ernest William Meyer, son of Fredrick Henry and Helena Meyer nee Kletke, was born Apr. 13, 1902 on the farm two miles east of Alva. His parents had made the run into the Oklahoma Territory in 1893 locating in Kay County, O.T. In 1901 they made the move to Alva.
Ernest attended the public school east of Alva, Triumph School District 105, with Mrs. Fash as his first teacher. He also attended the Lutheran school in Alva and was confirmed into the Lutheran faith at the age of thirteen. He attended Sweeney Auto School of Kansas City, Mo. after which he returned to Alva to help with his father's farming operations.
On Oct. 28, 1925 he married Elsie Pauline Meyer who lived five miles southwest of Alva. Elsie Meyer was the daughter of John E. and Anna Meyer nee Moeller.
The have one child, a daughter Elsie Elaine. Elaine began school where her father attended school east of Alva, and attended Horace Mann high school and Northwestern State College.
Ernest, after retiring from his farming operations in 1946, moved into the city of Alva and took over the Massey Harris Implement business about a year later.
Ernest and Elsie's daughter Elaine married William Campbell Diacon, the son of Glenn and Zelma Diacon nee Campbell. Bill attended Northwestern State College in Alva. he served in the United States Navy for 4 1/2 years serving in the Pacific Theater.
Bill and Elaine took over the farming interest of Ernest and Elsie Meyer and are still living on the farm that had belonged to her father and grandfather Fredrick Meyer. They have two sons. Glenn Ernest attended Lutheran school, Alva High school, Northwestern State College receiving a degree in economics and sociology, and Oklahoma state University in Stillwater. Glenn married Kathy Louise Bockelman. They live in Alva. Soon after marriage Glenn adopted Claudia Jo, the daughter of Kathy by a former marriage. In 1975 a daughter, Tobi Charmaine, was born to them.
Stanley Niles attended Lutheran school, Alva high school, and Northwestern State College. he married Brenda Susan Rasco, and they live in Alva. Both Glenn and Stanley are farming and ranching together with their father.
Following his retirement Ernest and Elsie moved to their home at 1020 Locust Street in Alva. On Dec. 26, 1975 Ernest died suddenly after a heart attack and he is interred in the Lutheran cemetery.

Elaine Diacon (nee Meyer), 1976. 
Meyer, Ernest William (I0249)
15 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Kletke, Amber Leanne (I0013)
16 Fredrick Henry Meyer, oldest son of Casper Heinrich Meyer and Florintine Louisa, was born Sep. 29, 1856 in Konighousen, Kreises Lubbecke, Germany. In order to give their children a better opportunity the family decided to sell the small farm they owned and move to America. They also wanted to avoid the compulsory military service there. Early in 1868 the permit to leave was issued in Minden to Casper, Louisa and their four children.
In America the family first settled in Illinois. Then Casper Meyer purchased a farm near Tecumseh, Neb. During the time their house was being built they lived with the Lutheran pastor and his family. when nearly completed a prairie fire broke out and destroyed the home. They then sold out and bought another farm near Helena, Neb.
In 1881 Mr. Meyer borrowed a spring wagon to take the family to a fourth of July celebration. The sad news came that President Garfield was shot and killed two days before, and the celebration was canceled. Outings like this were very rare, so this was quite a disappointment to the children beside the sadness of having their President shot. After living in Nebraska 16 years they decided to homestead in Kansas. Fredrick remained in Iowa where he attended college and Seminary at Waverly and Dubuque, Ia. preparing for the ministry.
The family traveled in 2 covered wagons with 25 head of cattle, a saddle horse, and a dog. The dog disappeared after 2 days out, apparently going back to the old farm where he looked around and then caught up again with the family. Fredrick's younger brother recalled that during the 2 week trip they had to stop a few days because of rain. A kind hotel man offered Fredrick's mother and baby a free bed and another man offered to let their horses and cattle graze on volunteer wheat and rye. The rest of the family bedded themselves in the covered wagons.
Brother Will was driving one team of horses when they came to a railroad crossing. A man waved for them to stop for a train that was coming. Will was ten years old. He thought he meant for them to come on across and started the team. His father, who could not see too well, stopped the team just in time, but so close on of the horses had to turn his head and the train caught part of the bridle. The family homesteaded 5 miles west and 1/2 mile south of Phillipsburg in Phillips Co., Ks. Fredrick remained in school until severe illness forced him to abandon his aim. He joined his family, and soon made the acquaintance of Magadalena Helene Kletke. She was the daughter of Gottlieb Klaedtke and Emilie nee Mau. Born Mar. 28, 1866 near Komgsberg, Germany, Helena came to the U.S.A. as a young lady arriving at Winfield, Ks. where her oldest brother Gottlieb and family were living. She began working in the home of John P. Baden family. On Mar. 6, 1892 Fredrick and Magdalena Helena Kletke were married. In 1893 he mad the Run at the opening of the strip in Oklahoma and successfully staked a claim at Bliss in Kay County, O.T., and lived there for 7 years.
During these years they had 4 sons: Arthur, Walter Heinrick, Martin Gustav, and-Karl John.
The young family relocated on a farm 2 miles east of Alva in 1901. the move was made with Fredrick's 2 brothers-in-law of billings in Noble County, Ok., Gottlieb Kletke and Edward Gustave. Their wagons carried their possessions. The ladies rode in Fredrick's "carriage with the fringe on top".
On Fredrick's farm was a small building in which the family lived until Fredrick had their home built. A son Ernest William was born in this new home. This home was a large 2 story home which is still standing and being lived in on the farm. Here they had their first little girl, Agnes Louise.
When Fredrick's and Helena's boys were old enough to do some of the farming Fredrick became interested in establishing a business in Alva. His first was a grocery store, later he had interest in a real estate firm. Then he ran the Farmers Elevator Company and last the Plano Harvesting Company.
In the fall of 1917 Arthur was called to serve his country in World War I. Arthur died in Adion in the Argonne Forest of Europe Nov. 11, 1918 shortly before the Armistice was signed at the age of 25 years. The Meyer-Shield American Legion Post of Alva was named in part for Arthur Meyer.
Martin Gustav also served in the war. he went across and remained several months after the war ended. Karl John was in training but did not have to cross the waters.
In 1925 Fredrick and Helena retired to live in Alva making their home at 803 Third Street. Their youngest son married Elsie Meyer. They took over the farm. Walter Meyer had studied for the ministry and was ordained as Pastor of the Lutheran Church. his first parish was in Optimo, N.M. Walter married Emma Duben. Karl John married Frieda Hartwig and Agnes Louise married Herbert Petermann.
In the spring of 1929 Fredrick decided to visit the surroundings of his boyhood in Tecumseh, Neb. While driving in the company of one of his boyhood friends, Fredrick died suddenly Apr. 3, 1929. Helena, his wife died May 27, 1948.
They were lifetime members of the Lutheran Church and are buried in the Lutheran Cemetery southeast of Alva.

Ernest W. Meyer, 1976. 
Meyer, Fredrick Henry (I0243)
17 Gottlieb Kletke was born July 1, 1857, near Konigsberg, Germany, the son of Gottlieb Klaedtke and Emilie nee Mau
At age 12 Gottlieb sought employment and learned the stone mason's trade. When he was 20 he contracted cholera at work. While taking care of him his mother Emilie became ill with cholera and died at age 49 on Oct. 15, 1877. A younger brother age eight also died of the same illness.
When still a young man he came to America and spent a year here. He then returned to Germany and was married to Ottilie Wilhelmine Krause, the daughter of Karl Krause and Amerlia nee Kletke. Ottilie was born Nov. 16, 1857 in Mohrunger Germany.
Gottlieb and Ottilie, his wife, came to America. Here he changed the spelling of his name from Klaedtke to Kletke to make it easier to spell. The couple settled near Winfield, Kansas with no money, and he worked on a chicken farm for John P. Baden. Since he was a stonemason, Gottlieb helped build the first buildings of St. John's Lutheran College, at Winfield. There Gottlieb and Ottilie had four children; Helene Marie, Oscar Karl, Walter Frederich and Ottilie Martha.
A fifth child, Martha Emilie was born at Mulvane, Kan., during the year that he made the 1893 Land Run into Oklahoma where they settled on a farm near Billings, in Noble County, Okla.
They had many crop failures and took in boarders in their small house. One was the Rev. Herman Meier and another was Henry Schierloh, who operated a small grocery store near Billings.
Rev. Meier moved to Alva in 1900 where may Lutherans had settled. In 1901 the Kletkes sold their land near Billings. Gottlieb's family moved to land he had bought east of Alva on which was a small house. Also making the move was Edward Gustav Kletke, his youngest brother and the family of his sister Helene, who had married Frederich Meyer.
Gottlieb soon built a larger house and he and his sons farmed more than a half-section of land. After their children were grown and married Gottlieb and Ottilie retired to a home in Alva at 329 Church St. Several years later they built a smaller house at 327 Church Street. During his life Gottlieb farmed and also was president of the Woods County Union Bank which later housed Old Surety Insurance Company.
Gottlieb became ill and was taken to Omaha, Neb. where he entered a hospital for treatment. Ottilie went with him and while there suddenly died of heart failure Nov. 29, 1931. Gottlieb died of pneumonia Jan. 31, 1933. Both are buried in the Lutheran Cemetery southeast of Alva.
Helene Marie married Henry Schierloh; Oscar Karl married Emma Wamhof, and after death married Clara Wiersig. Walter Frederich married Rhoda Steve. Ottilie married Wilbur (Webb) Dimmick, and Martha Emelia wed Martin Bredhoeft whom she had met when he served Alva as vicar while attending St. Louis Theological Seminary 
Kletke, Gottlieb (I0314)
18 Grave Stone Reads: M.T. Hoy - Jan. 17, 1815-July 30, 1901 A woman of remarkable intelligence and talents a most colorful personality. She wrote interesting articles for the religious papers of the day, being noted for the witty repartee that characterized her work. She was outstanding as a music teacher and composer of music, some of her songs being "On Jordan's Stormy Banks", "Heavenly Treasure", and "Star of Columbia". Durham, Matilda (I0638)
19 Harold Gustav Kletke was born Apr. 22, 1909, in southern Oklahoma, then know as the Big Pasture, near Randlet, seven miles north of the Texas border. Harold is the son of Edward Gustav and Ida Louise Kletke, nee Augustin. As a small infant his mother and sisters came to Alva by train. His father brought the wagons with their belongings overland with neighbors help. His father owned a farm northwest of Alva.
Harold attended school in the Highland School District northwest of Alva, and the Lutheran School in Alva for one year. In 1918 he moved with his parents to New Mexico. Here he attended high school in Las Vegas, NM, graduating in 1929. While attending school he worked as a round-house clerk for the AT&SF Railroad for two years at 37 cents an hour. He also cleaned basements and stoked furnaces for 25 cents and hour for other businesses there.
After completing high school Harold started farming the wheat farm at Alva for his father. He would come to Alva near harvest time and remain until the wheat was sown in the fall. He would haul the farm tractor to and from Alva on a one ton Chevrolet truck.
In 1934 Harold was employed by the Phillips Petroleum Co. that had a distributing point at Ute Park, MN. By accident he dropped a barrel full of oil on his foot and was in the Miners Hospital in Raton for six weeks. While here Harold made the acquaintance of Theresa Emily Stevens, daughter of Frank W. and Theresa Stevens, nee Kelly. Harold and Theresa were married Oct. 7, 1934 and moved to Alva in Feb. 1935. Harold rented the O. A. Cline farm eight miles east and four miles south of Alva. A son Dale Bruce was born.
In 1939 Harold was one of seven in Woods County selected to purchase a farm in Woods County under the tenant purchase program of the farm Security Administration. The farm purchased was the one owned by his father Edward Gustav Kletke located six and one-half miles northwest of Alva.
Their second son Edward Martin was born and Harold and Theresa remodeled the house and added more rooms. They did diversified farming, paying particular attention to wheat growing and livestock; dairy cattle being a line in which he spent much energy. Later Harold worked with the Agricultural Soil Conservation, surveying for ponds and terraces in Woods County.
They became the parents of twins, a boy Jason Daniel and a daughter Joyce Dianne. Theresa died in Apr. 1948 leaving the twins three years old. Eddie seven, and Dale nearly nine.
Dale Bruce attended Goodwell College, where he received his degree in Animal Husbandry. He married Virginia Lou Durham, daughter of Lacey Coleman Durham and Ruth Durham, nee Bridge in Raton, NM. Dale and Virginia have four children, Dale Bruce Jr., Catherine Ann, Rachel Lynn, and Daniel Brian.
Edward Martin completed high school and attended Goodwell College in the Panhandle. Edward is married to Barbara Litterell, daughter of Elbert and Edith Litterell, nee Shaddy. Edward's interests are farming and ranching near Alva. They have one son Jeffrey Scott.
Jason Kletke attended Northwestern. he married Virginia Baker and they have one son Robin Edward. Later Jason married Patricia Frances Sievers, daughter of William and Faye Sievers, nee Chapman. Pat has three children Michael, Alisa, and Todd white. Jason does carpenter work in Alva and during the summer months custom harvesting.
Joyce attended NWOSU and received a BS degree. She is teaching in Lahoma, OK. She married Max Morse of Dacoma. Max is the son of Ray and Pearl Morse, nee Ikler. Max finished his college work at Northwestern, majoring in Business Education. Max is employed with the Far Gas Co-op in Enid, OK. They live in Lahoma.
Harold and his family are members of the Lutheran Church. Harold still lives on the farm northwest of Alva.

Edward M. Kletke; 1976 
Kletke, Harold Oscar Gustav (I0035)
20 I am Martha Kletke Tecklenburg, the youngest of the E.G. Kletke family. I was born on our farm on January 3, 1911. I was baptized on March 16, 1911 and confirmed by Rev. Walter Meyer in 1932.

My education began in Oklahoma but changed when we moved to New Mexico in 1918. I graduated from Las Vegas, New Mexico High School in 1929. After attending classes at Normal University that summer, I received a temporary teaching certificate. In the fall of 1929, I had my first teaching position. After three years, I continued my education in Alva, receiving my Bachelors Degree. My next school was in Hope, New Mexico where I taught math and science. Three years later I moved to Gallop, New Mexico where I taught Junior High math and science and girls PE. Going to school every summer and taking correspondence classes, I received my Masters Degree in 1961. I then changed to the position of teaching math in high school until I retired.

I met Robert Clarence Tecklenburg, son of Herman and Florence Tecklenburg, during my first year in Gallop, NM. We were married on May 14, 1943. Bob was baptized in December of 1943 by Rev. Dale Schmidt of Albuquerque.

After 42 years of teaching I retired and did child care service which I really enjoyed since we were no blessed by having children.

We are both retired enjoying life serving others and our community when we can. 
Family F119
21 I was born out at our farm in Alva Oklahoma. It must have been near the midnight hour because mother said I was born January 2, but when dad and I got my birth certificate it said January 3. So I am a day younger than I thought I was or am.
When I was 8 years old we moved to Optimo, New Mexico, so my life is mostly New Mexico.
In 1924, we moved to Aqua Fria, New Mexico, on the Moreno Valley. A beautiful place, but cold. We had lots of snow and cold weather. During the winter much of our going from her to there was by bob sled with a covered top and straw to sit on. We kids thought it was great. On we would go by a one seat sled on horse back. Snow drifts were high, the fences were covered. We had a 27 foot drift between the house and our small 2 hole shanty we visited often.
When my brother Harold and I were ready for high school we went to Las Vegas, New Mexico.
After I finished high school, I attended New Mexico Highlands University for 6 weeks to get a provisional Teachers Certificate to teach. I was given a job at Costilla, New Mexico right on the Colorado-New Mexico border line. All the children spoke Spanish. I taught there for 3 years. My salary was $52.00 per month. I paid $16 for room and board and saved enough to attend summer school.
In 1934 we moved to Oklahoma and there I continued my education and received my Bachelors Degree in 1938. After receiving my degree, I taught at Gate, Oklahoma, where I had six children: 3 eighth graders, one sixth , one third and one beginner. I was all in control. I was A.) Superintendent, B.) Principal, C.) Teacher, D.) Nurse, and E.) Custodian. I tried my best. By the time I was ready for a change, I sent out applications for a job.
Next, I got a job at Hope, New Mexico, not too far from where my sister Hildegard was teaching. I taught Math, Social Studies, and girls P.E. As the girls P.E. teacher I was responsible for the gymnastics and cheer leaders. It was hard but lots of fun too. Three years later I landed in Gallup, New Mexico, teaching math, science, and P.E. at the Gallup Jr. High. This was a most enjoyable year, and new experiences. By the time school came to a close, I didn't go home but got married. A new chapter began.
Since I got married, I couldn't teach. Married women weren't allowed to teach in Gallup. So I worked in a jewelry store until I was asked to teaclva, Hilda threw a party and meldren. A real challenge but very rewarding. And then we got my brother's 4 year old twins, Joyce and Jason, to care for. How wonderful since we had no children of our own.
By this time, my husband Bob quit the railroad and we moved to Taos, New Mexico. While there my brother took the twins back with him and I got a job teaching at the Taos Pueblo School. After 3 years we were ready for another change.
Bob got a job at Kelsey Indian Trading Co. and I got a job at the Zuni Day School at Zuni. A couple of years later, the Indian Schools consolidated with Gallup McKinley Schools and that gave Bob a job at the schools as head maintenance and I taught math and P.E. at the New Zuni High School. After living at Zuni 8 years we decided to transfer to Gallup, New Mexico, and buy our home. At first I taught at the Junior High School, but in a couple of years I transferred to the Gallup High School where I spent the rest of my teaching career.
During my teaching career in Gallup, I was honored by the Future Teachers of America as "Teacher of the Year". I was then asked to join the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Teachers Sorority and be their first President. Finally, and to my surprise, I was admitted into the New Mexico Teacher's Association Hall of Fame.
After retirement, I substituted in the math department in both Junior and Senior High Schools. I didn't enjoy that as much as I though I would so I soon quit that. Now what would I do? I decided to do child care. My first on was a tiny one, a boy. Then I got another one and additions came fast until I had 7. What a wonderful family I had. Now they range from lawyers, to doctors, nurses, teachers, and the last one is now in the 5th grade. What a great life.
Now I do my housework, struggle with reading and sewing. My husband has a nice shop where he spends most of his time. Together, we enjoy our church, square dancing once a week, and drives out in the country sides taking in the spectacular sights.

Martha Tecklenburg; September, 1996

Silver hair, black sweater/pants with silver-turquoise necklace - - -
Sharp!!! 95

Standing in doorway, trim, straight, smiling, greeting guests (most by name) - - -
Impressive!!! 95

Bones intact, walking straight, positive attitude, 'healthy and fit' doctors declare - - -
Incredible!!! 95

Living alone, maintaining her house, finances, arranging activities at senior center - - -
Unbelievable!!! 95

God willing, our Great Aunt Martha may have a chance for 100
A Centenarian

Now wouldn't that be something.

Kletke, Martha Margaret Agnes (I0280)
22 Inscription from the Statue on Harvards Campus:
Left Braintree Essex County England 1631
As a Member of the Rev. Mr. Hooker's Company
Settled Here 1632
And Stayed when that Company
Removed to the Connecticut
He had Supervision of the First Public School
Established in Cambridge 1635
Was Selectman 1635-1662
Deacon of the Church 1635-1658
Representative to the Great and General Court 1637-1641
And was appointed by that Body to lay out lands
In this town and beyond 
Bridge, John (I0449)
Woodstock, GA., January 3.--(Special.)--J. P. Durham died this morning about five o'clock at his residence. Funeral services at Baptist church, burial at Gresham cemetery will be held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock. He was 90 years old and an old confederate soldier. He leaves three sons and four daughters.
Atlanta Constitution January 4, 1923 
Durham, James Perry (I0617)
24 James A. Garfield was the 20th President of the United States of America. You can read more about President Garfield at



Garfield, James Abram (I0571)
25 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F032
26 Jeffery Scott, son of Edward and Barbara (Littrell) Kletke, attended the Alva Public Schools and graduated from Alva High School in 1978. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran.

Jeff married Shelly (Strickland) on April 2, 1983. To this union was born two children, Justin Scott on October 28, 1985, and Brittney Rachel on April 23, 1987. Shelly died in February, 1998, and was laid to rest at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Jeff is engaged in farming and ranching with his dad. 
Family F213
27 John Carlton of Brunswick County is the first family member who has been documented. He first appears as a witness for William Lindsey in May 1756. He was a neighbor of William Lindsey in Brunswick Co, VA in the 1750's. He was a young man, with wife Agatha and a daughter, Mary, born in 1753 or 1754.

John Carlton received a grant of 130 acres of land from William Lindsey in 1757, on Wildcat Creek, in an area where William Lindsey had patented or bought much land, and sold parcels at a nominal rate to his sons and sons-in-law. The grant to John Carlton is the basis for supposing that he was also a son-in-law of William Lindsey. There was clearly a family connection--John and Agatha Carlton named a son Lindsey Carlton.

John Carlton sold this land to Thomas Holcombe in 1760, but he, together with his wife "Agga," is found a few miles away in Lunenberg County between 1760 and 1768. In 1774, he appears as a taxpayer in Surry County, North Carolina.

From 1757 to 1768 John Carlton owned farmland in Brunswick and later just across the line in Lunenburg County. A 1766 lawsuit initiated by John Carlton in Lunenburg County was discharged by "his not being an inhabitant of this colony," suggesting that he was already moving back and forth between Virginia and North Carolina. He and his family were settled in Surry Co NC by 1774.

There are many records of John Carlton in Surry County, where he was a substantial farmer and owned land in the Deep Creek area, near Yadkinville in what is today Yadkin County. There were eleven in his household in 1787 and eight in 1790. In 1791 or 1792, he moved to Spartanburg County, South Carolina and lived near his son-in-law John Durham in the southern part of the county. There he and his wife are found, living alone, in the census of 1810. Both would have been about 80 years old--not an unusual age for members of this family.

John and Agatha Canton may have had seven or eight sons and at least four daughters, although some in the household by 1787 may have been grandchildren or other relatives. Two daughters of John and Agatha Carlton can be identified, most likely the oldest and youngest. Family members in Spartanburg County in the 19th century knew that Mary Durham and Rebecca Fowler were sisters, and that their maiden name was Carlton. Three sons can also be identified. Others are "lost", or may have died young.

John Carlton and his wife Agatha had a large family. Elijah and Lindsey Carlton, who are consistently associated with John in the records, must be his sons. They stayed in Surry County, along with a John Carlton (John Carlton II) of the same age, who must be another son. Two of the daughters of John and Agatha Carlton can be identified, most likely the oldest and the youngest. Both went to Spartanburg County, where it was known in the 19th century that Mary Durham and Rebecca Fowler were sisters, and that their maiden name was Carlton*.

*From personal recollections of Matilda Durham Hoy, written in 1901, courtesy of Mary Benson Maxwell. The Durhams in Georgia referred to the Fowlers as "cousins." 
Carlton, John (I0988)
28 John Durham and his wife, called Mollie, were in Surry Co NC by 1774, where they lived on Deep Creek next to the Carlton family. They led the family migration to Spartanburg Co, SC, going back and forth and finally settling there about 1789. The durhams had a large farm near Switzer in the southern part of the county, and over the years they prospered. John Durham's will leaved land and property and nine slaves to his children.
John and Mary Durham died on the same day. The tradition passed along by a granddaughter, Matilda Hoy, is that Mollie died first, and John, not wishing to live any longer, but in good health, simply put his hands over his eyes and expired. This may be fanciful, but the "Greenville Mountaineer" for April 15, 1837 gives this account:
"Departed this life on Tuesday, the 4th instant, in Spartanburg District, Mr John Durham, aged 86, and mary, his wife, aged 83. They had been upwards of fifty years members of the Baptist Church at Green Pond, and their truly Christian deportment had marked their course. In death as in life, they seemed one, both being interred in the same grave."


In the name of God Amen.

I; John Durham S of Spartanburgh District & State of South Carolina knowing that it is appointed for men once to die, who am of a disposing mind and memory; do dispose, give and bequeath what personal estate I am now in possession of as in manner following.

After paying all my just debts and funeral expenses, I lend unto my loving wife Mary Durham two negro girls Jane, about twenty years of age, Nancy, about seventeen years of age and the increase of Nancy; also their two children Polly & Jane; two head of horses; all my stock of cattle, hogs and sheep; all of my working tools with other small articles necessary for house keeping; three feather beds & furniture; and bead steads, the three above mentioned beadsteads & furniture; to be disposed of at the descression of my wife Mary Lind the above named property during the natural life time of my wife Mary.

After her death I request my underneath appointed executors to sell agreeable to Law all the above named personal property above mentioned, except Jane & her increase, if any, from this time which I give and bequeath to Gresham Durham and his heirs for Ever

I also except one negro girl named Folly, daughter Jour which is about five years of age, which I give her and her increase to Kindred Durham, son of Gresham Durham, to him and his heirs which will be in the possession of my wife Mary at her decease and distribute the proceeds thereof as follows (Viz).

I give and bequeath to my son Joshua five dollars. I give and bequeath to the legal heirs of son Joshua two hundred dollars to them and their heirs for ever.

I give to Delphia Durham, daughter of Joshua Durham, one feather bead, beadstead & furniture the balance of the before mentioned property which is to be sold after the death of my wife Mary to be equally divided between my heirs except Joshua Durham

I give unto my daughter Elizabeth, wife of Newbil Johnson, and the heirs of her boddy one negro woman Sarah, about forty years of age, for ever. I have heretofore give & bequeateed & delivered to my daughter Elizabeth, wife of Newbil Johnson, one feather bed, bedstead & furniture; one cow and calf; one negro girl named Maria to her and her heirs for Ever.

I have given & delivered to Rebecca, wife of Phillip Johnson, one feather bed, bedstead & furniture; one cow and calf; one negro girl named Amy and her increase to her and her heirs for ever.

I have given and delivered to Dicy and the heirs of her boddy for ever I have given & delivered to Thody wife of John Johnson J. one feather bed, beadstead & furniture; one cow and calf; one negro boy Moses to Thody and the heirs of her boddy for ever.

I have given to Folly, wife of A. McCravy, one feather bed, beadstead & furniture; one cow and calf; one hundred acres of land; one negro girl named Finaty to the heirs of her boddy for ever and also the increase of sd. girl Finaty.

I have given & delivered to my son Joshua two hundred acres of land; one cow & calf; one feather bed, beadstead & furniture; four head of horses to him and his heirs for ever.

I have given and delivered to my son Gresham one feather bed, bedstead and furniture; one cow & calf; one sorrel mare; two hundred acres of land; one negro boy named Aaron to him and his heirs for ever.

I have given and delivered to my son George one feather bed, bedstead & furniture; one cow and calf; one sorrel mare; one negro girl named Titter and her increase to him and his heirs for ever.

I do hereby nominate and appoint my two sons George & Gresham Durham my executors of my last will and do hereby revoke all other wills this being my last will in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty second day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty.

Signed & Sealed in the presents of us--
John Durham (Seal)
Joshua Johnson

Z. F. Weatmoreland
Aaron Arnold
Recorded in Will Book C Page 112 Box 9 Package 7 Recorded 17th April 1837
J.Bomar 0. S. D. 
Durham, John (I0793)
29 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F039
30 Julius H. Kirmse was born in a sod house near Goodwin, Oklahoma Territory, on January 20, 1905. Julius, son of William and Martha (Cordes) Kirmse, was baptized at the Lutheran Church at Shattuck, Oklahoma Territory, where the family attended church. In 1910, the family moved to a farm southeast of Alva.

He attended the rural school and Lutheran School and helped his father with the farming.
November 1, 1936, Julius and Hilda Ida (Brunken) were married at Zion Lutheran Church, Lahoma, Oklahoma. Hilda was born at Platte Center, Nebraska, the daughter of William and Clara (Peterson) Brunken on September 22, 1906.

Julius and Hilda were the parents of four children, Dale-Gainsville, Florida, Dean-who was stillborn, Donna (Mrs. B.J. Martin)-Austin, Texas, and Judy (Mrs. Ron Yordi)-Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Hilda died September 24, 1946, and is buried in Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

On August 19, 1951, Julius was married to Hildegard (Kletke), daughter of E.G. and Ida Louise Augustine Kletke at Zion Lutheran Church, Alva, by Rev. Otto Hoyer. They lived on a farm south of Alva until moving into Alva in 1968.

Hildegard was born March 18, 1905, at the family home seven miles northwest of Alva. She attended the rural school where she learned to speak English. In 1918, the family moved to Optimo, New Mexico because of her mother's health.

Hildegard continued her education there, graduating from high school in 1923. She also attended Northwestern State College, Alva; Columbia University, New York and graduated from Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1940. She taught at Cimmaron and Hope, New Mexico and for ten years at Artesia, New Mexico.

Julius and Hildegard are longtime members of Zion Lutheran. She was a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and Mary-Martha.


Born, 20January1905

Uncle Julius built a farm machine shop that was admired by all that were fortunate enough to have seen it. It was well stocked with tools and supplies and was always neat and clean. Here his thoughts and ideas took shape and became reality. He constructed various farm implements, trailers, hitches and added hard surfacing to sweeps and chisel points. He made design changes to equipment and there were always repairs. He constructed his own forge, carbide generator and many of his hand tools. I carry one of his punch/chisel sets in my red toolbox.
- - - - - - -
"There are two 'basic groups' of people in the world; People - people and Machine - people.
I am not a People - people. Don't try to be something that your not."
A year later I asked him to refresh my memory. He did and then continued;
"There are three 'types' of people in the world; People that make things happen, People that know how to make things happen, and People that watch things happen.
You have no control over which 'basic group' of people that you are a member of. You have total control of the 'type' of person that you become." Julius Henry Kirmse

His voice has been silent for six years. The melodies of his life linger on.

I propose a Toast to Uncle Julius.

Dale Kletke
Kirmse, Julius (I0363)
31 Karl John, son of Fredrick and Helena Meyer was born Nov. 30, 1899, in the Oklahoma Territory near Bliss in Kay County. Karl was baptized in the Lutheran Church at Blackwell, Ok. as an infant. When Karl was 3 years old his parents sold their farm and moved to Alva, locating on a farm two miles east of Alva.
Karl attended the "Triumph" public school one mile east of his home. When he was old enough to b confirmed in the Lutheran Church he attended the Lutheran school. He entered St. John's Lutheran High School at Winfield, Ks., but did not complete his high school because of World War I when he was called to serve his country. he was in training at SATC Northwester State normal School when the war ended. Karl had two older brothers in the service, Arthur and Martin. Both were overseas. Arthur was killed in action shortly before the Armistice. Karl now helped with the farming since his father had established a business in Alva.
Karl was active with the young people of the Lutheran church and made the acquaintance of Freda Hartwig, daughter of Charles and Anna Marie Hartwig nee Schick, who was born Oct. 25, 1902. They were married May 7, 1922. Karl and Freda made their first home east of Alva, now known as the Honer farm. Due to flooding of the land by the river they relocated on a farm southwest of Alva.
They had two sons. Harold Charles Fredrick married Goldie Margaret Lohmann, daughter of Joe and Frieda Lohmann nee Dubben. Harold took over the farm of his parents in 1951. They have two daughters, Ladonna Kay who attended Northwestern State University and now is working in Oklahoma City. She married Harman Ellis. Lavina Jo is at present attending Northwester State University.
Karl and Freda's second son Karl William Eugene attended Valparaiso College in Indiana and Oklahoma State University at Stillwater. Karl married Delma Jane McBride. They have one son Kurt Arthur. Karl William later married Donna Tidwell. They live in Alva.
Karl and Freda after retiring in 1951 made their home at 731 college Ave. in Alva. Karl's family were lifetime members of Zion Lutheran church in Alva. Karl died Oct. 17, 1961 and is buried in the Lutheran Cemetery.
Freda still lives in their home on College Ave. She keeps busy helping others when and wherever she sees the need whether it is on the farm or caring for the sick or disabled in Alva.

Freda B. Meyer (nee Hartwig), 1976. 
Meyer, Karl John (I0248)
32 Koenigsberg June 17, 1913
Dear Misses Kletke and Mister Kletke!
Unfortunately I have been waiting for a letter from you for some time. This time I write to you a very sad letter. Your dear mother passed away on Saturday June 14, before noon. You may have already heard about it earlier.
I heard about it on Monday and immediately went to see about it. On my last visit, 14 days ago, she was not in bed. (ill). I even told her then she should give up caring for her nieces child, (your mothers brothers daughter) you probably understand what I mean, your cousins child (out of wedlock).

My dears, now something about the funeral: your mother had a pretty casket, a hearse with 4 horses and 3 wagons in the funeral procession. Behind the casket Mister Augustin, your brother Fritz and Fritz Steguweit, whom your brother had brought with him from Berlin, Mister Schulz and the son of Mister Karl Kletke, a real decent, educated man/person, he made a fine impression; then followed the wagons:
The clergyman/minister Nonimmikata, Misses Schulz and both your cousins from your mothers side (brothers children).
Then in the second wagon in which sat Misses Kletke
(sister to Gustav) the children of your cousin and the youngest daughter to Misses Schulz and the daughter to Mister Karl Kletke, a real well behaved young girl. I and Misses Dietrich were in the last wagon. It would have been nice to have had you here.

But dear Misses Kletke take comfort and solace and grant your unforgettable mother her eternal rest. Thank God that he tore her from her sadness and took her above.

When I write again I will tell you how your father is doing. The 500 M which I safe kept for the past 2 years, I gave to your father the same hour I heard from the death of your mother. Your father gave Fritz 100 M but only on my urging; more will not be necessary; he is
young and can work. I did for your mother what ever I could; next time I write I will say more. Now you all find solace and to you all heartfelt greetings from your Marie Thiel; my husband and children send their greetings as well.

Remark written vertically:
Please send answer soon; has your father written yet?

Remark written up-side down horizontally:
Many greetings from your brother Fritz; he will return to Berlin on Thursday.
Wandernalia, Justine (I1151)
33 Louis H. Engelken was born in Independence, Kansas on March 3, 1907. He moved to Alva with his parents at the age of thirteen years. He was baptized at the Zion Lutheran Church at Independence, Kansas. He was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Alva, Oklahoma. He was active in the youth group at that time know as the Walther League. He married Ella (Kletke) in October 1933. Louis served as Elder of the church for many years and also was on the building committee of the new church. After Ella & Louis moved into Alva from the country, Louis was custodian of the church for a number of years.

Ella was born May 13, 1906 at Alva, OK. Ella taught many years in school. She also taught Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. She was a member of the LWML and the Mary Martha Guild.

To this union four boys were born; Ralph Louis, Robert Dean, Ernest Henry and Walter Eric.

Louis passed away July 1997. Ella is in the Share Nursing Home at this time. She celebrated her 92nd birthday in May, 1999.

The following text was written by Ella Helen Claire Kletke at the time of their honeymoon in late October and early November 1933:

Sunday evening Octobe the 29th, 1933 after a lovely banquet we bid farewell to our dear ones and where off on our honeymoon. It was 10:30 when we left Alva, reaching Enid two and one half hours later.

On October the 30th we spent about three hours looking around in Enid and then we traveled on, reaching Fort Worth by evening. What a lovely town! and what a nice time we had here. We stayed in the Worth Hotel on the sixteenth floor. This gave us a real birds eye view of the city. The next morning we went out sightseeing also spent about two hours in the "American Airway." After an early dinner we were headed toward Fedor, Texas, where Mr. and Mrs. Theo Schroeder and family live. At 8 o'clock without trouble we safely arrived at their home. They were as glad to see us as we were to see them. We spent a long evening telling them all about our lovely wedding.

On Thursday, November 2 Marie and I done up a big washing. Louis and little Roland went to Hiddings, and Ted, the village Proffessor was busy in his school.

In the afternoon Marie and I had company, the assistant teacher's wife Mrs. Bunk came calling. We enjoyed her visit very much. On Friday, November 3 I visited school, which was an interesting thing for me.

In the evening of November 3 we were invited to a big supper at Mrs. Bunk's. Rev. Michalh and family, Ted, Marie and Family and Louis and I were all there. What a wonderful reception and what fine hospitality was shown us.

Saturday morning Louis and Ted arose early in the morning (5 o'clock) and prepared their own breakfast and then went Squirrel hunting. They returned shortly before the noon hour with only eleven squirrels. M! m! what a dinner!

After we had finished the big feast we all went to McDade to the Pottery Factory. If we ever saw pots we sure saw them there, scores upon scores everywhere. And above all we found some good bargains that we decided to buy some for future use.

The pecan hunt was another interesting event well worth remembering Fedor, Texas for. Two negros helped patiently shaking the trees and picking them up. Roland picking up close behind one of the negros finally said "say Dad, this ole nigger leaves half of them lay."

Sunday morning November 5 we all went to the village church. What a large church!, and what a big crowd! One hardly figure out where the people came from. The county is all timber land and only a few homes can be seen at any one time. And cotton, cotton, cotton, is their industry, no wonder one sees so many black friends.

Sunday evening we were invited to Mr. and Mrs. Cheeks. We had a marvelous time there, but German!! They all talk german, Louis and I understand, but when it comes to talking we are lost, ha! Just the same before the evening was over I was pretty good at it. I had gained confidence in myself and finally managed very well.

Monday morning, November 6 we continued our travel. Heading toward Houston we reached the city at nearly 2 o'clock. We drove around the main part of town enjoying all the scenes of a big city. Swiftly driving and passing under the green light and on down the street we suddenly got a jar and heard a bang, we were hit! A large truck speeding through the busy street, dashed into us from the rear, getting excited he turned sharply to the left and plowed right into a fine new car. We were not hurt in the least only the car bent a little, taking our damage, without fussing, we left the main part of town and drove up to the Lutheran school where John Baden teaches. It was 3 o'clock now, the hour that John dismisses. Was he surprised? I don't mean maybe. It was only a few minutes and he was ready to come along. Now what's wrong? Old Henry simply would not start. The starter stuck and nothing would help. John walked home and got his car and pushed the Ford to a garage where we had it fixed.

At 7 o'clock we went up town to where Dorothy Baden works. She came with us and we four went to supper at Mexican Inn.

Dorothy and John wanted us to spend two nights with them instead of one as we had planned, because Dorothy would have the next day off and could show us around. So we decided to stay.

That evening John had to go to the bowling hall and Dorothy had play practice. Louis and I went to the bowling alley for awhile and then to a lecture "A trip to Palestine." This certainly was well worth our time.

Early Tuesday morning November 7, Dorothy, Louis and I started for Galveston which is 60 miles from Houston. We crossed West Bay over a long bridge in the center of which was a "Draw Bridge" for the passage of large boats and steamships. We reached the Galveston Island on which Galveston is located and drove along the eastern shore looking out across the Gulf of Mexico. Interesting to know, along the entire eastern shore where military reservations, one could see 2 or 3 of the many underground fortresses with their huge machine guns for the protection against a foe.

After dinner we went along the western shore. Here we saw large ships, one from Hamburg, Germany, one from China and a banana ship from South America. It did not take us long to decide on a boat ride. We went up west bay to the Gulf of Mexico. This was really interesting and we three each had the chance to pilot the boat for awhile.

After we reached the landing port again Dorothy bought sea foods for supper. Something we had never eaten before "Shrimp." They were good, but we just had seen too many fish that day on the docks.

After supper we went to the show, and vaudeville "Melody of Love," how beautiful and striking. It was the finest of vaudevilles I had ever seen.

Early Wednesday morning (we took) Dorothy to work, John to school, and we on our way to Dallas. We reached Dallas in the middle of the afternoon. First we located for lodging for the night , which was in the Jefferson Hotel and then we walked up town looking around, buying notions, getting supper and then taking in a big show.

Early Thursday morning we hustled around to get an early start cause we wanted to reach home. All day long we traveled, stopped only long enough for our meals and several pictures. We reached home at 8 o'clock Thursday evening without one bit of trouble. We found Alva as we had left it with the exception of some wedding guests what had come from other places, had again returned to their various homes.

Friday evening we were welcomed by a big "chivarsee." We had a splendid time and when they left that ended the big line of events for the newly weds.

This also ends my brief sketch of our honeymoon which is never to be forgotten. We both enjoy ourselves and are happy knowing that we have started a life of future happiness.

With love,
Ella and Louis  
Family F115
34 Made a very creditable record as Confederate Agent to distribute suplies to soldiers' wives adn widows. Durham, James (I0783)
35 March 5, 2005

I drove to Taos yesterday to spend some time with John. When I arrived he had a couple long time friends visiting. Yesterday was the first time he didnít walk from the bedroom to the living room. By the time I left he was exceedingly tired and went to lie down for a while. Pat says he fell asleep.

I shouldnít have stayed as long as I did but . . I couldnít leave. We had a good visit.

Heís at peace with what heís facing. Pray he doesnít suffer.

(I wrote the following message to explain what John has. If I've left out something, just ask. I learned from experience that sometimes my attachments can't be opened so I'm patching my message it in below to be sure you receive it. I also hope each of you receive this as I haven't kept contact, may not have your current email address nor have I sent you my own email address change.)

My heart breaks.

On Friday, February 25 the doctor took a sample of the fluid surrounding Johnís lungs and sent it for analysis. Tuesday, March 1, we learned John definitely has cancer and is in stage IV (cancer has spread to other parts of the body). In the appointment with his pulmonary specialist Wednesday, March 2, the doctor told he him he didnít want to perform a biopsy on the mass in Johnís lung because he didnít want to put him through the pain of the procedure. The diagnosis is Aden carcinoma. This is a bad cancer; they donít know what causes it. It isnít caused from smoking, radon, asbestos, etc. Even with early detection thereís not much that can be done. He told John he could see an oncologist for another opinion but his chances for another outcome arenít good.

John has really gone down hill. Breathing is an effort because the fluid around his lungs restricts his ability to inhale and exhale. He has lost strength and weight. It is extremely difficult for him to get from the bedroom to the living room. He needs the help of his sons to get him in and out of his truck (cars are out of the question).

I didnít think enough was being done. Iíve been begging John to seek a second opinion. He just said he would think about it. Yesterday when he saw his primary, he was given the names of three oncologists Ė one or two of them go to Taos to treat patients. Last evening when I talked with John he promised to think about it over the weekend and would let his primary know if he decides to see an oncologist. We have an excellent cancer treatment center at the University of New Mexico Hospital here in Albuquerque but somehow it seems beyond his ability to travel this far. Heís made the decision that he wonít take radiation or chemo.

The doctor has given him a prescription to control pain. Both doctors (including the one from Espanola) have said they would go to his home if he needs them - no more office visits. Hospice was recommended by the doctor.

I canít imagine this life without him in it.

His sister,
Minnie Lou

RANDALL -- John A. Randall, 68, lifelong resident of Taos, NM, with the exception of approximately a year spent in Carrie Tingley Hospital in Truth or Consequences when he was recovering from polio at age 17, passed away March 31, 2005. Mr. Randall was a graduate of Taos High School and earned his BS in Industrial Arts Education at UNM. John grew up in the family lumber business and returned after college in 1960 to work 37 1/2 years and to retire as manager of the lumber and hardware divisions of Randall Lumber Co., Inc. in 1997 but continued to manager the family owned real estate holdings. He was also a rancher in the Taos and Clayton areas and in Bountiful, CO. Mr. Randall had served as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Taos and Ranchos Presbyterian Church in Ranchos de Taos. He was a past president of the Taos County Chamber of Commerce, Taos Lions Club, and the Taos Historical Museums. He was a past Worshipful Master of Bent Lodge #42, AF & AM and had served on the Board of Directors of the Mountain States Lumber Dealers Association. He also had served previously on the Taos County Fair Board. In 2002, he was named one of Taos County's Unsung Heroes by the The Taos News. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elisha and Erna Randall. He is survived by Patricia, his wife of 44 years; and by his sons, Boyd (Lisa) and Keith (Sandi); and grandchildren, Hayden and Sarah; sister, Minnie Lou Stephens of Albuquerque; and brothers, Charles (Dorothy) and Merlin (Ada) of Taos; aunt, Martha Tecklenburg of Gallup; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Taos First Presbyterian Church, and remembrance celebration will be held immediately following at the Juan Gonzales Agricultural Center on Chamisa Road in Taos. Mr. Randall requested that memorial contributions be made to one of the following: Ranchos Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 36, Ranchos de Taos 87557; The Couse Foundation, P.O. Box 1436, Taos, NM 87571 or Taos Historic Museums, P.O. Drawer CCC, Taos, NM 87571. Arrangements by Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home. To sign guestbook go to riverafuneralhome.com

by Carol Mell
Albuqurque Journal North on April 7, 2005
Just about everybody knew John Alden Randall from the Randall Lumber and Hardware store. He was the guy in the 'cowboy hat who drove his beat-up flatbed truck, often loaded with hay, everywhere. In his truck he was whole. Outside, he was the guy with the crutches, the result of a childhood bout with polio, inching his way along.
What with cell phones, kids, deadlines and just general running-around-in-a-hurry, I often feel I can't take time for jawing, but Gary Oline, a history buff, prevailed on me to spend time recently with John. In March, we recorded five hours of John telling three generations of Taos stories with remarkable humor, skill and energy - even though he was dying.
At 68, his grin was as fresh as a boy's. Except for one year in Truth or Consequences, where he was treated for polio at 17, and his time at the University of New Mexico, where he met his wife, Pat, this rancher, lumberman, fisher, hunter, father, husband, cowboy and woodcarver always lived in Taos. He'd memorized this land the way a baby does his mother's face. ~ "A lot of people don't believe when I tell them that in the 194Os, I used to ride my pinto horse to the plaza," he recounted. "There was hitches all around the plaza then, and I'd tie up, pick up something at the store for my mom and ride back out to the place (now Lambert's Restaurant). Oh, you can't be that old,' people say. I always contended that Taos was 50 years behind the East Coast. And we pretty much were, really, when you think about it."
John's Maine grandfather came West in 1903. His mother contended that there has been an Alden in every generation" since Plymouth Rock. Except for some fisticuffs in junior, high, John did all right in Taos for being non-Catholic, blond, having Republican parents and not knowing Spanish.
"When I was at a ditch meeting a couple of years ago," he recalled, "there was a little controversy started and this one guy launched into, 'Those damn gringos and blah, blah.' I was the only gringo in the group. He tore them up and then turned and looked at me and said, 'Damn you, Randall. You're no gringo and you know it.' "
John didn't have just his own stories to tell. To add to his own celebrations of life that included milking Old Bossy and Young Bossy, canning yellow beans, planting Randall beans brought to Taos from
Maine, hauling wood onto the porch at the age' of 4, driving the cement truck to Colorado at the age of 12 and fishing 80 trout out of streams that no longer run, John had taken notes on his father's tales of murder in the gold mines, hangings in the plaza, house fires, cattle drives and Saturday night dances with train robbers. He may have remembered every word ever uttered in his presence.
"Here's a story about Taos my dad told," John said. "Taos was known pretty good for bootleg whisky. A stranger came to town and asked where he could find some whisky. Rumor was he asked John Dunn, who says to him, 'See that house over there?' He says, 'Yes.' 'Well, that's Reverend Atkinson's house. That's the only place in town you can't get it.' "
John's father, Elisha, was a near teetotaler, drinking only homemade wine he made from Concord grapes raised in Velarde.
"Dad used to tell the story about being invited to Mabel Dodge Luhan's parties. He just didn't like the taste of alcohol, but, to be sociable, he'd walk around with a drink. When no one was looking, he'd tip it into a plant. Years later, there was a book written about Mabel Dodge that said she could never understand why every time she had a party one of her plants died. When I read that, I just broke up. 'Mabel, there was something you never knew."
In talking about a time his father decided not to prosecute a bookkeeper who robbed his lumber business because she was the sole support for' her elderly mother, John said, "I understand. Sometimes, it doesn't pay to beat the situation to death."
John didn't beat his own situation to death. He chuckled and shared his stories one week, the next week his many friends and family visited him, and then last week he laid down his crutches and died, with his family gathered around him.
Funny how time expanded on those afternoons at his house by Rio Pueblo. By some strange formula, people in John's day worked harder, yet had more time for shooting the breeze when that was the only way a body knew anything, when people knew each other by heart. It is an art form that is dying. John was a master. 
Randall, John Alden (I0407)
36 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F022
37 Moved to Cobb County, Georgia, from Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1835 Durham, Geroge (I0630)

John Arnold (JAY) Yoder passed away in his home Monday evening, August 1, 2011. He was born July 12, 1925 to Eli and Ida Plank Yoder at Newton, Kansas. He was the first born of four children.

The family farmed in the area of Newton Kansas. Jay attended Kansas schools at Zimmerdale, Walton and Hesston Academy. He spent many long days of hard work helping his father with farm work. This included dairy cattle, hogs, chickens, and crops. He also frequently did farm work away from home, such as shearing sheep.

Jay was asked to work for the International machinery dealer in Turon, Kansas. This job included hauling and assembling machinery. He was later asked to be a traveling sales man for a new young company named Hesston Manufacturing. He worked for Hesston for ten years in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Wyoming. He enjoyed selling equipment, traveling, and meeting people.

It was in 1948 that his wife to be, Betty Durham went to Turon, Kansas to teach school. Jay and Betty met in Turon and were married in August, 1948. They had two sons, Scott Yoder and Wade Yoder. They had two grandchildren, Josie and Joshua Yoder.

When Jay was growing up, he read Zane Gray?s book, Riders of the Purple Sage, and he dreamed of being a rancher some day. In 1955 Jay and Betty bought their home in Yoder, Colorado. Jay enjoyed being self employed as a rancher and farmer. He especially enjoyed selling bulls and attending 4-H market steer show activities at the El Paso County Fair. He joyfully worked on his ranch up until his last days.

Jay served his community in several different capacities. Jay taught adult Sunday school for many years. He and his wife Betty were charter members of Kendrick Bible Church. He was Master of Ramah Masonic Lodge No. 165 in 1976. He gladly served as a committee man of Farmer Home Administration. He served on the board of Edison School when the gymnasium, two classrooms, the foyer, and indoor bathrooms were added. He was also a member of Pikes Peak Cattleman?s Association and Colorado Consistory.

Jay is survived by his wife Betty Yoder, his son Scott Yoder, his son and daughter in-law, Wade and Cynthia Yoder, his grandchildren, Josie and Joshua Yoder all of Yoder, Colorado. He is also survived by his sister Mary Kathryn Stucky of Moundridge Kansas, his brother Lawrence Yoder and wife Elda of Newton Kansas, his sister in-law, Dolores Yoder of Hesston Kansas, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother Dr Vernon Yoder of Hesston, Kansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care ? Odyssey Group, the Edison Volunteer Fire Department, or the community church of your choice.
Yoder, John Arnold (I0190)
39 Obituary - Lacy C. Durham, 69, passed away Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at Hugo, Colo.

Lacy was born Jan. 11, 1932, in Campo, Colo., to L.C. and Ruth (Bridge) Durham.

In 1941 the family moved to Lincoln County. Lcay graduated from Edison School at Yoder in 1950.

In 1952 Lacy entered the United States Army. He served in the Korean War as a forward observer of teh communist enemy forces. He attained the rank of Sergeant. Lacy received an honorable discharge in September of 1954.

He returned to the Rush area and the occupation he dearly loved, farming and ranching, and continued in that until his death.

Lacy was a member of the Colorado Cattlemen and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. He was always there to lend a halping hand to his neighbors and friends. Lacy will be greatly missed by his family, including his grandchildren whom he loved greatly.

Lacy was married to Clarene Jackson of Simla on Oct. 2, 1955, in Colorado Springs. To this union two sons were born, Matt and Pat.

Lacy is survived by his wife Clarene of 45 years; his son Matt Durham of Rush and his children Colin, Evan and Laci Lynn; his son Pat Durham and wife Anita of Rush and their two sons Hadley and Ethan; three sisters, Betty Yoder of Yoder, Dora Krocesky of Denver, and Virginia Kletke of Aurora; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lacy was preceded in death by his parents, L.C. and Ruth Durham.

Memorial services were held at 11a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Living Word Community Church in Calhan, with Pastors Jerry Allen and Jon Duncan officiating.

Memorials are suggested to the Gift of Life Foundation, P.O. Box 245, Hugo, CO 80821.

Love Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
Durham, Jr. Lacy Coleman (I0189)
40 Oscar Karl Kletke, son of Gottlieb and Ottilie (Krause) Kletke, was born, August 28, 1887, at Winfield, KS. In 1893 his parents moved to a farm near Billings, OK, after his father made the run into Oklahoma Territory and staked a claim. The family lived there until 1901 when Oscar's father bought a farm two and one-half miles east of Alva. They made the move in covered wagons and drove their cattle.

As a young man, he was active with young people of the church and sang in the choir. He donated much labor on the building of the Lutheran Church dedicated July 16, 1911.

On April 2, 1912, Oscar married Emma Wamhof (Meyer). They made their home southeast of Alva. They had two sons, Martin and Roland. Emma died in California on September 29,.1923, at the home of her parents and was buried in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Alva.

May 14, 1925, Oscar married Clara Wiersig. Clara was born July 28, 1890, near Appleton City, MO. and came with her parents to a farm south of Alva.

In 1940, they moved to Alva. Clara was active in the Ladies Aid. Oscar held various church offices and was on the building committee of the Lutheran School built in 1946, also the church parsonage built in 1954.

Oscar died December 23, 1957, and Clara died January 4, 1973. Both are buried in the Lutheran Cemetery at Alva. 
Kletke, Oscar Karl (I0598)
41 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Kletke, Phillip Ray (I0054)
42 Rev. John Thurman Durham was born in Woodstock, Georgia, March 12, 1851, died at the Dalhart hospital, where he had been taken about a week ago, April 16, 1929. He was buried from the home of his son, Lacy Durham of Campo, Colo.
He was married, first March 12, 1873, to this union were born two daughters and a son. Mrs. Durham departed this life in 1878. The two daughters died, one January 5, 1895, and the other December 18, 1901. The surviving son, James Arwell Durham, resides at Seminole, Oklahoma.
Mr. Durham married January 15, 1880, Miss Abbie Wingo. To this union nine children were born; all are dead saving two sons and two daughters; Mrs. Ella Pearl Hollingsworth, Warren Durham and Lacy Durham all residing at Campo, and one daughter, Mrs. Thelma Gunkel, of Durango, Colo. Mr. Durham was preceded in death by his wife about seven years.
Mr. Durham was converted in early life and soon after was ordained to the gospel ministry and continued this profession over 50 years. In his early life he served in his home state of Georgia as a pastor; following this service he was pastor of several Baptist churches in North and South Alabama. Later he removed to Texas where he served for five years as county missionary of Red River county. He then became missionary to the Choctah Indians of Oklahoma serving there three years. Later he resided at Frederick, Okla., where he looked after several small churches in that vicinity. He removed to Campo in 1916, homesteading southwest of town.
He was of the vigorous pioneer type that has made America famous. This is revealed in his loyal missionary service rendered thru the years.
Funeral services were held at the Campo Baptist church Wednesday afternoon. Pastor C.L. Flanders officiating and the remains were laid to rest in the Campo cemetery. Splendid music was furnished for the services by the Campo Baptist choir. One of the pleasing incidents of service was the tribute paid by Mrs. Ella Hollingsworth to her father in which she emphasized his devotion to His Lord and Master.
The house was well filled with appreciative friends and neighbors. 
Durham, John Thurman (I0477)
43 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Kletke, Roland Henry (I0049)
44 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Elizabeth, Lainey Kate (I1140)
45 The earliest record in Brunswick is of a Blake Carlton (Blake Carlton I), who had died by May 1755, when his son Black Carlton II was bound out as an orphan. This is the only record found of Blake Carlton I. He did not own land or property of any great value. Orphans who had some estate were given guardians--those who did not were bound out to learn a trade.
Excerpted from information on the Caltons/Carltons of Surry County, North Carolina compiled in July & December of 191 by Robert Davidson 
Carlton, Blake (I0989)
46 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Randall, Minnie Louise (I0396)
47 Too old to enlist in service, but went to the Confederate camps near his home to give medical aid. He went to Maryland to nurse his son, a soldier who had measles but found he had been buried the day before his arrival. He stayed three months in the camp through severest winter weather to help during the epidemic. Not feeling well, he left to go home quickly, but had contracted measles and died from pneumonia that resulted from the exposure. Brantley, William R. (I0979)
48 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Lake, Ann Meredith (I0616)