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Rita McDermott (#47250046)
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I am a fifth generation native to the Gunnison area and enjoy assisting folks with their genealogy searches. Our local museum has a great collection of old newspapers that I have access to and am willing to look up information if dates are provided.

Please feel free to use any of the photos I have submitted.
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Charlotte Gertrude Walker (
A look at her stone indicates she is the wife of Walker Burnett. His stone is in the plot next to hers. I think her entry should read: Charlotte Gertrude Burnett....,,

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

Loline Sammons
Added by L.Sammons on Mar 27, 2014 1:51 PM
Thomas H.Hazelhurst
From: Gunnison Tribune 26 Nov 1897. "Yesterday(25 Nov 1897) while little Tommy, four year old son of M/M Charles Hazelhurst, was playing about the house, he dropped dead from heart disease......The funeral occurs tomorrow at the Presbyterian church at two o'clock."

Stone shows: "age 4 years".

Thanks for adding this, Rita.
Added by L.Sammons on Mar 27, 2014 9:52 AM
Sherry Pries
RE: John Pennington
I have responded to you privately but want all Find-a-Grave members to know what a blessing you have been to me in researching my far=away family members. Thank you, Rita...I hope I can return the deeds someday. Sherry Pries

Added by Sherry Pries on Feb 24, 2014 5:19 PM
Janice Dyer Doran
Thank YOU
Rita, I can't tell you how much I appreciated your assistance in helping find the young Josie Scott and finding her beautiful obituary that linked her to her parents. I will speak for all of Josie's ancestors and tell you how much we appreciate your work. Also, thank you for the transfer.
Janice Dyer Doran
Added by Janice Dyer Doran on Nov 10, 2013 7:38 PM
Janice Dyer Doran
Thanks, Rita, I'll be excited to hear back from you....good luck in the search.
Added by Janice Dyer Doran on Nov 08, 2013 1:34 PM
Janice Dyer Doran
Need your help
Hi Rita, I read in your bio that you have access to old newspapers, etc for genealogy research. I'm searching for the daughter of Rev. James Harvey Scott who I believe could be your Josie Scott #79556133. I'm going to copy information that I have on her father where it notes when and where his daughter died. Can you check to see if this is his daughter buried in Gunnison?
Janice Dyer Doran

Rev. AMES HARVEY SCOTT pastored in Gunnison, 1880. Here he secured and moved into a tent on Saturday night, and preached the next day in the unfinished land-office building. During the evening services the people had to raise their umbrellas and put on their hats to shield them from the falling rain. When Presiding Elder Cranston came to hold his first quarterly-meeting, they used an unfinished store building without windows. A heavy snow fell the night before. The people sat in the windows to get the sun and keep warm, changing off occasionally with one another. He built a house here to shelter his family, and also a church to provide for his congregation. Had a good revival. Here the greatest sorrow of his life came to him, in the death of his only daughter, Jessie. She was a devout Christian, an accomplished organist, and a great help to her father in his work, though less than fourteen year of age.
Added by Janice Dyer Doran on Nov 07, 2013 7:35 PM
Rita Osborne
RE: Hazel Wright
As to the date. When I find that for a memorial I care for. I put the date of the stone on the memorial, and then add notes to the bio. As to Cass County, Missouri. That one I am not sure as to what you are referring to. As per there is a cass county, Missouri
Added by Rita Osborne on Aug 29, 2013 9:00 PM
Rita Osborne
RE: Crooks,Wright, Campbell,
Thank you
Added by Rita Osborne on Aug 27, 2013 4:43 PM
judy carney peacock
Louise Whinnery
I will keep her since you don't mind. My husband's grandmother was a Whinnery and compiled The Whinnery Family Record in 1910. Louise is related by marriage as she married Webster Whinnery's son (can't remember his name). If I can locate obituaries for the rest of the family buried in "your" cemetery, I will ask for their memorials to be transferred.
Thanks so much!
Added by judy carney peacock on Aug 27, 2013 10:56 AM
judy carney peacock
Louise Whinnery
Thanks for the transfer! I have added her obit and linked her to her husband. Would you like me to transfer back to you?
Added by judy carney peacock on Aug 27, 2013 9:35 AM
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