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

Added by Ruth Ellen Bartels on Mar 02, 2015 8:34 PM
# 93828780 Frank Glass
Hi, I wonder if you have any information about Frank who was born and raised in Gunnison. I was told that at the time of his death (age 21) he was married and had a child? I have never heard that before and wonder if you know someone who knew him personally. Cindy
Added by CindyLee on Jan 29, 2015 2:10 PM
RE: Marilyn Rouviere
Thanks. I appreciate it.
Added by Mary@fairstone on Jan 19, 2015 4:35 PM
RE: Email addy
Thanks for the reply. So, I trust you rcvd my email titled, The Find A Grave memorials for Mary Boson/Bosan? If not, let me know and I'll resend.
br, Mike Skelenger
Added by skellysiam on Nov 16, 2014 9:39 PM
Email addy
I'm trying to send you an email, but yahoo mail doesn't like the email addy you have listed on Find A Grave. This is the addy that can't be sent;
r, I had to use
Pls let me know what addy I should use.
br, Mike Skelenger
Added by skellysiam on Nov 15, 2014 2:53 AM
Larry H.
Benson transfers
Thank you very much for the transfers of Fred & Mary Benson in the Gunnison Cemetery. I will now be able to edit and link some more of my wife's family.

Happy Gravin', Larry H.
Added by Larry H. on Oct 12, 2014 9:33 PM
Bill Hazard
RE: Klein
My great-uncle Eddie Hazard had the Flying M ranch on the Cochetopa so, yes, I'm part of that family. I remember the Kreuger place along the side of Hwy 114 along the creek down the canyon, I believe. I think my dad, George, knew your dad from what I remember!

Good to hear from you.

Added by Bill Hazard on Jun 23, 2014 3:25 PM
Paul McDonough
RE: Ralph Scruggs
Ralph and were friends and He had been in the Army
for two years. I joined the Navy and Ralph went back in the Army. These were Korean War days. Ralph was killed down at Fort Huachaca, Arizona. I was on
leave when his body was sent to Gunnison for bural and acted as a pall bearer. The Army honor guard
from Colorado Springs was there and I remember Ralph's mother jumping in the grave causing quite a stir.

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

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

Paul McDonough
Added by Paul McDonough on Jun 03, 2014 7:04 PM
Richard Hessel
RE: Kreuger
Rita thanks, I will do that
Added by Richard Hessel on May 28, 2014 6:21 AM
Paul McDonough
George Williams
Hi, Thanks for the picture from Gunnison Cemetery of the headstone of George Williams. I always want to kick myself for not making friends with Mr. Williams. I used to see him walking on Virginia St. in his black western hat and dark great coat. What stories were missed. He was in the 9th Caverly of the Army of the west during Indian war days. He was one of the buffalo soldiers. I went to Pine Street grade school in the 1930's and GCHS in 1946 and 47. During those years I had my chance and muffed it.

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

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

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