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 August Wilhelm (A.W.) ADOLF-237
A.W. ADOLF-237
B. 8 May 1890
Bethune, Colorado
D. 12 Feb 1985
Burlington, Colorado


 1. Hilda ADOLF-239
 2. Amanda ADOLF-240
 3. Leona ADOLF-241
 4. Authur ADOLF-242
 5. Gladys ADOLF-243
 6. Della HASART-ADOLF-521
 7. Eva ADOLF-245
 8. Allan ADOLF-246

Burial Place:
Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
Bethune, Colorado

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Marriage Source:
Colorado Marriage Index
1910 Census
1900 Census
Land Patent Grant

Time Line:


Pedigree Chart
Christian ADOLF-85
B. 15 Nov 1839
Brienne, Bessarabia, South Russia
D. 3 Aug 1925
Bethune, Colorado
August ADOLF-235
B. Mar 1862
Briene, Bessarabia, South Russia
D. 1948
Yakima, Washington
Fredericka STEGG-86
B. 19 Feb 1842
Brienne, Bessaeabia, Russia
D. 1924
Bethune, Colorado
A.W. ADOLF-237
B. 8 May 1890
Bethune, Colorado
D. 12 Feb 1985
Burlington, Colorado
Katherine RICHTER-236
B. 1864
D. 1930
Marriage:  10 Nov 1912 
 [Cert #673]
Bethune, Colorado
Eva Maria (Mary) WEISSHAAR-238
B. 27 Nov. 1892
Idalia, Colorado
D. 13 Apr 1989
Burlington Colorado


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A.W.  Adolf  --  1985

     The diminishing ranks of eastern Colorado's early settlers lost one of its best-known and well-loved members with the death of A.W. Adolf.  Feb. 12, 1985 in Burlington.

     Born May 8, 1890 to Russian-German homesteaders August and Katherine (Richter) Adolf in the "Settlement" north of Bethune, August Wilhelm was the first male birth registered in the newly incorporated Kit Carson County, and with the exception of several summers spent working on ranches in Nebraska and- Kansas during his teenage years, he lived and worked his entire 94 1/2 years in this county.

      In 1912 he filed a homestead claim on 160 acres 61/2 miles north of Bethune, still farmed by his son Allan and his grandson Wane.  On Nov. 10, 1912, he married Eva Maria Weisshaar at Immanuel Lutheran Church - in the "Old Rock Church" - and brought his bride to the adobe house where five of the couple's eight children were born and raised.

Their family grew with the country through early years of drought and plenty, hardship and joy.  During the "Dust Bowl Days" of the '30's, when many gave up and moved to other parts of the country, he and his family stayed and struggled through some of the Eastern Plains' darkest days, because, as he often repeated in later times, he had faith in the land and the God who made it.

    A.W. only had three years of formal schooling but always had a high regard for education, as evidenced by the fact that he put five of his children through college.  His oldest daughter, Hilda, was the first girl from the Settlement to finish high school and A.W. served on the school board of the Bethune district for many years, as president.  His grandchildren and great-grandchildren recall that A.W. always encouraged them to get as much schooling as possible.

    An early member of the Kit Carson County Cattlemen's Association, A.W. was a leader in improving the breed of livestock, introducing the first registered Angus herd in the area in the 1940's.  Many remember him as an ardent horseman, raising registered Palominos and Percheron draft horses and riding in Kit Carson County rodeo parades and "trail rides" until recent years.

    A life-long member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, he was the first baby baptized in the newly-formed congregation, and served his church as a member of the church council for many years, often as president.  He never willingly missed Sunday services during his 94 1/2 years and is remembered as a man of prayer and devout communicant by the pastors who have served the rural congregation, the oldest ALC church in Colorado.

     A.W. and his wife, Eva Maria (Mary) retired from their ranch and moved into Burlington in 1955, making their home at 463 Cherry St. for the past 30 years.  A.W. was a familiarly figure at sales and auctions in the area and derived great enjoyment form a sale of his collectibles in 1979.

    A.W. and Mary marked their wedding anniversaries in recent years with family reunions, one of the largest being on their 70th wedding anniversary in 1982 when all of their eight children, most of their 21 grandchildren and spouses, and many of, their greatgrandchildren were present.  Also present were three of the Adolfs' five great-great grandchildren.  The family had gathered from eight states and were delighted to hear "Papa" as he was known to his family, speak of the blessings of his long life, and especially of his "best blessing": his beloved wife and sweethear, Mary.

   A.W.'s funeral on Saturday, Feb. 16, saw Immanuel Lutheran Church filled to overflowing to honor the life of one who was identified as a "true patriarch - like Moses" by the Adolf's pastor, Preacher Michael Greenwalt.  The Immanuel Men's Choir sang "Softly and Tenderly" and "The Old Rugged Cross" and the Adolf's grandson, Pr.  Gregory Adolf of Tucson, preached on the text, "Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee the crown of life." (Revelation 2:10).

    A.W.'s grandsons, Ernest Ziegler, Donald Ziegler, Duane Richards, Rand Patterson, Anthony Adolf, John Pugh, Mark Pugh, Devin Wood, Lance Wood and Wayne Adolf were pallbearers.  His granddaughters, Darlene Hendricks, Donna Powell, Esther Young, Mary Lou Colglazier, Holly Delach, Lynne Serafin, Cynthia Murphy, Debra Webb, Janet Wood and Pamela Burton served as honorary pallbearers.

    A.W. is survived by his wife Mary, his children, Hilda Ziegler of Burlington; Amanda Richards of Bethune; Leona Hefner of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Arthur Adolf of Phoenix, Ariz., Gladys Patterson of Littleton; Della Pugh of Aurora; Eva Wood of Stratton and Allan Adolf of Bethune; 21 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Burial followed the Service of the Resurrection in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial gifts are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church - and may be dropped at the First National Bank in Burlington.


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