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Frank J. Bartorella
SKULL CRUSHED WHEN HE DIVES INTO WATER
Montrose, Colo.-While scores of Sunday bathers frolicked in the natatorium pool near here, Frank J. Bartorella, aged 25, dove from a spring board into the water. A moment later his lifeless body floated to the surface. He had crushed his skull when he dove into the seven ft. of water.
[Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico April 29, 1921- Sub. by S. Williams]

Asa M. Clark

Montrose, Colo., April 7 - Asa M. Clark, well known pioneer of the western slope and a veteran of the Civil War, died here today, aged 69 years.
[Gazette-Telegraph, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 8 Apr 1910 - Sub. by V. Hartman]

Charles A. Collier

Throws Himself Under Wheels While Insane
Bakersfield, Cal., March 3 - A man who threw himself in front of a Santa Fe train last night and died a few minutes later from his injuries has been identified as Charles A. Collier, formerly of Montrose, Colorado. The suicide was deliberate. He is said to have been suffering from delirium tremins(sic) and imagined some one was going to kill him.
(Nevada State Journal, Reno Nevada - Submitted by S. Williams)

P.D. Hopkins
Mrs. N.J. Gillespie has just received the sad news of the death of her brother, Mr. P.D. Hopkins, of Montrose, Colorado, who died very suddenly.
["The Bulletin", Perry Iowa October 19, 1894 - Sub by S. Williams]

Claude F. Jacobs
Montrose, Colo., Nov. 6-After a quarrel, Claude F. Jacobs, a rancher at Redvale, shot and killed his wife and blew his own brains out.
[The Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point Wisconsin November 13, 1915 - Sub by S. Williams]

Mary Jane Lofgreen
MONTROSE - Mary Jane Porter, most recently of Montrose, Colo., passed away at her home at the age of 87 on Sunday morning, March 20, 2005. Born in Oskaloosa, Kan. on May 23, 1917, she was the daughter of Vera (Dede) Prater and John William Trusdale. After graduation from Topeka, Kan. High School in 1935, Jane attended Kansas State University and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1939. She taught art at Neosho, Mo. public schools where she met Herbert Duis who was stationed at nearby Camp Krauter. Herb and Jane were married March 2, 1941 and made their home in Gothenburg, Neb. She was one of the earliest patients to have open-heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic in 1947. In 1950 she made national news by campaigning door to door with her young children and friends for her husband's run for the Legislature. His election brought him home from the Army instead of being deployed to Korea. During Herb's 16 years in the Legislature and subsequent tenure as chair of the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission, Jane helped manage their insurance and real estate business and raise their children. Shortly before their 50th anniversary, Herb died at age 76. On June 15, 1996 she married Victor Lofgreen and moved to Hastings, Neb. where they lived until his death. She remained there until her marriage to Clarence Porter on July 2, 2002 brought her to his home in Montrose, Colo. Mary Jane played golf and participated in dance club, various P.E.O. groups and many bridge clubs. She also enjoyed attending Herb's state functions. Favorite activities included the First Presbyterian Church, Legislative Ladies League and San Juan Coloradans for Nebraska. She was active in all three communities and made and enjoyed friends wherever she went. Love of travel, in the United States and abroad, led to her representing Nebraska in an international travel show in Sweden in her late 70's, where she was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Gothenburg, Sweden at a champagne reception. She was vibrant and always on the go. She was preceded in death by her parents, her three husbands, her brother William P. Trusdale, and a special aunt, Helen Prater. She is survived by her sister, Virginia Eicholtz, and brother, Robert Trusdale, both of Topeka, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the Duis, Porter and Lofgreen families. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Montrose. A graveside service will follow this service on Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb. Arrangements were handled under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home and Crematory, (970) 249-2121.
[Submitted by D. Lofgreen]

John Meyer
Beatrice, Neb., Dec. 16-Announcement was received here Friday evening of the death of John Meyer, formerly a resident of Gage county, which occurred at his home at Montrose, Colo., aged 73 years. While here he operated a fruit farm west of the city. Mr. Meyer is survived by two sons, Fred? and Henry Meyer, who reside at Montrose.
[The Lincoln Daily Star, Lincoln Nebraska December 17, 1916 - Sub. by S. Williams]

Clarence W. Porter
Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Brother
Dec. 20, 1918 -- Nov. 17, 2002
MONTROSE -- World War II and Korean Conflict veteran, Clarence Woodrow Porter, of Montrose, died Sunday morning, Nov. 17, 2002, at the Montrose Memorial Hospital in Montrose.
Clarence W. Porter, the son of Clarence C. and Edith (Pedersen) Porter, was born on Dec. 20, 1918, at Denver, Colo. He spent his childhood years, graduated from high school and grew to adulthood at Fruita, Colo. He attended junior college at Mesa State in Grand Junction before going to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. He received his Master's degree in Education at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.Clarence was proud to serve his country as a pilot for 30 years in the United States Air Force. He was a Col. in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
After retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1970, Clarence returned to his first love as a high school math teacher in Burkburnett, Texas. In 1986, he moved back to Montrose where he made his home until the time of his death.
On July 2, 2002, Clarence married Mary Jane Lofgreen in Wisconsin. They shared four precious months of married life together before Clarence's death.
Clarence was a member of the Retired Officers Association, Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Teachers Fraternity and the National Education Association. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and leather crafts. Memories of Clarence will always be a part of all those who loved him. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Clarence will be greatly missed.
Surviving family members who were proud to share Clarence's life include his beloved wife, Mary Jane Porter, of Montrose; his son and family, his daughter and family. six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Other family survivors include one sister, Inez and husband Leland Lockett, of Brighton, Colo.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Leona (*Sommerville); and a sister, Vivian Goff.
A V.A. Memorial Service in celebration of Clarence's life will be officiated by Pastor Mike Lundberg Thursday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. in the Grand View Cemetery Scattering Gardens, west of Montrose. Following the service, there will be a private family scattering.
NOTES:
Parents:: Clarence Cleveland “Cleve” Porter and Edith Elizabeth Pederson of Norton County, KS
Wife: Leona Sommerville
2nd wife: Mary Jane Trusdale Duis Lofgreen Porter
Submitted by D. Lofgreen


Clifford Turner
A telegram announcing the death of Mr. Clifford G. Turner at the home of his brother, Frank, in Montrose, Colorado, Wednesday March 15. He was fifty years of age and a son of the late Gardner Turner and a brother of Mrs. A.M. Coleman and Miss Mary Turner of Blairsville. He is survived by his wife. The remains will be interred at Aledo, Illinois.
["The Indiana Democrat", Indiana Pennsylvania March 21, 1906 - Sub by S. Williams]

Mrs. Harry Wickersham
DIED IN COLORADO -- Beatrice, Neb., June 23-Word has been received at this place of the death of Mrs. Harry Wickersham, formerly of Adams, which occurred at her home at Montrose, Colo. The deceased was a daughter of Mrs. Jewell, of Adams, and is survived by her husband and two children.
[The Lincoln Daily Star, Lincoln Nebraska June 23, 1917 - Sub. by S. Williams]





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