Note- [E-5] means 5 generations back on my side of the family........[R-3] means 3 generations back on Rod's side
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Gerald LaVelle Colburn 1892 [R-2]*

born -  9/25/1892 Kalamazoo,Michigan
died- 12/24/1973 Wickenburg Arizona (pancreatic cancer)
father- Merritt Lorenzo 1861
mother- Sarah Josephine Patterson 1873
siblings-Cleo Merritt 1895-1994 (and Phil), Squire Lloyd 1897-1992, Lola Josephine 1899-1984, Glen Wilder 1901-1988, Elwin Lorenzo 1910-1994
married-Rosalind Marguerite Smalley1897
children-Rosemary, Joyce, and Gail

per Joyce:

Recod #1784
Date of record:  6/1/1893
Vol #4 Page 102
Anthony Stamm Clerk of Kalamazoo Co.

 OCCU: Farmer, Teacher, Insurance, Business man
RELI: First Congregational Church
12 years built home on Sternberg Rd
DATE 1903
PLAC Schoolcraft,  Michigan
DATE 1908
PLAC 3534 Sternberg Rd,   Fruitport, Mi
DATE 1968-1973
PLAC Wickenburg, Az

per Rod: Moved to Fruitport Michigan at age 10 or so. His father had worked in stables. They built a stick frame house and filled all the cavities with brick and mortar on Sternburg Road. They farmed the sandy land. They raised pigs and strawberries. At age 17 or 19 Gerald left home and moved to the city to work in a factory (he lost a couple of fingers). There he met an older woman, whose family had all the same names as Geralds'. He ended up marrying into that family and had a son. They divorced soon after that. He moved back to the family farm (and payed child support.) When his father died he witnessed that he died alone and was distraught. He made the intention not to have the same thing happen to him. Gerald purchased the family farm (his mother moved down the road to a smaller house.) At some point he met Rosalind, when they were both older. Later when his daughter complained that he was too stern, he replied "Do you like who you are?" He was farmer, insurance salesman, entrepreneur (freezing plant), and teacher. His hobbies were breeding and hunting Irish Setters as well and being a rock hound. Gerald and Rosalind had a travel trailer and pulled it behind their Plymouth (or whatever car they had) while they went to the field trials around the country and explored the west for Indian artifacts and stones.
Called Rosemary: "brown eyes"

Rosalind and Gerald

with champion dog "Pat"

Gerald and Rosalind

Birth: 1892
Michigan, USA
Death: Dec. 24, 1973
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

Wickenburg Sun, Wickenburg, Arizona
December 27, 1973

Gerald Colburn, 81, died Monday at his home in Wickenburg. A native of Michigan, Mr. Colburn retired to Arizona 3 years ago. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wickenburg and the retiring president of the Wickenburg Rock Hound Club.

Survivors include his wife, Rosalind, three daughters, Mrs. Trevelyn Zander of Webster Grove, Missouri, Mrs. Donald Alverson of Phoenix, and Mrs. James Billingsley of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and ten grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday December 27, in the First Presbyterian Church of Wickenburg.

The family expresses its gratitude to the Visiting Nurses Services of Phoenix and suggests any memorial tribute be directed toward the Cancer Fund or Mission Service of your choice.

Family links:
  Rosalind Marguerite Colburn (1897 - 1985)*

*Point here for explanation
Wickenburg Cemetery
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
Plot: Section 3, Row ZA, Grave 10

Created by: Sharon
Record added: Sep 19, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11780948

Note: brother Cleo M Colburn served in WWI. His papers reside in the University of Michigan Polar Bear Expedition digital materials.

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