Elmer Rocheford died 25 May 1933

Elmer George Rochford was born 12 May 1894 in Leadville, CO, the son of John Lewis Rochford and Jennie Rutherford.  I was not able to find him in the 1900 census, although I did find Lewis Rochford and a Jennie Rockford, both of whom were listed as single.  Lewis Rochford worked as a teamster and hauler of ore.  Leadville was a mining boom town, and had some notoriety as the home of the Unsinkable Molly Brown (Maggie Tobin and Johnny Brown) before they moved to Denver. 

In 1910, Elmer lived in Kokomo CO with his father Louis.  Elmer was listed in the draft for WW1, registering in Edwards, Eagle county.  He did serve in the war, and was a private in the medical services. 

Elmer married Hannah Pallister on 30 Aug 1917 in Edwards.  She was the daughter of Thomas Pallister and Ella Tourville. They had a son, Elmer junior, born in 1919. In 1920, the household was in Wolcott, and included his father, wife, son, and his wife’s brother and sister.  Elmer was a farmer.  His father died in 1922, but in 1930, Elmer, Hannah, and Elmer junior still lived in Wolcott. 

Elmer died 25 may 1933.  Obit:  The death of Elmer Rochford, one of Wolcott’s most higly respected citizens, in a Glenwood Springs hospital, Thursday, May 25, 1933, was a shock and a sorrow to the Wolcott neighborhood.  Some weeks ago, he underwent an operation for appendicitis from which he had recovered and returned to work.  But a few days before his death, he had to return to the hospital and died following a second operation performed in hopes of saving his life. 

Elmer George Rochford was born in Leadville, Colorado, May 12, 1894, being 39 years, 13 days old at the time of his death.  His early life was spent in Leadville and Kokomo, later coming to Eagle Vlley with his father, the late J.L Rochford, whose passing occurred eleven years ago.  During the World War he was one of Eagle county’s boys who served overseas, returning to take up the duties of life at home when discharged from the service at the conclusion of the hostilities. 

In 1917, he was united in marriage to Miss Hanna Pallister of Edwards, Colorado, who, with a son Elmer Junior, survives him.  To these the community extends its sincerest sympathy in the lost of a true friend, kind neighbor, and a loving husband and father.

Funeral services held at Wolcott Saturday afternoon were attended by nearly every person in the community. Rev. C. R. STOCKINGER of the local Methodist church, delivered the funeral sermon. During the services Mrs. R. R. CRIE and Mrs. Alvin RULE sang “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere”, “God Will Take Care of You,” and “Sweet Bye and Bye,” accompanied at the piano by Alvin WEBB. Pall bearers were Glen MOORE, Chas. S. MERRILL, Robt. LIVINGSTON, Wm. PEATE, J. J. HOLLAND, J. W. HOLLAND. Services at the grave were conducted by the American Legion with the Legion military ritual. Mortician O. W. MEYER of Red Cliff had charge of the funeral services and burial. [2 June 1933, Eagle Valley Enterprise, p1] 

Rochford has a military stone that indicates his service in the medical corps.  “Elmer Rochford, Colorado, Pvt Med Dept, May 25, 1933.  He is buried at Edwards cemetery.


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