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1907 BHS graduate faced adversity early in life


n 1907, the graduates of Berthoud High School were Myrtle Stockwell, Emma Bennett, Mabel Bein, Mable Curtis, Ina Hankins, Tena WaggenThen & Now er, Clifton McSurveyor Glothlan and Columnist Fred Hartford. The Stockwell name is still well-known to local residents. Myrtle, one of the 1907 graduates, had a younger sister named Ivy. A local elemenMark tary school French was named for Ivy, who was a teacher in the community for over 50 years.

Myrtle was born east of the present-day Campion area in 1889. Her father, Elijah Stockwell, was a farmer who relocated from Illinois to Colorado after the death of his first wife, Mary. Stockwell brought his second wife, Fanny, and two daughters from his first marriage to Colorado in 1883. In Colorado, two more daughters, Myrtle and Ivy, were added to the family. All four of Stockwell’s daughters attended the Summit School that was located on Derby Hill south of Loveland. When Stockwell’s second wife died during childbirth in 1898, he was left alone to raise his daughters. The oldest daughter, Mollie, was a young woman by that time, and she played a key role in the upbringing of her half-sisters, Myrtle and Ivy. In January 1903, Elijah began building a home at 906 Fourth St. in

Berthoud. In April 1903, when the house was still under construction, Stockwell died suddenly from appendicitis. He was buried in Loveland’s Lakeside Cemetery and his ranch was sold. Mollie, Myrtle and Ivy rented rooms in the home of a local minister until their late father’s house was completed. At that time, in the spring of 1903, Myrtle was approaching high-school age. Myrtle graduated in a class of eight students from Berthoud High School in May 1907. For a few years she was employed as a clerk at the Davis-Brown-McAllaster mercantile store that was located at the northwest corner of Third Street and Massachusetts Avenue. One of her Photo courtesy of the Ludlow Collection, Berthoud Historical Society friends and a Berthoud High School classmate, Emma Bennett, was the Ivy Stockwell (left) and Myrtle Stockwell (right) were faced with adversity early in their lives. Myrtle graduated from Berthoud High School in 1907. Her sister, daughter-in-law of Irving Davis Ivy, was a Berthoud graduate in 1912. who owned and operated the store. Myrtle eventually took a retail job in Fourth Street in Berthoud that was 1900s teaching was almost exclusiveDenver where she met and married occupied by Mollie and Ivy for many ly the domain of women. Clyde Shockley. The couple did not years. The Stockwell girls persevered dehave children. When Myrtle graduated from spite many adversities in their early Myrtle and Ivy lost their mother in Berthoud High School in 1907, a lives. Many readers of this column 1898 while they were children. Their woman’s prospects were generally will recall Mollie, and particularly father passed away suddenly in 1903 limited to clerking jobs or marriage. Ivy, who lived in the Stockwell home before either of them had entered Myrtle entered into marriage while on north Fourth Street into the early high school. They were raised by an her younger sister, Ivy, became an el- 1970s. older half-sister, Mollie, in a home on ementary school teacher. In the early

OBITUARY Judith Ann Pearce

June 14, 1938 — April 15, 2014

Judith Ann “Judy” Pearce of Windsor, Colo., passed away unexpectedly April 15, 2014, at the age 75. Judy was born to Pete and Maxine Baller on June 14, 1938, in Longmont, Colo. Her ancestors were early pioneers to Longmont and her great grandfather, Amos Millice, joined the Chicago Colony helping to form Longmont and was part of the survey crew helping to lay out the town. She was

preceded in death by her parents, of Longmont, Colo., and numerous husband, grandparents and nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.Judy is sura host of friends.Judy was vived by her children: Sanraised in rural Colorado, dra Pearce of Fort Collins, attending schools in both Colo., Mike Pearce (Becky) of Berthoud and Walden, Colo., Laramie Wyo., Linda (Ben) where she graduated high Bobbitt of Middleburg, Fla., school in 1956. She was both a and Jason Pearce of Dodge majorette and a cheerleader. City, Kan.; granddaughter, She attended college at CSU Ashley Pearce, of Middlein Fort Collins, Colo., where Judy Pearce burg, Fla.; brother Jim (Gen) she met and married Leonard Baller, Walden, Colo.; two Pearce on Jan. 7, 1961. They sisters, Sue (Rick)Ulrich, Kingman, lived in Dodge City, Kan., and later Ariz., and Nancy(Ron) Knaus, Fort divorced. Morgan, Colo.; an Aunt Jeane Law Judy lived in Vail, Colo., for several years where she was a medical transcriptionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. She loved skiing and all sports.Recently Judy moved to Windsor, Colo., where she was a crossing guard for the Windsor Police Department at Grandview Elementary School. She loved the children and being called “Miss Judy.” She was also employed by the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland and enjoyed being around people.Judy was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Eagles and the Avalanche. She enjoyed going to sporting events, concerts and horse races. A private memorial service will be held later this month in Walden, Colo. Cards and condolences can be sent to Pearce Children, c/o Sandra Pearce, PO Box 273184, Fort Collins, CO 80527.

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