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Oran Ralph Abbey was born  October 13, 1899, in Milladore, Wood Co., WI, and died November 12, 1943, in a car accident about a half mile from his farm south of the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, at age 44. Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. He is the son of  Charles Washington Abbey of South Byron, Fond du Lac Co., WI, and Cora Adella Armstrong of Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI.

Alice Frances Herman was born July 5, 1901, in Glen Ullin, Mercer Co., ND, and died March 27, 1982, at her home, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, at age 80. Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. She is the daughter of Charles George Herman of Germany and Frances Elizabeth Tavis.

Oran Ralph Abbey and Alice Frances Herman were married September 25, 1926, in Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND.

Oran Ralph Abbey and Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey had nine children:

  1. Lois Alice Abbey: Born February 1, 1927, in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. Married August 28, 1950, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, to Loren Allen Lang: Born April, 1928, in Zap, Mercer Co., ND.
  2. June Frances Abbey: Born June 9, 1928, in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. Married April 19, 1952, in Denver, Denver Co., ND, to Michael George "Mike" Dolce: Born April 27, 1927, in Worland, Washakie Co., WY; Died June 23, 2013, in Spokane Co., WA (age 86).
  3. Lenore Shirley Abbey: Born April 29, 1930, in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND; Died February 26, 2003, February 26, 2003, at Sakakawea Medical Center, Hazen, Mercer Co., ND (age 72). Buried in Saint Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. Married August 13, 1949, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, to Harry Donald Wetzel: Born in Zap, Mercer Co., ND.
  4. Marilyn Adell Abbey: Born May 10, 1931, in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND; Died December 20, 2012, at Knife River Care Center, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND (age 81). Buried in Deapolis Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. Married June 3, 1950, in the winter chapel of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, to Arvid Rudolf Gustafson: Born May 12, 1928, at the family home near Fort Clark, Mandan, Morton Co., ND; Died July 16, 1999, in Stanton, Mercer Co., ND (age 71). Buried in Deapolis Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.
  5. Gale Charles Abbey: Born March 11, 1933, in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. Married (1) June 29, 1963, in Red Lodge, Carbon Co., MT,  to Kathleen Diane "Kathy" Gillen: Born May 5, 1936, in Red Lodge, Carbon Co., MT; Died June 3, 2001, in Billings, Yellowstone Co., MT (age 65). Buried in Red Lodge Cemetery, Red Lodge, Carbon Co., ND. Divorced. Married (2) May 18, 1991, to Lorraine Louise Thompson: Born May 17, 1929, in Stanley, Mountrail Co., ND.
  6. Donna Clara Abbey: Born April 12, 1934, in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND; Died November 11, 1995, in Hennepin Co., MN (age 61). Married January 21, 1961, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, to Stanley Robert Stasel: Born March 4, 1932, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN; Died May 26, 2010, in Minnetonka, Hennepin Co., MN (age 78).
  7. James Gerald Abbey: Born May 9, 1938, in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. Married December 31, 1966, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, to Joyce Erdman: Born July 31, 1940, in Golden Valley Co., ND.
  8. Colleen Theresa Abbey: Born September 1, 1940, in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. Married April 2, 1959, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, to Delmar E. Flemmer: Born September 15, 1936, in Zap, Mercer Co., ND.
  9. Alan Lee Abbey: Born September 25, 1941, in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. Married April 25, 1964, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, to Janice P. Welk: Born November 25, 1944, in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR.



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Kathleen Diane "Kathy" (Gillen) Abbey is buried in Red Lodge Cemetery, Red Lodge, Carbon Co., ND. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Oran Ralph Abbey was born  October 13, 1899, in Milladore, Wood Co., WI.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 6, 1900, shows C. W. Abbey (age 38) born August 1861 in Wisconsin to English Canadian and English-born parents is a Laborer renting his home and is living in Milladore Twp., Wood Co., WI. Living with him is his wife of 17 years, Cora Abbey (age 33) born September 1866 in Wisconsin to English Canadian and New York-born parents, with all six of the children born to her still alive. Also living there are his five children, all born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents: Maud Abbey (age 14) born June 1885; Samual Abbey (age 7) born August 1892; Phebe Abbey (age 5) born August 1894; Ida Abbey (age 3) born January 1897; and Orin Abbey (age 9/12) born October 1899.

Alice Frances Herman was born July 5, 1901, in Glen Ullin, Mercer Co., ND.

The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Chas. Abbey (age 45) born in Wisconsin to English-born parents is a Drayman renting his home and living in the 1st Ward, City of Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Cora Abbey (age 38) born in Wisconsin to New York-born parents. Also there are his six unmarried children, all born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents: Sammy Abbey (age 12); Oran Abbey (age 5); Maude Abbey (age 19); Clara Abbey (age 17); Phoebe Abbey (age 10); and Ida Abbey (age 7).

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on May 4, 1910, shows Charles Abbey (age 48) is a Farmer and is living in Twp. 142, Mercer Co., ND. Living with him were his wife, Cora Abbey (age 42). Also there are five of their six living children: Clara Belle (age 22), who worked in a woolen factory (in Wisconsin); Samuel (age 17); Phoebe (age 15); Ida (age 12); and Oran (age 10). Their daughter Helen had moved away and married H. Oriel Sovereign. Clara B. Abbey (age 22) is also listed as living in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI on April 20, 1910 as a lodger in the Charles Burdick household. She is a drawer in a woolen mill.


The WWI Draft Registration Report dated September 12, 1918, shows Oran Ralph Abbey (age 18) born October 13, 1899, is a Farmer employed by Bernard E. Evans, and is living at R. F. D. #1, Beulah, Oliver Co., WI. His nearest relative is Chas. W. Abbey of the same address.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 9, 1920, shows Berton J. Higgins (age 32) born in Wisconsin to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents is a Barn Equipment Traveling Salesman renting his home and is living at 327 8th Avenue, 1st Ward, City of Baraboo, Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Clarissa Higgins (age 31) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents. Also living there is his son, Lloyd Higgins (age 1-2/12) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents. Also living there is Berton's unmarried brother-in-law: Oran Abbey (age 20) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 7, 1920, shows Albert B. Ellis (age 63) born in New York to Pennsylvania-born parents owns his own farm free of a mortgage and is living on Ellis Avenue, 3rd Ward, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Adora J. Ellis (age 59) born in Wisconsin to Vermont and English Canadian-born parents. Also living there are his two unmarried daughters, both born in Wisconsin to New York and Wisconsin-born parents: Maud Ellis (age 29), a Private Nurse; and Erna N. Ellis (age 27), a Private Nurse. Also living there are two unmarried Lodgers: Orrin Abbey (age 20) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; and Elmer P. Voss (age 23) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents, a Railroad Brakeman.


The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI; Friday, March 19, 1920

BARABOO - Orrin Abbey, who had his leg broken recently while sliding down hill, is recovering at the home of his sister, Mrs. B. J. Higgins.


Oran Ralph Abbey and Alice Frances Herman were married September 25, 1926, in Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND.


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, ND, Tuesday, September 28, 1926

WEDDING ANNOUNCED

Miss Alice Herman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Herman, Beulah, was married Saturday in Beulah to Orin Abbey of the same place. Miss Regina Herman, daughter of A. R. Herman, Mandan, announced her marriage to Noel Longbottom, Glen Ullin, on September 12 in Bismarck, on the same day. Bishop Wehrle officiated at the ceremony in Bismarck. The two brides are cousins.


The 1930 U.S. Census taken on April 30, 1930, shows Oran Abbey (age 29) born in Wisconsin of Wisconsin-born parents is a farmer owing his own farm in Mercer Co., ND. Living with him are his wife Alice Abbey (age 28) born in North Dakota of German and West Virginia-born parents, along with daughters Lois Abbey (age 3) and June Abbey (age 1), both born in North Dakota. When married, Oran was age 25 and Alice age 24.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 9, 1940, shows Orran Abbey (age 39) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 4 years of College, and who married but has no occupation listed, is renting his home for $15/month, and is living in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. Living with him are: his wife, Alice Abbey (age 38) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 2 years of College; his daughter, Lois Abbey (age 13) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 7 years of School; his daughter, Lois Abbey (age 13) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 7 years of School; his daughter, June Abbey (age 11) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 5 years of School; his daughter, Lenore Abbey (age 10) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 3 years of School; his daughter, Marilyn Abbey (age 9) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 2 years of School; his son, Gale Abbey (age 7) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 0 years of School; his daughter, Dona Abbey (age 5) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 0 years of School; his son, James Abbey (age 2) born in North Dakota; his daughter, Colleen Abbey (age 5/12) born in North Dakota; and an unmarried Servant, Roger Endresson (age 21) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 4 years of High School, a Common Laborer in Mixed Farming.

Oran Ralph Abbey died November 12, 1943, in a car accident about a half mile from his farm near the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, at age 44.


The Beulah Independent, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, November, 1943, Volume 33, No. 45

Car Accident Causes Death of Oran Abbey

A sorrowing wife and nine little children are left fatherless this week, as the result of a car accident last Friday afternoon claiming the life of Oran R. Abbey, 43, well known coal miner and farmer of rural Beulah. Mr. Abbey, in company with the driver of the car, Johnny Meyers, Beulah, and Jake Sailer, also of this city, were on the highway a short distance south of here when a slippery road caused the vehicle to leave the road bed, overturning, and causing the immediate death of Mr. Abby and injuring Mr. Meyers, slightly. Mr. Siler escaped without injury. No responsibility is attached to any member of the party. 

Services Tuesday

Rev. Fr. H. Wibbels of Hazen conducted services for Mr. Abbey at the Roxy Theater building Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with burial in the Catholic cemetery near this city. The church choir rendered special musical numbers. Pallbearers were Bob Keough, Ralph Murray, Henry Conrath, Glen Murray and Lee Perkius. Survivors, in addition to his immediate family, are his mother, Mrs. Cora Abbey, one brother, Sam Abbey, and three sisters, Maude Sovereign, Mrs. Ira Miller and Mrs. Clara Higgins.

Card of Thanks

We wish to take this opportunity to thank our many friends and neighbors for their floral offerings and acts of kindness. Especially, we are grateful to Fr. Wibbels for his comforting words, and to the church choir.

Mrs. Alice Abbey & Children

Mrs. Cora Abbey

Mr. and Mrs. Ira E. Miller

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Abbey

Mrs. Maude Sovereign

Mrs. Clara Higgins


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, ND, Wednesday, December 26, 1956

Charles Herman, Ex-Lawmaker, Dies

BEULAH - Charles G. Herman, 80, former state legislator and longtime North Dakota resident, died unexpectedly at his home in Beulah Monday afternoon. He had been in ill health for the past two years.


The Beulah Independent, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, March 2, 1967

By Glenn O. Elliot

Word was recently received by Mrs. Alice Abbey, Beulah, that she will be Mercer County's candidate for the North Dakota Mother of the Year contest to be held in Bismarck in April. Sponsoring Mrs. Abbey is the Mercer County Homemakers Council. The committee in charge of the contest is under the direction of Mrs. A. J. Dallman of Zap. Mrs. Abbey is the mother of nine children and has been a widow since 1943. Born in Glen Ullin in 1901, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Herman, Alice grew up on a ranch north of Glen Ullin. She graduated from Glen Ullin High School and attended teachers college in Valley City, after which she taught school for several years. In 1926 she married Oran Abbey and lived on the homestead south of Beulah until 1947 when she moved to Beulah with her family. She has been a busy woman and is still involved in many community activities. Right now she is busier than ever digging up past activities to be used in her biography. We all join in wishing her the best of luck in the contest. Wouldn't it be nice to have the Mother of the Year from Beulah?


Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey died March 27, 1982, at her home, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, at age 80.


The Beulah Independent, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, 1982

Alice Frances Abbey, 80 years of age, Beulah, died Saturday, March 27, 1982 at her home in Beulah. She was born July 5, 1901 at GIen Ullin, to Charles and Frances (Tavis) Herman. She was raised and attended school near Glen Ullin and graduated from GIen Ullin high school in 1920. She attended teachers college at Valley City and taught elementary school In Beulah for six years. On Sept. 25, 1926 she married Oran Abbey and the couple farmed south of Beulah. Her husband died in Nov. of 1943. Alice continued to farm until 1947 when she moved to Beulah where she lived up until the time of her death. She was very active in community affairs. She was a member of the Beulah Homemakers, Beulah Woman's Club, was chosen Mercer County Mother of the Year, served on the city and general election boards, and was past president of the Beulah Senior Citizens. She was also active in St. Joseph's Altar Society and was church organist for approximately 50 years. She is survived by (three sons) Gale of Glendive, Mont., James of Glendale, Ariz., and Alan of Beulah; (six daughters) Mrs. Loren (Lois) Lang of Sidney, Mont., Mike (June) Dolce of Polson, Mont., Mrs. Donald (Lenore) Wetzel of Beulah, Mrs. Arvid (Marilyn) Gustafson of Stanton, Mrs. Stanley (Donna) Stalsel of Mlps., Minn., and Mrs. Delmar (Colleen) Flemmer of Lolo, Mont., and (one sister) Mrs. Thure (Cleo) Orefalk of Mundelein, IIl., also 32 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and three brothers. Funeral Services will beheld Thursday, April 1, 1982 at 10 a. m. at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Beulah, with the Father Harold Roth and Father Joseph Hajduck officiating. The following grandsons will serve as pallbearers: Honorary: Greg Abbey, Scott Stasel, Lance Stasel. Darrin Lang, Jon Abbey, Mike Dolce, Jr. Gary Dolce, Larry Flemmer and Paul Flemmer. Active Pallbearers: Barry Wetzel, Kim Wetzel, Mark Gustafson, Doug Lang, David Lang, and Dean Lang. Interment will be at the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Beulah. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2 to 9 p. m. for family and friends at the Erdman Funeral Home in Beulah. Rosary services will be held Wednesday evening at 7 p. m. at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Beulah. The family prefers memorials to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Beulah. Erdman Funeral Home in Beulah.


THE HISTORY OF CHARLES G. HERMAN

Charles G. Herman was born in Saarbrucken, Germany, on Sept. 29, 1876, to Peter and Rose, nee Klier, Herman. The Peter Herman family came to the United States in 1883. They first settled in the Pennsylvania coal mining area, where the family; Minnie, Charles, August, and Rose lived for a time. Later they moved to Michigan, but did not stay long; for like so many of our early settlers, they followed the "Westward Movement."

The Herman Family arrived in Glen Ullin in 1890 and took up a homestead about four miles north of what is now Glen Ullin. It was rough going for the Hermans.  In those early years, what with sod houses without floors, and only one room. The whole family had to work hard to make a living. They plowed the land with a hand plow and Oxen.

At the age of fourteen Charlie decided to make some extra money for the family by working for the railroad for $15.00 a month. When he was about eighteen Charlie realized that "hiring out" was not for him, and made the decision to start a sheep ranch. He took up a homestead about twelve miles south of Beulah, built a small house and bought some sheep. He was now a full-fledged rancher. But things did not go as smoothly as he had hoped for; trips to Glen Ullin for groceries took two days, though later on, when the Evans and Farrington Post Offices were built, it was handier for their mail, at least.

In 1900 Charlie was married to Frances Tavis of Glen Ullin. As a girl Frances had come with her parents, John and Theresa Rolfe Tavis, from West Virginia. It had been necessary for Frances to miss some schooling in order for her to take her turn, with her seven sisters and two brothers, at sheep herding. Thanks to the size of the family, her turn did not come too often.

To this union of Frances and Charles five children were born: Alice, Mrs. Oran Abbey; Theodore, Carl, Wilfred, and Cleo, Mrs. Thure Orefalk. For two years the Herman family lived in Glen Ullin. In 1908 they moved back to the homestead, where the number of sheep Charlie owned sometimes reached 2,000. He was the first man in the area to own a Ford Car. During this time the railroad was being built, and the crews would winter their horses at Charlie's. He then bought land in the Aplin area where he established and operated the Charlie Herman Cattle Ranch until 1943, when the youngest son, Wilfred, took over.

In 1912 he was elected sheriff of Oliver County and the family moved to Center where he served in this capacity for two terms. While in Center he also operated the Ford Garage. On Armistice Day, 1918, the family moved back to the ranch. At that time the Hermans got their mail at the Aplin Post Office. They built a new home in 1922 and it was at this time that Charlie started as a cattle buyer. In the early 1930's he served in the North Dakota House of Representatives for two terms. In 1943 he moved to Beulah, where he continued in the cattle buying business.

In 1947 Mrs. Herman passed away after a lingering illness of four years. Charlie continued to live in Beulah until his death on Christmas Eve, 1956.


History submitted by Alice, Mrs. Oran Abbey.

Oran Abbey          Alice Abbey

THE HISTORY OF ALICE HERMAN ABBEY

Alice Herman was born at Glen Ullin, N. Dak. in 1901. She attended her first two years of school in Glen Ullin, and later went to country school in the Aplin area, where her family was then residing. She was graduated from Glen Ullin High School in 1920, and then began teaching. For six years she taught the lower grades in Beulah, while getting her College education in Valley City during the summer terms. In 1926 she married Oran Abbey, son of C. W. and Cora Armstrong Abbey, who homesteaded south of Beulah.

In the late 1920's they started farming three miles south of Beulah on what was then known as the Sam Murray homestead. In addition to farming, Oran Abbey was also employed as a mule skinner in the Knife River Coal Mine. Oran also operated a small coal mine on his own farm, and did veterinary work for the surrounding area for many years.

Oran Abbey was killed in a car accident about one half mile from his farm, in the year 1943. His wife, Alice, was left to raise nine children who were now fatherless.

Alice Abbey continued living and working on the farm for four years. Eventually, however, she decided it was too difficult to get her children through school, continue as organist at St. Joseph's Church--a job which she held from the early 1920's through 1956, and which she holds once more--and still manage to keep up the farm work. So in 1947 Alice rented the farm out on shares, bought the house in Beulah that is still her home, and moved her family into town. And it was here that her nine children went through High School.

Her daughter Lois graduated from St. Alexius School of Nursing and later married Loren Lang, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lang. The Loren Lang's now reside in Sidney, Montana, where he is employed by Montana-Dakota Utilities. They are the parents of five children.

June attended college at Fargo, North Dakota and then became a stenographer. While working in Denver, Colorado she met and married Michael Dolce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Dolce. The Mike Dolce's are presently living in Billings, Montana, and have a family of four children.

Lenore married Donald Wetzel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wetzel. Don and Lenore live in Beulah, where Donald is the District Manager of Montana-Dakota Utilities Office. They have four children.

Marilyn was employed as a Nurse's Aide in the Hazen Hospital until her marriage to Arvid Gustafson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gustafson. Marilyn and Arvid, with their three children, are presently living on a farm near Stanton, North Dakota.

The eldest son, Gale, married Kathy Gillon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gillon of Red Lodge, Montana. They are now living in Sidney, where Gale is employed by Montana-Dakota Utilities.

Donna Abbey married Stanley Stasel, son of the late A. G. and Mrs. Florence Stasel. Stanley Stasel is in the Law and Accounting business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stanley and Donna are the parents of one daughter.

James Abbey is currently doing construction work in Renton, Washington.

Colleen, the youngest daughter, married Delmer Flemmer, son of the late Edward and Mrs. Hella Flemmer. Delmer is now employed by the company of Lange Electric. Mr. and Mrs. Delmer Flemmer have four children.

Alan, youngest of the nine children, is presently living with his mother, and is employed by Knife River Coal Mining Company. He is engaged to be married in the Spring of 1964.

Left to right: Lois, June, Lenore, Marilyn, Donna, Colleen.

Left to right: Gail, James, Alan


Alice graduated from Valley City College in Valley City, ND, and taught high school physical education in Beulah, ND.


Below is a link to the "Beulah, North Dakota Golden '50' Years Anniversary, 1914-1964":

http://www.odessa3.org/collections/towns/link/beulah64.txt



The Yuma Sun, Yuma, Yuma Co., AZ, December 15, 2012

Robert Duane Wetzel

Robert Duane Wetzel passed on peacefully on December 8, 2012. He was born on June 16, 1930. Robert served in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War. Following his service in the Navy, he moved back to his home state of North Dakota. He worked in the Power Plant industry for his entire career beginning in North Dakota, later moving to Louisiana, then to Kansas, finally to Utah from whence he retired. He had many passions in his life. In his younger years, he enjoyed pheasant hunting and fishing. After moving to Utah, he became a rock hound and enjoyed digging for fossils. He had a continued zeal for service in the American Legion throughout his life, serving as an honor guard for many veterans' funerals. His father and mother (Harry and Frances Wetzel) and his brother (Dale Wetzel) preceded Robert in passing. His brothers (Donald and James), his three sons (Kyle, Ross, and Bradley Wetzel), and three grandchildren (Francine, Kevin, and Tyler) survive him. Service will be held for Robert on Tuesday, December 19, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at Gila Mountain Methodist Church located at 12716 N. Frontage Rd. Yuma, AZ. A quiet ceremony will be held in the summer of 2013 in Beulah ND to bring his remains to where his parents are buried. Memorials may be given to the Disabled American Veterans or to the Gila Mountain Methodist Church of Yuma AZ.