Middle Park pioneer ‘Peg’ Scholl passes away at 100
July 23, 2015
Ellen Nadene "Peg" Scholl, 100, passed away at Kremmling Memorial Hospital on July 13, 2015. She was born Jan. 18,1915, in Harvard, Neb. to Harry and Ida Marsh. Peg attended high school in Limon, Colo. Being a true pioneer, she decided to go west with her family. They crossed Berthoud Pass in a covered wagon while driving a herd of cattle. While living in the Williams Fork Valley near Parshall, Colo., she met and married Robert Scholl in 1934. While living at Scholl, Colo., their first son, Robert Duane, was born.
They later moved to The Company Ranch on the Williams Fork and were the first to raise wheat in Grand County. Darwin Scholl, their second son, was born at this time. Peg and Bob bought the ranch on Corral Creek from Sam McCall in 1940 and made this property their permanent home. Peg experienced many changes on the ranch: one being living in a two room log cabin without heat, plumbing, or electricity.
Peg worked side by side with Bob and the boys to develop and improve the ranch in many ways such as building fence, improving the land, milking cows, irrigating, raising chickens, having a large garden, and doing mechanic work. She was part of the team during harvesting wheat, putting up hay, moving cattle, or repairing buildings or machinery. Besides all the outside work, she was a good cook and provided meals of home-made bread, pies, and cakes. She also canned a lot of fruit, vegetables, and meat.
The ranch raised the first Black Angus in Middle Park. In addition to raising Angus, they had dairy cows . Peg was very good at milking cows. They sold cream, which was shipped to Denver by train from Parshall. After Granby Dairy was started, the ranch sold them milk, which was picked up by the dairy from a cooler in the milk barn.
She was a successful deer and elk hunter. Her love of hunting and fishing carried over to her grandchildren, and she loved going with them. The ranch also raised sheep. At one time they had a band of sheep. (1,200 ewes) Although herders were hired to help, one summer Peg, Bob, and their grandson Thad herded the sheep and stayed in a sheep wagon.
Peg was a member of the Kremmling School Board for many years. She was also active in the Home Demonstration Club and the Grand County Senior Association. She was a member of the Parshall Chapel. After Bob died in 1977 she worked part time for the Kremmling Forest Service. She spent a lot of time enjoying her grandkids activities. She continued to live on the ranch until 2002 when she moved to Cliff View Assisted Living in Kremmling.
She is survived by her sons Duane (Pat) Scholl & Darwin (Barbara) Scholl of Kremmling; six grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; nine great, great, grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Mary Marsh of Clifton, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held July 17, 2015, at Kremmling Cemetery. Memorial donations in Peg's memory may be made to Cliff View Assisted Living Center, PO Box 1119, Kremmling, CO 80459.
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