The following obituaries
are of the deceased buried in Ransom Cemetery, St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery,
and Cyrus Cemetery, Ransom, Ness County, Kansas. These obituaries and news
articles were collected and contributed by Mark Horchem.
Died: - May 22, 1902, Mrs.
Anna Aeby, at the home of her son, Jacob Aeby, in Nevada township.
Anna Amstutz was born in Saurte, Switzerland, August
1, 1811, and February 12, 1832 was married to G.F. Aeby. To this
union were born sixteen children, twelve of whom awaited her on the other
shore. Deceased was a devout member of the Mennonite Church from
infancy. She came to Gentry, Missouri, in 1881, and in the spring
of 1886 came to Ness County, Kansas, where she resided till her demise.
She had been confined to her bed since the 15th of February, 1901.
While being almost helpless, yet her implicit faith was placed in a risen
Redeemer. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church
in an impressive manner by Abram Ummel, and at three o’clock, Friday afternoon,
the remains were followed by relatives and friends to the Ransom cemetery,
where the last sad rites of respects were paid to the departed.
Ness Co. News, May 31, 1902
Monday Judge B.F. Garrett and a jury held an inquest
of insanity, the unfortunate person being Benjamin Aeby, of Nevada
township, who was adjudged to be of unsound mind and a suitable subject
for treatment at the State institution for the insane.
Ness Co. News, May 11, 1901
Benjamin Aeby, of Nevada township, who was
adjudged insane by a jury in the probate court last week, was confined
in the jail until last Tuesday, when he was taken home. His admission
into the State institution for the insane was refused because of lack of
room. During his stay in this place he was a very sick man, requiring
extra watchers at night, and it was believed that he could not live long.
Ness Co. News, May 18, 1901
Died, May 21, 1901, Benjamin Aeby, at his
home in Nevada township, after a short illness. Deceased leaves a
wife and ten small children to mourn his departure. He was 66 years
of age and came to Ness County in 1886.
Ness Co. News, May 25, 1901
Benjamin Aeby, who was recently adjudged
insane in the probate court, died Monday evening at his home in Nevada
Ness Co. News, May 25, 1901
John A. Aeby, 82, Lindsborg, died Tuesday,
Dec. 1, 1970, in a car accident. Born July 28, 1888, at Ransom, he
married Mecie Sweasy Edmonson June 3, 1917. She died Aug. 4, 1962.
He was a retired funeral director and had lived here most of his life.
He was a member of the Christian Church, Ransom;
Survivors include a daughter; Mrs. Harold Patrick,
Lindsborg; Mrs. Patrick La Orange, Salina; brother: George, Kansas
City, Mo.; sister: Mabel, Venice, Fla.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be 10:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fitzgerald
Funeral Home, Ness City. Burial will be in Ransom Cemetery.
Unknown newspaper source
John A. Aeby, 82, a native of the Ransom
community and resident there until some 15 years ago when he retired and
moved to Lindsborg, was killed in a highway accident near Bavaria in southwest
Saline County Tuesday morning, December 1, while enroute back to Ransom
to attend the L.A.Dubbs funeral services.
The accident reportedly happened when Aeby passed
a highway department truck and met an oncoming car in a head-on crash.
The driver of the second car, Charles Sharp of Hoisington, was also killed.
Aeby was born at Ransom July 28, 1888, and spent
most of his life there. He was a mortician there for many years before
retiring several years ago.
He married Mecie Sweasy Edmonson June 3, 1917.
She passed away August 4, 1962. He was a member of the Christian
Church and of the American Legion post at Lindsborg.
Funeral services will be held from the Fitzgerald
Funeral Home here Thursday morning, December 3, 10:30 o’clock, with interment
to be in the Ransom cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Harold (Dorothy)
Patrick of Lindsborg, and Mrs. Patrick (Evelyn) LaOrange of Salina; four
grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mabel Aeby of Venice,
Fla.; a brother, Leo Aeby of Kansas City, Mo.; other relatives and many
Ness Co. News, Dec. 3, 1970
John A. Aeby was a veteran of World War I,
and served overseas in France. He was wounded in the battle of Saint
Mihiel. After the war, he was employed at the S-D Mercantile Co.,
in Ransom as a clerk, bookkeeper, mortician and funeral director until
his retirement. A few months after the death of his wife, he moved
to Lindsborg, Ks., to be near his daughters and their families. He
was killed on Dec. 1, 1970, in a car accident while driving to Ransom for
the funeral of his dear friend and neighbor, L.A. Dubbs.
Survivors include two daughters: Dorothy
(Mrs. Harold E. Patrick) of Lindsborg, Ks. and Evelyn (Mrs. P.H. La Orange)
of Salina, Ks.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother,
George, of Kansas City, Mo., and one sister, Mabel, of Venice, Fla.
Obituary supplied by the family
Mary Aeby passed away at Hoisington Monday,
January 12. Funeral services are being held at Ransom today (Thursday).
Ness Co. News, Jan. 15, 1953
Mary Aeby was born July 20, 1887. She
was one of 12 children of Benjamin and Bertha Aeby, who resided on a farm
near Ransom, Kansas. She departed this life January 12 at the Hoisington
Lutheran hospital at the age of 65 years, 5 months and 23 days.
Five of her brothers and sisters have preceded
her in death. Six survive her.
After the death of her father in 1910, Mary lived
with her mother near Ransom until 1911, when they moved to Kingman, Kansas,
where they made their home until her mother’s death in 1926. She
was a life long invalid.
Since that time she has been cared for by her brothers
and sisters in their homes and the last 14 months in the nurses convalescent
home at Hoisington.
Ness Co. News, Jan. 29, 1953
MARY (MARIE) AEBY
Died -- At her home in Ransom, Monday, December
25, Mrs. Jacob Aeby.
Ransom Record, Dec. 28, 1922
Marie Antonette Dalcher was born in France,
March 14, 1844, and passed away at her home in Ransom, December 25, 1922,
at the age of seventy-eight years, nine months and eleven days.
On Christmas day in 1859, while still in her early
girlhood, she was united with the Reform Church and lived a faithful, earnest
Christian life to the end.
On March 5, 1870, she was united in marriage to
Rev. Jacob Aeby, of Switzerland, with whom she lived fifty-two years, nine
months and twenty days, until her death. She left Switzerland with
her husband, February 24, 1873, and came to Davis County, Iowa, where they
resided one year. In March, 1874, they moved to Gentry County, Missouri,
on a farm. Twelve years later they were sent to Kansas to find a
location for a Mennonite colony. They located in Ness County, near
Ransom, in 1885, and passed through all the trials and hardships of early
pioneers. In 1887 Mennonites began to settle around Ransom and in
1900 a new church was erected, which still stands in Ransom and services
are held there every Sunday, both Sunday School and preaching.
Rev. and Mrs. Aeby celebrated their golden wedding
anniversary two years ago, both in good health.
She leaves to mourn her departure her husband,
Rev. Jacob Aeby, one child (an adopted daughter), Mrs. Beulah Sidebottom,
of Hoisington; one sister, Mrs. Abraham Ummel, of Ransom; four grandchildren
and a host of relatives and friends.
She had a kind and loving disposition which endeared
her to all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted from the
Mennonite Church Wednesday morning at ten o’clock by Rev. J.W. Vanderlip,
and the remains laid to rest in the Ransom cemetery.
Farewell dear mother, thou art at rest,
And wilt forever be,
Thou could not stay on earth with us,
But we can come to thee.
Thou art gone to live beyond this vale
Of sorrow, pain and care,
And if through life we live for Him
We’ll meet thee over there.
Ransom Record, Jan. 4, 1923
Mrs. John Aeby, 78, a resident of the Ransom community
since 1917, passed away at the Ransom hospital Saturday night, August 4,
1962, following a cerebral hemorrhage.
Born at Van Buren, Ky., on November 16, 1883, the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sweasy, she grew to womanhood in the community
near Louisville, Ky.
Early in 1917 she came to the Ransom community
on an extended visit with her brothers, where she met and married John
Aeby on June 3, 1917. The couple had lived in the Ransom community
their entire wedded life.
Survivors include the bereaved husband, John; two
daughters, Mrs. Harold (Dorothy) Patrick of Lindsborg, and Mrs. Pat (Evelyn)
La Orange of Salina; one brother, Dorsie Sweasy; two half-sisters, Mrs.
Anna Milburn and Mrs. Ella Reinle of Kentucky; four grandchildren, several
nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were were held from the Ransom
Christian Church on Wednesday afternoon, August 8, at 2:00 o’clock, conducted
by Rev. Reid Swindler of Utica. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery
with Fitzgerald’s in charge.
Ness Co. News, Aug. 9, 1962
Mecie Sweasy was born November 16, 1883,
at Van Buren, Anderson County, Ky., and was the daughter of Joseph and
Elizabeth Sweasy. She grew to young womanhood in the vicinity of
Louisville, Ky. Early in 1917 she visited her brothers at Ransom,
Kansas, where she met John Aeby.
On June 3, 1917, Mecie and John were married, and
spent 45 wonderful years together in the Ransom community. To this
union two daughters, Dorothy and Evelyn, were born.
In the morning on August 4, 1962, Mecie suffered
a cerebral hemorrhage and was taken unconscious to the Grisell Memorial
hospital where she passed away at 11:30 p.m.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters
and two brothers.
She leaves to mourn her passing her devoted widower,
John; her two daughters and son-in-law; four grandchildren; one brother,
Dorsie Sweasy; two half-sisters, Mrs. Anna Milburn and Mrs. Ella Reinle
of Kentucky; nieces, nephews and friends.
Mecie Aeby was a faithful member of the Ransom
Christian Church all of her married life.
Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Reid Swindler
on Wednesday, August 8, 2:00 p.m. from the Ransom Christian Church, and
interment was in the Ransom cemetery. Fitzgerald Funeral Home was
in charge of arrangements.
Ness Co. News, Aug. 9, 1962
Paul F. Aeby, 63, brother of John Aeby of
Ransom, passed away August 3, 1955 at Yonkers, N.Y. He grew to manhood
at Ransom, later entering the lithography profession at Chicago, Ill.,
and was working as a lithographer in Yonkers at the time of his death.
Funeral services were held at Ransom August 8, with interment being in
the Ransom cemetery.
Ness Co. News, Aug. 18, 1955
Paul Fred Aeby was born on a farm near Ransom,
Kansas, on July 30, 1892. Paul was a son of Benjamin and Bertha Aeby.
He passed away at Yonkers, N.Y., on August 3, 1955, at the age of 63 years
and 3 days.
His parents and six brothers and sisters preceded
him in death.
Paul grew to manhood in the Ransom community.
He worked in Chicago, Ill., for a lithograph company for several years
and was transferred to their factory at Yonkers, where he was working until
Five brothers and sisters survive Paul. They
are Mabel and Lillian of Chicago, Ill., Henry of Mound City, Mo., George
of Pleasant Hill, Mo., and John of Ransom. He also leaves several
nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held from the Ransom Christian
Church Monday afternoon, August 8, with burial in the Ransom cemetery.
Ness Co. News, Aug. 18, 1955
Donald William Albers, 80, died June 13,
2001, at Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom.
He was born April 21, 1921, at Hargrave, the son
of Albert and Gladys Williams Albers. A resident of Ransom since
1946, moving from Hargrave, he was a farmer and rancher. He served
in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He belonged to First Mennonite Church and VFW Post
No. 7972, the church board and the board of education, and he was president
of the senior citizen center, all at Ransom.
On Sept. 16, 1945, he married Marguerite Mae Seuser
at Bison. She survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Albert
“Butch”, Ransom, and William Donald, Bison; two daughters, Donna Marie
Klitzke, Glendale, Ariz., and Linda Dietz, Hudson; two brothers, Wilbur,
Ransom, and E.B., Wichita; two sisters, Lotus Foos, Wichita, and Marcalee
Boatright, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Isla
Carter, Glenna Leatherman and Alda Munn.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First
Mennonite Church, Ransom, with Pastor Eric Buller presiding. Friends
may call from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness
City, and before service time Saturday at the church. Burial, with
military graveside rites by Ransom VFW Post No. 7972, will be in Ransom
Memorials may be sent to First Mennonite Church
or to the Ransom Senior Center, both of Ransom.
Hutchinson News, June 15, 2001
Donald William Albers, 80, died Wednesday,
June 13, 2001, at Grisell Memorial Hospital.
He was born April 21, 1921, in Hargrave to Albert
and Gladys (Williams) Albers.
He married Marguerite Mae Seuser on Sept. 16, 1945,
in Bison. He was a farmer-rancher. He moved from Hargrave to
Ransom in 1946, where he lived the remainder of his life. He was
a member of the First Mennonite Church, Ransom, VFW, president of the Senior
Citizen Center, was a church board member, and a board of education member,
all of Ransom.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons,
Albert “Butch”, Ransom, and William Donald, Bison; two daughters, Donna
Marie Klitzke, Glendale, Ariz., and Linda Dietz, Hudson; two brothers,
Wilbur, Ransom, and E.B., Wichita; two sisters, Lotus Foos,; Wichita, and
Marcalee Boatright, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Isla
Carter, Glenna Leatherman, and Alda Munn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First
Mennonite Church, Ransom, with the Rev. Eric Buller officiating; burial
in Ransom Cemetery with graveside military rites by the Ransom VFW.
Visitation will be until 9 p.m. today at the Fitzgerald
Funeral Home, Ness City, and until 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the church or Ransom
Hays Daily News, June 15, 2001
Donald William Albers, age 80, died Wednesday,
June 13, 2001, at the Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom. He was born
April 21, 1921 at Hargrave, Ks. to Albert and Gladys Williams Albers.
Donald was a farmer and rancher. He moved
from Hargrave to the Ransom area in 1946 where he lived the remainder of
his life. He was a World War II veteran having served in the United
September 16, 1945 he married Marguerite Mae Seuser
at Bison. She currently resides at the home.
Donald was a member of the First Mennonite Church,
Ransom, V.F.W. Post No. 7972, president of the senior citizen center,
Church board member and board of education, all of Ransom.
Survivors include: his wife, Marguerite,
Ransom; two sons: Albert “Butch”, Ransom and William Donald, Bison;
two daughters; Donna Marie Klitzke, Glendale, Az.; Linda Dietz, Hudson;
two brothers: Wilbur, Ransom and E.B., Wichita; two sisters; Lotus
Foos, Wichita and Marcalee Boatright, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren and 8
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ila Carter,
Glenna Leatherman and Alda Munn.
Funeral service was held Saturday afternoon, June
16, at the First Mennonite Church, Ransom. Pastor Eric Buller officiating.
Military graveside rites by the Ransom V.F.W. Post 7972 with burial at
the Ransom Cemetery, Ransom.
Memorials may be made to the First Mennonite Church
or the Ransom Senior Center, both of Ransom.
Ness Co. News, June 21, 2001
Donald William Albers passed away Wednesday,
June 13, 2001 at the Ransom Hospital. He was 80 years, 1 month, 23
days old. He was born in Hargrave, Ks. to Albert Leslie Albers and
Gladys Rachel Williams Albers April 21, 1921 at the Albers homestead.
He was the oldest son of eight children. He had four older sisters,
two younger brothers and one younger sister. Siblings presently living
are brothers: Wilbur of Ransom and E.B. of Wichita; sisters, Lotus
Foos of Wichita and Marcalee Boatright of Oklahoma. He was preceded
in death by his sisters: Isla Carter, Glenna Leatherman and Alda
He graduated from LaCrosse Ks. High School and
served in the U.S. Navy in World War II from 1942-1945. He married
Marguerite Mae Seuser of Bison on September 16, 1945. To this union
were born four children: Donna Marie Klitzke of Phoenix, Ax.; Albert
(Butch) Leslie Albers of Ransom; Linda Sue Dietz of Hudson and William
(Bill) Donald Albers of Bison; 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
He spent his married life on a farm at Ransom as
a farmer and rancher. When the wheat crops failed he supplemented
his income by butchering for neighbors, cutting meat at the S & D Store
and selling insurance and DeKalb seed.
He was a member of the First Mennonite Church of
Ransom. He served on the USD 302 School Board for a number of years.
After his retirement he served as president of the Ransom Senior Center
as well as serving as a representative for the Southwest Area Agency on
Aging from 1989-1995.
He loved people. He loved music. He
played the sousaphone in the high school band and violin in the orchestra.
He played guitar, sang and until recently continued to entertain many with
the violin. He passed his love of music on to all his children.
He enjoyed hard work and helping his neighbors. He was a man of character.
He would not compromise his Christian beliefs of honesty and standing up
for what he believed was right.
He loved his wife, Marguerite, who worked by his
side for 55 years. He loved his children, their spouses and his grandchildren
with abandon. He gave God all the credit for bringing him home safely
from World War II -- for seeing him through tough times and often said,
“I’m so thankful to be here, just think what I would have missed if I had
not returned from the war. Every day I live is a gift.”
He was a very good horseshoe pitcher competing
in many tournaments including two world tournaments and received many trophies.
He loved to fish, hunt and play cards as a means
to socialize with his friends and relatives.
In the last two years after the diagnosis of cancer,
even in the midst of terrible pain, he knew God was good and was in control.
He had an expectation and an anticipation of Heaven. He knew the
ultimate healing was not in the flesh but in the spiritual realm.
God was very gracious to give him a dream, a vision in these past few weeks,
of a heaven and of those who had gone before him.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to
every purpose under heaven...” Eccl. 3:1.
“I know that whatever God does lasts forever, to
add to it or to subtract from it is impossible. And he has done it
all in such a way that men must feel awe in His presence.” Eccl.
“So I saw that there is nothing better than that
a man should enjoy his work since that is his lot...” Eccl. 3:22.
Ness Co. News, June 21, 2001
Joel H. Albright died Friday at the home
of his sister, Mrs. Brock. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon.
Ness Co. Echo, Dec. 11, 1909
Joel H. Albright was born in Gilford County,
North Carolina, September 23, 1830, and died at the home of his sister,
Mrs. Martha M. Brock, December 3, 1909, aged 79 years, 2 months and 10
During his boyhood his parents moved to Clay County,
Missouri, where he resided until 1881, when he moved to Ness County, Kansas,
taking a homestead in the southern part of Nevada township, where he has
He united with the Christian Union Church at the
age of eighteen and when he moved to Ness County he united with the Methodist
Episcopal church and remained a consistent member until his death.
He leaves three brothers and two sisters, living,
many nephews and nieces and a host of friends to mourn his loss.
Mr. Albright had been enjoying fairly good health
until about three o’clock Friday morning, when he began to have trouble
to get his breath, but he did not suffer much pain and passed quietly away
at nine o’clock.
Mr. Albright will be much missed in the community
where he lived as he befriended many during the early hard times and leaves
many friends who remember his past kindness.
Ness Co. News, Dec. 11, 1909
Joel Albright died very suddenly Saturday,
December 4, 1909, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Martha Brock, near Ransom.
Deceased was born July 3, 1880, at Gilford, North
Carolina, and leaves three sisters and three brothers as immediate relatives
to mourn his death.
He came to Ness County in the early eightys and
has since then resided on the farm which he homesteaded when he first came
to this County.
Funeral services were conducted at the grave, in
the Ransom cemetery Sunday, by Rev. M.G. Terry.
Ness Co. Echo, Dec. 11, 1909
Died: Friday morning May 14, Mrs. Alice
Aldrich, wife of W.C. Aldrich. We were unable to learn the particulars.
Ness Co. Echo, May 22, 1909
Possibly Ransom Cemetery, newspaper did not say
Mrs. Alice Amstutz, 85, a resident of the
Ransom community for almost 80 years, passed away at the Grisell Memorial
Hospital in Ransom Saturday, February 29. She had been seriously
ill for some three months.
She was born at Lawrenceburg, Ind., October 27,
1878, and came to Ness County with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wessa,
in 1886. After receiving her education she taught school for several
She was united in marriage to Louis Amstutz on
June 20, 1906, who preceded her in death on November 7, 1959. She
also was preceded in death by a daughter, Hazel, who died in infancy.
Survivors include a son, Ralph Amstutz of the home;
a brother, Ralph E. Wessa of St. Maries, Idaho; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held from the Ransom Methodist
Church Monday morning, March 2, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Bruce Blake.
Interment was in the Ransom cemetery with Fitzgerald’s in charge.
Ness Co. News, Mar. 5, 1964
Alice M. Amstutz, daughter of Ellen and Peter
J. Wessa, was born at Lawrenceburg, Ind., October 27, 1878, and departed
this life February 29 at Grisell Memorial Hospital after a few months illness.
Her age was 85 years, 4 months.
She was married to Louis Amstutz June 20, 1906.
To this union was born one daughter, Hazel, who died in infancy; and one
son, Ralph, of the home.
Husband, Louis, preceded her in death November
She is survived by her son, Ralph; one brother,
Ralph E. Wessa, of St. Maries, Idaho; many other relatives and friends.
She came to Ness County in 1886 when her father
homesteaded near Ransom. Alice taught school several years before
her marriage. She taught Sunday School for many years and took an
active part in church work. She had many interests, chief of which
was raising beautiful flowers. Anything of beauty appealed to her-music,
fancy work, good books. She never complained even though she was
in failing health for some time. Patience, kindness and unassuming
dignity were qualities which endeared her to family and friends.
Ness Co. News, Mar. 5, 1964
Last Friday noon this community was saddened by
the news that Dave Amstutz had accidentally killed himself.
Mr. Amstutz had been in the field with his son and was on his way to the
house when the accident occurred. The jolting and swaying of the
car over rough ground discharged the gun which he had in the car.
The bullet entered his body just below the right side of his heart, passing
upward through the heart and lodging against the left shoulder bone.
Fred Amstutz, the eldest son, had been to the house
for some supplies and was going back to the field when he discovered his
father dead in the car, about a mile from his home. Dr. D.B. Parker
was called immediately and then County Coroner Fitzgerald, who immediately
summoned a jury which rendered a verdict of accidental death.
Mr. Amstutz was an expert marksman, and each year
attended the annual shoot at the Fort Riley reservation. He was well
known over the state, being a dealer in arms and ammunition. He also
had a rifle range on his farm and conducted practice shoots which were
attended by many of the expert riflemen of this section. He was a
popular member of the Association.
Mr. Amstutz always had a gun with him, and the
one he had last Friday was a 32 - 20 Winchester, with a soft-nose bullet.
The funeral, which was conducted Sunday afternoon
from the M.E. Church, was largely attended, the building being filled almost
to capacity. A good many members of the State Rifle Association were
The Record joins the many friends of the Amstutzs
in extending to them, sympathy, in the death of their husband, father and
Ransom Record, June 13, 1935
D.O. Amstutz, of Ransom, was killed instantly
Friday noon when a 32-20 Winchester rifle which he was carrying in the
car was accidentally discharged. Dave had driven to the field about
a quarter of a mile from the house with fuel for the tractor to fill up
during the noon hour. He had turned out of the road into the field
where his son, Fred, was listing. When Fred arrived at the corner
of the field where the car was stopped he found his father, dead, at the
wheel, in a sitting position as if asleep. The gun was found on the
floor with the stock down in the right hand corner of the car where it
had evidently fallen from the seat. Dave was a lover of guns and
always carried at least one when he was about his work, and had built up
an extensive business trading in guns and ammunition. His sudden
death was a severe shock to
David Oscar Amstutz was born on a farm near
Ransom, March 31, 1890, and died 1.4 miles from his birthplace on his own
farm 4 1/2 miles southwest of Ransom, June 7, 1935, at the age of 45 years,
two months and six days.
Dave was the youngest living child of Mr. and Mrs.
Ulrich Amstutz, of Ransom. He grew to manhood in Ness County and
spent his life here, with the exception of one year, which was spent working
away from home and attending Mohler Barber College, at Kansas City, where
he learned the barbers trade.
He was united in marriage to Lorena O. Harkness,
of Ransom, on June 17, 1915. To this happy union were born seven
children, Fred, Vernon, Earl, Hazel, the twins Fern and Fayne and Max.
Mrs. Amstutz and all the children, except Vernon, who died in infancy,
are still living.
Dave was converted and joined the Methodist Church,
of Ransom, and was a faithful attendant at Sunday School and worship
services all his life. He was a devout Christian, and those who knew
him in business and out of business, as well as those of his family and
loved ones, knew him to be such. He was of a very quiet nature and
took life seriously. He was deeply concerned about the welfare of
his family, not only physically but also spiritually, for when he and his
family were able they were all to be found in church on Sundays.
His hobby was guns. He was a good marksman
and won several medals at Fort Riley. He dealt in guns and ammunition
for about 15 years and during that time built up a trade that reached almost
every state in the Union. He was in the habit of carrying a rifle
in the car with him on week days as he drove here and there, and it was
a rifle that was accidentally discharged, in his car, that caused his death,
having pierced his heart.
Dave was a kind and loving father. He loved
his home and the fellowship of his loved ones. He leaves to mourn
his death his wife and six children, Fred, Earl, Hazel, Fern, Fayne and
Max, eight sisters and two brothers, all residing in Ness County, with
the exception of Mrs. Lee Everhart, who resides at Louisburg, Kas.
He also leaves a host of relatives and friends.
Jesus, while our hearts are bleeding
O’er the spoils that death has won,
We would at this solemn meeting
Calmly say, “Thy will be done”.
By thy hands the boon was given,
Thou hast taken but thine own:
Lord of earth and God of heaven,
Evermore “Thy will be done”.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from
the M.E. Church, conducted by Rev. D.L. Rothweiler. His tender and
comforting words were a solace to all who heard him.
A double quartet, composed of Mesdames Ira Stutzman,
L.B. Dubbs and F.T. McNinch and Miss Eleska Rufenacht and Messrs. Charles
Stutzman, L.B. Dubbs and George and Herman Shellenberger, sang beautifully
the songs, “Sometime We’ll Understand”, “A Shelter in the Time of Storm”
and “Sweet By and By”. Miss Fern Miller acted as pianist.
The casket was placed amid a beautiful floral display.
Pallbearers were Messrs. Lee Miller, Leslie Tilley,
Bill Anspaugh, Ed Klitzke, Bill Wallace and Bill Koester.
Funeral Director John Aeby had charge of the body,
which was taken to the Ransom cemetery for burial.
Ransom Record, June 13, 1935
Fred Amstutz, 87, Ransom banker for over
50 years, passed away at the Grisell Memorial hospital at Ransom Monday,
October 19. He had been in poor health the last few years.
He was born at Berlin, Mo., March 13, 1883, but
had spent most of his 87 years in the Ransom community.
He began working at the Ransom First State Bank
in 1919, and remained with the institution since. He was chairman
of the Bank Board of Directors at the time of his death, serving in that
capacity since the bank was merged with the Ransom Farmers State Bank in
He was married to Maude Simpson on May 5, 1920,
at Norton. She passed away on June 15, 1943.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Andy (Cleo)
Somy of Santa Barbara, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Neyer and Mrs. Rosa
Rutschman, both of Ransom; a grandson, Jim Somy of Santa Barbara, Calif.;
various nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends myriad.
Funeral services were held from the Ransom U-Methodist
Church Wednesday afternoon, October 21, 2:30 o’clock, conducted by
the pastor, Rev. William McFall. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery
with Fitzgeralds in charge.
Ness Co. News, Oct. 22, 1970
Fred Amstutz was born March 13, 1893, in
Berlin, Mo. He was the son of Ulrich and Marian Oppliger Amstutz.
He was one of 14 children.
At the age of four, he moved to a farm south of
Ransom with his parents and brother and sisters.
He was graduated from Kansas Wesleyan Business
College. With the exception of three or four years in Western Kansas,
Colorado, and Idaho, he spent his entire adult life in the Ransom community.
He was associated with the First State Bank of Ransom some 50 years.
On May 5, 1920, he was married to Maude Leona Simpson
of Lenora. To this union was born one daughter, Cleo. His wife
preceded him in death on June 15, 1943.
At the time of his death, he was Chairman of the
Board of Directors of the First State Bank. He was a member of the
United Methodist Church of Ransom and the Ransom Lions Club.
He leaves to mourn his passing his daughter, Cleo;
son-in-law, Andy; grandson, Jim; sisters, Mary Neyer and Rosa Rutschman,
both of Ransom; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Ness Co. News, Oct. 29, 1970
A corner accident on the road about seven miles
northwest of Ness City Monday, caused the death of Fred Amstutz
Amstutz, according to reports, was driving north
on the road four miles west of town, and collided at the corner with a
sand truck hauling gravel on the detour for 283 north of Ness City.
The car and truck met nearly head-on, the truck
loaded was traveling east, and the Amstutz car north.
Amstutz lived only a short while after the accident,
and the driver of the truck was seriously injured.
Both vehicles were badly damaged by the impact.
Ness Co. News, July 24, 1947
Fred Leroy Amstutz, son of Mr. and Mrs. David
Amstutz, was born at the farm home southwest of Ransom, April 1, 1916.
He was the eldest of seven children.
On Monday, July 21, 1947, as he was returning from
Beeler, with repair parts for his combine, the car he was driving collided
with a sand truck near the North Star schoolhouse. Fred Leroy never
regained consciousness and life ebbed out at the Ransom hospital as he
was being made ready for the journey to a Hays hospital. His age
was 31 years, 3 months, 20 days.
He completed the first eight grades in a country
school and then attended the Ransom Rural High School from which he was
graduated in 1934.
Following graduation Fred Leroy helped his father
in his farming and ammunition business, carrying on with his mother and
brother, Earl, for a year or more following his father’s accidental death
on June 7, 1935.
On June 15, 1936, he was united in marriage to
Miss Helen Hamit, in the Methodist parsonage at Ransom. Three children
have blessed this union: David Leroy, now 9 years of age, Michael
Bradford, and Frieda Lynne nearly 6 months of age.
The young couple continued on the farm awhile,
and after moving to Ransom went to work in Lamar, Mo. From Lamar
they moved to Kansas City where Fred Leroy worked as a carpenter and also
for the Western Auto Supply. They then returned to Ransom where the
deceased engaged in farming and general machinery repair with his brother,
Fred Leroy was of a very cheerful disposition,
and a willing worker, and enjoyed a wide circle of friends.
He was converted as a youth in high school.
At the age of 12 years Fred Leroy was received into the membership of the
Ransom Methodist Church. And during the last several years he had
shown an increasing interest in the work of the church.
The deceased was preceded in death by his father
and by a brother, Vernon, who died in infancy.
Left to mourn his departure are his devoted wife,
Helen; three children, David Leroy, Michael Bradford, and Frieda Lynne;
his mother, Mrs. David O. Amstutz; three sisters, Hazel Amstutz of Kansas
City, Mo.; Mrs. Fern Crossland of Hays, and Mrs. Fayne Sneddon of Marshall,
Mo.; three nephews and one niece; and many other relatives and a large
number of friends.
Funeral services were conducted from the First
Methodist Church in Ransom at 2:00 o’clock, Wednesday afternoon, July 23,
1947, with the pastor, Rev. Samuel Paulding, officiating. A double
quartet composed of Miss Rosanne Willour, Mrs. Clyde Willour, Mrs. Orville
Klitzke, Mrs. Samuel Paulding, Clifford Anderson, Jess Dieffenbach, Charles
Shellenberger and Clinton Scherzinger sang gospel hymns, “Beautiful Isle
of Somewhere” and “The Sweet By and By.” Mrs. Samuel Paulding sang
the solo, “God Understands”.
Pall bearers were six cousins: Phil Neyer,
Fred Neyer, Willard Horchem, Dave Ummel, Thomas Harkness and Vance Harkness.
Ness Co. News, July 31, 1947
Died: - Friday, August 12, 1898, Herman, the youngest
child of Mr. and Mrs. Ulrich Amstutz, aged about six years.
Ness Co. News, Aug. 20, 1898
Lorena Opal Amstutz, 90, a life-long resident
of the Ransom community, died Sunday, June 3, at the Dodge City Regional
Born Dec. 1, 1893, at Ransom, she married David
O. Amstutz June 17, 1915, at Ransom. He died June 7, 1935.
A member of the Ransom United Methodist Church, Mrs. Amstutz had made her
home at Ft. Dodge for the past several years.
She is survived by two sons, Earl of Ransom and
Max of Fort Wayne, Indiana; two daughters, Mrs. George (Hazel) Davis of
Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Milton (Fayne) Snedden of Joplin, Mo.; 13 grandchildren,
eight great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Tuesday afternoon at the Ransom
united Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Vance officiating. Burial
was in the Ransom Cemetery.
Ness Co. News, June 7, 1984
Lorena Opal Amstutz, daughter of James Harkness
and Maria Bradley Harkness, was born December 1, 1893, at Ransom, Kansas
and departed her life June 3, 1984, at the Dodge City Regional Hospital.
She lived most of her life at Ransom.
She married David O. Amstutz at Ransom, June 17,
1915. To this union seven children were born: four sons, Fred,
Vernon, Earl and Max; three daughters, Hazel, Fern and Fayne.
Her husband, David O. Amstutz and three children,
Fred, Vernon and Fern preceded her in death.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church
of Ransom. She was active in the Women’s Society and WCTU.
She also taught Sunday School for years until her health failed a
number of years ago.
She is survived by two sons, Earl of Ransom and
Max of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; two daughters, Hazel Davis of Kansas City, Mo.,
and Fayne Sneddon of Joplin, Mo.; 13 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren,
8 great-grandchildren and 5 step-great-grandchildren, many relatives and
Ness Co. News, June 14, 1984
Louis Amstutz, 84, long time resident of
the Ransom community passed away at the hospital there Saturday, November
7. He had been a patient at the Ransom hospital for some time.
Born in Missouri, Mr. Amstutz came to the Ransom
community at an early age, and homesteaded on a farm southwest of Ransom,
where he underwent many of the pioneer hardships here. He had been
a continuous resident of the Ransom community since his homesteading days,
except for two years spent in Colorado and Idaho.
Funeral services were held from the Ransom Methodist
Church on Monday afternoon, November 9, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Ray
Keller, with Fitzgerald’s of Ness City in charge. Interment was in
the Ransom cemetery.
Survivors include: The widow, Mrs. Alice
Amstutz, and a son, Ralph, of the home; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Neyer,
Mrs. Lizzie Johannes, Mrs. Anna Sipe, and Mrs. Rosa Rutschman, all of Ransom;
a brother, Fred Amstutz of Ransom; other relatives and friends.
Ness Co. News, Nov. 12, 1959
Louis Amstutz, son of Ulrich and Marian Amstutz,
was born July 28, 1875, in Berlin, Gentry County, Mo., and departed this
life November 7, 1959 at the Grisell Memorial hospital where he had been
a patient for several months.
Louis was from a family of 13 children. Those
preceding him in death were Mrs. Della Ummel, Mrs. Emma Horchem, Mrs. Laura
Huxman, Mrs. Ida Everhart, his sisters; and two brothers, David and Herman;
and a sister who died in infancy.
Four sisters and one brother are still living.
They are: Mrs. May Neyer, Mrs. Lizzie Johannes, Mrs. Anna Sipe, Mrs.
Rosa Rutschman, and Fred Amstutz, all of Ransom.
Louis at an early age, moved with his family from
Missouri to Kansas and homesteaded on a farm southwest of Ransom.
This farm is now occupied by the Fred Neyer family.
Being one of the early settlers in Ness County,
Louis learned many things the hard way. He knew what it was to work
and struggle and endure hardships that the early settlers had to face.
Many of the water wells in the community are ones he dug by hand.
He became a member of the Methodist Church in early
manhood and remained true to that faith.
On June 20, 1906, he was united in marriage to
Alice Wessa. Two children were born to this union, Hazel, who died
in infancy, and Ralph, who is of the home. All of his married life
had been spent on the farm with the exception of two years which was spent
in Colorado and Idaho.
He was a man who served his fellow men in numerous ways.
He served as township trustee for 20 years. He was superintendent
of the Sunday School for a number of years and also served on the school
board. He was always a good neighbor and friend, ready to extend
a helping hand to any who might need him. He was a great lover of
the land and cherished his farm, his home and family.
His widow, Alice; and son, Ralph, are left to mourn
his passing, besides many relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Monday, November
9, 2:30 p.m., from the Ransom Methodist Church. Interment was in
the Ransom cemetery.
Ness Co. News, Nov. 12, 1959
Dr. W.S. Grisell accompanied Mrs. Amstutz to Kansas
City last Tuesday, returning Friday.
Ness Co. Echo, March 5, 1910
Mrs. Ulrich Amstutz went to Kansas City to
the hospital for an operation but the doctors pronounced the disease cancer
of the liver, and thought it best not to perform the operation and she
returned home Saturday evening.
Ness Co. Echo, March 5, 1910
The Ransom community was saddened on Tuesday when
the word of the death of Mrs. Fred Amstutz reached there from Hays, where
death occurred about 11 o’clock Tuesday morning. Mrs. Amstutz had
been in the hospital for several days.
Funeral services will be held from the Methodist
Church in Ransom Thursday afternoon, June 17, at 1:45 p.m., with burial
in a Ransom cemetery.
Surviving are the husband, Fred, and one daughter,
Cleo Faye, besides many other relatives and friends.
Ness Co. News, June 17, 1943
Maud Leona Simpson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
H.W. Simpson, was born February 21, 1893, in Graham County, and died at
St. Anthony’s hospital, Hays, June, 1943, at the age of 50 years, 3 months,
and 25 days.
When but two years of age she moved with her parents
to a farm near Lenora, where she grew to womanhood. She was united
in marriage to Fred Amstutz, May 5, 1920. One child, Cleo, came to
bless this union.
She united with the Methodist Church in 1915, at
Lenora, and in 1920 transferred her membership to Ransom, where she served
as a faithful servant of her Lord until her death. She was superintendent
of the primary department of the Sunday School for many years. She
represented the Ransom charge at the annual conference last year, at Salina.
At the time of her death, she was a member of the
board of stewards, and was a communion steward. She loved her Lord
and her Church, and especially delighted in the communion services of the
church. She was a devoted wife and mother, a good neighbor, and a
She will be sadly missed by her husband and daughter;
her three sisters: Mrs. Edith McKenney of Colby; Mrs. Alice Wing
of Lenora; and Mrs. Wanda Troutner of Zarah; also, many nieces and nephews
and other relatives and friends.
Ness Co. News, June 24, 1943
Ralph Amstutz, 83, died Tuesday, June 22,
1993, at Ransom.
A lifetime Ransom resident, he was a retired McNess
products dealer for more than 50 years.
He was born Dec. 24, 1909, at Ransom, the son of
Louis and Alice Wessa Amstutz. He was a member of the Ransom United
He is survived by several cousins.
Memorial service will be announced at a later date
by Fitzgerald Funeral Home of Ness City.
Ness Co. News, July 1, 1993
A memorial service for Ralph Amstutz, who
died June 22, will be held Saturday, Aug. 14, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at
the Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City.
Marjorie Ediger, pastor of the Ransom First Mennonite
Church, will preside. Memorials are suggested to the Ransom Senior
Center or the Ransom Library.
Mr. Amstutz was a lifetime Ransom resident.
He was a retired McNess Products dealer for more than 50 years.
Ness Co. News, Aug. 5, 1993
Ness Co. News, Aug. 12, 1993
Ulrich Amstutz was born, April 28, 1838,
in Switzerland and died at the old home place five miles south of Ransom,
Kansas, June 12, 1917, aged seventy-nine years, one month and fourteen
days. He was married to Miss Mariana Oppliger in 1867, and to this
union thirteen children were born, four boys and nine girls, eleven of
whom survive. His companion departed this life March 30, 1910.
They immigrated to this country in 1870, and settled in Ness County, where
they lived continuously till death.
There remains to mourn this loss his eleven children,
a number of grandchildren and a host of friends. Funeral services
will be held at ten o’clock, this morning, at the Mennonite Church, of
which he was a faithful and loyal member, and will be in charge of his
pastor, Rev. Abram Ummel, assisted by Rev. Fisher.
Ransom Record, June 14, 1917
Ulrich Amstutz died at his home south of
Ransom, Tuesday, June 12, at the age of 79 years, 1 month and 14 days.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the Mennonite Church of
Ness Co. News, June 16, 1917
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. David Amstutz, Sunday,
January 20, 1918, but it did not live. Funeral services were conducted
by Rev. Vanderlip at the home Monday afternoon.
Ransom Record, January 23, 1918
Born and died:-Monday morning, January 21, 1918,
Vernon, little son of Mr. and Mrs. D.O. Amstutz, of near Ransom.
A particularly appropriate and comforting discourse was delivered at the
home, that afternoon, by Rev. Vanderlip, of Ransom, who conducted the funeral
service, in the presence of relatives and a few friends. Interment
was made in the Ransom cemetery. The sympathy of many friends goes
out to the parents in their bereavement.
Ness Co. News, Jan. 26, 1918
Gladys N. Anderson, 75, died June 18, 1992,
She was born Dec. 29, 1916, at Burdett, the daughter
of Henry and Sadie Pruitt Reid. A resident of Wichita since 1989,
moving from Norton, she was a retired registered nurse.
She was a member of Rozel Methodist Church, Rozel,
Ransom Methodist, Ransom, the Norcatur and Norton United Methodist Church,
Norton, and West Heights United Methodist Church, Wichita.
On June 17, 1942, she married Luther Davisson.
On July 18, 1948 she married Harold Anderson at Ransom. He survives.
Other Survivors Include: one son, Robert
Anderson, Overland Park; three daughters, Delores Ellyett, Springdale,
Ark., Janet Belt, Topeka, and Velma Honer, Wichita; one brother, Joseph
Reid, Colorado Springs, Colo.; one sister, Stella Ideker, Rozel; eight
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at West
Heights United Methodist Church, Wichita, with the Rev. Ken Hathaway.
An additional service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist
Church, Ransom. Burial will be in Ransom Cemetery, Ransom.
Memorials may be sent to Victory in the Valley,
917 North Market, Wichita, 67214
Ness Co. News, June 25, 1992
H. CLIFFORD ANDERSON
Cliff Anderson, 83, a native of the McCracken
community and a resident of the Ransom community for many years before
moving to Norton a year ago, passed away at the home in Norton Friday,
Born at McCracken December 7, 1888, he married
Minnie Haug at Arnold on January 1, 1911. They had made their home
at Ransom for nearly 50 years where he was employed as a meat cutter for
the S-D Mercantile for many years.
He was a member of the Christian Church at Ransom.
Survivors include the widow of the home at Norton;
a son, Harold Anderson of Norton; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren,
other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held from the United Methodist
Church at Ransom Monday afternoon, October 2, conducted by the pastor,
Rev. William McFall. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery with Fitzgeralds
Ness Co. News, Oct. 5, 1972
Mrs. Minnie Anderson, 87, long time resident
of the Ransom community, passed away Wednesday, June 24, at the Grisell
Memorial hospital at Ransom.
Born in Trego County September 30, 1893, she married
Clifford Anderson January 1, 1911. They continued to live in her
home community, making their home at Ransom until his death on September
29, 1972. She was a resident of the LTC unit of the Grisell Memorial
hospital since 1977.
She was a member of the Ransom Christian Church.
Funeral services were held from the Ransom U-Methodist
Church Saturday afternoon, June 27, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Tim C.
Ault-Duell. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery with Fitzgeralds
Survivors include a son, Harold Anderson of Norton;
four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren,other relatives and many friends.
Ness Co. News, July 2, 1981
Bohuslav Andrasek of Oakley, father of Mrs.
Anna Griffith and Mrs. Marie Cofer of Ransom, died at the Logan County
hospital, April 28, 1972 at the age of 79 years, of a heart attack.
He was born in Czechoslovakia on April 24, 1893,
to Bohuslav and Anna Andrasek. He came to the United States in 1913.
On August 14, 1916, he married Matilda Besperat
in Timken. To this union eight children were born: Louis of
Scott City, Mrs. Griffith and Mrs. Cofer of Ransom, Frank and Joe of Great
Bend, Mrs. Rosie Fairchld of Wallace, Mrs. Mildred Peter of Fort Collins,
Colo., and Bob of the home.
Also surviving him are his wife, Matilda, 16 grandchildren,
13 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
Services were held Sunday, April 30 in Oakley with
burial at the Ransom cemetery.
Ness Co. News, May 4, 1972
Mrs. Matilda Andrasek, 85, formerly of Oakley,
died Wednesday, July 8, at the nursing home in Fort Collins, Colo., where
she had resided the past four years.
Born Matilda Besperate in Chicago March 14, 1896,
she married Bohuslav Andrasek in LaCrosse August 14, 1916. He died
in April of 1972.
She was a member of the Community Church in Oakley.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, July
14, from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Willard Schrag,
pastor of the Ransom First Mennonite Church. Interment was in the
Survivors include: Daughters, Mrs. Anna Griffith
and Mrs. Marie Cofer both of Ransom, Mrs. Mildred Peter of Fort Collins,
Colo., and Mrs. Rosie Hill of Goodland; sons, Louis Andrasek of Scott City,
Bob Andrasek of Fort Collins, Colo., and Joe Andrasek of Great Bend; 19
grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Ness Co. News, July 16, 1981
Lydia Newby Anspaugh was born in Jonesboro,
Ind., January 26th, 1859, and departed this life at Christs Hospital in
Topeka, Kansas, August 12th, 1941, at the age of eighty-two years, six
months and seventeen days.
She moved with her parents to Kansas in 1878.
They settled on a homestead near Dubuque, Kansas.
She was united in marriage to William H. Anspaugh,
October 24th, 1880. They moved to Wilson, Kansas, where they resided
until 1904, moving to a farm in Russell County. In 1915 she moved
to Ransom, Kansas, where she resided until a short time before her death.
Her husband and four children preceded her in death.
Five children and nine grandchildren survive to mourn her departure.
The children are: Mrs.E.H. Gruver, of Paradise, Kansas, Rev. S.E.
Anspaugh of Rawlins, Wyoming, George Anspaugh of Ness City, W.H. Anspaugh,
jr., of Great Bend, Kansas and Mrs. J.B. Oppliger of Topeka, Kansas.
She was a member of the Quaker Church until the
transfer of her membership to the Methodist Church to which she remained
a true and faithful member until her death.
Funeral services were held Thursday, August 14th,
at the Methodist Church in Ransom, Kansas. The services were conducted
by Rev. Albrecht of Ransom and Rev. J.E. Gruver of Ada, Kansas. A
double quartet composed of Mrs. W.F. Baer, Mrs. L.B. Dubbs, Mrs. Floyd
Durr, Gladys Garrelts, H.C. Anderson, Geo. I. Shellenberger, Alvin Maddy
and L.B. Dubbs, sang “There’ll Be No Dark Valley”, “There’ll Be No Disappointment
in Heaven” and “Sometime We’ll Understand”, they were accompanied by Mrs.
Pall bearers were A.T. Hazen, H.C. Cofer, Chas.
H. Miller, Fred Amstutz, Forrest Walter and John Oppliger.
Western Ks. World, Aug. 21, 1941
W.H. Anspaugh sr. suffered a stroke last Thursday
morning and was for awhile in a very serious condition, but at present
Ransom Record, February 25, 1937
William H. Anspaugh was born in Montpelier,
Ohio on May 23, 1853 and passed away at his home in Ransom, Kansas March
He came to Kansas in 1879 and homesteaded near
Dubuque, Kansas. On October 24, 1880 he was united in marriage to
Lydia Newby Hill. In 1882 they moved to Wilson, Kansas where he worked
at the carpenter trade.
To this union nine children were born, four of
whom died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife
and five children; Mrs. Ethel Gruver of Paradise, Kansas; Solon, of Rawlins,
Wyoming; George, of Ness City; Mrs. Nellie Oppliger of Ellsworth; and Wm.,
jr. of Ransom and other relatives and a host of friends.
Mr. Anspaugh was baptized in infancy and has been
a faithful member of the Methodist Church for many years.
Mr. and Mrs. Anspaugh moved to Ransom in 1914 and
resided here since.
The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon
at the Methodist Church and burial in the Ransom cemetery.
Ransom Record, March 25, 1937
A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Anspaugh
Thursday but did not live. Funeral services were conducted at the
home by Rev. J.W. Vanderlip and burial made Friday morning.
Ransom Record, May 24, 1923
We are sorry to report that Mrs. Apgar’s condition
is most critical.
Ransom Record, Jan. 15, 1925
Mrs. Anna Apgar was born Sept. 24, 1876 near
Sandy Run, Penn. and died at the home of her brother, John W. Rauch, near
Arnold, January 29, 1925 aged 48 years, 4 months and 5 days. Mrs.
Apgar came to Kansas in 1877, moving to Colorado in 1903 locating at Loveland,
where she resided until October, 1924 returning to Kansas because of ill
health thinking the lower altitude might benefit her. She accepted
Jesus as her personal Savior and united with the M.E. Church a few weeks
before her death, spending much time in prayer and having scripture read
to her, until God called her. She leaves two daughters, two brothers
and two sisters and many friends to weep for her. The daughters,
Mrs. Marguerite Foster of Brighton, Colo. and Mrs. Mary Askew of Los Angeles,
Calif., and the two brothers, John W. of Arnold and Albert Rauch of Modoc,
Kansas, were present at the funeral. Funeral services were conducted
by Rev. Bisbee of the Arnold church and burial was in the Ransom cemetery.
Funeral services for Mrs. Apgar, who died Thursday
morning at the home of her brother, Wes Rauch, were held from the M.E.
Church at Arnold Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock Rev. Bisbee had charge of
the service. Interment was made in the Ransom cemetery. One
daughter from Calif. and another from Colo. were with their mother when
the end came.
Ransom Record, Feb. 5, 1925