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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.
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AMANDUS BAER

Amandus Daniel Baer was born in Schuylkill County, Penn. January 5th, 1858, and died very suddenly of apoplexy, at his home in Ransom, Kansas, Oct. 3rd, 1923, at the age of 65 years, 8 months and 28 days. He was married to Emma Mast, May 19th, 1877 and to this union five children were born, Mamie, William, Roy, Anna and ( ) dying in infancy. Amandus Baer came to Ness County along with a colony of Pennsylvania German settlers who located along what is known as the “Dutch Flats”, and entered some land three miles east of Ransom. Mention of some of his early toils and difficulties tends to throw light on the early history and development of this part of the state. When he arrived in Kansas he did not have enough money to buy a yoke of cattle. It was not easy to make a living and secure the bare necessities for several years, as many other pioneers found out, and many who came at that time became discouraged and left Kansas, and thus never realized the prosperity which eventually came to those who persisted and remained. In order to secure the means to buy food Mr. Baer spent several winters as a section hand on the Santa Fe Railroad, walking all the way to Dodge City in order to secure employment in that capacity. Several summers he played his part as a hand in the harvest fields in McPherson County. One farmer for whom he worked as a hand did not have the money to pay his wage after he had finished. Thus with the hardest kind of manual toil he earned and saved enough to buy a yoke of cattle. Those oxen gave him the power to drag a plow thru the virgin soil of his claim, and he then started to farming in earnest. His pioneer home was a sod house, and in that humble home, which was typical of all habitation in Ness County at that date, his children were born and reared. In later years Mr. Baer enjoyed a comfortable prosperity, but he got his start and made most of his early fortune on the old home claim and farm. He was a grain raiser, and the annual crops paid him a dividend. He has never been a speculator in land, and his ownership extended to only a half section and yet out of that he became financially independent. His life was severe struggle but in less than twenty-five years he found himself independent. For many years he served as a trustee of Nevada township, favored education, and encouraged long sessions of the local schools, and one of the best rural schools Ness County ever had was the Fairview School. Mr. Baer remained on the old homestead until Mrs. Baer’s death in 1910, when he retired from active farming and had since made his home in Ransom. In 1916 he was married to Miss Lillian Behler of New Ring-gold, Pennsylvania, and besides a wife he leaves to mourn his loss one brother, Fred Baer, of Pennsylvania, his son William of Ransom and six grandchildren and a host of friends. The funeral services were held at the home on Friday, October the 5th, and the remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the Ransom Cemetery. 

Ransom Record, October 11, 1923 

ANNA BAER

Thursday evening of last week, R.H. Baer started for Ransom with an auto load of passengers, and when only a few miles from this city his car stopped, and he got out to crank it. The result was a badly sprained right arm, which at first, seemed to be broken. The injured member was becoming easier when Mr. Baer went to Ransom, last Saturday, intending to go to the funeral of his sister, Miss Anna, who had died at Winfield, that day. He returned to Ness, Tuesday, accompanied by W.F. Baer, of Ransom.

Ness Co. News, May 8, 1915 

ANNA BAER

Mrs. Anna Baer, 67, Ness City, deputy County treasurer, former County treasurer, and GOP nominee for that office at the August primary, was found dead in her home here late Monday afternoon by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Milton Baer, who had come in from the Baer farm northeast of town to visit. Death from a heart attack was estimated to have occurred about noon on Sunday. Mrs. Baer had arisen, made her bed, and had started early preparations for the noon meal; that all apparently on Sunday morning. Indications were that the fatal attack happened well before Mrs. Baer had gotten into late pre-meal preparations Sunday. She was the widow of the late Roy H. Baer, with whom she was united in marriage in June of 1911. Mrs. Baer had made her home here for many years. She was first elected County treasurer in 1948, serving two terms, following which she continued in the office as deputy treasurer for the past four years, and was a candidate for the office in the November election at the time of her death. Survivors include: The son, Milton Baer of Ness City; five daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Bailey of Plainville, Mrs. Lois Trigg of Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Dorothy Hobson of Altadena, Calif., Mrs. Willa Jones of Bakersfield, Calif., and Mrs. Betty Rice of Topeka; nine grandchildren, one brother and one sister, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, here Wednesday afternoon, September 5, 1956, 3:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. A.E. Greenler, pastor of the Methodist Church. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Sept. 6, 1956 

OBITUARY

Mrs. Anna Baer, daughter of Chris and Marie Larsen Jensen, was born in Osage County, Kansas, April 9, 1889, and died at her home in Ness City, Kansas, on September 2, 1956; age 67 years. She was married June 14, 1911, to Roy H. Baer at Lyndon, Kansas. They came to Ness City at that time to make their home. To this union were born: Lois Trigg of Dallas, Texas; Milton Baer of Ness City; Marjorie Bailey of Plainville; Dorothy Hobson of Altadena, Calif.; Willa Jones of Bakersfield, Calif.; and Betty Rice of Topeka. Mr. Baer preceded her in death October 16, 1921. She was a loving mother and kept the home together through all the years after her husband’s death. She was a member of the Methodist Church, a member of Eastern Star, Past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star, a member of B.P.W. For the past 10 years she has been in the County treasurer’s office as country treasurer or deputy treasurer. She is survived by all her children; five sons-in-law; L.B. Trigg, B.C. Bailey, James Hobson, Charles Jones, W.K. Rice; one daughter-in-law, Mildred Baer; nine grandchildren; Stephanie Baer, Jeffrey and Craig Bailey, James, Michael and Charles Hobson, Stephen, Karen, and Jacqueline Jones; one sister, Mrs. Mabel Cluff of Topeka; one brother, Roy Jensen of Topeka; an uncle, Hans Jensen and his wife of Lyndon; two sisters-in-law, Daisy Baer of Ransom and Anna Jensen of Lakeland, Minn.; other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City Wednesday, September 5, conducted by Rev. A.E. Greenler. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery. 

THE MOTHER WE KNEW

The mother we knew had a smiling face and sang a cheery song; 
She always knew just what to do when things seemed to go wrong. 
The mother we knew. 
The mother we knew could dry the tears, she made life one sunny day; 
She could always calm the childish fears and chase the gloom away, 
The mother we knew. 
A thoughtful one, was the mother we knew. She rejoiced in serving others. 
She could speak the words that gladdened the heart, none other than my mother--- 
Was the mother we knew. 
Oh, if we could be like the mother we knew, then we’d feel we had reached the Goal; 
For our lives would be filled with the sort of things that it takes to enrich the Soul--- 
Like the mother we knew.

Ness Co. News, Sept. 13, 1956 

DAISY BAER

Mrs. Daisy A. Baer, 76, a lifelong resident of the Ransom community, died at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 1963, following a one-car accident just north of Ransom just before noon Tuesday. Mrs. Baer, riding alone in the car and returning to Ransom on a County road, in some manner lost control of her car. The car went into the road ditch, turned on its side and then skidded across the road where it came to rest. Trooper Dan Bailey, who was summoned to the scene, reported that it was apparent that the Baer car went out of control prior to the time it crashed into the ditch, but no cause of the accident was determined. Mrs. Baer was taken to the hospital at Ransom, suffering with broken bones and bruises. However, at first her condition was not thought critical. A short time after arrival at the hospital her condition worsened, and death came about 4:00 o’clock, five hours after the accident. Mrs. Baer was born at Cyrus in Trego County on November 24, 1886. She married William F. Baer at Ransom in 1906. He preceded her in death in 1944. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Charles Jones of Bakersfield, Calif., and Mrs. James Hobson of Fullerton, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Zella Clawson and Mrs. Grace LaPlante, both of Ransom; a brother, Ward Scott of Ransom; two half-brothers, Kenneth Scott of Gunnison, Colo., and Ralph Scott of Ransom; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Fitzgerald’s in charge of arrangements, announced Wednesday morning that funeral services will be held on Friday morning, June 28, at 10:00 o’clock, the place to be announced later, pending arrival of the daughters from California.

Ness Co. News, June 27, 1963 

Mrs. Daisy A. Baer, 76, died Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 1963, following a one-car accident on a County road near here. Born Nov. 24, 1886, in Trego County, she was a life-long resident of Ness County. She was married to William F. Baer Dec. 24, 1906, here. He died in 1944. Survivors: Daughters, Mrs. Charles Jones, Bakersfield, Calif.; Mrs. James Hobson, Fullerton, Calif.; brother, Ward Scott, Ransom; sisters, Mrs. Zella Clawson, Mrs. Grace LaPlante, both of Ransom; half-brothers, Kenneth Scott, Gunnison, Colo.; Ralph Scott, Ransom; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday, Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, Larry Sullivan. Burial: Ransom Cemetery.

(unknown newspaper source) 

DAISY BAER

OBITUARY

Daisy A. Scott, daughter of William A. and Phebe Scott, was born at Cyrus, Trego County, Kansas, on November 24, 1886, and passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom on June 25, 1963, at the age of 76 years and 7 months. She was united in marriage to William F. Baer December 24, 1906. No children were born to this union, but they reared two of his nieces, Dorothy and Willa, whom they considered and loved as their own daughters. The deceased lived practically all her life in Ness County, residing in her present home in Ransom for the past 57 years. Since two years after the death of her husband in 1944 her brother, Ward has made his home with her. In early womanhood she became a member of the church of Christ which has received her whole-hearted and unstinting support through the generous giving of money, time, talent and energy throughout her life. All who knew her attest to the fact that her life was exemplary in its acceptance and practice of the teaching of Christ. Scarcely a day went by that she did not perform some act of Christian love, and she faithfully attended all services of the church. Over the years her community was richly blessed by her presence, and the memory will serve as an inspiration to all to strive harder to live more in accordance with the Christian ideals she so earnestly followed. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, six brothers and one sister. Those left to mourn her loss include Willa and Charles Jones, Dorothy and James Hobson, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother, Ward Scott; two sisters, Zella Clawson and Grace LaPlante; two half-brothers, Kenneth and Ralph Scott and wives; a sister-in-law, Bertha Scott; nieces, nephews, and many friends. 

“Grieve not, although you loved her so, dear friends, Rejoice! 
For souls like hers, life never ends. 
Her deeds, her cares, her thoughts still linger here. 
In hearts and lives of those she held so dear. 
She is not dead; her spirit gone before, 
Shall wait your coming to life’s dearer shore. 
She is not dead; Beyond she walks through fairer lands 
And lo! the keys of life are in her hands. 
She lives for aye, at home with God.” 

Ness Co. News, July 4, 1963 

EMMA BAER

Mrs. A.D. Baer died at her home near Ransom, Wednesday, June 22, 1910, and the funeral was held the following day. Mr. and Mrs. Baer were among the earliest settlers of that part of the County now known as Nevada township.

Ness Co. News, June 25, 1910 

Mrs. Emma Baer died at her home near Ransom, Wednesday, June 22, 1910. The funeral was held Thursday and interment made in the Ransom cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Baer are old timers in Ness County but were unable to learn any further particulars of her life.

Ness Co. Echo, June 25, 1910 

MAMIE BAER

The remains of Miss Mamie Baer, who died Monday, May 13, 1918, at Osawatomie, Kansas, were brought here, Wednesday morning, for burial. A short funeral service was conducted at the home of W.F. Baer, by I.N. Goodvin, and interment made in the Ransom cemetery. The deceased was about forty years of age and was the daughter of A.D. Baer, of this city.

Ransom Record, May 16, 1918 

MILDRED BAER

Mildred Marguerite Baer, 73, died Monday, Aug. 8, 1988, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was a lifetime resident of Ness County and had lived at their present farm home for over 51 years. Born Nov. 29, 1914, at Bazine, she married Milton J. Baer Aug. 8, 1937, at Ness City. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, ESA, and Ness County Historical Society. She is survived by her husband, of the home; a daughter, Stephanie Ann Nichepor of Ness City; seven sisters, Alberta Burke of Lancaster, Calif., Doris Ringstad of Los Angeles, Jean Gordon of Wichita, Elnyr Noland of Sedgwick, Charlene Wittman of Aurora, Ill., Joann Grose of Decatur, Ala., and Sherell Stum of Towner, Colo.; and three grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Snyder officiating. Burial will be in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 11, 1988 

OBITUARY

Mildred Marguerite (Mauth) Baer was born November 29, 1914 in Bazine, Kansas at the family home, the oldest of nine children born to Emil and Mabel Mauth, and passed away following a short illness at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas on August 8, 1988 at the age of 73 years, 8 months and 10 days. After graduating from Bazine High School in 1932, she took a job as a bookkeeper at the Bazine Co-Op. From there she moved to Ness City, working at the Farm Bureau office, the First State Bank, and Wolfe’s Tax Service. On August 8, 1937 she married Milton Baer and moved to their farm north of Ness City, where she lived for 51 years. Mildred was a member of the United Methodist Church, involved in every phase of church activities. She was presently, and for many years past, financial and recording secretary of the administrative council, past U.M.W. president, and past district U.M.W. treasurer. Being a charter member of Delta Omicron Chapter of E.S.A., she served as president, Zone 10 chairman, and state corresponding secretary. She was a past secretary of the Kansas Western Horseman’s Association and of the Indian Hill Saddle Club, secretary of the Ness County Historical Society and a community leader of the Sunshine 4-H club. Mildred’s concern for others and for her community kept her involved in many volunteer activities. She always said yes, never no, and strived to do the best possible job. She was never too busy to help wherever there was a need. Milton and Mildred have one daughter, Stephanie, and their son-in-law, Alex. Their grandchildren, Stephen, Alexis and Tiffany each brought her their own special joy and sense of pride. Keeping the children from babyhood through kindergarten, while Stephanie taught school, gave them a chance to develop a closeness enjoyed by few grandmothers. She is also survived by seven sisters: Alberta Burke, Lancaster, Calif.; Doris Ringstad, Los Angeles, Calif.; Jeanne Gordon, Wichita; Elnyr Noland, Sedgwick; Charlene Wittman, Aurora, Illinois; Joann Grose, Decatur, Alabama; and Sherell Stum, Towner, Colo. Being constantly busy brought Mildred much satisfaction. Volunteer work, bridge, travel, cooking (farm-style), daily care of grandchildren, farm bookwork, driving tractor, and distributing her time and own special brand of caring throughout the country was her joy in life. The void she has left in many lives will be felt for years to come.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 18, 1988 

MILTON BAER

Milton Jensen Baer, 79, died Nov. 2, 1993, at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. He was born March 6, 1914, at Ness City, the son of Roy Harrison and Anna Jensen Baer. A lifetime Ness City resident, he was a farmer and stockman. On Aug. 8, 1937, he married Mildred Mauth at Ness City. She died Aug. 8, 1988. Survivors include: a daughter, Stephanie Nichepor, Ness City; four sisters, Lois Trigg, Dallas, Marjorie Bailey, Plainville, Dorothy Hobson, Temecula, Calif., and Willa Jones, Reno, Nev.; and three grandchildren. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, Ness City, with the Rev. Garner Berg presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. Burial will be in the Ransom Kansas Cemetery, Ransom. Memorials may be sent to the Milton and Mildred Baer Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home. 

Hutchinson News

Milton Jensen Baer, 79, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend. A farmer and stockman, he was a lifetime resident of Ness County. Born March 6, 1914, at Ness City, he married Mildred Mauth Aug. 8, 1937, at Ness City. She died Aug. 8, 1988. He is survived by a daughter, Stephanie Nichepor of Ness City; four sisters, Lois Trigg of Dallas, Tex., Marjorie Bailey of Plainville, Dorothy Hobson of Temecula, Calif. and Willa Jones of Reno, Nev.; and three grandchildren. The funeral was Friday afternoon at the United Methodist Church in Ness City with the Rev. Garner Berg presiding. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 11, 1993 

MILTON BAER

OBITUARY

Milton Jensen Baer was born March 6, 1914 at the family home on Topeka Street in Ness City, the only son of six children born to Roy Harrison and Anna Jensen Baer. He passed away following a short illness at Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend, Kansas Tuesday, November 2, 1993 at the age of 79. After graduating from Ness City High School in 1932, he attended Fort Hays State Teachers’ College. August 8, 1937 he married Mildred Mauth of Bazine and they moved to the farm east of Ness City, where they would spend all their days as farmers, stockmen, horsemen, parents and grandparents. Having lost his father, Milt spent his summers from age seven working on his Uncle William and Aunt Daisy Baer’s farm. He learned to cultivate and harvest early. Although he owned an interest in and worked in the Baer and Kohl drugstore for several years while supporting the farm, farming was his life. He bought the farm from his father’s estate in 1940. Milton and Mildred had one daughter, Stephanie. In 1971, Stephanie returned from college with her husband, Alex, bringing Milton a companion with whom he could share his love of the farm. Their grandchildren, Stephen, Alexis and Tiffany, each brought their own special sense of pride. Keeping the children from babyhood through kindergarten during the hours Stephanie taught school gave them a chance to develop a closeness enjoyed by few grandparents. He passes to his children and grandchildren his love of the land held in his family for four generations. His time to teach them was a gift beyond measure. Milt and Mildred shared many dreams and ambitions: the happiness of their daughter and her family, the additions and renovations to the farmstead and home (in which he took great pride), the continuation of the family farming operation. Milton left this life with his family and farm secure, his life’s work complete, his fondest ambitions realized. He will be missed, but he leaves behind assured remembrance. Mildred preceded Milton in death on August 8, 1988. In addition to Alex, Stephanie, Stephen, Alexis and Tiffany, he is survived by four sisters: Lois Trigg, Dallas, TX.; Marjorie Bailey, Plainville; Dorothy Hobson, Temecula, CA.; and Willa Jones, Reno, NV.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 11, 1993

ROY BAER

Word was received as we go to press that Roy Baer of Ness City who has been seriously ill with typhoid fever, was slightly improved today but the doctors had very little hope of his recovery.

Ransom Record, October 6, 1921 

OBITUARY

Roy H. Baer was born on a farm four miles east of Ransom, December 28, 1888, and died of typhoid fever after a long, severe illness at his home in Ness City, on Sunday, October 16, 1921, aged 32 years, 9 months and 18 days. In 1911 he was graduated from the law department of the Kansas State University. On June 14, 1911 he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Jensen of Lyndon, Kansas. Five children have blessed the home; Lois, Milton, Marjory, Dorothy, and Willa. He has practiced law in Ness County for ten years and has been very successful in several other lines of business. He was held in high esteem by many friends and citizens of the County. The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church of Ness City Tuesday, October 18. He was a member of this Church. Rev. Alexander conducted the services at the church, which was beautiful with flowers. His Masonic Brethren conducted their impressive ceremony at the Ransom Cemetery, where the remains were laid to rest near his mother and sisters. Besides his wife and family, there are left to mourn his loss, his father, A.D. Baer, and brother, Wm. F. Baer, both of Ransom.

Ransom Record, Oct. 20, 1921

WILLIAM BAER

William F. Baer, 59, prominent Ransom banker, died at the Hays hospital early Saturday morning, January 29, following an operation performed several days previously. He had been in failing health for some time. Besides the widow, Mrs. Daisy Baer, he is survived by five nieces and one nephew. They are: Mrs. Lois Trigg, Enid, Okla.; Mrs. B.C. Bailey, Great Bend; Miss Betty Ann Baer, Lawrence; Mrs. Dorothy Hobson, North Hollywood, Calif.; Mrs. Willa Jones, Fellows, Calif.; and Milton Baer, Ness City; and Mrs. Anna Baer of Ness City, a sister-in-law. Mrs. Lillian Baer-Correll, and Mrs. Minnie Baer, both of New Ringgold, Pa., distant relatives were here to attend the funeral services. Funeral services were conducted from the Ransom High School auditorium Wednesday afternoon, and interment was made in the Ransom cemetery. The large number of people who paid their last respects to the deceased bespeaks of the high esteem in which he was held by all who knew him. A more complete obituary will be printed next week.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 3, 1944 

WILLIAM BAER

OBITUARY

William Franklin Baer was born on the farm east of Ransom July 5, 1884, and departed this life in St. Anthony’s Hospital, Hays, Kansas, January 29, 1944, after an illness of 35 days, at the age of 59 years, 6 months and 24 days. He was united in marriage to Daisy A. Scott, December 24, 1906. No children were born to this union but they reared two of his nieces, Dorothy and Willa, whom they considered and loved as their own daughters. A nephew, Milton J. Baer, whom he partially reared and loved as a son, was a great comfort to him. During the past 40 years he has been in the banking business and has been interested in farming and Shorthorn cattle breeding, hence has been very sympathetic with the needs of the farmer. He has always been ready and willing to help those whom he thought worthy of help. He became a Christian about 36 years ago and has tried to live a Christian life to the best of his ability. During the past year he has never failed to be at the Lord’s house on the Lord’s day unless illness prevented his going. He leaves to mourn his passing: his devoted wife, Daisy, and his two daughters, Dorothy Baer Hobson and her husband, James M. Hobson, and Willa Baer Jones and her husband, Charles W. Jones; two grandchildren, Stephen Charles and Karen Diane Jones, all of California; Milton J. Baer and his wife, Mildred, of Ness City; Mr. and Mrs. l.B. Trigg of Enid, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Bailey of Great Bend; Miss Betty Ann Baer of Lawrence; Mrs. Anna Baer of Ness City; Mrs. Mildred Clark, a devoted niece who has been an assistant to him for the past four years in his work in the First State Bank of Ransom; Mrs. Lillian Baer Correll, former wife of his father, A.D. Baer, and her sister, Mrs. Minnie Baer, wife of his uncle, Fred Baer, of New Ringgold, Pa., both to whom he was very devoted; Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Scott of Ransom; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moyer of Arnold; Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Moyer of Hollywood, Fla., and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the high school auditorium, J.A. Aeby in charge. Arthur P. Davis, minister of the church of Christ, Dodge City, assisted by Ezra Wolfe, minister of the Church of the Brethren, Quinter, conducted the services. Mrs. Dorothy Aeby Patrick of Lindsborg played the processional and recessional. A double quartet composed of Miss Friessen, Nathalie Combest, Mrs. L.B. Dubbs, Helen Henthorne, H.C. Anderson, J.L. Dieffenbach, P.N. Combest and C.G. Shellenberger, sang beautifully “Abide with Me”, “In the Garden” and “Jesus Lover of My Soul.” Pallbearers were Ed Combest, Charlie Kraus, Martin Schreiber, Lawrence Miller, Clinton Scherzinger and Clarence Horchem.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 10, 1944 

ADELINE COMBEST BALL

Adeline Read was born June 8, 1831 in Keokuk, Iowa, and died at Ransom Sunday evening July 13, 1913, at the advanced age of 82. When quite young she moved with her parents to Shelby County, Illinois. She was married in March 1853 to Samuel Combest and they settled in northern Missouri. In 1859 they came to Kansas, making their home in Wilson County and in 1884 they continued westward and settled in Trego County where they remained until the death of Mr. Combest. There were born to this union nine children, two of whom survive; J.W. of Eudora and Chris of near Ransom. Mrs. Combest was married to C.E. Ball in 1901, and is survived by him. Funeral services were held in Ransom and the remains were laid to rest in Cyrus Cemetery Tuesday.

Ness Co. Echo, July 19, 1913 

ADELBERT BARBER

Adelbert H. Barber, 95, a resident of the Ransom community for over 80 years, passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital there on Sunday, June 19. He had been hospitalized only a couple of days. Born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, on November 3, 1870, he came to the Ransom community in 1885, and had resided there since. He was united in marriage to Mary A. Lynn on September 15, 1894. She passed away on July 17, 1945. Also preceding him in death were two daughters, Mrs. Lela Schreiber and Mrs. Elizabeth Dalrymple; and four sons, Henry, Harold, James and Ralph. Mr. Barber operated one of the first threshing machines in Ness County following this summertime work for many years. He also worked for the Dubbs elevator and Farmers Union in Ransom before retiring. He was a member of the church of Christ of Ransom. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Ralph (Edith) Randall and Hazel Barber, both of Ransom, Mrs. Blanche Meisner of Fontana, Calif., and Mrs. Roy (Marie) Paris of Pratt; two sons, Adelbert “Bud” Barber of Ransom, and Russell Barber, address unknown; a sister, Mrs. Millie Jackson of Ransom; 29 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, 26 great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, June 22, from the church of Christ in Ransom, conducted by Bro. Larry Sullivan, pastor. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery with Fitzgerald in charge.

Ness Co. News, June 23, 1966 

ADELBERT BARBER

OBITUARY

Adelbert H. Barber was born November 3, 1870 in Mercer County, Penn., and departed this life Sunday, June 19, 1966, at the age of 95 years, 7 months, and 16 days, at the Grisell Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient less than two days. He was up and around the home able to care for himself up until then. “Bert”, as he was better known, came to Kansas with his parents in the year 1888 from Ohio and settled on a farm in the Cyrus community in Ness County. He lived in and around Ransom for the remainder of his life. He farmed and worked in the community elevators, having managed both the Farmers Union and the R&A Grain elevator in Ransom, from which he retired in 1948 at the age of 78 years. In his earlier life, before the “combine era” he always owned a threshing machine and did much of the threshing in and around the community. He was married to Mary A. Lynn September 15, 1894. To this union 13 children were born. His wife and seven children preceded him in death. He will be sadly missed by those left to mourn his passing: His daughters, Mrs. Edith Randall of Ransom, Mrs. Blanche Meisner of Fontana, Calif., Mrs. Marie Paris of Pratt, and Hazel Barber of Ransom; his sons, Russell and Bud; a sister, Mrs. Millie Jackson of Ransom; 29 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, 26 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was a member of the church of Christ, attending when his health permitted. He was a devoted father, and a good neighbor; always ready to lend a helping hand in sickness or in need. Funeral services were conducted from the church of Christ in Ransom with Bro. Larry Sullivan officiating. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, June 30, 1966 

ADELBERT BARBER

Adelbert Harry “Bud” Barber, 65, a life-long resident of Ransom, died Saturday, May 14, 1983 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was a retired farmer and substitute mail carrier. Born March 9, 1918, at Ransom, he married Donna Briscoe September 10, 1975, at WaKeeney. He was a member of the church of Christ of Ransom, a Navy veteran of World War II, member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 7972, Ransom, and the American Legion at Brownell. He is survived by his wife of the home: two sisters, Hazel Barber of Ransom and Marie Paris of Pratt; a step-son, Leslie Schreiber of Melbourne, Fla., three step-daughters, Mrs. Sharon Long of Orlando, Fla., Mrs. Shirley Carraway of Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Mrs. Sheila Wilson of Cocoa, Fla.; and 13 step-grandchildren. The funeral was Tuesday afternoon at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City with Bro. Ron Friberg of the Ransom church of Christ and Bro. Bill Buggeln of the Great Bend church of Christ officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery with military graveside services by the Ransom VFW. The family suggests memorials to the Ransom church of Christ building fund.

Ness Co. News, May 19, 1983 

ALICE BARBER

This community was deeply grieved Sunday to learn of the sudden death of Mrs. Alice Barber. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Mennonite Church where a large number gathered to pay their last respects to the departed. Rev. Bergen preached an impressive sermon, and beautiful music was rendered by a mixed quartette with a duet by Rev. and Mrs. Bergen. The casket was banked with beautiful flowers. Interment was made in the Ransom cemetery.

OBITUARY

Alice Aluerta Rufenacht was born June 24, 1908 near Ransom, Kansas, and departed this life August 25, 1928 near Ransom while on the way to the hospital, age 20 years, 2 months and 1 day. She was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church in November 1922. She was married to Harold Barber October 16, 1923. To this union three children were born. Alice was of a cheerful disposition, always had a smile for every one. Her father preceded her abut twelve years ago. She leaves to mourn, her loving husband, three children, Faye Laverne, Betty Ann and Dorothy Jean, her mother, Mrs. Emma Rufenacht, one brother, Fred Rufenacht and seven sisters, Mrs. Celia Nimz, Arnold, Kansas, Mrs. Anna Day, La Junta, Colorado, Mrs. Emma Pearce, Holly, Colorado, Mrs. Ida Simpson, Neodesha, Kansas, Mrs. Eva Coppersmith, Spokane, Washington and Eleska Rufenacht and Mrs. Nellie Dubbs of Ransom besides a host of other relatives and friends.

Ransom Record, August 30, 1928

FRANCES BARBER

Frances M. Woods was born at Prospect Hill, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, May 19, 1843 and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dora Barkley, December 1, 1928, being at the time of her death, 85 years, 6 months and 12 days old. She was married to Henry W. Barber at Fowler, Trumbell County, Ohio, February 15, 1866. To this union were born seven children, all, with the exception of one who died in infancy, are left to mourn her departure. They are Fred A. Barber, Penrose, Colorado, Adelbert H. Barber, Ransom, Kansas, Claud J. Barber, Bellingham, Washington, Mabel I. Lynn, Millie A. Jackson, Dora B. Barkley, all of Ransom. She also leaves 33 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren, two brothers, Wm. D. Woods of Beaver City, Nebraska and David L. Woods of Beaumont, Texas, besides a host of friends. Her faithful companion of almost 60 years preceded her in death almost 3 years ago. She was a faithful wife, a loving mother, a friend to everyone in need, was always ready to help the sick and suffering to the limit of her strength. In early life she obeyed her Savior and has been a faithful member of the church of Christ at Ransom, Kansas, for years. Her departure leaves a vacancy that never can be filled but we sorrow not as those who have no hope. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, December 3, at the M.E. Church, conducted by Rev. J.M. Briggs of the church of Christ. She was laid to rest in the Ransom cemetery.

Ransom Record, Dec. 6, 1928 

HAROLD BARBER

Harold Barber, son of A.H. and Mary Barber, was born on a farm near Ransom, Kansas, on March 26, in the year of nineteen hundred and two and departed this life in the Scott City Hospital on September 18, nineteen hundred and forty-one, at the age of 39 years, 5 months and 24 days. On October 16, 1923, he was united in marriage to Alice Alverta Rufenacht, who preceded him in death on August 25, 1928. To this union were born three daughters, all living. On October 12, 1930, he became a member and was baptized into the church of Christ. He remained true to this faith unto the end. Harold was a kind, loving father, son and brother. A willing worker and a true friend. His one great desire was to give his girls an education, and through all his many troubles this remained uppermost in his mind. He leaves to mourn his loss, three daughters, Faye La Verne, Betty Ann and Dorothy Jean of Ransom, his father and mother, 5 brothers and 6 sisters. Henry of Moulton, Iowa, Russell of Phoenix, Arizona, James of Dodge City, Kansas, Ralph and Adelbert of Ransom, Kansas. Mrs. R.D. Randall, Mrs. L.J. Schreiber and Hazel Barber of Ransom, Kansas; Mrs. A.H. Meisner of Denver, Colorado, Mrs. M.E. Murdock of Dodge City, Kansas. One brother preceded him in death at the age of five days. Fourteen nephews, five nieces, five great nieces, three great nephews and a host of relatives and friends. The funeral service was held Sunday afternoon, September 21, in the Methodist Church at Ransom. Brother Davis, church of Christ minister of Dodge City, delivered an impressive sermon to a large crowd. Rev. Albrecht of the Mennonite Church assisted him. He was carried to his last resting place by five nephews, Leslie Schreiber, Adelbert Schreiber, Gilbert Randall, Theron Randall, Joe Lyon and Le Roy Nimz.

Ness Co. News, Sept. 25, 1941 

HAZEL BARBER

Hazel Muriel Barber, 96, died Jan. 10, 1997, at Grisell Long Term Care Center, Ransom. She was born July 25, 1900, at Ransom, the daughter of Adelbert Harry and Mary Lynn Barber. A lifetime resident of Ness County, she was a schoolteacher for over 42 years. She was a member of the church of Christ at Ransom, Beta Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, teacher’s sorority, the Senior Citizens of Ransom, and the KNEA of Kansas. She is survived by many nephews and nieces. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Ransom Cemetery, with Pastor John Wearden presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. Memorials may be sent to the church of Christ, Ransom, or to Grisell Long Term Care Center, in care of the funeral home.

Hutchinson News, Jan. 12, 1997 

Hazel Muriel Barber, 96, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, at Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center. She was born July 25, 1900, at Ransom to Adelbert Harry and Mary Lynn Barber. She was a lifetime Ness County resident and taught school for more than 42 years. She was a member of church of Christ and Senior Citizens, both of Ransom, Beta Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a teacher’s sorority, and the Kansas-National Education Association. Survivors include many nieces and nephews. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Ransom Cemetery, Ransom, with Pastor John Wearden officiating. Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. The family suggests memorials to the church or the long term care center. 

Hays Daily News, Jan. 12, 1997 

Hazel Muriel Barber, 96, died Jan. 10, at Grisell Long Term Care Center, Ransom. She was born July 25, 1900, at Ransom, the daughter of Adelbert Harry and Mary Lynn Barber. A lifetime resident of Ness County, she was a school teacher for over 42 years. She was a member of the church of Christ at Ransom, Beta Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, teacher’s sorority, the Senior Citizens of Ransom, and the KNEA of Kansas. She is survived by many nephews and nieces. Graveside service was Monday, Jan. 13, in the Ransom Cemetery, with Pastor John Wearden presiding. Memorials may be sent to the church of Christ, Ransom, or to Grisell Long Term care Center, in care of the funeral home.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 16, 1997 

HENRY BARBER

Henry W. Barber, third son of Romanta and Lydia Barber, was born in Fowler, Trumbull Co., Ohio, Jan. 30, 1843 and departed this life at Ransom, Kansas, Jan. 2, 1926 at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 3 days. On February 15, 1866 he was united in marriage with Fanny M. Woods at Fowler, Ohio. To this union seven children were born, the youngest son dying in infancy. The rest are all living and are; Fred A. Barber of Penrose, Colorado; Adelbert H. Barber, of Ransom, Kansas; Claude J. Barber of Bellingham, Washington, Mrs. Mabel I. Lynn, Mrs. Millie A. Jackson, and Mrs. Dora B. Barkley, all of Ransom, Kansas. These, with his faithful companion of almost sixty years, 33 grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Lua Munsell, of Denver, Colorado are left to mourn his departure, besides a host of other relatives and friends. He was a veteran of the Civil War, was a member of Co. A. 41st O.V.I. serving for three years. In 1876 he moved with his family to Precept, Furnas Co., Nebraska, making that his home until 1883. He returned with his family to Ohio, but again came west in 1889, settling on a farm near Ransom, Kansas making that his home until March 1902 when he moved into Ransom to take up his duties as Postmaster serving in that capacity for nine years. With the exception of one year spent in Florida and four years at Sulphur Springs, Arkansas, he has made Ransom his home. He was converted and baptized into Christ in early manhood in Ohio, placing his membership with the church of Christ at this place and was always found at the place of worship until failing health prevented. He has been an invalid and constant sufferer for three and a half years. He bore his sufferings with amazing patience and fortitude. He had no fear of death and often wished to go and be with his loved ones gone before. His departure leaves a vacancy in the home that can never be filled. Relatives from a distance were; Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Ellis of Beaver City, Nebraska. Mrs. Ellis is a niece of Mr. Barber.

Funeral On account of the cold weather, the services were held at the M.E. Church instead of the church of Christ, that it might better accommodate the large numbers who met to pay their last tribute to this highly respected citizen. The choir was composed of 8 gentlemen and 6 ladies representing the different churches. Rev. J.M. Briggs conducted the service and delivered the sermon assisted by Brother Irvine and Rev. J.L. Mitchell. Mr. H.J. Nesmith was the funeral director. The floral offerings were numerous and very beautiful. The body was laid to rest in the Ransom cemetery.

Ransom Record, Jan. 7, 1926 

JAMES BARBER

James L. Barber, 46, a native of Ransom, passed away Wednesday, December 21, at the home in Sublette where he had lived the past year, after moving there from Dodge City in January of 1960. He was an employee of the Peoples Natural Gas company. Funeral services were held from the Ransom church of Christ on Saturday morning, December 24, conducted by R.H. McDaniel of Hays. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery. Survivors include: The widow, Mrs. Orphene Barber of Sublette; two daughters, Crystal and Mary of the home; a son, James of the home; the father, A.H. Barber of Ransom; four sisters, Mrs. Blanch Meisner of Fontana, Calif., Mrs. Marie Paris of Pratt, Mrs. Edith Randall and Hazel Barber, both of Ransom; three brothers, Henry Barber of Moulton, Iowa, Russell and Bud of Ransom; a host of other relatives and friends. 

Ness Co. News, Dec. 29, 1960

OBITUARY 

James Lynn Barber was born December 6, 1914, at Ransom, Kansas, and passed away at his home in Sublette, Wednesday morning, December 21, 1960, at the age of 46 years and 15 days. He was a member of the church of Christ, having been baptized at an early age. He was united in marriage to Orphene Schauer, July 23, 1941. To this union three children were born. Jim was serviceman in Haskell County for Peoples Natural Gas Company. He had been an employee of that company for a little over four years, having been transferred to Haskell County from Dodge City in January of 1960. Jim was liked by everyone and had many friends. He was a loving husband and father and will be sadly missed by his wife, Orphene; a son, James Dean; and two daughters, Crystal Ann and Mary Jean, all of the home. Other survivors are his father, A.H. Barber of Ransom; four sisters, Blanch Meisner of Fontana, Calif., Marie Paris of Pratt, Edith Randall and Hazel Barber of Ransom; three brothers, Henry of Moulton, Iowa, Russell and Bud, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 24, from the church of Christ in Ransom conducted by R.H. McDaniel of Hays. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery. 

Ness Co. News, Jan. 5, 1961 

MARY BARBER

Mrs. Mary Barber passed away on Tuesday, July 17, after a long period of illness.

Ness Co. News, July 26, 1945

OBITUARY

Mary A. Lynn was born August 15, 1877, in Harrison County, Mo., the daughter of James and Elizabeth Lynn, and passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom July 17, 1945, at the age of 67 years, 11 months, and 2 days. When three years old, in 1880, the family came overland by covered wagon to Kansas, and settled in Ness County on what is now known as the Clyde Hazen farm. The family lived on this farm for four years, then moved to Chase County, near Cottonwood Falls. After living there one winter the family returned to the same claim in Ness County. Four years later the family moved to West Bend, Palo Alto County, Iowa. After about two years the family returned again to the original farm in Ness County. On September 15, 1894, she was united in marriage to Adelbert H. Barber, and to this union were born 13 children. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband and 11 children: Edith Randall and James of Ransom, Henry of Moulton, Iowa; Lelia Schreiber of Beeler, Elizabeth Dalrymple and Marie Murdock of Pratt, Russell of Tucson, Ariz.; Blanche Meisner of Wheatridge, Colo.; Ralph and Adelbert of the U.S. Navy, and Hazel of the home; one sister, Mrs. Etta Robinson of Ransom; 22 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Harold and an infant son preceded her in death. She was a member of the church of Christ and lived faithful in this belief to the end. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, bore her sickness with much patience, having no thought for herself, but was concerned only about her home and the comforts of her family. She will be sadly missed by her family as a mother leaves a place no other can fill. B.B. Harding of the church of Christ was in charge of the services, and interment was made in the Ransom cemetery July 22, 1945.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 2, 1945

ORPHENE BARBER

Orphene Y. Barber, 80, died Feb. 1, 1999, at her home in Sublette. She was born July 12, 1918, at St. Francis, the daughter of Louie and Anna Troester Schauer. A Sublette resident since 1960, moving from Dodge City and formerly of Ransom, she worked as a clerk at the Sublette Drug for 30 years. She belonged to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tribune, IOOF Lodge, Ransom, and American Legion Auxiliary, Sublette. On July 23, 1941, she married James L. Barber at Garden City. He died Dec. 21, 1960. Survivors include: a son, James D., Sublette; two daughters, Crystal A. Barber, Wichita, and Mary J. McMullen, Sublette; two brothers, Clarence Schauer, Springfield, Mo., and Vernon Schauer, Lexington, Neb.; a sister, Lucille Anning, Lake San Marcos, Calif. three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Lillian Schauer. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Ransom Cemetery, Ransom, with Minister John Wearden presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Thursday at Haskell County Funeral Home, Sublette, with family receiving friends at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, Sublette. Memorials may be sent to the family or the Heart Fund, both in care of the funeral home. 

Hutchinson News, Feb. 3, 1999

Orphene Y. Barber, 80, Sublette, died Monday, February 1, 1999, at her residence in Sublette. The daughter of Louis and Anna (Troester) Schauer, she was born July 12, 1918, at St. Francis. She and James L. Barber were married July 23, 1941, at Garden City. After their marriage they lived in Ransom until 1957 moving to Dodge City, then moving to Sublette in January of 1960. He preceded her in death on December 21, 1960. Orphene loved her family and enjoyed being with them. She loved to sew, and she sewed for other people. She worked as a clerk for the Sublette Drug for 30 years. She enjoyed the kids when they came in for lunch. She was a member of the IOOF Lodge of Ransom; American Legion Auxiliary, Sublette; and St. John’s Evangical Lutheran Church, Tribune. Survivors include: one son, James D. and wife, Mary Ann, Sublette; two daughters, Crystal, Wichita; and Mary J. McMullen and husband, Robert, Sublette; two brothers, Clarence Schauer, Springfield, MO; Vernon Schauer, Lexington, NE; one sister, Lucille Anning, Lake San Marcos, Ca; three grandchildren, Cheri Parks, Emporia; Stephanie Gibb, Cottonwood Falls; Mason McMullen, Sublette; two great-grandchildren, Andrew Parks, Cade Gibb. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one sister, Lillian Schauer. Memorials have been established to The Family or the Heart Fund, Memorials may be mailed to Haskell County Funeral Home-Box 607-Sublette, KS 67877. Graveside services will be held Friday, February 5, at 2:00 p.m. at the Ransom Cemetery, Ransom, with Minister John Wearden presiding.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 4, 1999 

RALPH BARBER

Ralph Barber, 52, life-long Ransom man, passed away at the Veteran’s Hospital in Wichita on Tuesday, June 11. He had been in poor health for some time. He was a veteran of World War II, and a member of the Ransom VFW Post. He had spent his entire life in the Ransom community with the exception of that time spent in the service of his country. Survivors include: The father, A.H. Barber or Ransom; four sisters, Mrs. Edith Randall of Ransom, Mrs. Blanche Meisner of Arvada, Colo., Mrs. Marie Paris of Pratt, and Hazel Barber of the home; four brothers, Henry Barber of Moulton, Iowa, Russell Barber of Tucson, Ariz., Jim Barber of Dodge City, and Bud Barber of the home; other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, June 15, at 2:30 p.m., from the Ransom church of Christ, conducted by Bro. Lewis Stowe. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery where the Ransom VFW Post had charge. 

Ness Co. News, June 20, 1957 

OBITUARY

Ralph Barber, son of A.H. Barber, was born December 16, 1904, at Ransom, and departed this life June 11, 1957, at the Veteran’s Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, at the age of 52 years, 5 months and 25 days. He was a member of the church of Christ, having been baptized December 12, 1930. His life was spent in and around Ransom, except for four years spent in the naval service of his country. He was preceded in death by his mother, one brother, Harold, and two sisters, Leila and Elizabeth. Among the survivors are: His father, A.H. Barber; four sisters and four brothers, Edith Randall of Ransom, Henry Barber of Boulton, Iowa, Russell Barber of Tucson, Ariz., Blanche Meisner of Arvada, Colo., Jim Barber of Dodge City, Marie Paris of Pratt, Hazel and Bud of the home; a niece, Carol Dalrymple of the home; also a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the church of Christ in Ransom with Bro. Lewis Stowe in charge. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery, with the Ransom VFW in charge of military rites. 

Ness Co. News, June 20, 1957 

DORA BARKLEY

Mrs. Dora Barkley, 77, former Ransom community resident, passed away Saturday, April 4, 1959, at St. Paul, Minn. The body was shipped to Utica, and funeral services were held from the Ransom church of Christ on Tuesday afternoon, 2:00 o’clock, conducted by Rev. R.H. McDaniel of Hays. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery. Survivors include: A son, John of St. Paul; a step-son, Herbert Barkley of Larned; two sisters, Mrs. Millie Jackson of Ransom, and Mrs. Mabel Lynn of Canon City, Colo.; a brother, A.H. Barber of Ransom; two granddaughters, other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, Apr. 9, 1959 

ERMA BASINGER

Erma Jean Basinger, 68, died January 31st, at a local Topeka hospital. She was born November 23, 1931 in Cimarron, Kansas the daughter of Henry and Dana Ratzlaff Koehn. She attended school in Cimarron. She then moved to Wichita where she was a waitress in The Tea Room. She had lived in Abilene prior to moving to Topeka in 1989. On February 25, 1959 she married Edwin H. Basinger at Oklahoma City. He died April 3, 1983. Survivors include a son Roger Basinger, Topeka; two brothers Bob Koehn, Kansas City, Ks., Larry Koehn, Montezuma, Ks.; three sisters, Betty Collins, Abilene, Ks., Rogena Wilson, Wichita, Ks., and Edna Koehn, Cimarron, Ks. Services will be Thursday, 11 A.M. at Burkhart’s Gray County Funeral Chapel in Cimarron, with burial in Ransom, Kansas. Visitation will be Tuesday 6-8 P.M. at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 3625 SW 29th Street, 66606.

Topeka, Ks. newspaper 

GEORGIE BASINGER

Mrs. Harry L. Basinger, 63, a native of the Ransom community, passed away Saturday, December 4, 1971, at the hospital in Hays. She had been hospitalized the final two months. Born August 11, 1908, at Ransom, she was married to Harry L. Basinger. She recently retired as a member of the dietary department of the Trego County hospital where she had been employed for 10 years. Funeral services were held at WaKeeney Tuesday afternoon, December 7, and interment was in the cemetery at Ransom. Survivors include the widower; a daughter, Mrs. Clair Lohnes of Hoisington: a son, Edwin Basinger of WaKeeney; three sisters, Mrs. Mable Chamberlain of Utica, Mrs. Neva Luckey of Glen Elder, and Mrs. Faye Blatchley of Lincoln, Nebr.; a brother, Donald Platt of Wichita; two grandchildren.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 9, 1971 

Mrs. Georgie A. Basinger, 63, WaKeeney, died Saturday at Hadley Memorial Hospital, Hays, where she had been a patient for two months. Born Aug. 11, 1908, in Ransom, she was married to Harry L. Basinger. She recently retired after 10 years as a staff member of the dietary department of the Trego County Hospital here. Survivors include the widower; son: Edwin, WaKeeney; daughter: Mrs. Clair Lohnes, Hoisington; brother, Donald Platt, Wichita; sisters: Mrs. Mable Chamberlain, Utica; Mrs. Neva Luckey, Glen Elder, Mrs. Faye Blatchley, Lincoln, Neb.; two grandchildren. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Hendricks Chapel, WaKeeney; Rev. Eugene Blow. Burial will be in Ransom Cemetery.

(unknown newspaper source)

HARRY BASINGER

Harry Lester Basinger, 85, died April 17 in Hoisington Lutheran Hospital of Hoisington. Born August 6, 1900 in Sedalia, Mo. to John and Sally Artz Basinger, he was a farmer, and resident of WaKeeney for over 30 years. Harry was a member of First Baptist Church of WaKeeney and the WaKeeney Eagles Lodge. Basinger was preceded in death by his wife, Georgie Platt, whom he married in November of 1927 in WaKeeney. He is survived by a daughter Jean Lohnes of Hoisington; brothers Orie of Utica and Cecil of WaKeeney; sisters Susie Ohlemeier of Ransom, and Pearl Scott of Denver, Co., and two grandchildren. Memorial services were April 19 at Fitzgerald Funeral Home of Ness City with Dr. Chet Ross of the Ness City United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Apr. 24, 1986 

MELBA BASINGER

The funeral for Melba J. Basinger infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Basinger was held Monday afternoon. Burial was made in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 31, 1939 

BENJAMIN BAUMGARTNER

Before Judge Sam G. Sheaffer Wednesday, Benjamin Baumgartner, who lives two and one-half miles north of Ransom, was examined by commission to determine whether he was a fit subject to be sent to the State hospital for treatment, and it was so decided.

Ness Co. News, March 30, 1907

Benjamin Baumgartner who was adjudged insane in the probate court was taken, Thursday, to the State hospital for the insane for treatment.

Ness Co. Echo, April 6, 1907

Thursday morning Sheriff Cap Hermon and W.H. Bondurant went to Topeka with Benjamin Baumgartner, who was examined by a commission in the Probate court last week, and committed to the State hospital for treatment. Harry Baumgartner, son of the patient, accompanied the party.

Ness Co. News, April 6, 1907 

Probate Judge Sheaffer received word this week from Topeka announcing the death of Benjamin Bumgardner April 28, 1907. Mr. Bumgardner was taken to the Hospital for the Insane sometime ago from this County his home being near Ransom.

Ness Co. Echo, May 4, 1907 

MARY BAUMGARTNER

OBITUARY

Mary Louise Ummel, daughter of John and Lydia Ummel, was born April, 1862, at Locle, Switzerland, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Anspaugh, Ness City, Kansas, January 19, 1951, at the age of 88 years, 9 months and 14 days. At the age of 10 years she came with her family to the United States and settled in Davis County, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Benjamin Baumgartner, June 10, 1883. They lived at Berne, Ind., until 1887, when they moved to Ness County, Kansas, homesteading north of Ransom and residing there until a few years ago when she, with her son, Rufus, moved to Ransom. She was a member of the Mennonite Church in Ransom, and was consistently faithful in her attendance at the church of her faith. Her husband preceded her in death. Surviving her are eight children: Rufus F. Baumgartner of Ransom, Lydia E. Smith of Emporia, Harry E. Baumgartner of Nashville, Rosa B. Stahly of Newton, Hattie D. Summa of Emporia, Anna G. Whitfield of Ness City, David P. Baumgartner of Natoma, and Elma F. Anspaugh of Ness City; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two half-sisters, Mrs. Rosa Oppliger of Ransom and Mrs. Anna Graeff of Shields; one half-brother, Ben Ummel of Ransom; and one step-sister, Mrs. Emma Rufenacht of Ransom. She had the true pioneer spirit, able to make the best of hardships and to enjoy the good things. Her home was noted throughout the country side for its hospitality, and the love for her neighbors, friends and family bore here, express the goodness of the life she lived. Funeral services were held Sunday, January 21, from the Methodist Church in Ransom. The services were conducted by Rev. Smith of the Mennonite Church and Rev. Snyder of the Methodist Church. A double quartette composed of Mrs. Orville Klitzke, Mrs. Vera Buxton, Mary Ann Willour, Joy Jean Mishler, Rex Horchem, Robert Sargent and Charles Shellenberger, accompanied by Mrs. John Mishler at the piano, sang “Savior Lead Me Lest I Stray”, “Beautiful Garden Of Prayer”, and “Under His Wing”. Pall bearers were Earl Baumgartner, Delmar Baumgartner, Dale Baumgartner, Melvin Whitfield, Oral Anspaugh and Eddie Dietz. Interment was made in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 25, 1951 

RUFUS BAUMGARTNER

Rufus F. Baumgartner, 88, near lifelong resident of the Ransom community passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital there on Monday, November 27. He had been in poor health the past few years. Born at Lynn Grove, Ind., March 10, 1884, he came to northern Ness County with his parents in the late 1880’s, and had lived there since. He was a farmer in his younger years, and was a member of the First Mennonite Church in Ransom. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. George (Alma) Anspaugh of Ness City, and Mrs. Ray (Hattie) Summa of Emporia; a brother, David P. Baumgartner of Plainville; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the Mennonite Church in Ransom Wednesday afternoon, November 29, 2:30 o’clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Garman Wedel. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery with Fitzgeralds in charge.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 30, 1972 

OBITUARY

Rufus Frank Baumgartner, son of Benjamin and Mary Baumgartner, was born March 10, 1884, at Lynn Grove, Ind., and departed this life at the Grisell Memorial Hospital November 27, 1972. When a small child, he and his parents came to Kansas and settled on a farm just north of Ransom. After the death of his father, Rufus continued with the farming until his retirement in 1945. At this time he and his mother moved to Ransom. He continued to live there until seven years ago, when he entered the nursing home. He was a member of the First Mennonite Church of Ransom, Kansas. He leaves to mourn his passing one brother and two sisters: Dave Baumgartner and wife, Ruth, of Plainville, Mrs. Ray Summa (Hattie) and Ray Summa of Emporia, Mrs. George (Elma) Anspaugh and George Anspaugh of Ness City; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Bessie Baumgartner of Derby; a brother-in-law, Olin Whitfield and wife, Millie, of Ness City; several nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 7, 1972

DORA BEAMER

Mrs. Dora Beamer, 94, sister of Mrs. Bertha Scott, Mrs. Ida Conard and Mrs. Laura Osborn, all of Ransom, passed away at her home in Larned on Tuesday, July 12. She was born in Missouri on February 7, 1872, and married J.A.L. Beamer on February 29, 1888, at Ransom. They moved to the Larned community in the early 1930’s. Mr. Beamer passed away in 1954. No funeral arrangements had been announced early Wednesday. Survivors besides the sisters at Ransom, include two daughters and four grandchildren.

Ness Co. News, July 14, 1966

JOHN BEAMER

John A.L. Beamer, son of Alex and Elizabeth Beamer was born in Centerville, Iowa, on May 6, 1869, and passed away on January 8, 1954, at the age of 84 years, 8 months and 2 days. At the age of 16 years, he moved from Iowa to Kansas with his parents in the year of 1886, locating in the Cyrus community. On February 29, 1888, he was married to Dora Goodvin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I.N. Goodvin. They settled on a homestead in Trego County and lived in the Cyrus vicinity for 23 years, where their three children were born and reared. After leaving there, they made their home in several different localities before retiring from farming and moving to Larned in 1937, where they have since made their home. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on February 28, 1953. John had been a faithful member of the church of Christ since early in life, and had been respected and loved by all who knew him. His parents, three brothers, Clinton, Oak, and Delbert, and one sister, Dora Horchem, have all preceded him in death. Those left to mourn his passing are his wife, Dora; one son, Virgil (who is seriously ill in the hospital at Larned); two daughters, Verna Lewis and Vera Selig; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two half-brothers, Oscar Beamer of Waverly, and Jesse Brown of Alberta, Canada; two half-sisters, Ola Willour of Ransom, and Erie O’Connor of Lane; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 2:00 o’clock Sunday afternoon, January 10, from the Ransom church of Christ with Bro. R.H. McDaniel officiating, assisted by Bro. John Cathey. Music was furnished by a mixed quartet from the Great Bend church of Christ. A solo was sung by Bob Scott of Ransom. Honorary pallbearers were Ed Combest, L.B. Dubbs, Charles Dubbs, Bert Barber, Ward Scott, Bill Harvey, Philip Hanson, and Lea Maranville. Body bearers were Ross Beamer, Cliff Kroger, John Petty, P.N. Combest, Wayne Goodvin, and Edwin Beamer.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 14, 1954 

LESTER BEAMER

Lester Alexander Beamer, 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, in Rogers, Ark. He was born Aug. 17, 1909, in Ransom to Oscar and Essie (Mead) Beamer. He married Edith Williams on Oct. 14, 1943 in Kansas City, Mo. She died Aug. 4, 1971. He married Dona Grace Rumsey on July 17, 1973. She died Aug. 17, 1999. He was a compression station engineer for Panhandle Eastern Gas Co. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Louisburg. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Lou Sanders, Rogers, and Leslie Bailey, Kiowa; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Clifford Dale. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, with the Rev. Bruce Ferguson officiating; burial in the Ransom Cemetery, Ransom. Visitation will be until 5 p.m. Friday and until 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Feed the Children, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Hays Daily News, Jan. 11, 2001 

Lester Alexander Beamer, 91, died Jan. 10, 2001, at Rogers, Ark. He was born Aug. 17, 1909, at Ransom, the son of Oscar and Essie Mead Beamer. He was a compression station engineer for Panhandle Easter Gas Company. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Louisburg. On Oct. 14, 1943, he married Edith Williams at Kansas City, Mo. She died Aug. 4, 1971. On July 17, 1973, he married Dona Grace Rumsey. She died Aug. 17, 1999. Survivors include: two daughters, Mary Lou Sanders, Rogers, Ark., and Leslie Bailey, Kiowa; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Clifford Dale. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, with the Rev. Bruce Ferguson presiding. Friends may call after 5 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Ransom Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Feed the Children, Oklahoma City, in care of the funeral home. 

Hutchinson News, Jan. 12, 2001 

Several from Ransom attended the funeral service for Lester Beamer which was held in Ness City Saturday afternoon. Lester had been a Ransom area resident when he was a young boy.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 18, 2001

M. MANILLA BEAMER

M. Manilla Beamer, 85, died Friday, January 8, 1982 at Hammond Holiday Home, Larned. Born M. Manilla Glentzer March 19, 1896, at Thayer, she was married to Virgil Beamer June 4, 1916, at Thayer. He died Sept. 28, 1954. She was a resident of Larned since 1928, having moved there from Dighton. She was a member of the church of Christ, Larned. Survivors include two sons, Thaine of Larned and Bryan of Alden; one daughter, Verda Jean Wright of Liberal; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Beckwith Mortuary, Larned with Bill King officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Ransom Cemetery, Ransom. Friends may call until service time at the funeral home. Memorials have been suggested to the church or the Hammond Holiday Home, Larned.

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M. Manilla Beamer, 85, died Friday at Hammond Holiday Home, Larned. Born M. Manilla Glentzer March 19, 1896, at Thayer, she was married to Virgil Beamer June 4, 1916, at Thayer. He died Sept. 28, 1954. She was a resident of Larned since 1928, having moved there from Dighton. She was a member of church of Christ, Larned. Survivors: sons, Thaine, Larned; Bryan, Alden; daughter, Verda Jean Wright, Liberal; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Beckwith Mortuary, Larned; Bill King. Burial at 4 p.m. Monday at Ransom Cemetery, Ransom. Friends may call until service time at the funeral home. Memorials to the church or the Hammond Holiday Home, Larned.

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MARY BEAMER

Mary Belle Pryor, daughter of John W. and Mahala J. Pryor, was born at Saxiton, Mo., March 3, 1874, and died at her home near Beeler, on July 23, 1947, at the age of 73 years, 4 months and 20 days. She received her early schooling in St. Joseph and Kansas City, Mo., later becoming a nurse at the state hospital for the insane at St. Joseph, Mo., for a period of 10 years. She was later employed in the dry goods business in Kansas City, Mo. She became a member of the Christian Church in her early girlhood. On April 20, 1920, she became the wife of Oscar C. Beamer at Paola. They made their home at Louisburg, coming to Ness County on March 16, 1926. Mrs. Beamer was of a kind and loving nature, always willing to lend a helping hand to any one in distress. No one could have been a better mother to her step-children than she. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband and two step-children; Mrs. Tom Clyne of Arnold and Lester Beamer of Louisburg, four grandchildren, Mary Lou and Leslie Mae Beamer and Sonja Kay and Ricki Clyne; one brother, L.Q.C. Pryor of Albuquerque, New Mex.; three nieces and seven nephews; also Joe Odor, who has made his home with them the pat four years. Her parents and one sister, Mrs. R.C. Dyer of Carthage, Mo.; preceded her in death. Funeral services were held from the Methodist Church in Ransom, Friday afternoon, July 25, conducted by the Rev. Samuel Paulding. Burial was in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, July 31, 1947 

MERRITT BEAMER

Merritt Beamer, who lives in the Cyrus community north of Ransom was killed in a tractor accident last Friday afternoon. Details probably will never be known as Joe Lyon found the tractor traveling up a highway ditch dragging Mr. Beamer’s body in the third plow on a three-plow outfit. He was dead when found and his body was rather badly mangled.

Ness Co. News, May 7, 1942 

OBITUARY 

Merrit A. Beamer, eldest son of Theoakley and Minnie Beamer, was born in Ness County May 4, 1898, and departed this life May 1, 1942, at the age of 43 years, 11 months and 27 days. His father preceded him in death in 1907. Merritt grew to manhood and has spent most of his life in this community. He attended Pink school and Ransom High School. On September 16, 1922, he was united in marriage to Vera Clodfelter of Utica. After their marriage they lived in WaKeeney for five years. Three children were born to this union: Edwin, Edna Mae and Ethel. In 1927 he and his family moved to Colorado where he was the driver of a school bus. In 1935 they moved back to Ransom and since then they have been farming on his mother’s farm northeast of Ransom. He was affiliated with the IOOF Lodge and his many deeds of kindness and neighborly acts showed his adherence to its principles. He was a kind and loving husband and father and was a devoted son to his mother who made her home with him. He was favorably known to all of his neighbors and friends for his honesty and willingness to help when help was needed. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife and three children, his mother, two brothers, E.D. Beamer of Monte Vista, Colo., and Herman Beamer of Barewell, Kentucky, an uncle, Dave Cheney, and other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Monday afternoon with Rev. McAllister in charge. A mixed quartet, Drucilla Van Winkle, Nathalie Combest, Mr. Clark and Mr. Bradshaw, sang two numbers. Drucilla and Nathalie sang a duet, “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere”. Burial was made in the Ransom cemetery with John Aeby in charge.

Ness Co. News, May 14, 1942 

MINNIE BEAMER

Minnie Edna Beamer was born December 1, 1886, at Newmon, Douglas County, Illinois, and died October 20, 1942, at the age of 73 years, 10 months and 20 days. She moved to Missouri in 1880, and in 1897 she came to Kansas and located near Ransom. She was united in marriage to Theoakley Beamer March 10, 1897, near Ransom. Three children were born to this union: David Ernell now of Monte Vista, Colorado; Hermon now of East St. Louis, Illinois; and Merritt A. who died May 1, 1942. Her husband died November 14, 1907. During the days of her widowhood she was tenderly assisted by her devoted brother, David Cheney. Notwithstanding this, she knew the burden of loneliness, care, and anxiety involved in rearing her fatherless children. She was a brave soul, and a patient sufferer. Her sufferings, during her last illness, were lightened by the tender devotion of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Merritt A. Beamer. She leaves to mourn her death, besides her children, two sisters, Mrs. Ella Russell, of Boss, Missouri, and Mrs. Mary Martin, of Terre Haute, Indiana; one brother, David Cheney, of Ransom; seven grandchildren; and other relatives, and friends. Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church of Ransom on October 22, at 2 p.m.

Western Ks. World, Oct. 29, 1942 

OSCAR BEAMER

Oscar Beamer, who grew to manhood in the Ransom community, passed away early this week at his home in Waverly. The body was returned to Ransom, where services were held from the Methodist Church Wednesday. The deceased was the father of Mrs. Tom Clyne of Arnold, and a brother of Mrs. Warren Willour of Ransom. 

Ness Co. News, Feb. 17, 1955

OBITUARY

Oscar Calvin Beamer, son of Alexander and Lucinda Beamer, was born near Ransom, Kansas on September 8, 1887, and passed away at the Newman Hospital, Saturday, February 12, 1955, in Emporia, Kansas, at the age of 67. He was married to Essie Mead on September 8, 1908, near Ransom. He was engaged in farming until 1916, when he and his family moved to Marion, Ohio, where he was employed. In the spring of 1919, his two daughters, Edith, aged six; and June aged one year; and his wife, Essie, all passed away within a period of three weeks in the influenza epidemic. The following October, 1919, he and his two children, Lester and Maud, moved to Louisburg, Kansas, where he farmed. He was married in May, 1920 to Mary Pryor, of Louisburg, and lived there until 1926, when he moved to Ness County, and lived there 21 years. Soon after his wife Mary passed away, July 25, 1947, he purchased a farm adjoining Halls Summitt, Kansas, and lived there until his death. He was married to Purnia Smith, on April 7, 1949, of near Waverly, Kansas. Although he had suffered two severe strokes, prior to the one he had ten days before his passing, he had been quite cheerful, enjoyed his home even though he was quite handicapped physically. His wife, Purena, being of a pleasant and cheerful nature, made his home, in his declining years, very happy. He is survived by his wife, Purena; one son, Lester Beamer of Guymon, Okla.; one daughter, Maud Clyne of Arnold; five grandchildren, Mary Lou and Leslie Mae Beamer; Sonja Kaye, Ricky and Tommy Clyne; one brother, Jesse Lee Beamer of Calgary, Canada; two sisters, Ola Willour of Ransom, and Erie O’Connor of Osawatomie; four step-children, Lloyd Smith of Strong City, Merlin Smith of Waverly, Raymond Smith of Ogden, Utah; and Edith Burke of Sacramento, Calif.; other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held from the Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Halls Summitt. The body was escorted to Ransom by the Jones Funeral directors of Waverly. Services were also held in the First Methodist Church of Ransom, Wednesday, February 16, 1955, at 2:00 p.m., with the pastor, Rev. Hjalmar Larson, in charge of the services. Music was furnished by Jane Neyer, W.L. Dundas, George Clark, Jerry Everhart, Ralph Ummel and Mrs. Wilma Huxman. Pallbearers were Dale Combest, Tom Norton, Otto Popp, Ralph Scott, Orville Klitzke and Walter Keller. Interment was at the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 24, 1955

THEOAKLEY BEAMER

Funeral services of Theoakley Beamer was held at the Methodist Church Sunday, conducted by Rev. I.N. Goodwin. Interment was made in the Ransom cemetery. Mr. Beamer died Nov. 14, 1907 at Bethany Hospital, Kansas City, Kans. where he had gone for treatment. He leaves a wife and three small sons, a father and other relatives to mourn his loss.

Ness Co. Echo, Nov. 23, 1907 

VERA BEAMER

Vera C. Beamer, 79, died Saturday, March 13, 1982, at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom. Born September 13, 1902, at Utica, she married Merritt Beamer September 16, 1922, at WaKeeney. He died May 1, 1942. She had lived in Ransom since 1936. She was a member of the church of Christ at Ransom and the Utica Rebekah Lodge. She is survived by a son, Edwin Beamer of Ransom; two daughters, Mrs. Virgil (Edna Mae) Simpson of Ransom and Mrs. Lyn (Ethel) Kingrey of Man, La.; a brother, Robert Clodfelter of Lamar, Colo.; and five sisters, Mrs. Vella Strates of Fresno, Calif.; Mrs. Josie Zordel of Ransom; Mrs. Sara Mae Taylor of Korval, Colo.; Mrs. Gladys Sherman of Limon, Colo.; and Mrs. Dollie Weisenborn of Philadelphia, Penn.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the church of Christ in Ransom with Brothers Ron Friberg and Bill Buggeln officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Grisell Memorial Nursing Home. Ness Co. News, Mar. 18, 1982 OBITUARY Vera was born in a sod house north of Utica on September 13, 1902, to Rufus Euphrates Clodfelter and Annie Elizabeth Bowie Clodfelter. She moved with her parents to Batavia, Ark., near Harrison in March, 1911. In 1915 her parents moved back to Utica. She married Merritt Alexander Beamer on September 16, 1922, at WaKeeney, Kans., where their three children were born. They lived in Karval, Colo., for awhile. They lived at Ransom since 1936. Her husband died May 1, 1942. She had been a widow for nearly 40 years. Vera entered the Ransom, Kans., Long Term Care in March, 1979. Elsie Showalter was a beloved roommate. Vera passed away March 13, 1982, Saturday, at about 6 a.m. in the Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom. She was exactly 79 1/2 years old. She was a member of the church of Christ and the Rebekah Lodge, both of Utica. Survivors include: son, Edwin of Ransom; daughters, Edna Mae Simpson of Ransom, Ethel E. Kingrey of Many, La.; brother, Robert Clodfelter of Lamar, Colo.; sisters, Vella Strates of Fresno, Calif., Josie Zordel of Ransom, Sara Mae Taylor of Karval, Colo., Gladys Sherman, of Limon, Colo., Dollie Weisenborn of Philadelphia, Pa.; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, many other relatives, friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her brothers, John Rufus and Willie Lem (Bill) Clodfelter. Memorial services were at the Ransom church of Christ Tuesday, March 16 at 2 p.m. with Bill Buggeln of Great Bend and Ron Friberg of Ransom officiating. Interment was at the Ransom cemetery. Memorials are to be made to the Ransom Long Term Care or the Ransom church of Christ. 

Ness Co. News, Apr. 8, 1982 

VIRGIL BEAMER

Virgil O. Beamer, 63, a native Ness Countian and former Ransom resident, passed away in a Larned hospital Tuesday morning, September 28, 1954. He had been in poor health for some time. Born in Ness County in 1891, Beamer moved to Pawnee County some 26 years ago, farming in the Sanford community until 1952, when he retired, moving into Larned. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Manilla Beamer of Larned; two sons, Bryan Beamer of Greensburg, and Thaine of Larned; a daughter, Mrs. Verda Compton of Dodge City; his mother, Mrs. John Beamer of Larned; two sisters, Mrs. Verna Lewis of Larned, and Mrs. Vera Selig of Larned; five grandchildren; other relatives, including Mrs. Lea Maranville of Ness City, a cousin. Funeral services will be held from the church of Christ at Ransom this afternoon, Thursday, September 30, at 2:30 o’clock. Interment will be in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Sept. 30, 1954 

BLANCHE BEST

Blanche Zitnik Best, 80, died Friday, March 10, at Glendale, Ariz. She was a teacher and longtime Ransom resident, moving to Arizona in 1984. She was born Dec. 24, 1914, at Newberg, Ore., the daughter of J.E. and Vivian Hopper Combest. She married Frank Zitnik at Lyons Jan. 14, 1938. He died June 22, 1980. She married Fred Best at Sun City, Ariz. Dec. 8, 1985. He died Aug. 23, 1992. She was a member of the church of Christ, Glendale, Delta Kappa Gamma, the National Education Association and Kansas-NEA, Business and Professional Women, charter member of the Janes and Jeans Square Dance Club, Ransom, and the Gay Gingham Extension Unit. She is survived by a sister, Florence Engle, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; a step-son, Fredrick “Rick” Best, Jr. of Kingman, Ariz.; and a step-granddaughter. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m. at the church of Christ in Ransom. Memorials may be sent to the church or to Zitnik Park, Ransom, in care of Mark Horchem, Rt. 1, Box 2, Ransom, Ks. 67572

Ness Co. News, Mar. 16, 1995 

Blanche Zitnik Best, 80, died March 10, 1995, at Glendale, Ariz. She was born Dec. 24, 1914, at Newberg, Ore., the daughter of J.E. and Vivian Hopper Combest. She was a graduate of Ransom High School. A longtime Ransom resident, moving to Glendale, Ariz., in 1984, she was a teacher. She was a member of the church of Christ, Glendale, Delta Kappa Gamma, the National Education Association and Kansas-National Education Association, Business and Professional Women, a charter member of the Janes and Jeans Square Dance Club, Ransom, and the Gay Gingham Extension Unit. On Jan. 14, 1938, she married Frank Zitnik at Lyons. He died June 22, 1980. On Dec. 8, 1985, she married Fred Best at Sun City, Ariz. He died Aug. 23, 1992. Survivors include: a sister, Florence Engle, Lees Summit Mo.; a stepson, Frederick “Rick” Best Jr., Kingman, Ariz.; and a step granddaughter. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at the church of Christ, Ransom. Memorials may be sent to the church or to Zitnik Park, Ransom, in care of Mark Horchem, Rt. 1, Box 2, Ransom, 67572. Maryvale Mortuary, Phoenix, Ariz. is in charge of arrangements.

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Blanche Zitnik Best, 80, died Friday, March 10, 1995, in Glendale Ariz. She was born Dec. 24, 1914, to J.E. and Vivian (Hopper) Combest. She married Frank Zitnik Jan. 14, 1938, in Lyons. He died June 22, 1980. She married Fred Best Dec. 8, 1985, in Sun City, Ariz. He died Aug. 23, 1992. She was a teacher and former resident of Ransom. She moved to Glendale, Ariz., in 1984. She was a 1932 graduate of Ransom High School. She was a member of the church of Christ, Glendale, Ariz., Delta Kappa Gamma sorority, National Education Association, Kansas National Education Association, Southwest Kindergarten Association, Business and Professional Women of Ness County, and Janes and Jeans Square Dance Club, VFW Auxiliary, Gay Gingham Extension Unit, all in Ransom. She is survived by a sister, Florence Engle, Lees Summit, Mo.; a stepson, Frederick “Rick” Best Jr., Kingman, Ariz., and a step granddaughter. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at the church of Christ, Ransom. Burial will be at a later date in the Ransom Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ransom church of Christ or Zitnik Park, Ransom, in care of Mark Horchem. 

OBITUARY

Blanche Edna Combest Zitnik Best was born at Newberg, Or. December 24, 1914, the fifth of six children born to James Edward and Vivian Edna (Hopper) Combest. She passed away Friday, March 10, 1995 at a nursing home in Glendale, Az. At the age of six months, Blanche moved with her parents and brothers and sisters to a farm northeast of Ransom where she grew to adulthood. She attended country grade school at Pink, northeast of Ransom. She attended junior high school and high school in Ransom, graduating in 1932. She attended Fort Hays Kansas State College and obtained her teaching certificate after which she taught two years in Ness County country schools, Forrester Valley and Pride, followed by three years of teaching in Bazine and Alexander. Her teaching career was interrupted following her marriage to Frank Zitnik January 14, 1938 at Lyons. Frank and Blanche lived in LaCrosse, where Frank was the County Agricultural Extension Agent for Rush County. Frank was called into the service in May, 1942 and was stationed in Greenland for 15 months. He came back to the United States and Blanche joined him while he was stationed in Maine. While living in Maine, she did some substitute teaching and took the volunteer Red Cross nurses-aid training followed by volunteer Red Cross work in the hospital there. After Frank’s discharge from the service in June, 1946, Frank and Blanche moved back to Ransom and went into farm partnership with her father. They lived in her childhood home for the next 18 years. It was during this time their son Frank Edward (Eddie) Zitnik was born. Blanche enjoyed being a farm house-wife and mother. Frank became a mail carrier in October, 1957, along with their farming interests. In May, 1964 Blanche’s father passed away and the farm was then divided among her brothers and sisters. In 1953 Blanche was encouraged to renew her teaching certificate. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1958 and her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education in May, 1972. She taught two years at Arnold followed by 20 years at Ness City. After 26 and 1/2 years in the teaching profession, she retired in May, 1974 so she could spend more time with Frank. He retired from the postal service in 1976. Following their retirements, they enjoyed many extensive trips together, including trips to both coasts. She had several hobbies, including reading, home and yard improvement, fishing, traveling and square dancing. In 1965 Frank and Blanche built a home in Ransom, where they were living when Frank passed away. She continued to live in Ransom until 1984, when she sold her home and moved to Sun City, Az. Blanche met a widower, Fred Best, who became, as she called him, her “Best” friend. After meeting, they enjoyed morning walks with Bonnie, his silver poodle. They were married December 8, 1985, planning a few years of sharing their lives together. They especially enjoyed their honeymoon in Hawaii. Blanche was a member of the church of Christ, being baptized October 9, 1930. Her church played a very important part in her life, and she remained a faithful and dedicated member throughout her life. She was a charter member of the Janes and Jeans Square Dance club, V.F.W. Auxiliary, and a member of the Gay Ginghams E.H.U. club, all of Ransom. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, National Education Association, Kansas-National Education Association, SouthWest Kindergarten Association, and a member of the Business and Professional Women. Blanche was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Frank Zitnik, June 22, 1980 and Fred Best, August 23, 1992; son, Eddie, February 4, 1968; three brothers, Earl Leighton Combest, Dale Edward Combest and Merwin James Combest; one sister, Bertha Josephine Combest Horchem Hall, Sterling. Survivors include a sister: Florence Emma Combest Engle, Lee’s Summit, MO; one step-son, Frederick (Rick) Best, Jr. and wife Nea, of Kingman, Az.; one step- granddaughter, Erika Breanna Best, Kingman, Az.; an aunt, Fern Combest, Ransom; five sisters-in-law, Gladys Combest, Glendale, Az.; Twila Combest Kraus, Ransom; Elizabeth Zitnik Wisner, Solomons, MD; Laura Zitnik Brown, Memphis, TN; Josephine Zitnik Uttley, Grove, OK and Ada Best Madsen, Sun City, Az.; two brothers-in-law, Al Sterling, and Bill Best, both of Sun City, Az.; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and many, many friends. Memorial services were held in Glendale, Az. Thursday afternoon, March 16, 1995, Sun City church of Christ, Peoria, Az. Additional memorial services will be held at the Ransom church of Christ, Sunday, March 19, 1995, 2:00 p.m. The body was cremated. Interment will be in the family plot in the Ransom Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Ransom church of Christ, or the Ransom Lions Club Park, (Zitnik Park), both in care of Mark Horchem, R.R. 1, Box 2, Ransom, KS 67572.

Ness Co. News, Mar. 16, 1995 

GERTRUDE BEYRLE

Gertrude A. Beyrle, 76, died Aug. 6, 1992, at the Grisell Memorial Long Term Care, Ransom. She was born Sept. 12, 1915, at Andale, the daughter of Mathew and Agnes Joxen Giefer. A longtime resident of Ransom, she was a homemaker. She was a member of the St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Ransom. On April 3, 1934, she married John J. Beyrle at Andale. He died May 21, 1972. Other survivors include; a son, Valentine F., Ransom. Rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. today at the church. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Ransom, with Father Matthew Le presiding. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the church. Burial will be in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are with Morell Funeral Home, WaKeeney. 

OBITUARY 

Gertrude A. Beyrle, 76, died Thursday, Aug. 6, at Grisell Memorial Long Term Care, Ransom. She was born Sept. 12, 1915, at Andale, to Mathew and Agnes (Joxen) Giefer. She married John J. Beyrle, April 3, 1934, at Andale. He died May 21, 1972. She was a retired homemaker and rural resident of Ransom for most of her life. Gertrude also loved to work in the garden often giving her friends plenty of vegetables. She was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Ransom. Survivors include one son: Valentine F., Ransom. The funeral service was Saturday, Aug. 8, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Ransom, with Monsignor George Husmann officiating with burial in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 13, 1992

JOHN BEYRLE

John J. Beyrle, 61, resident of Ransom for the past 30 years, died at the Hadley Regional Medical Center at Hays Sunday, May 21. He was born February 23, 1911 at Maize. He was a farmer and mechanic in Ransom and is survived by his wife, Gertrude, and one son, Valentine. Also a brother, Joe, of Viola and a sister, Mrs. Philomena Meyer of Mount Hope. Funeral services were held at St. Aloysius Catholic Church at Ransom Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m., with burial in the St. Aloysius Catholic cemetery.

Ness Co. News, May 25, 1972 

OBITUARY

John J. Beyrle, son of Frank and Anna (Albert) Beyrle, was born February 23, 1911, at Maize, and departed this life May 21, 1972, at the Hadley Memorial Hospital in Hays at the age of 61 years, 2 months and 18 days. Funeral mass was at the St. Aloysius Church at Ransom Tuesday, May 23, 10:30 o’clock and interment was in the Ransom cemetery. He was married April 3, 1934, to Gertrude Giefer. To this union was born one son, Valentine. The family moved to Ness County from Sedgwick County in 1942, and he was a farmer, stockman and mechanic in the Ransom community since. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude, and the son, Valentine of the home. Other survivors include a brother, Jo Beyrle of Viola, and a sister, Mrs. Philomena Meyer of Mt. Hope, and other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, June 15, 1972 

ANNA BIGGS

Mrs. Anna Biggs, of Waterloo, Kansas, died, Saturday, January 22, 1921, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hilmes, northwest of Ransom. Funeral services were conducted at the St. Aloysius Church, Wednesday, and burial made in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, beside the body of her little child. Anna Margaret Biggs, nee Hilmes, was born at St. Rose, Illinois, September 17, 1895. The family later moved to Texas, and in 1913 she and her brother Ben moved to Waterloo, Kansas, where she was married to Jake Biggs, October 27, 1914. They moved to Ransom and Healy, Kansas and from there back to the Biggs place at Waterloo. Six weeks ago she was operated on for what the doctor had diagnosed as appendicitis. Seemingly she recuperated from the operation though the same symptoms reappeared. She came to Ransom to rest at the home of her parents. Saturday, January 22, she had a sudden relapse and quickly passed away. She leaves her husband and a six year old son, Edward, besides her parents and three brothers and three sisters as mourners of her sudden and unexpected demise.

Ransom Record, Jan. 27, 1921


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