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.
Last Sunday evening the festivities of marriage
were terminated by the tragedy of death. At the residence of J.B.
Mast, in Nevada Township, where the wedding dinner in honor of A.J. Mast
and Laura Burkhalter had received attention of the guests, and all were
enjoying themselves as is usual upon such occasion, a bolt from the clouds
struck the house, following a stove pipe to the interior, killing a young
lady, Miss Eash, and seriously injuring one or two others, including the
Ness Co. News, Aug. 9, 1890
(Sunday = Aug. 3, 1890)
Charles Eifert was born in Schwartz, Oberhessen,
Germany, on October 31, 1866, and passed away on July 15, 1951, at the
age of 84 years, 8 months and 15 days.
He was the youngest of a family of seven, five
brothers and one sister, all of whom preceded him in death.
His sister, Mrs. Leonard Noll, resided at Geneseo,
Kansas, in 1886, when Charles first came to America. He made his
home with her and her husband for a short time.
Mr. Eifert never married and spent much time visiting
relatives around Ransom. He was a cheerful person, and a friend of
everyone, a thorough student of world conditions and was affectionately
called “uncle” by many of the residents of Ness County.
He studied the catechism of the Lutheran Church
and became a member of the Evangelistical Lutheran Church at the age of
14. He often quoted scripture learned in that period of his youth.
He loved the Pacific Northwest, and at one time
homesteaded 80 acres of virgin pine, which he afterwards sold to a lumber
company. During his early manhood, he spent many years in Everett,
Wash., in charge of the city utilities of that young city.
In 1909 he toured Europe and always remembered
that as a bright, happy period of his life.
In 1912 he homesteaded 240 acres in Montana near
Winifred. This land he sold several years ago, and has since made
his home at Kalispel, Mont.
He leaves to mourn his passing the following relatives
in the States: His nieces, Mrs. Mary Miek, Mrs. Elizabeth Tilley
of Ransom; his nephews, Leonard Noll of Ransom, Charles Noll, Reinhardt
Noll and John Noll of Waukegan, Ill.; seven great-nieces, five great-nephews,
16 great-great-nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held from the First Mennonite
Church of Ransom on Friday, July 20, with Rev. Dennis Smith in charge.
Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.
Ness Co. News, July 26, 1951
Anna Leola, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William
Eisenhour, of Nevada Township, died Sunday, August 20, 1899, and was buried
the following day in the Ransom Cemetery.
Ness Co. News, Aug. 26, 1899
(buried unknown location-no information in cemetery records)
Doyle C. Eisenhour, 48, brother of J.L. Eisenhour
of Ness City, died Saturday morning, January 14, at the hospital in Hays
of an apparent heart attack. He had been ill only one day.
He was born June 15, 1918, in Ness County, and
had lived in LaCrosse for the past 20 years. He was an agent and
telegrapher for the MOP Railroad.
He married Helen Wriston July 7, 1944.
He was a World War II veteran. He was a member
of the VFW and American Legion, Masonic Lodge and EUB Church, all at LaCrosse.
Survivors include: The widow; two sons,,
Mark and James of LaCrosse; three brothers, Jett of Ness City, Glenn and
Harley of McCracken; one grandson.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, January
17, at LaCrosse, and interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.
Ness Co. News, Jan. 19, 1967
Wo1c James D. Eisenhour, 22, of LaCrosse, nephew
of J.L. Eisenhour of Ness City, was reported killed in action on Sunday,
According to the meager information received by
relatives at LaCrosse early Tuesday, Eisenhour apparently had been shot
while on duty. He was a helicopter operator, and the machine did
not crash or burn, according to word available early Wednesday.
Eisenhour attended Fort Hays State College before
Survivors include the widow, the former Catherine
Pivonka, and 2-year-old daughter of LaCrosse; his mother, Mrs. Helen Eisenhour
of LaCrosse; and a brother, Mark, now serving in the navy.
Ness Co. News, Aug. 22, 1968
John C. Eisenhour, 82, a resident of Ness County
for some 70 years, passed away at the LaCrosse Hospital on Tuesday, January
11. He had been in poor health for some time, and had spent the last
four months of his life in the hospital.
He came to Ness County with his parents when he
was 12 years old, and had spent the greater part of his life since, as
a resident of the Ransom community. He farmed in that community for
many years, retiring some years ago to make his home in Ransom. Mrs.
Eisenhour passed away in September of 1952, after the couple had moved
to McCracken to make their home.
Survivors are four sons: J.L. Eisenhour of
Ness City; Glen Eisenhour of McCracken, Harley Eisenhour of Scott City,
and Doyle Eisenhour of LaCrosse; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held from the Ransom Methodist
Church this afternoon, Thursday, January 13, at 2:00 o’clock. Interment
will be in the family plot at the Ransom Cemetery.
Ness Co. News, Jan. 13, 1955
Mrs. John C. Eisenhour, 74, a near life-long resident
of the Ransom community, passed away at the LaCrosse Hospital on Thursday,
September 25, 1952.
Born in Indiana, the deceased came to Ness County
with her family at the age of one year, and with the exception of four
years had spent her entire life in that community.
Survivors include the husband, John C. Eisenhour;
four sons, J.L. Eisenhour of Ness City, Glenn Eisenhour of McCracken, Harley
Eisenhour of Scott City, and Doyle Eisenhour of LaCrosse; a sister, Mrs.
Albert Brock of Ransom; two brothers, C.O. Douglas of Athens, Tenn., and
O.W. Douglas of Anderson, Ind., and other relatives.
Funeral services were conducted from the Ransom
Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon, September 27, with Rev. L.G. Snyder,
pastor, in charge. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.
Ness Co. News, Oct. 2, 1952
Maude Idell Douglas was born near Salem, Ind., May
4, 1878, and departed this life September 25, 1952, at the LaCrosse Hospital.
She came with her parents to Ness County, Kansas,
when one year old. All of her life was spent near Ransom, except
for the three years in Pocatello, Idaho, and the past year and one-half
at McCracken, Kansas.
She was united in marriage on October 19, 1899,
to John C. Eisenhour. To this union were born four sons: Jettie
of Ness City, Glenn of McCracken, Harley of Scott City, and Doyle of LaCrosse.
She was a faithful member of the Methodist Church
of Ransom for 30 years; always interested in the better things in life.
She was a faithful wife and mother, a good neighbor and friend to all,
always interested in any cause that would make a better community.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband; the
four sons; eight grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Albert Brock; two brothers,
C.O. Douglas of Athens, Tenn., and O.W. Douglas of Anderson, Ind.; nieces
and nephews; other relatives; and many friends.
Funeral services were conducted from the Ransom
Methodist Church Saturday afternoon, September 27, at 3:30, with Rev. L.G.
Snyder in charge. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.
Ness Co. News, Oct. 2, 1952
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at
the Methodist Church in Ransom for Mrs. John Eisenhour. Interment
was in the Ransom Cemetery. Mrs. Eisenhour had lived for many years
in the Ransom community, but has spent the past two and one-half years
Ness Co. News, Oct. 2, 1952
A son, given the name of Darold Duane, and weighing
2 1/2 pounds, was born Saturday night to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Elliott at
the Wisehart home. The baby passed away Tuesday evening at 3 days
Saturday = November 26, 1932
Tuesday = November 29, 1932
Ransom Record, December 2, 1932
(Darold Elliott was moved to the Great Bend Cemetery
Bertha Lawrence Ellis was born in Illinois, January
23, 1871, and died at Boise, Idaho, May 17, 1946, at the age of 75 years,
3 months, and 25 days. For several years she operated a millinery
She was married to Stephen R. Ellis and they moved
to a ranch near Modoc, Kansas, later buying a farm in Trego County, eight
miles north of Ransom, where they lived several years. Mr. Ellis
passed away in 1928. Mrs. Ellis lived on the place for a while then
her nephew, Ray Smith, persuaded her to rent the place and move to Boise,
Idaho, with him and his wife. So with the exception of a little over
a year she has spent the remainder of her life in Boise.
Seven years ago she lived on her farm and with
the Pete Rauch family a year.
She leaves to mourn her death, a niece, Mrs. Frances
Gordon of Texas, and her nephew, Roy Smith of New Meadows, Idaho, who accompanied
her body to Ransom for burial.
Graveside services were held Wednesday afternoon,
at 2:30. Pall bearers were: Pete and Will Rauch, Pink Patton,
Fred Amstutz, and David Kraft. John Aeby had charge of the services.
Ness Co. News, May 30, 1946
Stephen Reynold Ellis was born at Canton, Illinois,
April 14, 1862 and departed this life November 18, 1928 at his home at
the age of 66 years, 6 months and 4 days.
He was an only child. His father and mother
have both predeceased him. He had no children. His first wife
died and in 1902 he remarried to Bertha Lawrence who is left to mourn his
untimely death. The only other living relatives are two aunts now
living in Illinois.
Ransom Record, November 22, 1928
Appolonia Primer was born in Enterprise, Ohio, February
11, 1833, and died at the home of her son James Engle of Ransom, Sunday
evening, July 12, 1913. She was married January 15, 1852 to Barnhardt
Engle, who died in 1893. Ten children were born to them, five of
whom survive: Mrs. Maggie Fought of Shelbyville, Illinois, Mrs. Seenith
Coryell, of Newberg, Oregon, George Engle of Shelbyville, Pharis Engle
of Miami, Oklahoma, and James Engle of Ransom. Early in life Mrs.
Engle united with the Lutheran Church. Funeral services which were
conducted by Rev. Ummel were held at the Mennonite Church Tuesday, July
Ness Co. Echo, July 19, 1913
Carlyle Engle was instantly killed early last Wednesday
morning when a car in which he was riding plunged down a 50-foot embankment
on the Pacific Highway, north of Grants Pass, Ore.
From the Courier of Grants Pass, we have obtained
a few facts as written by one of their reporters who visited the scene
of the accident. It says:
“The death scene was a straight-of-way 17 miles
north of Grants Pass and about a mile south of Grave Creek. Tracks
indicated that the car turned a curve, gradually left the highway, on the
canyon side, and by its momentum held to the side of a 45 degree slope
for some 15 feet before it rolled over and over down the incline.
Engle probably died instantly of a broken neck
and other injuries as the car rolled down the slope and pinned him under
its weight. His companion, Hugo Anderson, was severely injured and
in a hospital at Grants Pass.
Coroner Hull was called to the scene about 4 a.m.
after Anderson was brought to the hospital by passers-by who stopped at
Engle was pinned beneath the wrecked car in such
a manner it was impossible to remove it without a wrecker. Since
the telephone lines were down it was necessary to drive back to Grants
Pass, where a wrecker was obtained and taken to the scene and the car was
lifted off the body.
At the hospital, Anderson, who was driving, could
not tell what caused the car to leap over the grade. The injured
man could say only that he had trouble with the steering wheel, then the
car ran off the pavement and plunged over. It rolled lengthwise down
the steep incline into the canyon.
An inspection of the car showed that Engle had
apparently been thrown out of the car through the window. Flying
glass caused severe cuts on his body.
Engle and Anderson had been to Canyonville to witness
a boxing card Tuesday evening.
Engle came here last summer from Ransom, Kas.,
and was employed by Claus Anderson, gladiolus grower, and lived at the
Anderson home north of Grants Pass. Hugo Anderson is a nephew of
The sad news was received in Ransom Wednesday afternoon,
and the body arrived Monday night. The funeral services were
held Tuesday afternoon, with burial in the Ransom Cemetery.
Ransom Record, February 5, 1936
Carlyle Franklin Engle was born in Ransom, Kas.,
May 4, 1907, and was killed in an automobile accident in the state of Oregon,
on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1936, age 28 years, 8 months, 25 days. He
was the fifth of six children born to Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Engle, and the
second of these to pass away, Pauline having preceded him in death in 1933.
Carlyle has always made his home in Ransom, except
for the past five or six months spent in Oregon, working and visiting with
his half sister Mary. He had planned on coming home in February.
Carlyle graduated from the Ransom High School with
the class of 1926. He has worked in this community, for some of its
leading citizens and was a hand, extraordinary, his neatness with his work
being one of his outstanding characteristics. He was very kind to
children and respectful to his elders. He united with the M.E. Church
on March 26, 1922, and through those years was a fine worker in the Sunday
School and Epworth League, and upheld the principles of his Christian training.
He leaves to mourn his death, his mother, Mrs.
Anna Engle of Ransom, Kas., his father, J.O. Engle, and step-mother of
Moreland, Okla., a half sister, Mrs. Mary Ramsey, of Grants Pass, Ore.,
Everett, of Shields, Kas., Oscar and Neoma of Ransom, Kas., and Mrs. Ruth
Bierce, of Dodge City, other loved ones and many friends.
“A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which can never be filled. “
“From the dawn of early morning,
Till the sun hides its rays,
We’ll miss him every moment
In a thousand different ways.”
Funeral services were held from the M.E. Church
of Ransom Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 4. Rev. D.L. Rothweiler spoke consoling
words, using as a text I Samuel 20:3.
A mixed quartette, composed of the Misses Mary
Susan Haynie and Esther Young and Vernon Marhofer and Russell Shellenberger,
sang “My Latest Sun Is Setting Fast”, “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Whispering
Hope”, accompanied by Miss Dorothy Aeby. Miss Haynie sang as a solo
“One Fleeting Hour”.
The casket was placed in the midst of a most beautiful
bower of flowers.
Pallbearers were Messrs. Otis and Ralph Horchem,
Clyde Willour, Glenn Eisenhour, John Eitel and Tommy Williams.
Funeral Director John Aeby had charge and the body
was laid to rest in the Ransom Cemetery.
Ransom Record, February 5, 1936
Cynthia Ann Gibson, daughter of Joel and Harriet
Gibson, was born February 13, 1866, at Enterprise, Ohio, and passed away
on February 22, 1949, at Ransom, Kansas, reaching the age of 83 years and
On February 10, 1886, she was united in marriage
to Thomas Cutler in Obed, Ill. They were blessed with two children,
Delbert who passed away at the age of five months, and Mary E. Thomas Cutler
passed away on March 5, 1891.
On October 6, 1895, she was united in marriage
to James O. Engle at Shelbyville, Ill. To this union six children
were born, two of whom, Pauline Ohlemeier and Carlyle, have preceded her
She leaves to mourn her passing five children:
Mary E. Cutler Ramsey of Grants Pass, Ore.; Everett R. Engle of Tribune;
Oscar V. Engle of Great Bend; Neoma M. Engle of the home; Ruth E. Bierce
of Dodge City; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two sisters:
Mrs. Elizabeth Rice of Watson, Ill., and Miss Josephine Gibson of Shelbyville,
Ill.; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
She moved from Ohio to Illinois with her parents
when she was only four years old. She then moved to Kansas in 1900
and settled on a farm south of Ransom. In 1906 she moved to town
where she resided until the time of her death.
Mrs. Engle was taken into the Methodist Episcopal
Church in 1906 under the pastorate of Rev. J.N. See, and she remained a
worker in the church.
Mrs. Engle has lived a very useful and profitable
life and her influence will be greatly missed by her family and friends
as will her cheery and welcoming smile. She has given all her life
to rearing and caring for her children and one grandson, Rex Paul, whom
she reared till the age of six after the death of his mother, Pauline,
in the spring of 1933.
Funeral services were conducted from the First
Methodist Church in Ransom on February 25, with Rev. Samuel Paulding officiating.
Pallbearers were Bob Engle, Donald Bierce, E.R. Engle, jr., Harold Davidson,
Gerald Gile, and Wayne Engle. A mixed quartet composed of Mrs. Samuel
Paulding, Mrs. Willard Horchem, Jesse Dieffenbach, and Charles Shellenberger
sang “Just a Few Short Years”, and “My Latest Sun Is Sinking Fast”.
Mrs. Paulding rendered the solo “Sunrise”. Burial was made in the
Ransom Cemetery with mortician John Aeby in charge.
Ness Co. News, March 3, 1949
James Oscar Engle, 85, resident of the Ransom community
from 1900 to the early 1920’s, passed away at Mooreland, Okla., October
9, 1955, following an extended illness.
Survivors include: Two daughters, Neoma Engle
of Ransom, and Mrs. B.H. Bierce of Dodge City; two sons, Oscar of Great
Bend, and Everett of Tribune; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Mooreland Baptist
Church October 10, and the final services from the Ransom Methodist Church
Tuesday morning, October 11, with the Rev. C.H. Larson officiating.
Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.
Ness Co. News, Oct. 20, 1955
Neoma Marian Engle, 95, died Friday, May 4, 2001,
at Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center, Ransom.
She was born May 20, 1905, in Ransom.
She was a domestic and a lifetime Ransom resident.
She is survived by nieces and nephews, including
Rex Ohlemeier, O’Fallon, Ill., whom she raised from birth.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday
at Ransom Cemetery, with Rev. Bruce Ferguson presiding.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday and
from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.
Memorials are suggested to Grisell Memorial Long
Term Care Center.
Hays Daily News, May 6, 2001
Neoma Marian Engle, 95, died May 4, 2001, at Grisell
Memorial Long Term Care Unit, Ransom.
She was born May 20, 1905, at Ransom.
A lifetime Ransom resident, she was a domestic.
Survivors include: six nephews,including
Rex Ohlemeier, O’Fallon, Ill., and two nieces.
She was preceded in death by all her brothers and
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday
in the Ransom Cemetery, with Pastor Bruce Ferguson presiding. Friends
may call from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Fitzgerald
Funeral Home, Ness City. Burial will be in Ransom Cemetery, Ransom.
Memorials may be sent to Grisell Memorial Long
Term Care, in care of the funeral home.
Hutchinson News, May 6, 2001
Neoma Marian Engle, 95, died May 4, Grisell Memorial
Long Term Care, Ransom.
She was born on May 20, 1905 on a farm south of
Ransom. From these beginnings, she made her home for nigh unto a
century in this area.
Ome, as she was affectionately called, thought
highly of by two nieces and six nephews, and enjoyed having them visit.
She raised one nephew, Rex Ohlemeier after the death of his mother.
All her brothers, sisters, and parents preceded her in death. Two
nieces and six nephews survive.
Graveside service was Wednesday morning, at the
Ransom Cemetery, and was officiated by Pastor Bruce Ferguson, United Methodist
Memorials may be sent to Grisell Memorial Long
Term Care, in care of the funeral Home.
Good-bye Ome, may your soul rest in peace.
Ness Co. News, May 10, 2001
You’ve no doubt heard the commercial for Timex watches
saying that they just keep on ticking.
The slogan characterizes Aunt Ome’s life--she just
kept on ticking until the final count of 95 years, 11 months and 14 days.
She was a loving aunt who thought a lot of her
family members. She was always there when they needed her.
And she was quite a jokester--generally having
some smart quip about a situation.
Aunt Ome, as she was affectionately called, saw
many changes during her lifetime. She weathered whatever came her
One of Ome’s talents was sewing. One of her
specialties was making rag dolls which several of the nieces and nephews
and others were recipients of her handiwork. I still have my dolls
she made that I’ve cherished as a remembrance of her over the years.
If I would ask some of you whether you still have some of the dolls, you
would probably say yes.
I’ve had a special spot in my heart for Ome.
Because she helped raise me for the first few years of my life. She
was like a surrogate mother.
Aunt Ome’s quality of life for the past 13 years
was not the best. However, she was accorded a level of care that
the staff of the Grisell Memorial Long Care center gave her. I spoke
with several members of the staff yesterday thanking them for the compassionate
care they gave her. Each one spoke of their endearment to Ome and
was glad to be a provider. Thanks to them, her quality of life was
God has now taken Aunt Ome to that Heavenly place.
Her body is gone but her soul lives on forever in our minds and hearts.
Aunt Ome, Goodbye. May you rest in peace!
Comments made by nephew Rex Ohlemeier at Neoma Engle’s
graveside service, May 9, 2001
Charles Harry William Evel, 83, died Dec. 17, 1996,
at Hays Medical Center, St. Anthony Campus, at Hays.
He was born May 2, 1913, at Arnold, the son of
William and Cora Rogers Evel. A lifetime Arnold resident, he was
On Oct. 17, 1945, he married Elnora Montie West
at WaKeeney. She survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Roy Evel,
Arnold; four daughters, Jeanette Ochs, Great Bend, Ethel Evel, of the home
in Arnold, Loretta Ferguson, Denver, and Charletta Carson, Olmitz; 10 grandchildren;
and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fitzgerald
Funeral Home, Ness City, with the Rev. John Lewis presiding. Friends
may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday, both
at the Funeral home. Burial will be in the Ransom Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the Charles Evel Memorial
Fund in care of the funeral home.
Hutchinson News, Dec. 19, 1996
Charles Harry William Evel, 83, died Tuesday, Dec.
17, at Hays Medical Center, St. Anthony Campus, in Hays. A lifetime
Arnold resident, he was a farmer.
He was born May 2, 1913, at Arnold, the son of
William and Cora Rogers Evel. He married Elnora Montie West at WaKeeney.
he attended the Assembly of God Church in Ness City.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; a son,
Roy of Arnold; four daughters, Jeanette Ochs of Great Bend, Ethel Evel
of the home in Arnold, Loretta Ferguson of Denver and Charletta Carson
of Olmitz; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Friday afternoon at the Fitzgerald
Funeral Home in Ness City with the Rev. John Lewis presiding. Burial
was in the Ransom Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Charles
Evel Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.
Ness Co. News, Dec. 26, 1996
Charles Harry William Evel was born out in the country
from Arnold, on May 2, 1913. His parents were William Evel and Cora
(Rogers) Evel. They lived in a small one room house. He has
a brother, Roy who is two years younger. They attended a one room
country school. The name of it was Lone Star. Charles and family
was poor, and did not have much, but they were happy with what they had.
Grandma baked bread, and a lot of apple dumplings, and that was something
that dad really enjoyed. He talked a lot about it.
At the age of 17 he lost his mother, so dad helped
grandpa take over the cooking of food, and anything that needed to be done.
Dad did the baking of bread, and apple dumplings. His brother was
only 15. He farmed and had cows too.
Eighteen years later, dad met a young lady that
had come in from Arkansas to Kansas. The young lady was visiting
with her cousin, who was married to dad’s brother. They met, and
started dating, and had a few dates with each other. The young lady's
name was Elnora Montie West. After a short courtship, they
were married on Oct. 17, 1945, at WaKeeney. Later this union brought
forth one son, Tomie, and then four daughters, Jeanette, Ethel, Charletta,
Charletta said something that she remembers about
dad, is that he would take us to WaKeeney to see the big Christmas Tree.
Ethel said that she thinks about being a little
girl, and dad calling her his little punky.
Jeanette remembers of being called Jeanettie.
He is special and will be missed so much.
Dad always called Loretta his little lolee.
Tomie and dad would do the farming together.
Dad enjoyed having Tomie with him. He was a farmer and loved it.
Dad loved and cared for his family very much.
He attended the Assembly of God Church, in Ness City.
Dad was special and we loved him very much.
he will be missed by his wife Elnora, children, and grandchildren.
His brother and family, and many friends will miss him too.
The thing that dad enjoyed most was going hunting
with his son, and grandsons. Also, he enjoyed fishing.
Ness Co. News, Jan. 23, 1997
Cora Amelia Rogers was born in Shockyville, West
Virginia, March 19, 1877. She died in the St. Rose Hospital at Great
Bend, Kansas, September 6, 1931, aged 54 years, 5 months, and 18 days.
She was married to William Evel April 23, 1912. To this union two
children were born, Charlie and Roy.
She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, two
sons, four brothers, Albert, Charlie, Clinton, and Harry; three sisters,
Mrs. Clara McNinch, Mrs. Minnie Jacek, and Mrs. Beulah Watson.
The funeral was held at the Arnold Church Tuesday
conducted by the pastor, and burial was in Ransom Cemetery.
Busy toiler, thy work is over,
Hands that were busy, now shall rest,
The day has passed, ended with the setting sun,
May thy reward be blessed, rest to life Eternal begun.
Ransom Record, Sept. 11, 1931
William Evel, 77, of Arnold passed away at the Ransom
Hospital on Sunday, November 5.
Born on June 2, 1867, at Ashland, Ohio, he came
to this section of the state when 16 years of age, locating in Trego County
north of Arnold where he lived for many years.
On April 30, 1912, he was united in marriage to
Miss Cora Rogers, who preceded him in death, passing away September 5,
1931. This union was blessed with two children, Roy and Charles Evel,
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 7,
from the Methodist Church in Arnold. Interment was made in the Ransom
Ness Co. Nov. 9, 1944
A little stillborn daughter arrived at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Everhart Saturday. A short service for the
little one was conducted at the cemetery by Rev. Mitchell Sunday afternoon.
(Saturday = March 6)
(Sunday, March 7)
Ransom Record, March 11, 1926
Word has been received in Ness City just before
noon Wednesday, June 10, that Carl Everhart, 41, had passed away Wednesday
morning in a Wichita hospital.
Everhart was injured by a shotgun blast here on
Monday afternoon, June 1. He was given treatment at the hospital
here and then rushed to the hospital in Wichita. His condition had
remained grave since.
No other particulars were available to The News
Ness Co. News, June 11, 1964
Carl LeRoy Everhart was born in Ransom, Kansas,
May 21, 1923, and departed this life at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita,
June 10, 1964, at the age of 41 years and 20 days.
He attended the Ransom grade and high schools.
He served his country in the navy from 1943 to 1945. He was awarded
the Distinguished Flying Cross and one air medal, and was a member of the
American Legion and Ransom VFW. He was united in marriage to Nellie
Schamaun on July 29, 1945, in WaKeeney. To this union were born four
sons: Jerry, Carl, Dallas and Bradley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one
He is survived by his family of four sons; five
sisters, Mrs. R.D. (Stella) Schuler of Ness, Mrs. Clade (Sylvia) Martin,
Mrs. Ermon (Bertha) McKinnis, and Mrs. Don (Elsie) Babcock, all of Utica,
Mrs. Elias (Helen) Russell of Elkhart; three brothers, Clint of Dodge City,
William of Wichita, and Rolla of Boulder, Colo.; a host of nieces, nephews
and other relatives.
Ness Co. News, June 18, 1964
Fred Everhart, 69, passed away at his home in Ness
City this Wednesday evening about 6:30 o’clock, following a heart attack.
Everhart had spent nearly his entire life time
in Danby Valley and Ness City communities and is well known over the county.
He leaves his wife, Cora, and four children, Milton,
Marion, Floyd Everhart and Mrs. Gayle Squier, to mourn his passing.
Tentative funeral arrangements are for Saturday
afternoon at the Fitzgerald funeral home.
Ness Co. News, Nov. 27, 1952
Fred Curran Everhart, son of Silas and Jennie Everhart,
was born in Paola, Kansas, April 14, 1883. In 1886 he came with his
parents to Ness County.
On January 12, 1916, he was united in marriage
with Cora Hoover of Kensington, Kansas. They resided near Ransom
a short time, later moving to Danby Valley, southwest of Brownell.
To this union were born six children, two dying in infancy. In 1946
they moved to Ness City. He departed this life at his home November
26, 1952, at the age of 69 years, 7 months and 12 days. The end came
suddenly as a result of heart failure.
In early manhood he was converted and became a
member of the Ransom Methodist Church, where he was active until he moved
to Ness City. The last two years of his life he attended regularly
the local Church of the Nazarene where his son, Floyd, was pastor.
He was interested in the church and always gave liberally, being especially
generous in contributions for building funds of several new churches.
In the last few years he rededicated his life, drawing closer to God, enjoying
to a greater extent the preaching of God’s word, prayer and testimony.
Every Sunday found him in his accustomed place in the church.
He leaves to mourn his death: His devoted wife;
four children, Milton of Brownell, Ruby Squier of Brownell, Marion of Big
Springs, Texas, and Floyd of WaKeeney; seven brothers, Con of Stettler,
Canada, Lee of Fort Scott, Herman of Granada, Colo., Henry of Phillips,
Texas, Will and Clarence of Ransom, and Clayton of Arnold; four sisters,
Jennie Warnow of Salina, Lula McMichael of Pueblo, Colo., Cora Rider of
Ness City, and Maude Brown of Brownell. He was preceded in death
by his mother, father, and brother, Roy. There are nine grandchildren,
many other relatives and friends.
He served some 20 years as chairman on Danby and
Brownell telephone boards. He gave unselfishly of his time for the
advancement of schools and roads in the community. As a farmer and
neighbor he was known for his dealings and stood staunch in his belief
where honesty and integrity were concerned. His passing marks the
end of a line of early pioneering with many hardships and few conveniences.
In his last few years he is to be remembered for
his love for the soil, delighting in planting and harvesting, and his love
for flowers. He had a deep loyal affection for his family, and especially
enjoyed his grandchildren.
Funeral services were held from the Fitzgerald
funeral home on Saturday, November 29, conducted by Rev. Russell McCollom.
Music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Winter and the Musbach quartet.
Nieces were flower girls and nephews were pall-bearers. Interment
was made in the Ransom Cemetery.
Ness County News, Dec. 4, 1952
Little Fred Wayne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Everhart,
was born May 9th, 1923. July 12th the death angel visited their home
and took from their midst their darling little one. Funeral services
were conducted by Rev. Anderson and his little body was laid to rest in
the Ransom Cemetary. He leaves to mourn his loss, broken hearted
parents, two brothers, one sister, a grandmother and a host of other relatives
and friends. We should not grieve for this precious little one but
still his absence from our home leaves an empty aching void that cannot
be filled. We look beyond to a city where he is watching and waiting
for us. A bud plucked on earth to bloom in Heaven.
Ransom Record, July 19, 1923
Jennie Elizabeth Curran, daughter of Henry and Barbara
Curran, was born in LaFayette County, Ohio on July 16, 1856, and departed
this life at Asbury hospital, Salina, February 7, 1945, at the age of 88
years, 6 months, and 22 days.
For the past year she has made her home with her
daughter, Jennie Warnow of Salina.
While living in Ohio her father, Henry Curran,
served for a time in the Union Army during the Civil War.
When a young child she moved with her parents to
Missouri, where she met Silas Everhart and on November 5, 1874, they were
united in marriage. To this union were born four daughters and nine
sons, all of whom survive her.
She with her husband and family removed from Miami
County to Ness County in 1886, where they resided on their homestead near
Ransom until after her husband’s death in September 1918.
She was indeed a pioneer mother, moving with her
family to western Kansas in a covered wagon. She nobly sustained
her share of the burdens and conquered the hardships that fell to her lot
in those early pioneer days.
She was a charter member of the Methodist Church
of Ransom, and was a consistent Christian, faithful throughout life.
As a mother she was ever thoughtful of the needs of her family. During
the last weeks of her life she suffered intense pain, and was sustained
by her hope in Christ. She admonished her loved ones to meet her
Those who survive her are her 13 children:
Cora Rider, Maude Brown, Jennie Warnow, Lula McMichael, Will, Conn, Lee,
Roy, Clarence, Henry, Fred, Clayton, and Herman; 59 grandchildren, 95 great-grandchildren,
and two great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Alice Clayton of Winfield
and Mrs. Clara Vance of Kansas City; one brother, Bert Curran of Kansas
City; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
Her son, Roy, served in the American Expeditionary
Force in France during the First World War. She now has nine grandsons
and six great grandsons in the armed forces: Lt. (jg) Marion Everhart;
Ens. Milton Everhart, Carl Everhart, seaman; F2/c Joe Brown; 1/c P.O. Kenneth
Rider; Lieut. Olen Everhart; S/Sgt. John Everhart; Cpl. Clyde Weeks; Pfc.
Malcolm Brown; Sgt. Arthur Everhart; Sgt. Robert McMichael; Sgt. Rolla
Everhart (hon. discharged), Sgt. Herman Everhart, jr.; Cpl. Orville Roediger;
and Pvt. Donald Weeks.
The funeral services were held from the Ransom
Methodist Church on Saturday, February 10, at 2 p.m., with Rev. W.E. Dunlap
of McCracken in charge, assisted by Rev. Samuel Paulding who read the 14th
Chapter of St. John, and also directed the music.
A special musical number, “When I Reach Home” was
rendered by Rev. and Mrs. Paulding; a double quartet sang “We Are Going
Down The Valley One By One”, “The Old Rugged Cross” and “God Be With You
‘Till We Meet Again”.
Eight sons were present, six acting as pallbearers:
Conn, Fred, Clayton, Clarence, Herman and Henry. Will and Roy were
honorary pallbearers, and one son, Lee of Wanatchee, Wash., was unable
to be present.
Interment was made in the Ransom Cemetery.
Ness Co. News, Feb. 15, 1945
Roy Everhart, son of Silas and Jennie Elizabeth
Everhart, was born in a “soddy” near Ransom on December 23, 1886.
As a boy he attended the Ransom school. When
the United States became involved in the first World War, Roy volunteered
for service and served overseas in France and Germany.
On September 24, 1923 he was united in marriage
to Mary Josephine Parrett at Kansas City, Mo. On December 31, 1923,
the couple moved to Ransom where they have since resided.
A few years ago, Roy was found to be a victim of
cancer, that at that time was thought to have effected a cure. However,
other growths developed and in spite of hospital and other medical and
surgical care, brought about his death on September 12, 1946, at the age
of 59 years, 8 months and 19 days. Roy is the first of the 13 brothers
and sisters to go. He had many friends in Ransom and wherever he
On Wednesday, September 4, Roy made his peace with
God and together with his wife, was received into the Methodist Church
at Ransom on Thursday morning, September 5.
Left to mourn his loss are his widow; Mary Josephine
Everhart, four sisters, Mrs. Cora Rider of Ransom, Mrs. Jennie Warnow,
Salina; Mrs. Lula McMichael, Pueblo, Colo.; and Mrs. Maud Brown, Brownell,
eight brothers, Will and Clarence of Ransom, Fred of Brownell, Clayton
of Arnold, Lee of Fort Scott, Henry of Phillips, Texas, Herman of Granada,
Colo., and Connard of Canada, and many other relatives and friends.
John Aeby was in charge of the funeral services
which were held according to military regulations. The following
were color bearers: Francis Hilmes, Ben Cowan and Robert Breit.
Pallbearers were: Cyril Kraus, Jake Long, Urban Landwehr, Melvin Clark,
Orville Oriez and Harold Anderson.
The choir sang beautifully, “Will the Circle Be
Unbroken”, “Praying For You”, “Abide With Me”. A duet “Almost Home”
was sung by Rev. and Mrs. Paulding.
Ness Co. News, Sept. 26. 1946
Silas Crawford Everhart was born in Lander County,
Virginia, January 20, 1851, and died at his home southeast of Ransom, Saturday
morning, September 21, 1918, aged 67 years, 8 months and 1 day. Death
came as a result of what is commonly known as multiplying boils on the
back of his head and neck, and was an unexpected shock to his friends,
many of whom did not even know of his illness. His loss will be keenly
felt by all who knew him intimately enough to know his true character and
While yet a small child, he removed with his parents
to Missouri. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Jennie Curran,
November 5, 1874, and of this union were born thirteen children, all of
whom, with their mother, survive him.
Mr. Everhart came to this vicinity thirty-two years
ago and has lived here ever since. All of the children have made
homes in Kansas except Conn, whose home is at Stettler, Alberta, Canada,
and Roy, who is with the American Expeditionary Forces, in France.
The other children are: Mrs. Lula McMichael, of Quenemo; Mrs. Maude
Brown, Fred and Clayton Everhart, of Danby, Mrs. Al Rider, Will, Lee, Clarence,
Herman and Henry Everhart, of Ransom. There are thirty-six living
Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist
Church by Rev. Smith, of Ness City, Sunday afternoon, at 2:30, and interrment
made in the Ransom Cemetery. The high esteem with which Mr. Everhart
was regarded in this community was attested by the large number that came
to pay their last respects, the followers to the grave making a procession
more than a half mile long.
Ransom Record, September 26, 1918
Silas C. Everhart. The experiences of the
Kansas pioneers make a story that will never grow old. It was a contest
in which the resources of the individual were matched against the adversities
of soil and climate, the pressure of economic necessity, and while many
went down to defeat, there were others who survived because of a certain
persistency in their makeup and an ability to get along without luxuries
and even comforts in order to benefit from the prosperity which they anticipated.
One of these capable pioneers who afterward found
prosperity was Silas C. Everhart, of Ness County. Mr. Everhart located
in Nevada Township, Ness County, in 1886. His business was that of
mixed farmer and stockman. He first settled on school land in that
community, and subsequently bought the relinquishment of the west half
of the southeast quarter of section 4 and the west half of the northeast
quarter of section 9, township 17, range 23.
It was a sod house into which he moved his family,
and there he made his home for about ten years. In some respects
it was a house considerable better than the average. It contained
three rooms. The roof was made of willow poles covered with sod,
and a native plaster had been used for finishing the walls. The old
settlers all bear testimony to the comfort of these primitive homes.
They were warm in winter and cool in summer, and in those qualities surpassed
the more ornate and elaborate homes of the present time.
During his first years here Mr. Everhart made a
general trial of different types of farming. He planted forage, corn
and a little wheat, and the crop he found best adapted for stock and poultry
was sorghum and kaffir corn. His wheat crop proved the most reliable
money maker. In the short crop years Mr. Everhart depended chiefly
upon the cows which he had brought along with him, and when there was no
grain to sell he could get from $5.50 to $10 for a calf, and that would
supply the necessities of the household.
Mr. Everhart was one of the first men to introduce
thoroughbred livestock into Ness County. He brought with him three
good horses, three excellent milch cows, three thoroughbred Poland China
hogs, and a couple of dozen Plymouth Rock chickens. Few of the early
settlers had so much stock as that, and nearly all of the stock and poultry
of the early days was of mongrel type. This stock and also his household
goods Mr. Everhart shipped from Miami County, Kansas to Larned, and thence
brought it overland with wagons. He was a resident of Miami County
four years before coming to Ness County.
Mr. Everhart was born in Loudoun County, Virginia,
January 20, 1850, but in 1851 his parents moved to Jackson County, Missouri,
where he spent his early years. His grandfather, Philip Everhart,
was a native of Germany and was married there to a member of the royal
family. Coming to America he settled in Virginia, and lived within
eight miles of Harpers Ferry. He and his wife had nine sons.
Philip P. Everhart, father of Silas C., was born
near Harpers Ferry in Loudoun County, Virginia, in 1817. In the old
time when it was customary to have a militia muster every year, he was
always on hand and thus acquired considerable military training.
When the Civil War broke out he helped to drill some troops which served
in General Price’s army. Though an active southern man in sympathy,
he was not in the war as a soldier. He continued to live in Jackson
County, Missouri, until 1885, when he removed to Miami County, Kansas,
and spent the rest of his days there on a farm. He had been a whig
in early years, but subsequently became a democrat, and in church affiliations
he was a Calvinistic Baptist. He married Mary Crawford. Her
father, Rev. Bebee Crawford, came from Loudoun County, Virginia, and died
soon after settling in Lafayette County, Missouri. He was a
member of one of Virginia’s old families. Mrs. Philip P. Everhart
was the only child of her mother, and she died in November, 1914.
Her children were: Silas C.; Dora Amanda, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri,
wife of Edgar Powell; Betty Elizabeth, widow of John Swamel, living at
Excelsior Springs; Mollie, wife of Price Hornbuckle, of Miami County, Kansas;
George W., of Kansas City; Ella, deceased, who married Phil Mann; Dan,
a resident of Kansas City; Charles, of Kansas City; and Emma, wife of James
Reynolds, of Kansas City.
Silas C. Everhart grew up on the old farm in Jackson
County, Missouri, not far from the city of Kansas City, received
his education in the country schools, and at the age of twenty-three took
the active management of the home farm. He lived near Kansas City
until he moved to Miami County, Kansas.
In many ways Mr. Everhart was a useful factor in
the development of Ness County. The improvements on his own farm
constitute a valuable contribution to the assets of this section.
In 1915 he erected a substantial modern home of concrete blocks, and put
up a large barn the same year. Out of the 720 acres he owned he has
300 acres in cultivation, and long experience enabled him to adapt his
work as a farmer in such a manner to the varying seasons and market demands
that he usually had some surplus when he closed his books at the end of
the year. His best wheat yield was in 1915. Part of the land
in crop that year yielded over thirty bushels to the acre.
Mr. Everhart came into school district No. 7, the
Nevada School, in time to help build the first schoolhouse, and he was
the chief contributor to the erection of that temple of learning.
It was a sod house and occupied the site now covered by a more substantial
frame building. One of the first teachers there was Miss Katie Harkness.
Mr. Everhart was one of the school directors for a number of years and
he served as treasurer of the township board. He was a strong prohibitionist,
and for several years was a member of the Central Committee of his township
and did all he could to extend the prohibition sentiment. For a time
he was in charge of the roads of his district. He was a member of
the Methodist Church of Ransom, to which his wife also belongs. Mr.
Everhart passed away September 21, 1918.
In Jackson County, Missouri, November 24, 1874,
Mr. Everhart married Miss Elizabeth J. Curran, a daughter of Henry and
Catherine (Rowe) Curran. The Curran family came to Missouri from
Lafayette County, Ohio. Henry Curran was a farmer, and while living
in Ohio he entered the Union Army and served a short time during the Civil
war. Mrs. Everhart, who was born in La Fayette County, Ohio, July
16, 1856, was one of the following children: Kate, who married James
Shrout of Jackson County, Missouri; David, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Mrs. Mary
Hendricks, of Jackson County, Missouri; Mrs. Everhart; Mrs. Alice Clayton,
of Cowley County, Kansas; Jesse, of Jackson County, Missouri; Bert, who
is a worker in the Oklahoma oil fields; Clara, who is the wife of Roy Vance
of Kansas City, Missouri.
The thirteen living children of Mr. and Mrs. Everhart
proved a great incentive to their labors in making a home and in acquiring
prosperity in Ness County. George William, the oldest, a farmer near
his father’s home, married May Manchester, and his children named Stanley,
Stella, Clinton, Sylvia, Billie, Bertha and Rolley V. Cora married
Alfred Rider, of Ness County, and their children are Bert, Letha, Freddie,
Mabel, Opal and Earl. Connie who lives in Alberta, Canada, married
Minnie La Vell and has three children: Juanita, Elina and Elizabeth
Fay. Lee, a farmer here, married Ida Amstutz and their children are
Laura, Myron, Harold, Juanita and Lois. Maude is the wife of Billie
Brown, of Ness County, and has children named Melvin, Jesse, Nellie, Robert,
Stella, Pearl, George and Leo. Lula by her first marriage has a son,
Jesse Wantland, and she is now the wife of Oscar McMichael, of Quenemo,
Kansas, and their children are Ethel, Alvin and Martin. Fred married
Cora Hoover and has two children; Milton and Ruby L. Clayton married
Violet Hoover. The younger children are Roy, Clarence, Herman and
Henry. Roy is a volunteer in the army, in Battery A of the Sixty-Second
Regiment and is serving in France. The other sons are the farmers
Mrs. Clayton Everhart died at the Mid-West Hospital
last night. Mrs. Everhart had been in a very serious condition for
The sympathy of the community is with Mr. Everhart
and the little ones who survive.
Ransom Record, April 11, 1929
Violet Eliza Hoover was born in Smith County near
Kensington, Kansas, April 27, 1896 and departed this life April 11, 1929
at the age of 32 years, 11 months and 14 days.
She was united in marriage to Clayton Everhart
August 12, 1914. To this union six children were born, the first,
a boy, who did not live, then four girls besides the little one who preceded
her mother five days.
She was reared by devoted Christian parents and
was converted in girlhood and later became a member of the Methodist Church
in Arnold, being a regular attendant of church services until the time
of her death, which occurred at the Mid-West Hospital, Ransom, Kansas,
five days after the birth of the baby.
She was a loving, faithful mother and wife, ever
thoughtful of those she loved. She mentioned during her last days
that she was ready to go if she should not live. She took an interest
in the affairs of the church and community as far as she was able to take
She is survived by her devoted husband and four
daughters, Hazel, nearly ten, Mildred eight, Velma six and Dessie five
years of age, four sisters; Mrs. Elma Curtis of Norton, Kansas, Mrs. Cora
Everhart, Mrs. Marie Rider and Miss Bessie Hoover, all of Ness County,
and one brother, Marion, of Boulder, Colorado, besides a host of other
relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters,
Alma and Neva, and two brothers, Harry and Willie.
She will be sadly missed in her home and in the
community by all who knew her.
Happy soul, thy days are ended,
All thy mourning day below;
Go, and angel bands attended,
To the light of Jesus go!
Waiting to receive thy spirit,
Lo, the Savior stands above,
Shows the purchase of the merit,
Reaches out a crown of love.
Struggle thru’ thy latest passion,
To thy great Redeemer’s Breast,
To this uttermost salvation,
To this everlasting rest.
For the joy He sets before thee,
Bear a momentary pain’
Die, to live the life of glory’
Suffer with thy Lord to reign.
Funeral services were held at the Ransom M.E. Church
Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Bisbee of Luray and Rev. Adams of
Arnold. Three beautiful songs “Abide With me”, “No Night There” and
“Safe In The Arms of Jesus” were sung by a mixed double quartette composed
of members from the Arnold and Ransom Sunday Schools.
The love and respect of the communities were evidenced
by the many beautiful floral offerings.
Interment was delayed until Sunday afternoon awaiting
the arrival of the brother and family. The remains were laid to rest
in the Ransom Cemetery beside the baby.
Sincere sympathy is extended by all to the bereaved
Ransom Record, April 18, 1929
Mrs. Ella S. Everly, 77, a native of Ness County,
died in Topeka, on Monday, September 20, following an extended illness.
She was born on March 11, 1888, in Ness County
and had lived at Eskridge most of her adult life. Her first husband,
Grover C. Scherzinger, died in 1946.
Surviving are the husband, Howard Everly of Topeka;
a daughter, Mrs. Cleta O’Connor of Pasadena, Calif.; a son, Marlin Scherzinger
of Fort Worth, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Lillie DeVore of Norwalk, Calif.,
and Mrs. Bertha Benton of Kansas City, Mo.; and other relatives.
Funeral services were held at Topeka on Wednesday,
and the body will be brought to Ransom where graveside services will be
conducted at the Ransom Cemetery at 4:00 o’clock Thursday afternoon, September
23, with Fitzgeralds making the local arrangements.
Ness Co. News, Sept. 23, 1965