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John and Elizabeth (Hebeison) Aeschleman, Idalia

John Ramseier and Barbara Hebeisen

John 29 and Barbara 26 are in Richardson County, Nebraska in 1885, with Lizzie 1 and Mary five months.

John proved up a quarter in 9, 4S 44W in 1899.

Mary Ramseier proved up 320 acres in 1 and 2, 4S 45W in 1916.

In 1910 Idalia precinct, John Ramseier is 52, born in Switzerland Switzerland, married to Barbara 28 years, with Lizzie 27, Kansas, Mary 25 Nebraska, Rosa 21 Colorado, Emma 16 Colorado, Edward 12 Colorado, and Fritz 10 Colorado.

In 1920 Idalia, John 63 and Barbara 61 have Ed 24, Fritz 20, and Es?? 27.

In 1930 John is widowed, with Mary 46, Rose 42, and Fritz 31.

John 1857-1938 # 52235832 is buried in Lucas Cemetery, Yuma County, with Barbara 1859-1921.

Rose Ramseier married George H. Brown Sept 17, 1923, recorded in Denver.


Emma graduated from Yuma County High School in 1914.

Emma Ramseier proved up 160 acres in 2 and 3, 4S 45W in 1920, and also a quarter in 10..

In 1920 Emma is a teacher, boarding with Fred and Minnie Soehner.  She's 26,  born in Colorado.  She's also listed in her parents' household.


In 1914 John Ramseier- must be the son - proved up two quarters in 1, 4S 45W, cash-claimed 80 acres in 12 in 1915, and then Stock-claimed 160 acres in 1 and 2, in 1922.

John Ramseier married Flo Clark May 1, 1918, recorded in Yuma County.

In 1920 Yuma County, John is 35, Kansas, Flo 29 Arkansas.  They have Edna R. one month born in Colorado.

In 1930 Yuma County, John is 43, Floral E. 31, with Edna 11, Verne C. 9, and Lloyd L. 5.

In 1955 Boulder, John is a carpenter, Florell a laundry department employee at the University, and Joh L. is a student there - all at 1727 Athens.

John Ramseier Jr. 1886-1981 and Florell E. (Clark) Ramseier 1890-1983 are buried in Lucas Cemetery.


“Honest Lloyd” Ramseier died on Dec. 10, at the Platte County Memorial Nursing Home in Wheatland. He had lived there since April of this year.

Lloyd’s most admirable and deeply ingrained trait was his absolute sense of honesty and decency. He didn’t just talk about helping others—he got in there and helped in major, tangible ways because it was just the right thing to do. We, Lisa Gordanier and Laura Bergeson (Lloyd’s nieces), wrote this fond tribute to our uncle.

Lloyd was born in Denver on April 3, 1925. He was one of four children of John and Florell (Clarke) Ramseier and grew up on a dry-land wheat farm in Idalia, Colo., during the dustbowl years of the 1930s. Lessons learned during the dustbowl, along with the privations of the depression years, formed Lloyd’s work ethic and his passion for salvaging and reselling goods and materials, as nothing on the farm was ever wasted.

Lloyd worked on the farm until July 1944, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served his country with the 705 Engineer Company in Naples, Italy, until August 1946, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. His army experience taught Lloyd that rank had little to do with common sense or decency, and he maintained a healthy distrust of authority for the rest of his life.

After the war, Lloyd worked as a roughneck in and around Newcastle. The steady diet of hard work and tough winters in the oil patch were still easier than work on the farm and paid better. He didn’t drink or carouse, so he worked extra shifts, saved his earnings, and invested his money in the stock market. Lloyd was proud of his work there, and only half-jokingly requested that his gravestone read “Oil Field Trash and Proud of It.”

He earned a welder certification and a stationary engineer license, whereupon he worked and lived in Denver managing heating and cooling systems for the YMCA, the First National Bank, and Ralston-Purina. He frequently juggled two jobs to maximize his time and earnings. As Lloyd’s aging parents required more assistance, he moved back to Boulder and commuted to Denver until he was hired as a stationary engineer for the University of Colorado in Boulder. He faithfully cared for his parents until their deaths. His “spare time” was spent salvaging buildings or rebuilding a couple of choice Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

In 1995, Lloyd left Boulder for Chugwater where he remodeled houses and built a handsome work shed (all from salvaged materials, of course). When he met May Shafer of Wheatland they hit it off, and Lloyd moved up the road to be closer to her and her family. He also became fast friends with May’s daughters, Shirley and Sharon, and their husbands, Rob Niemczyk and (former) Randy Wagner. They were his friends and family in Wheatland, and they gave generously of their time, energy and love; we are so grateful to them for all they did for Lloyd.

In our many trips to Wheatland this year we’ve discovered that Lloyd was known throughout the town for being friendly and kind to all his business contacts—and for saving the day many a time by bringing a box of doughnuts to whomever he was doing business with. We have been very touched by stories told by those folks of how much they enjoyed Lloyd’s company and good will.

Lloyd prided himself on needing very little and living below the poverty line. This pride was often carried to extremes, as living through a Wyoming winter with only an electric blanket for heat or showers at the truck stop (to save heating water) could be a little rough. His reality was that no matter how tough life got, it was never as tough as the farm.

When Lloyd’s health failed, he checked into the Platte County Memorial Nursing Home and enjoyed--maybe for the first time in his life—a bit of the care and comfort he had always provided to others. He was truly grateful to the staff for their excellent care, and at PCMNH he relished his first warm winter in a very long time.

Lloyd is survived by Laura Bergeson (Gordanier) and Lisa Gordanier, nieces, their husbands Kim Bergeson and Jim Richards; four grandnieces and their husbands; four great-grandnephews, and eight great-grandnieces. Even though Lloyd never personally met some of the later generations, once you married or were born into the family, you would without fail receive a birthday card and Christmas card—always accompanied by a crisp $20 bill. We will honor Honest Lloyd at a graveside memorial service in Idalia, Colo,. at a date to be determined. His ashes will be interred at Lucas Memorial Cemetery alongside those of his parents and siblings.

Verne C. Ramseier 1921-1986 is buried in Lucas # 52235836.


 Edward Ramseier was born March 18, 1896, and he died Dec 7, 1988  He and Ella P. 1899-1968 are buried in Lucas. In 1940 they're running a garage in Idalia, with Wayne 18, Betty Jane 15, and Dean 12..

Betty Jane Ramseier was born on Valentine’s Day, 1925, the second child of Ed and Ella (Murrow) Ramseier. She attended Idalia Grade School, a country school north of town, to which she and her brothers, Wayne and Dean, walked or rode on horseback, and went to high school at Idalia High, then located near St. John Church, Graduating in 1942. She continued her education at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, where she earned her teaching degree. Betty returned to Idalia after her graduation and taught school at the Newton School south of the Republican River, and at Idalia School.

Betty was united in marriage to Ernest Moellenberg on October 8, 1950 and they moved to the Mollenberg homestead where she became a devoted farm wife and mother helping with milking, raising chickens, gathering eggs and churning butter. Three children were born to Ernest and Betty - David,  Janet and Laura. Ernest passed away suddenly in 1974 and Betty moved off the farm to Idalia in 1978. She was a teacher’s aide for several years at the elementary school until her retirement.

Music was an important part of Betty’s life and as a youngster took piano lessons from Gertrude Fleer and became an accomplished pianist and organist. She became an active member of St. John United Church of Christ where she played for countless church services, funerals and weddings; however, she most enjoyed playing for the children in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.

When her health declined in November 2007, she made the decision to move to Hillcrest Care Center where she enjoyed socializing and playing games with her friends, old and new. She continued to play the piano there to the enjoyment of the residents until her health declined to the point that she could no longer play.

Betty passed away on July 13, 2008 at the age of 83. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Wayne Ramseier; husband, Ernest Moellenberg, and son, David Moellenberg. She is survived by daughters, Janet Keith and husband, Gary of Valencia, California; Laura Lengel and husband, Dennis of Idalia; daughter-in-law, Deb Moellenberg of Idalia; brother, Dean Ramseier of Wray; grandchildren, Jeanne Stephens of Penrose; Amy Schulmeister and husband, Wes of Penrose, Danielle Moellenberg of Idalia; Brian Lengel and wife, Lenae of Johnstown; and Kevin Lengel of Idalia; great-grandchildren Levi Garner, Morgan Stephens, Audrey Garner, and Noelani Schulmeister, all of Penrose; and numerous relatives and friends.

Services were held July 17, 2008 at St. John United Church of Christ in Idalia with Rev. Charles Wright officiating. Interment was at St. John Cemetery.

Memorials can be sent to St. John United Church of Christ, Idalia, Colorado and will benefit the Sunday School and Landscape Program. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Fritz Ramseier born April 20, 1899, died Jan 11, 1983 in Greeley.

Greeley Colorado, May 25, 1970
Teaching career of 30 years ends for Marjorie Ramseier
By RON STEWART Tribune Stall Writer
A 30-year teaching career comes to a close next week for Mrs. Marjorie Parrott Ramseier, first and second grade teacher at Shawsheen Elementary School. She will join her husband Fritz in retirement; he retired from farming about four years ago, Mrs. Ramseier said. The two plan to do some traveling in the United States. In addition, Mrs. Ramseier plans to do some work with younger teachers and become more active in church activities. Mrs. Hamseier's teaching career began in 1937 in Smoky Hill Consolidated School in Kit Carson County. She taught children in first through fourth grade. Then she moved to Idalia in Yuma County where she taught grades one through eight for one year before coming to University of Northern Colorado (then Colorado State College of Education) to finish her bachelors degree. She returned to Yuma County, married, then moved to Greeley in 1944.
Raising a family interrupted her teaching career. Mrs. Ramseier's two children, Marily and Dan, were born, and she spent the next nine years caring for them. In 1953 Mrs. Ramseier decided to return to teaching, and joined the faculty at Franklin (then an elementary) School. For 21 of-the next 24 years, she was to teach at Franklin, interrupted only by a one-year assignment at Jackson Elementary School (where she taught one of two rooms of children bused from the Franklin area) and the two latest years at Shawsheen. She has worked under four principals: Tom Elliott (for 19 years at Franklin), Paul Rutherford (two years at Franklin), Winnifred Gettman (one year at Jackson), and Jerry Christian (two years at Shawsheen). She said there have been many changes in education through the years, and she's been involved with some of the innovative concepts that have come along. She mentioned career education and a program in structured reading called "Distar," for which she had special training. "Kids seem more knowledgeable in some areas than they used to," she said. "I've enjoyed my teaching in Greeley; it's been a tremendous experience. I'm sure I've learned more than the children have," she said. She said schools haven't attained the ultimate in education, although she's happy with the new buildings and equipment that are available. "I'm sure we're not getting to all the kids that need help, but I don't know what we can do about it," she said. Teaching at Shawsheen the last two yesrs has been very enjoyable, she said. "I love this building -- I know there are some here who wouldn't agree with me, because we've had problems with the heating. But I think it's very versatile, colorful, and very well arranged. I like the IMC (instructional materials center) in the middle of the building so that it's handy for every child and teacher," she said. Mrs. Ramseier said she plans to spend some of her time visiting people in nursing homes. She said her father was in a nursing home, and she experienced the loneliness of some of the people there. Still, it's with "mixed feelings" that she leaves teaching she said. "I'll miss the children and the contact with the staff," she said. "But I'm looking forward to making some new contacts and pursuing some other avenues and interests, too. Maybe now I can do some of the things at home that I've been waiting 30 years to do," she said.

Marjorie 1916-2001 is buried in Greeley # 169913832.

December 8, 1976 Greeley "Mrs. Mary Alice Parrott of 2344 E. 18th Street. Wife of Rev. Samuel Parrott. Mother of Mrs. Marjorie Ramseier of Greeley and Don Parrott of Prescott, Arizona. Sister of Mrs. Calla Mason of Greeley. Grandmother of Mrs. Donna Anderson of Prescott, Arizona, Mrs. Marilyn Van Wagenen of Lakewood, Colo., and Don Ramseier of Greeley.
Services 10:00 a.m. Saturday from the Drawing Room. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens."
FindaGrave # 161264112.
February 14, 1977 "Rev. Samuel E. Parrott of 2344 E. 18th St. Father of Mrs. Marjorie Ramseier of Greeley and Don Parrott of Prescott, Ariz. Grandfather of Dan Ramseier of Greeley, Mrs. Donna Anderson of Prescott, and Mrs. Marilyn VanWagenen of Lakewood. Brother-in-law of Mrs. Calla Mason of Greeley. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday from the ..."

John Aeschliman proved up a quarter in 1, 5S 44W in 1894.  The same year Gottleib Hebeisen proved up a quarter in 23, 4S 44W.

In 1900 Idalia precinct, John born October 1859, married 18 years to Lizzie born July 1851, both Switzerland, have Earnest July 1885 Kansas, John Feb 1887 Kansas, Albert Aug 1889 Colorado, and Carl July 1892 Colorado.

May 18, 1901

# 64933086 says Johann Aeschliman was born 1858 in Switzerland, married Elizabeth (Hebeison) Aeschliman 1851-1940.   Both are buried in St. John's.


In 1910 Denver, Albert, 20, born in Colorado, is a cement laborer, single, in a lodging house on Walnut Street.

Albert Fred Ashleman registered in Denver, born August 14, 1883, a mechanic, married to Mamie.

In 1920 Denver, Albert is 30, married to Mamie 27, Iowa,  and they have Benjamin 8, born in Iowa ?

Albert and Ben, both automobile mechanics, are in a lodging house in 1930 Denver, Albert married   but no spouse.

In 1940 Denver, Albert F. is 50, May 47.

Albert F. Ashleman 1889-1946 is buried in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, per # 116611270.


One tree said Ernest was born in Nemaha County, Kansas July 30, 1885, married Ella Nickelson.

He registered in Wichita, Kansas, saying he was born July 30, 1885, a truck driver for Morey Lbrls, nearest relative Charles Ashleman of Newton  , Colorado.

Wichita August 1919 - Ernest Ashleman married Ella Nicholson.

She's probably the daughter of George G. Stumbo and Harriet Johnson Stumbo.   July 1922 Livonia, New York.  "when he was a young boy the family moved to Nebraska.  While there he founded several grist mills in Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas.  He is survived by his wife and four of his six children:  Dr. Ella Ashelman of Wichita, Kansas, Mrs. E.M> Lawrence of Rockland, Maine, Mrs. R.P. Thomas of Falls City Nebraska, and John D. Stumbo who is in the Philippine Islands."

In 1910 Wichita, Ella Nicholson, 39, and B.F. 46, a day laborer, have Roy E 18. a waiter in a restaurant.

 In 1920 Wichita, Ernest is a truck driver, 34, born in Kansas, married to Ella 48, a chiropractor, Kansas.

 In 1930 Wichita, Ernest is 45, married to Sarah E. 59.  He's a yard man for a lumber yard.

Patented July 25, 1933 ERNEST ASHLEMAN, OF WICHITA, KANSAS ADJUSTABLE (1mm x Application filed October 14, 1931. Serial 568,666.  My invention relates to an adjustable chair.  The object of my invention is to provide a chair that is adjustable with respect to the back and collapsible to a compact position for storage, shipping or the like


He's still there in 1940, 54, and Sarah Ella 68.

Ernest Ashleman - July 30, 1885 - 1957, buried in Wichita, Kansas, # 24270300



One tree said John was born in Nemaha County, Kansas, married Helen Jordon.
"Miss Rose Ramseier of Denver came home Friday.  She was accompanied by her cousin, John Ashleman, who will visit in the John Ramseier, Sr., home fora  week."

1914 "John Ashelman, who has been visiting his uncle, John Ramseier Sr., and family returned to his home in Denver Monday."

John Rudolf Ashleman registerd in Arizona, born Feb 18, 1887, an electrical engineer for the Santa Fe.

In 1920 Denver John R. Ashleman is 32, Helen G. 30, born in New Hampshire.

They're in Littleton in 1930, and in Denver in 1940, never any kids.


Carl Gottfried Ashliman registered with a Newton address, born July 25, 1893 in Newton, married with a five and children.

Octa was the daughter of Richard B. Taylor, who was a pioneer farmer of Kit Carson and Yuma.  He had Mrs. Alma Blanche Hill of Greeley and Mrs. Martha Smith of Holyoke..  Sisters surviving were Mrs. Lillian Mansfield of Yuma and Mrs. Lizzie Snead of ?dgefield  Washington.  Interment was to be at the Idalia cemetery. - Sept 7, 1943.  # 13511099.

In 1920 Idalia precinct, Ray is 27, Octa 25, Violet 5, Dorcas 2, and Ronald two months.

In 1930 Idalia Carl G. is 37, Octa 35, Elsie V. 16, Doris E. 13, Ronald C. 10, Vera H. 7, Orville L. 4, Ellis R. 3, and Ervin R. 1.

Carl is running a service station in 1940 Limon, Colorado, with Octa, 45.  Ronald is helping in the station, with Vera 17, Orval Lee 15, Ellis Ray 13, and Irvin Ray 10.

One tree said they had Carl Gottfried Ashliman July 25, 1892 in Yuma County, and he married Octa Captolia Taylor (born January 10, 1895) September 13, 1913 in Idalia, and died November 24, 1966 in Idalia.

Carl 1893-1966, # 34378915 and Octa 1895-1963 are buried in Limon, Colorado.  Their son Rondald Charles Ashliman 1913-1974 and his wife Beulah Jean (Hughey) Ashliman 1913-1977 are buried in Lucas Cemetery, Yuma County.

The tree said Ellis "Cy" Ashliman, 1927-1999 is buried in Denver # 56965157. "   Father of Monty and Jeanne Thompson. "

ELLIS ``CY'' ASHLIMAN, 71, of Denver died Feb. 17. Services were Feb. 22, 1999 with burial at Hampden Memorial Gardens. Mr. Ashliman was born in Idalia on March 7, 1927. He married Doris L. Steele, 1947. He was a retired engineer from the Denver Fire Department. Survivors include his wife; son Monty of Hudson; daughter Jeanne Thompson of Littleton; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Elsie Violet (Ashliman) (Lidke) Brenner 1914-2003 is buried in Saint Johns, per # 52629840.

Ron was in the Idalia school in 1930.

Ellis and Orville were in the Idalia school in 1934.

Orval Lee "Red" Ashliman died in his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born July 21, 1924, in Idalia, Colorado, son of Carl G. Ashliman and Octa C. Taylor Ashliman.

He graduated from high school in Limon, Colorado, in 1942, and was drafted into the army in World War II. He was a Sergeant Company A, 81st Tank Battalion. He was Honorably Discharged on October 15, 1945 at Ft. Logan, Colorado.

Red worked at the Foster Lumber Company in Limon, Colorado, after his discharge from the service. He ended up with that company in Edgemont, South Dakota, and later went to work in the bank there and attended Colorado School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado, for three years.

In 1958, Red and his family moved to Craig, Colorado, and he worked at the Moffat County State Bank. It changed hands a few times, but he retired from that bank in September, 1984.

During his retirement, he was a stock broker for 20 years. Red was a member of the Edgemont Lions Club in Edgemont, South Dakota, for nine years and a member of the Cedar Mountain Lions Club in Craig, Colorado, until he died.

He was on the State Board of the 4-H Foundation for 21 to 25 years and was Treasurer of the 4-H Foundation in Craig, Colorado, for all of those years. He served a term on the City Council and a term on the School Board in Craig. He belonged to the Yampa Valley Golf Association for years.

Red is survived by his wife, Doris F. Poen Ashliman, who he married on December 4, 1949. They had 59 years together. He also is survived by three children - Randell Kent Ashliman, Debbie Ashliman Schram, and Donna Lynn Ashliman, 12 grand children, 24 great grand children, and one brother, Irvin Ashliman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters. Red will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Blessed be his memory.

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