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David P. Unruh and Justina Gaeddert Unruh papers, 1886-1964, undated



  • Creation: 1886-1964, undated

Biography of David P. Unruh

David P. Unruh immigrated to the United States from Nicolai Dorf, South Russia, with his Mennonite parents at the age of 18 in 1874. His parents were Peter and Sarah Schroeder Unruh. They settled on a farm in McPherson County, Kansas.

David P. Unruh was an industrious farmer and was known for always being the first to sow and the first to harvest crops in the Alexanderwohl community near Goessel, Kansas. He made two horse and buggy trips to a nearby community, Hoffnungsau, to find a bride. His third trip was for his wedding. He married Justina Gaeddert, she aged 19 and he aged 31.

In 1919 he had a medical operation, which caused him to be incapacitated for farm work. In 1921 he and his family moved to their town home in Goessel, Kansas. He died on October 22, 1941, almost 85 years old.

Biography of Justina Gaeddert Unruh

Justina Gaeddert Unruh, born December 23, 1867 in the village of Alexanderwohl in South Russia, was the daughter of Maria Martens and Reverend Dietrich Gaeddert. When the family immigrated to Kansas, they settled in Reno County near Inman, Kansas and belonged to the Hoffnungsau (Hopeview) Mennonite Church.

She married David P. Unruh on December 15, 1887. They lived on a farm in McPherson County, Kansas, 3 miles southwest of Goessel. They had several children who lived to adulthood: Frank H. Unruh, Albert Unruh, Gus A. Unruh, Bertha (Unruh) Unruh (she married an Unruh), Hulda Unruh, and Emma (Unruh) Voth. Justina and David P. spent their retirement in Goessel.

Justina Gaeddert Unruh passed away a few weeks short of her 89th birthday in 1953.

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