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Anna Banman Voth papers, 1887 - 1947



  • Creation: 1887 - 1947

Language of Materials

German and English

Biography of Anna Banman Voth

Anna Banman was born April 10, 1881 in Marion County, Kansas, the daughter of Reverend Heinrich Banman and Helena Buller Banman. She was baptized May 29, 1898 and joined the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church in Goessel, Kansas.

In 1902, she married Cornelius R. (C.R.) Voth. They moved to the home of her parents. They had two sons, Waldo O. and Moses. They also raised a foster daughter, Susie Hiebert, whose parents had died by the time she was 7. Susie Hiebert Ratzloff Lohrenz was born Feb. 20, 1918, the daughter of Peter and Agnetha Schmidt Hiebert. She married Gerhard (George) Ratzloff on April 6, 1941. He died Sept. 22, 1954. She later married John Lohrentz on Sept. 3, 1964. She died in 2011.

Anna taught Sunday School and organized the Willing Worker's sewing society and helped the church kitchen. She boarded six rural school teachers who taught in the home district.

She suffered from illness (shaking palsy?), which became worse when her left arm got caught in the wringer of a washing machine. She died from pneumonia and a weak heart on August 23, 1947 at the age of 66.

(Information from obituary and information in her papers.)

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States