William Ellis came from Covington, Kentucky when he was a young man
and purchased land west of Elliott. His wife was Amanda Murrah.
They had four children: Henry, Minnie (Lantis), Clara (Reed) and
Fred. Mr. and Mrs. William Ellis lived on the farm until their death.
Ellis was born Oct. 4, 1881 at Elliott, Iowa. He married Ellen
Ebert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Ebert of rural
Red Oak in 1904. They had two children; Lyle and Velva.
Henry farmed part of his father's farm and raised livestock until
1944, when they moved to Red Oak. Henry died in 1962,
Ellen died in 1971.
married Helen McKibban August 10, 1930. They farmed after
their marriage, and still live on the . They had three children. Richard
lives in Red Oak, where he and his wife Vivian both are employed at Good
Sameratian. Mary jean Ellis married Carl Woolridge and lives in Dallas,
Texas. James Ellia lives in Kansas City and teaches in the Kansas City
Ellis married Theodore Schmidt in 1933, and they started
farming the Ellis farm in 1944, and lived their until Mr. Schmidt's
death in 1965.
Ellis married Ruth Welsch, who was the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Welsch, on Jan. 22, 1914. There were two children, Clem and Myrle.
Mr. and Mrs. Clem Ellis live in Lemon Grove, Calif. He is retired from the
U. S. Navy, and is self employed. They have two children, Edward and
Barbara. Myrle, who is now Mrs. Charles Sauerman of Des Moines, has been
an instructor in the Des Moines Schools until 1978. They have a daughter
Sherri who is a student at Drake University. Fred Ellis
passed away July 12, 1961, and his wife Ruth is in the Griswold Care
center recovering from a bone surgery..
~ Velva Schmidt