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Erma Arabell Higley

Last updated 21 Nov 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 5 Jul 1907 in , , Kansas, United States

Died: 25 Mar 1997

Father: Benjamin Harrison Burkett (1889 – 1962)

Mother: Wilma May Spear (1886 – 1967)

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1940-ps-ks-rawlins-9-2a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Clinton Township, enumeration district 77-9, sheet 2A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 Mar 2021) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Clinton > 77-9" image 4; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 1252 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 10, household n/a

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Erma Lanning).

census-us-ks-1915-s1-rawlins-celia-5: 1915 Kansas State Census, schedule 1, Rawlins County, Celia Township, page 5; Kansas, U.S., State Census Collection, 1855-1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 13 May 2007) > "1915 > Rawlins > Celia" images 9–11; citing “1915 Kansas State Census, Microfilm reel K-191 (of 271), Kansas State Historical Society” [Each census “page” consists of four book pages, A through D.]

Additional detail for reference: Line 22, dwelling 34

Comment: Source includes name (Erma Higley).

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 9 - July Births

Comment: Source includes name (Erma <spelling> Higley). See research notes for spelling details.

interview-<private>-2008: Notes from conversations with <private>, about 2008; privately held

Comment: Source includes name (Erma Arabell Higley).

marker-russell-erma-lanning-2002-1997: Gravestone of Russell J. (2002) and Erma A. (1997) Lanning; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 19 May 2021), memorial IDs 27775566 (Russell) and 27775546 (Erma), photograph uploaded 29 Oct 2009 to both memorials; citing “Beulah Cemetery (Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, USA), Blk 55 lot 22 site 3”

Comment: Source includes birth and married name (Erma A. (Higley) Lanning).

obituary-russell-lanning-2002: Obituary for Russell Lanning (2002); “Russell Lanning,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 7 Mar 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Hays > The Hays Daily News” page 6; citing “The Hays Daily News (Hays, Kansas), 31 Oct 2002 (Thursday), page A6, column 2”

Comment: Source includes name (Erma _____).

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birth

census-us-1940-ps-ks-rawlins-9-2a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Clinton Township, enumeration district 77-9, sheet 2A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 Mar 2021) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Clinton > 77-9" image 4; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 1252 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 10, household n/a

Comment: Source includes age (32) and location (Kansas). Using her age and the official census date of 1 Apr 1940 gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1907 to 1 Apr 1908.

census-us-ks-1915-s1-rawlins-celia-5: 1915 Kansas State Census, schedule 1, Rawlins County, Celia Township, page 5; Kansas, U.S., State Census Collection, 1855-1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 13 May 2007) > "1915 > Rawlins > Celia" images 9–11; citing “1915 Kansas State Census, Microfilm reel K-191 (of 271), Kansas State Historical Society” [Each census “page” consists of four book pages, A through D.]

Additional detail for reference: Line 22, dwelling 34

Comment: Source includes age (7) and location (Kansas). Using the official census date of 1 Mar 1915 gives a birth date range from 2 Mar 1907 to 1 Mar 1908.

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 9 - July Births

Comment: Source includes date ([July] 5 [...] 1907).

marker-russell-erma-lanning-2002-1997: Gravestone of Russell J. (2002) and Erma A. (1997) Lanning; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 19 May 2021), memorial IDs 27775566 (Russell) and 27775546 (Erma), photograph uploaded 29 Oct 2009 to both memorials; citing “Beulah Cemetery (Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, USA), Blk 55 lot 22 site 3”

Comment: Source includes date (July 5, 1907).

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death

marker-russell-erma-lanning-2002-1997: Gravestone of Russell J. (2002) and Erma A. (1997) Lanning; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 19 May 2021), memorial IDs 27775566 (Russell) and 27775546 (Erma), photograph uploaded 29 Oct 2009 to both memorials; citing “Beulah Cemetery (Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, USA), Blk 55 lot 22 site 3”

Comment: Source includes date (Mar. 25, 1997).

obituary-russell-lanning-2002: Obituary for Russell Lanning (2002); “Russell Lanning,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 7 Mar 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Hays > The Hays Daily News” page 6; citing “The Hays Daily News (Hays, Kansas), 31 Oct 2002 (Thursday), page A6, column 2”

Comment: Source includes year (1997).

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father

obituary-benjamin-burkett-1962: Obituary for Benjamin Harrison Burkett (1962); “Benjamin Burkett Is Laid at Rest at Atwood,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 5 May 2021), image “United States of America > Nebraska > Benkelman > The Benkelman Post and News-Chronicle > 1963 > 01 > 10" page 4; citing “The Benkelman Post and News-Chronicle (Benkelman, Dundy County, Nebraska), 10 Jan 1963 (Thursday), page 4, column 3”

Comment: Source identifies "Mrs. Russell Lanning" as a step-daughter of Benjamin Harrison Burkett.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Russell James Lanning (1904 – 2002)

Married: 8 May 1924

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

census-us-1940-ps-ks-rawlins-9-2a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Clinton Township, enumeration district 77-9, sheet 2A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 Mar 2021) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Clinton > 77-9" image 4; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 1252 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Lines 9,10, household n/a

Comment: Source identifies Erma Lanning as the wife of Russle Lanning.

marker-russell-erma-lanning-2002-1997: Gravestone of Russell J. (2002) and Erma A. (1997) Lanning; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 19 May 2021), memorial IDs 27775566 (Russell) and 27775546 (Erma), photograph uploaded 29 Oct 2009 to both memorials; citing “Beulah Cemetery (Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, USA), Blk 55 lot 22 site 3”

Comment: Source includes date (May 8, 1924).

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Child: Jack Lanning (1925 – 2002)

Child: <private>

Child: <private>

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: at Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, USA

Cemetery: (Beulah Cemetery) at Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, USA

Supporting evidence for:
events

marker-russell-erma-lanning-2002-1997: Gravestone of Russell J. (2002) and Erma A. (1997) Lanning; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 19 May 2021), memorial IDs 27775566 (Russell) and 27775546 (Erma), photograph uploaded 29 Oct 2009 to both memorials; citing “Beulah Cemetery (Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, USA), Blk 55 lot 22 site 3”

Comment: Source includes implicit location (Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, USA).

marker-russell-erma-lanning-2002-1997: Gravestone of Russell J. (2002) and Erma A. (1997) Lanning; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 19 May 2021), memorial IDs 27775566 (Russell) and 27775546 (Erma), photograph uploaded 29 Oct 2009 to both memorials; citing “Beulah Cemetery (Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, USA), Blk 55 lot 22 site 3”

Comment: Source includes implicit cemetery (Beulah Cemetery) and location (Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, USA).

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Attributes

Residence: 1 Mar 1915 at Celia Township, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 1 Apr 1935 at Clinton Township, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 1 Apr 1940 at Clinton Township, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 22 Dec 1962 at Gem, Thomas County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-ks-1915-s1-rawlins-celia-5: 1915 Kansas State Census, schedule 1, Rawlins County, Celia Township, page 5; Kansas, U.S., State Census Collection, 1855-1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 13 May 2007) > "1915 > Rawlins > Celia" images 9–11; citing “1915 Kansas State Census, Microfilm reel K-191 (of 271), Kansas State Historical Society” [Each census “page” consists of four book pages, A through D.]

Additional detail for reference: Line 22, dwelling 34

Comment: Source includes offical census date (1 Mar 1915) and location (Celia, Rawlins County, Kansas).

census-us-1940-ps-ks-rawlins-9-2a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Clinton Township, enumeration district 77-9, sheet 2A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 Mar 2021) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Clinton > 77-9" image 4; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 1252 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 10, household n/a

Comment: Source includes date (1 Apr 1935) and location (same house [implying Clinton Township, County: Rawlins, State: Kansas]).

census-us-1940-ps-ks-rawlins-9-2a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Clinton Township, enumeration district 77-9, sheet 2A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 Mar 2021) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Clinton > 77-9" image 4; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 1252 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 10, household n/a

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Apr 1940) and location (Clinton Township, County: Rawlins, State: Kansas).

obituary-benjamin-burkett-1962: Obituary for Benjamin Harrison Burkett (1962); “Benjamin Burkett Is Laid at Rest at Atwood,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 5 May 2021), image “United States of America > Nebraska > Benkelman > The Benkelman Post and News-Chronicle > 1963 > 01 > 10" page 4; citing “The Benkelman Post and News-Chronicle (Benkelman, Dundy County, Nebraska), 10 Jan 1963 (Thursday), page 4, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date of death (22 Dec 1962) and location (Gem, Kansas).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

Erma was hurt when the horses pulling the buggy she and her grand-mother were riding in, were startled and bolted. Mrs. Dorwin Higley [Arabell] and Erma were thrown from the vehicle and "badly bruised" but were not seriously injured. [periodical-local-news-higley-accident-1911]

Erma was living with her grandparents, Dorwin and Arabella Higley, in 1915. [census-us-ks-1915-s1-rawlins-celia-5]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

census-us-ks-1915-s1-rawlins-celia-5: 1915 Kansas State Census, schedule 1, Rawlins County, Celia Township, page 5; Kansas, U.S., State Census Collection, 1855-1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 13 May 2007) > "1915 > Rawlins > Celia" images 9–11; citing “1915 Kansas State Census, Microfilm reel K-191 (of 271), Kansas State Historical Society” [Each census “page” consists of four book pages, A through D.]

Additional detail for reference: Line 22, dwelling 34

periodical-local-news-higley-accident-1911: “The Local News / <The latter part of last week…>,” local news; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 7 Mar 2021) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Citizen-Patriot > 1911 > 11 > 02” page 5; citing “The Republican Citizen, and The Atwood Patriot (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 2 Nov 1911 (Thursday), page 5, column 1”

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

SPELLING

Given Name: This database uses Erma Arabella. A notebook of family birth and death dates uses her middle name of Arabella as her first name. [misc-spear-date-notebook]

FOLLOWUP

Erma may have been born in Beardsley, Rawlins County, Kansas and married Russel Lanning in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas. [research-a-spear-family-history]

Erma may have died in Colby, Thomas County, Kansas. [research-social-security-death-index]

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 9 - July Births

research-a-spear-family-history: <private> Engelmann, A Spear Family History, privately printed 1988, updated 2002, 2005; privately held

Additional detail for reference: U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com)

research-social-security-death-index: Social Security Death Index, Master File; Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA [available from many sources]

Additional detail for reference: U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com)

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