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The Rosa Marie Kurz Oller Family

 Ernest M. & Rosa Marie Kurz Oller
June 7, 1922

  Ernest M. Oller       Rosa Kurz Oller
  1900-1966              1904-1987
Swaim Family Collection

The following family history was written by Jacob & Rosa Kurz daughter Rosa Kurz Oller Bannick in 1980 and is posted in the original form with permission of her son Ernest J. Oller.
It was first published by the
Comanche County Historical Society
410 South Baltimore, Box 177

Oller, Ernest and Rosa Bannick

Ernest Martin Oller was born January 1, 1900at the home of his parents William and Elida Oller in the Avilla township.  He had three brothers Roy, Ralph and Albert and one sister, Mabel.  He attended Saltfork and Avilla schools.  In 1918 he went to town to take the train to Kansas City for the First World War only to learn the war was over.

When Ernest was about twelve his Dad had hired men to help plow up grass land to raise wheat.  Ernest took water to the men and one said he would give $1.00 for a bottle if beer.  Ernest knew where Albert and another hired man had some so he got him a bottle.  The man said he would give $6.00 for six more. The next day was July 4 and a carnival was in Coldwater, He took his girlfriend, Jessie Bigbee, ride after ride and his folks couldn’t figure out where he got his money.
Rosa Marie Kurz was born at the ranch home of her parents, Jacob and Rosa Kurz July 16, 1904.

She had four sisters one died in infancy, Clara, Mable (Parker) and Ethel (Swaim) and one brother, Charles.

Our closest neighbor was three miles away.  Dad only went to town twice a year with a wagon to sell hogs and bring home groceries this took three days, one to go, one to shop and one to come home.  Groceries included 100 lb. sugar, flour and 50 of crackers in wooden boxes.  One big event was when the peddler came every spring and fall.  He sold everything and usually stayed at our place.  We got our mail twice a month at a store in Aetna,   My sister, Mable, usually set off on horseback with two flour sacks tied behind.
Ernest and I were married June 7, 1922 and made our home on his father’s farm for one year.  The house had twelve rooms with carbide light and two indoor bathrooms.  The barn held eighteen horses and two milk cows.  In 1924 we moved four miles south and bought our first combine that was pulled by four horses and a Ford Tractor.  Later the horses were traded for a John Deere Tractor.  Our son Ernest Junior was born January 9, 1926.

Being interested in bettering the community we were active in many organizations.  We enjoyed working in the Antioch Church where Ernest was a charter member.  I was a charter member of the Pikeview EHU.  Ernest delighted in playing base ball and we furnished the land for the Buttermilk Park.  Ernest managed the softball team and was leader of the Loyal Hustlers 4-H for 17 years.  Horses ware another love and we organized the Buttermilk Saddle Club.  We also helped raise money to build the Pioneer Lodge of which Earnest served as a member of the board.

 Ernest died April 22, 1966.

On January 16, 1971 I married Francis D. Bannick and I continue to live In Coldwater.  I have three grandchildren, Leo and Larry Oller and Linda Crowe.  My five Great-grand children are my delight.

We lived at a wonderful time from horses to airplanes and I am glad to have spent it in Comanche County.  Rosa Oller Bannick

Left to Right:
 Rosa Kurz Oller, Ernest J. Oller and Ernest M. Oller

The Oller family on horseback 

Oller family Two Generations

Swaim Family Collection
Left to Right: Rosa Kurz Oller, John Jacob Swaim, Ernest M. Oller, Cousin Fred Kurz from N.D. son of Uncle John Kurz, Robert Swaim, Ethel Kurz Swaim holding daughter Faren Swaim
Swaim Family Collection

Swaim Family Collection

Ernest Oller Dies Suddenly

     The funeral services for Ernest Martin Oller were held at the Methodist church in Coldwater on Monday, April 25, 1966 at 2 p.m.  Rev. Vernon A. Horney officiated.
     Mrs. Hazel McMurray was the organist and accompanied Mrs. Betty Beeley, who sang “In the Garden” and “Old Rugged Cross”.  In charge of the register book were Mrs. Russell Harness and Mrs. John McNeely.  Ushers were Eldon Hecht, Frank Meyers, Fred Lohrding, and Roger Hoffman.
     Pallbearers were Ansel Dickinson, Norman Huck, Robert Basnett, Lynn Haas, Harry Lohrding, Harold Herd, Ralph Deewall and Clifford Blount.  Honorary pallbearers were Jim Herd, Victor Allderdice, Walter Ferrin, John Briggs, Ernest Parker, Ralph Klepinger, Ernest Miller, Horace Rich, George Deewall and Bill Hackney,
     Interment was in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Coldwater. 3
     Ernest Martin Oller passed away April 22, at 2:30 p.m. at the Comanche County Hospital, Coldwater, Kansas, of a heart attack.   He was born in Avilla Township January 1, 1900 to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Oller of Coldwater, Kans.  He leaves his loving wife, Rosa, son, Ernest Junior and wife, Jennie, grandchildren, Leo Ernest, Linda Marie, and Larry Dean of Coldwater; sister, Mabel Robinson, brothers, Roy Oller and wife Hattie of Coldwater, Ralph and wife Gertrude of Wichita, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.  His parents preceded him in death as did his brother, Albert Oller.
     He was especially interested in youth and started many of their careers in life.  He was 4-H leader for 17 years, member of the Farm Bureau for many hears, Avilla township treasurer, and furnished the park for recreation known as the Antioch Ball Park.  He managed the softball team, both men and boys and small children, and helped each year with the recreation for Vacation Bible School at Antioch.
     He was a charter member of the Antioch church and a member of its board.  He was also a charter member of the board of Pioneer Lodge which he worked hard on to get established.  He loved horses and was one of the first to have the Golden Palomino stallion in this county.  He was president and organized the Buttermilk Saddle Club.
     He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and a busy man and will be missed by many,

Rosa Marie Kurz Oller

     Rosa Marie Kurz was born at the ranch home of her parents, Jacob and Rosa Kurz, July 16, 1904.  Being the “good ole days” their closest neighbor was three miles away and trips to town were few, twice a year, with a wagon to sell hogs and ring home groceries.  This took three days one to go, one to shop and one to come home.  Mail came twice a month at a store in Aetna.  She told of the Indians raiding their home as her family hid in the surrounding hills.  They took beans and tobacco.
     Rosa was one of six children.  She had sisters; Clara, Mable Parker, Ethel May Swaim, a sister who died in infancy and one brother, Charles Jacob.  Clara and Charles lost their lives on the ill-fated steamer, the Columbia when it sank on the Pacific Ocean July 1907 they were never found.
     In 1913, Jacob and Rosa Kurz bought a residence in Coldwater and moved their daughters to town so they could attend Coldwater schools.
     On June 7, 1922, Rosa married Ernest Martin Oller and made their home on his father’s farm for a year.  In 1924 they moved to “Home” and bought their first combine that was pulled by four horses and a Ford tractor.  Rosa had a love for animals, especially horses.  They raised all breeds of horses from palominos to Shetlands and showed successfully in many horse shows.  She often told of the times her sisters and she would run their horses during the winter and slide them across the ice ponds.  Many times the men would go out to gather the horses but they wouldn’t come in.  Ernest went to the house and get Rosa and they came trotting right in.
     Jan 9 1926 was a special day as their only child, Ernest J. Oller, was born at the home of his grandparents, Jacob and Rosa Kurz.  Of the many lessons in life Rosa tried to install in her son was “two wrongs don’t make a right”.
     Ernest Martin Oller died in April 1966.
     Rosa married Frances Bannick Jan. 16, 1971.  He preceded her in death.  She later married Lonnie Ware.  He also preceded her in death.  She enjoyed working and was a member of the Antioch Community Church, was a charter member of the Pikeview E.H.U., worked in the Loyal Hustlers 4-H Club and helped her husband in raising money to build the Pioneer Lodge.
     Rosa was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Rosa Kurz, her husbands, Ernest M. Oller, Frances Bannick and Lonnie Ware, brother Charles, sisters, Clara, Ethel Swaim and Mable Parker.
     She will be greatly missed by her son and wife, Ernest and Jennie Oller; grandchildren Leo and Karen Oller, Mike and Linda Crowe, and Larry and Katie Oller; great grandchildren Sam and Jennifer Oller, Bradley and Sara Crowe, Angela, Benjamin and Ann Oller.
     Services were held at the Hatfield-Prusa Chapel in Coldwater Oct. 19, 1987 with Rev. Rob Weeks officiating.  Songs sung by Rex Maris, accompanied by Fayette Blount, were “It is Well With my Soul: “Let the Rest of the World Go By’, “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”.
     The obituary was read by granddaughter, Linda Crowe.
     Pallbearers were Bob Basnett, Robert Huck, Victor Stark, Virgil McIntyre, Russell Harness, and Wayne Kindsvater.  Honorary pallbearers were Jim Haas, Clifford Blount, Frank Zielke, Ralph Klepinger, Harry Lohrding, Ralph Deewall and Ansel Dickinson.
     Internment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery, Coldwater.  Grandson Leo Oller played the Lord’s Prayer on his trumpet.

Photo by Jerry Eagan
Crown Hill Cemetery, Coldwater, Kansas

Ernest J. Oller Family

The following family history was written by Rosa Kurz Oller Bannick’s daughter-in-law in 1980 and is posted in the original form with permission from the author Jennie Oller.
It was first published by the
Comanche County Historical Society
410 South Baltimore, Box 177

Oller, Ernest J. and Jennie

Junior Oller, as he was known until his father passed away in April, 1966, was the only child of Ernest M. and Rosa Oller.  He was born January 9, 1926, at the home of his grandparents, Jacob and Rosa Kurz in Coldwater and lived on his parent’s farm 14 miles south and 1 mile west of Coldwater.  Junior rode his pony “Pet” to school at Glendale.  Many times Pet would open the gate and go home leaving Junior to walk.  Junior’s high school years were spent at CHS.

In the summer of 39 Ernest and his dad bought a 1929 Model A Coupe with a cloth top and a rumble seat from Bud McDonald.  Alvin Eckart brushed painted it two-tone blue with red wheels.  Clarence Oller, his cousin fixed a coil to give you a shock and put musical horns on it that played Mary Had a Little Lamb,  Sweet Adeline and How Dry I Am.  Also added was a beep horn and wolf whistle.  A pin collection was on the head liner and a portable radio in the back seat.  He was sure proud of his car.  Rationing that came with World War II put the car into retirement.

Needing an economical way to transport the area students to school in town Junior’s uncle, Albert Oller fixed up a bus to fill the need.  The bus was one of a kind with a butane bathroom heater for heat.  The high school boys would gather at the back of the bus when going up a hill making the front wheels raise off the ground impossible for Albert to steer.  It was a good thing Uncle Albert was good natured or they wouldn’t have lived to tell the tale.

Jennie June Sangster was born the forth child of nine to Ralph and Lucy Sangster September 14, 1925.  She grew up on a farm 7 miles north and 1 ½ miles east of Protection.  Her education began at Enterprise rural school and she graduated from Protection High School in 1943.  The Sangster family attended Sunday school at the Enterprise School and Church services were held there once a month.  There at the age of 15 Jennie became a Christian and joined the Methodist Church in Protection.
Jennie has many memories of her families cookouts in the grove north of their house, Sunday School picnics, last day of school dinners and of course Christmas was always an extra special occasion.

On April 15, 1945 at the Antioch Church, Ernest Jr. and Jennie were married and moved to the former Morris Basseler place just south of the Buttermilk store.  There they continued to farm and ranch with his father.  Today the land is operated as Oller Farms, Inc. by our children.  They represent the fifth generation to operate part of this land.

Our three children were born in the Achenbaugh Hospital at Hardtner, Kansas, Leo Ernest (1948), Linda Marie (Oller) Crowe 91950) and Larry Dean (1953).

Ernest and Jennie were active in Farm Bureau where Ernest was a delegate to the State Board of Agriculture for several years.  They were also active as a family in the Loyal Hustler 4-H and Antioch Church.  Ernest and Jennie belong to the Buttermilk Saddle Club and enjoy the trail ride each fall.  Jennie is also a member of the Pikeview EHU.  Ernest serves as a board member of the Pioneer Lodge.

After moving in 1976 to Dodge City, Ernest has enjoyed his hobbies of silversmithing and lapidary from native rocks.  They have five very special grandchildren now and Jennie enjoyed sewing for them.

Buttermilk is still home and they visit on a regular basis with family and friends.  Jennie Oller

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