Elmer Ranck

Elmer Herbert Ranck (1876 - 1957)

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Elmer Herbert Ranck
Born in Rome, Adams County, Wisconsinmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1910 in Grand Rapids, Wood, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Los Angeles County, Californiamap
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Elmer was born on 18 May 1876.[1] He was the son of Oliver Ranck and Adalinda Harrison.[2]

The family can bee seen on the 1880 US Census for Rome, Adams, Wisconsin.[3] The household members are listed:

Name - Age
Oliver Ranck - 41
Adalinda Ranck - 28
Floyd Ranck - 9
Elmer Ranck - 4
Howard Ranck - 1
Lavina Smith - 21

On 28 June 1894, Elmer and two of his brothers appeared in an article for the town of New Rome in the "Wood County Reporter" newspaper.[4] It was noted that Elmer was slowly recovering from "his long illness." The nature of his illness is unknown; inquiries to the family matriarch were answered and the question remains unsolved.

Also mentioned was Elmer's older brother Floyd:

Mr. F. E. Ranck, returned from Appelton, Saturday, where he has been attending school.
[probaby College as he was about 23 years old at the time.]

And younger brother Howard was also mentioned:

The boys of the vicinity are busily engaging training their horses to run at Spring Creek on the 4th of July. Those that will enter from New Rome are Walter Horton's Faro and Howard Ranck's Dexter.

Note: James Craney is also mentioned in the article as the owner of a new "top buggy." James is probably a cousin of the Ranck boys: their aunt Adelaide (twin sister of their mother) married Franklin Craney (son of James Craney).

Oliver, Elizabeth, and their children appear in Giles, Tennessee on the 1900 US census. Elmer is not with the family in this census.[5]

Based on the serial date of the watch given to her by Elmer, Faye Mary (Abbott) Ranck's pocket watch was manufactured in 1906. The watch was sold to Elmer by Chas J. Cord,[6] the owner of "Windolph and Cord's Jewelery," located in Grand Island, Nebraska. Considering the amount of time for the watch to be fitted to a case, distributed and sold wholesale, it is likely that the watch was purchased in 1908 as a wedding gift.[7]

Elmer married Faye Mary Abbott on 27 December 1908 in Grand Island, Nebraska.[8]

In 1910, Elmer and Faye are living in a boarding home (24 occupants) in Lusk, Wyoming.[9] Both he Faye were Christian Scientists.[10]

Elmer and Faye had only one child, a son, Paul Edward Ranck, born on 01 January 1911 in Lusk, Wyoming. [3] [10] [11] [12]

During World War I, the family was still in Wyoming. Elmer's draft card from 1918[13] has the following information:

Name: Elmer Herbert Ranck
Race: White
Birth Date: 18 May 1876
Residence Place: Niobrara, Wyoming, USA
Physical Build: Medium
Height: Medium
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: brown
Relative: Faye M Ranck

The 1920 US census[11] gives the following information:

Name: Elmer H Ranck
Age: 43
Birth Year: abt 1877
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Home in 1920: Lusk, Niobrara, Wyoming
Street: Main Street
House Number: x
Residence Date: 1920
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Faye M Ranck
Father's Birthplace: USA
Mother's Birthplace: USA
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: Carpenter
Industry: Contractor
Employment Field: Own account
Home Owned or Rented: Own
Home Free or Mortgaged: Free
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Elmer H Ranck 43
Faye M Ranck 30
Paul Ranck 9

Elmer and Faye are listed in the Santa Monica phone book in 1925 with the address: 1159 17th, Santa Monica, California,[14] and again in the 1927 directory.[15]

Faye succumbed to an illness and died on 6 April 1929 in Santa Monica, California.[16] It is thought by her family that she had a brain tumor. She was eventually placed in an institution and died there.[17]

Elmer and son Paul appear on the 1930 US Federal Census in Santa Monica, California.[18] The following entries are noted:

Name: Elmer H Ranck
Birth Year: abt 1878
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Marital Status: Widowed
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1930: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USA
Street address: 23 St.
House Number: 1151
Dwelling Number: 66
Family Number: 81
Home Owned or Rented: Rented
Home Value: 30
Radio Set: No
Lives on Farm: No
Age at First Marriage: 31
Attended School: No
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: Cabinet Maker
Industry: Sach and Door Factory
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker
Employment: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Elmer H Ranck 52
Paul H Ranck 19

Elmer and Paul appear in the 1931 phone book[19] living in Santa Monica and on the 1932 voter rolls at 1827 15th Street.[20]

In 1940, Elmer and Paul were still living in Santa Monica, California. The voter rolls[21] show them still living on 15th St. The 1940 census[22] shows the following information:

Name: Elmer H Ranck
Respondent: Yes [A]
Age: 64
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1876
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Marital Status: Widowed
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California
Street: 15 Street
House Number: Up N
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California
Residence in 1935: Same Place
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Sheet Number: 15B
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 361
Occupation: Carpenter
House Owned or Rented: Rented
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 20
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 8th grade
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 40
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 44
Income: 1500
Income Other Sources: No
Household Members:
Name Age
Elmer H Ranck 64
Paul Ranck 30

On the 1942 voter registration list for Santa Monica, Elmer and son Paul are shown at the same address on 15th St.[23]

Sometime between 1943 and 1948, Elmer and Paul moved from Santa Monica to Montebello, California. They, and Paul's wife Ruth appear on the 1948,[24] 1950,[25] and 1952[26] voter registration indexes, the 1952 Santa Monica phone book,[27] and the 1954[28] and 1956 [29] voter registration indexes at 1436 S. Cedar Ave., Montebello, California.

Elmer died in Los Angeles County, California, on 28 Feb 1957,[1] and was buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.[30]

Employment and Economics

Elmer worked as a carpenter and at one time was a self-employed contractor. [11] The historical records give us the following information about him:

1920 - carpenter (contractor - self employed)[11]
1925 - carpenter[14]
1927 - carpenter[15]
1930 - carpenter, and also listed as a cabinet maker at a door and sash factory[18][19]
1931 - carpenter[19]
1940 - carpenter[21] (building contractor employee)[22]
1942 - carpenter[23]

Elmer was a self employed business owner and he owned his home free and clear (no mortgage).[11] We can see that the family migrated to California sometime between 1920 and 1925. It is possible that the lumber boom of Wyoming waned and that there were better opportunities in California. Indeed, during the 1920's Los Angeles was growing and there was a need for carpenters. The family suffered some financial difficulties during the depression. After the onset of the depression, Elmer's son Paul took a job as an ad-hoc fisherman to help support the family.[10]


Elmer and his wife Faye were Christian Scientists.[31]


The various voter registration rolls give us a glimpse into the political leanings of the family [B] by listing the voter's political party:

1932 - Republican[20]
1940 - Democrat[21]
1942 - Democrat[23]
1948 - Democrat[24]
1950 - Democrat[25]
1952 - Democrat[26]
1954 - Democrat[28]
1956 - Democrat[29]

Research Notes

A. The 1940 Census was the first to indicate who was interviewed for the information listed therein. In this case, the census taker indicates that Elmer gave this information.

B. Elmer's son Paul appears on the voter roles beginning in 1932 and his wife Ruth beginning in 1948, their political party affiliation mirrors that of Elmer's. It may be possible that the family shifted their allegiance to the Democrat party after Roosevelt initiated social welfare programs that they perceived to benefit the country.


  1. 1.0 1.1 California, Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Accessed 30 Mar 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=CAdeath1940&h=6013257&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=61335
  2. Adams County Wisconsin Marriages, Adams County Pre-1907 Births. Accessed at "Wiroots.org" on 25 Jun 2009. Wiroots lists as their source: LDS (Mormon) Microfilm 1306420 Item 1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Year: 1880; Census Place: Rome, Adams, Wisconsin; Roll: T9_1417; Family History Film: 1255417; Page: 70.3000; Enumeration District: 13;. Accessed 29 June 2008 at ttp://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=1&gsfn=adalinda&gsln=ranch&rg_810040.
  4. 1894 newspaper article: "New Rome." Wood County Reporter (Grand Rapids, Wisconsin). Thursday, Jun 28, 1894, Page 4. Accessed at Newspapers.com. Local file copy.
  5. Year: 1900; Census Place: Civil District 6, Giles, Tennessee; Roll: T623_1571 Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 19. Accessed 1 May 2009 at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=1&new=1&MSAV=0&msT=1&gss=angs-i...
  6. Buechler, August F. History of Hall County, Nebraska; a narrative of the past with special emphasis upon the pioneer period of the county's history, and chronological presentation of its social, commercial, educational, online. Grand Island, Neb. 1920, p42. Accessed on 28 May 2018 at http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/august-f-buechler/history-of-hall-county-nebraska-a-narrative-of-the-past-with-special-emphasis--ceu/page-44-history-of-hall-county-nebraska-a-narrative-of-the-past-with-special-emphasis--ceu.shtml.
  7. Faye Mary's pocket watch in the possession of SJ Baty. The serial number of the Elgin grade 320, https://pocketwatchdatabase.com/search/result/elgin/12413278, dates to manufacture in 1906. The display box inside reads, "Windolph and Cords, The Busy Jewelers, Grand Island, NEB."
  8. 1908 Marriage of Elmer Ranck and Faye Abbott: Nebraska, Marriage Records, 1855-1908, Library and Archives of the Nebraska State Historical Society; Lincoln, Nebraska. Accessed 30 March 2018 by SJ Baty at Ancestry. Ancestry shared record.
  9. Year: 1910; Census Place: Lusk, Converse, Wyoming; Roll: T624_1746; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 41; Image: 4. Accessed 15 March 2008 at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=1&gsfn=faye&gsln=ranck&rg_81004011.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Ranck, Paul E. Personal recollection, April 1993, as told to SJ Baty in an interview in Callahan, California. Notes and video recording in the possession of SJ Baty.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Year: 1920; Census Place: Lusk, Niobrara, Wyoming; Roll: T625_2028; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 86. Accessed 21 May 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=6061&h=70098566&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=mfI424&_phstart=successSourc. Local file: https://www.wikitree.com/photo/jpg/Ranck-153.
  12. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Number: 555-05-9919; Issue State: California; Issue Date: Before 1951. Accessed 21 May 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=3693&h=50747252&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=mfI381&_phstart=successSourc.
  13. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Registration State: Wyoming; Registration County: Niobrara; Roll: 2022243. Accessed 30 March 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=WW1draft&h=24470297&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=61335.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Santa Monica, California, City Directory, 1925. U.S. City Directories, [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed 27 May 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=USDirectories&h=1181633951&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=61335
  15. 15.0 15.1 Santa Monica, California, City Directory, 1927. U.S. City Directories, [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed 27 May 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=2469&h=270286762&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=2469
  16. California, Death Index, 1905-1939 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Accessed on 21 May 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=5187&h=1656670&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=mfI350&_phstart=successSource.
  17. Ranck, A. Personal recollection, October 1997, as told to SJ Baty in an interview in with A Ranck. Notes in the possession of SJ Baty.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Year: 1930; Census Place: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 1483. Accessed 16 July 2009 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=6224&h=91150764&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=mfI468&_phstart=successSource.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Santa Monica, California, City Directory, 1930-1931. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed 28 May 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2469&h=1419949312&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=mfI631&_phstart=successSo
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  22. 22.0 22.1 Year: 1940; Census Place: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California; Roll: m-t0627-00256; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 19-757. Accessed 23 May 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2442&h=71721424&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=mfI484&_phstart=successSource
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  28. 28.0 28.1 California, Voter Registrations, 1954 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2017. Accessed 30 March 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=61066&h=53478273&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=61066.
  29. 29.0 29.1 California, Voter Registrations, 1956 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2017. Accessed 27 May 2018 at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=61066&h=59116258&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=mfI630&_phstart=successSou
  30. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/141454468/elmer-herbert-ranck : accessed 23 May 2018), memorial page for Elmer Herbert Ranck (18 May 1876–28 Feb 1957), Find A Grave Memorial no. 141454468, citing Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by glenda (contributor #47305349) (contributor 47305349) .
  31. Information known to the family from Paul Ranck. The same information was passed to another branch of the family through Harvey Abbott via his mother.

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Interview with A. Ranck - Elmer had diabities and had to have part of his leg amputated. Later, he had a stroke and couldn't talk. At his funeral, she commented that it was the first time she ever saw her father (Paul Ranck) cry.
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