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Personal History of Ruth Anna Wymore Manning Young (1866 - 1916)

Personal History and Interview with graddaughter about Ruth Anna Wymore.


Photo of Ruth Anna Wymore Manning in 1889

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1 Table of Contents
2 Life Sketch
2a Birth and Family
2b Move to Colorado
2c Move to Wyoming, Marriage and Children
2d Life in Laramie, Wyoming
2e Life in Cheyenne, Wyoming
2f Character and Activities
2g Death
2h Comments by Aunt Holla [Helen Young Rankin]
3 Interview with Helen Isabel Manning Engstrom (Granddaughter)
4 Genealogy program generated data for Ruth Anna Wymore Manning Young (1866 - 1916)
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Life Sketch
The original manuscript was typed by Helen Manning Engstrom, granddaughter, in the late 1960's or early 1970's. The manuscript was obtained by Linda Engstrom Rehart, great granddaughter, and edited on 22 Oct 1979. It was further edited and entered into the computer in May 2007.


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Birth and Family

Ruth Anna Wymore was the daughter of Francinia and Elam Wymore, born 11 October 1866 in White Oak Township, Mahaska, Iowa. There were five children, one sister Vicy, and brothers, Lewis, Jackson, and Saul.


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Move to Colorado

When the children were small they left Iowa and went to North park, Colorado in a covered wagon. Lewis and his wife were not with the family. Shortly after the move, Lewis's wife had consumption and died. And due to heavy snow they buried her in Colorado and when spring came, Lewis took the body and buried her in Rosehill where she wanted to be buried. Lewis, Vicy and Ruth went in the covered wagon. It took weeks and they stopped at several places on the way where they could get warm. One person gave the children a big shaggy dog so they could keep their feet warm by the dog, also they used warm bricks. (This was on the way to Colorado)


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Move to Wyoming, Marriage and Children

Later they moved to Laramie and sometime later Ruth went to Iowa where she met James Manning and after being married in Oskaloosa, they moved to Laramie where he worked for the railroad. James was a Catholic and came from County Cork, Ireland [Note: We think that this should be Limerick County]. One son was born in Iowa (Emmett McCord) and a daughter (Clara Ellen) and son (James Manning) were born in Laramie. James died when about six months old and is buried in the Wymore plot in Laramie.


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Life in Laramie, Wyoming

Her education was limited as far as formal education. She studied whenever she could and was a smart, intelligent business woman. She was 22 years old when her first husband was killed and was 24 when she married Robert Young.

After her husband was killed, Ruth went to work and her parents took care of the three children. She probably scrubbed floors or did whatever kind of work she could get. There were six children, McCord, Clara, and James by James Manning, and Orville, Helen, and Georgia Rose by Robert Young.

When she lived on the ranch she milked 24 cows twice a day, separated the cream and made her own butter, and the 1st of June and 1st of July she sold 800 lbs of butter besides having special customers where she sold butter and eggs. Ruth did not have a happy life; she had a hard life, Robert Young was mean to her.

One Christmas Ruth got Orville a Winchester 22 rifle. That was the year he got sick and wasn't able to use his gun. He died shortly after from a burst appendix.

When James was killed, not being a good Catholic, Ruth was bled with money from the priest to buy him out of purgatory. (Gammie [Gammie is Elizabeth Vass Manning, her daughter-in-law] said that to have him buried in Catholic cemetery, she would have to pay money for grave to be lined with bricks. She didn't have the money so he was buried in the regular cemetery without a priest.)


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Life in Cheyenne, Wyoming

After Orville died, they sold the ranch in Laramie and moved to Cheyenne. They rented a house on the corner of 19th and Warren where Anna took in roomers. Mom [Elizabeth Vass Manning] and Dad [Emmett McCord Manning], Isabel [Isabel Vass Anderson, Elizabeth's sister] lived there also. This was the place Ruth Alice Manning was born. Later she rented a building where she had a rooming house and café. Grandpa Young had a feed store next door. A sign in the window - all you can eat for a quarter. - served family style. She has served as high as 800 people in a day - during Cheyenne Frontier Week.


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Character and Activities

Ruth was one of the kindest, tender hearted people that ever lived. She was President of the Willing Workers of the Baptist Women's club.

When living in Laramie, she got different people to go to the mountains and haul down the wood to build the church where Mom and Dad were married. [Harmony Church]

She organized a literary club in the country where they held meetings and taught children to memorize poems and give programs.

They had a voting precinct at the ranch and Ruth helped count votes. The ranchers would come from miles. Aunt Helen [her daughter] would help mix the meals to serve the people that came to vote. She had some help at the cafe; Aunt Helen helped wait on tables. She supervised the whole place besides making the pies and cakes. They also cut all their own meat.

About 1916 they went to Wichita - Grandpa [Robert Young] was working for the railroad. One time he was yardmaster of the Missouri Pacific in Wichita. [They had lived in Wichita earlier- Georgia Rose was probably born there, and lived there about 1900]


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Death

She developed Brights disease and was ill. Aunt Helen went to Wichita to help take care of her and later brought her back to Denver where she wanted to see Clara and her boy Cord. He was on the ranch in Laramie and didn't get to Denver to see her before she died. She died five days after moving to Denver. Her last words were she wanted to see her boy.

Elam died six months later and during some freak he willed a $1.00 a piece to Ruth's children.


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Comments by Aunt Holla [Helen Young Rankin, Daughter]

"One Christmas, I wanted to hang up two stockings - no, my mother wanted me to hang up my stocking, but I wanted to hang up two stockings, but mother said, 'no Helen, one stocking will do.'"




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Interview with Helen Isabel Manning Engstrom (Granddaughter)
by Linda Louise Engstrom Rehart (Great Granddaughter) on 20 August 1975


This interview was conducted by Linda Rehart asking the questions. Helen Engstrom responded with her answers from her memory of Ruth Anna Wymore Manning Young who was Helen's paternal grandmother. The interviews were recorded on a cassette tape and then later was transcribed and edited by Linda Rehart. That document was entered into the computer by Donald Engstrom on 4 June 2007.

Question: How did the Wymores come out?

Answer: The Wymores left Iowa and came to Laramie in a covered wagon and it was cold and at night, and at night they heated stones (rocks) to keep their feet warm when they were traveling in the wagon and to keep warm at night a lot of times, too.

Question: What did Grandma Manning Young do for a business?

Answer: When her husband was killed she took in and did laundry - washing and ironing and those days were rather hard and she'd go out and scrub floors. And there was a relative, don't know which one it was, I can't remember the name who came and offered her money if he could take the two children and bring them up as his own, but she wouldn't part with them. He, I guess, helped her a little bit with money, but not too much. Later on she married Robert Young and he didn't make life too easy for her. She had to work hard for him. She had 4 or 5 children by him. There was one time that he, for apparently no reason at all, he, Robert Young, took a horse whip and hit my father, Cord Manning, and he was very mean to his sister, Clara James. In fact, he was mean to his own children. They lived out at the ranch and we know that Orville was quite sick and Grandma wanted to take him into town or get a doctor and he didn't want her to, but she felt so bad that she finally went in and by the time they got in he had a broken appendix and that was supposedly the reason for his death.

Question: Not able to decipher recording.

Answer: Grandpa Young, well they had a restaurant in Cheyenne, and it was a rooming house and eating place and one thing I remember stories of a sign in the window "All you could eat for a quarter". It was served family style. To show how mean Robert Young was, his daughter, Helen, had been doing something, I think he was against the Catholics and she had gone out with this Catholic boy, and he got mad and an iron in his hand and threw it across the and hit her in the back and caused a lot of her back trouble. Later on in life Robert Young did marry another woman and seemed to be a very changed man. He wasn't so mean.

Question: Do you know where they lived in Kansas City part of the time?

Answer: No.

Question: Do you know if she was living with Aunt Coga, [Clara Manning James], when she died in Denver.

Answer: She was in Denver, yes, I remember she was in Denver and I remember Dr. Wasche?? sitting on her bedside.

Question: Was she living with Aunt Coga?

Answer: She was, I think she was living with Aunt Coga. I think he [Robert Young] was kind of mean and she left him then again or something. I don't know.




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Genealogy program generated data for Ruth Anna Wymore Manning Young (1866 - 1916)

Ruth Anna "Annie" Wymore was born on 11 Oct 1866 in White Oak Township, Mahaska, Iowa, United States. She died on 7 Jul 1916 in Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States. She was buried on 9 Jul 1916 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States.

Annie married James Manning, son of John Manning and Mary McCarty, on 28 Oct 1885 in Rose Hill, Mahaska, Iowa, United States. James was born about 1864 in Abbeyfeale, Kilarney, Limerick, Ireland. He died on 12 Oct 1889 in On Plains Near Rawlins, Carbon, Wyoming, United States. He was buried on 14 Oct 1889 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States.

They had the following children.

  1 M Emmett McCord "Cord" Manning was born on 26 Jul 1886 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa, United States. He died on 30 Jun 1966 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. He was buried on 2 Jul 1966 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.
Cord worked as Shoe Salesman at Wasserman's Shoes in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.
      Cord married Elizabeth Vass, daughter of James Vass and Alison Jamieson, on 2 May 1909 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. Elizabeth was born on 20 Jan 1890 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. She was christened on 9 Jun 1890 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. She died on 6 Apr 1978 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. She was buried on 10 Apr 1978 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.
  2 F Clara Ellen Manning was born on 6 Nov 1887 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. She died on 9 Apr 1968 in Yuma, Yuma, Arizona, United States. She was buried in Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States.
      Clara married Fred Drysdale James on 23 Nov 1910 in Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States. Fred was born on 14 Aug 1885 in Loup City, Sherman, Nebraska, United States. He was buried in Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States.
  3 M James Manning was born on 15 Sep 1889 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. He died on 20 Aug 1890 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. He was buried in 1890 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States.

Annie also married Robert Lee Young, son of Perry W Young and Louise Lyons, on 29 Dec 1892 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. Robert was born on 28 Nov 1870 in Lansville, , Missouri, United States. He died on 6 Dec 1944 in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, United States. He was buried on 8 Dec 1944 in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, United States.

They had the following children.

  4 M Orval Herald Young was born on 5 Apr 1894 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. He died on 24 Jan 1908.
  5 F Helen Marguerite Young was born on 5 Apr 1896 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. She died on 24 Jan 1973.
      Helen married Robert Emmett Rankin on 26 Nov 1914 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. Robert was born on 12 Jan 1894 in Paris, Lamar, Texas, United States. He died about 1968.
  6 F Georgia Rose Young was born on 23 Jun 1902 in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, United States. She died on 9 Oct 1902.